Weight Loss – The Healthy Approach

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When many of us are in pursuit of losing weight, we often rely solely on the numbers of the scale to tell us how we are doing. Unfortunately, this is not always a healthy measure of success. Losing weight without a complementary exercise regime can result in losing important muscle, which can have more dangerous effects in the long run. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at weight loss vs. fat loss, and what you can do to ensure that you’re losing weight in a healthy and safe way to make sure that you reach your health and fitness goals.

Weight Loss Doesn’t Mean Fat Loss

When most of us say that we want to lose weight, what we really mean is that we want to reduce the amount of fat in our bodies to create a leaner silhouette. Most of us know that the fundamental principle of losing weight is that if we burn more calories than we consume, the result will be weight loss. But where is this weight coming from? Let’s take a closer look at how our bodies process the calories that we consume.

First, the body converts what we eat into energy, which in turn gives us the power to go about our daily lives. When we consume more calories than we burn, the resulting calories are converted into fat. On the other end of the scale, when we consume less calories than we burn, we lose weight but we also lose energy. Unfortunately, the weight loss doesn’t necessarily come from the fat, but the energy stores that are depleted are made up proteins and carbohydrates, which are found in muscles. This means that the muscles get smaller, the metabolism lowers, and once the body has adapted to the lower energy levels, the body will cease to continue losing weight.

The bottom line is that simply decreasing the amount of calories consumed may result in short term weight loss, but the weight won’t necessarily come from fat. Plus, if the calories are restricted too much, the body could even start storing fat as a preventative measure, because it doesn’t know when it will start receiving normal levels of calories again.

Getting Rid of Fat Instead of Muscle

So what’s the right procedure to get rid of the unwanted fat? The answer is simple – begin a nutrition and exercise program that work side by side to help you achieve the perfect balance of health and weight loss. Your body still needs enough calories to keep your energy levels high, but you can eat a great deal more and keep your appetite satisfied with a healthy, balanced diet than you can with a diet full of junk or fast food. The other important factor is a balanced fitness routine comprising of both cardio and strength training. Both cardio and strength training are important for burning away fat and increasing muscle mass, not to mention increasing the metabolism.

Measure Your Body Fat

There are several ways of measuring your body fat, which is often a better gauge of your overall health than a scale. Calculate your Body Mass Index with a skinfold caliper or simply measure yourself with a tape measure and keep track of the results. The best way to gauge your body fat is to simply look in the mirror, take note of how your clothes fit, and most importantly, how you feel. Feeling great is really the best result of following a health and fitness and fitness program.

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How to Get and Keep Healthy Skin

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Not only is our skin the largest organ of our bodies but it also plays an important role in our appearance. Our skin is typically the first thing that other people notice about us. Moreover, our skin plays a vital role in our health, protecting our bodies and inner organs from harmful substances and injury. For some of us, however, our skin is often ignored when it comes to taking care of ourselves. Here are some ways to take care of your skin no matter your age:

  • Diet and Exercise – It should be no surprise that diet and exercise have a profound impact on how your skin looks and feels. Exercise increases the circulation of blood and nutrients to your skin. Furthermore, diet plays an important role. For healthy skin, make sure you are getting plenty of foods with vitamin A like carrots and low-fat yogurt. Foods high in antioxidants, like berries, are critical as well. Selenium and essential fatty acids found in foods like walnuts, turkey, tuna, and flax seed are good for the skin, too.
  • Stay Hydrated – Getting enough water to stay hydrated every day, about eight glasses, goes a long way towards keeping your skin young and looking great.
  • Take Time to Relax – High levels of stress can produce all kinds of problems for your skin. When you are stressed out, your body releases cortisol, which could lead to breakouts of pimples. Control your stress by taking time to relax. You might even consider meditation, as some studies have shown that it helps clear up troublesome skin conditions.
  • Keep Your Skin Protected – No matter what time of the year it is, be sure to use sunscreen and reapply it often when outside. Sunscreen can keep you from developing skin cancer and other issues as you age.
  • Use a Simple Skin Care Regimen – Instead of buying bags full of skin products, the only ones you really need are a cleanser, moisturizer, and a retinoid. Retinoids improve the production of collagen and reduce the appearance of brown spots and fine lines.

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Staying Active in the Winter

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As the seasons change and those of us in the northern hemisphere start to experience wet, cold weather, it can be more and more difficult to stay active. When the days start getting shorter and the weather grows increasingly colder, it is not easy to get outside in order to exercise or enjoy fun recreational activities. Furthermore, our bodies tend to slow down and we have the propensity to consume more calories during the winter in order to stay warm. This lack of exercise and the abundance of food during the holidays typically lead to weight gain and unhealthy habits.

In order to fight the wintertime bulge and overeating during the holidays, it is critical to stay active. Even though it is difficult to get outside for physical activities, here are some ways to get enough exercise during those bleak winter months:

  • Try Different Winter Sports – The winter offers all sorts of opportunities to get outside, even though it is cold. Recreational activities like downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ice skating, and snowshoeing are all great aerobic activities that burn lots of calories. The key is too not overdo it when you head back to the lodge for something warm to eat and drink.
  • Head Inside to the Gym – Gym membership typically increases in the winter months because people are trying to stay active. Joining a nearby gym or club will give you an option for indoor workouts whether it is the cardio machines or weight lifting. Many gyms also have pools so that you can swim indoors in the winter.
  • Join a Class – Many gyms or clubs also have group exercise classes like fitness boot camp, yoga, Pilates, strength training, cycling, and water aerobics. If your gym does not offer group exercise, many independent instructors offer their own classes in the area. The key is to find physical activities you enjoy and stick with it, even though it is harder to do so in the winter.

Besides the physical benefits, staying active in the snowy months can also help with beating the winter blues. So this winter stay motivated to get out and be active!

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UNDOING THE KNOTS

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Have you ever asked yourself what are your intentions in life? Whether it is your career, your love life, fitness goals or perhaps it is your finances or spiritual goals. What are your intentions? 

We should all start by defining our intentions. The broad definition of intentions is “an aim or a plan” of something. We all know without an aim or a plan our goals are a lot harder to achieve. Defining our intentions can help us streamline our lives. Just think about your intentions as your “Whys”.

Why do I want to be a CEO of a company? Why do I want to lose 20 pounds? Why do I want better communication with my mom? Why do I want to run a marathon? Knowing your feelings about your whys and streamlining your intentions will assist you in taking greater control of your life.

Understanding your aims can transform your dreams into reality. It can transform your plans into action. It can even transform your fears into hope and possibilities. It can turn your will into results. 

Tomorrow, when you start your day, ask yourself what are the things that you DON’T want to do today? I am pretty sure if you start your day by asking yourself the things you do not want to do, you’d be more inclined to refine the things you want to do.

Now that you’re clear about your intentions, set a plan that excites you. Something that will make you smile and make you feel as if you made today count! Look forward to it everyday; even if you only have 20 minutes to dedicate to it and see how your life becomes more rewarding each day. Intentions are a powerful tool to living your most authentic life.

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Tank Top Ready Arm Exercises

ImageAs the temperature climbs and sun is shining brightly, it’s time for tank top season! Many women, however, are understandably self-conscious about their arms and shoulders. Maybe your arms aren’t toned enough that you feel comfortable wearing a tank top during those hot days of summer. On the other hand, there are exercises you can do to get your arms toned and fit. Many of these exercises can be done at home so you don’t need a gym nearby. With these exercises, you will have sleek, toned arms in no time!

  1. Tricep Dips – Using a bench or other piece of furniture, position your arms so that they are on the edge and shoulder-width apart. Extend your legs out in front of you, making sure that your backside is off the bench. Slowly bend your arms towards the floor until your elbows are at a 90-degree angle. Using your arms, raise your body back to the starting position. This exercise targets the muscles on the back of your upper arms.
  2. Arm Raises – This exercise specifically targets your trapezius muscle which runs from your neck and shoulder down the back. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart holding a dumbbell in both hands with the palms facing towards your body. Extend your arms out to shoulder height and then lower. Be sure to keep your arms straight and your shoulders down.
  3. Bicep Curls and Shoulder Press – Targeting your biceps and shoulders, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Hold one dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing outward and next to your thighs. Curl the dumbbells up. Once they are shoulder height, rotate your hands so that the palms face outward. Lift the dumbbells up over your head, then return to the starting position.
  4. Boxing – If you don’t have dumbbells or have problems with your elbows or wriss, a good exercise to tone your arms is to box the air. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your knees bent and your waist slightly forward. Keeping your elbows up, box your right arm forward and then your left.

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