5 Secrets to Lose Weight When Eating Out

1. Start small. You can always go back for more if you really need or want to. But if you wait a few minutes after eating a small amount, this gives your body time to “register” the input and you should feel full or at least satisfied pretty quickly. This will help you avoid over-eating.

2. Eating out isn’t always a special occasion, so don’t eat like it is. Even if it is a celebration or special event, you don’t have to stuff yourself to make it feel like you are making the most of the party.

3. If someone else is paying the bill, resist the urge to overeat just to make yourself feel like you’re getting a good deal. Gaining weight is not a good deal… unless you happen to be underweight.

4. Don’t “super-size” it. This is mostly a sales tactic to make customers feel like they are getting a bargain. Think about this: The food industry has made everything so cheap to produce, the measly increase on your plate is nothing to them, hardly noticeable to their bottom line. They throw more than that out every night at closing. So who profits from your bigger servings? Oh, how about the health professions? The obesity problem is a huge industry in itself, with huge medical costs. Doctors, hospitals, clinics, weight loss programs, gyms…all benefit. You do not. The restaurant benefits because it creates goodwill and you will come back!

5. Resist suggestions. The clerks at the counter are expected to help sales by putting ideas into your head. This is more profitable than super-sizing, because you are buying more food. Fries, chips, dessert, side dishes….all add to their profit, but worse for you, they add to your calorie count.

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Are Your Children at Risk for Obesity?

by Christian Goodman

There are a lot of articles written about weight loss and numerous weight loss programs around, but only a few of those address the fact that our children are also overweight.

This is very sad considering that the number of obese children and teenagers has tripled in the last twenty years and those numbers are increasing.

From 4% in 1974, the percentage of overweight children from 6-11 years rose to 17.5% in just 30 years. The same is true for teenagers. Overweight teens from 12 to 19 have increased from 6% in 1974 to 17% in 2004.

Today, 32% of children are overweight; 16% are obese; and 11% are considered extremely obese.

Children are under even more peer pressure about their weight than most adults can imagine. Adolescent girls, as young as 13 years old, are begging for, and some are actually having, gastric surgeries to reduce their weight quickly. Some see bulimia or anorexia as their only solution.

The biggest threat with childhood and teenage obesity is these children are much more likely to become obese adults. The difference is they’re being affected at a much younger age with the same health issues that plague obese adults.

It has been predicted that the children of this generation will be the first in history to have a shorter life span than their parents.

It is futile to talk about the reasons we’ve let our children get fat. We all know the reasons, and we should take responsibility for it as adults … not the children.

We continuously feed them junk food instead of healthy, nutritious meals. Instead of oatmeal for breakfast, we feed them sugar coated cereals.

They eat too many overly processed, nutritionally lacking, calorie-laden snacks instead of fruits and vegetables. There are also too many fast foods, too much and too often.

To add to that, we’ve stopped encouraging our children to go outdoors and be active. It’s too easy to let them spend one mind-numbing hour after another in front of a TV screen, a computer monitor or a mobile game device.

They’re growing up so sedentary that even playing outside seems like work. What have we done to our children?

If you have a child suffering from obesity, it is time to be accountable for it and step up to the plate. The effect is not only on their physical body, but on their emotional state as well.

Children shouldn’t have to suffer with issues like depression and a lack of self-esteem. They shouldn’t have to endure the daily teasing and rude comments from thoughtless classmates that chip away at their self-image.

It is not fair to let your children’s bodies struggle with the added demands of carrying around excess weight when they are just starting to develop. All parents and grandparents who have overweight children need to do something about it.

Involve your child in physical activities. Make sure they eat healthier meals and snacks. And use the Weight Loss Breeze Program to reduce your child’s weight to a normal, healthy level. This program is a natural, reasonable approach to weight loss. But most importantly, it works.

Christian Goodman is a well known natural health researcher and the creator of the Natural Health Blog. His most recent work is the Weight Loss Breeze, which is one of the best weight loss exercise programs today. It has helped thousands reduce weight naturally.

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Why is Celiac Disease More Common Now?

Celiac Disease used to be almost unheard of. I know I never heard of it until I was in college studying diseases. It was still rather uncommon then, but now you hear about it all the time, it seems.

What is it, exactly? It’s a debilitating digestive disorder, a chronic autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten. And gluten is the protein factor found in many grains, such as wheat, rye, oats, and barley. The body’s reaction to gluten can damage the digestive tract, blocking the absorption of nutrients from food.

Some warning signs of celiac disease are abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, lactose intolerance, nausea and fatigue.

This disease has increased five-fold since the 1950s, according to a recent study at Warren Airforce Base, and now afflicts about one percent of Americans, or, 1 in 100.





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5 Startling Myths About Calories

Calories aren’t exactly what we think they are. Simply put, a calorie is a unit of measurement, not a “thing” to be counted like pennies in a piggy bank. They were originally invented as a way to measure units of heat in steam engines. Then it seemed convenient to translate that to the little “engines” in our bodies as we convert foods into energy to live. We just needed some way to measure everything, that’s all.

But we don’t really have steam engines inside of us…just chemical reactions at a cellular level…and it’s easier to think of this in simplified terms, such as calorie-things to burn so we have the energy to live (or get fat if there are too many to burn).

However, it doesn’t exactly work that way, and the following myths help us to understand why:

1. Calories do not fuel your body. Oxidation does.

2. Calories are all alike. Not. Since it’s oxidation that fuels your body, we must realize the real differences lie in the kinds of food we eat: carbohydrates, fats, proteins.

3. All calories will be digested. Actually, a significant percentage of some foods simply slide on through without being absorbed.

4. Exercise burns calories. Again, not. About 60 to 70 percent of calories are burned just from daily activity, plus all the automated processes that keep us alive: heart beating, tissue repair and replacement, etc.

5. Low-calorie foods help lose weight. Hardly. The easiest way to remove calories from a food is to take out the sugar and replace it with artificial sweeteners. But those can make you overeat, so what did you gain? (Uh, more weight?)


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The Food Pyramid is a Joke

[ Editor’s Note: Fitness author Jon Benson shared this letter with me and gave me permission to share it with you. ]

3 “Rebel” Fatloss Tricks

You know what? I like “weird.” I’ve always been a bit on the fringe side of the fence if you know what I mean. A bit of a rebel. So were guys like Einstein, Mozart, and Picasso. Not that I’m putting myself into their category of genius by any stretch… but I love their approach to life.


Makes sense to me. This life it too darn short for anything less than being bold. That means taking some risks here and there. That means taking action while the others are content to sit on the couch being the same person they were yesterday.

And the day before…
And the month before…
And the year before.

Do you want to live your years like that? Or do you want to dive into life? Be the greatest “you” possible? Then be a bit of a rebel. Here’s some “rebel tips” for fatloss I think you’ll enjoy…

REBEL TIP 1 – Flip The Food Pyramid Upside-down

The USDA’s Food Pyramid is an utter joke. It’s origins stink up the joint, let me tell you. First, the grain industry was in a pinch when the Food Pyramid was created. And wouldn’t you know it… the grain industry increased their “contributions” (read: bribes) to certain politicians to get placement atop the pyramid… or in this case at the very bottom. The “foundation” if you will.

Just think about this for a moment: The USDA wants you to eat MORE starch than vegetables? More bread than fruits, lean meats, and hormone-producing fats? Are they NUTS?? Yes… they are nuts. You’d be better off flipping the sucker upside-down. That would look like this: 40% of your calories from healthy fats, 30% of your cals from protein, 30% of your cals from carbs. Roughly, that is.

Sounds rebellious, right? Well it is. Too bad I have the science (and the abs) to back it up. If you want a system laid out for you, then go here: EveryOtherDayDiet.

REBEL TIP 2 – Cardio Is Not Smart-ee-o

At least the way the so-called “experts” want you to do it. Look: This isn’t rocket science. Just walk into any gym…take a look at the folks who only do cardio work for 45-60 minutes every day. Do they look any different from year to year? Let me save you some time: NO. They do not.

Cardio (unless you are into endurance sports) is a waste of energy done this way. First, it increases your carbohydrate cravings. For most people that’s not a good thing. Why? Because cardio at this pace burns mostly SUGAR, not bodyfat. What do you want to burn? Exactly. Bodyfat.

Finally, cardio is no where near as efficient as resistance training at dissolving bodyfat… and certainly not even CLOSE to resistance training when it comes to shaping lean muscle and getting the look all these cardio bunnies are after. Now, I ‘do’ have a rebel cardio trick… and it takes 9-15 minutes 2-3 times a week to perform. That’s it. And you get ALL the benefits heart-wise of long-session cardio. Combine that with some brisk walking and my overall fitness plan and presto: No more bodyfat.

Here’s what is cool: I put my new in-home version of this resistance-based workout online for a few days at a major discount… but it’s only for people who pick up this: EveryOtherDayDiet.

This is completely illustrated with photos, too… and you do not need anything but resistance bands and perhaps some cheap dumbbells to do this in-home. Or you can use the gym-based workouts (included with videos.) Train like this just 3-5 days a week and you can kiss long, boring cardio goodbye.

REBEL TIP 3 – Do Not Overwork Your Abs

Here’s a mistake I see most people make in the gym: They do endless sets of crunches, leg raises, and sit-ups… all geared toward seeing those toned abs they want. Guess what? Waste of time. In fact, it’s worse than that… it can literally shut down your recovery ability. You’ll slow your progress in the gym (or at home)… and your fat-burning, too. And you may give up your plan entirely because of it.

Here’s the brutal truth: Ab ‘muscles’ are easy to build. It only takes about 3 minutes 2-3 times a week… that’s it. The muscles are not what make your stomach flatter… it’s the nutrition plan. You’re just building muscle underneath layers of bodyfat… not good.

I do very little direct ab training. When I do it’s usually 3-5 minutes tops 2 days a week. And my abs are… well… good. I rely on resistance training and my special “favorite foods dietplan” to get and stay lean.

So be a rebel. Thumb your nose at the establishment and step out on your own. Trust me: You’ll be a leader in every sense of the word if you do.

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5 Surprising Things That Make You Leaner

[ Editor’s Note: Fitness author Jon Benson shared this letter with me and gave me permission to share it with you. ]

Want to be leaner? Good deal… here’s 5 tips that will help you along…

TIP 1 – Ditch The Starch

Starches, such as rice, potatoes, some veggies, oats, etc. are often considered “health foods.” While they can be healthy, they can also pack on stomach body fat like crazy if you overdo them. As you may know, the “Every Other Day Diet” System (EODD) actually encourages you to eat starches and even sweets several days a week to get rid of excess weight: Every Other Day Diet.

Timing is everything. Take a weekly approach to foods rather than a daily approach. This keeps your metabolism guessing. If your body cannot figure out what you’re up to, fatburning is that much more powerful. And you can get by with eating starches… at least at specific times on specific days.

But if you’re not going to do EODD, then you’ll have to wing it. And the best way to wing it is to simply cut starches out entirely for 4-8 weeks. Then slowly add them back for a few days per week. This is no where near as effective (or as fun) as the EODD method, but it will get you pointed in the right direction.

TIP 2 – Can The Sodas

A recent study revealed that people who drank diet sodas actually increased bodyfat when compared to those who drank sugar sodas. Yep. Your body cannot be fooled by aspartame and chemicals. Sorry, but that’s the truth. You need to be drinking a quart of pure water per 50 lbs of bodyweight a day. Try mixing it with lemon and a bit of Stevia (an herbal sweetener) and make lemonade. It’s wonderful!

TIP 3 – Stay Hungry

Arnold’s first movie was “Stay Hungry” (well, after “Pumping Iron,” that is). You cannot rest on your butt and stay hungry. You cannot think you’ve “arrived” and stay hungry. It takes a special person to be hungry… and an even greater one to stay that way. I want you to stay hungry in two ways: In how you work out and literally… stay a bit hungry before you go to bed. Not “starving”… just a bit hungry.

For your workouts, I have a great solution. If you pick up EODD you’ll get a limited shot at “7 Minute Body”… my combination of “7 Minute Muscle” and “The 7 Minute In-Home Workout” in one book… and for more than half off… but that’s a very limited deal. Gotta have EODD… you’ll need them both… EveryOtherDayDiet

You see, progression — “forced” progression — is the best way to stay hungry. 7 Minute Body forces you to progress without thinking about it. Progression is built into the System.

As far as staying hungry at night? Check with your doctor and if he/she okays it, take 500mg of potassium and 1000mg of magnesium/calcium a few hours prior to bed. This helps with the hunger pangs. Also, keep hard-boiled eggs in the fridge. If you get really hungry, eat one with half the yolk (toss the other half.) It keeps me full for an hour at least.

TIP 4 – Cardio Clarity

Hours and hours of cardio a day is not the answer. However, you can do “light” cardio (i.e. brisk walking, or riding the bike at 60% of your max) just to burn off calories. That’s okay… and personally I don’t find it that boring if I’m watching a TV show. It does not interfere with my main fatloss exercise (weight training) and it burns off about 400 calories an hour.

What does work is early morning fasting cardio… but you only need 9-15 minutes. I explain the GXP Protocol (Modified) in the 7 Minute Body book, available only if you pick up EODD, and you can get it here: EveryOtherDayDiet

TIP 5 – Get Raw At Night

Raw veggies with your last meal and as a snack will really help your fatburning along. You can start with red peppers because they’re sweet. Now I eat virtually every veggie raw at night without thinking about it. Give this a shot. The fatloss is well worth it.

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Are You An Emotional Eater?

[ Editor’s Note: Fitness author Jon Benson shared this letter with me and gave me permission to share it with you. ]

Emotions can be deadly. At least when it comes to eating. And the VAST majority of us are “emotional eaters.” And that leads to excess bodyfat.

We eat when we are stressed-out. We eat when we are overly happy. We eat when we are depressed. And when you eat like this you can kiss your fatloss goodbye.

There’s a 4-minute video that I want you to watch today. It is touching, funny, and very powerful all at the same time. And it will help you come to terms with emotional eating.

Emotional Eating Video

P.S. This is a unique video. You will love it. And I KNOW you will benefit from it. Please share this with others, too.

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Natural Weight Loss

Once a person is overweight, the desire to trim down will be related to many reasons, such as health, or appearance. We all want to feel good, look good, and stay that way.

The truth is, it is never too late to lose weight. But the fact is, it is a whole lot easier to prevent putting on pounds in the first place than to try losing them later on.

According to many health experts, most people who try to lose weight usually stray from their plan. It’s just too easy to go back to the old eating habits, even after one learns to enjoy correct eating. And even though they enjoy exercising, they usually slow down and then quit that, too.

However, there are plenty of good reasons to avoid gaining excess pounds…reasons that go beyond vanity or social acceptance. In fact, some health experts contend that the significance of excess weight is more than cosmetic. They say that it takes a huge toll on one’s physical health.

How to Lose Weight…Naturally

The nuts and bolts of eating right to maintain a healthy weight are actually not complicated. In fact, most people know pretty well what is best, and that means that  losing weight the natural way should not be a problem at all. Consequently, a reasonable approach for losing weight naturally is to stick to a diet that is high in complex carbohydrates, high in fiber, moderate in protein, and low in fat.

For example, a complex carbohydrate is a baked potato. Fat is the sour cream and butter you should not put on it. Fiber is vegetables. Fat is the oil you should not fry them in. Protein is a lean cut of meat. Fat is the gravy you should not pour over it.

Moreover, health experts say that dietary fat promotes weight gain because it is a very dense source of calories. Also, when you consume excess calories from dietary fat, you store those calories as body fat more efficiently than excess calories from other sources.

On the other hand, it can also help you lose weight naturally if you avoid falling into the so-called “fat-free” trap. Manufacturers keep coming out with low-fat or fat-free versions of their best-selling foods, but Americans keep getting fatter anyway.

One of the greatest delusions of recent times is that “no fat” means “non-fattening.” The truth is, you are often getting just as many calories from the no-fat version, even if the calories are not coming from fat. Calling something fat-free is just a trap if you believe you can eat any amount of the foods that are advertised that way.

In addition, it is best to respond to hunger with healthful snacks. Health experts say it would be better to try eating every three to four hours, which may mean a nutritious low-fat snack between lunch and dinner.

When you feel the urge to eat, snack on something healthy, such as a slice of whole-grain toasted bread, or a piece of fresh fruit. And never skip a meal in order to eat snacks instead.

Remember, if you want to lose weight naturally, you have to keep track of the foods you eat as well as all activities you perform. Losing weight naturally is a process and not a fad. It actually takes a lot of determination, self-control, and discipline to achieve your ideal weight and maintain it. But it’s worth it.

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Using Hypnosis to Help Lose Weight

Controlling your weight as you age is an important way to prevent a series of health problems associated with weight gain.

In fact, being more than 20 pounds over your ideal weight increases your risk for some potentially deadly conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, endometrial cancer, obstructive sleep apnea and breast cancer.

In addition, most people who are overweight tend to avoid exercise, which only adds to the tendency to continue gaining.

If your lifestyle is leading you to be overweight, you could have a higher risk of heart disease and other health problems. Add to that any medical conditions, such as high cholesterol, being overweight puts you at greater risk of complications.

The good news is that even a moderate amount of weight loss can improve your health significantly. Even a ten percent weight loss can lower blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, and high blood sugar levels.

Currently, there are many techniques that can contribute to helping people lose weight effectively. One method that is known to be very effective is hypnosis.

However, many misconceptions exist as it relates to losing weight. Some may feel it just couldn’t work, yet, the fact that drugs and surgery are not involved leads many people to think that hypnosis might actually be one of the safest ways to lose weight.

Here is a list of some facts that will help guide you in your search for your ideal way to lose weight:

1. Hypnosis can be a big risk if not done correctly or performed by a practitioner who is not properly trained in hypnosis.

Although many people tend to think of hypnosis as being no danger to their health, it is important to know that people who perform the procedure must be sufficiently skilled in hypnosis techniques in order to be useful. Otherwise, it’s just a waste of time and money.

2. Hypnosis can help people eliminate excess body fat, leading to significant weight loss.

Most health experts argue that hypnosis should only be part of a larger, more encompassing process. Do not use only this method to lose weight alone.

Furthermore, a session of hypnosis will only result in minimal loss for an individual. When hypnosis is used in conjunction with psychotherapy, it is more effective than hypnosis alone. This is because hypnosis is only a state of relaxation of the mind, and does not constitute a change in control of the body.

3. Hypnosis is one way to reveal one’s subconscious. When someone is under a hypnotic state, they are more open to suggestions, because of their high state of concentration. This can be most useful in encouraging new eating habits.

However, this does not mean that through hypnosis, one can “reprogram” the mind of the individual.

In reality, hypnosis can only affect one’s state of relaxation, and without the proper use of these techniques by an experienced hypnotist, it may not be fully effective. Hypnosis also should not be thought of as some paranormal or mystical method, but rather, a facilitator of other methods to achieve maximum results.

It works best in combination with other weight management programs and will be most effective in helping people lose excess weight as they aim for a more relaxed state of mind.

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Suggestions On Losing Weight The Safe And Natural Way

In a world of fad diets and starvation binges it may appear easier and easier to get rid of the weight. Nevertheless, what some people forget is that the weight we lose in the so called super effective diets is the same weight we gain back just a few days after we fall off the wagon.

The simplest way to shed some weight still is by doing so the same way which has proven to be efficient in years past. To lose weight  that is both lasting and healthy is by making a lifestyle change that revolves around the selection of natural foods and a regular program of exercise.

Before you can start eating healthy, the path to shedding pounds regularly starts inside. For some individuals, overeating can be attributed to low self esteem. Along with that, weight loss can also be derailed by negative thoughts and stress.

A good way to form a positive outlook on life and a healthy self-confidence is through exercise. Regular physical activity helps the brain produce the necessary hormones to help us relax and be willing to accept who we are.

Another aspect of overeating comes from our appetites. A good appetite can sometimes be curbed by drinking a lot of water.

Remember, there is no easy way to lose those extra pounds. Drinking lots of water and engaging in exercise will help minimize the urge to eat, but in the end, it is still about making healthy food selections.

One way to do that is by lowering our intake of ready-made foods and junk food. Junk foods are high in sodium and saturated fats. These things will negatively affect your metabolism. Fast foods also push you to super-size your meals which in turn forces you to eat more than what you normally eat. With home cooked meals, you can control your portions and ingredients by cooking your own food.

It is also important to create a controlled diet. The convenience of fried foods has forced individuals to do away with fresh fruits and vegetables. It is important to eat more veggies than protein because you will feel satisfied more quickly. Fiber-rich veggies absorb water, forcing you to feel full and help move those foods through the digestive tract smoothly.

Studies show the average daily consumption of fat has steadily decreased over the last five years, but cases of obesity are still on the rise. Since more people attempt to starve themselves, their bodies compensate by shutting down and storing fat.

To lose pounds, the best way is to let nature take its own course. Choosing natural foods and incorporating regular physical activity is what our healthier ancestors did in the past and now it is time that we do the same. Start today and see those pounds disappear for a natural, healthy weight loss.

Article by John F. Black

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