If you believe the old stories about much weight people put on during the holidays, youre rightpartially. In a recent study conducted by The National Institute of Health, the researchers discovered that, in reality, most people tend to only put on just slightly under one pound. But a person who is already overweight will average a whopping five pounds extra after the last horns have been blown. But its not all good news for even those who put on the minimum because the study also shows that we all tend to keep the pounds put on. In other words, over ten years, those not-so-much pounds, could lead someone to being overweight. So, what can we do in order to keep those extra pounds off? After all, our homes are usually filled with holiday pies, cakes and other goodies, and they can be pretty temptingeven for the most faithful of dieters! Heres a few tips to get you through the holidays. Just A Nibble! Have you ever noticed that when you start eating a rich dessert it tastes so good, but by the last bite, youve had enough? One way to keep the pounds down is just to enjoy a few bites that delicious cheesecake or chocolate fudge brownie. No one says that you have to completely deprive yourself of holiday treatsjust limit how much you eat! Enjoy the Company, Not The Brownies! Many people think of holiday parties in terms of the foods that theyll get to eat (or have to avoid) instead of the real reason for the celebrationthe company and conversation. If you keep yourself busy chatting with friends, youll be less likely to invade the snack table. Go Full Youve likely heard the grocery store trick; dont go shopping when youre hungry because youll only end up buying more. Well, the same can work for holiday parties! Eat a lot of raw vegetables, and other healthy foods that will stick with you during the party and youll be less tempted to binge on the bad stuff. Drink Water If you were to add up the calories that youve probably consumed in sodas, fruit punches and alcoholic beverages at parties, you would likely be amazed. You can gulp down hundreds of calories without even realizing it if youre not careful! Instead of one of these high-calorie drinks, make it a habit to drink waterwhich in itself will help flush out extra water weight. Create An Eating Schedule It wouldnt be funor realisticto try and get through an entire party without at least sampling some of the treats. But instead of heading instantly to the food table and loading your plateand then suffering the rest of the party because you want moretry spacing out your snacks for the entire time of the party. Plan on taking a nibble of something about every thirty minutes. Not only will it help you eat less, it will be a fun game that you can play with yourself! Most importantly, remember that the holidays are meant for enjoyment. Dont be too hard on yourself, and if you make a mistake, talk an extra long walk to work off those extra calories instead of beating yourself up over it!
Americans lose millions of pounds a year - only to gain most of it back within a year. You've probably heard over and over again that the real secret to losing weight permanently is to make permanent changes in your eating habits and lifestyle. Throughout decades of high protein, low protein, Air Force diets, Atkins, Scarsdale diets, cabbage diets,eat-all-you-want-and-still-lose-weight diets that is the one piece of advice that has remained strong. No matter what the latest diet craze, over and over throughout the years, the one "diet" that effected a long-term, permanent weight loss was the 'eat a well-balanced, portion-controlled diet and exercise regularly'. Why are fad diets so popular? Diets feed our need to be actively doing something. Weighing, measuring, counting - whether its calories,exchanges or carbs - all give us the feeling of gaining control over our bodies and our weight. In the long run, though, all the measuring and obsession with what, how much and when we eat becomes overwhelming. When we stop living by strictly controlled guidelines set out by other people -the latest diet guru - the weight comes back. There is a practical way to lose weight that doesn't involve arcane combinations of foods to set up an ideal balance of foods that burn more than they give, or that promise to 'turn your body into a fat-burning machine'. It is to simply eat a healthy balance of all types of foods in portions that are reasonable for your body, while at the same time raising your activity level to burn more calories than you take in. Below are some practical guidelines to help you adjust your diet and lifestyle to help you lose that weight - and keep it off permanently. 1.Adjust your attitude. You're not going on a diet - you're eating what your body needs. To maintain your weight loss, you'll need to maintain your new eating habits for the rest of your life - and that's a far easier prospect if your diet plan is one that makes sense and is easy to maintain. 2.Think square when you plan your meals. Like a square has four corners, so should your meals. At every meal, include a protein, a healthy fat, a grain/legume and a fruit/vegetable. 3.Eat three squares and at least two snacks every day. Your snacks should be in the grain/legume or fruit/vegetable corner. 4.If you're under stress, eat something every two hours. Your body sends out distress signals when you're putting it under stress. Give it healthy fuel to keep it working right. 5.Aim for no more than 60 grams of carbohydrate per day at first.Spread the carbohydrates over the course of the day - 15 at each meal and 7 at each snack. 6.Limit dairy products to 3 or less daily. 7.Completely avoid soft drinks - even the diet ones. 8.Drink 6-10 glasses of water each day. 9.Eliminate 'white foods' from your diet. Do away with white sugar,white flour and white cereal products. 10. Take a nutritional supplement - at least a good multivitamin daily.
It is the fact that slim and trim body gains most of the magnetism. Everyone wants a slim and trim body. To live a healthy life is everyones desire. But obesity restricts men and women to life a life without problems. Obesity clutches anyone when there is a difference between the intake calories and burnt calories. Obesity can be effectively treated by regular exercises. Obesity leads to a number of other health related problems. The advancement in medical science makes it possible to lose weight without indulging into any time spending exercises. A number of diet pills are available to treat excess body weight. Few of them are as under: - Acomplia Phentermine Xenical Didrex and many moreThe medical experts are waiting for the FDA approval of this wonder drug acomplia. Rimonabant is the scientific name of acomplia. Sanofi-Synthelabo designed this medicine and is also known as Zimulti. Acomplia is one of the popular diet pills and will soon be available in the market to treat obesity. Acomplia can be an effectual way to lose weight and it may suppress your appetite rather than burning your body fat. Unlike any other appetite suppressant acomplia may show remarkable results when taken in conjunction with balanced diet and mild exercises. Acomplia can also be used as an effective treatment for unhealthy smoking habits. Acomplia acts as a single medicine to treat both obesity and smoking habit.Medical experts have studied the side-effects of acomplia. The most common and side-effects of acomplia are as follows: Restlessness Irritability Depression Nausea DizzinessAcomplia has lesser side effects than any other diet pills. It can facilitate you to achieve remarkable benefits on weight loss, smoking cessation, blood sugar, and blood pressure. It is advised to take acomplia by consulting your doctor. Your doctor may restrict you from taking acomplia if you have had serious health problem earlier. You should follow the directions of your doctor while taking acomplia. It is of no use to take a double dose of acomplia to gain quick results. However, it may harm your health.You should take complete precautions while you consume acomplia. Precautions are an easiest way to stay away from the harmful effects of any medicine. It can be imagined that acomplia will soon bring revolution by treating unhealthy conditions of our lifestyle i.e. obesity and smoking habit.
Here's news that may inspire many to look to lose weight. You've probably heard a lot about the dire consequences of being overweight-which 60 percent of Americans are-and now research from Harvard suggests that those extra pounds may be bad for your eyes. Researchers think some nutrients needed in the retina in the eye may not get there because people are either not eating enough foods that contain these nutrients or, when these nutrients are consumed, they stay stored in body fat. Two such nutrients in particular are lutein and zeaxanthin (pronounced loo-teen and zee-ah-zan-thin), which are believed to help protect against age-related macular degeneration or AMD. These nutrients are part of a group of eye-protecting antioxidants-vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and zinc. AMD is the leading cause of blindness in older adults today, accounting for 54 percent of all blindness in white Americans and 45 percent of visual disability in the general population. AMD whittles away at central vision, so people affected with it see large blotches of gray to black when they look straight at something. Ironically, they can still see somewhat with peripheral vision.Lutein and zeaxanthin are concentrated in the retina at the back of the eye. The amount in the retina is measured as "macular pigment density." The higher the macular pigment density, the better. However, higher body mass has been correlated with lower macular pigment in a number of studies. Studies suggest people carrying extra pounds, especially in the abdominal area and around the waist, are at higher risk of developing AMD. Such people who already have early stage AMD are at higher risk of progressing to late stage AMD. There's also some evidence that higher body fat may elevate risk for cataracts. If you are overweight, losing weight may be one way to reduce your risk of age-related eye diseases as well as other chronic diseases. At the same time, for the sake of your eyes, try to get extra lutein and zeaxanthin in your diet by eating more spinach, corn, kale, orange peppers and other green and yellow vegetables. You can also get these nutrients in many multivitamin supplements or in supplements specially formulated to support eye health.
Have you ever just felt like you were doing everything you were supposed to in order to lose weight and STILL weren't dropping the pounds?During her journey to lose 40lbs in 16 weeks, my good friend Kim faced some pretty serious challenges with regards to her level of motivation.Another friend of mine, Antonio Goodwin, who lost 4 inches from his waistline in 9 weeks with my program, faced the same frustration.The problem was that at several times during their weight loss, they both felt as if they were not losing much weight and were not seeing results.Now, a look at either of their before and after photos on my web sites shows that each of them made quite a substantial improvement in their bodies.So what would make someone who's losing weight each week feel as if they were not?I'll tell you exactly what. Its referred to as the emotional roller coaster.This is how it usually goes:You start a new diet or "weight loss" program. You're all excited to be doing something great for your health and the way you look, and you're stickingto the program, step by step.Consistent action pays off and after a short while you start getting compliments about the pounds you're losing week by week.Then all of a sudden, it all seems to stop. You can no longer see the physical changes in your body, and maybe you even have a moment of weaknesand cheat a bit on your diet plan. So now you're frustrated and mildly depressed. You feel as if true weight loss may NEVER happen for you, no matter what you do.TIME OUT.The trick here is to not get stuck in your own frustration.Now this is a tough one, because everyone and I do mean EVERYONE goes through this stage. Whenever I need to trim down for a photo shoot, I go through it as well.One of the things that you must understand about the body is that for as long as you are doing the right things on a consistent basis it WILL respond with results.The Jedi Mind Trick is that oftentimes the progress is subtle, or may be primarily taking place in an area that you cannot see as well.For instance, my friend Kim loses weight in her back the fastest. Her frustration came because she did not see the fat loss on her stomach the way she would have liked to. Little did she know that from behind she looked like a completely different person.Listen, the emotional roller coaster is an inevitable aspect of any worthy undertaking that we take on in life. Remember getting through college? Or maybe waiting for puberty to set in? How about paying off your debts? The mental battle while attempting to diet and/or achieve weight loss is no different.So make a conscious decision to stick to your guns. Let it play out. Victory lies in having the strength to make it through the rough spots without cracking under the pressure and losing all that you've worked for. If you can just master getting past the point of frustration, before you know it you'll be seeing results again and getting more compliments.Lawrence Cole
Your Lifestyle and Fitness Coach
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