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Is A Vegetarian Diet Right For You?

If you’ve been to any large banquets recently, you may have noticed people passing up the prime rib and baked chicken in order to feast on a vegetarian meal.  Vegetarianism seems to be gaining in popularity each year, spurred on by health concerns, weight difficulties, and celebrity endorsements.  You may find that a vegetarian diet is the key to weight loss in your particular case. First of all, it is important to define the vegetarian diet.  You may be surprised to learn that there are actually a variety of vegetarian diets in use today.  In some cases, vegetarians eat only fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts.  In other cases, they may also eat cheese and drink milk, while in still other cases, they may eat eggs. One of the advantages to the vegetarian diet is that it tends to be low in fat and cholesterol.  As a result, a vegetarian diet can help...

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Should You Adopt A “Sugar-Free” Lifestyle?

Sugar seems as if it is everywhere, and it is one of the few pleasures that has an almost universal appeal worldwide. Perhaps your weakness is pistachio ice cream, brownies with nuts, or pancakes covered with syrup.  Many of us crave sweets—sometimes throughout the day.  Some of us may even be addicted to sugar.  The problem is, large helpings of sugary foods can lead to substantial weight gain.  But eating sugar-free does not necessarily guarantee weight loss. A food may be sugar-free and still contain a great amount of calories and carbohydrates.  You may be thinking that you can lose weight simply by using sugar substitutes.  However, many sugar substitutes increase your intake of both calories and carbs.   For instance, the sugar substitute fructose adds calories and carbs to your daily diet.  These types of sugar substitutes are often called sugar alcohols or polyols. The American Diabetes Association heartily endorses sugar-free diets. ...

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A DNA Link Between Diabetes & Obesity

There are certain known risk factors that increase your likelihood of being diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, and the main one is weight. This is means that you can lower your risk by taking control over your weight.  If you are obese, the single best thing you can do for your health and the prevention of diabetes is to lose weight.  Even in small increments, when you shed pounds you are increasing your health benefits. This may be easier said than done.  There are new studies that are now showing that there is a genetic factor or mutation for people who are obese and have diabetes.  This genetic malfunction affects how the bodies use energy and insulin – two key elements in the functioning of your body and the cause of diabetes and obesity. The studies also state that this is not a cause and effect case.  If you carry this defective...

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4 Common Misconceptions about Yoga Practice

Yoga is a very popular form of exercising and spiritual balancing, but it is also very often understood by a lot of people.  This is almost inevitable when you consider the incredible popularity of yoga as a discipline and the many different types of yoga that are out there. Quite often people have experienced one type of yoga but not another, and as such they will base their overall impression of yoga without having all the information available. The truth is that yoga can be very different depending on who you learn it from and how they perceive yoga.  Here are some of the common misconceptions.   1.Yoga is a form of exercise. Well yes it is, but so is walking.  You can walk from your couch to your table and can hardly claim to have done any exercise for the day.  The truth is that exercise is just the beginning of what...

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Recognizing & Overcoming the Pitfalls of Emotional Eating

In recent years, greater attention has been focused on the problem of emotional eating for both women and men.  In fact, some experts have gone so far as to claim that most weight gain can be blamed on emotional eating.  According to Women Today magazine, it has been estimated that as much as 75 percent of overeating is attributed to the emotions.  Here are some of the things you should be aware of. Anxiety: For a number of people, overeating stems from anxiety.  For instance, if you find yourself consuming an entire bag of potato chips, it’s possible that anxiety is the cause.  While many people realize that alcohol and illegal drugs are not an antidote to anxiety, they may not understand that indulging in comfort food in order to combat anxiety can be dangerous as well. Depression: In other cases, overeating may be the result of depression.  If you feel tired, hopeless, and...

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