Watch Cholesterol While Enjoying National Donut Day 2009
Today marks the 2009 National Donut Day here in the U.S. With children, adults, and sweet-tooths of all ages celebrating coast-to-coast, one has to wonder if such a day is needed with a growing obesity problem? However, one cannot deny the sheer goodness flowing from the doors of Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donut shops across the nation. National Donut Day, if celebrated in moderation, can be something most everyone can be happy for.
Sugar intake is one of the biggest enemies of weight loss. The pancreas produces insulin as sugar enters the body. Insulin is a key to the body's ability to store fat. By celebrating National Donut Day Americans are not going to instantly increase their waist sizes. Nutritionists and doctors agree, watcing sugar and caloric-intake levels over time is key to weight loss, coupled with a steady exercise plan.
Some recent studies indicate exercise alone is insufficient to produce noticeable weight loss. The average adult burns approximately 2,500 calories a day through regular, involuntary bodily functions. An exercise routine increases this number depending on the intensity, time, and frequency of the routine. National Donut Day, key word being day, is not going to break the bank, per say.
Exchanging some snacks such as donuts, candy, and pastries with fruits and vegetables can be helpful in a diet intended for weight loss. Individuals still must be careful since fruits and vegetables can be high in sugar themselves. However, calories are, on average, lower in these foods than various processed desserts. The ultimate key in weight loss is limiting overall food intake. National Donut Day, balanced with other days of eating more veggies and healthier foods can be one the whole family can enjoy.
A debate among nutritionists, doctors, and other health care experts concerning exercise, weight loss, and metabolism has been raging for sometime. Some health care officials once thought exercise routines involving 4 or more days a week of exercise actually increased an individual's metabolism rate, or the speed at which calories are burned. Just in time for National Donut Day though, recent studies indicate this is not entirely true. The latest studies seem to show that exercise routines keep metabolism rates higher in individuals even during times of rest. This reports indicate an individuals metabolism rate doesn't necessarily increase overall, but stays at higher rates during resting heart rate times.
Cholesterol levels among Americans have been on the rise in recent years as well. Doctors advise individuals on cholesterol-lowering drugs avoid partaking in National Donut Day. If one is taking a drug such as Lipitor, a steady, low-cholesterol, low-fat diet is most helpful in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels in the body. Those with blood-sugar level problems, such as diabetics, are also advised to be careful in adding such items to their diet.
In the end, the 2009 National Donut Day is one to be celebrated by the majority of Americans. The key to all diets is moderation. An exercise routine of 3 days a week, eating foods lower in sugar, and being wary of an individual's daily caloric intake are important steps to both weight loss and weight maintenance. With that said, grab the kids, the spouse, and head to your local Krispy Kreme or Dunkin' Donuts and celebrate the first weekend of June with National Donut Day.
Make sure you have a home cholesterol test ready in case you eat too much Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme.