As if there was
another reason you needed to lose weight other than improved health, a
recent study showed how much damage obesity can do to your wallet.
Researchers at the University of Illinois sought out to see how much
health care cost differs between people that are obese and smokers
compared to people that are not.
What they found is
that smokers and obese patients pay as much as $1,300 more in annual
healthcare expenses than their non-smoking and non-obese counterparts.
Where does the
additional cost come from? “Out-of-pocket medical expenses, inpatient
and outpatient care, emergency room visits and prescription drugs all
contribute to the added health care expenditures, with inpatient
prescriptions contributing the most,” says Ruopeng An, professor of
kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois, as well
as the conductor of this study.
As we have
mentioned before, obesity comes with other ailments. The unfortunate
reality is when those ailments need to be treated, in ways such as
doctor visits and prescribed medication; it cost money, not only in the
short-term, but in the long term as well.
When you look at
your $30 a month gym fee or how much you spend on produce, it pales in
comparison to what the potential and realistic rising cost your
healthcare may take continuing down a less healthy road. Maybe we should
treat obesity as those expensive shoes or clothes we at times need to
pry ourselves away from and just say “I can’t afford it.”
Source: University of Illinois
Read More >>
Close your eyes and envision a burger. Now envision that burger two years later. After you open your eyes click here.
Is it what you thought?
What you see is a burger from McDonalds accompanied
by a taco from Taco Bell that has aged two years. Dr. Jaqueline Vaughn
from Vaughn Chiropractic placed the burger and taco on the counter of
the reception desk, making it one of the first things people see when
they enter the building. What they saw was a fairly intact meal, all
Additives and preservatives are often littered in
food that we purchase from fast-food establishments. MSG, hydrogenated
oil, and high fructose corn syrup are only a few examples of the
ingredients that are added to the meals that increase the longevity of
its shelf life and even make better tasting at times, but are unhealthy
things to eat especially if not in moderation. This is one of the
reasons that if you are trying to adjust your diet one of the first
things you should look at modifying is how much you eat take-out foods.
Dr. Vaughn didn’t do this as a “scare tactic”, but
more so to a wakeup call. A chance to provide a visual to what
additives and preservatives can do to food, food that we’re eating. In
hopefully increasing consciousness of what we are eating it will help us
make better food choices. Quite the interesting approach don’t you
Source: CBS Detroit
Read More >>
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
This quote has been said in different ways and
echoed by many people, and for good reason. When we enter anything the
more prepared you are and the more you learn from your previous
experiences could be the deciding factor in whether you succeed THIS
The New Year has arrived and for many of us it’s
our time to begin again more intelligently when it comes to our weight
loss journey. How do we do that?
Let’s start with exercise. One of the most
important things that you have to know when you’re making your workout
plan is to remember it’s your workout plan! Take ownership of it and have a clear understanding of the results you want from it.
You’re initial fitness level will determine things
such as your endurance level and your recovery time after your workout.
It also gives you a starting point and you will be able to track your
progress in a more accurate fashion.
What about your diet? Finding alternatives to
unhealthy delights is a key to your diet. The best way to forget about
an old treat is to find a new one. If you don’t monitor how many
calories you consume it could be beneficial to start tracking what and
how much you eat.
One thing to remember is no matter how long your
weight loss journey may be the formula remains simple. Burn more
calories than you consume. If you keep that in mind with everything you
do (and eat) you’ll find yourself happy with the results.
Remember, if you need help, click here. We wish you a happy and healthy New Year!
Read More >>