Archive for January 31st, 2013

Fitness Q&A: Suryanamaskar helps in losing weight

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Dr. Sonali is a certified fitness specialist from the American College of Sports Medicine.She runs a fitness consultancy, Santulan, providing lifestyle management programs for individuals and groups.Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every thursday.

This week’s answers:

I am 24 year girl and my height is 5ft 3 inch and my body weight is 60.3kg. Earlier I was 52 kg but from last 2 years I am working in night shift and have gained 8 kg. I will be really happy if you can suggest me a diet chart to follow since I don’t stay at home my eating habit is very bad. My day starts at 2:30 or 3 in the after noon because I work from 6:00pm till 4:30am.
Stuti Sharan

Hi Shruti, thank you for writing to me
One of the main reasons for your weight gain is a disturbance in your biological clock, due to your work timings- since we cant do much about it, i do suggest some form of cardio exercise like walking for 15 to 20 minutes atleast thrice a week. You may want to start doing Suryanamaskar-6 in the beginning and build up.


Sex burns calories myth debunked

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The idea that sex burns calories is nothing more than a myth, according to a new study.

Dr. David Allison, associate dean for science in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and his team have identified seven obesity-related myths that they said were not scientifically-backed by evidence.

One myth the researchers busted was that losing lots of weight rapidly might cause the weight to come back one day, whereas slow, gradual weight loss will accumulate over time to produce longer-lasting changes.

The researchers found evidence that people who lose more weight rapidly are more likely to weigh less, even after several years, CBS News reported.

The oft-told advice that people should set realistic weight loss goals or else they’ll become frustrated and not lose weight is a myth, according to the study, which cited data that people may actually do better with more ambitious goals.

Other major myths busted include the idea that breast-feeding may reduce a child’s risk for obesity.


Eating deep-fried foods may up risk of prostate cancer

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

A study by investigators at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has found that regular consumption of deep-fried foods such as French fries, fried chicken and doughnuts is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer, and the effect appears to be slightly stronger with regard to more aggressive forms of the disease.

While previous studies have suggested that eating foods made with high-heat cooking methods, such as grilled meats, may increase the risk of prostate cancer, this is the first study

to examine the addition of deep frying to the equation.

Specifically, Janet L. Stanford, Ph.D., co-director of the Hutchinson Center’s Program in Prostate Cancer Research, and colleagues found that men who reported eating French fries,

fried chicken, fried fish and/or doughnuts at least once a week were at an increased risk of prostate cancer as compared to men who said they ate such foods less than once a month.


Daily brisk stroll can help stave off Alzheimer’s symptoms

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Taking a brisk stroll daily can help lower your chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease, say scientists.

A team at the University of Nottingham has found that a stress hormone produced during a brisk stroll can protect the brain from memory loss, the Mirror reported.

The finding, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, may also explain why people vulnerable to stress are at more risk of dementia.

Experts have been mystified why higher physical and mental activity can lower your chances of getting Alzheimer’s.

But the Nottingham University team has suggested that the key might be found in balancing the body’s level of the hormone CRF.

People with Alzheimer’s have a reduced level. But normal levels of CRF help the brain, keeping the mental faculties sharp.


Snoring ‘may be early sign of future health risk’

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Snoring may put you at a greater risk than those who are overweight, smoke or have high cholesterol to have thickening or abnormalities in the carotid artery, researchers say.

The increased thickening in the lining of the two large blood vessels that supply the brain with oxygenated blood is a precursor to atherosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries responsible for many vascular diseases.

“Snoring is more than a bedtime annoyance and it shouldn’t be ignored. Patients need to seek treatment in the same way they would if they had sleep apnea, high blood pressure or other risk factors for cardiovascular disease,” lead study author Robert Deeb from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit said.

“Our study adds to the growing body of evidence suggesting that isolated snoring may not be as benign as first suspected. So instead of kicking your snoring bed partner out of the room or spending sleepless nights elbowing him or her, seek out medical treatment for the snorer,” he said.


Chat: Dr.Priyam Ahuja, anti obesity expert and health consultant

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Dr.Priyam Ahuja  is an anti obesity expert, a passionate diet and health consultant. She is practicing dietician and founder of ‘Diet of a Dietician’ TM, having extensive experience in nutrition counseling in fitness center, hospitals, community and sports professionals.

Priyam deals with obesity, hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, Heart diseases, stroke, forgetfulness, thyroid, PCOD, post pregnancy weight gain, eating disorders and lifestyle modifications.

If you have queries related to the above, send them to us and Dr.Priyam Ahuja will answer them in an exclusive chat with on 31st January at 4 pm IST. Post your questions now!

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