Skipping meals is not good

February 20th, 2009

The common misconception about losing weight is that if one does not eat a meal, then he or she does not get the unnecessary fats he or she can acquire from eating different kinds of foods. Therefore, those who want to lose weight the easiest way tends to skip meals.

What they do not understand is that skipping meals does not necessarily mean it is a good way of preventing one’s body to gain weight. Actually, when one skips a meal, then he or she is neglecting her body from getting the nutrients that it needs to move along. Aside from that, suppressing one’s hunger will only lead him or her to craving for foods from time to time.

In fact, studies show that one should never skip a meal when he or she is decided to lose weight. It is because by naturally following the three-to-four-meal diet, one can actually improve one’s metabolism, which is essential to the weight management of one’s body. When one skips a meal, then he or she suspends a supposed period of digestion or burning of fats. Actually, when one has a food intake in the morning, the metabolism of the body quickly starts. He or she will then use the energy stored from her first metabolism process. If one does not eat the next hours, then the metabolism slows down, which not give the body the chance to burn evens the stored fats that can actually be transformed to energy. With that, the burning of fats process is not just prevented; it also keeps one from running low because one does not have the energy he needs.

The point here is that the three-meals-a-day process of food intake is actually a natural way of getting fit, or maintaining the desired size of the body. It just shows here that metabolism is an important contributor in weight management, so no one should be skipping meals because it only lays down chances for one’s body to store and not use the fats. It is, of course, another point when it comes to choosing the right kinds of foods to eat per meal. One must be disciplined enough to know which kinds of foods are hard to be digested, or are full of fats and cholesterol.

The bottom line, then, is that if one wants to stay fit the natural way, one should never skip a meal but must be choosy when it comes to food intake.

The Low Down on Flu Shots

February 18th, 2009

Every year, local news programs talk about getting a flu shot and your doctor’s office offers you one. Many pharmacies and clinics also offer them, sometimes for free for people who don’t have a lot of money. But do you need one?

Most doctors say yes, but more and more research is starting to show that the flu shot might not be the best choice, at least for some people. While it’s designed to protect you, it contains things like mercury, formaldehyde, ethylene glycol, aluminum, and MSG. Those don’t sound very natural or very protective, and that’s what has some people worried. If you’re at serious risk of the flu because of your job, if you’re elderly, or if you have trouble with your immune system you might still want to get a flu shot, but most healthy people probably don’t need one.

Taking care of yourself by exercising and eating well, getting enough sleep, and keeping yourself emotionally and spiritually balanced, as well as practicing extra-good hand washing and hygiene during flu season is often enough to keep the flu at bay.

A Healthier Choice for Valentine’s Day

February 11th, 2009

If you’re looking forward to sharing Valentine’s Day with someone special but you don’t want to ruin your diet by eating all that chocolate, there are healthier alternatives that you can really enjoy.

A lot of fruits and vegetables have been proven to have compounds in them which put people in the mood for love. By incorporating them into a home-cooked, romantic dinner, it’s more likely that the sparks will fly. Avocadoes, almonds, and strawberries are some of the best choices, and they are all great foods that can easily be added to the menu without a lot of difficult planning and preparation.

Citrus fruit, figs, and seafood can also have the same kind of stimulatory effect, helping couples to enjoy their romantic time together even more than they otherwise would. These aren’t gimmicky foods that are supposed to enhance sexuality and don’t really do anything. They are proven to have compounds and minerals and vitamins in them that can help stimulate the body. They are also good for you, so if you’re trying to lose a little weight or be healthier overall, that’s another added benefit.