A homemade chocolate chip cookie has 89 calories. You’d have to do burpees 9 minutes to burn it off.
SQUAT DEEP FOR HIGHER JUMPS
A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research revealed squatting deep can improve your vertical jump. The scientists think that deep squats stimulate the jumping muscles in the knees and hips more effectively than shallow squats do. A deep squat is when your thighs are just below parallel.
PLAY BALL…TO LOWER STRESS
Research from Belgium suggests that playing ball sports can help with stress. In the study, men who played football, volleyball, basketball, and rugby had lower stress levels than those who didn’t. The high level of competition can help you tune out the stress of daily life and provide a sense of control and escape, the researchers say.
Scientists in China say that a low glycemic index breakfast may keep you from overeating the rest of the day. The reason: Eating a low-GI meal keeps your blood sugar from spiking, and that may suppress the effects of orexin-A, an appetite stimulating hormone.
SLOW & STEADY WINS IN WEIGHT LOSS
Research from George Washington University finds that high dieting expectations can lead to yo-yo weight loss. In the study, those who thought they’d lose weight quickly and easily were more likely to experience fluctuations of 20 pounds or more than those who anticipated a gradual weight loss. Too-high hopes can lead to big letdowns and a drop in the confidence you need to stay on track, says study author.
DID YOU KNOW
Frequent fast food eaters have a 40 percent increased risk of depression compared with an occasional eater’s risk.
A LITTLE BIT ON DIGESTIVE ENZYMES
Production of digestive enzymes (lipases for fat, amylases for starch, and proteolytic enzymes for protein) decreases with age and toxic exposure. Enzymes are involved in many bodily functions, and are key to the ability to break down nutrients, to fight inflammation, and to fight illness (including cancer). Some food allergies are caused by a lack of enzymes (Lactose for milk digestion.) Many raw fruits and vegetables naturally contain enzymes, but cooked and processed foods do not. Consider increasing consumption of raw fruits and veggies, or supplementing with digestive enzymes if insufficiency is suspected.
SUPPORT YOUR WEIGHT LOSS
A 2009 Harvard Study found that weight loss results were doubled in groups that were involved in a support group and provided dietary information, compared with groups that were only provided the same dietary information. Even internet support groups have shown positive results. If you want improved weight loss results, consider joining a weight loss support group.
DID YOU KNOW
Your brain operates on 10 watts of power: It’s true: The amazing computational power of your brain only requires about 10 watts of power to operate.
MEMORY LOSS…DO YOU REMEMBER?
Studies show that age-related memory loss is not automatic, even if there is a family history. Adequate levels of nutrients, daily exercise, continued stimulation of the mind, and a sense of life purpose can prevent dementia and age-related memory impairment. It is never too early to focus on keeping the brain healthy, so consider what you could be doing now to assure healthy brain function throughout your life.
BODY SIGNS FOR WEIGHT LOSS
One very effective weight-loss strategy is to eat mindfully, meaning to pay attention to every signal your body gives, and also explore every emotion that comes up around food while eating. Often people with weight-related issues realize that they are not hungry. Instead they are overwhelmed with emotion and are using food to dull their feelings. Ask yourself how you are feeling when you eat, and substitute another activity for eating (take a walk or bubble bath) to explore your feelings if food is not necessary. Learn to listen to your body’s clues to know when you are hungry, full or emotionally upset.
GLUTAMINE CUTS SUGAR CRAVINGS
Studies show that 500-750 mg daily of the amino acid glutamine spread into 3 doses throughout the day can help with sugar cravings when trying to reduce or eliminate sugar from the diet.
*Consult physician before trying a new supplement, food or diet. Especially if you’re on any medications.