Skipping Meals Promotes Belly Fat Storage, Increases Risk For Insulin Resistance


This study conducted at OSU, sheds some light on the ‘skipping meals will help me lose weight’, train of thought.

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Skipping Meals Promotes Belly Fat Storage, Increases Risk For Insulin Resistance

Anyone looking to lose weight knows they have to restrict the amount of calories they consume, but how much and when they restrict those calories can make all the difference. A recent study conducted at Ohio State University has revealed that skipping meals not only leads to abdominal weight gain, but it can also lead to the development of insulin resistance in the liver.

“This does support the notion that small meals throughout the day can be helpful for weight loss, though that may not be practical for many people,” Martha Belury, professor of human nutrition at Ohio State University, said in a statement. “But you definitely don’t want to skip meals to save calories because it sets your body up for larger fluctuations in insulin and glucose and could be setting you up for more fat gain instead of fat loss.”

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How scientific is the scientific seven minute workout?


This article states that the study was not conducted as it says it was. The conclusion is more than seven minutes of exercise is needed to gain optimal benefits. The chart is a great reference of in home exercise to add to your routine. Read on and make your own conclusion.

Is it healthful?

A couple of years ago the New York Times wrote about a game changing workout that would get you fit in only seven minutes. Yes, rather than endure 30-60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity most if not all days of the week, seven minutes every now and then was suddenly enough to cure that heart disease of yours. The strange thing was that the New York Times, a relatively reliable source, had claimed that the workout was scientific.

This contradicted everything I learnt during my seven years at university. Therefore, today I ask in an outraged, yet concerned voice: is the scientific seven minute workout actually scientific?


Why it might be scientific:

Well the seven minute workout was first brought to the light in an article in a scientific, scholarly journal in 2013.  For those of you who don’t know, this is basically a book full of studies and…

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Meet n Greet


First of all, I want to thank Danny for putting this opportunity together. He has increased my existence as a blogger and humanitarian. I have had a lot of new faces wander through my site and I have had doors opened for me as well. My single best day of likes has been due to the interest that Dream Big Dream Often has generated.
I challenge you to open your door to this meet and greet and experience a window of opportunity.

The Memory Challenge: 8 Ways to Construct Cognitive Reserve


This is an excellent article on aging and dementia. If you stop learning, you stop living.

“In the same way elite athletes and their trainers use the concept of muscle confusion (varying the types and duration of exercises to expose weaknesses and challenge muscles in new ways) to maximize their physical fitness, switching up the things you do to engage your mental muscle can help maximize your mental fitness.”

In fitness, Bob

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Cognitive reserve, the term used to describe the mechanism by which a person’s mind can compensate for damage to their brain, has become a buzzword among seniors and their caregivers, thanks to its connection to one of the most infamous issues of modern aging: dementia.

Research indicates that people who have solid stores of cognitive reserve are generally less likely to exhibit the classic signs of dementia—short-term memory loss, difficulty multitasking, etc.—even if their brain scans indicate mental damage. This is because cognitive reserve effectively makes the mind stronger and more nimble, enabling it to come up with ways to compensate for disease-related loss of functioning.

Seek out and embrace new challenges; your brain will thank you

Shlomo Breznitz, Ph.D., founder of Cognifit, and co-author (with Collins Hemingway) of “Maximum Brainpower: Challenging the Brain for Health and Wisdom,” feels that finding ways to consistently engage the brain with new and…

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Study: Restaurant Meals Can be as Bad for Your Waistline Fast Food


If you think that going out to eat at a sit down style restaurant means that it is healthier than fast food, then read on.

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When Americans go out to eat, either at a fast-food outlet or a full-service restaurant, they consume, on average, about 200 more calories a day than when they stay home for meals, a new study reports. They also take in more fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium than those who prepare and eat their meals at home.

These are the findings of University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Ruopeng An, who analyzed eight years of nationally representative data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which is conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics. An looked at 2003-10 data collected from 18,098 adults living in the U.S.

His analysis, reported in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, revealed that eating at a restaurant is comparable to – or in some cases less healthy than –…

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Heatlhy Drinking


This is a great reference to the benefits of proper hydration, while giving a clear understanding of why it is important. Definitely not your typical run of the mill water sermon.

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Water, watercooler, Dolphin, Dolphin water To stay healthy you should drink enough water every day.

Proper hydration is key to good health, but why?

Water is the body’s most non-negotiable nutrient. Withhold any other vitamin or mineral for a week or more and the body will plug along. But deny it water for a mere three days and systems start to crash. Without water, the blood thickens and the body’s enzymatic processes get bogged down. Hold back another few days and the blood gets so gummy that the body’s inner workings grind to a halt. After that, odds of survival are small.

Why is it that water is so important? Water plays an integral role in nearly every biological process in the body. Everything from controlling the body’s thermostat to regulating blood pressure to taking out the trash relies on water to get the job done. Yet, for such a life-and-death nutrient, most of us take…

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Some Low-fat Options Can Actually Expand Your Waistline


Low fat diets will help you lose weight; or will they? Many low fat options are higher in sodium and sugar, both of which can wreak havoc on your weight loss plans.

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Leslie Beck wrote . . . . .

If you order your salad with fat-free dressing (just starch, sugar and salt), pass on nuts in favour of pretzels (white flour, salt and corn syrup) or read nutrition labels to choose foods low in total fat, it may be time to shift your nutrient focus. Your low-fat food decisions, based on a decades-long dietary warning to eat less fat, could be harming your health – and robbing your diet of disease-fighting nutrients.

In the 1961 version of the food guide, food choices broadened and language softened. “Guide” replaced “Rules” in the title.

the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee submitted its 571-page report to the U.S. government outlining its recommended revisions to current dietary guidelines. The panel’s report will be the basis for the 2015 version of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, slated for release later this year.

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5 Habits Of Emotionally Balanced People


Add these habits to your life if you aren’t already doing so.

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As a life coach, many of my clients come to me feeling like they’re unable to cope with their emotions. They feel overly sensitive and are fearful of experiencing any strong emotions. What I tell them is that finding emotional balance doesn’t have to be hard work — it’s simply about identifying where we need to make small internal shifts that will help us cope better.

Here are five habits that can bring you blissful emotional balance:

1. Instead of reacting, they respond.

A reaction is a hot, in-the-moment burst of emotion that’s usually driven by our ego (so we’re more likely to react when we’re disconnected from ourselves). It might last just a split second before our intuition kicks in and offers some perspective, or it might take over to a point that we act on it. When we feel crappy after dealing with a situation or person, that’s a…

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Trans Fats From Foods May Worsen Memory, Study Finds


This is an interesting article. The most important part is the fact that trans fats have no positives.

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Men who ate more performed poorly on word recall test.

Trans fats may play havoc with your memory along with your cholesterol levels, a new study suggests.

Younger men who ate high levels of trans fats performed more poorly on a memory test involving word recall than those who ate lower levels, the researchers found.

In the study, each gram of trans fats eaten per day was associated with 12 to 21 fewer words recalled, out of an average score of 86, said lead author Dr. Beatrice Golomb, a professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

“It’s a pretty sizeable relationship,” Golomb said. “This adds to a body of evidence that trans fats are not something that people should be sticking in their mouth.”

But, it’s important to note that the study wasn’t designed to definitively prove a cause-and-effect relationship; it…

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Want an idea for a quick dinner? Celia has another great microwave meal planned out with this chicken dish! Quick, easy, and healthy!


–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–corn (frozen, one-half cup)

–spinach (fresh, 2 handfuls)

–avocado (1, medium, fresh)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–garlic powder


1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary (minced), and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place the corn in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave the corn for 2 minutes on high.

3 – Place the spinach in a mixing bowl.  Add the corn and Parmesan cheese (generous sprinkling).  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Sprinkle with lemon juice.  Stir well to coat.  Cut open and slice the avocado in one-half inch pieces.  Fold gently into the salad.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes…

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