Posts Tagged ‘diet’

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.

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.

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. 

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: 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?   

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.

 

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.

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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