Monthly Archives: September 2008

Low Carbs Diet

Is it the truth or a myth that a low carbs diet leads to weight loss? Depending on who you talk to or which book you read, some say that completely eliminating carbohydrates from your diet will accelerate the weight loss process.

In my opinion (and that of many experts), this couldn’t be further from the truth. And not only is it false, it’s also very dangerous to eliminate all carbs from your diet. Sure, low carb diet plans may work but how low do you go?

Carbohydrates are an energy source. They assist in muscle strength; therefore they are a requirement for a healthy, strong and energetic body. Why on earth then would you want to eliminate them? They are the crazy lengths people will go to lose weight. Sure, you’ll definitely lose weight if you stop eating carbs. But you’ll also lose muscle and a whole heap of energy. In fact I’d be surprised if you could get through your day without carbs.

The reality is that carbs in moderation are essential. Protein should be a staple in the weight loss diet, and carbs a secondary source. It’s a fact that carbohydrates assist in the efficient use of fat, therefore it’s possible that eating carbs actually helps you to lose weight!

A low carbs diet is fine If you are sensible about it. Don’t completely eliminate carbohydrates. Instead, moderate your intake to include things like wholemeal bread, pasta, rice, cereal, beans and vegetables.

With that said, if you want to lose weight then you’ll have to keep your consumption of foods such as pasta to a minimum. Pasta twice per week is sufficient and wherever possible, go for the wholemeal version of pasta, bread and rice.

Some of the carbs that you can eat as much as you want include green vegetables and high fiber cereal. Keep in mind that your intake is going to greatly depend on your activity level. If you are moving around a lot, you will require more carbs for energy. If you are more sedentary then keep your carbs to around 150mg per day.

If done sensibly, a low carbs diet can lead to success. Just don’t eliminate carbohydrates completely!

Losing Weight Tips

We have a few losing weight tips to give you today! These are rather different to what you read about all the time so we hope they are a help for losing weight!

Tip 1: Slow Down Your Eating

Remember that the fork is not a shovel. I eat fast (I swear I can’t help it). Even if I’m not hungry, I want to shovel everything into my mouth in less than a minute. But my brain doesn’t know that my stomach is full until twenty minutes after it actually is. As such, I could stuff myself silly before realizing I didn’t need to consume as much as I did. Try eating half of what’s on your plate, wait ten minutes, and then continue to eat if you’re still hungry. You never want to feel full – ever. That’s when you know you’ve eaten too much. If you want a real hunger-stopper, try an Omega 3 and Omega 6 supplement (EFAs) twenty minutes before a meal.

Tip 2: Keep Busy

Do you eat when you’re bored? Most people do this. If you’re overweight, chances are you probably think about food a lot. Well, it’s time to find some more hobbies! Instead of thinking about food, you’ll begin thinking about this new passion of yours. What sort of hobbies you ask? How about photography? This gets you outdoors and walking about looking for new photographic opportunities. Mechanics – This one is for the boys (although girls can certainly join in!). Start taking an interest in your car. Get underneath the car, do self-servicing and just take a general interest in mechanics. You’d be amazed at what this can do for the body. It’s also a great mind distraction – go and work on your car when those cravings come up and you’ll soon forget about the food.

Tip 3: Force yourself to do something every day (exercise)

You have to walk everyday. Or ride your bike. Or climb those stairs. If you do just ONE THING everyday, this is going to benefit you. Each day you do nothing is a step towards totally lethargy again. You need to keep on your toes, even if you don’t feel like it. Once you do it, the accomplishment you feel will make it worthwhile.

Tip 4: Treat Yourself

Give yourself a naughty treat once per week (or once per month, depending upon your goals). This can be an ice cream, a chocolate or even a hamburger meal. This gives you something to look forward to. Chances are after a while you may not even want this treat anyway.

Tip 5: Tell Everyone

By stating your goals to someone, you are virtually putting pressure on yourself to achieve them for the sake of not letting others think less of you. Sure, you can write your goals down and put them under your pillow, but who will know about it? By making an announcement, you are now not only doing it for yourself, but you’re also doing it to prove to other people that you can lose weight!

These are just five tips on losing weight that are a little different from the ordinary “eat this, don’t eat that” guides. I wanted to show you that weight loss is not only physical, but also very much a state of mind.

Follow these losing weight tips and you’re on your way to a permanent lifestyle change and weight loss living. No longer will you cry “Help me lose weight!”