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Trans-Fats Increase Risk of Depression

Sunday, February 6, 2011 10:09 Comments Off on Trans-Fats Increase Risk of Depression

Eating foods high in trans-fat may increase your risk of developing depression; new research claims. Trans fat comes from adding hydrogen to vegetable oil through a process called hydrogenation. They are used to prolong shelf-life of processed foods, like cookies, snack cakes, and potato chips. Trans-fats have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity; prompting cities like New…

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The Gracie Diet

Saturday, February 5, 2011 14:23 Comments Off on The Gracie Diet

The Gracie family are well known for their achievements in Martial Arts. And, one secret of their success is the strict diet they follow, apparently. Grand Master, Carlos Gracie, developed the Gracie Diet based on his observations (over 65 years) of the effects of various food combinations. Gracie Diet Principles The basis of this book is spacing meals at…

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Watching Too Much TV Hurts Your Heart

Saturday, February 5, 2011 10:06 Comments Off on Watching Too Much TV Hurts Your Heart

Sitting on the couch, watching a lot of television or staring at a computer screen all day may harm your heart and shorten your life, suggests a new study, even if you get regular exercise. Inactivity and obesity are two major factors in the development of heart disease, raising risk 39.5% and 33.9% respectively; according to the U.S. Centers…

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Dangers of Reality Weight Loss Shows

Friday, February 4, 2011 10:01 Comments Off on Dangers of Reality Weight Loss Shows

There’s no denying obesity has become an overriding cultural obsession, seen clearly from our insatiable desire for programmes such as The Biggest Loser, I Used to Be Fat, and other such nonsense. When The Biggest Loser first started airing on our TV screens, I must admit I thought it could be a great way to inspire millions of viewers…

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Vegan and Low-Carb: Nobody Cares About Your Diet

Thursday, February 3, 2011 22:00 Comments Off on Vegan and Low-Carb: Nobody Cares About Your Diet

There’s a saying, opinions are like belly buttons, everyone has one – actually, it’s a different body part, further south. This is especially true when it comes to diet. I’ve been blogging about health and diet for nearly five years. In the beginning, I blogged from a very bias point of view (regrettably), promoting a “guru’s” vegan agenda. I’m…

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Targeting Parents Leads to Children’s Weight Loss

Thursday, February 3, 2011 14:11 Comments Off on Targeting Parents Leads to Children’s Weight Loss

Common sense would dictate that parents are the first line of defence when it comes to preventing obesity in children. Now there’s a study to back up what most people suspect – approaches that specifically target parents can result in significant weight loss in moderately obese prepubertal children. …

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1 in 3 Adults Have High Blood Pressure or High Cholesterol

Thursday, February 3, 2011 10:17 Comments Off on 1 in 3 Adults Have High Blood Pressure or High Cholesterol

A new report by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. And 80% of adults do not control their blood pressure or high cholesterol, despite having health insurance and access to low-cost treatment. High blood pressure and high cholesterol are major risk factors for…

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New Dietary Guidelines For Americans

Thursday, February 3, 2011 0:22 Comments Off on New Dietary Guidelines For Americans

The government have issued the first update in five years of their “Dietary Guidelines for Americans.” But, despite significant talk about the U.S. obesity crisis, many of the major cornerstones of those previous guidelines have remained intact. On the upside, the guidelines do emphasize the need for physical activity, and encourage eating more foods like vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, seafood,…

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Does "The Pill" Cause Weight Gain?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 13:37 Comments Off on Does "The Pill" Cause Weight Gain?

Far be it from me to claim any expertise on this subject, but a recent study casts doubts on the long-held belief that the birth control pill causes weight gain. There is a small catch, however as this was a primate study. Half the rhesus monkeys were of normal weight at the start of the research and the other…

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U.S. Heart Disease Cost to Triple by 2030

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 9:55 Comments Off on U.S. Heart Disease Cost to Triple by 2030

The costs associated with heart disease are expected to triple in the United States by 2030, totaling more than $800 billion a year, says a new report by the American Heart Association (AHA). In 2006, 631,636 people died of heart disease in the U.S. And, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease accounted for 26%…

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