Lighten Up 20 Tasty Healthy Recipes


Sorry I haven’t posted much lately,I been pretty busy so I thought I would give you all a little treat here is one of the many Ebooks I was given recently. I thought you all might like to check it out feel free to download a copy for yourself as my gift to you. I have a lot going on right now but I will try to post again soon. To get to this e-book just click the link below, after  you click on the link it will come up again so you will have to click the link again and it will bring up the Ebook. I just tried it myself to make sure it was working hope you enjoy these yummy treats.                                                                                                                                                              Lighten Up 20 Tasty Healthy Recipes for the New Year from Mr Food

 

I Lost Weight: Holly White Committed To Nutritious Eating And Lost 100 Pounds


  Reblogged:from Huffington Post                                                                                                                                             Name: Holly White                                                                                                            Age: 25                                                                                                                                    Height: 5’4″                                                                                                                         Before Weight: 275 poundsI Lost Weight Holly White

How I Gained it: When I was in college, I started eating out a lot at lunch, mostly at fast food restaurants because it was easy to grab a burger between classes. The habit of eating burgers and fries every day stuck with me even after college was over; I continued to eat unhealthy meals when I started working, as well. I would get fast food three to four times a week. I wasn’t eating enough fruits and veggies at the time, either. I would always go for the quick snacks like chips and candy, I didn’t control my portion sizes and I didn’t get enough exercise in my daily routine.

Breaking Point: I couldn’t stand having my picture taken because of the way I looked in photographs. I also got tired of going to the store and seeing all of the really cute outfits that I loved but couldn’t wear. It just really hit me one day that unless I made up my mind to do something about my weight, things would never change.

How I Lost It: I started Weight Watchers again (a few years before, I had actually lost about 30 pounds on the program, but I didn’t stick with it), and I started exercising every day. Exercising is definitely not the easiest or most fun thing when you first get started, but I knew it was something I needed to do in order to lose weight and get healthy. I started off by walking about 25 to 30 minutes each afternoon for about a week or so. Then, I just started working my time up and switching off between the treadmill and bicycle. I would walk outside sometimes, if the weather permitted. Once the weight started coming off, I was more motivated to exercise and continue losing. Now I walk, jog or bicycle around three to four miles every afternoon and I really enjoy it. I just don’t feel right if I don’t do some type of exercise now!

I also make healthier food choices; instead of eating a 100-calorie chocolate snack (even though it may only be a couple of WW points), I go for lots of fruit and veggies because they’re a lot better for me in the long run. I have become addicted to peaches and watermelon!

I think being older and more mature helped me to realize that my weight was very unhealthy and that I needed to do something about it now, not put it off until later. Everyone at work and my family was very supportive and really encouraged me the entire time, which I think is a really important thing. When someone is trying to lose weight, hearing the occasional “How much have you lost now?” or “You’re doing great, keep it up!” is really motivating and helps keep you going even on those rough days!

I definitely feel better about myself, both mentally and physically. And I can wear some of those cute outfits now!

After Weight: 173 pounds

Skinny Fiber


Skinny Fiber                                                                                                                                 Well the other day I was messing around on Facebook. I came across a post made by Brittany,who happens to live right here in the same town that I live. I see her here and there from time to time. Well Brittany has been using Skinny Fiber for about four to six weeks I think, and because she has had such good results as you can clearly see from her picture she now promotes Skinny Fiber. But that’s not all Brittany has also started her own Weight Loss  Group. So with her permission I thought  I needed to share this with everyone. So If you are looking for a good support Group to help guide you along your Weight Loss journey then I suggest you click on this link.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/325235564220272/                                                                                                                                                                     And If you’re looking for a good all natural supplement I strongly recommend   Skinny Fiber.                                                                                                                                                                                                               Skinny Fiber is a completely NATURAL supplement.                                                                                                                                                                            It is mainly made of 3 plant ingredients! NO stimulants to make you feel weird & jittery!!   The first week you take it, it will work on  getting your body ready to  lose weight, will boost your metabolism, and  clean your body of all the  bad toxins. After the first or second week, you will really start to  see & feel the results! Some people can  feel the difference within a day, and some it can take up to 2 or 3  weeks.                                                                                        What really will help  is taking pictures & measurements  before you started. I can make  side-by-side pictures for you, and you’ll  really see it!                                                                                                                                                               Each bottle has 120 capsules. You take 2  capsules, 2 times per day. For example if you’re about to eat breakfast or lunch, you take 2 of them with a big glass of water just 30-60  minutes before you eat. The water makes the capsule expand in your stomach so you eat less and feel full. Then 30-60 minutes before dinner you do the same thing.                                                                                                                                                         Skinny Fiber is $60 for one bottle, $120 for 2 bottles, and you get 1   free, and the best deal is $180 for 3 bottles, and you get 3 free. That  last one would make it $30/bottle OR $1/day. If you look at it this way   it’s amazing: if you get a candy bar and a can of pop every day you’re paying $2-3/day. With the Skinny Fiber you’re getting something  healthy and cheaper! The website to order is http://blparro.SkinnyFiber.com/

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Weight Loss Plan


Barry Gourmet moves his body

Barry Gourmet moves his body (Photo credit: Barry Gourmet and Raw)

Weight Loss Plan:                               The Goal to Go For :                                                                     What Is your Weight Loss Plan? To be successful when It comes to Weight Loss you must have a plan, and you have to stick to It. So It’s Important to take your time and think about how your Weight Loss Plan will affect your everyday life. Then you will be able to put together a plan that works for you.                                                                                                                                                                              Since excess weight puts you at risk for many health problems, you may need to set some weight loss plans to help avoid those risks and prevent disease.

But what should be your long-term goal? And what short-term goals should you set to help you get there? You have a better chance of attaining your goals if you make sure that the weight loss plans that you will use are sensible and reasonable right at the beginning.

Here are some guidelines from the experts in choosing weight loss plans and goals.

1. Be realistic

Most people’s long-term weight loss plans are more ambitious than they have to be.

For example, if you weigh 170 pounds and your long-term plan is to weigh 120, even if you have not weighed 120 since you were 16 and now you are 45, that is not a realistic weight loss goal.

Your body mass index or BMI is a good indicator of whether or not you need to shed of pounds. The ideal BMI range, according to the national Institutes of Health, is between 19 and 24.9. If your BMI is between 25 and 29.9, you are considered overweight. Any number above 30 is in the obesity range.

From this point of view, you will need a sensible weight loss plan that will correspond to the required BMI based on your height, because this is the primary factor that will affect your BMI.

2. Set appropriate objectives

Using a weight loss plan just for vanity’s sake is psychologically less helpful than losing weight to improve health.

You have made a big step forward if you decide to undergo a weight loss plan that includes exercise and eating right so that you will feel better and have more energy to do something positive in your life.

3. Focus on doing, not losing

Rather than saying that you are going to lose a pound this week, say how much you are going to exercise this week. This would definitely make up of a sensible weight loss plan.

Keep in mind that your weight within a span of a week is not completely in your control, but your behavior is.

4. Build bit by bit

Short-term weight loss plans should not be “pie-in-the-sky.” This means that when you have never exercised at all, your best weight loss plan for this week should be based on finding three different one-mile routes that you can walk the next week.

5. Keep up the self-encouragement

An all-or-nothing attitude only sets you up to fail. Learn to evaluate your efforts fairly and objectively. If you fall short of some goals, just look ahead to next week. You do not need to have a perfect record.

After all, self-encouragement should definitely be a part of your weight loss plans. Otherwise, you will just fail in the end.

6. Use measurable measures

Saying that you are going to be more positive this week or that you are going to really get serious this week is not a goal that you can measure and should not be a part of your weight loss plan.

This is another reason why you should incorporate exercise on your weight loss plan and focus on it. You should be able to count up the minutes of exercise in order to be successful in your plan.

The bottom line is, people should make-weight loss plans that will only remain as it is, just a plan. They have to put it into action by incorporating goals that will motivate them to succeed.                                                                                                                                                                     BMI, Body mass index, diet, Dieting, dieting programs, Eating, Fitness, Health, Healthy Ways to Lose Weight, Human nutrition, Loss Weight, National Institutes of Health, Nutrition, Physical exercise, Portion Control, Shopping, Top Weight loss, weight loss, Weight Loss Tips, weight tips

I Lost Weight: Suzi Walthall Swapped Alcohol For Activity And Lost 250 Pounds


 Success Story: Reblog, from Huffington Post                                                                                                                                                                                  Name: Suzi Walthall                                                                                                                                    Age: 42                                                                                                                    Height: 5’8″                                                                                                                                              Before Weight: 430 pounds                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How I Gained It : Growing up, I had always been somewhat larger than my classmates, but I was very active. I rode my bike all over my university twin cities, walked and every summer I could be found swimming laps at my local pool. It was not until the age of 16 when I started to drink alcohol and eat more that I started to gain weight. Up until I was 38 years old, I binged on alcohol and food and I stopped being physically active. I attribute most of this to emotional issues of being bullied throughout school. The alcohol and food were my way to numb the pain. By 2005, when I saw a psychiatrist who had a digital scale that went up to 500 pounds, I weighed in around 460 pounds. I remembered just how close to 500 pounds that was, thinking if I were to even try to do anything about it, it would take a lifetime. By 2008, over time I got down to 430 pounds, but not purposely. I imagine it could have been mainly water weight.                                                                                                                                                    Breaking Point: At the start of 2008, my mother would often say to me, “When it gets warmer, you and I are going to start to go on walks, even if it is just to the corner and back.” I would laugh off the idea, because at that point, the thought of exercise was out of the question. It wasn’t until June 14 that same year that something within me snapped. I said to myself, “I am not having anymore of this. This time, I will lose the weight, and it will be successful.” So that day, I did only what I knew I could do: I walked, and barely even that.                                                                                                                                                                        How I Lost It: That first day I walked, I could only go for a few blocks: 0.4 miles. But I knew if I stuck to it daily and added distance, I would be a success. Each day, I ventured out further until by my sixth week, I was walking two miles, twice a day. I had to put out of my mind the thought that people passing by in cars would yell obscenities while I walked. I cringed every time a car passed, but no one ever made fun of me during the whole time. In the meantime, I also radically changed my eating habits. I stopped eating at buffets and fast food places and prepared my own healthy meals.                                                                                                                                                                              On July 31, I had to put those same worries of ridicule out of my mind when I joined my first gym, just a mile away. At that gym, I started on Nautilus machines, building strength throughout my body. In February of 2009, I hired my first personal trainer who trained me to do traditional weight lifting, but it was not until August of that same year when my cardiovascular fitness was ramped up even more. I hired another trainer who had me doing cardio kickboxing with him as well as high-intensity interval training, core and stability work and at other times, very heavy strength training.                                                                                                                                                                       The weight was shedding off of me and I was becoming stronger. I had him for exactly a year and then went on to have an abdominoplasty where excess skin in the abdominal region is removed. I also had hernia repair, so I had to take it easy for over a month. I found it hard to sit still during recovery, but I did and once I eased myself back into physical activity, my recovery went even more smoothly.                                                                                                                                                                                                 That fall, I enrolled at my local college in the kinesiology program. It was my goal to learn more about the body’s response to exercise. I am now preparing for my fourth semester, with three very successful ones behind me. In May, I passed the National Strength and Conditioning Association exam for certified personal training. I have a few classes to pick up before graduating and then hope to continue at a four-year university.                                                                                                                                                                            If anyone would have told me just over four years ago that I would be certified to train others to become fit or even be fit myself, I would have laughed. It blows my mind when I think of all the physical activity I am now capable of that I was not even before I gained the weight. I can now run, my swimming is better and I have no problem taking 40-mile trips on my bike. Riding against the wind and up hills is no longer a problem. I also have a love for kettlebell exercises. Whereas overindulgence of alcohol used to be my passion, my passion now is staying active. A lot of people who are not even as bad off as I once was often tell me they just cannot do what I have done, and I remind them of where I once was and how I pulled myself together. As a result of my own transformation, I am finding that my friends are becoming more active. While it feels great to be fit, it also feels very rewarding to motivate and inspire others.                                                                                                                                                                  After Weight: 180 pounds                                                                                                                                                                         diet, Dieting, dieting programs, Eating, Fitness, Food, Health, Healthy Ways to Lose Weight, Huffington Post, Human nutrition, Loss Weight, Nutrition, Physical exercise, Pound (mass), Shopping, Suzi Walthall, Top Weight loss, Weight, weight loss, Weight Loss Tips, weight tips

Man Loses 370 Pounds the Old-Fashioned Way, Reclaims Life


      Man Loses 370 Pounds the Old-Fashioned Way, Reclaims Life                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ABC News’ Maureen White reports:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In 2010,  Neil Burns weighed a whopping 680 pounds.  Too tired to go about his daily life  because of his size and with his eating habits spiraling out of control, the 44-year-old father from Richmond, Ky., said he felt  as if  he were  in prison.

“I couldn’t walk or move,” Burns said. “It was just miserable.”

Starring down at the scales, he said he knew something had to change.  “It was like a ton of bricks hit me,” he wrote on his website about the  pivotal moment. “I started and haven’t looked back.”

(Credit: Ashley DeFisher/Courtsy of Neil Burns)Since then, the 6-foot-4 Burns has shed 370 pounds, almost half his body  weight, and completely changed his life the old-fashioned way, through  diet and exercise.

”  Good Morning America” sent  Chris Powell, our weight-loss correspondent and host of ABC’s ”  Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition,” to visit Burns at his home to check  on his progress and see his  remarkable transformation.

From the photo albums to his closet, it’s easy to see how far Burns has  come over the past 23 months. His old shorts, sizes 8-XL, are far too  big now, and his watch swims around his wrist.

Burns’ first step was to get on a  healthy eating plan. A former fast-food fanatic, he used to eat about 10,000 calories a day, subsisting on value meals at places like McDonald’s and Dairy Queen.  Plus, he said he’d drink a staggering 24 sodas each day. He traded all  of that in for an 1,800 calorie a day diet of  healthy staples,  including turkey sandwiches, spinach salads with chicken and protein  shakes.

Next he slowly introduced exercise into his life. Burns worked his way  up to an intense exercise regimen – an hour and a half of weight-lifting in the morning and then cardio at the gym at night. His two-a-day  workouts burn an average of 1,000 calories a day.

For cardio, Burns took up zumba, a Latin-inspired dance workout class, which he now swears by.

“Being a single guy in a room full of single women  … I thought my odds  are pretty good!” Burns said. (Since Burns’ weight-loss story aired on  local TV and online, he has been proposed to seven times – and even  received a few marriage proposals through Facebook.)

He loved zumba so much – and saw real results that he  kept it up, even becoming a certified instructor.

The last component is what Burns calls his “Jedi mind tricks” – what he  does to keep himself mentally in the game. First, he, says, commit to a  workout buddy.

“I have a friend, Tanya, and if I don’t show up at the gym, she is going to call me!” Burns said.  He credits his support system of friends and  family as one of the most important things that kept him going.

Second, his most important policy: Admit when you cheat.

“I yell at myself and say out loud, ‘I just ate an 18-inch pizza and a  two liter of Mountain Dew.’ [I] yell … and get all of my anger out,” he  said. “Getting it out in the open. It’s just the only way to go.”

To give himself even more incentive, Burns created his “Skinny List,” a  list of 37 things he can do now that he has lost weight. (  See full list below)

The motivational list ranges from simple tasks like vacuuming, which  required too much movement for Burns before his weight loss, to brushing his teeth without losing his breath, being able to sit in a chair with  arms, and buying clothes off the rack like everyone else. It also has  activities that he has dreamed of doing for years but couldn’t, like  hiking, going horseback riding and fitting into a sports car.

Burns and Powell took a trip over to the local Ford dealership to check  that last item off of his “Skinny List.” Buckling his seat belt (without a problem) in a Mustang convertible, Burns drove over to his gym, the  Richmond Athletic Club – a short ride, but a journey that has been two  years and 350 lbs in the making.

Burns is now a motivational speaker and has set up a website,  Burnsweightloss.com, to share his story and help others lose weight.  Today, he weighs 310  pounds and he says he has approximately 40 more pounds until he reaches  his goal weight of 270 lbs.

“There’s nothing you can’t do when you put your mind to it,” Burns said. “Your mind, body, heart and soul. There nothing you can’t do.”

Do You Have an Incredible Weight-Loss Story? Tell ‘GMA’ and Chris Powell

NEIL BURNS’ SKINNY LIST

1. be able to sit in a chair with arms

2. fit into an airplane seat with no seat belt extension’s

3. walk up and down stairs like everyone else

4. pick something up off the car floor without having to get out of the car

5. lay down flat in bed and not feel like lungs aren’t going to collapse

6. fit through a turnstile

7. buy clothes off the rack

8. not being the big fat guy in a group on guys night out

9. not having to stretch out shirts so they will fit

10. knees – ankles – feet not hurting

11. Not hearing “wow” you’re big from little kids

12. have a watch that fits without extensions

13. fit into a sports car

14. fit into a booth at a restaurant

15. bending over to pick stuff off the ground

16. being able to see my feet

17. not breaking chairs

18. going to the pool and not wearing a shirt

19. quit being lapped by 80-year-old mall walkers

20. being able to tie my shoes when there on my feet

21. doing spin class and not feeling like I got violated

22. go horseback riding

23. fitting into a public rest room

24. walking on the beach at sun set

25. being able to play sports with my son

26. brushing my teeth without losing my breath

27 walking into Wal-Mart

28. walking to mail box

29. not being stared at

30. being able to look at myself in the mirror

31. feel worthy of love

32. using a vacuum cleaner

33. being able to do laundry standing up

34. being able to unload and load the dish washer standing

35. going hiking

36. not having strangers taking pictures of me

37. being able to walk thru a door way without going sideways                                                                                                                                                                                             Sorry everyone I couldn’t post the video It wouldn’t let me for some reason all I could get was a link. But you should definitely watch it nothing like a good dose of Inspiration to get you going. If Neil Burns can do it so can you! Well I hope this story has Inspired you and that it will help you in some way along you’re weight loss journey. And a Big way to go Neil Burns!

  Link to video:                                                                                                                                  http://news.yahoo.com/video#video=29529911

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Weight Loss Success: Raul Robles Began Tracking His Calorie Intake And Lost 150 Pounds


 Weight Loss Success: Raul Robles Began Tracking His Calorie Intake And Lost 150 Pounds.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Reblogged: from Huffington Post                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Name: Raul Robles                                                                                                                                                                 Age: 53                                                                                                                                                                                Height: 5’11″                                                                                                                                                                        Before Weight: 344 pounds
                                                                                                                                                                                        How I Gained It: I basically survived on fast food during my college years. I was active so I was able to keep my weight at bay. As I got older I continued to live off of fast food but I was less active. At first I gained only a few pounds. Once I started working at my current job in 1998 (where I sit at a desk for the vast majority of the day), I began to put on weight like there was no tomorrow. Fast food was cheap, I disliked vegetables and fruits and I developed a 2-liter-per-day diet soda habit. I continued to gain weight, progressing from 225 to 308 pounds in 2004 when I was diagnosed with diabetes. I continued to gain weight for the next six years, pushing the scales to my highest weight of 344 pounds in 2009.

Breaking Point: My wife had always supported me, but in late 2009 she confessed that she was scared that I was on the road to an early death. She suggested that I speak with our doctor and inquire about the possibility of bariatric surgery. I, too, was concerned with my health and decided that even though I had never made a concerted effort to lose weight, I was willing to take this drastic step. My real “Aha!” moment was during a mandatory health education class for bariatric surgery candidates. I had an assignment to calculate the number of calories for a “regular” meal. What I estimated to be a meal of 700 calories was actually a meal consisting of 1,880 calories! I could no longer hide my head in the sand. I had to take responsibility for what I had done to myself!

How I Lost It: I decided that I would put into play the information I was learning at these mandatory health education classes. I vowed to walk for 30 minutes per day. I would eat at least 40 servings of vegetables and fruit a week. I would drink at least 64 ounces of water daily. And, in what is probably the most important decision I have ever made, I began tracking my food intake on SparkPeople.com. I gave up diet soda and vowed to minimize my trips to the local fast food establishments.

I was initially amazed by the weight I was losing. I lost 14 pounds the first month, 11 pounds the next month and then 17 pounds the following month. My clothes were fitting more loosely and I had more energy! By the end of the six-month class I had lost more than 75 pounds and, after consultation with my wife, decided that I had the tools to continue with this weight loss journey without bariatric surgery. By the end of the first year, I had lost more than 125 pounds! Along the way, I increased my daily exercise to one hour and began light jogging! I still track every piece of food that enters my mouth, and I also track my daily cardio and strength-training activities.

Two-and-a-half years later, I have lost a total of 152 pounds. I am currently working on reaching a weight of 180 pounds, but I am concentrating on building up my muscles and decreasing the amount of loose skin around my belly area. While I don’t have six-pack abs yet, the excess skin is slowly melting away. In a nutshell, I think I have been very successful in this endeavor because I have never approached it as a diet, but as a lifestyle change. I thank Spark People for this mindset, and for all of its helpful tools, information and support that I have taken advantage of. I am living proof that change is possible. Life is awesome!

Raul Robles Success Story

Raul Robles Began Tracking His Calorie Intake And Lost 150 Pounds

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The Dangers of Rapid Weight Loss


Rapid weight loss through CONSTANT exercise.

Rapid weight loss through CONSTANT exercise.

The Dangers of Rapid Weight Loss                                                                                                               Are you interested in losing weight?  If you are, are you looking for a rapid weight loss?  Rapid weight loss, also commonly referred to as quick weight loss or fast weight loss, involves losing weight in a short period of time, often anywhere from two to seven days.Each year, in the United States, hundreds of thousands of Americans are interested in rapidly losing weight.  Many people wish to lose weight before an important event, like an upcoming vacation or a wedding.  While it is defiantly possible to understand how you can want to lose weight quickly, namely as fast as possible, you need to proceed with caution.  Although it is possible to lose weight, at least a little bit of it, in a relatively quick period of time, you should know that there are dangers associated with doing so.One of the many dangers of rapid weight loss is some of the many measures that some people take. For instance, it is common to hear of individuals who have decided not to eat, while trying to achieve a rapid weight loss.  Going without food, for even a short period of time, can be dangerous to your health.  A better alternative is to cut back on the food that you do eat or to just make sure that it is healthy foods in which you are eating. By limiting your calories, you should be able to achieve at least a small weight loss in the time that you were looking to.  It is just very important that you do eat.

In addition to eating healthy, another component of weight loss is exercise.  Unfortunately, many individuals do not realize that it can take up to one week to notice the signs of exercise. With that in mind, the more weight you need to lose, the sooner it is that you may start seeing results.  While exercise is a major component of losing weight, it is important that you do not overdo it, especially if you haven’t had a regular exercise plan.  Running on the treadmill for three hours, instead of thirty minutes, may help reduce your calorie intake, but, at the same time, it may also land you in the hospital.

Another problem that is often associated with rapid weight loss is the taking of medications or other weight loss products.  The good news is that many of these products do work and some are even safe, but you may not be able to tell what you are getting. If you are interested in using a weight loss product, like a diet pill or a cleanse, to help you lose weight, it is important that you do the proper amount of research first.  This research may involve checking product reviews, to see if the product is effective, or speaking with a healthcare professional.

As you can see, it is important that you proceed with caution when trying to achieve rapid weight loss. Although unexpected events or appearances do pop-up, most individuals have at least a months worth of notice before attending a large event, like a wedding or even a vacation.  As soon as you know about your upcoming event, you are advised to start trying to lose weight then, if you are interested in doing so.  Rapid weight loss can be dangerous; therefore, you shouldn’t rely on it if possible.                                                         Healthy Ways to Lose Weight,diet, Dieting, dieting programs, Eating, Fitness, Health, Loss Weight, Physical exercise, Rapid Weight Loss, Shopping, Top Weight loss, United States, weight loss, weight loss programs, Weight Loss Tips, weight tips

10 Weight-Loss Myths Debunked


10 Weight-Loss Myths  Debunked                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I found this on Shine from Yahoo: they talk about all the Myths we here about weight loss and dieting. Then they give us the facts. So before you go committing your self to a diet or weight loss program I really think you should read through this. Remember you can’t believe every thing you hear,you have to know the facts.  Diet myths Misconceptions about how to lose weight abound, especially on the Internet. Get the facts on shedding pounds now: Start by dispelling these 10 commonly held – but wholly inaccurate – notions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Myth:1 carbs spell trouble for dieters                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 fact: Carbohydrates are actually an important source of energy. Even so, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to learn from low-carb diets. Carbs are not all created equal, and to help you Drop 5, you want to limit processed carbs such as white bread and croissants. Instead, enjoy beans and whole grains, such as brown rice and whole-wheat bread. And don’t forget fruits and vegetables, which provide a host of nutrients and fiber, are low in calories, and can help reduce the risk of obesity and heart disease. The body also uses carbs as fuel during exercise to burn body fat – another great reason to keep bread (and sandwiches!) on the menu.    Related: 11 Worst Foods for Your Health.                                                                                                                                                                                                          Myth 2: Frozen fruits and vegetables are less nutritious than fresh ones.                                     fact:That’s true only if you live on a farm. Produce picked at the peak of ripeness does have more vitamins and minerals, but nutrient levels drop during shipping and storage. And they sink even further if you add the days that the produce lingers in your crisper. Frozen veggies and fruit, on the other hand, are usually picked ripe and immediately flash frozen, so they retain most of their nutrients. For calorie control, be sure to select frozen produce without added sugar, syrup, sauce, or cheese.                                                                                                                                                                                                            Myth 3: The cholesterol in eggs is bad for you                                                                    Are eggs bad?                            fact: One large egg has 213 milligrams cholesterol, and health experts suggest limiting dietary cholesterol to 300 milligrams a day or less (200 milligrams a day if you have heart disease, diabetes, or high LDL “bad” cholesterol). However, dietary cholesterol’s effect on blood cholesterol is still a mystery, and studies suggest that saturated fat and trans fat may have a much bigger impact. If you have cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or high LDL cholesterol, you should eat no more than 2 eggs per week, but you can have as many egg whites as you like (the cholesterol is in the yolk). Try products like Eggology On-the-Go Egg Whites (zap for 95 seconds in the microwave and presto – a scramble filled with 13 grams of hunger-sating protein) and Egg Beaters.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Myth 4: Skipping breakfast will help you lose weight.
Fact: Skipping meals can lead to weight gain. A recent British study that tracked 6,764 people found that breakfast skippers gained twice as much weight over the course of four years as breakfast eaters. Another research group analyzed government data on 4,200 adults. They found that women who ate breakfast tended to eat fewer calories over the course of the day.
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                                                                                              Myth 5: Eating the day’s foods in certain combinations will help you slim down.                           Fact: Seventy years ago, Good Housekeeping Research Institute experts declared this fad nonsense, and we say the same thing today. Almost all foods are combinations of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. In whole milk, for instance, about 20 percent of the calories are from protein, 50 percent from fat, and 30 percent from carbohydrates. The digestive system has no problem handling different types of food at the same time. If you do happen to shed pounds on a “food-combining” diet, it’s simply because you’re eating fewer calories overall.                                                                                                                                                                                                            Myth 6: Your genes determine your metabolism and body weight.
Fact: Only 25 percent of your body weight is determined by your genes – the rest is the result of your behavior. At any time in life, you can drastically change your body weight by combining low-calorie eating and exercise. And you can increase your metabolism at any age by performing strength and resistance exercises.                              Related: Flatten Your Belly in 2 Weeks
Myth 7: You can spot-reduce to lose weight.
Fact: On the contrary, the way to achieve sleeker legs or a flatter stomach, if that’s where you’re carrying your body fat, is to increase your lean muscle tissue throughout your body. By working all your muscles, you increase your metabolism. Up your metabolism and watch your eating, and you’ll start looking the way you want to.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Myth 8: Early morning is the beBest time to exercise?Best time to exercise?st time to exercise.
Fact: “The best time to exercise is anytime you can do it,” says Samantha B. Cassetty, M.S., R.D., nutrition director at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. You get the same payoffs and burn essentially the same number of calories whenever you work out. What’s important is doing it regularly. Some studies have shown that first-thing-in-the-morning exerciser’s are more likely to stick with a regimen than those who start late in the day, but that’s because it’s probably easier to postpone an evening workout until tomorrow. So whether you have more time or energy in the morning, afternoon, or at night, the important thing is that you do it.                                                                                                                                                                                       Myth 9: Your body won’t burn fat unless you exercise for more than 20 minutes.
Fact: You burn fat around the clock, whether you’re exercising or not. For the biggest calorie burn, exercise as hard as you comfortably can (you should still be able to carry on a conversation) for as long as you can.
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Myth 10: It’s best to starve yourself before an event.
Fact:
 This plan will backfire because you’ll use the “I haven’t eaten all day” excuse to stuff yourself when you arrive. Instead, save calories for a party by cutting back slightly at each meal for several days beforehand. Then, make the best use of your calorie allotment. For extra weight-loss insurance, increase your activity a few days before and after a big event.

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Weight Loss Success: Steve Quillen Bought A Harley And Lost 127 Pounds


Reblogged: from Huffington Post                                                                        Weight Loss Success: Steve Quillen Bought A Harley And Lost 127 Pounds.      I think success storys are great becouse they are full of inspiration for others. So here is another story.                                                                                               Name: Steve Quillen                                                                                                  Age: 59                                                                                                                        Height: 5’10″                                                                                                              Before Weight: 339 pounds

How I Gained It: I let myself go in the last 10 years, falling into a sedentary lifestyle and less than sensible eating patterns. I could not weigh myself for a while because my scale would not register over 300 pounds. When I started to lose weight, I weighed in at more than 339 pounds. That’s the last recorded weigh in by my doctor, but I continued to pig out over the fall and winter before I actually buckled down and started the trek.

First and foremost, you should know my line of work. I install soda fountain units and systems for various restaurants, cafes, bars and bistros. I am exposed to just about every food you can imagine. Many times, we were offered freebies: eye-popping pizzas, sandwiches, buffets and desserts. My diet consisted of pizza, fried chicken, burgers, biscuits and gravy (one of my all-time favorites), in addition to Mexican, Asian and Italian food. There wasn’t much I didn’t like or try.

Breaking Point: My weight loss story really began when I purchased a Harley Davidson about two years ago. At the time I bought my Harley I really hadn’t ridden a motorcycle since the early ’80s. I grew up riding but had not revisited the excitement until a few years ago. My co-workers owned and rode various bikes and encouraged me to take the plunge and buy one. Although a Harley has plenty of power to pull a big boy down the highway it takes a certain amount of strength and ability — both mental and muscular — to maneuver the bike safely and comfortably.

As I grew into the bond with my iron horse I found myself enjoying the fellowship and lifestyle of motorcycling. There was something missing from the experience — so I set out on a change of eating habits to lose the extra weight.

How I Lost It: I became a vegetarian and I haven’t looked back. There has been so much negativity about meat these days that I simply thought it best and healthiest to just give it up altogether. I use the calories elsewhere in my diet to make a more satisfying meal.

I gave up fast food and the usual fare that goes with the lifestyle of a biker, the fries, dogs, steaks, barbecue and burgers. I doubt that there are that many vegetarian bikers on the road. It’s been a little more than a year now, and I have lost 127 pounds in the process. I eat only healthy foods and occasionally splurge on veggie pizza or veggie fajitas. I do eat eggs and cheese and take supplements to make up for some of the protein. I consume many vegetables and whole grains, along with lots of water and the occasional diet drink, beer or wine.

I can tell you my bike is much faster these days, and I am much more comfortable during and after rides. It pays to be healthy when you ride: It is a much more enjoyable hobby! Losing weight is no easy task, and it takes a lot of encouragement to stay with it and carry it out, but it can be done at any age. People say that the older you get the harder it is. I don’t believe that. It’s the lifestyle we adopt and adapt to. I would encourage anyone to get out and be active whenever possible and make good choices when eating. It doesn’t mean you have to give up eating out or having fun on a ride, you just make more sensible decisions when doing so.

After Weight: 212 pounds — and still dropping 2012-03-27-Steve2.jpg

 

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