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by Princess Harris, Freelance Contributing Writer/ Health Consultant, Sports and Fitness Model
Time to bring out those shorts and slippers…..Get in the know on the top Weight Loss Foods, to help you not only lose weight, but also stay that way:
Fat loss eating means eating more of the right things more often. The right things= lean protein, vegetables and low sugar fruit. In our clinical practice almost everyone (upwards of 90%) who eats this way sees substantial improvements in body composition and health. That is the difference between healthy eating and fat loss eating. Fat loss foods are both healthy and help with body composition, while “healthy foods” may be neither.
Here is my list of top 10 healthiest fat loss foods based on the same criteria above, that help you stay
‘Healthy and Fit 4 Life’!!! . High water, high fiber and higher protein along with power packed nutrition including vitamins, minerals, essential fats and healthy plant chemicals. Eat from this list of food 90% of the time and our bet is your body’s appearance and its health improves dramatically.
Slimming superpowers: The fish’s omega-3 fatty acids could help you fight flab more effectively. They alter the expression of certain genes, shifting your body to burn fat rather than store it.
Slimming superpowers: The green soybeans supply 17 g of protein per cup, and your body torches more calories digesting protein than it does processing carbs and fat.
Slimming superpowers: A large kiwi has 84 milligrams of Vitamin C-more than a day’s quota. C helps form carnitine, a compound that transports fat into cell mitochondria, where it’s burned for energy during exercise.
Slimming superpowers: These spuds have RS, the same carbs found in lentils that may turn up the body’s fat-scorching furnace. RS may also increase production of peptide hormone compounds that signal the brain to stop eating.
Slimming superpowers: Lowfat and nonfat Greek and regular yogurts contain 20 percent or more of your daily calcium needs. The mineral slows production of cortisol, a hormone that encourages belly-flab buildup.
Slimming superpowers: The breakfast staple is loaded with choline, a compound known to help block fat absorption.
Slimming superpowers: Healthful monounsaturated fats found in olive oil could potentially switch on genes related to fat burning and storage.
Slimming superpowers: These legumes are rich in resistant starch (RS), a carbohydrate that may encourage fat burning and shrink fat cells.
Slimming superpowers: A complete protein, quinoa has all the essential amino acids needed to build metabolism-revving muscle.
Slimming superpowers: This fruit’s 4 to 5 grams of fiber not only are filling but also help ferry out some of the fat and calories you take in from other foods.
With the increasing incidence of Colon cancer, it is necessary for anyone worried about the health of their colon to know what is a healthy bowel movement. For many people, they judge a healthy bowel movement as one in which they have made for that day.
Even though it might seem peculiar or embarrassing to talk about bowel movements, they are important. For a long time it has been believed that the Digestive system played a major role in the health of the person.
Therefore, whatever the person chooses to eat, would affect his or her digestion leading to some form of gastrointestinal illness – the surprising fact is that most people only have 1-3 bowel movements PER WEEK and consider this to be ‘normal’. Yes, this might be normal for some, but it is not healthy.
Each time we eat, we should be ‘passing out’ the previous meals we consumed. We should be ‘going’ 3 times per day, and if we are not we probably have fecal matter that is ‘stuck in our gut’ and feeding back toxins to our system that we should be eliminating.
Therefore, it is simply not enough to consider that one bowel movement a day is a sign of a healthy bowel. Instead it is necessary to look at the frequency, color, odor, or the consistency associated with the stool.
The frequency of the stool is necessary to take note of especially is there is a concern that you might be constipated. Bowel movements can be as little as one a day to as many as three bowel movements depending on how “regular” the person might be. An increased frequency is not seen as a healthy bowel movement.
Another area to look at when considering bowel movements is the odor. If the odor accompanying your stool is plenty or has a very bad smell, then this is not the sign of a healthy bowel movement. A healthy bowel movement would not be covered by excess gas, and would not make the person embarrassed.
The color of the stool should also be thought about when discussing a healthy bowel movement. Usually stool is brown in color, if this color changes and becomes to pale, or too dark in color, then this is an indication that something is going on in the intestine.
The consistency is also important as if the stool is too soft or too hard, this will not be a sign of a healthy bowel movement. Instead a stool that is not to hard is key to removing wastes from the intestine, and should be considered a healthy bowel movement.
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Princess Harris, is a Bahamian-American Actress, Health and Fitness Consultant and Sports Fitness Model based in New York City. Princess is on a mission to inform, educate and encourage a healthy and wholesome lifestyle, and each week will show you how you can be healthy and enjoy it.
As a Sports Fitness Model, I have worked with some of the top fitness nutritionists, photographers, Directors and Magazines..such as P90X, Cardio Karate, Urban Rebounding, Oxygen, Women Health, and Lovate to name a few. Join me, as I share my personal tips, routines and even ‘tricks’:) to help you on your journey in getting AND keeping that ‘vacation’ body, and having fun while doing it.
The most important quality one must have in order to achieving Health and Fitness is dedication. Health and fitness is a lifestyle that can only be attained through hard work. There are no short cuts to success and it all starts with having a proper diet regimen.
A proper diet is one that consists of healthier choices, smarter preparation, and a balance of Protein, Vegetables, and Good Carbohydrates. A healthier choice consists of little to NO white flour and foods from sealed cans and having natural foods I.e. fruits, vegetables and nuts that are unsalted. One should consume little to no salt and sugar, as salt causing bloating and sugar turns into fat, as well as other medical issues.
Smarter food preparations consist of Grilled/Baked/Broiled/Steamed vs. Fried. One of the primary reasons people gain weight is due to a lack of portion control. To lose one pound -one must burn 3500 calories over and above what you already burn doing normal activities. Portion control is important because your stomach is the size of your fist, so you should not expect to stuff 10 times that amount of food into it without negative consequences.
Another important aspect of healthier living is a consistent workout program.
One should exercise 4-5 times a week minimum consisting of at least 30 minutes of cardio each day and calisthenics.This should include working different muscle groups, such as lower body (hamstrings/quads/calves) and on opposite days upper body, (chest/biceps/back) splitting the workouts in groups and breaking down each muscle with different exercises.
In essence, you should change from ‘eating whenever you can and exercising only when you must… to eating only when you must and exercising whenever you can’. As it is evident that I live and breathe health and fitness – I get greater satisfaction motivating, educating, and inspiring others to live a healthier and fit lifestyle.
Stay tuned each week, for more on developing and maintaining this ‘new’ you….feel free to leave comments, ask questions and share progress….
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