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Weight Loss – A Sure Way To Lose Weight

Posted on: July 4th, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

 

Weight loss could be the number one issue in the health and wellness industry. With the large percentage of overweight and obese individuals around the globe, it is not difficult to believe that weight loss is amoungst the top 10 search queries on search engine sites.

To fight obesity, most people often embark on an intense diet and workout plan that promotes losing weight fast. However, instead of losing extra pounds, some people may experience the opposite.  They could gain weight due to the muscles that they have developed, or because they are exercising more they are consuming more calories than they should.  If you’re not into building muscles or doing extreme exercise regimes, the best way to lose weight is to follow an effective weight loss progam.

What If I Just Really Like Food?

Self-discipline is the key to losing weight whilst on a diet plan. But if you really love to eat, you might want to consider alternative foods that can satisfy your hunger even with small amount of servings. Soymilk and tofu are good alternatives that can make your tummy feel full for longer.  Try to think of better and healthier food substitutes to a food that you crave and have them pre-prepared and readlily available. That way you will be more likely to reach for the healthier option. 

What Should Be My Workout?

The best workout for anyone who doesn’t want to build bulky muscles is running. It is a great way to get results fast, requiring shorter periods of exercise time. So people with hectic schedules will get results running only 3-4 times a week. 

Changing your body shape to a leaner, sexy you will not happen overnight.  It may even take 6 months to a year before you can see the positive results of your hard-work.  If you persevere and are consistant in your exercise activity you will benefit from the physical change your body will go through as a result of your hard work and self-disipline. 

Top 3 Reasons Why Being Overweight Is Not A Joke

Posted on: July 3rd, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

 

A chubby baby might look cute. But being fat in yout pre-teens, teenage years into your adulthood can be a curse. According to estimates by 2030, 1 Billion People on the planet will be obese. The disturbing thing is, even today, many dangerously overweight people are in danger of developing chronic conditions and life threatening diseases. 

Self Esteem Is At Risk

Self confidence can be a real issue for someone who is overweight.  A lack of confidence for someone in their teens could greatly effect their socialization skills and ability to communicate. 

Work Is At Risk

Your work prospects could also be affected.  A prospective employer may be quick to pre-judge and equate your size with your level of motivation to do a job, thinking you lazy or not the right 'image' for their organization.  Although anti-discrimination laws exist around employment to stop this behavior in many cases the reality can be very different. 

Health Is At Risk

Although being overweight doesn’t mean you will automatically suffer from a disease, but if left unchecked and you don’t do anything to lose those extra pounds, you could eventually end up developing serious health problems such as:

  • Type 2  Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Atherosclerosis (a process of progressive thickening and hardening of the walls of medium-sized and large arteries as a result of fat deposits on their inner lining)
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Some cancers
  • Sleep apnoea  
  • A reduced life expectancy  

Is There Hope?

Of course there is, as long as you have the dedication and perseverance to make the long-term life changing decisions needed to lose weight and become leaner and healthier.  The success you achieve in losing weight will impact many aspects of your life. A new you will feel so much more confident and self assured this will spill over into your work life, social life and even your love life too!

The Right Way To Lose Weight

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

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Obesity is a common issue that is affecting a wide range of population all around the globe. Many weight loss diets have been introduced to the public to treat this killer body-weight-abnormality. Due to the high demand of weight loss remedies, there exists a long list of weight loss programs all with different versions and claims that they can provide quick results. However, you do need to bare in mind that there is a recommended amount of weight to lose per week depending on your current weight. For most people losing between 0.5 of a pound – 1 pound per week is advisable.

Health Risks

The main issue that should concern you is the health risks anchored to the weight loss program. Although most of the weight loss methods today are effective in terms of reducing your weight dramatically, it is still recommended that you seek the advice of health experts such as a nutritionist so you know the right kind of weight loss program to undertake for your body’s specifications.

How To Properly Lose Weight

Proper nutrition with exercise is still the best way to lose weight. Proper nutrition is a generic term though, so here is a glimpse of what to change.

• Avoid fastfood, as foods are generally high in salt and sugar.
• Opt for boiled or roasted lean-meat rather than fried.
• Eat more fruits and veges.
• Eat less carbohydrate if you have a desk job.

By just following those simple tips and incorporating them to a simple exercise like walking or jogging, you can start to make a difference. Obesity is no doubt a global problem. It is because most people these days lead busy lives, lack the time to prepare healthy meals and are less active.  However with only a few modifications perhaps we can all contribute to reversing the tide of obesity.  

Review: The Truth Behind The Weight Loss Journey

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

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Why is it when somenone has successfully lost weight we want to know exactly what they did to actually lose it. The challenge of losing weight is difficult for many people. Commiting to a diet plan as well as keeping up with an exercise routine can indeed be life-changing. Sadly, not everyone who starts a journey to becoming a whole new person by shedding extra pounds often succeeds. And they end up wondering why.

How did the others do it? That’s the big question most of us have. Luckily, there is a book that has success stories, not to make you jealous, but to inspire you to become a better person. How I Beat Obesity is a collection of personal stories of real people who had to spend months, even years of giving up the kind of lifestyle they are already used to. The transformation in every story paints the perfect picture that there are successes when you choose to fight the right battles.

When you read this book, it’ll give you the truth about weight loss. Here are just a few of them:

  • Weight loss does not come easy. The truth behind this is that it takes a lot of courage to admit that you have a weight problem. The beginnings are always difficult but in retrospect, they always are the most heart-warming truths.
  • Weight loss is a lifetime journey. It may take a few months to years to lose weight but to maintain the ideal weight means years-worth of hard work and dieting. Losing the weight is definitely not enough.
  • Weight loss is a personal journey that changes not just your body but your life as a whole too. You become a better, more confident person once you reach your ideal weight. It really brings about a positive change and what’s not to love about that?

Get yourself a copy of that book and it will be a good read. It is simply inspiring!

 

Is Your Medication To Blame For Your Weight Gain ?

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

 

What if your medication is making you gain weight, what would you do? Perhaps you would stop trying or thinking about ever reaching your desired weight. And then you realize that the medication you are taking is for high blood pressure because of the unhealthy diet you have kept for years. And so you now have the dilemma of making a choice of getting healthy or keeping healthy. What would you choose – losing weight or keeping maintenance medication for better health?

You didn’t see it coming? Weight gain is a medication’s side effect that nobody realizes until they have already gained 10 or even 30 pounds. From antihistamines to antidepressants, all forms of medications have the potential to make you feel sluggish or ravenous or maybe even meddle with your weight. So how do you fight back without actually giving up on anything?

Since the day you decided to lose weight, you have kept your promise to follow your diet program and your exercise routine. You have not given in to tasty dishes you used to love because your eyes are on the end goal – ideal weight and a fitter body. Sadly, your latest weight check says that you have gained unwanted five pounds in the last two weeks. What could be going on?

This may be very hard to believe, but the medication your doctor gave you might be the culprit to all the weight you have gained. This is true. Prescription medication usually used to treat diabetes, migraines and even high blood pressure are found to contain chemicals that makes you gain weight. This could be really bad. After all, you have engaged in life-changing activities and all the weight you have lost before you started medicating suddenly creeps back on.

You thought of stopping your medications, but they come with serious consequences too. Now, what would you do about it? 

Review: Slim Fast Optima Diet

Posted on: April 17th, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

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There is this really classic cartoon character called Popeye, the sailorman and his famous spinach. He takes it and becomes strong.  He can even defeat Brutus who’s twice as big as he is. Well, the Slim Fast Optima Diet which is also known as Slim-fast Meal Plan  reminds me of Popeye. The meal plan may be categorized with the other dietary schematization of having an energy shake or bar to replace the value of a particular meal or food.  The Slim Fast Optima Diet is formulated to provide correct nutritional balance requisites.  It has lean proteins, complex carbohydrates and good fats.

The Slim Fast Optima diet customizes the needs of the individual and combines food with Slim Fast meals, snack bars, smoothies and shakes in meal plans.

The Optima diet program focus is on offering a personalized balanced meal plan, physical activity program, support system as well as motivational tools.

One of its benefits of the formula is in the ability to control hunger for up to four hours.  This is due to high protein content and dietary fiber which satisfy the individual.

Benefits

•         For people who are on-the-go, the supplementary shakes and bars can be sufficient 

•         One may get the complete nutrients in one energy drink or bar

•         30% of calcium is provided for with 22 vitamins and minerals    

Challenges

•         It can be expensive.

•         It can be monotonous to the palate.

•         It cannot suffice for a long-term eating habit

Food and Recipe

The basic strategy of the Slim Fast Optima diet is to substitute one meal with a Slim Fast Meal-on-the-Go.  The meal plans are customized according to the needs and goal of the individuals.  

Slim Fast Optima diet offers different flavors of bars and shakes in its list. Its company has introduced The Little Book of Weight Loss Success which showcases sample meal plans and recipes.  The book has additional information about dieting tips.     

Exercise

The approach of Slim Fast Optima to weight loss suggests physical activities which are found in the book mentioned above.

Finally

The Slim Fast Optima diet is a good complimentary to real healthy meals.  However, it may not address the issue of a long-term eating pattern of the individual.  It needs also to explore the mindset and orientation of the individual for the program to be perfected.

What if medication makes me gain weight?

Posted on: March 22nd, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

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There are the medicines that can make you gain weight:

  •          Antidepressants
  •          Antipsychotics
  •          Antihistamines, Sleep Aids
  •          Blood Pressure Medication
  •          Cancer Therapy
  •          Diabetes Drugs
  •          Migraine Medicines
  •          Steroids

The cases of heart disease, diabetes, depression, and cancer are increasing, and the drugs that can treat them have the potential to pack on the pounds.

Most of us never even realized the side effect these medication have on our metabolism, appetite, sluggishness which can cause us to gain weight. Some of these drugs can make one drowsy or lethargic which means he or she will be burning fewer calories throughout the day. While there are drugs which can have an impact on one’s brain chemistry to trigger hunger switches.

When you start a new therapy, you must monitor yourself closely. Weigh yourself on a regular basis to track weight gain.

George Blackburn, MD, PhD, associate director of the division of nutrition at Harvard Medical School, where he teaches a course that includes a section on drugs and weight gain has this to say, "Five pounds is your red flag to check with a physician."

If you feel excessively hungry or sluggish, act immediately. You can request to change your prescriptions. Drugs that are connected to weight problems may be changed into second-generation alternatives. "Increasingly, drugs linked to weight problems are being replaced with second-generation alternatives," Consult an internist, endocrinologist or specialist who's trained to treat this weight specific problem and with an interest in obesity issues with the latest treatments.

If switching drugs or readjusting the dosage isn't an option in your case, decreasing your calorie intake by 100 to 200 calories each day will counteract the kind of weight gain that can be a side effect to these drugs. It will also help if you engage and increase your physical activities and exercise.

Patience is the key to weight gain due to medication. Getting off the medication will not make you lose the weight quickly the way you gained it when you were treated.  You only need to control this aspect of your treatment and you will be on your way to a healthier you. 

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Genetics and Weight

Posted on: March 7th, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

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So your great, great grand Aunt suffered from diabetes and her great, great grand Dad also had the same type of illness. Both of them are obese. And when you look at your family members right now, they are all on the heavy side. Then, you go on thinking, it runs in the family. It is in our genes. We are all going to be obese.

The thing is you may be right. Family history and genetics play a role in someone’s health like heart disease, obesity, cancer, alcoholism and other diseases. Genetics has an impact on the chemical functions in our bodies such as our hormones, body fat composition and metabolism which greatly affect our weight.

But do you know of anybody whose parents are heavy-set however, the child is lean? Or vice versa? I am pretty sure that there are people who do not follow after their parents’ weight even with the kind of genetics make-up they have. You see, the effect of genes on our gain weight is hard to define, even if there is. The other crucial point is, there are more factors that affect one’s weight aside from genetics like lifestyle, food choices, activities, exercise, mindset and so much more.

If you are raised by two overweight parents, there’s a big chance that you will be overweight not only because of your genes but because of your environment, your family lifestyle and so on. Think about it, you don’t have your own fridge of healthy food choices. The family has a fridge full of sweets and all those delicious treats that help us gain more weight.  Naturally, what they eat, you also eat.

But when the family decides to make a lifestyle change and a shift in mindset and healthy food choices, there’s a bigger possibility of achieving weight loss success despite of your genes.

Genes do not dictate who you are going to be. You don’t have to be a slave to something that you can’t change. However, you can do something about what you can change.

 

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Choosing a weight loss surgical procedure

Posted on: February 1st, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

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One of the commonly asked questions about weight-loss surgery is, “Which procedure is right for me?”

The thing is it comes down to you knowing what you think you need. You are the best decision maker on which weight loss surgical procedure to choose. If you are a good candidate for surgery, then very likely you could do well with any weight-loss operation.

Now, there are several different operations that are currently available to address weight loss problems such as gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy.

In general, gastric bypass patients will lose around 70 percent of their excess weight, sleeve gastrectomy patients will lose around 60 percent, and gastric banding patients will lose around 50 percent.

In choosing a weight loss surgical procedure, consider the following:

  • The surgeon’s competency – there are various resources accessible now a days to look into somebody’s credibility. Ask previous patients and testimonials. Look at the surgeon’s track record for these kind of procedures. Ask for referrals from people you know and trust.
  • Ensure that there is an aftercare program – the surgical procedure is not the be-all and end-all of everything. In fact, this is only the beginning for you and a lifestyle change.   An aftercare program that focuses on dietary, behavioral and exercise changes will be of great help not only for your recovery but also for you to maintain the change after the procedure.
  • You are willing to work WITH the operation – as I have mentioned, you are the most important aspect of any weight loss surgical procedure you will undergo. No matter what procedure you choose, at the end of the day, the most crucial thing is getting you to use your weight-loss operation to implement lifestyle changes.The weight loss surgical procedures only serve as an instrument to help you. But the rest is up to you. It all depends on how well you follow up on the procedure and implement on all the necessary lifestyle changes to make the change for the long-term. 


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