Top 5 Weight Loss Infomercials Of All Time!

Maybe the entire world is gullible and fast to part with their money. That’s certainly the impression you get when you watch ANY of those infomercials on television which try to sell you products. But when it comes to weight loss products, the market just seems to be saturated with them. 

But, I must admit that I really love turning on the television late at night and settling in for an hour or two of watching the infomercial channel.

Luckily for most of us, those crazy fad diets and their required equipment come and go. And mostly go. If you’ve ever sat up late at night and watched infomercial television, you’ve no doubt come across some of these crazy weight loss infomercials. Here is a short overview of some of my personal favorites. Let’s compare notes, shall we, and see who’s list is the funniest!

The Sauna Suit

sauna-beltThis one just made me laugh myself silly. The commercial shows one girl modeling a sauna suit. She is talking to a friend in a faux southern accent and trying to sell her friend into buying one by telling her that it helps you to shed water weight. “The sauna suit really changed my life,” she goes on to say. “And it comes with a free gym membership!” she exclaims as she pulls a card out of the suit’s right hand pocket. She then goes on to tell her friend that she just has to do four, count ‘em four push ups to burn off her lunch which consisted of four oreos and a Big Mac. Wow! They go on to take some phone calls. Hysterical. You’ll love it!

Keep Fit Pills

This has to be my second all time favorite. It was filmed in Spanish though but even if you don’t speak Spanish you will still enjoy it, I can almost guarantee it. One of the texts which appears at the bottom of an image of a grossly obese man jiggling his belly fat from side to side is “Never lose your car keys in you belly rolls again!” Oh, my goodness. I haven’t actually ever had that problem but if I ever do, I know how to alleviate it. I’ll just go online and order a bottle of Keep Fit diet pills.

The Neck Slimmer

neckline-slimmerHave you ever seen the infomercial for The Neck Slimmer? If not, then, girl you haven’t lived yet. That’s the gospel truth. The commercial shows a woman standing in her kitchen holding a small device up to her chin. She is pushing this device down over and over again in an effort to work the muscles in her neck to reduce the fat which has collected in her double-chin. You never get to see any before or after pictures but there is a telephone number flashed on the screen repeatedly so you know who to call to order one. And, if you call in the next ten minutes, you can get two, that’s TWO neck slimmers for the price of one. Just pay separate shipping and handling. And, of course, that’s billed to your Visa or Mastercard. With this product, you will be able to “develop the world’s most impressive nod with one simple motion!” Guaranteed. But if you want to send it back and get your money back? Well, that might be a bit more complicated.

The Perfect Plate

The Perfect Plate is a prefab plate designed with small portions for food. It is sold both online and through it’s televised infomercial. The infomercial is so funny, though, because it shows a woman literally shoving food into her mouth as fast as she can. The website has a number of before and after photos of people who have used the plate successfully. Most of the shots were taken “one week apart” and show dramatic results. The manufacturers of the plate say that you are able to consume the same amount of baked ziti that a family of eight would be able to eat without gaining a single ounce.

The Tabletop Boxer

I love this one because it has the capability of victimizing two vulnerable groups of people: the overweight/obese and the physically challenged. The commercial itself shows a man in a wheelchair pulled up to a table where he sits and boxes with a stand up foam human image. He has a look of absolute glee on his face. If it weren’t so pitiful, it would be hysterically funny, I think  but it actually just really makes me feel anger toward the manufacturers of a product such as this. I guess it might have some merit for a person who is confined to a wheelchair insofar as it has the potential to raise their heart rate and give them some kind of cardiovascular workout but other than that, it just seems highly exploitative of both populations. That alone is enough to make me give it a huge thumbs down.

Infomercials can be laugh out loud funny. Just be very careful that you don’t end up succumbing to any of the marketing techniques and phone in your order. If you do, you’ll likely find yourself opening a package about 3 to 4 weeks later and being completely disappointed in what you have purchased with very little recourse for having your money returned to you. ‘Nuff said.

5 Ways To Lose Weight While Working From Home

women-work-at-homeIt doesn’t really matter what kind of work you do, if you work from home you’re at high risk for packing on the pounds. This is primarily because most women who work from home do far too much of the working and forget to take regular breaks or even take an exercise break every now and then. While most women fantasize about being able to sit in their pajamas all day at their desk while sipping coffee, working from home can be just as stressful if not more so than commuting every day to an office. If you are juggling the running of a house and childcare while you are also attempting to work, you are at even higher risk for gaining some serious weight. There are, however, five easy and simple things you can do which will help you maintain your healthy weight as much as possible.

lose-weight-while-working-at-homeI work as a freelance writer from my home and let me tell you, it’s not as glamorous as you might be led to believe. I find it enormously challenging to get an exercise routine in during the course of my day. This is because there are always a hundred other things calling for my attention. The long hours spent in front of the computer screen tend to blend into each other and before I know it, a whole week has gone by without a single leg-lift being done. But these are the cardinal rules I try to live by.

  1. Take regular exercise breaks

    • When working from home it’s a very good idea to take even a short exercise break at the very least every few hours. If it’s a nice day, get up and take a short walk around the block. Doesn’t have to be a long time, fifteen minutes will be just enough time. Doing this will give you enough of a break to allow you to clear your head and also have some nice physical exercise. When the weather is gloomy or rainy, just some simple floor exercises like some pushups, lunges or planks will do the trick. Again, it doesn’t need to be a full, thirty minute workout. Just fifteen minutes will be just enough.
  2. Buy a fitness ball and use it as your chair

    • exercise-ball-as-chairDitch your office chair and buy a fitness ball to sit on instead. I know this idea sounds weird indeed, but this is a very painless and easy way to get some exercise in all day while you’re working. It will help you tone your leg muscles and help you improve your balance. At the beginning you will probably find it difficult to keep your balance while sitting on the ball, but it is something you get used to pretty quickly. This is a great way to strengthen your core muscles without even thinking about it. and you won’t feel like you’re “working out” at all!
  3. Do some fidgeting

    • When you were a kid if your teachers were always correcting you and telling you to stop fidgeting, it must have been because she had no idea how many calories a person could burn by doing it. Yes, it can be annoying to other people especially if they have to watch you do it. Just tapping your feet or wiggling in your chair will help you burn calories.
  4. Turn down your thermostat

    • Just turning your thermostat down one or two degrees will tell your body that it’s time to make some  heat. In order to do that, it has to burn calories. While turning the thermostat down doesn’t feel like a lot of fun, if your body is a bit cooler, it will have to work harder to keep you warm and this will mean burning calories. It will also help you keep some cash in your checking account
  5. Snack

    • You’ll probably think that this tip is counterproductive. It certainly will feel counterintuitive. But snacking will actually help you burn more calories over the course of the day because your body uses up more energy to metabolize smaller meals every few hours. You’ll have to remember, though, that this does not mean going hog-wild on that bag of Oreos which has been in your kitchen cupboard for the last ten days. No, this means eating healthy snacks like nuts and cut up veggies with some dip. Because this type of snack is so low in calories it can actually speed up your metabolism which will help you burn more calories.

Even working from home doesn’t mean you can’t stay in shape and look great. Just remember to keep your overall caloric intake at a reasonable amount during the day and get some regular exercise and you’ll be just fine. You won’t wake up just in time for your next vacation only to realize that you’ve gained fifteen or twenty pounds.

6 Health Benefits of Drinking Wine That You Didn’t Know About!

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Can drinking a glass of wine every day really be good for you? The answer is an unequivocal yes! Research shows that people who drink a glass of wine every day have a 34% lower mortality rate than people who drink either wine or spirits every day.

This is one of the medical questions that no one really quite understands. But studies which have been conducted over long periods of time show, time and time again, that people who do not consume any alcohol at all, tend to die at an earlier age than those who do.

The answer lies in red wine and the components which make it up. Red wine is known to  have cardiovascular benefits because it contains both antioxidants as well as a newly discovered ingredient called resveratrol.

The relaxation factor associated with alcohol is real

One of the reasons that people who are moderate drinkers might live longer than those who do not drink at all is the reason they drink to begin with. Most people have an alcoholic beverage to help them relax. In fact, most people who drink have their first drink when they return from a hard day at work. A dose of alcohol will calm the brain because it up-regulates the body’s GABA receptors.The trick here is to not drink too much. Doing that will cause your stress levels to rise instead of fall.

redwine-cures-cancerStill, having said that, drinking is not just about reducing one’s stress levels. Many of the cultural norms having to do with drinking have to do with socialization. You might be asking yourself, “What does this mean in terms of prolonging longevity?” This has to do with the human’s ability to combat loneliness which is very dangerous for us. People are, by nature, social animals. When people are isolated and cut off from other people, they will tend to die more often from heart disease than anything else. Some might say this is like dying slowly of a broken heart. People who engage in social drinking, however, are by the very nature of the act, socializing with others. This is part of what makes it easier for people to develop and nurture relationships and it is exactly those relationships which help keep us alive.

Reduce your risk for a fatal heart attack

Drinking a glass of wine a day will also reduce your risk of having a fatal heart attack. This bit of evidence was shown in a study carried out over a 16 year period at the Harvard School of Public Health. In that study more than 11,000 men were enrolled. Those men who had a glass of wine each day were 30% less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack than those who did not have a drink. Conversely, the opposite is also true. People who drink more than 1 to 2 glasses of wine or the equivalent in terms of alcohol consumption, tend to have more heart disease.

Reduce your risk for developing heart disease

Red wine contains procyanidins, which help protect the human heart against developing heart disease. The wines which come from either Sardinia, in Italy or the southwest coast of France, contain more procyanidins than other wines.

Reduce your risk for developing Type II diabetes

This theory is supported by 15 different studies which tracked more than 370,000 people for about twelve years. The data show that people who consumed four standard drinks per day were 30% less likely to develop Type II diabetes than those who did not. These findings were true regardless of the study participant’s BMI. Consuming more than 4 standard drinks per day left the participants with a slightly higher risk of developing Type II diabetes. Type II diabetes is a serious endocrine disorder that should be avoided at all cost. Unlike Type I diabetes where the body does not produce any insulin at all, Type II diabetics tend to produce copious amounts of insulin. Each red blood cell contains millions of microscopic receptors that the insulin has to fit into in order to “open the lock” and allow the “fuel” — the glucose inside. In the case of people with Type II diabetes, the key they make on their insulin is often faulty and will not fit into the lock on the receptors.

Lower your risk for having a stroke

A group of scientists at Columbia University who followed more than 3,000 people over a period of eight years discovered that study participants who had one moderate drink per day were able to reduce their likelihood of having a stroke by more than 50%. Strokes are serious neurological conditions which can have long-lasting and devastating consequences including paralysis and loss of speech.

Reduce your risk for developing colon cancer

Again, this is linked to the ingredient known as resveratrol which lies in the skin of red grapes. This is known to have qualities which help to fight off cancer. Until recently, however, scientists had no idea how much resveratrol was needed. Scientific studies which have been conducted show that ingesting about five milligrams of resveratrol a day could cut the growth of bowel tumors in half.

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7 Things To Do On A Sunday To Lose Weight All Week Long!

Everyone knows that eating healthy and exercising is the key to achieving weight loss goals. But trying to find the time during a busy work week while juggling a job and kids and grocery shopping and laundry and on and on makes it pretty tough to get all those things in each week. Here are some tips for some easy things you can do on a Sunday afternoon which will keep your weight loss percolating along all week long.

  1. plan-your-exercisePlan your exercise times: If you just “think” that you’ll get your exercise in during the week by getting to the gym here or taking a run there, you’re missing the boat completely. Research shows that people who schedule their exercise time are much more likely to do it over the course of a busy work week. This is the same as scheduling in your date night or your trip to the doctor for your pap smear. It’s just as important to get your weekly workout in and the best way to do that is to plan it. So, on Sunday night, sit down with your calendar and figure out just when you’re going to get some gym time in and write it down. You can also take a few minutes on Sunday night to give your workout buddies a quick phone call and see if they’re available to meet you at the gym at your appointed time. If you have an appointment to meet someone you will be 10 times more likely to actually show up. You can also take a few minutes on Sunday evening to check the weekly forecast online so you can see which days will be best for getting outside for a nice long walk.

  2. Clean clothes? Nothing puts a crimp on working out more than not having any clean clothes to wear to the gym. If your sports bra smells like your old socks, it’s time to give your workout clothes a spin in the washing machine and dryer. If you wash all your workout gear on Sunday evening, you’ll be sure to be prepared for the week ahead. You can pack your gym bag for the coming week if you’d like by putting different pairs of socks in zip-lock storage bags. This is the best and easiest way to make sure you won’t be charging around the house each morning frantically searching for your sports gear. Nothing else will make you not want to go to the gym.

  3. Gather it up: Go through the house on Sunday night and gather up everything you will need for the coming week in terms of your workouts. You’ll need your sneakers, your iPod, your earbuds, your yoga mat. Make sure these things are collected in a nice little pile preferably close to the door so you can just bend down and pick them up easily as you are on your way out the door. If you have to spend twenty minutes each morning rooting around in closets for what you need, you will almost certainly run out of steam by Wednesday and give your morning workouts a punt.

  4. plan-your-snacksPlan your snacks: If you take the time to actually sit down and write down a weekly meal plan, including snacks, you can make an easy to follow grocery list from that and then hit the grocery store. This is the best way to control impulse spending and make sure that you don’t have to make repeated trips back to the store over the coming week. You will be able to buy everything you need in one fell swoop.

  5. Pack your lunches for the week: Packing your lunch is one of the best ways to make sure that you have a healthy meal at lunchtime and it will also save you a bundle of money. People who pack their lunches and their snacks are much less likely to snack mindlessly during the day. You can even pack up five salads to take with you to work on Sunday night. Just store them in an airtight container. While you’re doing this, set aside 10 different snacks you can tuck into your lunch bag like some carrot sticks and hummus or some Greek yogurt with some cut up slices of cucumber. You can measure out 100 calorie  bags of trail mix or pack up some whole grain crackers with some cut up cheese.

  6. Do some quick and easy food prep for the coming week: Take a few minutes to wash, cut and store some vegetables which you can use as you prepare meals over the coming week. It doesn’t take much time at all to cut up some fruit and plop it into some food storage containers. You’ll be happy you have all that pre-prepared food ready to grab when time gets scarce as the week goes by. Don’t forget to buy some food that you can throw into your crock pot before you head out to work in the morning so you’ll have a delicious, nutritious meal when you get home at night.

  7. Get some sleep: Once you’ve finished all those wonderful preparations, it’s time to hit the hay and head off to bed for some slumber. Draw yourself a nice, hot bubble bath and have a glass of wine. Then slip into your pajamas and grab your most calming reading material. Research shows that people who get eight hours of sleep a night tend to lose weight more quickly.

10 Easy Ways To Keep Your Weight Loss New Year Resolution!

new-years-resolutionsNearly every single person I know makes some kind of New Year’s resolution at this time of year. The problem with making New Year’s resolutions is that they rarely come to fruition. Usually by the time February rolls around you’ve broken it at least twenty or thirty times. If you’ve decided to make a resolution this year to really gear up with your weight loss plan, you’ll have a much easier time maintaining it if you follow some of these tips.

  1. Make a realistic resolution
    • Whatever you do, don’t set yourself up for failure. The best and surest way to not do that is to make a resolution that is both realistic and attainable. This means that if you resolve that you WILL get into that size 12 you’ve been dreaming of in the next three weeks and you’re currently wearing a size 18, there’s not much chance of your attaining that goal and that will only make you feel worse and probably want to eat even more! So, instead you might want to make a resolution to go to the gym two times per week instead of your current zero times per week.
  2. Plan Ahead
    • Spend some time thinking about what your goals are and coming up with a few resolutions based on those goals. Try to avoid making a spur of the moment resolution because something like that will simply be based on what is current in your mind at the time you make it.
  3. Figure out how to implement your plan
    • new-year-resolution-lose-weightBy this I mean spend some time figuring out how you will deal with the inevitable temptations that will come your way on a daily basis and threaten to upset your plans and goals. One of the things you might set up is having a friend you can call and talk to when you just can’t put the temptation out of your mind.
  4. Make a list of “pros” versus “cons”
    • Sometimes just writing something down on paper gives you an easy way to make a real-time comparison. If you develop your list over a period of time and keep it with you, you will be able to bolster yourself up when your self-esteem is running low or you’re being tempted by that extra cupcake.
  5. Tell your friends about it
    • A sure-fire way to not stick to your resolution is to keep it to yourself. If you tell your friends what your goal is, you will have a built-in support network. If you can find a friend to help you on your path specifically, you will be all the much more better off. So, if your goal is to cook a week’s worth of healthy meals for yourself every Sunday, invite a few friends over to share the activity with you. Time will go much more quickly and you’ll have a freezer full at the end of the afternoon.
  6. Don’t forget to reward yourself
    • When I say “reward yourself” I don’t mean with a gigantic box of chocolates. That won’t help at all if you’re trying to lose weight, now will it? Figure out some nice treats that you can use to acknowledge when you’ve reached certain goals. So, once you’ve lost say 10 pounds, head off for a  manicure. Once you’ve lost 15 pounds, go and get a snazzy new hair cut.
  7. Make sure you keep track of your progress
    • new-year-resolution-lose-weightEvery time you’ve reached a goal, no matter how small, write it down somewhere. In a journal or in an online food diary or just send it to yourself in a congratulatory email. You can do something like every time you lose just five pounds. That way you won’t have to wait until you’ve lost ALL 30 pounds.
  8. Give yourself a break if you slip up a bit
    • Don’t obsess over things if you occasionally slip up and give in and have that piece of cheesecake after lunch. No one is perfect and neither are you. Try to not beat yourself up if you feel like you’ve gone off the rails a little bit. Take things one day at a time and cut yourself some slack if you have a bad day. You’d do that for your best friend, why not for yourself as well?
  9. Stick with it
    • Did you know that it takes about 21 days to turn a new activity into a new habit? Then it takes an additional 6 months for that new habit to become ingrained as part of your personality. You won’t reach your goal in just a month or two. Be persistent and don’t give up and it will happen.
  10. Keep going
    • If you find that by the time the middle of February rolls around that you just don’t have any more juice to keep going, then take a short break and come back to it. Make a new commitment to give it another 24 hours, then another 24 hours, then another 24 hours. Those days will turn into a week and that will turn into a month and before you know it you will have reached your goal.

Top 7 Mobile Apps That Help You Lose Weight

If you are the kind of person who can’t bear to tear herself away from her iPhone or Android for a minute and you are trying to lose weight take heart. There are many wonderful apps available which will help you on your weight loss journey. Using something like a weight loss app is very simple and easy to do. The best advantage is that it helps you keep track of your food intake on a daily basis. Some of them will even keep track of how much and how long you exercise each day. So, you are able to easily deal with the issue of keeping a food diary. Most of the apps here are available through the Google Play Store and are free. If you want to upgrade to the “pro” version, though, it will cost a fee, usually only a small amount of money.

Here are my favorites:

  1. lose-it

    Lose It!: Once you download this wonderful little app you just fill in some basic information about yourself such as your height, your weight your goal weight and how quickly you want to get there and your age. Then you’re off to the races. The app will tell you how many calories you can eat each day in order to achieve your weight loss goal. There is a feature called “My Day” which will give you a quick overview of how many calories you’ve logged for the day and how many you’ve burned through exercise. This app is very easy to use and is extremely easy to see and read on a smartphone. You can even find “friends” who will support you on your journey.

  2. calorie-countDiet and Weight Loss Tracker by Calorie Count: Signing into this little app through any other popular website like Facebook or even Twitter is so simple you’ll wonder how you ever managed to live without it. This app will also keep track of how much food you are eating and how much exercise you’re doing, it will also log how many glasses of water you are drinking each day. As an extra bonus, you can also look at featured articles which include many healthy recipes and different little tips to help keep you motivated and going.

  3. calorie-king-food-searchCalorie King Food Search: Counting calories is only as good as the information you have in your head about what you’re eating. This little app allows you type in any kind of food and find out in a jiffy how many calories is contained in every little appetizer you are getting ready to put in your mouth. This can come in very handy if you like to eat out in restaurants.

  4. easy-weight-loss-tipsEasy Weight Loss Tips: This little app is priceless when it comes to helping you learn quick and easy weight loss tips.Things like keeping a bowl of pre-cut veggies in a see-through container in your fridge can be extremely important. But who thinks of things like this? If you have this little app, you don’t have to anymore.

  5. calorie-counter-mynetdiaryCalorie Counter by MyNetDiary.com: Setting up your profile could not be any easier than it is with this little app. You are prompted to enter the usual general information such as how much you weigh currently and  your weight loss goals. Once you’ve entered that information, a menu will pop up and that is where you log your daily meals, your workouts, how much you weigh each day and your total water consumption. The app is linked to an enormous database which contains more than 400,000 different kinds of food. If you don’t know what it’s called and you’re in the grocery store, you can just scan the bar-code with your smartphone and the app will automatically keep track of your meals, snacks and tell you how many more calories you can eat over the rest of the day. Searching for popular types of exercise activities is easy. All you do then is enter how much time you spent doing the exercise and it will automatically record how many calories you’ve burned. Users can easily share this information through either their Facebook or Twitter feed.

  6. diet-tracker-myfitnesspalCalorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal.com: This is the app that I use and I love it. All you have to do is tell it how much you weigh, how tall you are, what your goal weight is and the number of workouts you do each week and the app does all the calculating for you. This app is also connected to an incredibly large database of different foods and you can also search for foods by scanning the barcode. It is easy to find friends to follow and garner support from. If you use another exercise app called runtastic,  it will automatically sync to your fitnesspal app after exercising.

  7. weight-recorderWeight Recorder: This is another very easy to use and straightforward little app. It will keep track of your daily, weekly or monthly weighs in for you.

3 Types of SeaFood to Avoid If You Wanna Lose Weight!

I love fish and try to eat it at least three times a week. I guess I’ve finally gotten the notion that fish is good for you into my thick skull. So, imagine my great disappointment when I recently came across an article saying that if you want to eat fish to try and help you lose weight, there are three different kinds you should avoid. Just the ones I had been eating! So, despite the fact that I had routinely been choosing fish over things like bacon which I love, I guess I had been eating the wrong kind of fish all along. Just another interesting fun fact to file away in my brain.

According to this article, the benefits you get from eating fish are largely dependant on where the fish comes from. Okay, so I knew that. Some fish definitely contain higher levels of mercury than others. But some fish are caught in the wild (the best kind to eat), while other are either farm-bred or farm-raised. I did not know either of those facts.

The most common farm-raised fish are tilapia, sea bass, salmon, catfish and cod.

So, the next logical question is: why are farm-raised fish bad for human consumption?

  1. Recent Studies have shown that farm-raised tilapia farm-raised-tilapiacauses more inflammation
    Farm-raised tilapia has been a very popular fish for quite a long time. This is mostly because it is a relatively inexpensive fish to raise and it is widely available in the United States. Recent studies have shown, however, that tilapia increases inflammation which can later lead to things like heart disease, arthritis and asthma. People who eat this type of fish in order to get their weekly dose of omega-3 fatty acids would be far better off to take a supplement instead. Scientists were able to show in one study that the inflammatory potential of eating one serving of tilapia far outweighed that of the same size serving of either hamburger or bacon.

  2. farm-bred-salmonFarmed salmon may contain more than 10 times the amount of carcinogenic organic pollutants than wild salmon
    This fact is probably almost entirely related to the types of feed which are given to farm-raised fish. Scientists found chicken feces as one of the main ingredients in farm fish food. It also very common for farm fish food to also contain additives of duck and pig feces.

  3. Farm-bred fish have been shown to contain high concentrations of antibiotics and pesticides.
    Why are farm-raised fish being given antibiotics you may be asking yourself? Well, for the same reason that beef cattle are given antibiotics. They are kept in very close quarters with other animals of the same species which make them highly susceptible to disease. These fish are also treated with pesticides in order to keep them from getting sea lice. Some of these pesticides are so toxic that they actually kill the fish they are supposed to treat.

  4. FarmRaisedFishFarm-bred fish also have lower levels of healthy nutrients
    Though you may be eating certain kinds of fish in order to give yourself the added omega-d fatty acids they contain, you might not know that the omega-3 fatty acids found in farm-raised fish are not nearly as usable by the human body as those found in wild caught species. Because some of these farm-raised fish are actually kept in cages, they tend to be even fattier but they develop what are known as omega-6 fatty acids. Too many omega-6 fatty acids in your body leads to even more inflammation, something you want to avoid.

  5. Dibutyltin levels, a chemical used in plastics made from PVC has been found to be about 6 times higher in farm-raised salmon than that of wild.
    This is a toxic chemical which can impair the human immune system. It also contributes to human inflammation. This is believed to be the primary cause in the rising number of asthma diagnoses in the recent past.

  6. Dioxin levels are 11 times higher in farm-bred salmon compared to wild salmon.
    Dioxin is a very toxic chemical which has been proven to cause cancer and its related complications. The biggest problem with a chemical like dioxin is its half-life. This means the amount of time it takes to break down. So, for example a plant can have a half-life of say six months. This means that in six months, half of the plant will have biodegraded if left alone to decompose. The half-life of dioxin is between 7 and 11 years.

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In addition to the dangers of eating farm-raised fish, the other type of seafood you should stay away from is shrimp. Amongst sea biologists, shrimp are considered to be the dirtiest of all the food found in the sea. Most of the shrimp sold in American grocery stores is imported and most of it, because of that, comes filled with a host of contaminants such as antibiotics, residues from different chemicals, other filth such as mouse hair and bits and pieces of insects. Many of these fish are also contaminated with E coli. The reason for this is because very little imported fish is ever inspected by anyone from the FDA. This is one reason why it is so important to purchase only domestic seafood.

5 Ways To Lose Fat Without Even Trying!

Everyone knows that the best way to lose weight is to exercise and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. But are there other things you can do which will help you lose fat without even trying? Of course there are! Here are just a sampling of some of these easy to follow ideas. These tips will not be a replacement for your workouts. No, there really isn’t any way to get around that unfortunately. But these are things which you can incorporate into your daily routine and which will help you lose some extra fat without even being aware you’re doing it!

  1. Make sure you have an extra large serving of veggies at each meal
    • veggiesIf you hate canned or veggies that have been over-sauced in the kitchen try some fresh seasonal veggies instead. By far the best (and easiest) way to cook fresh veggies is to use a steamer. These wonderful contraptions can be found in any Asian store. They are inexpensive and so easy to use. After just using yours for a week you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it! You will soon come to enjoy the taste of fresh vegetables and find that you can’t live without them. There are so many different fresh vegetables to choose from, it almost senseless to try and list them all here. But fresh cauliflower and fresh broccoli are the best to prepare in a steamer. It allows them to keep their crispness and taste. The goal, once you’ve found a few that you like, is to fill about two-thirds of your plate with vegetables at every meal. The fiber in them will help fill you up and the vitamins will help keep you healthy.
  2. high-protein-egg-breakfastConsume 30 grams of protein at breakfast every day
    • Protein will keep you full throughout the day. Eating protein at breakfast is the best way to start off your day. In fact, I eat ¾ of a cup of Greek yogurt with a mashed banana and some raw honey for breakfast every single day. Because protein is more difficult for your body to process than carbohydrates, your metabolism will be ramped up if you have some protein for breakfast every day. If you eat your 30 grams of protein within just 30 minutes of getting out of bed, you will speed up your fat loss. It will also help you stay fuller for a longer period of time. Not into Greek yogurt? You can have five egg whites whipped up into an omelette with a little cheese or just one cup of cottage cheese will do the trick.
  3. Start eating at home as often as you can
    • When you cook your own food you are in control of everything: the ingredients, the sodium content, the fat. Eating more meals at home is one of the easiest ways to lose weight without trying. Restaurant food, especially fast food, is notorious for being high in fat, especially trans-fats which are so bad for you. They are also often filled with lots of hidden calories in everything from the type of fats they’re cooked in to the type of olive oil that is placed on the table. You are much less likely to fill up on things like french fries or sweet coleslaw if you’re making it yourself at home. Don’t have a clue as to what to make? Check out the Internet. There are literally thousands of low calorie  websites which offer loads and loads of fast, easy, inexpensive and delicious low calorie recipes.
  4. Stay away from nonfat food
    • Years ago there was a drastic move in the food industry to “non-fat” foods. So many people were afraid on saturated fats that food manufacturers began to remove some of the fats from their foods. What most people don’t realize, though, is that when they did this they swapped out the fats for sugar.
    • Most people think that if they are eating something with fat in it that it will make them fat. Really, it depends on the kind fat you are eating. There are healthy fats which every person should consume: like olive oil and avocado or the type of fats found in certain kinds of nuts like walnuts and/or almonds. Steering yourself away from “non-fat”items can actually save you a ton of calories.
  5. Let yourself indulge on a treat every now and then
    • One of the thing that will destroy a person’s ability to lose weight faster than just about anything is depriving themselves of all those wonderful treats they love to eat. Me? I love potato chips. I still have potato chips. About once a week. How many do I have? Not as many as I’d like, that’s for sure. But I say all food in moderation. Just be mindful of the size of the portion you’re allowing yourself to indulge on. If you allow yourself to have a treat every now and then I guarantee you will not feel like you’re being deprived. So, when you DO have a special treat you will be able to control how much you have. You will not have to eat half of the chocolate cake if you had a small piece the other night.

If you are generally eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, then allowing yourself a small treat every now and then will not harm you. It’s what you eat on a day in, day out basis that makes the real difference.

Life is meant to be enjoyed and there is no denying that eating is a social activity. No matter how determined you are to lose weight, you will always have to eat something. It is far better to learn how to eat and how to control your portion sizes. That way you can enjoy your food.

7 Celebs Who’ve Lost a Ton of Weight – How Did They Do It?

Carrie Underwood

carrie-underwood-weight-lossCarrie Underwood credits  her phenomenal weight loss to her personal trainer. She works out with him almost every single day and together they do a rigorous blend of cardiovascular work and strength training. She’s also cut back tremendously on the amount of fast food she eats each week, opting instead for more home-cooked meals taken in her own dining room.

She admits to being an obsessional calorie counter and says that she was able to lose all her weight by keeping a food diary. According to Carrie, this is the only tool she uses to help her keep from gaining her weight back. Even though she used to follow a vegan diet, she still managed to pack on the pounds while she was competing on American Idol. She wasn’t keep a food diary back then and found that it was just too easy to overeat, often eating until she felt sick.

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly-Osbourne-Weight-LossKelly Osbourne has lost about 70 pounds since she first began her weight loss odyssey  a few years ago. How did she manage to lose so much weight? Her secret formula is hula hooping! Bus she says that the real secret is hard work and a lot of attention and diligence. She works out every single day putting in about 30 minutes of cardio workout on her treadmill. She also uses free weights, pilates and yoga. But Kelly says that the biggest thing she does is have fun. She loves her hula hoop and spends endless hours in it every week. She does succumb to her cravings at time but has learned how to tame them and work with them instead of giving into them. She tends to eat her “fattiest” meal in the mornings. So, she might have pizza for breakfast and then finish the day  off with a bowl of hot oatmeal.

Christina Aguilera

christina_aguilera-before-afterChristina Aguilera attributes her stunning 40 pound weight loss to a combination of a low-carb diet and yoga. She eats a lot of high quality fats such as avocado along with lean protein like a chicken breast or some fish. Her choice of healthy snacks includes things like celery with peanut butter or some almond butter.

She also likes to have a workout playing paintball in her house. She can burn about 400 calories in just a half hour of playing paintball.

Although some people say that she has lost more than 40 pounds this is probably because she is so small boned. Even a relatively small weight loss can look much larger on a person who has a small frame like Christina does.

Jennifer Hudson

jennifer-hudson-before-afterJennifer Hudson is famous for more than just her powerful voice. She has lost an amazing amount of weight using Weight Watchers. She says that having the support system of Weight Watchers was what really helped her finally turn the corner and be able to lose the weight that had plagued her her entire life.

The 32 year old singing sensation lost 80 pounds after giving birth to her son in 2009. She chose not to use any fad diets but instead opted to do Weight Watchers. In doing so, she went from a size 16 down to a size 6. Though she says she knows that being healthy is much more than the size you wear, she has become a spokesperson for Weight Watchers and is very strict about how much she eats. She counts her points religiously.

Kim Kardashian

kim-kardashian-weight-loss-lead2Though some gossip mongers like to say that Kim Kardashian lost her baby weight after giving birth to her daughter, North, she says that it was entirely about portion control and a strict exercise program. She works out every day with her personal trainer and eats only lean protein and lots and lots of fruit and vegetables.

Kardashian who has been blessed with a ravishingly beautiful face and a body to match says that she worked unbelievably hard to shed her excess weight after having her baby. Exercising for more than an hour every day is what did it for her.

Jordin Sparks

Jordin-Sparks-weight-lossJordin Sparks says that she was able to lose more than 50 pounds by changing her mind set and making her health her number one priority instead of the size of her blue jeans.

She only does exercises that she enjoys. She says that if you don’t it is just too hard to stay motivated. She does a lot of walking every single day. The other strategy she used was to completely change how she ate when she was hungry. She says she would ask herself if she was really hungry or if she just wanted to eat it because it looked so appetizing. She does not count calories. She also does not weigh herself daily. She knows how much she weighs based on the way her clothes fit her and how she feels.

Snooki

snooki-before-afterSnooki has managed to lose more than 50 pounds largely because of her daily workouts to get ready for her appearance on Dancing With The Stars. She has shed this weight just months after giving birth to her son, Lorenzo. Part of her motivation was that she did not want to be one of those fat moms when Lorenzo goes off to kindergarten.

8 Ways to Lose Weight During The Christmas Holiday

Christmas. This is probably the most dreaded word in any dieters dictionary. With all those sweets around the house, not to mention the nightly eggnog toasts, it’s no wonder that most people put on a minimum of ten pounds over the holidays. There are some ways that you can actually lose weight during the Christmas holidays and I am going to show you how.

1. Do not be afraid of your hunger pangs

hunger-pangsIf you’ve spent months eating whatever you like whenever you like then you probably have not felt really hungry in a long time. It’s very easy to forget how you feel when you experience those gnawing feelings of hunger. So, when you first change your eating habits, you will no doubt feel very uncomfortable when you begin to experience these feelings again. In fact, you’ll probably find yourself reaching for that bag of Oreo’s pretty quickly. Though many fad diets promise you that you’ll never experience feelings of hunger, this is a completely unrealistic claim. Have faith. When you first begin a new way of eating food, it is very normal to experience hunger pangs. They will go away in time. Probably much sooner than you might have expected. Just be patient and learn to cope with them differently. It’s all a matter of perspective.

The key to coping with hunger pangs is to learn how to recognize them and not be scared by them. Then once you realized what you’re feeling, you need to learn different (and new!) ways to cope with them. So, instead of viewing them as something that is negative, try to think of them in a positive way. Don’t you actually feel good to feel hungry for a change and look forward to your next meal? Another new way to cope with hunger pangs is to spend some time rating them on a scale from 1 to 10 where a rating of 1 means you are fully satiated and a rating of 10 means you are on the brink of starvation. You should only reach for some kind of snack if your rating is at least a 7 or more.

2. Eat breakfast like a King (and don’t ever skip it)

So, in the interest of flogging a dead horse, yes, I know you’ve been told this or read this a million times. The biggest problem with your skepticism is that it is 100% completely true. Skipping breakfast is SO not a good idea because you are setting yourself to fight hunger the whole rest of day. Eating a good breakfast which contains some serious protein such as in the form of two eggs or a bowl of Greek yogurt is THE best way to start your day. One study at the University of Leeds proved that people who skip breakfast almost always eventually lose control over their resistance to their hunger pangs and will snack on just about anything within reach.

3. Eat lots of fiber

The easiest way to do this is to change all the “white” things in your diet for things that are “brown” instead. So, you will need to definitely ditch stuff like bagels, farine spaghetti and white bread. It also means you will also probably have to lose your favorite breakfast cereal if you like to eat things like cornflakes.

The reason for doing this is that high-fiber foods help combat against hunger. Why? The first reason is that high-fiber foods usually take much longer to chew before you can swallow. This means you will take longer to eat your meals and you will give your brain time to realize that you have eaten enough and are, consequently, full. You’ll be less likely to eat too much.

Another reason is that fiber works like sponge in your stomach and absorbs water. But, by far, the best reason is because fiber takes longer to digest which means that the feeling of fullness will last longer. Usually through until it is time to eat again.

4. Choose foods that are low on the glycemic-index

When you eat foods that are lower on the glycemic index, it means that they will release sugar into your bloodstream at a much slower rate than other foods. Again, this will leave you feeling more satisfied from your meal for a longer period of time. Eating a snack which is on the low end of the glycemic index will keep your blood sugar more stable and will help you maintain better control over your appetite over a longer period of time. Foods with low glycemic index ratings are things like oatmeal, nuts, whole wheat bread and fruit.

5. Pick up lots of protein

Scrambled-EggsEating protein will definitely help you feel full for a longer period of time. Protein can be found in meat like chicken and fish. It is also found in eggs and cottage cheese as well as other hard cheeses. Having some tuna on top of your salad at lunch time will be more than enough to help  you feel full until dinner.

6. Start your day off with an egg

Again, this is tied to protein. Eggs are a great source of protein. Just two eggs in the morning will hold you until lunchtime. Guaranteed. A study carried out at the Rochester Center for Obesity found that people who ate two eggs for breakfast were able to prevent hunger so much that they were able to reduce their overall intake of calories by 400. Not bad for two little eggs! Female participants in the study found that they ate smaller portions at lunchtime after eating two eggs for breakfast.

7. Eat a little more slowly

You may not know this but our brains need about twenty minutes before they register the signal from the stomach that we are full.

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This is true no matter how much or how little you actually consume. So, if you eat more slowly, you will almost certainly feel full by the time you’ve eaten half of what everyone else at the table has eaten.

8. Don’t forget to quench your thirst

It’s sometimes a good thing to try to figure out if you’re hungry or just plain thirsty. It’s easy to confuse the two feelings and fill up our plates before we really know what’s what. If you’re at a dinner or even a Christmas party, you can always opt for some sparkling water. The bubbles will help your stomach feel full!