Parents should set a good example regarding diet and exercise.
The popular saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks is not completely true because you can - and should – still learn something new later in life. However, there is some truth in the saying when it comes to healthy eating habits because young children learn a lot from their parents. And it is a well-known fact that adults have difficulty getting rid of bad habits that they have picked up as a child. That is the reason why scientists advise parents and those people to whom children are attached to be aware of their function as role models and set the children a good example with regard to a healthy lifestyle, both in terms of what they eat and exercising. They thus avoid their children developing bad habits in the first place.

Paying attention to what you eat avoids the excess pounds.
Bad habits tend to stick and it is usually not easy to get rid of them. The same is often true when it comes to getting rid of bad eating habits. Nevertheless, it is particularly important to get rid of them because not only do bad eating habits result in excess pounds: they can also have a detrimental effect on a person’s health in general. Mark Twain may have once said, “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed down-stairs one step at a time.” However, it is even feasible to get rid of bad eating habits. To deal with overweight, people need to check their eating habits and, if necessary, change them. Almased, with its valuable ingredients, can be extremely helpful in bringing about a suitable change in diet. This is because the formulated product functions not only as a ‘fat burner’ but also as a high-quality dietary supplement.

Unhealthy eating habits can increase the risk of disease.
Unhealthy eating is often accompanied by an increased risk of disease. This is not something new. We also know that an unhealthy diet can be the result of a psychological impairment. For example, depressive moods often mean that those affected no longer pay the necessary attention to what they eat. After all, if you are not in a good mood at all, you are usually not very concerned about having a healthy, balanced diet.

British researchers provide evidence that exercise reduces mortality risk.
People who are physically active at an advanced age are likely to live longer. And this is almost independent of whether or not a person has engaged in sporting activities previously. This was the conclusion reached recently by scientists at Cambridge University in their study ‘Physical activity trajectories and mortality”. According to the study, mortality risk decreases if people increase their physical activity at an advanced age, in other words if they take more exercise. This also applies to people who have a medical history of cardiovascular disease or cancer. The study can be summarised in a simple statement: “Stay active in your old age and you will live longer”.

Formalising weight-loss commitments can boost success.
When you make a statement, you become more specific. Instead of using vague formulations, you express yourself clearly. Committing yourself to something means it becomes verifiable and at the same time removes the option to back out later. In a recent study, medical researchers from the University of Manchester in the UK came to the conclusion that a commitment to slimming programmes can help increase the amount of weight lost or achieve weight-loss goals. Informing others about such commitments ought therefore be particularly effective when it comes to losing weight.

British study: regular weighing avoids extra pounds.
‘And it came to pass in those days ...’ This is how the evangelist Luke recounts the traditional Christian Christmas story in the New Testament and how it is still being told to this day, especially during church services at Christmas. It describes how Jesus of Nazareth was born in humble surroundings. All too often these days, though, Christmas stories deal with almost uninhibited eating and drinking and the superfluous kilos that accumulate during the Christmas season and then stubbornly refuse to go away afterwards. British researchers have now investigated recommendations for preventing Christmas flab.

Having a meal together to combat overweight.
Eating together with the family can prevent obesity in children. Scientists at the University of Mannheim and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development came to this conclusion after evaluating studies into the nutritional value of family meals. According to their findings, children from families that eat together more frequently eat healthier food and have a lower body mass index (BMI).

Study shows teased children have significantly higher body fat levels.
There are far too many fat children in Germany. According to statistics, one in every six to seven children in Germany is carrying excess weight around and about six per cent of them are so fat that they are considered to be clinically obese. This is shown by data collected by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). According to this survey, around 15 per cent of girls and boys aged between three and 17 must be regarded as being overweight. Supposedly well-meaning adults often comment on the overweight of their offsprings by saying, “They’ll grow out of it.” However, experts warn that such a nonchalant attitude is an ignorant one because studies show that overweight children all too often become overweight adults. This often creates the conditions for obesity-related diseases such as diabetes or cardiovascular disorders even during childhood.

Studies show exercising early in day is particularly beneficial.
There are many well-known sayings which claim that making an early start in the morning is the best time of day for being successful, such as ‘the early bird catches the worm’ or ‘early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise’. Other idioms like ‘never put off until tomorrow what you can do today’ or ‘first come, first served’ are in the same vein. It has led many athletes to ask themselves whether this also applies to physical activity. Is exercising early in the day the be all and end all or is it, as those who are not morning people would be inclined to say, more a case of the devil finding work for idle hands?

Routine workouts boost physical activity.
Is having a set routine good or bad for you? For some people, the word routine is synonymous with boredom, habit and a lack of ideas. People talk more about bad habits than good ones. Those who have a set routine and act in a safe and reliable manner based on their experience are regarded as being proficient. On the other hand, the Brazilian author Paulo Coelho is credited as having said, “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal”. A US study now suggests, however, that always exercising at the same time of the day can help you become more active. And it is well known that physical exercise keeps you fit and ensures you have a healthy body weight.

Removing pester-power items from near the till leads to healthier shopping behaviour.
In the retail industry, the term ‘pester-power items’ is used to refer to products placed in the checkout zone of supermarkets, and for good reason. Children waiting at the checkout are often so strongly attracted to the sweets placed there that they pester their unnerved parents until the parents put the desired product in the shopping trolley for the sake of peace. However, it is not only children who find this sales strategy irresistible: many adults also have difficulty ignoring items on display in the checkout zone. The problem is that the majority of the products on offer are extremely unhealthy – not least because they are very high in sugar and calories in many cases.

Light from display screens in particular impairs sleep.
To prevent overweight and obesity, it is not only necessary to have healthy habits such as a balanced diet with enough relevant nutrients and physical activity. Other basic conditions like having the correct lighting in the bedroom must also be right, so that superfluous pounds or kilos do not creep in overnight. A US study has now made this clear. According to the study, artificial light not only disturbs sleep but can even make people fat. This is especially true for women, as scientists from the National Institutes of Health in the US state of North Carolina discovered.

Losing weight also requires a change in diet.
Exercise is healthy and sport makes you slim. Fortunately, many people are now following this advice from doctors and health organisations. Frustration quickly sets in, however, if the pounds do not disappear as had been hoped for or expected despite having a personal fitness plan. A study by US researchers has made it clear once again that to lose weight successfully or maintain a healthy body weight it is necessary not only to exercise but to also have a balanced diet. The scientists concluded that a reduction in body weight cannot be achieved without having a diet to go with it. That is why a combination of physical activity and Almased always achieves the best results when losing weight.

And it lowers the risk of secondary diseases.
Advertising for weight-loss products often promises large reductions in weight within a short period of time. This sometimes leads to overoptimistic expectations and all too quickly to disappointment when they are not fulfilled. Particularly in the case of people who are markedly overweight, this then easily leads to them losing their motivation to persevere with a diet. Losing weight more slowly but continuously is in any case healthier and generally more sustainable than using so-called crash diets. That is why the well thought-out and coherent Almased concept also focuses on an optimised, healthy diet in order to reduce weight and control it lastingly in the best possible way. Such an approach is usually more successful than lifelong dieting with a frustrating yo-yo effect. In addition, studies show that even a small loss in weight can result in significant health benefits. They also show that losing weight by an amount in the single-digit percentage range can already reduce the risk of illnesses associated with overweight.

Bargain hunting for food is unhealthy.
Germans have a reputation for being bargain hunters. But sometimes they seem to save money in the wrong places. For some time now, nutrition experts have been criticising the ‘Geiz-ist-geil’ (being stingy is cool) mentality of Germans when it comes to food. It is at variance with a healthy diet in many cases. A British study has now provided proof for something that scientists worldwide have long since accepted: people who base their food purchases excessively on special offers and low prices run the risk of becoming overweight as a consequence. Consumer protection groups have been warning for a long time that food that is particularly cheap is usually not particularly healthy.

Women should ensure pre-pregnancy weight is normal.
Women who have a normal body weight before pregnancy have a head start on those women who are overweight. Conversely, pre-pregnancy overweight and obesity mean higher health risks for the expectant mother and her unborn child. That is the finding of an international joint study in which the participating scientists evaluated the data of more than 196,000 women from 25 studies in Europe and North America. According to these studies, a healthy body weight before pregnancy is more important for the well-being of mother and child than the mother’s weight gain during pregnancy. This led the scientists to recommend that mothers should ensure their body mass index (BMI) is within the normal range even before they become pregnant.

Children and adolescents in particular are at risk.
Energy drinks containing caffeine, which are particularly popular among younger people, can cause serious health problems in children and adolescents when consumed excessively. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) recently issued a warning. In a report, the federal authority comes to the conclusion that acute moderate consumption of energy drinks by healthy young adults does not lead to undesirable effects if the caffeine intake does not exceed the limits that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) classifies as being harmless. According to EFSA, children and adolescents should not consume more than a total of 3 milligrams (mg) of caffeine per kilogram (kg) of body weight per day.

Humans are built for movement.
When she sang the title line of her 1960s hit These Boots are Made for Walkin’ it is doubtful that Nancy Sinatra meant the hiking or trekking boots that have become so fashionable of late. She was more interested in settling accounts with her partner than in expressing her wanderlust or the joy of movement. And there is also no need to use hiking boots to complete the 10,000 steps a day recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). That is the amount of daily exercise needed to stay healthy.

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