Youth Obesity Rages Out Of Control

Years ago, it was rare to see an obese adult and almost unheard of to see an obese young person. Don’t believe it? Just watch old movies or television shows. Even in crowd scenes, at sporting events, etc. Americans were almost uniformly of average weight. All that has changed. Americans seemed to be divided into two groups, the overly thin, bordering on eating disorder crowd, imitating their favorite actress, or the overweight, moving in the direction of obese.

It’s truly amazing when you think about it. In just the past 30 years, obesity amongst young people has more than doubled, and the percentage of those who are overweight has sometimes tripled! According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, Among young people, the prevalence of overweight increased from 5.0% to 13.9% for those aged 2-5 years, 6.5% to 18.8% for those aged 6-11 years, and 5.0% to 17.4% for those aged 12-19 years.

If the above trend continues, and it will continue unless something is changed, overweight and obesity rates will continue to rise. Concurrently, adult rates will rise as well, especially troubling when you consider the fact that heart disease is already the Number One Killer in America. In addition to Heart Disease, other dangers include:

Hypertension
Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
Type 2 diabetes
Coronary heart disease
Stroke
Gallbladder disease
Osteoarthritis
Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
Some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)

It is quite possible that all of the above to be exacerbated by poor diet. Fried foods, fast food, candy and other junk foods are taking Americans on a short road to an early grave.
You may think, “It’s impossible, look how readily available these types of junk food, fast food and candy are available. There’s no way our society and government would allow it. Well, for readers who are a bit older, just think back to cigarettes. They used to have athletes doing commercials saying Lucky Strikes helped them play better. Doctors used to prescribe cigarettes to women for nerves. So it’s possible our society is at that same crossroads where junk food, fast food and candy are concerned.

What can be done? Simply put, there needs to be a change in this country and it start with our nations schoolchildren. There needs to be more emphasis on exercise and nutrition. This means less junk food, less fast food, and more Healthy Solutions. One of the healthy objectives of the CDC is to reduce the prevalence of obesity amongst adults to less than 15%. The problem is the trend is not going in the right direction, as the situation is worsening. Only time will tell whether America can let go of junk food and fast food addiction and embrace Healthy Solutions

Lose Your Tummy Fat

What I do know is that everyone wants to be lean, energetic, and healthy. At one point in time, almost everyone has wanted to lose their tummy fat. Most people have tried so many different times in the past to exercise and diet with no success that they have given up. Heck, every year losing tummy fat is the #1 New Years Resolution. Most people do not even stick with their fat loss plan more that a couple weeks.

The reason why most of you have not had success at firming your midsection and keeping the fat off is because:

We have too much (bad) information
You do not have a specific, effective, fat loss plan
You are close-minded
You have been lying to yourself for years
Your body is toxic, acidic, and tired

What I see, is many people working out for two hours a day, four to five days a week. That’s a total of 12- 15 hours per week including travel to and from gym, and getting no results. We can only do that for too long before we start rationalizing:

I have a slow metabolism, bad thyroid, messed up adrenals
Exercise doesn’t work
All those before and after pictures of success stories are lies
I am big boned like my family
I don’t have enough time to work out

If you are in this group then please finish this article with an open mind considering our time and our health are by far the two most precious resources that we have.

No one has ever been ever to come up with more that 1440 minutes in a day. It is the same for every-one, whether you are black, white, or any color in between, rich, poor, young or old.

BAD FAT LOSS, FITNESS, DIET INFORMATION; I will start out by saying that even the best information in the world is worthless without purpose or passion. Because we just won’t act on it consistently with out some kind of pep in our step if we don’t have a reason too. If you are going to lose your tummy fat

Consider that the majority of what we hear is spoon fed to us and is propaganda. The big companies are spending millions on try to brain wash us so we will buy their product. One of the biggest ones that I deal with almost on a daily basis is that milk is good for us, good for calcium and strong bones, right? Wrong. Who do you think has been paying for those commercials on television for the last 50 years? That’s right, the milk industry.

Other sources of information may not have an agenda, but they may be misinformed themselves.
Make sure that you pick reputable sources to follow.

NOT HAVING A PLAN; the old saying, when you fail to plan you are planning to fail. The #1 reason why most people are working out and wasting their time or have given up is because they do not have a specific work-out and nutrition plan. If you do a work-out without a firm plan it will take twice as long and you will accomplish almost nothing. Anyone can accomplish the best most effective fat burning work-outs in between 30 and 60 minutes.

CLOSEMINDEDNESS; one of my pet peeves is when an individual is so strongly opinionated that he or she says to the hell with everyone else’s ideas. I believe that both open and close mindedness can serve us. Trust me, we should always be learning, no matter how much we know. To think that we know all there is to know about something is absurd.

One strategy that has worked well for my clients as well as me is to remain close minded with one specific work-out strategy and one specific nutrition strategy for a 12 week stretch of time. Then become open minded to consider different strategies for exercise and nutrition. Pick some new methods and use those in a close minded fashion for another 12 week stretch. This is the only way that you will find out what works and what does not work for fat loss.

PEOPLE ARE LYING TO THEMSELVES; maybe this is a little harsh but maybe the average person needs to be slapped across the face and realize that they are just settling in life and that over the course of 10, 20, maybe 30 years they have become merely a shell and are walking around in a daze not being real about the quality of their life.

Let’s stand up!! Let’s look in the mirror!! If you through a rat in boiling water, it would jump right out immediately. But if you put that same rat in bath water a cranked the heat up under the bath water he would stay in the water and boil to death. The point I am trying to make is to be aware and real with yourself.

OUR BODIES ARE TOXIC AND ACIDIC; with today’s environment and life-styles our bodies are challenged more than ever before in the history of man-kind. The stresses of today’s fast-paced information age life-style, with the lack of physical activity because of all the technological advances, (we don’t even have to leave our bedroom and we could still manage to do every-thing that we needed to get done in a day or two), along with the massive consumption of over-produced over processed, over preserved foods that are full of chemicals that have no place in our bodies. Most people are full of toxins and acids in such amounts that their health is compromised and they are barely hanging on just waiting for some disease or sickness to surface.

The first step to cleaning toxins out of our bodies and becoming less acidic is to commit to a fitness routine and healthy nutrition plan that includes less processed man made foods. If it came from a plant eat it, if it was made in a plant stay away from it.

I do believe that a lot of people are wasting incredibly valuable time in the gym. Do not commit to an exercise plan if it takes more than 5 to 6 hours per week.

I do believe that the majority of people are over-weight, have low energy, and are slowly eating themselves into the grave with their teeth, but its not because they are lazy, have no self-discipline, and are content on just getting by. For I am no different than you, I am nothing special, and if I felt that was true about you, it would also go for me. I feel that it is because the masses are fed bad information, and don’t have a plan, maybe some-what close-minded, get runned down and start lying to themselves, but most of all because their bodies are toxic, tired, and acidic.

Good Nutrition Tips That Work For Busy People

Nutrition is often misunderstood as quite a simple and easy thing. However, without the right knowledge about nutrition, you could be missing essential parts to your diet. This article will provide you with the crucial parts included in a healthy nutrition plan. You don’t miss important events, why miss essential elements of our diet?

Replace white flour items with different whole grain products. The difference between whole wheat and normal grains is that whole wheat have a higher fiber and protein content. Eating whole grains can improve cholesterol levels and help you feel full longer. Check the ingredients list for the word “whole.” If it isn’t there, NEXT!

One of the most important nutrients that your body needs is water. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Preferably, use filtered tap water to simultaneously avoid cluttering the environment with bottles but also avoid drinking any chemicals or contaminants that may be found in your local tap water supply.

A great way to get a healthy and nutritional start to your day is with a balanced breakfast. Include a protein source, such as a dairy product, a carbohydrate source such as cereal or toast, and a fruit or vegetable such as a banana. This will keep you from getting hungry later as well.

Always read your nutrition labels when you are purchasing food from a store. You can make yourself aware of ingredients to avoid and also make healthier choices to add to your diet. Keeping track of food this way can ensure that you do not overeat by providing you with serving sizes.

For optimal health, include foods in your daily diet that contain probiotics. Probiotics are the good bacteria that live inside your body. They aid in digestion and the proper break-down of foods so your body can absorb the nutrients efficiently. They work against the bad bacteria that sometimes invade your digestive system and cause diarrhea.

Eat nuts as a healthy snack food. Nuts are not just good for you, they also help you feel full. There are many different flavors of nuts out there. You can even try soaking them in water for a different texture. Just be sure you don’t have a nut allergy before snacking.

If you are a vegetarian, make sure your nutrition choices are well-rounded. While many omnivores miss essential vitamins in their diet, it’s easier to recover lost minerals. That said, it’s easy to keep on top of a vegetarian diet. If you find yourself hitting roadblocks, consider seeing a nutritionist.

For snacking “on-the-go” be sure to carry a reusable tote filled with fresh fruit in season and a bottle of home-purified water. By always having a healthful snack and plenty of good drinking water with you, you will avoid the temptation to purchase soft drinks and junk food to satisfy your normal hunger.

If you are changing your diet to a more healthy one, get rid of the foods that are unhealthy in your kitchen. You may say that you will avoid eating them, but if they are there, you are just tempting yourself. Try donating the food to a local organization that can help someone else.

Use water to cook your veggies instead of oil. Steamed or boiled veggies are just as tasty as ones that are fried. If you have to use oil, make sure it is vegetable oil and not butter.

The process of being a healthy person begins with having proper nutrition. Although, like stated in the beginning of this article, pieces of a healthy diet are often over looked. Now that you have read this article and obtained valuable information about proper nutrition, it is time to make sure you are being healthy.

Lifetime Fitness

Many people end up abandoning perfectly good fitness programs and weight-loss regimens before they even lace up their sneakers.

Why? Because in a world filled with fast food, instant messaging, and a five-second disease-tracking device, anything without a quick payoff goes against the grain of the typical American instant gratification ethic. While it would be nice to actually drop inches in just a few days like what most miracle ads proclaim, managing weight and losing weight through physical fitness is a slow and steady process that takes time and commitment.

Setting weight management goals for yourself can be a good motivator. Gradual weight loss, for those people who wish to shed off some extra pounds, is usually the safest.

That is why health and fitness experts had come up with the idea of lifetime fitness in order to teach people set realistic goals. These lifetime fitness programs generates dietary regimens that cut your normal calorie consumption for your weight by 500 to 1,000 per day, so will burning the same amount with exercise. In turn, this will definitely encourage healthier weight loss.

Lifetime fitness teaches you how to maintain a physically fit body at the same time enjoy and live a happy, contented life. It gives you the chance to strike a balance between the two (exercise and diet), and make exercise, be it team sports, cycling, or walking, something you will truly enjoy.

That is why lifetime fitness embodies the concept that making a long-term healthy lifestyle change is essential to keeping the pounds off once they are gone.

To know more of the advantages and benefits that lifetime fitness can bring, here are some facts that you need to know:

1. Lifetime fitness programs offers you the most comprehensive and wide-ranging fitness and health encounter with quality services, in which the customers will feel gratified.

These fitness programs provide you the right method in maintaining health, build up and encourage your competence, and take care of your family’s physical fitness as well.

2. Because the goal of lifetime fitness is to provide you with long-term achievements as far as physical fitness is concerned, these programs utilizes numerous fitness equipments that will tone and manage your health and the different parts of your body.

There are fitness equipments that will give your cardiovascular system a lift. You can also opt for some sports facilities that will provide you with an alternative way of being physically fit.

3. Lifetime fitness programs and centers also provides nutritional products such as food supplements that will aid in the formation of good blood cells and tissues thereby making your body at its pink of health.

Lifetime fitness centers and programs also provide you with up-to-date fitness magazines that do not only give substantial information about fitness and health but inspirational stories as well. These articles will give you an insight on how to make you life balance and how to live a life that is healthy and fit.

Indeed, staying fit and healthy can be a long and winding road and there are instances wherein you may find your enthusiasm fading occasionally. Nevertheless, with the comprehensive programs provided by lifetime fitness plans, you can start heading back to the right track of a healthier you

Five Extremely Important Reasons To Start Exercising Today

Fitness and exercises play a very important role in our lives. Usually we think that exercises are only needed to improve our health or lose weight. But if you are not overweight and feel healthy, should you exercise? Of course you should exercise, as in addition to health improvement and weight loss, exercising has the following benefits:

Improved mood, relieved stress

Exercises improve our mood and relieve stress we experience in everyday life. Regular physical activity boosts optimism, adds more energy and increases our ability for a better professional performance and communication with other people. Being in a great mood we have positive attitude towards everything what surrounds us, therefore we feel happier and give joy to the people around us.

Choose to do workouts outdoors, enjoy fresh air, sunlight, scents of nature: all this will definitely improve your overall state of mind, you will feel happier and more optimistic.

Better sleep

Regular exercises improve sleep, as workout burns energy and good sleep restores it. Make sure that you do not exercise too late in the evening, as you will have too much energy for a good sleep.

Prevention of certain health problems

Regular exercises enhance our immune system, improve overall health, lower the bad cholesterol, blood pressure thus preventing heart conditions. Regular exercises can even prevent such diseases like cancer, arthritis, diabetes.

Weight loss, increased metabolic rate

While exercising we burn calories and in case the amount of the burned calories exceeds the amount consumed with nutrition, we lose weight. More we exercise, more weigh we lose due to the increased metabolic rate.

Ensure you combine exercising with healthy nutrition in order to keep your weight stable or even decrease it if number of burned calories exceeds number consumed with meals.

Improved self esteem

Exercises allow you to get excellent physical shape, lose weight and keep it stable. You look better, feel better, have more energy and love yourself. Your self esteem is improved, which positively influences your social and personal life.

The list can be much longer, but should we prolong it if the benefits of exercising are obvious.

Remember in order to utilize these benefits, regular exercising is necessary, which needs self discipline. You can stay motivated for physical activity if you find your own way of exercising and enjoy it. For example you can go swimming, run with a friend in the park, sign up for a gym to use professional fitness equipment, go for a bike riding or join dance club. Vary your physical activities not to get bored and get benefits from exercising for the different areas of your body.

Reinvent Yourself With Some Great Fitness Tips

Learning more about fitness helps everyone from experienced athletes to people who have just decided to get their body into better shape. Having knowledge on the way your body operates and how you can improve your fitness level makes a huge difference in your health and well-being. If you stick to the information you just learned, you will get good results.

Endless crunches do not necessarily equal a six pack. You can get bigger and stronger muscle tone with workouts that target your abs, but these are not going to reduce the fat in your midsection. In order to get a coveted six-pack, it is necessary to lower overall body fat, eat a balanced diet and do lots of weight and cardiovascular workouts.

A great way to get physically fit is by choosing an exercise program that firms and tones the muscles in your body and gives you lots of flexibility. Look for classes located in the area where you live.

Check out a few different fitness classes. This can give you a fresh perspective on exercise and even make it fun. Give a yoga class a try or dancing. Or think about giving kickboxing or boot camp a go. Even if you only attend each class once, it is a workout that will contribute to your overall health and fitness.

Crunches shouldn’t be all you concentrate on when you’re working out abdominal muscles. A university study has shown that it takes a quarter million crunches to burn a single pound of fat. You really are not doing as much exercise as you thought if you are just doing crunches. Find other, more strenuous ways, to work those abdominal muscles.

When beginning in fitness routine, avoid calling it a workout or exercise. If you are like most people, just hearing those words is demotivating. Try using the name of the activity instead, like running or cycling.

To stay enthusiastic about your workout routine, change it up often. You might just discover a new favorite class to keep your excitement level up as you go to the gym. Try going to a dance or yoga class. You might also try kickboxing or signing up for a boot camp class. You should remember that after you do one, you will be eventually losing weight.

Running can produce positive, and negative, effects to your body in the long run. To minimize the damage, every sixth week run only half your usual miles to give your body rest time. Lowering your mileage like this allows your body to rest, giving it a chance to repair any damage and prevent long-term problems that can develop when the body isn’t given a chance to recover.

You can boost the effectiveness of working out by controlling your breathing. Try to exhale hard as your shoulders come to their peak during situps. When you exhale deeply, it forces your abs to contract resulting in a better workout.

A lot of people think that they can exercise their abdominals every day. This isn’t actually the best option. Even abdominal muscles need rest. Place two or three days between each abdominal workout.

If you’re trying to increase the speed and endurance you have, training like Kenyans would is recommended. Run slowly for the first third or so of your entire routine. Try running faster as you are on your journey. During that middle third, start running at normal pace. Toward the end, you need to be going quicker. By regularly doing this, you’ll experience significant improvements in your endurance and speed very soon.

Use these suggestions to get your fitness routine under way. You have to make fitness a part of your daily life. By living a healthier way of life, you will not only have increased energy, you will also be able to deal with any problem life throws at you.

A Healthy Diet In Certain Cases Means Including Vitamin Supplements

Which translates to mean, there’s nothing more correct than eating right. In certain cases, unfortunately, the right diet is actually the most challenging thing to do. Somewhere between when you find that you are busy or possibly the healthy food being highly priced, you will find numerous challenges to eating correctly. The information in this article will offer many ways that will help you make superior conclusions on the subject of nutritional consumption.

The main reason why You may need Dietary supplements

People dont generally consume an adequate amount of zinc each day. It is crucial to the performance of countless important enzymes inside your body, coupled with, being required in healthy and balanced male reproductive healthiness. It usually is present in such items as wheat or grain, beans, nut products as well as other plant seeds. It’s better to eat zinc in healthy food rather than by means of supplements.

Cobalamin is certainly an essential and often neglected nutrient inside the American healthy eating plan. It is incredibly essential, because it is required for the proper operation of red blood cells, which provides oxygen for the rest of your body. High-quality forms of it comprise animal food products and certainly vegans definitely should take nutritional supplements.

While there is an advised nutritional allowance for Vitamin D, it really is not guaranteed to be essential to eat as much as is prescribed. It is because even a slight sun exposure, will cause a person’s skin to make it by itself. Nevertheless, throughout the cold months of winter, there is certainly not as much of Ultraviolet light, so you should consume more milk or perhaps take health supplements.

Vitamin supplements Are Important – Use them Wisely

Nutritional vitamins are essential to take every single day, since this is most effective to consume them in moderation. If you have way too many vitamins, your skin will respond adversely and breakout. Ensure that you’ll digest the acceptable quantity of nutritional vitamins, together through health supplements and real food throughout the entire day.

Just about the most frequent vitamin deficiencies in equally the young along with elderly is Vitamin D. If you have a Vitamin D insufficiency, the most effective solution is to ingest is always to use a Vitamin D nutritional supplement.

As a human race, we all aren’t getting enough exposure to the sun, which is the most natural and efficient way for your body to achieve the proper amount of Vitamin D. There are a variety of food products for instance vitamin fortified breakfast cereal and milk that come with Vitamin D, however it isn’t practical to eat the volume of either one of these to attain the Vitamin D level which is highly recommended, which is why supplements are commonly suggested for everyone.

Nutrition could be considered a tricky topic, nevertheless it really is absolutely not untouchable. Take some time to even reread this information and try to apply the suggestions found in it. You’ll find yourself happier and healthier, all since you decided upon nutritional eating. It won’t come effortlessly initially, but still be patient and return back to this informative article, when needed.

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Torrance School District Out Front In Nutrition Battle

Who’s leading the fight against malnutrition and obesity in America? While it would seem the answer would be many different groups and individuals, it is clear that the Torrance Unified School District in Southern California has to be included in the mix. There is a piece of legislation called California Senate Bill 19 (often seen expressed as CA SB 19). This piece of legislation has wide reaching implications for nutrition content in California Schools. A good portion of it deals with stating that snacks in schools, even for fundraising, will be required to meet a new criteria. These snack items will be required to be less than 35% fat, less than 35% sugar, and less than 10% saturated fat.
Additionally, they’ll be less than 250 calories and grant exclusions for fat content to nuts and nut butters.

While CA SB 19 will mandate compliance by September 2008, the Torrance Unified School District has taken the admirable step of agreeing that district wide compliance will be in effect in September of 2007. This is highly unusual and the Torrance Unified School District Board members should be commended for placing the healthy of their students above the quick buck to be made by pushing junk food to children. This move is clearly the right thing to do, but it comes at a cost. The burden of finding healthy fundraising solutions is clearly upon the district. So it’s with difficulty and possible financial hardship that the school district decided to stand up for what’s right.

In the true avante garde of the Nutrition in Schools Movement, individual educators in the Torrance Unified School District have been out front in searching for Healthy Fundraising Solutions. With candy and junk food no longer an option for fundraising, groups and teams will now need Healthy Fundraising Solutions if they are to continue fundraising for Band Trips, Wrestling tournaments and Track meets. Specifically, representatives of North High School in Torrance, CA have been out front in finding healthy fundraising solutions, wherein they sell snack items which meet CA SB 19 criteria. That is, the items are less than 35% fat, less than 35% sugar, less than 10% saturated fat,
with exclusions for nuts and nut butters.

There are clearly many groups and individuals who care about healthy, nutrition and fighting obesity in America’s Schools, Deciding to do what’s right in this area often comes at great difficulty, and sometimes financial hardship. That’s why it’s especially important to recognize those who take the lead in doing what we all agree is right. Kudos to the Torrance Unified School District and it’s School Board Members