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What are Transfats

Transfats- What Are They Really

You have heard about them everywhere and know transfats are bad for anyone who is trying to lose belly fat, but no one has ever really said much more than that about them so let’s talk some more about transfats and what they really are.

They are also called trans fatty acids and they are created when hydrogen is added to liquid vegetable oils to make them solid. They are also known as partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.

Everything changes and if you are a label reader, they may no longer list partially hydrogenated vegetable oil they may just list transfats, or it could be the other way around since everyone knows that the latter is a bad thing. There does have to be truth in advertising but anyway they can skirt that truth is in their best interest.

If you should see a product that has the number 0 of these fatty acids and then further reading tells you that the product contains partially hydrogenated vegetable oil then you know that they are lying. They are one and the same. If the list contains the word shortening then the item contains these bad fatty acids and you should try to find something else to use.

As a medical professional I know that they contribute to the increase of the production of bad cholesterol, or LDL and also can lower the good cholesterol level in your body. Not good for optimal heart health, try your best not to consume them.

I also know that they are added to food to give them a longer shelf life without spoiling and makes them stay fresher longer but taste less greasy as well. Some may think that giving a food item a longer shelf life may be a good thing but when that item with the longer shelf life can take years off of your life if you eat it is it really worth the risk? I do not thinks so. My advice is to eat them in very small doses.

There are all kinds of things that you can find them in at the store, cookies, crackers, pre-made pie crusts, etc. If you are a fan of margarine, don’t use it anymore, use real butter. Margarine has a ton of these fatty acids.

Deceit is everywhere by the way, remember when I used the number 0 earlier? Well, guess what? The FDA says that any food product that contains 0.5% or less of these dangerous fatty acids the amount can be listed as having zero percent fatty acids. So do be careful if you are eating something that says zero because it very well, may have a half of a percent’s worth and that can add up quickly if you are just munching.

There are naturally occurring sources of transfats and these foods should be limited in your diet as well. Foods like some dairy products, beef and lamb all contain small amounts. The jury is still out on whether or not there are adverse effects on cholesterol levels with the naturally occurring fatty acids like there is with the man made stuff.

Why Do We Gain Weight?

Why we gain weight- 3 reasons and 3 solutions.

Sometimes we gain weight without even to understand why. Our health and diet are great and we do open the refrigerator at night for a quick meal but we still gain weight. The reasons for that can be very different. That is you should understand better the reasons for that before following any strict diet plan or weight loss treatment. Check out below the main “non nutrition” reasons for gaining weight and learn which is the most appropriate diet when you are under stress, bored or just do not have enough time.

The “Stress” reason
Most of the people gain weight when they are under pressure and stress. The reason for that are several hormones which are responsible for the accumulation of fats in the body and body’s tissue. Therefore, when we are more nervous and under stress our body stores fats as a protection. This is a natural function of the body, so do not be surprise if somebody tells you that it is inevitable. If you are is such a position you should find a way to reduce the stress as much as possible. Try yoga for example, it will help both your body and soul. Try to practise several sports, change a little bit your diet. Try to have more fruits and vegetables and less sugars. Avoid as much as you can the fatty foods and the fast food. Drink more water and tea and try to supply your body with much iron and magnesium.

The “Boring” reason
The frustration, loneliness and the lack of social and physical activity and only make you depressed and force you to seek help in the refrigerator. If you want to overcome this temptation you should make a daily diet schedule. Try to include 5-6 light meals in your daily diet and do not have any food between them. This is the only way for you to avoid the early breakfast and the late dinners. Try to reduce the intake of sugars, chips and sodas.

The “Lack of time” reason
Nowadays, the modern life is fast and we are constantly on the move, rushing to solve different family and work tasks. That is why most of us more often have fast food or some other junk and unhealthy food. Such kind of diet regime can be very dangerous for you and you can quickly gain weight without even to notice that.
So, sit down and think about your daily menu. Try to have some simple but natural meals, which are not so complicated for preparation. Buy the right products and cook these meals when you have a chance. That way you will have healthy and natural meals for a week. You can make a vegetable or chicken soup, salad, fruits. Just take your healthy lunch every morning before going to work and you will avoid the gain weight because of the junk food which you can buy in most of the restaurants. It is very simple and that way you can also save a lot of money.
As you see- 3 reasons and 3 solutions. The choice is yours.

How to Control Appetite?

How you can control your appetite?

It is very important to reduce your appetite if you want to lose weight. Almost all the people at some part of their lives are looking for the best way to regain or retain their figure. If you try to reduce your appetite in the wrong way you risk suffering from many major diseases and health problems. Many people try to eat as less as possible in order to reduce their appetite and that way they only stress their bodies and minds. Check out below several correct and healthy ways to reduce your appetite. They will be very useful for you in your weight loss efforts.

Try to increase the fluid intake
As you probably know the water and all kind of juices will help you to reduce your appetite. Try to drink more mineral water and juices which contain no sugar. Besides the positive effect for your weight loss these drinks will improve your gastrointestinal tract. Try to drink one glass of water before every meal and it will greatly help you to reduce your hunger and will be very beneficial for your digestion.

Reduce the spices
The spices and salt will irritate your stomach and help the body to release the gastric acids which will only irritate the mucous membrane. This will make you feel hungry all the day long and can ruin your weight loss plans. That is why if you want to achieve your weight loss goals you have to forget about all kind of spices and salt during your diet.

Chocolate will reduce your appetite
This is one of the best and sweetest ways to reduce appetite. So, try to have 1 piece of chocolate every time you feel hungry and do not worry too much about the calories. It will be rather beneficial than dangerous for you. Try to keep the chocolate longer in your mouth, let all your receptors feel it and that way your brain will receive better the “sweet” signals and will make the desire to eat more and more disappear.

Eat more fruits
The consumption of fruits and vegetables will help you to overcome your appetite. They will satisfy your hunger in the best possible manner and they will supply your body with a lot of minerals and vitamins. As you know their nutritional value is great, so use their power. Every time when you are starving to death just have one apple and you will see that it will make your appetite gone.

Many people complain that they can overcome their appetite before bedtime. We all know that it is very hard to fall asleep, so use the methods mentioned above and it will not be so hard for you. Just keep in mind that your body is programmed to lose weigh at night. Do not make any compromises.

Vitamins. As you know their nutritional value is great, so use their power. Every time when you are starving to death just have one apple and you will see that it will make your appetite gone.

4 Tips to Lose Fat

The healthy diet will not only lead to weight loss but you will also greatly improve your lifestyle and health in general. The correct nutrition will help your body to obtain all the needed and necessary nutrients, vitamins, minerals and calories. That way you will highly reduce the risk of suffering some major disease such as heart attack, diabetes and other awful diseases which can be fatal for you. So, the proper diet will definitely make you lose a few pounds and will stimulate your immune system. That is why it must be very important part of your life in order to look and feel good as much as possible.

If you want to start a new diet with success, the best thing you can do is to make every member of your family following you in your weight loss efforts. The changing of your bad eating habits can really take some time, but if you improve your diet you will see that it is not so hard to lose weight and look beautiful and amazing again. All you have to do is to be consistent and you will see that the benefits which you will gain are more than the efforts you should make. Think about that and check out the 4 steps which will help you to lose weight.

4 steps to lose weight
Step one
You have to consult with a specialist every time when you want to change your diet. This person will give you many very important advices and information how you can reach your goal in the best possible manner.

Step two
Do not buy and throw away all the junk food which can tempt you. You have to show the enemy your back and just stop the consumption of chips, cakes, biscuits and all the food which is unhealthy and make you to gain weight. Avoid as much as possible the fast food and try to have more fruits and vegetables. Say no to the fatty and frozen foods.

Step three
Make a shopping list for the food you will need for a week. That way you will avoid many period when you feel hungry but still do not know what to eat. The weekly menu will help you to avoid such dangerous situations. Try to include in your menu more fish, rice and vegetables. Bake or steam your food. As you probably know these are the healthiest ways of preparing your food.

Step four
Try to have as much fruits, vegetables and whole grains as possible. They are great source of proteins, vitamins and minerals which are so needed for you during your diet. White chicken meat and fish are also great way to supply your body with healthy proteins. Stick your diet to such kind of food and you will lose weight for sure.

As you probably know the best friend of the diet is the sport. Try to make more exercises, practice several sports, keep your body in motion and you will definitely improve your health in general and lose some pounds for sure.

whole grains, soybeans, peas, legumes are great source of proteins, vitamins and minerals which are so needed for you during your diet. White chicken meat and fish are also great way to supply your body with healthy proteins. Stick your diet to such kind of food and you will lose weight for sure.