Simple ways to lose weight in time for Christmas

It’s that time of year again. The air is turning chillier, the nights are closing in and our thoughts are turning to that Christmas party outfit we’ll be wearing in two months time.

If the thought of squeezing into it terrifies you, you might be tempted to resort to a crash diet come November.

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Instead, why not try to make simple changes to your diet now? You’ll barely recognise them and might see the pounds start to slowly fall away in time for the festive season.

1 .Breakfast like a King (and don’t skip meals)

Okay, you’ve heard it a hundred times before, but skipping breakfast (or any other meal) will give you hunger pangs that quickly leave you reaching for chocolate, crisps and fizzy drinks to boost flagging energy levels!

Studies at the University of Leeds found that eating earlier in the day helps to prevent people from getting hungry, losing control and overeating in the evening. But what if you never feel hungry in the morning? Chances are, if you can last until mid morning or lunchtime before eating, you’re having too much to eat in the evening – I guarantee if you have a smaller dinner, earlier in the evening, you’ll wake up with a ravenous appetite! Bottom line: by spreading meals evenly throughout the day – and always eating breakfast – you’ll feel satisfied for longer and be less likely to give in to snack attacks.

2. Don’t cut out fat

“There are different sorts of fats. Fish which is fatty is good for you because it keeps you full for longer.

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“I think the idea of the low-fat diet has been something of a failure.”

2. Stop drinking fruit juice

“One of my number one rules would be to cut out fruit juices.

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It won’t fill you up as much as eating fruit (Image: Getty)

“Juices and smoothies are liquid, so you don’t really notice the calories, but they are not healthy.”

3. Cut out sugary carbs

“I would recommend cutting out sugary carbs like chocolate, cake and bread.

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It’s no surprise cake won’t help us lose weight (Image: Getty Images)

“Bread is very sugary unless you make it yourself.”

4. Cut down on your alcohol intake

“Try and have a couple of days a week without alcohol to give your liver a bit of a rest.

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“There are a lot of calories in drinks but also if you’re drinking alcohol you’re more likely to reach for the crisps because your inhibitions go.”

5.  Don’t be scared of hunger

After months or years of constantly overindulging and never really feeling hungry, it’s easy to forget what that gnawing, empty sensation in our stomach feels like. It’s no wonder then that when we initially change our eating habits, hunger pangs make us feel uneasy and uncomfortable – and leave us reaching for the biscuit tin! While many diets claim you’ll never feel hungry, this is often an unrealistic promise.

Experiencing hunger, especially when you first start a new way of eating, is quite normal.

The key is to learn to recognise the sensation, not be scared by it, and then deal with it appropriately. Firstly, rather than looking at hunger in a negative way, think positively. Doesn’t it actually feel nice to be hungry and to really look forward to a meal or snack? Secondly, before eating, you may find it helpful to identify how hungry you really are: rank your hunger on a scale of one to 10, where one is fully satisfied and 10 is starving. Only reach for a snack when your hunger ranks at seven or above.


 6. Stock up on low-calorie fillers

Keep your fridge and cupboards stocked with a selection of low-calorie foods that can easily be turned into hunger-busting snacks or tasty starters.

Try the following when hunger hits:

  • bowl of salad with fat-free dressing or balsamic vinegar
  • vegetable sticks with salsa or tzatziki (or make your own yogurt dip by mixing 1 small pot low-fat plain yogurt with 1 clove of crushed garlic, 1tsp mint sauce and 1 tsp lemon juice.)
  • bowl of ratatouille (made without oil)
  • bowl of low-fat soup or a low-cal cup-a-soup
  • slice of melon
  • prawn cocktail with a fat-free seafood dressing
  • Florida cocktail made from orange and grapefruit segments
  • corn-on-the-cob without butter
  • 1/2 grapefruit with artificial sweetener
  • bowl of fresh fruit salad or piece of fresh fruit

Nagai , A Great Japanese Restaurant

Japanese cuisine has long attracted enormous attention around the world. Aside from the awesome aesthetics and the food quality, the freshness and taste of the delicate flavours of Japan continues to leave Gurugram wanting more.

Nagai located in the heart of Gurugram Sector 29 . This authentic Japanese restaurant represents the essence of Japanese cuisine; simplicity, fresh produce, creativity and unique flavour The decor is comfortable and ambient creating a sophisticated yet pretentious feel. They specialise in Japanese style seafood including osozai , sushi to enjoy with exciting cocktail list & imported sake and beer.

This culinary genius brings his own unique craftsmanship to a varied menu of traditional Japanese dishes, including some of the freshest and highest-quality soups and sushi to start with . They display a fantastic product in a beautiful environment and at an extremely competitive price point whilst maintaining a professional but modest service style.

Each dish is presented beautifully ensuring that the delicate ingredients are properly matched to enhance the flavours of the food and to create a visual masterpiece. The menu is cleverly designed to satisfy all dining occasions, from groups of friends enjoying share plates to more intimate evenings that call for a complete wine and dine experience.

A must visit Nagai

Asian, Sushi, Japanese
Average Cost
₹3,000 for two people (approx.) with alcohol
Opening hours

· Today  12 Noon to 3 PM, 6 PM to 11 PM

Phone number

011 33105332

Table booking recommended


SCO 305, Ground Floor, Huda Gymkhana Road, Behind The Pllazio Hotel, Sector 29, Gurgaon

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Raise The Bar Rooftop-Clarens Hotel

Let me paint you picture. You’re out with your friends on a Saturday night, chilling at a bar in Gurgaon, having a few drinks and laughs and the place is Raise the bar .This place offers you some colourful cocktails and delicious food with a breathtaking 360-degree rooftop view of Gurugram City.   Its rooftop space that lets you enjoy your favourite delicacies in peace far from the hustle and bustle of the city. While the place has a fairly decent line-up of finger food and cocktails on offer with great music to set yourself free .  The wooden chairs and table are a throwback to the classic English bar that complements the wood decor.

We went on a Sunday brunch.  We are urged to try some of their signature cocktails which were delightful sply the fruity sangria We had a few starters with our drinks along with feta salad , cheese cigar and fried chicken popsicles were just right with the drinks.

Located in the Clarens Hotel on the 7th floor. A rooftop cocktail lounge in the heart of Gurgaon.  The best place to relax and unwind. A Must Visit Raise The bar

Call us on 0124-4929292 for queries.
Venue – Raise The Bar, Clarens Hotel, Plot No. 363, Sector-29, Gurgaon
Date – 10th November 2017.
Timings – 7:30 PM Onwards.

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Dessert Safari Dubai

Dubai, being the most happening place on Earth, also hosts the year’s most exciting events, including New Years’, Christmas, etc. Desert Safari rides has more than 5 years of excellence in Dubai tourism industry and is a rising tourism icon as they are providing quality tourism services for valued visitors from all over the world. Furthermore, Desert Safari rides has successfully maintained a website that ensures that every client gets relevant and updated information related to different tour packages, their prices, timing, contact numbers, online ticket checking, and reservation. 24/7 customer services on website chat box is also available.

The first preference of this tour operator is the comfort and affordability of its valued clients. Keeping in view the same, they have designed exclusive packages for the customers. The most breathtaking trip is the Morning Desert Safari, where one can witness the magnificent sunrise unlike any other. Equally enchanting is the Evening Desert Safari, displaying the most spectacular sunset. The highlights of Morning and Evening Safaris include Dune Bashing, Quad Biking, Camel Riding, Sand Boarding, etc. The luxurious fleet of 4X4’s is available round the clock for their customers’ comfortable commuting. The other special trip is the Over-Night Desert Safari, which offers many attractions, including special Arabian Barbecue, Live Musical & Dance Performances, Belly Dancing, etc.

Experience starts with a 45-minute camel ride to a Bedouin-style camp within a royal desert retreat, followed by a lavish four-course banquet, traditional music and dancing, a spectacular display of falconry and henna tattoos. One truly experiences Arabian hospitality.

When you want to dedicate some quality time with family or a loved one all these vacation spots may end up being an ideal destination for you.

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Rose Rayaan Dubai

Land in Dubai and one of the first things you’ll discover is that the standards of luxury and hospitality are legendarily high – and you’ll have facilities at your fingertips that are the envy of the world’s finest establishments.

Rose Rayhaan, located on Sheikh Zayed Road, and the second tallest hotel in the World , I find the architectural cap quietly interesting and the fact that it achieved the second highest hotel building in the world intriguing.

The complexity of the design and construction isn’t overly difficult, but still renders something to the viewer. I like the slightly overstated, but modern look. The facade is too much for anywhere else I would suggest, but fits the Emirate perfectly.

The tower was originally to be 380m but design modification reduced it to 333m. with 482 rooms, suites and penthouses in December 2009.

Rose Rayhaan by Rotana launched a new programme for business travellers, ‘hotel within a hotel’ Club Rotana, with cocktail reception recently held at the Club Rotana lounge. This concept offers special services to travellers, including return airport transfer to/from Dubai International Airport Terminal 1, 2 and 3, complimentary use of the meeting room on the club floor, complimentary Internet access (in-room and in the lounge), private reception with an express checking-in/checking-out facility, late check-out at 2pm, deluxe in-room amenities and complimentary access to a dedicated Club Rotana Lounge from 7am-11pm.

The hotel provides free shuttle service to outlet mall , Mall of Emirates, kite beach and many business centres around !! Which saves a lot on the commute , else the metro station is just 2 minutes away . So everything is easily accessible.

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Dao and Brands & Bloggers Mag (B&B Mag)

Dao’s menu offers a selection of delectable soups, a very wide range of salads, appetizers, and main courses with options of curries, seafood and meats along with stir-fry menu to accompaniments of noodles and rice and finally desserts and beverage options. We started our meal with Tom-Yam soup, The quintessential Thai aroma! Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 4.29.54 PM

A bold, refreshing blend of fragrant lemongrass, chilli, galangal, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice and this classic soup, giving it its legendary herbal kick

The newly added courses in different segment across the menu are: –  Spicy Tuna Roll, Lamb Shank Mass aman curry with crispy Thai roti, Edamame and truffle oil dumpling, Japanese style Tuna truffle pizza and many more. are must try 

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No matter what your tipple, this haven for casual drinkers and alcohol enthusiasts is bound to quench your thirst with frozen cocktails, margaritas and more.24135448_10212265156601601_65216464_n

Spread over two levels, the lounge and bar, with dangling lights and an eclectic vibe, allows you to relax with a cocktail or party hard with vivacious music. 24133480_10212265156761605_380682645_n

Start off with pita bites,  Pizza, İmam bayıldı …(The story behind this dish is that the Imam a Turkish official in the Ottoman Empire who fainted ) with flavours of  garlic, tomatoes, parsley, salt, and pepper makes it a complete meal and finish with cheese cakes for dessert.24172288_10212265156561600_1405477197_n

With an atmosphere of lit, one can relax and unwind here.

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Patiala Kkitchen

Patiala Kkitchen takes you to a Short Trip to Punjab !! With colourful Firki roof art takes you through a walk down childhood memory lane. The wall art with windows and Images makes you wonder about each .

The creative chaos of colours kites and bangles add to the overall dining experience. And of course, the ‘desi’ experience is complete with Punjabi chartbusters playing in the background.We were offered an array of appetisers, starting with the Punjabi Paneer tikka , Dahi ke kebab and harra bhara kebab a speciality from Amritsar.23899261_10212241129680943_127087433_n

We loved the Khade masale in  paneer tikka , which is paneer cubes marinated in whole spices. The Tandoori soya chaap marinated and was tender and scrumptious. Another favourite, the Bharwan Aloo uses an in-house special spice mix , a must try !We moved onto main course, or the Patila section.

Curries served to our table included Lasooni bhuttey Palak , fresh spinach puree sautéed with corn , garlic, finished with a hint of butter, cream and whole red chillies, and of course, your choice of variant.We finished our meal  dessert se chilled Kulfi faluda yummy and is a must-try.24007855_10212241129800946_132700937_o

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Vapours MGF Mall

Vapour, which does the multi-cuisine thing but is far better known for their excellent home-brewed light, wheat, dark and premium beer and their beer cocktails. Brewpubs have been springing up in the city like wildflowers in the monsoon.  But this is the one who started the trend ,23897709_10212241105760345_1859227719_n

Vapours Mg road was the first one in vapours chain . Amazing craft beer and great ambience. Vapour offers chic indoor lounge seating with eco-friendly LED lighting, as well as an alfresco terrace seating with a dance floor, which is perfect for jamming to appearances by guest musicians and DJs.

Drinks had option of both regular drinks as well as freshly brewed beer including wheat beer together before making a selection, along with tastes of special flavors of the month and “beer-tails” (beer cocktails). But This vibrant, high on energy kind of a craft beer stands true to its name .

This microbrewery is a perfect blend of good ambience, good food , great music and happening crowd. Love the open sitting perfect for the winters to enjoy the weather

. For the present-day pub-goer, an evening well spent at a lounge means savouring a complete experience brimming with warm ambience, delectable menu and of course, some fresh beer.

Thanks to these breweries, now you have a reason to actually go pub hopping to try different brews. You have a reason to make plans for an evening to taste different varieties of brews, and be assured that you will actually get to appreciate and experience something new and fresh .

Vapour Pub & Brewery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Handcrafted by  German brewmaster , 7-degree Brauhaus in Gurgaon

7-degree Brauhaus in Gurgaon, a German microbrewery plant, the machinery is an integral part of its interiors and the beer is handcrafted by a German brewmaster on the site  hence its called craft beer.

The beers on offer are 7-degree Lager, 7-degree Wheat, 7-degree Special and 7-degree Premium.  Beer is there specialty and Delhi and Gurgaon have a beer-loving audience. So, they tried to innovate with this international concept of beer freshly brewed.

They keeping updating on new stuff  and have received really good responses from our regulars.7 degrees Brahuas, at Gurgoan brings in the real taste of German beer Serving amazing snacks with beer, authentic German sauces with great ambience, makes this place worth a try  .

All that is changing now, with a number of microbreweries springing up across the country and promoting the concept of freshly-brewed beer, or craft beer as it is widely known the world over, among beer enthusiasts in India

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