I hear it all of the time. “I’m eating right, I’m exercising… but the weight isn’t coming off. I don’t know what else to do!”
While important, diet and exercise aren’t everything. Mainstream thinking tells us that if you work-out 1 hour 7 days a week and starve yourself that your dreams of fitting into your favorite jeans will come true. Maintaining that lifestyle takes time and frankly isn’t much fun.
What if I told you that breaking through that weight loss plateau is not only achievable, but can be accomplished without training for a marathon or fasting?
Other lifestyle factors affect your body’s ability to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Try these three secrets so you can stop the frustration with your weight and start living your life feeling beautiful and confident with more time for your hobbies, work and loved ones.
Secret #1: Make sleep a priority
Anything less than 7-8 hours of quality sleep per day wreaks havoc on our metabolism… particularly hormones. Studies show that less sleep increases the hormone that causes hunger. Alternatively, longer, quality sleep activates the hormone that tells you to stop eating. Not getting enough quality sleep might actually be sabotaging your efforts and causing you to gain weight.
How do you get more rest? Create a habit in which you go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day… even weekends. Eliminate the TV, phone and computer from the bedroom. Consider making your pets sleep in another room. Try meditation or breathing exercises before bedtime to help quiet the mind.
Bottom line, making sleep a priority results in a happier, leaner you.
Secret #2: Detox
We are bombarded everyday by pollutants in food, household cleaners, medications and the air we breathe. According to recent estimates, 3.93 billion pounds of toxic chemicals have been released into the US environment . Our bodies must break down and eliminate (detoxify) these pollutants to minimize the negative effects.
If toxins accumulate in our tissues, one of the many side effects includes an impaired metabolism. What does this mean? In simple terms… you may not be able to lose weight efficiently and effectively. It might affect the way you sleep or your ability to handle stress.
What can you do to help support your body’s natural detoxifying abilities? In addition to minimizing your exposure to external toxins, such as commercial household cleaners, it is important to eat a ‘whole foods’ diet rich in organic vegetables and fruits and limit processed foods as well as food intolerances to help boost the body’s natural ability to excrete pollutants.
Once detoxification occurs, the body no longer struggles to keep up with the barrage of pollutants and diverts its efforts into a more steady state, allowing it to relax and release excess weight and stress.
Secret #3: De-stress
Stress is good… in small doses. It prepares the body for ‘fight or flight’… it keeps us on our toes. However, many of us live in a constant state of stress. Our stress hormones remain in overdrive.
Stress hormones give us energy to get through a given situation. However, when the hormones don’t shut off, they increase our appetite to ensure we have energy to get through the situation at hand. This coupled with the fact that many of us use food to dull our feelings or sense of anxiety makes it very difficult for the body to release and let go. We have tricked it into ‘thinking’ it needs the energy to survive as well as for comfort. We created a scenario where our body no longer works for us, but rather against us.
Making time for yourself, incorporating regular exercise (i.e. yoga or Pilates), as well identifying potential foods that affect your mood and trigger a stress response are all important strategies to start managing stress and ultimately helping you break through that weight plateau.
In conclusion, think of these secrets as the three legs of stool. All three must be in balance for the stool to function properly. Keep your body in balance by implementing and practicing all three!
 US Environmental Protection Agency. 2010 Toxins Release Inventory National Analysis Summary. Web site.…
I hear it all of the time. “I’m eating right, I’m exercising… but the weight isn’t coming off. I don’t know what else to do!”
Woman celebrities are known in the whole world for their glossy, tumbling curls and their fresh beauty. Women everywhere would die to be able to accomplish such remarkable results, so naturally. Get to know some professional tips and learn ways to copy them for yourself.
Celebs have an enviable figure, which they keep in shape, when making movies, with Pilates, weight training and kickboxing also; when at home some of them springs or ride a bicycle. It is preferable not follow a diet, but sometimes they use The Zone, a healthy lifestyle plan that chooses the best combination of foods, and emphasizes eating light meals, at least six times a day. The Zone aims to burn fat changing the different levels of insulin in your body, thus shedding any excess weight.
Some little secret is applying hemorrhoid ointment around the eyes, this helps with lines and crows feet. This would be literally “Putting butt cream under the eyes is one of the best beauty secrets to stop getting lines”. And some of the celebs do this!
You can also get great results without the need to spend on a professional stylist. Choosing great products from hair care ranges like Biosilk or Joico will ensure your hair is as silky and shiny as you need it to be.
One of the best hair straighteners is the CHI Flat Iron, use it for the extra smooth, silky look. Having a natural straight hair doesn’t stop you to use one, CHI flat irons will help you achieve the look that professional look that celebs pay hundreds of dollars for.
It doesn’t matter if your hair is dry, dull or even frizzy, using Biosilk Silk Therapy treatment as well as a flat iron, will get you great results.
Almost everyone dedicates only 8-10 minutes on her face, leaving as much time as possible for their hair, which is hardest part to manage. In regards of the face skin care some may said that they only use a face cloth and cream for the every day beauty regime, and sometimes also use a mascara just if they are in the mood.…
Did you know that your body absorbs up to 60% of what you put on your skin? Well, the human scalp is even more porous and easily absorbs whatever is applied to it. Most hair care products, including the shampoo and conditioners used on a daily basis, are laden with harmful, toxic chemicals that are not only damaging to your hair but they absorb through the scalp, enter the bloodstream and accumulate in your body. Since most of us wash our hair at least a few times a week, imagine how consistently applying harsh ingredients and toxic chemicals to your hair and scalp can affect your overall well-being over time.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), are generally at the top of the ingredient list in leading shampoo and conditioner brands. While they create a sudsy lather consumers enjoy, these harsh detergents have been shown to cause eye and skin irritation, scalp allergies, hair loss, and eczema. Some products containing SLES and SLS have even been found to contain low levels of the known carcinogen, 1,4-dioxane.
Methylisothiazolinone (MIT), sometimes called methylisothiazoline, is a powerful preservative found in many commonly used shampoos and conditioners. Scientists documenting MIT are concerned that exposure to this chemical by pregnant women could put their fetus at risk for abnormal brain development. In other people, exposure could also be a factor in the development of Alzheimer’s disease and other nervous system disorders.
Parabens (Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, p-Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, n-Butylparaben and Benzylparaben) are widely used anti-microbial preservatives found in shampoos and conditioners (and many other personal care products). Research dating back to 2004 found parabens in 18 of 20 breast (cancer) tumors tested. Yet, due to the low cost and an extended shelf life, many manufacturers continue to use FDA approved parabens and other harmful chemicals in most of the personal care products that line the supermarket and drugstore shelves.
With an increased awareness of the harmful effects of parabens, some manufacturers have begun to eliminate them from their ingredient list. Despite the availability of harmless plant based natural preservatives like grape seed extract, even natural and organic manufacturers are surprisingly tolerant of phenoxyethanol which is touted as a safe alternative to parabens. Yet, the use of phenoxyethanol is restricted in Japan and Europe citing “chromosomal changes and genetic mutation effects in testing” and reports of damaging effects on the brain and central nervous system.
Other ingredients to avoid in your shampoo and conditioner include propylene glycol (antifreeze), olefin sulfonate (kerosene), and ammonium lauryl sulfate, each of which cause hair loss, irritate your scalp, clog oil glands, and corrode hair follicles. Synthetic fragrances and dyes used to color products (yellow #5, orange #4 and violet #2), damage hair and disrupt the endocrine system. Still, the low price of these and other chemical ingredients allow manufacturers to increase sales and gain higher profits by offering products with a consumer-friendly price tag. These mass produced name brand items may cost less at the store, but in the long run, their use can result in very costly health problems.
What are the secrets to vibrant, healthy hair? First and foremost, choose a chemical free shampoo and conditioner to help to revive your hair and scalp by infusing them with natural minerals, vital nutrients, herbal extracts, and moisture. If you use styling products or hair spray, be sure they are free of harsh, drying chemicals like alcohol.
Dry, brittle, dull and thinning hair is often the result of a hormonal imbalance. This is especially obvious for women following childbirth and during menopause. Men and women both benefit tremendously from the transdermal use of bio-identical progesterone cream. It safely and effectively restores healthy progesterone levels to create hormonal balance and nurture the entire endocrine system. You’ll not only feel better physically by using progesterone cream, if your unhealthy hair is a result of a hormone imbalance, you’ll notice a dramatic improvement in the way it looks and feels.
Using a chlorine filter shower head is another secret to full, shiny hair. Chlorine is a harsh, endocrine disrupting chemical that causes dry, brittle and split hair. It also absorbs into your skin. Studies have shown that more chlorine is absorbed into the body from a hot shower than from drinking chlorinated water, and can cause dry skin and skin irritations. Beautiful hair also depends on a healthy diet. In addition to using chemical free products, choose foods from the list below to maximize the health and vitality of your hair.
Water is essential for healthy hair and skin, yet most of us don’t drink nearly enough of it. Increase your intake of pure water daily for a positive difference in your hair and an improved sense of well being.
Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which moisturize your hair and …
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, don’t let it get you down. As it becomes more common, and more widely studied, more and more solutions and treatment options have become available. Take a practical approach, an educational approach, and systematically address it. This article contains some useful advice that you can use in your overall effort to combat the illness.
The number one thing to keep in mind when you’re diagnosed with Type II Diabetes is that it’s not the end of the world! You will be able to live a long, healthy life with this condition as long as you take the steps necessary to keep it under control.
Be VERY careful with any advice you receive online about diabetes treatment. It is fine to do your research online, and even to find out what other people are doing to take care of their disease, but you need to take any new information you want to act on to your doctor, to make sure that it’s medically sound.
Diabetics should never EVER skip a meal! If you’ve planned to eat, then you must eat, or else your medication can drop your blood sugar so low you end up getting very sick. At least have a drink of juice or milk and some of your food so that your body gets a boost of energy.
Focus on leg circulation to combat diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. Keep your feet moving as much as possible to increase the blood circulating down through your toes. One exercise that is great for a desk job is to lift your foot up and then wiggle your toes, turning your feet in circles at the ankle.
When traveling it is especially important to keep food with you. You may be strolling through a museum or shopping in an unknown area, and you could find that there is nothing healthy or appealing to eat. If you have your own snack it will at least tide you over until you can find something palatable.
If you want to eat healthier to help overcome your Diabetes, but you just can’t stomach fish without some pops of flavor on it, try capers! They’re like olives in their flavor, but smaller and zestier. You can sprinkle them on any type of fish, I like to also add some slices of Spanish onion, and they take the place of sauce.
If you have diabetes or are at risk for developing it, it is important that you lose weight. Being overweight or obese can cause blood glucose levels to be dangerously high, which can cause severe complications, including coma or death. Try to eat healthier and stick to a moderate exercise plan. It’s never to late to change, and you can be successful no matter how many previous failed attempts you’ve had.
Hearing that you have diabetes shouldn’t be like hearing that you have a terminal illness. Rather, if approached methodically, it can be managed effectively. You can, and will, lead a normal life if you choose. This article offered some pointers to help you to make that possible.…