Dr Akilah – Celestial Healing Wellness Center

The Natural Health and Holistic World According to Dr Akilah

Tag Archives: reduce protion size

7 Secrets of Slim People

Ever notice how some women seem to stay slim without ever stressing about missed workouts or counting a single calorie? It seems unfair—and frustrating!—but those ladies might have some secrets the rest of us can steal. Turns out, you don’t have to completely overhaul your diet or exercise regimen to see fast and impressive results on the scale. (Though if you want a great, easy-to-follow plan, register for the Drop 10 Challenge on Self.com to lose 10 pounds in just five weeks.) In fact, recent research shows that sometimes it’s little, practically effortless changes to everyday habits that make the pounds fall off fast and forever. Try incorporating some of these simple, science-backed steps into your day-to-day life—it’s your turn to become one of those “naturally” slim lucky few!

Make time for tea
Women with the highest intake of catechins, antioxidants in tea that may accelerate fat burn, gained less weight over 14 years than those who sipped less, a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals. White and green brews have the most catechins. Get brewing!

Move your workouts to the morning
Breaking a sweat before you sit down to breakfast can help you trim down faster, a study in The Journal of Physiology finds. Exercising on an empty stomach in the A.M. improves glucose tolerance, which spurs your body to shed fat.

Join the breakfast club
If you don’t already have regular morning meals, it’s time to start: Lifelong early eaters have a waistline about 2 inches smaller than that of breakfast skippers, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals. An A.M. meal may rev metabolism; plus, it may cause you to make less of an enzyme that raises cholesterol.

Savor your food
Eating slowly and steadily can help you stay slim. People who took 30 minutes to eat a bowl of ice cream created more fullness hormones than did those who ate faster, a study in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism notes. Whenever you can, ditch distractions like the television while you’re dining so you can concentrate on enjoying the yummy food in front of you.

Become a creature of habit
Eating at the same times every day and could help you drop pounds. When mice ate at scheduled mealtimes and fasted for 12 hours at night, their liver turned on genes that burned more sugar and fat, say scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. No, we’re not mice, but if something as simple as sitting down to dinner at 7 P.M. every night helps speed weight loss, why not give it a shot?

Start with water
Downing two cups of H2O before meals helped people lose about 5 pounds more than those who said no to water, research from Virginia Tech reveals. Water is filling, so sippers ate 75 to 90 calories less. Enjoy a few cups of water while you prep a meal or before your entrée arrives at a restaurant to effortlessly keep calories in check.

Step on the scale

Dieters who weighed themselves at least weekly lost more weight than those who didn’t, according to research from the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. Plus, the habit helped nondieters stay at a stable weight. Spotting scale swings early allows you to tweak your eating and exercise routine before pounds can pile up. 




Eating Habits that Prevent Weight Loss

  Bad Eating Habits for Kids

All of us grew up with bad eating habits!!!  Without doubt, these habits contribute to some of our problems in keeping weight off and, in fact, contribute to adding weight!!   A weight loss program or diet has to counteract these ingrained habits!!  Not all of us have them, but I for one do!!   These are age old habits passed on by our parents and on the surface seem like something we should do!! 

We start as a kid as our parents pushed us to eat everything on our plate, probably contributed to the fact that a lot of us are very fast eaters and don’t chew our food properly and generally, a meal is an event that should be done with as soon as possible as we all have things to do but it’s so important that we eat together!!  I do believe that!!      
 Eating too Fast - Celestial Healing WellnessOne of the first things to do is actively slow down your pace!!   There is a well known fact that your brain needs a certain amount of time to send the message that you’ve had enough!!   Very true but if you eat fast you go past that point and over eat!!   A few tips!  Stop between fork fulls and look around!!  Think of something to say!!  Take a breath and observe your surroundings!!  Set a new pace!!  Count the number of times you chew your food which will slow you down!! 
Don’t be distracted when you eat!!  Concentrate on the eating!!   If you’re distracted you eat more!! All there is to it so don’t multi-task while you eat!!   Always, give yourself a portion so that it doesn’t matter how much you’re distracted!!  You’re only going to eat that amount!!  Don’t get more!!
Try to avoid eating when you’re bored or stressed!!  Both these states contribute to us eating a greater volume of food!!   They increase your craving for good reason caused by chemical adjustments in your body!!   Come up with ways to distract yourself during these times!!  Drink water or chew diet gum!!  Something that will deceive you into thinking your feeding yourself!!  Play mind games to overcome the cravings!!
Don’t finish everything on your plate!!  We’ve all had to do this but it’s difficult not to do especially if the food’s delicious!!  This is what we were taught to do by our parents so it’s a habit that’s tough to break!!   We have a tendency to eat everything even when it’s bad food!!  Habits!! They die hard!!    One way is to reduce your portion size and then you can eat everything on your plate!!  Another is to force yourself to leave food on your plate!!  I know this goes against everything you have been taught but try it!!  Not so easy!!
Don’t necessarily plan your meal around the meat serving!!  This has been the way for so long!!  Plan your meal around the vegetables or salad and think of the meat as an extra!!  This will tend to reduce the quantity of meat that’s served and in the long run will be very beneficial!!  When you think of other components of the meal as the main course you give them more respect!!  BBQ vegetable, special sauces on your vegetables (healthy sauces), you get the drill!!
Break some of these habits and you’ll be surprised how the pounds will come off!!  Combine this with an exercise program that you can repeat and you’re on your way to being a lighter version of you!!   Diet programs work but this will help if you’re looking for a moderated tuneup!!
For more information on Weight Loss and How to Obtain Your Weight Goal got our Weight Management Page – http://www.celestialhealing.net/weightmanagpage.htm