Mar 30, 2012
Good news for Type 2 diabetics
Are you an adult suffering from Type 2 diabetes and trouble with mobility? New research says there's hope. You can improve your mobility through some positive lifestyle changes, weight loss and exercise.
In the 4-year study conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services published in The New England Journal of Medicine, more than 5,000 overweight or obese adults, who were between 45 and 75 years old with type 2 diabetes, were put into two different groups: intensive lifestyle intervention or diabetes education and support. It found that the lifestyle intervention group experienced a reduction of 48% in the risk of loss of mobility. Increased fitness and weight loss were considered to be major factors in this result.
Weight loss and improved fitness were found to slow the decline of mobility in overweight Type 2 diabetics. The study shows that by making healthy lifestyle changes, Type 2 diabetes sufferers can experience not only weight loss and improved health, but an overall improved lifestyle. These benefits are possible for anyone by making healthy choices.
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Mar 21, 2012
Snacking 101: The granola bar
A granola bar can be the perfect healthy snack for an afternoon pick-me-up or a post-workout nosh, but if you pick the wrong kind, you may be grabbing something that is just as bad as a candy bar. Here, we explain what to look for when checking out granola bars in the snack food aisle.
What's in your granola bar?
Always check the nutrition facts and list of ingredients on your granola bars. If it contains a lot of sugar, fat and calories, then it's probably a candy bar in disguise. Some granola bars even contain just as much sugar and calories as bad-for-you candy bars, so beware.
Your ideal granola bar
Look for a granola bar that has less than 5 grams of sugar per bar, not per serving, to make sure you aren't getting too much of a sugar fix. Also be on the lookout for fat and calorie content, as chocolate and peanuts are common contributors to all of the above. Natural and organic granola bars are also a better buy because they aren't going to contain artificial ingredients. Still, check the ingredients to be sure of what's in your granola bar!
Tip: Make your own healthy, quick snack by mixing plain granola with a small amount of fruit for no-sugar-added natural sweetness.
Mar 15, 2012
Vitamins + Sugar = ?
Adding vitamins to popular sugary drinks, from Vitamin Water to Coca-Cola is all the rage right now.
These drinks may even have a healthy-sounding name, but don't be fooled by the slick packaging. These drinks still aren't good for you or your weight. If you look closely at the nutrition facts, you'll quickly realize what you'll be getting: lots of sugar and calories that can cause weight gain.
Vitamin Water, for example, contains 13 grams of sugar per serving, 32.5 grams per bottle; and more than 100 calories per bottle, which actually contains 2.5 servings.
Additionally, the added "vitamins" offer no real benefit to you:
Because the sugar found in Vitaminwater or Coke is made from a refining (or purifying) process, it contains no nutrients or vitamins beneficial to our health. It instead acts only as a source of energy -- once anything with sugar is ingested, the sugar skips digestion by passing through the stomach wall and raising blood sugar levels. Since your body is programmed to keep its blood sugar at a certain level, the pancreas secretes insulin to balance everything out.
If you aren't exercising these calories off, you will gain weight from drinks with added sugars and calories.
The best choice for quenching your thirst still remains: pure, unadulterated water. Your body needs it to function, it can also facilitate weight loss and it contains no harmful additives. Getting the right nutrients in your body means eating a healthy diet full of delicious natural foods. A multivitamin should only be a supplement to your already healthy diet.
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Mar 9, 2012
Frequent dining out at restaurants can pack on the pounds and lead to obesity, but there is a way to counter the weight gain: mindful eating.
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found in their six-week meditative study called "Mindful Restaurant Eating" that female participants actually lost weight when dining out.
Here are the facts from the study:
Overall, 35 perimenopausal women aged 40 to 59 years of age were studied. On average, the intervention group lost 1.7 kg (3.7 lbs) during six weeks while eating out one to two times a week. They also reduced their daily caloric intake by about 297 calories after completing the intervention...
Participants learned how to plan before dining out and calculate fat and protein counts in restaurant meals. They also did meditative exercises that focus on sight, smell and texture of food to enhance enjoyment and focus on hunger, satisfaction and what their triggers are.
What these meditative exercises involved were simply using sound judgment and being aware of your body in order to lose or maintain weight. No meditation is necessary, but if you pay attention to your hunger -- and eat to satisfy yourself, not out of boredom or emotion -- and be mindful of what you eat, you will be on your way to a trimmer you.
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Mar 3, 2012
What floats your bloat??Knowing which healthy foods help you lose weight isn't good enough — you also need to know which types of food make you bloated and appear heavier than you really are so you can steer clear of them.
What’s the main culprit of a bloated belly? Sodium. You know, having too much salt in your diet, which typically comes from processed and/or junk food in your diet.
The top 10 sources of food that contribute to belly bloat, according to The Centers for Disease Control, are as follows:
- cold cuts and cured meats
- fast-food burgers and sandwiches
- meatloaf and other meat dishes
- salty snacks (potato chips, pretzels)
Not only can many of these foods add pounds, but they can make you look bloated and larger than your true size. Additionally, too much salt intake can lead to other health problems such as high blood pressure. By avoiding the less healthy foods in this list or at least limiting your intake, you can keep the weight off and the bloating away. Also, be sure to eat mainly whole, natural foods that aren’t processed for a healthy weight and size.
Tips for cutting down sodium
- Season your food with spices instead of salt
- When a recipe calls for salt and you are already using other ingredients such as canned tomatoes that contain salt, leave it out
- Select foods that are "low-salt" or "no-salt." But be careful: foods marked as "reduced sodium" may still contain a lot of it. Aim for no more than 200 mg of sodium per serving.
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Hot Weight Loss Tip? Cool News…We previously shared you can turn up the heat on your food by eating hot peppers and bell peppers to lose weight. Now, we’re turning the tables and saying you can also cool things down to lose or maintain your weight — it's as easy as turning down the temperature on your thermostat in your home.
The reason is this: human metabolism slows down in warmer temperatures. When the temperature is 77 to 80 degrees, that’s when the body's metabolic rate is at its lowest. In colder temperatures, however, the body works hard to warm itself, which burns calories.
What researchers have discovered recently is that since the 1960s, our norms of thermal comfort have been changed by using central heating, which can lower the body’s own internal thermostat and its ability to burn fat — and it may also contribute to widespread obesity, according to research by Fiona Johnson, MRCPsych, and colleagues at the University College London, as published in Obesity Reviews.
This reduced exposure to indoor cold may have minimized the need for higher energy expenditure for the body to stay warm, Johnson and co-authors suggested.
The conclusion? There is a causal link between increased time spent in thermal comfort and weight gain. So if you normally keep the thermostat high during the cold months, time to turn it down. You'll not only save on your heating bill, you could save yourself some pounds!
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