The Magic Of The Thyroid Diet

By , December 30, 2014 1:23 pm

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Health & Fitness are considered most important in our daily life and our every day diet plays an important role in it. The Thyroid Diet has magical secrets of weight loss. Thyroid diet includes food you want to eat and lose weight overnight. Thyroid diet is the best for people who have weight challenges due to thyroid conditions. It helps us to return to a healthy weight, without a rigorous change in our diet and exercise.

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Health & Fitness are considered most important in our daily life and our every day diet plays an important role in it. The Thyroid Diet has magical secrets of weight loss. Thyroid diet includes food you want to eat and lose weight overnight. Thyroid diet is the best for people who have weight challenges due to thyroid conditions. It helps us to return to a healthy weight, without a rigorous change in our diet and exercise.

The Thyroid Diet explores brands, mixtures and dosage of thyroid medicines right for us considering the other lifestyle issues and supplements that help to optimize thyroid treatment. It resolves nutritional deficiencies, treats depression and corrects brain chemistry imbalances, reduces stress, combats insulin resistance, treats food allergies and sensitivities, and exercise.

Thyroid diet recommends a very low-calorie diet for weight loss in cases of hypothyroidism but it is necessary to maintain metabolism. Low calories and lower metabolism sends body into hoard mode, which is a process, thyroid patients are susceptible to. Thyroid diet suggests breaking up calories into multiple “mini-meals” per day. The Thyroid Diet manages metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss. These thyroid conditions result in metabolic slowdown. The Thyroid Diet gives diagnosed and proper thyroid treatment for successfully loses weight.

This diet has many frustrating impediments for weight loss. It offers both conventional and alternative solution for help. The Thyroid Diet has optimal dietary changes. Thyroid sufferer have to focus on a low-glycemic, high-fiber, lower-calorie diet, optimal timing of meals for maximum hormonal impact, thyroid-damaging foods to avoid, helpful herbs and supplements. They face unexpected weight gain, despite diet and exercise showing symptoms as:

– Fatigue and exhaustion
– More hair loss than usual
– Moodiness
– Muscle and joint pains and aches

Hyperthyroid leads to metabolism that stores every calorie even after rigorous diet and exercise programs. Even optimal treatment doesn’t help weight problems plague for many thyroid patients. For the majority of thyroid patients, treatment alone doesn’t seem to resolve our weight problems. Thyroid diet is a simple, understandable way that offers you the support, encouragement and information to pursue the right diagnosis and treatment.

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Top 8 Most Talked About Weight Loss Myths

By , December 28, 2014 12:27 pm

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Here’s some more myths we’ve been taught to believe over the years. Experts weigh in on the truth that lies behind each of these tall stories.

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Here’s some more myths we’ve been taught to believe over the years. Experts weigh in on the truth that lies behind each of these tall stories.

All carbohydrates are bad for you and should be avoided. TRUTH: Carbohydrates have a moderate amount of calories (having half as many as fat). Simple carbohydrates (sugar) should be limited – complex carbohydrates: whole grain, starches etc. are higher in nutrients. Problems occur when servings are too large!

You can eat more foods if they are low fat or fat free. TRUTH: Low fat or fat free does not mean calorie free. Usually, when the fat is taken out, sugar and other carbohydrates are added in to keep the taste.

Dairy products are fattening and should be avoided. TRUTH: Dairy products contain a good quality protein to build muscles and help organs work properly, and calcium to strengthen bones. For weight control it’s better to consume low-fat dairy products (skim or 1% milk and products, like cheese and yogurt).

Eating after 8 p.m. causes you to gain weight. TRUTH: It does not matter what time of day you eat. It is what and how much you eat as well as how much physical activity you do during the day that determines whether you gain, lose or maintain weight.

What you eat is more important than how much you eat. TRUTH: the amount you have and how often you have it is more important. You should try to consume healthy food choices in the recommended portion sizes and save those foods and beverages that are high in fat, sugar and calories for special occasions.

You need to exercise for at least 45 minutes at a time to get the full benefit. TRUTH: Adults should engage in moderate-intensity physical activities for at least 30 minutes on 5 or more days of the week. Research has shown that the activity does not need to be done all at one time- 30 minutes can be split into 2 – 15 minute intervals and provide the same benefits.

All vegetarians are healthy eaters. TRUTH: vegetarians on average eat fewer calories and less fat than non-vegetarians. However they can make food choices that contribute to weight gain by eating large amounts of high-fat, high-calorie foods as well as food with little nutritional value. The term vegetarian is not synonymous with health.

As long as you watch your food intake, you do not need to exercise. TRUTH: If you are trying to maintain or even lose weight, exercise can help you increase your lean tissue (muscle) while decreasing your fat stores. However, the benefit of regular physical activity goes well beyond maintaining a healthy weight.

Consuming highly nutritious foods, paying close attention to portion sizes (reading labels), consuming sweets and treats in moderation and engaging in regular physical activity is the best plan to maintain a healthy lifestyle. And make sure you have all the facts before passing health info on to the next person!

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The Flavor Point Diet

By , December 26, 2014 11:01 am

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The Flavor Point Diet is premised on creation of meals, whose flavors help your appetite center recognize this point sooner so you do not over eat and gain weight. How does this work? This works based on a well-known scientific fact, that the “Flavor Point? it is a phase in your eating experience where the appetite center (hypothalamus) in your brain recognizes the fact that your appetite has been satisfied.

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The Flavor Point Diet is premised on creation of meals, whose flavors help your appetite center recognize this point sooner so you do not over eat and gain weight.

How does this work? This works based on a well-known scientific fact, that the “Flavor Point? it is a phase in your eating experience where the appetite center (hypothalamus) in your brain recognizes the fact that your appetite has been satisfied.

The Flavor Point diet is arranged around “flavor themes? This means, each day has a set of meals based on a specific flavor. You could get apple flavored meals on Monday, oregano on Tuesday, or blueberries on Wednesday, etc. Better yet, you do not feel deprived of food or nutrients at any time.

David L. Katz M.D. a renowned authority on nutrition and weight controls, working at the Prevention Research Center and the Rudd Food Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University, is the writer/creator of this diet.

He conceived of this diet program and tested the recipes by conducting a pilot study of 20 women, men, and their families for over 12 weeks at the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center.

At the conclusion of the research project, the participants and their families saw their body fat drop, blood sugar, and cholesterol, insulin, and blood pressure drop significant levels.

Dr. Katz said ‘The Flavor Diet?book , whose recipes have been created with the help of his wife Catherine a neuroscientist, has three aims:

To guide people, to stay committed to their weight loss goals, in a responsible manner.

Be an agent of positive change, by altering the negative concepts Americans have and feel about dieting.

Change the way the foods are cooked and presented in homes, hotels, and restaurants. Dr. Katz contends today’s prevailing culinary environment has led to flavor overload, leading people to eat more, before they feel full.

For whom is the Flavor Point Diet intended? Dr. Katz recommends the diet to be used by persons with an obesity problem, chronic dieters, and those who simply choose to eat the healthy way.

The Flavor Point Diet can be a healthy aid in lowering the obesity levels, for in the United States today, obesity has become a serious health epidemic.
Figures taken from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from to 1999-2002, show that 15% of American children ages 6-11 and 64% of adults aged 20 years up are classified as obese.

The second reason, is the fact that every year, hundreds of diet and weight loss programs are introduced. A majority is faddish, and some of these are dangerously very unhealthy.

The Flavor Point Diet plan with its?three dieting phases, where the more obvious flavors are set at the beginning and the subtler ones towards the end, will suit the chronic dieter. For the chronic dieter has a tendency to jump from one diet fad another, or skip certain stages in a diet plan.

The nutritional profile of the diet is steady, and it meets all the dietary guidelines. Because of these, the chronic dieter can safely stay at any phase of the diet plan, for an indefinite time, stay healthy, and keep losing weight.

Lastly, the diet plan is intended for and is appropriate for all the members of a household, whatever ages they may be.

The Flavor Plan Diet provides you with the ability to select one flavorful food and to eat only this, to your heart is content for as long as you want to. You will feel full and satisfied. Your nutritional requirements are met, even if you are eating fewer calories. See the unofficial support site at http://www.flavorpointdiet.org for more info.

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The Weight Loss Program that’s right for you.

By , December 24, 2014 10:25 am

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Choosing the Right Weight Loss Program is a matter of being informed. Carefully weigh up the Do’s and Don’ts of a program and where ever possible follow the recommendation of a friend or trusted source.

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An estimated 80 million Americans will go on diets this year. Some will succeed in losing their unwanted pounds but very few, perhaps 5 percent, will maintain their desired weight long term.

If you have ever surfed the net looking for a weight loss program that’s right for you then you have no doubt been overwhelmed by the huge range of pills, potions, exercises and diets available. Which one do you choose? How do know if its going to work or that the secret ingredients are not sawdust and ground up egg shells. Yep, its scary but true! So much to consider and all you want to do is Loss Weight.

So what are the do’s and don’t s of Weight Loss Programs.

The Do’s List:

1. If possible, it’s best to go with a weight loss program that has been recommended by a friend or trusted source.

2. Check to see if it has the approval of Doctors and/or herbalists.

3. Look to see if the ingredients on supplements are listed.

4. Always go with a program that offers complete support.

5. Investigate any known side effects of supplements.

6. A good program should involve a well balanced diet.

The Don’ts List:

1. Never buy from spam mail offering unbelievable results. If it seems to good to be true it probably is.

2. Don’t sign up for a long-term, big bucks program unless you’re sure what you’re in for. Check out what’s being offered. It might not work for you at all.

3. Stay away from rapid weigh loss regimes. Losing weight too rapidly can be dangerous to your health.

Weight loss is such a huge market that it unfortunately attracts many unscrupulous profiteers. So how do you choose a program you feel comfortable with?

If you are going to spend good money on a weigh loss program it pays to choose wisley and personally I always prefer a recommendation over a cold hard sell any day.

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Turning Off The Fat Genes

By , December 22, 2014 9:41 am

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There is no need to be daunted by your family heritage. Yes, some of us will always be bigger and others smaller. But with a healthy, low-fat diet and regular physical activity, your genes can stop working against you and start working for you.

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“It doesn’t make any difference what I eat. Weight problems just run in my family. It’s all genetic.” These are common excuses, but genetic research has just shot them down in flames.

Genes do influence our size and shape, but studies clearly show that if you change your diet and lifestyle, you can override hereditary effects to a great degree. Contrary to popular understanding, genes are not dictators, they are committees. They do not give orders; they make suggestions. You can counteract your fat genes and boost your thin genes.

We often think of genes as unchangeable because, when it comes to eye color or hair color, they really are decisive. If they call for blue eyes or brown hair, that’s it. But the genes that establish your size and shape are much more flexible. They need to be able to adjust your appetite and your calorie burning, depending on whether food is plentiful or not, and whether you are working hard or resting. Unlike eye or hair color, your body has to be able to change its composition from minute to minute, from day to day.

Although your chromosomes are extraordinarily complex, there are just five key gene groups you need to know about:

* Taste genes determine the foods you crave. In taste experiments, scientists use a test substance called PROP (6-N-propylthiouracil). About one in four people can taste its bitterness very strongly. These people avoid grapefruits and never go near black coffee. Although their acute taste sense is generally an advantage, the downside is they may avoid healthy vegetables, such as broccoli or cabbage, that have a hint of bitterness. If this group includes you, you’ll want to find ways to flavor these healthy vegetables so you will include them in your routine.

Another one in four people cannot taste PROP and are called “taste blind.” Their problem is they may tend to overeat, making up in quantity what they are missing in taste. If this includes you, and you tend to be indiscriminate in what you’re eating, you’ll want to take care to emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans, and to be very cautious about fatty foods and their hidden calories.

* A gene on chromosome 7 makes leptin, the appetite-taming hormone. In 1997, English researchers reported the case of two cousins who became extremely obese very early in life. They demanded food continuously and ate much more than their siblings. At age 8, one weighed 189 pounds. She had so much trouble walking she had to have liposuction of her legs. Her cousin was only two years old but already weighed 64 pounds. It turned out they shared a rare mutation blocking the leptin gene. With no leptin to curb hunger, their appetites were voracious.

You are not likely to have this same gene abnormality. However, your leptin may not be working perfectly either. Very-low-calorie diets disrupt its appetite-taming effect, causing your appetite to run out of control. The key to keeping leptin working right is to avoid severe calorie restrictions. If you eat at least 10 calories per day per pound of your ideal weight, you are unlikely to run into serious problems.

* A gene on chromosome 8 builds LPL, the key enzyme that stores fat in your cells. It waits along the walls of the tiny blood vessels that course through your body fat, and its job is to extract fat from your bloodstream and pass it into your fat cells for storage. If your LPL is doing its job a little too well, you can change this genetic tendency by choosing foods that have little or no fat in them. Once again, vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains are your best friends.

* The hormone insulin, coded on chromosome 11, is part of your body’s system for increasing your metabolism after meals. Depending on the type of foods you choose, you can help insulin spark a pronounced after-meal burn that releases calories as body heat rather than storing them as fat. Low-fat, vegan diets, along with regular exercise, make insulin more efficient.

* Believe it or not, exercise aptitude is largely biological, too. People who love to go for a five-mile run at the crack of dawn are genetically different from other people. They are endowed with a better capillary network that brings oxygen to working muscles and a more efficient fuel-burning mechanism. If you did not get these genetic advantages, you can do the next best thing. If you begin a regular exercise program and stick with it, your muscle cells begin to look more and more like those of natural athletes.

There is no need to be daunted by your family heritage. Yes, some of us will always be bigger and others smaller. But with a healthy, low-fat diet and regular physical activity, your genes can stop working against you and start working for you.

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The Biggest Misconception About Weight Loss Programs

By , December 20, 2014 8:21 am

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Nowadays there are zillions of free articles about weight loss programs and products. Most of the authors don’t realize they are losing your time providing you free information, promoting commercial products.
Considering this, it looks like you need to pay for a diet plan and pills, and losing weight will be a peace of cake.
But that’s not true. You can achieve your goal weight by cutting down on your food.
If you decrease your daily calorie intake by 30%, you can lose up to 4 lbs a week?

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Nowadays there are zillions of free articles, e-books, free reports and publications about weight loss programs and products. Most of the authors don’t even realize that they are only losing your time by providing you free information, promoting commercial products.

Considering this it looks like you need to pay for a diet plan and diet pills, and losing weight will be a peace of cake. Guaranteed!

But this is not true. You can achieve your goal weight simply by cutting down on your food.

Do you believe that if you decrease your daily calorie intake by 30%, you can lose up to 4 lbs a week? This can be easily done if you stop eating chocolate, cookies and candies between meals, and limit your food to one normal portion 3 times a day.

I am not saying not to follow a personal customized daily meal plan, combined with natural weight loss supplements. It is always better to have a plan for whatever you do, but it is possible to lose weight if you simply reduce the amount of calories you take daily.

Think about that:

What Do All Commercial Weight Loss Programs Do?

They simply tell you to eat no more than 1200 -1500 calories daily and/or to throw away all high carbohydrates and fat foods. And you get the calories table and start counting ?

?after a while you understand that you need to leave all your favorite meals, to eat only tasteless food and this will continue indefinitely. I don’t know about you, but this will despair me.

At this time of desperation the question is: “Are there any secrets for fast and easy weight loss?”

And you will find a lot of answers like: “Ultimate weight loss secrets revealed in this book!” or ” Fast weight loss secrets ?lose 20 lps for 2 weeks!”.

What are these secrets? Are these secrets protected by the US government? And do you believe, that if there are any secrets, they will stay secrets for long time?

No, the only secret is to have the right motivation, permanency and to make the effort.

Why Choosing A Diet Plan Combined With Natural Supplements?

How do you prefer to go to your place – by a sports car or by bus?

I mean, following an effective diet plan, and combining it with natural supplements, is like driving a sports car on a first class road – easier, faster and costs you a lot of bucks out of your pocket.
It’s your decision!

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The MOST Powerful Dieting Tip on the Planet

By , December 18, 2014 6:59 am

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Most people are going about this weight reduction thing all wrong. They simply want to reduce the pounds giving no thought as to what it is they are losing. I’m about to give you the most powerful dieting formula on the planet.

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Most people are going about this weight reduction thing all wrong. They simply want to reduce the pounds giving no thought as to what it is they are losing. I’m about to give you the most powerful dieting formula on the planet.

If you were to quickly lose pounds in a few days, consider this scary thought.

You might be losing:

* fat
* muscle
* water

If you start to lose muscle, you’ll slow down your metabolism at a very minimum. The effects of that can be devastating to a person who’s trying to burn fat and keep muscle. You’ll feel weaker during your workouts as well. One key many people don’t consider is; the more muscle you
have, the higher your metabolism will be and the greater amounts of fat you’ll burn. More muscle = leaner you!

If you lose too much water, you risk dehydration dangers. Dehydration is simply the loss of water from the body and a depletion of electrolyte levels (sodium and potassium).

When you become dehydrated, your body fights back by slowing down the elimination of water. This restriction in fluids stimulates your body to retain even more water.

Depending on the context, eliminating water weight is temporary and can lead to dehydration. This is no good for a person who’s going to be physically active. Plenty of water is essential to healthy and efficient athletic performance.

Pay close attention:

1- How many people really take the time to figure out their body composition?

2- How many people really understand what they are losing when they ‘drop 10 pounds?’

3- How many more people actually know how long it will take for their expected results?

You know what I mean don’t you?

Then it hit me again, how about I show you right now, in a few simple steps, how you can take your body fat percentage and figure out the number of weeks required to reach a specific goal! You can also ensure it’s fat you will be losing and not temporary water weight or even worse… muscle.

You are about to learn the secret:

* How your weight reduction goal (percentage of body fat reduction) translates into pounds

* How long does it take to reach your weight reduction goal based on the body fat you want to be (a chart is provided at the end of this letter)

– Keep in mind that your body is made up of lean body mass (which is muscle and bone) and overall body fat. If you take a person who is 40% body fat, you can determine that
60% is lean body mass. –

Fact: Ideal weight reduction should be defined as losing body fat while maintaining lean body mass.

Example Person: Luke Jackson

Male, 33 years old, 240 pounds, 40% body fat (as measured with a body fat caliper)

Step 1: Find Your Lean Body Mass (LBM)

Let’s say Luke weighs 240 pounds. Multiply the total number of pounds by body fat percentage (40% in our example) to reveal the number of pounds Luke carries as fat. 240 x 0.40 = 96 pounds of fat. To find the number of pounds due to LBM, you can either subtract “fat” pounds from total weight (240 ?96 = 144) or multiply total weight by 60% (240 x 0.60 = 144).

Step 2: Calculate Your Body Fat Goal Weight

Simply take Luke’s current LBM in pounds and divide it by 1.00 minus the body fat percentage goal. (1.00 represents 100% of body weight expressed as a decimal number ?just as 0.40 represents 40% expressed as a decimal number.)

In our example, Luke’s LBM is 144 pounds. The body fat percentage goal is 35% (5% body fat reduction). 1.00 ?0.35 = 0.65. To calculate goal weight, divide 144 by 0.65. 144 ?0.65 = 222 pounds. With a goal of 35% body fat, Luke’s goal weight would be 222 pounds.

Step 3: Calculate How Long It Will Take To Reach Your Goal

Comparing this number to the starting weight of 240 pounds reveals an 18-pound body fat reduction.

Losing one pound per week, it would take 18 weeks to go from 240 pounds at 40% body fat to 222 pounds at 35% body fat while maintaining the 144-pound LBM!

* 1 lb per week is the average healthy weight reduction as determined by the ISSA and many top personal trainers. You could lose more or less depending on your personal
situation. *

Now, here’s the next step…

You can input your own numbers and your goal body fat percentage and figure out your personal timeline for achieving your goals.

Rather then saying “I just need to drop 10 pounds,” plan on weight reduction based on body fat.

Translation: “I’m at 25% body fat right now and I think it would be healthier for me if I was at least around 20%.”

Now you have a clear and reasonable goal which you can work with to find your ideal goal weight at that percentage and approximately how long it will take to reach your goal
which maintaining muscle.

Here are ranges of body fat levels for women:

Essential Fat= 10-12%
Athletes= 14-20%
Fitness= 21-24%
Acceptable= 25-31%
Obese= 32% plus

Here are ranges of body fat levels for men:

Essential Fat= 2-4%
Athletes= 6-13%
Fitness= 14-17%
Acceptable= 18-25%
Obese= 25% plus

*These numbers are according to The American Council on Exercise

Make your goal based on body composition. Once you do that, you should instantly realize how powerful this little formula really can be. While all your friends will have no idea, you clearly will be able to mark your calendar. You have just created a timeline for losing the fat and keeping
the muscle!

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Walking to lose weight

By , December 16, 2014 6:07 am

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Walking is effective exercise for reducing weight and if practiced under a guide or trainer could give good results. Walking should be carried out daily for a at least 30 minutes to achieve the desired results.

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Introduction:

Walking at a continuous pace not only boost your energy level, but also reduces your weight. Walking should be aimed at particular distance or duration covered to maintain the proper health and control weight.

Walking is one of the best exercises to control weight and to burn excess calories if good methods of walking are practiced.

Walking styles:

It is always necessary to maintain good walking style to get the maximum benefits of this exercise and at the same time minimizing any health risk. The following walking styles should be maintained for obtaining the benefits.

?Try to be as straight as possible including back while walking.

?Your arms should be swing in front and back straight at a maximum angle of 90 degree centigrade with the body.

?Take more steps per minute instead of taking longer steps.

?Walking should be maintained in a straight line as possible and try to keep your foot very close.

?Try to breath deeply.

?You should start walking slowly in initial days and should increase the speed and miles gradually as you proceed, keeping in mind your body’s response to these exercises.

Losing weight and fitness level:

Being overweight can cause a decreased level of fitness. Burning extra calories by walking will not only make you slim and trim but also increase your overall fitness level. A lack in exercise always tries the decrease in efficiency of muscle and energy levels.

Trainer’s advice for Walking:

Heart rate is one of the factors for burning calories and thus controls weight loss. Higher the heart rate, higher calories will be burn and thus walking will be more effective for you, but at the same time you should also consult to an expert trainer, physiotherapist or physician for maintaining a specific heart rate. Ageing may cause some reduction in efficiency and pump ability of heart and a 20 years young male can achieve a maximum heart rate of 200 beats per minute and the same person at the age of 40 may achieve a maximum heart rate of 180 only. Your trainer may advice you to attain not more than 60 % of the maximum heart rate, if you observe any difficulty you should consult to the trainer or the physician.

Program for Walking:

Make a simple program for walking.

?Start with a few minutes in initial days and gradually increase the duration.

?For achieving effective results of the walking you should continue walking for a minimum of 30 minutes daily or at least 5 to 6 days of a week.

?If your conditions allow you to walk briskly, walk as much as you can. In case you observe any symptoms of breathlessness, vomiting, dizziness or any unusual symptoms, you should contact to your doctor.

?Before walking do exercise for stretching of the body parts such as arms, head, shoulder, ankles, stomach, back etc, for a few minutes.

?If you get tired during walking, you should gradually slow down your speed.

?Too much of brisk walk can cause breathlessness in some of the people.

?You should adhere to your walking schedule daily and try to convert your walk in three time zones, first slow walking for 4-5 minutes, second brisk walking and third slow walking for 4-5 minutes.

?The first and third time zones are for warm up and clod down zones. Brisk walking should be gradually increased from 405 minutes in initial week to 25-30 minutes after 8-10 weeks.

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Weight: Give Us Something To Shoot For

By , December 14, 2014 5:28 am

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We have all seen the new Dove commercials that feature “real?women rather than the impossibly “ideal?models that are usually selected. While the Dove girls are universally attractive and fit, they also reflect different sizes and shapes, designed to represent the average American woman. Is that what we want?

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We have all seen the new Dove commercials that feature “real?women rather than the impossibly “ideal?models that are usually selected. While the Dove girls are universally attractive and fit, they also reflect different sizes and shapes, designed to represent the average American woman. Is that what we want?

Glorifying our diversity seems like a positive development which should lead to increased self-content and improved self-esteem. Comparing ourselves to the imperfect bodies displayed is supposed to lessen our self-criticism and sense of inadequacy.

Does it?

We are a race of strivers, constantly seeking to better ourselves. Self-improvement is the biggest marketing niche of the Twenty-first Century, from books and classes to online information products, magazines, and television. The gurus of our day, from Oprah, to Martha Stewart, to Dr. Phil, to Donald Trump, all entice us towards improving ourselves, our looks, our relationships, our finances, our surroundings ?our whole life. We are dissatisfied with ourselves as we are because we have caught a glimpse of what we can become.

To keep us motivated in that direction, we need a vision of perfection to work towards, even if we know we’ll never quite get there.

When it comes to weight control, what will keep us riveted on our goal? To look as gorgeous as the cover models on Cosmopolitan or the chunky figures in the Dove Ads?

We don’t want to be patronized by the marketing mavens. We don’t want a subtle reminder that we need to set our sights lower or aspire to something less than excellence. We want a dream that soars, that inspires us to unbelievable heights. We want a vision to move towards, no matter how unlikely it is that we will reach that destination. So keep your condescending “Go ahead and settle for this?approach away, please.

Robert Browning suggested: “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for??

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The Truth About Low Carb Diets

By , December 12, 2014 4:24 am

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Low carb diets are very effective in achieving weight loss when followed. But the key word there is that they should be followed. However, there are controversies about their “healthiness? Definitely, people get into these diets to lose weight.

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Low carb diets are very effective in achieving weight loss when followed. But the key word there is that they should be followed. However, there are controversies about their “healthiness? Definitely, people get into these diets to lose weight. But what every person getting into this is not only the aspect of losing weight but also as always, keeping the weight off. But it goes beyond that. It also involves being and staying healthy and functional in whatever we do everyday. A slim person is definitely not attractive if he or she is weak from lack of nutrients and energy due to these low carb diets.

The body uses up carbohydrates first as a source of energy. If there are more carbohydrates taken in, the body stores the surplus as fat. If there are fewer carbohydrates taken it, the body is forced to use the stored fat for its energy requirement. The principle of these low carb diets is to take in food low in carbohydrates so that the body is forced to use its stored fat.

By drastically reducing carbohydrates to a small fraction of a person’s diet, the body goes into “ketosis? The body burns its own fat to convert into energy A person in ketosis is getting energy from ketones. Ketones are little carbon fragments that are created by the breakdown of stored fat. One feels less hungry when his or her body is in ketosis. The end result is that he or she is likely to eat less even if allowed to do so. In effect, the body is transformed from a carbohydrate-burning machine into a fat-burning one, thus making fat the primary energy source. This brings us to the most fundamental fact of dieting: the less fat you have, the lighter you weigh. The end result is the desired weight loss.

There are diets like Atkins that seem to be a dream come true. It stems from its design that a person could eat as much as he or she wants from a wide variety of food that other diets steer away from. Steaks, meat, crab, eggs, all types of protein based food are allowed since the body will burn carbohydrates first and not protein or fats. Basically, it follows the same low carb principle of reducing carbohydrate intake and forcing the body to use fat towards weight loss.

But experts are concerned about the long term safety of the diet. By contemporary medical standards, the risk of heart diseases, stroke, cancer, liver and kidney problems are very extremely high. These risks have been pointed out repeated by a number of health researches on high fat diets.

Other low carb diets are cleansing in nature such as the detox diet. It helps in the health reassessment of one’s lifestyle, eating patterns and focus on foods. Here, one becomes more aware of one’s food intake. However, there are individuals, such as diabetics, people with low blood sugar or eating disorders have to stay clear of it. They will find themselves more in trouble than they are already.

Low carb diets serve their purpose. But there is no substitute for the traditional, proven healthy lifestyle of a balance diet of the basic food groups in the nutritionists?pyramid order combined with the proper exercise. However, should a person still go through with these diets for whatever reason, he or she should be equipped with knowledge of not only the benefits but most especially the risks. Everyone wants that slim, healthy look. But everyone should also go for health in a sustainable manner.

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