Switch Your Metabolic Motor Back On With Strength Training

challeng_changeIf it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you.

Simple but powerful words.

Permanent weight loss is not about restricting foods…it is about boosting up your metabolism…your body’s engine.

Your metabolism burns the food you eat into the energy so you can burn it up rather than having it pile onto your body in unhealthy and unappealing places like your stomach, your hips and your thighs.

Unfortunately most people have a fairly good job of killing their healthy metabolism through years of sedentary lifestyles and poor eating habits. [Read more…]

Fragrant Sweet Cinnamon Raisin Bars

health-benefits-of-cinnamonCinnamon is a fragrant and sweet spice that is available year round and has long been used as both a spice to flavor foods and as a medicine.

It is one of the oldest spices known to man and used as far back as ancient Egypt as a beverage flavor, embalming agent and as medicine. Believe it or not, at one time cinnamon was considered so precious that it was valued higher than gold. It is also mentioned in a book on Chinese botanical medicine that dates back to 2,700 B.C.

There are two varieties of cinnamon; Chinese and Ceylon. Both varieties have similar flavor but Ceylon is more refined with a slightly sweeter taste…it is however harder to find in local supermarkets. If you are looking for Ceylon cinnamon you will likely have to shop in ethnic markets or possibly a local spice store. [Read more…]

Phytochemicals are Life Giving Compounds

Tphytochemicals1he discovery of some vitamins and minerals at the beginning of the 20th was an exciting time that led scientists to believe that they had discovered the keys to health. But the truth is, they soon discovered that it was but a small piece of the puzzle.

More recent studies show that the micronutrients required by our bodies for health and longevity are phytochemicals.

You cannot get phytochemicals from a supplement because phytochemicals are natural chemicals that whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, berries, seeds and whole grains offer.

The world of phytochemicals is barely scratched as it’s been estimated that there are thousands of different ones that have not even been discovered or studied yet, however the ones that have been discovered all have protective effects on humans. [Read more…]

Foods that Help Shed Pounds

black beansWithout a doubt one of the hardest obstacles to overcome when dieting is combating the “hunger button” or the ever persistent desire to eat. That’s why its important to focus on eating foods that will help to fill you up.

Foods that contain fiber, protein and plant based fats are the most satiating. They slow down the digestion process and the absorption of nutrients which in turn helps you feel fuller longer with no blood sugar or insulin spike. [Read more…]

Villainous High Fructose Corn Syrup

hfcs2Dietary intake of fructose has dramatically increased in the US in the past decade and the consumption of HFCS is the primary reason.

People worldwide…in particularly Americans, are being poisoned by a toxic additive for food and beverage called HFCS. It is presently being used in a huge variety of foods from soft drinks to salad dressings, to cakes, cereals, breads and cookies…and lots of packaged and processed foods in between.

HFCS is short for high-fructose-corn-syrup and experts now believe that we face a serious epidemic of metabolic disease in the near future directly related to the excess consumption of HFCS. [Read more…]

Is Your Body on Toxic Overload?

feature_lovehandleToday, 80,000 plus chemicals are in active production and our exposure to these poisonous chemicals is greater than at any other time.

We are consistently subjected to very poor air quality, pesticides, heavy metals paint fumes and household cleaners and contamination in our food and water supplies as more than 10,000 chemicals in the form of solvents, emulsifiers and preservatives find their way into food processing and storage and 3,000 plus chemicals are added to our food supply.

When these poisonous chemicals find their way into our bodies they remain there causing damage that alters our metabolism (the body’s engine). This creates hormonal imbalances and increases our risk of chronic disease as it lowers our resistance. [Read more…]

Sleep…It Does a Diet Good

sleep1Without a doubt, the number one resolution every New Year centers on the goal of losing weight. Unfortunately nearly 90% of those who start a program of weight loss (even though their hearts are in it) will suffer defeat and in the end just give up. Some even experience weight gain. It’s no wonder, after putting heart and soul into their goals and experiencing weight gain that they just give up. Gaining weight when you are trying to lose is a definite motivation killer.

So, what’s going on? It seems no matter how hard you work at it you simply cannot lose the weight you want or achieve the body you dream about.  [Read more…]

5 Principles that Help Cure Weight-Loss Resistance

metabolic rateLong term success at anything requires you first have the right approach and it’s no different when managing your weight. If you are having trouble keeping weight off after you’ve worked diligently to take it off then most likely you are not adhering to the basic principles that help you to shed fat and keep it off forever.

There are 5 basic principles that work with you to keep you in shape and stop you from gaining your weight back and these principles are:

Metabolism – You need to be aware that your metabolic rate shifts and changes…it is not cast in stone. Just by taking the appropriate actions you can elevate your metabolism and increase the rate at which you burn fat. [Read more…]

The Mind and Body were Created to Work Together

motivate2The level of success you will be able to achieve with your weight loss does not start with what you are physically doing. Although diet and exercise ultimately are the tools to get you where you need to be if you don’t start out with the right mindset, you’re likely doomed because your mind ultimately leads your body.

Without getting the mind and body to join forces in the weight loss battle you have only enlisted half your army. The mind and body must work together…they are a team.

So, if you want to shift and train your body in a certain direction then you must shift and change your mind first.

This is one factor that is often missing from mainstream diets and exercise programs. Truth is, diets don’t work and as many as 95% of people who go on a diet fail to lose any significant weight for the long-term. [Read more…]

Super-foods Can Help With Weight Loss

berries-best-healthiest-food-on-earthSuper-foods are nutritional powerhouses. They help build bones, improve eyesight, keep our minds sharp as a tack and they prevent chronic diseases.

But their contributions don’t stop there. Many super-foods can also help you lose weight and stay slim.

Here’s a list of some of the more commonly found and enjoyed super-foods that will also help you tackle your weight loss issues. (This is just a short list…there are so many more)! [Read more…]