4 Tips to Lose Weight while Traveling

Think it’s a coincidence that when the holidays roll around each year your diet hits the skids? You might attribute this phenomenon to all the stress of entertaining numerous friends and colleagues or just the stress of travelling home to spend the holidays with your family. Travelling is actually one of the biggest pitfalls for most dieters. This is because most dieters assume that if they are “on the road” they will not be able to eat a healthy diet. Most people who are flying to their destination will spend multiple hours in airport coffee shops or restaurants. But there are ways to arrive at your holiday destination without putting on ten pounds while you’re on the way.

It is even more than important to give yourself the proper fuel when you’re travelling. Eating the right kind of food can help prevent jet lag and even road rage. It will also give you the energy you will need to interact in a positive manner with your family when you finally arrive. Though you may feel hard-pressed to eat right when you’re travelling, rest assured it is possible.

Tip #1: Start by avoiding eating breakfast in the car

Avoid-Breakfast-in-CarMost people, if they’re driving, will be tempted to either stop at the local donut shop for some fresh, warm donuts and coffee or hit a drive-through before they hit the highway. Have you ever seen a menu with a calorie count in either a drive-through or a donut shop? Didn’t think so.  Even if you do happen to find one, chances are it will not be accurate even with the number of calories contained in the items offered or the fat levels. Do yourself a favour and pack a cooler to stash in the backseat of the car and keep driving. Not only will you save yourself a ton of excess calories and fat, you will also save yourself a lot of money, money you can spend when you arrive at your destination. The best things to eat for your morning breakfast even if it’s in the car? Some lean protein. This can be in the form of a whole grain sandwich with some ham and a fried egg between the slices. If you must go to the drive-through, opt for a breakfast burrito if it’s offered. If you can get yours wrapped in a whole wheat wrap, all the better. You can taper down the number of calories in your breakfast burrito by having it with ham instead of bacon or sausage. And remember that even though it sounds healthier to have just an egg white omelette, the yolks of eggs contain many important nutrients and some good fats so you shouldn’t banish egg yolks from your diet entirely.

Tip#2: I gotta have my smoothie!

breakfast-smoothiesMost people make the easy mistake of having their smoothie with their meal instead of as their meal. Smoothies have been shown to have the ability to satisfy hunger as long as they are made with low-fat yogurt instead of something like ice cream. Avoid having your smoothie made with sweet fruit juices like apple juice or any kind of sweet syrup or sorbet.

And whatever you do, don’t order the fruit and granola parfait. Yes, it may seem to be a healthy choice. Of course. That’s the way it’s advertised! But one cup of granola will give you 500 calories or more and most of these fruit and granola parfaits have a whopping 30 grams of fat.

Tip#3 Avoid Calorie Filled Lunch at the Airport

Once you’ve finished getting through the TSA barriers and to your departure gate, you’re probably starving. Doesn’t matter if it’s lunch time or not, you’re ready to sit down and eat! If you’re looking for an airport restaurant, look for a Tex-Mex place where you can get a bowl of black bean soup. This delicious filling soup is a
meal all in itself. It is loaded with fiber and has a ton of protein in it. Black beans are an excellent source of antioxidants which will be a great asset to you if you are flying. Planes are notorious for having extremely low humidity. It is easy to become dehydrated

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when you are flying and that will make you susceptible to all the bugs the other passengers are spouting out into the air.

Another option is a vegetarian wrap. These are good options if they’re made with whole wheat wraps and are not stuffed with high fat things like cheese. They are easily found at almost every single airport these days and are not usually very expensive.  This is a very filling, high-fiber, low-fat meal free of cholesterol. Good for your heart!

But whatever you do, don’t have the salad! Salads served in most restaurants are usually huge repositories for hidden calories which are found in the dressing. These dressings are also usually loaded with sodium which will induce bloating and make you miserable after you sit down in your already cramped airline seat.

Tip#4: Road-Trip Snacking

avoid-roadtrip-cinnabonSo, you’ve been driving for a while and you see that the gas gauge is inching toward empty. All of sudden you realize your stomach is empty as well. Time to pull off into a gas station and fill up both things. You head into the mini-mart and instantly see rack after rack of high sugar treats like donuts and Ding Dongs and even Cinnabons nowadays.

Better options are some low-fat yogurt. These delicious treats come in a pre-filled container and they are loaded with protein which will help you feel full for the next few hours as you continue on your way. If you tend to develop headaches when you are in the car, help yourself to a nice, ripe banana. Bananas are rich in potassium and magnesium which helps combat fatigue and headaches. Even better, one medium banana is only about 100 calories.

 

Lose Weight by Eating Off a Red Plate

Red-Plate-Weight-LossIf you’re like most people you probably associate certain colors with certain things or even feelings. People who love the colour blue will often tell you it’s because it makes them feel peaceful and sleepy. That’s because blue is what is known as a “cool” colour. Red, on the other hand, is what is known as a “warm” colour. This colour along with its close ally, orange, evoke feelings of happiness, energy and optimism. The colour red is also known to help decrease a person’s appetite so if you’ve reached a dieting plateau try switching out your dinnerware for some red plate.

I actually experienced this phenomenon first-hand two years back. I had just purchased a set of 24 dinner plates in a Christmas theme on which I was planning to serve my annual Christmas dinner for my large, extended family. These plates are red with small white snowflakes across them. I got them on a fabulous sale at Target. I have a gigantic family and I always serve them a wonderful sit-down dinner at Christmastime. So, out came my credit card and fifteen minutes later, I walked out the door with my purchase.

Over the next few days I started to cook my usual meal: turkey, stuffing, marshmallow topped sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, some ham, some green bean casserole…. the usual suspects that I serve up every year at Christmas. I know how to feed an army of people. So, I was quite surprised when that year’s meal ended and I suddenly had a TON of leftovers and I mean a TON! “What happened?” I wondered. I went back to all my pots and tested to see if the meal had just not tasted good. No, it seemed like it was fine. I remembered seeing all the smiling,  happy faces around the table. No one complained about the food but they certainly were not eating the way they normally did. I was very perplexed.

When it happened again the next year, I was ready for it. I stopped meal in mid-forkful and asked them if something was wrong, why they weren’t eating like they always had. “No, the food is great! they said! “Just not so hungry this year,” my mother said. Hmmm. I needed to do some investigating. As far as I knew, the only thing I had changed was my dinnerware. I had not made any changes to any of my recipes, not a single one. So, it had to have something to do with the dinnerware.

In the course of my research I learned that scientists had recently published a scientific study in the journal Appetite in which they discussed the results of having some 240 participants who ate snacks which consisted of popcorn and chocolate chips. These snacks were served consecutively on red, blue and white plates. The scientists discovered that when the participants were eating off the red plates, they ate considerably less than they did when they ate off the plates of other colours.

The next task was to find out why. They eventually concluded that using a colour which contrasted sharply between the food that was being eaten and the dishes on which they were served helped the participants be more mindful of what they were eating with each bite. They also concluded that something else might have been in the works as well. That is that most people associated the colour red with stopping or danger of some sort. So serving food on red dinnerware would subconsciously signal to the eater that they should eat less of the food served on any red dishes. The big caveat is that they did not tell their participants what they were testing for. So, the participants’ reactions to the food on the red plates was entirely subconscious. They were not sure that someone who intentionally switched their dinnerware to the colour red would have the same effect because then it would be a conscious choice.

color-affects-eating-habitsIn a contrary study carried out at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, scientists there discovered that it was not so much the amount of food their study participants ate but rather the colour-contrast between their dinner plate and the food they were served that made the most difference. They were very surprised to learn that people eat more when their food blends in with the colour of the plate on which they have been served. Another study called the Plate Size and Colour Suggestibility study found a similar result, that people subconsciously eat more when their food blends into the colour of the crockery upon which it’s been served.

They discovered this by conducting a study in which 60 people were invited to a buffet where they were served Fettuccine Alfredo or Pasta with a red tomato sauce. Each of the participants were randomly provided with a plate that was either red or white and then asked to help themselves to some dinner.  Once they had served themselves, their portion size was measured.

The scientists were surprised to learn that those who had chosen Alfredo pasta for their white plates consumed between 17 and 22% more than those who had eaten the pasta with red tomato sauce on a red plate.

They concluded that the plates which held the food of contrasting colour sent a wake-up call to the participant’s brains which made them subconsciously more aware of the portion size they were about to eat.

So, if you want to keep the pounds from piling on over the Christmas holidays be mindful of your portion sizes and only have a small helping of the marshmallow topped sweet potatoes.

Here is another interesting study: Does Color of Food Affect Taste?

5 Tips to Avoid Gaining Weight This Winter

how-to-avoid-holiday-weight-gainThere’s something about the cold weather that makes people start to crave their comfort food. Maybe it’s the chill in the air. Maybe it’s a biological remnant from our caveman days when cold weather usually brought about starvation and so people ate more to pad themselves a bit for the lean times. I love nothing more than curling up with a nice plate of macaroni and cheese when the snow begins to fly. But I’m always worried about putting on my ten pound winter coat. Here are some things I’ve come up with over the years to help me avoid gaining weight in the winter.

The biggest mistake you can make is fulfilling those cravings with fatty food. So, resist the urge to sit down with a plate of nachos for as long as you can. Yes, it’s true a little spice will warm up your innards more quickly than just about anything else but all that cheese will weigh you down like crazy. If you can’t resist the urge to splurge on those nachos and just want something hot, why not try a nice bowl of hot soup. Soup is a great food to eat in the winter. It fills you up and is loaded with good nutrition.

Resist the urge to be more sedentary when it’s cold outside. Yes, I know it’s hard to get out and play a round of tennis if there’s a foot of snow on the ground but you can always head to your neighborhood indoor track and run a few laps. Not as much fun you say? That’s probably true. Slip your iPod into your pocket before you head out the door. Running to your favorite tunes is a

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Remember that when you are losing weight you are doing it on a gradual basis rather than on a daily basis. This is why it’s important to take ALL your daily exercise into account. Even just going through the motions of daily life can be part of your workout routine if you know how to structure it properly, always more fun than just running in a huge oblong for the sake of it. Listen to some salsa and that will really get you in the mood!

  • Tip #1: Cleaning the house can help you keep those pounds off
    • If you don’t want to turn into a couch potato during the winter, spend some time zipping around the house as you clean it. Though I’m sure you’d much rather hire a cleaning lady to come in and vacuum your floors, doing it yourself is actually much better for your waistline. Put your favorite music on the boom box (mine is Paul Simon’s Graceland CD) and move your booty while you dust and vacuum your heart out. You can burn about 250 calories with just one hour of vigorous housework including mopping, dusting and vacuuming. That’s the equivalent of what you’d burn if you were jogging for an hour. When you’re all finished, your house will sparkle!
  • Tip #2: Pack your lunch and take a lunch break
    • People are much more apt to gain weight during the winter because they tend to stay in the office and eat at their desks when the weather is not nice outside. If you pack your lunch, you will almost certainly be eating a more nutritionally balanced lunch than you get at any fast food burger joint. If you take 15 minutes to step out of the office even if you have to put your boots on, you will not only get some fresh air, a quick, brisk walk will invigorate you and oxygenate your blood. If you do this five days a week, you will burn about 300 calories by the time Friday rolls around.
  • Tip #3: Put your boots on and walk to work
    • If you can get to your workplace in about twenty minutes on foot, leave a little bit earlier in the morning and take a nice walk before you get to the office. If it’s really cold outside, bundle up with some layers and put on a nice pair of mitten. Walking to work each day, regardless of the season, will not only save you a lot of money in terms of bus fare/gas, it will help you reduce your risk for a stroke. Walking also helps reverse the inevitable signs of aging. You only need to do a brisk walk for 30 minutes or so about three times per week in order to derive this kind of benefit.
  • Tip #4: Take part in some virtual workouts
    • It is so easy to try to find almost any reason to skip going to the gym for a workout and bad weather is usually at the top of that list. If you really hate going out into the snow again after you get home from work, why not think about joining a virtual gym or a virtual health club. This is becoming much more popular for busy people. They can get on via their own television set in their living room for a nice aerobic workout. Some of these virtual gyms will even tailor your workouts to your own fitness level.
  • Tip #5: Buy some dumbbells
    • Working out three times per week with a set of dumbbells is a very easy way to build lean muscle in an almost painless way. Doing a thirty minute dumbbell workout will increase your metabolism and will help you build fat burning lean muscle. If you don’t want to spend the money on a pair of dumbbells (about $15.00 for a set of 3 lb. weights), you can use cans of beans or vegetables. Carrying your groceries home from the store is another painless way to get a strength building workout.

Success Story: An Amazing 175 Pound Weight Loss

Jon Calvo is a truly inspirational man. He has lost more than 175 pounds in the past two years.

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When he hit his highest weight of 340 lbs he realized that his BMI was about 50. This means that his body was comprised of 50% fat. He is just 5’5” tall. At that point, he decided to make some radical shifts in how he ate and how he worked out.

Jon lives in Wichita, Kansas but he was an army brat when he was growing up. Most of his teenage years were spent overseas. He just recently relocated back to the United States from Korea where he was attending university working on a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

In a recent interview, Jon spoke freely about what it was like to grow up as a “fat kid”. He says that he could never understand why his metabolism functioned so differently from that of his peers. He had many emotional issues because he was teased mercilessly. He comforted himself by eating food. But despite all of that, he says that the real bullying did not begin until he was well into his adulthood. It was at that point that he found himself being ridiculed by other people for the first time in his life.

yoda-inspirationJon says that he tried to lose weight dozens of times but always failed. Try though he might, he has never been able to understand why he was such a failure at weight loss except that he had the wrong kind of mindset. The last time he set out to lose weight he first adjusted his thinking patterns and decided that he was determined to lose weight no matter what obstacles he encountered. He says he was inspired by a quote from Master Yoda from Star Wars, “Do or do not. There is no try.”

When he first began on his journey he says he never expected that the changes in his appearance would be as dramatic as they turned out to be. He says that what really got him motivated was being ridiculed on such a regular basis. It was agonizing for him. He had never been in a position before where people would say such hurtful and mean things to him just because he was fat. At the beginning of his journey in 2010, he says he felt extremely weak and vulnerable, helpless and dehumanized. He says he desperately wanted to feel empowered like he had as a younger child. He began his metamorphosis from a position of fear but it turned out to be the best thing he had ever done for himself.

Despite feeling impatient with himself many times along the way because he had so much weight to lose, he kept going because he was desperate to make some fundamental changes to both himself and his outward appearance.

Jon’s primary weight loss method has been intermittent fasting. Though he did not initially start off using this technique, he says that he has become a dedicated practitioner. He had known about the practice for years before he actually tried it for the first time.

His advice to anyone who is contemplating going on a similar weight loss journey is simple:

Know that there are times when you will fail but that failure will become one with your success. Losing a great deal of weight is like riding on horseback for more than 1,000 miles. If you fall off your horse, you should not simply revert back to the way you were going before, you should get back up on your horse and continue along in the direction you were headed. Having a sense of conviction and self-discipline will be your greatest allies on the journey. All the motivation you need to achieve your goal already resides within you. He says that he knows that this saying is a cliché but that, in his experience, it is so true. Each person simply has to examine themselves and they will find the strength they are looking for. And when they find it, they will know. Once they have found it, there will be nothing that can stop them, not even themselves.

This man’s journey offers many different life lessons for all of us. So many of us are so afraid to try new things because we are afraid we will fail. But the secret to true success often involves multiple failures in many different arenas. The real challenge is to begin the journey at all. Every journey has its own challenges and one of the biggest challenges of all is finding the perseverance to continue along the way when you are discouraged. This is why it is helpful to enlist the help of even just one other person, someone you can talk to about your dreams, hopes, aspirations and yes, fears. That person can become a real lifeline when the going gets tough. Do not underestimate the importance of finding a support person or a support group especially if you are going to try to lose a great deal of weight. Sometimes having a support person or a support group can be the difference between success and failure.

3 Steps To Setting a Weight Loss Goal

weight-loss-goalsOne of the most difficult tasks that nearly every woman faces while getting ready to embark on a new diet is setting weight loss goals. That was certainly always my problem. I never had issues setting or meeting goals in my working life, why the heck couldn’t I do it when it came to my weight loss goals? Finally it dawned on me! I was approaching it from the bottom of the mountain rather than just starting the trek. When you’re standing at the base of Mount Everest and you look up, it seems enormous. But if you look really closely at it, you’ll notice that high up on the side of the mountains are three or four little encampments. These are weigh  stations where the climbers stop, acclimate to the altitude and rest and gather their strength for the next push. Once I started to think of the 100 pounds or so that I wanted/needed to lose in smaller increments, I was finally ready to begin the climb.

One thing I did not find useful was buying a new outfit in a smaller size and putting it in my closet for “someday.” It was too depressing for me to look in there day after day and see the same item of clothing staring me back in the face. Some days I felt like it was just laughing at me. So, I don’t do that anymore. I reward myself for small achieved goals but more about that later.

The key to being able to set and achieve your weight loss goals is to follow standard goal setting protocols. This means that your goals need to be specific (I will lose 5 pounds in the next week), they need to be measurable (I will buy and use a scale once a week), they need to be attainable (I will concentrate on portion control this week), they need to be realistic (I will go to the gym twice a week) and they need to be tangible (I will not eat chips at night in bed for one week).

First you need to decide if you really NEED to lose weight

achieving-weight-loss-goalsNorth American and European women are so consumed with body image and body size. You may be carrying a few extra pounds than you had when you were married fifteen years ago, but do a reasonable, objective of yourself and see if you really need to lose weight or if your mind has just been fiddled a little bit by the advertising world. You might want to consult your doctor. He or she will definitely tell you if you need to lose weight and this will be based on blood test results like A1C (to check blood sugar) and cholesterol levels. They will also likely check your BMI. If your BMI is greater than 25 or your waist-hip ratio is greater than .8 or you have a waist measurement of more than 35 inches, then in all likelihood your doctor will advise you to lose weight. If none of those things apply to you, you’re golden and should just carry on with things the way they are right now for you.

You might just be dealing with the tell-tale sign of having clothes that are tighter than they used to be and you know that losing 5 or 10 pounds would ease the strain. Then go ahead and set 5 or 10 pounds as your goal.

Step 1: Set your initial goals

setting-weight-loss-goalsIf you’ve decided that you do indeed need to shed some weight, determine what you believe will be a reasonable weight loss for yourself. Remember what I said about Mount Everest at the beginning? No sense in saying, “I want to lose 100 pounds in the next year!” because you’ll be defeated before you even begin. Instead, say, “I want to lose three pounds in the next seven days.” Write it down somewhere and keep track of how you’re dieting is going. I set a goal of one pound per week for myself and I achieve this by doing a combination of many different things: daily walking (3 miles per day), preparing weekly healthy meals that I can pull out of my freezer at night and heat up and portion control (measuring and weighing all my food for one week out of the month to make sure that I’m still eyeballing things correctly.

Step 2: Set up your weight loss plan

Once you setup your goals you need to determine a plan of action. Here is one example:

You are about 5’7” in height and your current weight is about 160 lbs. Therefore your BMI comes in at about 25.1 — this places you in the “overweight” group. If you lose only 10 pounds, your BMI will drop to about 23.5, a much healthier ratio.

Goal:

In order to lose 10 pounds in 3 months (12 weeks), you will need to cut your calories by 300-500 calories per day using both food choice changes and daily exercise.

To achieve your goal you will:

  • Replace a daily Egg McMuffin (~300 calories) with a bowl of homemade oatmeal (~ 180 calories).

  • Replace one regular Coke with sugar (~150 calories) with Fresca (0 calories).

  • Walk for at least 30 minutes at 4.0 mph 3 days a week (approx. 180-240 calories burned).

  • Strength train for 30 minutes at a time 2 days a week~140-280 calories burned)

  • Total Calories burned each day: 270 – 550 (assuming I do my exercise).

Once you begin to register that you’re losing weight be careful that you don’t let yourself fall into the trap of rewarding yourself with food. It’s so easy to do, isn’t it? But you’ll eventually find that you are rewarding yourself much more than the weight you’re losing and you’ll be back where you started in no time.

Step 3: Rewarding Yourself

1. New Clothes!

For every ten pounds you lose, you have lost exactly one dress size. Treat yourself to a new pair of pants or a new dress and then go

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out to a nightclub where you can show off your new duds! It will be the biggest pick-me-up you can do. Having some nice new clothes that fit well when you put them will do wonders for your self-esteem.

2. Have some outlandish sex with your partner!

When you’re feeling better physically, sex becomes so much more fun. Invest in some new sex toys and then just go at it for a night. Get the candles burning and get going!

3. Enjoy some guilt free alone time

If you’ve spent a week slogging away on the treadmill instead of tuning in each afternoon to watch Dr. Phil, this might be a good way to reward yourself. As long as you can do it without a bowl of popcorn, that is.

4. Buy yourself some new fitness toys

If your exercise routine includes walking 3 or 4 miles a day and you love music, treat yourself to an iPod to carry on your daily walks. If you buy something that makes you excited to get out there and do your walk, you’re way ahead of the game.

5. Book a spa afternoon

Love being pampered but always finding it hard to be able to justify the cost? Take some time and some money to reward yourself with a spa afternoon after you’ve lost ½ your weight on your goal list. You will really feel like you’ve achieved something remarkable and it will make you feel SO good!

8 Kickass Home Remedies To Lose Weight

It is estimated that approximately 25% of all Americans are overweight or obese. If you’re trying to lose weight, it is helpful to have some tips on how to do it in a healthy way that will be long-lasting. All you have to do is mention the four-letter word; diet  to any North American woman and you strike terror into her heart. And whatever you do, don’t mention that word to a woman who has been dieting while you are enjoying a piece of cheesecake or you might have your eyes scratched out. This definitely goes to prove that women are NOT the weaker sex when it comes to eating dessert. At any given time you can expect that roughly 40% of all women you will encounter in any given day will be on a “diet”. That’s some pretty high percentage. And the worst part? Most of them will NOT be enjoying it and will be downright cranky.

Why are so many Americans (approximately 97.1 million of them) either overweight or obese? Good question. We were all raised to eat a healthy diet, weren’t we? How did things go wrong and what can we do re retake control of our ever expanding bodies?

Fighting The Never-ending Battle of Your Bulge

More and more adults and children are packing on more and more pounds each day. And most of them are coming to the alarming conclusion that diets simply just don’t work. So if you really want to lose some weight, eat a well-rounded healthy diet and consider using some good, old-fashioned home remedies to aid in the process.

Home Remedies from Your Kitchen Cupboard

  1. Use a special pitcher designed to separate fat
    These come in very handy when you are preparing either soups or stocks. This handy little gadget will allow you to pour soup or stock from the bottom while skipping the addition of the fat which will float on the top of your liquid. Use it while your soup or stock is cooling.
  2. Use an indoor grill
    When you grill foods, you allow the fat to drip away. This means you will be eating a leaner, healthier cut of meat without all that excess artery clogging fat.
  3. kitchen-scaleUse a kitchen scale
    This is always a good idea when you are trying to lose weight. In nine out of ten cases, if you serve yourself what you think is a correct sized portion and then go back and weigh it, you  will be surprised at how much over you are. Weighing your food on a regular basis gives the chance to see just how large one serving of hamburger really should be. After a while you’ll be able to “eyeball” it which will be helpful when you are eating a meal in a restaurant.
  4. Use a Cookbook which is geared to low-fat cooking
    Having a cookbook like this can turn out to be your best friend. One of the things which will probably surprise you right away are the number of things you can make which are low in fat but do not sacrifice taste or flavour.
  5. Always use non-stick cooking spray
    Non-stick cooking spray was God’s greatest invention when it came to helping dieters. Using this wonderful product instead of coating your cooking skillet with vegetable oil will save you about 230 calories per meal or 27 grams of fat if you’re counting fat content. Pretty good returns for just a few sprays from a nozzle. Ditto for using non-stick pots and pans. These are the best gifts you can provide for yourself if you’re attempting to lose weight. They will greatly minimize your need to add extra fat when you’re cooking.
  6. olive-oilUse olive oil
    If you are consuming more monounsaturated fats in your diet, you will help keep your cholesterol at manageable levels. Because olive oil is one of the “healthy fats” you should always choose it over something like butter.
  7. Use a steamer
    If you steam your vegetables rather than fry them you will lose a lot of extra calories with very little effort.  These wonderful gadgets are extremely inexpensive and easy to use.
  8. Use a strainer
    If you use a strainer after you’ve cooked any ground meat, you will throw all those fat drippings into the trash bin rather than sticking them to your thighs.

Home Remedies from Your Kitchen Drawer

  1. home-remediesUse an egg separator
    One of the quickest and easiest ways to cut the amount of fat you eat each day is with an egg separator. Simply substitute 2 egg white for each whole egg in any recipe you make. If you stop eating egg yolks, it will also help lower your cholesterol levels as well with almost no effort at all.
  2. Use a pair of kitchen scissors
    Kitchen scissors can be used to cut fat away from meat or poultry before cooking.

Things To Remember

  • If your goal is to end up looking like a supermodel, be prepared to be disappointed. Very few people actually look like those people in real life. In fact, many of them don’t even look like they are portrayed by the paparazzi. Have you ever seen photos of them when they’re NOT made up?

  • Above all, be patient with yourself. You may want to lose ten pounds in one week. It probably ain’t going to happen no matter how much you wish it would. And even if it does, good luck keeping it off for more than a week.

  • Be kind to yourself. Don’t become angry with yourself if you decide to indulge in a bit of dessert every now and then. If you continue to allow yourself a variety of those “off-limits” foods, then you won’t be so tempted the next time you see one.

  • Don’t get sucked into counting calories. It will drive you nuts if you feel like you have to keep track of every single morsel you put into your mouth.Instead, focus on learning how to make healthy choices and monitor the size of your portions.

Wedding Weight Loss – 6 Tips Every Bride Should Know!

Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day and NO bride wants to be carrying extra pounds when she walks down the aisle. You will not want to cringe every time you look at your wedding photos in the years to come when all you can focus on is your spare tire.

Here are a few helpful tips you can stay under control during your planning period and you’ll look as beautiful as possible, and look just as good.

  1. Keep Track Of Your Food
    • This is one of the most important weight loss tools you can use to shed those extra pounds before the Big Day. You may be amazed to see how many extra calories find their way into your mouth once you start keeping track of what you eat. But in order for this tool to work properly, you have to be brutally honest with yourself. So, if you have a Big Mac for lunch, don’t berate yourself but DO write it down. A little here, a little there. It makes a difference.
    • Keep a log. Look up the amount of calories in the foods you eat and write it down. Check everything beforehand. Staying on top of things is never more important than when you are losing weight for an event that will be remembered forever. You might even want to enlist the help of some online resources to help you keep track of your food. Here are the best tools for doing just this.
  2. Be Smart With Your Samples
    • When you plan a wedding, it goes without saying that you want to control everything. That means that you’ve got to give everything a test run. When it comes time to sample your cakes, catering options, and drinks, make sure that you take it easy. Remember that when trying to lose weight, it’s not the food you eat, but the portion sizes that will kill you. Don’t go overboard with the portions. Eat enough to get a good taste and feel for the food choices, but you are selecting the foods for our wedding day, not feasting on them beforehand.
  3. Consider Exercise As Another Planning Appointment
    • When you start to plan a wedding, it’s easy to get caught up with appointments with planners, caterers, decorators, bridesmaids, the future in-laws, and more. You wouldn’t think of missing an appointment with one of them would you?
    • Treat your workout time the same way. Schedule gym time into your day, just like you would anything else. You’re going to be busy, so don’t count on being able to toss a workout in from time to time whenever you have a chance. If you enter it into your diary, you will be much less likely to skip it when the time comes.
  4. Get Support From Your Bridesmaids
    • There are a huge number of people that can’t get anything done unless they have someone to answer to for it, myself included. Without my boyfriend, I wouldn’t be capable of sticking to much of anything. Look at it this way, you want to look good at your wedding, so do all of the other women who are going to be in it.
    • Create a support system with your bridesmaids. Make sure that everyone is on board and has similar goals. You will all go to sizing appointments together and pick out dresses, so you all have it in your best interest to be as lean as possible. Create a contest if you like. You’ll be even more driven since you are the bride and don’t want to lose a weight loss battle before wedding day.
  5. No More Alcohol Until The Wedding
    • I wouldn’t dare tell you that you can’t have a bottle or three of wine and champagne on the big day. I would highly suggest that you stay away from it until then, though because alcohol is full of very little more than hidden calories.
    • Drinking does a lot of things to your body. A big problem is that it makes you feel like eating every unhealthy thing that you have ever seen in your life. Waffle House is never better than at 3 in the morning, I know. Those slips can quickly add up. Most alcoholic drinks are also filled with sugar. Drinking calories is a great way to make sure that you don’t lose weight so get it under control.
  6. Pick Healthy Options For The Wedding Feast
    • When the big day arrives, you’ll be in for a big meal and course after course of delicious treats. Unless you want to bloat and feel like you’ve gained all of your weight back by the end of the reception you should pick healthy options for the caterer.
    • Healthy food can be delicious. The problem is that healthy options can often be difficult to make. You are already hiring someone else to take over the cooking duties, why not ask them to make something special? Even your unhealthiest of guests will enjoy a meal that is prepared properly, no mater how healthy it is. You don’t have to cut out meat, carbs, or anything strange. Just avoid extremely filling foods and, for god’s sake, beans.

Last Minute Solutions

At the last minute, you still have to be sure that you are going to look good. When the day arrives, make sure that you don’t eat too much, or at all, that morning. Fasting until the reception shouldn’t be too hard and you’ll make sure that you don’t have any reason to feel bloated while all eyes are on your beautiful new figure. Make sure to drink plenty of water leading up to it and don’t worry if you think you’re fat when you put your dress on. If you follow the tips I’ve given you, you’ll be leaner than ever.

Keep all of these in mind if you want to make it there. Take a look at some of my other posts if you need more specific diet suggestions, but this is a great place to start.

How To Lose Fat Quickly – Is Fasting the Best Way? Or Is It Coffee?

It seems that everyone who wants to lose some weight always wants to lose it as quickly as possible. Of course, that includes me, too. Over the years since I’ve been trying to lose weight (and believe me when I say it feels like centuries!) I’ve seen more than my fair share of advertising promising to help me drop 20 pounds a month without having to do anything other than take a pill. There are plenty of cases where people have lost weight with very little effort, but the truth is that there are only a few ways to quickly lose weight that aren’t going to severely hurt your body. I can show you a diet and the secret to fasting, which are the closest things to true weight loss miracles.

Healthy Fat and Coffee

Using caffeine is a secret to quickly losing weight. I’m sure that may seem strange to you, but it’s true. For this diet, you are going to be drinking something known as Bulletproof coffee and nothing else.

Bulletproof-coffeeBulletproof coffee is a combination of two cups of coffee, two tablespoons of butter, and two tablespoons of coconut oil. This is a combination of two of the best things to help you burn fat. Healthy fats and caffeine cannot be beat when it comes to losing weight. The fats will slow the release of caffeine, giving you a sort of time-release caffeine buzz that makes sure that your metabolism is ramped into high gear. The healthy fats are going to put your body into a state of ketosis, which forces your body to run off of fat instead of carbohydrates.

One large cup of Bulletproof coffee in the morning will keep you full for hours. No joke. Once you start slowing down about 2pm you can have another cup to fill you back up and keep you energetic. No food. That sounds scary, but I promise you that losing a pound a day will convince you that this is the way to go. If you can keep this up for a week or two you will have a great jumpstart on your weight loss journey.

The rapid weight loss is great, but when you switch back to actual food you will still lose weight fairly quickly. The Bulletproof diet involves the coffee for breakfast, but also a type of intermittent fasting. You can only eat between 2pm and 8pm. During that time, any amount of protein and fat you want to eat is fine and you should still avoid carbohydrates. A ketogenic diet like this shows a lot of promise for helping people focus, stay motivated, and feel better when other diets have failed.

Is Fasting The Best Way To Lose Weight Quickly?

fasting-weight-lossMany people try to eat as little as possible for a week or so to try and kick-start their weight loss. If anorexic women have so much success, why not you? The truth is that your body doesn’t like not having any food in it. Who would have thought? Once you go below a certain daily amount of calories, your body will work to preserve the tissue that it already has. This means it will slow down your metabolism radically as a way to conserve energy especially in the form of fat. There is a way to trick your body into not going into preservation mode, which I’ll cover, but attempting to lose weight purely by starving yourself is not going to work.

You might be saying, “But anorexic people are skinny!” but take a good look at them. After a time in preservation mode, your body has to burn something to stay alive. That something could be fat, muscle tissue, or it might just shut off an organ or two. You can lose weight fasting for extended periods, but you can’t control where that weight will come from.

Fasting Done Right

Fasting can be helpful, but on in controlled amounts. A 24 hour fast won’t shut down your metabolism and it will have a dramatic impact on your weight loss. Choose one day of the week. I tried this for a while and used Sunday. Have your last meal Saturday night and then do not eat until that same time Sunday night.

You have to make sure that you do not overeat when the 24 hour window is finished, however. When done properly, this can help you lose an additional pound a week as well. That isn’t exactly fast, but it is a rapid drop to do in just one day.

Any Other Weight Loss Secrets?

stop-drinking-sodaIt turns out, one of the biggest keys to losing weight quickly is to stop drinking soda. I lost 10 pounds in a month after I stopped drinking 3 Cokes a day and switched to Diet Coke. Most sugar-filled sodas contain huge amounts of processed sugar and high fructose corn syrup, another diet killer. Rather than filling your body with sugar throughout the day, drink water. Water is going to help clean your system out, keep you hydrated, and make sure that your body is capable of actually burning off the fat that your diet is supposed to.

Another easy to follow secret is to keep track of what and how much you’re eating. Buy a small notebook and write it all down. Be brutally honest with yourself. Remember, even if you don’t track it, it still has calories in it and it still counts. Keeping track of what you eat and when you eat it, even how you are feeling as you reach for the bag of chips will help you start to spot trends. This can be an unbelievable tool if you are an emotional eater, like me.

Losing weight fast isn’t easy but it also is not impossible. Iit takes a good deal of self control. This is hard for a lot of people because self control issues are what got them to their current state in the first place. If you are willing to take charge of your diet, actually put in the work, and give fat loss an honest shot, you can surely see results from these kinds of protocols. I wish you the best of luck and hope that you enjoy your new, leaner body!

5 Simple Weight Loss Tips

I’ve heard more than my fair share of weight loss tips. Listen, my mother always told me one hot tip after another. Things that would help me lose 5 pounds in a weekend, or just another food that was going to shed a dozen pounds off. Most of the things that you hear on the radio or read on the internet are bogus and aren’t going to get anyone anywhere. There honestly are a lot of things that can help you lose weight, though. Trust me, I can show you 5 things that will absolutely change your weight loss journey forever.

Tip #1 – Drink More Water

drinking-waterThis seems like a no-brainier, I know. I can think of plenty of people that really aren’t getting the kind of hydration that their body craves. Think about the fact that your body is made up of 70% water. Now think about what that obviously means if you don’t have enough inside of you!

The general rule is 8 glasses a day. If you need a concrete number to stick with, 8 isn’t bad. You should actually be getting enough water that you never feel thirsty. If you only drink once you feel completely parched, you’re already dehydrated and your body has already slowed down your weight loss. It’s too late to make it up at that point. Stay ahead of it! Drink a large glass when you first wake up, have a glass or two with each meal and anytime you pass through your kitchen. This can make a huge difference. My boyfriend struggled with weight loss for a long time before he finally started drinking the amount of water that he should have been.

Tip #2 - Have A Cup Of Green Tea

green-teaGreen tea is one of the biggest natural fat burners that you are going to find on the market today. It’s also one of the easiest things to add to your weight loss regimen. A few cups with lunch will blast your metabolism sky high. Capsules do the job even better, but I’ll explain well.

A study from a few years back looked into this use. Participants were given 250mg capsules of green tea extract and their weight loss was measured. It turns out, those that took the extract had a 23% increase in their metabolism. If you burn an average of 100 calories an hour that’s an additional 23 calories! That might not seem like much, but over time that can add up to an additional pound a week.

Tip #3 – Take The Stairs

keep-calm-and-take-the-stairsIt is hard enough to fit exercise into a busy life. Here’s a tip. Take the stairs. Make use of that last parking spot that is sitting there so lonely. There are plenty of people out there, I used to be one of them, that work on the second floor of a building and insist on taking the elevator there every day. Even a brisk pace up one floor of stairs will at least get your heart rate up and your fat burning, even if it’s only a little bit. If you have a few minutes to take a break, go up and down that same set of stairs a couple of times. It’s easy.

In addition, you should start thinking about taking the long walk into the grocery store. Everyone loves to have a front row spot for the store, but if you park towards the back you will get another 50 yards walk in and 50 yards out. On top of that, you’ll be carrying a load of goods on the way back. 100 yards, like the stairs, isn’t much, but it is enough to help in the long run. Think about it.

Tip #4 – Keep Your Coffee Black

black-coffeeI can’t make it through my morning without having a cup of coffee, and there is a good chance that you would agree. Unfortunately, I always loved it with a hefty dose of white sugar, which didn’t help my weight loss at all. Coffee is a great fat burner and can help you skyrocket your metabolism first thing in the morning.

If you would like to take advantage of that, you should have a tall cup, but a black one. Sugar and cream aren’t going to get you anywhere with your weight loss goal, but a nice strong cup of black coffee will. If you are terrified of that prospect, try adding less and less cream and sugar to your coffee. Eventually, you won’t even notice the difference.

Tip #5 – Skip Breakfast

skip-breakfastI’ll mention this briefly, because it is part of a larger idea that I’ll cover elsewhere. Skipping breakfast and only eating a late lunch and dinner can do wonders for your weight loss goals, even though you have probably heard otherwise. It is known as Intermittent Fasting and has been credited with weight loss, strength gains, hormone balancing, and more.

Making these tips work for you is all about sticking with them and knowing what your problem is. If you aren’t taking a good look at your diet, routine, and health concerns, you can quickly identify the problem. Figure out what you are lacking, try out a few of these tips, and enjoy the incredible results.

Does Hypnosis Help You Lose Weight?

Hypnosis isn’t just for hack comics working the road anymore. Smokers found a savior in professional hypnotists and now you can go to them for almost any kind of ailment, habit, or emotional problem that you can possibly think of. When it comes to weight loss, there is more help than you think in the field of hypnosis. You will need to know what you’re getting into first, but once you are aware of your options, the choice will be clear.

What Is Hypnosis?

HypnosisHypnosis is strange, so you deserve a good explanation first. The American Psychological Association describes it as a cooperative interaction in which the participant responds to the suggestions of the hypnotist. You’ve seen the people who have been hypnotized to do strange things and crazy stunts out of character. Real hypnosis doesn’t resemble that very much.

Actual hypnotism is basically great coaching. You are essentially hypnotizing yourself, the hypnotist is just there to guide you along. The most common thing that comes to mind is a person who is in a coma like trance until the hypnotist tells them what to do. In an actual setting, you are in more of a focused, fantasy filled, highly suggestible state.

Should You Go To A Hypnotist Or Do It At Home?

There are two options here. You can either go to a professional hypnotist, or make yourself comfortable at home and listen to pre recorded hypnosis tapes. There are schools of thought that recommend one over the other, but really it is up to you.

If you would like to have the best hypnosis experience possible, you can’t beat a professional. You go to their office, make yourself comfortable, and are guided through a session that they create to suit your needs in particular. The only problem with this is that it can get expensive, fast. Something like weight loss might require continuous visits, that aren’t going to be covered by your insurance.

If you go with the second route, which I’ve tried, you can save a lot of money and make it as convenient as possible. There are endless possible options for this that are made by a variety of hypnotists and use just as many different methods to help you lose weight.

Does It Work For Weight Loss?

  • fat-burning-hypnosisBurning Fat
    • This is the controversial part of hypnotic fat loss. Mp3s are available all over the internet that will promise you fat loss that is automatic. By turning on different switches in your brain, you can tell your body to start burning fat, rather than storing it as it normally does.
    • There are people who have had a lot of success with this. Normally, it is because it is combined with diet and exercise, not just hypnosis alone. There is evidence, however, that certain brain waves can help boost your weight loss, and by placing your brain into that state you can trigger it manually. That is the goal of hypnosis.
  • Self Control
    • A more proven school of though focuses on using hypnosis to take away your cravings for certain foods and reinforce your desire to stay on your diet. That is a powerful thing to do. No matter how long people stay on a certain diet, at some point, they just give up. It happens. They also convince themselves that it is ok to cheat far too often. A great hypnosis session will make sure that you take care of this.
    • The added benefit of using confidence boosting hypnosis like this is that it will help you in virtually every area of your life. There is nothing that you can’t accomplish when you are able to actually control yourself and your time. Just think of all of the great things that you can do when you have the ability to maintain your journey, no matter what gets in your way.

What Should You Try?

This largely depends on what you are looking for out of your hypnosis quest. If you want an easy way to lose fat, you can certainly give a fat burning session a shot. Although, if you go that route, it is wise to hedge your bets an go to a professional.

If you are very interested in losing weight, but can’t ever stick to a diet, the self control sessions are extremely effective and might be just what you need to take yourself over the edge and into the skinny life. There is also much more research behind this method.

Hypnosis is well worth a shot, regardless of what you are trying to get out of it. Losing weight, quitting smoking, feeling more confident, and anything else is all possible. If you are wanting to lose weight in particular, though, you have found the answer. You won’t be able to escape the controversy surrounding this kind of treatment, but once you start seeing results you won’t care anymore. I encourage you to at the very least download a fat loss hypnosis track and get started. You won’t regret it, that much I can promise you.