Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Strength Training Benefits for Women

Strength Training Benefits for Women

by: Joe Kozma

Most women desire to have a higher metabolism is order to further their weight control efforts. Strength training increases muscle mass and increasing muscle mass most definitely will increase an individual's basal metabolic rate. What this means for females is that they will have a harder time gaining fat as the percentage of lean muscle tissue in their body increases.

Obesity can be greatly reduced by sustained participation in a vigorous weight training combined with a sensible eating plan. Osteoporosis is common among women who do not exercise as they age, strength training is a proactive step women can take to prevent bone density loss. Scientific studies prove that weight bearing exercise increases bone density. Strength training done with moderate resistance also fights aging by strengthening ligaments and tendons. Weight training has also been shown to improve balance by increasing the power or core muscles; which in and of itself will prevent injuries due to falling or stumbling.

Strength training has been shown to decrease blood pressure and increase circulation. Circuit training with weights has been shown to improve cardiovascular fitness. Improved cardiovascular fitness works to prevent cardiovascular disease. Women who strength train can also expect to perform better in sports, activities and life in general. Strength training women have more energy, strength, and stamina for all kinds of activity. Energy, strength, and stamina are factors which can also improve relationships with spouses, friends, and even children.

Who does not want to improve their appearance, confidence and self esteem? These are all improved in women who participate in strength training programs. Depression is a huge issue among the women of America. It is this writer's contention that much of the mild depression treated with medication could be eased or eliminated by a sustained participation in a vigorous strength training program. Increased self esteem due to improved appearance and health is a natural antidepressant.

Anti-aging medicine is one of the fastest growing industries in our country today, strength training is almost always prescribed as part of the Anti-aging doctor's overall program. Strength training helps women naturally age more gracefully because it naturally fights the decrease in muscle mass, strength and flexibility that comes with aging.

The benefits to women that strength training can provide are myriad, this writer doubts there are few if any women who would not desire to have the benefits provided by weight training. Ladies, it is time to put down the laziness and procrastination that has stopped you from self improvement. Start today and improve your life.

5 Tips You Can Implement Today To Help You Lose Fat Quickly

5 Tips You Can Implement Today To Help You Lose Fat Quickly

by: Emile Jarreau

One of the main reasons folks fail to lose weight when on a diet is lack of motivation. It is so easy for us to just fall back into our old routines rather than follow a consistent steady plan of action to achieve real fat loss success. If we can make our ROUTINE something that is healthy and promotes weight loss, then we can stop worrying about being motivated and simply do our “normal routine” and lose all the weight we want.

Below are 5 simple tips that you can begin implementing as part of your daily routine to help you lose all the fat you want.

1. Always East Breakfast - Many time, those on a diet choose to skip breakfast thinking that the lack of calories will lead to weight loss. The fact is, when you DON’T eat, your body goes into survival mode and it tries to store the calories you eventually eat as fat. So, your plan actually ends up backfiring and you gain weight, not loseit.

2. Steam your veggies - When you sauté your vegetables in butter, you allow them to soak up all the bad fat making your once healthy veggies little piece of fat stuffed junk. Instead, just steam them and top with a dash of salt and pepper. All the flavor of the vegetables will be there without the fat.

3. Stop Late night snacking - If you are going to sleep, you DON’T need extra calories. Fight off those late night cravings by having a glass of warm tea before bed instead of those cookies or pie. Doing so can help you get rid of thousands of worthless calories from your diet each and every month and help you lose fat quickly.

4. Eat healthy when you are hungry, then stop - Your body is designed to tell you when it is full. Most of the time, it is our cravings and overindulgence that allows us to keep eating long after our bodies tell us we are full. Listen to what your body is telling you and just eat to the point that you are satiated. This amount will be the perfect amount for your body to have the energy it needs without excess calories that will be stored as fat. It is ok to eat multiple times during the day as long as the food is healthy. This helps to keep your metabolism working.

5. Move as much as you can - Yes, this means EXERCISE! If you can walk versus ride, do it! Jog wherever you go. The more steps you can include in your daily routing, the more calories you will burn. Add to this a regular program of vigorous exercise such as jumping rope, running, or weight training and you can burn thousands of extra calories per week. In addition, and muscle you build will act to burn calories even when you are not working out.

The above represent just a few fat loss suggestions, but if followed consistently, they can be your answer to quick and significant fat loss.

How Food Becomes Body Fat

How Food Becomes Body Fat
by Maia Appleby

Everyone knows that overeating leads to excess weight. This concept comes in many flavors these days, though. Some people think that carbohydrates are the culprit. Others think it's sugar. Some people think that eating lots of protein couldn't possibly make them gain weight. Hmmm...

The only way to determine the answer to this enigma is to go inside the human body and take a look at how fat gets there in the first place. Let's follow a bite of pepperoni pizza and see what happens to its sugar, fat and protein. Open wide!

The food enters your mouth:

Saliva contains enzymes that break any starch in the food down to sugar.

This, along with any fat and water in the food, travel to the stomach, which churns them up.

Pepsin (an enzyme that digests protein) and hydrochloric acid further break down the food, turning it into a substance called chyme.

The mixture enters the duodenum, (the place where the gall bladder secretes its bile).

This bile dissolves the fat in water, thinning it out and making it easier to absorb.

Enzymes from the pancreas enter the duodenum and further break down the sugar, fat and protein.

Now everything is dissolved and is in fluid form, so it is absorbed through the lining of the small bowel. Fat, sugar and protein wave good-bye to each other and go their separate ways.

What happens to the sugar:

It also goes directly into the blood stream, and several different organs take the sugar they need as it passes by.

Some is stored in the liver as glycogen.

Whatever is left is converted to fat and stored in fat cells with the excess fat above.

What happens to the fat:

First, it goes into the blood stream and travels to the liver

The liver burns some of the fat, converts some to other substances (one is cholesterol) and sends the rest to fat cells, where they wait until they are needed.

What happens to the protein:

It is broken down into building blocks known as peptides.

Then, it is further broken down and it becomes amino acids.

The amino acids are absorbed through the small intestine's lining and enter the blood stream.

From here, some of the amino acids build the body's protein stores.

Excess amino acids are excreted, and any protein that it built in excess is stored as body fat.

This is such a simple concept, but many people still believe that consuming lots and lots of protein will put muscle on their bones. Don't be fooled by this notion! Even excess protein turns to fat.

Here is a picturesque illustration of the real cause of weight gain. Eating too much food! Dietary fat is obviously the substance most often stored as fat in the ends, but no matter what you eat, your body takes whatever it can't use and sends it to fat cells. If you don't burn it off, it hangs around in your fat cells. It's that simple. If you want to lose weight, don't eat too much of anything -- and do exercise regularly

Sunday, October 18, 2009

10 Ways to Lose Weight

10 Ways to Lose Weight By: Beth Campbell

Here are some ways to lose weight that should help you achieve your weight loss goals. Some are very simple but you might not have thought of them. Others are a little more challenging, but worth the effort.

1. Make the decision to lose weight.

At first this may seem like a silly statement, but to be successful at anything, you have to make the decision that it is something important to you. If you really want to lose weight, then you need to make up your mind that you are going to do so and be determined in your pursuit of success.

2. Avoid the all or nothing mentality.

Let me give you an example. Have you even been on a diet and then you gave in to the craving for a cookie? Then after you ate the cookie, you decided that since you had already ruined your diet, that you would just eat whole bag of cookies. That is what is meant by all or nothing mentality. Realize that, as in most other endeavors, you are not going to be perfect at sticking to your diet, but do not let one slip send you into an eating binge. If you fall off the diet wagon, get right back on and put the rest of those cookies back in the cabinet.

3. Research diet plans and choose one that fits your goals and lifestyle.

Do not choose a diet just because it is the latest fad or because your friends are doing it or a popular celebrity is endorsing it. Make sure that the plan is one that you believe you can stick to based on your weight loss goal, your food tastes and your lifestyle.

4. Find time to exercise even if it is only a few minutes a day.

Even if you do not have time to go to a gym and do a planned program, try to find ways that you can integrate exercise into your everyday routine such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking further away so that you have to walk further to your car.

5. Keep a food diary.

This does not have to be a time consuming affair where you write down your feeling while you were eating, etc. Just taking a few minute to write down what you eat and then reading over that list at the end of the day can be a real eye opener. You may not realize just how many calories you are eating per day until you see it in writing.

6. Find a partner for support.

Finding a diet or work out partner will help keep you motivated. Most people do much better at achieving goals if they have the support of someone else.

7. Take a before weight loss photo.

You may not want to do this because if you are overweight, you are probably avoiding cameras, but at a later point when you have lost some weight, it will help you to see what you have achieved.

8. Set short term goals.

If you focus on losing 50 pounds, you can easily get discouraged, so focus on achieving smaller goals such as 5 pounds. If you keep reaching your small goals, before you know it, you will have reached your long term goals.

9. Reward yourself for success (but not with food).

Give yourself a reward for reaching a short term goal. For example, you can go to a movie you want to see, buy a new outfit, or get a massage. Just do not use food as a reward.

10. Do not let other people discourage you.

If you tell other people that you are trying to lose weight, some of them will probably be less than supportive or want to tell you about their failed efforts and make you feel like you will fail also. Realize that there are other people that just do not like to see anyone achieve success or that are just negative people in general and do not let those people get you down.

These are ways to lose weight that are effective but not dependent on any particular diet plan, so no matter what you are doing to try to achieve your weight loss goals, these ways to lose weight should help you to achieve them.

About the Author:

Beth Campbell holds a Masters degree in Counseling and writes about a variety of subjects. Having lost 122 pounds, her favorite subjects are weight loss and fitness. Learn her amazing secret to losing weight and see her before and after photos. Beth also gives free diet tips at her Ways to Lose Weight Squidoo Lens.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Perfect Fitness Plan for Women

A lot of women all over the globe are trying to shed unwanted pounds. While some are taking such drastic steps as taking diet pills that might bring more harm to their health, there are others that are going for surgical procedures that pose a great deal of side effects, risks, and complications. However, the fastest and best way to really lose weight effectively and maintain is to adhere to a good fitness strategy.

If you are a woman and you want to lose weight, here are three of the most important components that should be included in your plan for health and fitness:

Eating Healthy

The food that you take in every day plays a vital role in your weight loss. This is because your rate of metabolism will also depend on what you are eating, and in turn, your metabolism will also affect the way you will lose weight.

For a quick weight loss and better health, you must get rid of processed foods in your diet, especially those that contain unnatural ingredients. You should replace these with wholesome foods that are as organic as possible. This means that you have to throw away all the prepackaged and boxed foods in your fridge and instead consume more fresh fruits and vegetables as well as lean meats and whole grains.

Drinking Lots of Water

You should know that water aids in the proper functioning of the systems of the body. It will also aid in heightening the rate of metabolism. This means that increased water intake could encourage a greater loss of weight and could work well with your other strategies on weight loss as well. On the average, you would need at least eight glasses of water daily. However, if you are exercising regularly, this would have to be increased by two to four glasses everyday.

There is a way for you to ensure that you are taking in the proper amount of water every day. You can do this by always keeping a bottle of water near you where ever you go.

Exercising and Keeping Your Body Moving

Even if the metabolism rate of women tends to decrease beginning in their thirties, they can do something to alleviate this situation. They could keep their body moving always so that metabolism could be sped up, calories could be burned continually, and lean muscles mass can be formed. The ideal fitness plan that a woman should have must involve augmenting the muscle tone and heightening her heart rate by at least 65 percent even when at rest.

Because women posses a different structure when it comes to their bodies compared to men, they will fare better with low-impact workouts. There are a number of exercises that could provide these to women, and these include walking, swimming, and biking. It is also best for women to do some exercises for at 30 minutes every day and at least three times per week so that they can speed up their metabolism rates as well as work on the other factors that could help them lose weight. These exercise sessions could gradually be built up to become one-hour sessions done every day.

A Woman's Way to Healthier Fitness Stretching

Stretching is one of the easiest exercises a woman can do to make her body strong and fit. Stretching benefits the body by making the muscles supple and thus resistant to the wear and tear of strain and tension. It is why many people begin start their exercise routines with simple stretching to warm the muscles in preparation for more strenuous exercises.

However, the problem with stretching is that most people commonly take it for granted. Despite it being an easy workout, stretching is not given much importance, especially by women. As a result, instead of benefiting from stretching, the result is more damage to one’s body including possible injuries.

How Can I Make Stretching Beneficial?

Stretching practices the muscle’s ability to expand and retract. When the muscle is stretched too far, injuries are likely to follow. A muscle tear can be very painful.

The following tips should be followed during stretching to make it safest and most beneficial.

1)Wear comfortable and loose clothing. Make sure that the garments worn will not hamper the body’s movement in any way.

2)Do stretching first thing in the morning. It is best to do when the sun is still not up or when the sun is barely on the horizon. A blow of fresh air and the warmth of the sun are beneficial factors during stretching.

3)Do stretching regularly. Routine will allow the body to get used to the exercise, thus enabling it to adjust well to changes exercising may bring.

4)Your muscles are not elastic rubber bands. Make sure to warm up first to avoid causing strain. As such, one should do simpler activities like a few minutes walking to warm up the leg muscles. On the other hand, when one is engaging in a very strenuous exercise routine, stretching is the best preparation. However, make sure to finish off your exercise with stretching to conclude the exercise routine.

5)Do not overdo it. This is most applicable for those who will embark on stretching for the first time or after a long layoff. One should listen to their body. When the body begins to ache or when it shows signs of fatigue, one must learn to stop to avoid further damage.

6)Moreover, a woman should do stretching in slightly increasing levels of intensity and difficulty. This is to give the body time to adjust to stretching patterns as well as to prevent injury by suddenly embarking in a heavy routine.

7)Do not do stretching after meals. This will not give you the most benefit because digestion will prevent you from fully executing your stretching routine. It is best to do it before breakfast. Avoid eating a great deal much after stretching.

Tips for Women on How to Lose Weight the Healthy Way

If you are a woman and wish to observe healthy weight loss, then you should know that this does not have to be tough. In fact, you should never consider strenuous or drastic measures just so you could lose weight because there are a number of easy things that you can do to be able to achieve this while maintaining your overall health. Remember that great care should be taken in handling concerns that are linked to your health—and losing weight is one of them.

Normally, women start to gain to weight when they go through menopause or when they get pregnant. However, gaining weight should not be an issue during these times if the right kinds of food are consumed. Adequate and proper exercise can also help in putting a halt on this issue from ever happening.

Here are a number of healthy weight loss tips that you can take on even when you are pregnant, experiencing menopausal symptoms, or simply wanting to shed off some pounds:

1)Eat three apples every day. This may seem like a simple and boring tip that will raise doubts of its effectiveness. However, this could actually work and may help you shed off some two to two and a half pounds in a month for some two to three months, even if you will just observe this tip alone.

The best way to follow this tip is to eat these apples as your snacks in between every meal. However, if you want your apple-eating way of losing weight to work faster, then you can eat an apple before every meal. This will lead to the apples’ crowding out some of the calories that you might take in with your meals.

2)Take your breakfast every day and include eggs in it. Most of the women who have gained some weight skip breakfast almost every day. This is because they believe that doing so would help them in their trying to lose some of their excess weight. However, this is not the case as not eating breakfast would make you consume more during lunch because you will be very hungry then.

To avoid gorging on heavy meals and snacking during the day, you have to make sure you eat a hearty and healthy breakfast. One of the best foods that you can include in your breakfast diet is the egg because this is protein-rich and is guaranteed to fill you up.

1)Eating one can of black beans every day could help in your weight-loss diet. If you are looking for a superfood that should be added to your weight-loss diet, then this should be a can of black beans. This is considered a superfood because it contains 25 grams of fiber that is good for bowel movement and 25 grams of protein that will help in building lean muscle mass.

Eating a can of black beans would already help you in getting the amount of fiber you need every day. It is best if you will eat half of the black beans during your breakfast and half of it for your lunch.

How to get a Firm Shapely Butt

Most women are obsessed with building nice solid and shapely buns. The butt muscle is commonly referred to as the glut es. It gets this name from the three muscles that it consists of: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and the gluteus minimus. Logic will tell you that the gluteus maximus is the largest of the three. It's the one that's most noticeable.

The gluteus medias and mini mus are located around the body part of your pelvis, so they are not as apparent. All three gluteus muscles are involved in rotation and extension of your leg.

There are many exercises that shape and strengthen your glutes. The key is to train them effectively, without overtraining them. Even though this key is simple, it is effective and vital. The question now is; what exercises can you implement to catapult you to the "nice/firm butt" category?

Traditional Squats

The squat is a compound exercise (works all the muscles simultaneously in that muscle group) and top-class for adding shape to your bottom. Include this exercise first in your bun training to ensure you target the entire glute muscle simultaneously.

Use a variety of rep ranges and sets. It's safest to squat until your upper legs (from knee to hip) are parallel to the floor. However, at times you can squat past parallel, provided the poundage you use is light. Also, with light poundage you can vary foot placement and foot width to further target other areas of the upper legs.

Pile Squats

Further extend the traditional squat by adding pile squats to your program. Pile squats can add some variety and help target the muscles of the inner and outer thighs to a much greater degree.
If you are unfamiliar with the pile squats it's simply taking a wide-stance with your toes pointing outward. Hold a dumbbell in front of you and squat straight down and rise back in a controlled manner.

Reverse Partial Squats
Training a muscle in its strongest position, which is the contraction point, it a sure fire way to build strength and muscle fast. However, there is another side to training a muscle to its fullest, and that's hitting the weakest part of the lift.

The strongest range of a traditional squat is from the last few inches to contraction point (standing upright). Therefore, if you want to work the weakest range, then that would be from it's stretched position (squatted position) to roughly mid-point.
Simply put, rather than doing the traditional full range squat, you will be squatting from the bottom position to mid point, back down to the squatted position.

To ensure safety on this exercise, you should perform these either with dumbbells or in the squat cage. Set up the safety rails in the squat cage so they are just below the barbell when you are in your full squatted position. You don't want the safety rails to touch your barbell as you squat, but it's there just in case you can't complete your set or you lose your balance.
Lunges are great for working all the muscles in your upper legs and glutes. This is an essential exercise, yet often neglected. Lunges can be performed in a variety of fashions such as walking lunges, reverse lunges, side lunges and so forth.
The Stepper
The stepper is a great way to get cardio in, as well as build and shape your legs and glutes. The stepper requires you to use your legs and glutes to move the foot platforms up and down.

To build great buns and thighs you need to incorporate exercises that use those muscles to a large degree. Compound exercises should compose the bulk of your training. When you build your buns and thighs to their maximum potential,

Karen Sessions has been in the fitness industry since 1988. She is a nationally qualified bodybuilder and holds two personal training certifications. She has written 6 ebooks on fitness and has helped hundreds of clients transform their bodies. http://www.theelitephysique.com

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

How to Whiten Your Teeth the Natural Way

Some of you may already know this and others may be surprised but baking soda and strawberry juice make a very effective toothpaste for removing stains and getting whiter teeth without having to visit the dentist and without spending a lot of money, all you need are fresh strawberries and baking soda, now smash a strawberry and mix it in with a table spoon of  baking soda, now using a soft brush  mix until blended now take your toothbrush and brush the mixture onto your teeth leave for 3minutes then brush thoroughly after brushing rinse paste from teeth, I recommend doing this twice a week on top of your regular daily brushing routine for amazing results.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

How to Lose Belly Fat

If you re wanting to lose that bumble bee belly that's holding you down  then here's something you can try if you re serious about reducing the belly fat. First start with a controlled diet one that's rich in whole grains, fruits and veggies, remember in order to lose fat fast you have to lower your calorie intake, so watching what you eat is non negotiable. Try to avoid foods that are high in fats and trans fats like butter, cheese, ice cream, and potato chips, this list goes on. One of the most important things you can do when trying to lose fat is to take 30 Minutes of exercise a day, working out is essential to good health and so is getting  plenty of sleep your body needs rest in order to function properly while trying to maintain  low stress levels.

Friday, October 2, 2009

How to get rid of those annoying stretch marks

 Vitamin E  is one of many ways to effectively remove and treat stretch marks just break open the vitamin E capsule and rub the gel found inside onto the problem area, if you continue this daily for two weeks you will see a major shade and fade improvement, Shea butter cream also works as a great treatment for stretch marks when used daily, I recommend Palmer's cocoa butter cream formula it works wonders and can be found at almost any family drug store.