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Sunday, August 30, 2015

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London: Firstborn women are more likely to be obese as adults than their second-born sisters, finds the largest study of its kind in women.
"Our study corroborates other studies on men, as we showed that firstborn women have greater BMI and are more likely to be overweight or obese than their second born sisters," said the study by Wayne Cutfield from University of Auckland, New Zealand and colleagues.
"The steady reduction in family size may be a contributing factor to the observed increase in adult body mass index (BMI) worldwide, not only among men, but also among women," the study said.
The research involved 13,406 sister pairs - just under 29,000 participants in total.
Information was obtained from antenatal clinic records from the Swedish National Birth Register over 20 years (1991-2009).
The researchers found that firstborns were nearly 30 percent more likely to be overweight and 40 percent more likely to be obese than their younger siblings were.
They were also marginally taller.
The number of children in a family was not associated with BMI or the odds of being overweight / obese.
But having more siblings was associated with shorter height and lower odds of being tall, possibly attributable to the 'resource dilution hypothesis' which holds that there's less to go around as a family grows in size, the researchers said.
The study was published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

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Dell-Farrell-weight-loss-success

Before: 152 pounds
After: 119 pounds
The Lifestyle
When I left home for college, I went from a stick-thin schoolgirl to being more than 20 pounds overweight. To try to get back to my high school size, I tried cleanses, becoming a vegan, eating more meat than you could ever imagine—and even taking weight-loss pills a trainer at my gym pushed on me. (Fun fact: Those pills are now banned.)

I also started a crazy-intense exercise routine. While eating 1,200 calories a day (and sometimes less), I endured six days a week of Muay Thai and CrossFit workouts—and I still wasn’t losing weight. Plus, I couldn’t sleep at night. I was burnt out, stressed, and hating myself for not being able to lose weight despite my insane eating and exercise habits. But even after all of that, I continued to gain weight.
About a year after finishing college, I weighed 152 pounds and had a body fat percentage of 33 percent, which classified me as obese—despite my just-above-normal BMI.
I was so sick of all of the bad advice I'd been taking, so I set out to learn how my body really worked by becoming a personal trainer. Unfortunately, my personal training coursework hammered home the same old-school beliefs: Carbs make you fat, sugar should be totally eliminated from your diet, and protein should be eaten every two to four hours. Those strategies had brought me to the point I was at, but I decided to give them a shot anyway. Not surprisingly, abstaining from sugar and carbs and consuming protein like clockwork didn't result in any real changes.
The Change
About a year and a half after becoming certified as a personal trainer, I read about the importance of eating a balanced diet that doesn't eliminate sugary foods or carbohydrates. After everything I'd tried, I figured it was worth a shot.

I finally started eating carbs again and started following a 2,000-calories-a-day plan. On top of that, I tracked everything I ate by using MyFitnessPal and made an effort to eat some kind of fruit or vegetable at every meal. Before, depending on the diet I was trying, my meals would range from green smoothies with coconut oil to glasses of lemon juice water, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. Now, I was eating oatmeal and veggie-packed omelets for breakfast; sweet potatoes, chicken, and veggies for lunch; and tacos for dinner. And for the first time since college, I didn’t deprive myself of ice cream, which I absolutely adore. I actually treated myself to a small cup on most days and still started losing weight. I kept up with my CrossFit routine and Muay Thai classes six days a week, but the dietary changes alone made the weight come off slowly but surely.
The more I learned about flexible dieting, the more I wanted to find a trainer who shared my outlook on healthy eating to help me find an equally realistic workout routine. On Instagram, I discovered a fitness coach who lived near me and focused his training on flexible dieting and lifting heavy weights. I signed up for a few personal training sessions with him to test the waters. During my first workout, I couldn't do one pullup or one tricep dip—and I could barely overhead press 40 pounds, despite my devotion to high-intensity interval training six days a week.
I started lifting heavy weights four days a week and giving my body extra time to recover. And when I wasn't strength training with my coach, I didcardio I actually enjoyed, like hiking or walking my dog.
I also started tracking every workout I did and changed up my routine every six weeks. By keeping my exercises more consistent, rather than trying to “surprise my muscles” every day, I was able to get stronger and build more muscle to burn more calories.
About two years after I started changing my eating and exercise habits, I've lost 33 pounds and can do six pullups, deadlift 264 pounds, and squat 200! It feels so good to accomplish things I never thought I could. Today, I weigh 119 pounds and have brought my body fat down to 20 percent.
The Reward
Now, I look forward to working out now because it gives me energy, instead of burning me out like it used to. I’m much happier because of it.

Learning the right way to get in shape has also helped my career as a personal trainer. Most of the people I work with are women between 20 and 40 who are trying to lose weight but feel stuck—just like I used to. I tell them that you don't need to put your life on hold by trying crazy cleanses or working out like a maniac to lose fat and look amazing. I really enjoy helping my clients prove to themsleves that they're stronger than they ever thought they could be.
Dell’s Tips
Lift heavy. Some of my clients worry that lifting will make them bulky. But it's the fat on top of the muscle that makes you look that way. If you get lean through your diet and lift heavy, you'll look and feel stronger, not bigger. I used to shy away from lifting really heavy weights for that reason, but once my trainer got me lifting more weight than I ever thought I could, I ended up getting leaner than I had ever been.
Don't change everything at once. For years, I tried to makeover my body through elimination diets and all-consuming workout routines. But I learned those aren't sustainable or healthy. So instead of taking an all-or-nothing approach, I focus on making today five percent better than yesterday. For me, the means lifting just a couple more pounds, cooking one more meal in place of grabbing takeout, or going to bed 30 minutes earlier.


Don't be afraid of carbs. Once I started eating oats, quinoa, whole-grain bread, and even the occasional sugary treat, I found that I had so much more energy to burn at the gym. My workouts didn’t feel so grueling, and I was able to get a lot more out of them. Plus, I had more energy for everyday activities like walking my dog and taking the stairs.
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The First-Born Child Is More Likely To Be Overweight
photo credit: First-born women more likely to be overweight or obese, study suggest. Byjeng, via Shutterstock.
What can you birth order say about your weight? According to a new study, first-born women are more likely to be overweight or obese than their younger sisters.
There’s a lot of research on the relationship between birth order, personality and health. It’s been linked with intelligencepolitical ideology and cardiovascular disease. For obvious reasons, many don’t hold up to further scrutiny and it’s probably best to take these findings with a pinch of salt. But what’s particularly interesting about this recent study is that it’s the largest of its kind and builds on previous research that reported similar findings.   
The study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, collected a range of data from the Swedish Birth Register, which included the weight and height of nearly 13,500 pairs of sisters. Researchers note that all large studies examining the effects of birth order on someone’s BMI – or body mass index – have previously been carried out on men, which prompted them to investigate whether there were similar patterns among women.
Researchers studied sibling pairs born between 1991 and 2009 to women who were at least 18 years old at the time of their first pregnancy. Twins were not included in the study.
They found that at birth first-born women weighed less than their siblings, but were more likely to be overweight or obese when they grew up. First-born women were 29% more likely to be overweight and 40% more likely to be obese, when compared with their second-born sisters. Also, the average BMI for first-borns was 2.4% greater than their second-born sisters.
“Our study corroborates other large studies on men, as we showed that firstborn women have greater BMI and are more likely to be overweight or obese than their second born sisters,” researchers note in the study.
“The steady reduction in family size may be a contributing factor to the observed increase in adult BMI worldwide, not only among men, but also among women,” they add.
It’s unclear why first-born women were more likely to be overweight. A co-author on the paper, Professor Wayne Cutfield from the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland, speculates that this pattern could be partly down to a change in the amount of blood the placenta receives between first and later pregnancies. He told CBS News that blood vessels may be narrower in the first pregnancy, which could in turn reduce the nutrient supply; changing how fat and glucose is regulated in the body. First-born women could therefore at risk of storing more fat and have less effective insulin. 
Researchers were, however, quick to point out this is an observational study and therefore no definitive conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect. They also warn that although the research suggests birth order could be a risk factor for obesity, it’s clearly one of many and is probably only a small contributor.
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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Need of weight loss Calculator

Weight Loss Calculator
All Types of Weight Loss Calculator 
Weight Loss Calculator will help you to decide your diet plan. You can plan for the amount of calorie you need for your body to achieve the target weight loss. You can make the required adjustment in calorie intake beforehand to get maximum benefit from your weight loss efforts and programs.

Achieving a healthy weight not only affects the way you feel, but it also acts as prevention of disease and it can reduce the risk of the disease caused due to obesity and overweight. Obese and overweight people have lesser immunity to many diseases thus they have more chances of acquiring those diseases. Most common diseases for these people are diabetes, high level of cholesterol in the blood, various heart diseases, high blood pressure, urinary diseases, gynecological problems, arthritis, lung problems and even some type of cancers.

The people who have healthy weight they feel energetic and have positive set of mind. Achieving a healthy weight and maintaining it for longer time should be your goal. If you are overweight then you should make up your mind and be determined that you will lose weight till you achieve a healthy weight.

It is a matter of high motivation when you come to know there is some measurable effect in your body after attending weight loss programs. This short term gain motivates people to achieve long term goals of specific weight.

Most of the people leave the weight loss program after attending it for a few days or weeks. This is not the lack seriousness of people. But this is lack motivation in those people. Human beings have a natural tendency to get results as quickly as possible. So they want it quickly, whether they are getting any benefit from their hard work or not. After following weight loss calculators, these people will get noticeable improvements in their weight and body in a few days. So, they will get encouraged to continue the weight loss program.

Weight loss calculator has several advantages of weight loss program and keeping a healthy body with a high level of motivation.

All Types of Weight Loss Calculator

There are many weight loss calculators that are being followed in the globe as per individual's convenience. We have listed all weight loss calculators below.
  1. BMI Calculator
  2. Calorie Calculator
  3. Army Body Fat Calculator
  4. Body Fat Calculator
  5. BMR Calculator
  6. Weight Watchers Points Calculator
  7. Anorexic BMI Calculator
  8. Carbohydrate Calculator
  9. Ideal weight Calculator
  10. Body Type Calculator
  11. lean Body Mass Calculator
  12. Healthy weight Calculator
  13. weight Calculator
We will discuss all in details in next topics and provide the details of calculators to you for better understanding.
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Getting Ready: Simple Weight Loss and Fitness Manual

Simple Weight Loss and Fitness Manual

Step 1: Be Motivated
As humans, we work better when we have something or a target to meet up with, in the same way when it comes to embarking on a weight loss. We need to have a proper motivation else, we will stop without achieving much. When it comes to weight loss there are things one can consider doing to help them achieve better result and will also stand as a motivator.

  • i. Have a partner -
  • ii. Employ a personal weight loss instructor -
  • iii. Have a bet that will cost you a lot -
  • iv. Buy a very expensive cloth and work towards fitting into it

Step 2: Cautiously decide

Just like every other activity, you have to put your heart, mind, and soul into it. Cautiously make the decision of losing weight, and then let your mind and everything be tuned to it. Just as when you have exams or test coming up and you can’t sleep. Put your weight loss decision that way, this is not to say you should get worried about it but be fully aware of it. This way you achieve your goal faster.

Step 3: Have a clear goal

Set a goal for yourself on what you wish to achieve and a time frame to achieve this goal. Please be realistic with your goal setting, don’t be a 120kg and expect to come down to 60kg in one week, which is being unrealistic. Set a clear realistic and achievable goal and give yourself a good time frame to achieve your goal. You can start by having a 30days plan and see how much weight loss and then based on that set a proper time frame to achieve your goal.

For example, you can set a 5kg loss in 30days and try to achieve it and then use that to set as your goal, then you can set a proper time frame to achieve your goal.

Step 4: What are you eating

This is a very important step. Remember when you visit your doctor for treatment the first step the doctor takes is to examine and find out exactly what is wrong before administering any treatment. See this step as your self-examination step and you being the doctor.

Take a week to monitor what you eat and write them down in a diary. Please don’t try to avoid or skip anything, even if it is the smallest snacks you eat please write it down. After one week take time to go through the list and take time to study what you have been eating and the amount of calories you have been taking in (the higher calories intake means more weight). With this you will know things to avoid in your meal, losing weight means you will need to eat differently and avoid some things you normally eat.

Step 5: Do not skip your meal

Most people think when you starve yourself and eat once a day you are watching your weight. You might see result; of course you are not eating. But you are endangering yourself to so many risks that come with malnourishment. During your weight loss program eat your complete meal and do not skip any meal, not even your breakfast. The thing is when you skip breakfast you tend to eat more for lunch to cover for the morning and this is bad. Instead eat something light in the morning and keep yourself satisfied.
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Monday, August 17, 2015

Avoiding Low Calorie Dieter’s Syndrome

Avoiding Low Calorie Dieter’s Syndrome

Based on my research working with thousands of patients, I determined that consuming less than 1,800 calories per day slows down the body’s metabolism, in other words, it slows down the body’s calorie burning capacity. Low calorie dieting also causes loss of muscle mass as well as fat loss. You should also be aware that an adverse consequence of low calorie dieting is increased production of cortisol (stress hormone) in the body. A major problem that comes with higher cortisol levels when trying to lose excess body fat is that cortisol tends to block use of the body fat for calories.

There are minimum daily calorie intake requirements that are essential to vital body functions. For example, the brain alone utilizes about a minimum of 800 calories per day from glucose, or from fatty acids in emergency. Our bodily functions, such as heart beat, breathing, organ function require a minimum of 500 calories, and our base line metabolism burns a minimum of 500 calories under sedentary conditions.

Based on these “minimum” vital function caloric demands, about 1,800 calories per day minimum is required for our body to be healthy at sedentary activity level. The point of interest and medical significance is that consumption of less than 1,800 calories per day causes the metabolism (calorie burning capacity of the body) to gradually slow down, and even makes the body to start using muscle as well as fat to meet the deficit calorie needs. This low calorie dieting, less than 1,800 calories per day also causes hormonal imbalances and loss of essential body tissues, like bone and muscle.

Tragically, almost all of the current one-size-fits-all diet books recommend less than 1,800 calories diet. They all slow the metabolism down, and eventually are the root cause of regaining the weight back in less than a year. It is also important to note that the 1,800 calories per day minimum is the lowest for all adults, regardless of total body weight and gender. Some authors of other diet books have suggested that the critical minimum number of calories may be based on a calculation using a fraction of body weight, for example 10% of body weight.

Corrective actions including diet and exercise should be different for different Body-Profile type categories and should be gender specific too, which the Body-Profile Type Approach is.

Body-Profile Type Fat Loss Medical Breakthrough Is The Ultimate Weight Management Solution

The Body-Profile Type Approach actually determines the best diet and exercise program based on a person’s individual requirements; their past history with diets, their body fat type, their metabolic type, and their behavior type. For the first time weight loss dieter, the importance of using the Body-Profile Type Approach is that it will produce healthy, medically correct weight loss, while promoting normal metabolic and hormonal function. This is vital for both adults and teenagers too.

For the repeat weight loss dieter, the Body-Profile Type Fat Loss Approach will literally “rescue” the person from their low calorie dieter’s syndrome / hormonal imbalance trap, which was caused by their previous failed weight loss attempts with the ineffective one-size-fits-all approaches. Their health and metabolism will finally be restored so they can start to lose the excess body fat, and be able to eat normal amounts of food again during weight loss and for successful weight maintenance.

Excessive exercising increases cortisol levels and neuropeptide Y levels, causing more fat storage and increases the level of obesity or excess body fat. With my Body-Profile Type individualized exercise programs, this type of obesity causing exercise is avoided or corrected.

So, when it comes to medically correct weight loss (fat loss), followed by weight maintenance, it is the “right” type and amount of exercise that matters most, not simply how much a person exercises. The exercise program has to be best suited to match a person’s individual condition and abilities. The Body-Profile Type Exercise Program is based on the results of the Body-Profile Type evaluation, so it is best suited for promoting fat loss and hormonal balance.

Gender Matters Too

On top of these issues, the one-size-fits-all diets are not gender specific or life stage specific. Women tend to have more emotional eating issues and they cannot be on flexible diets, they have to be on a strict diet plan. In comparison men have more visual eating pattern and they do well even on a flexible diet.
As you see, the one-size-fits-all weight loss approaches do not successfully fit all.

effective and successful results. The right macronutrient composition and caloric intake, along with the right exercise program, will restore and maintain normal hormone balance and metabolic rate, and it is important for longevity.
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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Understanding why and how the happy diet works. 

how the happy diet works

There is a simple explanation and that being is you get to choose what you want to eat. Most diets today prove to be very stressful for many men and women in their quest to lose weight. This is because they are following instructions from others on what they should and should not be eating. How do these people know?  What tickles your fancy?

Discover how the happy diet can work for you, what is the happy diet you ask. It is a diet carefully devised by youself with all the things that you like to eat. You get to choose your own meats fresh fruit and vegetables

Diets definitely work if you adhere to all the rules, break them then no results. Now let us get cracking on a diet that makes sense and guaranteed to put a smile on your face
Just imagine your own diet with all the juicy ingredients and succulent meats that suit your palette

Always consult a doctor if you are thinking about dieting or exercising as we individuals all differ in many ways.

 A little research on daily intake of carbohydrate protein and fat is an important factor when devising your own diet. I suggest you browse magazines or approach slimming informational centres to find out about your chosen foods.

Find a list of all the foods that you know you are going to enjoy using in your recipes and that are good for helping you to shed those excess pounds. Then narrow it down to the ones that you want to have on your menu. 

This part of the happy diet can prove to be very educational and fun to say the least. People accept diets and all the ingredients. This way you get to delve more intimately into the choices you have made for your own personal plan.

After checking all the important factors as in i.e. consulting the doctor and daily intake of fats etc. we are now ready for the physical side of things. A few ideas to help speed up the process (exercise) try  dancing round the kitchen table with the kids they make think you are mad but who cares you are on a mission to find the new you. 
Spring clean not once a week maybe twice. This will help hurry things along and into the bargain a cleaner house. Remember this is your plan so do it when it suits you. Results will only come if you stick to what you started out to do.
Walking a great form of exercise, why not consider salsa lessons it all helps. Do not expect results over night

For starters (Excuse the pun) throw out the frying pan. 
Less grease on the plate to lose weight
Grilling with out a doubt is a far healthier and tastier option.

Cut down (YES) cut out (NO) you can still nibble on little goodies. Just cut down? Watch where others go wrong, most diets of course will not work if the rules are broken.  Now why would you want to break the rules on the happy diet when all that is on the menu was chosen by you? 
(It makes sense)
Consulting a dietician is a good idea for information. Joining a book club may also prove to be priceless in your quest. Make your own recipes to suit your own taste buds.
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Do not be fooled by glitzy infomercials and attractive ads saying that diet patches can effectively bump, block and flush fat from your body’s system in as little as three days. There is no such thing as instant weight loss, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any diet patch for weight loss. 
Dangers Of Diet Patches

Diet patches are particularly tricky. The manufacturers claim that they can suppress appetite and control metabolism when they are worn on the skin – a farfetched, if not ludicrous theory altogether. So ineffective and unsafe are diet patches that the FDA has already seized millions of these products from manufacturers and promoters. 

Most diet patches claim to have no side effects because the chemicals used are all herbal. The FDA has banned more than a hundred ingredients once found in over-the-counter diet products – and some diet patches may very well still contain them.  Even if claims that diet patches use only natural herbal medicines, the question stills remains – do these herbal medicines work? There have been no clinical studies that have proven they do. Manufacturers could simply be stealing people’s money. This is why the Federal Trade Commission and some state attorney generals are continuously filing cases against marketers of diet pills claiming to absorb or help burn fat instantly. 

The most dependable program for losing weight will always involve hard work – regular physical exercise, a healthy food intake, and a good night’s sleep. You can do these simple tricks without endangering your health or spending too much money. Find an honest-to-goodness exercise and diet program and religiously follow it. Don’t be impatient – it will usually take at least a month for results to show. Diet patches would simply rob you of your hard earned cash without yielding any satisfactory results. Diet patches are already being investigated and considered by the government as ‘bogus.’ Keep your money and treat yourself to a healthy salad instead – you get to eat out, keep your weight down, and protect your health.
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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Diet and Cholesterol - The single biggest influence on our cholesterol condition.

diet and cholesterol levels

Cholesterol was not a factor when Charles Darwin's proposed his theory "Survival of the fittest". He would certainly re-write his theory if he existed today, battling with the cause himself. Survive - we do: fittest -? that needs speculation, with half of the world population battling with a cholesterol condition.

Our ancestors had lived most of their life feeding on fruits, grasses, herbs, nuts, leaves, roots, water , seeds, cereals and hunting meat which was often a daunting task without the four wheel drives and buffalo shotguns.

Today, surviving, unlike our ancestors is not fighting with tigers, running after antelopes, or working the ground for roots. It is often fighting with ourselves that makes us weak. Of the fierce predators is the commonplace cholesterol which we find in abundance. Cookies, cakes, colas, chemicals, pesticides, chocolate, cool drinks, preservatives and the list could go on for a few hundred pages.

Some people develop dangerous tumors. Other people have Cholesterol levels that are through the roof. For you, your diet and lifestyle is causing the condition commonly referred to as Cholesterol.

This condition is simply a SYMPTOM of a very fundamental and dangerous imbalance within your body, and Cholesterol is simply the initial way it is manifesting itself in your body.

The biggest influence on blood cholesterol level is the mix of fats in the diet

The most important determinant for cholesterol in the body is fat from diet. Though our liver produces 75% of cholesterol only 25% is absorbed from the food. For a high cholesterol condition, fats are of different types. Some fats are good for cholesterol levels while others are obviously bad. What are becoming clearer and clearer is those bad fats, meaning saturated and Tran's fats increase the risk for certain diseases while good fats, meaning monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, lower the risk. The key is to substitute good fats for bad fats.

Your Body - a Breeding Ground

Extensive research reveals that, proliferation of cholesterol in society is a direct manifestation of our changed lifestyles. When people around the world experience similar problems, it's not a random incident but a methodical process spreading across cultures and borders.

The body is infected by acids: released from sugars, carbohydrates, excess fat and uric acid, found a plenty in modern day foods.

Robert A. Young a leading micro-biologist, author of "The ph miracle" quotes: "There is only One Sickness and One Disease, and this one 'sickness' is the over-acidification of the body due primarily to an inverted way of living, thinking, and eating... there can therefore be only one remedy and treatment, and that is to alkalize the body and break the cycle of imbalance, thus allowing us to experience the energy, vitality and true health we're all meant to have."

Cholesterol Reduction: Recommendations for Fat Intake

Although the different types of fat have a varied - and admittedly confusing - effect on health and disease, the basic message is simple: chuck out the bad fats and replace them with good fats.

Focus on the ROOT CAUSE that is causing your Cholesterol... choose fruits and vegetables that drive the acids out of your body, burn of the excess by maintaining a strict schedule of work-outs. The many drugs available promising to reduce your cholesterol are optimistic placebo which works well when you are distressed.

Instead of "Medication" and "fighting the symptoms", you start thinking about "Health" and treating the cause with THE RIGHT DIET.

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

The most effective method for weight loss is reducing the number of calories you consume - through eating, while increasing the number of calories you burn - through physical activity. As an example, to lose one pound, you will need to undertake physical expenditure of approximately 3,500 calories. You can achieve this either by cutting back on what you eat, changing what you eat, or by increasing physical activity, or ideally, by doing a combination of all three.

Take this situation as an example. If you consume 500 extra calories per day for one week without changing your activity level, you will gain one pound in weight (7 days multiplied by 500 calories equals 3500 calories, or the number of calories resulting in a one-pound weight gain). Conversely, if you eat 500 fewer calories each day for a week or burn 500 calories per day through exercise for one week, then you will lose one pound over the course of that week.  Which would you choose?
The Most Effective Weight Loss Tips

Perhaps before you start thinking about losing weight you should take a moment to examine what you eat. Sometimes it is not just about reducing your calorie intake, but it is also about changing what you eat – decrease fatty foods and increase your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Examples of some high calorie popular foods and beverages include:
  • 1 slice original-style crust pepperoni pizza – 230 calories
  • 1 can of cola – 150 calories
  • 1 quarter-pound hamburger with cheese – 500 calories
  • 1 jumbo banana nut muffin – 580 calories

Are any of these in your regular diet? If so, maybe it's time to make some changes!

When it comes to weight loss, crash diets are never a good idea. Most health and well being experts will agree that a safe, healthy rate of losing weight is usually around one to 1 ½ pounds per week. Anything more than this means that you are more likely to put your weight back on, down the track. By modifying your eating habits and adding in a little regular exercise, you will be embarking upon the most effective way to lose weight in the long term. It is also the ideal way to ensure that the weight stays off.

Starvation diets may result in rapid weight loss and give you immediate results, but this loss of weight is really hard to maintain over a long period of time. When food intake is severely restricted to something below 1200 calories per day, the body begins to think that it is poor nutrition, so it begins to shut down its metabolic rate. This can make it even more difficult to lose weight in the long run. Candidates who crash diet can also experience hunger pangs, bouts of hypoglycemia, headaches, and mood changes from overly stringent dieting which can all result in binge eating and weight gain.

Since a highly restrictive diet is almost impossible to maintain for a long time, people who attempt to starve themselves thin often start to gain weight again when they stop dieting. Hence, the reason for embarking on a gradual, long term program that increases physical fitness and well being, at the same time.
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Friday, August 7, 2015

Are Weight Loss Supplements Useful?

Are Weight Loss Supplements Useful?

It doesn’t matter what you are doing - browsing the Internet, surfing cable, or flipping through your favorite magazine – you will find plenty of advertisements that promote the magical qualities of weight loss supplements. Weight loss supplements come in all manner of shapes, sizes and styles and have a range of claims and solutions.  And there are all manner of claims – from pills, patches and creams. But do these cures really work? Only you can decide that for yourself. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular weight loss products and the positive benefits and negative effects of each, so you can make up your own mind.

Bitter Orange, Citrus Aurantium, and Sour Orange: These products are made directly from concentrated extracts from orange peel. They often claim that they increase metabolism, but there has been no conclusive tests to back this up. Bitter Orange, Citrus Aurantium, and Sour Orange contain the stimulant synephrine, which can cause hypertension and cardiovascular toxicity. Individuals with heart disease, hypertension, and glaucoma should avoid these at all costs.

Chromium (Examples of Chromium products include Puritan’s Pride Chromium Picolinate, Vitamin World Naturally Inspired Yeast Free Chromium Picolinate, Nutrilite Trim Advantage): The claims that chromium increases weight loss and improves body composition have been backed by one main study which proved this to be the case. There are two types of chromium: Trivalent (which the body requires and is considered safe in doses of 200 micrograms or less daily) and Hexavalent (but this form can cause stomach upsets, ulcers, convulsions, kidney and liver diseases, and death).

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) (Examples of this product include Vitamin World CLA, Nature Made CLA, Now Foods CLA): This product claims to promote leanness, but there are very few studies that actually support the marketing claims. While more research is needed, CLA is generally safe.

Ephedra/Ephedrine: Ephedra may aid weight loss by suppressing appetite, and research has proven its effectiveness when used with caffeine. However, ephedra causes high blood pressure, stroke, and serious heart problems, which is why the sale of dietary supplements containing ephedra was prohibited in April 2004.

7-Keto Dehydroepiandrosterone (7-keto DHEA): Preliminary research indicates that this product may decrease body weight and fat composition by increasing metabolism, but larger research studies are needed.

Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) and Garcinia Cambogia: These products claim to suppress appetite and improve fat metabolism. While studies have shown mixed results, they are generally safe.

L-Carnitine: L-Carnitine claims to inhibit obesity, but there is very little evidence of its effectiveness.

Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), Pyruvate, and Dihydroxyacetone and Pyruvate (DHAP): A few small studies suggest that these supplements may have modest effects on weight loss, but research is needed. Presently, no serious side effects have been reported.

Lecithin, Guar Gum, Psyllium Hulls, Chickweed, and Chitosan (Examples: Chito-Trim, Exercise in a Bottle, Fat Blocker—Chitosan Complex, Fat Grabbers, Fat Trapper, Fat Trapper Plus, Metabo Fat Blocker, Miracletab, Now Chitosan with Chromium): These products claim to help break down fat so that it can be absorbed, emulsified, trapped, and eliminated by the body. There is currently no competent and reliable scientific research to support such claims.
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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Facts About Diet and Weight Loss

If a particular diet don't work is because it causes you starve yourself. This in turn leads you to have major craving afterward, making you lose willpower and eat more than you are suppose to. It feels like you get out of control emotionally and physically.

When you go on a diet, it is not about keeping watch on the food you eat. There are several other factors you should know about before starting your diet. The problems you will be facing or how to prepare yourself physically and mentally are just an example what some diet plan does not touch about.
Facts About Diet and Weight Loss

First of all, you will encounter food cravings when you are doing your diet. It is fairly unavoidable, but you can do several things to suppress it. First you can eat healthy snacks like celery or grapes. These healthy snacks will help in suppressing some of the cravings you have by filling your stomach with it. So it is best that you don't avoid meals when you're on a diet. An empty stomach will just make you want to eat even more. Starving yourself is also a bad idea. This will cause you to crave even more and break your diet. Sometimes your hunger can just be an indication that you are thirsty, not hungry. Keep yourself hydrated or drink a cup of water before you decide to look for some snacks.

If you have a specific cravings then do not keep any of the food you crave in your house. This will only tempt you into eating them. Try to do other things to keep your mind off the craving such as watch a movie or take a drive to the park. The cravings that you feel are mostly out of your old habits screaming to come back. It is alright to give in to your cravings once a while because plainly forbidding them does have a negative effect on your mind. This will make you feel less guilty about giving into your temptations while keeping it in check.

Diet is also a slow and long process. There are several processes to speeds things up but it would require a lot of work and motivation. This is not recommended as most people already cannot keep up with the normal diet plan. Most people who are on diet also are not able to commit to it fully alone. At other times they also stop dieting once they reach their weight goal and start gaining weight again. So it is best to have a long term plan where you would have an easier time to commit yourself for a long time even though the process might seem slower.

You do not need any special food to start your diet. It is usually unnecessary and is just an extra burden to your wallet. The fundamental philosophy of burning more calories than you'll need in a day is more than enough to set the path. If you would spend extra to replace all the cookies with organic diet cookies so you can continue to eat fast food, then is the same as you having a balanced meal daily with any extra supplements. Also the recommended foods for diets are usually cheaper than the normal meal that you always have.

Diet will not work if you do not exercise. A rough average of the daily caloric need for a male adult is 2000. This varies between people as they have different metabolism rate, body build and even daily activities done. If you are a person that just sits at home and does not exercise at all then you would not see a big result in your diet. You will be consuming 2000 calories a day but you are only burning off 2500 calories a day. So it will take a long time to see a proper result for your diet.

There is also a high possibility that you will fail in your first attempt to diet. It can be of various reasons but you shouldn't give up. It takes a lot of tries to find the perfect diet plan for yourself and you should look at past mistakes to see what you can learn from them. Also know that you can be an inspiring model to your family and friends who want to take up dieting. You should support them their diet so their success will help give you more confident in your diet.
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A thyroid disorder called hypothyroidism means you have an underactive thyroid gland. If you have trouble losing weight no matter what you do, it could be because you are hypothyroid. There are almost 30 million Americans with thyroid disease and women are 7 times more likely than men to have it. Hypothyroid is the most common thyroid disorder and often misdiagnosed by doctors.
Can't Lose Weight - Maybe You Have A Thyroid Disorder

You may get this because it is inherited, or because of previous problems, such as nodules, goiter, thyroid cancer, previous thyroid surgery, another autoimmune disease.

This is a condition where the thyroid gland, a small butterfly shaped organ located at the base of the neck, does not produce enough hormone to function properly.

What happens is that it takes in iodine, combines it with tyrosine (an amino acid) and converts it into the hormones T4 and T3. If your thyroid is normal, 80% will be T4 and 20% T3. These hormones travel through the bloodstream, converting oxygen and calories into energy. If this process doesn’t work properly, then the calories and oxygen cannot convert the energy properly and you may gain weight or incapability to lose weight.

The symptoms can include : weight gain, depression, forgetfulness, fatigue, hoarseness, high cholesterol, constipation, feeling cold, hair loss, dry skin, low sex drive, tingling hands or feet, irregular periods, infertility. You may even experience recurrent pregnancy loss, resistant high cholesterol, difficult menopause, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, or mitral valve prolapse.

Do you feel sluggish and fatigued on a regular basis, or do you get bouts of depression and sadness? Are you always feeling cold, especially your hands and feet, or do you have brittle nails? These are just some of the possible signs of the disease. There may be other causes, but at least this may give you a clue as to why you do not feel well. Check with your doctor in all cases to be sure.

When your metabolism doesn't work right because you have this disorder, you may find that there's no amount of dieting or exercise that takes the weight off. You may in fact put on extra pounds, even though you are doing just what you are supposed to.

What can you do ? Meet with your doctor and ask if you need a thyroid examination and blood test. These likely will be a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) blood test, along with T4, T3, Free T4 and Free T3 tests.

A drug called levothyroxine (often called Levo-T, Levoxyl, Synthroid, Unithroid) may be prescribed for you. It is usually inexpensive, has minimal side effects, and has uniform potency. However, all thyroid hormone replacement therapies, whether natural or synthetic, have the ability to restore thyroid hormone levels.

Supplements that contain the following might also help:


  • L-Tyrosine - is one of the amino acids that your body needs to make thyroid hormones. It is included in some weight control products because it works to stimulate your metabolism. It's also an element in helping your brain operate more efficiently which makes you feel better.
  • Guglipid - an extract from the Indian guggal tree, may improve thyroid function and assist in controlling your weight. Scientists are finding that guglipid lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol, and thus can help somewhat to prevent heart disease.
There is always hope and lots of help out there for you. If you suspect that you have this condition and you are not sure what to do, talk to your physician for guidance and advice.
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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Losing weight can be a long, ongoing process and it is too easy to "throw in the towel", so to speak.  This is primarily due to frustrations because of slow results or the seeming lack of results.  Keep your sanity in your weight loss goals- learn how to take the little strides to achieve your long term weight loss goals.
Losing weight without losing your mind
Losing weight without losing your mind

1. Make a plan

Do you have a plan?  People sometimes get confused by plans and goals. The end result goal in your case is weight loss, the plan is the means you are going to use to get there.  While you will undoubtedly have short term goals and a long term goal, they are not your plan.  A plan would consist of, for example, eating breakfast; walking a half hour per day; not eating after 8pm; eliminating pop from your daily routine; etc.  These are plans that can help you reach your goal of weight loss.  If you've tried certain things before and they didn't work because of your lack of commitment then try loosening the plan a little for something that you could easily achieve without pushing yourself too hard. If you have a plan of walking/running 1 hour a day but you think that you might give up too easily on that: shoot for 15 minutes a day & once you've made the 15 minutes try and push yourself for 15 minutes more.  You're much better off making a plan for 15 minutes of walking a day and doing it than making a plan of walking 1 hour a day and never leaving the couch.

2. Execute the plan

The greatest weight loss plan in the world will do no good if you don't use it.  That's where so many people fail is that they want to lose the weight but aren't willing to take any steps to actually meet their goals.  It's like someone saying "I want to make $5,000 this month" but doesn't have a job and never leaves the couch to look for one.  A job is no more going to show up at your door and give you $5,000 for sitting than you are going to lose weight if you continue to do nothing about it.  As was stated above, if your plan is not something you think you can commit to: loosen up your plan to something that is feasible given your lifestyle and situation.

3. See the plan through

Keep on keeping on, stay focused on your weight loss goals, and don't give up.  It is not the easiest thing getting started, but it is a proven fact that it takes 21 days to form a habit.  Keep your plan up for a few weeks and you'll be well on your way to your weight loss goals.

By simply creating a plan, working a plan and staying with it, you'll soon begin to see results with your weight loss goals. Sometimes it only takes us seeing the start of results to get us really motivated to take the weight off.
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