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Weight Loss for Dummies

A very common goal among any gender, any age group and anywhere in the world is weight loss. We want to lose weight because we believe that the less we have, the better we look. This is why so much weight loss tips, crash diets and fads have been developed through the years. Some worked, others didn’t. I’m pretty sure you’ve tried at least one in your life – did it work?

I suppose before we go any further, it’s important to let you know that crash diets don’t exist. These are all myths made up by people trying to get money out of you. Don’t waste your money on these. There are better tips to follow which can guarantee you weight loss.

Eat Less Total Calories

Calories are a dieting woman’s worst enemy – that’s why when you’re trying to diet, just eat less of them. Weight loss is and always will be about calories. Other stuff play a role as well – protein, fats, carbs, supplements and exercise are also important but these are only secondary to calories. The other tips won’t matter if you can’t get this part right.

Why are calories so important?

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The Phenomenon of Internet Addiction Disorder and How it’s Ruining Your Diet

Internet Addiction Disorder has been a subject of much contention, to put it mildly.  Not only is there an immense lack of research on IAD, but the nature of the internet itself makes it open to categorization as both an addiction as well as a new mode of socialization.  

What exactly is IAD?

Where some studies suggest that IAD be compared to a gambling addiction, others attribute overuse of the internet to existing disorders.  Regardless of whether or not IAD should be considered its own psychological disorder, or if the internet is simply exacerbating existing ones, there is fairly strong evidence that spending more time on the internet can directly and indirectly lead to weight gain. 

So how is the internet making me fat?

5 Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight

If you are one of the millions of people across the world that struggles with losing weight, or even just toning up, there is probably a very good explanation for it. We understand that everybody is different in terms of body shape, physical ability, diet and lifestyle, but by putting our 5 golden rules into practice you are sure to begin seeing a noticeable loss in weight within a month.

It all starts with engaging in regular exercise and cutting down on calorific intake – there is no rocket science behind the premise of losing weight; it’s just putting it into practice where many of us go wrong.

1. Do not eat late at night

Studies have shown that those who eat later at night are considerably more likely to put on weight, or struggle to lose existing weight, than those who do not. According to this article by the BBC ( it is proven that there is in fact a “wrong” time to eat. Avoid eating in late evening and certainly avoid midnight snacks as this has been linked to obesity.

My Review of Jillian Michaels' No More Trouble Zones: A Workout DVD

As a busy mom of three, I don’t have a lot of time to go the gym, but I love the strong, healthy way my body feels when I’m working out with weights.

This is why I picked up the Jillian Michaels' No More Trouble Zones DVD in the first place.

Now, I did not expect to be a big fan of Jillian Michaels. I tend to prefer workouts from those trainers that adopt a perkier, more gentle approach, such as that delivered by The Firm girls. I like to take orders from ladies who kindly, gently, and happily tell me how great I look while I’m grunting, sweating, and struggling to get through the workout.

Jillian’s approach is a bit more edgy, a bit more take-no-prisoners. But she does get results.

What is No More Trouble Zones DVD About?

As the name implies, this DVD is designed to target those traditional, nagging problem areas: namely, saddlebags, muffin tops, and wobbly arms. It’s a 50 minute workout, with a five minute warm up, a 40 minute “trouble zone circuit” and a 5 minute cool down.

Why Your Diet is Failing - 5 Diet Saboteurs

So you think you’ve been doing everything right with your diet, but your beer gut is still making its last stand.  Unless your “diet” consists of eating weight watchers TV dinners for breakfast lunch and dinner, you’re probably inadvertently doing something else that is stopping you from getting results. 

Here are 5 factors that could be inhibiting your weight loss goals that people commonly neglect.


 1. Binge Drinking

I don’t necessarily mean alcohol, even though beer does have a lot of calories.  A lot of people associate liquids with being devoid of any real calories since they’re not “solid food,” but many drinks these days can be enough to prevent you from losing weight, even if the solid food you’re eating is considered healthy. 

For instance, a 20 ml bottle of coke contains over 100 grams of sugar and 250 calories!  Try switching to caffeine pills or even fat burning supplements for your daily caffeine needs… even if you still don’t lose weight, at least you’ll have a whiter smile now.

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The 411 on Weight Loss after Pregnancy

For most women, having a baby is worth having the extra 25 plus pounds on your body. But that doesn’t mean that you necessarily want all those additional pounds on your body.

Weight loss after pregnancy is definitely a goal, but don’t rush into it. After labor and delivery, your baby needs time to heal and recover. As a rule of thumb, healthcare providers recommend that it’s best to wait until your postpartum check-up before starting to actively lose your pregnancy weight.

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, women can begin an exercise program as soon as they feel up to it, but it’s recommended that they speak to their doctor beforehand. Exercising after pregnancy can enhance your physical well-being and even help with your postpartum mood swings.

For a healthy postpartum weight loss, it’s important for you to realize that you will never regain your former pre-pregnancy body. Pregnancy often causes permanent changes to your body, including a bigger waistline, hips that are slightly wider than before, and a softer belly. Keep this in mind, so you can adjust your weight loss goal to be realistic.

Hit a Weight Loss Plateau? Anxiety Could Be Your Missing Link

Now just to make sure we’re on the same page, I don’t mean that getting more anxiety will help you lose weight, so don’t start giving yourself panic attacks thinking that you’ll wake up the next morning with a six pack. 

What I’m saying is that if you’re already dieting and exercising regularly and not seeing any results, your stress and anxiety that you experience throughout the day might be the missing factor that you’ve been leaving out of your diet. 

So why does stressing about fat make you fat?

Whenever you experience anxiety, your mind releases the hormones cortisol, along with epinephrine and norepinephrine (which handle the “fight or flight” responses in your brain).  Unlike the epinephrine brothers though, cortisol lingers in your brain for hours after you experience elevated levels of anxiety. 

Cortisol triggers your body to burn fat, but also causes a spike in your appetite as a consequence.  This spike in appetite, usually coupled with psychological factors linking anxiety and the urge to eat, is what leads to people overeating after they experience a stressful situation. 

Tips For Preventing Weight Gain After Lap Band Surgery

Lap band surgery and weight loss immediately afterwards appeals to many people, especially those who are severely overweight. Individuals who are plagued by morbid obesity may see lap band surgery as a step in the right direction toward freedom. Once you get rid of the weight through the surgery, you will be able to exercise properly to help keep the weight off for good.

Lap band surgery alone will not make you lose the weight. In order to achieve the best results with lap band surgery and weight loss, it is important to follow the guidelines that are set by your health care professional. Such guidelines are reasonable and should be easy to follow.

In fact, the main reason bariatric patients gain weight after lap band surgery is associated with a lack of follow up with their surgeon, as Dr Ellner explains.

Immediately After Lap Band Surgery

Following lap band surgery, you should not expect to be eating normal food. A diet of all liquids is required for a minimum of one week after the surgery. Then, you can move on up to pureed food. Often times, after lap band surgery you will have to eat pureed foods for up to two weeks. Following this time, you will be able to ease back in to solid food.

Compare Treadmills to Treadclimbers - What Helps Losing Weight Faster?

The dispute between treadmills and treadclimbers, each seen as better than the other to lose weight, is growing day by day. This happens mostly because people tend to praise one or the other.

The fact is you can’t say one is better, but what can be said is that one of them is faster. And as far as my experience goes, people who want to lose weight want to do it fast.

The treadmill is a machine that works with only one belt and uses incline up to 15% and speed up to 13mph. Most treadmills have consoles with useful preset workouts and additional gadgets (such as the heart reading system and entertainment features).

The treadclimber is more diversified

The treadclimber is more diversified, as it works as 3 machines into one, treadmill, elliptical and stair climber. Main difference between these 2 machines is that treadclimbers have 2 belts, one for each foot, which allows users to make two movements at the same time, climbing and walking.

BMI 30 or 50lbs Overweight Now Qualifies You For Lap Band Surgery

The US Food and Drug Administration was spurred by a recent study to ease their restrictions on lap band surgery. Allergan, who manufactures lap bands, studied 149 patients who had been overweight and had a BMI higher than 30 for many years to see how successful patients were post-surgery.

The milestone set was for them to lose 30 percent of their body weight within a year, and 84 percent met that goal, with 65 percent keeping the weight off for at least an additional year.

With this evidence that the bands actually do work, the FDA lowered the requirements for surgical help to a BMI of 30, provided they have tried diets and weight loss drugs, and have a related condition.

As Dr Simpson says:

"It used to be your BMI had to be over 35 or you had to be 100 pounds overweight to be eligible.  Now you qualify with a BMI of 30 or 50 pounds overweight."

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