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10 ways sitting too much is bad for your health

In Health and Wellness by Garcia Weight Loss May 24th, 2018

It should come as no surprise that sitting all day is bad for your health. The average adult sits for 8-10 hours per day, which can increase the risk of health problems such as organ damage, muscle degeneration, back problems, and poor circulation. But here’s something you may not have known: sitting for long periods of time increases your risk of death from any cause, even if you exercise. That means you can’t sit at …

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Your guide to a low-glycemic diet

In Health and Wellness by Garcia Weight Loss May 24th, 2018

Have you ever tried a low-glycemic diet? A low-glycemic diet is one that focuses on foods with a low glycemic index, which is a number that indicates a food’s effect on blood sugar levels. The lower a food’s GI, the more slow and steady its effect on blood sugar levels. At Garcia Weight Loss, we have found that a low-glycemic diet is the best approach for promoting healthy, sustainable weight loss and other positive changes …

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How to fast for the best results

In Health and Wellness by Garcia Weight Loss May 24th, 2018

Interesting in trying a fasting diet? Studies show that periodic fasting is associated with numerous benefits, including weight loss, cellular rejuvenation, reduced inflammation, lower blood pressure, and increased energy. Making fasting a regular part of your routine could lower your risk of disease and even extend your lifespan. But before you dive into the world of fasting, make sure you know what to expect and how to prepare — not just so your fast is …

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From the doc: The benefits of fasting

In Health and Wellness by Garcia Weight Loss May 24th, 2018

Have you ever tried fasting? Intermittent fasting is a hot topic in the weight-loss and wellness communities, but it’s not without controversy. Some medical professionals warn that fasting diets are nothing but a dangerous trend. But although there are some risks to be aware of, and fasting diets should be carried out with the approval and supervision of your doctor, they can be extremely beneficial to your health when done correctly. Fasting is nothing new. …

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7 unhealthy weekend habits to quit now

In Health and Wellness by Garcia Weight Loss May 11th, 2018

For many of us, weekends are a chance to relax, unwind, and have fun. No one wants to place rules or restrictions on their days off, but being mindful of destructive or damaging habits could benefit you physically, emotionally, and mentally — and ultimately help you reach your biggest health goals. If you’re guilty of any of these seven unhealthy weekend habits, it may be time to break the cycle and start spending your weekends …

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Why you should make health, not weight loss, your ultimate goal

In Health and Wellness by Garcia Weight Loss April 12th, 2018

There’s a prevailing assumption in our culture that thin equals healthy. Thinness is perceived not only as the primary desired body type, but also as the healthiest. But this isn’t always the case, and re-evaluating our perceptions of what it means to be healthy is an important step in making significant progress toward our own health goals. Many people with enviable physiques aren’t actually healthy on the inside, and a thin person who eats a …

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How to make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary

In Health and Wellness by Garcia Weight Loss April 12th, 2018

Do you have trouble sleeping, or do you wake up in the morning still feeling tired? You may need to take a good look at your bedroom. Getting a good night’s sleep starts with creating the right environment, with lighting, bedding, and other elements that help promote relaxation. Making a few simple tweaks at home can improve your sleep cycle and help you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to meet the day. Invite darkness …

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10 ways to reset your sleep schedule

In Health and Wellness by Garcia Weight Loss April 3rd, 2018

Everyone has an internal clock known as your circadian rhythm, which regulates many many physiological processes and tells your body when to sleep, wake, and eat. Circadian rhythms naturally operate on a cycle of roughly 24 hours, but environmental cues such as temperature and sunlight can affect your clock’s rhythm. Disruptions to this cycle can lead to unhealthy eating and sleeping patterns. The risk of cardiovascular events, obesity, and neurological problems such as depression and …

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From the doc: The importance of getting enough sleep

In Health and Wellness by Garcia Weight Loss March 23rd, 2018

When we’re busy (and we’re all busy), adequate sleep is often one of the first things we sacrifice. We tend to think that we can stay up late and get up early to accomplish more without suffering too many consequences. But a lack of quality sleep has detrimental effects beyond just feeling groggy and needing more coffee to get through the day. Quality sleep is actually as essential to the human body as food and …

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6 tips for a heart-healthy diet

In Health and Wellness by Garcia Weight Loss February 2nd, 2018

Making lifestyle changes to improve your health, lose weight, and take care of your heart is a lifelong project that can be compared to a marathon rather than a sprint. If you approach it with the mindset that you can just make temporary changes, you’ll likely soon fall back into old habits and undo whatever progress you’ve made. Making significant improvements to your health requires adopting healthy habits that you can stick with for the …