Last updated 9 days ago
When most of us embark on a diet, we do it for weight loss and for improved health, but dieting can have some other important benefits too.
Avoiding Saturated Fats
Cutting out saturated fats, such as the kind you find in most junk foods and in fatty meats, is one of the first steps to lowering excess weight. But, lowering these fats also helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular heart disease and high blood cholesterol, which, in turn, helps reduce the risk a stroke.
Dieting Isn’t All About Restrictions
Including more fruits and vegetables in your diet will increase your fibre consumption too. More fibre in your diet will keep you fuller for longer and help keep your digestive system running smoothly. It’s literally a detox for your body – cleaning out the intestines and decreasing the risk of IBS and colorectal cancer, as well as lowering the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Eating More Yogurt
The natural, unsweetened yoghurt varieties are a dieter’s best friend. Not only do they taste delicious and add a satisfying creamy texture to foods (while being low in calories), but they’re also packed with prebiotics and probiotics, which help the good bacteria in the gut flourish. Yogurt and other dairy products also boost calcium, which lowers the risk of osteoporosis in women and bumps up protein intake too. What’s more, more protein in your diet keeps you feeling fuller for longer, making weight loss simpler.
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Last updated 15 days ago
Weight training often conjures up images of beefy body builders pumping iron but, the truth is, weight training is an important part of creating and maintaining a healthy physique and may help hone that dream body more efficiently than cardio training alone.
While many women worry about ‘bulking up’ with weight training, it’s actually very difficult for women to build substantial muscle due to a lack of testosterone. Instead, weight training creates firmness and definition. Looking for Michelle Obama arms or Jennifer Aniston abs? Get lifting!
Weight training builds muscle, which helps to increase the metabolism and burn fat, giving your body a lean, tight, and toned look. Muscles have very high-energy requirements and, even when we’re asleep, they’re responsible for 25 per cent of calorie use. This means that the more muscle you have, the more calories you can consume and maintain your weight. Who’s going to say no to that?
Aside from aesthetics, weight training and other resistance training, such as body weight exercises, boost your health in very different ways to cardio. They help improve bone density, which means less chance of osteoporosis and injury, and increase strength, so you’ll never need a hand getting your hand luggage into those overhead lockers again.
Still have images of scary body builder types in your head? Remember those people dedicate their lives to building that volume of muscle. By curling a 10kg dumbbell you’re not going to pack on the muscle at an alarming rate, but you may just find yourself with some shapely new limbs.
If your weight loss and exercise routine isn’t working for you, Life Weight Loss Centre can help with other solutions. Contact the weight loss centre in Liverpool today on (02) 8999 8503.
Last updated 1 month ago
You are often told that keeping to a strict diet and exercise regime is the key to long-term weight loss success – and it is. But preserving your dedication to this plan is another thing entirely. In this video, Dr Mike explains why cheat meals are actually a positive thing for your diet, as well as your end goal.
When you embark on a diet, you have a no-fail mindset. You do, however, have to understand that you will not do everything by the book, every step of the way. Treating yourself to a cheat day every once in a while serves as a reward for your hard work. Along with refreshing your palate, a cheat meal will also refresh your mind and inspire you to continue on your weight loss journey.
What is a Cheat Meal?
Usually reserved for festive periods in the year – such as chicken, prawn and dip platters come Christmas time – a cheat meal is any meal that falls outside of your strict diet. When choosing your cheat meal, try to choose the healthiest option – if you are craving salt, sprinkle gourmet sea salt over a fresh, ripe tomato.
Cheat Days Won’t Last
As your body becomes accustomed to your new diet, cravings for sweeter and fatty foods will subside. Eventually cheat days that you enjoyed earlier on in your diet will lose their appeal. Eating is a behaviour that you learn, but you must follow through your healthy path to get to that point.
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Last updated 1 month ago
It turns out your mum was right – breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A new study released this year suggests eating the right breakfast in the morning might be the answer to calming your all-day food cravings.
Improved Appetite Control
An American study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that people who consume a breakfast high in protein are less likely to seek out and consume foods high in fat and sugar in the evening. A high-protein breakfast left the participants of the study feeling fuller, and the results indicated there was less brain activity in the area responsible for food cravings.
Reduced Hunger Hormones
Ghrelin is a hormone in the body that is responsible for triggering the hunger response. Ghrelin is typically at peak levels in your body just before you consume a meal, lowering considerably immediately following a meal. By consuming a breakfast high in protein, ghrelin levels in your body stay at reduced levels all day.
Start your day right with by making yourself a protein-rich breakfast. For cooler mornings, eggs or baked beans on toast are the perfect choice to fill your stomach. For a lighter choice, try adding nuts and seeds with muesli, or almond butter on fruit toast.
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Last updated 1 month ago
How many times have you caught yourself looking in the mirror and asking ‘do I look big in this?’ Instead of frowning over your curves, you might think yourself lucky for your curves after reading this news!
Curvy and Clever
A recent study has shown that women with a small waist-to-hip ratio are generally more intelligent than their small-hipped and thick-waisted friends. The study suggests that the intelligence of curvier women may be linked to their higher stores of omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 acids are generally stored in the thigh and hip region of a woman. These areas are a particular pain point for many women who find it more difficult to lose weight in their thigh region when compared to areas such as their stomach.
Why Do Omega-3 Fats Matter?
Omega-3 fats are particularly important during pregnancy – they are responsible for helping a baby’s brain develop during the last trimester. If the mother carrying the child has surplus stores of this supplement, she is able to adequately cater to the child’s increasing energy needs. These fats are also believed to be responsible for protecting against heart conditions by preventing the swelling of arteries and lowering the risk of these becoming blocked.
Too Curvy Can Be Dangerous
It’s important to keep in mind that staying within a healthy weight range is vital for your overall well being. While some fats are good, as weight increases so does your waist-to-hip ratio – diminishing many of the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.
To learn more about your body and permanent weight loss solutions, contact Life Weight Loss Centre on (02) 8999 8503.