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Extra Walking Can Lengthen Your Life

Less than the recommended 150 minutes a week will still help By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
That evening stroll you take after dinner most nights may be doing you more good than you realize -- new research suggests even a bit of regular walking can reduce your risk of death. Regular walking is telling your body that you still have things to do and that your not ready to lay down and die.  Walking has been described as the 'perfect exercise' because it is simple, free, convenient, doesn't require any special equipment or training, and can be done at any age. I see people "mall walking" in the early morning with a cane and some even with a walker. Too much sitting will put your body into hibernation mode and you stop burning calories.   Don't give-up because you can't keep up with the others. I had knee pain when I was in my 60's but because I lost body fat and increased my walking today I have no knee pain and I'm off those pain killers. I ca…
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What Is The Mediterranean Diet ?

I know you’ve heard of the Mediterranean diet, anyone who’s been dieting knows about this one. Except, must of us who decide to go on a diet look for quick results. This isn’t that kind of diet, this is more of a lifestyle of correct eating. By following the guide they outline over time excess fat will disappear and you will become a healthier person. Read the following and then do your own research. If it’s not on the chart, don’t eat it.



The Mediterranean diet has been under research for over 50 years, and its benefits continue to become apparent. The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet range from a lower risk of heart disease, certain cancers,diabetes, Alzheimer's, osteoporosis, and stroke; lower blood pressure and LDL levels; improved brain function, eye health, and fertility; healthy body weight; and increased life span. The good news is that you do not need to live in this geographic area to get these benefits. All that you need to do is understand where they come fro…

It's December, When We All Gain A Little Weight

This is when anyone trying to lose weight has mixed feelings about the Holidays. There just seems to be no way we can avoid gaining weight. We love all the parties and the friends and family we only see on special occasions, but we learn to dread the morning after when we can't believe how much we ate, and how full we feel. It always seems to take a few days to recoup and than we can assess the damage and by that time you have another ocasion to attend.
For me, the Holidays means an extra 10 pounds. I learned to expect the worst. I hate December for that reason. It usually takes me a couple of months to lose that weight. I hate the extra weight, I feel sluggish, tired, and I lose my energy. My clothes don't fit right and I never feel like exercising. When I gain weight, I loss ambition.
The last couple years I learned to combat my ten pound problem. When it starts to get cold, I step-up my workout trying to burn some extra calories. I found that in the cold weather I eat heavi…

How Stored Body Fat Can Harm Us

Our body fat is indeed different depending on its location. Subcutaneous fat is the layer of fat just under the skin, all over the body. Visceral fat is located deep in the abdominal cavity around the organs. We have a limited amount of control over the distribution of our body fat. Body fat distribution varies by age, gender, ethnicity, and genetics. You may have a normal BMI – thinking your weight is not putting your health at risk – but have a waist circumference that indicates abdominal obesity. By waist circumference, abdominal obesity is defined as 35 inches for women, 40 for men. Abdominal obesity increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and later life dementia. A large waist circumference has been linked to negative outcomes even among people with normal BMI numbers. Additionally, some studies have compared two groups of obese patients with the same total body fat, but low or high levels of visceral fat. The high visceral fat groups were found to have evidence of greater…

Post Thanksgiving

I know all about eating too much at those family gathering. In this case we are talking about Thanksgiving. Around my house or at anyone's house that I know there is two parts to the big feast. First we eat a huge dinner, sometimes three kinds of meat, two different types of dressing, two types of cranberries, several types of potatoes, and several different vegetables. The idea is that no one, no matter how fuzzy, will go way hungry. There is always something for everyone in unlimited quantities.
Than comes the second part, which usually is about one hour later, "dessert". This is what everyone has been waiting for. If it's a big gathering like 10 or 12 or more the whole table will be filled with pies, cakes, chocolate candies, brownies, lemon squares, and other ethnic tricks that we only see once or twice a year. These are times that no one should miss, even if your on a diet. 
The really bad part of the Holidays is that you might have to eat this meal more than o…

Why I Lost Weight?

I was listening to a radio talk show one day and a call-in was talking about a fast food chain. He was criticizing a hamburger chain and said after he stopped eating their food he started to feel better. He started to lose weight, and he said he wasn’t so depressed all day. You don't have to be heavy to feel the affect of junk food. The saturated fat and the chemicals in junk food can slow down organ functions. When this happens you feel sluggish and you lose your energy.
So, I started to think about how I felt when I was heavy and it did feel depressing. I didn’t like the way my clothes fit, I felt self-conscious. I felt like people were staring.  I didn’t like eating in-front of others. I had this lonely feeling. That was then and this is now. Today most people are overweight so a person can have that sense of well-being because their friends are the same as they are. Being overweight has become the new normal. So, what’s wrong with that? Well, the problem is your health. When y…

The No-Diet Approach To Controlling Your Weight

By adopting sensible eating habits and practicing portion control, you can eat nutritious foods so that you take in as many calories as you need to maintain your health and well-being at your ideal weight. Often, weight loss occurs on its own simply when you start making better food choices, such as avoiding: processed foods,sugar-laden foods,white bread and pasta (substitute whole-grain varieties instead),foods with a high percentage of calories from fat,alcoholic drinks.While nothing is absolutely forbidden, when you do succumb to temptation, keep the portion size small and add a bit more exercise to your daily workout.
By replacing some unwise food choices with healthy ones, you'll be cutting back on calories. If you add some moderate physical activity by simply walking more you have the perfect weight-loss plan without the need for special or inconvenient (and often expensive) diet plans.
A 45-year-old woman complains that she has gradually put on 12 pounds over the past year. In…