Dining Out While Dieting

August 19th, 2009

dining-out-dietI’m going to be honest with you – I’m not into cooking. The McDonald’s drive-thru window might be one of my favorite places. It is fast, convenient, and I am happy with the food I get. However, it is not always the best for my diet. Although, if you must eat out, there are ways to do so and still maintain a healthy diet. Here are some suggestions.

-If the restaurant offers an appetizer menu, order from it. Or, try ordering a side salad.

-Avoid too much pasta and try to only eat one entrée.

-It is easy to think, “I am eating protein, I’m ok.” However, fried chicken is not always healthy. Try a grilled, leaner option when you are dieting.

-Try asking the restaurant to boil something rather than frying it to cut down on the calories.

-Sauces and condiments add calories so be careful.

-Try to eat half the meal and take the rest home.

-Do you research before you go to a restaurant so you know what the healthiest options are and you can pick the best choice for you.

-Avoid buffets because you will just overeat.

Everyone will ultimately have to eat out at some point while dieting. It is possible to find a healthy option and still enjoy your experience.

What Can We Learn From Blue Zones?

August 11th, 2009

blue-zonesIf you have not heard of Blue Zones, than you are in for a fascinating read. Blue Zones are regions of the world that contain people who are over the age of 100 years old, living active lives. Researchers and Scientists around the world have studied these regions and they have classified the people that live in them by their unique ability to live a longer life than the rest of the world.

There have been five Blue Zones discovered – Sardinia, Italy, Okinawa, Japan, Loma Linda, California, Nicoya, Peninsula, Icaria, Greece. From the research collected on these areas, scientist determined certain characteristics that contributed to the longevity of their lives.

First, all areas emphasized the family. It was their top priority above everything else. Additionally, no one smoked. The inhabitants in these communities all shared a plant-based diet. And, they all engaged in moderate physical activity on a regular basis. Furthermore, they were social with others, providing for fulfillment and happiness. And, lastly, they used legumes.

Although you might not be able to switch your lifestyle over completely to a lifestyle like theirs, there are certain characteristics that they implemented that may be beneficial to promoting better health and a longer life. Try a few.

Is Medical Travel Right for You?

June 10th, 2009

Medical TravelWhether medical travel is right for you depends on a lot of different things. However, if you’re looking to get a procedure done – whether cosmetic or necessary – and you’re also looking to save some money, it might be a good choice.

People are starting to do it a lot more than they did in the past. It was originally thought that many of the procedures were second-rate in other countries and that it wasn’t safe to go there. Now, though, people know that this is not true and that you can get very good quality work for much less than you can get in the United States. The key is to go to the right place for what you need done.

Research into where to have specific procedures done is important, since you don’t want to go to a place that doesn’t specialize in what you need done. You want to find a highly-trained physician, too. A lot of these people have been trained in the United States and have gone back to their home countries to help others. They are generally the people you want to go to.

Honest Answers About Weight Loss

May 13th, 2009

People who need to lose weight are finding that they receive a lot of mixed messages about what the best way to do that might be. They are told to move more and to eat less, but they aren’t really told what that will get them, which one is more important, and whether there are other factors at work. Because of that they start eating better and getting some exercise but they still don’t lose weight, so they get frustrated and give up before they ever really get started.

First of all, you have to remember that it took time to put the weight on, so it’s going to take time to get the weight off, as well. Also, you need to remember that there are some medical conditions, such as a sluggish thyroid, that can keep you from losing weight. If you don’t know whether you have any of these conditions, you might not be able to lose weight the way you would like and you’ll just get upset and angry.

Avoid that and have a check-up. You’ll know whether there are any problems and you can address them with the right kind of diet and exercise.

Which Weight Loss Program is the Most Affordable?

May 3rd, 2009

weight loss programsFor people who want to lose weight in the Spring or anytime, there are a lot of options. Some people just eat less and exercise more, but other people need more than that, and they join a weight loss program. Some of these can be quite costly, and a lot of people are struggling with the economy today, so they want to join a weight loss program that they can easily afford.

The most affordable of the weight loss programs is NutriSystem. Both Forbes and the National Business Research Institute have made this claim. Some of the other weight loss programs were hundreds of dollars more expensive than the NutriSystem option. One of the main advantages of the plan is that there aren’t any membership or other fees, and with free online and telephone counseling it’s hard to beat the opportunities for success.

The plan is said to cost less than what a person would typically spend on ‘regular’ food during that same time period, which is also very significant, because people can lose weight more cheaply than they would be trying to do it on their own.

Honey and Lemon for Weight Loss

April 2nd, 2009

If you want to lose weight, there are various ways to do that. One of them that you might want to consider is honey and lemon.

When you mix honey and lemon with water and take it as a tonic, you can lose weight more easily. Dissolving fat cells is the key to weight loss if overeating is the only real problem that you have. Lemon and honey are both very good for a lot of health and wellness issues, and they can also work in combination with one another to remove fat from the body and take off pounds and inches.

Most people today have a few extra pounds that they would like to lose, and they don’t always have time to get more exercise. With that being the case they need to find some other choice. Starving oneself is never good, so rather than do something like that it would be better to enjoy the sweet and tangy taste of honey and lemon. Great taste and weight loss is never a bad combination.

Healthy Living Can Help Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis

March 18th, 2009

744166_market_stall_fruitIf you’re an active person, you’re in luck – you probably don’t have to worry that much about a condition called deep vein thrombosis. This is essentially a blood clot in the leg that can travel to the heart or lungs, and can sometimes cause death.

For most people this kind of problem can be avoided, but active people are at an even lower risk. If you sit for long periods of time, for example if you like scrapbooking and spend a lot of time doing that activity, you should make sure that you get exercise to counteract it. Go down to a Cricut Expression Sale to look for more scrapbooking supplies and walk around a little bit so that you can keep yourself healthy and protect yourself from danger.

Save Your Skin!!!

March 17th, 2009

wrinkle prevention
No one wants wrinkles. The leading cause of wrinkles is tanning. Although most don’t know it, tanning is a sign of damage to the skin and wrinkles are no different—these are caused primarily by exposure to sun throughout ones life.

This process must be stopped of course.

Simply using sunscreen, with an SPF of at least 15, can prevent wrinkles.

Amazingly, another major cause of wrinkling is smoking cigarettes. The evidence has been observed in smokers 20 years of age or slightly older. Quitting smoking is nothing but beneficial to those who want to stop. Tools to quit can be found at the American Cancer Society and WebMD, for instance.

Smiling, frowning and squinting create wrinkles too. Corrective lenses and sunglasses go a long way in avoiding wrinkle.

Surprisingly, sleeping on your back can prevent face lines. Otherwise over years, sleeping on your face can etch lines on the forehead, chin and cheeks.

Drastic gains and losses in weight and can create wrinkles too, although most people likely aren’t aware of these factors.

Follow a Plant Based Diet to Control Diabetes

March 6th, 2009

Healthy FoodsIf you want to control your diabetes, one of the best ways to do that is to stay with a plant based diet. It’s lower in saturated fats and other items that aren’t actually that good for you. It can also help you to lose weight, which is something that many diabetes need to do.

A lot of people with diabetes struggle with their weight, and if they are able to get it down, their diabetes is often more under control. This can help them live longer and better lives. One of the most common plant based diets is the Mediterranean diet, which has been gaining in popularity. People who follow that diet have very low disease rates and they are generally healthier than those who eat a more Western diet. They also have a healthier lifestyle overall and their longevity numbers are very high.

Following a plant based diet also doesn’t mean that you have to be a vegetarian. It only means that most of what you eat should come from plants and you should eat meat more as a side dish or an occasional option.

Skipping meals is not good

February 20th, 2009

The common misconception about losing weight is that if one does not eat a meal, then he or she does not get the unnecessary fats he or she can acquire from eating different kinds of foods. Therefore, those who want to lose weight the easiest way tends to skip meals.

What they do not understand is that skipping meals does not necessarily mean it is a good way of preventing one’s body to gain weight. Actually, when one skips a meal, then he or she is neglecting her body from getting the nutrients that it needs to move along. Aside from that, suppressing one’s hunger will only lead him or her to craving for foods from time to time.

In fact, studies show that one should never skip a meal when he or she is decided to lose weight. It is because by naturally following the three-to-four-meal diet, one can actually improve one’s metabolism, which is essential to the weight management of one’s body. When one skips a meal, then he or she suspends a supposed period of digestion or burning of fats. Actually, when one has a food intake in the morning, the metabolism of the body quickly starts. He or she will then use the energy stored from her first metabolism process. If one does not eat the next hours, then the metabolism slows down, which not give the body the chance to burn evens the stored fats that can actually be transformed to energy. With that, the burning of fats process is not just prevented; it also keeps one from running low because one does not have the energy he needs.

The point here is that the three-meals-a-day process of food intake is actually a natural way of getting fit, or maintaining the desired size of the body. It just shows here that metabolism is an important contributor in weight management, so no one should be skipping meals because it only lays down chances for one’s body to store and not use the fats. It is, of course, another point when it comes to choosing the right kinds of foods to eat per meal. One must be disciplined enough to know which kinds of foods are hard to be digested, or are full of fats and cholesterol.

The bottom line, then, is that if one wants to stay fit the natural way, one should never skip a meal but must be choosy when it comes to food intake.