Weight Watchers tops best diet list of US News world report 2017 but

Happy New Year! From Christmas to New Year, people flock to diet or exercise. Their aim is to trim pounds and firm muscles – indiscretions from the past 10 months. Their motivation flees. The diets wear off, gyms are no longer crowded. By February’s end everything shifts to normal, for the majority. Magazines, online networks, and gyms shift to high gear to provide guidance for your wishes and dollars. Is it effort well spent? Is weight management really worth the sacrifice?

Dieting seems almost punitive for weight management. It is akin to getting off an addiction and addicts seem to be all around you. There are literally hundreds of ways toward weight reduction and neither are quick ways to lose 20 or more pounds – and keep them off. Weight Watchers is among the senior dietary lifestyles. Weekly meetings (somewhat like alcoholics anonymous) and simple point-system diet approaches has made Weight Watchers one of the most popular diet approaches but there are others!

Each year, US News and World Report reveals a ranking of diets in a comprehensive list. Repetitively, old and stalwart Weight Watchers program tops its 2017 list.

After all celebrations and parties of 2016, getting back into shape is the most common wish for the dawn of 2017. Gyms are mostly crowded from January through March than any other time of year. It is appropriate that diets and lifestyle choices market to those that have neglected those previous promises of 2016 or 2015. Yet, for 2017, the DASH diet tops the list as a dietary approach to reduce hypertension. For weight loss, Weight Watchers retains the throne.

Weight gain does not necessarily fault dietary indiscretions or low activity. Aging is associated with weight and unsightly bulges. At around age 30 you also start losing about half a pound of your calorie burning muscle tissue each year. At 50, that rate doubles. Women have fat distributed throughout body while men most accumulate it at the abs. As an additional variant, some people have a genetic predisposition to fat accumulation. Food and activity may not be associated with weight. General wisdom dictates you have to use the calories you eat through activity to help maintain a stable weight. Are you a weight watcher?

For nearly 60 years, Weight Watchers has had the longest staying power over many diets. Its approach is different. Weight Watchers realizes one thing that most diets neglect – in most cases Weight gain and loss is part of a lifestyle choice. Weight Watchers aims a belief that dieting is just one part of long-term weight management. A healthy body results from a healthy lifestyle – which means mental, emotional and physical health. Almost like Alcoholics Anonymous or other addictive programs, Weight Watchers has weekly meetings at centers or online. Their overall approach is to provide information and support to help you reach your goals.

Any diet is often viewed as a form of punishment. Most diets are virtually a form of masochism and most can’t endure the rigors and pains. Weight Watchers is a support group for those who saw their bodies change through months or years of pleasure gratification. Through social meetings and guides, Weight Watchers helps take the pain out of dieting toward reaching your impossible dream weight. The approach works about 10 to 15%, as long as you stick to the program.

Of course, there are other popular diets. The Mediterranean Diet and Atkins’ low-carbohydrate diets. While attractive and popular, these diets lack guidance through the rigors of mediating a lifestyle. The strength of Weight Watchers is that, among normal people, the social class-like approaches target the adaptation of diet as a lifestyle. The design is to keep you on top of your struggle to win.

Other diets may aim at helping reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose. These usually require guidance by a physician and/or a nutritionist. These diets may also contribute to weight loss.

The Mediterranean diet is based on the traditional foods that people used to eat in countries like Italy and Greece around 1950, before being tainted by canned and processed package foods. Italian and Greek bloodlines have generally low bad cholesterol and very high good cholesterol, as well as sugars in the normal range. The diet is relatively simple but there are several items you need to moderate. In addition, the Mediterranean Diet also has a component of activity. In the 1950’s, Greece and Italy were very agrarian, producing oils, wines, and other foods. Basically, this is how the Mediterranean Diet works:

1) Eat: Vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, potatoes, whole grains, breads, herbs, spices, fish, seafood and extra virgin olive oil.

2) Eat in Moderation: Poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt.

3) Eat Only Rarely: Red meat.

4) Don’t Eat: Sugar-sweetened beverages, added sugars, processed meat, refined grains, refined oils and other highly processed foods.

It should also be noted that pasta and breads were more like side-dishes. Pasta was eaten as a side-dish in the Mediterranean, unlike the entree sizes found in USA restaurants.Also note that it is high in plant foods, and relatively low in animal foods. Eating fish and seafood is recommended at least twice a week. Red meat was less available in this region. Often ignored, physical activity is also vital as part of this diet lifestyle for added benefits. The problem is: Can you follow this lifestyle in a world of donuts, sodas, and snacks in the 21st Century?

The original Atkins Diet is a low-carb approach to a diet strategy. It really works but at a very social price. Basically, this diet by eating a diet rich in protein and fat, and very low in carbs. That means a burger without the bun or any fries. Figure on no bread, pasta, grains, and fruit. Let them eat cake? Sorry, no cake either! Atkins is a ketogenic form of diet that limits carbohydrates to less than 40 grams a day (about 2 slices of bread).

A ketogenic diet aims to help you get into a state of ketosis. Ketosis is a state at which the body has an extremely high fat-burning rate. Even the brain runs on fat, via ketone bodies. These are energy molecules in the blood (like blood sugar) which become fuel for our brains after being converted from fat by the liver. Your body requires very little sugars (carbohydrates) through a process of gluconeogenesis. Gluconeogenesis (GNG) is a metabolic process of making glucose, a necessary body fuel, from non-carbohydrate sources such as protein (amino acids), lactate from the muscles and the glycerol component of fatty acids. Whatever glucose your body needs is generated by the kidneys, liver, and brain.

The Atkins diet tricks your body to create energy from cheese, meats, fish, and eggs. This trick requires endurance and lots of self control to keep carbs at 40g or below. There are side effects such as leg cramps, constipation, and reduction of physical performance. These will likely occur within the first few weeks as your body adapts to your carbohydrate withdrawal.

The benefits are reduction in carbohydrate cravings, control of some diabetic symptoms, and a calmer digestive system. Avoiding carbs usually results in weight loss, without hunger. Carbohydrates stimulate the release of the hormone insulin; the body’s main fat-storing hormone. By eating proteins and fats for energy, your fat storage begins to melt away.

Of course, this means no more meat and potatoes. Possibility of eating a sandwich using 1 slice of bread. If you drink coffee with milk (no sugar), the milk may contribute 7 grams of carbohydrates.

Ketosis only works as an enduring lifestyle. If you go off it, such as binging at a party, the positive effects are lost.

The ketogenic diet became popular as a therapy for epilepsy around 1920.

The Atkins ketogenic diet is radical in a society where carbohydrates are part of every possible food other than meats themselves. The allowable foods may elevate cholesterol blood levels for those that are sensitive. It takes quite a large amount of discipline but you will be amazed at the rate of weight loss.

Like Weight Watchers, Atkins is a diet business. Recently Atkins introduced a version suitable for vegans and vegetarians…the Eco Diet system. The Atkins Eco Diet ranks fifth behind Weight Watchers number one spot in the US News and World Report’s category of Best Fast Weight-Loss Diets. Unlike Weight Watchers, neither the Mediterranean or Atkins diets offer guidance. Higher ranking Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers do.

There are many vegetarian sources of protein and this protein is free of cholesterol. While soy first comes to mind, there are many sources from beans to legumes, nuts and whole grains that deliver nice protein amounts, plus vital phytonutrients that only are found in vegetables. The oddity is that many of these sources do have carbohydrates to contend with, How do you keep it low-carb?

Scientifically, the vegetarian approach of Eco Atkins Diet overcomes some of the arterial weaknesses of the original Atkins Diet. Eco Atkins Diet lets you raise the maximum threshold for ketosis. he average daily intake of carbohydrates should be 130 grams or a lttle less, the bare minimum needed by the brain to function properly. You have to choose carbohydrates wisely while following this diet. No starchy foods are permitted in the diet, so avoid foods like white bread, rice, potatoes and baked goods. Fruits, vegetables, oats, white grain cereals and whole grain bread are recommended. Click for more information here.

Then, of course, there are some that have always been predisposed to weight gain from birth. There’s one gene that’s getting a lot of attention from scientists and the National Institute of Health, called FTO. Scientists found that people with certain differences in this gene have a 20% to 30% higher chance of obesity. This is a rather recent supposition. Some believe that, in this case, dietary food choices may aid weight (and associated disease) control.

Managing weight might also be associated with depression. Both eating too much and not eating enough can be signs of depression. While loss of appetite is a common depression symptom, feelings of sadness or worthlessness can make some people overeat. Sadness, self-esteem, and depression may be confounders of any weight management regimen. Weight management is a slow, tedious process. Furthermore, some anti-depressants may have side-effects that promote weight gain for some.

Although dietary calories and fats consumed and dietary calories used as a routine of diet and activity, along with fashion and health, weight watching makes many of us weight watchers. Weight watchers mustn’t watch passively. They must follow through with their chosen lifestyle. That lifestyle must be like religious, fervent emotion. It requires constancy; almost like training to run a marathon. No diet is easy.

While Weight Watchers still holds a favored status as a guidance-based weight management program. There are hundreds of diets and more diet/active regimens out there. Through wishes for a productive and better new year. The intent of weight watching is often merely an intent. Diet and/or activity are ominous phantoms and ghosts that both allure and repel most wills from constancy. Basically, fat loss means constant focus. Weight Watchers offers some guidance along the way – if you can stick with it. Make dieting season your dieting year!

Obese parents weight hinder child development

Pediatric research conducted under the auspices of the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) made new findings about child development problems when both parents are obese. Research was conducted by scientists at the NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Do obese parents weight hinder child development?

Obesity is defined as beyond overweight, considered unhealthful weight and size. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), obesity is measured by weight ranges and the Body Mass Index (BMI) scale. Based on BMI, more than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese. More than 1 in 20 (6.3 percent) have extreme obesity. According to NIH results, investigators found that children of obese mothers were more likely to fail tests of fine motor skill — the ability to control movement of small muscles, such as those in the fingers and hands. Children of obese fathers were more likely to fail measures of social competence, and those born to extremely obese couples also were more likely to fail tests of problem solving ability.

The study appeared in January 2017 Pediatric Journal as “Parental Obesity and Early Childhood Development”. The study seems to set out to prove that obese parents weight hinder child development.

Approximately 5000 mothers participated the upstate New York study (2008-2010). The study recruited mothers from New York State (excluding New York City) at ∼4 months postpartum. Parents completed the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) when their children were 4, 8, 12, 18, 24, 30, and 36 months of age corrected for gestation. The ASQ used included questions to screen for delays in 5 developmental domains (ie, fine motor, gross motor, communication, personal-social functioning, and problem-solving ability).

The findings of this study suggest that maternal and paternal obesity are each associated with specific delays in early childhood development, emphasizing the importance of family information when screening child development.

One of the problems of interpreting data from ASQ’s, especially from a previous study, is an academic exercise. While findings appear in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the correlation of obese parents and ASQ reported developmental issues of children aged up to 3 years, might be somewhat questionable. The original Upstate Kids study was studying how infertility treatments, such as ovulation-stimulating medications and various assisted reproductive technologies.

The study did not focus on socioeconomic factors among the sampled group. as New York State has many depressed areas. Within the study results, indications displayed maternal obesity was associated with lower socioeconomic status and higher paternal BMI. It was also related to greater likelihood of smoking, being diagnosed with gestational diabetes or hypertension, and lower likelihood of alcohol intake, multivitamin use, and fish oil supplementation during pregnancy.

This study was the first examination of maternal and paternal obesity in the USA, culled from regional ASQ data at about 6 years old. What we have here are several factors that may be inferred as to confounding variables. Is there actually a direct link between obese parents and childhood development? Can one easily infer that obesity was the only cause?

Smoking, diabetes, alcohol intake, poor medical guidance, and other variables of behavior may also result in childhood development disorders. As with many published studies that are reported by the media, this study leaves room for doubt of direct inference of causality.

Statistical studies based on correlations based on questionnaires are excellent for making analyses of data fit a hypothesis. Validity is somewhat questionable. More and more direct experimentation is advised.

The question of whether obese parents weight hinder child development needs more study. From this article published in Pediatrics Journal, there is little credence that parental obesity may result in child development problems. If your toddler does exhibit child development issues, have your pediatrician deeply study possible reasons.

Poor physical fitness nearly harmful as smoking for heart health

When it comes to wellness and longevity, what might be the best method of achievement?

A nearly 50 year study in Sweden asserts that physical wellness and breath capacity are key variables for cardiovascular wellness. Basically, when compared to hypertension, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and smoking, poor physical fitness was noted nearly harmful as smoking for heart health.

What are some of the factors that help determine the length of your life? Is it diet? Is it physical activity? Is it obesity? Is it smoking? Is it genetic predispositions? Study shows poor physical fitness is nearly as harmful as smoking as risks for getting a heart attack or stroke. Does aerobic fitness determine an improved life length? I think fitness has to do with weight management AND exercise together.

How many hours do you sit in front of your TV in a week? How long do you sit in front of your Mac or PC each day? How far do you walk (or do any aerobic activity) per week? When it comes to heart health, two factors scored high as risks – smoking and aerobic exercise. This 45 year longitudinal study seems to assert that poor aerobic physical fitness is nearly as harmful as smoking, at least, in Sweden. Is it applicable elsewhere?

Swedish researchers followed up on nearly 700 Swedish men for 45 years (1967 to 2012_ years to find risk factors for heart attacks and death. This is one of many longitudinal studies that Sweden generates. The reports showed fairly obvious and startling results. Smokers, men with high cholesterol levels or hypertension ran a higher risk of a premature death. Low levels of aerobic capacity – or poor physical fitness actually represented a higher death risk than high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. Only smoking was found to be a higher risk factor than poor (aerobic) physical fitness. Is it time to consider walking more than watching TV or staring at the monitor?

A longitudinal study is an observational research method in which data is gathered for the same subjects repeatedly over a period of years, decades, and longer. Compared to short studies, longitudinal studies show responses over time, sometimes lifespan.

This study, by a team from Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. A representative sample of 792 men were followed for 45 years. All subjects were 50 year old men when they were selected in 1963. The study and research aimed to investigate the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and mortality. The remaining participants would be in their 90’s. The study inluded men born in 1913, 1923, 1933, 1943, 1953 and 1963.

In 1967, the group’s members all completed an exercise test. 656 of the subject group carried out a maximum exercise test where they were required to push themselves to the limit (the others were exempt due to health concerns that might have made the exertion dangerous). Oxygen uptake was measured using with consistent instrumentation that measure respiration and gas metabolism during exercise. Subjects were monitored every 10 years. Data on smoking habits, leisure time physical activity, mental stress and previous diseases, including hypertension and diabetes, as well as on pharmacological treatments were collected by questionnaires.

Smoking was the most likely lifestyle factor to kill a person early, but low aerobic capacity as measured by peak oxygen uptake (better known as VO2 Max) was linked to higher mortality than the other cardiovascular factors assessed. The men with the lowest VO2 Max (maximal oxygen uptake) had a 42 percent higher risk of dying of premature death than the men who were the fittest, and about 21 percent higher risk than men with average aerobic capacity.

Of course, previous mortality rates conducted by the American Heart Association indicate that high LDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, and hypertension have been evident in patients with cardiovascular incidents. LDL Cholesterol and (in less than 2% of population) Homocysteine may contribute to to artery blockages. Left unchecked, these have been observable causes of strokes and heart attacks.

The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity). Thirty minutes a day, five times a week may help minimize the risk of a heart attack, a leading killer.

Of course you join a gym and use treadmills, joggers, stair-masters, or join a spinning class to boost your aerobic fitness. It’ll help meet those recommended lifestyle guidelines. Considering most people’s busy lives, is it really possible?

Cardiovascular health is likely more associated with exercise constancy. Taking routine time each day or two for 30 minutes of moderate cardiovascular activity. It has to be integrated and mindful in your lifestyle as a routine, not as an option. Cardiovascular exercises help increase breath volume capacity, movement of body fluids, and use of calories.Sound difficult?

Try walking! Make time to walk to work, walk to meetings, walk around your neighborhood or walk when shopping. Walking briskly, even moderately may help boost aerobic fitness and improve your cardiovascular integrity. The AHA cites a recent study that indicates, “walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running.” Many studies suggest that walking improves cardiac risk factors such as cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, vascular stiffness and inflammation, and mental stress.

Just 30 minutes walking every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. Even if you don’t smoke, don’t have high levels of cholesterol, and don’t have hypertension, the benefits of walking are prime at thwarting many health risks.

While the Swedish study examined men, primarily because 45 years ago, more men had cardiovascular incidents than women. Studies indicate that women doing aerobic activities reduce risk of coronary issues in the future.

The exciting data from Sweden’s longitudinal study and those of USA cross-sectional studies clearly match. All infer that the causality of cardiovascular and respiratory health and heart wellness are associated with marked levels of activity.

Aerobically poor physical fitness is near the top of the list of variables that increase risks of cardiovascular episodes, sometimes even if there are no indexes of other cardiovascular risks.

While following a healthy diet is important, a motivated routing of aerobic exercise seems to offer assurances that you will have a higher quality and longer cardiovascular life if you try to walk moderately brisk 30 minutes per day. The Swedish know it. USA medical specialists know it. So should you.

Ancient Asian practices addressed poor physical fitness with breathing as an important facet. Persia, India, and China all focused how breathing bears influence. Chinese medicine believed that poor physical fitness required Qi Gong, to achieve balance and strength. The Swedish results demonstrate the significance these ancient practices had at insuring cardiovascular health over time.

Understanding cardiovascular health means opting for lifestyle choices, with no interruptions. And no smoking.

While cholesterol levels, triglycerides, and diet may be causes of havoc within arteries leading to the heart, brain, and some other areas, the Swedish study prioritizes how crucial breathing is to upgrade your status toward cardiovascular health.

Of course, there are those that may have chronic asthma or COPD and other respiratory conditions that wouldn’t have qualified for the respiratory segment of the Swedish study. They are likely to be already treated by another specialist.

For most, however, in this cardiac risk study, healthy breathing was an important variable in assessing longevity of cardiovascular wellness.

As part of normal daily activities, if you find you lose your breath on short walks or climbing a few stairs, it may be an indicator of cardiovascular disease, even if your cholesterol and other blood indicators are within the normal range. The importance of respiration integrity with stress is a good marker for potential cardiovascular risks. This stress-test is usually given by a cardiologist exploring possible symptoms. If you don’t smoke but experience breathing problems, consider adding a cardiologist on your To-Do list.

It is also suggested if you feel changes in the way you breathe, seek medical attention as there are many serious respiratory illnesses that may occur during your aging process. Unawareness or ignoring symptoms contribute to degrees of poor physical fitness.

Overall, if you have any of the indicators that may contribute to cardiovascular events that could lead to heart attacks or strokes, be wary of them. Find out more from a medical specialist or alternative cardiologist and what you can do about them. You would be surprised that physical fitness and weight management are two common approaches to help alleviate ongoing cardiovascular diseases. The Swedish study may be valid. Poor physical fitness is, as the Swedish study asserts, is almost as bad as smoking as a lifestyle that might contribute to heart diseases.

Sweden is very serious about fitness, exercise, and diet. This could be a confounding variable in the overall results and report. Nonetheless, world organizations support physical fitness and diet responsibilities as keys for life extension. Breathe well and move.

Cardiovascular illnesses may be genetic but, in general, they may arise by lifestyle choices and poverty. While this study demonstrates the significance of physical fitness to suppress some symptoms of this silent killer, routine blood tests covering lipids are very important. Ask your physician to give you a copy of the blood test results so you can track them. You may never know whether you are a candidate or not. Becoming fit doesn’t guarantee happily ever afters. Fitness may just help sweeten and lengthen your odds of living well, as part of an integrated approach. Isn’t that what you want? What’s stopping you?