When Maribel was asked to join the Gold's Gym Challenge, a 12-week body transformation contest the national chain hosts annually, she knew it was go-time. There's over $100,000 in cash prizes for winning participants, and it creates a sense of camaraderie (and healthy competition) that Maribel thrived under. And it was her focus on strength training that helped her become stronger and ultimately prevail. Studies show that weight training is beneficial for weight loss—even more so than cardio routines. So if you don't lift yet, it's time to start.
So as you're planning new weight-loss-related lifestyle changes, make a plan to address other stresses in your life first, such as financial problems or relationship conflicts. While these stresses may never go away completely, managing them better should improve your ability to focus on achieving a healthier lifestyle. Once you're ready to launch your weight-loss plan, set a start date and then — start.
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It's a one-time investment you'll never regret. Here's why: Strength training builds lean muscle tissue, which burns more calories — at work or at rest — 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The more lean muscle you have, the faster you'll slim down. How do you start strength training? Try some push-ups or a few squats or lunges. Use your free weights to perform simple bicep curls or tricep pulls right in your home or office. Do these exercises three to four times per week, and you'll soon see a rapid improvement in your physique.
You might feel silly, but it works. When Alan R. Hirsch, MD, neurological director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, tried this with 3,000 volunteers, he found that the more frequently people sniffed, the less hungry they were and the more weight they lost—an average of 30 pounds each. One theory is that sniffing the food tricks the brain into thinking you’re actually eating it.
While I’d love to tell you that I’ve got this secret lose-weight-fast plan, I don’t. Instead, I’ve got a killer SLOW & STEADY plan for you though. At the end of the day, weight-loss shouldn’t be very difficult. If it is, something else is at play. It isn’t just about eating less and exercising more. By following all of the below steps, I'm confident you'll get to the weight you want to be at.
Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have been isolating and researching thylakoids since the early 1990’s. In 2009, Dr. Rickard Kohnke and his team at the “Appetite Regulation Unit” of the Department of Experimental Medicine, Lund University, Sweden, discovered that overweight mice on high-fat diets decreased their food intake, experienced significantly less weight gain, and had lower body fat when their high-fat diets were supplemented with thylakoid isolated from spinach. Compared to the mice who did not receive thylakoid, they also had lower blood sugar levels and lower triglycerides. They also had higher levels of the satiety hormone cholecystokinin, a hormone secreted by the small intestine that helps digest fat and protein as well suppressing appetite.
Some antidepressant medications can cause weight gain, especially the older tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) such as Tryptizol, Saroten, and Clomipramine; as well as newer drugs such as Remeron (Mirtazapine). Lithium (for manic-depressive disorder) often causes weight gain. The most common antidepressants known as SSRI’s (for example Citalopram and Sertraline) usually don’t impact weight significantly. More on depression
Dr. Kohnke and his team then tested thylakoid in humans and found that it also acts as a natural appetite suppressant in normal-weight people. Eleven subjects ate a high-fat meal (a sandwich with thylakoid-rich pesto or regular pesto). Afterwards, levels of three different appetite signaling hormones were altered in those given the thylakoid-rich sandwiches. Two hours after the meal, they showed significant increases in the satiety hormone cholecystokinin compared to those who did not eat a thylakoid-rich sandwich. They also had reduced levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin, a hormone secreted by adipose tissue (fat cells) that tells you you’re hungry. Six hours after the meal, they had significant increases in ghrelin’s opposite hormone—leptin—which also control’s appetite by telling you you’re full. The fact that thylakoid increased leptin levels in the blood six hours after eating is important because leptin is crucial for regulating calorie intake between meals and over longer periods of time.
Apples of all varieties and types help suppress hunger for a number of reasons. First, apples are filled with soluble fiber and pectin, which help you feel full. Apples also regulate your glucose and boost your energy level. Finally, apples require lots of chewing time, which helps slow you down and gives your body more time to realize that you're no longer hungry. Plus, they just taste good!