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Weight Loss – A Sure Way To Lose Weight

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

 

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

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

What If I Just Really Like Food?

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

What Should Be My Workout?

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

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

Top 3 Reasons Why Being Overweight Is Not A Joke

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

 

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

Self Esteem Is At Risk

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

Work Is At Risk

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

Health Is At Risk

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

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

Is There Hope?

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

The Right Way To Lose Weight

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

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

Health Risks

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

How To Properly Lose Weight

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

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

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

Review: The Truth Behind The Weight Loss Journey

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What if medication makes me gain weight?

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

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There are the medicines that can make you gain weight:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Genetics and Weight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Choosing a weight loss surgical procedure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Best Ways to Prevent Obesity

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

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Prevent obesity by eating!

(What?!!)

Okay, you can stop scratching your head now. You read it right. The answer to obesity is not eating less or starving yourself to death with all the fad diets on the market. It is about eating well.

1. Do not skip breakfast

Contrary to what most people think that skipping breakfast will lose them a few pounds, studies actually show eating a healthy breakfast helps one consume fewer calories throughout the day.

2. Choose to eat foods high in fiber

High-fiber foods keeps you full with few calories and little fat.  Eating more whole grains provides you with a good source of nutrients such as magnesium and vitamin B6.

3. Eat Raw, Leafy Green Vegetables

Aside from the fact that greens and raw vegetables are remarkably low in calories, they are also high in water, rich in vitamins C and E, folate, and carotenoids which are important for your overall health.

4. Eat fish, chicken and beans

Fish, chicken and beans are good sources of protein. Although, you should not overdo on the portion of protein, it is just as important to eat some protein with every meal. When you're dieting getting enough protein helps you lose the fat, not the muscle.

5. Go for the healthy nuts

The healthy fat in nuts is deemed to make people feel full which can prevent cravings and can help you shed the pounds. The protein in nuts also uses calories as it gets digested. According to studies, the majority of people who eat nuts on a regular basis have lower BMIs than those who don’t.

6. Take in a lot of calcium
Aside from protein, calcium is an essential element on how fat is broken down and stored. Note that the more calcium in a fat cell, the more fat it burns. You can eat low-fat dairy foods, broccoli and fortified orange juice as most effective sources of calcium.
 

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The risks of developing obesity in your 20’s

Posted on: November 8th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

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We've always known that obesity or being overweight is a serious matter. It can lead to illnesses and other health conditions especially if it stretches out from childhood to adolescence until one reaches his or her 20's. These illnesses can include the following:

  • cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure
  • the risk of having pre-diabetes which is a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes
  • bone and joint problems
  • sleeping disorders like apnea
  • higher risk for adult health problems (heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis )

By the time an obese person has reached middle age, there is already a bigger risk in developing life-threatening diseases. For instance, there is a risk in developing hardened plaque in their arteries which can cause a heart attack or a stroke later in life.

According to Jared Reis, an epidemiologist in the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's division of cardiovascular sciences, "…The obesity epidemic… people are becoming obese at a younger age than in previous generations, and they are spending a longer period of their life with obesity…. a longer duration of obesity independently contributes to hardened plaque in the arteries, which is sometimes called silent heart disease because there are no symptoms."

An  interesting finding from a recent study shows that for every year the young adults were obese, their risk of developing hardened plaque increased by 2% to 4%.

When we are young, we think we are invincible. If not for our bodies, we think that we will live forever. More often than not, we traverse through our youth ignoring that we are part corporeal and if we don't take care of it, it can malfunction and grow ill.

I am just as guilty. I have been there and done it. But I have conquered it.

And I am optimistic that anybody can also do it. 

However, (I have to be bias here) allow me to say that the contemporary times is much worse because our young people are more exposed to a lifestyle that courts a lot of temptation. 

There's the pull of the adverts of mouth-watering food and supersized helpings. Plus, the lifestyle that is sedentary—work and play can be tied to facing the computer all the waking hours of the day.    

But as I have said it is not unheard of that we have weight loss successful stories.

We need to address the issue of obesity and being overweight. If we do not put our focus on addressing obesity for people who are in their 20's and younger we may have in our hands  an epidemic of coronary artery disease just like there is currently an epidemic of obesity.