Detox Cleanse & Weight Loss Made Easy: Five Program Essentials

Natural cleansing detox:

1. Remove Toxic Exposure:

Avoid out-gassing, perfumes and lotions. The molecules you smell are dissolved in the nasal sinus and received by “taste buds”  in your nose. While minute, you essentially consume what you smell.

If you happen to work in an environment involving chemicals you should wear protection from the fumes.

Check the ingredients of anything you put on your skin.  How would you feel about eating it?  As a side-note, dry skin is often due to dehydration – try drinking more water.

Cut out all sugar and processed foods.  Basically, anything that has a shelf-life. These “foods” survive on the shelf for long periods of time because even microbes have the good sense NOT to eat them. This is the most difficult tenet because the modern lifestyle often requires food on demand.

You will need to plan quick, easily prepared, nutritious meals IN ADVANCE – especially if your schedule requires you to eat on the run. No bread, pasta, or wheat. Try lettuce wraps instead of sandwiches.

No Fatty foods, red meat, or dairy allowed.  No caffeine, alcohol, corn, soy, nuts, seeds or strong spices. These foods are harder to digest and add to overall toxic load.

2. Replace Essential Nutrients:Get your vitamins and minerals by eating organic vegetables. The more colorful the better!    Use moderation with sweet and starchy vegetables like potatoes and beets.  Fruit is acceptable for some, but not all.

Cook your green veggies to the point they turn vibrant spring green, but not beyond.  Overcooked vegetables are disgustingly mushy and taste bad because all the nutritional enzymes were destroyed!

Get protein from fresh, wild-caught, sustainable fish.  Fowl and eggs may be tolerated by some in moderation. Make sure that no antibiotics were used, and the chicken is free-range, organic, etc.

Again, having professional oversight can save you time and frustration. Simple deficiencies and digestive aids, probiotics, etc. can help.  It is costly and unwise to take a ton of supplements unless a true need is determined.

3. Exercise!

We excrete toxins through our skin, so you need to sweat! Moderate, but regular cardiovascular exercise in the proper heart rate zone is critical to success.

Walking or jogging is a great way to do this.  Again, specifics vary according to the individual, so a professional can diagnose specific needs. Too much, too little, or the wrong type may sabotage your efforts!

4. Identify Stressors and Remove Emotional Baggage:We can’t avoid stress entirely, but we can manage it better with prayer, meditation, or simply making goals.  By identifying the triggers that make us crave “comfort foods” we can avoid them, eliminate them, or transcend them.

5. Get Adequate Sleep!

Restructure your schedule so that you keep active during the day and sleep when it gets dark.  Bright lights fool the brain into thinking it is daytime. Try a television or computer “diet” and you may be surprised by the natural rhythm your body acquires.

The first three days are the hardest.  It takes three weeks to form habits.  After three months, if planned and executed properly, you’ll forget the unhealthy habits of the past and achieve a better, brighter, healthier you!

Comments or questions?

Cardio Vs Weight Lifting For Fat Burning Workout

When it comes to burning fat everyone wants to know one thing, what is the best way to do it?  Losing that extra stubborn body fat will help in one of two ways, to either turn your lifestyle around or to prepare your body for the beach this summer.

However, besides just to look good, losing that stubborn body fat also has heart health benefits such as preventing heart disease!

I’ve been there myself and I know what it feels like, it can seem like an impossible task at first, to burn that weight off!  But believe me when I say that you can do it, because there are so many ways in which you can burn fat, like running, swimming and even by lifting weights.

Losing weight boils down to one thing, i.e. burning more calories than you consume.  And yes, some ways are more effective than others, but which is better for losing weight, cardio or weight lifting?

CardioCardio Vs Weight Lifting For Fat Burning

There are many forms of cardio out there, but as I’m sure you know the most popular form of cardio is jogging. Jogging is a great way to get the blood pumping as it has the ability to increase your lung capacity and the health of your heart!

On average, a 15 minute jog will burn about 220 calories; however I do realize that it isn’t the most exciting form of exercise out there.

If you are like me and you get bored quickly, the best thing that you can do is mix it up with a bit of interval training.  Interval training is simply mixing standard cardio with short interval of high intensity bursts!  So next time you are out jogging, try adding a few sprints to your routine.

Weight lifting

Now don’t worry, when I say weight lifting, I don’t necessarily mean that you have to be Mr. Muscle in order to burn a few calories!

Weight lifting can be used for many long-term and short-term goals like losing weight.  A weight lifting session can burn about 200 Calories an hour depending on the intensity of your work out.

Of course, if you have access to gym equipment that can also substitute for free weight lifting.

It’s no secret, muscle helps to burn extra body fat! It’s not the only reason, but is why a lot of people fall into a ‘plateau’ because they focus only on their diets and neglect exercise altogether!

The best way to start weight lifting is to start slowly and build your way up to heavier weights.  A good rule of thumb is when you are ready to move on, increase you weights by about 10% at a time!

Conclusions?

So which is better for weight loss, cardio or weight lifting? Here is the answer: the one that you enjoy the most!  After all you aren’t going to see any results if you give up after one week because you didn’t enjoy the activity.

Both cardio and weight lifting burn similar amounts of calories if you are using the most efficient version of each.  Also there is nothing that says you can’t do both!

So if you want to keep your exercise routine exciting, try switching it up by doing both cardio and weight lifting. Just remember to give yourself at least one rest day a week!

Please feel free to share with us what it is that you do, whether you use one or the other, or both.

Home Gym Vs Health Club – What Is Your Pick?

Are you in confusion whether to join a Health Club or buy a Home Gym?  Both these options come with their own share of advantages and disadvantages.

A Health Club provides its members with a wide selection of exercise equipment that makes it easier to get a full-body workout using all the latest equipment.  Moreover, you do your exercises without getting bored because you will be working out with other physical fitness enthusiasts.

There are personal trainers at these gyms who can guide you on the right way to use the equipment, which is quite helpful, especially for the newly joined enthusiasts.

However, the cost of memberships at these Health Clubs could be a deterring factor, given the continual rise in membership fees.  Many gyms require its members to get their membership for a minimum of one year, and that can become a financial burden in itself.  For some people, paying the high cost of membership is simply unaffordable.

Another reason for people not joining a Health Club is the fact that is spite of the high motivation existing in the beginning, the interest may keep on going down, and going to the gym itself becomes a difficult proposition. People start coming up with excuses for not going to the gym, like the faraway location of the Health Club, or time constraint that is stopping them from attending the gym regularly.

These Health Clubs also tend to be frequented by people at around the same time daily, mostly in the morning or evening hours. This could lead to crowding of the gym with difficulty in getting access to equipment or finding parking space for your car.

Advantages of Home Gyms

One of the best reasons for having a home gym is the possibility of exercising whenever you feel like doing it and not according to the working time of Health Clubs. You can also play your choice of songs and music and listen to it as loudly as you prefer.

However, the downside of exercising at your own place is loneliness that you feel at times because the camaraderie that a health club offers is missing at your own gym.

But for some, the mere thought of showing their bodies while exercising is simply a no-no and instead, they would love the privacy of the home gym.  Moreover, many people find it a squeamish experience of getting a whiff of a stranger’s body odor.

Although the initial cost of investment for having a home gym is quite a huge sum, it will be far less when compared to the total money that is spent in gym membership over time.

Another benefit of having your home gym is that they exist at your home and that makes it easier to fit your workouts into your daily schedule.

In addition, when the weather is bad, you can keep doing your exercise at your home gym.

For people in rural areas, home gyms are the best choice because of the non-availability of health clubs nearby.

Disadvantages of Home Gyms

There are certain disadvantages to having your home gym.

Many people, while exercising at their own gym find their everyday life getting in the way while working out. This distraction is not there when exercising at a health club, because there you do your physical exercises along with others. Working out at a health club is quite motivating as well, as the area is filled with people who are also there to get good body workouts.

Another reason that makes the home gym a prohibitive idea is that a lot of space is taken up by the equipment. For those having tight living space would find it difficult to have all the required equipment in place.

Choosing Between a Home Gym and a Health Club

It is seen that those having a home gym stick to their fitness regime longer and are likely to achieve their fitness goals earlier than those having gym memberships.

However, there are people who prefer to own a gym and also keep a gym membership, so that they can get the best experience of both the worlds by mixing things.

I personally have a gym membership and go three times a week, but there are times when it would be handy to have a home gym also.  As a result I have spent considerable time researching to find the best home gym on the market today at the lowest possible price.  This one wins hands down !

However they do also have other home gyms if you want to check them out.

Please leave your comments or questions if you have any.  Which form of exercise do you use, or do you do both?

How Cardiac Symptoms Are Different for Women

Most people think of heart disease as the list of symptoms they’ve grown up with, like discomfort in the center of the chest, squeezing in the chest, pressure, fullness, pain that goes away but then comes back. Those are the symptoms of men’s heart disease. Symptoms of  heart disease for women go barely noticed and it has become the number one killer disease of women because of that fact.The first difference between men and women is that women don’t usually get the chest pain that men do. In fact, lack of pain is the significant difference; one that also has women not bringing up the subject because they  feel  only a slight discomfort and don’t want to be a bother to anyone.

Even their doctors may misdiagnose it to be more anxiety than illness. So women chalk it up to getting the flu, acid reflux or just aging.

Another difference is how women feel angina pain. In men a squeezing in the chest is felt with great pain. Women experience it as a hot, burning sensation and not in the chest, but in shoulders, back, or jaw.

Women having heart attacks vomit or have dry heaves. They experience shortness of breath, nausea, acid reflux, or extreme, sudden fatigue. Or even NO symptoms at all. Men usually have chest pain and clutch at their chest.

Women minimize their symptoms and unless they go out of their way to get the attention of a doctor, most doctors will not investigate further due to over demand on their own time and resources.

Many times a woman only knows she has had a heart attack is when a doctor examines a woman’s heart and sees damage from a “silent heart attack”, meaning a heart attack that went untreated because the woman had little to no pain. A great deal of damage can happen this way and weaken the heart.

Seek immediate medical help or call 911 if you feel any of the following, even one of them:

Shortness of breath lasting more than 10 minutes

Sudden sweating for no reason

Sudden feelings of doom in a panicky way (this is a real symptom)

Loss of consciousness or fainting

Sudden severe vomiting or indigestion

Sudden severe fatigue

Women must start feeling that it is not alright to quietly suffer in silence. Get attention and seek help. Don’t put it off, or it can have far reaching implications to your family and you.

If you are a woman who has survived a heart attack, please share what were your symptoms in the comment section here.  Thank you in advance.

Why Is Water Good For Your Health?

Have you ever thought why water is so important to our body?  Right from school days we have been hearing our teachers say that drinking water is very important and that we must drink at least 10 glasses of water a day.

Water consumption has various health benefits.  A lot of people do not take their health seriously.  It is important to have a change in the attitude and slowly bring about positive lifestyle change.

There are thousands of people out there who are free from various health issues. They just increased the intake of water, and as a result, they got rid of a lot of health issues.

Here are some benefits of drinking water:

Helps with Digestion – Drinking a lot of water can help one prevent constipation and it helps in digestion as well.

I am sure you must have come across a lot of people who advise you to drink more water. This is because water can do more good to your body than any other food or drink out there.  That is how important water is for human beings.

Fights and Treats Migraines – If you experience a headache or migraine, the first thing that you can do is drink plenty of water. Most often headaches and migraines are caused by dehydration.

Keeps you hydrated – Less water in the body often results in dehydration. Never let your bodies go into this stage.   Ensure that you drink an ample amount of water, so that your body is always hydrated .

Dehydration will make you feel tired. It can impact your health in a negative way. Therefore, drink a lot of water.

Helps In Losing Weight – Drinking lots of water a day can help you lose weight.  Drink a glass of water prior to every meal.  This suppresses appetite and hence supports your weight loss efforts.

Flushes Out Toxins –  I have been taught that we need to drink half of our weight in ounces of water every day.  (e.g.  Someone weighing 140 lbs, needs to drink at least 70 oz. of water every day).   Then you will for sure to be free from all the crazy health issues.

Water helps in elimination of fat cells – It is a  great detoxifier as it helps in flushing out toxins from your body and gets rid of waste primarily through sweat and urine.

These are some of the benefits of drinking water. Start increasing the intake of water every day and you will definitely notice the difference. It will make you a much healthier person.

It is very important to have a good Health and Fitness regimen to live a happy life.

Please give me your comments or questions, or both.

Heart Problem Symptoms With One Idea That Can Save a Life!

Today I’m going to share with you some common heart problem symptoms with an idea that can save a life.

In America there is one disease that tops the charts when it comes to killing people and do you know what it is?  It is heart disease!

Just like an automobile has a check engine light, your body will usually let you know if there is a problem, by providing you with symptoms.

By knowing the symptoms it can be a wake up call to change a few things and thus save a person’s life. The first warning signal, which is almost universal for a lot of health problems is pain.  Pain lets you know that something isn’t working right or there is a problem.

Signs that I had when I experienced a minor heart attack over 20 years ago was an almost constant  pain between my shoulder blades.  At the time I was vacationing out of country.

It was not until I returned home that I suffered the follow up, which included all of the classic symptoms.  Fortunately, in my case, I was lucky and my heart repaired itself.

With heart problems the pain is usually felt in the chest area. Some people describe this pain as if something heavy was sitting on their chest. It could be a feeling of pressure as well as a squeezing sensation.

It’s also important to know that chest pain could be something besides heart problems, such as heartburn. Heartburn takes place when stomach acid splashes up into the esophagus and the pain is near the heart.  That is a different health problem altogether.

Another warning sign is an irregular heart beat, especially if someone experiences shortness of breath, dizziness or weakness with the irregular heart beat. These are all signs of a heart problem, and that not enough blood is getting to locations that need it.  For example if not enough blood is reaching the brain a person can feel a little dizzy.

When a person has a heart problem the heart has a more challenging time pumping blood to locations that need it.  Another thing that happens is that blood can back up in the cardiovascular system. This can cause fluid to leak into the lungs resulting in breathing problems, such as shortness of breath.

Next up, when something is in the lungs, such as fluid or mucus, what other symptom do you think this produces?  Yes, someone will probably cough to eliminate what is in their lungs. When a person has heart disease they might cough up a bloody mucus substance.

The first thing someone can do if they experience any of these symptoms is to take something that thins blood. Thin blood can help blood move and not get clogged up in the cardiovascular system.

An example of this would be Aspirin, (usually two 81 mg Aspirins are recommended, chewed before swallowing), which according to WebMd slows blood clotting and decreases the size of blood clots that have been formed.

If taken daily, however, Aspirin can have a negative effect and that is it can harm the stomach.  It was recently on TV that Aspirin should not be take regularly by those over 70 years of age unless especially prescribed.

To sum everything up, the leading heart problem symptoms include pain in the chest area, an irregular heart beat, dizziness, shortness of breath, coughing, or even nausea.

A person could take aspirin at the first sign of a heart problem and this could save their life.

Feel free to add your comments or ask questions.

Zero Medication Tips to Stop Heart Disease

In this changing world, we just can’t stop all the factors that contribute to heart disease. We allow these processes to take place believing that they are inevitable and necessary in supporting our survival. In effect, the body suffers. Here are some tips to stop heart disease without the help of any medications.

Say No to Smoking

The primary risk factor of acquiring heart diseases can be attributed to smoking. Ironically, some people believe that in order to prevent stress, using tobacco products is the best solution. Well, there is just no amount of tobacco that the body can tolerate.

Containing more than four thousand toxic chemicals, tobacco smoke can damage the heart and its blood vessels. In effect, the more complex structure of arteries narrows down. When it clogs up, the heart stops pumping blood.

In order for the heart to transport life to other parts of the body, it needs oxygen. Smoking impairs this process by replacing the oxygen with carbon monoxide.

Move it, move it!

In order for the body to remain warm, certain process needs to keep taking place – metabolism. It is the process of burning food energy known as calories. With the decreased ability to burn calories, the body is unlikely to prevent the generation of fats.

Too much fats in the body is not good for the heart. Therefore, to keep the heart functioning properly, ideal weight must be maintained. Regular exercise is the key in making this happen.

Weigh Healthy

One of the key requirements in maintaining a healthy heart is maintaining a healthy weight. It can be achieved by eating the right food and doing the right things.

A good diet should include fruits and vegetables. Although there are some nutrients that the body need from meat, vegetables and fruits do not contain fats.

Physical activities should not be limited to regular exercise. Time is not always a luxury. Keeping your body physically active will compensate for the lack of regular exercise. These activities will help you maintain appropriate weight therefore reducing your chances of getting heart diseases.

Weighing healthy is achievable provided that all the necessary requirements are met. It is crucial to understand that reducing weight is slower than gaining it. Hence, all the hard work needs to be done double time.

While there are many resources available today suggesting various methods of weight reduction, keeping these fundamentals in mind can help you achieve your goals.

As always, your comments or questions are welcome.

Weight Loss Mistakes You Should Avoid Making

When you are slim you are better looking. You also tend to live a long, healthy life. Since many people know this, most of them rush to losing weight. Unfortunately, many of them make plenty of costly mistakes.

To help you out, here are some of the mistakes and how to avoid making them:

Taking the wrong diet

There are many weight loss diets in the market that promise to help you lose weight in the shortest time possible. While some of the diets work, others don’t. To be safe and also lose weight the right way, you need to be cautious of the diet you take.

Before you start taking any diet take your time to research about it. You should research its contents, the duration you should take it, and many other things.  As a rule of thumb, you should never take a diet blindly, as there are some diets that will cause more harm than good.

When you are doing your research, you should stay away from diets that completely eliminate carbohydrates, proteins or other nutrients as they will be harmful to you.

Diets aren’t bad as long as you take the right ones and take them correctly. For ideal results, you should use a diet that contains all the necessary nutrients.

Engaging in intense exercises too early

When people make a resolution to lose weight, they want to lose as much as they can within the shortest time possible. To make this possible, they engage in intense exercises. As much as you would want your body to shed as much weight as possible, it won’t as it isn’t programmed to work that way.

According to studies, when you expose your body to a lot of strenuous exercises, the body stops working. Due to this, you feel too tired and you might give up. To be on the safe side you should begin with basic exercises and slowly progress to the tough ones.

Exercising without a plan

There is a difference between exercising for fun and doing it to lose weight. It’s good to know that you won’t head anywhere if you exercise to lose weight the same way you do when you are looking to have fun.

When you are looking to lose weight, you need to have a weight loss plan. I see many people looking to lose weight and yet they exercise when the mood strikes. This is wrong. For you to be successful you need to have a plan and strictly stick to it. You should set the time and days you will be exercising and stick with them.

For you to lose weight, you need to exercise different muscles in your body. This calls for you to engage in different types of exercises. You should remember that there is no way you will get slim if you   exercise only one set of muscles.

Your exercise should be all round. In summary, you should come up with a plan of the exercises that you will be engaging in and follow through.

Conclusion

These are some of the mistakes you should avoid making when you are looking to be slim. To have an easy ride, you should work closely with a professional trainer.

Please feel free to add your own comments or ask questions.

Drinking Alkaline Water Benefits

Lately, there has been a lot of buzz about alkaline water. A lot of celebs, including Miranda Kerr, have promoted the health perks, but what’s the noise all about?

In this particular post, we will decode the basics of the concept and how you can choose to make the most of it.

1. Acidic vs alkalinic.  On the pH scale, anything with a pH of 7 or more is considered to be alkaline in nature, anything below is acidic.

It is believed the high pH of the foods and beverages we drink can help in neutralizing acid levels in the body, offering a wide range of benefits.  Alkaline water and its benefits also come with similar results.

2. The whole concept of high pH water started with the alkaline diet, which propagates a healthy way of living, cutting down meat and dairy from the diet.  Of course, most people found the idea tough for daily food requirements, and hence, to gain the benefits and see results, they started switching to high pH water.

Followers of the diet believe that alkaline water is good enough to reap limited benefits of the diet.

3. High quality alkaline water has a pH level of 8 or more. Naturally, the water around streams and waterfalls are known to have better pH, owing to the presence of mineral-containing rocks.  However, since most people won’t have access to fresh spring water, people now use packaged water, which is manufactured artificially.

4. The benefits related to the concept are many.  Right from the positive impact on acid reflux to other aspects, such as detoxification and relief from joint pain.  Many users have claimed great things.

I personally purchased a very expensive machine years ago that produces 9.5pH water on a continuing basis.  I consider it well worth the cost.

It is also believed that alkaline water can impact the metabolism of the body and help people dealing with weight loss concerns. It can also contribute to regulating the blood sugar levels, which is an added advantage for diabetic patients.

5. The research and studies related to alkaline water are pretty limited, but the general results are known to be positive. The benefits will vary from person to person, but most of the regular customers have claimed significant outcomes.

Apart from the pluses mentioned above, alkaline water is also known to be great for the skin and ensures better hydration. Some of the leading brands are now adding essential minerals, vitamins and electrolytes for better benefits for the human body.

What Else to Know?

There are no major known side effects of alkaline water, as of now, and therefore, if you are considering a switch from regular tap water to bottled options with better pH, you are probably on the right track. However, it is a good idea to do your research and start reading in detail.

A lot of published articles in different science and health magazines have talked about the great benefits of alkaline water, which clearly is a good indicator. When you choose between brands, it is a good idea to carefully read the labels and check the added nutrient.

Please feel free to add your comments or ask questions.

The Weight Loss Resolution Wobble

How’s your weight loss resolution going this year? Have you reached the point where your resolve wobbles? Let’s be honest. Does this happen every year?

Don’t worry, there are ways to get back on track easily. The first thing to realise is that you are only human. Most people are not perfectionists who can sustain a regime of eating and exercise that they do not completely enjoy.

When you tell yourself you can’t have something what happens? You want and crave it even more. That’s the body’s natural reaction when it thinks it is in a starvation situation. So here are a few tips to help you stay on track…

  • Don’t think of it as a diet – they don’t work!
    • Consider how you can love yourself more – you deserve it.
    • Do not demonise food by labelling it ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’ – you’ll crave the ‘bad’.
    • Tell yourself that all food is fuel, only some works better for you than others.
  • Make sure your new eating habits are sustainable by:
    • Create a lifestyle change with new foods and eating habits.
    • Eat food you love and that loves your body back.
    • Enjoy the food you eat.
    • Eat consciously switching your mind onto your body – eat until just full.
    • Have fun with food – try out new foods and menus to increase enjoyment.
    • Cut down on your portion size – use a smaller plate.
    • Cut down sugar or cut it out for long periods to stop your cravings.
    • Cooking from scratch will dramatically reduce your sugar intake.
    • Cut down your carbs to once a day.
    • Try eating brown rice instead of white, sweet potato or quinoa
  • Create an exercise routine that is sustainable:
    • Plan activities that are fun and that you love – the gym is not for everyone!
    • Challenge yourself by using a pedometer to increase your activity.
    • Find a friend to do it with.
    • Park further away from work and walk more.

Don’t worry if your resolve and motivation wavers. That’s natural. Have a plan of action that gets you back on track easily. Plan to very occasionally eat foods you love that do not love your body. Enjoy and savour every mouthful without any guilt. You will eat less of it and by not fully restricting it you will not crave it.

Finally, watch your stress levels they will lead you back to comfort eating. Find ways to reduce your stress such as exercise, mindfulness, laughter and talking to a trusted friend or counsellor.

Make this you’re resolution revolution by creating the lifestyle change that loves you back!

 

Do you have any questions or comments to add?

Four Mental Keys to Burning Fat

Do you know what is the best way to start losing weight? It is to start losing it in your head. And I’m not trying to say you have a fat head either! What I am referring to is your mental referencing towards losing weight.

You see, here is what happens. Your thoughts become actions and your actions become habits. So a thought like, “I’ll never lose my stubborn body fat!” will lead you to not even trying to exercise, which will become a habit and next thing you know you haven’t burned any fat at all!

As with any long-term goal, like losing weight, it is important to have a flexible approach and a steadfast goal like being at a certain weight. That way if you can see when something isn’t working you can always change what isn’t working. Basically what I am saying is this, don’t marry the method, do what it takes to get it done.

Here are four mental shifts you can make right now:

Negative self talk

We have all had it, the little voice in the back of your head that says, “Don’t work out, you’ve had a long day at work and you deserve a break.” Thoughts like that are what destroy long-term weight loss results! If we listened to that little voice, those actions would eventually become habits. Here is the solution, replace that thought with a positive reinforcement like, “If I work out tonight, I’ll have so much more energy!”

Expecting unrealistic results

With a loss of weight there will come a variety of changes in your life. However, you can’t expect your life to be flipped on its head just because you have lost a bit of weight either! Let’s be realistic, a loss of weight can’t guarantee a better job or social life, but can go a long way in improving those areas.

Inflexibility

In order to lose weight it isn’t necessary to ‘gung-ho’ and quit all your unhealthy habits at once, as this can put real pressure on yourself! It’s OK to treat yourself once in a while, but make sure you do it because you are feeling happy and not sad.

All or nothingWe are all human, and everyone has slipped up on our diets in the past! (Yours truly included) But does that mean you have lost any chance to get to your perfect body weight? No, of course not, there is always another day when you will have a chance to improve your best!

It is so easy to sabotage yourself before you have even begun to start your weight loss journey! Just remember to be flexible in your approach and steadfast in your goals.   If you make a mistake, there is always another day.

Your comments or questions are welcome !

Three Reasons Why A Simple Diet Plan For Weight Loss Often Will Not Work

 

If you’ve ever started a diet and gone absolutely crazy because it just didn’t work, you’re not alone. For many people, a simple diet plan for weight loss often will not work, and is rarely a permanent solution to weight loss.

So if you’re one of those people who lose a few pounds at the start, then stall, then find yourself starving most of the time… let’s look at WHY this is happening to you.

Here are the three most common reasons that a diet may have stopped working:

#1 HIDDEN CALORIES or TOXINS

A lot of us just don’t realize that many common foods and drinks contain hidden calories, chemicals, and toxins that could be sabotaging weight loss.

For example, what about a few “small” packages of raw sugar you put into in that “skinny” latte from the local espresso bar? Can’t add up to a lot of calories, right? Well each packet of that sugar contains 20 calories… and those can quickly add up.

Do you use artificial sweetener instead? Watch out! More and more evidence suggests that artificial sweeteners are not harmless and could act as toxins in some people. And if you’re opting for a salad for lunch, make sure you’re not loading it up with a dressing high is sugars, fats, sodium and artificial ingredients.

Solution: Be aware, research everything you eat and drink, and watch for the “little” things that quickly add up to lots of calories.

#2 NOT ENOUGH WATER

Most people should drink at least 8 glasses of pure, clean water every day, which means about 64 ounces. But if you have to lose more than 20 pounds, if you exercise a lot, or if you live in a hot climate, you could actually need much more water every day.

Why do you need so much water, especially when you’re losing weight? The less you drink, the more likely you are to retain water!

Yes, your body’s instincts kick in and it goes into survival mode because it imagines that you’re in the desert, dying of thirst! Well not quite… but your body DOES hold on to water because it knows it needs a certain amount to maintain blood volume and keep you going.

So if you don’t want to retain water while dieting, drink more! That way your body will easily release any excess water in the tissues. It will also release any toxins that may be stored in your fat cells, making your weight loss quicker.

This only works, though, if you’re drinking pure, clean water – not tea, not coffee, not diet soda, not juice. And keep an eye on how much salt you’re ingesting, since the more sodium you ingest, the more you’ll retain water.

Solution: Drink at least 64 ounces of purified water every day.

#3 STRESS and NEGATIVITY

Unfortunately, your subconscious beliefs and hidden attitudes could be messing with your body “under the covers” and preventing weight loss.

It could be that deep inside you’re afraid of losing weight, or maybe you get some sort of “secondary gain” from being heavy.

If you lose weight, will your family resent you? Will people accept you? Will you finally have to “get out there” and experience life?

Stress can also play a big part in being overweight. When you’re stressed out, your body releases hormones that can flood your system and actually make you gain weight. This is science, not theory… so if you’re experiencing a lot of stress in your life, this may not be the best time to try and lose weight.

Try this exercise to see if your internal beliefs are messing up your weight loss.

Go to a quiet spot, close your eyes, and try to think about what your life will be like when you’re thin and trim. How does this make you feel? Then imagine how the most important people in your life will react to you… if you feel any discomfort during this exercise, your mind is probably getting in your way!

Solution: Try to address those underlying emotional fears. Writing in a journal is an easy and very helpful thing to try.

I know that many people out there have struggled for years to lose weight with diets and have felt like they are spinning their wheels, so to speak. If this has been your experience, please add your comments , and tell us if you ever found a solution for that.

A Metabolic Weight Loss System

We all want our metabolism to work for us, not against us.  Your metabolism determines how fast you convert calories into energy. With a fast metabolism you’ll burn calories quickly and have lots of energy.  But with a slow metabolism, you not only burn fewer calories and gain fat more easily.  You feel sluggish and tired!

Here are five easy ways to get your metabolism to speed up…

1 .  Eat smaller, more frequent meals

“Starving” rarely helps you lose weight.  In fact, it does the opposite. You don’t want your body to think you may not eat for a long time, because it will go into “starvation  mode” and STOP burning calories!

So start eating smaller meals more often – every 3 to 4 hours is good – and eat nutrient-dense foods that give you good energy. That will train your body to use its natural fat burning mechanisms.

2 .  Drink more water

When you don’t drink enough water, your internal organs don’t function optimally.  So drink at least 64 ounces of purified water daily, and even more if you are more than 20 pounds overweight or if you exercise a lot.

3 . Workout with weights

Cardio is great, but it’s not enough.  Weight training 3 times a week increases lean muscle which triggers your metabolism to speed up. The more muscle you have, the more energy required to maintain it, which means you’re body will naturally burn more calories.

Before starting a weight training regime, consult your doctor and talk with a trainer at your gym.  You want to be sure you use the proper form when you do weights or exercise machines so to prevent injury . The great thing about weight training is that you don’t need equipment to do it anywhere – crunches, squats, leg lifts, and push-ups are as good as weights when you’re on the road or can’t go to the gym.

4 .  Ban  the sugar!

Sugary snacks and dessert make your blood sugar levels spike and drop, which encourages a problem called “insulin resistance.”  This means your body stops processing sugar efficiently and starts to store it as fat almost immediately.  Yes, that phrase “Just apply this ice cream directly to my gut” is really true if you have insulin resistance!

If you crave sweets, replace sugary treats with small servings of fresh fruits, raw vegetables, lean proteins, and nuts.  Over time, your cravings for sugar will fade substantially.   It’s only when you keep eating sugar that you keep craving it!

5 .  Drink green tea

There is substantial evidence to suggest that green tea has metabolism and fat burning properties. If you get the jitters from caffeine, please know that green tea does have some, though it’s less than one-third of the caffeine in coffee. The antioxidants in green tea are great immune boosters and can prevent cell damage which contributes to disease.

Increasing your metabolism won’t happen overnight. But by implementing just a few of the tips above every day, you can reverse that sluggish metabolism and teach your system to burn fat much more efficiently!

Finding The Right Weight Loss Program That Will Work For You

Consider this question: 

How come many people remain overweight or obese when the weight loss programs today number in the dozens or even hundreds? When you buy an exercise machine or a diet book, it doesn’t mean that you’re going to lose weight.

If you want to lose weight, you need to work hard for it. Following a weight loss plan with solid principles will also greatly help ensure your success. In this article, we’ll help you figure out which weight loss program can offer the best chances for success.

 Some diets are strictly focused on what you eat, while others incorporate exercise into the mix. When you are choosing a diet or weight loss program, you can’t ignore the value of exercise. The need for exercise is not something that everyone needs to be reminded of.

To lose weight, you might only need a sensible diet, if you are already in the habit of going to the gym regularly. You should find a diet plan that emphasizes exercise, if you live a sedentary lifestyle.

When only one or two sentences are given to exercise in a diet book, skipping right over them is not too hard to do. Don’t do a diet plan just because it works for someone else. Your needs might be different.

This is what the one I chose did for me:

5

Some diets are stricter than others. There are diets that don’t have many hard and fast rules about what you can eat. The catch here is that you have to limit your portions and how often you eat your favorite foods.While you will still have to modify your eating habits, at least you don’t have to put a big X through certain foods.

12511032-portion-control-just-ahead-green-road-sign-with-dramatic-clouds-sun-rays-and-sky

There are many different types of diets, but some of them  are quite restrictive with their list of “foods to avoid”

 

And, life being what it is, you can be sure it will be foods that taste great that will be on this banned list. You are more likely to follow a diet that is flexible, and at least allows you to “cheat” once in a while. It’s best to take a close look at a diet and try to imagine eating this way for at least six months.

If you are trying to lose weight by doing some program, when you have others with you with the same goals, you will find it much

easier. You don’t necessarily have to be doing the exact same diet as someone else, though that would be ideal. Being able to discuss your challenges and goals with another person, can be a big help.

 13188065-fitness-info-text-graphics-and-arrangement-concept-on-white-background

If you are looking for an easier way to stay motivated, while doing your exercises, find someone who will do them with you. This can be working out at the gym together, or perhaps going on walks, runs or bike rides.

If you don’t have anyone to partner up with in this way, the next best thing would be to take classes where you’re working out with other people.

As you can see, there are quite a few things to think about when it comes to finding the right weight loss program. How have you done on other diets you’ve tried? Your own experience can be used to gauge what type of approach is right for you.

Use the past to guide you, but don’t let it limit you. You always have the potential to achieve new breakthroughs!

Health & Fitness