Coconut Oil May Reduce White Rice Calories 50-60%

coconut_rice_healthier_caloriesWhite rice is far from a health food, the excessive consumption of which contributes to overweight, obesity and blood sugar disorders, but new research indicates adding coconut oil while cooking it can dramatically alter its nutritional structure and function.

The way that a food will affect your blood sugar depends on a wide range of factors.

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Try the HAND DIET: Measure Food Portions Using just your Fingers, Thumbs and Palm

portionA portion of meat should be no bigger than the palm of your hand

  • Carbs such as pasta should be no bigger than a clenched fist
  • A serving of butter is the size of a fingertip, cheese less than two fingers Continue reading

The Real Facts on Fat Revealed

goodfatsPeople in America are scared of fat; or, at least, of the word fat. But if you consider the number of overweight and obese people, you would actually think that we love and embrace fat.

What’s interesting, though, is that many people misunderstand fat. They believe eating fat contributes to weight gain and results in an unhealthy lifestyle. Continue reading

How Diabetes Could Rob You of Your Hearing

One of the big problems with diabetes is that it can trigger complications that affect certain areas of the body. A new study has delivered health news having to do with hearing: diabetes, if not controlled well, boosts your risk of hearing loss.

The health breakthrough came when examining women between 60 and 75 years of age. Researchers found that those with well-controlled diabetes had better hearing than women with poorly-controlled diabetes. They also found far worse hearing in women younger than 60 who have diabetes.

(Strangely enough, men had worse hearing loss compared to women, regardless of age or if they were diabetic.)

The normal process of aging includes a certain degree of hearing loss. But it is often accelerated in patients with diabetes — especially if blood-glucose levels are not under control with diet and medication. Their study was published last week in Miami at a medical conference.

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Treat Sleep Apnea Non-Surgically and Prevent Other Medical Complications

saDid you know…there is a simple, non-surgical solution to treat sleep apnea and the many serious risks and health problems that go along with it?

“Apnea” is a Greek word that means “without breath”. Those with sleep apnea literally stop breathing during their sleep, up to 100 times each night, and for as long as 1 minute each time. The most common form of the condition—obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)—is typically caused by a collapse of the soft tissues at the back of the throat.

The most recent data from the National Institutes of Health states that more than 12 million Americans suffer from dangerous sleep apnea. Continue reading

Foods Rich in Protein, Dairy Products Help Dieters Preserve Muscle and Loose Belly Fat

New research suggests a higher-protein, lower-carbohydrate energy-restricted diet has a major positive impact on body composition, trimming belly fat and increasing lean muscle, particularly when the proteins come from dairy products.

The study, published in the September issue of the Journal of Nutrition, compared three groups of overweight and obese, but otherwise healthy, premenopausal women. Each consumed either low, medium or high amounts of dairy foods coupled with higher or lower amounts of protein and carbohydrates.

The women exercised seven days per week for four months, a routine that included five days  Continue reading

Food Flavanols help Weight Management Goals

A wealth of new scientific evidence shines a critical light on the importance of natural foods and nutritional compounds in the fight against overweight, obesity and weight maintenance. Virtually all alternative health experts agree, the current epidemic of weight control issues plaguing western society are the result of excess consumption of highly processed convenience foods that have replaced vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds in the diet. Three independent studies conclude that blueberries, resveratrol from red grapes and cocoa flavanols exert a potent effect on fat cell formation that can aid in weight loss and management goals when included as part of your daily diet.

Blueberries have been well documented for their cognitive and cardio-protective benefits, due in large part to the potent complex of anthocyanins that give the berry its deep blue color. Researchers reporting the results of a study to the Experimental Biology 2011 conference have found that blueberries may hold the key to resolving one of the largest threats to human health this century – overweight and obesity. Continue reading

The Many Healing Benefits of Bananas

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.

But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet. Continue reading

How To Slow Down Your Eating

Slow down, you eat too fast!

It takes 20 minutes for our stomach to tell our brains that we are full. If we eat fast, we can eat way past what we need. This causes us to be overweight, develop chronic health problems and reduce our quality and quantity of life.

Slow down using this “Fork Down!” technique that has helped many people. You may even notice yourself tasting your food, enjoying it more and losing weight.

Here’s How:

  1. Put food in your mouth.
  2. Put your fork, spoon, or chopsticks on the table.
  3. Release your fork, spoon or chopsticks from your hand.
  4. Chew your food. Chew it well. Pay attention to taste and texture.
  5. Empty your mouth.
  6. Pick up your fork and reload it with food. (Do not do step six until your mouth is 100% empty.)
  7. Continue the technique through the whole meal. Notice if your eating time increases. Notice too if you naturally eat less.

Lack of Sleep May Be Linked to Childhood Obesity

Infants and preschoolers who don’t get enough sleep at night are at increased risk for later childhood obesity, a new study suggests.

The researchers also found that daytime naps are not an adequate substitute for lost nighttime sleep in terms of preventing obesity.

The study included 1,930 U.S. children, ages 1 month to 13 years, who were divided into two groups — younger (ages 1 month to 59 months) and older (ages 5 to 13 years). Data on the children was collected at the start of the study (baseline) in 1997 and again in 2002 (follow-up).

At the follow-up, 33 percent of the younger children and 36 percent of the older children were overweight or obese. Among the younger children, lack of sufficient nighttime sleep at baseline was associated with increased risk for later overweight or obesity.

Among the older children, the amount of sleep at baseline was not associated with weight at follow-up. However, a lack of nighttime sleep at follow-up was associated with increased risk of a shift from normal weight to overweight and from overweight to obesity, the study found.

The findings “suggest that there is a critical window prior to age 5 years when nighttime sleep may be important for subsequent obesity status,” wrote Janice F. Bell of the University of Washington in Seattle, and Frederick J. Zimmerman of the University of California, Los Angeles.

“Sleep duration is a modifiable risk factor with potentially important implications for obesity prevention and treatment,” the authors concluded. “Insufficient nighttime sleep among infants and preschool-aged children appears to be a lasting risk factor for subsequent obesity, while contemporaneous sleep appears to be important to weight status in adolescents. Napping had no effects on the development of obesity and is not a substitute for sufficient nighttime sleep,” they added.