Category Archives: Health & Fitness

Bedbugs everywhere, in Kuwait too…

Recently, I was told by a friend of mine about the bed bugs he found in his new home. Some other day BBC news talked about the spike in the Bed Bugs in Newyork. It seems the bed bugs are on increase everywhere. In a recent seminar in one of the popular hotels in Kuwait City, I found a bed bug on my table, we had to leave the table immediately.

It will become an epidemic in Kuwait as well just like in Newyork. A recent survey and the recent reports from Newyork has found that there are thousands of bed bugs roaming around the city and that they are invading many types of premise, it is not just limited to residential areas. The pop singer Lauren Hildebrandt is out with word she’s been attacked by the tiny bloodsuckers and it’s no fun.

Wikipedia says “Although bedbugs can live for a year without feeding, they normally try to feed every five to ten days. In cold weather, bedbugs can live for about a year; at temperatures more conducive to activity and feeding, about 5 months”

Bed bugs are being reported in many parts of Kuwait by many people. Does these advertised pest controllers can actually eradicate bed bugs at least from individual houses?

How long it takes to build the six pack?

I have been doing the crunches and other exercises for flat abs for some good time. Though I have been gone down on FAT, I was not seeing the six packs I was working for.  I was like how long I should do it. Then I realized that I can feel the muscles which are developed and it is only that I cannot see it. It is only that the muscles are just covered by excess body FAT. When am I going to see the visible abs; what should I do to get the real six pack and how do I reduce the body fat?

Once the underlying abs muscles are developed, it is only the matter of reducing the fat to have the six pack visible. It is required for a men to reduce the fat levels below 12% to really see the six pack shape on the abs. and it should go below 9% to see them really pop out of the abs. Women who needs flat abs should reduce the fat levels to around 17-19%. These are just approximation for majority of the people. Depending on each individuals body fat distribution one may need to become more lean to have the six packs visible. As per the earlier post, you may not even see the muscles pop out if the body fat requirement and distribution is not in favor for six pack.  Essential fat is 1-3% in men, and 8–12% in women

If you are serious about getting the body fat reduced it is better to get the body fat ratio analysed. This can be achieved by skinfold caliper method or the bio-electrical impedance method. Another method of finding the body fat percentage is using the BMI. These methods are not very accurate, however, it gives an approximation of the body fat percentage.

To calculate the body fat percentage using the BMI method, you may use the following formula. Extracted from Wikipedia

Child Body Fat % = (1.51 x BMI) – (0.70 x Age) – (3.6 x gender) + 1.4

Adult Body Fat % = (1.20 x BMI) + (0.23 x Age) – (10.8 x gender) – 5.4

where male gender= 1, female=0.

I will continue posting my experience and research details here so that you can contribute to it and we can join hands to build a healthy group out here.

What is BMI and how to calculate it?

Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.  BMI gives you an indication of whether you are overweight, underweight or at a healthy weight for your height.

BMI Categories:

  • Normal weight = 18.5-24.9
  • Overweight = 25-29.9
  • Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

How to calculate BMI?

Weight in KG / {(height in meters) *(height in meters)}

To do an online calculation use the following link

Flat Abs

Many times I used to see advertisement on the web or articles in print claiming that flat abs can be achieved in 15 days. Its an absolute myth. Flat abs a.k.a six packs can be achieved only by burning the fat in the body and not by just exercising for one area like doing crunches

Your body does not burn the belly and buttocks fat immediately one start doing the exercises. Body start burning the recently accumulated fat first and then the earlier accumulated ones. Which means, you will have to continue doing the exercises for some time before the body start loosing the abdominal fat.

To get your flat abs you need to focus on the following

  • Regular Cardio Excercises
  • Fitness training for all parts of the body
  • A healthy and low calorie diet

Sometimes, even after following a perfect program for a long period of time, you may not get the six pack you are looking for. This could be because of the fact that the fat level needed (for a healthy living) is higher than that is required to make it a six pack.

As we understood the truth, the aim of getting flat abs may :

  • require more exercise than your time can afford to and more than what you can handle mentally
  • require more focused diet pattern which may not be of your pattern
  • may not be the best for your body style and living patterns