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5 things not to do when trying to lose weight

When you’re trying to losing weight, taking shortcuts is the easy option, but honestly, shortcuts aren’t the healthiest.

As humans it’s in our nature to take the easier route out of our problems, this can reflect in your work, personal life, and of course how you choose to lose weight.

It also doesn’t help that there are numerous products that play on people’s insecurity and impatience, to sell the dream of quick and easy weight loss with minimal effort.

The truth is healthy weight loss is a combination of adequate exercise, eating a healthy balanced diet, but most importantly personal discipline and consistency.

With fad diet tips and unhealthy advice so easy to come by, it is very common for people to do all the wrong things when trying to lose weight, resulting in a gradual decline in their state of health.

Weight loss doesn’t have to be so complicated though. We’ve helped you simplify the with this list of 5 things you should never do when you’re trying to lose weight.

Do Not Skip Meals

Skipping meals sends your body into survival mode. What this means is that the body will do its best to maximize the food it has already through holding on to the excess fat and sugar, which you want to lose, for longer than normal. This results in a slow metabolism for you as well which is counter-productive for anyone trying to lose weight.

Avoid consuming too many calories in drinks

Drinks like soda, juice, and alcohol contain high amounts of calories and offer little nutritional benefit, and can even have negative effects. For instance, alcohol affects your body’s ability to absorb vitamins and other nutrients from the food you eat. It also hinders your ability to create glucose, thereby slowing down your metabolism.

Don’t look for short term, quick fixes

Quick weight-loss diets and supplements might offer appealing results, but it is mostly unhealthy and ineffective down the line.

Losing about 1kg per week consistently is healthier, safer, and longer-lasting than most quick fixes. Also, note that there is no magic pill or food that would help you lose weight in a healthy way.

Don’t forget to drink water

According to research, water consumption increases the way you burn calories. It also helps fill you up so you are less likely to overindulge your cravings. Note that you will need to consume a lot more water if you have a frequent exercise schedule, or during hot weather as both result in body fluid loss, which needs to be replenished.

Don’t deprive yourself of treats

The key to healthy eating for weight loss is to practice moderation. Depriving yourself completely from indulging in treats and lead to stronger cravings and overeating. It’s normal to struggle to find the right balance at first, but one slip up won’t ruin your weight loss journey. Keep at it.

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6 common misconceptions about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

This might be probably the first time you’ve seen the abbreviation PCOS, and you just might be wondering what it means. Well, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that causes an enlargement in the ovaries, with small cysts on the outer edges. It is common among women in their reproductive ages, and affects about 1 in 10 women worldwide, but is more prevalent in African and Black American women.

The cause of polycystic ovarian syndrome isn’t well understood but may involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Symptoms include menstrual irregularity, excess hair growth, acne, and obesity. This particular medical condition as others has its myths – these tales are not necessarily true but are widely regarded by some people as fact.

Some of these misconceptions include:

The only treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is birth control pills 

birth control pills for PCOS

Women that have been diagnosed with this condition most times are afraid of not being able to conceive. Although it is the number one cause of infertility, this is not to say that it is a straight-up sentence to infertility. PCOS affects ovulation and leads to irregular menstruation, which makes it harder for women to get pregnant. But does not completely rule it out.

You can’t get pregnant with PCOS 

Hormonal birth control is a common way doctors treat the menstrual irregularities that come with the condition. But a person’s treatment will largely depend on her situation. If you want to get pregnant, you certainly won’t go on a birth control pill. Also, it is not the only way to treat PCOS, and it is not advised for all women. Women should learn to address their hormonal health more holistically with lifestyle measures, like reducing stress and eating an anti-inflammatory diet.

PCOS is a sign of Obesity

Not all obese or overweight women have PCOS, obesity can be caused by an unhealthy lifestyle and many other health conditions. Obesity, like PCOS, can also be hereditary. However, it won’t be a bad idea to get tested for PCOS if you feel overweight. 

Every woman with excess hair has PCOS 

While having excess hair is one of the common symptoms of the condition, it is not a certain indicator that a woman has PCOS. One of the reasons women may have excess hair is Cushing syndrome – which occurs when a woman is exposed to high levels of the hormone, cortisol (your body’s main stress hormone). Cushing syndrome can be triggered by your adrenal glands making too much cortisol, or from taking medications such as prednisone over a long period.

Women with irregular menstrual circle have PCOS 

Not all women with irregular menstrual circle have PCOS. There are a variety of other medical conditions that could contribute to irregular menstruation. An irregular menstrual cycle is a symptom of PCOS, but should not be a tag for PCOS. You should take necessary precautions by consulting your doctor or getting a test to confirm if you have it. Do not base your facts on assumptions.

You don’t have to worry about it if you’re not looking to get pregnant 

PCOS does not just affect a woman’s fertility; it can also impact her long-term wellness. It has been linked to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, poor cholesterol levels, sleep apnea, depression and anxiety, and endometrial cancer. So, even if you are not looking to get pregnant, it is definitely not a condition you should overlook.

PCOS can be self-diagnosed based on symptoms

PCOS has similar symptoms with other health conditions. It is also easy to mistake it for diabetes or other hormonal imbalance issues. Hence, you cannot be sure if you have it unless you get tested. 

It also is not a cause for panic. When it is discovered on time and treated in combination with healthy lifestyle choices, you have little to worry about.

However, it is not well known, hence, it is easy for people who lack adequate knowledge to spread false information about it. If you notice any symptoms of PCOS, it’s best you speak with a licensed doctor first to get a professional medical opinion on what next steps to take.

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10 Reasons coffee is good and bad for your health

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You might start off some workdays with a cup of coffee to add that extra kick to your step, while on other days you might have some coffee to stay focused all night and meet a pressing deadline. Regardless of the purpose, coffee is commonly used by professionals and entrepreneurs alike to stay active and energized. What most people have failed to acknowledge, however, is that while coffee can be quite helpful, it is not without its downsides.

Due to the fact that the main active compound in coffee is the stimulant caffeine, it becomes dangerous when it’s taken excessively and could lead to a series of complications in the human system.

Here are 10 reasons coffee could be good or bad for your health

What are the health benefits of coffee?

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Coffee can boost your physical performance. 

Have a cup of black coffee about an hour before workout and your performance can improve by 11-12%. Caffeine increases adrenaline levels in your blood. Adrenaline is your body’s “fight or flight” hormone which helps you to prepare for physical exertion.

Coffee may help you lose weight.

Coffee contains magnesium and potassium, which helps the human body use insulin, regulating blood sugar levels, and reducing your craving for sugary treats and snacks. 

Coffee helps you focus and stay alert. 

Moderate caffeine intake, helps you focus and improves your mental alertness. Caffeine is a known stimulant. In your brain, it blocks the function of an inhibitory neurotransmitter (brain hormone) called adenosine. By blocking adenosine, caffeine increases activity in your brain and releases other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine. This reduces tiredness and makes you feel more aler

Coffee lowers the risk of death.

Studies have shown that coffee drinker’s overall risk of premature death is 25% lower than those who don’t drink coffee. Studies have also shown that coffee drinks are less prone to suicide, liver diseases and type 2 diabetes.

Coffee reduces the risk of cancers.

One study has shown that coffee may decrease the risk of developing prostate cancer in men by 20 %, and endometrial cancer in women by 25 %.     

What are the negative side effects of taking coffee?

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Bad coffee can be toxic.

Bad quality coffee can have a lot of impurities in it, which can cause headaches. This can happen if your coffee is made from beans that have been over ripped or otherwise ruined. If you invest and buy high quality, specialty coffee you don’t have to worry about this.

Too much Coffee can be lethal to your health

Yes, if you drink 80-100 cups (23 liters) in a short session. This dose is lethal and will amount in 10-13 grams of caffeine within your body. Before you reach this point, however, you’ll be vomiting most of it out since 23 liters of any liquid is a lot.

Coffee can cause insomnia and restlessness.

coffee and insomnia

When coffee is taken excessively it can lead to insomnia (the inability to sleep). Consuming too much caffeine can lead to jitteriness, anxiety, heart palpitations, and even exacerbated panic attacks.

If coffee reduces your sleep quality, try quitting coffee late in the day, such as after 2:00 p.m.

It can easily lead to addiction.

When people consume caffeine regularly, they become tolerant to it. It either stops working as it did, or a larger dose is needed to produce the same effects.

When people abstain from caffeine, they get withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches, exhaustion, brain fog, and irritability. This can last for a few days.

Tolerance and withdrawal are the hallmarks of physical addiction.

Coffee may increase frequency in Urination

frequent urination due to excess coffee

You may have noticed that you need to urinate frequently when you drink more coffee than usual.

Due to caffeine’s stimulatory effect on the bladder, increased urination is a common side effect of high coffee intake.  

How to Maximize Health Benefits of coffee

There are a few steps you can take to increase the health benefits of coffee to your body. They include;

  • Not adding a lot of sugar
  • Brew coffee with a paper filter. Unfiltered coffee, such as from a Turkish or French press, contains cafestol, a substance that can increase cholesterol levels.
  • Most importantly do not drink excessive amounts of coffee

If you notice any unusual changes in your health and suspect it might be due to your coffee consumption, speak with a licensed doctor first to get a professional opinion on how to limit your coffee intake.

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5 COMMON SKINCARE MYTHS YOU SHOULDN’T BELEIVE

Not everyone can relate to having “perfect skin.”

Many people rely on cosmetic products to cover-up as many spots and breakouts as possible, and that’s perfectly normal. On your journey to achieving that dream glow, it is understandable if you search the internet for skincare routines.

However, this exposes you to so much unverified information and could lead you to develop skincare routines that seem to be the perfect solution for your skin, but may end up not having no effect at all, or a negative effect.

Let’s help you rethink what you believe a perfect skincare routine is.

Here are 5 common skincare myths that you should definitely not believe;

1. Expensive products work best

Ever heard people say expensive products are the best for your skin? Things like “if it is so cheap, how can it be effective?” So many people equate high cost to high quality, and that isn’t always true. The fact is that it all depends on your skin type. It doesn’t matter if the product is expensive or not.

While expensive products are very well branded and packaged, some affordable, natural products can be more effective. It does not matter how expensive the product is, rather, the trick is knowing and understanding your skin type and working with products that are best for you. Do not allow anyone to sell you an overpriced product based on that false ideology.

2. Acne is a result of infrequent face washing

Some people also claim that you get acne from not washing your face. Although this is not entirely out of place, infrequent face washing is not a primary cause of acne. It’s more of a way to help deal with acne. Acne has a variety of causes. It can be triggered when it’s a woman’s time of the month,  as a reaction to particular foods or skin-care products, pregnancy, hormonal changes, bacterial or fungal infections. Definitely not from not washing your face.

3. Applying Make-up makes you Age Faster

There is no proof that wearing make-up, no matter how often, will make anyone age faster. Fun fact – there are so many makeup products that nourish and protect your skin. However, if you do not wash off make-up properly before bed, you’re leaving not just the makeup, but the dirt, oil, and toxins your skin has collected over the course of the day. It’s not the makeup, it’s just bad hygiene habits.

4. The harder you scrub or exfoliate the better

While the phrase, “no pain, no gain” is relevant when it comes to exercise, it doesn’t quite apply in the context of exfoliating your skin. You do not have to hurt or be in pain to have perfect skin. Doing so would only cause a lot of damage to your skin. Be kind to your skin and exfoliate once or twice a week. Exfoliating too often robs your skin of its natural nutrients and makes your skin more susceptible to infections.

5. When it burns, it’s working

Like the last point, this is also wrong in so many ways. Here’s a personal experience – There was once a time I was among the lot that believed this myth, and I always left skincare products on my face for longer-than-normal, thinking they would work better. Until the faithful day when I left this particular face lotion on for a very long period, even with the burning sensation I felt. The next day I was shedding skin.

A burning sensation is simply a warning notice, a sign of your skin crying for help. Pay attention to your skin and wash any product off your face with warm water as soon as you notice a burning sensation.

Try your possible best not to believe everything you see on the internet, so you do not fall prey to fabricated tales that most times are not entirely true, or are misconstrued.

There isn’t a “one size fits all” approach when it comes to skincare routines. Be patient, and learn what works best for your skin.

Finally, skin irritations could be a result of a variety of factors, ranging from cosmetics to food, and even medication. When you notice such, it’s best you speak with a doctor immediately, and receive professional advice before making any decisions, instead of looking for answers online.

You can now do this easily with Tremendoc – the mobile application that helps you connect instantly with a licensed doctor through video call and audio call, right from your phone. So you no longer have to panic on those mornings when you wake up and notice a random break out. There will always be a doctor available to help you on Tremendoc. Click here, to get the app now.

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Telemedicine in Nigeria: 5 Reasons you should talk to a doctor online

So you finally have the weekend to rest after a long and stressful week. You’ve planned to put your feet up, watch some tv, flip through a book or magazine and just recharge, but nature has other plans. You wake up feeling symptoms in your body that are worrying. You try not to panic, and just get on with your day hoping to shake it off, but the symptoms persist.

The realization that you might be sick starts to set in, and you’re dreading having to go all the way to the hospital by yourself.

Well, here’s where telemedicine comes in.

What is Telemedicine?

Telemedicine (also called telehealth) is any two-way communication between a doctor and a patient using video, audio, or chat technology. Telemedicine services leverage various means to connect patients and doctors, ranging from web to mobile applications.

The Need For Telemedicine In Nigeria

The latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals that Nigeria’s physician-to-patient ratio is 4 doctors per 10,000 patients and patients often wait hours to be seen. In the US the ratio is 26 doctors per 10,000 people, and 28 in the UK. Its no secret why many hospital waiting rooms are quite populated and patients have to wait hours to be attended to. There simply aren’t sufficient hands to attend to patients.

Since the Coronavirus pandemic hit Nigeria in March, hospitals have been limiting in-patient visits, in order to protect their doctors from exposure to the virus, following the temporary closure of a few hospitals after doctors there tested positive to Covid-19. While this measure might be justifiable from a prevention standpoint, it however leaves many people without access to healthcare services they need.

The need for telemedicine in Nigeria has never been more clear. Telemedicine platforms like Tremendoc make it possible for patients to have online medical consultations with licensed doctors, in Nigeria, and across the world. They can also provide much needed technical support to hospitals, and enable them to provide care to patients in the comfort of their homes, thereby limiting exposure of doctors and other medical staff.

Aren’t convinced about telemedicine yet? Here are 5 reasons you should talk to a doctor online:

1. Remote Monitoring (Home health Telemedicine):

Telemedicine makes it possible for doctors to monitor their patients from the comfort of their homes. It can be used to help reassure patients and keep them safe at home while ensuring that only people who absolutely need to visit the hospital, do so.

2. Lower Healthcare Costs

Telemedicine helps patients spend considerably less money than they would on traditional, in-person visits to the hospital. It also helps healthcare providers reduce expenses of caring for patients.

3. Telemedicine is Faster, More Convenient, and Comfortable

Using Telemedicine, you can talk to a doctor online soon after you notice unusual symptoms in the body, sometimes even within seconds. In addition to speed, Telemedicine also allows you to connect with doctors from your comfort zone, which eliminates the pressure you might feel enclosed within the doctor’s office.

4. Reduced Risk

Since you do not have to be in a hospital waiting room, or in the physical presence of a doctor, you are not exposed to infectious diseases through touching of surfaces or items like furniture, books, or even play areas for children. Telemedicine also eliminates the risk of physical contact with sick patients or health care workers.

5. Reduced Travel Time

Virtual care significantly reduces travel time for individuals in areas where they do not have certain specialists close by. It helps individuals who do not have convenient transportation or have mobility problems access healthcare professionals who they otherwise would not have been able to reach.

Do you agree that telemedicine will help Nigeria in increasing access to quality healthcare? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment.