Weight Management

Health Blog: How to Avoid Foods Containing Trans Fats

How to avoid foods with trans fats

There is no getting around it. Trans fats, those hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils found in so many processed and fast foods, can kill you.

Health Blog: Trans Fats Clog More than the Heart

The Bad Fat       

Trans fats were developed in the early part of the 20th century to make vegetable oils last longer and spoil less frequently than animal fats, giving commercial food manufacturers the opportunity to create products that cost less, have a longer shelf life and have a less greasy feel.

Health Blog: 5 Effortless ways to lose weight over the Holidays

5 Easy Tips to Keep

the Pounds Off

During the Holidays

Weight gain checkThat festive time of year is upon us! So are the pounds. The Holidays are friends and family time, and as soon as we get to celebrate good times, we start munching and drinking away.

Here are 5 tips to reduce the calorie intake during this season. These are easy things that won’t take much of an effort, but make a whole lot of a difference when you get on the scale January 1st.

Health Blog: Discovery of fat hormone leptin can win 2011 Nobel Prize

One Canadian and one American scientist who discovered the hormone that regulates appetite have a good chance of winning the Nobel Prize for Medicine this week (October 2011).  Douglas Coleman and Jeffrey M. Friedman discovered the leptin appetite hormone back in 1995.

Health Blog: Best Fitness Foods For Women - Part Two

Best Fitness FoodsLast we started off our post on best fitness foods for women with all the usual foods you’d expect to see on a list like this.  Today we’re going to take a look at the underdogs, the ones that no one saw coming.

Health Blog: Obese people have a problem tasting fat

Fatty Foods Numb the Taste Buds

Omega-6 oils are hard to taste and therefor making Americans obese when there are healthier alternatives.Not so long ago the ability to taste and identify fats was a survival skill. Certain fats and oils are essential for energy and for the production of hormones. Finding these fats as a hunter / gatherer was a matter of life and death. 

Health Blog: Exercise – The Fountain of Youth, Part 2

 

You can boost your immunity through proper exercise

Knowing the proper way to exercise will go a long way to keep your body young and stave off disease. Starting in adolescence our body’s internal army, the immune system, slowly begins to lose its ability to fight off invaders such as viruses and bacteria. The reason for this is believed to be the gradual shrinking of our body’s primary organ of the immune system, the thymus gland, which begins to shrink around puberty and by age 60 is barely visible.

Weight Loss Blog: Food Industry Must Create Healthier Foods

Healthier foods and healthy bottom line can both be had, former food executive says

The obesity epidemic is going to force the food industry to provide better foodsA former food executive with Coca-Cola, General Mills and Cadbury-Schweppes, and the author of Stuffed: An Insider's Look at Who's (Really) Making America Fat, says that the nation’s food companies need to do more to fight the obesity epidemic, and that advocates for better foods need to embrace something other than perfection if we’re to come up with any practical solutions to obesity.

Weight Loss Blog: What Makes Americans Fat?, Part 4

Do you believe all those slender people in the beer commercials?

Alcohol is a big contributor to weigh gain ion America.We refused to believe this statistic: Beer adds a whopping 43,050 calories per year. That number – 22 days of recommended food calories for a woman, and 17 days for a man – is simply beyond comprehension. And that’s the average for each American 15 and older. We had such a hard time believing these alcohol consumption statistics from our government’s National Institutes for Health that we cross checked them against the beer-consumption statistics from the beer Brewers Association.

Weight Loss Blog: What Makes America Fat?, Part 3

Are you sure you want fries with that?

French fries account for more calories than donuts and potatoes combinedHow often do you get fries with that? The average American orders 177 (small) servings each year. That is fries every other day. We surely hope that the fries aren’t alternated with pizza on the odd days. French Fries add 40,817 calories per year!

The calorie intake from French fries is 2.5 times more than the calorie intake from potato chips, and five times more than doughnuts. Healthy alternatives are brown rice, or a naked baked potato. As mentioned already, pizza is not an alternative!

Weight Loss Blog: What Makes America Fat?, Part 2

5 Foods and drinks that add weight … and nothing else

Five things that Americans love to eat are making us fat. Find out what they are and how to avoid them.What fat-making food do Americans eat that is twice as bad as donuts? Potato Chips. They add 14,880 calories. Everybody knows the temptation of that first potato chip or Pringle. Regardless of the size of the bag, the eating will not stop until the last crumbles have been fished out of the bag’s corners. These fried potatoes are basically carbs, fats and salt. There’s a great variance in the quality of the fats (oils) used in frying them; the added salts are not good either. Nevertheless, let’s focus on the calories.

Health Blog: Omega-3s to the Rescue?

Study finds EPA/DHA appear to combat the bad effects of obesity

 

Omega-3s kick butt.

Omega threes have lowered heart disease and diabetes in the Inuit poepleSome 40 years ago, a Danish researcher named Dr. Jorn Dyerberg wondered why the Inuit of Greenland, whose diet was largely animal fat, had almost no heart disease. He found that the Inuit had a much higher concentration of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA/DHA in their blood than the rest of us.

 

Weight Loss Blog: What Makes America Fat?, Part 1

5 foods and drinks that add weight … and nothing else

Health Blog: Can You Sleep Your Way to Skinny?

Research indicates that sleep affects weight control

Getting skinny may have a lot to do with how much you are sleeping.Obesity, especially in the United States, is epidemic. There are many causes, some still being discovered, but one of them is – believe it or not – lack of sleep.

Food Blog: Scenes from America’s Dining Table

Why the disconnect between food facts and what we eat?

Americans’ dining habits are disconnected from the food facts that we know to be true.

Every day in America we hear about healthy eating.  Messages are on TV, in magazines, popular books and all over the Internet.  Do they work?  Let’s look at some typical American stories.

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