April 2015 Blog Posts

Sleep and Weight Loss

We all know it's important to get a good nights rest.  We've been hearing it since we've been children but exactly how true is it?  The role of sleep in weight loss is crucial.  According to studies published in The Journal of American Medical Association and The Lancet sleep loss may increase hunger and affect the body's metabolism.  This may make it more difficult to maintain or lose weight.  Have you ever noticed how hungry you get when you're trying to stay awake?  Sleep loss has been shown to affect the secretion of cortisol, a hormone that regulates appetite.  As...

Help - I'm Sick

When we feel sick it becomes even more difficult to stay on track.  Here are some answers to your questions and some tips to get you through. The number one question is, "Is it OK to exercise if I have a cold?" I found this answer from Edward R. Laskowski, MD on the Mayo Clinic website. " Mild to moderate physical activity is usually OK if you have a garden-variety cold and no fever. Exercise may even help you feel better by opening your nasal passages and temporarily relieving nasal congestion. As a general guide for exercise and illness, consider this: ⦁    Exercise is...