We all know that a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables is ideal for good health.  However, it is not always easy to store fruit and vegetables correctly to prolong their life and keep them fresh for the maximum time. Remember that the time that fresh fruit lasts will vary a lot with the climate, in some areas, fruits that are normally stored at room temperature may need to be stored in the fridge due to high temperatures and vice versa. Beware of tricks used by supermarkets to make produce look fresher.  Fruit and vegetables are often sprayed with a fine mist of water to appear ‘dewy’ and fresh, and whilst market vegetables may be imperfect to look at, chances are they are actually fresher. Different fruits require different storage techniques to keep them fresh for the longest time possible.  Fruit should be kept unwashed and gently rinsed in cold water before eating, unless they are very dirty, in which case they should be washed carefully and completely dried before storage.
In general fruits that are stored in the fridge should be covered in a plastic bag or wrapped in plastic to protect from contamination from other foods and avoid contact with oxygen. Berries also freeze well, but should be places spread out on a tray to freeze initially, to prevent the berries freezing together.  Once they are frozen they can be stored together in a freezer bag.
Grapes: These should be stored in a plastic bag unwashed in the refrigerator crisper and can last around five days. Apples: these can be stored in the refrigerator or in a cool dark place and can last up to four months under the right conditions. Many of the fruits we buy are under ripe, and so require ripening before we can eat them.  This is best done at room temperature.
Lemons and limes:  These can absorb flavours from the fridge and last a long time at room temperature anyway. Oranges: These should also be stored at room temperature, and will usually last up to two weeks when ambient temperature isn’t too high. As with fruit, vegetables should be stored unwashed in plastic bags and then rinsed before eating. Corn:  For best results leave corn in husks and eat as soon as possible as even in the crisper, these will only last one to two days. We have all been in the situation when we have a large quantity of fruit or vegetables on our hands that is reaching the end of its days and if left longer will be inedible.  Rather than waste this food, there are numerous ways to use up produce if there is simply too much to eat before it goes off. Omelettes:  Any vegetable can be thrown into a omelette for a quick, nutritious lunch or dinner. Ice cream or frozen yogurt:  Ripe fruit is ideal in as an ingredient in a frozen dessert as they give more flavour and add nutritional value.
Pickles:  Pickling vegetables is a great way to use up a surplus of stock and the finished product will last for ages.
Soups:  Cook up a quick vegetables soup to use up an excess of stock, then freeze to eat as a quick healthy meal later. Frozen vegetables are great to have on hand for a quick nutritious meal and eliminate the worry of using up food that is going to go off. In this article we have gathered 5 exercises which they use your own body’s weight but they can still provide a fat burning and muscle building workout.
These exercises are not the only ‘best’ exercises you can do as there is a plethora of exercises which will deliver good results. The exercises below are placed in an order in which they could be performed as a little circuit workout and alternate the muscle groups they target. Push up or press ups as they may also be called, target the muscles on the chest, shoulders, arms, and back. Easier variations include push ups against the wall (if you are really unfit) or the keeping the legs bend (on fours).
Rear leg raises target the muscles at the back of the legs (hamstrings), and buttocks (gluteal). The stick up exercise works the upper back, and shoulder muscles and also those muscles located in the shoulder blades (scapula). There are variations in which you perform the exercise against the wall or lying on the floor.
Sticking to a weight loss regime can be a hard job especially if it involves losing the weight in long period of time.
If you slipped out of your goals and had a bit more than you should don’t go back thinking that you have to make up for it.
Do you find yourself slipping up all the time and it is hard to stay on your weight loss goals?
Go back to the beginning and think what makes you slip up, what is hard about it and why it doesn’t work. One way to start in motivating yourself is by thinking how much you have achieved so far and concentrate on the positive.
If you have hit the dreaded plateau point and you are not sure how to get going again try being more physically active. It is time to stop being negative about yourself and start loving what you see in the mirror every day. Change that attitude towards to a more positive and loving way, your body is something precious and it does deserve the best you can give to it. It is all good and well to say you need to lose the weight but it won’t come off by talking.
If you leave it to an abstract ‘I am going to start’ it may never happen or there may 100s of excuses why it should be tomorrow.
People often have a reason why they slip off their goals or why they find it hard to get back on. There are ways to work around busy lifestyles when ‘dieting’, or opt for weight loss regimes which are flexible and suit your taste and lifestyle rather than strict weight loss plans, or little tricks you can do to cut down on the biscuits and sweets (see also how to control your desire for food). The Pilates technique was introduced by Joseph Pilates as a form of exercise in America (1926) and ever since they have grown into popularity and are now accepted in their use. The supporters and developers of different Pilates techniques claim a number of benefits to their name from improving posture and balance to losing weight, and those who use them will vouch that miracles do happen.
Although the different Pilates methods developed can vary in their technique, they are all based in the ‘classic’ technique created by Joseph Pilates.
Research in Pilates in general tends to be of poor quality and has been a controversial subject. There is very little research which has looked into Pilates in weight loss and is not of high quality.
In theory it is a form of physical activity, and as with any kind of physical activity some energy expenditure and some fitness gains will be achieved. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to lose weight with pilates and generally what you need to have in mind when choosing Pilates for weight loss. Pilates is not the appropriate exercise choice if you are looking to increase calorie expenditure radically or you need to achieve large improvements in aerobic and strength components. For those who are in general inactive and do not exercise at all Pilates will provide a challenge to the muscles and could result in higher energy expenditure (in very simple terms calorie burning).
Regulations on Pilates certifications are not strict or very clear cut and a number of instructors may have just completed a weekend course which in some cases does not provide them with the appropriate skills. They could also help with reducing fat deposition in the abdominal and waist area (what some people can refer to as ‘love handles’) and the hips. This article will look into some basic metabolic principles and how does energy expenditure (calorie burning) work so as to understand better how to lose weight if you have a slow metabolism. In order to understand what ‘slow’ or ‘fast’ metabolism is and how it affects weight gain, we will first explain some basic metabolic principles. The rate in which the cells break food into energy (or simplified the rate in which we burn calories) is the metabolic rate.
Each person’s metabolic rate depends on genetics, hereditary factors and amount of lean body mass (i.e. An important thing to understand here is that regulation of energy metabolism and body weight takes place by highly complex systems and is not as simple as ‘slow’ and ‘fast’ metabolism.
A second step is to look into which factors can cause substantial changes in the metabolic regulation and affect the metabolic rate and what makes some people to burn calories slower or faster. Some of the factors are summarised in table1 below; for the purposes of this article we will concentrate only at the aspects which can cause the metabolism to slow down.
Hypothyroidism: in simple words is when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones. There are a number of different conditions and these can range in the way they affect metabolism and weight gain.
This could include very low calorie diets, fasting for religious or other purposes, anorexia etc. During menopause a number of hormonal changes take place some of which influence metabolism. You could try every trick on the book for metabolism or weight loss but if not appropriate you could actually be harming yourself and worsening a condition. Any form of physical activity will increase the rate in which we burn calories so you don’t necessarily have to join the gym, simple things such as going for a walk, taking the kids swimming, or cleaning the house can help.
These are just guidelines and calorie intake does depend on individual factors such as levels of physical activity, age and body build. There are healthy ways of decreasing calories or increasing energy expenditure instead for losing weight without having to resolve into very low calorie diets.
Although in cold weather we do burn more calories, chronic exposure to cold can actually lead into weakening of the immune system and being ill.
Answer: (b) Fried foods often add unwanted inches to the abdominal area as the majority of their calories come from saturated fat. Answer: (c) Cranberries are specifically helpful in flushing any impurities from the kidneys.
Used in conjunction with resistance trainingor an anaerobic exercise such as weightlifting, you will indeed lose weight in the abdominal area.
Answer: (a) Believe it or not, it’s been found that you can eat a small amount of dark chocolate without any adverse effects. If you do not have a personal goal and are unsure how much weight loss to aim for, there are ways to work it out. Below we have summarised some of the methods, most commonly used to classify people according to their weight and body measurements.
Regardless of how much weight you want to lose don’t aim in losing more than 1-1.5 kg per week. You may be on your ideal weight or even slightly underweight but you know that there is a bit of a tummy, or an annoying big bottom etc. You may need to lose 200 lbs in order to reach your ideal weight but you don’t particularly want to be America’s next top model. Firstly being obsessed may not be a good place to be, secondly all these numbers are guides and not a setting stone. Here we have summarized the following, body mass index (BMI) measurement, waist-to-hip ratio and waist circumference. For example, you may be within your ideal weight range but you may have a high waist circumference which could indicate a high risk to specific health conditions. Ideally you can have direct body composition measurements, such as bioelectrical impedance, which can determine the percentage of fat, lean mass, and water in the body. BMI is a simple way to classify individuals within ranges according to their weight and height. Once you have calculated your current BMI then you can look on the table below to see at which category you are. Once you have calculated your WHR you can look at the table below to see if you are within a range which increases risk of developing health conditions.
For example if you are on a normal range BMI but have a high WHR you could be looking at losing weight from your abdominal area (belly).
The table below shows the classifications of waist circumference in relation to the health risk. I know that sometimes physician may tell you that you must lose weight for your health but often don’t tell you how or how much. In this article I am going to present 5 foods to avoid while dieting or at least reduce their consumption to a minimum in order to succeed in your weight lost and reach an optimum health. All the following foods can have some harmful effects, so try to avoid all of them and start eating healthier today.
Many people who are committed to having a healthy life style have been convinced in believing that processed unfermented soy products are good for health. Soy contains natural toxins (anti-nutrients) which interfere with enzymes needed for protein digestion.
Moreover, majority of soy on US market is genetically modified (GMO) (European soy should be “GMO  clean”, but there is no guarantee due to contamination through natural pollination).
Scientific theories suggest that in nature foods would not normally contain large amounts of fructose.
One theory of how this happens suggests that fructose has a greater potential in turning into fat in the liver in comparison to glucose (ordinary sugar). Everybody needs some fat in their diet, however, the chemical structure of fat plays an important role in the way is processed in the body and the health implications it can have. In brief it is suggested by studies that trans fats can cause more health problems than saturated fats. I think, these days, just about everybody is aware about the harmful effects of sugar in both the waistline and health. In addition, to the high calorific properties of sugar it can also increase health risks such as development of insulin resistance and diabetes. In addition sugar can make insulin to rise in the body sharply and fall sharply which amongst others it can make you feel hungry, irritable, and tired.
Moreover, you can replace the morning cereal with a protein based breakfast which can make you feel full for longer and can provide a better insulin response. If you are experiencing any issues or health complaints with any of the above mentioned is always recommended to consult a health professional before making any changes to your diet.
Some of the contaminants studies refer to are concentrations of dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB),3 polybrominated diphenyl ethers, and some pesticides.
Some studies have argued that the level of contaminants in farmed salmon depend on the region it has been raised. A solution to the issue could be to aim for either wild salmon or chose farmed salmon which could be less contaminated. We all know that a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables is ideal for good health.A  However, it is not always easy to store fruit and vegetables correctly to prolong their life and keep them fresh for the maximum time. Beware of tricks used by supermarkets to make produce look fresher.A  Fruit and vegetables are often sprayed with a fine mist of water to appear a€?dewya€™ and fresh, and whilst market vegetables may be imperfect to look at, chances are they are actually fresher. Different fruits require different storage techniques to keep them fresh for the longest time possible.A  Fruit should be kept unwashed and gently rinsed in cold water before eating, unless they are very dirty, in which case they should be washed carefully and completely dried before storage. Berries also freeze well, but should be places spread out on a tray to freeze initially, to prevent the berries freezing together.A  Once they are frozen they can be stored together in a freezer bag.
Many of the fruits we buy are under ripe, and so require ripening before we can eat them.A  This is best done at room temperature.
Lemons and limes:A  These can absorb flavours from the fridge and last a long time at room temperature anyway. Oranges: These should also be stored at room temperature, and will usually last up to two weeks when ambient temperature isna€™t too high.
Corn:A  For best results leave corn in husks and eat as soon as possible as even in the crisper, these will only last one to two days. We have all been in the situation when we have a large quantity of fruit or vegetables on our hands that is reaching the end of its days and if left longer will be inedible.A  Rather than waste this food, there are numerous ways to use up produce if there is simply too much to eat before it goes off. Omelettes:A  Any vegetable can be thrown into a omelette for a quick, nutritious lunch or dinner.
Ice cream or frozen yogurt:A  Ripe fruit is ideal in as an ingredient in a frozen dessert as they give more flavour and add nutritional value. Pickles:A  Pickling vegetables is a great way to use up a surplus of stock and the finished product will last for ages. Soups:A  Cook up a quick vegetables soup to use up an excess of stock, then freeze to eat as a quick healthy meal later. In this article we have gathered 5 exercises which they use your own bodya€™s weight but they can still provide a fat burning and muscle building workout.
These exercises are not the only a€?besta€™ exercises you can do as there is a plethora of exercises which will deliver good results. If you slipped out of your goals and had a bit more than you should dona€™t go back thinking that you have to make up for it. Go back to the beginning and think what makes you slip up, what is hard about it and why it doesna€™t work. It is all good and well to say you need to lose the weight but it wona€™t come off by talking. If you leave it to an abstract a€?I am going to starta€™ it may never happen or there may 100s of excuses why it should be tomorrow. There are ways to work around busy lifestyles when a€?dietinga€™, or opt for weight loss regimes which are flexible and suit your taste and lifestyle rather than strict weight loss plans, or little tricks you can do to cut down on the biscuits and sweets (see also how to control your desire for food). Although the different Pilates methods developed can vary in their technique, they are all based in the a€?classica€™ technique created by Joseph Pilates. They could also help with reducing fat deposition in the abdominal and waist area (what some people can refer to as a€?love handlesa€™) and the hips. In order to understand what a€?slowa€™ or a€?fasta€™ metabolism is and how it affects weight gain, we will first explain some basic metabolic principles.
Each persona€™s metabolic rate depends on genetics, hereditary factors and amount of lean body mass (i.e. An important thing to understand here is that regulation of energy metabolism and body weight takes place by highly complex systems and is not as simple as a€?slowa€™ and a€?fasta€™ metabolism. Any form of physical activity will increase the rate in which we burn calories so you dona€™t necessarily have to join the gym, simple things such as going for a walk, taking the kids swimming, or cleaning the house can help.
Answer: (a) Believe it or not, ita€™s been found that you can eat a small amount of dark chocolate without any adverse effects. Regardless of how much weight you want to lose dona€™t aim in losing more than 1-1.5 kg per week. You may need to lose 200 lbs in order to reach your ideal weight but you dona€™t particularly want to be Americaa€™s next top model. Here we haveA summarizedA the following, body mass index (BMI) measurement, waist-to-hip ratio and waist circumference. I know that sometimes physician may tell you that you must lose weight for your health but often dona€™t tell you how or how much. Moreover, majority of soy on US market is genetically modified (GMO) (European soy should be a€?GMOA  cleana€?, but there is no guarantee due to contamination through natural pollination). The world is getting smarter day-by-day, people are getting more conscious of themselves these days.
Listed below are 5 effective yoga asanas which if practised daily, can help you reduce your abdominal fat really quick.
How to do Bhujang Asana – Lie down comfortably so that your stomach touches the ground and place your forehead on the ground.
How to Do Dhanurasana – Lie down in a comfortable position, legs straight together and arms by your side. How to do Naukasana –Lie down in a comfortable position and place your palms facing downwards and legs joined together.
How to do Kumbhakasana –Stay in a position in which your hands and knees come under shoulders and hips respectively.
How to do Pavanamukthasana –Lie down in a comfortable position with your arms beside and keep your legs straight.
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It’s important to realize that the benefits of reducing belly fat go far beyond aesthetics. Chronic inflammation associated with visceral fat accumulation, can trigger many diseases linked with metabolic syndrome. This is why carrying extra weight around your middle has a connection to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, strokes, and other chronic diseases, and why measuring your waist-to-hip ratio is actually a better indicator of your health status than measuring your body mass index (BMI).


When trying to shed abdominal fat you also need to reduce overall body fat, and your diet is key here as poor diet promotes fat accumulation and causes your body to hold on to excess fat. Reduce all forms of sugar and fructose, whether refined or “all-natural” such as pure raw honey. Eliminate all processed fructose, like high fructose corn syrup, which is by far the worst in terms of causing metabolic issues. To shed fat, you actually need to eat healthy saturated fats, and plenty of them, as following a low-fat diet is a sure-fire way to sabotage your weight loss goals. Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) found in nuts, olive oil, and avocados have been proven to boost abdominal fat loss. Intermittent fasting is not starving yourself, it's about scheduling your meals to a narrow window of time each day, and is highly recommended for those struggling with insulin resistance and excess body weight. This time table equals 16 hours of daily fasting, which will deplete your glycogen stores and shift the body into fat burning mode. Fat is a slow-burning fuel, that allows you to keep going without suffering from an energy crash like what happens with eating sugar. There are a number of specific foods that can help promote the loss of belly fat by decreasing inflammation, eliminating bloat, and turning off your fat storage genes. First, reduce bloating by cutting down on excess salt, & dairy, and eliminating artificial sweeteners. The nine foods or groups of foods recommended for consumption include plant-based smoothies high in protein, healthy fat, fiber, and resveratrol, organic free-range eggs, red fruits, olive oil and other healthy fats, high-fiber foods, nuts and seeds, grass-fed meat, leafy greens and brightly-colored veggies, along with plenty of fresh herbs and spices. Reestablishing healthy gut flora is very important, as imbalances has a significant impact on your weight.
Other studies show that certain bacteria found in the gut can produce insulin resistance and weight gain, by triggering chronic low-grade inflammation in the body.
Eating a diet too high in processed foods, along with eating too frequently, tend to be among the primary causes of a bulging waistline. Chronic stress will keep your stress hormones elevated, which hinders weight loss, so you must be sure to use some stress-busting activities. Contrary to popular belief, diet soda can actually double your risk of obesity, and research has shown that drinking diet soda increases your risk of weight gain to a greater degree than regular soda. Alcohol of all kinds will tend to promote weight gain, so consider cutting down on the number of drinks you indulge in each week.
To maximize your weight loss results, it is wise to incorporate some form of high intensity interval training (HIIT). The combination of intermittent fasting mixed with HIIT training is a very potent combination, because when done together it forces your body to burn off excess body fat. Abdominal workouts should not be overlooked just because they don’t result in removing fat directly from the waistline.
This is a mineral used by every organ in your body, especially your heart, muscles, and kidneys. A lot of people would be happy to know a handful of exercises which they can do at home and still have the fat burning benefits. I don’t believe in absolute statements such as ‘the very best of exercises’ or ‘the only exercises’. You can use these in combination to another workout or pick the ones you like and use them with others you may have in your list.
When you are exercising your body will use calories (energy) to fuel the exercise, no matter what exercise it is.
In very simple terms, the exercise must place some considerable challenge in your body and muscles in order to ‘build muscle’. The more muscle mass you have the more calories and fat you will burn even when you’re resting. You can buy ‘special’ skipping ropes but in my opinion any rope which is suitable for your height is fine. Perform for 3 min at the start of your workout to get your muscles and cardiopulmonary systems going, and then for another 5 min at the end. There are a number of variations in performance and when performed on the floor with straight legs then they also work leg tummy and buttocks as stabilisers.
Extended legs and toes tacked in to the floor (raise on to your toes), keep your back straight. A good exercise which can offer some relief from upper back stiffness especially if cause from sitting in a desk for a long time.
The first few weeks it is easy to keep motivated especially if you can see the pounds falling off.
It is unlikely that one day’s overeating will tip the scales, but if you give up now it will be even harder to start again.
Your body keeps adjusting to losing weight and it can slow down in the speed it loses weight. Following a specific diet for a couple of weeks can be easy, but following the same all diet for months can be like a prison sentence and no surprise people want to just escape from it. I have already mentioned above about re-evaluating your regime and whether it works for you. Plateaus and slowdown can generate a lot of frustration and you can easily give up on your goals. Maybe you have a few or a lot of extra pounds and it could be that you are fed up with the way you look.
Losing the extra weight is not about punishing yourself for all the takeaways and binges of the last years but more like looking after ‘you’.
Having someone to do it together can provide the drive and the motivation to start again and stick to a weight loss regime. This reason can be different for each one and could range from not being able to resist a chocolate to I haven’t got time to cook. If you want to follow a relatively low calorie diet, and lose a lot of weight fast, but without giving up sweets or chips it may not be possible. In its essence the ‘Pilates method’ is a series of exercises which use the body’s own weight and resistance. The little research that has been carried out does suggest that Pilates exercises can help to lower the Body Mass Index (BMI)and achieve weight loss. Pilates exercises, especially those for beginners, are a more ‘gentle’ form of exercise and will not result in burning huge amounts of calories. The apparatus provide resistance, and increase the difficulty of the exercise and in result the effort made to carry out the exercise. If any exercise is not performed properly and to the appropriate difficulty level, it can lead to back injuries, muscle strains, joint and ligament injuries etc.
If a muscle becomes more conditioned and works more efficiently it will in return burn fat more efficiently. Results of Pilates on weight loss may be more prominent in terms of losing ‘inces’ in and around the areas conditioned (see previous point) rather than in kilos lost. It could be more suitable for people who to start off can’t sustain heavy or intense exercise or prefer classes rather than gym sessions. For more radical results in achieving weight loss is best combined with other forms of exercise and physical activity.
As with every exercise, for muscular effects to take place it can take approximately 4 weeks. Muscles need an appropriate amount of challenge for fitness gains, and a good fitness professional should be able to provide you with the correct level, program and routine for your individual needs. Firstly metabolism is the combination of processes that take place in the body in order to function and maintain life. Some of these can affect directly the metabolic rate and others can affect hormones or organs which are involved in metabolic regulation and result in dysfunctional metabolism. One of the effects of hypothyroidism is decreased metabolic rate, and changes in the metabolic regulation. It affects production of some hormones which are involved in metabolic and appetite regulation. Menopause has been associated with low energy expenditure at rest and exercise and increase in central fat deposit and fasting insulin levels. Some scientist will argue that the decrease in the metabolic rate starts as early as 25 years of age. Increase your muscle mass: Probably one of the most important ways of increasing the metabolic rate.
Avoid very low calorie diets: As mentioned above very low calorie diets can decrease the metabolic rate (see table 1).
For a sedentary person who consumes 3000 calories a day is safe to aim reducing the calories within the recommended ranges. Do not skip meals: Delaying having breakfast will actually help in burning more fat as fuel.
In other words avoid loads of small meals and snacks (healthy or not) but aim to have all the meals in a day (i.e. Increase protein intake: Some studies have shown that protein does help in increasing the metabolic rate. Caffeine: Caffeine is considered to increase the metabolic rate and the use of fat as fuel.
Sleep well: As mentioned earlier sleep deprivation can affect the body’s metabolic processes. Cold: Cold does increase metabolic rate as the body works harder in order to sustain its body temperature.
So torturing yourselves with a T-shirt in the snow or with iced baths is definitely not recommended.
Take the following multiple choice quiz and see if you know all there is to know about how to shrink you waistline and keep the inches off. This type of fat is made from animal products and is also known to raise the level of cholesterol in the bloodstream. Low-fat dairy foods, such as yogurt or skim milk are actually helpful in getting rid of belly fat as they release fat from fat cells in the abdominals and therefore reduce the amount of fat that is absorbed.
Hot peppers of any kind contain capsaicin which increases the capacity for the body to burn calories by as much as five to ten percent. Combined, all of the above approaches work as they speed up the body’s ability to burn calories and therefore reduce belly fat. Therefore, by simply doubling your fiber intake, how much weight, on average, can you lose in a year?
It’s been shown that if you simply alter your eating habits and include foods that contain more fiber, you will also see a lower number on the bathroom scale.
Although crunches are good for toning and strengthening the abdominal area, they will not necessarily reduce the fat. That’s because resistance training causes you to keep burning calories even after you’ve completed your session of exercise.
All of the foods listed are rich in fiber and can help you lose weight if consumed in conservative portions. These methods can help you determine if you are overweight, obese or even within a healthy weight range. Have the weight you feel comfortable with and happy with even if slightly over the line, as long as this does not affect your health. Don’t get obsessed with numbers such as your weight, your body mass index (see below), calories etc. As mentioned earlier in the case where you need to lose abdominal fat, a healthy balance dietmay be most adequate.
Even 2 people who appear to have the same height do not necessarily mean that they would have the same weight.
Once you have an idea of your body measurements you can start planning on what you need to concentrate on.
This brings us to the point of don’t just look at finding an exact weight goal from day one. It takes about 2 weeks for your body to make long term changes and adapt (this can vary depending on each individual).
If your weight loss is for mainly health reasons then it is also advisable to consult an appropriate medical professional.
In that matter it is always recommended to advise a medical professional before taking any exercise or diet regime, especially if you there are pre-existing health complaints. I am sure you are familiar with several foods which are detrimental for your health and I may cover some of them, but I hope I will introduce something new for you. Soy is seen as miracle healthy food of 21st century.  The soy industry is a huge business and its popularity and success was the result of a massive investment in marketing. This form of soy is resistant to toxic herbicides Roundup; therefore it is loaded with this toxic pesticide. In other words when you consume fructose it is more likely to be turned into fat and stored than if you were consuming ordinary sugar. The amount of fructose contained in fruit does not really translate in high amounts unless your diet consists of just fruit. Often people connect saturated fats with health risks and conditions, but if there is one fat to really watch is the trans-fat.
They are believed to increase the risk for coronary heart disease and components of the metabolic syndrome.
When it comes to trying to avoid trans fats it can be a mind field as most food labels do not list the amount of trans fats they contain. It does make me sad to say that sugar has to go as I do love cakes, chocolate, sweets, cheesecakes…the list goes on. If your aim is weight loss then sugar is your number 1 enemy and it is definitely one of the foods to avoid while dieting. In simple words when sugar enters the system, your body produces a hormone called insulin which one of its roles is to signal to the cells to absorb sugar.
When the cells are chronically stimulated by insulin they can become kind of insensitive to it which can then lead to what is called insulin resistance and diabetes. A few studies have looked into the level of contaminants contained in farmed salmon and the health risks these can impose. These names may not make much sense for a lot of people; however, the main argument about all these contaminants is mainly that they increase the risk of cancer amongst some other health issues.
For example Chilean and South American farmed raised salmon is believed to contain less contaminant than European farmed raised salmon.
In addition, why not try other oily fish which can taste as good and still contain all the necessary nutrients beneficial for health? I dona€™t believe in absolute statements such as a€?the very best of exercisesa€™ or a€?the only exercisesa€™. In very simple terms, the exercise must place some considerable challenge in your body and muscles in order to a€?build musclea€™. The more muscle mass you have the more calories and fat you will burn even when youa€™re resting.
You can buy a€?speciala€™ skipping ropes but in my opinion any rope which is suitable for your height is fine.
It is unlikely that one daya€™s overeating will tip the scales, but if you give up now it will be even harder to start again.
Losing the extra weight is not about punishing yourself for all the takeaways and binges of the last years but more like looking after a€?youa€™. This reason can be different for each one and could range from not being able to resist a chocolate to I havena€™t got time to cook. In its essence the a€?Pilates methoda€™ is a series of exercises which use the bodya€™s own weight and resistance. Pilates exercises, especially those for beginners, are a more a€?gentlea€™ form of exercise and will not result in burning huge amounts of calories. Results of Pilates on weight loss may be more prominent in terms of losing a€?incesa€™ in and around the areas conditioned (see previous point) rather than in kilos lost. It could be more suitable for people who to start off cana€™t sustain heavy or intense exercise or prefer classes rather than gym sessions. Sleep well: As mentioned earlier sleep deprivation can affect the bodya€™s metabolic processes. Combined, all of the above approaches work as they speed up the bodya€™s ability to burn calories and therefore reduce belly fat. Ita€™s been shown that if you simply alter your eating habits and include foods that contain more fiber, you will also see a lower number on the bathroom scale. Thata€™s because resistance training causes you to keep burning calories even afterA you’veA completed your session of exercise.
When it comes to weight loss a€?too much too fasta€™ is not recommended for health reasons. Dona€™t get obsessed with numbers such as your weight, your body mass index (see below), calories etc.
This brings us to the point of dona€™t just look at finding an exact weight goal from day one. Soy is seen as miracle healthy food of 21st century.A  The soy industry is a huge business and its popularity and success was the result of a massive investment in marketing. If you feel that you have a medical problem, you should seek the advice of your Physician or health care Practitioner. The key really lies with what you eat, and when you eat, followed closely by the type of exercise you engage in. Abdominal fat, or visceral fat deposits around your internal organs, and releases proteins and hormones that can cause inflammation, which in turn can damage arteries and enter your liver. Also lower your intake of grains (including organic ones), as they quickly break down to sugar in your body. Because your body breaks it in the same way it metabolizes alcohol, it promotes insulin resistance and fat accumulation more than other sugars. Processed fructose is a popular ingredient used in most junk foods and sweetened beverages, and companies hide it under 60 different names. If your weight is normal and you have no other signs of insulin resistance, the recommended daily amount is 25 grams a day. Most people who are insulin resistant will benefit from 50-85% of their daily calories in the form of healthy fat until their insulin resistance gets resolved. In one study, researchers asked women to switch to a 1,600-calorie, high-MUFA diet, which caused them to lose a third of their belly fat in a month.
This is a very effective way to address excess weight, because it “resets” the body to start using fat as its primary fuel rather than sugar. Essentially, you're just skipping breakfast and making lunch the first meal of the day instead.
This has turned out to be the easiest time frame for most comply with, once the body has made the shift from burning sugar to burning fat.
Following this type of an eating schedule will  not only improve insulin & leptin resistance, it causes weight to normalize, and many health issues to resolve, such as blood pressure, blood sugar, etc. By approaching fat loss this way, the average person can lose around four inches off their waist in just six weeks. Many people who do this, have lost up to three inches of bloat off their waist in just one week. One hypothesis is that gut bacteria may be in control of our appetite, as recent research suggests there's a link between the foods you crave and the good bacteria in your gut, as they depend on those nutrients for survival. Food processing, pasteurization, and sterilization also have a detrimental effect on good bacteria.
As you learn how to effectively decrease your stress level, your cortisol will stabilize, your blood pressure will drop, and your health will improve in just about every way.It's important to realize that stress management isn't something you save up to do on the weekend—it needs to be done on a daily basis, because that's how often stress rears its ugly head. If you’re serious about weight loss, stop drinking all artificially sweetened fluids, and opt for pure filtered water, or one of my numerous healthy recipes that I display HERE on the site. Beer also has the added adverse effect of raising your uric acid levels, which promotes chronic inflammation and gout.
This type of short intense training has positive effects on increasing muscle mass and improving muscle fiber quality.


What they provide is abdominal muscles is the foundation for movement throughout your entire body, and strengthening them helps protect and support your back, make your spine and body less prone to injury and help you gain greater balance and stability. If you suffer from unexplained fatigue or weakness, abnormal heart rhythms, or even muscle spasms and eye twitches, low levels of magnesium could be to blame. The type of fuel, whether it is fat, sugar or other will depend on the type of exercise, the intensity, the meal consumed before and when and a number of other reasons.
However, this doesn’t mean that you should jump to intermediate level when you never exercised before in your life so you get maximum results. The one I usually use to train is a children’s one which I bought from a shop for a couple of dollars. Keep the elbows tacked in your body and the turning of the rope should come from the wrists. Skipping is more of an aerobic exercise and for maximising the fat you burn it is better if you perform resistance exercises 1st and aerobic exercise at the end. Lay prone on the floor with palms flat on the floor placed slightly wider under your shoulders.
However, do consult a doctor if you have any previous complaints in that area and don’t take it for granted that every treatment fits everybody.
As time progress, weight loss can slow down, maybe hit a plateau, hit a few parties, or simply lose interest and perspective.
It is common for people to say I had that chocolate at dinner so I will skip supper, or I had a bit extra last night I will eat less today. Firstly is best to opt for weight loss regimes which promote a healthy balance diet rather than restrictive diets. Physical activity whether is structured exercise or just going for a walk can increase the amount of calories you burn and kick start the weight loss again.
However, if you are always negative about your weight you will only make yourself feel bad and struggle through ‘must do’ weight loss diets. STOT Pilates, modified Pilates APPI technique, contemporary Pilates and so on) using apparatus such as the reformer, with books written about them, and DVDs for people to take home and practice. In theory, it teaches the body how to use its own mechanisms to recruit the ‘core’ muscles throughout the body. However, due to the limited amount of good quality studies available there is no strong scientific evidence to support a statement such as ‘Pilates will lead to weight loss’. Some mat-based techniques tend to use apparatus such as gym balls and thera-bands (resistance elastic bands) which can similarly increase resistance and muscular effort. At a beginners levels exercises may not appear as they provide any muscular benefits or may seem very easy.
As with every form with exercise if you have any medical conditions consult a medical professional before starting.
Additionally, it may be more suitable for those who just want a light firming form of exercise to top up their weight loss or just sustain a firm body shape. Moreover, any gains will depend on the intensity, duration and frequency of the exercise i.e.
Is there such a thing as slow metabolism and if so what can someone do in order to lose weight? The means in which we take in nutrients and deliver energy as required is called metabolic regulation.
However, it must be noted that in the general healthy population these differences are very small and metabolic rate on its own will not necessarily lead to measurable weight changes.
Weight gain can be common in hypothyroidism, not only due to the slowing down of the metabolic rate and the hormonal changes but also as a result of other symptoms.
It is important to receive the appropriate medical treatment for any medical conditions, as these could have serious implications to health if not treated properly. In order to lose weight decreasing the calorie intake may be necessary and metabolic rate may show some decrease in order for the body to adapt. For a sedentary person whose calorie intake is within the upper recommended limits then a small decrease up to 500 calories should be sufficient and safe. However, you do need to include carbohydrates as well as very low carbohydrate intake can have negative effects in thyroid hormone production. However, caffeine is a stimulant and can induce a stress response among other negative effects.
If you are actually one of those people who lose weight when under stress you may be tempted to think that is not a bad thing.
Some people have gone as far to create the ‘cold diets’ in which they recommend to drink iced water and turn the heating off in the winter. Therefore, fried foods are not only bad for your waistline but for the health of your heart as well. Any low-fat dairy product is helpful in lowering the amount of absorbed fat in the abdominal region and therefore reduces any accumulation of fat. Dark chocolate contains monounsaturated fat, which is produced from plants and is an acceptable food to eat provided you consume only a small portion as it’s also dense calorically. Regardless of your score, remember to keep a healthy perspective, which is the best way to lose belly fat.
For some people it may be a matter of losing a couple of pounds for others it may be a lot more. These classifications are only a guide and they do come with their flaws so do use them as they intended; as a guide.
Maybe just eating the right foods, or adding some exercise to firm the areas which bother you could be the answer. Or on the other hand you could be exercising and carrying a lot of muscle which can lead to a high BMI (i.e. WHR is another simple way of categorising individuals’ health risk according to the circumference of their waist and hip.
Waist Circumference it is often used to determine overall health risks in relation to the circumference of a person‘s waist. Are you overweight, in a risk of having a lot of abdominal fat, within normal weight range?
This could be just losing a couple of pounds to feel more comfortable in yourself, or losing some inches of your tummy or losing more weight to get within a normal range of weight.
Keep in mind that you did not put on the weight in one day so it is unlikely that you will lose it in one day. A medical professional should provide you with the guidance you need regarding your health and weight. It also contains genes from bacteria that produce a protein which has never been part of the human food supply.
Moreover, some scientists have implicated HFCS as a possible contributor in excess energy consumption (eating too many calories). In addition, studies suggest that trans fats may exacerbate diabetes as they can increase insulin resistance (in simple words the cells resist the effects of insulin and respond slower or not at all). In general is best to try and avoid processed food, fast food, margarines, and deep fried food.
The studies are more or less in agreement that the level of contaminants is higher in farmed salmon than in wild salmon; the question however is what does that mean in terms of health? A lot of these points, as well as the argument of whether the benefits of consuming salmon outweigh the risk, have not been fully explored and answered. However, this doesna€™t mean that you should jump to intermediate level when you never exercised before in your life so you get maximum results. The one I usually use to train is a childrena€™s one which I bought from a shop for a couple of dollars. However, do consult a doctor if you have any previous complaints in that area and dona€™t take it for granted that every treatment fits everybody. However, if you are always negative about your weight you will only make yourself feel bad and struggle through a€?must doa€™ weight loss diets. In theory, it teaches the body how to use its own mechanisms to recruit the a€?corea€™ muscles throughout the body.
However, due to the limited amount of good quality studies available there is no strong scientific evidence to support a statement such as a€?Pilates will lead to weight lossa€™. Some people have gone as far to create the a€?cold dietsa€™ in which they recommend to drink iced water and turn the heating off in the winter.
Dark chocolate contains monounsaturated fat, which is produced from plants and is an acceptable food to eat provided you consume only a small portion as ita€™s also dense calorically.
It is always best to use a combination of them for a better picture of your bodya€™s weight.
WHR is another simple way of categorising individualsa€™ health risk according to the circumference of their waist and hip. Waist Circumference it is often used to determine overall health risks in relation to the circumference of a persona€?s waist. One of the most common reason that makes a man or woman more conscious is belly fat, and then people prize them with different names too due to their pot belly. The easiest way to avoid it is to swear off all processed foods by choosing whole, and ideally organic items. This plan is a scientifically proven to target fat genes and turn them "off", making weight loss automatic. For all of these reasons and more, I always recommend a diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods along with cultured or fermented foods. So, along with correcting your diet and implementing a fasting regimen, addressing the following factors help eliminate those extra inches around your midsection.
There are many different stress reduction techniques, including: exercise, meditation, mindfulness training, yoga, spending time in nature, music, and EFT (emotional freedom techniques), the latter of which is a very effective form of energy psychology that can help “reprogram” your ingrained stress responses. Muscle tissue burns 3 to 5X more energy than fat tissues, so as you gain muscle, your metabolic rate increases, which allows you to burn more calories, even when you're sleeping. Ideally, aim for 7,000 to 10,000 steps a day, over and above your regular exercise regimen.
Having a strong abdominal wall is very important for optimal body movement and gets increasingly more important as we age. A strong abdominal wall is also what will produce that six-pack look once sufficient subcutaneous fat is lost. Researchers have also found that people who consume higher levels of magnesium tend to have lower blood sugar and insulin levels. It is always best to train muscles in balance and throughout the body to avoid muscle imbalances and injuries in the long term. The 3 and 5 min may not seem as much but trust me if you never skipped before (being a child was the last time) you will find that is not as easy. If that is too hard then just do 4 and try to build on it or go for one of the easier variations and build on it. When lowering your arm squeeze the shoulder blades together so when your arms have slide down the shoulder blades have gone back into their place.
If you keep dithering about that meal last night, or the party last week and how much you eaten or drank, then you will be spending your energy on things you cannot change. Cycling calories through the days can have a benefit, but torturing or starving yourself to make up for calories will only feel hard and you are likely to give up altogether. Even if a regime worked for a period of time it may be good to re-evaluate and see what you could change, add, remove adapt.
Is it to look good on your wedding, or for health reasons, to fit in an outfit or to feel better about yourself? The first ones tend to allow more freedom in choosing menus and the foods you can eat and so it is harder to feel bored. Planning is a very helpful tool for achieving your goals and it can be your starting point. A very close friend of mine wanted to lose weight but could never stick to it or stay away from temptations until her husband decide to be her weight loss ‘coach’. Make a list of all the things you may think will be affecting you or do affect you in reaching those weight loss goals. It is easy to want to jump to a higher level which could provide you with more challenge, more calorie burning, and faster. You can practice some elements of Pilates when sitting in your office, in the car, or watching TV, however, it is not natural to have any muscle contracted constantly. Not trying to undermine the home exercise regimes, however, in the case of Pilates exercises precision and control is vital. A medical professional will be the most appropriate person to advise you in terms of weight loss and exercise which will most suit any medical needs. Symptoms such as fatigue, depression, and weakness can lead to decreased physical activity and associated bad eating habits. In addition, for some medical conditions it is important to follow the appropriate and recommended diets. The recommended calorie intake is 1500-2000 kcal per day for women and 2000-2500 kcal for men. Some scientist will argue that the body needs both periods of fasting and periods of feeding. Therefore, it would not be recommended to have large amount of caffeine especially if you are experiencing other day to day stresses. Chronic stress can have number of implications to health and could actually result in chronic conditions. Foods high in monounsaturated fats are actually good for the abdominals if they are consumed in conservative portions.
A cardio workout like running assists in increasing the heart rate and the body’s ability to burn fat and calories. Green tea too is a good beverage to consume if you want to reduce inches from your waist as it’s been proven to boost the metabolism and therefore burn fat. On the other hand it could just be the shape of your body, and learning to love what you got is even better. Well weight loss can be more complicated than just losing weight; your body’s composition can change, as well as other factors.
Waist circumference can be recommended for those people who may be classified within a healthy range with using BMI measurements but may have excess fat on their abdomen. There are a number of changes that your body will make during a day, a month and even more during a weight loss regime.
Lowering the risk of developing health conditions and being at the weight you feel satisfied is a good place to start. Do you just want to go down a couple of dress sizes even if you are still in an overweight range?
There is such a thing as losing fat mass but not necessarily translating to pounds but more in inches or sometimes it is not as clear at all. For example you want to lose 10lbs in one month, so you will aim for approximately 2lbs per week. A very close friend of mine wanted to lose weight but could never stick to it or stay away from temptations until her husband decide to be her weight loss a€?coacha€™.
A cardio workout like running assists in increasing the heart rate and the bodya€™s ability to burn fat and calories. Green tea too is a good beverage to consume if you want to reduce inches from your waist as ita€™s been proven to boost the metabolism and therefore burn fat. Well weight loss can be more complicated than just losing weight; your bodya€™s composition can change, as well as other factors. These days Yoga is preferred more over methods to be fit as it just needs nothing but fresh air. Further, several studies have confirmed that exercising in shorter bursts with rest periods in between, burns more fat than exercising continuously for an entire session. Not only will this give your metabolism a boost, it’s also necessary to counter the effects of sitting too much, which increases your risk of insulin resistance and metabolic dysfunction, even if you exercise regularly. However, the length is important, as if it is too short for your height you will be tripping yourself with it.
If you are fit and can do a couple of sets or more push up by all means judge it and go for it. Easier variation includes assuming the plank position with placing your elbows bend under your shoulders and resting your forearms on the floor. Maybe the regime you are following has worked for thousands of people or it was great 2 years ago when you did it but this time it may not be what you need.
An example is Mediterranean style diets which tend to include foods from all categories and have a vast amount of recipes and menus. Some ideas are: start a class like dancing or Pilates, start swimming possibly as a family activity, join a sport or see if there are running groups in your area.
Set a day for planning, a day for choosing your regime, a day for getting all ready (shopping, clearing cupboards etc) and a day for starting. He supported by eating healthy and even went as far as preparing meals and packed lunches for work. Are you too busy, don’t like weight loss diets, or are there too many biscuit tins in work? However, one of the principles in which Pilates exercises are based on is precision and this is for a reason. Pilates exercises concentrate on the deep and superficial muscles of the abdomen (tummy), back and gluts (hips). In the average healthy person what makes the difference in having a ‘lower’ or ‘faster’ metabolism is muscle mass (more specifically what is called lean body mass which is the muscle mass and organs).
This could help in improving metabolic flexibility which is the ability of the body to adapt easily in utilizing carbohydrates (sugar) and fats as a fuel and transition between them. On the other hand, coffee dehydrates the system and is not a good choice if you want to lose weight in the abdominal area. If you are however borderline underweight or your goals bring you to an underweight range do reconsider.
It may be that one week you lose 1lb and one week you lose 3lbs but overall you have reached your monthly goal. Are you too busy, dona€™t like weight loss diets, or are there too many biscuit tins in work? In the average healthy person what makes the difference in having a a€?lowera€™ or a€?fastera€™ metabolism is muscle mass (more specifically what is called lean body mass which is the muscle mass and organs).
This could help in improving metabolic flexibility which is the ability of the body to adapt easily inA utilizingA carbohydrates (sugar) and fats as a fuel and transition between them.
You can build different variations as you become more confident, such as alternate legs or cross arms etc. Harder variations include placing your legs on a bench or Swiss ball and also alternating from side with one arm to centre to alternate side. For more motivation tips also read our ‘I want to lose weight but have no motivation’ article. Carrying out exercises, at the beginning at least, supervised by a certified professional will have the benefit of carrying exercises in the correct technique, keeping safe and working on the appropriate level and routine of exercises. They tend to give a flat tummy effect by conditioning the abdominal muscles and improving posture.
For example if you are a dress size 18 and want to just go down to a size 16 your goal could be losing 1-2 stones.
Aiming for a healthy body state, a change towards a healthier diet and lifestyle rather than stressing about how many pounds you should be is probably a better thing to do.
For more motivation tips also read our a€?I want to lose weight but have no motivationa€™ article.




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