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Weight Loss Motivation

Posted by: Smilie on Monday/December 17/2007 - 12:56 PM
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1. Buy a piece of clothing you love. Hang it out in full view, so you can see it everyday. Remind yourself that you will be wearing it as soon as your goal is reached.

2. Put pictures on your refrigerator and food cabinets of people who have the body weight you want. Look at these thoroughly each time you go to the food places. Contemplate yourself in that body before you open that frig or cabinet.

3. Tell others what your goal is. Tell them what your benchmarks are. When you tell others that you are going....

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Herbal and Natural Weight Loss

Posted by: Smilie on Monday/December 17/2007 - 12:52 PM
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Quite a number of people claim weight loss success through the use of herbal treatments and supplements. There are a wide variety recommended by just as wide a group of diverse people. Basically, herbal supplements perform two functions:


1. The action of some natural ingredients trick the brain into thinking the stomach is full. This concept is actually quite accurate, because the "fullness" of the stomach is actually a signal sent by the brain which results in a person’s cessation of eating. Soy protein is a natural ingredient which actually expands a bit in the stomach. It is....

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Keep up with old weight-loss resolutions

Posted by: Smilie on Friday/July 20/2007 - 02:01 AM
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• The little black dress: All right, it doesn’t have to be black, and it doesn’t have to be a dress, but it does have to be little. Too little or too tight for you to wear comfortably or tastefully. It could be a favorite pair of shorts, a sleeveless tank top or a sundress. Some successful long-term weight-loss experts feel it is motivating for them to bring out old clothes that no longer fit as a visual motivator. Seeing that itsy bitsy teeny weenie little bikini might propel you to action.

• Try eating at home more often:....

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Eat right, exercise key to healthy lifestyle

Posted by: smilie on Monday/January 08/2007 - 05:26 AM
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The food and physical activity choices you make today — and everyday — affect your health and how you feel right now and in the future.

To maintain good health, make smart choices from every food group to give your body the balanced nutrition it needs, being sure to stay within your daily calorie needs.

Exercising regularly is just as important, which helps control body weight, promotes a feeling of well being, and reduces the risk of chronic diseases.

Since not all people are the same, the need for a more individualized approach to improving diet and lifestyle is necessary.

• Make half your....

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Exercise Can Be Critical for Diabetics

Posted by: smilie on Monday/November 13/2006 - 01:24 AM
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If you are diabetic, the National Diabetes Education Program (http://ndep.nih.org) recommends that healthier lifestyle include eating the correct portions of healthy foods, eating less salt and fat, staying at a healthy weight, giving up smoking, taking your medication as prescribed, brushing and flossing each day, checking your blood glucose levels as recommended by your physician and getting 30 to 60 minutes of activity on most days.

For the average person, exercising regularly is a good idea, but for a diabetic exercise is critical for many reasons. For starters, it will help you maintain a healthy weight, while storing too much fatty....

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Diet changes speed up stalling weight loss

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/October 29/2006 - 11:18 PM
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For starters, the human body adapts to the sudden changes and weight loss slows down. With your new diet in place, less food often reduces sodium intake causing net loss of water - water loss slows as sodium loss in diet slows.

Rapid reduction of food intake triggers starvation mode and lowers metabolism quickly.

Also, skipping meals too often may produce intense food cravings caused by lower blood sugar levels. Many dieters save their calories for one big meal and that slows down that metabolism.

Try the following tips when having trouble losing weight:

Keep active with regular exercise. ....

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Health: Pregnancy Nutrition

Posted by: smilie on Saturday/September 02/2006 - 09:08 PM
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Pregnant women are supposed to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating right and taking prenatal vitamins. Now research is showing it is actually important for your child's breathing later in life.

Lauren McGrail is seven weeks pregnant, but she's spent months preparing her body.

“I try to get a lot of sleep, I get 8 hours a night and take my vitamins and try to eat a balanced diet,” she said.

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Woman finds, shares fun route to weight loss

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/August 27/2006 - 10:34 PM
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Different eating styles

Taylor takes a humorous approach to bad eating habits in her Top Ten Ecumenical Eating Styles:

1. The Unconscious Eater: "If you find yourself covered in cookie crumbs and do not have any memory of eating cookies, you are an unconscious eater," Taylor said. "Wake up!"

2. Gulp 'n' Go: Eating on the run leads to indigestion and poor nutritional choices. Instead, have a seat and enjoy a meal.

3. Food Architect: If you're playing with your food, you're eating unconsciously while you're doing it.

4. Assembly-Line Eater: "Doesn't anybody put down their fork between bites?" Taylor asked. Slow down and take....

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Structured exercise improves potential for weight loss

Posted by: smilie on Wednesday/July 26/2006 - 03:40 PM
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Every day, I hear a girl say something about how she wishes she were in better shape. I will be the first to say that I have also uttered those exact words without even the slightest intention of doing anything about it. But now, I'm going to.

I still work out during the school year as a part of the club volleyball team, but during the summer or various breaks from class, I find that the most exercise in my days consists of walking from my bedroom to the kitchen to retrieve the rest of the ice cream I didn't finish....

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'Food porn’ addiction unhealthy for women

Posted by: smilie on Thursday/June 15/2006 - 02:41 AM
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Americans have become lazy, and heart disease has entrenched itself as the No. 1 women-killer for several years.

Doctors are, however, paying attention to how heart disease manifests itself in women, Atkinson said, and have discovered a common link among heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and a host of other autoimmune conditions: Inflammatory reactions.

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Healthy habits key to heart health for women

Posted by: smilie on Wednesday/May 31/2006 - 04:42 PM
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Eat your fiber

"Only plants have fiber, so anything with fiber, by definition, is packed with other nutrients," Savard said.

That includes all your fruits, vegetables and whole grains. If it's been processed, you're not getting the health benefits, she said.

"Don't just buy brown bread because it says multigrain," she said. "It has to say whole grain because multigrain could mean they stripped out all the fiber and added a little molasses to make it darker."

Know your fat

"Fat is not the enemy," Savard said. "In some ways, it is really critical to our health but that is the olive oil, canola oil,....

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Tips for achieving good health and getting fit

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/March 12/2006 - 05:41 AM
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Getting and remaining fit isn’t all about developing muscles; it has a lot to do with exercising and eating healthy.

“In order to have a healthy body, a person should follow a nutrition guide and exercise primarily every day,” Anderson said. “They should also get five to seven servings of fruit, lean protein, 25 to 35 grams of fiber every day, a minimum 64 ounces of water every day, and three servings of dairy.

“Exercise has been proven to slow down blood pressure, cholesterol and help with weight loss,” Anderson said.

The excuse most individuals use is not having the time to exercise,....

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Heart disease: the top killer for women

Posted by: smilie on Tuesday/February 28/2006 - 03:27 AM
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“There is no definite age for women to start having regular check-ups. They could start at 30, 35 or 40 and then their doctor will guide them accordingly. They may do a stress test in their 30s but won’t have to do one every year. The doctor will guide them when it’s necessary to come back for another one. In the meantime, their weight, blood cholesterol level, diet and exercise levels will be monitored.”

Dr Anstassiades said it was good to have a follow-up every couple of years, and that women over 50 should definitely see a cardiologist. “After menopause, an....

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Tips to help you avoid weight loss temptations

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/January 15/2006 - 02:26 AM
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One of the most common New Year’s resolutions that people make is to lose a few pounds during the upcoming year.

Unfortunately, it is also very common that most people will have abandoned their weight loss efforts within two or three weeks. One of the primary reasons people fail to stick to their resolution to lose weight is because of giving in to temptation.

Before you start your weight loss efforts, take time to eliminate any tempting foods from your home, such as snack cakes and ice cream. Fill your shelves with whole grain cereal, pasta, and bread, fresh fruits and vegetables,....

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Healthy Lifestyle

Posted by: smilie on Thursday/December 22/2005 - 04:13 AM
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When it comes to living a healthier lifestyle, adding a little variety to your routine can help keep you inspired. It also makes daily activities, such as eating a balanced diet and exercising, more enjoyable.

• Fight Brain Drain. Morning or afternoon slumps often occur because the brain needs more fuel. Try keeping some quick snacks on hand to give you a burst of energy.

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Health Talk

Posted by: smilie on Thursday/December 15/2005 - 05:10 AM
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Are you ready to change?

Did you get 30 minutes of activity today? Did you yesterday? Do you even think you need to be more physically active?

Given that 54 percent of Vermont's population falls into the overweight or obese categories, and that only about 25 percent of Vermonters are getting enough physical activity, the chances are pretty good that you need to get more activity.

But how ready are you to change your lifestyle? Are you even thinking about making changes?

In the world of health care, people's willingness to make lifestyle changes is discussed in terms of the "Readiness to Change" model....

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Consider ways to maintain healthy lifestyle for holidays

Posted by: smilie on Wednesday/December 14/2005 - 04:16 AM
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If you are concerned about being healthy, the holidays are enough to drive you mad. Unless you are running late for a very important date, take a few minutes to review these healthy holiday tips.

Keep exercise high on the priority list. Exercise provides much-needed stress relief. It improves sleep. It improves feelings of self-worth and mental well-being.

Make an appointment for exercise on your calendar, and keep it! If weather is keeping you from your normal exercise routine, go to the mall before shopping hours. Most area malls open their doors early for walkers and post information about distance. For example,....

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One in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime

Posted by: smilie on Wednesday/October 19/2005 - 02:52 AM
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I know the American Cancer Society recommends that, starting at age 40, women should have an annual breast exam by a health professional. But a lot can change in a year. So what else could we be doing in the interim to check for signs of the disease?

This year, I decided to take the plunge and write a story from the point of wellness rather than illness. I set out to learn what I could about prevention, starting with breast self-examination ---- and I don't mean the introspective kind ---- and clinical breast examination, which is done by a professional. ....

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Herbal Weight Loss Products

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/October 02/2005 - 03:58 AM
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Green Tea is another wonderful ingredient which helps in decreasing the body fat by increasing the metabolism. It also contains powerful anti-oxidants that help support cardio-vascular health. Many Chinese people have been drinking green tea for centuries for all the positive aspects that it brings to your health. This has spread to people worldwide and green tea is now the second most popular beverage in the world. Green tea is said to have many health benefits, including lowering cholesterol, boosting the immune system and helping to prevent cavities and tooth decay.

Ephedra (under the name Ma huang) has been used in....

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Local Woman Dances Her Way To Weight Loss

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/September 25/2005 - 08:51 PM
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The Dancing Diet. For one Chicago woman, ballroom dancing is more than fun.

As Medical Editor Mary Ann Childers reports, she’s rhumba-d, waltzed and cha-cha’d her way to weight loss.

Food is Jennifer Fite’s business. She’s personal assistant to nationally renown chef Rick Bayless.

Two years ago, she realized her weight was out of control. Diet after diet failed. And she admits she was in denial.

"You tend to live from the neck up,” she said. “You tend to just focus on what can you can see in the mirror like this." ....

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