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At the age of 57 my father had heart attack.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US. About 935,000 Americans have a heart attack each year.  At age 71 he had a triple bypass open heart surgery.He suffered from high cholesterol for most of his life.About 1 in 6 American adults, 17% of the adult population, has high blood cholesterol.My dad died at the age of 81 of massive stroke.Over 800,000 people die in the US each year from cardiovascular disease and strokes. He took a handful of pills in the morning and in the afternoon.

My mom is a cancer survivor.My mom has diabetes. Diabetes affects 25.8 million people of all ages in the US, or about 8.3% of the population. There were 1.9 million people 20 years of age or older newly diagnosed in 2010.  My mom has Alzheimer’s.  More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimers, that’s about one in eight older Americans.  My mom has high blood pressure. About 1 in 3 U.S. adults have high blood pressure, or roughly 68 million people. It greatly increases someone’s risk of developing heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the US.  My mom takes a handful of pills in the morning and in the afternoon.

Most of my adult life, I have struggled with my weight. I have yo-yoed between 190-250 lbs. I do not want to be sick or develop illnesses because of my weight. I want to live healthy, be full of energy, and not have to take a bunch of pills.

At age 41, I was put on high blood pressure medicine.  I am off the pills with diet and exercise.  I want to be healthy and not suffer like my parents. The journey starts here.

In this blog you will find ways to make exercise fun so you will be motivated to stay fit.  You will find a bunch of healthy recipes. And ideas for eating out with friends –so everybody won’t point at you and ask “Are you on a diet?”

I am going to go out and find the latest research on health and nutrition to share with all of you. I hope that you enjoy this blog and that it helps you reach your weight loss goals, and stay healthy.

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Weight Loss Basics | Weight Loss Fun And Easy

Losing weight is an uphill battle for most people. For the longest time, there was a stigma attached to the word ‘dieting.’ Every time it was mentioned, people figured it meant going without food for days on end. In recent years however, the awareness regarding the benefits of having a healthy lifestyle has shifted the paradigm of losing weight altogether.

You can find tons of literature on the topic of weight loss, but hardly any that suits a lifestyle with no extremes. Where some sources tell individuals to stop eating everything, others cause extreme and intense de-motivation as according to them the solution to losing weight lies in exercising all day, every day!

What Are The Basics Of Weight Loss?

A smart weight loss plan does not put you off nor tells you to give up every morsel of food in front of you. Before starting your journey to a healthier lifestyle, it is important to understand that managing a balanced diet and a healthy weight are the elements of a very simple equation. According to this equation:

“The calories you gain should be less than the calories you burn.”

Call this the golden rule of a diet plan. Keeping this in mind, no matter what you eat or where you eat you will always stay healthy.

The basics of a weight loss plan are then simple:

Following A Balanced Diet:

A balanced diet is a confusing word for dieters. What is a balanced diet? A balanced diet is the intake of all kinds of foods, but in a controlled manner. If you come to think of it, following a balanced diet is a matter of common sense! Once you have decided to eat in a balanced way, a heavy lunch will automatically trigger signals for a very light dinner, won’t it?

Exercising At Least Thrice A Week:

Following a proper exercise routine is also a basic pillar of a weight loss program. Granted that you have a hectic work schedule, but taking out some time to go to the gym is not that hard, given your new resolution to lose weight in the next few months. If nothing, try to make it a habit to run a few rounds in the nearby park every evening.

Mark Down High Calorie Foods:

Apart from a balanced diet, one should have knowledge of the foods that are extremely high on caloric content. One such example is the intake of alcohol. Even though most people look at it as a fun beverage, the alcoholic content of these drinks amounts to 92% of calories when compared to other ingredients.

Do some math to help you lose weight!

Do not worry; this is the kind of math you will love! Following the above basic weight loss steps becomes easy if you know a few figures that outline how much energy you need and how much food to consume. As a first step, calculate your Basal Metabolic Rate. This can be done easily with the help of websites that have built in calculators. Next, from the same online source, calculate your ‘daily calorie burnout’ and the ‘amount of calories you gain’ daily (depending on the type of food you usually eat).  Lastly, add your BMR to the calories lost, if this figure is greater than the calories you gain, you are likely to lose weight and vice versa.

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Your Very Own Weight Loss Road Map – Weight Loss Fun and Easy

Recently I watched the 20/20 episode regarding obesity and the ways in which it can be countered. The episode started by narrating the stories of morbidly obese individuals who had come a long way from their original sizes with weight loss programs that were anything but easy. However, their motivations overruled every obstacle on the way and the journey from their size to half their size became a memorable one.

To help you lose weight effectively, a weight loss road map is essential so that you can track your progress at every step of the way. In fact, thinking of weight loss as a ‘journey’ makes this cumbersome task even easier. Such a perspective makes one patient and tolerant of the slow and steady improvement to your body. Developing a weight loss road map is like drafting a worksheet on which you will put down some very important details. Your obesity started with your favorite foods, so jot them all down on your worksheet one by one, including all the sugary and savory items, so that every time you think of munching on some of your favorite foods, your worksheet reminds you of your goal.

Another reason for maintaining this worksheet is to help you feel you are maintaining a balance. The objective of losing weight is not to make your body feel deprived. If it does, it will go into an over-drive mode that will be hard to cope with. Striking a balance by reducing the portion sizes of meals and avoiding certain foods altogether will help you feel happy about your motive.

Once you have sorted out your eating habits, the next step is to get yourself to move. Start with baby steps, even if it means going to the park for a 10-minute stroll! Gradually increase the time you spend performing strenuous outdoor activities like running, jogging or simply doing some pushups.

Every little action counts, from walking your dogs to playing Frisbee with the neighborhood children. If getting yourself enrolled in weight loss yoga classes means investing in a new pair of trainers, by all means do it. Any kind of motivation that gets you started is a worthy investment for the future. The third step in your weight loss road map is relaxation. It is easy to get frustrated and annoyed when burning fat is the end goal, as it is a slow process. Even though Ruby managed to get to half her size, the nerves that kicked in because of the slow drop in numbers rendered her weight loss program useless.

Therefore, try not to pressure yourself so much that your mind starts to rebel against you. Relaxation is the key to a healthy regimen because it gives you time to appreciate how you will be once the regimen is over and makes you realize it’s for your own good. Feeling great about yourself makes long-term weight loss possible because it keeps your spirits high and makes you achieve your goal, stealthily.

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Watch Out For Anonymous Diet Frauds – Weight Loss Fun and Easy

After watching the recent 20/20 episode on weight loss that aired on 01/04/2013, I was shocked to see the way people are making money on the internet by selling fake weight loss medicines. Treating weight loss is not a joke and prescribing fake medicines as a solution is certainly a breach of all legal, social, and moral laws. However, the comfort with which people advertise these medicines is not just appalling to see, it is unbelievable.

This segment of the show unravels weight loss schemes that have been making money out of selling medicines that have no link to weight loss whatsoever. Such scammers are professional marketers who build fake news websites, copy news channel logos, and names and even put up pictures of anchors on their homepages to give their product advertisements a hint of authenticity.

All stories illustrated on these websites have one thing in common: they sound overly enthusiastic about the miracles of the wonder drug that helped people lose up to 25 pounds in just a week. What’s more? Not only are the drugs fake, the people mentioned on the website have never taken the drugs and do not even know their identities are being used as such!

Being overweight is a sensitive topic and curing it is a serious concern among people all across the world. Those who suffer from obesity go through immense physical, mental, and emotional traumas all their life, not to mention the diseases that are part of this condition. Moreover, obesity has the power to make one’s life very hard, exactly as it did with Ashley. Fighting liver disorder, migraines, and constant back pains reduced her quality of life to nothing. Those of us who have never had to think about what to eat next or whether to even eat or not, cannot imagine the pain and suffering of these people.

Thus, seeing a handful of marketers cashing in on this situation just seems too heartless to be true. However, this episode is a revelation on many levels. It talks about the South American Acai Berry treatment in particular; a drug that the Federal Trade Commission has confirmed is not associated with weight loss in any way. Not only is it a useless purchase, it plays with the emotions of the people who trust these fake websites and rely on this treatment as a means to a better life.

The most sensible choice then is to opt for a natural way to lose weight, such as a proper diet plan and a workout regimen that makes you burn more fat and calories than you gain. Dropping weight may be a hard task and one that has no shortcuts, but it is better to rely on tried and trusted methods of losing fat instead of those that have no authenticity. Visiting a dietician is also a sensible way to get your questions about what regimen to follow and whether to take medicines answered.

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