Watch out for Empty Snacks

Watch out for empty snacksSnacks can be a big source of daily calories. But if you make sure they are good snacks choices you will feel fuller and healthier. Instead of picking up processed snacks like chips or candies, try food choices such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, yogurts, or whole grain snack bars. These are nutrient rich foods so you will be getting essential nutrients while snacking. Also, these are snacks that will create a feeling of fullness and help discourage unneeded eating. Watch out for foods that are high in sugar, sodium, and saturated fats.

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The Water Diet

Water Bottle to lose weight

Here is an easy weight loss tip. Start drinking more water. Drinking more water will replace sugary drinks and reduce your daily calorie consumption.

Water and sugar-free beverages don’t lead to weight gain and can play an important part in healthy weight loss.

Try bringing a water bottle with you where ever you go. Keep one at work, take one in the car, or carry one around with you in your backpack. This is a small change that can make a big difference.

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Organize your food for weight loss

Organize your food for weight loss
Hello everyone,

This week was my spring cleaning. Yep, I finally got the courage to clean out the refrigerator. I had bad tomatoes, soft apples and an old avocado in the two bins below. Isn’t it funny how food hides away down there.

While I was working I realized something, there could be a way to organize food for better health and weight loss. This started a fun process of organizing the refrigerator

I emptied the fridge and put everything  fattening and unhealthy in the bottom bins. I moved the stuff the spoils quickly to the top, this included the vegetables, fruits, milk, and yogurt.

Now every time I open the fridge, rather then being tempted by sweets, I see healthy, nutrition items. Try it for yourself, you’ll feel better, and who knows, it might even save you some money.

Obesity to Cut U.S. Life Expectancy

In the age of modern medicine and surgical miracles, researchers are forecasting a decrease in life expectancy.  It is possible that the average American age could decline by as much as 5 years unless aggressive efforts are made to slow rising rates of obesity. This is a serious problem that we are facing.The same studies also suggested that people who are severely obese could live up to 20 years less than people who are not overweight.

You don’t have to search for any holy grail to lengthen your life, why not just make some simple life style changes. Losing weight doesn’t have to be a challenge. It can be easy. Start today and make your new life longer and thinner.

You can see the NIH article here: http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/mar2005/nia-16.htm

The New McDonald’s Diet

If you haven’t heard about it yet, Chris Coleson, from Virginia, lost 80 pounds eating primarily at McDonalds.

It was a funny story. Chris Coleson said on MSNBC news that he was able to lose the weight by eating every light item on the menu. He focused on the fruits, the wraps, and the veggies entries. He kept his calories low with these foods.

This crazy diet proves that the human body can lose weight on almost anything. You don’t have to eat special-diets or fad acai berries. You just have to keep caloric intake below caloric expenditure. Having a structured plan will certainly help with this goal. That is why I suggest life-style changes.

I wouldn’t recommended this diet because it lacks variety and doesn’t have any long-term potential. However, it was fun to hear about the man that lost weight with McDonalds.

You can watch his video here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25281188/

5 Steps to Prevent Obesity in Children

Obesity in children is become a large problem. In the U.S. the over-weight trend is growing, with 1 out of 3 children being classified as overweight or obese. Children are spending more time inside and less time playing outside. We are seeing fewer home cooked meals and more ‘fast and easy’ calorie-dense solutions. This is becoming a serious problem, as being over-weight is linked to large variety of health and social problems. Some of these problems may include:

  • development of unhealthy eating disorders
  • increased risk of depression or drug abuse
  • elevated blood pressure and high cholesterol with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes
  • joint and bone problems
  • shortness of breath, this makes exercise, sports, or any physical activity more difficult
  • restless or disordered sleep patterns
  • liver and gall bladder disease

It’s is important that parents are proactive. Parents can prevent obesity by supporting and working with their children. Some suggests are:

  1. Remove any ‘clean your plate’ policies. Kids should stop eating when they are full.
  2. Encourage outdoor activities and limit time spent playing computer games and watching TV.
  3. Don’t make food restrictions or limitations. Children will resist strict limitations, it is better to support and encourage health eating.
  4. Eat meals as a family. This is a great way to make sure kids are eating wholesome foods.
  5. Be a good role-model. If you need to lose weight, now is a great time to start.

Remember, no matter what your children weigh, show them that you love them.

Want to get married, lose weight

Obesity may decrease chances of marriage in young men

I just finished reading an interesting article about obesity. Researchers have found a correlation between marriage rate  in young men and obesity. Their results were that obese young-men had a more difficult time getting married than non-obese young men.

Their study indicated that men had a 50 percent less chance of being married by their 30s and 40s if they were obese. The study suggested that women may value appearance over intellectual performance or socio-economic situation.

I’m always skeptical about these types of studies, but it was still an interesting read. Regardless of the accuracy of the results, I think the story drives a strong point. Maintaining a healthy body weight provides many benefits, including help in social situations.

You can see the full article here:   Obese young men have less hope of marriage

Free ‘Eat Less Fat’ Report

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