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Esperança Média de Vida ao longo da História

Um dos principais indicadores da evolução humana é a Esperança Média de Vida, nomeadamente a relação entre a mortalidade e o estilo de vida.

No quadro seguinte temos a Esperança Média de Vida ao longo da História e os principais factores condicionantes da mesma :

Em tempos pré-modernos a expectativa de vida não ultrapassava os 30 anos, principalmente derivado á elevada mortalidade infantil. Os que passavam essa barreira conseguiam facilmente chegar até aos 40 anos, não esquecendo a dieta seguida (100% orgânica) e a carga de exercício físico suportada (em média andavam 60 km por dia, não falando dos exercícios utilizando o peso natural dos elementos – pedras, animais, etc).

A mortalidade infantil decaíu após a Revolução Industrial, chegando ao século XX com uma Esperança Média de Vida próxima dos 50 anos (em países chamados desenvolvidos), até chegar aos actuais 78 anos.

E quais foram os principais factores que alteraram  o rumo?

  • Avanços na Medicina
  • Aumento da Riqueza

Em maior detalhe verifica-se que a esperança de vida está altamente relacionada com o nível de vida da população, assim como o acesso a cuidados médicos primários, justificando-se assim a prevalência de países em que o o rendimento per capita é superior :

Tendo em conta o mundo em que vivemos, temos a considerar :

  • O alastramento da obesidade em países desenvolvidos, com o aumento substancial de risco de mortalidade por doenças cardio-vasculares
  • A inadequação do programa  de exercício físico
  • A inexistência de exercício físico e a progressiva sedentarização
  • Dietas muito pobres em matéria orgânica e muito ricas em hidratos de carbono complexos, a par das gorduras transgênicas e dos alimentos genéticamente modificados

Mais tarde iremos falar de outro tema igualmente pertinente – o aumento da esperança média de vida vs qualidade de vida.

Original – Aqui


Some Tips to Help You Lose Weight & Improve Your Fitness

Alycia Kluegl

1. Set small, specific goals.

Perhaps you’d like to be the same size you were years ago, but that may mean dropping more than 40 pounds. Don’t go there — not yet, at least. Set a smaller goal of losing 5% to 10% of your weight, and give yourself plenty of time and some flexibility to reach that goal, keeping in mind that most people take at least half a year to achieve that amount of weight loss.

2. Monitor yourself.

Keeping a food and exercise log can help you gain awareness of your behaviors and track your changes toward specific goals.

3. Support networks work!

Find at least one fitness partner to help motivate you and hold you accountable. In-person groups, like those offered by Weight Watchers, can serve this purpose; so can online support groups.

4. Think outside the box.

Try a new form of exercise. Swim laps at a local pool; go dancing; play Frisbee. Finding a form of exercise that you really enjoy will make it easier to stick to an exercise routine — and incorporating new types of exercise can keep you challenged and less likely to become bored.

5. The importance of sleep.

Research shows inadequate sleep can lead to weight gain. Most people need about eight hours of sleep a night, but there’s a lot of variability — some people need more, some less. You can tell if you’re getting enough sleep if you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go, rather than groggy and grouchy.

6. Eating breakfast matters.

Many people skip breakfast because they’re too rushed or they aren’t hungry. Try getting up 15 minutes earlier (which means going to bed earlier so you don’t sacrifice sleep time) to make time for breakfast.

7. Limit your screen time.

People often complain that they don’t have enough time to exercise or to shop for and prepare healthy meals. But in fact, most people spend many hours watching TV or using their computer for fun. Keep track of your screen time for a week, then try scaling back the number of hours by a quarter or a third, and devote that time to your weight-loss efforts.

For more information on weight loss or healthy living, please go to or contact Alycia Kluegl at

Thank you. Be well. Alycia

This is an article from's Healthy Weight Loss and Fitness Blog.

Some Tips to Help You Lose Weight & Improve Your Fitness

Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, Episode 2, Alex

Alex, Episode 2, Photo Courtesy of ABC

Alex, Episode 2, Photo Courtesy of ABC


Season 1 | Episode 2 | Aired 06/6/11

Meet Alex
Growing up on fast food Alex grew up as a fat kid. Chris faced a sad misfortune when he lost his mother to cancer. Now this 23 year old has more motivation to fulfill his mothers dream of him adapting a healthy lifestyle. Alex has a strong love for baseball, and he hopes to play when he loses the weight. Alex hopes that personal trainer Chris will help him reach this goal.

Alex weighs in at 459 pounds. Seeing his weight Alex realizes that it’s time to change, for good. He goes through a nutrition course and medical exam before his first workout. With his mom in mind Alex fights through his workouts!

His 90 day goal was to lose 100 pounds, he only fell 3 pounds short. But was still rewarded with a chance to meet the Atlanta Braves.

Phase 2: Lose 60 pounds.

Alex seems pretty optimistic about meeting his goal but grows a little annoyed with the process. At his 6 month goal Alex falls far from his 60 pound goal. So Personal Trainer Chris Powell handles that situation by enlisting Alex into 24 hours of Army Boot Camp.


Phase 3: Weight loss of 77 pounds and reaching his goal! Now off to the Skin Surgeon!

During the final weigh in Alex enters in all his glory with a 216 pound weight loss and a whole lot of bling. He fulfills his goal, his mothers dreams, and starts playing baseball.

In My Opinion
I really liked Alex. He really pushed hard going into phase 3 and I really admired it. I thought he had a huge transformation and was a kind soul. I think this should’ve been the first episode of the series. He looked really great walking into that final weighing in his purple shirt and vest, what a cutie pie.

What did you think of Alex’s episode?

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Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, Episode 2, Alex

Is BistroMD Worth The Cost?

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What up world?!?! Long time since I’ve posted a REAL blog. But I have something special for you in this article. I was asked a good question by my uncle Jay, and the question was available for everyone to see on one of my many facebook wall posts. I say it is a good question because I questioned it myself while on the program. Here is the question from my uncle Jay.

“I noticed the site is $180 for meals and snacks for one person for 7 days. Question? Why not just buy the food and cook it?!”

Since I had already asked myself this question beforehand I was prepared for it. I presented my argument to BistroMD prior to this event, and they made sense to me. We then thought it would be a good idea to make a video on the subject. Hence the video you see here was created. However, I would like you to see my written response to uncle Jay prior to the creation of this video.

So here it is…

(Me) “I’m glad you asked that uncle Jay, because I’m working on a comparison, that will show you when you add the time spent cooking, cleaning, going to the grocery store to buy HEALTHY food (not junk), prepare it, and package it for a whole week. Takes a lot of work. As a husband who goes to school, runs two businesses, has two children (one is a new born) I just don’t got the time for all that. Would you??”

(Uncle Jay) “So he says this to the Salvation Army officer – LOL – seriously though – I am counting the time it takes to shop and prepare – and you can make some great dishes in a short amount of time – in some cases – the same time it takes to heat up a dish – I think a salmon dish with an asparagus side would take me 10 minutes or so. I see the appeal with the ease of shopping and cooking with your schedule and I am not hating you for it – but the economics just do not apply to all when you think of $180/week for one person in a household of 4(me, you). Multiply that out for each member (assuming we want all in our households to be eating healthy) and the amount is staggering.”

(My finale response) “I do see your point Jay. But have you ever gone on a diet before man? I mean, 5-6 healthy meals a day?? You named one meal. I eat 35-42 meals a week. Let’s say each meal takes 10 minutes to make, (not likely) that’s over 6 hours of cooking. Actually we have documentation of recent studies which prove it can take an average of 9-16 hours a week for a person to cook the amount of food BistroMD sends one person in one week.

It’s sad to say but nutritional food is very expensive, and when you eat 2300 calories a day (that is my case others do eat less), that is a lot of money. I was on Michael Thurman’s “6 Week Body Makeover.” It is a great weight loss meal plan, a do it yourself type of diet, I lost 30 pounds in 6 weeks! The problem is it was like a full time job for me, and I spent over $125 a week for myself alone. When you add all the extra work I had to do, my time seemed more valuable elsewhere. When I compared the amount of money I make while working, I realised I get paid much more to work then I do at home weighing, seasoning, cooking, and then packaging my meals for the week every week for who knows how long.

See the problem is 6 weeks was not enough for me to reach my goal and I couldn’t continue on with that full time job. So I fell off, and gained 40 lbs back in the next 5 months. I did ask my wife for help, but she is also a full time employee, full time student, full time mother, and doesn’t have time to cook for me or even herself (not to mention I am a terrible cook who burnt a box of mac n cheese lol). So we find ourselves eating out, and spending even more money!

So I realized that I needed my own personal chef, but I couldn’t afford that! But that is exactly what BistroMD is for me, my own personal chef. I also have my own personal dietitian who I speak with on a weekly basis, and email anytime I have a question. I have an online support community, weekly reads to help inform and motivate me, success stories from other dieters, and much more. Now I have the confidence I need to succeed. I don’t worry about cooking, or what I’m going to eat, I just worry about working out, and staying on the plan because I got a long way to go.

You see the reason people live the Yo-Yo life, is because they don’t understand that this is a real big job. It takes months and in most cases years to make a real lasting change. Do you really think you could last an entire year cooking for yourself every week?? And after that year learning how to maintain the new body you have?? Well maybe you can do it, but I’ve been trying it for more than half of my life Jay! I have literally burned over 300lbs of fat off of my body, but have never been over 300lbs or under 200lbs. Why is that? Because I was never able to stick to a plan long enough, and maintain it, so I always went back.

I can’t ever go back again Jay, not anymore! I was meant for more than this! How can I say I am more than a conqueror when I haven’t conquered my own self?! I watched both of my father’s parents die early, my father almost died twice. His brothers almost died at least once, and each one of them, including his three sisters has diabetes and some form of heart disease. But yet I see my mother’s parents outlive them. My mother’s father is 80 years old and still strong.

I have to break the cycle Jay! You have to break the cycle Jay! We can’t pass this down to our kid’s man! This is more than just me this is for my family, my loved ones, and any person who wants this same change! I am on a mission man! My army is and we teamed up with to put a, “Death to the Yo-Yo Life” once and for all! I am never going back to where I was again! Mark my words! This time next year, you won’t even recognize me!

Excuse me for my passion, and many words. I say this with all respect. Much love Uncle Jay.”

This was posted October 15th 2010 on my facebook wall. I’m still praying that my uncle Jay would choose to change his life, and the lives of his wife and children. And I say the same prayer for everyone else who is living the life of obesity. We have to make a change, we are killing ourselves slowly. Lets work together and put a “Death to the Yo-Yo Life.”

This is an article from's Healthy Weight Loss and Fitness Blog.

Is BistroMD Worth The Cost?

The Flex Belt – Ab Belt Toning System Cleared by the FDA

flexbelt targets abdominalYou may have heard of The Flex Belt, the first ab belt approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for abdominal toning, or maybe you haven’t. I’ll be honest, I’ve heard of it before, but I never paid much attention to it. I was very skeptical of any thing that claimed to tone abdominal muscles without cutting sugars and carbs and without intense workouts.

According the The Flex Belt website, the device uses muscle stimulation to firm and strengthen the abdominal muscles, and 100 percent of people who have used it correctly, reporter flatter, firmer ad muscles. It is approved by the FDA as a class II medical device that uses Electronic Muscle Stimulation, giving people an average increase in ab strength of 49 percent. My skepticism is slowly fading away.

Apparently, you wear the ab belt and signals are sent to the ab muscles which cause the muscles to contract and relax, reaching all areas of the abs. The thought of my muscles being zapped by some form of stimulation can be a little unnerving, but the website states that it is a pleasant feeling, which resembles a mild “pulsing” that is “apparent.”

Underneath each Flex Belt are gel pads stick to your skin and help conduct the signals that are being sent to your abs through the ab belt. The Flex Belt website says that the success of the Flex Belt relies heavily upon the quality of the gel pads that are being used, and recommends that users of the ab belt replace the gel pads every 20 to 30 uses. I’ve gotta say, that would be a drawback for me. But, if this ab belt truly works, I would not mind shelling out the cash to replace the gel pads if it accelerated or improved my individual results.

The price for the ab belt is just at $200, which again, seems steep, but if the results are real, $200 would not be bad if it saved you from neck-breaking crunches and roller-coaster dieting. The good thing about The Flex Belt is that there is a very user-friendly website that seems to answer all the main questions that consumers have. Included on the site are testimonials, frequently asked questions, numbers and email addresses that let you connect with people who can answer your questions, and even an area where you can buy accessories or more gel pads for your ab belt.

While I generally don’t believe everything I see or fall for the next “gimmick,” I have to admit that the evidence of the success of the Flex Belt is swaying my opinion of this medical toning device. While I do not have an extra $200 laying around at the moment to purchase the Flex Belt, I would love to try one out.

Have you used the Flex Belt or other ab belts and want to share your results with Fat Man Unleashed? Take a moment to fill out the comments section below and let us know! How has the ab belt worked for you or failed you?

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The Flex Belt – Ab Belt Toning System Cleared by the FDA

Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, Episode 1, Rachel

Rachel, Episode 1, Photo Courtesy of ABC

Rachel, Episode 1, Photo Courtesy of ABC


Season 1 | Episode 1 | Aired 05/30/2011

Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition introduces us to a new morbidly obese person every week that is selected to endure a 365 day challenge to lose half their weight.

Meet Rachel
In the premiere episode we meet Rachel, a 21 year old Elementary School PE Teacher. Rachel has struggled with her weight her whole life, and is the only overweight person in her family. She’s surprised by Chris (Personal Trainer on the show) when she was chosen, and eager to begin her weight loss. Weighing in at 369 lbs, she is ready to go.

She’s given a 3 Month Goal to loose 80 lbs. If she reaches the goal Chris is sending her to Greece! She can really use that motivation because her family is not giving her the full support she needs.

At Rachel’s 90 day weigh in she reaches her goal! 80 pounds in 90 days. Before her next goal Chris sits down with the family about adopting a healthy lifestyle and then continues to raid their kitchen, throwing everything away.

Her Phase 2 goal was to lose 55 more pounds, she doesn’t make it by 5 pounds, but stays positive. Chris takes Rachel for a hike and just a little bungee jumping. She jumps right into Phase 3.

At 9 months Rachel weighs in at 239 pounds. Rachel decides to get surgery to get rid of some excess skin gained during the weight loss. She continues hard on her diet and when her one year weigh in came around people were shocked when they saw her. Her final weigh in was at 208 with a 161 pound weight loss. She thanks Chris for changing her life and giving her a while new outlook.

In My Opinion
Rachel was great and I thought she made excellent progress. I think that if her family would have supported her more she would have been able to meet her total weight loss goal. She got that surgery and that really improved her overall body image. I thought it was a great way to start off, but they didn’t show her right after surgery. She just went from flabby skin to happy flat stomach, they don’t mention all the pain and agony that surgery actually involves! But good for her. I look forward to watching the next episode.

What did you think of Rachel’s episode?

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Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, Episode 1, Rachel