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Close Kept Secrets to Weight Loss Lesson #23

Close Kept Secrets to Weight Loss Lesson #23

How AWESOME are you? I can't hear you. Jump up and down and wiggle your little (it is little, you know) hiney and shout "I am AWESOME, I am AWESOME, I am AWESOME, I am AWESOME, I am AWESOME. Now, I'll ask again. How AWESOME are you? TOTALLY AWESOME....I heard you this time....WOW!!!

Our intention is to create this high vibrational energy each and every moment.

A quote from Nelson Mandela illustrates this in showing you that you are an AWESOME child of God. I look at this quote each and every day when I do my energy circles. I encourage you to print this and tape it somewhere so that you see it everyday. Moving from fear into joy is a process, and there are activities that we can do each day to guide us in the right direction--our connection to God.

 

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that We are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness That most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I To be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

 

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about Shrinking so that other people Won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest The Glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, It's in everyone and as we let our light shine We unconsciously give other people Permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear. Our presence automatically liberates others."

 

For today, don't shrink. Don't hide. Stand tall in who you are. Walk with confidence. Chest out, abs in...no rounded shoulders. Don't forget to shake that hiney as you walk. I know, it's kind of hard to shake and walk at the same time. Hey, I'm 50 years old and if I can do it, you can too. Let your light shine. You are brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous!!

 

I am so proud to know you and am very glad you were born. What are you going to do today to show your light?

 

Tami Close is a weight loss expert and uses an integrative method, including cleansing and nutritional products from Isagenix, in her weight loss management practice. She also uses stress release techniques in her practice. She is a #1 best selling co-author, Wake Up...Live the Life You Love Finding Personal Freedom. The other authors include Mark Victor Hansen, Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra and others. http://www.tamiclose.com

 

 

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Secrets Of Successful Weight Loss

 

Weight loss...if we could just find the right diet we would achieve our goals, right? The sad truth is that weight loss diets, for the most part, don't work and are becoming a thing of the past. Research shows that 85-95% of dieters regain any weight they've lost within 3-5 years. Most diets simply dictate what to eat and how much, and usually don't teach us to make better food choices once we go off. When we go back to our old habits the weight comes back and we end up in a constant battle to get the weight down again.

 

Part of the reason is that we are conditioned in the diet mentality that the answer lies in a secret formula that will only work if we follow it rigidly. Let's face it, we like the bells and whistles. Instead of following another weight loss diet we should pay attention to those people who have lost weight and kept it off. What did they do?

 

People who have successfully achieved their ideal weight and better health without dieting report the following success strategies:

* They made a commitment to changing habits long-term vs. just losing weight

* They became educated about sound nutrition principles

* They learned to cope with emotions and stress without food

* They consciously eat when their hungry and stop when their full

* They shift the focus from "looking good" to honoring their health and well-being

* They learn to adjust portions or food intake to match activity level

* They don't sabotage themselves, when they blow it

* They seek ongoing support as needed to stay motivated

 

Making positive change is possible with the right commitment, education, and support. Rather than spending precious energy and time "going on a diet", make a different choice. Choose high-level health so you can lose weight once and keep it off for a lifetime.

 

Owner of Real Living Nutrition Services, Meri Raffetto is a recognized professional in the area of nutrition and wellness. She specializes in weight management and cardiovascular nutrition and offers online programs to help people reach their health goals. For more information visit http://www.reallivingnutrition.com.

 

The Secrets to Weight Loss After Pregnancy

 

Sarah is a pregnant mother of three who continues to breast-feed her 18-month-old. After each of her pregnancies, she has had difficulty losing weight. With all of her responsibilities, weight loss isn't a priority. Still, she wishes that, once this pregnancy is over, she will be able to return to her pre-marriage weight. The average woman gains more than 25 pounds during her pregnancy. The procedure of childbirth may result in a weight loss of up to 14 pounds, which means that new moms still have considerable weight to lose once they leave the hospital. However, some women simply assume that this "baby fat" will never go away. Yet, it is entirely possible to lose weight during the post-partum period.

 

When you quit diets and instead change to eating nutrient rich foods and enjoy fun foods in moderation, weight loss can be the natural result. Other well-known benefits include increased energy, vitality and freedom from disease. Additionally, if you stay active and eat in moderation you don't have to give up the foods you enjoy. Yes, that means you can enjoy cake, cookies, and other treats and still lose weight when you learn how to balance them appropriately in your diet. So the BIG question is: Why don't more of us choose a health-promoting lifestyle vs. the "diet d'jour" in our world today?

 

A number of medical experts recommend easing into a weight loss program after the birth of your baby. This means that you will not start dieting until about three months following birth. You should combine a low-fat diet with moderate exercise in order to achieve weight loss. Don't expect instant results. It will take you a good nine months to get back to your weight prior to pregnancy. A go-slow approach is best because you need to give your body time to recover after childbirth. Certainly, you might be able to lose weight faster, but you might be sacrificing valuable nutrients as a result. Interestingly enough, breastfeeding actually enhances weight loss. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has found that breastfeeding leads to the release of hormones which enable your uterus to return to its normal size.

 

However, breastfeeding alone won't bring down your weight. You need to combine it with a sensible diet and a moderate exercise program. Keep in mind that you need to have at least 1800 calories a day while breastfeeding in order to keep yourself and your baby healthy. Still, stay clear of junk food during this period. You should rely on food with high nutritional value to maintain the proper level of calories each day. There are many good reasons to exercise during the post-partum period. In addition to helping to accelerate weight reduction, exercise can help alleviate post-partum depression, improve your mood, and boost your confidence. Exercise can also "clear your head" so that you're better able to meet the demands of motherhood. You might consider joining a "Mommy and Me" exercise class so that your baby can exercise right along with you.

 

Another helpful hint is to enlist the help of a friend or relative to act as your exercise buddy so that you'll have some emotional support while exercising. An added bonus of exercise is that it should boost your energy level, which is quite important when battling the fatigue which comes from caring for a newborn. Your diet should generally be low-fat but not fat-free; vitamin rich; and high-fiber. Under no circumstances should you go on a fad diet. Such a diet could be quite harmful to your health and could actually slow your recovery from childbirth. It's a good idea to set weight-loss goals, but don't go overboard. Recognize that there's a limit to the amount of weight you can lose during a given period of time.

 

You may see a number of actress-moms gracing the covers of magazines shortly after the birth of their children. They appear svelte and elegant, totally devoid of baby fat. In the accompanying article, they may even talk about exercising right after childbirth. Such articles send new mothers a dangerous message: that you must do all you can to become thin as quickly as possible after your baby is born. Such a philosophy is not only ridiculous, it's also unhealthy. As a result, you'll need to "tune out" such messages from the media and stay the course with your own gradual weight loss plan.

 

The time right after the birth of a child can be quite challenging, taxing both your physical and emotional strength. While it is certainly a good idea to eat healthy, you'll need to pace yourself as far as weight loss is concerned. Over time, you should be able to lose the weight you gained during your pregnancy. In fact, you might find that you're actually healthier after your baby is born. Read more weight lose and diet articles at http://www.thinkingstop.com http://www.anabolic.ca http://www.takingsteroids.com http://www.dietpost.info http://www.fitnesspost.info

 

Seven Crucial Steps for Long Term Weight Loss - Part 2

 

4. Don't Skip Meals

Ever heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Well it's true. The one meal you should never skip is breakfast. It is the meal that sets the tone for your metabolism. When you miss breakfast your metabolism responds by slowing down. Your body receives signals of famine from the brain and switches to energy conservation mode. This means rather than burning calories the body gets stingier with them.

 

The other thing that happens, when missing breakfast is, by the time lunch time comes around you feel starved and you almost always end up overeating. And as a result of this added pressure on your digestive system, most of your energy gets used up as your body works hard to digest and absorb all that food. Needles to say, you won't feel very productive when you return to work, a feeling which may last for the next few hours.

 

Another important benefit of not skipping meals is that your blood sugar level is more stable, which keeps insulin in check - reducing unnecessary fat storage and ensuring that you have adequate energy levels required to perform your daily tasks with less physical and psychological stress.

 

5. Water

It was thought that drinking plenty of water throughout the day was a crucial part of a good weight loss strategy; the theory was that an adequate amount of water - 8 eight-ounce glasses per day - gives you a feeling of fullness which reduces periods of hunger; and the less you feel hungry the less you are going to snack - which translates to fewer calories. Recent studies have suggested, however, that choosing foods with high water content like fruits and vegetables and blending water into meals like soup has a greater effect on satiety, than simply just drinking water. And that it may result in a reduction of total daily calories.

 

In other words, including water rich foods like watermelon and other fruits and vegetables, fruit juice, and soups in your diet, is more effective with respect to satiety than relying on just drinking water. As a result, you wouldn't need to drink 8 glasses of water a day, if you were getting an adequate supply from your diet. In fact, drinking 8 glasses of water per day is a misconception. This number was originally reported by the National Academy of Sciences of the United States Food and Nutrition Board. They also mentioned, however, in the same report, that the majority of water people need comes from food. (4)

 

The recommendation for a healthy individual is to drink one cup of water or juice with every meal. (ibid)

It's also important to keep in mind that the human body is made up of 60-70% water. All our organs consist of a lot of water. Blood is mainly composed of water. So it makes sense to ensure that you're always getting an adequate supply. Here are some functions of water:

- regulates your body temperature - transports nutrients to your organs - transports vital oxygen to your cells - removes waste from your body - protects all your organs and joints

 

6. Exercise

As you know, exercise participation is an important factor in weight loss and weight loss maintenance. In addition to weight reduction here are 20 important health benefits of physical activity.

 

1. Increases thermogenesis (increase in body temperature to burn calories).

2. Raises basal metabolic rate increasing calorie expenditure even during periods of rest or sleep.

3. Releases natural stimulants in the body helping to improve overall psychological condition. In other words it may alter your mood to a more positive state. (5)

4. Relieves stress and reduces the risk of stress related chronic diseases. (ibid)

5. Improves sex function

6. Lowers High Blood pressure levels.

7. May increase levels of good cholesterol (HDL)

8. Lowers elevated blood cholesterol levels.

9. Improves blood circulation.

10. Increases the level of oxygen uptake (VO2 max) and improves endurance. Vo2 max varies directly with the level of physical fitness.

 

11. Increases lean body mass (muscle) while reducing body fat - improving body composition and therefore improving physical appearance.

12. Improves self esteem.

13. Causes a natural tendency to be more conscious about eating healthier and therefore may improve a person's diet.

14. Strengthens the musculoskeletal system protecting the body from unexpected physical shock.

15. Strengthens the body's immune system and therefore slows down the aging process.

16. Strengthens bones and fights against osteoporosis - especially important for post - menopausal women. (6)

17. Strengthens the body's immune system and therefore slows down the aging process.

18. Helps to fight against chronic diseases including many forms of cancers and heart disease. (7) (8)

19. When combined with stretching it may help to reduce lower back pain.

20. Improves physical condition in pregnant women making it easier to cope with the trials of childbirth: It increases energy levels; helps to reduce back pain; improves circulation and reduces swelling and development of varicose veins; tones muscles making it easier for the body to return to pre-pregnancy condition. You should check with your doctor, however, before you begin exercising during pregnancy. (9)

 

How Much exercise is Necessary for Weight Loss?

It depends on your goals and your body condition. Here are some questions you should ask yourself:

- How much weight do you want to lose? - What's Your Age - How much do you weigh? - What is your physical condition? - What is your daily caloric intake? - Will you combine exercise with caloric restriction?

 

If you're overweight, by more than 20 pounds, you need to participate in a program that includes diet restriction (reduce total daily calories by 500 cal.) and regular exercise (6-7 days a week). You should exercise for at least 30 continuous minutes - for best results increase the duration (up to 60 minutes). Your target intensity should be between 65-75% of your maximum heart rate - in other words, a comfortably vigorous level of intensity. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that a good weight loss program should consist of daily caloric expenditure of 300-500 calories from exercise. (10)

 

How do you calculate your heart rate? An easy formula for figuring out your maximum heart rate works by simply subtracting your age from 220. If you're 40 years old, for example, your maximum heart rate is 180 beats per minute (220-40). To train at 70% of your maximum heart rate, simply multiply 180 by 70 and divide by 100, which equals 126 beats per minute. Therefore in order to train at an intensity level of 70% of maximum heart rate your training heart rate should be 126 beats per minute. How do you calculate your heart rate during exercise? Simply take your pulse by counting the number of beats over a 10 second period. Multiply that figure by 6 and you have the number of beats for a 1 minute period - that's your training heart rate. Before you begin exercising, however, get clearance from your doctor, especially if you're a beginner.

 

7. Exercise for Weight Loss Maintenance

Once you reach a desirable body weight, you can switch your exercise routine to weight loss maintenance mode. That means you can reduce the frequency of your workouts to 3-4 times a week. The duration and the intensity should remain the same - 60 minutes at a comfortably vigorous level. You will notice as you reach higher levels of fitness, exercise intensity must be turned up a notch to keep the workout challenging and also to burn more calories.

 

What types of activities should you participate in? There are many forms of exercise that are efficient in producing adequate weight loss and fitness. Some of them include aerobics, step or boxing aerobics, cycling, spinning, step-climbing, training on elliptical machines, cross country skiing (real or machine version), in line skating, ice skating, swimming, jogging, skate boarding, and sports like basketball, hockey, and soccer. There are many more. The important thing is to choose one that you'll really enjoy. This way, your chances of sticking with it in the long run will be much higher. Have fun, get in shape, lose those extra pounds and keep them off!

 

References:

1. http://www.sciencedaily.com, "Healthy diets need fat, according to new study", retrieved 22 June 2005 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/04/980424031929.htm

2. http://www.ajcn.org, "Cereals, legumes, and chronic disease risk reduction: evidence from epidemiologic studies", retrieved 15 August 2005 from http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/70/3/451S

3. http://www.jacn.org, "Contribution of Meals and Snacks to Nutrient Intake of Male and Female Elite Figure Skaters During Peak Competitive Season", retrieved 19 May 2004 from http://www.jacn.org/cgi/content/full/21/2/114

4. http://www.drmirkin.com, "HOW MUCH WATER DO YOU NEED?", retrieved 30 August 2005 from http://www.drmirkin.com/nutrition/9942.html

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6. http://www.osteoporosis.ca, "Physical Activity: An Important Factor in Preventing Osteoporosis", retrieved 22 August 2005 from http://www.osteoporosis.ca/english/About%20Osteoporosis/Physical%20Activity/default.asp?s=1

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8. http://www.cancer.gov, "Questions and Answers: Physical Activity and Cancer", retrieved 25 August 2005 from http://www.cancer.gov/newscenter/pressreleases/PhysicalActivity

9. http://health.discovery.com, "The Benefits of Pregnancy Exercise", retrieved 26 August 2005 from http://health.discovery.com/centers/pregnancy/americanbaby/exercisebenefits.html

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John Tiniakos helps make weight loss easier through proven weight loss methods using information and analysis from the worlds leading scientists. To subscribe to his free monthly newsletter that includes valuable, up to date tips on diet, weight loss and health visit http://www.nulife-weightloss.com. For more information on his latest ebook "Nulife Natural Weight Loss Program" visit http://www.nulife-weightloss.com/natural.htm

 

Seven Crucial Steps for Long Term Weight Loss - Part 1

 

1. Food Intake - How much do you need?

First of all, you need to understand that in order to begin losing weight you must consume fewer calories than your body burns in a period of a day. The bottom line is, regardless of the confusion brought on by the media and industry, calories still count!

 

Your body weight is largely a product of total daily caloric intake minus total daily energy expenditure (TDEE). So, to lose weight, your daily food consumption measured in calories must be less than TDEE. In other words a deficit in calories must be created to trigger a reduction in body weight. Although this is a simple concept, it's not easily accomplished. And statistics prove it: approximately 50% of Americans are obese and two thirds of Americans are borderline obese.

 

It doesn't have to be that way, however. People need to be educated with respect to health, nutrition and weight loss maintenance. Knowledge is what we need. Knowledge is power, and with power comes change. One simple guideline for losing weight is to adjust your daily caloric intake to equal ten times your weight in pounds. For example if you weigh 180 lbs. your total daily food intake should equal 1800 calories. This would create a sufficient deficit in calories for gradual weight loss. This method will not work, however, for people who are extremely obese.

 

Another efficient method of losing weight at a reasonably comfortable pace (for any person) is to reduce your total daily food intake by 500 calories. One pound equals 3500 calories and at the rate of 500 calories per day, it translates to 1 pound of weight loss per week. This is a sensible, realistic weight loss pace and more likely to succeed in the long term. On the other hand, diet programs based on more extreme calorie restriction are very stressful physically and mentally, which is why they result in quick but temporary weight reduction. Not to mention the high cost of many weight loss plans that include pre packaged food, unnecessary meal replacements, supplements and so on.

 

A more accurate method to figure out how many calories you actually need (to maintain your weight) is to take your body weight and multiply it by 11. Say you weigh 160 pounds and you are completely sedentary. 160 x 11 = 1760 (calories). So you would need 1760 calories if you sat around all day with very minimal movement to remain at 160 pounds.

 

Now to go a step further, we have to determine your metabolic factor. There are 3 main categories for metabolism. Slow metabolism is when you have a very difficult time losing weight. Medium metabolism means you don't have difficulty losing weight - if you really try. And Fast metabolism is when it seems no matter how much you eat you can't gain weight. Don't I wish I had that problem. See the table below.

 

Slow Metabolism (%)

Under 30 Years of Age - 30% Between 30-40 Years of Age - 25% Over 40 Years of Age - 20%

Medium Metabolism (%)

Under 30 Years of Age - 40% Between 30-40 Years of Age - 35% Over 40 Years of Age - 30%

Fast Metabolism (%)

Under 30 Years of Age - 50% Between 30-40 Years of Age - 45% Over 40 Years of Age - 40%

 

Let's continue with the above example (1760 cal.) and let's say you're 35 years old and have a slow metabolism. The corresponding metabolic rate factor would be 25%. 1760 x 25% = 440 calories - which means you would need an additional 440 calories. Your total daily calories would therefore equal 2200 (1760 + 440). In other words, you would require 2200 calories per day to maintain your present weight.

 

Now to lose weight at a comfortable pace (as mentioned above), subtract 500 calories from this total. That would equal 1700 calories (2200 - 500). Consequently, in order to lose one pound per week you would require 1700 daily calories from food. The next step would be to keep track of all your calories. To do that you will need to know the calorie content of the foods you eat. A calorie counter or calculator is where you enter the type of food product, the amount (in grams or ounces) and it calculates the calorie content for you.

 

You can find them at many websites online for free. One that I found to work fairly well, which also contains a huge selection of foods including items from fast food restaurant chains, is at http://www.caloriesperhour.com. To increase your rate of weight loss even further you can raise your exercise level. One way to accomplish this is by participating in a program of regular physical activity or if you already are, simply increase the exercise intensity level. See tip number 6 and 7 in this article for more information on physical activity and weight loss.

 

2. Diet Composition

Your diet must consist of foods from all food groups (e.g. meat, dairy, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts/seeds, legumes). If you're a vegetarian, you can still get sufficient amounts of protein from legumes, soy bean products and whole grains. In a French study, evidence suggested that diet variety was one of the reasons French people were less obese and had fewer occurrences of heart disease than Americans. Another important factor was the diversity in their diet. Overall, the French diet contained more foods from all food groups and consisted of more types of food and food products compared to the American diet. (1)

 

Furthermore, the French seemed to enjoy their food more. Their meals were like special gatherings, celebrations, meant to be enjoyed by all. They typically didn't eat very fast. They seemed to enjoy their food more; it's as if time stood still during their meals. This method of eating accomplishes several things. For one, eating slower and being more relaxed during meals increases chewing time. In addition, by slowing down the pace of a meal and chewing more, you are more likely to get a feeling of fullness while eating less quantities of food. In contrast, North Americans, very often eat on the run.

 

The other benefit of the French eating style is that it aids the digestive process by reducing workload and improving the efficiency of nutrient distribution throughout the body. An increase in food variety and diversity decreases the percentage of bad foods (saturated/trans fats, unrefined carbohydrates) present in your digestive system. Moreover, increased fiber content from fresh foods (fruits vegetables and whole grains) also sweeps up and pushes out bad foods quicker, leaving them less time to be absorbed by the intestines and therefore becoming less harmful. As a result risks of developing chronic diseases, such as various forms of cancer and heart related diseases are also reduced. (2)

 

3. Quantity and Frequency of Meals

Does the size and quantity of your meals really matter? You've probably heard many times over that it's best to have smaller more frequent meals throughout the day. In other words snacking is preferable to gorging. Is this fact or fiction? Well, the fact of the matter is that scientific research with respect to this area of study has been largely contradicting. There really is no overwhelming evidence to support the idea that increased frequency and decreased portion size of meals is associated with weight loss efficiency. This eating method, however, has been shown to benefit athletic performance in trained athletes. (3)

 

A study with ice skaters suggested that meals taken throughout the day to correspond with periods of physical demand associated with training, help to maximize performance. Keep in mind that improving athletic performance in athletes is one thing, but increasing the rate of weight loss is something quite different. Although, when taken to extremes, it is probably better to eat 8-10 smaller meals per day than 1 large one for example.

 

As it turns out, the customary three meals a day method is just fine. There just hasn't been enough convincing evidence to prove that it has a negative effect on weight loss. Eating 5-6 meals a day is also fine. Changing to a more frequent eating style, however, may cause you to over eat, if you're not careful, especially at the beginning. This is because, subconsciously, you're used to having larger food portions at meal time. So, it's important to keep track of the food quantity of every meal, until you get accustomed to the new way of eating.

 

John Tiniakos helps make weight loss easier through proven weight loss methods using information and analysis from the worlds leading scientists. To subscribe to his free monthly newsletter that includes valuable, up to date tips on diet, weight loss and health visit http://www.nulife-weightloss.com. For more information on his latest ebook "Nulife Natural Weight Loss Program" visit http://www.nulife-weightloss.com/natural.htm

The Secret Weapon Of Successful Weight Loss

Are you sick and tired of being fat and unable to lose weight!! There is an answer! Please listen; if you want your weight loss regime to work you will have to perform 'Strength training' and there is just no getting around it. It is absolutely imperative that during the course of a lifetime not only for your weight loss goals but also for general health and well being that you must use these valuable tool. For years we have been told to diet the excess fat from our bodies and throw in some fast walking to hasten the process. The trouble with this is that the low calorie restricted diet would throw the body into starvation mode with the body holding onto the fat and using precious lean muscle tissue for energy.

 

This would "Lower Your Metabolism" causing greater muscle loss and once the diet was broken the original fat would return and you would have greater chance of gaining even more fat creating a "A Vicious Cycle" Eventually, your body would become used to the diet and then you will reach a point where nothing was happening. So what do you do now? Try weight loss supplements, creams, massage, toning tables, and drugs. You should know by now that these don't work. There is a better way and it is "Strength Training"

Many studies are showing that Strength Training is a far superior method for weight loss. (Ladies, you won't bulk up by using weights, you don't have the testosterone to get big and muscular, so don't worry).

 

If you are not incorporating strength training into your weight loss program then you can look forward to disappointing results. The days of strength training three to five days a week in the gym, an hour at a time are long gone. That just doesn't work as a plateau is reached after three to four weeks and nothing you do will get you off it. All that is required is one short strength-training workout a week done at home or in the gym and this will melt away more fat than you would have thought possible.

 

Fats, Figures and Cardio Work

We've already found out that by increasing the functional muscle on your body, you increase your resting metabolic rate. Due to this higher metabolic rate you can now eat more calories, which means that you won't need to starve anymore to lose weight. In a sense, fewer calories have to be cut back from our daily intake of food and successful dieting (provided that you eat the right foods) will become more likely.

 

After all, you HAVE worked hard, and tolerated a great deal. You probably have exhausted yourself in the process. It is SO easy to reach for food. And so easy to justify it. To get that instant sense of relief, the sense of giving yourself something . . . to pay yourself back for the endurance of working so hard, doing so much (for everyone else) and tolerating it all. If you can't have what you REALLY want (e.g. a lighter schedule, a deep rest, fewer responsibilities, a week at a spa . . .), then it is SO easy to SETTLE for food.

 

As far as Fats are concerned, they're burned from the body when cells oxidize to release energy in the form of exercise. When exercise is done slowly to moderately for 20 to 30 minutes, then the majority of energy is taken from the fat stores. It's important to understand that the loss of fat comes from fat cells all over the body, not just from one or more specific areas. Therefore, fat reduction of a certain area is not generally possible.

 

The best exercise for the purpose of fat loss is fast walking either indoors on the treadmill or outdoors. Walk until you are mildly puffing and hold that rate for the allotted time. If your cardio activities leave you panting or breathless you are going too hard. Your energy will be then coming from your carbohydrate reserves and not from your fat stores.

 

Nutrition For Weight Loss

By decreasing the amount of calories you eat per day to the weight loss amount, you should start losing weight. Don't go any lower and check the mirror regularly to judge your progress. If you don't have an accurate idea of how many calories you are consuming a day, how will you know whether you're overeating or not? So go ahead and try to eat small frequent meals during the day each containing a little protein to maintain muscle and energy levels. Also try to consume foods with vital vitamin and mineral compositions on a daily basis.

 

Gary Matthews is the author of the popular fitness eBooks Maximum Weight Loss and Maximum Weight Gain. Please visit http://www.maximumfitness.com right now for your 'free' weight loss e-course.

Weight Loss Sabotage: "I Deserve It"

A few weeks ago, I wrote about feeling deserving to lose weight. But this is about a different issue . . .

It is that feeling you get . . . sometimes an almost imperceptible thought before you overeat.

"I deserve it."

"I have worked so hard."

"I have put up with so much."

"I deserve this."

It is JUST that easy to sabotage yourself.

And it is probably the very best, believable rationalization you can make.

 

Yes - food is easy. Life is hard. Next time . . . think about what it is you REALLY want. The truth is . . . food is NOT going to solve it. It's NOT the answer. ASK yourself - is this going to solve the problem? The extent to which you can be honest with yourself and act accordingly is the extent to which you can make progress. The extent to which you are still convincing yourself that it's what you really need is the extent that you sell out on yourself. Ask yourself what you REALLY need. And try to give it to yourself. Chances are . . . it won't be chocolate. Here's to getting the real thing.

 

Carol Solomon, Ph.D. is a psychologist and personal coach who specializes in helping people who want to lose weight and eliminate food and weight issues. She is the author of "Lose Weight Now Stay Slim Forever," a practical "how-to" manual for learning to lose weight without dieting.

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