Your Questions About Healthy Foods To Lose Weight

Linda asks…

Cheap, ‘healthy’ foods to lose weight?

I recently started working out but i want to eat healthy where i can lose weight also…problem is im in a dorm and all we do is eat out and its not helping obviously but we do it cause we always order fast food dollar value menu items…

anyways i wanna start eating better and shedding pounds so can anyone give me some cheap and good stuff to keep in my dorm to eat instead of goin out eating junk everyday? i know fresh fruit, but please give me more ideas..my main goal is to lose weight!

admin answers:

Hi dear
just follow these simple tips to shed extra pounds from your weight in healthy way
- take balanced diet, don’t go for dieting
- take 5 small meals in the day
- add fruits and vegetables in your meals
- avoid fried and fast foods
- avoid colas and sweets
- drink more water and fresh juice
- do regular workout, yoga or brisk walk
- think positive and keep smiling
good luck
:o )

Mary asks…

what are healthy food i can eat for losing Weight?

i am deciding to go healthy and start fresh by losing Weight so i was wondering what food i should buy for a healthy diet

admin answers:

Here is a list of healthy food ideas to help you maintain a healthy diet :)
- Go for natural, ideally organic foods

~ Greek yogurt or yogurt (nonfat) – Greek yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt
~ Eggs, cheese, cottage cheese (2% is fine), goat cheese, skim milk or goat milk, etc.
~ Vegetables
~ Fruit & Berries
~ Beans (chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, mixed beans, etc.) – full of fiber and protein :)
~ Veggie burgers (Amy’s makes great veggie burgers)
~ Whole grain breads: multigrain bread, ezekiel bread, rye bread, whole wheat pitas, whole grain tortillas or bagels, etc.
~ Whole grain pasta or brown rice pasta, brown/wild rice, quinoa, etc.
~ Sweet potatoes or potatoes
~ Hummus
~ Oatmeal – great source of fiber, you can add toppings like: almond butter or peanut butter, nuts, fresh berries/fruit, raisins, dried fruit like cherries/cranberries/blueberries, cinnamon, skim milk or non-dairy milk, nonfat greek yogurt, jam, honey, agave nectar, maple syrup, etc.
~ Healthy cereals (Kashi, Nature’s Path Organic, etc..high in fiber like raisin bran)
~ Nuts, seeds, almond butter, peanut butter
~ Non-dairy milks like soy, almond or rice milk
~ Ground flax seed to add into a smoothie, top yogurt, etc.
~ Olive oil, good healthy fat, great for stir frys with lots of veggies.
~ Salmon & Tuna
~ Tofu & Tempeh – are great in sandwiches, wraps, on salads, etc.
~ Whole grain crackers
~ Whole grain waffles or pancakes

Try some healthy alternatives =)

Examples:
- Replace fast food french fries with homemade sweet potato or regular fries (made with a touch of olive oil, salt)

- For chips, you could try natural sweet potato chips, pita chips, fat free popcorn, pop chips or a natural potato chip brand like Kettle. You can also make your own chips by thinly slicing potatoes or sweet potatoes, glazing with olive oil, sprinkling with salt (pepper, basil if you’d like – cinnamon goes well with sweet potatoes) & baking them.

- Replace candy with things like frozen grapes or banana slices, dried mango strips, dried blueberries/cranberries/cherries/papaya, raisins, etc.

- Try a veggie burger on a whole wheat bun or a tofu hot dog.

- If you want soda, try cold sparkling water with lemon or mixed with 100 % organic fruit juice instead

- Replace white pasta with whole grain in pasta dishes + add veggies (for example adding baby spinach to pasta, grilled vegetables to lasagna, broccoli/grated carrot/spinach/kale to pasta salad, etc.

- For a creamy pasta sauce try tomato sauce with goat cheese mixed in, for a healthier dish

- Enjoy pizza, but try it on thin multigrain crust topped with fresh veggies.

- For healthier treat options try things like: frozen yogurt, vanilla greek yogurt with berries & grated dark chocolate, etc. Treats are fine in moderation =)

Also, here is a website with some great nutrition tips, recipes, meal & snack ideas:

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/

I hope this helps :)
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Ruth asks…

Will I lose weight if I eat really healthy foods?

Not necessarily controlling portions though. Like, if I ate pretty much whenever I wanted, making sure it was always healthy. Would I still lose weight? I exercise regularly

admin answers:

No.

Weight loss is about burning more calories than you eat. Find out your TDEE (totaly daily energy expediture). If you eat that many calories, you maintain. If you eat less, you lose. If you eat more, you gain. 1lb=3500 calories

For example, my TDEE is 2,000 calories, If I eat 2,500 calories of “healthy food”, I will gain 1lb per week (500calx7days=3500cal=1lb). On the other hand, if I eat 1500cals of “healthy food”, I will lose 1lb/wk.

Its not just about the kind of foods you eat, its about the amount of calories you consume. Ofcourse, if you eat healthy then you will have more energy and have better health. Healthy food also fills you up more with less calories. For example, a turkey sandwich has about 300cals, a fried chicken taquito is also 300cals, you will need about 2 or 3 taquitos to fill you up as much as that sandwich.

Eating healthy is good! Just make sure not to go over your calorie limits for the day.

Laura asks…

What are some healthy foods and tips for losing weight?

I’m trying to lose weight and get fit. I’ve already lost bout 15 pounds, but want to lose some more. I drink just about only water, I rarely eat any junk food and am starting to work out much more. I am at a loss though, I can be a super picky eater, and am stuck with only a few ideas of healthy foods and snacks. I could also you some help with more exercises.

So..
What are some healthy, but yummy snacks?
And..
What are some helpful motivation tips, and exercise ideas?

Thanks!!
As far as foods I don’t like, Its pretty crazy lol: I don’t like peanut butter or any nuts really. I won’t eat raw vegetables but I do love steamed broccoli and cauliflower. I don’t really like any fish. For fruits, I don’t like strawberries and a few others but some I like are apples, grapes, pineapples, etc. Like I said I can be super picky.

For exercise: I coach a youth dance team and teach dances to them for about 5 hours a week. Me and my family recently bought an exercise bike which is getting put together tonight so I haven’t had a chance to use that and we also recently ordered the dance DVDs zumba.

admin answers:

Let me ask you something: what types of foods do you not like since you are a picky eater? The best foods to help be fit and healthy are, of course, fruits and vegetables. Lean meats like chicken, ground turkey (not red meat), pork, and even fish like salmon and tilapia would be a great addition to eat. Yet, even with eating healthy you do want to throw in a day where you can indulge but don’t make it a habit. In certain case if you are too strict on a diet you can easily fall off the wagon; throwing in a “cheat” day will satisfy your body and keep your mind in check on the main goal ahead. But, please let me know which foods you are picky that way I can give you ideas of some recipes to make.

In addition, what type of exercises are you currently doing and how long have you been doing the routine for? If you have been doing the routine for longer than four weeks it is time to change it up. I congratulate you on losing 15 lbs. But if you are still in the same routine then your body will adapt to the routine and you will see minimum to no results. Let me know and I can definitely give you other ideas on some workout routines that can help boost your metabolism. Good luck

Sandy asks…

If I lower my food intake and eat healthy foods, but dont excersise that much, will I still lose weight?

I dont excersise that much, but for 2 weeks I have cut back on porportions and I have been eating much healthier (no fried foods, no sugar). I have lost about 5 lbs so far. If I dont put in the excersise, will I stay the same weight or will I lose?? I am around 235 lbs. and 5’7.
sorry, I meant exercise.

admin answers:

The following healthy living recommendations will help you if you’re trying to lose weight, tone up your muscles, have aspirations of building lean muscle mass, are attempting to get a wash board stomach, or just want to feel better:

*1) Burn more calories then you’re consuming everyday and measure your results using the following formula: Calories Consumed minus Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) minus Physical Activity minus the Thermic Effect of Food (TEF). A website that explains this formula in more detail and will help you determine how many calories you need to reach or maintain a certain weight is at http://www.primusweb.com/fitnesspartner/library/weight/calsburned.htm

Get a diet and fitness calculator that you can put on your computer or cell phone. This will allow you to easily calculate the above formula, set goals, log your daily calorie consumption, and register your physical activities.

Set realistic goals for your ideal body weight. Here are two websites that will calculate a suggested body weight:
Adults: http://www.halls.md/ideal-weight/body.htm
Teens/Children: http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/exercise/weight/bmi.html

It is difficult and unhealthy to lose more than one or two pounds per week. There are 3,500 calories in a pound. If you eat 500 fewer calories per day for a week you will lose one pound. If you burn through exercise 500 more calories per day for a week you will lose one pound.

*2) Eat natural and organic foods found on earth versus something created by a corporation to make money. Eat meals in small portions throughout the day and take a good multi-vitamin supplement.

Avoid “High Glycemic Load Carbs” (sugar, pastries, desserts, refined starches such as breads, pasta, refined grains like white rice; high starch vegetables such as potatoes) and drink lots of water. Read this article for more information on high GL Carbs:

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates.html

Do not try fad diets or diet pills. Here is an excellent food pyramid that anyone can follow: http://www.rayandterry.com/html/images/PyramidLRG.gif?osCsid=26a424be471d1337e7c2f105d5c64d9d

*3) Exercise on most days by doing cardiovascular training and/or resistance training activities.

Read a book or find a certified trainer to make sure your doing all resistance training exercises correctly. A great book to buy that teaches you the resistance training basics is “Weight Training for Dummies”. A superb magazine to buy with resistance training routines that will not get you bored is “Muscle and Fitness”. Signup for the free newsletter. An excellent free online resource is at http://www.exrx.net/

A good book to buy that teaches you the cardiovascular training basics is “Fitness for Dummies”.

*4) Get plenty of sleep. Sleep experts say most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimum performance, health, and safety.

*5) Educate yourself continually on health issues and make a life long commitment to good health. A great free publication is “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005”. A superb book to read is “You The Owner’s Manual”. An excellent periodic publication is the “Nutrition Action Health Letter”. A reputable test you can take to measure your biological age is at http://realage.com

Look at all areas where you can enhance your health. For example, make improvements in the quality of the air you breathe. Review outdoor air quality forecasts where you live and get an indoor air purifier. Send me an email or yahoo instant message to “gainbetterhealth” if you want an indoor air purifier recommendation and if you have any questions.

*Click on all the source links below to get the full benefit of the recommendations. The answers presented to your health questions are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Your Questions About Bmi Chart Female

Sandy asks…

What would be my ideal weight and measurements?

I am 16 years old and female.
I am 5 foot 4 inches tall.
I weigh 8 stone 9 pounds.
My measurements are 32-26-32.

Are these normal? I have been on a diet and have lost site of a goal really! I suppose I would like to get down to 8 stone. Would this be achievable? I have gone from 11 stone so I am wondering how my body sounds now?
8.9 is equal to 121 pounds!

admin answers:

Use this chart or BMI calc http://www.height-weight.net/

Lisa asks…

How much should you weigh at 5 4?

I am a 28 year old female. First off, I already know what those BMI charts and all that say. But I want to know what other people think How much do YOU think I should weigh? And no, I’m NOT basing how much weight I want to lose on this. I am only asking simply out of curiosity.

admin answers:

Probably anywhere between 125-140 maybe
You could even weigh more just make sure wherever you are that your happy with your weight!:)
The right weight is whatever you feel comfortable!:)

Joseph asks…

How many calories should i eat a day to burn my belly fat?

I am a 16 year old female trying to lose my belly fat. I am 5′ 2″ and weigh about 125-128 pounds. How many calories should i be eating a day and how many should i burn? I get on the treadmill for an hour 6 days a week. I think i burn about 600cal. Should running the treadmill be the best thing for losing my belly fat? If I could get some good information, that would be great.
-Thanks

admin answers:

Congratulations, you are young and still may be growing so take advantage and do sculpture your body by doing body parts specific exercises, they are found in the library and on the Internet. When you loose weight you loose it evenly all over in the absence of parts specific exercises.

Please read my articles to understand the Body Weight Loss Mechanism and do as you please.use the site listed here as your guide to achieve your goals.

Http://www.scientificpsychic.com/fitness/diet.html

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Tips for Loosing Weight
By
minootoo

You must count calories and at least in initial stages write down what you are going to eat and when then stay on that list. Your total calories for the week must not exceed, 1500 x 7 = 10,500 calories this will give you leave way to indulge at special occasions like wedding and parties, but you must write down what you eat and account for the calories latter and adjust the total intake next week.

Please read my article on this subject and follow them.
While at it build your body too, while reducing by doing body parts specific exercises.

If you are not too old, then best way to reduce your weight is to increase your height.

Vegetarians have a big advantage, in loosing weight, it cost less and they can satisfy the hunger more easily, some vegetables have only 1 calorie per pound, so they can fill themselves up with it before enjoying each meal, and never go hungry.

Most people should take one a day water soluble multi-vitamins when on this program; they can be purchased at the pharmacy near you.

Http://www.scientificpsychic.com/fitness/diet.html

http://www.halls.md/body-mass-index/bmi….

Http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=utf-8&fr=slv1-mdp&p=Calories+chart

http://www.scientificpsychic.com/fitness/diet.html

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Life Style Change Program for Loosing Weight
By
minootoo

Who needs to loose weight?

Answer is simply not every one, only the over weight person.

Who is over weight?

This is simple, it is easy to find out and it is available on line, it is call Body Mass Index, and calculations are simple. According to this calculation if you find your self say only 10 pounds more, you may not be over weight. Remember every one is slightly different and you can just watch it, on your own and not let it get out of hand.

What is the reason for being over weight?

This is also simple, have doctor check you out for any physical or hormonal abnormalities. The doctor should be advising you of your ideal weight even though you have already figured out the ideal weight and you are seen a doctor because your weight is not where it should be according to BMI.

Basic understanding of loosing weight.

Every one uses calories at all time. There may be some exceptions to this rule, for most of us; the rate of use, even when we are resting, we use 65 calories per hour minimum. This comes to1560 calories per day. The actual range is between 65 and 100 calories per hour. This is consistent with heart rate of 60 to 80 bits per minute.

Simply put any person eating only say 1500 calories a day will not put on any additional weight. At this level of calories consumption the person should loose some weight over long haul, depending on the individual rate of metabolism.

What is a healthy weight loss?

When one tries to loose weight, one should loose excess fat; there should be a healthy loss of weight. Loosing muscles tissue is unhealthy.

How much is one pound of body fat?

One pound of body fat weight is approximately same as one pound of butter. If you look at a one pound package of butter, you will see it contains between 3200 to 3600 calories. This means that each time a person burns 3600 more calories then what the person takes in, the person will loose one pound.

How many pounds should a person loose in a month?

Any one that is trying to trim down can figure out how long it took to put on the excess pounds. The fact is; it did not happen over night. It usually creeps up, but the person realizes one day suddenly.

This is why a person should not be in a hurry to loose weight. The person should start at once but go slowly. Do not wait for New Year.

Taking above in to consideration a person should not loose more then 2 pounds per month. If a person looses any thing more then that, chances are that the person will not be able to maintain the weight loss. It will take extra efforts to loose and it will take extra efforts to keep it off. Remember slow and steady wins the race.

When an overweight person should start loosing weight?

At once. The person should not be in a hurry to loose weight. The person should start at once but go slowly. Again do not wait for New Year.

How does body react to weight lose?

Any time there is depletion of fat beyond certain level, the body reacts by slowing down metabolism, so that it can build up fat. If the body is use to say 2000 calories per day and detects only 1500 calories per day for considerable length of time it reacts to the situation by reducing the rate of metabolism. When this happens one need to help body by increasing activity. Usually takes about four weeks for body to react.

What is the relationship between body and body fat?

Under ideal condition fat act as a reserved energy source for our body. Certain level of fat is good for healthy living and even may save our life in certain life threatening situations. Every one should have minimum required level of fat on their body.

What if there is no weight loss at 1500 calories in take level?

This is a rear occurrence. Do not panic. The body has slowed down the metabolism to such a great extent that you must help it. The only way to help is to increase activities, this means you have to exercise. You do not need to join Gym but you can go on an an half an hour walk every day or batter still engage in a power walk for same duration. Power walk burns 250 calories per hour and walk burns 100 calories per hour approximately.

What is the importance of body fat for a female?

Females require little more body fat then men. In the absence of certain required level of body fat, females are not able to function properly; in particular they may not be able to conceive. You can find lot more about this on internet.

At 1500 calories intake per day what one must drink and eat?

Drink

One gallon of liquids most of witch should be in the form of water (zero calories).
Calories should be accounted for all other liquids.

Why water?

Water is a universal solvent, means it dissolves almost every thing at least in very minute quantities. This helps purification of body.

Eat

What should be your proportionate in take of fat, Proteins and Complex Carbohydrates?

This depends on what your need are.

1.Need to reduce fat.

Fat: 10 percent of 1500 calorie per day = 150 calories.
Complex Carbohydrates: 30 percent of 1500 calories per day = 450 calories.
Proteins: 60 percent of 1500 calories per day = 900 calories.

2.Need more energy.

Fat: 10 percent of 1500 calorie per day = 150 calories.
Complex Carbohydrates: 40 percent of 1500 calories per day = 450 calories.
Proteins: 50 percent of 1500 calories per day = 750 calories.

3.Need to reduce weight only.

Fat: 25 percent of 1500 calorie per day = 375 calories.
Complex Carbohydrates: 25 percent of 1500 calories per day = 375 calories.
Proteins: 50 percent of 1500 calories per day = 750 calories.

4.Need to increase muscles bulk, but still reduce weight.

Fat: 10 percent of 1500 calorie per day = 150 calories.
Complex Carbohydrates: 15 percent of 1500 calories per day = 225 calories.
Proteins: 75 percent of 1500 calories per day = 1125 calories.
Exercise the muscles you want to develop, you can find right exercise on line, recommend use of light weights.

Foot note: To take fat is so important, while reducing even fat, that it is included in all cases. If the fat is completely cut out, body will think of producing the fat, and will produce the fat by reducing metabolism, without fat in take, you may actually again weight even at lower than 1500 calorie level. You will feel run down and lethargic.

How one must, drink and eat?

Drink

Every one may not be able to follow this regime.

A 16 oz glass of water first thing in the morning will be very healthy start.
If you need to stabilize your stomach before eating, you can have a glass of water just before each and every meal. This is the easiest way to meet your quota of gallon of liquids.

Eat

To day almost half the world is starving.

In western culture. Standard healthy practice for long time was three warm square meals per day. No eating in between, but children were allowed night cap.

All that has changed, present thinking is 5 to 6 times per day. Any way what practice one follows is up to them; to each his own.

Another best practice will be a glass of water before bed time, nothing to eat for two hours before bed time.

How do I know the calorie count for various drinks and food?

If you are buying packaged items it is on the package.

Go on the internet and find the calorie information.

Lots of cook book now a days list calorie per serving.
Use your best guess, in this method use higher figure then you have guessed.

References:

http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=utf-8&fr=slv1-mdp&p=Calories+chart

http://www.halls.md/body-mass-index/bmi.htm

http://www.scientificpsychic.com/fitness/diet.html

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Increasing the Height
By
minootoo

In rare cases, you can increase the height up to age 30.

Cycling is good exercise and fun too.

You need to adjust the seat so that when you paddle from seating position you will actually stretch your legs, it is a difficult position but doable. For safety you need to be on track and not in traffic, safety first.

The FEW things I did at least helped me.

Swimming.

Not just playing in

George asks…

What weight would YOU consider perfect for a 5ft 3 female?

All the stuff about BMI and height to weight charts aside, what would you, personally, consider a perfect weight? :)

admin answers:

Depends on the person’s body type, doesn’t it. I’m 5ft2 and am happy between 115lb and 125lb.

Donald asks…

I’ve always been skinny, then gained weight on purpose, will it be easier for me to lose?

I gained about 40 pounds over several months as a personal experiment. Please don’t tell me it was dumb, I don’t regret my decision.
I was always very thin and I wanted to experience what it’s like to be overweight, but I’m going to be ready to lose the weight soon, since I don’t want to develop any major health problems, and my question is just whether or not it will be easier for me since my body type is naturally thin, and when I gained weight, I was making a conscious decision to overeat and not exercise?
If any of this makes a difference: I’m female, 20, healthy aside from being overweight now, just barely overweight on the bmi chart (although the body fat percentage I calculated was pretty solid in the obese category), and a lot of it has gone to my middle (I’ve heard belly fat is difficult to lose).
I’m going to do it either way, I’m just wondering how difficult it’s going to be.

admin answers:

It will be not as easy to lose the weight. Trust t me I have been trying to lose weight for a year. It’s coming off slowly

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Your Questions About Bad Cholesterol Diet

Maria asks…

What influence do a person’s genetics and HDL levels have on the level of LDL in their blood?

Just to clarify, HDL is high-density lipoprotein, also known as “good” cholesterol, and LDL is low-density lipoprotein, also known as “badcholesterol.

Also, I’m not looking for diet advice; I just need this information for a biology assignment.

admin answers:

Both nature and nurture play a part in the overall level of LDLs in blood streams. Nature meaning genetics and nurture meaning diet plus exercise.

Not sure what exactly you are looking for here.

Donna asks…

What is the Best Way To Lower Bad Cholesterol?

I Have High Levels of Bad Cholesterol? I’m only 19. Any Suggestions? Thanks.

admin answers:

Eat oatmeal for breakfast, that will help lower it. Eat foods that are low fat. Lay off the sausage,bacon and eggs and eat the egg whites and Turkey bacon instead. Eat more fruits and veggies. Put salsa on a potato instead of butter. Use pam or olive oil when cooking. Eat chicken instead of beef. Broil or bake instead of deep fried, without skin, eat whole grains instead of white bread. Eat foods high in omega 3. You could also have fish oil suppliments. Eat fish a couple of times a week, baked or broiled. Eat brown rice instead of white. Exercise and eat in moderation. Garlic is also good for your heart. You might want to use other spices other than salt if your blood pressure is high too. Eat salads . I like to steam my vegtables. It’s a life style change. If you are having problems this young, you will have to really watch it. My husband was diagnosed with high cholesterol when he was in his early 20′s and didn’t heed warning. He had a heart attack at age 43. If you can avoid taking medication that would be the best thing. However sometimes diet and exercise isn’t enough and it comes by heredity. It was hard for my husband to get regulated on medication and it has it’s own side effects from taking them. Mainly liver damage. He has to go in ever 3 months to get checked.
I must watch too as my dad died very suddenly of a heart attack. I think that most people will either die of heart related diseases or cancer, but I guess we can prolong it to some extent. Also , if you smoke, stop! My husband had to have his carotid artery cleaned out on both sides of his neck. Not fun and he flat lined on the operating table once too! Here are some other things to check out:
http://www.webmd.com/solutions/Good-Cholesterol/Diet

Paul asks…

Is it okay to eat Egg Yolk for people with high Cholesterol? What can they eat?

If the lipid level are high what are some of the food that I can eat to maintain my cholesterol. Some diet recommendation for people with high cholesterol. (I want to try avoid eating non-veg)

admin answers:

Egg yolk is ok- new results say- 2 eggs a week are good for you but not in excessive mounts

here is how i lowered my cholesterol to a good level and still lowering

for snacking
I take coolwhip and add goodies like peanuts, almonds, walnuts that lower cholesterol and then freeze it- and i switched to fat-free cholesterol free smart balance, cream cheese, cottage cheese, etc…

And i eat the pop smart cholesterol free single serve popcorn

meals-
for dinner I eat chicken

and I make a 7-10 multi bean chili and add oats that actually work well- oats lower cholesterol and so do so many dry beans.
Becareful of instant oatmeal tho- all the extras in it can raise bad cholesterol levels

drinks- skim milk, and any thing that has no cholesterol in it

I even use smart balance other products and drink skim milk etc…
My cholesterol went down 16 points in 5 months
and I cut down on snaking and am losing about 2/3 lbs a week

and for cheese- most fat-free are so ver gross- so try the lower-fat kinds

it’s easy to diet too now days because almost all dairy has fat-free- I buy fat-free/cholesterol free cottage cheese, cream cheese, coolwhip to make a frozen dessert-so yummy),skim milk etc…

For whoever gave thumbs down- they were asking for low-c diet also and yes eggs can be eaten http://www.annecollins.com/diet-fats/eggs-cholesterol-advice.htm
just not in excessive amounts

Susan asks…

What kinds of foods contain sticky ultra-bad ldl cholesterol come from?

See article- http://news.yahoo.com/scientists-discover-ultra-bad-cholesterol-160407038.html
Based on the article- what foods cause the body to produce the sticky ultra-bad ldl cholesterol?

admin answers:

No foods contain ldl cholesterol, ldl cholesterol is made inside the body. Eat a healthy diet consisting of mostly whole foods, like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, milk, eggs, and unprocessed meat(big difference between steak and pepperoni), get enough exercise, rest, and calories, and you’ll be fine.

Lisa asks…

What are the foods to avoid to bring your cholesterol level down? Should one avoid sugar / every types of oil?

Cholesterol control. Diets to avoid and diet that can help lower

admin answers:

Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, such as those used in many margarines, contain a particular form of saturated fat known as trans-fatty. They raise blood cholesterol levels (including LDL, the bad cholesterol), just like saturated fat. Use olive and canola oils, which are particularly high in monounsaturated fats or vegetable oil, which is high in polyunsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats help lower cholesterol levels.

Cook with lean meats (turkey, chicken, or fish) instead of red meat, which is associated with increasing cholesterol levels.

Use low fat or skim dairy products instead of regular, full-fat ones.

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Your Questions About Physical Fitness Test

Linda asks…

Whats the best way to get in shape fast?

I am planning to attend the police academy in June, but they have a physical fitness test that you have to pass to get in. I am only worried about the 1 1/2 mile run cause I am not a good distance runner. How can I greatly improve my running time in two months?

admin answers:

Number 1: change your diet
number 2: Start by running a half a mile..when it gets easy, increase to a mile. After you are comfortable running 1 mile, increase to 1 1/2 mile. Try to run at least 3-4 days a week. I hope this helps. Let me know if I can help you with anything else.

Helen asks…

What is a good excercise routine when getting prepared to join the Marines?

So far I have mostly been just getting in shape since November 1st, I’ve lost about 55 lbs, quit smoking, and quit drinking. I’ve been working on the crunches, the pull ups, and the running for the physical fitness test. So the only thing I ask now is what is a good excercise routine to help better prepare myself? I’m open to all suggestions.

admin answers:

Theres some good info here my friend

Sandy asks…

How old do you have to be inorder to be a volunteer firefighter?

I live in a rural community in Indiana, and they’re always looking for volunteers. I’m 16, 6’4, and 195lbs if you need that kind of information. I can pass a physical and a physical fitness test. Thanks!

admin answers:

It really depends on where you live. At your age and size you shouldn’t have too much trouble but may have to wait until you’re 18. It’s all about insurance and liability. Does your local fire department have a “cadet program?” That could give you a leg up. The thing you need to do is go down to the firehouse and see the chief. Good luck and stay in good physical condition. Do lots of running to build your stamina and cardiac areas. More firefighters die from heart attacks than from fires.

William asks…

Is it harmful to run if your groin muscles are aching?

I had to do a physical fitness test the other day for my police academy and I guess I over exerted myself because my groin muscles are very sore. It’s been 5 days since I have worked out because of this and they still ache. Would it be harmful to do some light jogging or should I wait till it completley doesn’t hurt anymore?

admin answers:

I’m willing to bet that sit-ups are somehow involved in this.

Anyway, I would spend a day doing light stretches. Try to do them 3 – 4 times spread over the day. If it feels better tomorrow, then I would say light jogging is OK. If it does not get better, I’d wait another day or two. Once those muscles get upset, it’s pretty easy to do more harm to them.

Sandra asks…

How do you become a better runner?

How do you become a faster runner and have more endurance when running? Please help! Need advice to pass the physical fitness test by February.

admin answers:

Simple, even though it is very tiring difficult and painful (believe me i know!!) at first, run everyday. When you first start out, run for 15 minutes for the first couple of runs and then work your way up to 30 and then 45 minutes. Once you are able to consistently run 45 minutes a day you will be a better runner in no time!! Just make sure you don’t give up and go home and eat junk right after. Stick with it! It’s tough but i guarantee you that it will be worth it and you will be so proud by the time you have your test. Even after keep running it’s good for you!!

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Your Questions About Healthy Lifestyle

Mark asks…

What’s a good time to wake up in the morning if you wanna have a healthy lifestyle?

I usually wake up around 9:30-10 and eat breakfast, snack around 11, lunch around 12 and a snack around 3 then dinner and a small dessert. I workout sometime during this.

What time do you wake up for your healthy lifestyle?

admin answers:

I think getting 7 hours of sleep, and also getting up some time while the sun is rising or has risen. Psychology 101 deals with the importance of circadian rhythms which basically means the body wants to be awake when it’s light, asleep when it’s dark (which is why the best depressing grunge music comes from Seattle where it is overcast all the time..the overcast weather screws up the circadian rhythms)

Ruth asks…

Healthy lifestyle makes me feel sick and tired all the time?

I’ve been trying to get into a healthy lifestyle for about 2 months now, but most of the time I have stomach pains, gas, and feel exhausted. This happened the last time I tried being healthy, and was the reason I stopped for a while… Why could this be?

admin answers:

You seem to have a fatigue problem. Perhaps the energy vitamin B12 can help or a vitamin B complex. Coenzyme Q10 can also help to boost your energy level as in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22coenzyme+q10+for+energy%22&fr=ush-ans The super food Spirulina is another good energy booster.

One of the most common fatigue causes is anxiety, which is known to effect 40 million U.S. Adults each year. Anxiety is a state of fear of real or imagined danger, which is manifested as increased heart rate, trembling, panic, weakness, extreme fatigue and stomach or intestinal discomfort. Anxiety disorders make up the largest mental illness diagnosis in the U.S.

Besides anxiety there are many other common fatigue causes such as insufficient sleep, too much sleep, under eating, thyroid problems or other illnesses (such as anemia, mononucleosis, CFS, glandular fever and many others), side effects from medication, dehydration, overexertion, an unhealthy diet and other causes as discussed in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22common+fatigue+causes%22&fr=ush-ans

Richard asks…

What foods/fruits should i start buying to start a healthy lifestyle?

OK, so what i eat comes mostly from my fridge,
which is mostly fries, nuggets, basically unhealthy food..
I want to lead a healthy lifestyle now, so i want to begin with this fridge of mine(lol)..

So any ideas of what foods/fruits etc etc? and also if its cheap or comes in varieties in one packet?..

Sorry if it seems too long..

admin answers:

Oranges and apples are a good start. Grapes, also can be munched while watching TV, instead of chips. And if you have to have snack foods in the house, get corn chips or pretzels. Pasta is good. You could cook a mushroom spinach lasagna on Sunday and freeze individual serving sizes to take out of the freezer whenever you want lasagna or are too lazy to cook during the week.

Remember that hand held prepared foods, like fries or pizzas, are usually unhealthy.

Good luck!

Maria asks…

Is this a good diet for a healthy lifestyle?

I usually eat dead babies every day for dinner with assorted sides, and raw puppy for breakfast. Lunch varies between kitten sandwiches and leftover dead baby meat wraps. Is this a good diet for a healthy lifestyle?

admin answers:

Eating animal based proteins is critical for humans who do not have access to a balanced vegetarian diet. The optimal diet, if it is available, is called a “whole plant based diet.” This diet includes leafy greens, whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables.

For details, read any book by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., or Dr. Neal Barnard, or Professor T. Colin Campbell.

Sharon asks…

What would you put in a healthy lifestyle notebook?

I have to make a healthy lifestyle notebook, & I’m kinda of confused on what kind of info I should put in it, like for example: how many calories I ate, what exercises I did, etc….. I need more choices please

admin answers:

Number of Calories Consumed for the day.
What foods eaten (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, etc.)
Exercises
Notes on how you felt (tired, energetic, etc.)
Daily Mini health related goals
Weight/Measurements? (maybe weekly)
List any cravings you have or concerns to get them off your chest

Good Luck!:)

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Your Questions About Obesity Essays In America

Donna asks…

did anybody else see half ton mom, wednesday evening C4?

So shocked she died after just 2 weeks! Personally though I think that there should be more people who are educated on the topic of healthy eating, diet, exercise etc getting to these people ie obese, slighty over weight before they reach that weight size etc so that they wont need to have these operations and put their lives at risk and cost the NHS etc! nowdays there are too many people around the world that are obese and the problem needs to be tackeld head on! For one of my spanish essays i’m writing about obesity in young infants in Spain and am shocked to find that a country that used to pride it’s self on a healthy med diet has been converted into a mini America! (not offending America, just stating afact that obesity started there and has gradually reached places like spain and even great britian and it’s a world wide epidemic) what are your thoughts etc.

admin answers:

I dont think that fast food causes obesity, you can get obese on lettuce if you eat enough of it. The real problem is that people are not educated enough on how weight gain happens and alot of people dont have the motivation to lose weight.

Most people today are under the impression that ‘fatty foods make you fat’, but its not necessarily fat that causes weight gain, its carbohydrates. People are consuming too much energy, more than their daily needs and excess energy is what causes weight gain most of the time.

Fast food is higher in calories, so you are more likely to gain weight and become obese if you live on Mcdonalds rather than salad but it all depends on what type of metabolism you have. I eat at Mcdonalds and Burger king etc… Quite alot and I wouldnt consider my diet to be perfect, but I do balance it out and have the ‘all things in moderation’ attitude, and I am tall and slim. Some other people wouldnt get away with eating what I eat so people need to know how much food THEY should be consuming everyday.

Banning fast food adverts on TV wont make any real difference in my opinion, and people have the right to choose where and what they want to eat.

Susan asks…

Help me with my essay?? EASY TEN POINTS?

it’s just an essay for school, and it’s a rough draft. if you can, edit and mix around words so it sound better? will give you auto 10 points if you do it best.

If i became president, i would make crazy changes. Drugs cause a lot of weird changes in a person that they don’t know occurs. Teen pregnancy happens in 1 out of 3 girls. Obesity is everywhere in America. I think Obama doesn’t help with our country.
Like drugs, you don’t know what happens to you. It makes people crazy and cause crimes. If i were to change this, i would increase the penalty of getting caught with drugs. Drugs also can ruin your physical looks. If drugs were illegalized, people would go crazy and overreact.
Teen pregnancy occurs in 1 out of 3 teen girls. Stupid sex-raging teens don’t know the risks of having a child. To help with this, i would offer protection and birth control to every school. If this law doesn’t pass, i would illegalize sex until they get married. Teen pregnancy is increasing.
Obesity is all over America because of popular fast food restaurants such as Mcdonalds and Burger King. It also occurs because of technology, and makes people lazy. I would make it illegal if someone was a certain weight depending on their height. Because of depression, people eat fast food to help their stress. Obesity also makes someone look unattractive.
If i became President someday, i would make some changes. I would increase the punishment if someone got caught with drugs. I would offer protection to those who need it for teen pregnancy. And i would illegalize it if someone was overweight depending on their height. People need a reliable president like me.

I KNOW it sounds bad, that’s because i decided to write it out right now. ><
please fix up and rewrite any suckish things.

i have NO idea whether or not the president makes the changes. i was assigned this essay so i'm going along with it. ^___^

admin answers:

This is your essay before:
If i became president, i would make crazy changes. Drugs cause a lot of weird changes in a person that they don’t know occurs. Teen pregnancy happens in 1 out of 3 girls. Obesity is everywhere in America. I think Obama doesn’t help with our country.
Like drugs, you don’t know what happens to you. It makes people crazy and cause crimes. If i were to change this, i would increase the penalty of getting caught with drugs. Drugs also can ruin your physical looks. If drugs were illegalized, people would go crazy and overreact.
Teen pregnancy occurs in 1 out of 3 teen girls. Stupid sex-raging teens don’t know the risks of having a child. To help with this, i would offer protection and birth control to every school. If this law doesn’t pass, i would illegalize sex until they get married. Teen pregnancy is increasing.
Obesity is all over America because of popular fast food restaurants such as Mcdonalds and Burger King. It also occurs because of technology, and makes people lazy. I would make it illegal if someone was a certain weight depending on their height. Because of depression, people eat fast food to help their stress. Obesity also makes someone look unattractive.
If i became President someday, i would make some changes. I would increase the punishment if someone got caught with drugs. I would offer protection to those who need it for teen pregnancy. And i would illegalize it if someone was overweight depending on their height. People need a reliable president like me.

This is your essay after:
If i became president, i would make changes. Drugs cause a lot of abnormal changes in a person that they don’t know occurs. Teen pregnancy happens in 1 out of 3 girls. Obesity is everywhere in America. We should do more to help with these problems.
Like drugs, you don’t know what happens to you. It makes people crazy and cause crimes. If i were to change this, i would increase the penalty of getting caught with drugs. Drugs also can ruin your physical looks. If drugs were illegalized, people would go crazy and overreact.
Teen pregnancy occurs in 1 out of 3 teen girls. Stupid sex-raging teens don’t know the risks of having a child. To help with this, i would offer protection and birth control to every school. If this law doesn’t pass, i would illegalize sex until they get married. Teen pregnancy is increasing.
Obesity is all over America because of popular fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s and Burger King. It also occurs because of technology, and makes people lazy. I would make it illegal if someone was a certain weight depending on their height. Because of depression, people eat fast food to help their stress. Obesity also makes someone look unattractive.
If i became President someday, i would make some changes. I would increase the punishment if someone got caught with drugs. I would offer protection to those who need it for teen pregnancy. And i would illegalize it if someone was overweight depending on their height. People need a reliable president like me. And if you want these changes to happen please vote for me.

I didnt have to make a lot of changes but try not to use crazy and try not to make our president look bad but overall i think you did good u had a few speeling mistakes but i fixed them. Hope I Helped!!

Laura asks…

Read my essay please? EASY 10 POINTS.?

it’s just an essay for school, and it’s a rough draft. if you can, edit and mix around words so it sound better? will give you auto 10 points if you do it best.

If i became president, i would make crazy changes. Drugs cause a lot of weird changes in a person that they don’t know occurs. Teen pregnancy happens in 1 out of 3 girls. Obesity is everywhere in America. I think Obama doesn’t help with our country.
Like drugs, you don’t know what happens to you. It makes people crazy and cause crimes. If i were to change this, i would increase the penalty of getting caught with drugs. Drugs also can ruin your physical looks. If drugs were illegalized, people would go crazy and overreact.
Teen pregnancy occurs in 1 out of 3 teen girls. Stupid sex-raging teens don’t know the risks of having a child. To help with this, i would offer protection and birth control to every school. If this law doesn’t pass, i would illegalize sex until they get married. Teen pregnancy is increasing.
Obesity is all over America because of popular fast food restaurants such as Mcdonalds and Burger King. It also occurs because of technology, and makes people lazy. I would make it illegal if someone was a certain weight depending on their height. Because of depression, people eat fast food to help their stress. Obesity also makes someone look unattractive.
If i became President someday, i would make some changes. I would increase the punishment if someone got caught with drugs. I would offer protection to those who need it for teen pregnancy. And i would illegalize it if someone was overweight depending on their height. People need a reliable president like me.

I KNOW it sounds bad, that’s because i decided to write it out right now. ><
please fix up and rewrite any suckish things.
i have NO idea. i was assigned this essay so i'm going along with it. ^___^

admin answers:

You do realize that the president doesn’t have the power to do those things right?

Sandy asks…

is there any error in my persuasive essay??

Do you think eating junk food everyday is a good thing? Shouldn’t students have the chance to be healthy? In our school cafeteria, we have chicken sandwiches, cheeseburgers, pizzas, nachos, chicken nuggets, and fries and they’re not healthy food to eat everyday. Sometimes the foods that are served are not baked or cooked correctly.
In Japan, school lunches are healthier than here in America. In Japan, they have vegetables, rice, meat, and soup. They calculate the ingredients that are in the food, and then they serve. They have different kinds of food everyday; unlike ours we pretty much have the same food everyday. They have about 1 hour of lunch period, so they can take time eating, not rushing. In America, we have about 30 minutes of lunch period and during that time students sometimes do not have time to finish their food because of the long line.
I know that some people bring in lunch because they do not believe that the foods that are served are healthy or they do not like the food that they serve. If serving junk food in school cafeterias continues, it will continue to cause problems to a lot of people, like obesity. I know some people do not care, but we should do something to change cafeteria food to give people a healthier choice.
I need to use:
Rhetorical Question
Restatement
Repetition
Parallelism.
Please make a corrections to the things that are not correct. Or is there anything that should not be there or missing?
how should I organize?

admin answers:

It simply does not seem organized or structured. It sounds like you have some good ideas, but you need to spend some time sorting them out and organizing them before you turn the essay in. It seems you have all the requirements in, but you were more focused on getting the required elements in than writing a well structured persuasive essay.

Carol asks…

5 page research paper due PLEASE HELP? alot of PTS?

I go to palm beach state college and for my psychology class we have to write a 5pg paper on our topics. My topics can be obesity and fat ppl in America and stuff or sexual motivation. We also have to have atleast 6 sources dated from atleast 2006 from the FAU or PBCC database. I’m choosing the obesity topic because it seems easier also we have to present our topic. We can use youtube videos. If any1 knows a good info video about obesity and stuff between 3-6 minutes that would be helpful. It’s due this monday. I suck at big homework assignments like these. I’m not looking to cheat or a easy way out. I just need a simple way of direction. This is my first year of college and the teachers aren’t specific on directions. They just say 7page essay on war due next week and then they walk out. I’ll give more points to you if you tell me how?

admin answers:

First, you should choose at least 3 main points you want to discuss in your paper. If you need 5 pages, you will have an easier time if you choose more points. Maybe 4 or 5. Then, you write a paragraph or two on each point.

Here is the rule of thumb for writing a paper…

Introduction = Tell us what you are going to talk about in your paper. Literally say “First, I will discuss this. Second, I will talk about this. Then, I will explain that…” and so on. You want to set a path that your reader can follow.

Body of paper = Tell us about the points you set out in the intro. Don’t go back and forth between points. Talk about one, in it’s entirety, then move on to the next point.

Conclusion = Tell us what you just told us. It’s similar to your intro, but in the past tense. “First, I discussed this. Then I talked about that…”
Then, give your opinion, in short, of what you have learned with this research.

Make sure your thesis statement is in both your intro, and your conclusion.

This is a good video on childhood obesity…

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkhK7LB7ncQ

Good luck on your paper!

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Your Questions About Bad Cholesterol Numbers

Mandy asks…

Why is it bad to discontinue cholesterol medicine?

I take Zocor for high cholesterol. Why is it bad to suddenly stop taking it?

admin answers:

You are taking Zocor because you have high cholesterol. So, your body is customized now with Zocor presence when it comes to balance high cholesterol. If you suddenly stop taking Zocor, your body will be disoriented and, as it cannot manage to bring the high cholesterol back to normal by itself, your cholesterol numbers will be increased. Therefore, when one medicine is not needing anymore, the normal way to stop taking this drug is by lowering its dose, to let our body be customized with lower and lower dose until our body will not need this drug anymore. However, the decision to stop taking the drug will depend on your health status and/or amelioration in your cholesterol numbers.

Helen asks…

How do I get my cholesterol and triglycerides down?

I am 42 yrs old and my heart doctors nurse called me the other day to tell me to start taking a daily fish oil capsule and he would re check my lipid profile in 3 months. It all sounds kinda vague to me. I do not have a clue how to read the fat/polyunsaturated/cholesterol part of a food label. I would appreciate suggestions.
I am not stupid, but never had to think about this kind of stuff before.

admin answers:

Aren’t you on any choloresterol medication?
That will decrease the numbers somewhat….. Geez, I’m on vytorin; it does help some, but you have to eat properly and exercise or so my doctor says……checking food labels is not that hard…….you’ll be surprised as to what is actually in your products.

Hope this website will be helpful…

Good and Bad Cholesterol?

Http://cholesterol-faq.org/types.html?utm_source=enh&utm_medium=ppc&utm_term=bad+cholesterol&utm_campaign=types

Fish Oil
http://www.fish-oil-facts.com/

Robert asks…

How long before Cholesterol shows up in your blood tests?

If I eat eggs or cheese (several eggs) 4-6 pieces of cheese during a week. How long before this will impact my cholesterol and show on a blood test?

admin answers:

It’s likely that it won’t. Fat and cholesterol is not the reason for high blood cholesterol. There are a few people that are sensitive, but the vast majority of the population will see no changes if they increase their fat intake.

Dietary fat is essential for good health. Carbohydrate intake is actually what causes (for most) high cholesterol. Excessive (for you….your tolerance is not the same as another person’s) carbohydrate intake causes your triglycerides to go up. It also makes your LDL (so called “bad” cholesterol) to go up and become small and dense. HDL (so called “good” cholesterol) usually also goes down.

If you are seeing high triglycerides, high LDL and low HDL it is likely because you are eating too many carbohydrates for your body. Total cholesterol is pretty much meaningless…..it can be high because your HDL is very high or your LDL is very high, so not knowing the other 2 numbers makes it a meaningless value. Low or optimal carbohydrate intake will make your triglycerides go down and also make your LDL large and fluffy. Large LDL is not dangerous. One of the functions of LDL is to repair and protect your blood vessels, but the small dense ones are not as effective and can essentially “get stuck” in the layers of the blood vessels.

More important than your cholesterol numbers are your inflammation levels and your vitamin d levels. More and more research is showing that high, especially chronic, levels of inflammation is damaging and low vitamin d is being implicated in many chronic diseases including heart disease and cancer. If your cholesterol levels are high, as your doc to check your vit d and inflammation markers. If these are good and you eat natural unprocessed foods, don’t worry about your numbers!

If you eat a lot of processed foods or use commercial vegetable oils you are likely to have high inflammation markers. If you do, try eliminating or drastically cutting back on these foods and eat more whole natural foods..

Getting sun exposure (do not burn!!!) and taking a good supplement will usually increase your vitamin d levels. Most people need at least 2000 – 4000 units per day of vitamin d and unless you live near the equator and sunbathe daily (10-20 min is usually enough, but mainly less than it takes for you to burn), it is likely you cannot get enough D without supplements. Look for D3 (or cholecalciferol) is much better for you than D2 (or ergocalciferol) as it is used more readily by the body.

Lastly, all tests for cholesterol should be done after a fast of at least 10-12 hours or they are essentially meaningless.

PS eggs are good for you!!! They are loaded with protein and contain all kinds of vitamins, most of which are found in the yolk!

Chris asks…

How can I lower my cholesterol without lowering my weight?

I’m about 17 lbs underweight and have high cholesterol.

admin answers:

Hi E,

Here are 8 steps you can take to lower cholesterol levels:

1. Know your numbers

You need to know your LDL, HDL, and triglyceride levels to determine appropriate actions. The most effective way to raise HDL is not necessarily the best way to lower LDL.

2. Evaluate your lifestyle

Know risk factors you can change and those you cannot.

3. Balance your fats

Reduce unhealthy saturated fats in your diet and replace them with heart healthy unsaturated fats.

4. Be active

Physical activity lowers triglycerides and raises HDL (good) cholesterol.

5. Eliminate trans fats

Trans fats raise LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower HDL (good) cholesterol, and raise triglycerides.

6. Understand triglycerides

Triglycerides are impacted the most by your simple sugar and alcohol intake.

7. Increase dietary fiber

You need 25-35 grams of dietary fiber daily, especially soluble fiber.

8. Add omega 3 fatty acids

Omega 3 fatty acids are involved in the regulation of heart rate, blood pressure, and blood clotting.

All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps – http://www.lisanelsonrd.com/howtolowercholesterol.html

Steven asks…

How do you lower your cholesterol?

I’m at an age where I don’t really need to worry about my cholesterol all that much. (I’m 18) But, I’d like to prevent myself from having heart problems when I get older. I see all these advertisements on TV and the internet for drugs that can lower your cholesterol, but I know that you can lower your cholesterol through exercise, and diet. Is there any other everyday activity that I can do to lower my cholesterol?

admin answers:

Hi Theauthor217,

Here are 8 steps you can take to lower cholesterol levels:

1. Know your numbers

I agree with Dr. House in that you need to know your LDL, HDL, and triglyceride levels to determine appropriate actions. The most effective way to raise HDL is not necessarily the best way to lower LDL.

2. Evaluate your lifestyle

Know risk factors you can change and those you cannot.

3. Balance your fats

Reduce unhealthy saturated fats in your diet and replace them with heart healthy unsaturated fats.

4. Be active

Physical activity lowers triglycerides and raises HDL (good) cholesterol.

5. Eliminate trans fats

Trans fats raise LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower HDL (good) cholesterol, and raise triglycerides.

6. Understand triglycerides

Triglycerides are impacted the most by your simple sugar and alcohol intake.

7. Increase dietary fiber

You need 25-35 grams of dietary fiber daily, especially soluble fiber.

8. Add omega 3 fatty acids

Omega 3 fatty acids are involved in the regulation of heart rate, blood pressure, and blood clotting.

Here’s a post with more details – http://www.lisanelsonrd.com/blog/your-checklist-to-lower-cholesterol

All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD

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Your Questions About Obesity Epidemic In Children

James asks…

Is there an answer to the obesity epidemic in America? If so, what is the answer?

admin answers:

First, they need to REQUIRE physical education classes at schools. They have courses that students can take ‘in place of’ PE. Kids will do anything to get out of PE!!! For adults, higher insurance rates for over-weight people. Tax breaks for physically fit?? Limiting computer time for school age children might help. Parents being responsible for their children’s health and physical condition. Which means…spend some time with them and make sure they get exercise and fresh air & sunshine.

Susan asks…

What are the recent statists of obesity in California of all ages and ethnic groups?

I need a health professional!

admin answers:

California residents have gained 360 million pounds of excess weight in the past ten years (since 1993), a rate that is among the fastest in the country. A third of our children, one in four teens, and over half of all adults are already overweight or obese.This epidemic affects virtually all age, income, educational, ethnic and disability groups,although rates are highest among Californians of Latino, American Indian, African American and Pacific Islander descent with lower incomes and disabilities. (reported in 2003)

*in 2003 22 percent of California children and teens overweight

Donna asks…

Is the obesity epidemic pretty much hopeless?

Are there going to be beached whales everywhere we go in the US? Is the only we can do to prevent it is what we’re doing by preaching “awareness” & healthy eating alternatives?
I am fine I’m 5 ft 3 inches 110 lbs i men others

admin answers:

First off there are currently studies showing that as our obesity increases as does our helpings and our silverware size. In other words we are trying to get a ‘vaule’ but in return making ourselves weigh more.

Obesity is a huge issue and just preaching awareness is not going to help us. Industries like video game systems and the computer make it easier to stay inside and sit around rather then run around and play outside for kids. When your a child and your over weight it will be much harder to get rid of it later in life. We must show great concern with our children’s health to wean off this very real and very serious problem. When I was little all the neighbor hood kids would play outside, now I see no children running around. We need to work on this as a culture and no longer allow our children to stay in side all day.

The leading cause of death in the US are all risk factors when one is over weight. Just 10 years ago the nation hardly had any states overweight, now not one single state is not in the very dangerous zone of having their population 15% and above overweight.

Lisa asks…

How many cookies do you let your child have a day?

I am just curious.
I remember at snack time in like 1st grade people in my class would bring in 5 Oreos for a snack, but even now as a teenager I am only allowed 3 a day. I think that is a fair amount considering they aren’t healthy.

Also what age? As age progresses I know that some people are allowed more sweets (like a 5 year old allowed 1, and then maybe when they turn 10 they can have 2)

admin answers:

I don’t limit any food. I think it’s detrimental to developing healthy ideas about food. Cookies and junk are available and so are every other food group. They can have as much or little of each as they please, no strings attached.

It’s contrary to current “parenting wisdom,” but with the obesity epidemic in kids, I’d say current parenting wisdom needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Studies have their place, but they show results – not the underlying reasons or psychological aspect.

Limiting the availability of something a child likes – say, a cookie – creates a mentality of scarcity. Scarcity creates an unnatural preoccupation with it, preoccupation and scarcity combined set a child up to be an opportunist about it. And of course there’s the problem of when they are living independent of the food-restrictive parents, they usually end up going crazy. A lot of kids have a preoccupation with sweets in general, and it’s not because they’re naturally prone to that, but because the restriction and a high value placed on sweets (based on limited availability and often being put through hoops to get it) creates it. My daughters have friends who will come over to our house and literally eat themselves sick with sweets if we don’t know to put them up before they come, or have them as part of dinner, because it’s limited at their house but freely available at ours. A neighbour boy was here recently and we had ice cream and I think some pie. The kid literally was grimacing through his third helping of ice cream, but kept eating. My daughters considered this quite strange (they’d long since stopped eating theirs and were watching with grim fascination), and my six year old asked me frankly after he went home feeling rather ill, “Why did Ethan eat it if he doesn’t really want it?”
Because he’s not allowed it at home and doesn’t know when he’ll be able to have it again if he doesn’t take all he can get here.

Kids who are raised without restriction on their food will make balanced choices because they are allowed to listen to their bodies – an instinct inherent in everyone that most people have squashed out of them by bad ideas about food and social formalities. Once you’ve fully trained your body NOT to listen to itself, you can’t really get it back, hence I think why so many adults over-eat or eat the wrong things – they simply lack the ability to listen to their bodies after so many years of being taught not to, and that combined with attaching food to emotions (also a by-product of poor socialization with food) is a disaster waiting to happen.

We often have cookies, or brownies, or a bag of assorted sweets laying around. My kids have what they want of it, and then are done. They know that it’s not going to be taken away or limited, and if we run out or it goes stale, we can always get more. So they listen to what their body wants, rather than what their mind says about availability and opportunity. They eat plenty of vegetables, grains, meats, dairy. Seasonal foods are especially coveted – scarcity at work. They’re already talking about pumpkin bread in the fall from our pumpkins that we’re growing. They may have some days where their diets are unbalanced (in either direction), but over weeks, months, years, they do choose a balanced diet for themselves. Contrary to what parenting wisdom assumes, kids who are allowed unrestricted access to sweets with no strings attached, will not sit and eat junk all day and don’t refuse other foods in favour of junk. I get asked for caesar salad more often than I get asked to make Mrs. Fields brownies.
I think we threw away 1/2 of my daughter’s birthday cake this month, it had been sitting in the freezer, and her birthday was in June. My 8 year old offered me stuff from her easter basket, which apparently is still sitting in her room. They don’t eat sweets just because they can, and won’t eat their maximum just because there’s no more after that – they take what satisfies them and leave the rest.

The idea of increasing availability of sweets as one gets older is dangerous. It feeds right into the mindset of “when I’m free of my parents’ restrictions when I’m older…” and sets them up for eating a lot of everything they weren’t allowed to have when it was restricted, purely because the restrictions were lifted. Same with increasing limits – guaranteed a kid who is suddenly allowed 3 Oreo’s versus 1 of previous days, will eat all three whether they want them or not, every time, because it’s all that is allowed.

Jenny asks…

What kind of idiot country classifies pizza as a vegetable?

COME ON!

I’m reminded of a short excerpt from the bible, which I believe describes modern America perfectly

In much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge, increaseth sorrow”
-Ecclesiastes 1:18

admin answers:

This sort of thing happens in a country where 5million dollars in lobbying will buy House Republicans at the cost of the health of millions of school children. What they fail to see is how this will only end up costing us in the long run as our obesity epidemic continues to spiral out of control.

This is the sort of thing that happens in the fattest nation known to exist in human history.

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Your Questions About Healthy Foods To Gain Weight

Joseph asks…

Is it possible to gain weight by eating alot of calories BUT from healthy foods?

Eating foods like vegetable some fruits lentils avocados ect. HEALTHY FOODS. but eating in excess of “healthy, good foods” can you gain weight my eating an extreme amount of calories from GOOD, HEALTHY food?

admin answers:

Yes. When it comes to weight, Calories are calories are calories. How do you think animals get so big eating nothing but plants? They eat a Lot of it that’s how.

Healthy foods will make sure that your body is well-nourished, unlike unhealthy foods. They also tend to fill you up more than their junky-counterparts.

Betty asks…

What healthy foods/snacks can help you gain weight?

I’m about 15 pounds underweight for my height. What HEALTHY foods can help me gain weight? Also, what kind of exercises can I do?

admin answers:

High calorie snack bars at organic grocery stores or drug stores that are usually used for athletics. You can also find these at your sports supply store. High carbohydrates and good fats like avocado, almonds, and other nuts. Pastas and grainy breads like genesis bread or Ezekiel bread in the organic frozen section of organic grocery stores or Kroger. Oatmeal is good for carbohydrates too, with honey or your favorite fruit. Increase your carbohydrates mostly. If you’re doing this for sports or weight training, try some protein high calorie supplement powders from GNC and make a oatmeal and soymilk shake with banana in it and your supplement powder to give you energy during your workout and help build up your muscle mass because of the good carbohydrates and electrolytes in bananas.

I would talk to a personal trainer about some moderate weight training to increase your muscle and a cardio exercise in addition that will use your dietary intake so you do not lose muscle mass or your healthy body fat percentage necessary for female mentrual cycles and future pregnancy.

I hope this helps you.

Donald asks…

Can you gain weight from eating 2000 calories of healthy food?

Im trying to lose 4 pounds and I was just wondering can someone gain weight from 2000 calories of fruit, veggies, eggs, tuna and soymilk a day? I pretty much eat all whole foods but Im worried I might gain weight if I up my calories!

Is a calorie a calorie? and it doesnt matter whether it is 2000 calories of junk or healthy food?

admin answers:

For me, that’s way too much food. I would gain. My friend ran marathons, was an Adonis and ate as he wished. So it depends on activity and bmr.

Ruth asks…

How can i gain weight and gain muslces?

Well im a skinny guy, kind of. I have a small muscles and big cabs, how can you have little arms and big legs? I want to balance my cab muscles and arm muscles. Please answer me :D tHANK YOU Im 13 years old, i weigh like 102-103 pounds and also i dont want to eat healthy foods to gain weight and muslces just regular food you buy from the grocery store.

admin answers:

OK. You need to start eating more of the healthy food from the grocery store. Add milk to your diet. 1/2 – 1 gallon a day. Eat lots of protein: eggs, chicken, lean beef. Eat a lot of everything. To be big you need to eat big. Fat, too.

Next hit the weights, hard. Check out a good book on bodybuilding. Its called Scrawny to Brawny. It will show you the exercises to do and the food to eat.

Good luck and good gaining,
Mel

Richard asks…

What are some healthy, high-calorie foods for gaining weight?

I am trying to gain weight by eating more portions of healthy food throughout the day, but I need some ideas on different foods I can eat to add variety to my diet. What are some quick, easy, and healthy high-calorie foods or meals that I can make to up my caloric intake? The only thing I can think of that I am eating right now is whole grain sandwiches with lots of natural peanut butter in the middle, but that gets dry and old real fast. Does anyone have any other suggestions on foods I could try out to help gain weight? And for those of you who have successfully gained weight, can you share your secrets. Thanks a bunch.

admin answers:

Protein shakes – you can make them out of anything you want to – fruit juice, milk, with fruit, berries, flax oil, tofu etc.
There are also other nut butters like almond butter.
Avocados, soy or whole milk yogurts, nuts, dried fruit, at least 70% cocoa chocolate, cheeses, bran muffins (once in a while), trail mix.

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Your Questions About Bmi

Thomas asks…

How Important is your BMI?

I checked my BMI, and apparently I’m “overweight”…Everyone tells me Im fine..I think I look fine. Ive never thought of myself as fat! I don’t eat fried foods, no types of red meat, and I limit my sugar intake. But it’s telling me I could have diabetes, HBP, etc(which I dont but evidently Im at a risk)…Should we really be paying attention to getting a lower BMI or just at maintaining a healthy lifestyle? or are they one in the same?

admin answers:

BMI is a decent indicator to go by for general rule of thumb.

If you reduce your calorie intake and work out a bit more in order to get your BMI down under “overweight”, you’re certainly not going to hurt yourself and you are quite likely to reduce your risk for a variety of conditions.

BMI does start to break down under extreme conditions. Most professional athletes are scored as “obese” by their BMI, for example, because muscle is heavier than fat and their height/weight ratio (the basis of BMI) shows them as being obese when they are not.

Generally speaking, if your BMI says you need to lose weight, you could stand to lose a few pounds for health purposes. Having a higher BMI does -not-, however, mean that you are fat or that you look fat.

Jenny asks…

Why are BMI Calculators inaccurate.?

Alright, my bmi is 15.9, I feel healthy, I play soccer. And I’m not naturally thin, an eating disorder got me that low. So why are bmi calculators so bad???

admin answers:

BMI is and has to be based on norms (statistically significant samplings of people) for it’s data. If you don’t fit the norms, you’re BMI will suggest you are different than you really are. Here’s the story.

Height and weight are what is used to calculate BMI for a given age and sex. However, BMI is a meaningless ratio which is only given meaning by assigning certain levels of BMI relative descriptions of how they relate to health by weight. These descriptions (eg: normal, obese, underweight, etc) are all based on norms and do not apply to people who do not fit those norms.

Here’s an example. Scooby (this guy —> http://www.youtube.com/user/scooby1961 ) is 6’4″ and 240 pounds. According to http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.php his BMI is 29.2 and described as “overweight” and almost “obese”. However, he has a body fat percent of about 8% and is obviously not overweight. He just has a lot more muscle than the norms. Hence, for him, BMI is meaningless.

BMI is only an approximate indication for people with average body types to use to determine how far from “normal” they deviate and in which direction so they can decide if they need to lose, gain, or stay the same.

Good luck and good health!!

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Sandy asks…

BMI vs Body Fat Percentage?

My body fat percentage is 26.6, which is ideal, but my BMI is 28.8, which means I’m overweight, close to being obese. Which should I use to measure how healthy I am? I am actually big boned. I’m not just saying that. Even when I was “obese” I could see some of my bones, which you wouldn’t normally see. I’m afraid if I get down to a “heathy” BMI that I will look like a skeleton. Healthy for some people isn’t healthy for me, so how do I measure my health?

admin answers:

BMI is very misleading because it doesn’t take height and exercises levels into account. I have a BMI of 35.2, but my Body fat percentage is 21.2 so there is a huge difference. I have a lot of muscle, and I have a large frame and the BMI calculations don’t take that into account. I would use your body fat percentage to measure your health, because you want to make it down somewhere in the low teens. That way you will look and feel healthier. You will not look like a skeleton if you build muscle too. That is another thing that BMI does not take into account. If you were to lose fat and gain muscle, your BMI would either not change or increase based on your weight. But you want to bring the body fat down and not worry about BMI because it is misleading.

Chris asks…

Is your BMI your body fat?

or body mass?? and what is knowing your BMi help with

admin answers:

BMI stands for Body Mass Index. BMI calculates your body fat based on your height and weight, but does not actually measure body fat percentage. So basically it’s just an overall picture of your total mass compared to what you should be at. Knowing your BMI is helpful to determine if you are underweight, healthy, overweight, or obese. The problem with BMI calculations is that it does not take into account muscle mass. So someone who weighs more than they should but because they have a lot of muscle will be labeled as obese because their BMI is way above the standard for a normal person of that height. That’s how I am. I am 6 feet tall and I weigh 260 pounds, but I am very muscular. My BMI falls in the Obese category, but I don’t have very much fat on me. So I just go by my body fat percentage rather than BMI. Body fat percentage is much more accurate because it actually tells you how much fat you have contributing to your overall weight.

Linda asks…

what is my bmi?

i am 14.5
i am 5 feet tall.
i weigh 111 (i know im fat)
i just wann know my bmi…also if you know any other facts.
that would be good. hahaha

admin answers:

Your BMI is 21.7, and you are in the normal weight category!! You are fine! And don’t ever let anyone tell you differently :)

Here’s the website I used:

http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/bmicalc.htm

Information:

Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both adult men and women.

BMI Categories:

Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5-24.9
Overweight = 25-29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

Hope that this helps!! :)

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