Have You Ever Wondered Why We Crave Junk Food So Much?

April 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Weight Loss Tips from Guest Authors

Comments Off on Have You Ever Wondered Why We Crave Junk Food So Much?

When we think about going on a diet we don’t just think about the good and healthy food that we will be eating but our mind’s start to wander and we find ourselves thinking about the foods that we will have to cut down on.
Like cake, cookies, pies, chips soda, fast food and candy.

Then,  since our culture has always celebrated happy occasions with these types of sugary or fatty foods we equate them with the feeling of being happy. Just think about birthday parties or weddings.  How many birthday parties serve good nutritious food compared to having birthday cake and ice cream?

So when you think about going on a diet and having to give up less nutritious food your mind tells your body that it is being punished since it can’t have the “happy food”. Once you feel punished the forbidden seems more appetizing and it’s on your mind more often.

But what if you made a few changes in your mindset so that having less junk food was the happier option?
Then you would not feel so deprived or feel that you are being denied something that you think you want.
And believe it or not, there are many times when we go for a treat, eat it and still don’t feel satisfied.

There are two different ways that you can change your feeling about junk food compared to healthier food, making being on a diet a positive experience.

1. When you start a diet, never say that you won’t have a certain type of food again. If you love french fries and feel as though you have to give them up you are going to be miserable during the entire time that you diet and a diet should be a live long goal – not just a few weeks or months.

You don’t need to give up your favorite foods, just just need to cut down and cut back.  Instead of having fries once a week could you have them just once a month? If you could you would enjoy them so much more. It will be something that you look forward to having. The when you do have your fries ( or other treat) only eat half the amount that you normally would.

While you might think that by holding off your treat and looking forward to it may make you crave it more, but you will find out that when you do have it, it really doesn’t satisfy you like you thought that it would.
Then after a few months, you will find that your craving for that food gets less and less.

Now let’s suppose that by only allowing you to have your special food on the rare occasion makes you love it even more?
Well that’s find since you will still have it less often and will only have half the amount that you would have in the past so you won’t really kill your diet.

2. The other way to help your diet feel less restricted or having you feel as though you are being deprived is to try and change your mindset towards more healthy food.
Let’s say that you love having bread with each meal and you prefer a highly processed white bread over healthier ones.
Now I could say, chuck the white and only have 100% whole wheat ( which is much healthier, has less calories and fat, more fiber and will help you feel full longer).

Now going directly from white bread to 100% whole wheat would be a big change for you and you might resent having to eat the wheat bread and you’ll soon be back to your over processed white bread.

So instead of jumping from one type directly to another choose a bread that is one step up from white – a mixed grain bread.
It will be close enough to your white bread to still enjoy it while you are starting to move your diet in the right direction.

You can do the same thing with milk. Go from whole fat to 2% milk, to 1% and then fat free ( or use rice or almond milk) .
Almond milk has about the same calories as skim milk yet, it tastes a bit like melted ice cream if you choose the vanilla flavored version.  Yes, the vanilla almond milk does have a bit of sugar but again after you use it for a bit you can switch over to the plain.

You see when you start on a diet there are no rules or regulations that say you must start today & your diet must be super strict.
You’ll find that if you make small changes over a period of time you’ll start seeing the older junk food type food less appealing and the healthier food will become more appetizing.

This way you won’t feel deprived and you will be able to live this healthy lifestyle year in a year out and you will learn how to still enjoy birthday cake or food at other celebrations and then go right back to your healthier way of eating.

I have a friend who sticks to a low fat diet most of the year. He does really good on the diet ad has lost about 40 pounds and has been able to cut down on all of his prescription drugs. However since he really does like burgers, fries and rib eye steaks, he has decided that he will only eat them when he either goes on vacation or on during a holiday celebration like the 4th of July, Labor Day, Christmas etc.

Since he is not giving up his fattier food for life he doesn’t miss them. He looks forward to the times when he can have it and over the last two years he has found that he really doesn’t enjoy the fattier food as much so he naturally eats less.

So if you never, say never your “forbidden” food doesn’t seem as tantalizing and you won’t crave it like you once did.

Weight Loss Plans and Weight Loss Tips
It is advisable to assume that any mention of a product or service on this website is made because there exist, unless otherwise stated, an affiliate connection between the product or service owners and this website.
Please be advised that the information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

Share

Simple, Effective Weight Loss Tips We All Can Use

March 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Weight Loss Tips

Weight is a struggle for everybody at some point in his life. In some cases, weight gain (or weight problems) can be the result of hormone issues and other health problems that keep a body from properly burning fat. Sometimes it is just something that people need to work on.

If you have struggled with your weight for a while it is highly likely that you have tried a number of the fad diets that are on the market right now. How successful have these diets been for you? Probably not very. The fact is that weight loss involves more work than is required for most of the popular fad diets that are out there.healthy weight loss with effective weight loss tips

Here are some of the weight loss tips that fad diet authors don’t want to share.

Don’t drink anything but water. You might not be ready to believe this, but the best way to cut down on your calorie count each day is to simply cut out all of the juices, sodas, energy drinks, booze and other non-water drinks you consume. Cold water is the best to drink. Water does not have any calories.

It helps you stay hydrated and contributes to your health. It all depends on the type of soda you drink but cutting out even two servings of the stuff can reduce your caloric intake by around two hundred calories. In addition to cutting down on your calorie intake, replacing these other drinks with water helps you cut down on things like sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other nefarious ingredients that do nothing for your health.

Always remember that no diet is going to be successful without accompanying it with an exercise routine. You could cut your caloric intake down to just a few hundred calories each day (which is not something that we would recommend you try) and if you aren’t exercising you still won’t lose any weight. Even something as simple as going for a walk every day can help you with your weight loss routine. Exercise increases muscle tone, energy level and focus on the overall weight loss goals you have.

Keep a simple food journal. This probably seems like a lot of work but it can be a big help.

A food journal is not kept because you want to track every single calorie that goes into your mouth (though that could be helpful later on when you need to plan out your exercise routine for the day). Keeping a food journal can also help you track your cravings and the types of tastes you gravitate toward. You don’t need to buy an expensive journal, just an inexpensive spiral notebook will do.

The key to a successful diet is to find a way to replace the junkie tastes you love so much with healthier alternatives. For example: eating actual strawberries instead of strawberry flavored candy or ice cream. Keeping a food journal helps you do this, which means you have a better chance of losing weight and finding success with your diet.

Almost every woman and man on earth has wanted to lose weight. The more you know about the best ways to safely lose weight the more successful you will be. Try the hints in this article! They could really help you lose weight!

Weight Loss Plans and Weight Loss Tips
It is advisable to assume that any mention of a product or service on this website is made because there exist, unless otherwise stated, an affiliate connection between the product or service owners and this website.
Please be advised that the information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

Share

How to Lose Weight Through Portion Control

February 15, 2013 by  
Filed under Diet Tips

Comments Off on How to Lose Weight Through Portion Control

portion control for weight lossDid you know that you can quickly and easily lose weight just by watching your portion sizes?

Yes, something as small as getting to know how much a portion is, can make the difference between losing 2 pounds next month and 10. You won’t be losing the weight by doing away with your favorite foods, but by watching the size of your portions.

Most of us don’t think about it much, but food portion sizes have grown way out of control.  When you eat out at a restaurant, have you noticed the heaping plateful of food they deliver to your table?  It’s enough to feed three or four people, not just one.

This may not sound like a bad thing to you, because most of us love to eat.  Give us lots and lots of food and we feel secure and comforted.  It’s an emotional thing plus you feel as though you are getting a good value for your money.

The problem is that our bodies are NOT comforted by all this food – they are being overloaded with far too many calories, and this is true even when we eat at home.  We’ve gotten used to eating such large quantities of food that we believe it takes that much to satisfy us, but more often than not much less will do.

These are the recommended serving sizes according to the USDA:

Fruit – 1/2 cup
Vegetables – 1/2 cup (1 cup for leafy vegetables like lettuce)
Meat – 2 to 3 oz. (1 cup cooked beans)
Grains – 1 slice of bread or 1/2 cup of rice, pasta or cereal
Dairy – 1 cup milk, 1 1/2 ounces of cheese, or 1 cup of yogurt

The USDA recommends 6 to 11 servings of grains, 2 to 3 servings of meat or beans, 2 to 3 servings of dairy products, 2 to 4 servings of fruit, and 3 to 5 servings of vegetables daily.  Exactly how many servings your body needs will depend on many factors, including your age, gender, current weight, activity level, and whether you are pregnant or nursing.

However, even without measuring your portions, your body will let you know when it’s had enough to eat – but you have to pay attention, and this requires a bit of practice.  Most often it’s a very subtle feeling of satisfaction, as if your body was saying, “There, I feel better now, you can stop eating.”  Most of us don’t notice this feeling because we’re focusing on our dinner conversation or the television, or we simply want to keep eating because the food tastes good.

Needless to say, eating more food than your body needs makes it impossible to lose weight.

If you believe that your food portions are too big, try measuring them and compare that to how much you usually eat.  You can also practice paying closer attention to how your body feels as you eat.  When you feel that inner “click” as your body indicates it has had enough, stop eating.

Portion control is especially important when you are having snack and junk food

There is nothing wrong with deciding on having a portion of potato chips or ice cream while you are on a diet. Actually you are more likely to stick to your diet if you do “cheat”.  However, the problem (and weight gain) occurs when what you believe to be 1 portion is actually 6 portions.  If you are looking to lose weight or avoid gaining weight you will have to read the package and see how much a portion actually is.

Each product that you purchase will list the size of the portion and how many calories, fats, proteins sugars etc, are in each portion. Never assume that a small bag, bottle or canister is 1 serving – you may be surprised that many “single serving” products are actually meant for 2-3 servings.  If you eat the whole bag that looks like a “single serving” (yes, looks are very misleading – most smaller bags are more than 1 serving) you may have  consumed 600+ calories when you thought it was only 150 or so.

When you want to lose weight ALWAYS read the label and if you are going to a restaurant look online first at their menu and nutrition information. More than likely the meal will contain at least twice what you think it may and more often than not 5 times the amount. If you know in advance, you can always eye your meal and put aside a good amount for you to “doggie bag”. Not only will save money but you will save your diet.

Weight Loss Plans and Weight Loss Tips
It is advisable to assume that any mention of a product or service on this website is made because there exist, unless otherwise stated, an affiliate connection between the product or service owners and this website.
Please be advised that the information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

Share

Tips For Starting a Sensible and Effective Diet

May 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Diet Tips

Comments Off on Tips For Starting a Sensible and Effective Diet

Being on a sensible diet can help you to feel good, eat well and keep your belly feeling comfortably full.

But you’re possibly hungry at the moment. It’s likely that you’re looking at your computer screen and hoping that it delivers a good distraction to keep you from focusing on things you would rather do at the moment. This is fully normal.

When you are on a diet, the whole world can sound like a seriously irritating place. In plenty of situations, the act of going on a diet is not all that different in comparison with quitting smoking. You get hormone changes. Your brain is required to get a grip on its chemistry again. Your moods are most likely quite unpredictable. That’s why you need this article. Here are several diet tips that will help you have an easier time of things.

Don’t name the choice that you’re building now a “diet.” Refer to this as eating healthier. Calling your current new approach a “diet” means deprivation along with negativity. When people call it a “decision” or a “lifestyle change” that indicates positivity. You will have a much easier time coping with the situation if you think “I’m doing this and not that.” But not “I can’t do this anymore because it’s bad.” Another reason to change your plan’s name is that you’ll get far less advice when you tell others that you’re “making some lifestyle changes” instead of “going on a diet.”

Eat for taste first. So many people who go on diet programs stop paying attention to tastes and focus solely on ingredients labels along with calorie counts. If you eat for taste it is a lot more likely you will enjoy the foods you eat and be more enthused about meal time than you would be if you simply avoided foods you love. Here is an example: eat real cheese but not Doritos. As an alternative to choosing fruit flavored junk food, choose the real fruits. Chocolate flavored milk as opposed to a chocolate bar. You know very well what we mean.

Get a few cooking lessons. A really beneficial training course is one on vegetarian cooking. This will teach you how to make delicious dishes made out of healthy ingredients. Nobody states that you actually need to be a vegetarian. Knowing the way to cook vegetarian meals, however, will make it easier to choose those vegetables over other side dishes or snacks. It may also help you feel more comfortable entertaining your vegetarian pals and preparing food for them.

There are many of choices for making it a lot easier for you to shed pounds. The tips covered in this article are just the start of your journey. The main idea, not surprisingly, is to just think positively about what you have selected to do. You’re picking a thing rather than ignoring something. You are choosing to make a positive change in your life instead of letting society pressure you into doing something you don’t want to do. Don’t neglect to try to uncover the fun! Think of this as an opportunity as opposed to a requirement. It’s better to do get healthy when you do it for yourself but not for other people.

Weight Loss Plans and Weight Loss Tips
It is advisable to assume that any mention of a product or service on this website is made because there exist, unless otherwise stated, an affiliate connection between the product or service owners and this website.
Please be advised that the information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

Share

Are You Making The 5 Top Dieting Mistakes?

May 30, 2011 by  
Filed under Weight Loss Tips from Guest Authors

Comments Off on Are You Making The 5 Top Dieting Mistakes?

Are you making the same diet mistakes over and over again?

We all start off the year or a new season with such great weight loss plans.  We know how much we want to lose or what size we want to be and then once we start working towards our weight loss goals we slowly start slipping backwards.

It’s not that we don’t try, but many times it is due to not having the right information or continually making the same mistakes over and over again.

While we often blame ourselves and then start eating way too little food or exercising way too much ( yes, you can over exercise) you then find that this approach has backfired and you either give up totally or continue with your weight spiraling out of control.

What you should know is that most of us make the same mistakes. Yes, we all seem to fall into the same habits and have the same dieting traits.

Now instead of listening to weight loss advice from friends, family or someone who may not actually know what they are talking about, what it an expert told you 5 of the top dieting mistakes so that you could avoid them?

Well that is exactly what the following video is all about. Without any type of hype or trying to sell any products you will hear first hand the 5 top dieting mistakes from the experts at Diet.com

The video is short but if you are like me, you’ll find the information very interesting.

Enjoy!


The Diet Five: Top 5 Diet Mistakes

Now that you are now a bit smarter about dieting pitfalls you’ll be able to get closer to your weight loss goals without slipping backwards. You will be surprised how far the information in the video can take you.

Weight Loss Plans and Weight Loss Tips
It is advisable to assume that any mention of a product or service on this website is made because there exist, unless otherwise stated, an affiliate connection between the product or service owners and this website.
Please be advised that the information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

Share

Simple Weight Loss Tips To Do Instead of Counting Calories

Comments Off on Simple Weight Loss Tips To Do Instead of Counting Calories

Tips to help you lose weight without having to count calories

We all know that a pound of fat is equal to 3500 calories. So what do we do, we start counting calories to make sure that we are not eating too much during the day and go over our allotted calories for the day so that we don’t gain weight.

Then when we are looking to lose weight, we still count calorie after calorie trying to keep under our magic number.

But there a few things are wrong with this idea.

  • First we often don’t measure correctly so we will often take in 1/4 to 1/3 more calories than we think we are.
  • We forget to count the calories of a few portions here and there during the day.
  • We eat food that we like but have no idea of how many calories are in it.
  • We will often give up nutritious food so that we can squeeze in a piece of cake or a bag or fries and still stay within our set calories.

And the list goes on. I know that you can probably add several more to the list without breaking a sweat. As they say “been there don’t that”.

What about instead of counting calories you try these simple ideas

Measure out your portions
Ok, in the beginning this will not be the easiest thing to do but after a week or so you will have it down so that you can easily know exactly what a portion size is. During you first week measure all you food. If you are eating a pre-packaged food read the label and measure out exactly how much it is. Now if it is a food that you eat a lot, you can either use the same size bowl or dish each time so that you know exactly how much it is or if you have a digital camera take some photos. Be sure to have some type of measurement in the photo so that you can quickly look at the photo & know where you stand.

Use Smaller plates & dishes
Now this sounds easy & it is. If you use a dish or plate that is 25% or so smaller than the one you use now you will naturally eat 25% less at your meal. The added plus is that your eye sees you plate being full so mentally you feel satisfied and won’t be hungry when your meal is finished.

Feel your hunger
Most of us eat when we are bored, tired, depressed, celebrating and just have cravings.
What if you ate only when you are actually hungry? I know that this sounds simple and it is but if you are not use to eating only when you are hungry you will be shocked to see how often you eat when you are not hungry.
Don’t eat every time you just feel the slightest bit hungry.  Have a glass of water instead. If you are hungry in 10 minutes then have something to eat.

When ever you reach you hand out for something to eat – think -and ask yourself  “Am I really hungry?” if the answer is no – then don’t eat. If you answer yes, then have something to eat. Start with the healthiest foods first and by the time your hunger goes away you won’t have room for junk food.
Also get to enjoy feeling hungry. Not overly hungry but always on the edge of satisfied and a little hungry.

Remember to be honest with yourself –
Are you really having only 1 portion of food when that is the amount that you should be having?
Are you only eating when you are truly hungry?
Have to taken the time to actually know when you are hungry?

Once you have answered those 3 questions you can give up counting calories forever and still be able to lose weight and to keep it off long term.

 

Weight Loss Plans and Weight Loss Tips
It is advisable to assume that any mention of a product or service on this website is made because there exist, unless otherwise stated, an affiliate connection between the product or service owners and this website.
Please be advised that the information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

Share

How to Warm Up Before Your Workout

April 28, 2011 by  
Filed under Weight Loss Tips from Guest Authors

Comments Off on How to Warm Up Before Your Workout

Warming up before your workout

While many people may try to skip the 5 to 10 minute warm up before they start their exercise routine, this warm up period is absolutely necessary to get your hear and muscles ready for more strenuous exercise.

The warm up period starts off slowly then gradually builds so that your body has time to adjust, get limber and get the blood pumping. Just like it is a shock to go from a nice warm and sunny beach blanket into a freezing ocean it is just as shocking to your system do go from zero exercise into a full blown cardio workout.

If you go to an aerobic or cardio class at a gym then you are probably already familiar with the warm up type of movements but if you have only worked out at home then there is a good chance that you usually don’t take the time to properly warm up.

There are several good videos at YouTube that go through some of the warm up routines but the one below is one of my personal favorites.  Some of the warm up videos that I have seen having you stretching too much before you workout and from what I understand this can cause muscle strains, pulls and tears as the body should be warmed up before you stretch too much.

I hope that you enjoy this video and below the video I have a couple of links to a few other YouTube workout videos.

Here is the direct link to the above Youtube video –> Warm Up (Joint Mobility) Before Workout
Paul Eugene Fitness Show Dance Dance Warm-up
General Exercise Warm-up by Mojiteam
Diet.com’s How to Warm Up For Exercise at Home

The above warm-up videos will give you an idea of a few different warm-up workouts to get you started.  Each one has a different style and type of music to get you moving. Try one, try them all – just make sure that you give your body a good, effective warm-up before you begin your exercise workout.

Weight Loss Plans and Weight Loss Tips
It is advisable to assume that any mention of a product or service on this website is made because there exist, unless otherwise stated, an affiliate connection between the product or service owners and this website.
Please be advised that the information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

Share

African Mango Extract: Weight Loss Hope Or Hype

March 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Weight Loss Tips from Guest Authors

Comments Off on African Mango Extract: Weight Loss Hope Or Hype

African Mango Extract – Effective for Weight Loss or Just Hype?

If you are one to keep up with the latest diet programs and products than by now you have already heard about the Irvingia Gabonensis – or better known as the African Mango. It’s the weight loss supplement darling this year.

The African Mango and African Mango extract have been highlighted and talked about on a few popular television shows and it appears to be very promising as a super fruit and also as a weight loss type product.
Those who are looking to lose some weight have been following along with the news and magazines very closely to see if the African Mango will be this years hot diet product and one that will work for them.

After all this supplement has some really big claims surrounding it but doesn’t have years and years of studies to show whether or not the African Mango in supplement form will perform as well as the actual fresh fruit which you can’t find at your local grocery store.
Some do claim that there have been studies on the African Mango for about 20 years, but I have not been able to corroborate that fact.

The extract version is processed from the seed of the African Mango, or Irvingia Gabonensis.  It is said to be a fat burner and an appetite suppressant to help dieters and also has a few other health benefits to boot.

Does the African Mango extract live up to the hype?

Well, there have been several studies where each were conducted over a 28 day period.  The average weight loss for the group was 3 pounds per week.
The subjects were tested without changing their diets and they did not add exercise into their routines.   I have not seen how large a  group this was, how many times the experiment was done or if the research was sponsored by a company who have interests in the African Mango extract.

There have been other studies however, that do show this information such as the following one.

In a clinical research study conducted at the University of Yaounde in Cameroon, 102 overweight participants were given either the African Mango extract or a placebo, which they took  two times daily for a period of ten weeks. Those in the study were told to not to change their current diet or exercise plans during those 10 weeks. The participants did not know whether they were taking a placebo (sugar pill) or the African Mango extract.

By the end of the study, those who had taken the African Mango extract pills lost weight — an average of roughly 28 pounds — while those who took just the placebo showed little or no change in body weight. There was also a reduction in bad ‘LDL’ cholesterol noted in those who took the plant extract.

Is African Mango just another diet supplement that will be popular this year and then fade away?
Diet and exercise are not suggested to lose weight – this could seem to be an unrealistic claim.  At this time, there are no known side effects and the research study in Cameroon appears to prove the fat-burning properties of African Mango.

Is African mango extract going to work for everyone?  Only you and your doctor can decide if this supplement is a product for you to try.  Yes, always, always check with your doctor before starting any new diet, taking an over the counter diet product or new exercise plan.  Although the African Mango is said to be all natural so are peanuts and milk, yet some people are allergic and have reactions. So be safe and check first.
Most manufacturers offer some sort of money back guarantee for their products, so if your doctor approves and you don’t lose weight you can always ask for a refund.  But if it does work for you….

The African Mango is definitely an interesting product and one that has become quite popular in a short time since it has been commercially and readily available.  Is it too good to be true?  Maybe or maybe not.
Only those who try the African Mango extract will know for sure.

Weight Loss Plans and Weight Loss Tips
It is advisable to assume that any mention of a product or service on this website is made because there exist, unless otherwise stated, an affiliate connection between the product or service owners and this website.
Please be advised that the information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

Share

Next Page »

Weight Loss Plans | Weight Loss Tips
Your site for - Weight Loss Tips, Weight Loss Ideas and weight loss products