Smoking kills. That idea is universally and scientifically accepted. Millions have died from smoking-related illnesses and many more continue to die. But obesity and excess body fat may be giving smoking a run for it’s money, according to new research. They may even be the new biggest killer.
When it comes to regulating glucose levels in the body, skeletal muscle plays a key role. With obesity, Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases exploding in the US, understanding how this works might be a game-changer. Now a key factor in fat metabolism has been identified.
Self-control has always been a key ingredient in successful weight loss. Overcoming temptation and keeping hunger in check play key roles in the weight loss journey. Research has now shown that specific brain regions, especially those involved with self-regulation and motivation have important roles as well.
We have long suspected a link between diet and depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. A study out of Australia reinforces that belief. It also shines a light on the damage highly-processed fast food can do to human mental health.
Meal planning and preparation might be the thing that separates those who succeed in their fitness pursuits from those who fail. Whether your goal is weight or fat loss, muscle gain or just better performance, learning this skill and sticking with it might be your not-so-secret weapon!
Be honest. During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, you’ve indulged on an oversized meal once or twice. An extra slice of pizza, extra sweets or second helping of comfort food. Occasional overeating probably won’t ruin your health. Making it a habit, however, is a recipe for serious health issues.
Anorexia Nervosa affects about 1 percent of women and 0.3 percent of men over the age of 15. It can cause serious health problems, including digestive system damage, hormonal damage and even heart attacks. If new research is accurate, girls with anorexia may also be at risk of stunted growth.
Fat loss seems to be a goal for just about every dieter and health and fitness enthusiast on the planet. Maybe that’s why so many “miracles” for fat loss hit the market every year. But one tried-and-true, science-backed key does exist. Eating more protein is that key.
Obesity puts you at risk for a variety of life-altering or life-threatening conditions and diseases. These include cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, decreased cognition and a weak immune system. These are all common “side effects” of aging, too. Is obesity just accelerated or premature aging?
This article, written by a University of Alberta writer, highlights some of the challenges and realities of adopting a healthy lifestyle. It also discusses some of the realities of biology and physics when it comes to weight loss and weight management.