Why Exercise Makes All the Difference

Many people want that glowing skin and fitness, but most are unwilling to go the extra mile. A healthy lifestyle is a combination of more than one factor; a synergy of different factor working together to a common goal. Sure, you can change your diet, but drinking more water and exercise as well will cause a better effect.

As I have mentioned in previous articles, to lose weight (i.e. to lose fat – there is an important distinction between the two*) you need to change your diet and exercise more. Just to recap, the reason you are overweight is no different from the reason any other person becomes overweight – you have been eating more food than your body needs.

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Weight loss is fully dependent on your goals; that then determine the best type of exercise. Luckily, no one exercise works better than the other does. It is all dependent on your system and the capability to sustain the activity.

Often people will ask me to share the best exercises for weight loss. They want to know what kind of cardio activity is going to help them lose weight faster than anything else. Even if they do not enjoy it, they are willing to try whatever is going to help them reach their goals more quickly. My response is always the same. So are you ready to hear what the magic exercise is? What is going to help you lose weight keep it off long-term, and get fit?

The answer is simple: Find the activities you enjoy doing and stick with them. It is true that some activities burn more calories than others. You will burn more in 45 minutes of running than you will in 45 minutes of walking. However, if you hate to run, the chances are that you are not going to be able to keep it up forever. Exercise becomes a chore, something you dread instead of something that brings enjoyment to your life.

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Although, there is no better exercise method, some exercise combinations have a better chance of success.

1.High-Intensity Interval Training

To max out the benefits of your workout, intensity is the key. HIIT i.e. High-Intensity Interval Training involves short intervals of exercise at almost your maximum effort, followed by longer recovery periods. The secret to HIIT is how hard you work during your intense intervals. The result? Your body’s fat-burning potential shoots up, and the pounds melt away. High-intensity exercise increases the release of growth hormones, which mobilize fat to be used as fuel.

2.Strength Training

It is a misconception that doing weights bulks you up, it in fact also helps you slim down and revs up your metabolism permanently. Therefore, head to the weight room, and when you feel like quitting, ask yourself why you started. The secret to shedding pounds is actually to build muscles. Go on, workout with weights. Another option is circuit training, which involves moving quickly from one exercise to the next, and burns 30% more calories than a typical weight workout.

3.Surya Namaskar

Surya Namaskar, one of the most widely practiced and basic yoga asanas, actually focuses on various parts of the body and work wonders with weight loss. The term translates to sun salutation and comprises a series of 12 different poses encompassed in one including the prayer pose, forward bend and the bhujangasana.

4.Walking

Did you know that if you include 30 minutes of brisk walking to your daily routine you could burn about 150 calories a day? When you want to shed serious weight, walking does not even cross your mind. Well, it should. Walking is the easiest weight loss exercise, and low intensity of course.

5.Zumba

If the gym is not your thing, then just dance! Zumba is a feel-good way to improve your fitness and an effective way of incorporating exercise into your daily routine. Zumba is all about loosening up and burning calories. No wonder, it has been found to help relieve stress, increase energy and improve strength. It incorporates vigorous exercise and high-intensity movement that helps sculpt the body.

6.Swimming

Swimming workouts burn fat, trim inches and help you get stronger, fitter and healthier than ever. Swimming vigorously can burn up to 500-700 calories an hour, whether you do a breaststroke or freestyle. It is an extremely useful form of exercise for weight loss and toning. Swimming engages all of the major muscle groups, from your abdominals and back muscles to your arms, legs, hips and glutes.

7.Masala Bhangra

Bid the monotony of exercising goodbye with this ridiculously fun form of dance that blends traditional Bhangra moves with the dynamism of Bollywood beats. You can burn as much as 500 calories per class, and it can be modified to the comfort level of the participant, making it accessible to all ages.

8.Exercise Those Abs

Bye bye muffin top! Abdominals, a set collectively known as the core includes the many interconnected muscles that run up the back and stretch down to the butt and the front and inner thighs – not just the fat that blooms over the top of your skinny jeans. Here are weight loss exercises that will keep the love handles away:

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How Healthy Eating Affects Weight & Beauty

Currently, most people have gone organic; that means they only take food that is grown naturally without any chemicals. While that is a good choice, so much of the other population has crappy lifestyles and poor eating habits. Many people are oblivious to the fact that food is medicine and healthy eating will improve your health, skin, and your beauty.

Skin is built from the inside out. Day to day and year-to-year, skin draws its healthy glow from good nutrition. Even though acne and wrinkles have different causes, and occur at different times in your life, nutrition can help minimize or prevent both of these problems and enhance your skin’s natural beauty.

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A healthy lifestyle is so powerful that skin glows all round due to good nutrition. The healthy lifestyle does not only include eating healthy foods like greens and fruits; it also involves drinking water, less alcohol, and quitting smoking.

  • Eating healthy foods.

This includes fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. If you eat meat and dairy foods, choose lean meats and low-fat dairy foods most of the time. Healthy eating also means not eating too much sugar, fat, or fast foods. You can still have dessert and treats now and then. The goal is moderation.

  • Making some kind of physical activity part of your daily routine

“Physical activity” does not have to mean regular visits to the gym or running marathons. There are many other ways to fit activity into your life.

  • Not smoking.

Weight gain is a big concern for many people who want to quit smoking. However, many people do not gain weight. In addition, it is more of a health risk to keep smoking than it is to gain a few extra pounds when you quit.

  • Drinking only moderate amounts of alcohol

That is up to two drinks a day for men, 1 drink a day for women.

  • Managing stress

Many people find that eating is their way of managing stress. If you have a lot of stress in your life, it can be hard to focus on making healthy changes to your lifestyle. For more information about how to deal with stress, see the topic Stress Management.
Becoming more active and improving, your eating habits are the two main ways to reach a healthy weight.

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The fruits, vegetables and whole grains contain numerous benefits to our health. The vegetables and fruits contain antioxidants. The benefits of a healthy diet present many benefits to the population such as disease preventions. The benefits include:

  • Disease Prevention

Healthy eating prevents a variety of chronic diseases. Emerging research and laboratory studies have shown that a balanced diet may even reduce the chances of developing cancer. The American Cancer Society’s “ACS Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention” recommends eating a balanced diet with an emphasis on plant sources for optimal cancer prevention benefits.

  • Healthy Heart

High blood pressure, or hypertension, may result in heart failure and premature death. A diet high in whole grains, poultry, fish and nuts but that limits red meat, fats, sweets and sugary drinks reduces the risk of developing hypertension. Salt and sodium intake is also a primary contributing factor in heart disease.

  • Energy and Growth

A healthy diet provides adequate amounts of vitamins and nutrients, which are essential for growth, energy and proper development. When vitamin levels are inadequate, serious health problems can result. Vitamin A deficiency, for example, can cause blindness in children and is particularly dangerous for pregnant women.

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  • Antioxidants

The best defense against the free radical damage of oxidation is a diet rich in antioxidant vitamins and minerals. Research suggests that certain antioxidants — vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) — nourish and protect skin to extend its youthful appearance.

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How Detoxifying Helps in Weight Loss & Beauty

Detoxification is a process of consciously feeding on particular food to aid in the removal of toxins from your body. Detoxification is a grey area in weight loss and beauty treatments, but if you get it right, you stand to gain so much. Detoxification is a continuous process, rather than a one-time deal. The following are some ideas;

  • Avoid combining carbs and proteins

According to Snyder, carbs and proteins require very different digestive environments. Proteins require an acidic environment and the digestive enzyme, pepsin. Starches, on the other hand, require an alkaline environment and the digestive enzyme, ptyalin. These environments neutralize each other and significantly increase the time it takes us to digest a meal when it is improperly combined. The longer food stays in our systems, the more likely it is to become “toxic sludge,” which backs up our colons and depletes our energy.

  • Eat fruit on an empty stomach

Fruit breaks down more quickly than other foods. If it sits on top of foods that take longer to digest (such as carbs and protein), it will ferment in our warm bodies and cause digestive upset like gas.

  • Eat light to heavy For example, eat a salad before rice.
  • Eat organic when possible.
  • Begin each meal with something raw to benefit most from raw food’s live enzymes.
  • Eliminate consumption of dairy, meat, and other animal products. (Done, done, and done!)
  • Eliminate processed foods.
  • Eliminate caffeine—or, if one must, and I do, consume caffeine in moderation and from whole, organic sources, like organic green tea.
  • Eliminate gluten-containing foods.
  • Eliminate most soy—eat only whole, fermented soy products (tempeh, miso, tamari).
  • Consume sugar in moderation and from whole food sources—i.e. maple syrup, coconut nectar. Otherwise, sweeten with stevia.

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It is interesting to note that fruit should be taken on an empty stomach rather than after eating. The following are more benefits of detoxification that may are limited to beauty and weight loss.

1.Boosts Your Energy

Many detox program followers report feeling more energetic. This would make sense because while you are detoxing you are stopping the influx of the things that caused you to need a detox in the first place. By cutting out the sugar, caffeine, Trans fat, saturated fat, and replacing them with fresh fruits and vegetables, you will be getting a natural energy boost, one that comes without a resultant crash. It is vital to stay well hydrated while on any detox program, and that can also be a source of increased energy if you typically do not get enough water throughout the day.

2.Rids the Body of Any Excess Waste

The biggest thing that detoxing helps with is allowing the body to rid itself of any excess waste it has been storing. Most detox programs are designed to stimulate the body to purge itself, helping the liver do its thing as well as the kidneys and colon. Cleansing the colon is an important part of the detoxing process because those toxins need to exit the body, and a backed up colon can cause them to be reintroduced into the body, rather than exiting as planned. Sticking with fruits and vegetables even after the detox program is completed is a good way to keep things moving.

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3.Helps with Weight Loss

It is easy to see how a detox diet would cause you to lose weight in the short term, but a healthier way to look at it would be to establish long-term eating habits, and rid yourself of unhealthy habits. Many times, it is the drastic reduction in calories and rapid weight loss that is focused on, especially in the media. However, these short-term results will not last if you do not make it a point to replace bad foods with good, and use your newfound energy to exercise more and be more active overall.

4.Stronger Immune System

When you detox the body, you free up your organs to function the way they should. This helps to give your immune system a boost since you will be able to absorb nutrients better, including Vitamin C. Many of the herbs you take while on a detox will help the lymphatic system, which plays a significant role in keeping you healthy and firing on all cylinders. Many detox programs also focus on light exercises, which help to circulate lymph fluid through the body and helps it to drain, strengthening your immune system in the process.

5.Improved Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, so it only makes sense that it would show positive results from a detox program. One way to help your detoxing efforts is to take a sauna to help the body sweat out additional toxins. You can expect clearer, smoother skin at the end of your detox plan. It has also been reported that detoxing can help with acne although the condition may worsen before it gets better as the toxins are released. You may find that your skin itches or gets patchy before clearing up, but this is part of the process and is a sign that you are on the right track with your program.

6.Better Breath

Follow a detox program that includes a colon cleanse because those toxins need to be released from the body. It has been theorized that one contributor to bad breath is a backed up colon. When you can clear it out and get your digestive system functioning well again, you may find that your breath improves. Be aware that your breath may worsen during the detoxing process, but when it has finished, it will be better. This is natural and occurs as toxins are released from the body.

7.Promotes Healthy Changes

It’s hard to change a long-standing habit, and a detox program – no matter how long – is one way to put a wedge between your old ways and your new ones. If you have addictions to sugar, caffeine, fried, or crunchy foods, you can use a detox program to help you kill those cravings. Often if you just try to quit eating those foods or drinking those beverages, you will have limited success, and go back to your old ways. However, if you cleanse the body and replace those foods with healthier choices, you can retrain yourself and be more likely to stick to your new habits.

8.Clearer Thinking

A good detox program will pay some attention to your state of mind during the cleanse. The use of meditation is often recommended as a way to get back in touch with your body during this time of purging and cleansing of toxins. Detox followers often say that they lose that sense of fogginess, and can think more clearly during a detox than when not on it. It makes sense, since many of the sugar-filled and fat-filled foods that surround us, each day will cause us to feel lethargic and can factor heavily in the quality of our thinking.

9.Healthier Hair

By the time, you can see your hair, it has already considered dead, as all of its growth occurs within the hair follicle. This is why it is important to keep your body functioning at its full potential through a regular detoxing strategy. When your hair can grow uninhibited by internal toxins, you will see and feel the difference in your hair. In many instances, hair gets shinier and feels softer to the touch. Detoxing is not enough to stop male pattern baldness, but many report that their hair grows more quickly, a sign of healthier hair.

10.Lighter Feeling

One of the stated benefits of detoxing is a feeling of being lighter. There are several reasons why this would be the case, especially if you will be doing a colon cleanse as part of the program. When you stop eating foods that weigh you down, and replace them with fresh organic fruits and vegetables, a lighter feeling is bound to occur. It is also important not to overeat while detoxing, which will yield a lighter feeling as well, and will give you the energy you have been missing.

11.Anti-Aging Benefits

The constant barrage of toxins that the body has to deal with is one contributing factor to the aging process. By reducing the amount of free radical damage done to the body, you are going to see not only short-term benefits but also long-term advantages in increased longevity. When you finish your detox program, it is crucial not to go right back to the lifestyle that was causing the toxicity. Sticking to an improved diet and getting daily activity are great ways to make sure that you feel good each moment of your life.

12.Improved Sense of Wellbeing

When you detox, you feel good, and when you feel good, good things happen. Detoxing is often used strategically to lose weight or to start a new diet plan, but really, there is no better reason than just to feel better. When you set the stage for wellbeing, you are going to improve all areas of your life, and you should see better relationships, better productivity at work, and a newfound or renewed zest for life.

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