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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.

Get A Chance To Know The Right Weight Loss Program

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: 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: 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.

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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Natural Weight Loss

Posted on: February 15th, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

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You don’t have to go under the knife. You don’t have to starve yourself to death. You don’t even have to buy those supplements they tell you to that will help you address your weight loss problems. Yeah, you’ve got the option to do it the natural way.

Natural weight loss has a lot to do with your foundation as a person. Address the following and you are on your way to good health and having the body you have always desired:

1. Listen to your body.

You probably don’t trust your body enough to tell you what it really needs. A fist-size stomach should not be ballooned with that gigantic smorgasbord of food inside—which you think you need. Coordinate with your body well, trust it and listen to it. This is the first step. If you want to really have the healthy body you have always dreamed of, believe that it’s possible.  And the best ally you can have towards this vision is your body. Befriend it—it is always on the lookout for you to be at your best.

It is when you are in possession of that knowledge that you can truly relax and allow nature to take its course and create the natural weight loss for you.   

2. Enjoy your food.

Food is to nourish your body. It becomes a part of you. Enjoy it. Savor it. Eat slowly and appreciate it.  Relax and breathe—this is good for proper digestion with your appetite naturally regulated, which in turn increases weight loss.

3. Don’t try so hard.

Trying so hard to lose the weight is going upstream—which requires a lot of effort and a lot of stress. Don’t pressure yourself too much. Be kind to yourself. The obsession to lose the weight too much will make you critical of yourself.

Success is downstream—it flows effortlessly. Stop trying so hard, do not give in to a lot of stressors and you will see that your tranquility, gentleness with yourself will even pay off compared to really driving yourself mad and bullying yourself into losing the weight. 

You may be surprised to discover that your body is really just in need of love…and the best person to give that is you. 

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What type of exercise is right for you?

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

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Exercise can be fun if you know how to choose the right kind of activity that fits you.  You can mix activities you enjoy and make it a habit—part of your routine on a day-to-day basis which you can stick with over the long haul. It needs to fit your lifestyle and must be well-rounded with aerobic, strength training, and balance exercises. In choosing the right activity, you must also consider your current level of fitness and be mindful of any previous injuries or current limitations. The type of exercise that is right for you must also keep you motivated.

To help you decide what exercise program fits you, ask yourself the following questions:

What are your exercise goals?

Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to be buff? Do you want to maintain your weight? Depending on your goals, you may want to spend more time on a particular area and engage a particular type of exercise.

What do you like to do?

If you don’t like swimming or don’t know how to swim in the first place, you won’t be able to maintain a swimming program no matter how everyone tells you it is good for you. On the other hand, if you love to dance, then exercising starts to become fun especially if you choose an exercise program that’s built around this activity.

What kind of setting works for you?

Do you need a support group to motivate you? Or would you rather work out on your own? Do you have access to gyms, pools, biking trails or lanes?  You need to consider these things. Otherwise, you won’t enjoy your year-long membership in the gym when you really love the solitude of swimming on your own.

How much is your budget?

Exercise programs can come with a price. Do you have a budget set for your exercise program to hire yourself a coach or enrol in a class?

If you are on a tight budget, do not fret. You can also engage in workouts that are absolutely free.  There’s virtually no money involved in walking, running, or hiking.

Know what works best for you and figure it out.

When can you exercise?

This is one of the most crucial factors that hinder people from actually doing it. The excuse of having “No time.”

But you must make time.

If you are a morning person, start the day with exercise. If you’re a busy person, design something that will involve 10 minutes of your time. Then, you can squeeze in more of these ten-minute exercise breaks over the course of the day.  Or you could go for long and short bouts that totals up to weekly goals. Just find the time. 

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Motivation for quick weight loss

Posted on: November 20th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

ID-100213980There are people who never seem to gain weight no matter what they eat. It could be genetics or something else. Don’t we just envy them?

For most people losing weight is not easy. And maintaining our desired weight is even more difficult at times.  

Although being healthy must be a lifelong goal, not an instant dream, there are times when we want to lose the weight quick. And there’s nothing wrong with that as long as we implement the right activities and diet to achieve it.

Here are some motivations for quick weight loss:

1.       Be realistic about your goals for quick weight loss 
Your long term weight loss success lies in setting a realistic goal at the start. Although, you want a quick weight loss, you'll be more likely to stick with a program if you don’t beat yourself up and concentrate on your health to create sensible eating strategies. Setting realistic goals will also motivate you to be confident to continue.

2.       Take small steps 
Weight loss success means making real lifestyle changes which may not be quick. But you can start off with the motivation of achieving a quick weight loss. But be sure to take small steps. Just like setting realistic goals which was already mentioned, the pacing of smaller steps will set you up for a longer journey towards a healthier you.  

3.       Don’t fool yourself that everything will be the way you want it to
Expect setbacks. In fact there’ll be more of these challenges the more you lose weight. Believe me, there will be times when you can’t say “no” to temptation and your weight loss will plateau. Just don’t forget to get back on track. It’s alright to fall from time to time. Just pick yourself up and keep on moving forward.

4.       Reward Yourself 
A quick weight loss program can entail real hard work. Don’t take the fun out of it.  Be quick to give yourself a reward as well every time you succeeded at a small feat. These rewards can inspire you to keep going.  Your rewards can be a massage, shopping for a new pair of jeans, or a hot bubble bath. Do something and be kind to yourself.

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The benefits of body cleansing

Posted on: October 10th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

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Toxins are in the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe.  It is everywhere. We can not avoid them. Fortunately, our body has a built-in mechanism to fight them off. But there’s only so much the body can do. It needs a bit of assistance from us. That's why we need to resort tonatural body cleansing.

Body cleansing is used around the world for mental and physical purposes.  Unlike detoxifying which is an intense and longer cleansing program which addresses specific toxins and areas of the body, body cleansing is usually done without necessarily abstaining from food.

You can read more about the 5 reasons to detox and 5 ways to detox.

So how can the body eliminate the wastes and toxin build-up?

Although the body is really functioning as one, the major organs involved are as follows:

1. Colon – helps in disposing the bowel from the liver

2. Lymphatic System – transports wastes and toxins from cells and the circulatory system to each of organs involved in the elimination of toxins from the body for proper elimination

3. Skin –toxins are eliminated by sweating

4. Kidneys – process waste products from the blood, toxic substances in the urine and water-soluble toxins from the liver 

5. Lungs – filters and purges toxins through breathing

6. Liver – changes destructive toxins into less harmful substances that the colon and kidneys can eliminate

Here are the benefits  of body cleansing which can improve your overall well-being.

Good for losing weight

The majority of people who go through body cleansing experience weight loss. When you go through body cleansing, you rid yourself of the extra toxins and wastes which can be good if you want to start a weight loss program.  Getting rid of the build-up helps your body shed off the unwanted pounds.

Improved sleep

Of course, if you remove the unhealthy build-up which causes unhealthy sleeping habits, insomnia and even chronic fatigue, you can expect to sleep soundly and restfully.

Good for keeping a clear and youthful-looking skin

The skin helps in eliminating wastes and toxins. When you go through body cleansing, you will be removing the unwanted materials that clogged your pores. This can lead to clearer and healthier-looking skin.

Boost your immune system

Eliminating the toxins and wastes inside your body through body cleansing allows your immune system to do its function better and stronger— to fight off diseases and infections. The immune system becomes free to handle the everyday threats against it.

Helps regulate digestion

Through body cleansing, you eradicate the toxic build-up which weighs down your digestive system. As you cleanse your body of the wastes, you put it back on track for healthy and regular digestion, restoring the natural rhythm of the digestive tract.

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