October 29, 2011

Want a happy married life? Bathe together

Wanting to make your married life rocking? Well, then how about taking a shower together? Yes, you read it right.

Gone are the days when men were shown in movies asking for the towel or bar soaps and then trying to pull their ladies inside the bathroom, all efforts in vain though. Couples seems to have come out of the closet now and entered the bathroom, for a good shower. Couples tell us how taking a shower together can actually help you not only have a good sex but also build intimacy between each other.

"We actually have days fixed for a bubble bath together," excitedly adds Aruna. She further adds, "It is not like every time we bath together we ought to have sex but yes sometimes we do end up having it. But yes, both of us feel that it is the best way to de-stress ourselves. Also, we have this thing that we think of something new to do during that session. It is no doubt a lovely experience."

But trying such a thing for the first time really needs a lot of thinking. "When my boyfriend first proposed to me this idea, I was taken aback. But then we made a deal of just having fun within limits. I was also a bit shy since I was quite conscious of my body stats. But I think this has helped me a lot to bond with my boyfriend. We have opened up quite a lot after the first time we took a shower together. It is fun but only if you trust someone," says Tanushree.

Mehul, a working professional recently got his bathroom renovated with different equipment to add to the excitement. "I now have a mobile shower and got it converted into a steam bathroom as my fiancee sometimes likes me to have sex with her in the bathroom. Although it was her idea, I have started liking it now. We also give each other a sponge bath sometimes which is quite a turn on for her," he shares.

Worried about increasing weight? Start drinking tea

Want to shed those extra pounds but still eat your favourite junk foods? Well, drinking tea could be the solution.

Researchers at Kobe University, Japan found that regular consumption of tea also suppressed damaging changes in the blood linked to fatty foods that can lead to type 2 diabetes, reports the Daily Mail.

In the study some mice were given a high fat diet and others a normal diet. Each of these two groups were then split into smaller groups and given water, black tea or green tea for 14 weeks.

Both types of tea suppressed body weight gain and the build-up of belly fat linked to a fatty diet.

But black tea, which is used in most ordinary cuppas, also counteracted the harmful effects on the blood normally associated with a high-fat diet.

These included increases in cholesterol, high blood glucose and insulin resistance - a precursor to type 2 diabetes where the body does not efficiently use the insulin it produces.

The study was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Good news: Red meat may be good for you

Previous studies have linked red meat to an increased risk of having a heart attack or cancer, but a new report has demolished the ''myths and misconceptions'' surrounding the Sunday roast.

The report says that most people eat healthy amounts, which are not linked to greater risk of disease.

Modern farming methods have cut fat levels, which can be even lower than chicken, while red meat provides high levels of vital nutrients, including iron.

A review by the British Nutrition Foundation says that a vegetarian having a Cheddar cheese salad will eat seven times more fat, pound for pound, than lean red meat contains.

However, the World Cancer Research Fund, which advises people to curb red meat consumption and cut out processed meat, disputed the findings.

The 77-page review, which looks at current evidence on health and red meat, found no evidence of ''negative health effects''.

It shows on average men in the UK eat 96g of red meat and processed meat a day and women are eating 57g.

Those eating more than 140g a day are advised by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition to cut down, as these levels are linked to disease.

There has been a cut in consumption over the last 30 years, with Britons eating less than many other European countries including Spain, Italy, France, Sweden and the Netherlands.

The review says there is ''no conclusive link'' between cardiovascular disease and red meat, which actually contains some fatty acids that may protect the heart.

At current levels of average consumption, there also is no evidence of a link to cancer, it says.

The review says that cooking methods which overdo or char the meat are a much more likely cause of any link with bowel cancer.

"This review highlights that eating red meat in moderation is an important part of a healthy balanced diet," the Daily Telegraph quoted Dr Carrie Ruxton, an independent dietician and member of the Meat Advisory Panel, which is supported by a grant from the meat industry, as saying.

"It also lays to rest many of the misconceptions about meat and health. People have been told they can't eat it and they feel guilty when they do, but given that current intakes, on average, are well within health targets, there is no reason to eat less red meat if you enjoy it," Ruxton added.

Interesting things you didn’t know about Steve Jobs

For all of his years in the spotlight at the helm of Apple, Steve Jobs in many ways remains an inscrutable figure — even in his death. Fiercely private, Jobs concealed most specifics about his personal life, from his curious family life to the details of his battle with pancreatic cancer — a disease that ultimately claimed him on Wednesday, at the age of 56.

While the CEO and co-founder of Apple steered most interviews away from the public fascination with his private life, there's plenty we know about Jobs the person, beyond the Mac and the iPhone. If anything, the obscure details of his interior life paint a subtler, more nuanced portrait of how one of the finest technology minds of our time grew into the dynamo that we remember him as today.

1. Early life and childhood

Jobs was born in San Francisco on February 24, 1955. He was adopted shortly after his birth and reared near Mountain View, California by a couple named Clara and Paul Jobs. His adoptive father — a term that Jobs openly objected to — was a machinist for a laser company and his mother worked as an accountant.

Later in life, Jobs discovered the identities of his estranged parents. His birth mother, Joanne Simpson, was a graduate student at the time and later a speech pathologist; his biological father, Abdulfattah John Jandali, was a Syrian Muslim who left the country at age 18 and reportedly now serves as the vice president of a Reno, Nevada casino. While Jobs reconnected with Simpson in later years, he and his biological father remained estranged.

2. College dropout

The lead mind behind the most successful company on the planet never graduated from college, in fact, he didn't even get close. After graduating from high school in Cupertino, California — a town now synonymous with 1 Infinite Loop, Apple's headquarters — Jobs enrolled in Reed College in 1972. Jobs stayed at Reed (a liberal arts university in Portland, Oregon) for only one semester, dropping out quickly due to the financial burden the private school's steep tuition placed on his parents.

In his famous 2005 commencement speech to Stanford University, Jobs said of his time at Reed: "It wasn't all romantic. I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5 cent deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the seven miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple."

3. Fibbed to his Apple co-founder about a job at Atari

Jobs is well known for his innovations in personal computing, mobile tech, and software, but he also helped create one of the best known video games of all-time. In 1975, Jobs was tapped by Atari to work on the Pong-like game Breakout.

He was reportedly offered $750 for his development work, with the possibility of an extra $100 for each chip eliminated from the game's final design. Jobs recruited Steve Wozniak (later one of Apple's other founders) to help him with the challenge. Wozniak managed to whittle the prototype's design down so much that Atari paid out a $5,000 bonus — but Jobs kept the bonus for himself, and paid his unsuspecting friend only $375, according to Wozniak's own autobiography.

4. The wife he leaves behind

Like the rest of his family life, Jobs kept his marriage out of the public eye. Thinking back on his legacy conjures images of him commanding the stage in his trademark black turtleneck and jeans, and those solo moments are his most iconic. But at home in Palo Alto, Jobs was raising a family with his wife, Laurene, an entrepreneur who attended the University of Pennsylvania's prestigious Wharton business school and later received her MBA at Stanford, where she first met her future husband.

For all of his single-minded dedication to the company he built from the ground up, Jobs actually skipped a meeting to take Laurene on their first date: "I was in the parking lot with the key in the car, and I thought to myself, 'If this is my last night on earth, would I rather spend it at a business meeting or with this woman?' I ran across the parking lot, asked her if she'd have dinner with me. She said yes, we walked into town and we've been together ever since."

In 1991, Jobs and Powell were married in the Ahwahnee Hotel at Yosemite National Park, and the marriage was officiated by Kobin Chino, a Zen Buddhist monk.

5. His sister is a famous author

Later in his life, Jobs crossed paths with his biological sister while seeking the identity of his birth parents. His sister, Mona Simpson (born Mona Jandali), is the well-known author of Anywhere But Here — a story about a mother and daughter that was later adapted into a film starring Natalie Portman and Susan Sarandon.

After reuniting, Jobs and Simpson developed a close relationship. Of his sister, he told a New York Times interviewer: "We're family. She's one of my best friends in the world. I call her and talk to her every couple of days.'' Anywhere But Here is dedicated to "my brother Steve."

6. Celebrity romances

In The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, an unauthorized biography, a friend from Reed reveals that Jobs had a brief fling with folk singer Joan Baez. Baez confirmed the the two were close "briefly," though her romantic connection with Bob Dylan is much better known (Dylan was the Apple icon's favorite musician). The biography also notes that Jobs went out with actress Diane Keaton briefly.

7. His first daughter

When he was 23, Jobs and his high school girlfriend Chris Ann Brennan conceived a daughter, Lisa Brennan Jobs. She was born in 1978, just as Apple began picking up steam in the tech world. He and Brennan never married, and Jobs reportedly denied paternity for some time, going as far as stating that he was sterile in court documents. He went on to father three more children with Laurene Powell. After later mending their relationship, Jobs paid for his first daughter's education at Harvard. She graduated in 2000 and now works as a magazine writer.

8. Alternative lifestyle

In a few interviews, Jobs hinted at his early experience with the psychedelic drug LSD. Of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Jobs said: "I wish him the best, I really do. I just think he and Microsoft are a bit narrow. He'd be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger."

The connection has enough weight that Albert Hofmann, the Swiss scientist who first synthesized (and took) LSD, appealed to Jobs for funding for research about the drug's therapeutic use.

In a book interview, Jobs called his experience with the drug "one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life." As Jobs himself has suggested, LSD may have contributed to the "think different" approach that still puts Apple's designs a head above the competition.

Jobs will forever be a visionary, and his personal life also reflects the forward-thinking, alternative approach that vaulted Apple to success. During a trip to India, Jobs visited a well-known ashram and returned to the U.S. as a Zen Buddhist.

Jobs was also a pescetarian who didn't consume most animal products, and didn't eat meat other than fish. A strong believer in Eastern medicine, he sought to treat his own cancer through alternative approaches and specialized diets before reluctantly seeking his first surgery for a cancerous tumor in 2004.

9. His fortune

As the CEO of the world's most valuable brand, Jobs pulled in a comically low annual salary of just $1. While the gesture isn't unheard of in the corporate world — Google's Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt all pocketed the same 100 penny salary annually — Jobs has kept his salary at $1 since 1997, the year he became Apple's lead executive. Of his salary, Jobs joked in 2007: "I get 50 cents a year for showing up, and the other 50 cents is based on my performance."

In early 2011, Jobs owned 5.5 million shares of Apple. After his death, Apple shares were valued at $377.64 — a roughly 43-fold growth in valuation over the last 10 years that shows no signs of slowing down.

He may only have taken in a single dollar per year, but Jobs leaves behind a vast fortune. The largest chunk of that wealth is the roughly $7 billion from the sale of Pixar to Disney in 2006. In 2011, with an estimated net worth of $8.3 billion, he was the 110th richest person in the world, according to Forbes. If Jobs hadn't sold his shares upon leaving Apple in 1985 (before returning to the company in 1996), he would be the world's fifth richest individual.

While there's no word yet on plans for his estate, Jobs leaves behind three children from his marriage to Laurene Jobs (Reed, Erin, and Eve), as well as his first daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs.

October 24, 2011

Steve Jobs was a very mean person: Biographer

WASHINGTON: Apple co-founder Steve Jobs could be mean, abrasive and cuttingly dismissive of co-workers in his quest for perfectionism, according to his biographer.

"He's not warm and fuzzy," Walter Isaacson, the author of "Steve Jobs," which hits bookstores on Monday, said in an interview with the CBS show " 60 Minutes."

"He was very petulant," Isaacson said of Jobs, who died on October 5 at the age of 56. "He was very brittle. He could be very, very mean to people at times."

"Whether it was to a waitress in a restaurant, or to a guy who had stayed up all night coding, he could just really just go at them and say, 'You're doin' this all wrong. It's horrible.'

"And you'd say, 'Why did you do that? Why weren't you nicer?' And he'd say 'I really want to be with people who demand perfection. And this is who I am.'

"You know, he was a pretty abrasive and in some ways, you know, cantankerous character," Isaacson said.

Job's quest for perfection came in part from his adopted father, Paul Jobs, who taught him "how to make great things," his biographer said.

"Once they were building a fence. And he said, 'You got to make the back of the fence that nobody will see just as good looking as the front of the fence,'" he said. "That will show that you're dedicated to making something perfect.'"

Isaacson said Jobs may have come up with the Macintosh computer, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad during his brilliant career but he "was not the world's greatest manager.

"In fact, he could have been one of the world's worst managers," he said. "He was always, you know, upending things.

"And, you know, throwing things into turmoil. This made great products, but it didn't make for a great management style."

Isaacson said Jobs, despite being worth billions of dollars, lived in a modest house in Palo Alto and was determined not to let money change him.

In a taped interview for the book, Jobs told Isaacson a lot of people had changed at Apple after becoming wealthy.

"A few people went out and bought Rolls-Royces and they bought homes, and their wives got plastic surgery," Jobs said.

"I saw these people who were really nice, simple people turn into these bizarro people," he said. "And I made a promise to myself. I said: 'I'm not going to let this money ruin my life.'"

Isaacson said that after Jobs became ill with pancreatic cancer in 2003, he "no longer wanted to go out, no longer wanted to travel the world.

"He would focus on the products," he said. "He knew the couple of things he wanted to do which was the iPhone and then the iPad.

"He had a few other visions," he said. "I think he would've loved to have conquered television. He would love to make an easy-to-use television set.

The Times of India

Top tips for healthy life: Get married, drink wine, live longer

If you want to live longer, keep your stress to a minimum, get married and have a glass of wine every night, new research says.

Researchers found that people who self-reported that they had good health tended to live longer. Moderate drinkers also lived longer than non-drinkers.

"Being a teetotaller and a smoker were risk factors for mortality," said Carolyn Aldwin, professor of human development and family sciences at Oregon State University, who led the study.

Men who experience moderate or high levels of stress over a number of years have a 50 per cent higher mortality rate, the journal of Aging Research reports.

"So perhaps trying to keep your major stress events to a minimum, being married and having a glass of wine every night is the secret to a long life," Aldwin stated.

Unlike previous studies conducted over a relatively short term with smaller sample sizes, this study was modified to document major stressors - such as death of a spouse or putting a parent into a retirement home - that specifically affect middle-aged and older people.

"I modified the stress measure to reflect the kinds of stress that we know impacts us more as we age, and even we were surprised at how strong the correlation between stress trajectories and mortality was," Aldwin said, according to an Oregon statement.

Hey man, smile now: your city has more women today

Women constitute a larger proportion of the population of Indian towns and cities today than has ever been recorded in Indian history. This startling fact is despite the child sex ratio (the number of girls for every 1,000 boys in the 0-6 age group) having fallen alarmingly in recent decades.

Data from the 2011 census reveals that the population of urban women grew at a brisk 34% in the decade spanning 2001 to 2011. In the same period, their rural population grew by just over 12%. As a result, the sex ratio for urban areas jumped from 900 women per 1,000 men in 2001 to 926 in 2011, the highest decadal increase since Independence. In rural areas, the sex ratio increased nominally from 946 to 947.

The sex ratio in urban areas has been rising since 1961, when it was 861, even as it dipped in rural areas from 963 in 1961 to 902 in 2011. But the past decade has seen the sharpest rise ever.

Increase or decrease in population in a particular area depends on several factors: the natural birth rate and in-migration increase it, while the death rate and out-migration decrease it. The net change in population depends on how these factors balance each other out.

In the case of urban areas, experts are puzzled by the ever-growing proportion of women. India has been experiencing an alarming decline in the child sex ratio over the past several decades. And this trend is more pronounced in towns and cities. This should have led to lowering the total female population. Between 1981 and 2011, the child sex ratio fell from 959 to 902 in urban areas and from 963 to 919 in rural areas. Yet the total female population is rising in urban areas. Had female feticide not been so widespread, the female population would have been even higher.

According to research by the Centre for Women's Development Studies, a Delhi-based research institution, the answer to this mystery may be in increased migration of women from rural to urban areas.

Census 2011 data on migration is yet to be released, but the last National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) report on migration covering the period 2007-08 shows a growing trend of migration to urban areas among women. Between 1999-2000 and 2007-08, female migration had gone up from 42% to 46%, even as male migration remained stagnant at about 26%.

Migration rates are higher among more educated and higher income women compared to their less privileged counterparts, according to the report. Over 56% of graduate women in urban areas were migrants compared to 47% of illiterate women. And, over 55% of women in the top 10% ranked by income groups had migrated to urban areas compared to just 35% of women in the bottom tenth.

Previous census data and NSSO reports indicate that the largest chunk of female migration is due to marriage, a characteristic of Indian society where the newly married woman shifts to the husband's home. About 61% of urban women migrants said that they migrated due to marriage, and another 29% said they moved along with their family or earning member, according to the latest NSSO report for the 64th round survey.

The Times of India

October 23, 2011

ICICI Bank recalls credit and debit cards after cloning scare

Chennai: ICICI Bank is recalling hundreds of credit and debit cards after being warned by the Chennai city police that customers' data have been stolen. Officials from other banks - private and national - said they were also initiating similar steps.

On October 5, the city police had busted a card-cloning racket. Initially, they received complaints from 64 card users and the number has been increasing ever since.

"Apparently data of several people have been stolen and misused. We advise card users to change their PIN immediately ," said central crime branch deputy commissioner S Radhika.

But neither the police nor the banks have been able to estimate the number of customers affected. The police have arrested Umesh Balaravindran , a Sri Lankan national living in Chennai, and four of his associates who are believed to have cloned credit cards using skimmers that copy data from ATMs. The police said they also bought card details put up on a website. Now the police have reasons to believe that more such gangs could be operating in Chennai and other cities.

Last week, ICICI either blocked or cancelled several cards following breach or suspecting problems. An ICCI spokesperson said the cards will be replaced free of cost within six working days.

"We continuously monitor all card transactions of our customers. If there is some suspicion in any transaction , we call the customer... We advise all customers to be careful, but there no need to panic," the bank spokesperson said.

Many banks have IPS officials on deputation from National Association of Software and Services Company ( Nascom) to monitor such frauds. They also work in collaboration with the city police.

Central Bank of India, which has 25 ATMs in the city, has categorized them as of high, medium and low risk. Officials said nearly 15 of the bank's ATMs are in the highrisk category. "We have CCTVs in all these ATMs apart from armed guards," a spokesperson said.

The Times of India

Some girly tantrums men are clueless about

Men maybe complicated but when it comes to their women, they often take things at face value. He plays it safe by reading the obvious, often leaving his woman flustered and frustrated.

By feigning sleep she might want him to make the first move in bed, but he conveniently chooses to toss sides and fall into deep slumber. Of course, some men do suspect there is more below the surface, but they had rather not explore that complex tangle of emotions that make up a woman's mental landscape. Here are five girly tantrums, men prefer to overlook and women can't stop sulking about ...

When she says it is too expensive 
You are out with your girlfriend and she notices this chic designer handbag displayed in a glass shelf. She stops to give it a long look and says "This is too expensive; I cannot buy it right now". This means; why don't you offer to buy it for me. Shilpa (28), a call-centre executive, explains this best, "One time I was out with my boyfriend for lunch. As I passed the Da Milano store, I noticed this really sexy yellow bag. It was obscenely priced, and I weakly admitted that I couldn't afford it." But all he could come up with was, "the bag is anyway not that great and definitely not worth the money." "I was so disappointed."

When you are glued to the television and she snuggles up to you 
You might find her sudden interest in football very encouraging, as she walks into the living room and cosies up beside you. In such a scenario, most men begin to ramble about their favorite football club and what makes a Zidane legendary. Ask your girl, she definitely doesn't wish to learn about your passion for the sport, but your passion for her. "Seduce me and make love to me on the couch", is what she implies. Content manager, Rohit (32), finds this behavior of his fiance bemusing. "She otherwise hates me for spending time before the television. But there are times when she gets so lovey-dovey and settles down to watch TV with me, and takes the greatest interest in whatever I am viewing."

When she praises another man 
This means there is something you need to pick up from that other man. It also can be read as an attempt to make you jealous. There is never a flimsy reason why she mentions about this third person. You'd better be all ears and try to decode her real purpose. "I used to often broach the topic of a certain colleague, and deliberately stress on how he offers to help his wife with cooking and gives her a hand in all household chores," chips in Anita (37), ground staff with an airline. "But he would hardly pay much heed, and casually say, "poor guy", without even realizing that this is precisely what I ask of him too." Perhaps Anita's husband of six-years thought him another mundane fellow worker.

When she calls herself fat 
Think twice before responding to such a declaration. Your agreeing with her can make things worse. All she needs you to tell her is, she ain't fat at all, and that you find her desirable the way she is. "After putting on a new dress, I would ask my boyfriend how I looked. Whether I appeared fat," says Shruthi (24), a marketeer with a news channel. "And he would lamely agree that I needed to exercise and can be back in shape." Remember, this is a rare occasion when she would love to be contradicted.

When she talks about her girlfriends 
You are expected to be a mute listener in such a situation. Give her a patient hearing, and do not contribute or show interest in a certain friend. To get you interested in her female friends is not what she intends, and shall not take it kindly if you attempted it. Megha (21), a college-goer, gets very annoyed with her boyfriend when he displays un-called for curiosity in her girlfriends. "I lose the thread of the conversation. He digresses me into giving him unnecessary details about my friends, which I find revolting." Agreed, she is telling you about her pals, but you are only required to nod in agreement rather than get into a discussion, or worse still, oppose her.

October 22, 2011

Bigg Boss 5: Who is Pooja Misrra?

If you've been watching Bigg Boss 5, you obviously know her only too well.

One of the housemates of the Bigg Boss house, Pooja Misrra appears to be a spoilt, arrogant brat, constantly picking fights and rolling her eyes. She was so uncooperative in the house that she narrowly escaped being evicted in the first week itself, and Nihita Biswas was asked to leave.

For those wondering if it's all an act for the show, here's news. A source closely associated with her tells us Pooja is exactly the same in real life as she is on the show!

We decided to find out just who she really is.

Pooja Missra started her career as a veejay, model, and then actress. She is also a socialite.

She was host of a popular show called Jab We Talk on B4U, where she sorted out 'love' problems.

She later claimed that instead of solving problems, she became the problem instead. This apparently happened because most of the callers said they were in love with her!

Pooja made her screen debut with Shatrughan Sinha's production Mera Dil Leke Dekho, where she had a super hot item number. She also appeared in a few video albums.

Among her other successes is a hot photo-shoot for a calendar a few years ago.

After that, she participated in her first reality show The Big Switch on Bindass TV, where she had to live without any luxuries.

There were reports that while packing her bag to enter the show, Pooja forgot to pack her underwear! She was too embarrassed to tell her co-contestants, but managed to survive two days in the Big Switch house without her underwear.

She once dated a multi-billionaire US-based businessman named Rico, who owned a luxury yacht.

In 2009, just before hotelier Timmy Narang and Isha Koppikar got married, Pooja had filed a police complaint against Isha alleging that she and fiance Timmy were harassing her ever since she resisted Timmy's advances in 2006.

Pooja also mentioned Timmy's sister Ramona and Shatrughan Sinha's wife Poonam in the complaint, alleging that they had installed spyware in her phone and sent rowdies to destroy her car.

In the Bigg Boss house, she recently mentioned that she was single and was eager to see cricketer Jonty Rhodes on the show, who's expected to join in later. She expressed disappointment that he was not in the house already.

That, in a nutshell, is Pooja Misrra.

Courtesy: Rediff.com

Want to burn calories? Make love thrice a week

Trainers have been suggesting that their clients and visitors to the gym have sex thrice a week. Sex has been known to burn calories but how many and depending on what factors. Here's an insight into it.

Some may call it synchronized gymnastics and others choose to call it "making love", but it all just eventually boils down to a three letter word s-e-x. The age old practice we so proudly flaunt as our own since the advent of the Khajuraho Temples to the ultimate guide to sex called

The Kamasutra, we have always been known to be the pioneers in innovative and complex love making. We transcend from being flamboyant, curious teens to more experienced and well-read adults.

Giggles and sniggers prevail over new found discoveries after endless surfing over the net, reading dirty magazines and receiving the dirty bits from experienced friends. We live in a country where we proudly wear the fact that we wrote the sex book but we also live in times where it could be taboo, making us complete aliens in the society.

Well, heads up for what's coming then. It' not the million crunches and squats you do that help you burn up your calories, its much more than that! Don't be surprised if your fitness charts read, "Sex thrice a week" because that's exactly what trainers have been advising their clients to get down to their business.

Badrinath, a Human Movement specialist states that sex is aerobic in some parts and anaerobic in others.

"Sex unfortunately as practiced today, as an act of pent up stress, an act of lust etc will burn calories. But that by itself is not sufficient to replace jogging". Badrinath focuses on the fact that jogging, running and other forms of aerobic activity actually help people to have better sex that last longer, helps them recover faster after climax and have more energy and endurance to last.

When his trainer asked him to turn up the heat, Gokul Govardhan, a fitness was under the notion that he would have to increase his workout sessions and get into a more rigorous routing. Little did he know that his trainer was actually asking him to have sex thrice a week.

"I didn't think it was not possible. I believe in what my trainer tells me to do. Sex removes the fat content that sticks on to the body and wipes out all the toxins". Gokul has been working out under the same trainer for the last 2 years and he believes if this is a solution for burning calories, then be it! Shreya, another regular visitor of the gym says that sex is an amazing way to lose weight and it also defies the statement "no pain, no gain". "I don't see anything wrong in having sex thrice a week, if not everyday.

It's a great cardio and ab workout." Hollywood celebs have sworn their toned bodies on amazing sex and that is proof enough to say that trainers are right about this. "The trainer is my guru and according to me, the teacher is always right!" says Shreya.

The calories burnt of course depends on a lot of factors like age, duration of sex, foreplay, and the intensity with which the act is done.

Calories burnt (depends on factors like age and gender)

On average 170 calories or more are burnt in the age group of 18 to 25.

On average 135 calories or more are burnt in the age group of 25 to 40

If a man's not doing much work, then he burns about 120 calories, in the age group of 40 plus Indian male.

Women burn more calories only if they're doing the work during sex. On an average, men and women burn about the same because the work they do is similar.

Movement analysis:

If you were to do a movement analysis of one nights sex - 5 to 10 minutes goes in foreplay (basically kissing, touching and caressing) caloric output is negligible (20 cal).

The act itself lasts for 20 minutes (100 calories), cool down and sleep (10 calories)!

If you have multiple sex (2) or intercourse in one hour then you may look at 300 calories

The additional 60 cal could get you back into the game and passion also increases the body temperature.

The Times of India