Archive for July, 2010
More often then not, the men and women that consistently struggle with their weight are those who mistakenly focus only on the physical factors of weight loss. These individuals become consumed about what foods they should eat and which ones they should stay away from. They also tend to have an unhealthy view about exercise. They may exercise too much or avoid it altogether. Approaching weight loss in this manner is a recipe for disaster. A lifetime of yo-yo dieting and constant guilt is often the result.
While eating the right foods and exercising on a consistent basis is important, there are other, equally important components to losing weight. The overlooked factors in successful, long-term weight loss is mindset, your thoughts and attitude. Let’s take a look at how each of these is critical and can either make or break a person’s weight loss efforts.
a. The Mind: The mind is one of your most potent weapons against weight gain. Individuals that tend to stress out pretty easily or who find themselves overwhelmed by life might turn to food for comfort. They may begin to use calorie-laden carbohydrates as well as sugary, salty snacks and foods to brighten their mood and/or to relax.
The problem with this coping mechanism is that its effects are only short-lived. After the pounds begin piling on, the individual typically becomes depressed because they have gained weight, which can in turn leads to more overeating. Expert yo-yo dieters may find a way to lose the extra weight, often times by severely restricting their caloric intake, but are likely to eventually re-gain the weight.
Learning how to manage stress and find other ways to cope is extremely important to long term weight management. Exercise, a hot bath, time with friends and even counseling can be great alternatives.
b. Thoughts: What a person thinks will be crucial in their own personal battle of the bulge. Thinking positive thoughts is important even when setbacks occur. An individual needs not only think positively of themselves but must believe that they can lose the weight and keep it off. When they do, their daily decisions regarding exercise and eating properly will begin to support that contention.
c. Attitude: Attitude is everything. If a person has a negative attitude, they will likely act in ways to sabotage their own success, both consciously and subconsciously. This will result in unwanted weight gain. Losing those extra pounds will be difficult until an individual begins to improve their attitude.
A dieter’s mindset, thoughts and attitude are often the overlooked keys to lasting weight loss. While a diet low in bad fats, sugars and simple carbohydrates and high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats is an important part of losing weight, there are other factors just as crucial, perhaps even more so. When a person has the right attitude and mindset, and are constantly playing the right tape in their head (their thoughts), they are more apt to make good decisions about what they eat and whether or not they exercise on a consistent basis, both which will improve their chances of getting down to a healthy weight and then maintaining it.
What are the best nutrition dense superfoods? – Paleo Hacks.com
We hear a lot in the media about this or that being the lastest ‘superfood.’ Soy is a classic case. However, on inspection, many of these foods do not turn out to be so super after all. Case in point, someone was recently touting …
Publish Date: 07/27/2010 11:04
Unless you have sworn off television, the movies and magazines, you have probably heard of Robert Pattinson. Just in case you haven’t, he’s one the guys who currently stars in the insanely popular Twilight Franchise. If you are a fan of Pattinson and have been keeping up with the debate, then you are likely firmly ‘Team Edward’. As someone who has watched the madness from afar, I gander that all of the fuss isn’t just about Pattinson’s acting skills. He doesn’t exactly seem shy about posing without a shirt on and the fairer sex, regardless of age, seems to appreciate that fact. And I guess he shouldn’t be shy. He looks great. Recently, he shared a few of his dieting tips, which help him maintain his killer physique, with his fans.
The Robert Pattinson secret, the weight loss tactic that he swears by is actually a pretty simple one. He tries to eat only foods that are fresh. He hasn’t adopted the harried weight loss/maintenance regimen of his co-star, Taylor Lautner who eats every two hours. Instead, his approach is much more simplified. Robert works hard to only eat fresh foods delivered to him each day by a specialty food service. While this may not be in the realm of possibility for everyone, especially for those who don’t have a great deal of discretionary income to spend on such luxuries, there are ways (less expensive of course) to incorporate this principle into your own life so that weight loss becomes a bit easier.
It is important to note that Robert Pattinson has a lot in his favor as it concerns keeping his body slim and trim. First of all, he’s 24 years old for Pete’s sake, the age where the metabolism is churning on all cylinders. He also gets paid a lot of money to look good. Millions of dollars is not only terrific motivation in its own right but it can also afford Pattinson access to top trainers and the delivery of fresh, healthy food for each of his meals. This obviously makes him and his approach to dieting, the exception and not the norm. Even still, it is possible to lose weight and keep it off without resorting to the aforementioned tactics.
Learning what foods to eat and discovering what ones personal triggers are that lead to overeating or the consumption of unhealthy foods is the right place to begin. This approach needs to be coupled with enriching the mind and spirit. This formula, when applied, can work wonders. In fact, it is the exact approach that is helping thousands of men and women across the United States lose those extra pounds they previously never thought they could. It is also the approach that the MindBody FX weight loss plan espouses.
The MindBody FX program helps those looking to lose weight deal with the core issues that led initially led to their weight gain. In my book and in the program I teach a new approach which is sorely lacking in today’s commonly accepted approach to weight loss, which often leads to yo-yo dieting. Yo-yo dieting is not normal, nor is it safe. Learn how to banish such dieting tactics from your life. Instead, discover exactly why you haven’t been able to lose weight and then do things differently so that you get different results. The MindBody FX program can help you do exactly that.
eDr. Joseph Mercola: America’s Deadliest Sweetener Betrays Millions …
It’s hard to believe such a hazardous chemical would be allowed into the food supply, but it was, and it has been wreaking silent havoc with people’s health for the past 30 years.
Publish Date: 07/06/2010 6:00
Soy Milk Dangers – Beware the Health Risks
Many people think soy milk is healthy, especially when they are lactose intolerant. That’s because advertising promotes it as a healthy alternative. It.
Publish Date: 06/07/2010 10:25
Most of us, especially those who struggle with their weight or have in the past, are at least a little bit envious of those people who appear to be naturally thin. You know those people who seem to be able to eat whatever they want and still fit into their skinny jeans the next day. Well, word is, they may have a few secrets up their sleeves that those who struggle with their weight don’t. Here are a few of those secrets.
Skinny Secret #1: Skinny People Can’t Eat Whatever They Want
One major misconception about naturally skinny people is that they can eat whatever they want. This simply isn’t true. Just because a person has a turbo metabolism doesn’t mean that they can consume tons of fatty and sugary foods, as doing so can lead to all sorts of health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and hypoglycemia. It is important for everyone, regardless of their size, to follow a healthy diet, one that includes lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Skinny Secret #2: Naturally Skinny People Get Moving
Even if naturally skinny people are not in the gym for hours on end doesn’t mean that they aren’t active. There are many ways to keep physically active. Doing the laundry, shuttling the kids to and from activities, taking the stairs instead of the elevator and parking further away in the parking lot are all easy ways to incorporate extra activity into ones schedule. Of course, if you are not naturally thin, it may be necessary to take a more deliberate approach to physical activity and exercise. Walking, jogging, aerobics and swimming are all good choices.
Skinny Secret #3: Naturally Skinny People Are Optimistic
Naturally skinny people are often times optimistic. Because depression can lead to weight gain, either due to eating for comfort or the release of fat-inducing stress hormones. Learning to regulate ones mood and de-stress is extremely important. People who don’t have problems with their weight are less apt to turn to food when they are stressed, tired or sad.
Skinny Secret #4: Naturally Skinny People Often Times Wish They Had Curves
People who aren’t naturally thin often times believe that they have received the short of the stick. The truth is many thin people have always desired to have curves (women) or that they were more muscular (men). It’s completely natural to wish for something that one doesn’t have. Often times it is those who don’t have something that see the value and beauty in it. It is important that each person learns to appreciate who they are and then do their best to work with what they have.
“Let’s Move is Moving” Michelle Obama’s Aim to End Childhood …
Childhood obesity isn’t going away unless someone starts talking about it—even if it’s hard to do. So, Michelle Obama has definitely been stumping on her campaign for a healthier younger American population. As she explains, tragically, …
Publish Date: 07/19/2010 5:31
Exercise can be challenging for some people—especially those who don’t do it on a regular basis. It can appear to be a very taxing activity after a long day’s worth of stress and a tiring workload but strange as it seems, exercise is a great way to cope with it. It is only a matter of changing your mindset and attitude towards exercise.
Getting motivated can be tough so here is a few ideas that can help change your outlook on exercise.
Set a goal of what should be achieved. Observing how your lifestyle is today and comparing it to a much healthier one which includes a better balance of exercise and a good diet will surely inspire you to do more for your body. Use this inspiration to drive excitement and anticipation for a much better you. An exciting playlist on your iPod should start you off while you exercise, since music is a great mover.
Joining organizations and sports clubs will help you train regularly. Having other people with you will get you out of your slump. This help or somehow peer pressure will push your limits even when you want to start out small. And even when you’re overtaken, use it to your competitive advantage to work harder instead of just giving up.
Record your progress
Make your routine an everyday habit until you cannot do without it. Your achievements will be very fulfilling once you realize how far you’ve come. Keep a record of your progress, it will help you see how far along you’ve come, and that’s motivating!
Just for you
Getting motivated for exercise is also about learning that is it time for you to focus on YOU. Everyone deserves a chance to take care of themselves and exercise is one way to look and feel good. The stress relief, calories burned, and fun are all worth it. The benefits are available to you health-wise and appearance-wise so there should be no excuse to not do it.
Oprah, yes, that Oprah, recently sat down with the author of one of the hottest weight loss books on the market, Women Food and God. This isn’t the first time that an author has graced Winfrey’s stage and it probably won’t be the last. Because of this, it is easy to be dismissive about this latest weight loss plan Winfrey is touting and the “guru” behind it, Geneen Roth, but should we? Actually, after considering Roth’s message, she seems to be pretty dead on. The view that weight struggles are not actually about food but the emotions behind consuming it, is exactly what I talk about in my book, program and with my coaching clients. You see there are issues aside from food which contribute to weight gain and the inability to shed those extra pounds for good. I believe in taking a holistic approach to weight loss which is appropriate for men, women and overweight children and teens.
Women Food and God suggests that overeating is not necessarily about the pleasure of eating but about self-sabotage. Individuals are attempting to eat away their pain, disappointments, fears and anger instead of addressing and dealing with it head-on. Roth, the author, goes on to suggest that women must identify, process and then successfully deal with those sometimes suppressed issues before they can ever soundly and permanently win the battle of the bulge and learn to eat to live and not live to eat.
We agree, the food that we as women, put into our mouths is only partly responsible for the extra jiggle around our bellies, hips and thighs. While ultimately, it’s the calories that those foods contains which make us fat, it is the thought processes going on between our ears that motivates us to reach for those fattening, sugary, salty foods and snacks. It is oftentimes the pain that we feel (and bury) that urges us to pig out on ice cream, chips and sodas. It won’t be until we finally admit this to our self and then identify those things which are tearing us apart inside that we become strong enough and our resolve strong enough to resist those tempting, feel-good treats.
For years now I have been saying the weight loss industry is flawed, evidenced by it’s 95% failure rate. Successful weight loss plans need to address the entire person. In order to do this you need to master the connection between your mind and body as it relates to food and ultimately weight loss. Until individuals who struggle with their weight, are able to control their thoughts, deal with their emotions and learn to stop self-sabotaging, food will seem like it’s the enemy. But the truth is food is not the enemy, your mind is. Believe it or not, you can enjoy food without it becoming all-consuming and damaging to ones mind, body and psyche. Individuals interested in losing weight the right way and permanently, should ensure they find a weight loss plan that deals with the mind as well as the body. It is a holistic approach to weight loss that works and that provides permanent weight loss!
Weight loss reduces hot flashes in overweight and obese women …
A new study shows that overweight and obese women who suffer from hot flashes can reduce the severity of their hot flashes if they lose weight through diet or exercise.
Publish Date: 07/12/2010 14:51