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Mens health - Body Mass Index

Friday, May 29th, 2009
by Sue

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both men and women. Now a days girls go crazy for guys with six pack abs and guys really work out to get those six packs.

Generally guys are regularly visiting gym to work out and maintain there fitness and of course those abs. Some Muscle Guys wants to rope in greater gains at home and at gym.

Here we are trying to give answers to few questions that are generally asked.


If you are working out in gym and u don’t know when to add on more weight. We will suggest you to that first you make sure you can perform all your repetitions with your current weight for two consecutive workouts. Then add more weight gradually. If you are working on with say, 80 kilos—10 reps, then ensure that you perform 10 reps with 80 kilos during your next workout before you add on more weight. You can add 5 per cent more weight for each new step.


A good posture means good health and confidence. To gain that you need to work out regularly. In case you don’t get enough time then you should at least do some necessary exercises. One essential is the squat-and-press exercise. In this particular exercise you tend to work your upper and lower body in one motion entirely and this is the best way to get rid of your excess body fats.
Another big hitter for you is the Swiss ball pushup. It seems to be a classic exercise which helps to add some much needed core action to chest and builds up your shoulders.
Finally the last but not the least is to have the inverted row in your arsenal. It helps you to get correct and perfect posture as it strengthens the muscles that pull your shoulder blades back into their proper position.
The muscles on the sides of your legs serve as shock absorbers for your knees and your lower back. There are thigh machines available in gym but if you don’t want to use that then you can try lateral tube walks or side squats on a split board.
Stand on the board and sit back on your hips as you slide your left foot to the side until your leg is straight then slide to a standing position. This is counted as one repetition repeat this exercise at least 6 to 10 times with each leg. Do this exercise regularly as your leg muscles are critical for raising your game and reducing any possible injury risk.
The best and solid indoor activity to build up your body is jumping rope. Initially you can start with 50 jumps then you can go on adding 25 jumps in each set. No need to worry about tracking time you can rest for 30 seconds and then continue the pyramid by adding 25 jumps more.
When you hit 200, reverse the process by decreasing 25 jumps in each set. If you step on the rope don’t stop just pick up from where you left off.
Jumping rope builds muscular endurance, burns calories and improves your stamina, agility, coordination and balance. All of these will help you hit the weights harder.


Fitness idol Rahul Dev is working with Mens Health magazine as workout adviser. You can get in touch with him and get your answers to the quarries by writing him at

Ways to Stop Emotional Eating

Friday, September 5th, 2008
by Sck

Author: Lyla Feldman

Many people suffer from emotional eating. This usually occurs when we are involved in a stressful situation. When this happens, we have two choices. The first choice is to give in to the craving and the second choice is to learn how to control emotional hunger. If you chose the latter of the two, here are a few ways which will help you stop emotional eating.
First step in eliminating emotional eating is to recognize true hunger. Basically, if you had eaten a couple hours ago and your stomach is not rumbling, then most likely you are not hungry. Learn to recognize whether your hunger is physical or emotional. Another way to reduce your chances for emotional eating is to look elsewhere for comfort. For instance, if you feel emotional hunger coming on, instead of unwrapping a candy bar, go for a walk or treat yourself to a movie. Invest time in something that makes you feel good.
Also be sure that you don’t keep unhealthy foods in your house. Try to keep high calorie foods away from your kitchen and remember to never go grocery shopping hungry. If you go shopping while hungry, you will purchase a plethora of foods which you would otherwise never eat. So be sure to go shopping after you had already eaten and be sure to purchase numerous healthy snacks. This way, in between meals, you can snack on fruit and veggies rather than chips. And last but not least, remember to exercise and get plenty of rest. Getting an adequate amount of the two will make your mood more manageable and help you fight stress more effectively. So if you suffer from emotional eating, try a few of these helpful hints in reliving your hunger.

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Weight Loss and Fat Loss - Part Iv- How to Lose Weight With Common Sense Approach

Friday, September 5th, 2008
by Sck

Author: Kyle J. Norton

For a healthy person weight loss is simple: burn more calories than you consume. The healthiest weight is determine by height to weight ratio or Body Mass Index (BMI) and the amount of fat in your body. Unfortunately over 60% of the North American population is considered to be overweight, according to the BMI index.  Together with a healthy diet and consuming more of fruits, vegetables and meat and dairy foods that are low in saturated and trans fat would help you to lose weight and keep it off longer. Be sure to talk to your doctor before you would like to start any weight loss program. Here are some common sense approaches that might help you to lose weight:  1. Don’t skip your breakfast Skipping meals will only cause you to eat more in the next meal. After a long period of hunger, your stomach triggers the brain to release more chemicals that ask you to eat more (more than 2 meals combine) in the next meal.  2. Follow the BMI index According to the National Institution of Health, the definition of healthy weight is a BMI of 24 or less. Men and Women with a BMI of 25-30 are considered to be overweight. BMI is reliable for people from 19-70 years of age. Study reveals that for people over 64 years of age, the risk of dying from heart disease does not go up with a BMI between 25-27. A BMI over 28 seems to increase risk of heart disease.  3. Slowly and Surely Change your lifestyle habits slowly. Each day replace some of the saturated and trans fat foods with healthier foods. Start Exercising gradually. Walk 10 minutes a day for a few days then 15 minutes, 30 minutes. Keep going until you work your way up to doing a supervised exercise program. Be happy if you lose 2 to 3 Lbs a week.  4. Stay Moderately active Sitting in front of the computer or television all day will increase the risk of arthritis, type II diabetes, obesity, heart diseases, and depression.  5. Shopping parking Parking your car at the far end of the parking lot will help you to burn more calories. If you calculate the calories which you burn from all the trips that you take such as mall shopping, grocery shopping, working, picking up the kid from school, you will be surprised. Each mile will burn somewhere around 125 calories.  6. Moderate intake of alcohol Moderate drinking of alcohol beverages containing no fat, no cholesterol, and very little sodium and is often associated with weight loss in women. Moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with better health and longer life. Drinking a cup of red wine for women and two cups for men daily will help increase blood circulation and decrease risk of heart attack.  7. Study shows that eating chicken soup with rice and drinking water together before meal will help to curb your appetite.
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Weight Loss and Fat Loss Part VI - How to Lose Weight With the Mediteranean Diet

Friday, September 5th, 2008
by Sck

Author: Kyle J. Norton

As we mentioned in the other articles, for a healthy person weight loss is simple: burn more calories than you consume. The healthiest weight is determine by height to weight ratio or Body Mass Index (BMI) and the amount of fat in your body. Unfortunately over 60% of the North American population is considered to be overweight, according to the BMI index. There must be something wrong with our diet. In faraway places such as Southern Italy and Greek, most people live longer than us because their diet contains lots of fruits and vegetables. The People in Southern Italy and Greek only eat fish and poultry a few times a week and meat a few times a month. Their diet is high in carbohydrates and only containing 8% of saturated fat.  You can find some very good traditional Greek foods in you local restaurants.  Here are some meals that I found very different than our diet:  1. Savor souvlaki  Also known as shish kebob, it contains a large amount of vegetables and a small amount of meat. This is a meal with an average of about 300 calories and only 10 grams of fat with 1/5 of fat being saturated.  2. Pita Bread sandwich  Pita bread sandwich includes hefty raw vegetable, some meat, feta cheese and cucumber sauce. It contains roughly 800 calories with 45 grams of total fat and half of that are saturated.  Unfortunately, under the influence of western diet, some of the meals that we found is no longer really Greek foods. They are high in meat and saturated fat, therefore please do not assume that all Greek restaurant are original Mediterranean diet.  Here are 2 recipes of original Mediterranean diet that not only helps you to lose weight but also reduces your high blood pressure and bad cholesterol level in result of lowering risk of heart diseases and strokes.  1.Sauce of yoghurt with dill ( Sources from Ellaia)   *  Sauce of yoghurt with dill  *  300 gm. yoghurt with low water content  *  1 spoonful dry dill  *  1 clove garlic, salt, pepper  *  2 spoonfuls olive oil ELLAIA  *  1 spoonful lemon juice.   * We pulp the garlic in a mortar with little salt.  In a deep bowl we strike yogurt with garlic, the dill and the pepper and we continue with the olive oil and the lemon until they are mixed well. We maintain the mixture in the refrigerator. Accompanies vegetables and green salad.  2. Meat with plums ( Sources from Ellaia)   *  1,5 kg meat (pork, lamb, beef or even chicken)  *  1 onion  *  salt, pepper, nutmeg  *  1 cinnamon stick  *  5-6 clovesjuice of 2 lemons  *  2-3 spoonfuls olive oil ELLAIA  *  Half kg plums  *  1 cup almonds  *  2 spoonfuls sugar or honey  * Wash the meat and cut it in portions. We put it in a basin and throw on the onion in big particles, salt, pepper, the cinnamon, cloves, the nutmeg and the juice of lemon. We leave the meat to be marinated for 2-3 hours and meanwhile we wet the plums in water in order to absorb water and also the almonds in order to be peeled easily. We put the olive oil in a saucepan and sauté the meat. We douse with the marinade liquid, we add 1-2 glasses hot water and we boil the meat in low temperature, until it gets soft. We put inside also the plums, the almonds and the honey or the sugar and we leave them to boil for a few minutes.  Finally we will provide you with a Mediterranean diet food list. It contains cheese, eggs, fish and sea food, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts, olive oil, red wine, vegetables and yogurt. On the top of the pyramid contains meat, poultry and on the lower broader base, there are dairy products, oils, fruits and vegetables.
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Drink More Green Tea and Less Beer! - the Magic of Green Tea

Friday, September 5th, 2008
by Sck

Author: yjulaidan

For thousands of years, the Chinese have been drinking green tea and enjoying excellent health benefits. They even used to drink green tea for its medicinal properties, as the Chinese were able to avoid and even treat different kinds of illnesses. It is also linked to the long life that the Chinese have enjoyed and became renown for. They have the highest rate for people living over the age of a hundred. That should be enough proof! Although the Chinese have been drinking this kind of tea for centuries, it was only recently that green tea has been introduced and became popular throughout the planet. I have to through the blame on Coke on this one!
Scientists and nutritionists have found that this incredible drink does indeed have medicinal properties that can help prevent several types of illnesses including this age’s plague, cancer. In fact, there are even doctors who recommend green tea for any kind of illness and insist that drinking it regularly plays a great role in maintaining good health. What is it exactly that makes this magical drink such a miracle that it even perplexed health professionals from all over the world?
First, this tea contains high levels of antioxidants, which are called Polyphenols or Flavonoids. Why do we need antioxidants anyway? We need to understand that the body does millions of processes that are happening at all times. Even when you are asleep, the brain, cells, organs and every part of our body is active building and repairing. This magnificent building operation requires oxygen in order to be done properly. Somebody might ask, what’s wrong with Oxygen? The oxygen that we breathe isn’t hundred percent pure and clean and can contain a lot of oxidants like dust particles, smoke, pollutions, germs, viruses and all kind of harmful micro particles. These oxidants or commonly known as free radicals and are penetrating our system every single day. These free radicals are known to be one of the main stimuli in the growth of cancer cells.
So, in order to fight or reduce the effect of oxidants or free radicals, we will need to introduce antioxidants in our body, very powerful ones in the case of some people! And guess what, green tea has a lot of them. Although some other natural herbs and fruits do have antioxidants, you will see that green tea has a lot more. In fact, the antioxidants found on green tea are much higher than that found in grape juice and red wine.
Second, this amazing drink also contains vitamins, such as vitamin B6, which plays a vital role in the metabolism of the body. That’s why everybody drinks green tea to lose fat and weight. Additionally, vitamins B1 and B2, which are essential for releasing energy from food, which is actually good because it converts directly into energy that you can use in your daily exercises and your work. Another great thing about this tea is that it has key minerals such as magnesium, which is essential for bone growth and body development as well as potassium, which helps in keeping the heart pumping normally and maintain the body’s fluid levels. I thought only milk has such minerals and bone supporting nutrition!
Green tea has caffeine though just like coffee. You may put it as a “disadvantage” but compared to coffee and other teas, it is the best caffeine you can put into your body system! Let me explain, the caffeine that we get from coffee and regular teas has immediate effects on our nervous system. It can raise blood pressure and make our heart beats faster than normal due to its instant stimulating effects. Surprisingly, caffeine in green tea is more beneficial than the caffeine taken from coffee. It works through the body in a different mechanism. It alerts our system, but in a prolonged kind of and effect so we don’t experience sudden spikes in blood pressure, heart beat rate and nervousness. And again, it helps you lose that extra fat in your body, without the harmful caffeine effects!
To experience the utmost health benefits, green tea is preferably brewed rather than fermented. Fermentation is most likely used in black tea but never in green tea. There are basically three important reasons why brewing is used in green tea.
Reason # 1 – Brewing doesn’t eliminate the important nutrients, vitamins and components that comprise green tea. On the other hand, fermentation wastes a lot of the nutritional tea components leaving more and less an enjoyable beverage.
Reason # 2 – Brewing can bring out the best in Catechin and Theanin, the two elements that contribute to a lower level of caffeine in your green tea.
Reason # 3 – Brewing enhances taste and aroma. Indeed, brewing has a very enticing smell that can’t be found in fermented beverages.
Brewing green tea is easier contrary to what people might think. Here are the tips for the best brewed green tea:-
Tip 1 – The type of water
Choosing what kind of water to use is a very important detail that you have to take note of. Ideally, manufacturers would prefer brewing green tea using soft mineral water or natural water. If you can’t afford purchasing bottled water daily, you can take into consideration tap water. If you’re planning to use European bottled water, don’t. It’s because this kind of water is considered hard water that is not suitable for brewing green tea.
Tip 2 – Chlorine free water
Chlorine must not be mixed with the process. To remove it, just leave your water in your pot for a couple of hours before finally boiling it.
Tip 3 – The boiling process
Depending on how much water you have put, it will be the time that you have to boil. Whenever the water starts to boil, take off the lid of the pot and let it boil continuously for a few more minutes.
Tip 4 – Temperature
It is said that correct temperature of boiling water will vary on the kind of tea that you are about to use. This is the moment when the extraction of Polyphenols takes place. When you buy green tea, usually there will be there some instructions on the temperature to use.
Tip 5 – Steep
Let your tea steep for about three to five minutes. With longer steeping time, the Polyphenol level increases while if steeping time takes only a couple of seconds, it will result in more caffeine content in the tea.
Tip 6 - Tea leaves
Research shows that it is better to brew green tea leaves that are smaller because of the fast infusion. Choosing large leaves or ones that are tightly curved can have a longer infusion time.
Tip 7 - Teabags or loose leaves?
It is more advisable to use loose green tea than green tea teabags. Loose green tea enables Polyphenols to freely float inside your cup of green tea instead of locking them inside teabags.

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