Imagine not being able to fit into the clothes of your choice, owing to your rapidly growing waistline. While battling extra kilos in itself is a difficult task, it becomes even more difficult when it crushes your confidence levels. When 28-year-old Nikhil Kakkar realised that it was time to take control of his life, he decided not to look back. He managed to lose a whopping 32 kilos. Here is how he did it: Name: Nikhil Kakkar Occupation: Self-employed Age: 28 years Height: 6 feet 3 inches Highest weight recorded: 105 kgs Weight lost: 32 kgs Duration it took me to lose weight: 9 months The turning point: When you are overweight, there are a lot of things that irritate you. From not being able to wear the clothes of my choice to feeling extremely underconfident, being overweight had begun to dominate the narrative of my life. I knew that I had to do something before it was too late as my growing weight had started to really affect the quality of my life. From the day I decided … [Read more...] about Weight loss story: “I had stopped meeting people because of my weight! Here’s how I lost 32 kilos to gain back my confidence”
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"At present, India imports nearly 80 per cent of all medical devices, and domestic manufacturing took more of a hit post-GST as the imports became cheaper by 11 per cent. As the imports went up by 24 per cent in the previous fiscal, the Government needs to take urgent measures to boost local manufacturing if it wants India to become a manufacturing hub."For starters, tariff protection will boost the domestic industry and encourage competition, which will drive price stability. Secondly, we should increase the regulations to cover most medical devices and ensure responsible manufacturing and protect the interests of patients. Preferential pricing will promote quality in public procurement, and ensure that the patients who access the public healthcare system get the quality of treatment that they deserve."These changes will ensure a level-playing field and help put an end to the import dependence, which is vital if we want to achieve universal health coverage in line with the United … [Read more...] about Simply walking not the solution to weight gain; even 10k steps daily won’t suffice
It is one of those little-known ironies of the fashion world that Jane Birkin no longer carries a Birkin, the iconic Hermès bag specially designed for and named after her. Apparently, she got tendonitis from lugging around her oversized version and was forced to give it up – or so she said in an interview I read a year or so ago.I have to say that I both know the feeling, and sympathise with it. Like most women, I have bought into the whole con that a Big Bag is a Good Idea because you can carry your whole world around with you. You will never run out of chewing gum, tepid water, sanitising hand-wash, wet wipes, or even nail polish remover for manicure-related crises. You will have an iPod for when you need to kill time between meetings; a paperback for the commute; and plenty of chargers in case your phone or Blackberry battery packs up.If you pick the right Big Bag you can bung in a pair of sneakers for when you hit the gym (or simply want to give your feet some respite … [Read more...] about It’s time to downsize your handbag
Title: If Our Bodies Could Talk - Operating and Maintaining a Human Body; Author: James Hamblin; Publisher: Anchor Books; Pages: 400; Price: Rs 699It is a more intricate, delicate, complex machine than any device we have -- but we know more about our cars, computers and cell phones than about the human body. We are also open to accepting "helpful" health tips floating across the internet than ourselves learning about its mysteries -- say, what itches are, when the immune system is not our friend or why there is intolerance towards certain foods.How can we figure if we should drink eight glasses of water a day, or if we could -- and should -- give ourselves dimples; or if we are meant to eat meat, or even why we end up red-eyed in some of our photos.We may also find it hard to ask doctors -- conventional and unfamiliar ones -- if a contact lens gets off in the eye, can it travel to the brain, if we (women, that is) are beautiful, or if we can train ourselves to sleep less.But James … [Read more...] about The intricate, irreparable, inexplicable machine that is the human body (Book Review)
Cheese is globally the top thieving food ingredient. And one of the most sought-after is Parmiggiano Reggiano. In Italy, 330 makers have been the victim of cheese heists. There is a big black market for these delicious cheese wheels and, according to reports, in the past two years, the stolen wheels have amounted to nearly $7 million in worth. … [Read more...] about Samosas to ‘chaat’ with Indian tech CEOs?