Weight loss through fitness – Rules for each body shape

Weight loss through fitness – Rules for each body shape

Fitness plans talking about weight loss and body shaping through diet and physical activity often miss one major detail: while concentrating on general solutions, they fail in targeting the underlying cause of excess pounds and weight gain. This explains the lack of noticeable results in so many people who, despite a drastic diet and an intense workout routine, don’t manage to reach their weight goals and lose all the figure-destroying fats.

The key in obtaining a dream body lies in a personalized fitness guide and a diet adapted to your shape, weight, age and lifestyle. Although the basic rules of weight loss apply to all silhouette types, unless you’re following a fitness program created especially for your figure and addressing the most problematic areas of your physique, you won’t be able to shed off the pounds as fast as hoped.

So if you’re tired of seeing your chubby figure but don’t really want to invest in expensive equipments or don’t have enough time for hitting the gym daily and reading the newest fitness guide, here’s how you can trim those fats down in no time!

Fitness rules for the hourglassy silhouette

The purpose of any workout routine created for an hourglass body is to tone the upper and lower areas while burning off fats stored around the waist. People with this silhouette tend to store fats around the hips, thighs, buttocks and upper arms but often have a tough time trying to get rid of lower abdominal fat as well.

Exercises for this figure should concentrate on:

  • Arms, for a more balanced silhouette – the purpose is not to build muscles and develop some pumped arms but to tone them up for a more attractive look, so you should opt for lighter weights and more repetitions.
  • Legs and buttocks, for an overall sliming effect – in order to keep proportions in check, fitness routines with added weights are the most recommended ones. Squats with dumbbells, reverse lunges, crunches – both classical and using the stability ball, lateral leg raises, press ups and mountain climbers are recommended by absolutely any fitness guide to people with hourglassy body shapes.
  • Waist, for more definition – cardio exercises are the winning ones this time as they boost the metabolism, speeding up fat burning processes. Cycling, running, rowing, dancing, jumping rope and doing hula hoops are great ways of strengthening abs and getting rid of belly fat.

Weight loss exercises for the pear silhouette

Pears tend to have quite flat abs and they generally store weight on hips, buttocks and legs. Fitness plans for this shape should therefore concentrate on calorie blasting through exercises involving the entire body – cardio routines! The treadmill and cross trainer should be your best friends if you’re a pear trying to achieve a flawless silhouette, but outdoor running, swimming, doing step aerobic exercises and cardio dancing, playing tennis or whichever sport you enjoy is extremely helpful as well.

As for the toning part, here’s what your workout routine should include:

  • Biceps curls, triceps dips, press-ups and bench press exercises for strengthening the upper body and building more defined shoulders, arms and chest.
  • Squats with shoulders press, squats with lateral raise, side lunges with knees up, walking lunges and exercise ball glutes raises, for burning off fats on legs and buttocks and gaining more definition in the lower body.
  • Ab curls and oblique crunches, reverse curls and planks for strengthening the core area, toning the abdomen and improving posture.

The apple body type – recommended fitness routine

Apple silhouettes store fats on chest, arms and midsection, so they should focus on firing up their metabolism in order to burn lipids covering the upper body. Again, cardiovascular exercises are crucial for reducing the amount of fat but this time the key doesn’t lie in the workout’s intensity but in its length.

People with this silhouette are quite exposed to joints injuries, especially in knees and ankles, as their excess weight exerts pressure on legs while running or doing the elliptical trainer. Swimming and cycling are healthier options as they work the legs and buttocks without causing joints aches.

Classical fitness trainings have their role as well as even people with no excess pounds can look unhealthy and flabby if they don’t tone their muscles. So here are the most recommended weight exercises for apple silhouettes:

  • Chest press, back extensions, ab curls, triceps dips, oblique curls, press-ups, biceps curls, reverse crunches and exercise ball crunches for strengthening muscles in arms and core area and accelerating fat burning process at this level.
  • Exercise ball squats, squats with shoulder press, plie squats with lateral raises, walking lunges, leg presses, deadlifts, mountain climbers and walking on the incline for developing lean muscles in the lower body and shaping the thighs, buttocks and hips.  The main role of these workouts is to build muscles and increase mass but as you surely know, by strengthening muscles one also manages to burn more calories during fitness trainings and daily activities.

read more:http://bestbodyfitnessguide.com/2012/03/weight-loss-through-fitness-rules-for-each-body-shape/


5 things to eat to lose weight

Have a healthy breakfast
The cardinal rule to any weight loss programme is never to miss breakfast. And oatmeal, a complex carbohydrate is ideal. It is a satisfying breakfast cereal, and compared to any other grain it provides more protein per serving. The fact that it takes longer to digest and hence releases energy slowly makes it perfect because you feel full for longer. Oats also keep blood sugar and insulin levels stable, which helps prevent fat storage. Have it with skimmed milk or yogurt.


Opt for skimmed milk
Milk and its products are rich in calcium and can help keep your bones strong. Skimmed milk, low fat cheese and yogurt helps to break down fat cells.

Bean it
Foods that are high in fibre and are good sources of protein, can help you feel full for a very long time. And that, will help you control unnecessary bingeing. Protein has a very high satiety index and that is why make proteins an essential part of your meals.

Go for the grain
Grains have complex carbohydrates which during digestion release glucose slowly. Jowar, bajra and ragi etc can help in maintaining your blood sugars levels. The fibre and vitamins in them play an important role too.

Snack on nuts through the day
Stay away from fried and salted nuts but you can munch on raw, unsalted ones — almonds, and walnuts. These have essential roughage, protein, fat, minerals and micronutrient.
A handful can keep hunger at bay and provide energy.

Read more:http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-08-05/diet/37766577_1_protein-healthy-breakfast-5-things

9 Common Mistakes That Age You

9 Common Mistakes That Age You

Eating Sweets
The average American eats 150 pounds of sugar each year—18 percent of our calories. You know the health implications of this, from obesity to type II diabetes, but it can also be as much of a wrinkle-causing culprit as sun exposure and smoking. That’s because a process called glycation causes sugars to attach to proteins in collagen and elastin, which can make skin look older. The aging effects of excess sugar consumption become visible around age 35 and accelerate rapidly after that.

Youth boosters: Limit your sugar intake to 6 1⁄4 teaspoons (or 25 grams) a day. Fiber slows sugar absorption, so opt for whole foods like an orange over its juices (OJ has the same sugar content as soda). When a sugar craving hits, it’s often because you’re thirsty, so try having a glass of water or seltzer instead of something sweet. If that doesn’t help, have a piece of dark chocolate or fresh berries.

9 Common Mistakes That Age You

Working Too Hard
Research has found that a bad job—whether it’s a career you don’t enjoy or working long hours—can increase the risk of heart disease and speed up cell aging, as well as minimize the time you spend getting exercise, healthy meals and sleep. Long-term chronic stress—a common problem for the overworked—also impairs brain function.

Youth Boosters: If you can’t change your stressors outright (think: a difficult boss, travel schedule or workload), draw up a list of things that make you happy—a pet’s wet kisses or your favorite tea—and add them into your day. Complaining about your job can make stress worse, so resist the urge to gripe, and replace complaints with thoughts of gratitude.

9 Common Mistakes That Age You

Eating Inflammatory Foods
Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) form when sugars and fats react with a protein, causing a structure to change irreversibly, and then attach to many things in the body and cause damage. While we can create AGEs in our body after eating sugar, we can also straight-up consume these AGEs via foods that are processed and/or heated. Browning, caramelizing, grilling, roasting, broiling and frying create AGEs. Highly processed and canned foods heated during processing, as well as high-fat dairy products like cheese, are also culprits. AGEs can increase inflammation and oxidation that cause aging and age-related diseases affecting the heart, brain, bones and joints, kidneys, insulin resistance, anemia and skin.

Youth Boosters: Your best bets to reduce the consumption of AGEs are to eat raw when possible, eat foods in their whole form and cook them with a water-based method (like steaming, poaching or boiling) or marinate in an acid (like vinegar or lemon juice) before cooking. Eating a variety of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory foods can also help reduce the inflammation and oxidation that AGEs cause, so go for berries, sweet potatoes and leafy greens.

9 Common Mistakes That Age You

Skipping Resistance Training
Women lose approximately 5 percent of their muscle mass every decade after the age of 30. Resistance training is the only thing that reverses this and it may even increase muscle growth to previous levels or above them. Strength training is also great for bone density and increasing energy and strength. It keeps the metabolism running, helps with balance and stamina and is good for the heart. More muscle tone also means less saggy skin.

Youth Boosters: Aim for 20 minutes of resistance training three times a week, using weights or bands for curls, presses, rows, squats and lunges—or your own body weight for push-ups, chair dips, squats, lunges and planks. Pair this training with 30 minutes of cardio five days a week.

9 Common Mistakes That Age You

Skimping on Sleep
Getting regular sleep isn’t a luxury—it’s a medical need. Lack of sleep releases cortisol, which can age us internally and externally. Consistency is key, too: a 2011 study found that changes in how much or how little test subjects slept over a five-year period in late middle age were associated with an accelerated cognitive decline equivalent to four to seven years of aging!

Youth Boosters: Getting a solid 7 1⁄2 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night lets you cycle through several REM patterns; it’s in this stage of sleep that the body is able to repair itself, and is important for healing, memory, skin elasticity, normal cortisol levels and metabolism. To encourage sleep, keep your room at 65 degrees, and maintain the same sleep and wake hours. Valerian tea or tart cherry juice, which help to stimulate melatonin production, are also great natural sleep aids. If tension or restless legs keep you up at night, take 1 to 2 teaspoons of magnesium citrate powder mixed with water or juice to relax those muscles.

9 Common Mistakes That Age You

Forsaking Fat
Women typically cut fats from their diet as they age, because they’re trying to cut calories. But good, healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids help to keep skin supple, boost brain health, keep the heart strong, fight diabetes and can increase lifespan. Cutting omega-3s increases cellular inflammation that accelerates the aging process, and eventually leads to organ dysfunction and loss of function. It also makes your skin look more irritated, less radiant and older.

Youth Boosters: Consume more extra virgin olive oil, almonds, avocados and fatty fish like wild salmon but avoid vegetable oils rich in omega-6s (corn, soy, sunflower, safflower) and limit saturated fats found in butter and cheese. We need 2 1⁄2 grams of DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids per day, which you can get with a tablespoon of cod liver oil or via a purified fish oil supplement.

9 Common Mistakes That Age You

Bad Posture
People typically lose about 1 centimeter of stature every 10 years after age 40. Rounding of the upper back, lower back pain and a forward head position are the most typical age-related posture concerns. Sitting, standing and bending incorrectly don’t just add years to your appearance but take a physical toll, too. When we sit or stand with our bones misaligned, our muscles work overtime and it weakens our joints. Good posture helps you look healthy, stay strong and flexible, eliminate or avoid pain, increase energy, be more relaxed and maintain mobility.

Youth Boosters: When seated, sit on your sitz bones (the bony part of your butt that you feel when you sit on a firm surface). When standing, draw your chin in to look at your ankles, let your weight move back into your heels, take each shoulder back and down, and back your head up without lifting your chin too high—and for bending, bow from your hip joints, not your waist.

9 Common Mistakes That Age You

Skipping Sex
“Getting busy” contributes to greater happiness, a stronger immune system, good circulation and caloric burn and can even help you live up to eight years longer, according to one study. Some researchers say sex also boosts the production of human growth hormone, which improves muscle tone and makes you look younger and more fit. Chemicals released during sex reduce stress and improve energy, well-being and mood.

Youth Boosters: The average American couple has sex twice a week, but it’s most important that both partners are reasonably satisfied with the frequency. Scheduling sex can help trigger your desire, as can fantasizing for 10 minutes a day on your own or trying something new like sexy lingerie or a new position to keep things interesting. To “wake up” your pelvic area and stave off a low libido, try three sets of 10 Kegel exercises every day for four weeks.

9 Common Mistakes That Age You

Forgetting the Sunblock
Of course the most serious result of too much sun is skin cancer, but it also causes wrinkles, sun spots, broken capillaries and a dry, dull complexion—and it’s not just from baking on the beach. 80 percent of sun exposure comes from cumulative everyday outings whether walking or driving (UVA light travels through car windows). Additional sources include reflected light from sand, water and snow; mirrored rooms with large windows; high altitudes; and the ultraviolet radiation responsible for the UV index on a cloudy day.

Youth Boosters: Apply a daily moisturizer containing an SPF 30 or higher (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide ingredients are chemical-free) to all exposed areas. Wear protective clothing, including a hat, too, and limit your exposure—even on cloudy days. Shield your eyes and surrounding skin with sunglasses that have UV protection of 400 or higher.

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15 Best Superfoods for Fall


Sweet or tart, apples are satisfying eaten raw or baked into a delicious dish. Just be sure to eat the skin—it contains hearty-healthy flavonoids. Health benefits include:

• Full of antioxidants
• 4 grams of dietary fiber per serving

Harvest season: August–November


Brussels sprouts

Made the correct way, these veggies taste divine. They have a mild, somewhat bitter taste, so combine them with tangy or savory sauces, like balsamic vinegar. Health benefits include:

• 1/2 cup contains more than your DRI of vitamin K
• Very good source of folate
• Good source of iron

Harvest season: September–March



Though these veggies may resemble carrots, they have a lighter color and sweeter, almost nutty flavor. Use them to flavor rice and potatoes or puree them into soups and sauces. Health benefits include:

• Rich in potassium
• Good source of fiber

Harvest season: October–April



The sweet and juicy taste makes this fruit a crowd-pleaser. Cooking can really bring out their fabulous flavor, so try them baked or poached. Health benefits include:

• Good source of vitamin C and copper
• 4 grams of fiber per serving

Harvest season: August–February



A cross between a turnip and a cabbage, rutabagas are a popular Swedish dish. To utilize their earthy flavor, add them to casseroles, puree them with turnips and carrots to make a sweet soup, or roast them with ginger, honey, or lemon. Health benefits include:

• Good source of fiber
• Good source of vitamin C

Harvest season: October–April



The sweet, slightly nutty flavor of cauliflower is perfect for winter side dishes. It’s wonderful steamed, but it can also be blended to create a mashed potato-like texture or pureed into soup. Health benefits include:

• Compounds that may help to prevent cancer
• Phytonutrients may lower cholesterol” “Excellent source of vitamin C

Harvest season: September–June



Unlike summer squash, winter squash has a fine texture and a slightly sweet flavor. Because of its thick skin, it can be stored for months. It tastes best with other fall flavorings, like cinnamon and ginger. Health benefits include:

• Contains omega-3 fatty acids
• Excellent source of vitamin A

Harvest season: October–February



A type of winter squash, pumpkin can be used for much more than jack-o’-lanterns. Its sweet taste and moist texture make it ideal for pies, cakes, and even pudding! Health benefits include:

• Rich in potassium
• More than 20% of your DRI of fiber
• Good source of B vitamins

Harvest season: October–February


Sweet potatoes

These veggies are for much more than Thanksgiving casseroles. More nutritionally dense than their white-potato counterparts, try roasting them—they’ll taste delicious, and you may maintain more vitamins than boiling. Health benefits include:

• Excellent source of vitamin A
• Good source of iron
• Anti-inflammatory benefits

Harvest season: September–December



Tender and mild, these root vegetables are a great alternative to radishes and cabbage. To flavor these veggies, use fennel, bread crumbs, or even brown sugar. Turnip leaves, which taste like mustard leaves, are easy to cook and dense in nutrients. Health benefits include:

• The roots are a good source of vitamin C
• Turnip leaves are an excellent source of vitamins A, K, and folate

Harvest season: September–April



This slightly sour fruit has gotten a lot of press as an antioxidant powerhouse. The juice provides a tangy base for marinades, and the seeds can be tossed into salads to amp up the flavor. Health benefits include:

• A UCLA study showed pomegranate juice has higher antioxidant levels than red wine
• Good source of vitamin C and folate

Harvest season: August–December



This Middle Eastern favorite is a sweet fruit that is perfect braised in stews, chopped up in desserts, or stuffed with cream cheese or almonds. Health benefits include:

• Low in fat
• Good source of fiber
• Good source of potassium

Harvest season: September–December



Use this sweet fruit to add a tropical flavor to your recipes. It’s great mixed with strawberries, cantaloupe, or oranges and can be combined with pineapple to make a tangy chutney. Health benefits include:

• More vitamin C than an orange
• Good source of potassium and copper

Harvest season: September–March



The signature tartness of grapefruit provides a contrast to other citrus fruit. Add it to mixed greens, combine it with avocado and shrimp, or enjoy a fresh glass of its antioxidant-rich juice. Health benefits include:

• More than 75% of your daily recommended intake (DRI) of vitamin C
• Good source of lycopene
• Contains pectin, which has been shown to lower cholesterol

Harvest season: September–April



The small and sweet citrus fruits are positively refreshing for fall recipes. Our favorite flavor combos include almonds, dates, and honey. Juice them with oil, vinegar, and ginger for a to-die-for dressing. Health benefits include:

• Good source of vitamin C
• Good source of beta-carotene

Harvest season: November–April

read more:http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20307323,00.html

Top 10 Artery-Cleansing Foods

Protect your heart with every bite of these natural foods

“Instead of using a whopping dollop of mayonnaise on your sandwich, try using thin slices of avocado,” suggests Megan Madden, a registered dietitian in New York, NY. A 1996 study done by researchers in Mexico found that people who ate avocado every day for one week experienced an average 17 percent drop in total blood cholesterol. What’s more, their levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol decreased and HDL (“good”) cholesterol increased. Finding it tough to work avocado into your diet? Try drinking it in this delicious smoothie.


The soluble fiber found in whole grains such as whole-wheat bread, brown rice, and oatmeal binds the cholesterol in your meal and drags it out of your body, Madden says. “And, when your body needs to utilize cholesterol in the future, it draws on your blood cholesterol supply, effectively lowering your total blood cholesterol level and your risk for heart disease.” And oatmeal isn’t just for breakfast; you can enjoy it any time of day with these easy recipes.


A 2011 study found that people ages 65 or older who regularly used olive oil (for both cooking and as a dressing) were 41 percent less likely to have a stroke compared to those who never use olive oil in their diet. Use a little olive oil instead of butter or drizzle some over pasta, salad, or veggies to take advantage of its high mono- and polyunsaturated fats, Madden says. “And although it’s a healthier option, remember to use these oils sparingly, as all fats still contain the same number of calories.


Grabbing a handful of nuts is a heart-healthy way to beat the afternoon itch for a cookie, Madden says. “Almonds are very high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, and fiber, while walnuts are a great plant-based source of an omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid.” According to the American Heart Association, monounsaturated fats can help reduce levels of bad cholesterol in your blood and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.


Sterols are compounds that compete with the cholesterol in your food for absorption within your digestive tract, Madden says. “Sterols have been shown to lower both total and LDL cholesterol and can be found in certain brands of fortified orange juice, margarine spreads, and milk.” Just be sure to check the label—make sure the margarine is trans fat-free and that “partially hydrogenated oil” does NOT appear on the ingredient list.


Fatty fish such as mackerel, herring, tuna, and salmon are chock full of omega-3 fatty acids, Madden says. “Eating fish twice a week can reduce your risk of developing heart disease by decreasing inflammation and lowering triglyceride levels, and it may even help boost your HDL levels.” Try any of these heart healthy and delicious salmon recipes for dinner tonight.


Asparagus is one of the best, natural artery-clearing foods around, says Shane Ellison, an organic chemist and author of Over-The-Counter Natural Cures. “Asparagus works within the 100,000 miles of veins and arteries to release pressure, thereby allowing the body to accommodate for inflammation that has accumulated over the years.” It also helps ward off deadly clots, Ellison says. We just love the versatile vegetable’s crunch in this salad recipe.


Pomegranate contains phytochemicals that act as antioxidants to protect the lining of the arteries from damage, explains Dr. Gregg Schneider, a nutritionally oriented dentist and expert on alternative medicine. A 2005 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice stimulated the body’s production of nitric oxide, which helps keep blood flowing and arteries open.


Broccoli is rich in vitamin K, which is needed for bone formation and helps to keep calcium from damaging the arteries, Dr. Schneider says. Not to mention, broccoli is full of fiber, and studies show a high-fiber diet can also help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Enjoy this veggie for dinner tonight with this side dish recipe.


“The spice turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory,” Dr. Schneider says. “It contains curcumin which lowers inflammation—a major cause of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries.” A 2009 study found that curcumin helps reduce the fatty deposits in arteries by as much as 26 percent. Sounds like a good reason to try some in this delicious recipe for spicy chicken soup from pop star Rihanna.




Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick

It’s tempting to dismiss it as luck: Some people might catch a slight cold or suffer an occasional ache or pain now and then, but they never seem to suffer from flus, fevers and illnesses that send the rest of us diving under the covers for days. Despite centuries of scientific advances, doctors still can’t tell us definitively how to stay well. So why not look for solutions from the people for whom the common cold is, well, uncommon? Here, 9 surprising habits of those people who never get sick—and how you can adapt them to your own soon-to be healthier life.
1. THEY STRESS LESS Researchers at Duke  University found that stress damages the immune system and the heart. Other studies suggest that it increases your chances of contracting bacterial infections, such as tuberculosis. There’s also evidence that learning relaxation techniques early on is crucial: A 2009 Stress in America Survey by Harris Interactive on behalf of the American Psychological Association found that stress is a top health concern for kids between ninth and 12th grades, and suggested that stress could do serious long-term damage if those children don’t learn to manage it. Of course, exercise is one of the best ways to chill out. A University of Southern California study found that when participants took a vigorous walk around a track, they reduced tension in their bodies by 20 percent. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is also crucial, as is laughing: It releases endorphins in the body that act as natural stress busters. Plus, a good guffaw gives your heart muscle a workout.
2. THEY SPRINKLE BREWER’S YEAST ON THEIR FOOD Just one tablespoon packs in most of the B vitamins you need each day, including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B6, folic acid and biotin. Without enough of these vitamins, the body isn’t able to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins; the Bs are also essential for healthy hair, skin, nerves, blood cells, hormone-producing glands and a thriving immune system. B vitamins help manufacture antibodies and white blood cells that make up the immune response. And in times of stress, the Bs can be depleted, which compromises your immunity. Sprinkle a tablespoon of brewer’s yeast over popcorn or cereal, mix it into soups or sauces (the taste goes especially well with split pea soup or any dish made with tomato sauce) or bake into quick breads and cookies.
3. THEY EAT LESS. As far back as the 1930s, studies found that animals that were fed less lived twice as long. More recent research in humans has linked calorie restriction to lower incidences of age-related health problems, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Participants in one study who ate 25 percent less than their usual amounts had lower overall cholesterol, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, triglyceride levels and blood pressure. Keep in mind that calorie restriction is an easy diet to do unsafely, however. Start by limiting simple sugars and flours, and pack your meals with dark leafy greens and other vegetables. You can find more tips on calorie restriction at crsociety.org or naturalhealthmag.com.
4. THEY EMBRACE BACTERIA. OK, so no expert will tell you to toss a few dirt clods into the blender the next time you whip up some pesto, but research suggests that the move toward complete sterility in the modern age wasn’t necessarily more healthful. It appears that the path to increasing health is probably somewhere between the squalor of our ancestors’ environment and the hyper-cleanliness of the developed world. Bacteria and our bodies have a symbiotic relationship in which their presence helps our systems stay healthy and balanced. “Good” germs can improve your metabolism, enhance your immunity and reduce inflammation. Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, found that the more bacteria you have on the surface of your skin, the better you combat inflammation. So go outside, have plenty of contact with Mother Nature and get dirty! And rather than scrub your foods raw, give them a quick rinse.
5. THEY OPT FOR HERBAL REMEDIES. Although plant-based health aids have been long derided by the Western medical community, about onequarter of all prescription drugs are derived from plants. Herbal remedies (plants purported to have medicinal properties) are an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine, and what we know about plants’ abilities to heal is impressive: They can alleviate high blood pressure, stimulate the nervous system, destroy germs and boost the immune system. But you needn’t fill your medicine cabinet with supplements; something as simple as green tea can help improve your immunity and your health. Commercial green tea beverages have come under fire recently for unsubstantiated health claims, yet studies have shown that antioxidants in green tea called polyphenols have the potential to boost metabolism and burn fat, protect against liver disease, control blood sugar levels and lower LDL cholesterol. Skip pre-packaged bottled versions and sip unflavored loose-leaf green tea instead.
6. THEY MAKE FRIENDS A PRIORITY. Studies show that people with strong friendships tend to have more robust immune systems and are less likely to succumb to infectious diseases. In 2008, Harvard University researchers found that positive social attachments might protect against memory loss and other cognitive disorders. A 1993 Swedish study of male blue-collar workers (who are at increased risk of heart disease, statistically) concluded that men with strong social support lowered their risk of cardiovascular disease; and a 2009 study in Buffalo, N.Y., found that those with few friends were most likely to suffer from heart disease, depression and anxiety. If you feel the need to boost your crony count, try this little experiment for one week: Strike up at least two conversations every day with someone you haven’t talked to before. And aim to listen more than you speak; the more airtime you give someone, the more generous he or she will be with personal details. Also, keep the bellyaching to a minimum. Your tone can determine how often others will want to spend time and talk with you.
7. THEY STAY Ph BALANCED. According to some practitioners of alternative medicine, the body is healthiest when its systems are functioning midway between completely acidic and completely alkaline (i.e., pH balanced). When pH levels fall below that midpoint, the body suffers from a condition called acidosis, which even in minor cases can cause fatigue, rapid breathing, stomach problems and confusion. Many experts say that the typical American diet, chock-full of meat and sugar, has created an epidemic of acidosis in the Western world. Most vegetables are alkalizing, however, so eating them regularly can reduce your risk of being too acidic. Include lots of dark leafy greens, green beans, asparagus and carrots in your diet; other alkalizing foods to reach for include cucumbers, coconuts and avocados.
8. THEY EAT GARLIC. Studies have shown that garlic can act as a powerful antioxidant and antibiotic, as well as cut the duration and the number of colds you catch. In addition, garlic has proved efficient in reducing blood pressure and triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Some experts say that garlic’s medicinal value lessens when it’s in a supplement form and recommend that you eat it fresh if you want to get garlic’s health benefits.
9. THEY TAKE MORE NAPS. Sleep deprivation has the same biological effect as stress: Overtired bodies ratchet up production of the hormone cortisol, which gives you energy but restricts production of human growth hormone, limiting your body’s ability to repair itself. Just like stress, sleep loss has a degenerative effect on your health, and lack of sleep is also tied to compromised immune function. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, found that the number and effectiveness of immune cells decrease without enough sleep. A counterintuitive napping tip: Consider drinking a cup of coffee or other caffeinated beverage right before your nap. Because it will take about 20 minutes for the caffeine to travel through your digestive system, you can fit in a short snooze before it takes effect. Japanese researchers found that subjects who did this were more alert when they awoke than those who didn’t, and that their post-slumber work productivity was higher.

Those Food You Can’t Eat While Losing Weight

Delicious food can be very alluring, especially for those who are losing weight. However, for fulfilling your ambition of being slim, you have to hold on. There are two types of food that should be avoided while losing weight: First is the food with high calories and second is the food that can be transformed to sugar easily.


  1. Canned Juice

It is well known that vegetables and fruits have abundant vitamins. However, some people just don’t eat fruits and prefer drinking juice. Actually, If you replace fruits with juice, you will fail to take in enough minerals and vitamins. That is because many minerals and vitamins have been lost during the process of producing them. Even though there remains the vitamin C, the amount of it will also reduce because of the exposition to the light.




There is a high amount of heat existed in desserts and most of the heat comes from the fat. Besides, many people would like to apply some cream to the desserts, which will add more heat. It’s better to replace the desserts with healthy fruits.




Do not suppose that salad can help you to lose weight. Although the vegetables do not make you fat, the sauce mixed in the salad should not be ignored. You would be surprised if you have a look at the fat content in the salad dressing. For example, every two spoons of French Dressing contain 134 calories of heat and 12.g fat while we only need about 2000 calories of heat and 66g fat every day.




4.Potato Chip

Potato chips are carbohydrates with low fat. However, once they are fried, they are no longer low-fat food. A small bag of fried potato chips has 220 calories and 12g fat, the heat of which is nearly the same as that of a hamburger.



5. Beer

Beer is essential at a party. However, beer contains lots of heat while there is little nutrients in it.



6. Instant Noodles

Instant noodles are not only convenient, but also very delicious. However, there is a great amount of fat contained in instant noodles because of the process of being fried. Therefore, it’s better not to eat it as possible as you can.



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