Sunday, July 19, 2015

Do You Need to Lose Weight? Signs That You May


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Each day in the United States, million of Americans say to themselves “I need to lose weight.”  Are you one of those individuals?  While many of the individuals who tell themselves that they need to lose weight do need to lose weight, not all do.  So, the question that many ask themselves is “do I really need to lose weight?”  If that is a question that you have asked yourself before, you will want to continue reading on.

One of the many signs that you may need to lose weight is if you are obese.  Many individuals do not realize that there is a difference between being overweight and being obese. While different healthcare professionals have different definitions for obese, it is often said that those who are thirty or forty pounds overweight are obese.  If you are obese, you shouldn’t only be worried about your appearance, but your health as well.  Obesity has been linked to multiple health complications, including the early onset of death.

Another one of the many signs that you should lose weight is if you have been told that you need to do so.  Whether your physician recommended losing weight or if someone that you know on a personal level has, it is advised that you at least take their suggestions into consideration. Unfortunately, many individuals are embarrassed or become upset when they are told that they need to lose weight.  What you need to remember is that the individual mentioning your weight to you likely isn’t as concerned with your appearance as they are with your health.

Another sign that you may want to think about losing weight is if you are finding that your clothes no longer fit you.  Of course, it is normal for some individuals to gain weight or to have their weight fluctuate, but you may want to think about joining a weight loss program or developing your own weight loss plan if you find that your clothes no longer fit or are difficult to get into.  Unfortunately, many individuals do not just have a small weight gain. Small weight gain often leads to more, which could have a negative impact on your health.  It is also important to mention the cost of new clothes, which you may not be able to afford.

If you find many simple tasks or activities, like walking up a flight of stairs, difficult, you may want to think about losing weight.  Of course, becoming out of breath from simple activities may not necessarily just be a weight problem, but there is a good chance that it is. When you lose weight, even just a little bit of it, you will likely find it easier to do many of the activities that you love or even the tasks that you need to do, like take your kids to the park.

The above mentioned signs are just a few of the many signs that you may need to lose weight.  Should you wish to lose weight, you are advised to proceed with caution. There are a number of weight loss products on the market, like diet pills or exercise equipment, which do not work. To save yourself money and to protect your health, you may want to consider consulting with your physician before starting any weight loss program, even one that you develop yourself.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Belly Fat Diet Plan-How Soluble Fiber Helps To Flatten the Belly


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Belly fat- it's unsightly and unhealthy. Who wouldn't love to see it just melt effortlessly away? Very little happens without some effort, but a new tool has been found that can help in the battle against abdominal fat.

An accumulation of deep belly fat, known as visceral adipose tissue, has been linked to increased inflammation throughout the body. This, in turn, is a risk factor for developing cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure and excessive cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. Science is learning that the deep belly fat secretes damaging hormones that can alter the body's metabolism. This can play a role in the development of Type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases including cancer.

Visceral adipose tissue lies beneath the abdominal muscles, close to the organs. This makes it even more dangerous. It differs from subcutaneous fat, the fat beneath the skin that helps insulate the body and serves as an energy storage tissue.

So, just looking slimmer is not the main reason for tackling the belly fat problem. Did you know that dangerous visceral adipose tissue can accumulate even in people with an acceptable Body Mass Index? You don't have to be overweight to have excess belly fat.

Routine exercise has been shown to greatly reduce belly fat and slow the accumulation of more. If you don't participate in regular activities that get the body moving, try starting a daily walking routine. While you are upping your calorie burning exercise, take a look at how much soluble fiber you get in your diet every day. It has been proven to slow the accumulation of deep belly fat.

Soluble fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains. Food sources are always a better choice than supplements, since you are getting all kinds of valuable nutrients while eating the fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Insoluble fiber passes through the body pretty much intact. Its role is to add bulk to the fecal matter passing through the intestines, helping you stay regular.

Soluble fiber, on the other hand, forms a kind of gel in water and can bind to and usher substances, including fats, out of the digestive tract. It helps lower cholesterol levels, normalize blood sugar and slows the accumulation of belly fat. So grab an apple, make some oatmeal, or have a tasty bowl of herb-filled brown rice and beans.