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Belly fat is undoubtedly one of the worst things to deal with. Not only does it look bad, but it is also believed to be one of the most hazardous kinds of fat accumulation in the body. And sadly, it is most people’s problem area. So, the question that comes to you now is how to lose belly fat? Getting rid of it is not as difficult as you may believe it to be. Nor do you have to give pretty much up everything you love to do like eating carbs and watching TV lying on your bum.

So, how to lose belly fat without exhaustive efforts? Here are simple ways that go a long way in helping you achieve a flatter stomach.

Fiber is Essential

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You may not think that your daadi was serious when she told you to have fiber-rich breakfast, but studies show that it is not just carbs that are causing problems, but the lack of fiber. You can continue eating your potato chips as long as there is fiber present in the same day’s meal plans. It is fiber that contains good gut bacteria which leads to the healthy abdomen. What’s more, fiber keeps you full for longer so that you don’t crave junk food every 2 hours!

Almonds

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Yup, your mom was right when she force fed you those seven almonds on the day of the exam. Research shows that they are not just good for your brain, but also an excellent source of fiber. People who have almonds daily are more likely to lose abdominal fat compared to others.

Resistance Training

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Exercising every day too difficult for you? Start resistance training three days a week, at least. Lifting weights is better for fat loss, especially for that middle tire. It charges up your metabolic rate and helps in building muscle mass. It can help you get those six packs.

As for those other days, pick an exercise routine you enjoy. This could range from simple walking 30 minutes to using the treadmill or even swimming. All these routines are fun and ensure you don’t gain any extra weight. You can even incorporate some “bhangra” in your life if the above-mentioned exercises are not your thing! Just make sure you do it every day.

Water Up!

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Yes, this simply cannot be stressed enough, the need to have a good amount of water intake. To lose that fatty deposit in your mid-section have 8-10 glasses of water a day. Water speeds up metabolism and ensures that you eat less. So two glasses of water before breakfast, two before lunch, two before snacks and two before dinner. The last two you can manage during the rest of the day.

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References:

https://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/changes-to-lose-belly-fat?internal_recirc=outbrain_arr

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-almonds

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Pelvic Exams: All Questions Answered https://htv.com.pk/womens-health/pelvic-exams https://htv.com.pk/womens-health/pelvic-exams#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:08:17 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=35258

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What Is A Pelvic Exam?

A pelvic exam is a medical checkup of the female reproductive organs. Regular pelvic exams are an important part of women’s health screening, and play a major role in early diagnosis and treatment of many gynecological diseases, including cancer.

What Does The Doctor Do In A Pelvic Exam?

Pelvic exams are usually performed by a trained gynecologist. They include four main components:

  • External Visual Examination

In the external visual examination, the doctor inspects the external genitalia for any abnormalities, like redness, soreness or swelling.

  • Internal Visual Examination

The internal visual examination is performed with a “speculum” which is a plastic/metal instrument shaped like a duck’s beak. The speculum is inserted into the vagina so that the walls of the vagina and cervix can be examined for any abnormality.

  • Pap Smear

During the internal visual examination, while the speculum is inserted, the doctor will scrape off some cells of the cervical wall for cytological examination. This is called a Pap smear, which is named Pap after the Papanicolaou stain used to view the cells under the microscope.

  •  Physical Examination

As the uterus and ovaries are deep within the abdomen, they are assessed through “bimanual examination” in which two lubricated, gloved fingers are inserted into the vagina, while the other hand presses down on the abdomen.

This method helps the doctor feel the uterus and ovaries, thereby identifying any extra tenderness or abnormalities in size or shape.

In some cases, gynecologists also perform a rectal examination, as part of the physical examination to ensure there is no swelling, lesions or abnormal tenderness in the rectum and anal canal.

When Should I Get A Pelvic Exam?

American College of Gynecologists recommends that all women 21 years or older should get annual pelvic exams as part of their wellness checkup or Health screening programs.

Pelvic exams should also be performed if there are any signs or symptoms of diseases, such as excessive vaginal bleeding, discharge or lower abdominal pain.

Does A Pelvic Exam Hurt?

Pelvic exams are not painful but may cause slight discomfort, possibly during insertion of the speculum. In general, pelvic exams take less than 10 minutes to perform and the ease of the procedure depends on the skills of the doctor.

When Do I Get The Results Of A Pelvic Exam?

The visual and physical examination findings are noted during the procedure and can be discussed with the patient at the same time, depending on clinical judgment.

The Pap smear or cytological examination takes 3-5 days to finalize as the cells are sent to the laboratory for further processing onto a glass slide, which is then viewed by a cytologist before signing off the report.

Are Regular Pelvic Exams Important?

All the female reproductive organs are assessed during the pelvic exam. This way many different diseases can be identified early, before the onset of symptoms.

Cancers of the vulva, uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries and bladder can be detected in their early stages through pelvic exams. Pap smears are especially important for the diagnosis of cervical cancer.

Pelvic exams are also instrumental in the diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia or trichomonas.

Apart from the physical examination, this is also a good time for the doctor to answer any questions the patient has regarding her menstrual cycle or sexual health.

How Should I Schedule A Pelvic Exam?

Pelvic exams are commonly performed by gynecologists and can be scheduled after clinical consultation.

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Resources:

www.cancercenter.com/vulvar-cancer/

www.cancercenter.com/uterine-cancer/

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5 Tips to Maintain a Healthy Weight https://htv.com.pk/weight-loss/5-tips-maintain-healthy-weight https://htv.com.pk/weight-loss/5-tips-maintain-healthy-weight#respond Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:18:21 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=34016

How to stop gaining weight is a concern of most of the people out there. Losing weight and eating healthy seem like a big deal, and dealing with temptations around might be difficult to handle. If you find losing weight a lot of an effort, then how about maintaining a healthy weight? Get your focus […]

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How to stop gaining weight is a concern of most of the people out there. Losing weight and eating healthy seem like a big deal, and dealing with temptations around might be difficult to handle. If you find losing weight a lot of an effort, then how about maintaining a healthy weight? Get your focus on the following weight loss tips to maintain a healthy weight.

1. Make Workout Part of Routine

Make Workout Part of Routine

Make workout session part of your daily routine and the first thing to do when you wake up in the morning before any excuses pop up. It might be difficult for you to follow the daily workout regimen, but once you get outdoors, get into your groove and complete your workout session. A 20 minute workout daily will do you favors. Whether it is walking, jogging, swimming, running or cycling, just make it a part of your routine.

2. Eat Your Breakfast

Eat Your Breakfast to Maintain a Healthy Weight

Breakfast is the essential meal of the day and must not be skipped. If you are among those who think that skipping breakfast helps you lose weight, rethink. Eat your breakfast daily to jumpstart your day. Moreover, starting your day with a nutritious breakfast will give you an ability to make healthy choices all day. Consuming breakfast daily is one of the chief factors to avoid weight gain. When you eat a nutritious breakfast, you happen to eat less at lunch hence keep extra calories at bay.

3. Snack Smartly

Snack Smartly to Maintain a Healthy Weight

Never leave yourself to starve or you will end up eating stuff that you shouldn’t be eating. Maintaining a healthy weight is not much of an effort. We all crave to snack and snacking isn’t unhealthy. Just watch your choices that you make to snack on. It is usually our snack choices that land us into trouble. It is a good idea to snack every three hours rather than keeping your tummy empty and gobbling a big meal at night.

Instead of grabbing chips and cookies, reach for an apple or a handful of almonds. Munching nuts is healthy snacking.

4. Avoid Trans Food

Avoid Trans Food to Maintain a Healthy Weight

How to maintain a healthy weight is a concern under the spot light. When you aim to maintain weight, avoid trans-fat. Trans-fats are likely to raise LDL (the bad cholesterol) and lower the good cholesterol (HDL) in the body. Foods with trans-fats also induce obesity and encourage abdominal fat deposition. Moreover, trans-fat consumption may also suppress fat absorption that are necessary for the optimum functioning of your body organs.

Some of the foods with trans-fats are frozen pies, refrigerated dough products and microwave popcorns. Instead of consuming this stuff, get a hold of fresh veggies and succulent fruits packed with vitamins. This is the best way to satisfy your hunger and supply your body with healthy nutrients that help you maintain a healthy weight.

5. Hydrate, Hydrate and Hydrate

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Water is essential for metabolism in your body. Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day helps with digestion, weight loss and also improves the appearance of your skin. Sometimes hunger can be a thirst in disguise. So, the next time you go for a snack-attack make sure you are adequately hydrated, and avoid eating when you are actually not hungry.

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Perfect Pelvic Region Shape Up: The Side Reclining Leg Lift https://htv.com.pk/mind-body/shape-up-the-side-reclining-leg-lift Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:53:26 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=7686

It is time to lie down and stretch! Be friendly with your yoga mat or find yourself a desirable location, however you do it, be ready to exercise

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It is time to lie down and stretch! Be friendly with your yoga mat or find yourself a desirable location, however you do it, be ready to exercise and respire easy. Yoga is about letting go. Yoga requires a free spirit ready to dance in the charms of stretching and extending. The waves of relaxation ease out your stress points making them smooth and ready to wander away in pleasure of nature. Those benefiting from the charms of yoga have a look of ease on their faces. So fasten your seat belts to spread similar ease in yourself.

Side Recline Leg Lift: Today we have a feasible core-building asana for your pelvic region. The side recline pose called  ‘Vishnu Pose’ in Hindi is a means of building up intrinsic power in legs and the back muscles. The side reclining leg lift pose in yoga is a core-balancing pose that concentrates mainly on the pelvic region.

First step: It begins rather simple. Lie on your side on your yoga mat. The goal is to line up your entire body flush with the edge of the mat. Start with your bottom heel and then continue along the line of your leg. Come on the floor to lie on your right side. Contract the ankle muscles of your right ankle and heel and press it on the outside. Press the foot on the floor and try to keep it stable.

Second step: Take support from your right arm and place it under your head. Extend it a little to stretch the armpits. At this point your right arm is parallel to the floor and also in line with right leg which is fully extended.

Third Step: Lift up your left leg and raise it to the ceiling. Take it a little on the inside such that the body makes an inward dip with the leg. Hold the foot with your left fingers specially your middle and index fingers. Stabilize the grip and let the leg move up to the ceiling.

Fourth step: At this point the curve on one side of body is formed all the way from the arm pit to the hips. The lifted leg with come a little forward at this time but the left buttock will slightly drop. At this point your leg still remains at a 90 degree but it slightly gets tilted inward.

Fifth step: Make sure that your lower back bone presses against the hip bone. The heels are actively pressing against the floor at this point. Follow the asana for thirty seconds and then release.

How it will serve you? The pose is an easy and natural way to tone your back. Your leg and arm muscles get in shape and power. Stretching exercises of legs naturally put them in a perfect tone. If you are tired of lifting up grueling tiresome weights in gym, here is a way out. The results with these yoga exercises are fast and feasible. Regular practice of this posture not only helps in toning the abdominal muscles but also strengthens and stretches the sides of the body and the back of the legs.

Contraindications: Side reclining leg life might cause back injury or pain, sciatica or slipped disc, chronic headaches or diarrhea.

Alterations:

  1. Use a strap around the ball of the foot if it is difficult to reach the big toe while maintaining a straight leg.
  2.  Hold the leg under the knee and stretch toward the head while allowing the raised leg to bend.
  3. If at some point it is difficult to balance, place a blanket or wedge alongside the back to support the body.
  4. Press the sole of the bottom foot into a wall for added support.

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