Make Your Dream Body A Reality With These Ideas

Learning, can be half the battle of losing weight for some individuals. The proper techniques should be learned if you want to lose weight, in the most efficient manner possible. Fortunately, by reading some of the tips in the following article, you can learn these helpful methods to lose weight.

When eating out, avoid all fried foods if you’re serious about your weight. It may be ok to fry foods at home, but when you are in a restaurant you have no idea what kind of oils they use and what kind of flour they use. Stick to non-fried foods instead so you don’t ruin your diet.

One simple way to help with weight loss is to invite an extra guest to the dinner plate. Simply adding an extra vegetable will introduce a low-calorie dinner partner that literally, takes up more space on the plate, adds variety in taste and texture and leaves you less room for the high-calorie foods. Of course, it also helps if you eat your veggies first, when they’re nice and hot.

To help you lose weight, you should find some kind of exercise that you really enjoy and strive to get better at it. Doing something you enjoy will make you feel more positive about the activity and boost that all important motivation. It will also make you feel more confident and in control of your body, whatever your size.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially if you want to lose weight. When you wake up early and eat a full breakfast you allow your digestive system to wake up and start metabolizing food. This lets your body burn calories from the beginning of the day rather than from lunchtime onward.

If setting a goal for yourself doesn’t seem to be working, why not try joining a program like Weight Watchers? Not only do they have organized plans to keep you on track to losing weight, but you get the support of the other members to give you encouragement to keep going.

If you find yourself absolutely famished while away from home with no healthy and nutritious foods in sight, try this trick: Whether you go to a restaurant or through the drive-thru, order from the children’s menu. Not only is it cheaper, but the amount of food is generally closer to the actual recommended portion size for most adults.

Do you think you are eating healthy but the weight is still not coming off? Sugar may be the problem! Look for hidden sugar in your diet. Items that you would never think of as “sweet” foods, like spaghetti sauce and canned soups, often have loads of hidden sugar in them. Be sure to check the labels before you buy!

Now that you have learned some new methods to aid you in the battle to lose weight, you can begin to apply it in your daily lives. By sticking to what you have learned and constantly applying it, the weight can be lost. If you need to brush up, you can always go back and reread.

Is Hoodia all Hooey?

Is Hoodia all Hooey?

If you are like me the BS detectors go off when you see the words diet and pill anywhere near each other. Weight loss is a straight mathematical proposition. If you consume more calories than you burn – you gain weight. If you consume fewer calories than you burn – you lose weight. Weight loss works as certain as the laws of gravity. No exceptions. The chance of waking up in the morning to discover that pounds of fat have flown off your body is as likely as finding that your car has flown onto the roof of the nearest building.

So forgive my skepticism when a friend emailed me a BBC article (BBC. Tom Mangold. May 30, 2003) about a “Kalahari cactus diet.” I read it. I did a little more research. I’m convinced!

Even starving people don’t eat themselves to death because within the hypothalamus there are nerve cells that sense glucose sugar. Food consumption puts sugar into the blood stream. The sugar converts to glucose. The hypothalamus senses the change in glucose and eventually tells your brain that immediate survival is assured and that it’s OK to stop eating.

Well, this Kalahari cactus, called hoodia, has a molecule which scientists have named p.57 that is about 10,000 times more active in the hypothalmus than glucose.

That means that hoodia fires those glucose sugar nerve cells which makes your brain think you are full. You may not have eaten anything at all. And now you don’t even want to.

Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes (CBS) traveled to the Kalahari to do a show about hoodia. Stahl tried it. Said it tasted like cucumber and, most importantly, did not have any desire to eat or drink for the rest of the day. She reported there were no after effects or side effects.

Big pharma has jumped on this and maybe some day they will be able to synthesize p.57. But for now Mother Nature has not given up her secrets and the only way to benefit from what the BBC call “an organic pill that kills the appetite and attacks obesity” is to get natural hoodia from the Kalahari. There are plans to farm the plant but nobody knows for sure if commercially grown hoodia will have the same properties as the wild plant.

Apparently not all hoodia is equal. Only Hoodia gordonii has p.57. Other Kalahari cactus plants are…cactus. The US government and the South African government regulate the importation and harvesting of Hoodia gordonii. Only companies licensed by the Western Cape Conservation Authority of South Africa, and who have the Certificates to prove it, are selling the genuine article. As you would expect with something this valuable there are lots of exploiters so that Certificate of authenticity is important.

For populations where obesity is a legitimate national health concern, a natural, safe and effective appetite suppressant can’t be anything other than a good thing. You have to wonder about the longevity of the supply however.

For individual use there are other considerations. Your body needs a daily supply of protein and other nutrients to function normally and to stay healthy. Is Hoodia gordonii so powerful that you won’t eat even the minimal amounts? Or drink a healthy volume of water?