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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.

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.

 

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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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.

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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