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Lazy Weight Loss Tips #2

I wanted to bring you a set of short articles that provide some useful and actionable tips, ideas and techniques to help you shed some of those excess pounds from around your waist or thighs using really simple things that anyone can do if they put their mind to it and really mean to make things happen in their lives. Here is the second of my incredibly good weight loss tips:

Turn off the TV!

Yep, if you have the television turned on then it is a magnet for your attention and saps all the motivation out of you. Don’t believe me? Try it!

Walk into a room with a television on and maybe a good program that you like to watch… OK that’s cheating a little but its the truth of the matter. How hard is it to stop your self sitting down in a chair and watching it “just for 5 minutes to see if its any good…” too late!

Without that major distraction in any room in your house you stand a much better chance of

  • Not sitting down
  • Not eating (watching a TV ad for snacks is fatal)
  • Starting any exercise routine you like
  • Feeling motivated to lose weight

…then you have a much better chance of achieving your goal. TV saps your mind and spirit because it sucks you in to its clever programming and makes you want to watch it! Yes it does!

Why do you think that is? Advertisements!

Advertisements are what pay for those television programs and the advertising people do it because they know it will attract potentially millions of people to watch the show, into which are interlaced their ads in commercial breaks and also within the programs themselves (even though they like to deny that).

It makes the manufacturers of the products that are advertised in that way millions of dollars, which is why television is there. No other reason, no matter what anyone tells you. It’s not for entertainment, it’s so advertisers can sell you stuff!

Once you get your head around that concept, you’ll start to see the TV for what it is. A vehicle for pumping ads into your brain while you are the most susceptible. Which is during a show that you enjoy or something that is entertaining enough to keep you hooked to staring at the TV set. I bet most of the time, you don’t even realize when the show stops and the advertisements start!

So do yourself a favor in future if you are really serious about losing weight.

Turn of the darn TV!

Lazy Weight Loss Tips #1

Here is the first of my simple and actually enjoyable tips that any chocoholic like me can do and lose some weight.

Ok, exercise is a dirty word in my house, so I don’t do any here – I go outside in the fresh air. Remember that? Its that clean stuff you breath from time to time that doesn’t smell of the burning electrical insides of a TV!

I have a secret weapon here that maybe you don’t have but you can get one too if you want, or try my alternative if you can’t. Want to know what my secret weapon is? I’ll tell you:

My dogs.

I have two little Yorkshire terriers (I bet you thought I was gonna say great big Dobermans!). These little guys still need to go for walkies even though they are so small and its surprising how much stamina they have for such small bundles of fur!

The trick to achieving weight loss by walking your dogs is not to have ten or even twenty minute walks around a few blocks. I found out some priceless information when I was last talking to my doctor (who is also a nutritionist) last month.

Well, when you are exercising (lifting the TV remote and channel hopping doesn’t count) most people believe our bodies burn off excess calories and lose weight. The harder they exercise, they believe the more weight they will lose.

Guess what?

Not necessarily! Our bodies actually work on time rather than level of strenuous-ness. Here is one of the most priceless weight loss tips you’ll ever get put in simple layman’s terms that I can understand too!

In the first 20 minutes of exercise that gets the heart rate moving enough so that we break out into a sweat, the body produces adrenelin and insulin to break down the excess sugar in our blood. That makes the body need more sugars in the blood to replace what is taken. but during that time the body does not break down any of the fat stored in the fat cells to replace it, so there is zero weight loss gained in the first 20 minutes of exercise.

In the next ten minutes of however, the body then starts to take some of the fat to break it down into the sugars the blood needs to feed the muscles, so in a 30 minute period of exercise, only the last 10 minutes is productive in creating any weight loss.

So when I’m walking my dogs up and down the hilly streets in my area, which is much better exercise than walking along the flat, and I’m out for an hour doing that, then I get 40 minutes worth of weight losing exercise and all I did was enjoy walking the dogs!

Better still is when I see these lunatic joggers go speeding past me then collapse in a heap after 20 minutes hard running, guess who burned off more fat?

Yep, me!

Well, ok, I don’t actually lose much weight doing that because I balance it out with a nice piece of chocolate cake when I get home, but at least it means I don’t put on any more weight. Very important, that!

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Lazy Weight Loss Tips

You’d be surprised how many people haven’t a clue what weight loss tips are when they’re right in front of their face! Or they’d rather bury their heads in the sand than face up to the truth that they’re actually overweight.

How many of you read a magazine that tells you how to do this or that great diet so you can X amount of pounds in so many days, or weeks? And how many of you actually feel all fired up and ready to put it through its paces?

And how many of you actually get past the all fired up stage only to break open a Snickers bar or some other sugar packed teat and go back to the TV?

Hum, plenty of you, I bet!

Well, the whole reason for having weight loss tips is so that you can plan your mode of attack in order to lose some of those excess pounds for real, not just sitting there munching on a packet of Hobnobs and thinking about where the next cream cake is coming from. Yes, I know there are plenty of you out there doing exactly that right now. I bet you’re probably munching your way through a packet of biscuits right now, aren’t you?

If I sound just a tiny bit cynical here, its because I am just like the people I just described. Yep, I’d rather munch my way through a whole jumbo pack of Ben & Jerrys chocolate ice cream than get out the lettuce and carrots and make like Bugs Bunny!

Screw that!

But before I started to head towards the beached whale look for this summer, I decided that something had to be done. I wasn’t giving up the sweet stuff, no way! So there had to be a better way.

There is.

In the next few posts I’ll describe some of the things any lazy person can do and actually lose weight! No miracle needed! Simply common sense stuff that anyone can do, even me!

Lose Weight by Watching Your Sugar Intake

On of the most common sense of all weight loss tips is that you can lose weight by doing little more than keeping a close eye on your daily sugar intake through the food that you eat. So how does that work, exactly?

Well, its a total no-brainer to know that you are what you eat and if you eat only good, wholesome, healthy foods in the right quantities to balance the amount of calories you burn in a day, you are simply not going to gain any weight at all. Period. No arguments there. But unfortunately, how many of us are that well disciplined in our eating habits?

Not many, that’s for sure and its not helped by supermarket shelves being stocked with a plethora of sugar-laden processed foods that we tend to buy and eat. So it pays to read the label on everything before we buy it. Yep, another complete no-brainer but it’s staggering when you realize just how many people don’t do that! So what’s the deal with sugar?

Ok, our body needs the stuff to function, but it only needs what it needs and any excess gets stored as fat for later use. If we don’t get to that “later use” part, the fat storage keeps happening until we gain weight. If nothing is done to change our eating habits and our exercise habits, the weight will simply continue to pile on and it won’t stop until we’re dead from an obesity related illness, heart attack or stroke.

So what can be done to prevent that happening?

Easy. The first thing to do is to know how to recognize the sugar present in the food we eat and to balance what we take in by exercising to burn it off. So what sugars are in our food?

There are two main groups of sugars in food, which are intrinsic and extrinsic sugars.

Intrinsic sugars are those found in fruit and vegetables in their natural state. This is contained in within the actual cell structure of the fruits and vegetables. We don’t need to make any cutbacks with regards to intrinsic sugars because these form a part of the essential vitamins, minerals and fibres that we need in our daily diet for good health.

Extrinsic sugars are those sugars that are not contained withing the cell structure of the foods. They fall into two main groups. The first is milk sugars, or those which occur in milk and milk/dairy products and are combined with proteins and calcium. The second is non-milk extrinsic sugars (NME) and these are the ones that are added to foods by humans to make them sweeter to the taste, as a preservative or to increase their bulk.

It is the last group, or NME’s that are the main cause for concern when it comes to weight gain. That’s because they are present in large quantities in things like fizzy soda drinks, cakes and biscuits, breakfast cereals and in some savoury foods such as ready meals, peanut butter, baked beans and crisps (potato chips). These are the things that cause weight gain and while you should always read the label, come on, you know these foods are going to make you gain weight just by looking at them, so DON’T DO IT!

There is no recommended daily allowance (RDA) set for sugar consumption, although there damn well should be! The advice from the Foods Standards Agency is is that consumption of NME’s (added sugars) should not exceed 10% of your daily energy intake. For a woman of average size and build, that equates to no more than 50g (1.76oz) a day.

So be wary of what you eat and do read the label, as it will go some way to helping you to put things back on the shelf if they contain too much added sugar. By the way, added sugar is not always labeled as “added sugar” just to try and confuse you. Here’s a list of alternative names for “added sugar”, so you know what to avoid:

  • Honey
  • Corn Syrup
  • Maple Syrup
  • Raw Sugar
  • Dextrose
  • Fruit Juice Concentrate
  • Mannitol
  • Dextrin
  • Malt
  • Sucrose
  • Molasses
  • Fructose
  • Modified Corn Starch

Yep, these are all added sugars and the quantities add up to the same thing, so a product with 10g (0.35oz) of corn syrup (or any of the above list) is the same as 10g (0.35oz) of sugar. So do your math and enjoy a treat every now and then, but just stay below the threshold and you will keep your weight in check. Stay well below that and do daily exercises and you will lose weight. Its a pretty simple equation, really!

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