Is Your Weight Loss Diet Sustainable?

Popular diet plans for vibrant health   Okay, you’ve made the decision to lose some weight, maybe a little, maybe a lot.  If you’re typical, you’ve dieted before.  At any given time, nearly 50% of American women and 25% of American men are on a diet.

A survey of 4,000 women by the Society for Women’s Health Research found that, on average, women go on two diets a year with each diet lasting about five weeks.  This means that by the time she’s 70 years old, the typical woman has been on 104 diets and spent a total of 10 years counting calories.  41% of the women surveyed said they felt they were constantly on a diet.

One-fourth of the women in the survey admitted that despite their efforts to lose weight, they didn’t lose anything at all.  The average woman has failed at 10 diets in her lifetime.

There are so many different diets out there that it’s difficult to determine which one is the best for you.

Advertisements on television feature claims to melt the fat off and show before and after pictures of men and women who have been successful.  They all look miserable and desperate in their “before” picture and bubbly and cheerful in their “after” picture. Continue reading Is Your Weight Loss Diet Sustainable?

Easy Workouts For Abs And Fat Loss Revealed

Amazing abs for vibrant healthTo quest for the ultimate six-pack and flat stomach is what most people want to achieve . People can obsess over this and ultimately lead to paralysis by analysis.

There really is no magic formula to get flat abs . However, there are 2 methods that are commonly used. Surprisingly to many, both these workouts for abs involve more weight training than direct ab exercises.

+ Superset’s with intervals

A great workout for the beginner to intermediate trainer . The superset’s method involves 1 exercise being followed straight away with another exercise. This usually involves opposite muscles (e.g. chest then back) or upper versus lower body (chest then a leg exercise).

The upper/ lower body method is a excellent way of boosting your metabolism, and when done with weights will really help to get the shape you want .

An example of this would be a dumbell bench press and then straight into a bulgarian split squat or another example would be a lat row followed by step-ups.

Instead of slow steady-state cardio, interval training has been proven over and over again to massively boost your metabolism. There are many different varieties of interval training from 60 second’s at a reasonably tough pace to 60 seconds easy, right down to 8 seconds sprinting with 12 seconds rest.  Continue reading Easy Workouts For Abs And Fat Loss Revealed

Kids Vomiting to Lose Weight

Teen purging at commodeSelf-induced vomiting to lose weight appears to be on the rise among younger and younger children.

A recent study out of Taiwan that researchers wrote about in the Journal of Clinical Nursing revealed some startling statistics:  Out of 16,000 respondents, 15 percent of 13 to 15-year-olds said they had tried vomiting to lose weight in the last year and nearly 16 percent of 10 to 12-year-olds said they had.

This behavior was most prevalent among children who engaged in other unhealthy behaviors.  For instance, more than 20% of those who said they’d tried vomiting also said they ate fried food on a daily basis, and 18% said they spent more than two hours a day sitting at a computer. 

“It showed that self-induced vomiting was most prevalent in adolescents who had a sedentary lifestyle, slept less and ate unhealthily,” said Dr. Yiing Mei Liou, the study’s lead author.

In the United States, according to a 2009 study by the Centers for Disease Control, 4% of teens in the U.S. said they had vomited or taken laxatives to lose weight in the 30 days before the survey.

Self-induced vomiting is not necessarily the same as bulimia but it is still an eating disorder.  Vomiting to lose weight can lead to more serious eating disorders like Bulimia and Anorexia.

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder where people binge and purge.  In binge eating people may eat a huge amount of food: snacks, several helpings of food,  and a large portion of desert in 2 hours or so, then purge.  They try to get rid of the food by vomiting or taking laxatives (usually in secret).  Continue reading Kids Vomiting to Lose Weight

Which Diet Is Best For You?

Popular diet plans for vibrant healthOkay, you’ve made the decision to lose some weight, maybe a little, maybe a lot.  If you’re typical, you’ve dieted before.  At any given time, nearly 50% of American women and 25% of American men are on a diet.

A survey of 4,000 women by the Society for Women’s Health Research found that, on average, women go on two diets a year with each diet lasting about five weeks.  This means that by the time she’s 70 years old, the typical woman has been on 104 diets and spent a total of 10 years counting calories.  41% of the women surveyed said they felt they were constantly on a diet.

One-fourth of the women in the survey admitted that despite their efforts to lose weight, they didn’t lose anything at all.  The average woman has failed at 10 diets in her lifetime.

There are so many different diets out there that it’s difficult to determine which one is the best for you.

Advertisements on television feature claims to melt the fat off and show before and after pictures of men and women who have been successful.  They all look miserable and desperate in their “before” picture and bubbly and cheerful in their “after” picture.

I wish they’d publish the name and telephone numbers of these people so that I could check up on them a couple of years later!  Maybe I’d ask them to send me a picture.  I suspect they’d be looking more like their “before” picture than their “after” picture.  Odds are that they’re already searching for a different diet to try.

In an effort to help Americans weed through what seems like an endless array of weight-loss plan options, the magazine U.S. News & World Report recently published the results of their six month study on the best diets.   Continue reading Which Diet Is Best For You?

Are you the type of person who can lose weight and then keep it off?

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There are many of us who want to lose weight, but only a certain percentage of people will ever reach their ideal weight; an even smaller percentage will manage to keep it off. Why is it that some people are able to manage this task while others really struggle with it? Well a […]

Some Signs You May Be Overweight

Clothes too tight for vibrant healthEvery day in the United States, millions of Americans say to themselves “I need to lose weight.”  Are you one of those individuals? 

While many of the individuals who tell themselves that they need to lose weight do need to lose weight, not all do.  So, the question that many ask themselves is “do I really need to lose weight?”  If that is a question that you have asked yourself before, you’ll find this article useful.

Among the indications that you may need to lose weight is if you are obese.  Many individuals do not realize that there is a difference between being overweight and being obese.

While different healthcare professionals have different definitions for obese, it is often said that those who are thirty or forty pounds overweight are obese.  If you are obese, you should be worried not only about your appearance, but your health as well.  Obesity has been linked to multiple health complications, including the early onset of death.

Another method of measuring overweight and obesity is the Body Mass Index (BMI).  BMI is a measure of body fat based on a person’s weight and height. The BMI chart shows four ranges: underweight (Below 18.5), healthy (18.5 – 24.9), overweight (25.0 – 29.9) and obese (30.0 and Above). 

The formula to calculate your Body Mass Index is to divide your weight in pounds by your height in inches squared  and then multiply the result by 703.  For example, a person who weighs 185 lbs and is 6 feet tall (72 inches) would divide 185 by (72 x 72) and then multiply by 703 resulting in a BMI of 25.09.  Continue reading Some Signs You May Be Overweight

Walking To Lose Weight Works

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Burn more calories than you eat or drink to lose weight.  Once the diet part is planned, get to walking.  This means 30 minutes a day seven days a week of aerobic work.  Walking is a tolerable, low impact way to accomplish this goal and more importantly to stick with it for a […]

Oprah Says “I’m Never Dieting Again”.

YoyoThe topic of a recent episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show was dieting.  Oprah is well known for her infamous yo-yo dieting issues, consistently gaining and losing weight for years.

This is a problem shared by many Americans.  25% of American men and 45% of American women are on a diet on any given day.  Their weight goes up and down like a yo-yo as they go on and off different diets.  When they stop eating to go on a crash diet, they shed both fat and lean muscle as they “starve” themselves into shape.  Then as they relax their diet and fall back into old habits their weight increases.  Before they know it, they’ve gained back all the weight they lost and added on more.

According to statistics ninety-five percent of all dieters will regain their lost weight in 1-5 years.  Continue reading Oprah Says “I’m Never Dieting Again”.

Some Secrets to Weight Loss

ScaleFor many folks following diets and relapsing into the old eating patterns and habits is probably something that happens on a regular basis.  This universal problem can be dealt with effectively by following 1 or 2 fast tips. Here is how to stick to your diet successfully.

The first thing that you can do to follow your diet plan successfully is give yourself a trial run.  Before you begin following the diet, try writing down your food habits for one week previous to the diet.  If you’re eating too much, then start constricting your food portions.  Also, cut down on the fast food that you eat so that by the time you actually begin with the diet, your hunger and longings will be reduced.  Thus,you will find it easier to follow the diet plan. Continue reading Some Secrets to Weight Loss