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BRUSSELS SPROUTS
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People are unaware about the exact origin of this vegetable, though it’s logical to assume that it originated in Belgium. As part of the cruciferous vegetable family, brussels sprouts share a close relation to broccoli, kale, cabbage, and cauliflower. Though for some reason this superfood hasn’t been able to get the attention it deserves from health food enthusiasts, but if you see the nutrition they behold you will be surely amazed:-1. It has more vitamin-C than oranges.2. It is loaded with vitamin A, folacin, potassium and calcium.3. It has almost twice vitamin K that is found in a red cabbage.4. It contains 3-5 grams of fiber per cup.5. It has more glucosinolates than any other common crucifer.6. It is extremely rich in protein.Weight Loss Benefits of Brussels SproutsThe benefits of Brussels Sprouts are not only limited to their nutritional richness, but they expand further to weight loss as well. Brussels sprouts are very low in calories (1 oz of cooked and drained Brussels sprouts weigh in at about 10 calories), and they contain only trace amounts of fat. Furthermore, the large amounts of vitamin C that are found in this vegetable play an important role in improving the body’s ability to burn fat. A study conducted by a team of scientists from Arizona State University reported that the study participants who had low blood concentrations of vitamin C burned 25% less fat during a 60-minute walk on a treadmill, compared with those who showed adequate blood levels of vitamin C.Further, this vegetable has also shown up on on HealWithFood.org’s list of the best food remedies for cellulite. They contain a natural compound called indole-3-carbinol (I3C), which is a pre-cursor to diindolylmethane (DIM). DIM helps certain liver enzymes to block the production of 16-OH estrogens, harmful substances that can cause cellulite by breaking down collagen which is supposed to keep your skin strong. The high content of vitamin C, acts as real anti-cellulite nutrient, which fights those unsightly bumps and lumps by promoting collagen synthesis and by scavenging free radicals.Use as Part of a Healthy DietYou can simply consume this wonder vegetable by – try roasting them, lightly coated in olive oil, or saute them in a mixture of no-sodium broth and minced garlic. Add flavor to your sprouts by using fresh herbs, such as rosemary or basil. Further, you can also have them raw by adding the to your favorite salads. You can also steam them and top up with some dressing for a variation in taste.It is true that brussels sprouts have not been able to gain the attention they deserve but now it is time to give this tiny vegetable more of a chance because they really are among the healthiest vegetables and foods on the planet....

HOW A COMBINATION OF CARDIO & STRENGTH LEADS TO WEIGHT LOSS
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Strength training plays an important role in boosting the weight loss process as it leads to faster fat loss, improved metabolism and better muscle mass. Along with making a healthy diet a part of your routine, the right way to go towards your weight loss goals is making a program that consists of both strength & cardio training!THE EFFECTIVE COMBINATION – CARDIO & STRENGTHThe main target of strength training is on building muscles. Lean muscles are working on burning fat even when the body is at rest. The point to notice here is that no matter how strong or defined a muscle is, it will not show any result as they are hidden under layers of fat. Both males and females should go for cardio on top of strength training to make the most of their weight loss efforts. The main logic behind is that cardio helps in melting away the fat that is hiding the muscles. When these cardio sessions are combined with lifting weight they help in maximizing the calories that are burnt. Ultimately since the body is using more energy than it is consuming it leads to weight loss!DOES STRENGTH TRAINING WORK FOR ALLIf a person is not suffering from any type of injury, sicknesses or other limiting issues, strength training is a wonderful tool. Though males are used to strength training while females are sometimes afraid that strength training will to lead to big, bulky muscles and an unfeminine shape, but actually the opposite is true. With the proper combination of cardio and strength training techniques, women can tone their muscles and increase definition.SPECIFICATIONSWhen targeting weight loss the focus should be on a strength training program with a specific number of sets, repetitions and weight rather than adding a lot of bulk. When going for strength training do 1-3 sets of an exercise with at least 12-15 repetitions. By the end of the strength training your muscles should be tired and the selected exercise should be hard to complete. This is primarily because a lower number of repetition will lead to bulky muscles while lesser repetition will make no impact. Every move with the weights should be slow and controlled.There is a difference in the definition of appropriate cardio plan to follow depending upon a person’s ability. The right approach top follow is that people who do not have a good cardio base should complete a low intensity cardio workout for 30 mins where as people with a strong cardio base should use interval cardio training (periods of different work intensities) for 30 mins.Thus from the above highlighted points, it is quite clear that Cardio and Strength together form a solid combination and are really effective for people who are willing to lose weight!...

Say Cheese for Weight Loss
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Is cheese a guilty pleasure or part of a healthy diet? This is a never ending debate and there have been both types of arguments on this – some praise the benefits of protein and calcium, others condemning high calories, saturated fat, and sodium. No matter on which side of argument you stand, you’re likely to be still nibbling it away! Today, we have got some tips, which will allow you to eat cheese effectively and make it contribute to your weight loss efforts –1. Watch Portions to Limit CaloriesIf you love cheese, there is no need to eliminate it from your diet to achieve your weight loss goals. The key is to limit the portion to 1 oz and buy low-fat or fat-free brands to keep the calories and fat within your daily goals. Most available options of cheese have about 72-125 calories in a 1 oz. Fat-free brands contain no fat, which subsequently reduces the calories by at least half and sometimes more than that, depending on the type of cheese. Cheese like brie and brick, which are semi-soft have fewer calories in comparison to hard cheese options. It is advised to check the nutrient label before buying a cheese and keep a close check on calories and fat numbers!2. Choose Cheese as a SnackAn absolute healthy way to incorporate cheese into a diet is to nosh on it between meals rather than having them as a full meal. It is a great source of calcium and protein and is easily portable. Stock up on pre-portioned options, such as The Laughing Cow wedges or mini Babybel cheeses, and enjoy them with wheat crackers, fruits, or a piece of toast with egg whites.3. Protein Keeps You FullIrrespective of the type of cheese, you get at least 6 grams of quality protein in a 1-ounce serving. Not only does this make a significant contribution to your daily protein requirement, the protein in cheese also supports weight loss. The main working behind this is that it slows down the movement of food out of your stomach so you feel full longer, further, “Harvard School of Public Health” stated that cheese keeps blood sugar balanced, which means blood sugar won’t drop and trigger hunger. “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” published a research in May 2013 stating that protein stimulates satiety by affecting hormones that regulate your appetite.4. Calcium & Weight lossThere have been conflicting results in the role of dairy products and calcium in weight loss. However, “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” & “International Journal of Obesity” published reviews in 2012 stating that dairy products facilitate weight loss when they’re part of a calorie-controlled diet. In October 2011, “Journal of the American College of Nutrition” explicated that though there has been no direct relation between dairy intake and weight loss, low dietary calcium is a risk factor for being overweight. Like other dairy products, cheese is a rich source of calcium but the amount you’ll get varies from one brand to the next.5. Other Good & Bad NutrientsOn one hand being a dairy product, cheese contains vitamin A, potassium, and is an especially good source of vitamin B-12, which you need to make normal red blood cells and maintain healthy nerves. Cheese is also a good choice for a low carbohydrate diet. On the contrary, cheese is high in saturated fat, so it’s important to choose low-fat or fat-free brands to avoid this unhealthy fat. Cheese can also be quite high in sodium ranging from 16mg-500mg.The Bottom LineThe key is to enjoy this delicious dairy product in moderation. As per USDA, a serving as 1.5 oz (45 g), which is a good guideline per day when balanced alongside other saturated fats. Even if you’re into the real food philosophy, it’s still a good idea to show some restraint. Indulging into foods you like positively contributes in weight loss but keeping a check on portions and frequencies is the key to success.Here are a few fresh ways to make cheese part of a healthy diet: folded into eggs, atop an open face sandwich, with fresh veggies, baked casserole, sprinkled on a salad, with a fruit, etc.!...

The Skin Benefits of Working Out
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We know what you’re thinking – is there anything exercise can’t do? There are plenty of reasons to work out from fitting into your old jeans to staying healthy. Regardless of what your goals are, we all can agree that the results you get from working out are almost always obvious – this includes exercise’s impact on your skin too.1. Goodbye Acne!Working out regularly boosts blood circulation, which increases blood and hence, nutrient and oxygen flow beneath the skin. In addition, increased blood circulation also elevates the skin’s ability to draw out toxins from the body, including those that clog your pores. Having a great sweat sesh pulls out the toxins, dirt and sebum from the pores, making your skin look clearer.However, working out isn’t enough. You need to maintain a water, antioxidant and mineral-rich diet and make sure cleanse your skin properly, especially after working out to remove all that gunk. Pay special attention to acne-prone areas of your skin. Exercising can flush toxins from your skin but they’ll still remain on your skin if you don’t wash them off. If you’re using a prescription acne treatment, be sure to ask your doctor if it is safe to reapply the product after an afternoon or evening workout shower.Another noteworthy benefit of working out that benefits the skin is the fact that exercise helps reduce stress. Exercise boosts endorphin release in the body and reduces cortisol, thereby countering one of the most common the effects of stress i.e. acne.2. Delay Wrinkle FormationWe aren’t going to lie to you and say that you can prevent wrinkles forever. Wrinkles and fine lines are inevitable so it’s important that you learn to embrace them with age – however, you can slow their development by working out. As mentioned earlier, working out helps reduce cortisol levels in the body. Too much cortisol leads to collagen breakdown which can increase sagging and wrinkles. Exercise, on the other hand, supports collagen production and keeps the skin firm and elastic.3. Glowing SkinIncreased oxygen flow also allows the skin to glow. In fact, you and your friends will notice that your skin keeps glowing for hours after your workout too. Your skin is being constantly nourished by blood vessels under the skin and this increases with a boost in blood supply from your workouts. When you exercise, your blood vessels dilate to release heat from the body, giving the skin a glowing, healthy appearance....

Is Fructose Bad for You
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Sugary drinks are less preferred since they lead to weight gain. The main reasons behind these arese –1. Sugary drinks are extremely high in empty calories2. They don’t make you feel full3. You are unlikely to make up for the calories by eating lessIn today’s blog we are aiming at looking the wider story. Sugar or sucrose is mainly made up of two different sugars: glucose & fructose. Fructose has a bad reputation owing to the way our body responds to it. But beyond this, here we are aiming to figure out if our brain responds differently to fructose versus glucose. And how might this impact our appetite and food choices?Scientific ViewCurrently many studies highlight that sugary beverages lead to weight gain. The main reason for this is that these studies have considered the impact of glucose and fructose together since there was lack of resources which would help in standardizing the diets of thousands of participants. To get down to the actual results of fructose versus glucose, scientists collected detailed data from 24 healthy adult participants.There was a study conducted in University of California, Los Angeles in which scientists randomly assigned participants a 10 oz liquid containing either 2 oz of fructose or glucose. The analysis was done for the data collected both before and after the participants sipped their sweet drink. The participants were called on later days to receive the drink they didn’t get on day 1. In order to get better results, the volunteers had to fast both times before having the drinks and follow the same exercise and dietary patterns.The results of study were that the participants reported their hunger and desire to eat decreased after both the fructose and glucose drinks. Along with this participants’ brain scans and food choices highlight another angle on the same –1. Blood insulin levels and blood sugar were higher in glucose drinkers than fructose drinkers. This is not such a good news as moderately higher insulin and blood sugar levels help our body feel more satiated which is likely to avoid any type of unhealthy eating.2. Participants who had fructose responded more readily to food pictures as compared to those who had glucose. This suggests that participants may be more motivated to eat after a dose of fructose.3. Fructose drinkers were more likely to choose food over a delayed money reward compared to glucose drinkers.This implies that after drinking fructose people can subconsciously pick immediately calorie-gratifying choices over long term benefits.The ResultsThough we can analyze from the above study that fructose and glucose affect us differently, we rarely eat fructose and glucose in isolation. The results imply that pure fructose isn’t good for you health-wise. The best way to reduce your intake of fructose is to eat less added sugar.Diet Advice: You can surely curb your sugar cravings with fresh fruits. Though fruits also contain fructose, but the amounts are relatively low. Along with this, fruits contains plenty of fiber to slow down fructose absorption. Further fruit is a natural source for valuable antioxidants, phytochemicals and vitamins like C, A, folate and many other nutrients. Not only this, eating fruits and vegetables is shown to lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer and so much more....

Rules for Stronger Biceps
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When anybody asks you about how your muscle building plans are going?; the first thing you do is lift your arm and flex your biceps. This automatically implies that the biceps are the most recognizable muscle group in the whole body. The way to have well sculpted arms requires more than a few sets of curls once a week. If you are really looking to build stronger biceps, all you need to do is start following these simple rules now –1. Target your back musclesThe biceps are a small muscle group compared to the other muscles in the body. Before laying all your focus on them, it is advised to target the bigger muscles. Why target back muscles? All the back exercise, especially the upper back ones involve biceps movement too. If you fatigue your biceps first, your back will never get the attention it needs. Target the right area first to get the desired bicep muscle results.2. No less than 8 repsThe best way to train your bicep muscles is to use variation of the curl exercise – exercises where you hold weights in your hands and bend your elbows to bring your hands closer to your shoulders. This movement requires single joint working which does not go well with heavy weights. If you try to go too heavy, you’ll have to swing the weight with your hips or lower back, taking the tension off your arms and increasing the risk of injury. It is advised that when you are aiming to train your biceps, use a weight that allows you to do at least 8-15 reps. The best recommended workout pattern would be 3-5 sets with at least 30 total reps!3. Weight moderation is the keyYou must have seen that a lot of people use heavy weights, slinging the weight up and letting it fall back to the starting position. Please don’t try to imitate the same as it would be one of the biggest mistakes you can make when trying to build stronger biceps. Controlling the speed of your reps is important because if you let the weight down too fast, the muscles relax and won’t grow. Try following the 1-2-3 tempo – take one second to curl the weight to the top position, squeeze your biceps for two seconds, then take three seconds to lower the weight back to the starting position to get the best muscles!4. Take the challengeFocus hard on your biceps by moving the weight and squeezing your muscles at the top of every rep, which will make the muscles work overtime and make each and every set more contributive towards your goal. To take it further, try squeezing your biceps even when you are lowering the weight. Be careful as this method is likely to make you extra sore!5. Try Different Wrist positionsDoing the same curls everyday can be a boring task. To spice up your workout session try various wrist positions like supinated (palms-up), pronated (palms-down) and neutral (palms-facing)often. Changing the grips will also help in targeting the bicep muscles in different ways, as well as work smaller forearm muscles that can make your arms look bigger. Opt for muscles and keep switching your wrist position after every few reps.Though building stronger biceps takes patience & rules – use lighter weights, lift weight slowly, change wrist positions and more but believe us these efforts will be worth it when you will be bursting out of your shirtsleeves and asking “whose got the strongest biceps?”Looking for some amazing bicep training plans? Download MEVO app now available both on App Store & Play Store –Play Store link – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mevolife.mevo&hl=enApp Store link – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/mevo-weight-loss-fitness/id1082646969?mt=8...

The Health Benefits of Fermented Foods
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Fermented foods are foods that have been preserved through a process of fermentation. In this process the natural bacteria feed on the sugars and starches in food, which results in lactic acid. The result of this process is longer lasting preserved foods that are high in beneficial enzymes, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins, and most importantly, different strains of probiotics. But why is this important for us?The Benefits of Fermented FoodsThere are a variety of different benefits to eating fermented foods. All of these benefits have to do with our microbiome. The microbiome is a word used to describe the colony of good bacteria that live in your gut. These bacteria help you digest food efficiently, getting the most nutrients and living your healthiest life.Your microbiome helps regulate your immune system, it keeps your gastrointestinal tract healthy, boosts your mood, improves your brain function, and helps you maintain a healthy weight. And one of the best things you can do for your microbiome is eat fermented foods.There are four main benefits of consuming fermented foods.Fermented Foods include Probiotics – Your microbiome is a collection of good bacteria that live in your digestive system and help you s. The best thing you can do for this colony is help it reproduce by consuming probiotics. Fermented foods contain good bacteria and may be more effective than probiotic supplements. Make sure you read the label and look for the names of the probiotics in the food!Better Nutrient Absorption– Fermented foods help you to maintain a good balance of healthy bacteria in your gut. These good bacteria, in turn, help you to absorb all the nutrients of your food. This can lead to increased overall health, raised immunity, and weight loss or maintenance.Food Preservation – Fermented foods are also preserved foods, think pickles or sauerkraut. By fermenting your foods, you can make sure that your vegetables last for months, not days. This is especially beneficial if you are growing your own food!Better for your Wallet – Because fermented foods will last longer than fresh vegetables, it makes sense that it also helps keep the grocery bill down! By preserving your fruits, veggies, and dairy, you can make your food last longer, and spend less on fresh vegetables at the grocery store each week.Some of the Best Fermented FoodsCultures all around the world eat fermented foods. From shrimp paste in Thailand, to yogurt in Europe, nearly every culture in the world has invented its own fermented food. Let’s take a look at some of the most delicious, and widely available, fermented foods from around the world.Yogurt – Yogurt has long been popular in Europe and the United States. This is a fermented food made from dairy that often has a tangy taste. Make sure you read the labels and find yogurt with strains of probiotics. Many mainstream yogurts these days don’t have health benefits.Kimchi – Made in Korea, kimchi is spicy fermented cabbage. In Korea, this tangy food is served as a side dish at every meal. Growing in popularity around the world, Kimchi has been shown to promote weight loss, combat cancer cells, and even fight depression.Sauerkraut – This pickled cabbage dish originates from northern Europe. Whereas kimchi is spicy, Sauerkraut has a distinctive sour taste, and goes well as a topping on all sorts of different dishes.The Takeaway on Fermented FoodsWhether you are trying to lose weight, gain better health, or just find a more adventurous topping for your sandwich or salad, fermented foods are worth adding to your diet. Next time you are in the grocery store, have a look out for natural fermented foods with good strains of probiotics.Or, if you are particularly energetic, try making your own fermented foods at home! You’ll be feeling the health benefits in no time.Download Mevo app now from –App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/mevo-weight-loss-fitness/id1082646969?mt=8Play Store – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mevolife.mevo&hl=en...

blueberry banana soy smoothie
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Smoothies are great for weight loss as they are loaded with the nutrition of their ingredients. Today we have got a smoothie which is a powerhouse of nutrition as its main ingredients are succulent, summer-ripe blueberries, and banana. Tiny, round blue-purple blueberries have long been attributed to the longevity and wellness and in terms of nutrients they are loaded with fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and phytonutrient content. Bananas have always been associated with weight gain while the truth is that 1 banana has only 105 calories, 27 grams of carbs, 3 grams of satiating fiber and just 14 grams sugar. It is true that compared to other fruits they do have slightly high calories and carbs but sticking to one five inch portion a day will do no harm. Let’s checkout this delectable “Banana-blueberry-soy smoothie” now which can be prepared in just 5 mins –INGREDIENTSFrozen Blueberries 1/2 cupSliced banana 1/2Soy milk (light) 1¼ cupVanilla Extract 1 tspSugar/honey 2 tspMETHOD1. Blend 1 cup of the milk, the blueberries, banana, sugar or sweetener, and vanilla extract until smooth.2. Add up to ¼ cup more milk if a thinner smoothie is desired.3. Serve chilled.NUTRITIONAL INFOServes: 2Calories per serving 125kcal, Fat 1.5g, Carbs 25g, Sugar 11g, Fiber 2g, Protein 3gDownload Mevo app now from –App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/mevo-weight-loss-fitness/id1082646969?mt=8Play Store – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mevolife.mevo&hl=en...

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Fermented foods are foods that have been preserved through a process of fermentation. In this process the natural bacteria feed on the sugars and starches in food, which results in lactic acid. The result of this process is longer lasting preserved foods that are high in beneficial enzymes, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins, and most importantly, different strains of probiotics. But why is this important for us?The Benefits of Fermented FoodsThere are a variety of different benefits to eating fermented foods. All of these benefits have to do with our microbiome. The microbiome is a word used to describe the colony of good bacteria that live in your gut. These bacteria help you digest food efficiently, getting the most nutrients and living your healthiest life.Your microbiome helps regulate your immune system, it keeps your gastrointestinal tract healthy, boosts your mood, improves your brain function, and helps you maintain a healthy weight. And one of the best things you can do for your microbiome is eat fermented foods.There are four main benefits of consuming fermented foods.Fermented Foods Include Probiotics – Your microbiome is a collection of good bacteria that live in your digestive system and help you s. The best thing you can do for this colony is help it reproduce by consuming probiotics. Fermented foods contain good bacteria and may be more effective than probiotic supplements. Make sure you read the label and look for the names of the probiotics in the food!Better Nutrient Absorption– Fermented foods help you to maintain a good balance of healthy bacteria in your gut. These good bacteria, in turn, help you to absorb all the nutrients of your food. This can lead to increased overall health, raised immunity, and weight loss or maintenance.Food Preservation – Fermented foods are also preserved foods, think pickles or sauerkraut. By fermenting your foods, you can make sure that your vegetables last for months, not days. This is especially beneficial if you are growing your own food!Better for your Wallet – Because fermented foods will last longer than fresh vegetables, it makes sense that it also helps keep the grocery bill down! By preserving your fruits, veggies, and dairy, you can make your food last longer, and spend less on fresh vegetables at the grocery store each week.Some of the Best Fermented FoodsCultures all around the world eat fermented foods. From shrimp paste in Thailand, to yogurt in Europe, nearly every culture in the world has invented its own fermented food. Let’s take a look at some of the most delicious, and widely available, fermented foods from around the world.Yogurt – Yogurt has long been popular in Europe and the United States. This is a fermented food made from dairy that often has a tangy taste. Make sure you read the labels and find yogurt with strains of probiotics. Many mainstream yogurts these days don’t have health benefits.Kimchi – Made in Korea, kimchi is spicy fermented cabbage. In Korea, this tangy food is served as a side dish at every meal. Growing in popularity around the world, Kimchi has been shown to promote weight loss, combat cancer cells, and even fight depression.Sauerkraut – This pickled cabbage dish originates from northern Europe. Whereas kimchi is spicy, Sauerkraut has a distinctive sour taste, and goes well as a topping on all sorts of different dishes.The Takeaway on Fermented FoodsWhether you are trying to lose weight, gain better health, or just find a more adventurous topping for your sandwich or salad, fermented foods are worth adding to your diet. Next time you are in the grocery store, have a look out for natural fermented foods with good strains of probiotics.Or, if you are particularly energetic, try making your own fermented foods at home! You’ll be feeling the health benefits in no time.Download Mevo app now from –App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/mevo-weight-loss-fitness/id1082646969?mt=8Play Store – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mevolife.mevo&hl=en...

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In our busy, overscheduled lives, stress is an everyday issue that affects our mood, positivity and our body too. Common triggers of stress include finances, work and relationships, which blur our focus on weight loss and exercise. However, your focus isn’t the only thing that’s affected. Research shows that stress affects the body in a much deeper way, which further prevents you from keeping those extra pounds off. Here’s how:Your Body’s Natural ResponseStress triggers the body’s adrenal response, called the fight or flight response. This causes the activation of the glycogen stored in the liver and muscle and pushes the body to store more fat for energy.One study conducted by the University of New Mexico in 2005 showed that this stress response leads to increased fat storage, loss of muscle mass and an individual’s impulse to eat more than he or she should.Cortisol ReleaseCortisol is a stress hormone which inhibits weight loss. Prolonged stress stimulates the body to release more cortisol in the blood stream which slows metabolism and causes loss of muscle mass.In addition, cortisol also causes the unwanted storage of fat, especially in the abdominal region. The National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service states that other possible signs of high cortisol levels are fatigue, high blood pressure and high blood glucose levels.Metabolic SyndromeAn article published in the British Medical Journal in 2006 showed that employees with chronic work stress are twice more likely at risk of metabolic syndrome than those who don’t have work stress.Metabolic syndrome increases a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes and stroke. Since it is linked to stress, it may be a risk factor of heart disease as well.Emotional Eating or Increased AppetiteEmotional eating is a common problem among most young children, teenagers and adults. Stressful situations trigger the release of cortisol and adrenaline. The high cortisol levels in the blood increase your appetite and lead to sugar cravings.How to Prevent StressBeating stress can seem near to impossible but you can reduce it by practicing a few life-improving techniques every day. First identify what’s causing stress in your life and try to overcome it. Next take 5-10 minutes of your day to meditate and breathe deeply – preferably before you start your day or work. Other calming methods are yoga, tai chi, massage, exercise, dance, music and aromatherapy....

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It's just 2 weeks from a wedding and you want to lose weight fast? You require a quick fix and turn to the seemingly obvious solution - Crash Diet. Crash or fad diets are the ones which focus mainly on deprivation to achieve extreme weight loss in a short span of time. There seems to be a new fad diet cropping up every day be it master cleanse, paleo, detox diet, raw food diet, etc. While these diets as tempting as they promise that they will help you lose weight faster, but the truth is they are doing our bodies much more harm than good. Read on for reasons as to why you should stay away from these diets.DeprivationAll the crash diets have one thing in common: Deprivation. The deprivation may be in terms of calories, food groups or specific foods, but one thing that remains constant in all diets is that they do take something significant away from your diet. Though this step looks logical, but it really is not a viable one. The main reason behind this is that if you cut an entire food group from our diet plans it is a surefire way to increase the temptations and cravings for it and indulging into them can ultimately result in hampering the weight loss.Food is your foeFad diets make you believe that food is your enemy which is not actually true. Food when eaten in balanced proportions, helps to nourish your body and improve the functioning of the entire system. Instead of cutting the entire food groups the focus should be on the addition of quality foods into your diets. Ranging from whole grains to nutrient dense fruits and veggies, there are plenty of satisfying foods that you can add in your diet to aid the weight loss process.UnsustainableAnother major problem is that the fad diets are unsustainable in the long run. The reason behind this is that our bodies are not build to endure the level of deprivation demanded by these fad diets. For example: if you restrict calories your body starts burning the muscles instead of fats which ultimately makes a negative impact on your metabolism levels. As a result of this at the end of the diet when you step on the scale you might find that you've actually gained weight instead of losing. This type of fad diets are extremely dangerous and can have detrimental effects on your health in the long run including the increased risk of heart disease, damage to arteries and the immune system.The Bottom LineThus, the crux of the above discussion can be concluded that the healthiest and best way to shed off those extra pounds permanently is to aim for 1-2 pounds of weight loss per week. There is no need to rely on "Fast Weight Loss Diets" as they will not be sustainable in the long run. Rather than expecting a transformation overnight try to focus on creating one healthy habit a week. Along with this stop treating food as your enemy and start considering exercise as your friend and you will definitely reach your desired weight loss goals before the special occasion! CHEERS...

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Are you also influenced by "the" latest fad diet trend?? There's always a new "it" diet in trend - be it the popular potatoes diet or the cabbage soup diet! It is always very exciting to believe and try a simple solution to weight issues rather than opting for time tested solution, i.e. to eat healthy and exercise! The main concern here is that - is it possible to have a quick fix for the weight loss issues without the tags of "moderation" and "physical activity"? Actually, No! Fad diets aren't a long term solution and here are some benefits of going fad-free -An Opportunity to Lose Weight with all NutrientsThe main focus of fad diets is on the elimination of key food groups, which can set you up for deficiencies in certain nutrients. Going for cabbage soup diet or gluten free diet requires you to eat the same thing for an extended period and it is obvious that one food cannot be rich in all nutrients. Whenever you plan to opt in for a fad diet you leave behind nutrients which are critical for you health like - protein, vitamins and minerals.Instead, if you go for a healthy way to lose weight, you are likely to have balanced meals, which will not only help you in achieving the goals on a long term basis but also provide you all the nutrients that are required by your body!Realistic and Sustainable Weight LossIf you say no to fad diets, you will be able to focus on tested method for weight loss; Calories Balance - balancing the calories you consume with the calories you burn from exercise! This is nothing new but trust me it is the only method which has been proven by science to be helpful for realistic weight loss and long-term weight maintenance.Fad diets can actually help you in losing weight, but only for a short span of time. Fad diets do the most obvious, which is if you have only 500 calories, you are bound to lose weight! But what is the question of concern here is - how long will you be able to continue the same eating pattern? When you say no to fad diets, you can start examining your current eating habits and make a commitment to swap them for healthier ones.Builds a healthy, happy relationship with foodLike all relationships, a healthy relationship with food takes time, and it’s never too late to start. If you say no to fad diets, it is sure that your food fears are going to die and you will be embracing a healthier relationship with food that is more inclusive. You will be free from the worries of what to eat and what not, which will ultimately result in enjoying a balanced diet most of the time without feeling guilty.So now, its time to forgo the fantasies and actually work if you are really serious about losing weight!...

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