August 18, 2011

How to impress an Indian girl

If you are thinking about how to impress a girl in India, you must first understand them. They surely are the jewels of God’s creation, splendor beyond glory and are desired by all those who come in their presence.

A man really has to understand the customs and mindset of these girls, to have any possibility of conquering her heart. To impress a girl in India, you need to be able to relate to her both intellectually and culturally.

Indian girls are very conservative and rarely can be impressed by ideals or luxuries with which they are not familiar with. Even though the western philosophy has greatly influenced the culture of the entire world, the Indian culture still remains intact and rather aloof from the popular western way of life.

Some things have changed in some areas, but the untouched Indian beauty still remains secluded from eyes and thoughts, waiting patiently for someone to dedicate herself completely to. An Indian girl still seeks her parents’ approval before even contemplating a possible relationship. Therefore the first step into impressing an Indian girl would be to familiarize oneself and gain the trust of her immediate and extended family. Any bad impression that a family member has of a suitor greatly reduces his possibility of winning the maiden.

More importantly, the views of the elders of the family are the most important for an India girl. One must be sincere, truthful and without devious intentions towards them to be even considered for a relationship by an Indian girl. On the other hand, if one manages to impress the elders, he would have immediately attracted the attention of the beauty.

Apparent financial security and stability is a major factor that Indian beauties look for in a man. One must be able to demonstrate his ability of providing for and taking care of her before she commits herself to you.

Not necessarily should one be a millionaire before an Indian girl is impressed. Most Indians are accustomed to a simple life style and as such, a good steady job or career can be enough to satisfy and take care of this aspect to impress a girl in India.

Certain personal possessions such as a car, house, or a private business can only bring greater attention, but would definitely require accompaniment of one’s dedication towards the growth of the family as a whole and his commitment to remaining sincere with his mate. A comfortable simple life is more appealing than an extravagant public life for the majority of reserved, cautious Indian girls and would create a better impression on them.

The last and the most important factor that impress a girl in India is romance. After being given approval by the family and the girl herself, one must be able to prove himself worthy of having her, by keeping her happy and by fulfilling all her expectations. Sexual encounters are strictly prohibited before marriage and any specific interest towards this activity or any evidence of disloyalty can have severe consequences. If instigated, Indian girls can prove to be really nasty.

Romance simply means being there for her, making her smile, taking care of her in absence of family members and showering her with beautiful and selfless gifts such as flowers or chocolates. One must demonstrate his desire and love for her, to the immediate community and the entire world, which can really impress a girl in India. If one is successful in such an endeavor, he would have indeed gained an incomparable partner for life.

August 4, 2011

Want to cut the flab? Then use a fork at dinner!

London, July 28 (ANI): Tried every type of diet to get that slim figure but nothing worked? Well, then try using a fork to have your dinner.

There's no draconian reduction in calories for weeks on end. The only meal that has to be strictly controlled is dinner, when you are allowed to use only your fork.

And now a team of diet experts has checked that his theory really works, reports the Daily Mail.

The principle idea is that certain food types just won't make it on to any of those fork prongs. In particular, those containing fat or sugar.

According to nutritionist Ivan Gavriloff, who invented Dine With A Fork, it's the food we need to use a knife to eat that causes us to pile on the pounds: cheese, meat and sausages.

Also banned are the foods we eat with our hands: pizza, hamburgers, nuts and bread.

There are two versions of the diet to follow: the strict one means knifes, spoons and hands are even banned in food preparation. But it's not a crash diet - Le Forking is promoted as less of a diet, more of a way of living. The idea is steadily to lose up to 5lb a month, so you don't need to cancel your social life.

The theory of Le Forking is that if you eat a proper breakfast and a hearty lunch, you'll have no desire to binge on high-calorie foods in the evening. (ANI)

Revealed! The secret of why diets don’t work

By Dinesh C. Sharma | Mail Today

IF YOU are on a diet and are frustrated that it is not working well, here is some food for thought. The reason behind difficulty in sticking to a diet plan may lie in strange behaviour of brain cells that regulate appetite, latest research has revealed.

"When we don’t eat, hunger-inducing neurons in the brain start eating bits of themselves. This act of self-cannibalism turns up a hunger signal to prompt eating,” says research to be published in the August issue of journal Cell Metabolism.

The process uncovered by scientists in neurons of the brain’s hypothalamus region is known as autophagy or self-eating. It occurs in other parts of the body as a way of providing energy in times of starvation but scientists so far had believed the brain to be relatively resistant to starvation-induced autophagy.

The new finding means that it may be possible in future to develop a drug that blocks this process, enabling people to diet as they wish.

Self-eating generates free fatty acids in brain cells called agouti-related peptide.

These fatty acids in turn boost levels of these neurons which are a hunger signal themselves, explained Dr Rajat Singh, an Indiaborn and educated scientist who led the research team at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. When the process of self- eating is blocked in the neurons, their levels fail to rise in response to starvation.

“ We have shown that starvation activates autophagy in hypothalamic neurons. This process breaks down fat stores in brain cells, liberating free fatty acids. The increased availability of free fatty acids inside these brain cells increases levels of a hunger- generating molecule, agouti-related peptide,” Singh said.

The findings were tested in transgenic mice engineered to lack hypothalamic neurons.

These transgenic mice ate less food in response to a fasting challenge, and were leaner with less abdominal fat when compared to mice with functional autophagy.

"Decreased body weights of transgenic mice occurred in part from decreased food intake, and in part from increased physical activity,” Singh explained.

Chronic overeating contributes to obesity, and its typical effects like diabetes.

"We found that blocking autophagy in agouti- related peptide neurons decreases the amount of food consumed, as well as increases physical activity — all of which contribute to preventing obesity and inappropriate fat accumulation in the body,” Singh said.

August 3, 2011

Top 10 worst female health habits

From workouts to healthy diets, many of us make an effort to look after ourselves. However, we could be compromising our health on a daily basis without even knowing it. From carrying heavy handbags to wearing crippling heels, here are the top 10 female habits you should try to break.

Wearing heels
More and more of us are opting to wear heels on a daily basis, and this could be bad news for our health. High heels affect our posture, put pressure on joints, and can lead to a range of conditions including arthritis, hammer toes, back pain and tendon injuries – and that’s before you take into account any heel-related accidents! To minimize damage, limit your heels to 1.5 inches for daily wear, and wear insoles to help reduce the pressure on joints.

Carrying a heavy handbag
With the rising number of gadgets and accessories the majority of women haul around, many of us are carrying around several pounds of weight on our shoulders every day. As a result, lots of us are also putting our long term health at risk. While you may not feel the effects right now, lugging around a heavy handbag can lead to serious back problems and neck pain as well as poor posture. Don’t wait until the damage is done – do your health a favour and try clearing out all non-essential items and switching to a smaller bag.

Sleeping in makeup
Most of us have succumbed to the temptation to sleep in our post-party makeup at some point. However, leaving makeup on overnight – along with the dirt and oil that naturally accumulates on skin throughout the day –is a quick route to clogged pores, congested skin and spots. Sleeping with mascara and eye makeup on can also affect your health by causing eye irritation, bloodshot eyes or even infection.

Matching men drink for drink
From networking drinks to first dates and social events, there are many instances when women may feel compelled to keep up with the drinking habits of the opposite sex. However, women not only tend to weigh less than men but they have less body water to dilute the alcohol, which means they tend to get more drunk more quickly. To minimize the risks of alcohol on your health, try to keep within the recommended guidelines for alcohol consumption and alternate alcohol with soft drinks.

Wearing the wrong bra size
It is thought that more than 70 per cent of women are wearing the wrong bra size. However, wearing a badly fitted bra can not only affect the look of your clothes, but research suggests it can cause a range of health problems including back, neck and breast pain, breathing difficulties, poor posture, skin irritation, circulation problems and even irritable bowel syndrome. Rather than guessing your size, make sure you get measured to ensure you are getting the support you need.

Worrying and harboring regrets
Stress is damaging to both our physical and mental health, and women are twice as likely as men to suffer from stress-related disorders, as well as having higher rates of depression and anxiety. While it is thought there may be biological reasons for this, worrying about the future and dwelling on regrets can also add to our problems, with research suggesting that women are more than twice as likely as men to harbor regrets over lost loves and broken relationships.

Obsessing over appearance
While both genders suffer from body insecurity, many women tend to overly obsess over their idea of the “perfect” body. Research findings published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology found that 16 per cent of the normal or underweight women studied believed themselves to be overweight, while a study commissioned by Dove found that 90 per of women wanted to change at least one aspect of their appearance. Body insecurity not only affects our mental health, but it can also lead to physical damage caused by extreme diets, yo-yo dieting, eating disorders and cosmetic surgery.

Emotional eating
While comfort eating affects both genders, research has suggested that men are more likely to reinforce positive emotions with food, while women comfort eat when they’re sad. Women are also more likely to satisfy their cravings with sweet, high calorie foods. Rather than letting your waistline suffer next time you’re feeling blue, try distracting yourself from cravings by doing something you enjoy, or boost your endorphins and health with an uplifting workout.

Not getting enough sleep
Not only can lack of sleep make us look and feel at our worst, but insufficient shut-eye can also lead to increased accidents, calorie consumption and heart disease risk. Unluckily for women, statistics suggest that sleep problems affect more women than men, while a study by the University of Michigan found that women are more than twice as likely to give up sleep to care for others. Unfortunately, sleep has been found to affect women’s blood pressure and mood more than men’s, making it imperative that you do your best to get a good night’s sleep.

Putting themselves last
Not only are women more likely to compromise their sleeping habits to care for children and others, they are also prone to putting their own wants and needs at the bottom of a hectic to-do list of chores and obligations. To avoid running yourself into the ground, learn to sometimes say no to those requests and commitments that are less than essential, and make sure you set aside some “me” time each week to do something enjoyable just for you.

August 2, 2011

9 things you should never say to your hubby

Atlanta, August 2 (ANI): Do you fake an orgasm when you actually didn't? Or find faults with the your husband's way of handling the kids, or pester him to find a new job? If yes, you may be making irreparable damages to your relationship.
Following is a list of nine statements compiled by Judy Ford, psychotherapist and author of 'Every Day Love' that you should never utter to your significant other, reports the Mother Nature Network.
First comes: "Yes, I had an orgasm."
Another statement that is a strict no-no is "You're just like your father." It's nasty and belittling, says Ford.
The third forbidden statement is actually very common: "When are you going to find a new job?"
The fourth hurtful statement is: "My mother warned me you'd do this!"
The fifth line, which is never a good idea to say, is "Just leave it - I'll do it myself!" Just because he's doing something differently than you would doesn't mean that he's doing it wrong.
The sixth statement, which can be heart breaking, is "You always... [fill in the blank]" or "You never... [fill in the blank]"
Then seventh statement that can be a serious blow is "Do you really think those pants are flattering?"
Saying so, you're insulting his looks without showing any genuine concern for his health, according to Ford.
Then eighth harsh statement is "Ugh, we're hanging out with him again?, which is an insult to your man's choice of friends.
The last but not the least is "Please watch the kids. But don't do this, take them here or forget that..." Let Dad-be-dad. 

August 1, 2011

Mood Swings in Men: Causes, Myths and Prevention

Have you ever experienced an uncertainty about the state of your mind?

That myriad emotions cloud inside your head and you swing like a pendulum between happiness, sadness and anger? And have you ever ended up hurting someone unintentionally? To be honest, these are the signs of mood swings.

Women are Not the Only Ones

First of all, let's bust a myth here. If you thought such things only happened to the members of the fair sex, you're in for a rude shock. Doctors, scientists and sociologists (both male and female) would beg to differ. Guys also have their world of emotional ups and downs and can experience mood swing. Changes in men's hormonal balance can also result in physiological changes, which eventually results in psychological changes.

Men's mind conforms to the changes in the physiology of men, that is, things like puberty and mid-life crisis. The rise and fall of certain chemicals has a significant effect on a man's emotions. It's true that women can experience more severe mood swings as the hormonal imbalance in them during PMS and menopause is much more acute. Their emotional imbalances can last for longer periods of time. A man's mood swings are less dramatic and their shelf life is lesser depending on how much testosterone has decreased.

Depression vs Mood Swings

It would be erroneous to confuse long-term depression with mood swings as they are two entirely different stories. Depression is normally triggered by the impact of external factors such as physical trauma, demise of a loved-one, getting fired from a job etc. Mood swings on the other hand, are triggered from what goes on inside the body and the chemical mumbo-jumbo happening inside the brain.

Men, too, are Emotional Beings

Another myth which has been doing the rounds since ages is that men are not - rather should not be - emotional. While women generally tend to be more emotional than men, saying that men are emotionless is nothing but gibberish. Society has been teaching men to hide emotions as the display of emotions reflects weakness. So most of our emotional baggage comes in gushes.

There's nothing wrong with men experiencing emotional ups and down, sometimes even as strong as the ones which women experience. They are a very healthy part of their lives. But what really happens is that men don't exhibit their mood swings as much as women do.

As the saying goes, “excess of everything is bad” and the same applies to these mood swings. They need to be control if they occur quite frequently. But how do you know that you've crossed the mark?

Signs that you are too emotional:

Envious of people every now and then

Sessions of extreme anger and fury

Sleeplessness due to worry/anxiety

Acute paranoia or fear

Obsessed with something or someone

Sheer lack of rational thinking

Go by the heart a lot more than going by your head

Taming those Mood Swings

Any form of general and regular exercise can help keep the testosterone levels balanced. This will help in reducing the aggressive and fickle mood swings. Sex can also help in regulating mood swings. Another way to control your mood swings is through the “questioning” method. Ask yourself “why” before acting strongly on your emotions. This way, you can compel your brain to start thinking rationally about the problem, rather than acting abruptly and aggressively in that situation. This may not be as easy as it sounds but with some constant practice and patience, you can eventually be a master of this technique.

However, if the situation spirals out of control and nothing seems to be working out, then DO NOT hesitate from seeking clinical advice from a qualified psychiatrist. (