The best way to lose 40 pounds in 2 months is to stick to good weight loss diet plans that don’t count calories but instead focus on foods and combinations that stimulate your metabolic rate. Many people would like to learn about the easiest diet in the world but too often they get captivated by the claims that many fad diets make. Who doesn’t want to lose 15 pounds in 7 days? Unfortunately these plans are highly restrictive, are not good for the long term and make you completely miserable while you are on them. If you simply learn about healthy foods to lose fat like carambola and brazil nuts and add some fat burning weight lifting exercises then you are set to reach your goal in 60 days… without needing a gym!

That’s right, you can even do body weight exercises so that you don’t need any equipment. As for dieting techniques, you do not want to eat starchy carbs by themselves, you must include fiber and while adding healthy fats is an option, it really does help. Most people never take the time to learn healthy ways to lose weight fast and usually are in such a rush that they use a fad diet instead. It’s also the best way to lose 40 pounds in 2 months, so try out these good weight loss diet plans.

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Kids can be obese too, and if the latest surveys are to be believed, then today’s kids are at the biggest risk of becoming the obese generation of tomorrow. Weight management for kids is a particularly sensitive issue, as some experts believe that fat kids happen to have puppy fat which will shed away once they grow up, while others believe that kids whose eating and exercise habits are not checked in time can become the obese men and women tomorrow.

So here are 5 typical weight management tips for kids to help them lose that fat and become well-built men and lithe, slim women! Read on to know more –

1.    Choose a Healthy Lifestyle Yourself – Choose eating healthy yourself and be an ideal ‘role model’ for your kids. For kids emulate what they see, and if you are eating the spinach and green veggies with as much satisfaction on your face when eating the ham and pork sausages or fries, your kids will vie to eat the same too. This will help your weight management as well as your kids as a bonus!

2.    Don’t Order, Guide – Don’t order your kid around to eat the good stuff. The more Hitler-ish you become with the food, the lesser chances of you writing weight loss testimonials for your kids online! Offer rewards for eating healthy food. But bear in mind that the reward should not be some other rich dish itself, or chocolates or fries. That will negate all the good work done in a second!

3.    Ration Food Portions – Ration food portions for your kids as a better weight management system. The more rational you are while dividing the dishes among your kids in a healthy way, the more motivated your kids will feel while eating healthy!

4.    Encourage Visits to the Playground – Encourage your kids to stay active. Physical activity like playing outdoor games and sports not only helps in better weight management but also helps improve the social skills of your kids. Another plus point of this is that you can accompany your kids at the playground – which will help you enjoy some practical weight loss testimonials yourself too!

5.    Don’t Lose Hope, There’s a Lifetime Ahead! – Getting frustrated with kids because they didn’t follow what weight management system rules you laid down for them is not the right way to the results we advise. There’s a long, long time for the kids to realize the benefits of healthy eating and if you think they will get your point like an adult does in a short period of time, you are dead wrong! Stay beside them and guide them along, and you will find yourself writing weight loss testimonials about your kids sooner than you would have expected!

Taking preventive measures is easier and better than looking for a cure. So unless you are waiting for your kids to cross that thin line into obesity and lose their way back, guide them with precise weight management advice and weight management systems – and you will find that you have been a great parent after all!

Although many adults think extra weight comes with age, it’s a myth that getting older  means that you’ll gain weight, feel less energetic or be less active! Here’s why:

Many adults notice that they are starting to slow down around age 40, due to gradual changes in metabolism and hormones. These changes are slow, leaving ample time to adjust. Even the loss of muscle is only about 1% per year when people become less active. These gradual changes result in a slow decrease in our ability to burn calories, so more calories can be stored as fat.

The Real Cause: Lack of Adjustment

If we made small adjustments as we go, we could effectively manage these gradual metabolic changes. In other words, it’s possible to maintain a healthy weight and optimum health as we age. But many people do not make the right choices or adjustments, resulting in increasing weight and decreasing energy. Too many people with weight issues choose the wrong foods and drinks, along with an inactive lifestyle, choices that are the real basis for declining health!

The proliferation of convenience and fast foods is one a key factor. Grocery aisles are packed with processed snack foods, refined-flour breads and sugared beverages. Corn or potato chips, pretzels, flavored crackers, snack cakes, cookies, candy, and sodas are all part of this problem. These refined-carbohydrate foods metabolize quickly, causing blood sugar to spike. We release insulin to lower the blood sugar. Weight goes up and energy goes down.

Like a roller coaster, these processed foods (including other white foods, such as white potatoes, rice, soft pasta) cause energy to spike and drop all day! What’s worse, the salty, sugary, fatty-carb products (they are hardly foods) create cravings for more, and the downward cycle continues.

Carb Addiction?

Recently, more health experts (including Dr. Oz) have acknowledged that these refined-carb foods are addictive. When processed foods cause blood sugar to spike, they increase serotonin, a “feel good” neurotransmitter. We release insulin to bring that spike down and it’s a feeling of withdrawal as we feel the drop in energy. Other brain chemicals like dopamine, a pleasure/reward brain chemical, may also play a role in craving for these salty/fatty snacks and carbs. And unfortunately, we often turn to these unhealthy products when stressed, even as these foods cause additional stress and imbalances in the brain and hormonal systems!

Therefore, the key to the challenges of weight gain, energy loss and health is adjusting to the changes in metabolism and muscle mass as we get older. This can apply to younger people as well!

A Culture of Myth?

To not understand these problems and their easy solutions is to believe in myths. But what if it was part of our culture that these simple adjustments were understood? What if, as we age, we made the small, easy changes to maintain our health and vitality? Our lives and health could improve immensely!

And what if we saw our parents, friends or family choosing more nutritionally balanced foods (nuts, whole fruits, lean proteins, fish, veggies, etc.) that help to maintain stable blood sugar, along with more consistent activity and fitness? They would remain more trim and fit with age, with better energy and vitality! They would look younger then their years.

And think of this: If our culture was more proactive, we could prevent the suffering and premature deaths of millions, keeping families together longer (diabetes alone can take 5-10 years off life expectancy and millions have it!).

There are also some helpful supplements (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, omega-3 fats, libido and hormone replacements, etc.), that can support energy, health and vitality as we age, and they make sensible additions to a health and longevity program.

Imagine putting all the elements together and remaining active and playful into your 70s and 80s! It is within each of us to live that way. If you’re alive, it’s never too late!

The future you desire is in your hands!

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© 2011 by S. Carney/Quick Start Your Health

Annette Sym’s story is truly an inspirational weight loss story. She lost her weight by adopting a healthy lifestyle – and by losing weight I don’t mean 10 or 20 pounds – She lost around 70 pounds. She replaced her unhealthy eating habits with exercise and low fat foods. She hates dieting and so did not want to miss out on eating her favorite foods to lose weight. Instead she came up with low fat recipes for almost everything – low fat versions for butter chicken, curries, burgers, cheese cakes and even for chocolate cakes. Annette has a sweet tooth and she loves cakes and she still eats them regularly them – thanks to her low fat recipes.

Her healthy eating was the secret behind her dress size – from size 24 to size 12. The amazing thing in this true story is the fact that she lost seventy pounds and managed to keep it off for nearly 2 decades. Had she opted for pills or diets or any other such fads there is no way she could have managed to keep it off for such a long time.

After losing her weight, Annette decided to put together all her recipes into a cookbook and sell the book – She self published her book as she could not find a publisher to back it. Her book is called ‘Symply Too Good To Be True’. All her recipes have the nutritional information as well (Calories, saturated fat, fat etc etc).

The book was an instant success – people loved the book, because all her recipes tasted good but had hardly any effect on their waist lines.  She recently published the American version of this cookbook and this too is a huge success.

I recently bought a copy of the book and now my cooking styles have changed dramatically – Same taste (actually better) but much less fat. Here is an example – I love Thai food – lot of coconut milk in Thai recipes – 40-odd grams of fat a cup – but with Annette Sym’s Recipe, it is only 4 grams.

In recent years, tea has attracted a lot of attention for its many health benefits. For years Asian cultures have used tea for many medical purposes, and science is proving out what Asians seem to have known all along – tea has many healthy benefits.

Among tea, green tea seems to provide the most health benefits. This is because green tea, unlike black tea is not fermented during its processing. Green tea leaves are left in their more natural state, compared to the leaves that are fermented. In their natural state, tea leaves retain all of their natural anti-oxidants, known as catechins.

Anti-oxidants are important to our health because they protect our bodies from free radicals. Free radicals are oxygen containing molecules that are created as a by-product of our digestive processes. Free radicals left unchecked damage our cells and DNA, leading to disease and aging.

Anti-oxidants keep these free radicals in check, ensuring that they’re wiped out of our bodies before they can do damage. Anti-oxidants are found in many plant products, including fruits, vegetables, cocoa and coffee.

But, it seems that the most potent anti-oxidants may be those found in the tea plant. The primary protective anti-oxidant, or catechin, in tea is a substance known as EGCG.

EGCG is associated with a lower risk of cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. It also appears to naturally regulate blood sugar, so it may have potential in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. EGCG has also been associated with assisting in weight loss.

For years it was assumed that green tea was beneficial to weight loss simply because it contains caffeine. Caffeine has been shown to speed up the metabolism, helping you burn more calories each day.

However, there have been studies that indicated that green tea is more effective than other caffeinated beverages in aiding weight loss, suggesting that something in addition to caffeine is doing the trick. In addition, green tea is lower in caffeine than black tea, coffee and colas, yet it aids weight loss more than any of these beverages.

It is believed that this magic ingredient that makes green tea a more effective weight loss aid than its more caffeinated counterparts is the tea catechins – primarily the EGCG. To further advance this theory, a study was conducted in Japan, evaluating healthy Japanese men who were overweight.

The participants in this study were divided into groups with similar weights and body mass indexes. During the twelve week study, the participants were fed either a bottle of tea containing 690 mg of tea catechins or a bottle of tea containing just 22 mg of tea catechins.

At the end of the study, the group ingesting the larger amount of tea catechins each day had lost significantly more weight than the group ingesting the smaller amount of tea catechins. In addition, their BMI, waist circumference and overall body fat were reduced significantly compared to the control group.

Not only did the group lose more weight and reduce their body fat significantly, but their cholesterol levels were also significantly reduced.

This is just another in a long list of research studies outlining the benefits of the catechins found in green tea. And, one of the great things about using green tea as a health supplement, whether for weight loss, or overall health protection, is that green tea has no side effects.

Green tea is an overall healthy beverage, and is well tolerated by most people, even those who are caffeine sensitive. So, even if green tea doesn’t help you lose weight, you can rest assured that you’re consuming a perfectly healthy and safe beverage. Plus, you’re protecting your body from many serious diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.

Many studies have linked green tea with a reduced risk of heart disease. This risk reduction is likely due to the fact that green tea can reduce your cholesterol levels, and seems to prevent the cholesterol that is circulating in the blood from turning into arterial plaque.

This is significant because this arterial plaque narrows the arteries, leading to blockages. Once arteries are blocked, this can lead to heart attack and stroke.

In addition, green tea has been linked to a reduction in the risk of some cancers. Cultures where green tea is widely consumed have significantly lower incidences of breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer and gastrointestinal cancers. In some studies, green tea has even been shown to be an effective adjunct treatment for some forms of cancer.

So, as you can see, drinking green tea is a good idea, even if you don’t need to lose weight. However, particularly if you are trying to drop a few pounds, a regular dose of green tea may be able to help you shed those pounds more quickly and easily.

Menopause is a term that means you’ve had your last menstrual cycle or period. Typically age for this is between 48-55. Menopause can be accompanied by a number of physical changes and symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, joint pains, anxieties, irritabilities, depressions and sleep disturbances. Menopause and post menopause time are also risk of health problems such as heart disease and osteoporosis.

Many studies have shown that women who are physically active can lessen their menopause symptoms more than sedentary women. Some studies found also that weight gain after menopause is more likely in sedentary women than in women who maintain physically active lifestyle. Exercise appears to have a great influence on women’s total body fat and abdominal fat.  Abdominal fat storages are linked with heart disease and diabetes, so it’s important to keep your body fit and waist trimmed. Exercise has positive impact to your mood too and has been shown to be a helpful treatment of depression.

Pilates is a great exercise method for menopause. Pilates has been proven to improve quality of life for menopause women. Here are some of the benefits of Pilates method

  • Improves posture (less pain and aches, prevent arthritis)
  • Enhances pelvic floor muscles (prevents incontinence)
  • Increase spinal mobility (less back pain)
  • Improves muscle flexibility (maintains joints range of motion)
  • Enhances muscular strength, flexibility and endurance (less muscle mass loss per year, toned muscles boost your metabolism)
  • Decreases or prevent low back pain (core strength)
  • Makes you feel younger and more dynamic in your daily life (boosts energy) 
  • Improves bone density and joint health (prevents osteoporosis)
  • Improves lung capacity (active breathing technique is part of Pilates)
  • Relieves muscle tension (stretches your tight muscles)
  • Boosts self confidence and body image (body and mind connection)
  • Decreases mood swing (boosts energy and mood)

Long list but all this is true. Our bodies change with age but we have more control on it than we think. Pilates teaches you many valuable skills you can use in everyday life, giving you the feeling that you are really involved and helping you to enjoy your life by keeping your mind and body healthy.