Posts Tagged ‘heart disease’

“CHOLESTEROL”- STAY COOL

So yes I am back to blogging after quiet a long break since my Fitness centre work  and my Personal Fitness Trainer certification course kept me really occupied. Yes, I passed out with Distinction and now I am a K11 Fitness Academy certified Personal Trainer as well 🙂

Coming to the point.It makes me feel disgusted to see that even today  nutritionists and dietitians are talking the same old language. I mean, in this age of  technology where we have access to most of the scientific researches being done we have all the chances of upgrading our knowledge, but myths are still seen to be followed blindly.  I am here to burst the most hyped myth related to “CHOLESTEROL” which is “HIGH CHOLESTEROL CAUSES HEART DISEASE”.

“No diet will remove all the FAT from your body because the BRAIN is ENTIRELY FAT. Without a brain you might look good but all you could do is run for public office”

– George Bernard Shaw

In India today almost every other household has at least 1 person taking Statin medications for their “High cholesterol”.

It’s time we understand the “BIG CHOLESTEROL MYTH” and understand the “TRUTH” about cholesterol and its importance.

Dr. David Perlmutter says in his book “Grain Brain” that we are increasingly challenging our physiology by consuming ingredients for which we are not genetically prepared”. Whenever we are diagnosed with any kind of DIS-EASE we are never asked to stop eating packaged foods which contain bijilion artificial ingredients which are foreign to our body. For ex. A person diagnosed with high cholesterol is immediately put off all kinds of FAT including the natural ones like the famous “Egg YOLK” but are not asked to 1st stop eating “BISCUITS” infect 90% of the time “1 cup tea/coffee + 2 marie biscuit” is part of the diet plan suggested.

Cholesterol is one of the “most misunderstood” molecule. According to Dr. John Abramson, the professor of medicine at Harvard University, cholesterol is not even considered to be high risk in and of itself and cholesterol is vital to many of the body’s important functions. Cholesterol is an integral part of the cell membrane. It is also the “Parent” molecule of some of the body’s most important compounds including sex hormones and vitamin D (J.Bowden, pp 12). It is proven that vast majority of the cholesterol is made in our body by the liver and if we get more cholesterol from the diet the liver makes less of it and vice versa. We need cholesterol. Dr. Jonny Bowden, clearly states in his book, 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth that “Dietary cholesterol (the kind found in egg yolk) has minimal impact on serum cholesterol (the kind your doctor checks through blood test)” – (J.Bowden, pp 12).

Read more on egg yolk here- https://radhinaturalhealth.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/eggs-yet-another-victim-of-nutritional-myths/

Few points by Dr. Jonny Bowden in his talk on his book “The Great Cholesterol Myth”

  1. “High cholesterol and heart disease are not the same thing”
  2. “Cholesterol does not cause heart disease and not even a good predictor of it”.

Dr. David Perlmutter also states that cholesterol is one of the most important player in maintaining your brain health and function. He states that high levels of the good kind of dietary fat (not the trans fats), have been proven to be the key to good health and peak brain function. (D. Perlmutter, Grain Brain).

As Dr. Jonny Bowden stated on the Dr. Oz Show: “Trying to prevent heart disease by lowering cholesterol is like trying to reduce calories by taking the lettuce off your double cheeseburger. It’s not that the lettuce doesn’t have any calories – it’s that lettuce is the wrong target.”

He also states than in trying to prevent heart disease ,cholesterol is the wrong target to investigate. Dr. Bowden says “We fervently believe that neither cholesterol nor fat is the major villain in the American diet – sugar is.” I would like to add that this is true for our Indian diet as well. We are predominantly eating carbs, sugars. The types and amount of biscuits, cakes, pastries (based on foreign diet) + indian sweets to add to these, today we are at par with if not crossing “the american diet”.

Ok coming back to cholesterol, if not cholesterol, what should we be paying attention to? you may ask.

Pay attention to these 4:-

According to Dr. Jonny Bowden They are so insidious and so systemic that he named them “The Four Horsemen of Aging.”

They are:

  • Inflammation
  • Oxidation
  • Sugar
  • Stress

“Inflammation, oxidation, sugar and stress will kill you. Cholesterol won’t”.

– Dr. Jonny Bowden

There is a lot more to discuss on the topic of cholesterol (HDL,LDL cholesterol and their impact) which is beyond the scope of mentioning in this 1 write up so i have given you some useful links and you can further read the mentioned books for detailed info.

I can go on and on about the goods of cholesterol but for now it is important that the one “Greatest” myth about cholesterol is well understood and i do not mean to bore you either ;P but, if any of your are further interested in reading more research studies you may go thru this article published in The Telegraph.co.uk on 13th June 2016 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/06/12/high-cholesterol-does-not-cause-heart-disease-new-research-finds/

Stay tuned for a better understanding on the above four “Horsemen of Aging” 🙂

 

** The above information is for educational purposes only. Consult your doctor for specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. **

 

Reference:-

Bowden,J, Ph.D.,C.N.S(2007). The 150 Healthiest foods on earth. Pp:74-75 Beverly,M. A: Fair Winds Press.

Perlmutter,D. MD., Loberg, K (2014).Grain Brain. The Surprising Truth About wheat, carbs, and sugar – Your brain’s silent killers.Yellow Kite Books, London, UK.

 

 

 

Pump it up IRON GIRLS

Today we live in a society where every woman aspires to be at par with men and, we are :). We women are found in all professional (male dominated) fields. May it be scientists, astronauts , police officer or  in army, navy or an airline pilot, women have made their mark and proved again and again that we are no less than men but, when it comes to “Strength/weight” training there are still so many myths surrounding women lifting weights. So I am here to burst these myths and tell you the importance of Weight Training especially for WOMEN.

Weight training is one form of exercise which is never bragged about or I should say is hardly ever mentioned by women. Whenever I ask my female clients “Do you do any form of exercise?” 90 % reply “Yes of course, I walk for 30 mins daily.” few more replies i get are “ya ya I go to the gym and run on treadmill almost 3 kms every single day.” or “Ya i go for regular yoga.”

The apprehensions I get from them when asked about weight training:-

“No no, I don’t want to look manly. I just want to loose this tummy and the flab under my arms and sides.” and “No weight training and all baba. Once i stop i will become more fat and my wish is only to fit in my old jeans before my next college reunion.”

Weight training is surrounded with controversies and fear. Lack of proper guidance and education on the same makes it all the more suspicious for people.

So let’s  first look at the importance of weight/strength training :-

  1. Weight/strength training burns fat for almost 36- 48 hrs after the workout unlike cardio where calorie burning happens only while performing the activity. Post strength training calorie burning is called the “After-Burn”( period post strength training where your BMR stays high) . Here you don’t just burn calories during the workout but your body now has the ability to tap more of those body fat stores for unto 48 hrs post weight training One of the most important reasons for you to start lifting those weights.
  2. Weight training helps you preserve your youth (anti ageing pill it is ), helps maintain your vigour, muscle strength, bone density and it is now proven to be useful in protecting heart and lowering sugar levels.

3.  Makes you physically stronger.

4. Decreases your risk of osteoporosis (women are prone to these).

5.  Strength training gives you the toned body you are dying to achieve, Those well     rounded GLUTES, Well toned Abs (Rectus Abdominus), Sexy toned Arms and shoulders (Bring those sleeveless and halters back) and firm Adductors and abductors.

6. Improves your athletic performance and reduces your risk of injury, back pain, arthritis.

7. Helps keep your menses smooth and not breakout into pimples. Keeps your skin  radiant.

8. Reduces your risk of heart disease. If you have high cholesterol strength training helps a lot as the after-burn helps in bringing the LDL,VLDL down and HDL up.

9. Strength training helps reduce the risk of and manage diabetes.

10. Few studies have shown that weight training helps fight depression.

Now coming to Bursting myths ladieeeeessss:-

Myth no 1:– Weight training will make me look like a man. All muscular and huge.

Fact:– Muscle bulk happens due to a hormone call “Testosterone” which is a predominantly male hormone. We women simply do not have enough of this hormone to get bulky muscles.

Myth no. 2:- If I stop lifting weights and coming to gym i will gain lot of weight. those muscles will sag and become fat.

Fact:– Muscle and fat are two different type of tissues so Muscle cannot become FAT. When you stop your regular weight trainings, muscle loss starts. Also, you are likely to drop out of the structured diet that you were following while you were gymming so due to no weight training muscle is lost and no proper eating so fat is accumulated, as a result you gain weight.

So lovely ladies, instead of worrying about becoming size zero, start thinking about becoming STRONG, FIT & HEALTHY and you will be on your way to a “SEXY, TONED NEW YOU.”