Q: How can I lose weight quickly?
A: The only way to lose weight is through increasing exercise, aerobic activity, weight training and healthy eating habits. To maintain weight, caloric (energy) intake needs to = energy output, therefore to lose weight one needs to use more calories (energy) than what we take in. But that doesn't mean you have to restrict calories, it is better to look at where the sources of calories are coming from. There is no quick healthy way despite what all the popular diets, shakes, and supplements claim. You need to make small changes, look at your current diet or activity level and see what can be improved. Seek to find a Registered Dietitian in your area who can properly discuss your diet and health plans.
Q: How come I am working out everyday and eat healthy to lose weight but my weight has not changed?
A: First, I need more information regarding "working out" and "eating healthy" to better assess your situation. In general, weight is not a good indicator if a proper diet and exercise program is working. If you are exercising and buiding muscle, muscle weighs more therefore the scale may not change. What is changing is your composition of your body. By increasing muscle mass, you increase your metabolism to burn more calories. A better indicator is inches..Are your clothes a little loose in certain areas?, Do you see your waist or mid-area a bit smaller? Excess fat in your abdomen presents a greater health risk for heart disease and diabetes than your hips and thighs. Measure your waist at the level of your navel. High risk waist measurements are >40 inches for men and >35 inches for women. Remember fitness is more imortant than thiness. If it is weight you need to lose, be patient and don't be discouraged by using the scale. Continue healthy eating habits and daily exercise and YOU WILL REAP THE BENEFITS!!
Q: What are Omega 3 fatty acids and why are they good for me?
A: Salmon, Albacore Tuna, Mackerel, Sardines, Flaxseed, Herring, Catfish and Walnuts are excellent food sources. Canola oil contains approx. 11% Omega-3s. Omega-3s are unsaturated fats that are primarily polyunsaturated but contain the Omega 3 series. The omega -3 series has been found to improve immunity, inhibit inflammation and better resistance to infections. These fats have also been found to decrease trigylcerides in the blood in turn decreases the risk for heart disease.
Q: Do you think emotions and food are connected?
A: Definitely, Julie. Think about your comfort foods. What foods remind you of growing up? What foods do you eat when you are stressed or upset? Are there certain foods that remind you of old memories or family? Food can be a powerful tool, I strongly believe you need to be aware of your feelings when you eat and what you eat. The problems occur when someone doesn't listen to their own body and aren't aware of how they feel while they eat.