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How to find a weight loss program that works

If you’re currently on the search for weight loss programs, you’ll need to consider a variety of things. All weight loss programs are not created equally; some will have a much higher rate of success than others.

Knowing exactly what to look for when searching for weight loss exercise programs will help enable you to make a decision that will get you the results you’re looking for.

First, if you’re like many people, you probably want a free weight loss program. The thing to keep in mind though is that these are free for a reason. They are targeted towards the general public and as such, give such broad suggestions that while it may work for one person, it will not work for you. For example, if you are a 200 pound man and the free weight loss programs you are finding are more geared towards a 140 pound woman; you can see why this would obviously be problematic.

The first thing to ask yourself when you see a weight loss diet program is how personalized is it. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that “General programs produce general results,” which is very true. The more personalized and targeted the solution is to your individual situation, the higher your chance of consistent weight loss.

Next, ask whether it allows for enough calories to keep you from completely starving. While it may be tempting to try a very low calorie approach to get the weight loss process over and done with, usually these end up backfiring on you, leaving you gaining more weight back after you go off them than you had when you first started. Your goal is to burn the fat, not starve the fat and the majority of weight loss programs force your metabolism to shut down which leads to muscle loss – a doubled edged sword contributing to greater fat storage on your body.

Another component that you’ll want to factor in is exercise. A good weight loss exercise program will combine both cardiovascular training along with weight training. Those weight loss exercise programs that have you doing hours of cardio on end are not going to be all that beneficial at retaining your lean muscle tissue mass, nor time efficiency. Since, your lean muscle tissue is what keeps your metabolism the highest; it’s what you really want to focus on the most. Neglecting this aspect of your workout is a huge mistake and does not maximize the 24 hours in a day you have to burn fat.

Finally, keep in mind that any weight loss program you go on you should be maintainable in the long run. A program that you’re only able to maintain in the very short term is likely to not be overly beneficial as if lifestyle changes are not made with regards to how you’re eating; chances are that the weight will be back at some point in the near future. Your ultimate goal is a lifestyle change, not a temporary change.

So, if you want to get on a weight loss program that works, be sure to check out Your Six-Pack Quest. As you’ll discover when you sign up for this plan you’ll get 9 balanced meal plans, 84 days each, ranging from 1200 to 2800 calories. You have literally zero guess work because these plans include grocery lists, a wide variety of meals, tasty meals, and exact times to eat. Follow the plans to the letter and you’ll have a ripped and sexy six pack 6 months tops.


About the Author:

Vince DelMonte is the author of Your Six Pack Quest found at

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The Benefits of Building Muscle

The benefits of building muscle and increasing strength

Professor William Evans and Irwin Rosenberg, from Turfs University in the US, wrote a book called: Biomarkers, in which they discussed that building muscle is one of the best ways to improve overall health as well as slowing down the aging process.

However when we consider weight loss on it’s own, there are several mechanisms through which building muscle can assist weight loss.

Our muscles can burn up a lot of energy, particularly when they are recovering and rebuilding after exercise.This means they can make it easier for us to create an energy/calorie deficit and therefore lose weight. Your body will indiscriminately lose both fat and muscle tissue during the weight loss process.

Muscle loss without building muscle results in slowing down your metabolism, making it harder still to continuously lose  weight.

During post workout cardio increased fat burning.
Resistance exercise is the best way to stimulate your muscles to grow. Resistance exercise
tends to be a high intensity form of exercise and your body will use a greater proportion of
carbohydrate as a fuel source during the session.
As a result, your body will be in a carbohydrate-depleted state after workout and if you
perform some aerobic exercise (cardio) your body tend to use fat for its primeral fuel source.
This effect can be enhanced by using a thermogenic fat burning during exercise.

Regular exercise routine
You can’t just simply eat more food or take a protein powder in order to build muscle.
You first need a stimilus, and your body needs to be forced to adapt and overcome a stress, which in  this case is resistance exercise.

In order to get results fast it is best to perform a weight training routine 3 – 6 times
per week, in conjunction with some aerobic exercise.
If you haven’t had much experience with weight training it is always good to use the services of a personal trainer. They can help you to perform all of the exercises correctly, as well as help you to make the workouts more effective and enjoyable.

Guide to Healthier Living

Many people are in search for a healthy lifestyle, but what are really
the essentials for “good health”? How do you achieve overall well being
and a healthy life?

When you have a closer look at the concept,it all boils down to the following three basic components, which are crucial for healthy living.
They are:
*1  Good Nutrition
*2  Regular Exercise
*3  High Quality Nutritional Supplementation

I will describe in more detail the above three components for healthy living.

First of all: Good Nutrition.
You probably heard it before: “You are what you eat.”
Although I like a more accurate definition.It is better to say:
“You are what you can get out of your food.”

Good nutrition is fundamental for good health.
The human body is a complex system that requires a full spectrum of
nutrients for optimal health.
What do we mean by “good nutrition”?
Good nutrition means: eating the right food that contains the right
amount of macronutrients,such as carbohydrates,protein & fat in the
right ratio,depending on the metabolism of each individual, fatty acids,vitamins,minerals and trace elements,based on your body type.

We can distinguish three types:
When your metabolism is slow, you belong to the “Endomorphs” group of
people. You are naturally overweight, you gain fat and retain water easily.
If you belong to this group, you need:
45%  Carbohydrates
35%  Protein
20%  Fat

Wen your metabolism is higher, you belong to the “Mesomorphs” group of
people. You are naturally muscular and have little or no body fat.
If you belong to this group, you need:
50%  Carbohydrates
30%  Protein
20%  Fat

The group with the highest metabolism are called the “Ectomorphs“.
You are generally skinny, could eat anything without gaining any weight.
If you belong to this group, you need:
55% Carbohydrates
25%  Protein
20%  Fat

A second factor that determines good nutrition is our body’s ability to
absorb the nutrients from the food that we eat.
The nutrients have to be in a form that the cells can accept them, and the
cells have to be in optimum condition to be able to absorb the nutrients.
That is one of the reasons most nutritional supplements miss the mark,
they don’t address the cellular condition of the body.

We also need a sufficient amount of antioxidants, to counteract the
formation of free radicals, caused by our stressful lifestyle,
pollution in air and water and malnutrition.
Oxidative stress has shown to be the root cause of over 70 chronic
degenerative diseases.

The second component for  healthy living is Regular Exercise,
It’s not all about nutrition, neither is it all about exercise.
A balanced lifestyle is the key. exercise at least three times per week.
Aerobics, jogging, swimming, cycling and also include weight
lifting in your exercise routine, which is important for maintaining
a healthy bone-structure.

Another important factor is proper pace. Don’t overdo it.
You can’t force things to happen at once. The secret to good
health is consistency and steadiness. The right amout of food
and exercise regularly.

The third component is: a high quality nutritional supplement.
As I mentioned earlier, most supplements do not address the
cellular condition of your body.
Even worse, many are in a form that is unacceptable for the cells
themselves and don’t contain biological available substances
that are useful for the cells in your body.

High quality supplements  are bio-available,well balanced,
preferable manufactured according to pharmaceutical standards
and potency guaranteed.

Hopefully people who are overweight, don’t exercise or suffer from
any degenerative diseases will take note of these three components,
which are essential for healthy living.

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Health & Nutrition

You probably heard it before: we are what we eat. But I like a more accurate definition: We are what we can get out of our food. Because it is the bio-availability of the nutrients we take in and more importantly: the cell’s ability to absorb those nutrients,that are the determinant factors defining a person’s health and well being. The nutrients have to be in a form that the cells can except them and the cells have to be in optimum condition to be able to absorb the nutrients, are the keys to successful nutrition. These are two often overlooked facts. That’s why most supplements miss the mark. They don’t address the cellular condition of the body. Worse, many are in a form that is unacceptable for the cells themselves. They don’t contain biological available substances that are useful to the cells in the body. They contain inorganic versions of those nutrients, which the body can’t use. There is however, one remarkable exception on this depressive trend and that are the nutritional supplements,designed and manufactured by USANA Health Sciences.

To help you understand,I like to take you back to the basics. Have you ever thought about where our body is made of? The human body is built up of 100 trillion cells, each cell with his own DNA, which contains a blue print of the entire body. Today, life begins at conception. When the sperm of the male and the egg of the female join together and a cell is formed. The single cell contains DNA,the blue print of what the entire body will be like. Including the sex of the individual, right down to the color of the eyes. It’s amazing when you realize what happens after the sperm and egg unite. The original cell divides into two cells,each with there own DNA. The two cells become four, the four eight, the eight 16, the 16 become 32 and on and on these cells continue to multiply with an unbelievable speed for the next eleven months. After 11 months, two months after birth, the body has his full complement of cells.

Why are cells significant? Because they are the simplest living biological unit in our body.
They convert the nutrients we ingest into the energy we need and determine the health of the body. To slow down aging, limit sickness and prevent disease we must protect and properly feed our cells. There are 210 different types of cells. Red blood cells, white blood cells, braincells, heart cells etc. The body’s organs and tissues are composed of cells. Everything from our eyes to our hair is made up of an collection of cells. One billion cells have to be replaced every hour, that is 24 billion every day. Our skin is replaced every 27 days. Every two months, every heart cell is replaced.

So, the question is: Will our new body be stronger or weaker than the old one. This depends entirely upon the building materials we provide; that is: the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breath in. The human body is a truly remarkable creature.

Our body’s health is dependent on the health of our cells. The health of the cells
depends on the fluid in which they exist, also known as the biological terrain.
The biological terrain, the internal environment of the body that surround every cell, is regulated by homeostatic processes,which are dependent on the supply of a wide variety of substances, such as nutrients and the removal of waste.

Our cells can only benefit from the nutrients we take in, if they can get rid of
what they don’t need. The process of absorption, digestion and transportation are crucial to the biological terrain of the cell. If the biological terrain is wrong,toxins build up and the cells are unable to absorb the nutrients. Toxification depends on the amount of water we drink, the’PH’ of the body and the body fluid,specially the environment that surrounds the cells.

Good nutrition is fundamental for good health. The human body is a complex system that requires a full spectrum of nutrients for optimal health.
We require the right amount of macro-nutrients, such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats in the right ratios. We also need the right amount of 59 different vitamins, minerals and antioxidants daily.

Optimum, broad spectrum nutrition is very important on the short term, but is
particular important on the long term, if we come to understand the fundamental roll that nutrition plays in maintaining optimum health.
It has been said that we are overfed and under-nourished.

In the USA,over 25% of young people are in a state of degenerative disease and don’t even know it. 95% of the population of 65 and over are suffering from any of the degenerative diseases,like stroke,cancer,diabetes,osteoporosis,Arthritis.

Most nutritional manufacturers don’t understand what nutritional science is
all about. Good nutrition is not only the study of food, but of all the processes
of maintenance & repair of the living body, dependent on the digestion of that food. It’s about the interaction of our food with our body and the interaction of the body with our food.
Many nutritional supplements on the market today don’t contain bio-nutritional
substances useful to the cells & the body.

By applying an excellent foundation of broad-spectrum and bio-available nutrients,one can be assured that the optimum levels are being met.

Without a doubt, USANA offers the highest quality nutritionals available to-day.
By taking the advanced products, such as healthpak-100, optimizers,OptOmega (mineral fatty acids),which helps to provide the cells with essential needs.

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How to Avoid Dehydration

A key component for optimal health is to drink water every day. Unfortunately, many people make the mistake of replacing water with other types of fluids, most of which have added ingredients that will not do your health any favors.

Kids are in particular prone to drinking sweet drinks, like soda and fruit juice instead of plain water and many teens tend to reach for sports and energy drinks instead.
About one-quarter of children in the US don’t drink water on a daily basis.

Overall, boys were more than 75% more likely to be inadequately hydrated than girls.
This dovetails with previous studies shows that boys drink more sugary beverages than girls. According to one 2011 analysis, about 70% of boys aged 2 to 19 drink sugary beverages daily.

Your body needs water for proper functioning.
Your body is comprised of about 65% water, which is needed for a number of physiological processes and biochemical reactions, including but not limited to:
Blood circulation
Regulation of body temperature
Waste removal and detoxification

Once your body has lost between one to two percent of its total water content, it will signal its needs by making you feel thirsty. Using thirst as a guide to how much water you need to drink is one obvious way to ensure your individual needs are met, day-by-day.

However, by the time your thirst mechanism actually kicks in, you’re already in the early stages of dehydration, so you don’t want to ignore the initial sensations of thirst.

Moreover, the thirst mechanism tends to be underdeveloped in children and specially so in the elderly, making them more vulnerable to dehydration.
Hunger – sugar graving in particular – can also be a sign that your body is crying for water, so when you feel hungry, drink a glass of water first.

So, in addition to thirst, which is an obvious signal, other signals indicating that you need to drink more water include:
Fatigue and/or dizziness
Double vision
Foggy thinking and poor concentration
Muscle cramps
dark, concentrated urine
bad breath

Severe dehydration can be life threatening, but even mild dehydration can cause problems ranging from headaches and irritability to impaired cognition.

How to prepare for your best night sleep

To ensure uninterrupted and restful sleep you may have to make some minor  adjustments.

These findings are significant because they highlight a potential health issue that has not been given a lot of attention in the past.

Avoid watching TV or using your computer at least an hour or so before going to bed.
These devices emit blue light, which tricks your brain into thinking it’s still daytime.
Normally, your brain starts secreting melatonin between 9 pm and 10 pm, and theses devices emit light that may stifle that process.

Make sure you get BRIGHT sun exposure regularly.
Your pineal gland produces melatonin roughly in approximation to the contrast of bright sun exposure in the day and complete darkness at night. If you are in darkness all day long, it can’t appreciate the difference and will not optimize your melatonin production.

Sleep in as dark a room as possible. Even the tiniest glow from your clock radio could be interfering with your sleep, so cover your radio up at night or get rid of it altogether.
Move all electrical devices at least three feet away from your bed. You may want to cover your windows with drapes or blackout shades. If this isn’t possible, wear an eye mask.
Install a low-wattage yellow, orange, or red light bulb if you need a source of light for navigation at night.
Ensure the temperature in your bedroom is no higher than 20 degrees C. Many people keep their homes too warm (particularly their upstairs bedrooms). Studies show that optimal room temperature for sleep is between 15 and 20 degrees C.

Take a hot bath 90 to 120 minutes before bedtime. This increases your core body temperature, and when you get out of the bath it abruptly drops, signaling your body that you are ready to sleep.

Avoid using loud alarm clocks. Being jolted awake each morning can be very stressful.
Use soft music.

Get some sun in the morning, if possible. Your circadian system needs bright light to reset itself. Ten to 15 minutes of morning sunlight will send a strong message to your internal clock that day has arrived, making it less likely to be confused by weaker light signals during the night. Even more sunlight exposure is required as you age.