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Avoid These Mistakes If You Want To Lose Weight Fast

Avoid These Mistakes If You Want To Lose Weight Fast

Losing weight is not a hard task. In fact, losing weight is actually a very simple process. Despite this, many people follow ridiculous ‘fad’ diets and buy bogus weight loss supplements all with the hope that they can circumvent the basic weight lose principles and shed body fat quickly. It just doesn’t work that way.

Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when trying to lose weight.

Mistake #1 No Cardio

We all know that cardio plays an important role in losing weight, since it burns additional calories and turns our body into a fat burning machine. Yet most people don’t perform a single cardio session! Instead of sitting on you’re a$$ all day watching reality TV shows, get up and move around. Don’t worry if you don’t own a treadmill; you can get a great cardio workout in your living room by implementing some very basic exercises such as, jump squats, pushups, jumping jacks, leg raises and so on. You could even buy a jump rope if you want and jump rope in your living room. You could literally turn your living room into a virtual gym! If the weather’s nice, let’s not forget about running outdoors either.

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All you really need to get an effective cardio session in is 20 minutes of your time, yourself, and motivation!

Mistake #2 Too Strict

I see this all the time. People will go on ridiculously strict diets, stay on them for a while, start seeing results, and then slip back to square one!

“But Drew, how does following a strict diet result in weight loss failure?”

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Because of the munchies! That’s right, when you follow extremely strict diets for very long periods of time, I don’t care how much willpower you say you have, you’re going to eventually binge. And when you do, it’s back to square one baby! Well, maybe not that extreme, but you get the point.

And keep in mind, when I talk about binging, I’m not talking about having a cheat meal, that’s a totally different story. Binging is eating anything and everything unhealthy you can find in your house (or wherever you are). Trust me, I’ve been there. When I binge, it’s often a trip to steak & shake for the fattiest, greasiest, quadruple cheeseburger with fries, cheese sauce and a double chocolate shake. You get the picture.

This is why I recommend eating a balanced diet. Sure you have to eat your whole grains and lean protein, but you can throw in some cheesecake every now and then! And don’t forget about my favorite, a double hot fudge sundae. As long as we eat includes these splurges in our diet in a moderate and n a balanced manner, we should still be able to lose weight.

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Keep in mind; losing weight does not occur because of a certain food we eat, but because of a reduction in calories. That’s it! So just reduce the quantity of the food you’re eating and you will see the same results as if you were eating an extremely healthy diet.

Mistake #3 Not Enough Fat

Seriously, what is with the whole ‘low fat diet’ fad? We should know by now that fat is not the enemy, and in fact, it is absolutely crucial to include in our diets if we want to lose weight.

Ever since the 1970’s and all the studies done on fat and heart disease, everyone has had what I call ‘fat phobia’. Of course, the government and mainstream media don’t help, since they just continue to perpetuate the myth that fat will kill you!

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Fat will not kill you. In fact, numerous studies will result in a longer lifespan!

Now you might be wondering, why will a low fat diet lead to no fat loss?

Well, technically we could eat a low fat diet and still lose weight, since all we really need to lose weight is a caloric deficit. Nevertheless, keeping our macronutrient breakdown at about 20% fat will result in healthy weight loss without the hunger cravings. In addition, fat boosts our mood as well!

Avoid these 3 common weight loss mistakes and you will be well on your way to achieving the body composition and physique you desire.

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12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

1. Nuts

The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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2. Blueberries

Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

4. Broccoli

While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

6. Soy

Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

7. Dark Chocolate

When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

9. Foods Rich in Zinc

Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

10. Gingko Biloba

This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

11. Green and Black Tea

Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

12. Sage and Rosemary

Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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