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Preparing Yourself For South Beach Diet

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southbeachdietSeveral celebrities have attested to have lost weight and maintained a healthy figure by following strict diet plans, and South Beach Diet is among the popular ones. This type of diet was originally created to reduce the chances of developing heart diseases, especially among people who have pre-existing conditions that make them more vulnerable to cardiovascular conditions. However, words on the effectiveness of such diet to shred weight easily became popular, thus making more people adhere to the diet.

Although South Beach Diet is definitely one of the fastest ways to lose weight, it’s not as easy as some celebrities make it look. It requires drastic lifestyle change, which most people may not be prepared for right away. As a result, some people who tried the diet eventually quit. Certain preparations, both psychological and physical needs to be done in order to really live by the requirements of South Beach diet.

South Beach Diet gets rid of bad cholesterol and infuses more good cholesterol into the blood stream. This means that any food that contains saturated fat and trans fat will be strictly eliminated from the diet. This can be quite tough for a person who consumes a typical American diet. The entire diet plan is divided into three phases, and the toughest among these phases is the first one, or the first two weeks into the diet. According to people who have tried the diet, surviving the first phase will help make the remaining two phases easier.

During the first two weeks into the South Beach Diet, all food with sugar (including fruits and high-glycemic vegetables) and processed carbohydrate content will be taken off the diet. This means a drastic change in one’s eating habits, and this is exactly the stage that you have to be ready for.

Fitness experts suggest that in order to be successful in a diet attempt, a person needs to determine their exact weight loss goals first. This means that part of the alessandraambrosiobodypreparation is to know how many pounds you want to lose, and a realistic timeline for you to achieve it. Without these, it would be more difficult to sustain a diet plan like South Beach Diet.

Considering that South Beach Diet takes away several food that the body is used to, it also pays to be keener on other aspects that will help keep your energy on a normal level. Compensate the loss of carbohydrates and sugar by constantly hydrating yourself and getting enough rest. Thorough research also plays a crucial role in surviving the first two weeks of the diet. Find fun recipes that will still help you enjoy your new diet plan. It should seem as natural as possible to prevent feelings of deprivation, which may only result to binge eating when not prevented.

Other tips given by South Beach dieter is to actually have an entire weekend as your cheat day. During these days, you can eat to your heart’s content, until you feel guilty. According to them, this will increase the motivation to take South Beach Diet seriously. Indulge, since once you start with the diet, there will be no cheat day, at least for the next two weeks.

Like in any fitness attempts, having a buddy will make it easier to survive a new diet. With this, it is best to find someone who is as willing as you are to try out South Beach Diet, so you can both motivate each other to follow a meal plan, and even to try new recipes.

The next two phases of South Beach diet are certainly more liberal than the first one, so if you survived the first two weeks, chances are you will just be enjoying the remaining phases, and might even adopt South Beach Diet as your lifetime eating plan.

Written by Greg

November 7th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Why Grilled Food?

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Do not overcook, do not keep it under cooked, so what are we actually supposed to do? Keep it at the intermediate stage where we are quite sure that the nutrients are still alive but the germs all dead. And how is this possible to know?
When cooking chicken recipes, we are told to keep the meat at a temperature where all its harmful entities go dead, but at the same time, it is required to keep its nutrients surviving, to prevent its proteins from denaturing, and so on.
So what kind of cooking technique actually yields out this result?

If you are thinking about grilling, then yes, you have clicked the right idea.

Even if you go out at eating places, choose grilled meat items over the fried ones. The best thing about grilling a food is that, you do not have to grease it too much or add coats of any batter over it.
People going on weight loss mission usually prefer replacing all kinds of meat items with those that are grilled.
The idea of grilled chicken breast is a great one, since this part of meat composes of relatively lesser fat.

But is it only chicken that deserves to roll over red hot coals? Not at all
Instead, you can also grill your beloved veggies and fruits, and experience their unique taste.
Mangoes, apples and pears are great when grilled.
Moreover, zucchini, tomatoes, onions and bell peppers would form an awesome part of your dish.

Adding grilled veggies and fruits in your plate would make your meal look more tempting and colorful.

Written by Jayne

September 23rd, 2013 at 7:47 am

Effective Weight Loss without Any Suffer

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Overweight is one many problems that people face these days. Wrong eating habits and lifestyle are the main causes for becoming overweight. Are you one of them? Then go on reading this article for finding the best ways in reducing weight without any suffer.

Water, water, water

Nothing can beat the effectiveness of water in getting rid of fats. You’ve heard this pretty often but most people are unaware that they really need water in flushing out body’s poisons. Based on recent researches, many people are dehydrated constantly and they think that they can supply adequate amount of water through energy drinks. This is a wrong opinion because when people ignore their needs of water, the body will take away minerals from some body parts like bones for compensating the needs of water. This forces the adrenal glands to work much harder.

Drinking water right after waking up will be very helpful for our body to keep dehydrated. You can just add fresh lemon in your water to add the alkaline substance so that it will absorb well in your body.

Healthy Food Choices

Again and again, you are bored in reading about the proper choices of food that all human beings need. This topic is the mainly discussed in almost health related media from magazines to websites. However, it is also hard for most of us in stopping our cravings on snacks which are most often unhealthy. Besides, it is hard to avoid consuming processed food because we rarely have much time in healthy food preparation. You do not only get fatter but you can suffer from clogged arteries.

Control yourself in what you consume so that you do not only get perfect health. Stop your habit in munching snacks while working because you mostly do not want to stop. This can bring bad impact on body’s digestion system.

There are only two tips above and they do not require complicated and costly efforts. It means, you should not worry about suffering for getting effective weight loss.

Written by Georgina

June 5th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Posted in Weight Loss

Apple; Keeps you going

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Everyone knows the saying, ‘An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.’ Apple is a crunchy and pleasant tasting fruit which most people enjoy eating and it is known to be very healthy for our body. You are one big apple lover, then this article may interest you because we shall see the nutritional facts and health benefits one can get after eating an apple.

A normal-sized apple possesses:

Calories: 95

Protein: 0.47 gm

Fiber: 4.4 gm

Vitamins in an apple:

Following is a list of vitamins that are found in apple while some are present in very low amount:

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.031 mg

Folate – 5 mcg

Vitamin A – 98 IU

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.047 mg

Vitamin C – 8.4 mg

Vitamin B5 – 0.111 mg

Vitamin K – 4 mcg

Vitamin B6 – 0.075 mg

Niacin – 0.166 mg

Vitamin E – 0.33 mg

Minerals in apple:

Following is a list of minerals that are found in apple while some are present in very low amount:

Calcium – 11 mg

Iron – 0.22 mg

Manganese – 0.064 mg

Zinc – 0.07 mg

Potassium – 195 mg

Magnesium – 9 mg

Copper – 0.049 mg

Phosphorus – 20 mg

Sodium – 2 mg

Health benefits that apple has to offer:

Apple is rich in pectin, soluble fibers that do many good things in our body. There are many healthy facts about apples and some of them include:

  • Apple is good for your heart.
  • It gives you whiter and brighter teeth removing the stains on your teeth dye to its crunchy property and also by stimulating increased salivary secretion.
  • Protects you from different types of cancers.
  • Protects you from brain diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer.
  • Minimizes the risk of diabetes.
  • Controls cholesterol levels.
  • Reduces the risks of gall stones.
  • Good for digestive system.
  • Improves immunity.
  • Acts as a detoxifier of the liver.
  • Aids in weight loss.

There are so many more health benefits and this is why you should definitely include apple in your daily diet.

Written by Marta

May 31st, 2013 at 8:35 am

Myths about weight loss

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In the blues of life, one often gets bitten by depression striking the nervous system about his over sized pot-belly, chubby cheeked appearance and elephantine legs. No matter how undesirable it sounds to try a quick fix and drop weight for the goodness’ sake, there however remains an unpleasant aura hampering the relationship between a festively plump, meaty looking lad and his newly committed desire to lose weight.  On the contrary, it is quite a social norm to smell fishy and get suspicious of the instant weight loss solutions. “The biggest misconception is that doing something in the short term will have long-term results,” says Elaine Magee. Thereby, let’s peek into a list of common misconceptions so you can battle the bulge armed with the truth.

Myth#1: Eliminate food high in fat and starch from your diet

Fact – It is however too mainstream to acknowledge that fats give a feeling of fullness and keep your hunger at bay for a longer time. Do not eliminate them from your diet plan but consume very little portions, as much is required to give you a feeling of fullness.

Myth#2: Skipping meals is a good option

Fact – Research has reflected that people, who skip their meals, tend to feel hungrier later on and eat more than the norm. This results in slowing down of the body’s metabolism hence resulting in accumulation of more calories as fat in the body. So eventually instead of losing weight you tend to gain weight.

Aim to lose one-two pounds per week by having the right mix of healthy food and gradually increasing the level of physical activity. Acknowledge this as an effective processing and you’ll nail at losing the weight!

Written by Marta

May 12th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

7 foods that help lose weight

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Flat belly, ripped abs, losing weight today many people are obsessed with these themes. Exercise is an important factor in shaping your body the way you want it, but it is diet and nutrition that is even important. You can exercise as much as you can but if you do not regulate your food intake, eliminate processed foods, soda and sweets, there won’t be any results. So here are 7 foods that will only help you achieving your goal:

–          Almonds are delicious, but they are also packed with protein, dietary fiber, magnesium and Vitamin E, powerful antioxidant, beside weight loss almonds help maintain muscle mass, regulate blood pressure, prevent and lower the risk of heart disease etc.

–          Eggs are one of the most important sources of protein in your diet, there are studies showing that people consuming eggs during breakfast have much more power than people eating food rich in carbs.

–          Berries, there are many for any taste, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries, full of vitamins and minerals the also strengthen your heart and eyes.

–          Spinach and other dark green vegetable like broccoli are rich in calcium and are really low in calories. They protect from many diseases even cancer and osteoporosis.

–          Milk and dairy products with low fat should be included in everyone’s diet, especially if you go on regular exercise or want to lose weight. Milk is one of the best ways to calcium, it is also good source of protein therefore it helps maintain healthy bones and muscles.

–          Lean meat, here included is chicken, turkey, fish and beef. Meat is packed with protein, vitamins and minerals vary on the choice of meat, but all lean meat is good for fitness enthusiasts.

–          Oatmeal, mixed with low fat milk or yogurt and berries, it is wonderful way to start your day, it will also lower cholesterol and regulate insulin. It helps prevent heart disease and certain kinds of cancer.

Written by Georgina

May 2nd, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Posted in Weight Loss

SIDE EFFECTS OF CHEMOTHERAPY

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Chemotherapy are drugs that are used in treating cancer, also known as anticancer drugs. Normally chemotherapy will affect both the cancer cells, as well as reach the entire body and therefore affecting every cell including those that are normal. So this explains why chemotherapy has a lot of side-effects depending on the type of chemotherapy administered and the type of cancer .

These drugs are usually given directly into the blood stream, applied on the skin, or as a pill via the mouth, intramuscular through the muscle and through the fast tissue as well.

Here are some of the common side-effects that cut across the major types of chemotherapeutic drugs available:

1. Hair loss (alopecia) that is usually reversible.

2. These drugs will reduce the number of blood cell counts, e.g. white blood cells which are responsible for immunity.

3. Severe nausea and vomiting that could go on for a number of days.

4. Damage to some of the vital organs like the heart, kidney and the lungs.

Other side-effects that are more specific to different drugs include, diarrhea, allergic reactions to that particular drug, presence of mouth ulcers, presence of rashes on the skin, some drugs will make you become photosensitive. Constipation and general problems with the digestive system will also accompany chemotherapy .

In conclusion, before one is to start this therapy, it is important for them to be informed on some of these side-effects and for specific drugs so that they will be able to cope and comply whenever these side-effects appear. Other ways that can help in mitigating these side-effects could be employed by the health professionals to increase the level of comfort to the client.

 

Written by Greg

March 11th, 2013 at 4:50 pm