Monday, September 04, 2006

Exercise Melts Body Fat

If you want to reduce your body fat, focus on increasing the amount of exercise you get rather than decreasing your food intake. A recent national study was done using two groups of sedentary men, one group in their 20's and the other over age 65. A lot was learned from this accumulated data and it is interesting to note that there was a significant relationship between lack of physical activity and fat. Not surprisingly, the most sedentary men had the most body fat.

These studies have also indicated that the governments current recomended daily allowance for calories does not correlate with the body's actual energy needs. For example, although 2400 calories have been calculated for older men, they in fact burned an average of 2800 calories daily.

The leading experts now recommend that people who want to lose
weight start increasing their physical activity. Just being more active in general (such as climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator, moving around instead of sitting still, sitting up instead of lying down as well as showing some excitement and enthusiasm instead of boredom), are things that more effectively burns calories and reduces body fat. Everyone seems to have lost sight of the value of being active. Consider this, a half-hour aerobic workout accounts for far less energy expenditure than our minute-to-minute movement in the office or at home.

Millions of Americans are trying to lose weight, spending approximately $30 billion a year on diet programs and products, often they do lose some weight. But, if you check with the same people five years later, you will find that nearly all have regained whatever weight they lost. A national panel recently sought data to determine if any commercial diet program could prove long-term success. Not a single program could do so.

Being seriously overweight and particularly obesity predisposes individuals to a number of diseases and serious health problems, and it's now a known fact that when caloric intake is excessive, some of the excess frequently is saturated fat.

People who diet without exercising often get fatter with time. Although your weight may initially drop while dieting, such weight loss consists mostly of water and muscle. When the weight returns, it comes back as fat. To avoid getting fatter over time, increase your metabolism by exercising regularly.

Walking is one of the best exercises for strengthening bones, controlling weight, toning the leg muscles, maintaining good posture and improving positive self-concept.

To lose weight, it's more important to walk for time than speed.

Walking at a moderate pace yields longer workouts with less soreness - leading t more miles and more fat worked off on a regular basis. High intensity walks on alternate days help condition one's system. But in a walking, weight-loss program, you are not requried to walk an hour every day as some people would have you believe.

When it comes to good health and weight loss, exercise and diet are inter-related. Exercising without maintaining a balanced diet is no more beneficial than dieting whle remaining inactive.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Relaxing Hair Care Tips

Pro-Line International relaxes to a new beat with a pop culture survey. From “Beehive to Braids to the Bob,” their survey shows how Black female entertainers have influenced hairstyles over the years.

A subsidiary of Alberto Culver Company (NYSE: ACV), “Pro-Line has been in the forefront of many influential hairstyles and trends over the last 25 years. We will continue to push the envelope by re-formulating and introducing new products for many more women of color,” said Tiffanie Jones, brand manager.

Soft and Beautiful is designed for women who know that looking good and feeling good begins with healthy, beautiful hair. Formulated with 5 emollients and emulsifiers, this system provided ultimate protection for healthy hair. Soft & Beautiful Botanicals is the natural choice for healthy hair and sensitive scalps. Its natural ingredients include natural plant extracts that feature a blend of aloe, sunflower, and sage to minimize irritation while conditioning your hair and scalp.

Pro-Line Soft & Beautiful also wanted to know which music diva has impacted the music world over the past several decades with their pop culture survey “Beehives to Braids to the Bob.” The hair care brand teamed up with to ask some 30,000 Neo Soul Café subscribers which star’s hair-do rocks and which one flops.

In a question and answer format, here are some helpful Soft and Beautiful hair care tips:

Q: I swim during the summer, how can I keep my hair in good condition?
A: Always apply conditioner on your hair before entering the pool. The Soft & Beautiful HMC-Hair Moisturizing Complex adds moisture to your hair as it repels the damaging effects of chlorine. Chlorine penetrates the hair shaft, and lifts the color, resulting in a brassy red hue. After swimming, rinse the hair immediately. Shampoo with the Soft & Beautiful Moisturizing Shampoo, and re-apply the HMC for 2-3 minutes.

Q: My hair is naturally curly and I don’t want to straighten it. How can I relax the curl so that it is more manageable?
A: Try Soft & Beautiful Botanicals Texturizer. Comb it through your hair to gently release the tight curls into a softer, elongated curl pattern. The texturizer is great for all hair lengths. It makes hair more manageable and easier to comb, while allowing you to retain your natural curls and waves.

Q: I use the flat iron every day to straighten my hair, but it looks brittle. How can I soften its look and feel?
A: Overuse of heating or thermal appliances can tend to dry the hair. Instead, apply a small amount of Soft & Beautiful Lite Cream Moisturizer on your hair at night. Wrap it smoothly around your head and secure with a wrap scarf. In the morning, your hair should fall in place. You can touch up with the flat iron on low heat, if necessary. Spray a small amount of Oil Sheen on the ends before using the flat iron to smooth your hair.

By: White, Renee Minus, New York Amsterdam News, 8/31/2006