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Low-carb? High-cal? Check the Label!

Low-carb? High-cal? Check the Label!

Health and Fitness Tip of the Day – January 23rd, 2009

The number of low-carbohydrate food products available in supermarkets keeps growing in response to consumer demand. If you’re purchasing low-carb products, keep in mind that low-carb doesn’t necessarily mean low-calorie.

First, remember that the term “low-carb” has not yet been defined by the Food and Drug Administration, leaving the definitions for now to food manufacturers. And just because a product is labeled low-carb does not mean it contains fewer calories. In fact, some “low-carb” products contain more fat and calories than products that aren’t marked low-carb.

Your best guide to what’s in your food is the Nutrition Facts Panel on the food label. Be a smart consumer and read the Nutrition Facts Panel before you purchase your foods.

Tip courtesy of the American Dietetic Association. http://www.EatRight.org

FAME Pros Jason C. Powell and Kai Miranda to head USA Promotions for FAME

FAME Pros Jason C. Powell and Kai Miranda to head USA Promotions for FAME
FAME is excited to announce that FAME Pros Jason C. Powell and Kai Miranda will assume the role of Co-Presidents of FAME USA and will begin producing the US Series of FAME events in 2009.
Jason and Kai have an extensive background as competitors and show promoters and have already demonstrated their drive and vision for show promotion with the preparation of their upcoming competition, the FAME Lonestar Championships, taking place May 8-9th in Houston.
They will be bringing this same excitement and professionalism to a whole new series of shows taking place across the United States in 2009.  Jason and Kai are already hard at work securing sponsors and finalizing the details for this new series of events, and they promise to be some of the most exciting shows in FAME USA history! Stay tuned to www.bodyproud.org  for more details!
If you are interested in sponsoring or helping Jason and Kai, or just want to find out more about this dynamic duo, please visit them on www.bodyproud.org at the links below!
Visit Jason Powell on www.bodyproud.org
Visit Kai on www.bodyproud.org
Also be sure to visit www.famelonestar.com and the official page of the the FAME Lonestar Championships on www.bodyproud.org at the following link:
jasonandkai

Hydration in Cold Weather

Hydration in Cold Weather

Heath and Fitness Tip Of the Day – January 22, 2009

Staying well-hydrated can mean the difference between finishing a game and hitting the bench.

It’s easy to remember to drink fluids when it’s hot outside. But in the middle of winter, you might forget.

Proper hydration means drinking fluids before you feel thirsty. A minimum of 64 ounces of water or water-based beverage per day is a good start. But any physical activity increases your need.

Drink at least two cups, two hours before exercise. Drink another eight ounces of liquid 15 minutes before activity. While working out or playing in a game, athletes need seven to 10 ounces of fluid every 15 to 20 minutes.

For many athletes, water is enough, but if you find that your performance is struggling, a sports drink might be needed.  Sports drinks combine carbohydrates with fluids, giving you hydration and the energy you need.

Tip courtesy of the American Dietetic Association.  www.EatRight.org

Folate: Are You Consuming Enough?

Folate: Are You Consuming Enough?

Folate is important in the prevention of birth defects and heart disease. Are you consuming enough? Folate is a B vitamin and is found in dark green leafy vegetables, dried beans and certain fruits such as oranges and strawberries. Meeting the daily requirement of 400 micrograms per day can be easy if you make sure to consume at least 2 cups of fruit and 2½ cups of vegetables every day. Most cereals, pasta, breads and grain products are now fortified with folic acid, another form of folate. For a folate-filled meal, try pasta with asparagus or mix beans with rice. Also, try to include a variety of fruits in your eating plan. The benefits of folate are worth every bite.

Tip courtesy of the American Dietetic Association. www.EatRight.org

Caffeine and Coffee: Are There Health Risks?

Research shows coffee is the most popular food consumed at breakfast in the United States. With millions of us jump-starting our day with coffee, are there any health risks to drinking caffeinated beverages?

While many studies have explored connections between caffeine and health issues like cancer, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis, no evidence has been found to link moderate caffeine intake to these or other health risks. Caffeine does act as a diuretic, but the water in a cup of coffee tends to balance out the diuretic effects.

Caffeine acts as a mild stimulant to the central nervous system and both regular and decaf coffee can irritate the stomach. Caffeine can also act as an analgesic and may help protect against gallstones, cavities, type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, but more research is needed before caffeine can be proclaimed a “disease preventer.”

How much coffee is too much? Your caffeine sensitivity depends on the amount you drink, the frequency, your weight, physical condition and other factors. For most healthy adults, 200 to 300 milligrams of caffeine per day – about two to three cups of coffee – pose no physical problems.

Tip courtesy of the American Dietetic Association. www.EatRight.org

Health and Fitness Tip of the Day! January 19th, 2009

Are you burning as many calories as you think?

Physical activity is very important to maintaining good health and also helps to burn calories. Many people don’t realize how easy it is to burn calories by adding physical activity to their daily routine.

Aim for 30 minutes of aerobic activity most days of the week, with a goal of 60 minutes a day. These guidelines are intended to promote health and cardiovascular fitness but may not yield much weight loss if you choose a slower calorie-burning activity. 

If you’re looking for physical activity to help burn calories, consider the following facts for a 170-pound person:

  • An hour of jogging burns 540 calories
  • An hour of aerobic dance burns 460 calories
  • An hour of brisk walking burns 310 calories
  • An hour of weight training burns 230 calories
  • An hour of reading burns 100 calories.

Remember that 3,500 calories equals one pound. You can make small, maintainable dietary changes coupled with physical activity and improve your health.

Tip courtesy of the American Dietetic Association.  www.EatRight.org

Health and Fitness Tip of the Day! January 18th, 2009

Are You a Good Role Model?

Did you eat your fruits and vegetables today? Did you go for a bike ride, walk or go to the gym? Did you drink low-fat milk?

Do you think your children noticed?

Along with everything else, children learn their eating and physical activity habits from role models: their parents, older siblings or other caregivers. Whether you intend it or not, role modeling may be the most powerful, effective way for you to help your child eat smart and be physically active.

The next time you super-size a fast-food meal, eat because you’re stressed or bored, or decide to spend the afternoon in front of the TV, think about the message you are sending your children.

The best way to help your child live a healthy lifestyle is for you to do so!

Tip courtesy of the American Dietetic Association.  www.EatRight.org