Archive | May, 2008

Waste the waist

31 May

Recently our waist has come under closer scrutiny. It seems that the weight we carry around our waist can do us more harm than the weight around our hips or chests.  Our waist measure and body shape  the experts say are key indicators of how healthy and fit we are. So they are telling us to throw away the scales and get out our tape measures.  Things to do:

1.  Keep an eye on your waist to hip ratio – you get that by dividing your waist measure by your hip measure

2.   Aim for 0.8 or less if you are a woman and 0.95 or less if you are a male

3.  Know your body mass index (BMI)  and keep track of that too – this is important and reliable as a predictor on diabetes onset or risk.  You get this number by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in centimeters. Try to keep your numbers between 18.5 and 24.9 for optimum health. Higher than that puts you in the overweight range. These numbers may not be as accurate for athletes, the elderly or people with very small bone structure)

4.  Circumference of waist. To measure your waist circumference get a tape measure and place it loosely around your waist a little above your belly button.  For a woman that number should be around 35 or less and for a male around 40 or less.

These numbers are what you should keep at your figure tips

 

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Little Diet Secrets of Celebrities

26 May

I know we are all star crazed in North America and think by copying what the stars do say and eat will make us look like them. We know it’s ridiculous but we still do it anyway.  Sometimes these stars can motivate us in the right direction and here is one of those times.  

Tips to stay trim and fit from the stars:

Janet Jackson   be strong – keep away from the pancakes – snack on fresh blueberries and strawberries. A cup has only 65 calories compared to 520 calories for two pancakes with butter and syrup.  Perhaps you can skip the butter, lessen the syrup and eat one instead of two pancakes if you must have a little treat.

Whitney Thompson – you are unique – embrace that – she is a full-figured model and is the first to win America’s Next Top Model.  She does not believe in this anorexic look if that’s not who you are. Some people cannot help being stick thin because that’s their genetic make up but it’s crazy making trying to fit a round peg in a square hole.  Her message is be yourself – of course being fat may not be yourself therefore strive for healthy option and exercise.  You are beautiful!

 

Mariah Carey – Artichokes is her thing because it is full of fiber. According to her we should have 25 grams of fiber a day. Her advice is to strive for an artichoke rich diet and of course exercise as well. You can also get good fiber from Flax seed meal or other such foods. Watch your fiber.

 

Amazingly clothes can make you fat as well –

Paula Porizkova said that when people wear loose fitting baggy clothes you do not see when the fat is creeping. The trick is to wear tight or regular fitting clothes so that you stop the tiger in its track. Whenever the clothes feel too tight don’t run for the baggy, cut back on food intake.

 

Marlee Matlin – who can deny dancing as a cool way to stay trim and fit while having lots of fun?


Take what you need and run with it. I am sure you have heard all this before but it’s worth repeating

 

 

 

Are you suffering from ED

21 May

If you are a diabetic man and you’re having trouble with erection, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. It could be a sign that something is not working right with your heart.

Men with diabetes who are having trouble keeping an erection could be at increased risk of serious heart problems, suggests a study.

Those with erectile dysfunction were twice as likely as other men with diabetes to develop heart disease.

The root cause of both can be blood vessel damage caused by high blood sugar levels, the Chinese University of Hong Kong said.

Experts said men with erectile dysfunction should see their doctor.

 

Another reason to lose that weight

19 May

According to recent scientific findings obesity contributes to global warming, too. Obese and overweight people require more fuel to transport them and the food they eat, and the problem will worsen as the population literally swells in size, a team at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine says. This adds to food shortages and higher energy prices, the school’s researchers Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts wrote in the journal Lancet on Friday. “We are all becoming heavier and it is a global responsibility,” Edwards said in a telephone interview. “Obesity is a key part of the big picture.” At least 400 million adults worldwide are obese. The World Health Organization (WHO) projects by 2015, 2.3 billion adults will be overweight and more than 700 million will be obese. In their model, the researchers pegged 40 percent of the global population as obese with a body mass index of near 30. Many nations are fast approaching or have surpassed this level, Edwards said. BMI is a calculation of height to weight, and the normal range is usually considered to be 18 to 25, with more than 25 considered overweight and above 30 obese. The researchers found that obese people require 1,680 daily calories to sustain normal energy and another 1,280 calories to maintain daily activities, 18 percent more than someone with a stable BMI.

 

Vitamin D is back in the news again

19 May

Scientists have come out again with findings that Vitamin D promotes good health in many ways. But the study also found that breast cancer patients with low levels of vitamin D were much more likely to die of the disease or have it spread than patients getting enough of the nutrient, a study found — adding to evidence the “sunshine vitamin” has anti-cancer benefits. The results are sure to renew arguments about whether a little more sunshine is a good thing. The skin makes vitamin D from ultraviolet light. Too much sunlight can raise the risk of skin cancer, but small amounts “15 minutes or so a few times a week without sunscreen” may be beneficial, many doctors believe. While the vitamin is found in certain foods and supplements, most don’t contain the best form, D-3, and have only a modest effect on blood levels of the nutrient.

While for the general population taking extra vitamin D – 1000 mg is recommended during winter months, people with dark skin should take the amount all year round.

Be wary of Chilean Salmon – virus suspected

15 May

Safeway supermarket chain has taken the lead in banning farm-raised salmon from its supplier of Chilean salmon, Marine Harvest one of the largest producers of farmed salmon because of a suspected virus that is killing millions of fish over there. 

Safeway made its decision to restrict some purchases of Chilean salmon after an article on March 27 in The New York Times reported the spread of the virus and detailed concerns by biologists and environmentalists about the elevated use of antibiotics in the country’s salmon industry. The story also reported researchers’ claims that salmon farms were contaminating fishing waters and creating stresses that could be spawning illnesses in the fish.

 Whatever it is, be warned and stay away from this fish until a complete investigation has been completed. Why take a chance on your health.

How well do you know your SFs and TFs?

15 May

Fat is the most concentrated source of energy (i.e., calories) but not all fat, deserves aad reputation.  Good fats — like extra-virgin olive oil and canola oil — are an essential part of a healthy diet.

Fats have several important functions in our overall health. For example fat plays a role in making vitamin D  and other hormones, cushions your vital organs and bones, keeps your cells healthy, and aids in the absorption of vitamins A, E, and K. Nuts and seeds, which are rich in healthy oils, can help reduce LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol levels, while oily fish that contain omega-3 fatty acids can help lower high triglyceride levels (levels of fats that circulate in the blood), making the blood less sticky and thus less likely to clot and cause a heart attack or stroke.

A healthy diet plan must include a plan for you to obtain good or essential  fats otherwise forget it. Not only are they considered essential fats, meaning you must consume them in your diet to maintain good health, but they add flavor and texture to foods and help you feel satisfied.

   Here are the bad fats which you should avoid like the plague becasue these are the culprits that lead to heart disease and attacks

Bad fats:

Saturated fat exists in solid form at room temperature. It’s found in animal products and some tropical vegetable oils, like palm kernel oil. Eating too much saturated fat can lead to high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, which can ultimately contribute to heart disease.

Trans fats are created when an unsaturated fat (like vegetable oil) is chemically altered so that it stays solid at room temperature. Consuming trans fats can lead to clogged arteries. Trans fats are found in processed foods like chips, baked goods, and fast foods. You’ll see the words “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” on the ingredient label if trans fats are present.

 It is recommended that children under the age of two should not be on a fat-restricted diet, since fat is important for proper brain development.

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