The Obesity Paradox

April 26, 2011 by  
Filed under A Healthy Body

Is there a direct association between obesity and ill health?  A number of studies have found a direct association between higher body mass index (BMI) and the risk of diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular problems.

Why, then, is it that some people are obese but healthy and happy. It leads to an obvious question: “If you are fat but healthy, should you bother about losing weight at all?”

There are several interesting paradoxes about obesity. Let’s have a look at the most well-known of these. Studies originating from the Winston-Salem State University of North Carolina confirm the existence of these paradoxes and look at the reasons why some people are clinically obese but do not attract obesity-related diseases. The study found that 25-30% of obese people present normal blood glucose and normal blood lipids. Here are the reasons why this is so. Read more

Fat Loss Nutrition

December 19, 2010 by  
Filed under A Healthy Diet

The question we all face is what to eat, and what not to eat, in order to lose fat. There is an abundance of information available in the public arena, including the Internet. The trouble is that the more you read the more conflicting information you will encounter.

However, you need to accept that nutrition is absolutely essential for getting a lean stomach. In fact, it is more important than the exercises you also need to maintain.

Well “established” nutrition advice tells you, on the one hand, to reduce fat intake in order to prevent heart disease and, on other hand, to reduce carbohydrates in order to reduce blood sugar levels and prevent diabetes. If you do both, there is preciously little left to eat so there is a controversy here.

You need to eat both fat and carbohydrates to maintain mental and body strength. The key to losing body fat is to know which foods accelerate fat burning in your body and which foods prevent fat burning. Read more