How to Lose 10 Pounds Fast – 8 Ways to Slash Body Fat   Leave a comment

  • Eat At Least 6 Mini Meals a DayFrequent meals tame the beast of hunger.Each mini meal should consist of a mix of lean protein and fiber rich complex carbohydrates! The key – controlling hunger shrinks your gut.
  • Embrace FatMaking the choice to buy and eat low fat foods is recommended. Best still, fat is filling and adds flavor to your meals, so it helps you avoid feeling deprived. But you can’t eat more than you normally would as fat free foods can pack on the pounds. Let’s face it – if you eat too much of the low calorie meals in a day,

    you will still gain weight.

  • Cheat a LittleRepetitive meals can torpedo your diet – so cheat a little if you need

    to on the weekend.

    The occasional slice of pizza or a bowl of ice cream is good for your diet. It just breaks the boredom of the meals, and adds much needed variety and motivation. But make sure the next day, you get back to the normal routine of eating sensibly.

  • Don’t Slack OffEven if you don’t feel like working out, tell yourself you’ll do at least 10 minutes.

    When those minutes are up, your endorphines will be pumping and it’ll be easier to continue.

  • Strength TrainingPerforming multi muscle movements at high intensities, and using a variety of repetition ranges stimulates maximum growth.

    Why?

    Because, those lifts involves larger muscle masses. Hence bigger moves like the squat release more of the key hormones that increase strength and muscle — and slash body fat.

  • Interval TrainingThis is an exercise that consists of periods of short hard exercise followed by short periods of recovery – which works better for fat loss.

    It is far more effective than a diet of steady state cardio and it gets more results in less time.

  • Workout With A Pal or TwoThis is a great way to stay motivated but make sure the focus is on the workout, not on chatting about last weekend.

    So partner up with someone to get help and get their success to rub off on you.

  • Not doing too much, getting enough rest and sleep
  • There you have it –the key here is to get your nutrition in order, then focus your workouts on brief, intense strength and interval training workouts that increase your metabolism for the next 24 hours. This is how to lose 10 pounds fast, and keep it off for good.

    Posted February 21, 2011 by hotgempisces in Uncategorized

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    Why Butter Is Better?   Leave a comment

    And you thought butter was bad for you? Silly people!

    One of the most healthy whole foods you can include in your diet is butter. “What?!” I can hear many of you saying, “Isn’t butter bad for you? I thought margarine and spreads were better because they’re low in saturated fat and cholesterol?” Be not deceived folks! Butter is truly better than margarine or other vegetable spreads. Despite unjustified warnings about saturated fat from well-meaning, but misinformed, nutritionists, the list of butter’s benefits is impressive indeed:

    Vitamins
    Butter is a rich source of easily absorbed vitamin A, needed for a wide range of functions in the body, from maintaining good vision, to keeping the endocrine system in top shape. Butter also contains all the other fat-soluble vitamins (E, K, and D).

    Minerals
    Butter is rich in trace minerals, especially selenium, a powerful antioxidant. Ounce for ounce, butter has more selenium per gram than either whole wheat or garlic. Butter also supplies iodine, needed by the thyroid gland (as well as vitamin A, also needed by the thyroid gland).

    Fatty Acids
    Butter has appreciable amounts of butyric acid, used by the colon as an energy source. This fatty acid is also a known anti-carcinogen. Lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid, is a potent antimicrobial and antifungal substance. Butter also contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which gives excellent protection against cancer. Range-fed cows produce especially high levels of CLA as opposed to “stall fed” cattle. It pays, then, to get your butter from a cow that has been fed properly. Butter also has small, but equal, amounts of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, the so-called essential fatty acids.

    Glycospingolipids
    These are a special category of fatty acids that protect against gastrointestinal infections, especially in the very young and the elderly. Children, therefore, should not drink skim or low fat milk. Those that do have higher rates of diarrhea than those that drink whole milk.

    Cholesterol
    Despite all of the misinformation you may have heard, cholesterol is needed to maintain intestinal health, but is also needed for brain and nervous system development in the young. Again, this emphasizes the need for cholesterol-rich foods for children. Human breast milk is extremely high in saturated fat and cholesterol.

    Standing in direct opposition to all of these healthful qualities stands margarine and assorted “vegetable oil spreads.” While these may be cheaper, you’d never eat them again if you knew how they were made. All margarines are made from assorted vegetable oils that have been heated to extremely high temperatures. This insures that the oils will become rancid. After that, a nickel catalyst is added, along with hydrogen atoms, to solidify it. Nickel is a toxic heavy metal and amounts always remain in the finished product. Finally, deodorants and colorings are added to remove margarine’s horrible smell (from the rancid oils) and unappetizing grey color.

    And if that is not enough, in the solidification process, harmful trans-fatty acids are created which are carcinogenic and mutagenic. What would you rather have: a real food with an abundance of healthful qualities or a stick of carcinogenic, bleached, and deodorized slop? Some of you might be watching your weight and be rather hesitant to add butter into your diet. Have no fear. About 15% of the fatty acids in butter are of the short and medium chain variety which are NOT stored as fat in the body, but are used by the vital organs for energy. (Fats you should watch, though, are all vegetable oils and olive oil.)

    When looking for good quality butter, raw and cultured is best. This might be hard to find, however. Organic butter is your next best thing, with store-bought butter being at the bottom. Remember what we’ve said about commercially-raised cows; its worth a few extra cents to get high quality butter for you and your family. A brand of butter available in many markets is Anchor, imported from New Zealand. In this country, all cattle are grass-fed, thus insuring a high nutrient content of their milk, butter, and meat.

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    3 Investments to Avoid Now   Leave a comment

    For the first time in more than two years, the investing news appears to be unqualifiedly good. The markets closed at a two-and-a-half-year high on Friday. The unrest in Egypt resolved peacefully. Mergers and acquisitions are picking up again. Even so, a small cadre of doomsayers say there is still plenty that could go wrong – and missteps that smart investors can avoid.

    No, they’re not talking about bonds or gold, which many investors think are due for a pullback. They’re talking about small-cap stocks, which are just 6% off their all-time high. Anything vulnerable to inflation could also be a trouble spot, and food prices are at their highest in 20 years. And cash, which has been unspectacular for a while, could get riskier: If inflation picks up and interest rates don’t keep pace, your balance may grow, but your purchasing power will erode.

    Why all the gloom and doom? After all, it’s not a popular position: In January, investors put $17.8 billion into equity mutual funds, the best month for stock funds since May, 2009. But the recent market highs are making some investors nervous, the threat of tumult in the Middle East remains, and we’ve yet to see if the economy will collapse without government help, notes Richard Madigan, chief investment officer of Global Access Portfolios at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Meanwhile, interest rates have nowhere to go but up, and recently, the bond market signaled it’s expecting inflation. “Don’t fall in love with the ‘it’s all better, it’s all over,'” says Madigan. “The macro environment is still significantly challenged.”

    So where should investors steer clear? Three areas, experts say:

    Small-caps

    When the Federal Reserve announced it was buying back Treasurys, investors looked for better returns from riskier investments—like small company stocks, says James Dailey, chief investment officer of TEAM Financial and portfolio manager of the TEAM Asset Strategy Fund ( TEAMX ) . The result: the Russell 2000 Index has risen nearly 140% from its low in March 2009. That means there may be little left to gain in the long term, says Dailey: “We would now call them dangerous.”

    The stocks aren’t cheap, either. The average price-to-earnings ratio for small-cap stocks is currently 23, close to levels last seen at the height of the market in 2007, and high enough to push investors to look for better buys elsewhere. And investors should keep in mind that small-caps tend to fall faster than their larger peers should we see a market correction, adds Madigan.

    Cash

    In spite of the above pitfalls, the markets may still be a better place for your money than the proverbial mattress. Money-market funds are yielding a measly .03% and 1-year certificates of deposit pay an average 0.50%. “It’s not doing anything for you,” says Elizabeth Fell, a fixed-income strategist at Barclays Wealth, the wealth management division of Barclays. In fact, if inflation rises, a cash stash will, effectively, yield a negative real return, because your purchasing power won’t keep pace with prices. For investors who still need cash for living expenses, Marilyn Plum, director of portfolio management at Ballou Plum Wealth Advisors, says she’s trying to limit her clients’ cash to 3% to 5% of their portfolios.

    Posted February 21, 2011 by hotgempisces in Uncategorized

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    Why are you single?   Leave a comment

    If you’re single, I’m sure you’ve asked yourself more than once: “Why me?” As for the answer, chances are your friends and family may have been more than, ahem, generous in offering their opinions, and I’ll bet that little voice in your head has had a say, too. But before you find fault in what you’re doing on the dating scene, take a look at what you’re thinking. You may simply be suffering from a slight spell of dating pessimism.

    I look at dating this way: sometimes it’s not about what actually happens on dates; rather, it’s your explanation of what happened that makes all the difference in your attitude about love, your dating style, and the energy you’re radiating in the presence of your matches. It’s a theory that Martin Seligman, Ph.D., the father of positive psychology and author of Authentic Happiness calls your “explanatory style.” He says that pessimists explain their problems as pervasive (“No one likes me”), permanent (“I’ll be alone forever”) and personal (“I’m not gorgeous enough”). But you’re far more likely to land in a great relationship if you’re an optimist, which means it’s time to start looking at your negative dating experiences as “atypical,” “temporary” and “not about me.”

    Posted February 19, 2011 by hotgempisces in Uncategorized

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