Obesity and the other 10 Possible Causes of the Epidemic

Obesity and the other 10 Possible Causes of the Epidemic

It’s well accepted that reduced physical activity and fast food are linked to obesity. But the evidence that these are the main causes of obesity is largely circumstantial. To stimulate debate, experts suggest 10 other possible causes of obesity, outlined in the International Journal of Obesity.

  1. Sleep debt. Getting too little sleep can increase body weight. Today, many get less shut-eye than ever.
  2. Pollution. Hormones control body weight. And many of today’s pollutants affect our hormones.
  3. Air conditioning. You have to burn calories if your environment is too hot or too cold for comfort. But more people than ever live and work in temperature-controlled homes and offices.
  4. Decreased smoking. Smoking reduces weight. People smoke much less than they used to.
  5. Medicine. Many different drugs including contraceptives, steroid hormones, diabetes drugs, some antidepressants, and blood pressure drugs can cause weight gain. Use of these drugs is on the upswing.
  6. Population age, ethnicity. Middle-aged people and Hispanic-Americans tend to be more obese than young European-Americans. Americans are getting older and more Hispanic.
  7. Older moms. There’s some evidence that the older a woman is when she gives birth, the higher her child’s risk of obesity. Women are giving birth at older and older ages.
  8. Ancestors’ environment. Some influences may go back two generations. Environmental changes that made a grandparent obese may “through a fetally driven positive feedback loop” visit obesity on the grandchildren.
  9. Obesity linked to fertility. There’s some evidence obese people are more fertile than lean ones. if obesity has a genetic component, the percentage of obese people in the population should increase.
  10. Unions of obese spouses. Obese women tend to marry obese men, and if obesity has a genetic component, there will be still more obese people in the next generation.

These other contributing factors deserve more attention and study. Even more explanations include: a fat-inducing virus; increases in childhood depression; less consumption of dairy products; and hormones used in agriculture. What do you think can be attributed to the epidemic?

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Easy Ways to Look Younger

Easy ways to look younger
As much as you may want it, you simply can’t turn back the hands of time. This can be frustrating the signs of aging begin to set in.

The good news is that by adding a few anti-aging tweaks and habits to your routine it’s quite possible to look younger, healthier and more vibrant than ever before. And, no, you don’t need surgeries, injections or expensive lotions or potions to look years younger than you do today!

Anti-Aging Habit #1: Daily Sunscreen

Studies continue to prove that people who protect their skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays look younger than those who skip sunscreen. Apply 30 SPF to your face every morning to reap the benefits of this simple age-defying habit.

Anti-Aging Habit #2: Lotion Your Hands

Since the skin on the backs of your hands is naturally thin, it becomes increasingly important to apply moisturizer here as you age in order to prevent it from becoming wrinkly and dried out. Rub some of the 30 SPF that you are applying to your face each morning to the backs of your hands to keep them supple and smooth.

Anti-Aging Habit #3: Eat Less Sodium

When it comes to keeping your skin looking bright, tight and young: sodium is your worst enemy. Salty foods cause your skin to become puffy and bloated, and increase the bags under your eyes. Avoid eating sodium rich foods and instantly look younger!

Anti-Aging Habit #4: Get Enough Sleep

If you’d like to look younger then fight the urge to stay up late. Getting plenty of sleep, 7-9 hours each night, is key for allowing your body to produce the ideal levels of estrogen and progesterone, hormones that boost your skin’s natural repair mechanisms and promote a healthy complexion.

Anti-Aging Habit #5: Exercise Daily

Exercise improves your circulation, which has a number of age reducing payoffs. Healthy circulation helps your skin to look its best and even reduces puffiness and bags under your eyes. Exercise also increases muscle tone which improves your metabolism and helps you burn fat, looking slimmer and younger.

I’m here to give you the best workout of your life that leaves you looking and feeling younger! Call or email me today to get started on your personal body transformation.
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5 TIPS TO KEEP THE WEIGHT OFF

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FOLLOW THESE 5 SUREFIRE TIPS TO KEEP WEIGHT OFF
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1. If you gain a pound, lose it!
People who are successful at maintaining a weight loss weigh themselves at least twice a week. Pick regular times of day, and regular days of the week, to weigh and keep a chart. If you find you’re up a pound or two, follow a healthy and structured food plan until the extra weight comes off again.

2. Have planned snacks instead of grazing.
To combat rampant, spontaneous snacking, plan a couple of balanced snacks every day that you can measure out and enjoy. Be sure to include some protein and complex carbohydrates in your snack. If you feed yourself a bit more frequently, you will be less likely to graze mindlessly.

3.Balance your treats with healthy choices.
You can have an occasional treat, but you can also have an occasional healthy choice. Keep the treat small so that you don’t get a big sugar or unrefined carb rush. And if you must eat sugar or an unrefined carb, eat a little protein with it so that your blood sugar doesn’t crash and cause cravings for more of the same.

4.Admit your trigger foods and avoid them.
All you have to do is look at certain foods and you know you’ll eat them. Don’t keep any snack foods in plain sight around your house. Put them away. If you find yourself going to the cupboard or refrigerator to peruse the snack items, you’ll need to keep the trigger foods out of your house altogether.

5.Experiment and use the tools that work for you.
Many dieters hate the act of writing down what they eat. Some dislike exercise. Others abhor weighing and measuring their food. Still others will not give up sugar and unrefined carbs. You need to be honest with yourself, though. These tools are proven to work. So, experiment with all the tools available to you and use the ones that work.

Weight regain is not inevitable, but you need to take action to avoid it. Apply these solutions to your life and you will find weight maintenance to be simple and satisfying. We are always happy to help just call us at 318-746-5425 for details.

5 TIPS TO GET KIDS MOVING

It’s never too early for kids to learn the benefits of getting fit and eating a healthy diet. For many kids, eating junk food and playing video games is a norm. However, paying attention and getting your kids involved in a fitness program can result in a lot of fun.

Here are five fun fitness ideas that kids will be excited to do after school:

1. Chasing Bubbles

Chasing bubbles are not necessarily just for the younger kids. There are so many ways children of all ages can use them to have fun! Whatever creative activity you come up with using bubbles you know that it will surely encourage them to run, jump, and twist for hours at a time.

There are many types of commercial bubble mixes and plastic wands that could help with your activities. Just make sure you are in an open space, like the park, for maximum enjoyment.

2. Crazy Dancing

Children love to dance! Sometimes the wilder, the better. Use any kind of music playing device you can stop and start and even select some upbeat tunes. When the music plays, ask the children to dance around the room. When the music stops, they must freeze. Change the tempo of the music for different results, and encourage children to stretch, bend, twist and shimmy.

3. Old-fashioned Activities

Previous generations grew up with some basic toys and outdoor equipment that lead to hours of activity and play. Consider introducing your children to some of the classics like jump rope, hula hoops, roller skates, and hop scotch, just to name a few. They will not only get plenty of exercise, but they will improve their coordination and balance as well.

4. Martial arts

The best martial arts schools offer a variety of classes designed especially for youth. Kids will get the same benefits that adults do in stretching, bending, and strengthening the body and the mind. The martial arts is a wonderful exercise for all ages and best of all, the whole family can do it together.

5. Walk the Dog

When kids need to get moving, there’s no better companion than the family dog. Set out a walking route for kids and dogs that will encourage them to go just a little farther each day. Not only with the children benefit from walking the dog, but your four-legged friend will love the extra attention and the chance to get out and about the neighborhood.

There’s no need for special equipment or clever plans to get your children to embrace fitness. When they develop a positive, active lifestyle as part of their after school routine, children and teens are more likely to continue putting fitness as a priority in their lives. What more could parents want than to see their children get excited about being healthy and happy.

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The Benefits of Kickboxing

1. Melt fat, fast

Combining martial arts techniques and heart-pumping cardio, kickboxing is a high-energy workout that is guaranteed to burn calories and fat. The cardio-conditioning element of kickboxing is one of the most effective ways to burn that stubborn belly fat that is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. By adding jump rope and conditioning drills, you can burn anywhere from 750 to 900 calories in an hour.

2. Tone your entire body

By using kickboxing pads, as opposed to simply air boxing, you’ll burn even more calories. Because kickboxing movement requires a lot of power, you quickly tone your back and trim your waistline. Engaging your core will also ultimately improve co-ordination, while the constant movement in kickboxing improves flexibility and reflexes, it also engages your core which will improve coordination.

3. Learn valuable self-defense moves

While the majority of people are turning to kickboxing for the physical workout, the self-defense aspect is a perk for many.  Having the ability to protect yourself is a valuable asset and it’s empowering to know that if you were in a dangerous situation, you have the knowledge to help get yourself out of it safely.

4. Relieves stress and aggression

Kickboxing offers a healthy way to relieve the stress of the day, which will help you get a better night’s sleep and improve mental clarity. Boxing increases the release of endorphins, which can diminish stress. The group atmosphere of kickboxing is even more effective in releasing endorphins. While any type of vigorous activity will release these feel-good chemicals, group exercise enhances their impact, according to researchers from the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology in Oxford, England.

 

 

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The Importance of Stretching

The Importance of Stretching

The main priority of fitness enthusiast often revolves around numbers. Some people want to see a certain number on a scale, some want to be able to lift a particular amount, some want to be able to run a long distance in a short amount of time. Goal setting is a great thing and can be a powerful tool that can push us beyond our limits. We’ll do anything we can to reach the numbers that we set in our minds and write down on paper. However, should numbers be the main focus of our fitness journey? Don’t get me wrong, I have many goals that have to do with things like lifting weights and running distances, but my main priority will always be my health and wellbeing. I know that if my body isn’t structurally stable and balanced, I won’t be able to reach those other goals. There is an often ignored aspect of training that can improve athletic ability, greatly decrease the chances of injury by improving range of motion and correcting posture, and increasing blood flow to the muscles which will result in quicker recovery after training. The key component to fitness that I’m referring to is stretching.

Before you get started, you want to make sure you know the correct approach to take so you will be able to stretch safely and effectively. Listed below are tips on how to get the most benefit out of stretching:

  • Stretching is not a warmup. Stretching muscles that are cold and unused can lead to injury. A proper 5-10 minute warmup consisting of walking or light jogging should be taken before you begin your stretches.
  • Pay attention to your posture.Stretching lengthens and relaxes the muscles. Short and tight muscles lead to incorrect posture such as rounding of the shoulders. Each muscle has a function, (i.e. the pectoralis major is responsible for shoulder adduction.) if a muscle becomes too tight, it will overpower the opposing muscle group that is working to balance the posture and keep the joint centered. Spend a greater period of time stretching the muscle groups that are negatively affecting your posture.
  • Be patient. It can take anywhere from 30 to 60 seconds for a muscle to relax during a stretch. Breathe deeply and wait.
  • Be consistent. Don’t expect to stretch for one week and never be tight again. Stretching is something that must be part of your regular routine along with your strength and cardio training.
  • Pain is not the goal. While you’re stretching, Aim to feel tension rather than pain. Pushing yourself to the limits of your pain threshold is neither safe nor is it smart.
  • Focus on your breathing. Take deep breaths in and out while stretching to help relax the muscles.

Now that you know the importance of stretching, take your time, breathe, and enjoy the benefits that will follow.

 

Sources:

Mayo Clinic

Heart of Healing

 

Dieting vs. Healthy Eating

Dieting VS Healthy Eating

The most important key to a healthy lifestyle is the food you eat on a daily basis.

Approximately one-third of adults in the U.S. are obese and these numbers have many Americans wanting to make a change. A problem that many people seeking to lose weight run in to is that they adopt the newest fad diet that they find circulating on social media. These diets often require you to restrict calories and cut out all carbs and fats out of your daily intake, which will often inhibit you from taking in essential nutrients that make sure your body is healthy and well-functioning. Another common mistake made by the people following these diet plans is that they only seek out a number on the scale and not a lifestyle change. People often revert to their old ways of eating as soon as the goal is reached which often results in gaining back the weight that was lost. According to Gary Foster, Ph.D., the Weight and Eating Disorders Program at the University of Pennsylvania reports that nearly 65 percent of dieters return to their pre-dieting weight within three years. This statistic shows that it is time to stop following diets that help you lose weight fast and it’s time to start making lifestyle changes that will lead to keeping off the weight and gaining better overall health.

Listed below are the nutrients that are required daily for a healthy and well-functioning body:

  • Proteins
  • Complex Carbohydrates
  • Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated Fats
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Water

If your goal is to be lean, strong, and healthy, you should focus less on the quantity and focus more on the quality of the food you eat every day. It’s time to stop following these 12 week, no carb, 1,200 calories or less a day diets that give quick yet short-lived results and it’s time to start taking small steps to changing your lifestyle. It might take a longer amount of time to reach your goal, but making these nutrients the center of your eating habits will produce results that will last; you’ll have more energy to complete your daily tasks, spend time with your family, and be more active which will help you in your fitness journey. It won’t be as difficult as you might expect. Good luck, and enjoy the journey.

Sources:

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

Livestrong

SFGATE