Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Its me...MY LIFE with HERBALIFE!!!

To my surprise, from my dear ones whom I know for sometime I received some query about the meals that I’ve been taking as part of my shapework plan…

Earlier ,I've tried many things in life to lose weight and stay healthy...
1)Like replacing my morning tea with a glass of bitter-gourd juice
2) Followed by honey with lime in lukewarm water.
3)I also joined a health-care centre, which guaranteed inch and weight loss(Unfortunately that did’nt work for me!!! L ).

Currently, I don’t see any reason for shying away & feel lot more confident
and comfortable writing now, I guess there’s no harm to share aeh?

Ok, so this is it. Before I start, I would like to stress that, I am a very inconsistent person & my way of doing things varies all the time. It all depends on my mood, motivation & surroundings.

Well, we’re on the same page people, u’re not alone!! :-)

On Sept 06, 2008 at the age of 23 when I got married, i was weighing 71.5kg & waist size was 36 inches...!!! Since adolescent my body was on the heavier side.

Hereby,I would like to share a few snaps of mine during our engagement,wedding as well as the marriage reception ceremony.

Well...as you would see, my husband was perfect, but me...(oh...no comments!!! :-( )...you could see it na!!! :-D. Unfortunately comments from friends were more disheartening as Luarel & Hardy:-(
No wonder over a period he too started calling me a Fat ass. Initially i used to ignore but later it was a practise. Somewhere deep inside it really hurted me when he used to call the same in public:-(

As per Medical Science, 30% of physical excercise and 70% of diet is required for one to stay healthy and fit.

In my case, I used to do adequate work-out & physical excersise as i was an active Badminton player in Kollam , Kerala team. I was part of "All Kerala Badminton Champions" in 2001 and Runner-Up in 2002 .

but had no clue about the DIET part

It was in April 2009 , my husband introduced me to product called "Herbalife" by saying a Nutritional Breakfast to Break fat .... A Nutritional health drink comprising of essential vitamins minerals , soyprotien, carbohydrates
My response was "are you insane"??? No not again !!!!
I had absolutely no faith on any product with which i could lose weight and be healthy . However just to appease my husband agreed for a final attempt to lose weight...

Well my diet plan was quite simple... As i was told i just replaced my breakfast with the nutritional shake mix, and continued with my normal lunch & dinner....

For physical excercise after marriage, I could not continue my 'Badminton ' practice ... However started walking for 10 mins( 300mts) daily to the bus-stop and used stairs to reach my office.

By June 2009 , i could see a incredible change in me... My weight had reduced to 63 Kg & waist was reduced to 32". I am thankful to my husband and HERBALIFE.

I still enjoy delights like, chicken ,ice-cream & chocolate but along with HERBALIFE.

So what I’m trying to emphsize here is , u may follow these good things only if you are serious about losing weight & not if you are curious to know the change in me ....

Oou, Earlier I could never refuse people’s invitation for lunch /dinner, so do today...hahaha…
However today my body is totally regulated by HEBALIFE , which fixes the wrong food consumed by me!!!
With Herbalife, we lose weight & be healthy rather than being FAT or WEAK .


Dr.Prof.Anoop Misra!!!

Physician from India Joins Herbalife's Nutrition Advisory Board

Dr Prof Anoop Misra
Director & HeadDepartment of Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases,

Fortis Group of Hospitals,

New Delhi

Internationally Recognized Physician from India Joins Herbalife's Nutrition Advisory Board
Herbalife Ltd. has expanded its Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB) with the addition of Anoop Misra, M.D. of India, an internationally recognized specialist on diabetes and metabolic disease.

Anoop Misra was awarded Padma Shri (one of the highest national honors) by the President of India.

The Herbalife NAB is comprised of leading experts around the world in the fields of nutrition, diet and health who educate and train Herbalife independent distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.

The board is chaired by

1)David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for Human Nutrition at theUniversity of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

2) Misra is director and head of the diabetes and metabolic diseases department and a senior consultant in internal medicine at Fortis Group of Hospitals, New Delhi. He is a former professor of medicine and diabetologist at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, where he received his medical degree. Misra has also been on the faculty of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Royal London Medical School in the U.K.

He has published more than 150 scientific papers in international journals; received multiple awards including the highest award for medical science in India, the Dr. B. C. Roy Award; and has served as the personal physician of two Prime Ministers of India. He is a reviewer for several prestigious international journals including "The Lancet" and "Circulation."

In addition to his work, Misra is very active in community outreach programs that bring health and nutrition education and awareness to disadvantaged children and women in urban slums, and to school children.

Nutrition Advisory Board

Nutrition Advisory Board
Herbalife states that its Nutrition Advisory Board consists of "leading experts in the fields of nutrition and healthwho help educate and train our independent Distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.
David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.N., Director of the Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA.
Louis Ignarro, Ph.D. Luigi Gratton, M.D., M.P.H., Vice President of Nutrition Education at Herbalife
Alexey Borisov, M.D.
Joaquim Caetano, M.D.
Marco DeAngelis, M.D.
Jorge Dominguez, M.D.
Marion Flechtner-Mors, Ph.D.
Julian Alvarez Garcia, M.D.
Lazlo Halmy, M.D., Ph.D., DMSci
Shih-Yi Huang, Ph.D.
Linong Ji, M.D.
Patricio Kenny, M.D.
Rocio Medina, M.D.
Anoop Misra, M.D. (India)
Alla Pogozheva, M.D.
Ralph Rogers, M.D.
Nikolaos Sitaras, M.D.
Jean de la Tullaye, M.D.
Nataniel Viuniski, M.D.
Yoshio Yoshimoto, M.D.

Scientific advisory board

Herbalife's Scientific Advisory Board is chaired by David Heber, M.D. Ph.D, F.A.C.P., F.A.C.N., who is professor of medicine and public health and the founding director of the Center for Human Nutrition in the Department of Medicine at UCLA.

According to a 2004 Forbes article, Dr. Heber joined the board at roughly the same time Herbalife made a $3 million donation to establish the Mark Hughes Cellular & Molecular Nutrition Laboratory at his Center for Human Nutrition, leading to criticism of Heber's actions as an inappropriate conflict of interest.

Louis J. Ignarro, Ph.D., a Nobel Laureate in Medicine and Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology at the UCLA School of Medicine, is also a member of Herbalife's Scientific Advisory Board.

Ignarro worked with Herbalife to develop Niteworks, a dietary supplement designed to boost the body's own production of nitric oxide, and later became a member of the company's Scientific Advisory Board.

Ignarro endorsed this product in exchange for a royalty agreement reported to have earned his consulting firm over $1 million in the first 12 months.

Ignarro also promoted Niteworks' ingredients in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, without disclosing his financial interest to the publication. He presents a one-hour Herbalife promotional video for Niteworks
After Ignarro's ties to Herbalife were revealed, the journal issued a correction to the article, citing Ignarro's undisclosed "conflict of interest".

UCLA conducted its own investigation and determined that Ignarro did not act improperly as all the research was done in Italy and no research funds came from UCLA. Therefore, it was not legally necessary for him to disclose anything.



Herbalife founder Mark Hughes dreamed of “a future brilliant beyond compare” by helping people improve their lives through better nutrition and an unparalleled business opportunity. That vision is as vibrant now as ever before.

Mark Hughes launched Herbalife in Los Angeles, CA, in February 1980, and begins rewriting network marketing history.

Mr. Mark sold the original program out of the trunk of his car.


Herbalife began in 1980, and it has been changing people’s lives ever since.

They offer nutrition, weight-management and personal care products exclusively through a network of approximately 1.9 million Distributors in 73 countries.

They support Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and its Casa Herbalife program to help bring good nutrition to children; and we sponsor sports, fitness and community activities around the world to help promote a healthy, active lifestyle.

Mission is to change people’s lives by providing the best nutrition and weight management products in the world and the best business opportunity in direct selling.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


* Eat less meat.
In our diet,we need to reduce the frequency and the serving-size of red meat portions. Try not to eat more than once a day and preferrably less often.
* Grill the meat more than fry.

* Add more poultry fish to our meals.
* Avoid sausage, frankfurters, bolgona and other processed meats because they are usually high in fat.

* Reduce the amount of cream, butter, cream, cheese and ice-cream that you consume.

* Choose skimmed milk or pour of the cream before having it.
* Eat those dairy products, which have low fat such as skimmed milk, cottage cheese and
* Use soft margarines that are high in polyunsaturates.

* Restrict the number of eggs to not more than three per week.
* Avoid more consumption of commercial biscuits and cakes because they are made with
hard fats.
* As the cooking oil,use only the recommended oils such as Corn, Soya or Olive.
* Reduce intake of heavily sweetened foods such as sweets and biscuits,for the sake of
your teeth.
* Eat some fresh fruits every day.

And if possible, eat fruits at or after every meal.
* Eat more vegetables.

Eat particularly peas and beans - fresh or dried - because they are a very good low-fat
source of protein.

* Eat wholemeal bread as your staple food.

Eat wholemeal breakfast cereals.


Healthy eating and a healthful way of life are important to how we look, feel and how much we enjoy life.

The right lifestyle decisions, with a routine of good food and regular exercise, can help us to make the most of what life has to offer.

Making smart food choices early in life and through adulthood can also help reduce the risk of certain conditions such as obesity, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, certain cancers and osteoporosis.

Key Factors of a Healthy Diet


a).Consume wide variety of foods
We need more than 40 different nutrients for good health and no single food can supply them all.
That's why consumption of a wide variety of foods (including fruits, vegetables, cereals and grains,meats, fish and poultry, dairy products and fats and oils), is necessary for good health.

Some studies have linked dietary variety with longevity.

In any event, choosing a variety of foods add to the enjoyment of meals and snacks.

Eating is one of the life's greatest pleasures and it is important to take time to stop, relax and enjoy mealtimes and snacks.

Scheduling eating times also ensures that meals are not missed, resulting in missed nutrients that are often not compensated for by subsequent meals.This is especially important for school children, adolescents and the elderly.

Breakfast is particularly important as it helps kick-start the body by supplying energy after the all-night fast.

b).Balance and moderation
Balancing food intake means getting enough, but not too much, of each type of nutrient. If portion sizes are kept reasonable, there is no need to eliminate favourite foods.

There is no "good" or "bad" foods, only good or bad diets. Any food can fit into a healthy lifestyle by remembering moderation and balance.

Moderate amounts of all foods can help ensure that energy (calories) intake is controlled
If you choose a high fat snack, choose a lower fat option at the next meal.

c).Maintain a healthy body weight and feel good .

A healthy weight varies between individuals and depends on many factors including gender, height,age and hereditary.

Excess body fat results when more calories are eaten than are needed.

Those extra calories can come from any source - protein, fat, carbohydrate or alcohol - but fat is the most concentrated source of calories.

Physical activity is a good way of increasing the energy (calories) expended and it can also leadto feelings of well-being.

The message is simple: if you are gaining weight eat less and be more active.

d).Don't forget your fruits and vegetables .

Numerous studies have shown an association between the intake of these foods and a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.

An increased intake of fruits and vegetables has also been associated with decreased blood pressure.

People can fill up on fresh fruit and vegetables because they are good sources of nutrients and the majority are naturally low in fat and calories.

Nutritionists are paying much more attention to fruits and vegetables as "packages" of nutrients and other constituents that are healthful for humans.

The "antioxidant hypothesis" has drawn attention to the role of micronutrients found in fruits and vegetables like vitamins C and E , as well as a number of other natural protective substances.

The carotenes (beta-carotene, lutein and lycopene), the flavonoids (phenolic compounds that are widespread in commonly consumed fruits and vegetables such as apples and onions and beverages derivedfrom plants like tea, cocoa and red wine) and the phytoestrogens (principally isoflavones and lignans),are being demonstrated to have beneficial roles in human health.

e).Base the diet on foods rich in carbohydrates

Most dietary guidelines recommend a daily diet in which at least 55 of the total calories come from carbohydrates.

This means making more than half of our daily food intake should consist of carbohydrate-containing foods such asgrains, pulses, beans, fruits, vegetables and sugars.

Although the body treats all carbohydrates in the same way regardless of their source, carbohydrates are often split into "complex" and "simple" carbohydrates.

Complex carbohydrates that come from plants are called starch and fibres, and these are found for example in cereal grains, vegetables, breads, seeds, legumes and beans.

These carbohydrates consist of long strands of many simple carbohydrates linked together.

Simple carbohydrates (sometimes called simple sugars) are found for example in table sugar, fruits, sweets, jams, soft drinks, fruit juices, honey, jellies and syrups.

Both complex and simple carbohydrates provide the same amount of energy (4 calories per gram) and both can contribute to tooth decay, especially when oral hygiene is poor.

f).Drink plenty of fluids .
Adults need to drink at least 1.5 litres of fluid daily, even more if its hot or they are physically active.

Plain water is a good source of liquid but variety can be both pleasant and healthy.

Choose alternative fluids from juices, soft drinks, tea, coffee and milk.

g).Fats in moderation .

Fat is a nutrient in food that is essential for good health.

Fats provide a ready source of energy and enable the body to absorb, circulate and store the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.

Fat-containing foods are needed to supply "essential fatty acids" that the body cannot make.
Too much fat however, especially saturated fats, can lead to adverse health effects such as overweight and high cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease and some cancers.

Limiting the amount of fat, especially saturated fat in the diet -but not cutting it out entirely- is the best advice for a healthy diet.

Most dietary recommendations are that less than 30% of the day's total calories should come from fat and lessthan 10% of the day's total calories should come from saturated fat.

h).Balance the salt intake.

Salt (NaCl) is made up of sodium and chloride.

Sodium is a nutrient and is present naturally in many foods.

Sodium and chloride are important in helping the body to maintain fluid balance and to regulate blood pressure.

For most people, any excess sodium passes straight through the body however in some people it can increase blood pressure.

Reducing the amount of salt in the diet of those who are sensitive to salt may reduce the risk of high blood pressure.

However, The relationship between salt intake and blood pressure is still not known well and individuals shouldconsult their doctor for advice.

Start now - and make changes gradually

Making changes gradually, such as having a healthy diet, cutting back on portion sizes, or taking the stairs instead of the lift, means that the changes are easier to maintain.

Why is physical activity also important???

The advise for increased physical activity is strongly linked to overall healthy lifestyle recommendations because it affects energy balance and the risk of lifestyle-related diseases.

Being physically active for at least 30 minutes daily reduces the risk of developing obesity, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and colon cancer, all of which are major contributors to morbidity and mortality.

In addition, in both children and adults, physical activity is related to improvements in body flexibility, aerobic endurance, agility and coordination, strengthening of bones and muscles, lower body fat levels, blood fats, blood pressure and reduced risk of hip fractures in women.

Physical activity makes you feel better physically and encourages a more positive mental outlook.

Increases in physical activity levels are needed in every age group and recommendations are that adults be physically active for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week.

Friday, October 23, 2009

NUTRITION CLUB...What is it???

The purpose of a Nutrition Club is to bring good nutrition to a community of like-minded individuals who periodically meet and recognize one another for their friendship & nutriton results. Nutrition Clubs also provide a valuable service, informing people about the importance of good nutrition and regular in order to
achieve optimum health.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Diseases Caused By Obesity!!!

Being obese is bad.

Below are the 9 clusters of diseases related to obesity.
1. Cardiovascular

Congestive Heart Failure

This is a condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to the body’s other organs.

Enlarged Heart

There is an increase in the size of the heart that may be caused by a thickening of the heart muscle because of increased workload.

Cor Pulmonale

Cor pulmonale is a change in structure and function of the right ventricle of the heart as a result of a respiratory disorder.

This is also known as right heart failure.

Varicose Veins

Twisted, enlarged veins that mostly affects the lower body as a result of pressuring the veins.

Pulmonary Embolism

This is a Blockage of the pulmonary artery (or one of its branches) by a blood clot, fat, air, amniotic fluid, injected talc or clumped tumor cells that results in difficulty breathing, pain during breathing, and more rarely circulatory instability and may result in death.

2. Endocrine

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is Cysts (fluid-filled sacs) in the ovaries that result in high levels of androgens (male hormones) and missed or irregular periods.

Menstrual Disorder

This is a physical or emotional problem that interferes with the normal menstrual cycle, causing pain, unusually heavy or light bleeding, delayed menarche, or missed periods.


This is an inability for a man or woman to contribute to conception.

3. Gastrointestinal
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

This happens when the LES ,a ring of muscle at the bottom of the esophagus that acts like a valve between the esophagus and stomach, opens spontaneously for varying periods of time which causes stomach contents along with digestive juices to rise up into the esophagus (the tube that carries food from mouth to stomach).

This is an accumulation of fat within the liver that may cause liver-damaging inflammation and, sometimes, the formation of fibrous tissue. In some cases, this can progress either to cirrhosis, which can produce progressive, irreversible liver scarring, or to liver cancer.

Cholelithiasis (gallstones)

Gallstones form when bile, liquid that help the body digest fats, that is stored in the gallbladder hardens into pieces of stone-like material. Happens when bile contains too much cholesterol.


Hernia occurs when the contents of a body cavity bulge out of the area where they are normally contained. These contents, usually portions of intestine or abdominal fatty tissue, are often enclosed in the thin membrane that naturally lines the inside of the cavity.

Colorectal Cancer

This also known as colon cancer, is cancerous growths in the colon, rectum and appendix. It is the third most common form of cancer and the second leading cause of death among cancers in the Western world.

4. Renal and Genitourinary
This is also known as impotence is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.

Urinary Incontinence

This is the loss of bladder control that results in mild leaking to uncontrollable wetting.

Chronic Renal Failure

This is a gradual and progressive loss of the ability of the kidneys to excrete wastes, concentrate urine, and conserve electrolytes.


This happens when the sex glands produce little or no hormones. In men, these glands (gonads) are the testes; in women, they are the ovaries.

Breast Cancer

This is the most common cancer among women.

Uterine Cancer
Symptoms include
Unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge
Trouble urinating
Pelvic pain
Pain during intercourse

9 Types Of Diseases Caused By Obesity!!!

Being obese is bad.

Below are the 9 clusters of diseases related to obesity.

1. Cardiovascular
*Congestive Heart Failure

This is a condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to the body’s other organs.

This is an increase in the size of the heart that may be caused by a thickening of the heart muscle because of increased workload.

Cor pulmonale is a change in structure and function of the right ventricle of the heart as a result of a respiratory disorder.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Our normal diet contains mainly Sugar, Fats, Carbohydrates


A common problem among us, irrespective of age is being either "Overweight" or "Obese".

Overweight is a state of 'pre-obese'.

Overweight means having more body fat that which is considered optimally healthy.

A healthy body requires a minimum amount of fat for the proper functioning of the hormonal, reproductive, and immune systems.

But,the accumulation of too much fat can impair movement and flexibility, and can alter the appearance of the body.

The degree to which a person is overweight is generally described by Body Mass Index.

The Body Mass Index, or BMI is a measure of a person's weight taking into account their height.

Unit = kg/m2 .

Causes of being over-weight!!!

Being overweight is generally caused by the intake of more calories (by eating) than are expended by the body (by exercise and everyday living). Factors which may contribute to this imbalance include:

*Hormonal imbalances (e.g. hypothyroidism)

* Insufficient or poor-quality sleep

*Smoking cessation and other stimulant withdrawal.

Harmful effects of junk food

*Lack of energy
Junk food does not have any kind of essential nutrients.
After having junk food, the human body does not get proper nutrients and suffers from the deficiency of energy.

*Heart Diseases
A regular intake of junk food can lead to several heart diseases including Myocardial infarction which is a severe heart problem.

Cardiologists refer to avoid junk food as these are the major causes of severe heart diseases.

*High Cholesterol

Junk food consists of high cholesterol and a regular intake of junk food leads to severe liver damages.

*Poor Concentration
Junk food makes an individual feel drowsy and it leads to poor concentration.

Over constant periods of having junk food, blood circulation drops due to heavy fat deposition in the inner walls of arteries.

Moreover, deficiency of vital nutrients, oxygen, and proteins can decay human grey (brain) cells for the time being.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Latest trend in Indian eating habits!!!


Junk food is an informal term applied to some foods that have little or no nutritional value, or to products with nutritional value but which have ingredients considered unhealthy when regularly eaten.

When we say the nutritional value is poor in food , it means food containing very high fat, sugar and other dangerous disease producing and weight increasing substances like monosodium glutamate and tartrazine.

Proteins ,vitamins and fiber are other most important part of our diet but junk food again is devoid of same.

We eat because it is easy to prepare and available with a variety of flavours.
Intake of junk foods leads to dental infections, obesity, hypertension, diabetes and various heart diseases. It also increases cholesterol. So, the choice is all yours.