How Obesity Dulls Your Sense of Taste

Posted on June 20, 2018 by Leave a comment

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blog_tastebudsWhen asked to list some of the greatest joys in life, most people might agree that delicious food ranks near the top. There are few things better than sinking your chops into a delectable meal. The flavor, texture, and ultimately, the satisfaction it brings.
But as with anything in life, there ultimately can be too much of a good thing. Overindulging in food can lead to excessive weight gain, which can ultimately result in the development of obesity and other chronic disease. You might be surprised to learn that weight gain have another pleasure-stealing side effect that impacts your taste buds. Unfortunately, for people suffering from obesity, it might take more than the average amount of food to derive the same pleasure.

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Is the Body Positive Movement Good for Health?

Posted on June 13, 2018 by Leave a comment

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blog_bodypositiveWhat is the first thing you do when you see a model on a magazine cover or a photo of someone’s selfie on Instagram? Let’s be honest. We judge. “That’s pretty!” or “That’s hideous!” It’s a natural filtering of our belief system and cognitive bias (yes, we all have it). Then after judging comes the comparing. It’s hard not to do that as ego-driven beings. “Where do I fall on the scale of the ‘goodness’ or ‘badness’ of what I’m seeing?” It’s a trap we all fall into, especially when it comes to weight and body shape.

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4 Reasons Why Women Need Weights and Protein

Posted on June 6, 2018 by Leave a comment

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blog_getleanIn the 1970s, a young Austrian by the name of Arnold Schwarzenegger burst onto the world stage in his full shiny, muscular glory. He won the Mr. Universe bodybuilding contest when he was 20 and then went on to win the Mr. Olympia title six years in a row (and ultimately won a seventh). Intense behind-the-scenes preparation and training for one of his wins was captured in the documentary, “Pumping Iron,” which helped to catapult him into legendary stardom in strong man roles, like Conan The Barbarian, Predator, and The Terminator. In homage, Saturday Night Live channeled him in Hans and Franz’s famous clap, “We are here to pump you up!”

“Ah-nold” showed us what weight lifting and protein diets did to our bodies. It made us HUGE.

And maybe it was the image of a pumped-up Arnold that kept women out of the weight lifting room and in the aerobics class. Of course, cardio exercise is critical to weight loss and especially healthy weight maintenance, but many women have been missing out on the incredible weight loss benefits of strength training with weights.

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The Relationship Status Between Your Weight and Bones? It’s Complicated.

Posted on May 31, 2018 by Leave a comment

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blog_bonedensityThere is no doubt that achieving and maintaining a healthy weight benefits your overall health and vitality. Volumes of research confirm its positive impact on reducing the risk of developing over fifty chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and several forms of cancer. Losing weight can limit these risks through improvements to multiple biological systems, such as the endocrine, metabolic and circulatory systems. Your body was designed to work in a specific way, and losing excess weight helps you reach its optimal state.

However, there is one system that doesn’t quite fully align with the natural or automatic benefits of weight loss. The skeletal system – consisting of 206 bones and a network of tendons, ligaments, and cartilage – has an interesting relationship with body weight. Weight loss ultimately benefits the skeletal system’s health, but it takes a little work and thoughtful decision-making to make that happen.

Like we said…it’s complicated.

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Going Organic: Is It Worth It?

Posted on May 23, 2018 by Leave a comment

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blog_organicIt seems more Americans are “going organic” these days. Since 2007, organic food purchases have more than doubled, and have grown at eight times the rate of overall food purchases. It’s a stunning statistic as the cost of organic foods can reach up to 100 percent higher than their non-organic equivalents. So the big question is…

Is organic worth it?

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Coconut Oil: Weight Loss Miracle or Myth?

Posted on May 16, 2018 by Leave a comment

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blog_coconutThere always seems to have been too much weight loss information to digest. Whether it’s different diet fads or using wraps to burn fat, there’s always a “next big thing” in weight loss. In our “Weight Loss Miracle or Myth” series, we will examine the latest trends, and decide whether they have scientific backing or are just a lot of hype.

The first of these trends is coconut oil, an apparent miracle when it comes to weight loss. Let’s find out if that’s really true.

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