7 Health Problems Connected With Obesity

Often people blame junk or processed foods for their obesity problem. If a person weighs more than 20% of the normal weight considering his / her height, then he / she is considered as an obese person.

However, you need to keep in mind that not every obese person would have all these health issues. Also, the risk of developing health issues increases, if someone in your family suffers from it.

Check out some health issues that are connected to obesity or overweight people.

1. Heart Problems

Excess fat can make an individual more inclined to have high BP and elevated levels of cholesterol. Both of these conditions are top reasons behind the occurrence of different types of heart problems or stroke. Fortunately, even losing a small amount of weight can decrease the odds of getting affected by heart problems or a stroke. You can lower the chances of heart issues by simply losing around 10% of your bodyweight.

2. Type 2 Diabetes

The majority of people who get affected by Type 2 diabetes suffer from obesity. You can take various steps to reduce the odds of getting affected by Type 2 diabetes, such as,
• By losing weight
• Having a balanced diet
• Exercising regularly
• Sleeping adequately

If you already have Type 2 Diabetes, then you can control the levels of blood sugar by staying more active physically and by losing weight as well. More physically active means that you require less medication to control your diabetes.

3. Gallbladder Disease

If an individual is overweight, then the chances of getting a gallbladder infection and gallstones are higher. Unexpectedly, weight reduction itself, especially fast weight reduction or loss excess weight, can make you more prone to getting affected than gallstones. However, you'll be less likely to get gallstones if you lose weight around 1 or 2 kilograms per week.

4. Cancer

It's quite shocking to know that different types of cancers that are connected with body parts such as colon, breast, kidney, endometrium, and esophagus are connected to obesity. A few examinations and researchers have seen connections among cancers of the gallbladder, pancreas, ovaries, and with obesity problem.

5. Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a joint problem that affects the hip, back, or knee of the patient. Due to the excess weight, extra pressure is put on the joints, which damages the cartilage eventually. You can reduce the stress on your lower back, knees, and hips by simply choosing weight loss, which may also improve your osteoarthritis condition.

6. Gout

The joints of an individual are affected with this health condition. This problem occurs when there's an excess amount of uric acid present in the blood, which historically converts into crystal form that gets stored in the joints. You'll be surprised to know that gout affects fat or obese more compared to healthy people. In fact, the chances of getting gout increase if a person is overweight. However, you need to consult your doctor if you already have gout and planning to lose weight.

Sleep Apnea

It's true that sleep apnea is connected with obesity problem. Sleep apnea is a breathing problem that develops snoring problem is disruptive breathing while sleeping. Sleep apnea is often the reason behind daytime drowsiness and increases the odds of stroke or heart problems. However, it has been seen the proper weight loss improvements sleep apnea significantly.

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The Fat Loss Factor Review – How To Lose Belly Fat Without Stress

The Fat Loss Factor program was developed by Dr Charles Livingstone; a Certified wellness practitioner, Certified advanced nutritionist, a board-certified chiropractic physician who runs a clinic in Fishers, Indiana. In it, he shared an unusual weight loss discovery which would help you to quickly get a flatter belly while still enjoying the foods you love.

This Fat Loss Factor Review would help you understand the fact that losing fat should not be as hard as people make it to be, with some basic principles you can make some serious progress towards losing fat without any major effort. One mistake which overweight people make is that they think if they starve themselves, it will help them Lose Weight. The truth is that when you stop eating, you will find out that your metabolism will adapt to the reduced food intake and then you will experience even less weight loss. That is why starving yourself is the wrong approach to losing belly fat.

This Lose Belly Fat program contains guidelines for a quick healthy lifestyle plan that can help anyone in any physical condition lose unwanted belly fat. The program does not take a miracle approach to get what it promises which is a lean, healthy body that you can be proud of. These goals are reached through the consistent practice of proven principles of fitness and health.

The good thing about this program is that it is not some magical weight loss pill and it has nothing to do with Fat Loss Supplements.

The Fat Loss Factor Steps enterprises of 4 easy-to-understand components.

Step 1 is all about cleansing your liver and body.

Step 2 talks about specific fat burning food that you can eat.

Step 3 teachers you simple workouts you can do for 15 minutes, 3 times a week. No need to kill yourself at the gym.

Step 4 teachers you how to overhaul your system, boost your metabolism and get in what may be the best shape of your life.

Dr. Charles has created one of the most comprehensive fat-busting solutions on the market today, The Fat Loss Factor. This incredible and highly effective ebook includes all you need to know to ultimately eliminate that stubborn belly fat permanently, including:

– Complete Fat Loss Diet Plan Including Tips for Limiting Cortisol Production
– 5 Sample Fat Loss Workouts Guaranteed to Shed Fat FAST!
– List of Fat-Busting “Super Foods”
– Comprehensive Meal Plans and Shopping Lists
– Complete Detox and Water Retention Removal Protocol
– 1 Full year of email coaching
– And Much, Much More!

This Program by Dr Charles Livingstone can help you naturally increase your metabolism and shed those unwanted pounds once and for all! It is better you stop wasting your time and money on “ab exercises” and diets that never work.

Most of the time people do not achieve their desired results because they keep procrastinating and never take action, Dr Charles has created a proven formula for you to follow. I hope you take action after reading this Fat Loss Factor Review.

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Weight Loss and Dieting

One of the greatest health problems most urban citizens face these days is Obesity. The causes could be anything ranging from junk food & unhealthy lifestyles to improving standards of living and comfort seeking attitudes. Whatever the reason might be, the effects could be serious if the problem is ignored. Obesity has been acknowledged as the primary cause for some serious conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoarthritis and certain kinds of heart and respiratory diseases. Not only this, it does not have the best psycho-social effects either because “Stoutness” is often connoted with “Ugliness”.

What can you do?
Well, a person could be overweight for a variety of reasons. The most common ones are genetics, metabolism, environment and eating habits. Depending on what the cause is, the treatment would be different. But there are certain principles that are applicable to all kinds of obese people. One such principle is the “Energy Balance Equation”. So according to this equation, No. of calories taken in – No. of calories sent out = Calories (Weight) retained.

So if you can just remember this simple equation, you'll understand why you are losing or putting on weight. There are several ways in which you can follow this equation. Some of them are:

• Eat less (Do not overdo it or it could lead to further problems like weakness, dizziness etc.)
• Workout (If you can force yourself to follow some kind of an exercise regimen, you'll definitely be burning more calories than without it).
• A mix of the above two ie Eat more but exercise even more.
• Keep a calorie count by eating healthy food and avoiding junk.

What to do if nothing works?
There could be people with genetic build ups and metabolic make ups such that their bodies make and retain fat easily. These people are the ones that find it the hardest to stay slim as no matter how healthy or how little they eat, their body always looks to manage to add it to the pound count. For such people, the will power to stay motivated is the most important factor. If one technique is not working for you, try the next and so on until you find the one that suits your body type the most. It is time taking and difficult but persistence is the key. So like the saying goes – “If you want it really bad, you'll get it for sure.”

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No Nonsense Guide to Weight Loss

· Killer Sugar

· Carbs – Good or Bad

· Portions

· Exercise

1. Sugar IS a killer. It is also sneaky as it shows up in the least expected places. The simple solution is Do Not Add It to Anything! There is enough sugar in everything you eat. Look at a box of cereal as an example. Most contain 15 or more grams of sugar. Read the labels and keep the sugar grams well below 100 grams per day.

2. Understand that carbs are the “fuel” for the body and are required for life. Is there any such thing as a “good carb?” Yes, is the simple answer, but carbs that come from sugar can be harmful. Fruit contains sugar; however, it is a “complex” carb and your body gets nutrients from it. Sugar that is contained in syrups or raw sugar is “empty” carbs and calories. Whole grain bread and pasta contain carbs, but not the unhealthy ones. Avoid processed foods (lunch meat) as they contain “empty” carbs.

3. We get it all the time – “cut your portions.” My doctor told me to put anything on my plate that I enjoyed, then take half of it and put it on a plate for my wife! It is not rocket science to know that there are more calories, carbs and sugar in eight ounces of food than in four. You will be amazed that if you eat four ounces of food and wait 20 minutes, you will find you are not hungry. If you keep on eating the other 4 ounces, you will still feel full but will be full of calories.

4. Exercise can be a dirty word; however, it can also be a life changer. The exercise gurus will tell you that you have to work out with weights for an hour a day, every day. WRONG! Walking can be one of the best and most beneficial forms of exercise you can do. If you live in a place where walking is safe (not in traffic, or high crime areas), you can enjoy seeing the sights and smelling the aromas of the countryside. Actually, one mile of walking at a rapid rate will burn off over 100 calories. On average, that is about 20 minutes of walking. Stretch it out to half an hour and make it a minimum of three times each week and you will be much healthier and feel much better. Add a 5-pound weight in each hand while walking and you can improve the walking. Burn 2000 calories and you burn a pound of fat.

I can hear the screaming of the gurus now … fraud … incompetent … all the adjectives. Prove me wrong, but just try it before you judge.

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Why Are We So Overweight?

Statistics show that millions of people, around the world, are overweight and at risk of developing serious health issues. But it never used to be like that 30, 40, or more years ago. So why has the population become so fat in recent times? What is causing this global problem?

Can Modern Medicine Cure Obesity?

Many people, including highly educated professionals, are now of the opinion that with contemporary, western medicine, obesity can never be cured.

Why Can not Obesity be Cured?

The answer is becoming more obvious everyday. Contemporary medicine uses drugs that are designed to treat the symptoms of the disease, but never deals with the root cause of the problem.

Why Not Treat the Root Cause of Obesity?

Modern medicine has not found the root cause of obesity. In fact, doctors acknowledge they have no idea what really causes obesity.

Obesity really only exists in the Western world. The condition practically does not exist in “undeveloped” parts of the world. And the rapid increase in obesity has only happened in the last 50 years.

There needs to be a lot more medical research into the cause and effects of obesity before doctors can start prescribing a simple drug remedy.

Does it make sense to take drugs if doctors do not know what causes obesity or how to cure it?

No, but many people do just that. Doctors are happily prescribing all types of drugs to alleviate the symptoms of obesity. Surgeons even perform radical lap band surgery on the stomaches of very obese patients. But what are the risks and possible side effects of these procedures? For most people who are mildly to moderately overweight drugs or surgery is not an option.

What is Really Causing this Global Obesity Problem?

The answer is beginning to become apparent to medical researchers and professionals.

Obesity is not a disease. So it can not be simply cured with medicine.

As obesity was less of an issue in our society 50 years ago it must be our modern lifestyle causing obesity. What else could it be?

The “Root Cause” of Obesity is Our Modern Lifestyle

In the last 50 to 100 years we have dramatically changed our diet in the developed world. Second world and third world countries do not have an obesity problem because their diet and lifestyles have not been significantly affected by modern food production and processing.

In the developed world we are eating more calories, more processed foods and getting much less exercise.

What is the Answer to Obesity?

People with obesity need to change their diets to reduce the consumption of fast and processed foods. They need to increase their intake of fresh fruit and vegetables and drink more water. This will eventually lead to improved health and improve the performance of their bodily functions.

Obese people also need to get more exercise into their daily routines.

Of course, this is much easier spoken than achieved but if you want to lose weight that's what you have to do.

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The Little Emperor – Part One – Medical Problems Associated With Childhood Obesity

The sleep-over was in full swing, eight rambunctious ten year old boys lying waste to the room assigned to them, with pillow fights. Clearing the table of the remnants of dinner, I figured that I could have a little me-time. A brilliant voice was, even, piping up behind me, “Aunty, can I have ice-cream?” It was B, the roly-poly and quiet boy who was huffing and puffing after the pillow fight, which seemed to have winded him.

This was the child who had had sent a bag containing chips, fries and chocolate with her child, items normally restricted in our home. He had, earlier, proceeded to empty the contents of his goodie bag at record speed, munching away while the rest of the group played football in the clearing in the building compound.

Now, half- an-hour post dinner, he was craving ice-cream, which he proceeded to wolf down in alarming amounts to the accompaniment of giggles and sniggers from the other children.

This child brought to mind the obese Chinese children born of the single-child policy nicknamed “the little Emperor” phenomenon by the Western media. Pampered and overindulged, these children grow up in urban families who seem unable to say “no” to them.

Is childhood obesity harmful?

All over the world, childhood obesity is being recognized as a health problem. Here's why –

1.) Obese and overweight children run a very high risk of developing early hypertension and high cholesterol. At least 70% of obese children and adolescents have at least one risk factor of cardiovascular disease.

2.) They have higher blood sugar levels or are prediabetic, thereby being at a higher risk of being diabetic later.

3.) Obese children develop early arthritis, bone problems, sleep apnea, etc.

4.) Obese children have low self-esteem and could be stigmatized by their peer group. Teasing and bullying is a common feature in the childhood of overweight and obese children.

5.) Obese adolescents run the risk of having self-image issues, low self-confidence. They may suffer from anorexia or binge-eating, crash dieting, etc in order to fit in with their peer group.

As adults they could face the following problems-

1.) They have a higher chance of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes, that too at an early age.

2.) Prone to develop joint pains, early arthritis, etc.

3.) Some types of cancers such as colorectal, breast, kidney, multiple myeloma, etc are commoner in overweight and obese persons.

4.) Obesity in children can result in structural changes in the thyroid gland.

Some recent data even suggest that healthy eating (quality rather than quantity) during pregnancy should be emphasized, as it reduces risk of obese offpring. The old wives' dictum of eating for two during pregnancy should thus be taken with a pinch of salt.

Does MY child suffer from obesity ??

Parents are often indulgent and blind to their child's weight-gain, especially mothers who believe that a well-rounded child is also a testament to their good mothering. Moreover, it is difficult to be objective about your own child's weight.

So what should a parent do when they suspect that their child is overweight?

The best solution should be to consult a pediatrician, if one is worried. Dr. Vikram Mardhekar, a Paediatrician practicing in Mumbai says, “Vaccination schedules and minor childhood ailments are a regular feature of childhood; so if the pediatrician mentions that your child's weight is higher than is healthy, it is important to pay heed.”

An absolute marker of obesity is BMI or body mass index, which is the ratio of weight to height. Depending on the percentile of this value, the child is classified as underweight, normal, overweight or obese. This system is only used for children above the age of two years. However, although BMI above the 85th percentile indicates that child is overweight, sometimes a muscular child may have a higher BMI without being obese. Puberty with its growth spurts can often give misleading results.

Some conditions such as hypercortisolism, hyperinsulinemia, hypothyroidism, polycystic ovary syndrome, Laurence-Moon-Biedl syndrome, and Beckwith-Wiedemann etc all can lead to obesity.

Recently, an 'obesity gene' is also implicated in obesity.

After calculating the BMI, examining and assessing the eating habits and activity levels, the pediatrician could refer the child to a dietician or an advanced weight loss program.

How many times have we stopped to wistfully smile at the chubby child in the park or tweek the cheek of the roly-poly neighborhood kid? Studies indicate that obesity at an early age (even as early as two years) could be a marker of cardiovascular risk in later life. So the cooing and admiring of extremely chubby young children should perhaps be replaced by subtle warnings to their parents about their future health.

As a doctor who has seen the short and long term effects, I can not emphasize enough, the need to prevent and treat obesity as seriously as any other illness in childhood.

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The Sitting Disease – Maybe This Is the Smoking Gun?

As a physiotherapist I am well aware of the effects on a joint that has been immobilized in a cast for several weeks or the deconditioning that results from weeks or months of bed rest due to illness. Last week I was listening to the CBC radio station and there was an excellent interview conducted by Anna Maria Tremonti with a medical doctor named Mike Evans. Doctor Evans spoke about relatively new research which is shining a light on another major contributor to obesity and heart disease – the Sitting Disease. Doctor Evans has a campaign and an excellent YouTube video which encourages people to make their day a little harder. Like many researchers into obesity, diabetes, and heart disease Dr. Evans points out that when you look at middle-aged and younger people living in the 1960's and 1970's, they were rarely overweight by more than 5 pounds. With our current state of ballooning rates of obesity and diabetes in all age ranges, it begs the question, “What was different then compared to now?”

The easy answer is to say that we are not as active and we consume too many calories. While this is most certainly true, it is worth noting that there is a new group of people who are overweight yet follow the recommendations of getting sixty minutes of exercise everyday and watch their caloric intake. In fact, in the sport of triathlons, it is estimated that one third of all recreational triathletes are overweight! People researching the Sitting Disease tell us that even if you are exercising 60 minutes a day before or after work, a sedentary work life puts you at the same risk for diabetes as the person not exercising at all! Researchers have found that no matter how active people are, most of us sit for nine hours a day. It sees exercise does not change the overall time spent sitting. Genevieve Healy, Ph.D., coined the term “active couch potato” to describe people who exercise regularly and then sit most of the day at work.

What is clear is that our bodies are meant to be moving. We have not yet evolved to sit in our car to commute to work to sit at work to sit during lunch to again sit in our cars only to get home to sit at the dinner table and finally relax while sitting in front of the television. Marc Hamilton, Ph.D., says that when we sit our metabolic rates slow down and our sugar burning ability slows down leading to chronically elevated blood sugars. A recent study in the American Journal of Epidemiology reports that a man who sits more than 6 hours a day has an 18% increased risk of dying from a heart attack and a 7.8% increased risk of dying from diabetes! It is clear that exercise is good for us but if we then spend 6 or more hours a day sitting, it completely negates the benefit. A 12 year study of 17,000 Canadians found that the more people sat, the earlier they died and this was regardless of: age, body weight, or how much they practiced. Adding to the weight of evidence of the perils of the Sitting Disease is that a key gene which causes clotting of blood and inflammation of the cardiovascular system is almost shut off when you sit for a couple of hours and even more startingling is that this gene is not turned on with exercise if you sit most of the day!

So when we look back at pictures of people from the 1970's and earlier and we notice how svelte they are, we have to wonder if the fact is that sitting less made all the difference. While it is tempting to consider the culprit to be consuming too many carbohydrates or too many soft drinks, it might be that the truth is a little harder to bear. It might be that as Doctor Mike Evans tells us, “We need to make our days a little harder.” Instead of emailing the person down the hall, try the 1980's style of getting up and going to talk to that person. Maybe instead of driving to the store to pick up a bottle of wine, consider walking. Perhaps the French paradox is simply that the French move around a bit more?

I find this research on the Sitting Disease computing. As someone who sits at least 6 or 7 hours a day, I am concerned enough where I have decided to change my work environment and home environment. I have now started reading while spinning on my exercise bike instead of sitting in a comfy chair and I am going to try one of those goofy exercise bike / desks – it can not hurt? I suppose the easiest way to deal with this at work is to simply stand every 30 minutes or so. If the bike / desk is too difficult to use with my computer, I may try just setting an alarm to go off every 30 minutes. I will keep you updated on this latest experiment.

Brett

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Daily Detox – Secret to Fat Loss?

I wanted to dedicate my post today to the practice of daily body detoxifying. As I have done more research I truly believe this is a key quick and efficient fat loss as well as overall well being.

Here is why:

Fat Cells are designed to hold toxins:

That is right, biologically our body fat cells are designed to hold and isolate our body from toxins that we consume while eating and breathing. By eliminating toxins in our body we actually get rid of the biological reason for our body to hold onto fat.

What are common body toxins?

Most of the toxins we consume come from preservatives in food, hormones in meat and dairy products and any artificial flavor additives. Most of these substances were not designed to be digested by the human body, therefore they turn into toxins. Our livers are naturally designed to cleanse our bodies but a majority of our diets are too tough for our liver to handle and any excess toxins are stored directly in fat cells.

Another common and aggressive toxin is alcohol. Alcohol is very tough on your liver and will become the main purification priority while drinking. This means any other toxins your consumed throughout the day are stored in fat cells while your liver is actively combing the alcohol.

Now, I along with most other people consume alcohol and food that has toxins. There are detoxifying foods you can eat on a daily basis to help your body detox.

Detoxifying Foods

Many foods have detoxifying qualities so I am going to stick to the ones that are most readily available. Fermented Teas such as Komboucha Tea, Raw fruits (blueberries, strawberries, wild berries, kiwi) just to name a few, Raw vegetables (greens, broccoli, asparagus, etc.). Leafy greens such as baby spinach is also a great addition. By consuming these foods on a daily basis you are significantly enhancing your body detoxification process and there before allowing your body to “do away” with the biological need to hold body fat.

In Summary

As we are actively in a war against our own body fat we should use our own biological processes to our advantage. If we eliminate the need for our body to hold fat, we will have a much easier time burning it off. Our body holds fat to insulate from the negative effects of body toxins. Therefore, when we detox we are giving our body the reason it needs to let go of our remaining body fat.

It is almost impossible to avoid ingesting toxins so our best strategy is to eat naturally detoxifying foods every day.

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BMR Calculator Story

A BMR Calculator can be a very valuable tool for runners. BMR stands for basal metabolic rate and, basically, it is the amount of calories you need to consume each day to maintain your weight, if you were being totally inactive. If you want to gain weight, eat more calories than your BMR. Conversely, if you want to lose weight, eat fewer calories than your BMR and add in exercise to burn more calories. But, in order to make sure that you're eating an appropriate amount of calories for your weight goals, you need to know what your target is.

That's where the BMR Calculator comes in. Most BMR Calculators use the Harris Benedict Equation which takes your height, weight, age, and gender and then performances calculations based on them to return your basal metabolic rate. All four of those factors will play a role in determining what your BMR is.

Your BMR is the amount of calories you've burned if you were completely inactive but, of course, as a runner you are not completely inactive, so you also need to use a Calories Burned Calculator to find out how many calories you're burning while running. You can then add that number to your BMR to get a picture of your total daily caloric requirements. For example, if your BMR is 1500 calories per day and you run enough to burn another 500 calories, you'll need to consume 2,000 calories to maintain your weight (and less than 2,000 calories if you're trying to lose weight).

Of course, different people might have different metabolic rates even though they are the same height, weight, age, and gender. So, as with any tool, you need to use the BMR calculator as a guideline, not an absolute truth. Your exact calorie needs might be a little different than what it returns to you, but it's a good enough guide to get you started.
It's important to note that you actually burn some calories while digesting your food, too, as well as performing other non-running activities such as walking, cleaning, shopping, etc. So, you'll want to take these into account when coming up with your daily calorie take plans.

Figuring out what to eat can be complicated even when using tools like a BMR calculator, so sometimes it's best to reach out to an expert. You can ask your friends for a recommendation of a good nutritionist and give him or her a call to get a tailored nutrition plan set up for you.

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Obesity – A Condition

Two out of every five persons in the present day, suffer from this condition called obesity. Earlier, the term obesity was not very well known to many people. People were simply said to be 'overweight' or 'fat'. There can be different reasons for this. However, when the symptoms are more pronounced in individuals or easily triggered, it is called a 'condition'. Obesity is a condition or even a 'disease' when the fat levels in the body have exceeded a certain level to affect the person's health and physiological conditions. Obese people are at a high risk of various health problems like heart diseases, diabetes and related problems.

This is a global threat, with different causes – heredity, body composition and lifestyle being the prime culprits. This condition does not arise at or after a specific age. Even children are affected by this condition. There are many children especially in global countries suffering from obesity at a tender age of four or five years. These can be cases of heredity, where one or more of the maternal or paternal family members had this condition.

Body composition can be another reason for obesity. Some people have the body dynamics such that, there is a tendency to bloat after consumption of food or drinks. Such people face issues in decreasing the weight, as their body composition is such that, it bloats after intake and hence it can not be reversed.

Lifestyle is a major contributor to the condition of obesity. Fast paced lives, hectic work schedules, fast food joints, etc. are indicators of a lifestyle that is tending towards the downside. These parameters affect the kind of food – quality, hygiene and nutrition of food that is being consumed. Due to work schedules, chances are that you are forced to skip meals – more than once in a day. This can directly affect your metabolism and cause health problems. This pattern multiplied by the number of days and months can eventually lead to the condition of obesity. Apart from the food intake, habits of smoking, drinking and drugs can also lead to this condition. It depends on the body composition, the routine and the nature of material and the frequency of habits.

Remedy

For cases of heredity and body composition – the advice would be to consult a nutritionist or a doctor who can analyze and understand your system and then suggest you a remedy – either medical or physical routine or other supplements. For lifestyle – the remedy is in your control. Control your habits or see your health deteriorate.

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Introducing A New Method – Bariatric Bypass Surgery – To Solve The Obesity Issues

Please understand obesity and overweight are two different things. Being overweight simply means you have put on more weight. Being obese is a dangerous situation that can make you prone to several life-threatening diseases like cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes. And something must be done to come out of obesity. Lifestyle changes can help. But if they have not benefited you, there is this new method, bariatric bypass surgery! Herein a surgeon operates on your stomach and small intestine and changes the way your digestive system functions.

Bariatric bypass surgery is now performed using techniques like laparoscopic surgery. Since it's a laparoscopic surgery, patients often recover faster and experience less pain. The surgery focuses on two things – reducing the size of the stomach, and bypassing a certain length of the small intestine so that only a few nutrients are absorbed by the body. And therefore this surgical method proves best inducing weight loss in a person.

However, the patient is required to go through a number of physical exams and tests to determine his / her eligibility for the treatment. Once he / she is approved for the procedure, a team of healthcare professionals work with the patient for ensuring a successful recovery. During the pre-surgery days, the patient learns new eating and drinking habits. He / she is familiarized with the foods and drinks that he / she should consume and avoid. Patient is also instructed to take some medications and avoid some specific ones.

This laparoscopic surgery can last for a few hours, say 2 or 3 hours. The patient is put under observation for some days to monitor the recovery and possible complications. Here the patient also needs to understand that this method – which is a surgery – also entitles a number of complications. Major complications are a thing of the past; however, minor complications are always likely to happen. Therefore, the patient should educate himself / herself as much as he / she can on this method and the possible repercussions.

Post-treatment, the patient should not consume anything that may have an adverse effect on his / her recovery. Follow-up care is detrimental to the success of this weight loss method; therefore the patient and his / her family should not miss any follow-up sessions with the doctor and team. Last, but not the least, unusual symptoms and pain should be immediately reported to the doctor. The patient can also indulge in art classes – such as drawing, painting, sculpting, etc., – to ease the pressure that comes with this surgical procedure.

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Top Factors That Trigger Obesity

Health is wealth. All of us want to maintain a good body shape and be fit. Sometimes, we get to face many obstacles in the way to achieving a perfect figure. The most common and stubborn among them is undutely obesity.

Obesity is nothing but the state of your body when excess of fat is stored in places like abdomen, thighs, arms, etc. It is caused by a wide range of factors. Knowing the causes of obesity will help you in preventing it.

The causes of obesity can be broadly grouped as:

I. Genetic-although nothing much can be done about this, yet it is good to know how your genes play a part in making you susceptible to this condition. Like other health problems, you face higher risks of obesity if your parents are obese. Genes influence a number of weight-related processes in the body, like metabolic rate, blood glucose metabolism, fat-storage, hormones, etc.

II. Environmental-this is a major concern and factors like pollution, artificial substances used in agriculture to only add to our woes. Obesity has addressed the attention world over to such an amount that a new term “globesity” has been coined.

III. Psychological-this can be seen from your eating habits. Some people simply can not control their taste buds and keep on munching something because they like it. Apart from this, it is believed that emotional fits like depression or anger induce a person to indulge in over-eating.

IV. Socio-cultural-in some cultures, life is full of eating and drinking. They do not realize that they suffer from obesity in the long run. If your lifestyle is such that it involves socializing and partying, then naturally you will be collecting excess calories in your body which would eventually land you in obesity. Some races have a tendency to gain weight rather easily. For example, Afro-American women became obese quickly than Caucasians and Asian women.

V. Other factors

• Your weight in childhood and teenage also determines your adulthood weight.

• Hormonal disturbances, especially in women, in periods like pregnancy and menopause are known to be a major contributor for obesity. Intake of oral contraceptives may also result in this condition.

• Irregular and uncontrolled eating habits are a main cause for excess body weight. Overeating results in creation and collection of excess fat that the body is unable to eliminate. Dumping your body with pre-processed and junk foods contribute to fat collection and extremely obesity.

• A diet rich in sugar, fats, and carbohydrates only lands you in trouble.

• Sometimes, factors beyond your control cause obesity. For example, if you are attacked by serious ailments like hypothyroidism, insulin resistance, polycystic ovary syndrome and Cushing's syndrome, then you are likely to become obese.

• Taking medications for depression, convulsions, diabetes, high blood pressure, antihistamines, etc. also causes obesity.

• If your metabolic rate of your body is slow, then you are likely to become obese.

Obesity is known to be caused by physical inactivity. The amount of calorie you burn should be more than what you take in.

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Why Do We Eat Excessively?

While the trigger that causes us to eat excessively may be unique for each of us, there are some underlying common causes, which when addressed, can greatly impact our health.

One third of all women and one quarter of all men in the United States are on a diet [1], yet the US is one of the most obese populations in the world [2]. Which begs the question, why?

1. Addiction

In the late 1960's to early 1970's, Cigarette manufacturers added more Nicotine to cigarettes in order to make them addictive. Certain foods today are addictive in much the same way – people know why they should not eat them, but then have no idea why they can not stop eating them.

Sugar

For example, “Fat Free” products usually means it's loaded with sugar. The fact that once we eat the sugar-filled product, it will turn into fat in the body, does not appear on the label however.

And for good reason, products with high sugar content increase our blood sugar levels, which then causes our pancreas to have to secret insulin to bring that level down so we do not die. Insulin, is the fat-producing hormone.

Fat Free products insert excess energy into our system which has to be stored somewhere, the body's answer? Fat cells.

Food Additives

While food additives and preservatives undergo a required series of premarket testing, often involving lab animals being fed these additives, there are fewer tests on what happens when all the different additives break down and interact with our body.

MSG

MSG is in 80% of all flavored foods and makes you want to eat more and excites the part of your brain in charge of the fat program; MSG is commonly used in lab experiments as a way to make mice fat (Google: MSG Obesity induced Mice). And this is in 80% of modern day foods!

MSG is often hidden on food labels under the following names:

  • Hydrolyzed Soy Protein
  • Free Glutamic Acid
  • Sodium Caseinate
  • Citrate
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
  • Monoammonian Glutamate
  • Maltodextrin

Caffeine

“Nothing else does it in your brain quite like a Diet Cola” – Dr Christine Northrup.

While there may be Zero Calories in Diet Soda, studies have shown that a combination of caffeine and aspartame kill off brain cells, but before they die, they trigger a chemical reaction in the brain that creates a momentary buzz. End result: That momentarily happy feeling which very soon drops off and we're left feeling depressed low. Plus, we get added to that momentarily buzz, making us go back and buy more.

Migraines, visual problems, brain damage, breathing problems, concentration issues and many other severe health conditions have been linked to these two harmful ingredients: caffeine and aspartame.

What Helps?

One of the primary ways we experience the world around us is through what we eat, drink and think.

Eating Well

If you want to live more, eat more living green plant foods. When these are ingested by juicing, the goodness is easily absorbed into the body and also helps for cleaning the body of harmful toxins.

Drinking Well

Drinking Clean Water is also vital, as 70% of our body is made of the stuff.

If you live in a city, it may be necessary to purchase a water filter. [Google: Aquasana Water Filters]

Thirdly, focus on constructive thoughts.

When the negative thoughts come (and they will), ignore them like you ignore someone trying to sell you something you do not want. Thanks, but not thanks. They will soon get the message and disappear.

Focus on what you want (healthy body), not what you do not want (not to overeat). This plays a big role in what becomes our dominant way of thinking, which becomes our dominant way of acting.

2. Emotional Eating

Another common cause of excessive eating is when we use eating as a way to cope with negative emotions. Unfortunately, it was not hunger that caused the pain, so how is eating going to take it away?

What Helps?

When it comes to dealing with negative emotions effectively, facing them and unaware their lessons works. It really helps to find someone experienced to guide you on how to do this.

You might like to look for a guide that helps you clear these negative emotions for good, rather than simply analyze them for many lengthy and expensive sessions.

3. Habit

Sometimes, the cause of excessive eating is simply related to eating habits we learn at a very young age. We might have been promised a special meal for good behavior, a reward if we accomplished something or a way for parents to give affection and those patterns of behavior became ingrained over time.

While habits can seem permanent, the good news is that recent research in the field of brain plasticity shows that we can change our habits at any age we choose.

What Helps?

Break the Habit

It's not always easy, but it is most certainly attainable to replace unhealthy habits with constructive healthy habits.

Focus on doing what you want for a month (not on what you do not want).

By day 30 you will have installed the new habit.

Make it easier for yourself by keeping it simple. If you want to start eating well, stock up on all the ingredients in advance. Prepare meals in a smoothie or juice to keep preparation easy and keep track of what you eat every day in a small notebook. (You only need to get to day 30 and your mind will become used to it as a new habit).

If you happen to slip on a day, it's fine. Rather than condemn yourself, focus on what you can do to make up for it in the coming days.

If you keep going towards a destination each day, is it not inevitable that you will get there?

For additional help to get your mind used to the new constructive habit: you might like to investigate Subliminal Videos or the Silva Mind Program.

Lastly, no matter how wonderful the product, if they do not recommend using it with a reduced-calorie diet and proper exercise program, something may be suspect.

Any tips you'd like to share for others who might be beginning their path to healthy living?

[1] Study by Colorado University

[2] The Journal of The American Medical Association

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Dieting Hunger Pains Can Be A Thing Of The Past

Losing weight by fasting can be a major challenge and a lot of us are unsure if we can manage the two days of reduced calories that the diet demands. The fear of hunger pains and loss of energy looms large for most people on the 5: 2 Fasting Diet.

Germany's leading research doctor, Dr. Alfred Hasselbacher, a professor of medicine was fully aware of the benefits and the problems associated with the 5: 2 diet. Working with his team of scientists, he worked to develop a formula that would eliminate those problems and help dieters to achieve their target weight.

Their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm paid off and the supplement designed specifically for the 5: 2 Fast Diet was created. Dr. Hasselbacher called it the 5: 2 Fast Formula. He worked hard on this formulation to help the millions of people who are suffering from over-weight and all problems associated with and caused by obesity. He knew the benefit of fasting and he knew that the key to healthy weight loss is fasting. The 5: 2 diet had to be made it easy for people to be able to go on it and stay with the diet for as long as is was needed.

5: 2 Fast Formula Benefits

  • Suppresses hunger pains and takes your appetite out of the equation
  • Increase energy levels to avoid those afternoon slumps
  • Replenish nutrients are lost by fasting for a healthy mind and body
  • Suppresses your appetite on non-fast days so you can get the body you want even faster

Why Choose The 5: 2 Fast Formula

  • It is the only supplement designed specifically for those on a fast diet
  • It makes it easy to stick to a fast diet
  • It speeds up and gains results achieved from fasting

The 5: 2 Fast Formula, contains a unique blend of ingredients specifically researched and formulated with the fast dieters in mind:

Konjac Root

  • Slows absorption of sugar and cholesterol from the digestive tract
  • Creates feeling of fullness through its water-binding effects
  • Delays gastric emptying and slows release of sugar in to the bloodstream helping to lower insulin and blood glucose

Copper, Iron, and B Vitamins

  • Help to replenish essential nutrients that are lost during fasting
  • Improves body's breakdown of fat and production of usable energy

The 5: 2 Fast Formula addresses all of these common issues by helping to suppress the appetite during fasting and eliminating eating binges on non-fasting days. In addition the supplement also helps to restore a healthy balance of vitamins and minerals in the body which helps to avoid the tiredness many people experience during fasting.

The Newly Formulated Meal Replacement

Is the perfect companion to the 5: 2 Fast Formula. The meal replacement is convenient and makes life easy. Cooking two meals on fast days can create a problem for busy mothers and people on a schedule. The meal replacement contains the proteins and other nourishment and it is available in three delicious flavors, Vanilla, Strawberry and Chocolate.

The 5: 2 Fast Formula is a revolutionary product but it is up to you what you do with it. If you want to look and feel good and be healthy, you will have to take that first step and keep walking until you have reached your goal.

To find more information on the benefits of The 5: 2 Fast Formula and the 5: 2 Fast Diet go to www.fastforhealth.com

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The 5:2 Fast Diet – Is It Effective In The Long Term

Dr. Michael Mosely's number one best-selling book on intermittent fast took the world by storm. After all this time the subject of the 5: 2 Fast Diet is still a hot diet subject, keeping tongues wagging non stop. Simply speaking, the diet calls for reduced calorie consumption on two non-consecutive days, 500 calories for women and 600 for men. The other five days you can eat normally, using a Mediterranean type of diet.

In no time at all the 5: 2 diet has created a growing number of enthusiasts followers and a large and equally enthusiastic opposition. The debate between the two groups is hot and passionate, and it does not look as if it is going to end any time soon. The fact is that obesity and obesity-related problems are growing at an alarming rate, in spite of the many diets available on the market.

According to expert research the main causes for obesity are prepared foods, fast foods and the consumption of large portions. My common sense tells me it is high time we do something about this problem.

In my research I came across a very interesting study on the similarity between the cave man and modern man. It talks about how animals, including the human species, were not created to end longed fast. Now, stop here for a minute, and recall what we have learned of our ancestors and their way of life.

The cave men had to do more than work for his food – he had to hunt for it and had kill the food if he wanted to eat. After he filled his belly he could rest for a couple of days but sooner or later it was time to hunt again. We are not really that different from our ancestors. We may not like it, but we can go without food for a short time. We are not able to do with little or no food for longer periods. That is a fact and it is very nicely coincides with the 5: 2 Fast Diet.

The followers of the 5: 2 Fast Diet sees to agree with the above research and as I can see they are braving it out and happily reporting their weight loss. Group number two is still against fasting. They claim that the symptoms on the fasting diet include dizziness, hunger pain and loss of energy. They say dieters experience irritability and find it harder to exercise on fast days. Doubts and objections include eating binges on non-fasting days and loss of nutrients.

By this time some of my friends and I were on the 5: 2 diet. I talked to my friends who were on the 5 2 diet and asked them if they are experiencing any or all of the above symptoms. Unfortunately most of my friends had some or all of the symptoms, including me. I mentioned to my friends that I had found a supplement that makes it easier to stay on the diet and lose their desired weight. I told them that I would try it. Some of my friends were skeptical but wanted to learn more about this formula.

By this time some other people were also asking me about the 5: 2 diet and the supplement to take with it. I do not believe I am qualified, nor do I want to convince people to do or not to do something. I believe people have to make their decision and be responsible for it.

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