Archive for March, 2011
Menopause and weight gain are not absolute. In fact, statistics tell us that a majority of women will experience excess weight at or around menopause without even intending. Having no changes to their diet or physical activities, majority of the women, at menopause, will find yet another 10 to 20 pounds creeping on. Is menopause and weight gain unavoidable?
On the surface, it seems so. Hormones are rising and falling, stress is raised, fat is being stored in various places, organ function is changing, and your meals are being digested differently. Nevertheless, menopause and weight gain might look inescapable, but it is not necessarily a fact of life.
Menopause and weight gain are likely to work hand-in-hand for the factors mentioned. Let’s look a little deeper at those factors.
Fat cell function is beginning to change. Instead of storing fat just below the skin level (subcutaneously), it is now being stored inside the body cavity well within the abdominal muscle wall. This new fat storage is called visceral fat. It alters your organ functions to some extent and is directly related to the onset of health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and heart disease, among other things.
Anxiety levels play a significant part in menopause and weight gain. If your body is stressed, hormones are freed into the system that encourage one’s metabolism to slow. In addition, resources like fat (for fuel and energy) are being hoarded when stress hormones are in the system.
The ovaries are shutting down and this also means the body needs a new supply for estrogen. Since fat cells can make estrogen, the body wants to store them in reserve as a future resource.
What exactly is necessary to keep away from menopause and weight gain? Strict adherence to a healthy lifestyle. Keep a food journal for awhile to get a clear pictures of what types of calories you are eating. It’ll also help you see where you need to make adjustments.
To be able to substitute missing hormones, HRT might be considered, so talk that over with your personal physician.
Activity levels need to be up, so that menopause and weight gain are not inevitable. Had you been active before, you might be already a step ahead. But if you were leading a sedentary life, you’ll absolutely have to get going. Just about any activity that gets you up, moving and breathing is fine. Notice I’ve not used the “E” word, here. Doing exercises sounds dull and like a great deal of no fun. Choose activities that make you want to repeat them. Engaging in exciting things, like swimming, or dancing, or even tending your garden on a regular basis, will fit what’s needed.
You don’t have to begin on a 100 % role, but eventually, you will need to get to thirty minutes of some form of aerobic activity daily. Add some weight training for muscle strength and you should be well on your way to never looking at menopause and weight gain as inseparable.
I know how very difficult it is to keep active when your system feels exhausted from other symptoms of menopause. But, menopause and weight gain do not have to have an effect on you should you adopt healthy diet strategy. Learning what to eat and how your choice of food have an effect on your weight, provides you with the tool to combat the weight you already have, but also help you avoid weight gain later in life. Stop by http://www.menopause-weight.com to learn more about menopause and weight gain.
Trying to lose weight seems to be a global pastime at the moment. Millions of people right now are on a diet, and they are probably staring longingly at the brownie someone else is eating, or they are trying to find the time to go to the gym after work, but does dieting really work? If you read the newspapers then you will see all the doom and gloom about how we are all getting fatter and more unhealthy so it certainly doesn’t look like it.
Don’t panic though, here are some tips though that can help you make your diet a success:
Avoid as much sugar as you can – Whenever someone mentions cutting out carbohydrates from your diet then people instantly think of the Atkins diet and start to protest, but a low-carb diet cuts out things like rice and bread as well as sugary snacks. I don’t mean cut out things like rice and bread though, I just target the worst source of carbohydrates, sugar. The thing about sugar is that it doesn’t need any processing by your body so it forces your blood sugar level way up really fast, and apart from making food taste nice then it doesn’t give our bodies any nutrition it can use.
Do yourself a favor and empty your cupboards of all your sugary foods, donate it to a charity for the homeless or something, but get it out of the house so you are not tempted by it. You will find it hard at first, I did when I cut them out, but after a few weeks you won’t even miss them anymore and then you can concentrate on losing weight.
Get some exercise – I know that finding the time and motivation to exercise can be hard, but it really is important to keep yourself healthy, and is a great way to burn of calories and help you lose weight without you having to eat less. Some of the latest weight loss programs like the Fat Burning Furnace system even focus a lot more on using exercise to lose weight than they do on what you eat.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all exercise has to be intense though. You don’t have to go flat out on a treadmill to get the benefits of exercise and burn some calories, even just going for a simple walk will limber your body up, get the blood flowing around your body and help you to burn calories (about 250 an hour).
Choose healthy food – Even if you are cutting out unnecessary sugar from your day then you still need to keep an eye on the other things you are eating. If you pile your plate up high with fatty junkfood like pizza and chips then you aren’t going to lose any weight. The healthiest kind of meal you can have is a nice portion of meat, about a third of the plate or just less of complex carbohydrates (that means wholewheat pasta or brown rice rather than the processed white versions) and then fill the rest of the plate up with any many vegetables as you want. Have that for dinner with a sensible lunch and breakfast and you are well on your way to your target weight!
dated 29 March 2011
It struck me that I tend to be gullible and that I possibly threw away hard-earned and needed money on a clever scam.
My trepidation continued until my final arrival in Belgium towards the end of March.
I was very pleasantly surprised indeed!!
From the first Tullia had been very understanding about my concerns and called me personally on numerous occassions to touch base-something a fraudster would certainly NOT do after the money was already in their bank account!!
The taxi-drivers went out of their way to accomodate me as did everyone upon my arrival. The hotel was clean, modern and sympathetic and the hospital was state of the art.
I am safely back home and am exceedingly grateful for the high level of care before, during and even now in terms of the follow-up care.
You are in very safe hands!!
Good luck .
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If you’ve been looking for a new diet plan that is not only very effective but you can easily integrate into your lifestyle so that your change will stay with you for life I would recommend looking at fasting to lose weight as a serious plan to reach these goals.
Now when I say fasting I don’t mean like those done for religious reasons but intermittent fasting where you would fast for 24 hours 2-3 times week. Applying the short fast day philosophy works as follows:
#1. Consume your regular meals until dinner time. This would mean eating 2 to 4 meals throughout your day.
#2. Do not eat anything else after dinner.
3. Do not eat anything until it is time for your evening meal the next day.
4. Eat a normal meal for your evening meal.
With this plan you will have some calories throughout your day to keep you motivated and boost your metabolism. You will also get the benefits of a 24 hour fast.
There was a time when I believed that eating every four hours was necessary for me to maintain muscle definition and that skipping meals would hurt my metabolism. But, I discovered that what I believed was wrong if I only fast periodically for a short length of time. Be aware that your metabolism will become sluggish if you fast for a long period of time; however that would take a number of weeks and extensive fasting to accomplish.
The end result of burning more calories than you take in is the basic premise of any diet no matter what formula is used by the dieter.
No matter which way of eating you decide to use, by adhering to the program, you will probably drop some pounds since you will be consuming fewer calories. But being on a diet every day, all of the time is constraining and very difficult to maintain for the long haul. I have discovered that for me, intermittent fasting a couple of times every week has worked well in assisting me in eating less food over the course of a 7 day period, and I have lost weight. However on the non-fast days you can’t just go crazy and eat what you want otherwise the calorie deficit you created will be lost. If you are already eating healthy meals with the right portions you should have nothing to worry about.
In order to achieve your weight loss goals, try incorporating fasting to lose weight. I find this to be a simple and effective tactic in the fight against excess weight gain. Give it a try; you only have fat to lose!
Liposuction is a very common surgery throughout the United States and Europe, but not everyone is a candidate for this complex, and often dangerous procedure. In this article we will do our best to describe the liposuction process in some detail, including a little history about liposuction and some of the major risks involved in certain cases.
Liposuction is a type of cosmetic surgery which was invented in Italy in 1974. While most think liposuction is simply a procedure where fat is “sucked” out of the body, the process is much more complex than that. A skilled surgeon is required for any type of liposuction procedure, as is a qualified anesthesiologist and surgical staff. In the procedure, fat is either surgically removed from the body (there are limits to how much fat can be safely removed) or reshaped to give off a smoother more sleek appearance.
Liposuction is a very popular surgery. In fact, just last year the surgical procedure named liposuction was the most common type of surgery performed in the United States. Women are twice as likely to have liposuction as men, and the area most targeted is the upper legs and abdomen. While liposuction is very popular, it must be mentioned that this is a major medical procedure and not something that should be taken lightly. Not everyone is a candidate for liposuction and the procedure has enough risk potential to warrant mention.
Liposuction is usually safe, but the safety of the procedure does depend on a number of factors including your honesty in disclosing medical conditions and medications, the skill of the surgeon and the skill of the anesthesiologist. Most problems with liposuction occur as the result of the patient’s refusal to follow the post-operative procedure or other complications, causing, in the most serious cases, fat in the blood stream and blood clots near the lungs, both of which can be deadly.
If you are considering liposuction surgery, take your time and determine if it’s the right solution for you. Contrary to popular opinion, this is a major procedure with plenty of inherent risk, and if directions are not followed to the letter it can even be deadly. Naturally a program in which you lose fat naturally would be preferable, but if you do decide to proceed with the surgery, take the time to do your homework before going forward.