In an effort to save a life, I deemed it necessary to write this blog about runners who are depressed or have been experiencing bouts of depression. It’s been constantly nagging on my better conscience, more like poking me from behind and saying, “Hey. If by now you still can’t see that I’m real, well, it’s your untimely loss.” And it’s the truth. I literally lost my aunt (she was an avid jogger) to depression and, my office mate committed suicide last year due to this mental health illness as well. He survived though, and is still on the process of sorting himself out. My aunt, on the other hand, is in a mental health facility now. After her breakdown, she just lost her will to live.…
Fad diet. These two words are a risky combination. For one, “fad” means it’s a trend and won’t last long. “Diet,” on the other hand, is a term always misinterpreted. When people hear the word diet, they often think that it’s automatically for losing weight – not checking first if the whole process is healthy.…
There are many diet regimens out there. Maybe even thousands of weight loss eating plans, but not all of it are healthy or safe to follow. There are also diet regimens to put on some weight, decrease bad cholesterol, prolonging life, and more. It’s not called “diet.” It is an eating lifestyle.…
Everywhere you look, a fit and fab body is a guaranteed head turner and we all know that diet plays an integral part to achieve that. Lately, more and more fitness enthusiasts are discovering the benefits of the Ketogenic Diet. This is not a new concept since a lot of celebrities were making a buzz about it a few years ago. People are becoming more curious to try it and discover its benefits. Here are some of the basic things you need to know if you are planning to try and incorporate the Ketogenic Diet.…
A fancy diet plan that promises drastic results in weight loss over a short span of time is called a fad diet. According to dieticians and doctors, this practice is not at all healthy and doesn’t offer a permanent solution to the weight loss dilemma people these days go through.
What to avoid?
It is best to avoid products and diet plans that promise you any of the following:
Plans and products that claims they can help you drastically lose weight at a rate of about 1 or 2 pounds/week
Claiming that it is possible to lose weight and stay in shape just by following the diet plan and consuming products and staying off the gym
Restrains you from eating food for a more balanced nutrition
Emphasizes on certain combinations of food. It is scientifically proven that eating certain kinds of food in a combination doesn’t promote weight loss
Base their claims and so called results on photographs showing the typical before and after scenario
Rely on endorsements from certain celebrity or existing clients for testimonials. Keep this in mind, they were offered money for their words
What to adopt?
To lose those extra pounds, consult with your doctor for a more effective, permanent, and long term diet plan. The following generic tips are to be followed daily to maintain your health as well as weight. Considering these can really prove to be beneficial for overall well-being.
Don’t skip meals and always eat your breakfast
Keep your food choices and preferences wide. This will ensure you are meeting your daily nutrient requirements
Avoid trans fats and saturated fats altogether. Products made from hydrogenated oils such as baked goods. Go for the good fats such as the oily fishes from sea or fresh water sources
Consume less sugar. These will help you to maintain a contoured body as sugar causes flabby and saggy physique
Keep a check on the amount of calorific drinks such as cola, alcohol etc., instead, opt for fruit juices and keep yourself hydrated by drinking adequate amounts of water
Lead a more physically active way of life and workout sessions or a trip to the gym in your daily routine. This will promote a healthy heart and it will boost immunity by keeping the circulatory system fit.
These days, the massive advertisement campaigns and brand positioning of certain fad diet products are controlling the minds of the people. It has become a trend to opt for the more ‘zero’ size physique, especially to the women’s section of the society.
They feel as if beauty lies in appearing slim and trimmed and for that, they would often opt for anything and everything! The organizations that make products for fad diet and also promotes the idea take advantage of this idea among the mass and position themselves and their products in the market despite the health risk factors involved.
These are more appealing to the fast moving lifestyle of people these days as it offers quick results with ease without going through rigorous workout sessions and hard work. Scientific research has proven the fact that most of the body weight that is lost during a fad diet routine is from loss of body water and lean muscle content, not body fat! It is advised to have patience if you want to lose weight on a permanent scale and want to retain the same without damaging your health and weakening the immune system. This can only be achieved if you opt for a healthy diet and active lifestyle with the inclusion of regular exercise.…
In most cases, one can meet all of their nutrient requirements by consuming a variety of food items and maintaining a balanced diet. Therefore, consuming those pills and powders can often prove to be more harmful than beneficial and can be detrimental to the overall health of the individual. Minerals and vitamins are essential components that the body needs to function, grow, and repair properly.
Those who do not meet the minimum daily nutrient requirements are advised by their doctors to include dietary supplements in their food habits. If the person is consistently depriving his/her body of the nutrients, then the same could become prone to ailments and detrimental health conditions.There are two aspects of taking dietary supplements and both of them are discussed in the following section in detail.…
Daryl, “The Couch Potato.” My friends used to call me that when I haven’t discovered running yet. I used to sit on the couch all day long, watching movies, eating whatever my hand can reach. I had no social life. I was depressed and I was all alone. It was tough. I felt that I was slowly sinking into my couch (literally) every single day. Then one day, I happened to bump into this commercial about running. The first thought that came into my mind was, “Why the heck would I let myself run like that?” I just had no interest to do anything at all.
Nutrition is a division of science that is known for a lot of disagreements, debate, and difference in opinions. But one common fact that all doctors and nutritionists agree to is the harmful and downright toxic effects of trans fats on the human health. It’s a matter of great relief that the consumption of this particular toxic fat has reduced to a minimum over the recent years, all thanks to the extensive research on this subject and the adoption of the following research results by those who value their health. But, to be precise, trans fats is still finding its way into the morning plate. The motive of writing this article is to simply highlight the ill effects of consuming trans fats followed by how to avoid the same while you are shopping for groceries.…
Nutrition and food are two different areas in the scientific and research world. Anything edible we eat when we feel hungry is called food. It could be a fatty burger, a hotdog or a healthy bowl of fresh greens and fruits. Nutrition, on the other hand, is the molecules that we obtain from the food we eat, which is then utilized by our cells. For further processing, it produces glucose which is the driving force of the “living” person.…
Have you ever thought about getting into shape? For most, they dislike the idea of what comes after that because it’s usually hard work and lot of effort on your part. It’s not so much that people don’t want to become healthier and fitter but rather they dislike the idea of the time and effort it’ll take. You cannot blame people for choosing the simplest option, walking seems far easier and less strenuous than running. However, running might just provide the best way forward for your health and the fitness help you need.
Why Walk When You Can Run?
Starting off with a short 10 or 15-minute walk can be excellent and it’s the way to warm-up the body and gets used to the exercise. However, running can often bring about more positives. You are using your legs more and working the cardio fully so you can improve this as you run. Walking is good but running is a bit better! What’s more, you can improve your legs and the muscles there—and you even have the ability to cut your walking time down too. You can get to where you need to be faster and you stay in shape—there’s no better option!…