WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Hit a Plateau on Your Weight Loss? Consider Dropping These Supposedly “Healthy” Foods
Perhaps one of the most frustrating things that can happen when working through a weight loss plan is the dreaded “plateau.” You seem to be doing everything right, but the readout on the scale just isn’t changing. What could be the problem?
Juna Xu of mybody+soul believes it could be an adherence to false narratives on supposedly “healthy” foods that are, in actuality, not all that good for you. Here are just a few examples:
1. Peanut butter.
There’s nothing wrong with peanut butter in small portions, but it’s easy to go overboard — just a tablespoon of the addictive stuff has 8 grams of fat.
2. Protein bars.
It may seem obvious, but never assume something is healthy just because it’s advertised as high in protein. Many “meal replacement” bars actually pack in as many calories as you’d find in a candy bar.
Consumed in the right way, there’s nothing insidious about a nice cup of yogurt. The problem lies in most fruit-flavored yogurts which can be so laden with sugar that they’re more like a decadent parfait than a healthy treat.
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
How Long Does it Take LEGOs to Pass Through the Body?
This is a bit more unconventional than the health news we usually feature on Wellness Wednesdays, but parents of grabby, bitey kids (most kids, really) will surely be interested in this one. The Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health has published a study identifying how long it takes for a LEGO Minifigure head to pass through the body. The average Found and Retrieved Time, or FART (this is not a joke — it’s really what they called it), turned out to be about 41 hours. (via Ars Technica)
Drinking Coffee: a Blood Pressure Risk Factor?
Healthline recently put up an interesting article on the effects of coffee on blood pressure, as the rumor mill has apparently had a tendency to indicate that it’s not great for heart health. According to the article, drinking coffee does indeed raise your blood pressure by a “small to moderate” amount in the period immediately after drinking it … although this effect is lessened in those who consume the beverage frequently. On the whole, though, research shows that coffee may actually be good for heart health: 3 to 5 daily cups of joe have been linked to a risk reduction of 15 percent for heart disease.
HOLIDAY 5K RACES & RUNS
The Jingle Bell 5K supports 50 Legs, which raises money to help amputees get the best quality prosthetics. Join in the Christmas-themed run, complete with holiday tunes, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Westford, Mass. | LightBoxReg.com
EmbodyFitness’ fast and flat, family-oriented Cupcake 5K from 9 a.m. to noon is raising money for the Calliope Joy Foundation, a nonprofit supporting children with leukodystrophy and their families. Lexington, Mass. | RaceWire.com
According to the hosts, participants in the Ladies Night Out, Run, Wine & Chocolate 5K will “cross the finish line on a red carpet to be greeted by handsome gentleman offering an accolade of flowers” and “finish the night with mouth-watering fine chocolates, scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and a fine selection of wine.” Newburyport, Mass. | Active.com
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