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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.

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http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20831548,00.htmLeeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University

 

“Natural” on Food Labels Doesn’t Mean Anything

“Natural” doesn’t mean anything when looking on the labels of packaged goods according to Consumer Report.

Natural Food - All Natural Chicken

Natural Food – All Natural Chicken

Over 66% of consumers who shop for natural foods think that the word “natural” means something. I even find myself doing this from time to time thinking that the product I am buying is really all-natural! I thought just because the label said “natural” that the food didn’t contain any artificial ingredients, pesticides and genetically-engineered organisms. When I see the word on poultry or meat I never thought about growth hormones, antibiotics or other drugs in the animals’ feed. This whole entire time of being a consumer, I was absolutely WRONG!

 

In fact, the word “natural” doesn’t mean anything when it comes to federal labeling rules. This means that companies can misguide you in a way that is perfectly legal.

Natual - Fat Free - No Preservatives

Natual – Fat Free – No Preservatives

Consumers were asked what the word natural should mean on a label and a shocking 85 percent said that it should mean no pesticides were used when growing it and that it contained no genetically modified or artificial ingredients of any sort. I can honestly say that I thought the same thing when I read the labels. I didn’t really think about how the food was grown and what chemicals were used during the process. I definitely didn’t think about the various hormones that could have possibly been used during the animals feeding process either. This is very different from the current federal rules however.

 

 

 

Natural - Cage Free Eggs

Natural – Cage Free Eggs

Urvashi Rangin, executive director of the Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability Center in Yonkers, said “Our findings show consumers expect much more from ‘natural’ food labels and that there is a strong consumer mandate for better food production practices in general food and label standards that meet a higher bar.”  I know I expected more from products that were labeled natural because I wanted quality for the price. If I am paying my hard-earned cash on a natural product then I expect everything to be natural and not genetically modified.

Both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration allow food producers to utilize the word “natural” on labels as long as nothing synthetic or artificial had been added “that would not normally be expected to be in the food” under an informal policy FDA put into place in 1993. The bad thing about this is that the word “natural” sells more than $40 billion worth of food in the United States each year. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t even have an official definition of what “natural” means but explains that it’s difficult to define natural because the food could be processed and no longer a product of the earth.

I am pretty sure there are consumers and other food safety administrations that are fighting to have the word “natural” banned from food labels and other misleading claims. It is very difficult to picture how a farm is kept and how foods are processed unless you have been there. You may think of a perfectly green and sunny farm with fresh fruit and produce but it turn, it’s infested with pesticides, animals are mistreated and the farm itself is a total dump. I believe in local and neighborhood farming because at least you get an idea of where the product comes from and how the farm looks.

Natural - No Hormones - No Antibiotics

Natural – No Hormones – No Antibiotics

I do believe the FDA should still do their part and make sure all food products are safe with no false claims. If a term cannot be defined then it should not be slapped on a label to misguide consumers into spending their hard earned money on it. So the next time you visit your local produce market, watch out for the foods marked “natural” on the labels and read more about it to find out what it really contains.

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major
Winter Haven, FL

Sourcehttp://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/24/the-word-natural-helps-sell-40-billion-worth-of-food-in-the-u-s-every-year-and-the-label-means-nothing/

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!

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How to Prevent a Stroke in Women Naturally

How to prevent a stroke in women naturally? The American Heart Association has established guidelines to help women avoid a stroke naturally to live a longer, healthier lifestyle.

Every year about 800,000 Americans have a recurrent or a new stroke, which happens when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked by bursts or a clot. The American Heart Association has recently put out its first guidelines to prevent strokes for women. The main focus is pregnancy, birth control and other risk factors that women encounter uniquely or more frequent than men. With stroke being the third leading cause of death for women and the fifth leading cause of death for men, this is a very serious risk factor for Americans.

Prevent Stroke in Women - Fat Loss For Women

Prevent Stroke in Women- Fat Loss for Women

My sister had a stroke last year that shocked the entire family but she has been very blessed to recover very fast and well. She has been taking her morning walks, jogging in the afternoon and following a healthy diet since then. She has lost about twenty pounds and her health has improved greatly. The guidelines by the AHA apply to patients like my sister Michelle who suffered a stroke.

The key to surviving a stroke and minimizing disability is recognizing symptoms like weakness or numbness in one arm, trouble speaking, and drooping on one side of the face. Guidelines for preventing stroke focus on controlling diabetes and blood pressure, more physical activity or fat loss and healthy eating, and quitting smoking. According to Dr. Cheryl Bushnell, stroke chief at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. she led the panel that wrote the guidelines, published in Stroke, a Heart Association journal.

Pregnancy

During pregnancy strokes are not very common but the risk is still higher, especially the last three months and immediately after delivery. The real issue is dangerously high blood pressure that can cause a seizure and other problems, which is called preeclampsia. Later in life it doubles the risk of stroke and quadruples the risk of high blood pressure after pregnancy. The guidelines mention you can lower the risk of preeclampsia with calcium supplements and pregnant women with very high blood pressure (160/110) may need medications.

Menopause

According to the guidelines, hormone therapy should not be used to try to prevent a stroke. Now the guidelines put women’s concerns “on the table” so more physicians discuss them, said Dr. Shazam Hussain, stroke chief at the Cleveland Clinic.

Birth Control Pills

It is recommended that women be checked for high blood pressure before taking oral contraceptives because the combination can increase the risk of strokes. Even though the risk is small it increases greatly in women between the ages of 45 to 49. There are more than 10 million women currently on birth control pills.

Aspirin and Migraines

An aspirin is always recommended for anyone who has already suffered from a stroke unless the stroke was caused by bleeding in the brain rather than a blood clot, or if bleeding is a risk concern says Bushnell. A low-dose aspirin each day “can be useful” to reduce stroke risk in women 65 and older only if its benefits is higher by the potential for bleeding or other risks, according to the guidelines. Women are four times more likely to suffer from migraines than men, and they usually coincide with hormone changes. Migraines with aura do raise the risk of stroke but no alone. Smoking and using oral contraceptives increase the risk even more, so the guidelines stress that patients quite smoking.

I highly recommend that all Americans especially women do follow these guidelines issued by the American Heart Association to prevent all strokes to live longer and healthier. Balanced diets and daily exercise is a very important key to reducing stroke, heart attack, diabetes and other serious issues that affect your health so take action today to improve your health.

Venus Factor Review – Fat Loss for Women

Venus Factor is the new fat loss solution for women. Fat loss and weight loss have always been a constant struggle for women and America is still the top nation when it comes to obesity and health issues. We are not eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis as we should. This type of lifestyle is very dangerous regarding all the health issues associated with a lack of exercise and poor dieting including risk of stroke, heart attack and cancer. Have you ever wondered why it is more difficult for women to lose weight than men? The core issue of women struggling to lose fat is the Leptin hormone. The Venus Factor focuses on the main issue of women’s fat loss problems and provides a fat loss solution for women only around the world to lose belly fat and maintain a long term healthy weight.

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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.

Venus Factor Review

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.

Female Fat Loss

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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