The rates of diabetes have risen in the past few decades. So have obesity rates. Are the two connected? Scientists think so.
More than one-third of people in the United States have obesity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Almost a third of people living in the U.S. have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.
The connection between obesity and diabetes is undeniable. About 30 percent of overweight people have diabetes, according to the Harvard Gazette, and 85 percent of people with diabetes are overweight.
Understanding metabolism and resting metabolic rate can improve the results of any weight loss program.
When you think about doing activities that burn calories, you might think about running, jumping, and lifting weights. What you may not realize is that your body burns a significant amount of calories just performing basic functions, such as breathing and circulating blood. In fact, your body burns more calories performing these metabolic functions that it does during physical exercise. Doctors refer to this as resting metabolism.
Most people don't need to be told that it can be difficult to keep weight off no matter how hard they try, but they may not know exactly why this is. When a certain popular weight-loss reality show had people dropping dozens upon dozens of pounds over the course of just a few weeks, it was hailed by many people as a miracle cure to beat weight loss for good. And yet, most people have a difficult time keeping the pounds off no matter what type of weight loss program they try — including the kinds where you drastically change your lifestyle. See why this is and what you can do about it.
You know what they say about New Year’s Weight Loss resolutions: most are broken by Valentine’s Day. There are a lot of reasons that happens, but really, it often comes down to timing.
Simply put, the timing stinks. Think about it: You’re at the end of what may be the most stressful six weeks of the year. Holidays, families, travel, rich food. And suddenly, we expect ourselves to transform? It’s tough, and when we fail, we feel more miserable than ever.
Dr. Urshan's Health & Weight Loss Center may have the solution: Make realistic resolutions starting Feb. 14. Yes, Valentine’s Day. And here’s the bonus: Make them with your partner. Think about it: Is there a better gift you can give each other than health? (Don’t roll your eyes: It may sound trite, but it’s true, and you know it!)
By now it’s common knowledge that the key to good health is a diet rich in nutrients and low in empty calories.(1) One of the biggest challenges to people living on the standard American diet is the fact that we are inundated with high calorie, low nutrient foods. This is a recipe for weight gain. Unfortunately, it’s become so much the norm that people have difficulty understanding why common foods like bread are practically designed to make you gain weight.
As one year comes to a close and another one begins, it’s a time for reflecting on the year past and making goals for the future. Weight loss continues to be the most popular type of New Year’s resolution made by Americans. Unfortunately, setting a New Year’s resolution is not the same thing as keeping a New Year’s resolution. In fact, a study of 200 people found that although 77% maintained their resolutions for one week, only 19% were successful over a two-year period. This means that 80% of New Year’s weight loss resolutions are doomed to failure. Don’t let yours be one of them. Learn some strategies for weight loss resolutions that really stick.
Once Halloween has passed, all thoughts turn to the upcoming holiday season. While many of us joyfully look forward to spending time with family and friends during the holidays, they can also be sources of stress when you are trying to stick to a weight loss program. Learn how to avoid a dietary setback and tackle the holidays with confidence.