Thursday, 26 July 2012

4 Reasons you are not loosing Weight

According to Dr. Sisskind, if you've tried diets or fat loss strategies only to be disappointed, it's probably because they failed to address the "4 Big Reasons" you're not losing weight.

Once you deal with the 4 Big Reasons, the pounds drop off

Fat Burning Barrier #1: Not Enough Adiponectin

   Adiponectin is the hormone that tells your body to burn fat for fuel—it's like your body's "fat burning torch."  If your body isn't producing enough of it, you won't lose weight. Studies have shown that the more of this super hormone you have circulating in your bloodstream, the more fat you burn. Unfortunately, the more fat you have, the lower your adiponectin levels.  That's why dropping pounds is so hard at first.  Your adiponectin needs a kick start.

Fat Burning Barrier #2: Too Much Ghrelin

     Ghrelin is called the "hunger hormone"—the more of it in your system, the hungrier you are.
 If you can't seem to stay away from the fridge after dinner, it's probably due to elevated ghrelin levels.  Even worse, it appears ghrelin makes us fatter whether or not we actually eat more. Losing fat is almost impossible with elevated ghrelin.  But there's an easy action you can take tonight to lower your ghrelin levels and feel more satisfied tomorrow.

Fat Burning Barrier #3: Insulin Imbalance

     If you're overweight, you're likely experiencing insulin imbalance.  Insulin imbalance leads to too much glucose (sugar) in your system, so that most of the carbohydrates you consume get stored as fat.  Insulin resistance makes it virtually impossible to lose fat. But there's a surprisingly simple trick to solve the glucose problem, and it's probably in your kitchen cupboard right now.
Fat Burning Barrier #4: Cortisol Overload

     Your body produces cortisol in response to stress.  But today's hectic world elevates our cortisol levels far too high.  Extra cortisol sabotages your efforts to drop pounds by...
 Spiking your cravings for sweets and carbs  Causing overeating and constant hunger  Causing your body to break down your muscle tissue for energy  Lowering your metabolism by reducing muscle mass  Causing more fat to be stored in the abdominal area
     Fortunately, there are several things you can do immediately to reduce your cortisol levels naturally.
1.  Eliminate caffeine from your diet
2.  Sleep deeper and longer
3.  Exercise regularly
4.  Keep your sugar level stable
5.  Take anti stress supplement like vitamin B, calcium, magnesium, chromium, zinc antioxidants like c vitamin
6.  Meditate or listen to relaxation tapes

Thursday, 12 July 2012

WOMEN: 9 Bad Health Habits to Break Now

Walking In High Heels

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Fashion over function, right? But no matter how comfortable you claim your stilettos are, know that this habit could be killing your feet .
Women who walk around all day in high heels are more prone to injury than those who keep their feet flat on the ground , a recent study at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, found. Sharon Kolasinski, MD, a rheumatologist in Camden, N.J., says that all those hours in heels put undo stress on your hips, knees, and back, and therefore, create a health risk.
Break the habit: Reserve heels for special occasions where you’ll only wear them for just a few hours. If you know you’ll be walking any distance, wear a pair of flattering and functional flats, and change into your heels when you arrive.

Carrying Too Much Baggage

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 Women are notorious backpack rats, throwing everything in their favorite tote — makeup, magazines, gym shoes, wallet, cell phone, keys, water bottle, electronics, snacks, and more. But if you’re carrying the weight of (your) world on your shoulders, you could be putting your whole upper body at risk.
“Packing it all in could knock you off balance and stress your neck, shoulders, and upper back,” Kolasinski says. The American Chiropractic Association recommends that your tote weigh no more than 10 percent of your body weight, fully loaded.
Break the habit: Learn to travel light. Pack only the essentials when you leave the house every day. If you must lug around a large purse or a gym bag on a daily basis, go for a backpack with lots of pockets to help you distribute the weight as evenly as you can.

Shying Away From Strength Training

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Many women skip the weight rack at the gym for fear of bulking up. Not to worry, says the American College of Sports Medicine, the high levels of estrogen in your body will prevent you from looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger, no matter how much weight you lift . Strength training is so essential because it protects your joint and bone health, helps you tone, and according to some research, even wards off cognitive decline, dementia, and diabetes, so don’t be afraid to reach for that heavier weight.
Break the habit: Add strength training twice a week to your workout routine, using resistance bands, free weights, or your body weight to work your muscles

Juggling Too Much at Home

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You’re trying to put a load of wash in the dryer, get dinner on the table, help your son with his math homework, and answer a call from your boss all in the 20 minutes since you walked in the door. No wonder you’re stressed! Working Moms spend 48 hours per week multitasking, and this bad health habit leaves them feeling overwhelmed, overstressed, and exhausted, a study at Bar-Ilan University in Israel and Michigan State University found,
Break the habit: Prioritize — and realize you can’t do it all, at least not simultaneously! Asking your spouse and kids to pitch in with housework and child care duties can also help alleviate some of the pressure.

Lying About Your Diet

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You enjoy a large slice of chocolate cake after dinner, but later in the evening, you’re telling yourself it was only a tiny sliver. You overeat at lunch and promise yourself you won’t eat a big dinner. At the end of your meal, you swear that whatever you ate will be the last thing you eat today.
Sound familiar? Women lie to themselves about their eating habits an average of 474 times a year, a British survey says, which could cause weight to creep on and unhealthy eating habits to develop.

Break the habit: If you’re trying to lose weight, journal your calories to stay honest. If your goal is health, monitor your hunger and fullness signals to determine if your body needs to eat or if you’re eating out of habit or emotion. If it’s the latter, take steps to avoid emotional eating and skip the diet lies.

Putting Everyone Else First

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You’ve got to run to the drugstore for your mom. Gather the files your boss needs for his meeting. Drop your husband’s shirts off at the cleaners. Pick up your son from soccer practice. Work a fundraiser at your daughter’s school. But nowhere in your packed schedule is a minute to yourself.
“Women are prone to putting everyone else’s needs first and neglecting themselves,” says Christy Matta, MA, a dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and mindfulness trainer and author ofThe Stress Response. This neglect leads to physical as well as emotional health problems — more than half of women say they feel unhealthy, and one in five says it’s a struggle to be healthy because they put themselves last, a poll of more than 1,000 women by the health communications firm TeleVox found.
Break the habit: Make a list of your needs and wants. Matta suggests identifying those that are high priority and allowing yourself time to meet them, even if it means saying no or compromising with the people who are demanding your time.

Cutting Out All Snacks

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With all the negative news about snack foods like chips and candy bars, you might think you’re helping to manage your weight by cutting out between-meal eating.
 But snacking on good foods isn’t a health risk; in fact, it has merit for women’s health. A study of overweight post-menopausal women, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, found they had more weight loss success when they had one to two healthy snacks a day — popcorn, low-fat yogurt, almonds, carrots, and berries, for example — especially if those snacks were in the afternoon, breaking up that long stretch between lunch and dinner.
Break the habit: Bring two small 100- to 200-calorie snacks with you to fight hunger in between meals and prevent overeating.

Skipping Sleep

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Working moms may have it even worse: After analyzing diaries kept by more than 18,000 working couples who were parents, sociologist Sarah Burgard of the University of Michigan found that, even if mom works all day, she is 2.5 times more likely than dad to get up in the night to quell a child who cries out. All that sleep deprivation  can wreak havoc on women’s health and can exacerbate certain health conditions, decrease cognitive function, and cause weight gain.
Break the habit: Make better sleep a priority . Get more restorative sleep by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, even Saturdays and Sundays; keeping your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet; and reserving your bed for sleeping and sex, not watching TV or working on your laptop. If you have small children, negotiate with your partner about who gets up with the baby.

Always Apologizing

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Do you find yourself saying things like, “I’m sorry I interrupted you,” “I’m sorry, but I just had a question …” or “I’m sorry I didn’t do that for you”? Women tend to over-apologize, Matta says, and definitely apologize more than men, a study at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, confirmed. The problem with this bad habit is that it can lower your self-esteem. “If you’re constantly apologizing, you can feel as though you’re just taking up space in the world,” Matta says.
Break the habit: “Become aware of what you’re doing,” she says. “Realize you have a right to your opinions, too.” Take a moment to reflect before you start a sentence with “I’m sorry.” Apologize if you were wrong and made a mistake, but don’t apologize for something you didn’t do or don’t need to do.

Culled from EverdayHealth.Com

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

World's Heaviest Woman Loses 98 Pounds With Marathon Sex

Pauline Potter became the world's heaviest living woman last year, weighing in at a whopping 643 pounds. Now, Potter has her sights set on losing weight, and she's turned to marathon sex sessions to help shed the pounds.

In an interview with the UK's Closer magazine, Potter described how her reignited sex life with ex-husband Alex has helped her lose 98 pounds.

“I can’t move much in bed, but I burn 500 calories a session –- it’s great exercise just jiggling around," Potter told Closer. Potter, who had been consuming 10,000 calories a day, hopes to reach her goal weight of 532 pounds with the help of Alex. The two have sex up to seven times each day.

She makes sure to have some fun, too.

“We love foreplay and massages and, as well as full sex, I pleasure Alex, too," she told the magazine. "My bed is strengthened and, although I can’t buy sexy lingerie, I drape a nice sheet over me.”

After meeting online in 2002, the couple married in 2005 and, when Potter failed to bond with Alex's son, the two split up three years later. The break-up triggered Potter's weight gain. She began consuming copious amounts of high-calorie foods and packed on the pounds.

With all the extra weight on her, Potter became depressed. She contacted the Guinness Book of World Records in hopes that winning the title of "World's Heaviest Woman" would shame her into losing weight.

When Alex got wind of the publicity surrounding Potter, he decided to visit her and the flame was quickly rekindled.

“Within the first day of being back together we had sex six times in 24 hours," Alex told the Sun last November. “Even though one of Pauline’s legs weighs more than I do, we’re able to position her body to make sex enjoyable for both of us."

Alex, who weighs just 140 pounds, does most of the work in the bedroom.

“It’s really dangerous for us to have sex because at any moment the bed could collapse and one or both of us could be seriously injured or even killed from the impact," he told the Sun.

But using sex for weight loss is not an unheard of activity.

"Shagging can make you slimmer, if you do enough of it," Dr. Yvonne Kristin Fulbright, a sex educator, relationship expert, columnist and founder of Sexuality Source Inc., wrote for Fox News in 2008. "It can also help the two of you fall for each other all over again. Requiring no monthly fee — dress code optional – you can 'sexercise' yourself into shape. This is one gym membership you’ll never want to drop."

Dr. Fulbright, who has contributed to The Huffington Post and who earned her Ph.D. in International Community Health Studies at New York University, also writes that a good "sexercise" routine can not only lead to weight loss, but also to improved blood flow, strengthening of the heart, better cholesterol, better sleep, more energy, improved muscle tone and decreased stressed.

While Potter's sex life is speeding at full-throttle, she's also reined in her eating habits. She no longer eats 10,000 calories per day, though she still enjoys the occasional Big Mac.

Sounds Awesome right??

Pauline with her son Dillion at the Hdryo Therapy pool in Sacramento