Lose Weight Mountain Biking – Does it Work?

Lose Weight Mountain Biking - Does it Work?

I decided to write this article on whether or not you can lose weight mountain biking because of a radical change in my exercise and fitness life. Regulars to this website will know that I’m a dedicated distance runner…but all of that has changed over recent months!

I LOVE running and I love the effect it has on my overall weight – I feel good with it and I look good with it!

Unfortunately, the last decade of (rather hard) running has resulted in me seeing a lot of new injuries pop up in the leg and feet areas. Could this be something to do with the fact that I’m now in my early 40’s?

Maybe, but all I know is that I’m sick to death of the pain I’m causing myself through road running.

My most recent injury was an especially painful one, that lasted just over a month – something called metatarsalgia (and MAN did it hurt!).

The initial injury was bad enough…but as soon as I got rid of it…it returned…TWICE!

Anyway, all this pain pushed me down the road to change – I needed to put another form of cardio into my life, and the only one I liked the sound of was mountain biking.

So, is this form of exercise really any good for tackling that flab?

Can you lose weight with a mountain bike?

Let’s take a closer look…

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First Things First…


Okay, before we go any further – I really should throw a little warning out there!

In the past, I’ve considered myself a strong, strong runner. At one point – I was running over 8 miles every morning.

Now, I don’t know what it is about converting your cardio to a bike, but something’s not quite right!

bicycle riding weight loss

I’ve come to the conclusion that you are concentrating on different leg muscles with both – you’ll get a sudden shock when you get on a bike (where has all my energy gone?).

Seriously – it doesn’t matter how fit you think you are, or how far you run every day – if you haven’t been on a bike for a while – you are going to pay (well, over the first few days anyway!).

 


Biking For Weight Loss


Okay – after reading the paragraph above, this first step should come as no surprise to you…

Start off moderately.

Your aim is to get at least 100 minutes of riding under your belt in the first seven days, but ONLY at a pace you feel is comfortable.

Biking For Weight Loss

Gradually increase the length of your bike rides and aim for 150 minutes of bike riding a week…but if you feel you can go an extra 50 minutes or so…go for it!

As with all cardio – more is better.

Up until this point – I would stick to country/rural roads. Once you have got up to the 150 minute mark, then it’s time to challenge yourself a little further.

Choose more challenging, less developed trails and include more hills in your workouts. This may slow down your cycling, but it will increase the intensity of your workout.

Boosting the intensity like this, will eat into the calories faster.

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Biking Weight Loss Results


As a general guideline, know that a 190-pound person will burn about 649 calories in an hour of mountain biking, while a 133-pound individual will burn about 433 calories.

Now, most people reading this are going to think that mountain biking for weight loss is a magic bullet – just get on the bike and watch the weight fall off. Never the case, I’m afraid.

If you go out for a two hour ride, get a load of miles under your belt, then return to demolish a kebab and four pints of beer – you have just killed your exercise efforts!

Biking Weight Loss Results

Cardio must go hand in hand with a relatively healthy diet. You don’t have to hit up a Weight Watchers program, but you do need to eat slightly more sensibly than before.

Three decent meals a day is fine – but don’t graze, and stay away from fizzy drinks and ‘snack’ food.

 


Lose Weight Mountain Biking


Now it’s over to you – what are your experiences with trying to lose weight through mountain biking?

Do you have any tips you feel would benefit the readers of this article?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

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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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.

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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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The Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid For Weight Loss

The Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid For Weight Loss

Americans have struggled with the scourge of obesity since the 80’s, when the USA literally gave up on healthy eating and turned to high-calorie fast foods.

The problems of obesity as a severe health condition have led to numerous studies aimed at discovering safe methods of dealing with obesity and overweight people in general.

A few of these studies have revealed interesting results showing the benefits of alpha lipoic acid for weight loss and overall wellness.

However, one thing about the results obtained in all the studies involving alpha lipoic acid (ALA or a-lipoic acid) as a weight loss supplement is that they have been inconclusive; despite the seemingly positive outcomes.

Professionals in this area of study agree that more research and controlled clinical experiments (on human subjects) are required to guarantee best (and consistent) results.

They’re also quick to add that this remedy may not have similar effects on everyone. This may probably be due to the uniqueness of our genetic make-up and response to different stimuli.

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What is Alpha Lipoic Acid?

Alpha-lipoic acid is a critical coenzyme needed for mitochondrial energy production, but primarily known for its function as a strong antioxidant.

Numerous independent surveys have revealed impressive unique properties of a-lipoic acid that make it a potent supplement in the treatment and management of migraines, blood pressure, weight loss, bone health, glaucoma, stroke, diabetes (type 2), damaged nerves (neuropathy) or dementia, relieving oxidative stress, and kidney complications among others.

What is Alpha Lipoic Acid?

Please Note: Alpha occurs naturally in animals and it is a vital co-factor in numerous key homeostatic functions.

Our primary focus is however on the benefits of ALA for weight loss. So, how does this connection between a-lipoic acid and weight loss really work? What is the science behind it?


Benefits of ALA for Weight Loss

According to several research findings, a-lipoic acid has been used successfully as a weight loss supplement; two of these studies particularly stand out.

One study conducted in 2015 and published in the Obesity Society Journal used a control group (placebo) and an intervention group that received doses of ALA and EPA (omega-3 fatty acid) in varied combinations for 10 weeks.

The results gathered from all 97 trial participants (obese/overweight women) who completed the exercise (parallel, short-term randomized double blind placebo-controlled trial) showed that although both groups lost weight due to the adjusted dietary and lifestyle changes, the ALA group, after receiving a daily dose of 300mg of ALA, lost 4 pounds (on average) more than the control group (an average loss of 15.4 and 11.4 pounds respectively).

A cohort study carried out by a Korean team in 2011 and published in the AJM (American Journal of Medicine) also reported a positive correlation between a-lipoic acid supplementation and notable acceleration of weight loss in both men and women.

A total of 360 overweight participants divided into 3 groups completed this experiment.

Two groups received a-lipoic acid in doses of 1800mg and 1200mg respectively (administered in spread-out small doses of 400-600mg before meals), and lastly there was the control group.

Benefits of ALA for Weight Loss

At the end of the double blinded 20-week trial, it was discovered that the placebo group had lost an average of 2 lbs, the 1200mg ALA group had lost 4 pounds on average, and the 1800mg group had lost an average of 6 pounds.

It is however important to note that only about 50 percent of the total weight loss was attributed to reduced fat mass.

Another 4-month study conducted on 1127 obese subjects by an Italian team of researchers in 2010 (and published in Current Pharmaceutical Design), also revealed that pre-obese and obese teenagers were able to lose between 8% and 9% of their total body weight after taking a daily ALA dose of 800mg for the duration of the trial.

This translated to an average loss of 15 pounds!

So, how does alpha lipoic acid fit into the “weight loss magic potion” equation?

How does it actually help you lose weight?

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ALA Science Explained

Modern science has attempted (and to some extent managed) to hypothesize (with near accuracy) the different ways that ALA helps in body fat reduction. The two most popular theories include;

#1 – Appetite suppression: Less calorie intake (having less hunger pangs and eating less food) logically means fewer opportunities for fat build up and eventual weight loss. ALA is known to act on the hypothalamus (part of the brain) to suppress feelings of hunger.

#2 – Increased Energy: By playing a major role in the increment of mitochondrial energy production function, obese people using ALA have more energy to move round and probably exercise a little to burn calories and body fat. The energy production process (which also sets your basal metabolic rate) is definitely expected to produce some heat which can theoretically help burn fat deposits directly while at rest.

More studies citing the key role played by a-lipoic acid in insulin suppression also show the significance of using ALA for weight loss.

Regardless of these encouraging results, it is imperative that you note this one simple fact: Alpha lipoic acid is not sufficiently effective on weight loss on its own…lifestyle and dietary changes that include a few exercise programs are still necessary for more desirable results.


Key ALA Facts to Consider

Although there are no known adverse effects of prolonged ALA use, a few people have reported side effects such as gastrointestinal pain, vomiting, itching or skin irritations, and nausea among other minor conditions.

It is therefore advised that you talk to your physician or health professional before starting on any dietary supplementation or medication regimens.

There are clearly numerous benefits of alpha lipoic acid for weight loss, but as research continues to remind us, these positive results may not be for everyone.

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How to Lose Weight in The Office

Sitting in front of a computer in a stuffy office can wreak absolute havoc on the health of your body – but we all have to earn money somehow, right?

Did you know that if you work a desk job, recent research reveals that you are more likely to be overweight, have metabolic syndrome and even have higher risks for cardiovascular disease.

I’m guessing that this is NOT good news for at least 99% of you that have landed on this article, right?

But it’s not all doom and gloom – if you make a conscious effort to implement a few subtle changes in your office lifestyle you could actually lose a bit of weight (that’s right – I said LOSE a bit of weight!).

Let’s take a closer look at how to lose weight in the office…

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1) What Are You Drinking?

Hands up how many of you opt to drink water throughout the working office day?

(silence!)

That’s what I thought – why drink water when you are pissed off sitting in front of a glaring PC screen?

Coke, Fanta, mochas, lattes, Red Bull…the list goes on and on!

If you are drinking anything other than water when you are sitting down you are in trouble!

What Are You Drinking?

Having these drinks next to your keyboard all day will not only increase your calorie intake, but will contribute to poor teeth and gum health.

Also, the sugar content of these drinks will really mess with your overall work performance. Did you know that high sugar intake can easily cause your energy levels to peak and then fall?

These types of energy ‘jumps and falls’ can seriously effect your work productivity overall (don’t tell your boss!)


2) We All Stand For Something…

Okay, okay, I know a lot of the day is spent sitting in front of a computer with an office job…but there are chances to stand and work every now and again.

When you stand you are burning more calories up, increasing blood flow and your overall energy levels, giving yourself a corrective posture AND speeding up metabolism.


3) Homemade Snacks Vs. Vending Options

Vending machines are not your friend when it comes to matters of health – they never will be really!

Whatever you find inside these vending machines is bound to be pumped up with extra levels of sugar and sodium – these snacks need to be tasty after all!

These sorts of snacks WILL actually take away the feelings of hunger…but NOT FOR LONG!

Homemade Snacks Vs. Vending Options

You are looking for snacks that will provide energy or nutrition with a balance of nutrients like protein, complex carbohydrates and good fats…

With this in mind – make your own snacks at home and take them to work in an airtight container (this actually saves a lot of money as well!).


4) A Lunchtime Walk Maybe?

As we all (should) know by now – aerobic exercise is pretty awesome when it comes to taking on your body’s fatty deposits. It’s also good for keeping weight off in the first place!

Ideally you should aim for 30 to 60 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise a day – a brisk walk at lunchtime can get you a lot closer to this target.

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5) Are You Stressed?

I work full time in front of a computer but I’m self employed – I don’t often feel the pressures of stress within the office environment (because I’m in charge!).

It doesn’t really matter if you absolutely LOVE your job – some days you are going to feel completely stressed out!

Are You Stressed?

Reducing stress can help you lose weight, according to research from the University of Kentucky.

When you are stressed you tend to get the impulse to overeat – it’s a way of reacting to emotional upheaval (emotional eating habits).


6) Do You Commute?

So the car is usually the easiest way to get to and from work – especially if you have trouble hearing the alarm clock every morning!

By simply ditching the car and walking, riding or even taking public transport, you are doubling your chances of reaching your weight loss goals.

If you have to drive due to location then simply find an area away from work where you can park for the day. Give yourself a little distance to cover to and from work.

Remember – even the people that opt to take public transport will see some sort of results. You will always have to walk to the closest bus or tube/subway stop.


Exercises to do at Your Work Desk

We thought we would include a bonus section to the article covering a couple of exercises to do at your work desk. Spend 30 seconds on each of the following moves, and try to fit in the workout several times a day…

The Chair Dip Exercise


The Desk Pushup


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If I Lose Weight Will My Cellulite Go Away?

If I Lose Weight Will My Cellulite Go Away?

When the dreaded mirror first decides to highlight the bumps and lumps that indicate cellulite it can be a complete confidence destroyer.

The first, and most understandable action, is to cover up your thighs – no matter what the occasion calls for. But this becomes pretty tricky in the summer months…

At the end of the day it’s going to come out at some point – there is only so long you can keep cellulite hidden (no matter how hard you try!).

So, am I stuck with bumpy, lumpy thighs for the rest of my life, if I lose weight will my cellulite go away? 

First let’s put your mind at rest a little and give you some hope to grasp onto – yes cellulite can go away.

But unfortunately, it’s not exactly an easy task…

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What is Cellulite Caused by?

Cellulite targets both men and woman and there are millions upon millions of effected individuals around the world.

Some people will actually find themselves genetically predisposed to cellulite whilst others will develop it through excess fat below their skin.

What is Cellulite Caused by?

Choice of lifestyle seems to be the main culprit behind the appearance of cellulite. If you are a ‘sudden sufferer’ you may want to check out your exercise and eating routines.

Remember, excess fat through poor eating or lack of exercise can be behind the cause of cellulite.


Does Cellulite go Away When You Lose Weight?

Tackling the excess fat your body is holding is a great way to handle the appearance of cellulite. When the excess fat is given the boot your skin will be allowed to pull itself back in and drastically reduce that horrible dimpling effect.

Yeah I know, I know – losing weight is a lot harder than it sounds but it certainly is possible…for EVERYONE! (just read some of the articles we have here on the subject for starters!).

Once you have cleaned up your diet you will be super-surprised at how fast you can trim down your overall weight.

Here is a basic three-pronged attack on weight loss for newbies (don’t worry – it’s Layman’s Terms!):

  1. Remove sugar from your diet
  2. Minimize the amount of carbohydrates in your diet
  3. Avoid buying processed foods

See – you’ve probably heard all three of those pointers before right?

Well that’s for a reason…

Weight loss only becomes difficult if you MAKE it difficult!

To be honest with you, if you manage to just stick to the first point above you’ll see a huge change in your overall body shape and weight.

Most of us are completely oblivious to the amount of sugar we have in our diets – it tends to hide itself very well in modern brands.

Foods With High Amounts of Hidden Sugar


Cellulite and Exercise

If you manage to combine a clean eating lifestyle with exercise you will see a drastic reduction in cellulite. Exercise only works if you also dial in your nutrition.

A decent exercise routine will provide you with the following health benefits…

  1. You will burn large amounts of calories on a daily basis
  2. You cut into the fat deposits your body is holding onto
  3. You will build and develop muscle

The goods news is that these three benefits are excellent at cutting down your cellulite or even eliminating it completely.

What are the best exercises for cellulite reduction?

At the end of the day exercise is good for you – full stop! It doesn’t matter what exercise you finally choose as exercise in general will create muscle and cut into your body’s fat content.


Question: Will Cellulite Go Away on its Own?

Well if the answer to that question was yes…I just wasted the last couple of hours typing this article…

Of course it WILL NOT go away on it’s own!

Most regulars to this site will already know that very few health complications are easy to conquer – dedication and hard work are ALWAYS key.

Diet and exercise are not supposed to be easy – if they were most people would stick to them and there would be no obesity problems.

But, diet and exercise will help you tackle cellulite…so what are you going to do?

If you find it tough going I would always recommend taking on an accountability buddy to aid you through the process.

Use this friend/buddy to help arrange cool local walks or hikes, make some meals together or even sign up for a nearby keep fit class.

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How Much Water do You Need to Drink a Day to Lose Weight?

How Much Water do You Need to Drink a Day to Lose Weight?

Dieters are always looking for the easy option when it comes to losing weight. There has to be a simple solution that is easy to consume and will help them to shed a few extra pounds.

The answer doesn’t lie in miracle cures and weight loss pills, but rather the liquid you are taking those pills with.

All you really need is more water in your daily diet. So why is water so beneficial and how much water do you need to drink a day to lose weight?

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Why is Water so Helpful For Losing Weight?

Water does more than keep us hydrated and healthy. Drinking a glass or two of water can actively increase the body’s metabolic rate as the body works to warm up the water and process it.

Studies have shown that this can be as much as 30 percent for 30 to 40 minutes. This 30 minute window is vital for weight loss as this increased metabolic rate can lead to increase calorie burning.

Therefore, dieters are advised to drink a large amount of water before eating in order to reduce calorie intakes.

This can also be a good idea before exercise as there is a greater chance of burning more calories during that activity.

Why is Water so Helpful For Losing Weight?

It should also be noted that there are links between water consumption and appetite suppression.

This is another important benefit for dieting because it means that people that struggle with portion sizes and cravings could find themselves eating less.

This is also another good reason for drinking plenty of water before a meal.

Studies into water and weight loss have shown strong support for this approach…

A 2010 study in the water drinking habits of obese subjects showed that those that drank water before a meal were more likely to lose 4 more pounds over 12 weeks than those that didn’t.

There is also the suggestion that just 2 glasses or more a day can have a significant impact on pounds shed.

This shows that a few extra glasses of water could be the missing link between a healthy diet and more noticeable weight loss.

But drinking water is boring? Can’t I just have some diet drinks instead?

This attitude is understandable in a world where we are inundated with different brands of diet drinks.

Top drinks manufacturers are keen to create “healthy” alternative with “zero” in their names, low sugar levels or stevia instead of sweetener.

These drinks can be a nice treat now and then if you want a fizzy drink with less of the calories. However, they are no substitution for water.

The simple reason for this is that they don’t have the same properties for weight loss. In fact, studies have shown that the artificial sweeteners in these products can actually increase your appetite.

But drinking water is boring?

Water really is the best option, but there is no reason why it has to be plain, boring tap water.

Flavored water is ideal for ensuring that you keep up with your water consumption during the day. This is a simple thing to do and there is so much variety in the flavors, fruits and juices you can add.

The fashionable approach right now is to squeeze a little lemon juice in there and add a pinch of ginger. It tastes great and has additional health properties.

There is also little that is more refreshing than a pitcher of cucumber water.

Try and avoid bottled flavored water, such as brands with “a hint of” strawberry or lemon. These often contain those nasty artificial sweeteners.

So how much of these exciting new flavored water recipes should you be drinking each day?

It is clear that water is the way to go with weight loss goal. However, how much water do you need to drink a day to lose weight?

Unfortunately, there is no simple one rule where X amount of glasses will work. It can all depend on your age, the food you are eating, the medication you are taking and your general activity levels.

More importantly, it can depend on your weight.

Some work with the ration of 4 cups for every 50 pounds of weight. The best approach is to discuss the idea with a doctor and see what the ideal amount is for your personal situation.

With their guidance, plenty of willpower and a good recipe, you can use water to help you lose weight.

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Reprogram Your Mind to Lose Weight

Reprogram Your Mind to Lose Weight

I’m in no doubt that most of you reading this have a fair idea of how to lose weight – eat less and move more (as Billy Connolly once said!).

But certain things in life are easier said than done – successful weight loss is one of them.

You may have a list of things to change, such as consuming more fruit and vegetables, taking on exercise or buying low fat options.

If, like the majority of people, you have a tough time losing weight and keeping it off – despite your best intentions, what do you think could be getting in the way?

In this article we will be taking a look at how you can reprogram your mind to lose weight successfully – to change your weight, first change your mind…

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Patience

“All we need is just a little patience…” Guns n’ Roses

Sorry, love that song, so I just had to throw it in there somewhere! 🙂

Wanting too much, too fast, is the quickest route I know of to weight loss failure! It’s a sad state of affairs but…weight loss is too slow to satisfy most modern dieters.

Patience

Remember that you’ll always get the best results when you lose weight slowly. When you target fast weight loss you are only really losing water or lean tissue, not fat.

Relying on The Genie in The Lamp

Let me ask you a simple enough question – are you the type of individual that is always wishing they were slimmer or fitter?

Well, unfortunately these are the types of people that never really see any sort of positive progress with weight loss.

Wishing you were in a better place is never going to help – you have to stop wishing and do something about your situation.

Wishes will never really come true by themselves – it is up to you to fulfill them!

Half Truths Hurt!

We promote a handful of health and weight loss products on this website but we are EXTREMELY careful with what we stand behind – not all of these glittering prizes are made of gold.

Unfortunately, even weight loss programs with proven and legitimate science behind them seem unwilling to stick to the whole truth.

This can lead to you playing a VERY dangerous game.

You need to be vigilant – very vigilant.

Be aware of programs that take a little bit of truth only to try and turn it into something groundbreaking – this seems to be happening more and more frequently these days.

Being Realistic

Keeping a record of weight loss goals is an excellent way to create the correct mindset as long as these goals are realistic.

Being Realistic

Write down the overall weight you want to lose, or what size dress/clothing/etc you would like to wear.

From here it is pretty easy to set tiny weekly targets that add up to initial (realistic) weight loss goals.

Be Kind to Yourself

This is probably the most important part of this article so please, please, please pay attention.

None of us are perfect (not even me!) 🙂

You’re going to backtrack sometimes. Everyone does.

It doesn’t matter what it is – a wedding, a stag do, a last minute holiday or cruise, something is going to pop up and throw you off track.

At this point one of two things are going to happen to you…

  1. You are going to throw your hands up in the air and tell the world how worthless you are…
  2.  You are going to shrug it off and get straight back on track!

So forgive yourself for slip-ups, and then resume your good-living habits. Staying on track is NEVER easy no matter how easy your friend claims it is for him/her (yes we all have that pain in the ass friend!).

Mindset & Motivation Boosters

Always try to think about how far you have come, acknowledge that you’ve hit many little achievements up to this point and reflect on them regularly (you’re doing well – honest you are!).

Keep a journal or find some way of keeping a record – this is an awesome way to stay motivated.

There’s no escaping the written word – when you have a bad day, you can go back and look at a positive day and see what you did well – no thinking involved!

Negative thoughts are natural – everyone gets them…but it’s what we actually DO with them that counts!

STOP any negative thoughts straight away, then try making them positive – or even neutral. 🙂

If you have any tips on how to reprogram your mind to lose weight please take the time to share them with us. Feel free to use the comment section below.

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