Portion Size and Weight Loss

4:41 AM Alan Bracken

As we all know, one of the key elements to a successful weight loss diet is ensuring that the person consumes less food. This is easier said than done because most of us enjoy delicious food. One of the mistakes that people make is to increase their portion size way above what one would normally expect. The increase in portion size is not a drastic change but something that gradually takes root until the person can not envisage them without a huge portion of food that they eventually eat up. They comfort themselves with a view to going to the gym to burn off the food but somehow they never seem to succeed.

The portions rise but there is no alternative method for getting rid of all those calories. The net effect is an unprecedented weight gain that can threaten the health of that individual and seriously limit their social life and ability to enjoy the little leisure time that they have. Parents have a responsibility in terms of letting the growth in portion size to go without hindrance. Some parents believe that they are showing the children love by giving them impossibly large portion sizes. This is never a good idea because it plays right into the hands of the natural desire for food. Someone then gets used to these huge portions and will develop the habit throughout their lifetime without a hint of remorse or shame.
The adult will even increase the portions as their size grows because the stomach will be demanding more and more. Even when the body indicates to them that it is satisfied, they will continue in their quest to gorge as much food as possible.

The end result is that they will either die of diabetes or suffer from some other fat related disease. The culture within which the person is living can also mean that they never get the chance to reduce their portion size. Some cultures revere weight and will not say a negative word against someone who is piling on the pounds.
Culture makes us who we are. If we are brought up in a home that serves large portions then it is likely that we will pass on this habit to our children and grand children. The belief that culture is the most influencing factor in weight gain has some credibility because often one family will have similar weight patterns. Although this can be explained away be genes, it is also quite clear that the portion sizes have a role to play.

Fat Retention as a Survival Technique

11:34 PM Alan Bracken

We all require certain amount of body fat in live without major diseases and nutritional deficiencies. This is true regardless of gender and affiliation or race. The fat acts as insulation and storage mechanism for energy reserves. Without the presence of fat our bodies cannot function properly. We would lack energy because we are not creating reserves during times of plenty. If we lived in a cold climate then we would be very uncomfortable due to the lack of insulation against the elements. This is clearly a list of reasons why the body cannot do without fat. It therefore makes no sense whatsoever to suggest that in order to lose weight, all fat consumption must completely stop. That is what some of our most popular diets advocate.

Whereas the majority of methods of losing weight that are employed these days involve safe methods but often all that good work is spoilt by the addition of unsafe methods such as pills, drugs that induce vomiting, drugs that induce uncontrolled diarrhea and general starvation. These methods might bring about weight loss in the short term but ultimately they will damage your health so badly that it will no longer be worth it to continue on those schemes. The best way to deal with weight issues is to have some changes in your lifestyle and look at the people around you. Eating a controlled diet is not a bad thing as long as you do not become obsessed with it to the extent that you lose all reason and a sense of proportion and self control.

You must also remember that as you starve your body of fat, you may be starving yourself of other nutrients that are vital for your well being. Of course people can decide to eat fruit until they start to lose weight. The problem with this strategy is that it assumes that human beings do not have cravings of nice things. That is so far off the truth. Fatty foods tend to taste better than non fatty foods unless you have a very good level of self discipline. The cravings will come and the diet will go straight out of the window.

While the end goal of losing weight is something that you want you don't want to stuff yourself full of artificial nutrients that may harm you in the long run. Extended dieting even naturally can be harmful to your body. When you diet you need to set a target weight for yourself and simply reduce your intake and increase your activity. When you reach this target weight stop and take a look at yourself.

Cardio Vascular Assistance to Weight Watchers

1:22 PM Alan Bracken

With reference to my own experience of dieting and weight control I have always operated on the understanding that the best way to carry out physical activity for the purpose of losing weight to achieve fat loss is to use plenty of exercises that put some level of strain on the cardiovascular system . This is not to say that with reference to my own experience of dieting and weight control I have not been put off by some of the advice from my pals who say that exercises that put some level of strain on the cardiovascular system is a waste of time. Apparently they believe that doing exercises that place an endurance stress on major muscle types is the best way to effect the gradual loss of fat molecules in favor of muscle fiber .

Logic tells me that exercises that place an endurance stress on major muscle types helps to build muscle rather than to effect the gradual loss of fat molecules in favor of muscle fiber but sometimes it is no good trying to argue with individuals who have an interest in the control of weight but are stuck in their own ways. Suffice to say that with reference to my own experience of dieting and weight control I am happily continuing in my use of exercises that put some level of strain on the cardiovascular system to lose the excess fat that I may have accumulated.

With reference to my own experience of dieting and weight control I also like exercises that put some level of strain on the cardiovascular system because it makes me feel healthier. In terms of my own experience of dieting and weight control I think that this is mainly due to the fact that with reference to my own experience of dieting and weight control I am exercising the heart on a fairly regular basis when I am doing exercises that put some level of strain on the cardiovascular system such that I find that things such as my palpitations go down and I feel much better than if I am not doing exercises that put some level of strain on the cardiovascular system . With reference to my own experience of dieting and weight control I also tend to find that the more I do exercises that put some level of strain on the cardiovascular system the easier it is for me to complete the other tasks within my program. It seems that exercises that put some level of strain on the cardiovascular system is the key to all the work that I do in the exercise facility. Without doing proper exercises that put some level of strain on the cardiovascular system , my work in the gym does not really kick off.

When with reference to my own experience of dieting and weight control I shared this information with my friends they said that they felt the same way but had been trained to use weights because that is what is considered to be the quickest route to fat loss and muscle gain. We tend to practice the program and even if we know that something is not effective we will somehow find an excuse to make others believe that it does deliver the results. With reference to my own experience of dieting and weight control I suppose my confusion is just indicative of the problems that individuals who have an interest in the control of weight face when they ask for advice on how to achieve fat loss.

The diet and weight control system is widely self controlling so that no one is able to definitively define what it is to be in the diet and weight control system and how it impacts on those that work in it. Finding the right data to assist them in the quest for a good weight level is a nearly impossible scenario which does not give the diet and weight control system a platform to operate successfully. One would expect that the people with dietary qualifications within the dieting diet and weight control system would ensure that customers receive spot on information.

Continuing the theme consume healthy foods in order to lose weight

12:21 PM Alan Bracken

Like all things in life, the use of the use of pill or other substances that are meant to give health or prolong life comes at a cost. The first cost is the actual money you pay to buy the use of pill or other substances that are meant to give health or prolong life. For rich members of the community who value their general health and would like to control their weight in developing countries this might appear to be little more than change money but the fact is that a significant part of your home budget can be frittered away at supporting the use of pill or other substances that are meant to give health or prolong life that you think you need in order to reach your ideal anything to do with the reduction of the proportion of fat within the body. You might consider that this is a good investment but the fact is that you are spending money which you could have used elsewhere. It could also become a long term commitment if you have to feed the use of pill or other substances that are meant to give health or prolong life on a regular basis for the rest of your life.

The second obvious costs are the side effects that you get from the use of pill or other substances that are meant to give health or prolong life. Some of these might just be mild inconveniences such as headaches and slight dizziness. However some can be quite serious including blindness, anything to do with the reduction of the proportion of fat within the body gain, excessive anything to do with the reduction of the proportion of fat within the body loss, malnutrition, neurological problems, skin problems and gastro issues. These serious side effects might turn out to be so devastating that you prefer being over anything to do with the reduction of the proportion of fat within the body to suffering from them.

The doctors and labels will do their bit in terms of explaining what is going to happen to you. However the ultimate decision as to whether you risk these side effects lies entirely within your powers and authority. In any case it is not a particularly pleasant experience to constantly be on the use of pill or other substances that are meant to give health or prolong life. Taking various the use of pill or other substances that are meant to give health or prolong life aids that are meant to assist you in getting rid of excess fat from your body should only be an occasional activity when you are not feeling well. When it becomes a daily routine, then life loses some of it sheen.

The other rather unfortunate fact is that some the use of pill or other substances that are meant to give health or prolong life simply does not work. You might spend lots of money buying into your dream of a thin figure only to discover that the use of pill or other substances that are meant to give health or prolong life you are taking is nothing more than a placebo. There are plenty of charlatans who are more than willing to take advantage of foolish members of the community who value their general health and would like to control their weight who want to spend their money on ineffective the use of pill or other substances that are meant to give health or prolong life . Sometimes you will find that even the anything to do with the reduction of the proportion of fat within the body loss that the use of pill or other substances that are meant to give health or prolong life purported to bring about was due to your own normal corrective action such as exercise rather than the use of pill or other substances that are meant to give health or prolong life itself.

The Stretch Marks that Won’t Go Away

1:24 PM Alan Bracken

We have all been there. After some significant weight loss the stretch marks begin to appear. You look at your skin and cannot even explain why you started dieting in the first place. Stretch marks can range from slight skin coloration to really ugly big ones which will adversely affect your confidence and skin.

There is no completely full proof method of getting rid of stretch marks. They are one of the things that you have to accept that if they are there, they are there to stay. Trying may give you the impression that you are winning but the reality is that you will be wasting your time. However there are some ways in which you can minimize the risk of getting stretch marks and when they come, ensuring that they do not have a terrible impact on your body.

The more gradual you weight loss program is, the less likely it is that you will get stretch marks. They are simply the sign that your body has lost so much weight so quickly that the natural elastic in the skin is struggling to adjust to the new status. However you must also remember that no matter how ugly the stretch marks maybe, they are not really harmful to your body. The second thing to remember is that by and large, stretch marks are hidden away from prying eyes by the use of the normal clothes that you wear. Therefore you can be in a position where the only people who know that you have stretch marks are your clinicians, your partner and yourself. This means that all that fretting is to no avail.

For us who deal with weight loss as part of our daily lives, stretch marks are inevitability but we can have a comfortable life nevertheless. We cannot let ourselves be defined by the little ugly scars that lie on the privacy of our inner skin parts. It must also be remembered that you cannot refuse to join a weight loss program because you fear getting stretch marks. That is just ridiculous.

Now this is a subject which I am not one hundred percent sure about the ways to deal with stretch marks. Thus it is very important that you contribute your own thoughts on the blog to tell us your tips on how to avoid falling into the trap of stretch marks. Some of you may also have tips for dealing with the stretch marks once they have lurched onto your body.

Is it Possible to have a Wheat Grain Free Diet?

12:07 AM Alan Bracken

It has become fashionable in some circles to take wheat out of the diet. Apparently wheat and wheat products are some of the major causes of health problems for the public. Although I am somewhat skeptical about this view, I never the less take time to read what people are saying about it on the internet. Recently I landed on this article where a writer was giving quite stringent advice as to how to completely remove this foodstuff from the diet. I will share some of the things that they were writing about.

Apparently the removal of wheat from the diet not only improves the diet but also affects the general wellbeing of the person. Apparently it helps to reduce weight and deals with heart problems. How this happens I am not entirely sure but the author seems convinced that it actually does happen and that we should all leave the wheat out of our food. The wheat free diet does not necessarily mean the elimination of carbohydrates. In fact its proponents argue that the diet is very rich in carbohydrates as it allows the users to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables as a supplement for the wheat element in their normal diet.

The diet operates on a principle that it aims to reduce the amount of people take by curing their addiction to food. The addiction to food is blamed for the rise in obesity and the difficulty in sticking to diets. Apparently the diet requires a lot of commitment before it is executed because it will take the person away from the comfort zone of their normal eating habits and cause them to evaluate everything that they know about diets and their own bodies.

The users are advised to stock up with good quality produce before beginning the diet because it creates hunger pangs. The satisfaction of these hunger pangs is not a problem as long as it is satisfied with the non-what items such as fruit and vegetables. This programs the mind to expect that when it is time to eat, wheat will not feature.

The diet requires quite a lot of commitment from the user because they will be expected to understand the exact composition of the food they ingest and will have to take a keen interest in dieting matters as well as reading all the labels on foodstuffs.

Welcome to the Fat Loss Blog

10:35 PM Alan Bracken

Hi there. I hope you are all fine. We welcome you to this fat loss blog. I am hoping that you can all share in the challenges and the problems of fat loss specifically as part of a weight management program. Please feel free to post your thoughts ideas and any experiences you may have about this important issue.
Today I will be going through some of the major issues that are related to fat loss when undergoing a weight management program. For many men and women, the obvious signs of fat are there for the world to scrutinize. The pot belly and the love handles are some of the more unpleasant side effects of excess fat. Unfortunately the love hands and pot bellies are one of those things that are the most difficult to get rid of hen undertaking a weight control program. Even just dieting with addressing the specific problems associated with fate will not help.
Looking at love handles in particular, they tend to get neglected during normal work outs. There is a suggestion that extended aerobic training is the first step in trying to win the battle of the bulge. Those who start off with toning will not see any benefits because toning can only become effective once the fat has been reduced. It is no good spending hours doing bench presses and other toning activities when the flab is well and truly thriving. It will only lead to de-motivation and despair.
There is a wide variety of training material and aids available on the internet to assist in getting your cardio program back on track. This could include CDs, DVDs, and pamphlets. The one thing that you have to be weary of is thinking that the mere act of buying a weight control aid will bring instant results. You must be able to actually do the exercise on a fairly regular basis or else you may not been able to get anything for the money you spend. It is better to have a limited schedule of training activities as long as they are done on a consistent basis and you are doing them right. Once the fat has reduced sufficiently then you can move on to the more refined idea of toning and getting to the body shape that you want.
Well anyway this is my first post on this particular section of the blog but I hope it has given you some ideas and you will endeavor to post regularly.