We don't need to be convinced about the importance of a healthy heart. Yet approximately one of every four deaths -- 600,000 people -- are the result heart disease in the United States every year. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women, and a major cause of disability around the world. We are all at risk, therefore it is absolutely vital that we understand that foods we eat and the amount of activity we take part in dramatically affects the overall health of our heart. You can prevent and may even reverse heart disease!
According to the American Heart Association, ninety-eight million adults over the age of 20 in the United States have high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) --the “bad,” cholesterol, while thirty-one million have total cholesterol levels over 240. Some cholesterol is necessary. The body uses cholesterol to produce estrogen, testosterone, vitamin D, and other vital compounds. However, too much cholesterol, in particularly LDL cholesterol creates dangerous health risks. As a rule, lower LDL and higher HDL cholesterol levels lower the risks of heart disease and other chronic conditions.
We've all heard it when dieting ... don't skip meals. Different reasons have been offered including, you'll overeat later, you'll lose only muscle, your metabolism will slow down, and a long list of other reasons. But is missing a few meals really that bad for for our weight loss goals or our overall health? New research published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry has offered clear evidence of the negative consequences of skipping meals and uncovered another serious cost ... abdominal weight gain.