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All dieters want results fast, we need to see lower numbers on the scale every week.  Otherwise we consider ourselves failing at our diet, these negative emotions will also interfere with your weight loss program. It's difficult to stay motivated to lose weight when you feel bad or do not see immediate results. Overeating often accompanies negative emotions such as depression, anxiety, fear, guilt and anger.


Weight Loss Tip - Vinegar naturally helps to remove fat from the body - apple cider vinegar is especially good for this. Drink some in a glass of water a few times a day, and add a little lemon or honey for a nicer flavor. This will also help reduce your appetite.


To lose weight quickly, never skip a meal. Your first meal after waking starts your metabolism. Your metabolism then speeds up for about eight hours and then starts slowing down until you go to sleep when it goes to low until you wake and eat and start the cycle again.


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Don't Count on Cutting Back - If you overeat during the holidays intending to make up for it by cutting back later, your weight may suffer. In a study of people who agreed to overeat for 2 weeks and gain several pounds, the study participants didn't eat extra lean after the overfeeding period ended. Instead, most returned to their typical baseline caloric intake and shed only half the weight they had gained.


Getting stuck in an exercise rut could put body and mind at risk. Repetitive exercise routines may cause overuse injuries, and new research shows they may hurt your mental health, too. According to a study, people 65 or older who engage in four or more different kinds of physical activities each week are less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than people who participate in one or no activities


Natural Weight Loss Tip
Research shows that you burn more stored fat for energy when you do aerobic exercises on an empty stomach than on a full stomach. Research also shows that you burn more stored fat when you exercise late in the day rather than in the morning. Put together, the best time to exercise to lose weight by burning your stored fat is in the late afternoon/early evening before dinner. Second best is in the morning before breakfast.


Slipping more fiber-filled foods into your daily diet could help boost your efforts to keep off extra pounds. Women who opt for whole-grain cereals and breads tend to put on less weight as they age compared to women who opt for refined breads and cereals that are short on fiber. In a study, the whole grain lovers were half as likely to become obese compared to the women who favored refined grains.


An eager weight loss partner can tip the scales in your favor if you are trying to slim down. Research shows that when people who are undergoing behavioral weight loss treatment work with a partner who is successful at losing weight, it boosts their own weight loss efforts. Find a friend, family member, or neighbor who is motivated to lose weight and work together to plan meals, grocery shop, and work out


Drinking 8 glasses of water a day is important to your health, your normal diet and to help lose weight. Water is necessary for the metabolism of your stored fat. Weight loss cannot occur without an active metabolism which requires large quantities of water.


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Natural Weight Loss Tip
Another way to use water to lose weight is to drink a large glass of ice water just before meals. The cold causes your stomach to shrink slightly which will make you feel full faster.


How vigorously are you able to work out? The answer may predict how long you will live. In a recent study, people who had the ability to reach a certain level of exercise intensity when they worked out tended to live longer than the people in their age group who couldn't reach that intensity level. Boost your exercise capacity -- and your longevity -- with interval training by adding short bursts of more intense activity to your workout.


When you go fat free or low fat, you also cut out much of the taste of the foods you eat. Add the flavor back with herbs and spices. Strong flavors such as vinegar, garlic, chili powder, cayenne, curry powder, rosemary and tarragon can be used to doctor up any food you are eating. For your low fat and fat free diets, experiment with different herbs and spices until you find some you like. Staying on your fat free or low fat diet will be easier and your weight loss will be speed up.


Weight Loss Tip
A new study has revealed an easy way to burn more calories without having to trade in your favorite exercise. Whether you are into bike riding, jogging, walking, or jumping rope, you'll burn more calories with a simple trick. Just vary the intensity of your activity throughout the workout. In a study, when people alternated periods of high and low intensity instead of working out at a steady pace, they increased their VO2 max, which corresponds to greater calorie burn.


WEIGHT CONTROL (obesity): One must shun the dangerous chemical drugs sold openly on the market (the list should include amphetamines) because of their dangerous side effects on the thyroid system. There is no practical method of weight control that omits diet control! But a very good herbal combination that helps dissolve fat, eliminate excess water, purge the bowels and curb the appetite is: CHICKWEED, SAFFRON, BURDOCK, PARSLEY, KELP, LICORICE, FENNEL, ECHINACEA, BLACK WALNUT, PAPAYA, HAWTHORN BERRIES and MANDRAKE. Mandrake should only be used in small amounts and in combination with other herbs.


Kelp contains nearly thirty minerals which nourish the glands (especially the thyroid and pituitary). By enhancing the action of the glandular system, it helps balance the body's metabolism and rate at which it burns calories. Kelp, also known as seaweed, grows in the rich ocean beds, far below surface pollution levels. Because of its high nutrient content, this herb is reputedly beneficial for a wide range of applications. It is known to nourish the sensory nerves, brain membranes, also spinal cord and brain tissue. Kelp contains alginic acid which can help protect the body against the effects of radiation.


Garcinia cambogia is a South Asian plant that is nutritionally beneficial in blocking the production of fats. Scientific research conducted on this herb since 1969 demonstrates that it slows the body's conversion of carbohydrates and excess calories to fat, decreasing production of harmful fats (low-density lipoproteins), promoting sustained energy levels by enhancing the body's production of glycogen, reducing the body's desire for excess food; helping to nutritionally support the metabolism and burn calories. Human studies indicate that Garcinia, also known as HCA (hydroxycitric acid) may be especially effective when combined with chromium and L-carnitine.


Prevent buildup of fatty deposits on artery walls with regular doses of tea. (actually, tea suppresses appetite and keeps the pounds from invading....Green tea is great for our immune system)!


Add a good night's sleep to your checklist of helpful weight-loss aids. Sleep deprivation interferes with appetite-suppressing hormones, increases stress hormone levels, and decreases a person's glucose tolerance, all of which may contribute to weight gain. Another way sleep loss may help pile on the pounds: late-night munching. Go to bed and get up at the same time each day to help achieve sounder sleep.


If you're a stickler for stretching before exercise, think about bending the rules. There's no good evidence that static stretching -- the kind where you stretch and hold a muscle for a set period of time -- reduces the risk of injury when performed before a workout. However, stretching in general still does a body good by increasing flexibility. Bottom line: do stretching whenever you want. They don't have to precede a workout.


Adding international flair to your diet could quickly lead to a healthier heart and put more fun into dieting. After only 3 months of eating a Mediterranean-style diet, study participants reduced their risk of cardiovascular disease by approximately 15 percent. Mediterranean diets emphasize whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, low-fat dairy, and olive oil. Planning your meals around these items may be even better for your heart than a low-fat diet.

Eating in a restaurant is often seen as a special time, a chance to indulge yourself. But you can enjoy a meal in virtually any restaurant and still keep healthful eating in mind.


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And don't hesitate to ask your server or the chef how meals are prepared. Many restaurants will accommodate your request to prepare foods to your liking. Restaurant portions are often larger than serving sizes you prepare at home, so don't feel that you have to eat the whole thing “ ask for a takeout container to enjoy the rest tomorrow.

1. Fiber. Fiber is the major factor that slows the absorption of sugar. That's why highly processed oatmeal, for example, is worse, diet-wise, than the steel-cut variety. The latter has all the fiber still intact, and before the stomach can get to the sugars in the oatmeal, it has to separate them from the fiber. Once isolated, the fiber passes undigested through your system; its dietary importance comes from its ability to slow digestion down. It is an obstacle to digestion — a good one.


2. Fat. Fat, too, slows the speed at which your small intestine accesses the sugars you've eaten. That's why it's better to have a little olive oil or some low-fat cheese on your bread than it is to eat the bread alone. For the same reason, having a baked potato topped with low-fat sour cream is better than eating it plain. The calorie count might be higher, but the fat contained in the sour cream will slow down the digestive process, thereby lessening the amount of insulin that the potato prompts your body to make.


3. Acid. Acidic foods, such as lemon and vinegar, also slow the digestive process, therefore cutting back on the rise in blood sugar. You can dress salads or vegetables in both and enjoy the benefit. Even sourdough bread will slow digestion because, although it is not high in fiber, it is acidic.

To keep your body well hydrated, consume enough water, 8 to 12 cups, throughout the day. Because milk, juice, and some other beverages are mainly water, they can count toward your daily water intake. So does water from solid foods, although you can't really measure it.


Caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, tea, some soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, aren't your body's best sources of water. Caffeine and alcohol act as diuretics, causing the body to lose water through increased urination. Decaffeinated beverages, however, don't have a diuretic effect.


If you need to increase your water intake...


Take water breaks during the day instead of coffee breaks. If you're a subconscious "sipper," keep a cup of water on your desk. "Water down" your meals and snacks. Complement food with water, milk, or juice. Occasionally, start your meals with soup.


When you walk by a water fountain, take a drink! Refresh yourself at snack time with juice, milk, or sparkling water. Alternate sparkling water for alcoholic drinks at parties and social gatherings.


Before, during, and after any physical activity, drink water, especially in hot weather. Consume 4 to 8 ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes while you exercise. Don't wait until you feel thirsty!


Travel with a supply of bottled water. Even for day outings, pack along a bottle of water.

Alabama pediatricians say families can work together to help overweight children shed unhealthy pounds.


"Childhood obesity has increased dramatically in this country during the last two decades," says Dr. Frank Franklin of the University of Alabama, Birmingham. "It's a real issue and a real challenge for parents to help themselves and their children lose weight and keep it off." He advises parents to: eat the way you want your children to eat (the mirror rule); be consistent and persistent in following the prescribed diet; encourage and help healthy eating; don't inflict blame, shame or guilt; enjoy family and food; and, eat socially and slowly.