We applaud First Lady Michelle Obama for tackling the problem of childhood obesity in our nation. This problem involves more than childhood obesity; it involves childhood hunger too. And the crisis of hunger and obesity involves adults as well as children throughout America.
The poor access to healthy, affordable food in our inner cities and rural communities is partly to blame. These nutritional wastelands offer families fast food chains and convenience stores, with no opportunity to shop at a supermarket for fruits and vegetables. While dining in the local restaurant, patrons are frequently offered the one “healthy” food choice: an entrée salad made with iceberg lettuce and blue cheese dressing, a meal containing all fat and no nutrition. (more…)
Possibly no word strikes greater fear in people’s hearts than cancer. So it is important to employ every possible strategy that may prevent you from ever hearing it in connection with your health.
When I suspected liver malfunction in one of my patients recently, he protested. He assumed that his liver was fine since he didn’t drink large amounts of alcohol.
His assumption was a common one. Whenever I mention liver problems, most of my patients think of cirrhosis (associated with excessive alcohol consumption) or hepatitis, a viral disease with particular risk factors. They assume there’s not much else to worry about when it comes to liver health. Perhaps it’s an assumption you’ve made yourself. (more…)
Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight can contribute to your overall health and well-being. Experts at the American Dietetic Association say it’s never too late to take steps to a healthy lifestyle.
“Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated,” says registered dietitian and ADA Spokesperson Angela Ginn-Meadow. During National Nutrition Month and beyond, follow these tips to help make healthy changes in your lifestyle.
The American Dietetic Association is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the American Dietetic Association at www.eatright.org.
When it comes to eating to look lean, there are really only three questions that need answers; What, When and How Much.
Each of your meals needs to include all three of the following components:
You must consider that your body can only store roughly four hours’ worth of fuel, so the traditional three meals a day format often leaves you with six or more hours between meals. Even if you make healthy choices, your body is still running out of fuel, and is forced to burn muscle. The solution is to maintain a balanced breakfast and dinner, but instead of having just one lunch at midday, have two lunches, one in the late morning and the other in the early afternoon.
When you eat this way you can rest assured that your body is getting an adequate amount of nutrients and energy, which will prevent your body from ever consuming its own muscle tissue as an energy source. This in turn will keep your fat-burning metabolism functioning efficiently. Make sure each of your four meals contains:
Common Question #1
In the absence of enough food, why won’t my body just burn fat? Fat is your body’s ultimate protective mechanism or device. In other words, your body thinks it’s doing you a favor by storing extra fat. Here’s how it works: Your body protects itself from the threat of starvation by stockpiling body fat. There’s always food available to you when you want it, but your body doesn’t know that! Consequently, every time you intentionally deprive yourself, or just get too busy and go too long between meals, it represents that same threat of starvation to your body.
Each time your body senses that threat it drops into what I call “protection mode.” In protection mode, your body wants to hoard fat, not burn it. Also, because you didn’t eat, there are no carbs available for energy. The only thing left for your body to burn for energy is protein (muscle tissue)! And this is where weight loss on deprivation diets comes from.
The good news: Your body doesn’t want to be burdened by storing and carrying around any more fat than it has to; it only does it to protect you! Be encouraged knowing that your body is ready and willing to part with its fat when you give it what it needs. Consistently give your body enough of the right foods at the right times in the right amounts, so you can stay out of protection mode and in fat-burning mode.
Bruce Day is the developer of the Eat Wise and Exercise educational DVDs and the creator of the Learn to Be Lean fat-loss system. Day has more than 27 years of experience teaching fitness and nutrition.
Article by Bruce Day