Day: February 6, 2015

Reducing Belly Fat by Weight Training

Belly fat or visceral fat is one of the most insidious nuisances that plague a significant percentage of individuals. This fat sits in an apron-like flap of tissue under the belly muscles that blankets the intestines. If it is not controlled it can lead to high blood pressure, elevated levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and increased sugar levels in the blood. Although it may be difficult to shed off belly fat once it has accumulated, it is NOT impossible. The article below suggests how to reduce and even prevent belly fat accumulation.

According to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers and colleagues, Healthy men who did twenty minutes of daily weight training had less of an increase in age-related abdominal fat compared with men who spent the same amount of time doing aerobic activities. Combining weight training and aerobic activity led to the most optimal results. Aerobic exercise by itself was associated with less weight gain compared with weight training. Even if the fat is already there, regular exercise can reduce its pathophysiology.

“Because aging is associated with sarcopenia, the loss of skeletal muscle mass, relying on body weight alone is insufficient for the study of healthy aging,” said lead author Rania Mekary, a researcher in Harvard School of Public Health’s (HSPH) Department of Nutrition, and assistant professor of social and administrative sciences at the School of Pharmacy of MCPHS University. Mekary further said that “Measuring waist circumference is a better indicator of healthy body composition among older adults. Engaging in resistance training or, ideally, combining it with aerobic exercise could help older adults lessen abdominal fat while increasing or preserving muscle mass.”

Mekary and colleagues studied the physical activity, waist circumference, and body weight of 10,500 healthy U.S. men aged 40 and over, participating in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study between 1996 and 2008. Their analysis included a comparison of changes in participants’ activity levels over the 12-year period to see which activities had the most effect on the men’s waistlines. Those who increased the amount of time spent in weight training by 20 minutes a day had less gain in their waistline (-0.67 cm) compared with men who similarly increased the amount of time they spent on moderate-to-vigorous aerobic exercise (-0.33 cm), and yard work or stair climbing (-0.16 cm). Those who increased their sedentary behaviors, such as TV watching, had a larger gain in their waistline.

“This study underscores the importance of weight training in reducing abdominal obesity, especially among the elderly,” said Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at HSPH and senior author of the study. “To maintain a healthy weight and waistline, it is critical to incorporate weight training with aerobic exercise.”

Article: Courtesy of Harvard School of Public Health: Harvard T.H. Chan (2015):

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/weight-training-appears-key-to-controlling-belly-fat/?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Harvard%20Chan%20School%20Update%20January%202015%20–%20Friends%20%281%29&utm_content=

From Non-Life to Life??

From Non-Life to Life?

Mathematicians and astronomers who are researching how life began in our universe continue to expend considerable time and other resources to find out how all this began in our universe outside of Intelligent Design.[1] Using the Law of Specificity which measures the level of order in a given system, some of these individuals have tried to establish the probability of biological life arising from mere natural forces. Findings by some mathematicians engaged in the same research such as Marcel Schultzenberger have denied the feasibility of mutations randomly producing life. Schultzenberger claims that the odds of random mutations evolving into complex biological life are 10-10,000.[2] Similarly, astronomers Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe claim that the probability that life could have originated from non-life through random mutations is 10-40,000

In the discipline of science all scientific conclusions should be based on probability. That is to say, there must be a level of probability that a given cause could have triggered or produced a subsequent effect. Now, the figure 1040,000 is larger than the number of atoms in our universe which is 1080. As such, any figure outside the realm of 1080 claiming that life sprang from non-life is less than the probability of finding one single atom in our entire universe. Furthermore, it is reported that the rule of thumb in physics is such that when the probability of the occurrence of one event is reduced to below 1/1050 it has reached the realm of the impossible. In a nutshell, there is no way life could have emerged from non-life through random mutations.

Sources

[1] Norman Geisler & Peter Bocchino (2001). Unshakable Foundations: Contemporary Answers to Crucial Questions about the Christian Faith. Bethany House Publishers. Bloomington, Minnesota. pp. 132-133

[2] Lane P. Lester & Raymond G. Bohlin. Natural Limits to Biological Change; In Norman Geisler & Peter Bocchino (2001). Unshakable Foundations: Contemporary Answers to Crucial Questions about the Christian Faith. Bethany House Publishers. Bloomington, Minnesota. pp. 133

Cancer

This is what happens when people begin to think they are demi gods, and we allow them.