Tips for weight loss

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The orange juice stategy

Yale researchers suggest drinking a glass of Orange juice 30-60 minutes to before each meal. They say this nutrient-rich drink is filling, and helps you to eat less food at mealtime.

Food diary a must

People who struggle with their weight sometimes get anxious about this idea , but do your best to keep a food diary- write down exactly what you eat in the course of a day and add notes about how it makes you feel. Emotion-based eating is at epidemic proportions today, and these notes may help you uncover your own problem areas.

Discipline is the real key

Dieters who are forever following ‘this week’s designer diet plan’ usually end up just going in circles. There’s an extraordinarily simple equation regarding weight loss. Eat less calories than what you burn in a day and you will lose weight. Period. It can’t not happen. Bottom line: For people with normal metabolisms and who are  medically sound, it’s  usually just about developing discipline. When you get the discipline, you get the results

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Walking off the pounds- what could be easier?

Walking is your best friend, and it costs nothing (except well spent time), and really helps drop pounds when  paired with a sensible diet. Start with 30 minutes a day, but try to get in two 30 minute sessions a day after awhile.  Burn those calories without the need to go  every Aerobics class. If you live in a cold whether climate, investment in a used treadmill may be worth it so you never miss your daily sessions.

                                               Before breakfast,,,,,,That’s the ticket

You will burn 20% more fat if you do your workout before breakfast.  A recent study in Britain found that because there are no calories from food  in the body to burn, it has to tap existing body fat for the the energy to get through the workout

 Meat should be a side dish only

If you are eating meat, then treat it as a side dish. It should only take up 1/3 of your plate. 2/3 should be vegetables, beans, and whole grains.

Stand, don’t sit

Keep standing and walking when you feel like sitting. The Mayo Clinic states heavy people sit 2 1/2 hours more per day than thin people. If you’re on the phone a lot, stand, don’t sit, while you’re talking

   Ideal body fat percentage for women? –  25%

Most women should aim to have about 25% body fat ideally. Simple BMI (body mass index) calculators work pretty well as a general rule if you’re in your 20’s or 30’s, but once you hit your 40’s and beyond they are not quite as accurate. Why?, because your body could have lost muscle and just replaced it with fat, which a BMI calculator can’t differentiate. Your best bet is to go to gym, and have an experienced trainer do a body composition check

 Raw nuts – nutritional powerhouse

If you’re in the market for a healthy snack, raw nuts are about as good as you’ll get. They have been proven to help with weight loss in many ways. They contain healthy fats and oils which are good for your heart, are very filling, and  delicious. Stay away from toasted or salted varieties. Raw is best and our top choices are Almonds, Walnuts, and Cashews.

Light dumbbells can really help

If you want to burn lots of calories, and look great in the process, grab a pair of light to moderate weight dumbbells, and for each exercise do 4-6 sets of 12 to 16 repetitions. There are a gazillion exercise videos on Youtube to give you some ideas and show you the proper techniques. Keep a progress journal, of course. It is work, but the payoff will be well worth it on beach days

Don’t eat late in the day

Don’t eat after 8:00 p.m.. Eating at night when you ‘re winding down and less active  gives those extra calories a chance to do their dirty work.  Just remember the phrase “After eight, it’s too late”

Sleep requirements and weight loss

Believe it or not, getting the right amount of sleep affects your weight. Sleep deprivation negatively affects certain hormones  that control hunger (the ones give you that “full feeling”). When they’re out of whack, all bets are off for sensible eating habits.

Occasional detox regimen is a good thing

Once in a while, detox diets are necessary to bring your body back to a healthy state if you’ve strayed from  good eating habits. One Hollywood celebrity nutritionist has written a couple of easy-to-implement books about the food regimen she gives to her famous clients to keep them looking great on the Red Carpet. Check out The Beauty Detox Solution and The Beauty Detox Foods. These are both on Kindle, and have 4 star reviews from hundreds of readers. The important thing is that they work.

Trick your mind into eating less

Researchers at Arizona State University found that cutting up your food into smaller pieces before you eat it tricks the mind into thinking you have eaten a bigger portion. Whether it’s chicken, apples, potatoes, or whatever, cut it up first,  and you’ll think you’ve eaten more than you really have.  Nice little mind trick

The 6 smaller meals theory

One tried and true strategy is eating 6 small meals throughout the day instead of the traditional 3 bigger meals. This discipline will  keep you from getting ravenous throughout the day, and will ultimately help you lose weight, just make sure the 6 meals are smaller than your usual regular meal portions

Be aware of the glycemic index

Planning your diet around the Glycemic Index  is a sensible idea. Many big name and big money weight loss organizations use the Glycemic index as a cornerstone for their diet plans. You can get same benefits without shelling out for membership costs by reading informative books to help you plan your diet like Glycemic Index Cookbook for Dummies

This tried and advice is still a winner

This tip has been beaten into the ground, but it is, and always has been, some of the most effective weight loss advice. Drink 8 six ounce glasses of water per day. It flushes toxins, boosts metabolism, and helps with staving off hunger. It wouldn’t still be a mainstay of weight loss after all these years if it didn’t work. Thirsty or not, just do it, okay?.

                                         Another great reason to knock off those pounds

a 2012 study done at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that losing just 5% of your body weight can reduce your risk of getting breast cancer by over 20%. The study tested 439 women who who were postmenopausal, overweight and sedentary. These 3 factors raise hormone levels of both Estrogen and Testosterone which raise breast cancer risk. With the 5% weight loss (through diet and exercise), the hormone levels dropped significantly, greatly reducing risk.