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If you’ve decided to follow a diet, stick to it. An international nutrion and weight management specialist believes that there are things even the most sluggish of dieters can do to keep motivated.

Izzy Cameron gives out her top tips on the “lazy guide to dieting” to help you stick to your goals, reports femalefirst.co.uk.


* Keep breakfast simple: Dieting does not mean having to prepare fiddly or intricate food. Sometimes the simplest options are the best. For example, opt for porridge over sugary cereals for breakfast and make sure you add some fruit so you tick off one of your five a day before you reach your desk. Porridge is easy to make and will also help keep you full until lunchtime, so will prevent your reaching for the biscuits mid-morning.

* Exercise versus sleep: Incorporating exercise into your regime is important for healthy and sustained weight loss. However, experts agree that getting the correct amount of sleep is also important when managing your weight. When we are tired our bodies crave sugar and carbohydrates, and if it’s a case of waking up early to exercise but compromising on our sleep, then you should prioritise getting up later.


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* Make some simple tweaks to your daily diet: Switch the morning coffee for a green tea – although most of us crave caffeine first thing in the morning, a cup of green tea will boost your mood and kick start your day. Choose low fat popcorn over crisps for lunch as it contains an eighth of the fat content that crisps do and you can have fun at home popping your own!

* Drink more water : Don’t confuse hunger with thirst, more often than not, that hungry feeling is simply our body’s cry for fluids. Before reaching for a snack, have a glass of water and see if this helps.

Also Read: Dieting May Spike up Smoking, Binge Drinking in Teenaged Girls, Claims Study

Switch the late night snack for a peppermint tea – drinking peppermint tea before bed will not only stop any late night cravings but will also help you get a better night sleep by releasing the tension in your muscles.

* Keep it simple: Soup is a quick and easy meal; what’s more, it’s healthy too. With so many combinations of flavours now available, it’s easy to expand the taste buds and try new foods whilst also ticking off some of your five a day. (Bollywood Country)


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Delhi to get new QR-based driving livenses and registration certificates.

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As per a statement, the new driving licence will have an advanced microchip with features like Quick Response (QR) code and Near Field Communication (NFC). The new RC will have the owner's name printed on the front while the microchip and the QR code would be embedded at the back of the card.

The cards earlier had embedded chips, but chip reader machines were not available in the required quantity with both the Delhi Traffic Police and the Enforcement Wing of the Transport Department. Moreover, chips were designed and implemented by the states concerned, which resulted in difficulties in reading the chip and retrieving information, especially in case of defaulters.

"Now with the QR based smart card, this issue is resolved. This will enable unification in linking and validating one's information to smart cards with Sarathi and Vahan, the two web-based databases of all driving licenses and vehicle registrations," the release added.

The QR is also being implemented nationwide, the QR code reader is easily procurable and will do away with the requirement of any manual intervention altogether. The new cards will also allow two specific materials for their card manufacturing -- PolyVinyl Chloride or PVC, or PolyCarbonate which is slightly more expensive but more durable. (Card Size - 85.6mm x 54.02 mm; Thickness minimum 0.7 mm)

An October 2018 notification of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) had made changes to the Driving License and Registration Certificate. The new Smart card based DL and RC, will have chip based/ QR code based recognition system. At the same time, documents such as driving license or registration certificates in electronic formats on DigiLockers and mParivahan were also made valid in place of physical documents and treated at par with original documents.

The QR code also has an added advantage of acting as a safety feature on the smart card. The department will be able to retain records and penalties of the DL holder for up to 10 years on the VAHAN database as soon as a driver/ owner's Smart card is confiscated. The new DLs will also help the government in maintaining records of differently-abled drivers, any modifications made to the vehicles, emission standards and the person's declaration to donate organs. (IANS/JB)

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