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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Back To The Mat - More Yoga For More Variety

The term yoga can be translated as "integration", "union" or "connection". This primarily refers to the harmony between body and mind. Yoga has become a widely accepted means to compensate for permanent stress in everyday life, but this is exactly where the biggest problem lies.

Back To The Mat - More Yoga For More Variety


THE TERM YOGA...

...can be translated as "integration", "union" or "connection". This primarily refers to the harmony between body and mind. Yoga has become a widely accepted means to compensate for permanent stress in everyday life, but this is exactly where the biggest problem lies. The stress tempts to neglect the regular yoga exercises. This article should therefore help to hold on to the most sporty way of relaxation and to think more often only about ourselves and our well-being.

THE THING WITH MOTIVATION

Even the most motivated people are sometimes thrown off course. This is not unusual, the present holds its challenges and trials for all of us - both physically and mentally. Job, private life and leisure activities, all of which have to be integrated into everyday life, are very challenging for us.

In addition there are strokes of fate, relationship problems, psychologically strong strains, which we do not choose and which come over us. In addition, we ourselves are not immune to health hazards - this can also quickly become a problem for us. In times of such stress, we humans tend to reduce those parts of our lives that we regard as supposedly optional, i.e. that we do not consider absolutely necessary. However, we like to neglect the fact that it is precisely these aspects of our lives that make it worth living in the first place.

Our inner center can quickly be disturbed when we are struck by such blows. We can be very well-balanced people, and yet a really bad time can change everything. Therefore it is important to find the motivation for the things we love, because they can help us on our way back to balance.

YOGA - HOW TO GET YOUR MOTIVATION BACK TO YOU


HOW TO GET YOUR MOTIVATION BACK TO YOU

Well, how are we supposed to be motivated again? How are we supposed to find the time, peace and inspiration for regular practice again? First of all, we have to analyse exactly what ultimately caused yoga to stop motivating us on its own, as it should be. However, the reasons can also be to be found in yoga itself, instead of in the difficulties that lurk in the environment.

A few examples: The own ego becomes too big and the progress in yoga is too small and too slow for the ego. The frustration that the supposedly too little progress brings, one becomes impatient. But of course this is an absurd attitude, because yoga is not a competitive sport and certainly not an ego show. It should serve our well-being and our self-confidence (in the true sense of the word) and not our need to beat other people or to be better than them - we should refrain from this thought in principle.

Especially beginners suffer from impatience. They want to master advanced exercises as quickly as possible - but all this takes time and patience. If you don't bring them up, you can easily get frustrated. So - learning patience, over and over again on the mat, then perfecting the beginner exercises piece by piece and only approaching them after the advanced movements - this is the best method to stay on the mat for a long time. It is therefore best to consider whether the exercises you choose always correspond to your own progress. If this is not the case, it is also perfectly legitimate to shift down a gear.

YOGA - TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE


TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE

But yoga can only contribute in part to taking one's life back into one's own hands. Instead, self-reflective measures are at least as necessary. We should look at the partial aspects of our lives both individually and holistically in order to get back on track. But how can this be done, holistically and individually? Well, it's simple. Only when we analyse the different parts of our life, such as work, our private life, our spiritual side and our relationship life, can we discover what may have gone wrong so far - because something must have thrown us off balance.

Holistic means taking into account the interactions between the different areas of life. Because nothing just happens outside the context. Working life, for example, always has an impact on our private lives - our possibilities of enjoying our love life or practicing yoga. However, it is recommended that you start with an individual view and then go to the overall view.

And afterwards one must by no means regard oneself as a victim of processes or simply accept one's own situation - because with this way of dealing with things, one may not only quickly lose the desire to practice yoga, but also the desire to live. The first step towards improvement is usually the will to change - even if this is not always so easy to achieve. But if even the initiative is not there to take a different direction, life will in no way move in the right direction, that much is clear.

To take your life into your own hands means to develop acceptance for what is not changeable and to change what you actually have influence on.

Of course, phrases like "anyone can make all their dreams come true" are nonsense. For in reality our life is determined not only by what we do and want, but also by numerous other determinants. Nevertheless: May all these determinants with their definitions of our existence come down on us, our own attitude to existence should be as positive as possible. If this is not the case, we nail ourselves and become practically immobilized.

YOGA - ALMOST AS OLD AS THE MESCNHHEIT

But why should yoga be the right choice to contribute to life's happiness? Maybe it was the right thing to stop with the old tradition? Well, we should stop here and think about why we started yoga at all. What are the reasons that inspire you to start? The practice of yoga exercises has very positive health effects, and no one will deny that people's physical health is closely related to their mental state and can have extremely beneficial effects on it.

In addition, it is not for nothing that yoga is such an old method to bring body and mind in harmony. Instead, it is an instrument that has proven itself over thousands of years and offers proven and reliable services. Incidentally, this applies to the presence of people living in the West to a greater extent. Because in our time, existence itself is often so stressful that an oasis of peace and concentration can only work wonders for oneself.

Just as we have to analyze holistically what is no longer running smoothly in our lives, there is hardly a better way to get it back into line than yoga. But why is that at all?

YOGA - POSITIVE CHARACTERISTICS


POSITIVE CHARACTERISTICS

Now we should focus on explaining a little less generally and more concretely what benefits the yoga exercises can bring us. Well, first, it serves some health purposes. All yoga exercises are based on stretching, relaxing and concentrating on breathing. This process increases blood circulation in the body. The slow, controlled movement, relaxation and breathing does not stress the heart, but strengthens it and ensures an improved supply of oxygen throughout the body. Since we almost never concentrate exclusively on our breathing in everyday life, this is a welcome change and offers us the opportunity to consciously perceive it.

Speaking of consciousness - stress is now so deeply rooted in people's everyday lives that it is hardly noticeable any more, it is always present. Nevertheless, one should not come to terms with the feeling of stress - after all, the damaging effects on health are well known. Yoga may not work wonders here, but it can make a contribution, because it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system - an important part of the vegetative nervous system. This is so important because it can send out relaxation impulses, which in turn should have extremely positive characteristics for your well-being. This is more than just working against stress symptoms, because prevention in this case is much better for health than aftercare.

Apart from all the stress, which naturally has an after-effect on our health, back damage should not be underestimated. Even if they appear as harmless wounds in everyday office life, they can cause more serious problems in the long run - until you can hardly walk. Here, too, yoga can help. By the way, these can also be a consequence of the stress I have just mentioned.

The best thing about yoga, at least in terms of health, is definitely that it helps to regulate the hormonal balance, which is so important for men and women alike.

But yoga is also a good choice for our spiritual side. Because yoga is more than just a lifestyle thing, yoga is an attitude. And that's why yoga is especially recommendable. Meanwhile more and more people are longing to occasionally leave the material world - but many do not feel able to take this step permanently. Therefore, asanas can help to promote the view of one's own life with an improved self-perception. After all, burnout can be a consequence, for example, if stress is not treated with the necessary seriousness, but is constantly reduced.

YOGA - HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY BACK TO THE MAT


HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY BACK TO THE MAT

But now the question is: How do you find your way back to the yoga mat? Well, it's simple. Firstly, we must be aware of all the advantages that we have already mentioned. Secondly, it is important to keep in mind that yoga can be the antithesis to our daily worries and thus a refuge in stormy times. What alternative is there? Neither the television, the Internet nor shopping can offer such a comprehensive and healing experience.

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MIX IT UP!

Maybe you have always practiced the same yoga styles and exercises and therefore the practice has become boring. A little variety can't hurt. So let us first dedicate ourselves to the different yoga styles that exist. Well, there are several additional interpretation possibilities for each yoga style, but it is clear that different styles also have different focal points, which can be more or less suitable for the individual depending on their own orientations and focal points.

While Kundalini Yoga, for example, focuses on the spiritual and spiritual, Ashtanga and power yoga are particularly physically intensive. For beginners it is certainly recommended to start with Hatha- or Vinyasa-Yoga, which both have relatively many variations and concentrate on slow movements, so that both are easy to learn.

Yoga - Other Workouts


OTHER WORKOUTS TO RESUME

Before you find your way back to yoga, you sometimes have to take detours. This means switching to other sports, for example. Many may prefer to go outside in the summer. If you can't get ahead with certain asanas, you can train your condition or certain muscles more specifically through other disciplines, for example.

Various points can help to make it easier to get started here as well. A positive attitude towards our own body, playing sports together with friends or exciting trend disciplines make it easier for us to become active in other ways. No matter whether you are inline skating in the park, jogging or trying out other sports such as trampolining or slacklining. All of them can make you feel better about your body and thus arouse your desire for yoga practices again.

Swimming, for example, is a joint-gentle sport particularly suitable for people with back problems, while working with free weights is not recommended for people with such injuries. If one already pauses with the Yoga exercises, one can try all kinds of different kinds of sport once and look in this way over the edge of plate - because the taking off of borders is actually taken a thought, which also arises from the Yoga.

Often it makes sense to combine yoga with other disciplines anyway, for example in order to power oneself to the full alongside the asanas.

EXCURSION: DOSHAS AND ITS EFFECT

The Doshas are extremely important aryuvedic provisions for the constitution of humans. They regulate both physical and mental constitutional conditions and should therefore not be completely ignored. There are three doshas, some of which attribute very different attributes to humans.

It is remarkable that the doshas are even described so precisely that peculiarities of the body structure such as size, face shape, eye shape, teeth, weight, hair, visibility of the veins and other specifications can be named. But that's not all. The doshas even determine what weather conditions people prefer and how they eat. But even with these very exact things is not over yet, because up to the characteristics like courage, how faithful a person is and other really intimate details Doshas can give information. To diagnose them, aryuvedic doctors make a very careful anamnesis to ensure that they are actually correct.

LIVING CONSCIOUSLY - EXPERIENCING A TIME OUT

Sometimes there are times when the best workouts and yoga exercises don't help anymore. There are times when everyday life literally flattens you out and the work-life balance gets completely out of control. So we need some time out. And time-out does not necessarily have to be understood as a simple time-out from work. Time out can mean getting out of your city, out of your circle of friends and far away from anything that causes stress.

Healing also means living carefully, even if it can sometimes be boring. How about a break far away from home, in a different time zone? There you can lead a life as it is hardly conceivable at home. Only pay attention to your own health, nutrition and nature. Meet people who have also decided to take a break and want to escape the promises of Western life.


But even if you don't need this colossal outbreak, targeted time out at home can be quite useful. These never happen on their own, because even on weekends there is always something to do? Only because you allow it yourself. So you have to leave a weekend free in advance - and also not allow any appointments. This is the only way to keep it free and ensure that there is time for yourself. Then off to the mat, to the sauna and to enjoy. No matter how time is spent, time-out also means mobile phone off and deliberately not taking advantage of some amenities, not spending time on the Internet and of course not answering e-mails. This is the only way to actually take a break from the blessings that modern life brings, but which can also quickly become a curse.

Koh Samui Yoga


INSPIRATION WANTED: HERE YOU CAN FIND IT

But without question, as already indicated, it makes much more sense to take flight and look for another place to find one's own center. But of course you should choose a suitable place - for example Koh Samui in Thailand or Sri Lanka. Apart from beautiful beaches, there are also some yoga retreats that are highly recommended and guarantee that one is not too distracted by worldly influences. Otherwise, of course, remote areas that are less developed for tourism are particularly suitable. Bali is preferred by many travelers, but of course this is also a matter of taste. The Dutch Caribbean attracts other people looking for meaning - a good research before departure is certainly a good investment of time to meet one's own needs.

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Sunday, July 01, 2018

Lose 17 Pounds in 7 Days: We have taken a close look at the crash diet!

Lose 17 pounds in 7 days: This is the nutrition plan

Lose 17 Pounds in 7 Days - We have taken a close look at the crash diet


But let's start with the diet itself. The special: Every day a different nutritional focus is planned.

Day 1: Fruit

It's getting fruity! On the first day of the diet you should only eat fruit. And the best: You can eat as many fruits as you want! Papaya, pineapple, watermelon. As long as it's not bananas!

Day 2: Vegetables

Breakfast should consist of boiled potatoes. Thus, the carbohydrate requirement is covered for the whole day. You should also make sure that you eat enough fibre-rich vegetables - such as broccoli. Whether you eat them as soup, in salads or steamed is up to you. Here, too, there are no limits for the crowd.

Day 3: Fruit & Vegetables

On day three it's: Mix it! Fruits and vegetables may be eaten in alternation. The important thing is to avoid bananas and potatoes.

Day 4: Milk & Banana

10 bananas and 3 glasses of milk are allowed. Of course you can also put the two ingredients together in a blender and put banana milkshake on the menu!

Day 5: Meat

Day five is tempting with lean chicken or fish. Eight tomatoes are also allowed. However, you should make sure that you drink at least 15 glasses of water to get the uric acid out of your body.

Day 6: Red meat and vegetables

Beef, lamb or pork: red meat may be eaten at noon. And vegetables are allowed as much as you want all day long.

Day 7: rice and vegetables

On the last day you can eat rice - preferably brown rice - with vegetables for lunch. A potato and fresh vegetable or fruit juice are also permitted.

Lose 17 Pounds in one Week - We have taken a close look at the crash diet!


What can the "17 pounds in 7 days" diet really do?

The diet actually sounds relatively "sustainable", but is it really healthy? And does it bring the hoped-for result?

"No!" says nutrition expert Erin Palinski-Wade. "Even if you could lose seventeen pounds in seven days, you would lose mainly water, muscle mass and at most two pounds of fat." And who wants to lose muscles through the hardest training?

Lose 17 pounds in 7 days: not balanced, not sustainable!

In addition, Palinski-Wade criticizes: "Any diet plan that aims to avoid whole food groups is absolutely not a balanced and sustainable diet.

And since only fruit and vegetables are on the diet for the first three days of this "17 pounds in 7 days" diet, a lack of nutrients, boredom and cravings are inevitable. "In addition, the question arises as to whether one should also eat enough pulses, such as beans or lentils, during the diet. This is absolutely essential, as they supply proteins," advises Erin Palinski-Wade.

"Protein deficiency can lead to a loss of low-fat body mass (muscles). And this in turn leads to a damaged metabolism, which favors that one gains weight again quickly after the diet".

For people with diabetes or gout the diet is a risk

For people with diabetes or gout this diet is even very dangerous. "Eating just fruit or ten bananas with milk for a whole day shoots up your blood sugar level. And having only meat and fish - proteins - on the menu for a whole day can lead to a gout attack," warns the certified diabetes educator.

The perfect diet should look like this

Instead it guesses: Who is on the search for the correct Diet for itself, should find first of all the cause for the weight gain and delete these naturally from the diet. It is also important to eat meals that consist of 50 percent fruit or vegetables and rely on lean protein foods, wholemeal products, low-fat dairy products and healthy fats. This guarantees a slow but lasting and healthy weight loss."

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

7 Simple Tips for Losing Weight in a Very Healthy Way

Losing weight quickly and without compromising our health is easier than we thought. There is no need for strange remedies, or intense sessions in the gym or even less to eat less than what our body needs.

7 Simple Tips for Losing Weight in a Very Healthy Way


Losing weight means, above all, changing habits. It may surprise us, but our lifestyles and eating habits are the result of a kind of culture and even education that we are not always aware of.

Also, to realize these aspects and to dare to change them successfully requires a will power that, in principle, not all of us have.

There are times when restricting sugar consumption requires something as simple as stopping buying it. Doing so and fulfilling it also requires that we have the support of our family.

Another aspect that we should integrate into our thinking patterns is that a diet should not be "temporary".

To maintain our ideal weight, the most positive thing to do is to integrate a healthy way of eating into our daily lives, and not in specific periods when we accumulate a few pounds too much.

Eating well is an obligation, not a temporary option.

Here are 7 tips on how to lose weight quickly, but at the same time, healthy and recommended.

1. Medical examination


To lose weight in good health, you must first undergo a medical check-up.

Sometimes, having gained a few extra pounds can be due to very specific diseases, such as hypothyroidism.

  • When it comes to starting any diet, it is a priority for our doctors to inform us about such basic indicators as our cholesterol and blood sugar levels, the parameters of our blood pressure, etc.
  • To lose weight quickly we're going to have to do sports. In order to avoid unnecessary risks it is advisable to rule out heart problems or even simple anemias that will make us feel more tired than usual.

So don't hesitate: have a simple check-up and, when you have your doctor's approval, start with the advice below.

2. A glass of warm water and lemon as soon as you get up


We know that this simple advice is already known to you. What's more, it's quite possible that you already apply it in your daily life.

  • Either way, starting the day off with a glass of warm lemon and lemon water on an empty stomach is a great way to cleanse toxins, take care of your liver, regulate constipation and prepare your body for healthy eating.
  • If you think that the juice of a whole lemon is too intense for you, don't hesitate to reduce the amount according to your own tolerance.
This remedy is always very healthy.

3. 1 minute of exercise before breakfast to lose weight quickly


Once we have had that glass of warm lemon water we will begin a simple aerobic exercise routine.

  • It is a great time to move your body and encourage fat loss.
  • Our insulin level is a little lower than normal, so the energy we use to exercise will come directly from our stored fat stores.
  • Just do a 10-minute walk and vary the type of exercise you do every day: push-ups, squats, dancing or even yoga, whatever you prefer.

4. Oatmeal at your breakfast


Oats are one of the best foods to start your day with. It is important that we never skip breakfast, and it is essential that this first meal of the day be varied and balanced.

  • To lose weight quickly, the last thing we need to do is skip meals.
    In that case, what we would achieve would be a much slower metabolism, dangerously low blood sugars and arriving at the main meal of the day too hungry.
  • However, something as simple as preparing a good bowl of oatmeal will ensure that we get the perfect supply of fibre and minerals (such as iron, sodium, zinc, magnesium, potassium or folic acid).
Also, thanks to the omega 6 fatty acids or linoleic acid we manage to regulate cholesterol.

RELATED: 4 Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Weight Loss

5. Eat natural foods and completely restrict processed foods


This advice is, without a doubt, the one that is going to cost us the most to carry out. It will be because it involves the following:

  • We should always eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid all types of sweets, pastries, salt, refined flours, pickles or snacks.
  • We must replace bread made from refined flour with whole grain bread.
  • Pasta, like rice, must be whole grain.
  • Restrict sauces such as mayonnaise, ketchup, cheese spreads, etc.
  • Forget about carbonated drinks, as well as packaged juices: consume only natural beverages.

6. Exercise divided into two half-hour sessions


To lose weight quickly, we must exercise. However, rather than tiring ourselves out in a one-hour session, it is best to spread out our exercise table at different times of the day:

  • As soon as we adjourn a 10-minute session.
  • At noon we will establish a 20 minute exercise routine (if they are of high intensity the effect will be healthier).
  • In the afternoon, and thus avoiding the central hours of the sun, it would be ideal for you to go for a walk or a run. Half an hour is enough.

7. Beware, you need to sleep more than 6 hours each night


More than one may be surprised by this, but getting less than 6 hours of regular sleep will make you overweight and increase your risk of diabetes.

  • If this is your case, if you suffer from chronic insomnia, consult your doctor about a strategy to obtain a deep and restorative sleep.
Sleeping between 7 and 8 hours will cause your body to carry out the basic functions of purification to take care of your metabolism and thus promote faster weight loss.

Encourage yourself to put into practice the advice given here: sometimes it is enough to live a healthy life to lose those extra pounds.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

10 Daily Habits That Helps You Lose Weight Easily and Keep it Off

When it comes to weight loss, the first thing I always discuss is the main reason why the majority of people fail at shedding those kilos. When most people set out on their journey to lose weight, they fail at realizing that losing weight is not for the short-term, it is for life. Hence, most are not mentally prepared for that long-term commitment, and stop whatever they are doing to lose weight once they experience some weight loss. This consequently results in them gaining back those kilos (and more) when they revert back to their old habits. Losing weight healthily requires a lifestyle change, a proper plan and the ability to stay motivated.


10 Daily Habits That Helps You Lose Weight Easily and Keep it Off

1. Eat More Proteins and Food Rich in Fiber.


Protein has a powerful effect on one’s appetite. It makes you feel full and reduce hunger, enabling you to eat fewer calories. It affects several hormones that are essential in hunger and fullness such as GLP-1 and ghrelin.

Increasing your protein to 30 percent of your caloric intake helps you eat about 440 fewer calories in a day. This translates to a weight loss of 11 pounds in just 12 weeks without restricting anything intentionally or engaging in any strenuous activity. It helps burn fat even more effectively than those who have a high carb intake.

If you usually eat grain-based breakfast, you can switch to protein-rich breakfast like eggs. According to study, obese or overweight women who took eggs for breakfast ate fewer calories the rest of the day for the next 36 hours.

Viscous fiber increases satisfaction as it makes you feel fuller for the most of the day. This reduces the need to eat more during certain times of the day like lunch. Fibers always form a gel when in contact with water. It is the gel that prolongs the time your body takes to absorb nutrients. Examples of viscous fiber include oranges, flax seeds, oat cereals, beans, asparagus and Brussels sprouts.

2. Examine Your Eating Habits.


Do you eat late at night? Do you nibble while cooking? Do you finish your kid’s meals? Take a look at some of the things you ordinarily do and identify the behaviors that account to your weight gain. Change these practices to attain significant calorie savings and have an effective eating plan.

Have you ever heard of the old saying “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail?” You need to have a strategy for your snacks and meals. Pack healthful snacks that you can eat when hungry and avoid eating too late at night. The snacks help you deviate from your regular eating plan. That way, you end up eating less during lunch hour and dinner. You lose weight when you do not consume too many calories.

3. Chew Food Slowly and Thoroughly.


Your brain needs time to process whether you have eaten enough. Chewing your food better is a good way of eating slowly while burning more calories.

This reduces the amount of food you eat and increases your satisfaction or fullness. How quickly you finish eating affects your weight.

People who eat faster always gain weight in comparison to individuals who eat slowly. Fast eaters have a higher chance of being obese. Do not eat after having dinner. This is the central area where people pack extra foods. In case you are hungry after dinner, just take a noncaloric beverage or just take a piece of hard candy. Brush your teeth after to reduce the temptation to eat more.

Sleep well and avoid stress. Poor sleeping habits can cause stress which affects your appetite and weight. Lack of sleep disrupts appetite increasing cravings and hunger for unhealthy foods. This leads to intake of more calories. Chronic sleep problems and stress increase the risk of diseases and other conditions like obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

4. Carve out time to prepare your lunch.


Not only will making your own lunch help you save money, it'll ensure you know exactly what you're putting into your body and that you're getting the right nutrients. "You're also less likely to skip lunch on busy days when you can just walk to the fridge instead of having to go out and buy food," says Mashru. Although it seems like skipping those calories could help boost weight loss, depriving your body of regular meals just makes you more likely to overdo it later.

5. Don't do other things while you're eating.


It can be tough to focus on eating when there's work to do and Instagram to check, but chowing down when you're distracted can lead to accidentally taking in more than you need. Distracted eating doesn't just lead to more consumption in the moment, it can even compel you to eat more than necessary later on in the day, according to a systematic review of 24 studies in the February 2013 edition of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

6. Drink Water Regularly.


According to researchers, drinking a lot of water daily increases metabolism rate.

Taking water regularly makes you eat less and lose weight especially when you drink water before your meal. People who drink water after a meal weigh more while those who drink water before a meal eat fewer calories and lose weight. Replace calorie-loaded drinks like juice and soda with fruit infuser water bottle.

Rehydrating your body enables you to stay healthy. The amount of water you drink depends on your gender. Men should drink at least 13 cups in a day while women should drink at least nine cups in a day. Water flushes out toxins from the body and increases your energy.

Drinking water improves your skin complexion and tone leaving the skin glowing. Through a healthy intake of water, you will boost your immune system and enhance the functioning of your vital organs. After all, this pure drink improves digestion, absorption of nutrients and blood circulation!

7. Eat Fiber-Rich Foods.


Eating fiber-rich foods may increase satiety, helping you feel fuller for longer.

Studies also indicate that a special kind of fiber, called viscous fiber, is particularly helpful for weight loss. It increases fullness and reduces food intake.

Viscous fiber forms a gel when it comes in contact with water. This gel increases the time it takes to absorb nutrients and slows down the emptying of the stomach.

Viscous fiber is only found in plant foods. Examples include beans, oat cereals, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, oranges and flax seeds.

8. Sleep Well and Avoid Stress.


When it comes to health, sleep and stress are often neglected. But in fact, both can have powerful effects on your appetite and weight.

A lack of sleep may disrupt the appetite-regulating hormones leptin and ghrelin. Another hormone, called cortisol, becomes elevated when you're stressed.

Having these hormones disrupted can increase your hunger and cravings for unhealthy food, leading to higher calorie intake.

What's more, chronic sleep deprivation and stress may increase your risk of several diseases, including type 2 diabetes and obesity.

9. Eliminate Sugary Drinks.


Added sugar may very well be the single worst ingredient in the diet today.

Sugary beverages, like soda, have been associated with an increased risk of many Western diseases.

It's very easy to take in massive amounts of excess calories from sugary drinks, because liquid calories don't affect fullness like solid food does.

Staying away from these beverages entirely can provide enormous long-term health benefits. However, note that you should not replace soda with fruit juice, as it can be just as high in sugar.

Healthy beverages to drink instead include water, coffee and green tea.

10. Pile your plate high with vegetables.


One of the best ways to get into the healthy-eating habit is by adding things to your diet instead of removing them. Refusing to eat any of your favorite treats can backfire in a binge, whereas slowly increasing your vegetable intake can only bring good results. "Not only are vegetables filled with important nutrients that keep your body healthy and energized, they contain fiber, which helps you feel satiated," says Mashru. To avoid vegetable burnout, she suggests starting small: add a cup of them to at least one meal a day for a week, then start incorporating them into more meals as you get used to them.

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As you diligently work towards your weight loss goals, I strongly recommend that you enjoy this life changing journey to a better and healthier looking you. Once you have turned your lifestyle around, you will be feeling and looking great and you will be able to continue living healthy and looking healthy. Be excited about the change, be excited to try new foods and be excited to discover new recipes and healthier treats. It will be a lifestyle change you will never regret.

Just remember that losing weight is the outcome of many behaviors and habits, so start by sorting through them all to find what will work best for you.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

How To Lose Weight in a Healthy and steady Way

How to lose Weight the healthy way


What is the right body weight? How should we look? These are very difficult questions to answer, but I believe it’s most importantly about feeling comfortable in your own body. We are far too easily influenced by trends and public opinion. If you feel heavy, if your clothes are too tight and if you are tired, losing weight might be a good idea. But do it slowly and by changing your habits. There is no easy fix and crazy diets do not work.

How To Lose Weight in a Healthy and steady Way


Losing weight – and keeping it off – can be hard work because it involves life-changing decisions to find another way of eating and enjoying food. The rules couldn’t be simpler, though: you need to eat less and exercise or be active. Being active improves your body’s physical and mental state, so it is a win-win situation. However, getting into a routine is one of the most challenging aspects.

I have to emphasize that this is a general guideline. The metabolism varies from individual to individual, depending on age, gender, height, weight and your everyday activity levels. Furthermore, if you exercise regularly, the proportion of heavier muscular tissue to fat changes. New studies come out all the time demonstrating just how little we understand about why some people are heavier than others. Metabolism might be connected with our genes, or the bacteria in our stomachs. There is much we don’t know.

The most crucial factor in weight loss, in my experience, is to change your lifestyle forever… and I mean forever. I can’t recommend going on a diet for two to three weeks and then going back to eating like you used to. You can’t expect to keep the pounds off; moreover such ‘yo-yo’ dieting can be very damaging to your health. Changing your lifestyle is key if you need to lose weight and maintain your new body weight. That means smaller portions and less food, more vegetables and complex carbs, less alcohol, fat and sugar – and some exercise every day.

It is really that simple and can be done without calculating anything. I don’t mean you can’t indulge ever again; I’m all for having fun, wonderful food and nice wine. I am talking about changing your habits and your palate, so you end up preferring real-tasting food that is good for you.

GROUND RULES BEFORE STARTING A DIET


Before you start your diet, take the decision to make these changes a permanent feature of your life from now on. After some months without a lot of the things you were used to, such as crisps, chips, fizzy drinks, sugar in everything, heavy sauces, etc., they will actually lose their appeal… I promise. Real flavours from real food can truly change your preferences!

Take time to plan and cook: eating on the move is not a good solution, and shopping for food when you are very hungry and your blood sugar levels are low is also a bad idea. Therefore, plan for three to four days ahead or maybe even for a whole week.

Eating together at a set table is important – don’t eat in front of the TV!

Make sure your dinner plates are not too big; using smaller plates is a good way to control portion sizes.

Eat all your meals slowly, enjoy your food and taste it. I mean really taste it and focus on what’s on your plate. Learning to eat slowly can be hard in the beginning; I know from my own experience. At the beginning I put my watch next to the plate to keep track of time, and promised myself that the eating had to take at least 30 minutes. It took me a couple of months to get into the habit. I lose the habit frequently and then I have to go back to timing my meals.

Involve other people for support. If you find it difficult to change your habits, tell them how they can help you to achieve your goals.

SLEEP

Make sure you get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation makes you eat more since it will make you suffer from tired spells during the day and then you will be inclined to turn to sugar as the solution.

PLANNING YOUR WEIGHT-LOSS DIET


Start your new diet by examining everything in your cupboards, getting rid of not-very-healthy convenience items, such as ready meals, canned soups, snack bars, milk chocolate, fizzy drinks, crisps, cereals containing sugar, etc. Then restock your cupboards with real food, spices, good oils and vinegars, whole grains, oats, nuts, flours, mustards. This replacement process can, of course, be rather expensive. If so, you can do it over time, but try to get rid of all the unhealthy choices in your cupboards as quickly as possible. That is the surest way not to be tempted to eat them.

Plan what to eat for the whole week ahead, and then only go shopping twice so that you spend time in the kitchen instead of in the shops. When on a diet, planning is the key to success. Shopping when hungry or on the spu of the moment will almost inevitably mean that the wrong things get in your basket.

Make sure you always have vegetables, fresh and dried fruit and nuts in the house, so when you get really hungry or fatigued you have something safe to eat.

How To Lose Weight in a Healthy and steady Way - Healthy Lunch


Lunch

In a busy working life you often have to buy lunch or go out for lunch as part of your job. When going out for lunch, do not eat bread and try to avoid alcohol. If it ends up being a big lunch, skip dinner or just eat a raw carrot. Being a little bit hungry now and then will not hurt you.

If you have to buy a takeaway lunch, always avoid sandwiches and go for salad, preferably one with whole grains or quinoa. In any case, the main rule is to stay away from factory-made bread.

High days and holidays

Holidays are always exceptions, and it is only natural to gain a little weight after a couple of weeks with good food and wine every day. That is OK and part of life, but make sure you exercise and perhaps increase your activity level while you have time on your hands.

If you go to a party or have a day when you lunch with friends, or any event where you eat more than planned, just cut down on the following days and you will still lose the amount you need for that week. Dieting is a process that cannot be evaluated day by day but only over weeks or months.

Salt

Sodium is an essential mineral, which we mostly get from salt. Unfortunately, getting too much salt is linked with risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. Your average intake should not be higher than 6g per day. Weigh 6g salt and see how much it is – that will give you a clear picture of the exact amount and help you to limit it. To avoid too much salt in your diet, do not eat processed food, takeaways, and lots of biscuits and snack bars; they contain a lot of salt because it is a natural flavour enhancer.

Sugar

Over the last few decades sugar has become the big enemy, not because there is anything wrong with it as such – it is gastronomically a fantastic ingredient and I would not live without it. However, consuming sugar in the quantities we do is a real and threatening problem, leading to all sorts of health issues.

Stop using sugar in your tea and coffee, but do not replace it with any sweetener. Instead get used to the true taste of the coffee and tea. Do this in stages if necessary. Stop drinking fizzy drinks on a daily basis, and instead buy or make some organic cordials (see Fruit cordials) and dilute them with water. Stop eating snack bars, chocolate bars, bought cakes and biscuits, and sweets.

When craving sweet things, bake yourself a cake so you control exactly what goes into it, that is, the quantity of sugar and the quality of the other ingredients. Alternatively, eat fruit instead. Even though it also contains sugar, it is still a healthy option.

WHAT SHOULD YOU AIM FOR?


If you want to lose weight in a healthy and steady way, I recommend losing 1–2 pounds (500g–1kg) per week, no more. That way you will not feel starved or exhausted. The weight loss will all be due to change. Be patient if nothing really happens in the beginning; just stick to it and the weight will start coming off.

When you have to lose weight, it is important to maintain a steady blood sugar level. You do that by eating three main meals a day and three snacks, but the rule is: do not eat if you are not hungry. The diet plan opposite will work if you do not sit still all day but move around 20% of the time, and exercise two to three times a week.

How To Lose Weight in a Healthy and steady Way - Suggested Diet Plan


SUGGESTED DIET PLAN

Breakfast

• 1 portion of raw oats with fruit and non-fat skimmed milk, or porridge, or a piece of rye bread with cottage cheese (see the recipes).
• Coffee or tea* (with no sugar).


RELATED: 4 Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Weight Loss


Morning snack

• 1 piece of rye bread with 2 tablespoons of low-fat cottage cheese, or if at a desk far away from a kitchen, have some raw vegetables and 10g nuts, like walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds.

Lunch

• A standard lunch with pieces of 1 slice of rye bread with hard-boiled eggs or potatoes, and a portion of raw vegetables like carrots, cauliflower, cucumber and celery sticks.

Afternoon snack

• 1 piece of fruit.

Dinner

• 1 piece of fish, poultry or game, about 100–150g (except for days where the meal is vegetarian).
• 1 big portion of vegetables.
• 2 potatoes or 50g boiled grains.
• 1 portion of salad, with lettuce, kale or cabbage.

Divide each week as follows:

3 days with vegetarian meals

2 days with fish

2 days with poultry, game or meat.

When having your main meal, make sure you set the table nicely, prepare your food with love, take time eating at the table with your family or friends. If eating alone, still set the table and serve yourself a wonderful tasty dinner.

Eat only one portion of food, then eat slowly and drink plenty of water while eating. That also prolongs the meal.

Always serve a fresh salad according to the season; fresh raw vegetables fill you up and they are super healthy. When on a diet, avoid dressings; instead use lemon juice or a nicely flavoured, good-quality vinegar instead.

In general, cut down on fat. Steam or bake instead of frying.

Evening snack

100ml non-fat yoghurt or skyr with berries or other seasonal fruit or, some nights, a small piece of dark chocolate.


RELATED: 10 Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss


General

Drink 2 litres of water a day, and always have raw vegetables in a plastic bag to snack on if hungry or getting sugar cravings.

*Coffee and tea are unlimited, but be careful not to have too much caffeine, which can make you giddy, especially if you do not eat a lot. Always use skimmed milk in your coffee and tea. Avoid café latte – there’s too much fat in all that milk, and that goes for soy latte as well.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Are You Living The True Weight Loss Lifestyle?

For those that are trying to lose weight, they focus on rigorous workout routines and different diets is not their primary focus, but changing their lifestyle entirely. Stop counting calories and start changing your life as a whole.

Are You Living The True Weight Loss Lifestyle?


Do you spend so much time working out at the gym that the receptionist knows you better than your housemates right now? Nonetheless, you have no success at weight loss no matter how hard you try.

Diets that are fads tend not to work out well, even through people tend to get on them frequently each year. Exercising will only make you lead a healthy life Multiple studies have revealed that the key to long-term weight loss is about lifestyle alterations. There are examples of people who have made changes, and then gone on to lose and keep off over 60 pounds of weight. Let's take a look at how they succeeded.

1. Eat the right foods. The topic of calories is actually perfectly straight forward. It comes down to simple math. Eating more calories than what is required leads to increased weight. Still, you do not have to worry about calories if you make smart choices from the get go. Don't eat portions that are too large and start to put lean proteins, vegetables, whole grains, and also fruits into what you eat each day.

RELATED: 5 Healthy, Delicious and Low-Calorie Weight Loss Recipes

 
2. Reasonable exercise. Nearly 90 percent of people who have lost significant weight changed their lifestyle by incorporating one hour of walking each day. This is what you should know. You do not have to buy fancy equipment or belong to a high-priced gym. Moderation is the key, consistency is the focus. "Guides to the best exercises to lose weight"

True Weight Loss Lifestyle - Outdoor Training


3. Quality Support System It is far easier to shed fat when you have positive influences around you at all times. If the people you are conversing and eating with have bad eating habits, the likelihood of you going down the same path increases.

4. Develop a good sleeping pattern. If you don't get enough sleep, insulin production will fall. Your brain requires insulin to regulate your appetite. If you don't get enough rest, you will certainly make poor decision as far as food choices are concerned. Insulin regulates your metabolism, so when you get proper sleep you also have the energy to stick to your daily exercise routine.

5. Keeping track of progress. The journal, believe it or not, is one of the most effective weight loss tools. By writing down the foods you eat and how much you worked out, you'll have success. The process of documenting your progress helps you maintains a constant awareness of good and bad habits and is proof in black and white of what is working for you personally and what does not. This journal helps you pinpoint problem areas, such as snacking and eating on the weekends when you hang with people who are not as driven. In most cases, simply keeping consistent records (at least six days out of the week) is enough to increase the total amount of weight lost by as much as one hundred percent. Let your journal serve as a daily reminder of the things you should do and where you want to be in the future.

A change in lifestyle isn't just about losing weight - it's about living longer, happier, and better lives. Understand the efforts to change your lifestyle are worth the effort because once you lose that weight, you will keep it off. This the time you must get realistic with weight loss effort by changing your lifestyle since no other method will give you the required results.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

10 Ways to Get Skinny Fast Without Starving Yourself

When you are over 10 pounds over weight and eager to reduce body fat, it's hard to ignore all the siren calls from various fad diet marketers promising that if you'll just try Quickie Fast 2000 you're sure to lose 10 pounds or more overnight.

10 Ways to Get Skinny Fast Without Starving Yourself


Hot dang! You think that your problem of how to get skinny fast is now solved because a 30-day supply of Quickie Fast 2000 is going to melt those pounds away in no time. Quickie Fast has the power to do this because it contains a powerful appetite suppressant that will stop you from stuffing your face with food - both good and bad food.

Listen, starving yourself to lose weight isn't a good idea. But all those calories in food is what's making you fat, so you're tempted to try quick solutions like drastically reducing the amount of food you eat. I'm telling you, your body will rebel if you do this.

Anyway, the makers of Quickie Fast 2000 make you think that eating a lot less food means losing more weight. So, you decide to try their product and the first thing you notice is that these diet pills make you feel real jittery. Yeah, you drop a bunch of water weight, but you really feel like crap so you end up throwing away those miracle pills.

Okay, now what are your other options?

Unfortunately, some people resort to sticking their finger down their throat and making themselves throw their food up after eating. This kind of behavior leads to a serious eating disorder called bulimia. Once you go down this road, it's hard to get back to eating and enjoying food like a normal, healthy person. So, how to get skinny without starving or throwing up?

I want you to know right now that it IS possible for you to lose the weight you want and stay perfectly healthy. You don't need any tricks or gimmicks that could risk your safety and well being. Here are some great tips on how to get skinny at home or work while continuing to enjoy food:

1. Set a Goal for Yourself - Setting goals may not be your thing, but it will sure help you when it comes to losing weight. Get a 3x5 note card and write down how much weight you are going to lose and how much time it will take you to do that. Put this note card where you can read it often. Every time you look at that card, it will plant a seed of success in your mind. Example: I am going to lose 20 pounds in 90 days.

2. Eat a Bowl of Soup - There are several kinds of delicious soups you can eat every day for lunch or dinner. Vegetable, tomato, chicken noodle, lentil, black bean, turkey and rice, fish and many more. For lunch you can have soup and a side salad. Or at dinner time, start with a hot bowl of soup. Soup is low in calories and good for you.

3. Substitute Fruits for Sweets - Instead of munching on cookies and candy between meals, munch on apples, oranges, tangerines, grapes, cherries, pears, peaches, plums, mangoes or pineapple. These fruits contain sugar and will give you that sugar boost you enjoy.

Substitute Fruits for Sweets


4. Eat Breakfast - If you are a chronic breakfast skipper - cut it out! I know you think you're cutting down on calories by easily skipping this meal, but you're mistaken if you think this is helping you to lose weight. What you are really doing is slowing down your energy level and metabolism for the day. Plus, you're more likely to eat junk food before lunch because you're so hungry.

Eat a bowl of oatmeal, a breakfast bar, a bowl of fresh fruit or cereal in the morning. Your body will thank you for this by giving you more energy and boosting your body's ability to burn fat.

RELATED: How To Fuel Up Your Body With A Good Breakfast

5. Drink More Water - Maybe you've heard this before, but it's worth repeating: drink several glasses of water a day. Water helps to flush your body of toxins and also fills you up so you eat less calories.

6. Eat a Pint of Ice Cream - What's this doing on the list? It's here because I don't believe in extreme food depravity while on a diet. If you love ice cream (like a lot of people do) then keep eating ice cream. The only thing is - you have to put limits on your indulgence. Instead of a gallon or half gallon, limit yourself to one pint of your favorite ice cream per month. If you run out before the month is over - too bad!

Ration this sweet treat like you're on a deserted island and you have no choice but to make it last longer. Soon you'll realize you don't even desire to eat more than this small amount.

7. Use Smaller Plates and Glasses - Get a set of small plates and glasses to eat meals from. Smaller servings means you'll automatically eat less, since we all tend to eat everything on our plates. When using this method, resist the urge to have seconds. That would defeat the purpose of smaller serving sizes.

8. Cut Down on Soda - Soda is filled with empty calories and sugar. There is also no nutritional value in drinking soda. If you must have fizz, then drink seltzer water. Other good soda substitutes are: tea, water and smoothies.

Seltzer Water


9. Eliminate One Fatty Food Each Week - Fatty foods can be highly addictive just like any drug. Trying to stop eating all of them cold turkey is why many people fail on their quest to lose weight. They crave their favorite fatty foods too much. Instead of the cold turkey method, eliminate one fatty food item from your diet each week. This means it should not be anywhere in your home. Example: week one you stop eating potato chips, week two you stop eating fried chicken, week three it's donuts, and so on . . .

10. Make a Date with Yourself to Exercise - You've got to exercise in order to lose weight. This is a fact and there's no getting around it. Does that mean that exercising has to be unpleasant? No.

Walking is the best low-impact exercise you can do. You walk all the time to get from the couch to the kitchen so you can add a little more walking into your routine and walk for your health.

Like to dance? Great. Put on your favorite music and dance around the living room for 30 minutes. Lots of fun and you burn calories too.

Biking Girl


Some other mild activities are: biking, swimming, playing ball outside, jumping jacks, jumping on a trampoline and walking up and down stairs. Schedule a time to do your exercise activities three times a week - keep the appointment.

Take some action on these tips and start getting skinny today!


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Saturday, October 29, 2016

7 Tips to Know If You Have a Healthy and Fit Body

Can a person be both fit and fat? With a national obesity rate of nearly 30 percent, this is a question that needs to be answered. People do not seem to be actively looking for ways to be thin, and just because a person is thin does not mean they are fit either. So who, really, has a healthy and fit body and how can we get there from where we are?

7 Tips to Know If You Have a Healthy and Fit Body


First of all, most people think you have to hit the gym in order to be the healthiest you can be, and this is just not true. Although exercise does nothing but enhance your health, fitness is not the only answer. It is not always about how you look. It is not always about how you eat. Just like everything else, having a healthy and fit body has many components.

Here are 7 Tips to know, once and for all, if you have a healthy and fit body!

Healthy and Fit Body Tips 1: Proper Nutrition

Providing your body with the right food and liquid is the most important component to your health. If you struggling with weight loss and the inability to get yourself fit, start with a change in your diet. Eating right does not mean eating less. A soy-based meal replacement once a day works for me, along with a few targeted supplements you can not find in food.

Even people who exercise all the time can not be totally fit if they grab a bag of potato chips over an apple. No matter what you look like on the outside, your inside is what matters the most. If your body is not getting right nutrition, you can not expect it to look and feel good. You are what you eat. Never forget that.

Healthy and Fit Body Tips 2: Muscle Mass

Our bodies require a certain percentage of muscle to stay healthy and meet the tasks of daily living. This varies per individual, but after the age of 30, our bodies lose muscle mass each year. The key to restoring this is resistance exercise to keep muscle mass. To age gracefully by being fit, keep your muscle mass percentage high.





 Healthy and Fit Body Tips 3: Body Fat

This your total body weight that is composed of fat. 10 percent to 14 percent is considered good for men, and 14 percent to 18 percent is considered good for women. Being too far below it and above it both have health risks. Unless you're a weight-dependent athlete or a fitness model, you should strive to fall into your category.

RELATED: What Is the Difference Between Weight Loss and Fat Loss?

Healthy and Fit Body Tips 4: Aerobic Endurance

I bet you do not think about how well your body transports oxygen, right? From shoveling snow to running a marathon, aerobic activity is a good indicator of good aerobic fitness. Your cardiovascular goal for fitness is simple. Get your heart rate up and hold it, then bring it down without becoming short of breath.

Healthy and Fit Body Tips 5: Strength

How much force can your muscles generate? Your body needs to be able to move stuff, and you, around. Mass protects your body, strength moves it and keeps it from falling over. Strength training requires short bouts of high-intensity outputs, much different from aerobic activity. Strength training slows the aging process, so the stronger you are, the slower you age.

Healthy and Fit Body Tips 6: Balance

Life is no fun if you're always toppling over. Your ability to maintain control of your center of gravity is important for obvious reasons. To stay in balance your body uses smaller muscles to help keep your joints tracking properly. A person with good balance has less chance of incurring an injury. The next time you see an exercise ball, use it!

Healthy and Fit Body Tips 7: Flexibility

Your ability to move your body freely through a full range of motion does not require an advanced class of yoga. Simply start stretching your muscles more because they contract during exercise and the daily rigors of living. Keeping your muscles supple gives you a buffer against being injured and is an indicator of overall fitness. It will also help you age with less complications.

RELATED: Yoga For Weight Loss


As you can easily tell, there are many components that are of equal importance in order to have a healthy and fit body. It is not just the way a person looks on the outside but rather a combination of many factors. You have the ability to change your body for the better just as easily as McDonald's can change it for the worse. The difference is developing the mindset of a person who chooses healthy over unhealthy.


Bill Winch is a Personal Wellness Coach whose mission is teaching and coaching others who are struggling with getting healthy, losing weight safely and keeping it off for good. He is a former High School and College Business Educator and Counselor, and mentors from his home office in Rochester, NY. If you are interested in receiving his Free Report "9 Weight Loss Myths Exposed" visit his website by clicking on FREE REPORT or by calling him directly at (585) 271-3767 for a free wellness consultation.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

8 Eating Healthy Guidelines That Will Help You Lose Weight - And Keep It Off Permanently

Fad diets and temporary eating plans have no place in our daily guidelines for losing weight. We recommend you make lifestyle changes...integrating healthy eating habits into your life, and sticking with them forever. Your focus should be balance, nutritious eating, changing old habits and beliefs, and living a healthy life.

8 Eating Healthy Guidelines That Will Help You Lose Weight


Eat 3 to 6 meals and snacks or mini-meals throughout the day. 

Keeping your blood sugar regular and within its desired range all day allows for optimal energy, decreases the burden on your endocrine system and lets your body know it's receiving a consistent supply of the glucose it needs. If your body receives nutrients on a regular basis, it has no need to store excess fat for emergencies.

Include breakfast soon after waking.

You've been fasting since dinner, so supply your body with the energy it needs to take on daily tasks without creating stress and low blood sugar.

Include a source of carbohydrates, proteins and fats with each meal or snack. 

Each of these macronutrients plays a vital role in your health (carbohydrates for energy, proteins for structure and fats to protect every cell in your body). Each is digested at a different rate, releasing its energy into the bloodstream as it's digested. By eating all three macronutrients at each meal, you'll keep your blood sugar level consistent for a longer period of time and stay satisfied longer.

Include a vegetable or fruit with each meal. 

Produce contains so many health-promoting factors-vitamins, minerals, water, fiber, phytonutrients and macronutrients-that it's no wonder these foods are considered the best for staving off disease. They are also generally lower in calories and high in fiber, so you stay fuller, longer, for less of your daily caloric allowance. Guidelines for health recommend 8 to 10 servings daily; eating at least one serving every time you eat will get you close to that goal. Aim for 1 to 3 servings of fruit and have the rest in vegetables.

8 Eating Healthy Guidelines That Will Help You Lose Weight - eat a rainbow


Eat a rainbow.

While eating 10 servings of green fruits and vegetables is good for you, each color group provides a different set of phytonutrients (plant defense system) that protects a different system in your body. Eating a rainbow of produce daily will ensure you're receiving full-body protection. Having a red, orange, yellow/white/light green, dark green and purple fruit or vegetable daily is a much easier way to ensure you're getting in your 10 servings...and variety will keeps you interested! If this seems a little daunting, aim for 3-4 colors daily and rotate through all five many times throughout the week.

Drink ample water each and every day.

Your body is approximately 70% water. Think of all the ways you lose it-going the washroom, sweating, breathing, etc. To maintain your 70%, drink hydrating beverages like water throughout the day. How much? Take your weight in pounds and divide it by two; that's how many ounces you need in a day (e.g., a 150-pound person requires 75 ounces of hydrating fluids). Hydrating beverages can also include herbal teas or 100% fruit juice (in moderation). Dehydrating beverages (coffee, alcohol, caffeinated teas and hot chocolate) require two glasses of water just to make up for the water lost by drinking one glass of them!

Drink ample water each and every day.


Eat until you're 80% full. 

One of the longest living people, the Okinawans, practice this way of eating. When you eat until you're 80% full, you give your brain time to catch up with all you've put in your stomach. When you eat until you're 100% full, you can end up feeling uncomfortably overflowed-perhaps at the 125% level-by the time your brain processes how much food you've really taken in. When you're 80% full, you allow your body to be hungry again when it's time to eat in 3 to 4 hours.

Live by the 80/20 rule.

Your body is a fascinating organism-it deals with all you throw at it and yet you can still walk down the street. If you focus on eating whole foods (health-promoting foods) 80% of the time, then your body can handle the other 20%...when you may choose to indulge in foods that aren't necessarily good for you, but you truly enjoy. Allow yourself to eat those foods you crave without guilt, which can create more damage in the body than the food itself! If you want to fast track your way to your ideal weight, 90/10 might be more ideal, but never deprive yourself completely of anything you really enjoy.

Vital Points to Remember: 

Since this is a lifestyle change, creating these healthier habits may take some time and that's okay; it take 21 days to create a habit. Keep moving forward and picture yourself at your ideal weight, seeing yourself as you want to look and feel. Don't try to change everything all at once; apply a new habit every day or once you're comfortable, then add another, and another, and before you know it, you'll have successfully created a new daily eating lifestyle that's easy to maintain and a natural part of your thought process. Remember, you've got time to make these changes for life; it's not a race.



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The 3 week diet


 
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Monday, May 02, 2016

Healthy Snacks For Weight Loss And Health

Dieting and exercise have been a major trend for the last three decades although past years have focused on fast weight loss through diet pills and crash diets. However, over the last ten years, more and more people have began to understand that losing weight starts with a balanced diet of healthy snacks, which includes all food groups along with a regular exercise regiment. Fewer people are eliminating whole categories from their diets and focusing on eating the right foods for fat loss. Eating healthy snacks can be one of the most rewarding ways to lose weight while still being able to enjoy a large variety of foods.

Healthy Snacks For Weight Loss And Health


Fruits are Nutrient-Packed Snacks for Weight Loss

Fruits are one of the few foods that provide one with a number of vitamins and minerals while tasting absolutely delicious at the same time. However, fruits should always be fresh or at the least frozen. Canned fruits are considered processed foods and may contain an excessive amount of preservatives, syrups, extra sugars, and other ingredients that create high calorie content that can offset the benefits of the fruit itself.

Fresh fruits also have the advantage to be bagged and taken as a quick snack. For instance, oranges are healthy snacks for burning fat and can be cut days in advance and stored in a plastic baggy in the refrigerator.

Apples, bananas and some other soft fruits may also be bagged although they should be sliced as close to time of eating as possible because of their tendency to darken. Fruits are a great addition to both hot and cold cereals as well and can make breakfast more filling. A quarter cup of strawberries or blueberries make a great addition to practically any breakfast cereal or even a bowl of oatmeal and are definitely healthy snacks for weight loss.

Fruits are Nutrient-Packed Snacks for Weight Loss


Oh Nuts! Another Great Snack for Burning Fat

Good snacks for losing weight include a variety of foods that contain protein of which nuts are a viable source. There are many nuts that are available in the local grocery store such as peanuts, pecans, cashews, Macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, and many more. Nuts are perfect snacks for fat loss that are very convenient. For instance, before going to the gym, many people may eat a handful of peanuts for an added protein kick to help them through their workout. Even peanut butter is relatively healthy although too much peanut butter can lead to excess calories that take away from its benefits. One thing to remember about buying nuts is the sodium content. Excess sodium can lead to a number of health problems and contribute to weight gain in some cases. Nuts that are dry roasted with no salt are the best healthy snacks for weight loss although now many companies have low salt or "lightly salted" available as well. Nuts can be easily measured for the proper serving size and can be bagged up to carry in pocket books and lunch boxes for that quick snack that packs a punch.

Nuts! Another Great Snack for Burning Fat


For Healthy Snacking To Lose Weight, Include Vegetables

Most everyone has been told at some point in his or her life to eat all of their vegetables. This rings true for practically every lifestyle, and vegetables are very healthy snacks for weight loss. Some vegetables, like broccoli and celery, even contribute to weight loss while being eaten. It has been said that these two vegetables require more calories to chew and digest than they produce within the body. However, like fruits, vegetables should be fresh or at least frozen. Fresh vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, celery, and even sliced peppers are very convenient healthy snacks for weight loss although sometimes people may make mistakes when eating them. Many people eat dressings on their vegetables. Many of these dressings, particularly store-bought creamy dressings, have large amounts of fat, calories, high fructose corn syrup, and other chemicals that are very undesirable for a proper diet. Fresh vegetables are best eaten without creamy dressings and most can be pre-cut and bagged for an easy snack on the go. Makes these foods one of many go to healthy snacks for weight loss.

For Healthy Snacking To Lose Weight, Include Vegetables


Yogurt and Cheeses

It is a common misconception that all cheeses are dairy products loaded with fats, which make them unhealthy. However, that is not necessarily the case, and they can actually be great snacks for your fat loss that are quite tasty. Cheeses such as ricotta, cottage, and yogurt all contain healthy saturated fats that are necessary for proper metabolic function. There are many varieties of yogurt to choose from that are healthy snacks for weight loss such as regular yogurt, strawberry, blueberry, and other flavored yogurt. Yogurt can also be combined with strawberries, blueberries, or bananas to make smoothies, which are especially healthy snacks for weight loss that provide essential vitamins and nutrients that also promote health and healing.

Cottage or ricotta cheese is a great addition to any salad and can even replace unhealthy store-bought salad dressings.

Healthy Snacks For Weight Loss - Yogurt


A Time for Tea

Instead of potato chips on the couch, many people are beginning to enjoy teas for healthy snacks for weight loss, especially as a midday snack. There are many teas that are considered healthy snacks for weight loss such as oolong, green, and white teas. These teas can be an excellent snack during their morning or afternoon break. Green and white teas are an excellent source of antioxidants, which contributes to optimal blood flow and a reduction in stress. Stress causes the body to store carbohydrates and proteins, which lead to the build up of fats in the body. Tea is excellent for burning fat and provides the body energy and cardiac benefits as well.

Healthy Snacks For Weight Loss And Health - Tea


Spice Up Your Snack Life

While most people hail the benefits of healthy snacks for weight loss, many people don't know that there are spices that may add zest to their healthy snacks for weight loss as well. For instance, cinnamon is a spice enjoyed by hundreds of millions of people across the world. Cinnamon can be a great addition to fresh fruit in a bowl of cereal. However, cinnamon can be a healthy snack for weight loss as well because it acts as a metabolic stimulant within the body. This spice makes other healthy snacks for weight loss even better. Make healthy snacks for weight loss a little bit tastier with the addition of one of the many metabolic spices available at the local grocery store.

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Conclusion

With so many healthy snacks for weight loss to choose from, one can enjoy a variety of foods without sacrificing one particular group over another. While some healthy snacks for weight loss may be simply low in fats, such as yogurt and cheeses, some foods may directly benefit other total health as well such as the antioxidants in teas. By creating a balanced meal plan along with healthy snacks for weight loss, people can enjoy a healthy lifestyle that contributes to a longer life.


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