Children of Thinner Parents are Three-times More Likely to be Thin
Written by Dr. Andrea Maxim, Naturopathic Doctor
Body mass index analysis of 7,000 families with up to two children showed a strong association between children’s body size in comparison to their parents.
Being Inactive Kills as Many as Cigarettes
Written by Dr. Andrea Maxim, ND
Did you know that there are more that 5.3 million deaths per year caused by physical inactivity, which is just about the same number of deaths attributed to cigarette smoking (5 million deaths).
When we lose weight, we rid our body of excess fat, losing inches in the process. What is happening is our fat cells are becoming smaller, taking up less room in the body providing us with a slimmer version of ourselves.
Study shows that the earlier you start a regular exercise routine, the later in life you could develop chronic disease. Those who remain sedentary all their lives are more likely to develop a chronic disease as early as 60 years of age.
Avoiding restricted diets is always the game plan at my clinic. Most patients who are educated on a “weight loss” program usually fail to comply after a few weeks. The term “Diet” already carried with it a negative term, one with food restrictions and hunger pangs.
Starting the day with the highest calorie meal including a dessert at breakfast and eating less throughout the day showed a positive effects on weight loss results. Patients who consumed a front-loaded diet: Large breakfast (600cal), 500cal lunch and 300cal dinner lost an average of 45lbs over 8 months.
It is not just gestational diabetes that can increase a fetus’ birth weight. Maternal weight may have a greater impact on infant birth weight that blood glucose control.
For those women having difficulty conceiving, improving diet, exercise and lifestyle changes has been shown to substantially improve clinical pregnancy rate by 34% by the end of 12 months over controls. These women were kept on a low-calorie diet with exercise and behavioral support for 12 weeks. The average weight lost was 6.
A study found that those with a larger waist-to-hip ratio are more likely to die from sudden cardiac death. Those women studied with a waist-to-hip ratio in the upper quintile were 40% more likely to die from a cardiac event compared to those with the waist-to-hip ratio in the lowest quintile.
A study in Dublin found that those who jog for at least 60min per week added an average of 6 years onto their lifespan. Jogging was associated with 44% decrease in relative risk of death over 35 years.