Weight loss plateau? 6 tips that will help right now
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Have you reached a weight loss plateau? If your weight loss has stalled, take a look at my top 6 tips to get help you avoid a weight loss plateau and achieve your dream weight.
One of the more frustrating parts of weight loss is the inevitable weight loss plateau. Everything seems to be going along fine, and then all of a sudden – no matter what you do – you find that the scale just doesn’t budge. When you find that your weekly weight loss has stalled that’s often known as a ‘weight loss plateau’ and many dieters find the sudden lack of progress deeply frustrating. Let me help you understand why your weight may plateau and give you some ideas to make sure you continue to meet your goals so that your weight will start moving again.
When you cut back on your calories, your body reacts as if there’s no more food coming its way. So it does what it’s programmed to do – it hangs onto stored up calories by slowing down the rate at which you burn them. Your resting metabolic rate – the calories you burn every day just to keep your body functioning – goes down a little bit. The drop isn’t huge – maybe 10% at most – but it’s often enough to put your weight loss on hold and suddenly you’re on the dreaded weight loss plateau. Since your resting metabolic rate is determined by your body size and accounts for most of the calories you burn each day, it makes sense that as your weight drops, your metabolic rate goes down, too. SO PLEASE REMEMBER TO EAT AND DRINK WATER!!!!!!
What that means is that as you lose weight, your calorie needs go down a bit. So, to keep losing at the same rate, you need to either cut your intake further, or exercise more – or accept that your rate of weight loss will be slower as you approach your goal. If you are eating a lot cut back a little. And if you are not eating you need to.
Top tips to circumvent a weight loss plateau:
- Try using a food diary to keep track of your food intake. You may have been more careful when you started your diet – weighing and measuring everything that passed your lips – but you might not be as accurate as you once were. Being more consistent with your journal can help get you off the weight loss plateau and back on track.
- Replace two meals a day with a protein shake to help you stay within your calorie limit. When you make your shake, you know exactly what goes into it – and how many calories are in the protein powder, the milk and the fruit – so it takes the guesswork out of calorie counting. Use the shake for two meals a day, have a healthy third meal, and fill in with snacks of low fat protein foods, veggies and fruits.
- Try to dine out less often. This one may be hard to do, but it can make a difference. No matter how careful you think you are when you go to a restaurant, it’s usually difficult to accurately estimate how many calories you’re eating, because it’s often hard to tell exactly how foods are prepared – extra fats and calories are often lurking. If you’ve been eating out more often than usual, try to cut back for a couple of weeks to see if it helps get your weight moving again.
- Step up your activity, particularly strength training. As you build muscle, your resting metabolic rate goes up. If you’ve been working out for a while, you might also be in better shape – and that means that if you haven’t increased the intensity of your activity, you might not be burning as many calories as you used to. Add some new moves to your exercise routine, increase the intensity, and pump some iron.
- Consider that you might actually have reached an appropriate weight. If you can, get your body composition checked. Muscle is ‘denser’ and takes up less space than body fat – so if you are carrying more muscle than the average person, you might weigh more than you think you should. If your body fat is within normal range, then you may not have much – if any – additional weight to lose.
- I think everyone should take a 7 day FULL body Detox every 6 months to keep our bodies free of toxins, yeast and parasites. The liver is an important organ so keeping it healthy keeps you healthier.
Tip of the Day: Understanding metabolism and weightloss, so many things can help like this: Flaxseed: A Healthy Source of Omega-3 Fats
Although it’s important to avoid saturated fats, other kinds of fats, including essential fatty acids, are truly essential for good health. Flax and flaxseed oil, as well as flaxseed oil supplements, are excellent sources of essential fatty acids. These nutrients promote a healthy metabolism, support cell function and support the immune system by helping the body heal after injuries. In particular, athletes have reported that flaxseed oil helps them recover more quickly after a workout by promoting muscle tissue repair, and some athletes have reported that flaxseed oil heals sprains and bruises more quickly, too. These reports suggest that flaxseed has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and it is being studied as a possible treatment for anti-inflammatory conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. But flaxseed’s benefits aren’t just for athletes. As a healthy source of an omega-3 essential fatty acids called alpha-linolenic acid, they promote overall good health in anyone. And if you are trying to lose weight, flaxseed oil may support healthy weight loss by promoting metabolism and helping the body burn fat effectively. Flaxseed oil also may help compensate for the constipation associated with some high-protein diets. Flaxseed may play a role in cancer prevention, too. The National Cancer Institute is studying flaxseed after findings from studies in Europe suggested a link between flaxseed oil and shrinking tumors in prostate, breast and lung cells. Where can you buy flaxseed? Most health stores and specialty supermarkets will carry flaxseeds (which should be ground up, and can be sprinkled on your cereal, yogurt, etc.), as well as flaxseed softgels. Flaxseed oil, which has a mild nutty taste, can even be consumed in liquid form (take 1-2 Tbs a day). Refrigerate after opening the bottle, and keep in mind that the bottle’s shelf life is four to six months. Note: Do not use flaxseed oil for cooking.
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A dietary supplement containing compounds from raspberries has become nearly impossible to find in stores after Dr. Oz proclaimed it a “miracle” weight-loss pill on his daytime TV show.
Indeed, health food stores across the US and Canada have been barraged from customers seeking Raspberry Ketones — an extract from raspberries, which may help your body burn more fat, according to new research.
How Raspberry Ketone Helps You Burn More Fat:
Raspberry ketones are the compounds within raspberries that give the fruit its characteristic aroma. More important to dieters, however, is new research showing these compounds can also melt away the pounds.
Raspberry ketones are “very healthy” with “no side effects” and says this supplement enables the body to “burn fat easier” by stimulating the production of adiponectin, a hormone found in fatty tissue that improves our ability to metabolize fat.
The latest study supporting the use of raspberry ketones for weight loss was carried out last year by Korea’s Food & Drug Administration. In the study, raspberry ketone supplements resulted in an elevated secretion of adiponectin and, along with that, increased metabolism of fatty acids and less fat storage. The full clinical study can be found by Clicking Here. Disclaimer: Even though participants in this study did not change anything in their diet, results may vary.
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This compound regulates adiponectin, a hormone that causes your body to boost metabolism. In turn, the fat within your cells gets broken up more effectively, helping your body burn fat faster and more efficiently.
In order to get enough ketone to have an effect on the way your body burns its excess fat, you would need to consume 90 pounds of raspberries. But, just 100-200mg of the supplement per day is enough to get your body to start burning fat the way you want it to.
What To Expect With Raspberry Ketone:
We’re sure you’ve tried a lot of different weight loss products that all promise to do amazing things then don’t deliver. Here is what you can expect with Raspberry Ketones:
• Potent Fat Burner • Effective Appetite Suppressant • Works Quickly, Proven Results • Increase in Focus • Energy Throughout the day • No Crash
The Liver’s Crucial Role in Weight Loss
Although the stomach is responsible for breaking down and processing fats, it is the gallbladder and liver that are the primary organs at work. As Nancy Desjardin, RHN and weight loss expert says, “Don’t even try and think about losing weight until you are sure that the gallbladder and liver are both clean and working as they should”. A key factor to remember is that the primary job of bile (produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder) is to aid the lipase enzymes to digest fats; if your liver or gallbladder are not working efficiently, fats and toxins will not be broken down properly and will start building up, thereby promoting weight gain.
The Role of the Gallbladder The gallbladder supports the liver in many ways. The gallbladder’s primary role is to store and secrete bile when required, such as when you eat fatty foods. This means that if you eat too much fatty food, you risk increasing the possibility of gallbladder attacks. Many triggers are similar to those that irritate the liver which is why eliminating them helps BOTH your liver and gallbladder. Some of these “trigger” substances include caffeine, processed chocolate, eggs, dairy and greasy/deep fried high fat foods. By eliminating them, you enable the gallbladder to do its job of producing bile, and the liver is better able to maintain a healthy body weight.
You can keep the liver and gallbladder healthy by avoiding fatty food, poor quality foods, rancid and junk food, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, over-the-counter and prescription drugs3. Here are some other things you can do to keep the gallbladder healthy:
- If the gallbladder has been removed, add a digestive enzyme containing bile and pancreatin.
- Lecithin (a natural fat emulsifier) takes the burden OFF the gallbladder and liver so that it can heal.
- The vitamin choline (which is necessary for bile production) along with vitamin B-complex can assist with bile production.
The Role of Liver in Weight Loss Because the liver is the largest internal organ in the body – and the major fat-burning organ – when you eat the wrong foods, the liver will actually make more fat and store the excess. When you cleanse the liver and then eat the right foods, liver metabolism will improve and you start burning fat. As liver function improves, so does energy. With more energy, fitness improves, because you can exercise more and improve muscle tone.
Allergens, heavy metals, unhealthy bacteria, pesticides and toxic exposure over several years directly influences how well everything in your body functions. Although how well you cope with your “toxic load” is very individual, gaining (or being unable to lose) weight is a sign that toxic load is outweighing the support you are providing your body. This is why the condition of your essential detox organs is so important to any effective weight loss plan.
Toxins are created when you make your liver work overtime by trying to digest too much sugar, fat, dairy, salt, alcohol, preservatives, hormones, fertilizers and pesticides, or expose ourselves to air conditioning, pollution and stressful lifestyles. This causes you to mask various illnesses with painkillers and antibiotics and, over time, our immune system weakens which opens the door to chronic degenerative disease – and more weight gain. These “toxins” are essentially “poisons” which must be released if you are to avoid these consequences.
Your fat cells hold a lot of toxins. If you’ve got too much water outside of the cell and not enough inside, you will hold on to too much fluid which can result in distal swelling, protein deficiency, not enough HCl to digest protein, amino acid deficiency and even heavy legs.
The toxins that are stored in the liver and fat tissue are typically due to a diet of over-processed foods plus toxic chemicals, moulds (more than one day old foods), fertilizers, hormones and preservatives over years. They will often interfere with conventional weight loss efforts until they are removed.
Other organs that are also involved in weight loss and helped by liver detoxification include:
Intestinal tract – serotonin is made in the intestinal track and when you lack, it can lead to more obesity because it’s not getting to the brain.
Adrenal glands – the adrenal glands are very important as they produce cortisol. When your body is under continual stress, cortisol levels can reach unhealthy levels which can lead to trunkal obesity which can lead to metabolic syndrome, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and even strokes caused by excess fluid build-up in the intestinal area.
“Estrogen Belly” “Estrogen belly” is a layer of fat that sits on the abdominal muscles caused by a decreased rate of estrogen excretion. Because the liver is responsible for processing and ensuring healthy hormone balance, it is also responsible for detoxifying excess estrogen or xenoestrogens (unhealthy environmental estrogens) that build up in the body and contribute to estrogen overload and increased fat storage .
Any disruption of the liver detoxification pathway contributes to excesses or imbalances in hormones. “Estrogen dominance” is a major problem stemming from disrupted liver detox pathways and is one reason menopausal women especially have a hard time losing fat around the abdomen. It is also why men sometimes develop a “beer belly” or breasts in mid life and beyond.
Cellulite If your body can’t eliminate toxins fast enough, the body stores the excess and surrounds the toxic cells with fat until it can eliminate them. Meanwhile, your body becomes more stressed as it tries to protect your organs from toxic overload, and this is what makes it hard to lose weight – AND CELLULITE. However, as you cleanse the liver, not only will you shed excess pounds, you’ll also lose lumpy cellulite. Two French physicians, Meus-Blatter and Laroche, discovered that cellulite is caused by inefficient removal of wastes from the body. As toxic materials collect between the cells, they are held by hardened connective tissue where they build up to create pockets of water, toxins, and fat that give the skin that “orange peel” appearance. Cleansing the body with high amounts of raw food, especially vegetables, not only helps flush away cellulite, but also increases the strength of the cells.
Sluggish Metabolism? Many people who struggle with weight gain and a sluggish metabolism most of their lives often go through lots of yo-yo dieting unsuccessfully. This is because they have been tackling the symptom when they should be addressing the cause – poor liver function. Congestion throughout the body and a sluggish liver can contribute not only to fatigue and malaise, but also to weight gain, especially around the abdomen, cellulite, and water retention. Eating too much fat, sugar, dairy (mucous forming), salt, alcohol, preservatives, additives and pesticides causes internal congestion. And all this stuff is hard for the liver to process.
The liver is also responsible for metabolizing alcohol and breaking down foods with a high fat content. These substances can cause the liver to become sluggish, reduce your metabolism and subsequently result in weight gain. Cleansing the liver flushes toxins out so that your immune system improves and you feel more energized.
B Vitamins Tips
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The Vitamin B complex vitamins offer numerous benefits to our bodies. Studies indicate that B vitamins help support and increase the metabolism rate, which means they can help you burn more fat as part of a healthy lifestyle. They also help sustain healthy skin and muscle tone, and improve the function of the immune and nervous systems. They are thought to help cell growth and division — including red blood cell growth that help ward off anemia, and combined, they help battle the symptoms and causes of stress, depression, and heart disease. That’s some pretty powerful benefits from one group of vitamins!
All of the B vitamins are water soluble, which means they are dissolved and carried in water throughout the body. You should take B vitamins every day, because any extra you may take or produce are not stored in the body, but excreted in urine every day.
Vitamin B has some special health benefits, but not getting enough Vitamin B can hurt your health, too. There are several notable Vitamin B deficiencies, including some that can be very harmful to your health if they continue. Some of the Vitamin B deficiency problems include:
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) Deficiency can lead to the disease Beriberi, which can lead to a variety of health problems from weight loss to irregular heartbeat and other disorders of the nervous system.
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin). Deficiency in this vitamin can lead to Ariboflavinosis, and the symptoms include cracked lips, an inflamed tongue, and extreme sensitivity to sunlight.
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin). A deficiency in this vitamin can lead to Pellagra and symptoms include insomnia, mental confusion, diarrhea, and weakness. In severe cases it can lead to death.
- Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid). A deficiency in this vitamin can lead to macrocytic anemia. In pregnant women this can lead to birth defects. Some studies show a deficiency can also lead to additional aging effects on the brain.
Some other B vitamins also lead to deficiencies in certain situations, so make sure to take your full does of Vitamin B complex vitamins every day.
Originally, scientists thought the B vitamin group was made up of only one vitamin – Vitamin B, but today we know that a whole variety of vitamins makes up the Vitamin B complex, actually eight different vitamins in all, and many of them have very common names that are familiar to most people. Here are the eight vitamins and their common names:
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)
- Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
- Vitamin B7, (sometimes called Vitamin H or Biotin)
- Vitamin B8 (myo-inositol) is no longer classified as a vitamin because it is synthesized by the human body
- Vitamin B9, (also called Vitamin M or Vitamin B-c or Folic acid)
- Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)
All of these vitamins are essential for good health, and you can often find a healthy combination of them in Vitamin B supplements. There are also a host of other B-related substances that were thought to be vitamins at one time, but have been shown not to contain any nutritional value. Some of these include Vitamin B4, Vitamin B17, and Vitamin B22.
Vitamin B complex vitamins are some of the most essential nutrients for good health, including niacin and thiamin, and deficiencies in these vitamins can lead to a host of health concerns.
You can get your daily Vitamin B from a variety of sources, including brewer’s yeast, molasses, lentils, potatoes, bananas, chili peppers, liver oil, liver, turkey, and tuna. You don’t have to worry about eating too much vitamin B in these foods, because the extra is not retained in your body, but excreted when it is not needed. However, if you don’t eat enough of these items to gain your daily Vitamin B needs, you should take a complete Vitamin B complex supplement, that includes all the B vitamins you need for daily health and well being.
Vitamin B is essential for good health, and there are several types of B vitamins that work together to keep your body running smoothly. B vitamins are water-soluble, so they aren’t stored in the body and you need to replenish them every day. Many factors can deplete B vitamins even more, including excessive exercise, dieting, smoking, alcohol consumption, and even taking oral contraceptives. That’s where supplements can help.
For example, Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, is not stored in the body, so it’s important to get enough in your diet from food and supplements. Vitamin B2 works in conjunction with other B vitamins to help the body release the energy it stores as carbohydrates. If you’re participating in sports, or even if you are just moderately active, you get your energy from the body’s ability to process carbohydrates. Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, has been shown to lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels and can help prevent the narrowing of the blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Also, anyone who follows a strict vegetarian or vegan diet needs vitamin B12 supplements because the best food sources for B12 are animal products. Although some non-animal products contain B12, the amounts are not enough to meet the body’s needs. If you don’t get enough B12 in your body, you can develop anemia or you may experience weakness, loss of balance, or tingling in the arms and legs.
But Vitamin B’s benefits don’t stop with physical health. A recent study in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that adults who were being treated for depression had high levels of the amino acid called homocysteine in their blood, which can make it difficult to break down folic acid. Consequently, anti-depressants appeared to be more effective in people who took folic acid supplements, although the connection between depression and problems processing folic acid remains unknown.
One of the best ways to ensure that you get enough of all the Vitamin B complex vitamins is to take a Vitamin B supplement every day. Look for a natural Vitamin B supplement sold at quality health food or natural food stores, and look for a vitamin B supplement without added fillers or starches.
If you enjoy energy drinks, you may be getting enough vitamin B already, as it is often added to these drinks, so check the label for the vitamins it contains. And remember that alcohol can keep your body from using Vitamin B (and other vitamins) effectively.
Vitamin Deficiency causes so many problems that affect our total well being. Remember most americans are Vitamin D deficient which causes many symptoms of depression. Vitamin B is also vital for energy and mood.
Depression affects every aspect of your life, be it physical, emotional, or mental. Going through with day-to-day activities becomes a task that seems nearly impossible, and doing anything other than lying around in bed makes you muster some sort of effort that comes only after a lot of struggle.
When depression controls you, it can shorten your life drastically through all of the bad habits that can be formed along with and due to the disorder. Whether you just suffer through a case of the “Winter Blues” (otherwise known as SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder) or you find fighting depression a year-round problem, you could be suffering bad habits as a side effect without even realizing it!
The Threat of Bad Habits on Your Overall Well-Being
The number one bad habit that people have that can contribute to depression is also a major contributor to cancer, is SMOKING! Smoking has many other bad side effects, including the staining effect it leaves on your teeth. It also stains your fingers and fingernails, leaving residuals wherever the cigarette touches.
The odor that the smoke leaves on your body, clothes, and the inside of your home is impossible to completely get rid of. Smoking makes food taste different and alters your taste buds, causes heart as well as lung disease. But worst of all, smoking reduces the elasticity in skin which breaks down the skin’s ability to bounce back when stretched which creates more wrinkles at a younger age.
If you are one to cling to your age, then smoking is the wrong habit for you! No amount of skin cream can counter the ill effects of smoking. Speaking of body image, many people take up smoking to manage their weight. While it is possible, they end up gaining wrinkles and age onto their skin in return.
Always think positive of yourself, Poor self image can lead to worsening your depression. Here are some bad habits associated with depression.
- Yo-Yo dieting– Weightloss is hard thing to take charge of. Take a look at mywebsite for information on how to lose weight naturally and safely. Http://totallyinsaneweightloss.com I am always here to help and encourage you everystep of the way. It is only as difficult as you mke it.
- Insomnia or Lack of Rest – If you just can’t seem to get enough sleep then it’s time to find eliminate anything that could be causing your lack of sleep. Make sure to close curtains to ensure that there is not light disturbing you, and cut out caffeine after 2 p.m. If you can’t sleep in silence, then invest in a sound machine to produce soothing sounds to help you drift into sleep. I sleep with a humidifier hum.
- Unbalanced Diet – If you are not eating healthy and living off of junk food, then your sleep could be hindered. By eating a balanced diet with more fruits and veggies, you’re on the way to a better night sleep. Cherries are a natural form of meletonin.
- CPS~Couch Potato Syndrome – Don’t just sit on the couch in your spare time. If you like games, invest in games that get you up and off of the couch like the Wii fit, or wii danced or Kinect for Microsoft Xbox.
- Drinking Alcohol – If you’re on any medications, check with your doctor before consuming any alcohol. Always drink in moderation! Fortunately alcohol companies are taking notice of calorie content and offering “lite” versions of our favorite adult beverages. However, too much alcohol leads to depression.
Bad Habits Speed Up the Aging Process
If you live with many of these bad habits, then you are speeding up your aging process by competing with the natural way that your body works. The fact that these things can increase your risk of developing depression is even worse. Depression takes over your life, adds many years onto your life, and can even shorten your life.