Motivation for Weight Loss Goals

Dedication and Motivation for Weight Loss Goals

There is a psychological factor that comes into play when you’re trying to lose weight. We like to compare it to the “rah rah” factor that you often need to succeed in sports.

Look at your weight loss goals as your own personal sporting event. Just as you need to know the rules of the game as well as the basics of performing that game in sports, you also need the right information regarding your diet to make it effective.

When you have all the tools you need, you can become an excellent performer in almost anything you try in life. One of these tools is the right frame of mind.

The right frame of mind will give you motivation, commitment, and the skills you need to overcome the obstacles that you might face along with temptations and distractions.

When you have the right psychological attitude toward your weight loss goals, you will make your weight loss can be a bit of fun, an easier task to achieve, and give you the ability to develop changes towards a healthier lifestyle that will stay with you forever.

Your mindset controls your behavior, actions, and thoughts. As people grow, they develop habits and associations that govern their life. Most of these habits are controlled by our sub-conscious and we are generally unaware of them. However, your subconscious could also sabotage your efforts – also while you unaware of them.

This is detrimental to weight loss goals.

Positively Dedicate Yourself to Your Weight Loss Goals!

The right mindset entails using various techniques and strategies to control your behavior by monitoring your thoughts and actions. When you obtain this mindset, you will be better equipped to replace the old habits and associations that formed your thinking in the first place with new and more positive habits that will enable you to lost weight and be happier while you do so!

Setting your weight loss goalsPut Yourself in the Right Mindset

Developing the correct mindset doesn’t occur overnight. It take a little bit of effort, but in the end, it is well worth the time and effort expended. You will have to monitor your progress and behavior. Sometimes it will be easy – at other times, it won’t. The good news is that there are some easy ways to begin to put yourself into the right mindset.

  1. Write your weight loss goals down – tell yourself what weight you want to get to. While you’re at it, write down any other personal goals you might have as far as your life in general. Since you’re undertaking something as huge as losing your extra weight, you may as well also focus your efforts on improving other aspects of your life while you have the motivation and drive.
  2. Be specific about what those goals are. When you generalize your goals, you are trivializing them. Your weight loss goals are important. Make them important!
  3. Assign yourself a deadline. You want to lose weight. You want to do it by Christmas, or your wedding, or the next class reunion. When you assign a deadline, you give yourself a goal to work for, and like we said, your weight loss goals are important!
  4. Make those goals measurable and achievable. Don’t try to undertake more than what you are capable of. If you need to lose 100 pounds, don’t expect to do it in a few weeks. Give yourself enough time to do it in a healthy manner. You could also try to break your weight loss goals down into easier increments. Tell yourself that you will lose 10 pounds over the next month. Then tell yourself the same thing the next
    month. Eventually, you’ll reach that goal and feel the satisfaction of being pounds lighter than you were before.
  5. Focus on those goals everyday. Post them on your refrigerator. Write them in your date book. Put a reminder on the visor of your car. When you focus on your weight loss goals, you will keep them in mind all the time. When they are first and foremost in your mind, you will be well on the way toward achieving them.
  6. Be committed to those weight loss goals – at all costs. There’s a reason why you want to achieve those goals. When you are committed, your weight loss goals become the focus of your mind and they will be much easier to realize.

Set Your Weight Loss Goals

Developing a psychology towards weight loss will help you achieve you goals and realize success. Aim high, push yourself to become the type of person you want to be and live the life that you want and deserve. We are not given the power of dreams without the power and ability to achieve those dreams.

It’s time to start – RIGHT NOW!

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Why Are We So Over Weight?

Back to the Basics: Why Are We So Over Weight?

I suppose the easiest answer is fast food, but the problem of being over weight extends to so much more.  Yes, the prevalence of fast food restaurants certainly doesn’t help.  As Morgan Spurlock showed us with painful reality in his movie, “Super Size Me”, fast food menus offer us a heaping helping of fat, cholesterol, and calories.

Too much Fast Food Can Make us Over WeightAt any rate, many of these restaurants are now offering health-conscious choices including salads and potatoes instead of French fries, grilled meats instead of fried meats, etc.  So with these items now on their menu, why aren’t we still over weight?  The answer lies within our choices. Those choices extend to home life as well. But it isn’t pleasant to think you are choosing to be over weight!

Many people live such busy lifestyles they are more often than not likely to opt for packaged foods. Many contain high amounts of salt, fat, and other unhealthy components that contribute toward weight gain.  We tend to maintain a mostly sedentary lifestyle choosing to watch TV after dinner rather than going out for a walk like they used to do decades ago. This all leads to becoming over weight.

This type of life style is being learned by our children.  When I was young, we couldn’t wait to get through dinner so we could go outside and play a game of kick the can as the sun went down.  We rode our bikes everywhere and only watched television on a rainy day. Even “snow days” meant getting outside and playing, building snow fortresses, sledding, or just tossing snow balls! The cold didn’t keep us inside. Not only did most kids not have to deal with being over weight, they often lost weight as they grew up.

Be active to avoid weight gainToday, you’re more likely to find kids on the computer or in front of the TV with a video game controller in their hands.  Kids can tell you about all of the new products being offered through commercials they see in between their programs. In fact, the average child these days will watch more than 15 hours of television each and every week. This is another factor that leads to weigh gain. Many parents sadly use TV as a baby-sitter. Perhaps they mean no harm, but if you realize you may be guilty of doing that yourself, consider other options. There is so much a child can do outside!

Now, we’re not saying television is all BAD.  It can’t force weight gain on you. What we’re saying is that kids need to get outside more instead of sitting in front of the TV eating Cheetos and drinking soda.  Statistics show this to be true.  Fifteen percent of all children and teens are overweight – a number  that has tripled in recent years.

Some people blame their excessive weight gain on slow metabolisms.  In some cases, this might actually be true.  However, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed what no one really wants to face:  We’re overweight because we simply eat too much of the wrong foods.

The basic formula for losing weight actually sounds quite simple – eat less, exercise more.  But we’re resistant to that message.  Mainly, it’s because we’re looking for a quick fix to avoid being over weight. An easy, painless way to drop pounds without sacrifice – but deep down we know it’s just not that simple.  After all, losing weight just CAN’T be that easy, now can it? And why can’t it be as easy as weight gain!? (Hypothetical – no one knows that answer!)

Huh How Do I?No, it isn’t.  You have to consider portion control, food choice, exercise, how much exercise, what kind of exercise, etc.  But worrying about all of the specifics will do you little good.  You need to get the big picture in mind first before worrying about the specifics. Being over weight is something that should be dealt with.

What you want to do is lose those extra pounds.  And there are many, many ways to go about that.  But before you wait around for the next miracle diet, try some of the tried and true methods we show you in our weight loss articles – and follow those to come.  It doesn’t have to be as monumental as you think it is!

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15 Holiday Weight Loss Tips

Keep Those Fat Cells From Making It On To Your Christmas List This Year with 15 Free Holiday Weight Loss Tips!

No Other Time During The Year Are You More Susceptible To Gaining Weight Than During The Winter Holidays.  Cold Weather plus Calorie Packed Foods Equals Weight Gain

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15 Holiday Weight Loss Tips
15 Holiday Weight Loss Tips

 

Did you know that every single year the average person gains anywhere from one to three pounds just from attending parties? That is because parties always food a plenty!  Even though one to three extra pounds doesn’t seem like a lot of weight gain, it is precisely the smaller weight gain amounts that are the most difficult to lose once you put them on. Why not keep them off from the very start?

We can call it, weight gain prevention. While it might be a little tough, it’s no where near as difficult as losing the pounds once they find a home on your hips.

These traditional tips were created with staying power in mind. So no matter if you put them into action this year, or five years from now the results will always be the same.  In fact, these tips are so usable, that they can be incorporated into your every day life even when there are no celebrations going on!

Are you brave enough to take control of your eating habits? Find out free – we’re giving the tips to you in  a simple PDF document just because we want to help YOU. No gimmicks. No catch. No sales pitch. Just a free eBook with 15 holiday weight loss tips you can start practicing today.

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Home Body Detox

Great Plains Home Body Detox
Great Plains Home Body Detox

Home Body Detox

Have you heard of detox? Many people claim that they have finally found the solution to their unhealthy way of life with home body detox.

From our birth up to the present day, your body has accumulated many toxins. Some of the chemicals from all the foods and beverages that you’ve taken ingested in your lifetime build up because the body can’t handle the detoxification process alone.

Through a home body detox program, you can expect to gain higher energy levels, relieve symptoms of asthma, diabetes, and slow down your aging process. But the main reason why many people detox is to feel better. The second most popular reason is weight loss.

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Aid You Body’s Natural Detox Process

A home body detox program can aid your body’s natural detox process. Since almost any person has some sort of ‘bad’ eating habit, not to mention other unhealthy ways of life, the body can’t cope with all the toxins that need to be removed. This causes an imbalance in the body, which makes us feel sluggish, out-of-sorts, tired, achy, etc.

Detox programs can be done at home. There are home body detox programs which can be easily followed, for a period of two weeks or more.

The key benefits are:

  • Lose weight.
  • Enhanced circulation.
  • Increased body elimination.
  • Colon cleansing.
  • Provides nutrients for the liver.

Note: The liver is the organ responsible for the detoxification process. So you really need to protect and support this body organ.

People who have undergone home detox programs say that they were able to lose weight, noticed they now have clearer skin, improved digestion, improved energy, normal bowel movements, etc.

Fresh vegetables and fruits are great foods for a home detox. You can eat broccoli, onions, and sprouts, green and red vegetables.

Virgin oils, lemon water, rice milk, wheat products, and non-caffeinated drinks (like tea) are also good for a home body detox program. Drinking at least eight glasses of water every day is also advisable.

A good home body detox program will help a person restore body balance, and efficiently removes all toxin build ups. Remember if you go back to a unhealthy lifestyle, you will again build up toxins in your body.

Start by slowly changing your lifestyle. There are many resources which you can make use of to help you change little by little. This might take some time, but be patient as your body begins to thank you for your efforts to keep it healthier.

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Health Secrets for Perfect Health

Health Secrets for Perfect Health

Health Secrets Warning

Would YOU like to discover perfect health? Discover health secrets that could save your life! Help stop cancer from starting. Treat high blood pressure in just 14 days. Boost your memory power. Reduce the risk of breast cancer by 79 percent. Cut chances of a heart attack by 50 percent.

Health Secrets
Health Secrets

These are just a HANDFUL of the little-known health secrets that your doctor won’t share with you. Perhaps because s/he doesn’t even know about them. (Doctors aren’t legally required to retrain or even keep up-to-date after medical college!)

Meet Michael Sutherland. He knows the REAL health secrets.

He’s known as “The Honest Health Man” – because Michael speaks the TRUTH, all based on the latest, cutting-edge scientific research. For example, did you know about the SINGLE VITAMIN that can make you virtually immune to almost all cancers and diseases – when taken at the right quantity?

Or how about the simple common vegetable that is set to become the next big diet craze? Eat more of these and the pounds will simply fall off.

Would YOU like to discover health secrets like these?

Good! Because Michael wants to share these health secrets with you NOW. So click on this link to discover even more.

Jar Packed Tapeworms?

Imagine something that can grow to the length of a hundred feet and still live inside your own body without you knowing a thing about it! Yuck, right?

The culprit is called tapeworms. While they’re more commonly found in dogs and other animals, if a human ingests them via an animal, they live and grow in our intestines. Perhaps you’ve heard people comment that a thin person must have tapeworms? Well, there’s a reason for that – they ingest the food you eat along with the calories.

Back in the early 1900s, jar packed tapeworms were used and sold as a product for weight loss:

Jar Packed Tapeworms Ad
Jar Packed Tapeworms Ad

 

“No diet, no baths, no exercise. FAT – the enemy that is shortening your life – BANISHED. How? With sanitized jar packed tapeworms.”

The product was legitimate and was referenced in a 1999 diabetes journal (page 6):

“Approaches to decreasing nutrient absorption date from the early 1900s, when diet treatment with  ‘sanitized tapeworms’ was widely advertised.”

While we don’t see this approach heavily advertised as it was “back in the day”, some people, amazingly enough, are still using, or trying to use tapeworms, to lose weight.  Tapeworms are legally sold and used for weight loss  in Mexico. Tapeworm importing or selling is illegal in the United States.

Jar Packed Tapeworms Have Dangerous Health Effects

But please don’t consider this approach. Ingesting tapeworms is like giving yourself a horrible stomach virus. Jar packed tapeworms may actually eat your food, but while doing that, they also eat the nutrients from your foods, which can cause malnourishment. Plus, if you’re considering this approach to become thinner, know that the damage they cause can lead to a grotesque, fluid-filled belly.

Jar packed tapeworms can cause dangerous blockages. They can burrow through your intestines and into your blood stream until they eventually imbed themselves into muscles where they form a cyst. Your heart is a muscle and if one of these cysts gets into it, it can cause pain and even death.

Don’t think of jar packed tapeworms as a weight loss aid! They can be very dangerous.

Calorie Cutting Food Swaps

Calorie Cutting High Calorie Foods
Calorie Cutting High Calorie Foods

Calorie Cutting Food Swaps

If you are looking to succeed on a weight loss diet plan, take a look at some simple ways you can reduce your calorie intake. If you can do this, you can make faster progress without feeling like you’re on a very strict diet.

For many, there are some very small adjustments they could make to their normal diet that would have a huge impact on fat loss.

By taking the time to learn some calorie cutting secrets, you can see for yourself just how powerful they can be.

How about a few quick calorie cutting food swaps to think about?

Calorie Cutting Swap: Granola For Oatmeal

The first great swap to make is to exchange out your usual bowl of granola in the morning for some oatmeal instead. Oatmeal is high in fiber and completely sugar free, which cannot be said for most granola cereals.

By choosing oatmeal, you can easily save yourself 200-300 calories in the process.

Calorie Cutting Swap: Beef For Fish

Consider exchanging fish for beef. While beef is a good protein source, fish would be a superior option.

Fish is lower in calories and fat, so when you’re really trying to get the weight off quickly, it’ll help you get there faster.

Allow beef once per week to help keep your iron intake up, but then have fish or chicken the remaining nights instead.

Calorie Cutting Swap: Juice For Real Fruit

Exchange juice for real fruit. Juice is very high in calories and will produce a rather rapid spike in blood glucose levels due to the lack of fiber it contains, while real fruit is the opposite.

Real fruit is going to be high in fiber and nutrients and will fill you up much more quickly and help to keep you satisfied. Many people make the mistake of thinking that juice is a very healthy selection, but that’s not the case.

Calorie Cutting Swap: Pasta For Spaghetti Squash

Finally, the last swap that you should consider adding into your diet plan is spaghetti squash for pasta. Pasta can be a high calorie food that is easy to overeat. If you want to maintain that reduced calorie intake for faster weight loss, then squash is the superior choice.

Squash can be eaten in much the same way as any pasta, but can shave off 200 calories or more from that meal.

So there are a few quick and easy swaps that you can start making today. They won’t really change the overall meal that you’re having. They just change the total calorie content and help you move closer to your end goal.

Sometimes it’s the smallest changes that can make the biggest difference!

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Harmful Weight Loss Supplements

Harmful Weight Loss Supplements

There are many very good weight loss supplements available in today’s weight loss market. All natural supplements can be extremely helpful in anyone trying to lose weight. However, as with all good things come the bad.

Trying to figure out which weight loss supplements are safe and which are not? In the arena of weight loss supplements, there are some key ingredients and factors you can be on the lookout for.

Harmful weight loss supplements include those with ephedra.
Harmful weight loss supplements include those with ephedra.

Ephedra is the biggest villain. Many over-the-counter and prescription weight loss supplements contain ephedrine alkaloids. This is an amphetamine type compound with potentially lethal stimulant effects on the central nervous system and heart.

This type of pill does stimulates your body to raise your heart rate. This creates an effect that will cause your body to burn more calories just to keep your heart rate elevated. This is how it helps you lose weight. But  what is this doing to your heart?

Most cases of injury and even death reported to the FDA in relation to these supplements involved heart attacks or high blood pressure. Some led to bleeding in the brain or stroke. Possible adverse effects of ephedrine range from:

  • Heart attack.
  • Stroke.
  • Seizures.
  • Psychosis.
  • Death.

Clinically less significant effects that could indicate potential for more serious effects include:

  • Dizziness.
  • Headache.
  • Gastrointestinal distress.
  • Irregular heartbeat.
  • Heart palpitations.

Ingredients to Avoid

Ingredient panels on these products may list things such as ma huang, Chinese ephedra, ma huang extract, ephedra, ephedra sinica, ephedra extract, ephedra herb powder, or epitonin. All of these indicate a source of ephedrine.
Some of the more popular ephedra fat burners you may have tried or heard of include:

  • Twin Lab’s Ripped Fuel.
  • Xenadrine.
  • Stacker 2 and 3.
  • Muscle Tech’s Hydroxycut.
  • Pro Lab’s Thermothyrolean.

Unless the fat burner explicitly says ephedra free then it more than likely contains ephedra. Instead of these dangerous weight loss supplements, consider truly all natural ones such as:

Acai Berry (pronounced “ah-sigh-ee”)

ACAI Fat Burn is safe. It contains no stimulants. No jittery, nervous feeling often associated with diet pills. Acai is  quick acting and requires no prescription. It also acts as an effective and gentle colon cleanser.

The Acai berry is a small grape-sized berry that grows in the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil.  Doctors, scientists, nutritionists and countless media outlets rave about its nutritional qualities and health benefits.

Hoodia Gordonii

Studies were conducted by scientists at the South African Center for Scientific and Industrial Research. Hoodia gordonii contains an amazing molecule that kills the appetite and attacks obesity. It is organic, and has no known side effects. The previously unknown molecule, named P.57, is up to 100,000 times more powerful than glucose in ‘fooling’ the brain into believing you are full. It can even stop you from thinking about food! Recommended: Super Hoodia

Staying Slim – with Vinegar?

Staying Slim – With Vinegar?

Yup, with vinegar! This gem could very well be the world’s oldest cooking ingredient.

Vinegar Dressing
Vinegar Dressi

Researchers in Japan report that consuming about 3 teaspoons a day can help reduce the accumulation of body fat and reduce body weight.

So reach for a kosher pickle, or sneak some into your diet in these delicious ways.

    • Use seasoned vinegar in place of salad dressing. They’re sweet enough that you don’t need to add oil. Try flavored versions like:
      • A l’Olivier French Extra Virgin Olive Oil (can be purchased on Amazon.com).
      • Passion fruit.
      • Tomato.
      • Raspberry.
      • Rig.
    • Make a cucumber salad. Toss thinly sliced seedless cucumbers with rice wine vinegar and a drizzle of sesame oil. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, salt and pepper.
    • Garnish your next martini with pickled okra, pickled caper berries, or a pickled onion.

Vinaigrette

And, of course we also have vinaigrette. Vinaigrette is usually stored and served in a small, ornamental bottle or box for holding aromatic vinegar. Foods, such as asparagus or artichoke, are frequently served with vinaigrette sauce. If you enjoy vinaigrette, we share with you how you can create Custom Made Vinaigrette.

Did you know?

You can keep cheese fresh longer by wrapping it in a vinegar-soaked cloth and keeping it in a sealed container.

When poaching eggs, a teaspoon of vinegar added to the water can prevent separation. When boiling eggs, add some vinegar to the water to prevent white from leaking out of a cracked egg.

Soak fish in vinegar and water before cooking for a tender, sweeter taste.

Rub vinegar on the cut end of uncooked ham to prevent mold.

Folk Medicine, Too?

Folk practitioners used vinegar as a cure for fevers, as an astringent for nose bleeding, and as a gargle (Meyer 1975). Apple cider was used for colds, arthritis, fungal skin infections, hair and scalp problems, insect bites, and itching (Maiscott 2000).

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Focus on Fruit Servings

Focus on Fruit Servings

Fruit servings include any fruit or 100 percent fruit juice. Fruits may be fresh, frozen, canned or dried. Foods in this group provide important nutrients such as potassium, folate, vitamin C and fiber and may help reduce the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers.

For maximum nutrient richness and great taste, pick a variety of colorful fruits.

Fruit Servings
Fruit Servings

 

  1. Fill your cart with brightly colored fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, oranges, apricots, kiwifruit, cantaloupe, watermelon and red, green and purple grapes.
  2. Choose fresh fruits in season when they’re less expensive and most flavorful. Ask produce department staff which fruits are in season now.
  3. Stock up on canned and frozen fruits when they are on sale.
  4. Avocado is a fruit, too. Top your salad with a few slices or pair it with an exotic fruit such as mango for a refreshing fruit salsa.

Ready Made Snack Fruits

Get your fruit fast. Fruits come in a variety of convenient options that need little or no preparation.Fruits and Vegetables

  • Select easy-to-eat fresh fruits such as apples, bananas, oranges, plums, peaches and grapes.
  • Pick up pre-cut packages of melon, pineapple or fruit salad.
  • Buy bags of frozen blueberries, strawberries, peaches and mangoes to use in smoothies, muffins and desserts.
  • For on-the-go options, stock up on dried fruits such as raisins, cranberries and apricots, unsweetened applesauce cups, single-serve fruits canned in water or 100 percent fruit juice.
  • Buy single-serve containers of 100 percent fruit juice for lunches.
  • Try frozen 100 percent fruit juice bars for a refreshing dessert.

Strawberry Juice Beverage

Make Smart Calorie Choices

Get the most nutrition for the fewest calories from your fruits.

  • Shop for fruits that are fresh, frozen without added sugar or canned in water.
  • To reap the benefits of dietary fiber, choose whole or cut-up fruit most often.
  • Select fruit juices labeled as 100 percent fruit juice, such as orange juice or grapefruit juice.
  • Use the Nutrition Facts label to compare the calories in fruits canned in water, 100% fruit juice, light syrup and heavy syrup, and to check the serving size and calories for dried fruits.

 

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