To eliminate the evil of sugar, hundreds of sugar-free products were introduced to American diets over the past several decades. Nonetheless, Americans continued to gain weight. Continue
Fats were the next nutrient to be demonized; consequently, a ubiquitous spate of low or nonfat products appeared on grocery shelves. Once again, Americans continued to gain weight.
Carbohydrates, especially pasta, rice and bread, became the next sinful indulgence, especially as the Atkins’ diet…
Added by Carole L. Carson on August 12, 2011 at 12:40pm —
When I quit the seven-day-a-week job that I had held for 21 years as manager of a retail operation, I decided to lose weight and get fit. In retrospect, I wonder if the stress of that unrelenting schedule contributed significantly to my obesity.
Perhaps so, because look at this article about a report that Zofia Zukowska of Georgetown University and her colleagues published in the Journal of… Continue
Added by Carole L. Carson on July 28, 2011 at 11:42pm —
Ever wake up in the morning, step on the bathroom scale and then feel discouraged and resentful because your body weighs more than you want it to? Continue
If you’ve suffered this experience, you aren’t alone.
A lot of us struggle to feel good about ourselves when our bodies don’t look as trim and fit as we’d like. If our body image doesn’t measure up to our standards, then our self-image doesn’t measure up either. For many of us, self-image and body image are inextricably…
Added by Carole L. Carson on July 19, 2011 at 7:20pm —
Not every board-certified cardiologist wants to challenge the mantle of 83-year-old Dr. Ruth
, a psychotherapist who pioneered frank discussions about sex. But Dr. David Sabgir is no ordinary cardiologist.
According to Dr. Sabgir, the topic of sex comes up a lot in his daily practice. “I get asked about Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis ten times a day and most of the questions are coming from the ladies. It's hard to keep a straight face in… Continue
Added by Carole L. Carson on July 12, 2011 at 12:48pm —
Do you spend more waking hours at the office than at your home? If you add the time spent commuting and accomplishing routine tasks (fixing meals, doing laundry, buying groceries and paying a few bills), are you hard-pressed to find time to work out?
If you’re like most families, weekend schedules are also jam-packed. Family gatherings, cleaning, shopping, car maintenance and the myriad of other errands required to run a household quickly fill the two-day break. Before you’ve even… Continue
Added by Carole L. Carson on July 5, 2011 at 5:32pm —
Desperate to lose weight? You’re not alone. Nearly 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, according to the latest statistics. Although some of us accept our expanding girth, others of us are so discouraged by the number on the scale that we’ll try anything that promises quick results. Protect yourself by familiarizing yourself… Continue
Added by Carole L. Carson on May 23, 2011 at 12:59pm —
Below is a press release in which AARP announces 3rd annual Summer Weight-Loss Challenge. Program is free, open to all. I’ll serve as coach. Register: Continue
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2011
AARP LAUNCHES THIRD ANNUAL “FAT-TO-FIT” WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE
Added by Carole L. Carson on May 19, 2011 at 1:30pm —
Circuit training is a term used to refer to a fast-paced form of weight training that offers both strength and cardiovascular benefits. You move from one type of exercise to another with little or no rest, then repeat the circuit.
The advantage to this form of exercise is that you save time. You go through a whole body routine, performing two or three sets per muscle group, in about a half hour. And since you’re constantly in motion, you can get your heart pumping, reaping some aerobic… Continue
Added by Carole L. Carson on May 18, 2011 at 4:09pm —
"Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food,” advised Hippocrates. Twenty-five centuries later, we seem to be ignoring his advice at our own peril. Many of us are burdening our bodies with surplus amounts of processed, unhealthy food, which can lead to diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke. And those of us who are dieting to lose weight frequently see food as the enemy rather than as a support in our quest for health and well-being.
Will scientists come to… Continue
Added by Carole L. Carson on May 10, 2011 at 5:21pm —
Twenty years ago, medical experts began sounding the alarm about the rising incidence of adult obesity and the attendant medical problems, such as diabetes, stroke, cancer and heart disease
. (Mom and Dad weighed too much.) Then the spotlight shifted downward as surprising numbers of teenagers
packed on pounds.… Continue
Added by Carole L. Carson on May 3, 2011 at 1:33pm —
One out of every five toddlers
is overweight. What are the implications? Infant car seats
must be redesigned to safely accommodate heavier infants and toddlers. School uniforms and student desks
have to be supersized to accommodate heavier… Continue
Added by Carole L. Carson on April 12, 2011 at 1:01pm —
WHO 85 year old (!) Bette Calman, an Australian yoga instructor who's been practicing and teaching Yoga for 40 years. (Whilst still keeping stylish with a… Continue
Added by ZoomerStaff on April 5, 2011 at 1:30pm —
The neuroscience of obesity is still in its infancy. Each week, we learn more about the intricate interplay between mind and body. Some of the conclusions of researchers are intuitive. Others are counterintuitive. Some results support the notion that obesity is dictated by genetic coding or lifestyle; other studies assert that obesity is an increasing problem for all mammals, independent of the species.
If you’re like me, you evaluate the expanding stream of information and glean… Continue
Added by Carole L. Carson on March 29, 2011 at 2:28pm —
Like their younger counterparts, more and more seniors are becoming obese, and at the same time, seniors are living longer. Indeed, many seniors will live 20 to 30 years in retirement. Because medical costs are escalating, many retirees are increasingly worried about whether they have sufficient resources to keep their golden years golden.
Financial experts at Ameriprise Financial predict that a couple turning 65 in 2010 will need… Continue
Added by Carole L. Carson on March 1, 2011 at 11:22pm —
If you’ve tried and failed to lose weight, you may be imprisoned by outdated ideas. Are you willing to change your beliefs about weight loss and fitness to achieve your goals? Look at these five mistaken viewpoints to see if they are sabotaging your efforts: Continue
1. The function of food is to provide pleasure.
If your diet consists of densely caloric food that tastes good but lacks nutrition (e.g., burgers, fries, chips, pizza, ice cream, soda), you will have…
Added by Carole L. Carson on February 22, 2011 at 5:37pm —
Losing weight and keeping it off require effective management of food cravings that can easily undermine plans to eat healthfully. Use these 10 tips to manage yourself through the crazy maze of cravings:
- Eat at regular intervals. To avoid becoming overly hungry, don’t go more than five hours without eating.
- Include protein in each meal to control appetite. Skinless poultry, fish, eggs and low-calorie dairy products are good sources.
- Stay hydrated with…
Added by Carole L. Carson on January 25, 2011 at 12:07pm —
Are your former strategies for weight loss no longer working? How important is exercise in delaying the aging process? Why is balance important to seniors? And are depression and physical complaints inevitable companions on the way to the grave? Read on to learn the latest insights from researchers and fitness experts. Continue
Adjust Weight-Loss Strategy with Age: Our bodies change with age. One clear sign is when we find that our usual weight-loss and fitness efforts don’t provide the same…
Added by Carole L. Carson on January 18, 2011 at 12:13pm —
Perhaps so. Researchers studied middle-aged adults who were placed on a low-fat, low-calorie diet (1,200 calories for women and 1,500 for men). After three months, the subjects who drank two glasses of water before breakfast, lunch and dinner lost an average of 15.5 pounds, compared to the non-water drinkers who lost 11 pounds. The difference occurred because the adults who drank water ate 75-90 calories less per meal.
Also promising were the long-term losses. Researchers continued to… Continue
Added by Carole L. Carson on January 12, 2011 at 6:29pm —
Who hasn’t sat down on New Year’s Day and come up with changes—such as losing weight and exercising more—they’d like to make?
Our good intentions, though, can pass as quickly as the weeks on the calendar. Before we know it, we’re facing yet another New Year with the same old list. As Oscar Wilde cynically points out, “Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.”
If you don’t want your past to control your future, you’ll need to make… Continue
Added by Carole L. Carson on January 5, 2011 at 5:13pm —
Below are nine of the commonest excuses we make to shirk our responsibility to our bodies and our health.
How did I come up with this list? I've used all of these reasons at one time or another. What I came to realize, however, is that they were lies I told myself to keep the status quo in place. The excuses had all of the substance of cotton candy. Once I decided to get fit, each one dissolved in my mouth.
Are your excuses on this list?
- I have a sweet…
Added by Carole L. Carson on December 28, 2010 at 6:50pm —