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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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Fitness for everyoneHave you been hoping to get fit, but you feel like you are so far away from your weight loss goal that it is impossible? Have you spent the last several days searching for the perfect weight loss workout plan, looking for something that you feel able and ready to do? Maybe you have five pounds to lose, or twenty, or fifty, or a hundred or more, and you don’t know where to start to get back into shape. That is probably what led you here in the first place.

I am here to tell you a secret: there is no perfect weight loss workout plan. We all want something tailor made by an expert to suit us, but the truth is there is no magic go-to to help us slim down and tone up. We are all at different levels physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Getting fit takes strength of will and is hard work. Sometimes it can feel like an insurmountable task, rendering even a fantastic, personalized and expensive plan useless.

So, where do you begin? Wherever you like. The important thing to remember is that even a small effort in the beginning is a good one. Once you get started you will almost certainly struggle, and you will find yourself unable to do that much. But after a few weeks you will see your stamina building, and that effort will no longer be a challenge. So you will double it, then triple it, then add it to different workouts or activities. Where you start is not where you will end, so don’t worry about your beginning level.

There are some general rules you should follow to see it through:

  • Do something you enjoy. This is crucial, because if you do something you hate, you will find it almost impossible to do it every day you are supposed to. Hate running but like biking? The opt for a ride around the city rather than a jog. Like to swim? Find a community center with pool access on the cheap and do it in the morning before work, or in the evening before bed. If you like it, you will be more eager to do it, especially on those days where you don’t feel like doing much at all.
  • Do something to distract yourself. A workout goes much faster if you have something else to focus on. Bring along your MP3 player and listen to a book on tape or podcast, some talk radio or a blood pumping music playlist. Watch the televisions in the workout room or gym, or bring a media player that lets you watch movies or TV. Anything that keeps your mind focused away from the timer.
  • Do something with a friend. A spouse, a friend, a sibling, kids or just a workout buddy from a fitness group make great motivators. Have them exercise with you, or make it a fun group activity everyone can enjoy. If you have someone to hold you accountable, and for you to hold accountable in return, you are more likely to work out.
  • Do something different. Don’t restrict yourself to a single workout if you get bored. Some people like to follow a routine all the time, which is fine. But if you are like me you should mix things up to keep yourself from losing interest. Have a small arsenal of workouts to do on different days, such as running, biking, an in-gym workout, a swim, yoga and exercise videos. Do whatever feels good for that day.
  • Do a fitness class. Classes can be a lot of fun, and a great way to meet other health conscious friends. Zumba, pilates, yoga, spinning, water aerobics, salsa and hip hop dancing, martial arts, kickboxing…there are classes for people at every level and with any interests. With a gym membership you will usually have access to all classes, but you can also find community run classes around your city.
  • Do keep track of your progress (here is one fun free Twitter-based tool for that!). Whether you use a notebook, a chart or a website like Sparkpeople, you should keep track of your progress. How you do this is up to you; you can go by the scale, by inches, or just by how you feel at the end of a workout and how long you can go at what intensity. Whatever you decide, you should take some time to recognize how far you have come. It is the greatest motivation there is.

Resources

If you want a place to start, you can use any one of these websites to get you on the right track. They are appropriate for anyone, and you are sure to find something to meet your needs.

  • SparkPeople – A personal favorite, Sparkpeople is a comprehensive site with a fitness tracker, food diary, personal blogs, community groups, fitness videos (including the popular 10 – 15 minute workouts), recipes and articles. They also have a point system with trophies.
  • Bodyrock.tv – A website with a ton of fun and interesting workouts set to good music. Better for intermediate and advanced users, but with beginner options. This is a nice way to get in a workout without going anywhere.
  • Crossfit –  A great site for advanced fitness buffs. Crossfit has some of the more challenging workouts that I have found, which can be adapted well for your style. You can either do them alone, or by going to one of their licensed providers. They also have a great course for kids.
  • StickKNot fitness specific, StickK can be used to set and reach goals. The idea is based on a university study that found that people were more successful at reaching goals if they had something to lose. So you make a commitment, set stakes (as in laying cash down), and get going. If you don’t reach that goal you lose your money. Whether you want to quit smoking, lose weight or get fit, this is the way to do it.
  • Ross Training – A strength and conditioning blog. This forum is a great place to meet like-minded individuals and get advice and training tips.
  • Mark’s Daily Apple – A blog written by Mark Sisson about health, nutrition, fitness and the industry.

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This is a guest post by Jessy Troy who tries to find her own perfect plan (and loves discovering great free tools for that)! She blogs on trainer fitness and dreams of a fitness body!

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A lot of people are wondering if Vegan diets could cause vitamin deficiency.  It is known that a strict Vegan only eat fruits and vegetables.  Unlike vegetarians, a Vegan does not eat dairy products, eggs and honey.

Because Vegans get their nourishment purely from plant sources, there is a wide perception that they are more susceptible to vitamin deficiency.  By eliminating all kinds of foods that come from animal sources, Vegans can not get the vitamins and minerals found in fish, meat, and poultry.

However, Vegans contend that they could get all their nutritional and vitamin needs from plants and fruits.  The important thing is to identify vegetables that could serve as good alternatives to meat and fish.

Risk of Vitamin Deficiency among Vegans

Veganism is a way of life.  It is not just a diet program as widely believed by many people.  When you go Vegan, you are embracing a different nutritional principle that affects your lifestyle.

A problem may occur if you adopt the Vegan lifestyle haphazardly.  As a way of life, you need to thoroughly study Veganism and it includes finding the right foods that will give all your vitamin and mineral needs.  If you are not careful, then you could suffer from vitamin deficiency due to your Vegan diet.

One of the most common problems experienced by Vegans is vitamin B-12 deficiency.  Your body’s iron and calcium levels may also be affected by a very strict plant diet.  These are due to the elimination of eggs, fish, and milk from your daily meals.  This kind of vitamin deficiency could lead to general weakness, nausea, sleeplessness, and exhaustion.  Such symptoms could manifest because your body’s vitamin balance has been disturbed.

How to Prevent Vitamin Deficiency If You Are a Vegan

If you are really serious on becoming a full pledged Vegan, then you have to start by studying the vitamin and mineral content of fruits and vegetables.  You can do your research by reading online nutritional journals.  You may also consult a nutritionist or a dietitian so that you can get a comprehensive list of the nutritional values of fruits and vegetables.

Because there is a big risk of vitamin deficiency especially on vitamin B-12, you should increase your consumption of fortified cereals, soya milk, vegetable margarines, and yeast extracts.  You should also consider increasing your consumption of beans, dark green vegetables, and sun treated organic mushrooms for your calcium, iron, and vitamin D needs.

As a Vegan, you are not allowed to eat fatty fish and sea foods.  So you will miss their vitamin D content. In order to avoid D vitamin deficiency, then you need to make sure that you are getting enough sunlight.  You have to expose your skin to sunshine for at least 10 to 15 minutes per day to trigger the optimum production of vitamin D in your body.

Vegans are more susceptible to vitamin deficiency.  However, you can avoid a deficiency if you will carefully select vegetables and fruits that could substitute for meat, fish, and dairy products.

From everything written above, I think that you should focus on consuming more foods rich on vitamin B12 (Do you know that in Danish the term is B12 vitamin fødevarer?) to avoid vitamin deficiency.

 

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