Changing Metabolism through Exercise and Nutrition

As we age it becomes easier and easier to gain weight, and harder and harder to keep it off. This weight gain may seem inevitable, but many factors will cause this and there are many factors that can prevent this.

As we age our activity levels decline. Our activity levels are usually highest when we are teenagers and in our early twenties. Once we get into our careers and patterns of life, it becomes harder to fit physical activity or exercise into our schedules. Continue reading Changing Metabolism through Exercise and Nutrition

Weight Loss Tips and Strategies

 

Losing weight can be very hard and complicated. It can take over your life if you let it. You can end up with your entire life revolving around losing weight and exercising and keeping it off.

Or it can be very simple and easy to do. If you go about it in an intelligent manner, then incorporating weight loss strategies and exercise into your life can be easy and even enjoyable.

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Weight Loss Myths

Losing weight is hard. It is made harder by all of the outrageous claims made by many of the weight loss systems out there that are trying to take advantage of desperate consumers who have no knowledge or training in how to lose weight. “Lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks”. “Get 6 pack Abs”. “Never have to exercise”. “Never diet again”. These are just some of the ridiculous claims that are made daily by some of the weight loss systems out there.

In general, if it sounds too good to be true, then it is. Weight gain is slow and insidious. Very rarely does someone gain weight over a very short period of time. Regardless of how long it took to gain the weight, it will take time to lose the weight. A good weight loss program will have you losing 1 to 2 pounds per week. This may sound slow compared to the outrageous claims made by weight loss systems that don’t work. But the slower the weight comes off, the more likely it will be to keep it off. Continue reading Weight Loss Myths

Yoyo Dieters Can Lose Weight and Keep it Off

 

For many years it was believed that yo-yo dieters have a harder time losing weight than those who have not been yo-yo dieters. The term “yo-yo dieter” refers to someone who has lost weight and regained it, many times over. Conventional wisdom was that all of this up and down with weight loss and weight gain, made the body more resistant to losing weight again, and that made it harder to keep the weight off, once lost.

New studies are coming out disproving this belief. A study recently came out of a cancer research institute in Seattle. The study followed 439 overweight or obese, sedentary women, ages 50 to 75. These women followed one of four exercise and nutrition programs: a reduced calorie diet, a reduced calorie diet plus an exercise program of at least 225 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity (mostly brisk walking), an exercise program only, and no intervention what so ever. Continue reading Yoyo Dieters Can Lose Weight and Keep it Off

All Diets Are Not Created Equally

There are many different diets out there. Some are more effective than others. Most diets will fail because it is impossible to stick with the extreme changes that most diets require. As the following study proves, the only eating strategy that works for weight loss is small and consistent changes made slowly over time. That way you will be able to sustain the changes potentially for the rest of your life. Continue reading All Diets Are Not Created Equally

The Cost of Obesity

                The rate of obese people in the U.S. is increasing at a scary rate. As our waist lines increase, so will the cost of caring for health issues associated with being obese. Experts from the Weight of the Nation Conference in Washington said that the number of obese Americans is expected to increase from 36% presently to 42% of the adult population by 2030. These experts estimate that the cost of treating these additional obese people for health issues related to their obesity (heart disease, diabetes, etc.) will add up to nearly $550 billion over the next 2 decades. Continue reading The Cost of Obesity

Artificial Sweeteners: Helpful or Harmful?

The use of aspartame and other artificial sweeteners in our diets has increased due to our efforts in trying to control our ever expanding waistlines. As far as food goes, aspartame is a relatively new addition to our diets, only coming into use within the last 100 years. Science is slowly learning how this chemical affects our bodies, and most of the effects are not good. Continue reading Artificial Sweeteners: Helpful or Harmful?

Diets Don’t Work, So What Does?

There are as many different diets out there as there are people. Most of these diets make outrageous claims and target people who are desperate to lose weight and don’t know how. The problem is, that diets don’t work. You just can’t maintain a drastic change to your eating routine consistently enough to lose weight and to keep it off. It is not realistic to eat cabbage soup for the rest of your life, or to never eat bread and carbohydrates again. Continue reading Diets Don’t Work, So What Does?

How to Reduce Cholesterol Levels Through Diet and Exercise

          Many people every year go to a doctor’s office and are told to lower their cholesterol levels through diet and exercise or they will have to go on a drug to do it for them. It is very possible to lower your cholesterol levels through diet and exercise, you just have to know what you are doing. Continue reading How to Reduce Cholesterol Levels Through Diet and Exercise