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Weight Loss Supplements – What Are These? And Are They Really Effective?

More than sixty per cent of the American adult populations are overweight, and thirty per cent are considered to be obese. A huge and shocking fact isn’t it? For that the any thing that is connected with weight loss and fitness is growing very fast. There is another shocking truth, with all this increase in all types of weight loss aiding, from gyms and diet programs to weight lose pills and exercise equipment, most people can’t lose weight as they desire.
There are too much talking here and there about weigh loss supplements, and that is because, most of these products give unrealistic promises, second, most of the information on the product or in the market is just to make a sell, also many could give deceiving information, as on the label of many supplements they claim that it is caffeine or ephedrine free, but it could contain other supplements which has the same side effect as caffeine and ephedra. Last, most of the manufacturers are relying on the failure of the overweight persons, as they are their customers, and if anyone succeeded that means that they lost a customer! And that is another shocking truth.
This doesn’t mean that all weight loss supplements are fake, or had undesirable side effects, but this means that you had to be very carful with these pills. You had to consult a doctor or a pharmacist to know all about the product you intend to take, also you should know the mode of action of it and its side effects, and how many times a day you should take it and when. In the following paragraph we will discus briefly some of the most popular weight loss supplements.
One of the most newly well known supplements that contain green tea extract (EGCG). It was first introduced to reduce the risk of cancer, but lately some researches has pointed out that it could be used to speed up metabolism. This supplement almost has no side effect. Chitosan, another innovated product that the manufacturers claim that it will reduce the absorption of carbohydrates. Some are really amazed with its results and others are very disappointed, any way it is one of the most popular weight loss pills. As the number one reason for being overweight is eating, food supplements manufacturers were racing to produce products that could make you feel full and decrease your appetite. Guar Gum and Psyllium are two ingredient used for this reason. Actual results show that they had little effect on appetite, but on the other hand they help in controlling blood cholesterol and sugar.
After all that I could advice you with full confidence, to make these pills your last choice. Balance your diet go to the gym, increase your physical actives, reduce or even prevent junk food, then see the results, it should be amazing I guarantee that. But after all that if you want to take some of there weight loss pills, consult a specialist before doing so.…

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Finally, The Answer to Permanent Weight Loss (Part II)

The answer is really simple: if you are not losing weight it is because you are eating as many calories as you are burning.  In order to lose, you have to find a way to eat less, or burn more energy.  If you’re serious about weight loss you have to take a hard look at exactly what you are eating every day.  So by now (if you have read part I) you are keeping a food diary so you know when you eat, what you eat, where you eat, and why you eat.  Now let’s address some of the specifics….
* Can I have a better breakfast?  What are you having in the morning?  Just a cup of coffee?  A muffin or donut? (too high in fat calories).  Bacon and eggs and toast to get a good jumpstart?  Whoa!  None of these are the best idea if your goal is to lose weight.  For the start of your day, it’s wise to consume some healthy complex carbs, a small amount of protein, and some fat to help tide you over until near lunch time.  If you don’t have time, there are some great breakfast bars or even canned drinks that will give you what you need without having to cook before you run out the door.  One of my favorite breakfasts is toasting an English muffin, then slapping a piece of cheese between slices as I run out the door.  During my drive to work I enjoy a crispy breakfast sandwich with melted cheese–which took less than a minute to make!  It gives me complex carbs, protein, and a bit of fat from the cheese, and leaves me satiated well into the morning.
*  Do I have time to exercise?  Exercising is a vital part of a healthy routine when you are trying to lose weight.  If your excuse is that you can’t fit it into your day, consider what you can trade out for 30 minutes.  Can you get up 30 minutes earlier to take a walk?  Give up a 1/2 hour sitcom that you watch at night (or put the tv in front of a treadmill or exercise bike and do both!)?  Delegate a 30 minute task to someone else in the house and go for a walk while Suzie (or Sam) washes the dinner dishes?  If you’re trying to lose weight, it’s essential you find the time in your day to make a habit of MOVING.  If there is literally nowhere that your schedule can budge, make a special effort to incorporate activity into your day: taking the stairs instead of the elevator whenever you have the chance, parking farther away when you drive somewhere, walking instead of driving when something is less than 3 miles away.  Look for opportunities to move and take them!  The goal is to burn more calories to lead to weight loss.
* Are my snack choices smart?  You probably know that having five or six small meals a day is a great regimen for maintaining a healthy weight.  Snacks can provide valuable nutrients that we may not get in just three meals.  But what are you choosing for a snack?  Newsflash:  Vending machines and gas stations don’t usually have great choices!  Look for a complex carbohydrate source such as a granola-type bar (Nutrigrain, Nature Valley, and Quaker make some great ones).  Check the label on ‘energy’ bars which are meant for body builders and can contain over 250 calories! (In my professional opinion, it’s the same as eating a candy bar)  You want to find a snack with less than 200 calories if you are trying to lose weight.  Another great option is a package of cheese-and-peanut butter crackers, which you actually can find in some vending machines: A source of complex carbs, protein, and a bit of fat, these will fill you up until the next meal and come in at (usually) 180 calories.  Even better options: string cheese, a carton of yogurt, or a piece of fruit, which are all great source of nutrients.  Not really hungry but just have a craving for something?  Try a cup of tea.  No calories, but hundreds of flavors to choose from to keep your taste buds satisfied.
* Do I socialize with smart eaters?  Here’s a tip: hang out with other people who are trying to eat smart!  Mingle with co-workers you can join for lunch who will look for a place they can order soup and a salad–not friends who say, “Let’s check out that new buffet” or “lets go out for pizza”.  Gravitate towards colleagues who bring in fresh fruits and vegetables from their back yard gardens; not office mates who bring you cookies and brownies they just baked!  Make healthy eaters your company of choice and you’ll adapt habits these people have–people who seem to effortlessly maintain their weight.
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Health Food

Kirstie Alley Weight Loss Program – “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” of Losing Weight

You know her as one of the most prominent actresses in the 80s and the 90s and you’ve probably heard her well-documented weight loss program in which she’s lost a total of 75 lbs. As someone who is in her 50s, this is a remarkable feat. She starred in the called Fat Actress which pokes fun of her weight problems until she was picked up to be a spokesperson for the Jenny Craig weight loss program.

She has recently regained her weight but that’s only because she’s been slacking off lately in keeping up with the Kirstie Alley weight loss program. But that’s beside the point. The question that you’re probably asking right now is, what lessons can I learn from Kirstie Alley weight loss and weight gain? Here are the answers:

1. You will lose your drive once you get there. It’s easy to get motivated if you’re on your way to your goals but once you get to that point, , you start losing interest. This happens when people stop complimenting you and saying how great you look in that slim dress. This is why you need to double the effort to compensate for your lack of drive.

2. You celebrate your success. It is human behavior to throw a party for every success that we achieve along the way and this is probably what happened to Kirstie Alley. After all the stress and hard work of shedding all those pounds, she may have had a slip-up that led to more slip-ups until she totally lost control.

Consistency is the key to weight loss, no matter what stage you’re in right now. Instead of celebrating by munching those cookies, get on the treadmill and do a few more rounds.…

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Healthy Nutrition

How To Lose Weight Without Nutritional Mistakes

Have you ever tried fad diets or gone on a weight loss program where you have to pay tons of money to marketers who make promises to help you slim down? Many people have gone down this road. What about those processed foods they offer you and tell you that it’s “real” food. What they don’t tell you is that even the “real” food can be processed food.
I’ve recently done some research on the different types of food products people recommend for weight loss. I discovered that if the liver which is the organ that normally breaks down fat is kept too busy, trying to break down all those chemicals in pre-packaged processed foods, it doesn’t work at maximum to burn fat. What about all the conflicting and confusing information about what is healthy to eat and what is not. Carbs or no carbs, butter or margarine, nuts or no nuts? The list goes on and on leaving everyone confused and frustrated.
A leading nutritionist has said that a lot of health experts seem to be making “nutritional mistakes” when telling you what and what not to eat. I also discovered that what works for one person does not necessarily work for another. Different people have different body types and will not be at their best if they lose too much weight. I’m sure you have noticed how some people after losing a lot of weight instead of looking healthy and attractive they look like their life has been injected out of them?
We have been told about good carbs vs. bad carbs, right? We’ve also been told that wheat bread and pasta are allowed on a healthy eating plan. Well, apparently wheat bread is not included in the good carbohydrates. What about fat vs. no fat? We need a certain amount of fat to stay at our healthiest. Here’s a surprise, soy milk is supposed to be good for you, but not necessarily. If it is processed, it forces your liver to work harder and less effectively.
So what does all this mean? My consensus was that unless you have a serious weight problem which requires medical attention, the best diet is no diet. Here are some tips to help get you get started on your new “no diet” eating plan.
• Learn which are the right foods and which are not
• Be patient with yourself
• Keep away from sugary unhealthy sweets
• Limit processed foods as much as possible
• Don’t compare your body type with someone else’s
• Even mild exercise ALWAYS enhances any type of weight loss program
• Drink plenty of water to boost your metabolism
• Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables
• Find a good eating plan and cookbook
• Journal your eating plan progress (especially the first few weeks)
Don’t think that you can lose weight by skipping a meal. Skipping any meal is always discouraged since as we all know it triggers your body into survival mode, which makes your body store all that fat. If you’re in a rush never let yourself go hungry, but instead enjoy a delicious apple on the road.…

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What Are The 6 Key Points You Must Look For In A Diet Based Weight Loss Program?

There is no one best weight loss diet for everyone because individuals differ in terms of personal profile and circumstance. However, certain diets, because of their strict adherence to natural and basic principles of weight loss, are suitable for most people. If you are looking at one such diet program, consider the following:

A mix of diet and exercise. Such mix must be based on the fact that diet contributes to 80% of weight loss while exercise makes up the other 20%. The diet must be based on scientific evidence and proven as well as safe methods. It must include variety and as far as possible, consist of all food groups.

Does not require fasting and skipping meals. In fact, the best diets recommend eating five times a day. Not the usual big three meals but five smaller ones using foods with specific nutritional examples of such foods would be vegetables, soy products, foods made with buckwheat, fish, tropical fruits, ginger, whole grain breads and legumes.

The diet should appreciate your biological instincts. It should allow you to choose what you eat, how you eat, when you eat and how much you eat. It would suggest that you give up casual eating or snacking on unhealthy foods, over sized portions, cravings and junk food.

Is designed for short term fast weight loss as well as long term maintenance. This could be based on a two phase or two stage approach. One to give you the results so that you will be sufficiently motivated and the other to help you keep off what you lose.

Does not focus on only one element of weight loss. Not just low carb, low fat or high protein but a healthy consideration of all the requirements for safe and healthy way to lose weight. Further, it should not require you to make drastic changes to your lifestyle. Perhaps, some small changes to your eating habits.

The diet must be designed and developed by qualified and experienced nutritionists. It must provide you with personal consultation as well as support. It is no good if you are given a plan and then left on your own to manage or overcome situations that may be of special concern to you.

While the above factors are key to your deciding on a weight loss diet, it is equally important that you pick one that is simple, easy and practical. It must be able to cater for different needs including vegetarianism. Bear in mind that it takes time to lose weight depending on how much you need to lose. You can certainly lose weight in a day, eat junk food or even starve and lose weight but it would be at the risk of injuring your general well being. Therefore, choose your weight loss diet carefully.…

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Health Tips

Why Am I Still Gaining Weight? (3)

People always say that eating less is the inviolable rule of weight loss, however why does not it work on myself? Why? After answering the following questions, you get to know the reasons.
Question 1: What is in your body- muscle or fat?
What is hidden in your body – fat or muscle? It is a fact that a kilo of muscles will burn 100 calories a day, but a kilo of fat can only burn 4 to 10 calories. What a great difference!
Solution: If you have more muscles compared with fat, then your basal metabolic rate will be higher. On the contrary, more fat leads to low basal metabolic rate. Try to build your muscles is what you should do.
Question 2: Do you have a balanced diet?
Reasons: The unbalanced diet.
If you want to lose weight, you can eat less and reduce the amount of calories you take in. But if you want to keep healthy while losing weight, your diet should be balanced. Especially people who will have meals outside should pay more attention to this.
Solution: Keep a balanced diet.
Question 3: Do you eat supple very late at night?
Reason: The food you eat 3 or 4 hours before going to bed will turn to fat accumulating in your body.
When you have meals affects the figures. Although you miss one meal, you will still gain weight once you eat just before you go to bed. The energy in your body cannot be exhausted, so that they may turn into fat and accumulate in your body.
Solution: You should try not to eat food during the 3 or 4 hours before going to bed. I advice you to stretch your body before going to bed for it will burn calories and help you fall into asleep.
Question 4: Do you still put on weight even though you eat less?
Reason: If the time between two meals is kept too long, then once food comes in, all the nutrition will be absorbed.
Solution: You should eat on time, so that body will know when to absorb energy. So that it will not absorb all the nutrition once you eat.…