5 Proven Ways to Safely Make Positive Life Changes

Written by Emily Clark

One ofrepparttar most important aspects of living a healthy and prosperous life is understanding "risk." By this I mean knowing how to understand and analyze situations in life that affect health. Being able to accurately weigh benefits and risks when making health decisions is very important! Too often decisions are based on incomplete or inaccurate information and this is a huge mistake with significant consequences!

Failure to accurately assess risk keeps people locked in all kinds of unhealthy situations including poor eating and exercise habits (lifestyle), relationships and jobs. Sometimes people are just afraid to step out and make a change. They see "risk" in making a change whenrepparttar 144543 REAL risk comes from NOT making a change. From my perspective, living withrepparttar 144544 stress, unhappiness and frustration of indecision and poor health isrepparttar 144545 greatest risk of all, and one that is definitely not worth taking!

Accessing "risk" is nothing more than collecting information, weighingrepparttar 144546 alternatives and then making appropriate decisions based onrepparttar 144547 information.

Some risks to our health are more "real" than others. For example, it is common knowledge that obesity is associated with a wide variety of health problems. Onrepparttar 144548 other hand, there are some health risks that are so remote we rarely think about them. On a practical level, eating highly processed foods and avoiding a daily dose of fresh fruits and vegetables is rarely considered serious. But, as too many have already discovered,repparttar 144549 long range consequences of this practice are real and devastating.

Failure to accurately assess risk limits us in many ways. We imaginerepparttar 144550 "risk" of talking with our children about drugs, dating or sex and we put off havingrepparttar 144551 "talk," even thoughrepparttar 144552 risks of NOT talking are infinitely greater. Fear of flying and public speaking are two more "risks" affecting millions of people. But practically speaking, these fears are unfounded. People ride in cars every day, even though cars are far more dangerous than commercial aircraft! It's a failure to accurately assess risk, and it limits our health, prosperity and pleasure in life.

The goods news is that failure to accurately access risk is reversible! The effects of those decisions to eat inappropriately or NOT to exercise are, asrepparttar 144553 common expression goes, "do-overs." We can effect positive change in our lives by following a few simple steps to accurately access risk:

Don't Be Confused About Low Carb Diets - 7 Key Points Explained

Written by Emily Clark

With all ofrepparttar conflicting studies and fuzzy interpretation of information, it's no wonder that confusion reigns when it comes torepparttar 144542 value and safety of low-carb diets. It seems like heated debates are raging everywhere!

Whether it's Atkins,repparttar 144543 South Beach or some other low-carb plan, as many as 30 million Americans are following a low-carb diet.

Advocates contend thatrepparttar 144544 high amount of carbohydrates in our diet has led to increasing problems with obesity, diabetes, and other health problems. Critics, onrepparttar 144545 other hand, attribute obesity and related health problems to over-consumption of calories from any source, and lack of physical activity. Critics also express concern thatrepparttar 144546 lack of grains, fruits, and vegetables in low-carbohydrate diets may lead to deficiencies of some key nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, folic acid, and several minerals.

Any diet, weather low or high in carbohydrate, can produce significant weight loss duringrepparttar 144547 initial stages ofrepparttar 144548 diet. But remember,repparttar 144549 key to successful dieting is in being able to loserepparttar 144550 weight permanently. Put another way, what doesrepparttar 144551 scale show a year after going offrepparttar 144552 diet?

Let's see if we can debunk some ofrepparttar 144553 mystery about low-carb diets. Below, is a listing of some relevant points taken from recent studies and scientific literature. Please note there may be insufficient information available to answer all questions.

- Differences Between Low-Carb Diets

There are many popular diets designed to lower carbohydrate consumption. Reducing total carbohydrate inrepparttar 144554 diet means that protein and fat will represent a proportionately greater amount ofrepparttar 144555 total caloric intake.

Atkins and Protein Power diets restrict carbohydrate to a point whererepparttar 144556 body becomes ketogenic. Other low-carb diets likerepparttar 144557 Zone and Life Without Bread are less restrictive. Some, like Sugar Busters claim to eliminate only sugars and foods that elevate blood sugar levels excessively.

- What We Know about Low-Carb Diets

Almost all ofrepparttar 144558 studies to date have been small with a wide variety of research objectives. Carbohydrate, caloric intake, diet duration and participant characteristics varied greatly. Most ofrepparttar 144559 studies to date have two things in common: None ofrepparttar 144560 studies had participants with a mean age over 53 and none ofrepparttar 144561 controlled studies lasted longer than 90 days.

Information on older adults and long-term results are scarce. Many diet studies fail to monitorrepparttar 144562 amount of exercise, and therefore caloric expenditure, while participants are dieting. This helps to explain discrepancies between studies.

The weight loss on low-carb diets is a function of caloric restriction and diet duration, and not with reduced carbohydrate intake. This finding suggests that if you want to lose weight, you should eat fewer calories and do so over a long time period.

Little evidence exists onrepparttar 144563 long-range safety of low-carb diets. Despiterepparttar 144564 medical community concerns, no short-term adverse effects have been found on cholesterol, glucose, insulin and blood-pressure levels among participants onrepparttar 144565 diets. But, adverse effects may not show up because ofrepparttar 144566 short period ofrepparttar 144567 studies. Researchers note that losing weight typically leads to an improvement in these levels anyway, and this may offset an increase caused by a high fat diet. The long range weight change for low-carb and other types of diets is similar.

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