Physical Activity Pyramid [Infographic]

Physical Activity Pyramid
A sedentary lifestyle over an extended period of time is thought to contribute to (or may even be directly responsible for) all kinds of health problems including weight gain and obesity, loss of muscle and bone, and a sundry of serious chronic diseases.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and many health and wellness experts advise adopting a more active lifestyle which includes at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.  The actual type of physical activity that an individual should engage in depends on various factors including his or her age, fitness level, and any physical limitations.  Persons who have been sedentary, are pregnant or nursing, or have a medical condition should always consult with a healthcare professional before starting an exercise program.

That said, many sedentary but otherwise healthy individuals often don't know where to start or how to proceed as they get in better physical shape.  This Physical Activity Pyramid from Fitness for Life  by Charles B. Corbin and Guy Le Masurier can help to serve as a guideline for how much, how often and what type of exercise is generally recommended.  For more information, including an excerpt from the book, visit The Physical Activity Pyramid at (where we found this infographic).

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Drink Your Way to Weight Loss [Infographic]

Drink Your Way to Weight Loss with Honey Lemon and Cinnamon
Infographic from Fitness Republic
Can you lose weight (including that stubborn belly fat) by ingesting certain foods?

In the book, Zero Belly Diet: Lose Up to 16 lbs. in 14 Days!, David Zinczenko explains how nutrients found in various foods have the potential to "turn off" fat genes.

As more studies are done, scientists are, in fact, finding that certain bioactive compounds found in some foods do have fat burning and weight loss potential.

For example, Dr. Michael Greger recently released two videos explaining how the fat-burning properties of brown adipose tissue can be boosted by eating foods containing capsaicin (found in chili peppers), as well as arginine-rich foods.

This infographic entitled "Drink Your Way to Weight Loss" from Fitness Republic features three foods (honey, lemon, and cinnamon) that are thought to contain fat-burning properties.

The infographic briefly describes the metabolic action of these foods and offers simple drink recipes.

Infographic source and for more fitness, nutrition and weight loss information, see Honey, Cinnamon and Lemon for Weight Loss - Fitness Republic.


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Activating Fat Burning Properties in Brown Fat with Diet

Recently, Dr. Michael Greger ( released two related videos discussing how the unique fat-burning properties of brown adipose tissue can be activated or boosted (and thereby help with weight loss in adults) by a consuming capsaicin found in chili peppers as well as arginine-rich foods.  For a transcript and list of sources (scientific sources) cited in each video, visit the links provided below:

Brown Fat:  Losing Weight Through Thermogenisis

Boosting Brown Fat Through Diet

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