Approaching the matter of nutrition and weight loss, we have to emphasize the two basic issues that nutrition itself is a culture of eating proper food in a proper manner. Lets start with the first, proper food.All cells and tissues in our body are formed by the food we eat. And also food is the energy source for our body functions. So, this can explain why proper food is so important.Food is one of our strongest motivators. And unfortunately, most of us consider food to be a source of pleasure only!Our bodies are not fixed statues they are always in process, which we call metabolism.Perception, memory and all the intricate complexities of bodily functions are possible because of having or producing enzymes, hormones and a thousand other wonders that are produced in the body from what we eat.As a source of energy our body uses carbohydrates (sweets), fat and protein. To be more specific, carbohydrates are the source of immediate energy, proteins are the body building blocks, and fats are the high-energy storage. But these roles sometimes overlap.And faulty nutrition is the usual cause of illness!At the same time, with correct choices we can prevent many food-related diseases such as heart attack (!), stroke, essential hypertension, diabetes and even cancer!More than a century ago, Ellen G. White, in "Counsels on Diet and Foods", shared her observation: "At mealtime cast off care and anxious thought. Do not feel hurried, but eat slowly and with cheerfulness, with your heart filled with gratitude to God for all His blessings". Isnt it wonderful?Just let me share with you part of our experience with nutrition and weight loss. If you haven't had any previous experience of following the simple principles I suggested when discussing how to reduce the amount of daily food, you might find them difficult to follow, but this is just on the face of it.In reality it is much easier than it seems! And I promise, Ill teach you how to master it. Because this issue of how to practice eating habits is essentially an important one!The same food or eating process itself can bring you joy and fullness of life, or, on the other hand, if taken wrongly, can cause considerable damage to your health and even shorten your life!How does overeating or eating the wrong food cause harm? The answer is: whatever food that our organism is not able to digest normally, becomes poisonous to us. Thus any poison will shorten our life!This is the reason, why I suggest that my clients practice this: before starting to eat, gently close your eyes for a few moments, forget all your problems for a while and give yourself a smile! And then you can start eating.Another recommendation is this: when eating, try to keep your eyes gently closed (or just turn your eyes away from the served food), while slowly chewing a small portion of food in your mouth.Believe me, this process will bring you much more flavor, and benefits at the same time. Because just by doing this small thing you will lessen the portion of consumed meal by three to five times!!! (As I have already mentioned)I would emphasize the importance of taking time to eat. When eating, if possible, make it a social occasion to communicate with your family or with your friends. But! (Always, there are some "buts"). If you decide to improve your eating habits, see if the company would be appropriate at this time, especially at the beginning. For this reason, it is better at first to have all the changes stabilized, so that you can resist any temptations...But even when in difficult situations, we should never compromise basic principles of good nutrition. Always watch what you eat or drink!!! A well mannered person will know how to do this without compromising friendly relationships.As we do this, we will have the added benefits of alertness, clear thinking, and a perception that is fully aware of lifes joyful events. But real joy comes from facing reality and patiently dealing with whatever life has to offer. If we take time to learn what is good for us and make a serious effort to put it into practice, we can expect to be rewarded with extra energy and a longer and happier life!Lets take a look at sweets. Which are conglomerates of simple sugars, most important of which is glucose. This simple sugar is the supplier of the most bodily energy. Penetrating into the blood stream it meets the constant need of all the cells. Due to insulin, glucose is able to pass through the cell membrane and become available for use.At the same time, our bodies are capable of properly handling only a limited amount of simple sugars in a given period of time. When exceeded (if we eat too many sweets), the pancreas is forced to work overtime producing insulin for converting excess sugar into fat.Small amounts of sugar will not do this, but we must remember that there is hidden sugar in most processed food and drinks. And this is the problem we usually eat far more sweets than our pancreas can cope with!Lets see how we can avoid this problem. When we plan our diet we should give preference to the natural source of sweets, like fruits, then wheat, rice, potatoes, beans, and other starch-containing foods. Because these vegetable foods require quite a long period of time for to be digested, and simple sugar is released gradually. This allows our body to process this energy in an orderly fashion.Latest scientific researches have revealed that: consuming excessive sugar (too many sweets) can lead to such problems as:* Constipation.* Causing dental caries by providing an ideal culture medium in the mouth, and by slowing down the internal fluid circulation in the teeth.* Depression of the immune system, by interfering with the germ-killing capacity of white blood cells.* Promotion of adult-onset diabetes.Now we come to the practical application of the above for the weight loss. With the exception of some fruits the ideal diet will include only a minimal amount of sugar, and provide an abundance of complex carbohydrates such as those found in vegetables and whole-grain pasta.
If youve been trying for months to lose those extra pounds and those love handles are no longer showing you any loveIf youre tired of the high gym memberships, the constant travel, the packing and unpacking of your gym bag and the unsanitary change rooms you have to visit in order to attend an expensive gym just to sweat your money away rather than those extra pounds than youll be interested in what I am about to share with you. Im sure youre just plain tired of the demand, inconveniences and repetitiveness of most exercise programs. That is why you should definitely consider salsa dancing as a way to lose those extra pounds but at the same time have fun while doing it.Salsa dancing is one of the best ways to enjoy yourself while also getting in shape. It works various body parts and is an excellent cardio workout exercise that burns fat while lightly toning the body without the rigorous and strenuous movement of most exercise programs.One session of "salsa dancing" can leave you feeling revived but also lifts your spirits giving you a confidence for dance that you never knew you had.Most salsa dancers have fabulous physiques because the muscles worked in salsa dancing can add new form and definition to your body.Here are the particular muscle groups worked during a casual "salsa dance" :1.Calf muscles2.Hip muscles3.Hamstrings4.Arms shoulder muscles and triceps5.Quadriceps But best of all, salsa dancing is a quick moving exercise that entails endurance making it one of the best cardiovascular workout activities ever!So if you feel bummed one Saturday night and feel guilty that you missed a session of your weekly exercise routine well why not check out your local salsa club for a quick pick me up that will improve your social circle while also helping you keep the pounds off. But dont forget, a good workout routine also entails eating right. So, drink plenty of water, eat your greens, eat lots of healthy nuts like cashews and almonds (stay away from peanuts as these are very fattening), and dont forget that fruits are your best friend.Have fun!www.salsadancedvd.com.
The time from Thanksgiving to New Years Day has to be the hardest few weeks to stick to a healthy eating lifestyle or any diet for that matter. We are constantly tempted by sweats, treats and just way to much food in general. I would like to share a few tips with you that have helped me in the past to stay on track between now and the end of the year. 1) Make sure you eat before you go to any holiday gathering. You know you will be tempted by all sorts of unhealthy but yummy foods. Make sure you dont go overboard by eating something that is good for you before you go. Try to make sure you are not hungry when you arrive, or you will be much more tempted to overeat as well. 2) Drink some water before you go and alternate higher calorie drinks like alcoholic beverages, eggnog or hot chocolate with water while you are at the holiday party. Drinks can have a lot of hidden calories in them, so watch out. Diet sodas are another good option. 3) Fill you plate with some good foods first. Pick some raw vegetables, but go easy on the dip. Turkey breast, and lean ham or pork roast are other good choices. Dont forget a nice plate of salad with a low fat dressing and some fresh fruit for dessert. 4) Dont cut your favorite holiday treats completely out. If you dont allow yourself the occasional small indulgence, you will be much more likely to break down and binge on all those cookies and treats. The key is to enjoy small portions or bites of your favorite foods. If you have a soft side for chocolate chip cookies then go ahead and indulge, but limit yourself to one a day or every few days. Of course the same applies if you prefer cheesecake or gingerbread men. Eat several small meals a day. This old tip holds especially true during the holiday season. We tend to skip meals and indulge in one large holiday dinner with the entire family. Dont starve yourself all day. Get some snacks in and most importantly start your day with a good, healthy breakfast. You will be able to enjoy your holiday more by stabilizing your blood sugar. You don't want to spend the day being grumpy from not eating for hours, or be the first ready for a nap after overeating. 5) Use the busy shopping season and burn some extra calories. If you are heading to the mall, park a little further away, or take your time and do a round of window shopping all through the mall before you buy. Every few extra steps that you take count. Just dont reward yourself afterwards with food. For extra motivation to get more walking in, consider wearing a pedometer. See http://www.walkingofftheweight.com for more information on walking and using a pedometer.6) Take some time to relax. The holidays can be a very stressful season if we let them. Many of us (including myself) tend to overeat or medicate ourselves with food when we are stressed. Work in some extra time just for you. Sit in front of the fire with a good book or your favorite magazine, go get your nails done, take a bath or go for a walk. Do whatever works for you to calm you down and help you distress. Above all, enjoy the holidays and remember they are not only about food, but more importantly about family spending quality time together. Treat yourself to some new holiday candles, listen to your favorite Christmas tunes, or go for a drive through a lit up neighborhood this year. Have fun during this special time of the year and enjoy that occasional cookie. Happy Holidays!
Hoodia gordonii is a type of succulent plant that resembles a cactus, and is known to have suppress a persons appetite and thus help with losing weight. It's sold in capsule form, and as a liquid or in tea form.The hoodia cactus is found in the semi-deserts of Africa and grows in clumps of green stems. It usually takes five years before it can be harvested. From the twenty types of hoodia, only the gordonii variety has the appetite suppressant.To the world, hoodia is a new discovery but for the San Bushmen of the Kalahari desert, hoodia has long been part of their food. There really isnt much published research on hoodia, but one study conducted at Brown University found that the hoodias steroidal glycosides fool the brain into thinking that there's an adequate supply of energy in the form of blood sugar, and therefore doesnt doesnt signal the body to eat.Be careful about some hoodia information in the internetAfter the buzz on hoodia, drug manufacturers claiming to sell genuine hoodia has congested the Internet. In fact, fake hoodia diet pills have been found found to contain sawdust, combined with roots of some unknown plants. So be very careful. Also, beware of companies who try to sell hoodia by claimimg that other hoodia products are inferior to their own there have been no published reports indicating that one hoodia diet pill product is more effective than the rest.Hoodia diet pills are effective, but expensiveHoodia diet pills are expensive for the reasons mentioned above it usually takes five years before a hoodia plant can be harvested, and it's only found in Africa. It's also quite difficult to grow; in addition to the required four to five years waiting time, it also requires very high temperatures to grow. This explains why it's so costly.The proper dose of hoodiaMost companies put a standard recommended dose on the bottle, but there are also cases where people may need more (or less) than the recommended amount to achieve the desired effect. In fact ,some people who are already using hoodia say that they need at least 1,200 milligrams per day to get the result that they want. It would be wise to consult your doctor regarding the correct dosage of hoodia, since factors like weight, diet, lifestyle and metabolism may have an effect on the size dosage that a person needs to take.
High blood pressure, joint pains, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, heart ailments, palsy, liver ailments, menstrual abnormalities, breast cancer, female infertility, decline in libido, endometrial cancer, mental stress, blood circulation diseases like arteriosclerosis, cholelithiasis etc. These are some of the diseases which might come up with obesity. This list seems endless. But before knowing how to end obesity one must know what is obesity?Whom would you consider a person to be obese? A person who has BMI (Body Mass Index) of over 30 is considered to be an obese individual. But how does one become obese? In theory causes of obesity are gene, intake of fatty foods, lacking of physical activity, food habits, laziness and endocrine problems.What are the available remedies for getting out of obesity?Liposuction: It is a surgical process where the fat is removed by sucking out the fat from the body by inserting a needle.Surgery: Commonly this procedure involves surgery of stomach and intestine to lower the intake of food.Diet Pills: Majority of the diet pills are for short-term use only. These diet pills are effective only if they are used in combination with exercises and a controlled diet.Fat burning pills: These are short-term quick fat burning pills. But the main problem with this medication is that the results are short lived. Once the medication is stopped the fats again show up.Exercises: It is an age old technique of obesity reduction. It is a natural process so side effects are not there.Controlled diet program: Like exercises this too is a natural process. Here a limited amount of food is taken which controls the formation of fat in the body.Acupressure and acupuncture: Age old technique but nothing concrete has been proved yet.Whatever be the method of getting over obesity there is no better method than natural methods like exercises and controlled diet program. And if a diet pill like Phentermine, Adipex, Acomplia is introduced the effects would be visible within a short time period.Apart from physical aspects obesity may also let you feel dejected, out of the world and may make an individual abstain from social gatherings. If you are obese it is time to act. Whatever remedy you choose you should always consult your doctor for his view on that remedy.