Importance of Exercise
Exercise and nutrition always go hand in hand for optimal health and general well being. Exercise increases your metabolism, the process of burning calories obtained from food. Exercise, especially aerobic exercise, plays a major role in the weight management process. Of course, one should not just rely on exercise for weight loss and overlook the power of balanced nutrition. Exercise and balanced nutrition complement each other by increasing each other’s effect synergistically.
With moderate exercise, the blood circulation is improved and that results into proper distribution of the nutrients to all the body organs for their proper growth. Exercise also helps the body with the elasticity of the muscles. A lack of exercise may result into tissue injuries, such as pain in the lower back, neck and shoulder areas. Lack of exercise due to the busy and stressful lifestyle in the western world is the second biggest factor leading to weight gain and obesity, after excess calorie and fat intake. Therefore, cutting down on total calorie and fat intake, incorporating moderate exercise in daily schedule, and consuming a diet balanced in macro and micro nutrients would lead to a healthy weight management.
How much physical activity do adults (18 to 64 years of age) need?
Below are the exercise guidelines for adults from Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
Adults need at least:
• 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week, and
• muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
Here is the good news: 10 minutes at a time is fine.
We know 150 minutes each week sounds like a lot of time, but you don’t have to do it all at once. Not only is it best to spread your activity out during the week, but you can break it up into smaller chunks of time during the day. As long as you’re doing your activity at a moderate or vigorous effort for at least 10 minutes at a time.
Now, here is the type of exercise you can easily do during your day to lose unwanted weight. Give it a try:
1. Try going for a 10-minute brisk walk, 3 times a day, 5 days a week. This will give you a total of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity.
2. Find the farthest parking spot when you go out shopping in the mall or grocery store and walk back.
3. Instead of taking elevator or escalator next time, challenge yourself with taking stairs.…
Importance of Exercise
When I married my wife, I weighed 165, I was in great shape and extremely active, but I started to work more and more and work out less and less, I would pay less attention to the foods that I would eat. Over the course of 15 months and I ended gaining 60 pounds. My job doesn’t require much physical activity (I sit in a chair and stare at a computer all day long), so it was hard to lose the weight and keep it off. I love food and at one point in my life, I could eat anything that I wanted and not gain a pound, I failed to realize that my body wasn’t burning off the calories that I was bringing in. It wasn’t until I started to feel embarrassed going swimming or feeling tired all of time that I decided to make a change. I tried all of the different programs out there, but none of them worked. I was looking for the “become thin in 24 hours” perfect solution, it wasn’t until trying and failing multiple times that I realized there is no such thing. Don’t waste the time with the magic weight loss pills, stick with what has been proven to work, diet and exercise. There are some great programs that will teach you correct and effective dieting and exercising techniques.
Over time, I have learned some different techniques that help in losing weight and keeping it off. It all starts with effective dieting and exercise. Here are some tips that have helped me in losing weight.
Tips for weight loss
1) Fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are very healthy for you. They have a lot of fiber and antioxidants. In addition to this, eating raw fruits and vegetables will make you feel fuller, faster! The amounts of calories that fruit and vegetables have are really low. So be sure to eat plenty of them!
2) Eat in Proportions
Never overfill yourself. Eat until you are satisfied but do not overeat. Remember, you can always pack food up and save it for later. Remember this tip when you got out to eat at a restaurant or fast food!
Instead of three big meals a day, eat less but more frequently. Doing so will keep your blood sugar levels in check. It will help avoid a calorie overload. Try to eat 5-6 small meals in a day.
4) Better Choices
Avoid fast food and processed food, they have more sodium and fat. You can lose weight just by eating home cooked meals.
5) Be Consistent
Do not jump into eating healthy right away. Allow yourself time to eat some of the foods you really like. A consistent change will give you more hope than a quick change and failure. A slow progression will give you faith about your overall progress.
6) Understand Food Nutrition
Fat free claims on products do not necessarily mean that the product is low in calories. Read the nutrition facts on the label to avoid foods that are high in sugar and fat. Do not be fooled by misleading labels that can be put on any product.
Try to drink 8 glasses of water a day. It helps to avoid pop,coffee, and anything else loaded with sugar.
Exercise for 30 min 60 minutes each day to burn off calories. This is one great way to lose a lot of body fat.…
Often women will find it much harder to lose weight than men; there are so many reasons for this not just those related to the individual body and metabolism. Certainly it seems to be the case that a number of women quickly regain the weight they have lost and in some case can actually gain weight. This is also true of men but women seem to find it the hardest.
So how does a busy women lose weight, you see often it is not that they don’t want to exercise they just don’t have time. Many modern women juggle family home and career and whilst the modern man will help out I think in most case the biggest burden of family and home rests with the woman.
May seem strange to say that one is too busy doing things to exercise properly but it is true little benefit is gained from doing the housework but it sure takes a lot of time.
My tips for the busy woman:
1. Make time get the family to agree that they will do a day of chores and you will rest and do some good cardio exercise a proper workout, get help to plan this and if possible consult a gym.
2. Running, find time to just run the block 20 minutes a day would be great but even two or three times a week would help. You may get some company on this after a while and get to spend some time with the neighbours.
3. Drink lots of water and cut out the fizzy drinks, this will increase energy and motivate you for the little runs round the block.
4. Music, turn the music on when doing the vacuuming you may find a little step here and there will increase your natural energy levels.
5. Walk faster, perhaps you have slowed right down as you walk with the children, those daily places you walk to just do it a bit quicker.
6. Stick to the diet programme you have selected, no adjustments substitutions or excuses stick with it for the recommended time and see the difference. Of course this does not apply if it is giving you physical difficulties and of course consult your doctor.
Of course these sound very simple and basic they are, but they will help and this must be a journey where every little thing we do helps reduce weight after all we did not sit down one day and just become the weight we are it was gradual and it was little things that built up and got us there.
Fastest weight Loss should be about the fastest time you can achieve your goal it is about combining time and speed with a continuity and longevity of weight loss.…
New moms always discuss the ways and means of weight loss after childbirth. This is an important issue, and you will be amazed what new moms put themselves through to get back to their pre-pregnant bodies. Remember, not all diets will work for everyone so you will have to find one that actually suits you.
Firstly you need to acknowledge that the weight you now want to lose took at least nine months to gain, and a normal person cannot lose that amount overnight. Unlike all the movie stars you see pregnant today and skinny tomorrow (within days), we as average people do not have the finances to employ a personal nutritionist, trainer and of course a nanny.
As an everyday mom we do not have the time to spend hours training while the nanny takes care of the new baby. Moms tend to have so much to do, like the laundry, cooking, fetching children, paying bills and generally running the entire household. So remember all you new moms out there, losing the weight you gained will take a little longer. But once you are back into your favorite skinny jeans it will all be worth it.
It is also very important not to cut out too many calories. As you will still need some extra energy as a new mum. This is very important for breastfeeding moms too. If you are not eating properly your baby will not get the right nutrition from the breast milk. Make sure you eat the right types of food and the right amount as well. Yes, I know we are trying to lose weight here and here, I am advising you to eat between 1000 and 2000 calories a day. Remember you will be pretty tired after a long night with the baby, and energy is really important.
So even though you cannot lower your calorie intake by much, and the doctor has told you to take it easy for six weeks, this does not mean that you cannot do any form of exercise. You can start slowly, by taking long strolls with your baby for example. This will get you into the fresh air, and help you burn off some calories. As the weeks go by you can start walking a little faster with the stroller, to get the heart pumping and the muscles working again. Remember moderate exercise helps boost your selfesteem and mental health as well.
When you finally go for your six weeks checkup, you can also ask your doctor for some advice on how to lose the weight if you feel the need. But by now you should already be losing the weight as you exercise and eat healthily. Remember to avoid supplements and diet pills at this time, unless prescribed by your doctor.
So basically you just need to be a little patient, and to take a healthy approach to your weight loss after the birth. This will help get you back to your normal weight. Do it correctly, and don’t go to extremes, and you will get back to your normal weight.…
Weight loss camps were started in the year 1980 and these were started with inspiration from the summer camps for children. The problem of increased weight is affecting people of all ages and the weight loss camps that were meant for children were proving a big success. And therefore it inspired the organizers to start such camps for adults as well as teens also.
In the starting these camps laid stress on a diet that is low on calories and promoted fitness or exercise programs and schedules for the persons who joined the camp. But the starting camps did not pay any attention to the fundamental emotional and behavioral issues that relate to the human body.
This also include the image of the body as well as the struggles that the body faces with accepting new things or a change in routine.
However many persons who attended these camps were successful in losing their weight but there is lack of data that is available regarding the stability of the decreased weight. According to most of the experts of this field these changes were only for short period of time.
It is due to the fact that unless the people are told the right method of teaching as well as what to eat the behavioral changes can not occur in the body. The human beings also require training about how to deal with stress and emotional feelings that persuade to eat more. It is also a question that is asked more often and that is whether the young minds are ready to make a long term change in their life style.
It has been observed that the weight loss target can be well achieved when the changes that are suggested by weight loss camps meant for adults are followed strictly.
The weight loss camps are showing good results across the world. This proves that working in groups generate good results as in comparison to working alone. The main reason of the success of such camps is that the campers strictly follow such a diet plan that ensures balanced calorie intake. The atmosphere at such camps is also conductive and friendly for people who join these weight loss camps.…
On a total food replacement plan, many people can lose 1 stone a month, via a safe rapid weight loss process called ketosis. Losing weight with a meal replacement plan is a very effective method of getting to your healthy target weight fast. Total food replacement means that you do not eat any conventional food, you get all your nutritional requirements from a range of food packs.
If you have several stones to lose, losing 1 stone will not make people stop on the street and notice the difference. The first month or so on a diet is hard work for someone who is very over weight, as it takes so much strength, determination and willpower to break old habits and stop turning to food at times of stress or frustration.
After a few weeks, it does become easier, as you start to form new positive habits, you start to form new strategies on how to deal with situations when you would normally turn to food.
It is important to celebrate your success every day, to be proud of every time you said “no” and to build your confidence and self esteem that you are strong and on a journey to become slim and healthy.
Once the results really start to show, the momentum builds and the excitement builds. The snowball effect kicks in, and every couple of weeks you will notice big changes in your health and your body. The weight loss process stops becoming a chore and hard task and it transforms into an exciting fun journey.
When starting out on your weight loss journey, don’t think too far ahead, just take it day at a time, and before you know it, it will become easy, it will become a new way of life, and you will wake up everyday and feel inspired and motivated to continue your journey of health improvement.…
You know about carbs, proteins and fats. You know about BMR and your optimal daily calorie count. You’ve been weight lifting for a while, eating properly and noticing the improvement in your strength and your physique. Now it’s time to take your nutritional knowledge to the next level.
Below is some great information for the advanced weight lifter, plus some great tips to try if you find that your gains have stalled.
Are You Eating Five to Eight Meals a Day?
If you’re not, you should be. Providing your body with a constant supply of nutrition throughout the day can make a huge difference in how fast you gain muscle or how fast you burn fat. A typical recommended meal schedule is as follows:
2. Mid-morning snack
4. Mid-afternoon snack
5. Pre-workout snack
6. Post-workout snack
8. Bedtime snack
On non-workout days, you could eliminate the pre- and post-workout snacks, and add another snack between dinner and bedtime.
Are You Watching the Glycemic Index of your Carbohydrates?
The glycemic index (or GI) of foods indicates how quickly your body absorbs the carbohydrates and raises your blood sugar level. It is optimal to keep your blood sugar level even or moving slowly – large spikes are to be avoided. The GI of a food is represented by a number from 1 to over 100. The lower the number, the slower your body coverts the carb to sugar and thus the better it is for your blood sugar level. It is recommended that weight lifters focus on foods that have a low GI.
Some great foods with low GI are cherries, pears, sweet potatoes, peanuts, bean sprouts and apples. Foods to be avoided for their high GI value are raisins, baked potatoes, white rice and watermelon. Use a nutrition guide on the internet to lookup the glycemic values of the foods in your diet.
Are You Getting Enough Fiber?
When computing a weight lifter’s dietary requirements, fiber is usually, sadly, omitted from this list. A diet that contains at least 25 grams of fiber every day can greatly increase your overall health by helping your body eliminate fat and other wastes so as to keep your colon clean. Revisit your diet and find the fiber values of the foods you are eating. If you’re not getting 25 grams or more, consider taking a fiber supplement to make up the difference.
Are You Taking an Antioxidant Supplement?
This isn’t Chemistry 101, so let’s not get bogged down in the super-science here. The quick and dirty story is this: free radicals can cause damage to your body on the cellular level, and this damage accumulates over time. Free radicals can occur naturally, but their production can be stimulated by cigarette smoke, pollution and even some herbicides. Your body can eliminate these free radicals as long as sufficient antioxidants are present. If you’re eating a balanced diet including fruits and vegetables, you are most likely consuming a fair amount of antioxidants. If you don’t want to pay money for another supplement, try including foods in your weight lifting diet that are especially rich in antioxidants, such as strawberries, blueberries, roasted peanuts (roasted peanut have significantly more antioxidant content then raw), spinach, soybeans and oats.
Once your weight lifting diet has been dialled in and you are eating everything in the right amount and at the right time, your body will be running and peak efficiency and your gains will skyrocket. Proper nutrition and supplementation is the most complicated area in the subject of weight lifting. Never stop learning!…