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 […]

Why Sleep is Important Especially When Dieting

(DGIwire) — There is an established connection between sleeping and hunger. This is because there is a connection between sleep and the levels of leptin and ghrelin in the body. Ghrelin is a hormone that is released when we are hungry. It increases our appetite. Leptin has the opposite effect and is released to signal […]

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 […]

What is Healthy Exercise?

(DGIwire)  —  We’ve all heard exercise is good for us but most are still confused about what kind of exercise to do and how much is really needed to obtain health benefits. Current guidelines for physical activity state that 150 minutes per week is a good goal.  That works out to be just over 20 […]

Fast Lane to Optimal Health: The TurboCharged Five

(DGIwire) — For those looking to accelerate their goals of a healthier body in 2016 and beyond, here are five manageable suggestions. Body Composition: Focus on the ratio of lean body mass (which includes your muscles and essential organs) to fat –not what the scales says about weight, weight loss or BMI.  Dieting efforts often result […]

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 […]

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 […]

What’s Healthier: High Carb-Low Fat or Low Carb-High Protein?

(DGIwire) — High-protein, low-carb diets are often used for weight loss. Proponents often claim a metabolic advantage over an equivalent high-carb, low fat diet. Others claim that Atkins-style diets contain excess protein and fat, which have an adverse effect on your health. Who is right? Two studies, which looked at high-protein, low-carb diets and compared […]

10 Roadblocks Preventing Ideal Health

(DGIwire) — If ideal health which includes maintaining your optimum weight has been frustrating, Dian Griesel, Ph.D. and Tom Griesel, co-authors of TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust  offer the following ten important areas that need to be addressed to accelerate the journey towards […]

Diet or Exercise: Which Works Best for Weightloss?

(DGIwire) — What is the best way to lose excess fat? A calorie or energy deficit is definitely required but what is the best way to achieve it?  Not all diet plans are created equal. The traditional weight loss mantra is:  Reduce calories, increase aerobic activity and eat a balanced diet with plenty of complex […]

Can Supplements Substitute for Food?

(DGIwire) — Can supplements replace real whole food and are they necessary for good health? Anytime a whole food is associated with health benefits, there is a race to isolate the potential beneficial substances. The purpose is to create a new supplement or drug.  The driving factor behind this effort is money.  The marketing rationale […]

Where Do You Get Your Antioxidants?

(DGIwire) —  A study done back in 2005 by researchers at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania concluded that the top source of antioxidants in the average American diet comes from coffee.  In fact, there was really no runner up as nothing else even came close.  Black tea came in second place but it was beaten […]

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 […]

Do You Really Want To Lose Weight?

  (DGIwire) If you are reading this, then the answer is most likely yes.  Most people take a look in the mirror or step on the bathroom scale and know the answer.  Perhaps even your doctor or some other health professional has recommended that you should lose some weight.  But is that really what you […]

Memory: Walk or Lose It

(DGIwire)   One of the biggest age related health concerns today is the loss of memory.  The National Institute on Aging estimates that between 2.4 to 5.1 million Americans currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.  Alzheimer’s slowly destroys memory and cognitive skills and is considered irreversible.  Although experts are unsure about the cause(s), there are now several […]

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