Archive for June 14th, 2013

Cocoa can help obese people fight diabetes

Friday, June 14th, 2013

A new study has revealed that a few cups of hot cocoa may not only fight off the chill of a winter’s day, but they could also help obese people better control inflammation-related diseases, such as diabetes.

Mice that were fed cocoa with a high-fat diet experienced less obesity-related inflammation than mice fed the same high-fat diet without the supplement, Joshua Lambert, associate professor of food science, said.

The mice ate the human equivalent of 10 tablespoons of cocoa powder — about four or five cups of hot cocoa — during a 10-week period.

“What surprised me was the magnitude of the effect. There wasn’t as big of an effect on the body weight as we expected, but I was surprised at the dramatic reduction of inflammation and fatty liver disease,” Lambert said.


15-minute walk after meals could help cut type 2 diabetes risk

Friday, June 14th, 2013

A fifteen minute walk after each meal may help older people regulate blood sugar levels and could reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study has claimed.

The study by researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS), found that three short post-meal walks were as effective at reducing blood sugar over 24 hours as a 45-minute walk of the same easy-to-moderate pace.

Moreover, post-meal walking was significantly more effective than a sustained walk at lowering blood sugar for up to three hours following the evening meal.

Lead study author Loretta DiPietro, PhD, MPH, chair of the SPHHS Department of Exercise Science, said that these findings are good news for people in their 70s and 80s who may feel more capable of engaging in intermittent physical activity on a daily basis, especially if the short walks can be combined with running errands or walking the dog.


The chefs are watching your calories

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Going to a five-star hotel for a meal usually does not bode well for your diet. And business travellers, who eat there often, end up getting the worst of it. Now, however, things are changing, as hotel chefs become more cognizant of the health needs of the urban Indian.

The active food movement

Not too long ago, all-day restaurants in star hotels were about heavy-duty breakfasts, buffet spreads stacked with malai kofta and dal makhni, burgers-and-fries at midnight and an array of rich desserts. That is changing now, and restaurants have begun to include healthy eating options on their menus. While it may only be a small segment at some places, others are making it a selling point. Which explains the introduction of the ‘active foods’ concept at the Gateway hotels by the Taj group.


Fitness Q&A: Tips for post pregnancy weight loss

Friday, June 14th, 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 Friday.

This week’s answers:

Hello mam,

I am asha, I am suffering thyroid problem now it ok but my weight is 60kg my height is 5.00 fit, my age is 25 year.

pls mail how i can reduce my weight or treatment
I am waiting for your reply

asha g

Hi Asha, thank you for writing to me,
you have mentioned that you have a thyroid problem , but are you still on medication? Please have a check up and inform your Doctor before you start an exercise programme.


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