Where Does The Fat Go When You Lose Weight?

While it’s no secret where fat accumulates in the body… you can see it with your own two eyes, a harder question to answer is where does the fat go when you lose weight?

You may have heard (or tried) programs that promise to melt away fat from specific areas of the body, but the evidence (MRI and CT scans) sadly doesn’t support these claims. It would be great if fat could simply disappear… but when you understand more about fat cells, you’ll see why this just isn’t possible.

So forget the fads and best-selling diet books; focus instead on long term weight loss that comes as the result of a sensible diet and exercise program in order to see that fat disappear for good.

You’ll want to choose more healthy, low calorie, non processed foods and increase your activity level on a regular basis in order to see the fat start to slip away.

Eat less and move more… it’s not glamorous, it takes time and effort, hard work and persistence, but the results are lasting and incredibly beneficial to your body, not to mention your self-esteem.

As you work toward your weight loss goal, remember these important points about body fat and weight loss…

1. You can change sizes, but you can’t change your body shape. So when you lose weight, you lose it all over in the same proportions as the fat is distributed throughout your body. If you are pear (or apple) shaped to start, you’ll lose weight, but will remain a pear (apple) shape, though certainly a smaller, leaner one than when you started. Of course, the problem is the weight, not the shape of the body, which is out of your control, often determined by genetics or body hormones.

2. Not all body fat is the same. Fat in the belly area, called visceral fat, is far more dangerous than the more unsightly subcutaneous fat that is found in areas like the thighs, because it’s not only metabolically active, but it’s surrounding some of your most vital organs. This type of fat disturbs the natural mechanisms of the body, releasing biochemicals that bring on inflammation, which is incredibly dangerous for both your heart and liver, as well as being bad for muscles and joints.

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The “secret” to losing belly fat…

You’ve been lied to. Lied to by the fitness magazines, lied to by the government and lied to by the food industry.

Lies such as…

-> You need to eat “low calorie” to lose fat
-> You should do long, slow cardio to put your body in the “fat burning zone”
-> You should eat plenty of whole grains to stay healthy and lean
-> Losing fat is a slow & steady process

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What Happens To The Fat When You Lose Weight..? Continued…

3. Fat cells shrink during weight loss, but you keep the same number. Humans have from 10-30 billon fat cells, and if you’re obese, you can have as many as 100 billion. When you lose weight, you don’t change the number of fat cells you have, their size gets smaller, but the ability to expand right back remains. So even if a procedure like liposuction removes the fat cells, this does not mean that the fat cells in other parts of the body can’t get bigger. How big (or small) the fat cells are depends on diet and exercise.

Remember, experts say that for weight loss to be truly successful, you need to make changes in the way you eat that you can maintain over a lifetime… not just for a few weeks or months. This is the reason most “diets” fail… they have you eating in a way that’s not realistic or natural, one that very few can stick with over the long haul.

So if you’re looking for shortcuts, quick fixes or magic pills that will make the fat disappear, you’re sure to be disappointed. Those who have lasting success will tell you it comes from making small, simple changes that can be maintained over a lifetime.

Don’t Want To Get Burnt? Don’t Rely On Using Sunscreen

Important news for sunbathers who don’t want to get burnt… using sunscreen on a regular basis has been shown in a new study to increase the likelihood of a damaging sunburn. How can this be?

By vigilantly applying sunscreen people are lulled into a false sense of security… thinking they are well protected from the sun when in fact they may have missed an area and exposed that skin to painful and potentially dangerous burn.

Of all the ways to protect yourself from the sun, applying sunscreen doesn’t offer the best coverage according to Ronald P. Rapini a professor and chairman of the dermatology department at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center who was not involved in the sunscreen/sunburn research.

The work on sun protection is the first to examine how people in the United Sates manage sun exposure and how well those techniques work.

The researchers looked at data on over 3,000 white adults collected as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They found that sunscreen was the most common kind of protection used, followed by staying in the shade, wearing a hat or a long sleeved shirt.

Those who said they regularly used sunscreen if they were out in the sun longer than an hour were 23% more likely to have had sunburns in the past year than those who rarely or never used these products.

The shade seekers and long sleeve wearers were 30% less likely to have had sunburns in the past year than those who didn’t use these methods. These numbers held even after the team adjusted for known burn risk factors like skin sensitivity, alcohol use, season of the year, activity level, age, gender, income and education level.

Even the researchers were surprised by the association between sunscreen and sunburn, admits to Eleni Linos, MD, DrPH, MPH a Stanford University dermatologist who took part in the study.

Rather than wearing sunscreen, the best protection from sunburn came from other less well known strategies – staying in the shade or wearing protective clothing. Still, these finding don’t mean that sunscreen doesn’t work, or that you shouldn’t continue to use it.

It may simply be that those with the fairest, most burn prone skin are also the ones using the most sunscreen. This work was intended to look for patterns, not offer evidence for cause and effect. It’s far more likely, Linos believes, that people just aren’t applying as much of the product as they should, not reapplying often enough, or missing spots and leaving these areas open to damage.

A good rule of thumb for sunscreen application?

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Strange But True: Sunscreen Users More Likely To Burn… Continued…

Use a golf ball sized blob for every body part to be exposed to the sun. Apply the product at least 30 minutes before going out, as this will give the sunscreen time to be absorbed into the skin. Reapply this same amount every 2 hours, or every 1 to 1.5 hours when in the water, exercising or if you’re using a spray formulation, as these don’t cover as well.

On the plus side, sunscreen use has been shown to reduce the risks of some forms of skin cancer. Earlier in 2011, a first of its kind study found that regular use of sunscreen by 1,621 Australian adults cut their risk of melanoma by half.

The experts believe that there is still much in the way of education that needs to happen in terms of sun protection. Shade and sleeves should be a part of your approach, along with a good quality sunscreen, properly applied.

These products have come a long way in terms of how long they last as well as improvements in broad-spectrum protection against UVB (burning) and UVA (cancer causing) rays. The new FDA rules due in 2012 will make it that much easier for consumers to choose the right product when using sunscreen to avoid getting burnt.

Obesity: A Leading Cause Of Breast Cancer

Important news on a leading cause of breast cancer. Research appearing in the British Journal of Cancer has found that obesity is the biggest driving force behind the hormone sensitive form of breast cancer in older women.

Doctors know that having too much fat in the body ups hormone levels, and past studies have found that post menopausal women with high levels of hormones oestrogen and testosterone have from 2 to 3 times the risk of breast cancer than those with the lowest levels of these hormones.

After menopause, the fat cells in a woman’s body become the chief source of hormones.

Experts know that risks of developing breast cancer include family and reproductive history, use of hormones and exposure to radiation. The troubling thing is, about 70% of those who get breast cancer don’t have any of these known risk factors. What’s more, over the last 20 years the numbers of overweight and obese people have been going up, now reaching alarming numbers. As have the numbers with breast cancer.

The team of researchers from Oxford University looked at the health records of almost 6,300 postmenopausal women from 13 different studies in an attempt to find out why some of them were diagnosed with the hormone sensitive form of cancer of the breast, while others were not.

They saw oestrogen levels in obese subjects were 50% higher than leaner women; testosterone levels were 16% higher leading them to conclude that weight had the biggest bearing on sex hormone levels, followed by smoking 15 cigarettes or drinking more than 2 and a half alcoholic drinks a day.

And while family history and getting older are risk factors for breast cancer that you can’t control, drinking too much alcohol, smoking cigarettes and most damaging of all, being overweight or obese are things that you can most certainly do something about. Start by knowing where you stand, and calculating your own BMI.

If the number is higher than it should be, over 25.0, it’s time to start making some changes. There are lots of programs to help you lose weight, but no matter which you choose, the simple secret to losing weight it to take in fewer calories than you burn.

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Obesity Biggest Driver Behind Risk Of Breast Cancer… Continued…

Look at what you’re eating, and make changes that limit your processed and high calorie food intake and include more natural, healthy options like fruits, veggies and whole grains.

You’ll also want to talk to your doctor (especially if you’ve been inactive for a while) about a fitness program. It’s always smart to start slow, and work up to thirty minutes of moderately intense activity on most days of the week. By watching what you eat, and being more active, you’ll start to see the weight drop off.

The good news is that even a small weight loss, such as 5-10% of your body weight, can bring benefits. And encourage you to keep going.

Obesity is not only a leading cause of breast cancer.  By holding onto those extra pounds you increase your risk of life altering diseases like this as well as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, sleep apnea or other sleep disorders, depression and even painful osteoarthritis. All good reasons for tackling any weight issues now, while you have the chance to influence your health now and in the future.

How Much Is Too Much Water?

We’ve all heard the recommendations for how much water we should be drinking each day… though like other things, not many of us reach this goal. But, should we also be asking how much is too much water?

Your doctor will tell you that water is a part of every cell, tissue and organ inside the body… it helps keep your body temperature normal, lubricates and cushions joints, protects your spine and other sensitive tissue and helps eliminate wastes. It’s no wonder so much energy has gone into making recommendations on how much we should be drinking each day.

And yet a recent article in the British Medical Journal calls into question the current water intake recommendations of 8, eight ounce glasses a day. This much water might not be doing us any good, and could even be causing some problems.

We’ve been told that drinking this much water can bring lots of benefits to the body, helping with weight loss, skin clarity, fewer urinary tract infections and an improved ability to stay focused and alert, yet study author Margaret McCartney, MD a doctor from Glasgow Scotland says the evidence to back these claims just isn’t there. Taking things one step further, she believes that drinking beyond what’s comfortable for you can actually be bad for the kidneys.

We know that drinking liquids to excess can kill.

Too much water can actually dilute the blood and bring on swelling of the brain, coma and even death. Known medically as hyponatremia, you may have heard of this happening to an inexperienced marathoner or those taking the drug ecstasy. It’s also seen in infants under 6 months old. There’s even a story of a woman who lost her life after participating in a radio station contest, Hold Your Wee For A Wii.

While for most of us drinking eight glasses of water a day isn’t going to be a problem, if you don’t make it, or go over, that’s hardly the end of the world.

Water recommendations actually depend on several things, your health, how active you are and your surrounding environment. Exercising or working in the hot sun means you’ll need more than those 8 glasses that day.

If you’re working or exercising in hot weather, it’s so important to start out well hydrated, keeping fluids accessible during your workout.

Remember that the thirst mechanism isn’t triggered until you’re 2% dehydrated, so using thirst as a guide isn’t always a good idea; drinking small amounts as you work or exercise is. Afterward it’s important to rehydrate within a half hour of stopping your workout or workday. Replacing the fluid you’ve lost is the key to preventing dehydration.

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Experts Decide No Benefit To Drinking 8 Glasses Of Water A Day… Continued…

And though the eight glass a day rule isn’t backed by scientific evidence, experts from the Mayo Clinic consider it a useful guideline… a reference point that can be adjusted according to your unique needs.

Hardly clarifying the issue, the Institute of Medicine, an advisory committee that works to set government guidelines on nutrition, recommends men drink a whopping 13 glasses of water a day; women just 9.

So what to do? How much is too much water and how much is not enough?

Experts suggest that you look at the color of your urine – the most reliable indicator of dehydration. If it is clear or pale yellow you’re probably very well hydrated. Darker yellow signals you need more fluids.  It’s also a good idea to be aware of the signs and symptoms, some quite subtle (loss of focus and fatigue, for example), of dehydration and react quickly to set things right. And what better, more natural and calorie free beverage than a tall glass of cool, clear water?

Health Benefits Of Gardening

Any gardener will tell you that there is something very special about being outside, working in the dirt to plant and weed and tend your little patch of earth. For a population who spends more and more time seated behind a desk using technology away from nature, the health benefits of gardening include working outside in the fresh air and sunshine, with your hands in the dirt. A novel way to pass the time that just happens to be good for you too.

Gardening can ease your stress levels, keep your body limber and certainly improve your mood.

A new study from the Netherlands suggests that working in the garden can fight stress even better than other leisure time activities.

After doing a stressful task, two groups of subjects were instructed to read indoors or work in the garden for 30 minutes. Afterward, the gardening group reported an improved mood compared to those who read. They also had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Experts believe that all of us have only a limited capacity for the kind of directed attention called for in our 24/7, always on world, and that we’re maxing ourselves out in terms of having to pay attention so much of the time. When we’ve reached our limit, we get irritable, make mistakes, are distracted and over stressed.

The good news? The effect can be reversed with an effortless form of attention that comes from being outdoors, enjoying nature.

The rhythm of nature and the repetitive nature of many of the tasks involved in gardening are all sources of effortless attention.

Gardening helps improve your mood.

A Norwegian study on those with depression, a lingering low mood or bipolar disorder involved subjects spending 6 hours a week growing vegetables and flowers.

At the three-month mark, half of the subjects had noticed a measureable improvement in their symptoms of depression. And their mood continued to be improved three months after the program ended. Perhaps it was the novelty of a new experience that helped, or perhaps it was something in the soil itself that might be responsible.

Pursuing this idea, Christopher Lowry, Ph.D. a professor from the University of Colorado has been injecting mice with a harmless bacteria that’s found in soil known as Mycobacterium vaccae. This appears to increase the release and use of serotonin in the part of the brain that’s responsible for thinking and mood. This is the same mechanism impacted by serotonin boosting antidepressant medications in wide use today.

So should we all toss our pills and get our hands dirty instead?

Lowry isn’t advocating that, but rather suggesting that until now, we’ve spent lots of time with M. vaccae and lots of other friendly microorganisms, and maybe the lack of these long standing companions has impacted our bodies in ways we’ve yet to understand.

Gardening does get you up and outside… in the open air. It also gets your blood pumping and fills you lungs with good, fresh air. The needs of the garden call for lots of different movements, bending, digging, weeding and other repetitive tasks are great forms of low impact exercise, especially good for those who find more vigorous workouts to tough to handle. What’s more, when the gardening’s done, not only have you exercised, but you surroundings look wonderful too.

This makes gardening the workout that people are more likely to stick with and do on a regular basis. Rather than being exercise for exercise sake, gardening has a purpose and a visible, tangible goal that you can see right away. Hard to beat.

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Why This Outside Activity Is Good For Your Health… Continued…

Gardening encourages good nutrition. If you’re a vegetable grower, you have the peace of mind knowing that the food you’ve grown and put on your table is the freshest you can eat. Not to mention being super healthy and absolutely delicious.

A few studies have shown that those who garden eat more fruits and veggies than those who don’t. Studies of after-school gardeners show that kids who work in the garden are more likely to eat good foods like fruits and veggies, and are more adventurous when it comes to trying new foods.

Gardening is good for the brain too. There’s some evidence that the activity called for in gardening can help bring down the risk of dementia. Two different studies that examined subjects in their 60s and 70s for up to 16 years discovered that those who worked in the garden on a regular basis had a 36% in one, 47% in the other lower risk of dementia than non gardeners. This drop held even after accounting for a number of other health factors.

While more work needs to be done; these findings suggest that working outside in the garden brings a combination of physical and mental activity that could have a positive impact on the mind.

To get your garden growing…

You don’t need a big backyard or tons of experience and special tools to get your own health benefits of gardening. You can start with some houseplants or container gardening. While there’s lots of guidance on the Internet and in the bookstores, some of the best advice you’ll find, especially for the beginner, comes from other gardeners. Visit local garden clubs, your community garden, or a local farm stand or nursery – these are the haunts of gardeners everywhere who will be happy to share what they’ve learned with you.

Sleeping Longer Boosts Workout Performance

Once more, sleep gets its due. A new study out of Stanford University School of Medicine found that sleeping longer can help improve workout performance.

What’s more, according to work appearing in the July 2011 issue of the journal SLEEP, getting enough restful sleep the night before a big game, an event or an attempt to beat your best time, is as important as anything else you do. But getting the proper rest has to be part of your training long before game day, at least 10 hours a night in the weeks before a performance has been shown to help an athlete make some noise.

Researchers are just coming to understand the role sleep plays in athletic performance, but extending the sleep period and performance have not been well studied. Fewer still have investigated the effect sleep might have on athletes.

To get peak performance athletes put lots of focus on nutrition and physical training, but give little or no thought to getting enough of the restorative rest the body needs. Clearly this is an area of training that should be getting more attention… from athletes, trainers and coaches.

The most recent work on sleep and performance used basketball players at the elite college level, and found that upping the sleep time from their 6 to 9 hour average to ten hours each night brought faster sprint times and increased free throws for weeks afterward.

Beyond their performance on the court, the athletes also reported having more energy and feeling better, feeling less fatigue during practices and on the court during the game.

In the past, Cheri Mah of the Stanford Sleep Disorders clinic and Research Laboratory and colleagues have studied swimmers, football and tennis players, with similar results.

The football players actually took 10 seconds off their 40-yard dash. It appears all types of athletes can benefit from extra shut eye, getting a competitive edge that lets them become top performers… set records… win games.

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Want To Improve Your Exercise Results? Get Your Sleep… Continued…

Getting enough sleep is important for getting the best out of any kind of exercise you’re doing. What’s more, enough restorative sleep is known to help us get through a challenging day, help us cope with stress better. It helps students get good grades, improves our performance on the job and keeps us from being part of a tragic sleep deprived accident at work or on the road.

Getting the right amount of sleep might even help people lose weight.

You should know that you can’t sleep in at the weekend and think you’ve cured a sleep-deprived body, returning to the routine of long days and little sleep without worrying. Short-term fixes just don’t work. You need to make getting the right amount of sleep a priority – just as you do eating right, exercising and doing other things that are good for you.

The best way to be sure you are sleeping longer is to practice good sleep habits. Set a bedtime and stick to it, even on days off and when you’re on vacation. Make your sleeping space a quiet, restful place and be sure to unplug all your handhelds long before turning in for the night.

Why Low Fat Diet Foods Can Pile On The Pounds

A new study by researchers from Purdue University finds that choosing low fat diet foods (“light” or “lite” foods) over the real, full-fat option might just have you packing on the pounds… all the while thinking you’re doing right by your body. That’s so unfair.

These findings are a direct challenge to the idea that a food made with some type of fat substitute will help you lose weight. In fact, the opposite is likely true.

To prove it, researchers fed mice Pringles chips every day; one group of mice following a low fat diet, the other half a high fat diet.

The mice on the high fat diet, who devoured the Pringles “light” variety chips they were fed on some days, were found to gain more weight than the mice who ate the regular, full fat, high calorie variety all the time. Light Pringles are made with olestra, a synthetic fat substitute that passes through the body undigested so that it has zero calories.

What’s worse, when the chips were no longer offered, the fat mice could not lose the extra weight. So the “light” chips not only didn’t prevent them from gaining weight, but the food appeared to cause problems with metabolism and made the mice hold onto extra fat, even after they stopped crunching on those chips.

It appears that fat substitutes might just interfere with the ability of the body to regulate food intake… lead to inefficient use of calories, and thus to weight gain.

Why should a fat substitute confuse the body? Anything with a sweet or fatty taste is a trigger that signals a large number of calories are coming, bringing on natural responses like salivation, hormone secretions and reactions from the metabolism. When the body expects to get a large number of calories, but is fooled by the fat substitute, it can cause problems.

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Why “Diet Foods” Can Hamper Your Weight Loss Efforts… Continued…

It would seem that a healthy diet that’s naturally low in fats and calories, may well be better in the long run for weight loss or maintenance than one with foods that are made with fat substitutes. While many will question how findings in mice apply to people, researchers know that our biological responses to food are very similar.

Other studies have shown that when we’re eating “healthy” or “light” we tend to eat a whole lot more than if we’d started with the full-fat option in the first place. That can’t be good.

The good news, if there is any, is that the mice on the low-fat diet didn’t gain a lot of weight from either of the Pringles varieties they were eating. When they were switched to a high fat diet however, the subjects that had eating both the “light” or regular varieties ate more food and thus gained more body fat and weight than the mice that had only eaten the high calorie variety.

Mother Nature is very wise. Mess with our bodies natural hunger cues and you’ll end up doing a lot more harm than you think. Relying on low fat diet foods, artificial sweeteners or fat substitutes to do the job or restricting calories sets you up to fail… and buy more “light” foods.

Obesity In Women Is The Leading Cause of Death

A new Scottish study brings to light a troubling finding… obesity in women is a leading risk for death among women who don’t smoke, particularly if they fall into lower income categories.

We know that being obese can (and does) increase your risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, breathing problems, arthritis, gallbladder disease… even some cancers. We also know that those who have lower income also tend to have poorer health.

The work, appearing online in the British Medical Journal used data from a cohort study of adults, focusing on just over 3,500 female subjects (46 to 64 years old) from Scotland who never had been smokers.

The subjects were categorized by occupational class and body mass index. The participants were followed for a very long, 28-year period, during which time half the subjects died – 916 (51%) from heart disease, 487 (27%) from cancer.

The researchers saw that the low-income subjects were more likely to be severely obese than those who were in a better financial position. Those who were considered severely obese were found to have the highest death rates.

The bright spot? Non-smoking women who would not be considered obese had fairly low death rates, no matter what their socioeconomic status.

Women who had low-income jobs were more likely than those who were paid better to die from heart disease. It wasn’t the same for cancer.

The team also found that women who had never picked up smoking were much more likely to be overweight (or obese) than those who had smoked. This suggests that the high numbers of smokers from a few decades ago might have hidden the extent of obesity in non-smoking women. It might well be that recent declines in smoking have contributed to the higher numbers of obese and overweight people.

Today more than 60% of adult women in the U.S. are considered overweight. Just over a third are obese, with a body mass index measurement of 30.0 or higher.

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Major Cause Of Early Death In Women Discovered… Continued…

These numbers come from estimates in 2007 by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And while most of us know, without measuring or being told, where we stand, if your not sure, compute your own body mass index and see what your numbers are.

We know the reasons more of us weigh more than we should… bigger portion sizes, no time to exercise or make healthier meals, lack of regular physical activity… all play their part.

Smoking, the experts say, is still far more of a risk factor for disease than obesity. Making every effort to quit now, will make a big difference in how you feel and how healthy you are going forward.

For those who don’t (or never did) smoke, but who need to lose weight, your best bet is to shun the idea of a quick fix or miracle food/workout and stick with a simple, common sense plan. Burn more calories than you take in. Obesity in women can be reversed if you’re following a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly. Of course if you’re carrying more pounds than you should, and it’s been a while since you exercised, you need to check with your own doctor before you make any changes, even healthy ones.

Having A Healthy Living Lifestyle Cuts Risk of Death

Yet another reason to make a healthy living lifestyle a habit. A healthy lifestyle of eating right and exercising, keeping your weight in the normal range and not smoking benefits our health, and our hearts according to a study appearing in The Journal of the American Medical Association. The work demonstrates a dramatic drop in sudden cardiac death for those who embrace four healthy living habits.

Sudden cardiac death isn’t a heart attack, though many think the two mean the same thing, rather it is the result of a sudden cardiac arrest – an abrupt, unexpected loss of function because of problems in the heart’s electrical impulses. If not treated with a defibrillator within minutes, the result is death.

Sudden cardiac death can happen in those who know they have heart disease, and in those who have no sign or symptom beforehand. It often comes without warning, striking down somewhere between 250,000 and 310,000 patients in the United States each year.

The most recent research involved analyzing data on the lifestyle of 81,722 women (aged 38 to 63 years) who were taking part in the Nurses’ Health Study.

The participants filled out a questionnaire asking about their medical history and lifestyle factors every two years; details on diet habits were collected every four years during the study period. There were 321 cases of sudden cardiac death among the subjects during the 26-year follow up,

The good news was that it appears each healthy habit confers a lower risk of disease on its own, but when all four options are combined, the risk dropped dramatically. The study found that women who…

- Don’t smoke

- Had a healthy BMI (under 25.0).

- Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day on most days of the week.

- Ate a Mediterranean style diet that includes lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, healthy fats, nuts and fish with moderate alcohol intake.

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…were 92% less likely to suffer sudden cardiac death compared to those who didn’t follow a healthy, low risk lifestyle.

The findings aren’t a surprise, but they do show an impressive association between lifestyle factors within our control and disease risk says Stephanie E. Chiuve, ScD of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the leader of the research team for the study.

What’s more, the team estimates that if all the participants in the study practiced all four healthy habits, 81% of the sudden cardiac deaths might have been avoided.

By following all four healthy lifestyle choices, you not only do good things for your heart, but you also reduce your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol… all trouble on their own.

No one says that making behavior changes is an easy thing… it takes patience and planning. Experts recommend that you shy away from vowing to drop 60 pounds and make smaller, easier to manage changes instead.

Don’t trash your whole diet, but do make a conscious effort to choose healthier foods, to be a bit more active… five minutes a day on most days. Work up from there. As you see the results of your efforts to follow a healthy living lifestyle, you’ll start to feel better… look better… and it won’t be very hard to keep on going.

Drinking Chocolate Milk After A Workout Boosts Performance

Your kids (or the kid in you) will love this. New research finds that drinking chocolate milk after a workout helps your endurance and muscle building, reduces fat and appears to improve performance.

This delicious drink has the right mix of carbs and protein according to researcher John L. Ivy, Ph.D. from the University of Texas. The work appears in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, and was also presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine.

When you’re recovering from a workout, the two things you want to do for your body are to replace sugar stores in the muscle, and turn on protein synthesis and stop its breakdown. Low fat chocolate milk does both, and in a truly delectable package too. The chocolate milk beat out two other options tested – no calorie drink and a carb drink without protein.

In one of the two projects, Ivy had 10 fit and trained cyclists work out over two hours, to the point of fatigue. Then they drank either the low-fat chocolate milk, the carb or the no calorie drink afterward, and again two hours later.

After four hours, the subjects did a 40K cycling time trial. The cyclists who got the chocolate milk completed the time trials significantly faster, shaving 6 minutes off their time when drinking the chocolate milk compared to the carb drink.

The chocolate milk appears to activate proteins that block protein breakdown. This keeps both protein and muscle, and helps in the recovery process.

In a second study, Ivy and the researchers worked with 32 untrained subjects by having them cycle for 60 minutes a day, five days a week for four and a half weeks.

One group got chocolate milk right after the workout and one hour later, the second group got the carb drink and a third a placebo, no cal beverage.

The experts examined maximum oxygen uptake, used as a way to gauge aerobic endurance – those who drank chocolate milk saw an improvement in maximum oxygen consumption, compared to those drinking the other two beverages.

Those who drank the milk also tended to have a bigger increase in lean body mass and bigger reduction in body fat.

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The researchers were not even trying for a direct comparison of chocolate milk to sports drinks, and they recognize that sports drinks intended for use after a workout usually do have protein and are a good, healthy choice. The chocolate milk used in the test has a better carb protein mix than white milk – with about 11.5 grams of carbs per 100 milliliters, 3.5 grams of protein and 2 grams of fat. The carb drink tested had 15 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fat and no protein.

Gatorade, in case you’re interested, is marketed as a sports recovery drink that does contain protein. Spokespeople for the company point out that you should take in 10-20g of protein within 30 minutes of a workout to aid in muscle recovery, as well as replenish the carbs and electrolytes you’ve lost during the exercise.

The study was funded by industry groups the National Dairy Council and the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board. The findings make sense according to Barbara Lewin, RD a sports nutritionist from Ft. Myers, Fla, who reviewed the research but wasn’t involved in the study. She sees no surprise that the chocolate milk beat out the other two options tested, and points out that protein shakes aren’t the answer either since carbs are so important to the recovery process.

So, when drinking chocolate milk after a workout how much should you have? That depends on how hard you’ve exercised, and your weight. About 8 to 16 ounces are a good starting point. If you’re 120 pounds and have just done a light workout, keep the calories around 120. If your exercise was high intensity, the calories can double your weight, or about 240. For an average intensity workout, Ivy suggests about 50% of the calories you’ve burned.