Brazil's Menezes wins historic women's judo gold – Sport


The second-seeded Menezes dethroned reigning champion Alina Dumitru of Romania in the final. -Photo by AFP

LONDON: Sarah Menezes made history by becoming the first Brazilian woman to win an Olympic judo gold medal when she triumphed in the under-48kg category here on Saturday.

The second-seeded Menezes dethroned reigning champion Alina Dumitru of Romania in the final.

Until four years ago in Beijing, Brazil had never even won a single women’s judo medal with Ketleyn Quadros breaking new ground by winning a bronze in the under-57kg division.

It has been a remarkable turn-around for Brazilian women’s judo which has made great strides during the last eight years under coach Rosicleia Campos, who took over following the Athens Games.

This year, for the first time, they qualified a competitor in all seven weight categories and now a first gold has been secured too.

Menezes, 23, had been far from her best in the early rounds, but she proved a dogged competitor.

All the way to the final she won each of her four bouts by the minimum yuko score.
Once in the title bout she took on Dumitru, who beat world number one Tomoko Fukumi of Japan in the semi-finals.

Menezes attacked from the start and several times had her opponent in trouble.

When she scored a yuko in the final minute she forced Dumitru to open up and, 10 seconds from the end, Menezes countered the Romanian with a shoulder throw (seoi-nage) for a waza-ari half point, which proved enough for gold.

Hers was not the most remarkable story of the under-48kg class, though, as Hungary’s Eva Csernoviczki came back from being strangled out cold in the quarter-finals to beat Fukumi for bronze.

Csernoviczki was rendered unconscious as she tried to resist a strangle in her quarter-final loss to Belgium’s Charline van Snick.

The referee immediately stopped the bout, awarding it to van Snick.

A medic was called but the Hungarian quickly recovered and was able to leave the mat without assistance.

Having lost in the quarter-final, Csernoviczki was given a second medal chance in the repechage, beating China’s Wu Shugen before stunning Fukumi with a foot sweep in a sudden death golden score period.

And she was joined on the podium by her last eight tormentor, van Snick, who beat Argentina’s Paula Pareto for her bronze medal – judo being a sport where two bronze medals are awarded.

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Weight Loss: The Biggest Reinvention Of Them All

Steven Levy spent most of his first 44 years obese. As a young boy, he was embarrassed about the breasts he sprouted and would make up excuses to avoid going shirtless at the beach. A summer camp experience — his “Indian tribe” had to take off their shirts to apply “warpaint” — was about as traumatic a childhood memory as they come. He couldn’t run or touch his toes, and was the last kid picked for any playground team. He compensated by becoming the class clown, figuring it would be better to have the other kids laugh with him than at him.

Diets of all stripes and varieties didn’t work for Levy, or they would work briefly and he’d regain the weight plus some. He would initially approach exercise with enthusiasm, but then always hit the point where his regime drifted away. His most rapid weight gain came as he mourned the loss of his mother and quit smoking at the same time. The weight just piled on. Walking left him winded and he cried on shopping trips when he saw his reflection in the dressing room mirror. Despite his tender age, he was taking seven prescriptions a day and suffered sleep apnea. He was, in his own words, “a mess.”

“I am not making excuses for myself,” he says now. “Just telling you how it was.”

At age 44 and topping the scales at 320, Levy had his “aha” moment. The Los Angeles-based talent manager underwent gastric bypass surgery and changed his life once and for all. That was six years ago, and he argues that there is probably no bigger reinvention someone can pull off than going from being a fat person to a healthy thin one. “People look at you differently,” he says. “Actually, you look at yourself differently too.” (See slide show below for before-and-after photos.)

“Everything about my life changed with that surgery,” he said. Well, not everything. The one constant has been his long-time life partner Bill Neil. Neil loved him when he weighed 320 pounds and loves him still at 157.

Levy works out for an hour every day. He meets with a personal trainer four times a week and takes three spinning classes. Health-wise, he feels better than he ever has and he projects a newfound confidence in everything he does. When he became more self-confident about his appearance and started to feel healthier and happier, his career soared, he said. He clients include “The Talk” co-host Sara Gilbert (who played the younger daughter on “Roseanne”; Jayma Mays, who plays Emma Pillsbury on “Glee”; Mark Feuerstein of “Royal Pains,” and Saturday Night Live’s Molly Shannon.

Gastric bypass surgery isn’t for everyone, of course. The surgery makes the stomach smaller, causing a full feeling from eating a reduced amount of food. Overeating can cause nausea and vomiting. Food bypasses part of the small intestine, which is where food and nutrients are absorbed, so adjustments must be made nutritionally.

After the initial post-surgery recovery period, patients are expected to incorporate a healthy balanced diet and exercise into their daily regimen. Part of the pre-screening for the surgery includes an evaluation of the patient’s likelihood to make the necessary lifestyle changes post-surgery. According to the Mayo Clinic, candidates must also demonstrate that conventional efforts to lose weight with diet and exercise have been unsuccessful. Also, they must have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher (extreme obesity) or a BMI of 35 to 39.9 (obesity) with serious weight-related issues such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes or severe sleep apnea.

And not even the most-rigorous pre-surgery screening can guarantee permanent weight loss. A Hebrew University study found that only 7 percent of gastric bypass patients kept all the weight off and 25 percent of patients regained it all. Separately, a study published in the Annals of Surgery in 2006 found that more than one-third of gastric bypass patients whose start BMI was higher than 49 regained all or most of the weight within 10 years of surgery.

Moreover, the process is expensive, may not be fully covered by insurance, and entails the medical risks of surgery. The National Institutes of Health says the cost of gastric bypass surgery varies widely, ranging from about $12,000 to $35,000 depending on where it is done and whether there are complications. The number of bariatric procedures performed in the United States has leveled out since 2005, after rising sharply from the early 1990s — possibly because of insurers’ increasingly stringent qualifications for surgery, according to the NIH.

Despite that, demand for the procedure is growing among baby boomers, said Dr. Garth Davis, author of “The Expert’s Guide to Weight Loss Surgery,” and star of the TLC docu-reality medical show “Big Medicine.”

Many people are overweight their whole lives but first start to develop serious health issues in their 50s, Davis noted. When conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis and diabetes begin developing, it becomes clear to these patients that getting their weight under control isn’t something they can put off any longer, he said. Many have tried and failed at diets. That’s because obesity is frequently a genetic problem and not connected to a lack of willpower or laziness, Davis explained. The surgery eliminates the constant feeling of hunger, enabling them to lose weight. He has even had surgical patients go on to run marathons.

For Levy, a vital part of his weight maintenance program is attending weekly support group sessions organized by his physician. Members are people both pre- and post-surgery.

On a personal level, Levy says he has developed a new attitude toward food and eating. He eats well and has learned portion control. If he feels like he is gaining weight, he jumps on the problem right away. “I am living proof that anything is possible,” he says. “I was a morbidly obese chain smoker … and now at 49, to be in the best shape of my life is just an amazing thing to me.”

[CORRECTION] An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Sara Gilbert was the co-host of “The View.” She is co-host of “The Talk.”

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Women who drink two large glasses of milk a day after their weight-lifting routine gained more muscle and lost more fat compared to women who drink sugar-based energy drinks, a McMaster study has found.

The study appears in the June issue of Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise.

“Resistance training is not a typical choice of exercise for women,” said Stu Phillips, professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University. “But the health benefits of resistance training are enormous: It boosts strength, bone, muscular and metabolic health in a way that other types of exercise cannot.”

A previous study conducted by Phillips’ lab showed that milk increased muscle mass and fat loss in men. This new study, says Phillips, was more challenging because women not only steer clear of resistance training they also tend to steer away from dairy products based on the incorrect belief that dairy foods are fattening.

“We expected the gains in muscle mass to be greater, but the size of the fat loss surprised us,” said Phillips. “We’re still not sure what causes this but we’re investigating that now. It could be the combination of calcium, high-quality protein, and vitamin D may be the key, and, conveniently, all of these nutrients are in milk.

Over a 12-week period, the study monitored young women who did not use resistance-training exercise. Every day, two hours before exercising, the women were required not to eat or drink anything except water. Immediately after their exercise routine, one group consumed 500ml of fat free white milk; the other group consumed a similar-looking but sugar-based energy drink. The same drinks were consumed by each group one hour after exercising.

The training consisted of three types of exercise: pushing (e.g. bench press, chest fly), pulling (e.g. seated lateral pull down, abdominal exercises without weights), and leg exercises (e.g. leg press, seated two-leg hamstring curl). Training was monitored daily one on one by personal trainers to ensure proper technique.

“The women who drank milk gained barely any weight because what they gained in lean muscle they balanced out with a loss in fat,” said Phillips. “Our data show that simple things like regular weightlifting exercise and milk consumption work to substantially improve women’s body composition and health.” Phillips’ lab is now following this study up with a large clinical weight loss trial in women.

Funding for the study was provided by McMaster University, CIHR, and the Dairy Farmers of Canada.

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How to Lose Weight in 4 Weeks- Diet Chart for Weight Loss

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Rati’s darling hubby (diet chart) wrote a very thorough article here about fitness. Making us  girls acquainted with the point of view of the opposite sex. We all were totally impressed and agreed to every word he said. So let’s take the same thought a little further.

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To stay fit and maintain your shape a regular workout helps a lot. But when it comes to losing weight and getting back in shape, a regular workout or exercise routine won’t suffice. You will have to take it a step further and take care of your diet in order to lose weight. Even the gym instructors would tell you so. Exercise and diet are the two sides of a coin. You can’t achieve weight loss with just one of them. A regular exercise routine and a healthy diet is your route to salvation.

I’m following a Indian diet myself by a leading dietician. Me, my cousin, some of her friends and a lot of people I know have taken diet from this dietician. And we all have lost a considerable amount of weight to say the least.

You must be thinking that the diets given by the dieticians are personalized then how can we all follow the same diet routine with our different weights and blood groups. For starters, he doesn’t gives the diet according to the blood group. Though, generally the diets given by dieticians are personalized. I have noticed a similarity In the diets given to me and others. And since now, that I know his diets are universal. I’d want YOU, Rati’s lovely readers to reap its fruit as well.

When I first went to this dietician, he told me to get some blood tests done. Like thyroid checkup, blood sugar, serum insulin in my case since I have PCOD. So it’s just not about losing weight but getting to know the underlying reason of piling on the kilos. In my case it was increased serum insulin levels. But in my cousins case all her tests were ok, she was gaining weight because of her erratic routine and the junk food she so loved. So if you think that you are doing everything right but still gaining weight, the first thing you should be doing is finding the underlying reason for it.

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First things first, If everything with you is fine your weight gain is due to lethargy, wrong dietary habits and erratic routine. So When u go on a diet make sure that whatever plan u follow it must be timed right as well. You must wake up latest by 8:00 ( that’s for the late risers, even I used to wake up by 10 or 11). This is the most important thing in your routine because the body has its own clock and you shouldn’t mess with it.

This diet is split in 4 weeks period with the diet changing every week.
Before starting the diet weigh yourself and write it down somewhere. This way you know where you started and you feel good to see the scales going down.

Some things you need to follow this diet chart for weight loss:

  1. No salt after 7:30
  2. No aerated drinks. Yes that includes even the diet version.
  3. Restrict mango and banana
  4. Restrict potato and rice.
  5. No artificial juices as well.
  6. Half an hour of aerobic exercise daily. If u want to join a gym good enough. But if due to any reason maybe time or money constraint u can’t join a gym. All you need is a comfortable pair of shoes to do some aerobics, a skipping rope to do at least 500 skips (5 sets of 100 skips and increasing it as you go). 1.5 -2 kgs dumbbells for toning your upper body. Just these basic things and you are set.
  7. 20 mins of breathing exercise. ( I’m talking about Baba Ramdevs pranayam)

Without further ado I present you with the Indian diet.

Week 1 – Diet Chart for Weight Loss
8:00 am (as soon as you wake up) – 2 glasses of methi seeds water ( soak 1tsp of methi seeds in 2 glasses of water. Strain out the methi seeds and drink the water. Helps a lot in water retention and bloating) 5 soaked almonds with the skin. 1 kali mirch u don’t have to chew it just swallow it down.
9:00 am – 1 toast (brown bread) with amul lite butter / hung curd dressing/ salad and chutney
11:30 am – one fruit of your wish

1:30 pm – A small plate of salad before starting the meal. The fibers in the salad fills u up which in turn prevents false hunger that makes u overeat.1 bran chappati (mix wheat flour and wheat bran in equal proportions.) with 1 bowl ( normal sized katori ) of dal. Generally at my place dal is cooked at night so I used to store the dal made at night for the other days lunch, u can do the same.
5:00 pm – 1cup of milk or tea with 2 biscuits(just marie, no other biscuits)/ 1 small bowl bhuna channa/ 1bowl popcorn ( not the buttery act 2 ones but air popped popcorns without the butter)

7:30 pm –A small plate of salad before starting the meal. 1 bran chappati with 1 k vegetable ( any vegetable not rajmah, channa or kadhi)
8:30 pm – one fruit of your wish
diet chart for weight loss before after

Also Read: 10 Golden Rules to Diet Chart for Weight Loss

When this week ends, weigh yourself again. I’m sure u must have lost weight. I lost 1.8kgs in the first week itself. U lose the max in this week because you lose all the water weight and the bloating is gone. The further weeks you are surely going to lose weight but it won’t be this much.

Now to the next week.

Week 2 – Diet Chart for Weight Loss

8:00 am (as soon as you wake up) – 2 glasses of tulsi leave water ( soak 5 tulsi leaves in 2 glasses of water. Strain out the leaves and drink the water.) 5 soaked almonds with the skin. 1 kali mirch.
9:00 am – 1 toast (brown bread) with amul lite butter / hung curd dressing/ salad and chutney
11:30 am – one fruit of your wish

1:30 pm – A small plate of salad before starting the meal. 1 sandwich (2 brown breads with paneer filling, if you are a vegetarian and egg whites, if you are a non vegetarian.)
5:00 pm – 1cup of milk or tea with 2 biscuits

7:30 pm –A small plate of salad before starting the meal. 1 bran chappati with 1 k vegetable (this week you can take rajmah, channa or kadhi )
8:30 pm – one fruit of your wish
This week I lost just .9kgs

Week 3 – Diet Chart for Weight Loss

8:00 am – 2 glasses of methi seeds water. 5 soaked almonds with the skin. 1 kali mirch.
9:00 am – 1 glass of milk and a fruit
11:30 am – one fruit of your wish

1:30 pm – 1 bran chappati and any vegetable
5:00 pm – 1cup of milk or tea with 2 biscuits/ 1 small bowl bhuna channa/ 1bowl popcorn (not the buttery act 2 ones but air popped popcorns without the butter)
7:30 pm – 3 pcs steamed or roasted chicken or fish + salad (non vegetarians)

Any one of the following for vegetarians:
1. 1 bowl dal .+ 1 bowl curd + salad
2. 1 bowl veg + 1 bowl curd + salad
8:30 pm – one fruit of your wish

Week 4 – Diet Chart for Weight Loss

8:00 am – 2 glasses of methi seeds water. 5 soaked almonds with the skin. 1 kali mirch.
9:00 am – 1 glass of cold coffee and a bb toast
11:30 am – one fruit of your wish
1:30 pm – This week you have a lot of options which you can take alternatively.

  1. 1 bowl sprouts + fruits
  2. 2 bowl vegetables + salads
  3. 1 bowl dalia + 1 bb toast
  4. 1 bowl vegetables + 1 bb toast
  5. 1 bowl kadhi + 1 quarter plate rice

5:00 pm – 1cup of milk or tea with 2 biscuits/ 1 small bowl bhuna channa/ 1bowl popcorn (not the buttery act 2 ones but air popped popcorns without the butter)
7:30 pm – 1 bran chappati and 1 bowl vegetable.
8:30 pm – one fruit of your wish

diet chart for weight loss

By the end of the month you will definitely lose 3-6 kgs I lost 4.3 kgs in a month with PCOD. I’m sure u can do better.
He also gave me some really good gyan as well. According to him when on a diet your social life won’t stop but you can still manage your weight without locking yourself at home. Some pointers for it:

  1. When you go out with friends try to have your lunch or dinner at subway. The healthiest option out there. Take a veggie delite sub in brown bread and eating out won’t harm your diet and weight at all. Tell them not to put mayo in it though.
  2. If you don’t have a say in the place of eating then make your choices sensibly. If you go to eat Chinese have rice rather than noodles. Order stir fried veggies instead of Manchurian. And control your proportions. Don’t take fried starters. Avoid those thick soups they are no good.
  3. When going out just pick 2 fruits before sitting in the car and eat it on your way to the venue. When you are already a little filled before going out. Your somewhat filled stomach helps your mind take the right decision.
  4. If eating Indian, order tandoori chappati rather than butter naan or parantha. Take less gravy since it is the most fattening.

Even if you don’t want to lose weight keep these points in your mind and you will be able to maintain your weight easily.

So go on a diet chart for weight loss now and get your svelte figure back.
P.S.: I really want to thank Rati for giving me a platform to share my thoughts and ideas without having me to bear with the responsibility of making a whole blog work.

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Jankovic Wins Indian Wells Women’s Title


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Former world number one Jelena Jankovic jump-started her 2010 season Sunday with a straight-sets victory over Caroline Wozniacki for the Indian Wells WTA title.

Jankovic didn’t put a foot wrong as she downed her Danish opponent 6-2, 6-4 to claim her 12th career title and her first since Cincinnati last August.

“It’s been a great two weeks for me, really amazing,” Jankovic said. “I’m so happy and so thrilled that I was able to win this title.”

The Serbian came into the tournament ranked ninth in the world and seeded sixth, while world number four Wozniacki was seeded second.

But neither woman had made much noise this season, with both failing to reach a quarter-final until this week.

Jankovic had her struggles, eking out a third-round victory over world number 49 Sara Errani before posting solid victories over Shahar Peer and Alisa Kleybanova.

She had Wozniacki on the defensive early, rolling to a 4-0 lead in the first set before the Dane managed to break her to cut the deficit to 4-2.

Jankovic broke back immediately and pocketed the first set on her third set point as Wozniacki fired a forehand long.

She maintained the momentum by breaking Wozniacki in the opening game of the second set, and made the break hold up. She earned a match point with a backhand winner and sealed it when Wozniacki belted a service return long.

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BJP MPs Threaten to Vote Against Women’s Bill, Party Goes In For Damage Control


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Trouble is brewing  in BJP with a section of party MPs in Lok Sabha expressing their opposition to the measure and threatening to vote against it and the party on Thursday decided to crack on the dissenters by issuing a whip to them to back it. 

The BJP top brass swung into damage control and decided to issue a whip to its MPs to make them toe the party line. 

Facing rebellion, top party leaders including the Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and former party chief Rajnath Singh met the dissenting MPs this morning and sought to allay their fears over the bill which seeks to reserve one third of the seats in Lok Sabha and state assemblies for women and will unseat that number of men.

“We will issue a whip to party MPs when the bill comes up in Lok Sabha,” Swaraj said after the meeting. Defiance of the whip can attract disqualification provisions against the members.BJP MPs had supported the measure in Rajya Sabha. 

Prominent among those opposing the bill are Yogi Adityanath, MP from Gorakhpur, former union minister Hukumdeo Narayan Yadav, an old socialist from Janata Dal parivar, and party’s chief whip in the Lok Sabha Ramesh Bais. 

Some of the party MPs are even said to have threatened to vote against the measure when it is taken up in the Lower House. The support of BJP, which has 116 members in Lok Sabha, is crucial for the passage of the Constitutional amendment bill.

Bais, who had maintained on Wednesday that several party MPs had problems with the Bill in its present form and would air their grievances before the senior leaders, today said he had been misunderstood.

Former union Minister Murli Manohar Joshi said there may have been differences among some sections of the party but once BJP takes a stand everybody will have to go by it.

“In a democratic party, members may have different opinions on an issue and these can be discussed. But on the Bill the party has taken a stand and everybody will have to adhere to it,” he said. 

On the issue of a whip to members in Lok Sabha like it had been done for the party MPs in Rajya Sabha, Joshi, however, said, “The issue of whether whip should be issued in a democracy is debatable.” 

Hukumdeo Narayan Yadav, who was said to be one of the main opponents of the bill in the BJP, did a volte-face this morning, saying “I was with the BJP decision on supporting the bill when it came in Rajya Sabha and will abide by the party decision when it comes up in Lok Sabha.  “Whatever I have to say about the bill, I will say in the party forum,” he told PTI.

When asked about his earlier stand against the bill, he said, “The press may have thought that since other Yadavs like Lalu and Mulayam are opposed to the bill, I would be opposed too. Also because I am a socialist like them. But if I was in agreement with them, I would be in their party and would not have joined BJP.”

BJP chief whip in Lok Sabha Ramesh Bais on Wednesday had claimed “at least 70 per cent of MPs” were against the Bill while a senior BJP MP said he would defy any whip to vote in its favour even though his party had offered it “unequivocal support” in the Rajya Sabha.

Ramesh Bais said there was strong resentment among Lok Sabha MPs over the Bill and his party leadership was engaged in placating MPs.

“At least seventy per cent of MPs are protesting against the women’s reservation Bill and the way the party supported the Bill despite marshals being used in Rajya Sabha. Top leaders of the party have assured that grievances of the MPs will be taken into account,” Bais told The Indian Express, adding that Murli Manohar Joshi and Yashwant Sinha had already held the first round of discussions.

Hukumdeo Narayan Yadav, senior leader and BJP MP from Madhubani in Bihar, declared he would defy any party whip in Lok Sabha and vote against the Bill.

A former Union Minister, Yadav told The Indian Express: “If they issue a whip (to vote in favour of the Bill), I will break it and vote against it. Let them end my membership, I am not bothered. I am a socialist and I cannot compromise on issues of social justice.”

He said he had asked the BJP leadership not to issue a whip in Lok Sabha and allow MPs to exercise their choice. He also slammed the use of marshals in Rajya Sabha to evict seven MPs who were opposed to the Bill.

Yadav said the use of marshals amounted to “martial law” and his party had been a “mute spectator”.

“History will not spare the BJP. The BJP was like Bhishmapitamah and Dronacharya in Mahabharata who remained mute spectators to the disrobing of Draupadi,” he said. Attacking the policy of his party to support the Bill, he said the BJP would “decline further” if it ignored the backward classes.

Yogi Adityanath, MP from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, too aired his protest, wondering why the party had shown such eagerness to back the women’s reservation Bill when there were more pressing matters on hand.

Madhusudan Yadav, a first-time BJP MP from Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh, too objected that the party leadership had not protested the use of marshals to evict MPs from Rajya Sabha.

“The allies and supporters of UPA are protesting against the Bill. They used the support of the Opposition to use marshals and bulldoze the Bill through Rajya Sabha. We will not tolerate the use of marshals in Lok Sabha,” Yadav told The Indian Express.

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Split In JD(U) Over Women’s Reservation Bill


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The Women’s Reservation Bill, one of the most controversial bills to ever enter Parliament, will be tabled on Monday.

But just ahead of that, a divide in the ranks of the Janata Dal United has raised the hopes of the UPA government.

The JD(U), along with the Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal have famously fought against the bill.

But now Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar seems to have gone against party line and backed the bill.

“I think it is an idea whose time has come. I still support quota-within-quota but it should not become the ground for delaying reservation for women in legislatures,” he has told a newspaper.

He has even appealed to party chief Sharad Yadav to reconsider his opposition to the bill.

The JDU leader had earlier said his party opposes the bill and will not get divided.

A party MP from Ujiarpur, Ashwamedh Devi has also announced that she will vote in favour of the bill.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today made out a strong case for women’s quota in legislatures and said his government would try and push the bill through, no matter what it takes.

Over the years, this bill has had its supporters and detractors.

Responding to the Union government’s decision to table it on Monday in the Rajya Sabha, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) issued a whip asking MPs to be present and vote in favour of the bill. (Read: Congress, BJP issue whip for Women’s Reservation Bill)

At the same time Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday met the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, and asked him not to table the bill. He instead demanded an all-party meet. The bill would be a disaster, said the RJD chief. (Watch: Lalu on women’s bill)

The first test is in Rajya Sabha, where the bill needs support of 2/3rd MPs. That is 163 MPs in favour of the bill, out of 245. The bill has assured support of 160 MPs. (Read: Women’s quota: The numbers game)

The opponents, who have managed to stall it for 13 years, are few. So, a lot depends on fence sitters. The government is nervous. Members of Parliament (MPs) like Sumitra Mahajan have seen the first draft and the first skirmish over Women’s Quota Bill way back in 1996. They know that the battle has just begun.

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Ideal Weights for Women | Fitness Magazine

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Determine your ideal weight based on your height and body frame.

From the editors of Fitness

The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, which periodically determines the weight at which mortality is lowest among its subscribers, offers this method for determining frame size:

  1. Extend one arm and bend the forearm upward at a 90-degree angle.
  2. Keep fingers straight and turn the inside of the wrist toward the body.
  3. If a caliper is available, use it to measure the space between the two prominent bones on either side of the elbow.
  4. Alternatively, place the thumb and index finger of the other hand on these two bones. Measure the space between the fingers against the ruler or a tape measure. Compare it with the figures below, which list elbow measurements for medium-framed women. Measurements less than those indicate a small frame; greater measurements indicate a large frame.
Height (barefoot) Elbow Breadth (women)
4’9″ to 5’2″ 2 1/4″ to 2 1/2″
5’3″ to 6’0″ 2 3/8″ to 2 5/8″

From the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Complete Book of Nutrition, ed. Victor Herbert, M.D., F.A.C.P. Courtesy of Statistical Bulletin, 1983, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.

Ideal Weights According to Height and Frame

Height Small Frame Medium Frame Large Frame
4’9″ 90 to 97 94 to 106 102 to 118
4’10” 92 to 100 97 to 109 105 to 121
4’11” 95 to 103 100 to 112 108 to 124
5’0″ 98 to 106 103 to 116 111 to 127
5’1″ 101 to 109 106 to 118 114 to 130
5’2″ 104 to 112 109 to 122 117 to 134
5’3″ 107 to 115 112 to 126 121 to 138
5’4″ 110 to 119 116 to 131 125 to 142
5’5″ 114 to 123 120 to 136 129 to 146
5’6″ 118 to 127 124 to 139 133 to 150
5’7″ 122 to 131 128 to 143 137 to 154
5’8″ 126 to 136 132 to 147 141 to 159
5’9″ 130 to 140 136 to 151 145 to 164
5’10” 134 to 144 140 to 155 149 to 169

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‘My husband likes to dress up in women’s clothing’

I’d suspected for a long time, but lately I’ve become certain that my husband likes to wear women’s clothes.

I first noticed something weird going on when I came home from work and found my clothes all crinkled up and moved around a couple of times .

I like everything neat and tidy and that’s the only reason I noticed they weren’t how I left them. I said to him ‘Why have you been in my wardrobe?’ and he just muttered something about looking for a shirt.

This happened a few more times and I started to worry about what he was doing with my clothes – I even thought maybe he had another woman.

One day it all became very clear. He works from home usually and is his own boss so is pretty flexible about hours. I’d taken a half day to surprise him as we’d both been really busy lately and I wanted us to spend some quality time together.

I got home about 2pm and let myself in, I heard the radio on upstairs so I went up and walked in to our bedroom. There I saw something so bad I didn’t know what to do.

My husband – the man I love – was standing in front of the mirror in our bedroom wearing my slinky black dress and fishnet stockings and dancing to Wham!

I felt sick. I didn’t know what to do and as he hadn’t seen me. I snuck back out the room, left the house and just went to the park and cried. This was about a week ago. I’ve barely spoken to him since – he knows something’s wrong but has no idea what it is. I just don’t know what to do – what does it mean? Is he gay? Does he want to be a woman? What? We were talking about trying for a baby, now I can’t bear to look at him.

I love him so much but I don’t know if I can deal with this. I want to just pretend I never saw it, maybe then things could go back to the way they were. I’d appreciate anyone’s advice as I can’t talk to anyone I know about this, it’s too shameful.

Megan

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How to Lose Weight as a Senior

It’s time for some straight talk: You weigh more than you did ten years ago, or even five years ago. The extra pounds didn’t arrive all at once but accumulated gradually before you even realized they were climbing on board. Now you’re looking at some serious extra poundage. But that’s to be expected as you get older, right? Wrong.

Putting on excess weight is very common for a number of reasons that we’ll explain. But it’s not an inevitable part of the aging process, and it could put your health at risk. If you understand why you tend to gain weight more easily as you get older, you can do something about it. And doing something about it is what this book is all about.

You can blame a lot of your weight gain on your metabolism. Beginning as early as your mid-twenties, body fat begins to increase while muscle mass decreases. And less muscle mass translates into a slower metabolic rate.

Muscle mass decreases from about 45 percent of your total body weight in your youth to about 27 percent by the time you reach age 70. And the drop in hormones that accompanies menopause also precipitates a decrease in muscle mass, triggering even more weight gain for women. Your body fat, meanwhile, can double, even if your weight remains the same.

The bottom line is that you burn fewer calories in your 50s, 60s, or 70s doing the same activities, and the same number of them, that you did in your 20s, 30s, or 40s. The key to preventing weight gain is to compensate by adjusting your food intake, exercising, and generally becoming more physically active.

Now that you have made the decision to lose weight, it’s time to figure how much weight you need to lose. Continue to the next page to assess your weight as a senior.

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