Tag Archives: obesity

Ninja Niblets: October 31, 2011

31 Oct

Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday. Don’t OD on the candy, but definitely indulge a little bit and enjoy this fun time of year. 🙂

Just a few niblets to get you started this week.

FitSugar: Weight Loss Fact or Fiction

There are so many facts floating around out there about weight loss, it’s hard to discern what is a myth and what is a fact. What diets work, what doesn’t, what type of exercise is best, the list goes on. Read this quick post from Fitsugar.com and help get some answers.

Shape Magazine: Halloween Candy That’s Double the Trouble

Tonight is the night to indulge in your sugar cravings a bit, but it’s good to have some knowledge of what you’re consuming before you go on a serious candy binge you may regret later. Some candy really is better than others. Shape Magazine offers a quick quiz on which candy is better for you.

Self Magazine: Healthy Candy Choices

Believe it or not, some candy is actually healthy for you, in small doses. Dark chocolate is great for your heart, popcorn is full of fiber and chewing gum keeps you alert and gives you an energy boost. Check out Self Magazine’s sweet healthy options.

Self Magazine: Halloween Pets

And finally, it’s Halloween, so let’s have some fun. What can be cuter than an adorable dog in a great costume! Enjoy this fun photo slideshow from Self Magazine. Have a great Halloween!




Half of America Obese by 2030?

18 Oct

ABC News: Half of America Obese By 2030?

I read the above article tonight on ABC News and was shocked to find that if we keep going at our current rate, 50% of America will be obese by the year 2030. That’s not just overweight or carrying around some extra pounds, that is obese. According to the article, this will end up costing Americans $66 billion a year in health costs.

I don’t know why, but this shocks me. I cannot believe that our obesity rate is this bad. I don’t know why I can’t believe it given our society. Everywhere I look food is processed, frozen or bought from a take-out chain. A large majority of people I know or am acquainted with don’t exercise regularly. I guess it isn’t that shocking when I really start to look around me and our country, but still, to comprehend that one out of every 2 people will be obese by 2030 is crazy. My family of 3 are all slender. My dad and I work out regularly and watch what we eat. My mother is just one of those lucky folks with sky high metabolism. Yet, according to the statistic, one of my family could be obese in 20 years.

This country needs drastic, severe help to stop this. We’re already in deep economical trouble and our healthcare system is a mess, if we had another $66 billion in healthcare costs every year, we’ll really be in trouble. We’re one of the wealthiest nations in the world and yet our health seems to be among the poorest, even including some third world countries.

Michelle Obama has initiated programs to improve school lunches and her “Let’s Move” exercise campaign, but we need a massive overhaul to fix this situation. Left and right, more and more fast food restaurants are opening up in my town, despite the economy. Yet, in reality, junk food is actually fairly expensive. It’s just faster than cooking your own food. But if people could realize that they could save money by not eating out so much, then maybe they’d be willing to sacrifice some extra time. A thirty minute walk 3 times a week makes a huge difference for a person’s health, yet millions of people claim they have no time to do it. In a week of 168 hours, you really can’t spare 1.5 hours to improve your health?

America has been a leader in so many things around the world both now and in history. We need to be a leader again, in good health, not in obesity. Change your future and start making small changes today. Lao Tzu said, “the journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.” Pack a bag of carrot sticks and head out on a 30 minute walk. Repeat three times a week. That’s making a small change that will deliver a big impact.

Ninja Niblets: Quick Links for Your Monday

17 Oct

Kick off a new week with some quick links with recipes, exercise tips and diet options that will help you get on a healthy track.

FitSugar: What 100 Calories Looks Like in Halloween Candy
Craving chocolate like no other, but no prepared to commit to a full-sized Snickers bar that typically packs 280 calories? Try these Halloween “fun size” goodies for only 100 calories.

FitSugar: Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Don’t have time to make a big elaborate meal? Try a quick, healthy smoothie instead. Make your own so you know exactly what’s going in it, unlike the mall places that pack in loads of extra calories and sugar.

Fitness Magazine: 10 Easy Ways to Sneak in a Workout
We’re all busy with work, family and a social life, but missing a workout is not an option when you’re trying to lead a healthy lifestyle. Take a cue from Fitness Magazine and learn how to sneak in a workout, no matter how busy you are.

Shape Magazine: 50 Fall Foods To Slim You Down
Take advantage of the foods in season during fall and use them to get slim. Healthy snacks like apples and pumpkin seeds are readily available during the fall months and are packed with nutrition and low in calories.

Have a great week, everybody!

Ready for an Overweight President?

30 Sep

Will America Vote for An Overweight President?

Yesterday I saw an article on ABC News about New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s possible run for president in 2012. The article was wondering if America would vote for an overweight man to become president and based on the article’s preliminary information, it sounded like no. Although I was appalled, I guess I can say that I really wasn’t that shocked. Or was I?

The world of politics has gotten more and more corrupt over the years and in the world of 24 hour news, nothing is a secret. Sex scandals, prejudice, faux-pas are all the norm now in politics. Yet those things are overlooked and accepted. Sure Clinton got into some trouble with the ladies and was impeached, but face it, he was an extremely popular president and considered very, very successful. Bush faced controversy by getting us into the Iraq war and the mess that led to, yet he was reelected.

To me, those seem like pretty big issues, but yet the thing America will hold against a potential candidate is their weight. Is it right that someone who could potentially be a fantastic leader of this nation (I know nothing about him or his political views so please take this theoretically) be held back from the position just because he weighs a lot? Are we really that shallow?

The article argues that Americans want a healthy president in office due to the fact it is such a high stress job and being in good health is key to handle it. Yet, one in three Americans is obese and the rate is expected to climb over the years. So isn’t that a little the pot calling the kettle black?

Entertainer Kelly Osbourne said she received far more flack in the press for her weight than she ever did for her numerous trips to rehab to battle drug and alcohol addiction. The first things tabloids point out once a star has had a baby is how fast they are back to their regular body and have lost the baby weight.

For a country with an obesity epidemic as high as ours, we sure are hypocritical to our leaders, entertainers and other public figures in expect rail thin, health freaks when we as a nation can’t seem to accomplish it.

I personally think that when choosing a president, I care more about his views on different global and national issues and whether or not he can help our country over his weight. I do agree that the president should be healthy, but I think all people should strive to be healthy. And I’m certainly not going to base my vote on a candidate’s weight.

Grazing Packs on the Pounds

26 Sep

ABC News: Grazing Packs on the Pounds

I came across this article from ABC News that discusses how grazing packs on pounds. To me, this seemed fairly obvious and seemed like an odd article choice. However, once I read it, I realized apparently this is not obvious. It is preached a lot by those in the health community to eat five or six small meals a day to prevent major blood sugar dips and prevent overeating at meals because too much time has passed.

Snacking between meals, apparently, is seen has following this advice. However, small snacks are supposed to be 150 – 200 calories, but most pack in snacks of 350 – 500 calories. Advertisers mislead consumers by naming their products things that sound healthy. The example used in the article was renaming “candy chews” to “fruit chews” and suddenly people bought and ate more of them, thinking they were healthy.

Snacking is important and can be healthy. If you go more than 4 hours without eating, your blood sugar drops and you tend to get ravenously hungry where you will start packing in junk food. The article suggests making up your own snack packs and taking them to work or with you in the car when you have a lot of errands. There are lots of healthy foods that are convenient to eat on the go, but are full of vitamins and low in calories.

Try packing an apple and some almonds for a snack. The protein and fiber will keep you feeling full longer plus the sugar in the apple will give you a little boost when the afternoon doldrums hit. Pack bags of dried fruit (caution: look for natural dried fruit, not packages full of sugar and preservatives) with some pretzel sticks (watch the sodium) and create your own trail mix. If you have access to a fridge at work, string cheese makes a great snack too.

If you bring your own snacks and have them easily available, you are much more likely to pass up vending machines and goodies left in the company break room.

Ninja Niblets: September 23, 2011

23 Sep

Just a few links and niblets to get your weekend started. Have a great weekend and try to incorporate some physical exercise into your time off. Take a nice walk, go for a run, go for a bike ride to enjoy fall weather!

High Intensity is Best for Burning Calories
FitSugar.com posted an article about a study recently done that has shown high intensity workouts are the best for burning calories. Some have theorized that long, slow workouts will get a good fat burn going, but in reality it’s high intensity workouts. So hop on the treadmill or elliptical and do some speed intervals for 30 minutes. Try 30 seconds high speed, 1 minute medium speed and do this on and off for 30 minutes. According to the study, your caloric burn will last for another 14 hours!

FitSugar: High Intensity Workouts Best

7 Exercise Machines to Skip
Not all exercise machines are created equal. Some cause more harm than good and others don’t do anything. Check out this list from Shape Magazine.

Shape Magazine: 7 Exercise Machines to Skip

Last Chance Workout
Have a race coming up? Runner’s World has come up with last chance workout plans to implement the week before a 5K, 10K, half or full marathon to help improve your speed for the race itself.

Runner\'s World: Last Chance Race Workout

Have a great weekend!

Weight Watchers a Success

8 Sep

ABC News: Weight Watchers Most Effective Diet

A recent study has shown that the popular diet Weight Watchers is the most effective weight loss plan. Over 700 obese adults in Australia, the UK and Germany were studied and given different diet plans. Those who did watchers as opposed to checking in with a regular nutritionist or doctor as well as other plans were the most successful.

Weight Watchers participants lost on average about 11 pounds while those on other plans lost only 5 pounds. The diet is basically calorie counting and portion control, but uses an easier, faster system with points. No food is off-limits in Weight Watchers and it is basically a lifestyle change as opposed to a weird, fad diet.

I can see how it would be the most successful. Not only is the food plan the most realistic, but the weekly group support can really do wonders for people in terms of sticking with it. It helps to have other people in your situation and share your highs and lows of the week.

I basically did Weight Watchers when I started losing weight, though I just counted calories and kept a food journal. No foods were off-limits as long as they fit within my daily allotment of calories. This is honestly the simplest method to losing weight and it is the most successful because people CAN stick to it. It is a lifestyle change of cutting portions and exercising. That can be done over a lifetime. Never eating carbs again or drinking liquid syrup with lemon juice cannot be maintained!

The only downside to Weight Watchers is that it’s somewhat expensive. Plans can cost as much as $40 a month, which is a lot of money depending on your income level. However, think of all the money you’ll save in medications and doctor visits if you can get your weight and health under control. You only get one life and it’s worth investing in. Try Weight Watchers or just try keeping an online food journal like I did. Small steps make the biggest change.