The best way to get the body you want? Embrace the one you have. Being apple-shaped or pear-shaped, is a matter of hereditary trait, just like your hair color, skin color, or eye color. Right, just like these examples, it is not easy to get riddance of your genetic attributes, but being a little tricky you can easily manipulate the ‘things’.
“I have flat butt and apple shape body. That is my upper body portion is more noticeable than the lower one. What should I do to balance my body and have a bigger, rounder butt?” A lady in her mid-30s asks this question on Quora. Sometimes, I wonder who the hell on the earth is to decide what to notice in you? And who’s that idiot who is floating this nonsense that you can alter your body sizes the way you want. NO, you cannot! You cannot challenge the genes, and of course the nature.
Initially, you can keep yourself in shape as long as you follow a good diet chart and a decent exercise plan REGULARLY. But once you lose your control over your body, it is almost impossible to have it back.
Losing weight won’t make you beautiful, keeping the weight off forever will. So don’t do crash diets, but find a diet plan you can stick to for the rest of your life without getting lured by chocolates, and exercise for the rest of your life as well.
When they say, remove fat from belly, or remove fat from thighs, it’s not a real thing, believe me. You can’t remove fat from one specific part of the body.
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Fat is gradually reduced from all over the body and you don’t have any say in it. But you can tone up your body according to your need. It doesn’t simply change your shape or reduces fat from one area or gains at another; it simply highlights the attributes you want to flaunt.
If you have an apple shaped, feel yourself lucky: Because it is easier for an apple shaped body to drop pounds than a pear does because “abdominal fat breaks down more quickly than fat stored in the butt and thigh area.”
Motivated? 😉 Now it is time to stick to your resolution. 😊
Waist-to-hip ratio is heavily influenced by genetics as well as diet. Burn more calories than you take in. It doesn’t matter where you keep your fat, exercise will take it off and a healthful diet will keep it from coming back on.
Most of the gym trainers, health blogs, and those YouTubers who hypnotize you with their 30 minutes-workout video, make you believe that it’s a fun thing and you can attain an hourglass figure in just 45 days.
I might sound harsh but truth must be said. I keep saying over and over that working out and becoming lean is not easy, it will take time and energy to get you there. It will not be fast, it will not be fun and you will feel like quitting.
However, it can be done! Are you ready to move forward?
The Best Workout Plan for an Apple-Shaped Body
- Leg exercises like squats and dead-lifts, pressing movements such as the bench press and overhead press, jumping, and sprinting are imperative to cut that apple down. You might be wondering most of workouts are same as pear-shaped body.
When you will browse some other health and fitness blogs over internet, you will find that the exercises they suggest to gain weight on butts and to lose, are almost same. Yes its true. Workouts remain the same. It’s just your diet that determines whether you are going to gain weight or lose.
What you eat: Cut down on carbohydrates like bread and rice, Avoid salty and sweet items, Stick to fiber and protein.
When you eat: Eat regularly to avoid binging, Eat at least five hours before your normal sleep time, As you go throughout the day the level of carbohydrates. Intake should decrease.
How much you eat: Do not eat until you feel full, Practice incremental portion control.
- Focus on changing up your cardio routine regularly. Specially, if you are in mid-30s, the hormonal changes take an extra toll on you making it harder to lose fat, as when your belly starts to lose fat, it starts accumulating somewhere else. Each day, do a different exercise, and start with 10 sets of 10 reps with two minutes rest between sets.
- Walking, running and sprinting is the best exercise for those apple shaped women who want to burn more fat and calories in short time period. A higher amount of calories and fat will be expended because huge amount of energy is required for running. And it doesn’t need you to spend many hours in gym. Just lace-up your shoes and breathe the fresh air while loosing your pounds. Also read: How to run in a right way.
- By working on the lower half of your body, you can help balance out your chest and shoulders. If you are looking for upper body exercise, traditional push-ups or modified push-ups (knees touching the floor) will help strengthen your chest, arms and abs.
- Exercises such as swimming, kayaking or playing tennis will tone the waist through their torso-rotating actions. During an hour-long singles game of tennis, a 160-lb. individual will burn approximately 584 calories. While swimming is always good for every body-type, because it is a full-body exercise that tones every body part, strengthening your lungs and relaxing your mind as well.
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OMG This Porn Can Kill Your Libido
One of the biggest lies internet communities and modernism have sold us is that enjoying porn is totally healthy and acceptable. For many, cyber-porn is causing problems beyond finding ways to erase that browser history.
With republicans calling porn a public health crisis and governments banning it many countries, the damage done by porn has suddenly become a social evil as psychiatrists have linked porn with the making of ‘Young Sexual Offenders’ and sexual health experts have blamed it for inducing Erectile Dysfunction (ED).
How porn rewires your brain, hijacks your libido, and risks your bedroom life is certainly an issue that cannot be ignored anymore. Internet porn is creating a generation of young men who are hopeless in the bedroom, ruining many relationships and marriages, according to the recent researches.
Watching porn isn’t giving a guy erectile dysfunction, but also decreases their attraction to their partner, contribute to human sex trafficking, and addicting them to their computer screen.
Porn can ruin your relationship by killing your libido
Researchers think the Internet makes people much more vulnerable to sex addictions because it gives them instant access to pornographic material. While most porn viewers are guys, about one third of visitors to pornographic websites are women, and psychologists say women struggle with cyber-porn addictions, too.
Participants in a study viewed only about five hours of pornography over a six week period. Afterwards they noticed a direct impact on their sexual satisfaction in real relationships. The more participants were exposed to porn, the less satisfaction they had with their intimate partners: they were less likely to be pleased with their partner’s physical appearance, affection, and sexual performance in the bed.
The report, called ‘Porn-Induced Erectile Dysfunction is a Growing Problem’, explains that the loss of libido 30 years early is caused by continuous over-stimulation of dopamine, the neurotransmitter that activates the body’s reaction to s€xual pleasure, by repeatedly viewing pornography on the internet.
Exposure to lurid images and films in the new media is de-sensitizing so many young people that they are increasingly unable to become excited by ordinary sexual encounters, reports suggest.
How Porn Hijacks the Brain
A ‘paradoxical effect’ is created whereby with each new thrill, or ‘dopamine spike’, the brain loses its ability to respond to dopamine signals, meaning that porn-users demand increasingly extreme experiences to become sexually aroused. This imbalance in the brain leads to many problems: impotence with your spouse, frequent masturbation with very little satisfaction, anxiety, fatigue, lack of motivation, inability to concentrate, and escalating tastes for more bizarre or novel porn.
Over a decade ago, Dr. Judith Reisman called porn an “erototoxin,” theorizing that the brain itself might be damaged while watching porn. She speculated that future brain studies would reveal that the surge of neuro-chemicals and hormones released when someone watches porn has measurably negative effects on the brain.
Her theory was initially ignored by the perverts but the recent studies and brain mapping proves it scientifically that porn can ruin your sex life, romantic relationship and the marriage. People who think that porn is harmless and simply helps people “get in the mood”, or “relieves frustration”, are kidding themselves.
The chemical processes in our brains are really complicated, and when you start messing with them, it’s really difficult to develop a healthy sexuality again.
Why Night Owls Are Smarter Than Early Birds
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise” is the saying that makes all the night owls out there question their productivity. However, now the habit of vamping gets science on its side. Studies show night workers are stronger both mentally and physically. Shibika Mitra explains the reason why one should feel proud of being a night-owl.
Night Owls vs Early Birds – Who Wins The Race?
A research at the University of Madrid studies the circadian rhythm or the natural body clock of 1000 adolescents and evaluated their academic performance and general intelligence. 32% of them turned out to be the late workers and this group bagged considerably higher on inductive reasoning that measures better academic performance and predict higher intelligence.
Humans are programmed to go to sleep when the sun goes down and wake up as the sun shows up. By evolution they need light to figure out their way and cannot see much in the dark. However The Intelligence Paradox: Why the Intelligent Choice Isn’t Always the Smart One, explains the reason behind being the night owl. Being the more intelligent individuals you are tend to go against the evolutionary design and stay up late after the sun is down.
The early bird catches the worm but what about the midnight oil burners who reap all they can under the blanket of shining stars. The perks of being the one who works best at night is way beyond the psychological. You know you are the night-owl if you feel a sudden strength and urge to wind up all your days chores once the sun sets down.
Researchers at the University of Alberta found that the strength of the early birds remained constant throughout the day, but the nightowls’ strength rose at night. The explanation was, a night person experiences a central nervous system drive which increases motor cortex and spinal cord excitability. Their boost of night energy, explains why they have trouble sticking to an earlier bedtime.
Then comes experiencing the peace of the night. Your brain can detach itself from the hustle of its surrounding and think peacefully at night. Many, in fact, all have stayed up all night pondering about someone or something. Many life decisions are made during these hours.
This tendency to have clearer thoughts, develop non-conventional spirit and find alternative or original solution is again backed up by researchers from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan who found that night people tend develop original and creative solutions to problems than morning.
However these researches are not your passport to skimp on sleep and permission to stay up late. The right amount of sleep, seven to nine hours for an average adult is must for a healthy lifestyle. If your lifestyle allows then opting out of early wake-up time and burning the midnight oil gives you the silent and distraction free hours.
Guest post by Shibika Mitra
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