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12/05/2014 CNN Health News: The 5 Biggest Myths about Metabolism

“A source of confusion for some and a scapegoat for extra weight around the midsection for others, metabolism has long been a topic of hot conversation. Without it, we would lack the energy to get out of bed in the morning, let alone burn calories all day long. However, even with its numerous benefits, metabolism often gets the brunt of the blame for weight gain. With all of the fad diets and special tricks meant to speed up one’s metabolism (hot sauce anyone?), the facts often get blurred with fiction. To help clear up the confusion, we uncovered the truth behind the top five metabolism myths.

  • Myth #1: Skinnier individuals have a higher metabolism.
  • Myth #2: Skipping a meal slows down your metabolism.
  • Myth #3: Everything eaten late-night turns to fat.
  • Myth #4: Metabolism is all about burning calories and breaking things down.
  • Myth #5: You have no control over your metabolism.”

Our thoughts: When it comes to weight management, following fads and fleeting advice is hardly a good idea. What is needed is a strategy that you can incorporate into your lifestyle today and every day for a lifetime. So, it’s important that your strategy is simple, easy to do and not too complex. Focusing on metabolism only for weight management may not be the best solution. First of all, you will read mass quantities of conflicting advice on the topics, and at the end of it all is that metabolism isn’’t the most important thing to focus on, because it isn’t the easiest to understand or the simplest to incorporate into your lifestyle today and every day for a lifetime. Instead, consider limiting your food choices at home and when you eat out to bulking up on fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains (not bread, white rice and pasta), lean proteins (e.g. chicken, turkey, fish, steak, beans, tofu, etc.), moderate portion control, eliminate refined sugar consumption, consume moderate calories commensurate with your weight loss and sustainability goals and limit the amounts of healthy fats you consume: coconut oil, avocado oil, grape seed oil, etc. Plus, include regular daily vigorous exercise—both aerobic and anaerobic—and drink plenty of fresh water every day. This strategy is simple to implement and incorporate into your lifestyle today and every day for sustained healthy weight management.

11/21/2014 CNN: Study Says a Bad Marriage Could Literally Break Your Heart/Why Happiness is Good for Your Heart

“If you are in an unhappy marriage, you may want to check in with a cardiologist. A study led by a Michigan State University sociologist has found that older couples in bad marriages, especially wives, have a higher risk for heart disease than those who are happily wed… And because the immune system declines as we age, heart issues due to marital stress can be even more severe, it seems. Those sad love songs about heartbreak aren’t just for young lovers.”

Our thoughts: The state of all of the relationships in your life matter, and particularly the stress that can come from unhealthy relationships can wreak havoc on your physical health. Specifically, this is a stress issue, and if the person you are most intimately linked to, your spouse, is a source of extreme stress in your life—it will lead to you having health issues, such as heart disease. While it is extremely important to manage stress in your life through your personal activities, it is equally important for you to address the relationships in your life. If your marriage is wrought with stress from finances, extreme criticism, continual arguments and if prolonged stress or even fear and sadness come from the relationship on a regular basis, now is the time to address the issues. It might be reasonable to consider marriage counseling or even separation or divorce. Understanding that all relationships are complex, no one who does not know you personally would ever recommend that you end your marriage outside of violence or other extreme circumstances; however, it is strongly recommended that you address the difficulties in your relationship head-on before they escalate into bigger problems such as critical health issues. There is no price that can be put on the value of having an opportunity for a peaceful, happy, healthy life.

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