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 […]

Good Fat, Bad Fat: What’s the Difference?

(DGIwire) — The age of low-fat diet recommendations may be coming to a close. Is it time to break out the bacon and butter? According to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, consuming higher amounts of unsaturated fats was associated with lower mortality. However, higher consumption of saturated and trans […]

Are Oils and Fats Really Healthy?

(DGIwire)  Oils and fats are a common health topic today.  Many people are consuming tablespoons of olive, macadamia, walnut, avocado, flax seed and coconut oils or perhaps fish and krill oils on a daily basis in an effort to improve their health.  There is an ongoing debate about which ones are the most beneficial.  Our […]

Are you Skinny Fat?

 (DGIwire) –Recently, researchers at the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit in the UK reported that being slim might not lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes or other metabolic disorders.  They found a so called “lean gene” which was linked to lower body fat but increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. After […]

Body Mass Index vs. Body Fat Percentage

 (DGIwire) — Body Mass Index (BMI) and Body Fat Percentage (BF%) are often confused and even used interchangeably. However, they are not the same, and people need to understand the difference in their usefulness for health assessment. There is a health correlation between height and weight in the general population. BMI is a number that is based on […]

Boomers Waking Up to the Realities of Obesity

(DGIwire) — According to statistics, baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 are more overweight and obese than current or previous generations.  Around 70% are either overweight or obese and this number has been increasing.  This is very bad news.  As this wave of 77 million Americans reach retirement age, it is setting the stage […]

Protein Confusion: How Much Should Your Diet Include?

(DGIwire) — A new article in the journal Cell Metabolism, cited research around protein consumption by adults aged 50 years and older which was specifically designed to determine how different levels of protein intake might affect health. So, do we now finally know how much protein we need?  Absolutely not!  In fact, the results appear […]

America Needs a National Health Policy Overhaul

 (DGIwire) — With the World Health Organization (WHO) report on rising obesity rates in Europe making headlines this week, people might miss the fact that Europeans are following a well established American trend. Experts predict obesity in America is only going to get worse.  With 33% of Americans now classified as obese, it is estimated […]

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