Fasting to Kick-Start Your Weight Loss

dreamstime_m_5546688Fasting can play an important part in getting you started to lose weight and is beneficial for overweight and obese individuals. A fast can last as little as 12 hours or can be extended to a period of 7 days.

Intermittent fasting has been embraced by many religions as a form of cleansing and great ancient personalities like Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Pythagoras promoted water fasting as a way to remove toxins and impurities from the body.

Research has shown that fasting may reset your immune system and in the process, increase mental clarity.  It is, however, important to stay hydrated during the fasting period and drinking lots of water is recommended.

One of the easiest ways to get started is with a 24 hour fast, starting at noon after lunch, skip dinner that day and breakfast the next morning and you can eat lunch again after the 24-hour period. Drink lots of water – stay occupied or meditate and you will benefit by having better focus, more energy and a great start towards a weight loss program and a healthier lifestyle..

Original Ancient Grains

Due to the interest in living healthier lifestyles there is a renewed interest in ancient grains. A rise in food allergies is making wheat and especially gluten one of the most controversial foods in recent years.

Research has shown that ancient grains often provide a richer source of nutrients such as protein, Vitamin B2, iron, phosphorus, copper, selenium, manganese, magnesium, calcium, zinc and many others. They are also less likely to be problematic for persons with food sensitivities, but special attention should be paid to grains containing gluten.

Ancient grains are more nutritious and have less likely been modified. In addition to the health benefits, many people like the taste of these ancient grains, such as quinoa, amaranth, kamut and spelt which are often distinctive in flavour, texture and diversity.

10,000 years ago these ancient grains were first cultivated in the fertile Crest at the dawn of the agricultural revolution and then introduced to Asia, Europe, Northeast Africa, India and Arabic peninsula.

Ancient grains and seeds have come to us from past generations and remain true to their original form. Also known as heritage or heirloom grains, these ancient grains are just as nature intended them to be – simple and healthy.

Most people limit their grains to wheat, barley, corn, oats and rice, but ancient grains can add variety to the diet and are worth exploring.

Carbs and Sugar

dreamstime_m_53705203 (1)-xCarbohydrates consist of complex long-chain and short-chain carbohydrates or sugars.  All the cells – the cells in the brain – more than the rest – depend on glucose for energy and to function properly. The body makes glucose by splitting complex sugars and carbohydrates into their basic units – mostly sugar.

This process begins in the mouth when saliva is added to the food. The enzymes in the saliva hydrolyze carbohydrates into simple sugars and the process continues until inhibited by the acid in the stomach – only to begin again in the small intestines after pancreatic juices are added.

Glucose is essential, but provided in pure form could be dangerous. Only the slow release of glucose from foods in conjunction with other nutrients is safe

The level of toxicity of carbohydrates depends on the degree of refinement. Excessive consumption of carbohydrates, such as rice, grains and potatoes is known to cause obesity and to produce a metabolic imbalance and is further associated with an inadequate digestion of fats and protein.

15 Ways To Leave Your Blubber

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With entertaining illustrations it is an easy read and an enjoyable experience not to be missed. If you are serious about weight loss, this could be the answer you have been looking for.

If you have been struggling to get rid of the extra weight – this book is for you. If you have been on the yo-yo train to nowhere – this book is for you.

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Prepare yourself mentally to make changes to your lifestyle

The first thing you want to do is take a good look in the mirror. If you are unhappy with what you see and you are ready to commit to some changes, this book is for you.

Do you remember what your weight was a year ago? How much have you gained in one year?

Just imagine, you are eating reasonably healthy but each year you gain about two pounds.

That’s really nothing to worry about – right?

Now imagine these two pounds of weight gain a year over a period of ten years, that’s 20 pounds. Over a period of twenty years that’s 40 pounds and over 30 years that’s 60 pounds.

That is a total of 60 pounds of weight gain over 30 years.

Let’s say you are in your 30’s or 40’s or even in your 20’s. You start out with weighing 130 lbs – that would mean in 30 years from now you could weigh 190 pounds.

And that is if you only gain two pounds a year.

Now – can you imagine if you are in the habit of eating some of the wrong foods and you gain more than 2 pounds a year?

Well you can do the math!

One day you look in the mirror and what you see is years of weight gain and a body that’s out of control.

How did this happen you say to yourself!

But of course you know the answer – deep down you know the answer, deep down you know that all the cookies, chocolates, cakes, chips, pizza’s, fried foods, processed foods, juices and soft drinks caught up with you.

Now what?

If you have been there and decided you were going to lose this extra weight – good for you.

What did you do?

Exercise? – Diet pills? – Weight Loss plans?

Did you finally give up because no matter how hard you tried the weight kept on coming back and some more.

There are many different weight loss plans and products available today. Most will give you some results while others are strictly a temporary fad created by someone’s imagination.

Most restrictions of high fat, high carbs and high sugar will temporarily work and could give you the desired results if you could only stick to it long enough and modify your overall eating habits.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Which Diets Works Best?

Which Diet Works BestThere are many different weight loss plans and products available today. Most will give you some results while others are strictly a temporary fad created by someone’s imagination. Most restrictions of high fat, high carbs and high sugar will temporarily work and could give you the desired results if you could only stick to it long enough and modify your overall eating habits.

Diets like the Atkin’s Diet, South Beach Diet, Dukan, Paleo and many others are based on restricting carbohydrate intake or at least eliminating processed carbs such as white flour and sugar. However the reality is that most diets will not eliminate the cravings for your favorite foods and do not allow you to fully enjoy social activities centered on entertainment and food.

The biggest problem is the psychological aspect of changing our habits from indulging in foods we love and the comfort we derive from them to a more disciplined approach of making choices and to plan for healthy meals in advance.

So – what is the best diet? … THE ONE THAT WORKS FOR YOU!

The search continues for a miracle pill to cure obesity which would allow you to have your cake and lose weight at the same time. And that is the reason we keep on searching for the newest and latest weight loss program with the hope to find an easy solution to one of the most widespread health hazards of modern times. In most cases restricting the foods we love would also take care of extra weight gain.

There is lots of information available on how to change your eating habits. A diet is a great way to start eliminating some unwanted pounds, but it is a change in lifestyle that will permanently keep you at a desired weight. More……

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Syndrome X

If you are putting on weight around the waistline despite healthy eating habits. If you feel constantly tired, relying on snacks or coffee to get you through the day? The problem might be Syndrome X.

A commonly accepted definition of Syndrome X, also referred to as metabolic syndrome, might be a generalized disorder whose four main symptoms are hyperglycemia (a greater than normal amount of glucose in the blood)  hyper-lipidemia (an excess level of blood fat), hypertension (characterized by elevated blood pressure) and central obesity. Presenting two of the above is generally considered the diagnosis criteria for this disorder.

The main risk factors are:

Stress – recent research indicates prolonged stress can be an underlying cause of metabolic syndrome by upsetting the hormonal balance of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, causing high cortisol levels to circulate, raising glucose and insulin levels, which in turn cause insulin-mediated effects on adipose (fat) tissue.

Central obesity – is a key feature of the syndrome, reflecting the fact that the syndrome’s prevalence is driven by the strong relationship between waist circumference and increasing fat deposits. However, despite the importance of obesity, patients who are of normal weight may also be insulin-resistant and have syndrome X.

Sedentary lifestyle and physical inactivity – many components of metabolic syndrome are associated with a sedentary lifestyle, including increased adipose tissue, reduced HDL cholesterol and a trend toward increased triglycerides, blood pressure, and glucose levels.

Aging – Although the syndrome affects both men and women in the same way, women are particularly vulnerable, especially after middle age and with respect to that demographic, the percentage of women is much higher than that of men.

Symptoms may include muscular weakness, fatigue, dizziness, weight-gain or obesity, cravings for sugar and carbohydrates or stimulants such as coffee, tea or cigarettes.

The good news is that Syndrome X can be managed and the risk factors minimized by changes to lifestyle, nutrition, physical activity, weight reduction and stress management.

 

The Ultimate Weight Loss Formula

dreamstime_s_32278682-lg-scale The average person will gain approximately two pounds per year and that doesn’t seem to be much of a concern, but over the period of 10 years this amounts to about 20 pounds, over 20 years to 40 pounds and over a period of 30 years it can add up to 60 pounds.

One day you look in the mirror and you ask yourself “How did this happen”. You know the answer. Even if you have been following a reasonably healthy lifestyle, a slower metabolism and a sedentary lifestyle can make you gain weight in all the wrong places. There is a way to lose weight quickly and safely.

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The Four Basic Female Body Shapes

The female figure is a combination of a woman’s skeletal structure and the quantity and distribution of muscle and fat. A woman’s body type is often expressed by bust, waist and hip measurements.

Estrogen level have a significant impact on a female’s body shape, especially during the productive years. Besides other functions, estrogen promotes the development of female secondary sexual characteristics, such as breasts and the widening of the hips.

Height will also affect the appearance of the figure and a taller woman with similar measurements to a shorter counterpart will look slimmer and less curvaceous since the distance between the measuring points is at greater distance.

Independent of fat composition, weight and height, female bodies are categorized into four elementary geometric shapes with a wide variety of actual sizes within each shape.

Rectangular – if the waist measurement is less than 9 inches smaller than the hips and bust measurement with body fat being distributed in the abdominal area, the buttocks, chest and face, creating a typical rectangular shape.

Apple Shape – these women have broader shoulders compared to narrower hips and slim thighs with fat distribution in the abdominal area, the chest and the face.

Triangle Shape – the hip measurement is greater than the bust measurement and the fat deposits tend to go to the buttocks, hips and thighs. This body type supports a larger rear end, thicker thighs and a smaller chest.

Hourglass – the hips and bust measurements are almost equal with a narrow waist. Body fat distribution tends to be around both, the upper and lower body. This body type enlarges the arms, chest, hips and rear before the waist and the upper abdominal area.

A study conducted in 2005 found that 46% of females were rectangular shaped, about 20% were tringle shaped, 14 % were triangle shaped and only 8% fell into the category of hourglass shaped and the rest was a combination of shapes.

 

 

The Amazing Benefits of Oil Pulling

Astonishing results have been accomplished by practicing the age old Ayurvedic tradition of oil pulling. The exciting factor of this healing method is its simplicity. All it takes is a tablespoon of cold pressed sesame, sunflower or unrefined coconut oil to get to some of the root causes of chronic conditions and health problems.

It is most beneficial to practice oil pulling in the morning before brushing your teeth, before breakfast – on an empty stomach. The art of slowly swishing the oil around the inside of the mouth and by sucking and pulling the oil between the teeth for five to twenty minutes, mixing it with your saliva, creates an interaction to activate enzymes needed to draw toxins from your body.

As the oil is being swished back and forth mixed with saliva, it becomes more watery and white and very toxic and under no condition should it be swallowed. Once the process is completed, remove the oil by spitting and thoroughly rinse your mouth afterwards to eliminate any trace of it. Normal activities can be resumed at this point.

For chronic conditions the oil pulling process can be repeated one or two more times during the day, but always on an empty stomach and before meals and always with proper rinsing afterwards.

One of the most striking results is the fastening of lose teeth, the elimination of bleeding gums and bad breath. The benefits can be far reaching since studies show that oral health is linked to general health and well-being.

Acidophilus (Lactobacillus) and Bifidobacterium

Our good bacteria is most commonly disrupted by excessive sugar and carbohydrate consumption, stress, drinking chlorinated water, excessive alcohol consumption and the frequent use of colas and other carbonated beverages.

Most over the counter medications and prescriptions of anti-biotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, painkillers and anti-biotics are also to blame for an interruption in our good bowel flora flora.

Antibiotics, are effective in killing germs and disease causing bacteria but they are also effective in killing our beneficial bacteria.

It is important that beneficial microbes inhabit the digestive tract to keep unfriendly bacteria, such as candida, in check.Often the situation can be improved by supplementation of foods rich in beneficial bacteria. Food such as cultured yogurt, buttermilk, cottage cheese, whey and other soured milk products or by supplementing with a good source of pro-biotics.

The two main types of pro-biotics in foods and supplements are Acidophilus (Lactobacillus), and Bifidobacterium. They are the key elements to our overall health and well being. They are live micro-organisms and  aid in the synthesis of B-complex vitamins and vitamin K, and along with 400 other species provide a variety of benefits.

Different strains provide different benefits and the effects vary from person to person. These pro-biotics may also help to prevent constipation, reduce bloating, and even lower blood pressure and cholesterol and are effective in keeping the unwanted pounds off

Supplements typically contain between 2 to 6 billion active cells per capsule. Natural ways to increase the amount of friendly bacteria in your intestinal tract is eating a fiber-rich diet containing non-digestible fiber such as oatmeal, flax seed, onions, garlic and a variety of leafy green vegetables.