July 29, 2016
The weekend is here! You did a great job this week of exercising regularly and sticking to your diet. What are you going to do to celebrate?
Pig out and eat what I want!
Wait, what? Yes, even though it may not seem like the right thing to do, it’s a pitfall that many of us fall in. We go through the week feeling good about the eating decisions we’ve made, only for the weekend to get here and our all of our hard work from the previous five days seemingly goes down the drain, only to see if we can start over again on Monday.
It’s a vicious cycle many of us go through. So what do we do about it? How do we fight off those inevitable weekend cravings that are sure to happen? View this slideshow for some helpful tips.Blog written by Marcus Miller/Robard Corporation
July 26, 2016
As research continues to show, the connection between cancer and obesity continues to be proven. However, researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston believe they may have found an answer in stymieing the process of cancer growing in people overweight.
The answer comes in CXCL1, a signaling molecule that regulates cell trafficking. This is what researchers believe is causing all the trouble. When activated, this molecule attracts cells from fat to the tumor. Furthermore, the cells they attract — adipose stromal cells (ASC) — support tumor-nourishing blood vessels. As a result, the tumor is fed and continues to become more malignant.
So the question is what happens when you block CXCL1 from the tumor? That’s what the researchers sought out to find. The researchers primarily focused on prostate cancer. They originally tested their theory on mice with favorable results. In this test, they actually saw the progression of the tumor decrease when the molecule was blocked, so they decided to then move on to see what the molecule levels were in humans.
What they found was CXCL1 was higher in the overweight patient when compared to a patient that wasn’t overweight. This means that the overweight patient has a higher chance of a tumor developing and increasing as compared to a person who isn’t overweight. Researchers are calling this mechanism an “on/off switch” and believe that it can play a key role in cancer treatment, particularly those that are overweight.
“As the prevalence of obesity is rising, insights into the mechanisms underlying its link with cancer aggressiveness are urgently needed to develop new strategies for reducing prostate cancer morbidity and mortality,” the study authors concluded.
Hopefully this new finding will lead to favorable prevention of one of the most dangerous diseases we know: Cancer.
Source: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Blog written by Marcus Miller/Robard Corporation
July 7, 2016
With the hectic, fast-paced lifestyle that many Americans live, oftentimes our conversations around exercise get stuck on where we can sneak in 10 minutes of physical activity between work and errands. While regular physical activity throughout the day is of course important to our overall health and well-being, when it comes to exercising for weight loss two things may be more of a factor than we ever imagined: Making the time and timing it right.
According to some recent studies, the time of day that you engage in exercise may actually help us maximize the effectiveness of our workouts. A 2010 study of 28 healthy adult men found that despite increasing the amount of calories and the amount of fat they consumed, the group that exercised first thing in the morning prior to eating breakfast managed to avoid any weight gain, in comparison to the group of men who consumed the same amount of fat and calories but who worked out after breakfast.
While it is a small and short-term study, the findings were very interesting in that they supported the idea that timing one’s workout to occur after a long period of fasting (or first thing in the morning) will support more rapid weight loss. The idea behind this is that your body will be geared toward burning your stored fat reserves, as opposed to utilizing its energy toward burning off the food you just ate.
Now, if you are like many, the idea of waking up one to two hours earlier to exercise may not sound appealing. But if you want to give it a shot to make the most of your workout, there are some simple things you can do to help you be a little bit more bright-eyed and bushy-tailed before a refreshing morning workout:
1. Go to sleep earlier: Easier said than done for many, but early to bed, early to rise!
2. Find a morning workout buddy: A friend can make drudging out in the morning a little bit more fun, plus you’ll have the pressure/motivation of knowing someone is waiting on you.
3. Set up your morning the night before: Before going to bed, set your coffee pot to brew when your alarm clock goes off (smell that caffeine!), lay out your gym clothes for a quick change, and have a pre-made pre-exercise snack ready to go. Once you convince yourself to get out of bed, you can be ready for the gym and out the door in 10 minutes or less, making it feel less like a drag.
Changing up your workout schedule may seem difficult at first, but after a few weeks of commitment and consistency, you may start to appreciate the benefits, not only for weight loss, but also with being able to start your morning off on a productive note. A morning workout can help to set the tone for the rest of the day, and you may find that it can support you in flourishing throughout many aspects of your work and personal life. Give it a try and let us know on Facebook what the difference has been in your mood and your health!
Source: Business Insider
Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation
July 5, 2016
When it comes to good eating habits a common term we hear is “eat in moderation.” But what does that mean? If I put a bag of chips in between two people and ask them to take out a moderate amount it’s unlikely they’d be the same. How different would the two be? Should they even be the same? Just what is “eating in moderation?”
A study conducted at the University of Georgia and headed by lead author Michelle vanDellen, sought out to find the true definition of moderate eating and how people in general viewed moderation. What they found was if on one end you had overeating and on the other end you eat as much as you should, our view of moderation lands somewhere in the middle.
Why is this an issue? “People are now saying, ‘Diets don’t work; you shouldn’t go on a diet. You should just live by the rule of moderation,’” says vanDellen, an assistant professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of psychology. You are leaving the role of deciding what’s moderate in the hands of the consumer, and with the rise of the obesity rate it’s difficult to say that we are doing a good job in practicing moderation.
Researchers found that moderation is naturally seen differently depending on who you ask, and also depending what is being eaten. What are some deciding factors in what we consider moderate eating?