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Fat Loss Cookbooks

Here are some of the most popular Fat-Loss Cookbook Editions:

  1. Keto Resources
  2. The Fat Burning Kitchen
  3. Paleo Diet
  4. Metabolic Cooking – Fat Loss Cookbook
  5. Anabolic Cooking – Muscle Building Cookbook


1. Keto Resources  (click to buy)

28-Day Meal Plan and 10 expert guides to educate and inspire you

1 Keto Diet Basics

To get started, you’ll learn the basics of the keto diet, how it was developed, how it works, 13 tips for success, foods to enjoy, and more.

2 Eating Well On Keto

In this guide, you’ll get 10 breakfast recipes, 14 lunch recipes, and 14 dinner recipes, plus a companion 28-Day Meal Plan calendar.

3 Staying In Ketosis

You’ll learn how to get into ketosis in as little as 3 days, how to know if you’re in ketosis, and much more.

4 Mastering Macros

Learn how to calculate your macronutrients and maintain the proper ratios to stay in ketosis!

5 Beating Keto Flu

What the “Keto flu” is and how to make it go away quickly if you experience any symptoms.

6 Intermittent Fasting

Learn about 5 different styles of Intermittent Fasting to kickstart ketosis and accelerate fat loss.

7 Social Situations

Discover healthy ways of dealing with social pressures. Includes tips for eating out and guidelines for drinking alcohol. This is what makes weight loss sustainable!

8 Guilt-Free Desserts

This cookbook contains 36 mouth-watering “fat bomb” recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping you in ketosis.

9 Yummy Avocado Recipes

Discover 5 unique keto-friendly ways to prepare avocados. Yum!

10 Keto Supplements Guide

Learn about 12 of the best Keto supplements that will help you transition to ketosis and make the Ketogenic diet more effective.

Amaze Yourself… In Just 28 Days

  • Be lighter and thinner… it’s not uncommon to lose 20+ pounds!
  • Have more energy than you’ve felt in years
  • Sleep better and wake up more rested
  • Notice your skin and hair improve
  • Feel a sense of accomplishment
  • Best of all… you’ll GAIN MOMENTUM with your new Keto lifestyle.

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02. The Fat Burning Kitchen  (click to buy)

Your 24-Hour Diet Transformation to Make Your Body a Fat-Burning Machine

Inside this brand new manual, you’ll discover:

  • The true secret to making calorie-counting obsolete … this is the same principle that will automatically eliminate your cravings and control your appetite permanently (it’s the same reason that I personally haven’t had a real “craving” in at least 7 years)
  • The truth about polyunsaturated fats (omega-6’s and omega-3’s) that most food companies don’t want you to know
  • Which protein bars or energy bars are actually candy bars in disguise and which bars are actually good for you
  • The real deal on saturated fat and cholesterol, and why they are essential in your diet  (Without enough saturated fats and cholesterol in your diet, you can actually HARM your hormone balance)
  • The “whole grain” deception and why whole grain crackers, breads, and cereals are packing more bodyfat on you
  • Why that skim milk may not be so good for you after all, and the dirty truth about homogenized milk too
  • The one time when tilapia and salmon are NOT health foods (plus the best alternatives)
  • A healthy fat-burning burger option? Yes
  • Why soymilk, tofu, and veggie burgers could be increasing your belly fat
  • Are sports drinks stifling your fat-burning and making you AGE faster?
  • The ONLY truly healthy options for sweeteners … even non-caloric sweeteners
  • A surprisingly healthy fat in some animal products that actually helps you burn fat & build muscle (it even helps to fight cancer)
  • Why egg whites are actually WORSE for you than whole eggs
  • Do diet sodas and other diet drinks hurt your fat loss efforts?
  • Is whole milk actually better for you than skim milk? There’s more to the story
  • A type of saturated fat that actually helps to stimulate your metabolism
  • The one time when delicious creamy chocolate can even help to prevent your sweet tooth cravings (It even helps improve your blood pressure too!)
  • Does green tea or oolong tea really increase your metabolism and help fat loss? The truth
  • Which fruits & veggies are okay to choose non-organic
  • …and TONS more secrets to help you permanently transform your diet to force your body to burn fat more effectively, while also preventing diabetes.

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03. Paleo Diet  (click to buy)

Paleohacks Cookbooks

01. The PaleoHacks Cookbook

Over 125 Mouth-Watering Recipes

  • Simple, Easy, Amazingly-Yummy Paleo Recipes

With a wide variety of easy-to-make Paleo-friendly meals that will get rave reviews from friends and family every time!

  • Clear Directions Anyone Can Follow

There’s no guesswork, we walk you through each recipe with 100% crystal-clear detail, making SURE you’re able to prepare the dish

  • Absolutely Everything You Need

..to follow the healthiest diet in the world and to start achieving the health, energy, vitality and weight loss results you want!

02. The PaleoHacks 30-Day Jumpstart

To help you get going immediately!

  • Don’t want to wait? Want to get started getting the health results you want immediately? Then this Jump Start guide is for you.
  • This jump start guide will get you started on your Paleo Diet journey, and make sure that you are able to actually make a permanent, positive change in your health.
  • With this guide, the struggle to reach your health goals will end. When you pick the right foods and approach your health properly, your quality of life – from your energy levels, happiness, sex drive, and more, will improve.
  • So if you want to dive right in and get going as fast as possible, make sure to read this bonus.

03. The Eating Paleo at Restaurants Guide

So you can still eat out and have fun!

  • As you go through your Paleo journey, inevitably you’re going to go out to eat. Instead of struggling to pick the best paleo meals on the menu, we’ve created this guide to show you how to eat at restaurants without any issues.
  • This guide will show you:

How to eat at restaurants and stay Paleo

  • Sample meals you can order at restaurants
  • (delicious AND available almost anywhere)
  • How to avoid foods that secretly have gluten or dairy in them
  • (And how to ask your waiter to make sure they don’t mess up!)

04. The Paleo Foods and Fails Guide

All the healthiest Paleo foods + shopping lists!

  • One of the biggest complaints people have about the Paleo Diet is that there is a lack of food choices. Well let me tell you – with this program you will NEVER have a lack of choices. Just from expanding vegetables alone, you add hundreds of delicious meal combination opportunities.
  • With this food guide, you’ll have a complete list of foods to choose from, and open up new delicious meals for you to eat!
  • This guide will give you:

The complete list of healthy, delicious paleo foods

  • A list of foods and their seasonality (so you know which foods are fresh any time of the year)
  • Your Paleo Shopping List – so you know exactly what to get at the store

05. The Paleo 4X Cookbook

How the “pros” often eat each day!

  • If you hate spending time in the kitchen, and just want to get in and out with a delicious, paleo friendly meal, this cookbook is filled with recipes that use JUST 4 INGREDIENTS. These recipes include some from the most experienced eaters in our Paleohacks community.

This book will give you:

  • 65 easy, quick paleo recipes that you can cook anytime
  • Your freedom back – you’ll save hours and hours in the kitchen.
  • The end to struggling for ideas to create quick healthy meals – you’ll never be at a loss for what to make in the kitchen.

06. The One-Month Paleo Meal Plan

So you always know what to eat!

  • In this final free guide, we’ll give you our entire meal plan with 125 delicious recipes from the Paleohacks Cookbook. Whether you’re just getting started or a seasoned veteran, this guide will show you exactly what to eat and how much to eat. You just choose when you want to eat it!
  • With this guide – you won’t have to think at all when it comes to the Paleo Diet – everything will be laid out in front of you in easy, simple to follow steps.

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04. Metabolic Cooking – Fat Loss Cookbook  (click to buy)

The Complete Metabolic Cooking Package

  • We Have Developed The Simplest And Fastest Way To Preparing And Eating Delicious Fat Burning Meals Every Day For The Rest Of Your Life
  • The 9 part cookbook that will teach you how to make your own tasty fat torching meals that will once and for all give you the opportunity to get the results and the body you deserve!

You will find 250 quick and easy “Metabolicious” recipes to prepare:

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks
  • Sides
  • Smoothies
  • Red Meat
  • Pork
  • Chicken & Poultry
  • Fish & Seafood
  • Vegetarian

Metabolic Cooking makes fat loss taste a lot better and will make you a lot simpler! This is a must-have in your kitchen.

Free Bonus #1: The Fat Loss Optimizer Guide

  • Our Complete Fat Loss Optimizer Guide is loaded with all the information that you must know in order to burn fat faster and master the art of fat loss cooking and nutrition. It will teach you:
  • What top fat burning foods you must eat to burn fat faster.
  • Our 10 Rules of Metabolic Cooking for guaranteed success.
  • How to use the Metabolic Nutri-Profile, time your meals, and how much food you need to eat.
  • How to create your own individualized meal plan in minutes.
  • Money saving and grocery shopping tips.
  • And much, much more.
  • Everything you need to know to optimize your fat loss results is covered in this guide!

Free Bonus #2: The Metabolic Salad Builder and Metabolicious Dressings

  • In our Metabolic Salad Builder, we’ll show you how to create the ultimate fat burning salads that will stimulate your metabolism so that you burn more body fat than ever!
  • With this Metabolic Salad Builder, you will also find our Metabolicious Dressings guide to enhance the taste and metabolic powers our salads. Our famous calorie-free Metabolicious Salad Dressings will enhance your metabolism, someting that the chemical and sugar filled so-called “healthy dressings” are not going to do!

Free Bonus #3: The Thermo-Charged Seasoning Guide

  • There are always going to be those days when you’re simply in a huge rush and don’t have time to cook. No problem! That’s where our Thermo-Charged Seasonings come into play.
  • What we’ve done here is created some Sodium Free Thermo-Charged Seasonings that will spice up any bland pre-cooked chicken breast (or whatever protein source you’re using) into a taste sensation. Not only will this quick meal on the go taste good, but it’ll still have similar metabolic enhancing powers as all of the other recipes in our cookbooks. The addition of these seasonings will literally take you all of 20 seconds, but the difference on your rate of fat loss compared to if you had not done this will be profound. Fat loss really does not get much easier than this!

Free Bonus #4: Metabolic Cooking Quick Sheets

  • Last but not least, we have created the Metabolic Cooking Quick Sheets to make your life even more simple! It includes:
  • A quick recipe finder list.
  • An easy conversion chart (for our overseas friends).
  • Our grocery shopping masterlist.
  • A printable daily food log.
  • Our personal online shopping lists.
  • The complete Metabolic Cooking glossary.

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05. Anabolic Cooking – Muscle Building Cookbook  (click to buy)

SECRET ANABOLIC RECIPES DISCOVERED BY FRENCH BODYBUILDER MAKE IT EASY FOR ANY MAN TO GAIN MUSCLE FAST AND GET SHREDDED – WHILE STUFFING YOUR FACE WITH MOUTH-WATERING BROWNIES AND BLUEBERRY MUFFINS EVERY SINGLE DAY!

  • Over 200 simple recipes made up of the perfect macronutrient ratios for rapid muscle and strength gains…(never worry about losing your abs again!)
  • 1 SIMPLE post workout solution that will ensure you are maximizing your efforts in the gym…(no workout will be wasted)
  • An easy-to-make, pre-workout shake that’ll refuel your energy stores so you can crush new PRs in the gym and experience skin-stretching muscle pumps.
  • Over 15 mouth-watering, anabolic dessert recipes that will allow you to enjoy your favorite foods every single day… (every day is like a “cheat day”)
  • 6 meal prep shortcuts to ensure you ALWAYS have your food ready to go (even on the most hectic of days).
  • The ONLY supplements that have been PROVEN to work so you NEVER waste another dime on pills or powders that do NOTHING but empty your pockets.
  • 1 HOMEMADE pre-workout formula using ONLY the ingredients that aid in muscle growth and recovery without packing your scoops with fillers.
  • 2 performance supplements that WILL provide noticeable results (and the happen to be the least expensive ones).
  • The 1 “supplement” you’re taking right now (and relying on) that you don’t need to take, ever.
  • Plus much, much, more.

THE ULTIMATE MUSCLE-BUILDING COOKBOOK FOR MEN

This cookbook will help you make great tasting, muscle sculpting meals…even if you’re short on time and don’t know your way around the kitchen!

This book is packed with more than 200 “Anabolicious” recipes that:

  • Taste absolutely delicious
  • Promote muscle growth around the clock
  • Boost your anabolic hormone levels naturally
  • Anyone can cook…
  • Can be prepared in MINUTES!

Anabolic Cooking will turn you into the man you never thought you could be…whether your goal is to build lean muscle mass, lose body fat, stay fit, perform better or simply be healthy, this cookbook is a must-have in your kitchen!

MEAL PREP MADE EASY

Time is single reason most guys can’t eat enough to grow.

Not because you don’t have time to eat… but because you don’t have the time to cook every few hours.

With this meal prep shortcut guide you’ll discover the exact time-friendly techniques that’ll have all your meals ready to go while spending less than 1 hour in the kitchen a week!

THE SUPPLEMENT CHEAT SHEET

The most complete, no B.S. supplement guide for maximizing your muscle-building results in and out of the gym.

This cheat sheet reveals the only scientifically proven supplements available so you never have to waste another dime on useless products again.

You’ll also discover a proven, homemade pre-workout stack you can make for pennies on the dollar for explosive energy and jaw-dropping muscle pumps…

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Diabetes and your body

When you hear the word “diabetes,” your first thought is likely about high blood sugar. Blood sugar is an often-underestimated component of your health. When it’s out of whack over a long period of time, it could develop into diabetes. Diabetes affects your body’s ability to produce or use insulin, a hormone that allows your body to turn glucose (sugar) into energy. Here’s what symptoms may occur to your body when diabetes takes effect.

Diabetes can be effectively managed when caught early. However, when left untreated, it can lead to potential complications that include heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, and nerve damage.

Normally after you eat or drink, your body will break down sugars from your food and use them for energy in your cells. To accomplish this, your pancreas needs to produce a hormone called insulin. Insulin is what facilitates the process of pulling sugar from the blood and putting it in the cells for use, or energy.

If you have diabetes, your pancreas either produces too little insulin or none at all. The insulin can’t be used effectively. This allows blood glucose levels to rise while the rest of your cells are deprived of much-needed energy. This can lead to a wide variety of problems affecting nearly every major body system.

Types of diabetes

The effects of diabetes on your body also depends on the type you have. There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2.

Type 1 – also called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is an immune system disorder. Your own immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, destroying your body’s ability to make insulin. With type 1 diabetes, you must take insulin to live. Most people are diagnosed as a child or young adult.

Type 2 – is related to insulin resistance. It used to occur in older populations, but now more and more younger populations are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. This is a result of poor lifestyle, dietary, and exercise habits.

With type 2 diabetes, your pancreas stops using insulin effectively. This causes issues with being able to pull sugar from the blood and put it into the cells for energy. Eventually, this can lead to the need for insulin medication.

Earlier phases like prediabetes may be effectively managed with diet, exercise, and careful monitoring of blood sugars. This can also prevent the full development of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can be controlled. In some cases it can even go into remission if proper lifestyle changes are made.

Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that develops during pregnancy. Most of the time, you can control gestational diabetes through diet and exercise. It also typically resolves after the baby is delivered. Gestational diabetes can increase your risk for complications during pregnancy. It can also increase risk of type 2 diabetes development later in life for both mother and child.

Endocrine, excretory, and digestive systems

If your pancreas produces little or no insulin – or if your body can’t use it – alternate hormones are used to turn fat into energy. This can create high levels of toxic chemicals, including acids and ketone bodies, which may lead to a condition called diabetic ketoacidosis. This is a serious complication of the disease. Symptoms include extreme thirst, excessive urination, and fatigue.

Your breath may have a sweet scent that’s caused by the elevated levels of ketone bodies in the blood. High blood sugar levels and excess ketones in your urine can confirm diabetic ketoacidosis. If untreated, this condition can lead to loss of consciousness or even death.

Diabetic hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome (HHS) occurs in type 2 diabetes. It involves very high blood glucose levels but no ketones. You might become dehydrated with this condition. You may even lose consciousness. HHS is most common in people whose diabetes is undiagnosed or who haven’t been able to control their diabetes. It can also be caused by a heart attack, stroke, or infection.

High blood glucose levels may cause gastroparesis — when it’s hard for your stomach to completely empty. This delay can cause blood glucose levels to rise. As a result, you may also experience nausea, vomiting, bloating, and heartburn.

Kidney damage

Diabetes can also damage your kidneys and affect their ability to filter waste products from your blood. If your doctor detects microalbuminuria, or elevated amounts of protein in your urine, it could be a sign that your kidneys aren’t functioning properly.

Kidney disease related to diabetes is called diabetic nephropathy. This condition doesn’t show symptoms until its later stages. If you have diabetes, your doctor will evaluate you for nephropathy to help prevent irreversible kidney damage or kidney failure.

Circulatory system

Diabetes raises your risk of developing high blood pressure, which puts further strain on your heart. When you have high blood glucose levels, this can contribute to the formation of fatty deposits in blood vessel walls. Over time, it can restrict blood flow and increase the risk of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the blood vessels.

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, diabetes doubles your risk of heart disease and stroke. In addition to monitoring and controlling your blood glucose, good eating habits and regular exercise can help lower the risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.

You should also consider quitting smoking if you’re at risk for diabetes. Diabetes and smoking are a very bad mix. It increases your risk for cardiovascular problems and restricted blood flow.

Lack of blood flow can eventually affect your hands and feet and cause pain while you’re walking. This is called intermittent claudication. The narrowed blood vessels in your legs and feet may also cause problems in those areas. For example, your feet may feel cold or you may be unable to feel heat due to lack of sensation. This condition is known as peripheral neuropathy, which is a type of diabetic neuropathy that causes decreased sensation in the extremities. It’s particularly dangerous because it may prevent you from noticing an injury or infection.

Diabetes also increases your risk of developing infections or ulcers of the foot. Poor blood flow and nerve damage increases the likelihood of having a foot or leg amputated. If you have diabetes, it’s critical that you take good care of your feet and inspect them often.

Integumentary system

Diabetes can also affect your skin, the largest organ of your body. Along with dehydration, your body’s lack of moisture due to high blood sugar can cause the skin on your feet to dry and crack. It’s important to completely dry your feet after bathing or swimming. You can use petroleum jelly or gentle creams, but avoid letting these areas become too moist.

Moist, warm folds in the skin are susceptible to fungal, bacterial, or yeast infections. These tend to develop between fingers and toes, the groin, armpits, or in the corners of your mouth. Symptoms include redness, blistering, and itchiness.

High-pressure spots under your foot can lead to calluses. These can become infected or develop ulcers. If you do get an ulcer, see your doctor immediately to lower the risk of losing your foot. You may also be more prone to boils, folliculitis (infection of the hair follicles), sties, and infected nails.

Unmanaged diabetes can also lead to three skin conditions:

  • eruptive xanthomatosis, which causes hard yellow bumps with a red ring
  • digital sclerosis, which causes thick skin, most often on the hands or feet
  • diabetic dermopathy, which can cause brown patches on the skin

For diabetic dermopathy, there’s no cause for concern and no treatment is necessary.

These skin conditions usually clear up when you get your blood sugar under control.

Central nervous system

Diabetes causes diabetic neuropathy, or damage to the nerves. This can affect your perception of heat, cold, and pain. It can also make you more susceptible to injury. The chances that you won’t notice these injuries and let them develop into serious infections or conditions increases, too.

Diabetes can also lead to swollen, leaky blood vessels in the eye, called diabetic retinopathy. This can damage your vision. It may even lead to blindness. Symptoms of eye trouble can be mild at first, so it’s important to see your eye doctor regularly.

Reproductive system

The changing hormones during pregnancy can cause gestational diabetes and, in turn, increases your risk of high blood pressure. There are two types of high blood pressure conditions for pregnant women to watch out for, preeclampsia or eclampsia.

In most cases, gestational diabetes is easily controlled and glucose levels return to normal after the baby is born. Symptoms are similar to other types of diabetes, but may also include repeated infections affecting the vagina and bladder.

If you develop gestational diabetes, your baby may have a higher birth weight. This can make delivery more complicated. You’re also at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes several years following your baby’s delivery.

How Do I Manage My Blood Sugar When I’m Sick?

What Should I Eat? When Should I Call the Doctor?

When you have diabetes, sick days often mean more than a runny nose and sneezing. An illness like a cold, the flu, or any condition that makes you throw up or gives you diarrhea can also boost your blood sugar. So can an infection.

That means you have to stay on top of your blood sugar levels. Here are some guidelines:

  • Check your blood sugar every 4 hours;
  • Test for ketones if you have type 1 diabetes and your sugar level is above 240mg/dL — or if your doctor tells you to. Ketones are a form of waste that people with type 1 make when they’re under stress (like an illness). Call the doctor if you find ketones in your urine. Depending on how sick you are, he may suggest you go to the emergency room;
  • Check your temperature regularly;
  • Drink liquids if you can’t keep solid food down. Have one cup of liquid every hour while you’re awake to prevent dehydration. If you can’t hold down liquids, you may need to go to the emergency room or hospital;
  • Don’t stop taking insulin, even if you can’t eat solid food. You may need to eat or drink something with sugar so that your blood sugar doesn’t drop too low;
  • You may need to stop taking medicines by mouth for type 2 diabetes while you’re sick. Check with your doctor if you’re not sure what to do;
  • If you need an over-the-counter drug to control symptoms like cough and nasal congestion, ask your doctor or pharmacist for a list of sugar-free products.

What Should I Eat?

Eat or drink 30 to 50 grams of carbohydrates every 3 to 4 hours. That will keep your body nourished, stop if from making ketones, and prevent your blood sugar from dropping too low.

If you’re having trouble eating, try bland foods like the ones listed below. Each equals one carbohydrate choice.

  • 1 cup clear soup or broth
  • 1/2 cup regular gelatin
  • 1/2 cup regular soft drink, like 7-up or Sprite
  • 1/2 Popsicle
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup sports drink, like Gatorade
  • Choose calorie-free liquids like water and 1/2 cup of broth or bouillon.

When Should I Call the Doctor?

Contact the doctor’s office if:

  • Your blood sugar stays higher than 180 mg/dL or lower than 70 mg/dL;
  • You can’t keep liquids or solids down;
  • You have a temperature over 101 F;
  • You have diarrhea or are vomiting.

 

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Body Mass Index (BMI)

Maintaining a healthy body weight can protect you from a variety of illnesses. By assessing your body’s healthy weight and maintaining it as much as possible, you will be armed with an additional tool to stay in shape!

In order to reach optimum health, it is recommended that you calculate your healthy body weight using the Body Mass Index (BMI) in combination with your waist circumference.

Calculation method

To calculate your BMI, you must divide your weight in kilograms by your height in square metres. Let’s take the example of a person weighing 68 kg and measuring 1.65 metres tall:

Weight (kg) ÷ height (m)2   =   68 kg ÷ (1.65 m)2   =   24.97

Thus, this person has a BMI of 25.

To calculate your waist circumference, you must measure your abdomen at hip height with a tape measure.

Optimal BMI should be between 18.5 and 24.9 if you do not have any other conditions that influence the results (for example, if you are pregnant). Your waist circumference should be approximately 80 cm for women and 94 cm for men.

Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight can be beneficial to you in the long term. Below are some of the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight:

  • Reducing the risk of heart disease;
  • Reducing the risk of stroke;
  • Reducing the risks of developing some forms of cancer;
  • Controlling non-insulin dependent diabetes;
  • Relieving back and joint tension;
  • Increasing energy levels;
  • Optimizing the immune system;
  • Reducing the risks of osteoporosis;
  • Reducing infertility risks;
  • Reducing the risk of anaemia;
  • Having more self-esteem;
  • Increasing energy and welfare levels.

Below are several tips to help you maintain a healthy weight:

  • Make educated food choices. Avoid foods that contain sugar, fats and high calorie levels.
  • Eat a lot of fruit and vegetables.
  • Practise physical activity at least 3 times a week. Walk rather than taking the car whenever possible. Use stairs rather than taking the elevator, etc.
  • Introduce good lifestyle habits, such as drinking lots of water, getting enough sleep, etc.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption.
  • Weigh yourself on a regular basis using a bathroom scale on a flat surface, preferably at the same time of day and without clothing.

Here’s why BMI may not matter

It’s important to recognize that BMI itself is not measuring “health” or a physiological state (such as resting blood pressure) that indicates the presence (or absence) of disease. It is simply a measure of your size. Plenty of people have a high or low BMI and are healthy and, conversely, plenty of folks with a normal BMI are unhealthy. In fact, a person with a normal BMI who smokes and has a strong family history of cardiovascular disease may have a higher riskof early cardiovascular death than someone who has a high BMI but is a physically fit non-smoker.

And then there is the “obesity paradox.” Some studies have found that despite the fact that the risk of certain diseases increases with rising BMI, people actually tend to live longer, on average, if their BMI is a bit on the higher side.

Should we stop giving so much “weight” to BMI ?

That’s exactly what’s being asked in the discussion generated by a new study. For this study, researchers looked at how good the BMI was as a single measure of cardiovascular health and found that it wasn’t very good at all:

  • Nearly half of those considered overweight by BMI had a healthy “cardiometabolic profile,” including a normal blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar.
  • About a third of people with normal BMI measures had an unhealthy cardiometabolic profile.

The authors bemoaned the “inaccuracy” of the BMI. They claim it translates into mislabeling millions of people as unhealthy and also overlooking millions of others who are actually unhealthy, but are considered “healthy” by BMI alone.

Actually, this should come as no surprise. BMI, as a single measure, would not be expected to identify cardiovascular health or illness; the same is true for cholesterol, blood sugar, or blood pressure as a single measure. And while cardiovascular health is important, it’s not the only measure of health! For example, this study did not consider conditions that might also be relevant to an individual with an elevated BMI, such as liver disease or arthritis.

Bottom line

As a single measure, BMI is clearly not a perfect measure of health. But it’s still a useful starting point for important conditions that become more likely when a person is overweight or obese. It’s a good idea to know your BMI but it’s also important to recognize its limitations.

after all…

Once we learn about all the benefits to be had from reaching a healthy weight, we understand the importance of adopting measures to avoid obesity, as much among children and adolescents as among adults. If you feel you could stand to lose some weight or are concerned about the effects that excess weight could have on your health, speak to your pharmacist or doctor.

You can also call upon the expertise of other professionals, such as a nutritionist, to help you establish an action plan to maintain your healthy weight.

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Myths about Weight loss

Weight loss is a long journey with many misconceptions attached to it. So, let us talk about more in detail about some common myths, facts and logic behind weight loss.

First Myth

Exercise is enough, no need of dieting

Logic

Exercise is beneficial for many reasons but when it comes to weight loss, a proper weight loss diet plays a vital role. If you eat 1 chicken sandwich, you consume 400 to 500 calories, you need to burn these calories by working out for at least for an hour. Now imagine a scenario where you would have made a healthier choice. In that case, a half an hour workout would have been enough. Get to know how much exercise you need to lose weight?

Fact

Exercise is not enough, proper dieting is absolutely essential.

Second Myth

Fasting and Skipping meals help you to lose weight fast

Logic

Fasting and skipping meals slow down the metabolism due to which you shed weight slowly. Besides that, later in the day, you feel really hungry and binge on unhealthy stuff. Learn to get more information on Increase body metabolism to lose weight.

Fact

Fasting and Skipping meals never help you to lose weight fast.

Third Myth

Carbohydrates make you gain weight. So, cut down carbs in your diet

Logic

Carbohydrates never make you gain weight. It is the calories that make you gain weight. The sugar and fat that carbohydrates often contain make you fat. Opt for other good carbs like whole grains. 

Fact

Carbohydrates never make you gain weight. You have to avoid bad carbs like Sugar, added sugar, refined flours. Learn to know more about good and bad carbohydrates.

Fourth Myth

A fruit- only diet is best for weight loss

Logic

Fruits also have calories. However, if you live only on fruits, you deprive your body of variety of nutrients and can face long-term health problems           

Fact

Fruit only diet is not good at all.

Fifth Myth

Fad diet helps you to lose weight faster

Logic

Fad diets are comprised of only 800 to 1000 calories which is difficult to follow. It has many adverse effects in the long run. One should always avoid this kind of diet.

Fact

Fad diet is that kind of weight loss diet which actually results in weight gain

Fad Diets

There are many different diets that promote weight loss. Unfortunately, not all diets help you over time. Learn how to identify a fad diet.

What are fad diets?

Hundreds of diets are being promoted as the best approach to losing weight. Unfortunately, many of these diets involve eliminating foods that contain necessary nutrients. Some diets even cut entire food groups. These are fad diets.

For example, fad diets may include those that are fat-free, very-low-carbohydrate, or high protein. Some fad diets focus on a particular food, such as grapefruit or cabbage. Some have you eliminate certain foods at specific times of the day. Others allow you certain foods, as long as you eat them along with certain other foods.

Many of these diets may lack major nutrients, such as dietary fiber and carbohydrates, as well as selected vitamins, minerals, and protective phytochemicals. By not receiving the proper amounts of these nutrients, you can develop serious health problems later in life.

For the food groups that these diets do permit, the amounts are either well above or well below those recommended by major health organizations like the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics — as well as the Surgeon General and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Common claims these diets make include blaming particular hormones for weight gain, suggesting that food can change body chemistry. Or they may hype or ban a particular food.

However, all have one thing in common: a temporary solution to what for many people is a lifelong problem. Once the diet is stopped, the lost weight is usually regained quickly, since none of the diets teach behavior modification (changing how you eat).

How do I spot a fad diet?

While there is no set approach to spotting a fad diet, the following guidelines can help. Fad diets tend to have:

  • Recommendations that promise a quick fix.
  • Claims that sound too good to be true.
  • Simplistic conclusions drawn from a complex study.
  • Recommendations based on a single study.
  • Dramatic statements that are refuted by reputable scientific organizations.
  • Lists of “good” and “bad” foods.
  • Recommendations made to help sell a product.
  • Recommendations based on studies published without peer review.
  • Recommendations from studies that ignore differences among individuals or groups.
  • Elimination of one or more of the five food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy).

What is still the best method to lose weight and keep it off? Exercise regularly and eat a variety of foods with moderate portions dear LLET friend.

 

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Weight – Maintain it, Don’t Gain!

Maintaining a healthy weight is important for health. In addition to lowering the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure, it can also lower the risk of many different cancers.

Move more, eat less. Turning off the television and skipping the sugary drinks are two ways to get started.

Your weight, your waist size, and the amount of weight gained since your mid-20s can have serious health implications. These factors can strongly influence your chances of developing the following diseases and conditions:

  • Cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Gallstones
  • Asthma
  • Cataracts
  • Infertility
  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea

If your weight is in the healthy range and isn’t more than 10 pounds over what you weighed when you turned 21, focus on maintaining that weight by watching what you eat and exercising.

Because most adults between the ages of 18 and 49 gain 1-2 pounds each year, stopping and preventing weight gain should be a priority. Gaining weight as you age increases the chances of developing one or more chronic diseases.

Middle-aged women and men who gained 11 to 22 pounds after age 20 were up to three times more likely to develop heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and gallstones than those who gained five pounds or fewer.

Those who gained more than 22 pounds had an even larger risk of developing these diseases.

Another analysis found that adult weight gain – even after menopause – can increase the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer.

Encouragingly, for women who had never used hormone replacement therapy, losing weight after menopause – and keeping it off – cut their risk of post-menopausal breast cancer in half.

Does Being Overweight Reduce Mortality?

You may have seen news coverage of a study claiming that being overweight and obese may reduce mortality but a panel of experts discussed why the general public should not rely on these flawed study findings.

The main flaw of this study is that the normal weight group, which showed an increased mortality risk compared to the overweight group, included more heavy smokers, patients with cancer or other diseases that cause weight loss, and elderly people suffering from frailty. There was no distinction made between these unhealthy normal weight people and lean healthy individuals. The overweight and obese groups did appear to have a lower mortality rate than this mix of healthy and very unhealthy normal weighted individuals, and this flaw led to false conclusions that overweight and grade 1 obesity carry no risk and may offer reduced mortality.

What Causes Weight Gain? 

  1. Diet: The quantity and quality of food in your diet has a strong impact on weight.
  2. Genes: Some people are genetically predisposed to gain weight more easily than others or to store fat around the midsection.

Genes do not have to become destiny, however, and studies suggest that eating a healthy diet, staying active, and avoiding unhealthy habits like drinking soda can prevent the genetic predisposition to risk for obesity.

  1. Physical inactivity: Exercising has a host of health benefits, including reducing the chances of developing heart disease, some types of cancer, and other chronic diseases. Physical activity is a key element of weight control and health.
  2. Sleep: Research suggests that there’s a link between how much people sleep and how much they weigh. In general, children and adults who get too little sleep tend to weigh more than those who get enough sleep.

For example, in one Study researchers followed roughly 60,000 women for 16 years. At the start of the study, all of the women were healthy, and none were obese; 16 years later, women who slept 5 hours or less per night had a 15 percent higher risk of becoming obese, compared to women who slept 7 hours per night. Short sleepers also had 30 percent higher risk of gaining 30 pounds over the course of the study, compared to women who got 7 hours of sleep per night.

There are several possible ways that sleep deprivation could increase the chances of becoming obese.

  • Sleep-deprived people may be too tired to exercise, decreasing the “calories burned” side of the weight-change equation.
  • People who don’t get enough sleep may take in more calories than those who do, simply because they are awake longer and have more opportunities to eat.
  • Lack of sleep also disrupts the balance of key hormones that control appetite, so sleep-deprived people may be hungrier than those who get enough rest each night.

What You Can Do?

Maintaining a healthy weight is not always easy. The key to success is making changes in daily eating and physical activity habits that can be maintained over one’s lifetime.

Our weight is a result of the combination of the energy one takes in (through foods and beverages) and the energy their body uses (through engaging in physical activity). To lose weight, an individual needs to use more calories than they  consume. To maintain a healthy weight, one needs to balance the calories they use with those they take in. Some ways to create a caloric deficit are:

  • Spend less time in sedentary activities (e.g., watching television, internet surfing)
  • Engage in daily physical activities (e.g., walking, bicycling, gardening, housework)
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables and reduce food portion sizes.

An interesting study has highlighted gender difference amongst people trying to reach their ideal body weight. According to a study, women tend to consider ideal weight for their height and age lesser than what is medically recommended. This forces them to resort to yo-yo diets to achieve their target. On the other hand, men tend to lean towards the higher range, and to achieve that they work on building more muscle through supplements or a high protein diet.

You can get your ideal body weight that is specific to your age, body type and lifestyle without having to starve yourself by following the balanced healthy diet and regular workout.

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Good Health – The most important thing in Life

Health is not valued till sickness comes.

You appreciate the real value of your health only after it’s lost. In its absence, when you fight the never-ending health problems, you understand how tough life can be without it. Realizing this, every time you get sick you act out of fear so that things don’t get worse. Yet, as soon as you get well, most often, you stop maintaining your health. This brings up the question: Why don’t you realize the importance of health maintenance, in living a good life, before your health is worsening?

If you don’t understand this simple concept, your body won’t protect your health at its full potential. As a result, your body will be prone to develop all kinds of pains in the joints, back, legs, etc, which will make your life even harder. Unfortunately, suffering from body aches is not an enjoyable living.

The good news is that there is an alternative.

You could eat healthier, exercise, and remove the bad habits out of your lifestyle, which would maintain your health strong. This kind of lifestyle will prevent your health from the sicknesses of tomorrow.

Healthy living is a lifestyle, not a short-term goal

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not easy when you have a day job, a family, or both.

It adds up so many tasks on your part that you hardly find time for yourself. By the end of the day, when the working day is over and kids are sleeping, you can finally have some rest and watch TV.

In your gut, you feel that you need to live healthier, but you don’t know how.

Despite the lack of time, you decide to go on a two-week diet and, after that, you plan to attend the gym for another 3 months. This should bring your body in good shape by summer, but it is not enough to keep you healthy for a lifetime.

Unfortunately, the two-week diet and the three-month exercising program are not enough to say that you follow a healthy lifestyle.

To follow a healthy lifestyle, the first thing you need to do is to give up on bad habits. From there, you’ll gain more willpower to exercise and eat healthier.

Healthy living prevents disorder in life

Life is an ongoing process that impacts important aspects of it. If you don’t control these changes, life gradually declines into disorder.

Your health is also under continuous change and if you don’t keep it under control, it may gradually worsen.

Let’s take the human body, as an example. As it ages, the hair grays out, the skin loses its elasticity, wrinkles appear on the face, health slows down, etc. These changes become noticeable as you grow and are a sign that your health requires your attention.

Healthy living slows down the decline of your health into disorder. It provides a living with fewer health-related sufferings. It improves self-confidence and self-esteem. And it feels good when you can enjoy life.

You have complete control over your lifestyle

Your health is the gift given to you at birth. You choose how to spend it. Will you have it burn fast? Or, let your health serve you as long as possible?

You have total control over your lifestyle and the kind of lifestyle you live has a certain impact on your health.

The ability to control your health by tweaking your lifestyle is the distinctive aspect of health. You don’t have such control in other aspects of your life.

For example.

  • Relationships: you can’t have somebody involve in a relationship with you if that person doesn’t feel anything for you. You can’t have control over someone’s feelings.
  • Money making: to improve your financial status you need to have skills that you can sell. It takes years to gain skills but in the end, the customer decides whom to hire.
  • In sport: if you want to become a champion in karate you must beat your opponent. Unfortunately, if you don’t have control over your opponent’s training process to be able to influence it somehow.

The man who earns a million but destroys his health in the process is not really a success. Our health is something we often take for granted. But, there are some things in life that should never be taken for granted.

Take care of yourself dear LLET friend … It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver !!!

 

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What beauty means to us?

Scientists are still trying to figure out what beauty means to people and to figure out what makes things and people beautiful. In some ways, it’s like asking whether your vision of “red” is the same as someone else’s — there’s just no way to know for sure.

Still, there’s plenty to explore in neuroscience and psychology when it comes to what people find beautiful, to what extent people see beauty in themselves, and what role beauty plays in society.

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Beauty and the brain

Regardless of culture, there appear to be certain patterns of brain activity associated with viewing something you find beautiful.

The only factor common to all that people find beautiful in art and music is activity in the brain’s medial orbital frontal cortex, part of the reward and pleasure center of the brain.

There are cultural trends in what in art and music people find beautiful — for instance, there’s a Japanese preference for asymmetry, compared to a Western ideal of symmetry. This does not apply to faces, however, as it seems that universally people prefer symmetrical faces.

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It’s also not well understood why people adapt to certain objects of beauty after many exposures, but not others. For instance, you might be bored of a pop song after a few listens, but listen to an opera dozens of times, over a period of years, and still feel emotional about it. Or perhaps there’s a painting that you’ve always admired, whereas another painting loses its splendor after a few viewings.

That makes sense, since we see every single blemish in ourselves, whereas there are plenty of people we consider beautiful to whom we don’t get close enough to examine all the little flaws. Perception of beauty may weaken when we do start to recognize those defects.

Brain imaging has been done with facial beauty, too. Self-evaluation of one’s own facial attractiveness may be related to self-esteem, based on common patterns of brain activity.

Beauty in the face

When it comes to facial attractiveness, there are reasons to believe that specific features and biologically based factors guide our assessment of beauty.

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Faces that are more symmetrical and average-looking tend to be rated as more attractive in scientific studies. Symmetry in particular has been studied extensively, not only in the Western World but also in hunter-gatherer cultures removed from mainstream media. The Hadza of Tanzania, a remote group of hunter-gatherers, showed a stronger preference for symmetry than people in the United Kingdom. Men who were more often deemed good hunters especially liked symmetry in female faces. And Hadza women like symmetry in men’s faces even more when they were pregnant or nursing, periods when they may be extra cautious about foods and disease harmful to a child.

In fact, even babies respond more positively to attractive, symmetrical faces. But babies appear to respond more to faces deemed attractive than those that are purely symmetrical, suggesting there’s something else going on.

There are theories that specific proportions are the most naturally beautiful, with ratios of length and width being important.

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And with the help of computers, it has become apparent that morphing a lot of faces together typically produces an end product that is highly attractive. The reasoning goes that this blending gets closer to the face “prototype” that may underline attractiveness — the ultimate idea of a face is the most average one.

So it may be that babies are drawn to faces that are most like the most basic concept of a face — that is, they are average.

Why should that matter? The theory goes that symmetrical features may be markers of genetic quality. Human ancestors evolved to find mates that would pass on good genes to offspring, so they would naturally be repelled by traits that would be detrimental to survival or indicators of poor health.

One study found that people with asymmetrical faces tended to come from more difficult and deprived childhoods than those with more symmetrical features. It appears that adversity in childhood is associated with facial features that are not perfectly aligned and matching, although there’s no proof that one of these phenomena causes the other.

And the kind of man that women are attracted to can vary according to phases of the ovulation cycle. Studies showed that during periods of high fertility, women are more drawn to more rugged, dominant-looking men. Subconsciously they may be perceiving beauty in accordance with evolutionary forces, since dominance can indicate genetic fitness. Incidentally, women also buy sexier clothes when they are most fertile.

A recent study found that women are most attracted to men with the strongest immune systems, which were associated with higher testosterone levels. But that was complicated in men who had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, suggesting that women may find stressed-out men less attractive.

Beauty also plays a role in friendship. Research has shown that women tend to have friends of similar attractiveness. These scientists found that, both in terms of one’s own perceptions of beauty and that of independent judges, a woman’s attractiveness correlates well with her friends’ attractiveness. And, if you’re a woman who’s the less attractive one in a friendship pair, you’re also more likely to view your more attractive friend as a mating rival. But this is a small study, and more research should be done to back up these conclusions.

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Beauty in yourself

Sometimes people hook their self-worth on their appearance, tying beauty to their perception of themselves. We compare how we think we look to how other people look, and we make a decision about whether we’re much better or much worse.

That comparison can have negative or positive emotional and psychological consequences.

There’s scientific evidence to suggest that ideas about the importance of one’s own beauty get formulated in childhood. Parents give a certain level of praise to their children for their appearance, vs. the amount of effort they put into tasks and the activities they’re good at. Little girls in child beauty contests, for instance, receive the feedback that their appearance is highly valued. You can imagine that sets the stage for people to think about themselves in terms of appearance or abilities.

And when it comes to assessing beauty, many people are their own worst critics. Sometimes there’s a particular body part that becomes a focus of self-loathing.

It’s still socially unacceptable to say things to others that we would say to ourselves. We don’t filter our judgments of ourselves in the same way that we filter judgments of others.

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When taken to the extreme, obsession over a particular aspect of one’s appearance has a psychiatric diagnosis: body dysmorphic disorder. It’s the reason some people get dozens of plastic surgeries, but are never satisfied with the outcomes.

On the flip side, you can view your body as a source of power — for instance, after running a first 5 kilometer race or even marathon, some people feel proud of what their bodies can do.

Beauty as power

Studies have shown that people who are perceived as being more attractive also appear more competent and successful. There’s presumably a strong cultural and learned dimension to all of these effects.

Other research has shown that physical attractiveness can also influence salary.

The legal system may even take beauty into account – a variety of studies have found effects suggesting that attractiveness helps when it comes to verdicts and sentencing. It may be that attractive people are less likely to commit crimes as serious as unattractive people, or that there is a societal view that pretty people are “good” and wouldn’t do bad things.

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Or we can divide perception of beauty into three things: contributing factors from genetics, grooming and how people reacted to your appearance in early life. Early experiences of being the apple of your mother or father’s eye goes a very long way about how you feel about your own looks. But if your parent became more critical of you when you became less “cute,” you might feel less attractive.

There must be something more than just other peoples’ good favor for looks going on, since there are professional models with low self-image.

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For models, there are unrealistic expectations of beauty all around — not only in magazines and television. The ones who do well are those who don’t assume they have to be perfect to be beautiful.

There’s a process that everyone goes through at some point, no matter how much or little you value your looks. The good looks of youth change, and no longer match your vision of yourself. But when you’re in a marriage or long-term partnership, you’re not actively having to worry about being beautiful to attract a new mate.

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Why do women wear makeup?

From the soot-rimmed eyes of the ancient Egyptians to the lead paint worn by the Elizabethans, women and girls have experimented with cosmetics throughout history. Indeed, according to the Roman playwright Plautus, “a woman without paint is like food without salt”. Shakespeare’s Hamlet was less keen but just as rude, telling Ophelia: “I’ve heard all about you women and your cosmetics too. God gives you one face, but you paint another on top of it…”.

photo-1530999651725-59e0e1761b3aSo is makeup necessary seasoning, a conniving ploy by manipulative sexpots, or neither? Ask a group of women why they wear makeup and you’ll receive myriad responses. Some will say it makes them feel more confident, that they don’t feel completely “done” without it; others will say they love experimenting with looks and colours as a way of expressing themselves, that there’s a fun, theatrical element to face paint that allows them to channel different personalities and aesthetics.

But just as there are women and girls who wear makeup completely for themselves, there are those who wear makeup for the perceived benefit of others, or who feel as though they are unacceptable without it. Makeup can be a mask you hide behind that gets you ready to face the world, or something you deploy as a weapon – to attract a partner, to intimidate, shock and amaze. It is used as part of religious or cultural rituals, or to align yourself with a subculture. It can mask your insecurities or be used to enhance the bits you love the most.

photo-1534420508552-1acd54331e78Makeup is so ubiquitous in our society that for a woman to go without it has become, in some cases, a statement – the “no makeup selfie” being a case in point. Makeup is especilly important for female celebrities that you can find on covers of many fashion magazines. Some will say there’s a fun, theatrical element to face paint that allows them to channel different personalities and aesthetics.

photo-1525641042653-e0caa0dffdd1Women receive messages from an early age that encourage us to believe that one of our primary functions is to be decorative and therefore appealing to men. Go into any newsagent and you’ll see little girls’ magazines that come with free gifts of lipgloss and nail varnish. Parents buy their daughters strange, disembodied dolls’ heads to practise on. The Disney princesses so many little girls model themselves on wear eyeliner, mascara and eyeshadow, and have perfectly plucked eyebrows. Considering the extent to which makeup is viewed as a process of adornment used for attracting a mate, to foist it upon girls so young is arguably more than a little creepy.

photo-1531475925016-6d33cb7c8344Evolutionary psychologists have it that, as with so many things, makeup comes down to sex. Women tend to have darker eyes and lips than men, and makeup enhances those sex differences. Furthermore, the desirable qualities a man looks for in a woman – largely related to reproductive fitness – are said to be amplified by makeup. Beauty ideals vary from culture to culture, but there are some universal markers of attractiveness. Facial symmetry and an even skin tone imply good health, while youthfulness denotes fertility. Plump lips and flushed cheeks, meanwhile, are signs of sexual arousal, so your scarlet lipstick and pink blusher might just be giving that random man in the bar the subconscious signal that you’re ready for a night of passion.

photo-1509251687257-cf2f5de0360aCosmetics companies often rely on women’s insecurities – inculcated through years of exposure to images of physical perfection in mainstream media – in order to sell products, operating on the basis of “maybe she’s born with it, but probably not, so buy this concealer”. Its function as a means for covering up unwanted flaws or “unsightly” blemishes is hammered into us again and again. Many women spend hundreds of pounds each year on cosmetics, and as many minutes worrying about the way we look.

When the vision of beauty you are presented with is largely homogeneous, it’s only natural that you might resort to makeup as an attempt to “blend in” or to “pass”. But, as often with trappings of femininity, you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. Studies repeatedly tell us that men are more attracted to women who wear makeup.

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Perhaps, then, when it comes to makeup, we are our own worst enemies, believing that the world wants to see us in a certain way when in actual fact we’re fine the way we are. Why do women wear makeup? You could say it’s a pinch of patriarchy, a dusting of sex, a smattering of fun, and a whole, caked-on layer of misplaced insecurity.

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BODYBUILDING

LEARN ABOUT BODYBUILDING – EARN STRONG BODY, ATTRACTIVE LOOK AND BOOST YOUR ENERGY

In order to start believing in your potential, you have to start by setting small goals – the same is with Bodybuilding ! 

Bodybuilding is all about form. At its highest levels, bodybuilders are trying to cultivate aesthetic perfection in the human physique. In other words, bodybuilding is about getting jacked. Bodybuilding is primarily concerned with looks, big muscles, low body fat. It aims to realize the potential of every single muscle in the human body to grow while maintaining balance and cohesion. No big quads and small glutes, or big biceps and small triceps. Bodybuilders want everything to grow not for extra functionality, but because they look better that way.

People use all sorts of different methods to bodybuild. What makes bodybuilding bodybuilding isn’t so much the methods – although there are definite trends. There are keto bodybuilders doing medium rep sets and basic “balanced diet” bodybuilders doing high rep sets. It’s the intent.

Bodybuilders want to look strong and impressive. They’re judged based on how they look, not what they can lift.

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What can bodybuilders expect to get from bodybuilding?

  • Better body composition – more lean mass, less body fat;
  • Strength – big muscles usually increase strength, though not necessarily functional strength;
  • Better insulin sensitivity – bigger muscles mean bigger glycogen sinks, and strength training increases insulin sensitivity;
  • Increased bone density and all the wonderful adaptive benefits of lifting heavy things.

For one thing, successful bodybuilding requires planning, careful attention to technique, and a strong mind-body awareness and presence of mind to “feel” the muscle working. Research confirms that rather than use “extreme, non-evidence-based regimens,” bodybuilders use “evidence-based” nutrition strategies to achieve their desired physiques. In addition, strength training (and exercise in general) supports brain health and triggers brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which promotes neuronal growth and protects against neurodegenerative disease.

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Bodybuilders never do compound exercises

The notion that bodybuilders are only using machines and doing isolation exercises is simply wrong. Arnold started with squats, Ronnie Coleman squatted and deadlifted. Tom Platz definitely squatted. A bodybuilder might do a lot of curls, but never in the squat rack.

Beside Bodybuilding there is also something that we call CrossFit – What is it?

Both CrossFit and bodybuilding involve lifting weights and putting them back down, repeatedly, several times each week. Both are forms of exercise. The similarities stop there. The real meat lies in the differences.

First of all, defining CrossFit by real world examples is difficult; there are tons. There’s so-called “homepage CrossFit,” where you go to CrossFit.com and do the Workout of the Day (WOD) as prescribed. That’s become less and less popular as more CF boxes open up and employ their own programming. These days, those doing main page CF are mostly individuals following along at home or at regular gyms.

It’s better to look at the overarching intent of the CrossFit philosophy.

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CrossFit is all about function. Rather than emphasizing aesthetics, it focuses on increasing work capacity. It’s trying to make people better at producing a given amount of work in less time than before. If you can go from doing 10 pullups in two minutes to doing 20 pullups in two minutes, you’ve just increased your work capacity. CrossFit wants its athletes to not only lift heavy things, but lift heavy things repeatedly with less rest.

It also wants to increase your work capacity across “broad modal domains.” What does that mean? Rather than increase only pullup work capacity, it wants you to improve your work capacity across every mode of movement humans engage in: running, rowing, jumping, squatting, deadlifting, throwing, climbing, carrying, pushing, pressing, clean-and-jerking. CrossFitters are training for “the sport of fitness” – for overall adaptive fitness.

And actually, what most people imagine when they think of CrossFit isn’t too far off from the reality:

  • High-intensity full-body movements performed for time;
  • “As many reps as possible” (AMRAP) workouts;
  • Olympic lifts for reps;
  • Endless pullups and ring dips;
  • Rowing, sprinting, climbing;
  • Varied modes of movement.

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Benefits Of Each

What can bodybuilders expect to get from bodybuilding?

  • Better body composition- more lean mass, less body fat;
  • Strength – big muscles usually increase strength, though not necessarily functional strength;
  • Better insulin sensitivity – bigger muscles mean bigger glycogen sinks, and strength training increases insulin sensitivity;
  • Increased bone density and all the wonderful adaptive benefits of lifting heavy things.

What can CrossFitters expect to get out of CrossFit?

  • Improvements in both strength, anaerobic, and aerobic capacity;
  • Better functional movement patterns;
  • Better insulin sensitivity;
  • Increased bone density;
  • Better cardio vascular health.

What Can CrossFitters and Bodybuilders Learn From Each Other?

CrossFitters can learn:

The importance of discipline. To be a successful bodybuilder, you can’t “just eat whatever” and “train here and there.” You don’t just bang out a quick 20-minute session. You’re in the gym for 1-2 hours, spending half your time on the triceps. You’re meal planning a week in advance. It requires dedication and extreme discipline to really influence body composition to the degree body builders do, develop a balanced physique, and maintain low-enough body fat that you can see all your hard work. There’s a constant dance between eating enough to gain muscle and keeping body fat low. The cut and bulk. That isn’t easy.

The importance of quality of movement. Since a big concern is work performed across time, CrossFitters will often look for short cuts to improve performance without building the appropriate foundation. A good example of this is launching into kipping pullups (which use explosive momentum and demand a lot of shoulder mobility and strength) before you can do more than one strict pull up on your own.

The benefits of isolation exercises. Many folks in the online fitness/health community—not just CrossFitters—neglect the benefits of isolation exercises, often gleefully. “Those are for the beach,” they’ll say, or “pullups are enough, no need for curls.” Yet, sometimes isolation exercises can actually translate to real life capability by strengthening a weak link. If you’re doing nothing but pullups and rows without any direct bicep work, consider doing some. Another example is the pistol squat; it’s not hard because of inadequate quad or hamstring strength, but because the hip flexors and ankles are weak and lack mobility. An isolated focus on those relatively “minor” muscles can make a huge difference.

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Bodybuilders can learn:

The benefits of overall fitness rather than just weight training. Looking big and strong is great. No arguments there. But it’s fun to be able to move through time and space with fluidity and grace—and explosiveness. There’s no reason to avoid improving your cardiovascular and anaerobic fitness, or put those big muscles to work. If anything, doing so will improve your physique and make your bodybuilding more effective.

The importance of compound barbell movements. While I know the big names pay their dues with squats, deadlifts, and other compound lifts, many of the beginners stumbling around the globo-gym neglect the big lifts in favor of exclusively doing isolation exercises.

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after all…

Every human wants to look good, to appear strong and competent and aesthetic.

Every human wants to be strong and competent, with the ability to impose his or her will on the world.

What about You dear LLET friend ? 

 

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HEALTH

LEARN ABOUT HEALTH – EARN A CHANCE TO FEEL WHOLE LIFE POTENTIAL AND ALL ITS POSSIBILITIES

A healthy person has a thousand wishes, a sick person only one !

 

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Health is more than just a good or bad feeling, an external aesthetic look, or numbers on a medical chart. Health is the all-encompassing state of who we are as individuals. Unfortunately, health has been misconstrued in our society, misrepresented by the media, and warped to be used synonymously with things like thinness or physical strength. 

In reality, true health is the intersection of our physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual state of being at any one time.

“He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything”.

Health is the most important aspect of our existence. It affects us every moment of the day, can change instantly or overtime, and is the number one determinant of the trajectory our life takes.

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Different Types of Health

Physical Health – is the condition of your body.

Imagine five pictures – somebody doing push ups, somebody running, somebody doing sit ups, also someone lifting weights, and someone riding a bike. These pictures show physical health because all of the people in the pictures are exercising, and when you exercise you stay in shape and that is what physical health is about, it is about the condition of your body and staying in shape. These are exercises that you could maybe fit into your daily or weekly schedule so you can help keep yourself healthy and your body in good condition.

Emotional health – is expressing your emotions positively.

Imagine five pictures – of friends hugging, girls giving each other high fives, a family spending time together, 3 friends together, and someone not stressing out during a test. These pictures connect with emotional health because everybody is showing positive emotions, either towards themselves or towards others. You can see that the family looks happy,and that the friends are happy together, and also that the person taking the test doesn’t look stressed and looks pretty confident. Expressing emotions positively is very important because you don’t want to make yourself feel bad or others feel bad either.

Mental/Intellectual health – is the ability to recognize reality and cope with life.

Imagine five pictures – of someone reading, someone doing homework or schoolwork, somebody  taking a test, someone doing yoga, and someone doing breathing exercises. These pictures relate to mental/intellectual health because this health has to do with the mind, and what you are thinking, and also your intelligence. In all of these photos people have to use thoughts and intelligence for what they are doing. For example, the person doing yoga and the person doing breathing exercises have to focus and keep negative thoughts out of there mind. Also for people to maintain there mental/intellectual health they have to be confident and accept themselves. The person who is working on homework and the person taking the test, they have to be confident and they need to work hard to maintain mental/intellectual health. They also have to use intelligence to take the test and do homework so they can work better and do a good job.

Social health – is how you relate to people at home, school, and everywhere else.

Imagine five pictures – of kids playing soccer, teens outside, students talking at school, a family playing a game and a family eating dinner. These pictures relate to social health because everybody is being positive and nice to each other. Also when people are getting along and meeting new people they are maintaining and improving their social health. In the pictures you can see that everybody is comfortable around each other and nobody seems nervous or scared because they are socializing and having a good time, and being respectful and nice to others.

Environmental health – is keeping air and water clean, having safe food sources, being in a place you enjoy, and having safe surroundings

Imagine five pictures – of a children crossing sign, people crossing the street, kids having fun riding bikes, kids playing and a family having fun at home. These all relate to environmental health because part of environmental health is about having safe surroundings and that is what these pictures represent, people are having fun and can feel safe in community. Environmental health is important because if you don’t feel safe in your community or have safe resources then it is not healthy for you or your community.

Spiritual health – is maintained or improved by living according to your ethics morals and values.

These five pictures represent spiritual health – pictures of a peace sign, a yin yang sign, a cross, a church, and a Shinto sign. These pictures represent spiritual health because spiritual health is partly about what you believe in and that is what the pictures represent. They represent different backgrounds and beliefs. Everybody has different beliefs so to don’t go by another persons beliefs, go by your own beliefs.

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Advices about Physical activity

Physical activity and exercise is a major contributor to a healthy lifestyle; people are made to use their bodies, and disuse leads to unhealthy living. Unhealthy living may manifest itself in obesity, weakness, lack of endurance, and overall poor health that may foster disease development.

Tips:

  • Regular exercise can prevent and reverse age-related decreases in muscle mass and strength, improve balance, flexibility, and endurance, and decrease the risk of falls in the elderly. Regular exercise can help prevent coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. Regular, weight-bearing exercise can also help prevent osteoporosis by building bone strength;
  • Regular exercise can help chronic arthritis sufferers improve their capacity to perform daily activities such as driving, climbing stairs, and opening jars;
  • Regular exercise can help increase self-esteem and self-confidence, decrease stress and anxiety, enhance mood, and improve general mental health;
  • Regular exercise can help control weight gain and in some people cause loss of fat;
  • Thirty minutes of modest exercise (walking is OK) at least three to five days a week is recommended, but the greatest health benefits come from exercising most days of the week;
  • Exercise can be broken up into smaller 10-minute sessions;
  • Start slowly and progress gradually to avoid injury or excessive soreness or fatigue. Over time, build up to 30 to 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise every day;
  • People are never too old to start exercising. Even frail, elderly individuals (70-90 years of age) can improve their strength and balance with exercise;
  • Almost any type of exercise (resistance, water aerobics, walking, swimming, weights, yoga, and many others) is helpful for everybody;
  • Children need exercise; play outside of the home is a good beginning;
  • Sports for children may provide excellent opportunities for exercise, but care must be taken not to overdo certain exercises (for example, throwing too many pitches in baseball may harm a joint like the elbow or shoulder);
  • Exertion during strenuous exercise may make a person tired and sore, but if pain occurs, stop the exercise until the pain source is discovered; the person may need to seek medical help and advice about continuation of such exercise.

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Most individuals can begin moderate exercise, such as walking, without a medical examination. The following people, however, should consult a doctor before beginning more vigorous exercise:

  • Men over age 40 or women over age 50;
  • Individuals with heart or lung disease, asthma, arthritis, or osteoporosis;
  • Individuals who experience chest pressure or pain with exertion, or who develop fatigue or shortness of breath easily;
  • Individuals with conditions that increase their risks of developing coronary heart disease, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cigarette smoking, high blood cholesterol, or having family members who had early onset heart attacks and coronary heart disease;
  • Individuals who are morbidly obese.

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Consequences of physical inactivity and lack of exercise:

  • Physical inactivity and lack of exercise are associated with heart disease and some cancers;
  • Physical inactivity and lack of exercise are associated with type II diabetes mellitus (also known as maturity or adult-onset, non-insulin-dependent diabetes);
  • Physical inactivity and lack of exercise contribute to weight gain.

Advices about Mental health

Healthy living involves more than physical health, it also includes emotional and mental health. The following are some ways people can support their mental health and well-being.

Tips:

  • Get enough sleep daily; the CDC recommends the following by age group (naps inclusive);
  1.    12-18 hours from birth to 2 months,
  2.    14-15 hours from 3-11 months of age,
  3.    12-18 hours for 1-3 years of age,
  4.    11-13 hours for 3-5 years of age,
  5.    10-11 hours for 5-10 years of age,
  6.    eight and a half to nine and a half hours for 10-17 years of age,
  7.    and those 18 and above need seven to nine hours of sleep.

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Elderly people need about seven to nine hours but do not sleep as deeply and may awaken at night or wake early, so naps (like kids need) allow them to accumulate the total of seven to nine hours of sleep;

  • Take a walk and reflect on what you see and hear at least several times per week;
  • Try something new and often (eat a new food, try a different route to work, go to a new museum display);
  • Do some mind exercises (read, do a puzzle occasionally during the week);
  • Try to focus on a process intensely and complete a segment of it over one to several hours, then take a break and do something relaxing (walk, exercise, short nap);
  • Plan to spend some time talking with other people about different subjects;
  • Try to make some leisure time to do some things that interest you every week (hobby, sport);
  • Learn ways to say “no” when something occurs that you do not want to do or be involved with;
  • Have fun (go on a trip with someone you love, go shopping, go fishing; do not let vacation time slip away);
  • Let yourself be pleased with your achievements, both big and small (develop contentment);
  • Have a network of friends; those with strong social support systems lead healthier lives;
  • Seek help and advice early if you feel depressed, have suicidal thoughts, or consider harming yourself or others;
  • People taking medicine for mental-health problems should not stop taking these medications, no matter how “well” they feel, until they have discussed their situation with their prescribing doctor(s).

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after all…

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Take care always about your health dear LLET friend !!!

 

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