Thursday, December 16, 2010

Trying to Lose Weight?

Losing weight is a matter of balancing your calories. You can’t eat
and drink more than you burn and lose weight. It takes approximately
3,500 calories to gain or lose one pound of fat. To lose about one
pound per week, you could eat 250 calories less per day and do extra
activity to burn 250 calories more per day. However, each person’s
body is unique. See how your body responds during several weeks of
eating less and/or being more active. A safe rate of weight loss is
generally considered one-half pound to 2 pounds per week.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Blood Pressure

Studies show that consuming too little potassium may be as big a risk factor for high blood pressure as eating too much sodium. To prevent high blood pressure, choose a healthy eating plan that includes plentyof foods rich in potassium and low in sodium.

For sodium, if you eat a lot of salted foods, processed foods and table salt, consider reducing your intake. Potassium-rich foods include many fruits and vegetables such as potatoes, bananas, cantaloupe and cooked dark green vegetables such as spinach.