Friday, July 26, 2013

The Skinny Fat Phenomenon

The skinny fat

A worrying trend that needs to be addressed is the unfortunate one of people who are Skinny Fat, they have a skinny look but carry a lot of fat. It is quite common amongst younger women in particular. With many of them using only diet and, even worse, smoking as a way to stay slim. Weight loss without exercise can make you more unhealthy as you are losing muscle mass. This is leading to the 'Skinny fat' body type. The medical term for this is "MONW," or metabolically obese normal weight. It means that a person is lean but has a lot of fat in their body.
'Skinny fat' people often do not realise how unhealthy they are. There is a difference between being thin and being healthy and it lies in body composition. What really matters when it comes to getting healthy and losing weight is being fit, in shape and taking good care of your body in the process. It is actually entirely possible for a thin person to have a high percentage of body fat, higher in some cases than people who are visually overweight. Doctors are concerned that this fat may be stored around vital organs, which can eventually lead to diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. The risk for these diseases is lowered when your body has a lower percentage of fat and a higher percentage of muscle.

Skinny Fat people are not overweight and have a 'skinny' look but they still have a high fat percentage and low muscular mass, which is a hidden health hazard that often isn't seen. It has been proven that a size 12-14 woman who looks after her diet and exercises is far healthier than a size 6-8 woman who does no exercise and practically starves herself to be that size. It is not just women that suffer from the skinny fat phenomenon it is prevalent in men too.
Skinny fat people can be at a higher risk of developing diabetes. Many skinny fat people have a small potbelly, this type of fat that you store around your abdomen means increased visceral fat as this type of fat is more dangerous than subcutaneous fat which distributes evenly. Visceral fat lies deep within the abdominal cavity surrounding abdominal organs and it is a more active fat which drains directly into the liver releasing free fatty acids into the liver. This can lead to higher total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower HDL (good) cholesterol, and insulin resistance. This can cause diabetes.

The good news is that visceral fat responds easier to exercise and diet than the subcutaneous fat that can be extremely and annoyingly difficult for people to shift but in people of more normal weight it is not considered to be as much of a health threat as the visceral fat.
We probably all know people who rarely if ever exercise and live on the diet drink and smoking regime to keep themselves thin, without even going into the obvious and well-documented dangers of smoking the diet drinks alone can cause a lot of damage.

People who are in this higher risk category can rectify matters by starting to introduce moderate to high intensity exercise into their lifestyle. Resistance or strength training is very important. Changing their diet is also very important. Making sure they introduce more fresh food and protein into their diet. It is very important for people to realise that just because they are skinny or as some people say 'naturally' skinny it certainly does not mean that they should not exercise. Exercising is such a vital part of staying healthy. With all the health issues that we currently face that are directly correlated to people's lack of exercise, poor diet and weight gain and also the amount it is costing society there is no doubt that much more emphasis needs to be placed on introducing exercise into everyone's routine. It would be a good idea for it to start at school and work it's way up through all stages of life and society.

Young girls in particular are often lead to believe through the media as well as peer groups that being skinny is important. Think of Kate Moss saying 'nothing tastes as good as skinny feels' and it is imperative that this attitude changes and that an emphasis is placed on looking after your health through diet and exercise and having a fit, healthy body rather than purely a skinny one. Of course there are thin people out there who do exercise and have healthy diets and this is just their body type.

The Truth About Fat Burning Foods

The truth about fat burning foods

In this short article I will demonstrate to you that the healthy food out there that we believe is good for our bodies, could be unhealthy after all. There are some secrets about this food that will be unveiled to you because we need to know the truth about fat burning foods and fat storing foods. Some people think that only exercise will help them lose weight, but food is much more important than aerobics.
The simple 3 steps on how to lose weight and find out the truth about fat burning foods are not to be taken lightly; of course, these steps are just the beginning.

  1. Saturated Fats. This is truly a bad kind of fat, but only if you eat a lot or the wrong type. If you eat the right kind of saturated fat from within the right kind of foods, you can even lose belly fat or fat in general, on the fly;

  2. Food Labels. That piece of paper offering information about the product. STOP trusting every food label you read; some manufacturers and companies hide certain ingredients that can make you overweight and take your energy out; the thing is, you might become addicted to the taste because some of them use trans fats which are in my knowledge one of the worst fats in nature

  3. "Healthy" Foods. As I said in the beginning, some healthy foods are not so healthy as we thought; your kitchen might be full of them right now. I, personally love olive oil, but it has been discovered that some of them are not so pure as we thought. So, the popular extra virgin healthy olive oil might contain vegetable oil which as you know by now, is full of trans fats.

Now, I don't want you to throw away your olive oil from the kitchen so I am going to tell you a simple formula that can decide whether the oil is good or not.
There are 3 main fats in the industry that the general population knows about: saturated fats, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. If you analyze the label you should check for the saturated fats to be no more than 13 grams, and the ratio between mono and poly or the result of the division between them to be more than 6.

A simple example would be: saturated fats 12 grams, monounsaturated 70 grams and polyunsaturated 10 grams. This would be a good olive oil. You can find more information and picture examples if you check the website at the end of this article.

How to Buy Weight Loss Pills Safely

Weight loss pills

Weight loss pills, also commonly known as diet pills, can be a useful supplement in the battle of the bulge; however you do need to be careful since there are a number of risks associated with them. If this is the first time you are thinking about using these pills there are a number of things you should be aware of.

Diet pills can be costly. It's difficult to give you an exact estimate since there is such a wide range available on the market. Some diet pills retail for under twenty dollars, whilst others can set you back several hundreds, or even more. Before paying for any make sure they are really what you want and that they are affordable as you may need to be taking them for a while.

It's a good idea before buying any weight loss pills to check them out on the internet or talk to your pharmacist, try and stick with reputable or the more well known brands. The internet is a good resource for finding information and if there is a problem with the pills you can be certain someone will have been online and commented on it somewhere. Just Google the name of the product you are thinking of buying and see what comes up.

Many people trying to lose weight join online forums and are often quite willing to share their experiences with different weight loss methods including the use of various diet pills and to tell you how effective or not they have been for them. You can also use the internet to look for discount offers or coupons for enabling you to save a few dollars compared to buying in your local chemist.

It's important to check the ingredients of the diet pills before purchasing to make sure you aren't allergic to any of the contents used. Have a talk to your own healthcare professional before taking any kind of weight loss pills and find out if there are any known side effects or other issues that you should be aware of and which may jeopardize your health.

Whether you are buying weight loss pills online or offline, you should always choose a reputable point of purchase. If your choice is to purchase online, make sure the website is well established and has a number of good reviews. If shopping locally, try to avoid purchasing diet pills at discount and dollar stores, you are better to go to a reputable pharmacist or health store. It's important to your health that you know exactly what you are buying.

Even though you may be taking weight loss pills you need to keep in mind they work in different ways. The majority are intended to suppress your appetite or speed up your metabolism, so be aware that you will still need to follow a nutritious and healthy diet plan.

You should also be incorporating some form of exercise into your daily routine as just cutting back on junk food will not achieve your expected outcome. A combination of cardio and muscle toning is a good basis for reshaping and toning your body.

The Basic Essentials Of Weight Loss

The basic of weight loss

Weight loss simply refers to reduction of body mass, whether it is by reducing fat or water content and whether it is intentional or not.Sometimes you want to lose weight, and sometimes a medical condition can cause weight loss. Unintentional weight loss is always a cause for concern and warrants a visit to your physician.

When you lose weight, you can lose fat, muscle, or water - or a combination of these. If you are overweight, diet and exercise can help you to reduce your overall weight and body mass.

Unintentional Weight-Loss
If you find that you start losing weight without trying, there could be a number of different factors at work. Many medical conditions can cause this to occur.

For example, if you have Type I diabetes and it is not managed well, you can begin to lose weight without trying. This is because your body begins burning fat and muscle for energy since it cannot access the glucose from the food you are eating. This is a serious condition that needs to be addressed by a physician.

Other conditions that can cause unintentional loss of weight include altered metabolism due to HIV infection, hormonal imbalances like overactive thyroid gland, and even some forms of cancers.
If you start to lose weight without trying, how do you know when to see a doctor? A good rule of thumb is to be concerned if you lose five percent of your body weight in a month or ten percent over six months.

Intentional Weight Loss
Of course, the more familiar type of weight loss results from deliberately attempting to lose weight due to obesity or generally wanting to be healthier. This is sometimes referred to as therapeutic weight loss, and is usually used to improve the health or change the appearance.

If you have any medical conditions that are adversely affected by being overweight, intentional weight loss is a good goal. These illnesses can include things like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and arthritis.

Perhaps you just want to be able to move a little easier or have more energy. Intentional weight loss can help you to achieve these goals also. Eating a little less and moving a little more can take off those few excess pounds that are slowing you down. You may have an easier time participating in your "weekend athlete" activities if you lighten you load a bit.

One important point to note is that crash dieting can be dangerous and should be avoided or only undertaken under the supervision of a physician. The body can have serious negative reactions to a severe restriction in calories, so be careful if you decide to follow an especially restrictive diet.

As you can see, there is a lot to know this subject. Although most of the time, people lose weight deliberately, sometimes losing weight can be dangerous and a sign of a serious medical condition.

Losing Weight: The Secret Of My Success

Losing weight

I don't know about you, but I have always thought of losing weight as a very hard thing to do. That's probably because I had never done it before, and I pictured hours and hours at the gym. I worked 80 hours a week, after all, I had no time to lose weight, or so I thought. I didn't think I had any time to take any weight off, but finally my doctor told me that I needed to lose weight or I was in serious health trouble. I didn't really believe him at the time, but all the same I decided it was time for me to lose weight.

What did I do next? That's a great question. The first thing I did was figure out how many calories I could eat in a day. I did that with my doctor. Then, I went home and threw out all the junk food I hate in my apartment. That must have been about $200 worth of food! I only kept foods with ingredients I could easily pronounce. I had read earlier that if my grandmother wouldn't recognize the ingredients, that I shouldn't be eating that food.

Then I figured out how I was going to eat at work. Because I worked so much, I ate a lot of fast food and restaurant food. I didn't think I had time to cook so much, so what I started doing at first was making myself sandwiches to take to work with me. A ham and cheese sandwich had about half the calories of the burgers I used to get, so that helped a lot. I love bananas and almonds, so I started bringing bananas and almonds to snack on.

Next, I figured I would have to start doing some exercise, which I generally dislike. I knew I would have to do it, so I took it upon myself to find exercises I really liked. There are hundreds of different programs out there, after all! I ended up getting involved in Zumba.

For me to do that, I had to make sure I wasn't working on those days. That was a hard decision for me to make, but I knew that I had to do it for my health. In fact, as time went on I started to feel better and better, which made me work more efficiently, and I now only work about 40-50 hours a week doing the same work.

I also made sure that I got as much sleep as I could. When you're working upwards of 14, 15 hours as day, that can be tough, but I made sure I didn't waste time in front of the television and went to bed as soon as I could. That seemed to help, and I heard that research was showing that people who don't get a lot of sleep are more likely to be obese. I made sure that stopped happening to me.

Want To Know Why Diets Don't Work?

Why diets don't work?

You've heard it a hundred times before, and you probably even know this from your own experience that diets don't work. Most diets fail because diets are based on deprivation. And after several days or weeks of depriving yourself, you eventually give yourself a little reward. And this "little" reward usually starts you back to the path of how you ate before, and sometimes with a little extra indulgence. And during this time you typically gain the weight back, and then some. Dieting statistics are depressing. Over 96 percent of people who go on diets end up gaining back all the weight they lost.
So, what are we doing wrong? Simple, it has to do with our metabolism. And what does our metabolism do exactly: it is the rate at which our bodies burn calories to give us the energy and fuel we need to function.

There are some lucky people who have naturally high metabolisms and can pretty much eat whatever they want and still stay slender, while the rest of the world can eat nothing but salads and still gain weight. Just like your Mama told you, "Life isn't always fair." But is it possible for you to change your metabolism? You bet! In fact, you likely already have, but for the worse. Going on and off of diets, aka yo-yo dieting, you are actually dangerously disrupting your body and LOWERING your metabolism.
Think back to your last diet (or the one you are on right now), where you did lose weight, well, temporarily at least. This is because the human body is so amazing. It responds to getting fewer calories by taking from your fat reserves, so you lose weight, but this only works for a short while. Then your body SLOWS

DOWN your metabolism to stop you from starving yourself. It is at this point that people usually experience a plateau, even though they are sticking to their diet. And after a few days of depriving yourself and not seeing the number on the scale budge, you give up and give in. Not only does the weight come back, but now because you have lowered your metabolism, your body actually needs less calories than it did before you went on the diet. Great, so now if you eat the way you did before, with the same amounts, as before, you will gain weight even more quickly because you have changed your metabolism.
So next time you hear about the latest and greatest diet fad, ask yourself if you want to slow down your metabolism.

Can Fasting Help In Your Weight Loss

Can fasting help in your weight loss

If you want to lose weight just stop eating. It sounds easy however in all realness you need to recognize what you are doing to arrive at any long term weight loss profits from fasting. We should take a look at the shortcoming and qualities of fasting for weight loss.

Like most forms of restricting your food intake (or your intake of particular foods), fasting could be used to achieve memorable but temporary reduction of your weight. You can head off on a long fast, taking little more than juice or consuming grapes or taking some other low calorie dish substitute for many weeks, keeping in mind you are on the fast you will positively lose weight. Nonetheless, throughout the fast you will be unable to bear on your typical social cooperation. It's not so simple to sit around sampling carrot juice while your family is consuming the standard meal.

A different issue with long fasting is that your body requires imperative supplements (vitamins, minerals, protein) and your most beloved juice may not hold them. Long fasting without proper therapeutic or medical supervision could be risky.
At last, a major issue with this sort of fasting is that once you quit fasting and resume consuming your standard eating diet, you are prone to put on back all the weight that you have lost throughout your weight loss fast.

Along these lines, does fasting have any place in a weight loss plan? Yes it does. Occasional fasting is one of the insider facts of a long and sound life. Our body's digestive organs need a rest now and then, similarly as we need days off from work. One-day fasting done in a deliberate and consistent way gives the rest that aides our digestive system, helps in the disposal of poisons from our body, and, yes, likewise encourages us to get in shape in a solid, healthy and livable way.

Step by step instructions to do proper fasting
Here is a technique for doing one day fast: taking no nourishment and (if your physical structure is strong) no water in a period from the day break of one day to the dawn of the following day:
Successful and productive fasting has three stages: preparation or planning, the real fast, and breaking the fast. Every one of these stages is essential.

Planning: If you are not ready; both physically and mentally you will find it challenging to go one day without nourishment. The mental planning is simple, however exceptionally significant. The night soon after the fast you need to take a firm decision that tomorrow you are set to fast, that you are not set to consume any food. If it's all the same to you settle ahead of time then you won't begin thinking throughout the fasting day if you may as well go ahead or not to go ahead. In the event that you are undecided or waffling you can dependably discover a hundred explanations why you might as well begin consuming!

Physical planning is additionally critical. The day preceding your fast, you might as well consume a standard measure of food and take a great measure of fluids (particularly if you are set to be fasting without taking any fluids). Provided that you miss a few dishes on the day preceding fasting, then you might begin feeling eager throughout the fasting period. Provided that you don't take enough fluids, particularly throughout the night soon after the fast, then you will feel uncomfortable when you are fasting.
If you are mentally and physically ready you won't feel extremely ravenous or hungry while you are fasting. When you choose to fast, your craving only "shuts off" for the fasting period. This sounds hard to accept, yet if you do it a couple of times you will see that it is correct.

The Day of the Fasting
It is best to do light physical assignments and think progressively about savvy and profound work throughout the fasting period. It is not a great thought to invest your time considering what you are set to consume tomorrow! In the event that you have prepared yourself legitimately this shouldn't be an issue and you can utilize the time that you acquire by not consuming to do some productive things that you regularly don't get time to do.

When breaking the fast
One of the profits of fasting is that it serves to take out poisons or toxins from the body. On the other hand, you can just get this benefit if you break your fast in an exact way. In the morning, coming after the fasting day, take two glasses of lemon water. Put the juice of half of a lemon in one glass and include a bit of salt. (The beverage might as well taste both lemony and salty). After some time, you can consume your breakfast. The lemon water will urge you to flush your digestive system with a strong bowel movement and many poisons or toxins will be killed (eliminated).
One day fast like this might be finished twice a month. This sort of fasting will give rest to your digestive organs, help eradicate poisons (toxins), build up your self-possession (will power) and quality of brain. On top of this, the general diminishing in calories that you get from going two days without food every month, will likely be one of the components of an equalized and a reasonable weight loss plan.