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If only you drank more water everyday!

February 22, 2009 by  
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Drinking water is key to maintaining health. Water regulates body temperature, lubricates joints and more. With over 75% of our body made up of water there is no denying the need to remain hydrated at all times.

If you are following a fitness program you will need to consume more water. We are constantly losing water throughout the day and even at night while we sleep. To remain hydrated we need to replace this water by drinking sufficient quantities so we never get thirsty.

With exercise we perspire more than normal and thereby lose more water, so any time we exercise we need to drink more water than we would normally drink.

If you feel thirsty then you are already getting dehydrated and your body is telling you to do something about it.

The problem with many people is their misunderstanding with what is suitable to drink. There are so many flavored drinks available that people resort to these in preference to drinking water alone. Water doesn’t have all the added sugars, preservatives and colorings that are detrimental to your health.

By remaining hydrated you will have more energy and this will allow you to perform better at the gym or your chosen exercise program. It will also allow you to recover faster after a workout and reduce the chance of injury.

It is better to sip water constantly throughout the day, rather than try to meet your minimum requirements by drinking a lot all at one time.

Most people live on a daily basis with less water than they should be having and that is why many people feel lethargic.

If you are living in a hot climate you will need to consume more to compensate for the additional loss due to perspiration.

If you are consuming alcohol or caffeine you will need additional water to compensate for the diuretic effect that these have on the body.

Have a glass of water before you go to bed at night and you should find you have increased energy when you wake up in the morning.

Also – You should have access to water when you are exercising and sip regularly from it. This will help you to have a better workout and have more energy throughout your session.

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Weight Loss Program – One Size fits One

January 20, 2009 by  
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Each of you is different, so are the needs and reactions of your body to any weight loss program. To derive the maximum benefit from any weight loss program it needs to be designed to fit your specific requirements at that point in time. Why point in time, I will explain later in this article.

All aspects of your lifestyle, from the food you eat, to the exercise that you do on a regular basis to determine what you require to do to lose weight. You also need to take into account your working environment and how this will affect your ability to manage a weight loss program and whether your occupation is also affecting the fact that you are overweight.

Your height, weight and gender will determine how many calories you should be consuming during the day and your nutrition can be adjusted accordingly to ensure that you will lose weight while still remaining healthy.

You also need to look at any supplementation that will be required and this will be adjusted according to any fitness training that you might be doing and once again the other factors that have already been mentioned.

The current condition of your health will need to be taken into account when designing a weight loss program.

It will also be well worth considering whether you are able to maintain the weight loss program that has been designed for you and evaluation should be made after the first week or so and adjusted accordingly as you should be able to maintain any program over the long term to expect reasonable results.

Your specific requirements will change over time, and they can change quite rapidly as your fitness levels increase and your body fat reduces.

So you need to be aware that a weight loss program that has been specifically designed for you now may not be suitable in a month or two.

Taking all these factors into account will ensure that you get the maximum results in the minimum time.

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Do Multivitamins Really Help?

December 19, 2008 by  
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Vitamins

Vitamins

A multivitamin is a preparation intended to supplement a human diet with vitamins, dietary minerals and other nutritional elements. Such preparations are available in the form of tablets, capsules, pastilles, powders, liquids and injectable formulations.

The question is often asked whether multivitamins should be taken each day. There are people who believe that we will get all the nutrition we require from the foods that we eat but this is no longer the case.

Many of the foods we eat are processed and have all sorts of additives that can be detrimental to our health.

Even fresh foods don’t have the same minerals that they once had.

In some growing areas most of the minerals that were once in the soil have long since been depleted and the food that is grown in that soil doesn’t have the same values as we have come to expect.

Additional stresses are placed on our health with pollution, work stress and so on, all making demands on our body and the nutrients that we need. Even fitness training, while good for our health, places additional demands on the body and this is best addressed with supplementation.

A good multivitamin taken once or twice a day can help to balance out any deficiencies that we might have. This will help us to train better and to stay fitter and healthier and not become as susceptible to illness. Most of the best multivitamin supplements include a balanced proportion of vitamins and nutrients that meet the recommended daily dosage for an average person.

If you are doing intensive fitness training then your requirements might be higher than normal and that might necessitate additional supplementation. Once of the most effective methods of testing your needs for vitamins and minerals is through hair sample testing.
Hair sample tests can give you an accurate graph of your levels of vitamins and minerals and based on this information you can supplement your diet to bring back a balance in your nutrition.

Sometimes deficits in these areas can take months to address and without accurate testing the process will take longer. Everything from smoking to alcohol will deplete the body of essential vitamins and minerals. Supplements will help to counter these effects.

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Rapid Weight Loss

November 18, 2008 by  
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Other than physical appearance weight affects a person in many ways. This could be the overall quality of life, self-esteem, depression, health risks, and physical incapabilities. There are a lot of positive changes once a person experience weight loss.  It is for this reason why a lot of people are searching for a weight loss technique that will surely trim down those fats and get a super slim head turner body.The first thing that an over-weight should do is seek a doctor to recommend the best weight loss regimen. This will be done after a full physical examination, which leads to the determination of proper weight loss technique. And to lose weight fast and effectively four aspects of life should be changed: what to eat, how to eat, behavior and activity level.

Here are fast tips that can change an over-weight’s life:

  1. Fast weight loss composes of a multi-faceted technique that consists mindset, exercise, and in other cases, diet supplements. Begin by learning a diet food plan that can easily be accustomed with.  Incorporate an exercise plan that allows even at least fifteen minutes a day like brisk walking, running, swimming, and dancing.
  2. Set realistic approaches. The ability to focus and have proper mindset enables someone on a diet to quickly lose those extra pounds. With discipline and proper mind set, a dieter will never be discouraged and lose focus.
  3. Listen as the body speaks. Each and everyone’s body metabolism reacts differently to different fast weight loss programs and plans.  Try substituting one program for another to compensate the body’s reaction.  Exercise program must be suitable to one’s body, as others are not able to exercise as rigorously as others can.  If walking is all that can be done, then walk for this is proven the best exercise.  Muscles burn more calories than fats so it’s also best to put on a little muscle and looking good too.
  4. Eat more fibers for it makes a person full sooner and stays in the tummy longer, slowing down the rate of digestion.  A single serving of whole grain bread moves fat through the digestive system faster.  Grains turn into blood sugar that spikes the body’s insulin level.  Thus, making the body more energized and ready to tell the body when it should stop burning fats or start storing.
  5. Keep away from fried foods especially deep-fried as this contains a great amount of fat.  Although fish and chicken appear leaner than beef, this white meat can contain more fat than when a beef is fried.  It is recommended for those on strict diet to opt for grilled food as this does not have or contain less amount of fat after the food is cooked.
  6. Takes lots of fluid. Drinking at least six to eight glasses of water a day keeps the body refreshed.  Since weight loss depends on how the body eliminates body wastes, the body must stay hydrated.

All in all, discipline and consistency is still the best practice and the key to a rapid weight loss success. Light dieting, workout, and right amount of supplementation applied in a regular way everyday will result in faster weight loss than having a massive action only to be followed a return to old habits as this would only lead to gaining more weight than when the weight loss plan has started.

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