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Women’s Health – Must Haves For Fast Weight Loss

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Women’s Health – Must Haves For Fast Weight Loss

If you’re looking to lose weight and have tried everything it’s actually important and helpful to know which foods that burn fat and aid in weight loss! No need to starve yourself or go on a strict diet, although counting calories does help! But there are certain foods that burn fat and they will be helpful to you when trying to lose weight. Below are some of the best Weight Loss Tips and Eatables you should be chowing down in order to maintain or get started on weight loss!

  • Speed up the Breakdown of Fat

Here are two great foods that burn fat and they are salmon and tuna! These particular fish are loaded with proteins and fatty acids, two of the essentials our body needs to speed up the breakdown of fat! Try getting 1-2 servings in at least 3 times a week, and have some veggies on the side for a whole meal.

  • Vitamin B12

Eggs are one of my favorite foods, and it was only recently that I learned how amazing they are in burning fat and aiding in weight loss! Chock full of vitamin B12, eggs will break down body fat faster than you can blink! Well, maybe not that fast, but they do their job and do it effectively. Aim for 3-4 servings per week.

  • A Healthy Way To Boost Your Weight Loss, Energy Level and Bodily Functions

We all know that fresh fruits and veggies are healthy for us, but how many of us actually eat them? Opening a can or a frozen bag is easier than washing, peeling, storing, and prepping fresh produce. However, the benefits are entirely worth it! If you get 3-5 servings of fresh fruits and veggies per day, you will notice an over-all difference in your weight loss, hair and skin appearance, as well as your energy levels and bodily functions!

  • Enhance Your Metabolism

Raw cacao is a fabulous weight loss aid. Raw cacao powder or nibs are nothing more than raw chocolate at its finest. Raw cacao is a great energy aid and contains the crucial minerals zinc, iron and magnesium, which all enhance your metabolism, aid in metabolizing carbohydrates, and these nutrients give you energy. Raw cacao is also great for halting your appetite and you only need an ounce a day to make a difference. This is your free chance to eat chocolate, so take it ladies!

  • Detoxify Your Body

Kale is a true superfood and not just because it’s green! Kale is one of the best leafy greens you can eat to burn fat because it contains rich amounts of chlorophyll, magnesium and iron. Kale also contains more protein per ounce than steak! Chlorophyll is the pigment that gives kale its green hue, and detoxifies the body, helping to wash out wastes that can cause fat storage. It also curbs cravings. If you think you don’t like kale, try massaging it with your hands with a teeny bit of melted coconut oil, some nutritional yeast and a dash of Himilayan sea salt and black pepper. This dish tastes absolutely amazing and creamy, and helps you burn fat as a bonus!

  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Hemp seeds are one of my favorite foods and they are great to burn fat fast! Hemp seeds are wonderful for your metabolism because they are a complete source of protein. They are also high in Omega 3 fatty acids which aid in fat burning, depression prevention, and they increase your metabolism and energy production. Sprinkle these sweet and nutty little raw seeds on a salad, some yogurt, some oatmeal or your smoothie and burn fat the tasty way!

  • Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are one of my favorite filling foods. Just three tablespoon soaked in a little almond milk gels up into this delicious pudding like texture. I like to add a little stevia and cinnamon to my chia pudding and it takes away all those nasty cravings. Chia seeds swell up in your stomach, yet most of their calories come from healthy fats, and their carbohydrates come completely from fiber. This means they don’t just enhance your metabolism, but they also aid in removing toxins from your body. Soak 3 tbsp. chia seeds with ½ cup almond milk or coconut milk. Add a teeny bit of sweetener of your choice such as stevia, and a little cinnamon or even cocoa powder and mix it up. Then, just let it soak overnight! You can also add chia seeds to smoothies, salads, or basically any dish you want.

  • Must Have For Weight Loss

Cinnamon is a powerful little spice that packs a punch. Full of health benefits, cinnamon is something every woman who is trying to lose weight should have in her pantry! Just ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon helps metabolize sugars 20 times faster than before! Cinnamon also lowers your body’s blood sugar level overall.

  • Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are rich in the nutrient selenium, which helps your body use carbohdyrates for energy instead of fat storage. Selenium is an important mineral that also helps to curb your appetite. Just one single Brazil nut has over 100% of your daily selenium requirements, so pop one before your next workout and consider yourself good to go!

  • Soy Protein

Here is a food item that some of us don’t have a taste for, but it will aid you greatly in your weight-loss journey. Tofu is an excellent source of soy protein, so it burns fat quickly and in large amounts. It’s a great pick for vegetarians, or if you just want to mix it up a bit!

  • Burn Twice The Amount Of Calories

If you have a mouth for spicy foods, try having a cayenne pepper or two! These little peppers are helpful in weight loss because they burn twice the amount of calories that other peppers do, and the effect lasts for hours. If you don’t like cayenne, you can try jalapeno or some other spicy peppers for great results.

  • Fiber-Rich Foods

We all need a little fiber in our diet, and if you’re trying to lose weight that’s no exception! Fiber-rich foods help your body to flush out and cleanse the bloodstream, as well as get rid of junk your body has been holding back. Whole grains are a good source of fiber, so try to get 4-5 servings a week.

Did you know your body actually NEEDS some fats? There are only a few good fats, one of them being monounsaturated fats. Extra virgin olive oil is packed with these fats, so to keep your diet balanced, and aid in burning body fat, add a few teaspoons of EVOO to your diet each week!
Coconut is a great food to eat if you’re looking to drop weight. Coconut is rich in MCT fats, which are special fats that aid in liver function, where your fat burning starts. Your liver is responsible for triggering fat burn, but it can’t do so if it is filled with toxins we encounter everyday. Coconut’s antiviral properties help enhance your liver health to aid in detoxification. The fats in coconut are used immediately for enzyme production and metabolism, making it great to consume if you workout. Coconut oil is best to cook with, and shredded unsweetened coconut is great to add to yogurt, oatmeal or homemade energy bars. Go with 2 tbsp. per day for the best amount.

Lemons are my favorite addition to any food, or rather lemon juice, that is. Lemon juice is the best way to alkalize your body in literally two seconds with just a squeeze of lemon juice. It is rich in Vitamin C, which automatically aids in fat burning, and it detoxifies the liver, where fat burning starts. Lemon also increases the efficiency of your digestion, which can help if you’re feeling slugglsh, which may stall weight loss too.

Something that is vital to remember as you are trying to lose weight is how important it is to remain healthy about your eating habits. Losing weight is always encouraging, but don’t take desperate measures. Feed your body healthy, fat-burning foods and be nutritious! 

7 Exercises To Sculpt Your Buns To Perfection

7 Exercises To Sculpt Your Buns To Perfection

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Stability ball reverse extension

Tighten and tone your butt and a few other assets with these multi-muscle moves.

Your butt’s not the only part of your backside you should work. Strengthen the erector spinae, the muscles of the back, with this move for better posture—which means instant flatter belly.

How to do it: Lie face-down on a stability ball with hands and toes on the floor, hands below shoulders, and lower torso on top of the ball. Keeping legs pressed together and core engaged, slowly lift up legs until they are parallel with torso. (Avoid lifting legs higher than body, which will cause arching in lower back.) With control, lower legs to starting position. Do 15 to 20 reps.

 

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Glute bridge with skull crusher

This caboose-booster promotes healthier hip joints by stretching the hip flexors and strengthening the glutes, while at the same time challenging your core and tightening your triceps.

How to do it: Lie face-up with knees bent and feet flat on the floor about 12 inches away from hips, holding dumbbells. Extend arms, keeping wrists aligned with shoulders. With core engaged and spine in a neutral position, slowly tuck pelvis under, pushing into heels and lifting glutes and lower back off of the floor until hips are completely open at the top without arching back. Lower hips to hover just above the floor and bend elbows, drawing hands beside each ear. Extend arms and press up hips again. Continue, never letting hips touch the floor, for 12 to 15 reps.

 

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Donkey kick

Also known as quadruped bent-knee hip extension (and you thought “donkey kick” was odd), this tush-toner elicits a higher degree of muscle activation in both the gluteus maximus and gluteus minimums than many other commonly performed butt exercises, according to University of Wisconsin-La Crosse researchers. It also asks more of your hamstrings so you look even better from behind in mini-skirts, short shorts and swimsuits (we know the struggle—these are the best bikini bottoms for your body type).

How to do it: Get on all fours with knees below hips and wrists below shoulders. Keeping core engaged, hips and shoulders square to the floor, right leg bent and right foot flexed, slowly lift right leg until thigh is parallel with the floor. Lower to starting position. Do 12 to 15 reps, then switch legs to complete set.

 

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Single-leg deadlift with single-arm row

This single-leg variation of one of the best lower-body strengthening exercises—the deadlift—also provides the back-sculpting (back fat is pesky—try these moves, too!) benefits of the single-arm row.

How to do it: Stand with feet together holding a dumbbell in left hand. Keeping core engaged, hinge forward at hips, lifting left foot off of the floor and extending leg behind you. Balancing on right leg, continue to bend forward and lower the dumbbell toward the floor, keeping hips and shoulders squared. Perform a single-arm row, drawing left elbow straight back until the dumbbell is in line with chest. Extend left arm and slowly stand up, returning to starting position. Do 12 to 15 reps, then switch sides to complete set.

 

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Squat and squeeze

You won’t miss a single lower-body muscle when you blend a squat to hit your glutes, hamstrings and quads, with a calf raise and sponge ball squeeze to target your calves and inner thighs.

How to do it: Stand with feet hip-width apart, toes pointed forward and a small sponge ball placed between thighs. Keeping core engaged and spine neutral, hinge at hips, lowering down into a squat while applying gentle pressure to the ball. Slowly extend legs, rising up onto balls of feet, lifting heels for a calf raise, squeezing the ball at the top of the movement. Do 12 to 15 reps.

 

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Single-arm SandBell swing

It’s hard to think of exercises that truly sculpt your entire body, but this one fits the bill and also improves grip strength and boosts aerobic capacity, all while torching some serious calories—as much as nearly 20 calories per minute, according to an American Council on Exercise study.

How to do it: Stand with feet hip-width apart holding a SandBell or kettlebell in right hand with an overhand grip. Hinge at hips, drawing the SandBell back between legs, then thrust hips forward, generating power from lower body to raise the SandBell to shoulder height. Once at shoulder height, release the SandBell momentarily mid-air, switching hands so the SandBell is now in left hand. Continue, alternating hands for 20 reps.

 

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Dumbbell step-up

This step-up will perk up your butt, tone your thighs and give you strong shoulders to sexily top off strapless dresses.

How to do it: Stand facing a bench or step, holding dumbbells just above shoulders, palms facing in. Place right foot on the bench and push off left foot until both feet are on top of the bench. With elbows at about 11 o’clock and 1 o’clock, extend arms. Slowly lower dumbbells back to shoulders, then step right foot back onto the floor, followed by left foot. Repeat, starting with left foot. Continue, alternating feet for 16 to 20 reps.

 

14 Home Remedies To Make You Look Younger

 

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14 Home Remedies To MakeYou Look Younger! 

How old are you really? See how your daily habits affect your true age—and how to knock off years, starting today. The answer is more complicated than counting the number of candles you blew out on your last birthday cake. Your daily habits can either add or subtract years from your life—like how much you exercise, or how stressed you allow yourself to be. Read on for 14 things you can start doing today to live a longer, healthier life.

 

Lose Weight

Being obese increases the risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease, possibly shaving up to 12 years off your life, per an analysis in the journal Obesity. But being too thin can hike your risk of osteoporosis and poor immune function. So aim to stay at a weight that’s healthy for you.

 

Cap your drinks

Regularly exceeding one drink a day or three in one sitting can damage organs, weaken the immune system and increase the risk of some cancers.

 

Ease your stress

Chronic stress makes us feel old—and actually ages us: In a 2012 study, Austrian researchers found that work-related tension harms DNA in our cells, speeding up the shortening of telomeres—which protect the ends of our chromosomes and which may indicate our life expectancy. Of course, it’s impossible to completely obliterate stress. “What’s important is how you manage it,” says Thomas Perls, MD, associate professor at Boston University school of Medicine and creator of the Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator. Practice yoga, pray, meditate, relax in the shower or do whatever else chills you out.

 

Keep learning

Having more education lengthens your life span, according to a study in the journal Health Affairs, for a number of reasons. Extra schooling may help you become better informed about how to live a healthy life. And educated folks, as a group, have a higher income, which means greater access to good health care and insurance.

 

Connect

More and more research points to the value of having friends, and not just on Facebook. An Oxford University study found that being married makes you less likely to die of heart disease, which researchers suggest may be due to partners encouraging the other to seek early medical treatment. Same goes for friendships: Australian research showed that people with the most buddies lived 22 percent longer than those with the smallest circle. “Having positive, meaningful, intimate relationships is critical to most people’s well-being,” says Linda Fried, MD, dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

 

Extend a hand

Volunteering is linked to a lower risk of death, a University of Michigan study suggests. But you don’t have to log hours at a soup kitchen: Simply helping friends and family—say, by tutoring your niece or assisting your neighbor with her groceries—lowers blood pressure, according to researchers at the University of Tennessee and Johns Hopkins University.

 

Work out often

Exercising regularly—ideally at least three days of cardio and two days of strength training a week—may help slow the aging process, Canadian doctors reported. “Being physically active is like keeping the car engine tuned,” Dr. Fried says. “Even if there’s decline with age, it’s less severe.” You were never an athlete? Don’t worry: Starting to work out now can reduce your likelihood of becoming ill going forward, a 2014 study suggests.

 

Reconsider your protein

A diet rich in processed meat—including hot dogs, sausage, cured bacon and cured deli meats—has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and colon cancer. Limit your intake as much as possible.

 

Give up smoking

Lighting up increases your risk of not only lung cancer but also heart disease and cancer of almost every other organ. “Just one cigarette a day can take 15 years off your life,” Dr. Perls says. Though you won’t instantly revert to pre-smoking health, kicking butts will cut your added cardiovascular risk in half after a year and to that of a nonsmoker after 15.

 

Enjoy your joe

Good news for java lovers: Research indicates that drinking coffee regularly may protect against diabetes, cirrhosis and liver cancer. And Harvard research suggests that drinking 3 1/2 cups a day may lower risk of heart disease. Read more about the health benefits of coffee.

 

Sleep better

For evidence that you can—and should—make slumber a priority, look no further than a 2013 study from the University of Surrey in England, which compared a group who got less than six hours of sleep a night with a group who got 8 1/2 hours. After just one week, snoozing less had altered the expression of 711 genes, including ones involved in metabolism, inflammation and immunity, which may raise the risk of conditions from heart disease to obesity.

 

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The feel-good rush you get from it helps you fight stress and depression, jolt the immune system and lower blood pressure.

 

Go Mediterranean

In a 2013 Annals of Internal Medicine study, women who followed a Mediterranean-style diet were 40 percent more likely to live past 70 without major chronic illness than those with less healthy diets. Eat lots of veggies, fruit, fish and whole grains, and avoid simple carbs, such as pasta and sugar (“age accelerators,” Dr. Perls calls them). Try these Mediterranean diet recipes.

 

Know your history

Have one or more relatives who lived into their 90s? You may be genetically blessed. But that doesn’t mean you should quit the gym and live on doughnuts. “Before you get to extreme ages, healthy lifestyle is more critical than genes,” Dr. Perls says. So thank your ancestors, but stick to vegetables and cardio as life insurance.

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Anit-Aging Secrets From Hollywood Starlets

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Anti Aging Secrets From Hollywood Starlets

OK, you’re pushing 30 . . . don’t panic! Even if you were a complete anti aging recluse in your 20s, there is still time to enter the next decade with endless grace and fewer wrinkles. And who better to steal skin care secrets from than the actresses who remain looking forever young? These Hollywood starlets may be in their 30s, but there’s nary a dark spot in sight. Their beauty favorites range from drugstore classics to cult luxury elixirs and even a DIY recipe. With this shopping list under your belt, you can celebrate your 30s without a worry line in sight.

 

Emily Blunt, 31

When you get on the other side of 30, it’s customary to up your makeup game. But Emily’s makeup artist, Jenn Streicher, will tell you skin care is still important, too. She uses Kate Somerville Hydrating Quench Serum ($65) on Emily before applying foundation for a dewy glow.]

 

Kate Bosworth, 31

Yes, the megamodel is pretty much flawless on the red carpet, and it’s hard not to swoon over her dewy skin. You can curb your jealousy by grabbing her go-to face savior, the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask ($90) — Katie Holmes and Cate Blanchett are also fans. Kate keeps her refrigerator stocked with these cloth masks to keep from looking tired after jetting across continents.

 

Jessica Biel, 32

Jessica is a known fan of the Éminence Organics skin care products, and like any porcelain-skinned actress, she swears by daily SPF. Try Éminence Tropical Vanilla Sun Cream SPF 32 ($68). The beauty lesson here: a strict sunscreen regimen equals fewer wrinkles at 40.

 

Jessica Alba, 32

Should you start using retinol now that you’re in your 30s? Jessica does! This gorgeous actress keeps her skin looking fresh by using Shani Darden Retinol Reform Serum ($95) every night. She’s also a fan of the Koh Gen Do makeup line. We can’t promise amazing skin like hers, but it’s worth a try.

 

Michelle Williams, 33

Michelle counts on star facialist Joanna Vargas to keep her complexion clear before big red carpets. But in case you aren’t in NYC to make an appointment, you can get a similar glow using Joanna Vargas Daily Serum ($85), aka immaculate skin in a bottle.

 

Kate Hudson, 34

One thing we know for sure is that we are deeply jealous of Kate’s skin. But luckily we don’t have to go that far because she’s open about her skin care favorites. The actress swears by Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream ($37).

She also has a love of DIY recipes. So if you can’t get your hands on her product pick, try whipping up her favorite brightening mask recipe of strawberries and lemon juice.

 

Jaime King, 34

Don’t worry about asking for an in-depth microdermabrasion treatment for your 30th birthday. Instead, gift yourself a tube of Skinceuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub ($30). It’s one of Jaime’s antiaging favorites. We’re also stealing her daring makeup and hair manifesto — like that time she sported blue hair.

 

Kerry Washington, 37

Remember back in your 20s when you fell asleep in last night’s eyeliner? Two words: crow’s feet! Take a page from Kerry’s skin care guidebook and remove your makeup before bed. She uses Neutrogena Makeup Removal Wipes ($6) every night. Being that she’s a busy mom-to-be and award-winning actress, you have no excuse!

 

Drew Barrymore, 39

Even pregnant with her second child, Drew shows no signs of losing her flawless complexion. She credits her glow and pimple-free skin to Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Oil-Controlling Towelettes ($7), which you can buy at any drugstore along with her affordable makeup line, Flower. Drew also doesn’t leave home without her Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($7) to moisturize dry lips and hands.

 

Amy Adams, 39

This award season, Amy swept the red carpets by storm. And based on her radiance, you would never guess that this talented redhead is pushing 40. Amy relies on a few prestige beauty products including Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil ($48) and La Mer Cream ($155) to mask her age. Forty who?

Source: MSN

The Best Fruit For Cleansing & Weight Loss

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The Best Fruit For Cleansing & Weight Loss

I must say how excited I ‘am to know just how much nutritional Watermelon is for us. Do you remember how much you enjoyed eating watermelon as a child? I do, and I still love to eat it every summer and even all year round. Watermelons are great for hydrating your body in the hot sun. That’s why watermelon is more than just refreshing and tasty. Watermelon is great for cleansing, weight loss and your health Don’t let its lightness fool you; it’s packed with nutrition. Watermelon is an inexpensive way to help you cleanse your body and lose weight. A one cup serving of watermelon is only 47 calories. Yes, watermelon is 92 percent water but that other 8 percent is filled with good nutrition and amazing health benefits. Watermelon is recommended by the American Council on Exercise as a good choice of diet food.

 

How Watermelon Helps with Cleansing, Weight Loss & Health

1. Extremely alkaline-forming in the body
Fat cells contain toxicity and acid. Your body will not let go of fat cells while you are still acidic.

2. High amount of citrulline
It creates a diuretic effect (lots of peeing) as the toxins leave your body. Citrulline makes arginine which removes ammonia and other toxins from the body. Also, arginine boosts nitric oxide, which improves blood flow. This is why a watermelon detox works so well.

3. High in dietary fiber that helps keep the colon clean, helping cleanse your body.

4. Contains glutathione that helps improve liver function.
Your body needs this to begin to detox body toxins. Glutathione is the body’s most powerful antioxidant and detoxifying agent, but outside the science community, few people have even heard of it.

5. Good source of potassium
This balances the high amounts of sodium in our diets which supports your kidneys and is great when cleansing.

6.  Prevents Wrinkles
Watermelon is high is lycopene. Lycopene helps slow down the effect of aging caused by the oxidation in your body that causes wrinkles and blemishes. 

7. Reduces inflammation
Inflammation contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer and arthritis. Less inflammation means lower toxic load in the body.


 

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Kim Kardashian has Watermelon in her diet. Kim said, it really helps keeping my skin glowing and weight under control and it’s always helped my potassium during my pregnancy. She went on a diet after the birth of her baby North West, and Watermelon was on the list of her favs. Delicious and loves it on her salads.

Caution:  There are many good medicinal reasons to consume watermelon, but remember not to over-consume it.

 


My Watermelon Story

When I was disabled for ten years, with a partly functioning digestive system and could only eat 12 foods, watermelon was a lifesaver for me. I eat half of a big watermelon daily. I am grateful for watermelons helping me on my journey back to health.

Watermelon to Cleanse Your Body

  • If you are looking for a way to cleanse your body of toxins try a watermelon cleanse.
  • A watermelon detox helps cleanse your body by removing body toxins that are slowing down your metabolism. Ridding your body of toxins helps boost your metabolism.
  • When wastes build up in your body, skin conditions like cellulite occur. It’s best to do preventative detoxes to get rid of toxins before this happens.

Replace 1 Meal A Day with Watermelon.

Some people try to eat only watermelon for a week or longer. This is too unbalanced, too cleansing and too restrictive for most bodies. It’s healthy and safe to replace a single daily meal with a serving of watermelon.

Bonus Benefit: Watermelon also has Viagra-like properties.

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3 Fantastic Smoothie Recipes

Do you want to look sexier and slimmer? Are you sick of being given advice that just doesn’t work? 

Smoothie recipes have been all the rage for quite some time, but are they really beneficial to dieters? Yes!

Smooties help dieters maintain hydration, provide more fiber and vitamins than most foods, and provide plenty of natural fructose, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

All of this comes in an easily-digestible form that delivers the nutrients quickly and efficiently.

Here are three delicious smoothie recipes that will help you start your morning with a burst of energy and keep feeling good all day long:

 

The Ultimate Green Smoothie

Green smoothies are packed with rejuvenating chlorophyll and antioxidants that kick the immune system into high gear.

This one delivers several servings of dark green veggies along with sweet-tasting fruits to please the palate.

It also contains just enough healthy fat to help your body absorb and use the smoothie’s many vitamins.

What You’ll Need:

4 leaves of kale, de-stemmed
4 leaves of chard, de-stemmed
1/2 bunch of parsley
1 large aloe vera leaf
1/2 bunch of dandelion greens
3 pears
1 ripe banana, peeled
1 avocado, peeled
3 cups of water

Directions:

Remove stems from kale and chard leaves. Peel banana and avocado. Remove seed from avocado.

Place ingredients in blender. Add 2 1/2 cups water.  Blend for approximately two minutes, or until completely smooth. Drink and enjoy!

 

The Vitamin C Monster Smoothie

This yummy recipe is a favorite during cold and flu season. It’s packed with vitamin C to help your body fight off illnesses.

The antioxidants also help rid your body of free radicals that can lead to disease.

What You’ll Need:

1 package fresh strawberries, leaves removed
2 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
1 orange, peeled
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 cup cantaloupe, cubed
2 ice cubes, crushed

Directions:

Peel all fruits and slice as directed. Crush the ice cubes.

Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high power for two minutes, or until completely smooth and frothy.

Add a little honey for more sweetness, if desired.  Serve or drink immediately.

 

The Quick Morning Hunger-Buster Smoothie

This is an easy recipe that can be made in minutes, but it will satisfy you for hours to come. It serves up a whopping 6 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber per cup!

Silken tofu adds a smooth texture and plenty of hunger-fighting protein, while the fiber from the apples and berries will keep your digestive system in top form.

The yogurt adds more protein, plus calcium

What You’ll Need:

1 cup frozen mixed berries
1/2 banana
2 sweet apples, cored and sliced
1/2 cup silken tofu
1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt

Directions:

Combine berries, banana, apples, yogurt and tofu in blender.

Blend on high speed for two minutes or until smooth.  This smoothie can be placed in a covered container and stored in the fridge for 3-4 days.

 

Bonus: Build Your Own Smoothie

You can create a custom smoothie recipe that perfectly suits your taste. Here’s how:

Custom green smoothies can be made by taking your favorite dark leafy green vegetables (such as spinach, kale, or arugula) and combining them with your favorite sweet-tasting fruits (such as bananas, pears, or apples).

Add a fruit or vegetable with high water content (such as cucumber or melon) for added hydration. Blend on high speed until smooth.

Hunger-busting smoothies can be created by mixing a few of your favorite fruits with a protein source (such as yogurt or silken tofu). Experiment until you find the mix that works best for you!

Remember: You can add powdered supplements to any smoothie recipe for an extra dose of protein or fiber.
Bye for now,

Dr Jason Hurst, DC

P.S.  If you read my other post on smoothies you’ll remember that I mentioned using the NutriBullet Smoothie Maker for quick smoothies with little clean up required.  You will simply need to use smaller portions of the ingredients to fit into the NutriBullet Smoothie Maker.

P.P.S. If you have an awesome smoothie recipe that you would love to share, please comment below.

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.

How To Get Rid Of Love Handles

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“Love handles” is a cute name for a serious problem: fatty deposits on the back and sides of the waist. They’re not just unsightly, they’re unhealthy, too. Fortunately, you can get rid of love handles once and for all by making some small changes to your lifestyle.

 

Lose Fat All Over

Love handles are a sign of excess abdominal fat. This is a stubborn and dangerous type of fat that can lead to metabolic disorders and even serious heart disease. Reducing the fat around your waistline can decrease your chance of becoming diabetic or suffering a heart attack.

If you’ve considered targeting your abdominal fat and nothing else, don’t bother; there’s no such thing as spot reduction. If there were, none of us would have problem areas and we would all be perfectly proportioned! But in reality, if you want to get rid of love handles, you have to get rid of fat everywhere else, too.

Cardio exercise will help you burn fat faster. Strength training will increase your lean muscle mass, which in turn will make you burn calories faster. Eating at a slight calorie deficit will keep you from storing extra calories as fat. The best way to get rid of love handles is to do all three.

 

Build Stronger Obliques

The obliques are the muscles that run down both sides of your abdomen. They frame the group of muscles commonly called the 6-pack. Obliques give us the strength to twist and turn when we need to. Unfortunately, they are sometimes hidden by love handles.

Building stronger obliques will help you burn more calories, and will give you tight abdominal muscles to show off after the love handles are gone.

You can get rid of love handles faster by doing exercises that were found by the American Council on Exercise to be the very best ones for working your obliques: Bicycle crunches, captain’s chair leg raises, and vertical leg crunches.

Bicycle crunches involve lying down on your back and doing crunch-twists while pedaling your legs as if you were riding a bicycle. Captain’s chair leg raises require the use of a captain’s chair, which is a common fixture in most gyms. Vertical leg crunches are performed like regular crunches, but with your legs raised perpendicular to the ground.

 

Eat Fat-Burning Foods

Some foods, especially those high in sugar and sodium, add inches to the waistline. To get rid of love handles, you’ll need to eat more foods that fight belly fat. Doctors recommend heart-healthy fats, like those found in olive oil, nuts, and salmon; 3 servings of calcium from green, leafy vegetables or dairy products; and plenty of fiber from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

These foods are digested slowly, so they leave you feeling satisfied longer. Add some green tea to your diet for an extra fat-burning boost. Three cups a day will speed up your metabolism and ward off diseases.

 

Check Your Clothes

One last quick and dirty trick to get rid of love handles: Make sure your clothes fit properly. Tight clothing can create the illusion of love handles, even on thin folks. If you’ve worked hard to lose your love handles, don’t ruin the effect by squeezing into jeans that leave you overflowing!

 

5 Great Healthy Drinks For Weight Loss

Natural Healthy Drinks For Losing Weight

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If you need help losing weight, we have a great list of 5 healthy drinks that will get you started losing weight immediately. There’s so many factors that are involved when someone is trying to lose weight. These healthy drinks are great for losing weight but you can’t lose weight with these 5 drinks alone. It takes a balance of eating correctly, portion control and exercise also. If you’re from the baby boomer generation, we have a great article to help you, weight loss tips for 50 and older. To everyone else, all 5 drinks are natural weight loss drinks. Many of them if not all, you’ve heard of before. Remember, it’s the perfect balance of all elements that helps you achieve results when trying to lose weight.

Water Is A Great Source For Losing Weight

Water is still a great healthy source for losing weight and it’s vital to our general health. It’s recommended that we drink 8 cups of water every day. Our bodies are made up of mostly water and this water has more medical benefits then most people know. If you believe it takes a special water to lose weight, it doesn’t. As long as you’re getting 8 cups a day, it doesn’t matter which type of water you drink. Water is consumed and is pushed to key nutritional areas of the body.

If you’re not a regular water drinker or you go prolong periods without drinking water, you’re going to notice some big changes in the way you feel. Soda can’t replace water. Soda is terrible for the body as it’s high in sugars and other chemicals that damage the body. If you experience pain or even dizziness, water can help you feel much better. Don’t underestimate water when it comes to losing weight and general health.

Now, I know some of you are already thing, “water is boring.” Trust me, I know from personal accounts. There’s several great ways to bring water to life. Water is essential for losing weight, so you need to figure out a great way to add some flavor to your water. You may wish to add lime, lemons, banana, strawberry or other fruits to your water. This will give your water some flavor and kick. The most important aspects, get to the point where 8 cups of water is normal. If you’re big on soda, get to the point where water replaces the soda or any other unhealthy drink you may consume.

 

Vegetable Drinks, Vegetable Soup Is Great For Weight Loss

Vegetable drinks and vegetable soups are great for losing weight. I know we’re discussing 5 natural healthy drinks and vegetable soup is included, but it’s extremely helpful and beneficial to your body. Plus, vegetable soup can be blended into a drink. If you cook vegetable soup long enough, it’s nearly like a drink anyway. Point is, vegetable drinks are a great source for losing weight. Carrots, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, green beans and any other vegetable you wish to add will work. You should watch on your sodium intake though, I would recommend vegetable drinks or soup with low sodium. V8 Juice can work, just make sure you choose the right kind. Some V8 Juice has spices and certain ingredients not focused on weight loss.

Vegetable drinks can help you lose weight, but remember, it can’t do it alone. We’ll discuss this later in the article. Besides losing weight, vegetables have a variety of great benefits that keep us healthy. What about vegetable shakes? You can use vegetable shakes, throw a few tomatoes, carrots or green beans into the blender. Vegetables are very healthy and good for the body.

 

Fruit Shakes And Fruit Smoothies Help Weight Loss

I believe you’re going to like this one. Fruit shakes and fruit smoothies are very beneficial when it comes to losing weight and getting healthy. The great thing about fruits, most of them taste great and they can help you lose weight. You can truly have some fun with fruits and you can create your own healthy drinks. All you need is a good blender and you can create your own fruit shakes, fruit drinks and fruit smoothies. The best part, most fruit drinks and smoothies can be made in 5 minutes!

Do you have a great fruit smoothie recipe? If not, don’t worry, I have you covered. I’ve listed a perfect smoothie recipe to help you start losing weight below. Here’s what you’re going to need.

 *One frozen banana, be sure to peel it and cut it into small slices

*One cup of milk, can be replaced with soy milk

*2 cups of fruit, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, add any fruit you wish

*1/2 cup of yogurt, your choice

*Blend until you get a smooth cream

 

Tea Is Great For Weight Loss And Body Cleanse

Tea is a great drink for losing weight. Teas are also great for getting rid of toxins in the body. There’s several different variations of tea and most of them have healthy benefits, especially using tea to lose weight. Certain teas can shrink fat cells and help you lose weight. The key is knowing which teas are the best for weight loss. Did you know that tea has benefits when it’s drunk at a certain time of day? It’s true. Tea can help give you energy in the morning, If you drink tea around lunch, it can help with reducing stress. During the afternoon, tea is great for reducing fat. At night, tea is a great source for reducing food cravings. Yes, who knew that tea could be so beneficial with weight loss? Now, you know how important tea is and which times to drink it.

Pu-erh Tea is from Eastern China and it’s great for reducing fat in the morning. This is a great weight loss tea for those of you that often eat big in the morning. It’s recommended that you drink 2 cups in the morning. Pu-erh has been scientifically proved to shrink fat tissue in the morning. Most tea don’t have a good taste, I know. However, you’re going to be surprised with Pu-erh tea. Pu-erh tea has a good natural taste and you won’t need to add sugar. Sugar isn’t going to help you lose weight, right? This tea is going to be a big benefit for you in your weight loss journey. Imagine after a few weeks of drinking Pu-erh tea in the morning, you’re going to see results. It’s one of the best teas and tools for weight loss.

Chickweed tea is another great tea that’s going to help you with losing weight. The afternoon has passed and many of us our starting to get that common bloating issue. This is especially true for anyone overweight and trying to lose weight. It’s annoying, uncomfortable and it’s a pain. Well, what about a tea that can be drunk in the afternoon to help with bloating? That’s right, there is a tea that helps afternoon bloating and it’s called Chickweed tea. It helps you lose water and flush your body, it’s recommended that you drink only one cup per afternoon. Again, you need not add sugar to this tea or any of the teas listed. Chickweed tea is going to help with bloating and aiding your weight loss plan.

Bilberry tea is a great tea for reducing night time cravings. This is an area and time that most men and women struggle when trying to lose weight. Bilberry tea is going to be a huge benefit to your weight loss journey. It’s recommended that you drink only one cup of Bilberry tea per evening/night to reduce food cravings. This tea has a much different taste then the others. It’s not as good as Pu-erh tea or Chickweed tea but it’s certainly tolerable. So many people struggle to lose weight because of food cravings, here’s your alternative. It can be found at most local grocery stores.

 

GrapeFruit Juice And Cranberry Juice For Losing Weight 

Grapefruit juice and Cranberry juice are very beneficial to the body, very healthy and can aide in your weight loss efforts. Both Grapefruit and Cranberry juice act as detox agents that help flush the body. Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice is one of the best drinks for your body. Grapefruits contain high amounts of Vitamin C, which helps your  body to detoxify naturally. We recommend that you drink one cup a day. The point is to take all the bad toxins and fats in your body and have them flushed out of the body. This drink can also help your liver.

Cranberry juice also has several great benefits for losing weight. Cranberry juice can help you get rid of fat deposits stored in your body. You do want to make sure it’s 100 percent cranberry juice without any additional additives. We recommend that you drink this with water, one cup of cranberry juice a day. Cranberries are great for a healthy immune system as well as urinary health. As for your cranberry drink, just make sure it’s drunk with water.

 

Losing Weight And Getting Healthy

These weight loss drinks alone will help you lose weight but you still need to eat healthy and exercise. It’s the perfect combination of all aspects of weight loss that bring results. The combination of healthy drinks, healthy foods, portion control and exercise is what is needed to lose weight and remain healthy. The balance of them all will lead you to a successful weight loss journey.

 

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13 Fad Diets To Ignore

 

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13 Fad Diets To Ignore

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From the impractical to the downright dangerous, these diets aren’t your best choice for losing weight.

Every day it seems a new diet is ready to make weight loss faster and easier than ever before. Or at least they say they are. “Most fad diets go something like this: Take a few foods, give them ‘magic’ power, and set a plan to convince people that eating this way and only this way will promote weight loss,” says Alexandra Caspero, RD, a nutritionist based in Sacramento, Calif. The following diets might spur short-term weight loss, but many are difficult to follow, have arbitrary rules, and a few could put your health in danger.

 

The raw food diet

Any weight-loss expert would agree that boosting your veggie and fruit intake while reducing the amount of junk you eat is a safe and effective way to lose weight, but this diet bans foods that have been cooked or processed in any way. Why? Raw foodies say cooking destroys nutrients. Though it’s true that cooking produce can sometimes reduce nutrient levels, cooked veggies still pack plenty of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and in some instances cooking actually enhances nutrients while also killing bacteria. The biggest issue with this extreme form of veganism? Food prep—it’s totally impractical, says Christopher N. Ochner, PhD, director of research development and administration at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. Raw foodies spend hours upon hours juicing, blending, dehydrating, sprouting, germinating, cutting, chopping, and rehydrating.

 

The blood-type diet

Developed by naturopathic physician Peter D’Adamo, the Blood Type Diet is based on the notion that the foods you eat react chemically with your blood type. For example, on the diet, those with type O blood are to eat lean meats, vegetables, and fruits, and avoid wheat and dairy. Meanwhile, type A dieters go vegetarian, and those with type B blood are supposed to avoid chicken, corn, wheat, tomatoes, peanuts, and sesame seeds. However, there’s no scientific proof that your blood type affects weight loss. And depending on your blood type, the diet can be extremely restrictive.

 

The werewolf diet

Also called the lunar diet, this one is simply fasting according to the lunar calendar. Its quick-fix version involves a day of fasting allowing only water and juice during a full or new moon—and supposedly losing up to six pounds in water weight in a single day. The extended version starts with that daylong fast and continues with specific eating plans for each phase of the moon. While you’ll lose some weight from not eating, it has nothing to do with the moon, and it will come right back, Ochner says.

 

Cookie diets

Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet, The Hollywood Cookie Diet, and the Smart for Life Cookie Diet all promise that eating cookies will help you drop pounds. Of course, you don’t get to chow down chocolate-chip cookies—you eat about 500 to 600 calories a day from high-protein and high-fiber weight-loss cookies (one cookie company even makes the cookies from egg and milk protein) for breakfast, lunch, and any snacks. Then you eat a normal dinner, for a total of 1,000 to 1,200 calories a day. If you stick to the diet, you will likely lose some weight, but by depriving yourself all day, you set yourself up for bingeing come dinnertime, Ochner says.

 

The five-bite diet

Eat whatever you want—but only five bites of it. On this diet, developed by obesity doctor Alwin Lewis, MD, you skip breakfast and eat only five bites of food for lunch and five more for dinner. “I’m OK with the idea of eating whatever you want in smaller portions, but you need to round out the rest of your eating with nutrient-dense foods to give your body the fuel it needs,” Caspero says. “On this diet, even if you take giant bites of heavily caloric food, you’re still barely consuming 900 to 1,000 calories a day.”

 

The Master Cleanse/lemonade diet

This diet has been around for decades, and there are a ton of variations. Pretty much all involve subsisting for days on only lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper mixed in water. “You are essentially just drinking diuretics,” Ochner says. “You’ll shed mostly water weight.” Once you start eating solid foods again, you will gain all the weight back. Common side effects include fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and dehydration. Plus, on an extremely low-calorie diet like this one, you are going to lose muscle, exactly the kind of weight you don’t want to lose, Caspero says.

 

The baby food diet

If a baby can grow up eating the mushy stuff, eating some definitely won’t hurt you, but guess what: You aren’t a baby. Dieters replace breakfast and lunch with about 14 jars of baby food (most baby food jars contain 20 and 100 calories apiece), and then they eat a low-calorie dinner. It’s easy to get too few calories for your body to run its best, Ochner says. Besides, who really wants to take jars of baby food to work each day?

 

The cabbage soup diet

The grandmother of all fad diets, the bulk of this plan is fat-free cabbage soup, eaten two to three times a day for a week along with other low-calorie foods such as bananas and skim milk. In the short term, it does yield weight loss. “It works because you are eating a low-calorie diet full of fiber and water to help aid in fullness,” Caspero says. “But it’s just a quick fix diet. It can also promote bloating and gas from all the cabbage, and is lacking in protein, which is needed to preserve lean body mass. While I am a fan of nutrient-dense, low calorie foods for weight loss, it should be balanced with other foods such as fruits, carbohydrates, healthy fats, and lean protein.”

 

The grapefruit diet

We are all for including produce at every meal, but the various versions of this 80-year-old fad diet instruct dieters to focus all of their meals on grapefruit or grapefruit juice, claiming that the fruit contains fat-busting enzymes that will help dieters lose 10-plus pounds in 12 days. “In reality, any time you are following a very-low calorie diet you will lose weight,” Caspero says. And this diet definitely hits that, limiting dieters to 800 to 1,000 calories a day. Some iterations also prohibit eating extremely hot or extremely cold foods, preparing foods in aluminum pans, and requires dieters to space “protein meals” and “starch meals” at least four hours apart.

 

The Sleeping Beauty diet

If you’re asleep, you’re not eating. Rumored to have been followed by Elvis Presley, this diet takes that simple fact to the extreme, encouraging people to use sedatives to stay asleep for days on end. But sleeping the days away not only starves the body and causes muscle deterioration from a lack of movement, but actually risks death: “Every time you go under, there’s a risk,” Ochner says. “Sure, you might wake up 2 pounds lighter, but you might not wake up at all.”

 

The HCG diet

This edge-of-starvation diet limits you to about 500 calories a day while taking human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), a hormone that proponents tout as a powerful appetite suppressant. However, there’s no evidence that HCG does more than act as a placebo, Ochner says. Yes, you’ll lose weight, but only due to the extreme calorie restriction. Though a health care provider may legally give you HCG injections, they’re typically used to treat fertility issues in women and the FDA has not approved them for weight loss. As for over-the-counter homeopathic products that supposedly contain HCG? Those are illegal.

 

The tapeworm diet

“You don’t need a doctor to tell you that ingesting a tapeworm is a bad idea,” Ochner says. But apparently, some people do. This weight-loss tactic has been around for decades, preying on especially desperate dieters. Here’s how it goes: Ingest tapeworm eggs, let the tapeworm eat the food you consume once it gets to your intestines, and then, when you lose enough weight, get a doctor to prescribe you an anti-worm medication. But some tapeworm eggs can migrate to various parts of your body or cause other potentially life-threatening problems. Freaked out yet? Good.

 

The cotton ball diet

Consuming cotton balls soaked in orange juice—a diet technique may have been born on YouTube, in chat rooms, and on Facebook—is an incredibly dangerous way to suppress your appetite. “This makes my eating-disorder therapy head spin,” Caspero says. Not only does consuming cotton balls in place of food deprive the body of nutrients, eating anything that isn’t actually food can cause blockages in your intestines. What’s more, most cotton balls aren’t even made of cotton—they’re composed of bleached, synthetic fibers.

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