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Cold and Hard Facts About Cold Stone Massage Therapy

When we are talking about different types of massages, it is know that the hot stone massage is considered as the most popular one. Yet we don’t know that a cold stone massage therapy also offers a lot of health benefits. This type of massage is regarded as a form of cryotherapy which is the use of cold for medical treatment purposes.

Unlike hot stone massage wherein basalt stones are heated in water, cold stone massage makes use of marble stones. While basalt is good in retaining heat due to its mineral and iron content, marble on the other hand is effective in maintaining a cold temperature. In either hot or cold massage, these stones help in penetrating their temperature into the body’s muscles which gives out a fulfilling massage experience as a result.

Cold stones are usually used on different parts of the body as a decongestant. These stones are responsible for relieving the swelling in the circulatory system and this is the reason why it offers a lot of potential for treating a number of ailments. For instance, if you are suffering from a sport injury wherein a specific muscle or join is swelling, a good cold stone massage therapy can aid in releasing the accumulation of blood in the tissue and muscle. Dark circles that form under your eyes are also due to the accumulation of blood in the tissue surrounding it that is why you can get of this by using small stones to rest on the eyes. This will help in relieving the tired and puffy appearance.

Choosing this type of massage over hot stone therapy, you have to reflect on the situation.

The following are facts that you have to consider when opting for cold stone massage:

• There are cases when a patient has to undergo a cold stone massage rather than the hot one. This is because this type of massage is sometimes more preferred medically. For example, if a patient’s muscle is sore or if the muscle tissue is already damaged, the heat from the basalt stone could worsen the pain and possible damage on the tissue. That is why it is better to go through a cold stone therapy in cases such as this.

• It also provides patients more options. There are instances as well wherein some people would rather feel the cold stones on their body rather than the heated ones.

• The use of marble stones in cold massage therapy is outstanding when it comes to reducing swelling. As mentioned above, once a tissue starts swelling because of a certain physical activity, using heat can possibly worsen the swelling and the subsequent pain. On the other hand, marble helps in spreading the swelling throughout the entire circulatory system hence it makes the healing process faster.

• It aids in revitalizing certain body parts and can also help in rejuvenating patients.

Although hot stone massages are highly effective, it is definitely not for everyone. That is why we always have to consider the situation first before scheduling a session with your favorite massage therapist.

Exercise for Weight Control

It is widely assumed that exercise is a key part of controlling one’s weight. However, there are many people who find that exercise alone has very little impact on their weight while others seem able to exercise and lose weight easily. What is going on? Well, people all respond slightly differently to exercise due to age, sex and their genetic inheritance. However, despite any difficulty in losing weight that you may have inherited, there are different forms of exercise that will definitely be able to help you lose weight. The different forms of exercise all have different effects on weight loss. Below I look at:

  1. Easy/medium intensity cardiovascular exercise – aerobic.
  2. Hard, high intensity cardiovascular exercise – anaerobic.
  3. Weight training and other resistance exercise.

1. Aerobic exercise

What is aerobic exercise? Aerobic exercise is exercise which most people can sustain for hours if properly conditioned. Heart rates are typically 55-85% of the maximum heart rate. You breathe in oxygen through your lungs at a rate which generally allows you to talk. Your heart then pumps blood containing the oxygen to your muscle fibres. As your muscle fibres contract to produce movement, they use up oxygen. The harder and faster you go, the more oxygen that you need, and as a consequence you breathe faster. As you increase your effort your muscle fibres burn up more sugars and fats to produce the energy required to make them contract. The result? You burn calories faster.

What is fat burning? Fat burning is a form of aerobic exercise that became popular in the nineties. It is basically lower intensity aerobic exercise. Heart rates are at typically 55-65% of the maximum heart rate. Unfortunately it is not the best way to remove excess fat. You actually burn more fat as you increase the effort. Although the fat burning zone burns a greater proportion of fat compared to sugar than high effort zones, the high effort zones burn both more fat and more sugar. The amount of sugar burnt increases faster than the amount of fats as you up the effort, and so you could say you enter a sugar burning zone as you go harder. However, along with the sugar you will also be burning more fat. There are many studies that have looked at the weight loss effects of aerobic exercise. Most show a small positive benefit, but one that is far less effective than modifying dietary intake. These studies have been mostly done on sedentary or obese people and involve amounts of exercise typically of between 2-4 hours per week. The truth is that if you are not intending to do more than 2-4 hours of aerobic exercise per week, then you are unlikely to lose much weight as a result, unless you also significantly modify your diet. However, that is not to say you shouldn’t do it. Most studies also show that physical and psychological health both benefit significantly from this small amount of exercise when compared to doing nothing. Larger amounts of more intensive aerobic exercise are generally more effective at achieving weight loss. The effects of larger amounts of exercise on people vary. Some are responders and others non-responders. Non-responders are thought to be people who reduce their levels of everyday activity when undertaking an exercise program, in order to compensate. In other words if you are going to treat yourself with extra food or slump in front of the TV after introducing a new exercise routine then it may well not have any effect on your weight. I have many clients who are responders, who eat more healthily when exercising a lot and who treat themselves when they are having a break from their hard exercise routines. Needless to say these clients are prone to developing a small paunch when taking it easy, but find it easy to lose the weight once they start up their exercise routines once again.

2. High intensity – anaerobic exercise

Anaerobic threshold is defined as the point during a graded exercise test at which lactate in the blood begins to accumulate faster than it can be got rid of. A fit athlete can maintain an effort at the anaerobic threshold for about 1 hour as long as the blood lactate does not continue to rise. If the intensity of exercise continues to increase from this point, as it would in a graded exercise test, then acidification occurs. This is due to the accumulation of hydrogen ions formed when the lactic acid produced in muscle is converted to lactate. The acidification soon causes a severe muscle fatigue and the intensity of exercise can no longer be maintained.

What is anaerobic exercise?

Your muscle fibres, and most other cells in your body have two main routes of making energy.

  • The first is aerobic respiration in which sugar or fat is burnt with oxygen in the mitochondria to produce the energy. Think of mitochondria as power stations.
  • The second is anaerobic respiration, in which sugar is turned into lactic acid without a need for oxygen to produce energy. This happens in the sarcoplasm of the muscle cells.

Anaerobic exercise occurs when you run low on oxygen. As you exercise harder your muscle fibres try to get more oxygen into the mitochondria to burn your fuel faster. As you pass through your anaerobic threshold, your body is not providing enough oxygen for your mitochondria to produce all the energy you need. Your muscle then increasingly relies on the anaerobic respiration in the sarcoplasm. So at this point the mitochondrial power stations are working at close to full capacity and as a result you are breathing pretty hard. Anaerobic respiration is interesting in that it uses up sugar 15 times faster than the mitochondria. How could this affect weight loss? Well this form of respiration is now burning calories 15 times faster than the mitochondrial one. The fact is that as you push harder beyond the anaerobic threshold you make increasing use of anaerobic respiration and so burn calories at exponentially increasing rates. You reach a point at which your breathing is at a maximum. This is called the VO2max. A fit athlete may be able to maintain this rate of breathing for a maximum of 10 minutes. Your mitochondria are now working at full capacity and your anaerobic respiration in the sarcoplasm is working towards maximum. The anaerobic metabolism is building up lactic acid, which results in increasing acidosis in the muscles the longer and harder you go on. The fatigue becomes unbearable and you soon slow down.

Will I lose weight?
Clearly you can burn calories quickly with intense exercise. However, you can’t maintain high intensity for long and so the total amount of calories burnt may be less than during a long aerobic workout. However it is likely that your body will remain working long after the exercise finishes, as it will need to repair itself from the muscular trauma that normally accompanies high intensity efforts. Other bodily systems are stressed as well, and these all need energy to be fully repaired. Basically anaerobic exercise is a useful weight control tool, but because of its intense nature it should be used sensibly. It is easy to over exercise and end up injured, ill or disheartened. It is important to recover from intense sessions, ideally you become fit enough to use easier exercise sessions as a recovery between the harder sessions. This way the metabolism is kept high and calories continue to be burnt faster than before.

3. Resistance exercise

Resistance exercise leads to more muscle mass and an increased metabolic rate that burns more calories. This is because muscle tissue requires more calories at rest than fat containing adipose tissue.

Will I lose weight?
There are a number of studies that show resistance exercise to be effective at producing weight loss. These exercises also increase the tone of your body. If you select a good range of exercises including bodyweight exercises and exercises that challenge your balance and agility, you should find many benefits that go beyond mere weight loss and looking good. In particular a stronger more supple body is less injury prone. As a result, less time is spent injured, and exercise regimes can be kept up for longer without breaks. Breaks that can easily lead to unwanted weight gain from excess fat deposited around the body. Also it is worth remembering that the muscle strength and flexibility gained from resistance exercise can increase the efficiency of your movements and open up the possibility of new movements that can burn yet more calories.

Won’t I become too muscular?
If you are female and worried that resistance exercise or exercise with weights in particular will make you too muscular and male in appearance then think again. There are many different ways of doing weights and plenty which build strength, agility and balance without increasing muscle bulk. Most bodyweight exercises won’t bulk you up, nor will all the balance and agility exercises that you can do. Into the bargain you will find that weight training will build strength, which will help you avoid injury. It will also tone up your torso, arms and legs, reducing flabbiness, cellulite and bingo wings.

In summary
Exercise is highly beneficial to psychological health and physical health. The confidence and satisfaction gained from keeping an exercise programme going add to self esteem and very often have a positive impact on attempts to change diet. As explained above, the exercise itself is most likely to reduce your weight if you follow as many of the following points as possible:

  • Keep the exercise programme going for at least 3 months or more.
  • Build up your exercise programme to at least 5 hours per week.
  • Try to incorporate all types of exercise, steady aerobic efforts, short and hard anaerobic efforts and resistance training.
  • Don’t build up too quickly. If you are getting particularly sore or tired, ease off a bit with shorter sessions and/or less intense exercises.
  • Keep it enjoyable. This exercise lark only really works when you enjoy it. So make it an exercise/sport that appeals. If not the chances of giving up and putting weight back on are high.

History of Massage Therapy and Its Therapeutic Effects

Massage is one of the oldest forms of art with the human body and the benefits of it are often underestimated. The history of massage is one that stems from Asia, specifically in China and India. Many ask what exactly is massage therapy, as the term is used broadly in places such as spas to hospitals. It is the combination of human touch and moving of the muscles to create a relaxed state of mind. To learn it, you must learn its different definitions, practices and therapeutic effects known to practitioners throughout the history.

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The foundation of massage, especially medical therapy is often credited to the Eastern Chinese medical practices of 2000 BC. However, can have many benefits that are not all medical massage benefits. For example, the human touch element that has little to do with how you learn and much to do with how personable the massage therapist is and the energy they bring into the room. Kneading muscles and skin, having a top of the line massage table warmer or using the perfect combination of towels and lighting is not effective if the client is not in a relaxed state of mind. The therapist, too, has to learn massage therapy in a way that is relaxing and creates positive energy for their patients. Remember, no matter which type of massage you practice, patients usually see you for help becoming more relaxed and in less pain.

Types of practice include back pain therapy, medical therapy, chronic massage therapy, stress relief therapy and other practices that are similar such as aromatherapy (massage techniques with scented oils), Reiki (foot massage) and other techniques. There is great debate on whether back pain therapy is really effective in the medical community. For example, a Pub Med article by the USA government department of health studied a group of chronic back pain therapy patients and found that it significantly approved their condition and made their back pain less intense. In fact, the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario found that in order to learn massage therapy and effectively help these patients, it was necessary to learn it on back pain. Continuing education showed that, in this study, 92% of patients had improved function, less intense pain and decrease sharpness of pain when massage therapy was used.

Healing practices or occurred in the 2000 BC but continue to occur today. Most medical massage therapists treat back pain therapy, sports injury or other types of chronic pain. These therapists are often certified and learn therapy through different schools and educational programs. However, the longest program in the world is in British Columbia, Canada and is three years long to learn massage. While this seems like a long program, for any program, massage continuing education is an important part of any program. Healers in Eastern cultures are often priests, or spiritual leaders who practice medical therapy in their community. However, as researcher Paul Ingram of Vancouver, Canada, suggests, massage benefits tend to be “temporary and inconsistent” and can vary from patient to patient, massage therapy spa clinic to clinic and even from therapist to therapist.

Mediterranean Diet

Did you know that the French are the healthiest and one of the longest living nations in the world?

Researches have found that one of the key reasons for their healthy lifestyle is indeed a healthy diet. Today, you can do something to strengthen your health, and at the same time enjoy delicious and fulfilling meals.

Here are a few basic rules to follow:

  1. Eat balanced meals. As shown in the picture above, balancing the various food items will make sure your body receives all of the necessary elements to function, and will prevent the excess of energy to be stored as fat in your body, helping you to remain in shape naturally. Here I will like to stress the importance of keeping an eye on your daily intake of sugar, and that means also and especially soda drinks and candy!
  2. Eat fresh produce. Preparing your meals out of fresh vegetables, meats, fish and fruit will guarantee a tasty diet full of vitamins, proteins, fibre and natural simple starch, which will straighten you bodies’ immune system. Moreover, your food will contain lower levels of sodium and other additives, which have negative effects on your bodies’ cardiovascular system.
  3. Eat complete meals and avoid snacks. Make sure you eat at least three complete meals per day in reasonable quantities. Make sure you eat breakfast and lunch. Finally, your dinner should be the lightest meal of the day. Avoid snacks and continuous visits to the fridge and snack dispenser.
  4. Exercise. Keeping an increased hart beat level for at least 10 minutes per day will do the trick. That means taking a faster paced walk or a few flights of stairs each day will be all you need to remain fit and healthy. Even short periods of physical activity will stimulate your metabolism to better process the intake of energy. Moreover, increased heart rate will keep your cardiovascular system young and healthy.

Personally, I believe that mediterranean cuisine, which is represented by French, Italian and Spanish varieties, is the best way to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Aqua Pilates – What You Should Know

Pilates, as a mind-body approach, has been favored by many fitness enthusiasts because of its many benefits to the physical and psychological aspects of an individual. By putting focus on correct form, breathing and technique rather than on repetitions and sets, Pilates tones the body, promoting balance and flexibility while enhancing self-image and awareness. A good posture, stronger core and more agile movements are the immediately obvious results of Pilates. Enhanced self-confidence and a newfound positivism are among the less seen but widely felt results of being enrolled in a Pilates program.

While Pilates exercises have traditionally been performed in a fitness studio, there are now pool Pilaets exercise classes being held all over the country. Known as Aqua Pilates, Water Pilates or Poolates, the exercises are done in chest-level water. Usual Pilates equipment such as rings, myoballs and foam rollers are also utilized in pool Pilates exercises. Pool noodles, pool walls and other water weights are also used in Aqua Pilates.

Many now find that engaging in Aqua Pilates is a great addition to a traditional Pilates regimen. Here’s why:

  1. The zero-gravity feel of a water environment enables those with joint injuries to enjoy the benefits of Pilates. Those with arthritis, weight issues, osteoporosis and other conditions are still able to gain the benefits of pool Pilates exercises. It’s ideal for the elderly and the obese.
  2. The water provides a different challenge to the stability and core strength of an individual. While gentle on the joints, the unstable water environment offers a demanding workout to develop these body parts. When done in deeper water, the degree of difficulty also increases.
  3. Doing precise, controlled movements while on water can be very challenging for most individuals but it can be enjoyable, too. Aside from strengthening and toning your body, Aqua Pilates gives the added element of fun into the workout.
  4. Pilates breathing exercises done on water are more forceful, hence, allow for the development of stronger lungs than traditional Pilates. One breathes in deeply through the nose and into the rib cage with the abdominal wall tightened and the spine stabilized. A forceful exhalation is done through the mouth.
  5. It’s a flexible form of exercise and can be modified to suit different fitness needs. Flotation devices may be used to keep the body stable while doing the movements.
  6. While swimming abilities are necessary in any water exercise regimen for purposes of safety, pool Pilates exercises may be done even by those who have no prior swimming experience. You may need to wear a life jacket if you absolutely cannot swim. Make sure that you express this concern to the instructor beforehand.
  7. There are group classes as well as individual classes to suit your preference.
  8. Unlike traditional Pilates where muscles and joints are stressed as an individual gets up and down a mat, Aqua Pilates removes that stress. It is even safer in some ways compared to traditional Pilates since the risk of injury is greatly reduced as any falls or injuries are absorbed by the water.

How To Lose 2 Pounds A Day And Have Screen Star Figure

The anxiety in knowing how to lose 2 pounds a day may stem from the desire by many people to lose weight which has reached its highest level of late. There are already a lot of strategies that have been established to help in attaining this goal. Some of these methods are effective on some people while they are not on others. This implies that you will have to research the best methods that will help you in losing weight conveniently before you invest in one. The following are some steps you can take to guide you.

One of the best ways to attain this goal is through observing the diets you are taking. Each day, ensure that you don’t eat above 1200 calories. There are a number of calorie calculators that can help you in determining the amounts of calories you take in on daily basis. Taking more vegetables other than meat can help in cutting back the amount of calories eaten in a day. Although fruits are recommended to be consumed in large quantities, take care since some of them have large quantities of sugar and calories that can upset our calorie goal plan.

Note that there is a great misconception that skipping diets will help you in losing weight faster. On the contrary, you should take about 6 meal servings in a day in small portions to boost your mechanism.

Ensure that you make some time taking some cardiovascular exercises. You can dedicate about 2 hours a day taking these exercises such as swimming, running and cycling. Nonetheless, avoid over exercising since your body may already have calorie shortage. The best strategy is to go about the exercises at a slower rate.

It is widely known that water is an important part of this program. Take at least eight glasses of water on daily basis. Water helps in suppression of appetite as well as elimination of detrimental toxins in the body.

Taking a visit to the steam room is another smart way in which you can eliminate impurities from your body through the skin. A 20 minute stay in the steam room can help you in cutting out water weight greatly. The impurities from the body are also removed through the pores as a result of excessive sweating. Generic

Many people have disregarded these strategies proposed on how to lose 2 pounds a day since they don’t believe in it. You will need to believe in yourself to achieve the goals you set so that they can be effective for you. A positive mentality will boost your morale to following the steps laid down.

Reasons to Get a Stop Smoking Book

Stop Smoking Book For You

For someone who has a desire to quit, there’s no real reason to fail. Over the years, the cigarette manufacturing industry has not slowed down, and the attempts of anti-smoking organizations to increase the awareness of how dangerous smoking is have taken off too. That being said, the more popular cigarettes are becoming, the more methods there are to help smokers quit. The lesser known of all these is the stop smoking book, which is basically a self help book that gives information as to how a smoker can quit the habit.

What can information do for you? The answer is simple. People tend to forget that knowledge is power. Sure, there are a lot of ways you can quit, but the reason that there are a lot of ways for you to quit is because they are for different people with different levels of addiction to cigarettes. Therefore, the method that can work for others may not work for you. If you look at some of the branding of smoking cessation products, they usually claim that the others are full of lies. This is usually untrue. It is simply due to the fact that the other methods have not worked for them and believe that the one method that did is the ultimate smoking cessation approach.

That’s one reason. Another reason for you to get a stop smoking book is the fact that they are usually written by ex-smokers. Nobody can know what you are going through; the hardships of trying to quit, the feeling of the withdrawal symptoms, and whatnot. No doctor who has never tried smoking a cigarette in his life can tell you he knows what you’re going through during the process of quitting. The best advices you can get are from someone who has tried to quit and found what worked for him – and these pieces of advice are often called “secrets”.

That being said, you can get tons of other information that not a lot of people – especially not the non-smokers – can tell you about. The information contained in the book may include how the withdrawal symptoms will feel and what you can possibly do to cope.

Some self help books would give you a wide variety of smoking cessation techniques so you can pretty much try them all. This is best if you do not know your own level of addiction, as this type of stop smoking book can help you choose from the wide range of methods to help you quit.

Raise Health From F to A

How can you know which foods are TRULY healthy? Do you want to find out which foods make the grade”?

Take this simple food grading quiz to find out for yourself.

On a grading scale where “F” is at the bottom and “A” is at the top, you can actually SEE which foods are TRULY healthy.

From this we can come to understand why certain foods add to our health while others shouldn’t be considered food at all. If, previously we’ve been eating a mostly “D” diet, now we know what we can do to improve!

To begin, select your 10 most consumed items from the list below.

  • For every “A” item you eat count 10 points.
  • For every “B” item give yourself 8 points
  • “C”‘s get 6 points
  • “D”‘s get 4 points
  • “F” items don’t score, after all- they really aren’t food anyway.
  • -5 for the really bad stuff

Do yourself a favor, no one but you will be looking at your little test so be honest with yourself.


  • A: (10 points) Fresh, raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, sprouted grains, seeds, legumes,(raw or low heated), raw honey, cold pressed olive oil, cold pressed coconut oil, fresh and quality dried herbs for seasoning and medicine, sprouted grain flours.
  • B: (8 points) Lightly steamed/baked veggies, quality sea salt, organic sugar made from cane juice crystals, real Maple syrup, raw organic agave, un-sprouted whole grains, organic rice milk, brown rice pastas.
  • C: (6 points) Quality grass fed organic meats, organic raw dairy, home raised eggs; eaten occasionally.
  • D: (4 points) Heavily cooked, buttered, and salted veggies, canned or pre-packaged foods, (check label to be sure there are no “F” ingredients), refined flour, white rice, most processed soy products.
  • F: (score: 0) Refined sugar, corn syrup, vegetable oil, canola oil, commercially raised animal products, over eating or obsessive food behavior.
  • ( – 5 points) These items (referred to as “items” because they cannot be called food) cause disease and are considered poisons: Artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, hydrogenated fats, any chemical created in a lab, any ingredient so extensive it requires an abbreviation (e.g.: BHT), laboratory created drugs, habit forming and addictive substances (alcohol abuse, drugs, smoking, etc.)

If you scored:

90 points +: Hurrah!!! You eat a lot of fresh raw fruits and vegetable and other very healthy foods. Keep up the great work!

80-90 points: you are right on track. If you want to increase your score, simply add a few more raw foods to your diet or try eating sprouted grains.

70-80 points: You are doing well, in fact, probably better than the average American! Not much for you to worry about (unless you had to add a -5 to your score). However, now you know you can add a few more items from the “A” category to increase your score.

Below 70: time to look at what you are eating. It takes time, it takes planning, it takes preparation. We will do what we can, where we can and not allow stress to overcome us but instead we will move forward with a quiet confidence and determination to eat more from the “A and B” lists. And no doubt, we’ll feel it and be grateful! Be sure to watch those “0” and “-5” items, they really zap your score and are the most detrimental to your health.

3 easy ways to trade out your traditional foods for a higher grade:

  1. Traditional peanut butter is full of hydrogenated oils, sugars, salt, and even artificial coloring. Easily switch to a “Natural Peanut Butter”. (Just be sure to check the ingredients. It should read: peanuts, salt. That is all.) Use honey over high fructose corn syrup/sugar sweetened jellies.
  2. Trade out refined sugar, low calorie, no calorie soda pop/drinks for juice spritzers. Ingredients will list fruit and carbonated water. Better yet, drink good clean water with a squeeze of fresh lemon. Ingredients: water.
  3. Look for breads which are 100% whole grain. A good ingredient list includes whole grains (like wheat, rye, barley, etc.) along with salt, yeast, honey, and water… and that is about it. These breads keep best in the fridge as they contain no preservatives. There are good tasting, high quality breads out there- though usually you will have to go to a “health food” store to find them.

Check your labels. The more you cut out the artificial ingredients, bad fats, and preservatives while adding the fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains, the higher your grade, and your health, will become.

Secrets Of Dieting And Diets

Ultimately, losing weight comes down to one key practice: burn more calories than you consume. Lay the foundation for weight loss with these practices. If you change out all of your refined grain food white bread, food made with white flour with whole-grain food, oatmeal, whole-grain cereal, whole-grain pasta, brown rice and barley you won’t lose additional weight overall. This means if you eat more food than your body needs for daily activities and cell maintenance, you’ll gain weight. You already know that to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume.

Weight loss can reflect a decreased food intake, decreased food absorption, increased metabolism, or a combination of the three. It’s a good ideal to follow the current food pyramid guide, you can reduce calories and with combined exercise. If you don’t have a list of your calorie intake you can eat foods and literally forget about them, but your body won’t be able to forget and it will hinder your ability to lose weight. Keep away from food sources that tempt you to lose weight. Are there really certain foods that can help you lose weight? Know the enemy!

If you have read the above you will see that it is not the food group, but the quality of the food in it that’s important for fast weight loss. At the end of the day you must balance the food and the quality you eat, which is reflected in your weight and overall health. Such a diet assumes that you are overweight because you are not eating the right combination of food. You’ve tried dieting, keeping a food diary, exercise programs, and perhaps even hypnosis. If it’s reasonable, eat food cold or room-temperature as opposed to warm, examples include eating cold soup, leaving those hard-boiled eggs you had yesterday for dinner cold, and eating ice cream instead of drinking sweet fruit juices. You should make a list of the food items that are your weaknesses which sometimes but not always unhealthy foods. Sometimes we fool ourselves into believing that as long as we avoid the bad things, we’re making progress. You probably don’t need to keep a food diary to know your enemies. Common culprits include soda, bread, alcohol, and fast food. Limit the amount of cash you have in your wallet, especially if you’re subject to spontaneous fast food indulgences.

Your family or roommates might complain about the absence of junk food, but you’ll be doing them a favor by stocking the kitchen with healthy stuff. Counting calories of course is easier once you are organized, and it doesn’t have to cost anything! In addition to helping you stick to a daily plan, you’ll probably find yourself surprised to see how many calories certain foods contain. Usually more than you’d expect!

Free Tips To Find Out What To Eat When Pregnant

Hello there! Karen Phoenix here again with and I want to talk today about what to eat when pregnant. For those of you that don’t know me, I am a nutrition & fitness trainer. I recently became a mom. I gave birth to my gorgeous son a couple months ago.

During my pregnancy, I utilized my experience with nutrition to learn all about what to eat when pregnant. I wanted my baby to be as healthy as possible, but I also wanted to keep off all the unwanted extra weight. I wanted to be get back to my pre-baby weight as soon as I could.

So, trust me when I tell you that I know how you feel and I know what you are feeling. Let me show you how you can be healthy and have the best pregnancy possible. The first thing for you to do is to learn what to eat when pregnant.

You will be surprised to discover how easy it can be to keep your baby healthy and only gain 24 to 30 pounds during your pregnant term. You can also learn how to get your pre-pregnancy weight back within 5 weeks. Its as simple as this. First, find out which products you can eat that are healthy and taste great. 2nd, you need to completely stay away from the crappy and unhealthy foods. That’s it? Yep! So, lets start with talking about what foods you should keep away from you and your baby!

Keeping the nasty foods away from you and your baby is very important. Eating the wrong foods can alter your babys natural growth while in your belly. These unhealthy foods can cause havoc to your babys developmental processes and can make you gain an abundance of unhealthy fat that can lead to other problems like gestational diabetes.

I am sure that you are already aware that little Debbie cakes and potato chips are bad for you, but what about foods that are labeled as health products? Yep, they are also bad for you and your baby. Why? Well I can tell you that its not the calories, or carbs that are harming you. Its not the saturated fats and sugars! It’s the chemicals and preservatives that are harming you and your unborn child.

So go ahead and take a look at the ingredients list on all of these pre-packaged foods and you will see what I am talking about. Science is proving that these chemicals really mess up our systems. You want to learn what foods you can eat to promote a healthy pregnancy?

Make sure that you eat foods that contain only 1 ingredient. Trust me, when I was learning what to eat when pregnant I found out that theres tons of them. Foods like: chicken, steak, fruits, veggies, eggs, rice, bacon, butter, avocados, coconut oil, and sweet potatoes. Make sure that you do not cut down your calories, and DO NOT eliminate carbs. You will do more harm than good.

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