Guidelines for a healthy diet


– Avoid sugar (sugar, honey or brown sugar) and starch (white flower products, white rice, potatoes, corn) intake.
– Avoid products with excess fat.
– Avoid alcohol. Alcohol lowers the sugar in the blood and will increase your appetite. Also have a high number of calories. Continue reading Guidelines for a healthy diet

Burning Calories


healthydiet1The main thing we have to know is that our muscle tissue burns 90% of the calories we consume, so it seems logical that if we have more muscle, we burn more calories. Also, taking in a higher amount of calories than the calories we burn, will result in weight gain in the form of fat by converting these excess calories into fat. Continue reading Burning Calories

Cost of obesity? Over $4,000 if you’re a woman


At FitnessPTO, we’ve always known that an investment in health and fitness is rewarded financially and we’re happy to see a yearly dollar amount figure to represent this. Our total yearly membership cost is less than 2% of the total yearly cost of being obese. Here’s a great article based on a study by George Washington University.

Obesity puts a drag on the wallet as well as health, especially for women.

Doctors have long known that medical bills are higher for the obese, but that is only a portion of the real-life costs.

George Washington University researchers added in things like employee sick days, lost productivity, even the need for extra gasoline — and found the annual cost of being obese is $4,879 for a woman and $2,646 for a man.

That is far more than the cost of being merely overweight — $524 for women and $432 for men, concluded the report being released Tuesday, which analyzed previously published studies to come up with a total.

Why the difference between the sexes? Studies suggest larger women earn less than skinnier women, while wages don’t differ when men pack on the pounds. That was a big surprise, said study co-author and health policy professor Christine Ferguson.

Then consider that obesity is linked to earlier death. While that is not something people usually consider a pocketbook issue, the report did average in the economic value of lost life. That brought women’s annual obesity costs up to $8,365, and men’s to $6,518.

The report was financed by one of the manufacturers of gastric banding, a type of obesity surgery.

Two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese, and childhood obesity has tripled in the past three decades. Nearly 18 percent of adolescents now are obese, facing a future of diabetes, heart disease and other ailments.

Looking at the price tag may help policymakers weigh the value of spending to prevent and fight obesity, said Schulman, pointing to factors like dietary changes over the past 30 years and physical environments that discourage physical activity.

“We’re paying a very high price as a society for obesity, and why don’t we think about it as a problem of enormous magnitude to our economy?” he asks. “We’re creating obesity and we need to do a man-on-the-moon effort to solve this before those poor kids in elementary school become diabetic middle-aged people.”

A major study published last year found medical spending averages $1,400 more a year for the obese than normal-weight people. Tuesday’s report added mostly work-related costs — things like sick days and disability claims — related to those health problems.

It also included a quirky finding, a study that calculated nearly 1 billion additional gallons of gasoline (3.8 billion liters) are used every year because of increases in car passengers’ weight since 1960

By LAURAN NEERGAARD (Associated Press)

Insulin, major factor for weight gain


InsulinWhat is insulin? Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas. Insulin balances the blood sugar.

But how does insulin effect weight gain in the form of fat? As we learned before, carbohydrates are the primary source of fuel. When you eat carbohydrates, they break down into glucose, causing your blood sugar to rise. Continue reading Insulin, major factor for weight gain

Setting Goals in Fitness


Setting Fitness Goals is very important for your fitness progress. Make sure that your goals set are realistic and achievable.

Firm & Tone
A Firm and Tone goal is related more to a look aspect and is accomplished by decreasing body fat and increases of your lean tissues so your body get a harder-healthier look. Continue reading Setting Goals in Fitness

Exercise: In Women, Training for a Sharper Mind


Older women who did an hour or two of strength training exercises each week had improved cognitive function a year later, scoring higher on tests of the brain processes responsible for planning and executing tasks, a new study has found.

Researchers in British Columbia randomly assigned 155 women ages 65 to 75 either to strength training with dumbbells and weight machines once or twice a week, or to a comparison group doing balance and toning exercises. Continue reading Exercise: In Women, Training for a Sharper Mind

Body Scan of a 250 lbs. Woman vs. a 120 lbs Woman


This image has been floating around the internet lately.

Notice the inflammation of the organs and the lower bone density.  The higher proportion of toxic waste stuck in the gastrointestinal tract.  The lower percentage of muscle.  The massive amounts of fat around the midsection.  If this doesn’t make you want to lose weight, I don’t know what will!

Obesity is a disease that affects approximately 60 million people in the United States, where women are especially affected. Over one-third of women between the ages of 20 and 74 are obese, the majority of them being African American or Mexican American. With more and more pre-packaged food and less and less activity, the number of obese people in America has steadily increased since the 1960’s.

The main cause of obesity in America is an improper lifestyle. There is no getting around the fact that today’s society does not make healthy food convenient. Not only are convenience foods high in sugar and saturated fats, but they are also much cheaper than healthier options. When you combine unhealthy food with a lifestyle built around time on the computer, you set yourself up for diseases caused by obesity. The cure for lifestyle caused weight problems is to make lifestyle changes, even if they are not convenient. These changes ensure a much better chance of having a life free from the diseases caused by obesity.

Keep checking back to our blog, twitter, and facebook accounts for healthy lifestyle information and tips.         

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Fitness FUN – I Love This Doctor!


goofy doctorI Love This Doctor!

Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?

A: Your heart only good for so many beats, and that it… Don’t waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not makes you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?

A: No, not at all. Wine made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that means they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Bottom up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?

A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio two to one, etc.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?

A: Can’t think of single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No pain… good!

Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?

A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Foods are fried this day in vegetable oil. In fact, they permeated by it. How could get more vegetable be bad for you?!?

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?

A: Definitely not! When you exercise muscle, it get bigger. You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?

A: Are you crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?

A: If swimming good for your figure, explain whale to me..

Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?

A: Hey! ‘Round’ is shape!

Get Fit, Lose Weight With Online Programs


We’ve all heard the drill: Eat right and exercise, and you’re bound to improve your health and live longer. The fitness revolution escalated in popularity in the 1980s and has enjoyed a continuous upward surge well into the new millennium. Continue reading Get Fit, Lose Weight With Online Programs