I managed to drop 40 pounds and 65 pounds after two major surgeries and have sustained the results since.

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Losing weight is a challenge. Our bodies appear to conspire against us when we are trying to lose weight. But you know it is achievable and rewarding, as you can see the difference it makes to your life.

You feel lighter, your health and confidence improve.

But what happens when life throws you an extra challenge where you cannot use the same tools as millions of others? I faced the same after two major surgeries.

The generic weight loss advice “eat less and move more” did not work. Well, it would not work as after both the surgeries they required…


Diet and weight loss books are a disastrous recipe for nutrition and fitness related misinformation

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Which is the best diet for weight loss? This was a question that popped in my mind on a gloomy day in December 2015. I was recovering from a surgery and had gotten out of a toxic relationship. Overweight with high triglycerides, cholesterol and blood pressure, I had more questions than answers.

I desperately wanted to lose weight and become healthier.

A friend from my college days suggested:

“Dude, recently I tried the plant-based diet and I feel so much better. I lost weight, feel less inflamed, and my bloating is gone! My brain fog disappeared. You must go plant…


Your audience is your podcast guest on Clubhouse

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Clubhouse, an audio based social media platform, is one of the hottest startups in the market. Launched in April 2020, it went from only 1500 users in May 2020 to 6 million users in Feb 2021. It is valued at $1 billion.

This is a phenomenal growth given that it is available only for iOS users and is invite only!

Freelancers can tap into the benefits of this exclusive audio based social media to revive organic marketing. During the early days of social media, organic marketing was vital for the growth of small businesses. …


A privacy focused browser should be your priority

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Like many others, I cared little for privacy. Tech giants, like Google and Facebook, use your data to provide you with free products.

Fair trade off, after all there is no free lunch, right?

Wrong!

Your data is more valuable than you think. Otherwise, why are multi-billion dollar companies interested in knowing what font you use in which laptop? More details they know about you, the better. For them, of course.

Privacy advocates argue our data can be misused. Data in the wrong hands can result in targeting vulnerable groups and an increase in cyber crimes. …


You could be undoing your progress with antioxidant supplements

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Antioxidants are one of the most used buzzwords in health and fitness reporting. Almost every wellness product is “loaded with antioxidants” so to speak. We recognize the importance of antioxidants for good health. They play a vital role in disease prevention and are necessary for healthy aging.

But are antioxidant supplements a good thing? Do they improve or impair athletic performance? Can one get enough antioxidants from the diet?

These are some questions which you may be tempted to ask when analyzing the health benefits of antioxidants.

Recent studies have questioned the role of antioxidant supplements for athletic performance. …


A comprehensive guide debunking the myth of targeted fat loss

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You may have come across ads titled “Tips to reduce belly fat” making you thinkHey maybe I can get rid of a few extra inches of bulge doing that?”.

Sauna belts, gels, belly fat reducing machines and fat burning supplements are thriving because of our desire to reduce stubborn fat from specific areas of the body. Such as the stomach area. There is very little scientific evidence to support targeting fat loss from a particular area of our body works.

You cannot target fat loss, better known as spot reduction. …


Rethinking the nutritional importance of water for your brain.

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The human body is almost 70 % water, which explains why we can go without food for weeks but not without water. Our brain is more than three quarters water. The remaining being fat (11% approx.) and protein (8% approx).

Water plays a vital role in the transportation of oxygen to our cells. Cells need oxygen to breathe and burn glucose to produce energy.

Besides our body, our brain needs water for proper functioning . Water provides essential minerals and electrolytes to our brain. Every chemical reaction taking place in our brain requires water.

Let us look at five reasons…


Breaking down the risks and benefits of supplements.

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Supplements are one of the most debated topics in the world of human health and nutrition. Human curiosity to go a step further has resulted in a thriving supplement market.

Many of them are beneficial. But there are many supplements which are plain fillers. In extreme cases, they might cause serious damage if they contain banned substances.

Presence of banned substances can have serious consequences for athletes. It may cause failed drug tests. In extreme cases, it may even result in death. …


Understanding the science behind the role of exercise in blood sugar control.

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We cannot overstate the benefits of exercise. With progress in transportation, easy access to food and growing number of desk jobs, our lifestyles have become sedentary.

The COVID-19 pandemic has further reduced our physical activity. A recent analysis of smartphone data on step count suggested that in some nations physical activity dropped by nearly 50% .

Hence, it is crucial to highlight the importance of exercise. Scientists recommend exercise for all. But diabetics should not skip exercising for more than two consecutive days .

This is an important suggestion because we seldom give such an emphasis on exercise for other…


Marketers must pay attention to the growth of Telegram and Signal as users continue to abandon WhatsApp

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WhatsApp users received a pop up informing them about the new privacy policy. While changes in privacy policies are common in the tech world, this one left users in shock. The new policy stated:

“By tapping agree, you accept the new terms and privacy policy which take effect on February 8, 2021. After this date, you’ll need to accept these updates to continue using WhatsApp.”

This new policy allows Facebook, which owns WhatsApp to have access to your data and share it.

According to the policy:

“We may use the information we receive from them, and they may use the…

Prateek Dasgupta, MS

Founder: https://myrebelnutrition.com . Penn State alumnus.I write on health and nutrition, science, higher education and social media.

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