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Shed Extra Pounds with Hypnotherapist Weight Reduction

Many people are now getting into hypnotherapy not just to enter a state of peace and tranquility. Believe it or not, many people nowadays are joining hypnotherapy for weight loss benefits. There are a lot of doubts and criticism towards the use of hypnotherapy as an effective weight loss regimen, let us try to know more about hypnotherapy and the claim that it can promote weight loss.

Losing weight is hard, as most of us know it first hand. The will power to commit to a low caloric diet can sometimes be a burden especially if you are the kind of person who loves food like sweets, pastries, meat and chips which are laden with fat, sugar and everything sinful to the mantra of weight reduction.

In hypnosis it is said that weight loss is all about the habits. It is not the food that makes us fat but the habit of eating too much that our body can consume through physical activities. With hypnosis you can learn new habits and replace the old ones with a healthy outlook and with a goal in mind to stay fit and healthy. It is suggesting that weight loss should be permanent and one should not go around in circles once the habit of eating becomes just right in proportion to what the body can expend through physical mobility or exercise.

It is an old belief and it holds true in most cases that what the mind thinks the body can achieve. By envisioning through conditioning the mind that these certain foods that you once are so fond of but are not quite healthy for you should not be consumed, your body will act on that thought and would refuse to eat such kinds of foods. If you will your mind to get up every morning and take a walk or jog around the park the body will follow and once you form a habit of doing this regular exercise everyday it will be yours forever until you decide on your own to break that habit.

So how do they do it? A hypnotherapist guides you in thinking of your weight loss goals and ways on how to attain it. You will just lie down, focus on what the hypnotherapist says with your eyes close and try to internalize every word that is said. Unconsciously your mind will begin to adapt and mimic what the hypnotherapist is saying to you and after the session you will feel a sense of purpose in knowing what you have to do in order to achieve your desired weight loss results. Most people find it more effective if they are listening or following a hypnotherapist to be their guide in hypnosis as they can concentrate more and avoid distractions in their own minds. They can focus on what the hypnotherapist is saying and maintain a relax mind and body. A hypnotherapist can reinforce positive thinking on weight loss and diet, encourage exercise and help you feel good about yourself.

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Natural and Artificial Ways to Increase Your Height

Height is might! That saying may not be applicable all the time, but partly it is true. When the person is tall, he or she stands out as compared to others who are not gifted with height. Whether in sports, modeling, show business, at work or in school, they have the so called edge.

Those persons who are not satisfied with what they have often result to a lot of things to add inches to their height. There are two different modalities used in trying to increase a person’s height. One can grow taller either by natural or artificial methods.

Natural methods are the best method to use when trying to improve one’s height. There is no need to worry on harmful side effects and it is absolutely free. What the person needs to invest is only dedication, hard work, and time. Here are some of the natural ways to increase a person’s height:

  • Exercise

Exercising does not just promote good health; it can also increase ones height. Daily stretching for thirty minutes can stretch the joints, ligaments, and the intervertebral disks. Regular stretching and exercise can add 2 to 4 inches to a person’s height. Another form of exercise that can increase the height is yoga. Yoga does not just maintain the balance of the mind and the body; it can also help add up to ones height.

  • Eat the right kinds of food.

Protein rich foods should be present in every meal as it is the building blocks of the body. There should also be ample amount of carbohydrates, fats, and other minerals as a balanced diet is needed for the body to obtain maximum function. When you eat nutritious foods you are getting the right amount of nutrients need for growth and development. By this, the body releases human growth hormone that helps one to become taller.

  • Have adequate time of rest and sleep.

When your body is fully rested during sleep, it releases growth hormone that is responsible for the person’s height. Although there are claims that say that sleep should be 8 hours long so that one can grow tall, the length of sleep does not matter. What matters is the quality of sleep that the person has. It is only through deep and uninterrupted sleep that growth hormones are released and function.

Artificial method is another method used in increasing ones height. But it is not much advised unless with the supervision of a doctor as it can give harmful side effects to the body. However due to the advancement of modern technology that ensures safety, these methods are already widely used. Various methods included in adding a person’s heights the artificial way are:

  • Growing Pills and Supplements

There are many growth hormone supplements available in the market today. It works by stimulating the pituitary gland to produce growth hormone that increases the person’s height. Other supplements have Chorella Growth Factor (CGF) that promotes growth and development for people under 22 years old. CGF is mostly added to multivitamins preparation for children. CGF does not offer any harmful side effects.

  • Height Increase Surgery

Also known as cosmetic limb lengthening surgery is done to correct dwarfism and those born with unequal length of limbs. The procedure is quite complicated and is expensive. But the person can undoubtedly increase ones height by undergoing surgery.

Although ones height can give a lot advantages to the person, the one who lacks height should not be broken hearted. After all a person’s worth is not measured on how tall he or she is.

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The Importance of Retaining Hydration During Workouts

Water is life! Those words may be used oftentimes but it is true. It is considered to be one of the most important components needed for human survival.  Water plays a big role in the body’s functions from the smallest cell to the largest organ. Some of the important functions of water include:

  • Water aids in regulating the body’s temperature.
  • Water helps in flushing out toxins and harmful elements in the body thru sweating and urinating.
  • Water transport nutrients and oxygen to the body’s cells and tissues.
  • Water protects the joints from tearing and injury.

Hydration is defined as having the right amount of water in the tissues needed for survival. During workouts and physical exercise, staying hydrated is just as important. When there is enough water in the body while working out, the person can perform exercises effectively and there are lesser chances for cellular injury to occur.

During work outs and great physical activities, the body losses water and nutrients excreted thru sweating. When the body is deprived of the much needed fluids, dehydration can happen. Dehydration happens when there is more water excreted out of the body thru sweat, bowel movements, and urination rather and there is lesser or no amount of water getting inside of the body. People doing exercises are highly at risk for dehydration especially if they are exercising in a very hot environment and they failed to bring water and other forms of liquid with them.

Due to intense sweating brought about by a vigorous work out, electrolytes are expelled out of the body. Electrolytes are very important as it maintains cellular function and balance. When salt and other minerals are excreted, the body weakens. The person can experience muscle cramps and headache while exercising. Others who are severely dehydrated while working out can collapse which can lead to more serious injuries.

It is a must to drink a lot of water before exercising so that there is more than amount of water in the body. When working out in the gym, make sure that you have a water bottle within reach so that you can grab a drink if you are already sweating a lot. When walking, always have a bottle of water placed in your back packs. Water will serve as your fuel especially on walking long distance.

Aside from water, sport energy drinks are also good sources to keep one hydrated. Most of these drinks have added electrolytes and come in different flavors. All of these drinks play a big role in retaining hydration during workouts.

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Myth Busting: Top 5 Dieting Myths You Should Know

In trying to lose weight we often hear a lot of advices regarding the best ways to lose fat and build muscles. We hear them everywhere, from friends and families, from our co-workers, gym buddies, trainers and even our colleagues. In the discussion of weight loss it cannot be avoided to share experiences, tips and advice to a fellow enthusiast who wants to start shedding some pounds. Especially if it has worked effectively for one person, what he did will start to spread like fire. But what most of us don’t realize is that a weight loss regimen or a diet program may not always be effective for everyone. It can produce significant results to a particular individual but when another person attempts to go through that same diet regimen he may not achieve the desired results.

With all the information on fad diets and exercise programs that promises weight loss results we are left confounded as to what is true and what is likely to be a myth. To help in making the right choices to your workout and diet program here are the top 5 dieting myths you should be aware of.

Myth #1 Stay away from Carbohydrates

Eliminating carbohydrates in your diet will leave you weak and weary to do daily activities. Carbohydrate is the fuel of the body to produce energy necessary for bodily functions and for us to move about. Don’t eliminate carbohydrates in your diet instead eat less carbohydrates and increase physical activity to lose weight. Caloric intake should always be less than energy expenditure.

Myth # 2 Exercises that targets fat reduction on specific areas of the body

This is a common myth that once you do crunches everyday you’ll get lean abs. Even if you do numerous abdominal crunches for a prolonged period of time you wouldn’t see a nice 6 pack abs appearing any time soon. That is if you still continue to eat a high caloric diet without regular cardio exercise that burns the calories taken in twice as much. The body cannot be commanded to lose unwanted fats on a particular area. Generally when a person loses weight through diet and exercise, fat reduction on problematic areas like the mid section and thighs usually take longer to manifest.  It’s a simple formula of eating less, doing more exercise and adapting a healthy lifestyle altogether can bring results of weight loss.

Myth # 3 When there’s no pain there is no gain

This popular saying does not always hold true when trying to lose weight. After an intense work out you’ll feel sore after 24 to 48 hours. This is brought by the lactic acid that your muscles release from being stretched and worked out. Soreness and pain after exercise is expected but it does not necessarily prove you are doing it right. Pain experienced during working out might be a sign that you are overdoing it or could be an underlying condition that needs immediate medical assistance.

Myth # 4 Low Intensity Exercise is the best fat burner

Most people get this notion that the fat burning zone wherein you get the most benefit of your work out is when you are achieving the 120 beats per minute. Burning fat effectively depends on the ratio of caloric intake and physical activity above your normal heart rate. If you are consuming twice the normal daily caloric intake then you should be targeting a heart rate twice than the low impact cardio exercise to burn off the excess calories.

Myth # 5 Avoid in between snacks

We gain weight when we eat more food taking in loads of calories and being unable to use them up in physical activities. When we exercise we need food to fuel our muscles with energy. The body will not be able to burn the excess fat deposits when it does not have the energy to maintain constant heart rate that can effectively increase the body’s metabolism. Frequent small feedings should be practiced instead of avoiding snacks, cut down on meals and concentrate on eating in small quantity 5 to 6 times a day.

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How to Know If the Food You’re Buying is Really Low Fat?

Almost every product available out in the market today has its fat-free or low-fat version. But what do we really know about low-fat? What does it mean if it says low-fat? Many research studies reveal that a low fat diet is healthy and can help in preventing heart disease such as coronary artery diseases that leads to heart attack and stroke.

Fat is an essential part of our body along with protein and carbohydrates. Essential fatty acids are derived from fat in the food that we eat. These essential fatty acids are important in body functions like clotting, immune response and brain development. Fat also functions as a reserve for the body if it needs extra calories to be burned from continuous activity. Though fat deposits are generally not pretty to look at especially in the mid section of our abdomen and thighs it serves a significant purpose of insulating the body against cold environment. Fat also helps in maintaining a healthy glowing skin and a smooth flowing hair.

The bad effects of fat mainly come from the saturated kind. Saturated fats such as those found in dairy products, meat and plant sources can cause accumulation of fat deposits in the blood vessels that can produce blockage and puts an individual at high risk for heart attacks or stroke. It is a good thing that most people nowadays are aware of the undesirable effects of saturated fats and are slowly switching to healthier options. Since fat cannot be eliminated entirely in the diet for its nutritional value and also for the distinct taste and flavor it brings to our food, we do have the option to take control of how much fat we can take. Buying low fat versions of milk, cheese, and other dairy products can give you positive benefits in the long run.

To distinguish if the foods we buy are really low fat we need to be familiar with the terms used for their classification.

Calorie free Has less than 5 calories per serving
Fat free Has less than 0.5 grams of fat per serving
Lite Has only 1/3 fewer calories or no more than half of the fat of the original product
Low Fat Has only 3 grams of fat or lower
Low saturated fat Contains 1 gram of saturated fat or less


Something that says “lite” does not necessarily mean it’s healthy; it just contains fewer calories than the normal serving. It is important to read the nutritional facts label before believing what the front package says. Most of these low fat versions are packaged foods and normally contains a generous amount of sugar and sodium as preservatives. These can be misleading since consumers are made to believe that they are consuming less calories because of the low fat content but in reality the sodium and sugar substitutes are equally the same.

Eating foods that are low in fat will yield promising results if taken in moderation and coupled with regular exercise. Essential fats and good cholesterol can be found in sources like nuts, olive oil and fish.

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