Archive for December 31st, 2012

Tips to help stick to health related New Year Resolutions

Monday, December 31st, 2012

45 percent of people will make a resolution at the start of 2013, yet less than half of those promises will still be in effect six months later.

Monday is like the January of the week: the day that people can reset their intentions after the weekend and try again. By recommitting to their resolutions every Monday, they get 52 opportunities to stick with it and incorporate healthier habits into their lives.

Plus, having a Monday resolution means people don’t have to do it alone.

The tips to help stick to their new year resolutions are:

On Monday, people should eat a more diverse, nutrient-dense diet by swapping meat one day a week for fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains.

People can take 8-11 quit attempts to kick smoking for good, so they should gain an advantage by recommitting to their quit every Monday.

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Freezing fat latest rage among weight watchers

Monday, December 31st, 2012

A plastic surgery treatment that uses extreme cold to blast away love handles and spare tyres is rapidly gaining popularity in America.

The CoolSculpting treatment, which can be done during a lunch hour, is proving particularly popular with men who do not want surgery or liposuction, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The procedure is done with a machine that uses vacuum pressure and deep cooling to target fat. It freezes unwanted fat cells in the waist, hips, thighs, buttocks, abdomen, arms and back.

Patients can even read a book or watch a film while undergoing the treatment.

It is used for small areas of fat that refuse to budge with exercise, and is done without anaesthetic or medication.

Dr Grant Stevens, a plastic surgeon at Marina Plastic Surgery, which has so far done 4000 procedures in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, claimed he had his love handles done himself.

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Surprising health benefits of beer revealed

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Despite its bad reputation, beer actually has a number of natural antioxidants and vitamins that can help prevent heart disease and even rebuild muscle, a doctor has revealed.

Beer also has one of the highest energy contents of any food or drink, but one does need to set limits because one beer gets you going and four make you fat, Fox News reported.

There is no need to be worried about dehydration because beer is 93 percent water. Also, according to a Spanish study, beer may actually provide better hydration than water alone when you’re sweating it out under the sun.

Calorie-wise, one may be tempted to grab a light lager, but a dark beer is the better choice for health benefits.

Dark beers tend to have the most antioxidants, which help reverse cellular damage that occurs naturally in the body.

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Want to get rid of your flab? Just chew each mouthful for 30 seconds

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Fighting the flab might just be down to how you eat it rather than what you eat, researchers say.

According to scientists, the secret to beating the bulging seasonal waistline is to chew each mouthful of lunch for 30 seconds before swallowing it, the Daily Mail reported.

New research has shown that this has a powerful effect on appetite later in the day, curbing the desire for chocolates, sweets and snacks that can pile on the pounds over the Christmas break.

The volunteers of the study who chewed their lunch in this way during a recent experiment carried out by psychologists at the University of Birmingham ate half as many snacks in the afternoon as those who ate normally.

Although previous studies have shown chewing for longer curbs calorie intake during a meal, the latest research shows that it can also have a significant impact on snacking habits later in the day.

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