Winter is here and with it an undeniable urge to keep warm by drinking scrumptiously yummy but almost always too rich in calories hot drinks. Even my ever-so-careful-with-his-diet hubby succumbed to the temptation this past weekend and drank unashamedly half a gallon of warm chocolate milk. So as you can imagine, the Swiss Miss, conjuring in its name dear memories of Alpine holidays, with its more down-to-earth promise of a deliciously low in calories drink, seemed all of a sudden a very good idea!
For whom has Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa been produced?
The producer reassures the consumer that it has been especially designed for every hot chocolate connoisseur with a diet conscience. Swiss Miss promises to be rich in taste and flavour (hence the European hint in the name), high in calcium (one sachet contains as much as one glass of milk) but very low in fat and sugar, with only 25 calories per serving.
The product seems to have been designed for people on the go who prefer reaching out for a sachet from their bag and the fat-free milk jug in the office, female students and young professionals most likely. It also entices the lifelong dieters who are adamant about the calorie intake and religiously count every gram of fat and sugar they take.
My aim the last few months has been to build my hand and finger strength because as a fitness and weight-lifter enthusiast I had to develop and maintain my strength, control, endurance, coordination and also my dexterity of this part of my body. I was looking for a hand exerciser which would give me spring resistance for each individual finger.
The “Gripmaster Hand Exerciser” immediately caught my attention because it has a modern design and it would allow me to build isolated finger strength and perform a variety of individual finger exercisers. It was necessary for me to obtain more information about this hand exercise and for this reason at I decided to look at every little detail of this device.
How does the “Gripmaster Hand Exerciser” work?
In the video below, you can watch a user of the "Gripmaster Hand Exerciser" demonstrating the features of this product and the wide range of different hand and fingers exercises that you can perform on this little piece of equipment.
Wine is good for health (it’s full of antioxidants), doesn’t make you gain weight (it’s low in calories) and, moreover, puts you in a good mood (if you don’t drink too much!).
The fact is that losing weight is difficult for many people. The great thing is that there are plenty of ways to trick the body into burning stored up fat. Whether you are looking to just lose a few pounds or fit into last year’s jeans, we have seven great tips that will have you looking great in no time.
As we grow older the body’s metabolism begins to slow down, which just means that we have to work harder to shed that extra five or ten pounds that get packed on throughout the year.
1) Jump Start Your Metabolism
Green tea’s natural ingredients boost metabolism. Try grabbing some green tea instead of a soda for lunch; it can also replace coffee in the mornings. A faster metabolism will begin shedding pounds naturally. Iron is important too; this mineral aides in getting oxygen to the cells, which also enhances metabolism. Water is another metabolism booster when drinking in heavier quantities at the same time, especially cold water. For breakfast and dinner try drinking about two glasses of water (17 ounces) and you’ll effectively jump start your metabolism and start burning extra calories.
Diet and fitness enthusiasts do not really like the winter holiday season. This is because unlike other holidays such as Halloween, Easter or Valentine's Day, the winter holiday lasts for many weeks. It is also characterized by more food, cookies, potlucks and parties. In addition, other activities such as volunteering, buying gifts, decorating, cooking and party hopping take up the usual time set aside for preparing healthy meals or going to the gym. This makes it difficult for the dieter to keep track of their food and exercise on a more regular basis to boost their health and change the shape of their bodies.
Therefore, a lot of willpower and commitment will be needed to overcome so many challenges and temptations. You have to stay dedicated to the original plan and set small daily objectives. The following are 20 tips to help you repel weight gain or lose weight by the turn of the year:
1. Track your food consumption
Carefully track your daily food intake. This includes all your meals plus the food gifts, snacks, small fixes and free food samples that you take in the course of the day. Such foods contain "hidden" calories that could easily contribute to weight gain.
The notion of sustained weight loss through maintaining a healthy lifestyle and fitness regime is not a new one, and yet still the desire for quick-fix fad diets prevails. It’s human nature to want the best results in the shortest amount of time. But time and time again, it’s been shown that cutting out entire food groups, going on a crash diet, or even eating like an angel every day for the rest of your life, is not a sustainable, or indeed healthy, way to lose weight.
Embrace diet slip-ups; shun diet fads
So what is? Grazing on small portions throughout the day? Fasting for eight-hour periods on certain days? Going gluten free? Or could it be that you simply need to get up off the sofa a little more than you currently do, and perhaps stay away from cake and cookies every now and then?
Most overweight people often make the mistake of thinking that the biggest hurdle that they will face in their quest to lose weight is how to shed off their excess body fat when the real and greatest challenge that they will face is how to keep and maintain their weight at a normal level without regaining all the fat that they had managed to shed off initially.
While losing weight may be difficult, keeping off the excess body weight is even much more tedious. The truth of the matter is that we are all born with a specific number of fat cells which remains consistent from our early 20s till the time that we die. Scientific research has also revealed that we do not really “burn” away our fat cells when we shed body weight; all that happens when we lose body weight is that we shrink our fat cells and these shrunken fat cells can easily get bloated up again if they are exposed to the “right” environment.
This is most likely the reason why so many scientific research done on losing weight and maintaining the lost body weight have revealed that you would probably have to work harder to maintain your slim stature than you worked to shed your excess body fat in the first place.
It seems like every year a new “fad diet” pops up and takes over people’s lives and dinner plates. One of the recent ones that has become extremely popular is the “Paleo Diet.”
The idea behind his diet is that we should be eating like our ancestors did. One of the suggestions to accomplish this is to eat more meat and cut out grains from our diets.
However, this seemingly goes against the principles of sound nutrition. But is that necessarily a bad thing?
In this post, I will explore three reasons why I believe that the Paleo Diet isn’t necessarily all that accurate; and possibly not all that healthy.
Meat is Meat is Meat?
Modern food is a far cry from what cavemen actually ate. While science and advances have provided developed countries with plenty of food, they have also modified the food in the process.
If you talk to people who eat game meat (animals you hunt down and then eat) on a regular basis, you will often find a common remark: the meat is leaner.
The meat we eat that is raised, on the other hand, is not so lean. In fact, farmers often overfeed their animals, and even sometimes restrain their movements, in order for them to grow bigger.
When I think Mediterranean I think gorgeous sunshine, perfect holidays and...loads of delicious but hip-enhancing food! I love food especially when it is made with fresh produce, bought that same morning from the local, but in all the years we have been holidaying on Mediterranean shores I rarely found good, delicious food that would qualify as diet. So you can imagine that my interest was sparked instantly when I saw the two in the same title: Mediterranean food and diets? Although it sounds almost too good to be true, I would say a resounding “Yes, please!” to eating wonderful food without having to worry about my waist line any time you ask me!
For whom has The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook been written?
The book was first published in 1994 and proved to be, as one editorial review puts it, “arguably ahead of its time”, especially for an American audience that knew almost nothing of European cuisine and its benefits at the time. The first edition included nutritional data which was removed from subsequent versions, much to the detriment of its readers, in my opinion, as you can’t count your calorie intake properly.
I admire passion, in almost any healthy and non-harmful shape and form, and I love to see passionate people in action. This is why I love Jillian Michaels, her passion for fitness and the way she can inspire and motivate people to transform and become the best of what they can be. I started watching “Losing It with Jillian” shortly after I had my baby and many times the inspirational stories on the series brought a tear to my eye and motivation to exercise.
I have been looking for a new exercise DVD I can use from the comfort of my living room so I was pleasantly surprised to find Jillian’s new kickboxing release. And oh, if you knew me just a little bit you would know I love the idea of a fast fix, especially when it comes to fitness. Needless to say then, the combination of an inspirational trainer like Jillian with the promise of quick results definitely sold the DVD to me!