Saturday, January 29, 2011

Cardiovascular Disease and Sitting

I is now well known that sitting too much can lead to cardiovascular disease or clogged arteries.

According to a study published in the European Heart Journal titled "Sedentary Time and Cardio-metabolic biomarkers in US Adults", prolonged periods of just sitting and being inactive results in
  • Larger waist sizes
  • Lower levels of HDL or good cholesterol
  • Higher levels of C-reactive protein, which is a marker of inflammation
  • And higher levels of triglycerides

However, there is good news for some couch potatoes.

The study also determined that even for people who spent a lot of time sitting, the more times they stood for a few minutes during their sedentary time, the smaller their waste size and the lower levels of C-reactive protein.

So taking many momentary breaks from sitting can improve your health. Some suggestions for the sedentary office based workplace include

  • Climb stairs as often as possible
  • Walk to talk to a colleague rather than using the phone
  • Stand to answer the phone
  • And go to the bathroom on a different floor than your office

So try limiting your sitting time in addition to a good exercise routine. Combining both will decrease your risks of developing cardiovascular disease.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Hypnosis For Weight Loss

Hypnosis for weight loss is a popular topic with those who are struggling to lose weight. However, does it really work?

There are audio CD's that get good reviews from users, such as " Relax Your Way to Thin! Hypnosis Weight Loss Motivation ". But the clinical groups are a little more skeptical about such methods as CD's and internet hypnosis.

Katherine Zeratcky, who writes articles for the Mayo Clinic, states the problem well in her article " Is Hypnosis Effective For Weight Loss? " There just isn't enough solid scientific evidence about weight loss hypnosis to say for sure that it works or doesn't work for weight loss. She states that if other methods have not worked for you, you may want to give hypnosis a try, but there are no guarantees.

Bianca Hitt at the Vanderbilt University is much more negative on hypnosis for weight loss. In her article " Weight Loss Through Hypnosis? ", she states that hypnosis has achieved some success for low to moderate amounts of weight loss if the treatment is tailored to each individual with long term followup. She states that hypnosis requires a great deal of effort, and that success can not be achieved through "easy" methods such as audio CD's and internet hypnosis.

In another article by Indie Cooper-Guzman, RN, titled " Hypnosis For Weight Loss And Comfort", she stated that her daughter and herself did see some benefit in using hypnosis for weight loss. However, her daughter did regain her weight after an argument with her mother.

The bottom line is that you would just have to try this method yourself to see if it works or not. I may benefit some, but not others. And, there is no scientific guarantee.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Best Way To Lose Belly Fat For Life

The best way to lose belly fat for life involves three key components, which are:
  • Motivation
  • Good Diet Plan
  • And a Good Exercise Routine
The whole process can't even start without the proper motivation to lose that belly fat. A recent post titled "Motivation To Lose Weight" is an excellent summary on why motivation is important, and how to maintain your motivation to lose weight and belly fat.
What is important is your ability to maintain your inner motivation during the critical period between the fourth and eight week of your training program. This is easier said than done, which is one of the reasons why most fail to lose weight. That is why it is very important that you find ways to maintain your inner motivation as you struggle to lose weight.
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You also can not lose your belly fat without changing your mindset concerning food and diet. Some of the key points to help you lose weight are:
  • Stay away from refined sugars and foods with added sugar or corn syrup
  • Replace some of your grain consumption with fruits and vegetables
  • When eating grain, eat only 100% whole grain
  • Eat high quality proteins from nuts, legumes, seeds and grass fed meats
  • Get adequate amounts of essential fatty acids from raw nuts, seeds, avocados, extra-virgin olive oil or canola oil and grass fed meats
When exercising, try doing more full body or total body workouts. This type of exercise works more than one joint and as many major muscle groups all at the same time. With full body exercises, you will lose more weight by increasing your metabolism and fat burning hormone production. A few examples of full body workouts are:
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