Did I get your attention?! I think I did…Weight loss tips, it sells books, TV slots, movies, electronic devices and anything that says “How to lose weight fast!” Sorry for the downer, but the only way to lose weight is to watch what you eat and the good old fashion cardio. But there are some tricks of the trade and Ill tell you what I know!
Flexibility is a joint’s ability to move through a full range of motion. Flexibility training (stretching) helps balance muscle groups that might be overused during exercise or physical activity or as a result of bad posture. It’s important to clearly understand the many benefits that result from a good flexibility program.
“Metabolism” refer to the process of converting food to energy (movement and heat). Metabolism happens in your muscles and organs and the result of it is what we commonly refer to as “burning calories”. Metabolism is essentially the speed at which your body’s motor is running.
“Basal metabolism:” is the metabolic rate or caloric expenditure needed to maintain basal body functions such as your heart beating, breathing, muscle tone, etc. It’s how fast your “motor” is running when you’re still in a reclined position or sleeping. Basal metabolism accounts for about 75% of the calories you expend on a daily basis!
The good news is that there are 12 ways you can “boost” your metabolism! The more of these you’re able to incorporate into your life, the more you’ll boost your metabolism. That means you’ll be expending (“burning”) more calories 24 hours a day!
It sounds crazy, but stop buying foods marketed as low-fat or fat-free. Typically, they save you only a few calories and, in doing so, they replace harmless fats with low-performing carbohydrates that digest quickly—causing a sugar rush and, immediately afterward, rebound hunger. Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that meals that limited carbohydrates to 43 percent were more filling and had a milder effect on blood sugar than meals with 55 percent carbohydrates. That means you’ll store less body fat and be less likely to eat more later.
Running is one of the best ways to get fit and lose weight. You can burn over 100 calories in ten minutes of running, all while also toning and strengthening multiple muscles. However, many also find it difficult to get started. Time and again, I hear people say “I can’t run” or “I get too winded,” but there are a few simple tricks to learning to run without great difficulty. Below are few ways to get started.
Has your love life gone from sizzle to fizzle? You don’t have to memorize the Kama Sutra to spice things up between the sheets. In fact, it’s the positions you assume outside the bedroom that could really heat things up. According to research in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, sexually dissatisfied women who took up yoga and practiced mindfulness techniques reported higher levels of arousal and desire, and better orgasms. To reap similar benefits, perform the 10 poses below at least three times a week, spending a minute or so in each position. If this is your first time practicing yoga, don’t worry; we’ve linked each pose to a video tutorial so you can learn them at your own pace.
Wide-Legged Straddle Pose (Upavistha Konasana)
“This move is good for low libido,” says yoga instructor Kate Hanley, author of The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide. “It improves blood flow to the pelvic area, and where the blood goes, so do energy and vitality.” Research shows that below-the-belt circulation is directly linked to arousal. The more blood coursing through your veins, the higher your “state of enlightenment.”
Losing weight helps you look better and also improves your health and your quality of life. Sticking to a healthy diet and working out regularly are the best ways shed those extra pounds. It is easy to become bored with your workout routine or discouraged if you’re not losing weight fast enough. But there are a variety of ways to keep yourself motivated as you strive to reach your weight loss goal.
Journal and Photos
When you begin your weight loss program, start a journal or diary to keep track of the foods you eat, the reasons you want to lose weight and your daily workouts. Writing down the food that you eat helps discourage you from eating something that is not good for you. Take a photo of yourself before you’ve lost a pound and keep it in your journal, or post it on your bathroom or bedroom mirror. Each month take another photo of yourself, in the same clothes as the first photo, and compare the pictures to see the results of your hard work.
Set Realistic Goals
Setting reasonable goals helps build your confidence and can prevent frustration. If you set