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5 Crazy Diets You Won’t Believe Work

5 Crazy Diets You Won’t Believe Work

Thinking of going back on a diet, but tired of the same diet plans? Try these five weird diets. They’re all proven to help you burn fat – to some extent. The curiosity and novelty will make you more likely to stay on them and lose weight.

1. The Werewolf Diet

Originating in Latin America, the Werewolf Diet has you eating in sync with the lunar cycle. It boasts making you lose 6 pounds in one day, and even celebrities like Demi Moore and Madonna have tried it! The logic is that your body has about 60 percent water, and the moon’s influence on gravity affects you like it affects the tides.

There are two versions of the diet: basic and extended. The basic diet has you on a fluid detox, drinking only healthy natural liquids (like water, juice, and birch water), on the day of a full moon. The full moon’s strong gravitational pull supposedly boosts the detox’s toxin-eliminating effects.

The extended diet first follows the basic diet then instructs you to lower your solids or increase your liquids depending on the moon phase. Supposedly during a waning moon, your cravings significantly decrease and it’s easier to lose pounds. But, during a waxing moon your cravings increase and you need to restrict your eating.

Is this supported by science? Even if the full moon’s gravity doesn’t help you get rid of toxins, the juice and water fasting definitely will. Birch water and fruit juices are filled with antioxidants, which help your body neutralize toxins, and their high-water content flushes toxins out of your system.

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Will eliminating toxins help you lose weight? Yes! Scientists found that environmental pollution affects your body’s ability to burn fat and regulate sugar levels. Getting rid of these toxins helps bring your body’s metabolism back to normal.

Also, estrogen encourages insulin production. When your hormones become imbalanced and your body makes too much estrogen, it forces your body to store more sugar in your fat cells instead of burning it. This leads to weight gain. Studies show that the moon’s phases influence your menstrual cycle and your estrogen levels, which slightly supports the extended diet’s belief that your metabolism increases or decreases during certain moon phases.

This diet may seem whacky, but it will help you burn that fat. If anything, doing things under the full moon seems healthy for your body overall. Some studies found that patients who undergo heart surgeries during a full moon have better survival rates and need less recovery time.

2. The Sandwich Diet

This cool diet comes from Spain. It’s very simple: You eat whatever you want, but it all has to fit between two pieces of whole-grain bread. You can have your BLT and cheeseburgers – as long as they fit between those two pieces of bread!

Does it work? Yes and no. Many studies found that using a bigger plate or bowl makes you serve and eat larger portions. Using a smaller plate makes you more aware of the portions you’re eating, reducing your risk of overeating. The sandwich works like a smaller plate. This diet helps you lose weight using portion awareness.

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Why isn’t it so good? Fast food burgers fit between two pieces of bread – do you think eating those three times a day will make you skinnier?

3. The “Sun Eating” Diet

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    China’s hip crowd is convinced people can do photosynthesis – you know, like plants? You replace one meal with a 44-minute sunbath every day. They believe you’ll absorb “solar energy,” which supposedly suppresses your appetite and improves your sleep. Dieters report losing weight.

    Will it really help you lose weight? Yes! New research found that when sunlight hits your skin, it makes nitric oxide. Mice that overate and were exposed to UV rays had slower weight gain and less abnormal blood sugar levels than mice that weren’t exposed. From these findings scientists believe nitric oxide boosts your fat and sugar metabolism, while also helping prevent type 2 diabetes and obesity.

    If you’re not getting enough sun, this diet will boost your metabolism. You’ll also lose weight since you’re skipping a meal every day. If you try it, don’t skip breakfast. Eating breakfast boosts your resting metabolism by 10 percent.

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    4. The OCD Diet

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      In Indonesia, some dieters believe eating during set intervals leads to weight loss. This diet is called the “Obsessive Corbuzier’s Diet.” You choose a permanent eating window: usually four, six, or eight hours.

      For example, if you choose the six-hour interval and you eat at 8 a.m., you can only eat again at 2 p.m. and at 8 p.m. Your meal sizes depend on your chosen interval, with eight hours allowing for the largest meals.

      Does it work? Research shows that intermittent fasting boosts your fat burning process because your body starts burning fat for energy during the fasting period. It also apparently helps slow aging by activating inflammation-fighting and repair mechanisms in your cells. It makes you smarter too – rats forced to intermittently fast experienced new nerve cell growth.

      If you can stand not eating, this diet is proven to be healthy for you. Consult your doctor before trying, because it’s probably not a good idea if you have type 1 Diabetes or other medical conditions.

      5. The 3-Day Military Diet

      This popular diet’s murky origins lend toward the conclusion that the diet was inspired by various sources, including the armed forces and Cleveland Clinic’s special cookbooks. It has many variations, like the Birmingham Hospital Cardiac Unit Diet and the Hot Dog Diet.

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      The 3-day military diet boasts losing 10 pounds in seven days without exercise. How? It combines intermittent fasting with a low-calorie plan. Unlike other diets, this specifies what you eat for three days. For example, for the first day’s breakfast, you must have a slice of toast spread with two tablespoons of peanut butter and half a grapefruit. It does allow for substitutions, like half a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water instead of the grapefruit.

      The next four days you’re free to eat whatever you want, but you can’t exceed 1500 total daily calories.

      Will you lose weight? Yes – the low-calorie meal plans will promote weight loss. Is it safe? WebMD says no. They conclude that the meal plans lack nutrition and are high-fat and high-salt. The diet is probably okay if you do it once in a while, but following it long-term can lead to heart problems.

      Try these interesting diets if your weight loss regimen gets boring. They probably won’t help you lose as much weight as a traditional plan of exercise and healthy eating, but they will definitely help you burn some fat.

      Featured photo credit: Pixabay: Baohm via pixabay.com

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      Last Updated on August 13, 2020

      12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

      12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

      As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

      1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

      I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

      Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

      Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

      2. What is the purpose of meditation?

      The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

      It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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      Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

      In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

      You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

      This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

      The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

      Less Physical, More Psychological

      Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

      This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

      The First Benefit of Meditation

      The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

      1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
      2. Relaxation of the body

      Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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      Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

      That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

      When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

      When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

      Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

      Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

      This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

      Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

      Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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      This benefit takes you to the second one.

      The Second Benefit of Meditation

      While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

      1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
      2. Observance
      3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
      4. Patience

      Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

      You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

      This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

      1. Energy

      Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

      2. Observance

      The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

      3. Peacefulness

      Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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      4. Patience

      The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

      The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

      Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

      Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

      The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

      • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
      • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
      • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
      • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
      • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
      • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

      These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

      Final Thoughts

      Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

      Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

      Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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      [1] Medline Plus: Changes in the newborn at birth

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