What is Trans Fat?
A large number of manufacturers began adding trans fat to processed food about twenty-five years ago as a means to extend shelf life. About eighty percent of trans fat in the American diet comes from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil produced in factories.
Trans fats are artificial fats that can be made when hydrogen is added to liquid oil and then pressurized. Trans fats are in cookies, crackers, potato chips, and many other products for public purchase. Trans fats can extend product shelf life for years but also raise the risk for heart disease and obesity. They also contribute to elevated cholesterol levels and a drop in healthy HDL cholesterol. Trans Fat and Childhood Obesity A Canadian all-party commons committee expressed concerns that its current generation of children could expect poorer health outcomes and a shorter lifespan than their parents and cited obesity as the cause. It was noted that twenty-eight percent of Canadians between the age of two ...
Most of us know that being overweight isn't good for our health. Because 2/3 of our population these days, including a huge number of children, is overweight, we're hearing over and over about all the health risks.
But a 2009 study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that having your excess weight concentrated in your abdominal region, commonly referred to as belly fat, can lower your respiratory function.
How Excess Belly Fat Affects Your Lungs
First of all, the more you weigh, the harder your lungs have to work when you move around. Think about how you feel when you carry something heavy. It's the same for the weight you carry around as fat. More oxygen is needed because of all the excess tissue, so the heart has to work harder to move it around.
But also, the fat in your abdomen has the following effects:
When the fat presses on your chest wall, there is less room for your lungs to expand.
When it pushes u...
I was reading the paper this morning when this headline caught my eye -- “Sprinting is better than jogging: Study finds that short bursts can help men lose weight faster.” I found the story interesting and wanted to share the findings with you so you can enhance your own workout.
The study out of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia found that eight-second bursts of intense exercise repeated periodically for 20 minutes helped overweight men lose four pounds over a 12-week period. Furthermore, this interval-type of exercise program resulted in a 17-percent reduction in the amount of fat stored around the men’s liver, kidneys and other internal organs. This fat is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. These findings, as reported by Bloomberg News , have been published in the Journal of Obesity.
The Australian researchers focused on 45 inactive men who were in their 20s. The group was split into two groups – an exercise gr...
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