The easiest way to insure your ongoing active lifestyle is to put the fun in your fitness.
How? You ask. By figuring out what activities you most enjoy. Is it a gym? Is it the beach? Is it a volleyball court? Or, is it a biking or hiking path?
Whichever situation sparks your fancy, figure out a way to work it into your schedule every week.
I can hear you now. “But I work full-time & I’ve got kids. By the time I pick them up and get them home & worry about the homework, worry about the dinner, worry about the bath, and get them to bed, I don’t have time for exercise.”
Well let’s break that down. [Read more…]
Today, February 8th, Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic (http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/sitting/faq-20058005) shared the risks of too much sitting. What I found intriguing was the last paragraph in which Dr. Levine states that “the muscle activity needed for standing and other movement seems to trigger important processes related to the breakdown of fats and sugars.” I’m all for that. When I am working at my desk, I get up at least once per hour, either to go to the printer, get a glass of water, or just to squat and stretch. Sometimes I even stand while I work.
According to Dr. Levine, any intermittent standing is better than no standing at all. [Read more…]
This week the Mayo Clinic posted an article describing how the metabolism affects weight loss, and summed it up by saying that food and exercise are the primary drivers of weight loss. (See http://diet.mayoclinic.org/diet/move/what-is-metabolism?xid=nl_MayoClinicDiet_20161130 for the full article).
I agree with that statement, but only to a point. In his book, Why We Get Fat, Gary Taubes describes the metabolism of some people as more prone to accumulating and storing fat. Taubes continues in great detail to describe the history of the study of weight loss, and explains that some doctors have known for more than 100 years that some people gain weight more easily than others and have a harder time losing it.
As a former obese person who has kept her weight off for more than ten years, along with many friends who struggle with their weight, I wholeheartedly agree, as does the National Weight Control Registry , who claims that less than 10% maintain their weight loss.
Why then would an institution like the Mayo Clinic make the claim that weight loss is simply a matter of what you eat and how much you exercise? “You can help your metabolism — and your odds of weight-loss success — by changing your energy balance, or the balance between what you consume and what you burn off, through a healthy diet and regular physical activity.”
According to Dr. Robert Lustig, pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, “it’s not simply a matter of calories in and calories out.” Certain foods, like sugar and refined carbohydrates trigger the release of the hormone, insulin, which is used to regulate sugar. As we now know, excess sugar converts to fat.
So yes, what we eat does affect our weight, but it is not as simple as pure energy balance. Some calories behave differently than others.
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On November 8th those of you who reside in Oakland, San Francisco, and Albany, as well as other U.S. cities (Boulder, Chicago, and Baltimore), will have the unique opportunity to help repair the world by voting yes on the proposed sugary soda tax. This one-cent tax aims to help reduce childhood obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.
The obesity rate in children has risen to a staggering 18% (up from 7% in 1980), according to the Centers for Disease Control, and is climbing. Furthermore, one out of every three children is on the road to developing Type 2 Diabetes, formerly an adult disease. It is now predicted that for the first time, the next generation will not exceed our lifespan.
Sugar is directly linked to increased risk of these two diseases, which are two of the major risk factors for heart disease. Soda and other sugary drinks are the number one source of added sugar in the American diet. [Read more…]