Lose weight and still eat the foods you love

Did you know that nutrition is just as much about HOW and WHEN you eat as it is about what you eat?

Did you know that you can get more nutrients from eating your favorite neighborhood pizza in the right way, than you could from eating a steamed organic bowl of vegetables in the wrong way?

Ayurveda, the ancient system of health from India has given us tools to maximize the nutrients we get from our foods and to improve our digestion. So here’s 3 quick and crucial tips from ancient India!:

  1. When you eat, no matter what it is, chew it slowly, aiming for at least 30 chews per mouthful. Our saliva is the first step of digestion. Chewing well breaks down the food before your stomach processes it, exposing more of the nutrients to your body and also minimizing problems with reflux, acid and indigestion. Plus, savoring your food makes it last longer and may reduce the total amount of food you need to feel satisfied.
  2. When eating a heavy food like pizza, burgers, ice cream etc. try to eat these foods earlier on in the day, say for lunch or for an early dinner before 6:00pm. This will allow your body to digest and process the food before bed, going to sleep with a full stomach is at the root of a lot of weight management problems.
  3. When you eat a heavy meal, start with a raw salad filled with tons of crisp greens and your favorite light veggies like tomatos, cucumber, carrots etc topped with a light vinegar based dressing. The raw veggies act like a broom through the stomach, helping the body to digest the main meal and helping you maintain your weight.

Ancient India and China have a variety of techniques that can change your life depending on your lifestyle, body type, appetite, region that you live amongst many other considerations. This is something that an experienced practitioner can help you to decide. The above 3 suggestions will work for anyone anywhere and will provide simple and dramatic changes. Try them on for yourself and see how simple big change can be!

5 Keys to Fat Loss Success

By Wendy Chant,
Author of Crack the Fat Loss Code

When it comes to losing fat, success doesn’t happen overnight.
Sometimes it doesn’t even happen over a few weeks, a few months or a
few years. Don’t rush it, don’t crash and don’t expect too much of
yourself too soon. Life is for the living; for the making of mistakes
and learning from them. Below I have outlined my5 Keys to Fat Loss
Success so that you can not only lose fat but keep it off — forever:

1. Set realistic short-term goals: The best way to think of these is
as “mini-goals.” When I was actively training in road racing I didn’t
start out running a marathon. I first started with smaller mileage
races and each time I would try to better my time — and better my
distance — until I was running a competitive marathon. There is no
way to reach such a huge long-term goal without a few mini-goals along
the way. What are your mini-goals?

2. Short-term goals should lead you to long-term goals: Allow for
occasional setbacks along the way, but regard them as learning
experiences. That’s the beauty of short-term, or mini, goals. You can
make a few missteps along the way and still reach your ultimate goal,
as long as you simply learn from your misstep and get back on track.

3. Set a training schedule and stick to it: It helps to have a
contract with yourself; how formal a “contract” is up to you. Some
clients put the schedule in writing; others tack it to their fridge or
keep a sticky-note in their wallets. Some keep it in their heads, but
all do one thing in common: stick to it.

4. Listen to Your Body: If I’ve taught you one thing in this book it’s
to listen to your body. We talked about not eating too much, stuffing,
and not eating too little, starving. Your body sends you signals when
it’s too full or too empty; listening to them is one way to stay in
balance. Your exercise should be the same. Fatigue is a sign to take a
break, and it’s OK to do so. The old adage of “no pain, no gain” has
gone by the wayside.

5. Constantly challenge yourself: Life is meant to be a challenge. We
strive to meet challenges and move beyond them. If we don’t learn, we
can’t grow. Success is like a muscle; it doesn’t grow if it isn’t
stretched. How far can you stretch today?

©2008 Wendy Chant

Author Bio
Wendy Chant, MPT, SPN, is a certified personal trainer and a
specialist in performance nutrition. She holds a bachelor of science
degree in medical sciences and nutrition science. A champion body
builder, she opened her own training center, ForeverFit®, in 1998.
Her book, Crack the Fat Loss Code, is available now from McGraw-Hill.

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