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SKIP THE GYM...GET FIT
Why women should lift weights
By Karim Waheed
Admit it ladies, you're terrified of weights. You won't go anywhere near weights as you don't want to “bulk up”. Well, here are some facts:
Women are not genetically built to “grow” as men do from lifting weights. Women do not have nearly as much testosterone as men. In fact, women have about 15 to 20 times less testosterone than men. Because of this, women are not equipped to grow muscle at the level men do.
Women look “toned” when they develop muscles through weight training. Muscles tend to occupy more space in the body, reducing the amount of fat someone has. This gives the impression of a more toned, well-defined body as the muscles begin to shape, reducing the amount of fat one holds.
Heavy lifting in reality promotes strength, not size, for women.
Muscle takes up less space than fat (muscle is more dense). “This means I will weigh heavier?” -- you might think. What this means is that muscle accounts for one third of a woman's weight which does affect her metabolic rate (faster) since muscle is metabolically active. In simple language: muscle eats up calories even when you are not lifting weights.
The equation is simple -- if you eat more than what you burn, you will gain weight and obviously if you eat less, you will lose weight. There must be a balance between your food intake and the caloric exertion in order to achieve a lean, toned and above all, healthy physique.
Muscle doesn't turn into fat if you stop weight training. Many women fear that if they build muscle and at some point need to go off their training programme, it will turn into fat. This is equivalent to saying that gold turns into brass. Fat and muscle are two totally different things. Any person that stops training usually ceases to follow a diet programme as well. Due to the inactivity, muscle is lost and combined with poor eating habits the impression is given that the person's muscles have turned into fat. In reality, muscle is lost and fat is accumulated.
Weight lifting helps decrease the risk of osteoporosis. Combining weight training with an adequate amount of calcium can help minimise the risk of osteoporosis.
You can decrease back pain and arthritis pain through weight training. With lifting, not only do you increase your strength, you also build stronger connective tissues and have more joint stability.
So, go ahead Superwoman, own your cape and lift some weights.
You can't win
By Ehsanur Raza Ronny
Quote of the week: You may have lost the battle… and you will also lose the war.
When it comes to women and babies, men just can't win. Sometimes they do but in reality it is an illusion. They haven't really won; they've just lost without knowing. Dads are the most disillusioned in this aspect.
Take for instance negotiations. With my one-and- half-year old, the word 'negotiation' is more like a battle between the diminutive David and the massive Goliath. And in this case, David keeps flinging little stones fed through a chain-driven heavy machine gun. I could try to reason, he will counter-reason and these arguments go in a few ways that eventually turn adults into children as well.
I sit at my computer ready to type out wisdom filled words such as this only to have my kid ask for his current favourite movie to be played: Daat gaari (car with teeth). In case you're wondering that's the movie Cars where characters are all cars that can speak, cry, jump and have teeth. So I tell him that I really need to work. He says, “Daat gaari”. I give him other distractions such as random toys, pots, pans, rolls of tape . He says, “Daat gaari”. So I explain how I will take him out for a trip to our local field where a little furry dog comes by to play. He thinks for a few seconds and says, “Daat gaari”.
Soon I am running out of options. I offer him money, car keys, permission to go poke the dogs at home, I even give him the most dangerous object of all, a felt tip marker. He invariably says, “Daat gaari”. I tell him he can't sit now. He again says, “Daat gaari”. So I give up and we settle for the 54th time watching the same show.
At one and a half, some say he has not yet grasped the concept of negotiations. After a while I ask him to go play and leave the computer so I can work. He hands me the car keys.
Chicken all the way
By shawkat osman
Come Ramadan, health often takes a back seat; the lure of the greasy delicacies is sometimes a little too hard to resist. Determined to guide our readers to healthy Iftars, we present to you some recipes our columnist, Shawkat Osman suggests for our valued readers.
Whisk the following: oil, soy sauce, malt vinegar, honey, red chilli flakes, salt and black pepper. Toss the vegetable and chicken nuggets with this mixture. Sprinkle sesame seeds before serving.
Spinach stuffed chicken breasts
Stir together the flour, salt and pepper on a dinner plate. Roll the chicken in the flour to coat. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Quickly brown each piece of chicken on top and bottom. Remove to a lightly greased baking dish, and cover with a lid or aluminium foil. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until chicken juices run clear, and filling is hot.
Chicken liver paté
Note: Use any left over vegetables chopped to pea sized pieces.
Chicken patty burger
Slowly add: egg yolk and garlic, ¼ cup of bread crumbs, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and remainder of the bread crumbs, onions, salt and soy sauce. Take a small pinch of flour and sprinkle into the palm of both hands. Make balls with the mixture and place them on a tray.
Heat 1 tsp oil on a hot tawa/griddle, place one ball. Using a strong spatula, with its working end greased, press down hard on the round rissole to flatten it out. Make sure the flattened rissole is less than 2.5 cm thick (about a thumb width). Leave the rissoles for about 5 minutes before turning over to the uncooked side.
When flipped, again press down on the rissole for about 10 seconds so that any remaining cooking fat are pressed out onto the hot griddle. You should hear loud sizzling sounds as fat splatters out when you do this.
The rissoles should take another 5 minutes to cook.
Dip recipes contributed by Rukhsara Osman
Curried cheese dip
Beat the cheese with the yoghurt and mayonnaise until smooth. Add curry powder, salt and garlic and mix well. Serve with chicken drumsticks.
Yoghurt and mayo dip
In a small bowl stir together mayonnaise, yoghurt, lemon peel, lemon juice and red onion. Cover and chill for 6 hours.
Honey mustard dip
Combine the mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, and honey in a bowl; stir until well-blended. Adjust seasonings, if needed.
* Pour natural yoghurt in a muslin and tie up, hang the bundle over the sink over night. The residue left behind in the muslin is 'hung yoghurt'
People in the city are always looking for a place to hang out, and till now, the only places for people to meet were restaurants and lounges. But the same old restaurants and lounges have seemingly lost their lustre. As the residents turn towards the finer things in life and towards a more cultured form of passing time, art galleries have become the new places to be, although they aren't the only place.
Dhaka's vibrant art and culture scene, which used to be confined to small artsy circles, is becoming more mainstream. Nowadays, young people are on the lookout for concerts, plays and exhibitions. The problem faced by these culture-hungry crowds is the lack of information on these events. Friday evenings are wasted frantically poring over newspapers, or getting frustrated over bygone event reviews. That's where dhakahappenings fits in.
Launched a couple weeks ago, dhakahappenings is a blog with an organised list of the ongoing events in Dhaka, usually with addresses and contacts. Now that everyone stays synced to their phones at all times, they also give you the option to add events to the Google Calendar on your smart-phones, so there's no chance of you forgetting about an interesting event at the last minute. Thanks to the dhakahappenings blog, anyone can look up the events they are interested in on this reliable and timely online bulletin board. Dhakahappenings also counts on its readers to keep it up to date, and readers can send in event listings at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the blog at dhakahappenings.wordpress.com or stop by at their facebook page www.facebook.com/dhakahappenings or follow them on twitter.com/dhakahappenings.
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