Weight Loss Over 40 Plus

Weight Loss Over 40 Plus

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Is Your Weight Loss Over 40 Out Of Control?

Have you tried every weight loss program out there and you are still fat? Do you keep buying every new piece of workout equipment there is and you are still fat? Why are you on the internet looking for another way to lose weight if you are happy with yourself? It doesn’t matter if you are 10 pounds or 110 pounds over you ideal weight. You have to take control of your life.

Look back on all the weight loss programs you have been on. What made them fail? Until you can answer that question, you will never have success with any weight loss program. This is where you have to look deep down inside yourself to find the answer.

* What happened in your life that made you accept being fat?

* What is missing in your life that food replaces?

* Is it in your genes to be fat?

* Is there a virus that makes you fat?

* Lack of control over your eating?

* Little or no regular exercise outside of your daily routine?

* Why do you fail to control your mind and body?

You can make decisions to love someone, have a family. These a important things in most peoples lives. So why is it so hard to choose to live a better and healthier way of life? It was said on the reality show Fat March by someone over 300 pounds, “I will not give up the foods I love”, maybe they answered the question why they are fat. Their love for food is more important than the people in their lives. Everybody should know being that overweight will shorten your life and cause major health problems.

Do you buy the latest and greatest new workout equipment thinking it is your magic bullet to weight loss. After about a month it ends up as a clothes hanger in a closet. Every time you see it you are reminded of your passed failures, so you end up selling it for a lot less than you paid for it. Why does this happen over and over again? Maybe it is a way for you to justify the way you eat?

You can read all the books, listen to all the audio, and watch every video on weight loss. Until you get control over your life, nothing will every change. Why do people finally lose all the weight?

* Because they get tried of dragging their fat ass around every day

* They are sick and tired of being tired and sick all the time

* Something clicks in their mind that there is something better in life for them

* Their love for food is not worth the feeling of waiting for their last breathe

You have heard it a million times “The only thing stopping you is YOU”, How many more times will you hear it before it becomes true?

Do something today for you. Start a weight loss program. Start a workout program. Do anything that is going to lead to a healthier and better quality of life for you. If you fall off, get back on it again. Do not give yourself an excuse to fail. Remember how you learned to ride a bike. Some start out with training wheels. Some start out with someone running alone side the bike balancing for us, and some learn by falling off and getting right back on again… again… and again. Losing weight is not any different. Some will need things to help them Others will need support groups or people to buddy up with, and some will tough it out alone. At the end they will all be riding on their own.




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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The #1 Reason Weight Loss Efforts Fail

The biggest roadblock to successful weight loss isn't the food you eat and it's not the exercise you do.

It's negative thinking.

Witness this scenario from one of my clients' weight loss journals (used with permission):

I should lose weight.

I ought to lose weight.

I need to go on a diet.

I will start Monday. Mondays are easier. Actually, why should I wait until Monday? I'll start today! It will be awful. It will be terrible but, once I start losing a few pounds, I'll get excited and then I'll be motivated to continue. Isn't that how it works?

7:30 a.m. – black coffee, one hard-boiled egg.

10 a.m. – Starving. Oh! Someone brought it donuts!

But I shouldn't have one. Even though I'm starving. I actually feel a little faint. Hey, why does Julie get to eat donuts and I don't? How does she stay thin if she eats donuts? I can't have a donut. I am so fat. Look at her! She's having so much fun. I wonder why I eat a donut and look like a tub of lard and Julie eats whatever she wants and never gains a pound. Life just isn't fair!

11 a.m. – It's not lunch time but I am so hungry I could eat a horse. I'm going to the deli and get lunch early. Checked the salads but they look kind of wilted and not too fresh. Looked at the soup list. Nothing I like. There really wasn't anything else to eat so I ordered a cheeseburger and fries, then grabbed a brownie at the checkout.

11:40 a.m. – Oh boy do I feel guilty. I am so weak. I have no willpower whatsoever. I was doing so well all morning! I didn't even have a donut! I have really blown it now.

I wonder how many calories were in that cheeseburger I just inhaled? It couldn't have been much, it was small. In fact I'm still hungry. I'll never lose weight. I don't know what's wrong with me. I just can't do anything right.

I don't know how I even survive at this job. I'm completely inept. It's a good thing my boss is oblivious. He doesn't see what an imbecile I am.

I didn't set out in life to be an awful person. I'm not even sure it's my fault. Who can I blame? Oh, that's silly. It's my fault. I'm weak, I'm stupid, I'm inept, I can't do anything right. I'm a blithering idiot......

It's easy to see how this kind of downward spiral can take a person from eating a cheeseburger to being "an awful person" in record time. When we “awfulize" situations, people or ourselves, it has a profound effect on our attitude towards life!

Here are some components of negative thinking:

  1. Problems are seen as permanent,

  1. We identify ourselves as the problem or the cause of the problem, then

  1. We begin to feel like the problem is a symbol of personal defectiveness.

I like to contrast the journal entry above with a story of my own. Once, on a trip, I stopped at a cut-rate gas station and filled up my gas tank. A while later, my car started sputtering and acting as if the engine was going to die. It wasn’t accelerating smoothly and I felt as though I was put-puttering along while cars all around me sped by. I immediately connected the lack of performance with the new gas. It would run fine for a while, then start the hesitation routine again. I continued drive the car until it was about a quarter of a tank below full and refilled at another gas station. The problems lessened and again, I drove it until it was a quarter of a tank less than full and refilled again. The problems ceased.

The point here is that I certainly didn't get emotional about the bad gas (probably mixed with water) that I bought. I certainly didn't blame myself for it. I made a mental note to be more careful in choosing a gas station and I did what I could to solve the problem. Then, I moved on.

What would life be like if we were this rational and calm about decisions with food? If we didn’t “awfulize" ourselves for a poor decision, but simply made corrections and moved forward?

After all, the car analogy is very meaningful when it comes to eating. Food is our fuel.

When we overeat at lunch, we’re going to skip and sputter through the afternoon or yearn for a nap. When we ignore real hunger, we’re going to eat too much the next time we come within 10 feet of food. And, when we are tired, overwhelmed or stressed, those high-carb snacks or that candy bar is going to give us a quick lift, then drop us into an energy-depleted place where further cravings are guaranteed.

The science of eating can be complicated. Over-emotionalizing choices and decisions can be stressful, if not downright traumatic.

Recognize and eliminate destructive and negative thinking when it comes to the all-important process of fueling the body. That is one of the most important steps in developing a healthy life and lifestyle.

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Weight Loss Surgeries Are Not A Cure . . . But A Tool

Weight loss surgeries such as gastric bypass are not a cure for obesity. Infact you only have a few years to enjoy the sole benefits of weight loss surgeries.

Permanent weight loss is not assured through weight loss surgeries; rather it is about a change in lifestyle. Obviously these surgeries do not constitute a lifestyle change. Actually the best approach to weight loss surgeries is by viewing them as support structures.

There are basically three types of weight loss surgergical procedures; Restrictive, Malabsorptive and Restrictive and malabsorptive (Combined) weight loss surgery.

Restrictive surgeries are procedures that reduce the size of the stomach such that you are forced to eat less by restricting the amount of food you stomach can hold at a time hence the term restrictive surgery. This is usually done in two main ways, either using staples or using a band.

Both procedures reduce the size of the effective stomach by creating a small pouch out of the main stomach using either the band or staples.

Malabsorptive surgeries on the other hand don't limit food intake. It inhibits absorption of calories. The procedures involve eliminating a substantial length of small intestines from coming in contact with the digested food.

The logic behind malabsorptive surgeries are that though one may eat a lot of calories, fewer calories are absorbed into the blood stream due to a significantly shorter small intestines, the site for nutrient and calorie absorption.

Combined weight loss surgeries are a hybrid of the other two procedures. It has become more common as it is found to be more effective in restricting both calorie intake and absorption.

According to American Society of Bariatric Surgery, about 170,000 people in the year 2005 had weight loss surgeries. Most of these procedures were done on adults 65yrs old and younger who had been immobilized by their weight and related medical conditions.

Weight Loss Surgeries are an extreme support structure:

It is important that weight loss surgeries is understood. They are not a cure for obesity they probably will never be. The only known cure for obesity is a change in lifestyle.

As so appropriately suggested by surgeon Harvey Sugerman professor emeritus of Virginia Commonwealth University and a past president of American Society of Bariatric Surgery, weight loss surgery "is a tool". Indeed it is an extreme tool only for extreme cases.

Among the top 4 reasons you fail in losing weight is weight loss support structures. Weight loss surgeries are support structures. Weight loss support structures are physical means that are designed to aid your physiology as well as psychology in the pursuit to lose weight healthily and safely.

Among the characteristics that weight loss surgeries exhibits support include the fact that these surgeries jump starts weight loss.

This is a similar characteristic you will find from a liquid diet or an appetite suppressing weight loss pill.

Permanent weight loss involves a permanent change in lifestyle. Weight loss surgery should be used to help you attain this change in lifestyle.

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Mark Kimathi
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The author writes about Weight Loss-Top 4 Reasons for Failure at Health-eMark.com and related topics like weight loss hypnosis.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

A Virus Made Me Fat?

Research has finally proven what we have wanted to hear for years. It isn’t junk food that makes you fat or laying on the couch or the lack of exercise-no it is a virus?

Researchers are claiming that a virus is the cause of obesity. Dr. Magdalena Pasarica, M.D., Ph.D., of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center has an explanation as to why obesity affects many people worldwide. She said it’s a contagious virus called human adenovirus or Ad-36.

Apparently AD-36 induces storage fat. She does say that they do not believe the virus is the only cause of obesity, but studies show stronger evidence that the virus could be the cause.

Studies are still being completed since not all people with the virus develop obesity. “We would ultimately like to identify the underlying factors that predispose some obese people to develop this virus and eventually find a way to treat it," Pasarica said.

The research was conducted by obtaining adult stem cells from fat tissue of people who had undergone liposuction. Stem cells are a type of master cell that exist in an immature form and give rise to more specialized cells.

After about a week of growth in tissue culture, most of the virus-infected adult stem cells developed into fat cells, whereas the non-infected stem cells did not, the researchers say.

Previous studies have shown AD-36 increased fat in chickens, mice and other nonhuman animals.

It is said that the virus then tells the cells to produce a lot of lipids, or fats. The result: bigger fat cells — and more of them. Those infected with the virus are advised to double their exercise and dieting efforts.

So I am thinking it had to come from that little boy I kissed on the playground in kindergarten. It was downhill from there. Well what is done is done. I guess I will die an infected obese person. . . now where did I put those potato chips?

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

How Fit Are You Really? - Tests And Measures To Find Out

When was the last time your took a complete fitness test? By middle age, most of us have had at least one fitness test as part of a medical check for a job or life insurance policy. Many of us take the easy way out of judging our fitness by our energy levels. We gauge our energy levels by how tired or energetic we feel. We can also get a good idea of our cardio-vascular fitness by climbing a few flights of stairs, or going for a run. But gauging our fitness in others areas is sometimes not as easy.

Restricted joint movement can be from previous injuries or the onset of age-related degenerative changes. Or maybe, it is just because you have lost your flexibility fitness.

Lack of energy may result from poor sleep or a metabolic disorder, and have no relation to our true fitness.

Unless you undertake a complete fitness test you really just don't know.

A typical testing program includes:

  • Cardiac Fitness - Step Test
  • Flexibility - Trunk and Hip Flexion Tests
  • Agility - Zigzag Test
  • Balance - Standing Balance Test
  • Upper Body Strength - Push Up and Bench Press Tests
  • Lower Body Strength - Wall Squat Test
  • Core Strength - Crunch Test
  • Explosive Power - Burst Test
A comprehensive fitness test is usually carried out by a Fitness and/or Medical Professional using gym equipments and special measuring equipment. However, there are a number of tests you can carry out at home that give you sufficient accuracy to use effectively in any fitness program.

The range of measures includes:

  • Body Frame
  • Weight to Height
  • Body Mass Index [Body Fat]
  • Heart Rate
  • Blood Pressure
The real benefit of completing these measures and tests every six months or so, is that it gives you feedback as to what areas of your fitness program you need to change. Most of us have limited time available for staying in shape, so you want to ensure that your efforts will reap the best rewards.

In addition, continuing to play sports in later years requires a more comprehensive training approach. In early years when our joints move freely, muscles are well formed and tendons flexible, we are not so likely to injure ourselves from normal movements.

As we age, our muscles tend to reduce in size and strength, tendons shorten and joints move less freely. These all put additional strain on the body to achieve the same movements, so injury is more likely.

If you don't feel confident undertaking your own measurements and tests, get a professional to do one for you.

Most Doctors will measure weight, heart rate and blood pressure. But few do a complete physical assessment, unless you specifically ask for one, and in most cases, this means being referred to a diagnostic physician.

The local gym is a good place to get a Fitness Assessment. The instructors are all trained to complete the tests and in many cases, have a better understanding of the interrelated movements of the body than many Doctors, who concentrate more on pathology.

Some fitness tests are best done by professionals as they take you closer to the limits of exertion. This is the case for the Cardio-Stress Test. This test is a more aggressive form of the 3 minute Step Test, but instead of a simple step, it uses an exercise machine such as a treadmill or exercise bike, and an ECG machine. It is a progressive and maximum exercise test; starting from a walking pace and gradually increasing pace. Electrical impulses from the heart tissue are recorded by surface electrodes places on the chest wall. A stress test is useful for detecting early changes in the heart function indicating potential heart disease.

Before you undertake any new fitness program it is recommended to seek medical clearance. It is also important to make sure you have warmed up sufficiently.

Sometimes the warm up can be integrated into the test program, such as using the 3-minute step test as a warm up to lower body flexibility tests. Overstraining cold or still muscles to get a better test score is counter-productive, and it is of more value to you to have a true result, rather than an over-stressed, possibly damaging one.

Nicola Carr is antiaging program coach for Antiaging-Wellness.com She also provides golf fitness advice for GolfSwingClub.com.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Weight Loss Over 40 On Buck Rogers Surgery Videos

It is important to remember that weight loss is a battle for life. These videos show that even if you are rich and famous, weight loss is still a problem. Gil Gerard had all the money needed to fight being overweight but was losing the war. Here is a man who was a heartthrob back in the 70’s. Until his surgery, he was slowly dieing from the diseases caused by being overweight.

Major surgery like gastric bypass should be the last option to save your life. Anytime you go under the knife and you are sedated, your life is at risk. So before you consider any life changing surgeries, do the research on it.

Ask These Questions

  1. What are the risks?
  2. How will it affect my life?
  3. What will I have to give up?
  4. Do I have to do this the rest of my life?
  5. Can it be reversed?
  6. What is the dead rate?
  7. What can I eat?
  8. What I cannot eat?
  9. Do I have to take nutritional supplement the rest of my life?
  10. What will be the permanent affects on my weight loss?
You should be able to answer each one of these questions before considering gastric bypass surgery. What you do not know could kill you.

To qualify for surgery, most insurance companies require a 2 year medical weight loss record. Your weight must be proven to be life threatening . Morbid obesity is defined as 100 or more pounds overweight or a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more. This alone is judged by many states insurance guidelines to be life threatening. The patients are between the ages of 18-60 years old. They must have a complete understanding of the risks and real benefits caused by this surgery.

Most Insurance Companies deny your first claim. Always submit an Appeal Letter within 30 to 60 days of the denial. The cost of the surgery is not cheap ranging from $15,000 and up.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

How To Increase Your Muscle Strength Fast

As with anything else, most people wants to achieve success fast and they usually are on the lookout for successful shortcuts to reach their goals. This is also true for increasing muscle strength. It is important to realize that strength and muscle size are interchangeable and the only method to get bigger is to get stronger.

Basically it is impossible to be strong and have small muscles. Moreover, a muscle does not have to be directly stimulated in order for it to become bigger and stronger. This explains why compound exercises such as bench presses can indirectly stimulate triceps, shoulders and even back. This is also the reason why you should concentrate on big compound exercises such as squats, deadlifts, presses, pulldowns and rows.

If the body is trained and rested properly, it is quite capable of making progress every week. A boost in recuperation ability allows the strength to increase every workout. Hence it means that you should vary your exercise regimen if you want to make outstanding gains in size and strength. Ironically, expensive drugs or supplements are usually not required to increase muscle strength fast.

Even when your muscles are getting larger, the ultimate goal is to increase strength and power. To achieve this goal, you should focus on 3 areas:
  1. Increase your weights for stability.
  2. Train each muscle group once every seven to ten days.
  3. Perform multiple sets of each exercise (two to five sets per exercise) for agility.Theses concepts are general, of course. You need to adapt them for your own personal goals and experience. Specifically, if you are an experienced individual then training every ten days is not enough. We need to make the training more challenging. To build lean muscle mass, you will have to progressively lift more weights over time. This process forces the muscles to grow in order to adjust to the excessive weightlifting. With the support of proper nutrition, the body will become stronger. And the stronger the body is, the more lean muscles are developed.

Here are six suggested exercises that you can consider using to build muscle fast. These are to be completed in two cycles with two minute rest periods in between. For two weeks, each cycle is done two times. This method should start getting you in shape and so that you are ready for a third cycle. Remember having rest time as well as making the correct weight choice to meet ones abilities are important factors.

  1. The first exercise is the bent-leg knee raises. This exercise is done twelve times per set. It is accomplished by lying flat on the back and raising the knees towards the rib cages.
  2. The next exercise is the V-Up. This is done by lying on the side of the body in a straight line with arms folded across chest. Lift the legs off the floor toward the top elbow while elevating it towards the hip. Ten of these need to be completed per side.
  3. The Bridge is done in the push-up position with the elbows straight. It is important to keep the body straight, the stomach in and butt down. Start with twenty seconds and work up to sixty seconds sets if able.
  4. The next exercise is leg extensions. Ten of these are done by sitting on a leg extension machine.
  5. A tricep pushdown machine is used to complete ten reps of tricep pulldowns.
  6. Lastly, do ten reps of bicep curls with either a dumbbell or a barbell.

Remember there is no secret key to increasing your muscle strength fast, you just need to get up and work on your muscles consistently.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Wave Those Extra Pounds Hello

I’m on an obsessional fitness regimen at the moment and given that I’m 47 years old, have ate like a hippo for the past 7 or 8 years, have love handles that only a mother could love and have the determination level of a turkey eagerly awaiting Christmas, I guess I’m doomed to failure just as the last 5 attempts in the past month.

I don’t know what it is but when you reach 40 it seems that the fat is out for payback because you left it without a home the last time you successfully dieted at 35. Now it’s akin to trying to chisel away at Granite with a plastic hammer and no matter how you try it will not be shifted

I’ve even resorted to those pads that vibrate and are more at home on some athlete toning up their already sculptured figure. I’ll bet they don’t have to lie down still on a bed in case that bloody elastic belt rolls the pads out of it if you try to stand up. Elastic belts were designed to ridicule fat waistlines and are a weapon of the fit.

It can’t be the food that’s making my goal difficult cos I’ve virtually starved myself for the past two weeks and whoever said that bananas, bran flakes, yoghurt, boiled veg and anything without cream, is good for you, is just on a bitter mission because they want to eat the junk I’ve ate for years but couldn’t cope with the belt snapping, buckle breaking waistline when they meet up with their yoga class buddies.

My diet has definitely affected my eyesight and each day now I am under a false illusion that I actually look a little slimmer when really the scales show I’ve put on a couple of pounds overnight. How can that be? Did the Fat Fairy enter my bedroom and stuff my mouth with a plateful of lard laden kebabs? It’s enough to put me off diets for life and anyway my friends always tell me “It’s not how you look but the person inside that counts".

If that’s the case then the person inside me is just one huge globule of resentful fat that no one could ever befriend.

Like most men of my age I suppose I’m just a victim of the scare campaign that states we’re prone to heart disease if we continue our garbage eating, couch hugging ways. My answer to those doctors and scientists who started the smear against fat hearts is – I’d rather wallow in the muck than tiptoe on the coals and I’m coming off this useless diet as soon as I’ve finished writing this. So what if that triple McMassive Cheese-filled Whopper burger shortens my lifespan, at least I’m not sweating away my days on a boat that doesn’t touch water or a bike that only takes you from A to A.

I’d like to think people will judge me for who I am and not how I look but it gets harder to try and ignore the metamorphosis my shape has taken on in the past 7 years. For me ‘Fat began at Forty’ and life came a distant second but never matter, I’m changing all that right now and I can’t begin to tell you the difficulty of writing this article whilst chasing the ice cream man down the street.

OK, I’m lying and I apologise, the outburst above was pure fantasy and I’m not really back to my old ways as I sit here with my bowl of Muesli.

Disappointingly, burgers were just like lifelong friends who let me down yet they’re still in my thoughts and unfortunately still around my abdomen.

The doctors and scientists may be right and I will adhere to their advice but surely there has to be a more fun way of losing it that compares to the fun you had putting it on.

By the way, have any scientists out there discovered the nutritional values of hotdogs or that Muesli could be dangerous?

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Low Glycemic Foods And Pot Bellies Go Together Like Dogs And Cats

As we mature two truths become self evident—the ease of acquiring excess poundage and the difficulty of losing it.

One of the most frequent questions from exercisers, as they affectionately caress their paunch, is “How do I get rid of this?”

The hope is that there may be a secret formula that will turn a pot belly into a skillet. The answer is low glycemic foods coupled with smart exercise...but don't expect an overnight miracle.

New research about how our body works has revealed how we can supercharge our sluggish metabolism and win the battle of the bulge.
And the good news is that you don’t have to give up all of your favorite foods, count calories or spend hours in the fitness center.

You may, however, have to unlearn just about everything you thought you knew about eating and exercise.

A recent comparison of the Atkins weight loss program to low fat and U.S. federal guidelines proved that the low carb approach was the most effective. However Dr. Atkins failed to separate the low glycemic foods from those with a high glycemic index.

All carbs are not created equal. Some carbohydrates digest quickly (the low glycemic foods,) flooding your blood with glucose (blood sugar.) Others digest slowly and provide a controlled, steady source of energy.

Glucose is the primary source of energy for our body and energy is good, right? But here's the rub. Too much of a good thing ends up causing some real serious problems.

How high glycemic foods do their damage: Insulin carries a small amount of the glucose to the cells for immediate energy. Some is converted into glycogen and stored in the muscles and liver for later use.

When the glycogen storerooms fill up the over flow is stuffed into fat storage tanks on your belly and other places.
An increase in body fat is only one of the side effects of these glucose excesses. Over time the insulin receptors become desensitized, and this leads to insulin resistance, fatigue, diabetes and heart disease.

The troublemakers on the glycemic index chart are white flour and other refined grains, rice and high fructose corn syrup.

The “good guys” are whole grains, vegetables and legumes, which are lower in sugar, high in fiber and digest more slowly and provide a steady stream of glucose.

Keeping your blood sugar on an even keel has many benefits. Slow carbs not only give you a feeling of fullness for several hours but also keep your blood vessels elastic and supple, reducing the risk of forming arterial plaques that can lead to heart attack or stroke.

Researchers from Australia have created a system of low glycemic foods called the Glycemic Index, that measures how long it takes for various carbohydrates to digest and turn into glucose.

Carbs that our body quickly turns into sugar have a high GI number and those that digest slowly have a low Glycemic Index.
It is important to note that the glycemic impact of a meal can influence how your body digests, absorbs and processes the next meal.

A breakfast of low glycemic foods will keep your blood sugar low and your energy high until lunch time.

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Caveman Perfect Weight Loss Program

Just think about it. Back during the caveman days, weight loss was real easy. Let us go through a regular day for a caveman or cavewoman.

  1. Rise and shine: Now you know there is no light in your cave useless you have fire. Without the fire, there is no hot coffee (which has not been discovered yet) so no Starbucks. Darn, it sucks to be a caveman or cavewoman. If you want breakfast, you have to go out and catch it. So you get your early mourning workout with your breakfast. This is the beginning of a perfect weight loss program.
  2. If you did not catch that mourning breakfast, you have to start on lunch and dinner. So now you spend the day So now you spend the day looking for berries, nuts, eatable roots, and wild game. Water was a problem too, unless you have one of them caves with running water. (hehehe) Along with hunting for food and water, you had to be careful that you did not become food for the larger creatures roaming around.
  3. Not becoming food for larger creatures brings us to your second workout for the day. You can burn a lot of calories from trying not to become a happy meal. With you doing the cardio by running, fending off, and being scared will get that heart rate up. Have you ever noticed that you never see a Fat caveman or cavewoman (aka happy meal) portrayed in any movie or museum setting?
  4. The sun is going down, the light is disappearing and the darkness comes again. Maybe you should do something about discovering fire. With the darkness comes sleep. You have to rise early to start that perfect weight loss program all over again and again…

This is just a small part of the caveman’s or cavewoman’s daily routine. The caveman or cavewoman were always moving. They had to for survival. You can burn a lot of calories fighting off rival tribes, who are trying to take your food, water, any tools or weapons, and your women? Staying physically fit was not just for weight loss, but to survive. Isn’t it funny that today’s cavemen and cavewomen need to do the same thing? Today, cavemen and cavewomen are given a lot more to survive. So you do see a lot more happy meals walking around today.

Do not become a Happy Meal

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

How To Lose Weight Like The Competitors In Fat March And Biggest Loser

For many seeing shows like Fat March of the Biggest Loser can be an inspiration to start their own weight loss program. The problem lies in once you are excited to start now what. It can be hard for the average watcher to understand what is important and what achieves results from watching the show. It is easy to say eat well and exercise on a regular basis though what does that really mean. Losing weight doesn't have to be overwhelming if you understand the basic principles from the shows and apply them to your lifestyle.

The first biggest change for most people's diets which is vital is eating 5 small meals. The personal trainers talked about in Fat March about how until people create the habit of eating throughout the day nothing else matters. Eating small meals trains your body to burn fat and shuts off your body's ability to store fat.

In Fat March we got an up close and personal experience of what happens when you don't eat five small meals. One of the fat marchers took all his food and ate it all at once. This spiked his blood sugar which then your body stores the food as fat. Once your body stores the food as fat you get low blood sugar which is the crashing that most people feel around 3 pm from too much food at lunch. During Fat March because the competitor was doing a ton of walking he passed out from too low blood sugar and had to go to the hospital. Most people don't understand how negative not eating 5 small meals is because they don't have as serious instant consequences because they are sitting at their desk working when their blood sugar drops.

Until you start eating 5 small meals your body will be in a constant roller coaster of eating too much and storing fat into your fat cells. The good thing is that if today you eat 5 small meals you body will today start to burn more energy and go in the right dirction.

So what do I want in my 5 small meals?

The Biggest Loser show does a good job of showing cooking for good healthy meals. The goal of each meal is to get complex carbs for energy, lean protein to rebuild muscle tissue, and fruits or vegetables for nutritional value. The size is relative to your metabolism, as you get a faster metabolism your portion will increase not decrease which is why starving to lose weight doesn't work. For most Americans take your lunch cut it in half and eat the other half 3 hours later.

Yes you do need to eat carbs. Carbohydrates are your major source of energy from food. When you don't eat carbs even if you eat protein your body will go into a starvation response and store fat and burn muscle for energy. Complex carbs are stored in the muscles cells and are rice, pasta, grains, and potatoes.

One reason many fad diets cut carbs is because carbs absorb water. If you cut carbs out of your diet you will lose weight immediately. You may think that is good though your weight loss is only water. Most fad diets do this knowing that people want to see instant results on the scale and cutting carbs can 5-15 pounds of water out with in a week. Because of poor diet habits and too much consumption of caffeine drinks, it is estimated that 75% of Americans are in a constant state of dehydration. Which means for the average American who adds carbs back to their diet they may gain 5 pounds of just water back right away. This healthy and their bodies were unhealthy everyday from a lack of later. If you cut carbs it doesn't matter how much water you drink, you don't have the carbs to absorb it. Low carb diets that drink a lot of water go to the bathroom more often.

Copyright (c) 2007 Charles Carter

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Weight Loss Over 40 Is Your Community

Community is where people come together to share, help, and even learn. You are here to find successful ways to defeat a weight loss problem. The majority of you are battling the hardest part, the mental side of weight loss. When the the term diet comes to your brain, it starts doing mind gymnastics. You know the ones. See if these sound familiar.

1. I will start this weight loss program and when I start losing the pounds, I can have a few of my favorite foods. ( that causes you to be overweight)

2. I am doing so well that I can treat myself with this very fattening food.

3. This bucket of fried chicken will not hurt my weight loss, because I will drink this diet soda.

4. The trade offs…I will eat this piece of chocolate cake and workout 20 minutes more or skip a meal.

5. I will eat this empty high calorie food today and start my weight loss over again tomorrow…tomorrow….( get the idea)

Then your mind tells you this weight loss program does not work. You have not lost a pound. So why bother. Just eat what you like. Life is to short to put yourself through this Just enjoyed what life you have left. So you go back to your old bad eating habits. Now your body punishes you for going on that weight loss program by adding a few more pounds than you had before you started. The sorry part is that mind knows what you are doing is bad for you.

This is where that community comes in as a friend or good neighbor. It can help teach that mind what it is doing is hurting you. That same community can give support throughout your whole weight loss program. People like Heidi (lost a 100 pounds) are great role models that there is a goal to reach. If you ask her, I think she would say, She was sick and tired of being tired and sick.

There is no better feeling than to help people with there dreams and reaching their goals. Giving to others only makes your life richer.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Top Weight Loss Tips

Losing weight, whether it's fifty or five pounds, can be difficult for anyone. As a personal trainer, I see many clients who are frustrated by their lack of weight loss. Many people reach what is called a plateau, at which their body has adjusted to their efforts and the weight refuses to budge. By continually implementing small changes, and varying your workouts and meals, you won't get bored with healthy eating and your body will continue to change for the better. Here are some tips I recommend for clients; I have included those tips that those who have lost weight found the most useful.

1. Set goals- When you decide you want to lose weight, you need to set specific goals that are attainable and realistic. By setting short and long-term goals, you have guidelines to follow to ensure your success. For instance, you may have 30 lbs to lose but you know you can’t lose that in one month. Try to set a goal to lose 2 lbs per week and focus on that goal. If you meet that goal, you will be on track to lose all your desired weight in about four months or less. If you don’t meet your weekly goals, you can still adjust to lose more the next week or plan more than four months to lose all 30 lbs. Write your goals down and hang them up where you see them daily.

2. Visualize- After setting goals, it can be hard to stay motivated. Imagine yourself at your goal weight. Imagine yourself already skinny. To stay motivated, put up pictures around the house of yourself now, as an overweight person, and pictures of those people at a healthy weight that you would like to emulate. After seeing what you really look like in a swimsuit, you will be more motivated to eat less at dinner and put away that box of cookies. Soon you may be as thin as the pictures of those whom you admire.

3. Daily log- Try to keep a daily log of everything you eat. Don’t conveniently forget those few bites of chocolate cake, but record everything. If possible, try to record the amount of food, the time, and how you felt when you ate. This will show you at what times you tend to eat more or snack, as well as if you are emotionally eating (eating because you are bored or frustrated, rather than from actual hunger).

4. Plan your meals- Although this may take more time than you are used to, planning is the most effective way to eat healthy. Plan your meals before you feel starved and take snacks in between meals. Try to eat every 3-4 hours so you are eating three small meals and two snacks per day. Write a list of healthy meals that you plan to eat within the next 1-2 weeks. Make a grocery list and buy only those items. Shop only on the outside aisles of whole foods. Avoid shopping when you are hungry so you don’t have impulse buys. Try preparing your meals for the week during one or two days a week (like on Wednesday and Sunday), so you have healthy lunches and dinners ready. Keep snacks ready in plastic bags or containers so you reach for those rather than candy. This will help you eat healthy even when you feel too tired to cook or are too busy to stop.

5. Have weekends free- Plan to eat healthy meals for five days out of the week, then take a break on the weekends. Indulge in your favorite foods on Saturday and Sunday. This makes it easier to be social on the weekends, and gives you a reward to look forward to after a hard week of healthy eating. After you start eating healthy, you will have more energy. So after the indulgent weekend is over, you may actually enjoy returning to your healthy meals because they help you think easier and give you more energy throughout the day. If a whole week is too long, start with eating healthy for three days, then taking one day off to “cheat” in the foods you crave. If you cheat on a healthy eating day, don't get frustrated and abandon your efforts. Take that mistake and learn from it by striving to be more disciplined.

6. Diet and/or exercise with a friend- Those that lose weight and keep it off usually have some friendly support. I go to the gym more frequently when my friend is encouraging me and wants me to go with him. Studies show that having a support system helps people lose more weight and keep it off longer. So grab a friend and go for a walk or spot each other while lifting weights. Or try a personal trainer so you keep your workout appointments (trust me, if you are paying for that hour, you will show up).

7. Add supplements- It is amazing what a little multivitamin can do for your health. A multivitamin can fill in the nutritional holes you may be missing in your otherwise healthy diet. Adding other supplements like whey protein and a weight loss supplement can also help you reach your goals. If you don’t get enough protein, whey protein can help you. Protein will keep you full longer so you eat less. A weight loss supplement can speed up your metabolism so you burn more calories throughout the day, as well as inhibiting your hunger switch, so you eat less all day. Akavar is one such supplement that will help you eat less so you lose more weight.

8. Take regular measurements- Weighing yourself and taking measurements with a tape measure will help you track your goals better. Be aware of how your clothes are fitting as well.

9. Drink water when you feel hungry- If you are bored or starting to feel hungry, drink water first. If your hunger is real and not abated by water, try a small snack like a handful of nuts or some fruit.

10. Celebrate every success- Keep a journal of your successes and the changes that have benefited you most. Treat yourself to small gifts that don’t involve food (a massage, a bubble bath, a new shirt, a pedicure, etc.). Notice the differences you feel in every part of your body. By celebrating every small success, you will stay more motivated to make healthy eating and exercising a part of your daily routine.

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Weight Loss Over 40 Is A Group Effort

Losing weight alone is hard if not impossible for a lot of people. That is why there are so many support groups in the weight loss programs. They help with education on how to lose weight without causing harm to your health. The group teaches the proper food to eat that allows you body to lose weight. They show how targeting problem areas of you body with effective exercise programs will change the shape of your body. The most important part of the group is the mental and emotional support. During any weight loss programs there will be times that support will save your weight loss life. Because you are human you will make mistakes or have failures in that weight loss life. The people in these groups have been in your shoes and they know what you are going through. Who better to talk to than someone who has real life experiences with what is happening to you.

The human body is not the same for everyone, one weight loss programs works great for one type of body and not for others. Your body does not react to food like your skinny friends body. They can sit down eat a nine course meal and not gain an ounce. You smell a cake baking you gain 10 pounds. So you have to learn what foods to eat in the right portions that will help you to lose weight. Your weight loss program should be setup to eat the proper foods in the proper portions and not cause you to starve your body. This is important to remember, do not allow family, friends, or people around you to have a negative effect on you eating. They need to support you but their eating habits might not be good for you. Find someone who can share your weight loss program with you, the “Buddy System” it works. Competition is one of the best motivators to reach your weight loss goals.

Join a fitness center or put together your own little workout club. Set up goals to reach during the workout sessions. Do one more set, add a little more weight, walk… run… or bike a little farther. Keep track of your progress in pounds and endurance. This will encourage that competitive spirit so your workout group will try harder to hit their goals quicker.

It is much easy to do anything with a group of like minded people working together than it is by one self.

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Green Tea: Weight Loss Is Just One Of Its Benefits

If you live in the Western Hemisphere, you may have just recently learned about the health benefits of Green Tea that the Chinese have known about for centuries. In China, green tea has been used to treat everything from headaches to depression. Some believe that green tea's medicinal benefits have been known about and used in the Eastern Hemisphere for more than 4,000 years.

Scientists in both Asia and the west have been, in recent years, researching Green Tea and have provided hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. In 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed the results of an epidemiological study which indicated that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in the Chinese men and women studied by almost sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research which indicates that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

About.com has shown the following list to be just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:

" cancer
" rheumatoid arthritis
" high cholesterol levels
" cariovascular disease
" infection
" impaired immune function

What is it about Green Tea that makes it different from other teas? The secret compound in green tea is that it is a good source for catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (which we know as EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been shown to be effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The importance of this information is that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.

From About.com:

Links are being made between the effects of drinking green tea and the "French Paradox." For years, researchers were puzzled by the fact that, despite consuming a diet rich in fat, the French have a lower incidence of heart disease than Americans. The answer was found to lie in red wine, which contains resveratrol, a polyphenol that limits the negative effects of smoking and a fatty diet. In a 1997 study, researchers from the University of Kansas determined that EGCG is twice as powerful as resveratrol, which may explain why the rate of heart disease among Japanese men is quite low, even though approximately seventy-five percent are smokers.

What can Green Tea do for the dieter? Also from About.com:

In November, 1999, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Researchers found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo.

I have found Green Tea to be an invaluable tool in the dieter's arsenal not only because of its properties for increasing metabolism, but also because of its appetite suppressant qualities. Simply put, it slows down and can even stop hunger dead in its tracks! Drinking green tea can assist a dieter in making good choices about what foods to eat and what the portions eaten should be. It also acts as a diuretic, so it helps to shed the first pounds of water weight quickly.

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Boost Metabolism - 4 Dynamite Keys to Ignite Your Weight Loss Flame! by Jason Clemens

Why boost metabolism?

Because that flab around your waste is merely a symptom...

"Of what," you ask?

A slow metabolism! If you are overweight you can rest assured that you have a slow metabolism.

Do you want to lose weight fast?

Sure, you may lose a few pounds by making some lifestyle changes, but until you learn how to boost metabolism your weight loss results will be less than desired. In other words, your weight loss will be a struggle!

Your body is a system and every part of that system uses energy from the food you eat in order to operate efficiently. In fact, your body is using energy at this very moment to move your eyes across this page. The level of efficiency with which your body converts food into energy is called metabolism.

There are 4 things that influence your metabolism:

  • Hydration - The amount of water you drink.
  • Eating Habits - How and when you eat.
  • Nutrition - Your diet.
  • Fitness Level

Lack any of these 4 fundamentals and there is a very good chance you will be overweight. The truth is that you probably lack all of them... You are not alone, most people lack them, which is why we have an obesity epidemic!

Unfortunately most diets and other weight loss methods including drugs, pills and surgery do not address the fundamentals and therefore do not lead to desirable results. These weight loss methods are designed for fast results that don't last!

Some of the more popular ways to lose weight these days are through severe calorie restriction and cutting carbs. These methods can produce fast results because the body is forced to use other available energy supplies. However, on such diets the body lacks the proper nutrition it needs to function. Lack of nutrition leads to inefficient metabolism. This is the reason why nearly every person who uses one of these weight loss methods gains the weight all right back. In many cases they gain more back because of the negative impact these methods have on their metabolism.

To effectively boost metabolism and experience fast, lasting weight loss, you must address hydration, eating habits, nutrition and fitness level. Here are 4 simple things you can do to address each of these 4 fundaments:

Hydration
Drink at least eight-8 ounce glasses of water each day. This should be the minimum amount of water that you drink.

Eating Habits
Eat 5 to 6 small meals a day spread out in 3 hour intervals. This is proven to boost metabolism and cause fast weight loss!

Nutrition
Eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and grains. These foods contain the nutrition that will turn your body into a fat burning machine! Eliminate the empty calories (no nutrition) found in all fast food.

Exercise
Do some form of exercise 6 to 7 days a week. Get off the couch! Your results are on the line. The important thing is to pick an exercise you enjoy and work up a sweat.

If you do these four simple things you will boost metabolism and achieve your weight loss goal faster than you thought possible!

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Jason Clemens is a leading weight loss and nutrition coach and author of the best-selling ebook "Naturally Lose 20 Pounds This Month".
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Thursday, August 9, 2007

List Of Health Problems Because Of Obesity

Obesity is because of eating too many calories and not getting enough physical activities to burn those calories. Excess calories are deposited in the body as fat.

Obesity increases the risk of several health problems like high blood pressure, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, stroke, gout, gallstones, colon cancer, sleep apnea and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

High blood pressure:
Blood vessels carry blood from heart to different organs of the body and back to heart. The blood vessels have thick but elastic walls for proper flow of blood. Decrease in elasticity of blood vessel wall increases pressure on blood passing through these vessels. Obesity decreases elasticity of blood vessels causing increase in blood pressure.

Diabetes in obesity:
Insulin is required for entry of carbohydrate into cells from the blood. The carbohydrate in cell is utilized for energy production by the cells. Excess deposition of fat in the body causes insulin resistance, because of which, insulin cannot perform its function and sugar cannot enter into cells and remain in blood. This leads to diabetes or high blood sugar. High sugar in blood leads to complications in various organs like kidney, eyes, blood vessel, and heart.

Atherosclerosis or fatty deposits in blood vessels:
Obesity is associated with increase in levels of bad cholesterol in blood. Increase cholesterol in blood causes atherosclerosis or deposition of cholesterol on the walls of blood vessels. Atherosclerosis reduces the elasticity of blood vessels, narrows blood vessels and decreases blood flow through these vessels. All these changes lead to increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

Heart diseases:
Coronary arteries are the blood vessels that supply blood to heart muscles. Atherosclerosis or fatty deposits in coronary arteries in obesity decreases blood supply to heart muscles. Decreased oxygen supply and blood flow to heart can cause angina (chest pain) and complete blockage of blood flow to heart can cause heart attack.

Stroke or paralysis:
Atherosclerosis in arteries of brain can reduce blood supply to the brain. This decrease in blood flow can result in stroke or paralysis.

Arthritis:
Obesity and overweight increases the load on the joints such as the knee, hip and lower back, which can cause the breakdown of cartilage in the joint. Cartilage is a cushion like structure in a joint required for smooth movement of joints. Breakdown of cartilage in obesity results in joint pain and stiffness and other features of osteoarthritis.

Gout:
A type of arthritis caused by the accumulation of uric acid crystals in joints. Obesity is associated with increased accumulation of these solid crystal-like masses in joints, which causes inflammation and pain.

Sleep apnea:
Overweight and excess fat around neck causes narrowing of airways and leads to sleep apnea. In sleep apnea, person snores heavily and stops breathing for short periods, which results in frequent awakening at night.

Fatty liver disease:
Obesity increases the risk of developing liver disease called fatty liver disease due to accumulation of fat in liver.

Gallbladder disease and gallstones:
Obesity increases cholesterol deposition in gall bladder, which can lead to formation of gallstones.

So, obesity can lead to a lot of health problems and other complications. More information is available at dietfordisease.com on role of nutrition in various diseases.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

World Class Nutrition Bodybuilding Supplements

Having the optimum health for yourself is not just about diet, supplements, vitamins and minerals. It isn't just about exercising and getting plenty of sleep. There is a whole lot more to optimum health, such as making sure your body isn't toxic, having a healthy love life and seeking advice and camaraderie from those who have the same goals.

If all of this sounds like something that you are interested in, you may want to find a local health food store or even healthy grocery store that stocks diet and fitness items. Of course, some of these stores have very limited stock and selection due to shelf space. If this is the case with the places in your area, then you can find an online website that offers these selections. Because they don't have to worry about shelf space, they can offer more items.

A good online health supplement website should sell diet supplements, but also other items to get you there. Most dieticians will tell you that weight loss is faster and longer-lasting if you eat less calories than you consume and also start a regular fitness and exercise regiment. This means that you will need to do some cardio and preferably some weight training to go with your weight loss pills and weight loss supplements. A good website will offer sports supplements, energy pills, heart rate monitors to make sure you are optimally exercising, and even an online personal trainer or diary to keep track of your goals. Your online personal trainer or diary tracker can help you establish, reach and then maintain your fitness goals.

A few examples of the items you should be able to get at a good and reputable online diet supplement website include Alli (the new government-approved weight loss aide that is sold over-the-counter), NV (endorsed by Carmen Elektra), Andro (a legal steroid used for fast body-building), Bionovix Meridium XN & HGH growth hormone enhancers, Creatine and much more.

As we said earlier, a good website that sells health products should be about more than just your inner health, they should be about your outer self, too. They need to help you build yourself from head to toe, inside and out. This is why they need to also sell items like longevity products, self-tanning lotions, male enhancement drugs, workout gear and clothes, vitamins, multivitamins and even detoxifying products to help jumpstarts your newly-picked diet and exercise plan.

No matter what kind of nutritional aides you are looking for, a reputable health supplement website worth their salt should be able to have a large selection to choose from. You should also be able to turn to them for advice if you don't know where to start. This is also true if there are too many to choose from and you feel overwhelmed. From weight loss pills to diet supplements, diet pills to muscle-building powders and exercise gear, you can find it all on one website at affordable prices. Your privacy should always be assured as well, with your credit card information being secure. If you find all of these things at one website, it may just help you improve your quality of life.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

How Old Is To Old To Stay In Shape


Here is a Picture of a Lady who's Age tells the whole story.

When she won her first competition 15 years ago it was in the 40 years old and up. She gone on to win championships all over the world. With out a doubt she proves that staying in shape you are never to old.

Her Name Is Morjorie Newlin she was 72 years young at that first competition. Here is what she has to say about staying in shape.

Morjorie: Yes I do. My advice is to first of all, I think they need to exercise, find out what kind of exercise you can do and what you like to do, because if you like what you're doing, you're more likely to continue doing it, and it's not all about losing weight, it's about gaining strength and being able to do what you have to do.

Morjorie: I can’t do anything to be young, I don’t wanna be young. I’ve been young I feel good just the way I am.

I would hope she is an encouragement to everyone with a out of shape and overweight problem.

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Monday, August 6, 2007

The Answer To "What Makes Us Fat"

The questions posed in the article I read were...

1. Unhealthy eating combined with sustained lack of activity usually causes obesity.

Answer: This lifestyle will always cause you to be overweight or very fat. Any eating without thinking is not good for your overall health. Many of us were never taught how to eat healthy. Most families have both parents working outside the home, so most meals are fast foods or pre-package. Neither is created with your health or weight problems in mind.

Lack of activity: Today's world is design around the Television and the home computer. Two of the most physical inactivity tools every invented. Our minds might be over developed but our bodies are within away. People using both of these inventions never have to leave their homes, talk about lack of activity.

2. Bad eating habits are the top reason why people become obese. With neither the time, nor the inclination to control one’s meals.

Answer: No brainier here, like the answer above eating without thinking is never a good thing for your weight problems. To say you do not have the time or will to eat health is just plain lazy.
If you cared about what you eat and how it affects you body. You would use the home computer to create a meal plan that would fit your lifestyle. It takes no more time to eat the right meals as it does to eat to unhealthy ones.

3. Many people try diets in order to lose a few pounds. But the fact is, most of them return to their old lifestyle and eating habits easily, which almost always means the lost weight would be regained rapidly.

Answer: It is called discipline and the will to change your life. It is true most people use the “Elevator Diet Plan", this is where they lose a few pounds, then thinking they have things under control slowly go back to their old eating habits. This is the worst kind of diet to be on, you would be better off to never diet. When you starve the body of food then begins to eat all those calories again. The body starts storing those calories into body fat not knowing the next time it will be fed. So you become a lot fatter through your dieting efforts.

4. I would say keep a healthy lifestyle is the most effective way to keep you fit. Don’t eat foods with high calories too often, do enough sport exercises regularly and better on a daily basis.

Answer: A respectful DAAAAA!!!! This is the bases of all weight loss programs. Think about what you are eating and how it affects you body's weight. Know that you are eating something that tastes good but is bad for you, the trade off is a lot more exercise. If you stumble on your healthy way of eating do not quit. Just pick up where you stumble and do something to make up for it. Like EXERCISE.

The article had some good ideas but left a lot of unanswered questions. The one idea in the article was to take a pill to lose weight. This is always a temporary fix and you really do not know the side effects it will have on your body. A natural way is the better way to lose weight permanently and keep it off forever.

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Sunday, August 5, 2007

What Makes Us Fat

Anyone who wants to resolve any problem, he has to know the cause of problem above all. It is the same by losing weight. We have to know why we are growing fat first, then, we can suit the remedy to the case.

Unhealthy eating combined with sustained lack of activity usually causes obesity. You take more calories than you burn everyday, your body then puts on fat. This is the common sense behind obesity. Further more, according to genetics, obesity could also be inherited from family members. If your family has a history of weight problems, then you should watch your weight very carefully.

However, bad eating habits are the top reason why people become obese. With neither the time, nor the inclination to control one’s meals, there’s no wonder people get fat all over the world. People are always busy, but this is not the excuse that we have to eat junk food all the time. Fast foods may look good, but they contain too high fat for your body. Thing is, a single burger is worth a whole meal, but your body does not judge the situation this way. Your stomach will never be filled by a regular burger, so it will keep asking for more, despite the fact that your body does not need more burgers.

Many people try diets in order to lose a few pounds. But the fact is, most of them return to their old lifestyle and eating habits easily, which almost always means the lost weight would be regained rapidly. Moreover, the body will get used to these diets after long time diet taking, and after that it will be much harder for you to lose weight. Strictly taking diets means you have to refuse a lot of delicious foods, which will make these foods much more attractive than usual. The result is, most of the diets takers give up easily.

At the end of this article, I would say, keep a healty lifestyle is the most effective way to keep you fit. Don’t eat foods with high calories too often, do enough sport exercises regularly and better on a daily basis. If you already have weight problems, then you’d better try some products like Proactol fat binder, which won’t ask you to eat diets strictly. I’ve already seen too many people tried diets and gave up. Results are they regained more fat than before.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007

Resistance Exercise in Older Adults

Carol Ewing Garber, PhD is Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Director, Human Performance Laboratory, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Brown University School of Medicine.

Muscular strength declines with age, although there is variability in the rate of decline in various muscle groups. There is a decrement in muscle strength of approximately 30% between the ages of 20 and 70 years in both men and women, with much of the loss in strength occurring after age 45-50 years and during menopause, although estrogen replacement therapy may attenuate this loss in women.1,2 There are few data available on strength in those older than 70 years, a serious lapse in our knowledge base.1,2

Benefits

Many studies have demonstrated that significant increases in muscular hypertrophy and strength result from resistance training in healthy and frail old participants.1,2,3 The relative magnitude of the strength increases in the elderly appear to be similar to younger subjects, when differences in initial strength are considered.2,3 In older adults, these increases in strength often translate into improvements in the ability to ambulate and to carry on the activities of daily living.3,4 Thus, older individuals can benefit greatly from participation in a regular program of resistance training exercise.2,3,5 The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends strength training for all healthy adults, including elders.2,3 The American Heart Association recommends resistance training for patients with stable cardiovascular disease.6

Types of resistance training

Resistance training exercise generally involves lifting weights, all or part of one's body weight, or moving the body against some externally imposed resistance such as elastic resistance bands or a strength training machine, i.e., Nautilus machine. Resistance training involves two types of muscular contraction: isometric and isotonic contractions. Isometric, or static, exercise involves muscular contraction without shortening of the muscle or movement of the limb and usually occurs at the beginning and at the end of the range of exercise. Isotonic, or dynamic, exercise involves muscular contraction accompanied by movement of the limb. The isotonic contraction can be concentric, where the muscle shortens, or eccentric, where the muscle length lengthens, usually when moving against gravity or against heavy resistance, i.e. walking down stairs, or lowering a heavy weight. Eccentric contractions generally result in greater muscle soreness and should be minimized, particularly in the earlier phases of an exercise training program.

Current ACSM recommendations for resistance training suggest exercising at a "sufficient intensity to improve muscular strength and endurance and to maintain fat-free mass."2 Exercises for all the major muscle groups should be included and the program of exercise should be individualized and progress gradually. One set of 10-15 repetitions of each exercise two to three days per week is recommended for adults over age fifty. The amount of resistance can be determined by the amount of weight or resistance that can be lifted comfortably at least 10 times.

Stretching

Stretching exercises are strongly recommended before and after performing the resistance exercises and it is helpful to warm the muscles by performing some light aerobic or calisthenic activity before engaging in the resistance exercises. Many patients will benefit from individualized instruction by an exercise physiologist as they begin a resistance training program. Many YMCA's, health clubs and other community facilities offer these services for older adults. For home exercise, common household objects can be used for resistance training. Cans of various sizes, milk jugs with varying amounts of water added, bicycle tubes, or elastic bungee cords (without metal hooks) can all become the older person's training tools. Hand, wrist and ankle weights of varying weight can be purchased inexpensively at many department stores. Older adults often do better with attachable wrist and ankle weights that allow for adjustment in the amount of weight.

How much weight?

To determine the appropriate amount of weight for each exercise, the patient should choose a weight that can be lifted comfortably 10 times. It is expected that there may be great variability in the amount of weight that an individual can lift with different muscle groups. The exercises should feel "somewhat hard" to "hard" and the patient should not strain to complete the exercises. To improve exercise adherence, it is usually best with new exercisers to begin with a less intense exercise program (lower resistance and repetitions) that will be easily tolerated. A gradual progression, generally with increases in the amount of weight or resistance every 2-4 weeks, is usually well tolerated by most patients. A good gauge for readiness for progression is when the patient can lift the weight or repeat an exercise 20 times, and the level of intensity feels "fairly easy."

Muscle soreness

Patients need to understand that they may experience some muscle soreness 24-48 hours following exercise at the beginning and when increasing a resistance training program, but that this should not be severe or incapacitating. If they do experience severe soreness, a reduction in the amount of resistance and/or repetitions on a subsequent exercise session is probably indicated. Mild fatigue is not uncommon in the early stages of exercise, but the patient should not experience inordinate fatigue. Excessive fatigue is often a symptom of over-training at an intensity or duration of exercise that is too high, or it may be a symptom of exercise intolerance in some patients, such as those with heart failure.

Getting started

An exercise program should begin at a level consistent with the patient's habitual physical activity during normal daily activities and leisure activities. That is, an individual who does little physical activity in the course of his/her day generally needs to begin with low intensity exercise with fewer repetitions, while someone who is active throughout the day, including lifting and walking or moving about, can begin at a higher intensity of effort. A sample (conservative) exercise progression is shown in Table 1. For individuals who are very deconditioned, it is often reasonable to have them start with calisthenic exercises or have them perform the motions without any weight or resistance for a week or two. Then light weights or resistance can be added gradually, as tolerated. Patients who are active can start with more exercise, according to their habitual activity.

Prior to recommending exercise training, contraindications to exercise,6 co-morbidities, and/or problems with balance, vision, and cognition must be considered. To minimize falls, patients with balance problems can exercise while in a sitting position. Patients with visual impairments will need instruction in audio or large print format. Patients with cognitive issues need close supervision and frequent repetition of instructions. Older adults with chronic health problems such as coronary artery disease, COPD, or diabetes mellitus may benefit from medically supervised programs.

Physicians can do much to provide encouragement for older patients to begin a comprehensive exercise program, including resistance training. Many older patients, with few exceptions, can safely engage in resistance training and can realize substantial improvements in strength, balance, and the ability to carry out activities of daily living.

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Friday, August 3, 2007

How to Use a BMI Weight Loss Calculator

BMI stands for Body Mass Index. What the BMI weight loss calculator does is that it shows the relationship between a person's height and weight.

How to use it

To use a BMI weight loss calculator, measure your height and weight. Then use the following equation: weight / (height in feet x height in feet). You can use this equation to measure your BMI yourself or use an online BMI weight loss calculator to do your work for you.

Is it reliable?

The BMI weight loss calculator is most reliable for people aging between 19 and 70, except those who are pregnant, women who breastfeed, body builders, competitive athletes, and those who are chronically ill. Since the BMI weight loss calculator does not take into account your bodily composition, if you are undergoing a weight loss program that involves gaining or losing muscle, then the BMI might not be the best way to track your progress. A better way to track down your progress would be to see how your clothes fit.

What your BMI syas about your weight

With BMI below 18.5, you are underweight.
With BMI between 18.5 and 24.9, you are of normal weight.
With BMI between 25 and 29.9, you are overweight.
With BMI between 30 and 39.9, you are obese.
With BMI over 40, you are morbidly obese.

Your BMI allows you to determine if your weight, in relation to your height, falls along a healthy range. As a general rule, the higher your BMI is, the higher your risk for developing certain diseases are. Your risk even increases if your waist size is above 40 for men, and above 35 for women. If you find out that you are obese or morbidly obese, you should consult your doctor so he could recommend a sensible weight loss program for you.


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Thursday, August 2, 2007

If Diets and Weight Loss Programs Leave You Cold - Start Your Own!

Anything that I write on the subject of weight loss has GOT to include facts. Not supposition. Not opinion. Not argument. Not pie-in-the sky. None of that. I said "facts", and I am talking about proven facts on the subject of diets and weight loss.

Fact #1: Diets are not a permanent weight loss solution.

Fact #2: Even a "good" diet is usually mis-handled. (Okay, one opinion.)

Fact #3: You won't get there without exercise.

Fact #4: In place of a "diet" you need to substitute good nutrition.

Fact #5: Almost everything else is a helper or a hindrance.

Fact #6: You need your own weight loss program, not somebody else's.

A DIET IS NOT A PERMANENT WEIGHT LOSS SOLUTION

It is well documented that dieting, that is removing certain things from you normal list of foods you eat or eating only certain foods, does not work as a permanent weight loss solution. The explanation of this could be the subject of a book itself, but to make it short, you get bored, it's hard to stay on the diet, dieting produces changes in your body that encourage weight gain, you lose energy, it just isn't fun and so on. Pick any diet you want. Are you prepared to spend the rest of your life eating that way? Probably not. The only real solution to a lifetime problem is a change in lifestyle and behavior.

DIETS ARE COMMONLY MISUNDERSTOOD AND MISHANDLED

Here's a classic example: The Atkins diet! Ask almost anybody you know what the Atkins diet is, and they will say it's a diet that lets you eat lots of things like steak, bacon...you know, the fun stuff, without worrying about those nasty old veggies and carbohydrates. That's why it's called "low carbohydrate", right? Shows how far most people read. A few pages into the Atkins diet plan, you learn that eating like that is only supposed to be done for about the first two weeks, to shift your body into the proper mode for the next three phases. In each of those phases, Dr. Atkins actually instructed people to begin adding certain foods, including carbohydrates, back in because it is not healthy to remain on a straight diet of chicken-fried steak or whatever for the rest of your life.

Just to drive the point home, I have a friend who went on the Atkins diet over two years ago. After a couple of years, he was still eating the from the list of foods that were recommended for the first two weeks! He lost weight at first, he's gaining it back now, and then some, and has no idea why the Atkins diet doesn't work any more.

It's interesting to note that the Atkins diet, and almost any other weight loss program, diet drink, diet pill, fitness coach, you name it, includes exercise as being important to their product being effective.

YOU HAVE GOT TO EXERCISE FOR WEIGHT LOSS

In fact, many people could lose most of the weight they need to lose just by getting into the right exercise program and staying with it! That's half the problem. Our bodies are designed by Mother Nature to DO THINGS! Clicking the remote doesn't count. Again, this topic is broader than the scope of this article, but the facts are that if you want to improve your overall health, defeat or at least delay dozens of mental and physical conditions, get more enjoyment out of life, live longer, live better, AND lose weight, you need to exercise.

The basic rule of weight loss and weight gain is that if you eat more calories than you burn you gain weight. If you burn more calories than you burn, you lose weight. That simple.

For most people it really seems simple. If they eat less, they will lose weight!

IN PLACE OF A DIET YOU NEED TO SUBSTITUTE GOOD NUTRITION

As pointed out above, simply cutting foods out of your diet is not the answer. However, the solution is simple - just eat sensibly. Nobody ever said you can't eat chocolate cake, just that you shouldn't eat two or three pieces a day, and the piece you DO eat should be a normal size. We all have at least a vague idea of what foods we SHOULD be eating, and we have a good idea of what we shouldn't be eating, or at least eating a lot of. This is an active process. Most people drive up to the window and say, "Give me your 99 cent greaseburger and a cup of water with sugar." When asked if they want to "supersize" it, they agree. Even the good restaurants serve a lot more food than it is healthy to eat, but most people go ahead and eat it anyway because they have no idea of how much they should be eating, because it tastes so good, or because they were taught to clean their plates.

DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE FRILLS

You see a lot of diet and weight loss products that claim that they have found THE SOLUTION to your weight loss problem. Hardly anybody gets overfat (Arnold Schwarzenegger is "overweight") because of one single thing. Mostly, it will occur over a period of time because of a combination of factors. While nutrition and exercise are two of the absolute MOST important factors, simply changing one without the other doesn't work as well as putting both into action. Little things like an electric exercise belt, a pill made out of grapefruit, or a secret drink from Tahiti might help your weight loss program, but if you aren't already doing the two most important things, don't expect to see much in the way of results. That's why so many of these diet and weight loss products have a remark on the label that says something like "...when used in conjunction with a proper diet and regular exercise."

There is good scientific evidence that things like cortisol and caffeine can influence weight gain and weight loss, for example, but if you were to try to control your weight over a lifetime by controlling these factors, you probably would not notice any real results. If, however, you were to begin eating sensibly and getting more exercise, taking cortisol blockers or cutting caffeine out of your diet MIGHT contribute a few extra pounds of weight loss, but it is weight you will probably lose eventually if you stay on your weight loss program.

YOUR WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM, THAT'S THE GOAL

You are not your brother, your sister, or your mother no matter how closely you are tied to them genetically. What works for one of them might not be what you need. While there is scientific fact to back up the exercise equations outlined above each person is going to react in their own unique way. You need to exercise, but maybe not as much as your friend. You need to eat less chocolate ice cream, but maybe you can't eat as much as your friend does. You need to make any weight loss program work for you by designing it around you. Do the exercises you like to do, just make sure you are doing enough. What's enough? Well, you will have to experiment and see. Eat the foods you like, just eat them in sensible quantities and eat primarily foods that have a lot of real nutrition in them. What foods? Again, you will have to find your way, probably by trial and error, although there are many excellent books to give you guidance.

Speaking of goals, your goal is to be healthy and happy. Wanting to weigh a given weight because somebody else weighs that amount is senseless. You shouldn't even be trying to weigh what you weighed in high school, because, physically speaking, that was a different person. He or she was someone with a different metabolism, lifestyle, and tastes. Concentrate on getting your exercise and eating properly and let your body figure out how much it needs to weigh.

Trying to tailor a weight loss program on someone else's results is just asking for trouble as far as weight loss is concerned. They may be able to run faster than you. They may have a higher metabolic rate than you. They may have a different bone structure. They may have fewer obstacles than you. Let's face it, somebody like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie can have the best equipment, the finest personal trainer, and can make the opportunity to sculpt a beautiful body. Plus they have the incentive of knowing that their multimillion dollar salaries depend on their maintaining the basic equipment their genetic makeup endowed them with. You and I have an old set of barbells, a cracked sidewalk, sneakers that are falling apart, live paycheck to paycheck, and the kids are going to be home in two hours. You and I are not going to look like Brad, Angelina, or Arnold. Just do the best you can with what you've got, and you will not regret the outcome, trust me.


Donovan Baldwin is a Dallas area writer. A graduate of the University Of West Florida (1973) with a BA in accounting, he is a member of Mensa and has held several managerial positions. After retiring from the U. S. Army in 1995, he became interested in internet marketing and developed various online businesses. He has been writing poetry, articles, and essays for over 40 years, and now frequently publishes articles on his own websites and for use by other webmasters. He has a blog on the subjects of health, fitness, diet, and weight loss at http://nodiet4me.com/ and a website on the subject of weight loss at http://nodiet4me.com

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