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by Hair to Toes on April 9, 2014

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Free 28 Day Diabetes Meal Plan

by Hair to Toes on April 2, 2014

Grab your free 28 Day Diabetes Meal Plan now.

 

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Free MS Awareness Wristband

by Hair to Toes on March 7, 2014

Free MS Awareness Wristband

Show your support for Multiple Sclerosis with this MS Awareness Wristband.

 

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Breaking Through a Weight Loss Plateau

by Hair to Toes on January 26, 2014

Breaking Through a Weight Loss Plateau

Just about everyone who is trying to lose weight eventually hits a plateau during their pound-shedding journey. It’s inevitable, and yet it can crush your spirit and make you want to give up when this happens.

It doesn’t matter which diet plan you chose to get on in the New Year, either. You could be high carb, low carb, vegetarian, Mediterranean, etc. Any diet will do the same thing when your body is subjected to the same way of eating and exercising day after day after day.

The key in helping your body whittle away the pounds is to keep it guessing over the weeks and months while you’re working on your weight loss. You can’t just go on a specific strict diet for 6 weeks and not expect a plateau.

What happens when your weight plateaus? It gets stagnant – not going up or down. You’re confused because you may have been doing this same diet plan for 8 weeks and every week, like clockwork, you’ve seen a 2 pound drop.

Suddenly there’s no drop. No gain, but no drop, either. The next week, you’re holding steady – and it starts to get frustrating because you’re working so hard. You’re eating right. You’re exercising, and there are no rewards in sight.

In the 2014 New Year Diet Success course, you’ll discover how to apply a myriad of nutritional options at your disposal and not only will these plans help you address your weight problem, but they’ll also contribute to better health overall, as well as keep you off of the plateaus.

Switching up your dietary plans and your exercise regimens is what will help you keep losing weight week after week. Plateaus can typically happen at any time. There’s no set week it will appear, although if you look at shows like The Biggest Loser, they sometimes show up in week two.

That’s because when you go on extreme or fad diets that have the potential to do harm to your body, it shuts down and clings to whatever stores it has. It doesn’t want to release the weight because it believes you’ve gone into starvation mode.

Sometimes you just have to hold steady and ride out a weight loss plateau because your body will adjust and become comfortable with your routine. But if it keeps going on and you’re starting to worry, it means you have to do something to break out of it.

That might mean choosing a new program or shaving a few more calories off (if you’re at a safe level), or even ramping up your physical activity to burn more calories and up your metabolism.

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How Fast Can You Lose Weight Safely?

by Hair to Toes on January 26, 2014

How Fast Can You Lose Weight Safely?

There are all sorts of advertisements telling the public that they can lose a lot of weight in a short period of time. Some even say that you can lose an entire clothing size in just one week.

People take part in these rapid weight loss diets because they believe that the diets are safe and they believe that losing the weight rapidly is what they need to do to jump start a diet.

Losing weight fast is never a good idea. Whenever people engage in weight loss that’s too fast, it’s usually because they’re involved in a diet that’s taking things to the extreme – such as severely limiting the nutrition they need, dropping calorie intake below a healthy level or exercising to the point of exhaustion.

While you will see the weight come off fast whenever you get on a rapid weight loss diet, you’ll begin to lose more than just fat. With rapid weight loss, the first thing that you being to lose is the water weight in your body.

If the extreme dieting continues, then you begin to lose muscle tissue as well. Extreme dieting causes the immune system to be lowered and leaves you at a higher risk of illness and serious diseases.

When you lose weight too fast, your metabolism begins to fight against the rapid weight loss because your body can’t handle not getting enough calories. Once your metabolism slows down, it can be difficult to get it back where it was before you started the rapid weight loss.

Losing weight at an unsafe rate can also cause malnutrition, which can affect the way you look. Malnutrition can cause hair loss, bloating, mood swings, inability for wounds to heal like they should and fatigue.

Besides malnutrition, rapid weight loss that results in lost muscle tissue can return in areas as you gain weight back. But it will return in areas that you don’t want it to return in – and worse, instead of muscle, the weight gain will be as fat.

One pound of body weight is the equivalent of 3,500 calories. So for ads that claim losing 10 pounds in one week is healthy, do the math. Losing 35,000 calories in a week is very extreme and will have a negative impact on your body.

The safest way to lose weight is to stick to a doctor recommended 1 to 2 pounds per week after the initial loss. Whenever you begin a new diet, it’s normal to lose 3 to 4 pounds the first week as you stop feeding your body more calories than it burns as fuel. But after that, you should only notice the 1 to 2 pound weight loss. Taking weight off slowly results in long term weight loss success.

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Lose Weight and Keep it Off for Good

by Hair to Toes on January 26, 2014

Lose Weight and Keep it Off for Good

Yo yo dieting is a very dangerous strategy to adopt, and yet most people who struggle to lose weight live this very lifestyle. Their weight comes off when they vigorously work on it, and rises back up whenever they quit their diet and go back to eating like they were before.

The cyclical dieting routine that you go through every year damages your body. It demolishes your metabolism so that eventually, it doesn’t matter if you’re eating right and exercising – the weight won’t come off.

That’s because you keep going into starvation mode and then binging on foods that are typically considered bad for you, and it confuses your system. It isn’t sure when the next time will be that you starve it, so it simply reserves its energy.

Losing weight isn’t hard. It’s a simple formula of fueling your body with the right foods, not overindulging, and allowing your physical movement to burn up the fuel it’s been fed.

But you’ve probably been choosing weight loss plans that are unrealistic in terms of staying on them for longer than a few weeks or months. No one can exist on an extremely low amount of calories.

People don’t want to live a life where certain foods are off limits and induce feelings of guilt. So they do it for as long as they can stand it until they come to their breaking point and fall off the wagon.

You might have different triggers that result in a short term weight loss mission. For instance, maybe something stressful happens and you suddenly find yourself devouring a stack of sweets.

Not only do you gain the weight back (and usually then some), but you pile on this mountain of disappointment and the feelings of failure that you have to now deal with because you’ve gone off track.

When you put the weight back on, it won’t be in the form of muscle and fat – it will be pure fat. Isn’t it time you shed the weight and kept it off for the rest of your life? What would it be like to never have to struggle and put yourself on a regimented diet again?

 

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