What is a VLCD?

(DGIwire) — VLCD is a term used to describe a very low calorie diet.  Calories on a VLCD are usually limited to somewhere between 300 and 800 per day.  Most commercially available or medically supervised VLCD’s are built around formulations (liquids or powders) which contain proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. A VLCD formula is […]

Microbes and Mood: A Gut Feeling?

(DGIwire) —  The National Microbiome Initiative was started by the U.S. Government this year with a budget of five-hundred million dollars. Microbiomes are not a common dinner table subject but perhaps that will soon be changing. According to Wikipedia, microbiota, microbiome and microbe are largely synonymous and are used to describe “the ecological community of […]

Why Activity Is Essential

(DGIwire) — More and more studies are providing evidence that we were made to move. Activity is not an option for good health it is an essential. Over the last few years sitting for long periods has been shown to be an independent risk factor for several common chronic diseases. This means that lack of […]

Eliminating Diabetes

(DGIwire) — In 2015, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimated the number of people with diabetes was 415 million. The actual number however, may be as high as 520 million, according to researchers from Monash University with partners in the UK and US. They say that the incidence of global diabetes has been grossly underestimated […]

How Hard Should We Exercise?

(DGIwire) — People exercise for many different reasons. If the objective is to encourage fat burning and optimal health, intensity is an important consideration. Is there such a thing as a fat burning heart rate or intensity? That depends on whom you ask. Some say yes, while others say no, while others say maybe or […]

Coffee Lovers Rejoice!!!

(DGIwire) — Both the benefits and adverse health effects of coffee consumption have been the subject of study in recent years. Coffee has a long history of being blamed for many ills from stunting your growth to claims that it causes heart disease and cancer. But the latest run of studies has indicated that in […]

The Genetics and Health Equation

(DGIwire)  — Most people believe that their future health is dependent largely on their genetics.  Our genetic predispositions are indeed inherited from our parents and their parents and so on.  This is the reason that doctors ask for family medical history.  As such, many people believe that if their parents were overweight, obese or had […]

Ideal Health: Simplified

(DGIwire)  It may seem too good to be true but achieving optimal health is really very simple according to health expert Tom Griesel, co-author of  Turbocharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust. He offers the following insights for those who want to get on […]

Light Bulbs…and Your Health?

(DGIwire) — There have been several studies concluding there is a link between modern technology and obesity.  Research from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland looks at this modern technology conundrum from a different angle, bringing us all the way back to the invention and adoption of the electric light bulb. Electric light makes it possible […]

Building A Better Salad

(DGIwire) — An Iowa State University study determined that carotenoids, the yellow-to-red pigments found in vegetables, were more bioavailable, meaning that they are better absorbed, when eaten with a full-fat dressing as opposed to a low-fat or fat-free version. It is now widely accepted that fat-soluble vitamins and other compounds are best absorbed when accompanied […]

5 Reasons Your Diet Isn’t Working

(DGIwire)  — The main reason people quit their diets is the lack of progress.  We all want to see results in the fastest time possible.  If your body isn’t responding the way you expect, your motivation to continue is going to fade away eventually. “Fat loss is not difficult if you get a few critical steps […]

Fat Loss vs. Weight Loss

(DGIwire) — It seems almost everyone wants to lose a few pounds. There are many diets to choose from which promise rapid weight loss. Usually these diets drastically reduce carbs, calories or both. Indeed, many report a weight loss of 5-10 pounds in the first week, which can be very enticing and motivating. However, it […]

What Your Waist Says About Your Health

(DGIwire) — Is your weight causing problems for your life…or lifestyle?  Some people aren’t sure.  Do scales tell the whole story?  Although widely used as a calculator for idea weight, BMI or a measure of your body mass index is not a definitive measure, either.  Perhaps your family and friends tell you that you look […]

Walk or Run For Health?

(DGIwire) — At least one study has concluded that walking equaled running for heart health as long as the same distance was covered.  It was not how long you run or walk but how far. The study included data from more than 33,000 runners and almost 16,000 walkers aged 18 to 80 with most between […]

Easy Ways To TurboCharge Your Diet

(DGIwire) — Want to feel better, improve your health and in the process get lean quickly? Tom Griesel, co-author of TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust  offers the following simple tips to painlessly improve your diet. Out of sight, out of mind If […]

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