You snooze, You lose !

Can lack of sleep cause obesity? Compared to sleepers who got seven to nine hours of sleep per night, those who got less than 4 hours were 73% more likely to be obese. And, sleepers who got just 6 hours sleep were 23% more likely to be obese. That is what a Columbia University study of 18,000 people revealed. So why does number of hours in the sack influence belt size? Hormones. Lack of sleep disrupts levels of the hormones; leptin and ghrelin...

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Study Gone Wrong

Study Gone Wrong

A 2011 study at Louisiana State University showed that candy eating adolescents were significantly less likely to be overweight or obese than non-eaters. The study tracked 11,000 young consumers who self reported the results. According to the study, the candy eating children were 22% less likely to be overweight than kids who did not indulge. The study was partially funded by the National Confectioners Association. Huh? Wait a minute! Red flags...

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Exercise and Cancer

Exercise and Cancer

It is well known that hard work and exercise will stress the body and cause it to break down. We use that principle to our advantage when we do strength training. We purposely break down our muscles which triggers the body to rebuild them, and in the process, make them a little bit stronger. A recent study, however, gives something new to consider: Stress seems to give cancer cells a better chance of surviving radiation and chemo. Govindasamy...

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Self control

Self Control, was increased with a little exercise! Studies demonstrated that a brisk 15 minute walk could reduce chocolate and cigarette cravings. It seems the brain reward system, the part of the brain responsible for cravings, reacted less to tempting images after some  exercise. “A single session of exercise can reduce the attention-grabbing power of temptations”, said lead author, Kate Janse Van Rensburg....

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Sitting may be hazardous to health

And regular exercise may not off-set the effect! A four year study appearing in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology followed more than 4500 participants tracking their “screen time”.   Scientists determined that those who spent 4 or more hours being entertained by a TV or computer were 48% more likely to die from any cause. And were 125% more likely to experience a coronary problem.   Taking part in regular physical...

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