Chocolate For Weight Loss – Fact Or Fiction?

For years, everyone has assumed that consuming chocolate must be fattening and bad for your health. However, recent research from 2 separate studies has shown that consuming moderate amounts of chocolate may well have health benefits along with better weight management. Consuming chocolate for weight loss may have been proven to be a fact. Too good to be true? Read on.

What is so good about chocolate?

Chocolate is one of those food substances that is extremely high in antioxidants, natural flavonoids, and phenolic acids. Other rich sources of these important nutrients include tea, cocoa, red wine, vegetables, nuts, berries, and fruits. According to the experts, those who consume a diet high in these foods rarely suffer from weight issues.

Scientists in Taiwan have unlocked the mystery between flavonoids, phenolic acids and fat burning. When these substances, which were derived naturally from plants, were combined with the fat cells from lab mice, the fat cells produced both less triglycerides and fat releasing enzymes. As we all know, triglycerides are the nasties that contribute to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.

Consuming plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with green tea, hot chocolate, coffee, and red wine will not only protect against some forms of cancer, damage caused by free radicals, heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, but it has now been proven to reduce bad cholesterol, help prevent metabolic syndrome, and assist with the prevention of obesity.

The health benefits of hot chocolate.

Another recent study at the Cornell University has shown that drinking hot chocolate can have up to 500% more antioxidants than black tea. Hot cocoa also contained more than 200% more antioxidants than the red wine Merlot and fresh green tea. Interestingly, hot cocoa contains far more antioxidants then the standard bar of chocolate.

Cocoa beans in the form of chocolate, and especially hot cocoa, have many health promoting benefits along with weight loss properties. However, a sensible weight loss diet is always going to include healthy serves of fresh fruits and vegetable, berries, and nuts, along with lean protein.

Conclusion.

The health giving properties of antioxidants naturally derived from plants are enormous. Anti-aging, anti some forms of cancers, anti free radicals, reducing the risks of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Along with all these benefits scientists can now add to the list assistance with fat secreting enzymes and the production of triglycerides, allowing for better weight management. Your weight loss program no longer means having to skip the hot chocolates, cocoa, and the occasional small serve of chocolate. Mocha anyone?

Nintendo Wii Fitness – Lounge Lizards Can Now Burn Calories

If you are visiting this site, you are probably not a couch potato. However, other members of your household, including your children, may well be. Perhaps your offspring or spouse could benefit from a little more exercise? Perhaps you like the thought of being able to use one of your child’s expensive gizmos that was purchased with your hard earned cash?

Whatever the situation, it would appear that Nintendo has done a splendid effort in getting butts off couches and burning calories in the lounge room, with the innovation of the Nintendo Wii Fitness, or Nintendo Wii Fit, depending on which part of the world you reside in.

What is Nintendo Wii Fit?

This program was created by Shigeru Miyamoto who was the mastermind of Mario. Basically, this add on comes in the form of something resembling your bathroom scales, a plastic board that you will be stepping on and off, or balancing on. This board communicates wirelessly with the console. The software includes such options as aerobics, yoga, balance, and strength training. Before you start you will have to program in your age, gender, and weight. The in-built calendar will track your improving flexibility, balance, strength, weight loss and BMI for you.

You will have an avatar representing you. If you are perceived as being overweight by the program, then your avatar will look a little chubby. Your avatar will slim down when you do. There have been some comments by the public complaining about the program being a little too critical or tactless. Some parents have objected to their children being described as chubby or clumsy.

This program starts off relatively simply and incorporates more challenging and interesting activities as you become more proficient. So, the more you play, the more of a challenge it will become. You can select a more formal style to your program or more casual. There are even little personal trainers included in the program.

Wii Fit will not replace your health club or gym membership. However, it is a fun and stimulating way to encourage lounge lizards to burn a few calories. There are several published articles available surveying individuals who have diligently added 30 minutes of Wii fitness to their lifestyles daily for 6 weeks. The results were pretty impressive. Weight losses between 6-9 pounds were encountered by those who took it seriously.

Who is Wii Fit good for?

Wii Fit can be perfect for those people who are housebound due to bad weather or other circumstances. You can turn this program on while the rest of the house is sleeping and work through your aerobics or yoga program in peace and quiet. Anyone looking to exercise at unusual hours will enjoy this fun and stimulating program.

Wii Fit can be a great way to get those lounge lizards in your house off the couch and moving around. After all, any movement is better than none at all. Please note, the cut off level is 330 pounds, so if you weigh more than this, you won’t be able to play.

A calorie burning fitness game has to be a step in the right direction. Hide the remote and bring out the Wii.

Adult Fitness Credit To Follow On From Child Fitness Tax Credit

Following on from the 2007 Federal child fitness tax credit of $500, a Calgary politician is proposing that a fitness tax credit be introduced for adults. Calgary politician Dave Rodney, has suggested that adults who go to the time and trouble to keep fit should be rewarded with a $1500 tax credit annually.

Mr Rodney claims that the healthier and fitter the population, the less burdened the health system will be. Mr Rodney is no stranger to physical activity. He has climbed Mt Everest twice. It would appear that his proposal is based around reimbursing workout fees or gym memberships. Yes, you read it right, you may well be getting a tax credit for working out.

Recently, a study commissioned for the Fitness Industry Council of Canada suggested a fitness tax credit for adults regardless of age, could save the Canadian health system a whopping $2.5 billion over 21 years.

Although it would seem many people think that this is a great concept there could be a few other factors to consider:

* The main complaint from the public would seem to be that many people keep themselves fit and active without a gym membership. Walking and running, in particular, are great forms of exercise, but apart from your runners there are not any fees to submit to the government.
* Many people workout at home with DVD’s and their own equipment and likewise do not have receipts for fees and memberships.
* Some are suggesting that this may encourage slothful types to actually join the gym, but would it necessarily get them off the couch and into the gym?
* Going to a gym or health club does not necessarily involve all members of the family. Many healthy family type activities like roller-blading or running the dog, do not attract fees.
* However, for those who are already enrolled in a gym, and for those who would love to go, but currently can’t justify the cost, this tax credit would be a great idea.

Any system that rewards for good health practices and fitness is always going to be a great incentive. However, as we have pointed out, having a gym membership doesn’t necessarily mean you are healthy. Conversely, not having a gym membership doesn’t necessarily mean that you are unhealthy and never work out.

The Canadian child fitness tax credit of 2007 could well be followed up with a tax credit for adults who workout and pay gym fees. A little more work on the finer details and logistics could make this a worthwhile proposal. Being paid to work out sounds like a great idea!