HEART DISEASE AND THE NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT

Like many Americans, do you believe heart disease affects mostly men? In fact, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.  Heart disease, according to The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women, written by members of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, is one of several cardiovascular diseases that affect the heart and the blood vessel system. Others include stroke, high blood pressure and rheumatic heart disease.

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10 COMMON WEIGHT-LOSS MYTHS

There are so many misconceptions about weight loss and diets that it can be hard to know what to believe. Here are some common weight-loss myths.   Snacking and eating fast food are bad ideas.    Actually, eating small, healthy snacks between meals could help you eat less so you don’t overeat or binge later. Dietitians recommend having five small meals a day, instead of just three. Snacking has a bad rap because of some of the snack choices we make, such as potato chips, cookies, candy and other fattening items.

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FITNESS TIPS FOR LOSING WEIGHT

Summer is finally here, and you want to get your weight down and be in the best shape ever. This summer, make it your mission to reach your weight-loss goals – the same ones you probably set for yourself at the beginning of the year. Fortunately, it’s never too late to start down the path to health and wellness. Follow the guidelines below so you can put yourself on a fast track. Turn these tips into lifelong habits to ensure lasting success.

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Summer is finally here, and you want to get your weight down and be in the best shape ever. This summer, make it your mission to reach your weight-loss goals – the same ones you probably set for yourself at the beginning of the year.


Getting in shape does not happen overnight. It takes time and dedication. Simple tweaks to your diet and exercise regimen can have a large impact over time. Weight loss is not just nutrition or just exercise. It is the combination of nutrition and exercise that will help you obtain your ultimate fitness goals and have a better, healthier quality of life.


Fortunately, it’s never too late to start down the path to health and wellness. Follow the guidelines below so you can put yourself on a fast track. Turn these tips into lifelong habits to ensure lasting success.


FITNESS TIPS FOR LOSING WEIGHT

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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do 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week to stay healthy and prevent weight gain. The ACSM also recommends adults who want to lose weight do more than 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity for modest weight loss each week and more than 250 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity for significant weight loss each week.


It is important to incorporate a combination of cardio and strength training exercises. Cardio exercises will help you burn more calories. The strength training will burn fewer calories, but it will help you stay toned. Be sure to pace yourself. Start your exercise regimen slowly and progress from there to prevent injuries and burnout. One of the best ways to increase your intensity is to do intervals. Intervals consist of brief bursts of high intensity, followed by a more moderate pace. You can try doing intervals throughout your workout to help build endurance and take you to the next level.