Being overweight costs you money

Money

There are many problems that come with being overweight, but one that isn’t often discussed is the financial aspect. If your body is at an unhealthy weight, it actually costs you money in several obvious ways that you don’t often think about, mostly because of the toll it takes on your health.

Sick Days

If you’re overweight, you will use more sick days and take time off work more often than your slim counterparts because of the health problems that come with being overweight. In many jobs, this means you will lose money every time you have to take the day off, and even if you’re salaried, it means you are less likely to get large bonuses or promotions.

Productivity

Your productivity also often suffers when you are overweight. Because of the health factors and the fact that if you’re carrying extra weight, you won’t be as quick, as athletic, or as long-winded as you would be without it. At work, this could cause you to be paid less than you would be otherwise, and at home, you might need to pay others to do tasks that you have trouble completing, like lawn care and cleaning. These small deductions could end up costing you hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year.

Health Insurance

If you have to pay for your own health insurance, premium costs will often be higher for an overweight person, due to the fact that they are more likely to have health issues like high blood pressure and diabetes. If you have insurance through your work, you will still probably have to pay more during the year because of visits to the doctor. Co-payments and medications for weight-related issues can add up quickly and hurt your financial situation.

While there are many factors to think about if you’re at an unhealthy weight, it is also important to notice the financial aspect. Difficulties at work and your health costs increase greatly when you’re carrying too much weight, and this can really strain your budget. While it may not be the sole reason to strive for a weight appropriate for your body type, it’s certainly something to keep in mind.

One Response to “Being overweight costs you money”

  1. I agree with all of the above, but I will take it one step further. If you are unhealthy, not only will you perform worse due to physical factors, but also to mental factors.

    It’s been proven that people that feel bad about them selves are less productive. They are also more likely to call in sick for work, and even more likely to commit suicide….Yikes.

    So I guess the easy answer is to take care of yourself. It looks like it will pay off in more ways than you think.

Do 100-Calorie Snack Packs Really Help with Weight Loss?

You may have tried every fad diet to hit the market, with little success.  Even the subscription services don’t seem to do much good in the long run.  And you can just forget about the online prescriptions meant to help you shed pounds.  The problem with most of these methods of weight loss is that they don’t address the underlying problems that cause people to gain weight in the first place.  Because of that, most people will lose initially, and then gain the weight back immediately after leaving the program or regimen.  There are two major issues with these diets: they don’t teach you how to form lifelong habits, for one thing, and for another, they don’t adequately address the issue of hunger.  So when it comes to snacking, you may be at somewhat of a loss as to how to proceed.  And the 100-calorie packs on the shelves can look like salvation.

But do they really help with weight loss?  The answer could be yes or no, depending on how you use them and which ones you choose.  The main goal of dieting is to lose weight and keep it off.  In order to do this, you can’t just tackle a temporary diet.  You need to form sustainable eating habits for life.  This includes cutting out a lot of unnecessary sugars, salts, additives, and preservatives that are commonly found in snack foods (which even 100-calorie snack packs contain).  This doesn’t mean that you can’t have any, but the more natural foods you incorporate into your diet, the fuller and healthier you’re going to feel in the long run.

The reason you want to avoid these foods it twofold.  First and foremost, they have little nutritional value.  They don’t provide you with vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients required to help your body function, so they are pretty much just empty calories (albeit only 100).  Secondly, they are often loaded with sugar.  What happens when you eat sugar is this: it burns off rapidly, providing only temporary satisfaction so that you are soon hungry again.  Does that sound good to anyone on a diet?  Probably not.  You’re going to be a lot better off adding natural, nutrient rich foods to your diet that will keep you fuller longer.  Need a sugar fix?  Try fruit instead.  Craving salt?  Reach for a handful of nuts.  While this can be difficult at first, you’ll find that sticking with it for just a few weeks will lead to fewer cravings for the stuff you gave up.

On the other hand, you don’t want to go overboard and push yourself too hard.  Anyone who has tried dieting knows what happens when you give up everything you love – eventually you end up falling off the wagon and bingeing.  In this regard, 100-calorie snack packs could be the savior of your diet.  If you can limit yourself to just one pack, once in a while, when the craving for sugar or salt is gnawing at you, then it could be just enough to keep you on track.  But if you can’t eat just one (and many of us can’t), then you’re better off filling your kitchen with fruits, veggies, and other healthy substitutes.  Keep in mind that you’ll be less likely to reach for snacks if there are none in your house (and an easy alternative is on hand).

2 Responses to “Do 100-Calorie Snack Packs Really Help with Weight Loss?”

  1. Yeah, I’m a little skeptical about the 100 calorie snack packs. It’s been proven throughout history that the people who try the hardest to diet, weigh the most.

    And these 100 calorie claims entice people to eat more food because they get a false sense of eating a healthy food. But if it helps you eat less calories, then I guess ti could be good for weight loss.

  2. Guy On A Diet says:

    According to local weight specialists, the 100 calorie snack packs are recommended as long as they are in moderation. If you are working on a high protein diet they make good daily snacks at value of two a day maximum. I have lost over 50 lbs with snack pack substitutes as my alternative than finishing an entire can of pringles. The snack pack include less sugar than most cans. Try reducing soda and switch to Mio energy for they contan no calories and zero sugar. The down fall is they use other chemicals such as Dye and stuff that might give you cancer in long term use. The best bet would be use it as a substitute for a tempory period until the cravings are completely gone. Switch to water when you are ready don’t exert yourself for you will be crawling back for more.

3 Cheap And Healthy Summer Treats

As the temperature climbs, it gets more difficult to make inexpensive and healthy snack choices. Ice cream and the like suddenly seem like necessities, and the frozen desserts aisle calls to you. However, the choices there are limited to high-fat, high-preservative treats, or far more expensive healthier options. You can avoid this altogether by making something delicious at home instead.

Frozen grapes

Wash some grapes, separate them out on a baking pan or plate, and toss it in the freezer. After a couple of hours, you can throw them in a freezer bag for later or grab them out and start snacking. They are icy-cold and absolutely delicious, and perfect for any time of the day.

Watermelon Popsicles

Take some watermelon chunks (without any seeds in them) and toss them in the blender. Then, pour the result into paper cups and put a popsicle stick in the top. Let them harden in the freezer, and you have a cool dessert on a stick that’s great for children (although you know you’ll have to try it, too).

Watermelon Popsicle

Yogurt Parfait

Get some yogurt, frozen (or just very cold) cut up fruit, and a little granola. If you want it even chillier, toss the yogurt in the freezer for a little bit to get it frosty first. Healthy and oh-so-yummy. Greek yogurt can also be put in the freezer and be used to create pops, frozen yogurt, and other treats.
There are many ways to beat the heat without hurting your budget or your waistline, if you’re creative. Take a few minutes out of your day to make yourself a nice cool parfait, pop some grapes in the freezer, get a few popsicles prepped, and enjoy your summer!

2 Responses to “3 Cheap And Healthy Summer Treats”

  1. There’s nothing like a good parfait, especially with fruit and granola. That’s the one good thing about the heat of summer is being able to relax in the shade with a nice cool snack.

  2. I love frozen grapes! and I usually dip it into iodized salt, just love the salty cold grapes watering on my mouth AHHHH111 I miss it already, Grapes is seasonal in our place and very much expensive.

How to Reduce the Risk of Low Birthweight

Some babies are born too small for their gestation period. This is known as intrauterine growth retardation and is characterized by low birthweight. Size is not everything, however, and this may not matter as long as good nourishment in early life lets your baby catch up in the physical sense. What does matter, however, is how his brain was nourished in the womb. It is brain growth that is significant for his future potential.

Your baby responds to lack of oxygen or glucose by increasing blood supply to protect his brain at the expense of his other organs. He may therefore be undersized but still have a brain that was well protected. The outcome is not always poor. The figures quoted in the following studies are average outcomes -some will do better.

Babies born at optimum birthweights (3.5 – 4.5 kg/7 lb 12 oz – 9 lb 15 oz) have the lowest risk of developmental disorders such as those of the central nervous system. Average intelligence seems to increase up to a birthweight of around 4.2 kg (9 lb 4 oz), where¬after it slightly decreases. Unfortunately, however, those born with low birthweight have a higher risk of physical or mental handicap, with up to 8 per cent suffering severe disorders such as:

  • cerebral palsy
  • mental retardation
  • faulty development of the lungs
  • blindness
  • deafness
  • epilepsy

A study of babies born weighing less than 1.75 kg (3 lb 14 oz) found that, 4 years later, of the survivors sadly 16 per cent were severely disabled, 47 per cent had cerebral palsy, 11 per cent were deaf and 7 per cent blind. Their performance in school was generally poor and was found to correlate to their weight at birth.

Studies have shown a significant relationship between size of a baby at birth and maternal diet at or around the time of conception. These first few weeks of gestation are a time of rapid division of cells. The central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) are often fully developed before the pregnancy is even recognized. Babies of teenage mothers are particularly at risk. Studies show their diets are low in iron, calcium, vitamin A and riboflavin (vitamin B, particularly if they’re trying to lose weight with inappropriate slimming diets.

Studies comparing babies born with a low birthweight with babies born at a healthy weight show the lower birthweight babies are more likely to have a lower intelligence when language, spatial, fine motor, touch and attention skills are tested at 6 and 13 years of age. Performance was found to improve as birthweight increased to well over 3 kg (6 lb 10 oz). Half of babies born weighing less than 1.5 kg (3 lb 5 oz) had special edu¬cational needs and language problems.

Other studies that compared low birthweight babies with adult intelligence found an increase in average IQ of at least 10 IQ points between those who were born weighing less than 2.5 kg (5 1/2 lb) and those weighing more. The risk of mental retarda¬tion is 2.8 times greater for low birthweight babies than those of normal birthweight.

The good news, however, is that early intervention and stimulation of these children during the first 3 years of life can improve their performance by around 4 IQ points, especially for babies born weighing 2 – 2.5 kg.

New research also suggests that low birthweight babies are more likely to develop high blood pressure, coronary heart dis¬ease, stroke and insulin-dependent diabetes in later life. In fact, low birthweight quadruples the risk of heart disease in later life compared with larger babies.

To reduce the risk of low birthweight:

  • Stop smoking – ideally before you become pregnant – or at least cut down as much as possible.
  • Avoid alcohol as much as possible, especially during the first 3 months of pregnancy.
  • Have your dental health checked and any gum disease treated – preferably before you become pregnant.
  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and oily fish.
  • Consider taking supplements of essential fatty acids designed for pregnancy.
  • Consider taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement designed for pregnancy.
  • Increase your intake of garlic and possibly take garlic powder tablets, especially if you have a family history of pre-eclampsia (pregnancy-associated high blood pressure).
  • Take gentle exercise.
  • Take time for regular relaxation sessions.
  • Reduce your exposure to excess stress.
  • Have a sexual health check-up – preferably before becoming pregnant – to rule out infections and bacterial imbalances (such as bacterial vaginosis) linked with an increased risk of miscarriage and preterm delivery.
  • Decrease your exposure to environmental toxins.

One Response to “How to Reduce the Risk of Low Birthweight”

  1. I found this very useful, these can protect lives of a child by just preventing them using these guidelines. We know that women during their birth must need to regularly visit their Doctors for monitoring her health as well as the baby but by just reading these information people will be aware of what’s the effect of their daily routine habits. It’s better to be ready than not.

How a positive attitude can improve your immune system

When it comes to keeping your immune system healthy, you’ve probably heard all the regular advice: eat the right foods, get enough exercise, make sure you’re sleeping enough and take your vitamins. But what about putting a smile on your face? Or looking at the glass as being half full rather than half empty? It seems that there’s a bit of psychology to staying healthy. Having a positive attitude and looking on the bright side of things can help give your immune system a boost.

While it’s always been suspected that there was a connection between a healthy attitude and a healthy immune system, a university study has gone a long way to proving it. Scientists studied 124 students at the University of Kentucky over a period of time. The researchers were studying the correlation between the students’ attitude and their immune system response. The students received an injection of candida yeast or a dosage of dead mumps virus just under the skin of their forearm. The dose was non-lethal and harmless. The injection triggered their immune systems, resulting in a tiny bump at the injection site. The researchers noted that when a student’s optimism rose, they had a stronger immune response. When their attitude turned towards the negative, it had the opposite effect.

The reasons why aren’t quite clear yet, but it could have something to do with the biochemical connection between the body and the brain. The body’s neural, hormonal and immune systems each all use the same neuropeptides to communicate through their psychological and chemical process. So in a way it makes sense that what your mind thinks could affect your health, especially your immune system, since everything is interconnected.

Another clue as to why a positive attitude improves the immune system has to do with stress. A lot of the time a poor or negative attitude goes hand in hand with high levels of stress. And when you experience high levels of acute stress or chronic stress, it can take a toll on not only your mind, but also your body. You can be in a constant fight or flight response, which can be taxing on your immune system. Dealing with stress in a proactive way can help you to gain and keep a more positive attitude, which will help your immune system fight off sickness.

If you aren’t a positive person by nature, it doesn’t mean that you can teach yourself to be. Even if you aren’t in a good mood, try smiling. Psychology studies have shown that forcing yourself to smile can actually cheer you up and make you happy. Also, work on identifying WHY you’re attitude is less than positive. Anytime you find yourself slipping into “poor me” thinking, make yourself stop. It will eventually become a habit and will come to you naturally. Take stock of your live and eliminate any unneeded stressors in your life. Rearrange your work schedule. Take up a hobby that you love. Ask for help if something becomes too overwhelming. Just a few changes can lower your stress levels and make you a happier person.

Regardless of why or how a positive attitude improves the immune system, know this: it does. So take a deep breath, smile and realize that things aren’t all that bad. In fact, they are great. Not only is a positive attitude super for your immune system, but you’ll be a much happier person. And you’ll enjoy life more. Breaking the negative attitude/always sick cycle will also help you to stay positive. If you are sick less and noticing an improvement in your life, it will be easier to smile.

3 Responses to “How a positive attitude can improve your immune system”

  1. I agree.. a positive attitude will fight off stress and sickness as well..

    outerpeace and innerpeace will be a better reason to smile if i may suggest.. if you are forcing yourself to smile then you better introduce yourself to these two..

  2. there are really no clear reason how a positive attitude can help the immune system but as for me.. it really does have its advantages.. it keeps you out of stress even if you had a really tiring week.. a positive attitude will help you for sure..

  3. This so true.. I may not have the explanation why but it certainly does the trick in keeping you more on the go than persons with negative attitudes as I have observed my self..