In his book, “The Curative Value of Light: Sunlight and Sun Lamp in Health and Disease”, written in 1932, Edgar Mayer recounts how we once looked upon the sun as a “Supreme Being”, one of the gods of the heavens and ruler of the earth. He shares fascinating examples throughout history where physicians recognized the “magical” value of the sun in the treatment of disease. Hippocrates (The father of Medicine) practiced on the Island of Cos – his own temple was on a slope facing south at an altitude of 300 feet above sea level – in order to capture maximum sunlight and the freshest air. Throughout all recorded history, there are stories of the magnificence of the sun and its relationship to all living things. Now, through exhaustive research and peer-reviewed studies, we have the knowledge and understanding that this revered “magic healing” from the sun is largely due to the Vitamin D (specifically D3, or cholecalciferol) that is synthesized by our skin from exposure to its ultraviolet rays. Read the rest of this entry »
If you are of a similar age to me, you entered your adult years with advertising and slogans shouting out at us to lower the fat intake in our diets. We became accustomed to thinking that if we grabbed everything with the right label, namely “low-fat”, we would either lose weight – or not gain any weight – and be totally healthy. The truth is, a shortage of the right fats can make us significantly unhealthy. New thinking has shown us that fats like Omega 3s (along with Omega 6s - also called Essential Fatty Acids or EFAs) are “essential to our survival”. Research has shown that Omega 3 Fatty Acids can help in the prevention of a long list of illnesses, including: diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and high blood pressure, while also protecting our musculoskeletal, intestinal and immune systems. Adding to this – we have learned that proper intake of EFA’s – particularly Omega 3s – can actually help in weight control and weight management. Read the rest of this entry »
The worst part of beginning a diet is learning which lovely foods you’ll no longer be able to eat:
I don’t know about you, but I stopped listening after “pizza”.
The sad fact is, though, to lose weight you will have to cut out a lot of these foods and limit your intake of many many more.
But there is one thing you don’t need to cut back on to lose weight. In fact, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH), you should be eating more of it. A lot more.
The New Year is upon us, and with it comes fresh attempts to change old patterns. If you’ve already hit your target weight and are looking to keep what you’ve worked so hard for, here is a list of 50 healthy ways to maintain your weight. And if a happy weight has eluded you, these tips can also be applied to anyone’s weight loss journey.
Note: you don’t need to follow through on all of these suggestions. Adopting even some can give you the push you need to achieve your goal.
1. Assess your starting point.
Many people have unrealistic goals when it comes to ideal body weight. Assess your body weight using the body mass index (BMI). The BMI is a ratio between your height and weight. Beyond maintaining a healthy wait, a good realistic goal would be to lose enough to get into the next category (for example, from overweight to normal. Aiming for a shift from Obese to Normal would be less realistic). Read the rest of this entry »
As windows darken with dinner time, and as we don jackets to temper the chill, it’s tempting to munch comfort foods, conceal that “winter padding” under bulky sweaters and coats, and rationalize that we’ll take care of it come spring. But fitness experts remind us that weight loss is not only about how we look, but about how we feel, and our health. Read the rest of this entry »
So, summer approaches and you want to shed ten pounds for that new bathing suit. Or maybe you want to for your class or family reunion. You consider today’s“standard options” for weight loss: crash diets…starvation…mini liposuction. In today’s “instant gratification” society, these may seem your only choices. But what about good old fashion nutrition with a hefty dose of common sense for weight loss? Read on to find out more about vitamins and nutrients essential for effective and sustainable weight loss. Read the rest of this entry »
Some subjects die hard, and weight loss and exercise are two of them. While the methods may change, the desired results don’t: to get -and stay – fit and healthy. Read on to learn more about what people on the web are saying.
The Nutrition Vault shares some of Nancy Clark’s lifestyle-friendly weight-loss strategies. Nancy Clark authored “Sports Nutrition Guidebook”. Strategies shared include many tips around planning, tracking, monitoring and most of all–no deprivation! She also addresses the importance of sleep for successful weight loss. Read the rest of this entry »
Vitamin D plays a variety of roles in our bodies, like helping with diabetes, lung cancer, psoriasis, boosting our immune systems, preventing stress fractures, and even helping with hearing loss. Now, it seems, vitamin D can also help with weight loss, particularly among those suffering from obesity. Not only can it help with weight loss, vitamin D also seems to be intimately linked to our ability to affect weight loss at all. Read the rest of this entry »
There are many challenges to face along the path to weight loss. Not only are there the perils of junk food – we must also steer clear of the junk between our ears. In this article that’s exactly what we aim to help you with: the junk that’s in your head that threatens to sabotage you at every turn. Because that candy bar, that soda with high fructose corn syrup, and that extra helping of ice cream aren’t nearly as detrimental to your physical well-being as believing things that aren’t true. Read the rest of this entry »
According the the Center for Disease Control, more than one-third of Americans (35.7%) claim an obese status, and, despite efforts, no state has reached the 2010 national goal to lower obesity to 15%. The number of states that contain 30% or more obese residents rose from zero in the year 2000, to twelve in 2010. Obesity increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer. Read the rest of this entry »