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Obesity Surgery Becomes Option for More People


It is a fact that one of the biggest problems that are faced by a lot of people nowadays is obesity. Because of the food that we eat, the lifestyle we choose to live, and because of the lack of sufficient information, most people are led to believe that what they do does not affect their health. And due to the growing cases of obesity all over the world, and because some cases of obesity are so severe that no exercise or medicine is enough to get rid of all of the stored fats, experts have come up with a solution called weight loss surgery.

Weight loss surgery has been the last resort of people who are extremely obese from the time it was introduced in the field of medicine up to the present. But there are some qualifications that need to be satisfied by the patient before he is accepted for surgery. First, they should have gone an extensive exercise and diet program for weight loss. And if they have failed, they will be weighed and should have BMI (body mass index) of 40 and up to qualify for the procedure. Doctors will also accept those who have a BMI of 35, provided that they have a serious health predicament which is associated with obesity like high blood pressure or obesity.

But because of the growing number of obesity cases which are caused by newly introduced substances present in the food that we eat, medical experts are finding it harder and harder to control the situation. This is why a pharmaceutical company called Allergan has proposed to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lower their qualifications for people who are obese in order for them to be able to undergo weight loss surgery called the lap-band system. The company has proposed that the qualifications be lowered for obese people with no health problems from a BMI of 40 to 35, while those qualifications of people with obesity associated health concerns are lowered from a BMI of 35 to 30.

Based on statistics, it is reported that almost 20% of adults have BMIs ranging from 30 and 35, which is more than twice of those who have BMIs of over 35. And of that 20%, half of them have health problems associated with obesity. Experts agree that surgery is the only method where a lot of obese people can lose weight. These experts also stated that their lives can also be lengthened when they undergo weight loss surgery.

The new method called lap-band surgery is highly recommended compared to the gastric bypass surgery because it is cheaper and it can be reversed, but you can only lose up to 20% of your total weight with lap-banding which is lesser than gastric bypass. But even if this is the case, once this appeal of Allergan has been approved by the FDA, the statistics alone will tell you that the number of people who will depend on weight loss surgery would dramatically increase.

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Self Hypnosis for Weight Loss Is it Effective


Self Hypnosis can be effective when it is accompanied by other weight loss regimens such as a healthy diet and regular exercise because there aren’t enough scientific studies that show a significant effect of hypnosis in weight loss. Studies showing weight loss through hypnosis lacks in findings that leads to its correlation.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a mental state often induced by another person through a series of instructions. In the early times hypnosis is seen as a person in a sleep-like state but modern research shows that undergoing hypnosis is a wakeful state with a focused attention. The subject is instructed of imaginative experiences while being induced to hypnosis. Many will picture a pendant locket being swayed in front of the subject’s face for the eyes to follow leading to a hypnotic trance called the James Braid’s Original Eye-Fixation Hypnotic Induction Method.

Hypnosis used for weight loss is not magic and will not happen instantaneously. But constant instruction to the mind to avoid eating and to engage in exercise can produce effects. You can do self hypnosis wherein you control your appetite and encourage yourself to do exercise.

Here are steps for weight loss hypnosis

  1. Lie down with your eyes closed. Try to relax the body and clear your mind.
  2. Avoid sleeping as you will need to be willfully awake for the hypnosis.
  3. Take 3 to 5 long breaths with slow pacing. Relax the body starting from your toes up to the tip of your hair.
  4. Slowly instruct yourself of ways you will do to lose weight. Suggestions will vary like “I will not eat more than 1 cup of rice at every meal”, “I love fresh fruits and vegetables”, “I will go to the gym to exercise daily”, “I will avoid junk foods” an etc.
  5. Set your body clock to do hypnosis everyday.
  6. Stay on your back and start resuming deep breaths in intervals and gradually stop the activity.

Hypnosis is effective if you will incorporate a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Hypnosis will be a good source of motivation for you to stick to your weight loss goals through adapting a healthy lifestyle. In using hypnosis you must realize that you do not need to pretend that you are thin.

Pretending and positive thinking are two different things. Accept who you are and love your body even if you are overweight. Instead of thinking that you need to lose pounds because you don’t look good and attractive try to change your mindset into losing weight to feel healthy and light. Increase awareness of what you eat and avoid overeating. Try to practice hypnosis at regular intervals in the day. Motivate yourself into getting in shape and losing those excess pounds. Be patient for results will not be quickly seen.

Hypnosis will give you the self confidence you need to go through the steps you need to take in order to lose weight and achieve your desired results.

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A Guide to Weight Loss for New Mothers


Pregnancy was a tough time that mothers went through, especially for new one. Now after giving birth to the baby, the real challenge begins. This means having to wake up in the middle of sleep to feed the baby or change wet diapers. New mothers still don’t know what to do during pregnancy. That is why most of them gain weight more than the usual. What seem to bother them the most is how to have their pre-pregnant body back.

Here are some of the ways on how new mothers can lose weight safely after giving birth:

  • Eat small portions of meals as often as you can during the day. This is much better than eating three meals in large portions. In this way you don’t starve yourself too much and you are still getting the right amount of nutrients needed to give you energy especially that are you are taking care of your new baby.
  • Breastfeed. Breastfeeding burns calories and in no time you will notice that you are slowly going back to your pre pregnant body weight. It helps the mother burn as much as 6000 calories every day especially for exclusive breastfeeding mothers. Breast feeding mothers can see that there hip measurements is slowly reducing month by month. This is because breast feeding is proven to work just the same as an hour of aerobic exercise.
  • Have a balanced diet. Have ample amount of protein, carbohydrates, and eat more fruits and vegetables. They are good for the metabolism and you can eat them with no limit. You feel full without feeling much guilt. Do not worry much on your food intake as the baby consumes 500 calories of them during breastfeeding. Excessive dieting is not recommended when you are breastfeeding as it can result to loss of the essential nutrients that your baby needs.
  • Drink lots of water. This will help you fell full throughout the day. Water is very good to detoxify the body.
  • Exercise. Exercise is not limited to doing cardio work outs or aerobic sessions. You can do activities with the baby that can serve as a form of exercise and your time to bond as well. Walk with your baby around the neighborhood, this will keep both you and the baby connected and a perfect time to unwind as well. If you have time then you can always hit the gym to exercise or just exercise at home by following instructional DVD materials.

New mothers won’t have a hard time losing the extra weight because it normally goes down especially when she is doing her duties as a full time mother.

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Better Life with Goji Berries


Over the years the world that we live in has become less friendly to us. The air that once pure is not filled with harmful gases that cause respiratory diseases, the waters that used to be pure are now dirty that we have to rely on water purifiers to make it potable, and the foods that we eat are grown with too much pesticides and are sometimes genetically modified. They cause threat to our health making us more prone to diseases. That is why becoming healthy is like a daily struggle for most of us; it is very hard to be healthy in the present times.

But there is not much to worry. Mother Nature has its way of helping us to be healthy and away from illness. There are a lot of plants and herbs that offer us health benefits and prevent the occurrence of diseases. That is why it is to no wonder why a natural medicine is a growing business because a lot of people have realized its effectiveness in attaining a better and healthier life.

Not all of us may know that Goji berry is one of nature’s gifts to mankind in terms of helping to be healthy. Goji berries are colored bright red orange fruit that has a distinct sweet taste. Also known as the Chinese wolfberry, this fruit is known for both medicinal and culinary properties. In the kitchen, it is used as a spice and food additive to add color on congees and noodles. Goji berries originated in China, but because of its usage it is now grown in most parts of the world including Europe.

Goji berries are more known for its medicinal properties rather than its culinary value. That is why it is to no wonder its usage is very common her in the Western world. Here are some of the health benefits of Goji berries and how can it contribute for better life:

  • Goji berries contain a lot of Vitamin C needed by the body to shield itself from infection and other diseases. The vitamin is also essential for maintaining good looking skin and the repair of damage cells and tissues. As a matter of fact, the Vitamin C content of goji berries is far greater than that of an orange.
  • Goji berries are good source of beta carotene needed to maintain healthy looking skin and eyes.
  • Goji berries contain iron needed to give the body energy.
  • Goji berries are good antioxidant needed by the body to get rid of harmful elements and toxins. This is very good in preventing cancer cells from developing in the body.
  • Goji berries are good for those who want to lose weight because it has properties that convert fat to energy. It also speeds up metabolism needed in maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Goji berries help males who are suffering from sexual dysfunction. It helps increase testerone needed for optimum sexual performance.
  • Goji berries have properties that helps calm the body needed to eliminate stress which is the main culprit for most diseases like cancer.

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Weight Loss: Smart Calorie Choices


Being overweight and obese won’t do any good to the body. It is associated with a lot of health conditions that could have been prevented from happening if a person maintains a healthy weight. Conditions like diabetes mellitus, hypertension, fertility, and even some cancers are all associated with weighing more than one should be. Because of those conditions a lot of people have decided to be healthy.

The first step to being healthy is to start losing weight. But shedding the extra pounds that you have is not easy as it seems. Temptation is everywhere. From those chocolates to meaty steaks, giving up your favorite food means so much sacrifice. That is why it is to no wonder why a lot of people who have tried dieting but failed.

The reason why a lot of fad diet fails to give long lasting effects is that it makes the dieters restricted of so many things especially the food that they loved. This in turn makes the person give up dieting and go back to its old eating habits. Making the person weighs more than he or she should be.

Good thing the smart calorie choice diet is introduced. Smart calorie choice is a type of diet that works by letting the person eat the food that he or she loves in smaller quantities so that cravings are satisfied and eating more on healthy options like cereals, fruits, and vegetables to get away with hunger. Smart calorie choice aims to balance the caloric intake and expenditure of the body so that the person won’t be weighing more than he or she should be.

Smart choice calorie is formulated by world renowned holistic dietician in the name of Maya Nahra. This diet plan believes that calories play a big role in either losing or gaining weight. Smart choice calorie diet is counting the calories that are found in every food you eat so that you won’t go overboard. When time wherein you cannot resist having extra bites over those sinful foods, then make sure the following day you burn what you eat the previous day. In this way you will be able to get rid of the calories you had accumulated from the previous feast.

For more information on the smart calorie diet, you can ask the help from the dietician and ask ways on how this diet plan will be applicable for you.

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Best Ways to Lose Pounds in 2011


At last the year has ended and the dawn of a new beginning is near. As 2011 unfolds before our eyes we get to thinking of all our goals and aspirations this coming year and the resolutions we have this New Year whether they are new ones or recycled from last year. Rest assured that most us has the weight loss included in the list of things to accomplish this year. Having been to many parties this holiday season most people surely gained a pound or two at the turn of the year and all those booze surely made our body wobbly and bloated over the past few days. Now that all the fun and merry making is over it is time to start the New Year right by losing all those excess pounds gained over the last weeks of the year that has been. Here are some of the best ways to lose those unwanted fats and get back to a diet regimen that will surely start the year right into a healthy and positive lifestyle.

  • Start the morning with fruit juice. In the process of losing weight and undesirable fat drinking lukewarm fruit juice not only freshens up the day but will also give your metabolism a boost. Add a teaspoon of honey for a flavorful drink to enjoy as you start the day.
  • Eat five times a day instead of 3. Eating frequently in small quantities is better than eating 3 full meals a day. Space out your meal times in 5 small servings to keep you from getting hungry and avoid binge eating that can add up to those calories. Maintain a nutritious meal in the morning and keep your dinner light preferably with soup or salad.
  • Drink plenty of water. Water will keep your body hydrated and will improve digestion which can further help in weight loss.
  • Eat a balanced diet. Eating healthy entails preparing a diet that is balanced with necessary nutrients that comprises of fruits, vegetables and moderate meat. Avoid foods that are rich in fats and oils. Avoid fast food favorites like burgers, fries, alcohol, doughnuts, and pizza. Consume moderate protein from eggs, chicken and lean meat.
  • Increase physical activity. Exercise by doing brisk walking, jogging at the park or running in a field. Dieting alone will only leave you feeling weak and deprived risking the tendency to binge when craving for food. The best way for a sexy body that is lean and healthy is through exercise. Start moderately by brisk walking and then increase intensity slowly into jogging. Remember that the faster your heart beats when you work out and exercise the faster you’ll lose those excess calories that have sits comfortably on your thighs and love handles.
  • Meditation is also helpful in helping you attain your goals in the year 2011. Some people disregard the power of meditating but only a few knows that it is truly powerful especially if done right. Meditation can bring you inner peace and will help you stay positive and motivated which is helpful in sticking to your weight loss goals.

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Weight Loss and Protein Bars


Many of us want to lose the excess weight especially after this holiday season where parties are everywhere and yummy dishes are served on the table. But the problem is, we often feel hungry all the time when in a low caloric diet. One way where you can feel full without eating an enormous amount of calories from food intake is by munching on protein bars.

Protein bars are very popular for people who go to the gym and for those who don’t have time to sit down and have a meal. These protein bars are mini meals on the go wherein an individual is given with much protein enough to sustain him for energy expenditure for a given time, and the good thing about it is it has less calories but since it has high protein it satisfies your appetite and will keep you from feeling hungry.

Eating protein bars is not effective when you do not engage yourself in regular exercise as you need to burn the protein for it still has calories from sugar and fats and you don’t want that accumulating in the body for it will result to more weight gain rather than losing weight. Protein bars instead can help you gain more muscles and with enough exercise these muscles will replace the fats that are burned in the body which will give you a leaner, toned and well shaped body you’ve been eyeing for. Now you can purchase those sleek and sexy jeans to wear for a party without worrying of the excess bulges that might show.

There are various kinds of protein bars in the market today and they vary in the composition of protein, fats and calories and it comes with different flavors you can choose from. Follow these tips in choosing the right protein bar for you.

  • Choose protein bars that are low in carbohydrates and less sugar so it will not contradict with your weight loss regimen.
  • Pick a protein bar that has 4 to 6 grams of fiber with only 150 to 225 calories.
  • It is helpful to have protein bars fortified with vitamins and minerals to supplement your nutritional requirements especially if you are planning to replace a meal.
  • Pick bars that have low saturated fat and avoid those that have palm oil or transfat.
  • Read the label information on the protein bars you are planning to buy and be cautious for added herbal ingredients as you may not be sure of their safety for ingestion. These added ingredients unknown to you may cause an allergic reaction therefore see to it that you thoroughly inspect the nutritional values and ingredients list.

Protein bars yummy and delicious treats that can replace snacks but make sure that you are still getting the right amount of nutrients for your everyday needs by adding some fresh fruits or juice with your protein bar. Consume the protein bar with an adequate amount of water before you start your workout for the protein to be absorbed fully.

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Reasons Why You Are Not Losing Weight


Have you wondered why despite all the efforts you have done, you are still not losing the extra weight you have always wanted? There are a lot reasons why you are still not in your target shape. Here are the reasons why:

  • You are doing the fad diets.

Fad diets offer nothing but false hopes. While following fad diet plans you may lose weight, but keeping the weight would be a great challenge. As one tries to starve self to death, there will be a time wherein your body will find good again. As the body is deprived, it will crave for more food and before you know it you are eating far more than what you should eat, hence gaining your lost weight back.

  • You are under stress!

People who are stressed would have a hard time losing weight. When under stress, the metabolism slows down. It is a known fact that those who have slow metabolism will surely have a hard time losing weight. Also when under stress the body releases the hormone cortisol that makes the body store fats instead of getting rid of them. If you want to surely lose weight, then stay out of stress.

  • Salads

You may find confidence because you are eating salads most of the time. What you don’t know is that not all salads are healthy to it. Some are made with heavy dressings that and are full of fat. So instead of helping you lose weight, it then add up to your current weight.

  • Sleep

Those people who are not having enough sleep are prone to be fat because the stores fat more than it normally does. Less sleep has the same effects as stress to the body.

  • You don’t exercise.

Even if you have dieting to death but still you are still the same old couch potato that you used to then certainly you will never lose weight. Being inactive slows the metabolism down making one have a hard time in losing weight.

  • You don’t have enough will power.

Getting in to the body you want cannot be achieved overnight. It takes a lot of hard work and discipline to get what you want and that is to lose weight. Others are often down hearted when they do not see immediate results and then they give up and continue eating a lot and being a couch potato again.

Patience and the right attitude is the key towards your goal of attaining your desired body!

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