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Body Fat: The Silent Killer

Obesity is a condition where a person has excessive body fat. While obesity causes people to look less attractive, the greatest concern is the impact the condition has on the overall health and quality of life of the individual. 
Although excess body fat can contribute to a number of health conditions, the reason many professionals consider body fat the silent killer is its link to Type II diabetes. 
Adult diabetes is closely connected to insulin resistance, a condition that occurs from the body’s cells losing their sensitivity to insulin. 
As a result, the pancreas begins to make more insulin to get the needed amount of glucose into the cells. The increased volume of insulin causes more fat to be stored in the body.
While pinning down a definite cause of death as it relates to obesity is difficult, it is safe to say that thousands of people die each year from being overweight. 
In addition to Type II Diabetes, obesity also increases the risk of coronary heart disease, sleep apnea, colon cancer, high blood pressure and other diseases. 
Although there are different terms given to people as the amount of body fat they have increases, men are considered to be obese when more than 25% of their total weight is from fat and for women, more than 30%.
How to Eliminate Body Fat: The Silent Killer
Anyone who has tried to lose any amount of weight probably knows how difficult it really is. Often, by the time they realize they have a serious problem with obesity, they have already tried to cut calories and/or increase their exercise levels without any real success. 
The key to eliminating fat from the body is to get the body to burn more of the fat that it has stored. Some weight loss supplements can make it easier by increasing the body’s metabolism so that the results of their weight loss plan are multiplied. 
However, using supplements without making any efforts to lose weight naturally will not produce significant results. Instead, a multi-faceted approach should be undertaken.
Fat Blockers and Fat Burners
Two types of supplements are frequently used to eliminate body fat. Fat burners aid in the breakdown of stored fat so that it is converted into energy. 
These supplements often have high quantities of caffeine or other stimulants to increase metabolism. When using fat burners, drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated.
Fat blockers, on the other hand, change the way that fat is digested so that it passes out of the body instead of being absorbed into the body. 
Fat blockers are available as over-the-counter supplements and prescription drugs. Many of the products found in the store contain Chitosan, an ingredient that comes from crustacean shells. Another ingredient, Orlistat, is also available in prescription and non-prescription form.
Appetite suppressants are another type of weight loss supplements that can be used to keep the dieter from feeling hungry. 
These supplements work by releasing chemicals in the brain that improve your mood and prevent you from wanting to eat as frequently or as much.
To prevent body fat from being the silent killer that prevents you from living a healthy active lifestyle and enjoying the way you look, find the right combination of diet, exercise and weight loss supplement to start making the pounds melt away.
A few extra pounds are all it takes to start having problems with getting clothes to fit. As the problem increases, it becomes increasingly different to perform the activities that were simple before. 
This is what makes body fat the silent killer that is becoming an increasingly serious problem.
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Weight Loss: Not All Calories Are Created Equally

Not all calories were created equally, and anyone who suggests they are is quite frankly an idiot! Anyone who says that 200 calories of vegetables is the same as a 200 calorie donut is probably very over weight!
But seriously, why are they different? Well first of all stop thinking of what you are eating as being made up of calories. 
One calorie is a measurement of the approximate amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius. 
Without going too much into the science behind it all it’s easier to just use calories as a guide to the amount you can consume in any given day, defined by your BMR.
There are even more factors that will affect how your body digests and uses the calories that make up, using my example above, vegetables and donuts. 
You can look at the Glycaemic Index (GI). This index is a measure of how quickly blood glucose levels rise after eating food. 
The donut will be on the high end of the GI, while the vegetables will be on the lower end (unless it’s a potato – which is in the middle). 
When you eat a high GI food you are more likely to store it as fat than lower GI, which is advertised as more of a sustained release of energy, the reason for this follows.
So using the Glycaemic Index on the example above, 200 calories of lower GI vegetables will be digested fairly slowly, providing the body with the nutritional content of the veg and giving you a sustained amount of energy. 
The 200 calorie donut will be digested very quickly, your body will therefore have a lot of energy to use very quickly, and if you’re sitting at your desk or on the sofa in front of the television the chances are your body will store it as fat.
So hopefully you know understand the difference between 200 calories of vegetables, which is a plateful for a veg like peas, and a 200 calorie donut, which will actually be fairly small, but the bigger picture? 
Well what I do is take my estimated calorie burn for the day, let’s say 2,500, and then log food into my calorie counter app. I roughly know which foods sit where on the Glycaemic Index, but you may need to refer to an online guide. 
I know that I am least active in the evening, so my dinner will be made up of medium to low GI foods, some sort of meat or Quorn, with microwave rice, and vegetables.
If I’m going to be exercising fruit or an energy gel, which is higher on the Index, will provide me with energy to perform to my potential.
So wouldn’t it be easier to just eat low GI foods? Well in my experience, anyone who does this is removing all refined sugars from their diet, which is very difficult and will lead to some pretty harsh cravings, which if you then give in to, will destroy all your hard work.
To further enhance my point about calories not being the most important thing to consider when choosing what food to eat, what about negative calorie foods? 
I will cover this topic in more detail in the following week’s but there are foods out there that are considered to force your body to use more calories breaking down the food than the food actually provides! That’s right there are foods out there that do this! More on this topic soon…
So my advice is to limit the amount of high GI foods to earlier in the day when you are more active (or later depending on when you are actually active). 
Try to eat a balanced meal made up of low to medium GI foods (meat doesn’t have a position on the Glycaemic Index as it only includes carbs). Try not to have any high GI foods before bed when your body is more likely to store the unused energy as fat.
Next week’s topic is probably what people dread the most… Exercise…
Specifically, I will be looking into the best and most effective short workouts that will maximise your chances of losing weight through dieting. 
I am under no illusion that most people simply don’t have the time to exercise, but with a couple of minutes and no equipment needed there really is no excuse!
Happy Reading!
Pav Bryan – Owner & Coach
Pav Bryan Cycling Coach
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Top 9 Weight Loss Foods

Not all foods make people gain weight. There are some that could actually contribute to weight loss when they are consumed in moderation. The following are the top 9 weight loss foods that are currently making waves within the weight loss industry.
Hummus is of Middle Eastern origin. This is a high protein snack that not only fights hunger, but also tastes great, particularly when combined with healthy side snacks, such as vegetables.
Just about everyone loves salsa. This spicy side dish is great with tortilla chips, or even margaritas, and it isn’t high in calories.
Many people are under the impression that egg yolks aren’t healthy, but this isn’t the case at all. When combined with the yolk, an egg not only has a better taste, but it is also much higher in protein, which allows individuals the chance to stay fuller for longer.
Raw Almonds
Peanut butter might contain large quantities of protein, but almonds tend to be high in vitamin E, as well as antioxidants. What is more, these nuts contain Vitamin B-12 and magnesium, which aids in boosting energy levels within the body.
Chia Seeds
Chia seeds contain high levels of calcium, omega-3, iron and calcium, but they are also great for weight loss. These ingredients actually absorb a lot of the sugar within the body, helping to stabilize the sugar levels and prevent them from being turned into fat. 
In order to benefit from them, individuals simply need to throw a small handful of them into their breakfast bowl in the mornings.
Parmesan cheese isn’t just great on Italian pastas, but it can also be used as a handy tool for losing weight. Some people enjoy peeling slices of this cheese onto their crackers, while others prefer adding some to spice up a salad. 
Since this is such a strong cheese, a small amount can really go a long way.
Sprouted Grain Bread
Many health professionals prefer this bread to many of the options on the market at the moment, because as they say, sprouted grains tend to be digested by the body much more easily.
Yogurt contains probiotics, which are very well known for aiding in digestion within the body. It has been found that bacteria within the gut could end up contributing to the rate at which fat is absorbed within the body, and by opting for a yogurt that contains these probiotics, individuals can actually control this bacteria and promote weight loss.
Apples aren’t just good for your overall health; they can also help you lose weight. It has been found that individuals who eat an apple before eating their food are less likely to overdo it when it comes to meal time. This alone can do wonders in help them shed pounds.
Losing weight isn’t just about cutting back on what you eat; it is about choosing your meals carefully so that you are providing your body with everything that it needs to function optimally.
We are all creatures of habit. How well do I know after weighing as much as 292 pounds and out of breath with every step. 
It was easy for me to fill up on chocolate cake and ice cream instead eating the healthy meals mother taught growing up. Today I am still a diabetic, but it is not necessary to continue taking glyburide-metformin to control my blood sugars. 
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Fitting Into The Old College Jeans

If you are thinking of sending away all of those college skinny jeans because you think you have outgrown them, then this article is to remind you that you can have your younger self again. 
The reason why you’re sending those stylishly skinny college jeans is perhaps because you feel that your body cannot possibly go back to being comfortable in the jeans that remind you of the days long past.
The good news is that you can still fit yourself into those jeans, walk casually, confidently, like it, and complimented on that!
What You Need To Do To Fit Into Your College Jeans? 
Your need is to look a lot younger, and fresher, and confident, and more enthusiastic to match what your clothing sense has to say about the person wearing them.
How can you achieve all of this and return, almost completely, to those youthful and healthily energetic days? The answer is simple – by healthily losing weight and then maintaining it.
How Will It Help? 
What will losing weight do for you? Well to begin with, it will increase the efficiency of your cardiovascular system. As a result, the blood flow the absorption and transfer of nutrients will increase. 
Once the blood vessels start chugging nutrient rich blood to your muscles, organs, and skin you will be find yourself healthier, slimmer, prettier, more energetic, and confident in yourself.
Furthermore, healthily losing weight will reduce chances of diabetes, cancers, diseases, and heart strokes to name a few. 
Once your body is performing efficiently, you can easily maintain the body weight and try on college style and other skinny jeans to your heart’s content!
If it is True, Will the Effects Last? 
This is a serious concern. Most of the fast weight loss plans will fail you, not because they are not good enough but because they lack the ability to keep you motivated at every turn of the program. 
Furthermore, a lot of these weight loss programs do not offer any post-weight-loss program method of maintaining your weight.
So what is your best bet at finding a weight loss program that will keep you motivated during the program and healthy after it? According to the new wisdom of the weight-loss-plan, your weight-loss plan should have:
1) A simple, healthy, weight-loss diet plan 
2) A weight loss supplement plan 
3) A support group and community to regulate your motivational levels and aid you in maintaining a slim skinny-jeans-fit physique
Once you can create such a plan, you can easily become a lot younger, and fresher, and confident, and more enthusiastic about wearing skinny college jeans!
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