29 June 2011

Help Me Lose Weight: Paris Hilton Get Help From Weight Loss Patch?

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Willpower is the most important weapon to stay motivated to lose weight. Being in the public eye most of the time, probably motivated celebrity like Paris Hilton to keep in shape. Dieting and exercise alone can be very hard. The skinny famous Hollywood socialite, Paris Hilton may agree to this too. She has once spotted partying in Los Angeles wearing barely-there bunny outfit that revealed what looked like a weight loss patch.

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Paris Hilton was caught out wearing a bunny outfit and weird patch

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Fighting the dreaded bulge with weight loss patch?

OK! Magazine speculated that she might have been use nicotine patch to quit the ciggies, but there have also been rumours about Paris Hilton wearing weight loss patch to keep her amazing shape after becoming frustrated with attempts to diet.

What is Weight Loss Patch? 
Weight loss patch is a weight loss aids in patch form that is specially formulated to assist your effort to lose weight.


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How it works?
This product use the smell theory. People who exposed to the smell of foods for long periods of time, tend to lose their appetites. The aroma is activated by the body heat and release into the air. The active components but in controlled dose are specifically formulated for transdermal absorption. They are diffusing directly trough your skin into the blood stream and work even before they reach the liver.

The most popular ingredient in weight loss patch?
1) High dosage of a thyroid stimulant
- to increase your metabolic rate, increase your energy level and reduce cravings for carbs.

2) Guarana
- a natural stimulant that has been associated with increasing metabolism and energy. It has thermogenic properties and also double as anti oxidant.

3) 5-HTP
- an effective appetite suppressant agent

4) L-carnitine
- responsible for transporting fat to the fat furnace in our cells called mitochondria. Unless fat makes it to the mitochondria, it cannot be oxidized, no matter how much you exercise or diet.

5) Lecithin
- helps in breaking down the accumulated fat in the blood stream and prevents fats and other minerals from sticking to the blood vessels.

6) Vanilla aroma
- smelling its aromatic fragrance possibly can help lose weight by suppresses your appetite, reduces your cravings for chocolate and other sweets.


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What are the side effect of wearing weight loss patch?
Some people may have skin irritation on the location of the patch. For weight loss patch which contain guarana, the high natural contain of caffeine may cause some people experience headaches, a typical symptom associated with high caffeine intake.


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Final Thought
Most of weight loss patch products claim to be work without diet or exercise. But a use of weight loss patch with a combination of healthy diet and regular exercise will deliver a more satisfying weight loss result.


23 June 2011

Squats And Lunges - The King And Queen Of All Exercise Routines

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Both Jessica Alba and Eva Longoria built that body through diet and squats and lunges

If you've been working out for months and seen very little change in the shape of your body, chances are you're either  
  • not doing resistance work at all, which is a whole article in itself, or
  • you're not doing the right exercises.
Two of the biggest 'result-giving' exercises known to man or woman are the squat and the lunge. These two exercises hit the whole hip and leg structure, as well as every other muscle in your lower body. Why do you feel so breathless after a set of either one? Because they are hard and they work! For the quickest results to reshape and define your buttocks and legs, there really are very few exercises that even come close.

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Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan and Eva Longoria showing off sexy butt in 'cat pose'
Starting with your own bodyweight is more than enough to see physical change initially. There are more people in gyms doing squats and lunges incorrectly than doing them the right way, so make sure that you ask for some technique advice from the instructors in your gym, and try to choose one that knows what he or she is talking about.

Key points to remember are:

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Squats


Sit back from the hips, not the knees. Think about pushing your bum back behind you, and keeping your chest lifted as you lower down. Standing facing close to a wall will force you to maintain a more upright posture and stop you from pushing forward with the knees.


Lunges: 
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Lunges

As a beginner, use a support to get yourself into place, such as a wall, a door or a rail. Step forward into a split stance position, both knees slightly bent, your front foot flat on the floor and your rear heel lifted. Keeping your torso upright, slowly lower down, by bending both knees and tightening your bum. ONLY lower down as far as you can, while keeping your torso upright.

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Once you have the basic technique in place, there's no stopping you, especially with lunges, which can be performed at a whole variety of angles and depths, to hit every single muscle in and around your hips.

Squats and lunges are the staple of any exercise program worth its salt, provided that they are correctly performed and regularly practiced. These 2 exercises will build you 'buns of steel' in the shortest possible time!

While some of you may not be able to see your 'steel' glutes immediately, they are in development - trust me. Stick to a healthy eating plan, exercise regularly and you will uncover your 'behind' for all to admire!
About the author
Simon Dainton is a Certified Personal Trainer and founder of Fitstreet Personal Training in the UK. His Programs of Lifestyle change guarantee clients results, combining effective exercise, nutrition and lifestyle adjustments. For more information and to learn more about getting healthier, go to http://www.fitstreet.co.uk

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20 June 2011

Liposuction Issues: Understanding the Minor and Severe Complications

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It was a sad death for a woman who intend to surprise her husband with a slimmer body, when her liposuction procedure gone fatal. Kosmo Online reported that Faridah Sahari left home for liposuction procedure in local clinic last December. 20 minutes after given anesthesia, she suddenly convulsed before died.

Liposuction is a very popular cosmetic procedures. In this procedure, surgeons use a thin tube to suck fat out of localized deposits, from jiggly bellies to saddlebag thighs. It is basically not a weight loss procedure. The main purpose of liposuction is to reshape one or more areas of the body.

Liposuction is not without risk, just like any other surgery. Post-liposuction syncope (fainting) the next morning at home, especially after urinating is not rare. This can be serious if the patient falls and experiences a head or neck. Visit Liposuction.com for further information. Below are the most common complication could happen on liposuction procedure.

Common and Minor Complications
  • Superficial irregularities of the skin
  • seromas, hematomas, focal skin necrosis
  • allergic reactions to drugs
  • visible or disfiguring scars
  • discoloration of the skin
  • fainting during or after surgery
  • temporary bruising
  • numbness or nerve injury
  • temporary adverse drug reaction

Rare and Severe Complications
  • problems with anesthesia
  • blood clots in the leg or lung
  • injury to the abdominal organs
  • excessive intravenous fluids
  • excessive blood loss
  • excessive loss of body heat (hypothermia)
  • infections
  • allergic drug reactions
  • aspiration pneumonia (most likely under general anesthesia)
  • cardiac arrest
  • potentially fatal cardiac arrhythmias
  • permanent nerve damage
  • brain damage due to lack of oxygen under general anesthesia
  • seizures

Risks of Local Anesthesia
Lidocaine is the safest of local anesthetics available for liposuction. At lidocaine concentrations in the blood exceeding 6 milligrams/liter, patients might experience some toxicity. Blood concentrations of lidocaine in excess of 12 milligrams/liter can produce serious cardiac toxicity. The maximum recommended dosage of lidocaine for tumescent liposuction is 50 mg/kg (50 milligrams/kilogram of patient weight).

The most extraordinary aspect of the tumescent technique is its unprecedented safety record when used as directed. Most liposuction surgeons know that it can be dangerous to give a patient a dosage of tumescent lidocaine that exceeds 50 mg/kg.

All liposuction-related deaths have been associated with either the use of general anesthesia, or IV sedation, or lidocaine doses in far in excess of 75 mg/kg. The tumescent technique is dangerous in the hands of surgeons or anesthesiologists who have not had specific training in the technique. There has never been a reported death associated with tumescent liposuction totally by local anesthesia.

Risks of General Anesthesia
General anesthesia for liposuction can be considered safe when
  • the general anesthesia is administered by a board certified anesthesiologist
  • liposuction is not performed with other unrelated surgical procedures
  • there is no excessive liposuction.
The risks of general anesthesia include
  • human error
  • unsuspected inherited hypersensitivity to anesthetic drugs
  • accidental overdose of anesthesia
  • any undetected airway disconnection or airway blockage.

The most dangerous aspects of general anesthesia are respiratory depression and impairment of protective airway reflexes. General anesthesia, which increases the risk of vomiting and impairs protective airway reflexes, can cause aspiration of stomach contents. Because general anesthesia impairs the ability to breathe, when a complication does occur it can lead to disaster.

Preventing Liposuction Complications
Liposuction by general anesthesia can be considered safe, however, liposuction totally by local anesthesia is safer. Preventing complications should be the most important concern of both patients and liposuction surgeons.

Surgeons can reduce the risk of liposuction complications by proper selection of patients.
1) avoid patients who have unrealistic medical expectations
2) avoid patients who have a history of significant medical problems.

Patients can reduce the risk of complications by
1) resisting the temptation to save time by attempting to do multiple unrelated surgical procedures along with liposuction
2) resisting the temptation to maximize the volume of fat removed on a single day. It is much safer to divide one very large liposuction procedure into two or more separate procedures done on separate days.



Non-invasive liposuction performed by Dr. George Solomon at Ageless MediSpa

19 June 2011

Lose 10 kg in 10 Days: The Pros and Cons of Master Cleanse Diet

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Naomi Campbell revealed to Oprah Winfrey in an interview last year that she skipping rope to lose weight. "The rope is great for your face; you lose a lot on your face when you do the rope," she said.
Naomi Campbell revealed that she diets on a cocktail of Maple syrup, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and water. 
As for being stunning at 40, Daily Mail quotes the supermodel as saying, "I try to do this three times a year. The most I've ever done it for is 18 days. It's good just to clean out your body once in a while", referring to the maple syrup and cayenne pepper diet she practices.

The maple syrup and cayenne pepper diet, also known as The Master Cleanse Diet isn't new. This diet is created by alternative medicine practitioner Stanley Burroughs way back in the 1941, whom described it as a "detoxification program" and later promoted by Peter Glickman in the 1990s. The Master Cleanse Diet made famous when Beyonce announced on the Oprah Winfrey show that she had lost 20 pounds on the Master Cleanse for an acting role in Dreamgirls.

When considering about Master Cleanse Diet to lose weight fast, there are some serious question to be asked. Is this diet appropriate for you? Peak Health Now list down the pros and cons.

Master Cleanse Diet Pros
1. Made cleanse
Of course, you will feel better by stopping consumption of alcohol, junk food, coffee and tobacco, which are toxic to the body.

2. Natural body detox
Additionally, not eating conventionally raised meats, eggs and dairy eliminates artificial hormones, antibiotics, mycotoxins from grains fed to these animals, and other poisons lightens toxic burden on the body. Ceasing to eat vegetables and fruits heavily sprayed with insecticides removes another big source of toxins.

3. Feel better and lighter
Some people feel better on this detox program simply because they have stopped putting poisons in their bodies.

Beyonce used Master Cleanse Diet to shed a quick 20 lbs
for an acting role in the 2007 movie "Dreamgirls."

Master Cleanse Diet Cons
1. Depletion of lean muscle mass by protein deprivation. 
Fasting is voluntary starvation, with all the bodily depletion and breakdown associated with that unhappy state of affairs.

2. Lean muscle mass is broken down to supply energy.
This is a survival mechanism that would keep you alive and marginally maintain body function if you could not get food for a period of time.

3. Continual consumption of pure sugar.
Constant consumption of maple syrup has several dangers. One, it is virtually all sugar. Sugar eaten in the absence of sufficient protein, vitamin and mineral consumption will STEAL these elements from your body (because they are used to metabolize the sugar)! Two, sugar raises triglycerides in the blood. Three, sugar demineralizes bones and teeth. The minute amount of minerals in Grade B maple syrup can't possibly offset the deleterious effect of all the sugar.

Last, but certainly not least, sugar fosters the growth of fungal forms such as candida yeast which can create mycotoxins (mold toxins). Mycotoxins can damage many parts of the body, including the brain and nervous system.

4. Mineral depletion. 
While proponents point to the fact that the recommended Grade B maple syrup contains trace amounts of minerals - that is not enough to sustain sufficient electrolytes (calcium, magnesium, potassium, salt) in the body. As well, metabolizing all that sugar depletes minerals, negating any benefits! Lack of magnesium, for example, can cause heart arrhythmias, possibly leading to heart fibrillation (the heart muscle convulses uncontrollably and can't pump blood), and death.

5. Erosion of tooth enamel.
Think twice before sipping acidic sugar water continually for ten or more days at a time. This WILL destroy tooth enamel over time.

6. Damaging nerves that trigger peristalsis in the gut. 
The nightly consumption of senna tea, a laxative, irritates and damages the lining and nerve endings in the colon. The idea is to try and keep the bowel active while no food is being taken. Instead of preventing constipation, this may ensure it! It is just plain bad to take laxatives except in a critical situation.

I've tried Master Cleanse but I can't stay on that detox regime for long. Master Cleanse sounds like a great plan to cleanse but am not ready for that lifestyle. Not yet.

Do you need a cleanse? Which program will you follow? 
When will you start? How long will you go for?



Six Spirulina Side Effects Which Are Taken Less Seriously

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Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals. There are only 3 lakes in the world that were found to produce Spirulina naturally:  Lake Chenghai - Yunnan China, Lake Chad - Africa and Lake Texcoco - Mexico. The first large-scale spirulina production plant, run by Sosa Texcoco, was established there in the early 1970s. Since that, spirulina has been widely used as a dietary supplement in many countries.

Spirulina has been dubbed as "The Superfoods" as it contains large amounts of B-vitamins, carotenoids, beta carotene, and minerals like iron, potassium, zinc, calcium, and magnesium. Spirulina is said to be a perfect weight loss aids as it is easily digested, high energy, low calorie, low fat foods and reduce food cravings to who is dieting. Study also has shown spirulina as an agent to fight cancer, to lower blood pressure and cholesterol level, useful to alleviating the symptoms of anemia and boost our immune system.

Spirulina products are widely available today in a form of tablet, capsules, flakes, or powder form. Most people prefer to consume spirulina in tablet form. Regardless of which form you choose, Vegan Eagan suggest that you consider spirulina's side effects before taking a spirulina supplement.

1. Thirst and constipation
These are the most common spirulina tablets side effects. You should increase your water intake. Drink at least half litre of water when taking spirulina for the body to absorb the spirulina herb well.

2. Mild fever
The body needs to burn extra protein found in spirulina. Thus, promote body metabolism which may convert fat into heat energy.

3. Dizziness, stomach ache, itchy skin or slight rash when taking spirulina
People may experience spirulina side effects as a result of its detoxifying effect on the body. When you first start taking spirulina, your body may produce these side effects while adjusting to the increase in nutrients. The side effects you experience should subside within a few days or weeks after your body has had time to adjust.

4. Allergic
Anyone who is allergic to seafood or seaweed are not suitable to take spirulina. You may develop common symptoms related to a food allergy, include diarrhea, abdominal pain, itching, difficulty swallowing, nasal congestion, nausea, runny nose, lightheadedness, swelling, vomiting, stomach cramps and shortness of breath within a few minutes after consuming spirulina.

5. Kidney problems
People with kidney related issues like kidney stones or gout are risking themselves with kidney damage if taking spirulina, especially in high doses. Spirulina has a high concentration of nucleic acid, which can give you increased levels of uric acid. Too much uric acid can can consequently cause kidney problems.

6. Liver issues
Due to the high content of vitamins and minerals, taking spirulina in high doses may lead to impaired liver function. Overdosing on vitamin and other minerals may cause toxicity to our body.

Consideration
When taken in the recommended dosage, spirulina should not poses any dangers. Experts suggest consuming no more than 50 grams of spirulina per day. About ten (to twenty) 500 milligram spirulina tablets a day for adults and five (to ten) for children under 12 are usually recommended.

15 June 2011

Diet Pills: 5 Dangerous Side Effects Everyone Must Know

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Kim Kardashian credit Quick Trim on her weight loss. Picture from Kim Kardashian's blog

Most people who have been on a diet may tempted to drop some cash on diet pills to lose weight fast. As a matter of fact, celebrities are feel more pressures to lose weight fast. Stay in shape, looking good and flawless at all times is the nature of job that they have. When asked by the press how they lose weight fast and stay in shape, celebrities often rave about their "good genes", their affection for junk food, or declare that they simply running around after their children. Dailymail reported a lot of them are lying.

Paris Hilton once confessed to Larry King that she takes Adderall for attention deficit disorder. Adderall is the latest diet drug craze in Hollywood, use to help lose weight fast. There are a lot of diet pills available today on the net and in some health shops. Before signing up for an expensive tablets, here are 5 side effect of diet pills you need to consider.

1. Diet pills may contain undeclared, potentially harmful ingredients
Most diet pills on the market are not required to seek approval by the FDA due to the wording of the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), which basically treats weight-loss supplements as food. Out of 3,500 adults surveyed by The University of Connecticut's Center for Survey Research and Analysis (CSRA) in 2006, 54 percent responded that they believe over-the-counter diet pills are approved by the FDA.

2. Habit-forming
Benjamin R. Smith, BS, and Pieter A. Cohen, MD, of Harvard Medical School reported in The American Journal on Addictions about a 29-year-old female patient whom became addicted to Brazilian diet pills that contained unlabeled ingredients, and suffered subsequent psychiatric comorbidities. She reported various symptoms that she attributed to the pills, including trembling, sweating, and excessive sleepiness. When she tried to quit, she would experience cravings, tremor, headache, and anxiety. Diet pills can be a dangerous effect, as the dieter may become dependent on them. The diet pills, however, are not short cut to losing weight.

3. Irregular heartbeat
Rapid, or sometimes irregular, heart rate is also known as Tachycardia. According to livestrong.com, some people have reported having beats in the 200 range from taking one diet pill. The dieter may begin to feel a little jittery at first, and the heart rate can speed out of control quite quickly. Anything above 125 beats per minute can be considered tachycardia. If not addressed promptly by a medical professional, this condition can be dangerous.

4. Increase Risk of Heart Attack
Appetite suppressants in the diet pills stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, which can raise blood pressure and heart rate. This increases the risk of heart attack and cardiac arrest, especially among people who already suffer from high blood pressure.

5. Insomnia
Some diet pills that contain caffeine may boost your metabolism. But too much of it not only cause insomnia but headaches and palpitations.

Lose Weight Fast: 3 Healthy Soup Recipes

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Researchers have found that eating soup can help you lose weight. Because you tend to feel full sooner, you eat less of your main course. Eating soup also makes you stay hunger-free for longer time, and less likely to snack through the afternoon.

However researchers stressed that the soup must be low-calorie and based on stock, not cream. Here are 3 easy and delicious soup from Soup Recipe to try at home.


1. Asian-Style Chicken Noodle Soup


Ingredient
* 4 Tbsp vegetable oil
* 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
* 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
* 2 peppers, deseeded and finely chopped
* salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 5 1⁄3 oz carrots, shredded
* 2 ¾ pt chicken stock
* 4 boneless chicken breasts, cut into small chunks
* 2 1⁄8 oz rice noodles
* the juice of 1 lime
* 3 Tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
* 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
* a small handful of bean sprouts
* 1 Tbsp soy sauce
* 1 Tbsp fish sauce

Method
  1. Pour the oil into a large soup pot and place it over a high heat.
  2. When the oil is hot, add the sliced onion, garlic and pepper, and cook while stirring for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Next, add the shredded carrot and the stock and stir. Cover the pot and bring the soup to a gentle boil.
  3. Once the liquid has started to boil, add the chicken and leave it to simmer for 5 minutes. Now add the noodles and simmer for a further 5 minutes.
  4. Add lime juice and serve. Remove the soup from the heat and add the lime juice to give it a slightly tangy flavour. Finally, ladle it into soup bowls and garnish with the chopped coriander, a basil leaf and a sprinkling of bean sprouts.

2. Turkey Soup


Ingredient
for the stock:
* chopped leftover turkey bones
* 2 carrots, chopped
* 2 celery sticks, chopped
* 2 bay leaves
* 2 onions, roughly chopped
* 1 Tbsp whole black pepper corns
* 1 tsp dried allspice berries
* 8 ½ pt water

for the soup:
* 2 carrots, diced
* 2 celery sticks, diced
* 1 potato, diced
* 2 Tbsp parsley
* salt and pepper

Method
  1. Begin the stock. Place the leftover turkey bones in the large pot and add the water. Bring it to a simmer and give the surface a skim.
  2. Add the onions, celery, black pepper, allspice, and bay leaves. Make sure they are all submerged and to a simmer. You can add any spices that you want.
  3. Once the stock has boiled down to less than 3/4 its original volume, place a strainer over a smaller pot and pour. The remaining solids can be thrown away.
  4. Add the vegetables. Add the carrots, potatoes, celery and season with salt and pepper. Let it return to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender.
  5. For a variation, dice up any leftover meat that you might have and add it at the very end.
  6. Sprinkle on little fresh parsley and serve while steaming hot.

3. Chicken Soup With Matzo Balls


Ingredient
* 2 ¼ Lb chicken , cut into pieces
* 2 carrots , peeled and roughly chopped
* 1 onion , chopped
* 4 celery stalks , chopped
* 2 parsnips or 1 celeriac , peeled and chopped
* a few sprigs of parsley
* a few sprigs of thyme
* 2 bay leaves
* 4 all spice kernels
* 1 Tbsp whole black pepper
* ½ Tbsp salt
* 4 ¼ pt water
* 2 eggs , beaten
* ½ tsp salt
* ½ tsp ground black pepper
* 5 fl oz chicken broth or water
* 2 Tbsp chopped parsley
* 2 Tbsp olive oil
* 5 1⁄3 oz matzo meal

Method
  1. Place the chicken pieces into a large saucepan, then add the carrots, onions, celery, celeriac or parsnips, cover with water and bring to the boil. Once boiling, skim off any foam that has collected at the top. Add the parsley, thyme and bay leaves, the allspice, salt and the black pepper. Cover and let it gently simmer for a minimum of 2 hours.
  2. Fill the second saucepan three-quarters full with water and place it on a medium heat. Season with a pinch of salt and let it to come to a boil.
  3. Make the matzo balls. Put the eggs, water or chicken stock, salt and pepper, fat or olive oil and parsley into the medium bowl. Whisk it well until thoroughly mixed. Pour the matzo meal into the mix. Combine it well to create a rough paste.
  4. Shape and cook the matzo. Using your hands, shape the dough into balls that are a little smaller than a walnut (they expand.) Place the balls into the pan of boiling, salted water. Allow them to cook for 10 minutes, on a gentle simmer. Do not allow the water to boil as the balls will break. Then remove them with your slotted spoon. Set them aside until the soup is cooked and ready to serve. These matzo dumplings are cooked separately so that they don’t cloud the soup.
  5. After two hours simmering you can remove some of the fat. Take a spoon and very lightly angle the lip to the edges of the saucepan to carefully scoop up the fat around the parameter. Pour the pan of soup into the colander to drain into the saucepan below.
  6. Finally, adjust the seasoning to your liking
  7. Add the matzo balls. Carefully add the matzo balls into the hot soup and place it onto a gentle heat to warm through. The chicken that is left can be used for salads, or for a more substantial meal; it can be shredded and returned to the broth.
  8. Once warmed, ladle the soup into a bowl. Warming, nutritious and full of flavour, serve immediately, for a meal in one!

07 June 2011

How to Get Kim Kardashian Glorious Bikini Body Without Skipping Carbs

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Kim Kardashian, 30 and her her beau NBA Star Kris Humphries, 26 was spotted on the beaches of Puerto Mita, Mexico last month. The two were there along with Kim’s sister, Kourtney to celebrate Kourt’s 32nd birthday.

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The curvaceous beauty show off her toned and flat abs, well defined waist and incredibly sexy butt in tiny bikini. And hey, smoother skin too, with no signs of cellulite. Alright, leave the cellulite issue for a while. Bikini body is best wear with flat abs. Many people given up rice to lose weight and to achieve Kim Kardashian smokin' hot body. Rice is another excellent source of carbohydrate, apart from breads, pastas and cereals. Carbohydrates provide energy for the body, especially the brain and the nervous system. But if you want to lose weight, is it essential to skip rice and practice low carb diet instead?
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There is a ton of information flying around about low carb diet. Registered Dietitian, Jayson Hunter come up with three facts about carbs and how you should use this information.

1. All carbs store as fat
Your body can store all carbs as fat when the muscles and the liver are already full of glycogen. So if you continuously eat a high carbohydrate diet this can lead to increased fat storage. Also, you can store more of your carb calories as fat when you eat too many processed and refined carbs. The key is to consume moderate carbs and choose carbs that have at least 2gms of fiber per serving. This will help control insulin spikes, which leads us to number 2.

2. Carbs will cause insulin spikes
Eating too many carbs at one sitting without enough other nutrients to counteract its effect will cause insulin spikes, which then triggers your body's fat storing mechanisms. This is why you suggested to eat whole grain carbs, vegetables and fruits with skin when possible because they will provide good sources of fiber to help control these insulin spikes. Also, make sure you balance your carb intake with lean protein to further counteract the effects of carbs in the body in regards to elevating your insulin levels.

3. Carb increase fat storage
Through a process known as de novo lipogenesis your body can directly increase fat storage by converting carbohydrates to fat. Eat whole grain, high fiber carbs as well as lean protein to control blood sugar rise, which then controls insulin spikes and helps prevent you from storing carb calories as fat.

As a conclusion, you need carbs to function properly and maintain optimal efficiency. But the body doesn't need as many carbs as we feed it though. Carbs are not the main culprit as to why we fail to lose weight fast. Eat moderately and pick healthy carbs such as whole grain to success your lose-weight goal.



Jayson Hunter RD, CSCS is the author of the Carb Rotation Diet. To discover the 5 absolute truths Every Serial Dieter Who Seeks Rapid-Weight loss MUST come to grips with visit The Carb Rotation Diet.

Three Healthy Spinach Recipes

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Popeye the Sailor Man was created by Elzie Crisler Segar
Popeye the Sailor Man is a fictional hero appearing in comic strips, comic books and television cartoons. The Popeye character was depicted as eating spinach to instantly restore and amplify his strength and become stronger to defeat his enemies such as the Sea Hag and Bluto.

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Robin Williams portrayed as Popeye in film, Popeye (1980)
But eating spinach alone cannot make you become stronger. Spinach isn't that high in iron compared to other foods such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage or broccoli. In 1930s, German chemists reinvestigating the iron content of spinach and found that the original worker of German scientist, Emil von Wolff misplaced a decimal point in an 1870 measurement of spinach's iron content, leading to an iron value 10 times higher than it should have been.

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Raw red spinach

However, spinach is rich in vitamin A, especially high in lutein which is good for eyesight. In a study at Harvard Medical School in Boston, higher dietary intakes of lutein and vitamin E from food and supplements were associated with significantly decreased risks of cataract. Spinach is also an alkaline producing food, making it useful in helping to regulate body pH.

Here are 3 tasty ways to get more nutrient-rich spinach into your day from eatingwell.com

1. Simple Sautéed Spinach


6 servings, about 1/2 cup each
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Total Time:
Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 20 ounces fresh spinach, (see Note)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. 
  2. Add garlic and cook until beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. 
  3. Add spinach and toss to coat. Cover and cook until wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. 
  4. Remove from the heat and add lemon juice, salt and crushed red pepper.
  5. Toss to coat and serve immediately.


2. Inside-Out Lasagna Mix Spinach


4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each
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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces whole-wheat rotini or fusilli
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves cloves garlic, sliced
  • 8 ounces sliced white mushrooms (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs
  • 8 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

Preparation

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta; cook until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft and beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until the mushrooms release their liquid, 4 to 6 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes, spinach and crushed red pepper (if using). Increase heat to medium-high; cook, stirring once halfway through, until the spinach is wilted, about 4 minutes.
  4. Toss the sauce with the pasta and divide among 4 bowls. Dollop each serving with 3 tablespoons of ricotta.

3. Leek, Potato and Spinach Stew


6 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each
Active Time:
Total Time:

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 links hot Italian turkey sausage (6-7 ounces), casings removed
  • 2 cups chopped leeks (about 2 leeks), white and light green parts only, rinsed well
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 pound new or small potatoes, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 8 ounces spinach, stemmed and chopped (about 8 cups)
  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, preferably no-salt-added, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs, such as dill, chervil, chives and/or parsley

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. 
  2. Add sausage and leeks and cook, stirring occasionally and crumbling the sausage with a wooden spoon, until the leeks are tender, about 5 minutes. 
  3. Add garlic and salt and stir until fragrant, about 20 seconds. 
  4. Add wine, cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Uncover and cook until the wine is almost evaporated, about 4 minutes. 
  5. Add potatoes and broth; cover and bring to a boil. 
  6. Stir in spinach and scallions and cook, covered, until the potatoes are tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in beans. 
  7. Cover and let stand for 1 minute. Divide among 6 soup bowls and sprinkle each portion with herbs.

PS - Quick and Healthy Recipes and Ideas: For people who say they don't have time to cook healthy meals, 3rd Edition

How to Lose Belly Fat: 3 Flat Stomach Excercises with Stability Ball

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Stability ball available at power-systems.com
Stability balls are so common in public and in personal gym. Stability ball is a large rubber ball that also known as balance ball or Swiss ball, use to increase core balance and flat stomach exercise.

Choosing the right size of stability ball is important. The right size of stability ball will prevent potential injury through improper use and ensure maximum benefits for your workout efforts. Your weight is not as much of a factor in choosing the right size as the largest balls can support up to 600 pounds.

Here’s a guide chart for you:
  • 30- to 35-centimeter balls (diameter): These are the best fit for people under 4'10" tall.
  • 45 centimeters: Best for people 4’8” to 5’5″ tall.
  • 55 centimeters: Best for people 5’6″ to 6 feet tall.
  • 65 centimeters: Best for people 6 feet to 6’5″ tall.
  • 75 centimeters: Best for people taller than 6’5″.
  • 85 centimeters: Useful for heavier people or those with particularly long legs.
To achieve flat stomach with stability ball exercise, Fitnessmagazine.com has three moves you can add to your flat stomach exercise routine. 

1. Wall-Up
Works abs and obliques
  • Place stability ball about 2 feet in front of wall.
  • Lie faceup on ball with lower back on its center, knees bent 90 degrees, feet flat on wall, calves parallel to floor.
  • Put hands behind head, elbows out to sides. Crunch up; lower. Do 10 reps. 

    2. Side Wall Crunch
    Works abs and obliques

    • Place stability ball about 2 feet in front of wall. Lie faceup on ball with hips on its center, feet on floor about 3 feet apart, toes pointing to the left and soles pressing against bottom of wall.
    • Put hands behind head, elbows out to sides, and rotate torso so that upper body faces left. 

    3. Crossing the Plank
    Works shoulders, abs, obliques, and legs

    • Place ball against wall, then lie on left side with hips stacked, left elbow under shoulder and sides of feet resting on top of ball, right leg crossed in front of left.
    • Slowly lift hips, forming a line from head to toe, and extend right arm toward ceiling.
    • Hold for 30 seconds; lower.
    • Switch sides and repeat. 

    Ps - Ballroom dancing is a reasonable way for you and your spouse to develop flat stomach together. Learn more here.

      06 June 2011

      Supermodel Marisa Miller: "They Called Me 'Bubble Butt' - But I'm Over It!"

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      Cover Girl: Marisa Miller feature on Shape for the 8th times 

      Marisa Lee Miller is an American model best known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues and her work for lingerie retailer Victoria's Secret.

      The 32-year-old beauty takes Shape magazine cover in February 2011 issue for the 8th times. Looking at her stunning figure, it's hard to imagine Marisa ever being teased for her looks. In this issue, she confess that she and a friend were known for having big butts back in high school. They refuse to do squats at volleyball practice because they didn't want to get them any bigger. But these days, Marissa work hard to keep her bottom up.
      "I love my butt and want to make sure it stays where it is. I was just talking to that same friend and we were laughing because now all we want to do is lots of squats to keep our rear ends curvy and feeling strong." - Marissa Miller

      Marisa Miller hot body in bikini. Image from skinnyvscurvy.com

      Speaking of her workout routine, Marisa prefer to go down-and-dirty boxing gym. She starts out with jumping rope for 15 to 20 minutes. Then she does 3-minutes rounds hitting the heavy bag with 1-minute breaks. And finally she finish up with five sets of 30 to 40 squats.

      To achieve flat abs, lean legs and sculpted shoulders like Marisa, include this move to your routine. Do 2 or 3 sets of each move three times a week. Rest for no more than 30 seconds between sets.

      Marissa Miller shape workout1
      Star workout: Marisa shows her supermodel workout

      Marissa Miller shape workout2
      Star Workout: Burpee and squat like Marisa

      For diet tips from Marisa, visit Shape.com

      PS - Have fun with samba and shape your booty!


      05 June 2011

      5 Biggest Challenge to Lose Weight and Stay Fit

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      Exercise well and eat healthy may sound like a traditional advice to lose weight but the most effective ever.

      There are many ways to exercise your body. Running, cycling, yoga, swimming and dancing are a few ideas of how to lose weight and stay fit. But many people find it hard to get into the routine. The number ONE solution to every problem, is by identify the problem first.

      What is your *biggest challenge to achieve your health and fitness goal?


      56.5% said "my motivation is low."


      17.5% said "I have little social support."


      13% said "I don't know where to start."


      8.7% said "I'm always running short on time!"


      4.3% said "I don't have access to the right tool."


      Having known your obstacle made it easy for you to find the solution.
      Step 1 - Select the PROBLEM that matches your situation
      Step 2 - Indentify the possible REASON for the problem
      Step 3 - Explore STRATEGY to address the problem

      *result based on poll at shape

      20 Reason to Lose Weight Now

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      Gwen Stefani

      Gwen Stefani get back to her slim figure only five months after giving birth to her son, Kingston five years ago. I believe, as a public figure, there is a pressure to look perfect all the time, hence motivated her to lose the baby weight fast. What more reason she can have to lose weight? Everyone want to see their favorite celebrity in their best look. Moreover, it is part of the business to look good and brand herself.

      The most important factor to help you lose weight fast is having a real objective of 'why to lose weight'. So, when you decided to go for an "A" diet or "B" diet to lose weight, do you have a strong reason to do so?

      Losing weight for most people, is a big deal. Sometimes, people on and off diet, and on again, postpone again because they cannot keep their mindset focus. One of the excuse, maybe? Having a LIST OF REASONS TO LOSE WEIGHT may help you to stay focus and motivated in any weight loss plan.

      So, why would you like to lose weight?

      1. Your clothes don’t fit you anymore

      2. Lose weight to stay fit

      3. To stunning your former classmates in your upcoming 25-year reunion

      4. To look awesome on your first date

      5. To fit the bridesmaid's dress you gonna wear on your friend's wedding

      6. Lose weight and look 5 years younger

      7. Lose weight for better sex and impress her/him

      8. Lose weight to avoid health risk such as obesity

      9. Lose weight to save budget

      10. Lose weight to make yourself qualified for 50m running in Olympic

      11. Dress hunting for slimming people is easier

      12. Being overweight make it harder to get pregnant

      13. XXL dress or XXX L shirt size is limited and expensive

      14. If you lose weight, you are lighter and faster to run, in case a dog is chasing behind

      15. Chasing your kids around is more fun because you are not panting easily

      16. Everyone would make fun of fat people

      17. The incidence of heart disease is higher in persons who are overweight or obese

      18. High blood pressure is more common in adults who are obese

      19. To avoid expensive medical expenses

      20. To get rid of that ugly image and make your spouse proud



      Do you have anything to add to these list?

      PS - Learn how to lose weight–through pleasure instead of suffering
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