Archive for January 18th, 2013

Desperate to lose weight? Log on to twitter

Friday, January 18th, 2013

American researchers have revealed that the social networking site Twitter can speed up the rate at which people shed the pounds.

The researchers, from the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health, found that the more status updates people read relating to healthy eating and exercise, the more weight they were likely to lose, the Daily Mail reported.

On average, for every 10 Twitter updates read, people lost on average 0.5 percent of their body weight.

Lead researcher Brie Turner-McGrievy said that it was the first study to examine the use of Twitter as part of a “behavioural weight loss intervention.”

The study followed 96 overweight and obese men and women split into two groups over a six-month period and all of them had a phone with an internet facility.

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Mindfulness meditation ‘may help relieve chronic inflammation’

Friday, January 18th, 2013

People suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma — in which psychological stress plays a major role — may benefit from mindfulness meditation techniques, researchers say.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction, originally designed for patients with chronic pain, consists of continuously focusing attention on the breath, bodily sensations and mental content while seated, walking or practicing yoga.

While interest in meditation as a means of reducing stress has grown over the years, there has been little evidence to support benefits specific to mindfulness meditation practice.

This was the first study designed to control for other therapeutic mechanisms, such as supportive social interaction, expert instruction, or learning new skills.

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A glass of red wine with steak can lower cholesterol level

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Scientists have claimed that washing down red meat with a glass of red wine can actually prevent the build-up of cholesterol in the body.

They said that it may be the reason why red wine has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease.

The researchers, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, found that after eating red or dark meat, compounds called malondialdehyde accumulate in the blood stream, the Daily Mail reported.

These can help to form the type of cholesterol that can raise the risk of heart disease.

But when volunteers drank red wine, these compounds were not absorbed into the blood stream.

The researchers said that this is because antioxidants in the wine – known as polyphenols – prevented these harmful compounds from being absorbed.

One group of volunteers was given dark turkey cutlets to eat over four days and asked to not eat any other types of meat or fish.

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How to increase weight

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Just as decreasing weight is not easy or speedily achieved, so also increasing weight cannot be quick fixed. In fact increasing weight is a longer process. BMI <19 may be considered underweight.

One is underweight when optimal calories are not ingested and excess calories are burnt. There are medical reasons why one may be underweight like hyperthyroidism (with high metabolic rate) or anaemia (whereby there is diminished appetite). If one has been of normal weight and then suddenly reduced, that is a totally different track of clinical investigation and nutrition therapy, into which we will not go. Here we will talk about those who are slimmer and are hoping to gain some weight.

Start with ways to stimulate appetite so that you can manage to eat extra at every meal. Light exercise stimulates appetite. Leisure swimming or water related sports especially up one’s appetite since they are relaxing too. Always eat on time. Keep a schedule where you will eat your main meals and have a high calorie drink or food between these meals. If you delay eating time or skip a meal, the acids that flow cause nausea and kill your hunger.

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