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If you want to lose weight and look more attractive...All within a few months...follow these quick weight loss techniques. They'll help make the entire weight loss process faster, easier and more effective over the long-term...

I sincerely hope you've enjoyed these quick weight loss tips.

1. Exercise in the Morning. Exercising first thing in the morning raises your metabolism for the whole day and refreshes your mind. Also, people who regularly exercise in the morning are much less likely to skip a workout than those who exercise later in the day.

 

2. Cut out processed food. Try to cut out as many processed foods from your diet as possible. Except for specially formulated 'diet' foods, processed foods make it very difficult to lose weight quickly. Stick mainly to lean proteins, whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables.

 

3. Take a high-quality multi-nutrient formula. This is one of the most important things you can do to help your weight loss efforts and improve your overall health. Today's nutrient-deficient foods are a major cause of overeating, lack of energy, and obesity.

 

4. Drink more water. Drinking water all day long will ensure that your metabolism is running at an optimum level. That means quicker weight loss. Lots of water will also keep your appetite in check and prevent overeating.

 

5. Remind yourself. Remind yourself of your goals constantly! Put pictures of people who have the type of body you want on your bathroom mirror, refrigerator door, car dashboard, and anywhere you think would be helpful.This technique is a powerful motivator and will help you stay on track.

 

6. Eat at the table. Never eat while sitting in front of the TV. You are MUCH more likely to overeat the wrong kinds of foods when watching television. When you eat, sit at a table and concentrate on enjoying the taste of your food slowly.

 

7. Drink your coffee black. The cream and sugar you add to your coffee in the morning adds hundreds of calories. A cup of plain black coffee has only 10 calories and no fat. Even better, start drinking green or black tea instead of coffee. Zero calories and LOTS of healthy antioxidants!

 

8. Brush your teeth. When you get the urge to eat sugary foods, brush your teeth. The taste of toothpaste really reduces sugar cravings.

 

9. Chew mint-flavored gum. Whenever you get the urge to snack on sugary or fatty foods chew on a piece of mint gum, preferably sugarless. Just like with toothpaste, the mint flavor lessens the craving for bad foods.

 

10. Eat more fruit. Try to eat 2 - 3 pieces of fruit every day, especially before meals. The fiber will help fill you up and reduce your hunger cravings so that you don't overeat. Organic fruit is the best choice and can now be found at many stores.

 

11. Use natural diuretics. If you want to shed a bunch of water weight quickly, use the following naturally diuretic foods: unsweetened cranberry juice, kelp, parsley, and watercress. They are much healthier and safer than chemical diuretics.

 

12. Sprint. To rev up your metabolism and burn more fat, throw in a few short sprints when you jog. This is a type of exercise called 'interval training' and it's highly effective for quick fat loss.

 

13. Get enough sleep. Tired people are more likely to overeat during the day. Also, a recent university study found that a person's metabolism rises 40% when they get enough sleep!

 

14. Cut out the sugar. If you really want to lose weight quickly, you HAVE to cut refined sugars out of your diet. High sugar foods cause your insulin levels to skyrocket and make it almost impossible for your body to burn fat. That means no sodas, candies, pastries, or undiluted fruit juice.

 

15. Eat some fat. Cutting out all fat from your diet is a very bad thing to do for several reasons. The best option is to limit the amount of animal fat you eat and to supplement your diet with "good" fats like those found in fish, olive, and flaxseed oils.

 

16. Raise high naturally. If you're over 30 years old, your natural human growth hormone levels are on the decline. You can increase them naturally with moderate weight training. A good vitamin supplement will also help considerably.

 

17. Have fun. Find exercise options that you enjoy. You can burn as much fat playing an intense game of basketball as you can jogging for half an hour. Also, walking,hiking, and bike riding are some of the most effective weight loss activities around!

 

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Scientifically breakthrough in weight loss with Oranges

 

Oranges are among the most valued and highly consumed variety of fruit. Native to southeastern Asia, oranges were originally imported into Arabia in the 9th Century. By the 12th Century oranges were widely cultivated in Spain and exported throughout Europe. While the modern round orange is valued for its sweet tasting juice and pulp, early versions were of the bitter-tasting variety known as Sour Orange (Citrus aurantium). Over the centuries cultivation of bitter orange has largely been replaced with juicier, sweeter versions, such as the Valencia orange.

 

Though displaced by tastier varieties, researchers have shown great interest in the lowly bitter orange after recently discovering that Citrus aurantium contains a number of natural alkaloids that safely increase weight loss. Best of all, Citrus aurantium does so without many of the negative side effects to the cardiovascular and central nervous systems commonly experienced with weight-control agents such as ma huang (ephedra). An Ancient Cure Over the centuries bitter oranges were highly valued for their food and medicinal properties. In ancient China unripened bitter oranges were used to make zhi shi, an herbal extract used to treat constipation, improve energy (chi) and to calm nerves in cases of insomnia and shock. In the Amazon rainforest indigenous tribes used bitter orange tea as a laxative and to relieve nausea, stomach pains, indigestion, gas and constipation.

 

Adrenergic Amines Until recently, ma huang (ephedra sinica) was considered to be one of the most effective natural weight loss agents available. At the cellular level, ephedrine, the main active ingredient in ma huang, is a powerful adrenergic agent that activates two types of cell receptors--called a alpha and beta cells--to stimulate lipolysis (the breaking down of fat into free fatty acids and glycerol) and thermogenesis (the production of body heat in the muscles and fat). Alpha- and beta-receptors are found on the surface of every cell in the body and normally respond to the stimulatory effects of the two primary adrenergic amines (nitrogen-containing compounds) produced by the body--adrenaline and noradrenaline.

 

The specific cellular response to adrenergic amines is determined by the location, number and type of different alpha and beta-receptors--alpha-1 and-2, and beta-1, -2, and -3. In general, receptor types and their responses are described as follows:

* Alpha-1: causes constriction of arteries and potential increase in blood pressure.

* Alpha-2: affects blood pressure by constricting peripheral blood vessels, inhibits lipolysis.

 

* Beta-1: affects cardiac function, causes bronchodilation and dilation of blood vessels in heart and skeletal muscle.

* Beta-2: affects cardiac function, causes bronchodilation and dilation of blood vessels in heart and skeletal muscle.

* Beta-3: increases rate of fat release from body stores (lipolysis) and increases resting metabolic rate (thermogenesis).

The Alpha (and Beta) of Ephedra While ephedra has been shown to be an effective agent for triggering thermogenesis, one of the continuing problems has been the potential for cardiovascular and central nervous system over-stimulation in certain individuals. The reason for these unwanted side effects becomes clear when one looks at the type of cell receptors targeted by ephedra.

 

Ephedra makes contact with--and elicits responses from--both alpha- and beta-receptors. The primary benefits seen with ephedra are due to stimulation of beta-3 receptors, which causes an increase in lipolysis and thermogenesis. Unfortunately, ephedra also stimulates the beta-1 and beta-2 receptors, potentially causing over-stimulation of the cardiovascular and central nervous systems--the classical 'fight or flight' response. Ephedra also stimulates both of the alpha-1 and alpha-2 receptors, which, as seen above, causes arterial constriction and increased blood pressure.

 

Additionally, by stimulating alpha-2 receptors ephedra has the undesirable effect of blocking lipolysis--exactly the opposite effect one desires when trying to control weight. Bitter Orange Extracts More Effective than Ephedra Recently researchers from McGill University in Montreal isolated five adrenergic amines from bitter orange (Citrus aurantium): synephrine, N-methyl-tyramine, hordenine, octopamine, and tyramine. While these alkaloids are similar to those found in ephedra, they work on a different set of receptors to stimulate lipolysis and thermogenesis. Laboratory tests have found that Citrus aurantium alkaloids show properties similar to ephedrine, by triggering beta-receptors. More recently, studies have shown that both octopamine and synephrine appear particularly effective in stimulating lipolysis, a postulated beta-receptor effect.

 

Other researchers had previously revealed that synephrine was about 3.5 times as effective in stimulating lipolysis as octopamine, leading researchers to state that 'the alkaloid mixture in bitter orange extract is superior to the mixture of ephedrine alkaloids in ma huang (the controversial Ephedra extract) in terms of effects on beta-receptors in general.'

 

Fewer Side Effects than Ephedra Researchers were most impressed by the fact that these amines increase lipolysis and thermogenesis without causing the elevated blood pressure, muscle disturbances, insomnia, dry mouth, heart palpitations, and nervousness sometimes caused by ephedra. Initial studies of lean and obese volunteers measured excellent thermogenic response with a proprietary, standardized Citrus aurantium extract (Advantra Z®), without showing evidence of increased heart rate, blood pressure or central nervous system stimulation. A clinical study reported by Colker et al. also demonstrated excellent effects on weight loss with a total absence of side effects.

 

Thus though citrus alkaloids appear to be at least as thermogenic as the ephedrine alkaloids, they are clearly gentler than the latter and do not cause the minor side effects associated with use of Ma huang (nervousness, agitation, palpitations, increases in blood pressure). The better tolerance of the citrus alkaloids is thought to be because they do not pass so readily into the brain, and may target fat cells more specifically.

 

Citrus Amines Selective for beta-3 Receptors The amines contained in ephedra-- adrenaline and noradrenaline--are highly lipophilic, meaning that they are readily attracted to fats and easily cross the fatty membranes that comprise the blood-brain barrier. Once past this protective barrier, adrenaline and noradrenaline target the alpha-1 and-2 and beta-1, -2, and -3 receptors to cause amphetamine-like effects on the cardiovascular and central nervous systems believed to occur with ma huang. By contrast, research shows that the amines found in Citrus aurantium extract make minimal contact with the alpha and beta-1 and -2 receptors, but exert their adrenergic effects by acting exclusively on beta-3 receptors to stimulate lipolysis and increase resting metabolic rate.

 

Sparing Lean Muscle Mass New research suggests that by increasing lipolysis and burning stored fats as fuel, citrus extracts increase energy stores necessary for the sustained physical exertion required to tone muscle tissues. In addition, researchers believe that these dual actions of stimulating thermogenesis and lipolysis help to increase the amount of fatty acids released from fat stores, thereby sparing lean muscle tissues usually broken down during weight loss. Summary Citrus aurantium extract (Advantra Z¨) is an exceptional alternative to ma huang.

 

Both safe and natural, it functions in four specific ways:

1. Increasing lipolysis (breaking down fat stores to be used as fuel);

2. Stimulating weight loss by enhancing thermogenesis (burning of fat);

3. Increasing fuels available for physical performance; and

4. Helping to spare and maintain lean muscle mass.

 

Additionally, Citrus aurantium extract (Advantra Z¨) has been shown to significantly increase metabolic rate in volunteers, with no evidence of cardiovascular effects after single or repeated doses. When given to obese subjects, researchers measured significant increases in rates of weight loss, due almost entirely to fat loss (a consequence of lipolysis), again with no evidence of any side effects or changes in cardiovascular parameters, making Citrus aurantium extract an exciting new addition to programs that combine diet, moderate exercise and thermogenic agents to control obesity.

 

Jasper Ravensberg, wellness consultant, helps people with their weight loss issue's. For more information, go to: http://www.weight-loss-product-reviews.com/herbal-weight-loss-supplements.html

 

The Simplest Weight Loss Tips No One Follows!

I have a Cheez-It problem. You're not listening, I really have a Cheez-It problem! I have never met a Cheez-It I didn't like.* Some people can't resist chocolate or ice cream, some people it's pizza or some other food or sweet. While I enjoy all of those foods on occasion, Cheez-It's are the food equivalent of crack cocaine for me.

 

In Western medicine the health benefits of oranges were first noted in 1746 when the noted Scottish naval surgeon James Lind demonstrated that consuming citrus fruits, such as orange and limes, completely prevented scurvy, a deadly disease that killed tens of thousands of New World sailors. What Lind didn't know at the time was that oranges and related citrus fruits are a rich source of, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), one of the premier antioxidants.

 

It takes all my willpower to pass up the isle where the Cheez-It's reside on the shelves at my local grocery store. My ever-loving girl friend Kimberly rolls her eyes at me in shear disgust when she sees how weak I am to the power of these little crackers, which draw me in like a cheese flavored black hole. "But you have given advice on nutrition to millions of people Will, how could you of all people be so weak willed about some little cheese flavored cracker?!" she says. I hang my head in shame and avoid eye contact with her for the rest of the day....

 

The point of this introduction is to point out we all have our weaknesses and we are all human... even me. I find Cheez-It's to be cheese flavored morphine!

 

This small problem got me to thinking. If there is one thing I have learned after all these years of doing nutritional research, writing countless articles on the topic of nutrition, and working directly with people on their diets, it's this: it's rarely one single thing a person does that is sabotaging their efforts to lose fat and or gain muscle, but a bunch of little things that have an accumulated effect. There are some amazingly simple behaviors and strategies we can all add to our nutritional goals and workout plans that will have a positive effect. Using my own addiction to Cheez-It's as the primary example, I am going to cover a few of these surprisingly simple yet effective strategies. A few issues to keep in mind:

 

(1) Taken alone, these simple tactics will have very little effect. Used alone without any other dietary changes and an exercise plan, these strategies wont amount to much. However, as I mentioned, it's often many minor mistakes adding up to a lack of results for people, and taken in that context, these are some simple mistakes that can be avoided, hopefully resulting in an accumulated effect in a positive direction.

 

(2) I didn't invent any of these tips. They are some of the oldest and simplest tips you will ever read. I don't even know who first came up with them, and I bet most people have seen these strategies in other places, such as various diet books, articles, or web sites. I do however think that they may be so old and so simple that most people with the best of intentions about their nutrition and exercise plan, don't follow these simple concepts.

 

These tips are more about behavior changes and psychology then nutritional science, study results, or research. I have written many articles based on the later topics, but this is not one of those. If you are looking for more in-depth science oriented information about nutrition, supplements, and fat loss or gaining muscle, I suggest reading my ebooks on the topic and the many free article on my web site.

 

Tip #1: Never Ever Go Food Shopping Hungry

This is one of the most effective strategies I know of to avoid unwanted junk and various snacks from finding their way into your shopping cart, which ends up in your home, which ends up on your butt!

 

Make sure to eat something before you go food shopping and you will be able to resist the junk that often finds its way into your cart. If I go food shopping without a good meal in my stomach, I often come home with a family sized box of Cheez-It's and feel like sh*& for days after eating the entire box!

 

Human hunger and appetite are regulated by a phenomenally complicated set of overlapping feedback networks, involving a long list of hormones, psychological factors, and others way beyond the scope of this article. Suffice to say, we often make snap decisions and impulse purchases with certain foods due to one or more of these feedback loops being activated due to an empty stomach while we shop.

 

Translated, your "willpower" to resist junk foods will be much greater if you eat something healthy at least 20-30 minutes before you go food shopping. You can either plan your meal schedule so that one meal is eaten before you go shopping, or have a snack (at least 20-30 minutes before shopping) which will have the desired effects. A yogurt with some flax oil mixed in is a good choice, as is a half cup of cottage cheese and a handful of walnuts or some other nut. A protein shake or MRP will suffice, but solid food tends to be more satiating.

 

Tip # 2: Never Keep Snack Foods In The House

This tip is a logical extension of tip number one. If it does not make it into your cart at the food store, it's not in your house. However, many people use excuses like "I have snack foods for the kids" or "my spouse keeps a box of Oreo cookies in the kitchen cupboard" as reasons they can't avoid the snacks that sneak into their diets and sabotage their efforts.

 

Many of the foods we eat that we know we should not be eating are based on an impulse. Impulse control goes a long way here but no one will deny it's far harder to resist that impulse if your favorite junk food is under your nose. That's human nature. When I have an impulse for some Cheez- it's, I wont resist it well if it's only a few steps to the kitchen vs. having to get in the car to go get a box. The former I can't resist, the latter I can. Remember an impulse is defined as "a sudden desire, urge, inclination." That means it's short lived and will go away given sufficient time, so it's a matter of not having foods in your house that allow you to act on the impulse while it lasts.

 

As for the excuse of the spouse, kids, etc. That is more an issue between your kids and or your spouse. Should the kids be eating that stuff anyway? No! I had a client tell me one day "I keep eating hot dogs 'cause I keep them in the house fort the kids." I said "so you're Ok with feeding your kids foods you know to be unhealthy for you and them?" She stopped feeding her family hot dogs shortly after....

...Bottom line here is, those foods should be occasional treats for both kids and adults, not staple foods that can be found in your kitchen. It's more an issue of teaching the kids good dietary habits young so they don't end up overweight unhealthy adults.

 

As for the spouse, I like to have some chips in the house, which I can resist without a problem. That is, unlike the Cheez-it's, I can walk past the chips without having to eat them all. I can regulate myself with them. However, Kimberly can't. Chips are to her what Cheez-it's are to me, so I make it a rule not to keep chips in the house. Point being, your spouse needs to support your efforts by making some small sacrifices. If you were an alcoholic trying to avoid alcohol, you would (or at least should!) expect your significant other to not keep booze in the house. If they wont support your efforts here, then relationship counseling is in order or a long talk, and I can't help you there; sorry!

 

Tip # 3: Eat Off Of Smaller Plates

The first two tips are common sense, this one is less so. However, I find it helps, albeit not to a great extent. Again, how much we eat is based on many variables. One of them is the visual cues we get looking at the food we are about to eat. We are extremely visually oriented creatures and part of deciding how large an object is must be compared to other objects, in this case, the food we put on the plate in comparison to the size of the plate we put the food on. Some of you may remember this little visual test from grade school. Looking at these two horizontal lines here: http://www.brinkzone.com/images/plates.gif which one is longer?

 

Answer: both lines are identical in length. As you can see, the bottom "plate" looks longer then top "plate", yet they are the same length. It's a visual illusion that shows how our brains are set up to interpret certain visual cues. It is my experience that people will put less food on their plate if they eat from smaller plates as a smaller plate full of food looks like much more to eat then a large plate with the same amount of food on it.

 

I know for myself I tend to put 2 slices of pizza on a small plate and three on a large plate! Now this is only one minor cue we have to self regulating how much food we eat, and other feedback loops (i.e., hormonal, psychological, etc.) can kick in and easily offset this strategy.

 

For example, you could simply come back for a second helping using the smaller plates. However, it's my hunch (and it's only a hunch as research is lacking here) that over the course of say a month, a person may end up taking in fewer total calories using this strategy as has been my (admittedly anecdotal) experience with both myself and the many people I have given advice to over the years. Again, as already mentioned, taken alone, this strategy will probably have no effects on your efforts to lose fat if there is not a specific diet and exercise plan involved in the overall equation. It is however one simple small change that may improve compliancy to your efforts. It would be interesting to see a study on this, but whatever effects it may have, would be subtle and fairly small I suspect. Even so, over the course of a year say, it may help.

 

Tip #4: Know Thy Self

Lesson here is, we are all human and we all have our weaknesses. Trick is to know your weakness and develop strategies for coping with them. How well do you know yourself? That is, do you know what cues/triggers tend to set you off? Have you examined that issue for yourself? It's essential to recognized the cues that sabotage your efforts. We all have them. Find yours and take steps to avoid them where possible.

 

For example, try making a list outlining the things you know tend to set you off and how you react to the, then add a column for how you could deal with it. For example you might write "talking to my crazy mother makes me anxious and I eat things I shouldn't immediately after the phone conversation" which would be followed by a suggestion of steps to change it, such as "always eat a meal right before talking to mom" and "only take calls from mom when I am ready and able to deal with her" and "go for a walk immediately after talking to mom to distress and give me time to get over impulse to eat junk" and so on.

 

Develop coping strategies to your known triggers. I know for example going food shopping on an empty stomach means I will most probably end up with a large box of Cheez-it's in my house. I have also found if I go shopping irritated over something I will buy more foods I don't need as food is one of many ways we self medicate looking for some comfort. Hence the term "comfort foods" which is commonly chocolate, ice cream, and so on.

 

Bottom line:

Learn what your hot buttons are that lead to a negative behavior. Learn to identify when it's happening. Develop strategies for coping with it. How do you go about doing that? As entire books have been written on that topic, my advice will fall short here. That journey is also highly individual. For some it's working with a therapist or behavioral specialist, for some it's reading a few good self-help type books, and for some it's activities such as meditation, joining support groups, and others. It's also a life long journey.

 

Conclusion

The purpose of this article is not as much to supply tips for success in your fat loss endeavors but to actually remind people of what is stated in the intro to this article: most people fail in their fat loss/diet goals not due to a single mistake they are making (with exceptions) but many small events that have an accumulated effect that sabotages their efforts. If the tips in this article help, all the better.

 

Some people are amazed how many extra calories slip into their diet from snack foods that they are not accounting for, or the fact they tend to take the elevator when they could take the stairs, and so on. 99 out of 100 times the person that says "I have tried everything and nothing works" actually translates into "I have not stayed on any one plan long enough for it to have an effect and sabotaged it with small unaccounted for negative habits and behaviors." Now, if I can just get the funding for that adult Cheez-it rehab center I want to have built....

 

* Cheez-It's are a cheese flavored cracker made by Sunshine foods and can be found on the shelves of any major food store in the US.

 

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The Simplest Weight Loss Tips No One Follows

I have a Cheez-It problem. You're not listening, I really have a Cheez-It problem! I have never met a Cheez-It I didn't like.* Some people can't resist chocolate or ice cream, some people it's pizza or some other food or sweet. While I enjoy all of those foods on occasion, Cheez-It's are the food equivalent of crack cocaine for me.

 

It takes all my willpower to pass up the isle where the Cheez-It's reside on the shelves at my local grocery store. My ever-loving girl friend Kimberly rolls her eyes at me in shear disgust when she sees how weak I am to the power of these little crackers, which draw me in like a cheese flavored black hole. "But you have given advice on nutrition to millions of people Will, how could you of all people be so weak willed about some little cheese flavored cracker?!" she says. I hang my head in shame and avoid eye contact with her for the rest of the day....

 

The point of this introduction is to point out we all have our weaknesses and we are all human... even me. I find Cheez-It's to be cheese flavored morphine!

 

This small problem got me to thinking. If there is one thing I have learned after all these years of doing nutritional research, writing countless articles on the topic of nutrition, and working directly with people on their diets, it's this: it's rarely one single thing a person does that is sabotaging their efforts to lose fat and or gain muscle, but a bunch of little things that have an accumulated effect.There are some amazingly simple behaviors and strategies we can all add to our nutritional goals and workout plans that will have a positive effect.

 

Using my own addiction to Cheez-It's as the primary example, I am going to cover a few of these surprisingly simple yet effective strategies. A few issues to keep in mind:

 

(1) Taken alone, these simple tactics will have very little effect. Used alone without any other dietary changes and an exercise plan, these strategies wont amount to much. However, as I mentioned, it's often many minor mistakes adding up to a lack of results for people, and taken in that context, these are some simple mistakes that can be avoided, hopefully resulting in an accumulated effect in a positive direction.

 

(2) I didn't invent any of these tips. They are some of the oldest and simplest tips you will ever read. I don't even know who first came up with them, and I bet most people have seen these strategies in other places, such as various diet books, articles, or web sites. I do however think that they may be so old and so simple that most people with the best of intentions about their nutrition and exercise plan, don't follow these simple concepts.

 

These tips are more about behavior changes and psychology then nutritional science, study results, or research. I have written many articles based on the later topics, but this is not one of those. If you are looking for more in-depth science oriented information about nutrition, supplements, and fat loss or gaining muscle, I suggest reading my ebooks on the topic and the many free article on my web site.

 

Tip #1: Never Ever Go Food Shopping Hungry

This is one of the most effective strategies I know of to avoid unwanted junk and various snacks from finding their way into your shopping cart, which ends up in your home, which ends up on your butt!

 

Make sure to eat something before you go food shopping and you will be able to resist the junk that often finds its way into your cart. If I go food shopping without a good meal in my stomach, I often come home with a family sized box of Cheez-It's and feel like sh*& for days after eating the entire box!

 

One of the recent developments in the health industry is the claim that belly fat is caused by an high levels of cortisol existing in the body. As the stress factors in your life increase, this hormone becomes more prevalent. Eventually, your body is thrown out of its normal healthy cycle. When this happens your mood, energy level, and body composition change. When your body experiences these changes, there is no way that you can lose weight. Research has shown that many people who are overweight are so because of too much cortisol. What is needed to restore these individual's natural system is to reduce the amount of cortisol in their systems.

 

Human hunger and appetite are regulated by a phenomenally complicated set of overlapping feedback networks, involving a long list of hormones, psychological factors, and others way beyond the scope of this article. Suffice to say, we often make snap decisions and impulse purchases with certain foods due to one or more of these feedback loops being activated due to an empty stomach while we shop.

 

Translated, your "willpower" to resist junk foods will be much greater if you eat something healthy at least 20-30 minutes before you go food shopping. You can either plan your meal schedule so that one meal is eaten before you go shopping, or have a snack (at least 20-30 minutes before shopping) which will have the desired effects. A yogurt with some flax oil mixed in is a good choice, as is a half cup of cottage cheese and a handful of walnuts or some other nut. A protein shake or MRP will suffice, but solid food tends to be more satiating.

 

Tip # 2: Never Keep Snack Foods In The House

This tip is a logical extension of tip number one. If it does not make it into your cart at the food store, it's not in your house. However, many people use excuses like "I have snack foods for the kids" or "my spouse keeps a box of Oreo cookies in the kitchen cupboard" as reasons they can't avoid the snacks that sneak into their diets and sabotage their efforts.

 

Many of the foods we eat that we know we should not be eating are based on an impulse. Impulse control goes a long way here but no one will deny it's far harder to resist that impulse if your favorite junk food is under your nose. That's human nature. When I have an impulse for some Cheez- it's, I wont resist it well if it's only a few steps to the kitchen vs. having to get in the car to go get a box. The former I can't resist, the latter I can. Remember an impulse is defined as "a sudden desire, urge, inclination." That means it's short lived and will go away given sufficient time, so it's a matter of not having foods in your house that allow you to act on the impulse while it lasts.

 

As for the excuse of the spouse, kids, etc. That is more an issue between your kids and or your spouse. Should the kids be eating that stuff anyway? No! I had a client tell me one day "I keep eating hot dogs 'cause I keep them in the house fort the kids." I said "so you're Ok with feeding your kids foods you know to be unhealthy for you and them?" She stopped feeding her family hot dogs shortly after....

 

...Bottom line here is, those foods should be occasional treats for both kids and adults, not staple foods that can be found in your kitchen. It's more an issue of teaching the kids good dietary habits young so they don't end up overweight unhealthy adults. As for the spouse, I like to have some chips in the house, which I can resist without a problem. That is, unlike the Cheez-it's, I can walk past the chips without having to eat them all. I can regulate myself with them. However, Kimberly can't. Chips are to her what Cheez-it's are to me, so I make it a rule not to keep chips in the house.

 

Point being, your spouse needs to support your efforts by making some small sacrifices. If you were an alcoholic trying to avoid alcohol, you would (or at least should!) expect your significant other to not keep booze in the house. If they wont support your efforts here, then relationship counseling is in order or a long talk, and I can't help you there; sorry!

 

Tip # 3: Eat Off Of Smaller Plates

The first two tips are common sense, this one is less so. However, I find it helps, albeit not to a great extent. Again, how much we eat is based on many variables. One of them is the visual cues we get looking at the food we are about to eat. We are extremely visually oriented creatures and part of deciding how large an object is must be compared to other objects, in this case, the food we put on the plate in comparison to the size of the plate we put the food on. Some of you may remember this little visual test from grade school. Looking at these two horizontal lines here: http://www.brinkzone.com/images/plates.gif which one is longer?

 

Answer: both lines are identical in length. As you can see, the bottom "plate" looks longer then top "plate", yet they are the same length. It's a visual illusion that shows how our brains are set up to interpret certain visual cues. It is my experience that people will put less food on their plate if they eat from smaller plates as a smaller plate full of food looks like much more to eat then a large plate with the same amount of food on it.

 

I know for myself I tend to put 2 slices of pizza on a small plate and three on a large plate! Now this is only one minor cue we have to self regulating how much food we eat, and other feedback loops (i.e., hormonal, psychological, etc.) can kick in and easily offset this strategy.

 

For example, you could simply come back for a second helping using the smaller plates. However, it's my hunch (and it's only a hunch as research is lacking here) that over the course of say a month, a person may end up taking in fewer total calories using this strategy as has been my (admittedly anecdotal) experience with both myself and the many people I have given advice to over the years. Again, as already mentioned, taken alone, this strategy will probably have no effects on your efforts to lose fat if there is not a specific diet and exercise plan involved in the overall equation. It is however one simple small change that may improve compliancy to your efforts. It would be interesting to see a study on this, but whatever effects it may have, would be subtle and fairly small I suspect. Even so, over the course of a year say, it may help.

 

Tip #4: Know Thy Self

Lesson here is, we are all human and we all have our weaknesses. Trick is to know your weakness and develop strategies for coping with them. How well do you know yourself? That is, do you know what cues/triggers tend to set you off? Have you examined that issue for yourself? It's essential to recognized the cues that sabotage your efforts. We all have them. Find yours and take steps to avoid them where possible.

 

For example, try making a list outlining the things you know tend to set you off and how you react to the, then add a column for how you could deal with it. For example you might write "talking to my crazy mother makes me anxious and I eat things I shouldn't immediately after the phone conversation" which would be followed by a suggestion of steps to change it, such as "always eat a meal right before talking to mom" and "only take calls from mom when I am ready and able to deal with her" and "go for a walk immediately after talking to mom to distress and give me time to get over impulse to eat junk" and so on.

 

Develop coping strategies to your known triggers. I know for example going food shopping on an empty stomach means I will most probably end up with a large box of Cheez-it's in my house. I have also found if I go shopping irritated over something I will buy more foods I don't need as food is one of many ways we self medicate looking for some comfort. Hence the term "comfort foods" which is commonly chocolate, ice cream, and so on.

 

Bottom line:

Learn what your hot buttons are that lead to a negative behavior. Learn to identify when it's happening. Develop strategies for coping with it. How do you go about doing that? As entire books have been written on that topic, my advice will fall short here. That journey is also highly individual. For some it's working with a therapist or behavioral specialist, for some it's reading a few good self-help type books, and for some it's activities such as meditation, joining support groups, and others. It's also a life long journey.

 

Conclusion

The purpose of this article is not as much to supply tips for success in your fat loss endeavors but to actually remind people of what is stated in the intro to this article: most people fail in their fat loss/diet goals not due to a single mistake they are making (with exceptions) but many small events that have an accumulated effect that sabotages their efforts. If the tips in this article help, all the better.

 

Some people are amazed how many extra calories slip into their diet from snack foods that they are not accounting for, or the fact they tend to take the elevator when they could take the stairs, and so on. 99 out of 100 times the person that says "I have tried everything and nothing works" actually translates into "I have not stayed on any one plan long enough for it to have an effect and sabotaged it with small unaccounted for negative habits and behaviors." Now, if I can just get the funding for that adult Cheez-it rehab center I want to have built....

 

* Cheez-It's are a cheese flavored cracker made by Sunshine foods and can be found on the shelves of any major food store in the US.

 

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Overcoming Diet Failure with Rapid Weight Loss Products

The reason many dieters fail to reach their goals has to do with the dieter not seeing results fast enough. Most traditional methods of losing weight can mean having to wait a week or more just to experience one pound of weight loss. For people who want to lose a significant amount of weight, the timeline to experience weight loss can lead to a loss in motivation. In recent years there has been a challenge to the age-old claim that the most healthy weight loss plan is one that involves the dieter losing no more than two pounds each week. There are a plethora of diet plans that offer rapid weight loss. However, these often result in the dieter having to limit some sort of food from their diet. These diets take will power, something many overweight people lack. More success may be obtained from oral preparations that produce rapid weight loss.

 

The various rapid weight loss preparations on the mark each claim to speed your weight loss using specific methods. The most common types of preparations stimulate your body to burn more fat quicker. These preparations are highly effective, but can result in unpleasant side effects in some people. You have undoubtedly read the numerous news articles that feature some of the unpleasant aspects of weight-loss products that contain stimulants. While not all people will experience these problems, it's good news that there is an effective alternative available that does not contain stimulants. There are actually only a few stimulant-free rapid weight loss products available on the market. One such product is Leptoprin SF.

 

Leptoprin is one of the most expensive products available that promote rapid weight loss. A month supply costs just a few dollars more than $150, but this is no ordinary weight-loss product. The manufacturers of the product have patented the formula, so you know it is an original product.

 

Relacore is touted as one of the most effective preparations for rapid weight loss that claim to reduce cortisol. This product is similar to Leptoprin in that it essentially cause you to be in a less than stressful mood so that your body is not depressed and causing you to gain weight. At a cost of $50, Relacore is one of the cheapest rapid weight-loss products you can buy. The website Rapid-Weight-Loss.info also contains two effective rapid weight-loss products that are formulated for people who are overweight due to their thyroid.

 

One disadvantage of rapid weight loss is stretch marks. The hormonal changes that occur in the body when it loses weight rapidly can cause the skin's production of collagen to change. As the skin changes, stretch marks can occur. A popular treatment for stretch marks is Strivectin SD. Information about this product is also available on Rapid-Weight-Loss.info.

 

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