Monthly Archives: April 2012

5 Common Health Excuses

From time to time, we’ve all used an excuse for one event or another. For many of us, we also use excuses for not being as healthy as we should or could be. We use excuses for not exercising regularly, not eating a well-balanced diet or not shedding those few extra pounds that could make us a whole lot healthier. What’s holding you back from being as healthy as you could be? Here are five common health excuses that you just may be using (and how to break that excuse habit):

  1. I can’t shake my sweet tooth and cravings for unhealthy foods. Everyone has a sweet tooth for one unhealthy indulgence or another. However, that shouldn’t stop you from leading a healthy lifestyle. Opt for healthier snacks that satisfy your need for sugar without the unhealthy fats and processed foods. Consider mixing some dark chocolate with dried fruits and nuts for a healthy snack that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Remember you don’t have to cut out your favorite snack foods permanently. Moderation is key when it comes to endulging.
  2. I don’t like getting sweaty. The truth you don’t have to sweat a lot to get a good workout. If you are panting and sweating excessively, you are probably working out too hard. Opt for a moderately intense workout. You should be able to carry on a conversation with a friend while working out.
  3. I’m afraid that I’ll fail and won’t achieve my goals. You’ll never know if you don’t try. Instead of not trying at all, enlist a friend to engage in a diet or fitness program with you. The two of you can work to support each other.
  4. It’s too late or I’m too old to try something new. Sure trying a new fitness regime might cause you discomfort, but you are never too late or too old to give something new a try.
  5. I don’t have time to workout. It’s recommended that you participate in 30 minutes workouts, five days per week. Squeeze fitness in here and there. Ten minutes here and 10 minutes there can really add up.
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Avoid or Enjoy: Diet Soft Drinks

If you enjoy an ice cold, diet soft drink from time to time, you may have noticed your favorite drink making the news from time-to-time. In early March 2012, a watchdog group released a report saying that drinks such as Coke or Pepsi contain high levels of a chemical known as 4-MI, which is used to make the brown-coloring of soft drinks. This group has indicated that 4-MI can cause cancer.

The controversial report led to Coke and Pepsi reducing the amount of 4-MI in their soft drinks; which in turn lowers the possibly carcinogenic properties of your favorite beverages. With a link to causing cancer in animal studies, California has even added it to a list of unsafe chemicals. This means soda companies are faced with the issue of having to add a label with a cancer warning on their products if they had decided against decreasing the amount of 4-MI in their products.

As the controversy continues to stir around what may have been your beverage of choice, here are some more reasons why you may want to cut back on your diet soda intake:

  1. Weight gain. Researchers are not sure the exact reason why weight gain occurs when consuming diet soda. However, a majority of researchers do agree that there is a link between diet soda consumption and weight gain. Studies have shown that diet-soda drinkers are more likely to be making poor lifestyle habits, which can lead to excessive weight gain. Researchers have also indicated that artificial sweeteners can mess with your body. The artificial sweeteners found in many diet sodas can confuse the body by causing it to crave real sugar – which is something you are depriving the body of when you drink diet soft drinks.
  2. Increased risk of disease. Studies should that making a habit of drinking diet soda can increase your risk for developing osteoporosis or diabetes, as well as having a stroke.
  3. Diet soda can be damaging your body. Diet soda can harm your kidneys and teeth. Diet soda can decrease your kidney function by as much as 30 percent if you drink two or more diet drinks per day. The phosphoric acid in diet drinks can dissolve the calcium in tooth enamel, which can leave your teeth weak.

Will you be cutting your diet soft drink intake?

Get to Know the LipoLaser

When you think of liposuction, you likely think of pain and a lot of downtime. Rather than an invasive surgical procedure, many individuals are now opting to take part in one of the latest trends in fat loss. This trend is known as the LipoLaser. Previously featured on The Doctors, Oprah and the Dr. Oz Show, the LipoLaser offers you a safer, pain-free and non-invasive way to shed stubborn fat with no downtime.

The LipoLaser is an innovative piece of technology that offers clients an easy way to tone those stubborn areas and contour their bodies. The LipoLaser is more affordable, requires no needles and provides similar results to that of traditional surgical liposuction. Whether you are looking to reduce fat in your waistline, thighs, arms, love handles, back, buttocks or chin, the LipoLaser can help.

Understandably, you may be skeptical. Is the LipoLaser safe? Will it work for me? The LipoLaser is safe. The treatments are completely pain-free. As a client, you will feel nothing with the exception of a slight warming sensation. For the past 30 years, the LipoLaser’s low-level laser technology has been studied for a wide-variety of purposes; including wound healing, pain relief, inflammation and weight loss. To help make the process even safer, all patients will undergo a complete and thorough medical history. A medical history can help ensure there are no contraindications prior to undergoing a LipoLaser treatment.

Perhaps, one of the biggest selling points of the LipoLaser is that there is no downtime. You won’t need to take off work, find someone to watch your children or miss out on any of live’s important events. The LipoLaser has been proven effective in independent clinical studies. In some cases, the LipoLaser has shown results comparable to that of traditional liposuction.

No downtime, no pain and results. What are you waiting for?