The Pros And Cons Of Cosmetic Surgery

Have you recently decided that you would like to undergo cosmetic surgery? Whether you are looking to get a tummy tuck, a facelift, or a breast reduction, have you already made your appointment? If this is a step that you have yet to take, you may first want to reexamine your decision. Cosmetic surgery is a big step. Before you move forward, it is important that you examine the pros and cons of going under the knife.

One of the many reasons why cosmetic surgery is so popular is because it has a number of pros or plus sides. For starters, cosmetic surgery can help to improve your appearance. Cosmetic surgery is different than reconstructive surgery and many other lifesaving surgeries, because it is optional. Those who undergo cosmetic surgery are usually just looking to improve their appearance. As nice as it is to look attractive, it is also important to note that you will likely see an improvement in your self-confidence, as well as your self-esteem.

Pros and Cons

As previously stated, most individuals undergo cosmetic surgery to improve their physical appearance. While this is true, some other individuals do so for their health. Are you overweight or even obese? If you are, cosmetic surgery may actually help to save your life or at least reduce your risk of other health complications, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Those who are obese are urged to examine the Lapband surgery and gastric bypass surgery. Those who are slightly overweight, but not yet obese, are urged to examine liposuction.

Another pro or plus side to undergoing cosmetic surgery is that it is a convenient option. Yes, you must go into the doctor’s office, your procedure may take a few hours, and you may need a few days to recover, but the results are still pretty quick and convenient. For example, if you were looking to remove the excess fat from your arms and thighs, you could spend months or even a year trying to lose the weight through exercise. On the other hand, liposuction will give you the results you wanted, but right away.

Despite the fact that there are a number of pros or plus sides to undergoing cosmetic surgery, it is also important to examine the cons or downsides of it as well. For starters, cosmetic surgery can be costly. The cost will depend on the procedure. A full surgical facelift will cost more money than simply just having a mole removed or the treatment of a stretch mark. Unfortunately, not all health insurance providers cover the cost of cosmetic procedures. In fact, most don’t. This means that you will likely be responsible for paying the full cost of your surgery.

Another con or downside to undergoing cosmetic surgery is the risks and dangers that are involved. Side effects, which most often include slight pain and discomfort, are common with most surgical procedures. All surgical procedures, no matter what they are, do have risks. There are no guarantees that you will get the results that you were looking for.

Finally, it is important to examine the recovery process. For many patients, this can be the hardest part. Liposuction was sited as an example above. This surgical procedure is one that has the strictest rules in the recovery process. In addition to letting your body heal, you also need to start eating healthy and exercising. Do you think that you can do so? If not, cosmetic surgery may not be right for you.

As you can see, there are both a number of pros and cons to undergoing cosmetic surgery. Before you decide to move forward, be sure to thoroughly examine these pros and cons. If you have any additional questions, contact your local cosmetic surgeon or surgical center. In fact, you are urged to first schedule a consultation appointment. Information provided by an experienced cosmetic surgeon can help you reaffirm your decision to go under the knife.…

Obesity Effects on the Body – The Obvious and Not So Obvious

I watched a TV program last night, highlighting the lifestyle of a young man from Birmingham in the UK. He has the dubious honor of being the fattest man in Britain at around 700 pounds. By his own admission his current obesity condition is self-induced and despite the fact that his mobility is severely restricted and his life expectancy reduced dramatically, he is locked into this routine of self abuse through diet.

The man regularly eats two “Full English Breakfasts” (fried bacon, eggs etc) then consumes anything up to 40 pints of beer and has been known to order “everything” off the menu at his local Indian restaurant. He has to realize that his days are numbered. This man is literally eating himself to death.

To a lesser extent millions of other people are slowly, systematically heading in the same direction by following their chosen dietary lifestyle without considering the effect this is having upon their bodies, their life expectancy and also their quality of life.

Obesity Effects on the Body

Every time I go food shopping I see the overwhelming evidence of human greed and it saddens me to see shopping carts piled high with sugars carbohydrates and saturated fats. Over abundance of food and the relatively low cost is leading many sections of humanity down the wrong path.

In many parts of the world poverty is still an issue and people struggle to obtain sufficient food to sustain life and many suffer the effects of malnutrition. Where have civilized societies failed? Why are we eating ourselves into early graves and sacrificing health for over indulgence?

The problem is two-fold with quantities consumed generally attributable to greed and the other is ignorance of what’s in our food. On the one hand we have foodstuffs with added vitamins and minerals for improved health and then manufactures are allowed to stuff us full of saturated fat, excess sugar and high sodium (salt) levels.

Every day I see people with weight problems, struggling with their reduced mobility, often with the use of aids or worse still, wheelchair bound and many are relatively young. The lack of mobility and breathing difficulties are obvious effects of overeating and poor quality diet, but what about the less obvious ailments that come with it. Heart conditions, diabetes, ulcers, and several forms of cancer are just a few of the potential dangers obese people face.

Isn’t it time to review your diet and make that necessary change that might just save your life?…

The Importance of a Healthy Balanced Diet

Eating a healthy balanced diet is the route to enjoying a healthy life with a minimum of ailments. Both short and long term benefits can be enjoyed by giving a little thought to your daily dietary requirements.

The key to a balanced diet is in the selection of the correct proportions from the following list of the five main food groups, which contain nutrients that are essential for your body’s growth, energy and body maintenance and regulate your body’s chemical processes and functions.

Importance of a Healthy Balanced Diet

1. Carbohydrates

In a normal diet, carbohydrate makes up about one third of your total calorie intake, but can be divided into refined and unrefined carbohydrate. Both types provide energy, but by far the healthier option are the low glycemic unrefined carbs, which have not had the fiber removed, as they offer a slower release of sugars and are kinder to the body. These would include wholegrain breads, brown pasta and brown rice. As the body breaks down much of the carbohydrate you eat into sugars; sweets, pastries and most desserts fall into the refined carbohydrate category and should be kept to a minimum.

2. Fruit and vegetables

Fruit and vegetables are a rich source of vitamins and minerals, which are essential nutrients for your body. There is clear evidence that they can reduce your risk of getting heart disease and some cancers.

You should aim to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables each day as a minimum. Fresh is best, but frozen, canned or dried can be used.

One portion counts as a large piece of fruit, such as an apple, banana or orange, For vegetables consider three heaped tablespoons as one portion. One glass of 100% fruit or vegetable juice counts as one portion regardless of how much you drink. Beans and pulses, such as baked beans or lentils, also contribute to this group and are another great source of fiber.

3. Protein

Protein helps to build and repair your body. Foods rich in protein also contain minerals, such as iron, zinc and magnesium, as well as important B vitamins. Around 20% – 25% of your daily calories should be protein based.

Good sources of protein include lean meat, fish and eggs, as well as non-animal products, such as beans and nuts. Reduce the intake of saturated fats from meat derived protein by trimming fat, removing the skin from chicken and draining excess fat after cooking.

Fish based protein is a healthier option so try to eat two portions of fish each week. At least one of these fish portions should be oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel or fresh tuna, always opt for grilling, roasting or microwaving over frying to keep saturated fat to a minimum.

Vegetarians can substitute nuts, seeds, soya and beans for animal products as they are rich protein alternatives, although they do not provide much zinc or B12 vitamin.

4. Dairy

Dairy products are rich in calcium, which is important for strong bones and teeth. A pint of milk (preferably semi-skimmed) or two low fat yogurts a day should provide about 700mg of calcium.

If you don’t drink cow’s milk or eat dairy products, you can get calcium from soya milk and yoghurts with added calcium, and from vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage.

5. Fats

Fats are divided into two main groups – saturated and unsaturated. Saturated fat is found in meat, cream, margarine, bakery products and fried foods. The consumption of saturated fat should be kept to a minimum as it is a contributory factor in heart disease.

Unsaturated fat is found in vegetable oils and oily fish. Eating unsaturated fats will help to keep your immune system healthy and can reduce cholesterol levels.

Transfats (partially hydrogenated oils) are now perceived as a killer and have no place in the food chain. Although once thought to be a healthier alternative to saturated fats, they are now slowly being eradicated from food stuffs thanks to positive action by pressure groups throughout the Western world.

Always read the labels on the foods you buy and aim for a healthy balanced diet.…

How Much Fat Do You Need?

Fat is one of our three main sources of calories (in addition to carbohydrate and protein), and provides nine calories per gram. That means if a product contains 10 grams of fat, it would provide 90 calories from fat (9 calories per gram x 10 gm of fat). Carbohydrate and protein each provide four calories per gram. Notice that fat provides more calories than carbohydrates and proteins combined, which means that fat is the richest source of calories in our diet. This is why it’s important to watch your fat intake if you’re trying to lose weight. If you currently have a high-fat diet, then limiting your fat intake is one of the quickest ways to cut calories.

Be assured, however, that fats are a necessary part of a healthy diet. You need fat in your diet in order for your body to function properly as fats provide “essential fatty acids” (EFA). EFA’s are essential because our body does not produce them on its own, therefore we must consume them. One EFA you may have heard of is omega-3 fatty acid. This one has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which is believed to help reduce the risk of heart disease. Fats are also a good source of vitamin E and have many functions, such as brain development in babies and toddlers, hormone production, nervous system function, the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) and healthy skin and hair, just to name a few.

Examples of good fats include oil, trans-fat free margarines, nuts, seeds, olives, salad dressings, etc. Good sources of omega-3 fatty acids include fish, especially salmon and tuna; shellfish; flaxseed; and walnuts.

So, how much fat do you need? Well, first you need to know how many calories your body needs daily because your diet should be comprised of about 25-30% fat. That means 25-30% of your calories should come from fat. If you’re not sure how many calories you need, you can easily find a calorie calculator online or you can search for the article I wrote about how to calculate your calorie needs. If you are overweight or underweight, be sure to use your ideal body weight or goal weight in the equation and not your current weight. Once you know how many calories your body needs, then you can complete the following equation to determine how much fat you need.

Here’s a sample calculation for an individual who needs 2000 calories per day:

2000 calories x 30% (0.30) = 600 calories
600 calories per day / 9 calories per gram = 67 grams per day

2000 calories x 25% (0.25) = 500 calories
500 calories per day / 9 calories per gram = 56 grams per day

Therefore, this individual needs about 56-67 grams of fat per day.

As I’ve said in other articles, I don’t think it’s necessary to count anything for the rest of your life in order to lose weight and keep it off, whether it’s calories, fat grams, carbs, points, etc. I hope that you will simply use this equation to determine how much fat you need and then compare that to what you are consuming on average. (Just count your fat intake for a few typical days). Then, you can adjust your diet accordingly. If you find that you are way under-consuming fat, then give yourself some more leniency. However, if you find that you are over-consuming fat, then try and cut back a bit more until you are in a healthy range.…