It was Paracelsus who said, “The dose makes the poison”, and he could have easily been referring to the consumption of chocolate. Chocolate is a high-energy product, but when eaten in moderation, it has been found to contribute to a generally lean physique. Its benefit is not only limited to a smaller waist; it’s also associated with a reduced risk of heart attack.
Taking data from a broad study of European teens, researchers from a Spanish university have found that teenagers who consumed chocolate frequently tended to have leaner bodies, irrespective of other factors, such as the level of exercise.
The HELENA-CSS STUDY
The scientists, gathered from 26 European universities, took data from the Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence (HELENA) cross sectional study. It is an ongoing long term study on teenagers that focuses on:
Often times when Americans are told by their doctor that they need to lose weight, they are given the traditional advice--diet and exercise. While this is by no means bad advice, a new study shows that there may be a more effective, better alternative-- weight loss surgery.
Weight Loss Surgery
The concept of weight loss surgery is nothing new: commercials for having liposuction or lap band procedures to reduce fat have been airing for years, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the annual rate of patients receiving such treatment is rising astronomically. However, a new study conducted by BMJ, an open-access, peer-reviewed medical journal, states that weight loss surgery is more effective at reducing body weight, as compared to non surgical methods.
Eating is most certainly one of the most pleasurable aspects of the human dynamic. Like most other phenomena which release dopamine, food consumption can become addictive. With an increase in sedentary lifestyles and the unhealthy ingredients added for “flavor” in much of today’s snacks, it’s no wonder that so many of us struggle with our weight.
Obesity is a serious condition which overtime evolves and accelerates disease. Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease are just some examples of the possible consequences resulting from extended or prolonged weight gain. Losing weight can be tough, as there are plenty of hurdles that individuals face when trying to implement healthy eating tactics and regular exercise. One such difficulty that you should be aware of is the possible foot ailments that sometimes occur when overweight individuals engage in rigorous physical activity.
At one point or another, everyone has given themselves the mental, pre-diet pep talk.
"This is it, I'm going to make weight loss a habit. I'm really going to stick with it this time."
And what happens? Four days later you're laying on the couch watching reruns of Entourage with the notorious 3000 calorie pasta bread bowl. Making weight loss a habit is not easy, and is not something that happens right away. But if you are determined to truly make dieting and exercise a part of your daily routine, there are some strategies you can employ.
21 Day Rule
Many studies about human behavior credit the "21 day rule", which states that it takes approximately three weeks of doing something everyday for it to become ingrained in your brain as part of your everyday schedule. The 21 day rule applies to a lot of hobbies and skills, and weight loss is no exception. If you want losing weight to become a habit, then the most important point to keep in mind is to just grit your teeth and stick with it. Don't give in to the $.99 large fry at Burger King on Day 15, regardless of how many coupons they send in the mail.
OxyElite Pro, a fat burning supplement used by people keen to lose weight as well as bodybuilders, has been found to have an apparent causal side-effect of acute non-viral hepatitis. This causal relationship had been observed in 2011, but it is the recent outbreak in hepatitis cases in Hawaii that has renewed focus on the supplement, which is produced by USPLabs LLC, a Dallas-based firm.
The initial outbreak in Hawaii involved 29 victims, of whom 11 were admitted for about a week. 2 people required liver transplants while a third person, who was ineligible for liver transplant because doctors found she had breast cancer, died in the course of treatment.
24 of these victims were found to have consumed OxyElite Pro prior to their health problems. As of last week, the number of people with hepatitis suspected to have been caused by the supplement had risen to 41 in Hawaii, following an analysis of all previous hospital admissions. There have also been such 7 cases reported outside Hawaii.
The news of having diabetes is typically a rather tough pill to swallow. It immediately causes quite a few long term complications, with those affected needing to have much more vigilance and lookout over the foods they consume, as well as the need to constantly monitor one’s self.
Although this metabolic disease is definitely treatable, a recent experiment performed by Kirt Tyson, an Arizona doctor, proves that through careful dieting, Type 1 diabetes can actually be reversed. This claim comes from a patient Tyson studied very closely—himself.
Dr. Kirt Tyson is a very strong believer in naturopathy. Naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine, which, rather than advocating drugs as solutions to various problems, instead uses various techniques involving diet and exercise. More commonly, it is known as a sort of “natural healing” process, with the Latin meaning of the word literally being “nature healing”. Naturopathy has also been the subject of a fair amount of controversy over the years, with some researchers claiming that it was dangerous to believe in use of it as opposed to more “mainstream” or conventional pharmaceutical drugs.
Obesity is not simply about eating a lot more than you expend and becoming fat from the excess energy stored as fat; it’s a far more subtle interaction between genetics and environment. But in the case of obesity, the exact genes that are responsible for bringing about the condition are dispersed and hard to spot. Thankfully, every year scientists get newer insights into the genetics behind obesity and the environmental factors that may trigger these genes.
One such environmental exposure would be chemicals including pesticides, and one researcher conducted an experiment to determine whether dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) had such an effect. Much to his surprise, DDT increased the probability of developing obesity, but this occurred several generations after the first exposure.
Fruit is good for you, we all know that, but what difference does it really make to our health? Has anyone ever explained it properly? Understanding just how important it is to factor fruit into our daily diets is essential to keeping healthy and keeping our weight under control. Once you know why it's so important, you're far more likely to grab an apple next time your tummy rumbles.
Hydration is essential to our every day health. Being properly hydrated helps us feel alert, keeps our brains and vital organs functioning properly and keeps our skin healthy. A large percentage of fruit is made up of water and eating a few portions a day can go a long way to helping us stay hydrated and working at our best.
Researchers and fitness professionals across the United States have been saying for years just how dangerous and detrimental to one’s health obesity can be. In addition to making it harder for overweight individuals to perform basic everyday functions and exercises, heavier Americans have also been known to be at a much higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and various other diseases.
Although there has been some recent news explaining that childhood obesity rates across the country have been dropping, albeit slowly, which is encouraging news, doctors and scientists are in agreement that the nation still has a long road ahead on its way to wellness. Studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that, despite this good news, “There is considerable need for improvement”.
I believe the main reason a lot of people get into exercise is to get the body into a decent state of health; apparently, the attempt to get our teens into proper physical health also improves their academics in many different ways.
A British study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows a direct correlation between regular engagement in physical activities and improved academic performance in subsequent years.
A Long Term Study Is Examined
Researchers from Strathclyde University, the University of Dundee, the University of Bristol and the University of Georgia took data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) to examine this relationship between physical activity and academic performance.