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When Does the Food You Eat Turn to Fat?- HER Week in Health

By EmpowHER July 30, 2012 - 8:31am

Do you ever wonder how long it takes for the food you eat to turn into fat and extra body weight? In this week's HER Week in Health, Bailey Mosier tries to answer that question. She also looks at the benefits of a 10-minute daily power nap and celebrates women's achievements in sports during the beginning of the 2012 London Olympics. Have a look.

Hey everyone, I’m Bailey Mosier and this is your HER Week in Health.

Do you ever sit and wonder how long it takes for the food you just ate to turn in to added pounds on your body? In this week’s edition I’ll try to answer that great mystery we all wonder about. We’ll also look at why you should take a 10-minute nap every day and we celebrate how far women have come in sports as we kick off the 2012 London Olympics! Have a look.

While the question – how long after I eat will I gain weight – seems extraordinarily simple, more and more experts are saying there’s no simple answer to it.

A growing number of endocrinologists are beginning to see the hormone response to food as far more complicated than previously thought, as well as far more individualized: there is a wider variance in how people respond to food.

It’s not so simple or black and white, because it’s a very individual phenomenon, based not only on the make-up of someone's diet, but on their unique hormonal and physiologic response.

Very few of us are afforded the luxury of taking an afternoon siesta in the middle of our workday, but turns out everyone would benefit – our employers, included – if we did.

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University and Brigham and Women's Hospital found that a 10-minute nap boosts focus and productivity. When compared with other time intervals, the 10-minute nap produced immediate improvements in all outcome measures (including sleep latency, subjective sleepiness, fatigue, vigor, and cognitive performance), with some of these benefits maintained for as long as 155 minutes.

Ten minutes really is key. If you nap for 30 minutes, you fall into sleep inertia, the feeling of grogginess and disorientation that comes with awakening from a deep sleep. So pitch 10-minute naps to your boss in your next meeting. Who knows? He or she may go for it?

The 2012 London Olympics are about to kick off in just a mere matter of days. For the first time ever, the U.S. Olympic team will have more women than men.

The United States Olympic Committee recently released its official roster and for the first time, women athletes will outnumber men. Of the 530 athletes representing America in the upcoming London games, 269 are female while 261 are male.

Some are saying the female majority is a true testament to the impact of Title IX, the law that increased opportunities for women in sports, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.

No doubt women have come a long way in so many areas, including sports. Here’s hoping you enjoy the 2012 London Olympics.
That wraps up your HER Week in Health. Join me here at EmpowHER.com every Friday as we recap the latest in women’s health.

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The tough part about gaining weight is it not only affects you physically it affects you mentally and emotionally. Society can be cruel when it comes to this scenerio. I personally have several friends who are currently overweight. I can personally say I love them despite societies views and opinions. A site i go to view reviews of weight loss is http://harrisreviews.com. I remember when I was 30lbs overweight and the way I was treated. Not cool.

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