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Meal Plans For Weight Loss

The majority of the meals and foods I have chosen contain slow-releasing carbohydrates. Slow-releasing carbohydrates (often call “complex” or low-glycaemic foods) are digested and broken down in the gut relatively slowly, releasing their sugars steadily into the bloodstream. This results in a steady rise in blood sugar, sustained energy, as well as efficient fat breakdown and hormone control. Eating complex carbohydrates help increase and control energy levels; aids weight loss, and controls and encourage a natural appetite.

Women’s health and hormone balance

Eating natural whole foods keeps insulin levels low – high insulin increases testosterone and oestrogen production leading to potential oestrogen and/or testosterone dominance in relation to progesterone

Meal ideas

Breakfast

* Berries with yogurt and cinnamon – Combine ½ a punnet of blueberries and ½ a punnet of raspberries with 100g of goat’s yogurt. Mix in 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds and sprinkle on top ½ tsp of ground cinnamon.

* A small bowl of oat porridge or cooked oatmeal made with soya or almond milk (Ecomil/Evernat). Add grated apple, a handful of whole almonds, or sunflower seeds and 2 or 3 tablespoons of natural “bio” yogurt.

* Fruit bowl with yogurt and flaxseed – chop 2 pieces of fruit, top with plain soya yogurt and stir in 2 tablespoons of ground or ready-milled linseeds (flaxseeds), with a soya milk or almond milk and hot water. Add ¼ tsp of cinnamon too.

* Smoothies in a glass – A blend of raspberries and strawberries, yogurt, soya milk or almond milk, and 2 tablespoons of milled/ground flaxseeds (available from some Sainsbury’s stores or health food shops), or wheatgerm. This meal provides essential fats, protein and fibre and flaxseeds (or other seeds) add a nutty taste to the mixture. A great start to the day!

Lunch

Chickpea dahl with dark green leafy and baby vegetable salad – gently fry off ½ tsp each of fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds and ground cumin. Add ½ can of chickpeas and 100g of cherry tomatoes. Cook gently for 10-15 mins. Make a salad of green leaves, chopped coriander, and add mange tout peas, sliced beetroot, cucumber, and sliced raw fennel. Drizzle with a little olive oil, balsamic or cider vinegar, and a little lemon juice. Serve with a slice of rye bread.

Dinner

Tofu and cruciferous veg stir-fry. Use a variety of cruciferous vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and stir-fry with onion, garlic and ginger. Use Tamari or a spoon of miso (try brown rice miso) mixed in a little water as a base or marinade. Stir in 100-150g of cubed tofu, tossing the mix until the vegetables are “al dente”… cooked but with a slight crunch!

Snacks if you need them…

A small handful of whole almonds

Hummus and vegetable crudités

A small bowl of sliced melon, blueberries and raspberries

Latest Update: Sunday, August 9, 2020

Exercise for Fitness

Exercise for Fitness

Healthy Women Need to Focus on Exercise to Keep Body Fit!

Exercise is very beneficial for women of all age groups. Exercise brings health as well as fitness for women. Doing regular exercise find it easy to cope up with changes taking place in body in different stage of life. Regardless of age physically activeness is tremendous, and is extremely advantageous throughout the whole life of a woman. Healthy women need to focus on physical activity as it keeps many diseases away from you.

Different kind of exercises has different benefits with capacity to promote different adaptations in the body. However, before you starting any form of physical activity it is better to know about the benefits associated with it. It will enable you to attain desired goals of either weight gain or weight loss. While selecting any exercise you should keep in mind the level of physical activity you can take, whether you have some health risks and which exercise would suit you best.

Exercise for Fitness

Exercise for Fitness
You need to focus on exercise rather than trying to reduce weight. Focus should be on health rather than weight loss. You can opt for either high or low intensity cardiovascular exercises, strength training or yoga. Healthy women can also start doing household activities which are good for body. They can also opt for other forms of workout such as walking, cycling, jogging, swimming, rowing, aerobics, or dancing. For getting good results women are supposed to follow proper posture and breathing technique during physical activity.

In the beginning women should gradually inculcate the habit of doing regular exercise. You should start from slow exercises and then incorporate a variety of activities into your regime. Women with extra weight should avoid high impact activities initially. You can also focus on exercises which can boost metabolism of body and maintain muscles. Strong muscles allow your body to indulge in physical activity without hurt.

Also they should do workout which strengthens your bone health. Vigorous and high-impact exercises provide fuel to bone strength. However, for this women are required to possess overall fitness so that you can perform these exercises safely. For getting best advice about beneficial and safe workout you can consult to your doctor. Finally the best way to remain fit and active is to follow your regular regime of exercise and also keep yourself motivated.
LATEST UPDATE: Sunday, August 9, 2020

How Starving Your Body Can Make You Gain Weight

One of the things that makes people not get the weight loss results that they want is that they may occassionally be starving their bodies. There are two basic ways that this can happen. One is for it to be done inadvertently—like when you just get busy and forget to eat. Another is when you purpose deprive your body of food to try and “speed up” your results.
Regardless of how it happens, either scenario in this case is equally damaging. Although you will decrease the calories that you take in which may lead to some short-term weight loss, the kicker here is that you will be slowing down your metabolism. What this means is that after the starving is over, your body will hold onto the next meal you eat for dear life, expecting be be starved again.
If you allow starvation to become a habit, you will actually be contributing to your own weight gain in the future. Therefore, make sure that you are keeping your meals no more than 4 hours apart. As long as you do this, you will be supporting the healthy metabolism that you’ll need to lose the kind of weight that you’ve committed to.