Sunday, February 21, 2010

How to Enjoy Your Favorite Pasta Without Getting Fat

Sometimes the more we avoid the kind of food that make us fat the more we are tempted to feast on them. I’m talking particularly about carbohydrates in our diet. It seems like most of the really delicious recipes are made of carbohydrates that make us forget that we are pursuing a no non-sense weight loss program.

But don’t despair, you can still enjoy your favorite pasta recipe without feeling guilty by packing up with the kind of carbohydrates that will not only make you fight off fat but also make you feel fuller for a longer period eventually helping you lose weight. I’m talking about fiber found in popcorn, oats, legumes, and whole grains.

Eating foods with at least 34 grams of fiber daily will reduce the absorption of calories by 6 per cent.
I want you to enjoy and savor your favorite pasta dish by simply following these two important things about carbohydrates for a successful weight loss diet:

1. Choose whole grains pasta. Pasta, rice and bread made of whole grains are rich in fiber making them more filling while fighting off fat.
2. Keep your eating habits in moderation. Whole grains have the same number of calories as white carbohydrates but they contain more fiber making you feel fuller even with just a small amount consumed.

Just follow those two rules above and you will be able fully enjoy and savor your favorite pasta recipes while pursuing your weight loss program.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Walking for Weight Loss – How to Start Walking

 I started writing about walking as a great form of exercise that you can incorporate in your weight loss program. For those of you who have decided to start walking, i would like to congratulate you for making the first step to a very rewarding and fulfilling activity towards achieving your goal of losing weight. It could be boring at first but as you go along and watch your progress you will never regret having started this enjoyable and rewarding walking program.

Before embarking on your walking program for weight loss, I suggest that you first consult with your physician. You need to see him for a check-up especially if you have not been physically active for a year or so, if you are 65 years or over and have not been exercising, if you have a history of heart disease, if you have high blood pressure or hypertensive, if you feel weak and experience dizzy spells, if you are diabetic, if you are pregnant, and if you experience chest pains when doing an activity.

The next thing that you should prepare for is your walking outfit which should be comfortable enough when you walk for weight loss. If the weather is cold, you need to have 2 or more layers of clothing that you can remove as the weather gets warm while you are walking and can wear it back when it gets cold again.

If you’re one person who sweats a lot while walking, you can invest in a polypropylene shirt to keep the sweat away from your body.
However, if you do not sweat a lot while walking, you may wear a light jacket, a light sweatshirt or a simple t-shirt is fine. You may also wear a polar fleece or wool in cooler climates. You should use wear socks made of special fibers which can prevent blisters by keeping your feet dry.

Other essentials for your walking for weight loss program is a hat, a pair of sunglasses, and a sunscreen. Other important things you can carry in your pocket are your car keys and a light purse. You can also carry water that you can put in your hip pack if you intend to walk for more than an hour and there is no water along the way.

Lastly, you need to have a good pair of walking shoes that fit you well. They should be one size or one half size bigger than your formal shoes to give room for your feet to expand while walking. They should also be flexible to allow your feet to roll, bend and twist as you walk.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Lose Weight the Natural Way

It's never too late to lose weight although this is easier said than done. Fact is, it is easier to put on pounds rather than lose them. We all know that weight gain is likely to happen if we do not take bold steps to stop it. And we can do it the natural way without using substances that are harmful to our bodies. Once we become overweight, we most likely want to trim down for health and aesthetic reasons.

A reasonable approach to losing weight the natural way is to stick to a diet that is high in complex carbohydrates and fiber, moderate in protein, and low in fat.

Baked potato has complex carbohydrates; it’s the sour cream and butter you pour on it that is rich in fat. Vegetables are rich in fiber; it’s the oil you fry them in that is rich in fat. A lean cut of meat is rich in protein, it’s the gravy you pour on it that is rich in fat.

You can also lose weight the natural way if you do not fall into the so-called fat-free trap. Manufacturers keep coming out with their low-fat or fat-free versions of their best-selling foods but Americans keep getting fat anyway.

When you are hungry eating a slice of whole-grain toasted bread is a better alternative. Never skip a meal and take snacks later because that is the worst thing you can do if you are trying to control your appetite.

Remember if you lose weight the natural way you have to keep track of every food you eat and of every activity you do. Natural weight loss means that you do not have to use diet pills or medications or aid to lose weight.

Losing weight the natural way is a process, not a fad. Hence it would take a lot of power and determination, self-control and discipline to achieve your ideal weight.

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