Alternatives to BMI when tracking weight loss

Alternatives to BMI when tracking weight loss
Alternatives to BMI when tracking weight loss

When you want to lose weight, one of the most important things that you can do is track your progress. For years one of the most popular tools for weight loss analysis was called the Body Mass Index, or BMI. However, today, the open limitations of the BMI are much more apparent.

If you are serious about losing weight, then it pays to find out some of the most important BMI alternatives. What can you use if you want to make sure you can lose weight and then analyze your results accordingly?

The limitations of BMI

The BMI is quite limited in that it does not take into account things like body muscle or body fat. Basically, by taking your height and weight, you can find out what your body mass should be for your own particular height.

However, a common story about why BMI does not work so well comes from Michael Jordan, the sports legend. He was in fantastic shape, but according to his BMI he was overweight – despite being a size 30 waist. Why was he told he was overweight? Because as a super-athlete, he was in supreme muscle-bound condition.

Muscle weighs more than fat, so someone can be well-cut and defined yet, by BMI ratings, would be classed as over their expected weight. This means that you can create a scenario where someone who is actually in fine condition might be chasing ways to cut weight when, in reality, they should be doing nothing of the sort.

By the same token, this works in another way entirely. You could be told that your BMI is perfectly healthy, but in reality you are a good bit over where you should be. It’s a good metric to use, but it does lack a lot of the context we need.

This is why using BMI alternatives is so important. While you could always use a BMI calculator such as the one from Just HCG to find out what your rating is, does it really tell you too much?

If you want to better prepare yourself for proper weight loss, it pays to invest some time and effort into finding out what changes you should make. Here are two popular BMI alternatives that make a fine differing opinion. This should help you out a lot when you want to lose weight. So, how can you go about making positive changes to your weight loss regime?

Relative Fat Mass Index

While the Relative Fat Mass Index (RFM) might be a new concept, it has quickly gained ground and authority across the weight loss industry. It’s very important to learn more about it, as it offers an interesting alternative to what you are using at present.

With the help of the ‘new and improved’ RFM, you can quickly wok out your fat mass. It can also be worked out simply by using a tape measure, which is obviously useful. Unlike other analysis models, this means that you can find out what your fat mass is for a few pounds!

The distance around your waist is taken and then put into relation to your height. This is simpler, it’s less open to interpretation and it does not need quite so much context and padding around it to make it a legitimate form of analysis. Not only that, but it also gives you the help that you need to make a genuine improvement to analysis as it offers you a better idea of whether or not the fat levels you hold presently are healthy or now.

This is one of the reasons why the RFM has become such a wise measure for you to use. it’s based on some very important changes to the procedure, reducing much of the work that you need to do in a bid to find out where your body is at presently. Since the RFM is very popular, it’s rated as equally as good as the DXA body scan – a professional piece of equipment that delivers one of the most accurate fat mass results.

So, with that in mind, you might wish to look into measuring your RFM. It could be one of the best solutions to use during weight loss. What else works, though?

Simple calculations

Of course, other options exist as well. For example, according to Professor Nick Trefethen, the Professor of Numerical Analysis at Oxford University, a simple change to the numbers can produce much better results.

According to Mr. Trefethen, all we need to do is get our weight on a set of scales. Then, take that weight and multiply it by 1.3. Then, divide this by your height to the power of 2.5. This is supposed to be produce a much better level of knowledge about the body, and it does tend to be more suitable for people of a taller nature.

Another option would be to use the Lean Mass Index, or LMI. This is also very popular, and has become a go-to choice for many people looking to lose weight and find out a more accurate representation of where they are. You should look to measure your FMI and LMI apart from one another, though for one simple reason: it will give you a better idea of how much fat, and muscle, you are carrying relative to your weight.

Obviously, you might appear to be heavier if you carry a lot of muscle. It’s important to keep that in mind, as your BMI does not make that clear when you are using it.

For this reason, we recommend that you spend a bit more time getting to grips with what your BMI can do – and what it cannot. If you wish to make more use of numbers to make analysis of your body a bit easier, then following along with all of the above should really help you out.

Your RFM and your LMI will go a long way to helping you get a much clearer picture of your progress than BMI.

Haritaki Reviews

Here I am posting haritaki reviews of  by various customers. Thanks!

Victor from India writes: I have been taking haritaki powder and feeling great like never before like mental clarity, more focused and concentration level, skyrocket energy, expansion of thoughts, more positive and creative thought pattern. 
In the last so many years I have tried so many herbs for my mind related problems like severe brain fog, anxiety, depression, very low energy etc but didn’t notice any changes.
 It is only after trying haritaki powder I felt immediate changes in my mind powers and energy level.
Just a single herb like haritaki has so many benefits on the brain, mind and body.
https://youtu.be/DPwhUL9rshE

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Ven. Thubten Pema Tenzin Rinpoche
He in a few weeks has brought his brain cancer to a zero
He was stage 4 brain cancer & 8 months in ICU . His cancer level was 2000 last month & in a few weeks it zero after lots of haritaki in his blender
He will go on yelp for you He will go down in history for you as his dr. Vo a oncologist in Upland knows it the haritaki
Mary Ann Los angeles
 My anxiety become clear, everyday my body is better i dont feel tired when i got up in the morning. Its very helpful for BM everyday. Im so happy for this product.
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Haritaki capsules get great reviews
Haritaki capsules get great reviews

Haritaki helps gallstones

Haritaki has been proven to help with gall stones.

This information on gallstones haritaki from this link   

Ayurvedic medicines which can dissolve or eradicate the gallstones with regular use are given below-

  • Kwath (Home-made decoctions): These are more famous and more preferable Ayurvedic medicines for gallstone disease.
    Guduchyadi Kwath; Faltrikadi Kwath; Bhunimbaadi Kwath; Abhayaadi Kwath; Triphala Kwath; Varunaadi Kwath; Pathyaadi Kwath; OPD CHEK Decoction etc.
    Method for preparing the Home-made decoction-
    Take around two tablespoonfuls of Herbal decoction and mix it well with around two cups of water (Around 150 ml water) in the evening hours. Keep the mixture for whole night. The very next morning, boil this mixture on light to medium flame. Shake it well during boiling. Gradually the water will start to get evaporating. When around half cup of water remains in the mixture during boiling, take it down. Strain the liquid into a glass or ceramic container using a sieve or a cloth such as a jelly bag or muslin cloth. Drink the freshly prepared liquid decoction after 4-5 minutes.
  • Kadha (Ready-made decoctions in Syrup base):
    Bhunimbaadi Kadha; Faltrikaadi Kadha; Pathyaadi Kadha etc.
  • Churna (Ayurvedic herbal powders):
    Katuki Churna; Trivrut Churna; Triphala Churna; Haritaki Churna etc.
  • Vati(Tabletes and Capsules):
    Pathyaadi ghanvati; Samsamani Vati; Livotrit tablet; Liver-Kidney Care Capsule; Immunity Capsule (Organic India Pharma); Beliver Capsule (Pink health Pharma), Reliz Capsule (Siddham Ayurveda’s) etc.
  • Syrup:
    Livotrit Syrup, Hepnar Syrup, Liv-52 Syrup etc.

As you can see haritaki powder is listed as one of the herbal remedies for Gall Bladder issues.

Explanation of where gall stones are located in the human body, and how haritaki helps them
Explanation of where gall stones are located in the human body, and how haritaki helps them

The following videos explain more about gallstones in general, what causes them and how the can be reduced or eradicated.

Here is a link to more information on haritaki

The Mayo Clinic describes gallstones like this:

Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can form in your gallbladder. Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just beneath your liver. The gallbladder holds a digestive fluid called bile that’s released into your small intestine. Gallstones range in size from as small as a grain of sand to as large as a golf ball. Some people develop just one gallstone, while others develop many gallstones at the same time. People who experience symptoms from their gallstones usually require gallbladder removal surgery. Gallstones that don’t cause any signs and symptoms typically don’t need treatment.

 

 

Bizarre Haritaki stories from India

I just came back from India.. 
I was taking a course in third eye awakening, and a lot of weird things happened associated with Haritaki.
Now this may sound strange to some of my readers but here goes!
Ready for some odd stories about the benefits of Haritaki?
The way I was introduced to Haritaki was through an Indian guru, called Paramahamsa Nithyananda. He has been making sure that all the people who he speaks to hear about the extraordinary benefits of Haritaki.
From Nithyananda’s perspective Haritaki is not only the “King of Herbs” and good for an amazingly healthy body it is the most powerful tool to awaken the mystical third eye.
“What the heck is the third eye?” You may be asking.
It is the source of intuition, of inner knowing and sixth sense. For Nithyananda its use is normal, basic and natural, but for most people on the planet, its use is occasional to never.
So much for the background now on to the Bizarre stories.
In India, we take Haritaki daily, often twice a day. We take it at night just before bed to cleanse the system so that in the morning our bowel movement is so extensive that we know we have cleansed all yesterday’s food and toxins from the system. I felt so so light after doing this, like I could jump a tall building. (which I did not try!)
There were about 300 of us who would sit and meditate and then practice various third eye powers.
My Results
Body Scanning for illness and remedies
I found that I could body scan people and let them know of injuries, sore spots and remedies for those problems.
Remote Viewing
I was able to remote view. Look at a person’s house who I did not know and then describe it to them. One person, when I scanned his house all I saw was nature and fields. I could not find the house. I thought that perhaps he was a nature lover. When I told him what I saw he informed me that his house was being built in a field right now!
Moving objects with my mind
We found out that when an object such as a coconut is held in another person’s flat hand, we could move them quite easily so that they would roll out of the hand on to the floor. I rolled hundreds of coconuts using this method. Moving the same coconut on the ground was much harder and I was not able to do that. I think that we become one with another person much easier than we become one with the ground.
I could move a round crystal that was placed on a flat surface with my mind. I moved it about 6 inches. Once. not again. yet!
I saw hundreds of examples of third eye awakening and activity, it was a super fun time and quite like Hogwarts Harry Potter school of magic at times. Some of the people attending were able to read any book at all while their eyes were covered.
What does all this mean for your physical health?
  1. What it means is that there is now ample proof that Haritaki has remarkable effects on brain. The third eye is part of the human brain, and as it increases in performance so does the rest of the brain.
  2. Body scanning reveals the effects of Haritaki on the body. Just about all body scanners were able to see the strong cleansing effects of Haritaki on the digestive system vs any other normal digestion. They reported to me that it is almost like two different beings, one regular without Haritaki, and two cleansed and healthy and vibrant, with regular Haritaki.
Recent reports from Haritaki users
Increase in eyesight- 2-3 reports
Increases in energy- many reports
Ease of digestion- many reports
Skin issues clearing up- 3-4 reports
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Please let me know if you have any questions or need more information.
Thanks!
From Haritaki India

Link to other benefits here
I also got to participate in some wild traditional yoga practices called Malakambha, or pole yoga. Here our team is doing a group demo practice.
Yogic super practices using our kundalini, haritaki and third eye
Yogic super practices using our kundalini, haritaki and third eye

Top 10 Haritaki Plus Reviews

Top 10 Haritaki Plus Reviews

User Submitted Feedback For Organic Haritaki Plus

We have just finished going through our first 75 Haritaki Plus verified purchase reviews (all reviews at bottom of this post).  We didn’t ask any specific questions or give any guidelines for feedback – we simply asked for honest reviews of Haritaki Plus.

The results below represent the unique perspective of our users – and give the most transparent insight into the benefits of taking Haritaki Plus on a daily basis.

Here are the top 10 benefits our customers reported:

#1 More energy. Approximately 40% of people reported more energy.

#2 Intuition increase. Over 25% of people reported increases in intuition, third eye awakening, and reduction in mind noise.

#3 Reduction of digestive issues. Over 28% reported that digestive issues were eliminated or reduced.

#4 Memory improvement. 8% reported an increase in memory. This result differs from other surveys done over a long period of time where memory was tested. In those studies we discovered that memory was extended by several hundred percent.

#5 Intestinal health improvements and elimination issues. 8% reported a shift in this area.

#6 Mental clarity and reduction of mind noise. This is quite a common report.

#7 Overall detoxing of skin, mouth, and brain. 

#8 Eyesight improvement. While this was noted by just a few people in this survey, we frequently receive comments from people excited about their eyesight improvements.

#9 Stress reduction. An improvement in this area overlaps with increases in intuition and reduction of mind noise.

#10 Blood pressure reduction

#More Diabetes reduction

You can view a more complete list of benefits of Haritaki here.

Haritaki Powder Dosage

Research indicates that a normal dosage of Haritaki powder is about 500mg

Haritaki powder is made from the dried fruit of the tree Terminalia chebula, also known as Kadukkai Podi in Tamil, and Harad in Hindi.

The powder is excellent for extending life and creating great health. One of the main ways that it does this is to cleanse the intestinal walls. In Sanskrit this is known as Anulomana, or purging, “putting to the right”

When taken regularly haritaki cleanses the intestinal walls of the debris that can build up there and stop effective absorbing of the food nutrients.

Many people that I know that are taking Haritaki are reporting that the bowel movement aspect leaves them feeling very clear and free. One friend was visiting last night and reported that he can feel a huge difference when taking haritaki in comparison to not taking it. He feels that the cleansing action of the haritaki on the bowels leaves him feeling lighter and cleansed. When he does not take haritaki he feels that he spends longer at the bathroom attempting to expel.

 

Haritaki and cleansing reactions

Haritaki can trigger a cleansing reaction in some people. This shows up as high volume bowel movements in succession. This can be part of a cleansing of the whole intestinal tract. I recommend that you view this as a necessary part of cleansing. If it persists reduce the amount of  the dosage of Haritaki.

My recommendation

I recommend that you play with the dosage amount you take. I recommend that you start with small amounts, 1/2 teaspoon taken at night, and then increase until you can take a large teaspoon each night. If you react strongly to the haritaki, reduce the amount taken until you reach an amount that works for you.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3665098/

In Ayurveda, Haritaki [Terminalia Chebula Retz] is praised as the best salutary drug which can be used in almost all stages and ages of human life.[1] This drug is having many different properties and actions, one of the important among them is Anulomana. Anulomana (Aperients a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels) can be defined as a mild form of laxative action in which complete process of digestion is achieved and fecal matter which is adhered to intestinal walls is separated without damaging intestinal mucosa.[2] This action is achieved in such way that it accelerates normal digestion process through easy evacuation by altering consistency of fecal matter to normalcy which is sticky because of improper digestion (ingestion).

http://www.ayushveda.com/ayurvedic-terms-definitions/grahi-general-terms.htm

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Anti Aging Skin Care Products Myths

Anti aging skin care products

Are you looking for anti aging skin care products? Have you thought of buying one?

Anti aging skin care products remind me of the song ’18 till I die’. Indeed, anti aging skin care products are very popular today; and why not, who doesn’t want to look young for ever?

Talking of anti aging skin care products, the first thing that comes to mind is vitamin C based anti aging skin care products. These products work by enabling the synthesis of collagen (a structural protein that is found in skin). This category of anti aging skin care products is related to anti-oxidants. Anti aging skin care products that are based on vitamin C are, however, posed with the danger of getting oxidised themselves (as they come into contact with air during their usage). So some anti aging skin care products are based on the derivatives of vitamin C, which are more stable and less expensive. However, the effectiveness of such anti aging skin care is not as much as it is for vitamin C based ant aging skin care products.

Besides vitamin C, vitamin E and lipoic acid are anti-oxidants too.

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble anti-oxidant that is found in human blood and helps in building resistance against infection. Vitamin E is also known to inhibit cancer. Liponic acid is known to combat the signs of aging very effectively by reversing the skin damage caused by the aging process.

Phytochemicals form the other category of anti aging skin care products. Phytochemical are special chemicals that are extracted from plants. There are a variety of phytochemicals that are in use today. Phytochemicals prevent occurrence of cancer of certain types; these include prostate cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. That is why they find their place in anti aging skin care products.

Some B-vitamins like B5, B6 and B12 are also in use for anti aging skin care products.

The field of anti aging skin care products is vast and needs a lot of research. Though the currently available products are effective, they still have challenges to combat. Hopefully, these challenges will get resolved in due course and help get better and cheaper anti aging skin care products.

However, anti aging skin care products should be used only as a supplement to the natural ways of skin and body care. So, drinking a lot of water, getting a good night sleep, exercising regularly, maintaining healthy eating habits and keeping stress at bay are essential means of delaying the aging process. No anti aging skin care product can replace them really.

Haritaki is proving itself to be very helpful for skincare.

it contains anti fungal properties that have healed fungal issues. Haritaki also has be helpful in reducing the effects of cuts to the skin.

Now that you know everything about skin care products, it would be easier to choose which one is the best for you.

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Haritaki For Mouth Sores and Ulcers

Haritaki heals Mouth Sores and ulcers

Haritaki is proven to heal mouth sores in both testimonials and also in clinical studies. A very strong testimonial comes from Louanne Tung who lives in the Livermore area of California. She is a strong proponent of Haritaki having had so many great results  in a variety of health issues. She reports that she has helped a number of people with mouth sores and ulcers. The best way to use Haritaki to help with sores is to take the Haritaki as a powder and wet it in your mouth and then with your tongue apply it to the area with the sores or ulcers. Hold the Haritaki in that area for some minutes, typically 5 minutes and then you can swallow the Haritaki powder.

Mouth sores defined

Source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouth_ulcer

A mouth ulcer (also termed an oral ulcer, or a mucosal ulcer) is an ulcer that occurs on the mucous membrane of the oral cavity.[1] Mouth ulcers are very common, occurring in association with many diseases and by many different mechanisms, but usually there is no serious underlying cause.

The two most common causes of oral ulceration are local trauma (e.g. rubbing from a sharp edge on a broken filling) andaphthous stomatitis (“canker sores”), a condition characterized by recurrent formation of oral ulcers for largely unknown reasons. Mouth ulcers often cause pain and discomfort, and may alter the person’s choice of food while healing occurs (e.g. avoiding acidic or spicy foods and beverages).

They may form individually or multiple ulcers may appear at the same time (a “crop” of ulcers). Once formed, the ulcer may be maintained by inflammation and/or secondary infection. Rarely, a mouth ulcer that does not heal may be a sign of oral cancer.

The of study Haritaki, Terminalia chebula   and mouth sores is listed here:

Use of an aqueous extract of Terminalia chebula as an anticaries agent: a clinical study.

Carounanidy U, Satyanarayanan R, Velmurugan A.

Division of Conservative, Dentistry and Endodontics, Rajah Muthiah Dental College and Hospital, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamilnadu – 608 002, India.

Plant-derived medicines have been a part of our traditional health care system, and the antimicrobial properties of plant-derived compounds are well documented. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of an aqueous extract of Terminalia chebula (a medicinal plant) on salivary samples and its potential for use as an anticaries agent in the form of mouthwash. A concentrated aqueous extract was prepared from the fruit of T. chebula . A mouth rinse of 10% concentration was prepared by diluting the extract in sterile distilled water. The efficacy of the mouth rinse was assessed by testing on 50 salivary samples. Salivary samples were collected from subjects assessed to be at high risk for caries. Salivary pH, buffering capacity, and microbial activity were assessed before rinsing, immediately after, and 10 min, 30 min, and 1 h after rinsing. There was an increase in the pH and buffering capacity and decrease in microbial count. An aqueous extract of T. chebula used as a mouth rinse seems to be an effective anticaries agent.

PMID: 17938489 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Add more Joy to your Yoga!

Tips to Increase Joy in Yoga
Tips to Increase Joy in Yoga

Add more joy to your Yoga!

The whole purpose of yoga is to create “Union”, oneness with all. In this union we often find that our oneness is full of joy, bliss and love.

Is your yoga full of joy bliss and love?

If not, why not?

Sure, at the end of the yoga class you are almost certainly experiencing some aspect of oneness. Sometimes it may be that “out of it” feeling, other times intense peace, other times a feeling of dissolving into everything. There is a myriad of experiences available at the end of the practice.

But how about during the practice? Is your mind chattering about the pain, the to do list, desire to be even better? Are you caught in comparison with the next student who is doing yoga better than you?

Here are 2 techniques that bring “Union” into your yoga practice earlier than waiting for the Shivasana posture that heralds the end of the class.

  1. Keep bringing your focus back to the breath.

As you move your body into, through, and out of the poses, constantly bring your focus to the breath. This gives the mind something organic to place its attention on. The breath is changing constantly, a challenge that aids the mind in staying focused and out of boredom.

  1. Create Bliss in your Muscle Memory

Muscle memory is a fact! If you burn your a finger, that finger will remember the experience and protect itself by from heat in the future.

If you are thinking constantly about a stressful situation at work while doing yoga, this will get imprinted into your muscle memory and you will move away from yoga,  like your finger moves away from heat.

You can use muscle memory to your advantage. This technique was taught to me by the famous Indian yogi, Paramahamsa Nithyananda. He recommends that we consciously plan on breathing in bliss and breathing out bliss with every movement and yoga pose. He emphasizes that bliss is our very essence. By moving our body while invoking the experience of bliss, this becomes embedded into our muscle memory and the ultimate goal of yoga is achieved in each moment. Here is an example of how to do this:

  1. Breathe in bliss. As you breathe in, bring the awareness to the breath and breathe in bliss. Feel the bliss flowing through your whole body. Allow your whole body to resonate with that feeling and experience.
  2. Breathe out Bliss. On the out breath, visualize that you are breathing out bliss. Your breath is nothing but bliss.
  3. Each breath is bliss. With each breath and each movement, keep the focus totally in the in-and-out breathing of bliss. 
  4. Increase the Bliss. As you develop this feeling in your body, allow it to become stronger and stronger.
  5. Feel the bliss throughout your body. Now begin to feel that bliss flowing throughout your body.
  6. Increase that feeling. Your body will now be alive with joy and ecstasy in a very fiery way.
  7. Take that Bliss into your day. Now remember that feeling consciously at different times during the day.

Enjoy these techniques regularly and feel the union with “oneness” increasing and enveloping you more and more! Let me know what your experience is.

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