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Couples More Likely to Lose Weight


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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Being Overweight is Too Expensive


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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What a Two-Year Old Burger Looks Like


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 things considering.

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 think?

Source: CBS Detroit

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