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Man sheds 27kg in 6 mths by walking

BANGALORE: Birds are meant to fly, human beings to walk and run. Though common sense as well as sport research highlight the benefits of walking,   

it is still a surprise to learn that 24-year-old Chris Thomas, an obese 120 kg at one point, shed a humongous 27 kg in six months by merely walking. 

Having lost over 4 kg per month by not going on a crash diet or joining a fancy gym or doing extreme exercises, Thomas is so enthused by his accomplishment that he’s decided to walk from Bangalore to Chennai (350 km) over a period of seven days starting New Year’s day. Eminent cardiologist, Dr Devi Shetty will flag off the walkathon. As a trial to the Chennai walk, Chris will walk from Bangalore to Mysore (140 km) over three days starting on Tuesday. 

Chris, who runs his own software company, has a simple routine. He walks for two hours each in the morning and evening, daily. He also practices yoga and aerobics on some days. He doesn’t have any particular diet and eats both non-vegetarian and vegetarian food. I like experimenting with food. I don’t diet. The only thing I do is to walk.” 

Though concerned about his obesity, Chris never consulted any doctor about it. He just decided to walk. “ I am 24 but I used to look 45. I did not like it. I started my career very early and I realized that obesity is a combination of problems which includes lack of physical activity and bad diet,” he says. 

Chris does 20 to 25 rounds of the Whitefield Inner Circle which is 500 metres, everyday. He has walked up
to Mysore earlier. His friends gather at a cafe in Maddur, while Chris walks till Maddur and gets picked up by his friends. Accompanying him on his walks are his music player and a lot of water. 

His decision to walk to Chennai is “not a New Year resolution for myself but I want it to be a resolution for everyone. Walking is the most simple and effortless exercise,” Chris says. 

To help others with similar issues, he has started a web portal, which will work like any other social networking site and provide information on physiological and psychological well-being. “I have four doctors and one dietician who will give their suggestions on fitness on my site. I want people to know about little things like the ideal time to wake up is 5.30 am because our body is not used to the artificial light,” he says.


Comment from DR. PRAVEEN RAMACHANDRA: "Birds are meant to fly, human beings to walk and run" summarises  the common sense which often forgotten

so walk the talk............... between i was very impressed with IDEA CELLULAR'S ad COMPAIGN "WALK WHEN YOU TALK"

December 2009

And now...the Ketosis diet

The ketogenic diet is ahigh-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet and mimics aspects ofstarvation by forcing the body to burn fats 

rather thancarbohydrates.

Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, whichis then transported around the body and is particularly important in fuellingbrain function. However, if there is very little carbohydrate in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies.The ketone bodies pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source. 

The diet provides just enough protein for body growth and repair, andsufficient calories to maintain the correct weight for age and height. Theclassic ketogenic diet contains a 4:1 ratio by weight of fat to combined protein and carbohydrate. This is achieved by excludingfoods high in carbohydrates such as starchy fruits and vegetables, bread,pasta, grains and sugar, while increasing the consumption of foods high in fatsuch as cream and butter. 

The science behind the diet is simple. Carbohydrates in the diet cause aninsulin (a "storage" hormone) output in the pancreas. It is used tostore glycogen, amino acids into muscles, while causing excess calories to be stored as fat. So commonsense asks, "How can one try to break down fat, when your body is in astorage-type mode?" Difficult to do, indeed. That is why it makes perfectsense for step one to be cutting carbs. 

The next thing that happens in your body is the rise in catecholamines (a"fat mobilizing" hormone), cortisol (a "breakdown"hormone), and growth hormone. Now your body realizes there are no more carbs to burn forenergy, so it must find another energy source: fat. 

This usually happens during a metabolic condition called "ketosis."This is when your liver is out of glycogen and starts to produce ketones(by-products of fatty acids). You can check your status of whether or not you arein ketosis with urinalysis strips you can pick up at any local drug storecalled "Ketostix." Just urinate and see if it turns colour. If so,you have ketones in the urine. 

When the body is fed fat and protein, it will use dietary fat along with body fat for energy with proteingoing towards repair. 

As a side note, there is another reason why this diet makes the most sense touse while keeping muscle. When one follows a high carbohydrate, low-fat,reduced-calorie diet, there is a point when some body fat is burned, but whenthe body is still in a carbohydrate burning metabolism while trying to lose"weight," it will strip down precious body protein to convert toglucose for energy. 

On the other hand, during fat metabolism, protein cannot be converted intofree-fatty acids for energy. Although there is no scientific research done onthis, there have been reports from followers that there truly is a"protein-sparing" effect. It makes sense doesn’t it? Where else wouldthe body look for fat energy when all dietary fat is burned? Body fat. 

The diet is quite effective. The ketogenic diet has also been proposed as a treatmentfor a number of neurological conditions other than epilepsy; as of 2008,research in this area has yet to produce sufficient positive data to warrantclinical use.


Comment from Endocrinologist Dr. Praveen Ramachandra: 

This is nothing new but well tested diet plan in medical world, its known as "ATKIN'S DIET". However it was less preferred because of following reasons

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