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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We’re often told how important it is to stay hydrated. Water is one of the essential elements involved in the proper functioning of the body, helping it perform at its optimal level. Instead of sugary beverages such as sodas, drink more water to support a healthier body and brain.


Sodas are one of the major sources of added sugars in the diets of Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A diet soda seems to be a health-conscious choice when it comes to carbonated beverages. However, there are more ingredients in a diet soda than you may be aware of. Diet sodas are advertised as being lower in calories and a healthier option. However, they still contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin and sucralose.


The main reason people start drinking diet soda is to cut back on calories in order to lose weight. A study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center found the more diet sodas a person drank, the greater the risk of becoming overweight. Consuming two or more cans a day increased waistlines by 500 percent. Just because diet sodas are low in calories or have zero calories does not mean they will help you lose weight. The artificial sweeteners added to diet sodas are known to have the same effect on the body as regular sugar. These sweeteners are still able to trigger insulin, which sends the body into fat storage, which then contributes to weight gain. Artificial sweeteners are also known to have a

WHY YOU SHOULD STOP DRINKING DIET SODAS

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

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

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more intense flavor, which can eventually dull your taste buds to the taste of natural sugars such as those found in fruit.


Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages has been linked to a variety of adverse health effects, including obesity and type 2 diabetes, as well as liver disease, gout and tooth decay.


So what may be a better option than a diet soda? If you don’t like the non-flavor of water, there are other healthy alternatives. Try drinking sparkling mineral water, tea or coffee. These are all better options than diet soda. If you choose to drink a diet soda with zero calories, you might as well drink water with zero calories. At least water provides nutritional benefits to the body, unlike a diet soda.