Day: May 17, 2017

A Natural Detox – Drinking Water

A natural detox means consuming food and liquids provided by the bountiful earth to expel toxins or lose weight. This includes fruits, vegetables, fibers and water. Although the benefits of drinking water is a known fact, many people find it challenging to drink 8 glasses a day. Here are some ways to get your necessary water take for a natural detox.

Always have water available

Carrying a water bottle with you everywhere you go is a great way to quench your thirst on the spot. Every little sip adds up so do not worry about drinking the entire bottle at once. Water bottles are very versatile. They come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Some even can be attached to book bags or are small enough to fit conveniently in purses and small bags. Remember that juices and teas count too. If you are not very fond of water, consider these healthy alternatives for a natural detox.

Carry a larger water bottle

A larger size water bottle allows you to consume more water in one day than a regular 16 oz bottle. This is because if you only have one regular bottle of water, you will ration it out through the day. In the morning, you may drink half of the bottle and then finish the rest in the afternoon. If you have a larger water bottle, such as a 1 liter bottle, you still may drink half in the morning and half in the afternoon. The only difference is that the 1 liter bottle holds twice as much water as a regular bottle of water. If you drink just two 1 liter bottles of water a day, you meet the recommended 8 glasses of water a day! Larger water bottles may not always fit inside a purse and are best kept at home, in the car, at the workplace or when exercising.

Sneak in water at the right moments

Water is fantastic for a natural detox. Another way to drink more water is to sneak it in here and there. In the morning, your mouth is dry and there may be a stale taste on your tongue. This is the perfect opportunity to take a swig of water. Do this often enough, and your body will get so use to it that you can not function without it. During meals, you can increase the number of sips of water you take while eating. This will also cause any carbohydrates you consume to expand more quickly, which will prevent you from overeating. Finally, an hour before you go to bed, try to drink a half-glass of water. An hour before is recommended so you do not have to relieve yourself in the middle of the night.

Detox your body

Water is an integral part of a natural detox. Some people may never realize the importance of drinking water until they detox their body. During a detox, the body survives primarily on liquids and the true power of water is brought …

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Are You a YO-YO Dieter?

People use the term “yo-yo dieter” just like they use the term like Roth IRA – they’ve heard about it before and they think they understand it but more times than not, they don’t really grasp the full idea and its’ consequences.

Let’s first be clear about the definition of a yo-yo dieter.

This is someone who jumps from diet to diet, usually not staying on any one of them for too long, said the publisher of an itemized weight resource. They initially experience rapid weight loss (say 5-10 lbs.) and they are the first to call all of their friends to tell them that they have found salvation – the answer – the secret – the “cure” to all their weight loss problems.

A few weeks down the line, she starts to feel some real hunger pangs and some strong urges for certain types of food but decides to ignore this chemical response to crash dieting and “stay the course” and let will power and discipline lead the way to a thin body.

A couple of weeks after this there’s a slip. Maybe it’s a piece of cake, or a few bites of someone’s cheese cake at dinner, or a bowl of ice-cream late-night. The urge to keep eating is so intense but Mrs. YO-YO decides to fight it off with everything she has.

With non-stop thoughts of food, low energy, mood swings, and a tank of willpower running on empty, she finally cracks right around the 4-6 week mark with an incredible appetite, sugar cravings that are unreal, and a scale that has not only stopped going down, but is now going up fast.

She finally gives up claiming she is cursed and goes back to her “normal” way of eating. 1 month goes by and she feels that she has been pretty good and decides to peak at her Weight Watchers scale to discover that she is heavier than when she first started to diet. But how?

  1. When you try to lose weight impatiently and incorrectly by crash dieting, the weight you do lose is not from fat, but from muscle and water – that’s bad
  2. This initial drop is so exciting, you decide to press on and maybe even diet harder to speed the process up
  3. When you eventually fail because the cravings are too intense, you rapidly gain all the water weight back very quickly leading to a rapid rise in the scale that usually surpasses your initial starting weight
  4. Here’s my main point: Because you lost lean muscle during this process, you have significantly slowed your metabolism down.

So what if I lost muscle? Well, since muscle is directly responsible for how many calories you burn, you are now burning less calories over the course of a day. Put simply, you now need to eat LESS calories than you did when you first started the crazy diet or you will gain weight.

When you go back to your “normal way” of eating, it’s …

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