October 2, 2014

Oh Those Extra Pounds

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We often remind people, and ourselves to consider the notion that it’s not what you are today, it’s what you are going to become as you age. I don’t know about you, but the older I get, the faster time seems to fly. Hard to believe it is December. Harder to believe it’s close to 2011. Harder still, is to look at my driver’s license and ponder my own age. How did that happen? How did I get this old THAT fast?

I say all of this to focus you in on the word regret. Too many people have the R word as part of makeup. “I wish I would have”……………..is a commonality amongst most whom have let their health and fitness level slide, only to look up one day at that driver license and realize the speed at which their time on this earth is passing. “I used to be _____________”…………….. thinner, healthier, X sizes smaller, a track athlete, a swimmer, a runner, a cyclist, a volleyball champ, a basketball star, a football hero……….the list goes on and on, but the theme rings through………….regret. “Life took over” and “I gave up………… on me”. “Had I only made me a priority?”

A recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology makes a few salient points. The study included 2,845 participants who were an average of 74 years old when they were enrolled. They had no mobility problems at the start of the study. During seven years of follow-up, women who were overweight or obese (body mass index of 25 or greater) from their mid-20s to their 70s were nearly three times more likely to develop mobility problems than women who were normal weight throughout their lives. Overweight or obese men were 1.6 times more likely to develop mobility problems.

The researchers also found that women who were obese (BMI of 30 or greater) at age 50, but not in their 70s, were 2.7 times more likely to develop mobility limitations than women who weren’t obese throughout their lives. Men with a similar weight history were 1.8 times more likely to develop mobility problems.

“In both men and women, being overweight or obese put them at greater risk of developing mobility limitations in old age, and the longer they had been overweight or obese, the greater the risk,” lead investigator Denise Houston, an expert on aging and nutrition and an assistant professor of gerontology at the School of Medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, said in a center news release.

Listen, you don’t have to look or feel great to get started, but you do have to get started, in order to look and feel great. Don’t reflect back one day with regret and wish you would’ve, could’ve, should’ve. You can change your future, by changing your present. What’s your preference, cane, walker, wheel chair, bed …………….or standing, moving and fighting for every quality moment you have?

For information on how to get started call Fitness Together 619 794- 0014.

You’re kidding, there IS a pill for THAT?

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As the government sets to begin reviews of new diet drugs, American obesity rates are nudging upwards in 28 states over the past year, a new report shows. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention reports that 68% of Americans are considered overweight or obese.

According to Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health, “Back in 1991, not that long ago, not a single state had an obesity rate above 20 percent. More than two-thirds of states now have adult obesity rates above 25 percent,” There’s been a dramatic change in a relatively short period.” “Obesity is one of the biggest public health crises in the country,” Levi added. “Rising rates of obesity over past decades is one of the major factors behind skyrocketing health care costs in the U.S., one-quarter of which are related to obesity.”

A poll on childhood obesity included in the report found that 16.4 percent of children aged 10 to 17 are obese and 18.2 percent are overweight. The issue is at least getting on the radar, with 80 percent of Americans saying they believe “childhood obesity is a significant and growing challenge for the country.” As with adults, this puts children at higher risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease.

Solving the problem by throwing more quick fix diet drugs in to the market place is not the answer. As Americans we see the daily tirade of Drug Company ads. They come with significant sets of side effects accompanying the claimed benefit of taking the medication. Many of these side effects appear to eclipse the value of taking the prescription, as the side effect often reads worse than the malady itself.

While 70% of Americans claim to read nutrition labels, there is a disconnect given climbing obesity rates. Let’s get more detail behind what we are eating and a better understanding of nutrition labels and nutrition claims. Here are a few of those claims and what they really mean. After all they are marketing claims, aimed at drawing you in, but they can also be used to help you make the healthiest food choice possible and help keep you out of the prescription refill line at your local drugstore.

Low Calorie                  40 Calories or fewer

Low Fat                        Up to 3 grams

Fat Free                        Fewer then 0.5 grams

Trans Fat Free              Fewer than .5 grams of trans fat

Cholesterol Free          Fewer than 2 mg cholesterol and fewer than 2 grams saturated fat

Low Sodium                 Up to 140 mg of sodium

High Fiber                    5 grams or more

Good Source Of……..   10% to 19% of the Daily Value for a given nutrient

There is the “marketing” of the product and the reality of the product. The essentials of good health come down to what we eat and how we move. If we do less of the eating and more of the moving we will lose weight. We don’t need a pill for that. When we dig in to the reality of the pills, we’ll find the truth and the side effects of its consumption to be less than the quick fix bargain we hope for. Is it safe? Is it effective? Will there be consequences? Remember Phen Phen pulled in the late 90s? At its inception it was thought to be the holy grail of weight loss. Just good nutrition and daily exercise will do the trick. No pills, no negative side effects. To find out how to get started call Fitness Together 619 794 0014.