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The purpose of our blog is to share what we have learned about nutrition, weight loss, fitness, and health, in order to help you find ways to feel better and live longer. It is amazing how much our diet and lifestyle affect our health and well-being.

Did you know that you can reduce your risk and even prevent many diseases and health conditions simply by making some changes to your diet? Check back often for valuable tips and information.


HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT & KEEP IT OFF:

For the first time in my life I have found weight loss success. During my adult life I have tried dozens and dozens of so-called "diets" and none of them worked over the long-haul. Oh, I was able to lose weight with some of them, but once I went off of the "diet" I quickly gained back all of my weight (plus some).

I have finally learned that losing weight has to be a lifestyle change, not a temporary fix. Crash diets and all the other crazy diets will not only cause you to fail, they are harmful to your health. To lose weight and keep it off you must NOT go on a "diet." What? Why? Because we all consider a "diet" a temporary thing. For example, how many times have you said, "Oh, I will go on this low-fat diet until I lose 20 pounds." Okay, what happens after you lose the 20 pounds? Or you simply give up? You go back to your old habits and gain that 20 pounds back.

The only way you will ever be successful at losing weight, with the added benefit of improving your health, is to make healthy changes that you can live with for the rest of your life. Period. Not for a week, a month or 3 months, but for life. For me, my initial goal was to lower my cholesterol level. I had to have a blood test for my insurance coverage and my cholesterol level had to be lower than the previous year's levels or I would have to pay a much higher premium. Well, that was a pretty good incentive for me make some positive changes.

I sat down and figured out what I needed to do. I knew I had to change the way I ate and I knew I had to exercise in some form or other every day. So, I made a list and I stuck to it. It was difficult at first. To make matters worse, I am a compulsive eater. However, as the days went by, it became much easier because my body stopped craving sweets and processed foods. For the first time in my life, I was never tempted to binge because I never felt deprived.

Use the list below and make whatever changes you need to make in order for it to work for you. FYI, my cholesterol level dropped 65 points after 7 weeks, and my triglycerides dropped 70 points!
Another benefit that I hadn't planned on was that after being an insomniac since my teen-age years, I now sleep like a baby every night!

MY LIST FOR WEIGHT LOSS SUCESS:

1. Avoid "white" Foods & Processed Foods.
These foods have no nutritional value and are "empty" calories. Sweets, anything made with white flour,and anything that comes in a package with a long list of ingredients.
Always read the food labels. Stay away from those long lists of ingredients. The longer the list, the more chemicals and additives are present. These are extremely toxic to your body.


2. Drink Lots of
Water. Water keeps your body's organs hydrated and flushes out unhealthy toxins. It helps to fill you up and reduces your urge to over-eat.


3. Eat a Healthy Breakfast.
Instead of coffee and donuts, try fruit, yogurt, grains like oatmeal or whole grain toast, and lean protein. NEVER skip breakfast. By eating a large, healthy meal when you get up in the morning, your metabolism will "rev up" and you will not be hungry by mid-morning. If you skip breakfast, your
body will go into starvation mode and store calories in your body as FAT, yes FAT! So do yourself a big favor and eat breakfast.


4. Reduce Your Stress Level.
So many of us live with too much
stress. Stress lowers your immune system, making it easier to get sick. It also makes us lethargic, tired, and depressed. There are a lot of simple things you can do and a lot of ways to feel better about yourself and your life. Take a long, hot bath, read a book, listen to music, get a massage. Do something nice for yourself. Giving yourself something to look forward to is a tremendous mental incentive.


5. Move!
Oh my gosh! There are so many ways to incorporate movement into your day, even at work. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Get up every hour and walk around your floor, your hallway or your desk. Park your car in the farthest space from where you need to be. Walk or bike to work. Skate, dance, golf, jump rope, clean house, play tag. The best exercise you can do is to walk. Try to take a walk every day! The more you move, the more your metabolism will be your friend. (I walk 3 miles every day whether it is raining, snowing or freezing.)


Fat Burning Exercises

Learn how to make the most of your body's ability to burn fat quickly and naturally. Burning fat is all about using up more calories than your body takes in. Otherwise, those extra calories will be stored away as body fat. Daily exercise, together with a healthy diet, is the best way to lose that fat and give you the results you are looking for.

First, make a few minor changes to your lifestyle. Eat breakfast! Eating breakfast revs up your metabolism and gives your body the energy it needs to get through the morning. When you eat your other meals throughout the day, eat smaller portions of food and eat them more often. This will keep your metabolism churning along.

Move! To burn calories, any kind of movement, whether it's walking, climbing stairs, dancing, or mowing the lawn, will help enhance your body's ability to burn fat and increase your metabolism. Increasing your metabolism will, in turn, help you lose weight faster.

Power walking, jogging, running, elliptical training, bicycling and swimming are excellent aerobic exercises that force your body to burn a higher percentage of calories from fat. These types of exercises, consisting of smooth and continuous movements, contribute many outstanding benefits to the human body without risking injury or stressing it.

BENEFITS OF AEROBIC EXERCISE

*Improve Cardiovascular Fitness: Aerobic exercises get the heart beating faster to transport oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to the muscles. The heart and lungs grow more efficient with a regular exercise regimen, reducing blood pressure and the resting heart rate. This type of exercise also facilitates recovery from many ailments, including heart attacks.

*Improve Blood Circulation: For people with poor circulation to the arms and legs, aerobic exercise can increase the size and improve the efficiency of the tiny vessels that supply blood for cellular respiration. Anyone diagnosed with poor circulation should see a doctor before beginning an exercise program.

*Improve Emotional Well-Being: Psychologically, aerobic exercise generates an overall feeling of well-being and can relieve depression, anxiety and stress by producing endorphins, the body's natural tranquillizer. A brisk 20-minute workout will relax you and stimulate your thinking.

*Lose Weight: The fundamental health benefits of aerobic exercise are many. Exercising helps control weight, blood sugar and cholesterol levels and enhances your body's ability to burn fat by increasing your metabolism. It is the perfect complement to a sensible, healthy diet to lose weight and keep it off.

If you are more than 40 years old and have any problems with weight, respiration, blood pressure, heart problems, pulse rate, or cholesterol, check with your doctor before beginning an exercise regimen. The same goes for diabetics, smokers, or people with pre-existing injuries or a family history of heart problems.

The most important thing to remember is the more muscle groups you use in your daily exercise routine, the more fat you will burn. Once you have trained your body to be an efficient fat-burner, your body will increase its muscle density. Since muscle cells burn calories faster than fat cells, your body will require more food.

2 comments:

  1. I'm concerned about reducing cholestoral. I used to eat fruit and veggies but drink occasionally, do I have the risk?

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