Have you ever noticed how expensive it is to eat healthy in an attempt to lose weight? Is there a cost-effective way to drop those excess pounds?With gas costs at an all time high, and prices on every type of merchandise rising, its not surprising to find that many people live paycheck to paycheck. Between house mortgages, bills that range from medical to grocery, and normal cost of living expenses, sometimes the last thing you can really spend money on is a whole new freezer and pantry full of food. It seems there is no weight loss solution in sight.Anyone who has ever shopped for diet food knows exactly what Im talking about. Where the normal version of the same food is reasonably priced, the diet version often costs twice as much for a smaller package. The same is true when dining out. While you can buy a burger and fries for a few bucks, it costs a great deal more to find a healthy substitute. Why isnt there a cheap " "weight loss" solution" ?Perhaps, youve found cheap weight loss solutions that dont really work. With so many so-called cheap weight loss solutions on your market, a consumer can take their pick from weight loss pill, shakes, or exercise programs. What happens if youve exhausted every solution and found that theyre not working for you?When it comes to weight loss shakes and meal bars, you know its not the weight loss solution for you. First off, you cant stomach the taste of them. Second, you marvel at the fact that these products claim to curb your appetite. Hah! You drink the shake only to feel your stomach growling an hour later.As for diet pills, you know deep in your heart that they are not the safest weight loss solution. Sure, you may have dropped a few pounds, but you feel anxious, jittery, and even depressed. Some days you have hot flashes, and the pills dont stop you from swinging by McDonalds for an occasional value meal, ruining your progress.Exercise videos may not be the weight loss solution for you either. You lead a busy life juggling a full-time job, parenthood, and school activities for your kids. Its often really late by the time your day draws to a close. The last thing you want to do is drag on a pair of sweats and exercise.If youve tried every affordable hoodia gordonii solution and still havent found your desired results, maybe its time to try Hoodia Gordonii. No, its not another "hoodia gordonii" pill. Its an all natural, cactus-style plant that is revolutionizing the hoodia gordonii industry. This isnt another hoodia gordonii solution scam. In fact, this plant was discovered completely by accident.In the late 1990s, the CSIR (the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) in Africa was doing a study on all the different natural foods that the Bushmen ate. Their main reason in doing this was to make sure all the foods were non-toxic. When they found Hoodia Gordonii, they began animal testing on the product to see if it was toxic.Not only was Hoodia Gordonii non-toxic. They also found that the animals who consumed the cactus began losing weight. By 1997, one year later, the CSIR realized that the ingredient, P57 was responsible for the hoodia gordonii properties in Hoodia Gordonii.Now, you finally have access to the hoodia gordonii that works a product that allows you to eat the foods you normally want in drastically smaller quantities and not nearly as often. Since Hoodia can slice your appetite by approximately 2,000 calories a day, youll lose interest in food, drop weight, and finally get that figure youve been dreaming of. Since you dont have to restock on totally new food choices, this doesnt have to put a dent in your budget.
The latest dieting craze has no doubt been the low carb high protein diets. Those of you on Atkins, South Beach etc will no doubt have noticed a number of changes since you took up the diet. And no Im not talking about the remarkable weight loss I am talking about your bad breath. Now it may not have been noticeable to you but I suggest you ask your friends or relatives whether there has been a detioration and you may be surprised by the answer. In fact you may even find your friends moving away from you when you speak which is always a sure sign of bad breath.So whats the cause of all this bad air? Well depending on which medical speak you speak with there are a number, yet similar, reasons for the problem. One of the reasons is directly related to the increase in protein which most of the low carb diets advocate.Basically, we all have a large number of useful bacteria living mainly on our tongue and at the back of our throat. These bacteria are supposed to be there, because they assist humans in digestion by breaking down proteins found in specific foods, mucous or phlegm, blood, and in diseased or "broken-down" oral tissue.When these "beneficial" bacteria come into contact with these compounds, the odorous and "lousy-tasting" volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) are released from the back of the tongue and throat, as Hydrogen Sulphide, Methyl Mercaptan, and other odorous and bad tasting compounds. Since the bacteria are meant to be in our mouth there is no way we can remove them permanently. So, no amount of brushing or tongue scraping will get rid of the VSCs. The only scientifically proven way of curing your bad breath (Halitosis) is by attacking the bacteria's ability to produce VSCs and by converting the VSC into non-odorous and non-tasting organic salts.There are a number of ways in which the problem is worsened and the most common way is with dry mouth. This generally occurs while you are asleep and hence the reason you sometimes wake up with morning breath.Although some cases of dry mouth are naturally occurring, most cases are caused by one of these factors: 1.Prescription Medications (usually prescribed for high blood pressure or depression) 2.Antihistamines 3.Adult Beverages 4.Mouthwashes with alcohol in them When your mouth is dryer, you have less Saliva. Saliva naturally contains Oxygen, which keeps your mouth healthy and fresh. These bacteria are anaerobic, which simply means that they will thrive and make more sulfur in the presence of little or no oxygen. Thus if you have less Saliva, you have less oxygen, thereby creating an anaerobic environment, perfect for the bacteria to produce more of these odorous and sour/bitter compounds.Because of the increase in higher protein foods, on an Atkins type diet, especially dairy products, the amount of Volatile Sulfur Compounds increases dramatically and as such your breath gets worse accordingly. The only way to fight the problem is to try and supply oxygen to the bacteria causing the problem and remove as much of the VSCs as possible. This can be done in a number of ways:Drink loads of water. This will help ensure your tongue and throat are kept moist and supplying oxygen to the VSC producing bacteria.Always clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner before brushing your teeth last thing at night and first thing in morning. You should also try and do this after every meal too.Use a mouthwash which does not contain any alcohol as alcohol can dry your mouth and make the problem worse. You can also dramatically improve matters by using an oxygenating mouthwash. You can find one by doing a Google on oxygenating mouthwash.Dont chew gum, which contains sugar, to try and mask the bad breath. This can make matters worse. Use a sugar free gum instead.The bottom line is that "low carb diets" will cause bad breath, although for some it will be a lot worse than others. However, help is at hand so if you want to shed the weight and not shed any friends then make sure and heed the advice given above.
If you are overweight, you know it by how you feel, how your clothes fit or how you look. But, by how much are you really overweight? And how much weight do you need to lose? One measure of how much you should weight is by determining your Body Mass Index, BMI. This index gives you the relationship of your weight to your height. Here is the formula:Your BMI = [(yourWeight)/(your Height x your Height)] x 705 If you weight 143 lbs and are 64 in tall, thenyour BMI = [(143) / (64 x 64)] x 705 = 26.2. Based on the chart below a BMI of 26.2 is overweight.underweight, BMI = 18.5 normal weight BMI = 18.5 - 24.9 overweight BMI = 25 - 29.9 slight obesity BMI = 30 - 34.9 obese BMI = 35 - 39.9 excess obese = BMI = greater than 40If we consider the normal BMI number to be 21.5 then you can compute approximately how much weight you should lose using the same BMI formula but by changing things around in the formula,(your ideal Weight) = [(normal BMI / 705) x (your Height x your Height)]For the example above if you have a BMI = 26.2 and the normal BMI number = 21.5, then,(your ideal Weight) = [(21.5/705) x (64 x 64)] = 124.91 you should weight 124.91 lbs. That means you need to lose (143 -124.9) lbs = 18.1 lbs.Try to get your BMI below 25. Under this number, you can expect to have good heath if you are eating the right kinds of food and exercising regularly. If your BMI is greater than 28, you are more likely to have cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and many other diseases related to a toxic colon.Keep track of your waistline. Your waistline, if you are a man, should be less than 35 ". For women it should be less than 30". As your waistline get larger you become more susceptible to diseases. Of course, waistlines are going to vary because people have different shapes. But you know if your waistline to big for your shape.Now you should know how much weight you need to lose. Beside your waistline, you should also measure bust/chest, hips, and thighs.. This gives you an indication how your body is changing. As you lose fat you may not lose weight for a while. Your body will become toned as you exercise. The weight scale does not always tell you that your body is changing and losing weight.
When the average person embarks on a diet or fitness regimen in the aim of losing weight or building muscle mass, what they are usually instructed to do is to eat lots of protein and go on a low carbohydrate diet to accomplish either of the goals. Right there, an observer should see a red-flag: How is it that the same dietetic suggestion for weight loss remains applicable for building muscle mass?!We all know we need a certain amount of protein everyday to remain healthy. Based on misinformation to this effect, several people view the daily consumption of a high-protein diet as beneficial. But have you really seen any one lose the desired weight on such popular diets as the Atkins Diet, which is basically a low-carbohydrate/high protein lifestyle.I have seen several people try it and fail, and even became sicker for the process.Here are some other facts that should spur you in the right direction in regards to excessive protein consumption: According to the French Hygienist, Albert Mosseri, diseases and conditions which can be caused or aggravated by too much protein intake include: Leukemia, Skin Diseases and even Cancer. Based on the John Robbins work titled: Diet for a New America, the number of people in the US suffering from diseases caused by protein excess is a mind-boggling 40, 000, 000 compared to a measly 3 people suffering from the deficiency of this substance.Judging from these, it may be time to revise the misinforming ideas on protein in our diets.Lets consider some factors on why a Low Carbohydrate Diet may be unnecessary and even detrimental to ones health..1. The animals that are usually eaten for protein, what do they subsists on? Substances of the Plant Kingdom for example: cows live on grass exclusively.2. 98% of the human population is sweet toothed...which shows that carbohydrates are our main need contrary to popular belief. 3. The great apes are primarily fruit eaters (although with substantial amount of leaves in their diets) How similar are humans to them? Very much so. We share 98% of the same genes.4. Its been scientifically proven that mother's milk is about 2% protein, now if this is the ideal of a growing baby for the first 3 years; of course it shows the minimal need of it. (Point of note, the milk of a woman is affected by her diet so of course that should be checked.) 5. The need of protein for the human body is about a nickel's weight worth, the excess is basically excreted in urine. 6. Several people subsists on fruits and green leaves exclusively or starchy root vegetables, fruits and leaves only and are in top shape-I've seen and am one of them.7. People have fasted on water only for several days and were actually stronger for the process! 8. Fruits and green leaves give you sufficient protein: e.g. the Banana, Dates, Avocadoes, Olives, Cabbage, Lettuce, Durian, Young Coconuts and even the Apple. Exactly or a little more than what you need at a given time. 9. Based on research, the need for amino acids is highly exaggerated as only 16% or our body is Protein. Pure protein is primarily Nitrogen (N) with some Oxygen and Hydrogen and Carbon. We all know that we get a large share of our Oxygen and Hydrogen need from the air. Since we are able to utilize and assimilate a large amount of our needs of these elements, we are able to build the Nitrogen into our body as protein. This process is done by natural bacteria action that is capable of converting it to our use. People who smoke though cannot pick up Nitrogen from the air so easily but might still get enough from proper foods. Although for your well-being, cessation of tobacco usage is mandatory.10. Research has been done on the diet of the aboriginal tribes living in the Mountains of Hagen. Their diet consisted of 80 % Sweet potatoes. The rest consisted of fruits and green leaf vegetables. Their daily consumption of protein was around 9.92 g. Meanwhile, eliminated in their fecal matter was a protein of around 15 times more of what was ingested. This phenomenon illustrates the protein synthesis illustrated above.Definitely cutting back on the wrong kinds of Carbohydrates such as Cakes, Confectioneries, Bread, Polished rice and the like will be mandatory for weight-loss, but replacing them with high protein foods is- just as from the points above-unnecessary and actually harmful for overall health and fitness.So what should we eat? Simple, Raw and properly cooked Fruits, Roots and Leafy Vegetables. Not only is this kind of diet unmatched for speedy weight-loss, but your body will thank you for the change as you mechanically (via the broom-like/mucus-binding qualities of these substances) cleanse yourself from perhaps a life-time of wrong eating.Remember the famous quote by Hippocrates; the Father of Medicine: Let your foods be your medicine and your medicine your Foods! Therefore, dont believe the hype of high-protein/low carbohydrate diets for weight-loss or fitness. For optimal health a wise combination of your organic, seasonal fruits, roots and veggies is the best and safest way to go.
Weight loss can still be achieved even when dining out and busy schedules. With a little planning ahead you and your child can make healthy choices and lose weight.Follow these tips when dining out to ensure you are on track with your weight loss goals: Avoid restaurants that give huge portions, like buffets. Huge portions mean huge calories and weight gain. Ask yourself ahead of time is it really worth it? And will I really be able to resist the extra food once I am there? To decrease portion size, choose an appetizer as your main meal, or split an entre with another family member. This is a great way to save money too! Ask how the food is prepared, and whether substitutions can be made. Many restaurants offer a vegetable of the day, which can be substituted in place of extra bread or potatoes. Just make sure the vegetable is not french fries! Request that sauces and dressings be served on the side. A standard serving (ladle) of regular salad dressing can contain up to 250 calories and 30 grams of fat! If you are hungry, choose a lower-fat appetizer, side salad or soup to prevent over-eating the bread or your meal. You can even request that the bread or crackers not be brought to your table at all. Once you are full, request that the leftover food be removed from the table to prevent ongoing nibbling. Or even ask for the box as soon as your meal arrives and portion it right away.Select items that are: Steamed Broiled Roasted Poached Cooked in tomato sauce Served au jusAvoid items that are cooked in or contain large amounts of: Butter or cream sauces Gravy Au gratin or scalloped mixtures Cheese sauce Fried foods