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25 Creative Products That You Never Knew You Needed

25 Creative Products That You Never Knew You Needed

These days, everybody is looking for someway to make their daily lives a little bit easier, in every aspect.  With so many different gadgets that are out there these days, the are endless possibilities of things you can get that can help you around the house, at the office, or on the go.  Whether you have heard of them, or not, these are some of the most useful products out there that you never knew you needed and you can find most of them on Amazon!

1. Baby Shower Cap

Baby Shower Cap

    This is perfect to help keep water and shampoo out of your little ones eyes, nose and mouth.  And for only a couple of bucks on Amazon, it is worth the investment.

    2. Couch Armrest Table

    Couch Armrest Table

      I love the idea of these as a space saver.  You can get many different variations of this on Amazon starting at $6, or you can even seize this as an opportunity as a DIY project.

      3. Ironing Board Mirror

      iron mirror 1

        This is another cool space saving project.  You can find it on aissalogerot.com, or even attempt your own design to save yourself a little money.

        4. Mirror Wiper

        mirror wiper

          Never again do you have to struggle with wiping down a foggy mirror with a towel.  This handy product will only cost you around $6 on Amazon and I can almost guarantee you will not regret the purchase.

          5. Pizza Scissors

          pizza scissors

            These are just ingenious.  Faster than a slicer and easier to serve up just in time for dinner!  These will run about $20 on Amazon, but are sure to pay for themselves in no time.

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            6. Rolling Bench

            rolling bench after rain

              I don’t know where you would buy this, but they would sure be a useful addition to any city or town!

              7. Toothpaste Tube Squeezer

              tooth paste squeezer

                You don’t have to worry about wasting any toothpaste anymore with this.  Starting at around $2 on Amazon, this gadget will save you money in no time.

                8. Umbrella Cup Holder

                Umbrella Cupholder

                  This is a handy gadget for those who take on a walking commute everyday.

                  9. Universal Word Search Wrapping Paper

                  wrapping paper

                    One roll for every occasion!  This is perfect for the avid gift giver. It’s trendy, too!

                    10. Rotating Sockets

                    rotating 360 degree sockets

                      With these sockets you can add, or take away outlets as you wish. Rotate them to accommodate larger plugs. Similar products run around $15 and up on Amazon.

                      11. Lego Key Holder

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                      lego key holder

                        This is a cool DIY project you can do with all of the old Lego’s that you, or your kids grew out of.

                        12. Onion Holder

                        onion holder

                          I wish I had one of these sooner!  Keep your hands stink free, and slice your onions a lot easier!  This will cost you only $10 on Amazon.

                          13. Pre-threaded Sewing Kit

                          prethreaded sewing kit

                            A $3 lifesaver.  You will never have to worry about trying to thread your needle and you can fix your wardrobe quickly and avoid an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction while out as a night on the town, or in a business situation.

                            14. Hanging Gas Pumps

                            korean pumps that hang from roof.

                              These are currently used over in Korea and they should be used everywhere!  These gas pumps make it easier to just be able to pull up to the pump any way and not worry about what side your gas tank is on.

                              15. USB Stick with memory indicator

                              lexar usb

                                This USB stick has a memory indicator on it, so you can easily see how much space is on it without having to plug it in.  It only costs $10 on Amazon, so its really affordable!

                                16. TV Mirror

                                tv mirror

                                  Not very practical, but super cool!  This way you can watch the news and get ready in the morning!

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                                  17. Faucet Thermometer

                                  faucet thermometer

                                    This would certainly come in handy for parents with young children.  Help monitor temperatures so there are no burnt little hands, or make a perfectly warm bottle.

                                    18. Ice Cream Lock

                                    ice cream lock

                                      I’m not sure if this is pure genius, or just pure evil.  But it certainly would help to control ice cream consumption in your home.

                                      19. ChargeCard

                                      ChargeCard-for-iPhone-5

                                        These are nifty little devices.  A credit card sized phone charger would certainly come in handy if you are out and about all day and your battery gets low.  These run for about $35 on Amazon.

                                        20. Food Huggers

                                        food huggers

                                          These are nice for half used fruits, and vegetables.  They are better than storage bags because they are reusable and will not spoil the food as quickly and for $12 they will pay for themselves really quick.

                                          21. Iphone Lenses

                                          iphone lenses

                                            These are really cool for those into photography.  Take quality photos without having to haul a lot of expensive equipment around.

                                            22. LED House Numbers

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                                            led house numbers

                                              These are a really cool alternative to porch lights.  They make it easier for people to find your house at night, and they look really cool!

                                              23. Plug Outlet Organizer

                                              plug organizer

                                                Declutter your oulet space for only $7 with this handy little organizer.

                                                24. Lunch Pot

                                                lunch pot

                                                  Now you don’t have to lug around a big, heavy lunchbox, or thermos.  For only $25 on Amazon, this neat container will give you a stylish, compact way to take a lunch from home.

                                                  25. Handle Band

                                                  handle band

                                                    For only $5, you can use this to mount your smartphone on the handle bars of your bike.  Use it to have a GPS up, for music, or whatever you may need it for!

                                                    Most of these products can be bought right off of Amazon.com.  Happy shopping!

                                                    Featured photo credit: http://pixabay.com/en/users/kropekk_pl-114936/ via pixabay.com

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                                                    Last Updated on October 5, 2020

                                                    Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                                                    Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                                                    Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

                                                    I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

                                                    This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

                                                    What Is Intermittent Fasting?

                                                    As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

                                                    While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

                                                    The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

                                                    Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

                                                    Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

                                                    The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

                                                    It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

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                                                    My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

                                                    You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

                                                    Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

                                                    1. Drink Plenty of Water

                                                    Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

                                                    2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

                                                    The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

                                                    3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

                                                    One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

                                                    4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

                                                    The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

                                                    To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

                                                    5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

                                                    While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

                                                    Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

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                                                    You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

                                                    How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

                                                    Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

                                                    This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

                                                    Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

                                                    Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

                                                    The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

                                                    Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

                                                    Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

                                                    One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

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                                                    This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

                                                    Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

                                                    Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

                                                    Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

                                                    Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

                                                    How Much Weight Will I Lose?

                                                    The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

                                                    While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

                                                    Can I Work out While Fasting?

                                                    Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

                                                    The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

                                                    Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

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                                                    Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

                                                    First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

                                                    Is Fasting Safe?

                                                    As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

                                                    I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

                                                    Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

                                                    As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

                                                    I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

                                                    For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

                                                    Conclusion

                                                    Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

                                                    If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

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