April 20, 2012

Healthy Weight Loss Is Closer Than You Think

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older people doing tai chi Healthy weight loss is hard to come by in today’s world of advertisements upon advertisements promoting the latest prescription weight loss medication or quick fix for weight loss. It is uncommon to watch your favorite show nowadays without seeing at least one advertisement about a miracle weight loss supplement or a special drug that helps you lose weight with little to no effort at all. Some of these miracle pills and supplements may give you temporary results, but the only sure fire way to lose weight effectively is through a healthy weight loss exercise routine and a healthy weight loss diet.

In today’s modern world of efficiency and immediate results, Americans tend to shy away from hard work – the only guaranteed way to lose weight. These exercises can be as simple as running everyday – starting off slow and and slowly increasing your speed and distance until you’re able to run farther than you ever have before.

Getting involved at a gym, although sometimes pricey, is also a wonderful option. Many gyms offer the opportunity to hire a personal trainer who will cater to your specific needs and push you in a personalized way to achieve your weight loss goals.

Regardless of what exercise you choose, make sure it is right for you. The most important part of losing weight through exercise is to set a pace that is comfortable and effective without being too overbearing, or conversely, too easy. Talk to weight loss experts or consult a book, website, or medical journal on what would be the best and most comfortable weight loss exercise for you.

Another extremely important aspect of weight loss is the food you consume. It would be easy to tell you to stay away from greasy foods and to only eat salad until you’re as skinny as you desire, but letʼs be practical – some greasy foods are just too delicious to stop eating.

Luckily, a healthy balance in your diet can be achieved without weeks of nothing but salads and water. The easiest way to make sure that you are achieving this balance is by finding a diet plan regiment. There are countless books, websites, and magazines specifically devoted to weight loss diets. These regiments are designed by professionals, and are extremely effective. But remember, always make sure that the diet plan you set up is right for you. Our bodies can have adverse effects to a sudden and intense change, so be careful what you put into and take out of your diet.

The biggest thing I can stress about weight loss is making sure the steps you are taking in order to achieve a smaller size are practical, comfortable, and reasonable. You are beautiful just the way you are, but if you’d like to shed a few pounds, find a healthy diet and exercise plan that fits into your lifestyle. Only you can decide how much weight you want to lose, or how you go about doing it.

October 28, 2011

They Don’t Call It Lovesick For Nothing!

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Love can make anyone sigh and swoon.  However, did you know that the chemical neurotransmitters that are released when you are in love are to blame for all the symptoms that you experience?

Scientists have learned that a combination of chemical neurotransmitters is functioning when we fall in love. According to Dr. Helen Fisher, leading love researcher at Rutgers University, when we are love sick we have a hard time sleeping due to too much dopamine and norepinephrine in our system. “This is why you have so much energy, why your face is flushed, and why you can walk till dawn and make love around the clock.”

Do you experience other symptoms of love such as not being able to think of anyone else other than your partner? These symptoms are due to dopamine, which gives you that obsessive focus where your mind can only focus on your partner. Other love sick people experience the symptom of being unable to eat. They tend to lose quite a bit of weight, which friends may wrongly attribute to the miracle of weight loss pills. During their period of infatuation however, studies have shown that the intense feelings tend to last anywhere between six months to two years. Psychologist Dorothy Tennov coined a term known as Limerence which is defined as an “…obsessive, intrusive, and all-consuming state where we justify letting work, friends, responsibilities — even ourselves — slide so we can satisfy our unquenchable thirst for our new partner.”

However, not all our lovesick symptoms can be blamed on our chemical neurotransmitters. According to Psychologists, a person takes 90 seconds to 4 minutes to determine whether a person is a suitable love interest based on the following qualities:

  • 55% on their body language
  • 38% through their tone and speed of their voice
  • And 7% through what they say

December 17, 2010

Slow and Steady Loses the Weight

Motivated by the fact he may not be able to have kids with his wife, Tony Posnanski went from 420 pounds to 200 since 2008. His diet? Eating less and working out.  Posnanski went from eating 10,000 calories a day to only 2,400. Posnanski got rid of processed food and consumed vegetables, fruits, and lean meats. While it seems mundane, eating less is the best weight loss diet there is.

When Professor Mark Haub went on the “Twinkie Diet”, he was making a point as to that it’s not the nutritional value of the food that matters, it’s the intake. The “Twinkie Diet” is not recommended because it may have long term consequences. On the other hand, there are many low fat diets such Mediterranean diet that help improve your cardiovascular and metabolic health. Popular programs such as Weight Watchers, bring attention to portion sizes.

There are no short cuts to losing weight and maintaining the body you desire. The biggest factor to losing weight is reducing portion sizes, eating healthy, and working out for at least an hour each day. There will be no immediate difference. One needs to make a lifelong change to see true results.

Small changes in your diet such as staying away from processed foods will create a great difference. Your ideal body and health are found through hard work, not by taking shortcuts.

Diet and exercise are the best solution. Small portions, but no less than 1,200 calories, and about an hour of physical activity show the best long term results. Posnanski suggests eating whole grains to lower cholesterol, fruits and vegetables to reduce the chances of cancer, and creating a healthy relationship with food.

June 14, 2010

Top 5 Benefits of Eating Spicy Foods

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If you love spicy foods, there is good news in store for you. In addition to the tremendous boost of flavor that spices give to many different kinds of foods they also offer many health benefits.

Weight Loss

Eating spicy food increases your metabolic rate and allows your body to burn a greater number of calories. As well, many studies state that a person eating a spicy meal will eat less than a person having a meal that is not spicy. You may have noticed this yourself! I personally think that eating spicy food makes you feel more full than you actually are.

Better Breathing

Eating spicy food unclogs your nasal passages which allows for easier breathing. This can be especially helpful for people with asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema.

Healthy Heart

Eating spicy foods increases your overall body temperature. As a result, blood flow also increases which makes for better blood circulation. In addition, hot peppers also have the ability to rid the vessels of blood clots.

Reduces Risk of Cancer

Eating spicy foods on a regular basis has been known to reduce the risk of cancer. Capsaicin, a chemical compound of chili peppers (what makes them spicy), can kill the cancer cells that enter and are harmful to the body.

A Better Mood

Spicy foods increase the amount of endorphins in the body. Endorphins give a comforting feeling that tells the body that everything is okay. It often acts as a stress reliever and can help fight depression as well.

June 4, 2010

Shoes With Toes – A Revolution For Healthy Feet

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vibram, toes, toe shoesIf you stand on your feet for most of the day, you know how important it is to have a pair of shoes that properly fit your feet. Without shoes that fit well, you’ll often find yourself not only subjected to blistering and soreness, but also to bunions, calluses and back problems as a result of long-time use of ill-fitting shoes. The average human foot is made up of twenty-six bones that are connected by thirty three joints and surrounded by twenty muscles, not to mention hundreds of sensory receptors, ligaments and tendons. We owe it to our feet to find shoes that fit our feet well, seeing as they are the mechanisms that hold us up all day.

A new type of shoe has recently come onto the market that opens up a whole new world for runners, walkers, and everyday people everywhere. The shoes, which are glaringly different from anything else on the shoe market right now, exhibit rubber soles and a specific pocket for each toe, similar to toe socks. These shoes are designed to shape to the feet, and provide the wearer with a natural feeling, as the foot is allowed to stay in its original and natural state. Although they may look strange, but there are several researched benefits to wearing the Vibram FiveFingers shoes, including the improvement of the muscle strength of feet and lower legs, a tendency towards reducing the risk of running injuries, the improvement of balance and agility as well as the improvement of posture and spine alignment.

It’s difficult to tell whether or not these shoes will have a large impact in the fashion-driven shoe industry, however their health and running benefits show that the “toe shoe” may one day become an integral part in procuring good health, wellness and even weight loss.

May 7, 2010

Will Digestive Cleansing Help You Lose Weight?

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fruits, vegetables, detox diets, diet, digestive cleansing dietMany Hollywood movies will denote losing weight as an easy task. In nearly every “chick-flick”, the female protagonist will make a comment – either stating that she looks the way she does because she’s only been drinking cranberry juice for the last forty-eight hours, or to complement the shape of her side-kick, who in return will usually reply that she’s following a new dietary plan that involves eating a block of cheese once a week. These methods of cleansing and detoxifying seem overdramatized and unrealistic (which they often are), however, nutritionists and family physicians agree that the detoxification of your system isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially if you plan to change your eating habits and make more healthy dietary choices.

The act of cleansing out your system usually takes from two to ten days and involves eating minimal amounts of foods that are easily digested. Although this may seem extremely difficult, cleansing out your body is the easiest way to change the eating habits that you’ve spent your lifetime developing. The foods that are recommended below are all easy for your body to digest, and will additionally draw out toxins to improve overall weight loss.

Most Cleansing Diets Recommend Eating:

Fresh Vegetables – They aren’t your favorite food, however vegetables are exceptionally good detox foods. Cauliflower, broccoli, onions, garlic, artichokes, beets and any other red or green vegetables are nutrient-packed and will help to remove toxins during your cleanse.

Nuts – You need protein while you cleanse, and nuts are the most beneficial source of protein for you. Any flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews or walnuts are good choices while you partake in any cleansing festivities.

Rice and Alternative Grains – All forms of rice are extremely easy to digest, including rice cakes and products made with rice flour. If you’re not a fan of rice, quinoa, amaranth, millet, and buckwheat products are all excellent and easily-digestible alternatives that can be purchased at your local health food store.

Beans – Although the split yellow and green peas are the easiest form of bean to digest, all beans including the kidney, pinto, and chickpea varieties are effective components to a cleansing diet.

Oil – If you must use oil, either to cook your food or as an ingredient in a new recipe, using extra-virgin olive oil is wise, as it is the most beneficial for cleansing purposes.

Only Certain Beverages – The fluids that you ingest will affect the effectiveness of your cleanse. Drinking only herbal teas, green tea, water, lemon water, pure unsweetened fruit juices and rice milk are key components to removing the toxins in your body.

Though cleansing diets will often help you to start your new diet on the right foot, they aren’t for everyone. It’s important to talk to your doctor or nutritionist before starting a cleanse – they may have some helpful tips or advise you to additionally take a medication that encourages weight loss.

January 27, 2010

Weight Loss – How Different Colors Can Help

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Color psychology has been used as therapy by several ancient cultures in the form of chromotherapy, essentially allowing the colors to heal. While this may seem to be absolutely ridiculous in the light of modern science, chromotherapy is still used today, in the form of light therapy and additionally for other alternative treatments.

Each color in the rainbow is perceived as slightly different by every person; however the moods created by each color are universal within our society, they are constantly used as symbols in poetry and literature, or in attention grabbing advertisements. Every road sign and billboard color is specifically designed to attract your attention and affect your subconscious desires.

How Different Colors Can Help You in Losing Weight:

Blue – It’s the color of the sky, the ocean, and that pair of jeans that you’ve got hiding in the closet. It’s a color that provokes calmness and serenity within a person. Many men and women tend to prefer blue over any other color. Although the color blue usually depicts sadness, it also has been proven to lessen your appetite. If you’re trying to lose weight, eating off of blue plates will subconsciously lessen your desire to eat, and help you to control your diet.

Red – The color red is generally associated with strong emotions, including anger and love. Within some ancient cultures, red was believed to improve circulation and stimulate the body, however, in modern day medicine; the color red is rarely associated with either of these. Despite its association with rage and other strong emotions, red is the most appetizing color, and by avoiding different red foods, you can improve you weight loss more easily, as you are not as subconsciously attracted to them.

Bright Colors – Any bright color is bound to draw attention, a ploy which the advertising industry uses quite effectively. Bright colors tend to evoke enthusiasm, and will subconsciously motivate you towards them. Finding brightly colored fitness attire that is comfortable and makes you feel good is an easy way to increase your physical activity, and in doing so, lose weight.

Changing the colors in your dining ware, food choices and wardrobe may not necessarily have a large impact on your weight loss, however, if you’re going to lose weight, you may as well have a fun (and colorful) time doing it!