Guest Post by Andreas Henderson Lose Weight and control Snoring: Are you gaining weight in body fat rather than in muscle, tipping the scale of your ideal body weight? Then you could have a problem with excessive snoring. Yet, most people do not realize that, although they are aware that their weight gain can lead to health problems such as elevated blood pressure, joint stress, or heart disease.
Putting Pressure To The Muscles Around the Neck And Chest
Could monosodium glutamate be a contributing factor in our struggle to lose weight? Yet another study links MSG and weight gain.
Although plenty of research has already made the same suggestion, this study seems pretty convincing, in that it involved over 10,000 participants. Led by Ka He, a nutrition expert from the University of North Carolina, researchers followed both men and women, aged 18-65 years, for an average of five and a half years. Not only did they monitor their MSG intake and BMIs, but they also took other factors into account, such as age, physical activity, and total energy intake, in order to ensure that these issues would not skew results.
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A recent post by Reuters Health featured a slide-show titled “Big U.S.” The images were as dramatic as the realization that the U.S. is indeed the heaviest nation on the planet. A whopping 34% of us, that’s over a third, are classified as obese.
It’s not unusual as an American to go about each day, interacting with people of all shapes and sizes, and not think about weight-loss as a societal problem. Instead, we often place the desire (or need) to lose weight firmly in the realm of personal choice. However, when the issue is described with images, one frame after another instead of words, it can profoundly open our perspective.
We can then really see into the faces of individuals struggling to lose weight. Some are desperately trying to get on the Biggest Loser tv show, one is a baby being measured for obesity, yet another is a smiling eight-year-old girl who attends an obesity clinic. Images like this shine such a glaring light on the problem that one can hardly look away. These people could be our neighbors or they could just as easily be us.
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The first step in achieving healthy weight loss- watching our food intake- is often the hardest. It involves more than simply cutting back on how much we eat. We also have to learn to pay closer attention to our habits, the quality of our food, portion-sizes, and what our food-triggers are, just for starters. Fortunately, armed with the right information and tools, cutting calories doesn’t have to be a complicated form of torture. Instead, it can be something that we ease into, one small change at a time.
Here’s some links to weight loss tips that focus on adopting easy changes for healthy weight loss. Remember there are also plenty of tools available to help make adjusting eating habits and watching calories easier. We’ve also included some of those in this list. As always, if you have any suggestions or experiences that you would like to share with other readers, include them in the comments section or check out our diet forum!
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Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but they can usually be sedated with a few pieces of chocolate cake. ~Author Unknown
Maintaining a good sense of humor is often overlooked when many of us make the decision to lose weight, yet something as simple as the ability to laugh can have a huge impact when it comes to achieving permanent healthy weight loss. It’s because change is difficult that humor is essential for tackling those stressful moments and conquering our fears.
My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people. ~Orson Welles
The Many Benefits of a Good Laugh:
We’ve all heard that eating chocolate and having sex are two activities that stimulate those “feel-good” receptors in our brains, but did you know that there is another activity that falls into the same category? Yes it’s laughter! Simply enjoying a good laugh also causes the release of dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with the reward center of the brain.
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Are you considering a Raw Vegan Diet and are wondering if you can lose weight fast with it? To answer this, we first need to learn about the vegetarian. So why would a person choose a vegan lifestyle?
If you ask around, you already find teenagers refusing to eat meat in particular to protect animal rights. They seen reports about atrocities committed in slaughterhouses, or crippled chicken in mass holdings and they refuse to be part of the chain. Often the dominant reason people turn away from eating meat.
Reasons also include health issues. Eating fruit and vegetables supplies the body with just the right amount of vitamins and minerals, and plant proteins. More importantly, a vegetarian must think about nutritional content in foods as how to pair certain fruits or vegetables, nuts and fats favorable for the body.
Easy Veggie Meal Plans For A Busy Lifestyle.
Now let’s clarify some terms. Read more
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“Reduced Energy” and “Lower in Calories” Food Labels on both Restaurant Menus and Prepackaged Meals — Just Plain Wrong.
Tuft’s University researchers published a study in this month’s issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association showing that many entrees, both from restaurants and the frozen aisle of supermarket shelves, contain more calories than stated on labels. This is a real problem for those of us trying to lose weight and counting calories. After all, nutritional labels are meant to empower us as consumers, helping us make better choices. What’s worse, is that the meals tested for this study were labeled as “lower in calories” and aimed directly at dieters. It seems as if the food industry wants us to stay fat…
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What are Phytonutrients?
Phytochemicals, also called phytonutrients, literally mean “plant chemicals.” There are thousands, each with unique properties that lend distinctive qualities to their respective plants such as flavor, aroma, or color.
Though poorly understood, evidence is mounting that phytochemicals are essential for protecting cells, preventing cancer, promoting heart health, and now may also be key in the struggle to lose weight and fight obesity. This is because many act as antioxidants, preventing free radical damage (oxidative stress) and inflammation, while supporting healthy cell functioning.
Phytonutrients and Weight Loss:
A recent study from the University of Florida analyzed the diets of 54 young adults, including total calories and levels of phytonutrient intake (PI scores). It also compared participants’ weights and the levels of oxidative stress and inflammation in their bodies. The results: Read more
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