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Though the Thanksgiving feast and leftovers are behind you, the holiday eating season has just begun. On average, Americans gain one or two pounds this time of year. Though that might not sound like much, the annual weight gain adds up from year to year and can lead to significant gains as time goes by. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE, CLICK HERE!
As food retailers and manufacturers sign a pledge to cut saturated fat levels in their products, how much do you know about the different types of fat in your diet?
Apart from saturated fat, others found naturally and artificially in food are unsaturated fat and trans fats.
Not all fat is bad – a little in your diet helps the body absorb certain nutrients.
And fat can be a source of energy, also providing essential fatty acids and some vitamins – such as vitamins A and D. So which fats should you be eating more of and which should you look to reduce?
Saturated fat According to NHS Choices – an online healthcare advice service – cutting down on foods that are high in saturated fat is important as part of a healthy diet.
A balanced diet should contain more unsaturated fat than saturated fat, such as that found in meat pies
Such foods include, butter, lard, chocolate, cakes, pastries and meat products, including sausages and pies.
By ABC News
By Jody Lin, M.D.
President William Howard Taft didn’t have it easy.
Everyone who has taken a White House tour knows by now that his administration marked the installation of the largest presidential bathtub. Legend has it he once got stuck in it.
Are fitness apps making us healthier or driving us crazy?
Widely remembered as a lackluster politician, Taft was our portliest president — a fact that did not go unnoticed by the American populace.
But Taft may yet distinguish himself in another way, according to a new review published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. He may be a historical poster child for the future of dieting.
Deborah Levine, a professor of health policy and management at Providence College in Rhode Island, pored over the letters between Taft and famed English diet expert Dr. Nathaniel Yorke-Davies that were written in 1905. What she found was a trans-Atlantic correspondence similar to today’s cutting-edge approaches to weight loss, using what are now considered proven weight loss tools along with remote counseling.
Even celebrities who can afford the best personal trainers, nutritionists, doctors, therapists and private chefs are susceptible to diet gimmicks. And when “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence says that by Hollywood standards she’s “obese,” something’s wrong.
“Women across America are weight-crazed, but women in L.A. are probably more so,” says Paulette Lambert, director of nutrition at the California Health & Longevity Institute, a medical and fitness center in Westlake Village.
“My patients who fly in to New York from L.A. are so different from my usual patients,” says Dr. Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, assistant clinical professor at Yale University School of Medicine and director of the Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center in New York. “They’re like ‘Get me to where I need to be [weight-wise] at all costs.’ ”
“Diet fads seem to cycle back around about once every 10 or 12 years. Long enough for people to try a fad diet, see that it doesn’t work, forget that it doesn’t work, then try it all over again. Sometimes these diets are just repackages with different names,” Lambert says.
I used to be a total gym rat–I lived for my pre-work workouts and breathed the smell of sweat and showers. For two hours every other day, clanking weights, anonymous house music and whirring elliptical machines was my soundtrack.
I’d spend an hour doing cardio, and another hour lifting weights with a trainer.
One of my newly buff friends suggested I try yoga, and her serene face attached to a really hot body only irritated and perplexed me: I thought yoga was for wimps, or at least people who had enough time on their hands to both work out doing other things, and then sit around being freakishly calm, too.
July 3, 2013 — A good night’s sleep can increase the benefit of exercise, healthy diet, moderate alcohol consumption and non-smoking in their protection against cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to results of a large population follow-up study.(1) Results showed that the combination of the four traditional healthy lifestyle habits was associated with a 57% lower risk of cardiovascular disease (fatal and non-fatal) and a 67% lower risk of fatal events.(2) But, when “sufficient sleep” (defined as seven or more hours a night) was added to the other four lifestyle factors, the overall protective benefit was even further increased — and resulted in a 65% lower risk of composite CVD and a 83% lower risk of fatal events.
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