No-Dieting Slim with Plums

Plums are naturally rich in dietary fibers and Vitamin C and enable the body to absorb iron better. Dried plums, on the other hand, help prevent osteoporosis, restoring bone mass, according to a recent clinical study, as well as induce detoxification. How about when plums are fermented?

Super Weight Loss Plums

Aside from its dietary fibers that promote regular bowel movement, plums can also act as fat burner, fat blocker, and digestion regulator when fermented with other slimming ingredients. In some Asian countries, fresh plums undergo special fermentation processes that increase its health potentials by seeping it with natural herbal concoctions. One way is to mix the fermenting concoction with Pu Er tea, green tea, and probiotics. The end result is a plum for a no-dieting slim. The fermented plums are said to be so effective that eating them regularly will keep you within your ideal weight even if you observe no special diets.

Exercise or No Exercise?

With or without exercise and with or without dieting, these plums are said to be effective. But some fitness buffs doubt the plum’s slimming properties especially with the notion that weight loss with them is possible even without workouts. Fitness experts have been stressing the need for diets and exercise as part of an effective and permanent weight loss program. However, advocates of fermented plums say these can be easily integrated with dieting and exercise. They assure that there would be no side effects.

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Pickling Plums for Weight Loss

The process seems easy enough because it’s simply pickling plums. Plum fruits are hand-picked once they are about 80 percent ripe. They are fermented for 6 months in vats where a concoction of green tea, Pu Er tea, and probiotics is pre-mixed. The plums are pricked on all sides for better absorption. Thus, when soaked, the plums take in all the essences of the teas and the probiotic.

Pu Er Tea

Pu Er tea is said to be a potent fat blocker. Fats you ate are prevented or “blocked” from settling down in your tummy and body system. They are prevented from entering the blood main stream, too. Fats do not stay in your body but instead get eliminated quickly through the laxative property of plums. Fat elimination goes with the softened stool in the morning.

Green Tea

Aside from being rich in antioxidants (preventing the oxidation of LDL), green tea is a known fat burner. Even some doctors, nutritionists, and weight loss experts recommend green tea for effective slimming.

Probiotics

Probiotics in the plums assure that precious good bacteria are not eliminated along with fats and wastes from the digestive system when the purgative effect takes place in your tummy. Some slimming drinks eliminate even good bacteria from your digestive tract making you a bit dehydrated and giving you weak digestion.

Plums Naturally

Anyway, if you don’t have time to ferment them, just eat natural plums—even taking prunes and prune juice—and that alone would give you tremendous weight loss benefits.

Brisk Walking for Weight Loss and Normal Blood Sugar Levels

Brisk walking is powerful for weight loss, to say the least. There have been countless studies to prove this, and among them is the one done by scientists researching on health at the University of Pittsburgh. The study proved that overweight people lose weight after walking for 30 to 60 minutes a day. And that’s regardless of lifestyle habits, they averred.

Another American study said brisk walking at least 4 hours a week can help lose about 9 pounds even as brisk walkers age. It’s a known fact that brisk walking can also lower your LDL (bad cholesterol) and help raise your HDL (good cholesterol) at the same time that you can easily manage your weight. And fitness experts see that brisk walking is going to be the fitness trend in the future as more people prefer the great outdoors for gyms to spend their workouts in. Brisk walking is a lot cheaper, too—no costly gym membership and special getup.

Normal Blood Sugar

There’s a powerful bonus, too. An interesting study on brisk walking and normal blood sugar levels done in the Alps and deliberated on by the American Heart Association said brisk walking does so much good for heart and blood sugar health. And it has all to do with brisk walking uphill and downhill.

The mechanics goes this way: brisk walking uphill gives the muscles concentric workout that normalizes triglycerides (that’s good cardiovascular health for you) and brisk walking down hill gives the muscles eccentric workout for better glucose tolerance that normalizes blood sugar levels. And with doctor’s approval, diabetics with heart conditions can take on brisk walking as a “healing” workout daily.

Brisk Walking for Weight Loss and Normal Blood Sugar Levels
Brisk Walking for Weight Loss and Normal Blood Sugar Levels

Imagine hitting three birds with one stone—weight loss, heart health, and blood sugar health with just brisk walking. That’s not to mention the feeling of well-being and emotional high after a brisk walk session (powerful for fighting stress and improving sleep), plus stronger lungs. And how about muscle toning and body cell rejuvenation?

Take the Stairs

Always take the stairs if you’re going up 2 to 3 floors. If you’re a beginner, take a rest each floor before proceeding to the next, especially if the building has a high ceiling height. Take it easy with each step, gaining speed gradually and then resuming normal cadence as you reach the final steps.
If there is no uphill street or rolling terrain in the neighbourhood, find a building with 2 to 3 floors and use it for your brisk stair climbing. Better if your own house has 2 to 3 floors. Or visit the mall regularly and use the stairs there. If your office has stairs, use it always and do take “stair-climbing” breaks now and then.

Where All the Weight Gain Mostly Come From

Some people seem to just get it right fast and easy. They take a diet and workout program and presto! They get into shape almost in no time. While the rest seem to suffer from weight gain no matter how sophisticated their diets and workouts are. They manage to shed off some pounds now but take in a ton a few days after.

What’s the secret to a more lasting weight loss program? How can you keep lost weight from coming back and doubling in the process? Many have testified how weight lost can come back to you with a vengeance which, to most trying-hard weight loss aficionados, seems like a curse. How do you reverse the spell? How do you stop weight gain?

It’s in Your Food Intake

Weight gain comes from food you eat. That’s a fact. And stubborn weight that keeps coming back comes mostly from meals eaten in restaurants and other eateries. It’s always tempting to eat more when we eat out, and the problem with that is, we easily fall prey to food rich in fats and calories when we do that. Remember that the food business is more lucrative if diners eat more. Naturally, food establishments would make their food dishes tastier. And tastier often means more fats and calories.

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A study done at the University of Texas showed how female diners ate some 253 more calories plus 16 grams of fat when they ate in restaurants. Moreover, eating out with friends tends to make us unmindful about how and what we eat. We’re apt to keep nibbling as we eat and chat with friends. The result: unbelievable weight gain. Even with our sophisticated and vigorous workouts and diet programs, we find it difficult to lose weight considerably and continuously. Worse, the lost weight seems to keep coming back fast.

In addition, eating in restaurants often makes us “polish off” each bite, says Dr. Brian Wansink, Cornell University Food and Brand Lac director in New York and “Mindless Eating” author. Most people feel obligated to wipe out everything on the plate rather than being sensitive to how their tummies signal that they are full, Wansink adds.

Healthy Eating Management Skills

However, another study said eating out is not a problem as long as you have healthy eating management skills. A test done at the University of Texas in Austin showed how 35 women with ages from 40 to 59 could eat in restaurants within a 6-week period and not have any problems with weight gain. In fact, the subjects were even observed to lose weight.

The secret was in healthy eating management skills. Eat healthy foods all you want and stay away from foods high in fats and calories. This takes discipline and determination. The reward is continuous enjoyment of eating out in restaurants with families and friends while losing weight. But this doesn’t change the picture: food from restaurants is where weight gain often comes from.

Over Training! The Reason You Are Not Making Gains In The Gym!

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You have tired everything including changing your routine around, eating more protein, adding more sets, less sets, sleeping more each day if possible but still you have come to a dead end.

This is not an uncommon problem and is faced by most people at one time or another who workout at the gym on a regular basis. Sticking points will happen and adjustments must be made if you want to keep progressing until you have reached you full genetic potential. I have noticed in the many years I have been weight training that some people seem to never make any gains. Year after year they look the same and train the same and than complain about their lack of progress but won’t take it upon themselves to make the changes needed to get the gains going again. So what is the answer to all of this?

The answer is so simple most people who train don’t believe it could possibly be this easy!

So what is the answer you might ask? It is one word my friend! REST! Why this seems to be such a difficult thing to grasp is beyond me! Weight Training is not rocket science. People make this more difficult than what it really is. The simple fact is that if your body is not recovered from the pervious workout and you go back into the gym before it has than you won’t make gains. The body only has a limited amount of reserves in which to draw on and once it has used those reserves up it is gone and can only be replaced by rest and recover.

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Think about the gas in the tank of your car for example. Once the gas is gone in the tank the car won’t run again until it is refilled. While this may seem like a stupid example to some the point here is that only rest will refill your body’s tank and nothing until than will help it. Over training also leads to other questions about how much should you train to begin with in order to avoid these pitfalls?

Do yourself a favor! Don’t read bodybuilding magazines. If you are a hard gainer and are not using drugs, these magazines filled with pictures of juiced up bodybuilders will only make things worse for you if you are not gaining in the first place. I don’t want to get into a debate on which training routines are best but the insane amounts of time pro bodybuilders spend in the gym is just crazy. They train five and six days a week in the gym and two to three hours at a time.

The only way they can maintain this life style is by taking a boat load full of steroids. I am not here to judge them but for the average gym rat just wanting to improve their looks and their health this is not the way to go. Being able to weight 300 pounds at 6% body fat is the kind of genetics most people don’t have to being with. Steroids will only enhance what you were already born with. If you are currently at a sticking point and are not making gains I would suggest taking some time off of about two weeks to give your body a break by getting away from the gym for awhile. It is a lot harder not to go to the gym than it is to stay out of one! Most people think they will lose strength if they stay out of the gym more than a week or so. Decompensation or the loss of muscle mass and strength actually takes weeks or even months to occur. So let rest be your friend and not your enemy!

However you decided to train weather it be one day a week or five or six or seven you need to keep a record of each training session! Remember the old saying of “If you fail to plan you plan to fail”!Well this holds true in this situation. Keeping track of your workouts is the key in knowing weather or not you are making gains on regular a basis. Writing down the workout before you go to the gym is the only way to go.

Record the type of exercises you will be doing and the amount of weight you will use for each exercise. During the workout be sure to record the number of reps you were able to do for that exercise. Even an increase of one rep from the last workout will show an increase in strength. Keeping records will be the gauge you need to show if you are making gains or not. If you find yourself at a stand still than I would add a day of rest in between each workout to help to insure you are getting enough rest.

Keep adding days in between workouts if necessary till you get the gains going again. Staying with this method will insure continual gains in the gym. Also something else you can try along with this is to cut back on the number of sets you are doing. If say for example you are doing 5 sets of bench presses cut it back to 3 sets. Drop some exercises from you workout. Instead of doing squats and leg presses both on the next workout drop the leg presses! As you get stronger from one workout to the next you are placing more stress on the body with the increase in weight you are using. An increase in stress means that the body will need more time to recover and when you need more time to recover you need to take more days off between workouts. I currently train once every 7 to 10 days and I make continual gains each and every workout. This might sound crazy to those of you who train 6 or 7 days a week but with the intensity of my training I need these days of to make sure I recover. Besides, at 55 years of age I find that this method works best for me to not only insure my recovery but it also helps in protecting  my joints from excessive wear and tear! If you are totally lost on where to start and if you are looking for a new way to train than my suggestion to you would be to read books by the late Mike Mentzer at www.mikementzer.com. High Intensity Training in my opinion is the most productive and safest way to train. I am not saying that other methods don’t work but from a bodybuilding stand point I don’t think anything else comes close when it comes to getting results like you can get with High Intensity Training. I’ve never regretted training this way and I don’t think you will either!

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Weight Loss Can Slow Down Your Metabolism

Metabolism is popularly blamed when people either gain or lose weight. But unknown to them, weight loss can slow down metabolism, and it might be that their efforts at losing weight may be hindering their metabolism to work properly lose weight.

So, what are we going to do? Stop weight loss to speed up metabolism? But it is a known fact that active metabolism helps so much in burning calories and fats which are necessary to lose weight. The principle behind metabolic weight loss is that the bigger the muscle mass, the better metabolism you have and the easier it is to lose weight.

Calorie Restriction is the Culprit

Actually, rigid calorie restrictions and crush diets are the culprits. When you try to lose weight through these ways, they slow down your metabolism so that you wonder why despite the heavy workout and fats and calorie deprivation, you still have the same weight. Worse, you even gain more. According to slimming experts, rigid zero-fat and zero calorie diets can reduce your basal metabolic rate or BMR. BMR is the least amount of energy needed to keep the natural chemical processes in the body going. These chemical processes are what keep you alive and your body organs functioning.

But abrupt and extreme cutting down on calories and fats is not the answer to proper metabolism. Fact is, some diets even force your body to break down muscles to burn them as fuel. That reduces muscle mass. The more muscle mass is reduced the slower metabolism becomes. And that’s why you remain overweight no matter if you workout and continue your severe diet. No wonder it’s so easy to put weight back on with a few bites of food after you get rid of them for a while.

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What Can Speed Up Metabolism Effectively?

It remains a fact that active metabolism helps reduce weight and effect slimming. And the best way to speed up metabolism is build muscle mass by working out. While doing this, your body will need energy to burn as fuel to enable itself to work out. Your diet then should continue to include some amount of calories and fat. Hence, the need for a balanced (not starvation) diet.

High Protein

Another tip for speeding up metabolism is a diet high in protein. Protein helps build up muscle mass. Together with regular exercise, protein can improve metabolism and lead to effective weight loss. Minimal calorie and fat intake, with lots of protein (like lean meat and non-fat fresh milk) and vegetables and fruits, plus high-intensity regular workouts, are the key to successful weight loss.

Building A Home Gym For Less Than $300

Home GymBuuuurrrrnnnnn! Can you feel it? Thats what my biceps feel like right now, and i haven’t even been to the gym. I decided, that instead of paying $50 a month to go to they gym and que to use a sweaty piece of equipment, i would just buy a home Gym. To some, this may seem a bit extreme, but actually, it’s really quite cheap, and you can use the equipment whenever you want, even at 3am.

 

So what are the advantages of having your own home gym?

  • No queuing for equipment
  • Works out as cheaper than a Gym membership
  • You can use it whenever you please
  • Can fit in your bedroom. Killer Abs whilst watching Family guy anyone?
  • Other benefits which i will mention in the article.

To get the same results as you would by going to they Gym, you are going to need more than one bit of equipment. You’re going to have to train legs, upper and lower body, and maybe even do some cardio if you’re into that. Of course, i always say that when it comes to doing cardio, the world is your Gym.

Whatever you do, do not buy an “Entire Home Gym” as it will set you back thousands. By individual pieces that work and only buy what you need, and what you will use. The first thing that i bought, were adjustable dumbbells.

 

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells

They are essential to working out, and take up very little space. Because you can add and remove the sections, there are over 80 weight variations to these dumbbells, so its like having an entire rack of dumbbells, like in the gym, but for a fraction of the price and strength. You can start off small and increase the weight as you go along and get fitter by adding the segments onto the adjustable dumbbells. Im not going to write a full blown review for these, as you can see over 800 reviews on Amazon here, so it would be a waste of my time and yours.With free Dumbbells, you can train almost any part of your body. You can do squats, biceps, triceps, calf raise, and weighted sit ups. They also only cost $240 and of course will come with free shipping.

Its commonly known that free weights provide more value to your workout, by “silently” training your core, and other muscle groups, because you need to support yourself when doing the lifts. I like it this way because you start seeing muscles popping up in places you didnt even know you were training. Its all good for getting that ripped look. But you still need one more piece of equipment in your home Gym. The weight bench.

 

Cap Barbell Fitness FID Bench

The Cap barbell Fitness FID bench is perfect for home gyms, as its only $50 and can be flat, incline, decline AND upright. Its suitable for just about any weightlifting technique and has been purchased over 500 times on Amazon. Its a bit of an American favorite. Its cheap and it works. You can set this up in your bedroom or a spare room and its all you really need for working out at home. This particular home workout bench has been sold more than 400 times on Amazon, and it has rave reviews. Because it has the bars to put your feet under, you can take a plate from your adjustable dumbbells and give your Abs a killer workout.

Because average monthly gym membership costs are so high, you would be waaay better off just buying the equipment yourself and saving yourself costs. You never have to wait for equipment to do your sets, and you can go at whatever time you like. Please, if you have any comments, questions or anything else, comment below and i WILL reply!

Two Amazing Fruit or Veggie Smoothie Recipes That Beam Like The Sun

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I get bored of all these words they use to describe various smoothies and drinks that you can make. I mean, you can just tell by looking at them that they are packed full of goodness, and they taste delicious. In case you haven’t worked it out yet, i’m talking about healthy smoothies. People seem to be “abuzz” with these. Its a really quick and tasty way to get lots of healthy fruit and veg, and fibre etc in one cup of juice. Of course, smoothies health juices have been around for donkeys years, but only in the recent years have “Normal” people actually started downing them.

If you’re a smoothie lover, either of fruit or vegetable, i’m going to provide you with a delicious recipe for making a healthy, delicious smoothie. Please note, you can find the printable versions of these two recipes at the bottom of this post. The first will be a vegetable / salad smoothie, and the second smoothie recipe will be a fruit based, more traditional smoothie.

 

Lets Begin The Journey

First things first, you need a blender / smoothie machine. You need to make sure you have as little chunks as possible in your smoothies, so get a powerful one. I saw one advertised on the TV and went for it. Its called a Nutribullet, and it blends everything i have ever put in it with ease, and only takes about 30 – 40 seconds, depending on the vegetables. The speed is probably down to its 600 watt motor! Oh, and as well as coming with 3 cups, lids, and different blades, you also get the free recipe book with it which is rather cool.

So if i were to rate this Nutri Bullet out of 5, i would give it a 4, because it is quite loud! For $100 though, its definitely worth the money. You can buy it on Amazon here, or click the same link to read about it and check out the 1k plus reviews.

The Fruit Smoothie.

The fruit Smoothie is a smoothie for the less adventurous among us, which is totally fine. I never really thought that drinking vegetables would be so nice, but i was wrong. It is made with Blackberries, or mixed berries, peaches, and honey. The blackberries or mixed berries in this smoothie provide the awesome antioxidants our body needs to be healthy. Did you know that the more blue a fruit is, the more likely it is to have high antioxidants levels?

Ingredients

  • 10 Ounces of Frozen Mixed Berries or Blackberries
  • 15 Ounces of Peaches (If canned, remember to drain)
  • Two Tablespoons of Honey

So now you have your ingredients, just pop everything into your blender, juicer or mixer, with water or milk and give it a minute and its ready. After that, its ready to drink and enjoy. You can either transfer it into a cup or drink it straight from the mixer if you have a Nutribullet.

The Vegetable Smoothie

So, you decided to get serious. Good job. Vegetable smoothies can be a whole lot more healthy than regular fruit smoothies. So although this takes a bit more work, maybe an extra 2 -4 minutes, you get so much more goodness and nutrients. The ingredients are all really easy to find in a local supermarket, but if you are buing for the week, you should find a local vegatable market. You can maybe even get local grown veg and ingredients for a cheaper price. The ingredients are as follows;

  • handful of spinach
  • whole apple, cored but not peeled
  • handful of kale
  • 1 carrot, peeled
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed
  • 1 cup cranberry juice OR 1 cup grapes
  • 1 cup cubed ice

Mix it all up in your blender. Because of the flax seed, i would give the Nutribullet about a minute and a half before drinking it. The Spinach tastes really good in this and we already know that spinach is really healthy for you. After all, it is what Pop Eye ate 🙂

Can you feel it yet?

I hope you found what you were looking for on this page, if you did, make sure you share via Facebook and pass on the recipe. Try get our friends eating healthier too! If you enjoy smoothies and healthy living, why not splash out on the “Healthy Green Drink Diet” Recipe book from amazon. Its a best seller. Take a look here.

Ways to stay Fit without Leaving your house

Being fit is now something most people are trying to achieve. With more news and awareness of how living unhealthily can increase risks of cancer and other illnesses, millions of people from all over the world are jumping on the fitness bandwagon. The problem is, finding time to work – out is difficult, because by the time you have got changed, and made your way to a gym, it’s usually time you were cooking your dinner or putting the kids to sleep.

Also, you don’t have to be a hulk to be defined as “fit”, but you should do cardio and resistance training (push up etc) to tone your muscles and get yourself a six pack. There are two different ways to you about doing this. The first way is the hard way. Its called Insanity, and you may have seen the adverts for it on the Telly.

 

So what is insanity?

In a nutshell, Insanity is a box set of DVDs, that come with a calendar etc that you fill in each day. Each episode is a different workout, which you will do on different days, and each episode is 40 minutes long. So before buying this product, make sure you have a minimum of 40 minutes each day to improve your body. The whole programme is 60 days long and guarantees results. Dedication required! It isn’t for the faint of heart, as it has the majority of people dripping in sweat after each workout, which is a good thing. The way Insanity gets results, is it uses “Max Interval Training” to let you do your cardio in a small space. You do squats, push ups, sit ups, quickly and for a short time, cool off for a minute, and then do a different exercise. It burns fat incredibly quickly, and slowly builds muscles, giving you that toned luck.

Although you can buy this from the TV over the phone, i found it quicker just to buy it online, over at amazon. It turned out to be number 69 (lol) in the top sold health related products list, and has over 2300 positive reviews.

 

Not up to that?

Don’t worry, we realized that some people would not enjoy that, and would find itfar too strenuous. If this is the case, as well as eating a healthy diet, you can push yourself to do as many pushups as you can in the morning, and as many pushups as you can at night, before you go to sleep. Don’t fret if you can’t do more that a handful. Keep doing them, and then a few days later, you will see that you can do 1 more. You should also be doing situps, to train your core muscles.

You get more out of your Pushups if you use proper Press Up handles, as it keeps your form correct which will allow you to train your abs whilst doing the push up. Dont worry about brands and quality with these, they are always super cheap and you can