If only losing weight was as easy as losing my cell phone, my keys, my temper, or even my mind, I’d be SO skinny! – Unknown
For long I have envied men for one good reason, and that is they can eat whatever they want and still not pile on a bulk of fat cuddling their waistline. They eat, they burn, and its gone. How do they do that? It is simply not fair. Most women reading this article know the pain of weight loss, and how stubborn body fat can be.
In the case of women, the slightest craving of a delicious dessert would give them a guilt trip, while men could gorge on the same dessert without the slightest frown. And you know the bonus – they could burn these calories like a piece of paper on a stove.
Why are men and women engineered differently for body fat and weight loss? And is it harder for women to lose weight than men? Or is this just a myth? Actually No. It is harder for women to lose weight than men. Research has found that women have to put in more effort to lose weight as compared to men, both in terms of exercise and diet.
Women, are we disappointed? Yeah, a little. It is unfair, but that is how we are designed. Let’s take a look at some facts below, that explain this extra credit that men get when it comes to losing weight faster.
Why is it More Difficult for Women to Lose Weight Than Men?
➛ Researchers and scientists at the University of Missouri conducted a study on obese men and women. They were all put on the same diet and exercise routine. In the end,
Did You Know?
Several years of yoga practice may lead to consistent over-stretching and misalignment of muscles, which can be the leading cause of most yoga injuries.
The main objective of yoga is to provide exercise as well as relaxation to the body and mind. It is also believed that practicing yoga on a regular basis can keep diseases and illnesses at bay, while keeping you healthy and happy. The bodily health is maintained because the exercises incorporated in yoga practice challenge several body parts, and make them stronger.
However, if the poses are done incorrectly or with excessive force and stretching, it may affect your body adversely. Although serious injuries are rare in yoga, there are certain common injuries that cause pain, and also, at times, need medical help. The most common injury-prone areas are the wrists, knees, shoulders, and the lower back. Twists, sprains, and strains commonly occur in these areas, which may cause mild to severe pain.
How to Prevent Yoga Injuries
Look For a Competent Teacher
Basically, yoga is not something that can be learn on your own by just watching someone. There has to be a well-qualified, professional ‘guru’ to take up your yoga sessions efficiently. While looking for a yoga teacher, make it a point to inquire about their qualifications, and if they have a government certification.
Avoid Being an Advanced Yogi
This is the most important factor to be considered while protecting yourself from yoga injuries. If your mindset is correct then half the battle is won. For instance, if you think that you can do a yoga posture very easily, by just looking at it, then probably you are a bit too overconfident. The fact is, all the advanced learners you get to see are extremely
Weight gain is a delicate issue and needs to be handled with a lot of tact and sensitivity. If your spouse’s weight is becoming a cause of concern for you, then talk to him about your concern. Put your views in front of your partner, and let him know that you are getting worried about his health. Tell him that you want to find the cause behind his sudden weight gain, so that you can work on a solution together. Offer help and encouragement, instead of criticism and judgment. Tell your partner that you are with him, all the way, when he makes the decision to lose weight. Here are a few ways in which you can support your partner in his endeavor.
Be Considerate and Supportive
Instead of confronting your partner or telling him that he has let himself go, tell him that his health is starting to get you really worried. Do not accuse him of being lazy. Tell him that being overweight can cause him problems in the future, and that if he is willing to work on the issue, he will have your full support. Keep assuring him that you love him, and want to see him as healthy and happy as possible, and keep giving him motivation to lose weight.
Avoid Constant Nagging
After your partner has decided to lose weight, don’t continuously keep nagging him. Everybody gets bored of following routines, and can do with a break once in a while. If he has been sincerely working on his weight reduction, then once in a while, let him have his favorite dish without you breathing down his neck, about the calories he is accumulating.
Make Working Out a Fun Activity
Working out doesn’t necessarily mean
Avoid trying variations in yoga postures without your instructor’s permission, because it’s distracting as well as disrespectful.
Yoga is all about the peace of mind and body through classic exercises and divine postures. One has to feel calm and relaxed after a yoga session, which is enough to determine the effectiveness of a good session. Hence, the instructor also wants to keep a calm and stress-free atmosphere for the students, and does not say or express certain things. However, there are a few really important things your yoga teacher won’t tell you but, definitely wants you to know while joining the class.
The term tap in Sanskrit means ‘to burn’. Practicing tapas is one of the five niyamas (moral codes of Patanjali Yoga Sutras), which requires fiery passion and self-discipline within a yoga learner. Self-discipline should not be enforced by the instructor, but should exist in the learner, and he must be willing to follow the disciplinary norms while taking yoga lessons from his teacher.
Things a Yoga Instructor Won’t Tell You
Be Careful About Your Outfit
Being a teacher, your yoga instructor will be above all distractions, however, also being human, he is bound to get distracted at times. It is important to realize that other students and your yoga teacher have not come there to see what you’re showing them unintentionally. Be careful about what you wear, and after wearing an outfit, ask yourself a few questions like, “Am I feeling comfortable in these clothes?”, “Can I stretch my arms and legs to the fullest?”, etc. Furthermore, to avoid any wardrobe malfunction, always take a look at yourself in the mirror before leaving for the class.
Bring Your Own Mat and Clean it Regularly
Borrowing a studio
The biggest decision of our life is whether to snooze some more or get up! Sleep is dear, but so is fitness, right? When we have to choose one, most of us will go for sleep. Early morning is the best time to exercise, say experts, but it always feels like the best time to sleep as well! Nothing can beat those extra 5 minutes of sleep (which turn into an hour before we even realize!). Skipping exercise everyday just to laze around isn’t good for the body. But, what about those days when you sleep late and really need that extra hour of shut-eye? Then what is more important, sleep or exercise? The answer is not that simple fellas.
Making the Right Choice
If you are getting enough sleep and only want to laze around for some time instead of exercising, just get up and move your ass! Exercising in the morning has numerous of benefits. In fact, it helps sleep better at night. Even stretching can make a difference. Your mood and energy levels increase drastically. You feel good about yourself. After all, getting up early and working out is no mean feat.
A good workout releases all toxins and makes the skin glow. Endorphins make us beam all day. People who aren’t really fond of working out should finish it off in the morning itself. That way they have the entire evening to do fun things. There is also a possibility of work or personal commitments popping up in the latter part of the day.
A morning exercise routine will keep you active through the entire day, only if you are getting enough shut-eye at night. If you are chronically sleep deprived, exercise can make you fatigued