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.
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.
A Necessary Evil?
In this superficial age where thin is in, there are multifarious liquid weight loss diets that you can find. Here are some popular low- calorie, low-fat ones which I suggest you only use in times of emergency. Having to fit into your wedding gown in one week is probably the only reason I will accept.
The Cabbage Soup diet lasts for one week. The name is pretty self-explanatory. You can have all the soup you want till you thoroughly abhor it. There are no restrictions on vegetables, fruits (except bananas. However, Day Four is the day you eat not less than eight bananas so you can get sick of it. Sadistic huh?) and non-sweetened fluids. However, there is a very limited set of strictly- stipulated foods for everyday of the week. This maybe a healthy alternative to a week of junk but it may backfire when you swear never to touch vegetable or its soups in your life after this.
If you are one who must have some solid food to sustain you, steer clear of this weight loss plan. This is an extremist liquid weight loss diet as it allows no food at all for 10 days! Yucks! Its formula: an eclectic blend of spring water, lemon juice, organic maple syrup and cayenne pepper. You take this about 10 times a day, along with 1 glass each of laxative tea and salt water. This formula is actually meant as a detoxification regime but people use it as a diet too. This is absolutely crazy and the logic behing this diet goes against common sense. If you are as insane as to want to take up this programme, I suggest you book a flight to Africa. You wil not be alone when you starve to death.
The Grapefruit diet is a 12-day liquid weight loss diet. You get to have your fill of black coffee, vegetables and meat as long as you have grapefruit or its juice to go with your three meals. It is also compulsory to have eggs and bacon every morning! Though this seems the most sustainable of all diets, be warned, as studies have found that excess consumption of the fruit may increase the risk of breast cancer. Second, having so much butter, bacon and eggs everyday may defeat your purpose of dieting since you might die of high cholesterol or clogged arteries instead. I also do not understand the logic of some of its ‘rules’. First, you can eat all the meat ‘till you are stuffed’ Second, you can have all the butter you want and even have your vegetables with them. I do not think it is unnecessary to explain why I find these ridiculous. It seems like its creators were woozy in the head from dieting when they came up with this regime.
Overall, I am personally quite appalled at the multifarious liquid weight loss diets.
Common sense tells me that they are just never going to work if you are looking for a sustainable and healthy weight loss regime. One simply cannot get even half the required nutrients on a liquid diet. A personal take. Stay away from such crap. Period.
When you start a body building program, be aware that this has generally always been a male sport. That doesn’t mean that females can’t be body builders, but male body building has always been the norm. The reasons are far reaching actually.
Males naturally produce a large amount of testosterone in their bodies. Testosterone lends itself to longer, more intense workouts. It’s a natural part of male body building. Testosterone makes men more aggressive, and as a result, they are able to work out more intensely. That means their muscles work harder and grow larger because of their body building program.
When the talk begins to turn toward male body building, it’s natural to speak of body building supplements. Many males can benefit from body building supplements just as many females can. However, because of the male anatomy as well as the naturally produced hormones by men, they can benefit much more by adding supplements to their workout programs.
Generally, people think of body building equipment as weight machines. While weight machines are some of the best ways to work specific muscle groups, there is still a lot of other body building equipment you can use to help tone and work your muscles to their fullest potential.
Of course, you will want to have some type of weights to help you with your body building goals. A stable weight bench and some barbells as well as dumbbells will help you workout at home. If you’re not able to get to a gym, having these types of weights at home will contribute to your workout program and help you build your muscles in an amazing way.
An exercise ball is a cheap way to work your ab muscles and make them strong. You simply roll over the ball and perform sit-ups while using the resistance that the ball can give you works your abs. Exercise balls can be purchased in many places including discount stores like Wal-Mart, and are relatively inexpensive when you consider what they can give you in the long run.
When you are serious about body building, you will want to subscribe to a few body building magazines so that you can learn more about this great sport. Body building magazine offer so much information to both professionals as well as amateurs, that NOT subscribing to one is a huge mistake.
Besides the obvious advice that the articles will offer you, you will see much more inside the pages of popular body building magazines. You will get pictures of people who are considered to be ideals in the industry. You will receive reviews of popular supplements that can enhance your body building endeavors.
You will get information about the latest contests and competitions and how to succeed when you decide to enter a contest. These magazines have articles written by experts in the field and can offer up tips and techniques that you probably won’t find anywhere else.
Insulin is a natural hormone that is secreted from the pancreas in response to high sugar levels. Its main use is to regular sugar levels in the body. The use of insulin in body building is a controversial subject as using it is constituted as steroid use and it is used to enhance a body building workout.
When blood sugar levels are high, insulin works to increase the storage of glucose which provides energy to the body. The benefit of insulin use in body building is to provide more energy which allows for longer and more intense workouts. While insulin does make for a conducive anabolic environment in the body, it can truly do more harm than good.
Diabetics are not able to produce their own insulin which is why they must either take synthetic insulin or control their insulin production through diet. If you are not a diabetic, taking insulin when you don’t need it will cause your pancreas to stop producing it naturally. What is the end result of that? You will essentially become a diabetic.