To conclude this Weight Loss Series, I would like to thank Srivalli for incorporating this theme for this month and also my friend, Pooja who has contributed the valuable articles, tips, tricks, recipes and strategies which will aid in weight loss goals.

So check out some Weight Loss Strategies and tips as part of Day 3 of BM #35.


1. Set your specific goals
Permanent weight loss will cost you both time and effort. It requires a commitment that lasts a lifetime. Make sure you’re ready to make lasting changes and to determine appropriate goals. You will thus be motivated all the time because no one else can make you lose weight.
Before you start to reflect any changes in your lifestyle, try to solve important problems in it. It requires a large amount of mental and physical energy to change your habits completely. So make sure not to distract from other critical issues such as financial or marital. Ask yourself whether you are willing to stand up to the challenge called weight loss.

2. Set your goals achievable
Be especially realistic when you set goals when creating your diet. In the long term it is best to reduce 0.5-1 kg per week. In the beginning it is possible to lose weight more quickly, especially if you make significant changes in their lifestyles. Make sure that they are primarily medical. To lose weight 0.5-1 kg per week, you should burn between 500 and 1000 calories a day more than taking. Do this by combining a healthy diet and sports.

3. Enjoy healthy food
Changes in diet for weight loss should include a reduced calorie intake. This does not mean we should give up delicious meals, the pleasure of eating and its preparation. A simple way to reduce calorie intake is to eat mostly plant foods – fruits, vegetables, whole grains. Aim for diversity without giving up the pleasure that your food supplies.

4. Be Active
If you only follow a diet, you will most likely lose. Taking 500 calories less per day will make you reduce a pound a week. If you want to accomplish twice as good results, the diet should add physical activity. For example, brisk walking for 45 minutes four times a week is a good start. Furthermore, it makes you lose weight, sport a favorable effect on health and increases the tone of the body. One of the best ways to remove unnecessary fat are aerobic exercises, namely walking at least 30 minutes a day. It is desirable to practice every day.

Any form of physical activity is recommended. Think about ways you can insert additional physical activity during the day.

5. Change your lifestyle
It is not enough to eat healthier and to exercise only a few weeks or months. You should rethink your diet and daily routine and change it radically. Healthy eating and physical activity must be part of everyday life. Once you set precise goals, try to create a comprehensive strategy to change the habits and outlook that will last a life time.

The road to weight loss and healthy lifestyle is full of temptations that sometimes maybe irresistible. But rather than give up, we just begin again the next day. 

Most likely you are familiar with hundreds of other strict diets and training programs, which guarantee fast and secure success. However, the secret of lasting weight loss lies in not starving, but in a healthy and low-caloric diet combined with moderate physical activity. You must completely change your lifestyle and habits to achieve and maintain optimal weight.

Lastly, Some more tips..

  1. Avoid all carbonated drinks/alcoholic drinks/squashes/packed juices/fried foods/refined flour products/junk/sweets/chocolates/ice creams/cakes/pickles/papad etc..
  2. Extra salt to be avoided. Fruits and salads should not be topped with salt or chat masalas.
  3. Physical workout is must.
  4.  Do not give same meal pattern or exercise pattern to your body, it starts showing resistance.
  5. Do not confuse thirst with hunger.
This recipe has been a personal recommendation by Pooja. She opines that Soya-Palak is an ideal combination of ingredients for a high protein diet. But she cautions that soy may not be an appropriate protein substitute for many people, specially those who suffer from Iodine deficiency or have issues with Thyroid Gland.

Ingredients - 

Soy Chunks 1 cup
Spinach leaves, 2 cups
Onions, chopped 1 cup
Tomato Puree 1/2 cup
Ginger-Garlic Paste 1 tsp
Aromatic Masala (Green Cardamom 2, Black Cardamom 1, Cloves 2-3, Cinnamon 1/2 inch) Powdered
Salt, Red Chilli Powder, Coriander Powder, Garam Masala as neededSeasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp)
Lemon Juice as needed

Method Of Preparation -

Soak the soy chunks in 3 cups of hot water, cover and set aside.

Blanch The spinach and puree and set aside.

In a heated pan, add oil and cumin seeds. After the cumin seeds pop, saute the onions and ginger-garlic paste.

Add the tomato puree and sprinkle the aromatic masala and saute until the oil floats on top.

Pour in the spinach puree and mix well. Add water to adjust the consistency of the gravy as needed.

Sprinkle Salt, Red Chilli Powder, Coriander Powder, Garam Masala to taste and let the mixture cook well.

Squeeze out the soaked soy chunks and mix into the simmering spinach mixture.

Let it cook for a few more minutes so that the soy chunks are infused with all the flavor.

Finally remove from fire and squeeze in some lime/lemon juice.

Serve hot with Roti/Rice.

Note - Addition of lemon juice also helps in efficient absorption of iron available from Spinach.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 35

Preparation Time 25 min
Serves 5-6


  1. Lovely dish n good tips for weight loss...

  2. wow such an useful post on weight loss :) Very delicious and healthy curry dear !! looks fantastic !!

  3. Healthy dish...nice one

  4. Healthy and tasty looking dish.

  5. Sapana Behl Says:
  6. Very interesting dish and informative post . Thanks for sharing.....

  7. Suma Gandlur Says:
  8. Very nicely put, Harini. Had no idea that soya may not be that good for thyroid patients.
    And our family loves soya and would loved to try this dish.

  9. Lovely one Harini.I am sharing th elink with my SIL not that I am not struggling to loose weight but I do not try as hard.:D

  10. another informative post

  11. Pavani N Says:
  12. Very useful post Harini and the tips are very helpful. I personally believe that for weight loss there should be a change of life style, meaning change the way one looks at food, exercise etc. Deprivation does not give permanent solutions.
    Soy-palak curry looks healthy and delicious.

  13. Srivalli Says:
  14. This entire series is so helpful,I must thank you for taking efforts to do these..very nice tips..Will surely come back to read this couple more times..

  15. Deanna Friel Says:
  16. Wow!! it is the great idea to less weight .thank you to sharing your Soya-Palak Ingredients -I ma trying to follw this and make soya palak. It is Very delicious and healthy curry !!

    looks fantastic !!

  17. Deanna Friel Says:
  18. Very useful post Haring and the tips are very helpful. I personally believe that for weight loss there should be a change of life style, meaning change the way one looks at food, exercise etc. I’m so excited for this! And I have already read every post and motivated!!!Every ting looks amazing .I see your article, your article is too helpful to lee weight. Reading this really gave me the strength. Love your blog and very excited about this new venture

    for you as well!!

  19. Deanna Friel Says:
  20. This story is very helpful, I am trying to lees my Wight by this rules. There have many tips on this article, I read carefully and so that there have good suggest. Very nicely put, Haring. Had no idea that soya may not be that good for thyroid patients.
    And our family loves soya and would love to try this dish. Lovely one Harini.I am sharing the link with my SIL not that I am not struggling to lose weight. Very useful post Harini and the tips are very helpful. I personally believe that for weight loss there should be a change of life style, meaning change the way one looks at food, exercise etc. I am trying to less my

    weight fast.

  21. Deanna Friel Says:
  22. lose weight. One thing that I found was not helpful was continuing to count calories throughout several years. I found myself miserable constantly looking at how many calories certain foods had. I think that after a few months of counting, it’s best to use your own judgement and approximate rather than be super-strict. After all, happiness is our priority I have a food diary. I log in food, water and workout done. Weekends are my cheat days…So i try to eat healthy mon-fri. I cut off totally soft drinks n juices n chocolates. Thank you for sharing your blog about Lovely dish ...
    good tips for weight loss

  23. Deanna Friel Says:
  24. For me, this weekend marks a culmination of my health and weight loss journey. On Saturday morning, I’ll be rolling out of bed at some godforsaken hour, dragging my tired shifted over time, particularly when I went through my 30-pound weight loss journey. At that point, I started to blog with the intent of showing my readers that healthy recipes could .I will try the fitness app. Your recipes are so good. Thank you for sharing.

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