Category Archives: Quick Weight Loss Center Diet First 3 Days

Your Metabolism And Fat Loss

Your Metabolism And Fat Loss

If you know someone that has been trying to lose weight and get into shape, you have probably heard words such as, “I just eat one meal a day to lose weight” or “I’m afraid if I eat, I’ll gain weight” but sadly, this misnomer is why so many people are in the “battle of the bulge”. People all over the world still believe that eating breakfast, or even three meals a day will cause them to gain weight. In truth, as long as they are eating the right types of foods and exercising, then three normal meals or six small meals a day will actually work better with their metabolism than eating the wrong quantities or not eating often enough.

With more than half of Americans over the age of 20 now being considered “overweight”, now more than ever, we need to understand how metabolism works in relation to losing weight. Why risk having a heart attack, a stroke, developing cancer, or diabetes when all you have to do is make a few minor changes and live a healthy life? First, a person’s metabolic rate is determined by the number and size of respiring cells that compromise the body’s tissue, and the intensity of the metabolism in these cells. These two factors combined are what makeup the physiological foundation of the amount of energy (calories) in which a body uses.

Keep in mind that energy cannot be created or destroyed, just changed. As we know, potential energy comes from the foods we eat. When talking about weight loss, there are three components of balanced energy, which include calorie intake, calories stored, and calories expended. The way it works is that if the amount of calories taken in equals the amount of calories being expended (burned), then there is balance and the body’s weight is stable.

On the other hand, if the balance becomes positive, caused by more food being eaten than is burned, energy is destroyed or in better terms, stored as body fat. It is important to remember that you can be eating a diet considered low-fat and still gain weight. The reason is that most dietary fat is stored while the body is burning carbohydrates and proteins for energy. The problem is the when a person gains weight, the increased level of fat becomes stored energy until the calorie balance is negative. For that to happen, the amount of calories burned needs to exceed the number of calories being consumed, no matter what the macronutrient content.

Metabolism is the rate at which the body uses energy to support the basic functions essential to sustain life. This metabolism is comprised of three parts, which include physical activity (20%), Thermic Effect of Food, also called TEF (10%), and Resting Metabolism Rate or REM (70%). Physical activity is the amount of energy your body burns up during normal, daily activities to include housework, recreation, work, exercise, and so on. Obviously, someone that is physically active will burn more energy than a sedentary person will. TEF accounts for the energy used in digesting and absorbing nutrients, which would vary depending on the meal’s composition. When a person overeats, TEF is increased because more food must be digested. Here is where metabolism becomes very interesting and what causes so much confusion.

One pound is equal to 3,500 calories, so let us say a person consumes 3,500 more calories than normal. That individual would not gain one pound because the TED is accounted for but if 3,500 calories were cut trying to lose weight, then TEF decreases since there would be fewer nutrients to process. The result is that with energy expenditure would decrease, meaning that the individual would lose less than one pound in weight. In other words, by cutting out too much food, TEF cannot work as it was designed to do. Now keep in mind that you cannot go around eating a bunch of junk food. After all, the calories you do consume need to be healthy foods but what this does mean is that when you do not eat, you are actually working against your body in fighting weight gain, not the other way around.

Finally, the RMR refers to the number of calories the body needs to run its essential functions, as well as chemical reactions while in a rested state. This aspect of metabolism accounts for the greatest number of calories burned every day. What happens is that if lean weight should be lost because of increased protein metabolism, then RMR decreases. Typically, you would see this happen when a person goes on a very strict diet. In this situation, the body is forced into a negative nitrogen balance, which means a greater amount of protein is lost than what is replaced because of less protein/energy intake. When this imbalance occurs, there is a gradual loss of lean weight, which then lowers RMR.

What happens many times is that dieters will limit the amount of lean weight loss with intense exercise for the muscles to develop a need to maintain more protein. When this happens, the body is forced to use more energy from stored fats. If you want to put your metabolism to work for you, some simple steps can be taken:

* By adding a few extra pounds of lean muscle, the metabolic rate can be increased by up to 200% each day * Remember that lean weight can burn as much as 20 times more calories than fat weight * Regular exercise is one of the best ways to boost metabolism * By eating smaller meals and more often, you can boost your metabolism rate

While you need to eat healthy foods, studies prove that what matters most is how much of a person’s body weight is attributed to fat. Remember, excess fat is what links to major health problems. Therefore, it is important that you maintain a healthy weight but more crucial that you monitor the fat-to-muscle ratio.

For example, a woman standing 5’5″ might weigh only 125 pounds but have a 27% body fat ratio, which is not good. This individual worked hard to diet, while staying involved with aerobics. However, much of what she lost was not fat, but muscle. Even though this weight would be considered ideal for her height, her body fat to muscle ratio is too high.

An excellent way to optimize your fat-to-muscle ratio is by getting involved with weight training in addition to the nutrition and cardio. As you will see with the tools provided at www.comptracker.com, you can analyze the thickness of the subcutaneous fat at various areas of the body. The benefit is that you know exactly what your ratios are so you can achieve a healthy fat-to-muscle ratio as well as body weight.

Remember, you are in control and need to make the decision to do something good for yourself. Therefore, now is the time to take that control and fight to live a lean and healthy lifestyle.

The Fat Smash Diet

The Fat Smash Diet

The Fat Smash diet plan is a diet created by Ian Smith and it is a 90 day program that became quite popular when Celebrity Fit Club was the big thing on TV. This diet claims that you do not need to count calories to lose weight and you will not feel hungry. However, such claims seem too good to be true, so are they?

Let’s take a look at this diet in more detail and how it actually works. This weight loss program does actually have all the good things that a good diet should have. With this diet you need to follow a healthy eating plan combined with exercise to lose weight. It doesn’t make promises of losing lots of weight without any effort; it shows you how to put in the effort to make changes to lose weight. Ian Smith has a good, solid foundation for this diet and also puts a high focus on the benefits of having a good support system of family and friends. It can sometimes be difficult to stay motivated while dieting so a good support system can help to encourage you to stay on track.

Many weight loss programs focus on either the diet itself or on an exercise regime. It is important that you combine these two aspects for the best weight loss results and not just focus on one or the other. The Fat Smash diet suggests that you undergo a detox first to give you an initial burst of motivation as it will help to kick start your weight loss. The detox stage lasts around nine days and during this time you may actually not feel the best as your body has some symptoms of the detox. You may experience nausea, headaches and tiredness so it is best to begin this diet at a time when you can cope with these symptoms.

The Fat Smash diet program is divided into four parts. The first part is the detox stage and during this stage you will eat mainly fruit and vegetables. Some of the dishes suggested in the diet have a Japanese flavor and you can find many of the ingredients at your local store. The second stage of the program will add lean meat, eggs, fish and other foods into the diet. In stage three you will have bread, wheat, pasta and even some deserts added to your diet. Phase four actually includes some pizza and other fast foods. During all four phases it is recommended that you eat little and eat often. Eating this way will help to boost your metabolism which will enable you to lose weight faster.

This diet also suggests a number of different activities that you could do to get the required exercise. If you follow the diet but don’t include exercise then you won’t see as good results as you would if you do include exercise. The Fat Smash diet program is actually quite a good diet program for losing weight if you stick to it and follow it through, including the exercises. If you are looking for a good diet program to help you lose weight then this one might be the answer.

Low Carb Diet Plan – When More Is Better

Low Carb Diet Plan – When More Is Better

When most people want to lose weight the first thing they usually do is start a diet. And a diet to most people means “stop eating”.

Wrong!

A healthy diet should consist of eating less of the foods that contain calories from simple carbohydrates (sugar and processed flour) and more whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and good sources of protein. This is the basis of a good low carb diet plan.

As a matter of fact, a good diet should have you eating more instead of less! Not more food, but more often.

The body’s a wonderful mechanism. It’s geared towards one important goal. Survival. When your body feels threatened by the lack of food it automatically assumes that you’re starving.

To combat this condition the body will start breaking down muscle to use as energy and saves its fat stores for the last ditch effort to save itself from what it thinks is immanent death.

This is bad on two fronts.

First, by using muscle tissue for energy you’re losing precious lean mass which is metabolically active. This means that you need energy to support muscle which helps to keep your metabolism running at a higher pace. Higher metabolism means more calories burned even in a resting state.

Fat, on the other hand, doesn’t need any energy to support it. It’s simply “dead” weight.

Secondly, the body will start storing more fat because it’s preparing itself for the worst. Your survival is your body’s most important concern so it’ll do whatever it can to stay alive.

So what can you do if you want to eat less without starving yourself and sending your body into this defense mode?

Eat smaller meals more often throughout the day.

This works on two levels.

By eating more often you won’t get hungry as quickly and your metabolism will stay raised because you’ll be digesting food more often. Digesting food uses calories just like any other physical activity.

So here’s the plan. Eat four or five meals a day. Not what most would consider a meal (main course with two sides and dessert!), but a small portion of protein along with some fresh fruits and veggies.

This can be accomplished with a little planning and preparing in your spare time.

Cook your weeks worth of meals – skinless chicken’s an excellent source of protein and can usually be purchased in a big pack or value pack from your local grocery store – and refrigerate it in separate packages, one for each meal.

Egg whites are a very good source of protein too. By mixing three or four whites with one yolk and tossing it into the microwave for approximately 90 seconds, whipping it and tossing it back in for another 60 seconds, you can have some nice fluffy scrambled eggs practically anywhere. Without all the cholesterol!

Buy your produce and clean it, separating it too into meal size portions. All this can be done in a few hours on the weekend.

Buying some disposable storage containers can help keep things convenient and organized.

Try to eat every three hours or so to keep your metabolism and energy up. This’ll help you stay away from those snacking binges too.

Also, drink lots of water. Water will help to cleanse your body and make you feel full.

So you see, with a little planning and by adhering to a low carb diet plan sometimes eating more can be better!

Recognizing Blind Spots In Your Fat Loss Program

Recognizing Blind Spots In Your Fat Loss Program

Have you heard the joke about the person who orders a large cheeseburger and super sized fries and then asks for a diet soda because they are on a diet? Although this is an exaggeration it is a perfect way to explain what we mean by a blind spot. A blind spot is something that can sabotage your weight loss efforts and everyone sees it but you.

Your blind spot may be one of the following or any number of things:

• You binge on nutritionally void foods because they are “low fat”
• You quench your thirst with diet drinks
• Your exercise routine is very ineffective
• You only eat out on weekends so you feel you can eat anything you want
• You don’t realize you are constantly snacking during the day

These are just a few things to get your mind working on how you may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts. More than likely even if we read about our blind spot we won’t recognize it – after all, it is a blind spot. So, how do you find out what your blind spots are?

• Keep a journal of everything you eat for a month and then evaluate
• Ask someone that you can trust and value their opinion
• Pay a personal trainer to evaluate your exercise routine
• Pay a registered dietician to evaluate your eating habits
• Purchase a diet/exercise tracking software and let it evaluate your input.

Recognizing your nutrition and exercise blind spots can help you achieve your healthy lifestyle, and ideal weight goals.

I wish for you the best of health,
Bill

Strategic Weight Loss

Strategic Weight Loss

One of the first things that you’ll do when you decide to lose weight is to set a goal weight. For most, that goal will be their ‘ideal weight’, but for many, that ‘ideal weight’ may be exactly the wrong weight for them to be aiming for.

Years of dieting or being overweight have the physiological effect of moving the body’s concept of the ‘ideal weight’ from what is truly considered ideal. The ‘set point’ is the weight at which your body naturally feels most comfortable. If you’ve been overweight for a very long time, or if you’ve consistently ‘yo-yoed’, your body may respond to your initial weight loss by lowering its metabolism because it believes that you are starving to death. This slowing leads to discouraging plateaus that often knock people off their diets entirely, and lead to regaining all or part of the lost weight.

Instead of aiming for an ‘ideal weight’ that calls for you to lose weight steadily for months or even years, many experts recommend aiming for shorter-term attainable goals. Since the bulk of diet research shows that most dieters lose weight steadily for about 12 weeks, then hit a plateau, that’s the number that they suggest you aim for. The strategy that many have found works best for them is one of alternating periods of weight loss and maintenance, each lasting 8-12 weeks.

Choose a realistic amount of weight that you can lose in 8-12 weeks. Figuring that the most reasonable and healthiest weight loss rate is 1-2 pounds per week, 30 pounds in three months is not unreasonable. Diet until you reach that goal, or for 12 weeks, whichever comes first, and then switch to a maintenance diet.

Why switch to a maintenance diet at that point? In part, you’re giving yourself a ‘breather’, a break from more restrictive eating. The other part, though, is that you’re re-educating your body and letting it establish a new ‘set point’. Once you’ve maintained your new weight for 8-12 weeks, set another weight loss goal, and move back into weight loss mode. By giving your body a break from ‘starvation’, you’ll have overcome its resistance to losing more weight, and be back to dieting for ‘the first two weeks’ – the weeks that most people lose weight more rapidly.

You’ll also be giving yourself a chance to ‘practice’ maintaining your new, healthier weight. Researchers have found that more than half of the dieters who take off significant amounts of weight do not maintain that weight loss once they go ‘off’ their diet. By practicing weight maintenance in stages, you’ll be proving to yourself that you CAN do it, and removing a powerful negative psychological block.

This will work with any long-term weight loss diet, no matter the focus. You’ll find it much easier to do if you choose a diet that has concrete ‘phases’, like the South Beach or the Atkins, since the weight loss and maintenance phases are clearly laid out for you to follow. Regardless of the diet you choose, though, by alternating between weight loss phases and maintenance phases, you’ll teach yourself and your body how to maintain a healthy weight.

Best Way To Lose Weight-Takes Time To Figure Out

Best Way To Lose Weight-Takes Time To Figure Out

If you have been battling extra pounds for any amount of time, then you have probably tried more than one diet plan during that time. The hunt for the best way to lose weight takes time and energy. That investment of resources wouldn’t be such a big deal if you would only see lasting results. But, because you’re reading this, it’s a safe bet that you are still looking for the right solution. Here are some things to think about on your search.

While losing weight ultimately comes down to one thing–burning more calories than you store–it can be difficult to find the ideal method for you as an individual. The problem is that we are all different. Think about it, if there was a weight loss plan that worked for everybody, then nobody would ever be overweight again, but this clearly is not the case. What this means is that you will have to go through some trial and error before you find the best solution for you.

The good news is that you can cut down on a lot of this trial and error. How? By knowing what type of eater you are and by being realistic. For example, if you don’t care much for meat, then going on a high-protein diet will be very difficult to stick to. Or, you may have health concerns that limit what types of foods you can and can’t eat. By knowing these things ahead of time, you can focus your energies on only those plans that fit in with your needs. See, all too often we try to bend ourselves to what the diet promoters say is best for us, and that’s what leads to failure. When you remember that the diet should fit to your needs, then your chances of success go way up.

All fad diets claim to be the best way to lose weight, but based on the evidence, that simply can’t be true. Does that mean all of them are scams? Not at all. Just about any diet can work, as long as the right person is following it. The problem is that any studies that show positive results may not translate into weight loss for you. There are so many variables that it’s difficult to predict exactly which plans will work and which ones won’t.

There is a catch to all of this though. You actually have to follow through on any diet you try before you can honestly assess how well it works. Unfortunately, that’s the one thing no diet can do. No diet can force you to take action, follow it precisely, and continue using it–that part is entirely up to you. The plus side is that when you find the best way to lose weight for you, then you are the one that gets to take all of the credit for your success. And that’s what makes it so worthwhile to find the right plan for you.

Diets To Lose Weight

Diets To Lose Weight

There are so many different diets to lose weight out there that trying to figure out the best one for you is absolutely mind-boggling. There’s the milk diet and the chocolate diet and the soup diet and other extreme diets that will help you lose weight, some very quickly, but, they just do not teach you how to eat better for the rest of your life.

One of the best diets to lose weight is not a diet at all. It is a lifestyle change. If you just make some simple changes with the types of food you eat, watch your portion sizes and get a little exercise everyday you will lose weight.

Here are some simple guidelines. If you drink a lot of pop, stop. Switch to water or green tea. If you switch to green tea get the flavored stuff, it just tastes better. Flavor your water with a little lemon or lime juice. Not only will this give the water some flavor, citrus is a natural diuretic and will help with any and all water weight you have.

If you eat out a lot, stop. Start cooking for yourself more. If you do not consider yourself a good cook then learn a few simple meals and practice. The more you do it the better you will get. Eat a lot of salads, too. They are easy to make, you can just go buy a bag of pre-washed salad greens and add what you want. Throw in 3 ounces of grilled chicken breast, canned tuna or salmon fillet and you have a great meal.

A secret…try a Greek, raspberry or balsamic vinaigrette. They are all very low in carbs just be sure to measure out the correct serving size. A little vinaigrette goes a long way. Or learn to make your own low-fat, low-carb salad dressing. It is totally up to you.

Eat five or six small meals a day. This may seem like a real big pain in the backside but if you plan things out and do it right it will make putting these meals together a snap. Just cook a bunch of chicken all at once and portion it out or buy the small cans of tuna. They are already three ounces, hey, look ma, no measuring!

Keep the already portioned chicken in the freezer and just thaw it out in the microwave when you need it. I would not recommend pre-cooking fish though, it takes no time to cook and is much better if you eat it right after it is cooked.

If you eat a lot of bad carbs, stop. Bad carbs come in the form of all the processed food you see on the shelves at the market. Breads, cereals, anything made from white, flour, white sugar, and even white rice are all considered to be bad carbs. all they do it raise your blood sugar and then add to the fat around your middle.

Like I said, making small changes in the way you eat and what you eat is one of the best diets to lose weight that I have found. Follow these tips and you will soon be losing weight, too.

Weight Lifting And Staying As Fit As You Can (2)

Weight Lifting And Staying As Fit As You Can

If you are completely new to the world of proper nutrition, then you are probably thinking that some tips on how to improve the quality of your diet will help you immensely so that you can begin eating healthier. Listed below are some tips to get you started with improving your diet plan.

Seniors can live longer, stay sharp mentally longer and maintain a high quality of life longer, with good nutrition every day. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables help keep bones stronger, which reduces the risk of fractures. The nutrients in fruits and vegetables can also reduce recuperation times in the event a fracture occurs.

No matter how much time you spend reading nutrition labels and eating healthy, one of the biggest factors to any successful nutrition plan is still to exercise regularly. A strong nutrition plan can’t make up for a lack of exercise and no matter how healthy your diet plan may be, you won’t see the full effect of it until you begin exercising regularly.

Fish contain omega 3, which is essential for nutrition. Omega 3 fatty acids are an important part of the diet. If you are vegetarian or simply do not enjoy fish, flax seed contains a very good amount of these important nutrients. Adding a bowl or two of oatmeal and flax cereal or replacing a meal or two per week with fish can boost the amount of Omega 3 in your diet.

If you don’t like the taste of some of the healthier options, give your body some time to change. If you stay motivated and dedicated, you will find that your taste changes fairly quickly. The idea of a greasy hamburger will start to become unappealing to you, and you will find yourself grabbing something healthier.

Most people don’t give their bodies the necessary vitamins it needs each day to function well. It can be difficult to eat the right foods every day, and vitamin supplements are a great source of the nutrients many people lack. If you don’t like the idea of taking pills every day, try drinking juice enhanced with vitamins and minerals.

You should always let your little one be your helper when deciding what foods to purchase or cook. Let them pick out their favorite fruits and vegetables. When you get home, you can have them rinse the fruits and veggies and get rid of any waste once you are finished chopping them up.

Thiamin is an important part of a healthy diet. Thiamin works in the body to help you use energy from carbohydrates effectively. It also helps to regulate your appetite. Muscle function, heart and nervous system are all assisted by this vitamin. Thiamin is found in many foods in small amounts, but you won’t find it in refined foods.

As you can see from the above list of tips, proper nutrition can be very useful in making you a happier and healthier person. It can also prevent many illnesses and diseases. After following these tips, you will no longer be new to proper nutrition, but you can become an expert on it.

Dieting that May Kill You

Dieting that May Kill You

Killer Diets
At any given moment, approximately half of the women in the American population are dieting. With the push toward lean, well-toned bodies in this country, some people have approached weight loss with a mania. Unfortunately, a number of those who have published what ultimately became famous diet programs ended up with a big bankroll while the unsuspecting women who adopted their plan sometimes ended up severely debilitated…or dead.
One of the debiliting health results of a poorly designed diet plan such as these is the onset of osteoporosis. Some of the most popular diets deprive women of calcium. The reduction or elimination of calcium from one’s diet is a serious danger to anyone’s health, since your body needs this valuable mineral in order to maintain healthy bones. Irreversible damage can be caused by losing bone density in this manner. Many dieters view dairy products as too fattening and eliminate all dairy from the diet.
The facts prove otherwise, however. Not only is dairy not unhealthy, but it’s required by the body to maintain good overall health and strong bones. In addition, if you were to remove dairy products from your diet, you’d actually have trouble losing weight. A better approach would be to eat low-fat dairy products, in order to get the calcium that you need, but also to force the body into utilizing the fat cells that currently reside in your system, rather than building new fat cells. This causes the body to turn its attention toward the breaking down of fat and, ultimately, provides the catalyst for weight reduction.
Be sure to do your research before hand if you are thinking of going on a diet. Try one of the healthy diets out there and following one of them instead of the drastic, chemical solutions may end up saving your life, and certainly your health. Find out the facts to avoid going on a dangerous diet that promises a quick fix, but will not keep you thin for life, but may make you unhealthy for life. Know the signs of a dangerous diet. Any diet that eliminates a food group entirely is dangerous. We need a mix of nutrients to remain healthy. If a diet promises instant results, beware.
One of the most dangerous to your health is the famous Atkins Diet since it gives your body the least amount of calcium. That is dangerous to your overall health. Other diets that eliminate healthy calcium are Sugar Busters, Suzanne Somers Fast

Rapid Weight Loss Diets

Rapid Weight Loss Diets

There are many rapid weight loss diets that are popular today and despite what you may think some of them might actually be good for you. We all know that having a lot of excess body fat is bad for your health. It can lead to cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, just to name a few. Losing weight and getting in better physical shape just makes sense and if you want a little ‘leg up’ to get you started a really good way to do that is with a cleanse.

You’ve probably heard about cleansing, this is just when you go on a mostly, or all, liquid diet for up to a week. During that time you can flush out all of the nasty toxins that are keeping your body functioning to it’s full potential. There are many such diets around today and one of the most popular is called the master cleanse (it’s also called the lemonade diet and the maple syrup diet because of it’s ingredients).

This is an example of great rapid weight loss diets that will not only jump start your weight loss efforts it will also help you clear out the toxins in your system. You can lose around ten pounds in just a week, or at least that’s what many people have been able to do. There are a few things to keep in mind though. For one thing, most of the weight you lose will be water weight and when you return to normal eating habits you will put some of it back on. You shouldn’t put it all back on but a few pounds is common.

Another thing to keep in mind is that after you cleanse you should change your eating habits. What is the point of flushing toxins out of your system if you’re just going to go back to drinking and smoking and filling yourself back up with toxins?

You’re also going to want to prepare for your diet. Going without solid food for a week isn’t as easy as it may sound. It will be challenging and if you don’t prepare yourself for it, you are likely to fail. In order to make it a little easier on yourself, take a few days before your cleanse and start cutting back on your caloric intake. Doing this will make it easier for you to ingest fewer calories while you are cleansing.

After your cleanse is done, don’t think you can just go back out and eat whatever you did before. There are two reasons for that. For one thing, if you go from an all liquid diet and rush back into a solid food diet you’ll make yourself sick. You need to ease back into consuming solid foods after the cleanse.

The second reason is what we discussed above, why go through doing a cleanse just to eat like crap and put all the toxins and fat right back into your body? Using a cleanse is one of the best rapid weight loss diets around. It’s good for your waistline and for getting rid of the toxins that can hold you back.