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How Weight Loss Surgery Affects Mental Health

Weight Loss Surgery and Mental HealthAmongst patients who seek to undergo bariatric weight loss surgery, binge eating disorder and depression are common mental health conditions. But if these are conditions that are common before a patient has the weight loss surgery, does that mean that getting the surgery will help a patient overcome these mental ailments, or that the mental ailments will inhibit or promote weight loss? Keep reading to learn more.

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Why You Should be Eating Complex Carbs for Breakfast

eat complex carbs for breakfastCarbohydrates have a bad reputation, but it’s not necessarily one they’ve earned. Fad diets like Paleo, Atkins and South Beach have fueled a massive dislike of carbs and were primary drivers of the American obsession with going gluten-free, despite the lack of evidence that there are health benefits to doing so (and a growing amount of evidence suggesting that it could be damaging to heart health). Cutting grains out of a diet has become a very popular behavior over the last few decades, particularly among people trying to eat more healthfully or for losing weight.

That said, by cutting carbohydrates out of a meal, it doesn’t necessarily make it healthier. In fact, you might cause yourself to suffer from any of several types of nutrient deficiency by slashing your carbs.

The main problem causing this trend is a lack of understanding of carbs, how they should be eaten and the health and nutritional advantages they offer. Eating complex carbs, particularly for breakfast, can help you to stay full and energized while gaining enough B vitamins, fiber, iron and other essentials. (more…)



A Closer Look at Diabetes Causes

diabetes causes and preventionDiabetes is a chronic disease that is associated with high amounts of glucose in a patient’s blood. It affects roughly 29 million individuals in the United States alone. About 86 million people have what is known as prediabetes, and roughly 8 million individuals in the U.S. have diabetes but don’t know it. This is why understanding diabetes causes and symptoms is so important.

There are two forms of this condition: type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Put simply, when the body is unable to properly utilize insulin (which is made by the pancreas and works on lowering blood sugar) or when the body is unable to produce enough insulin, blood sugar levels increase. (more…)



5 Smart Holiday Gifts That Promote Health

Holiday Gifts That Promote Health and FitnessThis year, instead of just buying someone another tie or another gift card, consider gifts that promote health. Show someone you really care about them by giving them a gift that will help with their wellbeing and longevity.

The following are 5 great gifts that promote health for you to add to your holiday shopping list this year. They’re not only helpful but they’re also affordable and practical, which means that they’ll be great for the recipient and your wallet. (more…)



Fun Fitness Things to Do Outdoors in the Fall

Get active Outdoors in the Fall When the temperatures start to cool, heading outdoors in the fall can be one of the best times of year for fitness. After all, it takes longer to get overheated, the breeze is refreshing, but it isn’t yet too cold to be comfortable. For those of us with summer allergies, fall can provide fantastic relief.

Here are some fantastic things to do outdoors in the fall to boost fitness and have some fun:

Ride your bike – this is one of the greatest times of the year to get your bike out and cycle around. You can enjoy some time in the city or head out on the trails for a breath of nature. (more…)



Enjoy These Labor Day Activities to Avoid the Couch

Fun Labor Day Activities If you don’t have any concrete plans for Labor Day activities, it can feel very tempting to simply slump down into the couch and remain there all day. However, in most cases, that won’t do you any favors. There is so much that you can do on this holiday that it would be a waste to stay in and do nothing.

Of course, we don’t all have a huge budget to spend on Labor Day activities, so it’s important to be realistic. Fortunately, there are tons of great things to do that don’t cost a lot of money, that can be fun for the whole family, and that will get you out of the house. (more…)



Why It’s the Best Time to Get Dedicated to Fitness

Time to Get Dedicated to FitnessHave you been thinking about starting a fitness routine, but you aren’t really sure when, where, or how to begin? Well, there’s no better time than right now to become dedicated to fitness and a healthy lifestyle that will give you energy, boost your immune system, and allow you to build strength while losing weight and slimming down. So if you’ve been hesitating or you feel that you aren’t yet ready, continue reading to learn why now really is the best time to start.

There Are So Many Options to Choose From
If you never really dove into a fitness routine in the past because you were bored by the limited workout options, it is time to revisit the gym or check out the many streaming services that are available online if you prefer to work out at home. (more…)



Low Calorie Berry Recipes for the Fourth of July

Light Berry Recipes for the Fourth of July celebrationIndependence day is a beautiful time to kick back, watch some fireworks and enjoy the company of friends and family. It’s also a great time to eat some refreshing and tasty treats. Low calorie berry recipes for the Fourth of July offer a fantastic way to bring awesome flavors to diet-friendly foods.

Let the following berry recipes for the Fourth of July inspire you to prepare dishes that are bursting with flavor. That said, let them do so without spoiling your efforts to lose weight. (more…)



Listeria Scare Prompts Recall of Clif, Kashi, and Nature Valley Energy Bars

Recall of Clif Kashi and Nature Valley barsIf you regularly snack on energy bars, then you’ll want to make sure you pay attention to the latest recall of Clif, Kashi, and Nature Valley products. There is a risk that you could be consuming listeria if you bite into the wrong ones.

The recall of Cliff, Kashi, and Nature Valley bars includes several different products and lots, so it’s a good idea to check the ones you’ve purchased against those involved in the recall, just to be safe. (more…)



5 Nutrition Tips Only the Best Dietitians Will Tell You

Nutrition Tips from expertsEating healthfully is a very important part of an overall lifestyle that will help you to achieve proper weight maintenance, overall health and longevity. In essence, it will play a role in allowing you to look your best and feel great, as much as is humanly possible. However, actually knowing how to eat in the best way can be confusing. Using some of the top nutrition tips that were created by the experts can help to give you an advantage in knowing that you’re eating right…at least most of the time.

Keep in mind that truly great nutrition tips are usually those that are surprisingly simple to follow. (more…)