52 Ways To Lose A Pound A Week

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52 Ways To Lose A Pound A Week

An entire year’s worth of personal, winning weight loss, and keep-it-off tips from Prevention readers

By Anne Alexander

You can acheive weight loss and keep it off forever. How can I be so sure? Besides mountains of research from leading experts, there are thousands of Prevention readers who have successfully done it. Over the years, their letters and e-mails have been filled with practical tips, as well as the pride and pleasure of people who feel great about themselves. They can run, jump, play on the floor with the kids, wear sexy clothes—newly empowered to do whatever they want.

That’s why I decided to create the book Win the Fat War, a collection of stories and successful strategies for permanent weight loss.

Here are some useful tips that will inspire you:

Believe in Yourself

1. Ditch all-or-nothing thinking. Every time that Sandra Wadsworth, 41, attempted weight loss, she’d quit at the first slipup. “But I finally lost 20 pounds when Weight Watchers helped me see that I wasn’t a bad person. Everyone makes mistakes. The key is to learn from them.”

2. Start with a bang. At 315 pounds, Kelly Feick had long hidden behind her blond, waist-length hair. But when she decided to take a risk and cut it, her courage to change sparked a sense of purpose and commitment. Kelly, 32, began eating healthier and walking every day. In 1 year, she dropped from a size 30 to a size 4. Pounds lost: 185.

3. Seize your strength. “I stopped telling myself that I was destined to be overweight forever,” says Adrienne Sussman, 52. “I accepted that whatever was broken, I had the power to fix.” To get comfortable with yourself, stand in front of a mirror completely naked every couple of weeks. Find one body part that you like—even if it’s your elbows! When Adrienne stopped berating herself, she shed 30 pounds.

4. Make a dream book. “Before I could change my body, I had to change my thinking,” recalls Sonia Turner, 43. “To build my confidence, I created a scrapbook of people exercising and overcoming adversity. I included a photo of my husband’s company Christmas party. I’d always stayed home because I was embarrassed, but I announced, ‘Next year, we’re going.'” When the holidays rolled around, Sonia had lost 135 pounds. She and her husband danced the night away.

5. See a pro. At age 50, George Trott was diagnosed with diabetes and heart disease. That news got him to trim down 40 pounds, but he needed to lose more. On the suggestion of his daughter, he visited a dietitian who helped him fine-tune his diet. He finally shed all the necessary pounds, and his subsequent blood tests improved too.

6. Be flexible. Kris Roberts’s schedule didn’t allow her to set up a rigid exercise routine. So Kris, 37, took a different approach. “I did whatever was most convenient. My only goal was to do something to raise my heart rate and work up a sweat every day—even if only for 5 minutes.” Her flexibility kept Kris motivated to exercise and enjoy it. She’s maintained her 50-pound weight loss for 10 years.

7. Don’t blame it on age. Connie Bissonnette, 58, had given up, believing that weight gain was a normal part of aging. Her son proved her wrong. “He said, ‘Just give me 10 minutes, three times a week,’ ” Connie recalls. “He devised a workout of exercises such as seated leg lifts and wall pushups that I did at home.” Connie began enjoying the exercises and eventually worked her way up to a 30-minute routine. Pounds lost: 41.

8. Step away from the scale. By the time Kym Hubert’s weight reached 245, the 41-year-old was checking her scale three times a day. Desperate to help, her husband smashed the scale. “It was depressing having my ‘addiction’ taken away,” she says. But she started focusing on a new weight loss interest: walking. When Kym finally weighed herself a year later, she’d lost 80 pounds.

9. Personalize your plan. Dozens of weight loss plans had failed Lisa Douglass, 29, so she created her own. “I decided to be responsible for my choices,” she says. Lisa scoured exercise and nutrition materials, chose the best advice, and developed her own program. She went from 280 pounds to 160 over a 2-year period. “Even though I still make bad choices occasionally, I like the fact that I’m making them,” she says.

Set the Right Goals

10. Build on success. More than 10 years ago, Marlene Dropp, 54, took her first walk around the block in an effort to lose some of her 200 pounds. She set a goal of 5 miles a day. When she achieved that landmark within 2 months, she came up with a new goal: to cover a mile in 13 minutes. She did that easily and lost 50 pounds in 2 years. Then Marlene began entering racewalking competitions–and had the thrill of completing a marathon for her 51st birthday.

11. Use a symbol. Dinah Burnette, 38, hung an expensive black dress on her closet door. At 245 pounds, she couldn’t even pull it over her hips. “I tried it on every 4 weeks. When I eventually got in it, the buttons were 4 feet apart!” she laughs. One year later and 100 pounds lighter, she fit into the size 12 with room to spare. Ten years later, Dinah still keeps her size 24 dress in the closet as a reminder.

Eat More

12. Move to eat. Rick Myers’s choice was this: Eat fewer calories, or burn more with exercise. He chose the latter and took off more than 50 pounds. In the beginning, Rick, 46, could barely walk for 15 minutes at a time. Now he runs about 1 hour every day, covering roughly 7 miles. “I switched from walking to running to burn even more calories,” he says.

13. Fill up. A 50-year battle of the bulge ended when Helen Stein, 73, admitted her love of eating. Instead of cutting down, she eats large salads, big pink grapefruits, whole cantaloupes, and big chunks of watermelon. These make her feel full without the fat or calories piling up. And Helen hasn’t regained an ounce of the 38 pounds that she lost 15 years ago.

14. Seduce your tastebuds. When Alice Layne, 42, traded in pizza for international cuisine, she lost 67 pounds and four dress sizes. “The new tastes transformed my palate.”

15. Get it fresh. Carla Tuckerton, 44, stopped having headaches and lost 20 pounds when she gave up highly processed foods. “Almost everything I ate was processed and loaded with artificial sweeteners or salt. I was practically living on frozen dinners, diet sodas, and sugar-free desserts.”

Now Carla buys fish and chicken from a farmers’ market, shops for organically grown fruits and veggies, and cooks her own meals. Spring water with a slice of lemon has replaced colas, and she drinks her tea unsweetened.

16. Don’t start empty. Susan Carlson, 42, always chose an extra 15 minutes of sleep over a bowl of cereal, until her slim friends advised her to eat breakfast. She started slowly with a slice of toast and a cup of coffee, gradually adding a bowl of cold or hot cereal. Her lunches got smaller, and she stopped snacking on cookies and chips in the afternoon. Pounds lost: 36.

17. Earmark “occasion” foods. Rosemary Chiaverini, 50, lost 87 pounds when she began linking eating to special events. She eats hamburgers and hot dogs only at picnics, popcorn only at the movies, and pasta only on theater nights. “I tie my eating to the ambience of what I’m doing. It gives the food extra meaning,” she says. It also gives Rosemary license to indulge without going overboard.

18. Snack on cereal. Teresa Pucsek’s weight loss stalled because of her apple streudel, a favorite treat that reminded her of her childhood in Hungary. “I had to figure out a way to eat differently but still get that familiar ‘old home’ feeling,” says the 80-year-old. Her solution: sweetened cereal. The sugar satisfies her sweet tooth, and the milk reminds her of her childhood. This satisfying, lower-calorie snack has helped her maintain an 86-pound weight loss for 24 years.

Eat Smart

19. Dine alone. Debbee Sereduck, 38, dropped an astounding 234 pounds when, after preparing dinner for her family, she started taking hers into the living room and didn’t return until everything in the kitchen was completely put away. “This kept me from taking extra helpings or finishing the kids’ uneaten food,” says Debbee. “It also gave me a little quiet time.”

20. Create “The End.” Linda O’Hanlon, 30, never got the “full” signal that makes most people push away their plates. “When I sat down for a spaghetti dinner, I didn’t get up until every last strand was gone,” she says. Instead of relying on her stomach, Linda decided to start measuring her portions. After her brain took charge, she proceeded to drop three pants sizes. Two years later, Linda’s holding steady at 151 pounds and now can eyeball her portions.

21. Read the box. Phyllis Barbour, 70, ate all the right weight loss foods, worked out three or four times a week, and was on her feet constantly. So she was puzzled when her clothes started feeling a bit snug. Then Phyllis picked up a package of her beloved bagels and read the nutrition label. One of those big, doughy delectables equaled four servings of bread. When she checked other labels, she found more of the same. “I saw an immediate difference when I started paying closer attention to serving sizes,” she says. Pounds lost: 7.

22. Check your fluids. For Lent, Jim Gorman, 33, substituted water and club soda for sugary beverages and alcohol. By Easter, 40 days later, he was 20 pounds lighter.

23. Switch your plate. Eating less wasn’t easy for Gretchen Harvey, 32, until she substituted a salad plate for a dinner plate. (The former holds only about 60 percent of the amount of food.) “I was still seeing a full plate of food, so psychologically it didn’t seem that I was denying myself anything,” she says. Gretchen lost 30 pounds.

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Just Lowering Fat Intake can Shed Pounds, Study Finds

Arizonahealthspot.org is all about healthy living, fun, and positive health and community news.  We NEVER recommend that you DIET.  We recommend that you eat healthy, stay active, and live a healthy lifestyle.  Diets are usually more destructive than helpful, whereas lifestyle changes and a better choice of foods, are the keys to looking good and feeling good.  Here is a story shared with us from the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) Wellstyles February 2013 Monthly Newsletter, edited by Rebecca McGonigle.  Thank you VSEBT for all the great information you provide!

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Just Lowering Fat Intake can Shed Pounds, Study Finds

The key to a slimmer figure is not necessarily dieting, but just cutting back on fat intake, a new British study suggests. Researchers from the University of East Anglia found that simply replacing high-fat foods with low-fat alternatives helped people lose roughly 3.5 pounds. Reducing fat intake also resulted in lower blood pressure and improved cholesterol levels. The study authors suggested that the findings may play a critical role in global dietary recommendations, because being overweight or obese increases the risk for many cancers, heart disease and stroke.

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The researchers reviewed 33 randomized, controlled trials in North America, Europe and New Zealand that involved over 73,500 men, women and children with a variety of health histories. A randomized, controlled study is one in which people are randomly assigned to different groups: one group receives the treatment and the other does not receive the treatment (the “control” group).

For at least six months, the investigators compared the weight and waistline measurements of those who cut back on their fat intake with the same measurements of those who did not alter their eating habits. In addition to losing weight, the study found that eating less fat reduced the participants’ body mass index (BMI, a measurement of body fat based on height and weight) and waist circumference slightly. The researchers pointed out that none of the participants were dieting or trying to lose weight, and they added that the weight came off quickly and wasn’t regained for at least seven years.

“The weight reduction that we found when people ate less fat was remarkably consistent—we saw it in almost every trial. Those who cut down more on fat, lost more weight,” study leader Dr. Lee Hooper, from the university’s Norwich Medical School, said in a journal news release. “The effect isn’t dramatic, like going on a diet. The research specifically looked at people who were cutting down on fat, but didn’t aim to lose weight, so they were continuing to consume a normal amount of food. What surprised us was that they did lose weight, their BMI decreased and their waists became slimmer,” Hooper added.

One expert explained why fat calories are the worst. “Fat calories are more dense, and the fat that we add to food is usually palatable, increasing our desire to want to eat more,” Sharon Zarabi, a nutritionist and fitness trainer at Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC. “So, figure you decrease your fat intake, which decreases your total caloric intake and [leaves] you less likely to crave and overeat.”

Although the study did not differentiate between types of fat, Hooper’s team pointed out that cutting down on saturated fat is the healthiest approach since it reduces the risk of heart disease and strokes. “This means having low-fat milk and yogurt, cutting down on butter and cheese and cutting the fat off meat,” noted Hooper. “Most importantly, have fruit instead of fatty snacks like biscuits, cake and crisps. And remember, this isn’t a diet, so don’t take it to extremes, but work out a way of eating that you can stick to permanently.”

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Study co-author Carolyn Summerbell, from Durham University, said, “A healthy diet is a way of eating that people can sustain over time. That’s the trick, to find a comfortable way to eat that you can stick to for life, which helps you maintain your weight. Cutting down on fat will help.” Zarabi put it this way: “You are what you eat. Put the cheap fuel in, and you’re left with low-quality health.”

The researchers said more studies are needed to investigate the effect of reduced fat intake on body weight in developing countries, as well as in children.

Source: http://www.healthfinder.gov

 

15 Fat-Burning Foods

Nutrition 101: Eat To Burn Fat

Your one-week, fat-burning meal plan, plus the 15 best fat-burning foods.

The 15 Best Fat-Burning Foods

1. Walnuts

All nuts do contain some amount of the omega-3 fat alpha-linolenic acid, but most only contain trace amounts.

The real fat hero in most nuts is mono-unsaturated fats. Walnuts are actually a rich source of omega-3s.

One ounce provides almost 3g of alpha-linolenic acid.

2. Ginger

Used for centuries to help relieve digestive upset/disturbances, ginger can also help reduce inflammation, boost blood flow to muscles and aid muscle recovery.

It has also has been shown to boost calorie burn when eaten.

3. Oatmeal

This very slow-digesting carb keeps blood sugar and insulin levels low, so fat burning can stay high.

In fact, research has shown that athletes who consume slow-digesting carbs in the morning burn more fat throughout the entire day and during workouts than those consuming fast-digesting carbs.

4. Avocado

The mono-unsaturated fats found in avocados are burned readily for fuel during exercise and actually encourage fat burning.

Avocados also contain a very interesting carb called mannoheptulose, a sugar that actually blunts insulin release and enhances calciumabsorption, both of which are critical for encouraging fat loss.

5. Salmon

This fish is one of the richest sources of the omega-3 essential fats EPA and DHA. Unlikeflaxseeds, which provide a type of omega-3 that has to be converted into EPA and DHA, salmonprovides your body a direct supply of them with no conversion required.

This way you know you’re getting a direct supply of the fats that turn on fat burning and block fat storage.

6. Soybeans (Edamame)

Soybeans are the direct origin of soy protein, which has been shown to build muscle as efficiently as other forms of protein like whey and beef.

Soy has also been shown to aid fat loss, possibly by decreasing appetite and calorie intake.

7. Water

This just may be your best ally in fighting bodyfat. Studies have shown that drinking 2 cups of cold water can boost metabolic rate by 30%.

It has been estimated that drinking about 2 cups of cold water before breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for a year can burn 17,400 extra calories, which translates into a little more than 5 pounds of bodyfat!

 

Water just may be your best ally in fighting bodyfat
Water just may be your best ally in fighting bodyfat. 

8. Flaxseeds

They contain the essential omega-3 fatty acid alpha linolenic acid. These omega-3 fats have been found to turn on genes that stimulate fat burning and turn off genes that increase fat storage.

9. Grapefruit

A study from the Scripps Clinic (San Diego, California) reported that subjects eating half of agrapefruit or drinking 8 oz of grapefruit juice three times a day while maintaining their normal diet lost an average of 4 pounds over 12 weeks – and some lost more than 10 pounds without even dieting!

Results were likely due to grapefruit’s ability to reduce insulin levels and to a chemical in grapefruit known as naringin, which prevents fat from being stored in the body.

10. Honey

Yes, it’s a sugar, but it’s fairly low on the glycemic index. Keeping insulin levels low and steady is critical for maintaining a fat-burning environment in your body.

Honey is also a rich source of nitric oxide (NO) metabolites; ultimately, that means it actually encourages fat release from the body’s fat cells

11. Peanut Butter

Another source of helpful mono-unsaturated fat that can actually aid fat loss. What’s funny is that many food manufacturers make low-fat peanut butters!

Of course, they replace these healthy mono-unsaturated fats with carbs, namely sugar. Avoid these and stick with natural peanut butters that don’t add the type of fat you surely want to avoid – trans fats.

12. Eggs

Yes, we listed eggs in the muscle-building foods. So how can it also be a fat-burning food?

Research supports the notion that those who start their day with eggs not only eat fewer calories throughout the day, but also lose significantly more bodyfat.

13. Chili Pepper Flakes

Hot peppers contain the active ingredient capsaicin, a chemical that can enhance calorie burning at rest as well as reduce hunger and food intake.

The boost in calorie burn is particularly enhanced when capsaicin is used with caffeine.

14. Broccoli

This fibrous carb doesn’t provide many net carbs or calories, but it can make you feel full – one reason why it’s a great food for getting lean.

Broccoli can make you feel full - one reason why it's a great food for getting lean
Broccoli can make you feel full – one reason why it’s a great food for getting lean. 

Broccoli also contains phytochemicals that can help enhance fat loss.

15. Olive Oil

Like avocados, olive oil is a great source of monounsaturated fats.

Not only do they lower levels of the “bad” type of cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health, but they’re also more likely to be burned as fuel, which means they’re less likely to be sticking around your midsection.

The Fat-Burning One-Week Meal Plan

The following plan is designed for a woman weighing 140 pounds. When trying to lose weight during a rigorous exercise program, a good rule of thumb is to shoot for an intake of about 12 calories per pound of bodyweight.

So for a 110-pound woman, total daily calories would be approximately 1,320; for a 150-pound woman, about 1,800. See muscleandfitnesshers.com for your supplements on workout days.

Monday

Nutrition:

Calories: 1,565
Protein: 185g
Carbs: 65g
Fat: 65g

Ten Foods For Healthy Weight Loss

Top 10 Weight Loss Foods that You Must Rely Upon

Abnormal weight gain is rightly associated with unhealthy eating habits. At the same time, there are foods that when consumed in the right amount aid in losing weight. While some of them help to avoid overeating, others keep a check on digestive system, insulin level and other things. Apart from taking weight loss supplements and indulging in weight loss workout, you must follow a diet consisting of weight loss foods. In order to help you, here is a discussion about top 10 weight loss foods you must eat.

Salads as Great Filling Foods

The feeling of fullness that will restrain you from overeating can be achieved with salads. Prepare salad with the amazing constituents like cucumber, lettuce, cabbage, tomato and beetroot. This will help you consume low calories, moderate nutrients and a lot of fiber. Beans and lean protein can also be added to these preparations. Having a salad before lunch can limit your desire to consume calorie-contributing foods.

Oatmeal to Stay Full for Longer


Having breakfast with oats or oatmeal can keep you full for longer, thereby helping you to resist relishing upon foods containing high calories. Oatmeal supplies good amounts of fiber and protein to the body that helps in maintaining healthy digestion. Having oats with yoghurt is also a good option worth trying.

Almonds to Control Hunger Pangs

Prefer to eat almonds as healthy snacking options. Among various types of nuts, almonds are known to have lowest calories and they can act as great fillers. Going further, they can keep a check on the blood sugar level. It is convenient to keep almonds in your bag or pocket and have them whenever hunger pangs strike. However, avoid taking salted almonds as they can cause high blood pressure.

Eggs to Consume Less Calories Further

It has been proven that having eggs in the breakfast keeps the demand of body for calories low throughout the day. Providing adequate proteins and few calories to the body, eggs can be taken in a number of ways. Hard-boiled eggs and poached eggs are equally good for participating in weight loss.

An Apple or More a Day

Apples are excellent sources of soluble fibers that keep a check on the blood sugar level. At the same time, they offer insoluble fibers that help one attain the feeling of fullness. As a result, this nutritious fruit makes to the list of top weight loss foods. Have an apple for snacking or prepare dessert out of them.

Sprouted Pulses for Perfect Nutrition

Sprouted pulses are wonderful health foods that contain fiber in admirable quantity. Going further, these weight loss food options are good sources of vitamins as well. The best way is to eat them in the raw form. Choose a variety of pulses like broad beans, rajma, moong and dried peas for this purpose.

Lentils for Proteins and Adding Variety to Preparations

Lentils can be added to salads or they can be chosen as ingredients for pasta. Whatever way you choose, lentils assist in losing weight for being rich source of soluble fiber. People with accumulated fat in the abdominal area can benefit out of them. They are free from fat and have folate and magnesium in desired amounts. You can easily skip a meal after having a lentil preparation.

Soups to Use Water as Filler

The logic is simple for counting soups among the weight loss foods. Adding water to different soup preparations make them extremely filling and that too, without raising the calorie value. Broth-based soups and vegetable soups when consumed before meals can cut down the need to overeat senselessly.

Yoghurt – Killing Your Food Craving Healthily

Low in calories and high in vitamins and proteins, plain yoghurt should be in your regular diet plan. It can keep your blood sugar level at normal and handle your cravings to eat more than required. A tasty option is to add various fruits in yoghurt to prepare a healthy dessert.

Eat Cauliflower in Unlimited Amount

Cauliflower lacks starch and this fact makes it a perfect weight loss food item. It is also a good source of vitamin C and folate that further participates in weight loss campaign. You can use it as a replacement for heavier foods in preparing sandwiches, soups and other preparations.

The results in the form of lost weight may become apparent in few days once you switch to healthy eating. Once you get in shape, don’t completely abandon these foods and make them a part of your regular diet.