The truth that so many need to hear right here and right now is that you really don’t have to be as strict as you might think. The truth is that a cheat day is a good thing for the body on a lot of different levels…but there are some cautions that need to be followed here.
First and foremost, you want to make sure that you’re already consistent. If you’re only staying on your diet for one day out of the week, you have bigger issues than cheat days. On the other hand, if you’ve managed to stay in compliance week after week with no problems, adding in a free day could be a good thing.
We like rewards for hard work. When we work hard all the time and don’t get anything out of the experience, we tend to get a little cranky. Your body works the same way — if you don’t reward it with anything, you’re going to be in for a troublesome time of things. You want to feel good about your choices. If your diet is way too restrictive, you’re not going to be able to stick with it for the long term.
On the other hand, if you focus on balance, you’ll end up with the body that you’ve always wanted. This is not something that’s too difficult to understand. Working hard with smart goals is the way to go.
Your cheat day should still be something that you track. The numbers might scare you, but don’t worry — it will balance itself out. One day of off plan eating isn’t going to ruin your diet. It’s supposed to be about having a good time as well.
Yet if you stay the course over time, you’re bound to get what you’re really looking for — the body of your dreams. Far too often people think that they’ll never achieve it unless they’re strict 100%. It just doesn’t work that way in most cases. Be good to yourself and remember why you wanted to lose weight in the first place.]]>
If you let a diet get out of control, it can really take over your life. If you’re thinking about food constantly, you get in the way of a lot of time to actually live. You will need to make sure that you’re always thinking about the bigger picture. There is no dress that is worth damaging your health just to it into. We’re not trying to be sexist here — after all, men do have eating disorders as well. You have to make sure that you’re always thinking about treating your body with the best of care.
The downside to getting caught up in eating disorders of any kind is that they really do play hell on your metabolism. This means that once you heal from the eating disorder, you might actually find that it’s really hard to lose weight. This is because you’ve proved to the body that you’ll enter starvation mode on purpose, therefore it tries to protect you from just about anything and everything that it possibly can. It’s the only way to go, really, and the body knows exactly how to take care of things for you. It will regulate your metabolism up or down based on what it thinks you need to do. Starving your body is like telling your body that there isn’t going to be food for a long time, therefore the body needs to hold onto fat.
It’s the way we’re wired.
If you’re dealing with an eating disorder, you need to make sure that you’re not doing it on your own. Even if you think that you’re strong enough to fight things on your own, you still don’t want to try to do this on your own. It makes a lot more sense trying to get someone that can really stand by you when things get rough. That’s truly the best way to have a bright, shining future still waiting for you.
The consequences of an eating disorder can actually be quite severe. You might find that your skin is constantly dry, your hair is falling out and periods actually stop. Again, everyone is different — these are just some symptoms that seem to affect girls who strive to be “skinny” at all costs.
Again, we’re not trying to pick on anyone. But we would be out of place as a diet blog to not discuss responsible dieting. Take your time — this is not a race. You aren’t going to win a prize if you drop weight faster than your friends. You don’t have to put your life on hold just because you’re not at your goal weight. You need to always make sure that you’re thinking about the bigger picture — your health, of course! Good luck!]]>
What about the 17 day diet? The claim is that you can lose 10 to 15 pounds in just 17 days — without all of the hunger and other problems. It’s a diet that says it’ll be sustainable because you’re not going to have to make too many sacrifices. It’s all about balance — staying in moderation at all times.
The good thing here is that it’s flexible — the meals are going to be as good as you make them. You aren’t going to have to deal with the high cost of packaged food, which means that you get to be a little creative. The diet is all about eating in a way that prevents your body from adapting. Your metabolism stays in high gear, and you burn lots of fat.
These claims aren’t backed by a lot of medical studies, but many people are fans of the 17 day diet and report great success with it. As with most diets, your mileage may vary.
Keep in mind that this is not a diet plan without exercise. You’re going to be expected to work out, but it’s done in a way that lets you grow with your exercise. You aren’t going to be expected to handle all of it on your own in a blink of an eye — it will take a little bit more than that to get it all done. You might as well go ahead and focus on the journey rather than just the destination.
The diet is based on Michael Rafael Moreno’s 2011 book, “The 17 Day Diet: A Doctor’s Plan Designed For Rapid Results”. You’re going to be shedding those pounds quickly and permanently — that’s why the focus is only on 15 pounds at the most. A lot of dieters dream about losing 50 pounds, but they end up losing the same 50 pounds over and over again. It would be much easier to keep the weight off for life and keep going.
The diet is not only backed by a doctor with some pretty sound ideas, it’s broken down into cycles to make it easier.
The first phase is undoubtedly the hardest. It’s called Accelerate for a reason — it’s all about moving you forward. You are going to go back to 1200 calories per day, reducing your sugar intake in the process. You will also want to focus on improving your digestion. You might find that this is difficult, but it’s probably because you haven’t been listening to your body. Everyone is going to be different, but the first phase lets you figure out just how different your body really is. Make sure that you’re staying aware of food intolerances — this diet isn’t an excuse to go buckwild on foods that you know aren’t good for you on any diet plan.
The next phase is going to be in 17 days — it’s called Activate. This phase is all about switching between the first phase’s limited calorie approach and Activate’s slightly higher calorie meal plan. It’s supposed to confuse your body and keep it from adapting into any type of pattern. This is something that you’ll find happens a lot on many diets. You’ll get used to eating in a certain way, only to find that you haven’t lost any weight either. This can really make it hard to focus on what needs to be really taken care of in the long run. Don’t get discouraged — mix things up.
After 17 more days of Activate, you’ll move into Achieve. This cycle is all about developing good eating habits. This will help you drop 2 to 3 pounds with very little trouble.
After Achieve comes the maintenance phase, called Arrive. You get to maintain your goal weight through eating the right way on weekdays. You get to enjoy your favorite foods in moderation on the weekends. That’s going to help you stay on track in more ways than one.
You are likely to lose weight on this plan because it’s all balanced — you’re not locking yourself away from food and making it hard to focus on anything else. You will also be getting regular exercise, which always helps.
If you’re going to go on this diet, you will definitely want to get some good supplementation in. The diet can be a little light on fiber, potassium, calcium, Vitamin B-12, and Vitamin D.
It’s convenient to stick to this plan with the right supplements. As mentioned before, it’s all on you to decide how far you’re going to go. The meals are up to you — Moreno gives you a template to follow, but he can’t make you actually follow it.
We think that this could be a great diet in the short term, but we’re concerned about the long term. Sure, someone could follow the template with great results…but will they really follow it? Will they end up just worrying over the little things too much and never really get anything done? It only remains to be seen.
Still, the sheer number of glowing testimonials from real people — all weight loss success stories — make us believe that this diet is more than achievable by the average person. What will it hold for you? Well, there’s only one way to find out!]]>
Vitamin D has been getting a lot of coverage in the media lately, and we think that this is definitely a good thing. If you’re worried about how you’re going to get Vitamin D, or what it doesn’t, this guide is definitely for you. There’s no sense in being afraid when a little bit of information can really make all of the difference. So, let’s go!
First and foremost, Vitamin D is a fat soluble steroid vitamin. It’s actually a group of fat soluble prohormones, which encourage the proper absorption and use of calcium and phosphorous. If your Vitamin D is low, your body will not know what to do with extra phosphorous or calcium, creating other imbalances that throw the body off course.
There’s five forms of Vitamin D that have been discovered, believe it or not. They are labeled D1, D2, D3, D4, and D5. What matters most to humans are the forms D2 and D3 — called ergocalciferol and cholecalciferol respectively. There may even be a role for Vitamin D to play in the battle of the belly. That’s right, scientists may have discovered a link between diet and weight loss, especially when vitamin D levels are concerned.
Vitamin D is pretty important. In fact, there’s data showing that 9% of children across the US are vitamin D deficient (less than 15 nanograms per mililiter of blood) while another 61 percent were vitamin D insufficient (15 to 29 nanograms per mililiter)
Vitamin D is obtained from exposure to the sun, as well as through food and supplementation. The active form of vitamin D in the body is called Calcitriol. This form promotes calcium and phosphorous absorption from food in the gut and reabsorption of calcium in the kidneys. This increases the flow of calcium in the bloodstream, something that we all need. If you don’t have enough calcium, you could end up having a lot of cramps and spasms of the hands and feet, along with other issues. Make sure that you get your Vitamin D levels checked by your doctor. A simple blood test can let you know where you honestly stand.
Overall, this is a very useful vitamin that cannot be ignored. Make sure that you either increase the amount you get from food, or get a good Vitamin D3 supplement.]]>
If that’s the case, why not think about adding some contact lenses to your overall look? The truth is that now that you’ve met your goal weight, there’s really no reason to keep your old pair of glasses. It’s hiding your face. Maybe when you weighed more you felt the need to not reveal so much of your face, or you just didn’t like the way you looked. The reality here is that it’s perfectly okay to take on a new look.
Getting fitted for contact lenses is pretty easy. Once your doctor has given you a proper exam, you’ll have no problem getting contact lenses anywhere you would like. The eye doctor usually has a good deal on contact lenses, but it just depends.
Contact lenses really do open up the shape of your face and reveal the beauty of your eyes. Any woman that loses a significant portion for weight should have no problem rocking a fresh pair of contact lenses.
Don’t think that men are left out of the contact lens game. If you are tired of wearing glasses and you want a good way to freshen up your look, this is the way to go. It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female. There’s something in it for everyone.
Your friends will not know what to say when they see you and you have your new look on display. They will be so proud that you stepped out of your comfort zone to create something that makes you feel good.
Far too often, we think negatively of losing weight, as if everything will change to the point that people will want the old you back. No matter when you take steps to improve your life, one thing is clear: it’s never too late to start.
Could something as small as switching to contacts really light up your life? There’s only one way to find out — look into it today for yourself!]]>
One is to look at the Biggest Loser diet. This is a solid nutrition plan that has a lot to offer, but you will need to make sure that you are definitely following the plan to the letter. There’s no reason to think that you have no way of losing weight. Following directions leads to the best results on just about any diet plan we will discuss here.
The Biggest Loser diet’s aim is to get you to lose weight, prevent disease or even reverse some diseases, such as Type 2 Diabetes. That’s the claim anyway — and it’s a six week diet that’s supposed to jumpstart your lifetime maintenance. The theory is that we eat way too many of the wrong foods and not nearly enough of the right foods. In addition, we sit around way too much. The goal here is to get meals on a regular basis that give you calories from fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. You should also be looking at the type of portions that you’re getting. Far too often we are underestimating how much food we actually inhale. You might assume that you’re only getting a small amount, but you actually might be very surprised. There’s nothing like getting a food scale and a food journal so that you really know what’s going on within your own body.
The Biggest Loser diet comes with a book to follow. You have the newer book called “6 Weeks to a Healthier You”. The book has plenty of success stories from people that have already been on the Biggest Loser reality TV show. There are also plenty of tips on designing your own menu based on a specialized food pyramid. There are even some tips on how to sweat out some calories.
If you want to get specific with the menu, you should know that you are limited to four servings a day of fruits and veggies, three of protein foods, two of whole grains, and no more than 200 calories of extras like desserts. This should lead to a diet that’s about 45% carbs, 30% protein and 25% fat. You will also need to look at your risk factors for various diseases. The book will guide you through the process of calculating your calorie allowance as well as more on portion control. As you might imagine, the book harps on portion control quite a bit.
The sample menus actually hit a lot of dietary guidelines pretty well. You will have plenty of fiber, most of your potassium needs directly from food, calcium and plenty of Vitamin B-12. Vitamin D is a little short here, but you can supplement in order to lower the risk of bone fractures. It’s completely up to you.
This is a diet that’s pretty easy to follow, but you are going to have to make sure that you honestly give it a chance. It’s tempting to just brush it off like it’s yet another diet fad that will go away. Still, the Biggest Loser contestants end up losing a lot of weight. Most of them keep it off by following the principles in this guide. And when you really look at it, a balanced diet is something that we’re all going for anyway.
Because everyone has different food sensitivities, you might need to tweak this diet to meet your needs better. Keep that in mind and you should be completely all right — and even on the right track to lose weight!]]>
Why do so many resolutions fail? People keep them very vague. Wanting to lose weight isn’t very specific. But if you make a goal of wanting to lose 20 pounds before the middle of the year, that’s definitely doable. It allows you to figure out how you will exercise, how you will diet, and what you will actually do. You want to set commitment goals to meet — do you want to commit to working out in the gym at least one day a week. If this is something that seems not challenging enough, that’s perfectly fine. However, what you will often find is that when it seems like it’s not a good enough goal — it really is. There is something to be said about getting small steps in. if you can make it a habit, it’ll change your life. However, if you beat yourself up, there’s no way that you’re going to stick to this plan.
Do you have the right support group? Some say that support doesn’t make a difference in their weight loss goals, but we think that it does. If you have at least one person cheering you on, then you’re going to feel like a brand new person. You’re going to feel on top of the world. You’re going to feel like there’s nothing that can stop you from really getting what you want. You just need to push for it and keep going. You just need to make sure that you have everything worked out ahead of time. That’s what really makes everything run smoothly.
You want to keep an accurate measure of what foods you’re going to eat, along with what food you actually ate. Using a measurement set works well, because then you have a more precise idea of what you’ve actually eaten. A lot of people try to avoid this, and it ends up blowing up in their faces. That’s not really the best approach, you know? You want to be able to look back at a specific date and know what you ate down to the snacks. If you don’t log everything, you will have no idea what you really ate and what you didn’t eat. This can be really tricky but you have to get things together in a certain pattern.
Exercise is one thing that you’re going to need in order to really get things off the ground. A lot of people ignore the power of exercise, and they end up not getting the results that they really wanted.
A lot of people say that staying active really doesn’t matter, but you’ll experience a completely different world if you manage to get active and stay that way. Being fit is all about attitude. You really have to know what you’re working with in order to make things happen.
It would be in your best interest to also take photos of your progress. It’s not mandatory of course, but you’ll love looking back and seeing your progress. It might not look like much at first, but watch out — it builds over time!
Overall, you might be feeling ready for a real change and you can definitely have that if you really work at it — but now it’s time to make sure that you get everything else tucked away neatly. Why not get started today? You’ll truly be glad that you did!]]>
So, what about those healthy items? Let’s go into them:
1. Red Cabbage
Red cabbage is very high in a lot of key nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, potassium, manganese, thiamine, riboflavin, folate, calcium, iron, and magnesium.
Lemon helps clear toxins out of the body, leaving you feeling refreshed without taking anything unnatural to get there! You’ll love the tart zing of the lemon in everything from tea to plain old fashioned water.
Carrots provide fiber and Vitamin A, two key things that you need in any good diet.
Onions provide fiber, chromium (which assists in regulating blood sugar), and a good flavor that’ll make you want to use them in everything from sandwiches to soups!
Cheese provides calcium and even some protein, so if you find yourself out without really any type of a snack, you can always turn to getting a few bites of cheese in. That will happily carry you over for a while.
A lot of people really like the idea of having something a bit sour and a bit salty — why not pickles? They’re a great snack that is fairly cheap. You can even make your own pickles and save money that way. It’s really up to you.
Overall, there are plenty of other foods that we could have listed. The whole goal here is for you to realize that food doesn’t have to be the enemy at all. It can be something that you indulge in…or it can be something that you use to your advantage in order to reach the type of figure that you’ve always wanted. Good luck!]]>
The truth is that you are better off going to your doctor or to a weight loss clinic for the injections. While this is pricey, there are a lot of things that can go wrong by doing injections. That’s dangerous, and why would you want to take that type of risk?
You may need to also check your local laws, as not every state allows the purchase of syringes. Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, and Massachusetts all ban the sale of syringes, and they cannot be ordered online either — retailers will have to cancel the order if they discover that you tried to do it anyway.
If you are set on doing the injections yourself, here’s how to do them.
You want to make sure that you are measuring out the right dosage. These are given in U’s (units) — usually 5000U – 10,000U. This is critical, because if you get the measurement wrong the entire hCG diet cycle is “off”, and you’ll need to wait and start over again.
The medication needs to be administered in the same region over and over again. Some people suggest doing the hip area, but you can do the belly as well. Numb the area in advance with ice — it’s fast and free.
You will also want to make sure that you sterilize the needle you have with alcohol and check to make sure that it’s the right gauge. Again, this is where the doctor really comes in handy — they can tell you all of this information.
Remove any clothing blocking you from the injection site, and then handle the actual injection part. Yes, this is the part that you’ll probably read the most, but most hCG dieters report that it’s really not a big deal. It’s going to be up to you to figure out what you’re going to do from here. There’s no need to freak out and act like it’s impossible to get the things that you need to get done taken care of properly.
Make sure that you massage the area for a few minutes just to make sure that lumps don’t from in the region.
Again, a weight loss clinic is the safest place to get injections, but if you’re going to go out on your own, you might as well get the best information that you can possibly get. It’s the best thing that you can do for your own health!]]>
So if you’re looking for more information on the HCG Diet, here you go:
At the core of the HCG diet is the use of human chorionic gonadotropin. As you might imagine, this is a hormone that’s present in a pregnant woman’s urine. It’s unique because it’s not there unless the female in question is pregnant.
hCG is considered by some researchers to be the key to rapid weight loss by the way it works during pregnant. It makes sure that a developing baby gets the nutrients as well as the calories it needs to grow. This means that even if a woman doesn’t eat enough, her baby isn’t damaged from that. Her fat reserves will be used — usually from the hips, buttocks, abdomen, and thighs. Those fat stores are released first — while other areas that are structural only are preserved.
HCG isn’t something that sticks around forever — it peaks around the 14th week of pregnancy, and then lowers itself naturally without any outside intervention.
The HCG Diet is based around a very low calorie daily intake — about 500 calories. If that’s shocking, you’ll like the next part — you have to stay low fat as well. You cannot overdo it on fat, or you will basically block yourself from progress and even gain more weight. That’s not what you wanted, is it?
You will need to take a daily dose of hCG to get it in your system and keep it there. This is done through injections or under the tongue drops. There’s also homeopathic hCG, but this isn’t the real deal stuff — you can only get the “real stuff” through a medical doctor via prescription. It is not sold authentically through any other mechanism. Sorry, diet fans! You can find a few products that mimic it, but this might not get you the results you’re really looking for.
You will need to let the last three days of an hCG cycle (minimum of 26 days, but can go up to 43 days) to let the hormone cycle out of your system. You will also need a six week break before you go back to another hCG round.
500 calories a day might not sound like much, but proponents of the diet say that they really don’t feel hungry at all. They also say that it helps them break their addiction to sugar. It’s something that they claim as a way to help get their lives back on track.
When you’ve been overweight for a long time, you already know that you need to make a change. Could the hCG diet really be the right step to go?
It’s worth checking out, but you will need to make sure that you don’t get married to it. There are only so many hCG rounds that you can go through before you find what you’re looking for. Beware though — a diet also requires you to tackle the mental hurdles of eating properly. You just have to make sure that you’re considering what you want to do, when you want to do it. Are you ready to make a strong commitment? If so, hCG can be the right step for you.
However, if you’re the type of person that flits from diet to diet, not really following any of the instructions…this diet definitely isn’t for you. You have to be able to follow instructions to the letter. Doing away from plan will only make your life harder as you struggle to keep losing weight. Why should weight loss be a struggle if it doesn’t have to be?]]>