Am I Over Weight?

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According to medical research, 80% of the healthy individuals consider themselves overweight, obese or the more common term fat. How to know whether you are really fat or just fussing about nothing? The answer is highly simple – calculate your BMI! BMI or Body Mass Index is a simple figure that will actually tell you if you are overweight or not.

Well, if you are diagnosed to be obese and toy plan to follow a particular diet plan then you certainly need to go on and read my entire post.

While following a diet plan recommended by your physician, you should keep the following tips in mind for your own health.

  • If you are a keen reader you must have noticed that in the above line I mentioned a diet plan recommended by your physician, this surely means that I strictly do not allow my readers to just follow any random diet plan, particularly the ones over the net by arbitrary people. Following a diet plan keeps you in a very critical condition and you should be overlooked by a professional only.
  • Avoid “eating nothing at all” and “lose weight by starving to death” kinds of diets. They are very very harmful for health. They leave you malnourished, scrawny and cranky.
  • Make sure your diet plan should contain adequate amounts of proteins, little carbs and almost nill fats.
  • Exercise regime is really essential along with cutting down on food. You cannot lose weight only by sitting and eating nothing. You need to get up and run to sweat!

For The Love of Cars!

Worldwide there are many companies which deal in creating new and innovative cars but only few companies have maintained their reputation in the market as the most esteemed ones. Their productions have high-tech engines, topped by lavishly designed stunning body. If you are really crazy about cars and planning to buy a new one, I am here to help you. For your ease, I have compiled the five cars with the most amazing combination of an automated engine and a dazzling look.

BMW 1 SERIES COUPE

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This latest BMW has a quite smart and stunning look like saloon. It’s an excellent undersized car. It has an automatic start and stop function.  It has efficient dynamics which reduce power consumption and increase performance as well as pleasure.

HONDA ACCORD SEDAN

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Up till now, Honda has offered several distinctive car body styles and versions of Accord but this latest one is just stupendous. The exterior design and impression of Accord Sedan is sleek, extravagant and decisive. The bold headlights and outstanding bumpers complete the look.

TOYOTA COROLLA

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Corolla has always been the best selling name plate in the world. Toyota has earned a good deal of capital with this product. The drive is incredibly comfortable and luxurious. It gives exceptional performance with low fuel consumption.

AUDI A8

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The forthcoming Audi A8 has very precise and systematic light-weight construction combined with utter comfort. This luxurious saloon has a range of cosmetic and engine upgrades. Well, the sales begin from January 2014, so start saving from now only!

HONDA CIVIC

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Civic has absolutely stunning and eye-catching look. The sweep drive is perfect for a family trip.

It Cannot Be Avoided…But Can Be Delayed

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Nature has blessed our skin with an outer most layer called Epidermis. It serves as the shield that impedes environmental factors to damage our skin and makes it water-resistant. Beneath the epidermis, lies the Dermis. Dermis, the chief structural layer of skin, is composed of protein collagen and elastin. These proteins are responsible for the elasticity and pliability of our skin.

With increasing age, the body’s ability to synthesize collagen decreases. This results in less collagen in almost all parts of your body; skin, bones, cartilages, muscles.  It is the declining amount of collagen in your skin that principally causes wrinkles and sagging, loosening and thickening of skin. The function of sweat glands and oil glands also lessen.

Extrinsic factors that initiate early aging include:

  • Frequent exposure to sun. The ultra violet radiations in the sun induce DNA damage
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Frequent exposure air pollution
  • Food rich in free radicals such as fried foods. Accumulation of free radicals damage collagen fibers and elastin
  • Stress

Natural decline in collagen may not be under our control but we can oppress the extrinsic factors contributing to aging. This is the reason why different people exhibit signs of aging at different ages.

Here are a few measures that can help you delay the process of skin aging and wrinkle formation:

  • Healthy diet. Use of green leafy vegetables and colored fruits in your diet. They are an essential source of Vitamin A, C and E.
  • Moisturizing and cleansing your skin regularly.
  • Regular use of sun blocks.
  • Medical treatments such as face lifting, anti-aging creams, Botox, Sculptra.

4 Ignored Symptoms of debilitating Health

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Not a single luxury is a luxury if you do not maintain good health. Whoever said it, said it right; indeed Health Is Wealth. Many a times, we fail to notice very obvious symptoms of diminishing well being; these symptoms come into our knowledge only when a serious disease has implanted its seed in our body.

Anemia

Liver diseases, diseases of general weakness, malnutrition all start with anemia. Anemia is defined as deficiency of iron, therefore hemoglobin, in the body. How can you check if you are anemic? Anemia is indicated by paleness of face, white periphery of eyes become yellowish, nail beds become pale, delayed or reduced menstruation in females, hair fall and easy tiredness. What to do for anemia? Consult a physician for iron supplements.

Continuous Headache

Most common and neglected form of pain is headache. Long standing headache has always been dangerous in the medical science. Headache along with dizziness requires immediate medical consultation. The complications include: Sinusitis, Head trauma, Brain Tumor.

Mental Irritability

Mental irritability, forgetfulness and clumsiness, particularly in adults of age 45+ are alarming. With advancing age, the chances of mental degenerating diseases increase, therefore, keep in touch with your physician if you even slightly feel that you might have become irritable or ill-tempered with age.

Lack of appetite

Lack of appetite or anorexia is very common in adolescents and teenagers. Sometimes, it is associated with puberty and subsides with time. In other instances, anorexia may be an early symptom of a digestive tract disease; in these cases it is almost always associated with diarrhea and vomiting.

 

Diabetic? Yet Craving for More Sweet?

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Craving is this intense desire to really want to eat something. For some people it may be as weird as ice-cream sprinkled with cheese, for others as simple as bread, fruits, chocolate, potato chips, or a burger. Well, normal people crave only when their blood sugar goes down i.e. in hypoglycemic state but diabetics can still crave with normal blood sugar. The reason behind this is the insufficient production of insulin or insulin resistance. Insulin is required by cells for uptake of glucose, therefore, despite plenty of glucose in the body, when there is insulin underproduction or resistance the cells starve, this is when craving for sugars occur.

Some logical reasons why a diabetic feels so feeble and vulnerable in front of his cravings:

 

HYPOGLYCEMIA: Their sugars level goes down because of therapeutic reasons or because of long fasting.

 

HABITUATION: Diabetics are used to sweet-eating, they cannot avoid it.candies-colorful-cute-food-strawberries-Favim.com-54679

 

CHROMIUM DEFICIENCY:  Chromium is vital to absorb and utilize insulin. When someone is deficient in chromium, craving for sweet begins. Unfortunately, as one eats foods with high glycolic index, the glucose further strips the body of chromium, setting up a vicious cycle.

 

CALCIUM AND MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY: In type 2 diabetes, deficiency of essential nutrients especially calcium and magnesium make the body starved and craving occur.

 

There are certain remedies to cope craving:

  • Go for proteineous diet instead of sugary
  • Try to distract yourself.
  • Replace sweets and sugars with fruits
  • Chew sugar free gum.
  • Control your emotions and temptations.

 

Abandoning the habit of craving is a long journey, not a one day procedure. Self-control, it requires. Sometimes you may even feel bad about it but still you have to do this at all costs.

 

RAPE: THE ILLICIT EVIL; NO BARRICADES YET?

Rape is synonymous to sexual harassment or sexual assault in which culprit bestows a brusque, callous attitude towards the victim. Highlighting the plague of rape in America as a whole, we may cite the accurate potency of the practice, anyhow. Rape is however a saddening truth for the victim as after being assaulted, there are victimized feelings of shame and negligence. The victim may have utmost feelings contrary to that of complacency and may desire to be hanged or buried under such a place where he or she may be alone with the penny of her/his chaste thoughts.

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In the States, it has been reported that rape is on the rise and with sudden results, it has been comparatively beaten the statistics of smoking.


As smoking, drugs and alcohol are some of the imposed curses in which sex and hearty intimate behaviours may be eagerly curtailed by the offenders themselves, there are many places of the world including America which holds the top most position of ruining its teenagers due to explicit content. Such obscene content shown on media or on the internet is the result of early puberty and the bleak hormonal rise driving the current youth to an intimate paradise within themselves.
IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS HERE
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the internet, there have been reported that there were approximately 90,000 rape cases in America alone in the year of 2008. Such negligence if pursued would trouble the natives themselves. However, Americans are also not safe in other parts of the world as recent reports (2013) have been indicative of the fact that American females have been raped continually in southern parts of India, as keenly viral in many papers.

Ikea Uses 1% of World’s Annual Wood Production, says Pacific Standard Report

Ikea, the huge Swedish furniture business that popularised the flat-pack model, has a reputation around the world as a family orientated company that cares about people and the environment. There’s only one problem. All those Billy book cases and Hemnes beds are made using wood. Lots, and lots of wood. In fact, according to an article in the Daily Mail, Ikea use 1% of all the wood produced in the entire world each and every year.

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Think about that for a minute. Ikea is a privately held business. They sell occasional furniture – hallway tables, sideboards, beds, book cases and the like. And they sell so many of them that they alone account for a small percentage of the world’s wood use, which includes wood used to make paper-based products.

There is a problem though and that is where it all comes from. In the past they have been criticised for using wood derived from trees felled in ancient woodlands. Once that hit the news, they put in place a series of measures to prevent it happening again. But that doesn’t mean they are all-of-a-sudden green. 25% of the wood they use comes from sustainable forests. The rest of it – well, they say that it isn’t from illegal logging anyway and that there is a roadmap in place to increase the use of wood from sustainable sources to 50% by 2017.

Ikea’s seemingly insatiable desire for wood has spawned a wholly owned subsidiary company called Swedwood that, you guessed it, processes trees into furniture. They’re growing fast too. Swedwood has been posting 20-25% year-on-year growth since it was founded more than 20 years ago in 1991. They employ more than 16,000 people at 50 sites in 10 countries around the world.

One thing is for sure. With Ikea posting consistently high sales, anybody that sells chainsaws will probably be in high demand for quite some time. As would anybody selling meatballs. Or lingonberries for that matter!

Going Digital With The Hiring Process

Not every job is suitable for everyone, there are certain factors which must be taken into consideration like skills abilities, interests and likewise. If these factors are neglected by recruiters they are sure to face problems in regard to their recruited candidate in later working years.

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The advancement made in technology is awesome as it has improvised the recruitment sector too. It’s a breathtaker for companies as now they can easily recruit them through these technologies and also have the surety that is the perfect one for the job.

These softwares help in bringing modernity to the business. These are crucial for the growth of business to adapt the change in the technology and time. You can find such softwares are being created daily by different agencies.

These agencies basically aim at providing higher success to your business through these softwares. Such recruiting software and web based recruitment softwares are of great help in clinching success in your business. It is common fact that one needs to choose wisely to ensure a good kick start to your business.

Although such softwares are found in abundance over the internet through various online agencies it is wise that you check on the background of such providers. Many hoax agencies have been set up in the garb of some reputed agencies to fool people looking for such softwares. Moreover you also need to check in what way will the software help you. Good and reputed companies can provide you guidance before you make the purchase with them. These recruitment systems totally enhance the value and quality of the products produces in the company.

It can be predicted that these recruitment software is playing a vital role in the HR process especially for those companies who had face the wrath of global recessions. Attracting, recruiting and retaining the right people are the main aspects to bag growth, productivity and long lasting upscale performances for the business.

Firstly, before buying these softwares you should check whether it fits your present system or not. You cannot change your internal system settings just because of the software so it is better to discard it. Authentic recruitment softwares are designed to fit in any type of settings. They are very easy to use and you won’t have to change your management programs to install the software.

Apart from that you also need to check how much time and money is saved through this software. Authentic recruiting software is known to automatically process the whole administration tasks that used to give HR experts a run for their money. This is the main reason why recruiters and HR experts were forced to look up to such softwares.

Another exciting and beneficial feature of this software is the added branding and marketing opportunities which are the part and parcel of online recruitment. It doesn’t matter who you are an HR professional, company recruiter, career seeker or likewise, employment software has given a new dimension in communication, hiring process and proper administration. It is now savvy to work at the disposal of such softwares.

Improve Your Marketing Techniques for Your Online Business

In order for your online business to stay successful, you will have to continually improve your marketing techniques. As consumer tastes and demands change so does the way that you will need to market to them. Some of the changes and adjustments that you may have to make include improving your website, increasing customer-driven marketing, and improving your presence on social media sites.

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Improve Your Website

Because your website is the way the main avenue that your customers use to reach you, you will have to make sure that it is constantly in working order. Routine maintenance and troubleshooting will be a constant in your life as a online business owner. You might also consider hiring a web consultant to make recommendations for improving the site and increasing traffic. Ultimately your goal should be to encourage new customers to check out what you have to offer and to entice previous customers to come back.

Increase Customer-Driven Marketing

Your customers are the most powerful allies that you have. Any success that your business has is largely due to your customers’ support. With that said, you will have to figure out the best way to take the appeal that you have for your customers and expand your business. To do this, you must pay attention to customer feedback. The customer feedback that you receive should be first considered and then incorporated into your eCommerce marketing strategies whenever possible. If you listen to your customers, they will feel valued and will want to come back again and again. Keep in mind that you don’t have to enact every single suggestion, either. Sometimes they just aren’t feasible for you, but knowing what your customers think can still help shape your business.

Improve Your Presence on Social Media Site

An effective presence on social media sites will require you to actively participate in communication with your customers. You should be able to promote your business without bothering or spamming your social media followers. Take a step back to really evaluate how your presence on social media is faring. If you think that your followers are not responding well to your interactions, try a different approach. The idea is to create a more personal relationship with your customers while casually promoting your business and the services that you offer. To gain this sort of social media presence, you need to make sure that all of your interactions are genuine, non-promotional, and have a purpose. Your social media followers can tell the difference between a generic message and one that was genuinely written in that moment.

Improving your marketing techniques for your online business may require that you make some adjustments to your current behaviors and processes. Improving your website, increasing customer-driven marketing, and improving your presence on social media sites are all things that you may have to adjust or change. These adjustments and changes will help you to maintain or increase the level of success that you have. Because customer preferences are always changing, it is important to make sure that you are prepared to adjust your processes to meet those changes.

Starbucks Raises Prices Despite Lower Costs for Beans

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New York – Starbucks spokesperson Lisa Passe announced earlier this month that an average price hike of 1% will be implemented for almost all of the cafe’s 11,000 branches in the US. This announcement came at a time when prices for coffee beans have gone down thus lower production costs for the coffee company.

“Less than a third of beverages will see a small increase in most stores,” said Lisa Passe. While the increase is not likely to affect medium and large sized beverages including Starbucks’ signature Frappucinos, a hike of less than 10 cents should be expected in small-sized drinks. The new prices will vary per region and will affect each drink differently.

When asked why Starbucks has decided to hike up on their prices despite lower costs for coffee beans, their answer was simple. The prices for beans may have gone down but the other costs such as rent, electricity, sugar, milk, and so on remain stagnant. While the company has and will definitely benefit from lower coffee bean prices, this cost is only accounts for less than 10% of the total expenses related to running a store.

The 1% price increase will be the first that Starbucks goers will see in 2 years. Some Starbucks customers have expressed their displeasure about the news but Starbucks remains confident that their sales will continue to hold steadily, if not towards an upward trend.

The price hike is set to take effect on Tuesday in various Starbucks outlets in the United States.

Russ Tice Blows the Whistle on the NSA

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Washington – In the Pulitzer award winning article published by the New York Times, former National Security Agency intelligence analyst Russ Tice revealed that the agency held unwarranted wiretap orders for a long list of US politicians. Among whom include President Barack Obama. In 2004 of course, Obama was still a senator.

“In the summer of 2004, one of the papers that I held in my hand was to wiretap a bunch of numbers associated with a forty-some-year-old senator from Illinois. You wouldn’t happen to know where that guy lives now would you? It’s a big White House in Washington D.C. That’s who the NSA went after. That’s the President of the United States now” said Tice in his interview in the Boiling Frogs Show earlier this week.

The main concern here is of course, the intelligence agency’s power to blackmail their targets based on the recordings they’ve gathered. While the Bush government did admit to the signing off on the wiretapping practice, they said that the targets were very few. This however, was contradicted by Tice saying that the NSA had and most likely used their power to gather information from millions of unknowing Americans.

Tice’s allegations against the NSA in 2005 were forgotten until recently when new reports of the NSA’s data surveillance program surfaced. According to the agency, they program was designed to monitor people who are being suspected of aiding terrorist plans against the US. They added that the NSA does not have the capability nor the desire to gather information without a warrant from millions of Americans.

On the other hand, Tice believes that recent technological advancement have significantly improved the NSA’s data gathering capabilities. He states that this can be worrisome as there is no saying as to what extent will the agency abuse their power.

Most Fuel Efficient Cars of 2013

While the ever-increasing price of petrol and diesel has caused UK motorists to have to tighten their belts in recent years, the good news is that rising fuel prices has forced many car manufacturers to think more economically with their designs.

The result is that the most fuel-efficient cars ever designed are available on the market today and they can achieve a truly astonishing mpg (miles per gallon) rate. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new runaround or need a car hire option that gives plenty of mileage out of a full tank, consider some of the most economic sets of wheels that are available to you.

5: Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi

Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi

Combined fuel consumption: 88.3mpg
CO2 emissions: 85g/km
Fuel type: Diesel

Running at an incredible rate of 88.3 mpg the Kia Rio 1.1 is one of the cleanest and most fuel-efficient non-electric cars on sale today. Standing head and shoulders above the likes of the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta, the Rio has its new 1.1-litre three-cylinder turbodiesel engine to thank for its fuel-efficiency, along with a host of fuel-saving measures and aerodynamic tweaks.

4: Hyundai i20 1.1 CRDi Blue

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Combined fuel consumption: 88.3mpg
CO2 emissions: 84g/km
Fuel type: Diesel

Its 74bhp 1.1-litre three-cylinder turbo-diesel emits only 84g/km of CO2 and its combined fuel consumption measures up to that of the Kia Rio 1.1, making the Hyundai i20 1.1 Blue a fearsome competitor on the road.

In spite of its diesel engine, you won’t hear the turbo, giving you a smooth, comfortable and very fuel-efficient ride.

3: Renault Clio dCi 90 Eco

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Combined fuel consumption: 88.3mpg
CO2 emissions: 83g/km
Fuel type: Diesel

For French style and élan married to solid fuel-efficiency and reliability, the Clio dCi 90 Eco is a sure bet. Once you’re settled into a steady pace, the engine emits little sound or vibration at all while offering a smooth, refined ride to boot.

2: Toyota Prius Plug-in

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Combined fuel consumption: 135mpg
CO2 emissions: 49g/km
Fuel type: Petrol/electric hybrid

Clean, smooth and massively fuel-efficient, the Toyota Prius is everything you would hope for from a hybrid. Although it packs a pretty steep price tag (starting around £28,000) its phenomenal fuel economy of 135mpg means you’ll be making significant savings on petrol.

Coupled with huge storage space, smooth handling and added tech for your convenience, the Prius is a middle-England driver’s dream.

1: Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

Combined fuel consumption: 155mpg
CO2 emissions: 48g/km
Fuel type: Diesel/electric hybrid

Though many might baulk at its £40,000+ price tag, the Volvo V60 plug-in Hybrid is the king of fuel-efficiency so far for 2013 with a frankly unbelievable 155mpg combined fuel consumption rate.

With the electric motor at the rear and the familiar 2.4-litre, 215bhp D5 diesel in the front, the V60 is all-wheel drive on demand and handles like the sweetest of dreams. Depending on driving conditions it can switch between power sources in a way that is barely noticeable but makes for an incredible fuel-efficiency rate.