Losing it

January 6, 2014

The start of 2014 brings self-help venues to the fore. Is there anything on your "to-do list" or are you just coasting?

A woman on the Today show said that if you want to stick to your diet, post it daily on Facebook and ask others for support. You can also put it on YouTube for friends to see. A client today had the gastric bypass surgery in April 2013 and went from 297 pounds to 180. She is still losing... goal weight 135 pounds. Bravo! I am also losing weight this year.

Mindfulness means "focus" - easy for some but not for others with emotional problems who have difficulty making decisions.

Obesity quadruples to nearly one billion in developing world   BBC - January 3, 2014

The number of overweight and obese adults in the developing world has almost quadrupled to around one billion since 1980, says a report from a UK think tank. The Overseas Development Institute said one in three people worldwide was now overweight and urged governments to do more to influence diets.

January's biggest diet craze: intermittent fasting   Yahoo - January 6, 2014

For all those January dieters hoping to shed the holiday bulk, intermittent fasting, also known as IF, is all the rage. The trend was sparked with the 5:2 diet, based on a book called "The Fast Diet" by journalists Dr. Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer. The diet involves intermittent fasting throughout the week to shed stubborn bulge. You fast for two days of the week, but not completely -- you eat one-fourth of your typical daily calories, roughly 500 calories for women, 600 calories for men -- and eat what you desire the remaining five days.

Why Pull-Ups Are Harder for Women   Live Science - January 4, 2014

Women find pull-ups more difficult than men do because they have less muscle mass in their upper extremities, said Tim Hewett, director of research in the department of sports medicine at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies show that women have about 40 percent less upper-body mass than men do, Hewett said. This means that, in general, a woman's natural upper body is only about 50 to 60 percent as strong as a man's, Hewett said.

We all now stress kills. It creates burnout and autoimmune diseases. Hopefully one can reduce stress for it's too late.

14 Things To Stop Stressing About In 2014   Huffington Post - January 3, 2014

1. Your email inbox.
2. Gaining five pounds.
3. Leaving your phone at home.
4. Leaving your phone at home.
5. Working from home.
6. Keeping a spotless apartment or desk.
7. Not loving CrossFit, SoulCycle, Piloxing or any other trendy workout.
8. Heading to that cafe down the street during your lunch break.
9. Taking your vacation days.
10. Your coffee habit.
11. Not getting to the gym every day.
12. Having everything be "just right."
13. That mobile upload.
14. Your friends' engagements, babies or work promotions.

Why 2014 Will Be The Year Of Mindful Living   Huffington Post - January 3, 2014

Mindfulness, it seems, is having a moment. 2013 saw a significant spike of interest in holistic health and mindfulness practices like yoga and meditation (not to mention a number of celebrities and CEOs hopping on the mindfulness bandwagon) and it's a trend that will likely continue to gain momentum in 2014.

Here are five reasons that mindfulness will change the world this upcoming year.

Trendspotters are going all in for 2014.

People are Googling it like crazy.

Major corporations are getting on board.

Leaders are identifying themselves with it.

Science has proven it's worth the hype.

Suggests meditation may reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression   PhysOrg - January 6, 2014

Some 30 minutes of meditation daily may improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, a new Johns Hopkins analysis of previously published research suggests. A lot of people use meditation, but it's not a practice considered part of mainstream medical therapy for anything. Goyal and his colleagues found that so-called "mindfulness meditation" - a form of Buddhist self-awareness designed to focus precise, nonjudgmental attention to the moment at hand - also showed promise in alleviating some pain symptoms as well as stress. The findings held even as the researchers controlled for the possibility of the placebo effect, in which subjects in a study feel better even if they receive no active treatment because they perceive they are getting help for what ails them.