It’s hard to believe it, but it’s true. Swimsuit season is right around the corner, and it’s time to prepare. Some of you may have already gone through that dreaded ritual–your “first appearance of the year” in swimming attire (of course, only in front of your mirror). Others may be putting it off, hoping to shed a few more pounds and tighten up that tummy before your debut. Whatever your situation, now’s the time for action. Forget the regrets you have from the past year and all those things you “should have done.” Get yourself up and get ready for the season; it will be here before you know it. And to help you get started, here are some helpful tips:
Improve your posture: You’d be surprised at how much this simple tip will help. Poor posture and slouching will make you appear shorter and rounder. Standing up straight and keeping your shoulders back will instantly tighten that tummy.
Get moving: Every little bit of activity can help burn off those calories and increase your metabolism. Throughout the day, take some time for activities like walking or dancing. And don’t forget about those simple toning exercises like squats, push-ups, and crunches.
Cut excess calories: You really don’t need all of that sugar, or that soda, or that warm piece of fresh cake. And now you have something to motivate you (or in many cases yell at you like a drill sergeant on your first day of basic training): your swimsuit.
Reduce bloating: Bloating can make you look heavier than you really are, especially in the mid-section. Increase your fiber intake and try to avoid things like alcohol and excess salt, which can contribute to bloating. Also, you may look into our “Clynza Pure,” a mild colon cleanser to help you stay regular, sold at any Letslose location.
Shop smart: At the end of the day, bikinis may not be for everyone. So don’t feel pressured that you have to wear one. Buy a swimsuit that fits you, and that you can wear with confidence. There are many stylish one-piece swimsuits that can take pounds and inches off the moment you put it on. There are a variety of styles and colors that can give your body a whole new look. The bottom line is…Be You and Be Confident.
Don’t let the swimsuit season sneak up on you. And as always, we at Letslose are here to help make you a better you.
Often times many people will try to lose weight using just their own common sense. Less soda, more water. Less fast food, more fresh foods. Less sugar and sweets, more vegetables. Less couch time, more activity. And quite often that’s all it takes (of course with an added dose of motivation).
However, there are many aspects to weight loss that may seem counter-intuitive–that is, they seem to go against normal and reasonable logic–and if you are unaware of some of these counter-intuitive “traps,” you could be hindering your own journey to a healthier you without even knowing it.
One of the most common counter-intuitive “traps” of weight loss that we at Letslose see people fall into all of the time is what we might call the “Sumo Wrestler Trap.” Did you know that a typical sumo wrestler eats a daily diet of 20,000 calories? That’s more than 10 times what a normal male should eat in a day! Now you may say, “What kind of a trap is that? Of course no one trying to lose weight will eat a 20,000 calorie per day diet.” But here’s the kicker: they eat all of those calories in only two meals. Let me say it another way: the normal day of training and exercise for a sumo wrestler (yes, they actually do exercise daily) begins by SKIPPING breakfast…and thatis the “Sumo Wrestler Trap.”
So why do sumo wrestlers skip breakfast, and why is this a weight loss trap? Simple. Skipping breakfast slows down the wrestler’s metabolism, which enables them to maintain their weight (which for the average sumo wrestler is anything from 400 to 600 pounds!). By fasting through the night and morning, sumo wrestlers turn their bodies into fat-storing machines. And that is why it is also a weight loss trap. Many dedicated and well-intentioned people trying to lose weight will skip breakfast thinking the obvious: “Less food means less calories, means less weight.” But actually that first meal is extremely important to kick-start your metabolism for the day. So don’t skip breakfast. At least have a small something to eat to get your body awake and running. Just make sure to keep it a healthy something. And as you do, far from becoming the next professional sumo wrestler, you will watch those pounds drop off one by one as your own body’s metabolism does what it does best–burn off those calories.
Here are a few other counter-intuitive weight loss tips:
Eat more often: Eating five smaller (and healthier) meals per day can be more effective when trying to lose weight than eating three (and especially two!) meals per day.
Eat when you are not hungry: If you are going to be eating five times a day, you will probably find that you are not hungry when your next scheduled meal comes around. That’s great! Eating when you are not hungry means you will eat less. And if you never allow your body to get hungry before you decide to eat, your body (which is incredibly smart) will keep your metabolism running full speed, trusting that you won’t starve it and force it into starvation mode (which means slower metabolism).
Enjoy your food: Slow down and savor the food you eat. Eating slower can help you not overeat.
The best way to a clean colon is with a diet rich in fresh, raw fruits and vegetables.
But just in case you are not quite giving your body the healthful, healing food it needs to promote colon health, we have Clynza Pure available for sale in our clinic locations as well as online at the LetsLose store: http://www.letslose.com/store-2/clynza-pure/
Benefits of a clean colon:
Jump starts weight loss & metabolism
Enables the body to better absorb vitamins & nutrients
The Choice Is Yours… What’s In Your Basket? Take a hard look at the food you have eaten in the past week. Would you say there is good nutritional value in it? If you are like the typical American family, then it is quite likely that there was little to none.
Processed food, fast food, sweet or salty snacks all have one thing in common, they are toxic to our systems, making us sick, fat and un-energetic.
When is the last time you ate fresh fruit and vegetables? Here are some tips to help you incorporate better eating into your lifestyle.
Keep fresh fruits & veggies, washed, cut up & ready to eat, in a clear container in the fridge on an eye level shelf.
When raw veggies are past prime to eat fresh, puree and freeze to later add to soups or smoothies.
Hide all kinds of vegetables as pureed in soup to ensure picky eaters or children get proper nutrition.
Eat by color! Typically, the darker, deeper, richer colored vegetables pack the most nutrients. Try to eat several different colors per day.
Try new Foods.
Buy organic when possible.
Pack your lunch for school/work; If you must eat out, try a veggie packed subway wrap or salad.
Be prepared and plan your meals.
Experiment with 1/2 Fruit, 1/2 Vegetable Smoothies.
Eat soup! Soup is one dish that retains all the nutrition during cooking.
If you eat wrong, no doctor can fix you, but if you eat right, no doctor is needed.
Muscle Vs. Fat – The Benefits of Building Lean Muscle
If you have recently started working out, and the scale isn’t budging, or even worse, it keeps going up, but your clothes are fitting better and you are feeling smaller, don’t be discouraged.
The scale is just one tool used to measure your weight loss progress. A greater indicator is the way your body is changing and how your clothes are fitting. Before you toss the scale out the window there is a bit of critical information you must learn about Fat vs. Muscle.
Did you know that even though 5 lbs of muscle and 5 lbs of fat weigh the same, if you put them on the scale together fat takes up so much more mass then the same weight in muscle? This photo shows a clear picture of the difference in their mass. Sometimes your weight may not adjust much but when you replace fat with muscle you will be so much smaller and tighter.
Another benefit of building lean muscle is the amount of resources (calories) it consumes to maintain. Your body really does burn more calories maintaining muscle than it does maintaining fat. Which means that building muscle increases your metabolism.
In today’s society, dependence on fast food increases, but so does our waistline!
If you are like most Americans, you are short on time, and so therefore rely heavily on fast food. We tend to think it is convenient, cheap and easy to pull up to a drive-thru and grab the “Family Meal Deal” and be on our way. Fast food restaurants have become ubiquitous, every corner and intersection provides a variety of choices in every flavor to meet your taste buds.
Nevertheless, this lifestyle can lead you on the “fast track” to fat. As easy as it is to fall into this trap, you need to consider what it is doing to your health and your physique!
Obesity has become one of the most expensive health problems in the United States today, and fast food contributes to this problem. Foods that are best known to contribute to weight gain are french fries, fried foods, desserts, sweets, and sugary drinks, which are the most popular foods purchased at fast food restaurants today. As a Nation, Americans spend $137 billion a year on fast food and then turn around and spend $60 billion on weight-loss solutions.
In a recent study, participants who consumed fast food two or more times a week gained approximately 10 pounds in one week! Part of this is due to the portion distortion, which basically leads fast food restaurants to serve larger portions and make “biggie size” available at a better deal to the consumer.
These growing portions are changing what we as Americans think of as a “normal” portion size. The more food put in front of you the more you will eat. We at Letslose, would like to encourage you as the consumer to make smarter decisions when choosing the foods you put in your body. Manage your time and money and make your life more simple and less focused on the Fast Track to the Fast Food Trap.