In 2002 Christine Castillo learned she had Type 2 diabetes. She was 56 and had just become the guardian of six grandchildren. Prior to her diagnosis, she also suffered from high blood pressure. Unfortunately for Castillo, these diseases not only run in her family, but they also relate to weight. Castillo, who is 5-feet and weighs over 200 pounds, worked hard to get her nutrition and weight under control, but it didn’t take long for that to change.
Are you getting enough B vitamins in your diet? If you work out at a high intensity, you may need more of these vitamins. Find out why adequate amounts of B vitamins are important for athletic performance and how to get more of them.
Resistance training should be part of your workout for a number of reasons. Not only does resistance training build strength and muscle mass, it helps preserve bone mass as well. What effects does resistance training have on your metabolism? Can it increase your basal metabolic rate and make it easier for you to control your weight? Find out what research shows.
Muscles grow in response to the stress you put on them. Research suggests there are three factors that stimulate muscle growth. Striking a balance between these factors can help you better achieve your objectives. Find out what these factors are and how to manipulate them.
You need adequate protein in your diet to build lean body mass – but what really counts is how much protein reaches your muscles. How much of the protein you eat is absorbed? Is there a limit to how much your body can use? Find out what research shows.
Interest in organic produce is growing as people become more concerned about what they eat. Some people choose organic produce because they think the nutrient content is higher. Is there any truth to this? Find out what advantages organic produce has over fruits and vegetables grown conventionally.
Obesity is a risk factor for a number of chronic health problems including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer. Exercise combined with a healthy diet is one of the best ways to reduce body fat, but even if you’re obese and never lose a pound, a new study shows you’re still getting benefits. Find out why.
As we age, blood pressure control becomes a more important issue. If you’re at high risk for hypertension, you may wonder whether high-intensity interval training offers benefits over moderate-intensity exercise. Find out what research shows about this issue and the role exercise plays in preventing high blood pressure.
No doubt – yogurt is a quick and convenient snack that can also double as breakfast when you’re running behind in the morning. If you’re on the fence as to whether to add yogurt to your diet, here’s a reason to give it a try. Trying to lose or control your weight? More than one study shows yogurt may help with fat loss.
Is there a disconnect with how people perceive their weight? Recent studies show some people who are overweight or obese aren’t aware they have a weight problem. Find out more about obesity “misperception” and new research on how well we’re dealing with the obesity epidemic.