Thursday, January 31, 2013

Can't Lose Weight? It May Not Be Your Fault!

Are you frustrated with your weight problem and don't know what to do about it? Do you find that you lose weight at first, only to gain it all back later, and maybe more when you stop dieting, or when you find yourself bingeing? Are you fed up with weight loss programs that don't work?

There is a good reason for that. You don't lack willpower. You are not doing anything wrong. It is just that dieting doesn’t work!

Facts About Dieting

* Dieting rarely works. 95% of all dieters who lose weight regain their lost weight and more within 1 to 5 years.

* Dieting can lead to eating disorders. The obsession to be thin can lead to anorexia, bulimia, bingeing and compulsive exercising.

* Dieting impacts your mental health and restricts your brainpower, leaving you mentally unfocused.

* Dieting robs you of energy and slows your metabolism down.

* Numerous studies link chronic dieting with feelings of depression, low self-esteem and increased stress.

* Dieting increases compulsive eating.

* You are fatter after a diet than before!

Why Dieting Doesn't Work

Quick fix diets usually never give long lasting results. The reason is most of the weight loss is due to loss of water. When you restrict calories, your body interprets it as impending starvation. When the body is under stress of starvation, it hoards the fat and burns the muscles first. The weight lost comes from water and the break down of muscles - the places we don't want to lose it from.

So, the last thing you want to do is drastically cut calories. When you do, the body will start breaking down muscle protein to produce energy for vital body functions. The body will use muscle protein as fuel, before it starts burning fat, so you end up losing more muscle mass than fat during dieting. The body then uses large amounts of water to flush the broken down muscle tissue out. Thus you lose weight fast. No matter how much you drink, you can't prevent this loss of water. The only way to get control of your water balance is to stop starving yourself.

When dieting, the body starts saving energy by turning some functions off and running others at a slower pace. Fat is designed to provide the body with energy and protect it from starvation. If you go below 1000 calories a day, your body will slow your metabolism down to compensate. That is why weight loss slows down dramatically after a few days on a crash diet. And a slow metabolism is exactly the opposite of what you want to lose weight.

Another reason that diets don't work is bingeing. Bingeing doesn't happen because of a lack of willpower. It is a direct result of dieting. As your body senses a restriction in calories, it goes on the alert for an impending threat to survival. As a result, it tells you to eat, which results in your bingeing on calorie and fat filled foods. The more successful you are at starving yourself, the more the body will increase it's efforts to eat more foods. Eventually the body wins because survival is our strongest instinct. Bingeing is also a result of depriving yourself of something, which psychologically makes you obsessed with what you can't have.

After the Diet

After the quick weight loss diet you go back to your normal eating pattern, and what happens? The body that has shut off functions in order to conserve energy is now, suddenly, fed. The cells in your body have an immediate response to the sudden abundance of food, and that is to keep on saving energy, storing up for the next famine. As your body saves energy, it also begins storing all the extra energy - as fat. So, you end up having lost fat burning lean muscle tissue and added more fat! That wasn't your goal when you started your diet.

In addition to building fat again, the body has no ketone-bodies to get rid of. Consequently, less water is secreted and your water balance is restored. As you replenish your emptied water stores you rapidly gain back the weight you lost. So, by building fat, and replenishing water, you will gain weight quickly the first few days after a diet.

And each time you diet, you are teaching your body how to deal with starvation by hoarding fat, so each round of dieting increases your overall body fat!

Freedom from Dieting

So, how can you lose weight if dieting and restricting calories don't work? There is no quick fix answer. Any healthy weight loss needs to come gradually. The goal is to give up dieting forever and get back in balance. Stop trying to lose weight. No more counting calories. Instead make a commitment to get healthier.

When you get off the diet roller coaster, you will feel better, become healthier and lose the weight for good. When the body is well fed with healthy foods, it will shed the extra fat. It doesn't have to store it anymore. And when you give the body the nutrients it needs to be healthy, you stop having all the cravings for less healthy foods.

Enjoy the freedom from counting calories. You will find yourself moving slowly and safely to your perfect body weight, and you will feel better than you ever have before, lean and full of vitality, energy and health. This means developing some new healthy eating habits, as well as other health habits such as exercise.

Try to avoid extremes, such as eating a high protein, low carbohydrate diet. There are many complications associated with unbalanced low carbohydrate diet regimens. At the other end of the spectrum, some diets are saying avoid protein and fats, but eat as much carbohydrates as you want. Too much of the wrong kind of carbohydrates, especially refined sugar and white refined flour will turn to fat in the body also. Most commercial breads, breakfast cereals, and prepared foods are loaded with empty, fast-release carbohydrates, causing levels of blood-sugar to rise, leading to obesity and hypoglycemia.

All of the experts agree that unprocessed complex carbohydrates such as fruit and vegetables, whole grains, potatoes, and legumes are far superior to other forms of refined carbohydrates and should play a significant role in people's eating habits. According to the American Heart Association, a healthy diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables along with regular physical activity can help most people manage and maintain weight loss for both cardiovascular health and appearance.

Losing weight and becoming healthier requires a lifestyle change, not a six week diet “quick fix”. The first step is to eat a balanced diet, filled with plenty of healthy foods, such as whole grains, fresh organic raw, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and organic meats.

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Why Many Fat Free Diets Do Not Work

Most people understand that it is wise to limit the amount of fat grams in their daily diet. The dietary reference intake amount for an adult ranges from 20% to 35%[i] of daily calories; or about 44 to 55 grams per day[1]. Since a single slice of pecan pie carries with it 27 grams of fat, and a mere tablespoon of thousand island salad dressing contains 8 grams of fat[ii], it is not surprising to see more and more people checking food labels and “passing over” an order of onion rings[2] as they try to lose, or maintain, inches and pounds.

However, the relentless avoidance of fat – even of healthy unsaturated fat – is creating a troubling scenario for many individuals. Instead of losing weight when they go “fat free”, they are actually gaining weight.

Many people on the road to weight loss forget – or simply do not know – that the words “fat free” do not also mean “calorie free”. As a result, many people ingest far too much “fat free” food, believing that it will not add weight, since, alas, it is dubbed “fat free”. Yet it is the calories in these fat-free foods that cause the weight gain; not the fat grams themselves[iii].

A single gram of fat contain nine calories, which is more than double the amount of calories in a gram protein or carbohydrate. Therefore, mathematically speaking, an eater can consume twice as many protein or carbohydrate grams than fat grams, and achieve the same caloric intake. Since many high-fat foods contain an excessive amount of fat grams – such as onion rings – it has become a staple of dieting wisdom to reduce fat intake and avoid such oily, greasy foods[3].

Yet it bears repeating that the reason to avoid fat-rich foods is not because of the word “fat”; it is because each fat gram contains a scale-tipping 9 calories. In other words: the weight-conscious reason for avoiding excess fat grams is because it leads to a higher caloric intake.

Dieters who neglect to realize this basic nutritional fact – that weight gain is about calories and not about fat grams themselves – fail to realize, and often at their eventual dismay, how the body actually gains and loses weight.

The typical adult male American diet calls for 2000 calories per day because this is how many calories are collectively use and burned (i.e. converted into energy) by the body each day. As an example, an average male dieter who consumes 1800 calories a day will “save” 200 calories per day. As there are 3,500 calories in a pound, the dieter in this scenario will “save” 3,600 calories over the course of 18 days (18 x 200 calories). This translates into a loss of one pound. Similarly, if this dieter consumes an excess 200 calories per day, a pound of weight will be gained in 18 days.

A dieter who is not aware of this mathematical formula may indeed avoid fat altogether and consume, for example, 6 tablespoons of “fat free” caramel topping per day; believing that this is not a part of the weight gain equation, because it is labeled as “fat free”. This is not false advertising, as fat free caramel topping contains no fat grams. However, fat free caramel topping delivers 103 calories per two tablespoon serving[iv].

If this dieter is adhering to a diet regimen of 44 fat grams per day -- and does not count calories -- then he will simply not know that in these 6 mere tablespoons are a substantial 309 calories; or 15% of the total daily caloric intake for a 2000 calorie/day diet.

In fact, a dieter could subsist entirely on “fat free” foods, and easily exceed their target daily caloric intake by their second meal of the day. These excess calories are obviously not deriving from fat grams; but they are coming from another source, most probably carbohydrates.

Again, the message here that many dieters do not receive from the advertising and marketing media is that fat grams in and of themselves do not necessarily “cause” weight gain. Rather, fat grams contribute to the total caloric intake, and they should be counted alongside carbohydrates and proteins.

Adding an unnecessary layer of complexity here is that many “healthy foods”, such as energy bars, contain an excessive amount of calories. A chocolate chip Energy Bar™, for example, contains 230 calories; which is actually only 40 calories less than a Butterfinger™ candy bar[v]. Unfortunately, because the Energy Bar contains 2 grams of fat and is therefore “low fat”, some dieters eat several per day; and pack on 230 calories each time, despite the fact that virtually none of those calories come from fat. It does not matter; the dieter will still gain weight if his or her daily caloric intake threshold is surpassed. Dieters who expect yogurt-covered bars to be “healthier” are also misled; the yogurt-berry Balance BarÔ contains 200 calories per serving, despite the fact that only 25% of the calories come from its 6 grams of fat.

However, there are some responsible nutritional supplement products on the market that are engineered to be both low fat/fat-free and low-calorie. These foods are of benefit to dieters when they are losing weight, and also in the vulnerable period after the weight has been lost. Regrettably, many very well intentioned dieters who have made tremendous strides and sacrifices to lose weight regain it within the first few “post-diet” months. While a number of factors influence whether a dieter will regain weight, including environment and genetics, one major culprit is that dieters are not provided with low-fat, low-calorie, and palatable food sources once they have achieved their weight loss goals. They consequently return to previous eating habits, and the unwanted weight returns within weeks.

However, as mentioned, there are intelligent nutritional supplements on the market that do fill this void, and ethically serve dieters – and post-dieters – with foods that they need to stay healthy, and fend off weight gain. For the sake of current and future dieters who are going to struggle with misleading “fat free” marketing, it is hoped that such intelligent companies, and their products, quickly become the norm of the future, rather than the exception of today.

[1] Fat grams contain 9 calories each.

[2] 3 grams of fat per onion ring!

[3] As briefly noted above, many dieters fail to realize that there are healthy unsaturated fats that the body requires; the body cannot produce fat on its own, it must receive it through diet. Yet even unsaturated fat grams contain 9 calories each, and so the understanding the fats should be severely limited holds true.


[i] Source: “Unsaturated Fat”.

[ii] Source: “Fat Content of Foods”. Weight Control Infocenter.

[iii] : “Watching Fat vs. Calories”. Good Housekeeping/iVillage.,,284558_291893,00.html?arrivalSA=1&cobrandRef=0&arrival_freqCap=1&pba=adid=13272851

[iv] Source: “Fat Free vs. Regular Calorie Comparison”. US Food and Drug Administration.

[v] Source: “Fueling Up with Energy Bars”.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013


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Friday, January 25, 2013

How Exercise Helps Reduce Stress

We have heard it so many times before that there are many benefits to exercise especially when used to lower stress. If everyone knows that exercise is important then why is stress, disease, and fatigue so prevalent in today's society? The answer is simple. We know what to do we just aren't doing it.

Experts agree that one best way to manage stress is through exercise. Exercise has been proven to relax the body and mind, burn fat, improve cardiovascular system, bring in more oxygen, reduce the chance of diseases, lower blood pressure and the list goes on.

During the stress response, many chemical reactions occur in the body preparing it to what is known as the fight or flight response. During prehistoric days as cave dwellers, we had the opportunity to burn off our stress when an animal attacked, as it was a means of survival. We were able to run away or fight the threat immediately. In today's society, we do not have to fight a bear or tiger, so we do not have much of an outlet readily at hand to burn off the stress or pent up negative emotions. Therefore, we carry it with us creating emotional and physical problems. Exercise can help by providing an outlet for negative emotions such as worry, irritability, depression, hostility, anger, frustration, and anxiety. You can dissipate these feelings by simply taking it out on the tennis court, by running, or punching a bag. Regular exercise provides the opportunity to manage the fight or flight response and helps the body to return to a homeostasis or balanced state more quickly.

Exercise can also improve self-esteem and self worth by realizing that you are benefit directly. You may feel more outgoing and social because of the increased energy and also a better physique creating more confidence and positive self image. Your self-esteem may be enhanced by taking on exercise challenges or goals, giving you a feeling of accomplishment and reward.

Anaerobic vs. Aerobic Exercise:
Aerobic exercise is an activity that uses major muscle groups such as walking, running, swimming, and cycling. This type of exercise strengthens your cardiovascular system by increasing your heart and respiratory rate and brings in more oxygen into the body. To reap the full benefits of aerobic exercise, you must be at 60%-80% of your target heart rate for at least 20 minutes, between three and five times a week.

To calculate your target heart rate use the following formula:
Take 220 - (subtract) your age X (multiply 60%, or 70%, etc. intensity rate.) = Target heart rate (divide by six for a ten second pulse count. Take your pulse for ten seconds and gage where you are during the workout. Speed up the pace if you are below 60%.

Aerobic exercise is key to lose weight as it burns calories which are the energy consumed and adds fat to our bodies. Combined with a healthy diet it is a sure way to lose weight. One pound of body fat is equivalent to 3500 calories. To lose one pound, you must burn 3500 calories. It is easier to combine aerobics and create a small caloric deficit in your diet than to do one or the other solely.

Anaerobic exercise builds muscle strength and power. Isotonics and Isometrics are two kinds of anaerobic exercises.

Isotonics uses your muscles to contract against an object with movement such as weight lifting (also called strength or resistance training.) The benefits of isotonic exercises are stronger muscles, stronger bones, tone, prevent injuries, and condenses and shapes muscle for better esthetics.


Isometric exercise is contracting your muscles against resistance without movement. Such as lifting an object like a dumbbell and holding a position. You are isolating that muscle.

Use both types of anaerobic exercises to maximize your strength to build healthy, lean, and strong muscles.

Select exercises that you enjoy and can do for at least 20 minutes, three to five days a week. Exercise does not necessarily mean hitting the gym and making an ordeal out of it. It can simply be a walk around your neighborhood or dancing to some tunes. Try to think "activity" verses "exercise". When you are in an active mind-frame, you will purposely park a little farther, do stretches at the computer, take the stairs instead of the elevator, etc.

Commit that you will begin to be more active and stick to your exercises or activities for 21 days. Why 21? Research has showed that it takes about 21 days to create a habit. Document how your feel after the 21 days. Your stress levels should be lowered, you should feel more energized, and see some physical changes such as a slimmer physique.

You may already know the benefits of exercise but are you doing it? So start by making a decision, begin slowly, then gradually work up to more and longer workout sessions. The point of this article is to help you take immediate action.

Brennan Howe is owner of several free health information websites. Visit for information on a variety of health topics.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Resveratrol for Fat Loss

The past couple weeks resveratrol has been all over the news. It's popularity and the research that has been done on it makes me think if CLA. CLA? You may be thinking "But CLA is a fat and resveratrol is a phytochemical how are they similar?"

The thing is that a lot of the early work (research) on CLA was done in animals (mainly mice/rats). What we found out with more research is that CLA can turn a fat mouse into Mighty Mouse no problem but it doesn't do the same things in humans. I'm not knocking CLA because studies have shown that it can be an effective agent in the fight against body fat at about 3.5g/day but it hasn't worked in humans like it does in mice.

I wonder if resveratrol will be similar. Below is a quote from a recent NY Times article:
"Resveratrol has been shown, in mice, to double their endurance They also have a reduced heart rate and energy-charged muscles, just as trained athletes do, according to an article published online in Cell. "Resveratrol makes you look like a trained athlete without the training," author Dr. Auwerx said in an interview.

If this would work in humans this would be incredible! Right? I'm not going to start celebrating quite yet. Plus another thing to mention is that the dosages of resveratrol that they are giving mice are HUGE compared to the average dose of a resveratrol supplement (for humans). In fact the only company that I've found whose product gives a large dose of resveratrol is Rez-V by Biotest. I would guess that if you are looking for the results that they are finding with mice that you would need to take large doses (like they do with mice) and not the small ones found in most supplements.

I'm intrigued by resveratrol. I'm going to start taking it myself. I figure the worst case scenario would be that my health greatly increases. We can sometimes get caught up in all the body composition / performance excitement that has been surrounding resveratrol but forget to realize that resveratrol have been shown to have great health benefits in HUMANS.

And if you're not into taking the supplement...have a glass of red wine. You'll get some resveratrol (not nearly as much as if you supplemented), you'll raise your HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol), but you'll temporally put a stop to fat burning (nobody said it was a perfect world).

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Why There Is No Such Thing As A Quick Fix Weight Loss Solution

We are blessed in today’s society that whatever we want, we can pretty much get it straight away. When I mean straight away, I mean now.

You want to go on a vacation, jump online and you could be on your way this afternoon. If you are hungry, stop by at a fast food chain. If you want to watch your favorite TV show, you can use TIVO or the internet (sometimes) to do so, whenever you want. It’s quite amazing what we can do.

All of this instant gratification though is making it very hard for us to be healthy and lose weight.

Because we are so used to getting whatever we want, when we want it, we’ve been conditioned to believe that we should be able to lose weight at the push of a button, or the taking of a pill, without changing anything we’re doing.

Because we live such abundantly, and are spoilt by how quickly we can get it, we feel it should be the same when it comes to weight loss. We believe there’s got to be a way to easily, and very quickly pop a pill, and enjoy safe weight loss.

Now, if we think logically about this, it does not make any sense. Anyone who knows anything about weight loss will tell you that it comes down to one simple formula:

You have to burn more calories per day than you eat.

If you can manage that, you can’t help but lose weight. The problem is of course in managing it. For you to lose weight, you need to do this for an extended period of time. And of course to do this, you have to modify your lifestyle.

The thing is though, we don’t want to eat less. We don’t want to give up our favorite foods and drinks. And of course, we don’t want to exercise.

The fact that we resist change so much means there has been a multi-million dollar weight loss drug and supplement industry that thrives. Its amazing that what we’re willing to try, just so we don’t have to eat less or exercise more.

Some of the side effects created by some of these drugs are pretty severe, so much so that you wouldn’t wish it on your worst enemy. Ironically, there is enough people in the US that are happy to pay for it, as long as they can just keep their old habits and let the drug do all the work.

Now, am I saying that weight loss drugs and supplements are all useless?

No, not necessarily. What I am saying is that if you are really serious about losing weight and keeping it off, you do need to make some lifestyle changes. And you know what?

It won’t be easy. Anytime you do make some lifestyle choices, there’s going to inertia. You’ll have resistance from yourself to making the change. You just have to keep focused on your end goal.

So, what is smart is to focus on changing your lifestyle, and choosing effect supplements to help you do this, if it is appropriate for you.

How do you know if a supplement is appropriate for you?

All you have to do is figure out what lifestyle choices you’re going to make. Decide what habits you need to form to maintain the body you want. Now think about all the things that might go wrong, when you make those changes.

For example, if you are overweight, you should start by looking at what you are eating. Often people will over-eat and under-drink. What I mean by that is that they will eat, even when they are not hungry, just because its lunch time, or because food makes them comfortable, and they won’t drink water regularly throughout the day (and leave themselves dehydrated).

So in that case, this person should think about how they can have water within touching distance of themselves throughout the day. If you do that, you will naturally sip it. You’ll be amazed how this simple tip controls your appetite.

If comfortable eating is a problem, I would now look at one of the popular weight loss supplements out there, called Hoodia. I would choose Hoodia, because, to date, there are no known side effects that have been reported. This doesn’t mean that it won’t cause side effects, because Hoodia is quite new to the market, but at this stage it seems the best choice. I would though be very careful about where I buy my Hoodia from. The source where you get your Hoodia is the most important factor you have to think about if you plan on using it.

The reason Hoodia would be effective here is because its job is to make you feel full. So if you are already feeling full, you don’t have to worry about comfortable eating. You can now focus on eating a balanced diet, full of good nutrition so that your body gets all the nutrients it needs to help you lose weight.

Again, I would not recommend relying on Hoodia long term. Use it in the short term to get into good dietary habits, then when you do get used to eating healthy foods, wean off it.

That way you keep in total control, without relying on anything. You’re just using it (Hoodia in this case) to make it easier for you to change your lifestyle. The point is, if you want to keep the weight off, you have to take the power off the pill, and put it back into your ability to change your lifestyle. If you do that, you’re more likely to stick to your new habits, and therefore keep the weight off.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

7 Key Reasons To Keep Exercising

If you still have problems making up your mind about exercising, here are seven good reasons why you shouldn't delay any longer.

1. You’ll Live Longer

People who exercise regularly can expect to live longer. In fact, people who get a good workout almost daily can add nearly four years to their life spans, according to several studies.

2. You’ll Look Younger

Studies have shown that regular exercise, both aerobic and strength training, will help you look and feel younger. Another study of seniors who exercised regularly showed that their genetic profile was more like that of young people than old people.

3. Exercise helps you burn fat

It is common knowledge that exercise can help you lose weight. The golden rule is that you need to burn more calories than you consume by eating in order to become slimmer. You burn more calories when you exercise than when you don’t, so the solution to your weight problem is to exercise regularly.

4. Exercise can prevent diseases

Exercise can prevent you from becoming a victim to several diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, heart problems and strokes. Not only are some diseases improved by exercise, but some are even healed. Regular exercise can help decrease your HDL cholesterol level, triglyceride levels and your blood pressure, thus significantly lowering your risk of having a stroke or heart attack. The risk of prostate cancer for men, of breast and uterine cancer for women, and several other risks of diseases can definitely be reduced by exercising regularly.

5. Exercise boosts self-confidence

You’ll usually feel better about yourself after a workout. Because your body will be more fit and toned, you'll feel better about yourself, including the way you look. With your newfound confidence, you'll be encouraged to meet new people and socialize more often. Exercise has also been found to improve sexual drive.

6. Exercise can improve your mood

Endorphins are released with a stronger intensity in the human body during a period of regular exercising. These chemicals have the ability to counteract depression and induce a sense of happiness. Endorphins are released only minutes after you begin a workout.

7. Exercise helps overcome problems

Exercise will help you become familiar with the whole idea of conquering obstacles and achieving goals. No matter what your goal is, you will know that you can reach it by working hard.

Now that you've read all the great things that exercising regularly can do for you, do you still have any more second thoughts about working out? You can go to a gym or you can exercise at home. There are numerous ways to exercise so go with the ones that appeal to you. Even if you devote just a fraction of your time each day to exercising, you stand to gain a lot in the long run.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

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Friday, January 18, 2013

What Would a Fashion Model's Diet Plan be

Have you ever wondered how the so-called super models manage to get in such good shape and stay trim, even after having a family?

Fashion models depend on their slim figures for their livelihood, so it's imperative that they always look good. Don't worry, I'm not suggesting that you should embark on a diet of leaves and nuts. I'm not an advocate of the size zero, but I'm sure you'll find it interesting to know what sort of diet a fashion model would choose.

The Fashion Models Diet Plan

A favourite way for models to look good is to "Cleanse" or "Fast". This is not a complete starvation diet, as it will include the intake of soups and fruit juices over a 3 to7 day period. It is more of a detox routine and is gernerally only carried out once or twice a year.

The benefits of this detox is to obviously rid the body of harmful toxins, such as preservatives and food additives together with inhaled smoke and fumes. It also gives the colon a chance to rid the digestive system of any fecal build up. The results can be dramatic as the liver and kidneys are able to repair and replace damaged cells instead of continuing to rid the body of toxins.

A typical "Cleanse" diet might consist of a combination of fresh carrots, celery, beet, spinach, apple, coconut, broth and juices. Citrus and tomato juices are too acidic to drink while fasting so these should be avoided. It's important to drink plenty of water during the detox and avoid consuming any unnecessary medications or supplements.

The advantages of a detox are weight loss, reduced body odour, shinier finger nails, stronger hair, reduced cellulite, a glowing complexion and more beautiful eyes.

After the detox, the typical fashion model will then begin her normal eating habits, which to some people may appear to be a "real" diet. However, it will simply be a healthy balanced diet, which might typically consist of the following:

---Breakfast (9am)
One boiled egg with a slice of wholewheat bread
A bowl of cereal with skimmed milk
Black coffee
Total 369 calories

---Lunch (12.30pm)
Turkey salad with balsamic vinaigrette
Cup of tea with skimmed milk
Total 320 calories

---Early Evening Snack (4.30pm)
Low fat Jell-O pudding
Total 100 calories

---Dinner (8pm)
Lean Cuisine chicken a l'orange with rice
2 slices of low fat cheddar cheese with wholewheat crackers
Total 448 calories

The total calorie intake for a typical day is 1237. The aim of the diet is to keep the daily calorie count below 1500.

This is a typical example of a fashion model's diet, which will also involve some form of aerobic exercises 3 times a week.

So, as you can see it's not at all what you might have originally thought. It's just a sensible eating plan and a sensible exercise routine. However, if even this diet seems a little too much to stomach, you could try a natural herbal diet remedy.

Here are the top 5 tips that fashion models highly recommend for staying in trim.

1. Decrease your alcohol consumption. Alcohol suppresses the body's ability to burn fat.

2. Eat more Black Pepper, Ginger, Chile Peppers. Spicy food helps speed up the body's metabolism.

3. Increase your muscle mass. Muscle burns fat, so adding 5lbs of muscle will help you burn another 250 calories a day.

3. Increase your vitamin B and Calcium intake. The B-Vitamins give you more energy and increase your metabolism.

4. Drink More Water. A healthy, well-hydrated body is important to flush out toxins and aid in metabolising fats

5. Increase your intake of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Omega 3 fatty acids can help to balance blood sugar levels and control appetite.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

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The Perfect Body building Exercise

So what is the perfect bodybuilding exercise or workout routine? READ ON.

Most people, when they plan out a workout routine, don’t take into consideration the implication of each exercise on other areas of the body. Almost every individual exercise performed effects more than one group of muscles and therefore, is obviously more practical to design the workout that compliments only those areas.

Bodybuilders group exercises by body part and train one muscle group at a time. Working one muscle with 1-3 exercises ensures that you train it thoroughly. Experience says that this type of training is the most efficient for bodybuilding.

There are going to be times when it is unavoidable and you may end up working the same muscle group over two workouts, however as a rule it is better not to. It is also important to consider what you are trying to achieve; building Mass, definition, strength or all three. As a beginner it’s important to emphasize on evaluating the best bodybuilding exercise since the first thing everyone thrives for is quick, visible a result.

The most prominent feature that lets everyone know you’re working out is not below the waistline, though it’s worth pointing out that that may actually be less prominent if you decide to take the easy rout of by taking illegal body enhancing substances. The most eye-catching is obviously your muscle mass.

Design your bodybuilding exercise routine to firstly build mass on the largest muscle groups. Every major muscle group should be developed to prevent muscle imbalance and the risk of injury and so you don't look like a freak. I see some of the guys who have a huge chest, back, arms, traps, but have the smallest legs. They might be able to put up 375 lbs 5 times (not a joke), but when you look at his legs, you notice he have never, ever even trained them. His arms might be 16", or whatever, but his claves are no bigger than 13".

To maintain symmetry and prevent muscle imbalance, choose bodybuilding exercises that train both side of the body simultaneously. The best way to start is to keep it simple, split the body into two sections, upper body and lower body. For the upper body; chest, shoulders and back is a good start, for the lower body thighs and calves. Remember 1-3 excesses; shoulder press, medium grip bench press and chin-ups are sufficient for upper body development as a starter. Squats, leg-press and calve raises complete the routine. All of these bodybuilding exercises work on both sides simultaneously whilst maintaining symmetry and muscular balance at the development stage.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Does Pyruvate Help In Weight Loss?

There is currently a debate as to whether or not pyruvate can help in weight loss. There are two distinct camps, although the body of evidence favors those that believe that they can lose weight by taking a pyruvate supplement.

However, pyruvate is not an essential substance, which means that it is produced in the body from other substances. It is, in fact, the product of glycolysis, in which glucose is metabolized in the presence of oxygen to adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the molecule of energy, and two molecules of pyruvate.

The two pyruvate molecules then generate further energy by one of two pathways. In the first, the pyruvate forms acetyl-coenzyme A which is the first part of the Krebs Cycle, also known as the Citric Acid Cycle, which is responsible for energy production in the mitochondria. In the second, the pyruvate forms oxaloacetate, which is either used to form intermediates used in the Krebs Cycle or to generate more glucose through the process of gluconeogenesis.

The ATP formed in the mitochondria is a form of stored energy, just like a battery. When energy is released it is converted to adenosine diphosphate and the battery is discharged. The Krebs Cycle then adds another phosphate group to convert it to the triphosphate again, and so on. The energy is not carried round the body, but used in the cells in which it is generated. Every cell in the body contains a mitochondrion, and generates its own energy. Pyruvate is needed in every one of them.

The upshot of all this is that pyruvate is created naturally by the body, and therefore needs no supplementation. However, if there is a need to stimulate or increase the breakdown rate of blood sugars to prevent their later metabolism to fat, and hence help to prevent weight increase, then supplementation could be effective. In fact, it can be argued that the more pyruvate available then the more is the potential for energy to be generated, although it is glucose that is the main player in that scene.

In the absence of supplementation, of course, pyruvate is available naturally in cheese, red wine, dark beer and apples, and is also produced from pyruvic acid. The acid itself can cause some gastrointestinal problems, but when it sees a calcium or sodium salt, such as common salt, it forms the stable pyruvate. But the real question is, if pyruvate can be used to reduce weight, then by what mechanism? Without a projected mechanism then the practical results cannot be explained, which renders pyruvate just a player but not necessarily the major player.

The answer to this question is slightly open in that while many believe that pyruvate can be used to reduce weight and body fat, just as many do not, believing that there is insufficient evidence to reach that conclusion. However, if we examine the potential mechanism and determine the probability of that occurring, then we should be able to answer that question.

Athletes claim that pyruvate supplements help them to perform better through its effect on the Krebs Cycle that is responsible for the generation of energy in the body. It speeds up the transport of proteins and glucose into the mitochondria of the muscles, and so enables energy to be generated rapidly within the muscle cells when required.

This is a reasonable hypothesis, and one that is perfectly feasible given our knowledge of how the Krebs Cycle works. Pyruvate is an essential component of the Cycle, and in the presence of an excess of the other components, then additional pyruvate might well speed it up, and so generate energy faster and perhaps even increase the rate of thermogenesis and the burning of fat in the body.

However, there is another possible reason for pyruvate helping to give the appearance of an increase in energy levels, and one that is just as feasible. During exercise, whether in a gym or in actual competition, the body first uses the energy generated in the mitochondria through the natural operation of the Krebs Cycle. Once the blood glucose is used up, the glycogen stores in the muscles and liver are used.

Glycogen is the body's reserve store of energy, and is used when blood glucose has been depleted. Since pyruvate generates an increasing reliance on blood glucose for energy, the store of glycogen remains unused until it has to be, and hence the body appears to gain in energy. However, although this can explain at least partially the increased energy athletes experience when taking pyruvate supplements, it does not explain the loss in fact, that generally occurs after the glycogen reserves have been used up.

A six week double blind study carried out in Connecticut in 1999 on 26 people given 6 grams of pyruvate a day for 6 weeks resulted in a significant decrease, not only in body weight, but also in the mass of body fat, in the group given the pyruvate, but no effect in the control group.

A study in Pittsburg again showed pyruvate to result in loss of fat, with a group of overweight women losing three pounds more fat than a control that were given a placebo. However, the results here were questionable since the difference in weight loss was small in comparison to the original weight of the subject.

The same is true of a follow-up study in which the control group lost only two pounds less than the pyruvate group. A third study in the same group should only a 1.5 pound difference. These results are no conclusive, although the weight of evidence is in favor of pyruvate being effective in helping you to lose weight. However, it has not yet been universally accepted.

Is there a downside to using pyruvate that could argue against its use unless its effects have been conclusively proved? Probably the only one is that pyruvate can cause gastrointestinal problems if taken in large doses, but these would have to be in the region of around 30 - 50 grams daily, which is above those normally recommended not to mention very expensive.

Although the jury is still out on pyruvate, it seems that it does help to reduce weight, and that apart from the gastric discomfort when excessive amounts are used, it has no side effects. It is also of use in enhancing energy levels, and in demand by athletes and body builders, and its effects are supported by theory and the way it works in the mitochondria to generate energy.


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Monday, January 14, 2013

Arbonne Weight Loss!

It's that time of year again, time to slim down to look great in that bikini! The problem is, how are you going to do it? Starve yourself, so when you do eat something your body stores all of the fat? How about running 2 miles a day, but do you really have the time to do that? What if you could just replace food and beverages you already consume with healthy alternatives that burns fat? Arbonne's Figure 8 weight loss System offers these healthy alternatives that may help you get to your weight loss goal this Summer! Not only will this system answer your weight loss problem BUT you will save money! Yes, save money! This 15 serving protein shake (meal replacement) costs $32.50, this equals $2.16 per meal!!! And these shakes will fill you up so it will actually replace a meal!

Now, what makes the products in this Figure 8 line so unique and EFFICIENT? First of all, Arbonne's products are vegan and botanically based. These protein shakes don't use the common whey protein, that is often hard to digest. Our protein shakes don't contain soy protein either, which reduces thyroid function, making it impossible for you to lose weight! Arbonne's Figure 8 protein shake contains cranberry, golden pea and rice bran protein, totaling 20g! Cranberry protein is so much more than amino acids, it also delivers essential fatty acids (omega-3's and 6) and has more powerful antioxidants than vitamin C and E. These protein shakes also deliver 20 essential vitamins and minerals to help your body and metabolism perform at it's best and contain flaxseed for heart health! This shake also contains a proprietary blend that boosts energy, including Coenzyme Q10, alfalfa, kelp, ginseng and alpha lipoic acid. And unlike many other protein shakes this one is sweetened with stevia and tastes so great, you feel like your cheating!

Besides this amazing meal replacement there are other products to support your weight loss goals, such as the weight loss chews, that come in chocolate and cafe mocha! These chews are great for in between meal cravings and contains a proprietary blend of botanicals including codonopsis, astragalus and rhodiola, known to increase energy levels and help the body adapt to stress! This amazing weight loss system also includes an energy drink that has awesome fat burning ingredients like green tea and chromium and is a great substitute for coffee. This energy drink comes in a form of a fizz tab so you can keep them in your purse and add them to a bottle of water! There is even a detox tea to help rid your body of toxins, speeding up your weight loss. When you burn fat, toxins are released, so eliminating them early in your weight loss will help your body work at full potential.

There is even a fiber supplement that is flavorless and can be added to food or a beverage! Fiber is great for weight loss because it takes longer to digest, using up more calories and it fills you up! Not only does it aid in fat burning but it also lowers risks of diabetes and heart disease. A weight loss system wouldn't be complete without a diet pill, so Arbonne has created a supplement with green tea and Garcinia Cambogia.

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

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Lose Menopause Weight Gain

As you approach menopause, it’s not unusual to gain weight, especially around your mid-section. You have likely not changed your eating habits or level of activity, but the weight continues to accumulate, even if you’re still experiencing regular periods. Most women begin to notice this added weight while they’re in their thirties or forties, and are frustrated by the fact that the weight is not quite as easy to lose as it was a few years prior.

The weight you’re now noticing is perfectly normal and is the result of declining hormone levels as you approach menopause (perimenopause). As your estrogen levels decline, your body will naturally look for other places from where to get the estrogen it needs. Unfortunately for us women, fat cells can produce estrogen, therefore, your body works extra hard to convert your consumed calories into fat.

Not only are your estrogen levels declining, but your body’s testosterone levels are declining too. Testosterone is a necessary hormone to convert your calories to lean muscle mass; as your levels of testosterone decline, the result will mean a loss of muscle. If you no longer have the necessary muscle mass to burn calories, the food you’re consuming will result in fat accumulation.

Fortunately, if you have the determination to lose the extra weight you’re now carrying around, you will do so successfully. The only obstacle between you and a successful weight loss would be a lack of determination and discipline on your part; I sincerely doubt this is the case due to the fact that you found this article because you’re obviously looking for solutions.

Now that you understand the havoc your hormones are capable of wreaking, you now have a clearer picture of what it is you need to do to lose the weight you’ve gained due to declining hormone levels. You see, simply cutting calories is no longer enough to reduce or eliminate the weight you’ve gained around your mid-section. Muscle plays a crucial role in weight loss, so it’s imperative to build muscle in order to have your body burn calories around the clock.

I’m not suggesting anything extreme, but getting into a regular exercise program, which includes cardiovascular workouts, as well as weight training at least three days a week will result in a much leaner body.

Congratulations on taking the first step toward having a body that is healthy, beautiful, lean and toned.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Speaking Voice Exercises to Develop a Deep Bass Voice

More often than not, how you say something is more noticeable-and more important-than what you say when you are talking. Yes, it may seem strange, but this holds true in almost every situation. Particularly, your voice often has more impact than your message to your listeners. And if you want to gain respect, confidence, and attention from the people you are talking with, you will benefit much from doing speech voice exercises.

One of the most popular exercises to develop a deep bass voice involves breathing deeply. This speech voice exercise makes the diaphragm stronger. To do the exercise, you need to breathe in from your diaphragm, forcing your stomach up. Hold your breath for about 4 seconds and then breathe out, also for about 4 seconds. The exercise is done for six times every day. You need to be persistent with your speech voice exercises. That is the key to success.

Forcing air out of your lungs is also an effective way to make your voice sound better. Try comparing the voice that comes from your throat or vocal chords and that from your lungs or diaphragm. There's a difference, right? The former is squeaky, while the other is fuller. Now, try to say a long "yeeeeh" while bringing down your voice to the lowest tone you can produce. During this exercise, your voice will vibrate at three different directions: your nose, your throat, and down at your chest. If your voice resonates at your chest, then you are more likely to produce a deep bass sound.

Speech voice exercises help you improve your breathing so that your voice comes out as a rich, full, and deep sound.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

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Diet Pills: Tremendous Temptation, Huge Frauds

False campaigns

More than 50 percent of Americans and Canadians are overweight or obese. More than a half the advertising campaigns for diet pills and dietary supplements are intentionally false or fail to reveal the truth, according to the FTC. This enormous proportion reveals the dimensions of this money-generating industry. Consumers in North America spend more than $35 billion each year on weight-loss products.

The FDA investigated 300 weight-loss ads from the radio, television, the Internet, magazines, newspapers, e-mail and direct mail. The FDA report concluded that some ads promised significant results without surgery, diet or exercise. Other companies claimed that taking their product would be enough for a quick weight loss. There was no need to eat less or diet. Just take pills.

Fraudulent schemes

The main frauds:

1. Manufacturers promise that their pills will deliver spectacular results, without any effort or exercise. Diet pills are presented as miracles. Just a few mention the FDA-approved diet pill.

2. They fail to admit completely and honestly the risks and side effects.

Many scams have been revealed so far. Here are a few examples:

* Bentley-Myers and three weight-loss products Zymax, MillinesES (both containing ephedra), and Serotril (containing St. John's wort) were brought under an intense spotlight when the FTC filed a federal court complaint. The FTC alleged that these diet pills caused rapid and substantial weight loss without diet or exercise and with no side effects. An additional charge referred to another dietary supplement, CartazyneDS, containing glucosamine. This was promoted as having the ingredients to cure arthritis and rebuild cartilage in just a few days.

* CortiSlim Lawsuit July 2004 Some CortiSlim TV commercials claimed that the human body is able to manage and normalize weight through Cortisol, the stress hormone. Charging the producer and distributor, public health officials argued that this supplement has no substantiated scientific support.

* Metabolife supplement and brain damages A jury in Houston awarded $7.4 million to a woman who suffered brain damage in a stroke, as a consequence of taking the Metabolife supplement to lose weight. She had been persuaded by commercials that this supplement was safe and had no side effects.

* Mendacious campaigns for the Ephedra-based supplement Trimspa An American hypnotist, Alex Szynalski, and a former Playboy Bunny (Anna Nicole Smith) joined in a Trimspa commercial which was considered "deceptive advertising" by the New Jersey Attorney General. The hypnotist was accused of luring consumers to his Goen Lose Weight Hypnosis seminars and then tempting them to buy the Trimspa supplements he produced.

* Kava Kava stop sales. Health Canada launched a public warning that this herb, found in supplements and sometimes in food is under suspicion. Its consumption was linked to liver disfunction and toxicity. FDA warned that the Kava extract is delivered under many other names which are difficult to find on the label (kava, kava kava, kava-kava, kava root, kava-kava root, kavain, kava pepper, kavapipar, kawa, kawa kawa, kawa pepper, kawapfeffer, maori kava, rhizoma di kava-kava, ava, ava pepper, ava root, awa, gea, gi, intoxicating pepper, intoxicating long pepper, kao, Piper methysticum, Macropiper Latifolium, Piper inebrians, Malohu, maluk, meruk, milik, kew, Rauschpfeffer, sakau, tonga, Wurzelstock, yagona, yangona, yaqona, yongona).

* The invisible Zoller laboratories. Intrigued by the name of diet pills suggested to be taken by Britney Spears, somebody tried to identify the producer of Zantrex 3. Zoller laboratories, apparently producing Zantrex 3, were not listed in any database. They were just a firm created by Basic Research, the company distributing Zantrex 3, for fear that its real name would sound too scientific to the public. The confusion induced by this phantom company nevertheless affected the credibility of the company.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sexy Thigh Lifting & Thigh Firming Exercise for Women

For many ladies any type of safe workout, including exercises for lifting and firming the thighs, are going to help improve the body - regardless of age. Whether your top goal is to enhance the appearance of your nasty trouble spots or your overall health and wellness, the proper thigh lifting and firming exercises can definitely help you get the best results in the shortest amount of time - with minimal risk of injury.

You were built to walk and move - you were built to for physical activity. But, most modern jobs require a lot of sitting at a desk - especially for ladies. This leads to long list of unwanted health conditions and negatively affects your appearance - and attractiveness (loose flabby, saddle-bag hips and big, thick thighs).

Since we can't all leave our regular jobs and earn a living by walking/jogging through the streets, a regular fitness program is an ideal solution. Specific thigh lifting and firming exercises are an essential part of that targeted workout routine.

So, what should you do for your problem thighs?

Brisk walking (especially hill waking) or jogging, 3 - 5 times per week is a good start. Do things that prompt you to walk more (use your body), such as parking your car further away from your workplace and taking the stairway as opposed to the easy elevator (yes, I know you've heard that one before - but are you doing these simple things?).

2 to 3 times per week, do specifically targeted thigh lifting and firming exercises, if your thighs, buttocks and hips are stubborn problem areas for you. If you don't like looking at your lower body in the mirror when you are naked - then this means you.

Beneath, you'll read the written instructions of an exercise that works well, but it truly helps to have a video, e-guide or detailed photos to insure that you are doing the exercises properly. For some ladies, it is also helpful to exercise in front of a mirror - to check for proper positioning and movement.

Bad form can lead to unnecessary injuries and negate the effectiveness of the exercise - leaving you with disappointing results - and long term frustration.

Here is a great thigh lifting and firming exercise to include your workout.

'Slow Burn' Hip and Thigh Lifts (Hip & Thigh Abduction)

Lie down on your right side (preferably on a soft fitness mat), with your head resting on your arm or the palm of your hand. Bring your knees forward - so your hip joint is at a 90 degree angle.

Straighten your top leg (left) so your foot is out in front of your body. Slowly lift your left foot from the floor to the sky (about 3 feet off the floor) - pause for 1 second at the top and then slowly lower your foot, lightly touch the floor and repeat the move. Do 10 - 15 and then turn over and do the other side.

Are you confused yet?

Typed instructions of thigh lifting and firming exercises can be quite confusing, especially to the first time exerciser. A woman that has performed this type of lower body lifting and firming exercise in the past, understands the movement, almost instantly.

But any female who is new to this exercise can quickly become frustrated and helpless.

Thigh abductions are very targeted thigh lifting and firming exercises, but they must be executed properly. And they must be done in conjunction with a series of other lower body exercises in order to give you the body enhancing results you deserve and desire.

Its quite possible that you may either need the help of a fitness professional, a good instructional guide with photos or a video.

Truthfully there's actually no point in doing just this one thigh exercise, if you are not doing it properly and you are not combining it with the right support exercises. When the right exercises are combined in the correct sequence - you get the body changing benefits of muscle movement synergy and stimulation.

Also - you want to get this right the first time because you could easily hurt yourself and cause unneeded setbacks - that would delay your positive results even longer - and nobody wants to wait longer to improve their body?

The key point is that specific thigh lifting and firming exercises are extremely effective, but you've got to be certain you are following a well-structured program that consists of the group of critical exercises you need - and not just one single exercise.

A well planned grouping and sequence of butt, thigh and hip exercises can visibly transform your lower body problem spots into an eye-catching work of art - that you'd certainly be proud of displaying in your favorite swimsuit.


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Monday, January 7, 2013

Distinctive Men's Suits Begin With The Right Choice Of Fabrics

Fashion trends have certainly changed in men's clothing since our fathers' generation. While the dapper dresser of the past always had his place, and men have always "dressed for success" to one degree or another, there is far a more aware and sophisticated approach to clothing today than ever.

As evidenced by the explosion of fashion magazines and TV programs aimed at the subject of men's wear and even makeovers, men today are much more aware of how they're dressed than they were in the past, when fashion wasn't much more than an afterthought. Many men are paying more attention to their wardrobes than their cars or traditional male hobbies in an attempt to achieve the respect the business world bestows on a well-dressed man. The best way to achieve this look, of course, is with a "killer" new suit.

While style and cut is important, the deeper idea to be aware of is that the proper fabric is the most important component of the perfect suit. To decide which fabric is right for you, you'll need to know how each will look, feel, and wear. The following descriptions of fabrics commonly used in men's suits will point you in the right direction.


Linen: Probably not the best choice for a new suit. Linen is lightweight and has a look that will set you apart from everyone else, but it stains and wrinkles easily. It can create a suit with a nice line, but it won't stay that way all day at the office.

Polyester: The only reason to consider a polyester suit is if it's blended with wool in order to reduce the cost. Polyester is made from chemicals, not natural fibers, and suits made from it were in style about as long as disco in the 1970s. What you'll save on a blended suit isn't worth the look.

Microfiber: Fine for a Halloween costume but not much else. Stay away from any suit made from microfiber.

Teflon: The same comments that apply to microfiber also apply to Teflon. Unless you plan to fry an egg on your sleeve, stay away from it.


Tweed: Now we're into the fabric of choice for men's suits, but don't get too excited yet - tweed is not the first choice. While it will keep you warm in very cold weather, the fabric is too heavy to flow on your body. You may very well see tweed suits on seniors; it has a very old-fashioned look. But it's best to avoid tweed altogether, as it will tend to make you look heavier.

Flannel: Suits made from flannel are also pretty heavy, as they are made from corded wool. Although flannel is very durable and available in charcoal gray with pinstripes, it's better suited for pajamas than suits.

Tropical: Because this wool crepe is very lightweight, it's extremely difficult to keep from wrinkling. This is not the fabric of choice for your new suit.

Worsted: You probably figured out by now that we saved the best for last. Gabardines and mid-weight corded wools are Worsted fabrics that are durable and can be worn all year long. Make sure your next suit is made from Worsted wool.

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Phases of the hCG Diet

The human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) diet contains three separate phases. These phases differ only slightly depending on which of the two HCG weight loss programs you are following. These two programs are Dr. Simeons’ “Pounds and Inches” program and Kevin Trudeau’s “The weight loss Cure” program. Phase 1 of Dr. Simeons’ program requires the individual to binge eat for two days prior to starting the hCG diet. The purpose of this two day binge is to add fat to the storage areas in the individual’s body so that the hCG can perform properly and also to help prevent hunger and headaches that are sometimes associated with the program. Typically, the individual is either given hCG drops or injections two days prior to starting the diet. The act of binge eating for those two days helps the hCG to enter the system. Two days after receiving the hCG, the individual will begin to follow a 500 calorie diet in Phase 2.

Phase 1 of Kevin Trudeau’s diet with hCG requires the individual to go through a thirty day period of cleansing before starting the two day binge eating period. The cleansing process is designed to remove impurities and toxins from the body. It is recommended that the individuals receiving cleansing treatments only eat organic foods to help promote the effects of the cleansing. Some cleansing processes included in Trudeau’s hCG program are colonics, heavy metal cleanses, candida cleanses, liver cleanses, and parasitic cleanses. There is a list of products that the individual should avoid during the entire process available within the article “The Weight Loss Cure.” Some individuals have experienced results when they have combined elements from both versions of the hCG dieting program.

For those who are following Dr. Simeons’ program, the second phase involves starting the actual diet with the use of liquid hCG. During this phase, individuals eat only those foods that have been approved for use in the hCG diet. A list of the approved foods can be found in the “Pounds and Inches” manuscript and also on various websites. This phase lasts between twenty-six to forty days depending on how much weight the individual has lost and how long the individual wants to diet. The individual will continue taking hCG for most of this phase. Three days prior to ending the 500 calorie diet, the individual will stop taking hCG. Trudeau’s Phase 2 is similar to Dr. Simeons’ Phase 1.

The third phase of Dr. Simeons’ hCG dieting program is intended to allow the hypothalamus to reset. Dieters go into a ‘maintenance’ phase where they can eat what they want while watching their weight. The goal is to stay within two pounds of their new weight. Phase 3 of Trudeau’s version is to actually start the hCG diet using the list of approved foods from Dr. Simeons’ manuscript. These foods should be organic and hormone free. This phase also requires the individual to use hCG dieting supplements.