Monday, August 15, 2011

Lime & Honey: Does it help in losing weight?

Lime juice is a very rich source of vitamin C which helps in boosting the immunity and is a “Liver Detoxifier” while “Honey” is a better form of sugar, which provides many Vitamins & Minerals and is an energy booster; which keeps us active throughout by enhancing our work performance there by resulting in calorie burn. But still moving and exercising is must along with this for weight loss.

Calories in honey negate your weight loss efforts?
You are right - honey contains sugar. But unlike refined sugar, honey contains vitamins and minerals too. Normally, to digest sugar, the vitamins and minerals stored in body are utilized, rendering the body devoid of these nutrients. These nutrients are essential to dissolve fats and cholesterol. Thus when you eat too much sugar you tend to increase weight not just because of the calories but due to lack of vitamins and minerals. On the contrary, honey being a good source of nutrients helps you in reducing weight.

Honey and warm water: Normally fat remains as an un-used resource in your body adding bulk and weight. It is believed that honey mobilizes this stored fat. When this fat is burnt to provide energy for your daily activities, you see a gradual decrease in your weight and obesity levels. It is suggested that you drink this honey (about one tablespoon daily), with equal amount of warm water.

Honey and lemon juice: Honey can also help in weight loss when consumed with warm water and lemon juice. Many people drink this formula first thing in the morning to reduce their weight.

Honey also improves your digestion and thus helps in weight loss. Hence honey is also consumed after dinner especially after overeating.

The latest theory based on the hibernation diet also builds a link between fructose-rich honey and weight loss. It suggests taking a generous spoonful or two of honey at night, either as a warm drink or straight from the jar, and promises to help us sleep and lose weight at the same time by fuelling the liver, speeding up fat-burning metabolism and easing stress hormones.

The good news is that honey, a natural sweetener, contains 22 amino acids and a variety of minerals essential for its metabolism and hence is helpful in preventing obesity. It is believed that drinking lemon juice with a little honey the first thing in the morning is an effective anti-cellulite treatment as it helps to increase body metabolism. If you are determined to shed weight and speed up your sluggish metabolism, try this honey and lemon diet tip.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Loss 5 Pounds by this weekend

Step 1. Drink More Water.Drink water three times a day before meals.
Water also keeps you energized, so you’ll have the vigor needed to burn additional calories in the gym, on the tennis court, or wherever the day takes you. “Even being slightly dehydrated can lead to feeling fatigued,”.

Step 2. Say No to a Side of Fries or Potato Chips.
Replace these greasy sides with fresh veggies to save yourself hundreds of calories in a week.

Step 3. Cut Down on Added Sugars.
Eliminating added sugars could save you thousands of calories in a week. Other offenders included cookies, cakes, doughnuts, and dairy desserts. To trim hundreds of empty calories from your daily diet, check nutrition labels. “Look for anything that ends in the letters "ose,” the biochemical ending for sugars, such as sucrose, dextrose, fructose, and maltose, and the word syrup,”. If it’s sweetened, skip it.

Step 4. Watch and Avoid Hidden Calories.
Learn appropriate portions for common foods and skip calorie-laden condiments and dressings.

Step 5. Move More
Move it to lose it!!! Remember this mantra. Not all calories are lost at the kitchen table. Daily physical activity chips away at unwanted pounds.
“Choose an activity that you enjoy, whether it’s yard work, pole dancing, Zumba, or Pilates—anything that gets your body going.”
Integrate these activities into your weekly routine.

To burn…*
More than 100 calories, try:
Walking for an hour at 2 miles per hour (183)
Cooking for an hour (176)

More than 200 calories, try:
Raking the lawn for an hour (281)
Cleaning the house for an hour (246)
Bowling for an hour (219)
Leisurely bicycling (less than 10 mph) for an hour (292)

More than 300 calories, try:
Golfing for an hour while carrying your clubs (329)
Mowing the lawn for an hour (387)
Dancing for an hour (317)
Playing baseball or softball for an hour (365)

More than 400 calories, try:
Doing high-impact aerobics for an hour (493)
Hiking for an hour (438)
Stationary bicycling or rowing for an hour (493)

More than 500 calories, try:Playing basketball for an hour (584)
Jogging at 5 miles per hour (584)
Using a stair treadmill for an hour (657)
Swimming laps for an hour (511)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Low Calories Breakfast

#1 Mixed grain bread with a little almond butter, sliced banana, raisins on top, and a sprinkling of cinnamon; serve with a glass of low fat milk.
#2 High fiber cereal, topped with mixed nuts, dried fruit, and a small glass of calcium fortified soy milk.

#3 Natural yoghurt mixed with a chopped apple, berries, and whole grain cereal; served with 100% whole orange juice.
#4 Healthy granola bar, one orange, and a glass of low fat milk.
#5 Whole wheat English muffin, toasted and thinly spread with reduced fat cottage cheese, topped with sliced pineapple; serve with a glass of 100% whole fruit juice.
#6 Natural yoghurt, topped with mixed berries, a teaspoon of ground flaxseeds, a slice of whole grain toast; and a cup of green tea.
#7 Swiss muesli - combine 2 cups of rolled oats, and 1 cup low fat milk or fruit juice, cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning add 2 grated apples, 1/4 chopped hazelnuts, and 200g of low fat honey yoghurt, mix well (serves 4).
#8 Whole wheat English muffin topped with melted reduced fat cheese, a sliced tomato, and a sliced hard-boiled egg; served with a small glass of 100% pure fruit juice.
#9 Scrambled egg, sprinkled with a teaspoon of ground flaxseeds; served with mixed grain bread, fresh fruit salad, and a small glass of low fat milk.
#10 Cooked oats topped with raisins, dried cranberries, sliced bananas, and calcium fortified soy milk.
#11 Brown rice or barley - cook the night before, then in the morning top with some raisins, sliced apple, a sprinkling of cinnamon, and a little reduced fat milk.

#12 Whole wheat pita half topped with grilled Canadian bacon, a little reduced fat cottage cheese, tomatoes, and mushrooms; serve with 100% pure fruit juice.
#13 Fruit smoothie – add strawberries, kiwi, and a banana to the blender, a cup of natural yoghurt, one teaspoon of ground flaxseeds, and a cup of crushed ice.
#14 Mini wheat cereal, dried fruit, mixed nuts, place in a plastic bag and eat on the way to work with a thermos cup of low fat milk.
#15 Breakfast burrito – scrambled eggs, chopped tomatoes, and a little grated reduced fat cheese, wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla, served with green tea and a slice of fresh ginger.
#16 Whole grain bread topped with kippers, or smoked salmon, and sliced tomatoes; serve with two small apricots, and a cup of low fat milk.
#17 Homemade granola – mix 2 cups rolled oats, 1 cup of wheat cereal, 1 cup dried fruits and seeds, 1/4 cup of flaked coconut.
#18 Multi grain English muffin, toasted and spread with peanut butter, topped with sliced apples, and served with a small glass of calcium fortified soy milk.
#19 Multi grain cereal, topped with raisins, a sliced banana, and low fat milk.
#20 Healthy “blobs” – mix 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk, 3 cups crushed flake cereal, and 2 tablespoons honey. Form into “blobs” (should make 10). Wrap each blob in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Grab a couple with a travel cup of skim milk and go! (From Nutritionist Alana Unger)

#21 Whole wheat bagel
topped with reduced fat cottage cheese, sprinkled with flaxseed; serve with a small bowl of mixed berries, and a cup of herbal tea.
#22 Scrambled tofu, with onions, and peppers, a dash of light soy sauce, and stir-fry with a little olive oil. Serve with whole grain toast, and a glass of calcium fortified soy milk.
#23 Sandwich made with lean ham or turkey, in whole grain bread, topped with sliced tomatoes, and a small glass of reduced fat milk.
#24 Mini whole grain bagel, topped with almond butter, sliced apples, and a glass of 100% whole orange juice.
#25 Sliced melon tossed in a bowl with the pulp of one passion fruit, topped with natural yoghurt, and a handful of muesli.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Don’t Want To Diet Or Exercise ?

Diets and exercise sometimes invoke all sorts of negative emotions especially pressure and guilt. You might have tried to diet and you know you should exercise.  A couple of simple shifts in your thinking could help you lose weight and keep it off. It really doesn’t have to be hard.

The basic measure of weight gain or weight loss isn’t actually pounds or kilograms. It is calories. If we put in more calories than we burn off we gain weight. If it’s the other way around we lose weight.
Calories refer to the food you eat. Stop thinking about what you cannot eat, or shouldn’t eat. Just think about what you can eat. Did you know that eating one less cookie, one less dinner roll or one less glass of milk a day you would lose 1 pound every three weeks. Over a year that’s 17 pounds.

To lose weight by concentrating on the calories in side of the scale you just need to think of simple ways to eat foods with a little less calorie content (a little less energy). Eat more whole meal bread instead of white bread. Eat more chicken instead of red meat. Drink more water instead of fruit juice. That sort of thing. There are also some simple things you can stop doing to reduce your calorie intake. Stop supersizing your takeaway food. Stop eating a second plate of dessert. That’s all it takes.

To increase your energy output and improve your performance on the other side of the scale you just need to do a little more activity in your daily life. Take your dog for a walk instead or go to the park with your kids and fly a kite. These activities are burning calories and they are fun.

Household activities like Cleaning house, washing your car, vacuuming, doing laundry, scrubbing bath tub, doing dishes, mopping floor washing windows, gardening, lawn mowing all these activities burn calories. Park your car far end of shopping mall or work place so you'll walk more to reach the place and when you return again you'll walk to come back to your car. Take a cart and walk in Grocery no need to buy anything just walk through each aisle and if you've something in Grocery list shop. Walking in Malls and Grocery is a mood booster and safest way to do walking during winter season otherwise nothing can beat Out door walking. Put your favorite dance music and dance like there is no tomorrow. Music and Dance are Good mood boosters.

Maintain a Journal to keep track of whole days food intake as we forget to count Licks, Bite and Taste i.e. (BLT) calories. Yes even BLT adds up in calories.

Losing weight by learning to balance your calorie intake with your output is much easier and more fun than dieting and exercise and if you just take some simple steps every day, week or month you’ll be healthy, fit and happy in no time. Try switching to low fat milk or diet sodas. Help out an elderly neighbor by offering to walk their dog. Go to a class and learn a sport you’ve always wanted to play. There are a lot of things you can do to start living a healthy lifestyle today.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Calories in a banana.

The calories in a raw banana according to the banana’s size are roughly as follows:

Banana SizeCaloriesFat Carbohydrate Protein
Extra Small (less than 6“ long) 81g 72 0.27g 18.5g 0.88g
Small (6” to 6-7/8” long) 101g 90 0.33g 23.1g 1.1g
Medium (7” to 7-7/8” long) 118g 105 0.39g 27g 1.29g
Large (8” to 8-7/8” long) 136g 121 0.45g 31.1g 1.48g
Extra Large (9” or longer) 152g 135 0.5g 34.7g 1.66g

Dieting Points About Bananas
The calories in a banana are not excessive given typical daily calorie requirements and the satisfying nature of the fruit. As can be seen in the above chart however, bananas are high in carbohydrates which may lead some people on low-carb diets to avoid the fruit.

Nutritional Benefits of Bananas
Bananas are often considered to be good sources of potassium, manganese, vitamin C and vitamin B6 and are high in dietary fibre.

A Few Notes About Calorie Counting
The heart of calorie counting comes down to understanding how many calories you consume and how many calories you burn. If you consume 3500 calories less than you burn, this should result in approximately 1lb of weight loss. In order to lose weight, you should aim for a basic calorie deficit so as to achieve 1 to 2 lbs of weight loss a week, rather than introducing too severe a calorie deficit. A severe calorie deficit may result in the loss of lean body mass, causing your system to lower the number of calories it burns to maintain itself.
Understanding and monitoring the calories you are consuming and burning is essential for a calorie counting process.