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Belly Fat Increased by Diet Sodas

Do you love diet sodas but still want to lose belly fat? If so, drinking diet sodas may not be a good idea according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Researchers discovered that people who drank diet soda gained nearly 3 times the belly fat over 9 years as those who did not consume diet soda (J AM Geriatr Soc 2015).

Diet Soda Linked to Belly Fat

According to the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, people who drank diet soda gained about 3 times the belly fat over 9 years. ClipArt Photo

In the study, 749 individuals ages 65 and older were asked, every few years, how many cans of soda they consumed a day, and how many of those sodas were diet or regular.

The results were very predictive of abdominal-fat gain, even after the researchers adjusted for factors like smoking, levels of physical activity and diabetes. Individuals who did not drink diet soda gained approximately 0.8 in. around the waistline over the study period, but the ones who consumed diet soda every day gained 3.2 in. The people who fell between – occasional drinkers of diet soda – gained nearly 1.8 in.

This is quite shocking news to me because I always believed that diet sodas were a healthy choice for weight loss but now research shows it increases belly fat over time for women over 40 and 65. Visceral fat – the fat that surrounds the abdominal organs- is associated with increased cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes and inflammation which make this kind of fat the most dangerous. These findings, which authors refer to as “striking,” add to the rising body of evidence that no- and low-calorie sweeteners may contain some health concerns.

“Regular sugar has caloric consequences,” says the study’s senior author Dr. Helen Hazuda, professor of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. And one of those is that it triggers satiety – a sense of fullness or satisfaction. “Your body is use to knowing that a sweet taste means you are ingesting energy in the form of calories that, if you don’t burn them off, is going to convert to fat,” she says. Artificial sweeteners, however, confuse our bodies and weaken the link in our brains between sweetness and calories. That, Hazuda says, can lead to weight gain and cravings for sweeter and sweeter treats.

On the other hand, the Caloric Control Council, an association that represents the reduced-caloric food and beverage industry- disagreed with the study’s finding. “The use of low-calorie sweeteners in fat loss have been shown to have benefits,” the group mentioned.

Researchers found that the belly-fat gain was most common in people who were already overweight. Hazuda says when people think they’re doing something good by drinking artificially sweetened drinks, it’s “actually totally counterproductive.” For the most part, if you are seeking to lose belly fat, it would be a wise idea to reduce those diet sodas and choose a healthier diet choice such as natural fruit juice or water for fat loss.

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Source: Hazuda, H. William, K. Fowler, S. “Diet Soda Intake is Associated with Long-Term Increases in Waist Circumference in a Biethnic Cohort of Older Adults: The San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging” 17 March 2015 Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Whole Grains Have Many Health Benefits

Whole grains have become one of my favorite fat-burning foods for weight loss because they have outstanding benefits such as lowering your blood sugar, redistributing body fat and helping to prevent obesity naturally. I like that fact that whole grains have become readily available in the natural foods that I purchase such as bread, pasta, rice and crackers. Don’t get me wrong, as much as you or I may love whole grains, too much is still not good for you.

Whole Grains Health Benefits The USDA recommends consuming grains on a daily basis including at least half of whole grains. Enjoy the amazing health benefits of whole grains including protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals plus other phytochemicals to improve your health.

Watch out for bread that’s brown and may look healthy, this could just be coloring with brown sugar or molasses. Since I recently switched to brown rice, brown eggs and other whole grains I pay close attention to the ingredients to make sure there isn’t anything artificial or bleached.

Fiber is one of the main reasons to consume whole grains. There are two kinds of whole grains, insoluble and soluble, that contain health benefits such as reducing the risk of colon cancer and controlling your blood sugar levels.

Studies have shown that individuals who consumed a lot of whole grains are more likely to maintain their weight and less likely to gain fat over a period of time than those who had eaten refined grains. Whole grains can help you control your weight by making you feel fuller longer than refined grains and they also take longer to digest. You reduce your calories by eating less and the fiber in whole grains acts as an appetite suppressant to help you lose weight.Evidence shows that eating a diet that contains fruits and vegetables plus whole grains without meat or processed foods can also help you lower your risk of cancer.

Did you know that carbs can be actually good for you? The key is the find the right type of carb and the resistant starch found in whole grains is one. It actually acts more like a fiber because it takes long to digest. It travels through your digestive system slowly while burning fat, maintaining your insulin levels and controlling your cholesterol levels as well.

I have recently changed my diet around a bit and included more whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products to help speed up my metabolism. I eat a good source of fiber in the morning to suppress my appetite and control my hunger cravings during the afternoon so natural grains is a must for me. Usually a bowl of cereal or oatmeal along with wheat bread would be ideal for my quick breakfast.

When it comes to losing weight just eating whole grains alone will not make you lose weight. Dieting is only the first part of weight loss in controlling your calories by watching what you eat. Physical activity is the next step in losing weight and living a healthy life by improving your cardiovascular system and physique. Take advantage and include both diet and exercise for fat loss and watch how your health improves over the course of the year. Include whole grains in your diet today and receive the amazing benefits of weight loss, lowering your cholesterol and helping to prevent obesity naturally.

SourceGardner, Amanda, www.health.com, “18 Health Benefits of Whole Grains” 2014 Leeman Taylor Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University

Ab Workouts for 6 Pack Abs

Ab workouts for six pack abs are more effective when you add dumbbells or free weights and you work those muscles harder when you add a few pounds to your abdominal exercise routines. Of course ab workouts and daily physical activity alone won’t get you a flat stomach faster when combined with a balanced diet but it will tone up your muscles for a sexy midsection. Today I will share my favorite ab exercises and fat-burning foods I use personally to get a flat stomach and 6 pack abs.

Ab Workouts for 6 Pack Abs

Ab Workouts for 6 Pack Abs

Leg Raises with Weights

I start off hanging on my exercise bar as if to do a pull-up, then I lift my legs up toward my chest while hanging from the bar with ankle weights. You can also use elbow straps tied to the exercise bar for support then have someone tie some weights to your body for more intensity. I love leg raises because they work the main parts of my abs including my obliques. Leg raises are definitely one of the top ab workouts which it comes to targeting your abdominals.

Crunches with Weights

You wouldn’t believe those crunches you learned in middle school are still the best when it comes to ab workouts and toning up. When you hold a dumbbell to your chest while performing a crunch you target a large part of your abdominals and build muscle mass faster with the extra weight added. Although crunches are simple ab exercises they are still effective when it comes to targeting the main parts of your abs.

Planks

Not only are planks effective when it comes to toning up your abs or midsection but they are very easy to do. Start off in the push up position with your hands on the floor beneath your shoulders. Hold that position for at least 30 seconds with your abdominals contracted, legs extended and your head aligned with your spine. Challenge yourself by going deeper and try the one-arm stable switching plank

The Hundred

This is a Pilate’s move that will surely engage your obliques and front and back core. This ab exercise definitely leaves my abs burning afterwards. Sit up straight on the mat with your knees bent by your chest and your hands at your sides. Lie down with your knees bent and the palm of your hands facing down. Exhale and raise your head and shoulders from the mat. Pump your arms 6 inches up and down, reaching out with your fingers. Inhale for 5 pumps, and then exhale for 5 pumps. Make sure to curl your chin in toward your chest. You can do 10 full breathes or 100 pumps. For best results, keep your lower back pressed against the floor mat and keep your lower abdominals sucked in toward your spine.

Fat-Burning Foods and Ab Exercises

Fat-Burning Foods for Weight Loss Combining fat-burning foods like lean meat, whole grains and low dairy products will help you burn calories fast. Whole grains such as brown rice and oatmeal (which is my favorite) that are rich in fiber, help you break down whole foods twice as faster than processed foods. I can eat brown rice every day and strawberry oatmeal in the mornings and never get tired of it. That’s just much I like these foods! They keep me full during the evening and I receive a good dose of nutrition as well. Yogurt is one of my favorite low-fat dairy products because it’s delicious, rich in calcium and vitamin D. Other benefits include preserving and building muscle mass which is important in maintaining a powerful metabolism. Lean meats such as chicken breast and fish are high in protein which helps you burn calories fast also. If you want to gain muscle mass along with your ab workouts then don’t be afraid to include high protein meals in your diet plan.   For beginners, adding weights to your leg raises, crunches or other ab workouts may be too much so you can start without weights at first. Then when you get use your ab workout routines, add weights to challenge yourself and continue to see those 6 pack abs develop. Combing a low calorie diet will help you lose stomach fat then the ab exercises when tone up your abdominals for that flat midsection. Don’t forget about the harmful health issues having that fat that surrounds your organs (visceral fat) include like stroke, heart disease and risk of cancer. Having belly fat is dangerous so take action today with these effective ab workouts and fat-burning foods to live a healthier lifestyle!

Leeman Taylor
Winter Haven, FL

Fat Loss Tips for a Flat Stomach this Summer

by Leeman Taylor

Lose weight naturally this summer with these effective fat loss tips and get sexy 6 pack abs or a flat stomach for the beach.

Let’s all face it! We all desire that sexy beach body and want to lose weight effectively but in these busy times we usually don’t have the time or motivation to achieve our weight loss goals. Today I will share some quick fat loss tips to help you improve your physique and lose belly fat this summer.

Fat Loss for 6 Pack Abs

Lose belly fat for 6 pack abs

Reduce Stress and Lose Weight

Stress activates the cortisol hormone which feeds fat in our abdomen so stress is linked to obesity. My favorite method to reduce stress is exercises including cardio workouts like boxing or running. Boxing is my favorite sport so I love this hobby with a passion. I also like reading, playing video games, riding dirt bikes, meditation and relaxing with some good sleep. A study in 2012 revealed that stressed out parents is linked to childhood obesity because parents are more likely to eat fast food and make poor meal planning. Keep your stress levels down so you don’t activate the hormones that make you fat.

Plan Your Meals

A good idea would be to make a list of groceries for the week and plan healthy meals to prepare at home. This way you will save money, time and eat healthy at the same time. I work during the morning and evenings so I eat a heart healthy breakfast before work and bring me a small meal for lunch and dinner. I save a tremendous amount of money by not eating out and burning gas. I make sure my meals are low in calories but also nutritious to keep me fueled and energized during the day. An example of a meal would be tuna with wheat bread and an apple or a chicken breast sandwich with mac and cheese. Also Dr. Oz recently had a show about weight loss myths and it is recommended that you eat three meals per day instead of five to six small meals. Eating too much creates insulin that stores sugar and you don’t give your body time to actually burn fat.

Exercise for an Hour

Don’t waste your time or money with countless hours at a gym. Instead go for a jog or run at the park and visit your local Sports Authority store for exercise equipment. I go for a run in the morning or at night and use my exercise bar at home for my favorite weight loss workouts. The standard for daily exercise use to be at least 30 minutes of physical activity but in this 21st-century, it is now recommend that we get about an hour of daily physical activity for fat loss. Cardiovascular workouts like running or biking will burn the calories and strength training will tone those muscles up. My favorite exercises are dips, pull ups and old-fashioned push-ups. Obesity expert, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, says exercise is a great way to tone your muscles and improve your lifespan, but as a weight loss strategy, it is much less effective than dieting.

Get Good Rest

Getting a good night’s sleep rejuvenates our body and let’s our muscles and joints recuperate after intense workouts. Sleep is a good stress reliever and at least eight hours of sleep prepares us to take on the next day full force. Your muscles need rest after intensive workouts to repair themselves and increase in mass.

Set Small Weight Loss Goals

One of the biggest mistakes we make when trying to lose weight is setting high goals we know we can’t achieve and end of getting discouraged when we fail. Instead, set small fitness goals like losing five pounds this month and make small changes to your diet. This way you can track your progress and see slow but sure results.

Don’t Fall for the Hype!

Every day there is a new weight loss pill or formula that promises instant weight loss without diet and exercise. If this was true then everyone would be doing it right? The truth is that there is no magic pill or weight loss formula that will make you or anyone else lose weight fast. You have heard it time and time again; “You must follow a balanced diet and exercise daily to lose weight effectively and naturally.” Save your time and money to find a weight loss plan that only works for you. There is no one fat loss program that will work for everyone as we all have different body types.

For the most part, I really want all you ladies and gentlemen to live a healthy lifestyle and get that sexy body you always dreamed of. Losing belly fat and getting a flat stomach is not easy but the hard work will pay off when it’s all said and done. Follow these simple fat loss tips and get 6 pack abs for the beach this summer!

http://www.examiner.com/article/dr-oz-debunks-common-diet-and-weight-loss-myths

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Leptin Hormone

Since men and women are created differently, what works for men make not work for women because the metabolisms are not the. The one hormone that controls 100% of your body’s ability to burn fat is Leptin.  Basically, low levels of Leptin slow down your body’s metabolism and signal your body to store fat while high levels of Leptin speed up your metabolism and signal your body to burn fat. Although women have twice as much Leptin than men, they face two unfortunate issues that keep them from losing weight successfully. The first problem is Leptin resistance. Women can be three times less responsive than men to Leptin’s signal to burn fat. The second problem is an instant drop in levels of Leptin causing a weight loss plateau. When levels of Leptin decrease, your metabolism stops suddenly as well and slows down.

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The new solution and future to female fat loss is the Venus Factor System. The Venus Factor, created by fitness professional John Barban, is a 12 week weight loss plan designed specifically for women to increase the metabolism helping you lose weight and bring out that sexy body  in you with long term fat loss. We all know that there is no such thing as a magic “pill” or formula to make you lose weight instantly but instead it takes hard work and dedication to be successful at weight loss. The Venus Factor only sticks to the facts backed with credible research and expert advice from professionals.

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Included in the Venus Factor System are excellent advice, a great app, a helpful online society and a motivational boost to get you going all for an incredible price of $47.  I have read all positive Venus Factor reviews and have not come across any Venus Factor scam so far. Women all over the world are achieving amazing results which means the Venus Factor works. The easy to follow plan that the system has makes fat loss fun and you will get motivation with the quick results you see. The best part is that you get a full 60 day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied so you really have nothing to lose.

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I am personally excited that women finally have a weight loss plan just for them that will help them lose belly fat and lose weight fast to get that sexy body they always dreamed of. John Barban made a smart decision by focusing on our women and helping them lose weight successfully.  The bottom line is that the Venus Factor will show you how to control your Leptin levels and burn that body fat once and for all. Fat loss doesn’t come easy and you must stay dedicated to eating healthy and exercising for at least an hour each day. You will see results if you work hard and stick to your plan. Start your New Year’s weight loss plan now with the Venus Factor and bring in the next year with a hot, sexy body. I would like to personally wish everyone many blessings and have a Happy New Year!

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Fat Loss Forever

Fat loss is not easy to achieve but should be considered in your lifestyle to maintain good health and a sexy physique that you always dreamed of. Obesity in NYC has increased by a staggering 25% since the Bloomberg era according to the New York Post. With all the fast food restaurants and poor diet and exercise decisions by children and adults, it just makes weight loss that much more difficult achieve but there are proven fat loss tips backed my credible research that will help you lose weight and reduce belly fat for as long as you live.

 

Fat Loss - Lose Belly Fat

Fat Loss – Lose Belly Fat

Each time I lose weight and begin to gain it back, I always blame myself but I realized it wasn’t my entire fault. According to Michael Rosenbaum, MD, an assistant professor of Clinical Medicine Center and top obesity researcher, “Multiple systems in our body conspire against us in a push to regain lost weight.” When you lose weight, your brain, hormones and muscles work together to slow down your metabolism. This means you naturally burn hundreds of fewer calories every day.

Be Physical

I can’t stress the fact that being physical every day is essential to being successful at weight loss. When you exercise each day you keep your metabolism going and trigger hormones that reduce fat and stress. Dr. Wyatt, Stanford University School of Medicine researcher, says, “When you’re more active, you feel better about yourself and make better food choices.” Since I work two jobs I don’t have time for a gym so I use my exercise bar at home to get an intense 30 minute workout before work. I do three sets of pull ups, dips, and push-ups. Always get your physical activity in each day, even it’s just a 30 minute walk.

Maintain Muscle

Muscle burns more than twice as many calories as fat, so the more muscle you have the higher your metabolism will be. When you lose weight you lose muscle as well so strength training is another important factor. Recent research reveals that resistance training (using weights or your own body) at least twice per week can increase the amount of calories you burn even when resting by 100 calories a day or more. I don’t have any weights at home so I do exercises using my own weight such as push-ups, dips and squats that give me noticeable results. Yoga enables you to do poses that engage all your muscles in a short period which is very helpful.

Mediterranean Diet

My favorite fat loss diet is the Mediterranean Diet – which includes fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and healthy fats such as fish and oil. Not only are these foods good for you but also help speed up your metabolism. A Harvard study found that these foods can help you keep your energy levels ups, so you naturally burn more calories.

Eat Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day to get your day started so never skip it with a quick snack. Most individuals I know rarely skip breakfast and they make sure it’s a hearty one. “Most people simply do not enough eat at breakfast time,” says Angela Lemond, RDN, a nutritionist based in Plano, Texas, and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I make sure I get a good source of protein and whole grains in my meal to keep me feeling fuller longer and stop me from snacking on fat and high-sugar foods during the day.

Reward Yourself

What fun would it be if you ate healthy all day and can’t eat what you desire? I always keep most of my diet well-balanced during the day then reward myself to occasional goodies. “Eat healthy the vast majority of the time and you can still have room for those treats,” says Jennifer McDaniel, RDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Fat loss is not possible without proper diet and exercise so use these tips to your advantage and get that sexy body that you deserve along with great health!

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Lose Belly Fat With These Fat Loss Tips

To lose belly fat individuals all over the world search for the fastest way for fat loss such as supplements and diet pills that promise instant weight loss. The truth is that nothing will help me or you lose weight without proper diet and exercise. Belly fat is the worst fat to have because it’s the hardest to get rid of and the visceral fat – the fat that sits beneath your abdomen- causes many health issues. Heart disease, high blood pressure and risk of stroke are just a few. Don’t worry though; these simple fat loss tips will help anybody Fat Loss Factor in 1 week.

Fat Loss - 6 Pack Abs

Fat Loss – Lose Belly Fat

For the ones new to weight loss you should start out small such as walking for at least 30 minutes a day and making small changes to what you eat. My sister recently had a stroke and thank God she is okay. She just started exercising and she is doing great. First she started walking then jogging and she has lost a lot of weight plus her health has improved. She also watches what she eats so that speeds up the results as well. Exercising daily is very important and will also make you feel better throughout the day. Eventually you will increase your stamina and develop more energy.

It is impossible to get a flat stomach unless you do cardio because ab workouts such as crunches just strengthen the muscles underneath your stomach fat. Jogging and running reduces your belly fat and tones up your abdominals to get that sexy core. It’s more fun and interesting when you bring someone to workout with so bring a partner along for motivation and get fit together.

Diet and exercise go hand and hand so you can’t do one without the other. Eating six small meals a day instead of three large meals keeps your metabolism going and helps you burn calories faster. Whole grains and fiber improves your metabolism and curbs your appetite so be sure to include this in your diet. A recent study at Penn State discovered that people who consumed a healthy diet that included all whole grains lost more belly fat than individuals who ate the same diet but ate refined grains instead. Also, their levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) were reduced by 38%, while levels stayed the same in the group who consumed refined grains. Increased levels of CRP are linked to heart disease.

Over the last couple years I have changed my diet by eating mostly white meats instead of red meats, eating baked foods instead of fried and paying attention to the amount sodium of the foods contain that I eat. My blood pressure has been perfect, weight steady and minimal health issues overall. You should definitely stay away from fast food restaurants and processed foods that contain fats. You will save a tremendous amount of money if you grocery shop and cook your own food. It may take a little time but its well worth it in the end. Whatever you do, always drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and your system clean. Sodas and other sugary drinks make me feel thirsty so I drink Gatorade or water instead to quince my thirst.

Reducing stress and getting enough sleep is another important factor when it comes to fat loss or weight loss because it reduces stress producing hormones. Your body releases a powerful hormone combination of cortisol, adrenaline and insulin which increases your appetite and causes your body to produce more fat. When you get enough sleep you reduce stress and rejuvenate your body to function properly throughout the day. Getting a good workout and at least 8 hours of sleep every day is one of the best feelings. It makes you feel so good and more energized throughout the day. Another study discovered that individuals who got sufficient sleep gained less belly fat over a 5 year period when compared to those who were deprived of sleep.

Now that you know the truth about losing weight and fat loss, take these simple tips into action and obtain that sexy body that you deserve. It’s not going to be easy but with motivation and dedication your will achieve your goals and stay fit for life as long as your stick with it. I would like to wish everyone well in your weight loss journey and anything else you do in life. May God bless you!

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