Rise in Obesity Blamed on Less Exercise, Not Food

Keeping a trim figure means balancing both healthy eating habits and consistent exercise. While many believe abs are made in the kitchen, new research has found that calories are not to blame for the increasing rate of obesity in the U.S., but rather a lack of exercise is to blame.

Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine found that exercise during leisure time decreased for men and women significantly between the years 1994 and 2010. Furthermore, they linked this decrease to the increase of obesity rates amongst Americans.

5 Tips to Naturally Boost Testosterone

Testosterone seems to be the recent poster child for Big Pharma profits. According to IMS Health, “sales of testosterone drugs grew by 90% over 5 years, reaching $1.9 billion in 2011. By 2017, the entire testosterone market is expected to hit $5 billion.” (Fiercepharma). Yet, there are many in the science and medical fields that feel low testosterone levels are normal after age 35 when they begin to decline. Synthetically replenishing this hormone could be less beneficial than expected. Consumer Reports published a controversial article (5/13) citing that their medical team urged men to be cautious of pharmaceutical testosterone therapy. Some even equate  possible results to the rise of breast cancer due to hormone replacement for menopause.

Peek inside Your Protein Powder

No matter what your diet and exercise goals, adding a protein powder or protein shake can be one of the most helpful forms of nutritional supplementation. Unless you are an 18-year-old male with a rock solid metabolism, some form of added protein is probably necessary to add lean muscle to a flabby or undersized frame. But the benefits of protein aren’t just for hardcore weight trainers. Doctors and nutritionists often recommend increased protein intake to treat a range of metabolic disorders including high cholesterol, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Why Sugar is The New Gateway Drug

You can read about all the evils of white sugar and you will still reach for your fix. Hey, you’re human. The thing is, you may want to determine for yourself what is an acceptable fix and what is a sugar addiction. The American diet (and culture) is inundated with products containing processed white sugar which has been proven to adversely affect living things and is addicting.

According to the Forbes article, ‘New Evidence That Sugar Is Harming Our Hearts’ (2/14),

Five Real Foods to Add to Your Diet This Summer

Summer is the season of dietary regret. Most of us enter the year with the best of intentions. We’re going to exercise more. Eat better. Cut down on unhealthy vices. Unfortunately, sociological research suggests that most New Years resolutions fall by the wayside before the end of January. This leaves many of us staring down the barrel of another summer without the requisite level of health and fitness to take full advantage of the beautiful weather.

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