Tag: metabolic rate

Care and Feeding of Your Metabolism

The quest for a faster metabolism is a sort of health-and-nutrition holy grail, especially as people leave their young adult years behind. When you find it hard to lose weight—or easier to gain—it’s tempting to blame a sluggish metabolism. However, most people have a metabolism within a normal range, and

2. What Causes Fatigue?

The key to resolving any chronic health condition is to discover the root causes and then supply the body with the needed raw materials to correct any deficiencies or to bring the body back into balance. Therefore, you will need to become somewhat of a detective, patiently investigating each known

“Yo-Yo” Dieting May Be Bad for Your Heart

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Oct. 18, 2018) indicate that just over 40 percent of seniors had tried to lose weight in the previous 12 months. This likely reflects the fact that about the same percentage of older Americans are obese:

Zero-Calorie Foods? Nice Thought, But…

Zero-Calorie Foods? Nice Thought, But…

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could sit down to a hot fudge sundae with zero calories? Or chow down on guilty pleasures like cookies, chips, and bread without adding any calories? The concept of “zero-calorie foods” is a fantasy, although there are certainly low-calorie foods that can help you

Hypothermia: Who’s Most at Risk for This Cold-Weather Danger?

Hypothermia: Who’s Most at Risk for This Cold-Weather Danger?

Cold weather can be hazardous for anyone, but particularly for older adults, because falling temperatures can cause hypothermia and frostbite, particularly if there are multiple days in a row in which the temperature drops below freezing. This makes it crucial for older adults to protect themselves from adverse weather and

1. Sleep Is Our Body’s Chance for Routine Maintenance

Although our conscious mind is closed to the outside world when we sleep, the rest of our body is not at rest. If you think of the body as a machine, sleep puts it in “idle” mode so that repairs can be made. Hundreds of biological processes continue: The heart

Is Coffee Bad for You? Actually, It Offers a Host of Health Benefits

Is Coffee Bad for You? Actually, It Offers a Host of Health Benefits

Is coffee bad for you? As you’ve likely seen in multiple health-related headlines over the years, coffee offers numerous health benefits, if you’re drinking it in moderation. On the other hand, the “coffee health benefits” headlines you’ve seen have been accompanied by others that lead you to an opposite conclusion:

Improve Your Lower Body Muscles with Strength Training

By the time we reach our mid-30s, we start to lose muscle mass. Some estimates suggest that we lose as much as one-half to 1 pound of muscle mass every year. This results in lost muscle function and strength, as well.
Staying Active
The good news is, you can limit this loss

Food and Nutrition: Facts or Myths

I’m sure you’ve read something like this: “Eat this food, not that food…more of this, less of that…eat your food in this particular order, at this time of day and on this day of the week…” It’s a confusing and exhausting set of mixed messages. All the conflicting information out

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