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America in Crisis: Did You Know?

By | 2017-11-28T15:34:31+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Weight Loss Articles|

America is currently facing a crisis that is one of the most prevalent health-related issues in this country’s history: obesity. According to Drs. Massetti, Dietz, and Richardson in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the effects of being overweight  stretch far past simply an expanding waistline; there are serious ramifications to your health and life, including an increase in your mortality rate. In this article, we will discuss the scary facts associated with being overweight, as well as what can be done to limit our risks.

The Stats 

The statistics behind the weight issue in America are staggering. Obesity has been on the rise in America for over fifty years. That’s five whole decades of this problem occurring unceasingly. Right now, over 70% of adults and nearly one-third of adolescents and children are either overweight or obese. Kids who are obese as children have an increased risk of adulthood obesity, which means that their risk for serious health problems is compounded.

Obesity also takes a chunk out of the taxpayers’ wallet. Healthcare costs are astronomical, and obesity plays a large role in that. Thousands of studies have been conducted and they all, for the most part, say the same thing: this situation is dire.

Increased Cancer Risk By 40%

What you may not know is that being overweight leads to an increased cancer risk, in addition to cardiovascular disease, Type-2 Diabetes and many other illnesses. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 40% of all cancers may be related to being overweight or obese.[1] Over one thousand studies found evidence that sufficiently indicated a link between obesity and thirteen types of cancers. Cancers of

You’re Not A Turkey, Don’t Get Stuffed Like One

By | 2017-11-21T11:18:52+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Weight Loss Articles|

The holiday season is fast approaching, and Thanksgiving comes right before we get to setting up our Christmas decorations and unwrapping presents. As everyone knows, Thanksgiving is all about the feast. However, with obesity on the rise over these past decades, the holidays can no longer be used as an excuse to overeat. America is in crisis mode when it comes to the prevalence of obesity. Shockingly, over two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of adolescents and children are overweight or obese.

In this article, we’ll talk about healthy eating habits, particularly as they relate to the most food-centric holiday in America: Thanksgiving.

Overeating and the Holidays

            Weight gain spikes during the holidays. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, Americans’ weight increases 0.2% during Thanksgiving (there’s a reason it’s called Turkey Day, right?) (Kaplan, 2016). This may seem incremental, but Thanksgiving isn’t just one big meal. There are appetizers, leftovers, and all the other extra sources of calories lurking this holiday season.

Overeating often leads to obesity, a condition that has been linked to cancer, among other serious diseases. This is a dangerous, prevalent pattern with long-ranging consequences far past eating too much turkey dinner.

Negative Effects of Overeating

In addition to the link to cancer that comes with increased BMI (Body Mass Index), overeating has short-term negative effects as well. Overeating can cause biological changes within the body that can impair its functioning. It particularly throws off your biological clock. You might find that you’re waking up at night, hungry (Neighmond, 2009).

Overeating messes with your bodily chemistry by sending your metabolism and hormones into overdrive to get rid of the extra food (Neighmond, 2009). The pancreas sends extra insulin into the body to regulate the sugar

America in Crisis: The Obesity Epidemic  

By | 2017-11-07T17:13:42+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Weight Loss Articles|

America is currently facing a crisis that is one of the most prevalent health-related issues in this country’s history: obesity. According to Drs. Massetti, Dietz, and Richardson in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the effects of obesity stretch far past simply an expanding waistline; there are serious ramifications for your health, life, and even your mortality rate if you are overweight or obese. In this article, we will discuss the scary facts behind obesity, as well as what can be done to curb this epidemic.

The Stats 

The statistics behind the weight issue in America are staggering. Obesity has been on the rise in America for over fifty years. That’s five whole decades of this problem occurring unceasingly. Right now, over two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of adolescents and children are either overweight or obese. Kids who are obese as children have an increased risk of adulthood obesity, which means that their risk for serious health problems is compounded.

Obesity also takes a chunk out of the taxpayers’ wallet. Healthcare costs are astronomical, and obesity plays a large role in that. Thousands have studies have been conducted and they all, for the most part, say the same thing: this situation is dire.

Increased Cancer Risk

What you may not know is that obesity leads to an increased cancer risk. Over one thousand studies found evidence that sufficiently indicated a link between obesity and thirteen types of cancers. Cancers of the colon, rectum, and gastric cardia, as well as liver, pancreas, kidney, ovary, gallbladder, corpus uteri, and thyroid cancers all have links to obesity. Postmenopausal breast cancer in women, multiple myeloma, and adenocarcinoma of the esophagus are all

It’s All Trick and No Treat: The Effects of Halloween Candy

By | 2017-10-24T16:25:53+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Weight Loss Articles|

In the U.S., over half a million pounds of Halloween candy are purchased each year, and the average consumption per person is the equivalent of two hundred and twenty teaspoons of sugar. It’s easy to see how this excessive consumption occurs just by looking at the label on candy corn, which contains the equivalent of 6 teaspoons of sugar in a single serving of only 19 pieces.

Sugar in its natural form, such as that found in fruit, isn’t unhealthy when eaten in moderation. Yet when it’s ingested in processed foods such as candy, and in greater quantities, it can have far reaching effects on health.

In the short term, as many people know, candy provides only empty calories, leading to weight gain, and raising insulin levels. The flood of sugar into the bloodstream triggers the release of insulin, which a healthy body uses to keep blood sugar regulated.

The unwelcomed trick is that persistent elevated insulin levels increase the risk for disease, encouraging the storage of fat, and elevating triglycerides, both of which are linked to cardiovascular disease. Additionally, in the long term, consuming excessive sugar has been linked not only to obesity and heart disease, but to cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, dementia, and depression. That’s not a treat for anyone!

In fact, recent studies have found that sugar feeds cancer cells, promoting growth and spread. Another has discovered that excessive sugar consumption can overload and damage the liver, leading to a condition known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

So, although one piece of candy may not lead to immediate severe health problems, the issue may be that it’s very easy for one

The Scary Truth About Diets

By | 2017-10-17T13:48:43+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Weight Loss Articles|

Worldwide, more than one billion people are overweight, and over one million of those are children. According to one recent study, obesity has doubled in nearly half of all countries since 1980, and there are now actually more adults who are obese than those who are underweight.

So what has changed? The traditional diet of real food produced by local farmers has been replaced by ultra-processed food that is designed to be over-consumed, and is even addictive. These processed foods cause blood sugar imbalances, in addition to leading the brain to release feel-good chemicals that provoke even more cravings. They raise blood sugar quickly and in the subsequent crash, create cravings for that same kind of food again. In fact, scientific evidence has shown that these junk foods, which are generally high in sugar, fat and salt, have similar neurological effects to hard drugs.

Yet it isn’t simply the ingredients in these foods, but the combinations of sweeteners, fat, salt, flours, and caffeine, which have been extracted and concentrated by modern processing that create the lure. A bottle of oil and a cup of salt, or sugar is not very appealing until they are combined and added to other ingredients.

Another study revealed that over 90% of its participants had addictive-like eating behavior towards processed foods with high amounts of fat, added sugar or sodium. Although the participants wanted to quit eating them, they were unable to do so. However, the least addictive foods were found to be the whole, unprocessed foods. It is probably a rarity to find broccoli on a list of binge items.

Unfortunately, the future looks even more bleak for children, as research is demonstrating that

Stay on Track This School Year

By | 2017-10-17T13:39:33+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Weight Loss Articles|

 

It’s hard to believe that summer is over and it’s back to school time once again. With the hustle-bustle of school and schedules it seems there’s often little or no time for meal prepping or making a healthy dinner. In fact, with minimal free time and so many other priorities in your schedule, spending time to plan healthy meals for your family can be a real challenge.

Yet most people readily acknowledge the benefits of eating healthy and maintaining a healthy weight. Eating healthy can prevent disease, improve your appearance, and increase your energy, helping you to perform optimally throughout the day. Additionally, preparing meals at home is not only good for your health, but also for your budget.

Moreover, evening meals are important times for families, and provide an opportunity to teach your children and to set an example by establishing healthy habits. If these aren’t reason enough, remember that eating healthier can boost your mood, help with better brain function, assist you with sleeping better and handling stress better, boost your immune system, and reduce associated health risks.

The key is to always keep your end goal at the front of your thoughts and regardless of how many activities you schedule for you and your children, make sure you schedule time for yourself. Make time for what matters most.

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September is Self-Improvement Month

By | 2017-10-17T13:38:48+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Weight Loss Articles|

September is Self-Improvement Month, a time to take the opportunity to consider your goals, set a plan, and to love yourself enough to take the steps to improve yourself in the ways you deeply desire. Enhancing your self-worth, growing your self-confidence, and making the quality of your life a priority, are a few of the critically important benefits you can expect when you take the time to care of your own well-being.

Moreover, research has shown that when you succeed in reaching one goal, it can give you the confidence to attain other objectives that you desire. This domino effect can have far-reaching implications that could improve your relationships with others, your work and financial situation, and many of the other areas of your life.

In fact, caring for yourself is not being selfish, it’s about respecting yourself and making the healthiest possible choices. One of the best ways to do this is to eat healthy foods that will nourish your body, and include daily exercise to keep your body strong and well-functioning, to give yourself the energy and positive attitude to handle life’s oftentimes exhausting demands.

Of course, one of the nicest benefits is being able to look in the mirror and feel proud of the way you look and the way your clothes fit. Most importantly, remember that you deserve it! After all, when was the last time that you thought your body was amazing?

Developing strategies that can help you to have a new relationship with food, and learning behavioral changes that can help you succeed, can enable you to enjoy the rewards of both a better quality, and likely longer life. You’ll find that it’s worth

Stop Cravings and Keep the Weight OFF!

By | 2017-07-03T13:50:06+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Weight Loss Articles|

Each of us take vacations, celebrate holidays and enjoy special occasions. Festive meals are often the centerpiece of these events. In the moment, they are a time when many of us fall off our nutritional plan. The decision to go off plan in advance, a planned deviation, is an art that, once mastered, can help stop cravings and maintain weight loss and optimal health.

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