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Did you know that weight loss could result in a simple lifestyle change

Many of us would love to be a stone or two lighter for various reasons. Could be so they could fit into a smaller size dress or could also be for health reasons. A simple lifestyle change could do the trick.
The fact of the matter is, if we carry too much weight, it is not good for the heart.
We can liken it to a vehicle carrying too much load. Obviously, it will tell on the structure sooner or later.


I am going to introduce five (5) simple steps which when taken could result in ‘natural’ effortless and stress- free weight loss.
Firstly: there is the need to keep fit, this is essential for any weight loss programme. And I would like to add that any weight loss regimen which has not factored into an activity programme is bound to fail. If it works at all, it will not be sustainable and would result in people having ‘yoyo’ weight loss. Losing it very quickly, but only to put it all back on again.

My advice would be to sign up to a gym, that way you have company, you get to meet others with the same aim as you. Seeing others do it compels you to go on as well. I find that sometime when I have someone next to me working on a machine; it urges me to continue rather than giving up. It actually is a motivating factor. You have company, and irrespective of your age, you are bound to find other your age group.


Second:, watch what you eat, be aware of the calories you consume. Opt for lighter alternatives to the same food. Don’t forget to check food labels, mind you some supposing lighter foods might have far too much salt or too much sugar in them.
Step three; find out what best works for you or what suits you better. If you are not comfortable with it, chances are it would never work. Choose an arrangement that is sustainable, even it takes a much longer time to achieve your goals. It should fit into your day to day life. Some people prefer to count calories, whilst others will lower their calorie intake certain days in the week. This obviously means making lifestyle changes. Someone I know only had a beer on weekends, totally dry weekdays, as well as reducing the quantity he drinks. Others have ‘no carbs after 5 pm’ policy which works for them.
Step four; set targets and take things a step at a time, don’t rush but be persistent. It took a friend of mine a year to lose one stone, but you know what, that stone is gone forever because he has changed his lifestyle.
Knowing your BMI ( Body Mass Index) which is a measurement of your weight in relation to your height. Our website www.youhave alife.com/ has a calculator for BMI. Knowing your BMI would allow setting targets. Breaking them down into smaller goals is most effective. It might take longer, but it certainly took a long time to gain the weight in any case.
Finally, step five; finding out how you got yourself into carrying too much weight is important. You must have been doing some things wrong. Do you have a craving, could be anything from chocolate, to biscuits or alcohol? The thing is complete denial would not work. Moderation is the watchword; healthy choices are not the easiest thing to do. Eating out usually means larger portions, if you tend to eat out a lot, then that needs to be reduced. Let’s face it, when we eat out, we also tend to have a couple of glasses of wine or beer. Then comes desserts, with their humongous calories. There is nothing like home cooking, and cooking from scratch. Then one would ask, what is life then if you cannot enjoy the few good things in it. Absolutely, but what we are saying is, enjoy it, but be wise about it. Don’t go mad else you will pay for it. Everything comes with a price tag. ‘There is nothing like free lunch’ as the saying goes.


In conclusion would I would advice is to stay active, even in your home. A bit of gardening here and there all helps. Eat a balanced diet in smaller portions and involve your spouse or your partner. They would be your support when temptations rear their ugly head.

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Diet Programs that you might wish to know about

Many of us would have tried several diet plans in our attempt to lose weight. Some might have been successful but, let’s put it this way if its fast track or a quick means of losing weight then it is bound to fail. It has to be gradual and nutritional if it is to be effective. This would allow you to keep it off.
There is no point in going through the difficulties of weight loss only to put it back on. It has to be off permanently if we are to achieve our main aim.
Two of the familiar diet programmes are as follow;
Pennington’s diet and Donald’s Anti Obesity diet these are both low carbohydrate, free fat intake.
They are known as ‘eat fat and grow slim’. Other programmes which also advocates for free carbohydrate, but high protein intake like Atkins’s diet.


Remarkably one of the most interesting and quite effective has been The Scarsdale Medical Diet, which is a high protein, low fat and low carbohydrate.
One of the more recent diet programmes has been the high fibre, low calorie like the Pitkin diet.
By far the most popular ones seem to be the VLCD which I had mentioned earlier. Very Low-calorie diet (VLCD) these depend on taking food substitutes instead of meals. They usually come in sachets or powder form which then is made into drinks, soups or puddings. They will contain the recommended daily intake of minerals, vitamins and electrolytes. In a way, it is like fasting again, a fast track to weight loss. They certainly have their drawbacks, but acts as a quick fix to a weight loss program. As already stated the problem with quick fix programmes is its sustainability. The primary aim of every weight loss person would be to get rid of it and keep it off. It is no good putting it all back on again. Your best bet is a gradual weight loss programme.
However Many are those who would adopt VLCD programmes, to attain a certain weight after which they then go onto a more regular scheme. Keep following us on www.youhavealife.com/ for more interesting articles on health-related issues.




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How Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) can fast track your weight loss

VLCDs or low-calorie diets normally have high fibre and is one which increases the fibre content of the individuals’ diet, this constitutes a calorie controlled diet. In which you get the ideal number of proteins but without the added excessive calories.


These depend on taking food substitutes instead of meals. They usually come in sachets or powder form which then is made into drinks, soups or puddings. They will contain the recommended daily intake of minerals, vitamins and electrolytes

 

Because they are lower in calories, they allow you to consume more per day. This means shorter periods between meals which helps regulate your blood sugar levels throughout the day and reduce hunger pangs. whilst also allowing your stomach to adjust to smaller size meals.



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Its about calories not carbs, be ‘calorie aware’

If we wish to win in any weight loss scheme, the basic truth is that we have to burn off more energy. This has to be done in an accurate and effective way as possible, we need to count the calories. To assist in the fat burning process, we recommend the subscription to Fat Burners & Thermogenics.

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Be it food or drink, there is no point in just eating anything to fill our stomachs.The questions we need to ask is, is what you are eating healthy, balanced, has proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. In addition to this, we need to look at labels, how much fat, salt, protein, and carbohydrates are in what we are eating. We need to watch the so-called ‘traffic lights’ on food labels, on packages. Red signifies ‘danger’ in effect you have to be ‘calorie aware’

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Other tips on healthy eating.
1. It is very necessary to cut off the fat on any  meat we consume

2. Do not subscribe to diets that require you to omit an entire food group or eat a miracle diet. As already stated in earlier articles, there is the need for a balanced diet.
3. any diet programme which does not recommend some form of exercise is not the best.

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4.  any good weight loss programme should be gradual if it is to be sustainable.There is no quick fix when it comes to weight loss, you need to work at it, and would not happen overnight.

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5.To top it off, let me emphasise the need to cut down on food portions, which is crucial to weight loss. 

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How I diverted my journey to ‘diabetes city’

bread-2178874_1920It was during a routine health check that my GP requested for a blood test. This test included a fasting blood test for diabetes. A couple of days later I had a phone call from the surgery requesting that I contact my GP immediately, which I did. I was informed then that my blood/sugar level was on the high side, and that I needed to have a glucose tolerance test. This test confirmed what was suspected I was on the border to type 2 diabetes. ( So what  is diabetes quotes from NHS choices) and the harm associated with it.)
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Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.
The hormone insulin – produced by the pancreas – is responsible for controlling the amount of glucose in the blood
There are two main types of diabetes:
type 1 – where the pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin
type 2 – where the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin
These pages are about type 2 diabetes. Read more about type 1 diabetes.
Another type of diabetes, known as gestational diabetes, occurs in some pregnant women and tends to disappear after birth.
Symptoms of diabetes

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The symptoms of diabetes occur because the lack of insulin means glucose stays in the blood and isn’t used as fuel for energy.
Your body tries to reduce blood glucose levels by getting rid of the excess glucose in your urine.
Typical symptoms include:
feeling very thirsty
passing urine more often than usual, particularly at night
feeling very tired
weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
Read more about the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
See your GP if you think you may have diabetes. It’s very important for it to be diagnosed as soon as possible as it will get progressively worse if left untreated.
Read about how type 2 diabetes is diagnosed.
Causes of type 2 diabetes

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Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to function properly, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin. This means glucose stays in the blood and isn’t used as fuel for energy.
Type 2 diabetes is often associated with obesity and tends to be diagnosed in older people. It’s far more common than type 1 diabetes.
Read about the causes and risk factors for type 2 diabetes.
Treating type 2 diabetes

As type 2 diabetes usually gets worse, you may eventually need medication – usually tablets – to keep your blood glucose at normal levels.
Read more about the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Complications of type 2 diabetes

Diabetes can cause serious long-term health problems. It’s the most common cause of vision loss and blindness in people of working age.
Everyone with diabetes aged 12 or over should be invited to have their eyes screened once a year for diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetes is also responsible for most cases of kidney failure and lower limb amputation, other than accidents.
People with diabetes are up to five times more likely to have cardiovascular disease, such as a stroke, than those without diabetes.
Read more about the complications of type 2 diabetes.
Preventing type 2 diabetes

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If you’re at risk of type 2 diabetes, you may be able to prevent it developing by making lifestyle changes.
These include:
eating a healthy, balanced diet
losing weight if you’re overweight, and maintaining a healthy weight
stopping smoking if you smoke
drinking alcohol in moderation
taking plenty of regular exercises
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My GP likened it to someone waiting at the train station for the train to diabetes city. I was referred to a diabetic nurse who was to manage my diabetes. It was during the session with the nurse that, following from all the information, that had been passed on to me, I was determined to cure myself of that diabetes.
Basically, this evolved lifestyle changes: diet, exercise habits.
I quickly signed up with a local gym, something I had always wanted to do anyway. Losing weight is one of the many ways of getting rid of it, so I engaged the help of a personal trainer only for the introductory period. I needed to lose weight, so took to visiting the gym at least three times a week.
My diet changed, fewer carbohydrates, more low-level protein, and more fruit and vegetables. I kept a diary of my gym activities, gradually I began to lose weight, I felt better for myself, slept better as well. Prior to that sometimes I found myself staying up at night not able to sleep.
Incidentally, apart from the suspected diabetes, I also had a problem with my knees. I had arthritis I had been advised by the musculoskeletal department to undertake exercises that would strengthen the muscles in my thigh which hopefully would ease the pressure on my knees.

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The lifestyle changes did make a significant difference; subsequent test revealed that my blood/sugar level had gone back to normal. My arthritis had disappeared. I have diverted my trip to ‘diabetes city’, and on the train to ‘Good city’. I will forever continue going to the gym and working out. This has been an eye opener, So my advice is that we should not wait to be told that we were on the border to acquiring ‘diabetes citizenship’, let’s make those lifestyle changes right now. For more information on similar topics please look us up on www.youhavealife.com/ keep living a healthy life, ‘’your health is your greatest asset so take care of it’’