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Why Alcohol Makes You Fat?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on December 12, 2010

First of all, it is necessary for anyone concerned about the connection between alcohol and extra body weight to accept the fact that alcohol intake can contribute to making us fat. It’s a fact of life that can only be eliminated by taking alcohol from our lives altogether.

alcohol-makes-you-fatIt’s possible to control the weight gain and the additional body fat with exercise and a healthy diet. But drinking alcoholic beverages will make the “battle of the bulge” more difficult. Why, you may ask?

The primary reason is that the alcoholic drinks we consume have a lot of sugar in them. This increases our overall calorie intake. In addition, sugar turns to fat more quickly than some other edible items. This quick-forming fat stays with us in the belly area, as well as on the hips and this. Some people have found that the extra fat appears on the underside of the arms as well.

Each person reacts differently to this sugar/fat connection, so the extra weight won’t always appear on the belly. It’s certainly common enough for people to believe that drinking beer and liquor give us a “beer belly.” This isn’t always true, but it happens often enough to make it an issue. One of the reasons is that the male of the human species naturally tends to add body fat in the belly area. Men who consume alcohol regularly are almost ensuring that the amount of fat on their bellies will increase. Women however gather their extra fat in and around the hips and upper thighs. So, women who consume alcohol may see extra weight in those areas.

One of the scientific facts (frustrating for drinkers) is that the sugar and calorie factor in alcohol is there even though drinking such beverages doesn’t stop us from being hungry. Therefore, any drinking we do adds sugar and calories in addition to what we get from eating. We may feel “full” for awhile after drinking but our bodies will still signal us that it is time to eat.

The key to solving this alcohol/fat problem is to drink less alcohol. Keeping the intake of alcoholic beverages to a minimum will help control that extra body fat. A general guideline states that enjoying one or two drinks during the day probably won’t create a fat problem. Drinking too much alcohol certainly will add extra fat weight to the body.

People who need to be on a restricted-calorie diet should definitely pay attention to the amount of alcohol they drink. What happens with alcohol does not happen with food that is eaten. The calories in alcohol go directly to the rest of the body because alcohol passes on to the body without being digested as food is. Since it goes immediately to the body it needs to be used up or burned by activity immediately. Otherwise it will settle into the parts of the body that are natural fat storehouses for each individual. Alcohol is an immediate energy source for the body but in a short time it becomes a source of extra fat.

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How to Get Rid of Double Chin?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on December 10, 2010

People who want to lose weight can focus on a lot of different parts of the body. In recent years, trainers and celebrities have produced dozens of programs for weight loss and weight reduction. These often concentrate on the waist, the hips, the abs or some other part of the human anatomy.

Few plans look closely at the double chin, which is simply a deposit of extra fat that is unsightly and uncomfortable. Some people develop a double chin as they age because they inherited the tendency from parents and grandparents. Simply put, double chin can be hereditary. Others might see a double chin appearing gradually as they gain weight over the entire body.

Exercise, Concentrate
Of course, you might be able to reduce or eliminate that double chin by following a general weight-loss program. With proper diet and proper exercise you might be able to lose extra pounds and eliminate that heavy deposit under your chin. Information about losing a double chin often begins with the simple idea of eating a bit less, every day. Over a period of time your body will use the extra fat or eliminate it. Your double chin may well disappear along with extra weight from other places.

You can also reduce your double chin or get rid of it altogether with specific exercises for this section of the body. There is one muscle in this area that should be exercised as part of any program to lose a double chin. The muscle has the unlikely name “platysma.” If you open your mouth as widely as you can, stretch the lower lip and stretch the jaw, you may be able to tighten the chin area.

Attacking the Double Chin
Get Rid of Double ChinSome people resort to liposuction to remove a double chin. This method has been used for years. Doctors simple suck the fat from under the skin. However, this method is not completely free of problems. In addition, you might pay a lot of money to have fat taken from under the chin and then see the same condition develop in a matter of months. If you don’t change your eating and exercising habits the “fix” will be temporary. If medical procedures are on list of options, talk with your doctor about a chin-wrap process.

You may be better off using some of the suggested exercises for sagging facial muscles. A combination of diet, physical exercise, chin-and-jaw exercises and gentle massage can go a long way toward eliminating the double chin. Put some pressure on the muscles of the chin and massage them a few times each day. Change your hand position occasionally to get the maximum effect.

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How To Get Rid Of Overeating?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on December 8, 2010

It is tempting to just say: Get rid of overeating by eating less. For some of us this may be possible. For others, eating less may be the most difficult thing they ever do. In the past, people who ate a lot and became obese were thought to be gluttons. But most of the time they weren’t looked upon as people with a serious problem.

In recent years, overeating has joined a few other maladies as serious issues. The list includes anorexia and bulimia. These are eating disorders, yes, but they are now considered behavioral /psychological disorders. Eating far too much or far too little may well be a symptom of other issues that should be addressed.

The Factors
The ingredients in the mix that is overeating include triggers from the brain, chemistry within the body, emotional problems and issues with social contacts. If some or all of these work in combination we may overeat as a way to compensate or self-medicate.

OvereatingWe can get rid of some instances of overeating by changing our habits. For example, some people feel that they must eat a snack at certain times. If we can change our habit so that, when this time arrives, we focus on something other than food we gradually turn to the new activity. Overeating is often triggered by starting with sugar-filled pastries or similar foods. If we can avoid sweets and foods that are high in carbohydrates we might be able to eliminate some or all of our overeating episodes.

If you normally take lunch or snacks to work with you, start substituting different types of food immediately. Rather than taking candy bars, pastries and other sweets, eliminate the dessert item. Take fruit instead. This will help curb the urge to eat more and more.

Treatment Needed
Though we can go a long way toward eliminating some of the overeating issues we face, there are times when the emotional and mental situation is so deeply ingrained we need help. First of all we have to address the emotional factors. Changing our daily habits is just one small part of this. In addition to having our meals in one place every day and substituting vegetables and fruit for sweets and snacks, we also need to eat more slowly, so that the activity of eating is not so compulsive. Instead, it satisfies a real need for fuel.

We should also eliminate the types of food that contribute to overeating. For instance, we could no longer keep chips, candy, cookies etc. in the home. We need to get rid of the things that tempt us. When the time comes for a “snack” we substitute other, healthier foods in small portions or have no snack at all.

To get rid of overeating, we may need to set small objectives or goals. Eat one less snack food each day and increase this gradually. We may need to change our shopping habits. Go the grocery store right after a regular meal. Shop when you are not hungry. Finally, find others who are struggling with the same problem and join a support group.

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How To Get Rid Of Neck Fat?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on December 7, 2010

There are good diet plans and exercise programs for getting rid of extra weight, no matter where it is on the body. We all know about using nutrition and aerobic exercise to get rid of fat around the midsection or on the hips. But what about losing that extra, unsightly fat around the neck and in that general area?

Don’t think this is going to be easy or quick. Neck fat may be a “smaller” problem but it may still contribute to health problems and to embarrassment or insecurity when we go out in public. You’ll have to start a good fat-loss program and stick with it, just as you would any other weight-loss or lifestyle plan. *Before we look at some tips and techniques, you may want to talk with your doctor about neck fat to make sure your extra fat in that area is not the result of an illness or other health condition.

Set Your Mind
As with any weight-loss program or change in lifestyle or habits, you should set your mind on your goal. Be patient and be a bit stubborn. Make sure you believe you can achieve what you want. Give the fat-loss plan some time every day and set a realistic goal for loss each week, month etc.

Neck FatStart exercising. This doesn’t mean just walking slowly from one end of the house to another. You need to get the heart working and get the blood circulating. This is the way to burn the calories you take in with your food and drink. There are a number of different programs designed for “cardio” workouts. Talk with friends and family members, your doctor or an exercise/workout professional to find the right one for you.

It’s the Neck!
Focus on neck movements, such as gently tilting the neck from side to side and from front to back. Do this for a few minutes two or three times each day. Be sure to continue this easy exercise even after you start to see neck fat disappearing. Add neck rotation but do it gently and slowly. Move your head and neck in small circles and widen the circular movement gradually. Do it again with rotations in the opposite direction. Do this at two or three different times each day, for a couple of minutes.

In addition to neck exercises and cardio exercises, make a few changes in your diet. Add fruits and vegetables, and plenty of water. Drink fruit juices that are unsweetened rather than alcoholic beverages or soft drinks. Cut down on pastries and foods high in sugar. This should help you lose body fat in other places as well.

Finally, exercise your jaw and chin with sugarless gum or mimic chewing several times a day. This should help tighten skin around the neck and jaw. Drink plenty of water to help wash away the toxins in your body. Losing neck fat requires patience and focus, just like any other weight loss program.

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Why Does Popcorn Pop?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on September 1, 2010

Popcorn can be credited for being one of the most lovable snacks of our times. Watching a movie without popcorn is half the fun lost. But despite of its being such a common time-pass the world over, few people know why popcorn pops. It’s not a complicated mechanism but a simple one in which the main role is played by water or moisture. Each popcorn kernel consists of a small amount of water inside it, surrounded by a soft layer of starch which is further encircled by a hard outer covering. When it is heated and attains a temperature of approximately 450 degrees Fahrenheit, which equals 232 degrees Celsius, The water inside the starchy layer gets converted to steam and starts expanding and builds up pressure against the outer hard layer. When it can no longer contain this internal pressure build-up, the kernel explodes with a sound of a pop, the moisture is depleted as the trapped steam escapes and the inner core of starch turns inside out. The tasty white sponge-like outer part of the popcorn after it pops is the same inner layer of starch. And there you go; the delicious snack is ready to be served. Of course with a “POP”.

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What Is Swine Flu?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on September 1, 2010

Health experts, doctors and researchers have not only heard of and identified swine flu, they continue to work on preventing and treating this form of influenza. Known by the virus-identifier H1N1, swine flu is causing illness in human beings.

First identified in United States residents in April of 2009, the virus is spreading around the world. The movement of H1N1 has occurred at such an alarming rate that the World Health Organization quickly declared the influenza experience was a pandemic.

Some confusion has resulted from associating H1N1 with the term swine flu. The virus that is making people sick is similar to viruses that usually are found in pigs. But there are major differences between the two, human and swine.

Swine FluAccording to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) most of the people who contract swine flu recover without the assistance of doctors or other medical personnel. According to CDC, “Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something – such as a surface or object – with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.”

Swine flu or H1N1 symptoms include body aches, chills, fatigue, cough, fever, runny nose and most of the common influenza symptoms. While many normally healthy people get over this flu without serious complications, there have been severe illnesses, even death, in some individuals. Almost all medical information about H1N1 includes warnings for older people (over 65), the very young (under 5) and for those who have a serious chronic medical condition that weakens the system. People in the high-risk category include the pregnant, those with diabetes and heart disease and so on.

One of the problems with new influenza viruses such as swine flu is that medical personnel don’t have good information about when it occurs, how long it lasts etc. With more common flu viruses that society has dealt with for years there is plenty of information about when to expect them and how to deal with them.

Records indicate that with more common flu viruses, 90 percent of the people who become seriously ill or die are over 65. A few months of study in 2009 shows that H1N1 flu “has caused greater disease burden in people younger than 25 years of age than older people.” (CDC report).

Studies have also shown that those who have swine flu may infect others from about one day before illness to approximately 7 days after.

Vaccines have been developed for H1N1 and the medical community continues to feel this is the best, level-one preventive measure. But people can help limit the spread of H1N1 by carefully covering the mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. Careful washing of hands may also help. The CDC “recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to go to a medical expert or for absolute emergencies. Avoiding those already ill and avoiding crowds when can be strong preventive measures.

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Who Discovered Rice?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on August 22, 2010

Rice was first cultivated by Asian farmers around 3000 BC. There are two versions to the story about who were the first to grow rice – the Indian farmers or the Chinese farmers? The first version says that the Indian farmers were the first to find rice growing in the wild around 3000 BC and later begin experimenting with it, leading to its being farmed. The other version suggests that it was the Chinese who first learnt the paddy system and perfected the art of growing rice in fields which not only saved water but also killed the weeds. This also happened in around 3000 BC. The same technique to grow rice is being used today.

RiceRice has been cultivated in Africa since 1600 or 1700 BC around the Niger River delta and present day Senegal. It is known as Oryza glaberrima (African rice). It is said that the rice was introduced in Europe by the returning armies of Alexander the Great.

Rice is a major source of carbohydrates and proteins for more than a billion people around the world. China and India are still the leading producers of the grain. Rice is a staple for more almost half of the Asian population and there are a lot of ways to cook it. Rice is chiefly boiled and eaten in India while in some other nations, the grain is first ground into a powder and then noodles are made from them. There are still more than 120,000 varieties of rice grown throughout the world.

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Who Invented French Fries?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on August 19, 2010

Who Invented French Fries?

Both the Belgians and the French claim themselves to be ones who invented French fries. French fries have got a long history in these countries. The Belgians claim the people in the valley between Dinant and Liege used to eat fried fish from the local river. Around the year 1680, the river froze in the winter and the locals couldn’t fish. They cut potatoes lengthwise and fried them in oil to accompany their meals. Thus the French fries were born.

The French use the name “pommes de terres frites” for French fries. Honore Julien, a French chef, whose manuscript, which comes from the 1800s expounds on how to make fried potatoes. The rest of the world learnt about the French fries from the French and that is where the name ‘French fries’ originates from. Belgians, however, argue because French is also an official language in Belgium, ‘French’ in ‘French fries’ refers to the French language and not France. The name ‘chips’ is more common in Britain and Commonwealth nations.

French friesFrench fries have a number of variants, most common include: thick cut fries, steak fries, jojo fries, curly fries, crinkle fries, shoestring fries and oven fries. The French equivalents are pommes pont neuf (thick cut fries), pommes allumettes, pommes pailles, pommes gaufrettes etc. The health-risks associated with French fries are well known. They contain harmful fats and are a major cause of obesity in the developed world, particularly the United States. There are companies which are trying to woo customers by claiming that their French fries are safer. Instead of using normal oil, they fry chips either in canola oil or peanut oil or something similar which would pose lesser health risks.

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What is Spirituality?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on August 19, 2010

Spirituality can be described as an ultimate reality or it can also be explained as a transcendent dimension of this world. In other words, spirituality is an inner path that enables a person to discover the inner essence of her or his being.

In complex technical language it can be defined as the “deepest meanings and values through which people live.” Spiritual activities including prayer, contemplation and meditation are very helpful in order to develop the inner life of an individual. Such practices usually lead to an ultimate experience of connectedness with a larger reality; with a more comprehensive inner self; with the human community or other individuals; with the cosmos or the nature; and with the divine realm.

People look towards spirituality as a source of inspiration and orientation in life. It strengthens the belief of human beings in immaterial realities and it also provides the experiences of the transcendental nature of the world.

Spirituality with different point of views
Religions have regarded the process of spirituality as an integral segment of religious experience. Many people still equate spirituality with religion. But the reducing membership of organised religions and the intensive growth of secularism (especially in the western world) have given a broader meaning to the spirituality.

spiritualityFrom the secular point of view, spirituality is a process which is less structured, more personalized and more open to new ideas. Spirituality is such an effective term that even some atheists are also spiritual. While atheism has a basic tendency to lean towards the scepticism regarding various supernatural claims, some atheists have defined “spirituality” as nurturing emotions, thoughts, actions and words that are in harmony with the basic belief that the whole universe is connected in some way.

Spirituality is very much associated with the Hindu religion; in fact the whole Hindu religion is based upon the spiritual aspects of the universe. The Hindu religion is one of the oldest religions of the world and various other religions like Sikhism, Jainism, and Buddhism etc have been derived from the Hindu religion only. All these religions share the aspects of spirituality with the Hindu religion. Moreover, in Hindu religion most sacred books—even the Vedas—are also dedicated to spirituality. In Hindu religion, spirituality is a way to get connected with the Divine and the invisible energy. In fact, other major religions of the world like Christian and Islam also put stress on the spiritual aspects of the human mind.

As a science
Various authors have suggested that spirituality, as a concept, finds deep relationships with the quantum physics. For example, philosopher-physicist Ken Wilber and Fritjof Capra, proposed an “Integral Theory of Consciousness”. Moreover, Amit Goswami, a theoretical nuclear physicist also favours the scientific theory of spirituality. According to Mr. Goswami, spirituality is a way of achieving universal consciousness.

According to Ervin László, “quantum vacuum” is the most fundamental information and energy- carrying field ( also known as the Akashic field) and spirituality is the best gateway to penetrate into the Akashic field. Spirituality is a way of discovering the inner selves.

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What Effects Does Smoking Cigarettes Have?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on August 17, 2010

The word cigarette originates from a French word cigarette which means a small cigar. Cigarettes are simple objects – they are tobacco covered in a piece of paper. They have been around for quite a long time. The hookahs of the Arabs are well known. The Europeans first learnt about cigarettes from the Mayans and the Aztecs sometime around the 18th century, although the natives had been smoking cigarettes since the 9th century. They have been pictured in paintings like la cometa, la merienda en el Manzanares. Those painting belong to the 18th century.

There are only harmful biological effects which are known. Smoking may give us a psychological pleasure for sometime but in the long run:

(1) One in two smokers, who have been smoking for a long time, will die in the middle age.

(2) Tobacco makes the body more prone to diseases and causes many kinds of cancer.

(3) Cigarettes produce carbon monoxide gas when they are lighted and the inhalation of this gas cause the heart to beat faster which in turn increases the blood pressure. This strains our blood vessels.

(4) Strained blood vessels are a major cause of heart attacks and stroke. Smoking restricts your blood flow.

(5) Smoking reduces the supply of oxygen to our feet and hands. This is not healthy for them in the long run.

(6) It has been calculated that 20-breaths of cigarette smoke per day will fill you with 210g tar in a year.

(7) Those who hold on to the smoke longer end up having tar accumulated deeper inside their lungs.

(8) Carbon monoxide swells up the airways and this in time results in lesser air for the lungs.

(9) Smoking, one says, is a slow way to die. Smoking causes emphysema. It is an illness which slowly rots our lungs.

(10) Bronchitis, lung problems and heart failure are direct consequences of suffering from emphysema.

(11) Surveys suggest, smokers are ten times likely to have lung cancer than those who don’t smoke.

Cigarette(12) Smoking blocks blood vessels which lead to a heart attack. The reason for this is the deposits of pollutants from cigarettes in the vessels.

(13) One is five people, who die from a heart attack, is a smoker. The situation is worse among the young where three in four who die from the heart disease are smokers.

(14) If a lady smokes cigarettes during pregnancy, it is likely that her child will have a low birth weight and the chances of pre-natal mortality are also higher.

(15) Smoking cigarettes is a major cause of lung cancer, larynx cancer, oral cavity cancer and esophagus cancer among other diseases.

In addition to the diseases mentioned above a passive smoker is prone to:

(1) Ear infections. It has been more common among the children and the young.

(2) Passive smoking accounts for more than 10,000 low weight births a year.

(3) Nearly 8,000 cases of asthma each year are because of passive smoking.

(4) Still births and an adverse effect on the eyes is also a major consequence of sitting with smokers.

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