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Egg Diet Health Benefits – Master How To Lose Weight

Egg diet health benefits

Are you considering eating eggs to lose weight? Weird as it may seem, the egg diet can be a great way to lose weight. Some people who have done the diet have reported a weight loss of up to 20 pounds in as little as two weeks. Although this is a short-term weight loss method, it may be something to consider if you are looking to jump-start your weight loss.

Before you head to the store to stock up on eggs, it is important to know all the details about the egg diet before you begin. In this article, we will dive deep into this diet, discussing the different versions that exist, how effective and safe it is, the foods included in it, and all the health benefits to be had.

What Is the Egg Diet?

The egg diet is a meal plan that consists of eating high amounts of protein and low amounts of carbohydrates. As you may have guessed by the name, eggs are a big part of this diet. Although eggs are the focus of the diet, many of the plans allow you to have other sources of protein. There are different versions of the egg diet and which one you choose will depend on your weight-loss goals and preferences. They include the traditional egg diet, egg and grapefruit diet, and the extreme egg diet. Below we will get into the details of each version.

Traditional Egg Diet

The most popular version of this diet is the traditional version. It is very similar to other diet plans that allow for a high intake of protein while limiting carbohydrates. This version allows for protein sources outside of eggs and vegetables low in carbohydrates.  Fruits are limited to up to two servings a day and carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, and rice are excluded from this plan.

Egg and Grapefruit Diet

egg and grapefruit

The egg and grapefruit diet is very similar to the traditional egg diet, but you eat half a grapefruit with every meal. In this version, you can still have other sources of protein while limiting carbohydrate intake.

Extreme Egg Diet

As the name suggests, this version is extreme. All that is allowed for each meal is water and eggs—nothing else. This version is very strict and would be challenging for anyone to follow for even for a short time. This version is not recommended as it offers no food diversity which means that it is not conducive to a balanced diet. This can result in nutritional deficiencies.

Is It Effective?

All the versions listed above will result in lower calorie consumption, leading to short-term weight loss. Eating a diet high in protein also contributes to weight loss. While the egg diet may be a good short-term option for weight loss, it is not an ideal choice for maintaining weight loss. One reason it is not an ideal long-term solution is that it doesn’t provide enough food diversity. Another reason is that it would be difficult to stick to long-term. It is also important to note that many people gain weight back once getting off of this diet.

Is It Safe?

Although eggs are an excellent source of protein and other nutrients, eating too many eggs in a day can lead to health problems. The safety of the egg diet really depends on which of the versions you will be following. As mentioned earlier, eating only eggs can lead to nutritional deficiency.

Is It Good for Long-Term Weight Loss?

egg diet for weight loss

While this diet plan can be great for kick-starting your weight loss journey, it is not suitable for long-term success. Although eggs are loaded with many vitamins and nutrients our bodies need, they do not contain everything we need to thrive. Our bodies cannot flourish unless they receive a variety of vitamins and minerals. Aside from the fact that it does not meet your health needs, you will probably get sick of eating only or even mainly eggs.

Once the egg diet is completed, you can still transition into a lifestyle that is sustainable to keep you from gaining the weight back you initially lose from the diet. Continuing to eat a safe amount of eggs, assuming you aren’t sick of them, can be beneficial to weight-loss maintenance. Slowly add other types of protein and veggies back into your diet. Form healthy habits, such as eating nutrient-dense foods, working out regularly, and drinking plenty of water.

Other Food You Can Eat

Despite the name of the egg diet, most versions allow for a variety of foods besides the meal plan. You can have lean protein sources and low-carbohydrate vegetables. Here are examples of the foods you can eat on the egg diet:

asparagus, tomatoes and meat
  • Seafood and fish
  • Chicken, beef, and pork
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Asparagus
  • Mushrooms
  • Strawberries
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Chia seeds

Snacking

Avocados and other low-carb healthy fats are acceptable while on this diet. You can also enjoy salads along with other low-carb vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, kale, cauliflower, peppers, and eggplant. If you are following the egg and grapefruit diet, then you will also have half of a grapefruit at each meal.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is important in general, but especially while on a diet. We often mistake thirst for hunger, which can cause us to snack or eat larger meals.  Drinking plenty of water helps to prevent this diet-sabotaging behavior. Another reason hydration is important is that increased protein intake can cause constipation, which can tax on your body. Staying sufficiently hydrated will detox your body and flush out your kidneys all while helping you to stay full. 

The Many Health Benefits

One reason this diet is so popular is that it is actually a healthy option. Eggs are super-foods and one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. As with any meal plan, consult your doctor before you change your diet.

Eggs Are Loaded with Nutrients

It is no surprise that eggs are loaded with nutrients. The purpose of the egg is to contain nutrients needed to turn a single cell into a baby chicken. The average egg contains 77 calories, 6 grams of protein, and 5 grams of healthy fats per egg. Here are some vitamins that eggs contain:

vitamin A
  • Vitamin A
  • Folate
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin B2
  • Phosphorus
  • Selenium
  • Eggs also contain vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, calcium and zinc

Contain Choline

Eggs contain choline, a nutrient that most people do not even know exists. Many people do not get enough choline in their diet even though it is such an important substance. It is used to build cell membranes and plays a role in producing signaling molecules in the brain, along with some other functions. Eggs are an excellent source of choline, containing over 100 mg in each egg.

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Having high levels of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, is linked to an increased risk of heart disease. There are two subtypes of LDL; small, dense LDL particles and large LDL particles. According to studies, those who have small LDL particles are more at risk of having heart disease than those with the large LDL particles. Egg consumption can change the small LDL particles to the large ones, which is an improvement.

Raises HDL or “Good” Cholesterol

Not only do eggs change the small LDL particles to large LDL particles, but they raise HDL, also commonly known as the “good” cholesterol. Those who have higher levels of HDL typically have a lower risk of heart disease and stroke as well as other health problems. Studies have shown that eating just two eggs per day for six weeks increased HDL levels by 10%.

Satisfying

eggs also gives protein

Protein is the most filling macronutrient, and eggs are loaded with protein. Having a few eggs in the morning can easily fill you up, which could cause less snacking throughout the day. Eggs score high on the satiety index, a scale which measures the ability of foods that make you feel fuller and lead to a reduced caloric intake later on.

Conclusion

There are different versions of the egg diet including the traditional egg diet, the egg and grapefruit diet, and the extreme egg diet. The extreme version is not recommended, as the lack of food diversity in this diet can lead to nutritional deficiencies. The egg diet can be effective for a short period of time but may be difficult to continue long-term.

Eating eggs is a great way to increase your protein and vitamin intake and can help you stay fuller for longer. Eggs are also linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, and other health problems. Although you should not plan on doing the egg diet forever, you can still safely and easily continue healthy lifestyle habits to keep the weight off and continue to lose weight even after the egg diet is over.

Whether you choose a version of the egg diet or a different diet altogether, it is important to remember the importance of exercise and hydration in any weight-loss effort.

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Lighten Up People (No Pun Intended)

I am truly blessed! I mean I get up each morning and have the opportunity to get out and exercise. Run, bike, walk, weight train; I can choose and I do.

I am not an uber-elite athlete, in fact while I do like to participate in events like marathons; I do not consider my self a competitor.

I also have the good fortune of living only about a mile from a path that whisks me some six miles away to the Pacific Ocean.

A few weeks ago my brother happened to be in town for the day because my sister-in-law was attending a seminar not to far from my home.

When I found out they were coming I suggested he bring his bike (his mountain bike, not his road bike… he has both) and we could cruise to the ocean for some quality brother time and a little exercise.

This happened to be a Saturday and so there was quite a bit of traffic on the path. We rode along enjoying ourselves and getting a light workout.

About half way to the ocean we both noticed something that kind of bothered us at first and then became a game. Maybe it’s because we’re Midwestern boys, but I don’t really think so; every time we passed someone going in either direction we always greeted them.

Let’s put this together:

” We were enjoying ourselves.
” We were getting in some exercise.
” We were being our natural self which is to say we’re friendly.

What do you think the typical response was?

I can tell you that if we passed one hundred people that morning and the number was likely much higher, we got any response from about ten.

And the fewer the responses the more energetic we were with our greetings! As I said it almost became a game to see which one of us could get a response from people.

We had both finally come down to… whatever!

I was ready to let it go, but it happened to me again this morning! Anyone who knows me will tell you that it takes an awful lot to get me riled up, but now I am!

I mean come on folks!

The worst were the cyclists! Do you really think that because you put on some goofy looking weird fitting shirt and a pair of “God should forbid most people from wearing them” spandex shorts that suddenly you’re a world class athlete?

I’ve got news for you, you’re not! Quite frankly and not to discourage you, but if you are the typical cycling enthusiast who rides three, four, five maybe even six days a week and you think their should be any word in your vocabulary that even closely resembles “elite”, you are sorely mistaken. That rippin’ time you posted in you last century race the one you lost by only a mere five minutes, doesn’t even come close to a practice session in the big leagues.

That being said; why do you have to be such an (fill-in-the-blank), to every person you pass out on the road?

And runners, in case you thought you were getting off as the friendly bunch! If you’re not pushing five to six minute miles on your long slow days, shut up and stop snickering at the cyclists.

What could possibly be so important out there on the road that you can’t even acknowledge your fellow human beings?

Now in case you’re thinking I’m nuts; this is not for me!

I don’t need your reassuring nod while I’m out there training! I’ve got great friends and family and I’ve met a lot of world class athletes (most of whom are pretty nice). If I’m looking for support while I’m out there training, I’m not looking for it from you!

But let’s get back to the serious issue at hand in this country and how you can actually help out without having to raise a finger (I figured you might like that).

There is a serious problem with obesity in this country. I don’t think anyone would disagree with that, am I right? It gets reiterated almost every day in the media, (which may explain my ire today since I watched a special report on it last night).

Every day around this country there are lots of people working very hard at trying to get America off its butt “so to speak”. We know we have a problem and a lot of us are trying to do something about it. Who knows maybe I’m misjudging you and you’re one of those people encouraging others to be active. Maybe!

OK, so let’s say I’m wrong and you actually encouraged a friend or family member or co-worker to go out and do something… anything. You tell them about this great path where they can go and be out of city traffic and yet still be relatively close to home.

Day one, there they are just trying to get a few miles of walking under their belt and looking for all of the reassurance they can possibly find because it’s not going to be easy and they are probably a little self conscious to boot.

Nervously, they say “Hello” to every passer-by, just looking for a little reassurance. The first people they come across are your rival cycling gang (gang just seems to fit better than club here) the “Think We’re Better than You Boys” who proceed to snub your friend like he’s the guy wearing overalls at a black-tie affair. This happens over and over again until what is really only a three mile walk seems like a hundred mile death march.

Let me ask you something;

What are the chances your friend is going to return to that path ever again?

How positive is your friend going to feel about going out and doing it again anywhere?

What hypocritical statement are you going to make to your friend about how you would never do such a thing?

Let’s go back for a second and unwind everything I said about your competitiveness and assume that you really are a competitive athlete.

I would then also assume that you have a general concern and interest in the health and well being of others. World class athletes fully understand the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle.

As such, you should be one of the greatest ambassadors in the world for fitness. I know that every professional athlete is not a super role model, but you know what; the majority of them are!

Maybe you just don’t understand that a few kind words, a smile, even a simple nod can be so encouraging to someone trying to get started that it will cause them to go out and do it again just simply because they feel acknowledged.

You have to understand that most obese people are not getting tons of encouragement to get fit. They are instead getting debilitating humiliation. They are being told they are losers who will never amount to anything or that they have a disease that causes them to be that way so they should just accept it. I won’t write the words I want to say about that here. It’s really the topic for a whole other article.

Maybe you’re just shy. In which case I’m truly sorry for calling you out on the carpet, however I’m not going to let you off the hook. When I was in the fifth grade, my homeroom teacher sent a report card home that said I was so introverted that if I didn’t come out of my shell soon, I would have serious problems in life.

I don’t know a single person at this point in my life who would accuse me of being shy. A simple smile communicates a whole lot more than those words you can’t find anyway!

Maybe you’re just a “Jerk”!

What can I say? If you’re a jerk you’re a jerk! Nothing else to say here but good luck with the whole karmic balance thing! (Look that up if you don’t know what it means!)

Bottom-line:

All I’m really asking for is a little help here! I’m not asking you to change your training routine. I’m not asking you to take your training any less seriously! I’m just asking you to realize that the person you snub out on the road because you’re too self-important to acknowledge them may die of a heart attack one day because you as a jerk discouraged them from wanting to get out and move. Maybe you don’t care about other people because you don’t think it’s your problem but remember this; that person you snubbed could be the ER Nurse who’s going to be treating you when you have that cycling accident. What now?

We have got to start encouraging each other to get fit and it’s got to be sooner than later and for crying out loud; is a smile going to slow you down?

Lighten Up People!

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Power Up to Slim Down

You don’t have to be Charles Atlas to power up with strength training. This kind of exercise is a key to fitness for everyone – especially seniors. Stacks of scientific studies prove this. In fact, senior muscles may benefit more from strength training than young ones.

Strength training has many names. Resistance training, weight lifting, working out, and pumping iron are just a few. Whatever, you call it, it’s more valuable, easy, and fun than you probably imagined. For instance, you may not know that strength training can rev up your metabolism and help you burn off more calories around the clock.

It gets results by “stressing” your muscles more than your humdrum daily activities do. This stress could come from doing pushups, pressing a dumbbell above your head, or curling a coffee can. Believe it or not, muscles live for this extra work. It makes them stronger and healthier.

Put the brakes on aging

You lose as much as 40 percent of your muscle strength during your adult life, health experts say. This process –called sarcopenia – starts in your 40s and 50s, when your muscle fibers begin to shrink, become less efficient, and disappear altogether. Sarcopenia leads to the weakness, poor coordination, and bad balance that many seniors suffer.

Strength training halts this process and may even reverse it. According to the latest research, your strength could jump by an amazing 100 percent if you’re a weight-lifting senior. Pumping iron works because it encourages your muscles to grow and become more responsive and powerful.

Lifting weights can also build up your bones. What muscles flex during strength training, the bones around them respond like plants to sunlight – they grow.

Resistance training helps maintain bone density at any age. It doesn’t take much. Just a little stress on the bones to mitigate the bone loss that is inevitable as you age.

And it doesn’t matter how old you are when you start. Even seniors with osteoporosis can benefit from low-weight, high-rep resistance training. It’s never too late to start preventing bone loss.

Stronger muscles and bones could help you preserve your freedom and your ability to take care of yourself. After all, you need muscles to walk up stairs and climb out of bed, not to mention carry your groceries and pick up your grandchildren.

When you follow a regular lifting program, you’ll start seeing muscles you haven’t seen since you were 30 years old. Strength training carves muscles until they become lean and well-defined.

And unlike fat, muscles do more than take up space. They’re constantly eating up calories – three times as many as fat. They keep churning even when you’re not exercising. Don’t stop working out for long, though. The more you strength train, the more muscles you’ll build, which will help your body burn fat faster. So add some muscles and watch the fat melt away.

Strength training could also add 20 yards to your golf drive, or some extra “umph” to your tennis serve. It may take you to a higher level in whatever sport you’re active in. Moreover, extra muscles helps protect your joints and lower back during cardiovascular exercises such as jogging and bicycling.

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Top 2 Secrets to Banishing Boredom

Try walking at different paces – some fast, some slow – during your workout. Add some hills to your route. You’ll work harder going up and get a little relief going down. Stay indoors one day and go outdoors the next. Or try different types of walking like the ones below.

Find Fun and Fitness on the Trail

To get more out of your outdoor walks, try taking a hike. Get into the woods or out in the country, and walk the trails instead of the sidewalks. The more rugged terrain requires more exertion, and you’ll probably discover muscles you never knew you had.

Lots of parks and preserves feature hiking trails that range from easy walks to expert climbs. Check out the closest national, state, country, or even city park. Whenever you go, the beauty and peacefulness of nature will be an added bonus to the exercise you get.

Some tips for new hikers:

1. Plan to go about half the distance you usually walk. Rough ground, abrupt inclines, and obstacles like trees and rocks will give you a more challenging workout than you’re used to.

2. At first, just go down a trail a certain distance and then turn around and come back. That way, you’ll have a better idea where you are and how long you’ve been gone. Later on, you can graduate to circle routes that bring you back to the starting point.

3. Pay extra attention to your shoes when hiking. It’s easy to get blisters and chaffing on uneven surfaces with shoes that don’t fit well. You can probably use your regular walking shoes, but make sure they have good ankle support. Consider hiking boots if you will be out more than two or three hours.

4. For longer hikes, you’ll want to take maps, water bottles, food, and various equipment with you. Carry them in a fanny pack or a small day pack – the extra weight will add to your exercise.

5. Take along a walking stick for better balance and support on the trail.

The ultimate “walk in the park” is overnight backpacking – carrying food, tents, and sleeping bags. The added weight and longer time spent hiking means more exercise. It also requires better conditioning before you start, but you can do it if you gradually work yourself into shape.

The payoff is the exhilaration that comes from demanding exercise and the satisfaction of getting somewhere you thought you couldn’t go. So, for a simple, easy exercise program, start walking. And, whether it takes you to the sidewalks, the gym, or the woods, you’ll feel better and have a good time getting there. Happy trails!

Power up to your heart and lungs

Once your workout becomes second nature, you may want to raise the challenge with power walking. It’s not as intense as racewalking, where you compete to see who walks fastest, but it’s a good way to challenge your body to do even more than it’s used to. Power walking won’t help you lose any more weight per mile, but it will do wonders for your heart and lungs.

The first thing to keep in mind is that you walk much faster. You need to take shorter steps and keep a smooth stride. Next, you add more ambitious arm movements. As you walk faster, pump your arms higher – to chest or neck level. Working you arms is just as good as working your legs, so now you’re doing double-duty.

Carrying additional weight will boost your calorie burn. You can supplement your own weight in the following ways if you’re not prone to back or joint injuries.

1. Hand weights. Carrying small dumbbells while you work your arms is like doing curls – one repetition per stride. Don’t use weights heavier than 2 pounds, though – you could strain your shoulders.

2. Weighted gloves. You don’t have to grip these weights, which mean more relaxed arms and shoulders. Plus, you can’t drop them.

3. Weight vest. This is more expensive, but you can carry more weight and distribute the load to both your upper-and lower-body muscles.

Another way to supplement your power walking is to use poles or walking sticks. Moving the poles along with your feet makes your arms work more and gives your heart a better workout. Since they help support you, you don’t feel like you’re working any harder. Be sure to use them, though – it doesn’t do much good to just carry them.

You can also change the surface you walk on. Walking through glass or soft dirt is tougher than cruising along on the pavement. Combine great exercise with a great vacation by going to California or Cancun or somewhere else with beautiful beaches. Walking in the sand will burn a lot more calories.

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A Walk a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Should you work out when you have a cold? How about if you have a fever? For many avid exercisers, especially beginners who have just managed to make walking a habit, stopping to give your body a rest can feel very threatening. You are afraid that if you stop, you may never start again. But there are certain circumstances when exercise can do more harm than good, especially when you are recovering from an illness like the common cold or the flu.

If you decide to exercise when you are stuffed up, make sure you really check with your body first. Do you feel excessive fatigue? How is your breathing? Does it feel difficult to fill your lungs as you normally would? Make sure you keep track of your pulse, both at rest and while you are working. If it seems unusually high, you might want to consider taking another day off.

If you do decide to take up the challenge, take it slower than usual. For example, even though it may be your day for hills, modify your schedule and keep it flat. If it is a fast pace day, walk at a normal speed instead. Don’t try to beat the clock this time. Finally, make sure you drink plenty of water. Hydration is crucial, especially when fighting off a cold. The following is a summary of guidelines you should follow if you decide to walk despite the sniffles:

• Wait until you are in the latter phase of your cold.
• Take your morning pulse; if it is 10 beats higher than normal, take another day off.
• Do a modified version of what you normally would do until you feel better.
• Start out slowly; if you feel okay, pick up the pace gradually.
• Drink plenty of water and make sure you get adequate rest.
• Listen to your body. If it doesn’t feel right, then it probably is not.

A simple stuffy nose is one thing, but exercising when you have a fever or other flu symptoms can be more damaging than good. Because a fever indicates that your body is fighting an infection, your immune system is on overdrive in an attempt to suppress the attacking virus. If you go out and exercise at such a time, you are putting even more strain on an immune system already under extreme stress as it attempts to fight off the intruder. Exercising will steal some of the energy away from the task at hand (healing) and could set your body up for a prolonged and more severe attack.

If it is the flu or fever you suffer from, take time off! Wait until the illness has subsided. Be honest with yourself about how your body feels. Pushing yourself when you are not ready will only drag the healing process out longer, setting your goal further and further back.

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Good Tool For Weight Training

You can increase your strength in many ways. There are, for example, tools like tubing, swiss balls, body weight, and free weights that all work perfectly well in building muscle strength and endurance. For the sake of simplicity, however, I am going to stick with free weights since they are probably the most familiar to the vast majority of you.

Free Weights

Free weights refer to weights that are unattached or free from a machine. The most common form of free weights includes dumbbells and barbells. Dumbbells differ from barbells in that they are separate entities, so that each limb is challenged individually. Barbells, on the other hand, are operated using two hands so that more than one limb is being used simultaneously. The advantage of using dumbbells over a barbell is that you are better able to determine strength discrepancies from one limb to the next. The weaker side cannot freeload with the stronger side and, instead, has to fend for itself.

When you use a barbell, it is not unusual for the stronger side to overcompensate for its weaker counterpart, which inevitably encourages the discrepancy rather than rectifying it. The advantage to using barbells over dumbbells, however, is that you can lift more weight with each repetition. The strength of two limbs rather than one is greater so it is easier to push the limits of your strength a little more by using a barbell. The best solution is to alternate between barbells and dumbbells so that you can catch your weaker spots while pushing your strength to greater capacities.

Everything has its advantages and disadvantages, including free weights. Because free weights are naturally free from structure, they require a lot more stability and attention to form precision. When using free weights, you must maintain proper body alignment and control of movement or else you risk throwing the rest of your body off and, in the worst case, injuring your back or some other body part. The key with free weights, therefore, is to memorize proper form and to start light. Although this does not ensure an injury-free routine, it does substantially reduce your risk of getting hurt.

Another advantage to using free weights is that you can use them in the comfort of your own home, or anything else, for that matter. Equipment is relatively inexpensive as well as easy to adjust, and it can be easily transported if necessary. All you really need is a set of ankle weights and several sets of dumbbells to design a complete weight program. If you can, buy 10-pound ankle weights that have adjustable one or two-pound weights attached to them so that you can add and remove resistance as needed. The same goes for the dumbbells. Try to buy ones that can be adjusted.

Many sports stores sell adjustable hand weights, which come with a set of plates that can be added and removed with just the twist of a knob. If adjustable weights don’t sound appealing to you, you can buy weights that are covered in vinyl or chrome and come in pairs ranging in weight from two to 100 pounds. These are usually a little more expensive since you have to buy them separately, but they work just as well as any other to build your muscles.

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Walking Exercise Works Wonders

Walking to work definitely has advantages and disadvantages. But, in my humble opinion, the pros outweigh the cons. For starters, it cuts down on parking and gas costs. Parking can cost several hundred dollars a month, particularly if you are working in the big city. With gas prices so high these days, filling up the tank is synonymous with emptying out your wallet. Together, these costs add up to quite a bit of money.

And how about safety? Highway driving these days can be hazardous to your health. With so many cars on the road, auto accidents are bound to happen. In fact, they have become a regular part of our early-morning and late-afternoon commute. Road rage is a major problem. Angry drivers who use their driving anonymity to commit aggressive acts like cutting you off, flipping you the bird, or suddenly speeding past you just to vent their frustrations have become ordinary occurrences. A lot of road rage has to do with work stress and an increase in traffic. People are working longer hours, spending more time on the road, and generally having less time to relax and reap the rewards of all their hard labor. It is no wonder we are all feeling a little high-strung.

Perhaps you can see why walking rather than driving work might be a safer option, if you have the choice to do so. In addition, to eliminating your chances of being involved in an auto accident, it also enables you to have some time to chill out both before and after work. It gets your blood going and your oxygen flowing, which helps your body rid itself of joint and muscle stiffness that comes from sitting at your desk all day. Finally, it saves you a little bit of cash, money with which you can buy a nice pair of walking shoes. If you have the opportunity to walk to work, do. You don’t have to jump in with both feet. Start out by walking just one or two days. See how you feel. Give your body a chance to adjust to the change. Add a day every two weeks until you are walking to work everyday.

Some of you definitely have jobs that require you to dress up. Walking for two or three miles in high heels, a three-piece suit, or a wool skirt is hardly advisable. If at all possible, save your shower until after you get to work. Many office buildings come equipped with showers. If yours does, use it.

If you must walk in your work clothes, that’s okay too. Although not the fashion statement of the year, I recommend wearing a good pair of walking shoes to and from the office. Carry your work shoes in your bag. You might need to compromise style for comfort a little and choose clothes that are a little more “suitable” for walking. Try buying fabrics that move with you and that allow your skin to breathe. Remember, this is your health we are talking about. Try to be as flexible as possible. Change may feel strange at first, but you will get used to it if you are consistent.

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Dieting With Pleasure!

Oh dear. Have you put on a few more pounds? Have the celebrations taken their toll on your body shape? Considering dieting, but can’t find the right one for you?

It’s an all too familiar story of gluttonous orgy. Large meals, irresistible cakes and pies all washed down with copious amounts of alcohol. Why should we blame you though eh? The packaging of foodstuff is designed to make you buy as much as you can carry.

A fat you = A fat profit for the company.

That’s business.

Many people will use the old excuse of having a slow metabolism. Your brain wants more food than your body needs. It’s good to know that the power of advertising works.

Then there’s the countless number of diets. How many have you tried? How many lasted more than a week? Very often with a lot of commercial diets, the only weight you lose and keep off is the weight in your wallet.

The problem with most diets is that they are just not an enjoyable experience. The prospect of replacing cakes with carrots is enough to send some people into shock. You also need to be dieting for the right reason, which is for you alone – not for anyone else. If you don’t want to lose weight for yourself then you shouldn’t even start a diet. Perhaps you are happy being fat. If not, how could you lose weight and enjoy it? With a little bit of psychology, that’s how. You continue eating all the same foods you enjoy, but you’ll find that you tend to eat less. The only sacrifice with this method is that you have to say goodbye to quick meals.

We rush around so much in this world, fitting in a snack or a meal when we have a spare five minutes. This has to stop. Eating is a pleasurable experience and a very important one. The speed eating culture has resulted in us forgetting to taste our food. I’m pretty sure the tongue misses all the action from childhood and the jaw is virtually redundant. One hand doesn’t seem to be quick enough so we shovel with both hands.

Very simply, you need to learn to taste your food again. Savour each mouthful. Examine the flavours. You’ll be surprised at what you’ve been missing. Have a good long chew so that you experience the textures as well as tastes. Some flavours need to warm in the mouth before they are evident to our senses and some flavours require sustained chewing for them to be released. Does it taste as it smells? Do you want to sip a little wine and chew? Mix the flavours? Become an expert in the subtle differences in taste. You’d be surprised just how many people don’t do this. What an absolute waste of the human senses.

This method has the effect of extending meal times. You are also likely to feel full up with less food. Remember that eating is what keeps us alive and it would be such a shame to pass through life without seriously enjoying all the flavours and textures that the world’s food has to offer. How many top level chefs do you know who are obese?

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How To Have An Effective Diet

Almost everyone has been on a diet at one time or another in his or her lives and unfortunately, the success rate on diets are poor with very little permanent weight loss. By following the guidelines below, those hard to get rid of pounds and inches could finally disappear.

The Guidelines to a healthy diet

Breakfast – Never skip breakfast, as it really is “the most important meal of the day”. When we are sleeping, our metabolism slows down and upon waking; we need to speed it up and breakfast is the way to do this. Remember that what you choose to eat for breakfast is as important as having breakfast. Even though a donut or leftover birthday cake tastes great, it is not a good choice for breakfast. Stick to foods such as yogurt, fruits, wholegrain cereals and breads.

Amount of Food – When a person gains weight it does not necessarily mean they eat the wrong food but they may eat too much of the right food. By cutting the portions we eat down, we can loose weight without being on a strict diet.

Water and Rest – Drinking water is one of the very best things that we can do for our bodies. When on a diet, water is even more important as gives us a feeling of being full so we do not feel hungry. When people drink lots of water, they have less room for soda, coffee and other drinks that add calories to our diets. Studies show that getting the proper amount of rest is beneficial when dieting. Lack of sleep makes it more difficult to lose weight.

Losing Weight Quickly – Gaining weight is often a slow process that takes years and losing weight should be the same. Bodies resist sudden changes and this resistance called homeostasis. When we get too hot and start to perspire, this causes us to cool down and that is how homeostasis works. When we diet and lose weight too fast, homeostasis kicks in and slows down our metabolism. Loosing muscle tissue and body fluids are a result of severe dieting and this is not healthy.

Extremes – As with almost everything in our lives, going to an extreme is not a good choice. That applies to dieting to lose weight also. Diets that have you cutting out foods, such as all vegetables or carbohydrates should be checked carefully before starting. Extreme diets are not only unhealthy but also dangerous so always check with your doctor first.

Calorie Counting – Counting calories and knowing what your body requires to maintain or lose weight is important. Counting calories when dieting lets you know your calorie intake and adjust your diet.

Foods We Do Not Like – Some diets require us to eat foods that we do not care for. It is very difficult to stay on a diet of that nature for more than a week or two.

Eat healthier foods, drink lots of water and cut down on the servings to lose weight gradually over a reasonable length of time.

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Don’t Ruin Your Diet By Making These Dieting Mistakes

There you were happily reaching your goals in weight loss and then there it was, the weight had started to return. You likely are thinking to yourself, how in the world did that happen? You may not even realize it, but even the slightest violation when on a diet can bring the weight scurrying back. It is important, while dieting, that you are extremely careful.

The next few tips will help you remember what you should not be doing while you are dieting.

Take it easy on yourself. Diet mishaps happen, mistakes happen, sometimes we miss certain foods so much, and we may start eating them again. This could result in bring some of the lost weight back. It is important that you refrain from beating yourself up over it. Even if you make a mistake, get yourself back on the right track and continue on with the diet as if nothing happened.

Do not allow yourself to diet with an alternative. With many diets, you have to give up the foods you typically love such as pizza, French fries, fried chicken, chips, cheesecake, and ice cream. As hard as it is to give up these things, you should take comfort that you can find alternatives to these food. Even though society has raised us to believe that vegetables, fruit, or any healthy low fat foods are not enjoyable. This is not true, even those foods listed above, have fat reduced versions now days.

Always have support! This is an important aspect of any diet. Without support, it is extremely hard to begin and keep with any diet plan. Your loved ones should be there to offer you support while you are dieting. Furthermore, thee are a great many weight loss counselors, meetings, and forum groups that can help you along in your journey.

What is great about weight loss groups is that they have been right where you are in your journey to weight loss, so they can offer some unique advice and insight. For example, they can give you ideas about new and exciting ideas for exercising or with recipes for eating healthy, as well.

Finally, do not give up! When you give into the nagging craving for your favorite foods, you are taking yourself a little further from your weight loss goals each time. Being on a diet does not mean you need to have tasteless foods, but it does mean you need to steer clear from high fat and high calorie foods. Opt for the alternatives instead of the sure to bring your weight back foods.

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