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  • Wheat Belly Book Number 1
    By Health Blog on August 7, 2012 | 2 Comments2 Comments  Comments

    I’m guessing wheat farmers everywhere won’t like this news.. Wheat Belly, the book which advocates the elimination of wheat from our diet by Dr.  William Davis is number 1 on the New York Times best sellers on the hardcover advice list of books.

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    It’s a new book on my bookshelf and I’m only part way through it, but I have eliminated most of the wheat from my diet and am feeling better for it. Dr Davis has very compelling arguments which are hard to ignore. See his blog here for more information on wheat and what it’s doing to your body (you’ll be shocked if you haven’t looked into it before)

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  • Long-term weight loss plans
    By Health Blog on October 3, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    It is not fun to be overweight. Apart from the irritation of being teased by friends, you also have some other personal problems to deal with, including difficulties in moving and problems with sleep. More non-immediate problems may include heart diseases, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Weight loss programmes are in vogue to help obese or overweight people address their issues more effectively and on a long-term basis. A good weight loss regime gives you the confidence to not put on excess fat while you still have the luxury to eat and live on your own terms.

    The secret to long-term weight loss
    The simplest secret to long-term weight loss is regular exercise with a healthy weight loss diet. Slimming supplements can take you to a certain level, but your lifestyle must take over from there. It is what you eat and how much physically active you are that set your waistline right and keep it that way. So to start burning fat, you must get out of your head the false notion that a controlled low-calorie diet helps everyone. It does not. Each person is different and what works for one may not work for another.

    Exploring weight loss options
    It is important to know what options you have to shed fats, get in shape and stay in shape! A weight loss diet may be helpful for you only if you are ready to exercise regularly. If you are leading a completely sedentary lifestyle, even slimming diets may not work for you. Similarly, weight loss pills can help you lose the extra fat your body consumes when you down those cheeseburgers with gusto. Some weight loss tablets act as fat inhibitors and prevent absorption of dietary fat. Fat blocker pills can take up to 6 months to reflect the intended results.

    Common sense weight loss tips
    Do you know your body is more comfortable with smaller meals taken at regular intervals than with heavier meals taken twice a day? Experts say that taking soy cheese or a pear every 2-3 hours is a perfect start to a long-term weight loss regimen.

    Eating slowly not just allows you to savour the taste, but also gives your brain the time it needs to realise whether or not it is full. So do not gobble your food. Take your time, enjoy.

    Setting your perspective right is important for any long-term weight loss programme. Ask yourself where you want to see yourself around this time the next year – healthier or just slimmer? The first option is far better than the second, so plan your lifestyle accordingly.

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  • Pregnant women diet
    By Health Blog on March 29, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    The food that we eat daily differs a great deal with the food that women with pregnancy have to take because it directly affects the health of baby inside. So much care should be taken regarding the food that is taken at the time of pregnancy and the diet should contain more vitamins and nutrients that make the baby inside healthy. One of the best practices is to take a multivitamin daily. Regular health checkup and proper diet keeps mother and the child safe and healthy.

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    In this article I want to give some suggestions on diet that every pregnant woman can take.

    Fruits and vegetables: These are the well known source of best diet anytime. Women with pregnancy can take 3 or 4 times fruits and vegetables. These contain abundant C vitamin which helps very much in developing gums and other tissues. C vitamin is rich in melons, oranges, papaya, tomatoes, cabbage etc. Fruits and vegetables contain iron and pulp that adds strength to the baby as well as the mother and also a rich source of vitamins.

    Milk and milk products: Its always preferable to take dairy products that are having low fat like non-fat milk or milk with less fats, yogurt because these are rich in Vitamin A, D and B. It is also good to take cheese which contains calcium but it should be taken in fewer amounts because it contains fats. Dairy products develop disease resistance and helps in growth.

    Non vegetarian products: Women with pregnancy can take cooked meat, poultry, eggs, fish 2 or 3 times a day but in limited quantities. It’s better not to take shark, tilefish, swordfish, dolphin which have large levels of mercury. The food should be cooked properly otherwise it may create some sickness. All these non vegetarian foods are rich in proteins and are very much helpful in growth and acts as building blocks of body. Proteins also build enzymes, hormones and antibodies against several diseases. For a fast growing of baby inside the mother’s womb proteins help very much. Non vegetarian foods also contain Vitamin B and iron which are very important in the development of red blood cells.

    Water: Pregnancy women should take as much water as possible as it plays a crucial role during pregnancy. It is the main carrier of food to the baby and it prevents the baby from constipation, excessive swelling and other bladder infections. It prevents the baby from dehydration. Intake of less water is one of the reasons for early labor. Pregnant women can also take juices as source of water but they should have sufficient amount of water like watermelon, oranges etc.

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  • How to Balance Workload and Diet?
    By Health Blog on November 8, 2009 | No Comments  Comments

    balance  the workload and dietThis article contains some tips that will help you in balancing your work load and diet. Healthy diet is essential to use your complete potential. Also, healthy diet keeps you fit and away from obesity, disorders and other health diseases. Never let your work to skip your breakfast or lunch or dinner.

    Never skip your breakfast: Though this is one of the most common advices you get in your professional life, we never listen to it because we presume that we are occupied with tight schedule and there is no time for the breakfast. The other reason for skipping the breakfast is ‘dieting’. This is quiet opposite to dieting. When you skip your breakfast, your body releases acidic acids which affect your normal body function. Also, when you skip your breakfast you feel hungry and eat more during the lunch and sometimes take junk food in middle. According to the researchers, drinking fat free milk during the breakfast will help you to take 50-75 less calories of food during lunch and you feel the fullness.

    Avoid mid-day jinx: Choosing the calorific valued foods that can enhance satiety is one of the vital factors in successful weight management plan. Hence, when you are about take anything during the work or amidst of day, then chose fruits and fruit juices. You can also take soups but they are less preferred over fruits. Try to take more fiber, proteins than fats. The former helps your body to grow stronger where as the latter will just increase your weight.

    Drink Milk in Morning Breakfast

    Drink Milk in the Morning Breakfast

    Avoid coffee during night: It is very important to check our daily diet especially if you are working in late nights. Most of the corporate encourage their employees to take coffee or tea during the working hours to free themselves from the stress. They will also inject new energy and enthusiasm into the body because of the caffeine and nicotine present in the coffee and tea respectively. However, you should remember that caffeine acts against your drowsiness and kills you sleep, hence medical professionals advices not to drink tea/coffee during the night times. You can take milk instead of them which will catalyze the metabolism of the body and thus you can have a sound and pleasant sleep in the night.

    Exercise for 15 min daily: Go for a jog or clean your room or bathe your pet, do some kind of physical exercise for at least 15 minutes a day so that it will burn your calories and keep you away from obesity and doctor.

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  • Be your own dietician
    By Health Blog on September 15, 2009 | 4 Comments4 Comments  Comments

    There are very few things in life you have control over in, what goes in your mouth is certainly one of them. Keeping track of your diet is important if you want to remain healthy and have a good figure.

    The basis to any good diet plan is avoiding calories. The high protein diet, vegetarian diet, low calorie diet, cookie diet, liquid diet, etc all tell you clearly to avoid calories at all costs. Calories include all fatty foods, so what you need to do is avoid junk food, fizzy drinks, cheddar cheese any thing with a lot of oil and sugar.

    Calorie counts are given behind most products. When you go shopping you need to pay attention to what this calorie count reads. In order to lose weight you need to eat fewer calories per day than your body needs. To lose 1lb a week you need a negative calorie balance of 500 calories per day. To lose weight at 2lb a week you need to reduce your calorie intake by 1000 calories a day. So the first thing you need to do is to find out what your calorie intake is. There is a simple formula to calculate your average calorie needs called the Harris Benedicts formula:

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    The Harris-Benedict formula (BMR based on total body weight)

    The Harris Benedict equation is a calorie formula using the factors of height, weight, age, and sex to determine basal metabolic rate (BMR). This makes it more accurate than determining calorie needs based on total bodyweight alone. The only variable it does not take into consideration is lean body mass. Therefore, this equation will be very accurate in all but the extremely muscular (will underestimate caloric needs) and the extremely over fat (will overestimate caloric needs).

    Men: BMR = 66 + (13.7 X wt in kg) + (5 X ht in cm) – (6.8 X age in years)

    Women: BMR = 655 + (9.6 X wt in kg) + (1.8 X ht in cm) – (4.7 X age in years)

    Note: 1 inch = 2.54 cm.
    1 kilogram = 2.2 lbs.

    Example:
    You are female
    You are 30 yrs old
    You are 5′ 6 ” tall (167.6 cm)
    You weigh 120 lbs. (54.5 kilos)
    Your BMR = 655 + 523 + 302 – 141 = 1339 calories/day

    Exercise is necessary to maintain a good physique. It burns your carbohydrates then tones your muscles. An average adult requires a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day. Along with exercise rest is also very important your body needs eight hours of sleep a day. The body is like a machine it consumes energy which it gets from food for it to work properly it needs eight hours of sleep.

    Some helpful tips:

    • A simple technique to loose weight is to correct the way you breathe, it is scientifically proven that deep breathing exercises can decrease your weight loss by a staggering 30 pounds in two months. In the process you also oxygenate your brain properly, leaving you fresh and energized.
    • Avoid animal fat and butter. Theses are a huge source of carbs in our lives. Try to use substitutes like olive oil and fish oil.
    • Drink green tea. It controls your cholesterol levels, prevents cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

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