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Memorial Day

Once upon a time, Memorial Day was a national day of mourning. It was a sacred day to honor those who paid the ultimate price for our country. It now seems this day is more or less regarded as simply the beginning of the summer season.

So let's sincerely remember those service men and women who are no longer with us. Because without their ultimate sacrifice, our great nation would not be free.

At The Beach, Baby!

For Memorial Day weekend, we're all down at the beach. It's where my wife, kids and I vacationed last year. The Crystal Coast is one of my favorite places in North Carolina. Best of all, it's such a short drive from my hometown, which makes the trip that much better.

Hopefully, I will not get sunburned!

Does Exercise Result in Weight Loss?

Look at any magazine in the grocery store check out line. Listen to the health segment of any morning television show. Or ask just about any health expert, dietitian, nutritionist, fitness trainer or family doctor this simple question: How do I lose weight?

Chances are, you'll be given this advise: Eat less and exercise more.

Yet as many dieters can attest, this formula leaves sincere people frustrated and just as fat as when they started.

Few people realize how much exercise is needed in order to lose weight. In his book, The Six Week Cure For The Middle-Aged Middle, Dr. Michael Eades says,

"The average 150-pound, not-particularly-overweight person's body carries enough fat to provide the energy required to walk from New York to Miami without eating and still have fat left over. If this is the case - and it is - does it seem reasonable to think you could lose much weight by taking a brisk walk for a half hour or so daily and eating even a reduced-calorie diet?"

Yet…

FitDay.com

A great site for tracking your diet and weight loss goals is FitDay.com.

It's completely free and allows you to journal your food, exercise, and weight loss goals.

For sure, it will reveal the truth about what you eat!

So when you get the chance, check out Fitday.com.

Bob Hope on Obesity

"Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle." - Bob Hope

Letter on Corpulence by William Banting

Mr. William Banting was a middle-aged man (1797-1878) who lived in London during the 1800's. For years, Mr. Banting had struggled with being overweight (corpulence). He followed all of the traditional advice, including low-calorie and low-fat diets, yet continued to put on the pounds.

He even began an exercise routine, getting up early every morning to row in a nearby river. Though this did help him become more muscular, in the end, this "increased bodily exertion" caused him to gain more weight.

Mr. Banting was ready to give up and accept being fat for life, until he discovered a dietary regimen that allowed him to drop thirty-five pounds in eight months. If he had consumed less alcohol, he likely would have lost even more weight.

This led to Mr. Banting writing his famous Letter on Corpulence. The first printing of one thousand letters went fast. He then wrote an addendum and printed 1,500 additional copies and gave them all away. Yet this was still not enough copies, as…

Do you ever age?

This past Saturday, I saw a very good friend of mine that I've not seen in years. I happened to be in town and stopped by to visit him and his wife.

When I got out of my car, the first words out of his mouth were, "Do you ever age?"

I laughingly replied, "I guess not!"

He went on to say I looked the same as the last time he saw me, which was roughly ten years ago.

The next day, I started thinking about it. Though I'm not perfect, I have tried to live a healthy lifestyle most of my life.

And I've taken BarleyLife® Xtra as well as Herbal FiberBlend®.

Part of my motivation is to avoid what happened to my dad. I also want to do everything I can to be around as my little boy grows up.

What about you?

What are you doing to slow down the aging process and put the odds for good health in your favor?

How Mr. Banting Lost 35 Pounds in 8 Months - Part III

Part I here.

Part II here.

Part III - Is a low carb regiment dangerous? We begin with the end of the previous post:
Six years after he lost 50 lbs with his low carb regime, Mr. Banting published the fourth edition of his "Letter on Corpulence." By then his name had become a verb - 'to bant' meant to diet - by following his published low carb regime. Mr. Banting had kept those 50 lbs off all those years and added that "My other bodily ailments have become mere matters of history." Still, in 1865 and today, one hundred and forty-four years later, some people continue to ask, "Is low-carb dangerous?"
Remember Mr. Banting's daily regime: Mostly meat, fish and fowl and a bit of fruit and veggies. No sugars, starches, bread, milk, sweets or potatoes. Few experts disagree with what he stopped eating. It's what he did eat, meat, that has caused alarm for some folks in the past fifteen years.

The reason? Meat has saturated fats, which are thought by s…

How Mr. Banting Lost 35 Pounds in 8 Months - Part II

Click here for Part I

Part II
Luckily for Banting, he consulted a surgeon who had recently been to Paris. The doctor had just heard the great physiologist Claude Bernard lecture on diabetes.

The liver, reported Bernard, secretes glucose, the substance of both sugar and starch. It was this glucose that accumulates excessively in the bloodstream of diabetics. It struck him that "a diet of only meat and dairy would check the secretion of sugar in the urine of a diabetic.

Banting's surgeon immediately formulated a dietary regimen for Banting. Namely, "complete abstinence from sugars and starches.

After all, wrote the doctor, we know that to fatten up animals, "a saccharine (sugar) and farinaceous (flour) diet is used." He thought "excessive obesity might be allied to diabetes as to its cause...and if a purely animal diet were useful in the latter disease, a combination of animal food with a vegetable diet that contained neither sugar nor starch might...arrest …

How Mr. Banting Lost 35 Pounds in 8 Months

...even though he drank a lot of alcohol


A Story in Three Parts
"Mr Banting was a fat man. At age sixty-five, the five-foot five Banting weighted in at over two hundred pounds.

'I could not stoop to tie my shoe...nor attend to the little offices humanity requires without considerable pain and difficulty, which only the corpulent can understand,' he wrote.

"Banting was recently retired...had no family history of obesity, nor did he consider himself either lazy, inactive, or given to excessive indulgence at the table.

"Nonetheless, corpulence had crept up on him in his thirties, as with many of us today, despite his best efforts. He took up daily rowing and gained muscular vigor, a prodigious appetite, and yet more weight.

"He cut back on calories, which failed to induce weight loss but did leave him exhausted and beset by boils. He tried walking, riding horseback, and manual labor. His weight increased. He consulted the best doctors... He tried purgatives and diur…

Going Against The Grain

We're often told that sugar and refined carbohydrates are unhealthy, but we need whole grains in our diet for good health.

But what if this conventional wisdom is simply not true?

In her book, Going Against The Grain: How Reducing and Avoiding Grains Can Revitalize Your Health, nutritionist and author Melissa Diane Smith explains why whole grains need to be avoided for weight loss and good health.

In her book, Smith explains how grains made her overweight and sick, what's wrong with them, how grains cause food allergies, why it's important to replace whole grains with low-carb vegetables, and more.

If you think you need to consume whole grains in your diet, read Going Against The Grain and be convinced otherwise.

High Protein Diet and Resistance Exercise Best for Weight Loss

There are many different ways to lose weight. But the diet that generally gets the best long-term results is one low in carbohydrates, high in protein and high in fats.

Such diets consistently outperform diets low in fat, when it comes to weight loss. Also, such a diet tends to have the best results for disease, including blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

As for exercise, high cardio (running, swimming, biking) does not to work best for weight loss. Though this type of exercise is good for your health, resistance exercise (weight lifting, body weight exercises, rubber resistance bands) tends to get the best results for weight loss.

References:

Wycherley TP, et al. A High-Protein Diet With Resistance Exercise Training Improves Weight Loss and Body Composition in Overweight and Obese Patients With Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Care 2010;33(5):969-976

Do You Take Your Health For Granted?

Late last night, after a long drive, my mother and I returned from an out-of-town funeral. A relative had died after being disabled and practically bedridden for ten years. Yet at one time, he was one of the best golfers in the area.

Prior to our trip, we heard about another distant relative had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. His wife had come home to find her husband on the floor unconscious, spitting up blood. The next day, a special medicine was flown in from Philadelphia as part of his treatment.

The cost? Twenty thousand dollars.

Previously, I have written about what happened to my father, who died of cancer after being on oxygen for ten years.

People often do not become health conscious until it's too late. It takes a grim incident like a heart attack before they get serious about their well being. Why delay another day before deciding to take charge of your health?

Don't take your health for granted.

And please take the time to encourage others to do the same.

Can Nutritious Food Be Fattening?

"Nutritious food can be fattening. Nutritious food can interfere with fat burning." - Dr. Heidi Dulay, Nutrition Professor, Berkeley, California

The Power of Vitamin D and Your Health

You probably already know that Vitamin D builds strong, healthy bones. But that's only part of the story - and a small part at that. In fact, Vitamin D is essential for all-around good health. Without it, cells could not perform their functions and the brain would not fully develop.

Here are a few quick facts about Vitamin D:
Vitamin D regulates calcium in all cellsVitamin D - not just for healthy bones - plays an important role for the brainVitamin D deficiency can cause seizuresA lack of sun exposure can lead to Vitamin D deficiencyThere is a link between Vitamin D deficiency and Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's diseaseVitamin D protects the immune systemRegulates cell growth and cell deathProvides antioxidant and antiviral benefitsAs little as 30 minutes in the sun can generate up to 50,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D. We now know that vitamin D is a powerful inhibitor of cancer development and growth.

Brady and Dylan at Toad Suck Daze 2010!

It rained most of the weekend, but our boys Brady and Dylan still managed to have a great time riding the merry-go-round at Toad Suck Daze!

Dell Computers™ and Direct Sales

I've seen several write-ups and financial analysis stating that the reason Dell Computers™ was number one was their marketing method: Direct Sales.

In describing Dell's quarterly earnings report posted 5.16.02, the New York Times reported that,

"Dell is gaining market share during the industry's difficult times…The Dell advantage lies not in technology, since all the largest PC makers rely on Intel’s microprocessors and Microsoft’s Windows operating systems. But Dell has perfected its direct marketing model of selling to companies and consumers over the Internet or telephone, without resellers or retailers…"
Dell's company reported "revenue of more than $8 billion in the quarter."

Clearly, the direct sales marketing method of going directly to customers is the right thing to do.

Look at Dell's results.

The Dell Advantage™ anyone?

Good Habits, Bad Habits and Your Health

Yahoo's headline news recently featured a twenty-year study on four habits: smoking, drinking too much, inactivity and poor diet. Those habits affect your age by as much as twelve years.

This study had some very good news:
Non-smokers and former smokersPeople who drink less than two drinks a dayThose who get two hours of physical activity per weekThose who eat any kind of fruit or vegetable three times a dayare literally four times less likely to die prematurely than people with the opposite behaviors.

The even better news is you don't have to get it perfect all the time. Doing three out of four most of the time puts you in healthy company.

You can handle a few drinks every now and then. And just because you have one couch-potato week doesn't mean you have to make lethargy a life habit. Minor deviations are fine as long as your daily habits are healthy. This just goes to show how resiliant is the human body.

The main lesson? Take care of your body when you're young, and wh…