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There is no magic bullet even though one of my companies sells product for weight loss that works but it really is only a temporary solution because you cannot stay on it forever without hurting yourself. Much like the studies of some of the more popular diets that remove carbs from your diet all together. Short term you probably will be o.k., but long term studies show it is really bad for you.
Our bodies were simply designed to be active and our systems were designed to eat when we were hungry and only until we are full. Not to stuff the entire pizza in our body because we do not want leftovers. No matter how much we want to we were not deigned to eat the world largest chicken fried steak……so the only REAL answer is a lifestyle change and that is the hardest one to do for most people.
It really is true it only take 30 days to make or break and habit and what I preach over and over is “do the work”. How do you know your winning or losing the lifestyle battle?
Remember that the more active you are the more fuel your body needs to keep from eating itself up. So as you work out you will find yourself even hungrier, but only eat until full. Use smaller portions eat and relax and wait to see if your full. It does take a while to get food from your mouth to your stomach and then to tell your brain your done. So slow and steady wins this race. If you slam a plate in your face in 5 minutes you will feel hungry afterwards and be tempted to continue eating more than you need.
I can say I went from super active all the time to behind the desk and now am working to get back into active all day. (yet here I am behind this computer LOL) I have only gained weight like this one time before and lost it all by just walking everywhere I went. But in Houston it is hotter than…well than anyone with some sense wants to go exercise in and right now a gym membership does not work for me. So eating sensible, not just sitting in the chair all day at work and trying to keep active at night is helping me slowly win the lifestyle change.
Hopefully this helps you as much as it reminds me to keep “doing the work.”
What does America think about supplements?
Being a supplier of supplemental products I was interested when I found this poll on supplements.
I started reviewing our internal research and though differently than many people who were commenting on the polls results.
It intrigued me so I thought our readers may want to chime in as well. What do you think?
Here is a poll done in Linked in for the last 30 days by an employee at Nutricap Labs one of Americas largest manufacturers of supplements.
How does age correlate with desires for certain supplements?
- The other question is does age drive sales of certain types of supplements?
- As we get older does our buying habits change to face the challenges we have at that time in our life?
- Does our social status have effect on supplement choices?
- Does education have an effect on supplements we choose to use?
It is my opinion that any marketer of any product has to know their customer demographics. If not then they are sailing a ship without a rudder. Supplements are no different.
Conclusion on supplements use for 2011.
As a human being my daily life is all about providing for my family and as I get older I think more about how long I need to be around to insure I provide for them and which supplements may help me with my goals.
Something I can honestly say I never did in my 20′s and rarely thought about in my 30′s, but now in my mid-40′s I can say I think about supplements and health more often than I ever did.
More research into supplements and society points to the age of the baby boomers driving changes in trends in medicine and health. Supplements fall into these categories. Check out additional information on supplements here. http://myweightcare.com/?cat=12
Dr. Mercola’s Comments:
Is sugar a sweet old friend that is secretly plotting your demise?
There is a vast sea of research suggesting that it is. Science has now shown us, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that sugar in your food, in all its myriad of forms, is taking a devastating toll on your health.
- In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year.
- In 1800, the average person consumed about 18 pounds of sugar per year.
- In 1900, individual consumption had risen to 90 pounds of sugar per year.
- In 2009, more than 50 percent of all Americans consume one-half pound of sugar PER DAY—translating to a whopping 180 pounds of sugar per year!
Sugar is loaded into your soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, and hidden in almost all processed foods—from bologna to pretzels to Worcestershire sauce to cheese spread. And now most infant formula has the sugar equivalent of one can of Coca-Cola, so babies are being metabolically poisoned from day one if taking formula.
No wonder there is an obesity epidemic in this country.
Today, 32 percent of Americans are obese and an additional one-third are overweight. Compare that to 1890, when a survey of white males in their fifties revealed an obesity rate of just 3.4 percent. In 1975, the obesity rate in America had reached 15 percent, and since then it has doubled.
Carrying excess weight increases your risk for deadly conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.
You don’t have to be a physician or a scientist to notice America’s expanding waistline. All you have to do is stroll through a shopping mall or a schoolyard, or perhaps glance in the mirror.
Sugars 101 — Basics of How to Avoid Confusion on this Important Topic
It is easy to become confused by the various sugars and sweeteners. So here is a basic overview:
- Dextrose, fructose and glucose are all monosaccharides, known as simple sugars. The primary difference between them is how your body metabolizes them. Glucose and dextrose are essentially the same sugar. However, food manufacturers usually use the term “dextrose” in their ingredient list.
- The simple sugars can combine to form more complex sugars, like the disaccharide sucrose (table sugar), which is half glucose and half fructose.
- High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is 55 percent fructose and 45 percent glucose.
- Ethanol (drinking alcohol) is not a sugar, although beer and wine contain residual sugars and starches, in addition to alcohol.
- Sugar alcohols like xylitol, glycerol, sorbitol, maltitol, mannitol, and erythritol are neither sugars nor alcohols but are becoming increasingly popular as sweeteners. They are incompletely absorbed from your small intestine, for the most part, so they provide fewer calories than sugar but often cause problems with bloating, diarrhea and flatulence.
- Sucralose (Splenda) is NOT a sugar, despite its sugar-like name and deceptive marketing slogan, “made from sugar.” It’s a chlorinated artificial sweetener in line with aspartame and saccharin, with detrimental health effects to match.
- Agave syrup, falsely advertised as “natural,” is typically HIGHLY processed and is usually 80 percent fructose. The end product does not even remotely resemble the original agave plant.
- Honey is about 53 percent fructose, but is completely natural in its raw form and has many health benefits when used in moderation, including as many antioxidants as spinach.
- Stevia is a highly sweet herb derived from the leaf of the South American stevia plant, which is completely safe (in its natural form). Lo han (or luohanguo) is another natural sweetener, but derived from a fruit.
All Sugars are Not Equal
Glucose is the form of energy you were designed to run on. Every cell in your body, every bacterium—and in fact, every living thing on the Earth—uses glucose for energy.
But as a country, sucrose is no longer the sugar of choice. It’s now fructose.
If your diet was like that of people a century ago, you’d consume about 15 grams per day—a far cry from the 73 grams per day the typical person gets from sweetened drinks. In vegetables and fruits, it’s mixed in with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and beneficial phytonutrients, all which moderate the negative metabolic effects. Amazingly, 25 percent of people actually consume more than 130 grams of fructose per day.
Making matters worse, all of the fiber has been removed from processed foods, so there is essentially no nutritive value at all. And the very products most people rely on to lose weight—the low-fat diet foods—are often the ones highest in fructose.
It isn’t that fructose itself is bad—it is the MASSIVE DOSES you’re exposed to that make it dangerous.
There are two overall reasons fructose is so damaging:
- Your body metabolizes fructose in a much different way than glucose. The entire burden of metabolizing fructose falls on your liver.
- People are consuming fructose in enormous quantities, which has made the negative effects much more profound.
The explosion of soda consumption is the major cause of this. Healthy eating requires we stop this epidemic and get back to basics and get away from simple sugars.
Today, 55 percent of sweeteners used in food and beverage manufacturing are made from corn, and the number one source of calories in America is soda, in the form of high fructose corn syrup.
Food and beverage manufacturers began switching their sweeteners from sucrose to corn syrup in the 1970s when they discovered that HFCS was not only far cheaper to make, it’s about 20 percent sweeter than conventional table sugar that has sucrose.
HFCS contains the same two sugars as sucrose but is more metabolically risky to you, due to its chemical form.
The fructose and the glucose are not bound together in HFCS, as they are in table sugar, so your body doesn’t have to break it down. Therefore, the fructose is absorbed immediately, going straight to your liver.
Too Much Fructose Creates a Metabolic Disaster in Your Body
Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, has been a pioneer in decoding sugar metabolism. His work has highlighted some major differences in how different sugars are broken down and used by the human body.
I highly recommend watching Lustig’s lecture in its entirety if you want to learn how fructose is ruining your health biochemically.
As I mentioned earlier, after eating fructose, most of the metabolic burden rests on your liver. This is NOT the case with glucose, of which your liver breaks down only 20 percent. Nearly every cell in your body utilizes glucose, so it’s normally “burned up” immediately after consumption.
So where does all of this fructose go, once you consume it?
Onto your thighs. It is turned into FAT (VLDL and triglycerides), which means more fat deposits throughout your body.
Eating Fructose is Far Worse than Eating Fat
However, the physiological problems of fructose metabolism extend well beyond a couple of pant sizes:
- Fructose elevates uric acid, which decreases nitric oxide, raises angiotensin, and causes your smooth muscle cells to contract, thereby raising your blood pressure and potentially damaging your kidneys.Increased uric acid also leads to chronic, low-level inflammation, which has far-reaching consequences for your health. For example, chronically inflamed blood vessels lead to heart attacks and strokes; also, a good deal of evidence exists that some cancers are caused by chronic inflammation. (See the next section for more about uric acid.)
- Fructose tricks your body into gaining weight by fooling your metabolism—it turns off your body’s appetite-control system. Fructose does not appropriately stimulate insulin, which in turn does not suppress ghrelin (the “hunger hormone”) and doesn’t stimulate leptin (the “satiety hormone”), which together result in your eating more and developing insulin resistance. 
- Fructose rapidly leads to weight gain and abdominal obesity (“beer belly”), decreased HDL, increased LDL, elevated triglycerides, elevated blood sugar, and high blood pressure—i.e., classic metabolic syndrome.
- Fructose metabolism is very similar to ethanol metabolism, which has a multitude of toxic effects, including NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease). It’s alcohol without the buzz.
These changes are not seen when humans or animals eat starch (or glucose), suggesting that fructose is a “bad carbohydrate” when consumed in excess of 25 grams per day. It is probably the one factor responsible for the partial success of many “low-carb” diets.
You can now see why fructose is the number one contributing factor to the current obesity epidemic. To stop the obesity epidemic start eating healthy natural foods.
Is Uric Acid the New Cholesterol?
By now you are probably aware of the childhood obesity epidemic in America—but did you know about childhood hypertension?
Until recently, children were rarely diagnosed with high blood pressure, and when they were, it was usually due to a tumor or a vascular kidney disease.
In 2004, a study showed hypertension among children is four times higher than predicted: 4.5 percent of American children have high blood pressure. Among overweight children, the rate is 10 percent. It is thought that obesity is to blame for about 50 percent of hypertension cases in adolescents today.
Even more startling is that 90 percent of adolescents who have high blood pressure have elevated uric acid levels.
This has led researchers to ask, what does uric acid have to do with obesity and high blood pressure?
In his book, The Sugar Fix: The High-Fructose Fallout That is Making You Fat and Sick, Dr. Robert J. Johnson makes a compelling argument for a previously unrecognized connection between excess sugar consumption and high uric acid levels. However, he promotes artificial sweeteners as an alternative to sugar and makes other recommendations that I don’t agree with. Healthy Eating of low sugar foods with the correct natural sweeteners or none at all are a better choice.
Dr. Johnson is a conventional physician who has not accepted large parts of natural medicine, however, he is one of the leading researchers defining the extent of fructose toxicity. He has spent many years of his life dedicating himself to uncover this mystery.
There are more than 3,500 articles to date showing a strong relationship between uric acid and obesity, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, kidney disease, and other conditions. In fact, a number of studies have confirmed that people with elevated serum uric acid are at risk for high blood pressure, even if they otherwise appear to be perfectly healthy.
Uric acid levels among Americans have risen significantly since the early half of the 20th Century. In the 1920s, average uric acid levels were about 3.5 ml/dl. By 1980, average uric acid levels had climbed into the range of 6.0 to 6.5 ml/dl and are probably much higher now.
How Does Your Body Produce Uric Acid?
It’s a byproduct of cellular breakdown. As cells die off, DNA and RNA degrade into chemicals called purines. Purines are further broken down into uric acid.
Fructose increases uric acid through a complex process that causes cells to burn up their ATP rapidly, leading to “cell shock” and increased cell death. After eating excessive amounts of fructose, cells become starved of energy and enter a state of shock, just as if they have lost their blood supply. Massive cellular die-off leads to increased uric acid levels.
And cells that are depleted of energy become inflamed and more susceptible to damage from oxidative stress. Fat cells actually become “sickly,” bloating up with excessive amounts of fat.
There is a simple, inexpensive blood test for determining your uric acid level, which I recommend you have done as part of your routine health checkups. Your level should be between 3.0 and 5.5 mg/dl, optimally.
There is little doubt in my mind that your uric acid level is a more potent predictor of cardiovascular and overall health than your total cholesterol level is. Yet virtually no one is screening for this.
Now that you know the truth you don’t have to be left out in the cold, as this is a simple and relatively inexpensive test that you can get at any doctor’s office. Odds are very good your doctor is clueless about the significance of elevated uric acid levels, so it will not likely be productive to engage in a discussion with him unless he is truly an open-minded truth seeker.
Merely get your uric acid level, and if it is over 5 then eliminate as much fructose as you can (also eliminate all beer), and retest your level in a few weeks.
Sugar Sensitization Makes the Problem Even WORSE!
There is yet another problem with sugar—a self-perpetuating one.
According to Dr. Johnson1, sugar activates its own pathways in your body—those metabolic pathways become “upregulated.” In other words, the more sugar you eat, the more effective your body is in absorbing it; and the more you absorb, the more damage you’ll do.
You become “sensitized” to sugar as time goes by, and more sensitive to its toxic effects as well.
The flip side is, when people are given even a brief sugar holiday, sugar sensitization rapidly decreases and those metabolic pathways become “downregulated.” Research tells us that even two weeks without consuming sugar will cause your body to be less reactive to it.
Try it for yourself! Take a two-week sugar sabbatical and see how different you feel.
Are Fruits Good or Bad for You?
Keep in mind that fruits also contain fructose, although an ameliorating factor is that whole fruits also contain vitamins and other antioxidants that reduce the hazardous effects of fructose.
Juices, on the other hand, are nearly as detrimental as soda, because a glass of juice is loaded with fructose, and a lot of the antioxidants are lost.
It is important to remember that fructose alone isn’t evil as fruits are certainly beneficial. But when you consume high levels of fructose it will absolutely devastate your biochemistry and physiology. Remember the AVERAGE fructose dose is 70 grams per day which exceeds the recommend limit by 300 percent.
So please BE CAREFUL with your fruit consumption. You simply MUST understand that because HFCS is so darn cheap, it is added to virtually every processed food. Even if you consumed no soda or fruit, it is very easy to exceed 25 grams of hidden fructose in your diet.
If you are a raw food advocate, have a pristine diet, and exercise very well, then you could be the exception that could exceed this limit and stay healthy.
Dr. Johnson has a handy chart, included below, which you can use to estimate how much fructose you’re getting in your diet. Remember, you are also likely getting additional fructose if you consume any packaged foods at all, since it is hidden in nearly all of them.
Fruit Serving Size Grams of Fructose Limes 1 medium 0 Lemons 1 medium 0.6 Cranberries 1 cup 0.7 Passion fruit 1 medium 0.9 Prune 1 medium 1.2 Apricot 1 medium 1.3 Guava 2 medium 2.2 Date (Deglet Noor style) 1 medium 2.6 Cantaloupe 1/8 of med. melon 2.8 Raspberries 1 cup 3.0 Clementine 1 medium 3.4 Kiwifruit 1 medium 3.4 Blackberries 1 cup 3.5 Star fruit 1 medium 3.6 Cherries, sweet 10 3.8 Strawberries 1 cup 3.8 Cherries, sour 1 cup 4.0 Pineapple 1 slice
(3.5″ x .75″)
4.0 Grapefruit, pink or red 1/2 medium 4.3
Fruit Serving Size Grams of Fructose Boysenberries 1 cup 4.6 Tangerine/mandarin orange 1 medium 4.8 Nectarine 1 medium 5.4 Peach 1 medium 5.9 Orange (navel) 1 medium 6.1 Papaya 1/2 medium 6.3 Honeydew 1/8 of med. melon 6.7 Banana 1 medium 7.1 Blueberries 1 cup 7.4 Date (Medjool) 1 medium 7.7 Apple (composite) 1 medium 9.5 Persimmon 1 medium 10.6 Watermelon 1/16 med. melon 11.3 Pear 1 medium 11.8 Raisins 1/4 cup 12.3 Grapes, seedless (green or red) 1 cup 12.4 Mango 1/2 medium 16.2 Apricots, dried 1 cup 16.4 Figs, dried 1 cup 23.0
In addition to limiting your intake of fructose, you should eliminate all sweetened beverages and fruit juices (including all artificial sweeteners) and drink only pure water and raw milk.
You can buy pure glucose (dextrose) as a sweetener for about $1 a pound. It is only 70% as sweet as sucrose, so you’ll end up using a bit more of it for the same amount of sweetness, making it slightly more expensive than sucrose—but still well worth it for your health as it has ZERO grams of fructose.
Remember that glucose can be used directly by every cell in your body and as such is far safer than the metabolic poison fructose.
Beer is also a good beverage to AVOID since it increases uric acid levels, just like fructose does, resulting in many of the same toxic effects.
All alcoholic beverages cause you to produce excess uric acid (and block your kidneys from excreting it), but beer seems to have a more pronounced effect on uric acid levels because it’s a rich source of guanosine, the type of purine that is most readily absorbed by the body.1
76 Additional Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health
In addition to throwing off your body’s homeostasis and wreaking havoc on your metabolic processes, excess sugar has a number of other significant consequences.
Nancy Appleton, PhD, author of the book Lick the Sugar Habit, contributed an extensive list of the many ways sugar can ruin your health from a vast number of medical journals and other scientific publications.
- Sugar can suppress your immune system and impair your defenses against infectious disease. 
- Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in your body: causes chromium and copper deficiencies and interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.   
- Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children. 
- Sugar can produce a significant rise in total cholesterol, triglycerides and bad cholesterol and a decrease in good cholesterol.  
- Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function.
- Sugar feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach.      
- Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose and can cause reactive hypoglycemia. 
- Sugar can weaken eyesight. 1
- Sugar can cause many problems with the gastrointestinal tract including: an acidic digestive tract, indigestion, malabsorption in patients with functional bowel disease, increased risk of Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.    
- Sugar can cause premature aging. In fact, the single most important factor that accelerates aging is insulin, which is triggered by sugar. 1
- Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
- Sugar can cause your saliva to become acidic, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.  
- Sugar contributes to obesity.  1
- Sugar can cause autoimmune diseases such as: arthritis, asthma, and multiple sclerosis.  
- Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections) 
- Sugar can cause gallstones.
- Sugar can cause appendicitis.
- Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.
- Sugar can cause varicose veins.
- Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users.
- Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
- Sugar can cause a decrease in your insulin sensitivity thereby causing an abnormally high insulin levels and eventually diabetes.  
- Sugar can lower your Vitamin E levels.
- Sugar can increase your systolic blood pressure.
- Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
- High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs),which are sugar molecules that attach to and damage proteins in your body. AGEs speed up the aging of cells, which may contribute to a variety of chronic and fatal diseases.  1
- Sugar can interfere with your absorption of protein.
- Sugar causes food allergies.
- Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
- Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
- Sugar can cause atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. 
- Sugar can impair the structure of your DNA.
- Sugar can change the structure of protein and cause a permanent alteration of the way the proteins act in your body. 
- Sugar can make your skin age by changing the structure of collagen.
- Sugar can cause cataracts and nearsightedness. 
- Sugar can cause emphysema.
- High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in your body.
- Sugar lowers the ability of enzymes to function.
- Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson’s disease.
- Sugar can increase the size of your liver by making your liver cells divide, and it can increase the amount of fat in your liver, leading to fatty liver disease. 
- Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney such as the formation of kidney stones. Fructose is helping to drive up rates of kidney disease. 1
- Sugar can damage your pancreas.
- Sugar can increase your body’s fluid retention.
- Sugar is enemy #1 of your bowel movement.
- Sugar can compromise the lining of your capillaries.
- Sugar can make your tendons more brittle.
- Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
- Sugar can reduce the learning capacity, adversely affect your children’s grades and cause learning disorders. 
- Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves, which can alter your ability to think clearly.
- Sugar can cause depression.
- Sugar can increase your risk of gout.
- Sugar can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. MRI studies show that adults 60 and older who have high uric acid are four to five times more likely to have vascular dementia, the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s.1
- Sugar can cause hormonal imbalances such as: increasing estrogen in men, exacerbating PMS, and decreasing growth hormone.   
- Sugar can lead to dizziness.
- Diets high in sugar will increase free radicals and oxidative stress.
- A high sucrose diet of subjects with peripheral vascular disease significantly increases platelet adhesion.
- High sugar consumption by pregnant adolescents can lead to a substantial decrease in gestation duration and is associated with a twofold-increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant. 
- Sugar is an addictive substance.
- Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.
- Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon dioxide they produce.
- Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability.
- Your body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch.
- The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects.
- Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition.
- Sugar can impair the function of your adrenal glands.
- Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic processes in normal, healthy individuals, thereby promoting chronic degenerative diseases.
- Intravenous feedings (IVs) of sugar water can cut off oxygen to your brain.
- Sugar increases your risk of polio.
- High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures.
- Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people.
- In intensive care units, limiting sugar saves lives.
- Sugar may induce cell death.
- In juvenile rehabilitation centers, when children were put on low sugar diets, there was a 44 percent drop in antisocial behavior.
- Sugar dehydrates newborns.
- Sugar can cause gum disease.
It should now be crystal clear just how damaging sugar is. You simply cannot achieve your highest degree of health and vitality if you are consuming a significant amount of it.
Fortunately, your body has an amazing ability to heal itself when given the basic nutrition it needs, and your liver has an incredible ability to regenerate. If you start making changes today, your health WILL begin to improve, returning you to the state of vitality that nature intended.
What Else Does the Science Say about the Health Impact of Fructose?
According to GreenMedInfo.com, scientific studies have linked fructose to about 30 different specific diseases and health problems. Select the hyperlinks provided to review how fructose may:
Raise your blood pressure, and cause nocturnal hypertension Insulin resistance / Type 2 Diabetes Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease(NAFLD) Raise your uric acid levels, which can result in gout and/ormetabolic syndrome Accelerate the progression of chronic kidney disease Intracranial atherosclerosis(narrowing and hardening of the arteries in your skull) Exacerbate cardiac abnormalities if you’re deficient in copper Have a genotoxic effect on the colon Promote metastasis in breast cancer patients Cause tubulointerstitial injury(injury to the tubules and interstitial tissue of your kidney) Promotes obesity and related health problems and diseases Promotes pancreatic cancer growth
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Sexual Health and losing weight myth or fact?
Funny we wrote about this yesterday and look what popped up today?
So we decided to re-post a portion of this post from Healthday discussing sexual health and weight loss.
Weight loss improves the sexual health of obese men with type 2 diabetes, a new study finds.
Australian researchers placed 31 obese men with type 2 diabetes on either a meal replacement-based low-calorie diet or a low-fat, high-protein, reduced-carbohydrate diet meant to decrease calorie intake by 600 calories a day.
A modest weight loss of 5 percent led to an easing of erectile dysfunction and improved sexual desire within eight weeks, and these improvements continued for 12 months, according to the study published Aug. 5 in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Problems with urinary tract function also improved, the team added. All of these point to positive increases in sexual health for men.
“Our findings are consistent with the evidence that not only erectile function, but also lower urinary tract symptoms are a marker of cardio-metabolic risk,” noted Gary Wittert, of the University of Adelaide, in a journal news release.
The findings support previous research showing that lifestyle changes can have a positive effect on sexual function, according to journal editor-in-chief Irwin Goldstein.
“At a time when oral drugs are very popular, it can now be shown that weight loss is an important non-pharmacologic therapeutic intervention in restoring erectile and urinary function and cardiovascular health,” he said in the news release.
More information on sexual health can be found here.
Sexual workouts good or bad?
Well I wanted to tackle this issue today as it came up in conversation last night and sparked some interest and research.
First off there are determining factors much like factors in a workout. How many calories you burn depends on the duration and, ahem, vigor of the activity.
A moderate 20 minute romp will burn only about 28 calories, 32 at a more energetic rate — but you can burn close to 100 calories if the fun lasts for an hour.
How sex can be a workout.
No matter how much your partner pleads, you can’t substitute workout time in the sack for time on the treadmill or a three-mile run.
However, certain sexual positions do work different muscle groups — some so much, in fact, that you might not be able to make it to the gym the next day.
So even though sex is great and does have benefits unless you’re doing porn or have incredible stamina and the partner your with also has the same stamina.
So you will probably get more physical benefits from a traditional workout routine.
So in closing you should keep working out and then you will be able to keep working out your sexual appetite. For more information on sexual health for men and women go to our other pages here.
Sex does do a lot to help you body and mind.
The endorphin’s released during sex give you a peaceful feeling, calming, and happy. (At least for me how about you?)
Also if you work out regularly you will find that sex is better, your stamina is better, and you less likely to have sex related issues.
For example man can and do battle with ED, and Women battle with a low sex drive as we get older, but also as we get out of shape.
Studies show people who stay fit have better sex throughout their entire life.
So for me sex is great and I’m going to keep working out in the gym so I can keep working out in the bedroom.
How about any of you have you noticed a difference in your sex life from eating healthy and exercising?
First I had a beer which I am not known to do at all, but one single Corona Light called my name and I answered by filling it with spices and lime and drank it. How is that for a person writing about fitness?
I ate a nice healthy home made cabbage soup for dinner which was great but, I stayed up late (12:30am) and ate 2 peanut butter and syrup sandwiches while watching the NFL channel. Again what a fitness goal I have set for me this week….
I woke up with bad dreams and acid reflux…YUCK!
I can feel the fact I ate poorly yesterday today, but I am determined and have just finished my second workout. Heart rate is good and I do feel better after working out although my stomach is not happy about that late night snack.
I am also resisting the urge to weight myself every day. I do not want that aquire some type of nervous habit worrying about my daily weight as my goal is to reduce my stomach and waist size and if I replace it with muscle I am happy. Many fitness experts agree with this so I am working on it without worrying. I could end up weighing 200lbs which would be only a 26lb weight loss from my start, but be fit and that is fine with me.
So to all of you who feel like you need to check the scales every day, resist the dark side and keep your eye on the long term prize not the daily ups and downs. Fitness is a lifelong adventure and some days we may not be a good about maintaining our routines than other days but if we win more times than we lose we should all be good.
Fitness routines are there to help us along our Journey.
I feel better how about you?
I promised you all pictures and have been reluctant to post them so I had my wife take these fitness pictures specifically for this. I wore a fitting t-shirt as well Cheeseburger in Paradise because we all love our burgers! Who hoo I look just like fitness guru Tony Horton.
These are when I was 219lbs. I had already lost 7 lbs from the diet and exercise. I carry all my weight around my belly and you can see some in the face as well. For a guy who worked for one of the biggest fitness companies in the world I feel out of shape and tired.
We can do this and it is not that hard it just take discipline and effort. Fitness is a lifestyle but also it is made up of habits and habits are made or broken over 30 days. We just have to keep working even when we do not want to until our body and mind catch up. To keep track of my progress with me check out additional posts here.
Fitness is a great stress reliever.
For over 2 weeks now I have been working out 6 days a week for 30 minutes in 3 – 10 minute workouts.
First off let me tell you I feel great! I do seem to have more energy, I feel better after I work out than I do before, and I am not carrying the stress I was carrying before I started working out. Even though I have more things to be stressed out about now than before.
Fitness is a forgotten method for dealing with daily issues.
The time working out is used to contemplate issues, and alleviating pent-up stress and frustrations.
(I am carrying a lot of stress as we launch a new company and the financial strain that puts on the family)
Not to mention the fact I am 16 lbs lighter…..Yup 16 lbs lighter. I can almost see my feet looking straight down and for me that is huge!!!
So to everyone else out there you can do this just create a fitness routine and do not vary from it.
Now my wife is walking 1 mile a day and starting to get in shape as well. Fitness will soon become a way of life for my whole family and I am leading the way.
If I had not made the decision to make fitness and part of my life and document the journey to fitness, my family could have ended up much like many families in the US. Fat computer nerds playing video games and hiding from the sun instead of walking the dog, camping, going places and doing fun things together.
The benefits are overwhelming for your entire family. I will keep posting results and any changes because we are not done yet. I still have 30 lbs to go.
Supplements and vitamins are important but also dangerous if missuses.
Prenatal vitamins are an important source of folate along with other vital nutrients throughout pregnancy. And many women, with the popularity of herbal medicine, use other herbs during pregnancy. They may have been using several of these herbs before for an existing condition. Others, they may use to help cope with some of the physical troubles that go with pregnancy. The following supplements and food additives should be avoided during pregnancy to avoid potential problems with the health of the baby.
Quinine – Quinine is found in many drinks like tonic water, and these are
popular because of their somewhat bitter taste. However it was found that one
woman who drunk a lot more than 1 liter of tonic water a day whilst she was
pregnant, had a infant who was suffering withdrawal symptoms when it was born. It
had nervous tremors in a day of being born, which disappeared 2 months after.
Germany’s BfR (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) suggests that pregnant
women treat quinine drinks, no matter how small the amount of quinine in them,
as a medicinal item, and avoid them as a preventative measure during pregnancy.
Ginseng- One of the more than 20 active constituents of ginseng was
discovered by researchers at the Chinese University of the Hong Kong Prince of
Wales Hospital to be a feasible cause for problem for pregnant women.
One of the problems with studying active constituents in herbal medicine is
that the whole herbal extract might have a really different overall impact than
a single constituent. This is because of the manner active principles both work
together and counteract one another. These 2 aspects, the fact that the
research was not performed on humans, and doesn’t gauge the general effect of
the whole ginseng extract, imply that its results ought to be treated
cautiously. As a safety precaution, at this time, it is best to at least avoid
ginseng supplements during the first trimester, as the authors of the study
suggest, and most likely for the whole of the pregnancy. But ginseng should
certainly not be labeled dangerous as a result of this study as it is just
quite a preliminary finding in the general picture, and much more points the
way as to where further research needs to be completed.
Ginkgo Biloba- Ginkgo biloba is another supplement that’s best avoided
whilst pregnant. Researchers at Wayne State University in Detroit found one of
the constituents of ginkgo biloba in the placenta of women who had taken ginkgo
supplements. This specific constituent, an alkaloid called colchicine, could be
fatal in high doses, though medicinally, it has great anti-inflammatory
effects. Other research has discovered that cochicine can harm a growing fetus.
The possible problem with taking ginkgo supplements on a regular basis whilst
pregnant is that colchicine can accumulate in the womb, like caffeine when taken
excessively of the suggested highest possible amounts. The researchers did
stress that there was no link established in the study between ginkgo and
complications in the pregnancy, the study only looked at levels of colchicine
in the womb.
Is Billy’s Bootcamp Cardio Inferno the same as kickboxing? Not hardly, but it is a solid workout. I tested it out as a first step back into working out after a year long injury brought me to a stand still. Granted I probably should add in some pilates or bikram yoga to get the muscles good and loosened up, but admittedly the macho in me just has not been able to go there. I’ll man up one day and try those out.
The cardio inferno starts off with some stretching, something as I understand other Taebo DVD’s sometimes lack. Then moves into a solid pace with easy to follow movements and decent cardio intensity. All followed by some more stretching. I worked out with Billy in my game room with limited space for movement, but I was able to complete all movements with only slight modification. Not too mention this dvd just requires you and some workout attire, making it very suitable for beginners or born again athletes. I picked up a copy of my dvd at my local Target, but I’ve seen many better deals online. I’ll hang on to this dvd for the times I’m looking for some solid cardio that won’t leave me completely wiped out. If you are looking to grace the covers of your favorite fitness magazine, then you will need to add in a lot more than this dvd. Overall I say that you should definitely give Billy’s workout a try if you are a beginner or born again athlete.