Thursday, February 19, 2009

Lack of fibre in Diet

We all enjoy eating highly processed foods, meat, dairy and soft drinks. But do you know that they all lack in fiber. Now you must be thinking …why fiber is important?
Fiber is found in raw fruits and vegetables and is indigestible and is necessary to move the materials effectively through the bowel. A regular bowel movement keeps your colon healthy and helps your body get rid of all the toxins.Basically there are two types of fiber one is called insoluble which helps prevent bowl cancer and constipation and the other is called Soluble fiber that swells and makes the faeces soft and easy to pass. It also absorbs the sugar and fat from the intestine and there by helps in weight loss. So if you are looking to lose weight, then make sure you add fiber to your diet

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Healthy eating is all about choices.

So do you think what you are eating is healthy? Eating is the basic necessity of life, we eat wide variety of food each day, so it is important that we make the right choice. Selecting the right food is the key to good health. Making use of sea salt rather than refined salt is a good choice. As we know that vegetables and sea salt contains organic salt that is needed for the human body. At the same time refined salt contains preservatives and chemicals , which causes burden on the kidney which leads to swollen veins and other diseases. Similarly you can use whole meal flour in place of plain white flour or brown rice in place of white polished rice.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Eating after Exercise

We all know that we should eat healthy and exercise in order to lose weight but most of the time when we are back from gym after a good workout, we think of rewarding ourselves with good treats like cakes, donuts, fizzy drink and other sugary stuff, as a result we eat more calories then required by the body and gain weight. So whenever possible we should take a fruit or a sandwich after exercise to maintain healthy weight. If you are serious about losing weight then you should keep away from foods that can contribute to weight gain.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

How to lose weight

So you want to lose weight? Many of us find it very difficult to lose weight, if you have tried before and have failed, then let me tell you that by just eating healthy diet and doing regular exercise you can achieve long term weight loss. Most people fail to stick to diet because of their eating habits. You need to make changes about what you eat and how much you eat.
The main factors that control weight are caloric balance, metabolic rates and life style. Permanent weight loss is attained by changing the life style behavior.
Dieting today is very trendy; many young people get influenced by the skinny supermodels and the concept of glamorous celebrity lifestyle.
Don’t be lured by diets that claim amazing weight loss in couple of weeks. We all feel desperate sometimes, but crash diets gets rid of lot of weight that isn’t fat, and most of it comes back again. Our body runs on glucose and makes use of it to power body cells and the excess is stored in the form of fat. Before this the excess glucose is first stored in liver in the form of glycogen. Once the stores of glycogen are full then the excess glucose is stored as fat. Therefore when your body runs out of energy it makes use of stored glycogen which results in short term rapid weight loss. So in order to achieve a permanent weight loss you need to get rid of the fat stored in the body.
It is very simple, you become overweight when you take in more calories than you burn up and you lose weight when you’re taking less calories and burn more. When fat cells are called upon to release energy during dieting they inform the body that they are getting empty and once again you start feeling hungry and you eat, that is the reason it is hard to keep the weight off.
However by making small changes to your life style like eating less portion and by doing more exercise you can achieve permanent weight loss.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Don't give up Exercise

I think, Summer is a great time to lose weight and to get into shape. Many of us begin exercise regime but give up quickly if we don’t see result in couple of weeks. It is important to have a goal one which is realistic and that can be achieved. Ask any person who is successful in whatever they are doing what motivates them, and most likely they will say "goals". Goal Setting is the key to motivation and success. Goal Setting is very important. A person without goal is like going on road without map. I hear people around me telling me that they want to lose weight, but they don't want to change the way they live to reach that goal. So don't give up exercise, i am sure you will see great result in few days

Monday, January 26, 2009

Weight Loss With Pills

Yesterday, we went to the gym and spend an hour working out . I was talking to my friend who is taking weight loss pills to shed extra kilos. Supplements have played a large role in shedding those extra pounds faster. We all know about the benefits of adding extra vitamins and minerals to our diets. But still I don’t think weight loss pills should be taken to lose weight. Some weight loss pills are designed to increase the metabolism of the body, this in turn increases the burning of calories. How ever I still feel that doing regular exercise is the right way to lose weight. I believe weight loss pills may not work in the same way for all of us, as each individual has its own make up.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Home remedies

Do you know that most of the ailments can be cured at home by using the common food available in your kitchen.

HEADACHE? EAT FISH! Eat plenty of fish -- fish oil helps prevent headaches. So does hot ginger tea.

HAY FEVER? EAT YOGURT! Eat lots of yogurt before pollen season. Also eat honey available locally daily.

TO PREVENT STROKE DRINK GREEN TEA! Prevent buildup of fatty deposits on artery walls with regular doses of green tea. Actually, tea suppresses the appetite and keeps the pounds from invading....and is great for our immune system.

INSOMNIA ? HONEY! Use honey with milk during bedtime as a tranquilizer and sedative.

ASTHMA? EAT ONIONS!! Eating onions helps ease constriction of bronchial tubes.
ARTHRITIS? EAT FISH, TOO!! Salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines actually prevent arthritis. (fish has omega 3 fatty acid - good for our immune system)

UPSET STOMACH? BANANAS - GINGER!!!!! Bananas will settle an upset stomach. Ginger will help in digestion.

BLADDER INFECTION? DRINK CRANBERRY JUICE!!!! High-acid cranberry juice doesn't allow the bacteria to grow.

BONE PROBLEMS? EAT PINEAPPLE!!! Bone fractures and osteoporosis can be prevented by the manganese in pineapple also take Calcium rich food like Milk and Cheese.

PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME? EAT CORNFLAKES!!!! Women can ward off the effects of PMS with cornflakes, which help reduce depression, anxiety and fatigue.

MEMORY PROBLEMS? EAT OYSTERS! Oysters help improve your mental functioning by supplying much-needed zinc.

COLDS? EAT GARLIC! Clear up that stuffy head with garlic. (remember, garlic lowers cholesterol, too).

COUGHING? USE RED PEPPERS!! A substance similar to that found in the cough syrups is found in hot red pepper. Use red (cayenne) pepper with caution-it can irritate your tummy.

BREAST CANCER? EAT Wheat, bran and cabbage which helps to maintain estrogen at healthy levels.

LUNG CANCER? EAT DARK GREEN AND ORANGE AND VEGGIES!!! A good antidote is beta carotene, a form of Vitamin A found in dark green and orange vegetables.

ULCERS? EAT CABBAGE !!! Cabbage contains chemicals that help heal both gastric and duodenal ulcers.

DIARRHEA? EAT APPLES! Grate an apple with its skin, let it turn brown and eat it to cure this condition. (Bananas are good for this ailment).

CLOGGED ARTERIES? EAT AVOCADO! Mono unsaturated fat in avocados lowers cholesterol.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE? EAT CELERY AND OLIVE OIL!!! Olive oil has been shown to lower blood pressure. Celery contains a chemical that lowers blood pressure too.

BLOOD SUGAR IMBALANCE? EAT BROCCOLI AND PEANUTS!!! The chromium in broccoli and peanuts helps regulate insulin and blood sugar.

Kiwi: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, Vitamin E & fiber. It's Vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

Apple: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low Vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of Vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

Strawberry: Protective fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits &protects the body from cancer causing, blood vessels clogging free radicals. (Actually, any berry is good for you..they're high in anti-oxidants and they actually keep us young.........blueberries are the best and very versatile in the health field........they get rid of all the free-radicals that invade our bodies)

Orange: Sweetest medicine. Taking 2 - 4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessen the risk of colon cancer.
Watermelon: Coolest Thirst Quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene - the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are Vitamin C &Potassium. (watermelon also has natural substances [natural SPF sources] that keep our skin healthy, protecting our skin from those harmful UV rays)

Guava & Papaya: Top awards for Vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high Vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene, this is good for your eyes. (also good for gas and indigestion) Tomatoes are very good as a preventative measure for men, keeps those prostrate problems from invading their bodies.