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Jillian Michaels: Does your metabolism prevent you from losing weight?

Most of us have had occasion to cast an envious look towards the skinny body of a colleague or friend that seems to be able to eat just about anything without any visible consequences. “Great metabolism.” we say, as if we know exactly what we are talking about. Open a magazine, watch TV, and surf the internet and you are confronted with hundreds of products claiming to know the secret to boosting your metabolism. Scientists have made huge progress in understanding how the human body works to nourish and protect itself, but they still have a long way to go for full understanding of this thing we call a metabolism. Still, we can benefit a lot from what they know already, and that is exactly where Jillian Michaels’ latest book, “Master Your Metabolism”, comes in. She explains the latest scientific research about the human metabolism in lay terms that everyone can understand.

Many of you will know Jillian Michaels as the stunning personal trainer star of “The Biggest Loser”; the competitive weight-loss reality TV show that is seen by nearly 15 million viewers every week of the season. “What does Jillian Michaels know about endocrinology?” I have heard said. Well, based on the information contained in this book, a fair bit. Sometimes a lay person can offer a much better or simpler explanation of very technical concepts than a scientist can. Medical professionals often complicate matters endlessly, precisely because of their in-depth understanding of the subject matter. In their eagerness to ensure factual correctness, they find it almost impossible not to give us an information overload. What we really need is just the basic information on how the metabolism works, what it is affected by, and directions for how we can use this knowledge to get those bodies we always wanted.


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Wondering Why Sleep Deprivation is Bad for You? Read This!

Author: Janet Martin

If there is one thing that a person is all too willing to sacrifice in order to finish the job, prolong the video game and TV time, or simply have fun with friends, that is going to be sleep. Many think that sleep is just a luxury that one can easily give up.

In reality, however, sleep is as important as food and shelter. You may be able to survive for years without watching television or playing videogames, but you cannot stay healthy and well if you skip sleep even for just a few days.

When you were in your teens, you probably think that the effects of lack of sleep were not that visible or serious. However, as you grow older and your sleep debt has become enormous, you will feel and experience the ill-effects of skipping sleep. Here are some of the consequences of lack of sleep to watch out for:

Not Good For Your Brain

You will notice that when you are unable to sleep properly for a while, you tend to be forgetful and easily distracted. In fact, many vehicular and mechanical accidents are due to lack of focus which is common in sleep-deprived individuals. Furthermore, your brain may not create new cells if you do not sleep well. Continue reading ‘Wondering Why Sleep Deprivation is Bad for You? Read This!’

More general diet and weight loss tips

1. Your goal should be to be healthy, not thin. Never get so obsessed with losing weight that it affects your health of your quality of life. Work on a sustainable plan for healthy living and start enjoying your life!

2. Balance your energy requirements and your intake. It is important for you to develop a healthy balance between the numbers of calories / kilojoules (energy) that you consume each day and the energy your body needs to sustain your current lifestyle. The better the balance, the healthier you will be. Increasing exercise and eating smaller portions of healthy food will also help your body to use up the consumed energy more effectively, and convert some of the stored fat into energy. The end result…you lose weight at a faster rate.

3. Keep in mind that muscle weighs more than fat. Charts and web-sites often suggest your ideal weight based on height alone, and do not take into account muscle mass. Never risk losing muscle to attain your target weight. When you feel healthy and comfortable with yourself, stop trying to lose and switch to maintenance mode.
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Top 10 Weight Loss Tips

1. Be realistic. Not meeting your own expectations is the fastest way to fail at weight loss. You should plan to lose no more than and average of 1-2 pounds or half a kilo to 1 kilo per week. Reaching realistic targets will give you a sense of achievement.

2. Never give up. The target weight loss per week you have set yourself is an average. in real life you may lose nothing for two weeks and the 2 or 3 pounds the next week! Present your weight loss to yourself in a graph, and just keep going. Do not be discouraged by periods where your body appears to not be reacting. It is just gearing itself up for the next big loss.

3. Get support. It is much easier to lose weight when you have a good support structure. Surround yourself with friends and family who will encourage you through the process. Be careful about telling those people who might be discouraging, either by not believing in you or by reminding you about your diet every time they see you eat.
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Hoodia Gordonii report

According to CBS (Correspondent Lesley Stahl – November 2004) people spend more than $40 billion each year on products designed to help them lose weight. Many of these products did not live up to expectations, but a lot of research is underway into solutions for this ever present problem. By all accounts Hoodia Gordonii may finally be the answer.

Hoodia is a natural substance that reduces your appetite. It functions differently from other appetite suppressants and diet stimulants such as Ephedra and Phenfen, that are now banned because of the dangerous side effects. Hoodia doesn’t stimulate at all. Scientists say it fools the brain by making you think you’re full, even if you’ve eaten very little.

Studies showed the diet of the South African bushmen (the San people), legendary for their ability to survive in a very barren environment with very little food available, naturally contains hoodia as a key ingredient since the beginning of human memory. The natural habitat of the bushmen is the Kalahari Desert in South Africa, which also happens to be the only place in the world where hoodia grows wild.

Nigel Crawhall, a linguist and interpreter, hired an experienced tracker named Toppies Kruiper, a local aboriginal Bushman, to help find hoodia. While Kruiper led the 60 Minutes crew out into the desert, Lesley Stahl asked him if he ate hoodia. “I really like to eat them when the new rains have come,” says Kruiper, speaking through the interpreter. “Then they’re really quite delicious.”

When the team located the plant, Kruiper cut off a piece that looked like a small spiky pickle, and proceeded to remove the sharp spines. In the interest of science, Stahl ate it. She described the taste as cucumber-like in texture, but not bad.”
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Welcome to Optimal Bodyweight

Welcome to OptimalBodyweight.com!

Our vision is that of a world without the form of obesity caused by destructive nutritional and living habits. To help achieve this vision, we want to provide the best one stop weight management resource on the internet.

We will explore the global market so we can provide each one of you with as much relevant information as possible to achieve your goals of losing weight, and keeping it off. We believe that the more you learn, the easier it is to accomplish any goal you set your mind to..

We will provide you with information on (and links to) a wide variety of programs, products and tools in your quest for your perfect weight. The wealth of information on the internet has it’s downside too, in the sense that it is becomes increasingly difficult to identify effective products and tools.
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