My attention this week was caught by the article from “Essence” magazine, written by Jeannine Amber. The name of the article intrigued me – “The new science of weight loss”. Good, it is very relevant to me, because I am working on it every day!
What factors are the most influential on the women health today? According to the Black Women’s Health Study (BWHS), conducted by researcher Fleda Mask Jackson, PhD, women in their mid-twenties are “cocooned in their communities, where they received support and validation. Then they transition in to workforce only to face discrimination and stressors of both racism and sexism…”We found a higher weight gain in women who had perceived the more racism, says Palmer, BWHS’s co-principal investigator. “What we are seeing is that the body’s response to the chronic stress of racism can lead to weight gain and obesity.” The author Jeannine Amber recommends to women to try getting involved within a group outside the work, through their church, sorority, gym or volunteer organization. It is true not for only African American women. A lot of women feel themselves out of society, angry at the society. The best way that really helps – start volunteering. I experienced this myself – I worked as volunteer in Coney Island Hospital in Pharmacy department and in the Lenox Hill Neighborhood Senior Center as Aerobic Instructor. This was the best time of my life, because I was working not for the money, but only for myself! And I feel less depressed because I have to leave my beautiful country. And it helps! I started to think about how to help Americans, and that distracted me from my pain, my problems!
Another topic was very interesting, too. According to Gary Taubes, founder of the Nutrition Science initiative (as he wrote in his book Good Calories, Bad Calories) Taubes states that a diet high in sugar and carbs is inherently more fattening than a diet of the same number of calories without the carbs. Obesity is not a problem of eating too much, it is a biological disorder, says Taubes. And explains, why! This was a discovery for me! Taubes maintains that “African Americans are especially sensitive to the effects of sugar and carbohydrates because these foods have been in their diets for less time than for people of European descent.” There is a theory that says that the newer something is in your environment, the greater the effect it is going to have on you, he explains. So, European populations that have been eating refined grains for 10,000 years would have been adapted to these. African-Americans, who were forcibly imported to the US 300 to 400 years ago, for the most part hadn’t had sugar in their diets before”. Now with this valuable knowledge I may help my clients more! And I think it could be applicable to Latin American people too. Native Americans didn’t have refined sugar in their diet, either! But what about me – I used to eat a lot of processed sugars, but maintain healthy weight – it is because my body was adapted to processed sugars! Thank you, magazine “Essence” – you really went ahead of many women’s magazines!
My fitness life started early as a semi-professional athlete in running and endurance development. I earned several levels of professional recognition in running, tried some gymnastics and took ballet classes. Later I mostly dedicated my life to work (I have BSc in Pharmacology) and family, raised three children. About four years ago I decided to become Fitness Instructor, first hand experiencing difficulties of getting back on track. I am immensely grateful to Fitness Coordinator of City of New York Parks & Recreation Nancy Klitsner, who inspired me to join and successfully complete Aerobics Leadership Training Program. To learn more, I decided to acquire National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Personal Trainer Certification, followed by Group Exercise Instructor Certification by Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), Exercise and Nutrition Works Fitness Nutrition Specialist Certification. Now I am Personal Trainer at Bally Total Fitness, leading Strength and Stretch classes at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, offering individual and small groups exercises at home and parks locations and developing tailored nutrition programs. I am proud to use my knowledge and experience to help people get fitter, develop healthy lifestyle, and raise confidence in them.