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What is The Best Way To Lose Weight?

There are so many people around the world who are suffering from obesity and are searching for the best way to get rid of the excess fat.  Obesity causes many health complications such as cardiac ailments, diabetes, digestive problems etc… Therefore it is very important to maintain our BMI (Body Mass Index) to stay healthy and sound.  This article talks about the best ways to lose weight.

BENEFITS OF LOSING WEIGHT:

When you get rid of the excess weight your appearance becomes more attractive and you start loving yourself.  Self-love inculcates the quality of confidence within you. You become less lazy and show activeness in every work you do.  Your knees and elbows will be always indebted to you. When you are obese you won’t be able to move your knees and joints comfortably due to the accumulation of fat. When you lose weight as your joints won’t hurt as a result you will be able to move freely and this also reduces the chances of arthritis. Reduction in body mass also gives you a sound sleep at night.  It is obvious that when you are healthy you will certainly sleep well. You can easily get rid of sleep apnoea. A good sleep boosts your metabolic activities, hormone system and many more. It assists you to feel, think and live in a better way. Research says that people who are fat don’t taste food most of the time, they just eat by swallowing, hence losing weight helps you to taste your food.  In the process of losing weight, you will start loving to eat greens and veggies.

BEST WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT:

There is only one best way to lose weight that is the way which requires patience, perseverance, willpower, and hard work.  Here are following tips given by professionals to lose weight easily

You must cut the carbohydrates in your diet first and eat protein-rich foods.  When you cut them you will be hungry less frequently and end up eating less of calories.  Now instead of burning the carbohydrates for energy, your body will burn the excess fat for energy.  This also lowers the insulin levels and drain excess sodium along with water out of the kidneys which are necessary to reduce bloat and unnecessary water weight.  This may cause you to shed up to 10 pounds of weight in the first week.

You must include protein, good fat, and vegetables in your diet.  This type of diet will make the intake of carbohydrates to 20-50 gms per day.  Protein intake includes eating any meat like Beef, chicken, pork, lamb etc…, fish and seafood like Salmon, trout, shrimp, crab, prawn etc…, and also whole eggs along with their yolks.  It is very very important to eat plenty of protein as it boosts up your metabolism by 800 to 100 calories daily. Diets which contain high protein can reduce cravings for food and obsessive food thoughts.  It also reduces the craving for late night snacking and automatically makes you take fewer calories.

These are some of the vegetables that serve you with less starch. They are broccoli, spinach, kale, cauliflower, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, swiss chard, lettuce, cucumber, cabbage, bell peppers, Asparagus, Mushrooms, Avocados, Beans, Garlic, Radishes, Onions, Eggplant, Artichokes etc… You can eat lots and lots of the above-mentioned vegetables without exceeding a calorie limit of 20-50 gms.  The fat sources which are essential to lose weight are olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, butter. You can even eat 4 meals per day if you are hungry then and there. But you have to eat slowly.

You also have to go to the gym and lift at least 3 times per day.  Just warm-up and try lifting weights. Assign a trainer for yourself so that you can get some help.  Lifting weights let you burn calories and prevent your metabolism from slowing down. Just warm-up and try lifting weights. Assign a trainer for yourself so that you can get some help.  Lifting weights let you burn calories and prevent your metabolism from slowing down. You can simultaneously gain muscle and lose unwanted fat.  In case of lifting is not your thing then you can do cardio workouts like walking, jogging, swimming, skipping, cycling, swimming, aerobics etc..

Healthy Drink lots of water everyday.  Drink one litre of water half an hour before taking a meal.  Water boosts your metabolism and makes your kidneys function properly.  Be careful in choosing foods that result in weight loss. Eat soluble fiber as these helps to burn excess fat especially in the area of the stomach.  Drink coffee or tea as the caffeine is capable of boosting your metabolism. Green tea is also a perfect choice it is good for health and boosts your metabolism also aiding in weight loss.  Eat whole healthy foods than processed ones. Weigh yourself everyday and keep a record of your improvement. And most important of all sleep well during the night.

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The Best Diet Plans to Lose Weight (and Fat) Fast

I used to have a wheat belly for as far back as I could remember. A lot of my friends called it my ‘beer belly’ problem. But the truth was that I never gained the pounds because of binging on alcohol. The untimely & tragic death of a near relation from liver cirrhosis (because of overt drunkenness) was enough to keep me in check. I did, however, suffer from a genetic issue. Which I still do; only that I’ve learned how to deal with it. A condition called hyperlipidemia, which both of my grandmothers also suffered from. And according to my Spectrum Internet health research, I will probably have to wrestle it until my own encounter with the grim reaper! 

My Weight Loss Journey – a Brief Account

My mother, fully aware of our family’s genetic history, tried every folk remedy in the book on me. But sooner or later, they all backfired, and I ended up becoming even more bloated. It wasn’t long before she became intensely frustrated, and even put me on a starvation regime. This made me sicker than ever, and I regularly fainted during my classes. And not to mention on one embarrassing date in my junior year, when I also puked all over the T-shirt of a longtime crush. Along with the café table that we had been cozily occupying then – far from any prying eyes.

By the time that I turned 23, I had tried every popular fad diet. My journey started with the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) meal plan. Designed to lower people’s blood pressure in a healthy way, many dieters continue to lose a respectable amount of weight on it too.

After two months on this plan, however, I only lost about half a kilo. Disillusioned, I switched to the Atkin’s regime. This fared much better, and I ended up shedding close to 10 kilos! Except that I didn’t achieve my ideal weight loss goal even now. And after being on a strict high-protein & low-card schedule for about six months, I lapsed into a horrible depression. This caused me to binge on all the sugary stuff that I had been craving for well over half a year. With the overall result being that I ultimately gained close to 35 pounds!

More than seven kilos of my starting (original) weight.

After this damaging experience, I approached high-protein diets very cautiously. And half-heartedly; with the despairing belief that I would always remain fat. 

Taking the Right Decision – and Consulting a Dietitian

It was at this stage that my mother, and a couple of sincere friends, advised me to consult a dietitian. I acted on their suggestion this time around. And lucky that I did, because the nutrition specialist I met informed me about a lot of things that I didn’t know before.

He taught me, for instance, how every popular high-protein diet was actually designed to put the body into a mild ketogenic state. For the purposes of this blog, I think this concept is worth laying out here (in simple words).

Because unless you – as a dieter – don’t gain a clear understanding of the biological process behind the whole thing, you won’t get thin. Over the long haul. And what’s more, you’ll continue to remain at the mercy of one diet plan after another. 

Ketogenesis Explained (The Basis of High-Protein Diets)

In our normal diets, we take in the major food groups of carbohydrates (sugars), fats and proteins. But of these categories, it is only carbohydrates which actually make us fat.

Our bodies, according to scientific consensus, do not require large doses of carbs to function. The vast majority of our ancestors, in fact, only relied on animal proteins and fats for they daily sustenance. And they consumed natural carbs like honey and fruits only very sparingly.

Then along came factory-produced table sugar (sucrose) on the scene; at the close of the 19th century. And it was this culinary invention, more than any other eatable, which wreaked havoc on our health. To varying extents, many nutritional authorities trace a large number of modern diseases to this ‘treat’. Conditions like obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer; to name a few.

It is when we lower our carbohydrate intake that magic happens, however.

Our bodies first try to make do with our stored sugar (glycogen) reserves; accumulated over a lifetime of ‘carb-binging’. And in the absence of any dietary sugar reinforcement, they are forced to target our fat cells. And when this happens, ketone bodies are released into the blood – to fuel all our biological processes. Many of which had previously run on glucose.

The end result of this ketogenic shift is that we lose weight rapidly, and feel very energetic at the same time. This is because ketones, individually, yield much more energy than your average carbohydrate molecule. 

The Best Weight Loss Plans?

In my experience, the following two (as per their market profile names) are the best:

  • The 17 Day Diet
  • The 3 Day Diet

Both of these are high-protein regimes (if you haven’t guessed already). They can help you to lose weight quickly, and they are most suited to stay-at-home mom types who have time to prepare meals.

For busy office and shift workers, the Fast Diet (based upon the principle of Intermittent Fasting) can really work wonders in your life.

When starting out with these plans, I first downloaded their soft copies through my Spectrum Double Play account. But it wasn’t long before I was gifting hardcover versions to my favorite friends and relatives on different public holidays. From this, I think you’ll understand how very effective they proved to be!