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11 Weight Loss Tips from Professional Nutritionists and Trainers

11 Weight Loss Tips from Professional Nutritionists and Trainers

Summer season is about to kick in, and your belly fat defies your efforts and struggles to make it slim and flat. Every time you start the new diet or workout regime on Monday, and try to stick with it until something disturbs the plans and you ditch them.

You don’t have the time. You’re too tired. You’re not in the mood. It’s boring. You’d love to eat all you like, and don’t restrain yourself.

Unfortunately, models in magazines and TV remind us every single day how human body can be beautiful, sexy, and impressive; when you watch them, you always think: “I’d love to have abs like that!,” or “Oh my God, how amazing would it be to have a figure like that! Damn you, Kim Kardashian!” Well, today we’re here to help you: Here is a list of 11 weight loss tips from professional nutritionists and trainers, who know what they are doing. Backed up tips that might change your body for the better, as well as your life. Here we go.

1. Drink more water, and know when to drink it.

Hydration of the body affects metabolism, the way your stomach digests food and how well food fuels your body. We’re actually more likely to retain “water weight” by not drinking enough of it rather than by having too much; by not drinking enough water, you’re giving your body signals to retain water, since you’re not hydrating the organism well, and it’s natural “defense” system is to retain water.

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    The needs of each person are different, but the general recommended daily amount is 64 ounces. It also takes up space in your stomach so you’ll feel fuller while taking in less calories. Again, drinking water (or any drinks) during your meal will make the process of digesting slower, and slow the metabolism down. Slowing the metabolism equals not losing fat. Ideally, good advice is to drink a big glass of cold water as soon as you wake up, and continue in that pace for 8 glasses throughout the day.

    2. Cut The C.R.A.P.

    Dawn Jackson gives us one very useful and direct advice. Cut the C.R.A.P. when you’re in a groceries shop buying food for your kitchen. Read the ingredients on the packages and avoid food containing:

    • Chemicals you don’t use in your own kitchen. – Words like: azodicarbonamide, carrageenan, potassium bromate, soy isolate, brominated vegetable oil, and partially-hydrogenated vegetable oil.
    • Refined sugar & flour. – Words like: refined flour, enriched wheat, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, and anything ending in –ose.
    • Artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors. – Words like: caramel coloring, saccharin, aspartame, acesulfamepotassium, dyes, diacetyl, and just plain “artificial flavoring.”
    • Preservatives. – Words like: sodium nitrate/nitrite, BHA, TBHQ, BHT, heptyl paraben, and propyl gallate.

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      3. Don’t starve. Ever.

      People tend to starve themselves when they’re stressed out by their looks. Girls, sounds familiar?

      This is so wrong: when you starve yourself, your metabolism goes to the critical state, when every calorie is important. Metabolism slows down in order to preserve itself from starvation, and slows down radically. This means when you finally eat something, your metabolism will digest it at much slower rate, because it was exposed to starvation, and in the best hope of surviving, the food will be digested really slowly. Any food left unspent as energy, will go straight to the fat cells for storage. This is how the organism works, and that’s what you are making it do with starvation. Elizabeth, MS, RD is advocates this in her work, and hopes to reach all young moms and women.

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        What starvation does to your body:

        Your energy goes low, your fat stays where it was, and your MUSCLE gets eaten by itself! When starving and needs energy, human body is designed to reach out to carbohydrates in the body, then it goes for the muscle tissue, and later on to the stubborn fat. Staying on this diet will get you looking like a walking skeleton with bags of fat attached. Who would want that?

        4. Caffeine is your friend.

        Consuming caffeine is good on weight loss, and destroying fat cells in your body. Studies shows that caffeine consumption impacts thermogenesis, fat oxidation, or both. Consuming coffee or green tea benefits the body by increasing caffeine levels, keeping us awake, active, and productive.

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          Caffeine boosts metabolism, both active and passive. Harley Pasternak, a celebrity trainer and nutrition expert who has worked with stars from Halle Berry and Lady Gaga to Robert Pattinson and Robert Downey Jr. advises people on the mission to get leaner and thinner. We have to believe him on this advice, just look at his clients.

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          5. Any workout is better than no workout.

          When you’re on to lose some weight, you need to be persistent, and strive through the process. You workout, watch your diet, take care of your body, and work hard.

          And those days in the week arrive:

          Even waking up and getting out of bed is a tough thing to do. Tired, grumpy, and sore, you’re not into doing anything today, and you need to workout. Damn.

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            During these days, it is important to try. Any kind of workout is better than no workout. If you have a scheduled running day, or specific strength training, try to do at least one third of the workout. The important part here is that you’ll get to do at least a bit of the scheduled training, and chances are that you’ll finish it. If not, and you’re still drenched, drag yourself home and try to relax. At least you have tried, and didn’t broke the cycle. Every trainer knows and preaches this.

            6. Strength before endurance.

            If you’re determined to lose weight, and sculpt the perfect body of your dreams, you must be diverse.

            This news might surprise you:

            Building muscle is the most effective way to lose fat; the more muscle you have, the more fat will be spent for everyday’s activities, including workout.

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              Many people start dieting and running in their life to lose the weight. This plan is overall good, but on the efficiency side, building muscle is way better. Think of it like this: with weights/strength training, you are going from point A to point B by car. And with only cardio/aerobic training, you’re traveling by bike. You’ll get to the goal, but much slower and with more pain. Among many other personal trainers & nutritionists, James Duigan advocates this approach.

              7. Avoid liquid calories.

              Today’s modern diet of average person includes drinking artificially sweetened beverages, like fruit juices and sodas. This drinks contain insane amounts of added sugar, to make them taste the way people like it, and to preserve quality.

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                You might think we point out to popular carbonated drinks like Coke, Sprite and similar, but fruit juices are also sweetened. If you’re watching your weight, or trying to lose it, do your best to avoid liquid sugars and calories in them. Bethenny Frankel,The Real Low-Cal Housewife, prepares healthy and low-cal beverages and cocktails to improve your weight loss.

                8. Eat fats.

                But, be careful which ones. You should watch your bad (LDL) cholesterol and try to increase your good (HDL) cholesterol. Healthy fatty acids actually help you loose fat, and improve your overall health. Mehmet Oz, M.D. America’s “Doctor” recommends increasing healthy fats consumption no matter your physical condition.

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                  There are loads of healthy, full of HDL cholesterol foods. Try to add these in your food consumption strategy:

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                  • Beans
                  • Salmon
                  • Avocado
                  • Garlic
                  • Spinach
                  • Walnuts and Almonds

                  With them in your eating regime, you’re on the right path to achieve the perfect body you always wanted, and improve your health.

                  9. Try Fasted Feasting.

                  Dr. Sara Solomon offers an interesting, but radical approach. Fasted Feasting can be split into two versions: The six-seven meals per day, on every two and a half hours, or almost nothing throughout the day, only water, tea, and amino acids in form of supplements. And after a hard working day, for dinner Sara eats ALL the calories she needs for that day. This seems a bit radical and unbelievable, but Dr. Sara backs up her story with lots of successful stories of weight loss and she also looks amazing; who wouldn’t want to work with her?

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                    Dr. Sara Solomon have the knowledge, and body to back it up.

                    10. Don’t trust the numbers on the scale.

                    When people try to lose weight, and start putting effort in doing so, the scale is often the judge; if you’re few pounds lighter, you’re happy. And there are some days, when you’re getting heavier, even though you didn’t cheated.

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                      Don’t go nuts about it; lean muscle is twice the weight than fat. Tape measuring is your friend. Jillian Michaels, The Biggest Fitness Winner is a big advocate on this. When you gain muscle, you might even weight more than before, but don’t freak out, look at your body composition, and see how many fat did you lost in time. Body mass index (BMI) calculator will help at this a lot. And believe, adding two pounds of muscle will recompose your body and change your looks.

                      11. Be stubborn.

                      This is an universal tip. Everybody knows that big and great results don’t come over night, yet people tend to abandon their goals and create new ones when that pants become too narrow, or the belly fat comes under the shirt.You have to be stubborn.

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                        You have to strive, and persist, so your results will speak in your name. Your new and slim body is hidden under that layers of fat – go out there and sculpt it!

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                        Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                        8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                        8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                        In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                        Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                        Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                        Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                        Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                        The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                        There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                        How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                        According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                        Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                        Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                        The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                        Listen carefully:

                        We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                        The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                        Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                        8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                        There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                        Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                        1. Pray Daily

                        You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                        When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                        Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                        Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                        2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                        A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                        By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                        Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                        If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                        This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                        How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                        3. Smile Often

                        Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                        Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                        Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                        The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                        4. Organize Your Working Desk

                        A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                        When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                        Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                        Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                        5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                        I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                        Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                        What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                        6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                        God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                        I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                        I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                        7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                        You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                        How do you do that? This is my formula:

                        First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                        If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                        If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                        If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                        Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                        8. Go Exercise

                        Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                        The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                        You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                        12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                        The Bottom Line

                        It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                        It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                        Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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