How to lose or maintain weight?

The followings are some of the statistics on obesity and overweight from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2009–2010 in the U.S.

  • More than 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese.
  • More than 1 in 3 adults are considered to be obese.
  • More than 1 in 20 adults are considered to have extreme obesity.
  • About one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be overweigh or obese.
  • More than 1 in 6 children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be obese.           Overweight refers to an excess amount of body weight that may come from muscles, bone, fat, and water. Obesity refers to an excess amount of body fat

As you know the name of the topic, let me tell you that the amount of discussions on losing or maintaining weights is countless. There are endless and all sorts of formulas and technics that you can find everywhere and apply them to yourselves. You can find them on Google, health magazines, T.V commercials, books, articles and etc., every source providing their own knowledge and expertise on weight issues. And similarly I have gone through most of that stuff trying to figure out the solutions for tackling obesity or weight maintaining. Most of the stuff talked about what diet to follow or the amount of exercises to do, which slimming pills to take or how minimizing on carbs is a good idea and all that stuff. And the conclusion that I came up with is that all these different technics on losing or maintaining weight is a good strategy and if followed the right way and on consistent basis does help to prevent obesity. But somewhere along the line I realized that not everyone can do that, right? For many of us it can be very demanding. Yes they are very logical and befitting but not everyone has the energy and the time to implement them. This is the reason that I tried to come up with ways that are easy for anyone to follow without being all stressed out.

1.Forget about it.

The number one thing to do is free your mind of everything that has do with losing weight. Take it out of your mind that you want to lose weight or you are on a diet. The reason I m asking you to do that is if you are thinking about it, you just can’t do it. Tell me one thing that you did when you were stressed out. It happens with many of us. How many people do you know that lost a considerable amount of weight thinking about it? On the contrary, tell me the various instances when people told you that they have lost substantial weight that they can’t even remember how. So no.1 empty your mind.

  1. Eat whatever you like but in standard amount.

It is very important to eat anything you like and please I beg you, don’t follow a strict diet. Don’t think that you can eat certain things and not others. You are allowed to eat anything. This is what exactly happens when most of the time we are on a strict diet with specific choices and after a week or so it gets burdensome. And we start consuming ample amount of food, which we never thought of even touching. So no.2 eat whatever you like! But in average amount.

  1. Involve yourself in a physical activity regularly.

This is as essential as anything, the movement of the body that requires energy expenditure is a must. Here is a thought, if you are a lazy kind of guy like me, then do something that you like. It is not necessary that you have to run everyday for 30 min or do swimming or cycling. You could do anything, be it playing tennis, basketball or badminton. And you don’t have to do that for hours and hours. 30min to 1hr is enough. However, there is a small condition to it. Whatever you do, it should make you sweat or make you breath faster. And you can only do that consistently if you are doing what you like.

If you think about it, they are very easy to follow and every one of us can put these steps into effect. Although I d suggest beforehand not to expect any immediate results. But if you adopt them, they can do wonders for you in the long term, not only in helping you lose weight but maintaining it and leading a healthier and stress-less life.

How to decrease stress?

Stress, anxiety, trauma, sounds familiar? Indeed! On a broad base, there are two types of stresses. Minor stress, which are the everyday stresses, e.g being late to a meeting, small arguments with colleague or friends, having to work for longer hours, missing an appointment and etc, etc. The second one is the major stress. This has to do with longterm issues and can have devastating effects on us. For e.g. stress of a divorce, death of a close person, being fired from the job, major illness etc. So what to do when faced with such situations? The following are some of the ways that can help us reduce our anxieties.

  1. Confront them.
    We have to deal with the minor stresses almost on daily basis and we can’t get away from major ones either, although they don’t occur as frequently as the minor ones. So indeed if we have to face these situations, why not confront them in a sensible manner? Why do we have to lose our heads over them? Why can’t we take these situations as they are? Why do we have to be so deeply tensed about them and let them ruin our lives? The rational way to behave when moments of stress knocks your door, is to let them enter, talk to them in details and in a reasonable way. Open up your mind to the whole conversation. Ask questions such as what happened? How did that happen? What are the possible reasons? What is my next step? Unless you do that, you won’t be able to understand the causes of your stress, second, you won’t be in a position to take the next logical step because you weren’t going right about it in the first place. Confrontation should be our priority when faced with moments of despair.

2. Take them as a challenge.
We are faced with all sorts of challenges in our lives. We face challenges of getting good grades, challenges of doing a good job in office, of being a responsible parent, of being healthy and etc. So if you are ready to take those situations as challenges, why shouldn’t you consider “stress” just another battle too? A battle that you wanna have a go at and give your best.

3. Be positive.
You know when we are distressed or anxious, it is not just because of the problems that we are facing but the amount of negativity that we have accumulated in us. “Oh, what is going to happen if i went to work now, is my boss going to fire me? Is he really going to humiliate me in front of all my co-workers? It is all my fault, how couldn’t i get up by the alarm clock? These are the sort of negative thoughts that you want to refrain from. Not only just because they are bad for your health but they are useless, really. How could you compile such a big pile of negative thoughts when you don’t really know what’s going to happen? What’s done is done, you can’t do nothing about it. Sensible approach is to stay positive and hope for the best.

How to use social websites cleverly?

There is no denying that social websites’ usage is at its peak. According to Pew Research Centre, 74% of internet users use social networking sites. 71% of online adults use Facebook, 23% Twitter, 26% Instagram, 28% LinkedIn. It is used for a variety of purposes such as social networking, uploading statuses, blogging, uploading photos and videos, promotion of businesses, establishing of online businesses, information seeking, entertainment, etc. We spend most of our time of the day on these websites. So it is very important to use them intelligently. How do you do that? Well, the following are some of the strategies that you could adopt on using social websites.

1. Don’t spend too much time on them.

It is important not to give too much of your time unless you really have to, for e.g for the promotion of your business or setting one, for networking which is benefiting you in an important way, or for an emergency purpose that you feel you can’t be away from it too long. Your time is precious, you don’t want to waste it scrolling through unimportant stuff and which are in no use to you. Ask yourselves, how could you have so no life that you are wasting it on trying to figure out what is going on in others’ and that too is upsetting you, because they seem far more happier and contented than you. So benefit from it, do what you have to do and skip the non essential stuff.

2.Set a fixed time.

Everyday when you wakeup in the morning, ask yourself when am i going to be free today where i am going to just relax and don’t do anything important. And then prescribe that time to using social websites. What this would do is that it would prevent you from wasting your time. It would stop the urge of taking out your phone in the middle of an important meeting, or studying or while interacting with your friend. Tell yourself each day that this is my time during which i am allowed to login to my social websites and i am not going to use them any other time. It could be in the morning from 8am to 9am or 2pm to 2.30pm or 9pm to 11pm, whatever time suits you. I know it is easier said than done but believe me, it is just going to be hard in the first few days or weeks maximum, but after you get through that period, it is going to be very normal. You would be surprised you are going through the whole day without going into your social sites other than your fixed time that you have set for it.

3.Be wise.

Now there are a lot of people who may be feeling just fine but as soon as they log in to their Facebook accounts, smiles on their faces disappear. Why? Because they are browsing through this album of their friend who is having so much fun and he/she is but all alone. First of all, if that is the case, then deactivate yourself from this virtual world. You won’t have to see anyone laughing and having amazing times, and it could help you immensely in lowering your depression. But if you can’t do that either, then wise up, if people have the right to enjoy their lives, so do you. Go out with friends and family members and have the best of your times. Take selfies and videos and upload them. What this would do is that it would allow you to come out of these feelings of being alone and everybody having fun. You would also notice that you are enjoying seeing other people having fun because you are.

A Story of Broken Heart “Heart Patients” Illustrated in a Humorous Way

Story of broken heart “heart patients”

Heart patients on hearing the news of federal panel’s backing of approval of a new powerful drug to protect against heart attacks left them with series of heart attacks.

if we analyse the situation here, people with heart diseases are mostly 50 and above. According to the doctors one of the leading causes of heart attacks is the high level of presence of LDL which is a bad cholesterol and I sure as hell don’t know what does that even mean?? But ask the sufferers of this pathetic disease, their immediate reaction would be “Oh, doctors can say whatever they like but I know what’s the cause of my heart disease. It’s not the bad cholesterol, its the bad children of mine. They say the drug lowers the level of these cholesterols but I say if you could only lower the preoccupied level of my children, I’d be more than thankful.”

According to these patients, “doctors are very strange people which is very much understandable from the amount of books they read over the course of their lives but we as the victims of this disease would suggest to them, I m sorry did I say “suggest??” what I meant to say is that I on behalf of all my fellow victims “request” the cardiologists to find a formula to straighten out the behaviour of our children, the generation Y. You see, its not the increasing level of bad cholesterol that is the cause, but it is the increasing level of so called “productivity” of these kids that is killing us. Doctors of highly intellect profession, we expect a solution, be it not the most accurate one, but at least something which would make these highly occupied children of ours, for once in their lifetime, want to listen to us.”

“We don’t say that you are wrong, in fact we admire you for trying to come up with a solution to the disease, you maybe right about the bad cholesterol thing, but when we feel discomfort, heaviness or pain in the chest, when the anxiety attacks us, it is generally when we see the heads of our children, yes, not faces, as they are screened onto their smart phones, either occupied by Facebook or coming up with a reply to a friend on what the best pages on meme are?!!! It seems that the only way that we can communicate with them is by whatsapping them or by putting them in our Facebook friends list. But even for that, liking and putting up a nice comment on their posts is something that you don’t want to forget or in more accurate words, you dare not to forget!!”

In the end doctors, feeling their integrity has been attacked heard the outcry of the patients. They sat down with them, had a long debate on how to put some sense into this generation of “cool” kids. They understood that as time is changing and so is the lifestyle, specially now than ever with the inventions and technological advances. Reasonably, they shouldn’t be too harsh on them. Although they did suggest these kids should somehow be told and explained that they can’t be involved in their phones all the time. It is for their own sake that they should allocate certain amount of time for each activity. If they don’t organise themselves, there would be no difference between them and the robots in near future. Imagine that! They will have no feelings and certainly no experiences of this beautiful life. And by the time they get old they would realise, “OMG! Im old already, i want to go back again, I want to feel life and experience it.” You are kidding me right?