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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