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Keep Tab of What You are Eating

Posted by maikeru76 on January 14, 2009

A new study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on, has revealed the effectiveness of having a food journal as tool in losing extra weight. The study proponents, the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, looked at the record and experiences of more than1,500 obese patients in their quest to lose their unhealthy extra poundage.

The strategies employed for the obese patients were lifestyle interventions like healthy eating, regular exercise, group sessions and keeping tab of what they eat through food journals. The patients who had food journals lost almost double than their counterparts who had none.

The average weight loss by participants as seen in the study was 13 pounds after five months. The food journaling group had lost almost double the average and the most significant thing was that they kept their weight off.

To have a journal might be an ‘inconvenient’ move for anyone wanting to lose weight. But as the study has shown, the ‘little things’ really do count. People don’t gain weight overnight. It is a process of bad habits snowballing until it gets really out of hand or out of our waistbands.

We have to stop our ‘excuses’ of us being overweight or obese like blaming our genes, lack of time, or simply it is really ‘inconvenient’ or ‘it takes time’ to eat right and exercise.

Which is more inconvenient, keeping the habit of being mindful of our activity levels and what we eat or having to dread the bad news from our doctor of our health deteriorating because of our bad habits?

Let us act now before the damage we have done to our bodies are irreversible.

Source:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Fitness/story?id=5327486&page=1

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Prevent Obese Kids, Keep Mom and Dad Healthy

Posted by maikeru76 on July 7, 2008

A study done in Australia has nailed down what most of us has suspected all along with regard to the ‘epidemic’ of obese children in the Western Hemisphere (or wherever the ‘fast-food culture’ has started to become popular): Mom and Dad, you’d better clean up your act if you want to keep your kids from getting fat and have them live longer, productive lives.

Mothers everywhere have bearing the brunt of blame for anything that goes around the house for ages. A recent study released by the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia have found out that not only do kids get their cues from their mothers regarding their eating habits and level of physical activity but they do too from their fathers.

The study was done across a broad section of Australian preschool children and for the first time, documented that fathers can do more to prevent and manage obesity in their children. At first, this might not apply for the United States of America. But bear in mind, that it has long been established in medical journals and pop culture that children really model their lives around what their parents (be it mom and dad or surrogate parents) do and not necessarily on what they say.

To prevent or manage obesity anywhere, it takes the whole family to do so. Healthier living may start with one, be it mom or dad, but slowly and surely it will rub off on everyone in the household. Everybody in the family should get involved in leading healthy lifestyles and by doing so, we may assure future generations to be healthier as well.

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