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Diet Pills

I heard a shocking story today from one reader who expressed concerns about the diet pills she was taking. She took them during work and her face went very red, she also started developing rashes along her arms. This sounds like she’s allergic to one of the ingredients so told her to stop immediately.

I don’t see how it’s physically possible to add something to your body and to lose weight.

Cocaine was once sold as a diet aid (possibly still is but not legally), Caffeine still is sold legally as a diet aid. Now one is legal, one isn’t, but they both work in more or less the same way; they increase movement. Cocaine and caffeine supposedly help you perk up and move more. So cut the drug abuse and just move more! Wake up a little earlier, walk if you usually drive, jog if you usually walk, run if you usually jog and so on. If you have a treadmill, use it. If you have a breeze block, do step ups. If you have stairs, do step-ups. Half hour on a treadmill at an easy, beginners pace can burn 100 calories in half hour! step-ups even more. If you kept your same diet, this helps to possibly create a deficit.

There is no miracle pill to losing weight. It can be hard work, generally it’s easy if done right.

There is one pill known to suppress hunger, but this in itself has side effects much worse. Follow the tips included in this blog for healthy, easy weight loss and you can avoid the need for drugs.

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Starvation Mode – Fact or Fiction

Most if not all serious dieting sources mention ‘Starvation Mode’ as a state your body goes into if your food intake is too low hindering your weight loss. But for every place which says it exists, another says it’s a myth.

The fact is that there is a starvation response in all animals, it is well researched and documented and there is genuine science behind it.

Our bodies need energy to function, our hearts need to pump, our lungs need to draw air and our blood needs to be cleaned. This energy comes from food and fat. When we eat less energy than we use, our bodies burn our fat stores, this is how we lose weight. However if we try to lose weight too quickly, the starvation response will kick in and start to break down lean muscle. You will still lose weight but now you’re risking Cardiac Dysrhythmia which can cause instant death.

Most sources recommend an absolute minimum of 1200 calories per day. I know no different so will requote it.

I have of course oversimplified the starvation response process. Wikipedia has a great article on it at Starvation Response. Malnutrition is also an interesting read.

Losing weight slowly and steadily is by far the best way forward. It is easier, and proven to be longer lasting than a quick fast.

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2011 in Health and Weight Loss

 

Calorie Bargaining – Dieting Tips

I just enjoyed a takeaway pizza, and yes I’m still on my diet! If you’re careful you can bargain with yourself in your weight loss plan. I didn’t eat much during the day as I was working on the car and oily hands do a lot to prevent snacking! My wife hadn’t had many either so we discussed a takeaway.

Takeaway foods are shockingly high in calories so it’s rare a diet allows it, of course it’s that extra fat, extra calories and extra portions which make it so yummy 😉

Our old ways:

£15 for two large pizzas (between two) plus free garlic bread. We eat the equivalent of one pizza plus bread between us and have the rest of the pizza reheated (oven, no microwave for us thank you) for lunch over one or two days.

Today’s way:

Today we ordered just one pizza… no free bread… no extra pizza, toppings or dips… I have to admit it was a little painful looking at the £15 deal and spending £12 for just the one, but I have to think about my health. We had half a pizza each, racked up somewhere around 6-800 calories and enjoyed every bite, this time with happy conscience.

I still have my 1000 calorie deficit, although did have to go hungry during the day to do it. But it was worth it and nice. My diet allows me to each pizza and still lose weight! It’s the moderation which makes the difference.

I will soon post a recipe for home made pizza which is also healthy. Most home mades are naturally lighter than takeaways, but pre-diet my recent passion was bread making. Bread is terribly high in calories by weight so I found a few ways to make the pizza even better with less of the high calorie stuff and more goodness!