Top 10 Secrets of the Slim
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Wanna be slim without succumbing to the newest fad diets? Of course you do. So follow these diet secrets of the naturally slim (some of which involve very little dieting) to enjoy natural weight loss.
Transcript: We all have that thin friend-the one who doesn't kill herself exercising and who eats dessert-all the...
We all have that thin friend-the one who doesn't kill herself exercising and who eats dessert-all the while staying slim. What gives? Naturally thin people have their secrets, and I'm here to let you in on ten of them. Thin people tend to have a relaxed attitude about food, which allows them to enjoy it without going overboard or feeling guilty. They don't think about food as the enemy. Slim people tend to eat in ways that set them up for success. They often dine at the table with no visual distractions, save for friends or family. Only eating at the table allows you to focus on your food, curbing mindless munching. No more eating half a pint of ice cream in front of the television before you realize what you've done. Another slimming strategy is putting your utensils down between bites. It sounds simple, but this secret enables you to savor your food, and gives you time to recognize when you're full. Eating an appetizer course can help you eat less in the long run. Studies show that starting a meal with a light soup or salad can cut caloric intake by 25 percent. Since these foods fill you up quickly, you'll actually consume less. Thin people are aware of what they're eating, even during holidays and other celebrations. To follow their example, have a plan of action. You may decide to eat a piece of fruit prior to leaving the house, limit your beverage intake, or only eat appetizers containing fruits or veggies. Perhaps the best secret of the slim is that they don't deprive themselves. By allowing yourself the occasional indulgence, you'll feel satiated, meaning that you won't binge on junk later! A. Craving dessert? Enjoy berry sorbet, or split that chocolate cake with a friend. B. Want to nibble at the bread basket? Go ahead, but keep it to one piece. Another way to slim is to stop eating when you're full. Sounds simple, but many of us still have a "clean our plate" mentality that results in overeating. Curb the urge by taking frequent breaks while you eat. When you're full, stop. And while you're at it, why not use smaller plates and bowls? People eat less when they use 7 inch plates, as opposed to the 11 inch ones that are commonly used today. Food won't cure the blues. Naturally slim people don't usually turn to food when they're feeling emotional. Steal their secret by taking a moment to recognize why you're snacking. If you're not truly hungry, back away from the chips! What you don't eat can help you slim as well! Avoiding food that's well-not food-is one of the best ways to slim down. When at the grocery store, take time to read food labels. If you can't pronounce an ingredient or don't know what it is, don't eat it. With these super simple tips, staying slim can be a piece of cake (just make it a small one!).More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-08 | Tags »
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Low carb diets are all the rage but what are they really about? Get all the low carb details by checking out this video.
Transcript: How low is low carb? Low carb diets ask you to reduce your carb intake from the recommended 225 to 325...
How low is low carb? Low carb diets ask you to reduce your carb intake from the recommended 225 to 325 grams a day to between 50 and 150 grams. The idea is that eating fewer carbs lowers the amount of glucose in your blood and that makes your body burn fat instead of sugar for fuel. The result? Weight loss. But over time that can deprive you of essential nutrients found in carbohydrate-rich foods like grains, some veggies and fruits. A low-carb diet also increases the amount of protein and fat you consume. There's no health advantage to eating excessive amounts of red meat and saturated fats-in fact, they are associated with elevated cholesterol levels and heart disease and a greater risk of colon cancer. So if you're interested in losing weight and keeping it off-eliminate processed foods and simple carbs. A healthy diet should include complex carbohydrates found in vegetables, fruits and whole grains.More »
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Belly fat sure is hard to lose! Learn what you need to do to get rid of it by checking out this video!
Transcript: How can I lose belly fat? Belly fat -also called visceral fat-is particularly dangerous for your health....
How can I lose belly fat? Belly fat -also called visceral fat-is particularly dangerous for your health. It surrounds your organs and fuels body-wide inflammation that increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers and dementia. To lose it you need to adopt a healthier diet that focuses on high fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and 100% whole grains. In addition you need lean proteins such as fish and skinless poultry, and healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids.. Your goal is to eliminate processed foods-remember many baked good contain harmful trans fats-that's partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. You also want to cut out simple carbs that they body sees as sugar-and excess sugar is stored as fat. To lose belly fat it is also important to reduce stress. The stress hormone cortisol causes you to store fat around your middle. So make sure to get regular exercise. But a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps a day.More »
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The best diet for weight is a healthy and balanced one. Learn the specifics of a healthy, weight loss friendly diet in this video.
Transcript: What's the best diet for weight loss? The best diet for weight loss is one in which you take in FEWER...
What's the best diet for weight loss? The best diet for weight loss is one in which you take in FEWER calories than you EXPEND every day. And one that YOU can stick to. We do know EXTREME diets that eliminate whole categories of foods, leave you hungry and unsatisfied and can slow your metabolism, making it harder to lose excess weight. Fad diets do NOT work in the long run. In order to sustain permanent weight loss you need to make healthy lifestyle choices, including a diet based on vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and some whole grains and healthy fats. Make sure you watch your portion sizes! Healthy choices have calories too. And regular exercise is also important to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. You should aim for 1 to 2 pounds weight loss a week. And studies prove building in diet DAYS OFF helps you stick to your plan AND actually leads to more weight loss.More »
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Many overweight people have trouble with portion control. Find out how to stop overeating by watching this video.
Transcript: How to stop overeating? Appetite is controlled by two hormones: ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin tells your...
How to stop overeating? Appetite is controlled by two hormones: ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin tells your body when it's hungry and leptin signals All FULL. But when you constantly OVEReat , your natural appetite control system stops working and YOU DON'T KNOW when you are full. Overeating is also triggered by stress. When you are under stress your body secretes high levels of the hormone cortisol. This can make you increase your intake of food, because eating causes your brain to release the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine. To curb overeating, you have to give your appetite-control hormones a chance to reset, so they can do their jobs. It helps if you chew each bite longer and eat more slowly. Put your fork down between bites. Savor flavors. Another way to reset your appetite control system is to get regular exercise. It makes your body more sensitive to leptin's signal that YOU ARE FULL. Aerobic exercise also decreases cortisol levels and ELEVATES dopamine levels-to give you the same mood boost you can get from eating.More »
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Too lazy to exercise? Find out of you can lose weight without exercise by watching this video.
Transcript: Can I lose weight without exercise? Technically, you CAN lose weight without also doing daily exercise....
Can I lose weight without exercise? Technically, you CAN lose weight without also doing daily exercise. Weight loss is all about creating a calorie deficit-meaning that you burn more than you consume. That's why exercise PLUS diet changes are an important part of a weight-loss AND a weight-control plan. First, exercise helps create a significant calorie deficit-after all, you can burn 600 calories with an hour in a spin class. Second, exercise builds muscles, which burn more calories than fat even when you are at rest. So exercise helps amp up your metabolism. While you CAN lose weight without exercise, it's healthier to adopt a whole food diet PLUS a routine of regular physical activity that gets your heart pumping and muscles working.More »
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If you need a weight loss motivation boost, hypnosis might be for you. Find out if hypnosis works for weight loss by checking out this video.
Transcript: Does hypnosis work for weight loss? Few studies have shown a direct link between hypnosis and physical...
Does hypnosis work for weight loss? Few studies have shown a direct link between hypnosis and physical weight loss. Hypnosis CAN help with your mind-set toward weight loss, though. Because hypnosis focuses more on the mental part of weight loss than the physical, it may help motivate you to get started or keep going. This will fuel the hard work you're already putting in to lose those extra pounds. The physical part of weight loss is ALL you-meaning you have to put in the work at home or at the gym. Hypnosis only encourages a different way of thinking about your body in relation to food and fitness-so in this way, it CAN be beneficial.More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-05 | Tags »
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Sugar has many ways of sneaking into your diet. Learn how to avoid hidden sugar bombs with this video.
Transcript: Is sugar really the enemy? Do you know how much you're eating? What foods it's hiding in? And how much...
Is sugar really the enemy? Do you know how much you're eating? What foods it's hiding in? And how much it's healthy to eat every day?The American Heart Association recommends that women limit their sugar intake to 100 calories per day--that's 6 teaspoons. And men should have no more than 150 calories per day--OR 9 teaspoons. That's because sugary foods often deliver empty calories and contribute to weight gain. Emerging research also hints that drinking just one sugary drink a day can boost your risk of type 2 diabetes by 22%. So keep your eye out for the words sugar, glucose, malt, fructose, dextrose, and syrup on food labels-and watch out for hidden sugar bombs, that could be hiding in the "healthy" aisle.That single serve fruity, nonfat Greek yogurt you have for breakfast has 20 grams of sugar, packing 80 calories. An oat-y snack bar has 10 grams of sugar, a low fat frozen dinner packs 9 grams. Even a margarita has 4 grams in a 4 ounce drink. And they're NEVER that small. Those 4 foods alone deliver 162 calories from sugar-way over the suggested limit! It adds up fast, doesn't it?In order to dodge sugary calories PLUS weight gain, make a 'sugar budget' and gradually eliminate items from your diet that tip the sugar scale. For example--if you're a soda junkie, start out by limiting yourself to one can a day as you start drinking no-sugar-added beverages, like naturally flavored club sodas. And enjoy naturally sweet fruits for dessert. Its foods and drinks with ADDED sugars and sugar syrups that may cause weight gain and may predispose you to diabetes.Very soon you'll feel and look better!More »
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Think you're always making healthy food choices? Think again. Test your food knowledge with this video.
Transcript: Sodas, popcorn, pizzas, cookies, and ice cream sundaes. These mouth-watering foods are about to meet...
Sodas, popcorn, pizzas, cookies, and ice cream sundaes. These mouth-watering foods are about to meet their TASTIEST and HEALTHIEST matches in a battle of: Eat This, Avoid That! Your goal? Guess which food you SHOULD choose and which food is the overall nutritional no-no. So, which should you choose: A fast-food chain's special foot-long vegetarian sandwich or another chain?s chicken fajita pita? If you guessed the veggie sandwich you'd be WRONG. With nearly 1200 calories, 29 grams of fat-18 of them saturated, and a heart-stopping 3,540 milligrams of sodium, the veggie sandwich is FAR more unhealthy. The chicken sandwich on the other hand delivers 415 calories, 1750 milligrams of sodium and 17 grams of fat-of which only 3 are saturated fat-and 1750 milligrams of sodium. While that's still way over the top in salt, it?s the better choice. Now, how about one slice of thin crust pizza with ham versus a 2 cup Caesar salad? Pizza wins hands down! It depends where you go, but most have between 145 and 250 calories with around 7 to 10 grams of fat-and as little as 3 grams of which are saturated fat. The salad, on the other hand, weighs in with 368 calories, 30 grams of fat, and 560 milligrams of sodium. Moving on to dessert. Chocolate meringue cookies or chocolate covered graham crackers? Yup, meringue wins! You can eat six chocolate meringues for every chocolate graham and you'll dodge saturated fat and sodium. Warning: this "win" does not mean you SHOULD eat six times as many meringues!Now, here are two SIMILAR food choices. Which is the nutritional winner? Frozen peaches or fresh peaches? Well, it turns out these are BOTH good choices. Fresh or frozen you still get all the nutritional benefits of the vitamins, minerals and fiber. But make sure you choose peaches with no added juice. Even natural, no-sugar-added juice boosts your sugar intake enormously. You'd go from around 12 grams of sugar in a cup of water-packed peaches to 25 grams of sugar if they were packed in their own natural juices.Simple tasty changes in what you choose to eat can help you lose weight without depriving yourself of treats. So eat this-avoid that!More »
Last Modified: 2013-09-05 | Tags »
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If the number on your scale constantly goes up and down, don't worry too much about it. Learn how to have a healthy relationship with the scale in this video.
Transcript: When you step on your bathroom scale, you probably use that NUMBER to tell if you're in good shape or...
When you step on your bathroom scale, you probably use that NUMBER to tell if you're in good shape or not. But scales can't tell you the ENTIRE truth about your health or even your weight.A typical bathroom scale doesn't measure your muscle mass, percentage of body fat, or tell you how much water you're retaining. It simply gives you a snapshot of ALL these things...and that picture can vary greatly depending on when and how often you weigh yourself, so it's important not to get too thrown by day to day changes. Instead think about getting a clear picture of what's normal for YOU, so you can interpret your various ups and down in a healthy way.It's best to weigh yourself first thing in the morning--before eating and after going to the bathroom--for the most accurate results. Use the SAME scale at the SAME time of day. And wear the same clothes--or none at all. Also, try to weigh-in only once a week. You may want to weigh yourself daily, but it's perfectly normal to see daily weight fluctuations of a couple of pounds. If you're trying to lose or maintain weight, these added pounds could be needlessly discouraging. Water retention is NOTORIOUS for weigh-in issues. After a big, salty meal, your body retains water, causing the numbers on the scale to go UP. And, it's true, muscles are heavier than fat. So if you're strength training, you may see your weight increase, or stay the same, as your lean body mass increases. Don't worry, this is a good thing! But it just goes to show you that weight is about MORE than just numbers. For more information on a a healthy approach to weight management, watch the other videos in this series.More »
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The juicing craze has taken the diet industry by storm. Learn all about juicing and its benefits in this video.
Transcript: Juicing is an increasingly popular body cleanse. Enthusiasts believe it can detoxify your body, restore...
Juicing is an increasingly popular body cleanse. Enthusiasts believe it can detoxify your body, restore immune strength, jump start weight loss, and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The idea is that by consuming nothing but juices for 3 or more days, you can improve your health and fight disease.It's true that drinking fresh-made juices is an easy way to make yourself consume more fruits and veggies-particularly if you don't eat them regularly, but it's not a miracle cure-all. There's no proof that juices deliver more AVAILABLE nutrition than whole foods or that going on a very restricted juicing diet for a few days improves your long-term health.Juicing EXTRACTS only juice from the whole fruit which means you could be losing out on beneficial fiber that's normally found in fruit skin and pulp. So, it's not the kind of diet you want to stay on for very long.That said, ADDING a healthy drink of juiced watercress, kale and cucumbers with ginger, or a fresh glass of kiwi and blueberry juice, to your daily diet of healthy foods CAN be part of a smart eating plan. But don't overdo it. What juices lack in nutrients, they more than make up for in sugar. If you're not careful with your portions and produce choices, you'll be getting much more sugar--and calories-- than you bargained for. The bottom line? Choose your fruits and veggies wisely to keep you AND your diet as healthy as possible.More »
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If you're looking to tone up during your weight loss journey, look no further than a set of free weights.Learn how to build muscle during weight loss in this video.
Transcript: It's not uncommon for people to tout cardio as a weight loss miracle. But is loads of cardio all you...
It's not uncommon for people to tout cardio as a weight loss miracle. But is loads of cardio all you REALLY need to slim down and tone up? While certain types of cardio--like high intensity interval training--can be fat blasters, adding strength training moves to a cardio routine guarantees more rapid fat loss.-and makes it easier to keep the pounds off, too. Using weights while you're losing weight helps you maintain muscle mass AND ADD toned muscle. The more lean muscle you have, the more calories per hour you burn-even while sitting or sleeping! And if you're a woman who is worried about bulking up, don't be. Men are more likely to bulk up from weight lifting because of their natural levels of testosterone. But even that takes time, patience and effort. It's also important to remember that toned muscles weigh more than fat. So, don't be discouraged if your scale numbers go up after several weeks of training. As a beginner, you'll gain about one pound of muscle per month on average. To track your weight loss progress, use a tape measure to keep tabs on how many inches you're losing around your neck, chest, waist, hips, arms and calves. Toned muscles take up less space than fat-so as you add muscle you will become leaner!More »
Last Modified: 2013-11-08 | Tags »
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Did Rachel Frederickson lose too much weight on The Biggest Loser? We asked nutritionist and weight loss expert Dr. Rebecca Cipriano for her take. You might be surprised by what she had to say!
Last Modified: 2014-02-12 | Tags »
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