Rags To Riches – Oprah Winfrey


She is often called ‘Queen of all media’ and has been ranked as the richest African-American of 20th century, Oprah Winfrey is one great example of people who defy all adversities in their journey from rags to riches. As she famously said,

“Turn your wounds into wisdom”

Early Life

Oprah was born on January 29, 1954 in Mississippi, US. to an unmarried teenage mother who worked as a housemaid. As per her own admission, she was sexually abused for years by a number of male relatives. To be free from all this, she ran away from home and became pregnant at 14. Her son died in infancy. Later she went to live with her father who was a barber in Tennessee, where she discovered her knack for public speaking and debate and landed a job in radio while still at high school. Starting from co-anchoring evening news there, she slowly moved to daytime talk show.

Success Story

In 1983 she shifted to Chicago and started doing television where she boosted a low rated local Chicago talk show AM Chicago to top slot. Later this was renamed as The Oprah Winfrey Show and by 1986 was being broadcasted nationally. Initially classified as a tabloid talk show, it soon evolved into a talk show which was classy and all the celebrities wanted to appear on it. In 1993 she hosted an interview with Michael Jackson which became the most watched interview ever with an audience of 36.5 million. The show was aired for 25 seasons from 1986 to 2011. The show was so successful that within the first year of it’s launch, at the age of 32 Oprah became millionaire.

Winfrey also appeared in films and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance. In 1998 she produced and starred in the film Beloved. Winfrey has been well known for her weight loss efforts. She lost estimated 90 pounds to achieve her ideal weight. Winfrey has co-authored 5 books including one weight loss book. She also published magazines: O, The Oprah Magazine and O at Home which remained quite successful.

Winfrey created the website Oprah.com providing online interactive content related to her shows, magazines and charity. More than six million users visit the site per month. She also has her presence on radio with her Oprah Radio channel.

In 2011 Winfrey started Oprah Winfrey Network, a joint venture with Discovery Communications. The network faced financial hurdles in the beginning but later started doing well. It made headlines early in 2013 when Lance Armstrong appeared on air for interview with her.

Personal Life

Winfrey by her own admission had been a victim of sexual abuse and gave birth to a boy at the age of 14. Her son died shortly after. She has been allegedly involved in few serious and non serious and even drug related affairs. Since 1986 she has been together with her boyfriend Stedman Graham. They were engaged and were scheduled to be married in November 1992, but the ceremony never took place.

Winfrey became a millionaire at the age of 32 and ever since then she has grown to multi millionaire and then multi billionaire. She was listed as the only black billionaire from 2004 to 2006 by the Forbes international rich list. As per forbes her net worth rose to 3 billion USD by 2017. She has been awarded by CNN, Times.com, The American Spectator, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly and host of others with various titles ranging from one of the most influential person of the 20th century to the most powerful celebrity woman. In 2005 she ranked number 9 on the list of greatest Americans in a public poll. In November 1993, Winfrey received highest civilian honor of US, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Winfrey has contributed great deal to philanthropic causes. She has been acknowledged as one among the top 50 generous Americans. In 1998 she created Oprah Angel Network, a charity that supported various charitable causes all around the world. A true example of rags to riches story, her inspiring message to the world:

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness”

Related article: Rags To Riches – Dhirubhai Ambani

Personality Traits Of Virgo


Virgo is the sign of Independent people who give great attention to details in anything that they get involved in. With a methodical and highly organized approach to life, they don’t leave anything to chance rather they try to think it out in advance. They are not the people who make reckless decisions. The zodiac sign of Virgo commences on August 21st and continues until September 20th. It remains under the cusp of the previous sign until August 28th and comes in full strength only after that.

Virgos are generally successful in life and have a keen good intellect.  They have a well developed sense of speech and writing. People with strong character, they fulfill the symbolism of the virgin and are pure-hearted. But they are generally materialistic in their views of life and have a tendency to analyse and reason everything from their own way of thinking outwards.


With all the analytical capabilities Virgo achieve success in execution of all that they put their minds to. They have good judgement in all business matters and are usually not easily deceived. They always have focus for perfection and an eye for details making them excellent managers. Virgo people are not so much of originators and innovators but carry out the plans which others have failed to finish. They are rapid readers with wonderful memories making them excellent lawyers, debaters, writers and journalists.

Due to their nature to be kind towards humanity in general they make good doctors and nurses. Virgo are good literary critics and are quick to see weak points. They succeed well in business by their hard work and by remaining steady and persistent rather than from evolving new ideas. But because they are inclined to be conservative and follow their own ideas others may view them as selfish in close pursuit of their goals.


Virgo are always dedicated to their family and are proud of their upbringing. As a father they are perceived to be quite tough giving only required amount of freedom to their children and no more. Virgo mother is quite loving and caring but also quite demanding from her children. She is over protective and want to know her children’s whereabouts at all time. As children they are quite obedient and sincere. Virgo understand traditions and being kind at heart they are attentive to elderly and sick.


Methodical Virgo can wait a long time and are very discriminating about those with whom they associate. In a romantic relation their compatibility is based on their partner’s ability to give them love so they feel safe to open up. Virgo prefer a stable relation and rarely will have many sexual experiences as they are intensely virtuous and pure minded.

They are sensitive and emotional even when they don’t show it. If they are trapped in a bad and incompatible marriage conditions, they fall into ill health or get extremely despondent. Virgo take longer than other signs to open up but once they develop trust in a harmonious relation they are loyal to their partners till the end and even live on the wild side once in a while.

Related article: Personality Traits Of Leo


Virgo usually have a lasting friendship with Taurus and Pisces. As they are loyal and reliable people usually look up to Virgo for friendship. They make excellent advisers and are very helpful towards their friends. Virgo are problem solvers who want to make life better for all people around them. At time people feel they are cold and distant because they are not very demonstrative about their emotions but the fact is they care a lot for their friends. Usually a reserved sign of zodiac with good friends they love to enjoy time and have a tendency to go a bit wild.


Virgo are health conscious and are less liable to diseases, yet the strange thing about them is that they are always imagining themselves to have every illness that they may happen to read about. As per their nature they are very refined in their taste as far as food is concerned. They are extremely sensitive to their surroundings, least in-harmony or annoyance affects their nervous system and upset their digestive organs. Virgo can literally worry themselves sick. They also have tendency to have chest trouble and neuritis in shoulder and arm.

For great health people belonging to this sun sign need sunlight and fresh air more than anyone else. Generally they retain their grace and youth through life in most easy and wonderful manner. However a caution for Virgo is that they should never drink alcohol, it will cause them more harm than any other sign.

Virgo Overview

Element: Earth

Ruling Planet: Mercury

Symbol: Maiden

Lucky Colors: pale shades and silvery, Beige

Lucky Number: 5, 14, 15, 23

Lucky Day: Wednesday

Lucky Stones: Emeralds, Diamonds and Pearls

Some Famous Personalities: Goethe, Queen Elizabeth-I, Sophia Loren, Michael Jackson, Narendra Modi, Paul Walker, Cameron Diaz, Mother Teresa

Positive Qualities: Loyal, Analytical, Meticulous, Reliable, Precise

Negative Qualities: Shy, Overly critical of self and others, Skeptical, Cold, Fussy

Virgo have a tendency to dwell too much on past because of which they over complicate things. They get stuck up so much in details that they become overly critical about matters which nobody else seem to care. They also have a tendency to indulge in drugs or drinks. They are capable of going to extremes in good and evil. If they make up their mind to achieve something they will be unstoppable. Virgo have unique ability to adapt themselves to almost any pursuit in life.

They have great respect for rank and position and are law abiding by nature. Being good organizers they are always in demand at work. Virgo are practical people in money matters. They are able to save money as they desist irrational spending and usually find practical solutions at low cost. They are always fond of harmony in surroundings and try to avoid conflict and confrontation.

Virgo are some of the most elegant people with excellent taste about their house, food and dressing.





Zero Calorie Foods For Great Health

Zero Calorie Foods

Well technically speaking there is nothing like zero calorie food in real world but we do have certain foods that have very low calories. These foods are often called zero calorie foods because the amount of energy required to metabolize them is more than the calories they provide. In effect these foods will provide very low caloric load to your daily recommended total. Most of these foods provide 25 to 50 calories per serving, so enjoy these foods whenever you have craving to eat and still remain in control of your diet limits.


Total calories per 100 gm = 16, Dietary fiber = 1.6

Excellent source of antioxidants and beneficial enzymes, Celery is rich in vitamins C, K and Folate. The crunchy stalks are filled with water that makes up most of it’s weight. Besides this Celery is beneficial in lowering cholesterol and arthritis pain.


Total calorie per 100 gm = 16, Dietary fiber = 0.5

Made up of 95% water, cucumber sure is a very low calorie food. It is also a good source of Vitamin C and magnesium. Cucumber is beneficial in curing constipation, healthy skin and for kidney problems. With all these health benefits, it’s no wonder that no salad is complete without this low calorie food.


Total calorie per 100 gm = 18, Dietary fiber = 1.2

Technically a fruit, many refer to tomato as a vegetable. It is one of the most healthiest super-food. It is nutrient dense with high antioxidants quantities. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which is beneficial for heart, eye sight, reduce blood pressure and prevents cancer.


Total calorie per 100 gm = 41, Dietary fiber = 2.8

Massively rich in Vitamin A, carrots are very good for eye sight. It also provide benefits of reducing cholesterol, heart health, preventing cancer and is impressive in maintaining beautiful skin. Carrots are low glycemic food and help in managing blood glucose levels. Available all through the year, these are very versatile food and can be consumed raw, in soups or cooked along with other vegetables.


Total calorie per 100 gm = 25, Dietary fiber = 2.5

Cabbage is a low calorie food that is rich in fiber and Vitamin C. It has abundant phytochemicals like thiocyantaes, lutein, sulforaphane and isothiocyanates that work to protect against cancer. Other health benefits of cabbage include use for treatment of constipation, headaches, obesity, skin disorders and heart disease.


Total calorie per 100 gm = 30, Dietary fiber = 0.4

Watermelon is naturally sweet but with very low amount of calories and even more importantly it is nutrient dense. It provides high amount of Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The lycopene contents in it are even more than that available in raw tomatoes. Health benefits of watermelon include prevention of diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and kidney disorders.


Total calorie per 100 gm = 43, Dietary fiber = 1.7

Rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and other phytonutrients, this fruit has made to this list because of low calories it offers. It has amazing health benefits including better digestion, improvement in immune system and good heart health. The protective benefits in eye health are attributed to antioxidant zeaxanthin present in papaya.


Total calorie per 100 gm = 47, Dietary fiber = 2.4

One of the most delicious and juicy fruit, oranges are rich in Vitamin C and potassium and have very low calorie count. Oranges are known to boost the immune system. Other health benefits include making skin beautiful and lowering cholesterol levels. Oranges have no fat, cholesterol or sodium, making it very good for the heart health.

Related article: Best Slimming Foods


Total calorie per 100 gm = 20, Dietary fiber = 2.1

Asparagus is made up of 93% water, is low in calories and very low in sodium. It is very good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and protein. It can be consumed as a salad, grilled, simmered, roasted or steamed. High fiber contents make asparagus quite satiating.


Total calorie per 100 gm = 29, Dietary fiber =2.8

Though not a food that can be used for satisfying your hunger, lemons are very versatile and provide tremendous health benefits. It is commonly used as flavoring agent in water or on other prepared food. Lemons mixed in warm water with or without honey is known to reduce weight in obese people. Health benefits also include treatment of constipation, throat infections and indigestion.


Total calorie per 100 gm = 22, Dietary fiber = 1

These are fleshy spore bearing fruiting body of fungus. Most commonly consumed variety is the white mushroom which is very low in calorie, fat free and very low in sodium. They provide important nutrients including selenium, Vitamin D and Vitamin B6. These are known to reduce cholesterol levels and are beneficial in diabetes and weight loss.


Total calorie per 100 gm = 25, Dietary fiber = 2

It is a member of cruciferous family of vegetables and is regarded by many as the healthiest food on earth as it contains important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals. It can be consumed raw, as salad or cooked. The various health benefits like it’s fighting cancer, boosting heart health, anti inflammatory properties and digestive benefits make it a superfood and all this with very low calories intake.


Total calorie per 100 gm = 49, Dietary fiber = 2

Kale is a nutrient dense food that is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and potassium. This food is low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol. It help relieve pain and improves heart health. With low calories per gram, Kale can become important part of any weight loss diet.


Total calorie per 100 gm = 52, Dietary fiber = 2.4

‘An apple a day, keeps the doctor away’ goes an old saying. It seems so true because apples are loaded with rich phytonutrients and antioxidants. It is rich in dietary fiber and help balance the LDL:HDL cholesterol ratio. Apples are beneficial in weight loss, heart health, lowering risk of diabetes and have a probiotic effect of promoting good gut bacteria.


Total calorie per 100 gm = 40, Dietary fiber = 1.7

Commonly used as additive along with other food and consumed for it’s cancer fighting quercetin or polyphenols, onion is one of a very versatile food and adds very little to the calorie load. It is also known to improve mood and skin and hair health. Onions are beneficial in diabetes, heart diseases and lowers the risk of obesity.


Total calorie per 100 gm = 34, Dietary fiber = 2.6

Another plant of cabbage family, broccoli is rich in many nutrients. Classified as a superfood, it is rich in phytonutrients and fiber. Broccoli also contains tremendous amounts of Antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Potassium. It is beneficial in fighting cancer, improving bone health, digestion and lowering cholesterol levels.


Total calorie per 100 gm = 39, Dietary fiber = 1.5

This sweet and delicious summer fruit is good for your health as it offers amazing health benefits at very low calorie load. It is beneficial in obesity, lowering cholesterol and some neuro-degenerative diseases. Peaches are loaded with all essential vitamins and is your ideal food choice for weight loss regimen.


Total calorie per 100 gm = 33, Dietary fiber = 2

Delicious and refreshing, strawberries are quite a health treat. These are loaded with Vitamin C and powerful antioxidants. Health benefits include proper brain function, relief from high blood pressure, gout, arthritis and heart diseases. They are also good for eye care and all these benefits at a low calorie load to your daily total.

These are some of the amazing vegetables and fruits that you can include in your daily diet for tremendous health benefits without worrying about calories intake.

* Source calories and fiber data: USDA

How To Conduct Effective Meeting


A vital organizational function for high productivity and cohesive working in any team is to conduct effective meetings. Meetings are responsible for building relationship between team members, motivating them, for giving an open forum for discussions of new ideas and so much more. But not all meetings are equal, there are meetings that will make participants feeling energized while others will be downright boring and waste of time. Running an effective meeting is a skill that every leader must develop.


Why Have A Meeting

You should hold meeting only to discuss certain ideas or performances with a clear and well defined agenda. Don’t have a meeting only for the sake of it. Avoid the meeting if you can share the same information in a memo or an e-mail. There is no use of meetings where most of the people feel bored and consider it as waste of their time. Give the call for meeting only after you have a clear objective and have drawn a specific and defined agenda. Start with the end in mind, what is the outcome you desire to have from this meeting. Decide according to this whether you want to generate new ideas or you want a report on the existing project or if you want to communicate something to your team. Remember meetings are most essential when you require two-way exchange of ideas rather then giving a one-way information.

Benefits Of Good Meeting

A good meeting is an excellent opportunity to network with your team members. It makes the team bonding more effective. The decisions and policies are given a concrete shape and it ensures that all the team members make focused efforts in same direction. If conducted properly meeting will make your team members more excited and involved about their jobs.

Preparing For Good Meeting

1. Make Attendee List

Always consider who is invited for the meeting, whether all the invitees are needed and at the same time you have not missed out the names of the people who are genuinely needed. As a rule always invite people who are affected by your decisions as well as those who can solve the problem and make the meeting more relevant.

2. Prepare Written Agenda

Prepare beforehand in writing what needs to be communicated. Take care that your agenda is provided to attendees well in advance so that they come prepared. Think and make notes about where, when, and what needs to be discussed with team members. This will help you to get quick and prompt response.

3. Manage The Timings

Always be punctual and disciplined when it comes to conducting a meeting. Make it a point to start and end the meeting on time. Make other’s time also equally valuable as your own. Ideally for maximum energy and participation a meeting should last about an hour. Anything above this will drag the meeting towards unproductive zone as people will start losing their concentration and focus.

Related article: 8 Time Management Tips

4. Remove Distractions

If possible discourage participants bringing their gadgets in the meeting room if the same are not required in context of the meeting. The smart phones or other gadgets will distract the attendees from the discussions and individual contribution will decrease. For meeting to be highly effective all the members need to focus on it.

5. Give Time To All

There is no point if you do not give all the participants enough time to contribute their ideas. Inviting somebody and then not giving a chance to speak up will make the concerned person feel frustrated and annoyed.

6. Make Notes

A very important part of an effective meeting is taking notes. This will help you to record the questions raised, suggestions given and decisions reached during the meeting. If you are meeting organizer this will come handy when you prepare minutes, if you are an attendee then also notes will be beneficial to focus on the decisions made and the action required on your part.

After Meeting

A very vital part of the meeting is to send an email or a written communication to all the participants in order to register what happened in the meeting. It is suggested that this communication records all the tasks delegated, responsibilities given and decisions reached. Try to complete the same within 24 hours of the meeting.

A leader who learn these skills will make the meetings more productive and valuable. As you gain the reputation for conducting effective meetings you will be amazed how the contribution from various participants increase and you get the desired outcome.


Personality Traits Of Leo


Action oriented, self confident, impressive and with a desire to be loved and admired, Leo are born leaders. They have a magnetic personality that makes them difficult to resist. This is the sign of people who may be called as the heart force of the humanity. The zodiac sign of Leo commences on July 21st and continues until August 20th. It remains under the cusp of the previous sign of Cancer from July 21st to July 28th and comes in full strength only after that.

Leo has the ability and inkling to get above common herd of humanity, they dislike not being treated like a king or queen. They are attracted to strong personalities and will forgive any fault in the people they like so long they have individuality and purpose. Leo are usually overflowing with sympathy and are very generous in nature. They are extremely independent and do not like being controlled or dictated by others. Tenacity of purpose and will power makes them able to achieve anything they set their eyes on.


Leo have incredible power to inspire others and have great leadership abilities. They are at the top of their game when they are working for themselves. This is the sign of achievers as they are always high on enthusiasm and confidence. They do not take orders easily. If they are your employees, do so respectfully. Governed by sun Leo are naturally suited to something that is challenging and put them in leadership positions. They will make great soldiers, leaders in finance and public men. Leo also have excellent communication skills that can make media, event planning and public relations as great career choices. Being creative in nature they also make good artists.

Leo must always be actively employed in doing things that they enjoy. If these ambitious people are kept out of action they will turn despondent and morbid. On the other hand when they get a purpose in life they will let no difficulty or defeat come in way of their reaching the goal. The lions are extremely patient and when they put their mind on something, they always get it in spite of all obstacles and difficulties.


One of the most generous signs, they always crave for love. They are very warm but will not be very demonstrative about their emotions. They prefer the hard outer shell then to be visibly compassionate. As parents Leo allow their children to blossom on their own and are generally not over protective. They keep a balanced approach and remain a motivational force for their family. Even Leo children value their independence and do not accept parent’s command every time. They usually convince others to let them do what they wish.


Leo is a fire sign that shows in their passion. In the affairs of heart they are loyal, fun, energetic and warm, but at the same time their dominating nature can put their partner in tricky situations. They tend to take leadership position in all relations. Leo want to have strong and intellectual personalities as their partner. Once in love they will forgive any fault in their partner. Being flamboyant and with excellent social skills they can be involved in multiple romantic relations.

Related article: Personality Traits Of Cancer


Leo are very generous in nature and they will defend a friend in the face of million foes. They are the dependable ones when their friends are in need. The lion will go out of his way to help his people. The only things that can break their great hearts are disloyalty and deceit. Leo tend to have lasting friendship with people of their own sun sign, Aries or with Sagittarius. But it is not easy to be friends with a Leo as it require high energy and intellect to keep them interested.


Generally strong and healthy, Leo may suffer from heart problems or palpitation. Pain in head and ears are also common health problems encountered by them. Leo also rules spinal cord and they need to watch out their posture from the early age, which if neglected can result in severe back problems.

Leo Overview

Element: Fire

Ruling Planet: Sun

Symbol: Lion

Lucky Colors: All shades of Yellow, Orange, Pale Green

Lucky Number: 1, 3, 10, 22

Lucky Day: Sunday

Lucky Stones: Topaz, Amber and Ruby

Some Famous Personalities: Neil Armstrong, Alexander Fleming, Napoleon, Barack Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Roger Federer, Narayana Murthy, Muhammad Ali

Positive Qualities: Generous, Leadership, Warmth, Energetic, Creative

Negative Qualities: Stubborn, Dominating, Egoistic, Possessive

Leo is the fifth house of zodiac and second of the fire triplicity. It is a sign that signifies power, leadership and creativity. They are intensely proud and want to retain their independence on all costs. They are generally lucky in money matters, but above all things they crave love the most, but unfortunately this is the one thing they seldom get. Leo are themselves truthful and honest, but often get terribly deceived and due to that have tendency to become bitter, severe and over-critical.

They can be arrogant and expect admiration from others. At time they could be stubborn and don’t understand the other’s point of view. They are kind and warm from inside but are not demonstrative. Most of the people are unable to see behind this veil and think them to be cold as a result they don’t get connected with others and usually feel lonely and isolated.


Aerobic Exercises For Weight Loss


Most of us have been there, we want to lose weight and those few inches that we have accumulated on our waist over the years. We grab our shoes, go running, exercise furiously for a week or two, get all tired up and see no change on the weighing scale and rather than losing weight, we lose our enthusiasm. If it sounds familiar read on and know how you can make a difference by knowing the difference between aerobic and anaerobic exercises.

Aerobic means “with oxygen,” It include any activity that stimulates your heart rate and breathing to increase but not so much that you can’t sustain the activity for more than a few minutes. When we exercise aerobically our bodies use glycogen and more importantly fat as primary fuel.

The benefit of aerobic exercise is that it not only improves overall health and quality of life, but may also prolong your life. Aerobic exercise burns fat, improves mood, strengthens the heart and lungs and reduces your risk of diabetes.

Various types of aerobic exercise include running at a comfortable pace, swimming, and biking. A simple test to know aerobic breathing is that you should be able to talk without feeling too winded. Your breathing should be steady, audible but not labored.

Anaerobic on the other hand means “without oxygen.” These exercises are the type where you get out of breath in just a few moments, like when you lift weights for improving strength, when you sprint fast, or when you climb a long flight of stairs. When we exercise anaerobically glycogen is used as primary fuel but during anaerobic exercise our body builds up lactic acid, which causes discomfort and fatigue at sustained levels.

Anaerobic exercise helps build lean muscle mass. It is beneficial because calories are burned more efficiently in bodies that have more muscle. Anaerobic exercise is especially helpful for weight management in a way that it helps to burn more calories even in a body at rest. Anaerobic exercise can also help build endurance and fitness levels.

Common anaerobic exercises are done at maximum level of exertion and include sprinting and weight lifting.

Guess what most exercises can be either aerobic or anaerobic. The difference lies in the level of intensity. Aerobic exercises can become anaerobic exercises if performed at a high level of intensity.

Now all exercises require energy for which fat and carbohydrate are the fuels that our muscles burn. The difference between them is that fat is more efficient fuel, it contains 9 calories per gram whereas carbohydrate has only 4, so we get more energy and can go farther on a gram of fat than on a gram of carbohydrate. Now when your purpose is to loose weight, you want to burn more of fat. You will require more oxygen to burn fat because it’s denser than carbohydrate and when you do regular aerobic exercises your body has more available oxygen for burning fat.

You also need to remember that both types of exercise burn fat and both will boost the metabolism that will last for hours after the workout but high dependence on anaerobic exercises will result in fatigue, recurrent exercise injuries, low blood sugar, anxiety and stiffness. Solution is simple to begin by building an aerobic base for a period of two to four months and then start incorporating anaerobic training twice or thrice in a week for developing strength. Keep in mind the key to getting the best results is to have a workout that incorporates both but keep the emphasis more on aerobic exercises if you want to lose that persistent layer of fat around your waist as it require you burn more of fat rather than sugar.

Intensity decides whether our training is aerobic or anaerobic so do a careful monitoring of your intensity by keeping a watch on your heart rate. Generally if you feel your body is warm and slightly out of breath while you’re exercising, then that’s good enough. More specifically your target heart rate zones for training range anywhere from 65% to 85% of your maximum heart rate adjusted for resting heart rate. The maximum heart rate is dependent on age and can be derived as Max HR = 220 – your age.

Thus ideal heart rate = 65% to 85% x (Max HR – resting heart rate) + resting heart rate

So for a 30 years healthy person with resting heart rate of 70 and training at 75%, ideal heart rate can be calculated as under:

Max HR  = 220 – 30 = 190

Ideal HR = 75% X (190 – 70) + 70

= 75% X (120) + 70

= 90 + 70 = 160 beats per minute (bpm)

A very important thing to remember when you start is to warm up properly at least for fifteen minute at 50% rate and then gradually increase the intensity, this allow the body to increase the distribution of blood to those areas that need it. After the warm up increase intensity to reach your ideal heart rate and exercise in that range for a period of thirty to forty five minutes followed by the cool off period of low intensity again for further ten minutes. Cooling down after exercise helps the heart rate to slow down gradually and prevent pooling of blood in your working muscles. If you are a beginner then start with at least three such sessions in a week increasing to five to six over a period of time.

This method of training allows you to enjoy the process of exercising as it causes least amount of pain and fatigue normally associated with anaerobic training which is high on intensity. This way you last longer on the road to exercising and inculcate the same into your lifestyle, where it is no longer a chore but a pleasurable activity which may even turn into a positive addiction.

Apart losing weight aerobic exercises provide many other health benefits like cancer prevention, in osteoporosis, depression, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases management.

For proper weight management diet also is a very important factor, remember that it is easy to watch what you put in your mouth than burning those extra calories. A healthy diet consisting of adequate amounts of fats, carbs and proteins and in moderate portion size at regular interval is very useful in managing weight. Explore and take help of Best Slimming Foods in your endeavor to lose weight.

Go on start with these exercise and get the healthy body that you deserve.

Also read: Steps to Easy Weight Loss


Rags To Riches – Dhirubhai Ambani

Dhirubhai Ambani

Born to a school teacher, he was third of five siblings, Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani or Dhirubhai Ambani, as he is popularly called, is the shiniest example of the Indian heroes who rose from obscurity and very humble backgrounds and went on to create one of the largest Indian company featured on Fortune 500 companies list.

Early Life

He was born on 28th December, 1932 in Chorwad village in Gujarat where his parents had very modest means. Though his father was a teacher he showed little interest in formal education. At the tender age of 16 he went to Aden, Yemen and joined A. Besse & Co. which was one of a largest trading firms in the region as a gas station attendant and dispatch clerk and with hard work soon became a distributor for shell products. It was here that he started dreaming about setting up and owning a refinery which he later realized when he started his petrochemical venture.

Success Story

He got married to Kokilaben in 1954 and in 1958 came back to India to start his own business. He set up an office at Masjid Bunder of South Mumbai in 1960’s as Reliance Commercial Corporation and started to import polyester and export spices in partnership with his second cousin Champaklal Damani. They both had difference of opinions regarding the conduct of business and soon separated out. The success of Dhirubhai can be attributed to his tremendous ability to raise huge capital and larger than life vision for the future. He always sensed the next big opportunity and that way always remained ahead of the pack. As he famously said,

“Think big, think fast, think ahead. Ideas are no one’s monopoly.”

Reliance Industries

In 1966 Dhirubhai founded Reliance Textiles Industries Pvt. Ltd. and started his own textile manufacturing unit at Naroda, Ahmedabad. In 1970’s Reliance established itself as a dominant player in the market with Vimal brand. Continued emphasis on quality won Vimal accolades from even world bank technical team and was applauded as best polyester clothing brand. The big breakthrough came in 1977 when Reliance held it’s initial public offering (IPO). 58000 investors showed their interest and the issue was oversubscribed seven times. Thereafter company expanded fast and increased it’s installed capacity for producing polyester yarn as well as amalgamated in it some other smaller textile companies.

Between 1980 and 1985 Dhirubhai fought many a battles at stock exchange where the old established players tried all dirty tricks to weaken the company, but they always fell short in front of his ability and skill to outmaneuver them every time. In 1985 the name of the company was changed to Reliance Industries and shortly thereafter in 1991-92 it diversified into petrochemicals with the commissioning of Hazira Petrochemical plant. Later Reliance diversified into telecom, finance, energy, natural resources and retail among other industries. As of March 2013 the company had 123 subsidiary companies and 10 associate companies. By March 2017 it has grown to be second largest company in India by revenue and market capitalization. Vision for Reliance was set up by Dhirubhai Ambani when he said,

“Meeting the deadlines is not good enough, beating the deadlines is my expectation.”

Personal Life

Possessed with huge ambition, inexhaustible energy and with uncanny business sense the life journey of Dhirubhai is the true story of rise from rags to riches. He got married to Kokilaben in 1954 and they were blessed with four children. He suffered stroke in 1986 which limited him somewhat physically but never in his vision. He has remained one of the most awarded entrepreneur for his contributions. Dean’s Medal in 1998 from Wharton School, Power 50 – the most powerful people in Asia by Asiaweek magazine in 1996, 1998 and 2000, The ABLF Global Asian Award in 2011 and Padma Vibhushan award, the second highest civilian honor in India, in 2016 are some of the awards he received. He died on 6th July, 2002 after suffering another major stroke.

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Personality Traits Of Cancer


Incredibly intuitive and good at reading people, Cancer is the most difficult to understand sign in the zodiac. They have a mysterious personality and do not give away their secrets easily. The Cancer is not demonstrative and at time is considered cold and unemotional though in their heart they are quite affectionate. The zodiac sign of Cancer commences on June 21st and continues until July 20th. It remains under the cusp of the previous sign of Gemini from June 21st to June 28th and comes in full strength only after that.

Cancer people are full of contradictions, on one hand they have deep home interests and deeply care about their home and family, but at the same time they are restless and have longing for travel and change. Cancer is a water sign and their mood swings also can be just like tides in the ocean. Due to their sensitive nature they require encouragement and appreciation from their loved ones. They are homely people looking always to make a comfortable home that they can call their own personal corner but rarely keeping it as they have a longing for change. Those born under the Cancer zodiac are very loyal and are guided by their emotions.


Cancer are very industrious and hard working but as a rule they are not very lucky. They see unusual ups and down in their early life. They are gifted with imagination and make excellent artists, writers, composers or musicians. They in general are over-anxious in financial matters and at times even inclined to speculate to earn quick buck, but in gamble they generally lose. Cancer people have splendid memory, are imaginative and very competent which make them successful in business. They usually reach high exalted positions in their work.

But like in other areas of life, just as waning and waxing of moon they advance and retreat both in work and ideas because of their fluctuating mood. They can get into their shell anytime and their mood swing could be so terrible that it also affects those around them. If only they can control their mood, they are extremely good learner and are fully capable of finishing any task single-handedly. Money with the security it brings and their family are two most important things that drive a Cancer to do their best at work.


Cancer people are all about emotions and their family is everything to them. They are extremely protective about their loved ones. As a father they are very affectionate and attached to their children so much so that they are at times taken advantage of by their children. Cancer mother is all love and very soft towards her children, trying to provide all comforts to them. Cancer children are obedient and sincere, but you can not get harsh with them or they could get depressed easily.


Cancer natives at heart are very romantic, loving and affectionate. They desire deeper, meaningful relations and make an intense and passionate lover. They are generous for their loved ones and shower them with gifts and kind words. They are not into some shallow or fleeting relations. They have a great dislike of being dictated, but can themselves become possessive or dominating at time. Cancer people need their partner to be faithful, respectful and honest. They can get very unsettled by heartbreaks, finding it difficult to cope up with. Due to their intense emotional nature if they don’t find suitable partner, they will have a great deal of trouble in home.

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Cancer can be quite shy and take their own time to open up. Once they gain trust in the other, they will turn into an altogether different personality. They will go out of their way for friends in need as they value their friendship more than anything else. Cancer people can’t get along with obnoxious or dominating people. Being a water sign their best affinities are with Scorpios or Pisces.


Cancer rules the breasts and stomach. They tend to have a delicate stomach which causes gastric troubles. Indigestion, ulcers, gall bladder upsets are common to them. They could also suffer from rheumatism and trouble with legs and feet. When upset, which they very often do due to mood swings, they tend to eat for consolation. This may result in them getting overweight in later years. They also tend to overindulge in wine and alcohol. Anxiety and emotional problems like depression are also quite common to Cancer.

Cancer Overview

Element: Water

Ruling Planet: Moon

Symbol: The Crab

Lucky Colors: All shades of green and cream and white

Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 15, 20

Lucky Day: Monday, Thursday

Lucky Stones: Pearls, Diamond, Opal, Crystals

Some Famous Personalities: George Bernard Shaw, Mussolini, Selena Gomez, Lionel Messi, Tom Cruise, Elon Musk, Priyanka Chopra

Positive Qualities: Tenacity, Devotion, Versatility, Patriotism

Negative Qualities: Unpredictability, Sentimentality, Laziness

The fourth house of zodiac is the house of Cancer. Theses people are hard on the outside and soft inside, this way they try to shield themselves from being hurt. They are highly intuitive and keen observer. This is the period when sun changes it’s direction in north and starts it’s journey south, this gives a unique personality to Cancerians of changing their direction midway making them quite unpredictable. They are very generous when it comes to their family and friends.

This is the sign of highly emotional people who want reciprocity of their gestures and understanding. If someone doesn’t treat them well, they get hurt easily and find difficult to cope with circumstances. In these situations they get reclusive and put a wall between them and outside world. But when in good mood they are easy going people who get along with wide variety of people except those who are pushy or dominating. The biggest weakness in the personality of a Cancer is their shifting mood, if they get the capability to control their mind they are among the most warm people on the planet and no position is too high for them to reach.

Best Slimming Foods

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Looking to shed some weight? The only magic formula for this is to burn more calories than you consume. You have two options either to exercise and burn calories or watch your diet and consume less. A rational option would be to combine the both, but a basic guideline is that it is easy to eat healthy than to shed those kilos the difficult way.

As a rule any food for weight loss should be high on fiber and protein rich. Fiber gives a feeling of satiety and absorb water, this slows the absorption of sugar causing lower insulin levels and less fat deposition. High protein content is helpful in replacement of fat with the muscle mass as well as effective burning of fat for body’s metabolic needs. At the same time avoid processed food that is high on sugar and salt, giving empty calories and causing water retention.

We have compiled here a list of certain foods that are best for their role in weight loss:

1. Apple

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. This fruit is high in water content and have both soluble and insoluble fibers. It slows the digestion giving feeling of fullness. Apple has the properties of appetite suppressant and have low calories, as low as 52 calories per 100 grams. It also improves memory and have other neurological benefits.

In a study by State University of Rio de janeiro it was found that overweight women who ate equivalent of three apples a day lost more weight on low calorie diet than women who didn’t add fruit to their diet. (Nutrition, 2003, 19: 253-256)

2. Whole Egg

Eggs are high in protein at almost 6 gm. per large egg and has all essential amino acids. Eggs also have healthy fats and all this with low calories, just 72 for each large egg. The fat content of egg is primarily located in it’s yolk and most of it is healthy fat with only 28% being saturated fat. Eggs are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids which is good for brain function. Mayo clinic asserts that it is probably fine to eat about six to seven whole eggs per week if you are healthy.

3. Almonds

Almonds are like a natural weight loss pill. They are excellent snack with great medicinal value. Rich in amino acid L-arginine, they are also a great source of mono and polyunsaturated fats and are beneficial in lowering cholesterol. Almonds control blood sugar levels, so are beneficial in diabetes. According to American Journal of Clinical Nutrition dieters stick to their eating plans longer if nuts are included in the diet. But almonds are quite high on energy, so plan accordingly and eat in moderation with the other components of your diet.

4. Oatmeal

For any weight loss program the most important meal of the day is breakfast. There are plenty of reasons Why You Should Never Skip Breakfast. Having oatmeal in breakfast gives an energy boost as it is packed with fiber and protein. It is a low glycemic meal which gives better endurance for physical activity than high glycemic meals through the day. This power food gives satiety and prevents you from overeating. Oatmeal is rich in soluble fiber, which help feel fuller for longer time as it takes long time to digest. A 2009 study published in journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research found satiety increased as a result of eating foods containing beta-glucan. Oatmeal boosts metabolism and regulates blood sugar level.

5. Fish

Fish is low in fat, rich in protein and an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. It has all the qualities required to be included in any weight loss diet. Even the fat present in fish is unstaurated fat which is heart healthy. The omega-3 fatty acid in fish is very important for mental health and is beneficial for depression. Fish provide amazing amount of satiety despite being light on stomach thereby preventing overeating.

6. Green Salad

One of the most healthy eating habit is to incorporate green salad in your diet. It can be easily prepared within five minutes. Salad is packed with fiber which prevent constipation and lowers the cholesterol levels. Apart this antioxidants like Vitamin C, lycopene and beta carotene are also found in abundance in fruits and vegetables and it offers all these rich nutrients with very low calories content, provided you eat salads with less of dressings.

7. Green Tea

Loaded with powerful polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, green tea is rich in antioxidants. It burns fat by increasing the metabolic rate of the body. One study found that combination of EGCG, an active ingredient in green tea and caffeine improved weight loss and maintenance in people who were overweight and moderately obese. Additional advantage of green tea is that it is easily swapped with other sugary beverages. Green tea also help fight inflammation.

8. Avocado

Versatile avocado provides substantial amount of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) which is a healthy fat. In fact 3/4 of their calories come from fats. High MUFA content in avocado increases insulin sensitivity, a hormone that controls blood sugar levels but can also cause weight gain. Avocado is a part of keto diet for weight loss which relies on high fat content with very low or absent carbohydrates and proteins. Other benefits of avocado are improved vision and good heart health.

9. Legumes

Legumes like lentils, black beans, kidney beans and chickpeas may help to lose a little extra weight. Consumption of legumes improves the LDL:HDL ratio. These food are high in protein and fiber thereby increasing the feeling of fullness thus controlling overeating.

10. Cauliflower

Cauliflower or broccoli, the vegetables belonging to the cruciferous family are non starchy, allowing you to consume them without thinking much about the portion size. They give the feeling of satiety because of high fiber content. High fiber also help lowers cholesterol, improves digestion and prevent constipation These vegetables also contains cancer fighting phytonutrient sulforaphane and is rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and Vitamin K. Combination of all the above makes these ideal choice of food for weight loss.

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