Once you have made the decision to finally do something about your weight, your search for the perfect diet will begin. In order to be successful and actually achieve losing the weight you want to lose, it is important to prepare yourself and find a diet that suits your personality and needs. Doing your research, contacting your physician, maybe even talking with a nutritionist, all steps that can help you reach your goal.
Picking out a diet should be done based on your goals, some will feel comfortable just cutting down on the calories, while others prefer low carb, low fat or any other variety. One diet that is thought to be strict though pretty effective is the so called lemonade diet cleanse, although originally it was supposed to be used for detoxifying the body and not as much for fast weight loss. Commons sense though tells us that quite a bit of weight can be lost by following the master cleanse guidelines for 10 weeks, which is also the reason that this diet has maintained it´s popularity over many decades and will probably exist for as long as there is no true magical diet pill.
Fast results are what this diet has to offer, but it is just the question whether or not people can avoid the weight returning after the diet has finished. Because of the extremely low calories, it is very likely that the body will adapt sort of a starvation mode, where metabolism can be affected, however the proponents of the lemonade diet cleanse will claim that the period is too short for this to be true.
While this diet can be used as a stand alone diet, many people will use it to mark a radical change in their life, starting of with a detox diet and than slowly adapt to a healthier lifestyle over time.
Inside our body lies a storage for millions of bacteria. Some are deemed harmful while there are those which our body cannot function without. Such is the case for certain strains of bacterias that rewards our body with innumerable benefits ranging from the body’s digestion to building immunity defenses. With the known benefits of this healthy bacteria a growing number of scientists and medical experts are giving much of their time and expertise to harnessing this bacteria’s full potential. To consolidate this growing information and create awareness of these incredible bacterial strains probiotics.org has been created.
These legions of good bacteria are more popularly known as probiotics. Taking their place in our intestinal linings, they are our body’s foremost defense against a bevy of parasites and pathogens that threaten our body’s stability. Scientific research has also evidenced a wealth of other pertinent health benefits that we acquire from a steady stream of these friendly bacteria in our body.
Prevention and Control of Diarrhea
The primary symptom of a weakened digestive system is that of diarrhea, characterized by a higher than normal presence of unwanted parasites in our body. When left untreated, diarrhea could result in severe dehydration and at its worst, death. As these good bacteria fight off these parasites, an ideal level of bacterial substances is retained in our body thereby preventing diarrhea from happening. In addition, most health experts recommends dosage of these friendly bacterias to patients already suffering from diarrhea to help bring it to a halt.
Similarly, they also help alleviate the risks of diarrhea for those who are taking diarrhea inducing antibiotics. Antibiotics, though meant to eliminate these parasites, do so without discrimination and when we subject our body to a string of antibiotics, even the good bacterias are significantly reduced, destabilizing the body, resulting in LBM or loose bowel movement..
Strengthened Immunity Builders
Scientists and gastroenterelogists have also give much credence to the positive effects of these good bacterias towards our immunity. By producing substances that fends off the harmful pathogens in our intestinal pathways, they significantly reduce the risks for the most common types of ailments and illnesses. Similarly, sufficient levels of probiotics helps reduce the appearance of allergies especially for children and pregnant mothers.
In earlier times, before the advent of antiseptics, fermented dairy products were used by our ancestors to prevent infections. As these beneficial bacterias strengthen our body’s defense mechanisms, they also help our body heal and fend off infections as well as wound inflammations.
Under the bravado and macho exterior of our male population lies a hidden truth, that men too fall prey to bouts of depression. This mental health problem affects an average of 1 in every 7 American men, yet this problem has remained to be unrecognized and unaccepted in the realm of male machismo. But with the revelations in light of Heath Ledger’s death, Owen Wilson’s attempted suicide, along with a long list of depressed celebrities, depression has become an open problem and a source of great concern.
Depression in fact affects both men and women at any given age, though how they respond and manifest this disorder may differ as men often exhibit the physical symptoms of depression while women delve on the emotional aspects. Recent depression news revealed that 40% of middle aged men are suffering from depression, significantly higher than women who are pegged at only 25%. Depression in men is also harder to recognize as men are not prone to be expressive of their emotions and as such it is essential that we learn to diagnose these depression symptoms to help the men that we love recognize and seek immediate help to counter this disorder.
Depression in men, especially when left undetected, can lead to a string of other social and health problems ranging from loss of work, to divorce, as well as cardiovascular problems and suicide. As a matter of fact, 80% of all recorded suicides are men and most likely caused by undiagnosed depression.
Identifying Male Depression
Men and women exhibits depression in a highly different manner, while men resort to acting out their moods, women turns to verbal outbursts. According to the latest research, the most common signs of depression in our Adam population includes increased anger and irritability, reduced ego, constant blaming of others, paranoia, restlessness, compulsive behaviors, insomnia, feelings of self disgust, becomes overly conscious and controlling, turns to alcohol and substance abuse for temporary relief and violent behavior.
As men are more likely to deny that they have a severe mental condition, it can prove to be much more difficult and complex to diagnose and treat, experts say that it take 3 health professionals to cure 1 depressed man. Medical experts also agree that men do not respond well to traditional anti depressants and medication of which may even lead to more serious depression issues. Most experts suggests regular exercise, healthy diet and a strong social support system to help ease the treatment and recovery process for depressed men.
I’ve worked as a personal trainer for five years now and during my time in the industry both in a professional capacity and through training in my own time I’ve noticed a common trend amongst gym goers that consistently fail to get results. In my experience I find that people who want to build muscle and loose fat – that is 99% of males that enter the gym – make their task way more complicated than it should be by working themselves into a state of confusion about everything they listen to and read about muscle building and fat burning.
I can say with my hand on my heart that the reason most of these individuals are failing in their physique conquests is because they are talking, thinking and reading too much, and not doing nearly enough. Take two trainers, A and B, both are very enthusiastic:
A spends all his time reading all the literature on fitness that he can on muscle building, researching, talking to peers and personal trainers when he does go the gym, he takes everything he hears as gospel truth is unable to develop a consistent workout plan because he keep changing his mind about what ‘works’
B doesn’t pay much attention to any fitness publications in the media, instead of spending his time reading an in-depth study about whether or not you can emphasize the lower chest by doing decline bench presses, he gets in the gym, and works his ass off. He doesn’t worry about if what he’s doing was endorsed in the latest issue of muscle and fitness, or panic when he realizes he’s forgotten his protein shake.
Of these two types of trainer, B is poised to make quicker, more impressive gains. This is because trainer A’s body does not recognize that he spends hours research what ‘the best form of whey protein is’. B simply gets in the gym, moves some iron around, shocks his muscles, then goes home and eats some meat. While he could improve in some areas by swatting up on nutrition and work out plans, he is far more likely to make progress than A who over-thinks things.
Because of this restrictive mindset, trainer A will always find it hard to get out the blocks because he is so indecisive. I can tell you right now that success in the gym is not based on what you do (the types of exercises) but how often you do it. A consistent trainer doing 3×8 all the time will always trump the trainer that does powerlifting-type training for a week then switches to crossfit. The bottom line: Don’t worry, get in the gym, do your stuff, get out, swat up if you have time, love training.
Joe is an experienced personal trainer and is currently working as a freelance copywriter for a company that sells cheap washing machines . You can follow him on twitter @ joe__johnson__
It’s that time of year again – New Year resolutions are pouring in from everyone you know. It would be very surprising if you or someone you know weren’t planning on losing weight, getting in shape, or striving for a healthier lifestyle in the New Year.
Many people struggle with keeping in shape or loosing weight. Here are a few tips that can go a long way to help shed those unwanted rolls.
Don’t skip meals
If you are thinking that fasting to lose weight is a good idea, think again. Fasting and skipping meals actually leads to a decrease in weight loss, and in most cases an increase in weight gain. This is usually due to unnecessary cravings getting the best of you and binging when you should be eating healthy.
If you do not have time to cook or feel like you need to skip a meal because you are too busy, try meal replacement shakes as an alternative. Get the nutrients and protein you need to lose weight.
Start small and build up
It’s hard to go from eating out every night to eating nothing but whole foods and eliminating your junk cravings. Start with one thing at a time – whether replacing fast carbs with slow carbs, or eating more whole foods instead of processed snacks and meats.
The same can be said with exercise – don’t think you will commit to going to the gym every day if you haven’t seen the inside of a gym in over 6 months. Baby steps are the way to lose weight. Stay focused and conquer one thing at a time.
Change the way you snack
Instead of snacking on chips or candy, try replacing your usual snack time with an actual meal. Make a very small meal consisting of a good balance of healthy food and eat that instead of snacking. You’ll notice that you will soon lose your cravings for junk food all together.
This article will tell you the fastest way to lose weight in a week, but the main intent is not to teach you how to lose weight in a week, but rather to explain why you should not have this as your goal! As someone that did the yo-yo diets for well over a decade with one failure after another, I learned that short-term weight loss goals are not good, they’re worse than not dieting at all. To illustrate, let us begin with the fastest way to lose weight, see what is really going on, and then see why it is not a good idea.
The quickest way to lose weight in a week, and also dangerous if taken to extremes, is to not eat and to exercise as much as possible. The old adage, “eat less, exercise more” taken to the extreme becomes “fast and be as active as possible.” Do not fast unless you have consulted with your physician and know how to transition off of a fast or you could get quite ill. Also, if you exercise too much, you will easily become faint and perhaps pass out.
However, if your body is up for the task, you can fast for a week without any food fairly safely, just be sure to drink water and do not overexert yourself. Your body will eat both your muscles and fat, so if you do this frequently, you will basically look like a smaller version of yourself. This is how I lost seventy five pounds in six months, coupled with a raw foods diet when not fasting.
If your goal is to look better, fasting will not help unless you are extremely obese, and then transition to something that will keep the weight off and be more sustainable than your current exercise and nutrition habits. The body returns to its natural state unless a new set-point is established and maintained for a period of several months. And a new set-point is not established by accident; it requires a change in habits, and will only last as long as the change in habits is maintained.
Losing weight in a week helps almost nobody, and after extreme dieting, people lose their metabolically expensive muscle and down regulate their metabolism (their bodies think, “I am starving, so I should convert all new food into fat”), which leads to the yo-yo effect I am sure you are all too familiar with. Lose weight, and rebound with more than you started with. Think long term; adopt a more active exercise regime, and improve your general eating habits. Improve consistently, little by little, and you will no longer have to consider fast and futile weight loss fads.
The author is a power-lifter and “former fat boy” that writes about health on everything from acne scar treatment to weight loss and sleep tips.