The MISSING PIECES of the Weight LOSS PUZZLE

Obesity has gone prime time. We Find evidence of its presence where ever we look: in every neighborhood, every mall, every school and every workplace. Hardly a day goes by without the news reporting on some aspect of the looming obesity crisis. However, the epidemic is not confined to just the wealthy developed world. Even desperately poor countries such as Nigeria and Uganda are wrestling with the dilemma of obesity. China, which was once one of the world’s leanest countries, is not immune. In fact, it has one of the fastest-growing obesity rates in the world and one quarter of its urban youth is presently overweight. It is projected that by 2015, 200 million Chinese will be not just obese, but morbidly obese. The looming obesity epidemic is sending chills through the global community. Worldwide, more than 1.3 billion people are overweight, whereas only 800 million are underweight—and these statistics are diverging rapidly.

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STRENGTH TRAINING For Wellness

While virtually everyone is aware of the benefits of aerobic exercise, there still seems to be a lot of confusion about the subject of weight training and its place in an overall wellness program. Maybe it’s some residual confusion left over from the “Pumping Iron” days when weight training was something done only by bodybuilders and the Muscle Beach crowd. Who knows. Whatever the reason, it’s time to put some of the myths about weight training to rest.

We now know that weight training, far from being just a vanity pursuit, is a critical part of health and wellness and that it can benefit anyone, regardless of sex or age. Weight training may be one of the most effective strategies you can take to prevent osteoporosis, and that’s equally true if you’re a man or a woman. Weight training increases bone mineral density, it improves glucose metabolism, it’s one of the most effective things you can do to increase HDL (the “good” cholesterol), it raises your metabolism (making it easier to lose fat) and it improves your ability to function in the world independently as you get older. All that, and it makes you look good in the bargain!

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For Women: Getting Started With Lifting

Stepping on a lifting floor for the first time can be quite intimidating for most women.  You look around and see huge dudes grunting and throwing around more weight than you possess in your entire body and you seriously consider turning around and b-lining to the cardio equipment. Stop!  Don’t join the herds of people camping out for hours on end on the elliptical machines.  In my opinion, they resemble gerbils running in a wheel – mindlessly moving, but not really getting anywhere.  Whatever your fitness goals may be – to lose weight, tone up, get healthier, etc. lifting can help you achieve those goals more efficiently.

Written by Kim Brenton

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Weight Loss: Why The Scale Can Be Your Worst Enemy

A lot of people who start a diet are obsessed by the scale. However, the scale is not the most effective way to monitor your progress.

I will prove during this article that the scale can be one of the bigger obstacles you face while trying to sculpt your body. I will also explain how to keep your motivation high by providing you with some examples that will prove my point.

Be careful with the scale and trust your eyes.

Written by Cécile Bayeul

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How To Put Yourself First: 8 Tips For Health And Happiness

Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it. –Hardy D. Jackson

But you must also listen to yourself to know what it is your heart needs to be in, and then have the courage and commitment to move towards that.

Every day, we are pulled in so many different directions; from your kids to your boss, the pulling rarely ceases. Sometimes I daydream about what it would be like to throw in the towel for a week and hibernate until I got some away time and recharged my batteries.

It’s mentally draining. It can suck your lifeblood and leave absolutely no time for anything else. Forget working out, eating healthy or even just sitting down to read a book that interests you. Basically, there is no time or energy left for putting your needs into the equation.

Written by Ashley Johns

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Need a little ‘fitspiration’? Try these tips from TODAY readers

Have your healthiest summer yet! Ease into the dreaded “swimsuit season” with healthy tips from TODAY experts. All throughout May, we’ll offer smart do-it-yourself ways to look, eat and feel better. So stop stressing about that swimsuit, and read on. Earlier this week, we asked you to share your favorite phrases that keep you headed toward your fitness goals, even when you feel like slacking off. Here are a few of our favorites.

“It took more than a day to put it on, it will take more than a day to take it off.” – Emily Coburn

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Get off your butt and exercise, orders your doc

ATLANTA — A new study shows more and more U.S. adults are being told by their doctor to get off their duffs and exercise. A government survey found nearly 33 percent of adults who saw a doctor in the previous year said they were told to exercise. That was up from about 23 percent in 2000.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found more women got that advice than men. Also, diabetics were more likely to get the advice than those with other conditions.
The report, released Thursday, was based on a survey of nearly 22,000 adults in 2010.

Written by Mike Stobbe

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