Written by Diana Keuilian

Weight loss is a hot topic among people today, especially consideringrepparttar fact that more than half of us are overweight. As we get older we often get busier, and before we know it, find ourselves inrepparttar 131419 prime of our lives and packing a few extra pounds. With so little extra time in our lives it is impractical to joinrepparttar 131420 latest diet fad or commit to sweating inrepparttar 131421 gym for hours at a time. Are we all destined to grow outward with each passing year, or is there a simple way for us to reclaim our healthy figures? If you struggle with your own battle ofrepparttar 131422 bulge read on for five sure-fire ways to drop a few of those unwanted pounds, and more importantly learn how you can prevent packing them inrepparttar 131423 first place!

TIP #1: Burn it inrepparttar 131424 AM What isrepparttar 131425 first thing you do when you wake each morning? Hitrepparttar 131426 snooze button for an extra ten minutes of sleep? What if I told you that taking those ten minutes to strap on your sneakers and walk briskly aroundrepparttar 131427 block would result in weight loss? It has been proven that aerobic activity done on an empty stomach forces your body to recruit energy from storage. This energy is stored inrepparttar 131428 form of fat on various parts of your body. Starting tomorrow take ten minutes out of your morning to walk briskly aroundrepparttar 131429 block before breakfast. Do not sprint or try to walk as quickly as possible, simply walk at a pace that you could comfortably hold a conversation. This seemly small activity, when done consistently, will produce surprising weight loss results!

TIP #2 Forget Your Late Night Snack I know I am notrepparttar 131430 only one who enjoys eating a snack after dinner! Although comfort food seems to taste better right before bed, it is also more prone to stick with us when eaten late at night. It has been proven that not eating three hours before bed reduces fat storage throughoutrepparttar 131431 night. If you go to bed at 10pm, finish eating forrepparttar 131432 day no later than 7pm. Once you have made this a habit you will be ecstatic overrepparttar 131433 long term weight loss!

TIP #3 Kiss that Frappuccino Goodbye What tastes better than a frothy, venti frappuccino smothered in whip cream and chocolate syrup? While blended coffee beverages have rapidly gained popularity withrepparttar 131434 masses, their caloric tallies have been all but ignored. Whether you are an avid Starbucker, or only wander in for an occasional treat, it is important to knowrepparttar 131435 truth about what you are drinking. The average Venti sized frappuccino weighs in at 530 calories. This staggering number equals 2.5 bagels, or one third ofrepparttar 131436 recommended daily calories for an average woman. Not only is this an extreme amount of calories to be consumed in a beverage butrepparttar 131437 calories come purely from sugar, which is easily stored as fat. Next time you are in line atrepparttar 131438 coffee shop and find yourself eyeing a sugary beverage, redirect your attention torepparttar 131439 tea selection, or stick with an old fashion cup of coffee.

The Truth About Fat

Written by Kim Beardsmore

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Fat has had a lot of bad press and for many people, just a mention ofrepparttar word can evoke misery. You can try to lose it, try to hide it, try to avoid it, but your body still needs it! Did you know that fat helps to insulate our nerve cells, keeps us warm, balances our hormones, keeps skin and arteries supple, lubricates joints and is a component in every cell?

The key issue here is recognizing which type of fat your body needs, how much your body requires and which type is your enemy. Armed withrepparttar 131418 right information, you can focus on getting more ofrepparttar 131419 good fats and less ofrepparttar 131420 bad fats into your daily diet.

There are two types of fat to be aware of. Saturated fats - let's call them "the enemy" and unsaturated fats - "the good guys"! It is easy to tellrepparttar 131421 difference because saturated fats are hard at room temperature. Saturated fats are not essential to your health. They come from animals and are found in meat, eggs and cheese. They are harder to digest and full of cholesterol.

Unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature and have been divided into two groups. Monounsaturated fats such as olive oil, and polyunsaturated fats such as sunflower oil. Polyunsaturated fats are split into Omega 3 fatty acids and Omega 6 fatty acids. Monounsaturated fat (Omega 9) although not essential, is not harmful in moderation - a good quality (extra virgin first cold pressed) olive oil is a healthier alternative torepparttar 131422 usual vegetable oil. Good sources of Omega 6: safflower oil, sunflower oil, evening primrose oil, walnut oil, pumpkin oil, sesame oil. Good sources of Omega 3 are mackerel, herring, salmon, pilchards, sardines, tuna and flax seed oil. Here are some important facts about fat in our diet.

1. Fat isrepparttar 131423 'energy reserve' of animals, plants and humans.

2. The ideal body-fat ratio should be approximately 19-26% of a woman's body weight, and 12-18% of a man's body weight.

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