Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Avoiding Health Problems When Eating Vegan

Deciding to pick up a new diet can be considered a pain and a major hassle.  On the other hand, choosing to pick up an entirely new lifestyle and change your entire eating habits is a completely different story.  It can be a very fun and exciting time in your life, but it is also a time in your life that will require a bit of effort in order to make the right decision.  There are so many ways that adopting a new lifestyle can go wrong, especially when you are changing significantly the foods that you eat.  Working to ensure that you stay healthy is extremely important and needs to be done.

For the most part anyone who chooses to become a Vegan will have a lot of success.  Working to stay healthy is not impossible, but it will typically require a bit of effort.  There are a lot of nutrients that are provided in meats and other animals products that you do need to be healthy.  If you simply turn to a Vegan lifestyle with no consideration for the nutrients and vitamins that you are now missing out on you will quickly discover that you are weakening your immune system.  Paying close attention to what you are eating, and more importantly what you are missing is critical.

The majority of people who are looking to adopt a new lifestyle tend to do so for a long time, if not permanently.  This means it is very important to ensure you are learning the proper foods to eat to ensure you stay as healthy as possible.  The difference between a new lifestyle and a new diet is a diet is not intended to be followed permanently.  You are simply on a diet for a short period of time, in which you aim to fulfill your specific goals.  A lifestyle is something that you intend to stick to, which is why shortcomings in a lifestyle are much more important than a shortcoming in a diet.

Talking to your doctor is also extremely important.  This will help you to specifically identify any specific needs that you might have.  This would be important because you never know which nutrients are most important for you and your specific needs until you determine what type of physical condition you are presently in.  For the vast majority of people there are few serious needs when starting out, but knowing about any major problems ahead of time is always a good idea to see your doctor just in case.  This will also help you to set your mind at ease.

The biggest concerns that you will have is the need to seek out plenty of nutrients.  This is important because it will help you to maintain your energy level as well as also make absolutely certain that you are getting plenty of the nutrients and health that you need to stay as healthy as possible.  If you find that you are not getting proper nutrition it will be virtually impossible for you to maintain the lifestyle that you are trying to develop.

A small bit of effort put into proper planning will allow you to enjoy your venture in to the Vegan lifestyle.  Talking to your doctor about any concerns that you have, as well as doing ample research to ensure that you are fully aware of any potential problems before they occur will be a key factor in determining how successful you are. Every year there are tons of people who adopt a Vegan lifestyle, you too can join these people in living a healthier and greener lifestyle.  Small changes to your lifestyle can have huge impacts as long as you are careful and make wise decisions.  Rash decisions however can be very bad for your overall health.  This will make it extremely important to plan ahead to be certain you choose the right decisions for your lifestyle.

Let them Eat Meat

Let Them Eat Meat

Rhys Southan is an ex-vegan who writes about veganism. 

His blog is easy to read and incredibly thoughtful. 
His musings on veganism and nutrition read like food philosophy. 
Rather than stuffing his blog full of links to thought leaders to support his case, he is the thought leader in a space that many find hard to touch: 

arguing against veganism in a compelling and ethically sound way.

Friday, 2 November 2012

10 of our favorite health and fitness blogs that may be under the radar for some of you.

We are pleased to provide you with 10 of our favorite health and fitness blogs that may be under the radar for some of you.
Check them out them out over the next 10 days

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Hyperlipid is a blog written by Petro DobromyReflex Nutrition Diet Protein 900g - Chocolate | Supplements (Google Affiliate Ad)Maximuscle Promax Meal Bars 12 x 60g Bar(s) - Chocolate | Supplements (Google Affiliate Ad)lskyj, a vet, trained at the RVC, London University. His list of academic credentials is impressive, and his writing is a thoughtful analysis of the science behind nutrition, specifically low carb diets. His analysis of scientific studies with accompanying charts is a great addition to the low carb conversation. In a sea of shallow writing about why low carb eating is best, it’s refreshing to find a blog that nutrition buffs can geek out with.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Gum causes birds to die

Diet Myth or Truth: Chewing Gum for Weight Loss

Can chewing sugarless gum really help you cut calories?

Chew on this: Chewing gum can be good for you. Not only can it freshen your breath, it can help you overcome cigarette cravings, improve your memory -- and even help you lose weight.
Contestants on The Biggest Loser use it regularly, and studies have shown that chewing gum can help control cravings, manage hunger, and promote weight loss.
Still, don’t get the idea that chewing a few sticks of gum a day is going to melt off the pounds. A few small studies have shown that chewing gum can help you shave calories. But this won’t lead to significant weight loss unless you also follow a reduced-calorie diet and get regular physical activity.
Sugar-free gum is best because it is usually less than 5 calories per piece, compared to 10 calories for regular gum. In fact, diet plans like Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, and the American Diabetes Association consider sugar-free gum a "free food."  (But "free" doesn’t meal unlimited amounts; some artificially sweetened items can have a laxative effect if over-consumed.)

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

In ‘Obesity Paradox,’ Thinner May Mean Sicker

A few years ago, Mercedes Carnethon, a diabetes researcher at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, found herself pondering a conundrum. Obesity is the primary risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, yet sizable numbers of normal-weight people also develop the disease. Why? 

In research conducted to answer that question, Dr. Carnethon discovered something even more puzzling: Diabetes patients of normal weight are twice as likely to die as those who are overweight or obese. That finding makes diabetes the latest example of a medical phenomenon that mystifies scientists. They call it the obesity paradox.
In study after study, overweight and moderately obese patients with certain chronic diseases often live longer and fare better than normal-weight patients with the same ailments. The accumulation of evidence is inspiring some experts to re-examine long-held assumptions about the association between body fat and disease.
Dr. Carl Lavie, medical director of cardiac rehabilitation and prevention at the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute in New Orleans, was one of the first researchers to document the obesity paradox, among patients with heart failure in 2002. He spent more than a year trying to get a journal to publish his findings.
“People thought there was something wrong with the data,” he recalled. “They said, ‘If obesity is bad for heart disease, how could this possibly be true?’ ”
But there were hints everywhere. One study found that heavier dialysis patients had a lower chance of dying than those whose were of normal weight or underweight. Overweight patients with coronary disease fared better than those who were thinner in another study; mild to severe obesity posed no additional mortality risks.
In 2007, a study of 11,000 Canadians over more than a decade found that those who were overweight had the lowest chance of dying from any cause.
To date, scientists have documented these findings in patients with heart failure, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, high blood pressure — and now diabetes.
Experts are searching for explanations. One idea is that once a chronic disease develops, the body becomes catabolic, meaning it needs higher energy and caloric reserves than usual. If patients do not have those reserves, they may become malnourished even though their weight is normal, said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, one of the directors of the preventive cardiology program at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Some researchers suspect genetics: Maybe thin people who develop diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other chronic ailments have gene variants that make them more susceptible to these illnesses and put them at greater risk once they become ill. Heart disease in thin people may represent a different illness from heart disease in heavier people, Dr. Lavie said.
It may be that doctors do not treat thin patients as aggressively as they do heavier patients — or that the yardstick itself is to blame. Most researchers assess obesity by measuring body mass index, a simple ratio of height and weight. But B.M.I. does not take into account body fat, lean muscle mass, metabolic abnormalities and other nuances of physical composition.
Perhaps, some experts say, we are not asking the right question in the first place. Maybe we are so used to framing health issues in terms of obesity that we are overlooking other potential causes of disease.
Dr. Neil Ruderman, an endocrinologist at Boston University School of Medicine, was the first to identify a condition he called “metabolically obese normal weight,” in 1981. Such people have weights in the normal range on the B.M.I. chart but also have metabolic abnormalities, including high levels of insulin resistance and triglycerides; they tend to carry fat around the middle, which is more apt to affect the heart, liver and other organs than fat in the hips and thighs.
“If we’re open-minded when we look at the data, we often find confounding factors that can explain the disease associations we blame on weight,” said Linda Bacon, a nutrition professor at City College of San Francisco and author of “Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight.”
Fitness is an important, and often unmeasured, confounder, and the growing pile of paradoxical evidence is forcing experts to re-evaluate its importance.
The link between obesity and health derives in part from research like the Framingham Heart Study, which has followed thousands of men and women since the 1940s. But Paul McAuley, a professor of health education at Winston-Salem State University, has noted that Framingham and other longitudinal studies often fail to take into account physical activity and fitness.
Research that does tease apart weight and fitness — like a series of studies conducted by Steven Blair at the Cooper Institute in Dallas — shows that being fat and fit is better, healthwise, than being thin and unfit. Regular aerobic exercise may not lead to weight loss, but it does reduce fat in the liver, where it may do the most metabolic damage, according to a recent study at the University of Sydney.
“More often than not, cardiovascular fitness is a far more important predictor of mortality risk than just knowing what you weigh,” said Glenn Gaesser, author of “Big Fat Lies” and director of the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center at Arizona State University.
In 2005, an epidemiologist, Katherine Flegal, analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that the biggest risks of death were associated with being at either end of the spectrum — underweight or severely obese. The lowest mortality risks were among those in the overweight category (B.M.I.s of 25 to 30), while moderate obesity (30 to 35) offered no more risk than being in the normal-weight category.
Whatever the explanation for the obesity paradox turns out to be, most experts agree that the data cast an uncertain light on the role of body fat. “Maintaining fitness is good and maintaining low weight is good,” Dr. Lavie said. “But if you had to go off one, it looks like it’s more important to maintain your fitness than your leanness. Fitness looks a little bit more protective.”
That is a message that may take a long time to reach your family physician, however. “Paradigm shifts take time,” Ms. Bacon said. “They also take courage. Not many people are willing to challenge the weight conventions. They’re just too culturally embedded, and the risk of going against convention is too high.”
Harriet Brown’s latest book is “Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia.”

Friday, 14 September 2012

Can You Be Obese and Fit?

 Throughout my career, I’ve met many people who were clinically overweight but incredibly fit. I’ve also met numerous people who were normal weight by definition and incredibly unfit. Any practitioner worth her salt knows that weight—or even body fat percentage—isn’t a standalone measure of fitness. And now a new study published in the European Heart Journal shows that "fat but fit" adults may be at no greater risk of developing or dying from heart disease or cancer than normal-weight fit individuals.
In the study, researchers found that among more than 40,000 adults, those who qualified as obese did not experience an increased risk of disease or early death if they were healthy (in terms of parameters like normal cholesterol levels and ideal blood pressure) and fit (as indicated by how well their heart and lungs performed).
Shape Magazine

At the start of the study, scientists measured participants’ heights, weights, waist measurements, and body fat percentages. The subjects also completed detailed questionnaires about their medical and lifestyle histories, had physicals, and performed treadmill tests, a measure of cardio-respiratory fitness. They were then followed for more than two decades or until they died.
The data revealed that 46 percent of the obese participants were considered “metabolically healthy,” and these fit-but-obese people had a 38 percent lower risk of death from any cause compared to their unfit obese peers. In addition, no significant difference was seen between the healthy/obese and the healthy/normal weight participants—the risk of developing or dying from heart disease or cancer was 30 to 50 percent lower for both healthy groups.
The conclusion: Fitness and health trump weight and body composition when it comes to long-term wellness. This is a notion I’ve been preaching for some time (check out my previous post about how to determine your ideal weight), and I think it’s critical because I’ve seen many people worsen their health and fitness in the pursuit of thinness. I’ve also worked in oncology and cardiac rehab, and there were thin patients in both settings.
Unfortunately our society is programmed to believe that weight determines health, or that you can’t possibly be obese and healthy, and neither it true. That doesn’t mean you need to abandon your weight-loss goals if you truly want to shed pounds. But it does mean that at any size, fitness and health should be your primary goals.


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