They say eat less to weigh less, well, not always. There are some super foods that make you lose weight by their sheer nutritional value. Now let us understand what we mean by lose weight. Lose weight = lose fat, not muscle! Losing weight involves building muscle, in fact. The more you build muscle, the faster you will lose fat. Here are a few foods that help you lose weight, the fat weight that is…

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 An apple a day keeps weight gain away

An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Well, it keeps the weight gain away as well! Apples are the ideal on-the-go low-calorie snack.


Organic beef is actually good for you! The protein in beef can actually help you gain muscle and increase your metabolism, which in turn, will help you burn more fat and lose weight.


One more food item that stacks on protein is an egg. Eggs are usually most healthy when boiled and it helps you lose weight as it builds muscle.

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Oats are filled with fibre that is good for your digestive system. This will help you lose fat easier.


This bona fide belly flattener helps prevent insulin spikes that cause your body to create excess fat, especially in the abdominal area.

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Pomegranates are good for weight loss

Besides being loaded with folate and disease-fighting antioxidants, they’re low in calories and high in fibre.


Most dieticians suggest plain yogurt as a great diet food. The reason being it can stave off hunger by keeping blood sugar levels steady.


Avocadoes are high in monounsaturated fats

Well, when you hear about the fat content in an avocado, you may be discouraged. However, this fat is monounsaturated fat and it increases satiety. Thus, preventing you from gorging on unnecessary junk food.

Olive oil

Just like avocado, olive oil also contains monounsaturated fat that increases satiety. Research has also shown that it has anti-inflammatory properties that prevents bloating.

We all hate oats equally. Sure, it’s good for us, but anything that’s healthy cannot taste good. Or can it? I was surprised when my granny cooked up a 3 course meal for me recently; and all the dishes had one main ingredient – Masala Oats! Can’t wait to know how she cooked up the magic? Read on…

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Masala Oats Tikki:

Masala Oats Tikki

Yummy scrumptious tikkis are everybody’s favourite breakfast. They really put a smile on my face. Make this simple dish and relish it with your family almost every morning!


1 pack Masala Oats

1 cup cooked yellow moong dal

1 finely chopped onion

1 grated orange carrot

1 teaspoon red chilli powder

Oil for shallow frying

Salt and pepper as per taste

Chopped coriander leaves

2 tablespoons corn flour

Method: In a mixer-grinder, add Masala Oats and cooked yellow moong dal and grind coarsely. Transfer the contents to a big bowl, and add salt, pepper, chilli powder, chopped onions, grated carrots and chopped coriander leaves. Mix the ingredients well and form round tikkis. Dust each tikki with a little bit of corn flour and shallow fry in oil. Your quick 20-minute yummy Masala Oats tikki is ready!

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Masala Oats Upma:

Healthy Oats Upma

Another breakfast staple in most Indian households is the upma. Now make the upma healthier with Masala Oats and enjoy this spicy tangy upma without worrying about your waistline.


1 cup Masala Oats

1 finely chopped onion

½ a cup mixed chopped boiled vegetables

Salt as per taste

½ cup water

2-3 green chillies

2 tablespoons oil

A pinch of mustard seeds

1 teaspoon each of urad dal and chana dal

A sprig of curry leaves

Method: Sauté the chopped vegetables in one tablespoon oil until the onions change colour. Now add chopped green chillies and salt, and fry for some more time. Finally add the Masala Oats with water and cook on medium flame while covered. In a separate pan, heat the remaining oil and add mustard seeds, curry leaves and dal to temper. When dal seems to be fried well, turn off the flame and transfer the oats to the temper and mix well. Serve immediately.

Masala Oats KFC:

Home made fried chicken

Yay! KFC at home! And it tastes better than anything I’ve ever tasted that qualified as KFC-wannabe. My mom’s recipe of fried chicken legs is simply heavenly. It’s crisp on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. Mouth watering yet? Here’s the prizewinning recipe:


½ kg chicken legs partially covered with skin

2 eggs

2-3 tablespoons milk

2 cups of all purpose flour

2 teaspoons garlic paste

3 teaspoons onion paste

1 teaspoon red chilli powder

Salt and pepper as per taste

2 tablespoons bread crumbs

½ cup Masala Oats

Juice of 1 lemon

Oil to fry

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Method: Wash and clean the chicken legs without removing the skin entirely. Pat them dry with a kitchen tissue. Prepare a marinade with lemon juice, salt, pepper, red chilli powder, onion paste, garlic paste and marinate the chicken overnight. In another bowl, beat the eggs with milk to obtain a smooth consistency – this is dip number one. In a separate flat dish, mix together, all purpose flour, bread crumbs, red chilli powder, Masala Oats, salt and pepper – this is dip number two. Now bring the marinated chicken legs and first dip them in dip number two – that is the flour mixture. Now coat the legs in dip number one and again in dip number two. Fry the chicken pieces until golden brown. And don’t even pay money to KFC.