Thursday, December 30, 2010

How to Lose Weight in 30 Days-More Diet Rules That Are Meant to Be Broken

Now that the New Year is almost here, many women, and yes, some guys too, have weight loss goals. Some people may want to diets without exercise (not good, by the way). Some may want to lose a certain percentage of body fat by following a strict diet for 30 days. Other may desire to lose 10 pounds in 30 days or lose 20 pounds 30 days.

Whatever your fat loss or weight loss goal is, as discussed in the previous post, there are many diet myths we believe that are not true. In fact, if we follow them, they may sabotage our weight loss efforts.

In today's post, we will cover the last 3 of the 7 diet rules that are meant to be broken.

-Diet Myth #5: Be very afraid of fat. The truth is, don't be afraid of fat. Instead, focus on healthy fats-the unsaturated mono, poly, and Omega-3s in fish, seeds, and olive oil. The fats you want to avoid are the saturated and trans fats which clog your arteries and increase your risk for heart disease. Avoid foods such as chips, crackers, fried foods, butter, and fatty meats. Focus on the healthy fats which helps your body break down and absorb nutrients like vitamins A and E and beta carotene.

-Diet Myth #6: Never go to the drive through. Some people think an energy bar or protein shake is much better than fast food. This is true to a point. However, keep in mind that most food chains now offer healthy options. You can ask for items to be grilled, order the smallest sizes, and get nothing supersized. You can also check the menu and the nutrition content of foods before you make a stop.

-Diet Myth #7: Reach for the 100 calorie snack pack. Don't fall for the idea that the numerous 100 calorie snacks available today are good for you. Most are loaded with artificial sweeteners, corn syrup, and partially hydrogenated oils (which is a trans fat and clogs the arteries). They will leave you feeling hungry and unsatisfied after consumption. As a result, you will want to eat even more. In addition, most of the snacks lack protein and fiber. If you like to grab and go pack, instead use ziplock bags and create your own 100 calorie sweets. These can include whole wheat crackers with 1 tsp of peanut butter, 15 almonds or cashews, 3/4 cup of blueberries, 15 chocolate covered raisins, etc.

Don't fall for top 7 diet myths. Follow the above recommendations and you will be well on your way to achieve your weight loss goals!

Train Hard! Drop the Pounds!
Monique Hawkins

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

How to Lose Weight in 30 Days-7 Diet Rules That Are Meant to Be Broken

Most people who are looking to lose weight in 30 days know they must have a weight loss diet plan. However, some people may not realize that sticking to a certain diet "must-do's", may be sabotaging their skinny jeans goal.

Says Judith Beck, PH.D and author of "The Beck Diet Solution"" With one minor dietary infraction, the mind-set become "I've blown it, so I may as well keep going."

Over my next few blog posts, I will be sharing with you how to break seven hard-and-fast diet rules which are meant to be broken, which in turn will get you ready to drop a size in no time!

-Diet "Must-Do" Rule Fallacy #1: Don't Eat After Dinner

Your body doesn't all of a sudden magically store more fat and calories after a certain hour. So, if you are hungry after working out in the evening, there's no need to go to be hungry.

Instead, what you need to focus on is choosing a healthy snack such as whole-wheat pita chips with hummus, three cups of air-popped popcorn with string cheese, a protein shake with a banana, etc.

A good tip to remember is to plan ahead of time what you will eat. This will help you avoid eating junk food like cookies, chips, and ice cream plus keep you in your caloric range for the day.

-Diet "Must-Do" Rule Fallacy #2: Hold Your Ground Against Cravings

The smarter strategy is to indulge yourself in moderation. Kara Mohr, Ph.D and owner of the fitness and nutrition company, "Mohr Results", INC. says "Psychologically, we're tempted by what we can't have, which is why deprivation makes us desire 'forbidden foods'. When you give in, odds are you will devour more than you should."

The best weight loss strategy to use is not only eat 'forbidden foods' in moderation, but also, don't keep too much of those foods in your home. This way when a craving hits, you will have to inconvience yourself by running to a store. After all, who wants to do that in the middle of the night!

-Diet"Must-Do" Rule Fallacy #3: Bread is the Enemy

Everybody knows that the right kinds of bread can actually be good for you and help you drop the fat plus lose a few pounds. For bread, the 100% whole wheat kind, is actually in ally in your weight loss efforts because it contains complex carbohydrates and lots of fiber which will fill you up.

What will keep the weight and body fat on is the easily digested refined carbs which are found in things like white bread, crackers, and pastries. They don't fill you up so you end up eating more calories which will cause you to gain weight.

If the thought of bread still freaks you out, you have great options such as Arnold 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich or Flatout Flatbreads's Healthy Grain Honey Wheat.

In the next post, I will be sharing with you from the 7 diet rules that are meant to be broken.

Train Hard! Drop the Pounds!
Monique Hawkins

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

How to Lose Weight in 3 Weeks - The Link Between Imagination and Weight Loss

This may be one of the odder research studies looking at new techniques for effectively losing weight. The study was conducted by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The researchers discovered that when one intensely imagines eating a specific food, the craving for that food reduces the body's appetite level for it.

Although this seems counterintuitive, the researchers found that the trick is to not stop at visualizing the food, but also to imagine actually seeing it, smelling it and then eating it. Using this trick could be one of the great free techniques that can help speed weight loss and reduced the desire for fattening foods.

The study took three groups of volunteers who imagined doing different repetitive activities. The control group visualized sticking 33 coins into the slot on a washing machine. A second group visualized inserting 30 coins and eating three M&Ms, while the third group visualized inserting three coins into the washing machine and eating 30 M&Ms.

After their sessions visualizing the repetitive activities, all the participants were offered a bowl of M&Ms. The group that spent their prior time visualizing eating 30 M&Ms consistently ate fewer of the tempting candies than the other groups.

What the researchers found was a very specific response triggered only by thinking about eating one specific food, over and over again did the trick. Scientifically, this process is called habituation. It doesn't work if you just think about the food or think about eating a variety of foods. This only works if you repeatedly think about eating one certain kind of food.

There is hope that this tool can be used to decrease cravings for high-calorie foods that can derail the best diet plans. If potato chips are your downfall, try intensely visualizing eating one after another after another and see for yourself if this helps reduce your cravings. If you are trying to drop those ten or twenty pounds, this may just be the trick you need! Remember, don't just think about potato chips; actually visualize eating them one by one, over and over.

Although the study specifically used candies, the same technique could be tried with pop, cake, donuts, or whatever it is you have a hard time resisting. It is certainly worth a try if you are trying to lose weight. You may just have found the little boost you need to burn that belly fat and stick to your diet plan!

One factor that was left unstudied in this research was how long this effect lasts. No one knows at this point if it only lasts a few minutes or if it lasts for a longer period of time. The researchers also stated they did not consider all the factors that may effect food cravings, such as the complex set of psychological, physical, and hormonal influences on each individual.

This is worth testing! Why not try it today?

Train Hard! Drop the Pounds!
Monique Hawkins

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Monday, December 13, 2010

How to Lose Weight in 30 Days-How to Lose Weight and Cellulite at the Same Time

As a part of any good weight loss routine, two issues need to be addressed; both of them will help rid the body of unsightly cellulite. What are these two issues? Diet and exercise. By diet, I mean more than just weight loss diets; I’m talking about a healthy, nutritious diet that supports optimal health and weight.

One of the biggest cosmetic problems facing modern women is the formation of ugly cellulite on their rear, thighs, hips, and arms. Up to 90% of women over the age of 18 have cellulite! This dimpled, fatty deposit remains a bit of a mystery to modern medical science. Although they know what it is, subcutaneous fat deposits that have somehow gone awry, they don’t completely understand how or why it forms. Many blame the formation of cellulite on sluggish circulation of both the blood and the lymph. This causes water retention along with toxin deposition in the fatty tissues beneath the skin. The combination of these factors causes the fat to push up into the skin layer, showing up as bumpy, lumpy, ugly cellulite.

What is certain is that changing diet and exercise habits can solve the problem in over three-quarters of the women (and those few men who also have cellulite) affected by this embarrassing condition. The key seems to be cleaning out the system with fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to herbal supplements that help speed the elimination of toxins and excess water from the tissues.

Processed foods are full of undesirable artificial ingredients and even most produce is loaded with agro-chemicals that accumulate in tissues, especially in cellulite deposits. Eating a diet full of high-fiber, fresh foods helps the system naturally cleanse itself. In addition, this is one of the key components of a successful weight loss plan! Not only will you drop those last 10 stubborn pounds, you’ll reduce that ugly cellulite.

Along with cleaning out the toxins with fresh foods, a good exercise routine helps increase the circulation, also helping to clear out the toxins, built up waste products, and excess fluids.
Even thin women have cellulite, so being overweight is not the primary factor in cellulite formation, although it does exacerbate its development. The problem is a primarily our modern sedentary lifestyle. This encourages fat deposition, poor circulation, and general poor health. Once you incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise three times a week, the pounds and the cellulite begin to disappear.

Some of the best supplements for detoxifying the body are burdock and dandelion roots. They act to aid the natural elimination system at a cellular and system-wide level. Getting the toxins out of your body has been shown to both increase weight loss and reduce cellulite.
Cellulite is stubborn. It hardens and becomes more difficult to remove as time passes. It takes persistence and commitment, along with patience to get rid of cellulite. Although initial results can be seen within a few weeks, it generally takes up to six months of sticking to a healthy diet and practicing routine exercise for cellulite to disappear.

So keep at it - you’ll love your new slimmer, cellulite-free body!

Train Hard! Drop the Pounds!
Monique Hawkins

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Weight Lose Programs-Massive Diet Study Looks at Effectiveness of Weight Loss Diets

Most people who are looking for effective weight loss programs and diet plans know there are many diets out there; some are effective, and others are not. A just released study comparing different diets has concluded which diet is most likely to get results and to help in maintaining ideal weight. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen studied 938 adults and 827 children from 772 families to help them determine what diet is most effective.

Researchers used five different diets in the study:

-a low protein-high glycemic index (GI)
-a low protein-low GI
-a high protein-low GI
-a high protein-high GI
-a control group that did not regard either protein or GI.

The results found that the high protein-low GI diet had the best weight loss and the best success at keeping off the weight.

Some of the controversies with this type of diet are the possible negative effects on the body of consuming too much protein over extended periods of time. In addition, there has been some confusion about what the glycemic index is and how to determine what foods fit where. One example of the confusion is that carrots rank rather high on the GI scale at 72, while chocolate is much lower at 49. There is confusion over the fact that just because a food is lower on the GI scale doesn’t necessarily mean that it is healthier.

Some high protein, low GI diets advocate not eating certain fresh vegetables and fruits that have a multitude of health benefits, making some medical and nutritional experts leery of these diets when used long-term. Although they prove effective in weight loss and maintenance, they may not provide the best choice in overall healthy eating unless dieters are careful about food choices.

For high protein foods, pick lean meats and fish, and low-fat dairy products. When choosing fruits and vegetables, look carefully at GI charts to pick healthy choices. Apples and strawberries are good lower GI fruits while bananas and grapes are higher. This is where the controversy and confusion enters. Both bananas and grapes and high GI pineapple have a wide range of nutrients that promote better health. Should they really be eliminated from the diet plan?

One easy to stick with rule is that whole grains are much lower GI than refined and processed grains such as white flour and white rice. This is one point where good health and lower GI completely agree. Whole grains provide a wide range of nutrients along with fiber that processed and refines grains don’t.

A high protein, low GI diet plan might work for you. I encourage you to do your research to see if this diet will help you achieve your weight loss goals.

Train Hard! Drop the Pounds!
Monique Hawkins

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Weight Lose Program-Easy Weight Loss Tips for the Guys

Say the word “diet” and you generally think only of women. It seems to be somewhat true, men rarely say they are on a diet! However, the health problems associated with being overweight are certainly not confined to women only. Guys frequently need to consider losing a few pounds, not only to feel better about how they look, but to also improve their overall health.

So, what can the guys do to lose that belly fat, drop those pounds, and look and feel younger without committing to a specific diet? All it takes it to make a few life-style changes, work at improving food choices, and think about making these long-term, lasting change to be successful. Ask the women who have experienced the weight loss rollercoaster; they’ll tell you whatever you do it has to be permanent and easy to stick with.

For starters, buy a scale and use it. Make sure you do not use it obsessively. Remember guys, there is very little point in daily weigh-ins other than adding to the frustration of sticking with any kind of weight lose plan. Doing a weigh in o once a week is sufficient.

When doing the weigh in, make sure the scale is placed on a hard floor, tile in the bathroom, or hardwood in a bedroom or hallway so the reading is accurate. Pick a schedule; make some goals for how many pounds you may realistically be able to shed in a three-month period. Next, weigh in every Monday morning, or every Saturday morning. Keep a chart by the scale and record your weight. This can be a great motivator to stick with your plan. Once you see some hard evidence of the pounds dropping off, reward yourself with a new tie, a new CD, something you’ll enjoy and help keep you focused on your goals.

Use the Internet to gain valuable knowledge, looking for tips that encourage permanent life-style changes and steady and sure weight loss. Remember too that weight loss is more than just counting calories. It’s all about making wise food choices too.

Try to avoid all the extra sauces and condiments, they will definitely add to the calories. Beyond just looking up calorie contents of popular foods, the Internet is packed with weight-loss tips and information. Check out the USDA’s latest interactive food pyramid for some great personalized plans. This interactive site can help you chart and track your progress, has recipes, and plenty of wonderful information on choosing healthy foods.

Watch out for foods with heavy cream and cheese-based sauces. These are loaded with calories. You don’t have to skip that cheeseburger if it is made from good, lean ground beef and you pack the sandwich with veggies rather than condiments. Learn to use fresh and dried herbs to liven up the taste of foods rather than heavy sauces. There is no reason why you can’t carry a packet of one of the salt-free, all herbal seasonings in your pocket if you eat out a lot.

Keep in mind that simply adding a walk to your day will speed weight loss. If you can’t do it every day, try for at least three days a week. Incorporate it into your life. Volunteer to walk the dog every day, take the stairs rather than the elevator, park your car way out at the edge of the lot and walk, etc.

Making just a few adjustments to your eating habits and your level of exercise can lead to successful weight loss and a new and healthier body.

Train Hard! Drop the Pounds!
Monique Hawkins

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

How to Lose Weight Plan-American Council on Exercise Announces New Plans to Reduce Obesity in America

If you are working on a how to lose weight plan, you will likely want to check out what the American Council on Exercise has to say. The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has plans to help eliminate obesity in the United States by encouraging Americans to live better and longer through exercise. This nonprofit organization is the largest of its kind in the world and is already actively involved in promoting exercise as a healthy way, along with diet, to lose those extra pounds and maintain an optimal and healthy weight.

Their visionary goals include everyone having access to qualified personal trainers, fitness ambassadors within communities that encourage individuals and families to participate in fitness goals, and developing partnerships with associations like AARP, the American Heart Association, and others to promote physical fitness and weight loss. This is definitely something to watch for in the future if you are serious about losing weight and need some professional guidance!

Right now, their website offers all kinds of great fitness help to spur you on to success in your weight loss and fitness plans. Look under the ACE Get Fit tab on their website and spend some time exploring all the amazing advice, recipes, product reviews, and other information they offer, all for free.

Trying to lose that stubborn belly fat and need some great exercises to help accomplish this? Just look in their Exercise Library to find hundreds of exercises targeted to specific body parts. You can sort them based on body part, your exercise experience level and the use of equipment. Searching for exercises that target the abs, with just a beginner’s level of experience and no equipment finds 18 exercises, all with pictures and directions.

Want more than just some exercises? Try the Workouts tab and find complete workout routines that target the hips and thighs, the body’s center, chest and back, or shoulders and arms. Remember using your lunch hour as a great time to add exercise to the day? ACE even has a 30-minute lunchtime workout routine that requires no equipment and can be done anywhere. Creatively using lunch breaks as exercise breaks at least a few times per week can speed you to success with your weight loss program and help those pounds slide off.

They even have a 12 week fitness program that gets you motivated and directed on starting a realistic exercise plan that you can stick to. If you are like most people, a little help in setting up a weight loss and exercise plan can go a long way in helping you achieve your goals.

Make sure you check out the American Council on Exercise’s site- it’s easy to navigate and simply packed with great, usable, free information.

Train Hard! Drop the Pounds!
Monique Hawkins
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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Weight Lose Programs-How to Stick With Your Program During the Holiday Season

I was just reading the "Burn the Fat" newsletter from Tom Venuto.

In it,he offered us a weight loss challenge. The challenge? To stay fit over the holiday's and still burn the fat and feed the muscle. In other words, no weight gain and you still achieve your goals!

Here is what Tom had to say:

Today is your lucky day because I'm going to show you how to get
in BETTER shape over the holidays instead of gaining holiday pounds
like most people do.

Wait... The best part is, I can show you how to eat your cake (literally)
and get leaner too.

It's simple, but it's not necessarily easy. This IS a challenge.

To succeed will require two things:

1. Several important shifts in mindset
2. Taking action

Both are critical.

Read more at:

Take the time to check it out. You CAN keep the pounds off this holiday season!

Train Hard! Drop the Pounds!
Monique Hawkins
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Sunday, November 7, 2010

How to Lose Weight Plan-How to Use The Internet To Help With Weight Loss

You are doing it right now, reading my blog and using the Internet to help you lose weight and to develop a how to lose weight plan. However, you may not be using all the resources available online to your full advantage. There are actually tools, tips, news, recipes, motivational sites and more to help a wide range of people with their weight loss goals, and the best part is, most of them are free.

One of the latest and best free tools is the interactive 2010 version of the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s food pyramid. Packed with personalized nutritional recommendations and tips for dropping the excess pounds, this handy tool is completely new and revised. If you think you know all about the food pyramid but haven’t seen the new one, you are in for a surprise! There are personalized goals and advice where you can track your progress, tasty recipes, and loads of suggestions for realistic weight loss.

The United States is one of the fattest countries in the world with a huge number of people seeking sound advice on how to take off the weight and keep it off. Almost every major news site has a whole section devoted to health and weight loss. Obesity is a real problem, with serious health effects so plenty of research is being done and reported on almost daily.

A recent study looked at the Internet based program in Rhode Island called Shape Up RI. This 12-week, online competition is an effort to help obese and overweight citizens get started on a vigorous weight loss program. Researchers studied groups using the standard online Shape Up program, a version with additional videos on exercise and eating right, and a version that offered the videos plus daily monitoring of weight, diet, and exercise for the day and included computer feedback for the participants. The study concluded that the most successful at shaping up were those who participated in the full program that included tracking and feedback. You may not live in Rhode Island, but this kind of help is available elsewhere on the Internet, just be sure to look for free programs.

Of course there are thousands of recipes online, charts showing optimal weight for your height, forums on dieting and exercise where you can participate in discussions and get advice, calorie and nutritional information on fast foods, and loads of exercise videos and articles.

Don’t spend too much time sitting in front of the computer though! Get your information for the day and then get out there and take a hike or create a great low-calorie dinner and watch that stubborn belly fat melt away.

Train Hard! Drop the Pounds!
Monique Hawkins

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

How to Lose Weight In One Month-Weight Loss Tips From a Skinny Friend

I have a friend who has been a life-long thin and trim woman. In her 50's now, she has had four children and has never had a fat day in her life. I often wonder how she maintains her slim figure, I know she doesn't go to the gym and I've certainly watched her eat her way through a massive buffet dinner more than once. So how does she do it? No belly fat, no cellulite, no extra pounds anywhere on her!

After years of being intrigued, I finally asked her what her secret is, how does she stay slim and fit without ever seeming to be on a diet, never counting calories, and not working out? After thinking for a few moments, as though this was something she never bothers to consider, this was her answer.

Life is for enjoying, and this includes food. I eat when I'm hungry, I eat what I love, and I don't own a scale. I'm a fanatic about eating healthy though, well, most of the time, I do love an occasional brownie or hot fudge sundae. Aside from my few vices, every ingredient in my meals needs to be nutritious and I rarely eat out, except those buffets we go to. I make simple, good meals at home with lean beef and chicken, lots of fresh vegetables, brown rice and other whole grains and a wide variety of natural herbs and spices. I never think about calories, just health, and fresh, wholesome food. I eat lots of low-calorie fresh fruits, nuts, and plenty of good natural cheeses to complement my meals. Processed food just doesn't go into my grocery cart. Again, not because I am counting calories, but because the more processed the food, the less healthy it is.

I also don't dwell on any kind of exercise routine. I find gyms and workouts a bit of a pain. What I do is walk, every day. With my dog, alone, running errands, for pleasure and as a mode of transportation. If I have to use the car, I park way out at the edge of the parking lot. This burns a few calories, I don't do it for this reason though, I do it because it's healthier to walk! I also don't own power tools, I hang my laundry out, and enjoy gardening. I move a lot. Oh, and I don't have TV so no sitting on the couch. I sleep at least eight hours a night, which they say helps with weight loss.

A diet pop has never passed my lips. I drink unsweetened green tea all day long, which I think boosts energy and really does help burn calories. It is the most refreshing drink, quenches your thirst, and does count towards your daily water intake. Plain water, 100% fruit juices, and a little wine now and then round out the drinks.

Well, that's her secret. I really was surprised; there is nothing magical about it. She eats as she enjoys, uses her body for work and transportation, and sleeps well- sounds simple enough!

Train Hard! Drop the Pounds!
Monique Hawkins

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Weight Lose Programs-Are You Taking Advantage of the Lunch Hour Plan?

Almost everyone has an hour lunch break during their workday; how you use it can be the difference between quick weight loss or no weight loss. After a hard morning at work, many reward themselves with a hearty lunch of comfort food, high in fats, sugar, and calories. After all, you feel you deserve it after all the work done and with another stressful session following lunch. If you are like most people, you return to the office and sit for another three or four hours, and as you sit, the heavy lunch is silently being converted to fat!

A much more healthy use of that lunch hour is to divide it between a light healthy meal and some exercise. Rather than coming back full and feeling guilty, a 30-minute workout can not only help you drop those stubborn pounds, but also make you more productive with an increased energy level. Plus no guilt!

Several strategies help to get the lunch exercise routine started. Although it may be easy to wear the clothes you have on, just switch out to some good walking or tennis shoes and off you go. Others may have office dress codes that prohibit easy exercising in the same clothes. If this is your case, wear something that is quickly changed, take a minute in the restroom and
change into your exercise outfit.

Another thing you can do is is prepare a quick-to-eat lunch. Try packing a light and healthy sandwich with some fruit or vegetables, a Morningstar veggie burger, and a big salad. These are easy to pack and quick to eat. Have no soda with lunch and drink water or unsweetened tea. Think slim, think weight loss, make the meal something that will help you achieve your diet goals.

Once these hurdles are overcome, it is time to decide on several possible routines for exercising. Boredom is one of the primary reasons people drop their exercise routines, so try to think of at least three different exercise strategies. Is the office near a gym? If you like working out, this could be your best choice. Routines at the gym can be varied, doing
one workout three days a week and a different exercise routine the other two days.

If there isn’t a gym handy, think walking, jogging, and climbing stairs. Plan a one-mile walk for the first week. A mile can be walked in 15 minutes. After you get down your routine, expand the walk to two miles. This should take just your 30 minutes. Losing pounds is easy with
consistent walking. Don’t use the elevator; take the stairs. This is great exercise, burning calories and firming up legs and behind.

Reward yourself with a new dress once you have gotten halfway to your weight loss goals. Revel in how good you look and keep up the motivation to reach your ideal weight.

Train Hard! Drop The Pounds!
Monique Hawkins

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

How to Lose Weight Plan-The Easy Way to Lose 10 Pounds In One Month

Most people who are looking to drop 10 pounds or more have a how to lose weight plan. Most people also want their plan to be simple. In the following article, you will find a few simple steps to take each day to drop those stubborn pounds.

I hope you will be able to do so soon!

To Your Success,
Monique Hawkins

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How to Lose 10 Pounds a Month - Secret Weight Loss Formula to Lose 10 Pounds in One Month
By Stephanie Garrett

The obesity ratio in US is constantly going up. People are gaining weight while children are also born overweight. The problem of obesity is creating a huge cyclone all over the continent. It became an obligation now to lose 10 pounds a month.

I have seen people going under strict diet regimes, consuming weight loss pills and even going through different types of surgeries, which never helped them. They can be very dangerous and can be even fatal. Obesity increases the risk of getting infected by coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancers. In order to avoid these diseases, losing weight becomes our only goal.

Secret Weight Loss Formula To Lose 10 Pounds In One Month

One month is a huge period and you can easily lose 10 pounds a month. Healthy nutrition is the secret weight loss formula. You have to eat more in order to lose more. The concept sounds crazy but it is the magical potion to loose weight.

Take more small meals in a day. You can easily distribute their timings and maintaining a stipulated time is extremely beneficial in loosing weight. Lose 10 pounds a month by taking at least 5-7 smaller meals in a day rather having three big meals.

Drink more water in order to keep your digestive tract clean. It will help your body to digest more. Avoid drinking whole milk rather start having skim milk in your coffee. Low fat yogurt is more preferred than ice cream for loosing weight. You can also consume lean meat, fish and turkey while you should completely avoid red meat from your diet. Lose 10 pounds a month by using calorie shifting for reducing weight. It can be accomplished by eating your meals in different order everyday.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

How to Lose Weight Plan-The Dynamics of Body Fat and Muscle

Most people who are working to drop the excess pounds have a how to lose weight plan. As part of this plan, everybody knows there should be a component which help them lose body fat and gain muscle. Although there are thousands of products and advice columns concerning different methods of losing body fat and gaining muscle, there are just three simple rules to fat metabolism and muscle gain.

Rule One: Excess calorie intake is stored as fat. Through the complex metabolic processes of digestion, carbohydrates are converted to glucose that fuels the body. Every cell in the body uses glucose as its preferred source of energy. What isn’t used up is stored temporarily in the liver and muscles as glycogen for later conversion to glucose to be used as fuel. But what if the glucose and glycogen run out? Then the body resorts first to fat as fuel then starts breaking down protein stored in muscles, organs, and other tissues. Starvation diets lead to the body literally eatingitself. Not a healthy thing. If we all had the perfect balance of calories in and calories used, we would stay pretty much at the same weight.

But that isn’t the reality of modern sedentary life with super-sized meals. Every extra calorie that isn’t used, whether from carbohydrates, protein or fat, gets stored in the body as fat. This is a coping mechanism developed over thousands of years of evolution when humans didn’t have a steady supply of food on the pantry shelves. Long winters went by with little to no food and bodies burned stored fat built up during times of plenty. Today, we seem to have times of plenty every day with no let up and the pounds creep on.

Rule Two: To lose weight you have to burn more calories than you consume. Simple. Every bite of food, every drink you swallow goes towards the daily calorie intake. If, at the end of the day, you consumed more calories than you burned. Guess what? You are in calorie excess and the body stores it as fat. The fastest way to burn that fat and lose ten pounds is to increase exercise while decreasing consumption of calories. Remember, we are setting up new life-time habits, ones that will keep the weight off for the rest of your life. So be moderate in what you do. Starvation diets never work long-term. You ruin your health, can’t maintain a severely restricted diet and the weight quickly returns.

Rule Three: You build muscles from exercise. Period. Not from supplements or over-consumption of protein. Muscles form when you use your body. So head to the gym, the track, join a walking club, ditch the car on sunny days, and work in the yard. Movement builds muscles while it burns calories.

Overly complex routines and hard to remember strategies tend to not become life-long habits. These three simple rules can get you started on your weight loss goals and easily become something to incorporate into your lifestyle.

To Your Success,
Monique Hawkins

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Obesity in America-The Dangers of Morbid Obesity

Just released statistics for obesity rankings among the 33 countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) result in no big surprise that the United States ranks number one for obesity rates. The
odd part of the findings is that the other five English speaking countries in OECD are also in the top seven fattest countries. Only Mexico, not an English speaking country makes it into the top seven.

Analyzing the data has lead to questions about why English speaking countries lead the list in overweight and obese populations. What is it that causes these countries to have such an abundance of people who are both dieting yet still overweight? Nutritionists, doctors, and economists are all weighing in on what is behind the belly fat, the unhealthy trend towards childhood obesity, the continual struggle with overeating

Despite a constant stream of news about methods for losing weight and a plethora of weight loss diet books, Americans and their English speaking counterparts around the world are definitely losing the battle to shed pounds.

One idea is that all six countries strive to practice the American lifestyle. Driving rather than walking, electronic and gas driven power tools instead of human powered, sedentary pastimes, and an abundance of high-fat, high-sugar foods have spread beyond the boarders of the USA.Mexico has never been a country with a problem with weight until recently when it to has become heavily influenced by its neighbor to the north.

Another disturbing part of the study is that there is no let-up in sight. The countries in the top rankings are expected to keep those rankings, as childhood obesity rates are high in all of them. An astounding 40% of American kids are overweight!

So, what can be done on a personal level to fight these statistics? Each individual struggles with their own set of problems trying to lose that ten or twenty pounds but analyzing the general trend may help in changing your lifestyle making sticking to diet plans and losing those extra pounds easier.

Both eating and exercise play a part in the equation. Look at your own routines and make some simple changes. Get off the couch and outdoors, don't watch the game, play the game. Going less than a mile or two? Walk. Take stairs not elevators. Rake leaves and let the leaf blower gather some dust. Grabbing a quick bite to eat? Know what healthy items are offered at local fast food restaurants, leave off the sauce and drink water or unsweetened tea.

Just a few of these simple things can quickly add up to faster weight loss and a healthier lifestyle!

To Your Success,
Monique Hawkins

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

How to Lose Weight Plan-Weight Loss without Sagging Skin

So many people have experienced fast weight loss and accompanying loose skin that some say they would rather have stayed fat! Is there a solution to this problem that faces so many who are on the path to a slimmer and healthier body? What could be worse that being on the way to steady weight loss and then discovering that skin on the arms, thighs, and belly is sagging?

Something to always keep in mind as you trim down that belly fat, is the huge health risk that accompanies being overweight. The heart and cardiovascular system are damaged, joints are stressed as they carry a burden they weren't designed to, and even breathing can be difficult when you are overweight. This is a much more dangerous condition than having a little sagging skin.

But, how we look is vitally important to sticking to an effective weight loss plan so sagging skin is an issue that many dieters are concerned about. Losing steadily and having a good exercise routine can help keep the body firm as the weight melts off. Exercise not only increases the calories burned in a day but also firms the muscles. Skin is attached to the muscles beneath by connective tissues so keeping the muscles firm can help keep the skin firm too.

Although plastic surgery is a quick solution, it is also very expensive, running thousands of dollars for a tummy tuck. Weight loss in the 20 to 30 pound range rarely has significant effects on the skin. Those who are obese and planning to lose more than this may want to include exercise and skin nourishing foods in their diet. The more supple the skin the better the chance for maintaining firmness.

Yo-yo dieting is also hard on the skin. Stretch marks form from weight gain, and sagging skin that results during episodes of weight loss can plague the yo-yo dieter. Healthy skin comes from within with good nutrition and adequate water. Vitamin C is essential for building collagen, the substance that helps keep skin supple and young. Creams may help, but the best plan is to eat a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables to maintain optimal levels of essential nutrients.

This same diet will help you shed those pounds!

Train Hard and Expect Success
Monique Hawkins

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Friday, September 24, 2010

How to Lose Weight in 30 Days-3 Belly Fat Burning Foods You Need in Your Diet

Many of us are looking at how to lose weight in 30 days. One area we usually look at also is losing fat in the belly area.

No matter if we are looking at diets without exercise, how to lose 10 pounds 30 days, lose 20 pounds 30 days, etc. we must be paying attention to what we eat. When we do this, not only will be able to lose that stubborn belly fat, but we also the pounds will drop in other areas.

So, that said, pay attention to the fat burning foods we need to be adding to our diet. When you make those dietary changes and commit to them, the pounds will come off!

3 Belly Fat Burning Foods You Need in Your Diet
By William Burnell

We all know about the foods that make us fat - the ones we should not eat. We know we should cut down on the sodas and sugary drinks; the French fries; the chocolates; the fast food, but we are not always told what foods we can eat to get our weight down. Sure, we can eat salads, fruit and vegetables and the grain breads but what are the some of specific foods that actually reduce belly fat? Do they actually exist and if so, how hard are they to get and eat? In fact, there are such things as fat burning foods.

Fat Burning Food Number One

Proteins are considered to be fat burning because they speed up metabolism. This means the body has to work harder to digest protein, which converts into energy. Increase your metabolic rate and you will increase you energy and reduce your belly fat. Proteins are found in lean red meat, poultry, fish, and eggs. These are generally not hard to come by. Simply start making these part of your diet by using them to replace the highly refined carbohydrates that most people eat far too much. Highly refined carbohydrates create a surge in insulin that makes us hungry or crave for more of the same shortly after eating. Protein has the opposite effect - keeps the insulin down and satisfies our hunger.

Fat Burning Food Number Two

Carbohydrates are important as they give us energy by helping the body produce glucose, which is blood sugar. This is essential to keep our bodies functioning properly, particularly our brains, which use about two thirds of the glucose the body produces. The best source of carbohydrates is fruit and vegetables - the highly colored vegetables and low sugar fruits such as apples, strawberries, peaches, pears and berries. These also contain nutrients and proteins. The worst sources of carbohydrates are foods like French fries, white bread, sugary breakfast cereals, cakes, cookies and pastries. These are the carbohydrates that increase belly fat.

Fat Burning Food Number Three

Drink plenty of water. Insufficient water consumption will increase belly fat. If the body does not get enough water it compensates by retaining fluid to draw on. In other words, taking in water can stop fluid retention. Water helps your body metabolize fat, which means without it the body stores fat. Water is an essential element for our bodies. It aids digestion and elimination, which is vital to cleanse our bodies of waste and toxins. It maintains the health and well being of every cell in the body. If you do not have enough water, the fat burning foods will not be as effective. If you want to lose belly fat, make 5 to 8 glasses of water a day part of your food regime.

To find out more about fat burning foods and other steps you can take to lose your belly fat, go to William Burnell has studied and followed a healthy lifestyle for many years and knows how rewarding it can be.

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These were great weight loss tips. Make sure you follow them!

To Your Success,
Monique Hawkins

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

How to Lose Weight In One Month-Cooler Weather Means Jump Starting Weight L oss

Now with the change in the weather we feel a renewed sense of purpose. For some, they feel that now is a good time to learn strategies about how to lose weight in one month. Temperatures drop and energy levels tend to rise as the sun shines and cooling breezes blow. What a perfect time to launch on a few new habits that can become part of your daily routine for weight loss. For some, this may include plans to lose 10 pounds in one month, dieting without exercise ( or at least a lot of exercise!), etc.

What better way to shed those pounds than to get started on a new walking program. While you may not be able to lose 20 pounds in one month, you still can drop some pounds. Gone are the hot and humid days that made walking a miserable chore. If you hid out in the mall to get in a few laps of walking, now is the time to move back outdoors. Walking is one of the best ways to not only lose that stubborn belly fat, but to reenergize your body, mind, and spirit. Studies show that walking outside rather than in the mall is a quicker way to drop the weight and boost your spirits.

Yard work burns calories at a quick rate, especially if you give up the gasoline-powered tools and use people-power! Let the leaf blower gather some dust while you work out with an old fashioned rake. There are actually new ergonomically designed rakes that are easier on the joints and back but still give you a great calorie-burning workout. Fall is the most recommended time to plant trees and bushes. Not only will you beautify the yard, you’ll also do some lifting, stretching and bending that help tone the body. This will help you lose weight effectively.

Don’t forget to get some sunshine while you are outside. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin for health and maintaining optimal weight, a strong immune system, and strong bones.

Grab the leash and start a dog-walking routine. The hot days of summer may have been too much for furry Fido, but he’ll love the brisker weather of fall. Both of you will be energized and leaner.

Fall is also a time to explore new foods and recipes. If you are planning a diet for one month, this is the perfect time to do so. Local produce is abundant now. Try visiting a farm market for fresh, fiber filled, low calorie vegetables and crisp apples. Buy some herbs, spices, vinegar and olive oil to make your own slimming dressings for healthy salads. Try making a veggie pannini on the grill using whole grain bread and just a dash of olive oil. This is one of those healthy diets without exercise that will greatly benefit your body.

Fall is the time to energize, try some new, low calorie foods, and get out the gardening tools. Watch those pounds melt away!

To Your Success,
Monique Hawkins
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

How to Lose Weight In One Month-Most People Know Motivation Is A Must

There are many reasons why people need desire to lose weight. Some desire to lose as many pounds as they can in one month. For all of this to happen, one must be motivated. Here is why.

It’s not just a matter of looking better, it can be a matter of saving your life and health. Take a good look at these health statistics as they relate to obesity and get motivated to lose those pounds! Although not always a direct cause of disease, being overweight can aggravate many health conditions. Those extra pounds make your body work harder when moving around, make your heart and digestive system toil away and can even affect your mental health.

Statistics show that those who maintain a weight anywhere from 25% underweight to 5% overweight for men and 15% underweight to 15% overweight for women have the lowest death rates in the 20 to 69 age bracket. You can start a plan for longer, healthy living with just the loss of a 10 to 20 pounds.

Cancer of the breast, uterus, ovaries, gallbladder and prostate tend to be higher in people who are overweight. That’s really scary! Although researchers are not sure of the reason, this should be great motivation to drop that belly fat. And speaking of, it seems that belly fat, in particular, is the most dangerous. That spare tire around the waist is a risk factor for having high cholesterol, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. It may be because this fat is more metabolically active and located closer to the effected organs than fat on the rear or thighs.

Cardiovascular disease is a major risk factor for the overweight. Just carrying an extra 20 pounds puts stress on the heart. Add to that the tendency for the overweight to have higher blood cholesterol levels and it’s a disaster waiting to happen.

Joints are overworked and wear out faster with greater weight. Lose those pounds and you knees and hips will thank you!

Gallstones and other gallbladder disorders are increased by about double for those who are 20 percent or more overweight. Diabetes is also much more common in those with extra weight.

This is all quite frightening, but realize that there is something you can do
about it starting right now! The fastest, surest way to start losing weight and keeping it off is to eat a balanced and healthy diet and increase exercise. The more calories you burn the faster the weight comes off.

Analyze your daily food intake and make a few changes to start cutting the calories. Focusing on a diet high in fiber, vegetable, fruits and lean meats will get you off to a great start. Good health and a slimmer body can be achieved!

To Your Success,
Monique Hawkins

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Lose Weight Really Fast-Is Your Your Intestinal Flora Hijacking Your Weight Loss Efforts?

Everybody knows that losing really fast isn’t easy. Most people know that rapid weight loss can result in a person gaining it back over time. I just found out that if you desire to lose weight fast and easy, which is the best way, you have to pay attention to your intestines. Did you know that you play host to a legion of bacteria in your intestines, many of them beneficial? They play a role not only in digestion, but produce essential vitamins, stop the growth of harmful bacteria, and aid the immune system.

There are estimated to be over ten times the number of bacteria in the intestines than cells in the body and what gut flora you are harboring may actually have something to do with weight gain. Something you may have never even known existed may be affecting the success of your diet plans!

Research in both humans and lab animals has shown that obese individual have a different ratio of gut flora, those bacteria in the intestines. Studies have shown that the bacteria taken from obese mice and put into lean mice will make them fat even when their food supply is reduced! So it could be the bacteria hiding under that belly fat contributing to the excess weight.

So what exactly is going on and is there anything you can do about it? It appears that the difference in the energy-absorbing capabilities differ between the bacteria in obese individuals and those in lean ones. The bacteria play a vital role in the digestion and metabolism of fatty acids (dietary fats) and polysaccharides ( carbohydrates) and those that live in the guts of the obese seem to definitely be contributing to weight gain.

These tiny microorganisms may be responsible for causing metabolic syndrome with accompanying weight gain, hypertension, and high cholesterol. They may even be triggering increased desire for food.

So what is the solution? Along with exercise, plenty of pure water, and healthy food, the fastest way to encourage beneficial bacteria in your gut is to completely cut out junk food, processed food, and sugars. Things like antibiotics, pollution, and chlorinated water can all reduce the numbers of good bacteria. You can also use probiotic supplements and fermented foods like sauerkraut and pickled vegetables as well as fermented milk products like kefir and plain yogurt. Remember to skip the high calorie fruit yogurts and never buy “lite” yogurts full of artificial sweeteners and flavorings.

By eating fermented foods as well as following the other advice covered in this article, you can replace the good bacteria and start losing weight really fast.

To Your Success,
Monique Hawkins

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Lose Weight Fast and Easy-I Just Found Out You Gotta Watch What You Drink

Most people want to lose weight fast and easy. Everybody knows that this is the desire of most people today. I just found out why you must watch what you drink. After all, there is an old saying that what goes into your mouth goes to the hips!

It seems diets always concentrate on food. Did you know that what is in your cup can be the difference between losing those last 10 pounds or letting them just stay parked on your hips?

Ok. Now on to the good news and bad news. First, the bad. Everybody knows that soda or pop is high in calories. So pick up a diet pop with artificial sweeteners and its healthy, right?

Nope, not right. Only diabetics should ever consume products with artificial sweeteners. We want to be not only slim but healthy and artificial sweeteners have a host of negative health effects. Great big flavored coffee drinks are horrendous! Stay away from them. The good news is all you must do is think about fats and sugars and cut out all the drinks that are high in either.

Healthy choices for drinks abound, many are cheaply and easily made right at home. The first investment you should make is in a good stainless water bottle. There is no need to buy water; you have it coming right out of your tap. Buy a good water filter for the faucet if the water quality in your town is poor. These take out almost all the agricultural chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and other chemical contaminants in tap water.

Everybody knows the body needs about 8 glasses of water a day to function properly. Now, most people have found out it is OK to include tea in that count. Water also helps speed weight loss. You won’t feel as hungry before meals if you have been drinking water, and you’ll be less likely to overeat. Keep weight loss and health at the forefront of all your decisions. Add a little lemon juice to the water, or a slice of lime or flavor. No sugar though!

Everybody says another perfect fluid choice is green tea. Look at all the diet supplements that have green tea; it promotes weight loss and health. The phytochemicals in green tea protect the body from free radical damage and speed up the metabolism helping you reach your weight loss goals faster. Make a big pot
every morning, fill up a couple of water bottles with it and drink that healthy tea all day.

It doesn’t take long to change your tastes from pop to healthy drinks. Most people who do this find they are amazed at the pounds that are shed and the belly fat that is gone, with just changing what you drink.

Healthy drinks promote increased metabolism and energy, speeding weight loss! Make sure you include them in your diet everyday!

To Your Success,
Monique Hawkins

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Obesity Help-How Pesticides Could Be Wreaking Havoc On Your Weight Loss Efforts

There are many who are obese in our society today. The rising obesity statics and obesity facts tell the story of how much a problem this is today. If you are seeking obesity help, you will find the following information highly useful.

A just released report by the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity has made an astonishing connection between a class of chemicals and obesity. The chemicals are endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), now dubbed "obesogens" for their suspected role in obesity.

Although scientists have suspected this link between these chemicals and obesity for years, and many citizen advocates have fought for the decreased use of these chemicals, the recent release of the task force's findings have brought this issue to the mainstream news' attention.

These chemicals have now become ubiquitous in the environment. They are in agricultural chemicals, pharmaceuticals, plastics, cosmetics, and have made their way into our water systems. It takes very minuscule amounts to have an effect on our bodies and the effects don't stop when the exposure stops. They are suspected to cause cancers, fertility problems, and unexplained weight gain. They make weight loss very difficult.

What these chemicals do is interfere with our body's ability to regulate our metabolism. A slow metabolism equals weight gain. No matter what you do to diet you may not be achieving the weight loss you should be. It may be the reason you can't lose that last 10 or 20 pounds. So what can you do to achieve that last bit of weight loss, burn that belly fat, and avoid obesogens? Follow these 4 tips:

-Do a little studying on the primary sources of these chemicals and try to avoid them. Soft plastics and BPA containing plastics are everywhere, but you can learn to spot them and avoid them. The linings on canned food contain BPA, hard plastic water bottles also contain it. Buy a reusable stainless steel water bottle and use it. Look for plastics that are BPA free. Never heat up food in plastic; the chemicals in the plastic will leach into the food.

-Avoid fatty foods. Not only for the fat calories but because fats are the place where these chemicals are stored. Look for no-fat or low-fat dairy products, lean meats, and lean fish.

-Buy a good water filter. These chemicals have made it into our water systems and municipal water treatment plants only remove disease causing organisms and sediment from the water. They do not remove pesticides, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, or other toxins. Read the label on the filter you buy to be sure it removes VOC, volatile organic chemicals.

-Avoid pesticides in food. Buy organic fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy and know which vegetables and fruits have lower levels of pesticide use if you can't buy all organic. By just changing a few things in your diet you can make a huge difference in your exposure to these chemicals. The Environmental Working Group has a great list of the most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables and another list containing those with the least.

Be aware, make a few simple changes, and watch the fat come off!

To Your Success,
Monique Hawkins

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

How to Lose Weight In One Month-Bee Pollen for Weight Loss?

If you are looking at how to lose weight in one month, did you know bee's can help? If you haven't heard of the benefits of bee pollen, not only for fast weight loss but for a whole host of health benefits, than get ready to learn! Bee pollen is collected by bees in flowers, mixed with nectar then taken to the hive to use as food for the bees. The little pollen granules are collected for human use at the entrance to the hive where special devices are placed to collect the pollen as bees pass into the hive.

This incredibly nutrient rich bee product contains all the nutrients needed by humans. It is the only substance known to provide 100% complete nutrition. All the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, and other
nutrients are packed into bee pollen. It contains more protein than beef, chicken,or other meats by weight. This amazing food will help you burn fat fast!

Bee pollen even contains natural antibiotics to help you ward of illnesses that slow you down and interfere with your weight loss program. Bee pollen has been used as far back as the ancient Greeks. Over 2,000
years ago Olympic athletes were using bee pollen to increase their energy, endurance, and strength. Athletes and busy executives use bee pollen to promote sustained energy and mental functioning.

It actually boosts your metabolism and not only provides power and muscle, but increases the rate you burn up the calories. Bee pollen is a natural energizer, it won't lead to a crash a few hours later, it actually assists the body in increasing the amount of sustainable energy you have. Bee pollen works at the cellular
level to increase metabolism. Imagine feeling empowered, lively, and read to face the world.

When compared to other weight loss foods being promoted like goji berries and acai berries, bee pollen is the only substance that contains complete nutrition. It is high in the B vitamin complex to give you even more
energy. Bee pollen is also rich in protein and lecithin to increase your metabolism rate. You will feel like exercising, getting out and taking a vigorous walk, heading to the gym for a workout.

Bee pollen's many health benefits, from boosting the immune system to combating the discomforts of PMS or enhancing libido all help restore a vibrant body which helps you on the path to fast weight loss and well-being!
If you have bee allergies or hay fever you may want to skip the bee pollen!

To Your Success,
Monique Hawkins

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Lose Weight Fast and Easy-Are You Hijacking Your Weight Loss Efforts?

Now-days, everyone is looking for ways to lose weight fast and easy. They may even try various fast weight loss programs.

The good news is if you are looking to lose 10 pounds fast and easy, 20 pounds fast and easy, or whatever your goal may be, you can no w put away the calorie counting calculator, you won't need it any more!  You see, it isn't a matter of counting calories and thinking you can eat processed foods and still lose weight. It is those processed foods that are preventing you from losing that weight.

The trick to both good health and weight loss is fresh, unprocessed food. These are the foods the body knows how to handle. They are easily digested, absorbed, and assimilated by the body, providing you with nutrients, improving health and energy levels. Believe it or not, your body really doesn't know what to do with things like trans-fats, corn syrup, food additives, preservatives and all the other artificial ingredients in packaged foods. This leads to poor digestion, buildup of waste and toxins in the body, and you become sluggish, fatigued, have no energy and no motivation. Even though you are counting those calories you aren't losing belly fat or much of any weight at all.

Remember reading about the new Food Pyramid a few weeks ago? Use that as your guide to what foods are really going to help you lose weight. Have you noticed that nowhere on the pyramid is there a place for microwave dinners? Read the ingredients on those pre-packaged foods. See things you have no idea what they are and can't pronounce? Those are the things that you body doesn't understand either.

The key to high energy levels and healthy weight loss is to never put a single item of processed or pre-packaged food into your grocery cart or into your mouth. Give yourself a two-week transition period; don't try to do this all in one day. Abrupt changes in eating patterns usually end up in failure. So, over the next two weeks analyze what you eat and start moving away from opening up boxes or popping frozen dinners in the microwave. Start buying fresh food, lean meats, fish, plenty of different fruits and vegetables, brown rice, nuts and a good supply of natural herbs and spices for flavorful meals. Use the Food Pyramid to guide you and give you good ideas and advise on starting a new health and weight loss diet!

To Your Success,
Monique Hawkins

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

How to Lose Weight Plan-Gardening for Weight Loss

Having a how to lose weight plan is a must for everyone seeking to lose 10 pounds or more.Some people create a lose weight food plan, slim fast plan, and calorie counter plan. However, have you ever considered a gardening weight loss plan?

Gardening can start healthy habits leading to weight loss and a diet plan full of nutritious natural foods high in vitamins and minerals. It is not too late to start a garden or tuck a few more interesting vegetables and herbs into an already established plot. In fact, this is a perfect time to pick up mature plants at reduced prices at the nearest garden store. Gardening provides a plethora of foods and seasonings, high in nutrition and low in calories.

If you do not have an established vegetable plot, look for places in a flowerbed where tasty herbs can add a spot of interest and fragrance to the bed. Herbs make wonderful no-calorie and no salt seasoning for vegetables, meats, and poultry. These can replace high-calorie sauces and salt in almost any dish. Trying new herbal seasoning recipes with plants grown right in your yard can be a satisfying and healthy habit.

Try several pots on the deck with tomato plants, a few peppers, and a pot packed with herbs for delicious fresh salads, sure to help with quick weight loss. If you love salads buy some snow pea, spinach, and lettuce seeds to plant late in the summer. These are cool weather plants that will produce nutritious fat burner salads into the late fall.

Fresh air and daily gardening chores will help your body get gentle exercise. Bending and stretching to weed and harvest help increase flexibility and provide a soothing workout with a purpose. Sweating in the gym is not as satisfying as getting some exercise in your own garden that produces nutrition you and your family. Sunshine and fresh air will calm the nerves and help you get restful sleep. Remember that good, sound sleep is another key to maintaining weight loss.

It is the perfect time to get outside, put some vegetables in the soil, and start another healthy habit that supports lasting weight loss.

It is the perfect time to get outside, put some vegetables in the soil, and start another healthy habit that supports lasting weight loss.

 To Your Success,
Monique Hawkins
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Friday, July 16, 2010

Fast Ways to Lose Weight-Visualize Yourself Thin and Eating Right

You have probably heard of visualizing that new, thin, glamorous body you can have with the right diets and weight loss. Bring the image to mind in full clarity, with every detail, everything you want to be. See yourself in new clothes, a bathing suit at the beach, shorts that show off shapely legs.

Yes, this can motivate you to stick to weight loss and exercise plans but is it enough? Is it a fast way to lose weight? You may have a long way to go before that slim shape becomes reality and it can be frustrating when your physical self doesn't become that beautiful mental image as quickly as you would like. That gorgeous body is there, but how can you get from feeling fat and being ashamed of the way you look to that lovely, slim person you know you can be?

By vividly visualizing each and every step on the way, you will be able to achieve your dreams. Make each image as real, as exciting, as hilarious, and as wild as you can. This way each visualization will stick in your mind and help you reshape your old patterns of behavior into new ones that will bring you health, fitness, and permanent weight loss. This part will take a deep analysis of what it is that is holding you
back from accomplishing your rapid weight loss goals. Look at the actions you take each day, what is it that contributes to your lack of total success?

Can't get motivated for your workout? Visualize an energetic self, dashing out of bed, ready to job, walk, lift weights, swim, whatever exercise you enjoy. Watch yourself doing this activity in your mind and enjoying it.
Go to fast food restaurants as a little reward, or a sinful pleasure? In your mind, make a little movie of this one. You are approaching, getting ready to turn in and the steering wheel falls right off and into your
hands, preventing you from getting that calorie packed meal. Laugh hard as you visualize this. That makes it stick!

Looking for a cheesecake in the refrigerator? Visualize opening the door to a beautiful world of healthy low fat vegetables, fruits, and lean meats. Think about how beautiful they are and what a huge surprise finding all that wonderful food in there is! Imagine the delicious recipes you can create, actually smell that food cooking. Ah, it smells so tantalizing!

The trick to this is intensely visualizing the steps you need to take, see them, smell them, and feel them, experience emotion as you do this. This way what you visualize will be easy to incorporate into your new, slim and healthy life!

To Your Success,
Monique Hawkins

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Monday, June 28, 2010

How to Lose Weight In One Month-Lose Weight Using the New 2010 Food Pyramid

-->The United States Department of Agriculture has released the latest version of the food pyramid and there are some great changes to help people who are overweight shed those pounds. If you have used diets and still found that you can't lose weight; it might be time to try the new interactive food pyramid that will guide you in daily food choices, help with meal planning, and give you in depth information on a wide variety of foods. The emphasis is on better diet and exercise for physical wellness. Here you can find a personalized free weight loss plan. 

 Start by going to and get familiar with all that is offered on this site. After a quick exploration of the site, go to the pyramid itself by clicking on “Inside the Pyramid.” Notice the new design, the food groups are now arranged in vertical bands rather than the old horizontal method. The pyramid is interactive so click on each band to see a brief review of each food group. For more detailed nutrition information and food choices in each group click on “learn more”. Notice that the recommendations for each food group promote healthy eating.

 For a personalized diet plan go to “Get a Personalized Plan”. You will type in your age, sex, height, weight, and level of activity. If you are overweight and in need of weight loss, the next page will alert you to this and ask if you would like to see a plan for your present weight or would like one to gradually reduce your weight. Pick the plan that will help you lose weight and see what recommendations there are for caloric intake and amount of food from each food group.

 Explore the site and register to create meals that are customized for your weight loss plan. After registering you can also track your consumption and level of exercise. This site is just packed with interesting information on everything from farm markets to organic foods. And the best part is that it is all free. The information is current and definitely has the goal of encouraging healthy weight loss and an adequate level of exercise.

 To Your Success,
Monique Hawkins

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Childhood Obesity PreventionTips-Healthy Eating Habits Start in Early Childhood

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While you are striving to maintain a healthy weight or lose those extra pounds, keep in mind that eating habits start when very young. It is time  to begin educating children on the benefits of a wholesome diet as soon as your children or grandchildren first start consuming table food.

The first rule of passing on healthy eating habits is to model what you teach. It does no good to explain the benefits of low fat and low sugar foods if the local fast food restaurant is where you stop for meals.

Introducing a variety of healthy fruits, vegetables and whole grains early in life can start your child on a lifetime of eating healthy. They won’t face the constant battle of trying to lose weight and they won’t be as susceptible to disease. They will enjoy a healthy, balanced diet filled with wholesome foods.

So, how to do this with a busy schedule? It really takes no more time to prepare healthy food than it does foods full of fats and sugars. A trip to the grocery store is where healthy eating starts. Fill the cart with fresh vegetables and fruits, naming each one as you load it in the cart and explaining the health benefits found in each item. Pick lean meats or fish,and tell your children where the food comes from. An amazing number of children have no idea where milk really comes from, where potatoes are grown or how bread is made.

Make snack time a fresh and exciting array of fruits, vegetables and nuts or real cheeses. A platter loaded with sliced apples, bananas, oranges, strawberries, baby carrots, nuts and fresh cheeses will disappear as quick as can be! Dinners with lean meat or fish, vegetables and whole grain pasta or rice will help you lose weight and keep your children healthy.

You don’t have to pass on your struggle with weight. Start right now helping your children lead a more healthful life.

Train Hard! Expect Success
Monique Hawkins

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

How to Lose Weght Effectively-Read Nutrition Labels to Help Maintain Healthy Weight Loss

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In order to effectively lose weight and keep it off, you’ve got to know what goes into your mouth. Really know. Every bite you eat is important when you have a goal to achieve, so be smart about your food, make reading nutrition labels a part of your weight loss routine.

We all know that lower fat and sugar content generally mean a healthier food, one that helps you lose that weight and gain a fit body. But there is more to the story. Here is a brief look at those labels and what is included in them.

Serving Size: It won’t do you any good if you ignore the portion the label refers to. The serving size is at the top of the label, it gives the weight of one serving and an approximation of how many servings there are in the
package. So, there are only 25 calories per serving, great, but not if youeat the entire bag of goodies! Weight loss starts with controlling portions, and here’s your guide.

Calories and Calories from Fat: This is next on the label and next in importance to someone on a weight loss plan. If you read no further than this, you are already armed with the most important information.

Nutrients: The nutrients in the food are reported both in grams and in the Percent Daily Value. This will be shown for both a 2000 and 2500 calorie daily intake. Notice the breakdown of the fats into saturated, trans fat, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and cholesterol. Sodium and potassium aretwo minerals measured and reported on the label.

Avoid foods high in sodium for cardiovascular health. Carbohydrates are reported overall and then broken into dietary fiber and sugars. High fiber content is beneficial to those on weight loss diets.

Last is protein. Know what amount of protein is optimal for someone with your size and level of activity.

Vitamin and Minerals: The last nutrients to be shown are the vitamins and minerals.

Armed with this information you are on your way to choosing healthier foods and a step closer to your weight loss goals.

To Your Success,

Monique Hawkins

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