In the United States alone, obesity has become an unstoppable epidemic. Hundreds of thousands of Americans die every year because of obesity. Dont become another statistic! Warning: What you are about to read may offend some people, but it needs to be said.Many people suffer from being overweight. It may result from a stocky build, slow metabolism, or some other physical reason, but it is a fact of life for many people. They will probably struggle with it their entire lives.However, obesity is different. A very miniscule percentage of obese people have medical reasons for their condition. The rest of them just cannot stop shoveling the food in long enough to see the consequences of their actions.Have you been in a restaurant or at a party and watched an obviously obese person shoveling in the food and drinking a soda? Do they think the diet soda will make all that fat and calories go away? It doesn't work that way. The following are the beginning steps of a very long and bumpy road to recovery. However, if you want to rid yourself of obesity once and for all, you may want to immediately put the suggestions below into action before it is too late:- Stop eating fatty foods! Potato chips, french fries, soda you name it! Before you can recover from your problem, you have to admit that you have one. And those fatty foods are indeed a big problem. If you feel that you absolutely must eat something, get some fresh fruit or vegetables. They not only contain the essential nutrients that your body needs for good health, but some will actually burn more calories that they replace. - Check up with your doctor. If you are more than 50 pounds overweight, only a fool would recommend any diet plan until you are medically cleared by your physician. Your doctor can also advise you on the best programs to help you get started. This cannot be emphasized enough. Once you have eliminated the fattening foods, see your doctor before going one step farther. - In the worst case scenario, consider seeking a counselor. Is there a deep seated, subconscious reason for your eating disorder or are you just a pig? The answers may surprise you. Once you discover the reasons for your self destructive behavior, you will be better equipped to handle them. If you cannot afford counseling, talk to a trusted friend or, if you are a religious person, perhaps someone at your church. They may not be able to diagnose your problem, but they can be there for you when you encounter those bumps in the road to recovery. In conclusion, fighting obesity is just a matter of effective prevention and discipline. It is about forming a new, healthier habit. Would you rather live the rest of your life tired, unhappy and fat? Or do you think it is time to get your act together and start eating healthy? You decide!
Everyone wants to look great during the holidays. Its the time they see their family and friends. For some people, thats means to drop a few pounds. Many of us want to lose weight. The equation of losing weight is simple; take in fewer calories than you burn. But we all know it isnt that easy. Our bodies arent math problems. We are very complex organisms. Each one of our bodies differs in some way. You cant exactly pin point a diet to work for everyone, but here are some tips on helping you lose a few pounds. You can use these tips just for the basis of the holidays or you can use them all year around. 1. Put the kettle onGreen tea is a great way to lose weight. It also is very healthy for your body. 2. Drink waterWater is one of the main elements of your body. You need it. Drinking water helps regulate your body system. Besides being healthy, water makes you feel fuller. Everyday, you should drink half of your body weight in ounces. For example if you weigh 180 pounds, you should drink 90 ounces of water. Dont try to drink this all at once; spread it throughout the day. 3. Stop drinking sodasSodas are no nos. Sodas dries your body out. There are approximately nine packets of sugar and close to one hundred and fifty calories in one twelve-ounce can of soda or juice, says Netty Levine, M.S., R.D., a registered dietitian at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. They just arent healthy. 4. Eat healthyStart eating healthy. So many of us exercise and look over the simple fact that we do not eat healthy. Eating healthy can improve your look as well as your attitude. Some ways to eat healthy are to: Eat food rich in monosaturated fats Eat a fiber-based breakfast. Fiber helps you stay full longer. Place protein in your meals. Protein also makes you stay full longer Eat more vegetables. Vegetables balance your meal out. They also contain fewer calories as other foods. Keep track of calorie intake. Calories turn into fat. Throw the chips away. Junk food isnt good for the body. They usually contain lots of saturated fat, which is not good unless it is polysaturated or monosaturated. Most of these foods are also high in sodium; this causes the body to become bloated. Eliminated red meat. Its not healthy. Eat soup, salad, and fruit. You just cant go wrong with these types of food. They are low in calories and fat. Cut out fried foods. Fried foods taste good, but it isnt the best for our bodies. The oil causes our bodies to become slightly sluggish. Over time it can even start to clog your arteries. 5. Enjoy your mealsSo many of us rush. We have to make a deadline, so we rush. We have to run some errands, so we rush. Dont rush your meal. If you rush your meal, you wont feel hungry when you are done. You will eat more and more because you feel that you arent satisfied. Take the time to savor your food; you will fill full faster.6. Stop dining out. COOK!When cooking foods you can control your calorie intake. You also tend to eat more healthy food; your food tends to have less fats. 7. Do not eat late!Most people are more active earlier in the day. Eating late, one tends to lie down, sit down, or even go to sleep. If one is not active after they eat then the calories from the food turns into fat. 8. Dont try to starve yourselfStarving yourself is not healthy. All it does is break down your body. Most people should eat at least 1200 calories a day. When you starve yourself your body thinks that you are going through starvation periods. Because of this your metabolism is slowed to a crawl. Even if you lose weight, once you begin to eat once again you will gain it all back and more. 9. No emotional eating!One of the worse things you can do is eat when you are emotional. We all are emotional at times. Eating when you are emotional might calm you down, but it also might place a tire around your waist or hips. Instead try using another outlet when you are emotional. Try running, aerobics, pilates, or yoga. If you dont want to get physical during that time, try writing poems. If none of those works for you, there are many other things you can try. Listen to calming music, or just write your feelings down. Whatever you do; dont pick up the dinnerware. 10. EXERCISE!Exercise is one of the best ways to lose weight. Even though your weight wont come off immediately, your weight will stay off if you keep a healthy routine. Many people see exercising as a rigorous activity; it doesnt have to be one. Besides the aerobics, the sports, and the running, you can try yoga or pilates. You dont even have to do that. You can use the stairs instead of an elevator. You can park your car at the back of a store lot.You can even sign up for a dance class. Youll get two in one; a fit body and some new dance moves. If you like to shop, go to the mall. Youll walk a lot while carrying bags. Take a stroll after dinner. All of these are workouts that can help you drop some pounds. 11. Prioritize your workoutsExercising doesnt work unless you keep with it. Quitting exercising after two-weeks wont help you. 12. Inches not poundsDont worry if you step on the scale and you dont look lighter. Its not about the pounds; its about the inches. You should also keep in mind that muscle weighs more than fat. 13. Say no to negativeHave courage in losing weight. Thinking that you will never lose weight will only discourage you. You will never get anywhere with a bad attitude. 14. Hide the scaleLooking at the scale will make you feel that you havent loss anything. It also makes us rush our weight loss. Looking at the scales is a quick way to gain discouragement. 15. Avoid fad dietsDo not use fad diets. Fad diets will only cause you to lose weight temporarily. As soon as you decide you want to get off the diet, you will gain all the weight back. If you want long-term "weight loss" , stay away from the fad diets. 16. Dont just think about it. Do it!Thinking about what you are going to do to lose weight will not help you. You have to get up and do it. If you remain thinking about weight loss, it will remain at just that, a thought.
The connection between moderate drinking and avoiding heart disease is pretty much old news to most of us at this point.But now, experts are saying that those of us who have 1-2 drinks a few times a week are less likely to become obese than non drinkers.Finally! A Weight Loss "Do and Don't" that we can have some fun with!Not too much fun though.Those of us who consume 4 or more drinks daily are a whopping 46% more likely to be obese, research says. The connection between moderate drinking and avoiding heart disease is pretty much old news to most of us at this point.This new information was based on a study of over 8,000 people conducted by Dr. James Rohrer of the Mayo Clinic and Dr. Ahmed Arif, from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center."We don't want to give people the wrong impression"...says Rohrer..."We certainly don't want to recommend that nondrinkers become drinkers just to control their weight".If you're a non-drinker---don't panic.The odds for moderate drinkers are only .73% better than nondrinkers for staying thin. The main message here is that a few drinks consumed socially isn't anything to worry about if that's your M.O.Some experts don't completely agree with these findings. Dr. David L. Katz, Director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center, says that the slight reduciton in obesity risk may very well be attributed to additional healthy behaviors unrelated to drinking."Many health-conscious people have a daily drink because of the widely touted health benefits; it may be a constellation of behaviors in such people that lead to weight control"...says Katz..."This would produce the appearance of a weight-control benefit from moderate drinking, but it would be illusory."Well here's my 2 cents on the matter:As mentioned above, I feel that the primary takeaway from this research is that responsible, moderate drinkers need not be alarmed at the implications of drinking on their weight loss.Though the overall trend presented here makes sense to me, I am a slight bit skeptical of the percentages given for risk levels.My suspiscion comes from the fact that body mass index, or BMI, was used as a measure of obesity. As I mention in my program, BMI is not the best determination of true obesity. Its measurements, though useful, are not accurate enough to be followed to the letter---certainly not for coming up with percentages in a medical research study.So if you choose to drink, do it moderately and responsibly. And if you don't choose to do so, that's o.k. too. WHATEVER you choose to do, make sure you're eating right and exercising daily!To YourBestBody,Lawrence Cole
Your Lifestyle and Fitness Coach
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The Fleshiness Myth: Why United States's Obsession with Weight Is Hazardous to Your Health. Gotham Books, New York, 2004. At a June 2, 2005, press conference, Dr. Julie Gerberding, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, apologized for the mixed messages the populace has been getting approximately the dangers of fleshiness. Acknowledging that flawed data in several CDC studies had exaggerated the risks of , Gerberding was responding in part to critics such as Saint Paul Campos. Campos rightly sounds the alarm over bad skill, and his volume The Myth (reissued in May 2005 as The Diet Myth) was prominently featured in a recent Scientific American cover clause. The Bible and controversy provide an object lesson in skepticism. Campos is not a checkup professional but a lawyer; he makes a point of mentioning this, implying that his status as an outsider to the issuance aids his judgment. It is important to remember, however, that lawyers do not seek the truth; instead, they advocate for one side. In this case, Campos is advocating on behalf of those who believe that the efforts to portray fatness as unhealthy and unacceptable ar driven by debris scientific discipline, hatred of blubber people, and a profit-hungry dieting industry. He also believes that the time-honored free weight loss recipe of watching what you eat and exercising doesn't work. Campos charges that "almost everything the government and the media  saying close to exercising weight and weighting control [is] either grossly distorted or flatly untrue." The whole field is rife with "dust ," Campos writes, and former Operating surgeon Full general Jacques Louis David Satcher was "brainsick" in his efforts to curb US's . It is certainly true, as Dr. Gerberding admitted (and Patrick Johnson explains in this publication), that assorted estimates of 's death toll were consistently overdone. While Campos and other critics can gloat in vindication, the fact is that is only the latest in a long list of world threats that have been by a sensationalist news media (and, to a lesser degree, by the medical checkup community). The dire warnings, publicity, and hype surrounding West Nile virus, ebola, flu, anthrax, Mad Cow disease, and even AIDS, to name just a few, all far outstripped any reasonable threat. And confusing and contradictory medical examination information is hardly novel, as William Baarschers describes in his in this exit.
Bariatric surgery for weight loss may be a life-saving procedure, but it is not cheap. Although a number of insurance companies cover the procedure, many individuals find that their medical insurance providers balk at the cost. Most insurance companies require a letter outlining a patients weigh-loss history and the medical necessity for the surgery before they will even consider financing the procedure. Even with a carefully crafted letter, many insurance companies will refuse to authorize the surgery.If this happens, the patient should not give up hope, since most insurance providers give patients an opportunity to appeal a denial. Most insurance companies require that patients appeal within 30-60 days after receiving a denial of coverage. The bariatric surgery insurance Appeal Letter should include information disputing the insurance providers reason for denial. As a last result, patients may need an attorney to help prove the medical necessity of the procedure.For patients with no insurance, there are financial alternatives available. A number of financial institutions offer financing specifically for healthcare expenses such as co-payments, deductibles, and procedures not covered by insurance, including bariatric surgery. Some offer no-interest, same-as-cash plans as well as extended payment plans. Some bariatric surgery centers contract with finance companies to offer financial assistance to patients who are interested in this type of surgery but do not have the insurance to pay for it. Finally, a patient can take out a home equity loan to finance the procedure. Those patients who do elected to pay for bariatric surgery themselves should keep in mind that it may be tax deductible, since it is considered a major medical expense. A consultation with an accountant may e in order.