Jillian Michaels Tips to Control Hunger

Don’t skip meals. You should be eating three square meals a day, plus one snack, and spacing your meals throughout the day so that you don’t go longer than four hours without eating. This will keep your blood sugar levels and hunger hormones stable.

Drink tons of water. When you feel as if you’re starving, pour yourself a huge glass of water or grab a bottle of seltzer — it will help quell the urge to snack.

Sleep! Two hormones, leptin and ghrelin, regulate our appetite, and both are directly affected by how much sleep we get. These hormones work in a kind of “checks and balances” system to control feelings of hunger and fullness. Getting eight hours of shut-eye each night helps the hormones work properly, which in turn will help curb your appetite.

Examine your hunger. The next time you feel hungry between meals, consider the last time you ate. If it was less than three to four hours earlier, your stomach isn’t growling, and you’re not weak or tired, you’re probably emotionally unsatisfied in some way rather than genuinely physically hungry.

Think about what, besides eating, soothes you. Steer yourself toward positive feelings of self-worth and you’ll choose activities and behaviors that inherently contradict self-loathing and self-destructiveness.

Don’t panic. You can and will lose weight. Even if you’re eating a little more than the meal plan calorie allowance, you can still lose — it just might take a little longer. Exercise is also crucial. Working out harder and more often will help burn the extra calories you might take in if you have a bad day.

Do not beat yourself up! Sometimes we slip up, and that’s okay — healthy living is not an all-or-nothing proposition. I’m here for you, and I know you can do this. Believe in yourself and try to incorporate my suggestions into your life, and let’s see how you do.

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Increase Upper Body Strength with Jillian Michaels’ 2 Push-Ups Styles

Plyo Push-up
Start in your usual push-up position. Slowly lower yourself to the floor. With an explosive burst, exhale and push yourself up, bringing your hands off the floor and clapping them together. Land in the push-up position and repeat. The plyo (for plyometric) push-up increases muscle power by adding extra difficulty.

Close-Grip Push-up
Start in a push-up position but keep your hands directly under your shoulders instead of out to the side. Your legs should be extended straight out behind you, your feet slightly apart, so you are balancing on the balls of your feet as well as your palms. Keep your elbows pressed firmly against your torso as you slowly lower yourself down. Exhale, press back up to the starting position, and repeat. This close-grip push-up places more emphasis on your anterior shoulder muscles and triceps as well as your chest.

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Baby Food Is Fattening

So I guess this is bad news for the “Baby Food Diet”.  This study shows that baby food is high is fat, calories, sugar and salt.  Mmmm just what baby needs..NOT!  (Sorry, I watched Wayne’s World today). 

Check out the story here!

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Can I Fix My Metabolism?

From EverydayHealth.com:

Q: I’ve tried every diet under the sun in my life, and I’m really afraid I’ve ruined my metabolism. I seem to gain weight no matter what I eat now! Is there any way to fix this?

A:  This is such a good question — I’m so glad you asked! Many people suffer from the backlash that can result from years of yo-yo diets. What happens is this: When people let their calorie levels drop too low, their body’s survival mechanism kicks in, lowering their metabolic set point (or basal metabolic rate). When they go off that crash diet and begin to eat normally again, they gain back any weight lost — plus. And what follows that? Yup, another crash diet.The cycle is often very frustrating, but it CAN be reversed with time, consistency, and patience. What you’ll need to do is the exact opposite of what we call shocking the metabolism; you have to allow your body time to adapt to a new metabolic set point — by being consistent, you’ll force your body to adapt.

Okay, here’s the game plan: First, set your daily caloric intake at 12 calories per pound of body weight. (For example, my weight is 117; 117 x 12 = 1,404 calories a day.) Then stick like glue to that calorie allowance for at least one to two months, depending on your metabolism. This will allow your body time to readjust your metabolic set point accordingly.

Now, here’s the other part of the equation: The absolute best way to pump up your metabolism is to EXERCISE. You’ll be burning calories not only during your workout but also up to 48 hours after — all the while increasing lean muscle tissue, which speeds the metabolism over the long term. Aim for five hours of exercise a week if possible, but no fewer than three hours a week

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Manage A Weight

This just happened to me…I lost some pounds, but then added some back.  Or either it’s muscle, but I don’t have a fancy dancy weigh scale.  I know when I put it on.  I wasn’t working out during exams, not eating, and drinking coffee.  Therefore I weighed less.  Then I had a week off and ate and the weight came back.  However I think I look the same!  Then I did bootcamp and lost inches.  So actually not that upset.

Now back to the post: Ways to maintain a weight once you’ve lost some pounds.  From EverydayHealth.com:

  • Write it down. Experts recommend writing down what you’re eating. “You can tell for yourself whether you’re doing well or need to pay more attention,” Fujioka says . “Counting calories is a great way to help yourself keep track of your food intake.”
  • Weigh yourself. Another important means of weight control is to get on the scale. “Seeing your actual weight on a scale is a good way to combat the brain’s message that you need more fat cells,” Fujioka notes.
  • If you see your weight increasing, you know you have to work a little harder. Women’s weight tends to fluctuate a few pounds a month because of menstrual cycles, but if your weight goes up beyond five pounds or so, it’s time to regain control by cutting calories, adding more exercise, or both.
  • Eat breakfast. The National Weight Control Registry, which tracks more than 3,000 Americans who have achieved a weight loss of around 60 pounds and kept it off for about six years, found that eating breakfast is an important factor in keeping off weight. Eating a healthy breakfast makes it less likely that you’ll overeat during the day.
  • Stay motivated. “We all need to constantly challenge ourselves to stay motivated,” says White. “Give yourself a goal like a special date, a party, or other social event to help you maintain your weight loss.” Rewarding yourself is another good motivator. “Any kind of reward is good, other than food, of course,” he adds. “Buy some new clothes, a CD, a fitness gadget — whatever motivates you to stick with your program. Some people even take a trip as a reward.”
  • Stay accountable. Find other people who are trying to keep their weight off. By sharing tips, success stories, and struggles, you’ll find it easier to maintain good nutritional and exercise habits. If no one nearby is trying to keep off lost weight, try an online weight-loss group.

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Stay Fuller Longer

This tips from Women’s Health on how to keep fuller longer are useful.  Here’s a overview, and click the link to take you to their page and find their reasoning.

  1. Rise and shine with protein
  2. Chow on potatoes
  3. Embrace a little fat
  4. Get sweaty
  5. Gobble up grapefruit
  6. Chew on this
  7. Take a whiff

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Add New Twist to Old Workout Moves

“The best exercise is the one you’re not doing.”

Click here for Men’s Health “The Best New Exercises for Every Part of a Man’s Body”

Read more: http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/The_Best_New_Exercises/?cm_mmc=PTNL-_-2010_06_08-_-HTML-_-1#ixzz0qM9A4lbx

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Best Bathing Suit For Your Body

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Family and Weight Loss

Did you know?

  • A husband’s support has been shown to help obese women with type 2 diabetes lose weight.
  • Family support has been proven to help people with heart disease make healthy changes.
  • A supportive family gets you moving if you need more physical activity.
  • If a family works on health improvement together, greater weight loss results.
  • Healthy meal planning is easier if your family is in favor of it.

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Perfect Diet Food: Eggs

“A recent study indicated that women who ate two poached, scrambled or boiled eggs in the morning consumed less food over the next 24 hours – and lost 2/3 more weight  – than those who didn’t.” Life and Style, June 14, 2010

  1. The egg is a low-calorie powerhouse. “The egg is a great source of nutrition and especially brain food,” says Susan B. Roberts, PhD, author of The Instinct Diet and professor of nutrition at the USDA Nutrition Center at Tufts University in Boston. “With only 80 calories per large egg and a useful 6 grams of protein, it can be scrambled or even fried with just a dab of butter and still come in at under 100 calories.”
  2. Eggs have vitamins and other nutrients. Besides providing protein (making you feel full longer), an egg supplies many essential nutrients including vitamin A, the B vitamins B-12, riboflavin, and folacin, and the minerals iron, phosphorus, and zinc, along with choline and DHA, essential nutrients for brain health.
  3. The egg has less cholesterol than we thought. It turns out early tests measured falsely high for the amount of cholesterol in an egg, unfairly giving it a bad rap. According to recent research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one large egg has 213 milligrams of cholesterol. Testing is also under way in the egg industry to see if that amount can be further reduced.
  4. Egg whites can be part of your daily menu. It’s best to eat no more than three or four whole eggs per week, but egg whites have only 15 calories per egg, no cholesterol, and no saturated fat, so dieters can eat as many as they want. Not only that, egg whites taste better than store-bought egg substitutes.
  5. Eggs make a great weekend breakfast. “One great role eggs can play is in making weekend food seem special without overdosing on calories,” says Dr. Roberts. “For example, scrambled eggs and whole-wheat toast or a fried egg and Canadian bacon on Sunday morning can become a special weekend breakfast without adding anything to calories beyond a regular weekday cereal meal.”
  6. Eggs are an inexpensive protein source. Eggs are economical, especially when compared to steak or even a hamburger.
  7. Eggs aren’t only for breakfast. “Think like the French and don’t dismiss eggs as a great dinner food,” says Roberts. “It takes a mere couple of minutes to whip up an omelet, so you can keep eggs in the fridge for quick dinners when you get home and are too tired to cook or go out. A two-egg omelet with a slice of whole-wheat toast and an apple or orange is a great weight control meal.”

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