Posts Tagged ‘Weight Loss Success’

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 Super Foods

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

Weight Loss Super FoodsAre either of these scenarios familiar – you wonder why you haven't lost any weight when you feel as though you have eaten almost nothing? You lose five pounds after forgetting about dieting because of the stress of work and a hectic home life? For many, the reason why this occurs remains a mystery.

But for those who seek to understand what's wrong with their diet plan because it is not working, they continue to search for the answers. Perhaps it's not about not trying too hard to make weight loss happen. Maybe the problem is in the choice of foods you include in your daily diet plan. Let this super foods guide help you achieve your desired weight.

First, eat a banana every day. Nothing beats a banana in providing your body with a good supply of potassium. Apart from that, banana's are known to be the ultimate energy booster among fruits; use this to your advantage and get your body going with a banana.

Second, watermelon is the perfect diet fruit. Not only is it a good source of natural sugar to keep you perked up through the day, it contains no calories at all. Eating watermelon for snacks instead of the usual cookies can speed up weight loss without making you go hungry. 

Lastly, you've got to have grapes every day, every meal. These little round fruits can be a good source of the healthy sugar and vitamin C. Apart from that, grapes are also considered the ultimate super food because eating them will make you feel full minus all the calories. The next time you go to the grocery, remember these three super foods and put them in your shopping cart. You are on your way to a healthier you.

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.

Just Follow The Weight Loss Plan

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

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My friend lost weight. Why didn't her strategy work for me?

Everyone wants to have a body that they can be proud of. But not all people are taught the importance of proper diet and exercise at a young age, that’s why by the time some reach their teenage years – they can go through a rough time and can be a target for bullying if they are overweight. 

A large percentage of the American population is suffering from obesity which has sparked a strong demand of weight loss programs in recent years. However, just because a particular weight loss program has been effective for a friend does not mean the same weight loss program will work for you. In fact, it might never have an effect on your body. This is because the genetic make-up of your body is different to your friend, and your body could be requiring a more intense weight loss plan for you to start losing weight.

Consult The Experts

Keep in mind that not all weight loss remedies will work and some may even be harmful to your health. In order to verify things, do not hesitate to consult the experts and discuss your desire to lose weight and your goals with your physician, nutritionist and/or weight loss trainer.

Dedicate Yourself

Once you have sort the right advise regarding the type of weight loss remedy that is perfect for you, be sure to dedicate yourself and commit to that weight loss plan. A common mistake of those who are under a weight loss program is they tend to be enthusiastic or pumped-up at first, and when they don’t get dramatic results right away, within the first or second week of trying the program they quickly give up and jump on another weight loss plan.

Losing weight is not an overnight thing, and sometimes the best way to lose weight is by being patient on a program that is recommended to you, because it takes a month or three before you can even notice the big change.

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. 

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.

 

Calorie Counting

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

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The history of calorie counting dates back to the early 20th century. It became popular because of various diet books which claimed that it’s all about calories.

During that time, a scientist, Wilbur Atwater, also observed that food put in a machine (known as bomb calorimeter) and burned can  measure how must energy was released— by measuring the ash and heat. Thus, people started counting calories and the notion spread —calculate how many calories are consumed when eating food and how much is burned when engaged in activities or exercise.

Ever since then, calorie counting is used in weight loss programs.

But there are those on the other side of the fence which would argue that counting calorie content is not the be-all and end-all for choosing what to eat. For instance, eating food that contains lots of fiber generally amounts to a lot more calories, however because these types of foods keep you feeling full longer they prevent you from taking in "extra" calories. This is just one theory that offers different criteria for choosing food and that counting the calorie content may not be the only method. 

Betsy Klein, RD, LD, a Miami-based dietitian has this to say, ”The benefit of choosing fruits, vegetables, and other lower-fat foods is that you get more bang for your buck. Carbohydrates and protein have 4 calories per gram, while fats have more than twice as much — an entire 9 calories per gram. (Alcohol weighs in at 7 calories per gram.) If you're counting calories to lose weight, but eating higher-fat foods like bacon and full-fat cheese, you could potentially consume over half your day's calorie allotment by the end of breakfast. Choosing carbs and protein for your morning meal, on the other hand, like an egg white omelet stuffed with mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and a small amount of low-fat cheese, will leave you with calories to spare for meals and snacks beyond breakfast.”

Now, this can be complicated for some people—keeping watch of how many calories per food serving and so on. But more and more people are getting used to calorie counting rather than trying to understand the varied effects food has on our bodies. And in fact, calorie-counting is not at all the whole picture.  In fact there are other things to consider like your mindset, your lifestyle, your support system within your family and your community and so much more. 

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Shopping Tips for Meal Planning

Posted on: January 23rd, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

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Something as trivial as thinking what to eat for the next meal can be such a hassle for most people.  I have been there—I mean I, too, had my share of exploring the pantry up and down trying to whip up a meal and ended up with a Chinese take-out because I failed to organise something.

We think nothing of planning our social life, business plan or trading plan and now we can plan our meals too.

Having a meal plan helps you and your family to feel more organised, to cut back on those quick unhealthy food take-outs and instant meal preparations, saves you more money, energy and time—which means reducing your stress in one area of your life.

So to get you started, here are some shopping tips for meal planning:

1.       You need to set aside a time to plan and organise your meals. 15 minutes will do to plan a weekly menu. When planning, go for weekly plans so as not to get too overwhelmed.  

2.       List down the ingredients you need on your shopping list. Buy the things you don’t currently have. If it helps, you can create a spreadsheet and classify your ingredients so that you will know exactly what to shop for and what to cook for. Just keep a list and don't rely on your memory. Otherwise, there will be a great possibility to buy what's not on the list.

3.       Involve the family and consider everyone’s tastes when planning. You don’t want to be cooking multiple meals. With the family’s involvement, they will be more likely to eat the food you prepare.

4.       To save you more time, you can reuse the old plans you have already created. Keep the family’s all-time favourites. But don’t forget to include variety as well.

5.       Don’t shop when you’re hungry or thirsty! There will be a tendency to include and buy more food which are not in your budget and shopping list.

6.       Include in your meal planning some quick and easy meals in case you can’t stick to your original plan and include this in your shopping list.  

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