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Chewing Gum: Surprising Pros And Cons

Chewing gum is a controversial habit that has both proponents and detractors. Understanding its benefits and disadvantages can help you decide whether you should keep up this habit or put it aside.

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Chewing gum is definitely helping me get through my fasting period.

Pro: Gum Chewing Can Help You Lose Weight

There are many studies that promote the efficacy of gum chewing for weight loss. Gum chewing can help you lose weight by cutting out your craving for snacks, especially sugary or fat-laden ones. According to several studies, people who chew gum can cut between 40-60 Calories from their daily consumption. This may not seem like a lot, but changing your calorie balance by about 50 Calories a day can lead to a 5 pound weight loss in a year. Not bad for a stick of sugar-free gum a day.

Chewing gum also causes you to burn excess calories, about 11 Calories an hour, so if you’re chewing gum for four hours after lunch and before dinner, you can burn up to 100 Calories a day, leading to 10 pounds of weight loss!

Con: Many People Think Gum Chewing Is Disgusting

Although gum chewing may make you more svelte, it isn’t necessarily going to make you more attractive. Gum chewing is commonly thought of as a disgusting habit, so if you’re chewing gum for roughly half your day, you may find you’re making a much more negative impression than you’d like.

Pro: Gum Chewing Can Help You Concentrate

One study of adolescents divided teens into two groups: one that chewed gum while doing homework and taking tests and one that didn’t. The group that chewed gum did 3% better on standardized tests than the ones that didn’t. Teachers also reported that gum chewers were able to work for longer stretches of time and were more focused than the ones that didn’t.

However, it’s worth noting that this research was sponsored by gum maker Wrigley’s, so you’ll have to take it with a grain of salt (or a stick of gum). But there are other studies that link chewing and cognition, such as this study on the link between memory and the number of teeth a person has, and this one on mice who lost spatial memory when they didn’t have to chew.

Con: Chewing Gum Can Make You Look Dumb

Although chewing gum may make you smarter, it may make people think you’re dumb. If you’re chewing all the time, people may think you look like a ruminant (such as a cow), and they’re not known to be the smartest animals on the planet. Add to this associations between education and the use of chewing tobacco, and it’s hard to overcome these stereotypes.

Pro: Chewing Gum Fights Cavities

The American Dental Association (ADA) has given sugar-free chewing gum its stamp of approval. It states that chewing gum for 20 minutes after eating can reduce your risk of dental caries (cavities). This is based on quality science. Some dental insurance providers go further, recommending that you chew gum with xylitol, which has been shown to hamper the growth of Streptococcus mutans, which contribute to tooth decay.

Con: Chewing Gum Can Worsen TMJ

Unfortunately, chewing gum isn’t universally considered to be good for your health. A recent study linked chewing gum to increased headaches in teens, and researchers blamed TMJ as the mechanism for the increase.

Your Decision

Ultimately, how you make this decision will depend on how much these factors matter to you. People who are having trouble with cavities should consider adding sugar-free chewing gum to their routine. So should people who are looking for small strategies that can lead to weight loss. If you start to get headaches or jaw pain, you should stop chewing gum.

And if you don’t like chewing gum, all of these benefits are marginal enough that you shouldn’t worry about living without them.

Dr. Matthew B. Candelaria (PhD, U of Kansas 2006) is a freelance writer who focuses primarily on health and beauty topics, including weight loss, plastic surgery, and dentistry. He has never been a gum chewer, since the texture makes him nauseous, but he rarely holds the habit against anyone.

Sometimes Cheaters Do Win: How Cheating On Your Diet Can Produce Better Results

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Losing weight and getting in shape is always harder than putting the weight on and letting yourself get out of the shape you once were in. One of the most difficult parts of shedding excess pounds is of course sticking to a diet that allows you to get in all of your nutritional needs but also provides you the ability to lose weight.

There are a number of plans available when it comes to dieting and the ironic part is that most of them have the potential to work very well if you can stay with them long enough. It really does not matter is you are going low carb, low fat, whole grains, low calorie or something like a paleo type diet, what matters most  is the ability to stay with the plan.

All diets take discipline, if we could simply eat whatever we want, whenever we want then no one would be overweight and we all would be running marathons together. The fact is that it takes planning, dedication and a strong will to successfully achieve your weight loss goals but even then some fail due to intense cravings.

It’s Not All Bad

It’s not all bad news however; you can lose weight while still enjoying some of your favorite “unhealthy” foods. There are several advantages to cheating on your diet that those who stick to a rigid plan may not enjoy.

It Takes Planning

One of the benefits of cheating is that you can literally plan out when you intend to splurge. Planning your cheat day gives you a huge psychological advantage over those that don’t have designated cheat days. During you non cheat days it is much easier to resist that bowl of ice cream knowing that a few days from now you can have anything you would like. This benefit keeps you from gorging yourself on sweets or other fattening items and it keeps you in your fat burning zone much longer than someone who falls off the wagon every 3rd day or so.

Vital Nutrients

Another advantage you have over others that stick to one plan is basic nutrition. Most strict weight loss diets are relatively complete but often lack something like fats or grains for example. By having a cheat day (or two) you will get the variety you have not been getting while you are staying on course and losing weight during the week.  For example a diet heavy in vegetables and light in meats may leave you low in vitamin b12, obviously you can address that over the weekend.

Pack on Muscle

One more benefit these cheat days might have is muscle retention. Many of these diets require caloric restrictions to help you shed the fat which you will be doing all week long. Adding some extra calories from calorie dense food products can slow the rate in which you lose muscle which is essential to continually losing weight.

Fight Natural Instincts

Finally one of the most difficult things to do is to lose weight regularly once your body thinks it may be starving. Our body is designed to adapt and survive so once you start reducing calories you may lose a few pounds right away until you find yourself slowing in progress or even stopping the progress all together. By adding a cheat day you are telling your body that food is abundant and that you are not in danger of starving which helps “reset” your metabolism, for lack of a better term.

The bottom line is dieting is hard but doesn’t have to be even harder by trying to strict to a particular diet with no hope of ever having all of your favorite dishes. Many successful athletes and fitness professionals simply get exercise at least 3 times per week and strict to a rigid plan during the week and on the weekends they allow themselves a day or 2 to partake in foods that are outside their normal diet program. If you want to try dieting again but have always failed in the past due to not being able to stick to it try the cheat day method and watch the weight come right off.

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Pete Kontakos enjoys writing about health topics as well as sports and business topics. He has experience in Retail and Foodservice management as a General and District manager and is also certified as a coach through USA Wrestling.

How You Can Lose Fat Without Giving Up Your Favorite Foods

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That title sounds like the beginning of a long marketing pitch about a new wonder drug that burns fat without you having to do anything. It’s not. Let’s get one thing straight. You can’t binge on junk food all day without putting on fat. This simply isn’t possible. Nature doesn’t allow this sort of thing.

At the same time, we have to get rid of this ‘all or nothing’ approach. Just because you want to get healthy and fit doesn’t mean you have to give up pizzas, burgers, and coca cola. Let’s explore how you can do this.

Start with the Basics

Firstly, you can’t spot reduce fat. A man who wants abs can’t do 100 sit-ups or crunches each day and find himself looking like an Australian surfer. To lose fat in one place you have to lose fat everywhere. It all starts with the ‘calories in calories out’ principle.

Calories, on an extremely basic level, are the energy particles of your body. If you need to eat 2,000 calories per day to function, you’ll lose weight if you eat less and gain weight if you eat more. Your body has fat reserves that it can delve into if you have a calorie deficit.

In short, stop eating as much. Someone who has a slice of pizza every day will still lose weight with a calorie deficit.

Start measuring your calories by looking at the labels on the back of each food item. It doesn’t have to be accurate. A rough idea is all you need.

Eat More Gain Less

Every food has a different calorie density. Fruit and veg have an extremely low amount of calories. Junk food has a high amount of calories, which is why people classify it as junk food in the first place.

If your favorite foods have a low calorie density, eat as much as you want of them. You could eat a few kilos of fruit each day and still lose weight, without becoming unhealthy.

Always stick to the ‘calories in calories out’ principle.

Burn it Down

Now, the previous arguments have been used with the assumption nobody is exercising. Exercise burns through calories. Bodybuilders wanting to reduce the amount of fat on their bodies will operate at a calorie deficit by intense exercise whilst reducing the fat content in their meals and eating more carbs.

Carbs are converted into glucose, which enable you to feel energetic. They’ll stick to foods with little fat and operate at a calorie deficit. This is the ultimate way of reducing fat. You’re adding a minimal amount of fat and forcing your body to burn the fat already inside you.

How long will it take to burn all this fat, though?

It depends how seriously you take it. Some people prefer to reduce their calories significantly and exercise at a high level of intensity. On the other hand, other people will reduce their intake by a few hundred calories and decrease their body fat percentage over a greater period of time.

Jessica Sanders, a world-renowned fitness guru, contributed this article. She shares health and fitness related tips through her articles.

5 Sneaky Ways To Burn Calories Without Trying

The New Year is almost among us and the #1 New Years Resolution that people make is to lose weight. However, only 8% of those who make a resolution will actually keep it throughout the year. While there are obvious tips to lose weight like hitting up the gym, counting calories, etc., there are also some “sneakier” ways to burn calories that don’t require quite as much effort. From taking the floating stairs rather than the elevator at work to window-shopping during your spare time on the weekends, you can burn calories and lose weight without even trying!

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Check out five of our most “sneaky” ways to burn calories and tone up below.

1. Window-Shopping

Do you have a little bit too much free time on weekends? Spend your extra hours perusing through the local mall or aisles of your favorite convenience store. You’ll burn calories just from walking while making your latest wish list as well. Be warned, though, that your wallet might be a tad bit lighter upon leaving!

2. Clean, Clean, Clean

Those dreaded house chores that you seem to avoid until the last minute? Take advantage of them and do a little bit each day. It will not only keep you away from the sofa and snacks, but light housework also burns calories! Whether it’s dishes, laundry, or reorganizing your closet, cleaning is a win-win situation.

3. Get Your Groove On

Time flies when you’re having fun… well, so do the calories! A fun night out with friends at your local dance club is a great way to burn some extra calories without even realizing it. Swap out the high-calorie drinks for water and you’re all set!

4. Given the Option, Take the Stairs

If you work in the city, it might be beneficial to take the stairs upon arriving and leaving work rather than the elevator. Even if you work on a very high floor, you can take the elevator halfway up and walk the rest of the floating stairs in order to get in a little bit of exercise. This goes for any location, whether you’re shopping, at the airport, etc. – always choose to take the stairs rather than the elevator or escalator. If your workplace doesn’t have stairs and you have a sedentary job, try taking walk breaks every few hours and during your lunch break.

5. Make Use of Your Green Thumb

Some beautiful flowers do the world some good, as well as your body. From mowing the lawn, planting flowers, raking leaves… there are chores you can do for every season. This is a great way to keep your outdoor space tidy while toning up. Your little black dress will thank you later!

It’s important to keep in mind that every little bit of exercise counts, which is what makes these ideas so sneaky. You’ll burn calories and lose weight this year while toning up without even realizing it. Keep your New Years resolution this year by keeping the above five tips in mind

Paula is a lifestyle blogger currently residing in New Jersey. When she’s not writing, she enjoys a good Zumba class, hanging out with her dog Zooey, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

6 Ways To Lose 10 Pounds

There are many ways on how you can lose weight, but most often it’s the last 10 pounds that’s the most difficult to lose. Although the most effective way to lose weight differs per person, there are simple changes in our habits that can actually help us lose up to 10 pounds or more. Here are 5 ways to lose 10 pounds.

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Drink Water (And Avoid Alcohol)

Studies show that people who drink plenty of water lose more weight than those who don’t. There are many times when the body tricks us into thinking we’re hungry when in fact, we’re just thirsty. Drinking water before meals also help us feel fuller and eat less. According to a research done by the American Chemical Society, you can keep a few pounds off for at least a year if you drink two 8-ounce glasses of water before having your breakfast, lunch or dinner.

When it comes to alcohol – while it’s fun to go out and have some drinks with your friends, alcoholic drinks have empty calories that can add pounds. Replace it with water and you can easily lose weight.

Cut Down on Sugar

Sugar contributes to weight gain so cutting back on it can help you save calories. But did you know that many food which are seemingly sugar-free can contain sugar? This includes pasta sauces and frozen products. If you want to cut down on your sugar intake, read labels and go for healthier options.

Eat Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and you may want to keep this in mind if you want to lose 10 pounds. People who take time to eat breakfast tend to be slimmer than those who skip it. The secret is to eat food high in carbohydrates and protein. Carbs provide the body with the energy to function while protein helps fuel the muscles. Go for carbs such as whole wheat bread or cereals for a healthier breakfast.

Get Enough Sleep

Research shows that people who don’t get enough sleep tend to gain more weight than those who get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. If you’re not getting sleep, here’s a simple tip – go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning. And yes, this includes weekends.

Get Active

It doesn’t matter what you want to do to stay in shape – you can go for a run in your neighborhood or try yoga. Find something that you enjoy doing while sweating off the pounds. Even if you’re busy with work, take a walk during your lunch or afternoon break to make sure that you stay active.

Drink Milk

Drinking milk before going to bed does have its benefits besides providing you with calcium. Consuming low-fat dairy such as low-fat milk can help you lose weight. Studies suggest that higher daily calcium intake and increased vitamin D helps the body to lose a few pounds.

These are only some of the ways to lose 10 pounds. Get active and have a healthy diet to lose weight and keep it off. Being fit and healthy will help you do more and be more effective at it.

Health and Fitness Editorial by Stephen Cole of FitFarms UK. Stephen is an experienced Fitness Course Consultant specializing in holistic fitness camp programs. He blogs about health and fitness topics at FitFarms.co.uk/Blog.

5 Myths That Could Be Stopping You From Losing Weight

It’s not easy trying to lose weight because there are so many people going around trying to sell you magic beans. No matter what you do it’s impossible to see any results. It definitely shouldn’t be this way although I think deep down you already know that. How about we look at some of the myths that could be holding you back? Once you see how silly they are you’ll be able to finally start getting rid of those unwanted pounds.

Green tea helps you lose weight

Saying green tea helps you lose weight is the same as saying being alive helps you lose weight. When you sit around doing nothing you will burn calories, but you still wouldn’t recommend people sit around doing nothing if they wanted to lose weight. Green tea might make the smallest of differences, but that is just another way of saying it’s not worth taking into consideration. Drink green tea if you enjoy it otherwise you can stick to black tea or coffee, with no sugar of course.

Fat is bad for you

Fat is absolutely fantastic for you and if you don’t have any fat in your diet you will suffer. The macronutrtient is not the same as the blubber around your belly even though they are both called fat. A calorie surplus makes you fat and you could just as easily put on weight if you eat too much protein or carbohydrates. Now obviously trans fats are not good for your health, but you should embrace any other kind of fat as long as you don’t go over your daily calorie limit.

Supplements are vital

Do you have any idea where supplements get their name from? The reason they are called supplements is because they should be used to supplement your diet. If your diet is perfect there isn’t actually much need for them, but the problem most people have is that their diet isn’t great to begin with. I’m not trying to say you shouldn’t take any because they are very convenient, but just don’t presume you’re going to stop losing fat or become ill because you run out.

You need to do cardio

Just because you can burn a few calories when you run doesn’t mean you should hit the road every time you’ve ate a chocolate car. Cardio is actually not a great way to lose weight because to make any real difference you have to do it for a considerable amount of time. Eating less food is the best way to lose weight in the world and nothing else comes close. Any activities you perform on top of that should only be ones you enjoy.

Don’t eat before bedtime

This myth is based on the fact people think their body shuts down when it goes to sleep. It doesn’t slow down and you won’t send your metabolism into the stratosphere when you break the fast in the morning. Your body will more or less stay the same whether it’s day or night. That means you can eat something before bed if you’re hungry because it will just be the same as eating it at lunch. Just remember to stay within your daily calorie limit and you’ll be fine.

Don’t believe anyone

There are tons of myths floating around and there always will be. You shouldn’t believe anything you hear including what you’ve learned here today. The only way to know for sure what works is to test it for yourself. Once you test something you will know exactly how your body works and you will learn to see who is talking sense and who doesn’t have a clue.

 

This article is written by Sam Charles, an employee at Good Health Technology, leading providers of fat loss supplements. Sam is a sports enthusiast and enjoys playing football with his friends on weekends.

The Big Breakfast Diet

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The book “The Big Breakfast Diet” was released in 2009 by Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz a clinical professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Venezuela. The book made the top ten most notable new diet books in 2010 by Time and the medical community received the diet and with mixed reviews.

The diet plan itself was based on a study performed by Dr. Jakubowicz which she presented at the Endocrine Society’s 90th annual meeting. The study, which was based on two groups of participants, showed that people who eat a big breakfast of at least 600 calories a day lost more weight than subjects who ate a small breakfast followed by a larger lunch and an even larger supper. The research suggested that the body’s circadian rhythms influence metabolism, hormones, body weight and cravings and that eating at different times produced different metabolic results.

Although the original study was received with mixed reviews, a new study published this year by Professor Jakubowicz in conjunction with two other researchers at TAU’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Diabetes, confirmed that the diet has more benefits than just decreasing the waistline. This study showed significant decreases in insulin levels, blood fasting glucose levels and triglyceride levels in the group who ate a big breakfast instead of a big dinner.
What the diet entails.

The Big Breakfast Diet caught the attention of the masses when the diet promoted eating foods like pizza, cake cookies and chocolate for breakfast. The diet, which seems too good to be true for most, claims that you can eat sweet foods for breakfast and as long as these foods are eaten before 9:00am, they will not affect your weight loss efforts. The book also claims that exercise is not a requirement for weight loss, although the book does advocate some exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.

The diet allows foods like , turkey, cheese, steak, bacon, pancakes, bread, cookies, candy, ice cream, smoothies, fruit and vegetables and the book comes with recipes and a few sample meal plans to follow to ensure successful weight loss.

The diet plan can be summed up in the old adage: “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and supper like a pauper.” The plan includes a “turbocharged” version of the meal plan which is built around eating about 1200 calories a day and is aimed at quick weight loss and a “relaxed” version of the meal plan which allows people to maintain their goal weight once it’s reached.
Pros and Cons of the Big Breakfast Diet.

For people who enjoy a large breakfast and for those who have the time to prepare it, the diet can help to rev up the metabolism and also prevent hunger pangs later in the day which can lead to reduced caloric intake. Eating a big breakfast also gives people lots of energy and energy to burn during the day.

The cons of the diet are however that the diet does not necessarily represent a healthy nutritionally balanced diet and can lead to deficiencies depending on what food choices are made. The caloric intake on the turbocharged version is also considered to be much lower than is recommended, especially for individuals lead an active life.

Sean forman is a blogger at easywaystoloseweight.org. With a background in journalism, he enjoys writing about health, science, and lifestyle.

How To Make Losing Weight Fun

With the holidays here, many people are beginning to get paranoid about their weight. People in Western climes are also bundling up for the winter and eating more hearty foods intended to warm them to the cockles of their hearts. Unfortunately, the weight gain that comes with hibernating instincts is hard to battle, especially when we are celebrating the holidays and want to have fun. Here are some ideas for how to have fun losing weight.

The “Die” in “Diet”

It’s an old joke – the first syllable in the word diet is “die”. That grim outlook usually makes people dread starting a diet or weight loss program. You may have all of the will power in the world, but there is always a plateau that halts your progress and assaults your resolve.

How would you like to lose weight by eating? You don’t have to “die” to keep losing weight, and how much fun would it be to lose weight by eating? You actually can do this. Researchers have found that when your body shuts down and stops losing weight, you need to fake it out by eating. So, yes, go ahead and enjoy that nice dinner. It can actually jump start your weight loss and get you off of the plateau. And, besides, you can enjoy your evening out with your friends even more!

Read More

Ok, we’ve all tried the balancing act of propping your book on the treadmill while you get in your 5 miles. The first page turn, however, usually puts a stop to that when you go flying off the back of the treadmill! So, if you are a reader, get audio books! It’s one of the best ways to enjoy your favorite authors, and you will get so absorbed in the story that you forget you’re working out. Some people even find themselves looking forward to workout times, because they get to “read” for a while. It’s a lot more fun than wondering when the cool-down song is going to come up in your play list.

Hash Runs

 

 

Have you ever heard of “hash runs”? They’re sort of like a fox hunt, except with people. You don’t even have to run. The way it works is that one member marks out a trail. This can be done with flour or chalk. Some people use streamers to mark the trail. Then, the “rabbit” starts down the trail, leaving roundabouts and other tricks behind to throw the “hounds” off. The challenge is for the “rabbit” to get to the end of the course before the “hounds” do. Whether you run or not, it gets you out, and you meet people. Some groups play drinking games afterward, but it’s not a requirement.

Weight Loss Field Trips

Some people like to get with a few other people and plan field trips. Swimming at the local pool, volleyball at the park, bicycle riding through a pretty neighborhood, and hiking through a local game reserve all get you out of the house, and provide camaraderie and exercise.

Laura Green has experimented with hundreds of different diets, some brought success and some brought failure. She is currently working at Yeotown in Devon, where she helps others to lose weight through Yoga and Detox.

Do’s and Dont’s of Getting Six-Pack Abs

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Getting that six-pack ab look that you see in magazines is a tough hill to climb.  Temptation is everywhere to break from your diet and workout.  Let’s face it: all the best food is terrible for us.  If you’re committed to your goal, however, there are some general dos and dont’s you should follow if you want to make the journey easier on you.  Whether it’s eating appropriately or being assisted by legal pro-hormones, these tips will help you get that perfect body in the long run.

DON’T Starve Yourself

If you’ve got a few extra pounds around the midsection, the temptation may be to starve away that spare tire, but it is not the right course of action.  Getting that body you see in men’s health magazines takes a lot of work and work like that means you’ll need a lot of energy.  Your body uses calories to create that energy, so while you don’t want to overdo the caloric intake, you’ll want to provide your body with enough energy in order to get through even the most basic workout regimen.

DO Eat Appropriately

Eating right isn’t just as simple as putting down the donut and picking up the salad; there are other tips and tricks that you can use to get the appropriate diet.  First and foremost, it’s important to practice portion control; overeating is not only unhealthy, it can make you feel terrible.  It’s also important to stick to an eating schedule.  When you eat late at night, your body tends to store more of the fat, which can cause unwanted weight gain.  Make it a point to eat before 7:00 PM every night and you shouldn’t have a problem.

DON’T Overdo It

The old saying is “no pain, no gain,” but sometimes that pain means a little more than you are working yourself hard; sometimes, it can mean that you have an injury.  Muscle tears and sprains are common when you are pushing yourself to the limit and you need to be able to recognize the difference between pain from muscle fatigue and the pain associated with an injury.

To keep from overdoing one particular muscle, adhere to a schedule where you change the muscle being worked out while your other muscle takes a break.  Making a plan of different leg days and arm days is a great way to stay active, while at the same time, giving your muscles a chance to recover.

DO Get a Good Night Sleep

Getting a good night sleep may not seem like it has a direct correlation to getting the perfect body, but it will definitely help.  When we sleep poorly, we have a temptation to reach for junk food as it offers a quick energy boost in order to get through the day.  Dunkin’ Donuts has basically built its empire around this fact.  To make it easier on yourself to say no to sweets and to give yourself enough energy to get to the gym, getting a good night sleep can be the key.

To help your sleep patterns, you’ll actually want to make sure you’re working out at the right time.  Exercising right before bed can increase your heart rate and body temperature, which will actually make it more difficult to fall asleep.  Instead, look to exercise at least three hours before you plan to fall asleep.

DON’T Use Illegal Steroids

You may not be a professional athlete, but that doesn’t mean you should be injecting yourself with steroids in order to get the body you’ve always dreamed of.  For one thing, unless you have a prescription, possessing steroids is actually illegal, not just frowned upon.  As well, the long-term effects on your body may be irreversible.

DO Use Natural Supplements

If you are looking for a little extra help in the mass-building department, there are plenty of effective, legal prohormones that you can purchase to help with muscle building.  These can be found in any supplement shop or on legitimate websites on the Internet.

Getting that perfect body is going to take a lot of work.  If you do it right, you should see results in weeks.

Jeremy is a veteran of 4 half-marathons and is getting ready to take on his first full marathon in the spring.

Top Story: Ways To Burn That Extra Fat On Your Thighs And Waist

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Many questions linger whether there are ways one can burn extra fat on the waist and thighs. While this can be done, it is worth noting the body does not spread its fat from one region to the other in what is called spot reduction; research is yet to conclude this can happen. The body has a way of losing lots of body fat from across its entire frame in an even pattern. You can approach thighs and waists weight loss by targeting the entire body fat. This you can do through aerobic training and resistance training combinations including dietary changes that help in a loss of weight as well as additional body fat.

For those who are over-feeding their body, whether they are eating junk or healthy foods, the body will only be engaged in burning off any recent consumed calories. You will then realize that extra fat has started being laid on your waist and thighs.

To make sure you have targeted this thigh and waist fat, perform a number of principles as the first thing. This includes doing your Cardio every single day for one hour per session while at the same time lifting weights so that fat reduction is accomplished. After these things have been done and there is a need to continue burning lots of extra body fat, a number of things can be done to effectively give your body the chance to burn as much fat to give fuel.

Protein Shake

A day started with a protein shake made with water and ice or anything with zero calories is better. The reason is protein shakes are known to boost the metabolism by as much as 25 percent. In short, rather than wait for some time to burn fat, you can do it all the day long by enjoying a protein shake right after you have woken up.

Drink Coffee

Do not miss to take a cup of black coffee with two or so artificial sweeteners if the taste is overpowering. If you drink black coffee you would have engaged in one of the longest burning fat tricks around. Nonetheless, avoid the temptation of adding some items such as skim milk, creams without fat or cream since you would have stopped the process of fat burning. As you drink caffeine, the heart races faster and it might not be that good; the black coffee you take should be done moderately so that burning fat can continue.

Calorie Curfew

You must find a way of enforcing a resolve not to over indulge. You can stop yourself from eating for lots of hours before going to bed while refraining from eating anything until beyond 9 a.m. The process gives the body a chance to feel better and clear all the waste of metabolism as you do away with late night consumption. However, remember the protein shake must be taken in the morning so that the fast can be broken to set up the metabolism.

L-Carnitine 500 mg

Remember this red meat amino acid is naturally occurring. Taking about 500 mg will help pull fat from the body into the cells so that it can be burned to give energy leaving you with a better and healthier body.

Author Bio

Mike is a fitness instructor working with a renowned gym where has also trained some popular celebrities and public figures. He occasionally blogs on tips for reducing fat and his articles have been published on various blogs like bestfatreduceblog.com

5 Exercises That Burn The Most Calories

There are a lot of workouts you can do to burn calories, but did you know that some of them burn more than others? If you’re looking to change things up with a new workout routine, then the five exercises below are worth trying out. They burn a whole lot of calories and can help you enjoy a slimmer body in no time!

1. Burpees

This is an exercise that works out your entire body, so it’s worth doing each day. Start out in the plank position (like you’re going to do a push up), and then jump up. Put your arms above your head and into the air when you jump, and then when your arms go back down, go back into the plank position. Per minute this exercise burns 10 calories!

2. Plank Drags

To do this exercise, start in the plank position, but put a towel under each of your feet. Make sure your back is flat, and then use your arms to drag the rest of your body around on the floor. This only works if you’re on hard flooring, so don’t try it on carpet. By doing this in a room three times you will burn 12 calories.

3. Walking Lunges

If you want to kick up your exercise routine, then do lunges while you walk. Do this by lunging on your right knee and then your left while you keep going forward. Make sure your knee doesn’t go over your foot and that it stays at a 90 degree angle. You can burn 350 calories in 45 minutes if you do this continuously, and it will give you some great looking muscular legs.

4. Mountain Climbers

To do mountain climbers, start out in a push-up position with your hands under your shoulders. After this, put your right foot forward so that your leg is brought into your chest. Quickly switch legs, bringing your left foot forward while putting your right back in the starting position. Do this continuously for three sets of 20 and you will burn around 50 calories total.

5. Running Up Stairs

Running up stairs is an amazing exercise that will tone your legs as well as the rest of your body. The more stairs you have, the more you should run! A half an hour of this can burn a couple of hundred calories, but that depends on your weight and other factors. Use a calorie calculator to estimate calories more accurately.
These are five of the exercises you should try if you want to maximize your time working out and lose weight more rapidly. Just make sure you do other things that you really like doing to exercise, as it’s all about finding what you can enjoy burning calories with. Also make sure you use a calorie calculator online to determine how many calories you burn specifically. These take into account your age, weight, height and other factors to give you a better idea of what you really burned.

 

Mary is a fitness writer with a lot of experience in finding healthy ways to lose weight. She writes for 2Yum.Me, which is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn how to cook better and be healthier.

Best Ways To Follow Dr. Oz’s Advice

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Dr. Oz is one of the leaders in holistic medicine. He has encouraged many people to try to use a variety of alternatives to traditional medicine without telling them to give up using medication when needed. However, some experts believe that some people have taken Dr. Oz’s advice further than he intended. Here are some factors that you will need to keep in mind when following any diet that Dr. Oz supports.

Focus on Fundamentals First

Many people are looking for a miracle cure to save them from the consequences of their bad habits. They think that they can eat two pounds of chocolate a day and still lose weight if they take some magic supplements. The reason some people who take many weight loss cures (whether natural or pharmaceuticals) still don’t get better. The problem isn’t that the treatment doesn’t work, but that they expect it to be a silver bullet to their problems.

Dr. Oz never claimed that any of the supplements he promotes are a substitute for healthy decisions. You will still need to focus on eating right, working out and living a healthier lifestyle if you want to be healthy.

Don’t Assume All His Advice Applies to You

A few months ago, a man followed Dr. Oz’s suggestion to warm his socks in a microwave to help him sleep more easily. This man followed his advice and got burned feet. He is now suing the doctor for giving bad advice.

Some people may want to believe that Dr. Oz was negligent when he gave this advice. However, this particular man was suffering from diabetes. His doctor would have told him that he needed to be more cautious because his circulatory system was likely restricted due to his condition.

The moral of the story is that you should always consider your own health conditions before following the advice of any TV or talk show host. They are speaking to millions of people and can’t know about everyone’s individual problems. You should still speak with your own doctor before following any health regimen.

Focus on Problem Areas

Natural supplements are a great way to help you get healthier. However, you shouldn’t simply try a random supplement because it was recommended by Dr. Oz. You need to know the root cause of your health problems first.

You may have health problems because you have a deficiency of a certain nutrient. You may have insomnia because you have a lot of stress that you haven’t been able to cope with. You will want to know what the problems are before trying to resolve them.

Don’t Reject Traditional Medicine Entirely

Many people have turned their backs on traditional medicine because of men like Dr. Oz. That is not what Dr. Oz ever intended. He is cardiac surgeon and never strayed from modern medicine.

The natural health alternatives that Dr. Oz promotes can be very beneficial. However, you should always see a doctor if you have any health problems. There are times that you really need to be treated with traditional medicine. You need to exercise your own judgment when deciding when to find a real doctor and when to use natural alternatives instead.

About the Author: Kalen is a health and wellness writer. He talks about the benefits of using natural health supplements from arenaethnobotanicals.com.

 

7 Bizarre Weight Loss Methods To Avoid

Society puts a tremendous amount of pressure on people to fit into a certain beauty standard. At the same time all efforts to reach this standard are counteracted by the average diet and lifestyle. People are choosing to eat unhealthy for the sake of convenience and cost while exercise is being left in the shadows of a busy lifestyle. In a struggle to attain the ideal image of beauty people often turn to extreme weight loss methods which can have dangerous consequences.

Clenbuterol

Clenbuterol is a steroid used on horses as a treatment for respiratory illnesses. It also promotes muscle gain and weight loss, making it very popular among anyone under pressure to quickly and effectively shed some pounds. The use of this steroid by humans is illegal and can lead to severe heart problems. Clenbuterol has been linked to numerous horse deaths and can also be fatal to humans.

Diuretics

Using a diuretic for weight loss doesn’t help anyone achieve their goal of long-term skinniness. People who use diuretics to shed pounds do so for its fast, although fleeting, results. This substance promotes urination and drops water weight which can eventually lead to dehydration, vitamin deficiencies, vomiting, liver damage, interrupted heart rhythms, kidney strain, and toxic buildup due to improperly functioning kidneys.

Ephedra

Sometimes natural is safer. Other times it can lead to death. That has been the case with ephedra, an Asian herb that naturally promotes a loss of appetite and has been the key ingredient for a number of all-natural weight loss remedies. It has also been the key ingredient linked to more than 100 deaths since its appearance on the market.

Ipecac Syrup

Ipecac syrup can save lives in cases involving poison ingestion because it induces vomiting which also makes it alluring to people suffering from bulimia. Using Ipecac syrup habitually can lead to dehydration, rupturing of the esophagus, potassium deficiencies, strain on the kidneys, malnutrition, brittle bones, rupturing of the stomach, ulcers, and can even lead to death due to severe cardiac problems.

The K-E Diet

This weight loss method involves the insertion of a feeding tube into the patients nose and down into the stomach. While the tube is in place the patient will not eat any food at all, leading to tremendous weight loss. The dangers of this method include infection and ketosis, which can potentially harm the kidneys and the liver.

Stapling

Unless you require immediate weight loss results to save your health, stomach stapling should be avoided. This procedure creates a pocket in the stomach that can hold a very small amount of food, forcing partial starvation by making the patient feel fuller faster. In many cases, the procedure leads to infection which, if not discovered in time, can carry toxins into the bloodstream and lead to illness.

Tongue Patch

The tongue patch isn’t quite as dangerous as stomach stapling but it can have unfavorable effects. The tongue patch is attached to the tongue by a surgeon. Its purpose is to cause pain during the consumption of solid foods, forcing the patient into a liquid diet. Risks include the loss of essential lean mass and nutritional deficiencies. An extremely low-calorie liquid diet will slow down the metabolism, making it difficult to keep the weight off once the patch is gone.

 

George Mayer is currently blogging for Bariatrx, a medical weight loss facility located in northern New Jersey. He enjoys blogging about weight loss, different diet fads, and helping people through their medical weight loss process.

 

Top Story: 4 Weight Loss Tips Tailored For Women

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If you are a woman who’s trying to lose weight, you must first realize that your body chemistry is different than a mans. It’s no secret that women tend to store excess fat in the thighs, hips and chest, while men primarily store it in their stomachs. Studies have shown that women also have a higher all-around percentage of body fat than men, which means we must work extra hard to lose weight. By identifying these key differences and focusing on the right areas, though, women can successfully lose weight.

#1 – Don’t Stave Yourself!

One of the biggest mistakes women make when trying to lose weight is reducing their caloric intake to an unhealthy level. You may initially lose some pounds by starving yourself, but this isn’t an effective long-term solution for your weight loss. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you must develop a sustainable dieting plan that gives your body the energy and nutrients it requires for good health. A good rule of thumb is to base your diet around meats that fly or swim (think chicken and fish) along with fresh vegetables, whole grains and the occasional fruit.

#2 – Target Your Problem Areas

Performing workouts and exercise routines that target your problem areas will you achieve a slimmer body while raising your self-confidence. The type of exercise required for this will depend on the part of the body you are tar getting. For instance, you can target your thighs by using the elliptical for 30-45 minutes each night. In addition to working out your thighs, ellipticals also give your arms a good workout.

#3 – Cardio, Cardio and More Cardio

I can’t stress enough the importance of cardiovascular exercise for women who want to lose weight. Whether it’s jogging around the neighborhood, running on the treadmill, or doing 50 jumping jacks, you need to implement cardio workouts into your daily exercise routine. As the name suggests, “cardio” forces your heart to speed up, which in turn burns calories. You’ll reap the benefits of a healthier heart, better lung function, better circulation, and a healthier weight through the use of cardiovascular exercise.

#4 – Mentality

Contrary to what some people may believe, losing weight isn’t based solely on physical activities. You need to have the right attitude and outlook on your dieting and exercise if you wish to lose weight. Far too many women go back to their unhealthy lifestyle because they don’t see immediate results. You have to think of weight loss as a long-term process that requires commitment, dedication and hard work. If you remain vigilant and constantly work to improve your health, though, your weight will gradually begin to come off. One little tip that’s helpful for maintaining a positive attitude is to set short-term and long-term goals for yourself. A short-term goal, for instance, can be something as simple as cutting out sodas and drinking more water, while a long-term goal can be to lose 20 pounds.

Aaron is a content contributor for Ephedra Connections. Aaron enjoys writing about health and wellness tips.

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