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Foods That Make You Fat

Posted on: August 20th, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

Are you obsessed with losing weight? Every single pound that you lose makes a difference, that’s why you're very careful with what you eat – right?  Although it may be true that cutting down your food intake can help you lose unwanted pounds, there are a couple of foods you simply should give up and exclude from your diet plan. This could be the same foods that you need to give your body the nutrients, however they could be the same foods that make you fat. This is sad but true.

Here are the top foods that can be good for your body but can make you fat if eaten in excess.

Lean Meat

If you are trying to gain extra pounds, the protein in meat may be your best friend. However, if you are trying to lose weight, remember to eat meat in moderation. Meat is a good source of iron and protein to give you more energy to get through the day. Limit your portion size to two matchbox slices of lean meat once or twice a week.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is made of good fats and is a rich source of protein, however, if you want to lose weight you might want to stay away from peanut butter, but if you can’t stay away from it, you can limit your intake of it. 

Whole Milk

Dieticians often say that milk is a good substitute for those who are trying to lose weight. Indeed, it provides the body with nutrients that it needs while it does not provide the bad type of fat. However, consumption of whole milk can make you gain weight. Each glass is equal to 60 calories.

We have all heard the saying that we can eat whatever we want to if we eat in moderation.  So for successful weight loss perhaps the only thing that can save you from getting fat is to control the amount you consume. Some foods may be organic and natural but as long as you are eating more than you should, you will be in danger of gaining weight you’re not meant to gain. 

What Could Be Wrong With My Appetite?

Posted on: August 6th, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

Are you on a diet? How long have you been trying to lose weight? Are you having a hard time keeping your appetite under control? The hardest time for any person to control their appetite is when they are at the starting phase of getting their diet plan together. Don't worry it's not your fault, everyone else suffers from the same thing as you do.

Here are a couple of things that might help you stick to your diet plan:

  • You’ve got a goal. Stick to that! If you give up now, everything else that you have started doing might end up a waste of time and effort. You wouldn’t want that, would you?
  • Surround yourself with healthy dishes. There is no reason for you to expose yourself to the foods you have started to give up. Testing your self-control by doing so is not going to help either.
  • Love your plan and make it part of your new lifestyle. There is no plan better than getting yourself in shape for health reasons. You’ll get both the ideal body you’ve always wanted while you improve your physical health too.

What could be wrong with your appetite? There is nothing wrong with it. At the end of the day, if you keep focussed on the goal, control your appetite you will achieve successful weight loss.

 

Diet Pitfalls: How Do You Avoid Them?

Posted on: June 16th, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

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Is this scenario familiar?  You wake up early, gear up and run a couple of miles before going to work. You go home, get ready for work, eat almost nothing for breakfast but feel perked up for the day ahead. You live by this lifestyle for almost three months until by the fourth month, you realise you haven’t achieved your desired weight yet.  Now your strength from resisting everything that you used to enjoy – burger, fries and soda – is weakening. You start to nibble a little until before you know it, you are ruturing to your old habits and your hard work and diet for three months are all down the drain.

Luckily, these diet pitfalls can be solved in more ways than one. You can stay clear of them and achieve the ideal body you have always wanted. Here’s how to do it.

Prepare for a diet program.

Long term problems like obesity could not be fought off with a couple of months of dieting and exercising. It is best to find yourself an eating plan that you could live with for the rest of your life. Diet plans should not be temporary. Find the one that fits your lifestyle, gives you the energy you need and work everything else around that.

Packed lunches are always better.

You have always loved packed lunches made by mom and experts say that the same idea could work well for your diet. Since most of those who got derailed started because they were no longer loyal to the diet plan they have, it is important that you bring with you your lunch pack to keep you on track of your diet all the time. Sticking to your plan can be a whole lot easier when you’ve got a packed lunch at hand.

If this is what is happening to you, don’t freak out just yet, experts say. This scenario is a lot more common than you think. You doubt whether the diet program you followed was faulty until you realize that it was your passion for health that got a bit derailed. Every diet is different as much as every dieter is different; thus, you cannot expect that all diet programs could work for you. What could have worked for others might not work for you. But when you find the program that suits you, there will be no turning back. 

Review: New Lifestyle Diet

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

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Ever heard this advice? Eat like a king at breakfast; eat like a prince at lunch and eat like a pauper by dinner? 

Well, a regular meal-orientation consists of a three-meal-a-day paradigm. And the New Lifestyle diet is a protein-based meal replacement of these healthy meals. Other diet plans focus on carbohydrates for increase of metabolic rate.  While some diet plans cut-out on the carbohydrates.   New Lifestyle Diet is designed to give a balance of  protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.  It is emphatic about  maximizing whey and casein protein which gives  the body muscle mass and higher metabolic rate. As the individual loses weight in the program, lean muscles are formed and metabolic rates are increased.

This diet plan menu consists of pudding, shakes, soups and hot drinks. They also have nutritional bars. 

Particular programs are customized for those who are planning to go through the New Lifestyle diet and which combination of foods you choose to consume are planned according to the individual needs.  All nutrients are capsulized in these energy food preparations to replace regular three healthy meals a day.

The New Lifestyle also focuses in behaviorial change and orientation of the certain individual who undergoes the program to sustain their weight even after the program is completed.

Eating teh combination of pudding, soup, hot drink and one healthy meal a day cements the idea about eating like a king, prince and a pauper. However, it may not be the right solution for people who traditionally eat three square meals a day.  

Benefits

  • fast preparation
  • intake of whey and casein protein have their own benefits aside from the ones mentioned 

Challenges

  • It can be expensive.
  • It can be monotonous to the taste buds and to the individual
  • Frequently asked questions come up like, “Can I take my healthy meal at night rather than day?”  Does it signify the program as non-healthy or is this a mere play of words?  It can be considered a disadvantage.  

Food and Recipes

The program has a customized plan for every individual according to his needs.  This may come in a variation of soup, pudding, hot drink and nutritional snack bars and one healthy meal. A variety of almost eighteen flavors are available for pudding, shake, soup and drinks.

Exercise

Exercise is encouraged which also depends on the fitness of a person. However, it is not imposed. 

Exercise is always recommended whether one is in a program or not.  It is part of healthy living and this is the philosophy behind the New Lifestyle diet program.

Finally

The difficulty lies in the orientation shift of the person where the New Lifestyle diet is concerned.  Perhaps, it is the reason behind why it is termed as a new lifestyle. Breaking through old habits can be problematic. 

If you pay a visit to their site, the overview about the diet plan includes the following:

  1. Create the necessary skills and motivations to truly change your life.
  2. Learn how to create self directed change and grow stronger each day.
  3. Develop new behaviors and learn to continually strengthen them.
  4. Learn how to handle food cravings and how to stop emotional eating.
  5. Control your appetite and understand the triggers that are causing you issues.
  6. Learn how to handle stress without turning to food.
  7. Create an inner dialogue with yourself and use it to influence your behaviors.
  8. Learn to recognize the saboteurs around you and how to handle them.
  9. Overcome visual, time, and the hard social situations in your life.
  10. Learn to appreciate yourself and improve your self-esteem and body image.
  11. Never take your success for granted by avoiding relapses.
  12. Learn how to keep the weight off and continue to live your new lifestyle.

A change which endures through time can be problematic.  Can the New Lifestyle address this challenge?   

Review: Vegan Diet

Posted on: March 26th, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

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A Vegan Diet may be your choice in keeping fit and healthy.  Adapted from vegetarianism, the Vegan Diet eliminates all animal products from one’s diet like honey and dairy.

The vegan diet can initiate weight loss through taking in whole grains, leafy greens, nuts, legumes and soy and rice milks. 

eDiets, a community which provides online and mobile-friendly weight loss and meal planning solutions that include a free diet profile and the ability to switch plans without a fee, offer its own plan of vegan diet.  This plan falls under vegetarian diet. This plan offers three options for the vegan diet which is completely plant-based,  lacto-vegetarian which allows dairy and lacto-ovo-vegetarian which allows dairy and eggs.

Research shows that vegan dieters are more resistant to illnesses. Discover the benefits and challenges of this diet below:

Benefits

  • Veggies and plant products are digested by the body faster than meat products allowing it to pass naturally
  • Veggies and plant products are less expensive than meat products
  • Cultures which support vegan diet practices report lower cases of heart disease, diabetes and high-blood-pressure.

Challenges

  • A shift in the eating habits of traditional meat-eaters may be difficult
  • Plant-based meals may not be palatable for some people
  • Vitamin and mineral supplements which can be obtained through eating meat may be needed.

Food and Recipe

eDiets Weight Loss Plan has three meals and one snack daily that exclude all animal products for a vegan diet.  The vegan diet is a balanced approach that provides 50-65% calories from carbohydrates, 20-25% calories from protein and less than 30% calories from fat.

Exercise

A vegan diet supports exercise as one of the ways which would increase the possibility of weight loss. Activities like walking and other regular physical activities are recommended.

Finally,

The conviction of a vegan dieter may be difficult in the beginning stages of its program.  However, everything will be worth it in the long run after achieving a more enduring result.

Backed-up by scientific studies which show that a low-fat, plant-based diet is more efficient in achieving weight loss and improving insulin-sensitivity, the vegan diet can be a good option. Achieving weight loss is only a plus factor why a person decides to become a vegan—it is more of a lifestyle and a commitment.   

However, there may be some nutrients which can only be acquired through meat which may be set aside.  It is noteworthy to supplement these deficiencies.      

 

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Review: Change One Diet

Posted on: March 14th, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

downloadFitness, personal trainers, gymnasiums and health spa retreats are more popular than ever before. People from different walks of life value health and/or looking good these days.  Young and old alike have become conscious of their health and fitness one way or another.

There are many options and strategies available on health and fitness.  There are dietary plans and schemes which address how people lose weight or maintain their desired weight.  Choose from a meal-based diet, a lifestyle-based diet, choose dietary supplements or opt for calorie-counting as a means to lose and maintain weight.  Read this post to know more about calorie-counting.

Change One Diet is one of those dietary programs which is based on calorie-counting. The Change One Diet is a weight loss program from Reader’s Digest.  This is inspired by their health and nutrition writers. It was originally from the book Change One: Lose Weight Simply, Safely and Forever: The Breakthrough 12-week Eating Plan.  Its  tremendous positive response from the readers encourage them to put up an online format from the book with additional tools.  

The concept of Change One is really to make one change in your lifestyle and diet each week.  You can begin by changing breakfast habits, then lunch, then dinner and so on and so forth.  Each week, changes are introduced and implemented until the 12-week goal.

Read on to discern whether this type of diet plan which introduces gradual changes fit your lifestyle, orientation and needs.  Ultimately though, it is still in your hands.  

Benefits

  • It introduces a gradual change which may not put the dieter uncomfortable or uneasy and burdened which drastic measures have the tendency to do so.
  • It introduces a support system, community-based support and other tools for encouragement.

Challenges

  • Need for strong self-discipline
  • May usher the tendency to be lax and too lenient in the program.

Food and Recipes

There are no prohibitions of a certain food group like some of the programs which encourage low intake of carbohydrates or fats or protein.  The diet is based on a maximized caloric intake for weight loss.

Exercise

Exercise is definitely encouraged in the program.  These are one of the additional tools and support system which Change One recommends.  Although, there are no strenuous exercises or activities which are imposed, a physical activity of some sort is encouraged just to flex the muscles and burn necessary fats.

Finally,

As you become more conscious and determined to keep fit and healthy the Reader’s Digest Change One Diet may be a good diet for you to begin. The concept is inspiring.  Gradually changing one aspect of your lifestyle and diet each week is more appealing than drastic and radical changes.  With this, there is a bigger chance of persevering through the program.  Change One also introduces good eating habits and regular exercise – all positive points to consider, not to mention the other tools and the support system as added features to help you succeed in your weight loss.

 

Diet Review: Bill Phillips – Eating For Life

Posted on: February 26th, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

Who is Bill Phillips?  He is the author of the bestselling book Body for Life.  From this success comes a lifestyle-based diet philosophy “Eating for Life.”  Its foundation is to shift the mindset of people who are going through some kind of a diet program who stay away from food.  
Eating for Life holds the conviction that one should not do away with what is necessary.  Food is very important in the corporeal aspect of a person.  Instead of looking at food like a mighty foe or running away from it like some contagious virus, food must be treated as a friend.
Bill Phillips encourages a fun adventure of eating often.  He recommends eating at least six small balanced meals per day.  He recommends further to take in a balance portion of carbohydrates with other foods within the meals.   

This lifestyle-based diet program is inclined to take care of the body when it is hungry rather than torment it in starvation.   

Eating for Life points one to a re-orientation of health values and patterns.  It does not provide a short-cut to looking fit and fabulous.  It works for a discipline which can have results in the long-term. 

Benefits

•    It addresses the physical, the orientation and the values of the individual   
•    It is a laid-back kind of diet plan. It is not too rigid.
•    It is accessible by anyone.
•    No deprivation of food. No starvation.
•    Long-term results.

Challenge

•    Need for strong self-discipline
•    Support system is necessary for a self-regulated program to persist and endure for some people.

Food and Recipe

Eating for Life promotes a low in fat diet with a distribution of 40%-50% protein and 40%-50% carbohydrates.  As was mentioned, six small meals a day may be observed.  One day is given to oneself to eat anything they want without feeling guilty afterwards. 

The book showcases more than 200 healthy recipes, with images on quality-stock color plates, and utilize commonly-found ingredients, discussed in a concise and uncomplicated way.  

Exercise

Cardiovascular exercises and training may be opted at least three times a week.  This is to develop muscle mass and increase body’s way of burning fat fast. 

A balanced-diet in six small meals and regular exercise are amongst its lifestyle orientation checklist.  

Finally,

Eating for Life does not just address the physical needs of the body but a re-orientation of what one has always known to be what should be.  It is a straight forward and helpful advice book for weight loss, energy gain and improved lifestyle through healthy diet and exercise habits.

Prepare your body before you over-indulgence

Posted on: December 13th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

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Unless you’re Scrooge or you’re simply planning to hide in a cave this holiday season—then you don’t need to read this post.

It’s because I am going to bet (no matter how much you want to stick to a very strict weight loss program), you will allow yourself to overindulge during the holiday season. And please don’t beat yourself up if you do overindulge…because it is “unavoidable” (okay, if you have a better word that will appeal to your logical mind, then write me a message in the comment section below!). However, I won’t have the space in this post to argue with you that you can avoid not to overindulge this holiday season—because you can. But if you can’t, then I do have some tips on how you can prepare your body before you overindulge.

1.    Consider a pre-festive detox (Read the post I wrote on why you should detox)

A detox will allow you some space in your body when the festivities get under way. Before you put in the junk, de-clutter so to speak.  This way, your body can go through lesser adjustments, rather than more drastic measures when 2014 kicks in and you find yourself developing pockets of fat on your belly all of a sudden.

2.    Don’t forget to continue your exercise routine (if possible, bring it to the next level)

It doesn’t mean that if you have momentarily developed “amnesia” over your weight loss management rules on your calorie intake, then it will give you the excuse to forget everything else like your exercise routine.

Don’t forget that energy in=energy out is the ideal equation for maintaining our desired weight.

Exercising will prevent you from drifting into a weight loss plateau during the holiday season. Continuity is crucial. Read how to avoid weight loss plateaus and discover more.

3.    Remember to keep a positive mindset

It won’t do you any good if you keep on telling yourself every time you pick up a delicious goodie, “Why have I overindulged?” “I promised not to do it but here I am stuffing myself!” “I am doomed!” “I’ll go back to being overweight!” “It’s my fault!” “I can’t do it!” and on and on.  

This can lead to emotional eating on your part and you will most likely eat more. This can also decrease your motivation and energy to continue with the program you’ve started.

I am in no way encouraging you to waste away and ravish like someone who has been deprived of food for a decade. What I am saying is that when you can’t avoid the tempting and delicious food in front of you this holiday season, it’s okay. But be sure to prepare yourself if you can’t say “no.”

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The 5 ways to detox

Posted on: September 19th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

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For your weight loss problems, do you know that you can feel lighter, healthier, more energized and focused if you detox your body? And no—I am not talking about detoxifying through artificial juices or herbal supplements, for they may not be the healthiest ways to detoxify. I am talking about the natural way—ways you can immediately implement in your lifestyle right now.

Want to know more? Here goes:

Remove the junk in your diet

The first thing to do is to "de-clutter" and remove the “junk” like processed foods, refined carbs and sugar from your diet. Without them and you'll have more energy through the day and you can say farewell to your afternoon slump.

If you want to start cleansing your body, it is important to eliminate the junk in your body first. Think of it this way, you can't start cleaning your closet if you still have a lot of junk inside. Take everything out, choose what to keep and what to discard. Otherwise, you will be putting the same things back in its place and you will never be able to get out of the cycle.

It may be painful the first few days. But in a few short weeks you will be feeling great and less bloated.

Vegify, organify and fruitify

Now that you've removed the junk from your closet (just kidding)—your diet, you can shift now to healthier  foods. Think of including vegetable, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, and grass-fed, organic proteins in your meals.  Choose whole, fresh, organic, and all-natural foods.

Unlike taking in processed foods, when you "vegify, fruitify and organify", you will be taking in more nutrient-dense and free of preservatives and chemicals  foods which is great for your body.

And when you eat, make your plate look as colorful as possible. Add in more of the greens and the oranges to ensure you're getting a variety of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals.

Drink lots of water

The foundation of detoxifying is water — lots of water.  Drinking lots of water will keep you hydrated, prevent constipation and assist your digestive system and liver — which are the key body parts of eliminating the unwanted waste and toxins.

Sweat it out

Sweating is one of the ways the body gets rid of the toxins. So engage in activities that you love which will get you to move.  When you're up and moving you will be reaping the benefits of like losing the pounds, increasing your energy, boosting your mood, more alert mind, keeps you from aging and helping prevent diseases.

Try to relax and rejuvenate your body

Food is only one part of the restoration process.  You would want to focus on the totality of your self. And you can rejuvenate in many different ways to detoxify. For instance, take a good night's rest to repair and restore your body. Then, develop a cheerful attitude and a positive mindset to help you feel calm, loose, and centered. Do meditation or yoga if you like.

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