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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...
Don’t Let Your Belly Shorten Your Life

Don’t Let Your Belly Shorten Your Life

Mar 24, 2014 by

If you’re worried about your waistline, you better do something about it. Researchers at Columbia University have calculated the odds of your bulging belly shortening your life. The frightening conclusion: Your life’s in more serious danger than you know. "Obesity has dramatically worse health consequences than some recent reports have led us to believe," says researcher Ryan Masters, Ph.D., who conducted the research as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. "We expect that obesity will be responsible for an increasing share of deaths in the United States and perhaps even lead to declines in U.S. life...
Keep Breast Cancer From Killing You

Keep Breast Cancer From Killing You

Mar 24, 2014 by

Breast cancer is a leading killer of women. But even if breast cancer is in your future, Italian researchers have found two things you can do to better your odds against the disease. The first thing you need to do is control your weight and keep it down to normal limits. If you are treated for breast cancer, being very overweight lowers you chances of surviving. Your second option is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, avoid processed foods, eschew refined sugar, exercise regularly and keep from developing type 2 diabetes. "Although the overall survival of patients with metastatic breast cancer has increased over the past few decades, it remains an incurable disease," says...

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