Fat Smash Diet Plan Is It The Last Diet You Will Need

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By , October 31, 2014 5:11 am

The fat smash diet plan is quite a well known book written by Ian Smith. It became famous when Celebrity Fit Club was all the rage on TV. It is supposed to be a 90 day program and promises that you will not have to count calories and you will not end up feeling hungry. Sounds good doesn’t it?

So what does this diet involve and more importantly does it work? The good news is that this weight loss program encompasses all the things a good one should. It doesn’t promise that you will lose pounds without effort and you do not have to avoid whole food groups. In order to lose excess weight, you need to follow a healthy eating plan combined with moderate exercise. That is the basis of Ian Smith’s approach. He also strongly encourages you to get support from your family and friends. This is a great idea as you will sometimes struggle to stay focused and committed. It is a lot easier to put the pounds on than take them off!

Far too often, a regime either focuses on the food or the activities but you need both to succeed. The Fat Smash approach is to undergo a detox first. Although the experts disagree as to whether we actually need to detoxify our bodies, it certainly helps by giving you an initial burst of motivation as you watch the pounds fall off. This part of the regime lasts for nine days during which you may feel rather miserable. It is a good idea to start at a time when you can rest more as you may suffer headaches, nausea and tiredness. So if it is a busy time at work, postpone following Mr Smith until later.

The regime is divided into four parts. The first is the detox during which you will eat mainly fruit and vegetables. There is quite a Japanese flavor to some of the dishes so if you have a store locally, you will find plenty of the suggested items on sale there e.g. Miso Soup, Tofu, Seaweed etc. Phase 2 allows you to eat a wider variety of foods such as lean meat, eggs, shellfish etc. Phase 3 reintroduces wheat, bread, pasta and thankfully some deserts while phase 4 allows you to eat some pizza and other fast foods. At all times, he recommends that you eat little and often. This is a great way to boost your metabolism rate helping you to lose pounds faster.

Ian suggests various activities you could try in order to get the recommended amounts of exercise. It is pretty pointless not to follow his advice as otherwise the system will not work. All in all this seems to be a good weight loss program and most of those who stick with his schedule will lose weight. The main criticism of the course is the way the Fat Smash Diet Plan book was written. But if you can tone up and slim down, does that really matter?

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Conjugated Linoleic Acid Is CLA Miracle or Common Sense

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By , October 28, 2014 8:13 pm

More and more people are becoming overweight not just in the US but all over the world. The best way to lose weight and keep it off is by eating right and exercising regularly. But many people are looking for the quick-fix miracle that will help them shed their pounds right away. One of the biggest buzz words in terms of weight loss is conjugated linoleic acid, otherwise known as CLA.

CLA is often referred to as the “good fat” that we need in our bodies. It’s mostly found in meat and dairy products of those animals that are able to feed on grass. The reason that this is creating a great deal of interest is because the results of clinical studies have shown that CLA actually lowers body fat in overweight people while maintaining muscle tissue.

It has also been discovered that CLA increases metabolism, decreases belly fat and can improve muscle growth. Conjugated Linoleic Acid also lowers cholesterol and triglycerides and improves the immune system which is something everyone could use. The fact that these acids increase metabolism is a very exciting find, especially for the many who suffer from thyroid problems like hypothyroidism. Thyroid problems can also be the culprit which leads to big bellies. So again, CLA can solve a lot of problems in that area.

CLA is much more common in grass-fed animals than in those who feed on grain. So to get your dose of CLA, you can make sure you are getting meat from grass fed animals and you can take a look at the various weight supplements that include the fabricated version of CLA. It’s important that, if you do decide to go with the supplements, you get one that offers at least 3400 milligrams per day. This is the level which will be effective.

So CLA really is appearing to be somewhat of a miracle for some people. However, you cannot lose weight simply by getting the recommended daily amount of CLA. Using it in conjunction with healthy eating and sleeping habits and regular exercise is the most effective way to lose your “bad fat”.

Try to drink a lot of water, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables (especially the most brightly colored ones), whole grains, and Omega-3 fatty acids (from oily fish, nuts of flax seeds) every day. Also, do not skip meals and make sure you get enough sleep. skipping meals can backfire and studies have proven that people who aren’t sleeping enough tend to be hungrier and overweight. Regular exercise does not have to be strenuous. If you can make a committment to walking for 20-30 minutes three to five times per week, then you are doing regular exercise.

The combination of your daily dosage of conjugated linoleic acid, healthy eating habits and physical exercise will get you the results you would like.

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Cost Of Gastric Bypass Surgery

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By , October 26, 2014 10:42 am

Many people are finding themselves in a ‘catch 22’ situation these days: they desperately need to have gastric bypass surgery, but they can’t get it since they either don’t have insurance, or the insurance that they have doesn’t cover the cost. There are real benefits to the surgery and for those people who are suffering from severe obesity related health issues, the need is even more urgent. This article will show you what the cost of gastric bypass surgery is which may make it easier for you to decide on the best course of action for you and your health.

Unfortunately, insurance companies seem to be run primarily by short sighted bean counters, people who only look at the bottom line and won’t consider any procedure that will cost money. When it comes to gastric bypass surgery, this short sighted approach is actually costing the insurance companies more money. Why? Because they will be paying to treat diabetes, heart disease, stroke and many other obesity related illnesses for many years. By approving just one gastric bypass procedure they could be dramatically reducing the number of claims they get for the other obesity related illnesses.

One word of caution: don’t automatically assume that your insurance company won’t cover the surgery particularly if you are morbidly obese and have been for many years. Many companies will also do a complete physical, and emotional, workup before making a decision on whether or not to allow the procedure. More and more insurance companies are coming to understand the benefits of allowing this type of surgery, make sure you check with your company.

The cost of the surgery can range from between $15,000 and $25,000. Some clinics who perform the procedure will allow the patient to set up a payment plan, again, it’s important that you don’t assume anything and instead ask the question.

Some people are also having success by going to other countries, such as Mexico, to have the procedure done. In some cases well qualified doctors can perform the surgery much cheaper in other countries due to the fact that they don’t have to pay the ridiculously high mal practice insurance premiums that they need in the U.S. to protect themselves against frivolous lawsuits.

If you opt to have your surgery done somewhere else it’s very important that you carefully research to find a highly qualified doctor and clinic to perform the procedure. While it’s possible to save some money, you want to make sure you aren’t sacrificing quality or safety.

The bottom line is this: the cost of gastric bypass surgery can be high, but if you are morbidly obese and are suffering from a multitude of other health issues, you should try to do everything possible to get your weight to a more normal level. Make sure you ask questions and don’t just assume that you can’t afford the procedure, you may be surprised at some of the help that is available. Your employer may even be able to provide some help with this issue. Just don’t give up, keep working on ways to improve your health.

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The Quickest Way To Lose Belly Fat

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By , October 24, 2014 1:53 am

The quickest way to lose belly fat, that’s the million dollar question. If you are looking for a solution in a week’s time then you are kidding yourself. That’s your first step, realizing what quick really means.

However, there are ways to lose that belly fat it’s just not going to happen overnight. The safest and quickest way to lose belly fat is to diet and exercise. Notice I said safest as well as quickest.

Now, you have to make your mind up that you are going to do this and nobody is going to stand in your way, that’s called getting your mind right. Once you have done this you will have taken your 2nd step.

Before you jump into something you really need to make sure that any type of program is going to work for you. You want something that will keep your interest and will be fun for you.

However, this may take a couple of tries to find the right programs, you may find a good diet plan, however your exercise program just isn’t working or your exercise program works; but the diet just isn’t doing it. The right combination is very important.

Now a few examples of a diet that would work lean protein and low carbs. The lean protein examples good be chicken breast, turkey breast, and egg white. A few examples of low carb meals would be grilled chicken and a salad.

The exercise program is just as important as the diet program. A few good examples would be a high cardio workout. This would include jogging, speed walking, or really just anything that will get your heart rate up and your metabolism in overdrive.

There is one more thing which would make things go by quicker and seem a little simpler. You should get people around you that have the same weight loss goal as you. This way you can lean on one another when one is weak or you can just feed off each other’s positive energy to motivate each other that much more.

Finally you have your diet plan in front of you; you now have chosen the workout regimen that best suit you and you even have people around you that want the same thing you do.

All you have to do is put it all in place and get ready to rock and roll because in no time you will have want you want.

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Secret Of Before And After Weight Loss

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By , October 21, 2014 5:03 pm

In the nearly eternal quest to lose weight, people seem willing to do just about anything. It has been that way ever since people felt societal pressure to lose weight, and is sure to continue for many years to come. They will submit themselves to food they don’t like, brutal exercise regimens, and the downright bizarre. But there’s one thing very few of them do, and it can greatly increase their odds of permanent weight loss. What is it? Documenting their progress with before and after photos.

Huh? Does that sound like a dumb idea to you? Don’t laugh. It can have a major psychological impact; before, during and after your weight loss. It has the same effect as writing down your goals. Just by doing this step, you will increase your odds of success.

Look at it this way, you will be working hard, eating right and exercising to lose weight. Before and after weight loss photos won’t make the weight come off, but they are another tool in your arsenal in the battle of the bulge.

If you have children, then you’ve heard comments from relatives who haven’t seen them for a while. They say, “oh, they’ve gotten so tall”, or something similar. That’s one of the reasons for doing before and after weight loss photos, it’s not always easy to see your own weight coming off because you see yourself every day. But when you can look back at the visual evidence, it’s a game changer. It’s motivational.

Here’s the best way to do it to maximize your results. Take a photo every so many days, but with no more than a week between. Try for the same pose, in the same clothes, in the same location in your house. This next part will be harder at first. Expose as much of your body as decency allows. If you’re a female a sports bra and shorts; if you’re a male then just a pair of shorts. You want to see the bigger picture (pardon the pun). And don’t forget to do one picture for each a front and side view.

Refer to the photos later to see how far you have come. Put them up in the trouble spots around your home. For example, on the door of your refrigerator to keep you from binging, or on your weight bench to encourage to do a few reps.

It’s up to you whether or not you will share them with anybody else. But there’s a good chance that your desire to share will increase with the number of pounds you lose. So, be sure to eat right, get moving and get healthy. And while your at it, go ahead and keep a visual record of your progress, you’ll be glad you did.

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If You Follow Low Carb Cake Receipes – You Can Have Your Cake And Eat It To

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By , October 19, 2014 8:04 am

One of the things we miss most when on a diet are our treats. But if you are following low carb, cake receipes you can still have your cake and eat it to.

Usually candy, biscuits and cakes are the first foods to be put on the not allowed list. These are followed very quickly by fast foods, takeaways and processed meals. But on the low carb diet, you can eat cakes and biscuits so long as they follow specific recipes and do not make up the bulk of your meals.

You will find that you can adapt recipes you have at home. It won’t work for every cake but experimenting will be fun. You need to swop out the white flour replacing it with whole meal and wheat germ. I wouldn’t suggest you try and make a sponge though as the brown flours are a lot heavier i.e. healthier than white so it probably won’t rise very well.

You can have a delicious cheesecake made with cottage cheese. In a food processor, combine 500g of 1% cottage cheese with 225g of low fat cream cheese. Puree until smooth. Add some non fat yogurt in a fruit flavor of your choice, some corn flour, 2 egg whites and one tablespoon of vanilla. Blend until completely smooth. Pour into a greased spring form pan. Place this pan into a roasting tin and fill with enough water to come up to halfway of the sides of the spring form pan.

Bake in a preheated oven at gas mark 3 or 170c for 40 minutes. Turn the oven off and leave the low carb cake to stand for 30 minutes in the cooling oven. Remove and let it cool at room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. You can serve this delicious desert with a little compote of fresh or frozen fruits. It will keep for up to three days in the fridge but I sincerely doubt it will last that long.

If cheesecake isn’t your favorite, you could cook some muffin cakes but using bran cereal and whole meal flour rather than white flour. You can add freshly chopped fruit to the mix such as pear or banana to keep the muffins moist and tasty.

Oatmeal cookies are also worth a look as not only are they very tasty and a favorite with kids, but oatmeal is very good for you. Combine 6 oz of large oat flakes with 3 oz of whole meal flour and 1oz of wheat germ. Add a small teaspoon of baking powder, some cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Melt a little margarine and add it to the mix with some brown sugar and one egg. Combine the whole lot together and then put heaped spoons of the dough onto some greaseproof paper. Bake in a preheated oven for between 8 to 10 minutes (gas mark 4 or 190c) until the cookies are firm and golden. Remove and place on cooling rack to cool down. You can freeze these biscuits if the kids leave any over. They will last for about one month in the freezer but should be eaten within 3 days of being made if not frozen. They are perfect for your children’s lunchboxes and much healthier than the shop variety.

So who said you had to be deprived of treats on a diet? If you follow low carb cake receipes; treats are still on the menu!

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3 Tips For Extreme Obese Women Or Men

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By , October 16, 2014 11:03 pm

The vast majority of our population is overweight, at least a little. To determine ‘how overweight’ someone is, we commonly use a body mass index, or BMI. Anyone who has a BMI of over 39% is considered morbidly, or extremely, obese. Everyone knows that having excess body fat can cause a myriad of health problems, and the more overweight you are the more severe and frequent your health problems will be. But don’t give up, even extreme obese women can find the help they need to get their weight under control, once and for all.

Before you decide which type of weight loss plan is best for you, don’t overlook your emotions. Many people will ’emotionally eat’ or eat when they are upset or depressed. Recognizing your bad habits is the first step to changing them and adopting new, healthier, habits.

Here are some steps that can help you get back in shape:

1. The first step anyone who is obese needs to take is a trip to their doctor. You are far more susceptible to heart problems so you need to find out if you are healthy enough for exercise. Exercise and diet is the best way for anyone to lose weight. No, it’s not quick or easy, but it’s a lifestyle change that can help you keep the weight off permanently.

Start off easy by taking short walks. Other great ideas are non-impact activities such as swimming or biking. You will have to start slow and that is fine, but as long as your doctor says it’s ok, you need to start. Hiring a trainer to help you modify exercises for your specific limitations is another good idea (they can also help you stay motivated).

2. While not as highly recommended as step 1, medication can help some people who are extremely overweight. It’s still not a quick fix and the medications will need to be prescribed, and monitored, by your doctor; but using medications for a short time might be a good way to kick start your weight loss. It’s not recommended that you use these medications for extended periods of time due to the number of side effects, so if you decide to go this route think of it as only a temporary thing to get you started.

3. There are now some surgical remedies to obesity. Bariatric weight loss surgery has helped many morbidly obese patients lose all of their unwanted weight and by doing so has allowed many of them to completely reverse some negative health issues that they were dealing with. This surgery is expensive though and as with any surgery, there can be complications.

All in all, it’s best if you can make lifestyle changes with your diet and by adding exercise to your daily routine if you need to lose weight, but if you need extra help their are other things that you can do. The most important thing that extreme obese women need to remember is that it’s not so important which method you choose, just choose one and stick with it. You deserve a long, happy, healthy life, and only you can make that happen.

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7 Tips To Drop A Dress Size

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By , October 14, 2014 1:42 pm

If you need to lose weight, there are many ways to help the process along. Use these top tips to help you lose a dress size quickly and easily – even if you’re a busy working woman. Take the time to make small changes each day. You’ll be amazed at how quickly they all add up.

Here are some tips to get you started:

1. Drink Your Water: 6-8 glasses of water a day helps flush fat, sodium, and other toxins from the body. If water’s not your style, try adding one of the new low calorie drink mixes for taste. Keep your body hydrated for optimum weight loss,

2. Eat Breakfast: People who eat healthy breakfasts eat less food throughout the day. Eat breakfast each day to jumpstart your weight loss. If you’re rushed, try a smoothie or shake for a healthy on the go meal.

3. Eat Your Veggies: For meals and snacks, add extra fruits and veggies. These nutritional powerhouses help you feel full, without adding extra fat and calories. Try replacing one meal a day with a salad to boost nutrition and lower your calorie intake – but avoid creamy dressings that pack on the calories.

4. Choose Healthy Snacks: Choose a healthy snack every few hours to help keep you from overeating at mealtimes. Try fruit and cheese, peanut butter crackers, or a handful of almonds. Try to choose snacks with protein – they’ll have more staying power.

5. Avoid Liquid Calories: You may be consuming more calories than you realize by loading up on soda, juice, or alcoholic beverages. Cut them from diet to lose that dress size quickly!

6. Aerobics Help: The best way to lose fat is by burning it through aerobic exercise. Add in 30 minutes of aerobic exercise per day (walking counts!) to lose weight.

7. Pack in Protein: Add protein to your meals and snacks to help you feel full longer. Protein provides energy for the long haul, so add peanut butter, low fat cheese, or lean meat to your meals to keep you feeling satisfied.

Making small changes on a daily basis can lead to consistent weight loss. These tips will jumpstart the diet process, and get you started on your journey to a healthier body and life. Remember, weight loss is a process. Begin making changes in your habits today, and you’ll have lost that dress size in no time!

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not medical advice, nor should it be interpreted or substituted as medical advice. Prior to making changes to your physical exercise routine and your diet, you should always consult your personal physician. Better safe than sorry.

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Why You Shouldn’t Lose Weight Fast

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By , October 12, 2014 4:53 am

Many overweight people are on the hunt for the miracle lose weight fast diet. It’s perfectly understandable since you want to start looking and feeling better NOW and not in a few months. However, there is a very strong case against quick fix diets. While they may allow you to reach your goals in the short-term, the long term effects can be disastrous. Besides just being unhealthy, they may eventually cause you to gain back even more weight than you lost.

So, how can you start making a significant difference in your weight without doing it the unhealthy way? First of all, it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor about your goals. He or she can probably offer you a little bit of advice that can suit you personally.

Next, start keeping track of what you eat. This will allow you to see daily progress, not just in terms of your weight but in your whole attitude towards food. While you probably have a general idea of what you take in every day, writing it down will make it much clearer.

Many people are surprised to see what they eat at the end of the day. A sweet snack here and a salty snack there can really add up over 12 hours. Write everything down, no matter how little or big. And be honest about it. Writing this kind of information down helps you keep track of how many calories and carbohydrates you consume in a day. This is a great way to monitor yourself along with your goals too. It keeps you on track and also gives you confidence in what you’re doing.

While you’re in the writing mode, make sure that you compile a separate list of all those foods you need to avoid. Of course, examples of these are potato chips, cookies, fatty meats, etc. Personalize the list to include those things that you tend to go for even when you know you shouldn’t.

You’re probably aware of this but one of the easiest ways to lose weight fast (but not too fast) is to eat a lot of fruit and vegetables which contain all of those healthy vitamins and minerals. All fruits and vegetables are good but the brighter the color, the better they are. Brightness signifies extra detox properties.

Another great method to follow is to eat six small meals a day instead of three large meals. Or you could break it up into three medium sized meals and two or three healthy snacks (like cheese, nuts or fruit). Get the right amount of protein, fiber and carbohydrates in your daily plan.

Once you have your goal weight in mind, start writing everything down right away as you eat your healthy meals/snacks and do your light exercise (don’t overdo it). This is a way to feel that you lose weight fast without doing in the unhealthy quick way.

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Hoodia Side Effects – No One Knows For Sure

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By , October 9, 2014 8:07 pm

Hoodia gordonii is a plant that is grown in South Africa. This plant has a centuries old reputation for suppressing hunger and thirst and was used by bushmen as a way to keep them from getting hungry and thirsty before they set off on long dessert trek. The bushman not only didn’t show any ill effects from ingesting the plant they also spoke of increased vitality and energy. Drug companies have spent decades trying to isolate the compound that gives hoodia gordonii it’s seemingly miraculous powers.

P57 is the compound in hoodia that is credited with helping to suppress appetite and thirst by tricking the brain into thinking it is full and satisfied thus decreasing the desire to eat and drink. While scientists have been unable to incorporate the compound into a diet supplement, they have used the hoodia plant as a whole to create beneficial appetite suppressants. The hoodia side effects have been shown to not exist at all.

There haven’t really been too many documented studies to verify how safe the supplement is to use as a diet aid, but evidence suggests that it has no ill effects and that actually the health benefits of weight loss would seem to outweigh any potential negative side effects of the hoodia gordonii.

One note, since hoodia gordonii can suppress thirst as well as appetite you do need to be careful to drink enough water throughout your day. It’s very easy to get dehydrated if you wait until you feel thirst before drinking, since you won’t feel thirsty while taking the supplement. And, obviously, since hoodia suppresses the appetite it’s important that you are careful to eat enough high nutrient foods to keep your body healthy.

As with most drugs, it’s important to use caution if you are nursing or pregnant and you should always consult your doctor before you start taking a supplement, especially if you are taking other medications, to avoid dangerous interactions. Many people mistakenly believe that as long as the product is all natural they don’t have to worry about taking it, that is not always the case and it’s better to be safe than sorry, talk to your doctor.

Another thing to keep in mind when using, or considering using, any weight loss supplements is to not expect miracles. There is nothing wrong with getting some extra help but you have to be willing to eat properly (enough of the right kinds of food) and get plenty of exercise. A supplement is exactly that: a supplement. It shouldn’t be the do all end all of your weight loss plan, be willing to make the needed lifestyle changes so your weight loss can be permanent.

Hoodia gordonii is an all natural plant that can help you accomplish your weight loss goals (when combined with a proper nutrition plan and plenty of exercise) which has gained in popularity in recent years in large part due to the lack of hoodia side effects. As long as you talk to your doctor first and carefully following the dosing instructions, there is no evidence to suggest that you will have any negative side effects using this supplement. Good luck on your weight loss goals.

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