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Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

It has been so hot in Connecticut, I'm sure I don't need to remind you that you need to drink more to cool off. The heat causes us to sweat more and we lose a lot of water in this heat.

But how much of what you're drinking is actually water? Soda and beer do not count. It's best not to get your calories from your drinks. There is so much empty calories in soda, it can really pack on the pounds. Diet soda isn't much better… some research shows that diet soda drinkers might actually hurt their metabolism and increase risk of obesity and diabetes.

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Scott Sulkazi
Wow, that's a lot of water Rich! Most days I average maybe 50-80 oz and I thought that was a lot. I had no idea what the current... Read More
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:07
Scott Sulkazi
With my particular weight-loss strategy I was told to drink about half of my bodyweight in ounces. So my water consumption will s... Read More
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:18
Rich H.
I know it's not always easy to get the recommended amount. You have to take into account the food you eat too, as that has water i... Read More
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:20

Salt is no longer bad for you? Uh... What? CDC surprises!

Salt is no longer bad for you? Uh... What? CDC surprises!
What's that again?

A study (yeah I know... yet another study) commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  entitled "Sodium Intake In Populations: Assessment of Evidence" confirms that there is no evidence substantial enough to limit sodium consumption to less than 2,300 milligram daily for Americans. Researchers concluded that one-and-a-half to three tablespoons of salt per day is not detrimental to a person's health, contrary to past belief.

The report also discusses emerging debates about the proper level of dietary sodium intake. "Despite efforts over the past several decades to reduce sodium intake in the United States, adults still consume an average of 3,400 mg of sodium every day," the researchers wrote.

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Scott Sulkazi
I can understand that... but do not forget since you went on the low-sodium diet you also have been exercising regularly. How do y... Read More
Sunday, 14 July 2013 19:36

King of Queens Waist Size

King of Queens Waist Size

I was watching King of Queens a while back and was reminded about my own experience losing weight. Doug (played by funny man Kevin James) was talking to his wife Carrie (Leah Remini) about his waist size. He had no idea she was buying him clothing from the big & tall store. Doug was in denial about his weight and had no idea he was as big as he was. This pushes him to attempt to lose weight... as he says no one's gonna call him Fatty McButterpants anymore! He's too funny!

Anyway, it's so awesome to now be able to walk into any store and find my size. I'm a 36 but sometimes 34 fits too, depending on the clothing. It's such a nice feeling not to have to search for the big department. When I was size 44, it was very rarely in the regular shops... usually they could only be found in the big section. Sometimes, I would purposely buy size 42 and barely fit into them because the store wouldn't have my size.

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Obesity Hurts

Obesity Hurts

I must have heard it a thousand times... "You must feel a lot better!"

After losing 130 pounds, I didn't really think much about it, but yes, I do feel a lot better. I no longer have knee problems, I don't wake up with nocturnal leg pains and I don't suffer from headaches. I never realized when I was obese that being fat really does hurt physically (and of course emotionally too).

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Scott Sulkazi
Congratulations Rich - you're a role model for anyone looking to get healthy - not just for those looking to lose weight! You've ... Read More
Thursday, 25 July 2013 11:44

80% of U.S. Pre-Packaged foods BANNED in other countries?

It often amazes me to see all of these studies published on the web or pitched in the media that persuade people to into choosing one food choice over another. Eggs are good for you with one particular study and then they are bad for you with another study. Many of these "Studies" are all part of the marketing machine and more times than not, aren't ground in truth. Personally I know that many foods out there can be good or bad for you based on the foods they are combined with.

But there are some foods no matter how you combine them that will have negative affects. Enough so that they are BANNED from most countries because of the ingredients they contain. It is one thing to try to determine if something is good for you based on studies. It is another thing when countries make foods illegal and charge hefty fines to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars per offense. I always knew that pre-packeged foods were not good for you because they were "processed". Do you know what they were processed with?

Macaroni Cheese
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Scott Sulkazi
I mentioned eggs as an example because they are always bringing it up. What I am saying overall is any one particular food is not... Read More
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 20:44