'India far behind from meeting organs demand'


'India far behind from meeting organs demand'

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India has not been able to meet organs demand for patients despite having good medical infrastructure, programmes, and legal framework, Health Secretary B.P. Sharma said on Friday.

Inaugurating a day-long conference for sensitising officials of the state government and other stakeholders on National Organ Transplant Programme (NOTP), Sharma said there was a huge gap between demand and supply of organs.

"We have good medical infrastructure, legal framework, programmes and professionals, still we have not been able to meet the demand of organs for patients. We need to understand the challenges and work on them in a positive manner," Sharma said.

The conference was organised to mark the National Organ Donation day.

Sharma also released the operational guidelines of the NOTP on the occasion.

There was an immediate need to understand that organ donation is a pious thing and one should promote it, he said.

"Awareness among people is needed to encourage them to donate organs. This requires involvement of the civil society, leaders and other stakeholders," he said.

Patients should be provided affordable and accessible organ transplant, he said.

Jagdish Prasad, director general of health services said lack of awareness was the cause behind less number of donors.

"The Indian Medical Association and other stakeholders should be involved to aware people to donate organs," Prasad said. Read more here:evening dresses online cheap


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Yoga asanas to fight Swine Flu


Yoga asanas to fight Swine Flu

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With Swine Flu spreading like wildfire, the panic amongst people has been on the rise too. To prevent this deadly virus from bringing you down, it's important to take necessary precautions.

While medicines and vaccines can help avert and overpower the flu, one must work towards upping the immunity level to safeguard their health. Simple yoga poses like the ones mentioned below can help build immunity level and also strengthen your mind:

1) Adho Mukha Svanasana

1. Come on your fours. Form a table such that your back forms the table top and your hands and feet form the legs of the table.

2. As you breathe out, lift the hips up, straightening the knees and elbows. Form an inverted V-shape with the body.

3. Hands should be shoulder width apart; feet should be hip width apart and parallel to each other. Toes point straight ahead.

4. Press your hands into the ground. Widen through the shoulder blades. Keep the neck lengthened by touching the ears to the inner arms.

5. Hold the downward dog pose and take long deep breaths. Look towards the navel.

6. Exhale. Bend the knees, return to table pose. Relax.

An inverted pose like Adho Mukha Svanasana increases the flow of blood towards the sinuses and helps unblock them. The improved flow of blood also affects the brain, thus, aiding in rejuvenating the mind and keeping you calm.

2) Bhujangasana

1. Lie on your stomach with your toes flat on the floor and forehead resting on the ground.

2. Keep your legs close together, with your feet and heels lightly touching each other.

3. Place your hands (palms downwards) under your shoulders, keeping your elbows parallel and close to your torso.

4. Taking a deep breath in, slowly lift your head, chest and abdomen while keeping your navel on the floor.

5. Pull your torso back and off the floor with the support of your hands.

This yoga asana expands the lungs and improves the flow of oxygen and blood. It also massages the abdominal organs and aids in better digestion. A healthy respiratory and digestive system acts as the first line of defense and keeps the viruses at bay.

3) Kapal Bhati pranayama

1. Sit comfortably with your spine erect. Place your hands on the knees, palms open to the sky. Take a deep breath in. 2. As you exhale, pull your stomach. Pull your navel in back towards the spine.. 3. As you relax the navel and abdomen, the breath flows into your lungs automatically. 4. Take 20 such breaths to complete one round of Kapal Bhati pranayama. 5. After completing the round, relax with your eyes closed and observe the sensations in your body. 6. Do two more rounds of Kapal Bhati pranayama. Powerful exhalation is at the core of this unique breathing technique unblocks the nose, clears the energy channels in the body and improves blood circulation. It also stimulates the abdominal organs and improves digestion.

4) Matsyasana

1. Lie on your back. Your feet are together and hands relaxed alongside the body.

2. Place the hands underneath the hips, palms facing down. Bring the elbows closer toward each other.

3. Breathing in, lift the head and chest up.

4. Keeping the chest elevated, lower the head backward and touch the top of the head to the floor.

5. With the head lightly touching the floor, press the elbows firmly into the ground, placing the weight on the elbow and not on the head. Lift your chest up from in-between the shoulder blades. Press the thighs and legs to the floor.

6. Hold the pose for as long as you comfortably can, taking gentle long breaths in and out. Relax in the posture with every exhalation.

7. Now lift the head up, lowering the chest and head to the floor. Bring the hands back along the sides of the body. Relax.

Matsyasana provides relief from respiratory disorders by encouraging deep breathing. It also tones the parathyroid, pineal and pituitary gland, thus aiding in better secretion of hormones that control the blood pressure, metabolism and body temperature.

5) Pawanmuktasana

1. Lie on your back with your feet together and arms beside your body.

2. Breathe in and as you exhale, bring your right knee towards your chest and press the thigh on your abdomen with clasped hands.

3. Breathe in again and as you exhale, lift your head and chest off the floor and touch your chin to your right knee.

4. Hold it there, as you take deep, long breaths in and out.

5. Checkpoint: As you exhale, tighten the grip of the hands on the knee and increase the pressure on the chest. As you inhale, loosen the grip.

6. As you exhale, come back to the ground and relax.

7. Repeat this pose with the left leg and then with both the legs together.

8. You may rock up and down or roll from side to side 3-5 times and then relax.

Though primarily aimed at providing relief from gas, this asana also helps improve blood circulation, massage the abdominal organs, and aids in digestion. It also relieves the body of tension in the back, hips and legs.

Advanced yoga practitioners can also practice Jalneti - a highly effective technique that uses water to purify and clean the nasal path, right from the nostrils to the throat.

Apart from the above mentioned yoga asanas, poses like Shishuasana, Sarvangasana,Hastapadasana, and Setu Bandhasana are also very effective in building immunity and fighting the flu better. Regulary practicing yoga keeps the body fit, flexible and immune from diseases. Adding ayurveda and regular meditation to your lifestyle can further enhance the effect of practicing yoga. With a yogi's body and a meditator's calm mind, fighting Swine Flu is not really that difficult. Read more here:one shoulder prom dresses


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Masaba Gupta's LFW show goes live on Instagram


Masaba Gupta's LFW show goes live on Instagram

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Masaba Gupta's show on the opening day of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW)summer-resort 2015 was the first of its kind in India, with the young designer taking her colourful fashion revolution around the globe through photo-sharing site Instagram.

Gupta, who got engaged to film producer Madhu Mantena last week, showcased a collection titled "Sugar Plum" at the fashion gala that is taking place at Hotel Palladium. More than her collection, it was the concept that appealed to everyone.

Followers, in the comfort of their personal spaces around the world, watched the designer's colourful line live on Instagram, which has become a favourite platform for fashionistas around the globe..

Talking about her her collection, Gupta said she moved away from her digital print style and opted for bold ones with 3D effects and a lot of rainbow colour blocking for basic shapes like dolman sleeve tunics with fuchsia, emerald and sun yellow patches.

There were mini flared skirts, tiny cropped tops, printed piped shirts on candy colours that came alive for the fruity sweet line. Another highpoint of the show was the headgear that was wrapped like candies in cellophane.

According to the designer, her creations are easy and comfortable and will appeal to Indian as well as global followers of fashion. Read more here:short prom dresses uk


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Time for some pet etiquette


Time for some pet etiquette

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Pets are adorable but they can get equally annoying if not trained properly. We share some tips to turn your pet into a great companion:

A recent study claimed that dog owners get the same surge of emotions when looking at their pooch as mothers do with their infants. While most of the pet owners will nod in agreement, you may find a few disagreeing. "I love my pet but he's such a nuisance. He will bark his lungs out in the middle of the night, chew on everything he gets his hands on and trouble my guests. I don't know what to do with him," says PR executive Aashish Sen who owns Peddle, a Pomeranian.

But you can set aside such worries. Dogs can adapt to human society. We share with you some useful tips to minimize your pet worries:

Exercising pet is a good pet: Your pet needs regular exercise to get rid of his excessive energy. Do not take him out just to litter, let him run, have fun. "This is the only way to release his excessive energy which if not released could make him irritable. It amounts to building stress which will be exhibited through excessive barking and unwanted pouncing," says Delhi-based senior veterinarian, Dr James Rappai.

No loud business: When you are feeding or talking to your pet, do not raise your voice. Make him adapt to commands but say it once and say like you mean it. It should be firm not loud. And if you keep saying it, he won't listen unless you snap at him. "Be careful about the commands and the words you use. Don't confuse them. If you use the command 'Sit' to make him sit, do not use 'Heel' instead," says Chennai based dog trainer J Rangarajan.

Attention with care: Some pets are in a habit to bark to grab your attention. They will bark when hungry, while greeting you, wanting to play with you. Says Pet groomer Geetika Nigam, "This habit must be modified simply by not providing positive reinforcement when he is barking for no reason."

Even your pet needs toys: If you see your pet chewing furniture or your favourite shoes, don't snap at him. Instead give him alternatives to chew on like pet friendly toys. Spread them all over the floor and if he still goes for your shoes, give him a chewy. Says Delhi-based dog trainer Raju Sinha, "If he still goes, then direct him to a chewy. In a way, your pet is trying to teach you to be more careful with treasured items."

Never hit him: Don't hit your pet when you are angry with him. The next time you get angry, first tell him firmly that he's incorrect, ignore him, and nudge him off if he comes to you. This will disorient him and he will know that the behaviour is not acceptable. "Remember, you should never resort to hitting your pet," adds J Rangarajan.

Eating habits: Never feed him while you are eating. This might be taken as a cue that he can take food from your plate.

Make him a social pet: Don't restrict his exposure just to family else he will get really uncomfortable in front of your guests or might behave awkwardly.

And remember never ask your friend if you can get your pet along to a get together or party. If they want him to come, they will say it. Read more here:evening dresses online


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Missing Swanage woman's body found off St Aldhelm's Head


Overnight search launched for missing vulnerable person in Swanage

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THE body of missing Swanage woman Elizabeth Agate has been found.

A major search operation on land and at sea was launched just after 2am this morning in Swanage when Elizabeth’s family reported her missing and raised concerns of her welfare.

Now, Dorset Police have confirmed that her body was found in the sea near to St Aldhelm’s Head just after 10.30am.

Police Inspector Neil Wood said: “At around 10.35am this morning the body of a woman was recovered by passing boats in the sea along the coast near to St Aldhelms Head.

“The body has been formally identified as that of missing Swanage woman Elizabeth Agate who went missing from her home on the evening of Monday 16 March 2015.

“Her next of kin and the coroner have been informed and officers are not treating her death as suspicious.

“Dorset Police would like to thank the public and the Coastguard for their assistance.”

Elizabeth was last seen by her family at around 9pm on Monday at her home in Rabling Road, in Swanage.

Police, coastguards and members of the RNLI launched a search shortly after 2am this morning off the coast of Swanage, after receiving reports that a vulnerable person was missing in the area.

The Coastguard helicopter was also involved in the search.

A report released by officers from Swanage RNLI said both lifeboats were requested at 3.40am today.

It reads: "The boats launched into calm seas, but with poor visibility and cold conditions.

"The D class inshore lifeboat (ILB) began searching the main beach and inshore areas towards Ballard Point while the Mersey class all weather lifeboat (ALB) made best speed to Old Harry to search back towards Ballard Point.

"Both Swanage and St Albans volunteer coastguard teams were also tasked and were searching various clifftop and beach locations in the area.

"Further lifeboat volunteer crew also searched within Durlston Bay on foot.

"With nothing found so far the ALB proceeded into Durlston Bay and searched the cliffline to Anvil Point while the ILB conducted further searches in Swanage Bay.

"Still with nothing found the search teams were stood down to prepare for the incident to be re-assessed at 7.30am." Read more here: vintage prom dress


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Busting popular food myths


Busting popular food myths

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...is just a popular food myth. Nutritionist Shonaalii Sabherwal busts some more

Myth: Cutting carbohydrates from your diet will make you lose weight

Most health fanatics are cardophobic. To clear the confusion: highly refined carbohydrate sources like white bread, sugar, refined white flour and white rice is what we should stay away from (the simple carbohydrates). However, we all need the carbohydrates out of whole grain namely brown rice, nachni, millet, jowar and bajra (complex carbohydrates). The body needs glucose as the main source of fuel for energy. And complex carbs provides exactly that. These give us sustained sugars (good for our brains) and keep the insulin levels in check.

If you are worried about your weight loss, remember that healthy is not just about the race to being size zero. By cutting carbs completely, you cut off the fuel supply. Your aim should be healthy bodies first; thin will follow. Besides, you wouldn't want problems like constipation, bad breath and bingeing on sugars, would you? That's exactly what happens when you stay off carbs completely.

Myth: It's ok to have Honey, Jaggery, Maltitol, Xylitol instead of sugar

Sugar is just not just the white crystals you consume, but is also present in white bread, pasta, cereals, processed foods, sauces. These are your simple sugars often mentioned on packages that get camouflaged: maple syrup, high corn fructose syrup, honey, sucrose, molasses, cane juice. Even the chocolate bars that claim to be sugarless have maltitol, xylitol and erythritol which are used to replace sugar only because they have fewer calories. Nevertheless, they are all derivatives of sugar and cause the same problems as sugar. The natural sugars from fruits is the only alternative for sugar at present in the Indian markets.

Myth: Our prime source of calcium is dairy foods

It's a huge misconception that our prime calciumrich food is milk. Milk is full of saturated fats and cholesterol, which clog your arteries. Caesin, the basic molecule in milk, stresses the liver, pancreas, stomach and intestines. Commercial dairy cows are pumped with hormones and to counter udder infection they are given antibiotics, which in turn affect the villi in your intestines. So even though milk is loaded with calcium, it does not help us in any way. The alternative to dairy to get your dose of calcium? Cutting back animal foods and choose a plant-based approach. Have dark leafy greens, broccoli, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu. All these sources give us useable calcium, which nourishes us.

Myth: Cutting back all oil (liquid fat) reduces weight

We need liquid fat (which we get from liquid oils) and the monosaturated fat (olive oil, avocados, canola, almond, peanut oils) for normal bodily functioning. We don't need saturated fats (margarine, hydrogenated oils). The most crucial one is the polysaturated fat (flax seeds, sesame, sunflower, soy, walnut, safflower - rich in omega 3, 6 and 9). We also need essential fatty acids (EFA's) because the body does not make these and you need to supplement your diet with them. Low fat or fat free diets will cause us to be hungry (depleting the omegas) which in turn will cause us to binge. Healthy liquid fat consumption actually promotes weight loss. Read more here:plus size prom dresses uk


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Get rid of that stinking mouth


Get rid of that stinking mouth

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Although bad breath happens to the best of us, it's an embarrassing topic for many. No one enjoys being told their breath stinks, and it's equally (if not more) difficult to tell someone else that they need a mint.

Once the awkwardness wears off, you can feel happy that someone you know cared enough to tell you honestly so that you can prevent and treat it. We give you tips to put your best breath forward!

Is it temporary or chronic?

Temporary bad breath can occur after eating certain foods, such as onions and cabbage, which contain high levels of sulfur compounds. When these foods are digested, the sulfur compounds are absorbed by the bloodstream, carried to the lungs and released in the form of bad breath when you exhale or speak. Changing your diet to avoid foods like these can help prevent this type of bad breath.

Chronic halitosis, or long-term bad breath, is another story.

Bacteria flourish on your tongue, especially towards the back third. These bacteria break down the leftover food in your mouth, resulting in substances called volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs). These VSCs are the most common cause of bad breath. To treat this kind of bad breath you need to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth.

The bacteria responsible for bad breath thrive when your mouth is dry. Conventional mouthwash, which contains alcohol, dries out your mouth and may actually cause bad breath more than it helps. Instead of an alcohol-based mouthwash, look for alcohol-free varieties or products that contain "chlorine dioxide," which attacks the VSCs at the molecular level to treat bad breath at the source instead of just covering up the smell.

One of the easiest ways to do this is by maintaining good oral hygiene—regular flossing (daily) and brushing of the teeth and tongue (at least twice per day). The tongue is a hotbed of bacterial growth, harboring millions of organisms in a bunch of tiny nooks and crannies. The most efficient way of cleaning the tongue is with a tongue scraper, a special tool made of plastic or metal that is scraped along the surface to remove the film of bacteria. The scraper should be placed as far back on the tongue as you can to remove the most bacteria as possible.

While you can brush your tongue with a regular toothbrush, a study by The Cochrane Collaboration found that tongue scrapers are more efficient at removing bacteria, removing 44 percent of VSCs (compared to the 30 percent removed by simply brushing the tongue).

Drink plenty of water. A moist mouth is inhospitable to the bacteria responsible for bad breath. Water also dilutes the concentration of VSCs, making them weaker and less pungent.

Brush and floss regularly. Brush and floss as soon as possible after meals to minimize the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Buy a tongue scraper to reduce the amount of bacteria even more.

Treat any existing oral diseases. See your dentist regularly, especially if you suspect any type of oral disease, periodontal problem or infection.

Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables. Chewing apples, celery and cucumber helps keep your mouth naturally clean by removing food particles and plaque while you eat. They also increase saliva flow to keep your mouth moist.

Cut out coffee. Coffee leaves a film on your tongue that blocks oxygen, creating the perfect environment for bacteria growth. Switch to tea if you need a caffeine fix.

Chew sugarless gum. Chewing gum will help keep your mouth moist and increase saliva flow. Because the bacteria in your mouth easily break down most sugars into VSCs, choose sugarless gum and say no to mints that contain sugar.

Eat yogurt. Some research shows that eating one serving of yogurt daily can reduce the amount of odor-causing particles, including bacteria, in the mouth.

Get your vitamins. Vitamin D creates an inhospitable environment for bacteria. Enjoy plenty of vitamin D-fortified foods (such as milk and other dairy products). Vitamin C (found in berries melons and citrus fruit) also makes your mouth inhospitable to bacteria, but can also help prevent two other causes of bad breath—gum disease and gingivitis.

Avoid tobacco products. Any kind of tobacco (smoked or chewed) can cause bad breath and a host of oral health problems and diseases.

Check your medicine cabinet. Bad breath is often a side effect of both prescription and over-the-counter medications. Take them as directed, and unless otherwise instructed, drink plenty of water along with your medication. It can also be caused by certain oral conditions such as mouth cancer, candidiasis (thrush or fungal overgrowth) and dry mouth (xerostomia). Postnasal drip, sinus infections and gastrointestinal diseases can also cause bad breath. If your bad breath cannot be treated with proper oral hygiene, visit your health care provider to find out if you are suffering from an underlying health condition. Read more here:prom dresses 2015


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Yoga asanas to strengthen lungs


Yoga asanas to strengthen lungs

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One of the best things you can do for your lungs (besides keeping them smoke-free) is strike a pose.

Celebrity yoga expert Sunaina Rekhi says, "We can only breathe correctly and absorb the oxygen we need if our lungs are strong and in good working order. Not unless all the air-cells of the lungs take an active part in the breathing process can we be certain that they are in good health. Pranayama and yogic postures are highly beneficial to the activity of these cells and the elasticity of the lungs."

Yogic breathing involves abdominal, thoracic and clavicular breathing. It is used to maximise inhalation and exhalation. Its purpose is to gain control of the breath, correct poor breathing habits and increase oxygen intake.

Standing asanas strengthen the muscles used to keep the back straight during meditation and increase oxygenation and lung capacity.

Trikonasana (triangle pose)

It allows for easier air passage to the lungs. It stimulates the nervous system and as you spiral the chest towards the sky, it helps to expand the chest cavity. The triangle posture is a classic yoga position that stretches and strengthens your spine, inner thigh, abdominal and side muscles. It also helps to open the pelvis by stretching the pelvic ligaments. It is a great posture to help create space and openness in the body.


Inhale and step to the right, right foot at 90 degress, left heel turned inward, heels 3 feet apart. Exhale, reach out over the foot and bend to the right and place the hands either on your shin, ankle or hold the big toe of right foot with first two fingers of the right hand and pull on it, creating counter tension and oppositional stretch. Turn head to look up towards the left thumb, opening chest towards the sky. Feel the rotation of the hips as the right hip moves under and the left hip rotates open.

Hold for five breaths. Inhale, come up slowly. Repeat on other side.

Gomukhasana (cow's face pose)

Sitting asanas, for example, Gomukhasana (cow's face pose) is excellent for inducing relaxation. It not only alleviates back pain, tiredness, tension and anxiety but also improves posture by increasing energy, awareness, and opening the chest area.


Sit in dhyana veerasana so that the right knee is directly above the left knee.

Stretch the left arm to the side and then fold it behind the back.

Stretch the right arm above the head, then fold it over the right shoulder.

The back of the left hand should lie in contact with the spine while the palm of the right hand rests against the spine. Try to clasp the fingers of both hands behind the back.

Bring the raised elbow behind the head so that the head presses against the inside of the raised arm. The spine should be erect and the head back. Repeat on the other side.

Naukasana (Boat Pose)

Backward bending asanas are postures which turn the body out to face the world. Because they expand the chest and encourage inhalation, they are associated with the attitude of embracing life. This asana stimulates the muscular, digestive, circulatory, nervous and hormonal systems, tones all the organs and removes lethargy. It is especially useful for eliminating nervous tension and bringing about deep relaxation.


Lie in a starting position. Breathe in deeply. Hold the breath and then raise the arms, shoulders, head and trunk off the ground.

Balance the body on the buttocks and keep the spine straight. The arms should be held in the same line as the toes. The hands should be open with the palms down. Look towards the toes.

Remain in the final position and hold the breath. Count to 5 mentally.

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Indian women play multiple roles, but ignore health


Indian women play multiple roles, but ignore health

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A recent survey shows that, as Indian women continue to endeavour to do the best in their life and profession, they are tending to neglect their health.

According to the survey, only 39 percent of women were covered by any health insurance. Among those who were not covered, 53 percent had never thought about it, the report mentioned.

"Today's woman needs to give her health its due importance," said the report. The online survey was conducted by the private general insurer in February 2015, and saw it reviewing responses from 1,009 women. It revealed that out of 79 percent respondents, 16 per cent did not go for any tests while 63 percent went for health check-ups only if unwell.

It pointed out, despite 71 percent of them succumbing to illness at least once or twice a year. The pattern showed that women were prone to and increasingly succumbing to chronic ailments like arthritis, anaemia, metabolic disorders and cancer as compared to men.

Of the 39 percent covered respondents, only 22 percent had purchased a policy by themselves while a large share owned it through their husband or father with another 16 percent having it sponsored by their employer. Read more here:vintage prom dress


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Weight loss depends on day of the week


Weight loss depends on day of the week

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A new study has revealed that just as there are natural sleep cycles, so are there natural weight loss cycles which have a lot to do with whether a person is slim or chubby.

Dr. Brian Wansink from Cornell University, in collaboration with researchers from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Tampere University of Technology, looks into the impact that the seven-days-a-week human cycle has on weight. He said that almost everyone loses weight on weekdays and gains weight on weekends. What separates the slim from the heavy isn't how much more they gain on weekends, it's how much they lose during the weekdays. Eighty adults participated in the study, ranging in age from 25 to 62 years old.

These individuals were categorized according to relative weight changes: weight losers, weight gainers, and weight maintainers. The results revealed a clear pattern in weekly weight fluctuation with higher weight after weekends (Sunday and Monday) and decreasing weight during the weekdays reaching the lowest point on Friday.

The researchers found a difference between weight losers and weight gainers in these fluctuation patterns. Weight losers had stronger compensation pattern (i.e. after weekend the decrease started immediately and continued downward until Friday) whereas weight gainers had more variability between days and no clear decrease during weekdays. Read more here:prom dresses 2014


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