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Lose Weight Fast Forever

The holidays are here so we all want to find new ways to lose weight fast and keep it off. Getting fit is not easy so it really takes hard work and dedication to achieve long term goals. Today I will share some great ways to lose those extra pounds and maintain a healthy weight throughout the year.

Lose Weight Fast

You can lose weight fast with just a few small changes to your lifestyle. Photo by Secrets of Healthy Eating

First, you can start with making small changes to your lifestyle. Switch from the all-or-nothing approach to one or two healthy changes in your daily routine. “Doing this can lead to more weight loss than you ever imagined,” says Marissa Lippert, RD, author of The Cheater’s Diet. I do things like eat more veggies, eliminate late night snacking and portion out my meals during the day. These small tweaks can help you lose 10, 25 or even 60 pounds!

Next, if you like to eat out often as I use to, you can swap out your to-go order with a grilled chicken salad instead of a large bowl of pasta. I work full time so I found it convenient just to eat out for lunch. Now, I love to prepare delicious meals that I love before work which in turn saves me time and money.

Third, do not skip breakfast! We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it’s really a great way to start our day. A simple banana with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with wheat bread is a quick choice. The whole grains and peanuts will curb your appetite and keep you from unhealthy snacking in the morning. The banana will give you energy to jumpstart your morning and suppress your appetite as well.

Is your fridge filled with junk food? If so, do a purge and clean out your pantry of all the foods you overindulge in. For instance, replace ice-cream with lower calorie snacks, such as roasted sunflower seeds or Special K Chocolatey Delight cereal. These better choices will definitely help you lose weight fast and keep you slimmer.

Another great way to shed to those extra pounds is to workout after work. I now go to the gym for at least 45 minutes and exercise a little with friends which keeps me motivated. To be honest, it took some time to see results but I stayed dedicated and it really paid off. Me and my colleagues motivate each other and that is what matters the most. “After work, my colleagues and I always grabbed dinner—and it was usually deep-fried. Then we changed things up. Instead of nights out, we started walking and running around a local track. A year later, I’m down 40 pounds.” —Ellen Setzer, Cleveland, OH

If you really want to maintain a healthy weight, go out for a walk or bike ride at least three to four times a week. I love cycling so it is nothing for me to go out for a nice bike ride early in the morning or late in the evening when the weather is nice. I got my bike from getinwaveshape.com/best-spin-bikes-every-level and it was one of the best investments I’ve made. Nothing beats how great I feel when I get my heart rate up and break a small sweat every now and then. If you feel discouraged, take a friend along with you and before you know it, you will have done a few miles before the conversation is over.

As I have mentioned in the beginning, weight loss is not easy but with a few small tweaks you can really lose weight fast and keep it off. Just by making these small changes to your diet and getting a little more exercise daily, you will maintain a healthy weight all year long.

Source: G. Jessica, “16 Ways to Lose Weight Fast” www.health.com

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Burn Fat Without the Gym

We understand that weight loss involves eating healthy and daily physical activity but sometimes we just do not have time for the gym. Thanksgiving is over so it is time to get back on track with our diet and exercise plans. Today I will go over some great ways to burn fat without stepping foot in a gym.

Burn Fat at Home

You can still burn fat without the gym with great workouts backed by research. Photo by BodyBuilding.com

Start the Day with Exercise

Eating breakfast first is usually a routine for me but according to a 2013 study in the British Journal of Nutrtition, exercising first thing in the morning can help you lose 20 percent more fat than working out after breakfast. You can try this HIIT workout that includes lunges and squat jumps. It only takes 10 minutes and it can be done right in your living room.

High-Intensity Workouts

If you normally exercise for 30 minutes, try only a third of  that, but go hard! According to Jordan Metzl, MD, author of Dr. Jordan Metzl’s Workout Prescription, an intense 10 minutes boosts your metabolism and equals about 30 minutes at a moderate intensity. Since I like running, I can run for about 3 minutes and burn 200 more calories over the rest of the day, says a 2013 study from Colorado State University.

Get More Sleep

If you are trying to maintain your weight this season, know this: Research from the University of Chicago discovered that dieters lost 55 percent less fat when they slept for 5 1/2 hours rather than sleeping for 8 1/2 hours. To fall asleep faster avoid eating, bright screens and beer a couple hours before bed. Foods that do help you fall asleep faster are bananas, jasmine rice and cherries.

Take a Walk

Walking around the block for about 15 minutes will burn three times as much calories as opposed to sitting down for the same amount of time, says a new study in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. Also, walking after a big holiday dinner will help aid digestion.

Laugh off the Calories

This season is full of joy and fun so go ahead and laugh it up with family. Did you know that laughing for 10 or 15 minutes can burn as much as 40 calories? Picture going through the entire day with laughter while the calories slowly disappear.

The holidays are here and we still have weight loss goals to accomplish. If you find yourself with no time for the gym, these great fat loss tips will help you continue to burn fat will at home.

Source: Leicht., L “12 Ways to Burn Fat Without Setting Foot in the Gym” www.health.com

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Weight Loss Leads to Increase in Appetite

People who lose weight often wonder why they end up regaining the weight back after all that hard work. A new study sheds light on how weight loss can accidentally increase your appetite therefore causing you to regain weight.

Weight Loss Leads to Increase in Appetite

Weight loss can actually cause a surge in appetite, which leads to a weight regain, study. Photo by Eat This Not That

According to researchers, individuals who lose weight get really hungry and could eat up to 100 more calories for every two pounds lost. This means the more weight you lose, the more calories you consume causing you to gain more weight than before.

“That’s the very first time that number has been quantified. We never knew how big that number was before the study,” says researcher Kevin Hall, PhD, who studies how the body responds to weight loss at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD.

He says it’s the strong increase in appetite, rather than the reduction in metabolism, people have after weight loss that causes weight regain. I can agree that after an intense workout I do become extremely hungry and I end up eating more than I may need to satisfy my appetite.

The effect of appetite is 3 times stronger than for reducing metabolism. The two combined will assure that lost weight will sneak right back, Hall says.

This study will be published in the November issue of the journal Obesity and independent experts say it will change how physicians treat patients who have lost weight.

In the trial, data was analyzed for people who had type 2 diabetes and could eat without restriction for a year. Of the 242 participants, 153 received canagliflozin, a drug that caused a substantial surge in the amount of glucose excreted in their urine.

The funny thing about it was that the group taking the drug had not lost more weight. Hall developed an equation in his lab to find out why the patients’ weight loss came to a stop. The formula measured the number of calories a person would need to eat to have weight changes over time.

He found out that even though the people did not know how much calories the drug was burning, their bodies were fighting against the weight loss, making them eat more to make up for the loss.

This study sheds light on how not achieving weight loss is not all your fault. Your body actually fights against the long-term maintenance of that weight, says Scott Kahan, MD, director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

However, this study did have limitations. Researchers studied people with type 2 diabetes so the results in appetite changes might be different for healthy people, Hall says. Different amounts of weight loss could also cause different changes in appetite.

I believe if further researcher support these findings, it aims at a new way doctors can help their patients lose weight.

Source: Kevin Hall, PhD, section chief, Integrative Physiology Section, Laboratory of Biological Modeling, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, MD. Obesity. October 2016

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Obesity Gene Does Not Affect Weight Loss

The so-called “obesity gene” does not affect people’s ability to lose weight through diet, exercise and weight-loss medications, a new study says.

Obesity Gene

You can still lose weight even you carry the FTO gene. Photo by Newsmax

I know this is shocking to many individuals who are overweight because losing weight can be very difficult so you would think that an obesity related gene would slow down your weight loss.

British researchers reported that individuals with the FTO gene respond to these weight-loss strategies as well as those who do not have the gene. According to the study authors, the FTO gene is related to increased body weight and the study mentions that a person’s environment may play a bigger part in their weight management than DNA.

This means that regardless of the obesity related gene, you can still lose weight just like the individuals who do not have the gene. This is great news for all the overweight individuals who had doubts about weight loss because of carrying the FTO gene.

The trial included nearly 10,000 individuals who were analyzed by researchers to find the relationship between the FTO gene and weight loss plans.

At the beginning of the study, the ones who had the FTO gene were about 2 pounds heavier than those who did not carry the gene. However, there was no relation between FTO gene and the individuals’ ability to lose weight.

These findings were true despite the participants’ gender, age, the weight loss strategies they followed and other variables, said researchers.

These findings were published Sept. 20 in BMJ.

According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 70 percent of adults in America are overweight or obese. This is definitely a global health crisis and researchers say the only way to stop this epidemic is to help people find ways to live healthier.

It seems that improving your eating habits and getting regular physical activity is the most common strategy of long term weight loss, regardless if you have obesity related genes or not.

Source: BMJ, news release, Sept. 20, 2016

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

High Protein Diet for Weight Management

When you are looking to gain lean muscle or lose weight, eating a high protein diet is very important and squeezing those meals into a busy schedule is quit challenging. On my journey to gain lean muscle and weight management, I have developed a quit meal that is high in protein and packed with carbohydrates (carbs) to keep you fueled throughout the day. I recently pinched a nerve at the gym but I went to visit Neurpathy Help, they have tips on nerve renew based off information from antibody sequencing .

Fist & Broccoli Diet

Fish and broccoli is high in protein and easy to prepare. Photo by Natura Skin Clinic

Since I love fish and I need two easy meals at work, I eat fish and rice or broccoli at least twice while I am at work from Monday through Friday. I eat two pieces of salmon or tilapia with brown rice or broccoli on my first break, then another meal on my lunch break. These meals are great for me because each piece of fish has at least 21 grams of protein plus the brown rice or broccoli. When you calculate it, you are getting at least 50 grams of protein per meal. After work and during the weekends, I usually eat what I want to make my diet fun and not stressful.

If you don’t like fish or you get tired of it, you can substitute it with a chicken breast, which contains about 43 grams of protein per cup. You can also alternate your sides with a baked potato or a slice of wheat bread for carbs.

The good thing about these two meals is that they are quick and easy to prepare. They are also high in protein and delicious at the same time. With two protein shakes, you could easily have four meals per day and not be stressed about it. When you add a simple exercise routine with these meals, you will be able to maintain your weight while gaining lean muscle as well.

I have been on my diet and exercise plan for about two months now and I have already gained about 10 pounds of lean muscle. I also feel better and I have more energy at work.

For anyone who has a busy work schedule and cannot find the time to cook healthy meals, this easy fish diet will be a great start to maintaining a healthy weight and gaining lean muscle.

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Pasta May Be Good for Your Diet After All

Pasta has always been regarded as bad for you if you eat too much of it but a new Italian study says it may actually help you lose weight.

Pasta Diet

Pasta may help fight obesity and be a good diet choice after all, according to Italian study. Photo by Pasta For All

After analyzing data on thousands of Italians, eating pasta moderately looks to lower the risks of general and abdominal obesity. I love pasta but I try to eat it in moderation and make my meals as healthy as possible. For instance, I use whole grain noodles instead of regular noodles that have no nutritional value.

“Our data show that enjoying pasta according to individuals’ needs contributes to a healthy body mass index, lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio,” said George Pounis, first author of the study. Past studies would say that pasta is fattening and should be avoided if you are trying to lose weight so this finding is completely opposite.

“We have seen that consumption of pasta, contrary to what many think, is not associated with an increase in body weight, rather the opposite,” Pounis added in a journal news release.

Pasta is a part of the Mediterranean Diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, beans, peas, olive oil, grains, fish and poultry. This is my type of diet and it is one that I can stick to so it has been working well for me lately.

Pounis and his colleagues at IRCCS Neuromed in Pozzilli, Italy, reviewed results of two large studies including more than 23,000 Italians. One was the Moli-sani Project, which involved citizens living in the Molise region — a little more than halfway down the boot. The other was the Italian Nutrition and Health Survey, which focuses on eating habits in all Italian regions.

The study did not mention how much pasta you can consume without getting fat. However, it did say that over eating pasta will make you fat.

“The obese population was older and at lower socioeconomic status, had higher waist and hip circumferences and waist-to-hip ratio, and consumed more pasta [grams per day] than normal or overweight participants,” wrote lead author Licia Iacoviello and colleagues, according to CNN.

After learning that eating pasta in moderation may actually help you lose weight, I believe that the Mediterranean diet is a good health choice for your diet.

Source: Pounis, G. “Association of pasta consumption with body mass index and waist-to-hip ratio: results from Moli-sani and INHES studies” Nutrition & Diabetes 4 July 2016

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

When Summer Work Slows, Workout

Nearly each day, Sergio Perez walks to the supermarket from his Miami office to grab lunch, trekking about a mile each way. While the heat can be intense in summer months, Perez, who works 50 to 60 hours a week in financial services, says the routine is the easiest method to fit fitness into his work life balance. Working long hours weekly can be a hassle for weight loss, but you can find time in the summer when work slows down to exercise.

Summer Workout

Working long hours weekly can be a hassle for weight loss, but you can find time in the summer when work slows down to exercise. Photo by Daily Mail

When I hear friends converse about exercising, they usually discuss boot camps, running marathons or joining cross-fit training classes.

However, fitness experts say that while those exercise programs are admirable, high performance exercise is more than needed to receive benefits. Also, they say summer is the best time to start routines like Perez’s that fit easily into your work-life and can improve your health.

“It’s not about who works out the hardest or longest. It’s just about doing something, most days of the week,” says Chira Cassel, co-founder and director of The Sacred Space Miami, a wellness center.

The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity for adults each day. Walking with a friend is a great way to start and get motivated about weight loss. As Aaron E. Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, notes, walking briskly, at 3 to 4 miles per hour or so, qualifies. So does bicycling slower than 10 miles an hour, or swimming a few nights a week. Anything that gets your heart rate somewhere between 110 and 140 beats per minute is enough, he says.

According to the American Time Use Survey released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people only exercised or participated in sports 18 minutes per day on average. Men were more likely than women to exercise on a given day, 23 percent compared with 18 percent.

Since the summer contains longer days, less intensive work hours and fewer childcare responsibilities, it is much easier to find time for exercise. I agree that a convenient routine is one you are more likely to stick to. I go to the gym after work for about 40 minutes each day and this is very convenient for me so I have been consistent. Working out with a partner is motivation and it will help the both of you to be consistent with your routines.

Mixing up your workout routine, and scheduling exercise on your calendar gives you a better chance of follow-through, says Raeah Braunschweiger, a health fitness specialist with the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center in downtown Miami. She suggests trying new trends like barre fitness or belly-dancing: “Find something you find fun. People get stuck in a rut and then start to question why they are doing this.” I think that joining classes are fun and trying new routines will keep you from getting bored over periods of time.

Overall, there are many benefits of working out such as stress relief, minimizing serious health risks and not to mention, weight loss. Start today on your weight loss journey to get fit with fat burners and check out the review at Slender Series.

Source: Goodman, C. Miami Herald www.miamiherald.com July 4, 2016

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

‘Stomach Pump’ Weight Loss Device Approved by FDA

Obese people who are struggling to lose weight may have a new option, but it may seem very unusual for some.

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FDA approves new ‘stomach pump’ weight loss device to cut a third of your calories. Photo by CBS News

The www.fda.gov approved a new device known as the AspireAssist. You do not have to undergo major surgery and it works by removing some of what is inside your stomach through a tube after you eat, cutting about a third of your calories.

The device is made up of a surgically placed tube in the stomach that removes food in the stomach after you eat just before the food is digested. Patients drain about a third of what is in their stomach,” says Katherine Crothall, PhD, president and CEO of Aspire Bariatrics, Inc., the developer of the device. I think that is a good percentage of contents removed that could lead to more weight loss that regular digestion.

The trial included 111 patients who had counseling about nutrition and exercise with 60 people who got the counseling alone. After twelve months, those who used AspireAssist lost an average of 12 percent body weight, while the counseling-only group lost over 3 percent.

The good thing is that both groups showed a little improvement in obesity related health issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

The device is intended for adults who are obese with a BMI of 35 to 55, who have not lost weight or kept the pounds off through non-surgical treatments. It is recommended for individuals to receive counseling on exercise and healthy eating so they will make long term lifestyle changes.

The thing I like most about this device is that it is less invasive than weight loss surgery and possibly a lot less risky. Surgery does lead to more weight loss though, says Stacy Brethauer, MD, a staff bariatric surgeon at Cleveland Clinic. He is familiar with the device but has to relation to the company.

Side effects of the AspireAssist include nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation and vomiting, according to the FDA.

If you calculate the treatment, including the device placement, monitoring, lifestyle counseling and follow-up, you could be expected to pay anywhere from $8,000 to $13,000 in the first year. This is not so bad compared to the cost of weight-loss surgery, which could range from $30,000 to $35,000, says John Morton, MD, immediate past president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Insurance may cover the cost for patients who qualify which is a great idea in my opinion.

It is hard to tell how big of a role this device can play in weight loss, but if patients use the device properly and stay dedicated, then there is no doubt they will lose weight.

Source: www.fda.gov “FDA approves AspireAssist obesity device” June 14, 2016

 

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Weight-Loss Surgery May Boost Survival

Weight loss surgery may greatly reduce obese people’s risk of premature death, a new study says.

Gastric Bypass Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery may boost survival for obese, says study. Photo by Healthy Hippie

Nearly five years after surgery, the death rate was over one percent for the individuals who had weight loss surgery and four percent for those in the non-surgical group, according to researchers.

The study was led by Christina Persson from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, who analyzed data from almost 49,000 obese people in Sweden. They were between 18 and 74 years of age.

Over 22,000 people had weight-loss surgery between 2000 and 2011. About 93 percent of the people in the surgery group had the procedure known as gastric bypass. The study compared them with approximately 26,000 people who did not have surgery.

According to the research, the overall death rate was reduced by 57 percent in the surgery group, compared to the non-surgery group. This number remained consistent after researchers adjusted for age and other previous diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Heart disease, cancer, suicide and accidents were the most common causes of death among those who did not have the surgery.

Cancer and heart disease accounted for most of the major difference in mortality rates between obese people who underwent weight-loss surgery and those who did not, says researchers.

Losing weight is not easy for anyone overweight so undergoing weight loss surgery should be recommended by doctors or health care providers. A death rate that is decreased by about 60 percent is amazing and I believe more obese people should consider having gastric bypass surgery to increase his or her survival.

According to the CDC, over one-third of adults in the U.S. are obese, so this is a very serious issue. There is no overnight success or magic pill that will make you lose weight so it really does take hard work and dedication.

The study was set to be presented Thursday at the European Obesity Summit. Findings presented at meetings are usually viewed as preliminary until they have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer
Source: European Obesity Summit, news release, June 2, 2016

‘Biggest Loser’ Study Reveals Struggle After Weight Loss

Everyone knows how difficult it is to lose weight if you have ever been on a diet. More important, once you do have weight loss success, keeping the weight off is another struggle. A recent study involving contestants from TV show “The Biggest Loser” demonstrates what really happens after weight loss.

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‘Biggest Loser’ study shows how difficult it is to keep the weight off, years later. Photo by Reality Tea

In the study, all but one contestant had regained at least some of the weight lost after six years, during the 30-week TV competition, according to Obesity.  The participants had regained about 90 pounds or 70 percent of the weight they lost. This just demonstrates how hard it is to fight obesity and maintain a healthy weight, even with a competition that has incentives.

There is no magic pill or formula for fat loss but here are a few answers to questions for people who are struggling with weight loss:

If you lose weight slowly, are you more likely to maintain weight loss?

Although many dieters get this advice, studies have shown otherwise including a recent Australian study. In this study, 204 obese people were instructed on live on 450 to 800 calories a day for 3 months, or limit themselves to 400 to 500 calories a day for 36 weeks. The overall goal was a 15 percent weight loss. After three years, almost everyone regained the weight they had lost, regardless of the counseling on diet and exercise. There was no change in the levels of the two hormones, ghrelin and leptin, which increases hunger. More individuals in the rapid weight loss group did lose at least 12 percent of their weight (80 percent, compared to 50 percent in the slow loss group) and fewer called it quits (3 percent, compared to 18 percent).

Will you maintain a higher metabolism if you build muscle through exercise, such as weight lifting?

Muscle does burn more calories than fat, so you may think that the more muscle you have, the faster you will burn calories. In fact, a study showed that building muscle has nearly no effect on resting metabolism, which is the amount of calories a person burns while at rest. According to the study, the muscle we build is small compared to the total amount of skeletal muscle on our body. This muscle is at rest most of the time and no one can go around and flex their muscles all day.

Should you avoid snacks to maintain weight loss?

Even though it seems that snacking packs on the extra pounds, studies that randomly assigned individuals to snack or not have not confirmed this, and even studies that observed people have not found that snacks undermine fat loss.

Is there a certain type of diet that keeps weight off?

Many individuals are convinced that low fat or low carb diets are the best for weight loss. However, Dr. Lee Kaplan, an obesity researcher at Harvard, says that there is no weight loss program or diet that is guaranteed to work but that individuals can often keep a loss of 5 percent of their weight, which comes with many health benefits. He tells his patients to try different weight loss programs until they find one that works for them.

Will doing vigorous cardiovascular exercises after weight loss speed up your body’s slowed metabolism?

As long as you are not consuming more calories than you burn you are okay. Although this sounds like a simple task, “this is not as easy a proposition as it sounds,” says Dr. Michael Rosenbaum, a doctor and obesity researcher at Columbia University. The brain controls your hunger and your food cravings, and it is very easy to accidentally consume more calories than you burned exercising. That is a major reason studies that use exercise alone to help individuals lose weight have usually failed to find an effect. Did you know that after you lose 10 percent of your weight by diet alone, your muscles begin using genes that make them more efficient? They actually burn 20 to 30 percent fewer calories for the exact exercise.

Is there hope for weight maintenance?

Do not let this Obesity study discourage you if you are currently overweight or obese. This research is just to show you that anyone can be treated if they seek help sooner and start now. Weight loss is a lifelong process that includes proper dieting, daily physical activity, counseling, medication or even surgery. The best option is to consult with your physician about a weight loss plan that fits you and start your journey for a healthier life today!

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Source: Fothergill, E., Guo, J., Howard, L., Kerns, J. C., Knuth, N. D., Brychta, R., Chen, K. Y., Skarulis, M. C., Walter, M., Walter, P. J. and Hall, K. D. (2016), “Persistent metabolic adaptation 6 years after “The Biggest Loser” competition. Obesity. doi: 10.1002/oby.21538 May 2 2016  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.21538/full

Kolata, G. “Short Questions to Hard Answers about Weight Loss” The New York Times May 4 2016 www.nytimes.com