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Why is it important to eat breakfast every morning for weight loss? Is skipping breakfast bad for health?

Sent in by Vlad, on 22-Jul-2014, under Nutrition.

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Many of you have heard the expression "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day". Personally, I believe that breakfast is important but not necessarily the most important. I think it depends on the individual.  There are several reasons why dietitians and nutritionists recommend having a healthy, generous breakfast.  According to several diet studies I have looked at, those people who eat a good breakfast tend to be more successful at losing or maintaining their weight.  Also, having b...

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Many of you have heard the expression "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day". Personally, I believe that breakfast is important but not necessarily the most important. I think it depends on the individual.  There are several reasons why dietitians and nutritionists recommend having a healthy, generous breakfast.  According to several diet studies I have looked at, those people who eat a good breakfast tend to be more successful at losing or maintaining their weight.  Also, having breakfast could help you control your appetite throughout the day, as you won't be too hungry later in the day.  But that really depends on each person individually.  For some, skipping breakfast is the best way to keep the weight off because they feel they can control themselves with food for the rest of the day, and it's easiest to not eat in the morning.  Another reason to have breakfast is that it can help keep your blood sugar levels stable.  Skipping breakfast is not bad for health, unless you have some medical condition.  However, I believe every meal is an opportunity to nourish the body, so I would not skip any of these opportunities and enjoy a healthy, balanced, nutritious, antioxidant-rich breakfast every day.

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When is it better to do cardio exercise - in the morning or the evening? And is it better to exercise before or after your meals?

Sent in by Nikolina, on 19-Mar-2014, under Fitness.

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You should exercise whenever you find it most convenient and at a time that will allow you to make it a routine daily.  There is no best time, as the calories you burn during morning exercise will be the same as the ones you will burn in the evening.  You should pick the time when you feel the most energetic.  Morning people like to do it earlier in the day. I prefer to do it in late afternoon/early evening.  However, you should avoid exercising too close to bed-time as it may be difficult t...

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You should exercise whenever you find it most convenient and at a time that will allow you to make it a routine daily.  There is no best time, as the calories you burn during morning exercise will be the same as the ones you will burn in the evening.  You should pick the time when you feel the most energetic.  Morning people like to do it earlier in the day. I prefer to do it in late afternoon/early evening.  However, you should avoid exercising too close to bed-time as it may be difficult to fall asleep.  It is always advised to eat a little bit before you exercise.  Don't exercise on an empty stomach as that could make you feel dizzy or sick.  Eat a light meal or snack of carbohydrates and a bit of fat, but not too much protein.  A perfect pre-exercise meal could be a whole-wheat english muffin with peanut/almond butter; Greek-style yoghurt with flax seeds; or a piece of fruit and handful of nuts.  This will give your body the needed energy to complete the workout.  Afterwards, you can have another light snack such as a banana, or half a turkey sandwich.

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When you answered your final question during Miss Universe 2005 pageant, you said, “The biggest challenge in my life is to always think positively but I always try to maintain a positive outlook on life”. How do you follow this philosophy in your daily life? What is the secret to always maintaining a positive attitude?

Sent in by Tanya, on 21-Oct-2012, under Mind.

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My advice for maintaining a positive attitude is: be conscious of your thoughts, be generous to others, and be grateful. By being conscious of every negative thought that comes into your mind you can stop it in its tracks and switch it immediately to something positive. This may take some practice, but getting into a habit of switching focus from negative to positive thoughts will eventually make negative thoughts happen less and less. By being generous to others, you are automatically ...

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My advice for maintaining a positive attitude is: be conscious of your thoughts, be generous to others, and be grateful. By being conscious of every negative thought that comes into your mind you can stop it in its tracks and switch it immediately to something positive. This may take some practice, but getting into a habit of switching focus from negative to positive thoughts will eventually make negative thoughts happen less and less. By being generous to others, you are automatically creating positive feelings and happiness. Acts of giving and kindness bring out positive emotions in all people.  The easiest thing to give is a smile. When you smile at a stranger and get a smile back, you get an instant mood lift. Finally, count your blessings and be grateful for everything good you have in your life. Sometimes we forget the simple things that make our lives so rich. Once you focus on all the good things and people in your life, you will feel happy and lucky. Do this more often, and you’ll be a pro at thinking positively!

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My family members suffer from low bone density. What is the best diet to improve the quality of our bones? Are there any exercises to improve bone density and prevent osteoporosis?

Sent in by Aurora, on 24-Sep-2012, under Fitness.

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Osteoporosis is a serious health concern, especially for older people. There could be nutritional deficiencies that your family members have, and that should be addressed with your doctor. Once you determine the cause of low bone density, your doctor may recommend certain supplements, such as Vitamin D, Vitamin K, and/or Calcium. A diet rich in these vitamins could potentially prevent future bone density loss and osteoporosis. Foods such as eggs, oily fish (salmon, sardines, tuna), and fortified...

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Osteoporosis is a serious health concern, especially for older people. There could be nutritional deficiencies that your family members have, and that should be addressed with your doctor. Once you determine the cause of low bone density, your doctor may recommend certain supplements, such as Vitamin D, Vitamin K, and/or Calcium. A diet rich in these vitamins could potentially prevent future bone density loss and osteoporosis. Foods such as eggs, oily fish (salmon, sardines, tuna), and fortified dairy products are high in Vitamin D. For Calcium-rich foods, try adding broccoli, kale, low-fat dairy, and oily fish to your diet.

Exercise has been proven to increase bone density, particularly strength training (squats, lunges, pushups), and weight lifting. Also, cardio exercises such as running/jogging, fast walking, stair climbing, jumping rope, and jump training are great bone density building sports.

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