Secrets Of Ephedra

Written by Brian Stewart

For those of you who aren’t familiar with ephedra let me start by saying that ephedra has been around for thousands of years. It was discovered byrepparttar Chinese and is also recognized byrepparttar 149366 name Ma-huang. Although it is known widely aroundrepparttar 149367 world as, “The Miracle Fat Burner”, in recent years ephedra has beenrepparttar 149368 target of some major scrutiny.

A few years ago ephedra was banned inrepparttar 149369 United States. This, in my opinion, was not only a huge mistake but also extremely unfair. There are literally millions of people all overrepparttar 149370 world who believe it isrepparttar 149371 best discovery inrepparttar 149372 weight loss industry’s history. The reason for its ban was simplyrepparttar 149373 fact that some people chose to abuse it. This is why I believerepparttar 149374 banning was unfair and a mistake because, too much of any good thing can be bad. Anyone with a reasonable amount of common sense knows that. Heck, eating too many of certain kinds of fruits and vegetables can be bad for you. The same goes for certain overrepparttar 149375 counter medicines such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen. Surerepparttar 149376 two work wonders if you have a headache or some other type of pain but everyone knows that if you take more thanrepparttar 149377 recommended dosage chances are pretty good that there could be some serious side effects or even a chance of overdose.

Weight Loss - Simple Lessons for Sustained Success

Written by Liz Smith

Weight loss is a goal for many people today, but cutting through allrepparttar hype and getting quality information can be difficult. This article will give you information on your metabolism, nutrition, and exercise that you can use to evaluate weight loss programs that you may be considering, or to create your own. For healthy, effective, and sustained weight loss you need to be educated about how your body's metabolism works.

Your Body Does Basic Math

One ofrepparttar 149207 most important factors that directly impacts weight loss is a concept called “energy balance." Quite simply, this is a measure of whether a person has eaten more calories than they burned that day, or vice versa. Because of allrepparttar 149208 scientific jargon, it can be baffling to read detailed descriptions of how your body and metabolism work. But when it comes to weight loss, all you need to know is that your metabolism does basic math – addition and subtraction; calories eaten and calories burned.

  • Neutral energy balance – eatingrepparttar 149209 same number of calories as you burn every day
  • Positive energy balance – eating more calories than you burn every day
  • Negative energy balance – eating fewer calories than you burn every day
    • In order to begin healthy, effective weight loss, you need to achieve negative energy balance. There are two primary ways to do this – daily diet and exercise. We’ll take a closer look at each very shortly.

      However, it is important to note that most people who are aiming for moderate weight loss should not tiprepparttar 149210 scales too drastically into negative energy balance. For instance, if your daily activities result in 2000 calories burned per day, restricting your calorie intake to 800 calories per day would be excessive. You would lose weight, but probably not inrepparttar 149211 way you intended. Your body would see this drastic calorie restriction as starvation, and would begin hoarding body fat and burning muscle, in addition to losing valuable fluids and electrolytes, which is exactlyrepparttar 149212 opposite of what you are hoping to achieve.

      If you are at neutral energy balance and have moderate weight loss goals, then a calorie restriction of 500 calories per day will produce healthy, gradual weight loss. Be sure to consult your physician regarding appropriate levels of calorie restriction and activity if your weight loss goals are very aggressive.


      There are two main factors that you should consider when evaluating your daily diet – total calories and composition. The term "total calories" is as simple as it sounds -repparttar 149213 number of calories you have consumed in a given day. If you’re already mindful ofrepparttar 149214 total quantity of food you eat each day, and are good at estimating serving sizes, you’re in a good position to determine where your current energy balance is, and monitor it as you progress. If not, it can be useful to purchase an inexpensive kitchen scale to get a better idea of how big a serving that you consider “average” really is. You need to know how many calories you're eating on a daily basis in order to know where you can make improvements.

      The composition of your diet is also very important. With allrepparttar 149215 competing diet programs out there, it can be difficult to separaterepparttar 149216 science fromrepparttar 149217 hype. The guidelines inrepparttar 149218 USDA’s new food pyramid, called MyPyramid, are very helpful in identifying good food choices – whole grain carbohydrates instead of processed carbs (whole wheat bread rather than white), lean instead of high-fat protein sources (chicken instead of prime rib), and healthy sources of fat (olive oil instead of Crisco). These guidelines will serve you well in formulating a daily diet that will keep you well-nourished with sustained energy levels and feeling your best overrepparttar 149219 long term.

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