Wednesday, January 21, 2009

SuperHealth: Week 3

Apparently my Sunday SuperHealth updates have turned into Wednesday updates. Nevertheless, this week, with the introduction of exercise, we are concentrating on "watching our waistlines" and burning calories. "Belly fat", or visceral fat, does more than just take up space; it also:

*releases hormones and chemicals into the bloodstream, decreasing the muscles' ability to regulate blood sugar levels, making the body require more insulin.
*is metabolized by the liver, turning it into cholesterol that circulates in the blood, collects in the arteries, and forms artery-clogging plaque. YUCK!

Reducing the dangerous fat that settles in the midsection- through the following foods and exercises- decreases the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, macular degeneration, dementia, Alzheimer's, cancers, and liver dysfunction.

The waist-friendly bonus foods this week are: fruit, whole grains, yogurt, pumpkin, tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, honey, and beans. The fiber content in these (recommended amount: 45g/day for men and 32g/day for women) helps you feel full, plus regulates blood sugar by helping slow down the rate at which carbs are absorbed. By not absorbing the carbohydrates quickly, inches will be lost.


Also included this week is a moderate-intensity exercise planner (30 minutes per day of walking, stair climbing, strengtheners, etc.) that will increase cardiovascular fitness and strengthen abs, legs, and arms, and hands (grip).


Now please excuse me as I sprint up and down the staircase for the next five minutes...

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