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I got into computer gaming years ago, and I do not think I will ever get bored of it. I started out with many of the popular standalone game consoles that most people are aware of. But when I learned what was available online, I never looked back. Another gamer in a gaming community I hang out in said that I should look to find out what Frontier Internet deals are going on right now. He said that is who he uses for playing games and has no troubles at all. This was after I told him how frustrated I have been with my own provider. Many other people jumped in to reply after that and stated they use the same company and they are very satisfied.

The company that I have been using used to be really great. But then I learned that they throttle customers, which means that if they think that a particular customer is using too much bandwidth, they will throttle your speed. If you're someone who likes to watch movies online or are a gamer, then you will come face to face with slower speeds. Everyone knows how frustrating it can be to watch a movie that stops and starts over and over again because your speed has been slow. Well, that was what was happening with my game time. The way I see it is that if I pay for a particular service that is promised to me, that is what I should receive.

I called to ask what sort of deals were going on. I learned they are offering bundle discounts right now if you get your phone, television and online access through them. Not only that, you get a gift card for signing up, which is pretty much like cash back in my eyes. It was a great price, so I became a customer right then and there.

summer dietMercury levels are rising and summer is at its peak, and the scorching sun gives us enough reasons to constantly hunt for soothing foods which can comfort us in the heat. You can get dehydrated easily due to excess sweat and perspiration and that’s the time when you feel like reaching out for something cold like sodas, beverages or even cold water. This is where we go wrong because anything extremely low in temperature can constrict our blood vessels affecting the heat loss process from our body. Our expert Neha Chandna, a well-known nutritionist gives a few pointers to keep in mind during summer.

  • Increase your water intake. In high humidity, you do not sweat adequately due to which you cannot release heat efficiently from your body. That is the reason why you need to drink enough water at regular intervals even if you are not thirsty, to cool your system.
  • Eat lot of fresh fruits, raw salads and lightly spiced foods. Fruits and veggies are easy to digest and high in water content which helps in hydration. Avoid fried and junk foods as they take time to digest and require a lot of water. Spicy foods can also increase body heat.
  • Drink naturally cooling beverages like coconut water, lemon juice, buttermilk, sugarcane juice, etc. rather than aerated soft drinks, caffeine, and alcoholic beverages as they contain sugar and other preservatives which act as diuretics (increase the flow of urine) and can cause loss of water from the body.
  • You can add sabja (tulsi/basil seeds) to drinks as it has a cooling effect on the body.
  • Curd is excellent for summers as it increases friendly bacteria in the gut and improves digestion and boosts immunity.
  • Add veggies like cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, beet, etc to add to increase the water content in your body.
  • Avoid heavy meals at one time as it can cause acidity and affect digestion. Rather, eat small meals to feel light and keep your system active.
  • Raw mango is a special fruit in the summer season and is extremely good to prevent sunstroke and weakness. Raw mango juice also known as aam panna can help balance electrolytes in the body. You can also have raw mango in any form like adding it in bhel, salads or making a dish out of it.

Here’s a sample summer diet that you can follow:

Breakfast: Eat 2-3 fresh fruits as they can help neutralise your stomach acids and make you feel light and active. They are natural sources of energy.

Mid-morning: Have a glass of buttermilk/ coconut water to refresh you.

Lunch: Have a bowl of salad with 1-2 rotis, veggies and thin dals (You can add or subtract the rotis as per your appetite and requirement).

Evening: Have fruit yoghurt/fruit smoothie. They are filling, nourishing and very cooling.

Dinner: Always have a light dinner, especially during summers. Here are a few options –

 stir fried veggies/ chilled soups + grilled chicken/ steamed fish/ low fat paneer/ tofu + jaljeera/ lemon juice.

The above mentioned diet is low in fat, medium in protein and high in good complex carbs which help control obesity, blood pressure, cholesterol and many other ailments. So this summer, stay healthy and cool by eating right.

Spinach juice

Salads

curd benefits

1. THE DOCTOR SAYS… Say no to crash diets

Your metabolism slows as you get older, so the little changes you've always relied on to drop a few pounds (skipping dessert here and there, doing a few extra minutes on the treadmill) may no longer cut it. But that doesn't mean you should reduce your calorie intake dramatically. When you take in fewer than 1,200 calories a day, your metabolism actually starts to slow down, because your body feels like it has to hold on to all of its energy resources—including that extra fat you're working to shed. Looking to drop some weight? Start by lowering your calories to about 1,800 a day, which may mean lightening up your meals. If you hit a plateau, downshift by a couple hundred calories again. This change should be enough to help you lose without sending your metabolism into slo-mo.

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VICKI MARCH, MD, medical director, Lifestyle Program, Magee- Womens Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

2. THE EXERCISE SCIENTIST SAYS… Buy a set of dumbbells

Muscle naturally burns about 10 more calories per pound than fat, even at rest. Translation: For every 5 pounds of muscle you add (regardless of any weight you lose in the process), you'll burn an extra 350 calories a week without making any other changes. And the cherry on top? Strength training spikes your metabolism post-workout as your body rebuilds the muscle. Try to do a session twice a week.

BRAD SCHOENFELD, PhD, author, Women's Home Workout Bible

3. THE NUTRITIONIST SAYS… Eat protein all day

Higher-protein diets can help increase your resting metabolic rate, which is the number of calories burned just by sitting. But timing is key: People usually eat most of their protein at dinner, yet you only use about 30 g of the nutrient at a time, and any extra may be stored as fat. Aim to spread out your intake throughout the day. Try eggs with turkey sausage for breakfast, tuna on greens for lunch, lowfat string cheese for a snack and chicken breast for dinner.

JENNIFER MCDANIEL, RD, spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

THE RESEARCHER SAYS… Adopt four easy habits

These tiny tweaks to your day can help move your metabolism in the right direction.

4. HAVE AN AFTERNOON COFFEE

Caffeine provides a short-term metabolism boost. Drinking a cup with breakfast will help jumpstart your system, but having a second cup of joe around 2 P.M. will keep your metabolism humming throughout the rest of the day as well. (If coffee is too strong for you in the afternoon, try tea, which has enough caffeine to make a difference.)

5. AVOID LATE-NIGHT MUNCHING

Your metabolism naturally slows down a tad at night. Plus, people who eat after dinner tend to consume more calories overall than those who avoid late-night splurges, leading to weight gain. Those extra pounds may make it harder to regulate your metabolism.

6. CHOW DOWN ON HOT PEPPERS

Capsaicin, the ingredient in peppers that gives them their heat, slightly increases metabolic rate. Additionally, foods that set your mouth on fire tend to suppress your appetite, helping you eat less. Add jalapeño to eggs or sprinkle chili pepper flakes on top of pasta.

7. EMBRACE FIDGETING

Fidgeting, whether jiggling your legs or tapping your fingers, has been found to speed up metabolism, helping you burn calories around the clock. If you're not a natural squirmer, set a reminder on your phone to get up and walk around for a few minutes every couple of hours.

If you're watching your weight, you probably know that portion control is the key to dieting without depriving yourself. But it's not always easy to count calories when your snack doesn't come with a suggested serving size. Enter Calorific, a new iOS app designed to help you visualize what 200 calories of food actually look like.

The app's high-quality photography and pastel backgrounds serve to minimize the pain that comes with finding out that 200 calories of donuts is actually less than one whole donut. You can download it for free on the iPhone and iPad, but you'll have to shell out $2.99 if you want access to the entire library of 144 foods.
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And since Calorific was created by a British company, a few foods such as crumpets or Battenberg cake may not be very relevant to you. But have no fear, your favorite snacks are still in there — Doritos, anyone?

The app takes portion visualization to the next level with the food comparison tool, which helps you snack smarter by showing how 200 calories of one snack stacks up against another. Here are a couple that might surprise you.

Lots of people say they smoke to stay thin. But a new study out of Brigham Young University finds that exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke can actually make you gain weight. E.g. Smokers are hurting those around them even more than they thought.

For the study, which was published in the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism, researchers exposed lab mice to secondhand (or "side-stream") smoke and found their metabolisms were negatively affected. That's because cigarette smoke harms the cells in your body that measure insulin, leading it to think the hormone is in short supply. Your body responds by producing more insulin, which then creates more body fat.

However, there may be hope for who have little control over their exposure to secondhand smoke. When mice were given medicine that inhibits a tiny fat called ceramide, they didn't gain weight. Now, researchers hope to find a similar medicine that is safe for humans.

Until then, there's not much new advice for smokers. "They just have to quit," researcher Benjamin Bikman said in a press release. "Perhaps our research can provide added motivation as they learn about the additional harmful effects to loved ones."