One of the main roles of our significant other is
to be our support system; it’s no different in our weight loss journey.
There was actually a study done to observe the benefits of lifestyle
changes in couples. What they found is more a reinforcement as oppose to
a revelation, we’re more likely to make adjustments to our lifestyle
and stick with them if our significant other joins us in changing their
lifestyle as well.
"Unhealthy lifestyles are a leading cause of death
from chronic disease worldwide. The key lifestyle risks are smoking,
excess weight, physical inactivity, poor diet, and alcohol consumption.
Swapping bad habits for good ones can reduce the risk of disease,
including cancer,” says Professor Jane Wardle, one of the study’s
authors and director of Cancer Research UK's Health Behavior Research
Centre at UCL (University College London).
Lasting lifestyle adjustments can be difficult to
keep up, especially if you go at it alone. However, having someone
consistently providing encouragement is needed to get going and if you
can provide encouragement in return it only increases the likelihood
that both parties are successful. Remember, support and encouragement
doesn’t stop at your significant other, don’t hesitate to include your
friends or co-workers as well in this journey as well.
Source: Cancer Research UK
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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
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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
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