Give Your Steps a Reality Check

SubscribeButton-websteps reality checkThe average American only takes about 5,000 steps a day. That’s not enough! For optimum health, you need at least 10,000 steps a day. To lose weight, you need to bump that up to 12,000 to 15,000 steps a day. But unless you’re some kind of savant, you can’t count those on your own. That’s where a pedometer comes in. Continue reading “Give Your Steps a Reality Check”

Get Fit Faster

“If I’d known I was going to live so long, I’d have taken better care of myself” — Leon Eldred
Are you taking good care of yourself? Besides eating healthy, you’ve got to move it, baby! Being fit will make you feel better, look better and get more accomplished every day — not to mention the benefits to your bones, muscles, heart and other body parts! Continue reading “Get Fit Faster”

My Story: Tracy Balough

Weight Loss, Confidence Gain
Like many Californians, Tracy Balough of Orange County loves Disneyland, swimming and hanging out with friends. Unfortunately, until this past spring, joint problems and extra weight prevented the 29-year-old from being able to walk a lot. Continue reading “My Story: Tracy Balough”

Practical, Proven Ways to Lose Weight

In today’s marketplace, hundreds of weight loss gimmicks and deprivation diets clamor for your attention promising lightning-fast weight loss. Unfortunately, most of these are unhealthy — even dangerous — options that may cause you to lose a few pounds quickly, but result in even faster boomerang weight gain once you go back to normal living. Continue reading “Practical, Proven Ways to Lose Weight”

5 Steps to Better Women’s Health

SubscribeButton-webwomenshealth1-webMany women are notorious multi-taskers who function best with a list in hand. Yet often you’re left off your own “to-do” list while you care for everyone else. You’ve heard it before: To be able to better care for others, you must take care of yourself. And if mama’s happy, everyone’s happy! Continue reading “5 Steps to Better Women’s Health”

All Fat Is Not Created Equal

Now that the holidays are over, some of us may be finding our bellies a bit bigger than they were a few weeks ago. And while a jelly belly may have looked cute on Santa, it can signal increased risk for health problems in the rest of us — starting with metabolic syndrome. Extra weight around the middle is more dangerous than fat around your hips and thighs. Belly fat, which is visceral fat, is associated with inflammation and a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
All fat is not equal. Subcutaneous fat is found all over our body, but is most noticeable on the hips and thighs. It’s the protective wrap over the body just under the outer layer of skin. Continue reading “All Fat Is Not Created Equal”

Don’t Let Stress Pack on the Pounds

When you’re under stress — whether from job worries, financial pressure or family issues — it’s easy to bury yourself in a pint of ice cream or bag of chips. But on top of the extra calories you’re wolfing down, other changes are taking place in your body that encourage your body to pack on pounds under stress. Continue reading “Don’t Let Stress Pack on the Pounds”

The 12 Ways of Handling Holidays

Managing your weight can be especially challenging during the holidays. With all the delectable cookies, candies and other party fare tempting us, mega calories are as much a part of the season as the imaginative gifts from Great Aunt Petunia — including that partridge in a pear tree hat. Continue reading “The 12 Ways of Handling Holidays”