Tuesday October 10th, 2017 01:05 10 Ways To Lose Weight

According to latest figures from the National Health Survey in 2007-08, men are more likely to be overweight than women, with 68 percent of men now being classified overweight or obese compared with 55 percent for women.

Unfortunately many overweight men don’t recognize their beer gut as a problem, with around 44 percent perceiving themselves as being an ‘acceptable weight’.

Being overweight increases the likelihood of many lifestyle problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea, many of which are preventable via healthy eating and exercise.

Weight that’s around the middle – the apple shape or beer gut that’s typical of men’s weight distribution – poses another health problem. It puts men at greater risk of heart disease and diabetes than women with their pear shape. This abdominal fat is much more metabolically active than weight on hips and thighs as it enters the main circulation far more quickly and sends up your cholesterol or blood sugars.

On the plus side, abdominal fat is much easier to shift, so once a man makes up his mind to eat less and move more, his weight loss efforts are rewarded much more quickly than most women’s.

What weight to aim for?

Use one of these weight measures as a goal for a healthy weight for yourself:

1. Waist circumference

Run a tape measure around your waist at the largest part. Aim for a waist girth that’s less than 102 cm (40 inches) or 95cm (38 inches) if you’re of Asian descent.

2. Body Mass Index (BMI)

Work out your weight in kilograms and your height in meters. Divide your weight by your height squared. Your BMI should be less than 25. This applies to men over 18.

Top 10 diet-wise steps for men

Forget the fads and supplements. Follow the basics and the weight will come off steadily.

1. Aim to halve your alcohol intake. That male beer gut is not a myth – alcohol is a big contributor to kilojoules (calories). Stick to 1 or 2 glasses of red wine a night, trade down to light or low-carb beer, intersperse a mineral water or soft drink when you’re out.

2. Keep portions modest. Unless you’re working out or in training, aim for no more than 200g meat or chicken or 300g fish. Don’t go back for seconds.

3. Fill your plate with more vegetables or salad; cut back on potato, pasta and rice. A large baked/boiled potato or a cup of pasta/rice is ample for most men. Easy veggies for men to cook are tomatoes (also good for prostate health), broccoli, peas (frozen as nutritious as fresh), corn cobs, mushrooms and onions (good to barbecue along with the steak).

4. Steer clear of fast food with its super-sizes and artery-clogging saturated and trans fats. Filled rolls eg Subway, plain burgers, BBQ chicken, sushi rolls and Asian stir-fries with vegetables are usually healthier choices (but not always – it depends on the outlet). Say No to chips.

5. Swap white bread for wholegrain; trade in frosted flakes for high-fibre or oats options. These fill you up and stick with you for longer for the same kilojoules.

6. Look for the high-fibre option when you can in breakfast cereals, soups, cracker biscuits, vegetable sticks instead of crackers.

7. Buy fruit you can eat on the run without having to peel like cherries, grapes or blueberries. Or dice up 4 or 5 different fruits and make up tubs of fruit salad to take to work or have ready as a snack when you get hungry.

8. When dining out, skip entree and order fish or steak as your main. Make sure you ask for vegetables or salad. Avoid rich creamy sauces and gravy. Don’t feel you have to clean your plate.

9. Don’t skip breakfast. A pizza or a danish later in the morning adds more kilojoules than a simple bowl of wholegrain cereal with milk.

10. Get moving. Walk the dog with the kids, find a walking buddy in your street to meet up with twice a week, swim laps or in the ocean, join the local gym. Tip: write in two classes a week into your diary so you don’t forget. Notch up 30 minutes of brisk exercise every day.

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Saturday September 23rd, 2017 23:37 What is a good fat for your body

It’s always been drilled into our heads that fat is bad and we should avoid it at all costs. But some kinds of fat can actually lower your cholesterol and improve your health. But what kinds of fats are they and how can we incorporate them into our diets? Here’s a quick breakdown of each type of fat you’ll find in your food.

Monounsaturated Fats

Good or bad?

Good.

Why?

Monounsaturated fats are healthy because they not only lower your LDL cholesterol levels (the bad kind), but they may also raise your HDL cholesterol levels (the good kind).

Where are they found?

You can find monounsaturated fats in many kinds of oil, including olive oil, canola oil, sesame oil, peanut oil, corn oil, avocado oil, tea seed oil, grape seed oil, and more. You can also find them in avocados, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, and pistachios. Some whole grains contain monounsaturated fats, as well.

Polyunsaturated Fats

Good or bad?

Good.

Why?

Polyunsaturated fats can help lower your LDL cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease. In addition, they often provide your body with important omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Where are they found?

Polyunsaturated fats are found in oily fish, such as salmon and trout. Fish oil supplements contain polyunsaturated fats, as well. Besides fish oil, you’ll find these kinds of fats in sunflower oil, corn oil, and soybean oil, amongst others. Some foods that contain monounsaturated fats also contain polyunsaturated fats, such as nuts and other oils.

Saturated fats

Good or bad?

Bad.

Why?

Saturated fats raise your LDL cholesterol levels, which can result in heart disease or stroke. Correlations between saturated fat and some types of cancer have been reported, as well.

Where are they found?

Saturated fats are primarily found in animal products such as meat, dairy, eggs and seafood. Some plant oils, namely coconut oil and palm oil, contain saturated fat, as well.

How can I avoid them?

If you regularly consume red meat, try to cut down your intake. You could change the way you eat meat, as well. If you usually fry your food, try grilling it instead. Also, avoid food that is covered in cheese or cream- based sauces. Pick broth or tomato-based sauces or soups instead, and use reduced-fat cheese in your cooking.

Trans fats

Good or bad?

Bad.

Why?

Trans fats are created when liquid oils are hydrogenated. This kind of fat is very dangerous because it not only raises your LDL cholesterol levels, but it also lowers your HDL cholesterol levels. This makes it a double threat. Higher LDL cholesterol levels can result in coronary heart disease, the number one killer in America. Trans fats have also been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and infertility, but these correlations are still being researched.

Where are they found?

Because hydrogenated oils increase the shelf life of food products, you can find trans fats in many processed foods. You can find them in cookies, crackers, margarine, French fries, and pizza, amongst other foods. How can I avoid them? Read the labels on your food and try to avoid trans fats as much as possible. The American Heart Association says to limit the amount of trans fats you eat to less than 1 percent of your total daily calories. Also, do your best to cut back on the amount of processed or fried foods you consume.

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Tuesday September 20th, 2016 00:02 Top Vacation Destinations

Indulgence is all about taking your vacation in style and living life as a fantasy. A must to escape from daily grind and give beat to burnout, choose any luxury packages to luxurious hotels and retreat in the world where you will live a life like a dream come true. Just make a fantasy of your desires and wishes and list down below are bound to make it real and oh so happening and the world of this place is for you to take at some price and your every whim shall be taken care of.

• Vacation destinations: Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Spain

Imagined yourself where there is wine and more wine wherever you see. Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Spain will let you live a life of wine connoisseur, which is hidden deep in Rioja region. Here there is indulgence in elixir, from the vineyards view surrounding the retreat and have the pleasures of tasting best wines. Since 1980, designed by architectural brilliance Frank Gehry, this is wine’s love haven from the time you check in and to time you check out, you will be in kicked in world of fantasy. You won’t even think about spirits and mixers, but will enjoy delicious meals served with wine sauce. And then move on to the The Wine Bar Vinoteca for nightcap or two and gulp in some more delectable wines. And on waking up there is sore head, The Caudalíe Vinothérapie® Spa will take care and there you again indulge in exclusive wine therapy massages and treatments. Don’t drink their spa dry!

• Vacation destinations: Hilton São Paulo Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil

Fantasy of living like some President or Prime Minister will cease and become alive here. Hilton São Paulo Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil which offers this dream package at $5,500 and live Like A Mogul. Immerse yourself in presidential lifestyle, beginning and ending with helicopter ride to and fro from São Paulo and ending at drop at Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport. On arrival you will be welcomed with Champagne and chocolate and then presented with key to Presidential Suite. Award winning chefs serving you dinner for romantic two, and sleep on Fretté sheets for such a good night. And in morning you need not do anything of presidential duties , but have a presidential breakfast and then wrap in Hilton dressing gown head on to having a presidential treatment in Sensory Spa, done by masseuses who are Brazilian beauty and indulge in massages, foot treatments, body scrubs and facials, as many as you like. When going for sight seeing, your personal chopper will be awaiting ready to ferry you round the city and have power trip.

• Vacation destinations: Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur India

Want to be a Maharaja- that’s emperor and live life king size and sleep in a bed that can accommodate some four to five couples and yet there be space? In a very picturesque location of Udaipur, Rajasthan in India, A palace like hotel which is set afloat in Lake Pichola, an abode of Taj Hotels, resorts and palaces. Feel like a maharaja- king of world, in the palace hotel amidst the Aravalli Mountains. Gleaming white marble structure, with majestic suites having stunning murals, exotic carpets, sweeping arches, claw-foot bathtubs and maharaja-size beds. And this can be seen and experienced only in India. And you will love and have the pleasure of ‘Hookah’ or being fanned by pretty Indian girl in sari; laze on chaise lounge and everything there are vibrant. Take a ride on decorated camel; pamper yourself with princely massages at Taj Spa. At night admire the brightly lit palace and take a romantic walk in the fountain lined courtyards. You will feel like Alladin and there will be so many genie’s out there to serve to your every need. Also enjoy the traditional folk and dance performed for you and dinning on exotic cuisine of India will be do delectable and you may ask for fireworks to go to show your princess jasmine and have a romantic and passionate night in your candle lit suite.

• Vacation destinations: ICEHOTEL, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

You may live in New York or California or Paris or Singapore but you may have dreamed a life where you are an Eskimo, living in such a cold place and keep on snuggling to feel cozy and living in a place made up of ice. Wow, that’s not a fantasy or dream because this has been made possible and into a reality. Enter yourself into the world famous and brilliant marvel of design and idea that’s ICEHOTEL which is in Jukkasjärvi, some 200 km in northern of the Arctic Circle in Sweden. Absolutely amazing and mind blowing fantasy retreat. Well I have only one word for it and that’s Astonishing, mimicking the construction idea and methods of nose kissing ancestors, the place is completely made up of ice. I mean, every thing, from the reception desk that shall greet you to the bed of ice for passionate love on it. The whole place is made up of ice from River Torne. As you check in, you shall be wrapped in warming furs. But its not just eyes blocks that makes the hotel, the décor of hotel is done in breathtaking and beautiful arts which are dotted around hotel. Heading on Icebar is first thing people do after donning on warm garbs, sipping on cocktails in the glasses made up of ice. As you may start feeling too cold and cannot even feel as if you have your feet below, go to warm up in ICEHOTEL restaurant which is only structure there which is not made up of ice but serves delicious local delicacies on ice slabs. You may unwind here, in a very elegant stylish restaurant before heading to cold or hot accommodation as per your choice. The retreat also has exciting and fun filled activities like ice sculpting, ice fishing, snowmobile rides and snowshoe excursions. But the best and most romantic sight is to watch the glittering northern lights in the sky together.

• Vacation destinations: Samudra, Byron Bay, Australia

Surfing paradise and Yoga retreat, Samudra, Byron Bay, Australia will serve your desire to ride on waves and feel the solidarity within. One of the best places on earth to catch the waves is Down Under, despite of Great Whites intimidating under the surface yet the water is lovely with such a panoramic view of vast and deep ocean. Byron Bay Manor, a retreat that combines surf and yoga at superb place of Samundra, you will be flying to relax as well as for having surfing adventure at the luxurious and lavish Byron Bay. This fantasy retreat is situated in New South Wales, Australia in some twenty seven acres of verdant grounds. The place has a distinct ambiance, a student bohemian vibe and suiting to surfer dude’s lifestyle. Here you may get a good training on surfing, initially you may not stand up but by the time you are about to live you may be doing like Kelly Slater. Invigorating Yoga in early morning is ritual of Manor, and then heading on the pristine golden sandy beach!

. Other then Surfing and yoga, you can simply relax at solar heated pool, which has just the right temperature which will sooth your nerves and in spa for treatment and massage that will take away all your anxious worries. You can even unwind with a book or sit in the ocean view veranda while seeing the sun going down in Samundra. Also a very good chance to improve on your billiards technique and challenge people back home.

Vacation destinations for fancy retreats will rejuvenate and reinvigorate you for back to daily life and memories of these exotic destinations will be like a talisman that will keep making you go on other fancy retreat on the list.

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Saturday February 8th, 2014 14:29 5 Steps To Healthy Eating

Every night when you go home, you have to make a decision about what to have for dinner. For the most part, we would like to eat nutritious food, but many of us didn’t grow up learning how to cook healthy meals. If you’re watching your health, eating out is not the best option, so most people look in their cookbooks for recipes. This isn’t always the best solution, because recipes lie. But, if you know the right way, it’s very easy to cook nutritious food every night of the week.

This is the process that many people go through:

1. You come home from work, and have to start planning dinner.

2. You’ve already cooked the 5 things you know how to cook this week.

3. You need more ideas,

4. You look through the pantry, consider calling for pizza…

It’s not only exhausting, but you have to re-educate yourself every single night. It’s not going to get you the results you want or deserve for yourself and your family. If you’re looking to cook more nutritious food at home, save time and have endless cooking ideas, you’re in the right place.

There are 5 simple steps to cooking with fresh ingredients.

Step 1: Get Fresh Ingredients

• The first step for using fresh, seasonal ingredients is to actually GET some.

• This could be the most difficult step for many of you that are used to the huge mega-mart grocery store.

There are alternatives. My eyes were opened to more alternatives during my trip to Paris, France. The food culture in Paris is so much different from where I live in the US. There were very few corporate “chain” restaurants there.

Many of the restaurants were small, 10 table places where there were three people on staff, the chef, the maitre’d and the dish washer. They had their service each night and went home. Each time I asked why their food tasted so good, they all had the same answer. And, not a single person bragged about their recipes.

Instead, I was told that I needed fresh, simple ingredients. I discovered that I needed to examine where my food is coming from. This doesn’t mean simply the store where you shop, but what is the country of origin for your food. Think about how you feel about your money going to another country when there are farmers in your community that need your help. Now think about how long ago that vegetable was harvested in the far away country, and what happened to it during its travels.

It might be inconvenient to drive past dozens of mega-marts to find a farmers market. But you may find that there’s a local produce roadside stand near you that you’ve avoided. In my case, I signed up for “The Produce Box” which delivers fresh community supported agriculture to my doorstep. Fresh is important because fruits and vegetables degrade as soon as they’re picked.

• Nutrients are lost

• They become visually unappealing

• Harder to cook successfully

• Loss of flavor!

Step 2: Select the freshest ingredients when you shop

Be aware of what you’re choosing, even if you shop at the local produce stand or farmers market. Some items may still be fresher than others and the most nutritious, healthy food is the freshest. You have to be even more aware if you shop at the local mega grocery.

In understanding how to cook healthy, you need to be able to understand the difference between fresh food and food that has been ripened artificially or is not ripe at all. Do you know how to tell a fresh orange or grapefruit? Did you know that color is NOT an indicator of freshness in peaches?

Step 3: Storing Fresh Ingredients

For maximum shelf life, nutritional preservation and budget savings, there are three issues in storing fresh ingredients:

1. Moisture

2. Air circulation

3. Temperature

Not everything can be thrown in to the drawer in the refrigerator and preserve their freshness. In fact, some things will suffocate in a plastic bag. Other produce will need to be wrapped tightly to retain moisture. Other items will need to be kept cold, while others will degrade under the cold.

Step 4: Master a few basic cooking techniques

At the very least, master the following techniques:

1. Understanding the transfer of heat

2. Saute method

3. Know how to make sassy sauces

But there are so many more. All of the basic methods in cooking are covered in my live cooking classes. Giving you the tools to understand these basic methods is what makes my approach to teaching cooking so unique and why people rave about my Web Cooking Classes. Web Cooking Classes empowers you with a thorough understanding of basic methods which allows you to cook and create without a reliance on recipes. Pure freedom!

Step 5: Finishing the Process with Fresh Herbs

This is the number one question I get during my live cooking classes:

Q: “Which herbs to use and how much to use?”

A: “Use the ones you like.”

Seriously! Use your nose to see what it reminds you of, use the ones that you like and use as much as you like.

You want to know my number one herb secret? Herbs go last! Fresh herbs should not be cooked. In fact, just the heat of the finished dish is enough to release the aromas of fresh herbs.

These are the secrets that chefs know about how to cook healthy which are so easy to incorporate into your every day cooking. You can cook nutritious food that you want to eat for your health and for how wonderful it tastes.

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Friday April 26th, 2013 11:23 What I've learned about most guys

Every man wants to learn how to pick up beautiful women. But most men, even some who think they’re Casanova reincarnated, totally screw it up. Before you learn how to seduce women the right way, you’re going to have to learn how to seduce women the wrong way. Here are a few of the most egregious mistakes made by wannabe players:

Using unoriginal, clichéd, worn out pickup lines.

If you’ve just started learning how to pick up beautiful women, canned material can be a great prop for building self-confidence and reassurance. As you progress, however, overused pick up lines will transform from helpful props into detrimental, limiting crutches. Stick to using personalized openers and stories, or – gasp! – just approach directly and speak your mind.

Lying.

Give women a little bit of credit – they are almost always more adept at reading social situations than men are, so there’s a good chance that if you’re lying, she knows it. Skip approaches that are based on false pretenses like “I’ve never been here before…can you tell me where _____ is?” You might get away with a lie at first, but imagine how you’re going to feel (and how stupid you’re going to look) when she finally catches you!

Ignoring the physical and verbal signs that indicate a woman’s comfort zone.

A lot of men in the seduction community seem to think that if a woman rejects your advances, it’s just because she doesn’t realize what an awesome, high-value guy you are. In some cases that’s probably true, but it’s safer to live by the “No means no” rule. If she legitimately isn’t interested in you, she’ll admire you for respecting her wishes and moving on, when most guys in that situation would continue to hound her. If she actually is interested in you, leaving her will show that you’re not needy and totally alpha. In either case, she might start chasing after you!

These are just a few of the many ways in which undereducated seduction amateurs ruin social interactions. For more advice on how not to pick up women, continue on to “How To Pick Up Beautiful Women The Wrong Way: Part II.”

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