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  1. ICC World Cup 2019 started out on a great note, with fans from all corners of the cricketing world tuning in to witness some of the best teams take each other head-on at the greatest platform there is in the sport. Sadly, the infamous English weather took over and literally washed out all the excitement and entertainment right out of the quadrennial tournament. Exactly how bad are the weather conditions in England? Well, in the last four days, we have only seen one match and less than eight overs of another match in total with eight teams getting one point each without putting in zero to negligible effort all due to the rains disrupting some of the greatest matches of the Cricket World Cup, one of which included the clash between the two teams that remain undefeated during the ongoing contest ie, India and Pakistan. Things have become so frustrating that it is almost comical now. Indian bowling all-rounder Kedar Jadhav even pushed out a video on the internet requesting the heavy, non-stop rains to move to Maharashtra and let them play cricket. Haha Kedar Jadhav asking rains from England to shift to Maharashtra ðâ¤ï¸ #INDvNZ #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/ZcdoKcypkT — Saurabh (@Boomrah_) June 13, 2019 In the same comical tone, the fans of the Men in Blue have begun a fun banter with the supporters of Sarfaraz Ahmed's Pakistan cricket team, letting them know that their chances of winning against Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team are extremely slim. They went on to say that the only way for Team Pakistan to save themselves from a horrible and humiliating loss at the hands of the Bleed Blue army, is to pray that the downpour happens once again at Old Trafford, Manchester on Father's Day, this Sunday. This Sunday, the best way for Pakistan to avoid defeat in the match against India is to pray for rain, which is likely to spoil the game. Otherwise, Pakistan's defeat is sure. — Dr. Ashok Dhamija (@ashokdhamija) June 14, 2019 There is possibility that Pakistan will have a happy memory in this world cup. And may gain points against India There is plenty of chance for rain and match being washed out. — Chowkidar Vikram Joshi (@vikyjoshi3) June 14, 2019 Pakistan praying for rain and India showing them way to a na pakistan Train — MUKESH SURANA (@mukeshsurana) June 14, 2019 Pakistan team praying for Rain on Sunday against India because Baap rocks on Father's Day #ShameOnICC #ShameOnICC pic.twitter.com/B6Dkg62RJD — manish Agrawal (@MkAgrawal003) June 14, 2019 Only rain can save pakistan team from team india..#CWC — Puneet Suri (@Puneetsuri1) June 13, 2019 All jokes aside, India versus Pakistan is arguably the biggest match of World Cup 2019, maybe even bigger than the tournament final and if unfortunately, the rain does washout the Father's Day main event, the World Cup might lose out on whatever viewership it is enjoying right now.
  2. Ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019 matchup between West Indies and Pakistan, we called both the teams two of the most unpredictable sides of the tournament who could either do exceedingly well and look like world champions or crash and burn like test dummies. Now, after experiencing the way things went down during the game, it would be an educated guess to say which side played like the kings and the other, their squires. Sarfaraz Ahmed's squad began their 2019 World Cup journey with one of the worst performances in cricketing history for the country. Scoring a total of 105 runs before getting all out in the 22nd over of their innings and thanks to Chirs 'Universe Boss' Gayle's crackling start to the Windies innings, the Carrabean stars were able to wrap up the game quickly and enjoy their evening celebrating the easy win. Credit: Reuters With some of their top batsmen like Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail and the skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, himself returning back to the pavilion with their score in single digits, it seems as if, Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, is their only hope. The 21-year-old seems to be ahead of the Pakistani cricket team in both, batting skills and the confidence to banter against a team like India. She displayed her prowess in both departments during the opening event of the Cricket World Cup 2019 during the '60-Second Challenge' in which two representatives from every participating nation were to score the maximum number of runs in a minute. Representing Pakistan were Malala and cricketer Azhar Ali and finished second from the bottom. The Indian duo of Bollywood fame Farhan Akhtar and former Indian head coach Anil Kumble were not in their top form and finished rock bottom at the event. Credit: Twitter “I really enjoyed playing here today. We were okay, not too bad… but India came last,” the Nobel Prize winner had said after the challenge got over. Now, the way the national team of Pakistan played against Jason Holder's boys, it might not be a bad idea to give Malala and her batting skills a shot in the next game and it is something the people of the Twitter world agree on, as well: Cant believe Malala Scored better than Farhan Azimi in Street Cricket Contest. #PakvWI — John Wick (@malikasimriaz) May 30, 2019 #PAKvWI @windiescricket will win definitely in style..â @TheRealPCB Need batting performance of @Malala to winðð — bhavesh kumar shakey (@Shakeybhavesh) May 31, 2019 Dont blame us for this batting performance. I already asked to include Malala to open with fakhar. but i was forced to have mr parchi... #PakvsWI #CWC19 — Sarfraz Dhokebaaz (@iFaraaz) May 31, 2019 Wish malala @Malala was also playing in this match. She was quite cheezy a couple days back, today her team was buttery.. ðððð#ICCWorldCup2019#PAKvWI#WIvsPAK#Windies pic.twitter.com/YmXHZdNHNJ — à¤à¥à¤à¥à¤¦à¤¾à¤° ð®ð³à¤¨à¥à¤¤à¥à¤°à¤¾ बà¤à¥à¤¶à¥ð© (@netra2weets) May 31, 2019 Malala had played in the opening Ceremony , better than Pakistan's Bestman ð¤ #PAKvWI — Amar pithava (@amar_pithava) May 31, 2019
  3. Premier League's final day saw a very disappointing end for the 13-time champions Manchester United after a 0-2 loss at the hands of Cardiff City at Old Trafford last night. While neither of the teams entered the field with the motive of winning anything other than the honour of reigning supreme at one of the most celebrated grounds in the world, the disrespectful way in which the Bluebirds dominated Ole Gunnar Solskjær's men for the entire match led to an ugly verbal bout between the fans of the Red Devils and one of their leading men in Paul Pogba. After the loss, when the United players were in the middle of their 'lap of honour' at full time, which they do as a ritual after the final home game of every season, the outraged fans of the club barked down at the Frenchman. “You're F*cking Sh*t”, they shouted at Pogba, who took off his jersey quietly listening to the crowd talking down at him. A few moments later, Pogba calmly folded his hands in front of a hostile audience, and exited from the field without saying a word. Paul Pogba receives abuse from a fan. We don't deserve him. #mufc pic.twitter.com/tW5lkyN62b — ManUnitedZone (@ManUnitedZone_) May 12, 2019 Manchester United great, Lou Maraci slammed Pogba for his contributions in bringing up the fight, which, honestly, did not have enough substance to begin with in the first place. "Oh come on, come on! I haven't come here today to [see this]," said Macari on MUTV. “What are you thinking about?' What's this all about?” Talking about Pogba talking off his jersey and thinking if it signified his desire to quit the club, he said: "Keep your strip on to start with… who else do you see with a strip off?” But the question here is whether Pogba got so much hatred because of the way he plays or was it because of something that has absolutely zero relation to the game? Even though in the 35 appearances that Pogba has made in the EPL this season in which he has scored on 13 occasions and has helped his side have a 18-8-9 winning record and was Manchester United's only representative in the PFA (Professional Footballers' Association) Team of the Year, it was Pogba who faced the heat in difficult times and no one else. Why? Is it because he is not English, or is it because he is black? What people do not realise is that racism is not limited to calling someone the 'N' word. Whether intentionally or unconsciously, slandering Pogba to such a degree, regardless of how bad his season was, does not seem to be because of his skills in football. This is not a one-off opinion, people from all around the world believe so: Racism at the highest.. Why whites insult Blacks.. Sorry brother @ManUtd Pogba . pic.twitter.com/RBTXyNi60t — Dr Ryan Samir ™ð (@Ryan_Mucilih) May 12, 2019 This agenda against Pogba is fuelled by racism, there is no other explanation. Because the whole back four, midfield and forward put together are not half as good Pogba. https://t.co/U8nPR51n7A — Arya Stark (@_syedali97) May 12, 2019 I'm shocked Ole got done with his post match interview and didn't address the Pogba incident. Do this to an English player, they'll raise the racism flag and put on polos to kick it out — Prophet Chijioke. (@ProphetChijioke) May 12, 2019 i am going to treat every Pogba slander from united fans as racism — i love you 3000 Arya Stark (@s1_kwasi) May 12, 2019 Manchester United fans are known for a feeling of compassion towards their players, regardless of the language they speak or the colour of the skin. So, when something this grave and unfortunate happens at Old Trafford, it either means that these so called “fans” aren't real or it means that the moral base of the Red Devils supporters is shaking, both of which are saddening and it breaks my heart.
  4. Summers are here and I am sure your 'desi' gym trainer is soon going to tell you that this is a season for dropping the pounds. The typical bodybuilding belief that's still prominent amongst 'desi' style training is that you go on bulk in winters and then during summers, you cut. The theory on which this model is based is that during summers, your body sweats a lot and thus it helps you to cut the layer of fat on your muscles. Some trainers will even go to the extent of making their clients train without a fan in the gym so that they sweat more and thus lose more fat. © Unsplash Read on to know why this theory is absolutely flawed and is complete bro-science. More Sweat In Summers Will Lead To More Fat Loss? Well, if this statement is accurate, then your body should burn zero fat in winters, as you do not sweat at all during the peak winter season. Also, what about people who live in hilly areas and where there is no summer at all? I believe people living in such areas should leave their dream of getting ripped as they will hardly sweat during a workout and thus won't burn any fat. Now let's talk about some science. If someone is on a calorie deficit diet, how will the body manage the deficit calories? Because as per science, when your body cannot meet its daily maintenance calories from outside, it uses the fat stores in your body which is stored in the form of adipose tissue, which is your fat cells. Thus, the so-called 'sweat theory' is just another gem from bro-science and nothing else. Your body will tap into the stored fat cells once you go on a deficit, whether you workout in summers or winters. Is It Fat That Melts In The Form Of Sweat? Absolutely not, sweat is just a medium for your body to maintain its temperature. Since the outside temperature is high during summers, your body sweats more irrespective of the fact that you workout or not. So, while working out, your body may sweat a little extra as it is trying to cool down from the inside by producing more sweat on your skin. In winters, your body is already cooled down so it does not produce that much sweat. It's as simple as that. If fat melted in the form of sweat, people would automatically become lean during summers with the kind of heat waves that we face in India. © Unsplash Can You Gain Weight In Winters? Yes, of course, you can. Gaining or losing has more to do with your dietary intake. If you follow a calorie surplus diet, you will gain while if you go on a deficit, you will lose. The only thing different in summers is that you might increase your water intake as your body tends to sweat a lot more than winters. It's very important to keep your body well hydrated if your workout sessions are frequent and aggressive. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  5. From Ranveer Singh starrer 'Befikre' to Salman Khan's 'London Dreams', Bollywood has had its own memorable tryst with Paris' iconic Notre Dame Cathedral, which was engulfed in a major fire last evening. © Twitter One of Paris' most prized historical monuments, the cathedral bore over 850 years of invaluable history and heritage, a major part of which has been lost to mankind forever. The fire started at the upper levels of the Cathedral at around 6:30 pm, and close to 500 firefighters were deployed at the location. The moment #NotreDame's spire fell pic.twitter.com/XUcr6Iob0b — Patrick Galey (@patrickgaley) April 15, 2019 It took over five hours to get the fire under control, during which time two-thirds of the cathedral roof had been destroyed. However, the two frontal towers have been preserved. Even though there is no confirmation regarding the cause of fire, it is being anticipated that it could have to do with the ongoing renovation work in the cathedral. © Twitter People from all over the world have come together to mourn the loss, and the tragedy that has struck the historical treasure in Paris. World leaders such as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have also expressed their grief and sadness over the incident. Notre Dame is one of the world's great treasures, and we're thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It's in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it's also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can. pic.twitter.com/SpMEvv1BzB — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 15, 2019 My heart goes out to Paris. Notre Dame is a symbol of our ability as human beings to unite for a higher purpose—to build breathtaking spaces for worship that no one person could have built on their own. I wish France strength and shared purpose as they grieve and rebuild. — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 15, 2019 Bollywood too has had long associations with this historical monument, both as actors and as tourists. Here is how Bollywood is mourning this tragic loss: Arjun Kapoor Devastated on seeing the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral.. a piece of history turn to ashes.. Our hearts are with the people of France ⤠— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) April 16, 2019 Bhumi Pednekar Woke up to the news of #NotreDameFire and my heart broke.Shattered.Having visited the cathedral a few times,there is a sense of loss..So much history...more power to the fire fighters that have done everything to save it ðð» pic.twitter.com/guhH8kCYx9 — bhumi pednekar (@bhumipednekar) April 16, 2019 Neha Dhupia Feeling pangs of sadness ... as we mourn the sight of the #NotreDameCathedral going down in history and going up in flames :( pic.twitter.com/oc9tALcScy — Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) April 15, 2019 Riteish Deshmukh This is a world tragedy #NorteDame -I have no words to express my sadness. To every Notre Dame lover - am so so sorry. pic.twitter.com/FcCQaN6qhI — Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) April 15, 2019 Raveena Tandon Omg . Terrible . Terrible . This is a horrible loss to history and ancient heritage. https://t.co/E2HPc6OgkO — Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) April 15, 2019 Boman Irani The Notre Dame tragedy is hard to watch. The people of France must be devastated. We hope and pray that its restoration will serve to heal.#NotreDame #Fire#NotreDameCathedral — Boman Irani (@bomanirani) April 16, 2019 Maria Goretti View this post on Instagram Before I left Paris, this is where I went to say bye and thank you . I spent a lot of time last year in this beautiful city . And sometimes I used to go and sit in front of the cathedral and just look at it , specially in summer when the lines were too long . Before leaving this year, I got a little angel from here that I always carry with me. I remember standing inside the cathedral and just did not take any photos, I stood looking at the huge window piece and knew that no photo would ever do this beauty of “our Lady “ any justice, so I just stayed in silence and took it all in, for the last time. This cathedral was a place of exquisite beauty, great history , intricate architecture and immense peace. And I'm heartbroken with the news of it's destruction , the fire destroyed the roof of the 850-year-old UNESCO world heritage landmark, it's spectacular Gothic spire collapsed as the inferno took over . #notredame #unesco #worldheritage #paris #peace #nofilter A post shared by MariaGoretti (@mariagorettiz) on Apr 15, 2019 at 7:15pm PDT Tamannaah Bhatia View this post on Instagram âªShe's been around for over 800 years not just as a testament of our history but also place for many that found their peace, hope and faith in. This iconic monument is an inspiration to artists across the globe and it's really sad to know that humanity has lost #NotreDame today. ⬠A post shared by Tamannaah Bhatia (@tamannaahspeaks) on Apr 15, 2019 at 1:16pm PDT
  6. People who are trying to lose weight and drop some body fat are always looking for the best thing available for fat loss. The best diet, the best fat burner, the best type of fat loss cardio, the best exercise for fat loss—anything and everything that will help achieve this. Still, nobody has yet figured out the best exercise for fat loss. Want to know the best exercise for fat loss? THERE IS NO SUCH EXERCISE. Pexels Yes, you read it right. If there was ever a best fat loss exercise and if it worked, you would see 90% of the people at the gym doing just that one single exercise. Do you see everyone in the gym doing one same exercise every time you walk in? Obviously, not! Now, let's understand what leads to fat loss: A Caloric Deficit It has two components—the food intake part and your activity levels. The food intake is the 'Energy In' and the exercises you do/lifestyle you have is a part of 'Energy Out'. The best way to increase your energy out? Simply move more. Yeah, it is as simple as that. The thing you should be focusing on is to move as much as possible and to engage as many muscle groups as possible when you hit the gym. Single body part a day? I do not think so. Your bicep/triceps day or your shoulder day? Not even that. Pexels Focus on full body movements or compound exercises that work for two to three muscle groups simultaneously instead of doing the one muscle group a day workouts. Just take a guess, what will burn more calories? A back squat which works your full body at a given time or a set of bicep curls which work two fibers of your muscle? On top of it, you also want to watch the number of calories going inside your mouth. You can do all the full body exercises, you can take all the fat burner pills, burn as many calories as you want but it won't account for anything if the number of calories you are consuming is more than the number of calories you are burning. Long story short, stop looking for best anything. Fat loss is calories in lesser than calories out at the end of the day. And if you want to burn more calories, start doing exercises that burn more calories and not one body part a day. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  7. Dieting is tough. Losing fat and getting lean is tougher, and getting shredded is the toughest. If it were not, everyone on the streets would be walking around shirtless with shredded abs. But, that is not the case. One reason why people miserably fail on their road to get leaner is that they do not know how to track progress. Yes, you read it right. If you think you are not making progress, you stop trusting the process and give up altogether. You see a little bit increase in the weight on the scale and you lose your mind and go all guns blazing and stuffing your mouth with everything that comes your way. © Getty Images Now, let's talk about how to one's track progress? First thing, understand that checking your weight and trusting that or using it as the only tool to measure progress is outright stupid. Partly because you do it wrong all the time. Yeah, checking your weight before and after your training session to see how much weight you have lost that day is idiotic. What are the tools you should trust to help you with gauging the progress? 1. Your pictures 2. Your measurements 3. Your average weight Let's discuss all of them in detail: 1. Your Pictures When you start your diet, or in general if you want to track your progress year-round, your pictures would be the best tool for that. When you gain a pound of muscle or lose half a pound of fat, you will not see it until you compare your pictures. Another thing about pictures, screw your gym selfies. If you want pure progress picture, get naked (almost naked) and take a front/side/back relaxed and flexed pictures. Invest in a goddamn mini tripod for the same. Click pictures weekly and compare them. 2. Your Measurements © Getty Images Again, take these once a week. At times, especially if you are a beginner, you may be losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time. Say you have gained two pounds of muscle and lost one pound of fat, the net result on the scale would be a one pound gain. Not the direction you would be expecting during losing fat. You are actually making better progress here and you should be continuing with this. Instead, you check the scale and cut your calories and thus undo the process by not keeping room for your muscle to grow. Start taking measurements, at your chest, waist, and hip circumferences once a week. If the scale shows up but you are looking better in pictures and losing inches, who cares what the number on the scale is? 3. Your Average Weight Firstly, your weight is essential for your relationship with gravity. Unless you are an MMA fighter or a weight-restricted athlete or going bungee jumping or skydiving, your weight does not mean much. It is merely a number. Add to that, your weight can fluctuate 1-3% day-to-day due to sleep, hydration, food, sodium, fiber intake, how well did you poop, etc. And it changes throughout the day as well due to these reasons. So, first things first, stop checking your weight when you go to the gym at 7 pm in the evening. Nor should you check it when you leave. Check it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and with minimal clothing on. Along with that, do it around 3-4 times in a week and take an average. Mainly to cancel out the day-to-day variance. Do the same for next week and compare. If the trend is downward, you are doing good. If not, then make adjustments. Not the day to day should I change my diet or should I change my training confusion you create for yourself. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  8. This year's Indian Premier League (IPL) has not been short of breathtaking moments. It's still early days in the tournament but we are already witnessing a totally different side of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) allrounder, Andre Russell. Coming in at crucial points and taking the game away has been a trademark for the Carribean giant. He has played three matches till now and in each game has crossed the mark of 40 runs with a strike rate over 200. View this post on Instagram Describe this knock in 1 emoji ð . . . #KKRHaiTaiyaar #DCvKKR #VIVOIPL #Cricket #IPL #IndianPremierLeague #Delhi #Sports #KorboLorboJeetbo #IPL2019 #KKR #KolkataKnightRiders #AndreRussell @ar12russell A post shared by Kolkata Knight Riders (@kkriders) on Mar 30, 2019 at 9:27am PDT In the match against Delhi Capitals (DC) on Saturday, Russell, once again saved his team from falling in the trap of the Delhi bowlers. Coming in at 61 for 5, he found a suitable partner in skipper Dinesh Karthik to take the team to a par total of 185 in their share of 20 overs, out of which, he scored 62 in mere 28 balls with six sixes and four fours. Along with his exploits with the bat, the West Indian made sure that he contributed with the ball also (1 wicket). Despite all the hard-work though, KKR ended up on the losing side as they fell short in the super over by three runs. Looking forward to continuing his blistering performances for KKR, Russell sits on the third spot in the race of the orange cap, following David Warner and Johnny Bairstow of Sunrisers Hyderabad.
  9. The fitness industry is full of fake supplements, fake coaches and God knows what all other fake things out there. With fake coaches comes their fake advice that holds its own place and has been prevalent since a long long time. Read on to know more about some of these fake promises that are generally made by these so-called 'fake coaches' and let's find out if there is a shred of truth to them: 1. Fat Burners Will Get You Lean via GIPHY Sold by various fancy names like the fat cutter and fat destroyer, the only thing that these fat burners are going to destroy is your pocket. You are better off investing in a good coach and proper dietary foods. If at all, these fat burners may help a professional athlete before a competition. If you are an amateur just trying to find his way to get fit and lean, you will get no advantage by including any fat burner in your supplement arsenal. 2. Arbuterol Is Effective In Burning Fat Trainers often recommend this supplement to their clients for extreme fat loss. Had these trainers ever noticed the contents of the product and their usage in the human body, the scenario would've been different. Arbeturol is actually a diuretic which may help you with getting rid of subcutaneous water retention. It plays with the mineral levels in your body temporarily. While it may help you in looking a little dry for some days but it is not going to be helpful in burning fat in any manner. 3. Don't Have Salt In Your Diet via GIPHY The credit to this one goes to competitive bodybuilding. Competitive Bodybuilders use this strategy of leaving salt before their competition to look sharper on the stage. Salt has nothing to do with fat loss. It is used for temporary loss of fluid, which is also debatable. Salt has no direct correlation to fat loss and thus you should not leave salt to get lean. 4. “Keto Worked For My Friend, It Will Work For You Too” via GIPHY The ketogenic diet is quite popular these days. Drastic results in weeks have made it immensely popular with people who are overweight and obese. While it may have worked wonders for someone but it is not necessary that it will do the same for you. I've seen people failing miserably on this diet. For people who did achieve fat loss using keto, gained back the lost weight in a couple of weeks as they resumed carbs in their diet. I've seen people claiming that keto is the best diet for fat loss. No, it's not. The best diet for fat loss is the one which is sustainable in the long run and can be made a part of the lifestyle. If that's what you can promise then keto may be the best diet for you otherwise you will be in a limbo of losing weight and gaining it back after introducing carbs in your diet. 5. Leaving Chapati Out Of Your Diet Will Get You Lean via GIPHY Majority of the trainers still believe in the philosophy of eliminating chapati from a client's diet to make him lean. Well, that's what happens when you ask your trainer to prepare a diet plan for you. Chapati is a very good source of carb that has a decent GI index. It also has good fibre content making it an ideal choice to be included in your daily diet. And yes, you can get lean while having chapati in your diet daily. What really matters for fat loss is your overall macro intake for the day and not just a single food item. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  10. Every day, people are still searching on the internet the best fat burners on the planet and are ready to shell any amount of money on falsely marketed pills as they promise magic. Fat burners, which were earlier used only by professional athletes, have become common even with beginners in the gym. Not only is this trend stupid and pointless but you are not going to achieve any results out of it except an empty pocket. So, before you think of taking any shortcut in your fitness journey let me give you a single tool that will help you more than any fat burner or a magic pill out there. Start Tracking Your Nutrition This may sound trivial, but trust me it makes a huge difference when it comes to results. I am not saying this based on just my own experience but I have noticed this working on my clients as well. While you may think that you are on low carb and high protein diet, but if you are not tracking your calorie and macro intake, there are chances that you might be consuming more than your target calories. Tracking your food intake gives you a precise calculation of how your body is responding to varying levels of carb and overall calorie intake. This, in turn, will help you in making a smart decision as to how much can you play around with your calories and macros. Fun Fact 1: It Is Backed By Science This phenomenon of tracking calories has been subjected to studies as well and studies do show a positive impact on the results as well. A study conducted by the Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute established that people who regularly tracked their macro intake were able to lose twice more weight than people who did not. Fun Fact 2: It Helps In Portion Control When you update your food diary daily, you can measure the number of calories you have consumed in every single meal of the day. While some meals might be absolutely healthy but there are chances that you may be consuming a larger portion of it. Even if the meal is healthy, you can't just binge on it and expect that it will not have an impact on the overall calculations. Once you start tracking your meals, it will help you to identify if the portion size of the meal that you were consuming is within your target area or not. For example, a meal comprising of Kidney beans and brown rice would be an ideal choice for lunch but that doesn't mean that you can have 'n' number of portions of the same every day. It Will Help You Connect The Dots There are small food items that you consume throughout the day but they often get unnoticed while you make your diet program. These include multiple cups of tea and coffee, biscuits, namkeen, sugary drinks, flavoured energy drinks, artificially flavoured juices etc. While you may think that they may not make any difference but once you start tracking them you may notice that that's not the case. Sometimes these small snacking items contribute a significant addition to your total calorie intake which may slow down your health and fitness progress. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  11. Following the ODI series against the visiting Australian cricket team comes as a wake-up call for the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI). It gives a hint of how dire a situation they are in right now and what kind of competition they are looking at in the ICC World Cup 2019 come June. It was also a reminder of how badly do they still need Mahendra Singh Dhoni to be included in the final roster. Virat Kohli's Commander In Chief © Reuters Yes, Virat Kohli has proven his worth maybe a million times both as a batsman and a leader and his efforts were even recognised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) when they honoured the 30-year-old with three of the most prestigious awards in the game - Men's Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and ODI Cricketer of the Year while also naming him the captain of the Test and ODI Teams of the Year. However, the man himself has agreed to the fact that he can afford the luxury of fielding at the boundary whenever Dhoni plays from his team. A big fan of the former skipper's ability to lead, Kohli trusts Dhoni's decision-making, especially in crunch time, when the match is on the line. Kohli's frustration and anger in the final overs of Indian bowling in the fifth ODI were enough to understand how gravely he missed having 'Mahi Bhai' by his side. Skills Behind The Stumps © Reuters Rishabh Pant may turn out to be a great substitute for MSD in due course of time and as his childhood coach Tarak Sinha very rightly said that it is unfair to compare a seasoned veteran like Dhoni to a fresher like Pant. Having said that, Pant will get a lot of chances to brush up his skills behind the wicket. For now, at least till the World Cup is over, India can't afford to have the kind of slip-ups the 21-year-old did in the last two ODIs. "Yeh aank band karke rokega. Dusra waala daal sakta hai isko." MS Dhoni from behind the stumps reads Boult, suggests Kuldeep to bowl a googly. Kuldeep obliges and Rohit takes a simple catch at first slip. NZ have been bowled out for 157. #CricketMeriJaan #NZvIND — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 23, 2019 India also missed how Dhoni reads the game and the batsman's mind and instructs the bowlers accordingly. Success of Indian spinners in the recent past has a lot to do with Dhoni's observations from behind the stumps. On the contrary, his absence from the roster has led to bowlers like Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Jadhav being thrashed by the batsmen from Down Under. Dependable On The Crease © Reuters His capabilities as a batsman also needs to be taken into account. Albeit his consistency to score big runs and hit long shots has gone down drastically in recent days, but one can still bet on Dhoni's ability to stay on the crease. During the T20I and ODI series in New Zealand and the partnership between him and Jadhav, Dhoni made sure that his side doesn't lose any more wickets while enabling his partner to score big runs on strike. His Locker-Room Aura © Reuters Finally, just the mere presence of a personality like Dhoni in the locker room brings a sense of stability to the team. After the win in the first ODI, Jadhav openly advocated that notion: “Every time I see 'Mahi bhai', it instills confidence in me. That sort of aura is like, that you see him and feel that 'I will deliver today'. He has the knack of getting the best out of every player and that's what everybody loves about him.”
  12. After losing the 2-match T20I series in a rather disappointing fashion, Indian cricket fans saw a ray of hope when the Men in Blue went on a great run, winning the first two ODIs in the five-match series, with Indian batsmen--including Virat Kohli, Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni playing some brilliant innings. However, after losing the Ranchi ODI by 32 runs, all eyes were on Kohli's men giving their best in order to come out victorious in Mohali, winning the series with the Delhi game still in hand. After scoring a massive total of 358, the win looked almost certain, all we had to do was bowl the 50 overs as there was no way the Aussie were going to chase such a score. Who knew Aaron Finch's men would get some extra boost as the Indian cricketers created some major goof ups in the form of dropped catches, misfields and dropped catches (so many dropped catches). And then the unthinkable happened. Not only did the Australians chase the massive total, they did it with more than two overs to spare. Following the loss, one of the Indian cricketers who found himself taking a major share of the blame was the Indian wicket keeper Rishabh Pant who missed out on major stumping opportunities at crucial junctions of the game. To make matters worse, the 21-year-old also dropped a couple of catches behind the wicket. The fact that veteran keeper and former captain of the team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni wasn't a part of the playing XI and Pant had to replace his presence led to all the MS Dhoni fans putting on a barrage of brutal criticisms, taunting his inability as a wicketkeeper whilst comparing him to a veteran like Dhoni. As the day ended, a lot of people came forward to show their support for the player who had suffered a lot of firing in the past 24 hours. While his childhood coach, Tarak Sinha called all the comparisons between Dhoni and Pant completely unfair, the Delhi-born cricketer got support from a rather unexpected source. He's just 21 and represents India in all 3 formats. Let's introspect and see what we were doing at that age. Give him a chance. @RishabPant777 u are pure talent keep the focus, you got this ! pic.twitter.com/GDySpRgiGU — Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) March 11, 2019 Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty came to the young athlete's rescue reminding everyone of the fact that having been only 21 years old, Pant is one of the top choices for the team in all three formats of the game. Shetty also goes on to urge everyone who's criticising the talented star to introspect and realise what they were doing when they were of his age. Finally, he requests the ever-so-passionate fans of the game to give Pant a chance as he is destined for greatness and great things are in store for him. Wise words.
  13. For a man who has helped his country scale new heights in international cricket, Mahendra Singh Dhoni continues to be an asset that any team wouldn't hesitate to add to their line-up. Whether it's his captaincy, batting skills or mighty quick glovework, Dhoni has a knack of finding unique ways to aid the Indian cricket team. The Jharkhand cricketer may no longer be the captain, but such has been his experience and know-how of the game, that Virat Kohli is often seen seeking his help in setting up the field and the bowlers continue to thrive under his guidance from behind the stumps. While a former and current captain might find it difficult to get along, Kohli and Dhoni continue to share mutual respect and admiration as their close bond aims to take Indian cricket to greater achievements. © AP Dhoni's impeccable knowledge of the game and his camaraderie with Kohli were both in full display during the 2nd Twenty20 International (T20I) at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru. The duo was seen forging a vital 100-run partnership for the fourth wicket that allowed India to post a competitive total of 190 runs. While Kohli slammed a blistering 38-ball 72 (including two fours and six sixes), Dhoni, too, looked in sublime touch during his 23-ball 40 which was decorated with three fours and as many sixes. The camaraderie that this duo share ð#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/zw837vxHGj — BCCI (@BCCI) February 27, 2019 If their batting partnership aided India in a crucial situation, their camaraderie during Australia's chase elated the home fans. In a brief video shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Kohli can be seen gesturing towards Dhoni after a dismissal which was probably affected by the latter's inputs. While India lost the match and eventually the two-match T20I series, the camaraderie between Kohli and Dhoni surely cheered up the home fans. #MahiRatððððððððð — â¤TomKiJerryâ¤ð (@isrodivya) February 27, 2019 Favourite duo⨠#Mahirat @msdhoni @imVkohli — Savvvi.ð« (@ImSavvvi21) February 27, 2019 30 years old Kiddo n his Mahi bhai ðð#Mahirat ⤠— Sanaað¥ (@Bepannaaholic) February 28, 2019 DHONI MASTERMIND — ADITHYA (@ADITHYA26743475) February 27, 2019 dhonis idea .. — Salmanâ³ (@Salmancaprico) February 27, 2019 Thala Dhonið¥ð¥ — HBD HULK ðMR.Whiteð CSK ð (@RajeshOyite_) February 27, 2019
  14. 14/2/2019 will be marked as one of the darkest days in the history of our nation, as a fidayeen attack claimed the lives of over 40 CRPF jawans, who were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. A CRPF convoy of buses, trucks and SUVs containing over 2000 personnel, mostly who were returning to the base after their leaves, was rammed by a JeM terrorist driving a vehicle laden with almost 350 kgs of RDX, which caused the deadly explosion. With the entire county being thrown into a state of shock, anger and anguish, many of our nation's personalities have taken to social media to condemn the cowardly attack and have expressed their solidarity with the families of the martyrs. The nation's sports fraternity also joined hands to condemn the attack and express their condolences. “I'm shocked after hearing about the attack in Pulwama, heartfelt condolences to the martyred soldiers & prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans,” said Indian skipper Virat Kohli in a tweet. I'm shocked after hearing about the attack in Pulwama, heartfelt condolences to the martyred soldiers & prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured jawaans. — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 15, 2019 In another tweet, former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who was visibly enraged post the attack, said, “this time conversation has to be in the battleground.” Yes, let's talk with the separatists. Yes, let's talk with Pakistan. But this time conversation can't be on the table, it has to be in a battle ground. Enough is enough. 18 CRPF personnel killed in IED blast on Srinagar-Jammu highway https://t.co/aa0t0idiHY via @economictimes — Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) February 14, 2019 Several other sportspersons have also paid their tributes to the victims of the attack and have requested the government to give the necessary response to this deadly provocation. Shocked and saddened to hear the news of the #Pulwama attack on our jawans. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. @crpfindia #CRPF — Manika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) February 14, 2019 à¤à¤¬ तठà¤à¤¡à¤¼à¥ निà¤à¤¦à¤¾ हà¥à¤à¥ ? ð®ð³ðð½ #Pulwama — Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) February 14, 2019 A day of mourning for India, for humanity. Pained. Who wants this? Who endorses this! Let's ask the right questions & give answers that offer solutions not accusations to stop this mindless killing of people. Let us stop blaming. Let us live. In peace. Let's value life! #Pulwama https://t.co/h8u5W3vQQZ — Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) February 14, 2019 Terribly saddened to hear the news of the #Pulwama attack. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.ðð» — Sakshi Malik (@SakshiMalik) February 14, 2019 वॠà¤à¤ फिर शहà¥à¤¦ हॠà¤à¤...ताà¤à¥ हम à¤à¤¼à¤¿à¤à¤¦à¤¾ रहॠसà¤à¥....ð­ð­ð­ ð®ð³à¤­à¤à¤µà¤¾à¤¨ सभॠà¤à¥ परिवारà¥à¤ à¤à¥ हिमà¥à¤®à¤¤ दà¥...बहà¥à¤¤ हॠदà¥à¤à¤¦ð­ — praveen kumar (@praveenkumar) February 14, 2019 Really pained by the cowardly attack on our CRPF in J&K in which our brave men have been martyred . No words are enough to describe the pain. I wish a speedy recovery to those injured.#SudharJaaoWarnaSudhaarDenge — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 14, 2019
  15. In sports, you simply aren't considered a real champion until you have defended your title successfully. Winning it once can be a fluke, winning it twice proves you are the best. And that is exactly what Vidarbha did today by defeating Saurashtra in the Finals of Ranji Trophy 2018-19 to win their second title in a row. The Ranji Trophy Final swung in multiple ways over the course of four days. In the first innings of the match, Vidarbha posted a decent total of 312, in response to which, Saurashtra tried to strike back but fell short of 5 runs, courtesy Aditya Sarwate's five-wicket-haul. Later in the second innings, Jaydev Unadkat and men managed to restrict Vidarbha to a score of 200, widening their chances of winning. But once again, Vidarbha's blistering bowling attack, consisting of Sarwate, Akshay Wakhare and Umesh Yadav, took the game away from Saurashtra as they wrapped them up on a mere total of 127, and winning the match and the title by 78 runs. © AP We all know that the most important role in winning a test match is that of a bowler's. You can't win a test until and unless either team bags all the ten wickets. Having said that, bowlers from both the end showed full character till the end. On one hand where Dharmendrasinh Jadeja took 7 wickets for Saurashtra, the 29-year-old Aditya Sarwate, who was playing on his home ground, turned out to be the trump card of Vidarbha, bagging 11 wickets. Despite their loss in the final, Saurashtra would surely take a lot of confidence from their magnificent performance throughout the season. Every single player has stood out in some or the other match, be it Ravindra Jadeja (scored 178 against Railways) in the beginning or Jaydev Shah (scored 427 runs in 9 matches) throughout the tournament. Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (59 wickets and 276 runs) is another rising star who stole the show for Saurashtra at many occasions, not only with the ball, but also with his brilliant batting strokes. Cheteshwar Pujara (scoring 131 in the semi-final) was yet another big gun, who joined the team in the later half of the tournament, helping his team get into the final. Coming in the tournament as a nobody, Saurashtra managed to start on a decent note with a draw against Chhattisgarh, and later went on to beat big players such as Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra on their road to the final. The entire season was brilliantly commanded by Jaydev Unadkat (39 wickets in 11 matches) and a little help towards the end from the experienced Pujara, helped Saurashtra to get to this position. © AP We hope this thrilling performance by Saurashtra sets an example for other teams to showcase their talent and strive to come at the top in the seasons to come.
  16. Going into the 2019 Asian Cup, the Japanese football team was looked upon as one of the top contenders for the coveted title. They began their campaign with convincing wins over Turkmenistan, Oman and Uzbekistan in the Group Stage before overcoming a resilient Saudi Arabia side in the Round of 16. A 1-0 victory over Vietnam in the quarters saw them setting a date a semifinals date with Iran who were eventually steamrolled 0-3 by the 'Samurai Blue'. A prolific run in the tournament finally placed them in the all-important final where they found dark horse Qatar standing in their way of the Asian Cup title. AP But, it was Qatar whose spirited run found a fairy-tale ending. Thanks to goals from Almoez Ali, Abdulaziz Hatem and Akram Afif, Qatar lifted their maiden Asian Cup trophy and made their intentions clear ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup which will be hosted by them. Japan's Takumi Minamino scored a goal for his side, but couldn't save the four-time Asian Cup champions from defeat in the final. For a team that had come agonisingly close to winning the title, Japanese football team and their fans surely suffered a heartbreak following their loss. Japan leave the #AsianCup2019 dressing room spotless with thank you message in English, Arabic and Japanese! ð pic.twitter.com/RfiVyoMumd — #AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) February 2, 2019 While they endured defeat on the football field, the Japanese football team was surely a winner for their heartfelt gesture off it. After their loss, the Japanese squad showed their class by cleaning up their dressing room. The 2019 Asian Cup runners-up left the floor spotless and wrote a 'Thank You' note in English, Arabic and Japanese language as they expressed their gratitude to the organisers of the tournament. Japan left their changing room spotless after they lost 3-2 to Belgium last night. They then left a note in Russian saying 'Thank you' Pure class. pic.twitter.com/7baTFgDfRO — FootballFunnys (@FootballFunnnys) July 3, 2018 This isn't the first time when Japan has floored everyone with their touching gesture. During the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Japanese brigade had also cleaned up their dressing room and left a 'Thank You' note following their Round of 16 exit at the hands of Belgium - proving why they are football's classiest nation. Owing to their latest antics, there was no surprise to see football fans across the globe showering praise on the Maya Yoshida-led side for setting an example in the sport. I love these Japanese players! ðð¼ Even the u16 players when they played here in Malaysia , they applaud us Malaysian fans and bow at us after the match. Top class manners. Respect ð¯ð¯ — Abu Colgate (@Harizzu) February 2, 2019 Japanese players and fans are well behaved and respected all around the world for their good gesture — rakeshrussell (@rakeshrussell52) February 2, 2019 That is very nice of Japanð They have really shown they are a great nation ðâ½ð Better luck next time in their tournamentð#AsianCup2019 — Jafarnumbers (@jafarnumbers) February 2, 2019 Respect and love Japanese Players so muchðð¯ðµð¯ðµð¯ðµ — Jolie Nguyen (@JolieNg10519393) February 2, 2019 Great sportsmanship, class and respect. Japan leading by example despite losing the final. ðð¼ — TheUnitedPage (@TheUnitedPage) February 2, 2019 Every country needs to learn from them. Similar gesture during WC tooððð¤ð¤ — sudha HJ (@shjug) February 2, 2019 Thank you, Japan, for your respectful attitude and good manners! You are also winners in that respect. — Magda (@almarzoukstore) February 2, 2019 #Japan is one of the few countries who always inspire me with their tidiness and punctuality — Ù. Ø­ÙÙد حس٠اÙشح٠(@HumaidHasan) February 2, 2019
  17. Diets, diets and DIETS! There are so many diets floating about that you can never seemingly make up your mind to stick to one. It gets tiring and moreover, frustrating to pick the best diet suitable for your goals. Keeping it simple, there isn't any such thing called the 'best diet'. Yup, one diet never fits all. However, there can be some diets that can have the opposite effect and ensure you never achieve your fitness goals. So, if weight loss is your target, then stay away from these three diets: 1. The Paleo Diet © Thinkstock The Paleo diet was popularized by an American nutritionist Loren Cordain. It tries to mimic what our palaeolithic ancestors ate and eliminates all types of modern human-made foods such as agricultural foods (grains, wheat, rice, pulses), dairy (cheese, milk, butter) and processed foods (KFC, Lays, McDonald's). It essentially consists of meat, fruits, nuts, and leafy vegetables. The basic idea is: Since our ancestors were lean, strong and active, consuming a diet which they ate will provide us with the same attributes. The problem? This is an extremely flawed assumption. Our ancestors were not lean and strong because of the food they ate, it was the time period on earth wherein if you didn't have those traits you would be dead. Also, our palaeolithic ancestors were spread across the earth and consumed a variety of foods depending on geographic location and availability. ' Thus following this expensive diet (nuts and red meat are expensive) is not going to speed up your muscle gain or fat loss process. And unless you do not enjoy eating these foods on a regular basis there's no need to follow this diet. 2. The GM Or General Motor Diet © Thinkstock If you think the name of this diet is stupid, then brace yourself for its even stupider protocol. The GM diet was developed by the employees of a vehicle manufacturer company, General Motors in 1985. The diet does not account for calories or macro/micro-nutrients but is broken up into seven days, each with strict rules about which food groups you can consume. Here is what this diet looks like: The diet doesn't specify the maximum or minimum amount of food to be consumed each day. Day One Eat only fruit — any kind except bananas. Day Two Eat only vegetables in raw or cooked form. Limit potatoes to breakfast only. Day Three Eat only fruits and vegetables of any kind except bananas and potatoes. Day Four Consume only bananas and milk. Day Five Eat two 10-ounce (284-gram) portions of beef, chicken or fish. In addition to the meat, you may only eat 6 whole tomatoes. Vegetarians may replace meat with either brown rice or cottage cheese. Day Six Eat two 10-ounce (284-gram) portions of beef, chicken or fish. Vegetarians may replace meat with either brown rice or cottage cheese. Increase your water intake by two glasses to flush out extra uric acid. Day Seven Eat only brown rice, fruits, fruit juice, and vegetables. Surprisingly, this diet is also recommended by some dumb Registered Dieticians. And here is the problem: except day six & seven, you are only consuming carbohydrates or fibre on the majority of days. For optimal functioning of the human body carbs are just optional (this does not mean they are bad!) but protein and fats are critical, and this diet severely lacks both. Following this diet may result in weight loss due to the huge caloric deficit that is bound to happen, but it will also cause plenty of muscle loss and will make you feel miserable. And once you come off it, a lot of weight will also be regained. 3. Boiled Food Diet + No Sugar & Salt Diets © YouTube This is the holy grail of every bro scientist gym trainer, you go to them asking how to lose fat in the fastest way possible, and they will recommend: "eat only boiled food and refrain from using sugar and salt". Well, in a way, this works because you will begin to hate food so much that you will stop consuming it and inevitably lose weight. Coming to the point: Science has proven numerous times that the body is not concerned with the source but the nutrients. And the fundamental process behind every diet is energy balance i.e. if you eat more than you burn, you will gain weight and if you eat less than you burn you will lose weight. Thus following a diet like this, which gets you fed up in a few days, is a pure waste of time and energy. You did not get overweight in a few days or weeks, therefore do not expect to get fit in a few days or weeks. Invest in a trainer which can design a training and nutrition plan that is feasible as well as enjoyable for you. All the best for your fitness goals in the coming year!
  18. Despite Sunil Chhetri climbing the Indian Football's Hall of Fame ladder by equalling former captain Bhaichung Bhutia's record of most appearances for the national team with his 107th cap, all was not good for the entire team including the head coach, Stephen Constantine, as India exited from the 2019 AFC Asian Cup after a 0-1 defeat to Bahrain on 14th January 2019. View this post on Instagram The Blue Tigers are out of #AFCAsianCup after a narrow defeat to Bahrain #INDvBHR #INDBAH #AsianCup2019 #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball A post shared by Goal India (@goal_india) on Jan 14, 2019 at 11:48am PST The loss hurts a little more due to the fact that the Indian team was on a roll during the tournament and despite the loss to UAE a couple of days ago, they were looking to qualify for the knockouts for the first time since the format was introduced. After an almost uneventful match between the two Group-A teams, an extremely unfortunate penalty in the 89th minute booked the win for Bahrain and fated India's elimination from the Asian Cup. To make things worse for the team on an emotional level, they heard the news that Stephen Constantine had given in his papers and resigned from the position of India's head coach after the match. Apparently, not a single member of the team was aware of Constantine's decision before the match and only got to know about it through the media. View this post on Instagram Credit where it's due. #INDvBHR #INDBAH #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball #AsianCup2019 A post shared by Goal India (@goal_india) on Jan 14, 2019 at 1:35pm PST “He did really well for the country. If you see the records, the number of boys he has given chances. I just want to thank him from me and the... boys for doing a great job and just hope wherever he goes, wish him all the luck,” Chhetri said, as reported by goal.com. However, Chhetri said a lot more than that. Criticising his team's way of playing the captain said: “Although we did defend well, we defended too much. We should have kept the ball more. Sometimes when you just need a draw, this is what happens.” Chhetri then also complained about the defence letting “every cross to come in” which led to desperation and the frustration led to them giving away the penalty in the worst time possible. View this post on Instagram What next? Get into the big league... #INDvBHR #INDBAH #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball #AsianCup2019 A post shared by Goal India (@goal_india) on Jan 14, 2019 at 1:42pm PST But is Chhetri's argument really justified? Let the stats do the talking. Team India has never been one to keep the possession for long. While in the match against Bahrain, India's possession calculated for 39%, and it was far less during the two of the better games the squad had played previously (vs Thailand - 34%, vs UAE - 34%). While the number passes and pass accuracy remained more or less the same. What was substantially different in this game was the lack of attack on the opposition's net as Chhetri and his boys were only able to take 3 shots (all of which were off target) as compared to Thailand when India shot 15 times and UAE, 9 times. While all said and done, Chhetri's argument seems to be accurate only when put under a scope of loss and defeat. What remains true is that yesterday, there lacked the motivation and energy which the team commanded during the first two games. We can put the blame on fatigue or even the players' mental inability to manage the pressure of the game, but in reality, the Indian football team will have to wait for another year for history to be made.
  19. Kader Khan, the comedy legend who has been an omnipresent part of our childhood, lost his battle to prolonged illness and succumbed to it. The entire Bollywood fraternity and fans across the globe are mourning his loss. Bollywood means kadar khan nd Govinda for me in my childhood.. such a brilliant actor, director nd writter.. RIP ðªðªðªð¥ pic.twitter.com/4MHcBlT8ED — SATYA RELOADEDðª (@satyasanket) January 1, 2019 T 3045 - Kadar Khan passes away .. sad depressing news .. my prayers and condolences .. a brilliant stage artist a most compassionate and accomplished talent on film .. a writer of eminence ; in most of my very successful films .. a delightful company .. and a mathematician !! pic.twitter.com/l7pdv0Wdu1 — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) January 1, 2019 Today part of my childhood is gone RIP Kadar khan ð Fact is Amitabh never gave him d due respect which he deserved so PLS don't remember him as friend of Amitabh #KaderKhan pic.twitter.com/4xWfdAhI5m — Nabeel Chaudhry (@chaudhry_nabeel) January 1, 2019 His movies with Govinda and the dream pairing was what comedy meant for all Bollywood fans. The Man Who take Comedy to the Next Level who Tech us what is Real Comedy Who give us a Master Pease ' Mukaddar ka Sikandar' as Screenplay Writer & Take Big B's Carrier to the Next Level. Dialogue Writer Screenplay Writer Character Actor KADAR KHAN Sir A Legend. — SWARAJ SONAWANE (@SWARAJSONAWANE5) January 1, 2019 RIP. The evergreen comedy films like Main Khiladi Tu Anaari and Mr and Mrs Khiladi.The perfect combination of comedy in between the great Kadar khan and you Sir. We always miss the awesome dialogues "Ye Baniyan Andar Karlo" and "Saari Picture me mujhe maarte hi rahoge kya. " — Siddheshwar S Birajdar (@SiddheshwarSBi1) January 1, 2019 The brilliant actor was not just about acting but was also known for his scriptwriting and screenplay writing. He acted in over 300 films in his career. #KaderKhan Saab was one of the finest actors of our country. It was a joy and a learning experience to be on the sets with him. His improvisational skills were phenomenal. His humour was eternal and original. He was a wonderful writer. We will miss him & his brilliance.ðð pic.twitter.com/m9z1yix9HB — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) January 1, 2019 Thank you kadar khan for giving such a beautiful dialouges which makes legendary heros of indian cinema....! Without that they are nothing...lord buddha bless you. Bodhisattavas may help you in finding the peace. RIP — RAMESH NEGI (@Rameshlippa) January 1, 2019 The actor and his family have been living in Canada for years now, so the last rites will be performed there only, as per his family. 2019 has truly begun on a very sad note for Bollywood as one of our finest legends has taken a journey to heaven. We sincerely hope his beautiful soul rests in peace.
  20. There are literally hundreds of diets and diet books in the world today. Most of these diet books have their roots in the American or the Industrial way of eating, and are heavily influenced by the rising obesity in the West. Every diet promises you something special. While one diet is low-carb, the other is low-fat; one diet book promises you a loss of a kilo a day, while the other teaches you how to eat as per your blood type. There are some which detox you to weight loss and some which tell you to stay hungry for an extended period of time in the name of intermittent fasting. There are literally so many diets out there, that if you follow a diet pattern for a few weeks you will have a new one to follow for the rest of your life. © YouTube But there is an issue here, as there is nothing called dieting. The word dieting has somehow been associated with starvation. Whenever we hear the word 'diet', what a layman interprets it is as another low-calorie diet in which he/she would have to give away all their favourite foods and will be constantly bothered by rising hunger and cravings. But that is far from the truth as you can enjoy all your favourite foods and still reach your goal weight. Of course, some amount of moderation and control will be required in the way you eat, but that, by no way, means starvation and deprivation. Every individual is different in a number of ways. The same program may work for someone and may not have any effect on the other person. However, most diets don't work at all and even if they do, there are certain common reasons which ensure that the results are equal for almost everyone: 1. Complete Elimination Of Junk Food Whenever people go on any type of diet, irrespective of its specificities, they at the same time eliminate most of junk food from their diet. Almost all the diets will tell you to avoid certain foods and these foods are not common to any diet pattern as such, but are common to avoid in general for a better living. These include excess sugar, trans fats, refined carbohydrates, too much preservative and artificial sweeteners etc. If you analyze these foods, you will see that the reasons to avoid these foods have been taught to us since our childhood and there is nothing special you are learning from a diet book. At the same time, most diets promote the addition of healthy foods to your regular eating like different coloured fruits and vegetables, complex carbs, omega-3 rich fats, lean meats etc. But do we really need a diet book to understand this? So in the actual case, most diet books are reminding you of healthy eating and nothing else. © Thinkstock Images 2. Drastic Reduction In Caloric Intake Another common reason why most people lose weight on a diet is that every diet pattern, whether low-fat, low-carb, low-protein, low-calorie or low in everything will somehow reduce your overall calorie intake, or in simple terms, at the end of the day it's just a low-calorie diet. If you closely monitor a particular diet pattern it would amount to lesser number of calories you consume in a day. Some reduce the calories drastically while others reduce it gradually, but somehow, calories are reduced in one way or the other. And the simple equation of less calorie intake vs total calorie expenditure in a day will make you lose weight. Though there are a number of permutations and combinations to this equation, in general, this equation works for most people. 3. Placebo Effect Whenever a person starts following any diet book or a diet by a dietician, they are psychologically geared to lose weight. Their entire effort is directed towards achieving a healthy weight and shedding those unwanted kilos. Say, you are having a fever and the doctor gives you two tablets to consume on every alternate day. One day the doctor gives you the conventional medicine for fever and on the other day, you are prescribed nothing more than a salt or a sugar tablet. Most people will get an equally powerful effect from both, because their attitude is directed towards getting well. Your brain is ultra powerful and has the ability to ensure you achieve what you want. This is exactly the principle used for the placebo effect. After understanding the logic behind why someone will lose weight by following any kind of diet, you need to understand the facts behind healthy and clean eating and the reasons to consume adequate calories, not only to maintain healthy bodily functions but also to reduce cravings and rule out any nutritional deficiencies in the body. Remember, A DIET IS FOR LIFE. Anything for short-term purposes is just an adventure.
  21. Waist belts or 'Compression Belts', as they are commercially known as, are latest to join the list of products that can accelerate your fat loss process. I am sure you must have seen someone around you wearing a tight dark color belt on their tummy while working out or during any time of the day. Let's find out whether this belt actually lives up to the expectations of helping you with fat loss or is just another fad. What Are Waist Belts? © Amazon I am sure you must have seen those advertisements on your television sets where they show you the before and after pictures of a model who achieved drastic results after using just a simple belt on their waistline. These are long commercials which are often aired during night and are totally scripted. They use various models and their photo shopped images to verify their claims to boost their sales. They will tell you that all you have to do is wear the belt and your fat loss will be automatically be taken care of. People who watch these commercials are fooled as they start believing that all they have to do is to wear a simple belt on their waste and their problem of being overweight will be automatically resolved. How Do They Work? So do these waist belts really work? Well, at least to give you a superficial and temporary effect. When you wear a thick waist belt that covers your waist entirely you are bound to sweat more from your abdomen while working out or otherwise. This will help you to temporarily hold less water in your abdomen area because you are retaining less water in you waistline area. So it's not actually the fat that you are losing but just the water retention from your abdomen that's getting reduced. As soon as you rehydrate yourself, you will feel that your abdomen looks exactly the same as before and you wouldn't have even lost an inch. The Spot Reduction Myth © Amazon People start believing that they are losing fat from their abdomen when they see their abdomen region sweat after wearing the belt. They think it is fat that's being melted by the belt exclusively from their waistline area. However, there is no scientific evidence to support the claim of spot reduction. Your body will burn the stored fat in an overall proportion and not just from the abdomen region where you are wearing the belt. The Final Verdict These so called 'slimming belts' are just another scams of the big billion Fitness Industry. If it was that easy then we wouldn't see people working their ass off in the gym daily to achieve that toned look. There are no shortcuts for a good and lean physique except hard work in the gym and discipline towards your diet. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  22. "There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." Nelson Mandela's famous quote is probably the best way to describe Virat Kohli's love affair with cricket. His passion for cricket has made him one of the best batsmen in the world across formats and further nurtured him into a ruthless captain. It's also the very passion that defines Kohli's emotional, effervescent and, at times, explosive character. For him, the world is for the taking and his hunger to succeed has propelled him to the pinnacle of the sport. At the age of 30, he is arguably the most relentless and popular performer in the sport. He is already a World Cup winner (2011), the Player of the tournament at a World T20 (2014) and has led India to a record eight consecutive Test series wins. In December 2018, he became the first Asian captain to win a Test in England, Australia and South Africa. © Reuters If his cricketing skills have allowed him to scale new heights in international cricket, his winning mentality and positive mindset is also something that sets him apart from other cricketers of his generation. Despite the hardships and personal setbacks in his life, the Delhi cricketer has gone from strength to strength to carve his own niche in the sport - something that was in full display during his recent interview in Australia. This reply of Virat Kohli when asked how he feels when opposition team wins despite him trying his best, is a learning lesson in itself. MUST WATCH. pic.twitter.com/ryYijA4KsZ — Chandramukhið¥Stark (@FlawedSenorita) December 13, 2018 Talking to Fox Sports, Kohli revealed how he managed to overcome his problems to become the legend he is today. He also gave an insight into how he tries to get over a loss in cricket. “When you lose, eventually you feel so bad that you reach a point where you think there is nothing more than you can feel about this so you got to get over it,” Kohli said. "But now what happens is, even after we lose an important game to someone else, you actually feel bad about your own loss but at the same time, you look at it as the other team has come to play as well. These guys have the similar kind of emotion and passion that we have. There is no good reason why we should win every game. So, I naturally started feeling happy for the other team as well if they really outplay us, because you understand that they are playing the same sport and they might have the same emotion that I do,” he added. © AP Stressing on the importance of not overthinking, Kohli said: So you take it as a part of the game as you can't be so obsessive about it where you cannot put your mind to anything else, because you have to move on and focus on the next game as well. That thing has especially helped me in Test cricket also because you have to come back for 5 days and have that mindset otherwise you will struggle to forget it and refresh yourself to focus on the next game”. While Kohli was majorly talking about cricket, his words of wisdom serve as a great reminder to all those who have struggled or are still finding it hard to overcome their personal problems.
  23. Every day at least a million searches happen on the internet with the query 'How to lose weight quickly?' or 'How to lose 10 kilos in 30 days?' If you have seen pirate movies, you remember the situation with the hostage where on one end, it is the pirate with a sword pointing towards the spine of the hostage. On the other, it is the sharks waiting to tear the hostage's body to shreds as soon as their reflection touches the water. This is exactly the situation of fat people and fad diets. They just fail to recognize the pirate or the sharks here. © Thinkstock These fad diets usually go with the same vicious circles. Do extreme things, lose some weight, go back to the fattening lifestyle, gain all the weight again. Repeat. All these fad diets have a few characteristics in common. Use this list as a bullshit filter the next time you see a miraculous diet pop up in the dieting circles: 1. The diet categorizes food items into good and bad. It issues a list of foods that one should avoid at all costs and a list of foods one can keep hogging all day, without any quantity control as those foods fall into the good food list. 2. It enforces nutrition guidelines on an individual and states that it is the only way they will ever get results. If they do not accept this, they are doomed and bound to stay fat. 3. The diet does not care for individualization or respects one's individual food preferences. It is either the fad way or the highway. 4. It promises rapid results without listing possible downsides, the harmful effects or health implications of the same. © Pinterest 5. The diet requires an individual to purchase particular products, food supplements, or proprietary blends suggesting they will enhance the efficacy of the diet. 6. It cuts out an entire food group or a class of macronutrient from one's diets. 7. It demonizes food items that are generally considered healthy in the community. For example, fruits and vegetables. 8. It relies heavily on user testimonials and targets the emotions of the target audience than relying on scientific data or literature. 9. It falls short of completing the essential nutrients in one's diet. 10. It states that it is easy to follow but does not provide any sustainability making people follow a binary approach of all or nothing. 11. Makes claims of its effectiveness by suggesting certain public figures like doctors or celebrities or politicians who use it and hence it applies to every individual. 12. The dietary approach lacks consistent scientific literature supporting its claims. © YouTube The next time you see a pop-up ad on your web browser or a particular fitness guru or a fitness group suggesting that they have a way of dieting that will help you shed an X amount of weight almost instantaneously, use these pointers to filter out the bullshit. And if you want to seriously follow a plan that gives results and at the same time preserves your sanity, do give this piece a read. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  24. Office- going folks often complain a lot about their weight problems. Some of the usual excuses are: "I do not have the time to exercise." "I cannot eat 6 meals in a day." "I have a slow metabolism." "I cannot follow the GM diet." etc….. Well, fat loss is not easy to achieve. I get that. But it does not have to be as complicated as you make it with those statements above. Fun fact: You don't need to do anyting mentioned in the statements above if you want to lose weight. How Does Weight Loss Happen? Your body needs a certain number of calories to maintain its weight. You have to eat lesser than that number to start losing weight. How To Calculate This Number? © Thinksticok An easy way to calculate the fat loss calories is to multiply your body weight x 24. Or you can use any of the innumerable calculators available online. For example, an 80-kilo guy can start eating 80x24 = 1920 calories to start losing weight. Obviously, this number will change with time as you lose weight. You do not need to follow any specific special diet or eat 6 times a day to boost metabolism. All you need to focus on is eating this calorie number consistently. Install a calorie counting app and feed in what you eat throughout the day. If it is going above this, you need to cut back on food. How Many Meals Per Day? As many as you are comfortable with. Do you like eating 3 meals? Eat 3 meals. Do you like eating 6 meals? Eat 6 meals. As long as you stick to the calorie number, it is all that matters. © Pixabay How Do I Exercise? I Cannot Go To The Gym 6 Days A Week. You do not need to. Just take care of a few things if you want to look good after losing weight: 1. Lift weights over doing just cardio. 2. Select exercises that work your whole body or more muscle groups and not just stick to bicep curls. 3. Exercise each body part at least two times per week. 4. Get stronger at those exercises. Need a 3-day plan with which you can kickstart your journey? Read this article. I Do Not Want To Take Fat Burners Or Fat Loss Pills. Are They Needed? No. They are not. Most supplements in the fitness industry are a bust and pretty pointless. They just give out fake promises and take your money. Do I Need Any Supplements? No again. Are there some supplements that can benefit you? Yes. And they are: 1. Whey protein 2. Caffeine 3. Creatine Again, they do not do anything magical or help you achieve your goals overnight. They benefit you in a certain way which I have covered in detail in this article. Oh, and guess what? Even if you buy 3 of these and use it, it will not cost you over 100 Rupees per day. How Long Do I Need To Do This? Good question. The simplest answer would be; 'as long as it takes.' As a lot of factors play a role in this and it is a very subjective thing. If you want to speed things up or want consistent results, you might benefit working with a coach 1-1. To Sum It Up: 1. Eat fewer calories 2. Lift weights 3. Get stronger 4. Do it consistently Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  25. This topic is of significant interest for bros at the gym as there are many myths surrounding it. The claims made on this topic: 1. Masturbation is bad for your gains. 2. Masturbation reduces your testosterone and you cannot build muscle. 3. You will lose muscle if you masturbate. Nearest To The Truth The truth is, masturbation, has little to no effect on your testosterone directly. As it does not affect your testosterone, there is no significant effect of jerking off on your gains. Now, if it does not really affect your muscle gains, when should you masturbate? © Thinkstock Before Your Workout Or After Your Workout? What happens when you masturbate? A couple of hormonal changes happen in your body. The hormones at play here are prolactin and dopamine. When you masturbate, your prolactin levels shoot up and your dopamine levels take a dip. When these two happen together, which they do when you masturbate, your sexual drive suppresses for a few hours and your heart rate goes up. You feel physically exhausted and tired. You desire a couple of hours of good sleep as well. If you happen to plan a workout after masturbating, this can impact the intensity of your workout in a couple of ways. © Thinkstock 1. You may either feel like missing the session altogether as you are tired and in a mood to sleep. It is not really motivating for you to hit the weights in such a state. You would rather hit the bed and doze off for a couple of hours than going to the gym. 2. If you do end up going to the gym, your workouts might not be that intense as you are feeling tired and have an already elevated heart rate. You may not be able to lift as heavy as you normally would. This would lead to a lower workout volume and might add up in the long term affecting your muscle gains. If you happen to masturbate after a workout, you will have the same effects as above. But, the good part would be that you have already completed your intense training session and your workout was not affected in any significant way as well. So, if you compare the two, masturbation post-exercise seems a better option in the given scenario. Again, at the end of the day, it is your call and your personal choice of what you would like to do and what suits you better. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
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