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Professor David Heber, Ph.D.Taken from “Protein 101” by Dr David Heber, M.D., Ph.D.

It seems everywhere we look someone is promoting a new diet that praises the power of protein. But whether you want to lose or gain weight, or maintain your current weight, the importance of protein goes far beyond physical appearance and muscle building.

A necessity for every BODY

Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. It is an organic compound, composed of 22 amino acids, otherwise known as the building blocks of life. Protein is stored in muscles and organs, and the body utilizes it to build and repair tissues, as well as for the production of enzymes and hormones. Protein also makes it possible for blood to carry oxygen throughout the body. Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a “macronutrient,” meaning the body needs relatively large amounts of it. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences has concluded that our daily protein requirements should be 10 percent to 35 percent of our total caloric intake, with men needing slightly more than women. A lack of protein can cause loss of muscle mass, decreased immunity, as well as weakening of the heart and respiratory system. (more…)

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christmas-food

‘Tis the season to be jolly. And for many people, it’s also the season to over-eat… to drink too much and to gain excess weight! To help you stay on track this festive season, here are some top tips for partying without ruining your diet or putting on weight! (more…)

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You’ve probably heard the word “metabolism” many times, but how much do you know about metabolism and how it affects weight loss or weight gain? (more…)

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From today’s Daily Mail

Last updated at 18:16pm on 7th May 2008

Obesity can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by up to 80 per cent, researchers said today. Cutting the prevalence of obesity in the population could help prevent people progressing to the stage they suffer dementia, they added.

Those who are underweight also have a raised risk, suggesting keeping a healthy weight is important. (more…)

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Nutrition Wheel

‘Underweight’ health risks

It may sound like a dream to some, but a surprising number of people find it difficult to gain weight and while people are generally aware of the risks of being overweight, few realise that being underweight has its own health risks, including:

  • Increased vulnerability to disease and infections
  • Anaemia and nutrient deficiencies
  • Bone loss and osteoporosis
  • Amenorrhoea (absence of menstruation in women)
  • Heart irregularities and blood vessel disease

What is classified as being “underweight”?

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