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Weight Loss Hack: The 80/20 Rule of Which You Should Be Aware

Weight Loss Hack: The 80/20 Rule of Which You Should Be Aware

How many of you are not happy with your current body? 

And why is that so?

I have asked this question to many people, and the majority of them answer that they are not happy because they want to lose some weight.

They know that weight loss is awesome, there are so many benefits of losing weight: increased confidence, reduced risks of heart attack (and other diseases), increase of life span, and many more.

But why is it so hard for them to lose weight?

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I mean, take a look at your friends or family. You will notice that there will be a friend or relative of yours who did a lot of exercises, but is still not losing any weight: you saw them running in the park often, or maybe when you try to reach them, they are unavailable because they are attending yoga class? So why are they still fat?

Well, it might surprise you, but the reality is, lots of people just focus on the wrong stuff. They focus on stuff that doesn’t really matter, the one that requires lots of effort but yields only small results.

If you ask your friends (or anyone) on how to lose weight, majority of them will answer naturally: exercise more. “Start running three times a week, sign up for gym membership, do push ups every night before you sleep.”

But what if that’s just a false belief that contradict the science of weight loss?

A study published by International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity to compare three groups of post-menopause women: first group focus on eating better food, second group focus on exercise, and the third group focus on both food and exercise.

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The study founds that after 12 months, the group who eats better actually lost around 7.2 kilograms (8.5% thinner), while the group who focus on exercise but eat normally, only lost two kilograms (2.5% thinner). The third group who focus on both food and exercise lost the most, which is 8.9 kilograms (10.8% thinner). (http://www.ijbnpa.org/content/8/1/118)

PARETO PRINCIPLE: THE 80/20 RULE

    You might have heard of the Pareto principle. Also called the 80/20 Rule, it was named after Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who, in 1906 observed that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population.

    Basically, the principle states that, for many events, roughly 80 percent of the effects come from 20 percent of the causes.

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    The Pareto Principle also applies to your weight loss.

    Based on the earlier study, we can conclude that:

    Food is the 20-percent cause on which you should focus because it will affect 80 percent of your weight loss outcome.

    So, what action can I do TODAY to improve my food to be healthier? Here’s some examples on what you can do TODAY:

    – Do a Food Journal to understand what do you eat

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    – Try to reduce the consumption of caloric beverages (Coke, Lemon Tea, etc). You will be surprised by how much calories you consume from your drinks.

    – Try to eat more real food, for example: rather than eating processed food (like Oreos / M&Ms), change your snacks to real food, such as: Nuts / Fruits.

    Now, my challenge for you is to cut your caloric drink this week into half. Let’s say on average you drink 8 servings of caloric drinks (it can be soda, coke, etc) every week. This week, try to just drink 4 servings instead of 8. 

    I suggest that you start small and focus on building one healthier habit each day / each week (depending on your speed). Click here and learn the science of how a habit is formed.

    Also, i’m giving away free awesome spreadsheet for you to keep track of your weight loss. Be sure to check it out HERE.

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    Last Updated on November 11, 2019

    How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

    How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

    Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

    To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

    Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

    1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

    Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

    Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

    To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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    2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

    Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

    If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

    Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

    3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

    Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

    Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

    4. Feed Your Brain

    Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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    This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

    Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

    Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

    5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

    According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

    Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

    Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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    6. Write it Down

    If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

    It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

    You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

    7. Listen to Music

    Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

    8. Visual Concepts

    In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

    Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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    Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

    9. Teach Someone Else

    Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

    Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

    10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

    Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

    So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

    Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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