Using Exercise to Overcome Obesity

Exercise is an important part of overcoming obesity. There are many ways to exercise. It is important to start small and gradually increase intensity so as not to injure yourself.

First, you have to decide if you want to focus on cardio or strength training. Because of its focus on fat burning, those who are obese are often encouraged to focus on cardio initially. Cardio workouts raise the heart rate so that the body is able to burn fat efficiently. Strength training focuses on building muscle, which increases the amount of fat burn while you are resting. Because they complement each other, most exercise programs incorporate both strength training and cardio.

Because a trip to the gym can be intimidating, many choose to exercise from the comfort of their own home. You can use equipment as simple as milk jug or soup cans for weight to an in-home gym that can often be purchased for a reasonable price. A recumbent bike is a good investment when beginning a workout regimen because it is gentle on the knee joints. An exercise ball is also a good investment. The ball can be used to increase balance, stability, and abdominal strength. After becoming comfortable with the exercise ball, you can move on to more advanced moves that provide a total body workout.
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Is Obesity Contagious

It seems absurd to believe that obesity is contagious. After all, haven’t we been told that obesity is the result of poor food choices and lack of exercise? How in the world could obesity be contagious?

There are some researchers who believe that human adenovirus is partly responsible for the obesity epidemic. The theory that a virus could cause obesity began when a scientist noticed that chickens infected with an avian adenovirus were fatter than those chickens that were not infected. This was most interesting because some who were studying the human obesity explosion were becoming suspicious that more than poor diet and lack of exercise were causing humans to gain girth. The human adenovirus AD-36 has been found in obese humans. Studies with animals show that while not all human adenoviruses cause obesity in animals, there are several that do.
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Obesity Opens the Door to Other Diseases

Obesity is a disease. Yet, its true danger lies in the health risks that have become associated with obesity. These include heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, sleep apnea, and some forms of cancer. The stress of carrying around extra weight results in these adverse effects on the body that could be avoided or sometimes corrected with diet and exercise to eliminate obesity as an aggravating factor.

Obesity can lead to sudden death from heart disease and stroke. This is because of putting extra stress on the heart to do its job efficiently. An overworked heart manifests itself through an increase in blood pressure and angina. It is not unusual for someone who is obese to battle high blood pressure and increased cholesterol levels. These are warning signals that you are not healthy. Fortunately, a weight loss of as little as 10% of body weight can decrease the probability of developing heart disease by allowing the heart to pump more efficiently. This weight loss can also lower blood pressure and cholesterol blood levels.
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Is Obesity Contagious

It seems absurd to believe that obesity is contagious. After all, haven’t we been told that obesity is the result of poor food choices and lack of exercise? How in the world could obesity be contagious?

There are some researchers who believe that human adenovirus is partly responsible for the obesity epidemic. The theory that a virus could cause obesity began when a scientist noticed that chickens infected with an avian adenovirus were fatter than those chickens that were not infected. This was most interesting because some who were studying the human obesity explosion were becoming suspicious that more than poor diet and lack of exercise were causing humans to gain girth. The human adenovirus AD-36 has been found in obese humans. Studies with animals show that while not all human adenoviruses cause obesity in animals, there are several that do.

There also seems to be yet another risk factor for obesity. Research has shown that obesity can be socially contagious. It seems that if you spend too much time with others who are obese, your chances of becoming obese rises. This means that your family and friends can make you fat simply by association. Supposedly, your risk of obesity increases 57% if you have a friend who becomes obese. If it is a sibling that is obese, the risk increases by 40%. Chances of becoming obese increase to 37% if your spouse becomes obese. The study found that risk was higher for same gender friends or family than for opposite gender friends and family. If this study is valid, the good news is that it works the same way for weight loss. When friends or family begin losing weight, it motivates you to lose weight also.

Whether either of these studies is valid is unknown. However, just to be safe, it might be a good idea to add hand washing to the list of ways to prevent obesity. Being mindful of the potential to gain weight as your friends and family gain weight might also serve as a protection in avoiding obesity. Since much of the data from both studies viewed as purely speculation, it is not known with any certainty that obesity is contagious.

Weight Loss Drinks: The Pros and Cons

You also wanted to start your diet but it gets too tedious with all the calories and label-scrutinising. Now it is late and you are contemplating an alternative diet… Yes, weight loss drinks or liquid meal replacements are the lazy man’s (or rather woman’s) shortcut to a slimmer silhouette. Do they work? I shall touch on the pros and cons of such weight loss drinks and you can make a better decision for yourself.

Some people swear by weight loss drinks for the time saved and convenience offered. Unlike simply adding water to your shake, conventional diets usually require one to tediously count calories of almost every food item that goes into their mouths (yikes!), hunt around for the lowest-fat foods stated in recipes. What’s worst? Actually preparing the darn meal! Thus meal replacements are great when you simply have no time to prepare their meal or even eat! Think of your skipped breakfast this morning. So instead of going on an empty stomach, just grab a diet shake. Furthermore, studies have shown that people who have breakfast had better weight control than those who do not.
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Overcoming Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity has become a real problem in America. Children who struggle with their weight are often teased about their weight and stereotyped as lazy or weak by their peers. Most children can’t overcome obesity on their own. They need a strong support system to encourage them to become healthy.

The first step in helping your child overcome childhood obesity is promoting a positive self-image. When the world is tearing a child down because of his weight, it is hard to maintain the self-esteem necessary to make the changes needed to lose weight. Accentuating the positives instead of the negatives makes your child feel good about herself and gives your child the courage to takes steps to lose weight.
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Preventing Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is becoming a problem in America. Obesity in children makes their risk of developing diabetes and heart disease even higher. Junk food is often marketed to children in the form of sugary cereals and soft drinks. Even if you don’t buy junk food for your child, this food is often found in schools. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent childhood obesity.

Take your child to see a pediatrician if you think that your child is overweight. The doctor can calculate your child’s body mass index to determine if your child is overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. Early identification of the children who are at risk allows pediatricians to prescribe a course of action.
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