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Being overweight and cholesterol

 


If one is overweight, it probably means you consume a lot of either fatty food or eat sugary stuff which includes drinks. Remember alcohol breaks down into sugars which inevitably stores as fat if not burned through activity.

So what really is bad for us.

  1. Non HDL cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides
  2.  Sedentary lifestyle or inactivity
  3. Smoking
  4. Diet high in saturated fat and trans fat

What happens when you get active is this, the body stimulates to move bad (Non-HDL)  cholesterol to the liver for disposal rather than staying in the cells and blocking arteries. Making you healthier, so the more active you are the better.

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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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