Merritt Clubs Blog


The Curse of the Cupcake

Posted by Karen O'Donnell

Aug 20, 2012

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Topics: food and diabetes, health fitness tips, Fitness Tips, exercise and health, obesity and health, Awareness and Support, diet lifestyle change, nutrition, healthy diets


Posted by Karen O'Donnell

Jan 31, 2012

In the world of “Eat This Not That” you may wonder why certain foods are less than healthy and can derail your efforts towards fat loss and better health. Often it’s not the food itself but rather the chemicals that are added to preserve the food or to make it taste better. One such ingredient is hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fat. Some common foods that often contain these types of fats include: margarine, most spreads, many cookies, crackers, ice cream, convenience foods, snack foods, and some breads, etc. Increased consumption of hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats can lead to the following health issues:

*Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats are difficult to digest and stay in the body for a long time

*Excess weight gain independent of excess calorie consumption

*Chronic inflammatory diseases and pain

*Increased LDL (bad cholesterol), decreased HDL (good cholesterol)

*Increased blood clotting and increased risk of coronary artery disease

*Increased development of autoimmune disease

*Increased risk of cancer

*Accelerated aging (increased skin wrinkling)

*Depressed milk fat production in nursing mothers

As much as possible eat organic, natural whole foods that are not processed. READ THE LABEL! Avoid breaded or deep-fried foods at restaurants and stay away from anything that contains hydrogenated fat, partially hydrogenated fat, or shortening. Arm yourself with knowledge about the foods that you eat and you will be one step closer to success at achieving your goals.

By Karen O'Donnell, Personal Trainer at Towson

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Topics: Personal Training, weight loss fat loss, fat loss, healthy snack cravings, obesity and health, healthy snacks, get healthy, nutrition, eat this not that, health issues, healthy diets

Obesity and Lifestyle Changes

Posted by RaySa

Aug 4, 2011

Childhood Obesity

In going to great lengths to help and protect our children, we often forget some of the small things we do daily can have the biggest benefits. Encouraging and participating in an active lifestyle with your child is one of those things. Childhood obesity has more than tripled over the last 30 years. More than 70% of adolescents who are obese remain obese in their adult life. Obesity can lead to many complications and place the child at a higher risk to develop liver disease, heart disease, joint issues and even asthma as they get older, not to mention the social and psychological effects. The best way to combat this trend with your children is to encourage and foster an active lifestyle from an early age.

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Topics: Merritt Athletics, children and obesity, kids obesity, diet and exercise, weight loss and eating, eating and exercise, obesity in child, help for obesity, obesity and health, overweight and obese, obesity in kids