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Diet Wars: Men, Women and Food

256px-Human_body_man_and_woman_with_numbers.svgIf one is to follow the social typecast, one is likely to conclude that men eat like lions and women, like birds. A typical male will favor red meat, pork, sausages, egg and starchy food, while a typical female will shy away from them. Meat, which represents virility is classified as “male food” while fruits and vegetables are considered “feminine.” Men also tend to eat more because society has given them the license to be fat while women should always be slim.  Men are more likely to admit that they eat for pleasure, while women will use food for a physique that will fall within socially accepted norms on beauty and fitness.

Such an observation is true based on several studies conducted about the eating habits of men and women. Both men and women have specific reason on why they eat certain food items but women put more weight on food as a source of nutrition. Women would also regard food as a source of comfort or a method for maintaining overall health and well-being.

The Numbers

A research conducted by the International Food Information Foundation in the US reveals that women are indeed more discriminating than men in terms of the kinds of food they eat. The study shows that women tend to benefit from and contribute to their overall fitness.

In addition, both men and women believe that specific foods and beverages target their unique gender-specific needs. The following are some of the observations made by the study.

  • 53 percent of women consume specific foods they believe will make them health while 48 percent of men believe the same.
  • 42 percent of women choose certain foods that make them full or satisfied. A lower percentage of men, 27 percent choose food for the same reason. In general, men believe that volume and not the type of food is the key to satisfying their hunger.
  • 41 percent of women pick food items that aid their digestive health and only 33 percent consciously make this choice.
  • 34 percent limit their diet to food that will lessen the effects of whatever disease or medical condition they presently have. 27 percent of men do the same.
  • 34 percent of women include food in their diet that boosts their energy or stamina. Surprisingly, only 27 percent of men who are actively engaged in sports are mindful of this.
  • 34 percent of women put a premium on the food items that increase their mental performance while 27 percent of men do so.
  • 33 percent of women utilize food that will prevent them from acquiring certain diseases. 25 percent of men have this level of awareness (the rest find out too late after consuming too much that they have acquired a life-style related disease).
  • 30 percent of women maximize the benefits of food to improve their overall appearance while 20 percent of men are equally conscious of this benefit.

Sex and Food Choices

Based on the study, one can conclude that men are not really that health-conscious when it comes to making decisions about the food they eat. The study also shows that women tend to be more satisfied with their health status but pay more attention to their weight than men. As a result, women are more likely to make more changes in their diet than men in order to improve their health.

In a survey conducted by the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, Georgia, it was shown that men are more likely to consume meat and poultry products. Aside from being potential sources of bacteria and viruses when poorly prepared, meat increases the risk factors for acquiring lifestyle diseases. These include cardio vascular, hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes.

Women on the other hand prefer vegetables like carrots and tomatoes and fruits like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and apples. A common denominator of all these plants is that they are rich in chemicals and anti-oxidants that possess anti-aging properties and prevent certain diseases. Women also prefer dry foods such as almonds and walnuts and consume more eggs and yogurt.

Freshness Factor

While women prefer fresh meat over frozen ones, they tend to shy away from undercooked items like burgers and steaks, runny or over-easy eggs, raw oysters and cheese made from unpasteurized milk. In general, men don’t mind if their food is under cooked. This gives an insight into women’s heightened alertness of food items that are potential sources of diseases. Women are also more likely to eat raw vegetables like salads and greens and sprouts.

Snacks

When it comes to snacks, men and women’s preferences vary as well. Women consider themselves healthy “snackers.” Women choose fruits, nuts and vegetables over the over the counter kind. When dining out, men would usually go for burgers and pizza. In addition, women are on the lookout for healthier options in fast food or fine-dining restaurants.

Age Factor

As men and women age, their eating habits are likely to change or mature as well. A separate study conducted in Japan that focused on the eating habits of older citizens showed more middle-aged men took more nutrients from food rather than women. However, women took the lion’s share in consuming vegetables and fruits. Interestingly, despite the increased risks of acquiring lifestyle-related diseases, men still consumed high amounts of alcohol compared to women who preferred tea. Men were able to consume more nutrients simply because of the sheer volume of food they eat. Women despite eating less were able to show more variety in the food they ate.

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A Quick Look into Eating Disorders

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There’s nothing wrong with the desire of being thinner or at least losing a few pounds, but if you’re doing certain things to lose weight excessively or perhaps the other way around, you might be experiencing a type of eating disorder. This is usually common in teens since high school life is the time when bullying and peer pressure arise, but eating disorders can also be present in younger or older individuals. So what is it anyway? What are the types and what symptoms are there?

 

Definition

Eating disorder is basically a general term that encompasses every cachexia which has something to do with food consumption. It is a group of serious conditions wherein the patient tends to be extremely caught up mentally with the food she’s consuming and with her weight. If you think that eating disorders can be changed by simply changing your diet, betting think again.
Aside from difficulty in treatment, it’s also difficult to catch the disorder. Furthermore, having a type of eating disorder and refusing to treat yourself will make you prone to other serious health problems which are usually life-threatening.

 

Types

Today, there are more than 8 types of eating disorders that are experienced by people around the globe. Most of it arises in women, but men also have their fair share. Treatment also depends on the type of disorder you have, hence, home remedy without consulting a physician or any other medical expert is not advisable.

 

Anorexia Nervosa

This is the most common type of eating disorder and is characterized by an unwillingness to eat. With this, you tend to feel extreme fear of gaining weight and end up wanting to maintain a weight lower than what is advisable for your age. Anorexia does not only affect your body and nutrition but also your mind and the way you think. In worse cases, it affects the emotion of the patient. Here’s a shortlist of its probable cause.

• Stressful events in life such as deaths, divorce, or losing good friends
• Having a job that calls for perfect weight and shape like modeling or ballet
• Family members also have an eating disorder
• Attitude of extreme perfectionism

 

Bulimia Nervosa

This is yet another type of eating disorder where binge eating occurs. This is characterized by eating large amounts of food in a short span of time and afterwards, forcing yourself to eliminate all the food from your body. Forced vomiting is said to be the easiest way, but other people with bulimia engage in too much workout and consume laxatives. According to research, binge arises because people feel comfort from food, however, if you feel you have consumed too much, you end up forcing yourself to eliminate all the food. Causes are as follows:

• One or more family members have a certain type of eating disorder
• One or more family member is obese
• Extreme perfectionism
• Extreme stress whether with life or with work

 

Binge Eating Disorder

BED or Binge Eating Disorder is a recently-acknowledged eating disorder. This is described by chain episodes of binge eating, however, unlike bulimia you don’t force the food you ate to exit from your body via vomiting. BED makes you extra conscious with the calories you consume.

Most people with this eating disorder appear perfectly normal and has proper weight as well, however, in due time, they may gain excessive weight and become obese. Until today, experts are still blank about the causes of binge eating.

 

Hypergymnasia

This is an uncommon eating disorder wherein you don’t gain control over your workouts and food intake. It’s somewhat installed in your mind that, after eating, you will have to have extreme workout until you assume that all fats you consumed are already burned. This is usually common in athletes, and unlike anorexia, hypergymnasia doesn’t fully focus on the physical image. This is also one of the eating disorders that have no exact cause.

 

Treatment

Psychotherapy is one of the most common treatments for eating disorders. It will help you realize that what you’re doing is wrong. It also helps you determine which are the right actions and the wrong ones in terms of eating and staying fit and healthy. This therapy also helps you obtain a better relationship with your mood.

Family therapy is another treatment done to those who are quite young yet already experiencing an eating disorder. With this treatment, your entire family should cooperate and should make adjustments to make you feel accepted and comfortable. Alongside both of these therapies are chemical-based drugs which may be prescribed depending on how worse your eating disorder is.

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Liposuction in a Box

Kratom_PillsIt’s almost a common thing to see, people obsessed with the way they look. Those who have been blessed with financial resources do it the easy way, with use of cutting edge medical procedures such as liposuction. However, liposuction isn’t for everyone.

There are people who are deathly afraid of needles, and those who simply can’t afford such a luxury. That’s why these people turn to the classic method – workout, diet, exercise and diet some more. However, science has slowly bridged the gap between these two extreme methods. And this is through the miracle diet or liposuction pills. You can get lipo in a box. Or bottle.

Liposuction

Liposuction is the removal of excess fats from the body through surgery. The use of the needle for weight loss started at around the 1980’s. Every few years, the method has evolved and had been refined until it reached the present form today. There is only so much fat that can be removed from the body safely, and what some people fail to see is that lipo is an expensive shortcut that still requires exercise. So, the search was still on to find the quickest and easiest way to lose fat.

Diet pills

Diet pills came in the picture at around mid 1900’s, but there was a boom on diet pills starting 1990s until past 2000. These pills are dietary supplements, so they should be treated as such. They were not made to replace real food or nutrients. Although some of them claim that people don’t need exercise to lose weight, doctors discourage the excessive use and sole use of diet pills without exercise. The function of diet pills is to increase weight loss, but not replace exercise and diet. One still needs to eat healthy and do exercise to maximize the effects of the pill.

Pros and Cons of the pill

Doctors sometimes recommend diet pills to people who have strange fats in their bodies without showing any signs of obesity. Others serve a different purpose, like curing a disease or righting a body function, and weight loss is just a sort of side effect. Either way, diet pills are essentially made to benefit the body. They are easy and very comfortable to use. You can also experience weight loss without dieting so much. Furthermore, you don’t need to prepare special diets to maximize weight loss.

However, diet pills are not 100% safe. There could be unforeseen reactions in the user’s body, and there is also the factor of effectiveness. Some diet pills work for a group of people while they won’t work properly on another group. It’s very unstable.

Revolutionary lipo pills

Recently, rumors have been spreading about this new lipo pill. These lipo pills have three main functions: either they reduce the amount of fat carried and stored in the body, reduce your appetite, or increase the amount of fat burned by the body. People use these pills to speed up their weight loss or when they hit that body shape in which no matter what they do, they don’t lose weight anymore. These “healthy” pills claim to be the safest, and the quickest way to achieve that dream body shape.

Lipo vs lipo pills

Though many people still undergo liposuction, it cannot be denied that it has become a luxury. Meaning, not all people can afford lipo sessions, especially with the present economy. This is the main reason why people choose the pill over lipo. Also, these pills have claimed to yield better results than liposuction.

With the rave of weight loss combined with the organic trend, these dietary lipo pills are exactly what the people want and think they need. Liposuction may be faster, but lipo pills are healthier and have less risk for the users.

No matter what method it is you prefer on how to lose weight, the end product is the same: you still have to sweat it out. You also still need to watch what you put in your mouth. There is no shortcut for that beautiful bod you’re dreaming of. It takes discipline, self-control, and a strong will to get what you want. You may rely on science, but doctors still recommend the good ol’ diet and exercise. After all, you won’t just lose weight. You’ll live longer, too, and you can reap the benefits of your great body longer.

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Health Insurance and Liposuction Procedures

USCurrency_Federal_ReserveSome studies show that thinner people have an easier time getting jobs than people on the heavy side. This is because employers see the difficulty of hiring overweight people in performing every day office jobs.

These are only few of the many reasons why more and more people are now considering liposuction. A procedure in which excess fasts in the body will be removed without dieting or taking weight loss pills. Furthermore, there are people who want to get themselves a health insurance to lessen liposuction expenses.

Overview on liposuction

Prior to consulting a medical practitioner, you should already have a good idea about liposuction and what you’ll be expecting before, during, and after the procedure. Basically, it is a kind of cosmetic surgery wherein excess fats in the body are broken down and removed via suction. An instrument called Cannula is inserted in the patient’s body, depending on which part she wants to eliminate fats and such instrument will then suck the fats. A high-pressure vacuum is applied to the instrument for the suction to be effective. According to the statistics, over 400,000 Lipo procedures are carried out in the U.S. annually.

Do health insurances cover it?

This is where the health insurance concerns enter the picture. With the popularity of such products in the America, it’s quite typical for us to wonder if liposuction procedure is covered. Unfortunately, most health insurances do not include any type of cosmetic surgery in their coverage. There’s also no particular insurance, policy, or add-on that can be purchased to maybe you covered and take advantage from the insurance’s benefits.

Nevertheless, there are few insurance companies that are now starting to support those who want to undergo a cosmetic surgery. With more and more people inquiring about this aspect, and not only on the field of Lipo but also on other cosmetic procedures, some insurance providers are now offering coverage on such procedures.

Importance of being covered

Apparently, medical procedures have their own share of risks, as well. Although cosmetic procedures are more on beautification, every surgery – especially the invasive ones – under it still has risk factors. Apart from that, such procedures tend to be expensive, as well.

Assistance on excessive payment

Having assistance when it comes to expenses is of considerable help. With liposuction surgery, which ranges from $2000 – $20,000, it’s quite importance to be covered and take advantage of the financial assistance. Aside from the procedure, there are also some insurance companies that cover the after-procedure medication. This is quite crucial to those who underwent major Lipo procedure and calls for other medications to aid the discomfort brought by the surgery. Furthermore, there are instances wherein there are underlying costs that you may not know about. By being covered, you will have something to use to deal with the excess payment.

Likable physique without spending too much

Aside from assistance on potential excessive payment and after-procedure expenditures, being covered with a health insurance is also beneficial when it comes to the pricing of a better figure. Most people perceive that being pretty calls for extreme spending. With insurance coverage, you can erase such thought and achieve the figure you’ve been wanting for an affordable price. This is, without compromising your safety and health.

How to find the right insurance provider

Since most companies do not cover cosmetic procedures, it can be a bit difficult to find an insurance provider. It’s wise to first contact your health insurance company and ask about the coverage they offer on cosmetic procedures if they don’t have any, the next step would be to search online. Look for coverage providers that support liposuction. You should list down the contact details, including their address. If you don’t have time to visit them, might as well call them and ask further information about the coverage they offer, and it’s pricing.

When looking for insurance companies, do not forget to compare the price quotes you got. This will spare you from spending a lot when, in fact, you can spend less. Furthermore, you should also ensure that everything entailed with a Lipo surgery is covered with the insurance. It’s also helpful to conduct a background check of the company prior to buying a health insurance. This will save you from being a scam victim.

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Lose Fat Naturally – Exercise, Metabolism and Dieting

How to Reduce Stomach FatMany of my friends have been asking me on how they can burn fats fast but safe.  I always tell them that there are three things to consider when you want to get rid of those fats.  I will discuss each briefly to have a better understanding on how to lose fat naturally through exercise, metabolism and dieting.

Metabolism

This is the rate and efficiency of chemical and physical processes.  There is the anabolic process for the growth and repair of body tissues, and metabolism, which is the breaking down of substances for energy.  Metabolism is related to the basal metabolic rate (BMR) which is used to know how much calorie should we burn for proper body functioning.  The increase of metabolism is a way of how our body can burn fats naturally.  Slower metabolism results to slower fat burning.  If you have diseases concerning your thyroid glands, it might be best to consult your doctor first.

Exercise

It makes your blood circulation better giving you vitality and mental acuity.  Regular dose of this has an immediate effect on burning calories resulting to faster lean muscle gain.  Also, it can increase your metabolism even after exercising.  There is no such thing as best time to exercise aside from mornings after a good sleep.  However, you can fit it in anytime of the day according to the lifestyle that you have.  With regular, short exercise in a day will give you a higher metabolism for a longer period of time.

I can say that running and walking are both very effective forms of exercise.  You do not need expensive equipment.  All that is required is a good pair of shoes that is appropriate for your feet and an access to the outdoors.  If you want better equipment, you may want to buy treadmills and some high-tech shoes.  Also, walking and running are exercises you can do anywhere.  I would like to discuss the difference between the two in terms of efficiency to help give us a perfect figure.

Running

Unlike walking, running would require you to have stronger knees and leg muscles as well as a good heart.  This exercise can give you the best total body workout if done properly.  You can burn as much as 900 calories when you run.  It works every muscle in the body.  Therefore you might want to do it in the proper form by keeping your hands and arms relaxed to prevent too much tension.  Shoulders should be loose and strides should be even.  Your core also gets smaller when you run.  Just be careful not to avoid proper warm ups to avoid injuries.

Walking

Walking is best for those with knee injuries or to those who can no longer bear their own weight.  For senior citizens, they might want to consider walking rather than running.  However, you can get the same results as when you do running exercises if done correctly.

When you walk, you can gain a flat and stronger core, shape your thighs, have well toned arms and waistline and get a good cardiovascular workout as well to keep blood circulating in your body.  However, unlike running, you can only burn as much as 300 calories.  Also it cannot work out your upper body except for the core.  You will have to do a separate upper body workout by standing still.

The usual recommendation that health professionals would suggest is to at least have 10,000 steps a day for a healthier body.  So before you consider getting into your car to buy something from the nearest grocery store, you might want to consider walking.  Besides, this will increase your stamina as well.

Either you choose running or walking, both can give you the same benefit to attain a fit body.  All that is required is that you do these exercises in the proper form in the proper place.  Also, before stating a run or a walk, consider eating first a light meal.  Do proper warm up exercises, and enjoy your run or your walk so as to avoid injuries.  I also suggest that in order to gain the most out of it, combine it with a low-calorie diet and you can burn those extra unneeded calories away from your body.

Diet

Many of us think that if we do not eat, we become lean easily.  It makes sense to those who cannot understand fully what the body needs.  I have read a study before about eating habits and how it affects metabolism.  In the study, it says that those who ate breakfast have a higher metabolic rate than those who are skipping it.  It all makes sense because when you skip a meal or fast, your body will slow your metabolism and conserve energy in such a way that you will be able to function for the day.

Other than that, I strongly suggest that eating healthy foods such as lean proteins and low calorie vegetables can help you increase your metabolism.  Here are some of the best fat burning foods you can include in your diet:

  • Poultry.  Chicken and turkey
  • Dairy.  Low fat milk, low-fat yogurt,
  • Whole grains and oats.
  • Spicy foods such as chilly and curry.
  • Green tea.
  • Lean meat.
  • Fish.  Consider salmon.
  • Water.
  • Nuts.  Most especially almonds.
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits.

The three factors above work alongside with each other.  The key to burning fats safely is to keep things in moderation.  Never be in a hurry to eliminate fats.  A healthy well balanced diet along with safe and effective exercise will yield better results.

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