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1 year ago

7 Tips To Eating At Restaurants When Dieting

When I eat out I want it to be special, since I do not eat out often. You might have seen the advice about how to shave calories at restaurants but actually, are you really wanting to pay restaurant prices for undressed salads and steamed vegetables? If not, how then can you solve the dilemma of eating too many calories when you eat out?

 

Here are 7 simple strategies for getting the calories out of restaurant meals while still being able to order your favorites.

 

1. Say No To Super Sizing

 

Stop super sizing and you’ll save money. Better still, order one dinner and ask for an additional plate. Many restaurants will do this for a dollar or two, and it is well worth it. Then share the meal with your friend and you divide the price straight down the middle. An alternative would be to purchase from the “appetizer” menu. Two individuals could order three entrées plus one dessert and it is still a good amount of food!

 

2. Bypass The Bread And Rolls

 

Many family restaurants still serve a bread basket with your meal. Unless it is a fresh baked loaf or some truly special bread, simply skip it. When you’re paying good money for a meal you do not need to fill up on ordinary bread. Just ask for it to be taken away if you can’t resist, but honestly, you are an adult, you can resist, if you want to. Try it, just once and see if you don’t walk out of that restaurant feeling strangely powerful.

 

In case you can’t skip the rolls skip the butter. That’s right. Eat it simple. Whole grain bread is tasty all by itself.

 
1 year ago

7 Tips For A Happy And Healthy Life

As good as modern medical technology might be, it can never save you from the difficulties resulting from a lifestyle that is unhealthy. Instead of getting a modern medical fix for every problem, it is much better to live in a way where you will barely fall ill in the first place.

 

An ounce of prevention is certainly better than a pound of cure. Here are 7 tips on how to live a longer and healthier life. Even better, not only can you prevent sickness, but these same lifestyle tips will also help you lose excess weight.

 

1. Get Enough Exercise

 

In the past, people needed to use their bodies a lot more in the course of their daily work. But today someone may get up, go to work in their car, sit down for work, then get up to go home where they sit down again until it’s time for bed. In such a life there is very little physical activity. This physical inactivity is one of the significant reasons for a host of problems such as weight gain, joint pain and lack of energy. If our normal lifestyle doesn’t demand us to push ourselves physically, walking, playing sport and other things must be added to our lives.

 

2. Go To Sleep When You Feel Sleepy

 

This might sound simple, but many people stay up late even when their body is telling them that it is time to sleep. Yet, people such as students will take coffee and stimulants to study late into the night. Others develop the practice of remaining active during the night and sleeping during the day. While we can do this for a short time without harm, it takes a toll on our health over longer periods of time. Some doctors say even this form of abnormal living is among the leading factors in the development of cancer and other diseases!

 
1 year ago

7 Most Common Weight Loss Myths

There are many lies and myths out there when it comes to weight loss. In this article I want to clear away some of the confusion and expose 7 of the most common ones.

 

So let’s get started...

 

1. It is genetic that I am overweight and it can’t be changed no matter how hard I try.

 

Being overweight isn’t genetic. It does not mean that you have to be overweight even if your entire family is. There are success stories all the time of individuals beating their so called “genetics”. Simply watch the TV show “The Biggest Loser” (Google it if you’ve never seen it). It is full of individuals who have overcome their genetics.

 

Want to know a secret? Your genes do not control your weight… your lifestyle does.

 

2. I’ll never lose weight because I have an eating disorder.

 

Most overeating is caused by STRESS. People tend to eat more when they’re nervous, worried, unhappy, depressed, stressed, afraid, etc.

 

This really is a very common problem facing our society and there is a remedy that is quite simple. Learn strategies to lower your stress levels!

 

Activities like yoga, pilates, meditation, bubble baths and even regular exercise can all help.

 

One simple approach to shed weight without actually doing ANYTHING physical or changing your diet, is to simply reduce your stress levels.

 

When your stress levels are high, your stress hormones sky-rocket which makes you feel hungry. For a lot of people, it can be more difficult to control your portion sizes, to stop emotional eating, and stop binge eating…

 

And guess what types of foods all of us crave when stressed? Sugary, greasy foods.

 

Read more here: Weight Loss Myths

1 year ago

9 Amazing Health Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

There are now even more reasons for chocolate lovers to keep eating chocolate! As more astonishing research comes in, the substance is going from a bad-for-you treat to a significant health food. Those of us who’ve continued to indulge in occasional chocolate treats can now easily justify our cravings and quit feeling so guilty!

 

Below you will discover the 9 proven health benefits of chocolate.

 

1. Decreases Your Risk Of Heart Disease

 

You may have already discovered that chocolate contains beneficial flavonoids and antioxidants. Flavonoids are naturally occurring compounds found in plant foods which are full of established health benefits. There are more than 4,000 flavonoid compounds, which are a subgroup of compounds called polyphenols. Phenols are believed to help decrease the chance of heart disease by helping prevent atherosclerosis. The flavonoids in chocolate appear to aid the body use nitric oxide, which is crucial for blood pressure regulation and healthy blood flow, which suggests that chocolate might help reduce hypertension as well.

 

2. High In Cancer-Fighting Antioxidants

 

Red wine is known for its high phenol content, however an average bar of dark chocolate contains more phenols than 8 ounces of red wine. Scientists at Seoul National University and Cornell University examined the cancer-fighting antioxidant content of red wine, cocoa, and tea, and found that cocoa had almost double the antioxidants of red wine and four to five times more than tea.

 

Holland’s National Institute of Public Health and Environment found that dark chocolate contains 53.5 mg of catechins per 100 grams. (Catechins are the powerful antioxidants that fight against cancer and assist in preventing heart disease). By comparison, a cup of black tea comprises only about 14 milligrams of catechins and green tea has about 30 mg of catechins.

 
1 year ago

10 Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin

While many people think of turmeric only as the primary spice used in most curry recipes, it actually provides a wide range of health benefits. In fact, turmeric is perhaps the strongest herb available, when it comes to natural ingredients that are capable of curing illness and improving your health.

 

There is a growing trend to turn to natural herbs and home remedies for dealing with all types of ailments and health issues. Some people may put off using additional herbs in their meals, due to the overwhelming number of available ingredients. Luckily, you may only need to add one extra herb to your cupboard to begin changing your health for the better.

 

Discover the many health benefits of turmeric and curcumin – the active compound in this powerful herb.

 

What is Turmeric?

 

Turmeric is a spice that is commonly used in Indian cuisine, especially in curry. It is actually the turmeric that gives curry powder and mustard their distinct yellow colors. Most people find that turmeric has a bitter flavor and mild fragrance.

 

Turmeric is typically sold in powder form, which comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant; though, some prefer to grind their own powder from fresh turmeric root.

 

This spice has been used for thousands of years in recipes and for medicinal purposes – often as an anti-inflammatory medicine in both traditional Chinese and Indian medicine. So, it is no secret that turmeric contains beneficial properties.

 

Curcumin is the primary active compound that is found in turmeric and is responsible for the majority of the health benefits. It is a strong anti-inflammatory compound that possesses many characteristics that have sparked the interest of the medical community.

 
1 year ago

Best 4 Exercises To Get Rid Of Cellulite

Are you sick of wearing jeans during hot summer days just to hide your cellulite? Are you spending too much money on anti-cellulite creams? Are you ready to discover the safest and cheapest way of reducing cellulite? Here, you will discover the 4 best lower body exercises to get noticeable results in under 30 days.

 

Today, there are many workouts which claim to get rid of cellulite but not all of them are effective. Cellulite is nothing more than fat showing through the skin which can be reduced with some targeted exercises.

 

However, you must know the right moves, have proper blood circulation, balance of hormones and good nutrition. It is also important to know that cellulite can appear on anyone. It doesn’t discriminate.

 

Here are the 4 best exercises to reduce the appearance of cellulite:

 

This exercise targets the gluteal muscles and requires you to have ankle weights for better results but you can start out without them. It is a two-step exercise:

 

· Put on your ankle weights (if you’re using them) and get down on your knees and forearms.

Ensure that your weight is supported by your arms rather than your hands. Your back should be straight while your head faces downward while you look at the floor.

 

· Now, lift your right leg outward slowly until your thigh is parallel to the floor. Flex your foot throughout the session. Stay in this position for several seconds and return to the original position. After finishing with the right leg, switch to your left. Repeat 10-15 times for each leg.

 

Tip: Do not hunch or arch your back to prevent it from stressing. If you don’t have ankle weights, you can simply do more repetitions.

 

Read more here: Best Exercises To Get Rid Of Cellulite

1 year ago

5 Critical Keys To Kill Cellulite Fast

If you were to ask any woman on the street what the definition of cellulite is, you’ll get many different answers. From “bands of fiber pulling on the skin” to “fat pockets trapped under the skin” and many other odd things in between.

 

But the truth is, most women don’t know what “cellulite” really is or what causes those unsightly bumps on the lower end of their bodies.

 

This should come as no surprise, since there is actually no such thing as “cellulite”. So then how can we eliminate something which doesn’t even exist?

 

Well, here’s the answer:

 

“Cellulite” is actually a word created several decades ago, in beauty spas across Europe to DESCRIBE the dimpled, bumpy appearance on the skin in the lower parts of the female body (mainly hips, butt and legs).

 

Those same beauty spas made a lot of profits by marketing their “beauty” products and services that would supposedly get rid of “cellulite”. If you’re like most other women who are plagued by this problem, then I’m sure you already know that all those superficial treatments don’t get rid of those mushy dimples from your thighs, legs and buns.

 

To get a smooth lower-body that’s attractive and tight, there are 5 key steps that you need to follow.

Here they are:

 

5 Critical Keys to ELIMINATE Cellulite Fast

 

1: You can’t get rid of lumps and dimples (cellulite) by rubbing an odd lotion, gel or cream on your problem spots.

 

So, you can stop using them – as some can actually make your cellulite worse!

 

Even though there are practically dozens of supposed ‘cellulite removal creams”  on the marketplace, there’s no way that any of them, regardless of how expensive, can get rid of your cellulite. That’s because cellulite isn’t a skin problem. It’s an issue with the underlying structure beneath the skin and can only be eliminated by reversing the cause of atrophied muscle fibers that are directly underneath your “cellulite” problem spots.

 

Read more here: 5 Critical Keys To Kill Cellulite Fast