The Facts about Quick Weight Loss Diets

Quick Weight Loss Diets

Quick weight loss diets have been around since the world’s first dieter looked at their belly and thought, “I need to lose a few pounds – NOW.” Even though experience has shown that quick “fad” diets usually result in temporary weight loss, dieters are still looking for the Holy Grail: A diet that lets them lose weight fast and keep it off.

While there is no miraculous instant weight loss trick, you can take steps to speed things along without resorting to a quick weight loss diet. Here’s how:

 

Rev Your Metabolism with the Right Foods

Are you eating too many calories? The problem might be that you’re eating too few. Years of yo-yo dieting can slow down your metabolism by 30%. To get it back on track, you’ll need to eat enough calories to fuel your basal metabolic rate (BMR).

You can find detailed BMR calculators online. They will tell you how many calories you need to get through a day. If you exercise or have a physically demanding job, you will need more. Try to get most of your calories from lean protein, whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables.

Don’t let an initial weight gain scare you off; your body needs time to repair itself. Once you’ve spent a few weeks or months eating an appropriate number of calories, your metabolism will speed up and the pounds will fall away.

You can easily lose a pound a week by sticking to a balanced diet, or two pounds a week if you add exercise.

 

Don’t Forget the Exercise

Most quick weight loss diets don’t include any form of physical exercise. They encourage you to lose weight rapidly by eating very little. While that can lead to a quick initial weight loss, the weight will come back when you start to eat normally again. Plus, quick weight loss diets don’t provide the same health benefits as a balanced diet and exercise.

Experts agree that the best exercise routines include cardio and strength training. If you have a lot of stress in your life, you should also consider yoga for stretching and relaxation. Three to five hours of cardio exercise plus one or two hours of strength training are enough to make significant changes in your body shape and fitness level.

Exercise provides all kinds of health benefits. It will improve your mood, help you sleep soundly, make you stronger and leaner, and improve your balance. It also protects your heart and wards off metabolic disorders like type 2 diabetes. These are perks that quick weight loss diets cannot offer.

 

Forget Starvation Diets

We’ve all heard the tales of celebrities who drank nothing but lemonade with maple syrup and cayenne pepper to quickly slim down for a role. What we don’t hear about is the aftermath: Those same celebrities regained all the weight as soon as they ended their quick weight loss diets.

Don’t put your body through the stress of quick weight loss diets. At best, you’ll end up tired, hungry, grouchy, dehydrated, and heavier than before. At worst, you could seriously damage your metabolism, making it impossible to lose weight even when you eat very few calories.

To maintain a healthy weight, your body needs to be healthy. Feed it right, move it often, and give it the hydration it needs to perform at its peak.

 

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Exercises to Lose Belly Fat

Belly fat has been proven to be the most dangerous type of fat there is. Doctors aren’t sure why, but abdominal fat is related to numerous health risks.

Have you gotten a little thick around the middle? If so, here are some fantastic exercises to lose belly fat and decrease your risk of heart disease.

 Exercises to Lose Belly Fat: Cardio

Cardio can help you lose fat all over your body – which is good, because to lose fat around your belly, you have to lose it everywhere. Our bodies tend to accumulate fat in certain areas, based largely on genetics. If you tend to store it around your middle, decreasing your body fat percentage can make you healthier and give you the flat stomach you’ve always wanted.

There are no “best” cardio exercises to lose belly fat. The very best cardio routine is one you’ll stick with for the long haul. Choose a few different activities that you enjoy doing, and try to participate in them at least 5 hours a week.

If you’re into home improvement, do some lawn and garden work. If you’re a parent, play with your kids at the park or take them for long walks down nature trails. If you have a dog, take it for walks or toss a ball or Frisbee for exercise. If you prefer a more social environment, join a group exercise class at your local gym or recreation center.

 

Exercises to Lose Belly Fat: Core Strength

Getting a slim stomach requires more than endless sit-ups and crunches. Variations on these exercises can help you whittle your waist faster. For example, instead of regular crunches, the American Council on Exercise recommends vertical leg crunches. These are performed lying on your back with your legs held at a 45 degree angle from the floor.

Core strength can also be developed by doing leg lifts and crunches with the help of an exercise ball. Exercise balls require you to maintain your balance, which puts all of your core muscles to work. For muscle symmetry, be sure to work your back muscles as well.

 

 Exercises to Lose Belly Fat: Yoga

(Use caution with Yoga if you have low back pain!)

When it comes to stress reduction and core strength building, it’s hard to beat yoga in terms of efficiency. Yoga can reduce the production of stress hormones and strengthen your abdominal muscles, making it an excellent exercise to lose belly fat.

Whenever your body is stressed out (due to mental or emotional stress, illness, injury, or the overuse of stimulants), it responds with an attempt at self-preservation. Your brain releases the hormone cortisol, which tells your body to start storing fat – particularly around the waist. This response is a throwback to the days when our ancestors had to survive times of famine.

Yoga includes breathing and stretching exercises that relieve muscle tension and reduce the production of cortisol. Yoga also places an emphasis on relaxed, flowing motions. It can be used to calm the mind, slow down the heart, and lower blood pressure.

In addition to these benefits, many yoga poses are highly efficient for toning your midsection. Look for poses that are performed in the supine position, or seated and standing poses that require you to extend your legs and maintain balance.

With a regular routine of cardio, core strengthening, and yoga, you will lose inches from your waist and enjoy better health and relaxation.

 

Yours in health,

Dr Jason Hurst, DC, CCSP, CSCS

3 Miracle Foods that Burn Fat

Are there really foods that burn fat? It may sound too good to be true, but scientific studies have found that people who consume certain foods end up losing more weight than those who don’t eat the foods – even when all other factors are the same!

Let’s take a look at three of the most popular foods that burn fat, according to science:

Beans

Beans are a preferred protein source for dieters everywhere. They contain a healthy mix of protein and carbohydrates. Beans are challenging to digest, so it takes your body longer to process them. This is a good thing, because it keeps your blood sugar stable and helps you stay full longer.

But the real magic of beans lies in their fiber content. Fiber is like a workout for your digestive system. It keeps things running smoothly, and prevents your blood glucose from spiking too high. Plain beans are the best choice. Sugary baked beans or fatty refried beans can sabotage your weight loss efforts by supplying too many calories and simple carbs.

Skim Milk

Of all the foods that burn fat, calcium is perhaps the most popular proven metabolism booster. In fact, studies have proven that calcium causes weight loss. Two groups of test subjects were studied. The groups did everything the same, except that one group received several servings of calcium each day. Surprisingly, that group lost almost three times as much weight as the group who did not receive extra calcium.

You can get calcium from vegetables like broccoli, but dairy products remain the most popular choice. Choose products made from 2%, 1%, or fat-free milk. They deliver the greatest amount of calcium in the lowest amount of calories.

Green Tea

Green tea has been touted as a dieter’s miracle product for years. It contains powerful antioxidants that reduce the number of potentially cancerous free radicals in the body. Its modest caffeine content is enough to perk up your heart rate and metabolism without putting undue stress on your body. It is also a mild diuretic, which can be helpful for getting rid of retained fluid.

Green tea has also been studied as a fat-burner, and the results have been encouraging. People who drink 4 – 6 cups of green tea per day enjoy faster weight loss than those who don’t drink green tea.

Bonus: Water

Okay, it doesn’t contain nutrition, but water would still rank highly on any list of foods that burn fat. It dilutes sodium to beat bloating, pushes retained fluid from our bodies, promotes healing, and satisfies the appetite. But did you know that water can also keep your metabolism running at maximum efficiency?

It’s true: Our kidneys are our primary filtration system. They help pass toxins and waste fluids out of our bodies. But they need plenty of hydration to keep functioning well. When they are deprived of water, the kidneys call on the liver for back-up.

While the liver can serve as a secondary filtration system, that is not its best use. It is designed for, and excels at, turning stored fat into usable energy. But when it has to support the kidneys, the liver cannot metabolize fat as quickly as it used to. You can bring your metabolism back up to speed by drinking plenty of water each day.

For a quick and productive diet overhaul, start eating foods that burn fat. Add 64 ounces of pure drinking water each day, and you will be on your way to successful and permanent weight loss.

 

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Are Smoothies Stupid?

Many people have mocked the Smoothie Movement as being unhealthy, lame to do, and they don’t taste good either.  However, these same people have never had a REAL smoothie with fresh organic fruits, vegetables and greens.

You see, if you’re buying a smoothie at a restaurant, you’re basically buying chemicals in a cup.  Dyes, High Fructose Corn Syrup, added sugars, “natural” flavorings, preservatives and many other chemicals that you can’t even pronounce.  Even the “Healthy” smoothie restaurants have some hidden secrets about their ingredients.  So the best solution is, make your own smoothies at home.

I drink smoothies every single morning.  I use fresh fruit when it’s in season, and I mix it with frozen fruits as well.  I also add chia seeds, flax seeds, protein powder, low glycemic meal replacement powders and stevia if needed to sweeten it up a bit.

Go Green

I always recommend to only use fruits and fresh, organic milk or water when beginning with smoothies.

However, if you’re ready to take your smoothie making to the next level then I definitely suggest making Green Smoothies.  Start by adding organic kale, spinach, collard greens, parsley or swiss chard.  You can also add romaine lettuce, bok choy, mustard greens, turnip greens, and green/red leaf lettuce.

One of the best investments I’ve ever made was buying the NutriBullet.  This thing is fast, easy to use and easy to clean up.  It’s not as bulky as a larger blender and has fewer parts to clean.  It’s the perfect size to make a large enough smoothie for anybody.  I would definitely recommend looking into this purchase.  You can buy it online for a very reasonable price.

Here’s the link that I used to purchase my own NutriBullet…

NutriBullet Smoothie Maker

Before I purchased the NutriBullet, I only made smoothies 3-5 times a week because it was so inconvenient.  (I have one of those high end blenders but the clean up was ridiculous.)

But now I drink up to 2-4 smoothies a DAY!  Every single day of the week!  Once you figure out how easy it can be, and how healthy it is for you, then it almost becomes an addiction.  A healthy addiction!

Your digestion will be unbelievable!  Your skin will clear up… You’ll have less headaches because you’re body is functioning better…

You’ll absolutely love the new you.

Not only that… You’ll actually want to be creative and try new things with it.  (Different Recipes)

So, are smoothies stupid?  

Absolutely not!  You can get a tremendous amount of nutrition from each smoothie and you’ll even find that your digestion will improve, and you’ll lose weight.

Weight Loss Secrets Revealed!

Honest, Serious Weight Loss Secrets

Losing weight can be daunting.  Many try and try to lose weight throughout the year with no success.  Or maybe some weight is lost and then it all comes back.  Sound familiar?

So what I’ve compiled is a few “secrets” that can help you get on track to losing weight and keeping it off.

Repetition

If you have a hard time deciding what to eat that’s healthy, then you may want to find one or two options and eat them almost every day.  I’m not suggesting the same food for every meal, every day.  But what I am suggesting is that maybe for breakfast, stick to a specific plan and try to repeat it.

I drink smoothies every single morning.  This is an easy way to get great nutrition quickly.  They taste great and you can get multiple servings of fruits and vegetables in a drink instead of having to prepare them and eat them off of your plate.

Another choice is to eat unsweetened yogurt with your own added fruit.  Pick fresh fruit that’s in season.  Eat this every morning so it’s easy to make sure you won’t skip out on breakfast.  I’ll buy fruit that’s in season in bulk and then wash it and freeze it so I can use it throughout the year.

Get Spicy

Adding hot spices and hot peppers to your food actually speeds up your metabolism.  However the greatest benefit is that spicy foods tend to slow down your eating.  Americans tend to eat way too fast.  By eating too fast, your body can’t signal that it’s full until you’ve already over-indulged.
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Stop Listening To Your Mother

Did you know that obesity doesn’t “Run in the family.”  Of course, some families are genetically larger than others, but none of us are genetically designed to be overweight.  The reason that you, your mother, and your grandmother are all overweight is because of your choices and your lifestyle.  That’s what really “Runs in the family.”  If you’re cooking the same meals that your great, great, grandmother did, then guess what?  You’re going to have the same body shape, and the same illnesses and diseases.

O.K., so you’re not eating the same recipes.  Great!  But what about your habits?  Do you snack all the time just like you mother does?  Do you stop at the drive thru’s a few times a week for a sugared up coffee, a sugared up smoothie, or a sugared up soda and a small snack?  Do you go out to eat multiple times a week?

Look at the patterns of your family.  You’ll see that if you change your habits, you’ll be able to break the cycle of your family and possibly create a new “Normal” for your own children and grandchildren.

I haven’t checked the science behind this, but my own observations have shown that people that grow up eating pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and biscuits every single day of the week for breakfast, are almost destined to be overweight, obese, and end up with diabetes and heart disease.  Generations ago, farmers could get away with this because they did physical labor outside for 12-20 hours a day, so they burned off all of the calories.  But that’s not the case anymore.  Even farmer’s today have it much easier when it comes to the “physical” part of their day.  So when today’s generation eats these horrible foods for breakfast every day, it’s almost a guarantee that they’ll be battling obesity later in life.

 Eat A Big Lunch

Americans tend to “save” the big meal of the day for dinner.  But if you change your habits to have your larger meal at lunch time instead, then your body has more waking hours to digest the food.  Chances are, you’re more active between lunch and dinner as well which will help you burn off a few more calories.  This is an either, or situation.  Don’t eat a large lunch and then eat a large dinner as well.  Obviously counterproductive.

Stick with these changes in your habits and you’ll see some additional weight falling off.  If you’re needing additional help, then you’ve got to check out this website. Burn The Fat Inner Circle

You’ll find mountains of information on how to lose weight and exercise properly.

 

Get “Uncle Arthur” Out Of Your Life! Treating Arthritis

How To Prevent and Treat Arthritic Pain

Over 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from Arthritis!

That’s approximately 1 in 7 Americans afflicted with this potentially crippling disease… and nearly all Americans over the age of 50 show varying degrees of Arthritis symptoms.  Doesn’t that sound alarming?

So… What is Arthritis?

Well, Arthritis comes from the Greek word “arthro” meaning joint and “itis” meaning inflammation.  To break it down even better, that means “inflammation of the joints.”

Here are some of the warning signs:

  • Joint pain not due to an injury
  • Your skin around your joints may appear red, swollen and even very warm to the touch.
  • Pain that occurs during or after movement or after extended periods of inactivity.
  • Joints may feel stiff and difficult to move.
  • Grinding or popping when you move your body
  • Deformity of your joints

Now, the most common form of arthritis is Osteoarthritis.  It involves the breakdown of the cartilage and bone at the joints, causing some or all of the aforementioned warning signs.

It can be broken down into 2 types:  Primary and Secondary

Primary osteoarthritis is the most common form.    It’s a slow, progressive condition that usually strikes after age 45. (However, in my office, patients today are complaining of Arthritis pain before the age of 30!)

The most common areas Osteoarthritis:

  • Knees
  • Hips
  • Lower back
  • Neck
  • Fingers

Primary Osteoarthritis begins to develop when excessive or repetitive stress is put on ordinary, healthy joint tissues, or when normal amounts of stress are applied to an already weakened joint.  Studies have shown that obesity and a family history of Arthritis can put a person at greater risk for Primary Osteoarthritis.

Secondary Osteoarthritis usually strikes a person before the age of 40, and is known to be primarily caused by trauma to the joint.  This trauma can be received from a sudden injury, such as a car accident, a fall, degeneration after a surgery, repetitive sports injuries, or it can be caused by many small injuries to a joint over time.

Now, beyond Osteoarthritis there are rheumatic diseases that cause different forms of Arthritis with symptoms ranging from inflammation in one or more joints, to inflammation spreading to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, internal organs, and even the skin.  Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease brought on when the immune system attacks the body’s own tissue in the joints as if it were a foreign material.  Rheumatoid Arthritis affects more than 2 million people in the US, and women are 3 times as likely to get it as men.  It usually sets in between the ages of 20 and 40, but does not discriminate against older people or children.  However…one can take steps to prevent all forms of Arthritis and protect oneself from further joint damage.

There are four warning signs of potential Arthritic development.

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Restrictive range of motion
  • Poor posture

Poor posture and restricted motion are an indication of improper structural alignment of the body.

These physical problems often respond best to a physical form of treatment (such as Doctors Pain Relief Systems.)  Normal range of motion is necessary for proper circulation and repair of joints.  Restricted motion can come from a joint being out of its normal position, or from local tight or spastic muscles.

Prevention of arthritis would include:

  • Increasing range of motion and balancing posture
  • Getting better nutrition through better food choices
  • Exercise
  • Taking specific vitamin and mineral supplements

Supplements that have been shown to help are:

  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate repairs and rebuilds the protective cartilage in the joints
  • Vitamins A, C, E, and the mineral Selenium help to reduce “free-radicals” that can damage joint tissue
  • Omega-3 fatty acids can help the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Proper eating can also have a hand in the prevention of, or relief from Arthritis pain.  Studies have shown that overweight people are more likely to develop Osteoarthritis.  For those people who are overweight, diet is a critical part of a complete program to become healthier.

Exercise also helps relieve Arthritic symptoms as it…

  • strengthens bones, muscles and joints
  • increases flexibility
  • prevents joint deformities
  • improves the immune system
  • reduces stress

Forms of exercise that have been shown to prevent or improve arthritis are:

  • walking
  • swimming
  • bicycling
  • water aerobics
  • strength training
  • stretching

In order to prevent, or reduce the pain of Arthritis, it is important to make sure that joints can properly function.

If you are ready to get control of your Arthritic pain before it totally consumes your life, then you’ve got to look into Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems.  This program is designed specifically for Arthritic conditions.  There are specific stretches and exercises within the system that can help you reduce your pain almost immediately.  I have also included many free bonuses as well.  Sign up for my free webinar to learn all about the system, and how the traditional ways of treatment just aren’t cutting it anymore.  Aren’t you tired of living on OTC medicines and prescription medicines?  Take back control of your body and your life!  Go to www.DoctorsPainReliefSystems.com right now and sign up for my free webinar!

 

To Your Health,

Dr Jason Hurst, DC, CCSP, CSCS

 

 

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  • Ibid.
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Top 5 Superfoods That Reduce Pain

Are you tired of going to the doctor describing your pain to him or her and the only thing you get is some ridiculous explanation about pain… and then a prescription for more drugs?  Have you also tried the cortisone injections and got no relief?  Stop the madness?  It’s time that you take your health back into your own hands.  You don’t need to live life taking medications for every single symptom that you have.  How did we ever let “Health Care” get this out of control?

So where do you start?  Well, the first steps are through your diet and lifestyle.  By making small changes now, you can begin to decrease the inflammation in your body all on your own.

So I have compiled a list of the top 5 superfoods that reduce pain, the same list I personally use and recommend for my patients.  Each one is very powerful on it’s own, but if you eat them all throughout the day, then you will see dramatic changes in the way you feel.  Just be patient… Doing things naturally takes time.  It may take a few days to see great improvement in the way you feel.

Top 5 Superfoods That Reduce Pain

 

1)  Cherries

The antioxidants in cherries have proven to be helpful in decreasing inflammation Choosing sour over sweet will give you the best benefits.   Raw sour cherries contain higher vitamin C content per 100 g (17% DV) and are also an excellent source of vitamin A (26% DV). Cherries are also among foods that give you energy.

 

2)  Broccoli

Broccoli is high in vitamin C and dietary fiber; it also contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties, such as diindolylmethane and small amounts of selenium.  It is also rich in lutein and beta-carotene.  This is a true powerhouse in helping the body fight off many different illnesses.  This vegetable will help knock out your inflammation.

 

3)  Red Grapes

The skin of the red grapes contains Resveratrol.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 5 years, you must have heard about this wonderful anti-inflammatory food.  Resveratrol in red grapes has been shown to decrease inflammation, lower blood sugar, and provide other positive effects for heart health.  Eating the grapes, or even drinking red wine in moderation can help you greatly reduce your chronic inflammation.

 

4)  Wild Alaskan Salmon

This one gets my top vote!  Not only does grilled or baked salmon taste delicious, you will also be getting some wonderful health benefits from eating it.  It is very high in Omega 3’s which help to reduce inflammation, lower blood sugar, lowers triglyceride levels and can help prevent obesity.

 

5)  Spirulina

What is Spirulina and how does it help with inflammation?

Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is consumed by humans typically in caplet or capsule form.  It is a  complete protein, meaning that it includes all of the essential amino acids. Researchers have recently found a compound in Spirulina called C-phycocyanin that may have anti-inflammatory properties. This compound is one of the bluish-green pigments that gives Spirulina its color. C-phycocyanin is known to have a antioxidant properties, which means it can help to protect our cells against free radical damage. But now research is also indicating that it may be able to help relieve inflammation as well.

Other benefits of Spirulina:  Boosting immunity and energy levels, supporting eye, brain and cardiovascular health
helping to maintain healthy blood sugar balance, and providing a good vegetarian source of Iron and protein.  You can purchase the capsules or caplets at almost any health food store.

 

Conclusion:

Remember, when you try to get control of your own health again, seeing results can take a little bit of time.  Don’t get frustrated.  Continue on your path and you will see that there truly healthier ways to live.  Look in your medicine cabinet sometime and take inventory.  You will be shocked at the way the pharmaceutical industry has almost taken over your life.  Most of us have pills for every single symptom that we have ever gotten.  This is not Health Care… It is sickness care.

These are great foods that give you energy, especially salmon and broccoli. 

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Thank you,

Dr. Jason Hurst, DC, CCSP, CSCS