You can lose weight without going hungry

To achieve a healthy weight, and maintain it for the rest of your life, don’t think about losing weight fast. Do it slowly and steadily.

You won’t have to make intricate calculations about how many calories you should eat, then write of black coffee. Instead of drinking sugary soda pop, choose diet pop or water. Planning:Plan your meals and snacks for a week. Make a shopping list that includes low-fat meat, fish, chicken, vegetables, fruits and whole grain bread.

Snacks:If you want to snack on chips, nuts, crackers or candy, put the amount you intend to eat in a bowl. Stash the bag away so you won’t eat more without thinking about it. Prepare foods wisely: Broil or bake your chicken, fish and red meats. Frying adds calories. Battering and deep frying can double the number of calories.

Skip the butter when you make mashed potatoes. You won’t notice it’s missing after you add low-fat gravy. Salads: Use fat-free or low-fat salad dressing. down the value of every Two tablespoons of morsel you consume.

blue cheese dressing And you won’t have to have 150 calories. You buy a diet book that calls might use three or four for recipe ingredients tablespoons, depend you’ve never heard of.

When to eat: At three food and drink choices. meals: breakfast, lunch Drinks: Rather than and dinner, plus an drinking a latte with evening snack. Studies 500 calories, have a cup show that people who eat breakfast will eat less the rest of the day.

Include protein, like cheese or an egg, fruit, and whole grain bread. Drink a glass of water before each meal. How much to eat: At home and at restaurants, eat a reasonable portion of food. Relax and take your time. If you eat fast, you’ll eat more.

You may not want to do all of these things, but doing some of them will result in weight loss.

Protect yourself from drug-resistant infections

Drug-resistant staph infections (including MRSA) are declining in hospitals, but MRSA and other infectious agents are still out there. The trick is to keep them from spreading to others and to protect yourself from people and objects that might carry infection.
A staph infection can show up as an abscess, boil or furuncle (a boil that involves a hair follicle and nearby skin). It may be red, swollen and painful.
If the infection moves into the bloodstream, doctors at Duke Medicine say it can cause low blood pressure, chills or fever.
Basic hygiene is still the most important part of protection.
* Wash hands frequently. Do it before eating, before and after using the bathroom, after contact with animals, after social outings and shopping, and when returning home from work.
* Because excessive antibiotic use can give an advantage to drug-resistant bacteria, take antibiotics only when necessary. When prescribed, take the correct and whole dose and finish the entire prescription.
* Don’t share personal items, such as towels, clothing, combs or razors.
* Cover any wound with a dry, sterile bandage.
* Avoid contact with other people’s bandages or wounds.
* If you have a sore or break in the skin, wash and dry clothes, towels and bed linens on the high-heat settings.

Potassium for lower blood pressure

Increasing potassium intake could reduce the number of people diagnosed with high blood pressure by more than 10 percent, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension.
Researchers found that where high levels of potassium-heavy fruits and vegetables are consumed, high blood pressure affects only 1 percent of the population. At the same time, these people reduced their incidence of heart disease and stroke.
In societies where people eat large quantities of processed foods and fewer fruits and vegetables, hypertension affects 33 percent of the population.
Good sources of potassium include bananas, apricots, cantaloupe, grapefruit, peas, beans and potatoes.

For exercise, climb the stairs

Exercise physiologists at Missouri State University say climbing a few flights of stairs can provide needed cardiovascular exercise and relieve stress.
For those who have the opportunity to climb stairs three or four days a week, it’s a great fitness habit.

Proper care protects your skin, experts say

No matter what your age, protecting your skin from sun damage will keep it healthier and better-looking.
Whether young or not-so-young, and even if you already have wrinkles, exposure to the sun will cause damage, or further damage, and increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

  • Doctors at the Mayo Clinic recommend applying sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher at least once a day to areas that are exposed to sunlight.
  • Wear clothing to block sunlight and wear a broad-brimmed hat whenever you can. Try to avoid being in the sun from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and try to stay in the shade when you are outside for more than a few minutes.
  • Bathe with warm water, not hot water, which can deplete natural oils from your skin. Use a mild, fatted or glycerin soap and only use soap on your face, underarms, genital area, hands and feet.
  • Moisturize. After a bath, pat your skin dry and immediately apply a moisturizing lotion to trap moisture in your skin. For very dry skin, a product in which petrolatum is one of the top three ingredients is advised. Products containing glycerin, lactic acid or urea provide an extra boost.
  • Drink enough water. Being well hydrated moisturizes your skin from the inside out.
  • Skin cancer update

In spite of all advice about prevention of skin cancer, about 1 million cases are diagnosed annually. Of those, the American Cancer Society projects 60,000 cases of melanoma this year, which will cause 8,100 deaths.
Dermatologists are seeing more melanoma among women 20 to 29 years old who used tanning beds.