Monthly Archives: April 2009

4 Crucial Reasons to Maintain a Sensible Weight for Good Health

This is a guest post from Katie Wilson, reminding us why getting to, and maintaining, a healthy weight is important for so much more than just how we look.

We all know that maintain a sensible weight is good for your overall health and well-being. Often, however, people put sensibility aside when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. What follows is a brief list of reasons why it’s crucial for good health to maintain a sensible weight.

Cardiovascular Complications

Extra weight puts extra strain on your heart, which can lead to all sorts of cardiovascular complications. Obesity can lead to heart disease and related problems like heart attacks. Taking care of your heart for the long run requires that you maintain a sensible weight and adopt a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent dire complications down the road. Rather than waiting for problems to arise, be proactive and take charge of your weight.

Diabetes and Related Complications

Obesity can contribute to the development of diabetes, which can ultimately be a debilitating disease if not properly managed. Managing diabetes, however, may not be in your future if you begin to take care of yourself and make the proper changes in diet and lifestyle now. Complications from diabetes can be very serious, including coma, loss of sight, amputation of limbs, and early death. Manage your lifestyle now so that these complications won’t be something for you to worry about down the road.

High Blood Pressure

Carrying around more weight puts more stress on your circulatory system and can ultimately lead to high blood pressure. Complications related to high blood pressure can be quite serious, but getting rid of extra weight will help ensure that your system isn’t trying to deal with the excess amounts of fluid required for a larger and heavier body. Reducing weight will ultimately help put you on the right track for a healthier body overall, along with lower blood pressure.


Obesity can lead to higher fatty deposits in the arteries, including the arteries in the brain. This environment makes strokes something that is far more likely than if you were at your ideal body weight. Working on adopting a sensible diet, healthier activities, and decreasing weight will help safeguard you against complications like strokes.

This post was contributed by Katie Wilson, who writes about the top nursing programs. She welcomes your feedback at KatieWilson06 at


Free ebook available from Core Concepts

One of my fellow bloggers over on Diet Blog, Mike Howard, has recently released an ebook called “12 Permanent Fat Loss Strategies”.

I snagged a copy myself and was very impressed: like all Mike’s writing on diet and exercise, it’s very thorough, informative and goes into a lot of depth considering it’s completely free. Mike doesn’t assume any expert knowledge, and his advice is aimed at everyday folks like you and me – not top athletes.

You can grab the ebook from the Core Concepts‘ website: just pop in your name and email address, and it’ll be delivered straight to your inbox. (For those who’re a bit wary of giving their email address out, I can tell you that Mike is a lovely guy – he definitely won’t be selling your details to any spammers!)

If you enjoy the ebook, you’ll want to check out Mike’s blog too: Winning The Losing Battle. His tagline is “Cutting-edge, timely and interesting information and opinion in the deeply confusing world of fat loss and optimum health” – which strikes me as something the internet could do with a lot more of!


Great Weight Loss/Diet/Exercise Tools From You On A Diet

After a few weeks of letting my healthy eating habits slip a bit (I’m sure you all know the feeling), I’m firmly watching what I eat again! It’s a while since I’ve been counting calories or thinking about shedding a few pounds, and I’m delighted to recommend nifty free tools that might help you too.

These are a series of diet, exercise and weight-loss tools from Ernesto, who runs You on a Diet – a great site with a blog attached, which I write weekly for. These include:

Weight Loss Estimator: Pop in your weight and your daily calorie deficit (ie. how many calories you’re cutting from the daily recommended calories for your gender, age and weight). Warning: the tool will let you set a calorie deficit that (if you’re female and short like me) could be unsafe. Don’t go below 1,100 total calories per day (which for me is a deficit of about 460).

Body Mass Indicator (BMI) Calculator: Find out if you’re underweight, overweight or just right… this is what I currently get!

Activity Calculator: Cleverly, this lets you figure out either how many calories you burn in a set time of a particular activity – or vice versa: you can put in how many cals you want to burn and figure out how long it’ll take! I went skiing for the first time over the Easter break, and was rather pleased to find out that downhill skiing burns a whopping 176 cals in half an hour. (I’m not sure how many cals falling over burns, though, which was what I seemed to spend most of my time doing…)

Calorie Calculator: This handy dandy tool lets you know exactly how many calories you need to eat to maintain your current weight, or to lose weight.

There’s also a target heart rate calculator (very straighforward – just enter your age), as well as tools to figure out what percentage of your body weight you’ve lost since starting your diet.

If you’re a diet blogger, you’ll love these tools – ones like the BMI calculator give you nifty little graphics that you can post on your blog to show the world your progress (or to shame yourself into making some headway!) As an example, here’s my BMI…