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India the new world leader

Here is the first chapter from my book: Indian flat belly diet: Chapter 1

Why We Get Fat: Carbohydrate Metabolism

Chapter 5 from my upcoming book on Flat Belly Diet…. (click to get pdf version of  WHY WE GET FAT)

 

“Science is about recognizing patterns. Everything depends on the ground rules of the observer: if someone refuses to look at obvious patterns because they consider a pattern should not be there, then they will see nothing but the reflection of their own prejudices.”   Christopher Knight

 

Most food we consume has three macro components; Fat, Protein and Carbohydrate. We saw from the last chapter that there are essential fats without which the body cannot survive. There are also…

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Are you a fat burner or a carb burner?

An excerpt from my upcoming book on Flat Belly Diet…

We all know and believe that the body mainly uses carbohydrates for fuel but did you know that the body can also burn fat for energy? In fact, fat is 6.75 times more efficient as a source of energy than carb.  Each gram of fat yields 9 calories while each gram of glycogen (stored form of carb) only yields 4 calories. Furthermore fat is a water repellent (hydrophobic) so it can store and transport by itself while 1g glycogen binds to 2g of water so in essence glycogen only yields (4/3)  1.33 calories/gram of stored glycogen. So you need…

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Too Much Exercise?

Too much exercise? Yes, exercise, esp., aerobic exercise increases the oxidative load on your body as the mitochondria produce reactive oxygen radicals (ROS) during the aerobic energy production cycle. Push this process too far and it can lead to accelerated aging and a host of other inflammation related disorders in the body. Similarly, muscle building exercises also produce cytokines during muscle contraction phase which increase local inflammtion (which is what makes you sore). Remember your body becomes stronger during the recuperation phase and not during the exercise phase. the exercis…

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Inflammation: the real silent killer

The Feb 2004 article in the Time magazine reports about inflammation:

Most of the time inflammation is a lifesaving procedure that allows the body to fight off infection from bacteria, virus and parasites. (Yes even in the industrial world we are constantly being bombarded by pathogens).  The instant any of these potentially deadly microbes slip into the body, inflammation marshals a defense attack that lays waste to both the invader and any tissue it may have infected.  Then just as quickly, the process subsides and healing begins.  Every once in a while, the whole feverish process does…

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