A Medium sized McDonald’s french fries has 380 calories. You’d have to do burpees for 38 minutes to burn it off.
Antioxidants are nutrients that counteract free radical oxidation from toxic exposure, rancid oils, junk food, and normal bodily functions. Many antioxidants are found in brightly colored fresh fruits and vegetables, and in many spices like garlic and turmeric. Increase consumption of raw, fresh fruits, vegetables and spices to maximize antioxidants naturally.
DID YOU KNOW
There is speculation that since we no longer have to run for our dinner, and we wear sneakers, the pinkie toe‘s evolutionary purpose is disappearing and maybe the pinkie itself will go the way of the dodo.
AVOID HYDROGENATED FATS
Hydrogenated fats (trans fats) are unhealthy because they have been chemically restructured to prevent breakdown and spoilage. While this process is good for the food industry and the shelf life of foods, the body can’t break trans fats down either. The result is excess unnatural fats floating in the bloodstream clogging arteries and damaging blood vessel linings. Eliminate trans fats for a healthy cardiovascular system.
VITAMIN A TO KEEP THE FAT AWAY
According to a study in the journal Obesity, vitamin A helped regulate fat tissue in mice. Those fed A-deficient diets were the fatter rats. Find it in sweet potatoes, carrots, and spinach to name a few.
DID YOU KNOW
Men were able to swing a golf club 2.25 miles per hour faster after doing three vertical jumps with arm swings.
ADDICTIVE FOODS CAUSE MORE THAN OBESITY
Addictive foods cause cravings, and sometimes gas, bloating and discomfort. Observe which foods you might be addicted to, and substitute other foods or distract yourself to avoid them. It usually takes 3-5 days to completely flush addictive foods from the body to relieve cravings, making weight control significantly easier.
IRON OUT FAT
According to researchers form Australia, obese people have disruptions in iron metabolism, although it’s not clear why. Most of the iron in your diet is nonheme, which means it comes from plant sources. Heme iron comes from animal sources such as beef. Find it in white beans, lentils, and artichokes to name a few.
STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM
Many Americans are deficient in Vitamins A,C,D,E, Zinc and Selenium, all of which contribute to a strong immune system. Especially if you are not eating 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, consider adding a multi-vitamin, which contains these nutrients to avoid deficiencies.
FAT DOESN’T MAKE YOU FAT
The saying “Fat makes you fat!” was popular in the past, and led to a low fat craze in dieting. The body needs essential fats (Omega-3’s and 6’s) to make cell walls, nerve cells, brain cells, to transport fat-soluble vitamins in the blood, and to protect organs. Focus on consuming healthy fats in nuts, seeds, avocado, and fish oils. Eliminate trans fats, and minimize heavily saturated fats (Omega-6’s) found in processed meats to maximize health.
ORGANIC AND ANTIOXIDANTS
Plants develop antioxidants and phytonutrients to protect themselves from environmental threats. With current industrialized farming methods, plants are drenched in pesticides and herbicides and their protective antioxidants are often underdeveloped. Organic plants tend to have greater nutrient values and significantly fewer exposures to toxic contaminants. Buy organic whenever possible to maximize nutrients.
DID YOU KNOW
The largest internal organ is the small intestine. Despite being called the smaller of the two intestines, your small intestine is actually four times as long as the average adult is tall. If it weren’t looped back and forth upon itself it wouldn’t fit inside the abdominal cavity.
BREAK UP YOUR EXERCISING
Exercise need not be painful to be effective – studies show 10-minute power workouts 1-3 times a day improve cardiovascular function as well as one 30 minute intensive session. Consider mini workouts, or even simple activity adjustments like climbing (sprinting) stairs and parking at a distance to increase activity throughout the day.
*Consult physician before trying a new supplement, food or diet. Especially if you’re on any medications.