Responses to my post yesterday on Intermittent Fasting is prompting this post today.
I am very new to this type of method for weight loss and as usual with me, I just plunged into it with a 16 hour window, without eating, almost 7 days a week.
And with yesterday’s post, I find out that many of my friends are already on it and if I guess right, they got in step by step, like a day in a week and progressing from there.
That’s worrying! And a few of the friends even suggested that I should progress that way.
Then I got on to Google to see how it is being discussed. Pretty good, I must say, with one Mayo Clinic expert even suggesting benefits including longevity and heart health.
But the suggestion remains, get in slow and progress. A clear stress factor for me.
Another warning is on binge eating during the eating window. Well, I am there, almost. But that I can control!
Clearly, a number of participants, including me are stressed out due to various reasons. Me for example being guilty of jumping in full throttle with 16 hours, 6 and 1/2 days a week.
The best way to destress is to have a platform to share experiences and suggestions. So my fellow participants, how about a fasting group for exchanging notes and for holding hands!
I am in.
A good friend sent me a video presentation ‘therapeutic fasting’ by Dr. Jason Fung. And it was like my story being presented and I got clued onto the 50 minuets presentation.
I was worried about my gaining weight after a good loss of 7 kilos, taking me back to almost 8 kilos while at a strict workout regimen and reduced food.
The presentation explained how the metabolism got adjusted to lesser food for meeting calorie requirements. As such the fat was never needed to be burned for energy.
The solution suggested is intermittent fasting. And along with my friend, I chose the 16.8 method. That’s 16 hours of fasting and eating only during the rest 8 hours window.
After dinner, I will have lunch next day after 16 hours, simple as that. Drink a lot of water and if necessary some zero calorie black coffee.
A joint venture with my friend, exchanging notes everyday and holding hands through social media has made it possible and interesting.
After about ten to twelve hours of fasting there won’t be any energy available from food and the requirements will be met by burning the stored fat.
We are looking forward to some decent weight loss and more importantly, a reduced waste line and disappearance of the tyre made of fat around the waste line.
I tell you, the sure shot to success is in such joint ventures. Anyone interested, please join in for sustainability and best results.
And of course, anyone wanting Dr. Fung’s presentation and research findings, please ask me.
A recent article in Scientific American titled ‘Proper Breathing Brings Better Health’ is getting some attention in India.
In its tweet sharing the article, the journal wrote, “Cardiac coherence breathing exercises can stabilize the heartbeat and have a powerful ability to dampen anxiety” with a photo showing what Indians know better as the yoga technique ‘pranayama’.
The issue is, why it’s not Pranayama, instead of ‘cardiac coherence breathing exercises’?
Of course, the article does mention ‘pranayama’ but as if it’s something else than the coherent exercise, and practiced in India for long.
That should be okay then! One would argue, but not according to critics as the picture in the article for cardiac coherence is exactly that of pranayama.
If that’s so, it’s better to use the correct name pranayama instead of inventing new names.
Incidentally, I came across a name ‘twin flames’ to describe what it could be ‘soulmates’. While I am quite amused by twin flames but I am not with cardiac coherence!
Then ‘what’s in a name’ depends on personal preferences.
Banana plants in our land by the side of the river. Instead of planting and growing them myself, I have given it on contract for a single crop.
I hope to implement my dream plantations after the harvest.
The good thing about the land is that it’s right on the bank of the river, which has water even now when most of the rivers are practically dry due to the advent of the season without rain.
A beautiful sight when we visited the place yesterday. Though I am still an absentee farmer!
We all know that it’s not a welcome thing, that parents are visiting student residences. So it’s natural that this student in France tried to stop them from coming.
But his method puts him in the news. He just called the flight they were to travel saying there’s a bomb aboard.
Olden days also the parents were not really welcome to visit the child in his learning environment. But with an exception. The money was to be brought in person during the visit and that was needed, most.
But with modern advancements in transferring money, sharing credit card limits etc. that part is taken care of. Then why the visit.
They are willing for a brief weekly FaceTime or Skype in a controlled environment. Why take the trouble to travel.
After all, education is about learning and at free will, freedom, liberty, fairness, inclusiveness etc. and why disturb the edifices!
At least, let the planes take off and other passengers travel. Leave the wards to the Temples of Knowledge.
I am quite amused reading a report that two Chinese companies are offering unmarried employee women over 30, some eight extra leaves for dating.
This must be due to the social concerns that career oriented people are finding no time for romance and marriage and stay single.
Or it could be that, the companies are trying to attract career oriented single people who spend most of their time working thus improving productivity.
I remember reading reports about the famous American based foreign bank in India, encouraging office romance as they would have found working colleague couples could be more loyal and work productive.
I was then in a rival foreign bank where marriages among colleagues resulted in one of them getting transferred out.
Though I was almost recruited by the American Bank, I didn’t want to try again as I was already married by then.
But it made me think, and the fact that in those days of severe competition and work pressure, one tends to spend more time with colleagues in a day than with family.
That of course was a conflict of interest of sorts!
There are many good friends here who I love and cherish with all my heart for the friendship and support.
There are friends who I look forward to with due respect, and who bless me with their valuable advices.
These pictures and post are out of a suggestion from one of them and endorsed by another.
So here I am, with a photograph on the wedding day and the second forty years on from there.
I am happy to fulfill the wishes of the two proposers, who I hold in high esteem, respect, love and affection.
Thank you from Sunu and me.