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Week 10 – The Importance of Water in Losing Weight

Losing weight is one of the most difficult challenges that we face. With the list of lifestyle changes we make may seem frustrating to maintain control of calories, exercise, portion size, vitamins and everything else.

One of the easiest ways to lose weight naturally is usually not considered. This is the simple act of drinking water. For only drink water, we can increase the success of weight loss diet and improve our overall wellbeing.

The success of drinking water to lose weight can be attributed to its properties as a natural appetite suppressant.  When we do not have enough water in our body, signs of thirst are often mistaken for symptoms of hunger which sometimes causes people to have a snack instead of a glass of water.

When we started to drink water as part of our plan to lose weight, we have to go to the bathroom more often than usual, but we should not let this be an obstacle. This does not mean we are overly drinking water, what it means is that we are giving our body the opportunity to expel water that has been stored, and once the body becomes accustomed to it will always have sufficient water available, not needed store it just in case, and see how swollen ankles, hips and thighs began to lose weight according to expel excess water.

Water does much more than suppress appetite. It is also excellent for hormonal functions, the proper functioning of the metabolism, increases the amount of water your body uses for energy, and helps the proper functioning of the liver.

Now for those who wonder how the water helps the metabolism, I can explain quickly. When we are dehydrated, even slightly, our liver cannot do its job. The liver normally converts stored fat into energy, but also helps the kidneys when these are lacking water. This causes the liver to be less efficient in their functions, so it allows the body to store more fat without being converted into energy.

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Week 9 – Exercise

I’ve noticed, by re-reading my articles that I have talked about what to eat to lose weight, but hardly anything on how I’m doing exercises to tone. So I will discuss some of them.

One of the parts of my body that I dislike is my waist. I only have a small curve. And one of my goals is to get a smaller waist. To achieve this I do several exercises like

Side Squat: Stand and hold behind a chair and    widely separated feet. Inhaling, bend one leg and move to that side while keeping the other leg straight and oblique laterally extended. Without taking place feet, exhaling, return to the starting position and repeat the same action to the other side. Work the inner and outer lateral thigh and buttocks.

  • Beginners: 10 repetitions of each side.
  • Intermediate: 15 repetitions of each side.
  • Advanced: 20 repetitions of each side.

Lateral raises: Place yourself next to a chair by placing a hand on the back and the other on your waist. Cross one leg over the other and then elevated laterally to reach the hip line. Make replays indicated and then repeat the same with the other leg. Work the inner and outer lateral thigh and buttocks.

  • Beginners: 10 repetitions of each side.
  • Intermediate: 15 repetitions of each side.
  • Advanced: 20 repetitions of each side.

Lateral Circles: In the same previous position, this time describing circles in the air with lateral knee to waist height. To do this, raise one leg forward, then take it to the side and back, and then lower it to start again. Complete the indicated replicates and passes to the other leg. Work thighs, buttocks, abdomen and waist.

  • Beginners: 10 repetitions of each side.
  • Intermediate: 15 repetitions of each side.
  • Advanced: 20 repetitions of each side.

Week 8 – 5 Decisions That Determine How Much You Eat

Although we all hear about “slow metabolisms”, the harsh reality is that the reason many of us fatten (or can not lose weight) has nothing to do with our ability to burn fat.

The truth is that most people eat more than they need … without realizing it.

To find out if you’re in that group, pay attention to the following six decisions that will determine how much you eat (and, next time, you can make the right decision).

1. MOOD
Nerves, anxiety or depression, stress, pressure and burden on completing a job on time, sadness, anger or excessive joy moods are  each channeled in different way.

2. WHAT YOU COOK AT HOME

This aspect is very important because it is not known concretely the amount of food you eat, if the dish contains a lot or a little oil. A food can be very healthy, but if you have more calories than they need end up getting fat

3. WHERE DO YOU EAT

People who eat in front of the TV or computer eating a third more quantity, because it is not concentrated in food and eats unconsciously. By not paying the necessary attention, do not perceive the messages that reach the brain and warn that the stomach is full and still eat

4. EATING LIGHT FOOD

“Low-fat” or “low in sugar” does not mean “low calorie”. A product may claim the message of “light”, “mild” or any other statement that has the same meaning if you have at least a reduction in calories, fats, proteins or sugars 30%, compared with a product similar.

Moreover, these foods are highly processed and are usually even worse (from the nutritional point of view) than the regular versions. As part of a healthy diet like the one I sale in Advocare i do not advise at all to consume any kind of processed food.

5. A TOOL TO IMPROVE

One of the best ways to identify if you are making the mistake of eating more than necessary is keeping a food diary.

I highly recommend it, because this method had work for me is with only a week writing down absolutely everything you bring to mouth (both meals and drinks), when do you eat them, in what quantities and how do you felt at that time, you will see how much you learn about your eating habits and how can you improve them.

Week 7 – Overweight and Self Esteem

Being overweight is not good. We all know that. But it is not just the physical aspect which we should deal.  Been overweight is generally low self-esteem and many people have it. Ignoring a state of obesity is dangerous, the pressure that the modern world puts on people to “look good” creates feelings of insecurity on those who are overweight. This insecurity often starts affecting their self-esteem and may become a major psychological problem.

To lose weight, a person must want to do it. And the reasons for losing weight can be the desire to look and feel good, and earn the respect of society in general and loved ones.

Low self-esteem in overweight people is often the cause of obesity. The family, work and social pressures may reach a point where overeating becomes a distraction to those pressures. In other words, stress leads to a lack of confidence which then becomes a feeling of being unable to cope with the situation, resorting to eating and drinking, with the expected result is weight gain.

So this means that any action to prevent or reverse the overweight or obesity status must look both psychological and physical?

It’s not as simple as it sounds and if you feel identified with this whole issue is not wrong to ask for help, on the contrary, you will benefit a lot, and I’m not just talking about professionals such as psychologists or therapists but family and friends who perhaps understand the reasons for everything that you are going thru.

If in addition besides the support of your family and friends, you have the opportunity to group, do it. Do not ignore everything you believe that can help you, give it a try. Trial and error. Finally, remember that there is no failure, just are results. If something does not work move to the next, or the next, and so … we all have tremendous potential, even you, if you cannot see it now.

Week 6

Finally, I was able to shed 2 lbs from the plateau that I was stock at, I have change my eating habits and stating to count calories. Am I still using Advocare? Yes! and I will start another 24 day challenge on November 1st , but for right now, I just take my Catalyst when I work out and drink my Slam. I do take Thermoplus, it gives me a feeling of fullness so I don’t over indulge when I go out to eat, but mostly now I am able with counting calories and watching portions to finally stay on track. And thanks to Advocare giving me energy, and my own motivation I am still feeling great! I went from no activity at all to speak of to doing zumba, jogging (2 miles a day) and biking.

I watch my dairy, drink about 3 liters of waters every day, eat complex carbs, and stay away from chips and over processed foods. I eat lots of veggies, watch my portions and have been able to break thru my plateau this week without much effort my goal is 500 calories of exercise a week, and I m trying to stick to that.

Week 5

This week was weight in week and sad to say I been falling in my quest of losing weight. I have gain 5lbs for the past 2 weeks and aim not very happy about it, somehow that’s why last week I did not talk about the biggest loser challenge, because I was giving myself sometimes to lose that weight but it seems that I been gaining them.   Yes I been bad with food eating, and it seems that’s my challenge learning how to eat, not learning how to cook because I know how to cook healthy but what I don’t know is how to control my appetite to all the things I like to eat. And it is hard because besides learning not to eat the bad stuff is also having goodwill power so say I can do it.  So I started researching what to eat to get rid of the munching sensation and this is what I came out with and it have a low calorie count

  •  Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, which at only 80 calories, has only 6 grams of sugar, zero grams of fat and a whopping 15g of protein. And also “Blueberries contain lots of antioxidants and fiber and the yogurt is full of calcium protein” says Joanna Dolgoff, M.D., author of Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right!. “It’s a perfect combination!”
  • Cottage cheese with only 4 percent milk fat to keep this any-time-of-day snack at around 110 calories per half cup, with 5g fat, 15g protein, 2g of sugar.
  •  Quaker’s Lower Sugar Instant packets.
  • Carrots and Hummus
  • One medium pear and one part-skim string cheese: 160 calories, 7g protein, 17g sugar, 3.5g fat, 6g fiber.  Etc.

If you want to read more http://www.ivillage.com/100-healthy-snacks-under-200-calories-0/4-b-291931#ixzz29Kdiyo8z

Week 4

During these past 2 weeks I have not lost any weight and I am frustrated, seems that I have hit a plateau.  I have been gaining and losing tree pounds back and forth, I wonder what I am doing wrong.  I have been thinking, that maybe I need to change my workout routine.  My brother-in-law told me about the insanity work out, he told me that for him is working wonders and lost 10lbs in 2 months, by just doing this program and taking care of his diet.  Other people tell me that I need to Zumba more often instead of doing the elliptical all the time.  So, I came up with the resolution to start to Zumba 3 times a week, do the insanity 2 times a week, elliptical and running 2 times a week. Wish me good luck and will see what happens by the end of next weekend.