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It is not just the sugar rush that we’re talking about. Sugar has a much more negative effect on the body that is important for us to know.
Dental decay is an obvious one. Sugar is known to speed up breakdown of teeth as it fuels the bad bacteria in the month. Though kids naturally lose their baby teeth, it is important to take care of them as you would permanent ones as the bacteria on the surface of baby teeth can attack the healthy ones still under the gum surface, which can adversely affect their growth by the time they’re ready to come out.
Study also finds sugar lowers the immune system to up to five hours after consumption.
Ever notice that close to midnight or when you’ve been up all night, eating sweets has the effect of making your throat scratchy and making you feel like you’re coming down with something? That’s because sugar curbs immune system cells that attack bad bacteria in our bodies.
Sugar as fructose and glucose that are in abundance in Halloween candy also has the effect of make one feel famished. Muching on sweets makes your brain resist leptin, which is the protein that help signal the body that it is full. Anytime sweets are introduced in the diet, it makes it easier to eat too much. Partnered with the fact that sugar is highly addictive, it can lead to complications and diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Though Halloween is just one night a year, letting kids loose on sugar, and having candy in the cookie jar for weeks after, can introduce kids to sugar eating habits and that would be extremely harmful for them in the long run.
Here are a few tips to make this Halloween a little less about the sugar and a bit more about the fun:
Consider giving out inedible treats like Halloween accessories as glow sticks, colorful bracelets, and bubble bottles that they can have fun with while out in the streets at night. Just remember not to give out things that little kids can choke on.
Have the tradition of a contest of who can bring home the most candy. That way, kids will have the motivation not to eat any of the candy until they get home, so that you may a handle on what and how much sweets your kids actually consume.
Though a bit more out of the way, if you are visiting houses of people you actually know, like friends or relatives, have a deal with them to give out healthier treats to your kids, or prepare something you yourself approve of, and hand them out to house owners before you set out for the night with your kids. It’ll just be between adults.
Remember that sweets during Halloween can just be a portion of the fun. Make other fun highlights such as creating costumes, decorating, and storytelling with your kids, that will focus more on the activities rather than the sweets.
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Here’s a fantastic new update to HAPIcoach. No need to download an app, as 1:1 nutrition coaching can now be accessed through Web browsers on any smartphone, desktop or tablet.
Now that HAPIcoach has been optimized to work on all these devices, uploading meal photos and getting advice from HAPIcoach’s team of experts will be so much more convenient. All the features you love with the HAPIcoach app are available, from meal logging, meal commenting, and personal messaging with your coach.
What does this mean for you? Well, you don’t have to worry if you forget your smartphone. HAPIcoach is now with you anywhere you go. Access is no longer limited to just iOS and Android (You can now use it with your Windows phone, Blackberry and others.) As long as you have access to a browser and an internet connection, you can access your HAPIcoach account, log your meal and get your nutritionist’s advice. No meal will go unlogged. And the more consistently you update your meal diary, the better you get into the food tracking habit and personal diet improvements so you can finally keep those stubborn pounds off for good.
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If you’re new to food tracking or perhaps have heard the concept but not sure if it actually works for weight loss, consider the body of research that attest to its success. A review of 22 studies by the American Dietetic Association revealed significant positive relationship between self-monitoring and successfully losing weight. Here are some more reasons tracking what you eat bodes well for shedding the pounds and keeping them off.
Keeps ‘healthy eating’ top of mind.
Very often we eat mindlessly, without thinking about what we put into our mouths. Who actually counts calories when we stop for that glazed donut? The act of documenting our meals keeps us aware that we are actually making important dietary choices, even when just merely grabbing an afternoon or midnight snack.
It sets you up for success
Food tracking works better if you actually make changes in your diet. It makes it easier for you to create those changes, too. Sure, you know now to reach for whole grain cereal instead of your usual storebrand favorite. But on top of that, when you actually see what goes into your daily meals, there is a bigger impact, as you’ll know where to make helpful improvements.
Helps you understand how you eat
Monitoring not just the food you eat but also things like your mood while eating can even teach you about your attitude towards food. Do you eat only when you’re actually hungry, or do you just have frequent cravings? Or does that weekly intense performance meeting at work get you running for the snack bar quicker than any hunger pang? Then you’d know: if you can’t get away with stress eating, you can just prepare a more substantial snack for that day.
Technology makes it easy
The American Dietetic Association study also concludes that technology advancements like apps for food logging helps people better in adhering to this practice, simply by making the process easier. Applications, such as HAPIcoach that lets you upload photos of your meals, makes the job much detailed, quicker and easier. And on top of that, it also makes information available for actual nutritionist, so you know what you’re actually doing when grabbing a bite.
So before you press the dismiss button on yet another diet reminder, you may want to try this simple and straightforward approach.
A recent study published in Cell Metabolic Journal, led by Kevin D. Hall at the National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Disease, suggests that a fat restricted diet leads to more weight loss than a calorie restricted diet.
The study involved observing 19 adults with obesity voluntarily confined in a metabolic ward for a period of two weeks, with one group consuming a carbohydrate restricted diet and the other consuming fat restricted diet, both with daily exercise. The study finds that though both low fat and low carbohydrates lead to fat loss, fat loss is significantly higher in those who consumed low fat diets.
The study demonstrated in the short term that in the calorie restriction of fat vs. carbohydrates, low fat diets leads to more fat loss. This study showed opposite the conclusion of former studies and claims of the metabolic advantage of carbohydrate restriction. (Ludwig and Friedman, 2014).
Though long term and real-life application of the premise of this study would have to consider more complex factors such as behavioral, and the actual attainability of high fat restriction in daily real-life settings, it provides one important takeaway. As Prof Nick Finer, Honorary Professor in the UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science mentioned to Science Media Center, one important thing about this study is that it disproves that a low-carb diet is absolutely required if one wants to lose fat, and that only a low-carb diet can lead to fat loss.
But in the end, this study does not change what all long term dieters are probably already too familiar with, that weight loss success relies less on what the meals of a diet plan or a regimen is composed of, and more on if one can actually stick to to the plan in the long term.
What do you think this study would mean for your weight loss? In essence, if you can maintain a low-fat diet and successfully keep it a habit, that would be the best approach if you’d want to put the elements of this study to actual practice.
Hall, Kevin D. “Calorie for Calorie, Dietary Fat Restriction Results in More Body Fat Loss than Carbohydrate Restriction in People with Obesity.”Cell Metabolism 12 Aug 2015. <http://www.cell.com/cell-metabolism/abstract/S1550-4131(15)00350-2>
Jebb, Susan. “Expert Reaction to Study compairing low-fat and low-carb diets and body fat loss” 13 Aug 2015. <http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/>
The pool of information on the internet can be overwhelming. Nutrition and weight-loss tips and tricks are being showered to us from different sources and websites. Even our friends share links on social media, persuading others to follow some fly-by-night blogs and articles written by people who claim themselves nutrition coaches, while boasting vast knowledge in wellness. But many of the diet regimens that are being recommending are turning out to be so restrictive, unsustainable and can potentially put our health in serious jeopardy. And so, how will we discern the good information that are being paraded in front of us?
First, don’t just read the title of the link, read the whole article. Sometimes, titles can be so misleading that people tend to share these links without realizing that they have been a victim of click-bait.
Next, upon reading, check if article is promoting “MoBaVa”. MoBaVa stands for Moderation, Balance and Variety. Full-fledged nutrition coaches know the importance of these three elements for weight loss and healthy eating.
Let’s discuss the three:
Moderation- Countering the typical misconception of “dieting” that can be an excruciating array of restrictions, moderation only suggests that you have your meals in controlled portions, well distributed throughout the day. Smart eating coaches know that eating in moderation (meaning not too much, yet not too little) is the key for you to avoid unnecessary extra calories, while keeping your metabolism going.
Balance- We all know that our bodies need different kinds of nutrients that are necessary to sustain our daily activities and involuntary processes. Having enough of each necessary nutrient can make us perform optimally. However, the keyword here is “balance”. Our meals should have a good balance of macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats, micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals, and of course, water. Nonetheless, some people who claim to be nutrition coaches eliminate important macronutrients totally from the menu, carbohydrates being the best example. Carbohydrates are vital in providing energy. The glucose that it produces is also the food of our brain. Some advocate using protein as a source of energy, which is not a good idea since protein’s primary purpose is to build and repair muscles and other tissues. Also, too much protein without having enough water can also put burden in our kidneys, thus, can promote some form of kidney diseases in the long run.
Variety- There is no such thing as superfood, in which all the nutrients that you need are present in one particular food item alone. We need variety for us to meet all the nutrients our bodies need. One food item has its unique edge, which may not present in another. Weight loss and healthy eating requires variety in food selections. It’s quite hard to imagine always having the same type of food everyday. But just the same, some people binge certain food items, like banana, for instance, saying that it’s much superior to weight loss compared to other fruits. While others indulge on celery because they have read somewhere that it has “negative” calories. These food items are not bad. But it’s also not good to abuse them just for the sake of an abrupt weight-loss. Having too much of a food item can make you get tired of the food eventually while not reaping the benefits of having a variety. In a nutshell, your meal should be in melody. Not monotonous.
If you have sufficiently seen that an article promotes these three, then this is the time you should feel comfortable following the article or sharing it with your friends. If you are still not confident with the content, ask your diet coach for further information and experts’ insights. They will be more than glad to help.
The HAPI Team
Now, you can add one more list of the things you can do on your smartphone: improve your diet, lose weight, and get healthier.
We know the basics, like drink enough water, avoid fatty, salty, processed food. But not all of the things that’s good for us we know to do. Thankfully, there are nutritionists and dietitians whose primary job is to know what’s best for our nourishment, and advise us to make the right choices for our health. But who has the time, and frankly, the motivation to really go to a nutritionist’s clinic regularly enough to make actual impact on his weight and overall health?
Enter HAPIcoach – the app that lets you improve your eating habits in just 5 days
HAPIcoach works by allowing you to take pictures of your daily food intake and meals and send them to real life HAPIcoach nutrition experts and registered dietitians to get advice on your daily meals and food choices.
The HAPIcoach app works in three easy steps:
And for a more well rounded approach to your nutritional coaching, the HAPIcoach app also integrates with the devices as the HAPI Connected Scale with Smart Body Analyser and the HAPI Activity Tracker, and soon, the HAPI Blood Pressure Monitor. The information gathered from these devices will be shared via the app both for your personal monitoring, as well as to inform your coach about your vitals and progress.
The regular daily communication with your HAPIcoach, partnered with the ability to track your level of activity, weight, blood pressure, and other vital information about you, is a powerful way you can develop good habits and make self-improvements that will make a lasting impact on your health and your overall well-being.
Visit HAPIcoach.com to log your first meal.
Many are apprehensive to the repercussions of being overweight upon reaching the age of 50. It’s actually a valid concern that we should not take lightly. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, being overweight at 50 years old and beyond can make you more at risk to lifestyle diseases compared to those people with the same dilemma but at a much younger age.
It’s a sad fact that many people of this age range only decide to lose weight, eat healthier, and exercise upon hearing their medical diagnosis. But it’s also great to know that some even hire a one -on-one coach to guide them along the way while taking for consideration their special needs. So how hard is it to lose weight at this age?
We have to admit, it’s a bit harder at this point to lose weight. But more difficult does not mean impossible. You just need to understand that you need to exert more effort. The most blamed cause of weight gain at this age is slowing metabolism. At this age, muscle mass is also declining due to limited physical activity that usually comes with age. And since muscles are vital to the good and constant flow of metabolism, weight loss can be a bit harder, if done the wrong way.
If you don’t have any serious medical concerns which might limit you to do some moderate physical activities, working out is still essential to healthy weight loss, regardless of age. But since we now understand that good flow of metabolism is the key to weight loss, and muscle mass is one of the most important factors to boost it, it’s completely understandable that weight training must also be added to your workout. However, weight training must be controlled and monitored based on your initial capacity and will only progress eventually as your strength increases to avoid any injuries. It’s not really necessary for you to bulk up in muscles, but weight training is important to increase muscle mass to promote faster metabolism.
Second, cardiovascular or aerobic training must still be done. This is the part that you will increase your energy expenditure to speed up weight loss. Regular jogging or brisk walking is recommended at first, and more intense workouts can be done once your endurance increases. It is recommended that you do it for at least 30 minutes to increase your heart rate to a considerable level.
Changes in daily caloric requirement
Last, and the most important of all is, of course, changing your food intake.
Caloric deficit is necessary. At this point, a good nutrition coach will be of great help, since they can help you interpret
your requirements, and assess and validate your food intake. Nutrition coaches usually suggest that you should be cutting down your daily caloric intake to up to 500 calories. This is necessary for you to burn that extra energy that you had consumed without storing them for no immediate purpose.
Though losing weight might be slower in middle age, once you integrate these healthy habits to your lifestyle, know that you are doing something substantial for your general welfare and eventually, your life.
Yes, it’s better late than never. Do it one step at a time and you’ll eventually get that much better, healthier version of you.
Almost any type of information is accessible these days. You can go online and find what you are looking for, if not from self-help books, podcasts, or TV programs. And if that’s not enough, you can even join groups and browse forums, to get information straight from other people’s experiences.
But at this age, when information is free-flowing, and the temptation to self-diagnose is stronger than ever (Hello, Google.), why should you seek help from an expert such as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?
It is the job of your Nutritionist to find out the latest in health and nutrition research and what they mean for you. As published information over time tend to express different views on what’s good for the body and what should be avoided, it is important to talk to someone who makes it his number one priority to be informed, and sort through the large amounts of data , so he can advise you on just what will work for your specific needs.
Value of One-on-one Consultation
Your needs can very well be different from that of the next person. Though people can have very similar concerns as having high cholesterol, difficulty in losing weight, or wanting to get in better shape, a Nutritionist is in the best position to tell you what changes you should be making. He does this through taking time to personally listen and know you; your history, the concerns you want addressed with regard to your nutrition and health. He will also be able to monitor your progress over time as you make improvements. In these consultations, you are also made accountable to someone other than yourself; which will help to nudge you during a slump or when you don’t feel motivated enough to follow through with your regimen.
Help Navigate Food Allergies and Intolerance
Aside from helping you avoid allergy attacks by keeping you informed of your food allergies, and food intolerance, nutritionists help in a way that can drastically improve the way you view your food and eating. Knowing that you have food allergies and intolerance has a tendency to limit you to only the safe food items that are already top of mind. Your Nutritionist can help give you a considerable number of food options that may not be commonly known, and actually help you bring joy back to eating.
Wonders for Weight Loss
Many people may stick to a handpicked weight loss strategy for a time, fail, try another, fail again and finally get frustrated and give up. Six o’clock diet, fad diets, crash diets; just the myriad of options out there can be reason enough for you to put off dieting until the next day. Though Nutritionists may not be as adept in other areas involved in weight loss, such as working out or exercising, nutritionists have the 411 on the food that you put into your body. That alone is already a big part of the weight loss equation. Nutritionists can give you structured and personalized meal plans that you can follow which is tailored to your needs and considers your own vitals to help you lose and keep those stubborn pounds off. They can also give you advice on how to modify and substitute ingredients, in case you have trouble putting together meals set out in your plan.
What’s more is that with the advancements in communication technology, channels for nutritionists have vastly widened to make their Nutritionist consultations accessible and closer to people. Nutritionist can now do remote consultations through the internet. Applications are now able to provide meal photojournaling services via mobile devices. These day-to-day meals can then be shared with nutritionists so they can give valuable expert advice on what should or should not be done. People can now be able to integrate these into their everyday meal decisions so that they can efficiently reach their health goals.
So the next time you want to make changes in your diet, consider asking advice form a Nutritionist. It will prove to be highly beneficial.
The HAPILABS Team
Halloween is upon us once again. Here are some tips to help you maximize fun and happiness on this holiday.
If you set your mind to it, you’ll never run out of fun quick-to-do ideas that trick or treaters will love. Don’t have the time? You can create something simple: s’mores with marshmallows microwaved in between chocolate graham crackers and layered with hazelnut choco spread. Add touches like orange sprinkles to get into the Halloween spirit. For something healthier, make tangelo pumpkins with celery sticks for stems. How easy does that sound? If you have extra time on your hands to prep something intricate, all the better! You don’t need a Martha Stewart magic wand to whip up a few out-of-the box too-cute-to-eat concoctions. The good news is, since it’s the time for sweets, kids will eat it even if doesn’t look perfect. It’s the season after all when it’s easiest to patch up kitchen blunders and simply create something ghoulish even when it’s unintentional–and no one will say a word.
You can also try heading over to Pinterest for some awesome ideas.
2. Prepare ahead of time.
Cramming is the easiest way to take the fun out of anything, even this extra high sugar glazed holiday. Taking a few minutes a day at least a week ahead to plot out your plan of attack will save you a lot of headaches and keep the fun in the event. It’s a good idea to use that planner you have not touched since the beginning of the year. Or better yet, use a planner app on your phone, so you can map plans conveniently wherever you are. You can check this list of some great planner apps to download this year.
3. Find the best spot for the trick or treaters in your household.
If your neighborhood is less friendly to kids in costumes at this time of the year, do not hesitate to have your kids join their friends and visit a nearby street where the Halloween activity would be much higher. Chances are, you would already hear about the best go-to places for this occasion ahead of time. If in doubt, the density of Halloween decorations on front porches around town will give you a clue. The kids will have a much happier time parading in their goblin or superhero garb with more kids roaming the streets. And of course, more candy!
4. Recipes for leftover candy.
Get ideas from this article for things to try. It’s the only time in the year when you have a surplus of sweets in your home. Sure, candy doesn’t go bad easily, but how about using these to create something a lot more fun your kids will not get tired of? It’s also an opportunity for you to slowly use these treats up to brighten up a healthy but kid repelling meal. This way, you can integrate the sweets into something more healthy, spreading out empty calories over nutrient-rich meals. If they’re stuck in your fridge or cupboard they’d just stay there for the entire year, lest you snack on them every day for the next few weeks.
5. Get into the Halloween spirit!
Few other occasions offer the chance for people to dress up in outrageous costumes and even act the part for a night. Think up of some funny costumes, soak yourself in the spirit, and be part of the fun. No other night offers a free pass for being silly, so you have few excuses to hold back. Nothing gets you in the mood better than trotting around in fun costume you yourself prepared. And of course, don’t forget to post all your Halloween moments on your HAPI.com app to share with your family and friends!
The HAPI Team