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Sep 212012

What You Need To Know About Resting Metabolic Rate

Our bodies use energy even when we are doing absolutely nothing. The resting metabolic rate defined as the minimum number of calories that the body needs to support basic physiological functions namely breathing , blood circulation among others. All these functions are essential for you to remain alive. Scientists has proved that the RMR is estimated between 60-75% of the total caloric expenditure used daily. It is a fact that you use energy even when resting.
Over the years, more and more individuals have gained interest in knowing their resting metabolic rate. This is informed by the fact that knowing your score gives you an idea on what is the minimum amount of calories your body needs during such activities. This is especially important if you are trying to lose, gain or even maintain current weight. While both RMR and BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) are used in calculating calories burned during rest, the Resting Metabolic Rate is widely used since it provides more accurate results.
In order to determine your rate, there are certain measures of your body that you have to make.

How to Calculate RMR

Formula (The Mufflin equation)
  • For men: (10 x w) + (6.25 x h) – (5 x a) + 5
  • For women: (10 x w) + (6.25 x h) – (5 x a) – 161

First, you need to calculate your body weight. This number needs to be in kilograms. To get the number in kilos, first you need to find out your weight in pounds and then multiply the resulting number by 0.4535. Next, you need to measure your height in centimeters. Similarly, you first determine your standing height in inches and then multiply the number by 2.54 to get the value in centimeters.
With these variables, it is then possible to calculate the RMR for both men and women. For males, you multiply your body weight in kilos by ten, add height in centimeters multiplied by 6.25, subtract your age multiplied by 6.76 and then add sixty six. For women, you multiply the weight in kilos by 9.56, add height multiplied with1.85, deduct your age multiplied by 4.68 and add 65. However, this can be done by simply using a Resting Metabolic Rate calculator available online.

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May 022012

What are calorie counter watches

A calorie counter is a small electronic device, looking similar like a digital watch, made to keep check upon the calories expended by a person during workouts and exercise.

Why you need it

Without a calorie counter device, a person usually stops exercising after becoming tired and exhausted; and factors like stress, improper sleep etc can attribute to this. A person can set a comfortable level of exercising with calorie counter, by which he can monitor the actual, worthy quantum of exercise he is doing, regardless of time.

How to choose 

Most calorie counters come with heart rate monitors, that is, along with monitoring the calories, it also reads the heartbeat. Almost all of these watches include time and stopwatch features.  Some advanced models have features like computer connectivity, by which the person can upload the data and see the progress of workouts in a chart. Some models have GPS features too, to track the terrain or area traveled.

While choosing the proper device out of the many models and companies, the person should look for are:

  • Big and easy to push buttons.
  • Perfectly fitting chest of wrist strap.  Incorrect fitting straps can lead to calculation of incorrect measurements.
  • Watch Size.
  • Display Size (Screen) and significant sized figures.
  • Backlit models are available that is suitable for night exercise routines.
  • Long life battery.

Leading Brands

There are many brands in the market today, most of them available on fitness stores or online. The Calorie Counters that are reputed in the market are made by Polar, Timex and Omron.

TOP 5 Recommended Products 


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  • Measures Resting Heart Rate
  • Takes body measurements and creates a workout plan
  • Creates zones of help the person maximize the workout
  • Has fitness test feature, that checks the calories burnt, and what percentage went for fat burning.
  • Monitors heart rate, and shows its maximum count.
  • Has GPS software facility
  • Backlight
  • Stopwatch
  • Waterproof 30m
  • PC Compatibility with Polar FlowLink software
  • More expensive compare to other models.
  • The battery is supposed to last 1.5 years, but many people has faced problem with battery dying more quickly

2. Polar FT4F Heart Rate Monitor Watch Buy it now

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  • Takes body measurements and creates a workout plan
  • Creates zones of help the person maximize the workout
  • Has fitness test feature, that checks the calories burnt,
  • and what percentage went for fat burning.
  • Monitors heart rate, and shows its maximum count.
  • Waterproof 30m
  • Backlight
  • Stopwatch
  • No GPS
  • Some people have reported inconsistent reading due to loose straps
  • Some cases of battery problems

3. Timex Ironman Men’s Road Trainer Heart Rate Monitor Watch, Grey/Red, Full Size Buy it now

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  • Chronograph with lap/split
  • 5 target zone
  • Heart Rate Monitor, Blood Pressure Monitor
    or % max heart rate display
  • Check calories burned, and monitor average
    and peak heart rate
  • Night-light (INDIGLO)
  • Night-Mode feature
  • Water resistant 100m
  • 2 years estimated battery life
  • Problems with bands in some cases,
    company does not sell extra bands separately
  • HRM strap water resistant 30 mts
    (strap provides inaccurate heart rates under water)

4. Timex T5J031 Unisex Digital Fitness Heart Rate Monitor Watch Buy it now

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  • Chronograph with lap/split
  • 5 target zones
  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • INDIGLO night-light
  • Night-Mode feature
  • Water resistant 30m
  • Low Battery life reported in some cases

5. Omron HR-100C Heart Rate Monitor  Buy it now

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  • Less expensive
  • Chest Transmitter: continuous, accurate readings
  • Zone Alerts, programmable zones warn you
    if you’re too high or too low
  • Water Resistant, up to 98 feet
  • 1 year warranty
  • Some people have complained giving erratic readings,
    which gets corrected after turning the device back on.
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Apr 202012

Vinegar consists mainly of Acetic Acid. Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting apple, and is believed to cause weight loss by regulating the blood glucose levels. It is observed that if apple cider vinegar is taken with meals, it can affect the rate at which glucose is released into the blood, which consequently lowers the amount of insulin hormone released in the blood. Excess amount of insulin hormone in blood can cause difficulty in losing fat. The body will tend to store fat, even if the calorie intake is reduced. This is exactly where acetic acid comes in effect, and may lower the amount of insulin in blood, regulating the blood glucose levels, and causing weight loss.

Apple Cider VinegarApple cider vinegar weight loss certainly is less risky than opting for weight loss with drugs or anti-depressant medications. But in the opinion of nutritionists, they presume some cons of losing weight by this method. The argument, though very correct, is that apple cider vinegar is made with the process of fermentation, which robs off the useful minerals and nutrients out of the skin and the fruit. If apple would be eaten as a whole, it would be much healthy and beneficial.

The vinegar reduces blood pressure, as well as cholesterol levels. Some people may also experience improvement digestion by taking it in a small quantity before meals. It can be understood, that it increases the level of acidity in the stomach, which may help with better digestion.

It is also highly acidic, and it may irritate the throat if it very often or in large amounts. It may also interact with certain drugs or supplements. This may give rise to low potassium levels.

It is made with different ways, with the process of double fermentation, distillation, filtration, pasteurized etc. Carefully opt for the most suitable one by understanding which one will benefit you most, as these extra processes might destroy the healthy vitamins and nutrients.

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Apr 162012

Clenbuterol is a new weight loss drug, which was meant primarily for treatment of asthma. It  was initially designed as a decongestant and bronchodilator; but it also works as a weight loss drug, if taken be people who may not be suffering from asthma.

This medication causes weight loss because it increases the bodily functions, the exercise capacity, blood pressure, and the burning of fat. Clenbuterol causes weight loss very quickly, and it is sought by people who opt for rapid results. But, it is a matter of concern that rapid weight loss, by any means, always invokes health concerns because of the side effects like increased blood pressure and body temperature, muscle cramps and slight shaking. It is not suggested after 3:30 PM, as it can give rise to insomnia, and not to be taken just before workout as it can affect breathing. If people experience severe symptoms of nausea, dizziness, headaches, drowsiness, tremors, dry mouth or vomiting, they should immediately discontinue with it. Due to the side effects, Clenbuterol is banned in some countries, like in the U.K., where a person may face imprisonment and/or a heavy fine if found using it.

Clenbutero l got attention in media in 2006, when it was used as a weight loss drug by celebrities. Media focused on the requirement of “thinness” in the industry and negative aspects of the rapid weight loss from drugs like this.

It seems to work quickly, in a short period of time. Weight loss is usually best achieved by initiating C.lenbuterol with a moderate dose, and gradually increasing it constantly over period of 3 to 4 weeks. This allows the person to lose weight significantly, with fewer side effects in a short duration.

Clenbuter l might also be sought for women who want to lose weight for any special occasion, like honeymoon. Of course, there can be possible bad consequences. It is certainly not the right way to lose weight, and people must opt for safer methods which do not have side effects.

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Apr 122012

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a process that is primarily aimed to treat disorders of the body by inserting very thin needles into the skin at certain points where the “flow of energy” is considered to be obstructed. The line of acupuncture points is called “meridian”, which can be understood as a pathway in the body, along which the energy of the body is believed to flow, and the needles are inserted upon certain points in this line of meridian.

Acupuncture For Weight Loss

AcupunctureMay people get overweight, and suffer from obesity, which can lead to many health conditions like osteoporosis, heart problems etc. To reduce the weight, a person may opt for different methods including exercise, drugs, and natural supplements. Some people, like patients of osteoporosis or bone problems, may face difficulty in exercising, while drugs can have dangerous side-effects.

It is a method to obtain meaningful weight loss. Many people suffer feelings with increased levels of stress, lack of energy and difficulty in coping with the pain that comes with initially starting up exercise. It may help to control weight, increase energy levels, thus providing the motivation to exercise more. It may also alleviate the muscular pain that comes when starting exercise initially.

Acupuncture has found to be beneficial not only to control weight, but also to control the cholesterol levels by targeting certain “energy points” of the body. People may greatly benefit, if the acupuncture process if combined with a proper diet, especially meant for weight loss. It has also been observed that the people who receive acupuncture get a decrease in their LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

Acupuncture points for weight loss

Weight Loss AcupunctureWhen carried out for weight loss, acupuncture points along the ear are generally tapped, which are also used for general detoxification of the body. The acupuncturist places five needles in each ear. One needle is used for relaxation, and other four for specific organs of body, lungs, kidneys, liver and the nervous system. As the treatment is started, the body produces endorphins, which makes the person feel good. Endorphins help to suppress the craving of food by the body, thus reducing the person’s appetite. It also helps to fight with the withdrawal symptoms, if the weight is caused by drug abuse including smoking and alcohol.




The body parts that are targeted with the needles are :

  • Mouth – for an impulsive eater/habitual or chain smoker
  • Lungs – for cravings of certain food or heavy eating
  • Stomach – for obesity (or overeating after full stomach)
  • Endocrine – for weight gain due to water retention
  • Spleen – for sugar and hormone imbalances.
  • Kidney – for nervous system and water retention.
  • Thyroid – for slow metabolism.

Along with acupuncture, abdominal massage and exercise is also carried out to improve the digestion and the absorption of food, and the muscle contractions involved in the transport of food in the body (peristalsis of the intestines). Deep breathing and “belly breathing” are also used as a tool to curb the craving for food, and reduce hunger.

This method is intended for weight loss is an art that takes years to acquire perfection, and a person seeking weight loss through acupuncture should look for an acupuncturist, well experienced in the field of weight management.

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Mar 132012

What is a Carb Load Diet Plan?

A carb-load diet is a diet meant to be taken before you participate in any high-endurance or high-intensity athletic event. It is a method to boost up the energy of the muscles in any athletic feat.

In general, our muscles store little quantity of glycogen, which is an energy source, derived from carbohydrates. The glycogen present normally in muscles is adequate for recreational exercise, but if the person performs intense exercise exceeding 90 minutes, the muscles of the person may run our of the stored glycogen. This action may result in an underperformance with lessened stamina.

For an endurance athlete like a marathon runner, or for persons preparing for high intensity competitions, carb-load diet may help to store more glycogen in the muscles, providing the vital energy needed in such performances.

Carb-load diet is beneficial to marathon runners, swimmers or cyclists, or for people who perform intense workouts lasting for 90 minutes or more.

Carbohydrates as a source of energy

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Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy, and can be generally understood as starches and sugars.

Simple carbohydrates are found in milk and fruits, and also in the foods made from sugar, like candy.

Complex carbohydrates are present in grains and legumes, and in starchy vegetables, like corn, peas and potatoes.

During the digestion process, sugar is converted to carbohydrates by the body. Sugar gets into the blood, and consequently to the individual cells and releases energy. Some sugar is also stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen-the energy source of your muscles.

Card Load Diet

The Carb-load diet is done in 2 steps, starting a week before a high-endurance event:

Step A: About 7 days before the event, manage you carbohydrate intake to make it 50-55% of your total input of calories. Increase the protein and fat intake to balance for the loss in carbohydrates.

Step B: About 3-4 days before the event, increase the intake of carbohydrate to about 70 % of your total input of calories. Replace foods high in fat with extra carbohydrate-rich foods. Get a complete rest one day before the event.

To get adequate carbohydrate intake, lightweight athletes should take 4.5 grams of carbs per kg of body weight, while heavyweight athletes should take consume 3.5 grams per kg of body weight.

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Mar 072012

Drinking responsibly is part of being an adult and being a respectable person. There is a reason that you don’t see beer pong tables in classy bars. That being said, drinking responsibly means more than just avoiding the dangers of drunkenness. Small amounts of alcohol can actually be beneficial, but moderation is key. You may be surprised how many calories are in that pumpkin pie martini. It’s time to think about what you are drinking and what kind of impact it is having on your body and I am not talking about your liver. But, that matters too.

Drinking Beer and Calories Intake

The first thing you should avoid is anything made with cream. I know that it is delicious, but you wouldn’t drink straight cream at any other time during the day so why does adding some Kahlua and vodka make it okay? You are still consuming cream, plus the calories from the sugar in the Kahlua and the calories from the vodka. In 1.4 fl ounces of vodka there are over 100 calories. In a white Russian that has been prepared by the books, there are 257 calories. That’s in one drink and you know that most bars actually give you more than a standard drink. If I drink three of those I am consuming a third of my total calorie intake for the day.
The next big culprit is cheap beer. It may taste light and refreshing but it is laden with calories and carbohydrates that you can’t taste. One round at the beer pong tables, the way college kids play, and you’ll consume somewhere around 600 calories. While it may be a fun night or uproarious laughter and shenanigans with your friends, this can quickly turn into a weekend worth of calories and carbs getting consumed in one night. That is going to take a surprising amount of exercise to burn off.

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Mar 012012

Here is all you have to know about Adderall.  List of pros and cons of using adderall for weight loss.

Adderall contains a drug called Amphetamine, this drug was formerly used as an appetite suppressant and to treat depression. Adderall is is available in capsules and tablets form.

Adderall XR-15mg

Adderall XR-15mg

Adderall brand was introduced by Shire Pharmaceuticals in 1996 as an instant-release tablet. It was derived from the original formula of the weight control drug called “Obetrol”. Obetrol was a diet pill popular in the 1950s and 1960s. Obetrol had its strong presence as a measure to control weight, and as Adderall is a reformulated for of it, in other words, a derivative of Obetrol, people still feel the same for Adderall. Obetrol was made by Obetrol Pharmaceuticals which later became a division of Rexar Pharmacal Corporation.
Adderall is taken by athletes to increase their stamina in sports activity; and by students as a “study drug” to remain awake at night and get the ability to retain focus and concentration with no loss of energy.


Adderall is a derivative of Obetrol, which had a long standing image for weight control. Adderall automatically got benefited for the same reasons of weight control, because Adderall and Obetrol both contained Amphetamine. Adderall helps a person to lose weight as a side effect of Amphetamine drug, though it was actually not meant for this purpose.
Adderall increases the libido, mental-processing speed, alertness, concentration and decreases fatigue. It may also be used in the treatment of certain sleeping disorders, such as narcolepsy. It is not meant to treat tiredness or fatigue.
Though Adderall was initially used for weight control, it later found its use in ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.


Though many people are opting for Adderall to lose weight increase concentration etc, but it must be used taken under doctor’s prescription. It has been wrongly used very often, especially by young girls in their “mission” to lose weight. Misuse of prescription pills of any kind is a serious addiction. Treatment centers nation wide, from California to Florida rehab centers are full of prescription drug abuse patients seeking help.
Adderall should not be taken in pregnancy. Long term use may result in irritability, anxiety, insomnia, headaches and reduced appetite.
In Japan, Amphetamine drug (including Adderall) is restricted, and not even allowed in country (including Adderall).

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Feb 262012

Weight Loss ShotsWeight loss shots refer to the weight loss injections given intravenously, that are supposed to cause weight loss to the person being administered with it.

It works well when combined with suitable exercises. Typical shots are of the following types.


HCG is a hormone that has different effects on the human body by the way of:
· Reduce weight: HCG shots can prove effective in losing weight, if combined with a low calorie diet, though this procedure has been not been approved by the FDA. It is believed that it affects the hypothalamus gland, causing loss of fat tissues in the body.
· Fertility: When HCG shots are administered on men, it enhances the production of testosterone. When given to women, it simulates the ovary to produce eggs.


Slim shots are available in the market as a liquid supplement to control the appetite. It is claimed by manufacturers that it alleviates hunger for about 8 hours, and uses only natural ingredients in its preparation. Slim shots contain Palm oil, Natural Oat oil, Aspartame (an artificial sweetener) and Beta-carotene color.

Slim shots are believed to make the person feel full, which helps to control over the eating habits. The “good fats” from the palm oil and the fiber from the oat oil are accredited for this affect. Slim shots will give best results when users plan with a workout routine incorporated with strength training and aerobic exercises.

Side effects of slim shots: Slim Shots contain aspartame that can have bad effects on people with certain diseases like diabetes. Woman should avoid this during pregnancy or breastfeeding.


B12 actually refers to vitamin B-12 (or cobalamin) in the vitamin B-complex family. This vitamin is not easily absorbed by humans, and many people become deficient of this vitamin. Consumption of green vegetables like spinach and broccoli increases the absorption rate. It is found in dairy products, eggs and meat.

Vitamin-B12 aids to produce red blood cells and is required for healthy nerves. It is used to boost energy and in weight loss programs, and often to treat people with anemia, skin diseases and reduce stress.
B12 shots are made to increase our metabolism, and actually weight loss comes as a side effect of these injections. With the combination of proper weight loss regimens and regular Vitamin-B12 shots, people have reported quicker weight loss.

B12 shots may be very effective for obese and overweight people. Vitamin-B12 is essential for the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system, as it thins the blood, preventing blood clot that can cause a stroke. As vitamin-B12 shots boost up the metabolism, it effectively reduces the body fat, and may lower the cholesterol levels with adequate exercise.
It has also become the preferred choice of athletes, who want to keep their weight under control, with a boost up in their energy levels.


Lipotropic injections are administered to people as a treatment for burning fat in the body. In areas of the body, where the fat typically accumulates, like neck, stomach, inner thighs, hips and buttocks lipotropic injections prove very useful to dissolve the excessive fat. Lipotropic injections help to dissolve the body fat by increasing the rate of metabolism.
A combination of vitamin-B6 and vitamin-B12 injections may be given in a lipotropic injection.

The contents of the lipotropic injection stimulate the liver and optimize the metabolism process. These injections are only temporarily effective, and as soon as the effects of these drugs wear out, the body starts to return back gradually to its normal state.

Side effects include depression, kidney/urinary, and digestive problems like diarrhea.

Note: B12 and lipotropics are biochemically very similar, and often they are used together in intravenous form, as it is believed to amplify each other’s effects.

For example, vitamin B-12 helps raise the metabolism; and choline, that is very similar to B-12 vitamin, it helps to release and burn fat from the liver.  Now that you know what options for weight loss injections are available, it is much easier my make a wise decision. Make sure you talk to your physician about this.

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Feb 192012

Carnitine, also known as L-Carnitine, is a substance made naturally by the body that helps to turn body fat into energy. The main role of L-Carnitine in the body is to control the burning of fat.

L-Carnitine transports fat to the mitochondria, and is made inside our kidneys and liver. External sources of L-Carnitine include red meats, dairy products, avocados and peanut butter.

L-Carnitine and weight loss

Recently, L-Carnitine has come a lot in public interest because of its role in weight loss.

Above, we read that L-Carnitine transports fat to the mitochondria. Unless that happens, the fat cannot be oxidized. If the oxidation of fat is not proper, there will not be proper conversion of fat into energy, and hence, even if we increase exercise or change the diet, we cannot lose weight.

L-Carnitine in the body

The body makes small amount of L-Carnitine. For this, we require vitamins like niacin, B6, and vitamin C, and amino acids like methionine and lysine. If these nutrients are short in our body, carnitine levels can be lowered (and reduce the fat burning). Lysine may increase the carnitine levels. Vegans or vegetarians get very little carnitine in their diet.

Sources of L-Carnitine

L-Carnitine is found mostly in meat products, with red meat, chicken and turkey being the best source. Milk and dairy products, tempeh and avocados contain little amounts. Most grains, fruits and vegetables, do not contain L-Carnitine.

Burn fat with WITH L-Carnitine production

· L-Carnitine works well with a diet low in carbohydrates (starches and sugars).
· High insulin levels suppress L-Carnitine activity.
· Flaxseed and fish oils that contain Omega-III fatty acids improve L-Carnitine activity to cause weight loss.
· Good amount of protein is also required for fat burning due to L-Carnitine activity.

L-Carnitine and exercise

As L-Carnitine plays a major role in conversion of fat into energy. With proper levels of L-Carnitine in the body, aerobic (cardiovascular) and anaerobic (strength training) workouts give extremely good results for weight loss and strengthening the overall body.

Dosage and supplements

Take L-Carnitine supplements only after consultation with doctor. For normal people, typical dosages of L-Carnitine are 1000 mg per day to promote weight loss; obese people may take 2000 mg each day. It is best taken before breakfast and lunch.

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