Sugar, Sugar, it’s everywhere. Be aware that from the body’s perspective, sugar is sugar. Regardless if it’s cane, honey, or agave nectar. “Natural” sweeteners fall into the same category so don’t be fooled to think they are somehow better from a caloric perspective.
Drink your fruit or eat your fruit, which is it! There is no question that eating fruit is superior to drinking it. This is true for a few different reasons. One, drinking fruit invites over consumption in the form of calories and especially sugar. Case and point, it takes three to four oranges to yield 8 oz. of fresh OJ. One medium orange has in excess of 60 calories and about 12 grams of sugar. Also when one drinks their fruit, they are bypassing the value of the fiber. Fiber slows absorption. Without it, one is facing an insulin spike, hunger, and the chance to store some dreaded fat.
Greek yogurt has been the rage in 2011. But of course good old marketing has been playing a strong role as well so be aware that all Greek yogurt is not created equally. “Flavored” Greek yogurt is the area of potential concern here. Again, it’s the sugar content which is usually stated by the number of grams of carbohydrates that can be the culprit. Look for varieties that contain twelve net grams of carbohydrates or less. For other easy eating solutions look at www.imetabolic.com/store/
A very interesting article just surfaced from the British Journal of Cancer tying one third (1/3) of all cancers are to tobacco, diet, alcohol, and obesity. Tobacco is the largest and most significant factor in both men and women. However, for women, being overweight and obese is the second most significant contributor and in men it’s number four on the list. Bottom line is this information helps paint the picture that ourL choices do matter and we all do have some control over the possible outcome related to these risk factors.
There are a number of assertions back and forth about holiday weight gain. Some sources say it’s five or more pounds while others dispute this and say that their research only shows one pound or so. Whatever the number is, there is no doubt that the opportunity to eat and drink more than usual is often abundant during this period of time. It starts with the Halloween candy, goes through to Thanksgiving, the holiday party season, and then finally with New Years. Food, food, it’s everywhere and so are the beverages that are laden with calories. Whether it’s one pound or five is obviously debatable; however, what is a know fact for most of us is that this weight does not automatically leave us after the new year and this is the primary concern. So the thought for the day is be careful during the holdiay season about what goes into our system from a caloric perspective. If we can maintain our weight during this bountiful time, then that’s a major win.
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Last week the obesity epidemic got a very positive shot in the arm for all Medicare recipients that have a BMI of 30 or greater. Purportedly there are upwards of 13 million Medicare recipients that fall into this category. In looking more closely at the details, Medicare is going to pay for counseling monthly for the first month. Then in months two through six, Medicare will cover visits for every other week. For those patients that successfully loose six and one half pounds or more in the first six months, (should be very achievable by the way) then Medicare will pay for monthly counseling sessions between months seven and twelve.
This is profound primarily because it’s the first glimpse at the thought of being proactive. It’s no secret that obesity is dangerous to one’s health and it’s encouraging to see signs that maybe the tides are turning with regard to offering help sooner rather than only in the case of there being a bull-blown health problem. Stay tuned for more about this important turn of events.
Surviving the Season
It happens every year about this time. The air gets cooler, the days get shorter — and your jeans start getting tighter.
Ready or not, feasting season is here — that seemingly endless time of temptation that starts with Halloween candy and continues with Thanksgiving stuffing and pies, Christmas cookies and New Year’s toasts. Then comes Super Bowl snacks and Valentine’s Day chocolates.
Statistics show Americans tend to gain anywhere from 1 to 10 pounds during the end-of-the-year festivities.
And then there’s exercise. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, only 35% of Americans age 18 or older engaged in regular, leisure-time physical activity in 2009. Add in the time demands of the holidays and the urge to stay inside because of the weather, and you have a recipe for even more inactivity.
With all this working against us, just how can we keep from overeating and under exercising during the Halloween-through-Valentine’s Day season?
First, it’s important to understand why it’s so hard to keep up healthful habits this time of year. During the fall and winter seasons, the experts say, many factors combine to increase the urge to overeat. They include:
The same factors that contribute to overeating can also lead to physical inactivity.
“The No. 1 reason people report for not exercising is lack of time,” says Cedric Bryant, PhD, chief exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise.
And, of course, overfull stomachs from all that holiday feasting, as well as stress, exhaustion, and cold weather, can dampen the best of workout intentions.
To make the feasting season a healthier one, experts say it’s important to do three things: Practice awareness, manage your stress and emotions, and plan ahead.
1. Practice Awareness
2. Manage Stress and Emotions
3. Plan Ahead
The Bottom Line
The bottom line, the experts say, is to try to maintain a healthy lifestyle both in and outside of the fall/winter feasting season. Constant weight gains and losses can be harmful to your health and your psyche.
The best way to survive the feasting season? Keep in mind that celebrations are really about family and friends — not food.
Adapted from WebMD Weight Loss Clinic
Original Article By Dulce Zamora