Some Ideas On Losing Weight

By Phil Sumpter

Many people are constantly concerned about their weight. They will try many different diets and tips in order to lose weight but will never see the results that they desire. One of the reasons for this will be because they are not disciplined enough to keep their efforts going for a sustained period of time. What needs to be done to ensure that you lose weight and maintain it is to instead to develop a healthy lifestyle that you can take forward for the rest of your life rather than relying on quick fix diet options. Here are a few tips on weight loss and developing that lifestyle.

First of all, you need to start to exercise properly and keep this up. You should be looking to incorporate at least 3 session of half an hour into your week. This can be anything from jogging to riding bike to swimming. If you feel that you will benefit from additional efforts you can, of course, increase your levels and the intensity of your training.

Other than cardiovascular exercise, you will also be able to see positive results from muscle building exercises as well. The reason for this is because by having more muscle you will naturally burn more calories.

When it comes to what foods you eat another tip is to keep a record of everything that you eat. If you do this over some time you will be able to see any patterns in different foods that you eat that lead to improved weight loss. As a result of this you will be able to focus on those foods that are positive to your weight.

It is, however, important to not focus too much on getting thin and instead to change your attention to keeping healthy. By taking on foods that will help your body to remain healthy you are more likely to see better results, both in your physical and mental state.

You should also look to think about why and when you overeat. People will often overeat then they are stressed or bored or depressed so its important for you to recognise this and take more healthy and positive steps to prevent these problems.

When it comes to your meals its also important that you control the size of your portions. Many people will think that their diets are very healthy and the foods they eat are healthy, and yet they will complain that they are not seeing the desired results. One significant reason for this is because their portions of food will be too large. It is far better to eat more small meals that a few big ones.

Another top tip for those who find that they are having trouble sticking to their diet plans and exercise plans is to join up with a local support group. Here you will be able to share your experiences with others who are in the same boat and will gain a lot of confidence from knowing that you are not alone in the fight. - 30249

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What Are The Most Popular Tips On Losing Weight?

By Phil Sumpter

The world, or at least parts of the western world, appear to be getting fatter. Rates of obesity are climbing rapidly in countries like America and the UK and people are therefore suffering from serious medical conditions as a result. With a culture of fast food junk food in our modern societies people are now getting fatter and fatter. As a result of this a lot of people are not happy with the state of their appearance and health and are seeking ways of losing their weight. They will often turn to miracle diets and the like that will promise to lose them 5 stone in 5 months or something like that, but they will only go and put the weight back on when they are done. Instead people need to follow some very simple rules when it comes to weight loss.

This is by far the best way of guaranteeing your successful weight loss. By ingraining patterns in your life that maintain your weight and keep you healthy you will become totally used to this and as a result will never return to the obese past you used to have. But how do you get this lifestyle? well, there are certain things that you need to do.

The main thing that you need to do is to build up your metabolism and make sure that you maintain this. There are a couple of tops ways in which you can do this. The first is to start to do a lot of cardiovascular exercise in order to get your heart rate up. You need to get this exercise several times a week and the best time to do so is in the morning before you eat anything.

The reason for this is that over night out bodies will slowly burn off all of our carbs for energy. When we wake up our levels of carbs and our blood sugar will be very low. The body will then seek out the next best source of energy and this will be fat.

You should also look to the proportions of your food in order to build your metabolism. You need to try to cut down your portion and eat four to five meals each day that are small rather than eating two or three big ones. This will help you body to avoid a catabolic state which it enters after not being fed for a while. During this state the body used muscle for energy rather than fat.

There are many others tricks that you can do in order to help you lose weight. One such trick is to drink herbal or green tea. When you start to feel cravings for sweet and savoury snacks you should simply turn to drinking a large mug or pint of tea. Simply by making the tea your mind will be averted and when you drink it the heat of it fills you up and the aroma helps to satisfy your cravings.

It is also a good idea to drink a pint of water before every meal that you have to take the edge off your hunger and prevent you from filling up on food. You might also consider drinking less alcohol or cutting down on this completely. Alcohol is made up of empty calories that are converted to nothing but fat.

These are a few weight loss tips for your consideration. - 30249

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The Atkins Plan

By Brian Johnson

You have decided that you're going on a diet and you've told yourself that this will be the last one that you'll ever take. The only reason for this is that you've already heard so much about the Atkins Diet, that you have total confidence in its ability to help you reduce weight and to keep it off. You know that with the help of the Atkins diet plan you can tailor make your diet to suit your body and your requirements.

When you commence your diet, you'll get an Atkins diet plan that will get you going on the first leg of your dieting journey. This is phase one, called the induction phase, of the four phases which you will pass through. So, what you're really getting with the Atkins diet plan is a great way for you to control the path you take on your diet and how long it will take you to shed the amount of weight you choose to.

Although, you don't have follow the Atkins diet plan religiously, if you really want fast results, you will follow it religiously. So, abstain from the carbs and eat your high fat, high protein meals. Well, you won't need to stay away from carbs completely, you'll just need to make yours a low carb diet instead of the high carb diet you've been following so unconsciously all of your life so far.

However, by following the Atkins diet plan and all but cutting out carbs from your diet, you reduce the chances of your diet failing and going to the dogs. After all, this time you've decided that this is your last diet and that you're going to make it work, so it is really no use tempting fate and veering, even if slightly, off course from your Atkins diet plan.

Remember that the whole plan is adaptable to suit you, and to help you make your dieting limitations easier to bear. With that in mind, also remember that within the Atkins diet plan, you can also eat at least 20 carbs, but you will have a virtually unlimited buffet of proteins and fats available to you. So, you don't have to be worried that your diet is going to cost you the pleasures of eating well.

On the Atkins diet plan, you'll find out that you can eat well without feeling the loss of your carbs very much. And even though you might think that cooking and planning meals will be difficult, if you have to stay within the restrictions of the Atkins diet plan, you'll be pleasantly relieved to realize that it is just not true.

There are many fantastic foods and meal plans available on the Atkins diet plan and if you can just finish reading your Atkins diet plan, you'll find that you really can get through this diet easily with practically no sacrifice on your behalf. That's what I call a diet to end all diets! And isn't that just what you were looking for anyway? - 30249

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Atkins Diet Basics

By Michael James

The popular name for the 'Atkins Nutritional Approach' is the 'Atkins Diet', which was the brainchild of Doctor Robert Atkins. He had put on a lot of weight while in medical school and after reading about a certain diet in the medical journal, he decided to improve it and release it under his own name.

Atkins, in his Atkins diet book, wrote that he believed that the prevailing theories about weight gain were terribly wrong. First, he dismissed the idea that saturated fats were bad for weight loss; instead he said it was it was the carbohydrates that caused the weight problems Americans have these days. Atkins held that on the contrary, our obsession with avoiding fat actually aggravated the problem. He pointed out that the low-fat diet foods on the market were high in carbohydrates but were not helping the nation, which probably meant that people on a 'normal' diet often ate foods that were worse for them than what they had been eating before.

The Atkins diet shifts the focus. Atkins said that by cutting out carbohydrates, people would burn stored body fats. And, of course, if you lose the fat, you lose the weight. He said it was not just a matter of eating less. Atkins postulated that your diet could actually help you burn calories and The Atkins Diet supposedly burned more calories than were consumed everyday. But the claims were disputed.

Dr. Atkins also promulgated the positive influence that his diet could have on people with type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a disease you get early in life, but type 2 is often closely associated with diet and excess body weight. So, it should follow that any diet that helps decrease weight, will help people with Type 2 diabetes. The Atkins diet is low in carbohydrates, which ought to be avoided with type 2 diabetes regardless of the caloric intake, so because of this aspect of the diet, Atkins claimed that those who suffer type 2 diabetes would no longer need medication such as insulin. In general, doctors disagree with Atkins on this point, although they do agree, however, that a lower carbohydrate intake helps control Type 2 diabetes, but there is no proof that carbohydrates cause diabetes.

What are the steps one has to take to follow the Atkins diet? It is followed in four phases - Induction; On-Going Weight loss, Pre-maintenance and Lifetime Maintenance. Here is an overview of the most important phase - The Induction Phase.

The Induction phase is probably the most difficult of the phases in the Atkins diet. Atkins is rather flexible about how long it should last " but recommends two weeks. During this time, carbohydrate consumption should be severely curtailed " up to 20 grammes per day. The idea is to enter a fat burning metabolic process called 'ketosis' which is when the body, being starved of glucose, begins to convert previously stored fat into the fatty acids needed to power the body. Weight loss during this period is often large " some Atkins dieters report losses of 5-10 lbs. a week or more.

The goals of the final three phases in the Atkins diet are to learn the ideal carbohydrate levels for the next two phases, which are continued weight loss and weight maintenance. Many millions of people are still losing the weight they want to on the Atkins Diet " but beware the risks of taking in too much cholesterol and fat. - 30249

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Atkins Low Carb Diet Recipes

By Joy Mitchell

So you're going on the Atkins Diet. It's not necessarily your first diet and until you try this, you can't be certain that it will be your last dieting attempt. Everything you've attempted so far has failed you and you're on the verge of giving up dieting altogether. Naturally, this has been the case many times before and yet you've still found yourself trying diet after diet without too much remorse. Now however you live in the hope that with the Atkins low carb diet recipes that you have tucked firmly in your pocket, that you'll be able to beat your history of yo-yo dieting.

You head on home full of excitement and plans to buy that little black dress you've had your eye on now for a few months. You won't go out and buy it immediately of course, no, that would just jinx your dieting efforts, but with the help of the Atkins low carb diet recipes you shouldn't have too long to wait.

After you get home, you sit in your kitchen going through the lists of low carb diet foods you're allowed to consume, and you're wondering what you got yourself into. You have absolutely no idea how you're going to cook some of these low carb diet foods, and besides they don't sound half as appetizing as Joe's pizza from around the corner.

Despair strikes and you say good-bye to that little black dress. After all, there's no way you can live off these low carb diet foods, and you don't even think you could cook them if you did go out and purchase the ingredients. That's when inspiration strikes and you remember the Atkins low carb diet recipes that you have lying in your purse.

You had put the two things in two different compartments of your admittedly cavernous purse and had entirely forgotten about the Atkins low carb diet recipes which you had acquired earlier. Your happiness levels rise again and you can see the black dress within your grasp again. So now you sit down and make a list of the low carb diet foods that you'll need to prepare one of your very first Atkins low carb diet recipes.

The first thing you need to do though, is take all that lovely high carb food from your cupboards to the nearest shelter and make a generous donation of food. You don't care what the family thinks, they're all going to eat Atkins low carb diet recipes.

Next, you hightail it to the supermarket and buy the things off your food list which you'll need to cook the first meal of your Atkins low carb diet recipes. And on the way back, you'll stop off at the little dress shop around the corner and promise the little black dress displayed so prominently in the window, that you'll be it's owner before long, as long as you stick with those Atkins low carb diet recipes! - 30249

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The Atkins Grapefruit Diet

By Joy Mitchell

The Atkins Grapefruit diet is a diet plan, not supported by the company of Dr. Atkins, that plays on the fame of the grapefruit diet and the Atkins diet name. A closer inspection of this diet shows that it may not be everything it purports to be.

First of all, it's pretty hard to find information on the Atkins grapefruit diet plan. Clever people know that when someone is perpetrating a deception, or a con, they will often gloss over facts. This is what the Atkins grapefruit diet appears to do in an attempt to persuade people to associate it with two purportedly effective diets.

Is the Atkins Grapefruit Diet part of the Atkins Diet or endorsed by the firm of the late Dr. Atkins? The answer is no, not only is there no mention of the Atkins Grapefruit Diet on the Atkins website, but there is no fruit of at all mentioned in the list of allowed foods in the Atkins diet Induction stage.

The induction phase includes the following foodstuffs:

Fish of any species; any fowl such as turkey and chicken; any shellfish; any meat such as beef or pork; eggs prepared in any style, including fried; cheese; vegetables; herbs and spices; fats and oils; low carbohydrate beverages, including diet sodas.

Did you notice anything? No fruit is mentioned on that list. Later phases of the Atkins diet, however, do recommend limited amounts of fruits such as cantaloupe, strawberries and even lemon juice, and the pre-maintenance and maintenance phases even specifically allow limited amounts of grapefruit. But when compared to the quantity of Grapefruit recommended on the Atkins Grapefruit Diet, once more there is a disagreement.

The Atkins Grapefruit Diet recommends a cup of grapefruit juice or a cup of grapefruit sections, with 8 and 18 carbs respectively. Even the most generous phases of the Atkins diet recommends limiting grapefruit intake to less than 8 carbs per day. That's a direct contradiction of one diet with the other.

Most reasonable people would take a look at the Atkins website itself the moment they heard about the Atkins Grapefruit Diet. When they found no mention of that diet on the site, a red light would go off and an alarm bell would ring.

Generally speaking, you should remember this: any diet that recommend too heavily on one food, such as grapefruit on a grapefruit diet, is not healthy for any but very short periods. The Atkins Grapefruit Diet is not associated with the Atkins diet, and may disrupt with the results of the Atkins diet in its early stages. - 30249

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The Atkins Diet and Appetite Suppression

By Gail Jones

A very common, but nevertheless astonishing results of 'doing' the Atkins diet is appetite suppression. Many advocates of the plan report that the inter meal hunger pangs they used to experience just vanish and very quickly too. This fact makes it easier to remain on the diet and keep to lose weight. While other diets have their followers hungry between meals, the Atkins dieters receive relief from constant hunger. The Atkins diet, with its specific recommendation of foods and ingredients, has powerful appetite suppressing effects.

The first key factor is the amount of protein in the Atkins diet. Protein, much more so than carbohydrates, has the power to assuage hunger pangs. If you have ever eaten a carbohydrate dense meal and then felt hungry again a few hours later, you know that carbohydrates don't have much staying power as a hunger satisfier. Protein, on the other hand, when it is combined with a small amount of healthy fats, can keep you feeling full for much longer periods of time.

One of the most sustained appetite suppressing foods in the Atkins diet is the simple egg. Eggs are a great form of quick and easy protein. A recent study showed that having eggs for breakfast would actually keep hunger pangs at bay throughout the remainder of the day. The research concerned two groups of women. One group ate only eggs for breakfast and the other had a breakfast of buns and cream cheese.

The calorie count for both types of breakfasts was exactly the same. The participants noted down what they ate for the remainder of the day and answered questions about their hunger and satisfaction levels throughout the day. The results of the study revealed that the women who ate the eggs for breakfast felt more satisfied throughout the entire day and they ate less at each meal than those women who were in the buns group.

Eggs contain about 6 grams of protein each, which helps to even out blood sugar and produces a feeling of satisfaction. Both of these factors help to curb cravings. Egg yolks also contain lutein and xenazanthin. These nutrients have been shown to have incredible effects on eye health. So it's important to eat the whole egg, and not just the white. Eggs contain choline which is important for maintaining brain function and memory. These nutrients are just an added benefit to the appetite suppressing qualities.

Broccoli and cauliflower, two of the most suitable vegetables on the Atkins programme, also have appetite-suppressant effects. These vegetables are very bulky and they help make your stomach feel full. When your stomach feels full, it will actually create a chemical response in your brain. Your body will reduce its call for food because it believes that your stomach is full of high calorie foods. This occurs regardless of what is actually in your stomach. You can get the same results with water and psyllium husk fibre. Both broccoli and cauliflower provide bulk in your diet and are essential vegetables for the Atkins diet.

The Atkins diet focuses on eating small, protein balanced meals a few times per day. This will help maintain your blood sugar level in a stabilized state and avoid carbohydrate-induced cravings. With high carbohydrate diets, you are riding a roller-coaster of carbohydrate highs. After you have eaten, you feel great and full. Then after a few hours, you come crashing down and are hungrier than you were before eating the carbohydrates. This cycle continues ad infinitum and, over time, you will eat more and more and eventually put on weight.

The protein, fat and vegetable recipes provided by the Atkins diet put your blood sugar back in balance. They give you just enough of each sort of food, with a proper amount of carbohydrates (from the vegetables). The vegetables provide quick carbohydrate energy, and the protein gives the meal its sustainability. This combination suppresses your appetite effectively throughout the day.

The Atkins diet is really a craving control plan that helps suppress your appetite - your desire for food or calories. If you've had a problem with carbohydrate cravings before, this new way of eating ie dieting will help regulate those cravings. The more you eat on the plan, the better your cravings will be controlled and the easier it will be to follow the diet - the more you practice the diet the easier it gets, because you won't want to eat carbohydrates all the time. - 30249

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