The Obesity Paradox

Our overall health is related to how we take care of ourselves, rather than related to how big or small our waistlines are.

Pain Free Lifestyle exercise and nutrition programs are designed around the principal that it is more important to take care of yourself, be healthy and feel well, than it is to lose weight and be thin. The program is designed around the belief that it is more important to be healthy, than it is to look healthy. The program is comprised of exercises that are designed to make you feel better, rather than to get skinny. Pain Free Lifestyle is not a get thin quick scheme.

A new, anti-diet book came out that reinforces this approach to exercise and nutrition. It is called “The Obesity Paradox,” and it is written by Cardiologist Carl J. Lavie. Lavie, who is a cardiologist at the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute in New Orleans, said it very succinctly: “looks can be deceiving.”

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Learning to Listen to Your Body

Rest is one of the most often overlooked components of staying in shape. It is hard to know when to work through pain, and when to listen to your body and back off and rest. Rest usually isn’t even considered a component to staying in shape. But rest is essential if you want to continue to exercise.

How much time should you take off? Do you take the time off completely? Will you lose conditioning if you take too much time off? These are all valid questions that can be hard to answer, even if you know about exercise.

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Can Obesity Really Shorten Your Life

A study out of McGill University of Canada concluded that obesity not only shortens one’s lifespan, but it also shortens the quality of one’s lifespan as well.

Western society has been suffering from an epidemic of obesity. More than one-third of all Americans, or 78.6 million people, are overweight or obese.

The research out of McGill University proved that being obese will shorten your life expectancy by 8 years. Being obese will also reduce the quality of the last 2 decades of your life, primarily due to managing the health effects of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and osteo-arthritis (the long term health effects of being obese).

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Is Diet Really Helping With Your Diet?

Recently big soda manufacturers pledged to cut the calories in their sugar laden soft drinks. While this may seem like a good idea, their motivations may not be completely altruistic.

Consumers have been growing larger and larger as our society’s obesity epidemic has been reaching epidemic proportions. Many consumers are now demanding lower calorie alternatives to their favorite foods and  beverages.

But watch out, diet is not all that it is cracked up to be.

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The Secret to A High Energy, Feel Good Day!

I have read about it and discussed it numerous times. I highly recommend it. “It” is eating breakfast.

I have long been a proponent of eating breakfast. When discussing the topic with patients I always mention a study that concluded that those skip breakfast are 80% more likely to become obese than those who do eat breakfast.

From what I have read from studies, and what I have observed anecdotally, breakfast sets the stage for how we feel throughout the day. Eating breakfast can affect concentration, focus, energy levels, food cravings, and more throughout the day. Eating breakfast can set us up for having a lethargic, hum drum day or having a high energy, feel good day.

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Getting to Know Your Body’s Trigger Points

Those of you who have thrown out their backs can attest, a pulled muscle can be more painful that a bone fracture or even than giving birth.

When you throw your back out, you are spraining or straining the muscles in the hips. A sprain or strain is a microscopic tearing of the muscle fibers. It is akin to fraying a rope. The muscle is made up of thousands of muscle fibers. When you pull or sprain or strain a muscle, you are tearing some of the fibers of that muscle.

And when that happens, the rest of the muscle reflexively contracts, to prevent further tearing. This is the start of a trigger point.

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Vitamins & Nutritional Supplements

As anyone who reads my articles can attest, I am a big fan of vitamins and supplements.

I believe that when they are taken as designed, as a supplement to a healthy lifestyle, they have a positive effect on our health.

People get in trouble when they take vitamins and supplements as a replacement for a healthy lifestyle. I have heard the mindset of “I don’t have to exercise or watch what I eat since I take vitamins.” This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

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