Friday, 9 January 2009

Does Eating Less and Exercising More Make You Fat?

Contrary to what you would think by reading the paper or watching the news, going on fad diets and radical exercise programs will do you more harm than good.

It is part of the reason why:

* 64% of Americans are overweight, up 18% since 1994
* 25% of us are clinically obese, up 36% since 1994
* Over 40% have high cholesterol
* 50% of Americans over 65 have high blood pressure, and 28.7% overall
* 5.1% of Americans have type-2 diabetes, up a whopping 104% from 1980 to 2004
* Over 100,000,000 Americans have metabolic syndrome, which is one small step away from type-2 diabetes
* 92% of Americans are deficient in one or more essential vitamins and minerals

Many of the people in these categories fell for the "eat less, exercise more" myth.

How can I call this a myth?

It's only logical, right? It makes sense that putting less calories in and burning more calories would be a great weight loss plan - right?


Here's why: when you eat less, you slow down your metabolism. A slower metabolism makes it harder to lose weight...not easier.


Well, when you eat less, your body thinks it's starving.

What happens next helps explain why most diets fail: Your body will do anything possible to ensure that you won't starve it to death. So less calories in actually slows down your metabolism, which is the opposite of what you want.

The result?

Your appetite increases sharply because your brain thinks it is not getting enough food so it will tease you into eating more next time you eat.

You end up gaining, not losing, weight.

Weight you lose on a starvation diet is only 1/2 fat...the other half is muscle. And, once again, losing muscle actually slows your metabolism (muscle cells burn far more calories than fat cells).

You now have the double whammy effect and you are slowing your metabolism down in 2 different ways.

Keep losing weight and regaining it (the "yo-yo" dieting effect) and you're really messing up your body's metabolism.

So what about exercise?
When you exercise hard, you'll burn lots of calories... that part IS correct. But, when you burn more calories than you take in (due to dieting or starvation), your body gets confused.

Just like eating less puts your body into starvation mode, intense exercise makes your brain think you're starving it - and your metabolism (again) will slow down.

You now have 3 different factors that will destroy your body's ability to lose weight properly - and keep it off.

So, what is the solution?
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Excess Abdominal Fat - a Serious Danger Beyond Vanity Issues

Article by Mike Geary at Truth About Abs

Did you know that the vast majority of people in this day and age have excess abdominal fat? The first thing that most people think of is that their extra abdominal fat is simply ugly, is covering up their abs from being visible, and makes them self conscious about showing off their body.

However, what most people don't realize is that excess abdominal fat in particular, is not only ugly, but is also a dangerous risk factor to your health. Scientific research has clearly determined that although it is unhealthy in general to have excess body fat throughout your body, it is also particularly dangerous to have excess abdominal fat.

There are two types of fat that you have in your abdominal area. The first type that covers up your abs from being visible is called subcutaneous fat and lies directly beneath the skin and on top of the abdominal muscles.

The second type of fat that you have in your abdominal area is called visceral fat, and that lies deeper in the abdomen beneath your muscle and surrounding your organs. Visceral fat also plays a role in giving certain men that "beer belly" appearance where their abdomen protrudes excessively but at the same time, also feels sort of hard if you push on it.

Both subcutaneous fat and visceral fat in the abdominal area are serious health risk factors, but science has shown that having excessive visceral fat is even more dangerous than subcutaneous fat. Both of them greatly increase the risk your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, sleep apnea, various forms of cancer, and other degenerative diseases.

Part of the reason visceral fat is particularly dangerous is that it apparently releases more inflammatory molecules into your system on a consistent basis.

If you care about the quality of your life and your loved ones, reducing your abdominal fat should be one of your TOP priorities! There's just no way around it. Besides, a side effect of finally getting rid of all of that excessive ugly abdominal fat is that your stomach will flatten out, and if you lose enough stomach fat, you will be able to visibly see those sexy six pack abs that everyone wants.

So what gets rid of extra abdominal fat? Is there actually a REAL solution beyond all of the gimmicks and hype that you see in ads and on commercials for "miracle" fat loss products?

The first thing you must understand is that there is absolutely NO quick fix solution. There are no pills or supplements of any sort that will help you lose your abdominal fat faster. Also, none of the gimmicky ab rockers, rollers, or ab belts will help get rid of abdominal fat either. You can't spot reduce your stomach fat by using any of these worthless contraptions. It simply doesn't work that way.

The ONLY solution to consistently lose your abdominal fat and keep it off for good is to combine a sound nutritious diet full of unprocessed natural foods with a properly designed strategic exercise program that stimulates the necessary hormonal and metabolic response within your body. Both your food intake as well as your training program are important if you are to get this right.

I've actually even seen a particular study that divided thousands of participants into a diet-only group and an exercise & diet combined group. While both groups in this study made good progress, the diet-only group lost significantly LESS abdominal fat than the diet & exercise combined group.

Now the important thing to realize is that just any old exercise program will not necessarily do the trick. The majority of people that attempt getting into a good exercise routine are NOT working out effectively enough to really stimulate the loss of stubborn abdominal fat. I see this everyday at the gym.

Most people will do your typical boring ineffective cardio routines, throw in a little outdated body-part style weight training, and pump away with some crunches and side bends, and think that they are doing something useful for reducing their abdominal fat. Then they become frustrated after weeks or months of no results and wonder where they went wrong.

Well, the good news is that I've spent over a decade researching this topic, analyzing the science, and applying it "in the trenches" with myself as well as thousands of my clients from all over the world to see what works to really stimulate abdominal fat loss. I want to help you succeed in finally getting rid of that extra abdominal fat that is not only UGLY, but also DANGEROUS.

Don't waste another day allowing that nasty abdominal fat to kill your confidence as well as contribute to your risk for MAJOR diseases.

The only reason most people fail in their fitness goals is that they have good intentions at first to adopt a new lifestyle, yet after a few weeks or months, they abandon their good intentions and slip right back into their old bad habits that gave them the excess body fat in the first place.

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Thursday, 8 January 2009

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Monday, 5 January 2009

10 New Year Resolutions for Those Who Want to Lose Weight

Do you want to lose weight? If so, now is the time to incorporate your weight loss goals into your New Year’s resolution. Although many individuals make the resolution to lose weight, you may want to take a different approach. Yes, still have your main goal be weight loss, but create many small, New Year resolutions. When you focus on specific areas of weight loss, instead of just being overweight, you are more likely to see success.

So, what are some good weight loss New Year resolutions?

1 – Eat Healthy
Eating healthy is an easy way to lose weight. In fact, it requires little or no physical effort on your part. Instead of snacking on a package of cookies, opt for a handful of grapes or an apple. Eliminate calorie rich soft drinks from your diet or opt for diet versions instead. Reduce your portion sizes. If this is difficult, start eating with a smaller plate.

2 – Don’t Bring Junk Food into Your Home
Saying you want to eat healthy is fine, but actually doing so is another thing. If you have a weakness for junk food, it is unlikely you will be able to eat healthily if you still have junk food in your home. So, eliminate it. This will take a lot of resilience at the grocery store, but avoid aisles or sections that have your favorite junk foods. If you only have healthy foods in your home, you will have no choice but to eat healthily. So, make one of your New Year resolutions to rid your home of junk food and keep it that way.

3 – Stay Away from Diet Food Aisles
As previously stated, you want to keep junk food out of your home, but you don’t need diet food. Look for foods that are healthy, such as fruits and vegetables. In terms of packaged and processed foods, always opt for those with low calories and low fat. Of course, you can buy diet foods, but know that you are paying more for brand name than anything else.

4 – Exercise
Aside from healthy eating, the next most important component of weight loss is exercise. In terms of exercise, you have many different options. You can go for walks outside, purchase a gym membership, or do exercise videos in the comfort of your own home.

Those who already exercise, but still want to lose weight are encouraged to increase their workouts. Add an extra 15 minutes or opt for workouts that are more intensive.

5 – Walk More
When you walk, you are getting exercise. With that said, it isn’t always referred to as an exercise routine, but that doesn’t mean it can’t become one. If you are looking to lose weight, make one of your mini New Year resolutions to walk more. Park in the back of the car parking lot, take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator and walk down the street to the post office instead of driving. The more you walk the more calories you burn.

6 – Get a Workout Buddy
If you are serious about losing weight and have more than 10 pounds to lose, it can be difficult. You will not experience an immediate weight loss. And, when you do lose weight, it can be difficult to keep it off. For that reason, get a workout buddy. This person will be your support. Whether you and your workout buddy exercise together daily or meet weekly for updates, this support can help you turn your New Year resolution into a reality.

7 – Buy an MP3 Player
If you don’t already have an MP3 player, buy one. They are very affordable now. You do not need to have the latest iPod. Instead, opt for a cheap MP3 player.

8 – Use Your MP3 Player
Not only do you want to buy an MP3 player, but use it. One of the many reasons why people stop exercising is because they are bored. Use iTunes or another legal music program to purchase and download your favorite music. Listen to it when working out. Or download hypnosis Mp3s on losing weight or other positive changes you might want to make.

9 – Talk to Your Doctor
If you are overweight or obese, you may fear going to do the doctor. After all, who wants a lecture on the dangers of being overweight? Don’t feel this way. Instead, make the resolution to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. He or she can help you devise the perfect weight loss plan.

10 – Don’t Give Up
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© Antonia Harrison is the English Hypnotherapist in Belgium and recommends Download Hypnosis Mp3s for immediate access to positive life-changing hypnosis sessions.

Easy Weight Loss Through Hypnosis

It's the 5th of January and many people are back to work today after two weeks of excess eating and drinking. The new year resolutions often include doing something positive about those excess pounds/kilos and this is the peak time for new gym memberships. The thing is how many people keep going after the first couple of weeks if they rely on their own willpower? Did it work last year?

Losing weight or, shedding excess pounds or kilos, is a way of life, not just an activity for the new year. One of the most effective ways of losing weight is through hypnosis. Deep mental and physical relaxation in the comfort of your own home will retrain your unconscious mind to make healthy eating choices and inspire you to want to exercise.

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