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Weight Loss Advice for Overweight Men

Weight Loss Advice for Overweight Men

If you are packing extra pounds around with you, you are facing an increased risk of 50 different health problems. All of these different health conditions include some of the top causes of death in the nation, such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, various cancers, gallstones and gout. For many people, they don’t think about the relationship between obesity and depression, especially since this mood disorder can have a significant impact upon your regular life. Being overweight can make it difficult to move around normally. When compared to those who are at a healthy weight, carrying around the extra pounds makes it harder for you to walk a quarter-mile, lift 10 pounds and rise from a chair without arms. The burden for any of these problems tends to be greater than what it was years ago, mainly because people tend to be obese for a good part of their lives. Since excess weight plays an integral role in so many different deadly diseases, obesity can take years off your life. More than half a million aged 50-71 have found an increase of 20-40 percent in death rates among those who were overweight midlife. Among obese individuals, the death rate is two to three times higher.

Follow the Basics of Healthy Eating.

To maintain a healthy weight, you have to eat the right foods throughout the day. Fruits, vegetables, grains and other healthy items will help keep your body balanced and prevent unwanted weight gain.

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Join a Gym.

Even though you might not have the ambition to do so, exercise is important. Joining a gym is crucial to being able to eliminate excess weight and inches.

Weigh yourself on a Weekly Basis.

Take the time to weigh in once per week to evaluate your progress. Monitoring your weight regularly will help ensure you aren’t packing on pounds that you not aware of.

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Lesson Your Alcohol Intake.

For many individuals, they don’t realize that alcohol is loaded with sugar and excess calories that can hinder weight loss.

Walking.

Taking a brisk walk 20-30 minutes per day will help you lose weight and keep your joints and muscles healthy.

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Don’t Eat Late at Night.

Even though you might be tempted to grab a snack late at night, it can be one of the worst things for you. In doing so, you are going to have all of these calories sitting in your stomach and nowhere for them to go.

Fix Your Sleeping and Waking Times.

Get on a regular schedule for sleeping and waking up to make sure your body has the energy needed to get through the day.

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Take the Stairs.

By taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, you will burn off a few calories and keep your body moving and active at the same time.

Don’t Just Sit in Your Office.

Your body is meant to move, so sitting around all day isn’t good for it. You have to get out there and do something, even if it is for a few minutes at a time during the workday.

Maximize Your Workout.

Switch your workout up and make the most of it. Varying your routine will ensure your muscles don’t get accustomed to your regimen. In short, your body is meant to get up and do something. Don’t just sit back and expect the weight to fly off because that isn’t going to happen unless you take the initiative to make it happen following weight loss tips. Getting to a healthy weight will help eliminate a number of health problems all in one swoop.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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