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What Not to Feed Fluffy

Normally at JGA Network we focus on human health, but for many of our readers, the health of their pets is just as important. We all know that chocolate is bad for dogs, but does anyone know why? While feeding our dogs and other animals with specially formulated food is easy, we often share our own food with them as well. Here are a couple things to look out for before you decide to hand off your scraps.

1) Chocolate.

Chocolate is well known as the nemesis of dogs, and yet many think that it’s ok to sneak a cookie now and then. The chemical theobromine, as well as caffeine, that is present in chocolate is toxic to dogs after a certain amount. That amount varies by dog breed and size, so it’s better to just avoid your dog getting his nose into any chocolate. Symptoms can range anywhere from diarrhea and vomiting to death in as little as 24 hours.

Promoting Weight Loss with Nuts

Nuts can contain significant amount of nutrients, which include healthy fats and proteins that are good for your diet and weight loss program. A number of weight loss programs include use of nuts in form of staple foods. However, before including nuts into your weight loss diet plan, you must be aware of the nuts that help in promoting weight loss. All nuts are not beneficial for people looking to lose weight. Besides, you must also know the right way of having nuts for attaining weight loss goals.

If you are looking to cut off the excess pounds, never consume nuts containing added flavors and salts; these nuts contain unhealthy amount of sodium and are also high in calories.

Weekly Health Tidbits: Obesity and Sleep

Obesity

With over 9 million children in our country alone being considered obese and overweight, the right people are starting to take notice. Hopefully the right people do the right thing, and start making some positive changes to this epidemic. 300,000 deaths a year in that range are due to that obesity, clearly it’s time.

One idea continually being tossed around, and I hope it works, is using educational computer games that targets children aged 3-8, that is a fun, interactive, and entertaining way for them to learn the importance of healthy eating, and the need to stay active.

Weight Loss Tips, Part 2

We’re back with Part 2 of the weight loss tips!

Distribute your calories evenly over the day. Traditionally Americans skip breakfast or have an unhealthy one, have a decent sized lunch, and a big dinner. Rapid weight loss diet studies show that this is horribly inefficient and promotes fat creation. Think about your activity level throughout the day. Typically you are burning most of your calories during the day, not at night. That is when your body needs to be fueled, not at night before going to bed. To fuel your rapid weight loss plan eat smaller meals frequently throughout the day; instead of 3 try for 6. Keep in mind the keyword here is smaller and healthy meals.