Using Exercise to Overcome Obesity

Exercise is an important part of overcoming obesity. There are many ways to exercise. It is important to start small and gradually increase intensity so as not to injure yourself.

First, you have to decide if you want to focus on cardio or strength training. Because of its focus on fat burning, those who are obese are often encouraged to focus on cardio initially. Cardio workouts raise the heart rate so that the body is able to burn fat efficiently. Strength training focuses on building muscle, which increases the amount of fat burn while you are resting. Because they complement each other, most exercise programs incorporate both strength training and cardio.

Because a trip to the gym can be intimidating, many choose to exercise from the comfort of their own home. You can use equipment as simple as milk jug or soup cans for weight to an in-home gym that can often be purchased for a reasonable price. A recumbent bike is a good investment when beginning a workout regimen because it is gentle on the knee joints. An exercise ball is also a good investment. The ball can be used to increase balance, stability, and abdominal strength. After becoming comfortable with the exercise ball, you can move on to more advanced moves that provide a total body workout.
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Is Obesity Contagious

It seems absurd to believe that obesity is contagious. After all, haven’t we been told that obesity is the result of poor food choices and lack of exercise? How in the world could obesity be contagious?

There are some researchers who believe that human adenovirus is partly responsible for the obesity epidemic. The theory that a virus could cause obesity began when a scientist noticed that chickens infected with an avian adenovirus were fatter than those chickens that were not infected. This was most interesting because some who were studying the human obesity explosion were becoming suspicious that more than poor diet and lack of exercise were causing humans to gain girth. The human adenovirus AD-36 has been found in obese humans. Studies with animals show that while not all human adenoviruses cause obesity in animals, there are several that do.

There also seems to be yet another risk factor for obesity. Research has shown that obesity can be socially contagious. It seems that if you spend too much time with others who are obese, your chances of becoming obese rises. This means that your family and friends can make you fat simply by association. Supposedly, your risk of obesity increases 57% if you have a friend who becomes obese. If it is a sibling that is obese, the risk increases by 40%. Chances of becoming obese increase to 37% if your spouse becomes obese. The study found that risk was higher for same gender friends or family than for opposite gender friends and family. If this study is valid, the good news is that it works the same way for weight loss. When friends or family begin losing weight, it motivates you to lose weight also.

Whether either of these studies is valid is unknown. However, just to be safe, it might be a good idea to add hand washing to the list of ways to prevent obesity. Being mindful of the potential to gain weight as your friends and family gain weight might also serve as a protection in avoiding obesity. Since much of the data from both studies viewed as purely speculation, it is not known with any certainty that obesity is contagious.

Liquid Weight Loss Diets

A Necessary Evil?

In this superficial age where thin is in, there are multifarious liquid weight loss diets that you can find. Here are some popular low- calorie, low-fat ones which I suggest you only use in times of emergency. Having to fit into your wedding gown in one week is probably the only reason I will accept.

The Cabbage Soup diet lasts for one week. The name is pretty self-explanatory. You can have all the soup you want till you thoroughly abhor it. There are no restrictions on vegetables, fruits (except bananas. However, Day Four is the day you eat not less than eight bananas so you can get sick of it. Sadistic huh?) and non-sweetened fluids. However, there is a very limited set of strictly- stipulated foods for everyday of the week. This maybe a healthy alternative to a week of junk but it may backfire when you swear never to touch vegetable or its soups in your life after this.

If you are one who must have some solid food to sustain you, steer clear of this weight loss plan. This is an extremist liquid weight loss diet as it allows no food at all for 10 days! Yucks! Its formula: an eclectic blend of spring water, lemon juice, organic maple syrup and cayenne pepper. You take this about 10 times a day, along with 1 glass each of laxative tea and salt water. This formula is actually meant as a detoxification regime but people use it as a diet too. This is absolutely crazy and the logic behing this diet goes against common sense. If you are as insane as to want to take up this programme, I suggest you book a flight to Africa. You wil not be alone when you starve to death.

The Grapefruit diet is a 12-day liquid weight loss diet. You get to have your fill of black coffee, vegetables and meat as long as you have grapefruit or its juice to go with your three meals. It is also compulsory to have eggs and bacon every morning! Though this seems the most sustainable of all diets, be warned, as studies have found that excess consumption of the fruit may increase the risk of breast cancer. Second, having so much butter, bacon and eggs everyday may defeat your purpose of dieting since you might die of high cholesterol or clogged arteries instead. I also do not understand the logic of some of its ‘rules’. First, you can eat all the meat ‘till you are stuffed’ Second, you can have all the butter you want and even have your vegetables with them. I do not think it is unnecessary to explain why I find these ridiculous. It seems like its creators were woozy in the head from dieting when they came up with this regime.

Overall, I am personally quite appalled at the multifarious liquid weight loss diets.
Common sense tells me that they are just never going to work if you are looking for a sustainable and healthy weight loss regime. One simply cannot get even half the required nutrients on a liquid diet. A personal take. Stay away from such crap. Period.

Rapid Weight Loss Diet

What You Need to In An Emergency

If you are actually reading this rapid weight loss diet, you are probably in a state of panic and considering liposuction (if the surgery and recuperation period did not take so darn long) Since the latter is cumbersome, I shall not hesitate giving you extreme tips since you are looking for a fast results weight loss plan and not a long lasting one. Now let’s cut the crap and get to the point.

Most important if you want to keep to your rapid weight loss diet plan, is not to let yourself stay too hungry for too long. This may sound queer advice but if you get too hungry, chances are you are going to overeat after that. You will most likely reach for a processed food product: easily available and able to give you almost instant energy and quell your growling tummy. To prevent this, always have some healthy snacks with you such as a fruit or container of cereal or nuts.

For the desperate dieter, you have to scrutinize everything that enters your mouth. Examine your liquid consumption. Do you reach for drinks with high sugar instead of good old zero calorie water? A can of soft drink has an average of 150 calories! Do not be fooled by fruit drinks either. Packaged ones are no better as they have lots of sugar and calories to preserve them. Bubble tea is also the first thing you throw out of the window when on a weight loss diet. The sago pearls that you happily slurp up with your bubble tea? These, are not little balls of joys. They are a dieter’s worst nightmare as they are purely made of sugar and starch..

Before you reach for a bite, have a glass of water as your body may sometimes mistake thirst for hunger. Not slim enough for your liking then do not eat! If you are that desperate, skip your meals for the day and have meal replacement as part of your rapid weight loss diet. Remember not to drink to much water too as it will leave you bloated. Do this only for the day because if you do this for long, your body switches to ‘starvation mode’. It is fooled into thinking that you do not have food and will try to conserve calories. This results in a lower metabolic rate and a tubbier you.

Last but not least, one thing you should never do on a rapid weight loss plan. Never write about a weight loss plan. Writing or thinking about food (or in this case, the lack of food) fires up your salivary glands, gastric juices and sets your tummy churning in no time. Yours truly has had to endure uncontrollable bouts of hunger just bringing this piece of article to you, So you can rest assured that the given suggestions are taken from experiences. Nonetheless, take note that not every method works for everyone

The Sonoma Diet and the Mediterranean Diet: How alike are they really?

Believe it or not there are two diets out there where you could lose weight without counting calories, or giving up carbs. This is the basis behind the Sonoma Diet.

The Sonoma diet claims to be structured after the Mediterranean Diet but geared more toward weight loss results. In fact some people even confuse the two diets and think of them as one and the same, but there are a few key differences.

While both promote portion control, calorie control and believe in the theory that good food should be enjoyed, the similarities stop there. Yes you can eat carbs on both diets, but the Sonoma Diet is structured similar to Atkins and South Beach. Instead of being called phases though, the Sonoma diet refers to it as Waves. Wave 1 is designed to kick your sugar habit and forbids fruit or alcohol for ten days. Most people experience rapid waste loss in those first ten days and that usually motivates them to stay on wave one longer than they should.
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The Six Week Body Makeover: Can it Live up to its Promise?

Can a diet really help you lose up to thirty pounds in six weeks? Michael Thurmond seems to think his can in fact he offers a money back guarantee if you do not. With his six week body makeover program, people have been reprogramming their metabolism and losing weight with his aggressive weight loss program for over twenty years.
The first step to your make over is to fill out your body blueprint. With these questions you will be able to find out if you are a body type A, B, C, D or E. According to most reviews though most people wind up being body type A or B. Thurmond explains all of these body types and what foods will work best for you and what combination of foods will work best for you. You then can blueprint your body to tailor your strength training program to get the results that you need. Within six weeks you will have reprogrammed your body’s metabolism and can move on to the living lean program. Continue reading

The Low Carb Lifestyle

For almost the past decade we have been hearing the phrase “living the low carb life”. Many people have been losing weight by joining the low carb movement by following either the Atkins Diet or the South Beach Diet. Both of these diets have become so popular that you can not even go to a supermarket without seeing products specifically designed for them. So how do you know which of them is right for you? Both of these diets are the same but they are also very different.
For starters they both consist of three phases. A strict induction phase which should only last for two weeks. You will lose a dramatic amount of weight in those first two weeks because most carbs are forbidden. Due to this rapid weight lost, you might want to stay on the diet for longer than the recommended two weeks. After you complete this stage, both Atkins and South Beach have a second stage that will start reintroducing carbs into your life. This is meant to be the stage you are on until you lose all the weight you want. The last stage is what they both refer to as a maintenance stage. This last stage is the stage that will be followed once you have reached your goal weight.
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