Sunday, December 25, 2011

The low-down on : Green Tea

So I hear, these days... as you progress up the corporate ladder it's suave, sophisticated and debonair to ask the pantryman to get you " Green Tea " whilst your slaves ask for " Coffee " "Tea" and a few who want to be cooler than the Master call for " Black Tea" ... You don't believe me?? Enter a corporate boardroom and see it for yourself.

Let's leave the Coffee, Tea and Black Tea aside for some time and focus here on Green Tea.
So I wonder if Green tea is so beneficial for fat loss as people believe it to be, why 8 out of these 10 masters who call for Green Tea are the ones who have balloons for bellies, a natural Smokey eyes make up that we see on models.. perhaps that reflects their diet and lifestyle... So is Green Tea really helping them to lose weight?? Is Green Tea really helping you?? If not , why the big hoopla about it?

Let's understand Green tea once and for all today! Whether it benefits you. If yes, How?
" Free Radicals!! " You must have heard people throwing this term at you while sipping on green tea, and provide radical answers , when asked what exactly these radicals are and how they relate to Green tea..

What are Free Radicals?
Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules.These free radicals occur naturally in the body,however air pollution, Smoking, UV Rays of the sun, chemicals from food, unhealthy processed food, and a lot of other things we put into our bodies also give rise to these damaging particles.  Once formed these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction. They turn extremely dangerous when they react with components like DNA and tamper or modify cells. They may even cause cell death. To prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of Antioxidants ( here's where GREEN TEA comes in). Antioxidants are substances that destroy these free radicals. 

Why is Green Tea beneficial?       
There are three varities of tea; Green , Black & Oollong. The difference among the three is , the manner in which they are processed. Green Tea is made from unfermented leaves and is rich in Anti Oxidants called Catechin Polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).Antioxidants are substances that destroy free radicals and reduce their harmful effects. Antioxidants in green tea are believed to fight :
  • AtherosclerosisA stage of arteriosclerosis involving fatty deposits (atheromas) inside the arterial walls, thus narrowing the arteries
  • Cancer
  • High Cholestrol
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Diabetes
  • Liver Disease 
Along with the above mentioned benefits it has numerous other benefits.

How many cups of green tea will allow you to reap its benefits?
1? No... 2? No... 3? May be.. 4? May be... 5? Now we're talking... 6? 7? Better... 8?? 9?? 10?? Best!!
There's a lot of conflicting research on How much Green Tea one must consume to benefit from the antioxidants it provides.

1 cup of Green Tea = approx 200 ml with 1 tea bag = approx. 90 mg of Polyphenols.
To start benefiting from Polyphenols , research suggests consuming a MINIMUM of 3 cups a day... and the more the better. To get Significant benefits from Green Tea one must aim to consume atleast 5 cups a day and again... the more the better. Some research also suggests significant benefits only by consuming 8 -10 cups a day.

I say, with all the research that ranges from 3 to 10 cups , lets stick to at least 3 cups a day. Yes, 3 - 5 cups of green tea a day , in my opinion, should be enough to reap significant benefits from it.

How to make the Green Tea?
 It is believed that exposing green tea to boiling water can affect the polyphenols. Hence it is best to not put the tea bag in boiling water or pour boiling water onto the green tea bag.

Best method to make green tea: 
  1. heat the water so that it boils
  2. keep it off the stove aside for 2 - 3 minutes to cool down to about 80 degrees celcius
  3. Pour it into a mug that contains the Green tea bag
  4. Steep the bag in water for 3 minutes
  5. Remove the bag and Try to enjoy the green tea :)
Side effects of Green Tea?
Green Tea also contains Caffeine. Though less when compared to a cup of coffee , which may contain about 120 mg of caffeine. a cup of green tea may contain about 30-60 mg of caffeine (depending on the variety). . So if caffeine keeps you awake , it may not be a good idea to consume green tea in the evening. Apart from the effects of caffeine it contains, there are no known harmful side effects of Green tea.

So enjoy your cup of green tea a day ( at least 3 and the more the better for maximum benefits), however remember that it is only a supplement and not a substitute for a healthy diet and a dose of regular exercise to keep yourself fit.  


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Fruit Juice bad for you?.. of Juices, Sugars and Livers..

So is fruit juice really bad for you? To arrive at the answer, let's understand what fruits contain:

From Sugar POV:

Fruits contain: Fructose + Sucrose.
There's a reason why Fructose is in bold.

Some fruits contain more Fructose than Glucose and vice versa.More on this in the upcoming posts.. for now let's stick to whether or not juices are bad for you.

Now let's understand what happens when you make fruit juice.. Let's take orange juice as an example:

Issue 1: THE SUGAR
To make one glass of orange juice you take at least 4 oranges, 6 if they're very small. Then you squeeze the juice out of it and throw away the fibrous part of it.

So, one orange contains approximately 15 gms of sugar. So now your glass of juice contains 15 x 5 = 75 gms of sugars!!! WOOAAHH!! No wonder it tastes so sweet and leaves you craving for more if you don't have a large glass of it! Shocked?? you've got all reason to be... Not only that , you are not even consuming the roughage / fiber from those 5 oranges. We all know the benefits of fiber and this deserves one full post in the future... for now... ya.. the juice..

As conveyed above, fruits contain FRUCTOSE + GLUCOSE. Some fruits contain more fructose than glucose and vice versa. Now, if you consume a big glass of Juice, of a fruit that contains more fructose than glucose , matters get worse:

Glucose can be metabolized by every cell in the body and is distributed directly into the blood. When glucose enters the blood stream, the body releases insulin to regulate it.. whereas Fructose can be metabolized only in the liver... The liver cannot process large amounts of fructose quickly and results in it being stored as fat.

Infact, Fructose may also be responsible for: 
  1. Bloating, excessive flatulence, loose stools, and even diarrhea depending on the amounts consumed and other factors. For people with celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or other fructose absorption issues, fructose malabsorption may be a major health concern.
  2. Excess fructose consumption has been hypothesized to be a cause of insulin resistance, obesity,elevated LDL cholesterol and triglycerides
  3. "When fructose reaches the liver," says Dr. William J. Whelan, a biochemist at the University of Miami School of Medicine, "the liver goes bananas and stops everything else to metabolize the fructose."
  4. Eating fructose instead of glucose results in lower circulating insulin and leptin levels, and higher ghrelin levels after the meal.Since leptin and insulin decrease appetite and ghrelin increases appetite, some researchers suspect that eating large amounts of fructose increases the likelihood of weight gain.
  5. Excessive fructose consumption is also believed to contribute to the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Let me Glamourize this for you: 

2 cubes of Sugar in your tea don't seem so bad anymore, do they??
So will a whole fruit or 2 everyday , harm your body or make you fat? May be not... but when this starts going to 2 glasses of fruit juice everyday = fructose from 10-12 oranges or fructose from 10-12 apples ... you can only imagine what you're doing to your liver and to your body as a whole...
There!! We've solved the conundrum of whether or not fruit juice is bad for your body!!
I've always recommended everybody around me to have Whole fruit than fruit juice , because of its numerous advantages as compared to concentrated juice from 10-12 of the same fruit.

Having said that, we all love fruit juice....Because it's SWEEEETTT!!!! that's because Fructose is the SWEETEST OF ALL NATURALLY OCCURRING CARBOHYDRATES.
(Relative sweetness of 173 as compared to Sucrose at 100).... So... even I enjoy a glass of fruit juice (once a month) .. we all love it.. Cheers to that I say!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Coconut water: The Biggest Bang for the Buck

You must be aware of this feeling: out on the streets in the afternoon heat...your throat is dry... your body and skin feels are thirsty to the bone... and there appears a big fridge filled with Pepsi..Thumbs up .. Mirinda.. Nimboos.. Real Juice.. Chaas.. Energeee and what not... and all it takes to get a chilled bottle of pepsi in ur hands in 10 seconds is,  " Boss ek pepsi dena..".... and right next to the shop u might find a humble ( at times old , but robust and strong) South Indian sitting next to his bunch of 100 coconuts and a big basket full of empty coconut shells.

80% of the people won't drink coconut water for 2 reasosns:
  • It takes 1-2 minutes to quench your thirst as opposed to 10 seconds for a bottle of pepsi
  • Coconut water costs 25 Rs for 200 ml , whereas Pepsi costs 24 Rs for 500ml + 100 ml FREE!!
Don't lose your focus on the attractive packaging, low cost and the free 100 ml...
I'll tell you why that one minute is worth the wait and why those 25 Rs spent on 200-300 ml of coconut water gives you the Biggest Bang for your Buck!!!

 Hawaiians call Coconut water noelani (no-way lah-nee), which means “Dew from the heavens.”
 I wonder if Nariyal paani and Noelani have any connection... anyways, coming back to the point.
The very rightly call it so because of its numerous benefits.

To start with,Mr. Morton Satin, Chief of FAO’s Agricultural Industries and Post Harvest Management Service says "It’s a natural isotonic beverage with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. It’s the fluid of life, so to speak,"
FAO = Food and Agroculture Organization of the united Nation

Numerous medicinal properties of tender coconut water reported are:- 
  • Has 15 times the amount of potassium as most sports and energy drinks (264 mg vs 12.5 mg /100 ml)
  • Makes an excellent oral rehydration sports beverage - replaces electrolytes from exercise, heat stress and illness
  • Cardioprotective: helps regular blood pressure (due to high potassium) improves circulation
  • Reduces swelling in hands and feet
  • Good for feeding infants suffering from intestinal disturbances
  • Contains organic compounds possessing growth promoting properties
  • Keeps the body cool
  • Application on the body prevents prickly heat and summer boils and subsides the rashes caused by small pox, chicken pox, measles, etc.
  • Kills intestinal worms
  • Presence of saline and albumen makes it a good drink in cholera cases
  • Checks urinary infections. 
  • Cures Malnourishment.
  • Effective in the treatment of kidney and urethral stones
  • Can be injected intravenously in emergency case.
  • Found as blood plasma substitute because it is sterile, does not produce heat, does not destroy red blood cells and is readily accepted by the body.
  • Aids the quick absorption of the drugs and makes their peak concentration in the blood easier by its electrolytic effect.
  • Urinary antiseptic and eliminates poisons in case of mineral poisoning.
Coconut water has saved a lot of lives in underdeveloped countries.In cases of severe diarrhea and vomiting , Coconut water's unique properties rehydrate the body to make it fit enough to fight the infection. Death rates from cholera are high, but with the use of coconut water survival rates increase to 97 percent.

Coconut water contains Plant Growth Hormones, Cytokinins. Coconut water is the richest source of dietary cytokinins. Cytokinins are also known as anti-aging hormones.Cytokinins regulate cell division and influence the rate at which plants age. In humans, they have a positive influence on cells and tissues. When cytokinins are applied to the skin, the result is that on the surface of the skin, wrinkles tend to flatten out and dry, aging skin is replaced with smoother, softer skin. Now, Ladies, you know what to apply on your body for a younger looking skin.

So now you know why waiting a minute for the humble South Indian guy to reach the coconut shell and give you the fluid of life is worth the wait and gives you the most bang for your buck!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sugar Substitutes: Killing you.. Making you Fat and even causing Diabetes!

Before you get taken for a ride by a dusky Bollywood Beauty claiming to be in shape by substituting regular sugar with an artificial sweetener, let me remind you that the same bollywood beauty also endorsed a certain brand of sports shoes that claimed to firm up your butts, thighs and calves, simply by walking in them... If only losing fat were so easy... why would there be so many obese people on earth??(Reebok to pay $25Mn

Walking in those shoes is not going to harm you, but unfortunately the same dusky beauty, knowingly or knowingly, is endorsing Sugar Free / Artificial Sweeteners that can harm you and actually make you Fat!!or even worse.. Kill You!!
Shocked ?? You have all reason to be .. and I will tell you why it is so harmful. I hope after reading this post you will never consume these harmful substances and protect your loved ones by not letting them consume this white powder in attractive packaging...

To know more about side effects of Aspartame you may refer to the following Document listing Symptoms Attributed to Aspartame in complaints submitted to the FDA   or visit  or you may read The straight talk about Aspartame or simply google "Aspartame" and take a call.

 However, as a fitness expert i will focus only on "What happens when you consume Sugar Free, Nutra sweet etc"

Here I'd like to refer a study done by Scientists at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana that links Artificial Sweeteners to weight gain.

I will stick to this Purdue research, as a reason to avoid artificial sweeteners because we have concrete evidence for this link, apart from a lot of other disputable evidence that proves Aspartame/artificial sweeteners to be the reason for Cancer,tumors, headaches, rashes, chest pain, dizziness etc. ( Yes.. 92 of them) even by the World Natural Health Organization website!! ( Again , I leave it to your research and intelligence).

But let's talk about this study that links artificial sweeteners to weight gain.Let me make it simple for you to understand , what it is that you gain weight in spite of using artificial sweeteners. I'm sure you have a lot of people around you that religiously consume only artificial sweeteners but seem to get only Fatter and gain more weight year after year.( I know you are picturing these people right now).

Let's break it down. When you eat a medium sized banana , your body expects to get some solid substance in your mouth, few grams of fiber, few grams of carbohydrates, few grams of fats etc. to make a total of around 70-80 Calories.So, you eat the banana, body gets its nutrients, it is happy and wont crave more food for some time.

Now imagine, if you were to simply put a drop of Banana Essence, that is used for flavoring ice creams or cereal, on your tongue.What happens then??
  • Brain sends a signal to the body that a banana is incoming
  • Brain tells the body to expect 70-80 Calories consisting of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, fiber etc. and instructs it to get ready to process it
Now the body gets ready to process the 70-80 calories coming from the banana, but Where is the Banana??? There is no banana!! Only the essence, which fools the body and confuses it.. So after consuming the artificial sweetener, the body simply craves more food and will expend less energy!! Continuous consumption of artificial sweeteners degrades the body's ability to predict the number of calories consumed in a meal and may result in consumption of extra calories.This will result in gaining fat.

Another Medscape Research also links artificial sweeteners to 2 fold increase in Diabetes

Now the question comes, why haven't these artificial sweeteners been banned?
My personal view is , for the same reason that cigarettes are not yet banned.
As a fitness professional, I will never ever recommend Artificial Sweeteners to anybody and I suggest you do the same. Also, now that you are aware of the ill effects of Sugar Free, Nutra Sweet etc, please spread this as much as you can and save your loved ones from suffering that may come along with consumption of Artificial Sweeteners.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Use it or Lose it.. Don't Confuse it!! Remember the Fractured hand??

Is it wrong to just focus on walking/swimming/cycling and not doing anything else for your body?
I know a lot of people who say.. " I'll just walk" , "I'll just cycle" , "I'll just swim" and "I'll just do Yoga". Good for them, they're better off than people who don't do any of those things. So don't stop doing what you are doing, because some/any form of exercise is better than No Exercise for the body.

Then why must you hit the gym? Aren't you wasting your time there? Are these people who go to the gym really "Obsessed" and crazy to lift "Weights"? Are they victims of a conspiracy?
I know you know that the answers to all the above questions is a big emphatic NO!!

There are Two reasons why a person goes to the gym:
  1. To have a physique / figure that drives the respective opposite sex crazzy!!
  2. For becoming Physically Fit
1 is quite self explanatory. The core of the 2nd reason is what i am going to discuss.So, How does a person become physically fit by going to the gym?
At the core of fitness are our Muscles, attached to the bones. Even the HUMAN HEART is a Muscle!!
And all the muscles in our body have a "Use it or Lose it principle".

Simply put, the use it or lose it principle means: If you do not use your muscles, your brain will send a signal to your body to throw away that muscle. Why does the body throw away the muscle?? Tell me, If you don't need something , would you carry it around in your hand all day??NO right?? Exactly !! Why should the human body be different internally then?

Remember, as a child you fractured your hand/leg. Then the doc plastered up the hand/leg that was fractured. After a month, when the plaster came off , did you notice that your fractured hand/leg was significantly smaller in size/girth than the other fit hand/leg? Why does this happen?This happens because of Muscle Atrophy.
Muscle Atrophy is nothing bu loss of muscles , due to its lack of use or any other reason.

This is why Nadal has a huge left arm but a smaller right arm. Simply because the body carries only the muscle it thinks is necessary and required. If Nadal were to hit equal number of shots with equal force , with the right hand as well, his body would have kept the same amount of muscles in his right arm.

Now imagine , if you don't do some form of resistance training, you are simply telling your body to throw away all the precious muscle , because you are not using it. You may not realize the importance of regular plain muscles before you reach 40. ( Yes you'll realize by 40.. not 50 or 60).

This is why , only Walking, Swimming , Cycling wont do justice to your body if you are keen on being fit and healthy throughout your life. In fact, you may have seen people who regularly go for walks for 20-30 years but still are not strong enough to support their bodies and need a stick to walk. This is because, Walking may give your heart exercise and strengthen it... but what about the muscles that hold your bones , body and posture together?? You didn't use them enough to encourage your body to hold on to them.. so it throws the muscles away..

You can prevent that from happening by doing some form of strength/resistance training like, lifting weights, doing Calisthenics (Body weight exercise like Push ups, pull ups, squats etc.). In the previous post , I have discussed the importance of retaining muscles.So Work out and use your muscles, else the body will simply get rid of them!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Burn Calories WITHOUT moving your Butt !! - Part 2 (The Strategies)

As promised , here's Part 2 of how you can Burn Calories without moving your Butt !!
In my last post I gave you an insight into, Why it is essential to retain your existing Muscles, with supporting rationale for the same..(Remember? Numbers Don't Lie?).

This post is about: What you can do to make sure you retain your existing Muscles. There are 2 strategies that play a key role in retaining your muscles and  burning Calories without moving your Butt. There's a Third Strategy to Maximize your Muscle Retention.....which will be a part of my next post.

Strategy 1:
 Eat every 3 - 4 Hours.

I've written at length about why it is important to eat something every 3 - 4 hours, in my earlier post( I'll give you the key takeaway here; It is important that you give your body some source of energy (food) for your normal bodily movements as well as internal functioning like Respiration , Heart functioning, Digestion etc. If you fail to do so, your body will break down your own precious muscles and use it as a source of energy for its functioning.
So, Remember: If you have a choice between eating a small bag of Chips or a  Vada Paav and Staying hungry/empty stomach... ALWAYS CHOOSE THE CHIPS/VADA PAAV. Else, your body will use your own muscles for energy.

Strategy 2: Add Protein to your diet

According to Harvard School of Public Health inadequate intake of Protein causes our bodies to break down tissue. Also, a daily diet low on protein is often the cause of :

  • Loss of Muscle Mass
  • Diminished immunity
  • Stunted Growth
  • Loss of LBM (Lean Body Mass; It includes Muscle mass, Hair, nails, skin, bones etc.)

Does this mean you stop eating Carbs and start eating only proteins?? No Sir/ Ma'am!! ( I believe in gender equality).. This Means, You must:

If you are a vegetarian:
Try and Have something that contains Proteins with every meal.Suggestions for sources of protein?

    • Curd, Buttermilk, Milk
    • Moong
    • Soya Nuggets ( Soya Subzi can be made) 
    • Paneer
    • All Types of Dals
    • Whey Protein ( Because it is extremely convenient).. More on Whey in upcoming Posts.
There you go.. These are the only 2 strategies, that if used diligently can prevent muscle breakdown for providing your body with energy for various functions and help you Burn Calories without moving your Butt!! You can start following these strategies grom this very moment!! All the Best!!
Coming back to the Third and most important strategy for Muscle Retention... This will be discussed in my next post.. Stick Around!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Burn Calories WITHOUT moving your Butt !!

Sounds too good to be True?? But it is!! Let me show you how it's done!

Retain your existing Muscles:

Yes. Please do everything within your reach to retain your muscles that your body has built (by default or by going to the gym..And by "Muscles" i don't mean only the HUGE man made Gym Muscles... but also the natural Evolution gifted muscles that every average body has).

Why retain your existing Muscle??
Here's why..... Numbers won't lie:
A lot of Theoretical and empirical research has been done on "How many calories, a pound of muscle burns" (Without moving your Butt). These numbers range anywhere from 6 to 50 . Let's take a simple average of 28 Calories.
So, Assume, that for one year , you follow certain guidelines ( I know you're waiting for these guidelines) and ensure that your body doesn't get rid of or use your own muscle for energy to fuel your day to day functioning.

1 pound of Muscle burns 28 Calories/day.
1 kg of Muscle burns 28*2 = 56 Calories/day (Approx)
So if you retain 2 kgs of muscle in the next 1 year , you will have burnt 20,440 Calories (Without moving your Butt)
Also, remember 3500 Cals = 1 Pound of Fat?
So you will have prevented Approx 3 kgs of fat (Without moving your Butt) from accumulating in your body by retaining Approx 2 kgs of Muscle.

Do this for 10 years and u have prevented 30 kgs of fat from being added by retaining 20 kgs of muscle.( Benefits would be much more than this.. I am not a Mathemagician)

Instead if you were to lose the 2 kgs of muscle by Crash Dieting:
  • 1 year down the line you would have 3 extra kgs of fat in your body minus the ability to burn extra calories because you have lost those 2 kgs of muscle.
  • Also, your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) would have dropped because of losing muscle. 
  • You cant keep going beyond losing some amount of fat because at some point your BMR will slow and down and you will stop losing fat 
  • Your skin will look loose and saggy from the muscle that was lost ( wont happen in just 2 kgs.. needs more muscle loss)
Now you understand, why a lot of people, who as they age ,try and eat less to maintain their "Weight" succeed in remaining at the same WEIGHT but seem to look skinny-fat (Can see fat under the skin but aren't blown up like truly Fat People)  and become frail with saggy skin. That's because over the years  a lot of muscle is lost and a lot of fat is gained. But net result on the weighing scale (that they always considered most important) doesn't change significantly.

Also, think about it...  if you lose your muscles, what will hold your bones together??

You'll need a stick to walk, even if you aren't too fat. Imagine the pain of a person who ate less all his life to not become fat and be at the same "Weight" , but ended up losing a lot of his muscle and adding fat in the bargain and walking with a stick even before he touches 60.
I hope nobody needs a stick to walk.. ever...!!

So make sure you retain your Muscles.
By now I'm sure you're screaming : "How do I retain my Muscles , Bhushan??????
This will be answered in Part 2 of Burn Calories WITHOUT moving your Butt !! ... stick around..

Monday, November 14, 2011

Why eat at least 5 times a day?? 8 times?? Have people lost it??

Hey everybody... first of all I'd like to thank you all for the overwhelming response to the blog... a whopping 238 views and growing in the past 2 days!! Thanks again.
Coming back to Fitness, have you ever wondered why people keep saying, "Eat 5 times a day" "Eat 6 times a day", in fact I know people who even eat 8 times a day. Why do they do this? Do they have nothing better to do? or have they lost it?? I'm sure you wonder.
I tell you now, they have neither lost it nor do they have nothing better to do.

They are trying to fool their bodies into utilizing the excess fat stored for emergency situations, as discussed in the earlier post.

How do they fool their bodies?? 
Let me take you back in time.
Thousands of years ago, we didn't have Ruffles Lays ( Ya, I still like to use Ruffles) ,Samosas , Subways , Mc Donalds , the Chana Chor guys , Bhelwalas ,Bourbon etc. to provide us with mouth watering food whenever we felt hungry. We were NOMADS, covering long distances on foot in search of food. So, If Nomad Bhushan felt hungry , he couldn't grab a Vada Paav from Jumbo King and fill himself up, he had to HUNT hard for food. There were times when Nomad Bhushan wouldn't find anything to eat for 12 -18 hours or even more than a day. Let's assume that Nomad Bhushan is trying to hunt for food... It's been 12 hours since he last ate ( Chicken tandoori without the masaalas..Ugh!) .. The super intelligent brain now starts thinking that a famine like situation is on the way ...It goes in to The Starvation Mode.Now, Nomad Bhushan finds food to eat and eats it after a GAP OF 13 hours. The brain tells the body " Boss ye khaana 13 hrs ke baad aaya, agla khaana aane ko 24 ghanta bhi lag sakta hai.. Pls store it in the form that can be later utilized during such crises". The body follows what the brain says and saves a major portion of the food that Nomad Bhushan ate as FAT , because FAT is a form of energy that can be stored and used in the future when needed.

This is exactly what happens when you eat after a gap of more than 3 - 4 hours. So how do we prevent the body from storing the major portion of the food ingested, as Fat??? By giving it food in moderate amounts at regular intervals. That sends a signal to the super intelligent brain that this body is going to get food at regular intervals, so I needn't instruct it to store a lot of fat for emergency situations of starvation.

What I have observed is that most people give Breakfast a cold shoulder.I've even heard Breakfast screaming "What's with the attitude people??!!"  Think about it... Last you ate was the previous night at around 10 pm, then you directly have Lunch at 1 pm ( 15 Hrs Gap) , then some people snack ( everybody should) , else you directly have dinner at 10 pm ( 9 Hrs Gap) . You are not leaving the body any option but to save the ingested food as fat to fuel your normal bodily functions and movement for those 15 hours and 9 hours.
So take the First and One of the Most Important steps, towards losing that extra Fat,  and eat every 3 - 4 hours or even better every 2.5 - 3 hours...This way the body will increase your Basal Metabolic Rate(BMR, more on this in the upcoming posts) and start using the excess stored Fat as a source of energy!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

LOSE 15 Kgs in 30 Days!!!.. Yes!!! it's Possible !!

Yes!!! It is possible to lose 15 kgs in 30 days... in fact we can easily take this to 20-25 kgs...
a few days back... my friend who works with an airline came to me and said " Bhushan... I have my weight check in 3 days... and I am 2 kgs overweight.. I need to loose these 2 kgs else I might get a warning letter from the company...or I may even get grounded... :( " ..

For immediate damage control...I told him... not to worry( Tension nai leneka ) and do exactly what I tell him, for the next 3 days till the weight check... My advice to him was...  ( This was to be done only till his weight check and not a minute more..)

  1. Stop eating Carbohydrates
  2. Limit your water intake.. 
  3. Do an hour of Low Intensity Cardio 1- 2 hours before the weight check... sweat as much as you can.. 

Then came the day of the weight check.... and as I had expected...
The Doc was stunned on how he had managed to lose 2 kgs in 3 days!!!

He was super excited and said... boss if i do this for 15 days i'll lose 15 more kgs!! Let me do it...
I said If you want to look cadaverous ... Fall sick... and lose your muscle .. and gain double the fat back when u stop this buffoon like behaviour...  go may lose 15 kgs in 20-30 days..!!... I had to explain in detail why this wasn't good for him...

Now.. Why did he lose the 2 kgs in 3 days!!??

Answer: The storage form of glucose in muscles and the liver is GLYCOGEN , which also holds WATER... If you limit your carbohydrate intake .. the body uses up a lot of the glycogen... and thus releases the water that holds it in the muscles... ( effectively you are losing your glucose and water... not Fat)...... Imagine it as: Sugars cannot be stored in your body as crystals like in your kitchen to the tea leaves...they are stored as a solution... so if the sugars go.. the water goes rapidly....and so the Weight Drops dramatically....

If you continue doing this... your body will eventually run out of glycogen... and will get a distress signal... that YOU ARE STARVING.... so the body will slow down its metabloism.... The Brain will then tell the body to store most of what you put in your mouth as Fat .. to be stored for days when u will get nothing to eat ( This is the body's natural Famine protection mechanism.. Hence it is important to eat something every 3 hours..a lot on this in the upcoming posts)... So... At some point of time the body will have no option but to dip into its FAT sources for energy... which is a much more efficient source of energy than Carbs.. Why? Because:
1 gm of Carbs = 4 Calories
1 gm of Fat = 9 Calories
 But Fat is the least preferred source of energy to be used by the body because the body sees it as a Source of energy stored for days when we wont be able to get food for long hours or even days... ( This is because..Our body inside still functions as if we were Nomads..yes) ... So your body will use a combination of your own Muscle and Fat as a source of energy (Significantly more muscle and less fat)....

Effect:  You see that the scale is showing a drastic weight loss... and u think u are losing fat... but you are truly losing weight ... less fat and a lot of Lean Body Mass (LBM = etc.) ..
You will eventually get dark circle...have saggy skin all over your body because of muscle loss... and will fall sick... Also, as explained earlier.. since FAT is the LEAST PREFERRED Source of energy... once you start your Carb intake ... you will gain the water weight back... and reach the same level you were at earlier... but this time you will have even more FAT that the body has added to take care of any such Starvation that happens in the future... yes... the Human Body is insanely intelligent!!

After listening to all of this.. he said... " Haan theek hai.... chalo.. I wont do this Stop Carbohydrate Business " .. Thank God!!...

If you are an Engineer like me and are still not convinced... Let me do the Math for you... :D
1 Pound of Fat = Approx 0.5 kg (Approx baba!!)

So to lose 1 pound of fat , you need to burn 3500 Calories...
Even if u reduce/Burn 500 Calories everyday... you will Lose 1 pound of fat in 7 days (500 x 7 = 3500) .. and approx 1 kg in 15 days... This is the most healthiest way to lose fat...
If you lose more than 1 kg of weight per week... you are most probably losing your muscle and water along with the fat... and that's not good becuase muscles themselves burn calories and hold your body together in the long run....

So.. I hope you won't fall prey to such advertisements and claims from today... remember  ... Anything more than 1 kg per week...  Danger!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

From Fitness to Finance... and back to Fitness* ... (*Blogging)

If you are reading this... I know , for may have wondered about the Dos and Don'ts of Fat Loss... Lean Body Mass Gain... Exercise... Diet... Dieting...   Egg yolk se pimples hotaay kya??   Aee Pankha band karke exercise kiya to zyaada Calories burn hotaay na??? :D  ..Nutrition... Protein .... Ghar ka Khaana... Daal Roti Subzi.... Suryanamaskar... Pushups... 
Getting Fat once you stop working out? ...Getting thin once you stop working out... Getting Man Breasts once you stop working out( God knows how) ...  :D
Potatoes not being good for health .... Whey Protein Lene se Kidney Stones hoyega kya??   Whey steoids hai na??.... Cardiovascular exercise ... running skipping cycling ... khaali pet bhaagneka ke nai?? Pre workout Nutrition... Post Workout Nutrition... and the list is endless....This is truly  just the tip of the Iceberg ... I can list atleast One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirteen more queries... :D
The above is a set of some of the questions asked to me by my Friends.. Colleagues...Boss....Relatives... Clients...And I've answered passionately every time :)    
( Sometimes...When I start talking on Fitness... I get so excited... my hands start shaking :D ) !!... unless I feel the person is simply Parroting..... then it's just annoying.....

The excitement comes from the possibility that this person might change his life for the better after listening to what I have to say for what he has asked....

Demystifying Fitness is a one stop shop of Answers to the above questions (and many more) , Myths..,  Reviews of products that are well marketed but useless..  etc..., not according to my whims and fancies but with supporting Rationale for the same....
More importantly , it is also a medium for my passionate outburst of Everything related to Health & Fitness that I feel like sharing with everybody I meet.... :D  ( I have also given unsolicited advice to people walking on the road or people sitting next to me on the bus or the train...For their own good only!!!   :-s    hahahahahahaha.... Most are receptive... Some show the Spirit of Mumbai by asking me " Tereko Kya hai BOSS???!!  :D ... More on that later....  )

Now....Let me take you back to How
Demystifying Fitness started....

It was the 9th night of March (2010)
... Just a few days back , had got my Certification of a Professional Fitness Trainer from International Sports Sciences Association , USA... had worked hard for it... so with the results.. stood in the top 5 percentile of the world...
Thoughts: Hmmm.... So...ISSA is one of the only top 2 Internationally recognized courses... you scored better than 95 percent of the people that have taken that exam... time to live your dream bosss!! ....

Thus started "Bhushan Danani - Demystifying Fitness" ..... with  the Mission: To Demystify "FITNESS! " .. for the people of India and the world over , by providing accurate knowledge required to transform bodies ....for Life!
That night I sent a mailer to everybody I knew.. informing them about my plans to make it big in the Fitness Industry ... Then came the self designed Visiting Cards... hours of Reading Entrepreneurship blogs... starting the Health Tip SMS Service...
which was a big hit too... will be sharing the tips in detail in upcoming posts..
Then.. I started with providing Personal Training for clients in the comfort of their home... the affluent who could afford it.. took my services and were quite happy with it.....
Later...I got an opportunity  to work for a few months as a Centre Manager at Gold's Gym , Lokhandwala, Andheri, Mumbai .... took it.... and then into Financial Services .....  (ya a big jump in the storyline without citing reasons for the same... Please Refer : " About Me " for the same) :D ....

Now , almost half a year into Finance... ( I am very happy with my job, in case you're wondering) ... I feel , I need to : Spread the knowledge of Fitness ... share practical Fitness Tips... Debunk Fitness myths... Unmask well marketed but useless health & Fitness products that make false claims and fail to deliver.... 
In a nutshell..... I have a lot that I'd love to share with the world .. and this is the best medium to do it.... So I Present to you ... The Demystifying Fitness Blog...

Feel free to suggest topics or ask questions related to Fitness... will try to write on it as soon as possible..

Look forward to having you around...