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Watch Out For This Weight Loss Pitfall

Watch Out For This Weight Loss Pitfall

Apr 23, 2014 by

It’s hard to lose weight and keep it off. But there’s another health hazard you need to watch out for if you’re trying to lose weight. A study at Drexel University shows that if you’ve lost a great deal of weight and are trying to keep off those vanished pounds, you are at an added risk of encountering an eating disorder like binge eating, bulimia or anorexia. The research demonstrates that if you are now at a much lower weight than you used to be, your body may rebel against its new slimness and push you into disordered eating. "If the patient's body somehow 'remembers' that past higher weight, then even at the minimally healthy body weight she is still going to be...
Are You Secretly Being Robbed Of Your Bones And Muscles?

Are You Secretly Being Robbed Of Your Bones And Muscles?

Apr 23, 2014 by

A study of how the body ages reveals a new danger to your bones and muscles. This weakening condition threatens more than 119 million Americans. Florida State University researchers have found that if you weigh enough to be obese (a category that now includes 35 percent of Americans), your bones and muscles are at serious risk of deteriorating and losing their strength. The only solution: exercise and lose weight. "It used to be the thinking that the heavier you were the better your bones would be because the bones were supporting more weight," says researcher Jasminka Ilich-Ernst, a Florida State nutrition professor. "But, that's only true to a certain extent." Instead, this study...
The Food That Makes You Lazy

The Food That Makes You Lazy

Apr 16, 2014 by

A lot of us drink coffee and other caffeinated drinks first thing in the morning to get our get-up-and-go up and going. But researchers have found that if you eat the wrong food with those beverages, those items on your plate can sap your motivation and personal energy. The foods to avoid: junk food like donuts, pastries and sweetened cereal. In lab tests, scientists at UCLA have found that sugary, processed food can not only lead to weight gain, but can make you lazy, too. So if you want to keep your motivation high and stay aggressive in a competitive working environment, you’re better off eating the kinds of foods for breakfast that fit the paleo diet: fruits, vegetables,...
Losing Weight On The Paleo Diet

Losing Weight On The Paleo Diet

Apr 12, 2014 by

When I went on the paleo diet, I lost so much weight over the period of a year that I was a little worried that my health was in question. But a visit to the doctor showed that nothing was wrong. And since then, my weight has held steady right where I want it. And as long as I eat paleo, I can eat as much as I want. Other people aren’t always so lucky. Paleo websites seem to be full of comments from people who have trouble losing weight on the paleo diet or on other eating plans. I recognize that part of what helps me maintain my weight is my apparently fast metabolism and my addiction to exercise. Unlike other folks who have trouble finding the motivation to work out, I have to...
New Insight Into How To Lose Weight

New Insight Into How To Lose Weight

Apr 11, 2014 by

The statistics on how overweight Americans have become are stunning. As many as 80 million people are considered obese, meaning they have a body mass index (BMI) above 30. What that means: If you are 5’ 7” and 192 pounds, your BMI is 30. And being that heavy is not even considered obese. You have to be heavier to be in the obesity category. To be a normal BMI (18.5 to 25), someone that tall would have to weigh 159 pounds or less. Obesity is a skyrocketing public health crisis. More and more people are becoming obese and developing metabolic diseases. Obesity raises your risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, arthritis and a long list of other...
The Fruit That Drops Your Blood Pressure

The Fruit That Drops Your Blood Pressure

Apr 08, 2014 by

One out of every three Americans has high blood pressure that could be deadly when it leads to a heart attack or stroke. But there’s a fruit that can help in the effort to bring that pressure down. An examination of people who are overweight and suffer high blood pressure shows that nutrients in watermelon can reduce hypertension. The scientists found this benefit both when the people in the study were at rest or under stress. The results of the tests demonstrated that eating watermelon lowers blood pressure in the aorta and other parts of the circulatory system. “(We showed that) the pressure on the aorta and on the heart decreased after consuming watermelon extract," says...
Dad’s Health Linked To Autism In His Kids

Dad’s Health Linked To Autism In His Kids

Apr 08, 2014 by

Listen up, dad: A study in Norway suggests that certain aspects of a father’s health can influence the chances that his kids are autistic. To reduce your kids’ risk, there’s one area of health to which you better pay particular attention. That area is your weight. Researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health found that fathers who are so overweight that they can be classified as obese may run a significantly higher risk of having autistic kids. Using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study, the scientists looked at the health of more than 90,000 children. The researchers also examined data from the Norwegian Patient Registry and studies of children who...
Losing Weight With Light

Losing Weight With Light

Apr 05, 2014 by

Want to lose weight and keep it off? Research shows you may be able to do it with a light bulb. But you have to time your light exposure correctly. Bright light at the wrong time makes you gain weight. A study at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine shows that if you get bright light early in the morning and avoid bright light late at night, you increase your chances of getting and staying thin. The researchers found that folks who get most of their daily bright light before lunch generally had a lower BMI (body mass index) than others who experienced their brighter lights later. "The earlier this light exposure occurred during the day, the lower individuals'...
The Reason Chocolate Can Help You Lose Weight

The Reason Chocolate Can Help You Lose Weight

Apr 04, 2014 by

The fact that chocolate is linked to weight loss may seem a little hard to swallow. But researchers at Virginia Tech have found the antioxidants in dark chocolate that they think might help prevent obesity and diabetes. Of course, you have to eat dark, not very sweet, chocolate to enjoy health benefits. Dark chocolate, according to the scientists, contains beneficial cocoa chemicals called oligomeric procyanidins (PCs). In lab tests, these compounds, also called flavanols, kept animals’ weight down and helped their bodies resist diabetes. The scientists’ conclusion: "Oligomeric PCs appear to possess the greatest antiobesity and antidiabetic bioactivities of the flavanols in...
Avoid These Foods That Age Your Cells

Avoid These Foods That Age Your Cells

Mar 26, 2014 by

If you want to stay younger and healthier, researchers at the Medical College of Georgia have found common foods you should avoid to protect the genetic material in your cells. Otherwise, they will age faster and possibly be more vulnerable to cancer. The key is not to eat too many high-salt, processed foods. These foods can damage your chromosomes, especially if you are overweight. “Lowering sodium intake, especially if you are overweight or obese, may slow down the cellular aging process that plays an important role in the development of heart disease,” warns Haidong Zhu, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of pediatrics at Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Regents University...

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