Thursday, April 28, 2011

How to Lose Weight with a Healthy Digestive System

As a hedge against starvation your body takes in more calories than are required for its daily use, leading to the accumulation of fat in your body. You can burn off accumulated fat and lose weight with physical exercise. 

If you cannot do physical exercise, the next best thing you can do to reduce fat accumulation in your body is to invest some time in maintaining a healthy digestive system that speeds up the movement of food in your body to cut down the amount of calories your body extracts from it.

Other health and weight loss benefits from a healthy digestive system include, increasing your metabolism, reducing toxicity and blood acidity, increasing nutrient absorption into your cells, and increasing your energy level.

For more helpful ideas on how to maintain a healthy digestive system and lose weight, read these articles. But before using any advertised weight loss product, consult your doctor, as some of these products may have adverse side effects.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

How to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight

Every overweight person wants to lose weight, especially when you pull out your favorite jeans, dress, shirt or suit and find you can no longer fit in them. 

When you have problem putting on your sock, or engaging in physical activities you could do without difficulty only a year ago, you will need nothing more to motivate you to lose weight.

The problem many face is how to maintain the motivation to do what it takes to lose weight and keep it off. Find some helpful ideas from these articles: How to Stay Motivated on Your Diet, and How to Stay on a Diet.

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Effects of Alcohol on Weight Loss

Alcohol has negative effects on weight loss. It gives the body nothing except empty calories; not to mention the diseases alcohol causes to the liver, kidney, the digestive system and to the heart.

Calories from alcohol are absorbed into the blood first before those from carbohydrates, fat and protein are absorbed. When consumed on an empty stomach calories from alcohol are almost entirely absorb immediately into the blood stream. Only when there is food in the stomach will some alcohol calories be absorbed in the stomach and the rest absorbed through the intestine.

Not only are calories from alcohol absorbed first, they are also the first to be burned as energy by the body. This means the more alcohol that is consumed, the longer it will take for your body to burn calories from carbohydrates, fat and protein.

As a result, calories from carbohydrates, fat and protein are converted to body fat slowing down the weight loss process. Alcohol increases your appetite for foods high in salt and fat. It also induces sleep taking you away from doing physical exercise to burn off your body fat.

For more information on the effects of alcohol on weight loss read these articles: Alcohol and Weight Loss, and How Alcohol Affects Weight Lose, and also Alcohol and Nutrition Facts.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How to Increase Your Metabolism to Lose Weight

Metabolism is how your body burns calories from foods and drinks for energy to function. Increasing your metabolic rate will increase the amount of calories burned, resulting in a decrease in calories that are converted to body fat and eventual weight gain.

Increasing your metabolism happens in several ways including, eating a high protein and fiber diet that require more energy to digest; eating more often say, every 2 to 3 hours to prevent your body from slowing down metabolism; weight bearing exercise that causes minor tear in the muscles requiring energy to repair.

During these activities your body burns more calories leaving fewer calories that can be converted to body fat. And needless to say, when fat accumulates at a slower rate in your body you will begin to lose weight.

For more tips on how to increase your metabolism to lose weight and keep it off read these articles: How to Increase Your Metabolism and Start Losing Fat, and How to Increase Metabolism, and also Ways to Increase Metabolism Naturally.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Do Liquid Diets Work

The first question you want answered though is, are liquid diets safe? Yes liquid diets are safe when consumed for a short period of time, say for a week or two to quickly lose excess weight under the supervision of your doctor or dietitian.

Once you get to your desired weight, you could then slowly return to eating solid foods that maintain your recommended daily calorie intake. You can get this information from a daily calorie intake calculator.

Liquid diets come in various forms including only liquids, a combination of liquid and soft food, or liquid and solid food depending on whether they are needed for medical reasons, or only to lose excess weight.

Since the purpose of a liquid diet is to lose excess weight quickly by burning more calories than you consume daily, it is likely your internal organs will not get all the nutrients they need to carry out their vital functions, which is why you should consult your doctor or dietitian before getting on a liquid diet.

For more information on liquid diets read these articles: What Are Liquid Diets, and Clear Liquid Diet, and also Liquid Diet Recipes.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

How to Motivate Someone to Lose Weight

It's a delicate undertaking trying to motivate a loved one or a friend to lose weight. If handled wrongly, or too aggressively, you will bring to the mind of the one you wish to motivate all the stereotyped views on overweight persons.

In some cases, all you need do is raise the issue of weight loss, and your loved one or friend would feel you think they are lazy, weak-minded, ugly, sluggish and dirty, and not fun to be with. It won't matter if these thoughts are the farthest from your mind.

Some overweight persons are motivated to lose weight by the fear that they would lose a loved one or friends if they don't lose weight. Others are motivated when their doctors tell them if they don't lose weight they will get a deadly disease, or die in 3 months or so. 

Still others are motivated to lose weight by learning what they would gain from doing so, in contrast to what they are losing carrying around everywhere they go excess weight that neither improves their health, nor brings them happiness.

For more helpful ideas on how to motivate a loved one or friend to lose weight read these articles: 10 Ways to Help a Loved One to Lose Weight, and How to Get Motivation to Lose Weight, and also How to Encourage Someone to Lose Weight

Monday, April 11, 2011

Is Compulsive Overeating a Disease

Compulsive overeating or binge eating leads to weight gain and obesity. But those who are overweight would caution us not to be too quick in accusing them of being lazy because compulsive overeating is a disease that has to be cured before weight loss can begin.

Research has shown that brain chemicals play a major role in compulsive eating, particularly in foods with high fats, salt and sugar content. These foods stimulate the brain chemical called endorphins that conveys to us the pleasure we have eating them.

Consequently, whenever we smell the scent of these foods, or see them on advertisements, or even think about them, our brains secrete the chemical dopamine that causes us to crave the pleasure foods high in fats, salt and sugar bring us.

For this reason the argument is made that until the effects of endorphins and dopamine are inhibited, a compulsive overeater will remain helpless to avoid overeating and weight gain.

Whether compulsive overeating is a disease or an indulgence, you will find helpful information on the topic here: Compulsive OvereatingBinge Eating Disorder and Binge Eating Disorders Treatment.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tips on Preventing Diabetes

About 95 percent of diabetes cases are type 2 diabetes, so the tips you will be reading are geared mostly toward preventing type 2 diabetes; but there are also type 1 diabetes and gestational diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is preventable by eating a healthy diet, physical exercise to lose excess weight, quit smoking, lowering your blood cholesterol and lowering your blood pressure.

However, you may get type 2 diabetes from causes other than those mentioned here. Age and family history are unpreventable risk factors for type 2 diabetes. With unpreventable diabetes, the goal of treatment is to prolong life, reduce symptoms and prevent diabetes related diseases such as blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and amputation of limbs.

Read more tips on preventing diabetes here: Type 2 Diabetes, and National Diabetes Information ClearingHouse.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tips on Preventing Heart Attack

Because of our modern diets, almost everybody is a walking time-bomb for a heart attack. Can we do something about it? Sure we can. It's within our power to prevent premature death from heart attack. The obstacle for many is, it requires consistent efforts to do so.

The first step to prevent a heart attack is to live a heart healthy lifestyle, which involves eating a healthy diet that include a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and fat-free or low-fat milk products are also part of a heart healthy diet. To reduce your blood cholesterol choose a diet low in saturated and trans fats. Reduced salt and sugars are also helpful to a heart healthy diet.