21 February 2011

9 Hot Sex Position to Achieve Weight Loss

Sex has been claimed to produce health benefits as varied as stress reliever and blood pressure reduction. Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A or IgA, which can protect you from getting colds and other infections. Healthy sex is also associated with weight loss. Thirty minutes of active sex burns 200 calories. These are 9 sexercise to keep you steamy, hot and sensual in bed while burn calories.

1. Missionary

This man-on-top position can strengthen the core muscle by focusing on pelvic lifting using the core instead of lower back. Stacy Berman, a New York City-based certified fitness trainer and founder of Stacy's Boot Camp said: "If your partner is thrusting toward you, you want to have an equal and opposite thrust back, and that requires a lot of core strength. It actually will start burning." According to Patti Britton, author of The Art of Sex Coaching, a good butt workout also can be done by doing more on buttock squeezes.

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2. Doggy style

"Penetration-from-behind sex engages the woman's core because she has to stabilize herself on all fours," says Berman. Put your hands on a wall in front of you rather than having it flat on the bed. This way you will be working your upper body to help thrust, and that would be a good shoulder and upper body workout.

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3. Cowgirl

In this riding-a-horse position, the lower part of the woman's legs are braced on the bed or floor, which will engage her butt and core. Pressing into the man's abs and sides with her quads or calves can engage those muscles as well, according to Yvonne K. Fulbright, a certified sex educator and author of Touch Me There!

Modifying the cowgirl position can work additional muscle groups. "To make it even more intense, she can come up onto her feet, almost like a squat over him. That's all butt, legs, and hips," says Berman. "If she gets up onto her feet and leans onto her hands, she'll also have to use her upper body to balance."

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4. Lotus

To get into the position, the giver sits cross-legged (lotus-style) while the receiver sits into their lap facing them. The receiver wraps their legs around the giver; both wrap their arms around each other for support. This provides a good angle for penetration. The giver and receiver together set up a rocking (fluid) motion to gain movement during penetration.

Like the missionary position, the lotus sitting position is one of the more passive sex positions. However, many of the same muscles worked in the cowgirl position are going to be used in this contortion: the core is engaged to stabilize the body, and the glutes are worked during thrusting.

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5. Standing

Standing is one of the more challenging positions because often the woman has to allow her partner to lift her in some way, says Britton.

If the man and woman are facing each other, core and upper-leg strength comes into play: if she's standing on one leg, those leg muscles are worked to keep her upright, and core muscles are engaged to keep her balanced. If she's wrapping both legs around her partner, she'll need good arm strength to hold onto her partner. And regardless which one of these contortions she's in, "she has to have stamina if she's standing," says Britton.

If the man and woman are facing the same direction, the same muscles engaged in doggy-style are used: she'll work her core for balance, and her arms can be worked if she's bracing herself against a wall or headboard and using them to help thrust.

6. Scissor

According to Britton, the scissors position is the least strenuous of all -- there's no suspending of body weight, and it generally makes for gentler and slower penetration (which would explain why it's often recommended for pregnant women). "Scissors is for when you're tired, not for being an acrobat in bed," she says. Still, that's not to say you won't still be engaging muscle groups.

With your legs intercrossed with your partner's, there's limited movement for both the man and women, so a lot of inner-thigh strength and core stabilization will be at work. "When you squeeze your inner thighs, the core will naturally contract as well," Berman explains.

7. Bridge

With the bridge, the woman is facing upward, using all four limbs to hold her body weight off the bed. All our sex experts agree: this pose is not for the weak. "This is a highly advanced position," Britton says.

Even if you pile a tower of pillows under your back to help support your weight (which Britton recommends), you'll still definitely be working your buttocks and inner-thigh muscles, says Fulbright. "This is going to work all of it -- her biceps, triceps, abs, glutes, quads, calves. Unless she's really strong, she shouldn't expect to hold this position for long."

8. Arch

The arch is a modified bridge pose, with a woman resting on her shoulders while using her legs to hold her lower body off the bed.

"In many ways, she's using the same muscle groups as for the bridge, only working them harder because she's using less to hold herself up," says Fulbright. Your core muscles, glutes, and thighs are all worked in the arch. However, Britton considers this a much safer position than the bridge: "There's no strain on the neck or shoulder region, which can seize up."

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9. Lunges

Like the name suggests, the lunge position has the woman sitting on top of the man, with one leg planted in front of her and the other leg extended behind her in between the man's legs. This move is good for the quad, front of the leg, hamstring, core, and butt, says Berman. "It'll also work the deep stabilizer muscle of the leg in the front -- both inner and outer thigh -- as well as stretch the back leg's hip flexor," she says. "That's great because most people sit at desk all day, and this way you can stretch it out."

12 February 2011

Weight Loss Success Stories: How Jennifer Hudson Lost 30 lbs in 9 Months

Slimming down: Jennifer Hudson at the recent 9th Annual JIC GEM Awards
Jennifer Hudson topped 170 pounds in 2004. After losing 30 pounds in nine months, she’s at 140 pounds. “There’s something wrong when you’re just skin and bones,” she says. After a whirlwind awards season, Jennifer Hudson is back to her five-days-a-week workout regimen with trainer Lafonza Alston of Mainframe Fitness in Chicago.

What is Jennifer's workout regime?

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“When she can, she will do a cardio workout in the morning (at 4 or 5 a.m.!), and resistance training in the evening,” says Alston. He also has Jennifer doing calorie-blasting football drills, running track and strength-training exercises like squats, push-ups and crunches.

“There’s no shortcut – you have to work for it. I’m a firm believer in that,” says Hudson. Jennifer’s also learned a new way of eating from Alston. “He said every portion of food I eat should be no bigger than my hand,” says the singer, who eats protein, carbs and fiber (such as grilled chicken, potatoes and broccoli) with every meal, and snacks on trail mix to fight off sweet cravings.

Source:  Fit and Healthy 

Drink Water to Achieve Weight Loss and Burn Calorie

Water for weight loss? Sound weird but this fact is supported by the expert. How water can help dieting?

Water is a key component in metabolism process. Breaking down body fat and body muscle during weight loss produces wastes that must be eliminated through the kidneys. Drinking enough water is important to keep the kidneys functioning to remove these wastes. Popular high-protein diets produce more waste products from digestion, let alone from breaking down stored fat. Kidney function is even more important when on a high-protein diet.

Drinking a big glass of water whenever you feel hungry and before a meal or snack fills the stomach briefly and makes you feel fuller and stop eating sooner.  If the dieter is drinking plain water, he/she is less likely to be drinking something with calories in it.

There are other theories suggest that drinking cold water will increase the metabolism because in order to warm the cold water, your body must use energy. When you use enough energy, you can lose weight. But there is no medical research to supports these theories yet. 

10 February 2011

Oatmeal Recipes For Losing Weight Program

Apricot Honey Oatmeal

(This recipe yields 4 servings)    
 This is super simple and easy recipe for busy people.

  • 3-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 cups Quaker Oats (quick or old fashioned
  • uncooked)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
In 3-quart saucepan, bring water, apricots, honey, cinnamon and salt to a boil.

Stir in oats; return to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium; cook about 1 minute for quick oats (or 5 minutes for old fashioned oats) or until most of liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally.

Let stand until of desired consistency.

Banana Cream Oatmeal

(This recipe yields 4 servings)   

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2 medium bananas - sliced into thin coins
  • 1/2 cup non-fat sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
In a large sauce pan, bring the water to a boil.

Add the oats. Immediately reduce heat to medium. Cook for one minute - stirring often. Remove from heat.

Add the banana slices and condensed milk to the oats and stir to mix. Cover the pan and let it set for 2 or 3 minutes, or until desired thickness is reached.

Serve warm, sprinkled with cinnamon. Top with chopped walnuts or pecans and a splash of cold milk for a nice final touch.

Almond Joy Oatmeal

(This recipe yields 1 serving)   

  • 1 cup dry old fashioned oats
  • water (as directed)
  • 1 Tablespoon shredded coconut
  • 1 scoop (about 1/4 cup) chocolate protein powder
  • sugar-free Da Vinnici coconut syrup - to taste
  • sugar-free Da Vinnici chocolate syrup - to taste
In crock pot cook oats with water for about 1 hour. Stir in Chocolate protein powder, syrups, and shredded coconut. ENJOY!!

Baked Oats

(This recipe yields 4 servings)   

  • 4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup chopped apple
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dates
Combine oats, walnuts, raisins, and salt in a bowl and mix well. In a separate container combine water and vanilla. Combine all ingredients, stirring gently. Pour into oiled 8" x 8" baking dish. Bake at 350 F for 60 minutes. Stir in dates and serve.

Good served with tofu milk or hot applesauce.

 Apple Walnut Oatmeal

(This recipe yields 4 servings)   

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal (not instant)
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 medium apples - cored and peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Cook oatmeal per package directions.

Stir in the apples pieces, 3/4 of the nuts, cinnamon and maple syrup.

Distribute oats among four bowls. Top with milk and remaining walnuts.

Source: Mr. Breakfast

Lose Weight Fast with Oatmeal

Losing weight maybe your resolution this year, or last last years' resolution that never achieved. Or maybe you want to get fitter and shapelier this Valentine's? Taking Oatmeal in short-term programme may help you lose weight. 

FAQ about oatmeal are what is oatmeal and how oatmeal can benefited to your health?

Oatmeal is a porridge-like cereal made of rolled oats. There are two kinds of oat you may find in local groceries, that is regular and steel-cut. Old-fashioned oats have a fine, soft texture and may become a mushy consistency when cooked in water. Steel-cut oats have a course and thick texture. They have a chewier texture when cooked in water. Steel-cut oats are whole-grain, as they contain the bran, germ and endosper. They are minimally processed, so the grain is left intact.

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What is Oatmeal Nutritional Value? Beside being a rich source of fiber, it also contains significant amounts of proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins and minerals like, vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, selenium, calcium and zinc. 81 gm of oatmeal (dry) contains approximately 56 gm carbohydrates, 11 gm proteins, only 5 gm fats and 8 gm dietary fiber. As far as the calories in oatmeal is concerned, 81 gm oatmeal can provide approximately 307 calories.

What is oatmeal health benefit? As oatmeal is highly rich in insoluble fiber, it comprises of cancer-fighting properties. Oatmeal may help to lower the level of high blood pressure as well. Apart from insoluble fiber, oatmeal is considered to be power house of soluble fiber and this is the reason why it is known to reduce levels of LDL ('bad') cholesterol in the body, without causing any effect on the HDL ('good') cholesterol. Incidents of heart diseases have been found to be less common in people who have oatmeal as their regular breakfast meals.

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How oatmeal can help you lose weight? Oatmeal is high in fiber. It may promote a feeling of fullness and may decrease your appetite after meals because it stays in the intestines for a longer period of time. As a result, there will be less desire to consume excess calories between meals. Oatmeal is also a popular remedy for treating constipation. The insoluble fiber found in oatmeal adds bulk to stool, so that it can easily pass through the intestinal tract. Insoluble fiber helps the stool to retain more water and speeds up its movement through the intestine, which can prevent constipation.

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How to incorporate oatmeal into your diet program? It's simple. Replace breakfast with a bowl or a cup of oat everyday. It doesn't have to be limited to breakfast only. Replace one other meal (maybe, dinner?) with oat. Eat healthy balanced meal with fruits, vegetables and food containing fiber. And of course, try to work out for at least 30-minutes, 3-times a week. Challenge yourself for 14 days, and get ready to see the result.

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