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How does Intermittent Fasting help in Weight Loss?

Fasting has been practiced all over the world since primeval times. Either it’s a ritual or it’s out of necessity. Thus, it is not something that humans are completely unaware of. Dieting is also a form of fasting, being practiced lately to gain a perfect figure. Owning a flawless and slim body has been a major concern for most people. Be it celebs, sportspersons, or even common people like us, everyone wants to look better. Hence, individuals have been ensuing and experts have been signifying several methods and procedures to lose weight. Amongst them all, intermittent fasting, which has recently come back into trend is one of the most effortless and manageable ways to lose weight. It was discovered around 1945 and has hit the headlines again when Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey claimed to eat only one meal in a day. Conferring to the reports, IF is 2019’s most prevalent diet trend.

The idea expressed by intermittent fasting is a cyclic pattern to take long gaps between the eating hours instead of skipping meals. This time-based fasting is a weight-loss tool that encompasses scheduling meals at different intervals to procure the most out of them. It does not change the diet plan but rather,  the period of consumption. Since it has reemerged astoundingly in the past few years, more than a few methods of IF have appeared. Some of them are as follows-

  • The 16/8 method (or Leangains Protocol)– In this method, there are 14-16 hours of fasting and 6-8 hours of eating window regularly. For women 14-15 hours of fasting is recommended. Preferably, 2-3 healthy meals can be consumed during the eating window. It is as simple as discontinuing to eat after 8 pm and skipping breakfast.  Beverages like coffee and water can be consumed during the fasting hours to sidestep starvation.
  • The 5:2 diet (or Fast Diet)– This method involves consuming 500-600 calories for two days a week whereas eating normally on the other days. For women, 500 calories and for men, 600 calories are suggested. For example, eating two small meals of 250-300 calories each on Thursday and Sunday and eating habitually on the others.
  • Alternate-Day Fasting (Fast Every Other Day)– In this type of fasting method, it is suggested to ingest a few hundred calories on alternate days. For some, this may seem extreme. Hence, it is not recommended for beginners as it can lead to extreme and perhaps unbearable hunger for a long time. 
  • The Warrior Diet (Eat heavily at night and fast during the day) – It is one of the initial IF methods which involves eating lightly during the day and having a proper meal at night. Raw vegetables and fruits can be taken during the day time while a huge meal can be consumed at night. 
  • Eat Stop Eat– This method is followed twice a week, wherein eating has to be withdrawn for twenty-four hours. For instance, if you have finished the meal at 7 pm on Sunday then you can recommence eating at 7 pm on Monday. Beverages like coffee, water, juices, milk can be consumed during the fasting period. 

Other than weight loss, Intermittent Fasting has plentiful benefits like reduced risk of cancer, lowering of blood sugar, blood pressure, and inflammation levels. It helps in increasing metabolism, muscle growth, and human growth hormone drastically. Despite numerous benefits, intermittent fasting does not work out for everyone. The quality of healthy food is something that should be well-defined. And junk food should be sternly prevented to resist weight gain.

IF works according to a methodology of fed and fasted state. In the fed state, it absorbs and digests the food whereas in the fasted state it burns the remote fat in the body which consequently leads to weight loss. It is not a diet but rather, forced fasting and hence it is used as a weight-loss tool. 

The Evolution of the Olympic Games: A Journey through Facts

206 countries, 11000+ athletes, 33 sports and 339 events across 50 disciplines — the Olympic Games is rightfully dubbed as the Greatest Show on Earth. With the vision to unite all the nations and spread the message of peace through the medium of sports, Baron Pierre de Coubertin organized the first Modern Olympic Games in 1896 and ever since, it has transformed into the dream destination for professional athletes around the world who delve into a fortnight-long sporting extravaganza of respect, great camaraderie and competitive spirit. Over the course of its 124-year-old history, the modern Olympics has undergone a lot of transitions with the inception of new technology, inclusion of contemporary sports and increasing public engagement through an in-depth coverage of all the events. What makes the Games special are the remarkable examples that tell the story of how sports itself evolved through the times.

We bring to you some of the most noteworthy facts behind the Olympics and its influence in sporting history.

·       The Summer Olympics of 1900 held in Paris was the 2nd edition of the Modern Games and it witnessed a major revolution — the participation of women. The insurgence of industrialization in Europe and the early suffrage movement of women promoted their entry into new domains. 22 female athletes competed at the 1900 Olympics, attributing to 2.2% of all the competitors. In addition to tennis, golf and sailing, women also competed in traditional games like croquet and equestrian. However, in the early years of the modern Olympics, women’s participation remained limited to ‘aristocratic’ sports only. In the subsequent games, gradually other sporting disciplines opened up for female participation. The 2016 Rio Games saw a whopping 45% share of women athletes. The London 2012 Olympic Games came to be known as the Women’s Games, because it was the first summer Olympics that displayed a genuine correspondence between athletes of both sexes. Women were not prohibited from a single sport and for the first time in Olympic history, each nation sent a female contender.

·       Shooting has long been the focus of the Olympic Games, and the sport was first published in the 1896 edition. While participants usually fired at disc-shaped targets called clay pigeons, the games of 1900 were played with traditional targets- real pigeons. The live birds were held and released while the shooters aimed at the mobile targets. More than 300 birds are reported to have died as a result of the incident. Although there was no PETA at the time to protest against the usage of animals, Olympic officials have since then decided not to use living targets. The 1908 London Games used cardboard cutouts of deers as the target for shooting.

·       Cricket was once a part of the Olympics! Played across two days between Great Britain and France, it remains the only cricket match played in the Olympics so far. It was a game that fielded 24 cricketers in all, instead of the conventional 22, and neither side had players who represented their own countries. Only 366 runs were scored across four innings with Great Britain winning the sole encounter by 158 runs. However, it does not hold the status of a first-class match as it was not an 11-a-side encounter and that it was scheduled for just two days. Mind-boggling, isn’t it?

·       You must have seen Olympians biting their medals during the awards ceremony but ever wondered why they do that? Well, this dates back to centuries past, when traders verified that a coin was indeed made of precious metal and was not a lead counterfeit by biting it. A lead coin will leave teeth marks, but a gold coin will not. The tradition of awarding medals to the top 3 finishers was initiated in the 1904 St. Louis games. Previously, in the 1896 and 1900 Olympics, the winners received valuable pieces of art as the award. The three-tiered victory stand was used for the first time in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.

·       Did you know that the Art competition was a formal event in the Olympics? It was the International Olympic Committee originator Pierre de Coubertin’s incredible dream to wed the aesthetics with the athletic—in this manner, each Olympics in the range of 1912 and 1948 granted gold, silver, and bronze medals to the champions. There were five classes of individual rivalry: Architecture, model, painting, writing, and music. Fine arts were needed by legitimate Olympic principles to “shoulder a distinct relationship to the Olympic idea.” Musical arrangements, for instance, which “celebrated a wearing ideal, an athletic rivalry or a competitor, or which were proposed for introductions regarding brandishing celebrations” could be entered for survey and assessment by a worldwide jury. Different inquisitive particulars incorporate a 20,000-word limit on writing sections (a class separated into sensational works, expressive works, and epic verse) and a one-hour time slot for the introduction of every melodic work. The Art rivalry likewise ended up turning into a battling ground of German propaganda. At the initial service of 1936 Olympic craftsmanship rivalry, Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels reminded his crowd that each work entered in the opposition was needed to have been made inside the most recent four years. This limitation, he pronounced, ” enables us to derive from the Exhibition an estimate of international conditions.”  The point by point portrayals in the Official Report of the eleventh Olympic Games not just give an amazing impression of this charmingly unconventional Olympic-workmanship marvel, yet in addition a chilling depiction of Germany during the development of the Third Reich. With an apparent Home-field advantage, it extraordinarily worked in support of Germany that year. The worldwide jury comprised 29 German adjudicators and 12 from other European nations. What little proof exists proposes that not many other host countries so liberally populated their worldwide juries with their own nationals, with one vital special case: In 1932, the United States remembered 24 American adjudicators for a board of 30—to a correspondingly successful impact.

·        Olympic ceremonies are incomplete without the athletes parading with national flags. This tradition was first introduced during the opening ceremony of the 1908 London Olympics. Greece leads the march past in all the Olympics as a custom, followed by all the other teams in alphabetical order in the language of the hosting country. The team of the hosting nation is the last one to march.

·   Photo-finish equipment was first used in close finish track events in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics while the first Olympic games to be televised was the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which also saw the inception of spiked sports shoes for track-and-field athletes.

·   The 1956 Melbourne Olympics was the first one to be held in the southern hemisphere.

·       Results were stored for the first time on a computer with punch cards in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Live Transmission and Worldwide Television coverage was done for the first time in the 1960 Rome Olympics.

·       The Olympic fire is constantly lit. It has been around the world, on concord, winding white-water and even in space and is essentially weatherproof. It can withstand outrageous temperatures and thundering breezes of up to 50 mph and some way or another has not yet gone out during its extensive transfers far and wide.

·       Abebe Bikila won the Marathon race at the Rome Olympic Games in 1960. Incredibly he did it without the advantage of footwear. Running shoeless for the careful 26-mile run, Bikila turned into the principal African in history to win a Gold Medal.

·      Tarzan contended in the Olympics: Johnny Weissmuller, a sports person-turned-entertainer who played Tarzan in 12 motion pictures, won five gold awards in swimming during the 1920s.

·       At the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, two Japanese post vaulters Shuhei Nashida and his companion Sueo Oe were set for a sudden death round to choose who took silver and who took bronze. The pair chose to repudiate the tie-break situation and broadly cut the two awards down the middle. They at that point combined the bronze with the silver to make two new ‘friendship medals’.

The list will go on and on as there are a multitude of inspirational sporting stories and quirky traditions that the Olympics have given us over the years – making it one of the world’s most prestigious, exciting and eventful sporting events in history. With the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo getting postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we eagerly wait for the Greatest Show on Earth to bring about more outstanding moments and record-breaking performances from the sporting maestros.

Fact check and source: olympic.org, olympicschannel.com, champions-speakers.co.uk

ORIGIN OF PANI-PURI

Pani Puri which also goes by the names of Golgappe, Phuchka, Gupchup, Patasi does not need any introduction as it is one of India’s most common street food. You might even be disregarded as an Indian if you have not tasted this South Asian delicacy. Since the onset of the current lockdown and pandemic situation, everyone is missing it as the original street Panipuris are not readily available and in order to satisfy their food lust many people are shifting towards home-made Panipuri.

Would You Spend Money Every day For a Dose of Poison?

Today’s generation follows the herd, we do what our friends and peers do, and no decision is taken without consultation from them. We want to emulate the lifestyles of our friends and the people around us. We are greatly influenced by some of our so-called seniors, who haven’t made anything of themselves but somehow created a façade of being “Cool”. Due to peer-pressure, we start doing things which prove to be harmful to us such as smoking, drinking, tobacco chewing and some even start in taking drugs all because of peer-pressure.

Are Vices Crimes?

The distinction between vices and crimes is crucial to understand the nature of both these things, many people conflate vices and crimes and consider one is the same but is this true? Are vices crimes, so first, we need to know what is vice? What is a crime? And what differentiates them. To consider an act crime there should be two important things present in a particular act i.e., ‘mens rea’ that is a guilty mind and ‘actus reus’ which means an act in which is done in furtherance of the guilty mind, these two are the essential elements of the crime.

THE NECCESSITIES OF TODAY’S WORLD

The most important necessity in today’s world is to stay connected with each other. Stay connected with our family, our friends and our loved ones. We definitely don’t know what’s going to happen with us the next minute. We cannot expect anything for the next moment. We have now learned to live in this pandemic situation but are we actually happy? Are we really enjoying our lives? Are we now what actually we were before? Don’t we have any stress in our minds? And a lot many questions like these pop-up in my head when I think about today’s life, about the situation in which we are living now. And the answers to all these questions are known to every individual. We have gone through drastic changes in our lives.

“WHAT WILL SOCIETY SAY”-THE DREAM KILLER

From aspiring what we want to do to becoming what we want to be, we are always confronted by “What will society say?” at least once. It also doesn’t matter whether it is in personal life or professional life. It might be when you told your parents you wanted to pursue commerce over science or become an artist or when you didn’t want to get married or didn’t want to have kids.

WHY ISN’T MALE PROSTITUTION ACKNOWLEDGED WELL?

Why is Prostitution always linked to Females when one ponders upon the same? Why does Cinematic experience always provide an insight to a female hooker’s life while successfully hiding the male counterpart? Why is human sex trafficking a crime associated with girls only? Are strip clubs just half naked women dancing on poles?

MEDUSA AND THE #METOO MOVEMENT

A statue of Medusa, holding the severed head of the Greek hero Perseus was recently unveiled on the 13th of October in the Collect Pond Park across the Manhattan Supreme Court Building. The statue serves as a tribute to the #MeToo Movement, launched in 2008 by Tarana Burke as a platform for solidarity and support for victims and survivors of sexual violence.

CANCEL CULTURE

PEOPLE CANCELLING PEOPLE!!! 

It’s completely normal to see people cancelling their orders at online E-commerce sites. It’s also very usual to cancel your plan to visit some pre-decided venue. But, now the word ‘Cancelling’ has taken all together a different route. With the rise of the concept that a person can be cancelled, the term ‘Cancel Culture’ is buzzing all over the internet. From politicians to writers everyone is decrying the idea of cancelling people. The US President has labelled cancel culture to be ‘the very definition of totalitarianism’. In support of this, the author of the most famous and loved book series ‘Harry Potter’, also went public to log a sharp criticism on the evolving of this so-called new phenomenon in an open letter, which was shared by Harper’s magazine. These statements and logs validate the addition of ‘Social’ to the word ‘Connotation’ in respect to cancelling people surfaced over the past few years. 

HOW DOES CINEMA POTRAY WOMEN

Cinema being the major source of entertainment has a deep impact on the ethics and values of society. The characters of the movies, television, web series are idolized by every generation group. From imbibing their dressing style to how they speak and what they do, each and every aspect of them is incorporated, the only reason being they are applauded, they are appreciated.

ARE ITEM SONGS REALLY NECESSARY IN EVERY BOLLYWOOD MOVIE

Coming to think of it, you would very vehemently agree that Bollywood has an utter fascination with the indulgence of an ‘item song’ or ‘item number’ in their not-so-exotic films! Granting that you are already very aware of the physical aspect of it, have you ever wondered what it’s theoretical definition is?

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN INDIA

The death penalty or capital punishment is the highest degree of punishment awarded to any convict under Indian Judiciary system. India has seen a significant rise in the judgments which held death penalty for the convicts under heinous crimes, but the execution of such sentences was comparatively less with reference to the judgement pronounced. No official statements or statistics of those who were sentenced to death have been released.

THE CELEBRITY WORSHIP SYNDROME IN INDIA

Be it Rajinikanth or Sachin Tendulkar, M.S. Dhoni or Narendra Modi (or Indira Gandhi in the past), Indians tend to stretch their adulation and admiration for their icons to extremes! Psychologists call it Celebrity Worship Syndrome. The western psychologists found it necessary to delve into the phenomenon and to reassure Indians that it’s not an ailment unique only to India.

LIFE AS AN INDIAN NON-BINARY

While their birth takes place like any other “normal” person, it’s sad they don’t die like us. While all our lives begin the same way, it’s sad their journey is so different. While most of us enjoy the pleasure of being with our families, few of them get the chance to even know their families. While, we are dignified with a single sex, they still struggle with a bunch of frolic uneasy pronouns!

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