January 4, 2017

How Junk Food Marketing Leads to Unhealthy Diets

Selective focus on the right cheeseburger

In the 21st century, technology has become an unavoidable part of children’s lives. From educational tools, to watching videos and playing games, children are surrounded by screens of all sorts and sizes. These devices are a perfect media outlet for companies to advertise a number of products to children including snacks, toys and apparel to children.

As a part of this impactful demographic, children have influence over how their parents spend.  Much of these expenses are processed junk foods that children ask their parents to buy each time they visit the grocery store.  These foods are intentionally placed near the checkout tills and within a child’s reach; this forces situations where a child is easily able to access them and ask their parents for that particular treat. Furthermore, the effect of these foods on their health is monumental. An article by Time Magazine quoted UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Oliver De Schutter, stating that “unhealthy diets are now a greater threat to global health than tobacco” [1].

This may be due to the fact that junk foods are highly processed and contain large amounts of carbohydrates, unnecessary sugar, unhealthy fats, and extra sodium. Consuming ingredients with little nutritional value has a negative impact on your body. In addition, many of these junk foods are very addictive and tempt a person to keep consuming them. It is important that people control these temptations and are selective in choosing the foods they intend to consume. Unhealthy diets have a direct link with the function of many major body systems such as the cardiovascular and digestive systems.

[1] U.N Official Says Junk Food Just as Bad as Cigarettes. Alter, Charlotte. Time Magazine. Retrieved From: http://time.com/104999/u-n-official-says-junk-food-just-as-bad-as-cigarettes/

 

February 25, 2010

The High Carbohydrate Diet: What It Can Do For You and Your Cholesterol

A recent study demonstrated that certain low-carbohydrate diets, while effective in weight loss, tend to raise cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is a naturally occurring component within both animal and human cells, and is essential for the human body’s production of vitamin D as well as various hormones. An excess of cholesterol in the blood will increase risks of heart attack, stroke and vascular conditions, making it imperative to find a dietary solution that will not only help you lose weight, but additionally keep cholesterol levels low.

The Dietary Solution – The High Carbohydrate Diet

  • Eat Lots of Fruits and Veggies – Adjusting to a high carbohydrate diet is easy; simply incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your meals. Fruits and Vegetables are high in vitamin and mineral content, and won’t have adverse affects on your cholesterol.
  • Eat Whole Grains – Switching to a whole grain bread or pasta will help to decrease both your weight and cholesterol levels, as the minerals and vitamins that are found in whole grain products are excellent sources of beneficial carbohydrates.

The key to losing weight with a high carbohydrate diet is differentiating between the good and bad sources of carbohydrates. Good carbohydrate sources will often be low in sugar and added fats, and includes most fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Finding a method of weight loss that supports healthy cholesterol levels, may seem difficult, however, a few lifestyle changes can help you to not only becoming your desired weight, but also to lead a more healthy lifestyle. If you find that making dietary changes is not beneficial to your cholesterol levels, talk to your health care provider about other lifestyle changes or medications that might influence your cholesterol levels.

January 28, 2010

Ways to boost your Metabolism


Your metabolism can help you burn more fat while you’re working out and will help you meet your weight loss goals. However, many people don’t understand that certain activities can help increase your body’s metabolic rate while others can actually hurt your metabolism.

Top Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Exercise – Cardiovascular training is one of the most effective ways of increasing your metabolism. Make sure you incorporate weightlifting into your regular routine. Weightlifting will help build muscle which increases your body’s metabolic rate significantly more than fat.

Balanced diet – Eating a balanced diet is a great way to boost your metabolic rate and stay healthy. Food is also the fuel for your body. If you want to run like a top, high end vehicle, only put the best food in you.

Sleep – Sleep is just as important as exercising and maintaining a healthy diet. Your body uses sleep as a time to repair itself. Without proper sleep, your body won’t have the time to fix itself and your metabolism will suffer. 8 hours of sleep every night is recommended.

Things That Will Harm Your Metabolism

Not drinking enough water – Water is the most important thing that many of us forget to drink. These days it’s all about soft drinks and coffee (even I can’t resist the great taste of coffee). However, the sugars and caffeine in these drinks are not good for your body if you drink too much. On average we should be drinking 8-10 cups of water a day.

Aging – Aging is one thing none of us can really stop. Your metabolic rate will decrease naturally as you age starting around the 40’s.

Too many sugars and other simple or refined carbs – Eating too many refined sugars and carbohydrates can really do some damage to your metabolism. Along with doing major damage to your metabolic rate, too many sugars and carbs can lead to severe health problems like diabetes.

No exercise or inadequate recovery time – Try to make sure you can always get in some sort of exercise on a regular basis. Even using a resistance band in the kitchen while you’re waiting for dinner to finish cooking is better than sitting and watching television. However, make sure you don’t over train yourself. If you don’t take the time to rest and recover you can injure your body and you will actually decrease your exercising effectiveness due to the inability to train at the highest level possible.

Stress – Stress is the biggest factor that affects your metabolism. Stress can damage everything you have worked so hard to build up, from strong bones to muscle mass. Additionally stress also promotes many habits that are damaging to your metabolism, such as overeating.

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