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Oct 30

Tips on Losing Weight Fast | Healthfully

When you make a commitment to lose weight, you want instant gratification. You know deep down true weight loss takes time, but watching the pounds peel off slowly can be excruciating. A safe rate of weight loss is one to two pounds per week because this rate is more likely to lead to long-term lifestyle changes and prevent the loss of valuable lean muscle mass. Fast weight loss usually takes extraordinary diet and exercise efforts that may not be sustainable for the long run, but it can offer a needed jump start.

Your neighbor lost 20 pounds on the pancake diet and your sister drank only cucumber juice for a week and lost 10 pounds — but chances are, if a weight-loss scheme sounds too good to be true, it is. Losing weight involves complex metabolic processes, but generally, if you eat fewer calories than you burn, you’ll lose weight. When this deficit is between 500 and 1,000 calories per day, you lose one to two pounds in a week since a pound is equal to 3,500 calories. Fad diets often have you creating a deficit of significantly more to help you lose weight quickly — but you feel deprived, starve and don’t get all the nutrients you need. You don’t learn good habits that help you sustain any weight loss you do manage and end up gaining much of the weight back — and sometimes more.

Instead of relying on some quick fix, cut calories by ditching the obvious calorie offenders: soda, sweets, saturated and trans fats and refined, white grains. Trim portion sizes so that you consume just 3 oz. of lean protein and 1/2 cup of whole grains at meals. Have leafy greens and other vegetables when you need a snack or still feel hungry at dinner. Include a few nuts or olive oil dressing at meals to get some healthy fats. You’ll still come in at a low number of calories, but with plenty of nutrition.

Muscle is calorie-burning tissue that you want to have on your body. Without adequate muscle, you look soft, feel weak and don’t burn as many calories as your lean and taut friend — even if you both weigh the same. When you lose weight quickly, your body loses lean body tissue. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so if you lose your muscle — your metabolism drops. Losing more weight or even maintaining your new lower weight is nearly impossible without starving yourself because your body needs fewer and fewer calories to survive. Exercise, especially weight training, can stave off this loss of muscle even when you are dropping pounds. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least two total-body strength-training sessions weekly on nonconsecutive days, but you can add a third day for better results. Also aim to get in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiovascular activity weekly — 250 minutes is even better for weight loss.

You know you can’t skip workouts when you’re trying to drop a size. You should also avoid skipping meals. Not only can skipping make you feel hungrier at your next meal so you inhale everything in sight, but it can increase your stress levels. A 2010 issue of, “Psychosomatic Medicine” published a study showing that following a restrictive diet creates chronic psychological stress and makes the body pump out more of the stress hormone cortisol. The University of California and University of Minnesota researchers noted that the increased stress and cortisol can actually cause weight gain. Skipping meals adds even more stress and prevents you from losing the weight you so desperately want to shed.

If you base your weight-loss goals on the results you see on extreme reality shows, come back to your reality. Most people do not have seven hours a day to exercise and a nutritionist to monitor your every meal. Focus on how you feel and the way your clothes fit rather than solely on the number on the scale. Some weeks will be better than others, but don’t let that discourage you. If your mind is so set on quick weight loss, you might lose sight of the other benefits you reap by eating a healthier diet and living a more active lifestyle, such as more energy, improved mood, better blood pressure and cholesterol levels and decreased risk of chronic disease.

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Jun 1

How to Lose Weight Fast | Women’s Health

Crash diets are the freaking worst. While you might be motivatedto lose weight fast, by day four of whatever bananas diet you’re on (hopefully not literally a diet of bananas), looking puffy sounds a lot more appealing than 24 more hours of chicken breast and spinach.

Because we care, we’re here to offer you a much easier, healthier, and saner plan of attack that will actually help you learn how to lose weight fastthe healthy way. No juice cleanses, no hot dogs and a cup of broccoli (seriously, this exists), and no hunger-induced dreams featuring you naked in a kiddie pool full of guac.

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Preserve your muscle and your sanity by jump-starting your weight loss results with these eight easy strategies that will set you up for years of healthy living.

If you have toast at breakfast, choose another whole-grain carb like brown rice or quinoa for lunch and dinner. If you love to eat PB and J for a pre-workout snack, lay off the nuts the rest of the day. By limiting yourself to one portion of any single food, you automatically add a sort of fail-safe to your eating plan, says Rania Batayneh, M.P.H., author of The One One One Diet. Plus, even more importantly, this strategy adds a wider array of nutrients to each dayincreasing your satiety and energy levels so you can crush your weight-loss efforts.

In one European Journal of Nutrition study, people who followed a low-cal diet that included four weekly servings of legumes lost significantly more weight after just four weeks compared to those who ate the same number of caloriesbut no legumes. The weight-loss turbocharge may come from legumes’ fiber and antioxidant compounds, since the researchers found that legume lovers had lower levels of inflammatory markers that are linked to obesity. Try adding chickpeas to your salad, cooking some lentils in the slow cooker, or mixing black beans into a Tex-Mex omelet.

Yeah, you know your sleep affects your weight. But you probably don’t realize just how quickly that happens: One Annals of Internal Medicine study suggests two weeks is all it takes for your sleep to show upone way or the otheraround your waistline. In the study, men and women followed a calorie-controlled diet. After 14 days of sleeping either 5.5 or 8.5 hours each night, both groups lost about 6.5 poundsbut those who got the most sleep lost twice as much fat as the short sleepers did. (Stay on track with your goals with Women’s Health’s Look Better Naked DVD.)

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While increasing your water intake is vital to preventing overeating, promoting healthy digestion, and keeping your metabolism in tip-top shape, when it comes to dropping weight quickly, water is also your greatest de-bloating ally, says San Diego-based trainer Kyle Brown, C.S.C.S., who is best known for getting celebrities “cut” before photo shoots and red-carpet affairs. That’s because, when your cells are dehydrated, their first course of action is to cling to any fluid that’s in your system, contributing to all-over bloat. He recommends drinking a liter of water for every 50 pounds you weigh, per day. So if you weigh 175 pounds, it comes out to 3.5 liters of water. Sip consistently to prevent overloading your system all at once.

Another way to ditch excess water weight is to get your sodium and potassium levels in check, says Brown. To do that, he recommends cutting back on processed foods, which tend to be high in sodium, and nixing salt from whatever food is on your plate. Pair this low-salt strategy with plenty of potassium-rich foods like salmon, halibut, and spinach, and you’ll de-bloat over the course of the week, he says.

To lose weight in record time, high-intensity interval training is your exercise strategy of choice. Minute-per-minute, it burns more calories than other workouts like steady-state cardio while also increasing the calories you burn 48 hours after your workout, says Taylor Gainor, C.S.C.S., co-founder of LIT Method in Los Angeles. Plus, over the long term, interval training builds muscle, which is critical for keeping the weight off, says Brown. Your exercise prescription: Perform all-out effort of a given exercise (like burpees, squats, lunges, or pushups) for 20 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds, and repeat until four minutes have passed. Rest one minute, then repeat for a total of four rounds, suggests research from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

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We realize this isn’t groundbreaking advice, but one of the easiest ways to debloat is to reduce your intake of simple, refined carbs. Some sources to watch out for include white pasta, cookies, crackers, and candy. While it goes without saying that the refined sugar in these foods can prevent weight loss over the long term, they can lead to significant water retention in the short term, says Gainor. You’ll be shocked how much weight you lose (even if it is water) within a week or two of cutting back on your regular sugar fix, he says.

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Eating balanced meals and snacks, containing all three macronutrients your body needs, every few hours is key to energizing your bod for your workouts, preventing overeating (especially those simple carbs), and keeping your metabolism at peak speed, Batayneh says. Try toast, an egg, and avocado for breakfast, an apple with string cheese for a snack, and a spinach salad tossed with chicken and olive oil for lunch.

In one Penn State study, people who ate roughly a handful of almonds each day lost significantly more abdominal fat over the course of six weeks compared to those who followed a nut-less (heh) diet with the same number of calories. While this study looked at almond intake, other tree nuts like walnuts and pistachios have also been linked to improved health and weights, thanks to their healthy fat and protein content.

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Jun 1

Weight-Loss Foods to Lose Weight Fast | Reader’s Digest

Protein

artem evdokimov/ShutterstockIm fond of this macronutrient powerhouse for so many reasons: It promotes healthy skin, hair, nails, bones, and muscle. Its also a fabulous weight-loss food, according to a 2005 study from Arizona State University. Protein increased satiety (satisfaction and feelings of fullness) and increased after-meal calorie burn. In other words, eating protein-rich meals, rather than higher-carbohydrate ones, leads to more satisfaction, less hunger, and more fat burn. I love that: three benefits in one. Earlier research also found that people following higher-protein diets generally decrease their food intake by an average of 10 percent (about 200 calories).

Lilly Trott/ShutterstockYouve heard for years to stock up on your C to fend off colds, but are you aware of the vitamins reputation as a weight-loss food? Research suggests that the bodies of folks who are deficient in vitamin C cling more stubbornly to fat. In 2008, researchers in Quebec reviewed a stack of studies to find what they called unsuspected determinants of obesity.

Their review linked less-than-ideal intakes of particular micronutrients to an increased likelihood of being overweight. They identified deficiencies in vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, and vitamin E as risk factors for having a higher percentage of body fat and belly fat.

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Tanya_mtv/ShutterstockThis natural sweetener has also shown great promise in animal studies for reducing weight gain and body fat when substituted for sugar. Known to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, honey boasts wide-ranging health benefits and is also a weight-loss food. It may improve blood sugar control and immunity, and its an effective cough suppressant. Here are some fast, easy ways to lose weight you might now know, either.

SeDmi/ShutterstockIf youre like me, you welcome any new excuse to add more chocolate to your life. Cocoa contains more phenolic antioxidants than most foods. Just look at this list of benefits from a recent study done at the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center by David L. Katz, MD, and his colleagues: Cocoa can protect nerves from injury and inflammation, protect the skin from oxidative damage from UV radiation and have beneficial effects on satiety, cognitive function, and mood.

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279photo Studio/ShutterstockThe surprise here? The vinegar that comes along for the ride in salad dressing also helps you feel full. Research has shown that vinegar can lessen the glycemic effect of a meal (meaning it tends not to spike your blood sugar), which has been linked to satiety that reduces food intake. Vinegar may also prevent body-fat accumulation, according to a 2009 animal study by Japanese researchers. Mice that were fed acetic acid, the main component of vinegar, for six weeks accumulated less body fat.

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studiovin/ShutterstockThroughout the years, various weight-loss researchers have recommended starting a meal with a salad to stave off hunger and ensure that you dont overeat. But why does this work exactly? One reason is that salads are a great source of fiber: lettuce greens, carrots, tomatoes, and the like all have plenty of this macronutrient. Fibers effects on increasing feelings of satiety are well documented.

Whether you eat fiber and vinegar together or not, know that they are great weight-loss foods to have on hand whenever you feel the need to tame your appetite and turn on fat burning controls. If youre not a fan of salad, there are plenty of other sources.

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279photo Studio/ShutterstockCoconut OilWhile The Digest Diet recommends keeping saturated fat intake to under 10 percent of total calories, one source sits at the top of the should enjoy weight-loss foods list: coconut oil.

Why? This sweet, rich oil was shown to do some pretty nifty things for abdominally obese women in a 2009 study out of Brazil, including decreasing their waist circumference, increasing beneficial HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol and improving the ratio of bad LDL (low-density lipoprotein) to good HDL cholesterol. And in populations where coconut oil is commonly eaten, high cholesterol levels and heart disease are not common.

MUFAsIn 2006, I uncovered exciting research suggesting that monounsaturated fatty acids, or MUFAs, helped people store less belly fat. Eating a diet rich in olives, olive oil, nuts and seeds, dark chocolate, and avocado has kept my belly lean and my energy up for years! These healthy fats are a mainstay of my diet.

PUFAsDuring my dive into the current research, I came across a small study from the Netherlands that suggests we should also enjoy polyunsaturated fatty acids, or PUFAs, found in fish and in many nuts and seeds. In this study, consumption of a high ratio of PUFAs to saturated fats led to a higher resting metabolism, as well as a greater diet-induced calorie burn.

But one clarification: Our focus will be primarily on long-chain n-3 PUFAs, commonly known as omega-3s. Researchers theorize that the weight-loss benefits of omega-3s may be a result of their anti-inflammatory effects (inflammation in the body has been strongly linked to obesity). I also love the fact that these healthy fats are associated with protection from cardiovascular disease and enhanced mood.

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Filipe B. Varela/ShutterstockSo many people have asked me if its OK to have a drink when trying to lose weight. Listen up, friends, as this glass is for you!

Many studies show that a small glass of wine a day is good for your health. Researchers credit the antiaging properties of resveratrol (found in red grapes, mulberries, and peanuts) in red wine. Now cutting-edge research suggests this antioxidant is a fat releaser too.

In one large study of more than 19,000 women of normal weight, light to moderate drinkers had less weight gain and less risk of becoming overweight than those who drank no alcohol. In several animal studies, researchers have demonstrated that moderate alcohol consumption does not promote weight gain.

And in another separate animal study done in 2006, researchers found that resveratrol improved exercise endurance as well as protected against obesity and insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes.

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Africa Studio/ShutterstockCalciumYour mom told you to drink your milk because its calcium was good for your bones. What she probably didnt know: That same calcium also helps control your hunger. Research shows that people who dont consume enough of this bone-building mineral have a greater fat mass and less control of their appetitetwo things The Digest Diet can help you reverse.

DairyYes, dairy is an excellent source of calcium, but Ive singled it out because studies have found that dairy sources of calcium are markedly more effective in accelerating fat loss than other sources. Researchers theorize that other ingredients in dairy act synergistically with the calcium. (I love the two-for-one nature of this fat releaser!)

In one study out of the University of Tennessee, researchers showed that eating three servings of dairy daily significantly reduced body fat in obese subjects. And if subjects restricted calories while consuming the same dairy servings, fat and weight loss accelerated.

Theres more! A great study done in 2010 indicated that drinking fat-free milk immediately after whole-body resistance training and again one hour after the workout allowed participants to increase fat loss, gain greater muscle and strength, and strengthen bones by reducing bone cell turnover. Drink milk and get all these amazing benefits? Sign me up!

You’ll want to add these calcium-rich foods that are natural fat burners to your diet ASAP.

picturepartners/ShutterstockIm keen on quinoa for many reasons: This ancient grain is a nutritional powerhouse weight-loss food, chock-full of protein, amino acids, phytosterols, and vitamin E. A study published in 2011 points to its promise as a fat inhibitor. Animals fed supplements containing a quinoa-seed extract had less body fat, lower body weight, and decreased appetite. Also, quinoa is versatile and can be made into crackers, side dishes, and hot cereals. Try some of these quinoa recipes to kick-start your weight loss.

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Jun 1

How To Lose Weight Fast and Easy 101 Simple Weight Loss Tips

I have had lists of how to lose weight fast and easy before but this is by far the largest list of 101 weight loss tips that I have ever done. I have also linked to other pages on this site to give you even more info.

It is one thing to look at this list of tips for how to lose weight quickly and marvel at its size but, in fact, to make the biggest changes in your life you just have to make a couple small changes at a time in your life until life is where you want it to be.

So peruse this list, sure, but more importantly just pick a couple of things that you can do now and then come back in a couple of days to pick another couple.

Great luck to you!

1. Drink plenty of water. Our body needs a lot of water so give in to water. Water is not just way to flush out toxin but if you have more water in your body you will generally feel healthier and fitter. This itself will discourage any tendency to gorge. The best thing about water is that it has no calories at all.

2. Start your day with a glass of water. As soon as you wake up, gulp down a glass of cool water. Its a wonderful way to start you day and you only need a lesser quantity of your breakfast drink after that.

A glass of water lets out all your digestive juices and sort of lubricates the insides of your body. You may have your morning cup of tea but have it after a glass of water. It is good for you.

3. Drink a glass of water before you start the meal. Water naturally needs some space so that you feel fuller without actually having to stuff yourself.

4. Have another glass of water while you are having the meal. Again this is another way of making yourself full so that you can actually rise from the table eating less but feeling full just the same. Instead of drinking it one gulp, take sips after each morsel. It will help the food to settle faster so that you get that feeling that you are full faster.

SIDENOTE: Water is such a remarkable thing, but seldom do we give it the credit that it deserves. Did you know that over 66% of your body weight is nothing but water Its amazing! Water also plays a vital role in weight control, which is why I donated so much space to it, above.

5. Stay away from sweetened bottle drinks, especially sodas. Hey, all those colas and fizzy drinks are sweetened with sugar and sugar means calories. The more you can cut out on these sweetened bottle drinks, the better for you. So if you must drink sodas, then stick to diet sodas.

6. Include in your diet things that contain more water like tomatoes and watermelons. These things contain 90 to 95 % water so that there is nothing that you have to lose weight by feasting on them. They fill you up without adding to the pounds.

7. Eat fresh fruit instead of drinking fruit juice. Juice is often sweetened, but fresh fruits have natural sugars. When you eat fruit, you are taking in a lot of fiber, which is needed by the body, and fruits, of course, are an excellent source of vitamins.

8. If you do have a craving for fruit juice then go for fresh fruit juice instead of these that contain artificial flavors and colors. Or even better, try making your own fruit juice taking care not to sweeten it with too many calories.

9. Choose fresh fruit to processed fruits. Processed and canned fruits do not have as much fiber as fresh fruit and processed and canned fruits are nearly always sweetened.

10. Increase your fiber intake. Like I mentioned, the body needs a lot of fiber. So try to include in your diet as many fruits and vegetables as you can.

11. Go crazy on vegetables. Vegetables are your best bet when it comes to losing pounds. Nature has a terrific spread when it comes to choosing vegetables. And the leafy green vegetables are your best bet. Try to include a salad in you diet always.

12. Eat intelligently. The difference between man and beast is that we are driven by intelligence while beasts are driven by instinct. Dont just eat something because you feel like eating it. Ask yourself whether your body really needs it

13. Watch what you eat. Keep a watchful eye on everything that goes in. Sometimes the garnishes can richer than the food itself. Accompaniments too can be very rich. Remember that it is the easiest thing in the world to eat something without realizing that it was something that you should not have eaten. Selective memory you know

14. Control that sweet tooth. Remember that sweet things generally mean more calories. It is natural that we have cravings for sweet things especially chocolates and other confectionary. Go easy on theses things and each time you consume something sweet understand that it is going to add on somewhere.

15. Fix times to have meals and stick to it. Try to have food at fixed times of the day. You can stretch these times by half an hour, but anything more than that is going to affect your eating pattern, the result will either be a loss of appetite or that famished feeling which will make you stuff yourself with more than what is required the next time you eat.

16. Eat only when you are hungry. Some of us have the tendency to eat whenever we see food. We use parties as an excuse to stuff ourselves. Understand that the effect of a whole week of dieting can be wasted by just one days party food. Whenever you are offered something to eat do not decline it completely bit just break of a nibble so that you appear to mind your manners and at the same time can watch your diet.

17. Quit snacking in between meals. Do not fall for snacks in between meals. This is especially true for those who have to travel a lot. They feel that the only time they can get a bite to eat is snacks and junk food. The main problem with most snacks and junk food is that they are usually less filling and contain a lot of fat and calories. Just think about French fries tempting but terribly fattening.

18. Snack on vegetables if you must. You might get the pangs of hunger in between meals. It is something that you can very well control. Or even better, try munching on carrots. They are an excellent way to satisfy those hungry pangs and are good for your eyes and teeth. True, you might end up being called Bugs Bunny, but its miles better to be called Bugs Bunny than fatso.

19. Go easy on tea and coffee. Tea and coffee are harmless by themselves. Its when you add the cream and sugar that they become fattening. Did you know that having a cup of tea or coffee that has cream and at least two cubes of sugar are as bad as having a big piece of rich chocolate cake

20. Try to stick to black tea/coffee. Black tea or coffee can actually be good for you. But personally I would like to recommend tea rather than coffee. The caffeine in the coffee is not really good for you because it is an alkaloid and can affect other functions of your body like the metabolism. But again lots of liquids is a great thing in how to lose weightquickly.

21. Count the calories as you eat. Its a good idea to have an idea of the calories that most food items have. If it is a packed thing then the label is sure to have the calories that the substance has.

22. be sure to burn out those extra calories by the end of the week. If you feel that you have consumed more calories than you should have during the week, it happens you know, and then make sure that you work off those extra calories by the end of the week.

23. Stay away from fried things. Fried things are an absolute no-no. The more fried things that you avoid, the lesser weight you will gain. Fried things are called so because they are fried in oil or fat. And even if the external oil is drained away, there is still a lot of hidden oil in it so stay away from it.

24. Do not skip meals. The worst thing you can do while watching you diet is skip a meal. It has just the opposite effect of what you want. You need to have at least four regular meals every day.

25. Fresh vegetables are better than cooked or canned vegetables. Try to eat your vegetables raw. When you cook them, you are in fact taking away nearly half the vitamins in them. And canned vegetables too are processed and are not nearly half as good as fresh vegetables. When you buy your vegetables it would be a good thing to see if the label says that it is pesticide free.

26. Nothing more than an egg a day. Eggs are not such a bright idea. It would be best to reduce your intake of eggs to maybe three in a week. But for those of you die hard egg fans, you may have up to one egg a day but nothing more than that.

27. Make chocolates a luxury and not a routine. Chocolates are not or at least they should not be a part of your diet. So do not indulge too much in them. Even the bitter chocolates are not good for you because though the sugar is less there is still the cream in them.

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28. Choose a variety of foods from all food groups every day. This is a fine way of keeping deficiency diseases at bay. Change the items included in your diet every day. This is an excellent way of keeping deficiency diseases at bay and it helps you to experiment with a variety of dishes and thereby you do not get bored of your diet.

29. If you can say no to alcoholic beverages please do. Alcoholic beverages too are not good for you. Beer can be fattening and the rest of the alcoholic drinks may not be fattening by themselves but after a couple of swigs you will be in no position to watch your diet and your appetite too will be something to battle with.

30. Try to have breakfast within one hour of waking. Its always best to have breakfast within an hour of waking so that your body can charge itself with the energy it needs for the day. The idea is not to wait for yourself to get really hungry. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but that does not mean that it should be the most filling meal of the day. https://youtu.be/GSDvjEuYq3o

31. 50 to 55% of your diet should be carbohydrates. It is a myth that you should try and avoid carbohydrates when you are on a diet. Rather the other way round I should say. Carbohydrates are a ready source of energy and so 50 to 55% of your diet should be carbohydrates.

32. 25 to 30% of your diet should be proteins. Various processes and activities are going on in our bodies. Things are broken down and being built up again. Resistance has to be built up, recovery from disease too is needed and for all this the body needs plenty of proteins so see to it that 25 to 30% of your diet consists of proteins.

33. Fats should only be 15 to 20%. You need only this much of fat in your diet so keep it at that.

34. Try and adopt a vegetarian diet. A vegetarian diet is undoubtedly better for those of us watching our diet. There are a lot of advantages of keeping to a vegetarian diet but I dont want to sing an ode to vegetarianism now.

What I would suggest is keep to a vegetarian diet as much as you can. Make a non- vegetarian diet a weekend event or something if you find it impossible to give up eating all those animals.

35. Choose white meat rather than red. White meat, which includes fish and fowl, is miles better than red meat, which includes beef and pork for those trying to lose weight.

36. High Fiber multigrain bread are better than white bread. Remember how I told you to increase the fiber content in your food; well this is the answer to that. It is not only better in terms of the fiber content but also in terms of the protein content as well.

37. Reduce your intake of pork. Pork is not something that can help you to lose weight. So the lesser pork you eat the better chances you have of losing weight. And remember that pork includes the pork products as well, things like bacon, ham, and sausages.

38. Limit your sugar intake. If you cant have things unsweetened go for sugar substitutes. These things are just as sweetening but are certainly not fattening.

39. Graze 5 to 6 times a day. Instead of sticking to just three meals a day, try grazing. Grazing means try having 5 or 6 smaller meals instead of three king sized meals. It is an excellent way of having smaller quantities of food.

40. Go ahead eat cheat food, but only for flavor. There are many things which you have to avoid from your diet but which you may have an undying craving for. Do not avoid them altogether. You could call them cheat foods and indulge in them once in a while. But take care just to tingle your taste buds, dont hog on them. Instead of that share them with others. In this way

41. Watch your fat intake. Each fat gram contains 9 calories so by reading the total calories on a food and knowing the quantity of fat, you can estimate the % of fat, which should in no way exceed 30% of the food.

42. Go easy on the salt, as too much salt is one of the causes of obesity. Make it a point to really cut down on salt. Try to bring down your salt intake to half of what it was last year.

43. Change from table butter to cholesterol free butter. If you have a choice why not go for it, anyway it is healthier for you and tastes just the same. Bear in mind that these small changes can go a long way towards weight reduction.

44. Instead of frying things try baking them without fat. Baking is by far a healthier method of preparing food than frying. Baking requires lesser oil or fat.

45. Use a nonstick frying pan for your cooking so that you do not have to add oil. The golden rule is to try and avoid as much oil as possible and a nonstick pan is a perfect solution to this problem.

46. Boil your vegetables instead of cooking them, or even better, eat them fresh. However, if you do not like eating your vegetables as it is, try steaming them without adding anything at all. This is probably the healthiest way to eat cabbages, cauliflowers and a host of other vegetables.

47. Carry parsley with you. Parsley is an excellent thing to munch on in between meals. Not just is it good for you in terms of vitamins, but it is also a perfect way of making your breath fresher.

48. Choose low fat substitutes or no fat substitutes. There are plenty of low fat or even no fat substitutes available in the market so why not choose wisely. It is much better for your heart too.

Many people just go shopping and pick up whatever they can. They do not bother to find out if there are nay substitutes for the thing they are looking for. In the markets of today, you will be astounded at the range of goods that manufacturers have to offer.

In fact with all the hue and cry that is being made about weight loss, low-fat substitutes and no fat substitutes are hitting the stands faster than mushrooms that sprout after the first rains. So the next time you head to the grocery store instead of picking up what you have always picked up, see if there are better substitutes.

Remember that our bodies need nutrients and not just calories. Fats give us nutrients but with more calories than what proteins or carbohydrates do.

49. Avoid crash diets. They are bad for health and you will gain what you have lost once you take a break. Crash diets are not a solution to weight loss. It might seem as if you have lost few pounds but the moment you give up on the crash diet everything will bounce back with a vengeance. Take a look at it in this way.

Do you think that it is possible for a person to survive on a crash diet for the rest of his or her life Certainly not! So at some time or the other, you will have to give up the crash diet and then you will see for yourself that a crash diet does more harm than good in the long run.

Crash diets may have a lot to promise, but very rarely do these promises ring true. Crash diets are things people go on in order to wear an old dress or suit for a particular occasion. Thats the only purpose that they serve as far as I can see.

50. God gave us teeth for a reason… Therefore, we should develop a habit of chewing all food including liquid food and soft foods like sweets, ice creams at least 8 to 12 times.

This is essential to add saliva to the food, as it is only in the saliva that sugar is digested. Often we find that whatever goes into our mouth goes down like lightning. We hardly give the saliva any time to act on the food. So does digestion take place like it should? Do we just stuff our tummies with food that doesnt get digested or in other words that dont yield the benefits that it should

51. Dry wine is better than sweet wine. Sweet wines naturally contain a lot of sugar. But on the other hand, in dry wines most of this sugar has been fermented away so from the weight point of view dry wines are better than sweet wines.

52. When you decide its time to start working out, start slowly and dont get discouraged if you dont achieve your fitness goals after the first week. Many people make this mistake. They feel that if they really push their bodies they can lose more weight in a couple of workouts.

This is a very serious thing in fact. If you try to push your body too much in the first few goes, you are likely to end up with sprained joints, a sore back and even torn ligaments. The rule to be followed here is slow and steady wins the race.

53. Check your weight before you start the routine and keep checking for changes but do not expect a radical change immediately, it might be one or two weeks before you notice some change. However, it is crucial that you continue to monitor your weight. You may bear in mind the fact that even a few pounds loss is a big achievement.

54. When you do notice a change, reward yourself. When I say reward I do not mean to go for some goodies like chocolates or sweets. Maybe you could go to a movie or buy yourself something like a new dress or a trinket. This is something that can keep you going. It is a good idea to save the money that you wanted to spend on ice creams and chocolates and then treat yourself to something more substantial.

55. You can take a day off from exercise every week. This is not just a very good idea, but it is part of the exercise routine. Your body needs a day off from an exercise routine so do not hesitate to take a day off from whatever you have been doing.

56. Exercise outdoors as far as possible. There are two advantages of doing whatever you are doing outside. One advantage is that it gives your body a chance to get a lot of the much needed fresh air and sunshine. The second advantage is that the surroundings keep you perked up and it is a break from remaining cooped up all day long

57. Try to collect some information about exercise, there are a lot of things that you can do at home. Extensive research has been done on exercise and plenty of this information is easily available. You can try browsing the net or getting a book or two on how to exercise at home. This information will be useful to you to know how much you need to work out on each specific exercise in order to burn off the desired number of calories.

58. Try to get somebody to exercise along with you. But it should be somebody committed or else your interest might dwindle. This is indeed an excellent idea. One of the advantages of getting a committed person to exercise with you is that it keeps you going.

There may be days when you feel just too lazy to crawl out of bed in the mornings. On such days, the knowledge that somebody is waiting for you is enough to slide out of bed. Another advantage is that you can discuss your progress and fears with another person and be a sympathetic listener to the other person as well. This is a fine way of getting motivated yourself.

59. Stop when your body has had enough. There is no sense in pushing it. When you have worked out for a considerable time, your body will start giving you signals. Heed those signals. This is particularly true in the initial stages. Take one step at a time. Stop when you are out of breath or when a certain part of your body tells you that it has had enough.

60. If you want to increase your time of exercise or your workout routine, do it gradually and not in sudden steps. Well, easier said than done. Most of us have such hectic schedules that it is quite impossible to fit in time for exercise right Wrong. I want to say it once and for all, your body or anybodys body for that matter needs proper exercise. If you make up your mind to do it, you just can.

61. Select an exercise pattern to suit your lifestyle. All of us have different lifestyles and professions so there is no sense in trying to follow the book strictly. Try and follow an exercise routine that is suitable for you. You have to understand that even more important than the exercise it is sticking to it. So unless you choose something that can suit your lifestyle, you are not going to stick on to it.

62. Dont stand, walk. If you can walk about then do so. Do not stand in a fixed position. Pacing about is a good thing to do. If you are thinking deeply about something, try pacing about, it will aid in your thinking.

63. Dont sit, stand. If you can stand, then do not sit. The golden rule is to choose a position that is less comfortable.

64. Dont lie down, sit. The rule that we mentioned above rings true here as well.

65. Do not be a couch potato. It is the easiest thing in the world to become a couch potato. You know what we are talking about dont you That shapeless thing that sits or reclines on a shapeless chair in front of the television and stupidly munches away at something fried!

If you are inclined to become a promising old couch potato, break the habit, cut at the very root of the vine. And you want to know what the best way is for that Take away that favorite chair of yours. In fact, it would be a very good idea if you could keep a chair that isnt too comfortable in front of the TV. This will discourage any tendency to become a couch potato.

66. If you have a sitting job, stand up and stretch yourself every half an hour. Most of the jobs today are indeed sitting jobs that are in one word sedentary. This is especially true for those who sit and punch away at the keyboard or toy with the mouse all day long. So if you have such a job, make it a point to get up at least every half an hour and stretch yourself.

67. While making telephone calls try walking up and down. I hope you will agree with me that this is an excellent suggestion.

68. Use the stairs instead of the elevator whenever you can. Elevators are one hell of a convenience particularly if you have to go up or down some twenty floors. But elevators also make us very lazy. There may be no sense in trudging up some twenty flights of stairs because by the time you get there you will be totally pooped.

But while coming down, if you have the time, you can easily come down the stairs instead of using the elevator. Coming down is not at all exhausting. And talking about the time factor, I dont think that there is much of a difference. Sometimes waiting for an elevator door to open at your floor after you hit the button can take up all of eternity.

69. Smoking is bad for weight loss. smoking as such may not contribute to weight loss but smoking leads to other conditions like erratic eating habits and excessive dependence on things like coffee.

70. If you hate running, remember, you do not have to run a marathon to stay fit. 10 minutes of cardio each day is good enough for most.

71. And if you cant run, try walking. 15 minutes of brisk walking a day is enough to keep most fit.

72. Any distance is walkable if you have the time, so consider walking to places that you would normally drive (such as work or the market if theyre not too far away). It may take you longer, but the health benefits will last you a lifetime.

73. It sounds strange, but some people have reported that they lost more weight when they drank black coffee before a workout. While theres no hard data to support this, nutritionists speculate that the caffeine in coffee makes the body rely more on fat for fuel during the workout. Its worth trying!

74. Heres a corollary to the tip above: Avoid drinking coffee in excess, as it tends to desensitize your body to the fat burning effects of caffeine.

75. Stop using remote controls. Remote controls are the bane of a prospective weight loser. They may be remarkable gadgets by themselves but from the weight loss point of view, they just arent very helpful. They really encourage us to take a laid back kind of attitude towards life itself. In fact if remote controls were not there, the television would not have become so popular.

It is because of remote controls that people can remain where they are and switch from one channel to the other. And they only have to twitch a finger muscle to achieve this. Now, I have nothing against multi-channel television sets but what I strongly advocate is that you get up from where you are and change the channel of the TV each time you want to do so.

The same thing holds true for other remote controls as well. As it is we have remote controlled TVs, DVD players, A/Cs, garage doors, gateways and what not. The next thing we know is that we will have remote controlled people as well.

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May 23

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Apr 24

Intermittent Fasting To Lose Weight Fast – Get This Ripped

Remember to stay hydrated during intermittent fasting, especially if you’re active.

Intermittent fasting is a great way to lose weight while maintaining/gaining muscle mass. It creates many of the same benefits as intense exercise on weight lossmore on this later.

It is a way of fasting to lose weight that involves cycles of feeding and fasting.

1. Intermittent fasting will not slow down your metabolism, instead it will speed up your metabolism for the duration of the fast. In order for your metabolism to slow down, you will have to fast for 3 days straight (this is not recommended). To read about this study, click here.

2. Intermittent fasting will not cause muscle loss. Instead, you will have more strength during a workout when you are in a fasted state. You will also experience more muscle grains as a result if your diet is structured properly. This is very counter-intuitive.

3. When you go on an intermittent fast, workout, and then eat after, your body will integrate protein and carbs more efficiently. This allows your muscles to recover and grow faster. Check out the study here.

It depends on which method you are following. 24 hours of fasting will give you the most weight loss results. It is not recommended that you fast longer than a 24 hour period. The Eat Stop Eat method involves fasting once to twice a week for 24 hours each time.

Fasting reduces your total weekly calorie intake. This takes off the pressure of counting calories during each meal. It is a very simple method to weight loss that is easy to maintain for the long term.

You dont have to worry about the yo-yo diet effect that most diets have. Most diets are hard to maintain, once you get off the diet, you lose the results. Intermittent fasting is also a powerful way to break through your weight loss plateau.

From an evolutionary stand point, our ancestors fasted when food was scarce or if they returned from a failed hunting trip. So its very possible that our bodies are actually designed to fast occasionally. There are many health benefits to intermittent fasting that suggests this, such as:

Cycled fasting to lose weight and to improve your health is not a new concept. There have been many human and animal studies on intermittent fasting over the last 18 years. Animal studies began as early as 1943. There was a recent article (2007) by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that explained a lot of these benefits, it was a summary review of 44 different studies.

During intense exercise, your body goes into a state that burns fat for energy. The fat in your fat cells turn into free-fatty-acids which are then used as fuel for your body. This process depletes your fat cells and causes weight loss.

During intermittent fasting, your body goes into the same state where you body starts burning fat for energy. Doing cardio on a fast will help you lose weight even weight faster. The video below talks more about this:

Fasting to lose weight once to twice a week keeps things flexible. You can look good and still enjoy eating out with your friends.

There is a fitness myth about meal frequency. Eating more frequently has no effect on your metabolism.

There was a study conducted in 1997 that tested meal frequencies of 1-17 meals a day. Up to this day, it is still the most extensive study on the topic of meal frequency. To summarize their findings, meal frequency had no effect on your metabolism; whether you binge eat everything in a single meal or spread it out into 17 meals throughout the day. You can check out the studyhere.

Intermittent fasting is superior to regular calorie restriction during a cut.

Here is an interesting review of a few studies comparing regular calorie restriction and intermittent fasting. They found that regular calorie restriction leads to more muscle loss while intermittent fasting preserves more muscle.

The same rules apply when youre using Eat Stop Eat on a cut, aim for a weekly calorie restriction instead of a daily calorie restriction.

The biggest benefit is that intermittent fasting helps you keep the weight off once you lose it. As I mentioned previously, intermittent fasting cultivates insulin sensitivity. It changes your body chemistry so that your body stores less fat. Here is how this works:

Insulin helps your body process carbs and fats, but it also stores excess calories as fat. Over time, your body develops more and more insulin resistance. When this happens, your body needs to release more insulin to process the same amount of sugars/carbs. As a result, the higher level of insulin will cause your body to store more fat.

Cultivating insulin sensitivity causes your body to release less insulin to process carbs and fats. Less insulin means that less fat will be stored. With higher insulin sensitivity, it will be more difficult for your to gain weight in the future.

The best resource on intermittent fasting is a book called Eat Stop Eat. It explains in detail how to use intermittent fasting to successfully lose weight and also how to incorporate it into your lifestyle, this includes:

For the complete method and exact guidelines, check outEat Stop Eat.

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Apr 21

46 Weird Ways to Lose Weight Fast Without Exercise

If you are tired of doing exercises, yoga, following trick low-carb diets, home remedies, medical advices and so on but losing no pound. So, try anything to lose your extra weight. This article will reveal 46weird ways to lose weight fast in a week without exercise. Lets check out these strange tips, tricks andweird ways to lose weight below!

Just about all cultures have some customs that would be able to aid people in losing weight. For instance, if you go out for dinner in Europe, a waiter would generally set one bottle of mineral water on your table. However, at any restaurant like that in Canada, you usually need to request water and, of course, you might end up with pop or another drink that might has very high levels of caloriesinstead. Or else, you might get one more glass of beer or wine than you would if you have an alternating drink with water.

This is the first out of the list containing the best tips and weird ways to lose weight fast and naturally for women and men that I would like to introduce in this entire article.

For someone who takes medicine for controlling allergies, weight gain may be as common a complaint as itchy eyes or a runny nose. Joseph Ratliff, a postdoctoral associate in Yale School of Medicine psychiatry department, has discovered that people who are making use of antihistamines are 10 pounds heavier on average than the counterparts who are un-medicated. This can be due to the H1-type antihistamines (like Claritin or Allegra) block the histamines of the immune system, which play an important role in fat and appetite breakdown. Allergy corticosteroids or shots are possible alternatives, but those whose signs are controlled best by antihistamines might need to adjust their exercise or diet plan to compensate.

Research suggests that the regular use of sugar substitutes might give you the feeling of saintly, but it is actually hell on your waistline. Mice fed sugar alternatives; for example zero-calorie saccharin, eventually got higher levels of weight than others who were fed with sugar. Scientists guessed that because fake sugar does not provide extra calories, the confused digestive system fails to regulate food consumption and burn caloriesthe way it would with the real stuff. In summary, it will be best for you to consume small amounts of natural sugar; for example, fruits mixed with yogurt.

Healthy diet always plays important role in body weight loss, especially for sweet stuff, try it out!

This is also good news for people who love doing exercisesand playing sports as in the list of the weird ways to lose weight fast, you are encouraged to do some activities that can make you sweat a lot.

As virtuous as that a kettlebell class that prolongs 60 minutes feels, it is very hard to exercise off weight. All the evidences shows that people need to decrease their calorie consumption for losing weight. However, aside from its advantages for mental and cardiovascular health, exercise plays an important key after you have dropped some extra pounds as your muscle mass compensate by burning lower levels of calories. A combination of toning and cardio exercises5 times on a weekly basis will help in keeping your metabolism humming.

In brief, this is one of the simple ways to learn and apply weird ways to lose weight that you can practice whenever you have leisure time, so try and see how effective it would be for your weight loss process!

Food that can rev your metabolism sounds similar to the stuff of infomercials for late night. However, experts noted that unprocessed (whole) foods will require your body to use higher levels of energyto break down and digest than those which are refined. Thus, you will be able to lose more calories and thereby extra fat when you consume them. You just need to make use of some simple swaps an apple instead of bottled juice, brown rice instead of white, and this actually can bring about a noticeably significant change in your whole body fat over time.

Dinners out and happy hour cocktailsare all essentially invitations in terms of overeating. What you need to do that I want to recommend here is that you should sit at the end of the dining table if possible as according to author of The Thin Commandments Diet psychologist Stephen Gullo, the seats at the center spot will make it easy for anyone to take every kind of dishes during the meal, such as chips, breads, and other types of sharing plates that are often wind up.

This is also one of the most effective and simple to apply weird ways to lose weight fast and naturally for both women and men that I would like to reveal in this entire article and want my readers to learn and apply for good!

Poles typically spend just 5 % of the budget of their family on eating out. On the other hand, according to Statistics Canada, the average family in Canada now spends nearly 30 % of their food budget at and fast-food joints and restaurants. For saving health pounds and money, you should start tracking and then you should try to cut back gradually.

Melodie Yong, dietitian for the St. Pauls Hospital in Vancouver’s Heart and Lung Institute said that people who eat out too frequently tend to gain more unhealthy pounds because they eat less-healthy foods. In fact, the decline of home cooking habit, linked in part to the increasing number of women who have social duties and earn money by working at the office like men, tracks very closely with the increase of risks for developing obesityover the past thirty years.

In fact, this is one of the simplest yet best and most interesting weird ways to lose weight that I would like to reveal in this part of the article and want you and my other readers to learn and make use for good!

All that shaking at Carnaval is not the habit that is body-friendly only in Rio; Brazilians can keep their body slender by consuming this traditional dish with just about every meal. A research in the journal Obesity Research discovered that a diet that primarily consists of beans and rice can help to reduce the risks of developing the overweight issue by about 14% when compared with the typical Western fare. The reason for this amazing and impressive effect is that these foods are relatively low in fat and high in fiber, which is considered being good in stabilizing the levels of sugar in blood. It might be counterintuitive, but a diet containing large amounts of beans will give people a beach-ready body.

This is actually one of the most effective tips and weird ways to lose weight fast and naturally at home for both women and men at all ages that people should learn and remember to make use for good!

In the Netherlands, bikes outnumber people (at 18 million vs 16.5 million). While 40 % of the Dutch’s population uses their bikes for commuting, just 1.2% of work trips in Canada are made by bicycle. Traffic lights in some places in Amsterdam are even synchronized to the speed of biking. While most people in Canada have to struggle with winter diseases and phenomenon, riding bicycles in good weather for pleasure, work or errands totally can help people reduce the risks of being overweight and also prevent unintentional weight gain.

An exercise physiologist at Brock University, Stephen Cheung the man who commutes by bicycle and have a 34-kilometre round trip in 9 months of the year said that biking for commuting and errands can help people burn about five hundreds calories every hour. However, if you add in hill-climbing or up your exertion, you will be able to burn even up to 1,000 calories every hour.

This is actually another good tip on the list of weird ways to lose weight fast and naturally at home without getting any unwanted side effect for people who do not have enough time and money spending on this!

An impressive 75 % of Germany’s population eats breakfast every day, sitting down to fruits, breads, and whole-grain cereals. Nutritional experts have been suggesting people not to skip their breakfast in the morning for years, but recent researches show a better picture of the important role of eating breakfast.In one, British experts found out that if you have not eaten breakfast, the reward center of your brain will light up more vividly when you notice a food that is high in calories making you likelier to indulge.

The scientific director of the Canadian Obesity Network Dr. Arya Sharma said that if people just can make one swap to impact the obesity epidemic, it would be to get people to eat breakfast.

In fact, this is one of the best and most effective, as well as cheapest tips and weird ways to lose weight without exercise that people who do not have much money or time spending on weight and fat lose.

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Apr 5

How to Lose Weight in 5 Days | Men’s Fitness

Fat-burners are over-the-counter supplements that typically blend different kinds of herbs and stimulants to raise your core temperature, which can help you burn more calories at rest and during exercise, and suppress appetite. Common ingredients include green tea extract, caffeine, synephrine, capsicum, raspberry ketones, and garcinia cambogia.

Synephrine is a substance found in a variety of citrus foods, such as mandarin and clementines. Recent research suggests its safe for the heart and may increase resting metabolic rate. Capsicum, the chemical that makes hot peppers taste spicy, is generally used for pain relief, and a 2011 Chemical Senses review suggests capsicum consumption may benefit weight loss. Caffeine and garcinia cambogia act as appetite suppressants, which help you keep portions small and junk-food cravings at bay.

Fat-burners can increase your metabolism, give you more energy, suppress hunger, and increase your core temperature so you indirectly burn more calories. However, watch out for side effects of these ingredients and be sure to not combine them with other stimulants or medications. Here are 10 of the best supplements for weight loss.

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Mar 25

How to Lose Weight Fast & How to Stall | Gwen’s Nest

How to lose weight fast was a question I was asked frequently when I was an admin on the Trim Healthy Mama Facebook groups. Even though this post addresses the question from the THM perspective, I think it applies to many other ways of eating as well. If youre not familiar with the Trim Healthy Mama plan, I review the book here. ~Gwen

Q. Any specific advice for us on how to lose so quickly? Id love to hear some of your own tricks.

A. Ill answer from my own experience here, and what Ive seen from moderating this now nearly 6,00080,000 and growing member Facebook group:

Mostly, those who lose quickly are just those blessed with a fast metabolism that recovers quickly when sugars are removed. They dont cheat or eat off plan frequently and avoid real sugars, but they do bounce a good bit in their calorie intake.

While THM is not really designed for quick weight loss, it does happen for some. What makes it different from quick weight loss plans and gimmicks is that it doesnt attempt to force weight loss at the expense of overall healthso for those whose bodies *can* lose quickly, they do. For those who need a slower, gentler approach, they experience loss and healing at the rate that their own body dictates.

I found that even though my body was *able* to lose quickly, I now wish that I had slowed down my losses. Though I did sustain quick and lasting results in weight loss, I ended up needing specialized help for the past six months to recover from complications from overwhelming my liver. I have a somewhat common liver processing issue called MTHFR that makes my body work harder at detoxing, and weight loss can and does strain that process. If you have a family history of heart disease, stroke, miscarriage, autoimmune disease, autism, or miscarriage, or if you react strangely to healthy foods, I strongly suggest that you consider being gentle to your body during any weight loss program, and that you ask about MTHFR genetic testing.

Those who lose more slowly either have underlying health or hormone challenges that their bodies are dealing with in addition to weight loss, so that slows them down. But the basic lifestyle and diet of Trim Healthy Mama are only going to support their rate of healing and move diet concerns out of the way when dealing with a health problem that needs to be addressed.

Some ladies find that adding in additional liver support really helps their body process the fats into and out of their body in a much more efficient way. The liver processes all lipids or fats, including the ones we eat, the ones in our bloodstream that we are giving off as we lose weight, and also our hormones, which are lipids. So the liver really has to work extra hard during weight loss or during periods of hormone readjustment (like pregnancy, nursing, or menopause.)

Silymarin is one of my favorite herbal liver support herbs, and one I take daily to support my body in healthy weight loss. This is a great liver support blend that contains silymarin if you want to support healthy liver function: (affiliate link)

Some signs that you may need liver support are: pimples or acne, indigestion after meals (especially fatty meals) that ranges from bloating/gassy feelings to pain, and a history of gall stones.

Plateaus and stalls can be a normal part of healthy weight loss. Early on with THM, I would be seeing my friends losing 1-2 pounds a week at a steady rate, but I would stall for 2 weeks and then lose 2-3 pounds. Its just how my body worked at that point, and it does fall within the normal range of weight loss experiences. Ive also had phases where I was losing around a pound a week with no real changes to what I was doing. So that can change as your body adjusts and heals.

Certain times in your monthly cycle can also stall weight loss, but just because youre retaining water.

Its REALLY important to not get too number bound with your scale. Its a good indicator of overall weight, but that involves SO much more than just body fat. Hormone fluctuations, water retention, and more will dramatically affect the scale anywhere from 1-4 pounds per day. [bctt tweet=Its NORMAL for your weight to bounce higher in the evening. This doesnt mean youve put on fat! #GwensNest #THM]

This is one of my favorite quotes from the Facebook group, from a lady who had seen the scale move up from one day to the next:

My husband always reminds me: A pound [of fat] is equal to 3500 caloriesdid you REALLY eat 3500 too many calories yesterday? Really?

Here are some of the most common THM obstacles to weight loss that I see frequently on the wall over on the Facebook group:

Inadequate protein intake specifically reduces Phase I clearance, and insufficient calories decreases overall detoxification function. The detoxification process requires large amounts of caloric energy, which comes mainly from the food we eat. If we do not eat enough protein, the body breaks down vital tissue protein to produce the energy it needs. This decreases the available amounts of Phase I and Phase II enzymes, amino acids, and peptides, because the body breaks down protein to amino acids and peptides. The greater the toxic burden of the body, the higher the need for protein, carbohydrate, fat, and micronutrient intake. (emphasis mine.)

In plain English, that means: Eat enough food or youll feel like crud.

Consuming less than 1500-1800 calories per day (most women should stay at the high end of this range) may put your milk supply at risk, as may a sudden drop in caloric intake.A mothers baseline need for calories (not including lactation) depends upon her activity level, weight and nutritional status. A mother who is less active, has more fat stores, and/or eats foods higher in nutritional value may need fewer calories than a mom who is more active, has fewer fat stores, and/or eats more processed foods.

Nursing Mamas need an additional 400-500 more calories per day to support healthy milk production IN ADDITION to the number of calories that they are burning with working out or just regular life activities. So listen to Kelley, and listen to your body: eat when you feel genuinely hungry.

Now, lets shimmy down to the other end of this teeter totter. Away from the celery sticks and lettuce turkey wrap lunchat the opposite end of the spectrum: the Lasagna Lunch with brownie dessert.

Believe meI NEVER thought Id be free of desiring sugar. I loved sweets. I fought hard emotional battles against the idea of Weight Watchers and diets, because no Twix barsno Dr. Pepper, and no Krispy Kreme donuts until after I had lost the weight. Life without sugar just wasnt even on my radar. I was SHOCKED beyond words when I was taken through the drive through of a Krispy Kreme on week 3 or 4 of Trim Healthy Mama, and I didnt even have one tiny desire to eat oneand I wasnt even mildly annoyed by missing out. In fact, I didnt feel like I WAS missing outit felt so weird, and so freeing!

Some of my friends really struggle with not losing the cravings even after weeks of willpower and sticking to plan. For those ladies who are having trouble kicking nagging sugar and/or carb cravings, the books The Truth About Beauty, and the Diet Cure are great reads and resources that are helping a friend of mine overcome her health issues and return to healthy weight loss patterns. She is using Trim Healthy Mama(Amazon affiliate link)as the basis for her return to health along with the other two books I just mentioned:

If THM isnt working for you, dont give up!! Just keep looking and paying attention to yourself to figure out what it is that you are personally missing. [The Diet Cure]diet is almost exactly THM, and there are 8 sections to figure out why it is you dont feel good or arent losing weight. This book has quickly moved up on my list of all time favorite books! Doing the questionnaire in the book I just read ruled out some key things I thought I might have, and left me to focus on deficiencies were obvious I did have! My top 3 categories were brain imbalance (hoping to heal with amino acids) sometimes low cal dieting (healing with THM) and blood sugar imbalance (on the road to healing that with supplements [from the Truth about Beauty] and already noticed a huge difference!)

For hormone help and testing, see your doctor. For help with mood disorders, anxiety, and other odd and random issues, check out The Mood Cureor The Diet Cure by Julia Ross. (Amazon Affiliate links) For issues with unrelenting cravings (which are NOT supposed to be a part of the Trim Healthy lifestyle), check out The Truth About Beautyby Kat James.(Amazon Affiliate link)

So there you have it, my friends! Go forth and fight for your trim and healthy best!

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Mar 25

5 Reasons Running May Not Help You Lose Weight Fast | Shape …

“My body just can’t lose weight.” That’s the first thing I heard when I picked up the phone. Sounding frustrated and hopeless on the other end of the line, my client Sarah continued. “If you knew how hard I’ve been working, you’d understand. You’d know I wasn’t making excuses.”

Sarah first contacted me after a friend of hers had successfully lost weight through my online coaching program, just six months after having a baby. I asked her to keep an open mind and walk me through everything she’d been doing in terms of diet and exercise. The problem was immediately clear: Sarah was putting in effort, but the type of effortspecifically her over-reliance on running for weight losswasn’t the best way to lose fat and get the results she wanted.

Once Sarah understood why her approach to cardio was holding her back, we adjusted her plan and the pounds starting coming off again (seven pounds in one month, to be exact.) So to make sure your cardio training isn’t the reason your jeans don’t fit better (despite spending plenty of time in the gym), here are five common mistakes, plus simple solutions to get back on track. (Here, more on running for weight loss, and other cardio myths that could be holding you back.)

Your body is an amazing machine. It’s designed for efficiency, meaning if you do the same thing over and over again, the process becomes easier. This applies to your running workouts too. Not only will they start to feel more effortless (even if you’re still sweating and pumping your legs), but your metabolism literally learns and reacts so that fewer calories are burned with the same exercise output.

This is where traditional “steady state” running falls short on a long-term weight-loss plan. Research conducted at the University of Tampa found that doing steady state cardiosuch as running on the treadmill for 45 minutes at a consistent pace that’s not near maximal effort (think sprinting)helps out with weight loss but only initially. Subjects lost a few pounds during the first week and then kaput! Nothing more. The reason? Within one week, their metabolism had adjusted and now didn’t need to work as hard to burn off the fat.

One of the biggest problems with running at a steady, moderate-intensity pace, is that the calories you burn are limited to the time you spend sweating. So once your body adapts, the benefit is limited. That’s why weight training is oftentimes viewed as better than “just” running for fat loss. Lifting weights impacts your metabolism by causing mini-micro tears that need to be repaired. That healing process requires energy, which means you’re burning more caloriesa process that can sometimes last for nearly two days after your training session.

To put it more simply: With cardio, you can slog away for 30 minutes at a lower intensity and burn 200 caloriesor you can just eat 200 fewer calories per day. It’s the same thing. With weight training (or as you’ll soon find outsprints), that’s not the case. The calories you burn are not limited to what you do in the gym. So while a little variety might not seem like a big change to your routine, it will have a dramatic impact on transforming your body.

One of the most important variables with any type of exercisecardio or otheris intensity. If you look at the average person who runs, they pick a pace that they can maintain for a long duration. Think about it: When you jump on a treadmill, elliptical, or bike, you’re starting with the intent to be on there for a while. Whether it’s 30 minutes or an hour, your goal is to push at a pace you can sustain, work hard, feel tired, and then go home. While this is great for endurance, it’s not so great for fat loss.

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association followed the exercise habits of more than 34,000 women and concluded that it took about an hour a day of moderate exercise (walking at 3mph) to maintain weight. Notice, that’s not weight loss. And three miles per hour is not very fast.

Now imagine if instead of arbitrarily picking an amount of time to exercise, you focused on pushing yourself to certain level of difficulty. If the 3.0 on a treadmill would be a “four” on a difficulty scale of one to 10, what would happen if you pushed yourself at an eight or nine for a shorter period of time?

There’s no need to guess, I’ll tell you: More fat loss. Researchers at the University of Western Ontario compared short but intense exercise to long, less-intense cardio. One group performed four to six 30-second “sprints” while the other group did cardio for 30 to 60 minutes. The results were nothing short of amazing. Despite exercising for a fraction of the time, those in the sprint category burned more than twice as much body fat.

That’s because the process of sprinting causes similar internal changes to your body as those that occur during weight training. Your body needs to replenish it’s ATP (energy), convert lactic acid that’s produced during exercise into glucose, and restore your blood hormone levels after an intense workout. All of those processes mean your body works harder and burns more fatboth of which don’t happen during steady-state aerobics.

One of the most common weight-loss mistakes is believing that the majority of the calories you burn results from exercise. This is a dangerous misunderstanding. Simply being alivesleeping, standing, eating, thinkingrequires a tremendous amount of energy. The number of calories you burn at the gym actually pales in comparison to normal functioning and your daily activities that are not exercise based.

Does that mean there’s no need to hit the gym? Of course not. Exercise has many health benefits, but the type of exercise you perform in the gym will influence how many calories you burn outside of it. Running will burn calories, but sprinting or lifting weights will result in more muscle. And the more muscle you have on your body (nonot the “bulky” muscle of bodybuilders), the more calories your body burns just functioning.

Now that you know muscle is important to your overall weight-loss goals, it only makes sense that you would want to do the type of training that helps this happen in the least amount of time. So if you’re a lover of slower, longer duration cardio, I have some bad news: “Endurance” running and walking (longer duration, lower intensity) impairs strength and muscle growth, according to research in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. What’s more, even if you increase the intensity and run on an incline, cycling is still better for gaining muscle and burning fat, researchers found.

Again, the point here is not that “running doesn’t work” or that there aren’t any benefits. However, if you’re looking for the most efficient weight loss strategy and are short ontime, you might be better served by cycling (preferably at a high intensity), rather than goingfor a longwalk or relying on jogging to lose weight. (More on that here: Do I Have to Run to Lose Weight?)

This might sound crazy, but just hang with me: The number on the scale might not be changing because you’re running too much. While this isn’t a problem for the majority of people struggling to drop a few pounds, I’ve worked with more than a few peopleand seen hundreds of other case studieswhere fat loss has been stunted by doing too much.

Exercise is an indisputable component of a healthy life, but it’s still stress on your body. And the demands of that stress impact your hormones, which also control your ability to lose fat. More specifically, the hormone cortisol is released when you exercise. All cortisol is not bad (despite what late-night TV and supplement ads might have you believe), but chronic stress and chronic cortisol can lead to insulin resistance which forces you to store belly fat against your best-laid plans. Research published in the journal Hormone Research found that long distance runninglike that done in endurance runnerscauses a sustained increase in cortisol. And this increase in cortisol for long period of times can lead to more inflammation, slower recovery, breaking down your muscle tissue, building up fat, and even harm your immune functioning.

Just as bad, if you’re suffering from too much stresswhether it’s the result of exercises for too many hours or not recovering with the right nutritionyou can harm your thyroid and lower your metabolic rate, making weight loss more difficult.

If you’re doing an hour of cardio per day, that’s more than enough for fat loss. (Remember, this isn’t for endurance training.) If you start running two to four hours per day and aren’t losing weight (or maybe evening gaining), you might be best suited to reduce your running frequency, add some resistance training, and see what happens. Odds are, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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