Very Interesting Article

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It talks about slow metabolism, causes and how to revert back to getting the  internal furnace burning.

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Coconut oil

A few trainers suggested that I cook food using coconut oil.  I bought a small jar because I wasn’t sure if i’d like it mainly because of the smell. I used it till I finished the bottle and switched to canola oil because organic coconut oil was expensive and also I thought it would be a good idea to keep switching between Canola oil, coconut oil and Ghee.

Vegetable oils contain Long Chain fatty acids or Trigliccerides which are stored as fat in the body. On the other hand Coconut oil consists of Medium chain fatty acids which are not stored as fat and instead burnt as energy.

Other oils such as Olive oil and avocado oil are very good for us, but they cannot be used for high heat cooking because it oxidizes at high temperatures.

There are several health benefits according to the article below: ( we all know it is good for skin and hair, so i’m not listing that out)

Coconut Oil benefits link

Heart Diseases: There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for the heart. This is because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats. However, coconut oil is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in preventing various heart problems including high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as it happens in case of other vegetables oils. It does not lead to increase in LDL levels. It also reduces the incidence of injury in arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.

Weight Loss: Coconut oil is very useful in reducing weight. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems. Further, it increases the body metabolism by removing stress on pancreases, thereby burning out more energy and helping obese and overweight people reduce their weight. Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who eat coconut oil daily as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight.

Infections: Coconut oil is very effective against a variety of infections due to its antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. According to the Coconut Research Center, coconut oil kills viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes, SARS, etc. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, etc. Coconut oil is also effective on fungi and yeast that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, etc.

Diabetes: Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also helps in effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.

Bones: As mentioned earlier, coconut oil improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals. These include calcium and magnesium which are necessary for development of bones. Thus coconut oil is very useful to women who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age.

There are lot of believable stuff in the internet, but I trust this information because in many tropical places they use coconut oil or coconut by products in almost everything and they are usually lean and healthy.

Has anybody benefitted from this wonderful oil? Please share.

Muscle Groups

Since I’m planning to work on 2 muscle groups a day along with abdominals. Its a nice idea to list out those muscle groups to make exercise planning easier.

  1. Chest
  2. Back
  3. Shoulders
  4. Biceps
  5. Triceps
  6. Lower body – Quads, hamstrings, calves
  7. Abdominals

Men like to work on most of these muscle groups especially Chest , Biceps and Triceps but Women need to work on them too. Every muscle group helps us in different ways.

Chest – Its important for correct posture and gives us strength in activities involving pushing. Its also lifts up the chest muscle .  From my experience, When working on Chest exercise I hardly feel it there when working out , but the muscles are sore the  next day. As for any exercise there needs to be a mind-muscle connection to feel the mucle work(especially for Chest muscle).

Back – Lot’s of people don’t train theri back but a well toned back (man/woman) looks so good. Since Back muscles are used in almost every day -to-day activites, it is  important to work on them to make them stronger. the best Back exercise I like is rows(cable or Barbell).

Shoulders – Oh , who doesn’t want beautiful shoulders. People invented shoulder pads for people like me with droopy shoulders. But , shoulder pads don’t do enough justice . I rather work on my shoulders and get the nice muscular curve. I think it also gives us a nice posture. Since it is a small muscle group, light weights are generally used to work this area.

Biceps & Triceps – Well defined Arms  and Michelle Obama Arms go hand in hand nowadays, everyone wants them. It is also the most exposed part of our body and slender toned arms look oh so good. I have bulky arms, I can feel the muscle inside but leaness is not visible yet. Working on them.  Bu I do get a nice pump when I work it and I feel them getting hard.

Lower Body– this is probably what most women work on. I do too. I loke working on lower body, squats, lunges, leg curls, I love them all. they say, if u want to put on nice muscle use heavier weights and less reps and since Quads are a big muscle group they will be able to handle the weight, but if u want to lean them out, go for higher reps and less weights.  This is what I’m experimenting on this week and the next.

Abdominals– Who doesn’t work on abs, irrespective of men or women, eveyone wants flatter abs. Even those with flat abs want them flatter. Can’t judge them can we.  One thing to remember is that all the cruches and sit ups won’t give you flat abs, they will tone the muscle but to get flat abs, we need to work on getting rid of the layer of fat covering those muscles and that will happen with cardio and strengh training.

[P.s. : I’m not used to writing such long article like posts and it took me long to finish this post. Words just don’t flow out of me. I’m glad I finished it  ]