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Last Updated on June 24, 2019

You Don’t Need An Extreme Weight Loss Diet, You Need Healthy Eating!

You Don’t Need An Extreme Weight Loss Diet, You Need Healthy Eating!

The weight loss industry is trending more than ever before. With the fact that over 66% of American adults are overweight and many of them considered as obese, it is no wonder that people are always looking for ways to lose weight.[1] One particular problem that many people face is the fact that they want to lose as much weight as possible so that they can regain their confidence, look good and feel better about themselves. Unfortunately, rapid and extreme weight loss is not beneficial for the human body and can actually lead to many adverse effects, which, in some cases, could even be fatal to a person’s overall health. In this post, we’d like to focus on the dangers of an extreme weight loss diet, why you should avoid it and what you should do instead.[2]

How dangerous can extreme weight loss be?

There are numerous types of extreme and rapid weight loss diets out there. Each of them will give you a set of instructions to follow, and many of them will have their own unique “technique” to help you shed pounds quickly and rapidly. These programs often combine a calorie restrict diet with a series of effective weight loss exercises – the exercises are not the problem in the case of an extreme weight loss diet, but rather the idea of restricting your food intake to a point where your body is not obtaining the nutrition it needs to function properly.[3]

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Food Talk explains that rapid weight loss can put a person at a higher risk of experiencing gout attacks, bladder pain and also lead to a lack of energy.[4] When energy levels become low due to the restricted diet you are following, then you will not be able to participate in an adequate level of physical activity, including both cardio and strength training exercises, to ensure your muscles are kept strong.

Furthermore, such a diet can cause a deficiency in essential minerals and vitamins, also known as malnutrition. Malnutrition is a dangerous condition that can cause many functions of the body to reduce their effectiveness and cause numerous problems with the particular individual’s overall health. Nursing Times explain that malnutrition causes a loss in tissue and muscle mass, a reduction in mobility, respiratory problems and a weaker immune system.[5] This condition also affects the rate at which wounds heal and it can cause a problem with the body’s ability to maintain a normal temperature. Other than these problems, malnutrition also commonly lead to problems with a man and woman’s fertility and can also affect their libido in an adverse manner. Thus, instead of following a diet that promises to result in rapid weight loss, it is always recommended to rather stick to a healthy diet plan and a well-planned exercise routine for best (and safest) results.[6]

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How can I lose weight quickly in a healthier way?

Losing 10 pounds in a single week may sound attractive, but, in reality, it is not really safe for your body to shed that much weight so quickly. Not only do you need to consider the amount of weight you are losing, but you should always also keep in mind that how you lose the weight counts as well. Restricting your body from essential nutrients so that you can reduce your body weight is much more dangerous than eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising more.

Here are a few tips we’ve compiled that provides information about how weight can be reduced gradually in a safe and healthy way – without putting your body at risks and without causing malnutrition.

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• Drink a lot of water – this is something that you have most likely heard before, and it is definitely good advice. Authority Nutrition explains that water does not contain any calories, but rather helps to increase your calorie burn.[7]

• Include more healthy fruits and vegetables in your diet – and also use them as snacks when you get hungry. Try to opt for fiber-rich fruit and vegetables when you get hungry during the day as these foods will help to keep you feeling full.

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• While it may not sound like the best idea at first, you should try to always eat three times a day and not to skip a meal. This will ensure your blood sugar levels are regulated throughout the day and will reduce the chances of craving for unhealthy foods.

• Without restricting your food intake too much, try to use a smaller plate to dish up for yourself so that you eat less during breakfast, lunch and dinner.

• WebMD recommends removing any unhealthy foods that may tempt you.[8] Keeping tempting foods around you will make you more likely to snack on them, which will reduce the efficiency of the diet you are following.

An effective diet plan is the best way to achieve a slimmer waistline

While rapid weight loss might feel like the best resort to losing weight, especially if you have a lot of excess weight or you are preparing for an upcoming event, such as a wedding, the process can be harmful to your body. Extreme weight loss puts your body at risk of numerous health issues, including malnutrition, which could even lead to fatal results. Following an effective diet plan that gradually reduces your body weight is a much better and healthier method for achieving a healthier body and a slimmer waistline.[9]

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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