Weight Loss and Macular Degeneration Disease

New research out of Australia shows that those who lose weight, especially if they’re obese, can cut the risk of developing age related macular degeneration disease (also known as AMD), the number one cause of severe vision loss among older people.

Long associated with getting older, this mostly silent disease gradually, without pain, destroys the sharp, central vision that is needed to see things clearly in order to read or drive a car.

Age related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in Americans over 60. There are two forms, wet and dry, with dry being more common.

Earlier work had delivered conflicting results on the link between obesity and age related macular degeneration. This prompted the team from Australia to examine yet again how changes in weight might impact the risk of developing the age related eye disorder.

The work appeared in the November 2008 issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology.

Using 12,515 subjects between 45 and 64 who were followed for a total of six years, the study collected data on their waist hip ratio and abdominal obesity.

The team found that with a 3 percent or greater drop in the waist hip ratio, the odds of age related macular degeneration fell quite sharply compared to those with stable weight. A decrease in waist hip ratio of 3% or more was connected with 29% lower odds of any age related macular degeneration.

The reduction in AMD risk was greatest in those who were obese at the beginning of the study. Here the team saw that a decrease in the waist hip ratio was associated with 59% lower odds of age related macular degeneration.

This led to the conclusion that the weight reduction, especially in obese and overweight people would perhaps significantly reduce the risk of developing AMD.

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The disturbing link between weight loss and eyesight… continued

Experts understand that while the greatest risk factor for AMD is age, there are other things that also make it more likely to occur.

Those include smoking, being obese (other studies had found a link between obesity and progression of the early and middle stages of AMD), race (whites are more at risk than other races), and those with an immediate family member (mother, father, brother, sister) with AMD are also at higher risk, as are women.

And while we can’t change some of these risk factors, there are things that are within our control and can help reduce the risk. As the Australian study shows… losing weight does cut the risk.

Also key is eating a healthy, balanced diet that includes lots of green, leafy veggies, don’t smoke, exercise regularly and keep your blood pressure under control.

If you’re concerned about AMD, or have noticed changes (like blurring of vision) in your sight, visit your eye doctor at once. There are tests that can be done to diagnose what’s causing your problem, and the earlier you begin treating the cause, the better your chances of saving your sight.

Of course, further research is needed to solidify the link between obesity and age related macular degeneration, but this work is certainly a promising start.

If you know you have other risk factors for age related macular degeneration disease and you’re also obese, you might not want to wait for more research, and take steps reduce your weight, and your risk.

Overcoming Allergies to Pets

These days, so many people are trying to live allergies and pets…

Dealing with the constant congestion, itching and wheezing, the splitting headaches and other discomforts of allergies, and loving the furry source of all this misery is a tough spot to be in. But it’s exactly where an estimated ten million American pet owners find themselves right now.

Beyond the wonderful companionship and unconditional love, dogs and cats have some remarkable physical effects on the body.

Caring and cuddling these little (and sometimes not so little) critters can reduce anxiety and actually lower our blood pressure. What an enjoyable, simple and totally natural way to do something good for your health.

Allergy symptoms that are caused by pets bring on the discomforts we’re all familiar with — those itchy, watery eyes, blotchy hives, constant sneezing, awful congestion — sometimes even asthma.

Experts believe that you can develop a dog allergy some months or even years after making the pet a part of your life. If this happens to you, your best bet is to get tested to be sure your symptoms are a result of man’s best friend — and not other allergens like pollen, dust or mold — that can also be culprits.

In rare instances people outgrow allergies, including those to pets.

One of the best ways to comfortably co-exist with your beloved furry friend is to identify your allergy and undergo a series of shots to desensitize your system. Over the counter or prescription medications are also available to treat the symptoms, though the best remedy is to remove the pet from the home.

If you’re a pet lover with identified allergies, you may have heard of hypoallergenic breeds, like those being considered by President-elect Barak Obama’s family. The problem is, according to experts, there really is no such thing as hypoallergenic breeds.

Research has shown that allergies aren’t caused by the hair, allergens are produced by the animal’s saliva, dander and urine — so even a hairless dog, or one of the breeds often identified as hypoallergenic such as bichon frises, poodles and Malteses willproduce allergens that are brought into the environment.

There really isn’t any research that points to whether certain breeds are more allergy-friendly than others, though the main dog allergen that people often react to isn’t present in all dogs. The most important factors related to pet allergies are the size of the animal and the volume of hair it has. Of course an outdoor animal can bring pollens, mold spores and other allergens into the home that may also trigger an allergy attack.

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Before you commit to a new pet, consider a trial period so you can see how the person who has the allergies manages.

If you just fall in love with a four legged friend, yet someone at home has pet allergies, here are some tips you can try to keep everyone happy. You can…

- Keep the bedrooms pet free zones, no exceptions.
- Wash bedding weekly, including the pet’s bed.
- Have as little carpeting in the main living area as you can.
- Vacuum any carpeting daily.
- Use a HEPA air filter in the bedroom to trap and remove allergens from the air.
- Wash the dog once or twice each week.
- Wash your own hands after interacting with the animal.

By following these few steps you can help yourself cope with the awful symptoms allergies to pets cause and still live with the pet you love.

The Truth Behind Losing Weight Myths

If you want to learn the secrets to long-term weight loss and staying healthy, you need to let go of the idea that there is some “miracle” diet or piece of equipment that will cause those pounds to magically drop off and mean you’ll be trim, fit and looking fabulous without any effort on your part. Fad diets, misinformation and ineffective products play on this idea, and make someone a lot of money — these aren’t the way to lasting weight loss. Instead, take control by learning the truth behind last year’s often repeated losing weight myths and getting on the road to taking control of your weight, and your health in 2009.

Losing weight is possible, IF you’re willing to have an open mind, work on a program that’s based on accurate exercise science and avoid the common (so often repeated) weight loss myths.

According to certified personal fitness trainer Julio Salado, here are the top ten myths of 2008, and the truths behind them.

Myth #1: No Fat Diets — Rather than banning all fats from your diet, learn to tell the difference between good (polyunsaturated fats) and bad (trans fat) fats. Not all fats are bad, and some can actually be helpful to your body. Learn to tell the difference.

Myth #2: No Carb Diets — Again, don’t cut all carbs, as these are your bodies main source of energy… we need them to some extent. Instead, eat complex carbs like potatoes and veggies rather than simple carbohydrates like white flour and sugary drinks. Limit the bad ones, while allowing the other types.

Myth #3: Workouts For Flat Tummies — If you’re always working on your abdominals, this can lead to an increase in muscle imbalances and affect your posture. Whole body workouts burn more calories and are therefore more effective.

Myth #4: Clothing That Promotes Weight Loss — Wearing plastic gear like shirts or pants to improve your weight loss is a total myth. What this does is cause your body to lose more water and ups your risk of dehydration while also lessening your cardio/endurance potential. Lose the gimmicky gear and keep the workout.

Myth #5: Fasting And Workouts — Your body is a machine, and if you don’t give it enough fuel it will have an internal breakdown of muscle, organs, balance, coordination and mental clarity. Fasting tells the brain to signal the body to save energy, and the body’s favorite source of energy to save is… fat.

Myth #6: Depending On The Gym — If you think you have to be at the gym (or use some trendy piece equipment) in order to lose weight, you’re limiting your options and giving yourself a built in excuse (not enough time) to miss workouts. Instead, look for everyday ways to be more active, taking the stairs not the escalator, walking rather than driving… any simple, low cost activity can do the trick.

Myth #7: No Time — Any weight loss plan depends on how much energy you spend, compared to the number of calories you take in. It’s that simple. If you have time to eat, then you have time to eat healthy, and this will trigger a healthy response in your body, upping your fat burning potential.

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Myth #8: Repetition Frequency — Base your number of repetitions on your current fitness level, nothing else. Beginners should start with reps of 8-12 so they get the technique and make the most of muscle conditioning. After a few weeks you can increase the weight and decrease your reps to 6-8 to promote muscle growth. Remember more lean muscle mass will increase your metabolism.

Myth #9: Long Cardio Workouts — Though the thinking persists, the laws of diminishing returns apply here. As your body adapts to the long workout you’ll lose less body fat (the well known plateau) per workout, you’ll also tend to lose more lean muscle mass, plus your metabolism won’t be encouraged to speed up.

Myth #10: Happiness Depends On Your Weight — Even though movies and TV give us the expectation that reaching that “goal weight” will somehow bring happiness and a solution to every problem… the reality is just the opposite. Happiness comes from more than a number on the scale, but rather from living a healthy lifestyle, as well as having faith, family and friends… these are the things that give your life lasting meaning.

So in 2009 make sure you don’t get sucked in by any losing weight myths.

How to Stop Snacking and Impulse Eating

When food is the way you cope… the comfort on a horrible day and a welcome part of the celebration of good times, being told to eat less, stop snacking and exercise isn’t advice that’s liable to work. For you, food is a trusted, faithful friend you don’t want to let go.

Taking on impulse eating and snacking isn’t just about cutting calories and getting more exercise. Instead it’s a whole lot harder. It may involve identifying and recognizing painful memories… feelings you might have hidden, even from yourself, for some time.

You will need to face down the emotions that trigger your eating so that you can start to get a handle on the reasons behind what you’re doing.

You’ll also need to find non-food ways to cope with the situations that trigger your eating. An argument or bad day might be handled by a bit of exercise, vacuuming or weeding a garden.

An especially good day could be topped by a bubble bath or massage. Managing stress will be super important too, doing so will leave you with the strength to live the way you want to… not leaning on your old friend food.

Here are tools suggested by nutritionists Jennifer Nelson and Katherine Zeratsky both of the Mayo Clinic to help you get to the root of impulsive emotional eating…

1. Keep a journal where you write down everything you eat, why you’re eating it and how you’re feeling. You’ll start to notice repeating situations that trigger eating connected to emotions. This ups your awareness and makes it more likely that you can catch yourself before you grab some junk food.

2. Find non-food ways to satisfy your urges and write them down. A plan increases your chances of using these coping strategies the next time you’re tempted. Riding out the trigger is another, harder, option — distration is y our ally here and t ime. If you wait it out the emotion will fade and so too, the urge to eat.

3. Manage stress by making relaxation part of your daily routine… whether it’s deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga, tai chi, meditation or regular exercise these options are great ways to cope with stress, and do it without your old buddy food.

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How to overcome impulse eating… continued

Beyond these expert tips, there are some other suggestions you might try to you’re your impulse eating under control. You can…

- Replace candy dishes with fruit bowls.

- Remove your hidden stashes of junk food and don’t replace them.

- Keep foods that tempt you out of your house, or at least in a place that’s hard to reach and slow to access.

- Chew gum while you cook, or avoid the chore altogether.

- Clean up leftovers right away, soaking dishes in hot, sudsy water rather than letting them sit so you can snack.

- Sit as far from tempting finger foods at parties as you can, and don’t hover near the buffet table either. Instead focus on the conversation and the people around you, rather than the food.

- Have a fun, engaging hobby you can do while watching TV and keep your supplies right on hand.

These common sense suggestions, along with the expert tips are sure to help you develop coping skills that will keep you from reaching for the cookies or chips in response to a tough day.

Once you’ve learnt to stop snacking and control any impulse eating habits not only will you feel better… stronger and more in control… it will put you on the road to improving your weight control efforts, as well as your overall health.

Healthy Eating Facts or Fiction?

Americans have the most healthy eating facts and information of any population in the world… and yet we seem to enjoy what we eat the least.

Estimates suggest that nearly two thirds of the U.S. adult population is overweight, though we obsess about nutrition… spend readily on weight loss “secrets”… seeing little (if any) progress for our efforts.

Even major cities like New York have jumped on the nutrition bandwagon, taking the unprecedented step of banning those “evil” trans fats from every restaurant in the city.

Our fixation with health and nutrition in this country may in fact be fueled by a phenomenon known as the “health halo”, the suggestion that a food labeled as “low fat” gives eaters permission to take in a larger portion size, add extras or eat desert as a “reward” for making a healthy food choice.

To illustrate the point, an informal survey was conducted by New York Times reporter John Tierney under the direction of Pierre Chandon, a Frenchman who has studied the American obesity paradox and Alexander Chernev a professor of marketing at Northwestern University.

The obesity paradox is the name given to the mismatch between the U.S. population paying more and more attention to eating healthy, while we keep getting heavier and heavier. Dr. Chandon’s findings come from experiments in the lab as well as field work conducted at both McDonald’s and Subway restaurants.

American’s obesity paradox causes us to over generalize the health benefits of a food labeled as “good for you”, following this up by choosing drinks, side dishes and even desserts that end up having up to 131% more calories overall. More often than not we reward our healthy choices with calorie laden drinks and other goodies, which may explain why the obesity epidemic in this country continues to rage.

According to Chandon, Americans have been seduced into overeating by the health halo effect associated with some foods and restaurants. During the informal survey of New Yorkers, subjects were asked to estimate the calories in a pictured meal — and were, in fact, fairly accurate, just a bit on the high side.

The other half of those surveyed were shown the same photo with crackers that were prominently labeled “trans fat free”. The presence of the “healthy” crackers skewed those calorie estimates in the wrong direction. The trans fat free label on the crackers provided a health halo that took away calories from the rest of the meal.

When the same informal survey was conducted on non-native Americans, the health halo had no effect. These subjects estimated the calorie total more accurately. They hadn’t been exposed to the trans fat debate

“ It makes sense that New Yorkers would be more biased because of all the fuss in the city about trans fat,” Dr. Chandon told me. “It hasn’t been a big issue in most other places. Here in Europe there’s been virtually no discussion of banning trans fats.”

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Has the food “halo” slipped?… continued

Experts recognize that people who eat at McDonald’s know very well what they’re in for, even with the more nutritious options currently on the menu.

Those at other restaurants, such as sub place (and promoted as healthy) Subway, are sure the sandwiches are healthy, and therefore have less calories than they actually do. Researchers found that customers at McDonald’s were more accurate at estimating the calories in their meals than the diners at Subway.

Feeling virtuous for eating “healthy” diners tend to order full calorie soda and deserts on top of the sandwich. The ”healthy” meals eaten ended up averaging 56% more calories than meals that come from fast food staple McDonald’s.

What you need to do to help yourself is to stop and think if the healthy eating facts being advertised really apply to the food in question. Is that Italian sub, loaded with cold cuts, cheese and toppings really a low calorie option? It’s often best to think of your food choices not so much in terms of “good” or “bad”, but in terms of how many calories they will be putting into your body.

Vitamin D Sunlight or Supplements?

Giving your body the vital nutrients it needs to stay healthy is so important… and new research has uncovered that one of the most important nutrients, vitamin D (sunlight or supplements), may have more of a role in keeping us healthy than we even suspected.

When it comes to risks for deadly heart disease, deficiencies of vitamin D may be a risk factor that has, until now, gone unrecognized.

It may also be linked to other risk factors for heart disease that include diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. The good news is that this type of deficiency is an easy thing to fix.

Several large studies have shown that those with low vitamin D levels were two times as likely to have a heart attack, stroke or another heart related event as compared to those with higher vitamin D levels.

” Vitamin D deficiency is an unrecognized, emerging cardiovascular risk factor, which should be screened for and treated,” says researcher James H. O’Keefe, MD, director of preventive cardiology at the Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Mo., in a release. “Vitamin D is easy to assess, and supplementation is simple, safe and inexpensive.”

Vitamin D deficiency is far more common than anyone ever thought, and affects up to 50% of adults and otherwise healthy children in the United States.

This may be due in part to us all spending less non-sunscreened time in natural sunlight. Sunscreens of SPF 15 block virtually all vitamin D synthesis by the skin. If you’re older, or a bit overweight or obese, your body is naturally less efficient at making vitamin D from sunlight.

If you suspect a vitamin D deficiency there are blood tests that can be done to look for a specific form of the vitamin called 25-hydroxy vitamin D, and you can be screened if you have risk factors that concern you.

The U.S. governments recommended daily allowance of vitamin D is 200 international units (IUs) a day for those under 50; 400 IUs if you’re 50 to 70 years old; 600 IUs if you’re over 70 years old. Most health experts still think these numbers are too low, and that somewhere between 1,000-2,000 international units per day is a more appropriate level. The upper limit of vitamin D intake is 10,000 international units a day.

” Restoring vitamin D levels to normal is important in maintaining good musculoskeletal health, and it may also improve heart health and prognosis,” says O’Keefe. “We need large, randomized, controlled trials to determine whether or not vitamin D supplementation can actually reduce future heart disease and deaths.”

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The most potent, most natural source of vitamin D is simple exposure to the sun, during the less intense (that’s from 10 am to 2 pm) hours of the day.

Food sources of vitamin D include salmon, sardines, cod liver oil and vitamin D fortified choices like milk and some cereals. Supplements are another good source of this vital nutrient.

If you are found to have a deficiency of vitamin D, there are methods you can use to restore the right levels in your body, either through vitamin d sunlight or through taking supplements. Talk with your own doctor about exactly what you can do. The research and vitamin D recommendations appear in the December 9, 2008, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC).

Exercise Helps with Anger Management For Kids

Parents reading this may not be surprised by the latest findings from a team of researchers at the Georgia School of Medicine. The first-of-its-kind study published in the November issue of Pediatric Exercise Science, a professional journal dedicated to increasing our understanding of exercise during childhood, finds that aerobic activity seems to have a significant impact on anger management for kids.

In fact, aerobic exercise may be an effective strategy to help overweight kids (maybe even children at any weight) to burn off anger or aggression in a safe, healthy, and rather effective way. Earlier research has shown that exercise helps to reduce depression or anxiety in children. Most of us have long since come to recognize that exercise can also help older folks manage stress and burn off bad moods.

The latest research focused on a structured aerobic exercise program as it related to anger expression in healthy overweight kids. The scientists looked at 208 usually sedentary 7- to 11-year-olds who took part in a 10-15 week after-school aerobic exercise program.

The subjects, overweight but otherwise healthy, were randomly assigned to an aerobic exercise program or instructed to maintain their normal inactive routine. Surveys were also taken on anger expression at the start and end of the testing using the Pediatric Anger Expression Scale that gauges common expressions of anger like slamming doors and hitting.

The researchers found that the Anger Out and Anger Expression scores were lower for the aerobic exercise group at the end of the testing period.

“ Exercise had a significant impact on anger expression in children,” said Dr. Catherine Davis, a clinical health psychologist in the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine. “This finding indicates that aerobic exercise may be an effective strategy to help overweight kids reduce anger expression and aggressive behavior.”

The finding applies across the board — without regard for gender, race, socioeconomic status and even fitness level. This serves as yet another reason for parents, caregivers and teachers to get kids up and moving. Regular exercise seems not only to help with weight and anger issues, but it also may improve cognition and reduce insulin resistance.

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Eliminate Childrens Anger Problems… continued

This latest research supports earlier work by Dr. Davis that suggested aerobic exercise also helps thinking skills and reduces insulin resistance, a condition known to be a precursor to diabetes. And while the increase in activity did help the subjects of the study lose some weight, all of them continued to be classified as overwight at the end of the research.

Supported by a five year $3.6 million grant by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Dr. Davis is looking to see if this exercise finding holds for a similar group of kids who are being studied for the impact of exercise on cognition.

Scientists want to be sure the exercise, and not other things like participation in a special after-school problem, caused the improvement in the anger scores. Changes in their routine, time with parents and away from fight-provoking siblings, violent TV and video games could also have had a positive impact on anger management for kids. 

13 Weight Losing Tips and Diet Myths

Obesity is a growing problem, and science expends much time and energy trying to figure it all out to give us better weight losing tips. We know more today about obesity and overweight than we have at any other time in history, with many diet myths well and truly busted. Genes, hormone imbalances and viruses are now acknowledged as having a role in obesity.

In fact, there are a lucky thirteen points that cover the latest thinking… a must-read list if you’re planning on making changes to your health during the New Year. Some of the things that made the list are out of your control… but many more are not.

1. Genetics: Science now thinks that there are lots of different fat genes… maybe as many as 100. Those with the gene linked to fat were 40% more likely to have diabetes, and 60% more likely to be obese. Exercising regularly is believed to offset the risk.

2. Fat Cell Counts: The range of this type of cells in the body is huge, with some people having two times as many fat cells as others. Fat cell count doesn’t change inside the body. So while you can’t reduce the overall number you have, you can do things to keep them from getting any bigger.

3. Metabolism: Scandinavian researchers have found in twin studies where one twin was obese and the other thin, that metabolic changes made it harder to burn fat in the heavier twin. A weight gain of 11 pounds can slow your metabolism and doom you to a vicious cycle… as you gain more fat it becomes harder to loose. Avoid this by staying active.

4. Stress Levels: Science knows that carb rich foods tend to calm stress hormones — which is why we crave them. Eating as a coping mechanism is well known, but research has shown that stress hormones also ramp up fat storage. To fight the effect, make a commitment to stress management as part of your daily routine.

5. Prenatal Environment: A growing body of research suggests that sugary and fatty foods, eaten before you’re born, can case trouble for the body of the developing baby. Yet another reason why eating well while you’re pregnant is so very important.

6. Sleep: If you’re getting less than seven to eight hours of sleep per night, you might need more sleep to keep your weight loss efforts on track. Sleep deprivation upsets our hormone balance and this triggers a decrease in leptin (the one that helps you feel full) and increase in ghrelin (the one that triggers hunger) so you think you’re hungry even when you’re not. Getting enough sleep might be the simplest, most natural weight loss secret out there.

7. Your Spouse: Research shows that weight gain, or loss, can be contagious. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that if one spouse is obese, the other is 37% more likely to be obese as well.

8. Viruses: The link between a virus and fat was uncovered when researchers from the University of Wisconsin injected viruses into chickens and found that they gained weight. Stem cells also turned into fat cells when injected this way. Human studies using twins, found that obese people were more likely to have antibodies for a virus known as adenovirus-36.

9. Addictive Tendencies: While food might not be addictive in the way alcohol and drugs are, there are uncanny similarities according to scientists. Dopamine, a hormone linked to motivation and pleasure might have something to do with it. One theory suggests that obese people might not have the same number of dopamine receptors, so they have to eat more to feel good.

10. Taste Buds: Researchers at the University of Florida wondered why people who tasted food less intensely seemed more likely to be overweight. Science also knows that ear infections can do damage a taste nerve that runs through the middle ear, what’s more these patients are more likely to love sweets and fatty foods, perhaps due to the damaged nerve that can’t sense sweetness or fattiness properly. You can try to limit the number of childhood ear infections by protecting young children from passive smoke; adults can pay more active attention to the texture and taste of the food you’re eating.

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13 “myths” about weight loss… continued

11. Antioxidants: Free radicals get the blame for making you look fat and old, and science has found that these oxidizing molecules hurt the cells that tell us we’re full. Free radicals are especially available when we gorge on candy, chips and other carbs. Your best bet is to limit or avoid the junk and load up on the antioxidant rich fruits and veggies your body needs.

12. Your Diet: The low fat gurus now say that some fats are okay, and low carb adherents are starting to sign on to whole grains, In fact, you may have noticed that more of the diet plans seem to be saying the same thing. Eat carbs in the form of whole grains and fiber; avoid trans and saturated fats, eat lean protein, fill up on fruits and veggies. Moderation is the key.

13. Redefining Fitness: A growing body of evidence suggests that size doesn’t matter so much when it comes to being healthy. Research appearing in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that overweight people had nearly normal measures of good health, while those who were trim had metabolic abnormalities that made them more vulnerable to some diseases.

Never before has the average person had access to so much information about weight and the risks it brings to the body.

The good news is that while there are some factors, like genetics and prenatal environment that we can’t change, there are many more weight losing tips that we can use to good effect — that really have an impact on keeping us healthy, now and for years to come.

Cant Lose Weight? Try Interval Training…

If you’re ending 2008 pretty much at the same fitness level as you began the year and can’t lose weight, you’ll have the benefit of some new understanding about weight loss as you re-set those goals for 2009.

During the year just past there was some solid research about exercise that tossed out the notion of those long, grueling workouts as the way to see weight loss results.

Instead we learned that intense interval training is very beneficial for losing weight. Research shows that it’s the intensity of the workout that matters when it comes to subcutaneous weight loss, not the length of time the workout lasts. Still the myths persist that workouts need to be long, single intensity sessions to be effective.

Beyond helping with weight loss by burning calories, interval training improves cardiovascular fitness and also speeds your metabolism. The reason the shorter intervals seem to work is that your body needs fuel (calories) to do anything and keep your muscles alive and healthy.

When you do endurance cardio workouts, like long runs for example, the body ends up turning to the muscle tissue to fuel the activity. That’s not what you want. Since metabolism is mostly based on lean muscle mass, long workouts reduce that, and defeats the purpose of all that effort.

Of course to be effective the training must be intense. No stretching and leisurely walking. The activity must make you sweat, push your limits of endurance and strength. There are two levels of interval training, and beginners should stick with a program that calls for working out at a greater intensity for 2-5 minutes, then going back to a comfortable stage for 2-5 minutes.

Interval training also pushes your metabolic rate up, not just during the workout, but for as much as 36 hours afterward. You may lose, like some study subjects in a comparison of 30 vs. 60 minute workouts, three times the weight in half the time. Now that’s results!

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Proven – The best exercise to lose weight… continued

Before you start any exercise program, talk with your own doctor (especially if you’re over 40 or have any chronic health issues) to be sure being active is right for you. Once you get the all clear, you can design your own interval workout pretty easily.

Start with a solid ten minute warm up. After this, increase the intensity of your activity so that it feels harder. Keep going at that intensity for a full minute or two, then slow down (working up to the 2-5 minute period of intensity) and follow this with a 2-5 minute lower intensity session to recover.

Repeat this pattern for 30 to 40 minutes, then finish with a 5 minute cool down. You don’t want to sprint for one minute then collapse for two, instead aim for high activity that’s moderately difficult and a low interval that is moderately easy.

You can do this type of training with just about any sport. Running. Cycling. Swimming. Weight training. Whatever you like. If you’re a total novice, a session with a professional trainer at a local gym or health club can help you develop an interval training program that’s both safe and effective. You’ll soon change ‘I can’t lose weight’ into ‘I can lose weight’.

Do The Benefits of Drinking Water Include Weight Loss?

Water… it’s an essential nutrient and the most common substance in the body. Water does many things for us… helps to regulate body temperature, assists in digestion and excretion. But are we drinking enough and do the benefits of drinking water include weight loss?

We’ve all heard, time and time again, that we need to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy. Recent thinking has moved away from naming a number of glasses per day, but there are many who continue to hold that drinking lots of crystal clear water helps with weight loss, a healthy-looking complexion, flushes toxins from the body and fights cravings too. Though research in 2008 didn’t bear this out, water continues to be a healthy, all natural choice.

Surprisingly, you could be dehydrated right now, and not even know it. In fact, there are many who believe it’s rather common for us all not to be drinking enough water.

Part of this comes from the modern conveniences of heat and air conditioning, which tend to dry out the air inside your home or office. Add to that the average 10 cups of water our bodies lose each day and you can see why we might be in need of more fluid than we think.

Of course the weather is also a factor in dehydration, especially during the height of the summer season, those “dog days” of summer when the air isn’t moving and the sun is beating down from a clear blue sky.

Doing anything physical in this type of heat can be dangerous if you don’t drink enough liquid before, during and afterward. Feeling weak and dizzy are your first clues that something is amiss, if nausea follows, you need to get rest in the shade and fluids until your symptoms improve. If they don’t, seek medical help right away as heat illnesses can (and do) take lives, even young, healthy lives.

When it comes to weight loss, renowned and highly successful Weight Watchers expects you to log your water consumption each day, just as you list the foods you eat and other liquids you drink. Water has no points, but that doesn’t mean it is without benefit.

You might also think about doubling up on your water consumption for each and every serving of soda or other caffeinated beverage that you have during the day. The caffeine in these drinks acts as a diuretic that removes water from your system.

When you start to make the switch from other drinks to water, you’ll likely want a bit more zip in your drink than unflavored water as to offer. Here’s where you can add flavor with a bit of peppermint, a slice of lime or lemon. Seltzer or carbonated water are also options that bring a little zest to the good for you drink.

Once you get accustomed to drinking flavored waters, you’ll find that your taste for the unflavored variety comes into play and you’ll naturally move toward drinking more unflavored water.

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Does Water Promote Weight Loss?… continued

An important point to be made about water and weight loss. About 22% of our calories do come from what we drink. Many of us drink calories without realizing the impact on our daily total. Switching to no calorie alternatives like water, tea or even diet sodas can have a big impact on the number of calories you take in.

Another benefit of drinking water for weight loss is to substitute it as much as possible for what you usually drink. Have water with meals, keep some ice cold water at your desk or in your car. It’s best not to try and chug your glasses all at once — too much water in too short a time can actually be quite dangerous — instead, drink regularly through the day. You might also up the amount of water you’re giving your body by eating water rich fruits (watermelon) and veggies (lettuce and tomato) can be effective ways to get the fluid you need and help you fill up too.