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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.

 

Weight Loss Personal Stories – How I Beat Obesity Review

Posted on: July 2nd, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

Weight Loss Personal StoriesThe obesity crisis produced a long list of weight loss programs promising good results to those individuals who were considered either dangerously over-weight or obese. Unfortunately, with the overwhelming number of weight loss methods available today, it is hard to say which one of them would work best for you. To help you decide in choosing the kind of weight loss plan, here’s a review about the eBook ‘How I Beat Obesity’.

Seven Personal Stories Of Weight Loss

It totally sucks when you buy a certain weight loss book knowing that it has all the secret information regarding how to lose weight fast, but in the end it dissapoints you as the content of the book you bought is too generic.

In regards to the ‘How I Beat Obesity’ eBook, it offers seven personal stories of weight loss coming from of course seven individuals. This is what people love about the book, because all the information in it is based on true-to-life events which clearly proclaims its effectiveness to provide a perfect guide for people suffering from obesity.

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The book has seven weight loss stories coming from seven different personalities. This just means you will have the chance to identify with at least one of amazing people in the book and be motivated by what you read.  You may even pick-up a few tips and motivational techniques amoungst the seven weight loss stories. Actually EIGHT weight loss stories are told as it was too difficult to leave any of the weight loss stories out of the the book and it is presented as BONUS story at the end.  You willl learn that there are many commonalities in the way they approach their weight loss and reading them may help you embark on a weight loss program that you’ll be able to sustain and that will ultimately lead to a healthier you. 

In addition, freebies in the like of complimentary weight loss eBooks shall also be provided along with the How I Beat Obesity ebook.

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!

 

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?   

If you have a sweet tooth…

Posted on: April 10th, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

So, you’ve got a sweet tooth. And yes, you can’t really help it but to satisfy your cravings sometimes. But you are trying to lose weight and cut back on junk food. What should you do?

Well, there are yummy and healthier alternatives that you can eat in place of the sugary sweets and fattening desserts that taste just as good.

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1. YOGURT

Yogurt is definitely a healthy way to satisfy your craving for sweets. Add fresh fruits and granola and you have yourself a real treat. Or you can go for flavored varieties as an alternative to natural yogurt. Various brands of yogurt offer tons of flavor now a days, so you can definitely amp it up.

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2. Cereal

You think cereal is only for breakfast? Try this for dessert as a healthy switch from junk food. Add almond milk to your cereal and you have a sweet and crispy quick fix for your sugar craving!

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3. Hot Chocolate

Drinking something sweet, warm, chocolaty does not only give you comfort. It is a great healthy alternative for junk food. Top it off with marshmallows or skim milk or whipped cream which has less than 20 calories per serving, even with no sugar added, and you’ve got yourself a yummy drink.  

4. Pudding

Pudding packs in various flavors, especially the ones which are sugar-free, are low in calories but really taste good that eating them will surely address your sweet tooth.

5. Sorbet

If you want something for dessert which is cold but you don’t want ice cream, sorbet is an amazing alternative. It comes in different varieties.  It is very light and refreshing which will not leave you feeling weighed down and bloated. 

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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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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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.