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Is it OK to put my Kid on a Diet?

Is it OK to put my Kid on a Diet?


Many concerned parents often ask me “Is it OK to put my kid on a diet?” My answer is always a quick and firm “NO”.
The word diet is defined as ‘A food regimen designed to promote weight loss in a person.’ To lose weight, keep it off and live a long healthy life an overall healthy lifestyle is essential.

Here is a list of 5 most common Questions and their answers that I get form parents when working with kids.

Are weight loss diets bad for kids?

Often diets don’t include a variety of nutritious foods and/or have too few calories. Growing kids need a variety of all the food groups and enough calories every day because they are still growing and developing. Too few nutrients and calories will cause side effects in children such as fatigue, constipation, nausea, diarrhea, poor concentration, mood swings or even stunted growth.

Another major risk of diets is the high risk of gaining the weight back once ‘normal eating’ resumes because lifestyle changes we not put in place. YO-YO dieting has proven to be more dangerous to health than being overweight.

What can overweight kids do to lose weight?

The first question I ask when a parent asks me this is “How old is your child and what is his/her weight and height?” I ask this because if a child is at a critical growth period then weight loss is not recommended at all. What is recommended is for your child is to gain weight at a slower pace or maintain current weight and let your child grow into their weight.

If your child is at a weight that is heavier that an adult weight and weight loss is necessary it should be gradual. Overall lifestyle changes need to be made such as increased activity and healthy eating.

Should I talk to my kid about trying to lose weight?

This is a tricky one, if your child is very sensitive then telling them that you want them to lose weight might be a bit harsh, even if the intention is good. Often the best approach is to be subtle. Talk to your child about improving your health or the health of the entire family. Always use the word “health”, don’t focus on losing weight and don’t be the food police.

You can buy fruits, vegetables and lower calorie snacks, by eliminating ‘junk food’ choices in the home also promote a healthier lifestyle for the entire family. Incorporate exercise into family activities or have healthy dinner night where the entire family prepares and dines together.

How can I tell if my kid is developing a weight problem or if he/she is just going through a growth spurt?

Our country is so weight conscious that this question comes up often. Is this a potential “problem” or just a normal part of growing? It is very normal for kids to have an increased appetite and gain weight just before a growth spurt. And in these common situations the best thing to do is let it happen. However there are a few questions that you can ask yourself to help determine if the weight gain could spiral into a full-blown weight problem or if it is simply a normal growth period.

 What has your child’s weight history looked like? If he/she has gained weight before only to grow 3 inches two months later then you know that it is probably happening again.

 What are your kid’s current eating and exercise habits? If you kid got a new computer for his/her birthday and has been sitting in front of it for hours every day and snacking on high calorie foods then this is an indicator that a weight problem is developing.

How much should my kid weigh?

It is impossible to put an exact number, for any individual, as a weight goal. Kids are growing and their bodies are changing not only in size but also in composition. At best we can estimate a weight range that is considered healthy for any kid at a certain age, height and gender.

Some ways that you can figure out what would be a healthy weight range can be to ask you doctor what would be an acceptable weight range for your kid. Look at your family history. If Dad is 6’4” and a solid 230 pounds then genetically Susan is predisposed to being tall and possibly larger than her classmates, this does not mean that she is unhealthy. You also have to look at the composition of your kid’s weight, if he/she is very active in sports they probably have a higher composition of muscle and therefore weigh more.

Surgery as Treatment Option for Obesity

Surgery as Treatment Option for Obesity

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There has been an overall increase in the number of people who have been diagnosed with being overweight and obese.
These

two weight problems are generally the result of a person’s inability to use or expend energy that is gained through food

consumption. Specifically, the number of calories consumed by a person is not used up and are stored in the body as fat.

Use of stored energy or calories is often done through normal physical activity, normal metabolism, or exercise. To provide

contrast, obesity is defined as being overweight and fat in such a way that these condition already pose a health risk.

Being overweight, on the other hand, means that a person is above the generally accepted weight measurement for a certain

age, sex, and height.

Obesity can also derive from the genes of the person, his metabolism, behavior, environment, culture, lifestyle, and economic

status. All these factors contribute to being overweight and obese. This condition does not only affect the person’s self

confidence, but is at risk of other hazardous health illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease, and

hypertension, among others.

Due to this, a number of weight loss programs have been established to help and support overweight patients in decreasing

their overall body weight. These programs ensure weight loss through dietary plans suited according to the person’s lifestyle

and eating habits, together with dietary supplements and regular exercises. Today, these weight loss programs are now more

flexible than before. Meals are attractive and can often be prepared in a matter of minutes. Low-fat and low-calorie foods

are now available in supermarkets, which is very convenient.

Unfortunately for some, their body weight can be already reach a very alarming rate that such weight loss programs would be

of no help at all. This occurs when a person seems to be very overweight and could not lose pounds by having a healthy diet

and exercise. If this is the case, then surgery might be an option for that person. Weight loss surgery is usually for men

who are at least one hundred pounds overweight and women who are at least eighty pounds heavier than that which is allowed or

within “healthy limits.” If the person has diabetes, heart disease, or sleep apnea but is not excessively overweight,

surgery can still be an option. By having weight loss surgery, a person would already have a physical limits to the amount of

food he or she can consume.

Gathering all the necessary information about the various surgical options would be the most important step in weight loss

surgery. Researching through the Internet, and asking previous patients who have done surgery can also help a person in

knowing what to expect before, during, and after surgery. Although the results of the surgery can be drastic, there are also

potential risks and complications that go with the procedure. This includes bleeding, infections, deep vein thrombosis,

marginal ulcers, spleen injury, and stenosis, among others. It is critical that these factors are thoroughly discussed with

the doctor, to make sure that the weight loss surgery would not harm the patient.

The effectiveness of the surgery will depend on several factors including the patient’s age, the weight before surgery, the

overall condition of the patient’s health, the surgical procedure itself, the patient’s ability to exercise, the commitment

in maintaining dietary guidelines and other follow-up care, and the motivation of the patient and cooperation of their family

members, friends and associates as well. By talking to other people who have experienced this kind of surgery, one can fully

understand what one needs to know and make the right decision that one can be comfortable with.

Detox Diets

Detox Diets


Detox Diets are the last craze in dieting, that’s why the number of people searching for detox diets is growing everyday.

You may have heard about toxins, detoxification, cleansing, purifying – they are all related to detox diets.

Toxins are harmful chemicals affecting your body. They are all around you (in your food, water, air) and inside you (as waste products of metabolism). Your body eliminates most toxins and the rest are stored within body fat.

These stored toxins combined with stress can affect your health in very unpleasant ways:

– weight gain
– headaches
– feelings of fatigue and weakness
– heartburn
– sore muscles and skin
– joint pains

These symptoms will fade when you start detox. Well, you may feel some discomfort in the very first days, but that is a normal body reaction.

You may feel headache or sore muscles, but that is because the toxins are released faster then your body can eliminate them. These symptoms will not occur again if you detox regularly.

Detox and Weight Loss

Detoxification is the process of releasing and expelling the stored toxins through the elimination organs of your body – the intestines, liver, lungs, kidneys and skin.

Detox Diets are dietary nutritious plans that use detoxification, which helps you lose weight by cleansing out your body and improving your metabolism.

Detox and Disease Prevention

Detox Diets are recommended for improving resistance to disease, mental state, digestion, strengthens the organs involved in detox.

Detox Diets can help prevent serious diseases such as cancer, ADD, ADHD, chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivities, as well as treat heart disease, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disease.

Detox Foods

Detox Diets recommend consumption of foods that are beneficial for your health and essential to weight loss – organic foods, fruits and vegetables.

You should drink purified water and cut back on processed foods, as well as give up alcohol and smoking.

You should know…

Detox Diets are quite restrictive and once you start a detox diet, you should follow it strictly. Detox Diets are safe, but you should consult your doctor before starting.

Types of Detox Diets

+ Fasting – drinking only water, juices or broths, or eating one kind of food for a certain period of time. Your body starts burning fat for energy.

+ Nutritional supplements – intake of nutritious powders, vitamins and packaged protein snacks.

+ Hydrotherapy – detoxifying through your skin pores by taking special baths.

+ Specific detox diets – last between 7 and 30 days; there are quick detox diets for one and three days, and long detox diets for 8 weeks.

Do The Trick With Low Carb Foods

Do The Trick With Low Carb Foods


You can hardly turn your head these days without seeing new studies that have been done that show the importance of cutting carbs out of your diet.
New diet plans are coming out all the time that claim to have the perfect combinations of foods that will magically allow you to lose all of your extra weight without lifting a finger or sacficing any of the tastes you love so much. Eating low carb foods sounds so boring and hard, but it doesn’t have to.

As a registered dietician, it is my job and my joy to work with people in finding healthy food plans that are the best for them in achieving their health goals. I love sitting down with a client and discussing with them why they have made the decision to see me. Because you see, people have to get to a certain level of desperation and desire to change before they will go out of their way and make room in their tight budgets to see a dietician. I love hearing people talk about their struggles with weight and with making healthy eating choices. So many people desire to hear the truth about things like low carb foods but they have been so mis-informed by media.

Out of all the things people ask me, the questions I get most have to do with the truth about low carb foods and about switching to a low carb diet. People want to know whether or not it is an effective way to live, and if so, how they can do it without making their meals boring and bland. I love having this discussion about low carb foods because I happen to be a carb lover that has re-adjusted my eating habits in the past few years.

I tell all my clients that an important key to any health or eating program is balance. I tell them that this is why it is unrealistic and even harmful to think that we are doing good for our bodies by eliminated all carbs or all of anything from our diets. The purpose of low carb foods, which can be great, is to still enjoy the tastes and the health benefits (yes, benefits) of carbs while keeping them under control and trying to maintain your health and weight in the process.

Find some good information and read up about the truth about low carb foods if you don’t have the time or money to make an appointment with a dietician. Your health is worth it. Be proactive and learn the truth.

Weight Loss with An Acient Chinese Twist

Weight Loss with An Acient Chinese Twist

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Acupuncture Weight Loss Solutions
I remember the first time I took Chinese herbs. One of my patients told me “You look really tired – Here take these herbs” and handed me a bagful of different colored packages. It hurt to have it put so bluntly, but it was true, I was building a business, working long hours and feeling a bit drained, so I listened and took them home to use that night. One was a peach green tea that tasted like the Snapple I had been drinking earlier that day, one was an “interesting tasting” dark green liquid which I took with an OJ chaser and the third was a powder that I mixed up with OJ, water and soy milk to make a citrus smoothie. Not bad I thought, for Chinese herbs… And then something amazing happened. I felt full! Little did I know at that time I had been given the key to my natural weight loss that I still maintain 15 years later.
I loved it! I had never felt full before in my life. I had been struggling with being thin since childhood. I had learned when to stop eating in order to not gain weight; I knew all kinds of tricks like drinking water before a meal and getting up and walking away from the table. I looked at each new “diet trend” and I had eliminated all those “bad carbohydrates” from my diet and lived at the gym – and I ended up thin and tired all the time. I even tried dexatrim (I may be dating myself – does any body else out there remember that?) and ended up a yo-yo dieter. It was like I was in a constant battle with my body and my weight.
In this process of trying everything I had never before felt this feeling of being satisfied. I loved it! So I used the herbs for a few weeks and then I proceeded to talk myself out of taking the herbs – too expensive, etc… and promptly got tired and sick, went back on them – stopped and got sick and tired again, repeated it a third time and then I got the message that these herbs were doing something really good for my body.
Then to my surprise, six months later I dropped 20 pounds without changing anything else in my life. I even began to eat more without gaining weight like I used to. I had a lifetime of experience struggling with my weight and I was amazed at how these “little packages of herbs” were changing my life. I would never have expected that these nutritional herbs would help me lose weight. I was so intrigued that I ended up going to Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine School to learn more. That was my door into the world of Chinese Medicine and acupuncture weight loss and I’ve never looked back.
Weight Loss is quite a difficult complex problem for some of us, and not even an issue for others. Just recently “Language has been removed from the Medicare Coverage Issues Manual stating that obesity is not an illness…. The medical science will now determine whether we provide coverage for the treatments that reduce complications and improve quality of life for the millions of Medicare beneficiaries with obesity.” Being overweight is now officially a disease. “And as a first step, we expect to convene our Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee in the fall to evaluate the evidence on the various surgical procedures used in treating obesity.” There has to be other alternatives besides surgery.
Acupuncture for Weight Loss hit the press in 2003 when Reuters, CNN and others reported of successful acupuncture weight loss clinics in China. Chinese Medicine theory, traditionally hold that overweight people have imbalanced digestive systems. By stimulating the digestive system through acupuncture and herbs, it becomes more balanced and efficient, thus nutrition is more bio-available and the person feels fuller. This is what happened to me when my metabolism came into a better balance. Other theories are that acupuncture mainly helps reduce appetite and improve metabolism.
A slow increase in Obesity in China had lead to this new specialty – acupuncture weight loss. A professor at a Traditional Chinese Medicine College in China states that treatments for weight reduction have been practiced, studied and refined over the past 5 years . While an exact comparison between the US and China is difficult, in China the numbers may be close to 10-13% overweight adults, as compared to 64% for the US, but with their lifestyles and economic changes this number is beginning to rise . In Beijing, the capital, students eagerly enjoy down their Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and pop tarts. These foods have slowly replaced the previous hot spots with traditional Chinese snacks found in places like Grandma’s Dumpling House . The obesity rate among primary and middle school students has risen to 18 %, from 10% in 1991, the state Xinhua news agency said recently, citing a survey from the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention. !
So what kind of acupuncture weight loss treatments do they offer in these clinics in China? Acupuncture, on the body and/or the ear, herbal supplements and exercise that’s not overly taxing . These are the primary treatment modalities that are used, but Acupuncture is the pillar of their weight loss strategy. How successful are they in losing weight? Currently there are no published research studies in peer – reviewed journals, only success stories emanating from the clinics. One source states “On this modest program – patients are said to lose between 22 and 33 pounds per month .” Huge weight losses of up to 242 pounds are boasted. In China, they say that 4 of 5 patients lose weight.
I was fortunate to have been trained by a colleague that studied in China learning these acupuncture weight loss treatments. We are now proud and excited to offer the Chinese nutritional herbal program that I used as well as these treatments as well and other supporting treatments for weight loss at our Oriental Medicine spa-clinic in Los Angeles. I continue to further my study and am exploring working with researchers at a major university to evaluate the efficacy of these protocols. Imagine finding solid evidence that there is a treatment for obesity that has relatively few side effects. It is exciting to see where this can go.
The unique acupuncture weight loss program we are offering here in Los Angeles at the Oriental Med Spa is a synergy based on the treatment protocol currently used in China, Chinese Dietary therapy including nutrient packed supplements and nutrition for weight loss taught to physicians . It is a gradual reduction method and includes Oriental Medicine Diagnosis, a series of eight Acupuncture for Weight Loss Treatments, Auricular acupuncture (ear seeds) and herbal pharmaceutical grade Chinese nutrition supplements. Acupuncture and nutritional herbs are used primarily to strengthen the digestive system so it becomes more efficient. The food you eat is better assimilated and you feel full more quickly with less cravings. We hear “I noticed that my cravings were much less” on a regular basis from patients.
Breathing exercises are also a vital part of our program. For additional support we also provide Chinese Nutrition diet analysis, Eating plans, Lifestyle Changes Support, RejuvaQi Qi Gong Exercises, Slim & Toned IR BodyWrap and AromaWraps for weight loss. Treatments range from active to pampering. Each program is tailored and individualized for the patient’s unique situation. In China they say that 4 of 5 patients lose weight. Only time will tell here in the West .
Searches of medical literature show that all of the following are important, lifestyle choices such as daily exercise, smart diet choices, dealing with your “inner eating demons”. Others are important but haven’t gotten quite as much press – proper breathing, body balance & flexibility, and constitution. Let’s face it we all come in as a unique individual with our own DNA, personality profile and favorite foods. First is the decision to lose weight, next is the right support.
This is where I believe Chinese Medicine and acupuncture for weight loss are powerful supporting tools, to help us find our own individual paths to healthy living. It is a slow gradual reduction method. It takes time as the body rebalances. It worked well for me, it has worked for others and if you are seriously looking for support for your weight loss, come in for a treatment. We’d love to share it with you.

Diabetes Can Make Life Hard, These Tips Can Make It A Bit Easier

It is hard to narrow down who is telling the truth and who is feeding you a line of lies when it comes to the facts about diabetes. This article will help to clear up any confusion about the disease and break it down in a clear way that you can understand.

There are so many resources online for diabetics, including the American Diabetes Association, so make use of all they have to offer! Many have support groups, articles, research and even links to local educators, who can help you learn even more. Take the time to know what’s going on in your body and you’ll live a long, healthy life.

If you have diabetes, it is important to get the right amount of sleep. Sleeping too much and not sleeping long enough can both affect how much you crave food. If you give in to those cravings, you will gain weight, and you will be at risk for other complications. Try to get around eight hours of sleep each night.

Diabetes can affect the eyes, so make sure you are seeing an eye doctor regularly to catch any complications before they become worse. Be aware of any changes in your vision; diabetes can damage the nerves in the eyes so stay vigilant about any changes you see.

If you are diabetic, make sure that you take care of your teeth and gums. This is extremely important, because diabetics are at a higher risk of becoming victim to gum disease. Brush and floss, at least twice a day, and visit your dentist twice a year. Make sure your dentist is aware of your diabetes diagnosis.

It is important to regulate your weight when you are diabetic. There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be more easily managed when someone has his or her weight under control. It is important to consult your doctor before going on any type of diets when you are a diabetic.

A good tip that can help you manage your diabetes is to start eating foods that are high in fiber. Eating foods that are high in fiber are great because they’ll keep you feeling full longer, controlling your blood sugar. Eating fiber can also greatly reduce your risk of heart disease.

A key tip if you want to manage your diabetes is monitoring your blood sugar using a blood glucose monitoring system or device. If you regularly check your blood glucose and eat diabetic friendly foods, it will be much easier to deal with the many pains associated with diabetes.

Keep protein bars on hand for those times when you need a quick snack to keep your blood glucose levels under control. There are bars or shakes on the market made specifically for those with diabetes and they can be used as a meal replacement. Don’t eat them along with a regular meal, however, and this could cause your glucose levels to rise.

In summary, diabetes is a deadly disease that needs to be identified and dealt with as soon as possible. Follow the advice provided in this article to ensure that you are putting yourself in a good position to not only help yourself but also help others become more aware about prevention and treatment.

Boost Energy & Control Hunger

Boost Energy & Control Hunger


Protein is found in all of your body’s cells.
It is the essential nutrient that is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all of your organs, tissues, muscles, brain and bones. This individual built in repair kit occurs at the cellular level in our bodies. Protein regulates everything – our blood circulation, our metabolism and our immune system. Individuals who lack sufficient protein in their bodies have weaker immune systems than people who consume adequate protein in their diets. Also, people who are constantly on yo-yo diets where they lose and gain weight back frequently usually become protein deficient and have weaker immune systems. This fact has been proven by researchers who have found that these yo-yo dieters have about a third lower the number of killer cell activity than normal individuals. The so-called killer blood cells are essential for the immune system to function properly.

All foods are sources of energy; however, protein provides a greater boost in energy levels since it is absorbed slowly and thus produces a constant source of energy. Protein has real energy-staying power for your active, healthy, lifestyle. Fats and carbohydrates produce quick bursts of energy but cannot be relied upon to provide the body with a continuous source of energy, since they are digested and metabolized more quickly than protein. Fats and carbohydrates also tend to be stored as fat the body for later use. The Protein that we’re discussing is lean protein (lean meats, skinless poultry, seafood, egg whites, low-fat dairy products, legumes and beans, soy and tofu foods, skim and low- fat cheeses, and good-fat nuts). Lean proteins are also excellent sources of selenium, which. Is a mineral that protects the body against dangerous tree radicals that can destroy normal cells in the body. These free radicals can damage many different types of cells including connective tissue, which causes joint and muscle inflammation.

High-saturated fat protein products like fatty meats, hard cheeses, whole fat milk dairy products, whole eggs, mayonnaise, luncheon and smoked meats including bacon, sausage, and hot dogs are definitely not good sources of energy production. The reason for this is, that even though these products have some protein content, its value is offset by the saturated fat content of these foods. The saturated fat content of these foods do more harm to the body (heart disease, strokes, hypertension, high cholesterol and some forms of cancer) than the protein portion of the food can repair. These are called harmful proteins and are not recommended for any healthful weight-loss program.

For appetite control, lean protein tops the charts for staying power. By adding a small portion of lean protein to your meal, you’ll control hunger pangs for hours. Lean protein also has the advantage of being lower in calories than many foods, particularly saturated fat protein product refined carbohydrates and saturated fat foods. Once you substitute saturated-fat protein products, you defeat the appetite-controlling factor of the protein. The fat content of saturated- fat protein foods prevents the brain’s appetite-control center from shutting down. In other words, you’ll get hungry soon after your meal of a saturated protein food.

Your body needs between 15-30 of your total daily calories, however, can be dangerous, because it strains the kidneys. This is one of the reasons among many why low-carbohydrate, high saturated fat protein diets are dangerous to your health.

Weight Loss can help you Cure many Diseases and Conditions

Weight Loss can help you Cure many Diseases and Conditions

Excessive weight is a house of diseases. Research shows that regular physical activity helps with weight loss and can therefore reduce your risk for several diseases and conditions and improve your overall quality of life. Regular physical activity can help protect you from the following health problems.

Heart Disease and Stroke: Daily physical activity can help prevent heart disease and stroke by strengthening your heart muscle, lowering your blood pressure, raising your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels (good cholesterol) and lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels (bad cholesterol), improving blood flow, and increasing your heart’s working capacity.

High Blood Pressure: Regular physical activity can reduce blood pressure in those with high blood pressure levels. Physical activity also reduces excess weight, which is associated with high blood pressure.

Non-insulin-dependent Diabetes: By reducing excess body weight, physical activity can help prevent and control this type of diabetes.

Obesity: Physical activity helps reduce body fat by building or preserving muscle mass and improving the body’s ability to use calories. When physical activity is combined with proper nutrition, it can help control weight and prevent obesity, a major risk factor for many diseases.

Back Pain: By increasing muscle strength and endurance and improving flexibility and posture, regular exercise helps prevent back pain.

Osteoporosis: Regular weight-bearing exercise promotes bone formation and may prevent many forms of bone loss associated with ageing.
Studies on the psychological effects of exercise have found that regular physical activity can improve your mood’ and the way you feel about yourself. Researchers have also found that exercise is likely to reduce depression and. anxiety and help you to better manage stress.

Keep these health benefits in mind when deciding whether or not to exercise. And remember, any amount of physical activity you do is better than none at all.

Types of Activities

Endurance Activities: (4-7 days a week)
Endurance activities help your heart, lungs and circulatory system stay healthy and give you more energy. They range from walking and household chores to organized exercise programmes and recreational sports.

Here are some examples to get you thinking about how to increase your endurance activities:

* Walking
* Yard and garden work
* Cycling
* Skating
* Swimming
* Tennis
* Dancing

Flexibility Activities: (4-7 days a week)

Flexibility activities help you move easily, keeping your muscles relaxed and your joints mobile. Regular flexibility activities can help you live better and longer, so that your quality of life and independence are maintained even as you get older. Flexibility activities include gentle reaching, bending, and stretching of all muscle groups.
Here are some ideas to help you increase your flexibility activities:

* Gardening
* Mopping the floor
* Yard work
* Vacuuming
* Stretching exercises
* Golf
* Bowling
* Yoga
* Curling
* Dance

Strength Activities: (2-4 days a week)

Strength activities help your muscles and bones stay strong, improve your posture and help prevent diseases like osteoporosis. Strength activities are those that make you work your muscles against some kind of resistance, like when you push or pull hard to open a heavy door.
To ensure good overall strength, try to do a combination of activities that exercise the muscles in your arms, mid-section, and legs. Strive for a good balance – upper body and lower body, right and left sides, and opposing muscle groups (e.g., both the front and back of the upper arm).
Here are some ideas to increase your strength activities:

* Heavy yard work
* Raking and carrying leaves
* Lifting and carrying groceries (not to mention infants and toddlers!)
* Climbing stairs
* Exercises like abdominal curls and push-ups
* Weight/strength-training routines

Duration of Exercise

For the greatest overall health benefits, experts recommend that you do 20 to 30 minutes of aerobic activity three or more times a week and some type ,of muscle strengthening activity and stretching at least twice a week. However, if you are unable to do this level of activity, you can gain substantial health benefits by performing 30 minutes or more of moderate to intense physical activity a day, at least five times a week.

If you have been inactive for a while, you may want to start with less strenuous activities such as walking or swimming at a comfortable pace. Beginning at a slow pace will allow you to become physically fit without straining your body. Once you are in better shape, you can gradually do more strenuous activity.

Create A Dazzling Silhouette With These Fabulous Weight Loss Tips

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As fun as losing your extra weight may seem, it is a very important reason to start losing it now. Another thing is that the longer you keep it on, the more difficult it will be to lose it and you can have more health problems develop later. These tips below can help you started losing the weight.

While it isn’t true that you must eat a good breakfast in order to ensure weight loss, for many people it is important. Eating breakfast will help you to feel satisfied until it is time for lunch and this will help you to avoid picking up a donut around 10 in the morning as a snack.

Eat smaller portions of food. Instead of eating 3 hugely portioned meals each day, divide your intake into 5 smaller portioned meals. In between these meals, provide yourself with healthy snacks. This will keep your blood sugar levels properly regulated and lead to you not overeating, which will result in more fat intake.

A good tip to lose weight is to define exactly what you want, and then go about finding the right diet and workout program for you. There are so many different diets and workout programs out there that it can be difficult to find the right one for you.

If you are having trouble making your diet healthier, start by eating anything you eat slower. A lot of people out there are fast eaters so they shove down plate after plate of fatty foods, tending to overeat before they even realize they are full. This habit leads to more calorie consumption which is a large cause of weight gain.

If people around you know that you’re trying to diet and lose weight, you will find some great support. Always tell people what you’re doing. At the very least, they may refrain from shoving pizza in their faces in your presence, and that’s a pretty good start as far as support goes.

It sounds counter-intuitive, but permanent weight loss is achievable when you eat five meals a day instead of just three. Part of the reason people binge-eat is because their blood sugar is unstable and their energy is low. eating five smaller, healthy meals keeps food in your system and stabilizes your energy and blood sugar. This makes it incredibly easier to make the right food choices.

Average weight loss is 2-4 pounds a month, so if you are interested in any diet plan understand that this should be the realistic goal. Plans that claim to help you lose too much weight in a short amount of time are trying to get your money, and/or they are giving you unhealthy ways to lose it.

While planning for improving your life by losing extra weight was incredibly interesting, you should feel better now that you know how. You can now apply your newly acquired knowledge to creating a plan that works with you and speaking to your doctor about it, so that you can put it in place and start losing now.

Obesity and Poor Male Sexual Health

Obesity and Poor Male Sexual Health

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Obesity is one of the reasons why a lot of people suffer from many health ailments.
Being obese or having too much fat than what the human body needs can lead to many health conditions like type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, sleep apnea, and stroke. Moreover, obese men are at high risk of developing blood vessel blockage that may cause erectile dysfunction (ED) and hamper their sexual health.

Studies show that over 80 percent of men who reported having experienced ED were overweight or obese. These conditions may affect the achievement or sustainment of an erection because of the impact on the complex interaction of sensory information, nerves, blood vessels, and hormones. The vascular tissues of the blood needs to be filled with blood after the nerves have carried sexual stimulation messages to the brain. ED occurs when the body experiences a disruption in any of the factors that leads to an erection. One of the disruptions that may occur is the blockage of arteries that deliver blood to the tissues of the penis. Aside from excessive weight and fat in the body, other obesity-linked factors that adversely affects a person’s health include the presence of high blood pressure, high levels of trigylycerides, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or the accumulation of bad cholesterol which is also associated with low levels of high-density lipoprotein.

Because of these dangers, it is important to determine the right amount of body fat that a person can have at any given time. Many health professionals use the body mass index (BMI) to determine if individuals are carrying too much fat. It is based on one’s height and waist, and estimates whether one’s weight is healthy or not, and if one is overweight and obese. These health experts say that a healthy BMI for individuals is between 19 and 26. A BMI of 27 to 30 is regarded as overweight, while 30 above is classified as obese. If one’s BMI is below 19, it may lead to health problems like osteoporosis, malnutrition, liver disease, and inadequate absorption of nutrients from the intestines. BMI applies to individuals, regardless of their sex, age, frame size or muscle mass.

Many health and relationship specialists suggest the following steps to overcoming obesity and for improving sexual health:

Meet up with a doctor and get information regarding safe diet pills, surgeries, or diet plans available for addressing obesity.
Change or remove every food item in your diet which makes you fat.
Motivate yourself and engage in regular exercise and outdoor activities.
Talk to your partner about your performance problem and work out a plan to solve it together.
Find out simpler ways to make love. Position yourself in such a way that your partner doesn’t feel suffocated.
Give each other emotional support.

Overweight and obese men should remember that there are no shortcuts to good health. People who are overweight or obese should consider in a change in lifestyle and food regimen. Doctors and other health professionals should be consulted to develop a plan that might work for certain individuals. Men with weight problems must start and maintain an exercise program to shed of unwanted pounds and improve cardiovascular health. Improvements in these areas may lead to improved overall health, enhanced well-being, and optimum sexual health.