Weight Loss Over 40 Plus

Weight Loss Over 40 Plus

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

You Can't Lose Weight - Is It Genetic?

Depending on your racial or your ethnic background, you may find that it is much more difficult to lose weight than other people of other races. So does that mean it is impossible to lose any weight at all, or is it going to frustrate you to the point of giving up on weight loss altogether?

The latest data shows that while 49 percent of white women are classified as overweight or obese, 66 percent of black women are classified such, and 66 percent of Hispanic women are overweight or obese. As for Asians, the overweight rate is about 22 percent. How is this possible? No one can say conclusively for sure why there are such big differences between the various ethnic groups.

Some of the reason could be eating habits, exercise habits etc. Some research even suggests that the metabolism rates for the various races differ by a large margin. For example, some studies have shown that the resting metabolism rate is lower among obese black women versus obese white women. When these women went through a six month weight loss program, both groups lost weight, however the metabolic rate of the African American women dropped even further, making it much harder for them to lose more weight.

This will probably explain why black women find it really hard to lose weight, especially compared to white women, even when they enroll in a weight loss program. This could also explain why African American women gain weight at a greater rate during pregnancy and have trouble losing much of that extra weight after their child is born.

If you are a man, the links between race, ethnicity and weight is still there, although it is not so pronounced. For example, there is only a difference of about 6 percent in the overweight and obesity rates between black men and white men.

Another factor that throws a spanner into the works is your family history. If both your parents are overweight, then there is a high chance that you will also be overweight. Not just the genes are responsible for this though, you dietary and eating habits are also to blame. When children grow up in such an environment where the eating habits are not controlled and are lax, then they also learn that behavior, munching on snacks and perpetually eating.

However, the link between diseases and being overweight isn't uniform across the various races. A study done on the association between body mass index (BMI) and the mortality rates from heart diseases showed quite different results between the white and black population. While an increase in BMI correlated positively to an increase in heart disease mortality, the absolute numbers for BMI were not uniform. For example, for the same mortality risk, the BMI that caused that risk was much higher for black women as compared to white women. So BMI may not be such a good indicator of health related diseases, especially for a black women, than it is for a white woman.

Although it may be more difficult to lose weight with all these factors seemingly against you, it is still possible, with a sensible diet program coupled with an exercise regime. So don't let that stop you from making the effort and sticking with the program forever.

By: Shafir Ahmad

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Use Exercise Videos To Get In Shape

Exercise videos continue to be a very popular choice for working out. A fitness video is less costly than an expensive gym membership or a piece of home fitness equipment. Many people are able to get into a solid workout routine by using videos because it allows them to perform the workout in the comfort of their home. Additionally, due to the variety of videos available, it is easy to find an exercise video to match the interests and fitness level of almost anyone.

Most videos focus mainly on aerobic workouts. These workouts are designed to keep you moving and to burn calories for a period of time. These videos can also work on different muscle groups, such as your as or legs, but many promise specific results like flattening your abs or thinning your thighs. Most of these videos are set to music and make you do some sort of dance-workout, which many people feel better doing in the privacy of their own home. Another option is to invite some friends over to do the workouts with you to help you stay motivated. These videos also help make it easy to develop and maintain a schedule.

There are also a variety of themed videos. For example, there is a video that makes it seem like you are line dancing instead of working out. One of the more popular genres right now is kickboxing. Although most of these videos do not actually show you the combative side of kickboxing, they do show you how to throw a punch and a kick, and use them in various combinations.

Another popular genre is yoga and Pilates. Yoga and Pilates focus on controlled body movements and stretching to tone and strengthen the smaller supportive muscles in your spine and torso. Many people enjoy these workouts because they are low impact.

Other themes offer a more sensual motif to spice up your workout’s. You can get videos that teach you how to belly dance, among other things. These videos use psychology to help many people get into shape because they make it seem a lot less like exercise.

Like anything else, a video alone will not turn you into a fitness guru. These videos make it easier to workout and get into a routine, but, at the end of the day, you have to put out the effort to workout on a regular basis, even if it is for only a few minutes a week. Even a limited amount of regular, scheduled exercise is better than nothing. Plus, even getting into even the lightest workout routine will make you much more likely to develop a more intense schedule in the future.

By: James Kronefield

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Hard Work Weight Loss Over 40 Plus

Weight loss over 40 plus is really hard work. The older we get the more exercise it takes to keep fat off. They did not coin the phrase "Middle Age Spread" out of thin air. As the human body ages it takes a lot more work to keep it in shape. Everything in this world breaks down with time. The only difference with us humans is we can do something about it.

We can change our diets to the pace we live now. When we were younger, our energy levels and activities were at a higher pace. So our food intake was not a problem for most of us. There are some who have battled weight loss their whole lives. The content of articles like these will give us all good information and resources to help us. We are all looking for that Magic Pill that will make us skinny over night. Reality is eating the healthy foods and exercise is the only true way of long term weight loss over 40.

Weight Loss Over 40 Weight loss Plan That Works Every Time It Is Used

Meal Plan
  • Eat your meals every 2 to 3 hours apart
  • Protein: 3oz to 4oz at every meal
  • Carbo: 1 medium potato or 1 cup of rice
  • Vegetable: 1 to 2 cups (free foods)
  • Fruits: 1 piece at breakfast or bedtime
Exercise Routine
  1. Cardio: 45 minutes to 1 hour every other day
  2. Stretching or yoga on the off days
  3. resistants or weight lifting switching off with cardio

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Selecting A Fat Loss Weight Lifting Routine by Jason Conley

Regardless of what diet you use, if you want to maximize your fat loss and more importantly, if you want to keep your new shape instead of rebounding and gaining all of the fat back (and possibly more), you need a good fat loss weight lifting routine. When combined with proper diet and cardio-vascular (aerobic) exercise, weight lifting can result in dramatic and long term changes. There is a lot of research and conflicting information about weight lifting. How can you decide which program is right for you?

Many people start lifting weights because they have been told that muscle burns more calories than fat. While this is true, current research shows that the difference is not as great as once thought. If you are trying to lose weight quickly, a weight lifting routine won't make a lot of difference.

If you are looking at an overall lifestyle change, weight lifting can make a huge difference. Either way, to sustain your body-fat percentage, weight lifting will help. Much of the benefit of weight lifting for fat loss comes from the increase in lean muscle. Since muscle burns fat even when you aren't doing anything, you benefit 24 hours a day. It's estimated that you can lose an extra pound of fat every 7 to 10 days by gaining just 10 pounds of muscle.

A common belief is that you should lift heavier weights to gain mass and lighter weights to slim down. This is no longer a popular belief with researchers. Lifting lighter weights does not lead to significant muscle gain and is generally not intense enough to qualify as an aerobic exercise, so there is little reason to perform light weight/high rep routines.

For maximum benefits you should select a routine that requires you to perform with weights heavy enough to allow only 8-12 repetitions. Many women avoid lifting heavy weights because they are worried about becoming to bulky. For the vast majority of women this isn't a problem. Most women don't have enough testosterone (required for muscle growth) to result in huge muscle gains.

Your program should target all the major muscle groups. A lot of people dislike working the lower body because the exercises often seem un-natural and more difficult. This is mainly because most people don't use their legs for much more than walking and the occasional light lifting. Many people also experience extra soreness the day after a lower body workout. This is also because the muscles are being used in new ways (not because of lactic acid as commonly believed.) Your muscles will eventually become accustomed to the new exercises and become less sore.

Your fat loss weight lifting routine should include lower body workouts. Don't skip them. There are a lot of large muscles in the legs and as they grow, they too will burn calories.

Probably the most important thing you can ask yourself about any fat loss weight lifting routine is "Can I stick with it?" If you are going to stop lifting in a week, a month, or even a year, you won't enjoy the lifetime benefits. Remember, weight lifting isn't a quick fix when you're looking to drop a few extra pounds before a big event. Weight lifting is a long-term lifestyle change. If it isn't enjoyable, you won't stick with it.

When combined with diet and aerobic exercise, a fat loss weight lifting program can help you develop the body you want. More importantly, it can improve your overall health and fitness for the rest of your life.

About the Author

Jason Conley struggled with weight loss on and off for years. While in the military (Air Force, 15-years) he often needed to drop a few pounds before a PT test and weigh-in. He started http://fat-loss-eating.com to help others who would like to lose weight. Get information on fat loss using methods you have never tried before.

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Comment From Bob

Bob said...

"1 Mug of beer."

What does that mean? How many ounces in a "mug?" With beers varing from high alcohol beers, mid-strength ales and lagers, all adding up to 100s of different brands of beers...how do you come up with a number like "150 calories?"

Too generalized.


If we use a 12oz serving or 355ml for the Europeans, regular beer is about 150 calories on average. Here is a link on this page to help determine calorie count. http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_food.html
The size of the mug is unimportant it is the calories and alcohol effects on weight loss. If you have to run a extra mile to burn those calories it should factor in your thinking. The article simple states that if you drink alcohol you will have to change your weight loss plans. Where do you think the term "Beer Belly" came from?

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

40 Day Running Program For Those Over 40 To 50 Years Of Age

This 40 day program is designed for fat burning, weight loss, and building a stronger heart. But in order for this program to work you must make time in your schedule everyday to complete it. You must be the one to say that no matter what I am doing, I will complete my workout everyday, even if it means missing out on other things that we often do for fun.

Everyday is designed for a 30 minute workout routine. So you will need a stopwatch or a watch. Follow this program just as it is planned out, make plans on working out 4 to 6 times per week, if you do not make at least 4 times in any given week you need to go back redo that week. But whatever you do, do not give up.

#1) walk for 30 minutes

#1) walk for 7 minutes, then jog for 2 minutes
#2) walk for 8 minuets, then jog for 2 minute
#3) walk for 7 minutes, then jog for 1 minute
#4) walk for four minutes cool down

#1) walk 7 for minutes, then jog for four minutes
#2) walk 7 for minutes, then jog for three minutes
#3) walk 6 for minutes, then SPRINT (or run hard)for 10 seconds
#4) walk for minutes, then SPRINT (or run hard) for 5 seconds

#1) walk for 6 minutes, then jog for 6 minutes
#2) walk for 7 minutes, then jog for 3 minutes
#3) walk for 3 minutes, then jog for 3 minutes
#4) walk for 4 minutes cool down

#1) walk for 3 minutes, jog for eight minutes
#2) walk for 3 minutes, then SPRINT (or run hard) for 15 seconds
#3) walk for 3 minutes, then SPRINT (or run hard) for 10 seconds
#4) walk for 3 minutes, then SPRINT (or run hard) for 8 seconds
#5) walk for 5 minutes, then SPRINT (or run hard) for 8 seconds
#6) walk for 5 minutes, then jog for 1 minute
#7) walk for 2 minutes cool down

#1) walk for 5 minutes, then jog for 10 minutes
#2) walk for 5 minutes, then jog for 7 minutes
#3) walk for 3 minutes cool down

#1) walk for 4 minutes, then jog for 15 minutes
#2) walk for 3 minutes, then jog for 5 minutes
#3) walk for 3 minutes cool down

#1) walk for 3 minutes, then jog for 27 minutes

Dale Dupree

Former pro boxer and Delaware state champion, who enjoys helping others obtain their goals in any sport, or personal activities. I have trained many athletes from track, football, boxing and have always enjoyed it. Anyone who desires their own personal daily workout plan can join our membership or email me at davaldupree@yahoo.com include your age, height, weight, and your desires, and date you plan to reach your desires.


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Friday, July 27, 2007

Alcoholic Drinks And Its Effect on Your Weight Loss Program

Did you know that the alcoholic drinks and cocktails that's being offered to you contain an incredible number of calories? If you are not careful, the party drinks can be an absolute killer for your weight loss plans during this holiday season.

"I'll just have a little..."

If you are not careful, this little phrase can be an absolute killer for your weight loss plans during this holiday season.

And I'm not just talking about the food.

The hidden danger is in all the alcoholic drinks and cocktails that's being offered to you. Yes, those party drinks can do more harm other than just getting you intoxicated and embarassingly uninhibited!

Did you know that these drinks contain an incredible number of calories?

In fact, alcohol is the number two most energy-dense food, losing out only to fat. Fat has 9 calories per gram, and alcohol comes in a close second at a whopping 7 calories per gram.

What this means is that each alcoholic drink you consume will cause you to take in an alarmingly high number of calories.

Here's a sample of some of the more popular drinks, together with their calorie counts...

1 glass of Bailey's lrish Cream - 468 calories
1 glass of Margarita - 453 calories
1 glass of Martini - 413 calories
1 glass of Pina Colada - 297 calories
1 glass of Vodka Cranberry - 250 calories
1 glass of Rum & cola - 240 calories
1 glass of Screwdriver - 200 calories
1 mug of beer - 150 calories
1 glass of white wine - 120 calories
1 tequila shot - 100 calories

To put those calorie counts into perspective, I'd like to just point out that 2 glasses of Margaritas would have given you about _half_ of your daily calories requirements. Yes, 50% from just 2 drinks.

And we have not even included the calories from the food, nuts and snacks yet! Once we add those in, can you see how easy it is for you to go over the daily calorie requirements, and start piling on the pounds?

Now, this doesn't mean that you should stay away from the alcoholic drinks. It's just that when you drink, you should keep in mind the huge amount of calories in the drinks.

I want you to have fun this holiday. So, if you are the sort that enjoys a drink of two at your parties, I want to leave you with a couple of useful tips to help to reduce the "guilt factor".

- Fill up your glass with lots of ice cubes. You'll not only get a nice cold drink, the water from the melted ice has zero calories too.

- Use soda water to dilute your drink. This helps to fill you up quicker, and it means you won't get tipsy too quickly.

- And probably the most important tip... Do not use the alcoholic drinks to quench your thirst. Remember, you should be drinking these party drinks for fun. After the heavy meal or when you had too much salty snacks, go drink a big glass of water first to quench your thirst. Water works better for this, and it has zero calories!

I hope you have loads of fun... and Happy Holidays!

Copyright 2005 Tracy Lee

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#1 Reason Why Most Diets Fail

Do you ever wonder why every diet you try fails? It's because they target the wrong problem. Diets focus on treating a symptom (weight gain) rather than providing what your body needs to naturally maintain its weight. What happens next? Yep! You lose weight temporarily only to gain it back again later. Is it lack of will power? No!
Have you heard the phrase "it's all in your head?". Well, there's much truth to that. Overeating is a result of a lack of neurotransmitters in the brain. When the neurotransmitters are missing (when there is an imbalance), your body tries to replace them with something else...food.

Usually the problem is that we don't eat the right foods to bring up the levels of neurotransmitters to the point where we don't end up overeating.

Most people trying to lose weight go on some type of diet program but very often DO NOT stay with a diet because the stress they experience trying to stay on the diet, is too much for them to handle. Why is that?

The body gets most of the nutrients the manufacturing cells need to keep the opiod (neurotransmitter) levels normal in foods such as milk, cheese and other dairy products. Since we often eliminate these types of food when we diet, so we can lose weight, we are also eliminating the very foods our bodies MUST HAVE to keep the stress cycle from starting.

What you have is a viscious cycle of your body craving certain foods and you depriving your body of those foods.

Certain amino acids provide nutrients, lost by depriving yourself of those foods, that aid in restoring normal nutritional balances in the brain. Which in turn can prevent you from overeating in the first place. Without getting too "scientific", here are a few of the essential amino acids that aid in losing weight.

l-phenylalanine is an amino acid used by the body to synthesize dopamine and norepinephrine.

d-phenylalanine increases the levels of endorphins and enkephalins.

l-tyrosine and l-glutamine are amino acids used by the body to synthesize dopamine and Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA), respectively.

l-arginine and l-ornithine facilitate production of muscle, not fat.

l-carnitine helps mobilize surface fats.

Chromium helps to lessen the competition of these specific amino acids to cross the blood brain barrier and is also thought to enhance the action of insulin which facilitates glucose (blood sugar) and amino acids into muscle tissue.

These, along with other vitamins and minerals, conveniently deal with the deficiencies resulting from poor eating habits or inadequate diet. By giving your brain what it needs, you will NOT need to go on some insane diet that may do more harm than good.

Therefore...Stuff your brain, not your face!

Jay Villaverde is the owner of All Natural Alternatives. A website dedicated to finding all natural alternative ways of improving your life without drugs, side affects or expensive therapy. For free articles, tips, advice and supplements, visit his site at: www.AllNaturalAlternatives.com

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Healthy Snacks for Your Heart

Everybody likes a snack. And it’s not just that you’re hungry between meals and you need a bite to eat, but also because snacks can be a treat for yourself. Treats help make you feel better and raise your spirits. So here’s a list of snacks that can get your heart pumping, both literally and figuratively. They're delicious alternatives to the traditional bag of chips or candy bar that are not part of a healthy diet. So instead of dropping by the drive-through or heading straight for the candy aisle, you can and load up on some heart-healthy snacks.

1. Vegetables Dipped in Hummus - Fresh vegetables are low in calories and have many antioxidants. Many of them have no fat whatsoever and instead give you plenty of fiber to make your stomach feel full. Hummus, made from chick peas, is a great alternative protein without saturated fat.

2. Fruit Skewered on a Stick with a Little Dark Chocolate for Dipping - Fruit has a variety of antioxidants to fight cancer and heart disease. Dark chocolate has a high concentration of flavinols, which is a type of antioxidant that helps fight heart disease, and is in fact recommended by doctors for this very purpose.

3. Half of a Cantaloupe Filled with Fat Free Cottage Cheese, a Dash of Cinnamon and Some Berries - The cantaloupe and berries are rich in antioxidants, and the fat-free cottage cheese counts as a serving of dairy, while avoiding the saturated fat.

4. Fat-free Yogurt with Fruit and a Sprinkle of Nuts - Here’s a chance of getting another serving of dairy that contains no saturated fat, but plenty of antioxidants from fruit and, on top of that, a bit of healthy, unsaturated fat from the nuts.

5. Smoothies with Silken Tofu and Berries plus a Dash of Grape Juice or Pomegranate Juice As most dieters know, tofu is an excellent alternative protein source without saturated fat. Berries, grape juice and pomegranate juice have a high concentration of antioxidants and are very good for you.

6. Homemade Soup - Start with a vegetable base in order to load up on antioxidants and fiber. Make sure you don’t buy something that’s rich in sodium because that’s something you definitely don’t want for your heart. Add a bag of frozen vegetables and mix in a couple of cups of beans. Canned beans are rich in sodium, so make sure to rinse them thoroughly before use. Season it with fresh herbs.

7. Pureed Prunes — Sneak Them into your Brownies - Pureed fruit is an excellent addition to chocolate brownies because it helps strengthen the taste of chocolate. Another good thing is that you've put in something that use less oil or less butter and you've also added antioxidants because of the pureed fruit. Also fruit has fiber to lower your cholesterol.

8. Silken Tofu or Soy Milk — Substitute for Regular Milk in Recipes - Using tofu or soy milk instead of regular milk is a good way of adding heart healthy protein, while at the same time cutting down on the heart-clogging calories of the other oils you might have used.

9. Applesauce or Apple Butter — Use in Place of Oil for Muffins - Apple butter is one of best ingredients you can add to moisture the mix and to give it that pleasant fruit flavor that won't combat your other ingredients.

10. Nuts and Small Chunks of Fruit — Sprinkle on Top of Muffins - If you substitute applesauce for the oil, you'll be making a muffin low in fat, chock-full of antioxidants from fruit, fiber from nuts, and heart-healthy protein from the nuts.

11. Meatloaf — Use Tofu and Chopped White Chicken Meat Instead of Red Meat - This combination is absolutely great. The result will feel and taste just like meatloaf, but without the downside of eating red meat.

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Joint Pain Leading to Replacement by Paula Sanders

When dealing with joint pain it is crucial to find a treatment as soon as possible. Delaying treatment or ignoring the pain only makes the problem more severe. If pain is ignored or you simply don't start treatment soon enough you may have to go through joint replacement. This procedure is an extreme way to fix joint pain. It is done by removing the damaged joint and replacing it with an artificial replica or your joint. This replica is called prosthesis. There are many types of joint replacement surgery including hip, ankle, shoulder, foot, elbow, and even finger replacement but the most heard of is knee replacement.

People with joint pain often choose to go through this procedure when the pain is so bad it affects their day to day lives. Altering their daily activities, because the pain in their joints, muscles, and weakened bones has taken over their lives. The damage that has taken place with the cartilage surrounding the joint is also too spoiled to repair. When the surrounding cartilage has been damaged to the point where it can't be repaired then without this joint replacement procedure, patients may be disabled or unable to do as they desire in their daily lives.

Before a doctor recommends joint replacement they will conduct a few test including a physical examination, laboratory tests, and a couple of x-rays to see if the damage is repairable without joint replacement. This will also give the patient an outlook of how bad the problem is and assist in their decision of going through the procedure.

If a patient then decides that have a total joint replacement is necessary to live a full quality of life and meets their personal needs then the next step is to make an appointment to have a surgical specialist do the procedure. Just as an example, in knee replacement the damaged cartilage and bones are replaced with metal and plastic parts that are replicated to restore knee movement and function.

The procedure is done with the idea of restoring all normal and natural joint movement. The metal and plastic used is built to take all the everyday wear and tear of an average life. Post surgery doctors recommend that a patient make immediate use of the replaced joint. Some patients that have had total hip or knee replacement may be able to walk and stand as soon as the day after their surgery. They are only able to do this with the assistance of a cane, crutches, or walker of course. When recovering its crucial to exercise the weak muscles and treat the temporary pain to assist in the healing process and return to a normal life after.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Ten Exercise Myths by Jeni

Although some old fitness fictions, such as "no pain, no gain" and "spot reducing" are fading fast, plenty of popular exercise misconceptions still exist. Here are some of the most common myths as well as the not-so-common facts based on current exercise research.

1. You Will Burn More Fat If You Exercise Longer at a Lower Intensity.
The most important focus in exercise and fat weight control is not the percentage of exercise energy coming from fat but the total energy cost, or how many calories are burned during the activity. The faster you walk, step or run, for example, the more calories you use per minute. However, high-intensity exercise is difficult to sustain if you are just beginning or returning to exercise, so you may not exercise very long at this level. It is safer, and more practical, to start out at a lower intensity and work your way up gradually.

2. If You Are Not Going to Work Out Hard and Often, Exercise Is a Waste of Time.
This kind of thinking keeps a lot of people from maintaining or even starting an exercise program. Research continues to show that any exercise is better than none. For example, regular walking or gardening for as little as an hour a week has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.

3. Yoga Is a Completely Gentle and Safe Exercise.
Yoga is an excellent form of exercise, but some styles are quite rigorous and demanding both physically and mentally. As with any form of exercise, qualified, careful instruction is necessary for a safe, effective workout.

4. If You Exercise Long and Hard Enough, You Will Always Get the Results You Want.
In reality, genetics plays an important role in how people respond to exercise. Studies have shown a wide variation in how different exercisers respond to the same training program. Your development of strength, speed and endurance may be very different from that of other people you know.

5. Exercise Is One Sure Way to Lose All the Weight You Desire.
As with all responses to exercise, weight gain or loss is impacted by many factors, including dietary intake and genetics. All individuals will not lose the same amount of weight on the same exercise program. It is possible to be active and overweight. However, although exercise alone cannot guarantee your ideal weight, regular physical activity is one of the most important factors for successful long-term weight management.

6. If You Want to Lose Weight, Stay Away from Strength Training Because You Will Bulk Up.
Most exercise experts believe that cardiovascular exercise and strength training are both valuable for maintaining a healthy weight. Strength training helps maintain muscle mass and decrease body fat percentage.

7. Water Fitness Programs Are Primarily for Older People or Exercisers With Injuries.
Recent research has shown that water fitness programs can be highly challenging and effective for both improving fitness and losing weight. Even top athletes integrate water fitness workouts into their training programs.

8. The Health and Fitness Benefits of Mind-Body Exercise Like Tai Chi and Yoga Are Questionable. In fact, research showing the benefits of these exercises continues to grow. Tai chi, for example, has been shown to help treat low-back pain and fibromyalgia. Improved flexibility, balance, coordination, posture, strength and stress management are just some of the potential results of mind-body exercise such as yoga.

9. Overweight People Are Unlikely to Benefit Much From Exercise. Studies show that obese people who participate in regular exercise programs have a lower risk of all-cause mortality than sedentary individuals, regardless of weight. Both men and women of all sizes and fitness levels can improve their health with modest increases in activity.

10. Home Workouts Are Fine, But Going to a Gym Is the Best Way to Get Fit.
Research has shown that some people find it easier to stick to a home-based fitness program. In spite of all the hype on trendy exercise programs and facilities, the "best" program for you is the one you will participate in consistently.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The Best And Fastest Ways Of Losing Weight by Nicoy Thompson

First you have to get on a weight loss program, it's good to select a 6 to 8 week program. With the 6 to 8 week weight loss program, you can reduce bulk and create a thinner and leaner appearance, as well as increase your strength, energy, and endurance. This program is short but it allows a gradual toning of the body and trimming of fats that will prevent your skin from loosening due to rapid weight loss. The 6 to 8 week weight loss program is divided into three phases and includes nutritional guidelines that will change the way you look and feel. Some claim to have lost up to 20 pounds after going through the program, while others claim to have lost up to seven inches in their waistlines and hips. Others engage in this program for strength training and for enhancing their cardio endurance. In Phase 1, simple moves for burning calories and reshaping your body are introduced. In Phase 2 the exercise develops and becomes more intense to gradually increase the calories you burn. In Phase 3 you will be challenged to burn the maximum calories that will really shape your body.

Next we have to boost up our metabolism. If you don't increase your metabolism, you won't be able to burn the fat you want so desperately to get rid of.Follow the tips below and you will stop your metabolism from slowing down. Heck, I know some 40 year olds that have the metabolism of a 17-year old boy, thanks to their fat burning lifestyle. Here are some tips for metabolism boosters and how you can use them to burn fat.

1) Strength training

-Boosts metabolism up to 10% after a training program

And a recent study from the prestigious Journal of Applied Physiology showed strength training also doubled post-exercise fat burning.

Any "expert" who says strength training doesn't burn fat is living in the 1970's. Strength training must be a part of your fat-blasting workout routine.

2) Green Tea

-Burns an extra 80 calories per day

It has been shown to burn 80 calories per day on the first day of supplementation, but wont have the same affect once your body gets used to it.

The only way you will lose the fat you want with Green Tea is if you replace a 300+-calorie Frappucino with an iced, unsweetened Green Tea.

3) Fat Burners

-Boost your metabolism big time!

Fat burners are simply caffeine pills with a other ingredients thrown in. You'll get an increase in mental energy, but not all fat burners will boost metabolism or burn fat.

4) Eating 6 small meals per day

-Boosts metabolism and can help control cholesterol.

Simple and effective. Try and split your meals up into smaller meals that can be eaten over the course of the day.

5) Interval training

-Interval training causes a greater increase in post-exercise metabolism than regular cardio.

I certainly believe it.

And I do know this...A recent study from Australia found that an interval program led to more weight loss than a long, slow cardio training program.

By adding strength training, intervals, mini-meals, and breakfast to your weight loss plan you'll burn body fat fast thanks to your increased metabolism.

Are you willing to commit to the diet plan? Ask yourself if you are really prepared to commit to losing weight now? Are you prepared to stick with it? If not, then don't buy it until you are. There is no doubt that losing weight will be one of the most difficult things a person will try to do in life, and to achieve any results will take effort on your part. The good news is that there are programs out there that makes the job much easier. Are you ready to take action now? While most of us are always dreaming of how to lose weight really fast and look better, few of us are actually willing to take action. Are you ready to take action today?

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

5 Big Reasons To Start Losing Weight NOW by Arnel Ricafranca

5 Big Reasons Why You Need to Start Losing Weight Now

Obesity has become the leading cause of death after smoking. It is now being seen in children of all ages. Obesity and being overweight are two different things with different meanings.

For the most part, being overweight means that you carry excess body mass. This includes all the body tissues. Obesity on the other hand refers explicitly to excess body fat. You can even be "overweight" if you have excess muscle. That's all overweight means; you are over your body's recommended amount of weight.

Obesity is more concerning. If you are obese, losing weight is no longer an issue you can afford to procrastinate, you need to start NOW. Here are some reasons why.

Reason #1 Diabetes - It is a well known fact that 80 -90% of type-two-diabetes patients are overweight. Diabetes is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., It is also the the leading cause of adult blindness. One of the direct causes of obesity is eating the wrong foods. Diabetics should stay away from foods with high glycemic levles. These are foods thats are energy dense and quickly increase the your body's level of blood glucose. This causes your body to reserve the unnecessarily high glucose/energy into unwanted fat. This makes losing weight very difficult for these people.

Reason #2 Stroke - Arteriosclerosis can come from obesity which is the build up of fatty deposits in the body's arteries. This makes them narrow which slows the blood flow then resulting in the risk of blood clotting. Certain arteries are more at risk. These include the ones supplying blood to the brain. If clotting happens due to a narrowed artery, blood supply to an area of the brain becomes blocked resulting in a stroke.

Reason #3 Respiratory Problems - Obesity causes your chest wall to become heavier to lift in the process of breathing in, because of your smaller lungs due to obesity. Sleep apnea is a very common respiratory problem. This is a condition that causes an individual to stop breathing for some time while they are asleep. The soft tissue in the throat collapses due to weight surrounding the airway.

Reason #4 High Blood Pressure - Your age combined with a high BMI (Body Mass Index) indicates a risk of hypertension or high blood pressure. At least one third of hypertension sufferers are related to obesity.

Reason #5 Other Diseases - Realize that there are other diseases which may result in being overweight and or obese. Some ones to watch out for are Lower back pains, Gout, Coronary heart disease, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gall stones, Pregnancy disorders such as, Neural tube defect, Prenatal mortality, Maternal hypertension, Gestational diabetes, lower immune system, Liver disease, Pancreatitis, Bad body odor and Depression

Arnel Ricafranca is a six pack abs expert, fitness boot camp coach, author, and a motivational speaker. He has authored and co-authored several books including The Ultimate Weight Loss Success Strategies For Busy Men and Women Over 40 available online at www.elitefitnessexperts.com. Mr. Ricafranca has been featured as the fitness expert on numerous media such as Jersey 101.5 FM, and Morris Health and Life Magazine, and numerous websites such as NBC WALB 10 News, NBC KPLC 7 News, and KTRE ABC 9 news. Mr. Ricafranca can be reached via email at fitnessvip@gmail.com

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Need to Lose Weight? Then Increase Your Metabolism... by Matt Falconer

If you need to lose weight, one great way to start melting pounds away is to increase your metabolism. By increasing your metabolism, you'll be able to process food faster and therefore will store less fat in the body. In fact, with a better metabolism, you're body will even begin burning away existing fat in order to get the energy it needs to support itself.

How Metabolism Works

Your metabolism can either work for you or against you. The main way we all get energy is from glucose, commonly known as our blood sugar.

When our blood sugar runs low, our metabolism burns the fat in our bodies in order to make more energy. However, when our blood sugar runs high, our metabolism stores fat in our bodies to use later.

So now let's look at how you can get your metabolism to work for you.

Go Ahead and Eat

Many people believe that the key to losing weight is to stop eating. Well, that will actually have a negative effect on your metabolism. Eating less will cause your metabolism to slow down because it will sense that you don't have enough food.

So when you finally eat, your blood sugar will jump through the roof and your metabolism will store the extra glucose as fat.

Instead of starving yourself, eat many smaller, healthy meals that are low in calories and fat. Also, consume plenty of water, fruits, and vegetables.

By eating smaller portions you'll not only curb your appetite, but you'll also trick your body into thinking that it's getting plenty of food. Therefore, your metabolism will kick into a higher gear. Then when it doesn't get the glucose it needs for energy (because you're eating healthy) then it will begin to take that glucose from the stores of fat that are already in your body.

Get Yourself Moving

Exercise is a guaranteed way to increase your metabolism. Always check with your doctor for what is the best exercise regime for you. Most of the time, walking as little as twenty minutes a day, will help increase your metabolism.

Exercise actually helps you lose weight in two ways:

First, exercise builds muscle and muscle burns calories on its own.

Secondly, when you exercise your body is forced to come up with enough energy to support your activity. So, it begins burning fat in order to give the energy you need.

Don't be put off when I say exercise - there is no need to be pounding away furiously on a treadmill for hours a day.

A simple yet effective mini routine is all that is needed to give your metabolism a boost.

Some Final Words about Losing Weight

If you need to lose weight, you're certainly not alone. Millions of people are in the same boat. However, most people don't realize what it takes to first lose the weight and then to keep the weight off.

If you increase your metabolism, you'll see that over time, your fat will melt off your body and your weight will gradually drop. The two best ways to increase your metabolism are to eat smaller meals more often and to exercise regularly.

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Friday, July 20, 2007

"Mind" It by Kent Makro

The human mind never rests. It always has to keep thinking in order to survive. A sound mind is the most important aspect of life. If the mind ceases to function, life comes to a standstill. Even though the fad nowadays is all about keeping the body fit as a fiddle, mental health must also be given its priority for a happy life.


- Never allowing stress to prey on the mind. This is the first and foremost initiative to be taken as far as the mind is concerned. Tension at workplace must never be carried back home. These are some ways to de-stress the mind:

* Meditating: By learning techniques of Yoga, Tai Chi. * Listening to music: The best way to soothe the mind. * Pursuing Hobbies: Revive all those fun activities given up long back.

- Getting enough sleep. It's a fact that lack of sleep kills a person faster than lack of food. An average adult must have at least eight long hours of sleep. Lack of sleep will burden the mind and affect the thought process.

- Crying out the heart. Bottled up emotions do no good. Not crying out doesn't mean one is very strong willed. Problems should be discussed with loved ones and friends and the needful must be done at the earliest. Such bottled up emotions often lead to suicidal intensions and they must be mitigated soon before it's too late. Family members must be the pillars of support during such crises and always lend a shoulder to cry upon.

- The mind grows along with the body. As a child grows its mental thinking changes. It becomes more inquisitive and adventurous. The mind of the child has thousands of questions and parents and teachers are obliged to answer them with proper care. This contributes the maximum to the mental make up of the child. Adolescents are usually rebellious, and its nature that they be so. They should never be intimidated, rather must be treated with soft, firm words. Common mental problems that some children face are dyslexia, fear and anxiety. These have to be traced at the earliest and must be treated with proper care.

- Exercising the mind. Along with the exercises that are done to tone the body, the mind must also be kept active by exercises. Indulging in mind games such as crosswords, puzzles etc, improves our thinking and also keeps the mind free of ill thoughts.


The society always stigmatizes mental illnesses. However, what is often forgotten is that the mind is also liable to "fall sick". Loneliness, depression, insomnia, neurosis are some of the most common complaints that people come up with. If some mental problem is suspected, it's always better to head to a Psychiatrist and seek the necessary treatments. But, people fail to do this due to the fear of being ostracized by the society.

Initial counseling and pep talking, can improve the situation to a certain extent. Often, the family members are educated, about the way in which they must approach the patient and how he or she has to be treated. A change in the environment can also bring about a great change in the mental status of the patient. With steady progress, the person can be brought back to normal condition, after which he or she can lead a normal life.

To conclude, the mind has its own dimensions and is prone to many changes. The health of the body and that of the mind go hand in hand, as they complement each other. Mental health should never be taken for granted and should be given due importance.

Hoping that this would have been a food for your...thought.

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Low Carb Diet Eating: Super Salads by Wade Robins

The foundation of any healthy low-carb eating is in its vegetable content. Any low-carb eating which does not include enough vegetables to provide the vitamins and minerals lacking in high-protein foods may lead to weight loss, but it will also lead to trouble if it continues for more than a few weeks.

Many people today, however, are not big veggie eaters; the fast food culture has often restricted the daily vegetable intake of millions of rushed diners to the pickles, onions, wilted lettuce, and barely pink tomatoes on their burgers or chicken sandwiches. So it's not surprising that those who decide to try low carb diet eating neglect the veggies.

Go Organic But after a few days of low carb diet eating of nothing but meat, eggs, and cheese, even lettuce may start to look good. So when you feel the cravings for carbs kick in, be ready to head them off with a power salad, which will not only be a tremendous treat after all that protein. You can get pre-packaged salad mixes at the grocery store, so you don't have to buy huge amounts of different salad fixings. And if you go for organic salad mixes, and dress them up with organic ingredients, you'll have sweeter vegetables than you ever imagined.

One of the most nutritious ingredients you can add to any meal is spinach. This superfood has been shown to support eye health, as well as the brain, skin, and cardiovascular and immune systems. So be sure you salad mix contains spinach; even better, you can buy a bag of organic spinach leaves.

Diversify Your Choices You have a wide selection of low carb vegetables to add to your salad, from red, green and yellow bell peppers to onions to broccoli and celery to tomato; you can also add nuts or a little bit of low carb fruit like grapefruit or berries. Sunflower seeds can add some nice crunchiness without a lot of carbs and make a great replacement for croutons. If you simply have to go the crouton route, limit yourself to the equivalent of a half slice of bread. You can also sprinkle blue cheese crumbles on your salad for an interesting contrast to the sweetness of the vegetables.

Because you're on a low carb diet eating plan, you can treat yourself to some fat when you choose a dressing for you salad. And one of the most delicious, and healthiest, dressings you can make is an olive oil and fruit--raspberry or strawberry are wonderful-- vinaigrette mix. Olive oil is a fat that actually helps your cardiovascular system instead of clogging it, and you can feel good about eating it.

You salads will have to be your main source of carbohydrates for the duration of your low carb diet eating plan, so it's essential that you take the time to make them taste good. You can even add cooked meat or fish to your salad base, and have a complete low carb diet eating treat. Here's a recipe to get you started:

Spinach Raspberry Chicken Salad

1 tsp olive oil 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (3/4 lbs.) cut into bite-size strips 1 cup thinly sliced onion Salt and Pepper to taste 1 6-ounce bag baby spinach or organic baby spinach salad mix 1/4 cup bottled raspberry vinaigrette dressing 1 cup fresh or fresh frozen raspberries, partially thawed 1/4 cup feta or bleu cheese

To Prepare:

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet or wok; add chicken strips and onion and stir-fry over high heat 3 to 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center.

Season chicken to taste with salt and pepper.

Turn off heat. Add spinach and vinaigrette to skillet; toss well.

Divide mixture among plates. Sprinkle each salad with raspberries and feta cheese.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Lose Weight With Aerobic Exercise And Muscle Boosting by Brenda Watson

In addition to reducing the amount of calories you eat every day, studies have shown that aerobic exercise and muscle boosting are two important factors in every successful weight loss program.

Aerobic Exercise

Because aerobic exercise significantly boosts your metabolism, a regular exercise routine will help you lose weight by helping you burn more calories. A typical 45-minute aerobic exercise session burns 350 extra calories. If you exercise three times per week for 45 minutes each time, you will burn 1,050 calories during your workouts. Over a period of a month, that equals 4,200 calories, or more than 1 pound. Over a year, it amounts to an extra 12 pounds.

Further, if the aerobic exercise is high-intensity (meaning it causes a significant increase in your heart rate and respiration), your metabolism will remain elevated for an extended period of time, so that you will continue to burn calories at an accelerated rate even after you have stopped exercising.

Finally, aerobic exercise helps maintain lean muscle mass. For this reason, aerobic exercise should be done in combination with strength training, so that you are increasing your lean muscle mass while getting the immediate calorie-burning benefits of the aerobic exercise.

The key to finding an aerobic exercise program that best fits your lifestyle is to find one or two exercises you enjoy, since you'll be more apt to do them. You should exercise three times per week for at least 30 minutes per session.

Muscle Boosting

Lean muscle mass is largely responsible for your rate of metabolism. Why? Because muscle cells are about eight times more metabolically demanding than fat cells, since muscle tissue is extremely active even when you are resting. For example, when you are working at the computer, you probably consider yourself to be resting, but even the smallest muscular movements require energy expenditure by the body. Fat, by contrast, is relatively inactive from a metabolic perspective, and just sits there.

The greater your ratio of lean body mass is to fat, the faster your metabolism runs, and the more calories you are able to burn. If you want to increase your metabolic rate, you need to increase your lean body mass, and you can do that by following a regular muscle boosting (or strength training) program.

Strength training can increase your metabolic rate by as much as 15 percent, so beginning a personal training program is enormously helpful for weight loss and long-term weight management. Strength training has numerous other benefits as well. It helps support strong bones and has been shown to reduce the signs and symptoms of certain diseases and chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, obesity, back pain, and even depression.

Whether you choose to work out at the gym or follow an alternative muscle-boosting program (such as using a set of lightweight resistance bands), there is no better way to make your muscles strong and achieve a higher amount of lean muscle mass. Combined with a healthy diet, strength training can help you maintain lean body mass at any age.

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Digestive healthcare expert and naturopathic doctor Brenda Watson has been helping people restore and maintain their digestive health for more than 25 years. She is among the foremost authorities on digestive care. High Fiber Food

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Cross Training Has Benefits by Dave Elger

No matter what the sport, most experts agree that athletes and fitness enthusiasts should cross train. For injury prevention, muscular balance, and improved performance, most top athletes today do more than 1 kind of exercise.

That was not always the case. Back in 1972, Frank Shorter proved he was the best marathoner in the world when he won the Olympic gold medal. Although I remember reading stories about how Frank liked to cross country ski during the winter, I doubt he did anything except run in the months leading up to the Olympics.

Cross training, as defined by exercise expert Bryant Stamford, PhD, is the performance of two or more types of exercise in one workout or alternately in successive workouts. For example, distance runners may finish their workout with some weight training, or they may give their running muscles a rest and substitute cycling or swimming 2 or 3 days a week.

There are many variables to consider when selecting cross training activities. What are your fitness goals? Do you have any physical deficiencies or weaknesses? What do you like to do? How old are you? If your goal is to lose body fat, then your priority should be endurance training with 2-3 weight-training sessions per week. I cannot say for sure that you will lose weight faster, but 2 or 3 different types of cardiovascular exercises might be better than sticking with just 1.

If you want to improve your running speed, then I would recommend cross training exercises that work some of the same muscles as running such as cycling or stair climbing. If you are over 40 years of age, you have probably lost some muscle strength and mass, translating to slower acceleration and speed. Working on strength training and regular stretching can help. If you are just interested in staying in shape, you may be able to avoid burnout by changing workouts.

In recent years triathlons have been increasingly popular. Triathletes seem to enjoy the challenge of preparing for 3 very different activities; swimming, running, and cycling. Although not perfect, triathlon training probably offers the best example of a balanced fitness program. Swimming gives you a good upper body workout, running develops leg muscle endurance, and cycling adds muscular power in the legs with a blend of endurance. All 3 are effective cardiovascular exercises.

Cross training may be counterproductive if you fatigue the same muscles on consecutive days. Swimming might be a better alternative than a bike ride before or after a hard running session. If you are a runner, bike interval or hill training offers a refreshing break from the pounding of run intervals. One of the great benefits of cross training is that it offers a means to stay in shape while recovering from injury. Remember when complete rest used to be the prescription for any and all injuries? Today we know that deconditioning can and should be minimized through cross training.

Whatever your fitness goal might be, it is safe to say that well-rounded strength and endurance training of the lower body, upper body, and trunk is the ticket to better performance and injury prevention.

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Dave Elger is a well respected health and fitness authority now working for the Wasatch Altitude Training Center in Mountain Green, Utah. For more information go to www.daveelger.blogspot.com or Wasatch Altitude Training Center.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

How To Reduce Portion Sizes For Weight Loss Plus Top Ten Tips For Healing Overeating by Anna Wilde

I don't know about you, but sometimes I eat more than I need. Why do people overeat? How have portion sizes changed? And how can we moderate our food intake?

Some of us eat that little bit extra, even when we're not hungry. Why? The causes are often emotional. The pleasure of eating can temporarily take our minds away from dark pockets of dissatisfaction.

The unpleasant side effects of overeating are not only physical (lethargy, poor digestion, gas and weight gain). Guilt and remorse can arise when we let the old emotional eating habit over-rule the healthy aspiration.

I collected a habit from my dear Dad, who always used to have 'just a little bit more for nice'. This thought pattern no longer serves me and now I am actively changing it. The old habit feels like cumbersome luggage rather than 'nice'.

Ultimately that extra serving is contributing to growing girths. Not immediately, but in slow increments over years until whoops, we hit middle age with a few extra rolls around the middle. In the US obesity has increased by approximately 15% from 1971 to 1999. Portion sizes have grown accordingly.

Let's be clear. A little cushioning may be a natural acquisition as we age. The big questions are whether we stay fit, healthy and most of all content with our bodies. One good friend of mine hit menopause and realized that she could have seconds and keep growing or change her ways. Now she rarely has second helpings, feels and looks wonderful.

Portion sizes have changed, and so have perceptions of normal portion size. In one study young adults chose items for each meal. Compared to a similar study 20 years ago some portions were up to 40% larger.

Eating 'just enough' contributes to good health. Chinese medicine has always recommended slightly under-eating. Studies show that nutrient dense food in smaller portions contributes to longevity. My husband's 100 year old great great grandmother said, "I always leave the table feeling like I could have eaten a little bit more."

I know I feel more energised and emotional content, when I enjoy my meal and stop before that extra serving. For me this takes awareness and commitment to my total wellbeing.

So how can we stop eating before feeling over-full? Here are ten helpful hints to moderate portion size

1) Be free of emotional eating and over-eating. I find EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique ) brilliant for this. There are many excellent therapists using effective techniques to discover the real reasons for the habit, and providing tools to heal.

2) Sit down when you eat. Eating at the bench or from the fridge is a sure way to over-eat. Put reminder post-it notes on the fridge until you have established a new pattern.

3) Serve yourself. Adults take less when they serve themselves.

4) Serve your meal in the kitchen rather than from dishes on the table. This gives you a chance to feel whether you need more. It may also prevent the chance of unnecessary seconds.

5) Use slightly smaller plates. This makes a huge difference to portion size, but is unlikely to change satisfaction levels. One of my clients used this technique for her overweight husband. They used smaller plates for every meal, his weight dropped off, and his heart health improved.

6) Be mindful. Slow down. Perhaps sit and just breathe for 3 long breaths. Allow yourself to arrive before digging in.

7) Include protein with your meal. Protein slows down the digestion of carbohydrate. Having a balanced meal including protein, healthy fats, and whole food carbohydrates provides increased satiation.

8) Minimise refined carbohydrates. Processed foods like sugar and white flour products make you want to eat more, because the body is still craving nutrients. Eat whole foods.

9) Eat with kindness. Be gentle with your body as you eat, and imagine the food as healing medicine.

10) Cultivate Gratitude. Say a grace appropriate for your family. Gratitude increases happiness. Happiness supports healthy digestion.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Lose Weight with Aerobic Exercise by Crizza Reyes

Our articles will bring you everything you wanted to know about aerobics. Allow us to take you through various aerobic exercise programs and get you the best. It might be one of the hardest things to get involved with, but once you get into it, aerobic exercise can make an enormous difference in your way of life. Aerobic Exercise is any physical exercise that increases the heart rate and body intake of oxygen. This leads to enhance our fitness level. There are many types of exercise that you can do, this are swimming, walking, running and dancing, but this type tends to be the most beneficial. Many people use aerobics to lose weight with exerciseIf for any reason you cannot try this yet, don't fret, you can work your way up to it. Even if you don't have ability there's a way you can get some sort of aerobic exercise into your day. You just have to consult to your doctor about this if there is another way and see if there is anything he or she might suggest.

Anyone who aspires to do aerobic exercise, you should make sure you have time for it and work up to it for a period of time. If you try to do an hour of aerobic exercise right of the bat, you could really harm yourself. You should start out with a very short workout and then get some additional time everyday as you continue in your daily basis of your life. Start out with just five or ten minutes of exercise and then stop once you start to feel like you can't go on. You will want to ram yourself beyond that point in the future, however when getting started, you want to get your body use to the idea of exercising again before you perform that exercise.

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Cleansing and Detoxing the body. by Ivan Hince

Cleansing and Detoxing seems the in thing to do. All over the Western world people are booking into clinics to have their insides cleaned out, and to be fed carrot juice for a week at astonishingly high prices.

Also there are many adverts trying to sell you d.i.y home kits where once again you pay high prices, and I'm sure in a lot of cases most people are being ripped off.

Everything seem to start a few years ago when Drug users were encouraged to come off their use of drugs. Doctors would then use alternative drugs to kick them of their habit. From that day it seems as thou everyone is jumping on the band wagon although it's fair to say that not all are out to rip you off.

Medically it has been proven that to Cleanse, and Detox you body can be a good thing, and can help with conditions like acne, allergies, colitis, and Crohn's disease. By using the these methods it does allow the body to almost kick start itself to once more to regain it's proper balance.

Body Cleansing has been utilized for centuries by various world cultures as a form of spiritual purification. Even the ancient Egyptians used cleansing rituals to rid the body of toxic waste believed to cause disease. Traditionally, these cleanses involved periods of fasting, consuming specific foods and herbs and enemas. It is also believed that In the 19th century, cleansing proponents described the large intestine as a sewage system, claiming that stagnation caused toxins to be absorbed by the body. Laxatives, purges, and enemas were routinely recommended to prevent the accumulation of waste which could lead to this "autointoxication".

In cultures where fasts and cleansing are the norm, there are fewer incidence of obesity and various 'western' diseases. Modern cleansing owes its roots to German-born physician, Max Gerson, who developed a cancer treatment in the 1920s based on bowel cleansing and dietary changes. Dr. Gerson brought his treatment to the United States in 1938, where he practiced until his death in 1959.

Over the years their has been many different forms of Cleansing and Detoxing. I'm sure you have heard of Colonic irrigation where the intestine, and colon are washed out. Then their are specialized things like Liver or Kidney Detoxing. Each has it's specialized treatment.

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Weight Loss, Fat Loss, & Getting Fit Over 40

No matter what your age, if you are over 40, or over 50 and beyond, you can still lose weight and burn fat. With the fit over 40 weight loss approach, you can develop the mindset needed to help lose fat and get fit at any age. Just look at the incredible inspirational stories.

I recently spoke with coach and fitness professional, Jon Benson, who is living proof of the fit over 40 methods, as a mere seven years ago he was clinically obese and near death. Having lived through obesity, and having beat it, allows Jon to relate to so many others and what they are going through.

Today, Jon is an internationally recognized transformation lifecoach, specializing in mental strategies for the excellence lifestyle, fat-burning nutrition and superior physical fitness.

CB: Jon, for a lot of people at any age, the biggest problem is getting over the inertia of starting. Any tips? And do they differ for someone like yourself that had been in fitness before compared to someone getting fit for the first time?

JB: Craig, I would start by encouraging anyone interested in changing their body, no matter what their age may be, to change their mind first.

What I mean by that is simply this: we excel at what we 'become'.

We dabble at what we 'participate in'.

Most people want to "participate" in fitness. Perhaps join a health club, get a trainer, go on a diet, and so-on. Yet everyone on the planet would answer YES to this question: "Do you want to be fit for the rest of your life?"

Think about it: Can you be 'anything positive' for the rest of your life when you dabble at what you seek? No.

So, to get over the inertia of starting a fitness program, I encourage what I call "Core Linking".

Core Linking is covered in my book, "Fit Over 40". This is where you attach your deepest Core Values to a specific fitness and nutritional goal. Then you "Personalize" these objectives into a what I call a "State of Becoming."

You 'become' your goal. Rather than "achieving" a goal, which for most is followed by an immediate cessation of the lifestyle patterns they used to become successful, I say 'become' your goal.

Become "a body-shaper." Label yourself as a "bodybuilder", "body-shaper", "physical culturist", "athlete", whatever! Create a label that FORCES your goal to be LARGER THAN YOU.

This engages the subconscious mind to a remarkable degree. It challenges you in ways that prevent things like "boredom" or excuses like, "I don't feel like it" from getting in your way.

All of this begins with the power of The Core.

Oh, by the way -- it doesn't matter if you're a newbie or a seasoned bodybuilder, Core Leveraging works to achieve and become whatever you desire.

CB: So Jon, how do you help people stick with the plan? We all know motivation wanes quickly as results slow down. Any tips?

JB: Believe it or not, I really don't believe in motivation. "I believe in inspired, consistent action."

Motivation is short-term. I can motivate just about anyone with a good speech or perhaps an emotionally-charged piece of music. But is this long-term? Hardly.

The truly successful, at anything in life, are self-governed and intrinsically motivated. Actually, they are "inspired" -- and that's the ticket beyond the motivational trap.

Don't get me wrong -- we all need motivation from time to time. But I like to think of it as sugar. It's quick fuel that burns out just as quickly.

Inspired action, which comes when you develop your Core, sticks around for the long haul.

Inspired action makes a guy like Lance Armstrong take on the Tour de France after going through the worst cancer imaginable. Inspired action drives a boxer to continue a fight with a broken jaw. And, inspired action will PULL YOU toward a goal.

The opposite is a feeling of "I have to." This is a "push". We want to be PULLED. It starts with inspired action, not motivation.

CB: And finally, what nutrition and training changes have you noticed at different stages in your life and in the experiences of the success stories in your book? Do the nutrition principles change at all? What about training and recovery?

JB: As you age, your body tends to process carbohydrate more reluctantly.

There are exceptions of course, but for the most part people with any issues with bodyfat to begin with should curtail their intake of carbs.

This may not mean a "low-carb" diet, but they certainly work if you enjoy protein foods as I do.

Cranking up the protein, the water, and various forms of cardio can allow just about anyone at any age to get the fat off and build muscle.

I'm building plenty of muscle at 43 -- more so than I did at 33. The body fat comes off a bit slower, but not much...that is when I consume a higher protein, controlled carb, moderate fat diet with intense and brief weight training sessions.

I am currently experimenting with daily cardio sessions which vary in intensity. Some are longer at 65% MHR, others are 30 minutes at 85%. So far, so good.

Bottom line: If you eat and think properly, as I discuss in Fit Over 40 (the mind is a huge part of all of this), your body can respond like it did when you were 20.

CB: Thanks Jon, that is greatly appreciated. Any final comments for today's interview? I'm sure we'll be talking more in the future.

JB: My system of Caloric Rotation allows for muscle building and the burning of bodyfat to happen at the same time. In order to get the body you want, you want to gain lean muscle. That gives you the curves you seek, plus keeps your bones nice and strong.

You 'also' want to burn off excess bodyfat. Otherwise you'll never see the muscle you are building. Once you do that, you're "toned". In short, you become a fat-burning machine.

So "mentally let yourself do this". Mentally give yourself "permission". That sounds strange, but it's actually part of my System. The mind must be engaged or the body will not follow.

Become Fit Over 40 today!

CB: Thanks Jon. No matter what your age, Jon's mindset changing tips will help you burn fat and gain muscle - and more importantly, build the best body of your life.

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