Prescription Without The PharmacyWritten by Sherri L Dodd
After several months of noticing consistent weight gain, a thirty-five year old woman decides to visit her doctor. She is amazed that extra weight seems to have come from out of blue and proclaims her diet has never been a problem before now? She wondered if it could be her thyroid (a frequent complaint of her mother’s). Or maybe pregnancy? Even worse, could it be some chronic condition? And, forget about what it could be, what could doctor give her to lose weight and regain her energetic zest? After a thorough checkup and confirmed lab results, doctor found nothing of concern, but did write Mary a prescription – one mile of walking per day, five times a week.
This action is not so absurd. According to Archives of Internal Medicine, more and more doctors are being encouraged by their industry’s board of superiors to write prescriptions of exercise for their patients, especially those with obesity issues. And fortunately, they are conceding.
The estimated figure of premature death rate resulting from obesity-related afflictions (heart disease, diabetes, etc.) is 300,000 per year. This equates to healthcare costs of up to $90 billion! There would be a substantial drop in these cases if patients would participate in physical activity. Not only would it help to lower their body weight, it could among many things, lower high risk factors of heart disease such as high cholesterol and hypertension.
Since individuals seek out medical advice long before they consider assistance from a personal trainer, measure argued importance of doctors condoning use of exercise to assist with obesity problems. With medical field supporting notion of a fitness program, it serves as reinforcement for general population of Americans to make exercise an essential part of their lives.
If we are eating 99% fat free, why are we 99% fat?!Written by Sheridan Woodcroft
Copyright 2005 Sheridan Woodcroft
Unfortunately, obesity is reaching epidemic proportions, with over 60% of our population now overweight. We need to take control of this problem NOW.
There are three terms that need to be understood in order to take control of your weight - fat, fibre, and carbohydrates. Fat is fairly straight forward. Fibre is anything that grows out of ground… mainly fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and berries. The important thing to know about fibre is that acid in your stomach won’t break it down, so when you eat fibre, it fills you up faster and keeps you full longer. Finally, Carbohydrates are foods that are naturally sweet, or anything made with sugar or flour.
Most people have heard that if you eat low fat or no fat foods you can lose weight. Well in reality, that’s just half story. Most people, when trying low fat diets, go to store and start reading labels and looking for anything that has zero fat. People then think, “Great, I can eat all I want.” They eat almost no fat at all - and end up gaining weight! That’s why you need to know other half of story.