Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Whatever you do, remember not to give up. Each step along your way is one step closer to your goal. Look behind you to see where you were. Don't give up your progress by quitting. Hang in there!
Monday, May 25, 2009
So, youíre trying to lose weight. Iíll be the first to tell you that it isnít easy. It does require consistent effort and sacrifice to see any results. But even when youíre doing everything right and following your plan, you may reach a point at which youíre stuck, making no progress, often called a plateau. Here are my top three tips for getting over that plateau.
First, increase your intake of water. Even if youíre already drinking plenty of water, adding an additional 2-3 cups a day can have some amazing results. Drinking other beverages, such as tea and juice can be good, but (1) you need water to help cleanse your body. The cleansing helps your organs, particularly your kidneys and your liver work more efficiently and that will help your weight loss efforts; and (2) water is good because it can give you a temporary full feeing, which can be ideal to curb cravings.
Second, try doing different exercises or different types of exercises. If you normally do a
combination of aerobics for your cardio, try power walking or using a treadmill. If youíre not doing any strength training, try adding some to your routine. A couple of 5 pound dumbbells are enough to give your workout a boost. If you are already doing strength training, change up your exercises.
Finally, alter your calories Ė a strategy called calorie shifting. Calorie shifting is a way to energize your metabolism or calorie cycling. This can entail changing the time of day you have your heaviest meals, changing the kinds of foods youíre eating, or a number of other combinations of changing your meals. Read up on it for more specific information. The idea of this method is to trick your metabolism, because if your weight loss has stopped or slowed when you have only partially reached your goals, your body has gotten used to your healthy eating habits. Calorie shifting (sometimes referred to as calorie cycling) is a good way to get back on track.
I hope these tips are helpful. If you donít see any change immediately, donít give up. Stick with it and maintain perseverance. Having patience and the fortitude to stay focused is an important tool in helping you reach your goals.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Losing weight is sometimes a challenge. So, here is a little tip for you that hopefully will give you what you need to promote your progress. The first thing that many of us do is limit how much we eat. Of course, if you take in more calories than you burn up, your weight loss efforts will be slow to show you results. But be sure you donít restrict your calories too much. The right amount of calories is essential for you to get the right amount of nutrients everyday and help to stimulate your metabolism for optimal weight maintenance.
So, how many calories should you get each day? The quick answer is it depends. Age, activity level, gender, and general eating patterns are some considerations. Here is a neat tool to help calculate the correct amount of calories you need. This is just a tool, so donít take it as absolute gospel. Depending on your individual situation, you may want to have more or less than what is suggested for you.
Monday, May 11, 2009
When I was little, like many kids, I spent a lot of time with my grandmother. She always told me to chew my food slowly and at least 20 times before swallowing, especially when eating things like nuts or meats or when eating vegetable such as broccoli, green leavy vegetables, or asparagus. She said itís healthier that way. Now, Iím reading all kinds of things about the benefits of chewing your foods more before eating it. One recent report suggested that it help losing weight and maintaining weight loss.
As an adult, I am not usually aware of my chewing. Iím sure that when Iím very hungry, I probably gulp my food down without thinking about it at all.
Do you chew your foods a lot prior to eating? Do you even pay attention at all to your chewing? If you do not, you may want to think about paying attention to that. It apparently is an important weight loss strategy and enhances a healthy lifestyle. Below are some articles on the topic.
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Wednesday, May 06, 2009
When it comes to a medical diagnosis and treatment, never underestimate the importance of a second opinion, particularly if the diagnosis is something serious or if the treatment requires surgery. I know of several people who were incorrectly told by their doctor they had one thing, only to find out later they had something else. For one of them, it was too late to do anything about it since the disease was too advanced for treatment. A second opinion could have given her the right diagnosis the first time. When deciding your treatment options, doctors often ask you what you want to do. If he or she doesnít know Ė with the many years of training and experience they have had Ė why do they think their patients would know? Deciding what is best for you may require you to seek a second opinion.
Not to take anything away from doctors, as they have a difficult job to do; however, sometimes you have to take your own health and your own treatment in your own hands. Even if the second opinion differs from the first, the options they recommend for treatment may differ. But different or not, having an additional viewpoint just might save your life.
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