Recent Posts in Healthy Living Category

  • What Does Lean Body Mass Mean?

    How to Calculate Lean Body Mass In the fitness and weight loss world, the term “lean body mass” is often thrown around, but unless you have spent extensive time reading up on medical weight loss and health, it can be a little confusing. The team at Soza Weight Loss is committed to helping you along your fitness journey and helping you lose weight in healthy ways. If this includes becoming leaner ...
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  • How Does Stress Affect Your Weight?

    What Is Stress? When we talk about stress, we are referring to the feeling of being overwhelmed due to mental and emotional pressure. When you feel threatened, a chemical reaction happens in your body that allows you to behave in a way that will prevent injury. Cortisol is the primary stress hormone and it increases glucose in the bloodstream, which enhances the brain’s use of glucose and ...
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  • How to Strengthen the Digestive System

    What Is the Job of the Digestive System? When it comes to your digestive system, it is extremely important to keep it functional and strong. Your digestive system is responsible for taking whole foods and turning them into energy and nutrients to allow your body to function, grow, and repair itself. Proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and waters are all nutrients that your body ...
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  • What Does Cortisol Do in the Body?

    Why It Is So Important to Have the Right Levels of Cortisol Cortisol, better known as the “stress hormone,” serves many key purposes in the body. Most cells in the body have cortisol receptors, so the hormone can affect many different functions throughout the body. Cortisol is produced from cholesterol in the two adrenal glands at the top of each kidney. Some of the functions of cortisol include: ...
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  • Why Does Louisiana Rank as One of America’s Unhealthiest States?

    Factors That Contribute to Low Access to Healthcare in Louisiana If you live in Louisiana, then you know there is so much to love about the Pelican State. Brimming with sports fanatics, a subtropical climate, mouthwatering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and a lower cost of living than the rest of the country, it is easy to see why almost 5 million people call Louisiana home. Sadly, the state we love ...
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  • What Foods Put Your Body in Fat-Burning Mode?

    How Fat Leaves the Body Your body stores excess consumed energy in fat cells in the form of triglycerides, which appear as a type of fat found in your blood. This allows your body to preserve energy, but it can also cause fat to accumulate over time. For this reason, to experience weight loss, you will need to reach your calorie deficit. In other words, you must consume less calories than you ...
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  • Why Is Nutrition Important?

    The Life-changing Benefits of Finding the Right Diet for You The fact that it is important to be mindful of your nutrition might seem obvious. Sometimes, though, when we are given a piece of advice so many times, it can be easy to forget what the purpose of it was in the first place. On top of that, nutrition has not exactly been a priority in the public education system. The National Center for ...
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  • How Can I Make My Skin Tighter?

    Regain a Youthful Glow with These Skin Tightening Tips When we are young, our skin naturally appears high, tight, and youthful. We can thank the abundance of collagen that is found in the bones, joints, and tendons for this. As we age, our body loses collagen and elastin, so our skin is not able to stay lifted the way it once could. This is a natural process and is nothing to be ashamed of, but if ...
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  • How to Jumpstart a Healthy Lifestyle

    Get Our Simple Healthy Lifestyle Tips What does it mean to live a healthy lifestyle? The answer will look a bit different for everyone, and it’s important to remember there is no “one-size-fits-all” prescription. When it comes down to it, being healthy is all about taking the steps that keep your body feeling strong in the long run. Some people might prefer to take a more literal approach to this, ...
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  • Does Apple Cider Vinegar Help with Weight Loss?

    Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting sugar from apples. This process turns them into acetic acid, which is the main active compound in vinegar. Historically, apple cider vinegar has been used to add a sweet, tangy taste to salad dressings, soups, sauces, and hot drinks. Even before that, it was used in ancient practices as a natural, healing medicine. In recent ...
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  • Does Anxiety Make You Lose Weight?

    Why Mental Health Is Important to Physical Health The year 2020 has been a stressful year to say the least. Many of us have been confronted with battles we never expected, and the toll it has taken on our bodies has been unprecedented as well. The truth is that stress can cause both weight gain and weight loss, but it should never be used as a weight loss method because stress is hard on our ...
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  • How Is Sleep Related to Weight Loss?

    The Weight Loss Solution That Requires No Action For many people, just thinking about trying to lose weight makes them tired. This is because weight loss is typically associated with a lot of work. From hitting the gym to making necessary diet changes, a rewarding weight loss journey is no small feat. For this reason, many patients will be happy to find out that one major step towards weight loss ...
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  • How to Lose Fat and Build Muscle at the Same Time

    Most people think they have to choose between losing fat and building muscle. While it can certainly be difficult to strike a balance between the two, it is possible. Working towards this goal over time is key to seeing results, as there is no quick fix. Combine Cardio with Strength Training In order to lose fat and build muscle, both cardio and strength training must be incorporated into your ...
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  • How to Reduce Weight During Lockdown

    The consequences of the global pandemic are still not fully understood, and neither is the impact it’s had on the lives of those in lockdown. Some changes have certainly been noted, though. A study was conducted by King’s College London and Ipsos MORI that surveyed 2,254 people -- 48% of respondents reported gaining weight during lockdown. When you combine the fact that many gyms have been closed ...
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  • Myths About Sagging Skin & How to Treat It

    There are many things people say about fine lines and wrinkles that simply aren’t true! Aside from aging and major weight loss, sagging skin can occur from sun exposure and an unhealthy diet. However, although it is such a common issue, people continue to struggle with the condition and can’t seem to find the proper causes and treatments. Luckily, we’re here to get real on the dos and don’ts of ...
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  • Tips for Keeping Your Heart Healthy

    Keeping your heart healthy and strong not only contributes to good health and weight loss, but it reduces your risk of disease, cancer, and infection as well. As we age, our chances of cardiovascular disease increase, so it’s important to know what we can do now to reduce the risks of complicating our health in the future. There are many things you can do to keep your heart healthy, no matter your ...
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  • Can Excess Body Fat Increase the Risks of Heart Disease?

    Cardiovascular disease remains one of the leading causes of death among men and women globally. In fact, about 1 in every 4 deaths in the U.S. is the result of heart disease, and the biggest risk factors are high blood pressure, obesity, being overweight, and lack of physical activity. New research even suggests that the region of the body where fat is distributed also has a major impact on a ...
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  • Creating Healthier Habits in the New Year

    We’ve all heard the saying “new year, new me.” However, too many of us continue to struggle with diet, health, and exercise plans each year. Losing weight and getting into shape is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions people make , yet they rarely get accomplished. To make this year’s resolution into an actual solution, go beyond the classic promise of “losing weight in the new year.” ...
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  • How Busy Adults Can Find Time to Work Out

    You likely already know how it’s important to exercise for your health and wellbeing. But who has time to exercise when they have a full-time job, 2.5 children, and a busy social life? You may think you simply have no time to juggle all these, but the good news is you do have time, with a little creativity and by following our tips to “fit” fitness into your routine. Making the Commitment to ...
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  • Binge Eating Disorder Series, Part 2: Does Weight Loss Mean I’ve Recovered from Binge Eating Disorder?

    Last week, we discussed how it is possible to be overweight and suffer from an eating disorder . This week we will delve into the topic of whether weight loss is an indicator of a successful recovery from binge eating disorder (BED). Although it is just as serious as the more well-known eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia, binge eating disorder is often dismissed as just a food addiction ...
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  • Binge Eating Disorder Series, Part 1: Is it Possible to Be Overweight and Have an Eating Disorder?

    The common misconception is that only very thin individuals can have eating disorders. The sad truth is an eating disorder can affect anyone of any weight, even the obese. Although many think of anorexia or bulimia as the most prominent eating disorders, the fact is there are actually many eating disorders. Some of the most common eating problems among the overweight include emotional eating, ...
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  • 5 Tips for Easy Meal Prep for the Working Professional

    Let’s face it, it can be a challenge to find time to prepare meals in advance when you’re balancing work, family, and a social life. One way to help save yourself time and money is by meal prepping. This isn’t just about eating healthy, it’s about the freedom you get from having to make any sort of decision about what to eat for that time. This saves you the time and money from having to go to a ...
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  • Why Weight Loss Starts in the Kitchen

    Most people are aware to achieve weight loss, you need to burn more calories than you consume. This teeter-totter of calories in versus calories out seems easy in theory, and anything but easy in practice. That’s why it helps to know the facts that you can more easily control the calories that go “in” rather than the calories that go “out.” To lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than you ...
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  • I’m Pregnant. How Much Weight Should I Gain?

    Pregnancy should be a joyous time in a woman’s life, but it comes with plenty of questions, from what the baby’s gender will be to whether you should have a natural birth, and many more. Women often wonder whether about how much weight they should gain during their pregnancy, but the answer varies, and is largely dependent on the mother-to-be and her pre-pregnancy weight. Most women, though, ...
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  • Teaching Children About Obesity

    The sad truth is, one-third of U.S. adults are overweight. Even more alarming, as many as 20% of children and adolescents between the ages of 6 to 19 are obese, a number that has more than tripled since the 1970s. Unfortunately, the habits we adopt in childhood often follow us for a lifetime, and the same can be said for overweight children, who typically grow up to be overweight adults. As a ...
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