What If You Can’t Lose Weight? Try The Following

If you are having trouble losing weight, it’s possible that there are some things you’re not doing right. Yes, there are a few instances when inability to lose weight may be down to clear genetic anomalies. But I suggest that you don’t conclude that that’s your case unless first you’ve sincerely done your part of the weight loss bargain.

For starters, how strong is your commitment and determination to lose weight? By that, I’m not saying you have to sacrifice an arm and a leg to achieve it. But as Barack Obama states in one of his books, ‘if we aren’t willing to pay a price for what we want, if we aren’t willing to make some sacrifices in order to realize them, then we need to ask ourselves whether we truly believe in those things in the first place.’

You surely know that, in the final analysis, losing weight can be reduced to watching your food and working your body. So, could it be that you are not sticking to your exercise and diet program? Why not take a second look around yourself?

If you notice that there are still some unhealthy foodstuff around you, get rid of them, and replace with healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy snacks—such as nuts. Your fats should mostly come from olive oil and fish.

Next, evaluate your physical exercises. If you are not exercising vigorously enough, you’re going to have trouble losing weight, especially if you are considerably overweight to begin with. 20 minutes, 3 times-a-week of aerobic exercise is the minimum recommendation. But fitness experts recommend more frequent workouts for those needing to lose more weight.

In addition, you should also include both cardio and strength training exercises. Cardio exercises will speed up your weight loss, while strength training will tone up your muscles and increase your bone density. You may consider joining fitness groups for consistency and greater results. If you are starting an aerobic exercise for the first time, ensure you get your doctor’s opinion.

You also need to watch HOW you eat. Besides the food you eat (which should be carefully chosen to begin with) when you eat them and the quantity consumed also matter. Unknown to many, metabolism play a large part in weight loss.

It happens that your metabolism determines what portion of what you eat is used up as energy and which portion is stowed away in your body as fats. If most of what you consume is burned up by your body as fuel (energy) you are very unlikely to add much weight. But if the reverse is the case, then you’ll have weight issues to contend with.

The way out is to eat at such times of the day when you are most active, thus giving your body the greatest chance of converting the calories to energy. Best timing include morning and afternoon, in that order. Also, some 30 minutes before exercise sessions. Worst time to eat for weight loss is night. And I suppose we both know why: the body is mostly at rest.

So before concluding that your inability to lose weight is due to some biological disorders, I suggest you try the approaches discussed here. Show greater commitment to your exercises, eat reasonably by watching what you eat and when you eat.

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12 Top Foods to Avoid to Lose Weight

Losing weight may become a losing battle if you don’t get the basics right. And the most basic thing you need to know is the right food. This, combined with sufficient exercise is the biggest component of any weight loss recipe.

Our focus here is food. When it comes foods, knowing what foods you should NOT eat is as important as knowing the ones you should mostly be eating. Here’s a list of 12 top foods you should avoid, or at least greatly limit if you hope to lose weight.

Let’s start with the obvious ones, Fast Foods. Cheeseburgers, french fries, milkshakes and taco’s are all high calorie foods which consumption would sabotage your weight loss efforts.

They come with no real nutrients, just empty calories in the form of preservatives. This applies to nearly all greasy and sugary processed foods. They are your prime suspects.

If you should go near them at all, it should be as rare, occasional treats. Next come Sauces. You would guess that items like gravies, sweetened condensed milk, cheese sauces and salad dressings are all high in calories. And you would be right.

You should also get rid of extras like cream on your baked potatoes and cream sauces for your pastas. For salad dressings, go for oil and vinegar as alternatives. This will eliminate hidden calories and increase your chances of losing weight.

Table Sugar: For obvious reasons. Sugar is all calories and nearly zero in nutritional content.

Honey: Contrary to popular belief, honey has very little nutritional value. Meanwhile it comes packed with calories—nearly as high as sugar! You should greatly limit your consumption of honey, too.

Soda: Besides their high calorie content and nutritional deficiency, sodas also contribute to tooth decay.

Vegetables with High Starch Content: Potatoes are god examples. Nearly everyone loves them. But beware, potatoes are high in starch, and so the human body handles potatoes the same way it does sugars. A potato meal causes your blood sugar to rise, and they are harder for the body to process. So potatoes and similar starchy foods tend to keep the body in an elevated insulin condition. And that makes weight loss much harder.

Fruit Juice: In themselves, fruit juices are fine. Problem is that majority of what you see as “fruit juice” in the marketplace these days are nothing but high fructose corn syrup. And they’re now implicated in the rampant obesity in our society. So if you must drink fruit juice (and you should!) then make it home-made, 100% pure juice devoid of fructose corn syrup and other preservatives.

Fried Foods: This should come as no surprise to anyone. Most fried foods are high in hydrogenated oil which the human body is unable to fully process. So they get stored as fat, and that’s more weight!

White Bread: Nearly all of the nutrients have been drained out during processing. What you have left is mainly carbohydrates.

Margarine: They are high in hydrogenated oils, which isn’t good for weight reduction.

Caffeine: In itself, not much problem. The problem with this substance is just that it causes dehydration which tends to increase appetite. And if you must lose weight, increased appetite is one thing you don’t need.

Alcohol: It slows down your metabolism by as high as 73%. That’s bad news for weight loss!

Ensure you read the nutrition labels in the foods you purchase. If you stay away from these and similar low nutrition and high calorie foods, you’ll find it easier to lose pounds and maintain optimum weight.

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What is Nutritional Cleansing? Many would agree with the age-old dictum: “you are what you eat.” As a result, worldwide, there are thousands of health-food shops and the so-called bio-shops (these are stores that sell biologically-grown foods produced without the use of chemicals or chemical fertilizers).

Germany alone is reputed to have no less that 4000 health-food shops and 2000 bio-shops. Many individuals everywhere also believe that vitamin pills are important to their health. All these highlight the growing concern toward staying healthy. And yes, there’s a lot that each individual can do in this regard.

Sensible eating habits will go a long way in helping a person to achieve good health. These include getting sufficient vitamins and trace minerals. Many persons need additional supplies of either or both of these elements. Dr. Jean Mayer, a Harvard nutritionist, once stated that “the U.S. diet is often much lower in iron than are the diets of poorer populations.” Again, iron is not the only nutrient lacking in the diet of most Americans.

Thus, due to what could be termed “poor” diet, many people end up polluting their internal system and rendering themselves susceptible to many preventable and sometimes degenerative diseases. So, what if your internal environment is rife with toxins? There are ways to clean it up.

Generally, the best foods that cleanse the body are those that are easily digested—those that spend the least time in your bowels. This is because digestion tasks your body a lot. And the time spent doing that job reduces what time the body has left to cleanse itself, especially since you’ll soon eat again!

Among the best foods in cleansing your body are Leafy Vegetables. Eating sufficient amount of leafy vegetables have a high value both from the point of view of nutritional physiology and the maintenance of man’s health in the form of preventive medicine.

This is because vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals. They are also rich in iron, which makes them effective against anemia. And what is more, this class of food helps neutralize the acids in the blood. They also have an effect on the kidneys that stimulate the elimination of wastes or toxins.

Fresh, raw vegetables help your body in two ways: they stimulate your body’s natural enzymes to action, making the enzymes to digest other foods faster, while at the same time cleansing your internal system.
Next in this category of cleansing foods are Tomatoes, Apples, Sauerkraut and Onions.

This group has an alkalizing effect on the internal system. Fresh fruits have always been known as among the best natural cleansers. The exact way this happens is still not fully understood by medical science.

But what is certain is that fruits are rich in vitamin water that helps the body to flush out waste products. And just recently, it’s been found that onions and certain mushrooms are particularly helpful in combating cholesterol in the blood.

Foods that are rich in EFAs (essential fatty acids) are also known to be helpful in this regard. They’re reputed to help cleanse the body of harmful cholesterol. Foods in this category include Walnuts, Tuna Fish, Salmon, Cashews, Avocados, Flax Oil, and Olive Oil.

REMEMBER YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

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