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Does Healthy Obesity Really Good?

If you’re trying to think about the title of this post then I don’t blame you if you feel that it is somehow sketchy because for me it seems to be questionable already by itself and or if it does really exist. One question that you might be asking is that, is there any obese individual that is healthy? But whether you believe it or not, it is indeed possible that you may be healthy despite being overweight or obese because some individual can be considered as obese yet they are metabolically healthy. It means that a person has normal metabolic markers, and in layman’s term, they have normal cholesterol levels, blood pressure and blood sugar readings despite the excess weight they have had.

However, in the new research published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine, states that being overweight or obese even if you appears to have normal metabolic markers, you still carry a higher risk of cardiovascular problems in the long run. That includes back pain, heart disease stroke and diabetes. And according to the new research findings, an obese person has a higher percentage risk of experiencing signs and symptoms related to cardiovascular problems which may accumulate over time and may lead to premature death.

And to sum it up, if you are obese or has excess body weight even if your metabolic markers are within the healthy range you are still considered having an increased risk of experiencing cardiovascular problems. And in the end, it is still not okay to be overweight or obese because of the numerous health risks that consistently go along with it and that the metabolic markers are not the right measurement for being healthy.

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A Look at Food That Should Not Occupy Shelf-Space In Your Kitchen

It is not easy to hunt for healthy food items every week especially when you are inundated with loads of work on your schedule; office, social life, family, exercise and workout etc. and the list goes on and on. This is why it is important more than ever to maintain healthy staples in your kitchen or your refrigerator especially if you are trying to avoid fast food or pinching and looking to continue your fitness goals. However, some long life shelf foods such as pasta sauce, bleached white rice, or canned soup can negate your fitness goals that you have been gunning to achieve. On the other hand, choosing high nutrition foods that are power packed with dense vitamins and minerals will not only help you build your muscles but will maintain your endurance for a longer time, when you are training and provide you with much more energy throughout the day.Young Chef

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Make a decision today to swap these unhealthy foods for healthy food options and watch as your fitness goals come to fruition.

  1. Banish breakfast cereals that are ready to eat. Most of us are easily fooled when reading labels on packaged food products, and more so when going through a cereal box. Almost every food manufacturer adds copious amounts of vitamins and minerals to junk cereals and makes them appear as healthy breakfast choices. However, even so-called healthy breakfast cereals are extremely high in sugar and can quickly diminish your fitness goals in an instant. Instead stock on steel cut oats for sustained energy and performance. Soak steel cut oats much in advance, preferably overnight and in the morning blend it with fresh fruit, nuts and almond milk for renewed vitality and nourishment.
  2. Banish pretzels for life. Even if you are offered pretzels that claim to be fat free and made of whole grain, it still lacks necessary fibre, healthy protein and healthy fat. In short, even if you were to consume an entire bag of pretzels at one go you will still feel unsatisfied thus craving for more. Instead, if you are looking for a small snack to keep you full, chomp on pistachios. Pistachios deliver high quality nourishment and keep you feeling full while satisfying your craving for something salty without adding on to unhealthy fat. Experts recommend eating in-shell pistachios, as breaking shells tends to slow down the act of eating and you will realise that you have consumed almost half the quantity than you would have otherwise.
  3. Banish white rice from all kinds of meals. In spite of its harmless and fluffy appearance, white rice is basically nothing but a means to storing additional fat. This is because, white rice is completely stripped of antioxidants, healthful fibre, and important nutrients and basically it does not provide any kind of nourishment to the body other than simple carbohydrates. By consuming white rice, a sudden spike is created in blood sugar and insulin levels leading to storage of fat. Instead, stock up on wild rice, red rice, black rice or brown rice. Although, these uncommon rice variants may be a little high on cost it is still worthwhile to substitute such wholesome coloured rice for white. Whole grain rice is digested and absorbed more slowly into the digestive system as it contains a dense amount of fibre, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. This leads to a very slow rise in blood sugar and insulin levels thus allowing the body to utilise good starch instead of reserving it in fat cells.

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Simple Workouts You Can Do Just About Everywhere

In general, people think that you would have to spend long hours at the gym before you can get fit and healthy. With this in mind, most people tend to slide away from having an active and healthy lifestyle due to the fact that they do not have the luxury of time to spend at the gym plus the cost that it would incur too. The important thing that people should understand is you do not have to spend too much time to sweat. There are lots of alternative to this!

One good alternative is doing nano workouts. These are the workouts which you can do just about everywhere! Here are some simple nano workouts that you can try:

In the bathroom

Do squats while you are brushing, shaving or drying your hair. This type of workout targets your thigh.

On the couch

Try to lean your body back and raise your legs a bit and try to pedal it. This works on your lower legs as well as abs.

In the streets

Try sitting in street furniture. Sit straight then start moving your legs towards your shoulders and chest. Do this repeatedly. This resembles sit ups but in a vertical position.

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In the grocery

Carry your shopping bags up and down like you would a dumb bell. This one will target the upper arms.

While walking

Walk straight with your abs tensed. This one will shape up your abs.

At the office

Push your office chair back. Utilize it as your dip station. This one will help strengthen your triceps.

While lying in bed

Your head should be placed beyond the edge of the bed. Hold this position for about a couple of minutes. This will strengthen neck muscles.

These exercises may seem simple and minimal that it would not have any impact to your health. However, the efficiency of an exercise does not rely solely on its intensity. The effects of these exercises will accumulate overtime and you will certainly be able to see a big difference in your body and health!

The Aftermath of the Holiday Season

The holiday season’s celebration starts to wane down slowly and everyone is back to reality as they go back to their daily lifestyle. But I am very much sure that everyone has enjoyed the yuletide season with gifts there and here. And the holiday revelry always comes with plenty of eating spree of all sorts that is hard to resist. It became the number one reason why many are gaining weight at the start of every year and that is a statistical fact from many research and studies.

This made clubs and gym memberships to hit high in demands which made many companies to take advantage of the sudden influx by enticing them with discount advertising. Nonetheless, it is always a possibility that you’re going to have huge savings with discount codes and coupons that could give you a breather in making your monthly financial budget. Especially right now were the global financial crisis is still looming around.

On the other hand, not only those involve in physical fitness programs were you can save but also manufacturers of natural and organic foods and food supplements. But just make sure that you scrutinize what you are buying considering that there are a lot of bogus products that you can find in the market right now. That is because of the high demands and the change of mindset by many individuals in consuming healthy foods.