Saturday, January 30, 2010

FoodsThat Melt Fat!

How would you like to drop a few pounds without dieting or hitting the gym? You can-with slim-down foods that boost your calorie-burning power just like exercise!

1. Drop 7 pounds eating eggs!
They're packed with amino acids, and research shows that upping your intake of these protein building blocks can help you burn 71 more calories daily, enough to shed seven pounds a year. Aim for: seven to 10 eggs weekly.

2. Lose half a pound a month with green tea!
Burn an easy 60 calories a day due to antioxidants in green tea that also rev the brains production of metabolism speeding hormones. Aim for: Three cups daily.

3. Burn fat 33% faster with low-fat yogurt!
Thank the calcium in low-fat dairy! Getting three servings daily can double your weight loss.
Aim for: 8 oz. of low-fat milk or yogurt per serving.

4. Cut your appetite 35% with coffee!
A mere cup a day can raise your resting metabolic rate 15% for four hours; sip it 30 minutes before meals and it will blunt your appetite by 35%, as well! This single trick can help you lose 12 pounds a year-without counting a single calorie!
Tip: Power up your workouts! Drinking coffee an hour before exercising can help you melt 31% more fat!

5. Down 16% fewer calories with hot peppers!
Sure, they fire up your metabolism, but they also promote a sense of fullness that helps curb overeating. The proof: In a recent study, two groups were given pre-dinner drinks of tomato juice, one spicy, the other plain. Those who had the spicy drink ate 16% fewer calories than those who had the plain!

Quick Slimming! Fit in one cup of raw veggies-and 8oz. of vegetable juice daily-and researchers say you will shed up to 9 lbs. in just four weeks! This simple step doubles your intake of enzymes that help boost metabolism.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ways To Speed Up Your Metabolism

Fill up on the food that spikes fat burn!
It's protein. According to one study, you can burn 71 more calories every day-which translates into seven pounds of effortless weight loss a year-just by including at least 2oz of chicken, beef, fish or other protein in every meal. In another study, women who ate high protein meals doubled their metabolic rate for at least two hours afterward.

Try the trick that burns 30 minutes of calories in just 20 minutes!
Walking to work or the grocery store? Simply picking up the pace significantly for 30 seconds every few minutes can help your body burn 36% more fat from the exercise. Bursts of speed allow you to do much more intense, metabolism-boosting exercise, because you aren't held back by the very real problem of endurance.

Unwind with a sitcom!
Laughing out loud increases calorie burn by up to 20%, reports a Vanderbilt University study.
In fact, if you laugh 10 to 15 minutes a day, you can lose about four pounds a year without making any other changes to your diet or routine.

Sip green tea before your meals to double weight loss!
Dieters who drink green tea 30 minutes before every meal lose twice as much weight as those who go tea-free. Green tea's polyphenols boost brain levels of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that keeps resting metabolic rates high, so you can burn more calories even when your sitting on the couch.

Build your muscles to torch belly fat!
All you have to do is fit in one hour of light weightlifting a week-that's 10 minutes a day with a day off and research suggests you will significantly raise your production of belly-flattening human growth hormone (HGH)

Take fish oil to burn flab more easily!
Women who take 3,000 mg. of fish oil daily shed up to twice as much body fat as those who don't. Turns out, the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil stimulate the secretion of leptin, a hormone that makes it easier for your body to convert stored fat into energy, a key to keeping your metabolism running at peak efficiency.

Have breakfast to rev up your metabolism by 30%!
Simply putting food in your mouth first thing in the morning increases your metabolism by 30% for several hours. The reason: Breaking your overnight "fast" convinces your body that food is plentiful, so it doesn't feel the need to store calories as fat, instead it burns them.

Sleep more to reduce fattening stress hormones!
Struggling along on too-little sleep results in a 40% increase in blood levels of cortisol, a powerful stress hormone proven to slow metabolism, plus trigger a 33% increase in hunger panes and cravings. Aim for at least seven hours of shuteye each night.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Fun Facts: How Sweet It Is!

There's a lot more to watermelon than just delicious taste. Here are some fun facts about this nutritious fruit...

Melon Trivia
  • The first recorded watermelon harvest took place in Egypt almost 5,000 years ago.
  • Watermelons were placed in the burials tombs of Egyptian kings so they would have nourishment in the afterlife.
  • Watermelon is 92 percent water.
  • Early explorers used the watermelon as a canteen.
  • More than 1,200 types of watermelon are grown worldwide.
  • In the U.S. and Mexico, 200 to 300 varieties are grown, with seedless being the most popular.
  • In the U.S., Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia and Texas produce the most watermelon, followed by 39 other states.

Serving Tips
  • Freeze pureed watermelon in ice cube trays for a refreshing frozen treat or add watermelon ice cubes to lemonade.(for fun add vodka for a fun party treat)
  • Watermelon rind can be marinated, pickled or candied.
  • Roast, season and eat watermelon seeds as a snack.
  • For a refreshing summer soup, puree chilled watermelon, cantaloupe, and kiwifruit together. Swirl in a little plain yogurt and serve.
  • A traditional Russian sweetener, watermelon syrup is made by boiling juice pressed from watermelon pulp down to one-seventh of its original volume. The resulting sweetener can be used in cocktails, smoothies and desserts.

Food Facts
  • Watermelon has no fat or cholesterol and contains fiber as well as potassium. It's an excellent source of vitamins A, B6, and C, and it's rich in lycopene.
  • Because of watermelons high water content and low calorie count-only 48 calories per cup-it delivers more nutrients per calorie.
  • Watermelons are available from May to September, with peak season mid-June to late August. When selecting, choose melons that are symmetrical without any flat sides. Look for a smooth surface, a cream colored underbelly, and a rind that appears dull rather than shiny.
  • Store whole, uncut watermelon in the fridge or a cool, dark place for no more than one week. Cut watermelon should be wrapped and refrigerated and used within a day or two. :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Walk Off Those Pounds!

Lace up your sneakers, grab a bottle of water, and get ready to burn calories like crazy!
Walking has always been a cheap and easy way to slim down-and now researchers at a
famous Oregon Research Center have figured out a way to make it more effective than ever
before. In fact their simple "sticky note" trick is helping dieters walk off double the weight.

First, you put on some supportive shoes and walk briskly for at least 30 minutes daily. Do it
on a sidewalk, treadmill or trail: go for one long walk or a bunch of smaller walks. The most
important thing is to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Now, to make it go even farther, keep a written record of how long you walk-along with a
written record of exactly what you eat each day. It can be as easy as scribbling on a sticky
note or on the back of an envelope. Researchers in Portland, Oregon found that among 1,700
overweight test subjects asked to cut calories and walk at least half an hour daily, those who
kept a exercise/food log lost 100% more flab than those who did not.

Walking is perhaps the easiest way to burn calories and maintain metabolism-boosting
muscle. How does a log help improve results? Well, we all want to look good on paper, its just
human nature. So, when we are keeping a written record of, say, how much we walk or what
we eat, we adjust our actions accordingly to make ourselves look better.

Give it a try!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Healthy Ways To Turn Back The Clock!

Wouldn't it be great if you could reverse the aging process and add 10, 20-even 30-healthy years to your life? Well, according to studies, now you can!

All it takes is a few simple diet and lifestyle tweaks!

Add 20 Years By...
Exercising with a friend!

"Exercise stimulates the release of antiaging compounds that rejuvenate the heart, lungs, liver and immune system", says Diana Schwarzbein. MD, author of The Schwarzbein Principle II: A Regeneration Program to Prevent and Reverse Accelerated Aging. "And strong social ties help reduce the production of stress hormones."

Add 16 Years By...
Keeping your blood pressure low!

A blood pressure of 140/90-or higher-ages your arteries and heart faster than a reading of 115/75.
Quick Fix: Sticking to 1 tsp. of salt daily will trim three points off your blood pressure. And eat potassium-rich foods, such as a banana, a half cup of spinach or a skinless chicken breast, to trim another 5 points within 30 days.

Add 6 Years By...
Taking a daily multi!

Research shows B vitamins help prevent premature aging of the brain and nervous system. And selenium, calcium, magnesium and vitamins D and E slow the aging of muscles and the immune system.

Add 5-1/2 Years By...
Snacking on grapes!

These sweet little gems contain natural plant compounds called flavonoids, which slow aging of your arteries, plus keep your immune system young. The result: a lower risk of cancer, stroke, heart disease and brain illnesses.
TIP- Other top sources are red wine, apples, tea, onions, broccoli and garlic.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Cardio! Cardio! Cardio!

What is the best cardiovascular exercise? Which exercise burns the most calories? Which
cardio fitness program will work best for my needs? These are very common questions.

The best cardio activities for you are the ones you will ENJOY doing!

Cardiovascular exercises are continuous, rhythmic movements that assist your body in
burning high amounts of calories and increase strength in the heart and lungs. Cardio will also
help you to burn calories although it is more beneficial for keeping your energy levels high.
You will find that cardio is the best way to boost your energy and help keep you in shape.
And remember that both cardio and strength training exercises should be included in your
fitness program.

If you're spending a lot of time on one specific type of cardio exercise, you may want to add
in some variety. Doing the same exercise can lead to overuse injuries because you're always
using the same joints and muscle groups. But how often do you need to incorporate a cardio
workout into your daily routine? Attempt to perform cardiovascular exercise for 20 to 60
minutes for 3 to 5 days a week. If you are unable to complete 20 minutes of activity, work
toward this duration gradually.

If you ever experience chest pain, lightheadedness or dizziness, while exercising, stop
immediately. If you are unsure whether certain cardio exercises are the right ones for you,
consult your physician.

The hard part is finding the fitness program that works best for you and that you will enjoy
and keep doing.

Keep Going!!!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Five Reasons You Might Be Gaining Weight

1. Food

You may be eating more than you think. For the most part, people gain weight because they
are taking in more calories than they are "spending" in physical fitness activity. If you really
want to see what you are eating, keep a food diary. Recent studies show that people who
wrote down everything they ate and drank six days a week lost about twice as much as those
who only kept a diary two to three days a week.

2. The Scale

Do you weigh yourself often? It's easy to put on those pounds without even knowing it.
Preventing weight gain is as important as weight loss. Weigh yourself at least one time a week
at the same time of the day. The best time to weigh yourself is when you wake up in the
morning after you go to the bathroom with no clothes on, using the same scale. However,
don't become obsessive and weigh yourself repeatedly through out the day.

3. Stress

When you are stressed, your body releases stress hormones to try to help you cope. But
these hormones can increase your weight, as well as your blood glucose, blood pressure,
cholesterol, weight size and more. Identify your source of stress, and look into ways to
handle stress, such as taking a walk, reading a book or just taking more time for yourself. Of
course, physical fitness activities are number 1!!

4. Physical Fitness

With all the new gadgets, you don't need to be as active to get things done. You can sit at the
computer, on the telephone, or in front of the television for hours. Be sure to take a break,
add in a little physical fitness, whether at home or at the office. Walk, stretch, if you have the
desire, join a gym if that works for you.

5. Sleep

Not much to be said here.....make sure and get plenty of rest!!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Water Really Can Make You Slimmer!

Hey, Healthy Bodies!

Want to turn your hunger off for zero calories?

Forget diet products and calorie counting! Research proves that regular doses of tap water is
all it takes to trick your body into eating less. If you make an effort to drink more water, you
will be a lot less thirsty-and a lot less likely to reach for high-calorie juices, mocha lattes and
other sugary beverages. The average person drinks roughly 300 calories a day; REPLACE
those calories with water, and you can't help but lose weight.

Yale researchers have found that soda pop and juice set off a blood rollercoaster that
stimulates our urge to eat by 15%. There is also evidence that the sweetness of soft drinks-
even the sugar free products-triggers cravings for more sweets. Try switching to water.

Even if you make no other changes in your daily regimen, drink plenty of water. It's a healthy
choice for just about everyone.

So, What are you waiting for?
Start drinking!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

How To Stay Fit And Stay Motivated

Motivation may be hard to come by when it comes to staying or getting into good shape, As the
seasons change so does our motivation level. Holiday schedules and cold winter days
keep us from drudging up the motivation to maintain a daily exercise routine.
But we should be totally aware of the effects that inactivity has on the body, there are many resources available.

Exercise alone, without change in diet, can greatly reduce the risks for many diseases even in small amounts. Heart disease, stroke or diabetes are just a couple health affects of lack of activity in the body. Doing what ever you can to increase your motivation to exercise is the first step. Any variety of methods to motivate you will be of great importance. Listening to music while running, simply finding out the exercises that you truly enjoy, setting particular times when to exercise, all help you to stay motivated. Developing a routine or pattern for exercising is the best way to stay motivated; your body will become accustomed to working out at a certain time each and every day.

Your mind posses the ability to create positive ideas that leads to positive actions allowing you to live a healthy life. Positive self talk can do wonders for motivation as well as just
viewing the results of previous attempts (i.e.smaller jeans :), thinner waistline, six pack, etc). Self encouragement is the ultimate motivation.

You and you alone will be responsible for the change!

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Exercise Your Stress Away Today

Exercise Your Stress Away

Exercise may not be the most exciting
word in your vocabulary but it sure is a word with a
lot of benefits. Participating in daily exercise
will not only make you healthier in general, but
it can also diminish the effects of stress on your

Think about all the times you have heard someone
say "the doctor says its stress". Normally
people will laugh it off, concluding that doctors
say that when they don't know the real
diagnosis. The truth of the matter is that too
much stress can play a role in many diseases and illnesses.

To help increase your immune system and decrease
your stress level, try exercise, as movement
is the key word here. Bending, stretching, reaching
and walking. You can implement
more movement into your daily routine and reap
the benefits on your own so there is no need to buy any expensive equipment.

If you like aerobic exercise, you should grab a
friend and have a blast with one of the basic
aerobic videos. Or, you can simply go out for a brisk
walk and enjoy spending time together. As you
may have heard, walking really is the best overall
exercise you can do for your health and heart. As long as
you have a pair of walking shoes, you will be

As you go through your daily activities, make it
a point to walk a little farther, park the car further away
when going to the grocery store.
When you are sitting, you should also do some
simple and quick stretches for your neck shoulders and

If you enjoy sitting around watching television,
you should consider buying a jogging board.
These padded boards will make running, jumping,
or walking in place less stressful on your knees
and joints. They are easy to store as well and
also very portable.

In many peoples opinions, jogging boards are
the best pieces of equipment you can buy. They
are also far cheaper than treadmills and
stationary bikes.

There are several different exercises that you
can do to help you eliminate the stress in
your life. Walking is by far the best! As you
can easily lose yourself and your troubles by
walking, even if it is just around your neighborhood,
walking can do wonders for your health as well
as stress.

If you have a lot of stress in your life, you
may want to consider a gym. Working out then
sitting in the sauna is also a good way to
relieve tension. Sign up for classes, yoga, fitness training or swimming. If your gym has a pool, you may find swimming to be very beneficial as well,
as it helps you to relax!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Become A Healthy Eater!

Being a healthy eater requires you to become both
educated and smart about what healthy eating
really is. Being food smart is not about
learning to calculate carbs, grams or fat. It is
about studying labels and counting calories.

Healthy eating is all about balanced and moderate
eating, consisting of healthy meals at least
three times per day(sometimes five). Healthy eaters eat a variety of types of foods not limiting themselves
to a specific food type or food group.

Healthy eating requires quite a bit of leeway. You
might eat too much or not enough, consume
foods that are sometimes more or less nutritious.
However, you should always fuel your body and
your brain regularly with enough food to keep
both your mind and body strong and alert.

You should always remember that restricting food
in any way is always a bad thing. Healthy eating
is a way of life, something that you can do to
enhance your body or your lifestyle. If you have
thought about making your life (and health) better, healthy
eating is just the place to start!