Thursday, January 29, 2009

Get Skinny Quick-How to Lose the Baby Weight

Many women desire to get back to their pre-baby weight in a reasonable amount of time after their child is born.

For those who want to get skinny quick in a reasonable time frame, this article is for you!

This article is from fitnessmagazine.com

Lose the Baby Weight

Get your before-baby body back fast with these ultra-effective exercise plans, workout videos, and a quick, healthy eating plan designed to give you the energy you need to be Supermom.

Video Workout: Get Your Pre-Baby Body Back Fast

Sure, you love being a mom, but you're more than ready to lose the thicker thighs and sagging belly that came with your new bundle of joy. Don't worry -- we've got the fast and effective routine you need to put everything back where it should be.

To gain access to the entire article, go to http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/health/lose-baby-weight/

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Get Skinny Quck-How to Avoid America's Biggest Health Threats

If you desire to get skinny quick, you gotta avoid these health risks that face many American's.

What exactly are these? Read on!

America's Biggest Health Threats (and How You Can Overcome Them)

as reported by http://www.Fitnessmagazine.com

On her reality show, Could You Survive?, health-and-fitness guru Pamela Peeke, MD, teaches real women how to get fit enough to be prepared for anything. Here, she shares her get-fit strategies for surviving everyday life's biggest challenges, from couch potato syndrome to the hidden health risks in your pantry.

Get Fit to Survive

If you had to scale a cliff to get help or run down 20 flights of stairs to escape a burning building, could you do it? For too many people, the answer is no. That's why health-and-fitness guru Pamela Peeke, MD, is on a mission to toughen us up -- before disaster strikes. Use her get-fit strategies to make sure you're ready for anything.

Hurricanes. Car crashes. Forest fires.

Thanks to global warming and a world that's crazier and more crowded than ever, the chance that any one of us will be involved in a 911 situation is on the rise. Yet our ability to get through it is in question. More than half of Americans don't do enough activity to get any true health benefit, and 25 percent of us never exercise, period. That has FITNESS advisory board member Pamela Peeke, MD, freaked out. "People think, 'Oh, if I really had to sprint a mile in an emergency, I could,'" says Dr. Peeke, host of a new reality show called Could You Survive? that debuts on the Discovery Health Channel on December 4. "But the truth is, lots of them couldn't pull it off." She points to Hurricane Katrina as an example. "I saw one woman on the news who lacked the stamina to hold on to the bough of a tree long enough for a rescuer to reach her," she says. "The coverage was so tragic -- and eye-opening -- that it gave me the idea for my TV series."

Here's how the show works: On Day One, participants are put in the middle of a (staged) disaster, such as a building collapse or a car wreck, and they have to make their way to safety. Not a single person gets through fast enough to save herself. "Realizing so dramatically that their lives are at stake is the best motivation these women have ever had to get in shape," Dr. Peeke says. With help from her and a team of former Marines, the contestants make over their diets and work out four days a week. They build muscle and increase their strength and endurance. Then, one month later, they get the chance to redo (and survive) their disaster challenges.

On the next few pages we'll teach you how to steer clear of five truly sneaky fat traps you face every day.

Health Risk #1: Your Couch

The Culprit: Your couch. "Our culture gives us every excuse not to move," Dr. Peeke says. "We're either glued to our computers, driving someplace, or vegging in front of the TV." And with every step we don't take, we get more and more out of shape.

The Fix: Work in a little exercise whenever you can -- do biceps curls while reading e-mail, get in some lunges while waiting for your laundry to dry. Or do as many bent-knee push-ups as possible. You'll strengthen five muscles at one time.

More tips will follow in the next post!

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Before and After: How These Real Women Get Fit

To help us get skinny quick in safe and healthy ways, it can be encouraging to read the stories of real women who did it.

I know you will love these testimonials!

Before and After: How These Real Women Get Fit
On the reality TV show, Could You Survive?, health-and-fitness guru Pamela Peeke, MD, helps real women to get fit enough to take on extreme real-life challenges. Here, meet the women of the show who dramatically changed their bodies and lives as they share how they got stronger, faster, fitter, and happier.

I Needed to Get Healthy for My Kids

Abbie de Vera-Jackson
Age: 31
Weight before the show: 179 lbs.
Weight now: 148 lbs.

Body Bio: "I've been overweight my whole life. But during my first day on the TV show, I realized I'd never be able to save my two sons, ages 2 1/2 and 11 months -- or myself -- in an emergency. After that, I was determined to get buff, especially because my husband is an army lieutenant who could get deployed to Iraq at any time. My kids need me!"

I Got My Energy Back

Naimeh Holmes
Age: 29
Weight before the show: 187 lbs.
Weight now: 164 lbs.

Body Bio: "When I hit puberty, I gained a lot of weight; by age 18, I weighed 206 pounds. I tried all sorts of diets, but I could rarely ever get my weight below 190. I was so unhealthy that some days I didn't even have the energy to get out of bed."

I Ran My First Marathon

Christine Barger
Age: 28
Weight before the show: 175 lbs.
Weight now: 140 lbs.

Body Bio: "I started putting on extra weight in high school; at age 25, I was a size 12. I tried cutting carbs, which helped me drop to an 8, but as soon as I went off the diet, I ballooned again. I'm an actress, and I thought I was going to scream if I heard one more casting director say, 'Great performance, but wrong body type.'"

Getting Fit Boosted My Confidence

Donna Early
Age: 36
Weight before the show: 190 lbs.
Weight now: 173 lbs.

Body Bio: "I was so thin when I was a teen that my mother was always telling me to gain weight. About five years ago, though, my metabolism slowed down. And thanks to late-night munching and always piling my plate with food, I started getting chubby."

These are inspiring stories. For before and after pictures, visit http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/health/body/head-to-toe/real-women-get-fit/

To Your Success,

Monique Hawkins
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Friday, January 23, 2009

Get Skinny Quick-15 Ways to Eat Healthy

Lots of us want to get skinny quick. For me though, I want to do it in a healthy way.

One thing that all of us can easily do is to make some dietary changes.

If you are ready to find out the 15 things you can do to eat healthy, you will love this!

15 Ways to Eat Healthy

woman in bikini juggling lemons
Make over your diet in 15 easy steps.

1. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

We love carbs as much as the next person, and there've been occasions when I've walked several blocks out of my way to get meat on a stick. But research shows that eating a rainbow of fruits and veggies provides a boon of benefits, including protection against cancer, heart disease, and the effects of aging -- something that probably couldn't be said for devouring copious amounts of shawarma.

"Ultimately, the food pyramid recommends a total of nine servings of fruits and vegetables," says Lisa Young, PhD, author of The Portion Teller Plan and adjunct professor of nutrition at New York University. "However, if that seems daunting, rather than fixate on a fixed amount, make sure to have just one vegetable or fruit with each meal." Whether that means adding a banana to your morning cereal or putting tomato and lettuce on your lunchtime turkey sandwich, it's an easy way to get your greens in without keeping a tally sheet.

Or practice the "50 percent rule": aim to have half of your lunch or dinner plate covered in veggies. Not only will this help you get your nutrition fix in, but you'll also likely shed some weight: "Each bite of vegetable has 3 to 4 times fewer calories than any other bite of food on your plate," says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

For the rest of the 14 steps, visit

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/healthy-eating/nutrition/15-ways-to-eat-healthy/?sssdmh=dm17.360808&esrc=nwffood30_09&email=1510611934

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Get Skinny Quick-

One of the things that all of us should do who desire to get skinny quick is eat healthy snacks.

Too many times we kind of go for the junk food like those 100 calorie Cheetos! I am guilty of this myself too!

It would help if we knew that type of healthy snacks to eat, so in this article Jocelyn Voo helps to guide us:

The Best Natural Snacks By Jocelyn Voo

Second only to food that's plucked from the ground, these snacks are made with natural ingredients, with no preservatives, artificial ingredients, or additives. Whether you're craving sweet or salty, these natural snacks will hit the spot.

Kashi Autumn Wheat

Organic whole-grain wheat, organic evaporated cane juice, natural flavor. Those are the only three ingredients in Kashi's Autumn Wheat cereal. Simple formula, but think shredded wheat on steroids. It's USDA certified organic, low fat, cholesterol and sodium free, and provides a quarter of your daily fiber needs per cup. Plus, the bite-size biscuits actually taste really, really good -- liked by both adults and 2-year-olds (seriously). And for a breakfast cereal, there's no more rigorous taste test than that.

Nutrition: (1 cup): 190 calories, 1g fat, 45g carbohydrates, 0g sodium, 6g fiber, 5g protein

Price: $3.50 for a 17.5-ounce box

Where to buy: Major retailers, including Whole Foods, Target, Publix, and Wegmans.

Stacy's Parmesan Garlic and Herb Pita Chips

If you're hankering for something crunchy and salty, these will do the trick. These baked pita chips, seasoned with Parmesan cheese, garlic, and parsley, are good straight out of the bag, if a bit dry. However, pair them with hummus or a dip and these sturdy snacks certainly won't be suffering from limp-chip syndrome.

Other favorite flavors include Cinnamon Sugar (just the right amount of sweetness) and Multigrain (a nutty flavor from the rolled oats and sesame seeds), though these versions are slightly less friendly on the waistline.

Nutrition: (1 ounce, about 12 chips): 140 calories, 5g fat (0.5g saturated), 19g carbohydrates, 200mg sodium, 2g fiber, 4g protein

Price: $3.25 for a 6-ounce bag

Where to buy: Major retailers, including Safeway, Kroger, Whole Foods, Publix, Target, and CVS

FAGE Total 2% Peach Yogurt

FAGE Greek Yogurt's tagline, "ridiculously thick yogurt," is not hyperbole; think the consistency of softened cream cheese, making for an incredibly rich, creamy texture. But their 2% line also comes in four different flavors in addition to plain -- peach, strawberry, cherry, and honey -- so that while this all-natural snack delivers all the protein of a lowfat yogurt, it also tastes like dessert. In our humble opinion, no other yogurt -- Greek or regular -- comes close to FAGE (and we've tasted a lot of yogurt).

As might be expected, FAGE is pricier than the average yogurt, and sadly, the brand sometimes seems to be elusive in certain regions. But when you do find it, trust us -- stock up. You'll be glad to have an emergency stash when a craving hits.

Nutrition: (5.3-ounce serving): 130 calories, 2.5g fat (1.5g saturated), 18g carbohydrates, 40mg sodium, 11g protein

Price: about $1.79 per 5.3-ounce cup

Where to buy: Fine food and health food stores, including Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. Plain Fage Total 2% is also available at Amazon.com.


To read the article in its entirety, go to :

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/snacks/healthy/the-best-natural-snacks/?sssdmh=dm17.360630&esrc=nwftn30_09&email=1510611934


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Monique Hawkins
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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Get Skinny Quick-How and Why You Shouldn’t Have to Go Though It Alone

Are you a woman who is looking to lose weight? Whether you are interested in losing weight to improve your physical appearance, your health, or both, you may be feeling a little bit hopeless. While many women are able to lose weight when they want to do so, others have a little bit harder time. If you are finding it difficult to lose weight, it may be because you are trying to go about losing weight all on your own.

When it comes to weight loss, there are many women who find it easier, as well as less embarrassing, to doing their own weight loss program from home. While it is more than possible to exercise and workout by yourself, do you know that you don’t have to? In fact, many women who have a workout partner or a workout buddy find it easier to lose weight than going at it along. Two popular reasons as to why those who have a workout partner or a workout buddy see success is because of support and motivation.

As nice as it is to hear that you should think about getting a workout buddy or a workout partner, to help you exercise and to help you lose weight, you may be wondering where that person may come from. Unfortunately, many women do not realize that they don’t actually have to look very far. If you are married or if you have a romantic partner, you may want to think about asking them to join you. Even if your partner isn’t a fan of exercising and working out, you can place a “quality time,” spin on it. In fact, if your partner is a little bit overweight or out of shape themselves, they may even want to join you in your weight loss adventures. This is the ultimate show of support.

In addition to a romantic partner, you may want to think about asking any of your friends or family members if they would like to be your workout buddy or workout partner. When approaching your friends or family members, it is important to not focus on their weight or their physical appearance. Unfortunately, many women make the mistake of assuming that those that they know who are already in perfect shape wouldn’t have any reason to exercise, but you may be surprised. For that reason, you are advised to ask any friends or family members that you know to join you when you workout.

If you have asked those that you know to join you as a workout buddy or a workout partner and you have still come up empty handed, you may want to consider joining a weight loss program. Locally operated weight loss programs are ideal, as you often get membership perks, like access to proven exercises, as well as healthy meals. Another benefit to joining a locally operated weight loss program is the support from other members. There is a good chance that one or more of your other weight loss program members would love to join you when you exercise.

If and when you get a workout buddy, it may be a good idea to “spice up,” your exercises a bit. For instance, you may want to let your workout buddy or partner choose your exercises or activities for one day and then you choose for the next. This may help to keep your exercises fun and exciting.



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Thursday, January 15, 2009

How to Get Skinny Quick-5 Quick Tricks to Burn Fat

One of the strategies you can use to get skinny quick is really focus on fat loss. Losing excess fat can cause you to look like a new person!

Here are 5 quick tips that you can use to fire up that metabolism so you can lose all that fat!

5 Quick Tricks to Burn Fat
By Christopher D Fox

Sometimes all we need to put us over the top towards a goal is a little advantage to give us an extra edge. When it comes to losing weight a little extra info or a light bulb awakening tip can go a long way towards helping us get into or back into shape. You can use the quick tricks to give you that extra edge and crank up your fat burning metabolism furnace.

One trick is using poles when you walk. It is common knowledge that walking can help to burn fat and lose weight but a lot of people do not realize adding in walking poles can actually turn up the benefit level by 15 or 20 percent. It really makes sense when you think about it because most elliptical machines come with hand supports that move in concert with the foot portion to give you a boost. If you are already in a walking workout routine or plan to start one it is very easy to add in the extra effort of walking poles to get an immediate edge.

Another simple trick is to make sure you get your whole grain carbohydrates in first thing in the morning. Studies have shown that complex carbs such as whole grains will promote better and more fat burning throughout the day than if you were to take in carbs through a simpler and quicker burning source such as wheat toast. Since you are already eating breakfast everyday this is another very easy way to up your potential fat burning.

More protein will also give you an edge in the fat loss department. Studies have shown that people who consume a good 40 percent of their calories from protein burned more fat than people getting less protein from the same amount of calories. Make sure you are consuming protein from quality sources such as lean beef, fish, and eggs. Also watch out for cholesterol in egg yolks. Too much can counteract the benefits of the protein.

Are you getting in some resistance or strength training? If you want to burn fat at the highest rate you should be. A simple trick to help out the weight loss is to do a quick strength training regimen during the week. This does not mean you have to go all out like a bodybuilder but just a light workout with weights can be very beneficial. Adding muscle mass (even a little) not only adds to your overall toned look and shape but really does a great amount of fat burning on its own.

Finally staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water is essential to getting rid of excess body fat. To give your water intake an extra boost you might want to consider drinking only water as your drink throughout the day. In this way you make sure you are properly hydrated at all times and you also get the benefit of making certain your calories are coming from nutritious food instead of sugary drinks (even fruit juice contains natural sugars).

Christopher D Fox writes for Fitjudge.com and offers reviews of the top diet and fitness programs. Visit http://www.fitjudge.com for the latest diet reviews that work.

To Your Success,

Monique Hawkins
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Monday, January 12, 2009

Get Skinny Quick-How to Get Flat Abs At Any Fitness Level

In today's post about how to get skinny quick the RIGHT way, we will learn how to get flat abs at any fitness level.

Yep, it seems that this is possible. This article is actually written and the workout created by Jessica Smith, creator of the 10 Minute Solution.

Jessica says that:

"Want to rid yourself of belly flab and get bikini-ready abs once and for all? Try these abs exercises and get the sexy stomach you've been dreaming about, no matter what your fitness level.

Beginner: V-Sit Pull-Back

What you'll need: A mat

Tip: Keep your neck relaxed while you crunch. Need help? Simply place your tongue on the roof of your mouth!

Targets: Abs and obliques

  • Sit with knees bent, legs together, arms at shoulder level in front of you.
  • Engage abs and lean back slightly.
  • Rotate torso to right and pull elbow back to tap mat.
  • Return to start. Switch sides; repeat.
  • Do 20 reps total, alternating sides.
This is just a small part of the article. If you visit the site, you will find pictures that represent the actual exercises. Here is the link:

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/abs/express/flat-abs-fast-at-any-fitness-level/?sssdmh=dm17.359485&esrc=nwftn29_09&email=1510611934


I subscribe to Fitness and therefore was able to tear out the article so I could put to the exercises to use right away. I suggest you do the same!

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Monique Hawkins
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Friday, January 9, 2009

How to Get Skinny Quick-How to Make Those New Years Resolutions Stick!

It's that time of year and many of us have made New Year's resolutions. Of course, weight loss is a goal that many of us have as well!

Here are some tips that will help you make those New Year's resolutions stick!

Make Your Resolutions Work by Jennifer Scott

Are you resolved to meet your weight loss goals this year?

If healthier habits and weight loss are among your new year's resolutions, give yourself a great big pat on the back for making health a priority. Now comes the hard part… sticking to it!

Here are a few tips to help you keep on track with your weight loss resolution.


Are You Resolved?
Stick to that News Year's Resolution to Lose Weight!

Are you resolved to meet your weight loss goals this year? If healthier habits and weight loss are among your new year's resolutions, give yourself a great big pat on the back for making health a priority.


Now comes the hard part… sticking to it! Here are a few tips to help you keep on track with your weight loss resolution.

  • Set it in stone. As you have probably already noticed, I'm a firm believer in writing things down. I'm a fanatic for writing journals, food diaries, to-do lists… and new year's resolutions. Brainstorm all of your goals onto one piece of paper and then rewrite each one as a contract with yourself. Put your contract somewhere that will keep you reminded of the promise you have made, maybe on the fridge (very appropriate if you're trying to stop mindless refrigerator noshing!) or on a bulletin board. Refer to your contract daily to remind yourself of your long-term goal.
  • Set a date. If you just say you're going to meet your goal sometime this year, that's probably too broad a timeframe. In fact, you may fall into the I'll-start-my-diet-next-Monday trap if you leave it too wide open. Instead, mark your calendar for a certain date for each goal that you want to meet. For example, by June I would like to be walking two miles a day. I have a set date in mind and I know I need to be working up to those two miles starting out with 10 minutes of walking per day. I know I need to pace myself according to my goal.
  • Meet mini-goals. Make small changes every week and they will add up in time. It's easier to move individual stones than a whole mountain, right? Here are some examples of weekly changes you could incorporate into mini-goals:

    1. Week One: Drink 8 glasses of water per day.
    2. Week Two: Take the steps at work instead of the elevator.
    3. Week Three: Switch to diet sodas.
    4. Week Four: Eliminate fried foods.
    5. Week Five: Begin eating one vegetarian meal per week.

    Best of luck with your weight loss goals for the new year. Remember to return to this site often for information that will help you along your way. If you're ever in a bind, be sure to visit our message board and holler for help -- you will be among friends. Happy new year!

  • To Your Success,

    Monique Hawkins
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    Thursday, January 8, 2009

    How to Lose Weight Fast-Before You Join a Gym. . . . .

    Well, it's that time of year. For many of us, we decide that we can ramp up our weight loss efforts by hitting a gym.

    A gym can be a great way to lose weight fast. Check out these recommendation about how to go about it:

    Before You Join a Gym by Jennifer Scott

    Did you know most gym contracts are non-refundable? When we flock to the gym in droves in the new year -- with our determination to meet our fitness resolutions -- it's all too easy to sign on the dotted line without thinking it through.

    But keep in mind, while a few exceptions can allow you to cancel a gym membership contract -- e.g., you move more than 25 miles away or you're injured and your doctor says you can't work out -- the contract is a contract and your membership will have to be paid (or, more than likely, drafted from your bank account) whether you're using the facility or not.

    Like the song says, "You better shop around," and compare contracts, special offers, and limitations at different gyms in your area as they can vary greatly. Be sure to inquire about student, teacher, or senior citizen discounts if you fall into one of those categories.

    Next, when you're presented with the contract, do not sign it on the spot. Resist high pressure sales techniques and stick to your guns -- don't sign anything until you've had a chance to go home or another quiet location and go over it with a fine tooth comb, or, better still have someone else read over it in case they spot something you didn't.


    Joining a gym is the same as making any major purchase. You need to make an informed decision and consider some important factors before you sign on the dotted line.

    Consider Your Needs

    The most important factor in choosing the right gym is finding one that fits your goals. Why do you want to join? To lose weight? To tone up? To treat an injury or health condition?

    Look for a facility that offers the most classes that meet your needs. For example, if you have arthritis, a facility offering water aerobics classes will be preferable over one that does not. Get a tour of the facilities and check out the array of equipment provided.

    Ask These Questions

    You'll want to ask some important questions as you choose a gym:

  • Are Trainers Qualified?
    Unfortunately, there is no one association that sets qualifications for trainers in gyms in the United States. Some gyms, however, do require that their trainers achieve certification from the American College of Sports Medicine, the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world.

    Ask if the staff is certified by this organization or a similar one. A gym with qualified staff is preferable over one that does not have requirements for its staff.

  • How Do Classes Work?
    Are classes included in your monthly fee, or do you have to pay an additional fee for them once you join? Do you have to pay for them ahead of time (say, six months worth)? Does the gym offer one free class so you can find out if it's right for you?

  • Is it Clean?
    While there are no nationally-recognized health codes specific to gyms, you'll want to check out the facilities for cleanliness.

    Take a look at the equipment -- dust piled up beneath or around the exercise machines is a sure-fire sign of poor maintenance. Check out the lockers, showers, and changing areas to make sure they look properly attended-to.

    Once you do join, protect yourself. Wipe down machines with antibacterial wipes before you use them (should be provided), and wear shower shoes in the locker room and shower.

  • What are Peak Times?
    If you plan on using the facilities at approximately the same time each day, you may want to scope out the situation before you join. Is the parking lot packed at your desired gym time? Is there a line to use the treadmills? Joining a gym won't do you any good if, every time you go, you can't use the machines you need.

  • Ask the BBB
    It doesn't hurt to check with your local Better Business Bureau to make sure there have been no complaints about the gym you are considering joining.

  • Read the Small Print
    When you start looking around, you will find that you cannot use a gym's facilities without joining, and, therefore signing a membership contract.

    Most gym contracts are nonrefundable. While a few exceptions can allow you to cancel a gym membership contract -- say, you move more than 25 miles away or your doctor confirms that you cannot exercise due to an injury -- the contract is a contract. Your membership will have to be paid whether you're using the facility or not.

    Like the song says, "You better shop around" and compare contracts, special offers, and limitations at different gyms in your area as they can vary greatly. Be sure to inquire about student, teacher, or senior citizen discounts if you fall into one of those categories. Also ask your employer or health insurance company if you're eligible for any gym benefits -- many are offering some help with gym memberships in the way of company discounts, stipends or partial refunds.

    Be careful about signing a long-term contract. While paying in advance will probably get you a better rate, most experts agree it is preferable to pay month-to-month.

    Next, when you're presented with the contract, do not sign it on the spot. Resist high pressure sales techniques and stick to your guns -- don't sign anything until you've had a chance to go home or another quiet location and review it with a fine tooth comb. Even better, have someone else read over it in case they spot something you don't.



  • To Your Success,

    Monique Hawkins
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    Wednesday, January 7, 2009

    How to Lose Weight Fast-This Will Help You Get Skinny Quick

    Today's tip will cover an area that some people may struggle with though they may not realize it.

    In fact, if they want to get skinny quick, this is an area that must be addressed. If it is not, any weight loss efforts will be sabotaged.

    I am talking about emotional eating. Today's post will help you learn how to deal with this if it is an area you struggle with.

    How to Deal with Emotional Eating
    by Jennifer Scott

    Why It Matters

    Emotional eating can sabotage your weight management efforts. Getting a handle on your tendency to eat in response to emotions can be one of the most important factors in achieving long-term weight loss success.

    What it Is

    Sometimes, the desire to eat has nothing to do with a pesky rumbling in your stomach telling you that you need to eat. We get a strong longing for foods -- particularly fattening, comforting foods -- when emotions spike or plummet. We want to eat and (we think) nothing else will do.

    How it Happens

    For some, it takes a major event to trigger emotional eating -- getting fired or going through a divorce; for others, it's a constant struggle: the traffic on the way to work; the jammed photo copier; a tough day at the office ... the daily grind can lead to a seemingly unbreakable habit of turning to food to make it all better.

    A Vicious Cycle

    The worst part about emotional eating is it actually causes your problems to multiply. Eventually, instead of avoiding the issues you're stuffing down with food, you've created another one altogether -- weight gain, guilt about eating, worsening health ... and then it starts all over again.

    Five Steps to End Emotional Eating

    If you tend to give in to emotional eating, there are a few tactics you can use to regain control of your eating habits and get back on track.

      • Step One: Identify Your Triggers Learn How
      • Step Two: Recognize Hunger Signals Learn How
      • Step Three: Limit Trigger Foods
      • Simply stop stocking your fridge and pantry with the foods you binge on.

      • Step Four: Don't Skip Meals
      • Skipping meals almost always leads to over-eating.

      • Step Five: Create Alternatives to Eating
      • Whether it's a bubble bath or curling up with a good book, planning other activities will help you relax and avoid binges.

    Don't Give Up

    When you trip up -- because you will (We all do!), don't give up. Forgive yourself and start over the next day. Learning from your mistakes and focusing on the positive will go along way in ensuring your continued weight loss success.


    To Your Success,

    Monique Hawkins
    Skype: Monique371
    540-858-2885
    4001 back creek road, gore, VA 22637

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    Monday, January 5, 2009

    How to Lose Weight Fast-Change What You Do

    Over the last few posts, we have been talking about specific strategies assist you in your weight loss efforts.

    Today, we will be talking about how to speed up your weight loss efforts by changing what you do:

    CHANGE THREE: WHAT YOU DO by Jennifer Scott
    Next up are some behavior modifications that will help you get -- and stay -- focused on losing weight and taking care of yourself.
    1. KEEP A FOOD DIARY.
      There is no better tool for weight management. Keeping a food journal consistently will show you your trouble areas, the foods that get you started on a binge, the worst times of day, etc. I'd suggest you keep a detailed food diary for at least two weeks to accurately reflect your habits.
    2. LEARN ABOUT NUTRITION.
      Learn all you can about nutrition online, through books, or by taking a nutrition class at your local community college.
    3. GET A HANDLE ON EMOTIONAL EATING.
      If you feel you have issues with emotional eating, you may want to track your feelings in your food diary, too.You should record how you feel before, during, and after eating. Periodically check over your entries to see what cues set you off to binge most often.
      If you discover frequent binges or you can't seem to cope with stress or sadness without eating, you're an emotional eater. Don't hesitate to make an appointment with a qualified therapist or clinical social worker. Cognitive behavior therapy is extremely effective in treating over-eating due to emotions.
    4. GET MOVING!
      We're not talking chugging your way through a one hour aerobics class right away, here. Simply get outside and take a brisk walk for 10 minute every other day. That's all you have to do right now.Remember, any activity is better than no activity. When you feel more comfortable, add 10 minute increments and/or walk more often.



    Sunday, January 4, 2009

    How to Lose Weight Fast-Change What You Drink

    Many people who are searching for ideas on how to lose weight fast, don't consider the importance of taking a close look at what they are drinking. I know I only give it a passing thought myself.

    Today's weight loss tip will cover what sorts of drinks we need to limit in our diet.

    Easy Ways to Lose Weight-Change What you drink
    by Jennifer R. Scott

    CHANGE TWO: WHAT YOU DRINK
    Sometimes it's easy to focus so much on what we eat that we forget to include what we drink in our diet analysis. That can be a big problem, because the number of liquid calories you can consume without even realizing is quite astounding.
    1. PUT THE KIBOSH ON COLA CONSUMPTION.
      If you drink regular soda, you may be surprised at just how many additional calories you're taking in.For example, for every 20 ounces of Coca-Cola you drink, you're consuming 250 calories. Drink several glasses a day and you can easily down 1,000 liquid calories.
      If you're attempting to consume around 1,500 to 1,600 calories a day in order to lose weight, you've almost blown your entire calorie budget on soda!
      When you think about how many calories you eat on average and then add in those empty calories, you'll realize what a waste drinking these sugary drinks is -- literally -- they go straight to your waist!
      If you drink a lot of soda, think of how many calories you'll be saving if you trade it in for diet soda or water. Hundreds? Even thousands? Remember, every 3,500 calories saved equals one pound lost!
    2. DRINK UP THAT H20!
      I know it sounds like a broken record, but it really is important to drink enough water every day. Reach for the rule-of-thumb goal of eight glasses per day.Plus, drinking water more often will help you with tip #1 . You won't have time to drink soda! You may even find you crave water instead of soda once you begin drinking it more often.
      Try going a day or two with no soda and then sit down to a glass; you'll probably be shocked at how overly-sweet it tastes.
    3. DIET DRINK DILEMMA
      Switching to diet sodas may sound like a sure-fire way to lose weight since they're virtually calorie-free. However, there is a controversial issue about artificial sweeteners' indirect effect on weight loss that might surprise you.In the mid-1980's -- when the safety of artificial sweeteners was often headline news -- a study was published in a medical journal that suggested artificial sweeteners cause one's appetite to increase.
      More recently, some health experts have suggested that artificial sweeteners actually cause cravings for sweet foods to increase. If so, this reaction definitely sets you up for making poor food choices. This can lead to a big problem, particularly if you tend to binge when you eat high-carb and sugar-rich foods.
    4. STICK TO MINERAL WATER
      This may go without saying, but they don't call it a beer belly for nothing. Alcoholic beverages are high-calorie and can lead to out-of-control eating. Try to cut down -- or better still, eliminate -- alcohol.

    The next post will cover changing what you do!


    Friday, January 2, 2009

    How to Lose Weight-You CAN Do it!

    For some, the effort of losing weight can be a bit much at times. However, it is my belief that with consistency, time, and effort, all of us can reach our weight loss goals.

    So, today's post is about simple things you can do to lose those unwanted pounds.

    Easy Ways to Lose Weight
    by Jennifer R. Scott

    Losing weight is not easy. You will never hear me say that it is. It takes dedication, motivation and hard work. But by making a few easy changes you can get the ball rolling on losing weight.
    If you're serious about changing your lifestyle, these steps help get you there. The key is to dedicate yourself to these changes and do them consistently.
    No, losing weight isn't a walk in the park. But by following these steps ... you may find it's a little easier than you think!
    CHANGE ONE: WHAT YOU EAT
    First up, let's take a look at some simple ways to make significant improvements in your diet.
    1. ELIMINATE OR SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE RED MEAT
      If foods like burgers are basic to your current diet, cutting out red meat can go a long way in helping you make healthier meal choices and losing weight.By building your meals around fish and poultry, you can more easily keep temptation at bay by eliminating many poor fast food and restaurant choices, which are over-sized and high in fat.
      To keep your shellfish, fish, chicken, and turkey diet-friendly, be sure to choose the right preparation method (see #2). Be wary of creamy, high-cal condiments that come with entrees, like tartar sauce or special sauce on grilled chicken sandwiches.
    2. CUT OUT FRIED FOODS
      Keep your healthier choices truly healthy by grilling, baking, roasting, broiling or boiling them.
      • Keep things interesting by adding low-cal condiments to your usual fare. A tangy barbecue sauce will give boiled chicken a kick. Lemon-herb dressing will complement broiled fish deliciously.
      • Make sure your spice rack is always stocked with plenty of herbs and spices so you can doctor up your favorite dishes to your own taste without adding any additional fat or calories. Plant an herb garden and you'll never run out!
      • If you often eat fast food, forget that "value meals" and "combos" even exist; they seem like a better deal, but they're just not worth the extra calories! Stick to a grilled chicken sandwich or a child's hamburger and a side salad (watch the dressing!) when you're on the run.
    3. START WITH SOUP OR SALAD.
      Having a salad or cup of soup for starters can be an at-home habit that pays off in pounds-lost. They can curb your hunger, prevent over-eating, and help you stay in control of portions, all of which are crucial to losing weight.
      • Choose a broth- or tomato-based soup like minestrone (rather than a cream- or milk-based choice). Vegetable soup made with broth, stock, or tomato soup is ideal, because the veggies will help fill you up and give you a fiber and nutrition boost.
      • Top your salad with low-cal dressing or balsamic vinegar. An added plus of having a salad before every meal is getting more fiber, something many of our diets are short on, which will also help you feel fuller sooner. Be sure to include lots of veggies and dark mixed greens like spinach in your salads.
    4. FINISH WITH FRUIT.
      Instead of reaching for the cookie jar or helping yourself to dessert after meals, make a point to finish off with naturally-sweet fruit instead of sinfully-sweet treats. Not only will you save fat and calories, you will also have the added benefit of extra vitamins, minerals and fiber. Few of us eat as much fruit as recommended.
      In time, you will become accustomed to foregoing sweets and you'll look forward to your healthier treat just as much.

    In the next post, we will talk about changing what you drink.




    Thursday, January 1, 2009

    How to Lose Weight Fast-How to Lose Stomach Fat

    I agree with the author of the article for today’s topic that stomach fat can be a difficult area to target and lose weight. After all, when it comes to weight loss, it seems to come off where it pleases!

    Still, Patrick does offer some valuable advice. So sit down, take notes, and learn how to lose that stubborn stomach fat!

    Lose Stomach Fat!
    By Patrick F Walsh

    When it comes to losing stomach fat it is best to have a strategy. I say this because the stomach can be an extremely tricky place to shed unwanted pounds. The stomach tends to be one of the last places the weight comes off when you're burning calories through exercise. In this article I will show you how to lose overall body weight and a way to target your belly fat specifically.

    If you are looking to lose stomach fat, improving your diet is a good place to start. Not all of us are health nuts that can handle eating tofu and rice cakes all day. I know I can't, but we could definitely cut out some of the junk meals and snacks that we all enjoy. This does not mean we cannot indulge in the foods we love, it just means we have them in moderation. Did you know that people with a higher metabolism burn fat more efficiently? What if I told you that you can increase your metabolism by eating smaller portions every 2-3 hours rather than gorging yourselves with three large traditional meals? Doing this keeps a constant flow of nutrients to our bodies thus making it easier to burn fat.

    Exercise would be another thing to focus on when trying to lose stomach fat. The results may not be immediate, but the weight will eventually come off. I recommend everyone should get at least 30 minutes of good aerobic exercise, 4-5 times per week. This could be as simple as a jog, a bike ride, or even a brisk walk. In order to burn fat we must burn the daily calories we take in plus the calories stored in our fat cells.

    If you have a specific area that you would like to target such as stomach fat, I've found that body wraps can be a very efficient solution. What is nice about body wraps are that you can target a certain area where you are having trouble achieving your desired results. The applications only take about one hour and they are quickly becoming very popular within the weight loss community. These body wraps not only break down the fat in your cells but also aid in detoxifying your system which is utterly essential when trying to lose stomach fat.

    If you can find a way to incorporate these items we've discussed into a healthy diet regimen, you will surely lose that unwanted stomach fat in no time flat.

    For the many inquiries I receive in regards to losing stomach fat, I highly suggest checking out: Lose Weight The Easy Way

    Also, of noteworthy interest is this website which provides dozens of resources and articles with regard to losing weight and alternative weight loss techniques: How To Lose Abdominal Fat

    Pat Walsh is a highly respected author in the fields of weight loss and nutrition.

    Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Patrick_F_Walsh



    To Your Success,

    Monique Hawkins
    Skype: Monique371
    540-858-2885
    4001 back creek road, gore, VA 22637

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