A new study has found that regular exercise appears to protect the body from depositing fat when a person increases their short-term fat consumption. In the study, researchers took a group of ten sedentary women and had them exercise at three different levels while altering their diet consisting of 30 percent calories from fat to 50 percent calories from fat. They found the more the women exercised, the faster they were able to burn the fat calories. In other words, for those who exercise, occasional indulgences in high fatty meals appear to be well tolerated. For those not exercising, even occasional fatty indulgences can result in an almost immediate storage to fat.
Many studies have been conducted on young and middle aged adults showing the substantial benefits of dietary modifications and exercise addition to one’s lifestyle. Unfortunately, far fewer studies exist for the elderly. Now, results from a new study indicate these benefits are also significant in the elderly. In a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 27 sedentary obese men and women aged 65 were randomly assigned to a diet and exercise program. Those elderly subjects who were assigned to the diet and exercise program significantly lowered their bodyweight, blood pressure, blood sugar and bad blood triglycerides. More specifically, those elderly who were assigned to the diet and exercise program lost an average of 18 pounds and experienced an 59 percent decrease in metabolic syndrome (a collection of conditions that increase an individual’s risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease) as compared to the control group who did not participate in the diet and exercise program.
Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, December 2006.
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Most of us know the importance of antioxidants – those little superheroes that help our bodies neutralize free radicals that otherwise reap havoc on our bodies. A new Polish study reveals that for those who consume apple juice, the cloudier the apple juice the greater the concentration of antioxidants present. In fact, researchers found the cloudy juice contained up to four times the level of antioxidants. So what’s the reason most apple juice sold is clear? Clear juice is more appealing to consumers and has a longer shelf life. It should be noted that as good as the cloudy apple juice is as compared to the clear, no apple juice beats the nutrients and antioxidants consumed by eating a fresh apple with the skin.