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Challenges Of The Obese

Life brings on many challenges, some welcome, some unwanted. There are some we don’t give a thought to because we never had to deal with them. My interest in fashion and healthy lifestyles led me to thinking about people who are challenged with living with obesity.

60% of adults are currently living with obesity or, are overweight. Do you ever think about the everyday challenges these people encounter?

One of the first and most important one is their health. They are at a greater risk for diabetes, high blood pressure,heart disease, gallstones, and other chronic illnesses. It has also been linked to increased risk for some cancers.

Being obese or overweight is a combination of several things, your environment, eating choices, your metabolism, your genes, your immediate family’s lifestyle,  your income, your level of self control and many other things.

Bottom line, obesity is a challenge that none of us want to endure.Imagine, having to think about the layout of a place before we decide to actually make the trip there.

  • Are there steps to climb?
  •   Will the seating be large enough and sturdy enough?
  • Are the entrances large enough if wheelchair bound?
  • Bathrooms large enough?

These are only a few things among many that has to be thought out before even leaving home. What about when you reach your destination? Are you ready for the stares? We are all human, we know when an obese or overweight person enter a room, we are going to stare at them.

Can you picture yourself being stared at or have you been stared at for having an artificial or missing limb?, (women), thinning hair or no hair?, a facial disfigurement?, a bad stutter?  My point is, we all face challenges, some are small, some are large and living with obesity is one of the larger ones.

Obesity can be hard to treat for many reasons. One is being ashamed to reach out for help. Some people are reluctant to face the sniggering and aversion a lot of people will show. Many people do not see obesity as a disease, they see it as being lazy, gluttony, and greedy.  Oh, if only we could control every faucet of how we look and how we think, we would all walk around looking like what we think is perfect.

Income level is another challenge that obese people face. Because of a low income, some people have limited choices in what they eat, in trying to stretch their food budget, sometimes quantity overrides healthier choices of foods. In this case, you tend to buy food that you can stretch over a long period of time, rather than healthy choices of vegetables, fruits, meats and dairy.

Another challenge is a good support group. As I stated before, many people do not realize that obesity is a disease and think people who are obese are just lazy and do not care for themselves. This is not true, obese people need medical help, family and friends support to overcome this illness. They are afraid of being treated with disrespect and outrageous  for “letting themselves” get this big.

There is plenty of help for obese and overweight people. Treatment is a lifetime challenge, but it is doable.

The bottom line is to learn and invent ways to eat better (healthier) and move more.

Reach out and find help! http://www.medicinenet.com/obesity

 

 

 

 

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6 Reasons Exercise Is Good For Big Men

jogging-1529803_1280                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Some form of physical activity is good for everyone, whether you have a big body or small body. In this post I will focus mainly on the benefits of exercise for big men.  There is a certain group of people who, after gaining a lot of weight, for some reason, become less mobile.
The more weight they gain, the less they want to move. Over time, this has a great impact on the body and a regiment of regular physical activity is required to get you back in good physical shape.
The first order of business is to see your Doctor and find out what his recommendations are. Once you and your doctor work out what kinds of exercises will benefit you, map out a plan to include these exercises in your everyday activities.  The results, a healthier and better you.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          walking-1305111_1920              
Here are 6 benefits you will definitely notice.                                                                               

1.    You feel better, you have  the energy to get up and do things, your breathing is better and you have a greater desire to be out and about.
2.     The next thing is usually when you carry a lot of weight, it wears on your back, your knees and other body joints. Certain exercise ease a lot of pain. you are moving muscles that had been dormant and not used. This makes you a more pleasant person to be around.
3.    Another great benefit is it makes your heart healthier, carrying a lot of weight can be a tremendous strain on your heart, being inactive makes it even worse. Knowing( as well as we can know) that we have a healthy heart makes us feel real good about our body.

4. Exercise can sometimes prevent or lessen those itises, arthritis,  tendonitis,and   bursitis. If we live long enough, whether you’re big or small we are apt to suffer from one or all of these, exercise helps lessen the pain of these ailments.
5.  If you are a smoker, exercise can help you quit. Sound far fetched? Well, exercise is addictive. If you exercise enough, you will become addicted to it, you will find that you cannot deal with both your exercise and smoking addiction, so exercise is an aid in quitting smoking.
6.    Last but not least, exercise can aid in lowering blood pressure, it  relieves stress.
Remember, before you start any exercise regiment, SEE YOUR DOCTOR.   

I would like to hear your comments, what you think about this post and how I can improve it.


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My Review- The New Atkins For A New You

 A life changer for big men and big women

Think you know the Atkins Diet? Think Again. The New Atkins is…

Powerful:
Learn how to eat the wholesome foods that will turn your body into an amazing fat-burning machine.

Easy:
The updated and simplified program was created with you and your goals in mind.

Healthy:
Atkins is about eating delicious and healthy food — a variety of protein, leafy greens and other vegetables, nuts, fruits, and whole grains.

Flexible:
Perfect for busy lifestyles: you can stick with Atkins at work, at home, on vacation, when you’re eating out — wherever you are.

Backed by Science:
More than 50 studies support the low-carb science behind Atkins.

But Atkins is more than just a diet. This healthy lifestyle focuses on maintenance from Day 1, ensuring that you’ll not only take the weight off — you’ll keep it off for good. Featuring inspiring success stories, all-new recipes, and 24 weeks’ worth of meal plans, The New Atkins for a New You offers the proven low-carb plan that has worked for millions, now totally updated and even easier than ever.

I personally know this is a good diet for anyone wanting to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle. A nutritionist from the Veterans Hospital recommended this diet for my husband. I prepared his meals, along with being coached and monitored by his nutritionist, developing a walking regiment and changing his snack foods to healthier recommended snacks, he lost a total of 45 lbs in 1 year.  

This is an easy and simple diet to follow because it mostly consist of foods you eat every day,

protein, leafy vegetables, nuts, fruits and whole grains.

This diet is easy to follow at work, at home, on vacation, anywhere.  This diet focuses on a healthy, enjoyable, and doable lifestyle of eating and getting satisfaction and fullfillment from what you eat. I highly recommend this diet, especially if you are a big eater.

“For once, a book where the scientific facts outweigh the hype and where the results fulfill the promise. Once you have read the book, your diet and lifestyle will never be the same.” — Dr. William J. Kraemer, professor of kinesiology, University of Connecticut

If you’ve been discouraged trying one diet after the other, give this one a try, I believe you will love the results.

You will be able to enjoy most of the foods you like, there are some you will have to eliminate, the one’s your Doctor has probably warned you about anyway, you will learn new ways to prepare your favorite foods that is going to be healthier and more nutritious, you will become more inclined to try new foods and in the process, discover a new, favorite food.

The Authors of this book,  Eric C. Westman Stephen D. Phinney and Jeff S. Volek has made this dieting experience for big men, or big women to be a lifetime guide to eating healthy, losing weight and enjoying it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

If you are on this diet or have tried this diet please give me your feedback on it. If you are interested, try it, it will be life changing.

           Gold Bond Foot Powder Spray Review                                                                                     

As we age our body change. Our feet especially. They began to show signs of wear. We begin seeing cracked heels, our toe nails becoming infected with fungus and fungus growing between our toes, corns, bunions, bones curling outward or inward and sometimes pain.

My brother has fungus between his toes, I soak his feet one a week in a solution his Doctor suggested, I dry them really well, (I’ve even used a blowdryer), then I apply Gold Bond Spray.

We need to be extra careful with our feet, small problems become big problems when not taken care of, sometimes by the time you realize this, you are seeking a foot Doctor.

I take care of a disabled brother, I do his feet. In shopping around for some good over the counter foot care products, I came across Gold Bond. I remember always seeing this in my childhood home. My Daddy used this but I never gave it any thought. When you’re young, you usually have perfect little feet so you don’t worry about foot problems.

About the Product
  • Triple Action Relief: Cools, Absorbs Moisture and Controls Foot Odor
  • 360 Degree Valve: Spray in any direction – even upside down
  • 2 Times the Odor absorbing powder of Gold Bond Powder Spray so your Feet Stay Cool and Fresh
  • Contains no CFCs

Cheapest place to buy is at amazon.com                   

This spray works for my brother, I use this spray about every three days and his feet stays dry, moisture promotes the growth of fungus and fungus causes discomfort.

His feet nor his shoes never has an unpleasant odor. My husband also uses this product, works well for him, especially the spray, as I’ve stated before, my husband is a big man, the spray allows him to make less of a mess when he uses it. It has a very pleasant scent and sprays almost at any angle

We all have different skin types, every thing does not work for every one so if this does not work for you, try another spray or powder, it pays off in the long run.