8 Tips For Losing Weight Safely

Below are the tips in losing weight safely.

1. Do not underestimate the power of water. As a human being, water is very essential for us to live. Yes we have to drink lots of water at least eight glasses per day to keep our body hydrated. Another good thing that water could give to our body is that it helps getting rid of the dirt, toxins and other harmful elements off from our body. It is suggested that you drink water every after you wok up early in the morning and every after meal.

2. “Greens are healthy”, this is the general rule in health. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits. If you want to get rid of those fats and calories, you have to eat at least 5 servings of veges and fruits that are rich in fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. Lessen eating sweets and ice creams. Make sure to remove the skin and fat of meats, poultry and fishes.

3. If you really want that model- type of body, I suggest that you adopt vegetarian diet. I am not saying that you jump into that diet instantly because I’m sure it is going to be hard for you especially if you are fond of eating meat. Start from eating more vegetables and eat less meat. Eventually, you will learn on how to control on your urge to eat meat and opt for veges and fruits.

4. If you are an out going person and you always eat on fast foods and restaurants,make sure to observe the portion size. Most restaurants serve more than one serving of pasta. You are only to eat one serving and you can  take home the leftover.

5. Skipping meals is not advisable. Most people who wants to lose weight immediately tend to skip their meals which is definitely a wrong move. If you want to lose  weight, eat 5 to 6 smaller meals instead of eating larger meals.

6. Processed foods are also unhealthy. According to food researches, processed foods contain elements that may be harmful to our body and it is also the major cause of health problems like obesity. Also, people who eat less processed foods lose weight faster than those who eat a lot of this kind of foods.

7. Losing weight may be difficult for you but that does not mean you refrain yourself from eating foods that you truly enjoy. Do not forget to treat yourself even once in a while. Remember that you want to lose weight because you want your body to be healthier and not to punish yourself. Treating yourself is part of the plan but do not forget to watch for the volume and the frequency.

Expect that you will find it hard in the process. It takes a lot of patience and self- discipline to achieve the body you really want. Remember that there is no instant result overnight.

Do You Know Enough About Diabetes?

However, here’s the good news: Diabetes can be managed. For this reason, knowing and understanding what it is and what causes it is the key towards managing it.

What Is Diabetes?

diabetesDiabetes is the disorder of the endocrine system and it happens when the blood sugar levels in the body is above normal and stays that way all the time.

Diabetes happens for two reasons. One, it can happen when the body is unable to make insulin, and this is called Type 1 Diabetes. Two, diabetes happens when the body does not respond to the effects of insulin, and this is called type 2 diabetes. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. It also allows the body to use sugar, also termed glucose, for energy.

There are also situations when diabetes emerges during pregnancy and this is called gestational diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes happens when the beta cells or the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas are damaged by the immune system. In this condition, people who have type 1 diabetes must use insulin injections in order to control their blood sugar.

Type 1 diabetes may happen at any age, but generally, people under 20 years old are the common sufferers of this type of diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes happens for two reasons: one is when the body continues to produce insulin but the insulin produced is not enough, and two is when the body is unable to recognize the insulin and use it properly. Without enough insulin, or when the insulin is not used as it should be, glucose fails to get into the body’s cells.

Is Type 2 Diabetes Preventable?

Yes, type 2 diabetes is preventable. How? Have your blood sugar tested and see how you fare. It may be that your sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. This stage is generally referred to as the pre-diabetes stage. If you are in this stage, an improved lifestyle will normally put you in a much better position to totally avoid getting type 2 diabetes.

So what does it mean to live a healthy lifestyle? It means doing things differently, for the better. Below are the necessary changes people who are in the pre-diabetes stage must do to avoid developing type 2 diabetes.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

A healthy weight is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5 – 25.

Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are rich with vitamins and minerals and they are low in calories. Daily intake of fruits and vegetables should be as generous as possible, but ideally, your plate per meal should be half-full with vegetables and fruits. For a healthier diet, 4 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables should be consumed every day.

Exercise Regularly

This means you should exercise at least 2 1/2 hours every week. On a daily basis, this can easily be 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise done 5 days a week.

The Psychological Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

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For those who are not very familiar with erectile dysfunction or ED, it is a condition where men are not able to attain and maintain an erection to bring about a satisfying sexual relationship with a partner.

What Causes ED?

Now there are many identified causes of erectile dysfunction. Most common are the medical conditions such as diabetes, kidney problems, and vascular problems which cause poor blood flow in the penis. Erectile dysfunction can also be the result or side effect of certain medications such as those being taken to regulate or stabilize blood pressure.

According to medical experts, the causes for erectile dysfunction can actually be categorized into two: physical and psychological. The physical causes are easy to recognize and deal with, but the same can not be said with the psychological causes of erectile dysfunction. More often that not, psychological causes are not easily understood although the manifestations or signs are very clear. According to studies conducted, 10 to 20 percent of erectile dysfunction cases are caused by psychological factors. Yet because of the complexity of human nature, men do not easily accept that somehow, the state or condition of the brain has an effect on all the different parts of the body. The state of mind of a person can greatly affect how the body will function.

What Are The Psychological Factors of Erectile Dysfunction

One is stress. Men who are stressed out are often tired and weary. The stress can be work-related or it can be something else, like problems with finances etc. Stressed out, their energy is depleted, and this in turn affects their feelings of general well being. A tired or exhausted person will most likely sleep when he arrives home; making love? That will be last in his agenda when he see’s the bed. In such a situation, some women, when their partners come home and sleep, and worst when the men are incapable to attain and sustain an erection, the trouble begins. Women either blame themselves for it, feel bad about it, or they blame the men and worsen the problem. The misunderstanding puts an undue strain on the relationship, worsening the problem between the married couple.

Guilt and anxiety can also worsen the erectile dysfunction. As men feel the pressure to “perform better” in order to satisfy their partners, they go through what is known as “performance anxiety” which actually worsens the situation.

Depression is also known to cause erectile dysfunction, and the only way to treat ED in people going through depression is to treat depression first. Thus it is critical that when a man is going through depression and is experiencing erectile dysfunction, it is best to seek medical help. The good news is, there is help!

What Makes You Fat?

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Have you ever asked yourself why you are on the heavy side? Check out these unhealthy practices and see if you do some of them – or all of them.

Eating Off Larger Plates

One identified culprit is larger plates. A study conducted with obese individuals as subjects yielded a result that indicated that given the option to choose between small or large plates, 98.6 % of obese individuals chose the larger plates. Thus, it follows that the bigger the plate, the greater the quantity of the food is placed on them. When more food is consumed, more calories are taken. The higher the caloric consumption of an individual and more body fat is stored.

To avoid this deadly cycle, choose smaller plates and always be mindful of your food portions. If you feel you really need more, you can always go back to the buffet table for seconds.

Eating Too Late

Avoid this unhealthy practice of eating very late at night. According to a new study published in the journal Obesity which studied the sleeping and eating habits of 52 people over seven days, it was found that those who ate after 8 p.m. took in their bodies the highest calories and had the highest Body Mass Index (BMI).

While on “sleep mode”, the body still burns fat. This, however, is not the case when you sleep with your stomach full, because instead of burning fat, your body is busy processing the food in your stomach.

Too Much or Too Little Sleep

Are you sleeping too little or too much? A study conducted by Wake Forest researchers revealed that people who sleep less than 5 hours a day puts on 2½ times more belly fat compared to those who sleep more than eight hours per day. Ideally, sleep should be for an average of 6 to 7 hours per night.

Drinking Soda – Even Diet!

According to a 2005 study, drinking 1 to 2 sodas per day increases a person’s chances of being overweight or obese by more or less 33%. Unfortunately for those who think diet sodas are okay, researchers in San Antonio who studied a controlled group of elderly subjects for nearly a decade found that soda drinkers increased their waistlines five times faster compared to the non-soda drinkers. The theory is that the artificial sweeteners used in the diet drinks trigger appetite cues, which causes a person to unconsciously eat more at succeeding meals.

Skipping Breakfast

People who are misinformed skip breakfast to loose weight. What these people do not realize is the fact that skipping meals slows the metabolism and boosts hunger. This puts the body in “fat-storage mode” which increases the odds that the person will overeat at the next meal. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that people who miss breakfast were 4.5 times more likely to be obese.

Want to lose weight and maintain an ideal weight? Avoid the 5 habits that makes you fat.

What Products Are Available To Quit Smoking

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It is certainly not easy to quit smoking. Due to its highly addictive power, nicotine can gain a significant grip on the nervous system. While some have been able to quit “cold turkey,” others have found such a strategy to be elusive to say the least. Thankfully, the past decade has seen the release of scores of excellent smoking cessation products. These products have successfully helped scores of people break free of their addictions. Here is a look at the more popular (and helpful) ones:

Nicoderm CQ: This was one of the very first transdermal products released to the public. The way it works is simple: an adhesive patch containing nicotine is applied to the skin. Slowly, over a period of several hours, the nicotine will absorb into the bloodstream. This will help eliminate the craving for nicotine and, hence, the need to smoke a cigarette. As the old commercial used to say, it is not the nicotine that harms you. It is the smoke. Once you have replaced cigarettes with Nicoderm CQ as the nicotine delivery system, you will find is easier to break the cigarette smoking habit.

Nicorette Gum: This product works the same as Nicoderm with the obvious difference is that nicotine is delivered through chewing gum as opposed to cigarettes. (The gum comes in various flavors which mask the nicotine taste) The process of replacing the cigarette with a different delivery system is effective and smokers may find it easier to switch to gum than a patch.
Cigarrest: This is a gum like product similar to Nicorette. However, Cigarrest does not include any nicotine in it. Since some people would prefer to stay as far away from nicotine as possible when quitting, this placebo inducing product is popular with them.

Zyban: This was among the first prescription medication designed to help people quit smoking. There are others such as Chantrix, but this is the most commonly prescribed. Why is it the most commonly prescribed? Because it works and that is what counts the most when looking for a stop smoking aid.