Category Archives: Medical Fitness

INTRODUCTION TO THE HCG DIET

by STEVEN MILNER IIST VTCT Qualified

HCG, just what is it?
Just recently there has been a spate of virus’s hacking peoples face book profiles and posting outlandish claims for weight loss using HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin. The first time I saw this I thought people would see how ridiculous the whole idea was, but then I realised not everyone has taken steroids before!

So is HCG a steroid?
Well no, but it is a human growth hormone found in high concentrations in the urine of pregnant women. So why would men and women who are clearly not pregnant use it? Lose weight without trying? Hardly!

Here’s the science behind the claims.
HCG may have more than one medical application, but it’s primary function is to guarantee that a developing foetus receives the calories and nutrients it needs to grow, this is despite the daily caloric intake of the mother in the early developmental months of pregnancy. How does it do this? By mobilising the calorie dense fat deposits from the “problem” areas such as the hips, buttocks, abdomen and thighs. Fat from these areas is released by the action of HCG, providing energy for the foetus. This way, if the mother doesn’t consume the extra calories needed for babies growth, her fat reserves will be converted to energy for that growth. HCG is produced by a woman early on in her pregnancy and levels of HCG in the bloodstream peak at around 14 weeks. After that, levels gradually decrease. HCG’s peak levels occur during in the time when a woman would be least likely to know she is pregnant, and therefore less conscious of the need for more nutrients needed during pregnancy.

This is where things should start to worry you.
In the past bodybuilders who cycled anabolic and in particular androgenic (male sex hormone) steroids knew that the synthetic testosterone overdose taken during the cycle shuts down the natural testosterone production of the testicles (which then shrink). So at the end of a cycle it’s important that the natural production resumes as quickly as possible (so your balls grow back) and this is achieved within hours of administering an INJECTION OF HCG. The American Federal Drug Agency has only approved HCG for fertility treatments by injection and that offering drops, pills, nasal sprays etc. as an homeopathic remedy  is both FRAUDULENT and ILLEGAL. Furthermore, HCG is gonadotrophic, meaning that it prompts genital development, and was used as a treatment for boys experiencing a delay in adolescence or gonad development due to disorders of the pituitary gland. For a grown man this means gynecomastia or “bitch tit” and when you develop breast tissue you open yourself up to breast cancer. While it is rare, around 340 men are diagnosed with the disease in the UK each year.

Can it force your body to burn fat?
Well it can if you want to inject yourself for 40 days and only eat 500 calories a day chosen from a very short list of “allowed” foods. As far as diets go this one can be made to work but it’s also been about since the 1920’s so why haven’t we all been using it for years?
There are lots of old wives tales regarding the medicinal benefits of drinking a pregnant womans urine but this might just be taking the piss too much!

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How 15 Minute Doses Of Physical Activity Can Boost Your Life

STEVEN MILNER IIST VTCT

How 15 Minute Doses Of Physical Activity Can Boost Your Life

It is still better to exercise even for 15 minutes a day than to do nothing at all. It is better to do a consistent 15 minute workout that you can stick with, than risk prolonged discomfort with little return for your effort in turn leading to you quitting exercise in the end. There have been numerous studies published regarding the physical and mental benefits one can get from consistent short duration physical activities. This is good news for sedentary or inactive people who usually get overwhelmed with 30 minutes a day of exercise in the pursuit of health and fitness benefits.

Cardiovascular Health
An interesting three-month study published in the American Journal of Cardiology showed that 15 minute cardiovascular and strength training workouts can produce significant improvements in one’s fitness levels and heart health, such as decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol.

What 15-Minute Strength And Cardio Exercise Programs Can You Do?
Alternate 30 seconds or a minute of resistance training routine like push-ups, squats, lunges and abdominal crunches with a minute of cardio routine like star jumps, step-ups, jogging in place or dancing in place until you complete a total of 15 minutes. This type of workout can increase your heart rate throughout the 15 minute routine.

Walk briskly for 15 minutes early in the morning or in the afternoon.
Dance for 15 minutes every morning or before taking a shower at night.
Clean, sweep or map the floor nonstop for 15 minutes every day.

Waist Management
An Australian study published in Diabetes Care showed that people who take more breaks from sedentary positions, such as standing up more frequently from a sitting position or taking a single step, can have smaller waist circumference and lower blood glucose and triglyceride levels.

How To Incorporate Workout Breaks To Your Day
Give yourself a rule or set an alarm every 20-30 minutes so you can take a short walk or stretch break wherever you are. Standing or walking around the room while using the telephone is one option. Squeeze your butt while sitting, extend and bend your knees, lift and lower your arms and twist your torso side to side every 30-60 minutes.

Self-Control
A study on exercise and self-control conducted by researchers at the University of Exeter, published in Appetite showed that exercise helps reduce a person’s chocolate cravings and improves one’s coping strategy for stress.  This study also suggested that a short dose of exercise can help people who are trying to quit smoking to cut back on caffeine and switch to a diet.

How Physical Activities Improve Your Self-Control
When craving for something like chocolates or salty junk foods, try to get outside your house first and walk for 10-15 minutes. You might be surprised how physical activities can help diminish your cravings. Whenever you feel the urge to eat something, boredom doesn’t help, get busy by dancing inside your room for 10 minutes, or completing your household chores. This strategy will distract you from thinking too much about food. Try to do your 15-minute home workout routine and you will feel more empowered to control your urges to eat extra calories, because you might not want to offset the 100 calories burned from a short workout just by eating a 100-calorie piece of chocolate.

Better Mood And Self-Esteem
A 2010 meta-analysis, which collectively observed more than 1,200 participants, published in Environmental Science and Technology showed that “Green Exercise” or outdoor activities, such as walking, running, hiking, biking, taking your dog or kids out walking for as little as 5 minutes a day, improved self-esteem and mood, compared to physical activity lasting 10-60 minutes.There have also been a number of studies proving that sedentary people can benefit from shorter periods of exercise when it comes to mental health improvement.

15 Minute “Green Exercise” Tips
Walk your dog every day.
Play with your kids in the garden.
Check out the nearest park to your work, nowadays many of them have organised activities at lunchtimes.
Use your bike to run errands.

Live Longer
A study published this year in Lancet Journal and conducted by researchers at the National Health Institutes in Taiwan found that those who exercised 15 minutes a day, or a total of 90 minutes a week, extended life expectancy by three years, compared with those who did not exercise at all. This study tracked 416,000 Taiwanese adults.

Make A 15-Minute Workout Part Of Your New Lifestyle
Choose the most doable and the most practical activities you can for every day, like walking or doing the garden, and spice things up when you’ve got more time and resources.
Make your activities fun and enjoyable by involving your partner, your kids and even your friends.
Memorize by heart a simple 15 minute exercise routine that you can use to target your whole body, using only bodyweight exercises.
When on a trip or vacation, make a commitment to yourself to move at least 15 minutes a day, even just by strolling or climbing up and down the stairs several times a day.

A QUARTER OF EUROPEANS WITH OBESITY RELATED HEALTH ISSUES

Edited by STEVEN MILNER IIST VTCT from the Mail online

Europe With A QUARTER So Overweight Their Health’s At Risk

British Obesity levels are far worse than Germany, Italy and France with more than one in five British men classed as obese
By Claire Bates and Jenny Hope, Last updated at 9:42 PM on 25th November 2011

British women are officially the most overweight in Europe.
A quarter are so obese, so fat it threatens their health, according to alarming figures. This is a far higher proportion than in the other countries of Western Europe.

Obesity levels in the UK are far worse than Germany, Italy and France
British men are doing almost as badly, with more than one in five classed as obese, according to the authoritative figures. Experts are especially concerned by the young age at which so many women here are developing serious weight problems. A disturbing 16 per cent of young women aged 18 to 24 are obese – up to 16 times higher than many other European countries where the rate is between 1 per cent and 3 per cent. Young men are doing better, around 6 per cent are obese, but a worrying one third of men aged 45-64 are obese in the UK.

The deeply troubling figures are contained in a report from Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency, which compares obesity levels in 19 countries from 2008/2009. Only the U.S. and Ireland, which are not included in the report, have higher obesity rates in the developed world. The latest table shows that only the former Soviet states of Latvia and Estonia – where one in five women is obese – approach the UK’s unenviable league-topping figure of 23.9 per cent. Women in Malta are catching up fast with rates of 22 per cent. Fifteen per cent of women in Germany are obese, while they are slimmer still in France (12.7 per cent) and Italy (9.3 per cent). The report says it is ‘particularly significant’ that a third of men in the UK are obese between the ages of 45 and 64. Overall, 22 per cent of British men are obese – and twice as many are overweight, say experts. Neville Rigby, director of policy and public affairs at the International Obesity Forum, said the British led the field in obesity – but in almost all developed countries two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese. “Levels of fatness are increasing all the time,” he said. “They go from overweight to obesity and affect more than 60 per cent of adults in most countries”. He goes on to say “The recessions is likely to make things worse, as people find they cannot afford the expense of buying healthier foods and fill up on fatty and sugary junk foods.” The National Audit Office estimates that obesity causes at least 30,000 deaths a year in the UK, through conditions such as cancer, heart disease, strokes and diabetes. It is shown to shorten lifespan, with individuals carrying four stone extra in weight at risk of losing three years in life expectancy.

The Body Mass Index measurement is used to calculate whether an individual is a healthy weight or not. This is calculated by dividing weight in kilos, by the square of his or her height in metres. Under 18.5 is underweight, between 18.5 and 25 is a healthy weight, 25 to 29.5 is overweight, 30 up to 35 is obese and over 35 is very obese. It means, for instance, a 5ft 6in woman weighing 14st would have a BMI of 30 and would be seen as obese. A 6ft man weighing 16st also has a BMI of 30. The formula has been criticised because it may penalise those who have a lot of muscle, said Mr Rigby, but he added: ‘Everyone knows when it’s fat.’ The report follows estimates made earlier this year in The Lancet medical journal which found that if current trends continue, the size of the obese population in the UK will increase by 11million over the next two decades – up from 15million at present.

By 2030 the problem will trigger a startling number of illnesses. There will be almost half a million more cases of heart disease and there will be around 700,000 extra cases of diabetes, with 130,000 more developing cancer as a consequence of their weight. Experts blame abundant energy-dense food, too little exercise and lack of will by policymakers to curb over-consumption. The Eurostat report links obesity with levels of education, saying that the better educated tend to be slimmer. Experts have been calling for ‘fat’ taxes on unhealthy food and a ban on advertisements aimed at children. Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum campaign group, said education was key to fighting obesity. “Until the UK puts domestic science properly back into the school curriculum, many women will continue to rely on cheap, ready meals and fast, processed foods for their families and themselves,” he added.

Doctor’s orders for top fitness

Doctor’s orders for top fitness

Published on Thursday 24 November 2011 08:23 at Lancashire Evening Post

Doctors have launched a new scheme to avoid complications during operations and get patients back home sooner.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, which runs Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble Hospitals, has invested more than £40,000 in cardiopulmonary exercise testing equipment as part of its new ‘fitness for surgery’ initiative.

Fitness for surgery will benefit 500 patients a year and give medics a much better measurement of a patient’s fitness and the risks of surgery.

This allows specialists to effectively plan the level of care and rehabilitation a patient will need after surgery and can identify patients who may be at risk of complication during the operation, so more appropriate treatment can be arranged.

Bridget Reynolds, who lives in Longridge, near Preston, underwent the test in preparation for surgery to remove a polyp. She said: “I had the cardiopulmonary test during my pre-op assessment.

“It is really reassuring to know that you’re fit and well for surgery and I now feel less anxious about the operation.

“Although it’s a long time since I took vigorous exercise the whole experience was quite comfortable. It’s a bit like having a go on an exercise bike. In fact I might get one for Christmas!”

Dr Tom Owen, consultant in anaesthesia and critical care said: “The fitness for surgery programme will help us to avoid potentially dangerous complications during surgery and allow us to identify patients who are likely to recover quickly after their operation and be able to go back home sooner.” Chris Simms, divisional director of surgery, said: “No one likes to stay in hospital for longer than they need to and the fitness for surgery programme will enable a better recovery following an operation.”

Doctor’s orders for top fitness edited by STEVEN MILNER IIST VTCT