Secret Of Before And After Weight Loss

In the nearly eternal quest to lose weight, people seem willing to do just about anything. It has been that way ever since people felt societal pressure to lose weight, and is sure to continue for many years to come. They will submit themselves to food they don’t like, brutal exercise regimens, and the downright bizarre. But there’s one thing very few of them do, and it can greatly increase their odds of permanent weight loss. What is it? Documenting their progress with before and after photos.

Huh? Does that sound like a dumb idea to you? Don’t laugh. It can have a major psychological impact; before, during and after your weight loss. It has the same effect as writing down your goals. Just by doing this step, you will increase your odds of success.

Look at it this way, you will be working hard, eating right and exercising to lose weight. Before and after weight loss photos won’t make the weight come off, but they are another tool in your arsenal in the battle of the bulge.

If you have children, then you’ve heard comments from relatives who haven’t seen them for a while. They say, “oh, they’ve gotten so tall”, or something similar. That’s one of the reasons for doing before and after weight loss photos, it’s not always easy to see your own weight coming off because you see yourself every day. But when you can look back at the visual evidence, it’s a game changer. It’s motivational.

Here’s the best way to do it to maximize your results. Take a photo every so many days, but with no more than a week between. Try for the same pose, in the same clothes, in the same location in your house. This next part will be harder at first. Expose as much of your body as decency allows. If you’re a female a sports bra and shorts; if you’re a male then just a pair of shorts. You want to see the bigger picture (pardon the pun). And don’t forget to do one picture for each a front and side view.

Refer to the photos later to see how far you have come. Put them up in the trouble spots around your home. For example, on the door of your refrigerator to keep you from binging, or on your weight bench to encourage to do a few reps.

It’s up to you whether or not you will share them with anybody else. But there’s a good chance that your desire to share will increase with the number of pounds you lose. So, be sure to eat right, get moving and get healthy. And while your at it, go ahead and keep a visual record of your progress, you’ll be glad you did.

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What Are The Best Exercises For Weight Loss

Many people struggle with their weight; diets can cause some loss, but that weight will often be gained straight back once normal eating patterns are resumed. Exercise is the most reliable way of losing weight and keeping it off; but it can be difficult to decide what are the best exercises for weight loss.

Anyone planning to embark on an exercise regime should consider their fitness levels and age. There is no benefit to taking on a plan of exercise which is beyond the abilities of the exerciser. If exercise has not been done for many years, for example a sedentary office job with a car-ride to and from work, then the most commonly used exercises for weight loss may not be suitable.

It is also necessary to consider what is the intention of taking exercise; is it merely to lose a few pounds, or does the person also want to boost their general health, reduce heart problems, or diminish the risk of vascular problems and diabetes? A cardio fitness regime can combine the best exercises for weight loss with improvement in fitness and cardiovascular systems.

Walking is one of the best exercises for weight loss for sedentary people; begin with a daily walk of about 30 minutes, and then build up to a 45 minute daily walk. Improvements in health and fitness should become clear after only a few weeks; and walking is a relatively risk-free activity.

Once walking has begun improving the health, it is time to consider adding to the range of exercises. Regular fitness regimes should contain a combination of both aerobic or cardio work outs, the best exercises for weight loss, and strength training, which builds muscles and encourages the metabolism.

A good aerobic exercise for weight loss is running: a regular program of running burns more calories than other kinds of aerobic exercise; it produces endorphins which improve feelings of well-being and help reduce stress, and can boost general health, lowering risks of diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol.

When struggling to lose weight, many people concentrate upon aerobic exercise and ignore the benefits of a strength-training program. This is a mistake, as even a light amount of resistance training, done regularly, an improve the resting metabolic rate, a rise in metabolism which encourages greater burning of calories even when sitting down.

Cardio alone can build this metabolic rate up, and it lasts for about three hours after the exercise; but with strength training, this resting metabolic rate can stay higher for between 10 and 15 hours. In addition, strength and resistance training create more muscles, muscle is the most metabolically active of all the bodyís systems, so the more muscle you have, the more rapidly you burn calories.

A combination of running and weight training are the best exercises for losing weight and keeping it off; begin with a low-impact walking regime if necessary, and remember to build muscle each week in order to benefit from a rise in resting metabolic rate. Aerobic and resistance training together help the body burn more calories and fat.

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Why Cant I Lose Weight Right Now

Boy, do we ever live in a ‘I want it all, and I want it now’ society. This attitude permeates every aspect of our daily lives, and weight loss is one of the most prevalent. If you’ve tried to lose weight and you’re asking the question: ‘why can’t I lose weight?’, the answer might just be you can, you just have to give it time.

No matter how much people don’t want to hear it, the fact of the matter is that weight loss is easy, all you have to do is eat fewer calories than you burn, and get more exercise. It’s a two pronged approach, combine a sensible eating plan, one that you can stick with for the rest of your life and that will provide your body with all the nutrients it needs, and get exercise. That’s it. It’s not sexy, but it’s the truth. If you follow this advice you’ll be the one who’s sexy!

If you are implementing a healthy, reasonable diet where you are providing your body with high quality fuel throughout the day and exercising strenuously, on a regular basis you will lose weight, period.

While not impossible, things like hormonal imbalances and extremely low metabolisms simply don’t occur that often. Many people will try to use these things as an excuse, and if you’ve actually been diagnosed with this type of condition, you will need the assistance of a doctor and probably a dietitian in order to lose weight, but it’s just not that common of a problem.

The first thing you will need to do in order to lose weight is be honest with yourself. If you are going to make excuses as to why you can’t work out, or why you can’t eat right, etc, you will never lose weight.

I’m sorry if that’s blunt, but it’s the truth. Losing weight takes a commitment, not excuses. It’s not that easy and it will take time and there will be times when you feel like giving up, but if you stick with your diet and exercise plan, follow it through and don’t allow yourself to give up, you will love the way you look every time you pass a mirror. Isn’t that worth a little bit of effort?

If you can just stick it out long enough to start seeing some results you will be much more likely to stick with it for the long haul. For many people the hardest part comes at the very beginning. This is the point when you are trying to re-learn bad eating habits and initiating a workout plan. You are probably tired, sore, and maybe even a little hungry.

But if you stick it out until you see a little bit of headway you’ll have a real shot, finally, of being at the ideal weight for you and looking great. You’ll never have to ask the question: ‘why can’t I lose weight?’ Instead you’ll be saying: ‘ Look at my new bikini!’

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Calorie Reduction Diet Works – Try It And See For Yourself

Forget all the glitzy adverts for the latest must have diet product. The only way to lose weight successfully is by following the calorie reduction diet.

Fluctuations in your body weight are caused by consuming more energy than you use up. Our system converts surplus food to fat and we put on pounds. Our body is actually protecting itself by storing food to prevent starvation if we do not have enough to eat. Worked quite well in the old days when people often went hungry but these days, the result is a nation suffering from obesity.

If you want to slim down, you need to expend more energy than you consume. Sounds easy right? So just how many calories a day do people need to reduce in order to lose weight? Well it depends on the individual to a point. If you are losing weight under medical supervision you should follow your doctor’s advice.

If you are trying to do this on your own, the World Health Organization recommends that all adults have at least 1200 calories a day. If you try for less than this, your body may think you are in fact starving and slow your metabolism right down. This will stop you losing any excess pounds.

Crash diets i.e. those that restrict you to less than 1000 a day will result in rapid weight loss at first. But you will be miserable and starving and the results are not sustainable nor is it healthy.

The bigger the deficit you can cause between the amount of food you consume and the energy you expend, the more weight you will lose. But studies show that if you reduce your weight by one to two pounds a week, you are more likely to maintain your new waistline. So if you increase your level of activity you won’t have to impose a huge calorie reduction. You will also preserve your muscles and they help to burn fat and keep your metabolism raised.

You can cut down quite simply by changing the way you eat and cook. Most of us rely too much on takeaways and packaged meals. These contain a lot of hidden fats and sugars. It is much healthier and cheaper to cook the meals from scratch at home. You can reduce your consumption by using semi-skimmed milk in recipes rather than the full fat version. You probably won’t notice the difference. Using tomato based sauces also helps as does eating brown pasta and rice as opposed to the white versions.

Fruit and vegetables contain few calories and little fat. Increase your consumption via smoothies, salads and juices. They are great at filling us up and if we put a little extra effort into preparing our meals, they are very tasty as well. Eat little and often and keep carbohydrates for breakfast and lunch not your evening meal.

So if you are serious about that new figure, try the calorie reduction diet for yourself.

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Lemonade Cleansing Diet – Detoxification – Weight Loss – 10 Days

The lemonade cleansing diet has been around for many years, is called by many different names and has helped thousands of people lose weight and get rid of many of the toxins in their body. This cleanse is a simple mixture of lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and water. Going on this diet plan for the full ten day duration will take a high level of discipline and commitment.

The diet is called by many different names such as the maple syrup diet the cayenne pepper diet and of course the lemonade diet. It’s also called the master cleanse. You can lose up to twenty pounds of weight during the ten day cleanse. A lot of the weight loss will be in the form of water weight, though you will lose excess body fat too. Some of the water weight may be gained back after you go off the cleanse, but it’s a great way to jump start your weight loss and dieting plan.

You will also detoxify your body which is enormously important to your overall health and welfare. We may not realize it but we ingest a lot of different chemicals throughout our lives. Many of these chemicals are fine by themselves or in small doses but when they are combined with other chemicals and/ or they accumulate, serious medical issues can arise.

Cleansing is a great way to get rid of that buildup of toxins. Most healthy people can cleanse up to once a month with their doctors ok. Of course, you should always talk to your doctor and make sure that it’s ok for you to do this or any other diet and cleanse. I’m not a doctor and can’t give out medical advice so make sure to talk to someone who can. This is really important if you have underlying medical problems.

To increase your likelihood of succeeding when you do the diet and cleanse take some time to prepare yourself prior to starting. Your preparations can be as simple as just eating a little bit less right before the cleanse and getting your head around the idea of going on a strictly liquid diet for ten days.

If you’ve ever had a colonoscopy and you’ve had to have a strictly liquid diet for the whole day before the procedure, you know how hard it can be to do this. We’re simply not used to only ingesting liquids and that is why so many people will fail when they try. By getting ‘your head in the game’ prior to starting you will greatly increase your chances of making it through the whole cleanse successfully.

If you’re serious about leading a healthier life and you’ve decided that the first step is to start losing weight and detoxifying your body than the lemonade cleansing diet might be just the ticket for you. Just make sure to ask your doctor if you can do it and then commit yourself fully for the best shot at success.

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A Guide To The Best Exercise For Weight Loss For Women

Women often struggle to lose weight by slimming alone; weight may also climb back on once the diet ends, despite efforts to exercise. Females take longer to lose weight than men, and often women require a different kind of exercise in order to help then lose weight. Women may despair, and find it difficult to know what the best exercise for weight loss is for them.

After having a baby, new mothers may also find it harder to lose the pregnancy pounds and what has worked for them previously may not be the best way to lose excess weight caused by childbirth.

Due to these factors, women often feel like giving up on exercise, and this is a mistake, as there are many exercises to help with weight loss: so here is a guide to some of the most suitable exercise regimes.

CARDIO: Cardio exercise has long been considered the best exercise for weight loss for women and men; even something as simple as a walk can help to burn calories, without putting strain on the body. Aerobic group exercise may be the first step towards helping women to lose weight in a regular way.

BREATHING EXERCISE: Kapalbhati Pranayam is the a great method of losing weight for women who have trouble moving around; air is forced through the nose in a forceful manner, and inhalation is passive. This exercise is sometimes not recommended for people with epilepsy or heart disease, but for healthy but overweight women

STRENGTH TRAINING: This is rapidly replacing cardio in medical opinion as the most effective weight loss method for women.
Strength training helps build muscle, which burns more calories than simple cardio by itself.

RUNNING: Many professional women take up running as a hobby, since it is both an excellent method of burning calories, and it also helps to relax the body and boost the mood of the runner. In fact, running may be the best exercise for weight loss for women, as it can also help to diminish the risk of osteoporosis.

Running is less expensive than a gym membership or the requirements of buying fitness machines; it protects women against heart attacks and stress related illnesses, also has positive emotional effects such as improvements in self-esteem and confidence.

Running can be the best exercise for losing weight in the stomach, buttocks and thigh areas: the abdominal muscles are used when running; legs and buttocks are exercised thoroughly, and it is also an excellent cardio workout for the entire body.

Running is by far the best exercise for women hoping to improve their general health; doctors sometimes recommend running as a way to reduce the risk of developing heart problems, diabetes, hypertension and stroke; there is evidence that it may also help women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer.

Running can improve the levels of cholesterol in the blood, diminish the risk of blood clots, and improve lung capacity. It also benefits the immune system by increasing white blood cell production.

In conclusion, it is clear that the best exercise for losing weight and improving health for women is running: it is cheap, beneficial, and can help women to relax after a stressful day at work.

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Benefits Of Green Tea – Positive Impact On Health

Green tea has been consumed by people for centuries, most likely dating back to prehistoric times. It was first cultivated in Asia and has more health benefits than black tea. However, both green tea and black tea come from the same plant. The only difference is that black tea is more heavily processed. As with other foods, each extra step of processing robs it of some health-giving benefits. So what are the benefits of green tea?

That’s a great question. First, let’s admit that even though the first people who used green tea didn’t have modern degrees in science, they were more in tune with their environment, and out of necessity, their bodies as well. They may not have understood why green tea worked, but they were able to easily see the results.

Now let’s take a quick step back into the present day. It turns out that modern scientists agree with the people of past centuries when it comes to the benefits of green tea. The only difference is that scientists have a better understanding if why green tea is so good for you. Tea contains flavonoids and polyphenols, catechin to be specific. This works as an antioxidant and has a positive impact on health. Here are some of the advantages of drinking green tea regularly.

1. Preventing heart disease. There is evidence that the compounds in green tea work to lower the absorption of cholesterol in the intestines. The thinking is that if the body takes in less cholesterol, then it can’t build up in the blood vessels. If that’s the case, then the risk of heart disease goes down.

2. Liver function. While modern medicine may not fully agree with the following, those who practice alternative medicine recommend drinking green tea to flush built-up toxins out of the liver. The liver works as the body’s main filter, and your health suffers when it gets backed up. Green tea may be the answer to this common problem.

3. Weight loss. Not only does green tea reduce the absorption of cholesterol, it does the same thing with fat. The more fat that passes through your system, the less there is to store. On top of that, compounds in green tea can lower the secretion of leptin. Leptin makes you feel like you’re still hungry, so keeping that under control will help you feel full sooner than you other wise would. The other aspect of green tea that aids in weight loss is that it can boost metabolism; burning off more calories even when you are at rest.

4. Cancer. Studies have shown a strong link between drinking green tea and a reduction in certain types of cancer. Just don’t drink it too hot as it could increase your odds of problems in the esophagus.

5. Diabetes. Another one of the benefits of green tea that researchers have found is that it can help regulate blood sugar levels.

Whatever it is that made our ancestors discover the benefits of green tea, it’s a good thing they did. It is a drink that not only tastes good, but it’s also good for you.

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