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The Secret to Successful Weight Loss

Weight Loss ProgramThe secret to successful weight loss. . .drum roll please. . .is that there is no secret. There is no magic pill someone has been holding in a top secret vault, the owners of which have been waiting for the perfect moment to give to the masses.  Are you still holding your breath for an easy way to lose weight? There is good and bad news in that regard. It won’t be easy, but it isn’t as hard as you think either.

If you want a weight loss program that works, consider these points:

1. If you drink more water, you will naturally make your body more alkaline, which makes it easier to lose weight. Water also fills you up so you are less likely to overeat. Water makes your skin beautiful and plumps your cells. It makes ridding the body of waste easier and aids your immune system. Make drinking water part of your weight loss program.

2. Reducing your stress won’t melt calories off your frame, but it will keep your body from thinking it has to be on high-alert and store belly fat which it does when in high-stress situations (to mimic stress which our ancestors experienced when they couldn’t eat until they caught the next Woolie Mammoth). Instead of stressing out, go on a walk (and burn some calories) while also lowering the fight-or-flight response of your nervous system.

3. Any good weight loss program will address how you eat consistently and how much you move. Any good program will require that you change your eating habits and get more active. A plan that tells you otherwise is just a lie.

Weight Loss Program4. Want the ‘secret’ of losing weight and staying thin? Stop eating empty calories. It isn’t the amount of calories so much as the type of calories you put in your body. While you cannot expect to burn fat if you consume more than you eat, if you take the focus to just putting ‘good’ calories in your body, you will be too full to put the ‘bad’ ones in. Eat whole grains, plenty of fruits and vegetable, healthy unsaturated fats like those in olive oil and avocados, and legumes and nuts. If these foods make up the majority of your diet, then you will never have to count calories again.

Have you tried a weight loss program that offered a ‘secret’ that was more like a big fat lie? Share it with us below.



All You Need to Know About Weight Loss Programs

There are many weight loss programs on the Internet these days but all you really need to know about losing weight can be summarized in five easy steps. Are you ready to change your body’s chemistry and metabolism forever? Implement these changes and you will melt away fat and toxins from your body.

  1. Start green juicing. This is one of the fastest ways to kick start a weight loss regime. It may sounds a little extreme – to live on fruit and vegetable juice for a few days – but once you’ve tried it you will be hooked. Your skin looks amazing. You lose weight and you think more clearly. Weight Loss ProgramsYour energy levels go through the roof and your entire body starts to regenerate cell tissues and discharge years of abuse put your body through (hey we all do). It doesn’t matter if you are already a vegetarian or you eat a six ounce steak four times a week, juicing will reboot your system and help you lose weight and feel great.
  2. Forget about weight loss programs and change your lifestyle. If you really want to be healthy, then you need to look at your body as a temple that can perform wondrous tasks for you if you give it the right stuff. Being healthy does not mean just ‘not sick.’ Being healthy means having a great attitude, feeling vibrant and sexy and having enough energy reserves to not only tackle your day but help someone else make their day better too. Look at what you eat as fuel for your body and not ‘food,’ per say. Get active and drink plenty of water. These changes are part of an overall attitude, not a ‘program’ or ‘fad’.
  3. There is no magic pill or machine that will keep you skinny. Forget everything you’ve heard about the latest weight loss pill or greatest piece of workout equipment ever made. Weight Loss ProgramsIt’s all hype. Make long-term changes in your diet and start moving and you will see changes. You can start with a pair of running shoes and a different grocery list and start to live a different life. You don’t need to spend $200 on the ab-buster or $99 a month for diet pills. Stop falling for the gimmicks.
  4. Find a friend. You are 65% more likely to adopt and keep a lifestyle change that will result in a thinner, healthier, more vibrant you if you do it with a friend. If you have someone in mind that could use a better attitude, and is ready to feel great and lose weight, rope them in for a dynamic-duo that will be unstoppable. Walk together. Shop together for organic, healthy fruits and vegetables. Email and call each other about progress and set-backs. It will make all the difference.
  5. Start small and think big. So you scarfed down a bag of Doritos today instead of drinking your last green juice or ordering a salad at the office lunch meeting. Don’t beat yourself up. Start tomorrow like it’s a brand new day and keep a great attitude. It took a lifetime of habits to create the you of today and it will take small, but consistent steps to change you into someone you want to be. Don’t give up.

Do you have a tip to forget weight loss programs and change a life-long habit? Share it with us below.



10 Nutrition Facts You Need to Know

Nutrition FactsThere is all kinds of interesting advice about nutrition. Do you know which nutrition facts to believe? It doesn’t matter what the latest super food is, or how the latest celebrity dropped two dress sizes in a week. Sound nutrition is not subject to season or popular urban myth. It is based in scientific research, and sometimes as old as dirt, others a new find.

Here are ten nutrition facts that you can bank on:

  1. Eat a variety of foods for optimum health. Our bodies are made up of over 50 trillion cells. They each require a vast array of nutrients in order to work at their peak. If you try to get those nutrients from just a few foods, then you are going to starve them of something they need. Enjoy foods that are every color of the rainbow for a vital body and mind.
  2. Red meat in moderation. Yes, it has a high protein content, but it takes a toll on your digestive system, often taking weeks, months, or even years to digest completely. It sits in your gut and ferments until it can work through over thirteen feet of intestinal muscle. Have you ever smelled rotting meat left out in the sun? Now imagine that smell in your intestines. While you don’t have to become a vegetarian, reducing the amount of red meat you eat or substituting it with another protein source such as fish or chicken or beans, can be a great way to get healthier.
  3. Phytochemicals are nature’s pharmaceuticals. Eat as many fruits and vegetables as you can every day. If you can afford organic – even better as they won’t have pesticide residues that are often found on everything from apples to asparagus, zucchini to rainbow chard.
  4. Replace simple carbohydrate like white bread and pasta with whole grains or sprouted grains. They have more life force and take longer to break down into usable components so they will help you stay Nutrition Factsfull longer and decrease you chances of cardiovascular health.
  5. Get enough calcium and vitamin D, especially if you are a woman. You need the combination of the two because vitamin D helps the calcium be absorbed. Eating plenty now will prevent Osteoperosis later.
  6. Water is your body’s garbage man. Make sure to help it take out the trash by drinking lots of water.
  7. Eat smaller, more frequent meals instead of gorging. Your stomach was only meant to accommodate food the size of your own fist at one time.
  8. Although red wine has phytochemicals and phenols which are beneficial, drinking in moderation is much better than getting drunk even one night a week. Have a glass of wine with dinner every once in a while, but otherwise, keep the drinking of alcoholic beverages to a minimum.
  9. Exercise. It can keep you young for much longer and helps combat everything from Diabetes to Heart Disease to Dementia.
  10. Don’t neglect your mental health. Do yoga. Take a walk outside. Pet a dog, or write a poem. They all increase your happy hormones and keep you feeling uplifted.

What other nutrition facts do you rely on to live a healthy lifestyle? Share them in the comments below.



10 Money Saving Tips to Healthy Eating

Do you want to eat healthier but can’t figure out how you can afford it? Although healthy eating can cost a little more in the short term, long-term benefits can be gained from eating better, and these include being easier on your wallet.

Here are ten money saving tips to getting a healthier diet:

1.  Eat organic, but buy on sale. Organic produce is seasonal like traditionally grown produce. If you check your neighborhood circulars, sometimes you can find a 10 pound bag of organic oranges on sales for cheaper than non-organic citrus.
Healthy Eating

2. Shop with a friend. If you don’t want to have to look all over town for the best deals in organic foods and grains, ask a friend to keep an eye out and pick up an extra bad of apples, or another pound of quinoa when it is on sale. If you do this for each other when you see a great sale, then you will both cut down on your grocery bill and your waistline.

3. One of the cheapest healthy foods is whole grain rice or brown rice. You can find coupons in the Sunday paper or check your local big box stores like Costco and Walmart or Sam’s club for large bags of brown rice. Make sure to store it in an air-tight container and use it as a foundation for healthy soups, casseroles, stir fry and other nutritious and delicious meals.

4. Buy multigrain pasta as the same type of inexpensive meal base. At around $2 a box, you can’t beat it.

5. Non-fat Greek yogurt is not only full of protein which will keep you from snaking all day on potato chips and chocolate, but it is also inexpensive if you buy large containers instead of individually sized portions. It is also full of healthy bacteria which aids in digestion.

6. Old-fashioned, steal cut oats can be used plain, with yogurt and fruit, or in recipes for muffins, breads and cakes, and costs about .30 per serving if you buy it in bulk.

7. Russet potatoes are actually a powerhouse of nutrition and very cheap. You can find an entire bag sometimes for about $5. Just bake them instead of frying them or make oven-fries to keep them nutritious instead of fattening.

8. Beans are cheap and fabulous. Every kind of bean imaginable has been the cornerstone of a nutritious and inexpensive meal in every culture for eons. Learn a good chili recipe or how to make lentil soup.
Healthy Eating

9. Don’t buy more than what you can make and eat in three days. Stop throwing away good food due to spoilage and you can save a pretty penny on the nutritious things you already buy.

10. Drink water. Water is free and even if you buy it, it is still less expensive than soda and much more healthy.

Healthy eating doesn’t need to be expensive, you just need to be creative. What other ways have you found to achieve healthy eating on a budget? Share in the comments below.


9 Diet Lies and How to Spot Them

fad dietsA fad is defined by Merrian Webster as an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived and without basis in the object’s qualities. Does this sound like the latest fad diets that you’ve fallen victim to? Diet fads are called a craze for a reason. It is nuts to believe in them, but people do.

Related: 7 Popular Weight Loss Myths

Here are 9 diet lies and how to spot them so you don’t get suckered again:

  1. Lazy couch potato diet. That’s the title for a real fad diet. Amazing. Let’s face it anything that goes against common sense is a diet lie. We all know that sitting on your sofa eating junk food will never help you to become healthy and lose weight, so don’t get suckered if it doesn’t pass the old minimum IQ test, then it won’t help you lose weight.
  2. You can reset your genetic code to be thinner. This is a flat out lie. Unless you are going to show up at a lab at Harvard Medical school for your genes to be spliced and diced, you cannot alter your genetic code. It is like your fingerprint. You can work with the genetics you already have, however, to alter patterns, which are pre-existing in your family. This holds true for Diabetes and Heart Problems especially where diet is related. Eat better and get active to circumvent issues that many of your relatives have had.
  3. A product claims it can alter your metabolism. FALSE! While a product can change your glucose levels to alter your need to eat or lower your cravings, such as some Ayurvedic herbs will do, they cannot change your metabolism. These products will not change your metabolism, though, and you will still need to alter your overall diet and exercise. Just taking a bunch of fiber pills, for example, won’t help you lose weight and change your metabolism.
  4. Another weight loss lie is that you can eat whatever you want and still lose pounds. A calorie consumed is one that has to be burned, so while changing your diet to include more nutritious foods will usually cause you to lose weight, this is because you are also consuming fewer calories and feeling more satiated. Thermodynamic laws cannot be undone, even when applied to the body.
  5. fad dietsYou can’t regain the weight you lose while on _______ (fill in the blank of a product name). This is another lie. If you go back to sitting on the sofa all day and eating more calories than you burn, of course you will gain back the weight. This is why lifestyle change is so important to long-term health.
  6. Lose 5 pounds per week! This is another fad diet lie. It is only really safe to lose 1-2 pounds of body weight a week, otherwise you should see your doctor or a trained health professional. Weight loss of more than 2 pounds a week will usually result in weight gain once a diet or exercise regime is stopped.
  7. Anything that says it is 100% successful is a fad diet lie. Nothing is 100%, not even the US Postal Service.
  8. Fad diets often tell you that weight loss professionals don’t know what they’re talking about, but that the product they are selling you is brilliant and based on lots of research. You can pay almost any company or lab in the world to produce results that are positive to promoting your product. You cannot fake a four-year degree from a University in nutrition and alternative health.
  9. Start losing weight today! We’ve all wanted so badly to believe in this one, especially when that high school reunion or special date pops up without us realizing it, but let’s get real. It takes about a week to lose 2 pounds safely, so any product that tells you this is lying to you.

Have you let fad diets deceive you in the past? I think almost everyone has fallen for at least a few, I know I have. Share your fad diet experiences in the comments below.