The ELEM Diet

I may start as though I have forgotten the title of this article, but bear with me. All will become clear.

Some years ago I watched a program on the life of the first pioneers in America; the folk who arrived from Europe and then packed up their families and essential belongings and set off across the continent to make a new life on the frontier. The program was based on taking fit people and putting them in the pioneer life for a year. None of the participants was particularly weighty, and most would have considered pretty trim by modern standards.

By the end of the experiment everyone was leaner, trimmer and fitter, having lost something like 20 pounds each. No one was on a kindly calorie controlled diet, and in fact most of them were eating the highest energy food they could get.

The difference between then and now was that the people could only eat the food they had prepared themselves, in a day with no refrigeration, and no convenience or processed foods. They bought staple foods with them, such as oatmeal, flour and sometimes a ham, and they had cows and chickens for milk and eggs. They also had seeds to start their own farm and vegetable plot, and could gather food from the environment. With food being limited to what they had available, they had to reduce meal sizes to ration the stores so they rented. No coming back for seconds.

There were no snacks between meals – no cookies or cakes in the cupboard, no ice cream in the fridge. Not much in the way of sugar either. Just that occurring in fruits, and some honey too.

And everyone was busy – physically busy – all day long. Whether they were putting up buildings, building barns, moving timber, plowing and digging the soil or making bread, washing laundry by hand, carrying water from the river, or just walking, they were busy from dawn to dusk.

Hunger was the common condition. Although everyone had enough to keep healthy there was only once enough to feel full, and that was the huge fever they enjoyed when they celebrated the harvest. Otherwise people generally went to bed hungry.

This is all so different from today's common experience that we tend to overlook the obvious. The simplest and healthiest way for most people in the West to lose weight is to eat less and to do more. If we can reduce our portion sizes, and avoid snacking between meals, we'll be going a long way to developing a healthier life style. Although for many it is not practical to cook meals at home rather than buying ready made meals, the more home cooking we do the better. We can be aware of how much salt, sugar and fat is included in our food, and make small reductions of these 'danger' foods in many recipes.

Keeping sugary foods, snacks and drinks for trips and reducing our alcohol intake manages many invisible, overlooked and completely unnecessary calories.

Finally, if we eat and drink less we will be spending less of our hard earned money on food that is just making us fat.

ELEM – Eat Less, Exercise More. It's worth thinking about.

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3 Reasons Why Diets Don’t Work

Many people are looking to lose weight and after the first of the year, they decide to go on a diet to lose those extra pounds but find that after a short time – a few months, a few weeks or even just a few days – people revert back to the old unhealthy eating habits. There are at least three reasons why.

Reason # 1: When a person is on a diet, they are focused on what they can not have all the time. Diets train people to focus on food all the time. Food is on a person's mind constantly, and the more they think about what they “can not” have in terms of food, the more they desire that 'forbidden' food.

Reason # 2: When a person is on a diet, they feel hungry all the time. In their haste to reduce their calorie / fat intake, they also do not take in enough food to feel that “stuffed feeling” without re-training their mind and body to accept the fact that they do not need to feel “stuffed” – instead , healthy people merely need sufficient food to feel “satisfied.” When a person tries to make this much of a food intake change without recalibrating their mind and body to accept this new reality is extremely challenging.

Reason # 3: Diets do not change a person's “Subconscious Eating Habits.” Some people eat without realizing just how much they eat. Whether it's in front of the TV or where, many people actually do not realize what they're eating or even how much they're eating. They may sit down with that big bag of chips to watch their favorite TV show and after the show's over, they may be completely surprised that the bag is empty when the TV show is over.

One of the easiest methods to eliminate these poor eating habits is through the use of hypnosis, which can help a person discover the underlining emotions that are driving the negative behaviors related to their weight issue. Once these attachments are removed, new healthier strategies can then be implemented in the mind. By changing perceptions about food and what food means to a person, it enables a person to make their weight reduction a way of life rather than a temporary period. Hypnosis is also great for helping a person overcoming resistance to positive changes and makes it easier for them to live out all their healthy intentions.

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How Procrastination Can Affect Your Weight Management Goals

“I'll just get my birthday over with, and then I will do something about my weight.”

“I'll cut down next week.”

“I'm going out for a meal with friends I'll just enjoy that then I'll go on my diet.”

“When I come back from holiday I'm going to do my best.”

“I can not do anything about my eating at the moment because I have too much going on.”

Can you hear yourself saying those words?

According to the dictionary, the word procrastinate means “to put off or delay”.

Maybe it is time to ponder over what benefits there would be in waiting until the ideal time, because often the ideal time never comes. Or when it does present itself we fail to recognize it.

While you are putting off doing the right thing, your weight continues to increase. You may think that it does not matter because you are going on a diet anyway-, and you will soon lose it. But it just does not work this way because the more weight you put on while procrastinating, the more your body is going to get used to the extra weight, and will become comfortable with it.

When the decision is made to start a slimming diet, during the time between the decision and completing preparations, many people start to eat as if living up to the famous quote from the bible “Let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die.”

Except that, we substitute the “diet” for “die”!

So the attitude adopted then leads on to stuffing in as much food as possible because we are believing deep down is that, “I am going on a diet which means starvation and famine, I'm never going to be able to eat normally again , so I'd better make the most of it now. ”

What can happen then of course is that before you start the diet something else comes up. Mother is ill or the kids are home from school sometimes an unexpected weekend away crops up … so the diet never happens and you are left with the extra weight that you had put on while procrastinating!

Decide and act!

Ask yourself how much you really want to lose weight, to keep it off for good and feel good.

Make your decision, weigh yourself and act. Give yourself very limited time and fill it with your shopping and preparation, and make part of the decision that this will be your last diet- because this is going to be a complete change of lifestyle.

You need to decide to adopt a lifestyle that will include eating the right foods for life, not just for the next few weeks or months in order to lose weight. You are going to find a way of eating that will fit in with the rest of your lifestyle so that you are not going to be affected by various occasions that may threaten your resolve.

For example, many people find that they can not cope with eating out or at other people homes. Or they might like their drop of wine at the weekend or even every evening. It is a good idea to incorporate strategies into your lifestyle that will become permanent.

Tell your friends and family that you have changed your way of life for the sake of your health, rather than say that you are going on a diet. The word diet can conjure up negative connotations for some people, whereas “looking after your health” is seen as a positive move.

This strategy will benefit your way of thinking too, because you will not be into the “diet” mentality. You can then decide how much alcohol can safely be a part of your life, and live with the knowledge that you do not have to deny yourself the pleasure for evermore.

One client of mine said that he was finding his diet too difficult, because he loved his Saturday night pint. Who was it that said he could not have it I wonder? When I asked him that question, he realized that he could make this decision himself. If he really wanted to lose weight, he had a choice. Have a pint and live with any arrested weight loss, or not have a pint and maybe feel better for it. Or another way of looking at it would be that if he was going to be living this way for the rest of his life, then the Saturday night drink would be part of his life too

Another aspect is that the stress of going without that pint and denying him the pleasure, would in turn produce cortisol in the body and arrest any weight loss anyway.

The same goes for types of food. If there is a birthday cake around, have a little piece. Giving yourself permission to have it takes the pressure off, and you will not end up gorging on it.

“It's not what you eat, but what you think”

This is so true folks. If you are in the frame of mind that says “Eat and drink for tomorrow we die” then procrastination will always be there stopping you from doing the right thing. But if you can start to think that you could just look at ways to change what you eat, and find a way that will suit you for the rest of your life, then you will fit any thing that comes along in with that.

When you eat out, you will make wise food choices with the occasional treat. If there is a crisis in the family you will eat what comes along; then just get back to your normal way of eating as soon as possible. You will not let a crisis be an excuse to stop your diet, because you will not be on a diet! You will see this way of eating as your “norm”.

There is a saying that procrastination is the thief of time. You can change this to “procrastination is the thief to me being slim and healthy”.

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The Right Mental Attitude: For Anything Fitness

It’s not only a thin body or a career change you want. It’s best to adopt the Right Mental Attitude in life. Without the right attitude – it won’t matter what you do differently if you perceive it to be in the same way…

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Television and Child Obesity Do Go Hand in Hand

With so much screen based media available in today's world, it is hard for parents to keep children away from technology. But besides the fact that the child is kept away from television to focus more on studies, the other concern for parents these days is obesity. There have been studies conducted on this topic which establishes a direct link with the time spent in front of the television and child obesity. Each hour the children played video games or watched television doubles the likelihood that the child would turn obese. This is a matter of concern and should not at any cost be ignored.

At all times, kids are bombarded with advertising for high-calorie snack foods, for which they are tempted to eat, and at the same time, their hands are free to allow them to munch at will. In return, the kids are tempted to grab more junk food and parents have a tough time in the balancing act in keeping their healthy diet. Food marketing effects children's food preferences and purchase requests in a major way, and marketers rely on this “pester power” to influence what parents buy. In addition, children who have TV sets in their bedrooms are also more likely to gain excess weight.

More than 40 percent of their leisure time is spent in front of the television, and with a TV set in a bedroom, the child's outdoor activities are by default going to decrease. With less activities, the body becomes lethargic and in return slows the mind as well. Studies convincingly conclude that this 'time time' in front of the TV would be responsible for displacing time for physical activity, promoting poor diets, giving more opportunities for unhealthy snacking and even by interfering with sleep.

Watching TV for more than three hours a day increments the chances of the child putting on weight whereas two hours of TV viewing has been observed not to have any effect the weight of the child. Several trials designed to reduce children's TV use have found improvements in body mass index (BMI), body fat, and other obesity related measures. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children should watch no more than two hours of television each day. With such health problems, it would be advisable for parents to limit the frequency of television viewing by encouraging alternative forms of recreation and selective program choices.

Other than encouraging children for different kinds of recreational activities, parents should take good care of the child's diet. It should not really be an exact weight goal set for the child, but eating healthy and cultivating a healthy eating habit should be the ideal focus for today's parents. With this, it also becomes important for them to not pamper their child on a regular basis over their desires for junk food all the time. It is moreover seen that obesity affects more than one family member, and that is to keep a control over the weight gains, all the family members should adopt good eating habits which in return will improve the chances of successful weight control for the child or adolescent. One always needs to remember that lasting weight loss can only be possible when there is self motivation, and only parents can help the child in that way.

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Weight Loss Motivation: The Missing Link With Proven Results!

Do you need help with your weight loss motivation? Are you having a hard time being consistent with the lifestyle behaviors you know will get you the results you desire? Are you looking to do something different that has proven results?

We instinctively tend to do what the people who surround us are doing. Behind the scenes, controlling and motivating these unconscious decisions is our subconscious mind. We are motivated by the fear of pain and the desire for pleasure. It really is that simple.

Let's face it; we are busy. How do we add one more activity when our plate is already full? Below, I walk you through the steps of what I call my morning motivation. It only takes a few minutes. The key is not to add one more thing to your plate, but to replace something. Where are you wasting time? Take a few moments to review your day and see where you spend time on non-productive activity and replace it with your morning motivation!

Here are three simple steps to create your own daily weight loss motivation!

1. What is your “why” for weight loss? Take a moment to visualize actually experiencing your why. It may be being on the beach in a bikini, being free of diabetes or riding a roller coaster with your child. Whatever your why is, take a moment to close your eyes and bring it to the now. Create that intense desire to feel good that will remind you of why you will choose to make certain decisions today.

2. Now, in that desired feeling, visualize your day. What are you choosing to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Visualize what you will be saying no to out of choice because you are inspired with your why. Go through your day and visualize the goals you will implement for the day.

3. Lastly, take a moment to feel the victory! How are you going to feel at the end of the day when you have successfully incorporated your goals and are full of energy because you have chosen healthy food options?

It is important to understand that the subconscious works with images. It is not the same to think about the above steps; the steps need to be done through visualization. You must first see with your mind, and then it will be manifested into reality. If you choose to incorporate these three simple steps into your routine routine, I promise that you will have increased weight loss motivation and begin to be more consistent with your healthy lifestyle changes!

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3 Top Tips To Stop Emotional Eating Instantly

Here are 3 powerful techniques to help you to do exactly that.

1. Creative visualization

Visualization for me is seeing moving pictures with my third eye. When you visualize take your awareness to your third eye (your third eye is situated between your eyes) and practice “seeing” with it. What do you see when you image yourself eating only healthy food? What do you taste? What do you feel? Whenever your taste buds are longing for a sweet or Chinese take away or a high calorie pizza, visualize yourself eating a plate full of vegetables and fish or chicken with a colorful salad. Your mind will be retrained after a while and you can celebrate the success of being able to resist unhealthy food.

2. Emotionally hungry or physically hungry?

Whenever you feel like eating that bar of chocolate inside your drawer at work test yourself whether you are emotionally- or or physically hungry. Ask yourself: Am I emotionally hungry? Am I physically hungry? You can find the answers to those two questions by doing muscle testing. Muscle testing or energy testing is done by hand usually. It can be done standing up too. But now I describe to you the hand method. You take the most dominant hand, and place the thumb and the middle finger together creating a circle. Then, take the thumb and middle finger of the other hand and use them as pliers whose job it is to test the strength of your dominant thumb / finger connection. Let us try the energy testing. To establish the pressure of your fingers please follow the instructions to form a circle with your fingers and say the following: “My name is (say your name)”. Then try to pull apart your fingers. These should not pull apart because your subconscious mind knows what your first name is. The answer is yes.

Now say: “I live in France”. Then try to pull your fingers apart again. And this time you should be able to pull them apart. Your subconscious mind knows that you are not in France. The answer is no.

You can now apply this technique to find out whether you are emotionally hungry or physically hungry. The statement would be “I am emotionally hungry”. Do the testing. If you can pull apart your fingers you are not emotionally hungry. That means you are physically hungry and can eat something.

3. Colour therapy

This is a wonderful technique which applies color therapy. Vibrant colors lift our mood and make us happy. Living in a home with well coordinated friendly color gives us a sense of happiness, cosiness and gives us peace. We can apply this knowledge to our eating habits, especially to emotional eating. Every morning when you wake up think about your favorite color. Then, imagine that you are surrounded by this color. Take long deep breaths and imagine you are breathing that color through your body, starting from your feet and filling you up completely. Repeat this exercise regularly if you can. It will help you stop overeating before the thoughts even arise.

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Obesity Help: Desperate for Change?

On the inside, are you screaming at the top of your lungs, “Help me overcome obesity?” Are you at the point where you are ready to pull out your hair? Are you stuck in feelings of disappointment and shame, blocking the light of a positive future? Do you unfortunately want a positive change with your weight and overall health?

To get the obesity help you want, you must first stop the insanity of continuing to engage in the same behaviors over and over again while expecting a different result. We are constantly looking to an outside coach or therapist for advice on how to change, but the most powerful and truthful answers always lie within ourselves. You are your own best therapist and expert. Most of us who struggle with our weight use food and high-calorie beverages to numb the uncomfortable feelings of frustration, shame, guilt, dissatisfaction and loneliness. The best solution is to learn how to empower yourself by going with in. The answers are within each of us; we simply need to learn to listen to ourselves and be self-aware of what our minds are trying to tell us. The painless and rewarding process of self-empowerment begins with the steps outlined below. Your reflections and answers to these questions will raise your awareness of uncomfortable feelings and help you to situ, meditate and work through those feelings without unnecessary foods or unhealthy beverages. You can learn to feed your body only what it needs.

Obesity Help Self-Empowerment Process:

1. Having awareness of what you are feeling and the reactions that follow are crucial. Through the day, pay attention to those moments you are eating without being physically hungry. What are you feeling during these times?
2. When you become aware that you are reaching for food or alcoholic or high-calorie beverages but are not really physically hungry, stop for a moment and meditation on the feelings that are driving you to eat.
3. Remove yourself from all distractions and sit in a quiet place.
4. Become familiar with the current feeling by asking yourself a series of questions:
• Where is the feeling in my body?
• Does it have a color?
• How intense is it on a scale of one to ten?
• What does it need to know or say to go away? After hearing the answer to this question, check back in to see how much the intensity of the feeling has declined. Continue to repeat this last question to yourself until the feeling goes away or decrees to the point where the urge to eat vanishes.

Emotional eating and over-eating are two of the largest contributors to obesity. Empowering yourself by self-regulating your feelings is one of the most impactful choices you will make in getting the obesity help you want.

If you are ready to bypass the hurdles of shame and disappointment or feelings of hopelessness that have developed from repeated efforts of losing weight with few or no results, then you can begin a new journey: taking ownership of your choices and accepting that you have the ability right now to change. Obesity help begins right now by incorporating the above four steps daily and experiencing all the rewarding feelings that come with self-empowerment.

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Obesity Control: Why Counting Calories and Exercise Don’t Always Equal Fat Loss

Researchers from the University of Adelaide in South Australia discovered that the way the stomach detects and tells our brains how full we are damaged with obesity, and the mechanism does not return to normal once those people lose weight. Potentially a key reason why most people who lose weight on a diet ever regain the weight. Only 5% of obese people on diets are able to maintain their weight loss, and most people who've been on a diet put all of that weight back on within two years, often with further adiposity. Scientific fact is obesity changes many communications and interactions within the body, and some of these are powerful powerful opponents.

Obesity and sustainable fat loss are a challenge for the majority of the population. The problem is we are relying on weight loss for all so to speak. Let's make it look soooo … simple that if you buy into what we are trying to sell you (fat loss foods, gym memberships, exercise equipment) we will make you empty promises and prey on your desperation to lose weight.

Medical research has soared in the last 15 years over the many magical mysteries of our stomach. The study listed above was published in late 2013 in the International Journal of Obesity – The hormone leptin, a relative newcomer in terms of research, now known to regulate food intake, can change the sensitivity of the nerves in the stomach that signal fullness. Leptin normally acts to stop food intake. The stomach damaged by high-fat diet induced obesity, leptin further desensitizes the nerves that detect fullness. Simply summarized: Leptin performance is altered from high fat diets.

A recent study showed that calories in certain fast foods have come down and people are feeding their children few fast foods, but nutritional choices are still poor. Although calories are coming down, childhood obesity and adult obesity rates are not coming down. Again obesity control is not an equation of simple mathematics, it requires an understanding of many complex chemical interactions in the body. This is why only 5% of people who have previously been obese keep the weight off:
Hormone interactions
Digestive Enzymes
Stomach acid
Life of the fat cell
Gut brain communication
thyroid function, liver function, adrenal function …

Just to name a few obesity complications … on top of lifestyle habits including food addictions, lack of understanding of what exercise really means, sedentary lifestyles …

We all have experienced the frustration of cutting calories drastically for a few days – than the fury and vengeance of the appetite with such drastic deprivation. As unfathomable as it sounds … our bodies were programmed by evolution to not starve. In today's world – this seems like a really bad joke – but it is no joke.

Sustainable fat loss is not a one size fits all model, its about scientifically analyzing what your particular challenges are, dealing with them. Fat loss will not be sustainable just by drastically cutting calories and going to the gym, hiring a personal trainer. The myths of exercise for weight loss are tragic. These physiological saboteurs to fat loss are a formidable alternative- and need to be laid to rest.

As a health coach for many years – I have also found 2 personality characteristics in frustrated dieters that prevail – and unbeknownst to them – are sabotaging their efforts:

-An over confidence in knowing what they are doing and not doing – we do not know ourselves and our behaviors and habits as well as we think we know them.
-Ready with a “this will not work because …” nobody wants to admit to this – but when you work with a person and they are always armed with “I know I know I know” and an artillery of why things won 't work … a closed mind will not work in a scientific fact finding mission. Successful fat loss is dependent on discovering the saboteurs with an open mind – and a willingness to try to adapt and modify behaviors. Fat loss, excuse me sounding blunt – needs methodical change based on science, discovery, fact finding as any scientific experiment. We follow a scientific model of discovery, NOT an oversimplified, generalized equation.

The mental training is equally important to fat loss success. Following a rote, formula is the # 1 reason weight loss programs fail. Scientific discoveries would have stuck in the cave man days if researchers were not open to experiments yielding finds that tore apart their hypothesis. Opening the mind to scientific experimentation and discovery is the difference, find the scientific method that works for you.

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Inside Every Slim Person Is There a Fat Person Waiting to Come Out?

How much control do they have over you?

Who is it that is in control at 3am in the morning when you are at the fridge or food cupboards, stuffing back inappropriate foods that you would normally avoid like the plague.

Or although you have been out with your friends and remained under control by eating only a meager portion of salad and then on your arrival home … Wham! Something just seems to take over, you lose all reason and you find yourself tucking into last nights left-over steak pie, which you had denied yourself and watched all the rest of the family tuck into while you ate your diet ready meal.

You may even consider yourself to be someone who is “Doing it Sensibly” and eating a recommended diet from the slimming club and who feels that there is no excuse to be hungry. Yet, every now and then something just snaps and off you go again, you're out of control and something else has taken over. People attending slimming clubs will often weigh-in and find that they have had a good week; then go home and binge. “Why did I do that?” they wonder.

Bingeing can be explained in so many ways, but I sometimes wonder whether it is as simple as the idea that there is a part of us who is just fighting to stay fat!

This could be for many reasons, such as habits, or limiting beliefs. But suddenless this inner something is there and every now and again takes control. Even if you are managing your weight successfully and your friends all wonder why you think you have a weight problem and are impressed with the way that you have it under control … still, there is this something that just takes over.

In the days of the feminist movement as long ago as 1978, Susie Orbach wrote a book called “Fat is a Feminist Issue”. She is still writing and speaking on this theme 35 years later, and is proving to be even more correct in her ideas. Her original theory was that compulsive eating and bingeing was a woman's way of fighting back against the idea that “food is a woman's issue, because of the fact that she was the center pin of providing nourishment for her family and needs to protect herself from the sexual advances of men “.

Things have changed a little nowdays, but basically women are going along more with society's pressure to be thin, although these days men are increasingly finding pressure to match up to excessive expectations to be slim and fit. So they too are probably experiencing the fat man inside screaming to be let out.

Perhaps the issue here is around how much we allow this fat person inside to influence us? Is this just a matter of listening to our gut instinct? When we are putting ourselves under pressure to be thin with restrictive eating and starving, sometimes we do need to heed this inner voice or instinct a little more. Not allowing it to take over, but at least taking heed of it.

Or is it just a matter of learning to recognize that we are only human?

There is the school of thought that says that staying fat means people can stay in their comfort zone. They are comfortable with the weight they are, simply because it is easier that way.

But I am wondering about this from a different perspective. Take the person who struggles every day of their life with food issues and avoids foods that they know will make them put on weight. Every meal is planned meticulously. Alcohol is limited. Meals out are usually something with salad. They may eat like a bird, starve, diet, and work out at the gym, in fact everything they do is around keeping their weight down. This person does indeed keep the weight off and they may even have people making stupid remarks like “You do not have a weight problem!” – and the person doing all the hard work thinks “if only you knew!”

Yet deep down inside there is this fat person screaming to be released! “Let me out, Let me out!” This is characterized by the occasional binge, or suddenly going out of control. They are wondering who or what is taking over their body. They ask themselves why they are finding themselves at the fridge or the food cupboard eating everything in sight and as quickly as possible. They feel like a ship without a rudder in a storm and have lost the signal. They have lost control. What the hell is going on?

Is it the inner fat person rearing their ugly head? They have had enough of being tied down and ignored! They want their way for a change and are screaming to be heard. They are tired of the salads on a freezing cold day or sometimes the consumme soup, and are crying “Give me a really thick stew with lots of meat and vegetables!”

“No! I do not want to go to the gym today, I do not want to go for a run, let me stay in bed. wine for heavens sake, and maybe some crisps to go with it. ”

Do you recognize this?

Have you felt like this and yet you are afraid to let go? So a fight ensues between the thin and the fat.

Whoever wins leaves the other one feeling that they have been truly really enjoyed. If the fat person wins the thin one is feeling guilty, weak, trodden down, sick and bloated and feeling a failure.

If the thin one wins, they will probably be feeling victorious until the next time! Then it is nose to the diet grindstone and off we go again. The fat one has been put to bed and hidden away and it's back to the salads and soda water and consumme soup.

The fat one is the hero and they will forever be the winner in this everlasting, repeated battle of the bulge if we do not ever stop to consider that if we were to accept a slightly heavier weight and not constantly want to be stick thin, and were to eat only real unprocessed unrefined foods, and had good substantive meals with controlled carbohydrates volumes, we might just be able to allow the fat one to have a little more freedom. Then maybe the war would cease and there would peace in the manor.

Fat and Thin would go gently hand in hand and live happily ever after!

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In Home Personal Training: Why Your At Home Workout Can Be Your Most Powerful Weight Loss Tool

This is why, whether we go to the gym or not, or go sporadically, at home workouts, and office workouts, are so important. Yes computer time, desk time does make it challenging to get physical activity. However, as someone who has designed thousands of in home training routines, it is very possible to live a physically active life, exercise, train, without stepping foot into a gym. Not integrating the activity into our daily lives is our weakest link of health.

A Huge part of the problem is the association we make between exercise and the gym, we can not exercise because we can not make it to a gym for whatever reason – and yes this is being said by a hard core gym rat herself! Regularly I hear “I have no time for the gym so I can not exercise” or “I went to the gym 3 times this week (please note going to the gym and actually working out are noticeably different … walking around kicking the machines is not a workout!) “. Going to the gym is NOT synonymous with getting sufficient physical activity. Have you ever told someone who runs for a couple of hours a week or goes to the gym a couple of times per week they are physically inactive? Its not pretty! Physical activity should be every hour. Pump your circulation, keep the metabolism humming, refresh your brain, no marathon metabolic comatosity … 10 simple ideas for office or home fitness program:

1) Wear a pedometer – no excuses. This is a true measure of physical activity.

2) Keep weights or an exercise band a your desk. I have a 10 pound dumbbell on my desk on which I have written in black permanent marker “Use me dummy” – regularly I pick it up – chest presses, bicep curls, shoulder presses

3) Desk cycling – pick up your legs and cycle

4) Get up move around. Pump your arms above your head. Go to a washroom or printer on another floor, go get some water or tea.

5) Watching television at night? Great time to get up and jog in place. Jog with light weights in hand – pump overhead

6) Kids learn so much more from watching what we do rather than what we tell them – do not sit and watch television with them – get up and move, jump, jog …

7) Find excuses to run the stairs (please not in high heels) – they are one of the best pieces of home or office exercise equipment.

8) set reminders on your phone, leave love notes to yourself on your desk to get up and move.

9) Stand up and do some squats

10) Watching television or before bed, do some core exercises. Please no situps and crunches – lousy for the back. Give the metabolism a light nudge before sleep.

Even if we went to the gym, or a morning workout – this does not give us a get out of jail for free card. The beauty of home or office workouts is we can do them at any time, any where.

And it is very aggravating to hear people say “I tried exercise and I did not lose weight.” With this paradigm of workouts X number of times per week, and being physically inactive the rest of the time – it is completely unrealistic to expect fat loss. The metabolism needs to be revved, rebooted regularly throughout the day. So when you play hockey once a week, soccer, run, gym rat – keep the metabolic drive pumping through the day and avoid metabolic comatosity. And … remember exercise & nutrition are the greatest love affair of all time – one just can not live without the other!

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Overweight and Obesity Sufferers – Raw Food Could Be Your Answer

Statistics for 2013 show alarming figures for overweight and obese adults. According to the American Heart and Stroke Association for the year 2013 there were almost 155 million American adults over the age of 20 who were either overweight or obese. Weight problems are not only an issue for those in the US but for citizens of many countries all around the world (where food is plentiful). Perhaps more people should take action. Angela Stokes Monarch, a morbidly obese woman in her early twenties took much needed action by adopting the raw vegan diet.

Angela Stokes Monarch

Angela Stokes Monarch suffered from morbid obesity as a teenager and a young adult and topped a massive 294lbs (133kg) in her early twenties. Angela also suffered from other health problems likely related to her obesity including an over-active thyroid, a candida overgrowth, embarrassing acne and a diabetes scare.

In 2002 Angela Stokes took action . She did not want to be defeated by her enemy (obesity), she wanted to conquer this demon and live her life to the full. Therefore, after reading a raw food book lent to her by a friend, Angela could see what she needed to do. “I made up my mind to go 100% raw the very next day,” Angela says.

How safe is weight loss on the raw food diet? The answer to that depends on how well-planned ones diet is. All essential nutrients can easily be obtained (in abundance) on the raw food diet if a person engages in raw foodism in a sensible, well-planned and well-informed manner. Angela Stokes knew this from reading her book, so she ensured that she ate a wide variety of raw foods to get all essential nutrients, minerals, vitamins and proteins in her diet.

Angela's Success:

Angela Stokes Monarch lost over 155lbs (70kg) on ​​the raw food diet. For almost a decade now she has remained at a healthy weight of 138lbs (62kg). Angela is not alone in experiencing weight loss on the raw vegan diet – many others have also achieved similar experiences by undergoing this miraculous healing diet.

About Weight Loss On The Raw Vegan Diet:

Since plant-based foods are mostly naturally low in fat and calorie content – a person can consume large amounts of these raw foods while still losing weight . Raw uncooked foods provide the body with optimal amount of nutrients , thereby enabling an overall healing of the body. This diet includes fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouts, juices, dehydrated crackers and breads, raw treats such as date and nut brownies, raw cacao (super healthy chocolate!) Etc.

Without heavy dairy products, hard-to-digest meats and fatty, overcooked meals, a person's body can experience a complete detoxification and give its attention to shedding any excess body fat.

Yes, weight loss on the raw vegan diet is very real. Many have lost weight on this lifestyle and every year, more and more overweight and obese persons are adopting raw foodism to regain their health and restore their body to its ideal state.

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Lose Those Extra Pounds In Three Simple Steps

Although obesity could have been a consequence of other disease like thyroid gland disease or diabetes, but most often than not it has to be a lifestyle disease. The most obvious reason for obesity is often the laziness people face while exercising. Obesity is often faced by those who keep away from exercises and people who keep away from exercises often face issues related to obesity, thus making obesity a result of a vicious cycle. And when someone falls into it, it gets very difficult, if not impossible to get out of it. However, having faced obesity, when I say you can still get over obesity and all the issues related to it, with the help of a little discipline and strong willpower, I say it from sheer experience.

In this article today, I aim at relating my experience of losing around 50 pounds in just 6 months. With this, you can be sure that you get the best possible solutions, to get over obesity at the end of the day. Having gone through all the obesity related issues and having gotten over it, with this article I have lined up a few simple steps to lose those extra pounds that have been burdening you with more than just the weight of it.

Step 1- Exercise, but not overdo it:

Yes, as obvious as it sounds, it is one of the basic steps to fight obesity. You can not walk further in your effort to get over the issue. As simple as it sounds, it is one of the very important steps that could help you best in your efforts. Although the important thing to remember here is, do not overdo it. You can not lose all your weight in just one day, you will have to be regular and consistent.

Step 2- Diet, but avoid crash diet:

Nothing comes easy and quickly, at least not a healthy body. The next step in the list of steps is dieting. Now, when I say dieting, I absolutely do not mean you will have to completely avoid food till you faint. This type of crash dieting is not going to take you anywhere, make sure you avoid any type of crash dieting and stick to a healthy diet plan.

Step 3- Quit junk food:

You become what you eat, so do not be cheap and fat. The quote is true, and applies heavily when it comes to obesity. So make sure you do not eat from those road side vendors, they certainly may smell tasty, but they also are going to heave a further weight on the bulkiness that you are trying to get off.

Obesity is not easy to get over, but it is definitely possible to work on it, if you remain consistent and strong completed. I highly recommend you to follow these simple steps to get a healthy body that you wish for.

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15 Questions to Ask Choosing Weight Loss Surgery – Step by Step

1) Know your procedures: Bariatric surgery has been around for many years. We are blessed medical research moves quickly. Weight loss surgery is no exception. The bad news is many procedures are still being performed unnecessarily and many countries and facilities are not offering the best procedures, they are the old standbys that create the bad rap and publicity that unfortunately haunts this life saving surgery.

2) Know your facilities: because weight loss surgery is up in the top 5 targeted procedures of medical tourism … Certain designs are awarded to facilities to insure patients of excellent care and standards. Please do not have surgery from a hospital that has not earned the International Center of Excellence (ICE) or more specifically the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE). The ASMBS (American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery) and SRC (Surgical Review Corporation) has 10 rigid criteria a hospital must meet to earn this design. Right here you can eliminate most facilities … this design is rarely awarded. Please do not make the assumption here these facilities are more expensive.

3) Know your surgeons: please note I say surgeons, plural. An October 2013 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed how bariatric surgeons were peer reviewed directly related to the surgeons success with patients … lowest complications greatest success of surgery. You can have the same procedure, but very different outcomes at the hands of different surgeons.

4) know the emergency capabilities of facility: This is yet another area where many facilities can be eliminated, truth is most do not have critical care diagnostics, equipment or a surgical Intensivist … a surgeon specialized in detecting potential emergency situations and there to take command if necessary.

5) If diabetic what are the chances it will put the diabetes into remission: no offense to aesthetics, these rules. Yes some procedures can put Type 2 diabetes into remission if there is significant, sustained weight loss. I implore you to choose a procedure that the procedure itself has a high potential to put diabetes into remission. This is true metabolic surgery that offers far greater health outlet in the present and future.

6) Fat loss vs weight loss: older procedures such as gastric bypass offered impressed sounding weight loss. However much of that weight is often muscle loss which predisposes patients to many other future illnesses and challenges. You want a procedure that ensures fat loss and cherishes your muscle mass.

7) Is the stomach left in tact? Again older procedures mangled the stomach. Over the last 15 years we have discovered many previously unknown magical mysteries of the stomach, which are obliterated in older unnecessary procedures such as gastric bypass. Beside horrid nutrient absorption, emotional mood disorders including alcoholism are associated with these procedures.

8) Are there any “foreign objects” left in the body? Your body is equipped with incredible sensors to detect and attack foreign objects such as gastric bands, staples … keep the stomach in tact and do not allow any clutter to be left in there !!!

9) What are the complication rates – not just of the procedure but of the particular surgeon, facility as well. Remember stats class? Numbers are fun, but can be dangerous. Marketing pros and PR folks can seriously fool you here. Get the straight answer on numbers of success and complications for surgeon, procedure performed at that facility, and other procedures performed there. Be real careful here.

10) Do they insist on a certain amount of weight loss before procedure? Yes you are there for weight loss surgery, however it is for your utmost protection that a certain amount of fat be lost before surgery for the liver. A good facility will guide you through this, and help you out if there is a problem

11) What pre operative and post operative support do they offer? It should not be take the money and run … this should be a relationship of trust that is built between you and the surgical staff. You are not on a factory conveyor belt. It is inexcusable a full pre and post nutritional, physical activity and lifestyle support program is not implemented with you.

12) What “promises” are they making you? Any great hospital will tell you weight loss surgery is NOT a get out of jail for free card. The realities of the procedure and future lifestyle should be deal with, openly and honestly. Weight loss surgery is a tool for success, not a magic lantern.

13) How accessible is the staff after the procedure? What systems do they have in place for you for questions, cheering you on? Do not settle for a FAQ sheet, you deserve human contact.

14) Quality of life post surgery. Again this is a point that truly saddens me. The older procedures put restrictions and encumbrances on the future joy of life that are just not necessary any more. Really really take a good look at this scientifically, life is to be enjoyed, and. Who are we kidding, we all have an inner foodie.

15) Are you willing to travel? The newest, safest most effective procedures are offered in a few places. The best surgeons … are you willing to travel … medical tourism is NOT popular just for cost savings – it is also the very best way to receive the state of the art care and facilities, cost effective and in a timely manner

Understand from all of these that it is inaccurate to judge a particular procedure when offered by different facilities – they will have different outcomes to many of these questions. It is very intimidating to make a decision on weight loss surgery, especially given all the “bad stories” that make it into the papers.The fact remains that weight loss surgery saves thousands of lives, and obesity is the # 1 killer – being responsible for so many of our chronic illnesses.

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