Wednesday, September 9

7 Reasons You’re Not Losing Fat

There’s nothing more frustrating than feeling like you’re doing all you can and not seeing the results. You don’t know how you can make even more changes than you already have – so what’s the answer?
If you’re ticking the major boxes, maintaining a healthy balanced diet and exercising 3-5 times a week, then it’s time to put other areas of your life under the microscope.
Here are seven possible reasons why you’re not losing fat.
Keeping It Cardio
At first, cardio is great for fat burning. But once the body starts to strengthen and adapt to the rate at which you practice, steady cardio sessions will soon become less effective. Rather than relying on physically friendly exercises like running, walking or jogging for 45 mins at a manageable pace, turn your attention to interval training.
Quick bursts of intense exercise followed by a brief rest (and repeat), is one of the best ways to stimulate fat loss. What’s more, the effect it has on your metabolic rate also means that high intensity training of any kind can actually continue to burn fat, hours after your workout.
You Need More Protein
You may have cut out all the rubbish (chocolate, sweets, etc.) but a lack of protein in your diet may be encouraging your body to cling onto fat instead of creating muscle.
According to a study published by The FASEB Journal, those who double their protein intake are more likely to lose fat than those who don’t. Of the 32 men and 7 women who followed the 31-day weight-loss diet, everyone on average lost the same amount of weight, but those consuming increased amounts of protein lost the most fat – in fact, it amounted to “70 percent of their total weight loss.”
Sticking to a high-protein diet not only leaves you feeling fuller for longer; it also maintains muscle strength and helps shred the fat.
Without realising it, stress can wreak havoc on your dieting plans. Yes it encourages us to make poor diet choices, but even if you don’t gorge on chocolate and sweets, it can still limit your fat loss.
When we get stressed, our cortisol levels start to increase. Cortisol is a stress-induced hormone that Muscle & Fitness explains interferes with “testosterone and growth hormone production” which in turn can reduce muscle growth and lead to fat gain, especially around the middle.
Vary your workout plan with evenings of yoga / stretching to relax the mind and body.
You Need More Fat
Eat fat to lose fat – where’s the sense in that? But only good fats. Avoid high saturated / trans fats, and tuck into plenty of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, such as oily fish, nuts and avocados.
A study made by the University of South Australia found that combining fish-oil (supplements in this case) “with regular aerobic exercise improves body composition and cardiovascular disease risk factor.” It takes a combination of well thought-out diet choices and exercise to burn fat.
You’re Eating Unhealthy ‘Healthy’ Foods
In a desperate bid to flatten your tummy before summer, it is tempting to stock up on every ‘low-fat’ product available. But the problem is, these seemingly ‘healthy’ foods aren’t aiding your fat-burning efforts. To compensate for the lack of sugar, low calorie alternatives tend to be laden in artificial sweeteners, which open the door to a whole host of other health issues.
According to ScienceNews, “eating artificial sweeteners may spur the very health problems that dieters try to avoid… its saccharin content meddles with the gut’s microbial community, setting in motion metabolic changes that are associated with obesity and diabetes.”
Avoid shortcuts, and stick to healthy, wholesome, even organic produce that’s packed with nutrients and assists your fat-burning goals.
You’ve Ditched The Carbs
A common weight loss tactic for many is chucking out every carb in sight – bye bye bread! But if you’re upping your training game to several nights a week, you need the carbs to enhance your physical performance even further. Muscle & Fitness agrees, a no-carb diet “leads to flat workouts and missed muscle gains.”
Carbs are an essential source of fuel, which your body craves during intense workouts. If you’re still unconvinced, try minimising your carb intake to ‘strength training days’ only and eat smart; choose healthy carbs such as sweet potatoes, fruit and quinoa.
You’re Dehydrated
Many place value on electrolyte-filled sports drinks, but when it comes down to it, water should always be your best friend. Even the slightest thirst indicates dehydration, which in turn directly impacts your metabolism. To put it simply, when your muscles aren’t fed with an adequate amount of water, they slow down massively, and this affects the rate at which fat burns. So remember, drink two litres a day or more.

Source: Yahoo!

Meet the 12-yr-old Indian origin girl who outshined Einstein, Stephen Hawking with IQ score

Smarter than Einstein and Stephen Hawking! This 12-year-old girl of Indian origin has joined the ranks of Mensa after attaining a higher IQ score than great minds.
Joining the 1 per cent of those who have obtained the highest marks in the exam, British schoolgirl Lydia Sebastian scored the maximum that is 162 in the mental ability test, reported.
With this, Sebastian, who completed the 150-question Cattell III B paper that primarily measures verbal reasoning ability during her school holidays, has created a record as the IQ score of Einstein and Hawking were 160.
She said that at first, she was really nervous but once she started, it was much easier than she expected it to be and then she relaxed, adding "I gave it my best shot."
Born to 43-year-old Arun, a radiologist at Colchester General Hospital, and mother Erika Kottiath, who is an associate director at Barclays Bank, Lydia started reading books when she was just a few years old.
Hailing from the south Indian state of Kerala and settled in Langham, Essex in the United Kingdom, Lydia's parents, who are astonished with the achievement of their daughter, said that they really have done nothing special with her as they have fairly laid-back view about education.
Lydia, who is about to start year eight at Colchester County High school for girls, has read all seven Harry Potter books three times and played the violin since aged four.
Lydia, whose favourite subjects include maths and physics, is now applying to join the Mensa society. Her parents, both originally from Kerala in southern India, say she voluntarily does homework until 8.30pm or 9pm. (ANI)

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World’s Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities

Every year, Travel + Leisure asks readers to weigh in on their favorite cities around the globe in our annual World’s Best Awards survey. We asked readers to rank 266 cities on everything from their value to the friendliness of their people: some places’ charm won over readers, and other cities failed to warm tourists’ hearts.
Read on to learn more about the cities that ranked as the friendliest and unfriendliest cities on Earth, and what exactly it is that makes them so.
Friendliest Cities
10. Savannah, Ga.
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Savannah has long charmed locals and travelers with its antebellum architecture, romantic boughs of Spanish moss, and good-natured residents.
Score: 89.167
9. Edinburgh, Scotland
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Readers referred to this city of medieval lanes and intimate squares, of fairytale stone castles and Georgian storefronts, as “enchanting” and “magical:” an “unexpected jewel” worth revisiting time and time again.
Score: 89.422
8. Sydney, Australia
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The positive vibe of this down-under destination is enhanced by the natural beauty of the harbor and the diverse cultural offerings. Catch a performance at the Sydney Opera House, look out for the new Good Lines (an urban space reclaiming abandoned railroad tracks) and the recently expanded MCA Australia.
Score: 89.910
7. Melbourne, Australia
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“Melbourne natives haven’t met a stranger,” said one reader. Part of what makes this Australian city so pleasant is the approachable public transportation system, such as the free City Circle tram. Walkability and outdoor shopping centers make it easy to initiate conversation and enjoy the spectacular weather.
Score: 90.229
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6. Auckland, New Zealand
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New Zealand’s largest city has all the comfort of a small town with the attractions of a major metropolis. Travels consistently remark on the city’s clean, safe streets and cheerful residents. Check out the Victorian-style houses in Ponsonby, and the white-sand beaches of Takapuna. Take the ferry 40 minutes northeast to Waiheke Island for an evening in one of three intimate rooms at The Oyster Inn.
Score: 90.517
5. Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Adventurous travelers may flock here for Khmer ruins and mountainous jungle terrain, but they stay for the inherent peace and tranquility, found in the Buddhist temples such as Angkor Wat and practiced by the Cambodian citizens. “Kind, calm, and helpful,” said one reader about their encounter with the locals. Don’t bypass Ta Prohm, a ruin brought to life by the strangler figs and silk roots trees growing throughout.
Score: 90.667
4. Cork, Ireland
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In the country’s largest county, verdant hills bloom with wildflowers, rivers run through ruins, and courteous locals welcome visitors with open arms. If, despite being surrounded by some of the friendliest people in the world, you still need a break from socializing, take to the new Wild Atlantic way: a scenic driving route stretching 1,500 miles along the coast.  
Score: 90.840
3. Dublin, Ireland
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The people of Dublin’s confident, cosmopolitan, and gregarious nature is best experienced at the din the new Hipster Triangle, where creative locals indulge in “only-in-Ireland” ice cream flavors at Murphy’s (think toasted Irish oats and brown bread made with milk from Kerry cows) and dig in to Jo’Burger. Here, picnic tables fill up during lunch hour with jars of house-made, grown-up lemonade and Charolais burgers.
Score: 91.342
2. Charleston, S.C.
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Recent tragedy has cast a dark cloud over Charleston, yet the city’s famous compassion and resilience have helped it recover, while locals seek ways to become ever more welcoming to all. No one is quicker to stand up for the city than those who live there, like “born and bred Charlestonian” Miriam McManus, who wrote that “the Charleston community showed the country, and the world, their spirit as well … coming together with love and support. We all have a deep respect for one another.”
Score: 91.633
1. Galway, Ireland
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“The hospitality and the humor of Ireland’s people makes it a perfect destination,” said one T+L reader. Another voter claimed Galway was home to the “friendliest people [they had] ever met.” So what does it take to come out as the friendliest city in the world? Galway won readers’ hearts with its festive nature, lively population, and musicality. Fiddlers and banjo-players, flautists and whistlers bang out traditional Irish reels on pedestrian streets and in all the pubs. And no wonder! It’s known countrywide (and beyond) as the “most Irish” city.
Score: 92.025
Unfriendliest Cities
10. Cannes, France
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Score: 69.910
Home to one of the world’s most glamorous A-list film festivals, Cannes is well-known for being wealthy, pretty, and, apparently, a bit snobby. “[Cannes’] charm is fading away,” said T+L reader Kathleen Dwyer. “Cannes is like an aging beauty,” another agreed. The fading movie star is most accommodating to visitors with major cash to spend.
9. Las Vegas, Nev.
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Score: 69.462
“It isn’t deep,” observed one visitor, “but who cares?” It was it’s vaguely seedy pomp and flamboyant performances that earned the town its fame.
8. Baltimore, Md.
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Score: 69.380
Charm City didn’t live up to its reputation this year, and the recent protests likely played a large role in travelers’ disillusionment (tourism took a major hit this year).  That doesn’t mean Baltimore has lost its delights; stay for the theatrical performances (catch one at the Hippodrome Theatre), Chesapeake Bay views, and Maryland blue crab. Oh, and head to Faidley’s for Red Crab Soup, Cream of Crab, Jumbo Lump Crabcakes, and Soft Crab Sandwiches.
7. Philadelphia, Penn.
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Score: 69.292
Even in the City of Brotherly Love, showing up on game day wearing a Giants hat is a bad idea. “[I] went to baseball and hockey games in Philly, and was heckled by rude fans because I’m not for the home team.” Avoid game-day quarrels by visiting The Barnes Collection of early modern art or the Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden.
6. New York City
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Score: 69.129
It’s no surprise that New York landed in this list’s top 10: it snagged the loathed No. 1 spot on our list of 15 Unfriendliest Cities in America, after all. One voter reported that “people are not exactly the kindest to strangers.” “New York has everything—just don’t ask a person in the street to help you find it.” Despite feeling overwhelmed by the crowds, most people agreed that the frustrations were worth the visit, thanks to boiled bagels, Central Park, and the new One World Trade Center’s staggering city views.
5. Los Angeles, Calif.
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Score: 68.090
Ceaseless sunshine isn’t enough to warm up Los Angeles, according to survey responders. While the city is filled with good-looking people, many of them come off as pretentious or holier than thou. “Rude, unhelpful people trying to scam you for everything” is what one disgruntled visitor encountered. We bet you’d be rushed and unhappy too, if you spent more than an hour on your 11-mile commute.
4. Marseille, France
Photo: Matthieu Salvaing
Score: 66.316
Even the French feel conflicted when it comes to the country’s second-largest city. “Either [they] hate it,” observed Matthieu Gamet, the director of a Marseilles-based company, “or [they] love it.” The city is witnessing a cultural resurgence of late, but many travelers still found Marseille to be quite unkempt and gritty. Even with a relatively poor “friendliness” score, many thought this port city to be far more laid-back and accommodating than Paris.
3. St. Petersburg, Russia
Photo: Ambroise Tezenas
Score: 65.419
While visitors are typically awed by the beautiful architecture (the new Mariinsky II theater, the frosty blue Winter Palace, the gilded and candy-striped Church of the Savior of the Spilled Blood) they are a bit disappointed by their encounters with residents.
2. Atlantic City, N.J.
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Score: 61.361
“It’s fun—if you like to gamble and don’t mind rude, fast-paced people.” Yikes. Some readers wondered if the city, known these days for its less-than-lustrous casinos and boardwalk, was still reeling from the tragic blow struck by 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.
1. Moscow, Russia
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Score: 60.250
How did Moscow, which generally performs quite well in terms of landmarks and culture, slip to the bottom of our “friendly” list? T+L readers didn’t find Muscovites to be particularly helpful. Book a private guide to help you navigate the capital city’s historical sites, including the Kremlin and Izmaylovsky Market. We suspect the city’s notoriously bad traffic and general “aloofness” of the people contributed to its low ranking, as well as its culinary scene, which was also ranked dead last in this year’s poll.

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