Over the years our eating habits have been changing, and this in part is down to the way we now live. People are working longer hours than ever before and the number of families which contain two parents who work has increased. These changes in society trends and our lifestyles have paved the way for the emergence (and an over reliance) on junk food, fast food and convenience (packaged and processed) foods.
These changes to our buying and eating habits, have not been good news for our diet. These junk and convenience foods normally have a high calorie, fat and salt content and very little nutritional value. This is why you tend to get hungry again quite soon after eating, leaving you prone to snacking and binge eating. With obesity rates and deaths relating to heart disease on the rise, there has never been a better time to consider a return to more wholesome and natural foods.
How often do you really think about the food you are eating on a regular basis? Where does it come from (how is it sourced) and how is it produced and packaged? Most convenience foods are packed with additives and preservatives to give them a long date. Before you next put an item in your shopping trolley, read the box carefully. Take notice of the calorie content, fat and saturated fat content, how much salt or sugar it contains and how much natural ingredients it contains. If there is no real nutritional content to the product or very little natural ingredients, but plenty of artificial flavourings and additives then put it back on the shelf.
It is worth taking a little time to shop more often, allowing you to buy more fresh foods. Aim for a diet filled with whole foods rather than foods that come out of a box or bag. When food is processed, a lot of the nutrients are taken out of it and replaced with additives and preservatives. Whole foods (foods that are eaten whole and in their natural state) are full of nutritional value and tend to contain less calories.
Fruit and vegetables are excellent examples of whole foods and you can grow them in your garden. try adding them to each meal and eating them as nutritional snacks. There are also beans, peas, soybeans, lentils, and fish (but watch how you cook it). Try swapping your fries for a baked potato and your soda for a glass of natural fruit juice. Whole wheat bread and oatmeal are also great breakfast ideas to give you a great start to the day.
Your success starts at the grocery, start reading labels and think about what you eat. Seek out those natural whole foods and start preparing meals with fresh ingredients. If you are serious about losing weight and want to improve your diet, then you need to start changing your eating habits. Embrace nature and eat more whole foods on a regular basis.
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There are many remedies which can help in reducing weight naturally but without increasing physical activity and controlling calorie intake these remedies cannot promote weight loss. The substances which are known as fat reducing agents help the body in burning down lose fat in the blood to provide energy and this also avoids deposition of unused fat which is responsible to increase weight of the body. One has to keep his calorie intake in check and reduce it so that body can burn out all the calories and there are no unutilized calories, on the other hand increasing physical activity by means of exercises or active daily routine will also require more energy and eventually will cause more calorie burn, lack of calorie intake will persuade the body to burn deposited fat to provide energy for the physical activity, hence lesser calorie intake and increased physical activity or exercises along with natural remedies can promote effective and healthy weight loss for better health and stamina.
Cabbage is a very good food for reducing calories as it is a negative calorie food, consuming cabbage in salad or in food reduces amount of calorie intake. Some people replace one meal of the day with cabbage meal for quicker weight loss. A glass of lukewarm water mixed with a teaspoon of lemon juice and half teaspoon of honey as first thing in the morning is very beneficial for natural weight loss. Consuming tomatoes in the diet in raw form in breakfast helps a person in curbing his desire to eat to reduce calorie intake. Replacing normal tea with green tea is also an effective remedy for reducing weight as it has substances which are helpful in burning fat. Green tea increases metabolism rate to promote good digestion which helps in burning excess fat and prevents fat deposition.
Amongst herbs, apple cider vinegar is an excellent natural remedy for weight loss, mixing 4 ounce of apple cider vinegar with 16 ounce of water and sipping it throughout the day helps the body in burning fat and prevent fat deposition. It increases metabolism and promotes fat loss even when body is resting. Consumption of flaxseed is also beneficial for weight loss. Increased intake of fruits and vegetables is extremely helpful as it is a low calorie diet which can provide all the essential vitamins and nutrients and also keeps rate of metabolism upbeat. Consumption of fruits also reduces craving for eating sugary and spicy food which is very harmful for weight loss. However fruits rich in sugar content and astringent in nature shall be avoided.
Increasing physical activity by exercising is the best natural remedy for weight loss. Cardio vascular exercises burn maximum fat in lesser time compared to other exercises. If a person’s body can tolerate then jogging, swimming, aerobics and brisk walking are some very useful ways of burning excess fat and avoiding fat accumulation for natural weight loss. Avoiding intake of rice, foods rich in carbohydrate like potatoes, avoiding using clarified butter and other dairy products also helps in reducing calorie intake. Use of soy milk and soy food products is beneficial in place dairy products. Use of honey in place of sugar reduces quantity of sugar intake to promote fat burn.
To lose pounds from your frame, nutrition is the first thing that comes to mind. I will not bore you with the usual talk of counting carbohydrates or calories. These methods however effective are time consuming. A better way to be conscious of what you’re eating is to remember if food is “alive” it is good for you, and if food is highly processed, then likely it contains little goodness.
While it may be difficult to “eat right” it is not impossible even in today’s fast paced world. I never deprive myself of food especially when hungry. To do so will likely send some sub-conscious programming relating to “lack” and therefore the body will store what it is lacking. I also would not binge on just one item even if it is good for you. Sure you could grow tired of eating the same thing over and over and that in its self may curb your appetite however life is supposed to be enjoyed, so why not get a variety.
Hydration is a major key in weight loss. Water in the correct amount at the right times will curb appetite to a degree, and assist your body in proper elimination. When dehydrated the body moves waste material from the body very slowly. Slow elimination can lead to a variety of health issues. I need not detail those issues at this time.
A good formula for water intake is: 1/2 ounce of water daily for each pound of body weight. If you weigh 160 pounds then 80 ounces daily is necessary to remain hydrated. Even more water is necessary when you are working out, or if you consume soft drinks and coffee. You must replace ounce per ounce water for sugared or caffeinated beverages.
It has been said that drinking ice cold water causes the body to create heat i.e. burn calories to process it. Your own judgment is required for that last statement. Water types best suited for your health include spring water, energized water, and water with h2o2 added.
H2o2 is hydrogen peroxide. You can find it in health food stores in food grade. Follow instructions and only use FOOD GRADE in 3% Strength! Always consult your health care professional prior to introducing any new element to your intake! To get a detailed explanation of H2o2, do a web search. You will be amazed at the amount of information available. H2o2 enters the blood very quickly. You can without knowing it get results instantly. H2o2 allows the water to enter the cells and push toxins out. That benefit is obvious. H2o2 is also one of the few known elements that permeates the blood brain barrier; bringing more oxygen to the cells.
A good frame of mind is necessary element of successful weight loss. You have to learn how to police your thoughts. Easily said; the more effort you apply in that direction the more easily you will achieve your goals. When you have a negative thought your sub-conscious mind is telling you that you’re not in alignment with what you really want. Let unchecked, that can lead to psychological reversal. That will mean that no matter how hard you try, the pounds just don’t come off. This can be reversed with the use of positive visualization techniques.
One of the best methods known, which is becoming very popular today is hypnosis. This treatment to assist in weight loss is popular for a reason, it works! Many people resist this method because well it seems just plain weird. However weird it may seem, the mechanics are really very simple. You can be hypnotized and remain conscious. Your brain in that state is usually operating in the “alpha state.” In alpha the mind is focused one thing or nothing at all. This creates a more direct link into the sub-conscious mind. As scientist and I agree, the sub-conscious or un-conscious mind controls our bodies function 90% of the time even in the awakened state. Doesn’t it make sense that we should program the unconscious mind for weight loss?
Weight Loss: to lose pounds requires a whole body, (holistic) approach. It can be fun and exciting to get into those clothes you have tucked in your closet that you used to wear. Success is achieved when your mind is programmed to let you be what you want to be.