Nutrition Acai

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The acai berry has been subjected to a considerable amount of negative press, particularly in regards to its use as a weight loss supplement. There are two main reasons behind this; many scammers have elected to use the acai berry as a backdrop for their con games while a huge number of retailers have claimed the acai berry can do unimaginable things which no single food, medicine or supplement ever could.

The problem is that people have purchased an acai berry weight loss supplement under the impression that 10 pounds will be lost in 10 days, or 3 stone in 3 months, with little need for any other effort. However, these outlandish claims couldn’t be further from the truth, meaning that when people don’t see these expected results, they shout about it and give the acai berry bad press.

The truth is that the acai berry is simply a fruit; albeit a very nutritious one. In addition to how it can aid in weight loss, it can also lower blood pressure and cholesterol and help in the prevention of cancer and heart disease.

However, acai berry weight loss supplements are not miracle workers. The high levels of vitamins and antioxidants present in the acai berry will help to improve a person’s energy levels, thereby giving them more motivation and energy to exercise. However, the person still needs to do their part and get themselves up and moving – the acai berry alone will do very little.

The other additional benefit to acai berry weight loss supplements is their high level of fibre. Fibre is healthy, filling and low in calories. By eating a diet rich in fibre the body will start to feel full quicker and stay that way for longer, therefore reducing the overall amount eaten.

It’s also important to take any acai berry weight loss supplement in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. The better of these supplements will be very high in vitamin content, and an overdose of certain vitamins can cause health problems. While it might be tempting to consume more of an acai berry weight loss supplement than is recommended, it is unlikely to have a significant additional effect, and could incur a number of unwanted side effects.

In addition, some acai berry weight loss supplements contain a hefty amount of calories. For example, the powder that is produced for mixing into drinks can contain as many as 80 calories a portion. It is integral that any dieters bear this in mind, since should the food eaten not be monitored carefully, the supplement could actually result in weight gain as opposed to weight loss.

Simply put, never expect an acai berry weight loss supplement to do all the work itself – it won’t. Dieters must eat properly and monitor their calories, in addition to exercising. The acai berry can offer that small boost that will help a dieter successfully lose weight, and it can significantly improve the overall, general health of the individual. But like everything else in life, acai berry weight loss supplements cannot work miracles. It is only a select combination of factors that are able to lead to successful, safe and long-lasting weight loss.

This post was written by James Harper on behalf of Which Acai Berry? James writes on a number of topics including health, fitness and diet.

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So, you decided to get serious about getting in shape and you bought a treadmill, huh? And now, it sits in the corner of your living room, looking more like a technologically advanced drying rack than a piece of exercise equipment – right? Maybe you’re not using your new treadmill because you just don’t know what to do with it, or how to make it exciting. After all, when you really think about it, is there anything exciting about walking or running in place while you stare at the same spot of peeling wallpaper for 20 or 30 long minutes? Let’s face it: You need some spice in your treadmill life. Here are six tips for making those treadmill workouts more interesting, thereby motivating you to actually use it.

1. Interval training.

Want to burn some serious fat? Try interval training. In interval training, you vary the speed at which you walk or run. You might start at about 60% of your top speed, then jump after a few minutes to 95% of your top speed, then slow back down to 60% again, and so forth for the duration of your workout. You’ll burn more calories this way than you will be running 30 minutes at 60% of your full speed.

To do interval training, check the settings on your machine – there might already be an interval training setting. If you have a simple, old-school machine, you can create your own interval training changes through song selections: Classic rock might mean 60% speed, then you might throw in some techno to speed things up.

2. Circuit training.

Mix up interval training with some circuit training. Start on your treadmill for five minutes, then hop off and go to push-ups, crunches, lunges, or free weights for one very intense minute. Hop back on the machine and go hard again for five or ten minutes, then back to the push-ups, etc. Circuit training will definitely keep you from getting bored.

3. Television makes everything better.

On the one hand, it’s a little Brave New World creepy when you walk into a gym and hear only the whir of exercise machines while everyone’s eyes are plastered onto television monitors. On the other hand, watching TV or a movie while you work out makes the time go by quickly, and stops you from thinking too much about how tired you’re starting to get.

4. Train with heart.

One of the best ways to make sure that your treadmill workouts are effective is to monitor your heart rate. To hit the fat burning zone, your heart needs to be beating at 70% of its maximum level. To calculate your maximum heart rate, start by subtracting your age from 220. In other words, if you are 30 years old, your maximum heart rate is about 190, with a fat burning zone at 133 to 152. Some machines have heart rate monitors built into them. For those that don’t you can easily track your heart rate by counting your pulse for ten seconds, then multiplying the number you get by six.

One training technique is to try to work in that 70 – 80% zone for as long as you can. Once you get tired, slow down for a few minutes. Then, ratchet it back up to 75 – 85% and see how long you can go at that pace.

5. Take a hike.

Rebecca Rusch won her third straight mountain biking championship in 2009 in a unique, 24-hour solo competition. She also rock climbs, competes in canoe competitions through dangerous straits, and has earned the nickname “Queen of Pain.” She also uses a treadmill, but she likes to keep that challenging, too. She’ll start at 3.5 miles per hour with the belt flat, then increases the incline each minute until the grade hits 5%. For three minutes, she’ll stay at that 5% grade, raising and lowering the belt every two minutes until she’s been going for 25 minutes. For the last five minutes, she decreases both the speed and the incline for a cool down. For someone who trains to go up and down mountains, “hiking” in this way is an excellent training method.

6. Keep mixing it up.

Let’s close with this bit of advice: Keep mixing those workouts up, never allowing yourself to fall too deep into a treadmill workout rut. Once you’re in a rut, you’ll start to burnout, and once you burnout, you’ll give up. Therefore, try out each of the five methods listed above, and keep mixing them up to keep your interest level and motivation level high.

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The compound that is responsible for the accumulation of fats in the body is cholesterol which is produced in the liver and when the amount of fats is huge in the body, it is likely to face many complications that may be difficult to handle. It is therefore better to deal with the problem before things get worse. Here are a few foods that can help burn the excess fat from the body.

Oatmeal
This one of the best fat burning foods as this contains a huge amount of soluble fiber in it and this does not cause the insulin spike and so that the body does not store the fat. The rate of fat burning is also high when you have an oatmeal breakfast everyday.

Nuts
Nuts like almonds and walnuts make you feel fuller and help in controlling one’s appetite. Though they are highly useful in burning fats, it is important that you consume only within limits else the calorie content in your body may increase. This is the purpose that nuts are included in the high protein diet.

Beetroot
The entire focus of the beetroot is on the liver and kidneys. They help in driving the fat out of the body and cleanse the blood cells and keep the deposition of fat in them at bay.

Carrots
Just as the beetroot, carrots also play an important role in reducing the fat content of the body and the carotene which is a form of vitamin A is responsible for the cleaning out of fat from the body.

Garlic
Garlic is known as one of the best cholesterol lowering foods and the promotion of a vigorous action of peristalsis, a kind of contraction of the muscles which eliminates the excessive fat. The most advantageous part is that the loss of weight happens quite quickly.

Lettuce
The green leafy vegetables are one of the best sources of the soluble fiber that can aid in the removal of fat from the body. The minerals like iron and magnesium helps in the better functioning of the immune system and also increases the metabolism rate due to which the fat is lost.

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Stress

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Have you wondered why you can’t lose weight even though you have tried everything to decrease your calorie intake? This is true since weight issues have multi-factorial causes. You can’t just rely on diet for total weight loss, sometimes there are other factors why you always gain weight. Below are some factors that you think they didn’t matter before, but once you look at them closely, you’ll see that they do matter! Check them out.

Lack of Sleep

Researchers have found out that sleep cycles can balance the hormones responsible for food cravings and overeating, mainly Ghrelin and Leptin. Ghrelin a hormone said to stimulate hunger and digestion is usually released during a prolonged empty stomach, while leptin is a hormone secreted by fat cells which creates feelings of satiety. Leptin increases along with insulin when you eat but decreases at a percentage of 15% when you sleep 5 hours or less. This means that you actually starve more and feel less full when you lack sleep, and this goes all day until you really get some serious rest. Best advice? Sleep well and get proper balance of these hormones.

Stress

Stress can be of any form and the most common stressors come from work. Studies have shown that stress actually increases your weight. With too much stress, a person is more likely to do lesser physical activities and tends to eat more. As a result the normal digestion pattern is altered. The best way to counter stress and avoid weight gain is through physical exercise and activity. Start introducing simple forms of exercise into your daily routine and do as much effort to stand and get a move on to avoid further stress.

Watching too much television or staying too long on computers

Watching too much television or even facing the computer all the time would definitely increase your weight. People usually go home from work or school and lay in the living room and watch TV the whole night. Instead of spending so much time in TV or computers, try to spend more time with your kids or dogs and play games or go with them for walks. Take note of the stagnant lifestyle that you’ve been doing. Try to correct it and spend some more time outdoor, have some fresh air and do more exercises to lose weight.

Caffeine on coffees

Drinking too much coffee (with or without caffeine) may affect your appetite and eating because caffeine increases the levels of cortisol and blood sugar. Also, caffeine may increase anxiety which in turn increases stress level. Now to avoid drinking too much coffee, you can have alternatives like water, natural energy drinks or green tea (or any sort of tea). They are much better than just relying on coffee all day long. Remember that too much of anything is bad. Try to have less caffeine by having healthy alternative beverages or drinks, and protect your health with diets to lose weight.

These factors as small as they may be they can very well ruin your weight loss program. Try to take note of these and make some necessary changes. Nevertheless enjoy the ride to losing weight. Good luck!

Alex writes about healthy weight loss. You can read his latest article on the best fat burning foods.

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Do you know that there are countless positive aspects for doing cardiovascular exercises to burn fat? With our fast paced lives, there are various explanations for avoiding fat burning activities. How about not visiting the gym or reserving a particular time for your fat burning exercises?

Exactly, why are cardiovascular exercises significant? Well, they help fortify the immune system; they boost healthier lungs and various other organs in our internal systems, and they are excellent exercises to lose weight. In case you are having difficulty fine-tuning your hectic timetable at work or has concerns on under-going intense fat burning exercises, the following solutions may be ideal for you.

Simply, by performing straightforward tasks regularly you will keep those muscles going, burning fat and ensure a smooth blood flow.

Walking Your Way to a Healthy Life
Enjoy the opportunity to walk from one place to another. I am sure this may seem very challenging initially since many folks dislike the idea of walking, particularly when they are in a big hurry. But come on! If you have to reach another place quickly, then try brisk walking. You can get loads of exercise by simply walking from your car to the entrance of a building. You may want to consider parking several spaces farther from the building entrance to grant yourself more chances of strengthening your muscles. I’m positive you’ll feel great about this! Naturally, with a parking space farther from the entrance than usual, you will not only be able to do a bit of fat burning exercises, you will also be able to get a parking space by the time you arrive at work.

Taking the Stairs to a New You
That’s right, enough of the elevators and escalators! I know you love them, but it is time to use your own feet to climb up those steps. I am a fan of technology, but I’m a bigger aficionado of keeping myself in tiptop shape. Why don’t you give yourself a break from all the slacking and boredom? Find adventure by using the stairs when going to the fifth floor or the rooftop. This is not only an excellent way for you to shed off a few pounds; it will also keep your respiratory and circulatory systems in a stable pattern of blood and oxygen exchange. Isn’t that wonderful?

Time to Do Your “Homework”
No, not those written assignments from your professors. I mean house chores and learning how to work in the garden and your kitchen. I know you may not be good in cooking or gardening, so make yourself useful by cleaning up the house. Working on some important house chores will not only help you incorporate fat burning exercises in your daily life, it will also benefit everyone inside the house. Living in a clean and safe home is the best way to live a healthy life.

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