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Weight Loss and Asthma

It may not surprise you to hear that weight loss and asthma are not two conditions that you would normally utter in the same sentence, unless of course you were an overweight asthma sufferer. Then you might be tempted to consider in which way the two are intrinsically linked and how the alleviation of the former may help lessen the symptoms of the latter.

Let’s look a little closer at what I’m talking about here.

When you are overweight, one of the problems that happens to your health is it makes it harder for your heart to pump the blood around your body for a couple of main reasons. They are in the first place, the extra body mass meaning the extra blood vessels that are needed to reach all that extra “body” create more work for your heart and secondly, overweight people tend to have higher bad LDH cholesterol levels which have a tendency to clog up arteries, raising blood pressure.

What has any of that to do with asthma? Plenty.

If your heart is having to work harder, it needs more oxygen to do so. Guess where the extra oxygen must come from? Yep, those lungs and airways that are directly affected by the asthma itself. With more stress placed on the respiratory system to provide the additional oxygen needed to run an overweight body, it means more instances of asthma attacks or more severe attacks because the body is fighting for additional oxygen resources.

So it stands to reason that by removing the problem of being overweight, you will reduce the stress placed upon the respiratory system and thereby help to alleviate the symptoms of asthma and the asthma attacks. And what is needed to bring that situation about?

A good weight loss program specifically designed for asthmatics. This would typically comprise a more diet emphasized plan as although it is still important to exercise regularly, the very exercise that is needed can be a problem for asthma sufferers. However, if you can do some light exercise without suffering unduly, then its a good idea to try to do as much as possible without placing your system under too much stress.

So to the diet as the major means of getting the weight down. Any good, healthy diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetable and good wholesome foods that are naturally low in calories and saturated fats is a good thing.

Try not to totally exclude any food group from the diet excepting of course those items that can’t really be considered true nourishment such as fast food or junk foods such as burgers, fries, hot dogs, pizzas… you know the ones by now and also the sweet foods such as cakes, biscuits, candies, pastries, ice cream and all the other foods that you love to eat but that are only going to pile on the pounds.

At the end of the day, you need to aim to reduce your overall body weight while maintaining a reasonable level of fitness to improve lung function while making things easy for your heart.

More information about asthma and how weight affects the body can be found at this excellent online resource: www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/asthma/. Good luck!

Weight Loss Facts

There are certain weight loss facts that cannot be ignored when you’re really serious about losing weight, whether it be just dropping a few pounds or a really big drop of several stones. These facts are pretty common sense and logical when you think about them, so it will be an easy thing to convey them here while stressing the importance of not just understanding them but also taking them on board as absolute truths that will only help you to achieve your goals.

The first of these facts is that no one on this earth can gain weight if they don’t eat and / or drink more in the way of calories than they can reasonably burn. No matter what people say to you, this is an absolute truth based in physical fact. You cannot create mass out of nothing so if you don’t consume more than your body uses, then you cannot gain any mass, in the case of human beings, that usually but not always equates to stored fat.

Now here’s another fact that you may or may not be aware of and its really important to get this across as it can have psychological effects on your efforts to lose weight. That is muscle tissue weighs more than fat. So when you are exercising regularly and building muscle tissue mass, which is normal and desirable, you will in the early stages gain some weight even though your store of fat is diminishing. This can be disheartening to slimmers who are not aware of this fact because they can see their bodies are starting to look better, more toned and less flabby but the scales are telling them that hey are not losing weight!

Well if you didn’t know that before, you sure do now!

So don’t always be so reliant on what the scales are telling you when you are exercising regularly. What is really happening here is that the weight is being redistributed from the disappearance of the stored fat to the muscle tissue that is helping your body to burn even more calories even more efficiently. You really want this to happen because it will mean a fitter, better looking body which is exactly what you are striving for.

You will begin to weigh less over time, but the most important part of this is that you will be able to fit into a smaller size of clothes thanks to the firming up and toning of your body, not the numbers of the scales!

Ok, they are two very useful and vital weight loss facts for you. I will post more in a future article, so come back again soon!

Weight Loss Tips

The 20 Minute Weight Loss Trick

Here’s a really useful weight loss tip if many other things are failing for you and you need a clever technique that will work if you allow it to. This trick has nothing to do with snacking on high calorie rubbish in between meals, because if you’re really serious about losing weight, you’ll have given them up by now. Haven’t you?

This particular technique all comes down to the amount of food you eat at meal times and how to fool yourself into eating less. Not that you will be fooled into believing you are eating more than you really are. This works on a more subtle psychological level, which is why it works so well with so many people.

Here’s what you’ve been doing wrong:

When you prepare your meals, you naturally heap more food onto your plate than you actually need, but this has become a habit over a long time, so its one you are going to break. The other problem is that because you probably have also been conditioned to eat everything on your plate – and this will stem back to childhood – then you have been eating far too much but seeing it as “normal”.

Here’s how to fix it:

Next meal you make for yourself, instead of piling your usual helping of food onto the plate, just put a little over half. It may not look like much, but remember, you only think that because you’ve gotten used to seeing such a full plate. If the look of it places you into a state of mind that it really isn’t enough, then use a smaller plate!

Sit down with your meal and eat it – slowly! Don’t rush, don’t gobble it up, don’t try and force huge fork-fuls into your mouth. There are no prizes for finishing first and no one is going to steal it from you if you eat it slowly! So take your time, chew each smaller mouthful slowly and really take in the flavors in that mouthful!

When you’ve finished, clear your plate away and DO NOT go up for a second helping, even if you feel that you are not full. Here’s the trick:

Walk away from the meal for at least 20 minutes.

That’s it! 20 minutes away from the food is enough time for your digestive system to have gotten to work on the food and to work with what it has. Your appetite will have been satisfied in that time and 9 times out of 10, you won’t feel like you need to go back and eat any more. If you hit that one time out of 10 and really feel you should eat more, then sure! Go back and have another spoonful or two. But that’s all. Exercise a little self control here and you’ll find that as long as you’ve waited the full 20 minutes, then you’ll be satisfied with just a spoonful or two and you’ll feel full and content!

It doesn’t matter if this trick doesn’t work every time, because its not designed to. It’s designed to work MOST OF THE TIME and that’s enough to reduce your calorie intake enough to cause you to lose weight. Try it and see for yourself!

Weight Loss Tips

Lazy Weight Loss Tips #3

Now, if the first two were pretty useful to you, here is the third of my great lazy weight loss tips to complete the set:

Think Yourself Thin!

Yes, you can actually do that when you set your mind into the right way of thinking and then you really can think yourself thin!

The article that link above links to is a particularly good one and I don’t think its worth repeating the same stuff here, as I wrote it anyway! Its in another very special and very informative weight loss tips blog and you can read all about how to think yourself thin in that article!

But that would leave us without much to read here, so I’m going to give you some pointers on how to think yourself thin and lose weight by using the power of your mind to boost your motivation to succeed.

For starter, you should use visualization techniques which is really just a complicated way of saying to use your imagination to see yourself as the thin person that you want to be. Do this often and really get into it, so that you not only imagine what you’d look like as a thin person, but play a game with it and imagine dressing yourself in thin clothes. Imagine how you would put on each item of clothing and imagine you can feel the material touching your skin as you put on the garment.

Then imagine walking around in these thin clothes and imagine how light you feel as you walk around in them, taking light steps and feeling light and energetic. Imagine running around like a happy child and imagine you have so much energy to do that.

All this is just so great to do because its all in your imagination, so it can’t do you any harm whatsoever. The great thing is that the more you run through this simple visualization exercise, the better at it you’ll be until you get to the stage where you really can feel every item of clothing brisging against your skin as you put it on. And you really feel yourself running around with all that childhood energy!

And that’s about how its done. You’ll be amazed at how your weight starts to go down just by doing this every day for several minutes!

Weight Loss Tips