Mar 232010
 

Do you have a habit of going for walks once in a while? If you don’t, you may have to start getting used to doing so – at least if you wish to lose weight any time soon. Weight loss is not just about the proper diet and workout routine – you need to make some subtle changes to your lifestyle which will all attribute to your weight loss, and will make your efforts a bit more bearable and efficient.

The optimal walking distance for the average person, according to medical science, is around 10,000 steps a day – that’s easily at least 1-2 hours’ worth of walking for most people, but if you can spare the time for it, it’ll be well worth it. Walking can help your body stay active, which is especially important for your metabolism – a fast-working metabolism is the most important key to an overall healthy body.

The best time for a walk is usually right after a meal – this helps your body deal with the food faster and more efficiently, and also allows you to burn some of the calories you just consumed right on the spot, attributing to your diet at least a little bit. Remember, it may not be a major contribution, but what counts is that it builds up over time, stacking with your other healthy habits.

Walking is also very useful in a psychological way – if you’re constantly feeling stressed, or even depressed, taking long walks can help alleviate that. It’s been scientifically proven that walking for at least 10-15 minutes can take a great deal of stress off a person’s mind, so keep this in your mind the next time you’re feeling down.

This will be very helpful to beginners who’re just starting out with weight loss – it’s normal to feel anxious in the beginning, as your body keeps craving for more food – but a walk can always help those cravings. While you’re walking, try to think positively – remember that there’s a point to all of what you’re doing, and the final results will surely be worth the pain you have to endure momentarily.

In this context, a walk can be the perfect thing to help yourself when you feel the sudden need to forget all about your weight loss and just go back to your old lifestyle – as soon as those thoughts start creeping into your mind, grab your jacket and head out for a short walk. You’ll be surprised at how efficient this will be in getting rid of those nasty, harmful thoughts.

If you can, find a partner to go for walks with – talking with another person, sharing your thoughts and stress, can be very useful for keeping your motivation up. The best option is to find someone who’s going through the same as you – someone who’s involved in weight loss right now and trying to deal with themselves.

Efficient Weight Loss on a Vegetarian Diet

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Mar 232010
 

Many people consider vegetarianism to be an automatic key to getting slim. However, this is not only not true, but in fact often turns out to be the opposite of the truth. Sure, turning vegetarian means you’re throwing away some harmful foods from your diet. But is that really all of it? Think about it.

Vegetarians deprive themselves of various good sources of nutrients – meat is highly beneficial for any diet, and removing it can have adverse effects if you’re not prepared. In fact, sometimes being a vegetarian means that you eat more fatty foods, as you look for substitutes for the foods you’ve lost, but the only thing you care about is whether or not they come from animals. So you end up considering snacks, sugar, energy drinks and all that to be “good.”

One of the worst pitfalls for vegetarians trying to lose weight are the drinks. They often tend to get their calories from lots of fruit-flavored drinks. If you have a habit of doing that however, stop – you’ll need to start drinking lots and lots of water, at least 1.5 litres every day. If you can, get rid of any flavored drinks at all.

Having an occasional fruit juice now and then isn’t bad of course, but it should be limited as much as possible to avoid any detrimental effects on your health – even natural fruit juices contain stuff like acids that you probably don’t want to get in your body too much.

Being a vegetarian also means you’ll spend a lot more of your meal time eating salads – and what’s better than topping your salad with a nice layer of, say, french dressing? Seemingly nothing, but you can’t even begin to imagine the caloric contents of your standard salad dressing. Try to use plain mayonnaisse, especially the light variety. It will taste just as good, plus you can always throw in some extra ingredients of your own, all while keeping the calorie count down to a minimum!

And let’s not forget bread – some people on vegetarian diets just can’t live without having bread alongside every meal, but that can be highly detrimental to any weight loss plans – especially if we’re talking about white bread! The whole-grain kind is better, but you should still be careful eating it and if you can, throw it out of your diet completely. In the end, it will be for the better.

There are many companies that produce vegetarian-oriented diet foods as well – look for those in large stores, they usually have whole sections devoted to them. The good thing about those foods is that they watch for your diet in both ways – keeping you well-fed, while also sticking to your vegetarian lifestyle. Of course, if you want to live independently as a vegetarian, you’ll have to learn to cook your own food. But then again, that’s pretty much valid for anyone looking to lose weight, right?

Mar 232010
 

When setting out to lose weight, many people set the wrong kind of goals for themselves. All too often, you’d get someone wanting to achieve their dream figure before the end of the month. There’s usually some subtle reason behind all of it, too – many realize they need to lose weight only when a specific situation arises – for example, an upcoming class reunion or some other major social event.

Sadly, if you’re looking to turn from fat to slim in the blink of an eye, you’re out of luck – more badly than you’re probably imagining. If you want to be realistic about your weight loss, set a goal of about two pounds a week at most – and that’s if you’re persistent and you follow your routines strictly! Otherwise, you’ll make even less progress and that’s completely expected.

To find out how well you’re doing in reality, make a progress chart and update it regularly – keep a track of everything you achieve in your weight loss, note how many pounds you’ve lost every week – some even go as far as to make a daily chart, but in most cases there’s no need for such extreme measures.

A progress chart serves another important role – it helps you shape your goals for weight loss much more realistically. In other words, if you know what you’re capable of, roughly, it’s much easier for you to make a plan with some numbers that are close to reality. Remember, the goals you set don’t have to be followed strictly – if you fail to deliver a pound or two for the month, don’t worry – just make sure you re-arrange your schedule accordingly.

Talk to your friends as well – get them to share their experiences on weight loss. Ask how much they’ve managed to lose over time, and what goals they used for themselves. Often, your friends will “open your eyes” much better than you yourself can, as they can always give you the opinion of someone looking at you from the outside. This is important, as we tend to ignore our own mistakes and downfalls subconsciously, so having someone else to observe and judge us is usually much better.

To keep things realistic though, up the ante every once in a while – if you see you’re having less and less problem keeping to your schedule, increase its difficulty, make it more prolonged or throw in some more complex exercises. You may want to experiment with your diet as well, though don’t go too hard on yourself there as this can lead to some bad results, much more easily than it can help.

As time goes by, the data you collect from your progress charts will become much more valuable – as it becomes more accurate, it will better reflect your abilities to lose weight, and will better help you shape your future plans. It’s a cycle of benefits that just needs to get started once!

How Nature Can Help You – Natural Weight Loss Supplements

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Mar 232010
 

Science has evolved a lot over the years, and today it covers all kinds of aspects of our lives – from entertainment to work. It provides many useful tools to help people cope with all sorts of problems – but it also brings its own downsides. Not everything created by science should be taken lightly – some products are designed in such ways that they give you good results in the beginning, but cause you more problems afterwards.

This is why, if you want to truly get the most efficient solution to your problems, you should look at nature for an answer – very few seem to realize the potential benefits of the various natural products that we have access to – and even fewer ever get to utilizing them. We’ve collected some samples of quality natural products that will provide a hue benefit to your weight loss – try to incorporate at least one or two into your diet, and you should see a huge change!

Green tea extract has been known for quite a long to give great benefits to weight loss. It stimulates your metabolism, while also cleansing your body. Numerous scientific tests have concluded that green tea has some noticeable benefits for weight loss, and this is why green tea extract is such a popular product on the market today. If you want to get the most out of green tea, this is what you should go for – extracts are available in capsule form in various stores, so get yourself some and see how much it’ll help you.

Another plant that’s been sparking a lot of talk about its health benefits, is Hoodia. Hoodia has been speculated to curb hunger, while also providing benefits to the metabolism like green tea does. The problem with Hoodia is that nothing has been scientifically proven yet, though there is strong evidence behind most of the claims. In all cases, you’ve got nothing to lose by trying out a Hoodia extract product and seeing if it helps you overcome the hunger problems.

Don’t forget about the old-fashioned caffeine as well – coffee is very effective in killing any hunger for at least a couple of hours, while also giving you a huge energy boost. Many people are able to live on a small snack for breakfast, or even no breakfast at all, thanks to having a cup of coffee some time later. Of course, don’t try to substitute coffee for actual food – this will only end up bad.

While at the store, look for bottles of natural supplements as well – it’s very likely that you’ll see some of the products mentioned above as ingredients in those products, which will be a good indication of the products’ quality. Those supplement “mixes” can be very useful, allowing you to get the benefits of more than one natural product in one small serving.

Natural Weight Loss Pills Comparison

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Mar 232010
 

Weight loss pills can have a huge positive effect on your dieting efforts. Modern science has made it possible to get great benefits from such products, all without exposing your body to too much potential harm. However, the market today seems to be a bit too crowded with this type of product – to the extent that some may feel a bit confused trying to find a good product. To help you, we’ve compiled a list of some high-quality weight loss pills that you should look out for.

CarboRid

One of the cheapest fat burner pills on the market right now, this by no means speaks of its quality – in fact, it easily ranks alongside some of the most expensive fat burner products right now in terms of effects. In includes all natural ingredients, and also works as a very effective carbohydrate blocker. The only downside we found with this product was that its effects can be a bit too unbalanced at times, for example producing a too strong energy burst initially.

LipoFuze

While it can cost quite a lot in retail, this product can be bought very cheaply online – though it will still set you back considerably, compared to some similar ones. On the other hand, the results you’ll get with LipoFuze are nothing short of amazing – like CarboRid, it only uses natural ingredients, combined in a patented formula for very effective weight loss. We should note that it can take quite a while for it to start working though, as the ingredients seemed to be very slowly absorbed by the organism. Apart from that, there’s nothing negative to note about LipoFuze.

Slenderizer

Slenderizer is aimed at achieving its effects through some rather unconventional means. Instead of attacking fat directly, it helps to improve the functioning of your most vital organs, thus improving the effectiveness of your body as a whole. Its main effect is improving your metabolism, but it also gives some noticeable almost instant results in your energy levels and ambition.

Noxycut

This is another very cheap solution with moderately good results. While it won’t give you the same benefits as LipoFuze for example, it’s still very effective for the price it’s sold at. The explanation of its effects given from the manufacturer seems a bit sketchy, with them claiming that the product literally replaces fat with muscle mass, but we still noticed it works remarkably well.

Those are just some examples of what you should be on the lookout for – it’s not really a complete list, but more of a guide. As a general rule of thumb, try to stay away from products stuffed with too many chemicals and artificial ingredients – usually, the highest quality products are those that incorporate only natural ingredients, and this is what you should be looking for. One or two chemicals are okay though – as long as the rest of the ingredients are natural.

Weight Loss With a Low Carb Diet

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Mar 232010
 

Nutrients, as most of you probably know, can be divided into three main groups – carbohydrates, proteins and fats. They’re all important for your good health, but each is needed in different amounts by your body for its proper function. The most important thing about any diet is the fine balance between those three elements – the specific foods included aren’t really relevant, and this is what most people fail to realize.

Carbohydrates have long been theorized to contribute to weight gain a great deal – the theory is that they promote the production of insulin in the body by raising your blood sugar levels. As a result, your body stops burning excess fat (due to some reactions that occur in it), and weight loss becomes much less effective. To prevent this, you need to balance your diet in a way that cuts down on the amount of carbs you take in, and concentrate on eating more fats and especially proteins.

Common sources of carbs are breads, rice, and some fruits and vegetables. Of course, that’s not to say those foods are bad, it’s just that they should be eaten in moderation, and your diet should consist primarily of other types of foods. To be more specific, look at things like eggs, fish, meat, and dairy products. Those are all foods that are especially rich in proteins, making them both very healthy and nutritious.

In terms of vegetables, look for the non-starchy ones – they usually contain much less carbs than the other kinds, and are thus safer and healthier to use. Don’t completely stop them though, you should still get your supply of good, starchy veggies with your everyday meals – just limit how much you eat of them.

A low-carb diet will benefit your weight loss in several ways. First, you’ll lose some weight from water itself – eating less carbs generally means your body will require less water to stay hydrated, and thus you’ll retain less water overall. You’ll also feel less hungry, as a low-carb diet has been known to curb hunger very effectively. It’s not known why exactly it works that way, but who cares when it does, right?

And the best part – you’ll lose weight much quicker than usual! A low-carb diet will boost your body’s natural weight burning processes, and give it the ability to cope with any fat build-ups and problems. And because you’ll be more energetic too, you’ll also be able to perform better when working out, completing the cycle of gratification, so to speak. A low-carb diet just puts your body in a state where its own actions benefit it further, creating a loop.

It doesn’t seem to work for absolutely everyone, though – some have reported worse results with a low-carb diet than a regular one. It really depends on your body’s specifics, but it never hurts to try at least for a while. If you’re not satisfied, you can always go back to your ordinary diet.

Losing Weight… Forever – What’s the Trick?

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Mar 232010
 

Dropping a few pounds off your body is one thing, but managing to keep it that way indefinitely is surely not something everyone is capable of. The problem isn’t body-related, either – in most cases it just boils down to that person’s inability to understand the basics behind weight loss and what makes it effective. If you grasp the basic concepts well enough, you’ll be able to shape your life in such a way that your weight will stay off in the future – and all it takes on your end is the will to learn.

Weight loss is achieved by creating a negative balance between the calories you take in, and the ones you burn every day. To put it simply, you need to exercise hard and eat less – everyone is aware that this is behind good weight loss. But not many realize that the same concept lies behind keeping your weight at a constant level as well – you just need to strike the fine balance between the two numbers.

In most cases, you won’t even need to exercise every day if you just want to maintain your weight. Just taking a few long walks should be enough to keep your calorie balance just at the right spot – provided, of course, that you eat normally as well and don’t overstuff yourself.

If you notice you’re failing to keep your weight down, you may need to bump up the exercises a notch – don’t go overboard though, remember you’re trying to find a balanced spot where you’re neither dropping nor gaining weight.

It also helps to plan your diet down to the last meal. It can be very challenging at first, especially getting to adjust your new eating habits to your regular lifestyle. A good piece of advice is to carry protein shakes with you when you’re going somewhere where you expect to be unable to eat – in the very least, getting your protein supply is much better than nothing at all!

And by no means should you get discouraged if you see you’ve gained a pound or two. Your weight will never stay exactly the same, it’s normal to notice some fluctuations once in a while. Take this into consideration when examining your progress charts, so that you don’t make any wrong decisions based on faulty data. Just leave a “safety” margin of 1-2 pounds and you should be fine.

One of the best ways to maintain a healthy body is to swim on a regular basis. Swimming has numerous benefits for your body, including that it trains all of your muscles, while also providing a steady means of cardio to you. It’s widely recognized as one of the healthiest sports, so if you’ve got the chance to do it regularly – go for it, don’t miss out! Even doing it once in a week should be enough for you to get huge benefits for both your inner and external health – you’ll look better and feel better!

How to Lose Body Fat – 5 Simple Tips

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Mar 232010
 

Knowing the theory behind weight loss is always good when your goal is to get slimmer, but haven’t you noticed how the little pieces of advice are usually worth far more than the general theory and ideas? That’s because we, as humans, find it much easier to incorporate specific pieces of advice rather than applying a concept to our current situation. Thus, when trying to find the best ways to lose weight, the best approach is to look for little tips on what to do. To make things easier for you, we’ve collected some such tips that should open your eyes at least a little.

1) Water is your friend. We’re probably not saying this enough – water is the single most important key to any successful weight loss. It acts as a booster to any process that goes on in your body, and thus having more water makes you more energetic and more capable of performing everyday tasks. This also reflects on your performance in working out, as you’ll be able to do far better there as well.

2) Everything can be bad in excess. When starting a diet, most tend to look for substitutes for their favorite foods – for example, a person who normally eats lots of candy would probably replace that with lots and lots of fruit. While fruits are good for you, they can also have some very severe negative effects if you overeat them, especially because of their sugar contents. And this goes for every other type of food, too – take care of how much you eat, or you’ll face trouble sooner or later.

3) “Sugar-free” doesn’t mean “calorie-free.” Brands advertized as sugar-free are commonly targeted towards those trying to lose weight. But get this – sugar isn’t the only source of calories in this type of foods/drinks, and the substitutes used usually have some very negative effects on your health in other ways, completely nullifying the purpose of having a sugar-free product in the first place.

4) Make a chart.
Know how much weight you want to lose every single week from now on, until, say, two months ahead – and try to make yourself believe that this will actually be your final result. The more you believe in it, the more likely it is that you’ll succeed. The psychological element is a very important aspect of weight loss, though it’s not really the topic of this article – but still, give yourself the right mindset, and you’ll make it really far.

5) Share your experience.
If you encounter a problem, you can be absolutely sure you’re not the first one to get there – nor will you be the last. And surely, at some point, somebody gave you a tip on how to get out of such a situation. That felt good, right? Try to pass it on – if you know someone who’s struggling with weight loss and you’ve already made progress, talk to that person, tell them what you’ve learned, and help them feel better. Sometimes you may even get an unexpected tip yourself!

How to Get a Toned Body

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Mar 232010
 

Getting a toned body is what everyone seems to be concerned with these days. The funny thing is that most don’t even realize the meaning of the term in the first place. When somebody says “I need to get a toned body”, they usually mean, of course, firmer and more defined muscles – which is understandable. However, “toned” muscles simply refers to a certain state that the muscles are put in when they’re at rest and ready for being used.

Still, if you wish to make your body more defined and well-shaped, there’s a lot you can do. First, you should understand that you can perform your workout in two very distinct ways, each giving its own advantage to the process. When talking about exercises that involve lifting weights, the general idea is that doing fewer repetitions (or reps) with heavy weights makes your muscles grow stronger, while doing lots of reps with lighter weights results in better-defined muscles.

One of the most important things when aiming towards a toned body is to get rid of as much body fat as possible. Face it – nothing ruins the sight of your beautiful muscles worse than some fat buildups around them. On the other hand, getting rid of fat has always been simple – you just need to control your diet and exercise, but we surely don’t need to explain this to you in detail.

A common misconception is that exercising a specific muscle group helps tone it. That’s not really true, as working out a given area of your body doesn’t guarantee that you’ll lose fat there – in fact, the only thing you’re contributing with, is helping your muscles grow in that area. But you can’t really control where your fat is burned – if you perform exercises that stimulate your metabolism, you’ll burn fat, but it’ll be evenly spread out throughout your body.

That said, make sure your exercising schedule is varied enough – you need to put enough strain on all of your muscle groups, and not just concentrate on a few. This is the only sure way to guarantee that your body will look good – it doesn’t matter if you have huge arms with mountains of muscles on them, when the rest of your body is skinny and/or flabby. A good impression is made by shaping your body evenly and putting enough effort into defining every muscle group.

Last but not least, try lifting some heavy weights – these types of exercises are fantastic for improving your body’s toning, as they put a tremendous strain on important muscle groups, stimulate your metabolism, and work as good cardio overall. Just don’t go overboard with those too much, as they can lead to some complications later on if you’re not extremely careful. If you feel you might be going in for a lot of strain, buy a safety belt to protect yourself from any injuries – it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Using the Right Foods to Lose Weight

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Mar 232010
 

Eating is just one of the many natural habits humans possess – it’s wrong to think that it alone makes you fat. The truth is, you become fat when you don’t eat properly, and you don’t do enough exercise along with the eating. It’s all a matter of a fine balance between eating, working out, and controlling your diet.

You may not know it, but eating some foods can actually be beneficial for your weight loss – if you know how to structure your diet properly, you’ll be a fat burning machine by just eating and exercising in regular norms. Remember though, the foods we’ve outlined below aren’t necessarily a complete diet for you to follow – they’re more of examples meant to guide you in the right direction.

Fiber is very important for losing weight – and maintaining it low enough. It’s what’s responsible for pushing feces and other substances through your digestive tract – the more fiber you eat, the better you’ll burn fat and the more efficient your efforts will be. Foods that are rich in fiber are fruits and vegetables – make sure you have enough of those in your diet, otherwise you risk getting your fiber balance tipped too much in the wrong direction.

Smoothies can also be highly beneficial for losing weight. They contain many useful nutrients in a concentrated form, allowing you to take on many more at once than usual. It’s best to prepare your own ones at home though – store-bought smoothies are usually not as rich in nutrients and other useful substances, and preparing them yourself guarantees their freshness as well.

If you want to throw in some meat into your diet, you can still do so without sacrificing your figure – roast beef is a very good example of this. It’s a good source of nutrients, especially proteins and iron, and usually contains a lot of minerals as well. Combine it with some vegetables, and you’ve got yourself a very healthy meal that won’t be hard on your calories either.

If you’re a fan of eggs, you may want to try eating just the whites, scrambled – they’re very rich in proteins, and also not very high in calories. Eggs are especially good to eat at breakfast, because they can give you a lot of good energy to last throughout the morning and till noon.

Last but not least, make sure you drink lots of water – food isn’t the only thing important for losing weight, you need to keep your body well hydrated as well. Drinking plenty of water ensures that all of the processes that occur in your organism will be performed at their optimum efficiency, as water is basically the fuel for most of your body’s processes. And while we’re at the drinking department – stay away from alcohol as best as you can. Not only is it bad for your health in general (come on, you surely know how), but it’s also highly detrimental to any diet, as it causes you to put on a lot of weight.

Simple, Fast Weight Loss Diets

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Mar 232010
 

When people set out to lose weight, in most cases their main goal is to do it fast. All that matters for most is that they can drop their required pounds in a few weeks’ worth of time – and while that may be possible in some cases, it’s not always applicable. If you’ve got a serious weight problem, you should shape your expectations accordingly – use 2 pounds/week as a rough orientation. Still, if you want to get the most out of your weight loss in the shortest amount of time, we’ve prepared some simple tips for forming quality diets to follow.

First thing you’ll need to take care of in your diet, is to remove any and all refined sugars. Yes, we know they’re tasty and they make a good snack at any part of the day – but face it, they’re doing more damage in the long run than it’s probably worth it. If you keep craving for sweets, learn to love fruits – apples and oranges, for example, are very rich in fruit sugar, and they can work great as substitutes for sweet foods.

Speaking of sweets, you should look at your drinking regime as well – get rid of anything flavored that you drink on a regular basis, and replace it all with simple, plain water. It may take some – actually, a lot – of time to get adjusted to it, but it will probably be the best change you’ve ever made in your life. Water is not only harmless compared to the other types of drinks, it’s actually good for you as it promotes faster functioning in most of your organs.

Fiber is also crucial to any good weight loss diet – it’s the substance responsible for pushing matter through your digestive system. People who’re low on fiber commonly experience problems like indigestion, constipation, and other complications related to the function of the digestive tract. Getting enough fiber, on the other hand, ensures a smooth operation of those organs, which in result reflects on your overall well-being. Foods that are rich in fiber include fruits and vegetables. Cereals also tend to contain lots of fiber.

The best thing about fiber is that it tends to make you feel full without actually stuffing you too much – so it can work as an effective hunger curbing tool. In some cases, eating just one fruit can make you feel just as fool as eating at least half a meal of the ordinary stuff you eat.

Another important aspect of any weight loss diet is variety. Your body can easily get adjusted to a given regime, but that’s not always good for it – sometimes, you need to give it some variety to ensure that it’s functioning properly. For this reason, make sure your diet includes lots of different foods, and encompasses all the different food groups equally, so that nothing’s left out – this will give you great benefits in the long run!

Fasting and its Benefits for Weight Loss

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Mar 232010
 

Have you ever considered fasting as a way to accelerate your weight loss and boost your progress? Chances are, you may have never even heard of the term “fasting” before. There’s really nothing to be scared of here though, as this just implies that you will abstain from drinking certain kinds of drinks during your weight loss process, and preferably afterwards – ensuring that you’ll get the best out of the whole deal.

Juice fasting is the best thing to consider here. It basically means that you shouldn’t drink any juices, regardless of their contents, even the ones that are 100% fruit. Sure, they contain various healthy and useful nutrients, but they also contain many things that can be detrimental to your weight loss, including sugar and acids.

Replacing juices – and all of your drinks in general – with water, will quick prove to be a huge change in your life. If you were used to drinking lots of juices before, you’ll now have to adjust to a decreased sugar intake, which will lead to you craving candy and sugary treats on a more frequent basis. This is nothing to be worried about, you just need to control those cravings and you should be fine.

This brings us to one of the most important aspects of fasting – the psychological one. Fasting provides a very tough challenge for you to test yourself with, as it involves adjusting your body’s functions in various ways. Thus, if you manage to get comfortable with a fasting regime, you should also have no problems with the more serious and challenging aspects of weight loss.

Remember to also take short breaks from your fasting efforts – even though it’s good to last as long as you can, you should still take some “time off” and drink a bottle of juice every now and then – this will add some variety to your diet and ensure that your body gets supplied with a good number of healthy nutrients as well. It won’t harm you, as long as you manage to control the timing well enough.

If you find yourself failing, just lower the bar a little – for example, don’t go all the way right from the beginning, try to cut down on some specific drinks first and then move on to the others gradually, until you’re left with just water. It will take more time, sure, but at least you’ll know that you’re going somewhere. In the end, it’s much better to make it easy on yourself than to struggle like that.

Once you’ve mastered fasting, you’ll realize that it’s much easier for you to stick to any diet – fasting shapes you not only physically, but also prepares you mentally for the challenge of living without your favorite drinks. Once you’ve managed to overcome the initial stress and anxiety, you’ll see how much better it is to live like that, without having to worry about any harmful effects on your body!

Examples of Good Exercises to Lose Weight

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Mar 232010
 

When you’re making your schedule for exercising for weight loss, it’s important to think ahead and plan well. No, don’t shrug that off as just another cliched piece of advice – think about it for a second. What were you planning on doing? Just a few random exercises, preferably from every muscle group, right? Wrong.

You need to form your exercise routine very carefully, keeping in mind the various specifics of your body – for example, where you’ve built up the most weight. We’ve listed some examples of very good exercises for losing weight here, but don’t just go ahead and pick all of them – like we said, examine your current situation and think about what will suit your body type best.

Sit-ups are among the best exercises to lose weight with. They put a lot of strain on your abdominal area, which in turn stresses your body as a whole a great deal. If you find that you’re not getting enough strain on your abdominal muscles from regular sit-ups, try increasing the difficulty by also using your legs – raise the two halves of your body simultaneously, which should produce much more strain.

If you’re a fan of water, swimming can also help you a great deal in your weight loss efforts. One of the best things about it is that it stimulates your entire body very evenly, and this helps you develop a well-shaped and proportional figure. Swimming isn’t everybody’s thing though – some people don’t enjoy it a lot, some can’t do it, and in some cases, it’s not possible – for example, if you don’t live near an indoors pool and it’s winter. Still, if you can, try to devote a little time to the sport at least once or twice a month, and it will benefit you a lot!

Don’t forget the classic jogging as well – ignored by many today due to its simplicity, it remains the best tool in any person’s asset when they wish to lose weight. The best thing about jogging is that it doesn’t have any special prerequisites, and most people can do it right off the bat – all you need is a pair of old sneakers, some gym clothes, and you’re good to go!

Make sure you do some in-depth reading about jogging before you get into it more seriously though. There are some important things to keep in mind with it – how to breathe, how to pose yourself properly, etc – that are simply beyond the scope of this article. But if you want to get a good run without going through lots of reading material, just keep it slow and smooth – don’t overstrain yourself, the point is to last long, not sprint your energy away.

Speaking of sprinting, once you get used to jogging, try to throw in a random sprint while you’re at it – it burns fat a whole lot quicker than normal jogging does, and it’s also good for your heart. Injecting 10-15 seconds of sprinting in every lap should do the trick just fine.

Five Tips For Losing Weight Efficiently

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Mar 122010
 

Anything becomes easier when you break it down into a schematic process and you follow that process strictly. Even the most challenging tasks seem much more bearable if you have a solid plan and you know what you’re doing at every single step. That’s why it’s important to be aware of your goals. Set up a few ground rules which you never stray away from, and you will already be on your way to success in weight loss! We’ve outlined five simple tips that you can follow so that you can know you’re at least doing the basics fine.

1) Drink lots of water. This is something that many people tend to ignore for some reason. Stay well hydrated and it’ll pay off eventually. You see, water is like your body’s fuel. It’s the main ingredient in all the vital processes that occur in your organism. Keep your body well-hydrated, and you’ll be creating a productive environment for it. Everything your body does will be done faster, and that includes your metabolism – meaning you’ll be burning more fat than usual!

2) Eat more frequently in smaller servings. A common misconception with losing weight is that you should eat as little as possible. On the contrary, you should try to maintain your regular daily calorie intake, but just separate it into more, and more frequent meals. This way your body will stay well-supplied with nutrients all throughout the day, giving you the energy to go about your ordinary tasks.

3) Give yourself enough time to rest. Another common mistake made by beginners when working out is to push themselves as hard as they can, all the time. In the beginning it will look – and feel – good, but it won’t last long. Your body will soon become exhausted, and after a few days of non-stop exercise, it’ll become obvious to you.

This is where most take the wrong turn – pushing yourself even harder is a mistake here. Your muscles actually grow when they’re resting after working out, and if you don’t give yourself at least 1-2 days of rest every few days, your body will quickly deteriorate and exercise will start having a more negative effect on you.

4) Mix it up. Don’t stick to the same diet for weeks, try out different things. Your body needs variety to function properly, feed it the same stuff over and over again and it’ll become adjusted to it and things will change for the worse. Same goes for your exercises – make sure there’s enough variety in your workout routine, so that your muscles don’t become too adjusted to the exercises.

5) Keep track of your progress. A simple chart will do fine. Mark your weight and body mass index every week, or even every day if you wish so – the point here is that you must know that your efforts are paying off. This will both tell you that you’re on the right track, and motivate you to keep pushing at the same time – you’ve no idea what a powerful driving force a simple weekly progress chart can be!

Losing Body Fat in Natural Ways

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Mar 122010
 

When it comes to losing body fat, there are a few ground rules that need to be followed if you want to ensure your success. First of all, know your potential – most people live their lives satisfied with what they’ve got, not realizing that they can do so much better. Second, you need to be well-informed. A common mistake that people make when they are trying to become slim, is to try out a variety of random solutions without a clear idea of where they’re headed.

And of course, they inevitably fail – and there’s nothing strange about that. Losing body fat is no joke, but it’s not rocket science either – you just need a planned approach, and you should be able to sooner or later reach a solution that works for you. Remember, everybody has a different body structure, your organism functions differently than other people’s – that’s why what works for others won’t necessarily have such a positive effect on you – heck, it might not even have an effect at all.

The first place you should look is also the most boring one – good old diet and exercise. It might be boring, but it’s an inevitable part of a healthy lifestyle – especially if your goal is losing body fat. If you’re not following a good, nutritious diet, and you don’t have at least a basic workout routine laid down, you shouldn’t expect to make much progress with weight loss.

Most people get discouraged at this early point, because they realize that losing body fat means sacrificing some of life’s pleasures. But think about it this way – would you rather prefer eating ice-cream nearly every day and suffering the results, or eating the occasional cone when you’re showing off your hot body at the beach?

That’s the bright side to the dieting lifestyle – when you deprive yourself of those foods that usually bring you so much pleasure, you can use them as a reward for yourself, for when you’ve accomplished something in your weight loss ordeal. And when you know you’ve deserved it, eating it will be a delight you’ll never forget.

As for working out, just find a few exercises that you can cope with, divide them into a schedule, and stick to it! It’s that simple. The best thing you can do to lose weight is the classic jogging, but make sure you mix in some other things along with it – even staying at home gives you the possibility to perform various exercises. You can do push-ups, sit-ups, lift some small weights, or even pull-ups if you’ve got an appropriate place around your house.

After you’ve managed to build yourself a steady workout and diet regime, losing body fat is a walk in the park from there – you just need to stick to your new lifestyle, and the positive changes in your physique will be soon to follow. And once you’ve experienced this way of living, trust this – you’ll never wish to go back.

Simple Ways to Lose Weight at Home

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Mar 122010
 

Nowadays, when somebody is out of shape, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re lazy. More often than not, it’s simply the person’s lifestyle that precludes them from devoting much time to staying fit and healthy… or at least that’s what you’ll hear as an excuse. Yes, it’s true that today’s way of living is far more fast-paced and busier than it was a few decades ago, but still – saying that you have absolutely no time to look out for your health is ridiculous!

Especially when you consider the various options you have to lose weight at home. You don’t even need any sophisticated fitness equipment to make the best out of the experience – though of course, a bench or treadmill won’t hurt. But if you’re limited to what the common household provides you, don’t worry – there’s still plenty you can do to retain your figure!

There are several exercises which can contribute to your health a great deal and can be performed without any extra equipment. The most popular of these, when it comes to losing weight at home, are the sit-ups. Sit-ups are great, because they target the abdominal area, burning fat at one of the places where it matters the most, the belly. They’re not hard to perform, though after a while, you may begin to feel less challenged by the exercise – when this happens, try to spice it up a bit by increasing the difficulty – find a sloped surface and lay with your feet elevated slightly, this will make it a bit tougher on your muscles.

Push-ups are also great for staying in shape without leaving the house. Unlike sit-ups, they target the upper muscle groups of your body, making them a good supplement to sit-ups. As with sit-ups, there are several ways to increase the difficulty of push-ups. You can try doing “diamond push-ups”, which involves clenching your hands in a diamond-like shape (hence the name), with your palms spread out and thumbs facing inwards. This will put a lot more strain on your muscles, and make the exercise noticeably tougher.

And if you feel really confident, you can also try clapping your hands while your body is in the air – it’s one of the hardest ways to perform push-ups, and if you can manage it on a regular basis, this is a good sign of your health status.

Make sure you utilize the time spent at home to its fullest, too – there’s no excuse for eating out at the fast food place when you’re spending time at home. Even if you’ve never touched a frying pan in your life, it’s a skill that anyone can learn and it’s never too late – so grab a cooking book, or open a cooking website, and find out what you can whip yourself up – you’d be surprised how good food tastes when you’ve cooked it yourself, and more importantly, when you know it’s actually good for you.

How to Lose Fat and Keep Gaining Muscle Mass

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Mar 122010
 

When people set about to lose weight, they often ignore the specific type of weight they’re losing, as long as they end up being lighter at the end of the week. That’s the wrong way to approach it though – losing weight doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good thing. The weight you’re losing may very well be muscle mass, and unless you know what you’re doing, there’s no way to prevent it – so read on to familiarize yourself with the basic concepts of losing fat and gaining muscle mass.

The first thing you should remember is that you need to stay well-fed. It may sound counter-productive when you’re trying to actually lose weight, but that’s really the best thing to do – your muscles need to feed on nutrients in order to develop, and unless you provide those nutrients, you won’t see much progress. In fact, if you starve yourself continuously, your body will activate a mechanism meant to protect it, and it will start feeding on muscle mass!

As a result, you’ll start losing weight indeed, but it will be the wrong kind of weight. In the end, you’ll look thin yet flabby, which is probably the worst kind of physique you can have. To prevent this, and actually lose fat while gaining muscle mass, make sure your intake of proteins is high enough, as they’re an important nutrient. Balance your diet too, so that you never eat too much of the same thing.

One of the best sports to burn fat on your entire body while training all of your muscle groups evenly, is swimming. It’s been widely acknowledged that swimming is the most powerful all-around sport, as it puts a lot of strain on both your upper and lower body, while the specifics of the environment it’s practiced in allow you to exercise for a bit longer than usual, as the water serves to provide nice cooling for your body.

Fat burners are also a good idea, but only as a supplement to an existing exercise and diet combination. A high-quality fat burner will give you sufficient energy to exercise to your body’s limits on a daily basis, but if you’re just taking the pills without doing anything else, you’ll be harming your body.

Also, remember that losing fat and gaining muscle mass are two entirely separate things, and the exercises targeted towards the two are going to be different. That is to say, don’t expect to perform just a couple of exercises and see a positive result in both aspects – you’ll need to shape your workout routine in a way that clearly separates the weight loss exercises from those aimed at building muscle mass.

If you get confused tracking your progress, you may want to go to a clinic for a professional body mass index test, so that you can see exactly how much fat you’re burning. Arrange for such tests on a weekly basis if you want to achieve the best results.

Some of the Fastest Ways to Lose Belly Fat

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Mar 122010
 

Everyone realizes the importance of staying fit sooner or later. Some are smart enough to make the realization at an early stage, allowing them to develop properly and live their lives in a healthy manner. Others, on the other hand, either get in on the action too late, or don’t have a lot of time to devote to it. This is especially true when you consider the busy lifestyle most people are living today, so finding the fastest way to lose your belly fat is often what most people are after.

There’s no secret to losing weight fast though – however, there are some things you could do that will almost guarantee you an increased pace of fat burning. The first thing you should consider are your eating habits. This goes way beyond eating healthy foods – you also need to pay attention to how exactly you eat. Most people live on three large meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s been proven though, that a much more efficient way of eating is to split up your meals into 5-6 small ones spread throughout the day.

This means that you’ll be eating every three hours or so, but in smaller quantities. While this may sound strange, it will definitely help your body cope with food better. If you’re eating in the regular, three meals a day way, you’re giving your organism a large amount of nutrients in a very short period of time. It’s difficult enough for your body to cope with those large quantities at once, but it gets worse once they’ve actually been depleted – your body is stuck waiting for your next large meal to get its next batch of nutrients.

And because your metabolism works in a very specific way, your energy levels begin to deteriorate at some point. By eating regularly though, you’ll be constantly supplying yourself with a flow of nutrients, which are also easier to process because they’re not in such large quantities.

How does that help you lose belly fat faster though? It’s simple – if your metabolism works at an increased pace, this will reflect upon your fat burning rates – you’ll be feeling more energetic as a whole, and you’ll perform much better when working out. Also, you’ll be able to last longer, giving you more room for burning fat.

Of course, this will all be worthless if you don’t put enough physical effort into it as well – you’ll have to keep exercising steadily, even if you’re not doing something so difficult, the important thing is to be persistent. Exercising on a regular basis allows your metabolism to keep working at a great pace, which reflects very positively on your fat burning.

So if you’re looking for the fastest way to lose belly fat – this is definitely the way to go. Forget spending countless hours at the gym and starving yourself day after day – great results can be achieved by doing pretty much the exact opposite, provided you get into the ordeal well-informed and prepared.

Mar 122010
 

To lose weight – and keep it off – you need dedication. You need to be determined to succeed, otherwise no matter how hard you try, you’re bound to fail. Many start a diet or sign up for a gym, looking for an easy way to lose weight. But if you’re looking for something that will get your weight off without any effort – if that’s your definition of an “easy way” – you’re out of luck. Yes, losing weight is very simple – just stick to a diet and keep working out – but simple and easy are two completely different things.

If you want to cut through some shortcuts without harming your body or risking your health in any way though, there are some options available to you. The first thing you should try is a fat burner. These most often come in the form of pills, and are designed to give you energy and also stimulate the rate at which your body burns excess fat. This helps weight loss a great deal, obviously, and it doesn’t cause any harm to your organism.

Fat burners are essentially energy pills, based on caffeine and similar substances, so if you have any predisposition to medical conditions, especially heart-related ones, you should consult your doctor before using them. Otherwise though, most fat burners contain only FDA-approved ingredients, and shouldn’t pose any health risks to you if you’re careful with their consumption. Don’t overuse them though, only use them as a starting tool.

Ab belts can also make for an easy way to lose weight – the device is basically a belt that goes around your waist and stimulates your muscles, causing them to burn fat. This is great, especially when combined with an actual workout, and has been shown to be very effective in getting rid of excess fat. It’s not a magical solution though, and certainly won’t solve your problems by itself, so make sure you only use it as an extra alongside a regular workout routine.

A very easy way to lose weight is to set goals – both short-term and long-term. Goals can have a very powerful motivational force, as when you see you’re nearing your deadline but aren’t close to your goal, you’ll normally start working harder to make it. This will ensure that your efforts are not in vain, and that you’re burning weight in a controlled manner. Also, it will give you the ability to figure out if something’s wrong when you see the data not adding up the way it should.

And in the end, remember – discouragement is your worst enemy. No matter what happens, even if you notice you’re way off track with your progress, don’t give up – this will make your progress deteriorate even further, and you’ll be stuck in an endless cycle. To best approach the problem, try to look at everything on its bright side.

Mar 122010
 

When thinking of getting slimmer, most people immediately focus their efforts on one single area of their bodies – the abdominal area. There’s a good reason for that, as most people tend to accumulate their weight in this area exactly. Thus, looking good often requires shedding off a few pounds from your belly, even if the rest of your body is in moderately good shape.

So, if you want to get rid of those nasty flaps around your waist, you’re probably wondering what the best exercises to lose your belly fat are. There are several exercise types that have proven to be very effective in getting rid of belly fat, and if you manage to incorporate those into your regular workout, you should be well on your way to getting rid of those nasty extra pounds.

One of the best exercises used to lose belly fat are the good old-fashioned sit-ups. This type of exercise is highly beneficial for the abdominal area, providing multiple positive effects – first of all, it targets the abdominal muscles specifically, meaning that you’ll effectively be concentrating your efforts on the spot that needs them most. Second, sit-ups are very easy to do, and they also offer various options to the user to adjust the level of difficulty, making them a very convenient form of exercise. Best of all, it doesn’t require any specialized equipment and you can do it right at home!

If you really want to get rid of your belly fat though, there’s one ultimate solution to the problem – jogging. It may sound annoying, and even painful, to keep running on the track several days a week, but if you want the best exercise to lose your belly fat, they don’t get any better than this.

What’s important to keep in mind when jogging, is that duration plays a major role in the effectiveness of the exercise. Jogging works because it activates your metabolism in a special, increased mode, causing it to burn a lot more fat than usual. However, to reach that level, your body needs to be put through severe physical strain for at least 15-20 minutes. You’ll feel you’re getting there when your heart starts beating extraordinarily fast – this means that the process has started, and your metabolism is receiving its boost.

Exercise alone won’t solve your problems though – not unless you combine it with a powerful diet. If you feed your body as properly as you train it, it will serve you as well as it should, you can bet on that – but oddly enough, managing a healthy diet turns out to be more challenging for most than keeping up with the exhausting workout routine.

If you’re having such a problem, keep telling yourself that it’s all for the best, and keep reminding yourself of what you’ll look like when you’re done – you’ll be strong, slim, heads will be turning, and trust us – after you’ve been there once, you’ll never want to go back to eating fast food and laying around all day!