Diet Weight Loss 

Considering a Fast? Read This Remarkable Story.

Fasting is a ritual as old as civilization. It is a tradition in many religions, from east to west. The Bible says Jesus fasted 40 days in the desert, and Mahatma Gandhi often fasted for weeks at a time as he attempted to free India from British occupation. But one remarkable story of fasting happened in recent times, and it is well documented. In 1965, a 26-year-old Scotsman named Angus Barbieri walked into the University Department of Medicine at the Royal Infirmary of Dundee, Scotland, seeking treatment for obesity. He…

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Diet Weight Loss Wellness 

The Two Things You Must Have to Lose Weight

The professional literature on dieting is somewhat discouraging. Statistics show that dieting is often unsuccessful. People lose weight, but quickly regain what they lost, and frequently even more. This “yo-yo” effect is frustrating to doctors as well as those of us who hope to lose the extra pounds. A recent article in Psychology Today examined this phenomenon, and suggested ways to improve your chances of successful weight loss. As a baseline, eliminate the word “diet” from your vocabulary. Diets don’t work. The very word shifts your perception from neutral to…

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Diet Health Studies 

Why You Should Eat 15 Almonds Daily

Eating almonds is one of the tastiest ways to get an abundance of powerful nutrients packed into a very small package. You can snack on almonds, enjoy them as almond milk, or throw them into a stir-fry. Almonds are so nutrient-dense that only 15 of the tasty nuts given you a daily dose of goodness. Almonds are rich in antioxidants, protein, minerals and heart-healthy fat. Health experts are increasingly emphasizing the importance of eating plant-based fats, as opposed to animal fats. Like olive oil, coconut oil, and avocados, almonds and…

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Diet Disease Healthy Foods 

Why are Americans So Fat?

Americans are fat. More than two-thirds of us are either overweight or obese, and one in twenty of us is considered “extremely obese.” Being fat is not just a problem of appearance. It presents a significant threat to your health. Obesity is implicated in type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Economists estimate the medical cost of obesity is over $147 billion dollars in the United States alone. Why are we so fat? There are two schools of thought. One says we eat too much fat. The low-fat diet theorists…

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Diet Disease Healthy Foods 

Does Saturated Fat Cause Diabetes?

The University of California Davis Integrative Medicine center works to prevent chronic disease by educating patients about how to make positive changes in lifestyle habits. They address nutrition, exercise, stress management and smoking cessation, but their primary emphasis is nutrition and plant-based diets. They focus on preventing, halting, or reversing lifestyle diseases such obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Under the founding director, Dr. Rosane Oliveira, Integrative Medicine has produced The Ultimate Guide to Saturated Fats. With regard to type 2 diabetes, the guide states: Once we control…

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Diet Exercise 

7 Surprising Foods that Support Muscle Growth and Definition

As you already know, if you want to grow muscle and increase definition, you must exercise. But exercise is no substitute for a poor diet. For muscle definition, you must lose body fat so the muscles are visible. Most bodybuilders will tell you you have to consume a lot of protein and carbs if you want to build muscle, because carbohydrates fuel muscles and protein increases muscle mass. However, experts now say it is not that simple. An intriguing new finding is that your body has a mechanism by which…

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Diet Health Studies 

Scientists Say Obesity May be a Brain Disorder

A recent study conducted by Macquarie University indicates that obesity may actually be a disorder of the brain, characterized by a progressive deterioration of cognitive processes that impact eating behaviors. The study shows that memory inhibition, which is the helpful ability to “block out” memories that no longer serve us (and which originates in the hippocampus), is liked to overeating. When our brains are functioning properly, our food-related memories should be prominent when we are hungry then recede when we are full. That way, thoughts of food disappear when eating…

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Diet Digestion Healthy Foods Natural Remedies 

Healthy Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is popular for use in food preparation, but it also has a number of health benefits. It is rich in bioactive components like acetic acid, gallic acid, catechin, epicatechin, caffeic acid and others, making it an potent antioxidant and antimicrobial agent. Natural health experts recommend you use vinegar that contains “the mother,” a cobweb-like amino acid-based substance present in unprocessed, unfiltered vinegar. Here are some of the most popular health uses for apple cider vinegar: • Diabetes  Vinegar is considered anti-glycemic and has a beneficial effect…

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Diet Health Studies Healthy Foods 

Why Hispanics Live Longer

Population demographics show that Hispanics in the United States are living on average two years longer than Anglo whites, and and more than seven years longer than blacks.The Chicago Tribune reports: A Hispanic born in 2006 could expect to live about 80 years and seven months, the government estimates. Life expectancy for a white is about 78, and for a black, just shy of 73 years. Some demographers are calling this the “Hispanic paradox,” unexpected longevity in a population many of whose members are poor and relatively uneducated. One theory…

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Diet Exercise Wellness 

What Is Intermittent Fasting and What Can It Do for You?

The most challenging aspect of losing weight is maintaining your commitment over time. It’s easy to get started, but much harder to stick to your diet when hunger raises its head. Eating right and exercise are recognized as key elements, but for some people, they are not enough to achieve success. If you are having trouble reaching your weight loss goals even with a healthy diet and exercise, don’t resort to dangerous supplements or other weight loss fads. Even if you achieve short-term results, the weight is likely to return.…

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