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Your one-stop guide to fitness in Pakistan

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There is no arguing that Pakistan has been hit with a wave of fitness culture in the past few years and staying healthy has become a top priority in todays world. With our ever evolving lifestyles, it is essential to always stay up to date with changing trends, eat clean and make sure our bodies are in shape. With the emergence of diets like the ‘Keto’ and multiple focused fitness centers, it has become somewhat of a task to figure out what’s effective for you.

Pakistani writer Sarah Kamal Muggo recently wrote her first book, Fitness Fun, Nutrition and Lifestyle in Pakistan! This book is a great resource for people looking to improve their health by making sound lifestyle choices.

This book is a carefully vetted compilation of exercise tips, fitness goals and nutrition advice. It’s a God sent for those who don’t have a grip over how our body responds to different environments, especially in Pakistan where there is a scarcity of authentic information!

It will take you through interviews with top fitness trainers from around Pakistan as they talk about health routines and dietary advice.It won’t ask you to starve yourself, rather teach you that a regulated diet and healthy training is the only road to a fit body and mind.

This first of its kind book will be launching TODAY in Lahore – 19th April at Sukh Chayn in Lahore at 4 pm. To catch Sarah face to face, don’t forget to drop by!

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5 Life Changing Habits to Improve your Weight-loss Potential

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With ever-increasing trends of Keto, Banana, and GM diets, weight loss has become more of a trend instead of having a healthy lifestyle. As much as it is important to exercise and follow a proper diet schedule, we also need to closely monitor our everyday activities. It is mostly the habits that impede our weight loss process. If you are trying everything and still not losing weight; these are the habits you need to incorporate in your everyday routine to speed up your weight loss.

Proper water intake

There is no better fat and appetite killer than drinking a lot of water. Not only does it resolve your health concerns, but it also keeps your skin glowing and acne-free. Start drinking 8-10 glasses of water and you will witness a noticeable difference in your lifestyle and your weight loss journey as well. Another logic behind drinking water before every meal is to make oneself feel fuller so in order to reduce the calorie intake.

Take steps

The worst habit that is firmly ingrained in our lifestyle is “no walk”. We have started depending on machines and helpers around us that eventually makes us lazy and takes away the activity time from our everyday exercise. The most helpful habit is to take steps after every task. Here is a way to incorporate this habit into your routine. Every time you need to pick up anything from a distance, get up and take it instead of asking someone to help you. Take the stairs instead of escalators or elevators. Third and the most important step is to stop using the phone to convey a message to someone. Instead, take steps and keep the healthy habit of walking in your routine.

Cut down on sugar

Even if you are working out every day but still taking sugar, it will prolong your weight loss process. However, if you cut out the sugar intake, the chances of losing weight will increase. Start with cutting sugar beverages, energy, and sports drinks. If you have a habit of eating a whole piece of dessert after food, cut the quantity. These baby steps will help you eliminate the sugary items from your diet completely. 

No meals after 7 p.m.

Restrict your diet in the window of 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. because the lesser the number of hours in which you eat, the lesser will be the calorie intake. There is no as such strong evidence but only logical reasoning that calories you consume in the day get burnt up with the activities you do, whereas, the calories taken at night sit in your system and turn into fat. 

7-9 hours sleep

Lack of sleep can cause you fatigue, which would result in low physical activity. If you take proper sleep, your metabolism works faster and your mood also remains fresh. Moreover, the study also says that you burn calories while you are sleeping. Apart from that, to have a healthy lifestyle, a proper sleeping pattern is quite essential. Sleep deprivation can ruin the whole schedule of the next day making you less motivated and more exhausted. 

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5 New Collections that Quickly Stole our Attention

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Every now and then, we are on the lookout to find clothes that perfectly align with modern-day trends. Every single week, one or the other clothing brand comes up with a new collection. But, do they really offer something new, unique and up to the mark? This is a tricky question. One should not just wear a dress that has a brand tag but should go for comfortability and the variety that it offers. For us, the most appropriate style is the one done with experimentation or the one that brings something out of the box. Behind each collection, there should always be a vision to bring something new, quirky and fun to wear.

These are 5 new collections that we absolutely loved and they have all the elements of class and sass that you need to pull any event.

Shisha AW ‘19 by Zara Shahjahan

Adorned with dainty and minimal sheesha work, these basic attires paired along delicate organza dupattas are sewn with a fair share of subtle oomph and grace. Immersed in sophistication, Zara Shahjahan’s new collection has got an edge to fit in the aura of any sumptuous event.

“Across the subcontinent, shisha embroidery has grown to be a symbol of identity, with various and particular styles of embellishment adopted across regions and borders. At home, it is commonly associated with Sindh, Pakistan but it is a practice that spans across Asia and afar, including Eastern Sumatra. It is claimed that the technique was introduced by the Mughals in the 16th century to the Indian subcontinent, with the Persian term ‘shisheh’ transferring over to Urdu/Hindi. We continue to look towards references that feel like home at Zara Shahjahan, and this technique is one that is heavily employed in this collection, hence aptly named ‘Shisha’. Take a closer look.” – Zara Shahjahan

Shahnoor by Anum Hassan

Dainty, refreshing and quirky!!! Anum Hassan’s Shahnoor is a mix of charming and vivacious hues merged with lively patterns and coruscating details embedded in each outfit. 

“Shahnoor means “royal glow”. I took the inspiration from my niece as her name is Shahnoor. So, the theme was to come up with bright and colorful patterns giving joyous vibes. To give it a subtle look, we have used darker tones as well. The main idea was to bring a range that is affordable for everyone. We have used a lot of stonework and threadwork on it. Its a fusion of tradition and modernity that goes very well with today’s trends.” – Anum Hassan

Lela AW’19 by Natasia Paul

We were totally awe-struck by Natasia Paul’s debut collection. This is probably a rare embodiment of classic and contemporary coming together on a plain canvas. Each piece radiates royalty with a sheer glam incorporating modern age captivating details. Whattay treat!!! 

 “Lela” is my first collection so goes without saying how special it is to me. The inspiration for “Lela” comes from gypsies around the world. I find the gypsy aesthetic quite appealing; it’s flamboyant, feminine and easy at the same time. They symbolise a nomadic lifestyle, freedom and progression. It feels like a wonderful fantasy as they’ve been able to escape from the hustling life that we have, but their reality is far from it.” – Natasia Paul

Saheli by Zainab Salman

Keeping in mind the erratic fashion trends, Zainab Salman’s new collection Saheli is a pure portrait of traditionality soused in elegance and exceptional craftsmanship. 

“Our new Bridal Campaign “Saheli” is about celebrating our legacy, empowering our craft and sharing a precious bond with the people we love. The pieces exude the deeply rooted, old-world charm. This collection is a translation of passion and love from our craftsmen and their expertise of turning materials into heirlooms, that can be cherished for the generations to come – Every piece in this collection has been curated with a lot of care and a lot of attention has been given to the detailing.” – Zainab Salman

Noor-ul-Ain by Asifa Nabeel

 Asifa Nabeel’s Noor-ul-ain creates magic with its fine craft and celebrates the glorious tradition with its vibrant hues, celestial cuts and magnificent embroidery put together in every outfit.

“This collection is a remembrance of the beautiful forgotten eras. We have brought rich palettes, golds and stunning embroideries to keep the old school glamour intact. It’s created for the people who cherish their past and are in love with their present. It’s a bridge between the past and present. It’s an old tale, called: Noor-al-Ain.” – Asifa Nabeel

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Hira Waqar- Being a Superwoman

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Dr. Hira Waqar of Dental Smiles clinic has set a gold standard for working mothers as she strives to achieve as much as she can. She started out as a dental practitioner alongside her husband and decided to take time off as she became the mother of three young children. Still practicing dentistry, Hira has now expanded her horizons to include a side business of making and selling scrumptious sweet treats at her online page: Hira’s kitchen and is avidly pursuing her true passion, makeup.

  1. You clearly play many roles in your life (mother, wife, entrepreneur). Do you ever feel that one role overshadows another and if so, how do you cope?

we play many roles in our daily routine. I never let any role overshadow another. I stick to a particular time table according to my kids’ biological clock. I am a mother before anything else. I fulfill all of my responsibilities without seeking any help. I feed my children, I bathe them myself, put them to sleep, play with them, make sure their socioeconomic requirements are fulfilled; at the same time, I’m responsible for their behavior and their upbringing. In the same way, I am a good wife. I take care of my husband and his needs; looking after his home in his absence. We run a private Dental practice together and I used to go there full time previously, but now only by appointment during afternoon hours when my kids are asleep. In the evenings I look after my children and complete my baking orders at the same time. So I’m a multi-tasker by nature. I can’t sit idle.

 

  1. What inspired you to pursue a side business in baking?

Well, my daughter inspired me the most in doing Baking as a side business!

I’m a keen learner and a good baker. I live in a joint family system so family bonding could never be better than it is at the dining table. My husband and daughter have always appreciated my baking and motivated me to pursue it as a side business.

  1. What has been the most challenging part of running your business from home?

Since I live in a joint family we have a joint kitchen. Ergo the main challenge I face at times is that my orders shouldn’t coincide with family timings; so no one gets disturbed by my work. I also have to do the tasks unrelated to baking myself: from buying boxes to getting stickers, and printing menus. At times it can become difficult to drive around with 3 kids. But the Almighty gives me the strength.

  1. What were some of the obstacles you faced in setting up your business and how did you overcome them?

To be very honest I didn’t face any obstacles. I was thinking of starting my own business one day and I asked my husband to make me an online page. He did so and immediately I got my 1st order of cupcakes and a Brownie pizza. The next day I prepared my order but I didn’t have any boxes or logo stickers so I rushed to the market and bought boxes from a friend and got the stickers of my logo printed. I successfully delivered my 1st order. The very next day and Alhamdulilah the series of orders started. It was so quick that I didn’t even get any time to rethink, the response to my items turned out to be unexpectedly good.

 

  1. As a mother of three, what are some of your tips for other working women?

Hard work, consistency, patience and most of all faith in Allah. Believing in your capabilities is a key feature in running any successful business. Don’t ever underestimate yourself! You have power over your mind.

  1. Having a hectic schedule can be tough. What are some of the ways you cope with having too much work on your plate?

Don’t ever get panicked or think of your duties as a burden. Just love yourself and love your work. That way you will find joy in everything you do, despite being tired.

  1. What is your favorite item off of your own menu?

My daughter, her friends and most of my clients like my Brownie pizza. However, I personally enjoy my fudge brownies more, especially with a cup of coffee.

  1. Who do you feel serves as a role model in your life and why do you look up to them?

The One and only role model in my life is my Mom!

She is a true example of selflessness and untiring struggle and above all, she is a good human being.

  1. There are so many businesses out there. What motivates you to stick to baking and will you be expanding into other things?

Life needs changes and experiments and so do I. Since I couldn’t limit my spectrum to dentistry, I branched out into baking which relaxes me and gives me peace of mind. However, makeup is my true passion. I have taken many courses and I am thinking of starting it as a new venture early next year Inshallah.

  1. According to you what is one skill an entrepreneur must have?

An entrepreneur must believe in herself, your confidence and will power can do wonders for you.

 

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