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Your overall health is affected by both your eating habits and lifestyle. If you listen to the myths mentioned below, you may not be as healthy as you could be.

Myth 1 – Don’t Eat Before Working Out

Attempting to exercise when you haven’t eaten anything or properly hydrated is about the same as trying to run your car on low water and gas neither will function properly. You’ve probably experienced the overheating of car when it’s low on water and maybe even the sputtering and stalling of an engine without gas.

Your stomach often rumbles when it needs fuel. If you don’t feed it before working out, you risk a less than productive exercise session. A failure to properly hydrate before working out could lead to muscle cramps or worse.

Water and some fruit or another natural snack will do your body good.

Myth 2 – Energy Bars and Energy Drinks Replace Meals

These items are fine once in awhile but they don’t deliver all the vitamins, minerals, fiber, fluids and other nutrients you need for optimal health.

Myth 3 – Skipping Breakfast

Breakfast gives your body its wakeup call. Your metabolism wakes up which produces your energy and helps regulate your weight. Fail to eat this meal and you will probably notice a lack of energy most of the day, a tiredness that remains even after eating and the possibility of a hunger that can’t be satisfied.

Myth 4 – Low Carb Diets Are Good

Your body needs carbohydrates for your muscles and the storing of energy. Any diet that limits or completely excludes a group of nutrients that your body needs is going to harm your long term health.

Myth 5 – Eating Everything You Want

Your body needs certain nutrients to operate at its best even if you don’t exercise like you should. When you eat an unbalanced diet, even IF you exercise, you are failing to provide your body what it needs to maintain good health and naturally fight off illness and disease.

Myth 6 – Calorie Deprivation Is Good

Weight loss requires the reduction in the number of calories you consume each day but a reduction of more than 20% puts your body into starvation mode. In this mode, the food you eat is stored as fat rather than burned for energy AND your energy is derived by burning muscle. A gradual reduction in your food intake plus an increase in exercise is necessary for weight loss but rapid weight loss might mean you aren’t eating enough.

Myth 7 – Drinking Soda and Alcohol is Okay

Water and natural juices are the best beverages for you to drink. Sodas either offer calories with no nutritional value or artificial ingredients. There is conflicting data on the benefits of alcohol but it is widely accepted that alcohol can cause problems in many situations. Drink plenty of water at regular intervals and don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. There are many situations where your body is already dehydrated by the time you are thirsty.

Making a conscious effort to eat healthy is always the first step towards feeling better and living a healthier life. A healthy diet and exercise regimen can do a lot in fighting the stress time and your lifestyle can place on your body.

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Have you tried the Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet, Cabbage Soup Diet or another diet only to find that they didn’t work for weight loss for very long, if at all?

There is a very good reason these diets failed you. Diet for weight loss often means deprivation.

You will NOT stick to any regimen if you feel bored, deprived or bored.

Let’s face facts. Most people enjoy eating as much for pleasure as for the nutrition it provides. Diets, by their very design, require you to give up some of the foods you enjoy.

They key to weight loss is to burn more calories than you consume.

It is best if you eat healthy and nutritious foods but you can start by first taking an inventory of your daily caloric intake. Do this each day for 2 weeks so you have a baseline to work with.

The next step is to reduce your intake by no more than 20% OR increase your level of physical activity. This is your recipe for weight loss without feeling deprived.

You are looking for a lifestyle change. By starting out gradually reducing the number of calories you are currently consuming, you are teaching yourself you can do well on less.

As you progress, you can swap out some of the less nutritious foods for better dietary choices.

Add exercises to your routine and you may experience some fast weight loss. This is especially true when a combination of strength training AND cardiovascular workouts are added on an alternating schedule.

You don’t need the Atkins diet, South Beach Diet, Cabbage Soup Diet or any other plan that deprives you of foods you love or enjoy.

Potatoes and other complex carbohydrates are off limits with some of these meal plans. The problem with doing that is you are eliminating food sources that are nutritious, good and filling.

Fruits, vegetables, salads, nuts and some of your other options may be good and they are good for you BUT your body needs a certain amount of bulk to feel full and satisfied.

Complex carbohydrates like potatoes fit this requirement perfectly. A medium sized baked potato has fewer than 300 calories. The problem most Americans have is we tend to either fry, deep fry or add numerous toppings such as sour cream, butter, bacon bits, cheese or chili to our potato.

You can choose to deprive yourself with one of the diet plans like the Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet or Cabbage Soup Diet OR you can take control of your eating and gradually modify your lifestyle to reach your weight loss goal.

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Potatoes can be one of your biggest allies in your weight loss program if you learn about them and everything they have to offer you.

This amazing vegetable is one of the most popular in America. Its popularity even surpasses lettuce and onions. Many people never get tired of eating this food because it can be fixed in so many different ways. About one third of the meals eaten by Americans include this veggie in some form.

One great thing about the spud is that it adds the bulk to your meal that lets you know you’ve eaten something and when stored and prepared properly the potato packs a very nutritional punch.

Spuds are high in fiber, carbohydrates, contain more potassium than a banana and one medium sized potato contains about 45% of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C that’s recommended for good health.

A potato is naturally low in calories and contains no fat, sodium, or cholesterol. Potato skin provides a helpful dose of fiber, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, and several B vitamins.

This vegetable is best and it retains more of its natural nutrition when stored in a cool, dark place such as a basement or cellar. Too much light in your storage area may result in green potatoes. Refrigeration or freezing should be avoided when possible because the starch is turned to sugar by the cold and that causes them to turn dark when cooked.

You can prepare potatoes by boiling them, steaming them, or even roasting them. If at all possible, you should avoid putting your spuds in the refrigerator or freezing them, as cold will turn the potato starch to sugar and cause them to turn dark when they are cooked.

Mashed, baked, fried, boiled and broiled are a few of the ways this amazing vegetable can be prepared. The calories you get from eating potatoes come more from the toppings you add than the veggie itself.

Piling on the sour cream, chives, bacon bits, chili, cheese or butter adds up a LOT of calories you don’t want or need BUT taking a cut up spud and baking it with French dressing creates a very tasty side dish that’s easy on calories and very filling.

In my opinion, every weight loss program should include potatoes as a part of the menu.

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Green tea has been highly studied and its benefits are fully documented but many need green tea pills because they cannot get used to the taste of
this tea.

You are constantly being bombarded with television, magazine and newspaper images that are telling you that you must seek the perfect body THEY are showing you. The problem is that their representation of the perfect body may not be achievable or healthy for you.

There are so many diet pills and supplements on the market today that promise dramatic results fast that you don’t know which ones to trust.

Many of these products have never endured even one scientifically sound study. Others have been studied and found to have compounds or ingredients that have proven harmful to the human body.

Some people are so desperate to lose weight that they will take these untested products and risk their health so they can TRY to reach the ideal body the media is telling them they need.

You do NOT have to take risks on untested and unproven products because green tea pills exist to help you achieve YOUR goals weight loss AND good health.

Green tea is an herb popularly used in making diet pills. Green tea is derived from the plant Carmellia sinensis, the same plant made in concocting black and oolong tea. The process of making green tea makes it different from the other Carmellia sinensis teas it is only mildly steamed and then dried with the majority of the beneficial antioxidants remaining intact.

Green tea has been known to have several health benefits. Certain substances in green tea can effectively stop cancer cells from going. Green tea’s catechin polyphenols also acts as effective antioxidants that can kill harmful free radicals that cause aging and it has also been known to boost the immune system.

Green Tea Pills for Weight Loss

Dietitians say that weight loss is achieved in two ways: reduce the intake of calories and increase energy expenditure. Green tea can perform both these functions quite well.

These pills contain a small amount of caffeine in them which makes them the perfect candidate for an appetite-suppressant. In addition to suppressing the appetite, you’ll be benefiting from diuretic properties that help reduce excess water in the body. Extra water contributes to extra weight and by ridding the body of these you’ll be contributing to your weight loss.

The antioxidants in these pills help increase your metabolism which helps your body burn fat faster.

Green tea pills are an ideal component of your weight loss program because this herb is compatible with other herbs and herbal remedies and it is even said that the benefits are enhanced by some combination’s.

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Asians have consumed green tea for about 4,000 years and many consider it much more than a beverage. This tea is an herbal medicine and part of many therapies.

Weight loss, depression and headaches are just a few of the uses for green tea enthusiasts.

Green tea has been the subject of numerous studies over the last few years. The goals in many of these studies were to identify the compound or compounds that make this tea such a potent health drink. The results showed that this beverage has several antioxidants that are responsible for the various health benefits including weight loss.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Urology published the results of a research study done by American and Swiss scientists on the weight loss benefit of green tea. The published results concluded that green tea contains compounds that contribute to its weight loss.

The study’s lead researcher, D. Abdul Dulloo, stated in a press release that weight loss can only be achieved by reducing the intake of energy or increasing the expenditure of energy. Green tea normally increases your body’s metabolic rate which helps you burn more energy.

Dr. Dulloo and his colleagues experimented on ten healthy young men at the University of Geneva. The hypothesis for the study was that caffeine was the compound in green tea that provided the weight loss benefit. This hypothesis was tested by placing the 10 participants on a typical “Western” diet which is about forty percent fat, thirteen percent protein, and forty-seven percent carbohydrates.

The researchers measured how much energy each participant burnt three times a day. These measurements were used to calculate the number of calories that were burned in a 24 hour period and the respiration was monitored to determine how well each participant utilized the carbohydrates, proteins, and fats they consumed.

The collected data, when interpreted, revealed that the participants that regularly received green tea extract showed a significant increase in their 24-hour energy expenditure and a reduction in their respiration quotient (which meant that more fat was burned, thereby achieving maximum weight loss). On the other hand, the men that were given either caffeine or placebo with every meal experienced only minimal increases in their metabolic rates.

The scientists construed that the catechin

polyphenol present in green tea adds to its weight loss benefit. The substances in green tea may alter how the body uses the hormone norepinephrine which is responsible for increasing the metabolic rate and that contributes to weight loss.

The scientists, in their conclusion, inferred that green tea owes its weight loss benefits to the antioxidants and catechin polyphenol that are in it. These substances help your body burn fat and calories which helps optimize your weight loss.

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