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  1. Intermittent fasting is a dieting protocol that has been popularized lately by the fitness industry. What Is Intermittent Fasting? It is a period when you restrict food consciously for a set number of hours in a day. Ramzan is an example of intermittent fasting, where people abstain from food or water from sunrise to sunset and then eat and drink. However, in the fitness community, it is not that severe, as you are allowed to consume liquids and zero calorie drinks during your fasting window. But keep in mind, it does not promise mind-bending, overnight, magical results, as pushed by some health influencer or YouTube fitness celeb. Following are some of the benefits of intermittent fasting: 1. It Can Help You Feel Full On A Diet Hunger can be a real problem as calories drop when you are dieting. If you have a bigger appetite, it may not be easy to stick to your diet if you are eating tiny snacks as meals all day. In that case, it would be a much better idea to practice intermittent fasting. © Getty Images There are many ways in which you can do intermittent fasting. The most famous way that people do it is the 16/8 fast, which is also known as the 'lean gains' protocol. In this method, you consume all your calories in an 8-hour window of the day. This window is usually kept in the second half of the day or around your training window so you refuel after exercising and do not go to bed hungry. 2. You Can Be Full Even When Fasting While you are fasting, like I have written above, you are still allowed zero calorie drinks and fluids. This leaves you with plenty of options like water, black coffee, green tea, black tea, salted lemonades or sodas, zero calorie or sugarfree energy drinks, diet soda like diet Coke or diet Pepsi during the fasting window. © Getty Images There was a debacle on these drinks being permitted during intermittent fasting, as people used to think that any sweet taste will spike insulin and break the fast. A study was done on these non-nutritional sweeteners and it was observed that they do not have any strong effects on insulin to break your fast. 3. It Can Help You Be More Focused This is a personal observation of mine. I tend to get a bit lethargic after having food and feel lazy. I myself use intermittent fasting because it helps me be more focussed at work. By restricting foods in a limited window, I do not have to think of food or do not feel lethargic during the day and get most of my work done. I do not practise the traditional intermittent fasting and do something called a protein fasting. I will write on that in a different piece altogether. © Getty Images In conclusion, intermittent fasting can be a great tool for dietary adherence if you understand what exactly you are applying it for. Spoiler alert, it does not magically burn fat or make you a fat burning 'machine' as people try to sell it. If your goal is to lose fat, you need to eat fewer calories than you burn in a day and do it consistently over a period of time. Intermittent fasting is just one way to achieve it. There is nothing magical about it. 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.
  2. Sometimes confidence takes time to build, especially if you're an introvert or shy. You can lose your confidence when you think your self-esteem is at stake and nothing you do can help you bring it back. The thing is, confidence comes back when you need it to and there are ways to work around that. For instance, if you feel like you're low on confidence while talking to a girl, there are things to keep in mind or do, to increase your level of confidence. But remember, it does not happen overnight and takes some amount of effort to work on the same. © Pintrest So, the next time you're at a bar and see someone you really like and want to approach but think you lack confidence, it can be made easy. Talking to girls isn't that tough TBH. It's not a piece of cake either but with the right amount of self-assurance and belief, you can make it rather easy for you, because inherently, man is a social animal! So, here are 3 things you can do to work on your level of confidence, before approaching a woman, to talk to her: (1) Start Engaging With Strangers Nope, I don't mean that in a creepy way. When I say engage with strangers I mean, start talking to people you don't know, around you. I don't mean stalk someone or harass someone, but if you engage with anyone outside of your comfort zone, it helps you exercise and acknowledge your confidence. If you're at a store or even walking down the street, you can start a conversation with anyone about anything of relevance. © Pintrest Approach a support staff at a restaurant, or a customer service staff member at a store and ask help for finding something, or an opinion on a product. While at a restaurant, have a conversation with the waiter about the best dishes they have to offer. Basically, just engage in usual banter with absolute strangers. This gives you the ability to talk to more people and makes you comfortable in holding conversations socially. (2) Start Having Smaller Interactions Now that you've built some confidence in starting a conversation with someone and have strengthened your social skills a little, start having conversations with people around you, not necessarily with the girl you like. Build your social skills further by having some meaningful interactions. If you're at a social setting, approach a group of people and start a conversation on an interesting topic. © Pintrest If you're joining a group discussion, definitely have your opinion ready and get responses from people. Talk to people at work and engage them in conversations. This exercise will make it easier for you to converse without holding back and checking twice on the approach of your confidence. Once you establish proper social and interaction skills, you're ready to go on ahead and talk to anyone! (3) Give Your Conversation A Purpose & Make Eye Contact Now that you've moulded your social skills, it's good to head out into public spaces and try and approach women. If you like to head to a bar and meet women, that's a perfect setting because that's where maximum engagement happens with the opposite ***. Apart from dating apps, which are easier to access if you want to talk to women, public places have certain nuances that you have to keep in check before approaching someone. You body language, for instance, has to be on point or else it's one of the first things to turn someone off. © Pintrest When you're approaching someone, make sure you establish adequate eye-contact. If you make eye contact with a girl you like, it's easier to approach her, knowing she's interested too. Just be sure not to stare and know the difference between mutual eye contact and constantly staring at her. If she's interested she will keep making eye contact with you. When you do approach her, start a good conversation and don't even think of using pick up lines. They're not cool and she will definitely run away. Start by asking how her day was perhaps and take it away from there and if she's interested in the conversation, she will definitely stay instead of making excuses to go back to doing what she was. Give your conversations a purpose and don't make them arbit or sleazy! Building confidence to talk to women isn't rocket science really. It just needs some amount of homework and belief in yourself, along with a few exercises to get you there!
  3. The popular and intensely mind-boggling Netflix show 'Black Mirror' returns with its much-anticipated fifth season on June 5th, 2019, which is about less than a month away. Although we can't wait to watch what unfolds this season, we still remember the episodes that played with the very fabric of our minds, making us believe the future is rather experimentative, dark and intensely bleak! Technology would have skipped a million beats in the next few years and it's all being projected through this incredible semi-fictional show. © Netflix 'Black Mirror', for me has changed how I'd like to look at technology, the future, privacy and the world in a completely new way and as I look forward to the brand new season, I can't help but reminisce over some crazy episodes from the past seasons that actually made me go what the f***!! © Netflix So, I am going to lay out some of my favourite episodes from 'Black Mirror' and if you haven't seen them or have and don't remember, it's time to watch them again, obviously before June 5th. (1) White Bear © Netflix This episode literally blew my mind. It's literal because I couldn't really get over how unusual and twisted punishing someone for a crime can be, in the near future and, of course, while you're on that subject you can't help but think of implementing this form of punishment for all the rapists out there. Come on, I am sure you've had that debate after watching this episode! Or do you have no idea of what I am talking about? Watch the episode! Watch the trailer here (2) The Waldo Moment © Netflix I believe politics is a farce to keep people busy from contemplating absolute anarchy, and this episode of 'Black Mirror' is an absolute juxtaposition of political trends from across the globe. The episode revolves around a bawdy cartoon bear, who's standing up for elections against a permanently enraged political candidate. Oh, the mighty satires this episode delves into. It's absolutely fantastic! Watch the trailer here (3) Black Museum © Netflix This episode certainly made me cringe in all my elemental glory! I mean, it was gory, with a technological wonder attached to it. A young woman visits an isolated museum, which collects memorabilia from different techno-crimes in the past and happens to meet the proprietor who gets into unique details about the whys and hows of three intense crimes that took place in the past. Little does he know the girl has her own ulterior motives. This story definitely sent shivers down my spine. Watch the trailer here (4) Hated In The Nation © Netflix This is the final episode of the third season and it should actually be re-named 'eventuality'. There are homicide robotic bees, an internet serial killer on the run, who is programming these bees to attack people and, of course, a detective who outruns him, towards the end. Why are the bees robotic? You gotta see it to know it. Watch the trailer here (5) Nosedive © Netflix Nosedive is actually and basically the world we live in, but in the future. What I mean is, it's a story about how we see ourselves vs. how we'd do anything and everything for acceptance and validation. Everything depends on the ratings you get as a human being, which is actually picking up in some parts of the world currently, which means the future is almost here. I've put this episode in my top favourites because it's a hard-hitting reality which we will have to face sometime soon. Watch the trailer here (6) The Nation Anthem © Netflix The absolute dark side to life and technology, the first ever episode of 'Black Mirror' depicted absolute gutsy feels, as Charlie Brooker put a daring proposition of the Prime Minister having *** with a pig to free a fictional princess in captivity. The alarming thing about this episode is people's rapidly changing opinion through social outfits aka technology used in social references and something unthinkable entering the realms of acceptance. Watch the trailer here (7) White Christmas © Netflix This episode was a Christmas special for 2014 and it should've been titled 'Dark Christmas' rather! Two men find each other for company at a remote outpost and tell each other three intense tales, without letting out any secrets, until you figure there's a mega-twist towards the end. This one's a special one and you must watch it. Watch the trailer here While I have only put 7 of my favourite episodes, there are a few more worth a mention for sure. But I'll leave it up to you to decide what you feel should top the list. Subjectivity FTW! For now, I am banking on the 3 episodes in season 5 and can't wait to see what Charlie Brooker has in store for us next.
  4. Everyone has an idol that they look up to. We all have that one personality that we absolutely want to look like, be it a sports personality or someone from the fitness industry itself. With the growth of the internet and social media, in particular, we have motivation and inspiration available to us 24-hours a day at just a click of a button, but the fact remains that 99.9 per cent of the population is not able to emulate the physique of the personality that they look up to. Why? Because you only want to look like them without putting in the effort that is required to look the way they look or be as fit, strong or agile as they are. The ideal physique that you are aspiring to achieve come with a certain level of investment in terms of hard work, dedication and time. © YouTube Let's look at what an athlete or a fitness personality does which a normal person does not. 1. No Quick Fixes The people with the best physiques have been putting in their blood and sweat to achieve the physique for a long, long time. We are talking about years and in some cases, even decades. Compare that to people who want to quit working out because they cannot see their abs popping out in a month or give up because they could not outsize John Abraham after a month of weight training. It is unrealistic and outright stupid, if I am being honest, to think that it will happen in a matter of weeks what took the best athletes out there years to achieve. You need to be in it for the long haul. 2. Plans Ahead & Is Realistic How would you plan on reaching somewhere if you don't know how to get there? You would also have no idea about the time it would take to get there, which again would have you set up unrealistic goals and timeframe. People with best physiques, on the other hand, know where they are, where they want to go, and how to get there. They set up goals and move from goal to goal. Even if they are not looking to compete, they train with a plan rather than just going with the flow. © YouTube 3. Not Have Washboard Abs Year Round People who have achieved drool-worthy physiques know that it is impossible to be shredded 12 months a year and putting on muscle mass is as important as being leaner no matter what your goal is. If you are interested in performance and not the looks side of things, muscle mass becomes much more important for you, as muscular endurance and strength are what's going to help you perform better at your respective sport/activity. Look at it this way, if you want to look athletic, you have to be athletic. Start focusing on performance and body composition will take care of itself. 4. They Do Not Starve Themselves For Years On At A Stretch What most people do not understand is that it is easy to lose fat but hard to gain muscle mass. A major chunk of time goes into doing the latter when we talk about athletes who have achieved something in their respective careers. Losing fat makes you eat less which creates a shortage of energy in the body, which in turn, stops you from training and recovering optimally and any person with half a brain cell should be able to guess that training optimally and recovering from that training, is what is needed to attain the goals that you are trying to achieve. Conclusion: We all want to be the best versions of ourselves like the people we look up to but are we doing what they are doing to get where they are? Remember, no athlete in this world turned out world class in a day, you HAVE to put in the time and effort needed to get there, otherwise, you are just wasting your time. At the end of the day, it is largely mental, it's about setting a goal and starting on the path to achieving it without ever looking back. When you do that, you strive for constant improvement, nourish and take care of your body and be in control of yourself. Once you do that consistently, you'll come to a realization that how much can you achieve, how there is always a scope for improvement and how much it sucks to live any other way. Nav Dhillon is an online coach with GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company that helps people with fitness goals right from losing weight to competing in bodybuilding shows. He has coached individuals from all forms of life, right from people looking to get in shape in general to national level bodybuilding and physique athletes. You can reach Nav on nav.dhillon@getsetgo.fitness or his Instagram handle if you are looking for professional help with your fitness goals.
  5. I love to travel, and thanks to my job, I am on the go for the most part of the year. It's fun mostly, albeit there are times it can get quite hectic, especially if it's a last minute plan. Now I have been doing this for a while. When I had started out, I had made quite a lot of mistakes each time I travelled. But you know how they always say - practice makes one perfect. In my case, I can safely say I have perfected the art of planning a last-moment trip without losing my calm. Here's what I do. 1. Keep A Travel Bag Ready With All The Basics One thing that I learnt from my round-the-clock, sudden work trips is to always keep a travel bag ready with bare minimum necessities - toiletries, laptop, pair of socks, trousers, sunglasses, and two ironed shirts. If you are on the go, it's better you find a way to save as much time as you can. And take it from a person with experience, you don't want to waste 30 minutes on packing when you have an urgent flight to catch. 2. Buy A Travel Insurance Under 60 Seconds About 20% of frequent flyers buy their travel insurance last minute, and there is a lot of hassle in getting one. I am one of those people. And if you relate to this too, there is a news for you that will come to you as a huge relief. Reliance General Insurance has made it possible for customers to buy travel insurance under 60 seconds. How you ask? Say hello to an NFC-enabled digital innovation way where you simply tap your smartphone on the NFC tags. This 'Tap and Buy' innovation has been introduced in Delhi International Airport, and about 46 screens are available to use the facility. Trust me, it has made my life so much easier, and my trips less hectic. Let me explain how you can make the most of this facility. All you have to do is tap your NFC-enabled smartphone on one NFC tags placed at one of the 46 kiosks at Delhi Airport. The moment you do that, your phone will be prompted to open WhatsApp and you can buy your travel insurance in less than a minute. Isn't that cool? And hey, I am not the only one who is vouching for this innovation. Turns out, Bollywood singer, Sukhbir Singh too is a big fan. See what he has to say about this. View this post on Instagram It's definitely a relief to know great things happen when technology meets insurance. Kudos to Reliance Travel Insurance for doing this man! Thank you guys! To all my friends, I definitely recommend you try these Tap & Buy NFC Portals where I bought my Travel Insurance last minute. I found these portals at T3 Delhi International Airport for anyone who's travelling & has forgotten Travel Insurance just like me! #RelianceGeneralInsurance #LiveSmart #RelianceTravelInsurance #TravelGram #TravelHolic #TravelSafe #GigLife #Exciting #Different #NFC #Kudos #TechnologyOfIndia #InstaTech #SmartTechnology #NewYorkCity #Tap #Buy #Insurance #Security #DigitalInnovation A post shared by Sukhbir (@sukhbir_singer) on Apr 20, 2019 at 11:13am PDT 3. Have A Reliable Travel Agent Picture this. You have your business meeting in 24 hours. You have to fly out in the next eight hours. There is a time crunch. And of course, an immense amount of stress. What I do in such scenarios is I make a travel agent work for me and help me ease the burden. Travel agents are great when it comes to accountability, and getting amazing deals at the last moment. Just give your preferences, and they will do your bookings, get your meals in place, and get you your preferred seat. Besides, you get to save a lot of time. Right? 4. Contact Hotels Directly A lot of people book hotels online. Of course, it does help in saving a lot of time but it really doesn't help when it comes to saving money. The smart way, according to me, is to contact the hotel directly, and BARGAIN till you get a deal which works for you. 5. Make Use Of Discounts, Offers & Miles When I am running out of time, I usually forget about the discounts and coupons I have earned from my past travels. I mean, it does slip your mind, doesn't it? But now, I am a little wise, and a little careful. If you have coupons lying idle, use it judiciously. And lastly, no matter where you travel, whether for work or leisure, remember to enjoy your fullest.
  6. If you think this is another post that is going to give you a 'not-my-fault' card and blame carbs, hormones, sugar, junk, insulin, etc. for you being overweight, pay twice the amount of attention. Let me first put out the most important fact on the table. Who do you think is responsible for you being fat? YOU. Nothing and no one else. So firstly, stop with the blame game. You may still be thinking that "no, it is the hormones. I eat healthy all the time. How can it be?" Read through and you will realize how it is still you. The very basic of weight loss or weight gain is calorie balance. Eat more and expend less, you gain weight. Eat less and expend more, you lose weight. As simple as that. So the ONLY rule to lose weight is to burn more calories and eat fewer calories. Simply put, 'Eat less move more.' So, how do you figure that you are getting fat even if though you are eating healthy? 1. You Indulge In Mindless Eating Humans have evolved with survival instincts and this survival has one main food instinct which says 'see food, eat food.' I am not lying. You can try this experiment yourself. In your working space, fill a bowl up with chocolates and keep it someplace where people often visit, ideally by the printer or the water dispenser. © Unsplash Now check the same bowl towards the end of the day. There is a good chance that there would be little to no chocolates in there. Then, ask your co-workers casually what have they eaten all day. Almost nobody will mention chocolates on that list. Not that they want to lie to you, their brain simply does not register the food they eat subconsciously. The same translates to portion sizes and eating while not paying attention. Look at the computer screen or TV while eating and you might as well finish off an entire pizza, as your brain does not respond to the fullness signal as your attention is elsewhere. 2. Under-Reporting & Over-Estimation There is research which shows that people who keep food journals are terrible at reporting their food intakes and even worse at estimating their energy expenditure. © Unsplash A 1992 study showed that people under-reported food intake by 47% and over-reported energy expenditure by 51%. Considering that you eat as per the normal food guidelines and do around an hour of activity per day, your intake would come to around 2200 kcals and expenditure would be 400 kcals. But as per the study, the same example above meant people reported that they ate around 1200 kcals and had an expenditure of around 800 kcals. That is a huge margin of error and now you can see where you might be going wrong too. 3. Cheat Days Do Not Count This is usually the norm that even though you may be eating well or mindfully during the week, every weekend ends up being a deserved cheat day. © Unsplash Firstly, if you are dieting in the first place and you are above the normal range of body fat%, i.e. 10 to 15%, nothing about your cheat day is 'deserved'. And more often than not, these unaccounted cheat days are a shit ton of calories down your throat that needs to be stored somewhere. They are not going to magically disappear into thin air. So, the next time you think that it is the hormones making you fat, always remember this: It is ALWAYS you! 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.
  7. Ronaldo has the best physique among his counterparts in the sport and is one of the best athletes in the world. His day begins with a team practice session that lasts for about 3-4 hours, which includes football drills, HIIT drills, sprinting and weight training exercises. Ronaldo trains in the gym for 4 days/week. His lifting routine primarily focuses on enhancing strength, speed and a little bit of hypertrophy. This type of training is extremely beneficial for athletes. © Reuters Here are six tips that can help you in getting a body similar to that of the Juventus star: 1) Focus On Nutrition: For your body to look jacked, you need to get rid of excess body fat. To get rid of it, get into a state of calorie deficit. A calorie deficit is when you consume fewer calories than is required to maintain your current body weight. Lower body fat is required to showcase your muscles. For most guys, this is 7 to 10% body fat. © Unsplash 2) Pick A Sport: Sports can really help you to in staying active. Pick any sport whichever you like and enjoy it 2-3 times per week. 3) Lift Weights: Weight training is the base to look jacked like Ronaldo. Weight training has various benefits like improving your concentration, building muscle, burning fat, improved *** life, less risk of injury, etc. Hit the gym 3-4 days in a week and be consistent with it. Incorporate compound movements and isolation movements. Learn the motor-skill pattern to build your core strength. © Unsplash Full body movements like the squat, the bench press, the deadlift or the overhead press engage and train your core. Implement big movements properly in your training plan so that you can lift heavy overtime and gain a good amount of muscle. 4) Cardio- Doing some cardio will not hurt your gains if you take care of your nutrition. Cardio can help you to condition your physique, however, cardio can also be a problem if you do too much of it. You can do any form of cardio like HIIT (high-intensity interval training) or LISS (low-intensity steady state). 5) Sleep- Your body will never show signs of improvement if your sleep pattern is not on point. What do I mean by this? You need to get at least 6-7 hours of deep sleep. A good range is 7-8+ hrs for better recovery outcomes. Some might require more than 8 due to their genetics and stress. If you are not able to get at least 6 hours then you might face sleep deprival effects. 6) Supplements- Supplements can really help you fill the gaps. You don't have to take a ton of it and especially not bullshit ones like BCAAs, fat burners, testosterone booster, etc. In fact, I would suggest you take the effective ones like: 1) Whey Protein- Whey protein is more of a convenience food which can help you to fulfil your protein gap. Mostly required by vegetarians and vegans who find difficult to complete their protein intake per day. © Reuters 2) Creatine- Creatine can help you to look fuller overall. It also helps you to increase strength and lean body mass. 3-5g/day intake is sufficient. 3) Caffeine- Caffeine is a stimulant which can help you boost your mood before any intensive work. It boosts your performance in the gym and helps you do more work in a short time. A couple of shots of black coffee will do the magic. To achieve Ronaldo's physique you have to be consistent, disciplined and dedicated. Author Bio: Yashovardhan Singh is an online fitness coach with www.getsetgo.fitness, an online fitness platform. Along with lifting weights and building his physique, he is also a motorbike enthusiast, an animal lover. You can connect with him on Instagram or drop him an email on yashovardhan@getsetgo.fitness.
  8. Dieting is the most important or the most certain path to losing fat and getting in shape. For 90% of the people, it usually looks like this: Monday to Thursday - Diet Friday, Saturday - CHEAT days Sunday - I QUIT! If this is you, it is because your habits are not conducive to dieting. For long-term (yes, there are no shortcuts) and successful dieting, you need to develop habits that support your goal. Here are some habits you should develop if you want to get into the best shape of your life (and stay the same): 1. Track Your Nutrition © Wareable Everyone who successfully diets almost always track their nutrition. Be it through a calorie counting app, on spreadsheets, or even maintaining a journal. Tracking nutrition is not limited to accurately tracking calories and macros, it could be as simple as tracking portion sizes or even the foods that you eat. Because, to diet, you have to make some adjustments to your eating habits or routine. If you do not know what are you currently doing, how are you going to change things? It is the same as having a goal to have more savings but you do not really know where do you spend the money. Following a meal plan is easy and can work short-term but you cannot be dependent on a piece of paper to tell you what to eat all your life. 2. Do Not Fall For Fad Diets © Unsplash Every now and then, there will be a new trend that promises quick and effective results in a matter of days or weeks. These so-called magic diets do one of the following: a. Are not sustainable b. Are exclusive and restrict certain food groups altogether c. Are stupid d. Increase the risk of deficiencies and are unhealthy e. All of the above And all of them do not work in the long run. They will give you some short-term result but those results will be short-term as well, meh. The people who follow these fad diets, they have almost always followed four to five different fads in the past as well. There is a reason they are always looking for the next fad diet. 3. Moderation Is The Key © Unsplash Clean food vs. Dirty food is a foolish mentality to follow with your food and keeps you swinging in extremes. You are either here or there. And with that, you are severely restricting or outright binging. None of that is going to help you out. Instead, understand calories and eat the foods that you like in moderation. This will be a lot more pleasurable and your diet will be sustainable. And you really want that as I told before that if you are dieting and getting into shape is your goal, it is going to take longer than you may have expected. 4. There Is A Good Diet Vs A Bad Diet Good foods vs. Bad foods? Nah. That does not exist as you are not just going to eat one single food in your diet. Unless following a fad. If yes, read #2 again. But your diet can be good or bad considering the overall nutrition and the overall food choices you are making. And this is one of the outcomes of the extremities of IIFYM. Just because it fits your macros, does not mean you almost exclusively eat it. If you are exclusively eating junk, you will experience deficiencies, low energy, hunger, irritability, etc. Keep a majority of the foods in your diet to be whole, minimally processed and nutrient dense. 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.
  9. Zodiac signs play an important role. From birth to death, they have an unfelt presence in your life. It doesn't hurt to look in the science called astrology when it comes to certain crucial things in life like love. Check out your traits and the signs you're compatible with: 1. Aries Positives: · Curious, energetic, upbeat and enthusiastic · Doer rather than an observer · Wants excitement, thrill and adventure Negatives: · Too impulsive, stubborn and arrogant · Known to leave things mid-way Accordingly, most compatible signs: Sagittarius, Gemini, Leo. 2. Taurus Positives: · Reliable, practical, sensitive and kind · Great with finances · Generous, patient and independent Negatives: · Possessive, materialistic and lazy · Stubborn and a bit too much into themselves Accordingly, most compatible signs: Pisces, Capricorn, Cancer 3. Gemini Positives: · Intellectual, expressive and quick-witted · Versatile, enthusiastic and humorous · Soft spoken with great communication skills Negatives: · Inconsistent, superficial and anxious · Incapable of making decisions Accordingly, most compatible signs: Libra, Aquarius, Aries 4. Cancer Positives · Intuitive, sentimental and kind · Quite creative · Emotional, loving and faithful Negatives · Moody, pessimistic and clingy · One of the worst naggers Accordingly, most compatible signs: Taurus, Scorpio, Virgo 5. Leo Positives · Caring, optimistic and kind · Loyal and honest · Heart as big as the sky Negatives · Dominating, egoistic and possessive · As arrogant as one can be Accordingly, most compatible signs: Sagittarius, Aries, Gemini 6. Virgo Positives · Intelligent, practical and analytical · Quite meticulous and yet never show off · One of the most reliable signs Negatives · Too particular and harsh · Extremely conservative and judgemental Accordingly, most compatible signs: Taurus, Cancer, Capricorn 7. Libra Positives · Kind, gentle and peaceful · Tactful, balanced and diplomatic · Romantic at heart Negatives · Detached, superficial and unreliable · Indecisive and self-indulgent Accordingly, most compatible signs: Aquarius, Gemini, Sagittarius 8. Scorpio Positives · Passionate, intelligent and strong willed · Focused and brave · Ambitious and intuitive Negatives · Jealous and resentful · Secretive and manipulative Accordingly, most compatible signs: Cancer, Capricorn, Pisces 9. Sagittarius Positives · Confident, brave and amazingly positive · Explorers and adventurous · Straightforward and don't believe in sugar-coating · Intellectual, philosophical, and large-hearted Negatives · Careless, impatient and inconsistent · Usually brutally honest, more than required Accordingly, compatible signs: Aries, Aquarius, Leo 10. Capricorn Positives · Stable, balanced and wise · Practical, ambitious and disciplined · Cautious, for their own good Negatives · Stubborn and self-centred · Pessimistic and detached Accordingly, compatible signs: Taurus, Pisces, Virgo 11. Aquarius Positives · Independent, strong and mysterious · Friendly and loyal · Eccentric and have an attractive personality Negatives · Unpredictable, extremist and stubborn · Aloof most of the time Accordingly, compatible signs: Sagittarius, Libra, Gemini 12. Pisces Positives · Empathetic, compassionate and selfless · Intuitive and imaginative · A sensitive soul Negatives · Too idealistic and yet weak-willed · Pessimistic and lazy Accordingly, compatible signs: Scorpio, Cancer, Capricorn
  10. Falling in love is the only feeling which has so many connotations attached to it. Sometimes it's beautiful, sometimes there's a lot of remorse and sometimes there is fear and anguish which is ineffable but within all these connotations, love is eternally beautiful because it works on a very personal level, for everyone on this planet. It's the basic texture that binds anything together and definitely the most inexplicable emotion to encounter. © Eros International The most garnered emotion through love in today's day and age though is the amount of hurt it can cause someone who's experienced it. That's what love is defined as now and it's quite sad, to be honest. Hurt has sadly become a by-product of love, leaving many individuals scarred for life, to even want to experience it again. But like they say, you can't help when you fall in love with someone and if that's the case with you, you have to let all the fears and inhibitions seep through to start fresh with someone new. So, in case you're wondering how to do that, here are 3 most obvious questions to ask yourself if you're scared of falling in love with someone, again. Do You See Yourself All Alone In The Future? If you've been hurt so bad that you can't conjure the courage to love again, then maybe you feel you're not in the right mind frame to find love again in anyone ever. But you need to ask yourself if you think you want that as a permanent fixture in your life. Everyone longs for companionship at some point in time in their lives. Are you willing to see yourself without company for good? If you think the answer is yes, then that's alright. If the answer is no, here's a chance to open up a bit more for some brighter and more positive prospects, where love is concerned while giving yourself time to heal. © Pintrest Have You Given It Enough Time? Maybe you're scared because you haven't given your hurt much time. Your last relationship was so tedious, it broke you and now you've met someone who's giving you the comfort you deserve but it's all too soon and you're scared they might hurt you too. Well, the key here is to give it enough time for you to heal from the hurt. It's like a wound that keeps getting scratched instead of healing and disappearing. If you don't give yourself enough time to heal and move on, you'll hold on to your past and wreck your present. © Eros International Have You Learnt From Your Hurt? No matter how badly you're hurt and scared of love again, there are some remarkable lessons you can learn from your experience. Only these lessons will push you forward to change and undergo a certain type of metamorphosis. For instance, if you were hurt in the past, you slowly realise that you probably let yourself be that naive or that sensitive to accumulate that hurt within you. You'll be better prepared if you go through something similar if at all, again. Every hurt teaches you something and lets your fear dissipate, slowly. © Eros International These three questions are very pertinent to decide if you're ready to take the leap again. If you have even an iota of fear residing within you, concerning love, then ask yourself these questions again.
  11. A majority of people on the planet are always in the constant mission to lose weight, however, not all get highly satisfying results. via GIPHY Talking about hurdles when it comes to weight loss, the first one is actually sticking to a diet. However, while you may stick to a diet if you have immense dedication towards your goal, you will still face the problem of hunger. When you go on a calorie deficit diet or reduce your calorie intake from your current diet, your body starts craving for more food. via GIPHY Since you were earlier consuming more food in your routine, your body becomes accustomed to it. Now when you deprive it of those food items, the hormones in your body will send signals for cravings and you will feel hungry throughout the day. Chances are that you might even give up to these cravings sooner than later. via GIPHY So in this article, I am going to tell you a few strategies that will help you to minimize these cravings so that you can stay on track for your fitness goals: 1. Eat More Protein via GIPHY Consuming more protein in your daily diet will help you to curb your hunger as your body has to spend more time to digest protein. Another important role of protein as a macronutrient is to help your body in muscle repair. via GIPHY Thus it makes more sense to include food items that are high in protein in every meal of the day. When I say protein, I mean protein food and not supplements like Whey. Whey protein is digested rapidly so it may not have the same satiety factor as natural sources of protein. Thus try to include more natural form of protein like chicken, Eggs, Tofu, Cottage cheese etc. 2. Drink More Water via GIPHY While you may think that you are hungry for food, chances are that you might actually be thirsty. This happens with the majority of people who do not consume enough water throughout the day. via GIPHY You need to make a conscious effort to consume enough water so that you are not confusing thirst with hunger. Try this, when you feel hungry just after a few minutes of consuming a meal, have water. Trust me, you will realize that you weren't actually hungry. Also, drinking sips of water every now and then help a lot in regulating your hunger. 3. Consume Calorie Sparse Foods via GIPHY Those quick snack bites like biscuits and namkeens may satisfy your hunger immediately but it won't last for too long. Similarly, sugary drinks and colas add up to your calorie intake but do not provide ample satiety factor to keep hunger at bay. Whenever you consume any of these food items you will start feeling hungry immediately after some time. Thus, they are a poor choice to satisfy your hunger. via GIPHY Instead, you should always choose fibre dense food like brown rice, Oatmeal etc which have enough fibre to make you feel less hungry over time. High volume foods that have enough fibre will take time to digest and thus give you more satiety factor. 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.
  12. Tweet on social image: THANOS! COUNT YOUR FUCKING DAYS BITCH! THE strongest, most powerful woman is coming for you. #captainmarvel pic.twitter.com/AZ253NU5sq — uhlEEsa (@alisawhat) 8 March 2019 While we've been eagerly awaiting 'Avengers: Endgame' in April, Captain Marvel's already made her way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and we can't wait to watch the most powerful superhero in the MCU in her full glory! While the movie will primarily be about the origins of Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, she has a significant role to play in 'Avengers: Endgame'. If you've seen the 'Avengers: Infinity War' end credit scene, you will know exactly what I am talking about. © Walkt Disney Studios Motion pictures But since you're done contemplating when and where to catch this show, here is something to put your restlessness at ease. Some Twitter reaction sans spoilers to feast on, before you go watch the film. You won't regret these reactions or the film for sure: (1) Just A Little Know-How Of The Tonality #CaptainMarvel has a great '90s sci-fi vibe w/ a tone unlike any other Marvel movie, really. It's retro & trippy, mysterious & dorky. It's funny in surprising places & badass in all the right places. It remains entertaining because it's always changing. It's got the right stuff pic.twitter.com/o7AvqYY63x — Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) 20 February 2019 (2) Well, A Little About The 'Grossing' Factor #CaptainMarvel (English) - Interval - Entertainment is the main factor 'Marvel' targets at and it is achieved in an effortless way by neat making, proper script and engaging progress. 'Enjoyable' so farð¤ @captainmarvel @Marvel_India @disneyfilmindia — Review Ram (@MovieReviewRam) 8 March 2019 (3) ...And Here's Some Extreme Feedback Instant reaction: #BrieLarson was poorly cast, the plethora of writers led to a haphazard story, there are several feminist Easter eggs throughout, and the relationship between Carol and Rambeau was excessively overrated...lots to say...C- #CaptainMarvel #CaptainMarvelreview pic.twitter.com/gnha09S8MS — Odin's Movie Blog (@OdinsMovieBlog) 8 March 2019 (4) Well, This Is A Given Fans of #CaptainMarvel comics are going to love the movie. Plain and simple. — Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) 20 February 2019 (5) Here's A Happy Fan @captainmarvel was full of so much girl power I almost cried. So fantastic and empowering to see! Loved the Easter eggs and the #stanlee tribute. #captainmarvel #CaptainMarvelreview — Chantalle (@channy_cas) 6 March 2019 (6) What Did You Think About The First Half? #CaptainMarvelreview [3.75/5] #CaptainMarvelâ â kicks ass! Although this origin story does not deviate from the MCU formula, it surprisingly feels fresh. Films first half could have done with more 'excitement' that the latter parts of the film had. Overall a fun film! #Marvel — Adarsh Kandy (@Akfilmreviews) 7 March 2019 (7) Happy Women's Day Indeed! THANOS! COUNT YOUR FUCKING DAYS BITCH! THE strongest, most powerful woman is coming for you. #captainmarvel pic.twitter.com/AZ253NU5sq — uhlEEsa (@alisawhat) 8 March 2019 (8) Is The Post-Credit Scene Related To Endgame? @CaptMarvelNews An absolute great movie, great chemistry between Fury and Carol, action, humor and a pumping post credit scene! #CaptainMarvelreview #CAPTAINMARVEL #AvengersEndgame — Fer (@d5wna) 8 March 2019 (9) Only One Way To Find Out The best scene was the last one @marvel #CaptainMarvelreview — Ibrahim Nwiran (@Ibrahim_Nwiran) 6 March 2019 (10) Here's An Insight @brielarson is absolutely awesome in @captainmarvel . Her Carol Danvers is funny, sweet, charming all at the same time plus she can take down bad guys like its nothing. #CapitanaMarvel #CaptainMarvelReview — Sehbyyyman (@lazybanz) 7 March 2019 (11) Thank God For That! I saw Captain Marvel tonight, and while it may not be groundbreaking, it was fun and the personal stakes felt real/earned. Plus, it didn't have the usual 3rd act bloat that weighs down most action films today. So, yeah. Thumbs up. #CaptainMarvelreview — Evelyn Anne (@evelynanne) 8 March 2019 (12) This Is A Popular Opinion Just saw Captain Marvel. I only have to say one thing: THANOS. IS. F***ED. In all seriousness though, a hilarious, empowering, amazing film. Lots of twists and turns, an amazing end credit scene, and a beautiful tribute to the late Stan Lee. #CaptainMarvel #CaptainMarvelreview — Kyle Sandino (@KyleSandino) 6 March 2019 (13) How Many Do You Have? Everybody walking out of #CaptainMarvel reassessing their Endgame theories pic.twitter.com/6ScrfakFcz — francesca ð (@francescaaahhhh) 8 March 2019 (14) Why Would He Tweet About His Friend Though? My friend was bored through the movie, stiff acting, bland cinematography nothing vibrant, coolest shot was in the trailer, and fury loses his eye in the dumbest way possible and Brie's human character isn't that likeable. — yah (@_TheRealJerome_) 8 March 2019 (15) Touche! #CaptainMarvel's awesome. Brie Larson is wonderful as Carol Danvers, her character is beautifully realized, and her chemistry with Samuel L. Jackson is pitch-perfect. Ben Mendelsohn's Talos makes for a solid villain. It's very funny, it's wildly energetic, and it's full of heart. — DEJ #TimesUpForBryanSinger (@john_tyler646) 8 March 2019 (16) Okay, That's It, We're Booking Our Tickets #CaptainMarvel is a blast! It moved along at a wonderful pace, and introduced us to a POWERFUL new hero. Brie Larson shines, and the supporting cast Is stellar. The hype is real about Mr. Ben Mendolsohn. probably my favorite story marvel has done. So Great! endgame here we come! — Dan (@MrOptomisticrit) 8 March 2019 Also, if you are a 90s teen, you'll definitely love the soundtrack! Well, any Superhero movie first boasts of its soundtrack, doesn't it? This one's gonna be good. I FUCKING LOVED #CAPTAINMARVEL Its very different than most of the MCU films and so very 90s. It's funny and fun and super empowering. It made me feel proud to be a woman. Also, as a 90s teen, the soundtrack....oh, the soundtrack ⤠— Yolanda Machado (@SassyMamainLA) 20 February 2019 And, the movie opens with a Stan Lee tribute right in the beginning. Oops did I say too much? Well, time to book them tickets because it's going to be one hell of a show!
  13. Sujoy Ghosh is dishing out a brilliant revenge thriller called 'Badla', which releases tomorrow. Starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu in lead roles, the solid drama movie has already impressed everyone in its trailer. If you're planning on catching this gripping flick, here are 5 things you can expect from 'Badla': 1. Big B & Taapsee's Strong Performances- There is no doubt that these two stellar actors will not stand up to our expectations in the movie. We have already witnessed their fantastic chemistry in the courtroom drama 'Pink'. They are essaying the same role of a lawyer-client in 'Badla' and we're assuming the performance is going to be seamless this time as well. © Red Chillies Entertainment 2. Gripping Storyline- Trust Sujoy Ghosh to not disappoint you with what you can expect from a well-crafted movie. The trailer is already gripping and has left us intrigued. 3. It Is A Balanced Adaptation Of A Spanish Movie- If you didn't know this, 'Badla' is actually an adaptation of the famous Spanish movie 'Contratiempo' (The Invisible Guest), so comparisons are natural. However, the makers have done a fine job in spinning their own tale borrowed from the original. 4. A Good Bollywood Murder Mystery- After a very long time, Bollywood has shifted focus from biopics and other genres to explore something which boggles and keeps the audience engaged till the end. There is a dearth of good murder, revenge thrillers in Bollywood and hopefully, this movie will bridge the gap. The movie releases tomorrow, so make sure your plans are set in place for the weekend!
  14. Okay, it's like an excitement bomb dropped at us. It's dinner time and most of us are either on our way back home or planning what to eat for dinner on a mundane Tuesday night . However, everything changed a few minutes ago because guys, please drop everything as the much awaited trailer for the final season in now here! The final war of Winter is embarking upon us. Arya Stark is obviously not scared of death and wants to stare right back at it, everyone's anxious about what the Night King's army is getting towards them. Khaleesi and Jon Snow make a tiny appearance in the trailer, Cersei is obviously not the one who gives up so easily so its good to see her conniving smile again. Well, a man is going to rewatch that insane trailer which leads us to so many questions! Winter is FINALLY coming and we actually cannot wait now. Well the trailer sure leaves us on a cliffhanger and obviously it's the only thing people are talking about on social media. “the trailer is here. #GameOfThrones “ everyone: pic.twitter.com/TJnA0mgHMW — katy (@kxty11) March 5, 2019 «I know death, he's got many faces, I look forward to seeing this one...»#GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/YP24VwRon6 — â Víctor M. â (@Victorhml) March 5, 2019 Everyone is thinking the same thing, right? This Missandei-Greyworm love story is gonna end in tragedy isn't it #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/u3Yb5rm5jk — Sham Easu (@Psychedelicorn) March 5, 2019 While we are shook already, lets continue to keep our calm because the actions begins on 14th April.
  15. New in the dating game? Still testing out the warm waters? That's alright, it does take courage and a lot of patience to play the game right and once you get the hang of it, you're pretty sorted. Making the first move on a girl is quite tactical and takes a lot more than confidence but the trick is to get it right the first time so you don't mess up the next time! Not like you can't mess up. Of course, you can, and by mess up, I mean you can try your best and even then she may not be impressed. But the fact of the matter is you did try your best. © UTV Motion Pictures Sometimes, making a move on someone can apply initiating a kiss or a make-out session but here, we're just going to talk about how to address your interest in a girl if you like her, have seen her and want to know her better or have known her a while and are a little clueless about how to approach her. Here are 5 sure-shot ways that can help you in making your first move: (1) Signs Are Important Signs are like an indication of whether or not you should make your move, so they are important. Signs can come through body language, the way she interacts, eye contact and other gestures. For example, if you like someone at a bar, you will know if she's interested in you if she makes eye contact with you, which reeks of interest. That's your cue to go up to her and start talking to her. Similarly while in a conversation if she strokes your arm, laughs at your jokes, then you know you can make a move further because that's a sure-shot indication of the fact that she's interested in you. © AA Films (2) Go With The Flow By that I mean stop over-thinking about the how's and what if's and just go with the first thought in your head. If the first thought is just going to the girl you like and telling her about how you feel, then go for it. Wing it as best as you can, it works most times because it reflects the confidence you exude! © Eros International (3) Try Humour You can approach a girl and crack a funny one to get her attention since girls love men who're humorous. In fact, that's one of the best ways to make a move. If you floor her with humour she would automatically want to spend time with you because you make her laugh. It's as simple as that. © Zee Tv (4) Approach Her Friends If you know her friend(s) then maybe you can try and approach them first and strike up a conversation with them and gain some perspective about the girl you like, if they're willing to help. This helps you kill the awkwardness you may develop while talking to her and boost some much-needed confidence too! © Eros International (5) Compliment Her Mind Yes, she loves hearing she's beautiful, she'd appreciate you getting her a drink but what most men don't do is compliment her mind. Strike up a rather interesting conversation with her. It could be about life, likes and the universe but pick up anything and hear her perspective on it. If it makes sense to you, definitely pay her a compliment because she deserves it. © Fox Star Studios Making the first move isn't hard if you follow through with these points. Just keep in mind to know that it's okay if she says 'no'. Rejection is part and parcel of the process, so it should be taken with positivity. After all, it all boils down to consent and how respectful you are in general towards women. Other than that, keep trying till you ace your moves!
  16. For every man there comes a time in his life when he makes lifestyle choices based on the quality of the products. Be it gadgets, footwear or clothing, choosing quality over quantity is their mantra for life. Now that labels and brands matter while every man buys clothing, it also matters what the brands actually make your clothing out of. © Getty Images Wouldn't you be disappointed if a sweater that promises it's cashmere is actually 90% polyester and 10% cashmere wool? And you're kidding if you say you wouldn't genuinely appreciate a piece of clothing more if you spot 'made in Italy' text on the tag and look down upon something that says 'made in China'. The question remains, how would you tell if the quality of your clothes is genuinely investment worthy? Well, all you need to do is follow these guidelines and you would be able to assess the quality of your garments properly: 1. Where Is It Made? © Getty Images Some countries have the advantage of being known to produce good quality garments. You'd rejoice if you spot a garment that says 'made in Italy' or 'made in France'. These countries act as brands on their own. But, does it matter? The answer is no. Most countries like China, India and Turkey have the technology to create quality garments as any other would. The only difference would be that the work-force in these countries comes much cheaper, resulting in heavier quantities of garments made at cheaper rates. Which is why only fast fashion brands like Zara and H&M consider them and the 'designer' labels stick to others. 2. Quality Lies In The Details © Getty Images Now that shopping for quality seems to be a policy that everyone adapts, the only difference is the details. An average user would opt for neat stitch, properly finished hem and quality that doesn't shrink or fade. We suggest you pay attention to details and finish of the overall garment and make your choice accordingly. 3. 'Branded' Doesn't Always Mean Quality © Getty Images If certain brands have allured you into the vortex of their shiny advertising but the product doesn't live up to it, it's time you learnt a lesson from it. While some brands have a reputation to make genuinely good quality garments, others are just famous for their advertising. Learning the difference between actual quality and endorsed quality is the key to getting a good product. Just because a certain brand is 'trending' and makes you feel updated with the upcoming fashion pieces, it doesn't promise quality. Only commit to brands after testing their product out. 4. Fabric Matters The Most © Getty Images Natural fabrics like cotton and wool tend to be more investment-worthy especially because of their qualities. Being superior to synthetics, these fabrics tend to be associated with being quality driven. The reasons why affordable brands have cheaper rates is because they compromise on fabric quality and use cotton blends that consist part rayon or polyester. Also, man-made fibres are harder to recycle. A quality cloth should ideally feel good, wash and wear well. But also, certain clothing like hoodies or sweatshirts are made from fabrics that remain of the same quality whether you spend Rs. 1500 at a reasonable brand or Rs. 30,000 at a high-end brand. Now that you've been educated well on how to figure out the quality of the clothes you invest in, make correct choices.
  17. Since we live in more tolerant times where relationships are concerned (or so I'd like to believe), a lot of people are choosing to make peace with their past. That's mostly because the world is shrinking and social media's unprecedented outpour of information really never lets you forget things. So, in order to keep your mind more sane and calm, it's only relevant to make peace with your past and by past, I mean your 'ex'. © Pintrest Most of you would want to loosen up the knotted ties between you and your ex and the reasons could be many. You could either want to shed away all the malice you hold for one another, or you still want them in your life because inherently they are good people or you still may have feelings for them, in which case, it's better to let go than figure out ways of having them in your life. But if the first two reasons are keeping your thoroughly confused then we have ways to make sure you have a healthy relationship with an ex. Here are 5 ways to keep in mind if you're looking at refreshing ties with an ex: (1) Are They In The Same Place As You? Yes, I know this is an obvious point to ponder over, but we seldom think what the other person wants in order to satiate what we want. So, the first step is to ensure your ex wants to be friends too. Because if she doesn't, then you really can't force free will can you? You can just wish them luck and hope they're happy. © Pintrest (2) Can You Trust Them Again? If you guys ended on bad terms then you have to think about how you want to go about this. If she did something to break your trust, can you accommodate trust in your equation, again? Of course, it wouldn't be in the same capacity as before, because you're not trying to get back together, you're trying to be in a good space as friends. So, if you trust your ex enough to not engage in any negativity or turn around and start a fight, then you should go ahead with it. © Twitter (3) Do Either Of You Have Feelings For Each Other? This one's a tricky one only because you may think you're over her, but you're really not and that can be a bit blurry while you're making a decision to keep in touch with her. Maybe sit down and give it a thought about your feelings for her. If you think they haven't changed since you started seeing her then maybe give it some time. © Pintrest (4) Do You Hold A Grudge? You can hold a grudge against your ex for a number of things, that is why she's your ex, to begin with! But if the grudge is minor and not too vicious then perhaps you can work on letting it go, if you think friendship with her is absolutely worth it. If it's a major grudge and cannot be reversed, then there isn't a point in looking out for any association, because you'll never be able to let the grudge really go. © Eros International (5) Have You Had Enough Time Apart? It's practically impossible to extend an arm of friendship when you've just broken up. Ideally, it takes about more than half the time you've spent with your ex, to maybe be friends with them, after you two break up. If you've never been friends before then it's a tad tough and only time apart can make that possible. So, take some time away from each other. If the break up is mutual and amicable, then definitely take time away and start a new association as friends. If it wasn't an amicable break-up, maybe take a lot more time away, get rid of the negativity you hold against them and try again. © Pintrest Break-ups are fairly hard but if two people are ready and willing for a resolution and want to take the dynamic from a negative to a positive by starting a brand new friendship, there are ways you can work things around and move away from the bad things that have happened and be good friends with your ex.
  18. One of the first prerequisites to date someone successfully is seeing how you're first date ever went with them to give them a second chance! That's how dating life get's a lifeline if you don't screw up on the first date or avoid a 'red flag' situation; then there is a bright chance for you to be a part of the second date. (c)Thinkstock/Getty Images So, in order to have the 'perfect' first date, here are 5 prominent red flags you can and should avoid and get to see the girl you really like for the second date! (1) Don't Act Miserly It's a date for heaven's sake, not a night out with the boys! So, if you do get the bill and you're splitting it, don't become a miser for the last rupee she may have left! What I mean is stop splitting the bill to the T and making sure she pays every penny of the split. Offer to pay and if she wants to go dutch just let her decide how she would like to. Either by paying cash or splitting the amount on the debit card is her call and you don't have to do severe math and waste time on the bill! (c)Pintrest (2) Do Not Treat The Wait Staff Like Shit If you're out and about and don't show any decency to the support staff at restaurants and hotels then you're in for trouble my friend. Let me tell you, the biggest red flag is unkindness and if you act like an entitled man where you shouldn't be acting like one, she's definitely going to strike you out. Women determine a man's character by the way he holds a conversation with other people as well. So, if you treat someone poorly, she's going to show you the door! (c)Pintrest (3) Don't Force Anything Women have a mind of their own and they like to speak it whenever necessary. So, there isn't a point in you telling her what to do or how to do it really. In fact that's a big turn off. Of course decide the evening unanimously, I am not saying let her take charge of the evening but steer clear of the things she rather not like you do. Understand consent and what it really means before taking any steps forward. If she doesn't want to come back home with you or invite you to hers, don't force her to do the same, it'll really not go down well. Have fun on your first date, don't dictate terms or be forceful. (c)Thinkstock/Getty Images (4) Keep A Check On Your Alcohol Intake First dates are markers for the second date. It's a good time to realise for both you and her whether or not you'd like a second date. So, it's best to keep your inhibitions in check and maybe not splurge on alcohol and get absolutely wasted. I mean if that's the plan to have some unadulterated fun, then go ahead but if you really want to get to know her and remember it the next day, it's wise to hold your drink. If both of you decide to get wasted then I guess that makes for a successful good first date too! (c)Pintrest (5) Misogyny Is Never Welcomed Misogyny could come under any form. You describing your ex in bad taste, you generalising other women, showing off about your work and putting others down, it takes all forms and shapes and more often than not we don't realise when we're being misogynists because of our conditioning. So it will be good if you're mindful of how you structure your words during a conversation with her. Even saying something as simple as ' you're not like the other women' can be termed as misogynistic. You may not realise it and you may think you're praising her but in reality you're insulting all the other women. Honestly, it's offensive to say the least. Give her more prominent compliments and keep the misogynistic comments in check! (c)Pintrest There are other red flags such as bad grooming and table manners, lack of confidence etc. but these 5 are very prominent because they tell a woman a lot about your conditioning as a man and talk more about your basic inherent mannerisms. A girl does judge a man by the most basic and fundamental manners he may possess and if you have these all sorted, you're definitely a liable candidate for the second date!
  19. If you're prepping for the big date that you've been looking forward to for a very long time, it'll be very unfortunate if you blow it off with your own silly mistakes. So, here's a guide for you so that you don't make any disastrous mistakes that'll probably turn the other person off. Apart from a lot of things that could go wrong fashion-wise, there are also certain grooming mistakes that you're likely to make. Here is a checklist to avoid these mistakes: 1. Bad Breath This tops the list of things you might forget to check before you step out. Before the big date, you could either take a look at these steps or pop a few mints to make sure your mouth doesn't reek of anything bad. It's important to have clean white teeth too. If you think your teeth have started to turn yellow, it's better to book a dentist appointment and get the routine cleaning done beforehand. 2. Body Odour View this post on Instagram A post shared by Tiger Shroff (@tigerjackieshroff) on Jan 3, 2019 at 10:55pm PST If you have a date at the end of a long working day, it doesn't hurt to freshen your pits with a dash of deodorant or a roll on, so that you can raise your hands freely like Tiger Shroff. 3. Unkempt Hands © Instagram One of the many things that your date will notice about you is the way you keep your hands. If they look like the picture above, she will be disturbed by it even if she doesn't show it. Think about it this way, if you spot dirty nails you would be equally grossed out too, right? It works both ways. 4. Unkempt Beard & Hair © Instagram If your hair and beard are dishevelled and you look like you just got out of bed for a date, probably because you want to send out a message that you want to keep things casual by being casual, it's a bad move pal. This won't get you a second date in the very least. Get a salon appointment before you go for your date and make sure your final look is clean and polished. This will definitely get you brownie points, trust us. 5. Not Making An Effort © Instagram Remember, the Beyonce-Ed Sheeran concert? It was outrageous for Ed Sheeran given the sheer contrast in his and Beyonce's get ups. She wore an elaborate gown and he turned up in jeans! The idea is not to go over the top with your efforts. However, keeping in mind where your date is set, you certainly can make some quality effort that goes on to show that you care, which will most certainly be appreciated by your date.
  20. It's that time of the year again where the city is decked up in pinks and reds, and while most people enjoy the 'love' displayed all over, some are significantly indifferent or not so savvy towards it. It's a choice really. Even for couples who'd just like to spend Valentine's Day without any cupid-induced festivities and treat the day just like any normal day. For single people, Valentine's Day can be a little rough or unremarkable. Either you feel bad about the fact that you don't have anyone to spend the day with or you're happy in your skin, feeling content with yourself, all the time. © Netflix Whatever it is, we have a rebellious remedy for the Val Day naysayers out there. The remedy is simple. Just drag yourself to a couch or your bed, alone or with a significant other and watch these 5 shows that are absolutely anti-candy hearts and sugary cupid and not at all Valentine friendly, and re-live a normal non-cheesy day: (1) The Umbrella Academy © Netflix Hollywood star Ellen Page and music legend Mary J Blige star in this hot new superhero series fresh out on Netflix. The Hargreeves children have never-seen-before superpowers but their dysfunctional family soon falls apart. Now they must reunite to save the world. It is based on the highly popular comic and award-winning graphic novel by Gerard Way (front man, My Chemical Romance) and Gabriel BA with Steve Blackman (Fargo S2) as the show runner. Watch the trailer here (2) Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened © Netflix Netflix's latest documentary takes on the luxury festival created by Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule. Fyre was promoted as a luxury music festival on a private island in the Bahamas featuring bikini-clad supermodels, A-List musical performances and posh amenities. Guests arrived to discover the reality was far from the promises. This behind-the-scenes look by Charles Smith is the much-needed reality check you may need on your 'let's rebel Valentine's Day' day. Watch the trailer here (3) *** Education © Netflix Choose *** and self-love this V-Day. An inexperienced socially-awkward high school student Otis Milburn lives with his mother, a *** therapist. Thanks to being surrounded by manuals and TMI conversations on ***, he starts an underground *** therapy clinic for his classmates. This British comedy series has received acclaim for being a smart, sensitive at teenagers trying to find themselves and being comfortable with their bodies and sexuality. It is recently renewed for a second season, so catch up the first one soon. Watch the trailer here (4) Marvel's The Punisher S2 © Netflix Replace romance with a desire for some revenge! Marvel's The Punisher is back with another season. After seeking revenge for his family's death, Frank Castle saves a girl from murder making himself a target. His old enemies now force the war veteran to confront whether he should accept his destiny and embrace life as The Punisher. Watch the trailer here (5) The Good Place S2 © Netflix Welcome. Everything is just fine - now that season 2 is here! Kristin Bell plays Eleanor Shellstrop a selfish 'bad' person, who by some glitch, has arrived in heaven ie the Good Place in her afterlife. But is the Good Place actually that good? Season 1 was a laugh riot and season 2 takes Eleanor and her friend's escapades further! This one is to watch with your gang. Watch the trailer here So, without much further lament on how to spend the 14th of February, cue these or one of these series and sit back and have some fun, you've been avoiding since a while. Ps: Happy Valentine's Day!
  21. Shaving might seem to be an extremely simple affair, but it's not. Every man has had bad experiences with shaving, at least once in his life, and it definitely is one of those experiences that one does not want a repeat of. (c) Getty Images There is a correct way and a wrong way to shave, but the trouble is that no one quite knows which is which. You're supposed to glide your razor across your face in a specific direction, that has to do with the usual hair growth pattern on a human male face. Following that pattern will reduce cuts and burns significantly, and also make sure that the stubble that grows afterwards is flawless. (c) Getty Images All you need to do is look at the face shave map here, and follow the arrows to determine the direction in which your razor should move. Make sure to rinse your razor after every stroke. (c) MensXP Say hello to a flawless shave! You're welcome.
  22. Imagine landing a date with the woman of your dreams after you've slogged your a** off, and then you go and blow it by making the worst first impression ever. Sounds like a nightmare, right? Well, to ensure you don't send your date screaming for the hills with your disastrous fashion choices, here's a list of mistakes to avoid making on your date with her: 1. Wearing Your Gym Clothes © shutterstock Your gym clothes belong to the gym and not outside of it. Please don't make the mistake of wearing your gym clothes to a date night. Your date would've probably put a decent amount of effort into their appearance and you should be reciprocating that effort. There is also the slight possibility that your gym clothes might reek of sweat, the kind that repulses people instead of attracting them. 2. Buttoned Down Shirt © artofmanliness Showing your chest hairy/ bare chest is also not a great idea. You don't want to expose your chest to the other person when she's not even consented to it. Besides, you don't want to give away too much too soon. 3. Socks With Sandals © fashionbeans Socks with sandals is another fashion choice that is disastrous. Shoes and bad breath are the two major things a woman notices about you. Shoes and socks are one combination that just won't work. 4. Jeans With The Zipper Open © monogramsigns I know, I know this seems like a really obvious one. But jeans with the zipper open is a mistake that unknowingly happens to all of us one time or the other. For the date, however, make a conscious effort to not let this happen. 5. Wearing Lame Slogans And Logos © artofmanliness Monograms might be back in fashion, however, for a date night and first impressions, they end up being a little lame. You don't want to shout out a brand's name or a funny slogan because you're much more than that. Instead, let your mouth do the talking.
  23. A good beard is an asset, and every man wants one (well, almost). But the trouble is, it's not something you can buy. You have to grow it and the situation isn't exactly even like growing muscles, which you can manage by working out and following a proper diet. Growing a beard can be a challenge if you're not gifted, and most people try to avoid being hit by this truth-bomb. Plus, some personal habits coupled with an intense disregard for patience result in super slow beard growth for some unfortunate souls. Keeping that in mind, we have compiled a list of 7 things one should strictly avoid doing while growing a beard: 1. Excessive Trimming © Birchbox There is a beard myth that says the more you cut/trim your beard, the faster it grows. Please don't pay heed to such myths. If you don't let your beard grow out physically, it just won't. It's that simple. 2. Using Hair Shampoo On The Beard © Beard Style The composition of hair shampoo is not suitable for your beard. It will strip your beard of its natural oils, and give rise to dry, scraggly strands of hair, which will definitely hamper healthy growth. 3. Not Washing It Altogether Or Washing It Too Often © Scotchporter The beard is a tricky territory, because it's a patch of hair that's located on your face. Your face needs to be kept clean (duh!) but it must be done without causing damage to your beard. How do you do it? By coming up with a beard cleaning cycle and sticking to it. Use a good beard wash/beard shampoo to wash your beard instead of soaps/hair shampoos, but don't do it too often. Depending on the growth and density, washing your beard every alternate day or once in three days should be fine (provided you don't let food get stuck in it or roll around in the mud, face-first.) 4. Ignoring The Existence Of Beard Oils/Softeners © Fatherly As Indian men, more often than not, we attach minimal importance to grooming. Please don't let your beard suffer because of that. Use beard oils and softeners to facilitate a healthy growth. They do work, if you use them religiously. 5. Not Brushing Your Beard © Balding Beards Brushing your beard, irrespective of its size will make it grow with a proper shape. Plus, brushing improves blood circulation at the beard base, thereby resulting in much faster growth.
  24. Let's talk about pants for a minute. Getting a perfect fit for your pants is more often than not neglected. Men's pants are either too tight or too lose. Normally, less thought is given to how a pair of pants fits than how it looks while the latter is equally pants. You need well-fitted pants not just for achieving a polished outfit but also for your own sake, because well-fitted pants can be really comfortable. Anyway, wearing ill-fitted pants to an interview is a big mistake. I mean the most obvious pointer is that if they're too baggy and falling off like this if you forget a belt one day: via GIPHY Then you get rid of them. But in case you're confused about how to judge what a comfortable pair of pants looks like, here is a guide to help you with that. 1) The Pinch Test © stitch fix man You need to pinch your pants while you're wearing it. Ideally, you should be able to pinch about 1 inch of fabric but not more. If you can pinch more, that means your pants are lose and you should get a smaller size. Your pants should never fit too tight or bend at the knees. 2) The Consistency Test via GIPHY You don't want your pants to be so uncomfortable that you have problems adjusting while sitting and standing up. A pair of pants with the said tightness won't let you move around freely which defeats the purpose of pants. Trust me, if you get the fit right, you won't even realize you're wearing pants. They'll feel like PJs. For that, your pants need to feel consistent around your butt and lower legs. A similar circumference ensures a good fit. 3) Never Trust A Number via GIPHY The waist size that you have might not match with the waist size of some other brand. Within a brand, what is a 36 this year, might not be the same next year. You need to go to the trial room or get fittings done properly. You can't assume your size. Never make that mistake. 4) The No Break Check You need to check if your pants end right above your ankle to create a no-break effect. This complements your body structure, and will make you look taller as well.
  25. Apple has introduced some cool and hidden features on iOS which you can find deep within the settings menu in iPhones. You can check out all the hidden iOS 12 tricks we found during our tests here. Having said that, there's a new tip going viral that allows users to use their iPhone as a microphone if you own a pair of AirPods. It works even if you are far away thanks to the Bluetooth technology on board. If u have AirPods ð§, u can press “Live Listen” to “On” and leave your phone in the room with someone and u can hear what they saying, thank me later𤫠pic.twitter.com/fC6KYmqpB4 — arnold (@arnoldcrndo) January 9, 2019 The feature was spotted on Twitter and is called “Live Listen” which basically turns your iPhone into a listening device. The person who tweeted about the feature said that it could be used as a way to cheat on a test. © MensXP After checking out the feature for ourselves, “Live Listen” is targeted towards people with hearing loss. It was introduced in a software update in September for Apple's AirPods and basically lets people with hearing listen in via the Bluetooth enabled earbuds. Basically, after turning on the feature you can point your phone towards the person you want to hear speak. You basically get to hear what the person is saying through the hearing aid feature on the AirPod. Apple describes it as "Made for iPhone hearing aids, sound processors, and now AirPods can help you have better conversations in loud places. Just turn on the Live Listen feature and move your iPhone toward the people you're talking with.¹ Live Listen uses the microphone to pick up what they're saying more clearly.” Here's how you can turn on the “Live Listen” feature: © Twitter Go to Settings Control Center Customize Controls. Turn on Hearing. 2. Put AirPods in the ear and open Control Center 3. Tap the ear icon, it should say “Live Listen” 4. To get clear audio, place the iPhone's chin facing the person to hear what they have to say. It is unclear if Apple is already aware of the situation, and if it will do something about it. Perhaps can bring in a new update where it would play a sound to alert people around the phone that the Live Listen feature is activated. For now, please be responsible and respect other people's privacy.
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