The modified nutrition label will help consumers see how many calories they are actually eating, as well as the amount of added sugars in products. Among the most prominent changes for consumers may be the updates to serving sizes. According to the FDA, package size affects what people eat. So for packages that are between one and two servings, such as a 20-ounce soda or a 15-ounce can of soup, the information will be required to be labeled as one serving, because people typically consume it in one sitting.
We have been trained to cringe as soon as we hear the words “processed foods”, but I think it is prudent to take a step back and examine the health benefits of semi-processed foods. Frozen and canned options enable produce and grains to be added to meals quickly and cost effectively.
The squat is a workhorse exercise for the body. The primary muscles used in squatting are the quadriceps and hamstrings, the two large muscle groups located in the thigh. There are four muscles that comprise the quadriceps (quads) which are located in the front, and three muscles running up the back (hamstrings). Quads and hamstrings allow for flexion and extension of the leg. Additional muscle groups are targeted in squatting (the glutes); however, it should be recognized that squats provide whole body benefits and engage the torso, calves, and heart. Working large muscle groups demands more oxygen, which in turn raises the heart rate, thereforesquatting in a continued sequence has a cardiovascular benefit as well.
Physical activity doesn’t need to be complicated. The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits. Wearing a pedometer or fitness tracker is the easiest way to track your steps each day. It is a minimal investment in an otherwise low-cost activity. Start by wearing the pedometer every day for one week. Record your daily steps in a log, and by the end of the week, you will be able to determine your average daily steps.
Your body metabolizes all sugar the same; it doesn’t distinguish between brown sugar or honey or organic. You should always count the total grams of sugar. There are some advantages to artificial sweeteners, if you use them wisely.
Every pound of excess body weight exerts about 5 pounds of extra pressure on the knees, so the stress felt by the joint is that of the excess weight multiplied by five. A person who is 10 pounds overweight has 50 pounds of extra pressure on their knees; if a person is 100 pounds overweight, that is 500 pounds of extra pressure on his knees.
The Exercise is Medicine credentialing focuses on healthcare based fitness that improves overall wellness. I am excited to have joined the degreed exercise professionals who work closely with medical providers in an effort to improve the fitness of all people.
Buying grain-based foods such as bread and crackers can be the trickiest purchase in the grocery store.
“Multigrain” and “Whole Grain” are not interchangeable terms. Whole grain dictates that all parts of the grain kernel (bran, germ and endosperm) were used in the manufacturing of that product. Multigrain simply means that a food contains more than one type of grain (wheat and barley for example). It may be that none of the grains used in a multigrain product are whole.
Fiber is a type of carbohydrate found in produce and whole grains. It is universally acknowledged that every diet should include fiber, but a better understanding of this topic is required. How many grams a person should consume each day, how fiber affects blood sugar, whole body benefits of fiber, and what must be consumed to reach fiber intake goals, are all crucial weapons in the arsenal of wellness.
Healthy fats are good for the body, but you most definitely can have too much of a good thing. To understand this, we must firmly grasp the basics. The body needs all three types of macronutrients: fat, carbs and protein. The body is a machine. When you over-fuel the machine with more calories than it requires, its only mechanism of dealing with the overload is to convert those calories to body fat and store them.