The hunger games and your health!

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It seems fairly logical that if you reduce your daily calorie intake drastically you can easily get rid of those excess pounds.

In this day and age it appears as though a startling amount of individuals are obsessed with the concept of weight loss.

When it comes to the topic of weight loss people tend to gravitate towards the easier task of consistently skipping meals. Despite the medical evidence and a general consensus from virtually everyone across the world, there’s still an ongoing issue of thousands desperately attempting to utilize this weight loss method.

An article in the December 2013 edition of Vogue magazine discussed the seemly ubiquitous fad that encourages those who follow the trend to either eat nothing for 24 hours between 1-2 times a week or skip breakfast and lunch, but have a high protein dinner.

This trend of meal skipping or intermittent fasting has been recently popularized by a New York Times best seller that endorsing the concept of skipping meals stating that fasting can protect against age related cognitive decline and as well as diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

A thing of that sort is what essentially leads some to believe that not eating is a legitimate way to reduce their weight.

Although it may look as if a particular demographic could possibly benefit from intermittent fasting, that does not mean that everyone will be able to reap the benefits of the demanding diet.

This seemingly simple solution to everyone’s weight loss problems undeniably ignores the worrisome truth that you would be drastically altering your body’s function.

The more pressing matter is the possible health related consequences for its practitioners. If you have decided to set a personal goal to reduce your daily food intake to one meal per day composed of one unseasoned salmon filet, a pint of quinoa and a cup of broccoli, then you are not consuming an adequate amount of nutrients while also supporting the development of diabetes and undesired weight gain.

Researchers have found that skipping meals throughout the day and then consuming a large meal at night can result in possibly hazardous changes to metabolism. Individuals that typically skip meals had a delay in their body’s insulin response and elevated glucose levels. These conditions are so severe that it could result in type 2 diabetes.

There is debate that intermittent fasting is still considered self-starvation and the gateway to many other eating disorders.

People in United States are aware of the prevalence of eating disorders in the county, but still do not see the damage that comes from skipping meals or the elimination of eating altogether. The latest studies have found that approximately 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically diagnosed eating disorder at some point of their lives, which includes anorexia nervosa.

The persistence to evade eating, escalated fear of weight gain and negative body image are all signs that point to an eating disorder such as anorexia.

For those who shared their testimonials in support of intermittent fasting, there needs to be much more objective research done with varied trials before crash dieters around the world can battle with the human’s primal response to food deprivation or what some may call hunger.

Western culture teaches people to aspire to be perfect in practically every aspect of their lives and at times base their lives and actions on trends. Drastic measures such as not eating for an entire day or missing essential meals throughout the day, is not a long-term health venture you should embark on.

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Control Weight Gain During Holidays

Tis’ the season to get chubby…..

Whether you celebrate holidays or not, this is around the time of year when people seem to rapidly put on a few pounds.  For college students such as myself, it is hard to fight the urge to stuff your face when you get home for Thanksgiving and Winter break.  As college students we tend to stuff our faces with the cheapest and most affordable food we can find and majority of the time it’s the most unhealthiest foods.  So, obviously when we make it home for these individual breaks we tend to over indulge ourselves with the most rich and fatty quality foods. It’s only right because who knows when’s the next time we will receive such a big home cooked meal.

BUT, for some…. they couldn’t agree less. Weight gain is one thing that most people all over the world fear. Here are a few tips to control and avoid weight gain during the holidays and throughout the year.

1.) Eat In Portions

Portion eating is a great way to avoid unwanted weight gain and still eat what you want. Many people all around the world swear by the portion control system. The image above pretty explain how much of what you should be eating.

2.)Working Out

Working out is the most obvious method I could possibly think of. It is said that if you eat an hour before and within the hour of working it helps keeps your metabolism going (in this case try to not over eat if you plan on doing this). Working out helps promote bowel movements and keeps your digestive system moving, which is a very important part of being a living creature on this Earth.  Also, if you have already gained weight you can just do your best and work off all the extra weight you’ve gained.

3.) Avoid Sleeping After Eating and Late Night Snacks

This is probably one of the worst things you could do!!!!! You chances of getting heart burn or indigestion go WAY up.

Sleep is the time for your body to recovery from all the torture you’ve put it through while conscious, so when you eat right before you go to bed you are not giving your body the proper resting period it needs and it also can lead you to break out overnight.
Even though your bodily functions are still going on while you are sleep, you are not being physical, you body is laying down for several hours with minimum movement, all those calories you just took in will become stored energy which is basically a nice way of saying FAT.

4.)WATER!!!!!!!!!

Water is vital to all life forms on Earth including us!!!!!
But water really helpful with trying to control your weight. Water helps keep your body and it’s organs hydrated and fully functional. So, drinking water keeps help promote bowel movements. Also, if you drink water during a meal, it will help give you fol your body that it is full, and it will help reduce the amount of food you take in.

5.) Just Slow Down and Pace Yourself……

Common mistake for most people. Majority of the time we don’t even realize that we are doing this.
The best way to solve this is to just pace yourself. Taking your time eating helps give the illusion that you are full and you will not be tempted to go back for seconds and even thirds.

Please remember that everyone is different and this does NOT guarantee that you will NOT gain weight, these just simply just tips and preventative measures. I hope this helped!!!!  If you have any questions feel free to comment below ❤

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