If you want to be beautiful, start by taking a hard look at yourself and ask yourself “Could you shed a few pounds?”
It’s going to be hard to be beautiful or to even feel beautiful if you don’t even believe in yourself and feel in control of your weight.
But weight itself is a distraction. Why?
Well, for if you are within a healthy parameters for your height, being obsessed with losing weight could be just a way of never being happy with yourself.
Work out if you are worrying unnecessarily.
Try to motivate yourself… Well, like me I always put a poster of a sexy hottie next to my mirror and in front of my threadmill and at times I hang out with my friends who have hot bods. That’s how I keep myself focus.
Take a look at your Body Mass Index or in short we called it BMI. Your BMI is basically your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters squared.
Say you are 60kg and your height is 1.6m,
Your BMI = Weight (kg) divided by (Height x height in meter)
What is the range like?
Less than 18.5 = underweight
18.5 – 24.9 = HEALTHY WEIGHT
25 – 29.9 = overweight
30 – 34.9 = obese
35 – 39.9 = very obese
40 or more = extremely obese
If your BMI is more than 25, it’s time to shift some fat.
Start with making some changes to your diet such as substitute processed, refined carbs – yeah all your pasta, white bread or cakes for whole grains.
Eat more protein and less of the wrong kinda fats.
Get your sport gear on and start exercising say for about 45 minutes session for three times per week.
If you hate running or jogging, try brisk walking or riding the elliptical trainer.
Strap a couple of laptops round your middle for the day and you’ll soon find just how draining carrying around that extra 10lbs can be.
If you’re overweight,losing a few pounds will help your energy levels.But how do you do it without feeling more drained?Try this : it’s called calorie cycling.Versions of it have been around for years,but for some reason it isn’t trumpeted by the slimming industry.Maybe because it works.
The reason I like it is that it is realistic.It takes into account that none of us can stick to a diet all the time.Of course,some people do spend their lives on a diet stick-thin celebs are the most visible example.But if they ever slip up,they will balloon overnight because constant starvation has lowered their metabolic rate-the rate at which they burn off calories-to that of a vole.
Which brings us back to calorie cycling,because it works on the principle that by mixing up your calorie count,your metabolic rate stays on its toes,so to speak.Your metabolic rate doesn’t drop as you lose weight;in fact,its revs up.It’s thought that dieting suppresses production of an appetite-regulating hormone,leptin.High leptin production means a high metabolism; reduced leptin means metabolism goes down and your appetite goes up.This mechanism helped our Stone Age ancestors cope with famine.Now it just makes us fat.
Here’s an idea for you…
Stock up flaxseed oil,the darling of dieting gurus.This oil apparently activates leptin-the hormone that boosts metabolism.Drizzle it on porridge,salad or vegetables,or swallow a couple of spoonfuls neat.Healthy oils curb cravings,too.
Ok,how does calorie cycling work?Simple.Youdiet for a few days,then for one day you eat pretty much what you like.There is evidence that it works.Research done by the National Institute of Health in the States discovered that when healthy young men restricted calories and the binged.their metabolism rose by9% on the morning after their binge day.It’s thought binge days ‘reset’ leptin production.Below are some ideas.For more sophisticated diet plans and more advice rea The Rotation Diet,The Warrior Diet,Eating for Life and The Abs Diet.(Don’t follow any diet without your doctor’s advice if you have a medical condition or suspect you could have one.)
The hard-core version
This version means you eat lightly during the day (but frequently),and more at night.You further mix things up by dropping most carbs for a couple of days,then adding them back in.The advantage is that you are never more than three days away from a pudding.
Eat unlimited amounts of fruits and salad during the day,with eggs as your only protein.(I strongly advised having a boiled egg for breakfast or,if your’re like me,you’ll keel over.)At night eat unlimited amounts of vegetables with a large-ish palm-sized piece of protein-beef,chicken turkey,fish,or tofu.Dont’t eay any starch or sugars.
The straightforward version
Eat around 1700 calories for four or five days.Eat around 2000 calories for one day.Eat 1700 caories for four or five days.Eat around 2000 calories for one day.You get the picture.Don’t do this for more than a month-it’s low in calories.
Typical 1700 calories
Breakfast – bowl of cereal with semi-skimmed milk and a small glass of orange juice
Mid-morning – half a dozen of almonds
Lunch – sandwich,apple
Mid-afternoon -orangeDinner – plate of chickens and vegetable stir-fry followed by a peach and a small glass of wine.
You enjoy spending time with your guy, but can too much togetherness be a bad thing?
A new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that women who had a spouse with a cardiovascular risk factor – for example, elevated blood pressure or cholesterol levels were up to three times as likely to develop the same one themselves. Couples tend to adopt each other’s lifestyle habits, say researchers. So, set a good example by hitting the gym and piling your plate with produce. He may just follow suit.