There’s No Magic Pill for Weight Loss

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Despite the fact that millions have been spent looking for one, and many an unethical marketer has promoted it, there is no magic pill for weight loss.  Many women are searching for this answer, but the bottom line is a harsh one.  Overweight people can achieve greater weight loss success with a combination of a low-calorie diet, increased physical activity, and behavioral changes.  The best case scenario is to allow people to learn about the foods to eat, how to choose them at restaurants and the store, as well as providing support for exercise.


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Exercise and Mental Stimulation Can Improve Memory

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Your computer has plenty of memory. Now, a Mayo Clinic study suggests you too may as well if you combine moderate exercise and mental stimulation such as computer use. In the study, people over 70 who engaged in both types of activity had less cognitive decline than those who took part in either exercise or mental stimulation alone. “A sound mind is a sound body” is a statement that’s been around for years, and essentially what this is saying is the truth. Exercise is important as well as diet and also mental stimulation.


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Long Flights Increase the Risk of Blood Clots


This is the time of year when families are traveling, and with flights to faraway places like Europe and Asia discounted, it’s more affordable than ever to travel the world. That’s why a recommendation by the World Health Organization is so important. They have recommended that passengers on long flights exercise their legs and resist taking sleeping pills. That’s to reduce the risk of potentially fatal blood clots. Although the danger of developing deep vein thrombosis, or DVT’s, in the form of a blood clot in the calves is small, it increases if people are immobile for long periods. The risk is one in 6,000, but that’s one in every 15 sold-out jumbo jets. When you think about it, that’s quite a risk. The important thing is to make sure you get up and walk around and, obviously, talk with your doctor to see if you’re at greater risk.


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Coffee and Weight Loss

Coffee and Weight Loss

A lot of people drink coffee because it gives them more energy. They also think it helps take the weight off, but according to a report from the Mayo Clinic, drinking coffee and other caffeinated beverages won’t do you any good in reference to losing weight and keeping it off. Here’s the nitty-gritty directly from the experts at Mayo. Caffeine acts as a diuretic. It causes the body to temporarily retain less water, but there is nothing to suggest that these effects are permanent and the stimulant does nothing to reduce body fat. After this, the fact that drinking coffee actually puts more strain on the heart of people exercising, you quickly realize it doesn’t help with weight loss. The bottom line is if you want to drink coffee, do so in moderation, but definitely don’t do it to count on these so-called benefits to lose weight. It’s not going to help you lose weight. It’s not going to have that big of an effect.

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Active Video Games Could Contribute to Kids’ Physical Fitness

Active Video Games Could Contribute to Kids’ Physical Fitness

Playing active video games could contribute to physical fitness. A group of 23 children had their energy exertion measured while they watched television, walked on a treadmill, and played two active video games. This report is in the journal Pediatrics and it was done at the University of Oklahoma and also done in the U.K. What they found that playing active games at a high skill level was similar to moderate intensive walking. The authors suggested that for children who spent a lot of time playing video games, active video games could be a valuable means of promoting activity. However, an accompanying review article finds there have been no large, quality, or especially high quality, studies on the effects of these types of games on children’s health. The caution should be that we shouldn’t leap to conclude that they’re positive influences.

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Risks Associated with Exercising

Risks Associated with Exercising

Most believe that there’s no better way to stay in shape and have a high energy level than exercising on a regular basis. The best way to stay away from chronic health problems that put you in the hospital is to exercise, but there are also risks to staying in shape. One of the biggest risks is that people try to cram exercise into an already packed week. As a result, they find themselves pushing too hard without a proper warm-up and they try to do too much in a short period of time.

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When Exercise Becomes Compulsive

When Exercise Becomes Compulsive

Exercise is a great thing, but when you see compulsive exercise, it’s a problem. That is where a teenager, in particular, begins to exercise because they feel pressure to stay in shape. Maybe they want their body to be better. Maybe they want to be better athletes. Maybe they have anorexia or bulimic-type tendencies and they’re worried about their self-image. Exercise is great, but when it starts to take on a life of its own, that’s when you have to be concerned. Counsel the child. Try to find out why they’re exercising so much and if there’s changes that need to be made.

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