Benefits of Exercise

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
A combined diet and exercise approach should be used to achieve weight loss. Exercise is essential for weight loss in order to burn calories, increase your lean muscle mass, increase your RMR, and to replace fat with muscle. The small weight loss from exercise can lead to multiple health benefits. Regular exercise decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Numerous studies have shown that regular physical activity is one of the best predictors of weight maintenance. Exercise is a key strategy for keeping weight off. Exercise helps you lose weight and maintain weight loss because it uses up excess calories that would otherwise be stored in your body as fat.

You already know you cannot sustain normal weight without regular exercise. If you are exercising and not losing weight, it is usually because you are consuming too many calories.

Stress and Weight Gain

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
We're learning more all the time about stress and one thing we've found out in the last decade is that there's a link between stress and weight gain. It is a fact that stress can make you gain weight because stress can make people eat more and eat more junk food.

Actually stress can have a variable effect on body weight. Stress causes weight gain in some individual and weight loss in others. Researchers are discovering that women are exposed to more stress than men and are more sensitive to its effects.

High levels of cortisol produced during stress can cause rapid weight gain, fluid retention, upper-body obesity, rounded facial appearance, and fat deposits below the neck in the upper back. If your stress levels are high, you may not be able to lose weight as quick as you want. When you're stressed and feel the temptation to reach for comfort food, try sucking on half a teaspoon of honey instead.

How to Lose Weight in a Healthy Way

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Being overweight is a major health problem in the United States, and there are many good reasons to keep your weight within a healthy range. If you want to diet and lose weight, you may need help to do it in a healthy way.

The healthiest way to lose weight is slowly. Plan to lose between one and two pounds per week. The more slowly you lose weight, the better the chance you'll keep it off. When you lose weight rapidly, they starve and grab up whatever they can find. Unfortunately most people aren't satisfied with a gradual loss of one to two pounds per week, even though this is the safest and healthiest way to lose weight.

The only permanent and healthy way to lose weight is to lose fat. So you should eating a healthy diet and increasing activity and basal metabolic rate. If you want to lose weight, always remember to lose weight slowly and following a healthy diet and exercise.

Easy Ways to Prevent Overeating

Thursday, September 10, 2009
There are several easy ways to prevent overeating:

- A simple way to prevent overeating is to chew every bite as long as possible.
- Eating breakfast is one of the most effective ways to prevent overeating.
- Drink at least eight glasses of water each day, including a small glass before each meal to help prevent overeating.
- Do not eat while watching TV, reading, or engaging in emotional discussions.
- Allow yourself to eat snacks before mealtime. Snack help to take the edge off hunger, helping you avoid overeating at meals.
- Make sure you have a high fiber snack before you leave for the restaurant.

Obesity: What are the Causes?

Sunday, September 6, 2009
Perhaps no other area within the field of nutrition is more intensively researched and written about than subject of obesity. Obesity is indicated by an abnormally high proportion of body fat. If we are at least 20% above our ideal weight, we are obese, according the authorities on the subject. Obesity is a serious condition because it increases the risk of developing various chronic health problems.

What causes of obesity? Most overweight persons are too heavy because they are eating too much and are not active enough. Research in this field suggest that many different factors such as genetic, social, environmental, and cultural, are involved in the development of obesity and that these factors influence each other in different ways.

Environmental factors that may contribute to obesity include lifestyle as well as behavioral issues. Family traits, for example, can be important variables. In very rare cases, it is possible to become obese as a result of a serious disease affecting part of the brain that regulates appetite.

Health Risks of Obesity

Thursday, September 3, 2009
Obesity is the condition of having an excessive amount of body fat. Obesity is the consequence of nutritional intake exceeding energy expenditure. The rate of childhood obesity is increasing, and over half of overweight children will become overweight adults. Obesity can develop through a combination of genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors.

The short-term risks of overweight in children and adolescents extend to reduce scholastic performance, psychological problems, and a number of significant health risks. Obese people are at higher risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and hypertension, some form of cancer, joint disease, and psychosocial problems.