Losing Weight By Eating Cucumbers

Is it really possible to lose weight by simply eating cucumbers? These common green vegetables are in fact a useful supplement to your weight reduction régime.

The cucumber is one of the most common salad vegetables. You can usually get them all year round. However they are best in May through July. The best ones to eat are organically grown ones because then you can eat the nutritious skin as well as the cucumber itself. If you can only find commercially grown ones be careful to peel off the waxed skin, as this contains pesticides, chemicals and wax.

How cucumbers will help you lose weight:

• Low calories: They are low in calories and have high water content. This means that they will fill you up without adding calories. They are in fact a great way to help you lose weight.

• Diuretic: they will help you to lose water due to water retention. This is a common problem with obesity.

• Increase fluids: It is essential to drink as much water as possible when you try to lose weight. This will help you to feel fuller and encourage you to eat less. Water will help you to flush toxins from your body. Plus your body needs at least 8 glasses of water to function well. Cucumbers have a large ratio of water which will increase your fluid intake.

• Fiber: cucumbers like most vegetables will provide you with fiber. When losing weight you should try to have a high fiber diet. Fiber will fill you up and encourage you to eat less. It will also aid in making your digestion better. When you digest your food better you will be able to lose weight.

Nutritional facts: an 8 ¼ inch cucumber has 2 grams of protein, 11 grams of carbohydrate, 1 ½ grams fiber, 5 grams of sugar, vitamins K,C, B6 and A. It also has foliate and potassium. A cucumber of this size will only contain 45 calories and because of the water and fiber in it will help to fill you up.

Choosing cucumbers: there are a number of different types of cucumbers and they will taste subtly different. The best way to get varieties that you like is to grow them either in containers or out in your yard. They will have a distinctive taste quite different from the somewhat insipid store cumbers.

• Lemon cucumbers: these are round yellowish green cucumbers with a nice mild flavor.

• Japanese cucumbers: these are a long thin variety that has a mild flavor and is good for eating in salads or as a salad on its own. They are usually found wrapped in cellophane wrap at the stores.

• American cucumbers: there are many varieties of these. They range from small pickling size to larger ones that are ideal for salads. Hybrids have made the cucumber a mild flavored vegetable which has lost much of the bitterness of the old varieties.

Tips for eating:

• Always choose fresh cucumbers that are not wrinkled or sunken. The older they get the more bitter you will find them.

• Cut the end off your cucumbers and rub a little salt into them by rubbing the ends together. Doing this will takeaway some of the bitterness.

• You can slice cucumbers and put them with a little vinegar, salt and pepper.

• You can also pickle them. There are a variety of recipes you can use.



Source by Catherine Qazalbash

How to Lose Weight Without Movement and Strenuous Exercise

Long before the treadmill was ever invented a stationary exercise was discovered by the Chinese over 2700 years ago that helped people lose weight and strengthen not only their body, but also their mind from the inside out. Instilled in this exercise are philosophies perfected through thousands of years of cultural and spiritual evolution.

Taoist sages discovered that the secret to health did not lie from external sources or physical exertion but grew from within, when the body was stilled. Like a tree, in stillness one’s body flourished from the inside out, became strong and healthy and in harmony with nature bringing the disbalances within the practitioners body back to a state of childlike serenity, where agility, health and peace of mind are a native phenomenon.

Through years of extensive research, the old masters discovered that the body and mind were akin to a midnight lake reflecting the soft glow of the moonlight. When one’s body was not calm, the trembling surface of the lake distorted the image of the moon, but when one stilled the mind the body and mind gained a perfect reflection of the heavens, still and strong.

One of the main problems with exercise and health today, and really just the same as with most other aspects in our lives; by the time we realize our habits are beginning to affect us negatively, it is often already too late to do anything about it. People smoke every day, and then get cancer. Drink alcohol and have their liver fail, or in our case, lead an unbalanced life with a bad diet and well… get FAT. Now, being fat really wouldn’t be that much of an issue if that’s all it was. Unfortunately being overweight is a state of disbalance which causes a lot of internal problems; motor problems, muscle problems, organ problems, nervous problems… And by the time all these things kick in enough that we start to take notice, most of the exercise regiments online or at the local gym are simple too demanding on your body to undertake regularly. Often they just simply hurt too much to do because your body has become so weak.

This is where the Western exercise regimes find their limits.

So today, I’m going to share this ancient exercise with you and I can guarantee you, that if you do this every day for just 30 to 60 minutes a day. Your health will come back, your body will become strong, your skin clear, your mind calm. Your dietary needs will change on their own from the inside out as if someone changed your configuration from within and you will lose weight.

The name of the exercise is called Post Standing or Zhang Zhuang and this is how to do it:

What you need:

Performing this exercise outside is preferred, but if you feel uncomfortable a well ventilated room will suffice.

Wear loose fitting clothes.

What to do:

– Stand up right, keep your spine straight

– Legs shoulder width apart.

– Keep your chin parallel to the ground

– Relax your shoulders

– Bend your knees so when you look down naturally your toes are obscured from the view

– Raise both your hands in front of you at chest high (just below your throat) and spread your fingers as if you were holding on to a big barrel or inflatable beach ball pressing against your chest

– Calm your breathing and concentrate on your belly button

Duration 30 – 60 Mins.

Things to expect:

– You may experience pain in areas where you have problems as your body tries to clear and rebalance itself from the inside out.

– Your legs, hands, body may start to tremble.

– You may heat up and start to sweat.

– Your heart rate may increase.

– You may feel cold, warm, tingling sensations.

All these symptoms are indications that your body is beginning to clear blockages and rebalances itself from the inside out. If you practice regularly, you will notice you will begin to feel better, calmer, want to eat and sleep less, have more energy, enjoy sex more, and be less hateful, jealous and angry.

As you still your mind like the water of the evening lake the moons reflection will become perfect. In the same way your body will become perfect from the inside out and your ailments will disappear. You need not move, just stand still and this ancient exercise will take care of you. From nothing emerges everything and from the stillness of Zhan Zhuang practice, thus will health come forth in your life.

Millions of people all over the world practice this exercise daily, from monks in temples to business men in billion dollar corporations. They have all alike found the powerful effects of post standing on a daily basis. Post Standing is the basis in 100s of forms of Kung Fu and is considered the pillar of strength, longevity and an integral component of spiritual cultivation.

Info Bite: Li Ching Yuen the oldest man to have ever lived who died at the age of 256 practiced a variation of these same forms of exercises.

It may seem odd that standing still can be considered an exercise, much less an activity that can actually help you lose weight or rejuvenate your health, but trust me… you will feel it when you do the work. I know a lot of people who can’t hold the pose for 5 minutes before they start panting and buckle under the strain. It is not magic, these exercises have been refined for thousands of years and have been practiced for just as long in the east. The west is merely now beginning to scratch the surface and explore these chapters of the eastern medical history.

At first you may yourself have difficulty holding it for a long time. Start with 5 minutes, then as your endurance increases move on to 10, 15, 30 – 60 minutes per day.

Some of you reading this may try it once or twice, but those who make a habit of it from this day onwards, will remember this article as something that changed their life forever.

For more information on similar health practices research the words: Qi Gong and Tai Chi.

I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors and hope that this has been a pleasant read.



Source by E. Lang

Polynesian Diet Strategies – 7 Tips to Help You Lose Weight Permanently

I am constantly amazed when I hear stories of Polynesians who suddenly passed away from heart attack, diabetes, and even colon cancer, at such a young age. My grandfather was very young when he died from colon cancer. My mother who is now 62 has suffered from a long history of chronic illnesses, arthritis, stroke, and now has diabetes. Outside of my immediate family, I see other Polynesians suffering from diet induced diseases, and I fear they will not live to see their grandchildren. So what is happening to our people, and what can we do to stop it?

I am going to give you seven of the best tips you can implement to lose weight, and get back your health starting right now, but first I want to tell you a little about myself.

I am a Polynesian male in my late thirties. I was born and raised in New Zealand to loving parents of six children. I came to the United States in the late nineties to attend school. After the first year of College, I had gained some extra weight, about 15lbs. No big deal right, wrong. As each year passed I was gaining more and more unsightly body fat.

This was extremely abnormal for me, since I was fairly active and played a great deal of competitive sports, such as rugby, basketball, tennis and volleyball. I have always had a good sense about being in shape and was growing frustrated at the elusive body fat accumulating day to day. I ignored it for a long time until one day I was flipping through some photos I just developed. I saw a shot of myself where my back was facing the camera. For a brief moment I was confused as to who that was. I didn’t even recognize myself. I was embarrassed and ashamed to realize that the way I thought I looked, and how I actually looked were completely different. Is this what people were seeing?

At this point I bought a pair of scales to assess the damage. After three years of denial I weighed a hefty 246lbs. I was stunned. This wasn’t the worst part. I was beginning to have bad chest pains, and experienced dizziness and shortness of breath. I felt tired all the time. I was also becoming more and more depressed. So what was going on? Well, in a nutshell, I was eating the wrong foods, at the wrong times, and way too much of it.

I decided I was going to embark on a mission, to lose 30lbs, after all how hard can that be right. I mean I am a hard worker, should be a snap. So I did what most people do, head out to the local gym, sign up for a membership and personal trainer, bought all the protein bars, shakes and supplements they recommended. I even subscribed to a fitness magazine and purchased products they recommended. All in all I had spent a small fortune in order to get started, but this was fine because I was really committing myself.

I spent the next 3 months working out with my trainer twice a week, and on my own four times a week, with only Sunday off. My workouts consisted of 35-45mins of cardio six days a week and weight training for 60 Min’s 5 days a week. At first I started to lose weight by 4-5lbs a week. I was really excited, then slowly but surely, it started to drop to 2lbs a week, then not even one. My trainer told me ‘we need to tweak your diet a little, and work a little harder’. Believe me when I tell you I was busting my butt to get in shape. There were days when I was the only one in the gym at 1.30am doing cardio. The cleaners would joke around saying I needed to pay rent I was there so much.

And then it happened, at my next weigh in day I had actually gained 2lbs. My trainer assured me this was muscle gain, and not to worry as the scales don’t distinguish between muscle gain, and fat gain, or muscle loss and fat loss for that matter. I was skeptical because I felt so much weaker. I couldn’t bench or leg press what I could 3 months earlier, and if I was really gaining muscle, shouldn’t I be stronger. It didn’t make sense to me. Nevertheless I continued on to the end of our scheduled training program. When all was said and done I weighed 227lbs. I had lost 19lbs, not bad, but a far cry from my goal of 30lbs.

The worst thing about it, was that I didn’t look much different, just smaller. It was discouraging to me to think I had worked so hard for 3 months and was still not happy with the way I looked. I was still flabby, still undefined, and still felt tired all the time, some days even more tired than when I was heavier. Then it dawned on me, the trainers at the gym had taken specific courses and certifications to help their clients get into better shape. Perhaps they were not specific enough for me. I started to pay a lot more attention to the things I ate, the types of foods, as well as how they affected me, even the foods recommended by my trainer which I had taken as gospel. Here is what I found.

1. Many of the carbohydrates I was eating, even the healthy fibrous carbs, had an adverse affect on me.

2. I could stuff myself with veges and fruits all day long and still be hungry.

3. I would eat less then 36g of fat a day for weeks and still be flabby

4. Eating the forbidden red meat made me feel strong and induced powerful workouts

5. Eating coconut, a food rich in saturated fats curbed my hunger, and accelerated my fat loss

6. Eating larger meals less often, gave me unbelievable energy, despite the accepted idea of eating smaller frequent meals.

7. Healthy grains, such as oatmeal, and wheat bread slowed my weight loss.

8. Cardio sessions left me feeling weak and depleted, and you guessed it, still smooth, not cut

9. Weight training energized me

10. All the protein shakes I was using were making me fat

11. White rice surprisingly did not

12. Although yams were sweeter than potatoes, they helped my progress, where potatoes hindered

13. I could eat a lot, and I mean a lot of fish, and still get lean

I realize now that there is a uniqueness to the Polynesian body and how many of the accepted laws and practices of the fitness industry do not apply to us.

Last year I travelled to Cambodia. While I was there I couldn’t help but notice how slender and healthy the people of that culture were, despite being a third world country, or perhaps due to it. Obesity was practically non existent, and I thought to myself there must be something to the way they eat. I really doubt the average Cambodian has a membership to Golds Gym, and I didn’t see them out running all the time. Many of them where just sitting around on the streets.

When I flew back to the US my first stop was San Fransisco Airport, and there was no mistaking being back in America. Eight out of ten people I saw were either overweight or obese. I thought more about the Cambodian culture. What did they eat so ordinarily that kept them in shape? Then it came to me. They eat the foods their bodies have evolved to assimilate. It was an epiphany of mass proportion. Once I realised this I could apply it to myself right. Well, I couldn’t have been more right.

I began to research more and more about my heritage. Where did I come from? Who are my parents? Where are they from? What did the people from that region of the world eat before the introduction of commercially processed foods? Now I was getting somewhere. It all led to genetics.

I researched several case studies from the early sixties concerning cultures from the isles of the sea. It was amazing to see the differences in what they ate and how they obtained their food. It was also sad to see how their health has plummeted as they have strayed from that food. It has long been understood that in order to discover truth, you must go to the source. Unchanged and untainted, it is the wellspring from which all knowledge will flow. Cheap imitations may mimic the truth, but from their fruits, they will be revealed.

What I am speaking of are fake foods, fake fats, fake sugars, engineered additives, harmful chemicals, and unnatural preservatives, powders, shakes, and meal replacements to name a few. All in all they eventually reveal themselves through unsightly bodies, crippling health issues, and the loss of quality of life. As soon as I started eliminating all processed foods, refined sugars, and all so called health foods, my fat loss skyrocketed. In just a few weeks, I had lost 14lbs, and the weight continued to come off. My energy levels were very high, and this made me more excited and motivated to exercise. Over the next 3 months I had lost a significant amount of body fat and a total of 38lbs not including the 19lbs I had lost working my butt off. Funny thing was that I was working out half as much as I was to lose those 19lbs, as I did to lose the 38lbs. I was really onto something. All in all I had lost a total of 57lbs.

One day at the gym, a trainer was blown away by how I looked. He had the audacity to ask me ‘what happened?’, as if I had survived a life threatening disease. He then asked ‘what’s your secret’, and I found myself caught in the irony of telling a trainer that my secret was diet and exercise. This was the same advice I had paid over $900 for three months earlier. If only that advice were the right diet, and the right exercise for a Polynesian. Well, back to genetics.

I discovered something very interesting about my heritage. My parents are from the Polynesian islands. My father was born in Lotopa Upolu, and my mother in Suva Fiji. Genetic mapping shows that these cultures have strong links to the indigenous people of Taiwan, and that they are more closely linked to this culture than any other. I thought, hm, seems plausible; Polynesians love chop suey, eat a lot of rice, love their fish, even eat it raw like the Asian cultures. All I did was eat more of the foods they would have eaten on those islands fifty years ago, and why, because these are the foods my body has evolved to assimilate, despite the fact that my diet can contain as much as 60% saturated fats. Yep, you read it right. I can eat a lot more fat and be lean and healthy if they are natural fats, but I cannot eat a small amount of sugar and get away with it.

I went on to discover many important aspects of health that are specific to Polynesians, which cannot be addressed in the scope of this article, but here are some guide lines to help you lose weight safely and permanently.

Tip #1 You must lower your carbohydrates and eliminate processed foods

Before the white man showed up on the islands, organic foods were called ordinary foods. Nothing was processed, and the work effort alone to provide food for your family would be enough to keep anyone lean.

Tip #2 Increase your fiber intake

Tip #3 Drink more water

Get rid of sodas, sports drinks, alcohol, diet beverages, and caffeinated drinks, with the exception of green tea. Polynesians can benefit a great deal from green tea as it has been used by their ancestors (Asians) for medicinal purposes for more than 2000 years. Can’t be wrong.

Tip #4 Eat more protein

Eat whole foods in the form of organic pork, organic beef, and fish. Hey this is the best part. It’s what we love and our bodies are designed for it.

Tip #5 Replace your olive, vegetable and corn oils with coconut oil

Although olive oil is highly recommended and a mainstay of most diets, last time I checked no islanders descended from Italians. Again believe me when I say, our bodies have evolved to assimilate coconut oil better than any other. Various studies show that although there is little nutritional value in coconut oil, many people lose weight by eating it.

In the islands coconut and coconut cream is used in everything. Sixty percent of the normal diet is comprised of saturated fat compared to the typical western diet of thirty five to forty five percent fat, yet the islanders had less heart disease and less blood cholesterol. Diabetes, and colon cancer were completely absent before the introduction of processed foods. Problems arise when you combine these high natural oil diets with refined sugars, and processed foods containing chemicals, additives and preservatives that wreak havoc on the typical Polynesian body type. Things like spam, and canned corned beef that use fake fats are dangerous, and should not be eaten.

Tip #6 Avoid these foods at all cost

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Refined sugar

Fake fats such as trans fats and partially hydrogenated oil

Artificial sweeteners and diet foods

Dairy

Soy products

If you are eliminating all processed foods you will not have a difficulty with most of these. Also avoid processed meats, such as bacon and deli meats as they can contain modified salts, sugars and dangerous nitrates.

Tip #7 Keep a food journal

You may be surprised at how much you eat, or how little. If you keep a journal, you will have an accurate record of how your body is affected by different foods. This is a very useful tool.

Obviously there are so many things you can learn that break down the very specifics of dieting techniques, but trust me, these simple techniques will work for you as they have for me. I have kept the weight off for six years now, and feel terrific. I do recommend that you do more research as I did, to learn everything you can about successful weight loss, and how it relates to you specifically. Don’t be disheartened by all the information that is available out there. A lot of the diet strategies and work out programs won’t work for us, but some of them will. Educate yourself, for knowledge is power. Nothing is more important than investing in your own health, and that of your family.



Source by Andrew Pogai

Can You Cheat on Medifast and Still Lose Weight?

I’m often asked how much cheating is allowed on Medifast or if you will still lose weight if you cheat. Well, I guess that depends on what you mean by cheating. Because technically, I’ve been cheating on my diet all along. However, I think there’s a safe, effective way to do it, which I’ll discuss in the following article.

Understanding How Medifast Really Works: The reason that this diet is so effective is really three fold. First, you’re simply taking in less calories than you normally would, as the foods are low in calories and carbs. Second, you’re eating six small meals throughout the day which helps to bump up your metabolism and combat hunger. Finally, because your eating less carbohydrates and a higher amount of protein, your body gets into a metabolic state called ketosis which encourages your body to burn its own fat.

Ketosis is really the promised land of this diet and where you ultimately want to be. You can test this by using ketone strips – which is tell you definitively if you’ve reached this state. (You can get these at most any drug store or super center.)

Does Cheating On The Medifast Diet Knock You Out Of Ketosis?: You’ll stop losing weight as rapidly and as dramatically if you fall out of ketosis. However, the good news is that it only takes a few days to get back in. So, there’s really no need to panic if you notice from the ketone strips that you’re out. And, you’re much more likely to get out of this state if you cheat by eating carbs. You’ll be in much better shape if you cheat with protein. So, technically, it’s better to sneak a nice juicy burger than trying to sneak a donut or a piece of cake.

The Cheat That I Think Has Actually Helped Me Lose Weight With Medifast: OK, so now I’m going to admit that I don’t always stick to things as designed. But, I’m smart about it. I add things to my prepackaged foods several times a day. What I mean by this is that I add fat and sugar free syrups to the shakes, puddings, and cappuccino. I will also sometimes add fat free whipped cream. I also add fat free cheese, sour cream, and humus to the chili, eggs, and soups / stews. I’ll also sometimes add soda water to the shakes for a fountain type soda drink. I use the dry ingredients for the pudding to make “safe” muffins, cakes, and cookies.

In short, I take a great deal of liberties with the foods, but I try to use fat or sugar free ingredients when I do this. This gives me more variety and makes me more excited about the eating the foods.

The Liberties That I Take With The Lean And Green Meal: Each day, you’ll eat five prepackaged meals on this diet and will prepare one meal yourself. (Some people will skip this meal, but you shouldn’t because I believe that doing this will slow your metabolism. I’ve experimented with this and it has almost always slowed my results.) You’re supposed to eat lean protein and low glycemic vegetables and for the most part, I stick with this. But, if my family is having chopped steak then I’m sometimes not going to make chicken breast just for myself. Or, if my family has sweet green peas, I’m not going to deny myself because these are high on the glycemic index. And, occasionally, I don’t deny myself a burger if I remove the bread.

I figure that if I am pretty much eating a “lean and mostly green meal,” I’m doing pretty good. And even with the little slip ups, I’m still taking in FAR fewer calories and carbs than normal. And, if my weight loss is any indication, I’m doing just fine.



Source by Lindsey Price

Desperate to Lose Weight Quickly? Easy Ways to Lose Weight

If you are desperate to lose weight quickly, then you need to make sure that you are following safe and proven weight loss programs and tips that can give you effective and long lasting results.

Many people depend on fat loss pills and diet supplements as the fastest way to lose weight, which can ruin your health and offer you only temporary results. Intensive workouts may actually leave your body tired and devoid of any energy and is definitely not the right way towards quick weight loss. So what works? A slow and steady way of losing weight can give you better results in the long term and lead to definite weight loss.

You need to have a strong sense of determination and set your goals for slimming down accordingly. There is no short cut to successfully losing excess weight and you need to remember that a well shaped and toned body can be achieved using the right combination of exercises and planning a healthy diet.

Lots of people become victims to the false claims made by unethical manufacturers and end up buying different weight loss products. However, it is important to realize that these can prove disastrous to the health and cause various kinds of side effects.

Some smart tips for quick weight loss

If you are aiming at quick and safe weight loss, then you can follow some of the tips given here:

Switch to a low glycemic diet

It is important to eat foods which have a low glycemic index and contain less fat and at the same time contain essential nutrients that can keep your body healthy. You can include in your diet lots of grains – including breakfast cereals that contain oats, barley and whole grain breads, as well as eating different kinds of fruits and vegetables.

Reduce your meal portions

One of the easy ways to lose some excess weight is to cut down the quantity of your meal portions to reduce food consumption. Make sure that you take small portions of food every time and increase the frequency of eating to about 5-6 times a day by including healthy servings of fruits and vegetables like salads. However, make sure to avoid salad dressings that are oily and fattening.

Eat more protein-based foods

Eat more protein-based foods which can help in increasing your metabolism and burn fat more easily. A protein rich diet helps you to preserve your lean muscle and gives you good energy after a workout. Make sure that the protein foods that you choose are low in fat to get the best results.

Combine cardio exercises along with weight training

Do cardio workouts along with a weight-training program that can speed up the process of burning fat and build muscle for a well-toned body. Also, remember that a shorter workout can produce better results than longer workouts done at a moderate pace.

Use effective weight loss programs and tips if you really want to slim down, tone up and look fantastic!



Source by Nikki Cooper

How To Lose Baby Fat – Lose The Weight And Get Your Body Back FAST

How to lose baby fat can be the most challenging aspect of being a new Mother, the trauma our bodies go through when carrying and giving birth to our babies can affect everything from our thyroid gland (regulates metabolism) to our diaphragm walls (stomach bulge).

Luckily Asian women have mastered how to lose weight quickly and stay lean even just after having a baby, and you can do the same things they do to get into shape and look fabulous in a hurry.

How To Lose Baby Fat – The Skinny Asian Way

The most important thing I tell students in my local weight-loss classes regarding how to lose baby fat is that our bodies are in a recovery state for much of the first six months after we give birth.

From massive hormone changes to stretching of various tissues in our body, pregnancy is a dramatic change that needs to be handled carefully as we get back to our old selves. Therefore it’s important that you not resort to dangerous diet pills, crazy supplements, or any other risky things as your body heals itself during this time.

And while you’re not going to learn ALL of the best ways how to lose baby fat that Asian women use after a pregnancy from just a single short article online, you CAN pick up some great tips that will get you started on the right road:

1. Reactivate your metabolism by doing this simple routine – Most new Moms are far too weak from a lack of sleep and the stress of handling a newborn to even think about working out or exercising. And this can last even longer if the baby was delivered by c-section (cesarian) as the recovery process is extended.

However, once you feel like you’re ready, begin by just walking 20-30 minutes around your neighborhood each day, preferably before breakfast as a great way how to lose baby fat.

You don’t have to walk for miles, and you don’t have to walk very fast, as pushing the baby stroller will add a ton of calorie-burning to the process on its own.

Also, walking is critical because you’re activating your abdominal walls, as well as your lower back muscles, with each step you take. This makes it far easier for your stomach area to snap-back to the shape you want it to be versus not doing anything.

Walking is the #1 way Asian women use as to how to lose baby fat, it’s very underrated in a world that tries to take money out of our purses with far more exotic diet product marketing. Stick to the basics and you’ll see progress quickly.

2. We’ve all heard this tip before but are you doing it correctly? – Breastfeeding will zap around 600 to 900 calories from your system per DAY that you do it due to the massive energy needed to produce and store milk in your system. It’s a fantastic way to drop baby fat right from the start and will definitely help you answer how to lose baby fat quickly.

The problem though is that once you STOP breastfeeding, if you don’t alter your food intake you will pack on the pounds like crazy, and this is common with first-time Moms.

Be sure to be aware of when you’re going to wean your baby off of breast milk, because your metabolism will fall right away. Counter this by eating food that boosts your metabolic rate, like lean chicken (skinless), spices such as tumeric and chile pepper, high-fiber natural foods like fruits and veggies, and 3-4 cups of green tea daily.

You’ll not only lose baby fat by eating more this base group of foods, you’ll also notice your health and immune systems will both recover much more quickly.

3. If you just can’t lose weight ever, try this secret tip – I know it can be depressing, but if you’re upset because nothing has worked you need to learn one of the most powerful secret free methods that Asian women do to force fat off of their belly and thighs in less than a month…WITHOUT starving or doing crazy workouts.



Source by Catherine Cheng

3 Day Diet – Lose Weight Fast For a Special Occasion

Want to lose weight fast? A 3 day diet is perfect if you need to lose weight for a special occasion, like a wedding, or a graduation, or even a job interview. Depending on how much you weigh now, you can lose five to seven pounds.

This weight loss can help you to look great on your special day because your clothes fit well. A 3 day diet can also motivate you to keep on losing weight. However, be aware that you should never stay on one of these diets for longer than three days — they can harm your health.

Aim to eat around 1000 calories a day for the three days — if you don’t have a calorie counter, get one before you start.

Big tip: go on this diet during the work week. You’ll be busy, and won’t have time to spend thinking about food.

Low Calorie Breakfasts

Don’t try to cut calories by going without breakfast. You’ll feel very hungry by mid-morning, and may break your diet. Here are some easy breakfast ideas: a hard boiled egg with a slice of toast; two slices of toast with honey; three tablespoons of oats cooked with skim milk; or a small tub of yogurt.

Low Calorie Lunches

For your lunches, consider any protein plus a small salad, and a piece of fruit. Your protein options: a slice of beef, chicken or turkey, or a small single-serve tin of tuna. Cheese is also an option.

Low Calorie Dinners

Follow the “protein plus vegetables” theme for dinner. Ensure that you broil or roast meat, rather than frying it. Fill your plate with vegetables, and you won’t be hungry at all.

If you’re in doubt about the calorie count of a meal, look it up in your calorie counter.

Low Calories Snacks

Fruit needs to be your first choice when it comes to snacks. You can chop up apple and other fruits for a quick fruit salad to take with you to work.

Once your 3 day diet is over, go back to eating a normal diet. If you stay on a very low calorie diet for too long, your metabolism will slow, which means that you’ll put on weight very easily.



Source by Julia Denham

How to Lose Weight Fast: 14 Things You Can Do to Lose Weight Quickly!

Everyone wants to know how to lose weight fast. We know the usual “watch your diet and exercise regularly” routine. But if it is as simple as that, then there wouldn’t be so many fat people in this world!

Amidst all the lies and hype surrounding the weight loss industry, it can be hard to separate the hype and lies from the truth. That’s why in today’s article, I’m going to share with you 14 things you must do to lose weight fast. Following these 14 tips will help you to lose weight safely and stay lean all year-round.

WARNING: SOME OF THE INFORMATION YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ MAY CONTRADICT WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS.

How To Lose Weight Fast Tip #1: Stop eating only salads

This is a well-known habit especially among female office workers. You order a big salad with nothing but greens. Your colleagues see what you eat and applaud your efforts to lose weight. But before 2pm, you get hungry and start looking for cookies and chocolates to snack. How’s that for one step forward and two steps back in your fat loss attempt? While there’s nothing wrong with having salads for lunch, you should add some good clean protein such as eggs and chicken breasts and also good fats such as avocados or guacamole into your salads as well. Remember this: Every meal should have a protein element. These protein and fat make you feel more satisfied after the meal and will sustain your blood sugar levels for a longer period so you won’t be looking for unhealthy snacks around the office right after lunch.

How To Lose Weight Fast Tip #2: Replace all the unhealthy snacks at home and in your office

Contrary to popular belief, snacking is actually productive for fat loss. Snacking on healthy snacks in between meals will help maintain a steady blood glucose level and also keep your metabolism elevated. Since people snack on convenience and the general availability of food around them, it is important to keep only healthy snacks such as dark chocolate, nuts, trail mixes, fruits or even beef jerky within easy reach. Throw all the others away. Or give them to a colleague you hate.

How To Lose Weight Fast Tip #3: Start a simple exercise routine

Every fat loss program needs to have an exercise component. It doesn’t even have to an actual exercise like jogging or swimming. If you have never exercised before in your life, you can even start something as simple as brisk walking every day for 20 minutes and work up the intensity from there. The main objective is staying active and turning up your metabolism. As you get fitter (and you will), crank up the intensity and challenge your body to reach new heights of fitness.

How To Lose Weight Fast Tip #4: Stop the steady state jogging

If you have been jogging for some time and haven’t seen any significant weight loss results, then it’s time for you to move on to more challenging exercises. Jogging is a good exercise to build your cardiovascular endurance, but not the best for fat loss. To effective burn fat, you need a workout that elevates your heart rate to at least 80% of your maximum heart rate and burns the most number of calories in the shortest period of time. Full body exercises such as burpees, squats, deadlifts, shoulder presses and rows gives you the most bang for your time spent on exercising. Perform each exercise for 30 seconds with a 30 second break in between for 3 sets before moving onto the next. Do this for 10 – 15 minutes a day and you will see results beyond what you have experienced from months of jogging.

How To Lose Weight Fast Tip #5: Don’t avoid carbohydrates completely

When carbs replaced fats as the main contributor of weight gain, many people are avoiding all known types of carbs completely. I personally have a colleague who shuns carbs like the plague. Let me set the record straight. Not all carbs are bad. Our bodies need carbs to function properly. Carbs are our bodies’ main source of energy. In fact, our brain functions primarily on carbs. Depriving your body of carbs can have detrimental effects on your body. Every type food has its time and place to be consumed. As a general rule, you should only consume low glycemic carbs such as brown rice, dark leafy vegetables, multi-grain bread, oatmeal, etc. High glycemic foods such as bananas, juices, white rice, potatoes and other processed foods are best consumed only right after an intense exercise.

How To Lose Weight Fast Tip #6: Set realistic and measurable goals

A lot of people give up on a training or fat loss program after a week or so because they did not see the results they were expecting. First of all, you have to remember that you didn’t get fat overnight. So you should not expect a miracle weight loss to happen as well. Setting realistic and measurable goals will help keep you motivated and continue towards your ultimate weight loss goal. So what considered as a realistic goal? Losing 0.5-1kg (1-2 lbs) a week is a realistic. Losing half an inch on your waist after two weeks is realistic. Of course, you have to be completely honest with yourself when you are accessing these goals. Ask yourself if you are really following the exercise program religiously? How many times did you cheat on your diet?

How To Lose Weight Fast Tip #7: Focus on building muscle

Some people may disagree with me that exercising and muscle-building is important for fat loss. To me, fat loss is all about changing our body composition – reducing the fat mass and increasing fat-free mass (muscles). Increasing fat-free mass will invariably contribute to the lowering of fat mass. For each pound of muscle your body has, you burn an extra 35-50 calories a day. Fat on the other hand burns only 2 calories per pound. So the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolic rate will be. And contrary to popular belief, having more muscles is what will give your body those sexy curves that the opposite sex desires.

How To Lose Weight Fast Tip #8: Invest in a whey protein or meal replacement supplement

Having 3 meals a day with 3 snacks times in between is not always easy to prepare. That’s why for convenience purposes, it’s recommended that you purchase a good whey protein or meal replacement supplement. Just add water or milk and you have one serving of quality protein.

How To Lose Weight Fast Tip #9: Make small changes and stick with them for 21 days

Let’s be honest with ourselves. Fat loss involves some behavioral and lifestyle change. Your current lifestyle got you to the state that you are now. Continuing down this path obviously is not the quickest way to lose weight. We all know behavioral change is the hardest thing. This is why we need to make little changes every day that is more acceptable to our bodies. For example, if you currently drink two cans of soda every day, cut down to one can a day. Then next week, cut down to one can every two days. You get the picture. And for any program that you decide to get started, stick with it for 21 days. Statistics have shown that any behavioral change takes 21 to accept and approximately 60 days to form into a habit. So no matter how much you hate a current diet or exercise program, persevere for 21 days. You will be glad you did.

How To Lose Weight Fast Tip #10: Surround yourself with like-minded people

Some people are very dependent on social support, while others not so much. If you belong to the former group, it is important that you factor this aspect of motivation especially when you are starting out on a fat loss program. During the initial 21 days, it is important to stay motivated and focused on the goals you have set for yourself. You are bound to encounter challenges and struggles as you go through the program. Such as days when your thighs are so sore after doing full body squats or even good news like when you succeed in losing an inch off your waist. If you have friends who are doing the fat loss program with you, great! Share your results and how you feel about the program with them. Talk to fitness professionals; join online communities or Facebook groups to share experiences and gain knowledge. Also, don’t just focus on the fat loss part. Get into the whole health and fitness experience. Buy fitness magazines, visit fitness websites. Look at physiques you desire to achieve and set them as your desktop wallpaper. Do whatever you need to stay motivated.

How To Lose Weight Fast Tip #11: Train your legs

I’m not just talking about jogging here; I’m referring to doing heavy squats, lunges, deadlifts, etc. If you have ever done squats before, you will know that it is one of the most demanding exercises in the world. You pant and sweat like a dog as if you have sprinted a mile. But it is also one of the best exercises for building overall strength and of course burning calories. Leg exercises such as squats are usually compound exercises and as such burns more calories. Even if you are not doing weighted squats, just doing body weight squats alone can be just as challenging. To be honest, in my first 5 years of training, I never once trained my legs. I always thought the upper body is more important and doing squats could stunt your vertical growth. That is all a fallacy. Ever since I started doing squats, my strength went through the roof and my body fat levels have remained consistently low all year-round. Now I do squats at least once a week otherwise my workout is never complete. If you have never trained your legs before, trust me, start your workouts with squats and you will be amazed by the results you see. And yes, you can thank me later.

How To Lose Weight Fast Tip #12: Keep a meal diary

Many people don’t realize how many calories they consume every day. You think you are eating less by skipping a meal here and there. But you never consider those sodas, grande Frappuccinos or those cookies distributed by your colleagues that you so casually put in your mouth during the day. If you take down everything (and I mean every single thing including those mentos) that you eat into a meal diary, you will be surprised how many calories you are taking. Yes, I know it’s quite a pain to record down everything. But do yourself a favor and just do it for one day. It will be an absolute eye opener.

How To Lose Weight Fast Tip #13: Learn to love water

Perhaps the most overlooked causes of weight gain, the liquids you consume can deceptively pack on a ton of calories. Just a can of soda contains close to 150 calories. A grande mocha Frappuccino contains a whopping 420 calories. Drink a soda and a Frappuccino every day and you will gain a pound a week.

Because we can so easily and carelessly gulp down beverages without a second thought, liquid calories are more harmful. Fruit juices are no better. They all contain naturally occurring fruit sugar, fructose, which like all other sugars if consumed in excess will result in weight gain. One of the quickest ways to lose weight is to always choose water over all other beverages. Water has zero calories and is a natural source of hydration for our bodies. By simply replacing all your other sugary laden beverages with water, you will quickly be able to see weight loss results.

How To Lose Weight Fast Tip #14: Limit alcohol consumption

I know it is almost impossible to completely abstain from alcohol. But if your goal is to find the fastest way to lose weight, then you have to cut down on your happy hours. Alcohol is a toxic substance with absolutely no nutritional benefit whatsoever. What’s more, each gram of alcohol contains 7 calories. A few glasses of cocktails with its sugary mixers can easily pile on at least 1000 or more calories a night. You should also know that alcohol is an appetite stimulant. So don’t be surprised if you feel hungry after a night of partying. Of course this leads to additional calories into your body that you don’t need. If you are focusing on building muscle, excessive alcohol lowers your testosterone and increases cortisol levels (stress hormone) thereby reducing your body’s ability to build muscle effectively.

With so many disadvantages to your fat loss goals, do you still need another reason not to drink?



Source by Daniel M.C. Ho

How To Lose Weight Naturally and Permanently and Start Living Your Life!

The good news is that you don’t need a diet program to tell you how to lose weight. We have really complicated life by allowing ourselves to be sucked into the general “diet” beliefs, such as counting calories to lose weight, low-fat foods to lose weight, sugar-free foods to lose weight – the list goes on. But all you really need to know to lose weight naturally and effortlessly is what foods to eat, what exercise to do, and how to change the way you think about food.

What food should you eat to lose weight?

I once went on a 3 month natural raw food diet. The only cooked food I ate was a little feta cheese and chickpeas. I lost a lot of weight and felt really good! It was so liberating being on this raw food diet, because I stopped thinking about dieting and losing weight, and just ate whatever I wanted – as long as it was raw and natural. I can say quite comfortably, that you can eat the following in any amount whatsoever, as long as you stick to what’s on this list – the rule of thumb is that it simply has to be any unprocessed, unrefined food, so I may have left off a few foods, but be your own judge.

Food combining (not eating specific foods together) also works well, because it ensures fast digestion, which influences weight loss.

But the most important aspect to losing weight naturally, is to eat what God intended the human body to consume – natural, whole foods free of additives and other toxins. In other words, the best foods to eat are those which rot in a couple of days. This of course, does not include tinned veggies which can last for years! Please understand that if something has a long shelf-life, you have to ask yourself what’s been added to it to make it last!

Here is a list of what’s good for your body, and which will help you lose weight almost automatically:

Vegetables:

Gem squash, peas, corn, onion, garlic, broccoli, baby marrows (zucchini), cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, peppers, carrots, butternut, pumpkin, pattie pans, baby gems, rhubarb, asparagus, mushrooms, artichokes, beetroot, celery, collard greens, spinach, cucumbers, eggplant, ginger, green beans, kale, leeks, spring onions, lettuce, olives, tomatoes

Herbs:

Dill, fennel, rocket, parsley, mint, basil, rosemary, thyme

Nuts: (must be raw, never salted)

Almonds, cashews, macadamias, brazil nuts, pecans, walnuts

Seeds: (must be raw, never salted)

Flax seeds (preferably crushed or the body cannot make use fully of all their goodness), pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds

Fruit:

Figs, grapefruit, naartjies, apples, lemons, grapes, kiwis, limes, oranges, papayas, pears, pineapples, cherries, plums, prunes, raisins, mango, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon, blueberries, bananas, apricots, peaches, cranberries

Fats:

Cold pressed olive oil, cold pressed sunflower oil, cold pressed flax seed oil, hemp seed oil

Herbal teas:

All herbal teas – check that nothing processed has been added (like flavourants)

Sweeteners:

Honey, stevia, agave syrup, xylitol

Sprouts:

All sprouts

Carbohydrates:

Sweet potatoes, brown rice, unrefined oats, potatoes

Beans and legumes:

Black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils, lima beans, navy beans, pinto beans, soybeans

Use sparingly, if at all:

Meat, chicken, fish, dressings, sauces, butter, cow’s milk, cheese

Do not use:

All processed foods (sweets, savoury snacks, chips, cereal bars, white bread, white flour, fatty meats, processed meats, margarines, artificial sweeteners (aspartame)

What exercise should you be doing to lose weight?

Different exercises do different things for the body. Ideally, you need a combination of cardio (anything that makes your heart beat faster), as well as weights and stretching. You should be doing a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day, and you should be exerting your body in these exercises, which means a bit of heavy breathing and perspiration!

Changing the way you think about food:

This is key for permanent weight loss. Food needs to be thought of as necessary for survival. It should not be used to fulfil an emptiness inside, or as entertainment when bored, or for comfort. As I mentioned, I went on a 3 month raw food diet, but I had not addressed the way I related to food, so when I ended the raw food diet, I put on all the weight I had lost, and more. Without addressing this vital aspect, you are not likely to lose weight permanently.

Once you have grasped the simplicity of eating for nutritional value, together with portion control, your life will be made far more simple and instead of counting calories for each meal, you can begin to start living your life and doing far more important things than measuring fat grams!



Source by Claire Carradice

How To Lose Weight Without Losing Your Sanity And Social Life

Wouldn’t it be amazing to lose weight without feeling frustrated because you’re stuck on a rigid meal plan? A meal plan that doesn’t allow you to eat certain foods or go out for meals with friends and family? A meal plan that leaves you envious of your co-workers enjoy pizza Fridays! There really is a way to lose weight while still eating everything you love and it’s called flexible dieting or IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros).

The Science Of Weight Loss

You will have people argue that calories don’t matter but in reality they do for weight loss. When it comes to weight loss it’s calories in vs. calories out – that is the science. For example: let’s say you’re a small female who wants to lose weight and you calculate your calories for weight loss to be 1500. You can now eat 1500 calories of poptarts per day or you can eat 1500 calories of chicken, rice and broccoli per day or you can eat 1500 calories of beans and tofu per day, the end result is the same, you will lose weight. Now this example isn’t discussing overall health and energy so when it comes to being healthy as well that is where the type of foods you choose to eat play a role. But in terms of losing weight, your food selection actually doesn’t matter.

Flexible Approach

This flexible approach allows you to eat essentially whatever you would like as long as you stay within your daily macronutrient budget. Your macronutrients are your proteins, carbohydrates and fats – these will total up to your daily calorie intake. One gram of protein = 4 calories, one gram of carbohydrate = 4 calories and 1 gram of fat = 9 calories. Flexible dieters will use apps such as MyFitnessPal or MyMacros+ to keep track of their food intake, along with using measuring cups and kitchen scales for the best accuracy. Using this flexible approach you can now eat those cookies or chips, or have a donut at the office, or go out to a restaurant or eat with your family and still lose weight! While strict meal plans work for some, they are not maintainable in the long-term, they don’t teach people how to eat on their own and they have been known to cause eating disorders. Those who “fall off” of these strict meal plans because they had one little treat usually feel guilty and throw in the towel – they either go all out and eat everything they can or give up completely until perhaps the next Monday rolls around. So why not incorporate a bit of chocolate or a few cookies in the day and make the whole process easier and more enjoyable? It’s accountability with flexibility. Think about the 80/20 rule for your nutrition. Whole foods should make up 80% of your diet and treats can make up 20% of your diet. This will keep you sane and you’ll be more likely to stick to your weight loss plan without losing your sanity and social life.

One Quick Note: Fat Loss vs Weight Loss

Now, I don’t want to confuse weight loss with fat loss because these are two different things. Sticking to a calorie target will ensure weight loss (muscle, water and fat), but if we want to make sure we are losing mostly fat then we need to have a balance of our daily macronutrients. An increase of protein at roughly 0.8-1.1 grams of protein per pound of body weight per day is a good starting point. Eating adequate amounts of protein will spare muscle loss when you’re dieting and the body will use more fat as fuel instead of breaking down muscle tissue. A few examples of great protein sources are your lean meats, eggs, fish, protein powders, tempeh and lentils. There are several more but I will save that for another article.

What To Do At Restaurants

With the flexible approach there are a few things you can do:

* plan ahead by having a look at the restaurant’s nutrition information and eat according to your targets

* if there is no nutrition information available stay flexible by using your best estimations or find something similar in your app

* occasionally you can interchange carbs and fat (total calories) while keeping the protein the same. For example: if you didn’t have much fat allowed for the rest of the day but decided on a higher fat meal then keep carbs lower as long as you stay under your total calorie target

* structure your day to include more protein and vegetables because your “meal out” will most likely be higher in carbs and fat

* consider intermittent fasting (more advanced approach) to allow for more calories to be eaten later in the day

* just enjoy the meal in moderation and get back to your plan the next day

There you have it, it IS possible to lose weight (really we should focus on fat loss though) and keep your sanity and social life. Stay accountable with your nutrition but have some fun, live life, be happy and remain flexible in your approach.



Source by Jessica Ann