Passive smoking and its effect on your health

How many times have you just accompanied your friend for a “sutta break” even though you do not smoke. Sometimes, as a subordinate , you are forced to be a part of the break. As a wife, you often sit in the car while your husband smokes. Young children get uncomfortable but do not condemn…

Can diabetics have Raisins?

  Dried fruits often help as a great snacking option to satisfy  hunger pangs between meals. But within this category, only almonds and walnuts are considered healthy by many. If you tell an obese or diabetic that even dates and raisins can be consumed , they are shocked! Ask a diabetic whether they eat raisins,…

THERMIC EFFECT OF FOOD

  Once food is eaten, it splits into its constituent nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Our body is smart enough to recognize each of these from the profound mixture and treats them separately. Carbohydrates, proteins and fats undergo a different breakdown process requiring varying amounts of energy.

Understanding Metabolism & Weight loss

  Energy needs for body’s basic functions stay fairly consistent and aren’t easily changed. Basal metabolic rate accounts for about 70 percent of the calories we burn every day. In addition to your basal metabolic rate, two other factors determine how many calories your body burns each day.

Factors affecting BMR

In the last blog we discussed about Basic metabolic rate (BMR), understanding how it affects your body is a vital step in weight management. In this blog we look at the factors that affect BMR.

Basal Metabolic Rate

Metabolism is the process by which our body converts what we eat and drink into energy. During this complex biochemical process, calories in food and beverages are combined with oxygen to release the energy body needs to function.

Sitting for long hours increases risk of metabolic disease

In our last blog we discussed about the different states of physical activity/ lifestyle and that our calorie intake needs to be equal to the level of physical activity. Today most of us city dwellers in white collar jobs fall into “Sedentary” lifestyle category. Infact not just adults but also kids are becoming more and…

Calorie intake = level of physical activity

Maintaining the ideal weight can be explained simply as engery intake needs to be equal to engery output.  So the solution to weight management is to understand how much energy you need. Energy requirements are highly dependent on habitual physical activity. Enough physical activity is necessary in order to burn all the calories ingested. 

Is your breathing shallow ?

In our last blog, we discussed about breathing right and the benefits associated with it. Today, we go a little deeper to discuss the benefits of deep breathing v/s shallow breathing. As we pointed out in our last blog, most of us do not breathe properly, but what does “not breathing properly” exactly imply? and…

Are you breathing right?

One of the most important yet underrated physiological functions is BREATHING. While all of us are breathing every moment of our lives, it is surprising that we are not doing it right. Most of us are hardly conscious of this basic yet vital bodily function on which our life actually depends! Doing it wrong means…

Know your body type and its relation to metabolism

Many proto-types have been suggested to categorize people with similar statures into one particular group. These classifications not only help people understand their body better but also gives them a direction for managing weight and health status. One such classification was suggested by William Sheldon who introduced concept of body types based on certain morphological…

Work shifts and the effects on your health

Today in age of globalization, modernization where we seek everything to be available at a click of a button or a tap on the phone anywhere, anytime; it has become a necessity for organizations both private and public to provide their services round the clock! Shift work – essentially anything other than a regular daytime…