April 2013 Blog Posts

Laughter

Laughter is great medicine.  We all know it, so why bother writing a blog about it? I learned a few other facts about laughing that are worth knowing about.  For instance, laughing burns calories.   Researchers at Vanderbilt University found adults burn an average of 1.3 calories per minute while laughing.  That’s about the same number of calories you burn while taking notes in a classroom or standing and talking on the phone. The benefits of laughing don’t end there.  Do you recall hearing about cortisol?  That is the hormone that makes it incredibly hard to lose weight when you’re stressed. ...

Competitive Weight Loss

There was a study done on two different styles of cash for weight loss challenges.  The study which was published April 1st in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine reflects how an employer can design a program to encourage weight loss.  The results were pretty interesting even though the question of sustainability wasn't answered. Group One consisted of five participants.  They had a prize of $100.00 for meeting their weight loss goals.  The amount of the prize would not change.  Group Two also consisted of five participants and had a prize of $100.00.  If some members in the group didn't reach...

Give Up One Thing, For One Month

One of our buddies, Xingmao has come up with what I think is a great challenge for our message board.  The idea of the challenge is to give up one thing, which could be anything for a month.  You can give up a food or a bad habit.  I decided to give up cookies.  Cookies are very difficult for me to not have.  My husband who is also a huge cookie fan likes to have a small selection on hand so there is always a cookie that I would like somewhere in the pantry. One month only seems like a long...

When You Are Derailed By Illness

Your head feels like it weighs a ton, your sinuses are throbbing and you’re going to miss another work out, frustrating!  Your body is aching and the last thing you feel like eating is salad.  Your craving comfort food and all you can picture is the scale moving in the wrong direction. All those cups of tea with honey and soup with noodles may be adding calories you normally wouldn’t consume.  You may find that you can’t taste or smell your foods well due to a stuffy nose and that will reduce your sense of satiety.  Try tapping into your...

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