लो फैट डाइट का यौन शक्ति पर सीधा असर, शोध में अहम खुलासे

कई लोग फैटी फूड खाने से परहेज करते हैं. उन्‍हें लगता है कि इस भोजन के कारण उनका शरीर बीमारियों का घर बन जाएगा. पर हालिया शोध में सामने आया है कि जो लोग फैट का सेवन नहीं करते, उन्‍हें भी कई तरह की समस्‍याएं होती हैं.

अमेरिका के शिकागो विश्वविद्यालय के शोधकर्ता जेक फंटस ने अध्ययन में कहा, “हमने पाया कि जिन लोगों ने वसा प्रतिबंधक आहार का पालन किया था, उनमें प्रतिबंधक आहार का पालन नहीं करने वाले पुरुषों की तुलना में सीरम टेस्टोस्टेरोन कम था. हालांकि आहार में सीरम-टी में छोटे अंतर का नैदानिक महत्व स्पष्ट नहीं है.”

जर्नल ऑफ यूरोलॉजी में प्रकाशित अध्ययन के लिए शोध टीम ने एक राष्ट्रव्यापी स्वास्थ्य अध्ययन (राष्ट्रीय स्वास्थ्य और पोषण परीक्षा सर्वेक्षण, या एनएचएएनईएस) से 3,100 से अधिक पुरुषों के आंकड़ों का विश्लेषण किया. सभी प्रतिभागियों के पास आहार और सीरम टेस्टोस्टेरोन स्तर पर डेटा उपलब्ध था.

मलाइका अरोड़ा की 26 इंच कमर का राज, ये एक काम वो हर रोज करती हैं…

अमेरिकन हार्ट एसोसिएशन (एएचए) द्वारा परिभाषित किया गया कि दो दिवसीय आहार के आधार पर 14.6 फीसदी पुरुषों ने कम वसा वाले आहार के लिए मापदंड पूरे किए.

वहीं अन्य 24.4 फीसदी पुरुषों ने फल, सब्जियों और साबुत अनाज जैसे आहार का सेवन किया. इन लोगों ने पशुओं से प्राप्त होने वाले प्रोटीन और डेयरी उत्पाद का सेवन कम किया.

शोध में शामिल केवल कुछ पुरुषों ने एएचए मानदंडों के साथ कम कार्बोहाइड्रेट आहार लिया, इसलिए इस समूह को विश्लेषण से बाहर रखा गया. शोध के दौरान पुरुषों में औसत सीरम टेस्टोस्टेरोन का स्तर 435.5 एनजी/डीएल (नैनोग्राम प्रति डेसीलीटर) था.

अध्ययन के अनुसार, प्रतिबंधात्मक आहार लेने वाले पुरुषों में सीरम टेस्टोस्टेरोन कम मिला, जोकि कम वसा वाले आहार पर 411 एनजी/डीएल पाया गया.

टेस्टोस्टेरोन एक हार्मोन है, जो पुरुषों में उनके वृषण में पाया जाता है. यह पुरुषों के अंदर यौन शक्ति को बढ़ाता है और मांसपेशियों व लाल रक्त कोशिकाओं के पर्याप्त स्तर को बनाए रखने के साथ ही यौन कार्यो के लिए भी सहायक होता है.
(एजेंसी से इनपुट)

लाइफस्‍टाइल की और खबरें पढ़ने के लिए यहां क्लिक करें. 

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Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting for weight loss has become quite popular with fitness enthusiasts across the world. Intermittent fasting essentially involves periods of fasting and eating during specific times. This means that you can eat whatever type of food during the ‘eating’ period but, during the ‘fasting’ period, you must refrain from eating anything. There are many types of intermittent fasting: 5:2 diet where you eat just 600 calories or less on two days of the week, 16/8 diet where you eat for 8 hours in a day and fast for the remaining 16 and the eat-stop-eat diet which involves fasting one day of the week. Here are some benefits of intermittent fasting:

Weight loss: One of the most important goals of intermittent fasting is weight loss. This is because you tend to eat fewer calories when on intermittent fasting.

Detoxification: Fasting helps keep our body free of toxins. Your organs don’t have to work overtime getting rid of toxins when you consume food. This has a positive impact on everything from weight loss to efficient digestion and from keeping illnesses away to ensuring overall good health. Did you know that a detox can also help clear your mind and benefit your mental health?

More energy: Contrary to what many might believe, fasting can actually help you feel more energetic, say several research studies. When you don’t tax your body with unnecessary calories, your body feels lighter and fresher.

It is very important to note that while there are no specific dietary guidelines on what you can and cannot eat during intermittent fasting, you need to follow a healthy diet comprising wholegrain foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, nuts, seeds, pulses and other healthy foods. Going on an intermittent doesn’t mean you can eat unhealthy fast food during your eating period.  Do not follow the intermittent diet without consultation with a doctor especially if you are a diabetic, pregnant or have heart and other problems.

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Struggling to Lose Weight? Try Intuitive Eating!

Intuitive eating is exactly as it sounds. It has been described as ‘an empowerment tool’ to help ‘liberate yourself from the prison of diet culture and weight obsession,’ by Evelyn Tribole, a US-based dietician and one of the two experts behind this ‘revolutionary program that works.’ It was first featured in the book Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works by the authors Evelyn and nutrition therapist Elyse Resch in 1995. Intuitive Eating requires ‘body awareness’ and essentially ‘honoring health by listening and responding to the direct messages of the body in order to meet your physical and psychological needs.’

This is similar to mindful eating which is listening to your body about what it wants to eat and much it wants to eat. This means that unlike a lot of other diets including ketogenic diet, Intuitive Eating doesn’t believe in skipping a whole category of foods (like carbohydrates in keto diet). The experts insist that Intuitive Eating shouldn’t be looked upon as a diet or food plan but rather as a ‘journey of self-discovery and connection to the needs of your mind and body.’ It doesn’t believe in counting calories, carbs, points, or macros, simply because these kind of weight loss diets are not known to be sustainable and could, in fact, lead to more weight gain, according to various studies. Evelyn writes in her blog on www.intuitiveeating.org, ‘Ultimately, you are the expert of your body. Only you know what hunger, fullness, and satisfaction feel like. Only you know your thoughts, feelings, and experiences.’

Some of the principles that Intuitive Eating experts extol include:
Keep your feelings in mind while eating: Take the time to assess your satisfaction levels during your meals: do you feel comfortably full? Should you eat more?

Don’t feel guilty about eating a group of food: When your restrict consumption of a particular group of food, it leads to more yearning for that food. This deprivation could lead to overeating and weight gain.

Don’t give into emotional or stress eating: Any eating that’s associated with feelings can never be god for your body. A heartbreak is no excuse to indulge in that whole tub of ice cream. This will not make you feel better; it will only make you gain more weight.

Don’t exercise with weight loss in mind: Instead, keep in mind how good your body feels after a run or a workout and let that be a motivation for you to exercise every day.

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Lingerie Shopping And ‘Sizing ‘ up my Options

One drawback of losing weight, as anyone who’s ever been on diet would tell you, is having to get new clothes. But nobody tells you or prepares you for the fact that you would need to get new lingerie also. Please bear with this particular rant. As someone who lost about 20 pounds, I shouldn’t really be complaining. In fact, you might think I am using this platform to gloat. But that’s not the case; I am actually past that age where I would be blushing if someone said I look younger than my biological years.

So where was I? Yes, losing weight and its after-effects. What happened was that my jeans were suddenly two sizes too big. So were all my tops, shirts, kurtas. Everything. My family told me to stop before I completely vanished but I was anyway stopping, having reached my goal. The next hurdle was getting a new wardrobe or getting everything altered to fit my now almost svelte figure.

My always-been-fit sister told me I needed to get new lingerie also “because hello! you are thin now!” I stared at her as if she had grown horns. Because for the past God knows how many years, I had been the same size, so I hadn’t had to worry about ‘those clothes’.

She assured me I needn’t worry because now stores have professionals who help with fitting and I would be fine. Concerned that the procrastinator that I was, I wouldn’t go at all, she volunteered to tag along.

Off we went on a bright Saturday morning. We went to a renowned store, ably adviced by a friend who said it stocks all kinds of ‘stuff’. I warily approached a woman, dressed in black, who stood by a display. She smiled and asked me my size. It was then that I should’ve guessed what was going to follow. But I still didn’t. I told her. Like an idiot, I also mentioned that I had lost weight recently so I could be a little off the actual size. She looked at me, gave a meaningful pause and said, “You are right, I think you aren’t XX X, you are XX Y.” “Fair enough, give me the stuff so I could try it on,” I told her. She perked up and handed over three pieces and led me to the trial rooms.

On our way, however, we were accosted by other similarly dressed women, standing by other racks. One of them loudly asked me the size I had picked. I said, ” XX Y” and carried on. Once inside, I began the arduous task of trying the ‘stuff’ on. But no, those other women had spotted their target. They all needed to make a sale. They all needed to earn their commission. So soon enough, I had hands shoving pieces from underneath the door and over it. Those hands were accompanied by a voice, each telling me: “This one has side support!”, “This has more lycra”, “This is mostly cotton,” “This one is available in 24 colours,” “This one is fragrant”. OK! I made up the last two, but you get the drift…

Being a not very rude person by nature, I obliged and soon I had a pile of lingerie on the tiny stool they thoughtfully place in those cubicles. But I stood there, wondering how long I needed to stay inside to make the women on the other side believe that I must have tried them all on. So I stood. Waiting. Till a voice outside screeched, “Ma’am, the ones you didn’t like, you can begin handing back from above the door.”

Now, I was in a spot. What if I return a real gem without even trying it on? I will be doomed for life! Then I chided myself, it was just a garment, it wasn’t a bilateral peace treaty I was signing here. So I picked up a few randomly and handed them back.

Again, as soon as I decided to begin the job I had actually gone there for, a voice outside said, “Ma’am, I cannot believe you tried this one and didn’t like it. Please dekhiye na! It has to fit like a dream.”
Now I have to argue with this chit of a girl about what should and would fit me? Middle-aged rage was slowly building up inside me but I was sweating after those innumerous rounds of tugging stuff from over the door or putting my hand under it to drag other stuff in.

By then my sister, who had chosen to browse other aisles, came right outside and asked, “All well?” What was I to say? That I was drowning in a sea of lingerie while trying to locate the right ones? I just about managed a “Hmmm.”
I cautiously just tried the ones I had originally picked and stepped out, feeling almost victorious. But the end of this expedition wasn’t near, no way! The women wanted to see which brand I had chosen. As soon as the name was revealed, the others slunk off while the one who sold that brand grinned. It almost felt like Swayamvar where suitors stand in line while the princess picks one.

I thanked them and dragged my sister away before they decided to help her out as well. How I wish we could go back to old times when there were men selling lingerie so you went, mentioned what you wanted, they gave it, took the money and that was the end of the story. This is the last place I seek female bonding, really!

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