Tips for Successful Weight Loss

Keeping the Weight Off for Good

Many Americans struggle with weight loss. In fact, obesity has risen to be one of the world’s greatest factors of premature death and the cause of many secondary diseases – arthritis, cancer, breathing problems, heart disease, diabetes and premature death. Even obesity tops the list for health concerns for children!1

Obesity is a rising pandemic – a pandemic that can be controlled through proper food intake, consumption of healthy foods, and proper physical activity. Fighting the obesity crisis will occur one person at a time – one success at a time.

The following are some excellent tips to help achieve success in losing weight and fighting the obesity crisis:

Drink abundant “good” water – Water provides the necessary environment for metabolism, flushes the body of toxins, lubricates the cells, and provides a full feeling. Sadly, thirst is often misinterpreted as hunger; when one should be drinking water, they turn to eating and continue to eat when eating was not even necessary.

Avoid excessive salt – In high quantities, salt throws off the osmotic balance of the body and can cause leaching of calcium from the body. Moreover, a mineral imbalance can slow or halt biochemical reactions.

Avoid processed and modified foods – Processed and modified foods are prevalent in today’s society. Processed foods are laced with unneeded chemicals that serve as artificial coloring, preservatives, and flavor enhancers. Remember that modified and processed foods are designed with the food manufacturer in mind – increased shelf-life, enhanced flavor for more sales, and enhanced colors for more sales. The best foods for the body grew right out of the ground.2 In addition, when food labels state that they are “fortified” or “enriched”, it means that the wholesome food-based nutrients were extracted during the processing of the food and were later added back in to attempt to restore nutritional value; “fortified” and “enriched” nutrients are not as easily absorbed and may be petroleum based.

Avoid sodas / soft drinks – Soft drinks are terrible for the body and for overall health. One 12 oz. can of soda supplies 7 teaspoons of sugar – a diet soda supplies excessive amounts of toxins from the artificial sweeteners. In addition to the toxic load of aspartame, splenda, or high doses of sugar, soft drinks contain phosphoric acid and carbonic acid which leach the body of calcium. Calcium is needed in the bones for hardness, in cells as a co-factor in biochemical reactions, and for activation of immunity. According to the Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes 424 pounds of carbonated beverages each year! Ridding the body from the consumption of soft drinks is almost just as beneficial as taking out a new health insurance policy.3

Spread caloric intake throughout the day – The body burns calories at a rather constant rate, unless activity levels are dramatically increased or decreased. When excessive calories are consumed in one setting, the unneeded energy sources are converted into fat and stored for later use. It is best to eat smaller meals throughout the day than to eat two or three large meals. Also, it is best to have the largest meal at lunch when metabolism is at its peak; having the largest meal for dinner at the end of the day is not beneficial as metabolism will be dropping off by bedtime.

Eat moderate portions – Most Americans consume 2-3 times what is necessary. The main reason for this phenomenon is how quickly we eat. Eating is usually done on the run or in front of the television. The body requires about 15 minutes for a feeling of satiety to reach the brain. Eating small portions slowly is an excellent tip for consuming less – plus, the flavors can be enjoyed much longer!

Count nutrition, not calories – A calorie is a measure of heat. Anything that burns contains calories. Apples have calories; asphalt has calories. Modern propaganda always touts the importance of counting calories, but calories are only part of the story. Excessive calories will cause weight gain, but the more important factor to consider about food consumption is nutrition value! One could eat a whole truck load of donuts and still feel hungry; the truck load of donuts do not supply the body with sufficient nutrients. On the other hand, one can eat an apple and a carrot, be supplied with thousands of nutrients, and no longer feel hungry as the body has acquired all necessary life-sustaining nutrients. Count nutrients, not calories.

Exercise – It is sometimes easy to put off the exercise for later when more time is available. Yet, exercise is excellent at decreasing stress; the physical outlet allows the body to not only utilize excess calories, burn fat, and build muscle, but it actually soothes the mind and allows for improved focus. Be sure to not make exercise a chore – make it a fun lifestyle habit.

How to Maximize Your Weight Loss and Understand the Weight Loss Process

Losing weight is more than some diet you go on for a few months, more than buying into the newest or latest exercise equipment, the newest diet, some new pill that will somehow magically take the weight off.

First a shift in the way you think must take place. Prepare your mind, get real with yourself. There is no magic pill for weight loss. You must first realize that change starts in your mind. You have to make up your mind that you will do what it takes to change.

No diets really work, not in the long run. Changing your life style and how you look at food is what counts. Do you eat when your bored, when your lonely, when your stressed? It seems like so many activities are surrounded by food. Experiment with healthy foods, make new recipes, try new foods. Try to eat more fresh produce, work more fruits and vegetables into your diet.

Cut soda pop out of your habits. Pop is loaded with sugar. Drink more water. Just by doing this one thing you can lose weight over time.

Fiber is your best friend. Start adding more fiber to your diet. The recommended amount of fiber is 15-30 grams, but most people eat half that. Fiber will keep you fuller, longer. Make sure to slowly add fiber to avoid gas, bloating and diarrhea. Fiber helps pass food through your body faster, which helps prevent absorption of toxins that are in many of the foods that we eat today. Fiber is a good way to help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Besides whole grains, fruits and vegetables, look for foods that are labeled “high fiber”, learn to read labels.

Move your body. Everything is meant to be in motion. Take a walk, dance, get some exercise DVDs, look up exercises online. There are many ways to move your body. Find what works for you, just move your body, it will thank you later. Exercise your heart, after all it is a muscle. Many diseases can be prevented by just exercising and moving your body.

Remember that everyday is a new day to make positive changes, choose the right foods, choose to exercise and move your body. It is okay to treat yourself sometimes, just learn to do things in moderation. The only real way to lose weight is burn more calories than you take it, its not brain surgery, it is common sense. Somehow we have gotten so far away from that with diet pills, diet shakes, exercise equipment, fad diets etc. Don’t be fooled by the next best thing for weight loss that comes along. Change your mind to change your life!

Weight Loss Programs that Really Work

Let me start by saying that I am one of those people who has been overweight for most of his life, and I have desperately tried every new diet to come along. For years, I have had only moderate success at losing weight, and my success was always short-lived. My long, hard struggle most always ended in disappointment, because I would usually end up gaining back every ounce that I lost…and more besides.

Two years ago, the disappointment and the yo-yo dieting finally came to an end. That was when I discovered the wonderful Shape-works weight management program by Herbalife. This is without a doubt the best way that I have ever found to lose weight, and I am glad to have the opportunity to tell everyone about it.

In the time that I have been using the program, the changes in my health and life have been absolutely astounding. I have dropped more than ninety pounds. Not only have I lost the weight, but I have actually kept it off, which I have never been able to do in the past. My energy level has gone through the ceiling! I breathe better; I sleep better at night; and even my ability to walk is better. And these are not the only good things that have happened as a result of the better nutrition offered by this program. I also had an acne problem which, although not totally eradicated, has improved dramatically. As a direct result of my weight loss, I no longer have to take medication to control my blood pressure as I had for years.

The program is not only effective, but enjoyable as well. Simply replace your breakfast and lunch with an Herbalife Formula One Nutrition shake, then have your dinner as usual. You may also have two snacks per day, one in the morning, and one in the evening. For these, it is usually best to choose foods that are high in protein, but low in fat and carbohydrates. If you follow the meal plan, and take the system of supplements with each meal, you will be amazed at the results. I speak from experience on that.

Another thing that I like about using this program is the fact that you don’t need to exercise like a madman to see results. Before you go jumping up and down gleefully, however, I need to add that you also cannot be a complete couch potato. You do need to be getting at least some physical activity every day, but you don’t have to totally exhaust yourself at every workout.

The only other tip that you need to be aware of is that you should drink plenty of water. A good way to figure out how much you should be drinking is to take your body weight and divide that number by two. That answer will be the number of ounces that you should drink daily.

I must also add that these shakes are not just ordinary ones like slim-fast or any of the others. I like them much better, because you make them yourself. You can use any type of liquid in them that you choose, and you can even blend in other ingredients such as fruit or yogurt. They offer a wider variety of flavor choices, too. The shakes are very filling, and they taste great! The plan also comes with a guide that contains shake recipes, so that you don’t get tired of drinking the same concoction all the time, and it outlines everything you need to know to be successful on the plan.

All Herbalife products come with a full 30 day money back guarantee; so if you are unsatisfied, you can just return the bottles, even if they are empty, and get a full refund. In addition to all of this, They set you up with your own personal weight loss coach to guide you through all of this. You can get full information at the company’s website. I am an Herbalife customer for life, and will sing their praises to anyone willing to listen!

Miraculous Weight Loss? No, It’s Just My MiracleSuit!

Last year, after years of struggling with my weight I had finally stumbled across just the right weight loss program for me and my lifestyle. I had dropped from a size 22 to a size 14 in a matter of months, just in time to go on a summer cruise with my family. While I was thrilled with my weight loss, and I loved how my new wardrobe looked on me, I was not thrilled at the prospect of putting on a bulge-revealing bathing suit. After such a dramatic weight loss (and two C-sections), I had more than a little excess skin drooping around my midsection. I could wear a girdle under a swim suit to hide my extra rolls, but what would hide the tell-tale lines of the girdle? Then my daughter told me about something called a MiracleSuit®, which claims to shave 10 pounds from the wearer in seconds.

I didn’t really believe this suit could perform any miracles. In fact, I went to the department store fully armed with a list of complaints and a few expletives to mutter under my breath in the dressing room. Miraculously I never got to use them.

I browsed through two racks of MiracleSuits®, which comes in shapes, styles, and colors to fit any body shape and any personality. There were boy shorts, skirts, ruched tops, tankini tops, and one-pieces. They were attractive, but they didn’t look much different than any other swimsuit, other than the price tag. The MiracleSuit® separates started at $40.00 and rose nearly exponentially from there. I flipped the tag up at my daughter and rolled my eyes at her. “For this kind of money, this suit better make me look not only 10 pounds thinner, but 10 years younger, too!” I clucked.

After slipping into a lavender ruched tank and flattering black bottoms with a mid-thigh skirt overlay, I audibly squealed. I honestly looked a full size smaller. I was so tickled that I actually stepped out of the dressing room to show my daughter. Even before my weight gain and subsequent loss, I always wore a cover up over my swimwear because I never looked flat enough or curved enough in the right places. Now, though, armed with my MiracleSuit®, I have no qualms about showing off my new figure.

The miracle of the MiracleSuit® is the amazingly effective “girdle” built into the pretty prints and patterns. This is no ordinary girdle though; in fact, the MiracleSuit® makers say there is no girdle to it, but instead the Miratex® fabric of the suit actually does all the work. This state-of-the-art fabric is sheer genius. Unlike girdles, the MiracleSuit® is actually comfortable. It doesn’t bind or pinch, and there is no hard boning to poke or jab at you. Yet amazingly this suit takes extra firm control of your little (and sometimes not so little) imperfections, tucking away an extra “jelly-roll” here and there, flattening out the bulges and smoothing away the dimples.

The MiracleSuit® is a bit pricey, at least compared to what I would normally spend on a swim suit, and I never thought in a million years that I would have ever paid as much as I did for a swimsuit, but I dare you to try one on and not lust after one of your own. The department store where I tried on the MiracleSuit® is a higher-end store anyway, so I decided to do a bit of comparative shopping. I tried on several suits I liked while I was at the department store, took note of the style names and numbers, and dashed out into cyber-space to see what I could find.

In the end, I bought my top at a local department store after waiting a few weeks for a good sale, and I bought my skirted bottoms on e-Bay™ at a significantly reduced price. All in all I spent $72.00 on my suit. The money was well spent, too. On our cruise I was able to go up on deck to sunbath with my daughters without a second thought as to whether or not I looked okay. The best thing about the MiracleSuit® is that, while the suit itself is a bit expensive, the confidence boost is absolutely free!

Kirstie Alley Plans on Starting Her Own Weight Loss Plan

Kirstie Alley, actress from Cheers, and Veronica’s Closet, has been in the press a lot because of her struggle with weight. Kirstie Alley gained weight and it became public speculation; she was even on her own TV show Fat Actress. Recently she became a spokesperson for Jenny Craig. She reportedly lost 75 pounds and started looking great.

Last week, Kirstie Alley parted ways with Jenny Craig. Kirstie Alley now plans on launching her own line on weight loss products. She says she has dealt with the roller coaster of gaining and losing weight, and she wants to help America. There are no details yet on what her plan will exactly include.

While we have no clue what exactly her plan will include, I think a diet plan coming from someone who has dealt with the struggles of weight less will be good. I have tried a lot of different diets the ones where you have to eat the prepackaged food, or the ones where you eat a strange combination of food, and all the ones in between. I have found that the thing that is lacking most in these diets in incorporating all the parts. I think for a diet program to work it also has to be something you will do. If the diet just focuses one part of weight loss such as food, you aren’t getting the exercise you need.

It seems like Kirstie Alley might lean towards a prepackaged food diet, since that is the type of diet she lost so much weight on. I think the prepackaged food can be a help when you are trying to diet. It makes it easy because you don’t have to count calories, or figure out what you are able to eat. But prepackaged food diets have a major problem, they aren’t realistic for the long haul. I am not going to be eating their prepackaged food my whole life, so the diet needs to include teaching you the right foods to switch over to. It also needs to help you make the transition to the regular foods, so you don’t gain all the weight back as soon as you go of the diet.

The other most important part of prepackaged food diets is the taste and variety. I have never tasted prepackaged food that actually satisfies my cravings. To me the prepackaged foods always taste, prepackaged. Who wants to spend a lot of time eating food that just doesn’t taste good. I think Kirstie Alley might really address this. She spent a lot of time on a diet like this and eating these foods. So Alley should address this issue.

If Kirstie Alley puts everything she has learned from dieting into this new diet that she is planning it has the potential to do really well. A lot of people would probably try a diet that is made by a celebrity. Since we know Alley has struggled with weight loss it will encourage other people that has to lose weight. I think Kirstie Alley’s diet could do really well, but we will have to wait about a year to see.

The Magic Key to Weight Loss: Zero In On Health

The Only Tip You Need to Know for Permanent Weight Loss

Is there really a magic key to weight loss? Yes, there is. I am going to give you that secret. There is no reason for you to suffer anymore with being overweight.

You know that you have tried almost every diet out there and you weren’t successful over the long-term. Have you known anyone who has lost weight on the popular weight loss programs and kept it off over 5 years? I’m thinking of a certain rah-rah group in particular. The leaders may have enough motivation to keep the weight off for a certain period of time but many of them fail as well.

You don’t fail on diets because of lack of willpower or because you’re a glutton. You fail because you can’t fool your physiology using the methods you have tried. Your body will not adjust to caloric restriction or elimination of food groups using the methods you’ve entertained in the past (I don’t mean this to be quite the blanket statement; there are exceptions. I am speaking generally.). Your body doesn’t care that you are overweight. Your body cares about survival. You might think our bodies promote survival of the fattest. This is true, in part. We need a certain amount of nutrition and bodyweight to reproduce, but, of course, we know that being overweight or obese leads to a shorter lifespan. How many morbidly obese 80 year olds have you seen?

Some questions you might ask yourself are, “How did I become overweight?” “Why do I overeat?” “Why don’t I have control over food?” “Why can I not stop eating sweets or chips?” First, you have to consider our purpose on this earth, apart from your spiritual mission. Remember, we are here to reproduce. And to reproduce we need food. Our hunger drive forces us to find food. When food is available, we eat. There is no way we can avoid such a primal drive.

Not so long ago, food was not easy to come by. Humans spent most of their day hunting and preparing food. Available foods were whole foods no matter where on earth you lived. Foods were not refined and as tasty as they are today. Even most fruits were not particularly sweet. With the advent of agriculture, we saw overweight and sickly Egyptians. The early Egyptians found ways to make food more enjoyable. They consumed a diet high in refined grains, sweets, and saturated fat. They developed the diseases of civilization such as obesity, heart disease and Type II diabetes. We are no different than those early Egyptians. When food is available, we are driven by our primal hunger drive to eat and overeat, especially refined foods. Even healthy foods can make us fat because we have a tendency to overeat them as well, especially in the presence of refined foods.

Why do some of us overeat? The reasons are more complex than survival alone. The survival response makes us eat when food is available. In developed countries, such as the United States of America, food is readily available via grocery stores, convenience stores, and a plethora of fast food restaurants. However, overeating is driven by an addiction response. Simple carbs such as refined flour, sugar, and even fruit stimulate a pleasure response in the brain that is very addictive. Say you eat an ice cream sandwich after dinner. You are driven to eat another although you can feel the fullness in your stomach. Or maybe you grab some sweet dried fruit like raisins or prunes to satisfy the quest for sweet. Still not satisfying. You may eat some candy or chocolate at this point. Two hours later you’re thinking about ice cream again. Finally, after ingesting too many calories to either lose weight or maintain weight, you’re finally done for the evening.

So, what is the answer to this hell-like pattern that you have been powerless to break? Is it a low-carb diet? For many people, a low-carb or even a radical zero-carb diet ( can work. Sometimes, these are the only type of diets that work for some people. I would suggest, however, you try my suggested method first. If my method works for you, there will be no need to lower or eliminate carbohydrates. It’s worth a try. What have you got to lose, other than excess poundage that makes you feel terrible physically and emotionally?

Now that you know why you have been overeating (barring a medical condition), let me give you the key to getting out of fat prison. Here is your personal gold key: for the first meal of the day, eat protein to satiation. Have some boiled or cooked eggs, some turkey bacon, and even a wedge of cheese if you like. Have you ever eaten cereal and milk for breakfast and were so hungry an hour or two later that you could eat the carpet? Or maybe you felt nauseous and shaky. Even if you ate oatmeal without sugar? It’s because you ate carbohydrates. Thank you for the low blood sugar, grand carbs (refined or not). Carbohydrates eaten by themselves will stimulate your hunger (real physical hunger) and appetite (sometimes a seemingly demon-driven desire to eat and eat) not just in the morning, but all day long! Even a bowl of black beans can do you in if you are insulin-resistant or susceptible to blood sugar fluctuations.

Now, it is possible that you can eat a junky carb, like a donut, at breakfast. First you have to eat your protein. And it depends upon how insulin resistant you are. Almost everyone who is overweight has some insulin resistance. Consider that it only takes 5 – 10 pounds of excess fat to cause insulin resistance or turn on the Type II diabetes gene in some people. This is where exercise can really help you. Exercise is another magic pill when it comes to decreasing insulin resistance. When insulin resistance is decreased, you can consume more carbohydrates.

The magic key is to eat a protein-heavy breakfast no matter what the rest of your diet or lifestyle is like. What if you want to do low-saturated fat? You can do a low saturated fat breakfast and quiet the hunger drive. A good suggestion for a low-saturated fat breakfast: egg whites, turkey bacon and low-fat cottage cheese. I cannot think of anything that would work for a true vegetarian unfortunately (check the McDougall website if you are interested in losing weight/reversing heart disease on a vegan diet).

If you want to take this one step further, I’d suggest always eating some kind of protein at your meals and snacks. You’ll ensure your blood sugar levels stay even and banish the out-of-control-hunger demons. I don’t want you to get caught up in the dieting mentality, but eating more protein overall may be a step you need to take.

List of Proteins

Egg whites
Turkey bacon
Hard,semi-soft, and soft cheeses (cottage cheese is great)
Chicken breast
Turkey slices
Fish (smoked salmon, tuna mixed with mayo, smoked Cod, etc.)
Whey protein powder mixed with water, milk or soy milk (but consume additional proteins)
Low-Carb Slim-Fast or other protein drink (but consume additional proteins)

In short, any animal protein you enjoy may be consumed.

The reason I suggest additional proteins with the whey protein or Slim-Fast is that liquids have a tendency to leave our stomachs quickly and may not have the satiating effect you want when consumed by themselves.

The protein breakfast is the magic key, the big secret you have been waiting for. Let’s ditch the diet slavery once and for all.