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Body Volume Index: the New BMI?

By Carolyn Richardson

Numbers are a significant part of trying to lose weight. Be it pounds, inches, calories, or minutes, we’re all counting our way to a healthier lifestyle. While many of us have a goal weight, others are focused on a goal BMI. That is to say, we want to be healthy according to the standard measurement that screens for obesity, called Body Mass Index (BMI). A comparison of height and weight, BMI is meant to determine a person’s health risks for chronic disease such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. However, it doesn’t directly measure a person’s body fat, or account for an adults’ age or body composition, leaving many, including pregnant women, athletes, body builders, and the elderly, categorized incorrectly. Enter Body Volume Index (BVI), a newly proposed measurement that could replace BMI.

What is BVI?

Created by Select Research, BVI is an electronic measurement that, along with weight and body fat distribution, accounts for body composition, age, height, gender, and medical history. The process of getting your BVI is much like going through security at the airport. A 3D scanner takes the image of a person’s body and inputs it into computer software that calculates hundreds of measurements, including waist-to-hip ratio, body fat percentage, and even BMI. According to its website, the test takes less than 6 seconds and does not use radiation or lasers.

The Pros

Since its launch, BVI has been vetted by the Body Benchmark Project, a research study conducted by the manufacturer itself, and a number of other entities including The Mayo Clinic here in the US. For medical professionals, this machine may mean better accuracy for tracking patients over time. Instead of using a tape measure, weight scale, and taking other measurements each visit, using BVI could be more efficient in showing a patient’s progress. For those who know their BVI who are overweight or obese, it could mean a more personalized approach to treatment and a clearer wake up call for what getting in shape means.

The Cons

On the other hand, getting the BVI test may be too much information. Aside from feeling like you’re in an airport in your doctor’s office, seeing a 3D scan could send someone with body image issues on the wrong path. And while doctors do point out the importance of knowing how your weight is distributed, a person with too much abdominal fat for instance could become focused on losing weight in a certain spot, rather than focusing on getting healthier overall. Getting the hundreds of measurements the BVI calculates may be good to know, but practically speaking, many who need to lose weight may be uncomfortable with the possible cost of a doctor’s visit and the use of an expensive machine to get the info.

So who would be going for this BVI? I sure would if it is available in my country.


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Ten Ways to look slimmer


These helpful tips will help you look slimmer and get the best out of your clothes no matter what the occasion.




Invest in a Wrap Dress.

Universally flattering, asymmetrical cuts whittle down your waist and hide trouble spots. Designer Diane von Furstenberg, who popularized the look, explains: “A wrap dress does exactly what it claims: It wraps you. And because it’s typically made of jersey fabric, it molds to your body, helping to sculpt it.”

 V-neck Tops

The neckline narrows as it plunges–the lower, the better–emphasizing the length of your neck and upper body and giving the illusion of a leaner line.

Avoid Pleats

Whether they’re on the waist, hips, or neckline, extra fabric and fussy details like ruffles and gathers can make you look bulky. Stick with simple shapes.

Dress in a single Color

You’ve probably heard that wearing all black makes you seem more slender, but–surprise!–going head to toe in any dark hue like chocolate, navy, or charcoal achieves the same streamlined effect.

Keep Pant Hems Long

Tailor your trousers so they’re no shorter than half an inch from the floor. A straight-leg cut gives the appearance of a lean, never-ending leg.

Put on Heels with Pants

They’ll make you stand straighter while lifting your butt and elongating your legs. To create a seamless silhouette, opt for a pointed toe and match the shade of the shoe and pants as close as possible. This draws the eye from the point of the toe to the torso.

Wear Vertical Lines

They lengthen your figure because the eye naturally follows the pattern, making you look taller and thinner. But don’t overdo it. Varying widths and colors can be distracting, not slimming. Best bets: Try a turtleneck under a striped dress in a basic shape, or pin-striped pants paired with a blouse in a solid color.

Accessorize with Long Necklaces

Bold or layered chains that fall from mid-chest to your waist pull the eye downward, making you appear trimmer.

Hem Your Skirt to the Perfect Length

It should fall just above or just below your knee, emphasizing the area between your thigh and calf. Mid-thigh skirts draw attention to the thickest part of your leg, while ultra-long skirts can look frumpy.

Choose Clothes That Fit Just Right

Sounds obvious, but if your self-confidence is flagging, it’s easy to dress in baggy outfits that only add volume, and too-tight pieces are unforgiving of even the slightest bump. The proper fit and a proper posture will automatically boost your confidence–and your style.

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Posted by on August 10, 2011 in healing, health, Wisdom


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Lymph massage

I get a weekly massage and I thought, should share the benefits with my readers because every body deserves a massage!

Lymph Drainage for Detoxification

By Boris Prilutsky

Originally published in Massage & Bodywork magazine,

These days, the manual acceleration of lymph drainage is mainly used by practitioners to reduce the size of lymphedemas, even though the main function of the lymphatic system is detoxification and disposal of metabolic waste. The compromised quality of the air, water, food, etc., causes significant accumulations of metabolic waste products in our body, some of which are toxic. In many cases, this accumulation of toxins causes us to feel low energy levels, fatigue, mood swings (the clinical symptoms of which are often confused with depression by physicians) fatigue, etc. There is no doubt that lymph drainage is a powerful method for lymphedema reduction, but I also believe we should offer lymph drainage to our clients as a detoxification program.

Clients who receive full-body medical massage regularly (for example, on a weekly basis) should be getting a lymph drainage session every fifth treatment. I do not advise therapists to incorporate techniques of full-body massage with lymph drainage techniques, as this can cause severe reactions such as headache, dizziness, nausea, etc. Detoxification causes a significant improvement in the power and function of the immune system. I personally see regular lymph drainage sessions incorporated with full-body stress management massage as no less important than immunization against the flu virus and other infections. Immunizations sometimes do not protect people from contracting the flu, for example. A consistent detoxification program has proven very effective in protecting humans from infections.

The main function of the lymphatic system is detoxification, but it also plays an important role in immunity. Lymph is an extracellular fluid that enters the lymphatic vessels and is mixed with cellular elements. The lymphatic system starts at the lymphatic sacs in the extracellular spaces. These sacs have pores, allowing the passage of large proteins and other metabolic waste products. When the lymphatic sacs are filled, lymph enters the lymphatic vessels. These vessels also have large pores and carry a small quantity of smooth muscles. The walls of lymphatic vessels contain valves, directing the flow of lymph one way only (toward the heart). Along the path of the lymphatic vessels are lymphatic nodes. When the fluid reaches these nodes, infections, alien proteins, and other foreign materials are destroyed. The drained lymph then continues its flow. Most of the lymphatic fluid reenters the circulation via the thoracic duct (a common drainage duct). Through this duct the lymph enters the brachiocephalic vein. The right lymphatic duct drains lymph only from the right upper extremity and half of the face and head.

The Nature of Lymphatic Flow
During inspiration, the diaphragm muscle contracts, creating negative intrapleural pressure. This is when both the thoracic and right lymphatic ducts release the largest amount of lymph into the circulatory system.

It’s important to remember these points:
-Gravity is the main opposition to lymph flow. Most of the
lymphatic vessels are between skeletal muscles. When muscles contract (during movement), a pumping action is created, thereby pushing the lymph along.
-Pulsations of large vessels (arteries and veins) also help the lymph to flow.
-The peristaltic contractions produced by the walls of lymphatic vessels, however weak, contribute somewhat to the flow of lymph (though not significantly).

When we perform manual acceleration of lymph drainage we actually use the knowledge of the nature of lymph drainage and apply special techniques to accelerate lymphatic drainage.

I will be sharing the steps on how to perform it soon!


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