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How to Reduce Your Salt Intake While Still Enjoying Delicious Meals

Tips to Reduce Your Salt Intake

Wondering if you should reduce your salt intake? Has your doctor already told you it would be a good idea to do so?  If you eat an average American diet, even a balanced one, then the odds are that you’re taking in more sodium every day than is likely good for you.

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How to Tell If a Diet Is Doing More Harm Than Good

Diet Is Doing More Harm than GoodThere are a number of diet fads in circulation. Some can help you lose weight, but others can often backfire on you. Choosing the right weight loss plan can be a hassle, but it is better than sticking to a diet that can harm you. If you are on a diet but not seeing results, or are experiencing even more health problems than before, then your diet is doing more harm than good.

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The Importance of Staying Hydrated While on a Diet

Staying Hydrated during dieting

Realistically it’s something that a lot of people forget about, but staying hydrated on a diet is fundamentally important. We put so much into what we eat, but we often move right past what we drink without another thought to it.

Though the foods that we eat matter greatly to our ability to lose weight and stay healthy, so does what we drink. If you have never been a fan of water or you simply never drank enough throughout the course of a day, it’s time for change.

Why Focus on Staying Hydrated?

By staying hydrated you can help your health and even your ability to lose weight in the long term. Naturally, this doesn’t mean that you need to chug water all day long. It is more of a matter of being aware of what your body requires and ensuring you are providing that.

Proper hydration helps just about every function within your body. It helps your organs to function properly. It helps your digestion, your metabolism, and keeps your body working in the way that it’s supposed to.

So, when you are lacking that hydration it really hurts your body. Add to it the fact that when you are dieting or working out more, you need hydration more than ever. Though you may discount this fact, a little hydration can really go a long way. You need to add more water when you diet and exercise as it will matter greatly.

Proper Hydration Can Support Your Weight Loss Strategy

What a lot of people don’t realize either is that staying hydrated during dieting can help to improve your results. You will find that sometimes you are simply thirsty when you feel like you want to eat.

So, by keeping up with your hydration needs you ensure that you don’t reach for food as readily. You keep yourself feeling full for longer, and therefore ward off any cravings. You are in control of your portions if you drink water before, during, and after meals. So it greatly benefits your weight loss to stay hydrated at all times!

Do You Need 8 Glasses of Water Per Day?

There is a rather odd rule of thumb that has circulated for decades. It states that staying hydrated requires you to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.  It may surprise you to discover that this figure is not based on actual science.  It is a relatively random figure that simply seems to have been accepted as a target for everyone.  Many doctors recommend it even without any empirical evidence to support the advice.

It isn’t entirely clear where this recommendation found its start.  However, the truth of the matter is that you may not need eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day to stay perfectly hydrated. You may need more. You may need less. There are many factors determining how much you’ll need.

Keep in mind that your body shape, size, function, activity level, age, gender, and many other issues will decide how much water you need for properly staying hydrated.  Moreover, many people eat lots of foods that have a high water content. That is perfectly hydrating, too!  If you had a salad and a bowl of soup for lunch, you may not need much water – or any at all – to go with that meal.

Isn’t Water Needed for Digestion? Doesn’t That Make Staying Hydrated Harder?

Yes, water is required for digestion.  However, simply eating food will not cause you to burn through that whole bowl of soup or fresh salad. If you’ve eaten only dry, salty foods, you will most certainly need to drink some water in the name of staying hydrated.  However, a healthy meal containing fruits and veggies will often take care of a substantial portion of your water requirements.

If the weather is hot, if you’re very active, if you’re unwell or if you’re thirsty, you can certainly know that sipping water all day long is the right thing for you.  That said, if you’re forcing yourself to drink water you don’t want (and you’re not simply substituting soda and juice when you should be drinking water), you’re likely going beyond your actual hydration requirements.

Be Reasonable and Keep Sipping

Though you may have never given much thought to staying hydrated, it can make a big difference. You may power through a workout more effectively when you are hydrated. You aren’t as hard on your body when hydration is present. You are ultimately giving your body everything it needs and wants when hydration is a factor. Therefore, if you want to be your best, maintain the best health, and lose weight and keep it off proper hydration can be the key to great and lasting success. Drink to your health!



The Most Unconventional Diet Tips Ever

The Most Unconventional Diet TipsAs you work to lose weight, you want to be aware of some of the most unconventional diet tips out there. Sure, some of them rest upon some very real advice and, therefore, be good ideas. The reality is, though, that some of them may actually hurt you, so you need to be informed. Unless you have a doctor available to discuss each one with, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to consistently know the difference between what sounds real and what is real. It’s extremely hard to tell without expert medical knowledge.

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How to Find a Diet Plan That’s Right for You

Find a Diet Plan Right for YouIt’s relatively easy to find a diet plan that’s right for you over the short term.  That said, if you’re looking for something that will benefit you for more than a week or two, the rules start to change.  Fortunately, there are ways to do it so that the strategy you choose it is something you can stick to.

After all, your goal isn’t just to reach a target weight.  That’s definitely a great place to start, but it goes beyond that.  Once those pounds are gone, you never want to see them again!  The last thing you want is to find yourself right back here where you started in a year or two. Here we will discuss not only how to find a diet plan that will suit your goals but also how you can make it all last long-term.

First Steps to Find a Diet Plan

When you find a diet plan, you probably get into a short-term mindset and look at it as something to be endured until you are done with the chore–then back to the former habits until you diet again. This is not a good habit to develop. This can actually cause you to be a serial dieter, which is not good for weight loss or health.

So, what does one do? Instead of focusing exclusively on that goal, it’s time to learn a new mindset that is conducive to losing weight the healthy way and keeping it off! Give yourself the chance to develop an important perspective change.  You’re not just dieting to lose weight.  You’re trying to find a diet plan that will give you the healthy body and mind you want to maintain for the rest of your life.  You want to build habits, so you won’t feel like you’re always following rules. These habits will turn what is initially rules into just your regular way of living.

Your Relationship with Food

Before you find a diet plan, let’s consider what our mindset is about food. Food is part of the Western lifestyle in such a way that portion control is only considered when dieting. In the East, many people also traditionally recognize a social aspect to food; but they eat it in very small portions, and it is very simple.

In the Western world, people tend to go big and sloppy: America has the largest portions in the world and even boasts about it to get butts in seats at eating establishments. Think about it.  When you sit down to a meal, do you expect to eat the right amount for your nutrition and basic satisfaction, or do you want to be full? For most people in the U.S., the answer is clear. We want to get filled up by every single meal. We stop eating when we can’t eat another bite.

Find a Diet Plan that Builds Better Eating Expectations

So, the mindset should be this: I eat to live rather than live to eat. Does that mean you have to give up family gatherings and social eating? No.  Does it mean you can only eat nutrient-dense ingredients? Nope.  Have you had your last flavorful meal? No, of course not; but when you get your body used to smaller portions, you can eat that way instead. You can teach yourself and your body to be satisfied by less.  It sounds ridiculous, but it’s true.  You don’t need to overeat to be comfortable and avoid feelings of hunger.

How Long Does It Take to Teach Your Body?

After about three weeks of practicing this new way of eating, you will naturally start to want to eat smaller portions. In fact, your stomach won’t be able to handle anything more. This is a good thing. Once you are used to the portion control, it’s easier, and it’s oftentimes cheaper to get groceries for your new lifestyle.

If you’re currently eating an extremely large amount of food, then a gradual process will likely work best for you.  Find a diet plan that will allow you to set monthly goals so you can scale back some of your portion sizes over time instead of all at once. This will make it easier for you to adapt and keep your motivation high.

So, how do you find a diet plan that’s right for you? This is a simple task, actually. In order to choose a plan that will take you into a permanent change, you need to choose it as you would a workout program. If a plan is something that includes things you can do long-term, then you have it made. Consider, for instance, that there are a lot of workout programs out there–but if you aren’t a morning person, then why would you choose a workout that starts with a run at 5 a.m.?



Pumpkin Health Benefits and Nutrition Information

Pumpkin Health Benefits

Many people are surprised when they hear there are pumpkin health benefits. After all, a lot of us have come to think of these gourds as Halloween decorations, not food. Think about it.  If someone says the word “pumpkin”, are you more likely to think of a Jack-O-Lantern, or a side dish?

For those of us who do eat them, it’s typically exclusively in the form of a rich, calorie-packed pie, or a teaspoon for flavoring our favorite fall latte (provided there’s any pumpkin at all and it’s not just artificially flavored).

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Has the Mediterranean Diet Really Disappeared?

WHO Mediterranean Diet The Mediterranean Diet has been making headlines lately. That said, the spotlight has been aimed in its direction for some rather unexpected reasons. For several years, it has been considered one of the healthiest dieting options. Published research has suggested it can help to lower the risk of many chronic illnesses from certain cancers to heart disease.

The Mediterranean Diet is based on the traditional style of eating of many cultures living along the Mediterranean Sea. These include the coastal portions of Greece, Italy and Spain.

What the World Health Organization Said

According to the W.H.O., the Mediterranean Diet, at least in its natural and organic form, is essentially dead. According to the well reputed organization, changing lifestyles in all the countries that traditionally used this type of diet has caused it to go extinct. (more…)



Soup Cleanse Diets: Why They Aren’t Worth the Torture

soup-cleanse-dietsHave you heard about soup cleanse diets that, like other liquid diets, are meant to help your body detoxify itself? Well, it turns out that they really aren’t worth the torture. Rather than depriving yourself of solid foods for a few days, there are better ways to help your body do what it does naturally, which is remove toxins and heal itself.

Continue reading to learn more about the problems that are associated with soup cleanse diets so you don’t end up wasting your time pursuing this weight loss fad.

There’s No Science to Back Them Up
First off, there really isn’t any scientific evidence that supports a liquid cleanse, such as a soup cleanse or a juice cleanse. The benefits that are associated with these types of diets are mostly unproven and merely anecdotal. Also, when it comes to resting the digestive system by not consuming solids, it turns out that your digestive system is designed to work every day on digesting foods. (more…)



How Much Dieting Is Considered Too Much Dieting?

too much dieting to lose weightYou’ve been working very hard and you’ve been dropping the pounds, but do you know for certain that you haven’t been taking on too much dieting for your own good? Many people feel that as long as they’re losing weight and they aren’t constantly suffering from hunger pangs, they must be doing alright. However, there are many signs other than hunger that can tell you that your strategy is too extreme.

This is important to know because too much dieting can be potentially dangerous to your health. Even without obvious symptoms you can cause gradual harm to your body that will not only lead you into some troubled territory, but it could also mean that the pounds will end up building right back on again after all your hard work to get rid of them. (more…)



The Real Paleo Diet Revealed

real Paleo diet informationIt seems that there’s a new trend or eating plan out there almost every single week. You’re told to eat this one week and then avoid it the next—and it’s enough to make your head spin! If you find yourself at the center of this and wondering exactly what you should be eating, then it may be time to get back to basics. There’s a reason that people are getting back to clean eating; it works and it’s the way that you were meant to eat in the first place. Though there are plenty of variations to it, the real Paleo diet is a really great way of eating for fuel first and foremost. (more…)