The Road to Health and Fitness

Walking towards health and fitness is not really the hard arduous job that everybody seem to think it is. When you really think about it, the hard part is often the start. Afterwards, everything else will be easier once you really get the hang of it. All it takes is discipline and commitment.

Below are some tips on how to get a head start on your road to health and fitness. Read each one and you’ll realize that it is actually easier to undertake. You just need to take the first few steps.

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  1. Start small If your favorite dish is something that your doctor asked you to avoid, there is no sense in skipping it altogether and then binging on the dish when you can’t take the abstinence anymore. Take moderate steps towards the goal. If you eat the dish everyday, try to cut down on your consumption and make it just three times a week. IF you have managed that, cut down further and make it once a week. That way, you are able to still enjoy the food and not increase your craving for it.

  2. Plan modestly Set goals for yourself but that does not mean that you have to kill yourself to get it and when you don’t you’ll also kill yourself. Setting too high goals will often only lead to disappointment and frustration. When you plan, make sure that you can do it. How will you know? Be realistic. You know what you are capable of. It is better to set goals for yourself that you know you can do. Accomplishing them will give you a sense of achievement that will make you more confident and more willing to continue with your task.

  3. Have a buddy Sharing the aches and pains as well as the joys of accomplishment with a buddy will help make the process easier and more bearable. In fact, people with a buddy when doing a self-improvement project are better able to stick with their plans than those who are doing the projects alone. This is because when you have a buddy with you, he or she acts as a support system that will help keep you on track and prevent you from giving up. Besides having a friend with you experiencing the same things makes the process more fun and more enjoyable.

  4. Have discipline This is one of the few things that will make or break your plans to finally live a healthy lifestyle. In order to really stick to the plan, you need to develop self-discipline especially when it involves things that you really want to do or things that you are used to doing. Temptations along the way will be many and you need to be prepared to face all that!

  5. Do it for yourself A lot of people start to live a life of health and fitness when they are trying to get a new guy to notice them or when they want to impress a lover. Although these are valid reasons, sometimes, they are not enough to see you through the entire process. It is better that you do it for yourself because you want a healthier and better you than do it for other people’s approval. After all, the only approval that you will ever need is your own.

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Lose Weight by Understanding Your Metabolism

Western countries are beginning to note the increase in individuals who exhibit obesity and obese characteristics. No country understands this better than the United States, which have been on the leading edge when it comes to obesity. However, citizens who are worried about their eating habits and weight control may be able to help themselves simply by educating themselves.

Despite the fact that individuals in the United States are more likely than most individuals in other countries to pursue higher education, there are still a number of people who do not understand how to lose weight.

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By understanding the way metabolism works and the ways in which an individual can lose weight, it is easier for these individuals to diet and/or lose weight because they understand the science behind weight lose and appetite control. When it comes to losing weight, individuals need to be prepared to work with their metabolisms since it is the metabolism of a body that burns off energy and subsequently fat.

Some people are able to increase their metabolism and others are eager to purchase pills that claim to help. Still, it is helpful for these people to first learn about the metabolism and what they can do to help their metabolism, which would save many people money since they are not immediately going out to purchase supplements that may or may not actually work to help them lose weight.

Metabolism is the body process that keeps an individual alive since it powers the body. Metabolism is the chemical process wherein the energy and stored fat in your body is burned off in order to help fuel the body. Almost every involuntary process that takes place in the body is controlled by the individual’s metabolism and this includes cell respiration and re-growth, digestion and other such processes.

BRM stands for the basal metabolic rate. The word basal means the lowest possible or first possible; the phrase is indicative of the individuals lowest metabolic rate, that is, how much energy the body is able to burn when it is at rest.

When a body is functioning and working, it will burn more energy since the body is required to do more. The BRM is indicative of the number of calories that the body needs to consume in order to function and stay alive, but not to do anything that would exert the body. When people want to increase their metabolism, they are looking to increase their BRM. There are a number of different ways that individuals can try to reach this higher number.

Exercise is a very effective option and it prepares the body to work harder throughout the entire day. While many people may estimate their BRM, a doctor is the only person who can effectively come up with an accurate number for the individual that would help them to more effectively lose weight.

Although some available metabolism boosting pills can increase the energy that an individual feels, it is widely believed by the medical community that these pills are not effective when it comes to actually increasing one’s BRM.

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How to Lose Weight and Improve Health By Eating!

Many people want to lose weight. Sometimes, it’s harder for some people as opposed to others. However, by adopting the right attitude, a person can lose weight – even if they keep eating! First, it is important to outline and remind yourself of your goals; why are you losing weight?

Many people understand that by having strictly short-term goals or plans for weight loss, they can easily pack back on the pounds after their one goal is over. In order to maintain a steady and healthy weight, one’s lifestyle needs to change and here are some pointers!

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1: Eliminating an entire food group from your diet will rarely incite positive results. Moderation is everything, and everything in moderation. In order to function properly, an individual needs lots of different foods and items. By cutting out an entire food group or type of food, the body no longer gets that it needs.

2: Keep in mind specifically what helps your body and when. Carbohydrates and fats are best in the morning and when individuals need caloric energy in general. Protein is also a fuel for the body, but some protein can be high in fat, so watch carefully what you eat and what raw material the food comes from before you ingest it.

3: An ideal diet will depend on the individual. Different individuals have different lifestyles, and different lifestyles need different things in order to keep the person in proper health. If you are more active, you will need to eat more to maintain your lifestyle. Individuals who are less active can eat less because they are not being as hard on their bodies or demanding as much from their bodies.

4: Still interested in counting calories? For some people, counting calories helps. For others, they can lose sight of what they are trying to achieve by cutting out high calorie foods – and potentially limiting their body’s sources of nutrients and vitamins. Most adults can eat between two and three thousand calories each day, and as a general rule average women can consume less calories than the average man.

Possibly the most important thing is to observe where your food is coming from before you eat it. More important than counting calories and limiting yourself on food, it is important to look at what types of food you are eating versus what types of food you should be eating in order to improve your body and/or your lifestyle. Carbohydrates can safely make up sixty percent of one’s diet, which can be supplemented by about thirty percent of fat and ten to twenty percent of one’s diet made up by protein. These are averages and specifics will vary from person to person and will be dependent on the specifics of their body and exertion levels. Individuals do not necessarily need to eat less in order to lose weight, rather they can almost always benefit by eating different things in order to help fine tune their diet and their lifestyle. By eating the right items in the appropriate amounts, a person can create a healthier lifestyle – and lose weight!

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Healthy Habits When Life is on the Go  

The busy life that people lead these days can make sticking to your diet a real battle. It can seem so tough to find the time to sit down and consume a meal that is good for you. The good news is that there are numerous ways that you can bring healthy eating habits into your life even if you are very busy.

You have a better chance of eating well if you plan ahead and try to make healthy eating a part of your daily routine. If you know that you have a busy week ahead for example you can purchase numerous food items that are quick and easy to prepare.

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Make sure that your cupboards are well filled with foods that are low in calories. Even though you should not eat this way daily if it can be helped, there are times where you have to opt for a quick meal on the go.

These fast and easy healthy meals are a great choice for those days when you simply just do not have the time to sit down and eat well.

Whenever possible, make the time to sit down and have a good breakfast. This is a great start to your day and an important part of any diet. When your body has gone all night without food, it is desperate for fuel and nutrients.

Studies have shown that people who avoid eating breakfast often take in around one hundred more calories than people who sit down and have this meal daily. If loosing weight is a priority for you, eating breakfast is a fabulous start.

Your body needs to be well hydrated to operate properly. Water is also needed to process the nutrients in food. When you consume adequate amounts of water, you will find that your body feels fuller and lends to you being more apt to avoiding the temptation of snacks that are not healthy.

On average, you should drink about eight glasses of water each day. This amount will of course vary depending on where you live, if you reside in a warm climate, you may need to ingest more water for the same results.

To maximize the result of water consumption, consider adding ice cubes to each glass of water that you have. Studies have shown that you can actually increase your metabolism by adding ice to the water that you drink each day.

Breakfast is not the only important meal; lunch is almost as vital as breakfast is to keep your body functioning properly. Even if you are tempted to skip lunch to ditch those calories, it is simply not worth it.

When you stay away from lunch, your blood sugar levels dip and your metabolism becomes sluggish. Not to mention the fact that when dinner time roles around, you are bound to be very hungry and indulge in foods that are not good for your diet.

Instead of not eating lunch, choose to have something light but filling. Fruits and veggies are always a good idea or you could have a sandwich on wheat bread with lean deli meats if you like.

Snacks can be the downfall of many people on a diet. However, this does not have to be the case. You do not have to throw out your snacks all together; you just have to pick snack foods that are good for you.

Yogurt low in fat, fruit, trail mix, veggies or wheat crackers with peanut butter will fill you up more than something like a chocolate bar would with only a fraction of the calories.

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Getting a Handle on Portion Control a Key to Losing Weight 

Diets can seem like such a complicated matter, you know that you need to eat less and exercise more; however it can be so hard. One of the worst factors that hold you back from shedding pounds is the size of the portions that we eat.

Research in dieting has shown that if you can get control over the size of your meal portions, you will also be able to control your weight. There are tips that allow you to find the balance necessary for keeping your weight at a healthy level.

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The unfortunate part is that there are times when it is hard to keep a handle on your portion size- generally when the amount of food given is out of your control. This tends to happen for example when you dine out for a meal.

You can take control of this though through a variety of different methods. One option would be to choose an appetizer over a main course. Generally, appetizers are big enough to be satisfying without being as large as a main course.

If you are determined to order a full meal, a fabulous idea is to cut your meal in half before you start eating. You can ask to take the other half of your meal home to eat at a later time.

Breaking out of the habit of thinking you need to eat three large meals a day will go a long way in aiding you to control your food portions without feeling hungry. Skip the traditional three meals and decide instead to eat numerous small, healthy meals each day.

This is an excellent way to keep your portions small, and it will leave you satisfied and prevent the dieting pitfall of boredom.

Five small meals daily that consist of whole grains, vegetables and fruit are suggested highly by dieticians. Be bold with your fruit and vegetable selections, try out new flavors and textures, and explore and find foods that you enjoy.

If you do wish for some of your meals to be slightly larger, the earlier in the day that you eat them, the better it is. As your day progresses, ensure that your meals become smaller as you have less hours to burn off the calories that you consume.

When you are trying to control the size of your portions, you need to know the appropriate measurements of food that you need. Use the tools that you have in the kitchen to measure out your food so that you know you are always taking in the proper portion amount.

Items like measuring cups and spoons or a kitchen scale will help you keep your food amount under control each day. Do not try to just eyeball and guess at the amount you are eating, especially when you are just starting out on your diet.

Some people find it very difficult to stop themselves from eating too much, for whatever reason, they can simply not figure out what a good portion size is. These people will find that a plate, with pre-measured compartments is very useful.

These plates can be located online or at a variety of stores that carry kitchen supplies. This plate has areas that hold the perfect amount of vegetables, proteins and fats that are the right amount for you to eat at each meal.

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Appetite Control and YOU!

Many people are trying to diet and many people feel frustrated when they are not losing as much as they had hoped for or not as quickly as they would like to. Some people can get upset and bail from their diet as quickly as possible, rationalizing that the diet was not working any way, so why would they torture themselves like that.

Other people get upset and resolve not to eat or to eat as little as possible and often what would only be absolutely necessary to help them get through the day. Neither of these approaches are the best answer and individuals who feel upset because of their inability to lose weight could benefit from understanding about appetite control and what they can do in order to feel full longer and stay on track when it comes to their diet and weight loss plan.

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Some people can control their appetite by keeping their mouth and stomach occupied. People who are aided by this approach can benefit simply from munching on ice chips when they start to feel hunger pangs coming on or they begin to feel like snacking. Water has no calories in it, so the people are able to fill themselves up, simulate chewing and feel fulfilled by keeping to their diet.

Water fills people up when they drink it as well and can aid with appetite suppression, but one of the biggest problems with this approach is that individuals do not feel full because psychologically they know that they did not eat anything. Ice chips can help because they are solid.

Individuals who do not like the thought or practice of chewing ice chips may want to consider snacking on small, healthy foods throughout the day. Not only will the individual feel full, but they will also be able to keep their blood sugar levels even and increase their metabolism.

Foods that are high in fiber are some of the best foods to snack on since they help to keep the bloating of a body down and they allow the individual to feel full. Vegetables and fruits are an obvious, but effective, choice when it comes to snacking. They contain a lot of water but they are also sweet and filling.

Eating a balanced meal can also help an individual to control their appetite. By eating a balanced meal, the individual is able to have a variety of different foods which can help to suppress specific cravings that an individual may have. In many cases, cravings will cause the individual to deviate from their diet or give up on their diet.

As a result, they may not stick to their diet in an effective manner. It is also helpful for individuals to take a break when eating and allow themselves time to digest the foods that they have taken into their bodies. The stomach can take a while to inform the brain that the body is full. By taking a break and allowing the food to digest, many people will realize that they are filled up by less food.

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Pointers on Losing Weight Safely

People who want to lose weight commonly, and first of all, think about reducing the amount of food they eat. This may be quite a solution but not exactly the best there is. In fact, depending on the amount you reduce in your food intake, it may even be dangerous to one’s health.

So how does one lose weight effectively and safely? Here are some points one should consider when trying to lose weight:

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Beware of the Crash Diets

Most people think that trimming down the calories can alone shed off their unwanted excess. Probably this is because of the fad there is in advertising about low-calorie food products and beverages. What people don’t know is that this could be dangerous because when they decrease their calorie intake way to below the required levels, the body begins to digest the fats. Sounds good but it doesn’t actually. Burning fat requires a lot of energy. Since there is not much energy in the body to facilitate metabolism of fat, it will run at a very slow pace resulting to fatigue, illness and weak immune system.

Low-calorie diet is also compensated for by the body by burning muscle. People on this type of diet who revert back to their old eating habits end up gaining back some, if not all the weight they have shed off. This would consist mainly of fats. And since fats have more volume per mass than muscle, they end up having the same weight as before but more bulkier. In losing weight, one should keep in mind that they should lose excess body fats only.

However, one can try out eating small meals at more frequent intervals. This way the body will not think that it is being starved and will not store food as fat.

Eat Properly

One may have considered junking the crash diet option but he should also not forget to watch what he is eating. Variety must always be considered so that one may be able to get the necessary nutrients from his diet.It is also healthier to eat food which are roasted, steamed or broiled rather than fried. It is also important to include a lot of fiber in the diet. Frequent re-hydration is also necessary.

Pump Up lean Muscle Mass

Muscles burn calories when they work; they even do so at rest. Unlike fats which just lie around, bulge around the pants and dangle beneath the sleeves, muscles burn calories all-day round. With this fact, one can start weight loss by increasing muscle mass. The more muscles, the less fat will be left. This is attainable starting with working out with resistance exercises.

Engaging in Aerobics

Aerobics are not only good for the heart by increasing cardio-vascular endurance. Aerobics also help in increasing lean muscle mass while simultaneously decreasing excess body fat. Aside from these, aerobics make the metabolic process more efficient and its rate high, even after a long while. Imagine burning fat efficiently while driving along the freeway or even while watching television.

Extra “Push”

Some people believe that smoking and caffeine can actually help in losing weight. This can perhaps be true; however, they do the body more harm than good because of their side-effects. For that extra “push”, one can try out taking food supplements. After all, 95% of these products out in the market actually does good.

On Taking Diet Pills

Over-the-counter diet pills affect the amount of weight one loses as well as how long one keeps that amount of weight off. However, one must be wary of the side-effects of these diet pills. As such, one must faithfully follow the instructions provided for in the packaging. It is also prudent to consult the physician anyway before trying out these drugs and also to find out which type would be best for the individual.

Losing weight does not have to mean sacrifice and suffering. It actually means opening up to a more full and healthy life where one may not have to feel bad about himself having to look the way he does or not being able to do what he wants to do. Losing weight might entail a little adjustments plus the discomforts, but as the old saying goes, “no pain, no gain.” Besides fat, what has one got to lose anyway?

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Portion Control: Answers Lie in the Palm of Your Hand

When individuals are dieting, there are a lot of things that they need to implement into their ordinary daily tasks that can cause them some sense of annoyance. One of the biggest problems for dieters seems to be that the meals that the individuals need to eat have to be arranged in a particular way. Not only do the meals need to add up so that the individual is ingesting a predetermined percentage of carbohydrates, fats, sugars and the like.

However, here are some tips for dieters and other individuals who are looking to eat in a more healthy or controlled manner. While some diets may have you portion servings by using a cup, teaspoon or other measuring device. Instead, dieters might want to consider the portions dictated by the palm of their hand.

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Restaurants, both fast food and sit down establishments included, have gradually created bigger and bigger portions for their patrons. Dieters may feel discouraged and feel as though they need to avoid restaurants in order to stay on their diet. The good news for these individuals is that if you set your mind of what you can eat in a portion, you can always take the extra home and eat the rest of the meal or portions at another point in time.

Still, some individuals can have trouble even within their own home trying to portion their foods. Cups, teaspoons and tablespoons and scales for food can help, but these items are not always necessary. While it is not an exact science, by eating the amount roughly relative to the palm of one’s hand an individual can create an acceptable serving size for the individual. Some people have bigger palms, but this is a great way to estimate portions if an individual does not have and does not want to invest in measuring devices that some diets seem to recommend the use of when it comes to rationing food.

However, there are still even more helpful tips when it comes to portioning particular types of food, such as carbohydrates or meats or sugars. Proteins are best portioned when they are approximately the same size as the palm of the individual who is going to be eating the meat or protein portion. Salad, on the other hand, can be a larger portion.

For instance, a full serving of salad would be approximately the size on both of the palms of the individual who will be eating the salad, not including the salad dressing. Only a little bit of fruit should be eaten in each sitting, and this portion could be estimated by eating a handful as a portion. Pasta and other starchy foods should have a portion the size of the eater’s closed fist.

It is important to remember though that these estimates are just that – estimates intended to help individuals find a quick and easy way to measure their portions when they are preparing a meal. Every individual has different sized hands so two people would rarely, if chosen randomly, have the exact size meal portion estimates.

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Positive Dieting Behaviors Deserve a Reward

When you are dieting it can be hard to stick to your goals and shed your body of excess weight. The good news however, is that there are numerous thing you can do to help keep yourself on task. Make sure to reward yourself when you stay with your weight loss regimen. Rewards are a wonderful way to make yourself feel happy and good about the new lifestyle you are leading.

Some people find it useful to set short term goals such as promising themselves that they will lose a certain amount of weight in a set amount of time. The important thing is to make sure that you do not set goals that are out of reach.

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You should view the fact that you even reach a goal as something worth rewarding yourself for. People of all ages respond well to rewards and being an adult on a diet is not an exception to this rule.

Rewards are a wonderful way to motivate you to keep going and working towards a healthy life. As you reward yourself you are far more apt to want to keep working so that you can receive the next reward that you have set for yourself.

Rewards work in so many different areas of a person’s life that it makes perfect sense to think that a reward system is a good way to keep you on the right diet track.

Rewards are designed to make you feel happy about something that you have reached. It makes you feel better about yourself and the effort that you have put in. A reward tells you that you have worked hard and deserve to be treated.

There are so many different ways that you can reward yourself for doing well on your diet, however, it is wise to choose a reward that is not food related. If you really do want to treat yourself with a dinner out or something along those lines, just make certain that you pick only healthy foods.

Rewarding yourself with sweets is not a good idea as it will just create a problem in allowing you to stick with your diet. You could opt to make your reward something such as new clothes or a day of pampering at a spa. Anything that allows you to feel good about yourself is a good idea as a reward.

If you choose clothes as your reward, it is a nice way to watch your wardrobe grow with clothes that are very flattering to your new body shape.

Rewarding yourself with other things that will improve your appearance such as a new hair cut or color will go so far in making you want to continue working out and getting in shape. Men who diet but are not interested in such things as cosmetics can always purchase something that they like for their rewards such as a new tool.

Couples who are working on a diet routine with one another could create a special weekend away as a reward for keeping consistent with their diet. Always keep in mind when choosing your reward that it should be something that you really like or want. An item that is special is seen as far more of a reward than something that is necessary or that you would have bought for yourself anyway.

A great idea is to browse around ahead of time and find things that strike your fancy that you can use as rewards for yourself in the future so that you have some wonderful treats to work towards.

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Rapid Weight Loss Techniques

Other than physical appearance weight affects a person in many ways. This could be the overall quality of life, self-esteem, depression, health risks, and physical incapabilities. There are a lot of positive changes once a person experience weight loss. It is for this reason why a lot of people are searching for a weight loss technique that will surely trim down those fats and get a super slim head turner body.

The first thing that an over-weight should do is seek a doctor to recommend the best weight loss regimen. This will be done after a full physical examination, which leads to the determination of proper weight loss technique. And to lose weight fast and effectively four aspects of life should be changed: what to eat, how to eat, behavior and activity level.

Here are fast tips that can change an over-weight’s life:

First: Fast weight loss composes of a multi-faceted technique that consists mindset, exercise, and in other cases, diet supplements. Begin by learning a diet food plan that can easily be accustomed with. Incorporate an exercise plan that allows even at least fifteen minutes a day like brisk walking, running, swimming, and dancing.

Second: Set realistic approaches. The ability to focus and have proper mindset enables someone on a diet to quickly lose those extra pounds. With discipline and proper mind set, a dieter will never be discouraged and lose focus.

Third: Listen as the body speaks. Each and everyone’s body metabolism reacts differently to different fast weight loss programs and plans. Try substituting one program for another to compensate the body’s reaction. Exercise program must be suitable to one’s body, as others are not able to exercise as rigorously as others can. If walking is all that can be done, then walk for this is proven the best exercise. Muscles burn more calories than fats so it’s also best to put on a little muscle and looking good too.

Fourth: Eat more fibers for it makes a person full sooner and stays in the tummy longer, slowing down the rate of digestion. A single serving of whole grain bread moves fat through the digestive system faster. Grains turn into blood sugar that spikes the body’s insulin level. Thus, making the body more energized and ready to tell the body when it should stop burning fats or start storing.

Fifth: Keep away from fried foods especially deep-fried as this contains a great amount of fat. Although fish and chicken appear leaner than beef, this white meat can contain more fat than when a beef is fried. It is recommended for those on strict diet to opt for grilled food as this does not have or contain less amount of fat after the food is cooked.

Sixth: Takes lots of fluid. Drinking at least six to eight glasses of water a day keeps the body refreshed. Since weight loss depends on how the body eliminates body wastes, the body must stay hydrated.

All in all, discipline and consistency is still the best practice and the key to a rapid weight loss success. Light dieting, workout, and right amount of supplementation applied in a regular way everyday will result in faster weight loss than having a massive action only to be followed a return to old habits as this would only lead to gaining more weight than when the weight loss plan has started.

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Why Losing Weight is Good

There is a great benefit acquired from losing weight. Though losing weight is not easy, the long term effects brought by it would probably be of help to anyone considering to shed those unwanted and unhealthy pounds.

The following are a few of the remarkable advantages from losing those excess weight..

Weight loss prevents high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke

That is a three in one benefit from losing weight. It is a fact that heart disease and stroke are one of the primary reasons for disability and death in both men and women in the US. People who are overweight have a higher risk to have high levels of cholesterol in their blood stream as well as triglycerides (also known as blood fat).

Angina, one type of heart disease, could cause chest pains as well as a decrease in the oxygen pumped to the heart.

Sudden death also occurs from heart disease and stroke, and usually this strikes with very little warning, signs and symptoms.

It is a fact that by decreasing your weight by a mere five to ten percent, this could positively decrease the chances of you having or developing heart disease or a stroke. Plus, how your heart functions would also improve as well as your blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride count will decrease.

Weight loss prevents type 2 diabetes

Diabetes puts in jeopardy one’s life as well as how one leads his or her life because of the complications that result from having it. Both types of diabetes, type one and type two are linked with being overweight. To those who already have diabetes, regular exercise and losing weight could help in controlling your blood sugar levels as well as the medication you may be currently taking. Increase your physical activity. You could simply walk, jog or dance. It helps get those blood streams moving as well as lose those unnecessary pounds.

Weight loss helps reduce your risk for cancer

Being overweight is linked with a number of kinds of cancer. Specially for women, the common types of cancer that is associated with being overweight include cancer of the uterus, gallbladder, ovary, breast, and colon. This is not meant to scare you, this is only to keep you informed. Men are at risk too from developing cancer if they are overweight. These include cancer of the colon, prostate and rectum. Extra weight, a diet high in fat and cholesterol should as much as possible be avoided.

Weight loss reduces sleep apnea

Or it could eliminate it all together. Sleep apnea is a condition wherein one could temporarily stop breathing for a brief period and then would continue to snore heavily. Sleep apnea could cause drowsiness or sleepiness during the day and – because of being overweight – could result in heart failure. Shedding those excess pounds could help in eliminating this problem.

Weight loss reduces the pain of osteoarthritis

When one weighs heavily, the joints of his or her knees, hips and lower back would have to exert double – if not triple – effort to carry him or her through out his / her waking, walking and moving life. This could cause tension and stress on these joints. Weight loss decreases the load these joints carry thus decreasing – if not eliminating – the pain of one who has osteoarthritis.

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Ten Tips For A Natural Immune System Boost

Cold and flu season is upon us. The first line of natural defense is to wash your hands often, and keep your work area clean by wiping it down with an alcohol solution.

In addition, now is a great time to start boosting your immune system. A weakened immune system leaves your body susceptible to every cold and flu virus, especially during the holiday season when you are in close contact with others, often moving between time zones and changing climates.

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So, how exactly do you go about boosting your immune system? There are a number of great methods. Below are ten recommendations that will boost your body’s immune system naturally.

Vitamin C: You are probably already aware of this reliable supplement. Your body cannot store vitamin C so it is dependent on your dietary intake. To make sure you are getting enough it is recommended to take 1,000 mg a day to fight off infection.

Goldenseal : You will find this remedy very effective in not only preventing infection but also reducing inflammation after you have a cough or flu symptoms.

Turmeric: This herb is a member of the Ginger family and also known as Curcuma. We have a good article on the UHR site on Turmeric along with a chicken recipe that uses this exotic spice. Animal research has shown this herb to be beneficial as an immune stimulant. Recommended dosage is 200 mg per day to support immune health.

Maitake: These mushrooms enhance immunity, and are especially effective in helping the body to inhibit cancer growth. Maitake appears to activate the immune response by stimulating the T- cells that are the body’s defense against viruses and cancer cells. Recommended dosage is 3-7 g per day.

Aloe Vera: Supplementation with Aloe Vera has been shown to be extremely effective in bolstering and balancing the immune system. Recommended dosage is a quarter glass of juice each morning. Take twice a day when you feel a cold or flu coming on.

L-Arginine: Is a non-essential amino acid that promotes wound healing and improves the immune response against bacteria, viruses and tumor cells. Levels of L-Arginine drop during periods of increased stress. Recommended dosage is 3-6 g per day.

Astragalus: Used for nearly 4000 years in traditional Chinese medicine. Early Chinese writings refer to it as “the superior tonic”. Astragalus is a favorite immune system builder among the natural health community. It is good for colds, immune- deficiency- related disorders, including AIDS, cancer, and tumors.

Black Tea: You may be able to boost your fight against the flu with black tea. In a recent study, people who gargled with a black tea extract solution twice per day showed a higher immunity to flu virus compared to the people who did not gargle with black tea. Black tea represents probably the single biggest source of flavonoids–a natural class of antioxidants that are found in many natural plant- derived foods.

Olive leaf: Olive leaf extract is a powerful tool in the fight to kill viruses such as the cold, herpes, and Epstein-Barr. Its power also extends to helping wipe out sinusitis and bronchitis, as well as reducing hypertension and cholesterol levels. The most important element in olive leaf extract is a compound called oleuropein. When purchasing this supplement, look for capsules standardized to 6 percent oleurpein. The recommended dose is 500 mg daily to fight an existing bacterial or viral infection.

Liquorice: Scientific studies have shown that liquorice stimulates immunity. Its ability to fight flu viruses and bacteria allows using it not only for treatment, but also for flu prevention during epidemics. Liquorice root should not be used in cases of high blood pressure, water retention, pregnancy or if on medication.

It is best to start thinking about immune health before you become ill with the cold or flu virus. Now is a great time to start improving your diet, learning to cope with stress and taking an inventory of the gaps in your diet to help decide which supplements will be of most benefit to you.

Here’s to your health!

 

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