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Sep 9, 2016

Lose Your Weight And Not Health!


First and foremost, understand your body. Every individual is different and so are the bodies. What might suit one, might not suit the other. So don’t blindly follow something just because the other person said so especially in terms of your health and body. That’s why utmost important is to understand what is good for your body, what are the deficiencies, what should you feed your body to keep it healthy and what not! This will only happen when you start to know your body by keeping a track of everything that you are feeding it in terms of calories, good or bad fat, healthy/unhealthy, etc. When you get on the track of losing weight (losing unwanted bad fat and not muscles) and becoming healthy, slowly you will realise that it becomes a habit and eventually that habit turns into a healthy lifestyle.

What is losing weight in a healthy way?

Remember Losing Weight Not Health!

Healthy habits can go out the window when we’ve got no time for the gym and few options besides Seamless. Losing weight isn't easy—and doing it in a healthy, sustainable way can make the task feel even harder. Making small changes each day is one way to get started.

Maintaining a healthy weight is a key consideration for good health. However, when many of us try to drop a few pounds we go about it in the wrong way. If you’re not sure if you need to lose weight then knowing your BMI can be a good starting point and help you figure out whether you are the right weight for your height. Check your waist circumference too as your body shape is also important. Carrying too much weight around the middle increases risk, even if BMI is within the healthy range.

When it comes to getting the weight off, everyone wants to lose weight quickly, and there are many diets out there promising instant results. But while they might work in the short term, more often than not they are difficult to stick to and so the weight quickly comes back on.

What are the Do’s and Don’ts?

Common Weight Loss Myths-

Skipping meals will save calories- Skipping meals can make you feel tired and hungry, meaning you'll be more likely to reach for high-fat, high-calorie snacks, or compensate with bigger meals when you do eat. It’s also harder to make a healthy choice when you are very hungry. Get into a regular pattern when it comes to your meals and plan ahead to make sure you look forward to tasty and healthy options.

Restrict certain foods- If you eat nothing but celery or oranges all day long for a week you will, of course, lose weight. But fad diets will quickly become boring and won’t be effective in the long run. That’s just as well as while they will be low in calories, they are often lacking in the full range of nutrients your body needs to function properly in the long term. If you need to take vitamin and mineral supplements alongside a diet plan then that’s a clue that it might not be providing you with all the nutrients you need. It’s not necessary to starve to lose weight - making small changes you can stick to is the key to long term success.

No treats- Depriving yourself of all the foods you enjoy won’t work and banning certain foods often makes us want to eat them even more. You’ll eventually give into temptation and abandon your efforts and this can lead to feelings of guilt and failure. Remember, one slip does not have to mean a fall and there's no harm in allowing yourself a treat now and again. Plan to have small amounts of the foods you love and savour every mouthful.

No eating after 8pm- It doesn’t matter when you eat if you are eating too much – a calorie is a calorie at any time of the day! It's healthier for your digestive system not to eat a heavy meal before you go to bed but a late dinner will not make you any fatter than an early one.

Fat burning- Lose your belly fat / bingo wings / thunder thighs As unfair as it may seem, we can’t pick and choose where we gain or lose weight from. When the body loses fat, it is lost throughout the body. Focusing on one area of when exercising may develop better muscle tone in that area but it will not remove more fat.

Carbs are fattening- Gram for gram, carbohydrate has less than half the calories of fat. However, you do still need to keep an eye on your portion sizes and choose the right types of carbohydrate. Opt for wholegrains like oats, brown rice and wholemeal bread and pasta rather than white versions or sugary food and drinks. Watch out for high calorie additions too. Fillings and toppings commonly added such as creamy sauces on pasta and butter or cheese on baked potatoes.

No snacking- Planning healthy snacks between meals can help you to control your appetite. Fruit, vegetables, and low-fat yogurt are great choices.

Low-fat only- Don’t rely on low-fat meaning low-calorie. Replacing fat with other ingredients can still result in a product with high calorie content. Don’t be fooled – check the label. Quantity is also important; you won’t cut back on calories if you eat twice as much of a low-fat product as a full-fat one. Pre-packaged, low-fat foods are also often high in sugar and preservatives, which can be detrimental to health. Natural fats found in nuts, seeds, fish and avocados are actually key for glowing skin and reducing the risk of heart disease.

Intense exercise regimes- You don’t have to run a marathon to benefit from being more active. Even low intensity activity will help use up more energy. Walking, gardening or doing housework can make quite a difference.

Also see the Ideal Weight/Height Chart-

Here are some natural sources of food and herbs that can help you in the process of weight loss-

Cinnamon Tea- Blood sugar has a direct impact on your weight as it affects how hungry and how energetic you are (if you have energy you’re much more likely to exercise!) If your blood sugar is balanced you are less likely to have a disproportionally large appetite, and your body will be more apt to use fat (energy) rather than storing it. While debate about its effectiveness drags on, more and more preliminary studies are coming out showing that cinnamon can help manage blood sugar levels, so why not whip up a spicy cinnamon tea? Boil cinnamon sticks or powder in water, strain it and drink twice a day.

Bottle Gourd Juice- Due to its high fiber content, it creates a sensation of fullness and curbs appetite. It also has high water content and has a number of great nutrients. Take 1 cup of bottle gourd juice, add a little lime juice and drink it. When you feel the urge to snack, drink a glass of cold bottle gourd juice with a dash of lime juice added.

Ginseng- Ginseng’s greatest quality is that it can help fight fatigue and boost energy as well as mental alertness. This is amazing when it comes to weight loss-without energy, it’s hard to exercise. Without exercise, it’s near impossible to lose weight-at least in a healthy way. In addition to boosting energy, there is tentative evidence that it can help manage blood sugar, which also affects energy levels as well as appetite. Take 1 teaspoon of chopped American or Korean ginseng, 8 ounces of fresh water and raw honey/lemon to taste (optional). Chop the root and measure out 1 teaspoon per cup of water. Bring water to a boil and then pour over the ginseng, allowing it to steep for 5-9 minutes. Strain, add honey or lemon if you like, and drink 1-2 times daily. Alternatively, you can use powdered form instead of root.

Probiotics- Probiotics are live bacteria that have health benefits when eaten. They can improve digestive health and heart health, and may even help with with weight loss. Studies have shown that overweight and obese people tend to have different gut bacteria than normal-weight people, which may influence weight. Probiotics may help regulate the healthy gut bacteria. They may also block the absorption of dietary fat, while reducing appetite and inflammation. Of all the probiotic bacteria, Lactobacillus gasseri shows the most promising effects on weight loss.

Dandelion and Peppermint- Dandelion and peppermint tea is a fabulous drink that will help keep your liver healthy. The liver is an incredible organ. Not only is it the only way to truly detoxify your body, it is also plays a central role in many metabolic processes-a lot of which affect weight. In terms of fat metabolism, the liver is full of cells that break down fats and turn them into usable energy. These cells are also responsible for the flow of bile, which helps breakdown and absorb fats. In the metabolism of carbohydrates, the liver helps keep your blood sugar steady, therefore keeping energy levels up and regulating appetite. The list goes on, but the point is helping your liver helps your weight, as it plays a crucial role in managing fats and their absorption. Dandelion and peppermint both help your liver. Dandelion has hepatoprotection constituents, with hepatoprotection meaning an ability to prevent damage to the liver. Peppermint and dandelion both automatically stimulate the production of bile in the liver, helping with digestion and the absorption of nutrients. Mix these two together, and you have a powerful liver protecting tea. Take 1 teaspoon of dried dandelion leaves, 1 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves, 1 cup of boiling water and honey/lemon to taste (optional). Pour a cup of boiling water over the dandelion and peppermint and steep, covered, for 5-10 minutes. Strain, add honey/lemon to taste if you like, and drink a cup twice daily.

Apple Cider Vinegar- Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is another popular home remedy to reduce excess weight. Though the actual weight loss benefits of it are still unknown, preliminary research has shown that it can help protect against obesity. It helps breakdown fat and hence prevents the accumulation of body fat.

Apple Snack- An apple a day keeps the weight at bay! While not overflowing with nutrients like other fruits or vegetables, apples still have a number of benefits that can contribute to weight loss. First, they are packed with fiber, which helps curb appetite, so eat one when you feel the urge to snack on some less-desirable foods. Second, they can help regulate blood sugar levels, and therefore help regulate your appetite and energy levels. Third, the pectin in apples can lower cholesterol, and serve as another way to help regulate blood sugar, by slowing the absorption of carbohydrates. Finally, apples are a naturally low-sodium food, which can help prevent excess water retention and water weight.

Drink Green Tea- Green tea is a natural beverage that is loaded with antioxidants. Drinking green tea is linked with many benefits, such as increased fat burning and weight loss. Green tea may increase energy expenditure by 4% and increase selective fat burning by up to 17%, especially harmful belly fat.

Asparagus- Asparagus is nutrient dense and, like apples, contains a lot of fiber to help curb appetite. It also contains a host of vitamins that work together to metabolize blood glucose, therefore regulate blood sugar. If you find yourself feeling puffy or bloated, asparagus is a mild diuretic that can help reduce bloating and leave you feeling your best. Take a bunch of asparagus and some water. Wash the asparagus and lightly peel the stems if they are thick. Pour water into the pan and add the asparagus, and cover with a tightly fitting lid. Turn the heat to medium high and steam for 3 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender.

Aloe Vera- Aloe vera is useful in treating obesity because it stimulates the metabolism, increases energy consumption, and mobilizes unused fat in the body. It contains natural collagen proteins that make the body work harder in order to absorb the proteins. In addition, it helps remove toxins from the digestive system and colon.

Flaxseed- Flaxseed has been known to help with digestive ailments for centuries, and this goes hand in hand with weight loss. Flax seeds are high in fiber, as well as mucilage, which helps lower cholesterol. It has also been proven to lower blood sugar levels. With such a high amount of fiber, flax seeds also act as a natural gentle way to regulate bowel movements and help promote healthy gut bacteria, both which work well to help you manage weight. It is important to eat flaxseed ground, as it tends to pass through the digestive track undigested if eaten whole, thus depriving you of its nutritional benefits. Take 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed. Once a day eat a tablespoon of ground flaxseed-sprinkling it over your salad, cereal or oatmeal.

Coconut Oil- Coconut oil is high in fats called medium-chain triglycerides, which are metabolized differently than other fats. Studies show that they can boost your metabolism slightly, while helping you eat fewer calories. Coconut oil may be especially helpful in reducing the harmful belly fat. Simply replace some of your other fat sources with coconut oil.

Curry Leaves- Eating 10 fresh curry leaves daily in the morning works as a great Ayurvedic remedy to deal with obesity and diabetes caused by obesity. Continue this treatment regularly for at least three to four months. Research shows that curry leaves contain mahanimbine, an alkaloid that has anti-obesity and lipid-lowering effects. Thus, it helps lower body weight and reduces total cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Milk Thistle- Milk thistle contains active flavonoid compounds collectively known as simirilyn. Simalrilyn helps to protect the liver which is a vital organ when it comes to managing weight and encouraging weight loss. When your liver is bogged down and sluggish, weight loss can be slowed by up to 30%. The simarilyn in milk thistle can help reverse this. There are several ways to take milk thistle, however the recommended is a capsule form (make sure the source is reliable) or as a tincture.

Fennel- Fennel seeds are believed to be useful in weight loss because of their diuretic properties. Diuretics help you lose weight quickly by reducing water retention. They do not cause long-term weight loss though. Slightly dry roast and grind fennel seeds. Sieve the powder. Take one-half teaspoon of this powder twice daily with warm water. This remedy will also help relieve abdominal gas, indigestion, and constipation. You can also drink fennel tea 15 minutes before meals.

Additional Tips-

Eat More Slowly- If you eat too fast, you may eat way too many calories before your body even realizes that you are full. Faster eaters are much more likely to become obese, compared to those who eat more slowly. Chewing more slowly may help you eat fewer calories and increase the production of hormones that are linked to weight loss.

Avoid Processed Foods- Processed foods are usually high in added sugars, added fats and calories. What’s more, processed foods are engineered to make you eat as much as possible. They are much more likely to cause addictive-like eating than unprocessed foods.

Get Enough Sleep- Getting enough sleep is incredibly important for weight loss, as well as to prevent future weight gain. Studies have shown that sleep-deprived people are up to 55% more likely to become obese, compared to those who get enough sleep. This number is even higher for children. This is partly because sleep deprivation disrupts the daily fluctuations in appetite hormones, leading to poor appetite regulation.

Do Some Sort of Cardio- Doing cardio — whether it is jogging, running, cycling, power walking or hiking — is a great way to burn calories and improve both mental and physical health. Cardio has been shown to improve many risk factors for heart disease. It can also help reduce body weight. Cardio seems to be particularly effective at reducing the dangerous belly fat that builds up around your organs and causes metabolic disease.

Add Resistance Exercises- Loss of muscle mass is a common side effect of dieting. If you lose a lot of muscle, your body will start burning fewer calories than before. By lifting weights regularly, you’ll be able to prevent this loss in muscle mass. As an added benefit, you’ll also look and feel much better.

Limit Your Intake of Refined Carbs- Refined carbs are carbs that have had most of their beneficial nutrients and fiber removed. The refining process leaves nothing but easily digested carbs, which can increase the risk of overeating and disease. The main dietary sources of refined carbs are white flour, white bread, white rice, sodas, pastries, snacks, sweets, pasta, breakfast cereals and added sugar.

Drink Water- There is actually truth to the claim that drinking water can help with weight loss. Drinking 0.5 liters of water may increase the calories you burn by 24–30% for an hour afterward. Drinking water before meals may also lead to reduced calorie intake, especially for middle-aged and older people. Water is particularly good for weight loss when it replaces other beverages that are high in calories and sugar.

Focus on Changing Your Lifestyle- Dieting is one of those things that almost always fails in the long term. In fact, people who “diet” tend to gain more weight over time. Instead of focusing only on losing weight, make it a primary goal to nourish your body with healthy food and nutrients. Eat to become a healthier, happier, fitter person — not just to lose weight.

But don't forget the bottom line! The key to successful weight loss is a commitment to making indefinite changes in your diet and exercise habits.

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