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Review: Vegan Diet

Posted on: March 26th, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments


A Vegan Diet may be your choice in keeping fit and healthy.  Adapted from vegetarianism, the Vegan Diet eliminates all animal products from one’s diet like honey and dairy.

The vegan diet can initiate weight loss through taking in whole grains, leafy greens, nuts, legumes and soy and rice milks. 

eDiets, a community which provides online and mobile-friendly weight loss and meal planning solutions that include a free diet profile and the ability to switch plans without a fee, offer its own plan of vegan diet.  This plan falls under vegetarian diet. This plan offers three options for the vegan diet which is completely plant-based,  lacto-vegetarian which allows dairy and lacto-ovo-vegetarian which allows dairy and eggs.

Research shows that vegan dieters are more resistant to illnesses. Discover the benefits and challenges of this diet below:


  • Veggies and plant products are digested by the body faster than meat products allowing it to pass naturally
  • Veggies and plant products are less expensive than meat products
  • Cultures which support vegan diet practices report lower cases of heart disease, diabetes and high-blood-pressure.


  • A shift in the eating habits of traditional meat-eaters may be difficult
  • Plant-based meals may not be palatable for some people
  • Vitamin and mineral supplements which can be obtained through eating meat may be needed.

Food and Recipe

eDiets Weight Loss Plan has three meals and one snack daily that exclude all animal products for a vegan diet.  The vegan diet is a balanced approach that provides 50-65% calories from carbohydrates, 20-25% calories from protein and less than 30% calories from fat.


A vegan diet supports exercise as one of the ways which would increase the possibility of weight loss. Activities like walking and other regular physical activities are recommended.


The conviction of a vegan dieter may be difficult in the beginning stages of its program.  However, everything will be worth it in the long run after achieving a more enduring result.

Backed-up by scientific studies which show that a low-fat, plant-based diet is more efficient in achieving weight loss and improving insulin-sensitivity, the vegan diet can be a good option. Achieving weight loss is only a plus factor why a person decides to become a vegan—it is more of a lifestyle and a commitment.   

However, there may be some nutrients which can only be acquired through meat which may be set aside.  It is noteworthy to supplement these deficiencies.      


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What if medication makes me gain weight?

Posted on: March 22nd, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments


There are the medicines that can make you gain weight:

  •          Antidepressants
  •          Antipsychotics
  •          Antihistamines, Sleep Aids
  •          Blood Pressure Medication
  •          Cancer Therapy
  •          Diabetes Drugs
  •          Migraine Medicines
  •          Steroids

The cases of heart disease, diabetes, depression, and cancer are increasing, and the drugs that can treat them have the potential to pack on the pounds.

Most of us never even realized the side effect these medication have on our metabolism, appetite, sluggishness which can cause us to gain weight. Some of these drugs can make one drowsy or lethargic which means he or she will be burning fewer calories throughout the day. While there are drugs which can have an impact on one’s brain chemistry to trigger hunger switches.

When you start a new therapy, you must monitor yourself closely. Weigh yourself on a regular basis to track weight gain.

George Blackburn, MD, PhD, associate director of the division of nutrition at Harvard Medical School, where he teaches a course that includes a section on drugs and weight gain has this to say, "Five pounds is your red flag to check with a physician."

If you feel excessively hungry or sluggish, act immediately. You can request to change your prescriptions. Drugs that are connected to weight problems may be changed into second-generation alternatives. "Increasingly, drugs linked to weight problems are being replaced with second-generation alternatives," Consult an internist, endocrinologist or specialist who's trained to treat this weight specific problem and with an interest in obesity issues with the latest treatments.

If switching drugs or readjusting the dosage isn't an option in your case, decreasing your calorie intake by 100 to 200 calories each day will counteract the kind of weight gain that can be a side effect to these drugs. It will also help if you engage and increase your physical activities and exercise.

Patience is the key to weight gain due to medication. Getting off the medication will not make you lose the weight quickly the way you gained it when you were treated.  You only need to control this aspect of your treatment and you will be on your way to a healthier you. 

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Choosing a weight loss surgical procedure

Posted on: February 1st, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments


One of the commonly asked questions about weight-loss surgery is, “Which procedure is right for me?”

The thing is it comes down to you knowing what you think you need. You are the best decision maker on which weight loss surgical procedure to choose. If you are a good candidate for surgery, then very likely you could do well with any weight-loss operation.

Now, there are several different operations that are currently available to address weight loss problems such as gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy.

In general, gastric bypass patients will lose around 70 percent of their excess weight, sleeve gastrectomy patients will lose around 60 percent, and gastric banding patients will lose around 50 percent.

In choosing a weight loss surgical procedure, consider the following:

  • The surgeon’s competency – there are various resources accessible now a days to look into somebody’s credibility. Ask previous patients and testimonials. Look at the surgeon’s track record for these kind of procedures. Ask for referrals from people you know and trust.
  • Ensure that there is an aftercare program – the surgical procedure is not the be-all and end-all of everything. In fact, this is only the beginning for you and a lifestyle change.   An aftercare program that focuses on dietary, behavioral and exercise changes will be of great help not only for your recovery but also for you to maintain the change after the procedure.
  • You are willing to work WITH the operation – as I have mentioned, you are the most important aspect of any weight loss surgical procedure you will undergo. No matter what procedure you choose, at the end of the day, the most crucial thing is getting you to use your weight-loss operation to implement lifestyle changes.The weight loss surgical procedures only serve as an instrument to help you. But the rest is up to you. It all depends on how well you follow up on the procedure and implement on all the necessary lifestyle changes to make the change for the long-term. 

    If you are considering having Cosmetic Surgery Overseas  remember; No surgery is risk free, and complications can arise after surgery regardless of where it has been performed.  That is why; I have put together an e-Book entitled “Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery – Be Prepared!” as a guide to help you understand what some of the most popular procedures are, what they entail, what the risks and complications are and how to be fully prepared and feel confident about your decision Visit:

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Best Ways to Prevent Obesity

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments


Prevent obesity by eating!


Okay, you can stop scratching your head now. You read it right. The answer to obesity is not eating less or starving yourself to death with all the fad diets on the market. It is about eating well.

1. Do not skip breakfast

Contrary to what most people think that skipping breakfast will lose them a few pounds, studies actually show eating a healthy breakfast helps one consume fewer calories throughout the day.

2. Choose to eat foods high in fiber

High-fiber foods keeps you full with few calories and little fat.  Eating more whole grains provides you with a good source of nutrients such as magnesium and vitamin B6.

3. Eat Raw, Leafy Green Vegetables

Aside from the fact that greens and raw vegetables are remarkably low in calories, they are also high in water, rich in vitamins C and E, folate, and carotenoids which are important for your overall health.

4. Eat fish, chicken and beans

Fish, chicken and beans are good sources of protein. Although, you should not overdo on the portion of protein, it is just as important to eat some protein with every meal. When you're dieting getting enough protein helps you lose the fat, not the muscle.

5. Go for the healthy nuts

The healthy fat in nuts is deemed to make people feel full which can prevent cravings and can help you shed the pounds. The protein in nuts also uses calories as it gets digested. According to studies, the majority of people who eat nuts on a regular basis have lower BMIs than those who don’t.

6. Take in a lot of calcium
Aside from protein, calcium is an essential element on how fat is broken down and stored. Note that the more calcium in a fat cell, the more fat it burns. You can eat low-fat dairy foods, broccoli and fortified orange juice as most effective sources of calcium.

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The risks of developing obesity in your 20’s

Posted on: November 8th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments


We've always known that obesity or being overweight is a serious matter. It can lead to illnesses and other health conditions especially if it stretches out from childhood to adolescence until one reaches his or her 20's. These illnesses can include the following:

  • cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure
  • the risk of having pre-diabetes which is a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes
  • bone and joint problems
  • sleeping disorders like apnea
  • higher risk for adult health problems (heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis )

By the time an obese person has reached middle age, there is already a bigger risk in developing life-threatening diseases. For instance, there is a risk in developing hardened plaque in their arteries which can cause a heart attack or a stroke later in life.

According to Jared Reis, an epidemiologist in the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's division of cardiovascular sciences, "…The obesity epidemic… people are becoming obese at a younger age than in previous generations, and they are spending a longer period of their life with obesity…. a longer duration of obesity independently contributes to hardened plaque in the arteries, which is sometimes called silent heart disease because there are no symptoms."

An  interesting finding from a recent study shows that for every year the young adults were obese, their risk of developing hardened plaque increased by 2% to 4%.

When we are young, we think we are invincible. If not for our bodies, we think that we will live forever. More often than not, we traverse through our youth ignoring that we are part corporeal and if we don't take care of it, it can malfunction and grow ill.

I am just as guilty. I have been there and done it. But I have conquered it.

And I am optimistic that anybody can also do it. 

However, (I have to be bias here) allow me to say that the contemporary times is much worse because our young people are more exposed to a lifestyle that courts a lot of temptation. 

There's the pull of the adverts of mouth-watering food and supersized helpings. Plus, the lifestyle that is sedentary—work and play can be tied to facing the computer all the waking hours of the day.    

But as I have said it is not unheard of that we have weight loss successful stories.

We need to address the issue of obesity and being overweight. If we do not put our focus on addressing obesity for people who are in their 20's and younger we may have in our hands  an epidemic of coronary artery disease just like there is currently an epidemic of obesity.

The risks of developing obesity in adolesence

Posted on: October 18th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments


Do you know that childhood obesity has tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years? From a record of 5%, there's an 18% increase in the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who are obese during the said period. 

Being overweight or obese poses a lot of risks and difficulties for a lot of people. However, it becomes even more problematic during the awkward stage of adolescence.  While there's the problem in the social and psychological aspects like stigmatization and poor self-esteem of the adolescent, obesity also has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being which include the following:

  • cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure
  • the risk of having pre-diabetes which is a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes
  • bone and joint problems
  • sleeping disorders like apnea
  • higher risk for adult health problems (heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis )

Obesity can become a lifelong battle for the youth. But this can also be prevented, managed and treated.  Here are some practical ways how:

  • Introduce a weight-management program – the idea is to have a plan on how to lose the weight slowly but surely. It is important that the adolescent is willing to submit himself or herself to a program. It would also help if the program interests him or her.

    As a family, develop a comprehensive plan which would include reasonable weight loss goals, dietary and physical activity management, behavior modification, and family involvement.

    When a child or adolescent with obesity also has emotional problems, a child and adolescent psychiatrist can work with your family physician regarding the program.

  • Develop a healthy eating habit slowly – An obese adolescent must learn to eat and enjoy healthy foods in moderate amounts and this should start at home. Food advertisement can be so enticing but when these types of food are not easily accessible at home, there will a greater chance of developing a healthier eating habit.
  • Engage in physical activity and establish a more active lifestyle – the only way to lose weight is to decrease the number of calories being eaten and to increase the level of physical activity. Energy in equals energy out.

    To achieve a long lasting weight loss, the adolescent must develop his or her self-motivation. However, it is of great importance that the family is behind him or her since obesity often affects more than one family member. A family activity can improve the chances of successful weight control for the child or adolescent.

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The benefits of body cleansing

Posted on: October 10th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments


Toxins are in the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe.  It is everywhere. We can not avoid them. Fortunately, our body has a built-in mechanism to fight them off. But there’s only so much the body can do. It needs a bit of assistance from us. That's why we need to resort tonatural body cleansing.

Body cleansing is used around the world for mental and physical purposes.  Unlike detoxifying which is an intense and longer cleansing program which addresses specific toxins and areas of the body, body cleansing is usually done without necessarily abstaining from food.

You can read more about the 5 reasons to detox and 5 ways to detox.

So how can the body eliminate the wastes and toxin build-up?

Although the body is really functioning as one, the major organs involved are as follows:

1. Colon – helps in disposing the bowel from the liver

2. Lymphatic System – transports wastes and toxins from cells and the circulatory system to each of organs involved in the elimination of toxins from the body for proper elimination

3. Skin –toxins are eliminated by sweating

4. Kidneys – process waste products from the blood, toxic substances in the urine and water-soluble toxins from the liver 

5. Lungs – filters and purges toxins through breathing

6. Liver – changes destructive toxins into less harmful substances that the colon and kidneys can eliminate

Here are the benefits  of body cleansing which can improve your overall well-being.

Good for losing weight

The majority of people who go through body cleansing experience weight loss. When you go through body cleansing, you rid yourself of the extra toxins and wastes which can be good if you want to start a weight loss program.  Getting rid of the build-up helps your body shed off the unwanted pounds.

Improved sleep

Of course, if you remove the unhealthy build-up which causes unhealthy sleeping habits, insomnia and even chronic fatigue, you can expect to sleep soundly and restfully.

Good for keeping a clear and youthful-looking skin

The skin helps in eliminating wastes and toxins. When you go through body cleansing, you will be removing the unwanted materials that clogged your pores. This can lead to clearer and healthier-looking skin.

Boost your immune system

Eliminating the toxins and wastes inside your body through body cleansing allows your immune system to do its function better and stronger— to fight off diseases and infections. The immune system becomes free to handle the everyday threats against it.

Helps regulate digestion

Through body cleansing, you eradicate the toxic build-up which weighs down your digestive system. As you cleanse your body of the wastes, you put it back on track for healthy and regular digestion, restoring the natural rhythm of the digestive tract.

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The risks of developing obesity in childhood

Posted on: September 24th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

ID-10063993Do you have a child who is suffering from obesity?  Being overweight and obesity can be treated in childhood. It may be reversed or prevented.  If you don't address this problem, your child is a likely candidate to be obese or overweight as an adult. Or worse, your child has an increased risk to develop various health problems. It can also lead to social and emotional complications which can affect the well-being of your child.

Some Health Problems involving obesity in childhood

  • Type 2 diabetes -  affects how your child's body metabolizes sugar (glucose). Type 2 diabetes can often be reversed by eating healthier foods and exercising.
  • High cholesterol and high blood pressure -  lead to the buildup of plaques which can cause a narrowing and hardening of the arteries this can lead to a heart attack or stroke later in life.
  • Asthma and other breathing problems.  Due to the excess weight on your child's body, the development and health of your child's lungs can be impaired
  • Sleep apnea – this is just one form of sleeping disorder which your child can suffer from because of obesity.  Your child may snore or have abnormal breathing when he or she sleeps
  • Early puberty or menstruation- obesity can create hormone imbalances for your child which causes puberty to start earlier than expected.

Some Social and emotional problems involving obesity in childhood

  • Low self-worth – an obese child is often the target of  bullying and teasing which can have a great impact on his or her self-esteem  and self-worth
  • Learning problems- there's a tendency for an overweight child to have school-related anxiety which can lead to declining academic performance.
  • Depression- with a very low self-worth coupled with the health complications from being obese, this can be very overwhelming for a child which could lead to depression. 

To address the issue of obesity in childhood, one must look into the changes that can be made to the child's lifestyle. It will be best if the whole family cooperates with the changes to be made.   This will also be advantageous for other members of the family who are overweight.

Encourage your child to eat more healthily and engage in a variety of physical activity. Make the small changes gradually for there is a higher rate of success with your child adapting to these changes  in the long-term.

The child would want to see a role model and you as a parent can make a big impact.  You can help him or her to stay healthy. Be involved as much as possible in helping your child make these changes.  Monitor the changes and discuss these with your child.  And don't forget to encourage and reward him or her for the small achievements made.

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What Causes Obesity?

Posted on: September 13th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

ID-100112630Obesity happens when your body takes in more calories and stores these as fat without you burning them through exercise and normal daily activities.

Let us consider the various factors (usually a combination of these) which affect one's body weight and cause obesity:

  • Disparity between the energy you put in from what you put out

    The ideal equation is an energy balance which is determined with the energy you put IN which should be equivalent to what put OUT. A lack of this will cause obesity.

    The energy you put IN is derived from the energy or calories from food and drinks you take in. If the energy you put OUT which your body uses for physical activities does not consume what you put in, then, you're in trouble.

    You don't have to balance the two every day. The balance is accumulated through time. Overweight and obesity develop over time when you take in more calories than you use.

  • Sedentary Lifestyle
    You should understand now why being such a couch potato will do you more harm than the pleasure you get out of watching TV the whole day.   People who are inactive have the tendency to gain weight. Remember the ideal equation discussed above. 

    Unfortunately, more and more people bury themselves in computers doing work, schoolwork, and leisure activities giving no more room to move.

    And what's with being dependent on cars and elevators instead of walking? (Sigh…)

  • Environment

    Despite the rigid campaign for "health", what we see in our environment doesn't fully provide more venues for healthy lifestyle habits.

    Take the following examples:

    1.       Affordable gyms for the public to make it easy for people to be physically active rather than the exotic ones where celebrities frequent and where one needs to maintain dues.

    2.       Fast food chains and oversized food portions which are good businesses. But are they good for the health?

    3.       Access to healthy foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, is costly.

    4.       Unregulated food campaigns from food companies which are often directed to children. Campaigns which are really about high-calorie, high-fat snacks and sugary drinks.

  • Emotional Factors

    There are people whose eating habits are triggered by their emotional state. Depression, loneliness, anger, low self-esteem are often times the potent emotions which can lead people to eating more than their usual intake.  In time, this can lead to weight gain and cause overweight or obesity.

  • Not enough sleep

    Sleep is one factor which affects your hormones like ghrelin and leptin which make you feel hungry or full. When you lack sleep, ghrelin goes up and leptin goes down which makes you feel hungry compared to when you have a full eight-hour sleep at night and you are well-rested. 

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