Well it's now winter and it's so, so brrrr....cold!
We've pulled together a hot edition of myPrinciples to keep you warm and provide you with heaps of interesting articles, fitness tips, recipies and quotes to make you feel all warm inside!
So stoke the fireplace, grab the marshmallows (not too many!) and enjoy!
Snacks - good or evil?
Small healthy snacks between main meals reduces the chances of hitting an energy rut, which usually occurs mid morning or mid afternoon when blood sugar levels from our previous meal are dropping. It is at this point that we are usually at our weakest and often succumb to the craving for high sugar and fat laden foods.
Ah, the turn of the seasons! It brings with it the promise of change, out with the old and in with the new. As you know, each new season brings a new edition of your myPrinciples newsletter, the Health and Well Being newsletter packed with useful, everyday health and well being articles!
....and here it is, your SUMMER edition of myPrinciples, packed to the brim with terrific articles, tips and facts to keep you fit and healthy.
So we now know the SECRET to weight loss i.e. calories in needs to be less than calories expended, but the question is, how do you monitor your calorie intake?
Body Mass Index (BMI) is widely used in health science as an estimate of under and overweight. It is calculated as : weight (kg) / (height (m) squared).
Used on its own or in conjunction with BMI, waist circumference provides a stronger indication of weight related health risk. For instance, insulin resistance, diabetes type II, dislipidemia, hypertension, and heart disease are highly correlated with intra-abdominal fat, which increases waist circumference.
There is scientific consensus that body fat % is the gold standard for predicting weight related health risk, though for expediency when measuring large groups of people, BMI is adopted as a surrogate.
Now that you know your body fat percentage, BMI and waist circumference, what do you do? Well, which of the following options refers best to your results?
Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood in the arteries as it is pumped around the body by the heart. Blood pressure does not stay the same all the time – it changes to meet your body’s needs. It is affected by various factors including body position, breathing or emotional state, exercise and sleep.
If blood pressure remains high, it can lead to serious problems like heart attack, stroke, heart failure or kidney disease. Another name for high blood pressure is hypertension.