Jan
23
2015

Couples More Likely to Lose Weight

One of the main roles of our significant other is to be our support system; it’s no different in our weight loss journey. There was actually a study done to observe the benefits of lifestyle changes in couples. What they found is more a reinforcement as oppose to a revelation, we’re more likely to make adjustments to our lifestyle and stick with them if our significant other joins us in changing their lifestyle as well.

"Unhealthy lifestyles are a leading cause of death from chronic disease worldwide. The key lifestyle risks are smoking, excess weight, physical inactivity, poor diet, and alcohol consumption. Swapping bad habits for good ones can reduce the risk of disease, including cancer,” says Professor Jane Wardle, one of the study’s authors and director of Cancer Research UK's Health Behavior Research Centre at UCL (University College London).

Lasting lifestyle adjustments can be difficult to keep up, especially if you go at it alone. However, having someone consistently providing encouragement is needed to get going and if you can provide encouragement in return it only increases the likelihood that both parties are successful. Remember, support and encouragement doesn’t stop at your significant other, don’t hesitate to include your friends or co-workers as well in this journey as well. 

Source: Cancer Research UK

Jan
16
2015

Being Overweight is Too Expensive

As if there was another reason you needed to lose weight other than improved health, a recent study showed how much damage obesity can do to your wallet. Researchers at the University of Illinois sought out to see how much health care cost differs between people that are obese and smokers compared to people that are not.

What they found is that smokers and obese patients pay as much as $1,300 more in annual healthcare expenses than their non-smoking and non-obese counterparts.

Where does the additional cost come from? “Out-of-pocket medical expenses, inpatient and outpatient care, emergency room visits and prescription drugs all contribute to the added health care expenditures, with inpatient prescriptions contributing the most,” says Ruopeng An, professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois, as well as the conductor of this study.

As we have mentioned before, obesity comes with other ailments. The unfortunate reality is when those ailments need to be treated, in ways such as doctor visits and prescribed medication; it cost money, not only in the short-term, but in the long term as well.

When you look at your $30 a month gym fee or how much you spend on produce, it pales in comparison to what the potential and realistic rising cost your healthcare may take continuing down a less healthy road. Maybe we should treat obesity as those expensive shoes or clothes we at times need to pry ourselves away from and just say “I can’t afford it.” 

Source: University of Illinois

Jan
12
2015

What a 2-Year Old Burger Looks Like

Close your eyes and envision a burger. Now envision that burger two years later. After you open your eyes click here

Is it what you thought?

What you see is a burger from McDonalds accompanied by a taco from Taco Bell that has aged two years. Dr. Jaqueline Vaughn from Vaughn Chiropractic placed the burger and taco on the counter of the reception desk, making it one of the first things people see when they enter the building. What they saw was a fairly intact meal, all things considering.

Additives and preservatives are often littered in food that we purchase from fast-food establishments. MSG, hydrogenated oil, and high fructose corn syrup are only a few examples of the ingredients that are added to the meals that increase the longevity of its shelf life and even make better tasting at times, but are unhealthy things to eat especially if not in moderation. This is one of the reasons that if you are trying to adjust your diet one of the first things you should look at modifying is how much you eat take-out foods.

Dr. Vaughn didn’t do this as a “scare tactic”, but more so to a wakeup call.  A chance to provide a visual to what additives and preservatives can do to food, food that we’re eating. In hopefully increasing consciousness of what we are eating it will help us make better food choices. Quite the interesting approach don’t you think?

Source: CBS Detroit

Jan
6
2015

Failing Doesn’t Make You a Failure

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

This quote has been said in different ways and echoed by many people, and for good reason. When we enter anything the more prepared you are and the more you learn from your previous experiences could be the deciding factor in whether you succeed THIS time.

 

The New Year has arrived and for many of us it’s our time to begin again more intelligently when it comes to our weight loss journey. How do we do that?

Let’s start with exercise. One of the most important things that you have to know when you’re making your workout plan is to remember it’s your workout plan! Take ownership of it and have a clear understanding of the results you want from it.

You’re initial fitness level will determine things such as your endurance level and your recovery time after your workout. It also gives you a starting point and you will be able to track your progress in a more accurate fashion.

What about your diet? Finding alternatives to unhealthy delights is a key to your diet. The best way to forget about an old treat is to find a new one. If you don’t monitor how many calories you consume it could be beneficial to start tracking what and how much you eat.

One thing to remember is no matter how long your weight loss journey may be the formula remains simple. Burn more calories than you consume. If you keep that in mind with everything you do (and eat) you’ll find yourself happy with the results.

Remember, if you need help, visit http://www.robard.com/programs/for-dieters/. We wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

Dec
15
2014

Excess Weight Can Decrease Life Expectancy by 8 Years

Scientific studies have often shown that excess body weight can negatively affect our life expectancy. But many, if not all of us, we were unaware of the actual number of years one would lose due to excess weight. A recent study sought out to put a number to the damage.

The conclusion?

Overweight individuals may shorten their life expectancy by eight years. Moreover, additional medical conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, could arise, possibly resulting in health difficulties lasting up to twenty years.

Equipped with this information, the researchers’ can probe further. “What may be interesting for patients are the ‘what if’ questions. What if they lose 10 to 15 pounds? Or, what if they are more active? How will this change the numbers?” says Dr. Steven Grover, Clinical Epidemiologist at the RI-MUHC and lead author of the study.

The next few years will be used as a trial period for a web-based program spurred on from this study. The program will assist people with the necessary modifications to their lifestyle in hopes to add the years that were taken away from their life expectancy.

Studies such as this one can be startling, yet extremely beneficial. With obesity quickly turning into one of the biggest issues in this country we need to continue to find potential solutions. If providers can present solutions and how they will specifically aid the dieter, it could incentivize the dieter to make the improvements to habits that could be taking away years from their life.

Source: Nutraceuticals World

Dec
10
2014

New Year Motivation

Motivation is a tricky thing. When the calendar turns January 1, 2015 there will be a large number of new declarations that people have every intention of accomplishing. The New Year brings a sense of new beginnings and raises the motivation level of many people.

However, it’s easy to have motivation at the beginning of the journey, what about the middle?

You’re a month into your goal with the end seemingly miles away. Or you’re at the part where you feel as though you’re stuck and aren’t making progress.

Many dieters experience this issue throughout their weight loss journey. At the beginning, the excitement and fervor is apparent. However, as the days and months progress it gets increasingly more difficult to adhere to your diet, or the gym and exercise can wait a day, maybe two.

Getting motivation can be easy and simple. Maintaining motivation, well that can be a little trickier.

So what do you do? What’s the answer for when your motivation that you once thought was unwavering is now as sturdy as a house of cards? There are a few things. Take your mind back to when you originally established your goal, to when your motivation to reach it was at its highest. There’s a reason that this meant something to you and is something you wanted to attain, use that as fuel to continue pushing.

Understand that there wNill be roadblocks and walls as high as the eye can see during your journey. Instead of being deterred use it as an opportunity to push yourself. There aren’t many obstacles that are insurmountable and considering obstacles as challenges motivates us to rise to the occasion.

Lastly, always keep your goal in mind. A book I read, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, listed one of the habits as “begin with the end in mind.” Envision yourself at the finish line, the gratification you feel when you had a goal and you saw it through. Reaching goals motivates us to reach the next one!

Share what you do to maintain your motivation.

Dec
2
2014

FDA Tells Food Establishments to Post Calories

Pretty soon there won’t be a place to eat or get food from where the calories won’t be readily accessible. On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new regulations that will require chain restaurants, movie theaters, pizza parlors and many other food establishments nationwide post calorie contents of their foods in the clear vision of the consumer.

Venues such as convenience stores and supermarkets are also included in these new rules. The FDA has issued a November 2015 deadline for the necessary adjustments to be made by the companies. Establishments that fall under these rules are nationwide companies that have 20 or more locations. This could potentially be a ground breaking policy that can be a real contributor to the country’s battle with obesity.

The FDA is proposing these new rules in hopes that if the consumer has a more in depth analysis of food available to them, they will do a better job at selecting healthier foods and healthier alternatives. There are few eating entities that aren’t included. Even vending machines and amusement parks will have calories of their food clearly visible to the consumer.

However, I ask that we keep some things in mind. Let’s not limit our knowledge of these items to just calories. Foods high in fat and sugar can still seem to have an acceptable calorie amount. Under these new regulations, additional nutritional information will be available upon request, don’t hesitate to ask.

As Americans, one-third of what we consume (either eat or drink), is consumed away from home, lessening our chances to really know how much we are eating. This is an opportunity to better track your calories, and creates better conditions for people trying to lose weight to adhere to their diet.

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, New York Times

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