The Benefits of Lemon Water For Weight Loss

The Benefits of Lemon Water For Weight Loss

The versatile citrus fruit that offers awesome antibacterial and antiviral properties…but how effective is it in weight loss?

This article will be covering a few of the benefits of lemon water for weight loss, and other health concerns.

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Hot Lemon Water For Weight Loss


The antibacterial and antiviral properties in this popular citrus fruit make it a great natural booster for your immune system. It’s also a great choice when it comes to detoxifying your system, and (certain health experts believe that it) aids in cleaning the liver leading to better digestive health.

I’d always heard about the Vitamin C side of things – most of us have by now, but I was surprised to find out about all the health ‘extras’ this yellow bombshell offered…particularly in the weight loss world!

It is rumored to be an effective dieting agent because it increases the body’s metabolic rate (many celebrities go along with this angle!), but it also offers a few ‘less known’ health perks…

lemon juice and water for weight loss

 


1) We touched on the Vitamin C angle above – most of us have sat through the lecture off our mum…through a hundred different cold viruses over the years! The Vitamin C in lemon juice is very effective at taking on and eliminating immune system deficiencies.


2) A simple glass of lemon juice with warm water before we tuck into our breakfast, helps in maintaining the pH balance of the body.


3) Lemon juice contains a high amount of antibacterial properties that take the battle to infections and act as a pretty ‘boss’ detoxifying agent.


4) There are numerous claims that lemon juice is great in aiding digestion, but recent research has watered down this claim somewhat. If you are interested in finding out more about lemon juice and digestion, I recommend checking out this interview with Ian Musgrave from The University of Adelaide – The Truth About Lemon Water On Digestion And Detoxification.


5) Lemons contain decent amounts of potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium…and are A LOT cheaper than purchasing the supplement formats of these health boosters!


6) Over the last couple of decades, many dermatology experts have come forward and suggested that lemon water can be used as a remedy for many kinds of skin problems. Top of the list is acne, rashes, wrinkles and dark skin spots.


7) Lemon as a citrus fruit, has a lot of natural anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, hot lemon water is excellent for battling respiratory tract infections, sore throat and inflammation of the tonsils.


8) Like gulping through your sports drink when you are in a workout session? Expensive aren’t they? Lemon juice and water is a great ‘cheap’ alternative to these sports drinks, as it keeps the body hydrated as it provides electrolytes.


9) Did you know that this lemon juice and water concoction can aid your dental health as well? Seriously, many people swear by it as a painkiller for toothache, and it’s also known to prevent gingivitis.

 

The Benefits of Lemon Water For Weight Loss


At the end of the day – we all know that coffee isn’t exactly great for you…especially three cups in succession…just to get going every morning!

Do you think that you could switch the black tar for lemon juice and hot water?

You now know the benefits – give it a try! 🙂

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here, please leave them in the comment section below.

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How to Lose Weight in the Lower Body

How to Lose Weight in the Lower Body

Everybody’s heard of skipping leg day. Everyone’s seen those gym rat guys who only bother to work out their upper bodies and end up looking ridiculously top heavy. For them the problem seems like an easy fix, simply gain some weight on their legs. For a lot of women the opposite can be a problem however, and they can’t seem to figure out how to lose weight in the lower body.

It’s called the pear shape and you’ve already seen it in women everywhere. Although it is flaunted by some of the hottest women in the world, the pear shape body can be hard to get right, and extremely frustrating to be stuck with.

So just how can we work to target these problem areas in the lower body that seem to gather all the body’s fat into one little place, and then stubbornly hold on to it no matter how much you work?

You probably already know what you basically have to do, but the secret is not in that you do, but how you do it. Let’s look at a few different things you definitely need to try…

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1: Gain Muscle


There unfortunately isn’t a single exercise that works to reduce fat in just one region of the body, instead the body will use fat from wherever it likes for whatever exercise you might be doing.

The bad thing for people specifically trying to lose weight in the lower body, is that this isn’t directly possible.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t exercise, in fact quite the opposite. If the whole body gets fitter then it will burn more calories without you even having to do anything!

Gain Muscle

Ever wondered why body-builders need to eat so much? It’s because muscle mass takes a lot more calories to maintain than body fat does. If you slowly build the muscle in your whole body it’s like pushing a snowball from the top of a mountain. The further the snowball travels the bigger it gets.

The same is true here, the more muscle you have, the more fat you will burn.

You would never believe it but the human body actually burns the highest percentage of fat when it’s sleeping!

So once you have some good muscle doing the hard work for you, you’ll find it much easier to lose weight all over.

 


2: Understand the Exercise


To keep the balance of exercise perfect for fat loss and muscle growth it’s important to understand the differences between types of exercise. We don’t often want to cross over in what’s called Anaerobic respiration.

This is when your body can’t get enough oxygen to break down fat cells, so uses glycogen instead. If we want to lose fat we need to work hard, but not too hard. Hovering around the 60-70% level of our maximum heart-rate should be perfect.

Understand the Exercise

This type of low intensity exercise is also great for our muscles. It allows nice lean muscles to develop in your hips and thighs. These will replace the larger fat stores and use more calories just by existing, so a real win-win in the fight against the pear shaped problem.

 


3: High Intensity Bursts


Just adding a few high-energy bursts into your exercise regime can be extremely beneficial. A 30 second sprint followed by a 3 minute jog is much more effective than one without the other. This type of training is called H.I.I.T and it is used by trainers all over the world for a number of reasons.

One is that it allows you to reach that peak effort again and again in a single session. Another is that it permanently changes how your body stores fat. The third reason is genuine magic. Due to a little thing called EPOC your body will continue to burn excess calories by itself for a whole 24 hours after a H.I.I.T exercise.

So how do you lose weight on your lower body?

By making your whole body work for you. Obviously exercise isn’t everything. You can’t be eating huge amounts of fat and expect to lose equal amounts and then more. You have to make sure you are using more calories than you take in, every single day.

Losing weight is a two player game. You and your body are in it together, and as long as you are willing to put the hard work in, your body certainly is too.

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The Best Way to Start Getting Healthy

The Best Way to Start Getting Healthy

Sick and tired of the beast that is looking back at you in the mirror? In this article we will be taking a look at the best way to start getting healthy – change your lifestyle and feel more at home within yourself…

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I Hate That Bloody Mirror!!!


Yeah we’ve already covered that ‘mirror feeling’ – it’s happens every morning to 99.9% of us (seriously – it does!)

And you say to yourself, “When did this happen? How did I miss it? I’m going to trim down and get back in shape!”

Just one problem – you have no real idea where to start…and HOW to start!

This might be the very first time you’ve tried to shed that beer belly and get healthy. Sure, things didn’t exactly go to plan last time, or any other time you’ve tried it…but you’re convinced you are going to succeed this time…this time you are making a STAND!!!

Fat looking in the mirror

So, you slam into Google, and find website after website that promises a six pack within a fortnight…without dieting, without exercise…without doing ANYTHING!!!

Bingo – let’s do this…

They don’t work, you get overwhelmed, intimidated, feel like shit and crack open a beer…

 


What You Should be Eating


Let’s not beat around the bush here – we’re all grown ups and we know why we are in this shape…and what foods we’ve eaten to get ourselves to this point! 

You are fully aware that lean protein and vegetables are good for you – you are also aware that enjoying a beer with friends is a very important part of life (we all need to let off steam occasionally!).

Choose your food thoughtfully and make sure you eat enough. If you start putting exercise in your life AND start eating small amounts – it will work against your efforts.

Your metabolism will slow down to conserve what fuel your body does have, your energy levels will dip, you will struggle to reach the results you are after.

The Fat Burning Kitchen Guide – Your 24 Hour Diet Transformation to Make Your Body a Fat-Burning Machine. Find Out More HERE!

 


Make it Easy For Yourself to Work Out


When you get home from work take a couple of minutes to lay out your workout clothes for the following morning/day/whatever time you exercise.

Have it all ready to go – water, whatever you need to exercise comfortably, and then set your alarm for the next morning (if you choose to exercise in the mornings!).

Make it Easy For Yourself to Work Out

Do all this before you start to unwind after getting home from work. This forces you to just get up and do it, and not have to take the time to find everything or make excuses for why you can’t.

 


Start Walking More!


Even if you manage to get out and run six days a week, the real key to lifelong fitness is to simply be more active – move more and eat less!

Just leave the car where it is for once – if the weather’s fine – walk (have you seen the price of petrol these days?). Try making a conscious effort to walk whenever and wherever you can.

I recommend picking up one of those fitness watches/bracelets – track yourself and see if you manage to hit 10,000 steps a day (don’t go for a FitBit – get a cheaper alternative rip-off for under $15!!!!).

 


Sleep is Also a Priority


There’s no point making plans to get healthier if you are staying up until one in the morning playing Call of Duty – long term health depends strongly on the amount of sleep you get.

Sleep is Also a Priority

On top of this – too little sleep can also impair weight loss efforts due to raised cortisol levels.

Aim for at least seven hours a night.

 


Stick to it – The 30 Day Habit


Yep – thirty days, that’s how long it will take you to create a healthy habit. And if you can stick to something for as long as that…the chances are you’ll get into a routine of making better choices naturally and without thinking about it later on.

Don’t go into it with ’30 days’ on your mind – just take it real slow and handle one day at a time. Some days you are going to ache…other days you may have picked up a cold etc…

Just aim for sticking to it for thirty days – regardless of what obsticales are put in your way.

 


The Best Way to Start Getting Healthy


Do you still have any concerns regarding the health journey you are about to take?

Have you tried to get healthy before and failed miserably?

If you have ANY questions regarding the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

 

Looking to lose that weight and improve your metabolic health? Check out our review of the Fat Diminisher System HERE

The Best Abdominal Exercises To Do At Home

The Best Abdominal Exercises To Do At Home

In this article we will be taking a look at the best abdominal exercises to do at home. Not everyone can afford a personal trainer OR a gym membership – but controlling your stomach line doesn’t have to be that costly…

Interested in a 3 week Diet and Workout Plan that can change the way you look at food? Find out more HERE


Why Belly Fat is The Last to Go?


First of all, some people are genetically set up to carry more weight around their midsection, whilst others tend to store fat around the thighs or hips.

Men are more likely to fall into the belly bulge trap and develop excess fat around the stomach. Women tend to follow suit when they get through the menopause.

It’s worth noting that if older members of your family struggle to lose weight around their midsection, genetics could condemn you to the same fate!

This just means that you will have to go that extra mile to lose belly fat – try that little bit harder.

Changing things you can control, like your food intake and how much you move also has a huge impact on weight loss.


EXERCISE SETUP NO. 1


First things first – we just had to include a workout video that starts with the mighty caption – ‘Washboard Wednesday’

I mean – how cool is that?

But it’s not the only reason behind us showcasing the video here, this is an excellent exercise setup for both men and women looking to burn on those abs.

The video course goes through the following segments:

  • Two down One Ups for 45 seconds with extinction at 45 seconds
  • Figure 8’s for 60 seconds with extinction at 60 seconds
  • 21 Crunch for 12 reps with extinction at 12 reps
  • REST 30 SECONDS AND CONTINUE
  • Scissor V Ups for 45 seconds with extinction at 45 seconds
  • Hip Touch Planks x 15 each side with extinction at 15 each side
  • Russian V Tuck Twists x 16 reps each side with extinction at 8 reps

This home ab workout system follows the A-X six pack progression. This takes you through all of your home ab exercises in a specific sequence. You want to perform your lower ab exercises when you feel in top notch with your energy and strength (when you are at your freshest exercise point) because these exercises are very challenging.

The instructions in the video are setup to be used around 5-6 times per week for optimal results. It’s also a good idea to make sure your nutrition habits are in check before you take this video on!


EXERCISE SETUP NO. 2


We decided to include two exercise setups in this post because the first offering wasn’t totally ‘female-friendly’ in our book! Sure, it’s aimed at both men and women, but sometimes tutorials taken by the same sex athletes work best.

This particular exercise plan comes from YouTube’s holistic health princess Sarah (from the channel Sarah’s Day).


Why Belly Fat is Hard to Lose


Yeah, you’re not imagining things…and you’re certainly not the only one out there!

Belly fat is, and always will be, harder to lose than fat in other areas of your body.

Remember that exercise alone will sometimes fail, even if you go at it like a maniac!!!!

Why?

Well a lot of people put up barriers without even realizing it – alcohol consumption, eating too many processed foods, eating the wrong fats, stress, not getting enough sleep….

The list goes on and on – and all of these factors can effect your weight loss efforts!

If you have any questions regarding the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Fat Burning Kitchen Guide – Your 24 Hour Diet Transformation to Make Your Body a Fat-Burning Machine. Find Out More HERE!

The Dangers of MLM – Health Products

The Dangers of MLM - Health Products

This is probably one of the most important articles we have published to this site since it’s launch…and we really should have got around to it much, much sooner!

Most of you have probably already noticed that we promote a handful of select health products on this site, here is one example.

Now, we only promote well known products that have been tested by ourselves or our writers – we are able to stand behind these options without any sort of worries.

Why?

Well, these products are stand alone products, designed to provide a solution to your health problems, with money back guarantees included.

They ARE NOT MLM PRODUCTS!

In this article we will be taking a look at the dangers of MLM setups – a marketing industry that seems intent on taking over the health niche…with overpriced and frequently ineffective products.

If you have ANY sort of interest in diving into the health MLM setup – READ THIS ARTICLE FIRST!


Why MLM is BAD News…


Okay, before we go any further, we should really look deeper into the subject of MLM

What is MLM?

When you join a MLM opportunity you are signing up with a company to become their independent distributor.

As a distributor, you don’t just make money selling the product itself, but also from signing other people up who also sign other people up…and you make commissions on this ‘downline’.

As you can already see – we have moved away from the actual health product and are now concentrating on roping new distributors in (building a downline!).

Below is one of my favorite videos on the subject of MLM setups. Not all of you may be fans of John Oliver from HBO, but in this case, on this subject…he hits the nail right on the head…

 

What is The Difference Between MLM and a Pyramid Scheme?


Nothing at all!!!

There, I said it.

Hundreds of thousands of MLM ‘distributors’ will try their hardest to tell you otherwise…but they are only desperately trying to cover their own asses!

In most cases, a large majority of these distributors are already in over their head and are clinging onto their bank account overdrafts as we speak – they NEED you to sign up underneath them!

The compensation plans, and EVERY MLM SETUP is shaped like a pyramid, like so…

What is The Difference Between MLM and a Pyramid Scheme?

Seriously guys – what does that chart shape look like to you?

A pyramid.

Yet this is the shape of every working MLM setup…and they still try to convince you it is not a pyramid scheme!

MLM companies may sell products such as dietary supplements and health options – BUT their main source of income comes from mass recruitment.

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Multi Level Marketing Business Plan Template


So you have an interest in the subject of health and wellness – cool, so do I!!!!!

What’s the next step?

Try and make some money off this interest?

Yeah, why not, you have a good knowledge and it would be great to work around a subject you enjoy, right?

Unfortunately a simple Google search into ‘start a online health business’ will bring up a tidal wave of opportunities that are not right for you.

Oh, they’ll say they’re right for you – but they’re not.

These opportunities will be MLM based – they near enough taken over certain sectors of the health niche.

If you take up one of these ‘business opportunities’ you won’t ever own a business.

Multi Level Marketing Business Plan Template

Most people who fall into this trap have been persuaded by promises of passive income from very little work, speedboats and large mansions…

You get the picture, right?

Many MLM participants regard themselves as running their own business. However, this isn’t really true because to run your business you need some degree of control over the following:

  1. You need to be able to choose what products your business sells
  2. You need the chance to haggle or negotiate prices and shipments with your CHOSEN suppliers
  3. You need to be able to set the price on each of your products
  4. The marketing side of your business needs to be run by YOU and YOU ALONE!

MLM distributors who love to call themselves small business owners are full of the brown stuff – they don’t have any control over the four points I have covered above.


Becoming a Hustler


Starting a Health Business

This is the saddest part of choosing a health and wellness MLM setup – people won’t like you.

I know that sounds a bit strong, but it really is true.

How popular are hustlers? Do like like being badgered into buying something whenever you speak to certain individuals?

No, neither do I.

But that’s what you become when you take on health products from the MLM sector – a hustler.

A desperate individual who NEEDS to flog more products or rope more people in…just to make their initial investment back…or just to get out with their head above water.

Did you know that over 99% of MLM distributors make a loss and less than 1% make the lifestyle changing money they all advertise with?

Now that’s shocking!!!


Starting a Health Business


EVERY multi level marketing (MLM) opportunity will require some sort of payment for you to join – period.

But why are you paying for the opportunity to work…when you can get started for FREE?

Seriously, you can build your very own business in the health and wellness niche, for FREE!

If you are interested in learning how to succeed in this business without having to use your credit card – you may want to check out the education these guys offer here.


If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

Stay Fit and Live Well – Great Video Channel

Stay Fit and Live Well - Great Video Channel

I thought we’d mix things up a little bit today and take a step away from the more ‘traditional’ posts I put up on here.

I was actually in two minds whether or not to post this article to the Video Section of the site, but I felt the whole channel (we will be covering) needed a mention in a short article…

The Fat Burning Kitchen Guide – Your 24 Hour Diet Transformation to Make Your Body a Fat-Burning Machine. Find Out More HERE!


Carly Rowena


Carly Rowena is a Personal Trainer and Fitness blogger from the UK (I’m not biased – honest!) and her channel was brought to my attention by a very informative article titled 15 OF THE BEST HEALTH & WELLNESS YOUTUBE CHANNELS.

I should start by saying that ALL of the channels covered in the linked article were quality, but Carly’s stood out the tallest (from my point of view!).

Below is an example of one of the video releases she posts to her channel:

She describes herself as “the girl next door who never wants to have to turn down a meal just to stay in shape, I’m all about independence and finding a healthy and happy way to feel incredible in our own skin”.

I think that this is the most important factor for me – she’s incredibly easy to relate to and her videos don’t really make you feel like a health failure!

On her website she goes on to happily admit that she struggled to find a career that fit around her all through her life, and finally took to YouTube in the hope that it would point her in the direction of her talents.

Well her view count and her subscriber list suggest that she really has finally managed to pinpoint a career she rocks in!

As I said, this post/article is a step away from the norm today, but if you are interested in finding a new YouTube channel that offers simple and effective advice on how to stay fit and live well – this channel is definitely worth checking out.

Here is the link – https://www.youtube.com/user/Carlyrowena

I’ll end by pointing out that these channels need comments/support to grow even bigger – so please don’t leave any comments underneath this article (for once!). If you enjoy Carly Rowena’s videos let her know by voicing your opinions below her uploads or even subscribing.

I hope you enjoy the channel as much as I did!

Stay Healthy! 🙂

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Why is Being Fat Bad For You?

Why is Being Fat Bad For You?

A high percentage of the population is going to spend most of it’s life locked in a battle between their body weight and their ideal weight – I completely understand this!

I’m not overweight – I’m a dedicated country runner, but I STILL manage to worry about my weight constantly.

But, it’s not just ‘the look’ that worries me – it’s the health issues….I’m now 42 and this health lark is beginning to get louder by the day!

So why is being fat bad for you?

Is being overweight actually as bad as many experts claim?

Let’s take a closer look…

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Health Risks of Being Overweight


Health Risks of Being Overweight

Okay, let’s start with the health risks as most of us see them – the health risks most of us are TOLD about (and believe without questioning).

Numerous articles online will inform you that being overweight will lead to the following health problems:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease and strokes
  • Various types of cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Pregnancy problems, such as high blood sugar during pregnancy, high blood pressure, and increased risk for cesarean delivery (C-section)

Now I’m certainly not going to argue with the list above – there is a lot of medical proof out there to back this information up, and even the most ignorant and arrogant of us will have to agree with them.

But what is the real truth behind being overweight? What are the most damaging aspects of being fat in this day and age?


The Real (Modern Day) Dangers of Being Overweight


The Real (Modern Day) Dangers of Being Overweight

I’m going to throw this one out there because I’ve recently gone through several excellent articles that cover the REAL reason people are scared of getting fat. I should also point out that I am certainly not a medical professional (as you ALL should know by now), and this is just my opinion on the subject.

So, we’ve got diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers etc, etc – these suggestions are enough to keep anyone up at night, right?

But it seems like the biggest issue facing overweight people is not their weight, but social stigma.

It doesn’t matter where in the world you are based – we all seem to carry some sort of cultural disdain for people that appear to be overweight.

Recent studies have sort of ‘gone undercover’ to highlight this rather worrying fact, and they started off in the workplace.

Did you know that overweight people are less likely to be hired than traditionally attractive applicants?

overweight people are less likely to be hired

It’s certainly a little worrying…but you can see some sort of twisted logic behind the employer’s thoughts!

On top of this, studies also show that overweight people are a lot more likely to face some form of discrimination in the workplace, even if they manage land the job in the first place!!!

Obesitiy

The very same report also highlighted the fact that a large percentage of doctors and nurses discriminate against the overweight – the very people that are put in place to help you with your health in the first place.

This modern day stigma (if it is to be considered modern!) also effects the chances of overweight people actually doing something to improve their weight issues – fat stigma is considered an obstacle for overweight people who want to join a gym and work out.

They are petrified about signing up for a membership only to be stared at and ridiculed when they walk into the training area.


Why is Being Fat Bad For You?


At the end of the day, is it more important to pay attention to one’s health habits than one’s weight?

How often do you take part in some form of cardio?

Do you enjoy a few walks throughout the process of the week?

Does your job entail sitting behind a computer screen all day long?

Do you eat well?

These questions are always going to be more important than numbers on a scale.

Nutrition and physical activity have a far more direct effect on health – and probably always will.

If you have any  thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Old School New Body program offers unique and effective solutions to lose weight and prevent aging. Find out more HERE

Most Fad Diets Fail Because…

Most Fad Diets Fail Because...

They’ve been around for decades now, well, they’ve probably been around since the human race started munching on the wrong types of food – the (dreaded) fad diet!

I’m not being sexist here, but the female side of the race seem to fall for them more frequently. Get a bikini body within a month, fit into those jeans before that party Friday night, lose that belly flab within 7 days…the list of promises goes on and on…

But why do these sorts of diets seem to fail so miserably, time after time?

They are carefully designed and most of the time they have good science behind them!

Let’s take a closer look at why most fad diets fail…


Most Are Not Sustainable


The promise of a lot of these fad diets seems to drive overweight individuals to do just about anything. Live on cabbage for a fortnight, drink gallons of lemon water (and end up with a terrible stomach for the duration), cut out everything except breathing, consume masses of Red Bull…and in some cases – grab yourself a nice smoking habit!

To be honest, in most cases, these diets do work…but KEEPING the weight off long term is near enough impossible! Cravings will always kick in, and there’s your general overall health levels to consider.

Long story short – in most cases these types of diets are not sustainable.


Most of Them Are Not Exactly ‘Great’ For Your Health


Unfortunately there are no real ‘short cuts’ when it comes to losing weight successfully. At the end of the day – a quick fix is going to be detrimental to your health.

A large majority of the poorer fad diets involve starving yourself of foods you really need. Sure, a lot of them promote sticking to a healthy option, but you are going to need more nourishment than that!

Sitting about eating melon and salads for a month is only going to slow down your metabolism, and make you lose essential body fluids, like water.

This may well make you feel like a million bucks – all of a sudden you look like you’ve lost a stone!!!!

But the majority of this weight is made up of water…and it will return.

losing weight successfully


Bright Shiny Objects


A lot of these modern fad diets are what I call ‘bright shiny objects’ – they are designed to say all the right things and press the right buttons within overweight individuals!

Think about this question for a minute – how long did it take you to put on all this weight you want to lose?

Six months?

A year?

Two Years???

If it took this long to put that sort of weight on – why will it drop off so quickly when you start a diet?

It won’t!

Remember –  if it appears to be too good to be true, it probably is. Putting on weight is a LOT easier than dropping the same amount of weight!


If Your Lifestyle Doesn’t Change – Neither Will Your Weight!


The modern diets that we promote on this site all have one thing in common – they concentrate on changing an individual’s lifestyle to get weight loss results.

Overweight individuals have usually adopted pretty bad eating habits along the line somewhere – these need to change if that person is to lose weight and keep it off!

The negative lifestyle changes most of us pick up are key to the weight we gain, especially when we reach the dreaded 40!

To lose weight successfully you are going to have to change your lifestyle and stick to this change. Any diet that promises weight loss without lifestyle change is essentially robbing you of your money!

change your lifestyle for successful dieting


What About Cardio?


The most worrying aspect about a lot of these fad diets is the fact that they completely ignore any sort of exercise regime. Losing weight and a decent workout go hand in hand – period.

To be honest with you – running seems to be the only weight loss answer that works for me, always has been! It’s cheap, easy enough to get into and the results are tremendous.

Exercise is a great way to strengthen muscles and create a sweat, which in turn, rids our bodies of all those nasty toxins from shitty foods!


The Psychology Links


When you’ve had a bad day at work and the whole world seems against you, depression and stress step in. Now, going home to a boiled chicken salad ain’t gonna do this emotional turmoil any good!

When we are suitably pissed off we crave foods that are maybe a bit fattier – a nice burger and fries or a pizza etc.

Chomping down on rabbit food is only going to make you more depressed, so, fad diets actually make our cravings for junk food a lot stronger than they normally would be!


Most Fad Diets Fail Because…


…Of all the points we’ve covered above…but what are your experiences with these types of diets?

Over to you – if you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today we would love to hear from you. Please consider leaving them in the comment section below.

What is The Healthiest Alcohol to Drink on a Diet?

What is The Healthiest Alcohol to Drink on a Diet?

I’d say this is the first question on most people’s lips when they eventually decide to take on a diet – what is the healthiest alcohol to drink on a diet?

And rightly so really – a large percentage of the western world rely on a drink or two when the working day ends…it’s tough out there!

But, that lovely warm buzz that alcohol gives you comes with a big downer for those of us trying to lose weight – unfortunately, alcohol leads to calories (and in most cases – lots of them!).

You see, the more you drink, the less weight you are going to drop, as the body burns the alcohol before anything else.

But all is not lost…if like me…you enjoy the sins of alcohol.

There is a very big difference in how diet-dangerous most alcoholic drinks are – this means there are options that could fit in with a diet (but there are also options that are disastrous for a diet).

Let’s take a closer look at your options…

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What About Wine?


My personal favorite…since I’ve turned 40 anyway!

Did you know that even the strictest of low carb diets will stay on track with the odd glass of wine here and there (the mad low carb diets that have a cap of about 20 grams of carbs a day!).

If you take on a more moderate approach to low carb dieting, wine is not going to be a problem at all…as long as you’re not drinking two bottles a night (caught you!) 🙂

But, please keep in mind that this only applies to dry wine options – sweeter wines (and dessert wine in particular) are loaded up sugar and therefore no good for a dieting individual.


Don’t Avoid Eating For The Sake of Drinking


Okay, okay, I’ll admit it – I used to be totally guilty of this, because I was blissfully unaware of how it affected the weight loss process…

So, we fancy a few drinks tonight with the boys…but what about all those extra calories?

Surely this influx of extra calories is going to ruin our diet efforts?

So why don’t we just skip eating tonight and cut our calorie count down this way – now we’ve got room for alcoholic calories right???

Wrong!

Skipping food when you are drinking will more often than not backfire on you completely, leaving your diet in complete tatters.

You see, most alcoholic drinks are high in carbohydrates which cause your blood sugar to rise and spike in style…and then crash right down again. This mad crash leaves us absolutely ravenous.

So, before you go out with the lads (or the gals!), make sure you load up on long-lasting energy foods like protein shakes, Greek yogurt or a selection of berries.


You Have to Limit The Drinks…I’m afraid!


Yeah this is the part of the article you really didn’t want to read, and I feel gutted just having to write it!

Most people are under the impression that if they stay away from alcohol all week long, they can go wild on a Friday or Saturday night and still stay on track with their diet…which is not the case I’m afraid!

Staying off the juice all week then going wild on the weekend is probably the worst thing you can do for your diet.

When you drink a truckload in a single night you are taking in huge amounts of alcohol calories. Your body then needs to break down these calories to process them before it even gets to the food calories OR the stored fat in your system!

On top of this – don’t forget that these calories will smash your blood sugar levels off course, and this will in turn, mess with your ‘sensible’ mindset.

All of a sudden you will be a ‘Hungry Harry’ who is not thinking straight due to the alcohol – time for a twelve inch pizza right?


The Following Day…


Even if you stick to drinking dry wines all night, you can still completely ruin your diet by folding to the cravings that come your way the following day.

When you drink too much you get a hangover…and that hangover leads to cravings for large amounts of cheesy, greasy fast food.

With a hangover, you are dehydrated, and this can make you feel more hungrier than normal.

The day after drinking, your body needs to replenish it’s energy sources to deal with the hangover feelings. In most cases, this means it is looking for the richest source of energy it can find, which is fat.

Research shows that you can get around this heavy hangover feeling by simply including a few large glasses of water in your nightly exploits. Simply drink a glass of water after every glass of wine you drink.

Last thing at night, when the alcohol consumption is over, drink some more water before bed and try to slip in a snack that is high in fiber and protein.

Oh, and don’t forget to have a wee before you hit the hay (wine and water = waking up in the early hours and running to the toilet!).


What is The Healthiest Alcohol to Drink on a Diet?


So there you have it guys – it’s not all good news…but it’s not as bad as you thought…right?

What are your views on drinking and dieting? How do you get around this potential calorie booster? Please leave your opinions in the comment section below.

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Increased Water Intake For Weight Loss

Increased Water Intake For Weight Loss

People always look for the easiest way to take on their expanding waistline, and to be honest with you, I’m no different at the end of the day!

I like running…but I also hate it at the same time.

I love seeing the weight slip off my bones when I’m exercising…but some mornings I really can’t be arsed to get out of bed and get my body moving!

Sometimes exercise is not even an option for some people – what then?

Well, today we are going to look at increased water intake for weight loss – does this form of weight loss work and if so…why aren’t more people trying it out???

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Why is Drinking Water Good For Weight Loss?

When all is said and done – ‘calories in versus calories out’ is still a VERY real thing when it comes to weight loss (so please don’t think this article is going to be the ‘magic bullet’ for your dieting problems!).

But, how much water you drink plays a huge role in determining what side of that equation you come out on.

Why is this?

Let’s take a closer look…


#1 REAL POWER FOR YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE


REAL POWER FOR YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE

Working out when you are dehydrated is a waste of everyone’s time…well…a waste of your time (more specifically!).

Your workout/exercise will be half-cooked from the off and your fat loss will suffer as a result.

It’s worth noting that you never really feel that thirsty until your body gets rid of about 2% of it’s water content – unfortunately this is the usually the exact same point where your energy for working out takes a fall.

Therefore it is recommended that you drink at least 16 ounces of water before you go for a run, hit the gym, swim, whatever!

On top of this you should be looking at another eight ounces of water every half hour during your sweat session.

It is possible to check that you are getting enough water for your workout by simply weighing yourself before (and then after) your chosen exercise.

If your ‘after exercise weigh’ is 2% (or more) less than your ‘before exercise weigh’ – you ain’t drinking enough to handle the exercise routine!


#2 A GREAT BOOST FOR YOUR METABOLISM


A GREAT BOOST FOR YOUR METABOLISM

Every time you consume food or have a drink, your body needs to work to process it – in a nutshell – it has to burn calories.

This process is known by the term ‘diet-induced thermogenesis‘ – a bit of a mouthful really!

Research points to the fact that increasing your water intake by 1.5 liters every day could increase your daily caloric burn by about 200 calories.


#3 ARE YOU REALLY THAT HUNGRY?


ARE YOU REALLY THAT HUNGRY?

I’m pretty sure that 99% of you reading this article have already come across the claim that water can fill you up, killing off hunger pangs in the process.

Well that never really worked for me – water can control your hunger in a much more efficient way anyhow…

Water has a rather unique way of finding out exactly how hungry you are – it pinpoints your REAL hunger level.

Did you know that a majority of the feelings we get when we’re hungry also raise their head when we are really thirsty?

That empty feeling of a gurgling stomach, low energy levels, and even light-headedness can be linked directly to a lack of water intake.

So when you feel hungry, you can simply drink approximately 16 ounces of water to see what effect it has. Are you still hungry or do you feel a little more satisfied in the hunger department?


#4 WATER GIVES YOU EXTRA ENERGY


WATER GIVES YOU EXTRA ENERGY

When you have energy coursing through your veins your workout will always be a good one – you are going to absolutely smash it!

Not only that, energy actually helps you get your ass in gear and get up from that sofa in the first place!

Water makes up nearly 70 percent of the human body and keeps your cells firing. This means that it supplies your aching muscles with oxygen and nutrients and also manages to keep your brain focused.

Remember – a focused brain is essential for a successful weight loss regime!


#5 WATER KEEPS THE ‘NASTY’ DRINKS AT BAY


WATER KEEPS THE 'NASTY' DRINKS AT BAY

This is the real ‘biggie’ for me and my weight loss efforts – water manages to replace all of those nasty drinks that pile empty calories into your body.

Time and time again I hear people state that “Oh but water is so boring – I couldn’t drink it all day long…”

Absolute rubbish – you just need the willpower to get used to it (like anything new in life).

It’s a known fact that drinking more water will actually get rid of those ‘soda thoughts’, and eventually put you off the idea of going for that tin of Coke.


Increased Water Intake For Weight Loss

Now it’s over to you – what are your thoughts on increased water intake for weight loss?

We would love to hear your experiences with this form of weight loss in the comment section below.

Stay Healthy! 🙂

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