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iPhone Weight Loss Apps

iPhone Weight Loss AppsLosing weigh is an obstacle that many people come in contact with. It can be very hard to track your progress and monitor your habits all by yourself and doing both of those things are key to a successful weight loss. If you have an iPhone and are on the journey to lose weight there several apps that you can buy right from the app store that will help you to achieve all of your weight loss goals. All that you have to do is go to the app store and look at the apps about to be mentioned, download them and then begin monitoring your progress.

An app that is great in helping you to monitor your eating habits and calorie intake is, Lose It! With this app, everyday you record all of your meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. The app knows the calories of must foods and will help you to keep count of your calories. The app claims that 85% of its users have lost weight.

Another app that will help you lose weight is, iPump Free Workout! Working out is one of the keys to losing weight. Not everyone can always make it to the gym so this app provides you with work out videos that you can do right from your home. There are two full body workouts with this app so you know you will be seeing results.

For those who like to walk for a workout then StepTrackLite is a great app for you. This app is a simple pedometer that will keep track of all of your steps.

All in all the iPhone is a great aid when it comes to losing weight. There are countless workout and calories tracking apps that will make your road to weight loss a stress free one. You are going to be more than satisfied with the results.

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Wristbands Track Your Move for Health

Having a personal trainer does wonders for your health. Regardless if you have a human or a robotic trainer, you will certainly lose more weight with a trainer than on your own. The low point happens after you step out of the gym and you go back to your couch and old eating habits. Because of this, Jawbone – manufacturer of most Bluetooth headsets – released Up. Up are wristbands that track your physical activity whenever worn. It uses a new built-in vibration and motion sensor technology.

The wristbands are due to be released later this year and it will be tied to a smartphone application. Within the application you can log and keep track of your eating habits by taking a picture of your meal. The application will then compute the nutritional and total caloric content of your food. This application will then provide you an analysis of your lifestyle; your eating habits against your physical activity. It also comes with pep talks to push you to improve your current health habits.

With our present level of technology, there are rarely enough innovations directed towards health improvement. When Nintendo Wii, the industry started to see how the gaming and exercise industry could merge. The Up technology wants to provide a comprehensive picture of your health from the moment you wake up to when you fall asleep.



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Obesity Epidemic Fuelled by Sedentary Jobs

A new research suggests that the growing trend in sedentary jobs is one of the major factors in the increase of obesity cases in the United States. Sitting in front of the computer for eight hours a day rather than working on the field means that American workers are burning 140 fewer calories per day than they did decades ago.

According to a research study posted online on PLos One, we should put greater emphasis on promoting physical activities if we want to win the war against weight. Dr. Robert Graham said that the key in weight loss is monitoring the calories that come in and those that come out; and right now, Americans are taking in more calories than it is burning.

Although both exercise patterns and eating habits affect we either gain or lose weight, a contradicting study suggests that our caloric intake is still the major reason why one third of our population is either overweight or obese. This is because the study has noted that our leisure-time physical activities have not really changed over the past years.

Many, however, do not agree because based on a statistics report by the US Bureau of Labor, more and more active jobs (like farming and mining) have been replaced with sedentary jobs like office works and stay-at-home jobs.

The authors of the study stated that only a quarter of Americans are performing the prescribed level of exercise. Keri Gans of the American Dietetic Association said that the growing demands of our everyday life are eating our time for exercise. However, she said that it is necessary that we make time for it to fight obesity.

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Master Switch for Obesity Help

Scientists have discovered a gene that is linked to cholesterol and diabetes acts like a master switch that may control fats in the body. Scientists say that this can play a huge role in getting obesity help and cure for obesity-related diseases.

British researchers said in a study published in “Nature Genetics” that because fat plays an extremely significant role in our chances of getting metabolic diseases, the regulating gene may be targeted for the treatment of illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, and heart diseases.

Tim Spector, lead author of the study, said that their study is the first major research that shows how very minimal changes in a single master regulator gene can affect metabolic functions of other genes. They analyzed at least 20,000 genes in fat samples from 800 British female twins who volunteered for the study. After which they compared and confirmed their findings with 600 more fat samples from another group from Iceland.

As of the moment, one out of 10 adults in the world is obese. That is more than a billion people or 10% of the world’s total population. The numbers have increased, almost doubled, since the 1980s and it has shifted from rich nations only to even poor countries because of poor eating habits.

In the United States alone, $147 billion are spent to treat obesity-related diseases each year. That accounts for 10% of the country’s total medical spending. Cases of type-2 diabetes are also increasing in number as obesity rates grow.

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