What Are The Best Exercise DVDs For Weight Loss

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By , March 29, 2015 7:42 pm

Because fitness is such big business, you can find exercise videos and DVDs by the dozen. But which are the best exercise DVDs for weight loss? That really depends on what you like. The best DVD for someone else might not be for you.

What kinds of exercise do you like the best? Do you prefer walking or do you like to run? Do you use an exercise bicycle, or do you like to go swimming? Have you always wanted to try ballroom dancing? Or would you feel silly bouncing around in your living room?

You need to ask yourself several of these questions to help you decide which exercise DVD will help you lose weight. The general answer is, however, that any DVD you use will help you. No matter what it is, as long as you use it, it will help you lose weight. That’s because you’ll be getting a certain amount of exercise each week.

The problem is that if you don’t like it, you’re not going to use it. If you buy that weight loss exercise DVD that you can’t keep up with and leaves you exhausted, how often are you going to put it in? You need to find one that you like and that you can do.

The best way to do this is to hit your local library or video rental. You don’t have to buy the DVD to try it. Rent or borrow a few and try them for a couple of weeks. You’ll have at least one that you like better than the others.

If none of them are standout favorites, then choose the one you like best and look for other DVDs that are similar. If your favorite DVD is an aerobic dancing weight loss workout, but you really don’t like it that well either, you at least know what kind of exercise to look for.

Because dancing DVDs are so varied today, you can find almost any kind of dance routine you like. If you rented several and the one you liked best was a belly dancing routine, but you don’t really like it that well, try a hip-hop dancing DVD or salsa dancing DVD designed for weight loss.

If you’re more of the boxing, kickboxing and gym workout type, there are several weight loss DVDs that you’ll enjoy. Tae-Bo DVDs were the first of this kind to become popular, and they are still available.

Maybe you’re losing weight but you also want a work out to help you increase your strength and flexibility. These types of exercises are important, too. You can find yoga and Pilates DVDs that will lead you through excellent routines. There are many of these workouts to help you lose weight.

You can even buy exercise DVDs that lead you through a walking in place work out in front of your television. There really is something for everyone. The most important thing to remember is that the best exercise DVDs for weight loss are the ones that you will use on a regular basis.

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How Can I Lose Weight In A Day Or Two

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By , March 27, 2015 10:39 am

How can I lose weight in a day or two was the question I asked my diet guru last week. While he explained that it is not really possible to lose many pounds in 48 hours, you can fool other people into thinking you have lost excess weight.

We can become bloated either due to fluid retention or gas. Fluid retention may be as a result of your period being due or you have overindulged in salty foods. Gas can be caused by a number of factors but almost always causes your stomach to become distended thus making you appear fatter than you actually are.

To beat bloating try drinking two glasses of hot water the night before your special day. Combine this with a gentle laxative to help deal with any constipation. It would be better for you to have tried taking laxatives prior to this event as some people can overdose really easily and spend all of their time in the loo. Not the ideal scenario when the result you were aiming for was thin and sophisticated.

On the morning of the day you need to look really thin, have some more hot water and another gentle laxative. Laxatives are not a long term answer to weight loss and you need to be careful as they can become addictive. But if you are suffering from constipation and bloating, an odd one now and again will not cause any harm. If you suffer a lot from constipation or other bowel problems you should see your doctor to rule out any illnesses.

Be realistic when asking how can I lose weight in a day or two. Cutting out alcohol and fizzy drinks will help as will reducing your wheat intake but nothing is going to make you drop 10 pounds. Instead try fooling your friends into thinking you have lost weight.

Go to your local store and invest in some Spanx. Celebrities are known to wear this fantastic underwear at red carpet events as they can hold in virtually any tummy or other offending body part. The best thing is that you do not need a celebrity’s bank account to fund the purchase.

Make sure you pick an outfit that flatters the figure you have and not the one you wish you had. Ask a trusted friend for their honest opinion. We often end up looking fatter than we are as we wear the wrong clothes.

Stand up straight and pull in your stomach. Practice doing this and you will look slimmer. When you go out on the special occasion skip the pre-dinner nibbles and the bread. Eat something that is easy to digest and skip dessert unless it is a sorbet. Finish your meal with mint tea to aid the digestion process and you should be able to avoid any bloating.

How can I lose weight in a day or two is not an easy question to answer but you may have some new ideas now!

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Finding The Best Form Of Exercise For Weight Loss

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By , March 25, 2015 1:29 am

People struggle to lose weight and keep weight off once it is lost. Dieting is by far the most common method people use to lose pounds, but sometimes it is not enough, or the weight mounts back up once the diet is finished.

A good way to lose weight and keep it from being regained is with a plan of exercise; regular exercise helps the body to burn calories that would otherwise be converted to fat. There are so many options for exercise that there is something to suit everyone; however it can be difficult to find the best form of weight loss for the individual.

It is important when choosing an exercise program to consider the age and physical fitness of the exerciser; those with significant weight problems, or those who have a sedentary lifestyle, may be better off with a non-weight bearing exercise such as swimming or using an exercise bike.

Walking is an excellent way to begin losing weight and improving physical fitness. Walking helps those who are too unfit to be able to exercise strenuously, and has tremendous health benefits: a brisk walk of 30 minutes a day can help to lessen the risk of heart attacks by around 50%.

Swimming is perhaps the best form of exercise for weight loss, and like walking helps to improve fitness; it also builds muscle, which helps the body to burn more calories, even when resting. Swimming is also an excellent slimming aid for people who may have trouble walking or performing aerobic exercise. A regular routine of swimming can help improve the general health and fitness of the exerciser.

Exercise machines are a popular method of improving fitness, and for the person with access to them are superb methods of losing weight through exercise. The treadmill, stationary bike or cross-trainer are all good at burning calories – studies have suggested that the treadmill is the most effective, with the exercise bike much lower than might be expected – the latter, however, can support the weight of a heavier person, reducing the impact of exercise.

Running is probably the single best form of exercise for weight loss; by itself it can increase general physical health and reduce stress and the risk of heart attacks and diabetes. Running should be combined with a strength or resistance training program to get the greatest benefits of both calorie burning and stamina and muscle building. Running a few days a week will help weight loss and encourage fitness.

Exercising is perhaps the single best thing that anyone can do to improve their health. Even people with long-term chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or arthritis, can benefit from regular exercise. On a regular basis it improves the mental condition, helps the body to recover faster, and boosts the health. For people with diabetes, for example, the best form of exercise for weight loss can also help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, and ease problems such as joint pain; it will also help with better control of the condition, boosting health.

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How Important Is Exercise For Weight Loss

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By , March 22, 2015 4:20 pm

Do you have to exercise for weight loss? There seem to be conflicting opinions on this but most would agree that a combination of eating right and exercise is the best approach to losing weight.

You can compare our bodies to very fine tuned machines that use whatever we put into them to operate. If we put junk into our bodies, we can still go on, but not in the most optimized fashion. In a nutshell, our bodies run on blood sugar (glucose).

Exercise plays an important role because it leads to a depletion of blood sugar in our blood stream which then causes fat cells to release fat to replace it. Our body then uses this fat for energy instead of just storing it. And that’s how exercise for weight loss fits in.

There are a couple of myths that need to be dispelled right away.

1. Exercise means going to the gym every day for at least an hour (or something similar)
2. You can eat whatever you want, whenever you want and then exercise to make it go away.

Let’s start with the first one. In order to be effective, exercise must be performed regularly. If you honestly believe that you can go to the gym every single day to work out for an hour, then that’s fine. Most people find this a stretch. But they feel that it must be done.

So, they will dive into their exercise routine for a week or two and then get completely burned out and quit. Wrong. Your exercise routine should consist of doing something that you enjoy (or at least don’t mind too much) in a consistent fashion. Does it have to be every day? No. But it must be something that you can stick to regularly (three to five times a week is something to shoot for).

You should try to get a combination of aerobic (cardiovascular) exercise which gets your heart rate up and strength building exercise such as weight lifting. Exercise burns calories and speeds up your metabolism.

While exercise will make you hungrier, it shouldn’t be an excuse to eat the wrong kinds of foods all the time. How often do you hear people say “Well, I’ll eat this piece of pie and work it off later”? That’s fine occasionally and you can afford to splurge every once in a while when you maintain a consistent activity routine.

But what you put into your body is even more important if you are exercising. The right foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, fatty fish, etc) will give you more energy and keep you feeling good. The wrong types of foods (excess fats, processed foods, too much sugar, etc) will only inhibit the effectiveness of your exercise and weight loss plan.

Consistent exercise for weight loss will get you the kind of results you are looking for — a slimmer self for life.

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Healthy Eating Plans For Weight Loss – Skip The Roller Coaster Diets

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By , March 20, 2015 8:02 am

Roller coaster dieting (sometimes called yo-yo dieting) is a nasty cycle to get caught up in. This is a cycle where a person tries a weight loss diet for a while, loses weight, then goes off the diet. This is the down part of the roller coaster and it can feel pretty good, but it doesn’t stop there. Once off the diet, the person not only goes back to their original weight, but adds on a few extra pounds. This can wreak havoc on the mind and body, and is not healthy. So, why does this happen? There are a lot of specific answers, but they all come back to one thing: the diets themselves are to blame, not the dieters.

But you want to lose weight, right? There must be something you can do. Some of those diets sound so appealing, and a few celebrities swear by them (forget the fact that they also can afford an army of private chefs and personal trainers), so they must work. The truth is that some of them do work, but what doesn’t get mentioned is that they only work for so long…then the weight loss roller coaster starts going up, up and up again.

What you need is a way to break the cycle. What you need are healthy eating plans for weight loss. Forget all of the hype of the latest and greatest miracle diet cures, they don’t work as a long term solution.

The good news is that you can still eat all of the foods you love and don’t have to eliminate whole categories of food to lose weight. The key is to make better choices. You always have a choice, either about the food you eat, or how much of it you eat. Therefore, the first step of a healthy plan for weight loss is to take total responsibility for yourself. Nobody can force you to eat something against your will. To be blunt, you need to grow up and take a stand for your health.

If there are fattening foods that you absolutely must have, then try to eat half of your normal serving and take twice as long to do it. This way you will be able to enjoy your favorite foods. You will also learn to savor each bite, instead of just gulping it down without any thought. Doing it this way not only gives you more enjoyment form your food, it also gives your brain time to realize you’re full.

The other part of healthy eating plans for weight loss is to eat foods that are better for you. In general, you should avoid refined sugar and flour, opting for whole grains instead. Other foods to add include fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats (in moderation). The closer foods are to their natural state, the better. For example, a bowl of regular oatmeal is healthier than an oatmeal cookie.

Weight loss doesn’t have to be hard, though those who sell fad diets would like you to think differently. You can safely ignore them and follow your own healthy eating plan instead.

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Leading Exercise Ball Will Define Your Body

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By , March 17, 2015 10:53 pm

Today we have more options than ever before when it comes to our exercise routine. We can do Yoga, Pilates, aerobics, weight training, and balance work. The latter is accomplished with the help of an exercise ball. The leading exercise ball is usually referred to as a Swiss ball.

These balls were invented in Switzerland to be used in therapy. That therapeutic benefit can help you achieve greater results with your workouts too.

These balls can have a huge impact on your workout since they force you to use virtually all the muscles in your body. When you sit on a round object, it will tend to roll. You will have to use your muscles to compensate for that tendency and keep the ball still.

You will be using muscles that are virtually impossible to work and target with any other form of exercise. That is one of the main reasons people like to use exercise balls, they amp up any routine since you will be using more muscles just to keep the ball stable.

Another great reason to use an exercise ball is if you are just getting into shape or are recovering from an injury. A friend of mine has bad knees so our fitness instructor helped her modify her entire workout so she could be seated on the ball and take the stress off of her knees. That way she can still workout, and continue to lose weight, without having to worry about putting a lot of weight and stress on her knees…the best of both worlds!

A good exercise ball is very flexible, yet strong. It will give a little when you sit on it but it shouldn’t give too much. You can add air to it to make it a little more firm. You will need to find the right ball for your size and your particular workout. Some workouts will require you to have a bigger ball. The balls range in size from 45 -75 cm. Most sporting good or department stores will carry them.

Keep in mind when you’re first starting out that the use of an exercise ball tends to increase the intensity of the workouts that you do, so you will want to start slowly at first. You don’t want to strain your muscles to the point where you can’t work out for a while.

It is also important to be careful what exercises you do in the beginning because you don’t want to lose your balance and hurt yourself. Make sure you have enough room around you and the ball so if you do lose your balance you don’t topple down a staircase or fall into a sharp corner. You should also avoid lifting weights on the ball until you have a better idea of how well you can maintain your balance.

When it comes to getting, or staying, in shape using the leading exercise ball can help improve the effectiveness of your workout as well as your balance. These things all add up to helping you sculpt the body you’ve always wanted more quickly than you could without the use of a ball.

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Why Fad Diets Don’t Work

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By , March 15, 2015 1:41 pm

Fad diets don’t have the greatest reputation but they still hold relatively big appeal simply because they often tell overweight people what they want to hear. Often these sorts of diets promise quick and easy weight loss. Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows that it isn’t (and shouldn’t be) quick and most likely isn’t easy either.

Do these diets work in the short run? Yes, often they can but the short-term success comes at a price. What usually happens after you’ve lost the weight by following such a weight loss plan is that you will gain it back and put even more weight on than when you started.

It has been proven time and time again that those who follow fad diets often end up gaining back more weight than they lost. This is usually because these types of diets involve a lot of straying from the normal diet. So, once you’ve finished the diet, you can’t wait to go back to “normal” eating. At that point, whether you overdo it or not, you will start to gain the weight back.

One way to identify a faddy type of diet is to ask yourself, “How long can I keep up the sort of regimen that this diet is recommending?” If you believe you can stick with it, then this is probably not a short-term fix. If you don’t see yourself being able to follow the diet’s instructions for a long period of time, then it most likely will work while you are on the plan, but your weight will shoot right back up shortly after you stop the diet.

The only real alternative to these types of diets is to eat healthy foods and exercise regularly. This doesn’t mean that you have to completely cut out the unhealthy foods that you love (as a short-term stricter diet might suggest). It means making healthy choices and then eating the “bad stuff” in moderation. It also doesn’t mean working out heavily all the time. Exercising regularly could just be taking a 20 minute brisk walk three to five times every week. Try to pick an exercise that you don’t see as a chore, something that you actually look forward to practicing.

As far as eating right goes, try to eat balanced meals. If you can get regular portions of unfatty protein, carbohydrates and fiber in every meal, you are doing well. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables during meals or even as snacks. Other healthy snacks include cheese and nuts which are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

The right type of weight loss plan not only helps you lose fat and weight, it also starts you on the right path towards a lifetime of healthy eating and activity.

Fad diets promise quick fixes but the real results come from the tried and true methods of a healthy lifestyle and awareness of the benefits of natural foods and regular exercise.

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How Much Weight Gain During PMS Is Normal

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By , March 13, 2015 4:20 am

It may seem that when “that time of the month” is coming around that you start dreading a lot of things. One of the most common issues is wondering how much weight gain is going to take place this time? While it may seem that you really pack on the pounds, it isn’t as much as you think.

Yes, there is a level of discomfort that comes from a bloating feeling, but it doesn’t mean that you are putting on ten or twenty pounds. It might feel like it, but you really aren’t. The truth is that there is only a difference of about 2-4 pounds.

So where does this weight gain come from?

There are many misconceptions about where this weight gain comes from before menstruation. Many believe that it comes from overeating. After all, you do eat more during PMS. The truth behind this is that while there is more eating going on, there is also a rise in metabolism that is just enough to offset the difference. There might be a mild increase, but not enough to be noticeable.

Another misconception is that it comes from eating more sweets. The fact is you are craving more sweets during pre-menstruation. It isn’t clear why that is the case, but it’s obvious that it exists and that craving increases as the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome worsen. While you might think that this would cause a lot of weight to come, you aren’t eating enough of an increase in calories to cause very much of on increase in weight.

The weight that you do put on happens to primarily come from water retention. For those who are struggling to control their weight, this can be a very frustrating thing. It seems that no matter how much work you normally do or how good your diet it, you seem to still put on weight and feel bloated. Don’t worry, though. The water that is retained usually all comes off during menstruation.

There is a couple of things that you can do to help limit the amount of water you retain.

1) Limit the amount of sodium you take in.

2) Increase the water you drink.

When you get more sodium (salt) than you need, it tends to sit in the intestines and requires more from the kidneys to flush it out. What happens is that your body starts to need more. When your body isn’t getting the water it needs, it starts retaining more. It notices that it needs more and realizes it isn’t going to get more. When your body feels like it isn’t getting the water it needs to function properly, it starts to go into conservation mode. It starts using less and keeping more.

When you cut down the amount of salt and sodium you normally eat or drink, your body needs less water to function efficiently. When you know that your body is going to be retaining fluids more anyway because you are approaching your menstrual period, start cutting back on salt. Also, start increasing the amount of water you drink. In doing this, you will see your body wanting to retain less and you won’t be wondering each month how much weight gain is going to take place.

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How To Lose Belly Fat – Tips That Work

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By , March 10, 2015 8:14 pm

Well, you may be thinking “Here we are again. Where can I find out how to lose belly fat?” My friend you are not alone. The CDC reported that in 2007-2008 about 1/3 of US citizens are obese and that number has increased 1.1% since 2007.

It is a fact; obesity is steadily becoming a world wide epidemic. In 2007-2008 over 72 billion citizens, world wide, were obese and again that number is climbing.

Overweight individuals are more prone to serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, depression etc… Health problems, that are a direct result of overweight, cost billions and billions of dollars each year. Need I mention the emotional damage and social stigmatization that is a result of overweight? I think not.

So, back to our original question, “How to lose belly fat”. It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out that you have to cut back on your eating. It is essential that the calories taken in are less than the calories burned. If not, then you guessed it, weight gain!

Reducing the amount of calories you consume is essential. All pre-packaged food comes with a nutritional label. Take note of the calories, fat grams, carbohydrates etc in everything you eat. Also pay close attention to serving size.

Another tip on how to lose belly fat or any fat, for that matter; cut out the alcohol! Beer is loaded with calories that have no nutritional value. Not to mention the other detrimental effects alcohol has on your body. Alcohol causes liver damage; it causes inflammation of the pancreas. So, beware!

Sugar is not your friend. Be aware of the carbohydrate content in food or drinks. Look at how much sugar is in soda. Just cutting out soda alone will save you quite a bit of calories. If you take in too much sugar and don’t burn it then weight gain ensues.

Weight loss is more than physical work. It involves mental and emotional dedication as well. You must make a commitment to attaining better health. It is also helpful to have a support system. After all you will be in this for the long haul.

Daily exercise is key to losing weight. After all, muscle burns fat and in order to build muscle you must use it! A high cardiovascular workout is a big help in losing weight. Examples of high cardio workouts are using the treadmill, circuit training, stair climbing, etc….

Cardiovascular exercise helps to speed up the metabolism. But is you really want to whittle down your belly, add strength training to your routine. You will be amazed at the results.

I won’t lie to you; it is a long hard road. But your hard work will pay off. You will feel better physically and emotionally. And there is nothing more important than your health. So, what are you waiting for? Lose the tummy fat!

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Tummy Tuck Recovery – Make It Easy On Yourself

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By , March 8, 2015 10:28 am

I know you’re tired of the pouch you have on your stomach that you just can’t seem to get rid of no matter how many crunches you do, and that you are considering a tummy tuck (if you weren’t you probably wouldn’t be reading this article) the next logical question is how long is the tummy tuck recovery period?

A tummy tuck, otherwise known as abdominoplasty, is a major surgery and you have to make sure you understand everything that’s involved before you make your decision to have it done. As with all surgeries there is a risk of complications so be darn careful when you pick out the plastic surgeon, as well as the surgery center, who will perform the procedure.

Also, make sure you have someone who can help you out with your daily activities for at least several days post surgery. You won’t be able to do much at all, even cooking, getting dressed and moving around your house will be a challenge. Of course, you won’t be able to drive for a while after your surgery so make sure you stock up on groceries around your home (or get one of your friends to help you out).

Make sure you have someone who can fill your prescriptions. The doctor will usually prescribe something for pain and usually some form of antibiotic as well to prevent infections.

Since some types of pain medications can make you constipated, which is the last thing you want after having abdominal surgery, many surgeons will prescribe a laxative to take after the surgery. Whatever your doctor prescribes, take it. Make sure you take your pills on time. You don’t want to have unnecessary pain or risk an infection, take your pills on time every time.

It’s also a good idea to have a thermometer on hand so you can check for an infection. Infections are a common complication of having surgery and one of the first signs of an infection will be a fever. By being able to check your temperature often, you can see any signs of an infection early on, which is good (so you can treat it early before it gets to serious) and something you want to watch for during your tummy tuck recovery.

Don’t think that you don’t have to listen to the doctor or follow his instructions either. A tummy tuck is major surgery, you don’t want to risk injuring yourself of ripping out your sutures, so follow his directions. These instructions will cover everything from when you can take a bath how often to change your bandages, how much you can lift and what activity levels you should restrict yourself to, all the way up to when you can have sex again. Listen to him.

Recovering from a major surgical procedure will take time, in order to make your tummy tuck recovery as painless and as quick as possible make sure that you fully understand and follow all your doctors advice, this is not the time to be a know it all.

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