4 Tips To Start Running For Weight Loss

Do you always think about burning calories to look toned and slim through swimming, cycling, gymming or any other fitness activity, but unable to do so due to time constraints or shortage of funds? Don’t worry; we have got an actionable plan for you that will help kick-start your weight loss journey. It’s running. There is no barrier to start running as all you need is a decent pair of shoes. You can run almost anytime, anywhere, even in front of your house.

“Running is the best workout for weight loss,” says Danial O’Connor, Ph.D., professor of health and human performance at the University of Houston.

How can you make running a successful endeavor for weight loss? Well, there’s a strategy involved. Read on:

1. Get your diet right

You just can’t ignore your diet especially if you’re trying to shed some weight, you need to balance your intake. Running is a great workout as it burns about 200-300 calories if you run at least two to three kilometers. So, eat accordingly. If you want to know more about it, you can read our previous blog “Eat Mindfully to Lose Weight

“People often overestimate the calories they burn on the run,” says Angela Rubin, coach at Precision Running Lab. They add an extra slice of pizza or a piece of brownie in their plate because they “earned it.” It doesn’t work like that, guys! You can only ensure weight loss with a calorie deficit, so you need to keep a strict check on indulgence to create calorie imbalance.

2. Don’t be overly strict

Go easy if you’ve just started running, don’t try hard or overthink about training plans and strategies like athletes. You need to figure out a plan that suits your own weight loss goals.

People who walk slowly spend more time to burn those calories in comparison to joggers and sprinters. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise study revealed that runners lose more weight than walkers over a period because of the afterburn effect.

“Running creates an afterburn which means your body continues to burn calories even after you are not running or moving,” says Rubin. You can decide routine based on the speed and intensity to ensure weight loss.

3. Strength training is significant

Running can be tough on your joints, knees and there could be chances of an injury as well. However, with cross-training, you can reduce them by strengthening your muscles through weightlifting. It helps in burning more calories even when you’re idle. Cross-training supports muscles and boost weight loss as well.

4. Make it a part of life

Your body is made to run, but it requires conditioning to make it a habit. Your body starts feeling normal over a month when you run regularly for a month, later you can reduce it to at least three times a week.

Just like running, you can also condition yourself for weight loss exercises and diet plans to get a perfect shape.

Low energy levels by end of the day can increase the chances of skipping the schedule that leads to weight gain. But now you can stick to your daily schedule with optimum energy levels, lose weight at the same time with B-12 shots at Slimming Studios.

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Read also: Chronic Pain & Weight Gain

Do You Know Weight Gain Can Be Due To Pain Relievers?

Is there any connection between obesity and chronic pain? Yes, people who are suffering from prolonged pain conditions are most likely to gain weight. Studies conducted over the years has validated this statement.

Pain can affect even those who are living a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes pain arises due to aging and at times due to injuries, although the causes of chronic pain are innumerable, but its aftermaths are the same. Any pain can result in fundamental changes in your daily routine, especially the following:

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Inactivity
  • Lack of exercise

The above-mentioned conditions are known to have a direct effect on your body, shape, and weight. When in pain, most people are on this routine – “Eat, Sleep, and Repeat.” You keep on consuming calories without burning any. Ultimately, that’s why you see, an increase on the scale and in your waistline.

How to manage Pain?

When suffering from pain, everyone does one thing visiting physician to get prescriptions for pain treatment and management. However, did you know, your core pain management drug can increase the possibility of weight gain? If you use pain management drugs for a continued period, the likelihood increases.

Other side effects of pain medication include:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Skin rash
  • Liver damage
  • Diarrhea/ Stomach upset
  • Anxiety
  • Problem sleeping
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach ulcer
  • Kidney problems
  • Allergies

Seemingly, instead of reducing pain, pain medication if consumed regularly can expose you to many health risks and can bring significant challenges which are hard to overcome.

According to research, about 15% of weight or obesity-related problems occur due to prolonged medication. Some medications escalate your appetite, and a few will decrease it while some give you the energy to keep you energized. When you don’t burn off the calories you consume; or you stay inactive, your chances of weight gain increase.

People suffering from chronic pain are less active, plus, their medication gives them drowsiness with an increase in their appetite thus leading to weight gain.
In addition to pain management medications, prescription drugs for the treatment of obesity, diabetes, depression, anxiety, and high blood pressure causes weight gain. Popping birth control pills also indicate weight gain as per studies.

How to avoid weight gain and reduce pain?

The answer lies in the right approach. At Center for Pain Relief and Rehabilitation (CPR&R), we aim to reduce your pain systematically. Our focus is on identifying the cause of your pain, then create the shortest possible treatment plan – to reduce the side effects of medications and pain.

Whether it is chronic pain, back pain, joint pain, injury pain, arthritis pain or sprains or other pain, we treat all kind of a pain to help you avoid weight gain through extended pain management drugs.

If you are in the DFW area and suffering from pain, then you should visit the Center for Pain Relief and Rehabilitation to see how we can treat your pain naturally or using alternate therapies that work.

Get rid of your pain, because you have the right to Say No to Pain!

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Read also: How To Introduce Behavioral Modifications For Weight Management

Celebrate World Chocolate Day With Recipes Under 100 Calories

Who doesn’t like chocolate, but this divine thing comes loaded with a lot of calories. Is this your reason to avoid it so far? Now, what if you can savor this indulgent and decadence chocolate without gaining many calories and spoiling your weight loss goals. Unbelievable? No, it’s true. With our delicious chocolate recipes in less than 100 calories, we are giving you another reason to feel good about losing weight.

Do you know eating chocolates can help you with weight loss? A small amount of chocolate every day can help you in dealing with your hunger pangs and increases your nutritional value as well. It contains flavanols which lower the blood sugar and decreases the body fat. It helps in alleviating stress by uplifting mood. Stress is among the major causes of weight gain as you binge on certain foods to control your stress levels. Dark chocolates are known for controlling appetite, one 3.5-ounce bar of 70% dark chocolate contains around 16% of your daily recommended fiber intake. Choosing chocolate over candies with empty calories is an astute decision for people looking for weight loss.

Now our delectable chocolate recipes in less than 100 calories will let you devour chocolate dishes without any guilt.

1. Chocolate-covered brownie bites

Satisfy your chocolate cravings with bite-sized brownie dipped into melted chocolate to feel good.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Nutritional Value: 38 calories; 2 g fat (1 g sat); 0 g fiber; 6 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 1 mcg folate; 4 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 5 g added sugars; 13 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 2 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 7 mg sodium; 21 mg potassium.

Ingredients:

  • Brownies, 18-inch square pan chilled, cut into 1-inch squares
  • Chocolate Chips, semisweet or bittersweet, melted

Directions:
Take a brownie square and dip the half of it in the melted square and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper to refrigerate until the chocolate is set for about 30 minutes. (Reheat the chocolate to keep it melted)

2.Chocolate Nut Bark

Chocolates and nuts make a heavenly combination that will leave you enchanted with happiness.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Nutritional Value: 74 calories; 5 g fat(2 g sat); 1 g fiber; 7 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 5 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 5 g added sugars; 0 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 10 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 1 mg sodium; 67 mg potassium.

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate Chips, semisweet, bittersweet or milk, 2cups
  • Assorted Nuts such as hazelnuts, almonds and cashew, 1½ cups

Directions:
Take a bowl, add melted chocolate and nuts. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and ensure no wrinkle to make horizontal bars, scrape the mixture on the foil and spread it to form a rectangle of 12-by-19 inches. Garnish it with finely chopped and refrigerate until set for about 20 minutes.
Transfer hardened bark with foil to a cutting board, using a sharp knife cut it into 1½ inch pieces. Your chocolate nut bar is ready.

3.Peanut Butter & Pretzel Truffles

The sweet and salty combination is drool-worthy and rich in nutrients as well.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours

Nutritional value: 64 calories; 4 g fat (1 g sat); 1 g fiber; 5 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 6 mcg folate; 1 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 2 g added sugars; 8 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 11 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 53 mg sodium; 65 mg potassium.

Ingredients:

Peanut Butter, crunchy, ½ cup
Milk chocolate chips, melted, ½ cup
Pretzels, salted, finely chopped, ¼ cup

Directions:

Take a small bowl, combine peanut butter and pretzels and mix well. Freeze it until firm for about 15 minutes. Make 20 balls from the solid mixture (take about one teaspoon each). Place them on the baking sheet with parchment and wax paper and freeze until hard until one hour. Roll the frozen ball in melted chocolate and ensure the extra chocolate drip in the bowl. Freeze the chocolate to set for about 30 minutes.
Your delicious and mouth-watering truffles are ready to relish!

4. Strawberry Nutella S’mores

We are giving a healthy twist to classic s’mores by adding chocolate-hazelnut spread with lemon thins instead of graham crackers making it more delicious and divine.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Nutritional Value: 76 calories; 3 g fat(1 g sat); 1 g fiber; 13 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 3 mcg folate; 2 mg cholesterol; 8 g sugars; 7 g added sugars; 2 IU vitamin A; 8 mg vitamin C; 16 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 21 mg sodium; 22 mg potassium

Ingredients:

  • Marshmallow, 1
  • Lemon thins, 2
  • Strawberry slices, 2
  • Chocolate-hazelnut spread, ½ teaspoon

Directions:

Toast marshmallow over the fire and spread chocolate spread on lemon thins, top it with marshmallow, strawberry and another slice of lemon thin.
Enjoy the healthy twist!

For the first three recipes, we ‘ve got a tip for you

Tip to melt chocolate: Microwave chocolate on medium setting for 1 minute and stir in between every 20 seconds, until melted. You can also use a double boiler over hot water to melt chocolate.

You can prepare the first three of them and store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Now you don’t have to stay away from your god’s nectar, savor your taste buds with low-calorie recipes to maintain your weight loss efforts.

Recipe Credits: Eating Well

Also read: #WeightLossRecipe: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

4 Low-Fat Clean Eats For 4th Of July

We celebrate Independence Day with all our family and friends, and it’s about good food, fun, and fireworks for us. The get-togethers and picnics offer a not-so-healthy menu that can spoil one’s weight loss goals. These barbecue parties serve food with the high calorific value which can lead to weight gain after the celebrations are over.

But don’t you worry, we are here with our quick and healthy recipes to help you in shedding those extra pounds and maintain weight loss goals. Binge on the healthy bites and make the most of Independence Day celebrations.

A famous quote from La Rochefoucald says:

“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”    

Here, we are sharing with you a list of four delectable recipes to celebrate and relish.

1: Red, White, and Blueberry Fruit Skewers

Feel the freshness of fruits and maintain weight loss goals with fruit skewers.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Nutritional Value: 53 calories, 0.1g fat, 13.5g carbs, 0.7g protein per skewer.

Ingredients:

  • Bananas, three large and cut into pieces
  • Strawberries,13 large, hulled and cut in half
  • Blueberries, about 1/2 cup
  • Wooden skewers, 9

Directions:

Take one skewer, string one-half strawberry followed by banana piece and repeat it. Fill the remaining space with blueberries. Make five skewers in this pattern.

First, string the half strawberry followed by banana piece till the skewer gets filled, make four skewers of the same pattern.

Place the skewers in the order shown on a platter like the American flag. Serve immediately.

Note: Save banana from browning by dipping it into the mix of 1 cup water and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice before skewing it.

2: Red, White and Blue Salsa

Enjoy the crunchiness and savory of sweet berries and jicama with this quick and simple salad. Complete your party with a nutritious salsa.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Nutritional Value: 51 calories per serving, Total fat 0.3g, Sugar 6g.

Ingredients:

  • Fresh blueberries, 1 cup
  • Strawberries, diced, 1 cup
  • Jicama, diced, 1 cup
  • Cilantro, chopped, 1/3 bowl
  • Red onion, chopped, 1/4 cup
  • Jalapeno pepper, chopped, seeded, 2 tablespoons
  • Lime juice, 1 large
  • Salt to taste
  • Tortilla chips

Directions:

Take a bowl to add blueberries, strawberries, jicama, cilantro and rest of the ingredients. Add salt as per taste and serve salsa with tortilla chips at room temperature. You can also go with grilled fish or chicken to add more to salsa. Eat fresh.

3. Mini Berry Cream Pies

Try this quick and healthy dessert to maintain your body. This recipe plays best for potluck parties or get-togethers. Keep them handy in a tray and serve well.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Nutritional value: 33 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated), 0 g fiber, 3 g carbohydrates, 1 g protein.

Ingredients:

  • Whipped cream, 1/4 cup
  • Sugar, 2 teaspoons
  • Nonfat Vanilla Greek Yogurt, 1/4 cup
  • Mini phyllo cups,15, frozen
  • Blueberries,15, fresh
  • Raspberries,15, fresh

Directions:

Take a small bowl and beat cream until it gets into soft form. Add sugar and beat until stiff. Add more yogurt and divide it among phyllo cups. Place the cups in a tray and top them with one blueberry and one raspberry each. Refrigerate up to 4 hours.

4: Grilled Blackberry, Strawberry, Basil and Brie Pizza Crisps

Who doesn’t love pizza? Rock the party with our healthy take on pizza.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutritional Value: Calories 138 kcal, total fat 7g, saturated fat 3g, Cholesterol 14mg.

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil, 1/4 cup
  • Basil chopped, 16 leaves, divided into two parts
  • brie sliced, 8-12 ounces
  • Strawberries, chopped, 1 (1/2)  cups
  • Blackberries, 3/4 cup
  • Pepper, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Balsamic Honey Glaze
  • Balsamic vinegar, 1/2 cup
  • Honey, 3 tablespoons

Directions:

Make the dough at least 2 hours before the final recipe. Prepare the honey balsamic gaze by adding balsamic vinegar and honey to the saucepan and cooking it till half at slow flame. It will take 10-15 minutes.

Preheat the grill and place pizzas, don’t place it more than 2 minutes. Bubbles on the dough signify the right way to grill, use tongs to remove pizza and repeat it with remaining pizza rounds.

When all the pizzas are ready, turn the heat on the grill down to medium. Top the grilled side of pizza slices with brie, leave a ½ inch border so that brie doesn’t melt over the rack. Add blackberries and chopped strawberries and grill them again for 3 to 5 minutes. Garnish it with fresh basil and drizzle on the honey balsamic glaze. Place the berries in the pattern shown in the picture to give it a flag look.

Get ready for the 4th of July, you all with scrumptious American recipes that are healthy and low-cal. Share your clean eats with your folks without any guilt and maintain weight loss.

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Here’s Slimming Studios wishing you a very Happy 4th of July!

How To Introduce Behavioral Modifications For Weight Management

Behavior Modifications deals with changing or modifying unhealthy habits. Changing an old, bad habit can be a daunting task for you, but could lead to a plethora of benefits. All you need to do is, keep a positive frame of mind and start working on it.

Transform yourself with this read and explore how Behavioral Modifications can help you in Weight Management. The kind of lifestyle you follow impacts your body weight, shape, and size. To track and stay healthy & Fit, behavioral changes are on the cards.

This read will provide you with substantial lifestyle and behavioral changes that can help you in maintaining your health and fitness levels in everyday life. Take a note of small changes in how you eat, work, or live which can create a ripple effect on your health and lead to more balanced life.

The Surroundings

The kind of surrounding can have a major effect, Basically – Home and Workplace

Things to do at Home while Cooking & Eating

  • Try to Cook your meals and while preparing, chew few gums.
  • Cook and serve the optimal quantity to save yourself from overeating.
  • Do not eat in Bed, always try to have meals on the Dining table or in Kitchen
  • Try to focus on food and chew it slowly, stay away from distractions (Tv, gadgets, books)
  • Always cook your meals in Non-stick cookware to reduce the oil consumption.
  • Avoid storing and eating canned, pre-packed and ready to eat foods
  • Replace wafers and cookies with fresh fruits and nuts to nibble.
  • Keep healthy snacks and fruits in your reach to save a high-calorie snack or dessert in Kitchen
  • Drink low-fat Milk, Yogurt.
  • Stock refrigerator with fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Prepare a low-fat, low-sugar dessert for you to stay fit and healthy

Things to do at Workplace

  • Never eat on your desk
  • Take short breaks after every 20 to 30 minutes
  • Do not stock your desk’s drawer or cabinet with candies or cookies to cut the intake of excessive calories
  • Drink water or chew a gum or a dairy-free product when you are feeling hungry.
  • Say not to Vending Machine
  • Plan your entire week’s menu and try to bring home-cooked food.
  • Never skip your lunch
  • Organize your lunch on a plate and then eat. Do not Gobble.
  • Don’t eat in your lunch box. Organize your lunch on your plate and then, gulp.
  • Serve your food on small plates.
  • Try to follow a routine and eat according to body clock.

Change your mindset to make changes, join a hobby class to make yourself more active and fit. Don’t let any kind of stress take a toll on your health. Go for an evening stroll to intake fresh air and energy. Meet friends and go for dance classes. This can make you more happy and healthy.

Behavioral Modification is significant to stay active and fit, follow the above-mentioned points and witness a transformation in you.

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Read also: 5 Practices that Don’t Help in Weight Loss at All

International Hummus Day

How Healthy Is Hummus For You?

Hummus is a thick, creamy spread made primarily from chickpeas, is widely used to dip with starters and other snacks. It has gained popularity over last few decades due to the numerous health benefits it has to offer. Initially originated in the Middle East, it is now widely eaten across North America and Europe.

It is rightly said “Abs are made in Kitchen,” your body shows what you eat and directly impacts you look.

Hummus is all-time-partner for soft and fluffy pita bread or crispy falafel and makes a lip-smacking dip for chips or other party starters.

There is always a lot of confusion about hummus and its consumption; some people considered it to be fattening. But unlike others, we don’t beat around the bush; our nutritionist has revealed the truth behind hummus and how healthy it is for you.

It is used in ancient time due to its anti-inflammatory properties which helps in preventing chronic diseases. Vegetarians can binge in hummus to replenish the lack of nutrients as it is nutritious and healthy to replenish your daily vitamins and protein need.

The significant component of Hummus is chick-peas as it stays fresh for long five days.

Hummus offers a series of advantages like

  • It provides ample amount of protein
  • Rich source of iron, folate, phosphorus, and B vitamins.
  • It boosts immunity to fight illness and Disease
  • Decreases Inflammation
  • Aids digestion and health of intestines
  • Supports Bone Health
  • Improves Energy

Hummus is healthy, but only when it is made in your kitchen, Markets are flooded with numerous hummus varieties, but they all are rich in fat and high on salt. Moreover, a standard size of hummus tub when consumed with a snack which usually happens while partying or watching movies yield 150 calories.

Excluding tahini sauce from hummus preparation can increase its nutritional value and makes it perfect to go with your party snacks.

Next time, whenever you plan to eat hummus and pita bread, always try to fetch few minutes and just prep it in your kitchen to lose weight as chickpeas are known for reducing cholesterol, cancer-causing agents. It boosts metabolism as well.

Prepare a variety of hummus and enjoy the aromatic effect that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

At Slimming studios, we always focus on healthy habits, not restrictions to lead you towards the better life with our remarkable weight loss products and services.

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Week 5 Weight Loss Plan

Week5: A 5-Week Plan To Lose Weight And Keep It Off

Week 5: Victory in Round 1

Welcome to week 5 of your 5-week weight loss plan.

Let’s take a quick look back over where we’ve been.

In Week 1, you got started on eating healthy and exercising.

In Week 2, we turned things up a notch on workout and diet.

In Week 3, you learned how to get over the hump and fight the mental barriers to success.

In week 4, we went further into things to put in your body and things to leave out.

And now for week 5, we’re going to offer you a few tips to help you continue on this path you’ve already started down.

With your new habits established, here are a few parting tips to keep going on to the next level.

  • Create a written fitness plan and stick to it.
  • Add a 10-minute warm up to your exercise routine.
  • Stretch after warming up.
  • Do 10 to 20 sets of exercises as advised by a physical trainer.
  • Don’t push yourself too hard, so you avoid injuries.
  • Include different exercises to work different parts of the body.
  • Refine your exercise routine to target specific problem areas.
  • Keep a regular schedule. Habit and routine are what will see you through.
  • Look into circuit training to maximize your fat burn.
  • Have high-density nutritious meals. Be sure to include fruits, leafy vegetables and whole foods.
  • Don’t skip planned meals.
  • Allow your body a rest day from your exercise routine so it can recover.
  • Allow yourself an occasional cheat day to indulge in a favorite food sin. (But only occasionally!)
  • Get your DNA and blood tested to help fine tune your diet to your unique body.
  • Talk to a nutritionist to custom-tailor your healthy eating plan.
  • Look into nutritional supplements to help augment your diet
  • Talk to a professional to see which body contouring and enhanced weight loss methods may give you the edge in reaching your goals.

But here is the most important tip.

Don’t Give Up

Even if you’ve already crashed and burned on this diet like you have with a painful amount of others in the past, don’t stop. Go back to week 1 and start again.

Do you have a success story you’d like to share? Then we’d love to hear from you. Send us a message and tell us your story. You may win cool prizes and even be included in future Slimming Studios media.

And remember, don’t wait to lose weight.

Week 4 Weight Loss Plan

Week4: A 5-Week Plan To Lose Weight And Keep It Off

Week 4: Fine Tuning Your New Life

By this point in your weight loss efforts, you are likely feeling and looking better. So in this episode, we’re going to talk about what you should, and shouldn’t, put into your body as we move into the home stretch.

Black Coffee

Say hello to some dark goodness every morning with a cup or two of black coffee without sugar or creme. While coffee has many virtues, such as helping get you going in the morning, and helping you deal with people who are naturally way too perky in the first parts of the day, it can also help with weight loss.

Along with accelerating your metabolism, coffee contains chlorogenic acid, which slows down the rate at which your body absorbs carbohydrates, a type of food often converted to fat. It also contains adrenaline hormones, which your body uses to break down fatty tissue into the blood.

So one good bit of news about your new lifestyle is that it contains plenty of coffee.

Alcohol

For many, one bad bit of news is that your new lifestyle shouldn’t include alcohol.  Alcohol supplies double the empty calories as carbohydrates or protein, and also increases hunger and food cravings.

And that’s not the end of the bad news of alcohol. It can also

  • Damage, liver, kidney, digestion and stomach function.
  • Lower testosterone levels
  • Raise blood pressure, heart rate and risks of cardiac arrest.

Junk Food

Most snack foods are also on your no-go list. They are full of fat, sugar and fast-burning carbs that your body will convert to fat. So the slimmer, healthier you needs to give them a pass.

Green Tea

Say yes to green tea. Some nutritionists claim it is the healthiest beverage on earth, save maybe water. Green tea has been known to

  • Improve health
  • Stimulate the brain
  • Promote fat burning
  • Lower the risks of certain cancers
  • Prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases in old age
  • Improve dental health
  • Lower the risk of Type II diabetes.

With all these benefits, say yes to green tea.

Protein

Curb the carbs but promote the protein. Eating protein—rich foods can help your body burn fat by giving it the required fuel and nutrients to do so. Protein also makes you feel full while shrinking your food cravings and appetite. In short, you can feel more fulfilled while still eating less when you consume protein.

Water before Meals

Water is life. And to improve your life, drink more water. Water before meals helps you feel more full, so you eat less. Drinking lots of water also speeds up your metabolism and promotes general overall health.

Water will help to

  • Boost your immune system
  • Increase energy
  • Flush toxins from your system
  • Regulate skin complexion
  • Prevent headaches and body aches
  • Strengthen muscles.

Part of your new, healthy lifestyle should include keeping a water bottle with you whenever possible and refilling it several times during the day.

One Last tidbit to Chew On

One last bit of advice, whatever food you take in, chew it well. Well chewed food will digest easier. This will save resources your body can use to burn fat and build muscle. It will also help you feel full that much faster.

Be sure to check out some of our previous blogs for healthy recipes, including an array of desserts. And stay tuned to our social media channels for more treats and tips to come.

Next time, we will leave you on a high note, and tell you where to go after the five weeks has ended.

Week 3 Weight Loss Plan

Week3: A 5-Week Plan To Lose Weight And Keep It Off

Week 3: Keep it going

Anytime you make lifestyle changes, consistency is critical. Keep your workout routine. Stay the course on your healthy eating plan. Don’t give up.

But after a few weeks, it starts getting easy to procrastinate. And we plan to do something about our procrastination tomorrow. In this week’s episode, we are going to look at some of the most common excuses and offer you some tips to get around them.

“I’m too tired to work out.”

This is a classic gym dodge. The answer is simple. Find the part of the day when you have the most energy and move your workout time to then. Morning, lunch break and evening workouts are all options on the table. The key is consistency, but you can consistently do something different if you find it works.

“I don’t have any equipment”

You don’t have to have a home gym to workout. You can join a gym or health club. Many people find that having a destination to go to helps them work out longer and provides more options to keep the workout interesting.

You can also just run. Pick a direction and go. Change directions to keep your workout from getting boring.

“It’s all so boring and repetitive.”

So, change things up a bit. Run in a new direction and explore the world around you that you often miss while riding in a car. Try a new machine at the gym. Or sign up for a group fitness class or club.

You can change how you get your exercise. What’s important is that you ARE regularly getting exercise.

Take up a new sport. Take dance or martial arts classes. Buy a bike. Variety helps improve your mind, body and spirit.

“I’m Shy”

Some people don’t like to join a gym because they feel like they are on display, being judged or rejected. Some people just prefer to be alone. Get around this by hiring a physical trainer, joining a single-sex gym, or buying your own equipment. You can create months and months of workout routines just with a simple set of free weights.

But also consider this: When remaking your body, why not remake your mind as well? Face your fears of people and get out more. Socialize. Interact. Make new friends. More social interaction will help your confidence and increase your enjoyment of the slimmer and healthier you.

“I don’t want to spend the time/money.”

One of the best things you can invest in is yourself. Losing weight is investing in your own health and happiness. Sometimes spending money on yourself is a great way to help motivate yourself. You don’t want to waste that money you invested, do you?

So, join that gym. Hire that physical trainer. Book those body contouring sessions. You are an investment that pays off for a lifetime. You are absolutely worth it.

And don’t forget to stick with your diet and active routine. Remember, consistency is the secret to success.

Next time we’ll talk more about how choosing what you put, and don’t put, into your body can help you succeed.

Week 2 Weight Loss Plan

Week2: A 5-Week Plan To Lose Weight And Keep It Off

Week 2: Adding More to the Effort to Have Less

Welcome back to your 5 week weight loss program. Hopefully, at this point you are getting into a rhythm with your new routine and habits. Keep going. Those new habits will help remove weight from your belly and back, and are a solid foundation for lifestyle change.

This week, we’re going to add a little more to the routine and lay some more ground work.

Measuring Up

You won’t know if you’re making progress unless you know how to measure it. So let’s talk about the right and wrong ways to weigh the situation. Your weight shouldn’t be your only measure of progress. Everybody is different. For example, let’s look at body fat content. A male can feel healthy and agreeable with around 2 to 24 percent body fat. A woman can feel the same with 10 to 30 percent body fat. Machines are readily available at your doctor, your gym, or even at your pharmacy to determine your body fat content.

Another useful tool is to calculate your body mass index, or BMI. You can calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared. BMI=Kg/M2. If you don’t want to do the math, you can just follow this link to one of many handy calculators available online.
BMI Calculator

A BMI of 25 or higher is considered overweight, while a BMI of 30 or more is considered morbidly obese.

Remember, your weight may actually increase when you first start getting healthy, as muscle weighs more than fat.

Good exercises

Did you know not all exercise is good exercise? For example, routines that require an insane amount of crunches won’t help trim your tummy. In fact, they can actually hurt your body in the long run.

If you are getting comfortable with your cardio workouts, try adding in a little resistance training. Start lifting light weights, such as free weights, and gradually increase the weight and resistance. Machines are a great way to get your range of motion down right. Just remember to not go so overboard that you hurt yourself. While the old proverb about “No pain, no gain” is true, it also depends on the kind of pain. Dull pain after a workout is usually a sign you worked your muscles well. Sharp pain likely means you are hurting yourself and you should stop immediately.

Nutrition

Now that you are getting into the habit of eating healthier, it’s time to take it to the next level. You want your body to begin burning some of your fat reserves for fuel instead of storing additional fat. Try to limit your calories to around 1,500 per day. You should also try to make about 15% of your calories lean protein. One effective way to reduce your calories and still maintain a good energy level is to eat small portions every two to three hours.

There are also several nutritional supplements you can add to your diet to help jump start the fat burning process. Garcinia Cambogia is the top seller in the country right now, but there are several others. You can see the list of weight loss supplements we offer.

You can also boost your results through various fat destroying technologies, like cryolipolysis (fat freezing), laser, and ultrasound & radio frequency cavitation. You can book your free consult at Slimming Studios, or book your next session at one of our convenient studios.

Next week, we’ll talk about how to stay motivated as you move into the half way mark.

Baked Strawberry Custard Recipe

#WeightLossRecipe: Baked Strawberry Custard

Spring is in the Air, indulge in the sweetness of in-season strawberries with a delicious yet healthy recipe this season. The blossoming splendor of spring will tempt your taste buds with its fresh flavor.

Strawberries are seasonal and are rich in antioxidants, polyphenols, nutrients like vitamin c, folates, potassium, manganese and are immunity boosters to health. Moreover, it also aids weight loss due to the presence of various nutrients that stimulate nutrients and reduce appetite. Prepare it for breakfast or serve it with dinner, this is so quick and easy to make like a spring breeze of air.

We have a fantastic healthy recipe to lose weight, Baked Strawberry Custards for this beautiful season, enriched with the benefits of berries and sour cream, it gives you a perfect mix of richness and tang.

Serving: 1 Custard each
Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Ready In: 1 hour
Nutritional Value: 251 calories; 15 g fat (8 g sat); 2 g fiber; 26 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 54 mcg folate; 104 mg cholesterol; 18 g sugars; 13 g added sugars; 498 IU vitamin A; 50 mg vitamin C; 67 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 263 mg sodium; 215 mg potassium

Ingredients: 

  • Strawberries, 4 Cups, Trimmed (Small to medium)
  • Eggs, 3 Large Sized
  • Sour Cream, 1 ½ Cups
  • Sugar, 8 Tablespoons
  • All-purpose Flour, ½ a Cup
  • Unsalted Butter, 4 Tablespoon, Melted
  • Orange Zest, 1 ½ Teaspoons
  • Salt, ¾ Teaspoon

Equipment: Eight 8- to 10-ounce baking dishes
Directions
Set the oven to 400°F to preheat. Place a large baking sheet to keep eight (1-to 2-inch deep) individual baking dishes and coat them with cooking spray.

  • Take a bowl, add strawberries and toss them with 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Add flour, salt, sugar, eggs into another bowl and give it a nice whisk, Add sour cream, butter, orange zest until combined and smoothened.
  • Divide the berries for the dishes, Top it over with the equal portion of custard.
  • Baked until light brown and puffed, takes 20 to 25 minutes. Let it cool for 10 minutes.
  • Serve warm
  • Enjoy this light and healthy recipe

Recipe Credits: Eating Well

Also read: #WeightLossRecipe: Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Banana Bread

Benefits of breakfast

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Skip Breakfast

Skipping breakfast seems to be the norm in our fast-paced world. Since we are busier than ever, most of us don’t hesitate to skip the morning meal.

But breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Mom proves right again (Have you noticed that that keeps happening?). Breakfast is the combination of two words, break and fast. When you are sleeping, your body is essentially fasting for six to nine hours. This is the longest period without food in a 24-hour cycle.

Your body needs breakfast to be healthy. Here are a few reasons why skipping it is a bad idea all around.

1. Skipping breakfast can make you gain weight.

When you skip early morning chow, you are actually overriding your natural desire to eat. That hunger can reassert itself with a vengeance in your next meal. You are also more likely to fall to the temptation of snacks and treats throughout the day. Those unplanned calories are usually far less healthy than a good breakfast, and far more likely to pack on the pounds.

2. A day without breakfast is a tired and unproductive day.

Your body runs on fuel, and that fuel is food. When you get hungry, you also feel sluggish and low on energy. When you skip breakfast, your glucose levels drop. You’ll feel tired and lethargic and find it hard to focus on work. Your mind starts to wander and you find you just don’t have the resources you need to do the day right. A good breakfast is key to tackling the daily To-Do list.

3. Saying no to breakfast is saying yes to stress.

Food sets your mood. When you are hungry, your body isn’t functioning properly. And when your body isn’t functioning properly, you can get stressed out and irritable. When your body needs something, it increases your stress level. So, when you say no to breakfast, you are also saying yes to increased stress.

4. You can wreck your health & fitness goals.

Losing weight and getting healthy is the most common New Year’s Resolution in America. But getting healthy requires a combination of good nutrition and regular physical activity. If you are on a meal plan or fitness regime, breakfast is part of that winning healthy combination.

To be healthy, your body needs to refuel every three to four hours. When you push that time, your body begins shifting gears from normal healthy operations to emergency protocols and disaster plans. You can keep going, but it isn’t good for you. The longer you push your body, the worse it will get for you. You won’t feel good. You won’t look good. And your life won’t be good.

5. Your blood glucose levels go haywire without breakfast.

Glucose, or blood sugar, is essential to feeling good and living a great life. It can be thrown out of balance by illness, emotional stress, injuries and other related factors. To recover and feel healthy, you need a steady, stable stream of nutrition. Breakfast is a key part of that nutrition.

If you are thinking “That’s great, but I just don’t have time!” here are a few tips that can help.

Set an alarm 15 to 20 minutes earlier to give yourself enough time to eat breakfast.

Pack your breakfast the night before just like you do your lunch. That way, you can eat it on your way to work or at the office.

Search online for healthy, easy-to-make breakfast recipes. This will also help keep breakfast from becoming boring and monotonous.

Experiment with new breakfast recipes on the weekend. Treat yourself and keep up the daily breakfast habit. Also read: Weight Loss Recipe-Banana Nut Oatmeal

Breakfast is a critical part of building a slimmer, healthier, more vibrant you. That’s why all our meal plans at Slimming Studios include a healthy breakfast. If you want to find out more about how we can help you build that better you, book your free consult today. (Hot Link on Book Your Free Consult pointing to free consult page.)

Also read: Eat Mindfully To Lose Weight

Lose weight with fast food

This Fast Food Diet Plan Can Help You Lose Weight

It wouldn’t be an overstatement to call America’s food culture the “Fast Food Culture”. People here always seem in a hurry. The culture has made us one of the most obese counties in the world.

United States is the 12th country with the highest number of obese people, according to World Atlas. Thank God, we are not #1 this time! About one-third of the US population is either obese or overweight.

But, this certainly is a worrying figure. We live in a society where people are very much fond of foods that can be cooked easily and served quickly.

There is no denying that people nowadays are more concerned about their health. They want to lose weight, get in shape, and lead a healthy lifestyle. They are even ready to follow special diet and workout programs. But, when it comes to cook a special weight loss diet, most individuals give up.

Weight loss foods do not taste good. Cooking them, therefore, becomes an exercise most people are not very keen about. Weight loss diets are not something people enjoy. It is not the ideal or preferred food choice for many. They are on this diet because they want to lose weight. So, distractions are pretty common in this journey. It is very easy for anyone to lose motivation, and pick food that is addictive, looks and tastes good, and gets cooked and served in minutes.

And that’s what we call fast food.

By the way, this fast food is not healthy. On the contrary, it supplies an overdose of calories that goes unburned, which ultimately accentuates the accumulation of fat in your body. Apart from unwanted body fat, this culture is also a premise of many health conditions including inadequate insulin level, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and body and joint pain. There are thousands of articles on the World Wide Web underlining the side effects of fast food.

But, not all fast foods are unhealthy!

Healthy Fast Food

Yes, some fast foods are very much healthy. In fact, you can lose weight by regularizing and following these fast foods.

Well, to understand how it works, we will need to make a little change in our standpoint about fast foods. We are going to keep the original definition of fast food, i.e., the food that gets prepared and served quickly; however, the food choices will change.

This healthy fast food diet program will not exhaust you and weaken your immune system. Rather, it tastes good and keeps you motivated, in addition to offering help in weight loss.

Firstly, we need to sidestep the fast foods served at popular restaurants or sold prepacked.

Now, we have to create a list of items that do not need (much) preparation or can be eaten raw or half-cooked.

Unquestionably, this fast food diet will include a lot of fruits, vegetables, dry fruits, and whole grain bread. Animal products such as dairy, eggs and meat also have a key role in this weight loss plan.

Why I am recommending this plan is because it helped me and my friend get rid of excess belly fat. We were not like obese, but that bulk of fat around our waist looked really unattractive.

If it diluted our belly fats, it can help you too. It can do wonders in just a few weeks. We did it in about three weeks of following the diet and a few exercises suggested by Dr. Jain at Slimming Studios. We both ate and worked out together, and noticed results about at the same time.

However, I noticed the change in my belly size sooner than my friend did, due to the fact that I am a vegetarian. I avoided eggs and meats. I replaced them with more juices and dry fruits.

I am listing below all the options you can go with if you are going to follow this diet –

  • Fruits
  • Juices & water
  • Black tea and coffee
  • Vegetables, prefer more of green and leafy vegetables
  • Dry fruits
  • Whole grain bread
  • Lentils & pulses
  • Whipped cream
  • White cheese
  • Chicken egg
  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Low-fat sauces, dips, dressing and spreads (you can prepare them at home as well)

Your focus should be on having wholesome and unprocessed foods. Have lots of fruits, vegetables, egg whites, and fish. Go for dry fruits and juices to calm your snacks and beverage cravings. Include different foods for different meals – this would help maintain focus.

Most importantly, do not skip your workouts. Our trainer suggested us to focus on stretching, weight lifting, crunches, and plank.

Even if you do not feel like losing weight, this completely natural diet and workout plan is surely going to help you stay fit and well always.

To learn more about the Healthy Fast Food Diet plan for Weight Loss, reach Slimming Studios on Facebook and Twitter.

Binged on Holiday: Tips to Reverse Weight Gain

How to Overcome Obesity after Holiday Season

Independence Day is the all about get-togethers and parties with family and friends. You enjoyed and had a gala time with them.

You know you have binged on your favorite and classic Independence Day recipes and have cheated your diet plan leaving you worried about your weight and efforts. It’d be difficult to say no to a fattening lunch or party snacks.

Overcome the guilt by following simple tips to reverse the holiday weight gain.

Without much ado, it’s time to jump to some of the best practices that will help you sweep over the extra pounds you gained during your holidays.

1. Cut Down Meat and Add More Vegetables

Vegetables are always a safe shelter when looking to avoid or rid of extra body weight. They barely contain any harmful fat but are packed with dense and an excess of nutrients that help bring your life back on track after a spell of uncontrollable eating.

Moreover, they are the great natural tools to detoxify your body system. After detoxification, you can gear up for your next weight management efforts.

Now you know, why fruits and vegetables, especially, green leafy ones, – not meat, fish, and poultry items – are called superfoods.

To name a few, some of the best superfood options you have are spinach, red and green bell peppers, celery, tomatoes, grapes, oranges, melons, apples, bananas, cinnamon, ginger, and garlic.

2. Go for Homecooked Food

Prepacked food choices, no matter which brand or how healthy they seem, has such ingredients that make you want them more. So, when you do more, you unquestionably gain some pounds. Takeaway and quick meals at hotels or restaurants lead to weight gain, and it would be smart to eat homecooked food to support your weight loss goals. Moreover, home cooked food is more healthy and hygienic for your body.

3. A Little Shift in Your Eating Habits

Watch your portion size, and you have seen widespread dinner-table grabs that were incredible to tempt your taste buds. However, it’s time to calm down “The Incredible Hulk “inside you to eat mindfully.

Reduce your portion size. However, never skip your meals.

4. Work Out

You also skipped your workouts during holidays, didn’t you? Skipping exercises leaves a negative impact on your fitness or weight management journey, as asserted by weight loss experts and fitness trainers.

Once you are back from holidays, consult your trainer and get back to your exercise regime religiously to ensure weight loss. You’ll need to put extra effort for getting back on your “That was me before Holiday Level.”

5. Adequate Sleep

Partying till late in the holiday season often disrupts your sleeping pattern. Adequate hours of sleep play a significant role in maintaining physical and mental health.

You can’t be physically fit until you are mentally fit. Getting enough sleep improves metabolism and gives you the energy to exercise more.

Even studies suggest that a sound sleep on a regular basis aids in weight loss.

You can also read the benefits of 9-hour sleep to gain more understanding of the benefits of 9-hour sleep.

Follow them, and we are sure you’ll see a drop in your weight and circumference of your belly within a week.

If you still find it difficult to shed those extra kilos, we would welcome you to Slimming Studios a one-stop solution for all your weight management problems.

Call at 972-702-7546 to book your free consultation or know more!

Myths Broken: Exercising Alone Is Not Helpful in Weight Loss

Why Exercising May Not Help You In Weight Loss

In my recent blog “5 Practices That Don’t Help In Weight Loss At All”, I had marked off that, exercising is not always a good bet to lose weight. I had even given a special mention to the selection of wrong exercises, which may take you in the wrong, rather opposite direction, i.e. weight gain. This blog brings into picture why the long-established belief that “exercising is helpful in weight loss” is not completely factual.

Physical workouts do wonder at keeping you fit, in-shape, and healthy, along with controlling your Body Mass Index (BMI). Regular exercising adds your mental and physical wellbeing and reduces the risk of severe health conditions such as cardiac arrest, insulin dysfunction, and dementia.

If sweating out on the treadmill was a sure cure for obesity and overweight conditions, everybody would be hitting the gym and working hard every day.

To some extent and for some people, it is possible to lose weight easily and simply by exercising. But, for some people, these efforts never actually work. These are those people who keep going on and on without noticing any change in their weight and waist. Though they do see positive results initially, getting no convincing benefits turns them off their journey.

The Reasons

The success of your weight loss efforts hinges on a number of factors that involve your diet, workouts, dedication, genes, and metabolism, all having an unmediated impact on your health and weight loss.

If you are focusing only exercising, then, believe me, you are going nowhere. ExercisingExercising WronglyWrong ExercisesUnderdoing; and Overdoing –are different factors and practices.

Ideally, a weight loss plan is a combination of a diet plan and a workout plan. Your weight loss expert will review your medical condition and prepare a suitable plan that you will be required to follow. For your workout session, you will need to see a physical trainer, who will guide you on the right workout technique and approach.

Results depend largely on your dedication and approach. They do not come with a dietary change. Vice versa, results also do not come just by following a diet plan. Both should be put together, strategically.

Medical science reveals that focusing just on exercising won’t translate any efficacious weight loss results.

A study conducted by the City University of New York demonstrates that exercising alone brings no or minimal weight loss results. The study gives more evidence that those who exercise regularly following a balanced diet, burn 250 more calories than those do not follow a diet plan.

Medical science says that maximum 2600 calories can be burned through workouts in a day. However, calorie intake per day is moderately high for an individual.

Technically, you lose weight when you burn more calories than you consume. Most people dedicatedly follow their weight loss plan but fail to burn fat, because of overdoing their diet and underdoing their exercises. It all should be done in a balance.

Some individuals’ immune system metabolizes itself for their physical activities. Meaning, over a course of time, their body gets used to of the exercises they have been following. Put simply, their workout regimen stops working for them as it did in the beginning.

A report shows that the physical activities of most people after exercising becomes zero. They just eat and stay idle or mostly inactive for rest of the day. They, however, complete their sets and have their diets faithfully. That’s when their inactivity complexifies into increased body weight.

Some overestimate and miscalculate their burned calorie count. These are such people who keep eating after their workouts and end up gaining weight, instead of losing it.

Exercising without a doubt is good for your physical and mental wellness. But, if you are trying to lose weight out of it, it should be practiced logically, calculably and strategically.

Weight loss blunders do not end at this point. The majority choose wrong workouts and techniques, which yields no benefit at all. You cannot lose weight just by running on treadmill or focusing on cardio.

Workouts such as cardio and running seem fruitful in the beginning, as they increase your stamina and heart health, but they turn out to be excessively tiring and help less over time. They make your tired very easily, as an outcome, your physical activity for the day decreases.

For best results, an effective workout plan, which includes running, cardio, weight lifting, stretching, yoga, etc. should be brought together.

To make your workout plan work for you, you will need to work out with a weight loss physician followed by an experienced physical trainer.

If you are in Dallas, Texas, you can call Slimming Studios’ expert for weight loss consultation. Call us at 972-702-7546 for more info.

Read also: Eat Mindfully To Lose Weight

The influence of your genes on weight loss

Why Some People Lose Weight Easily

Setting out on a weight loss journey looks easy. Getting results from it, however, isn’t that easy. I have seen a lot of people nagging, because of getting no benefit out of their efforts. Very soon, their diet and workout plans turn into a never-ending complaint: “Weight loss diets and plans don’t really work for me.”

Most individuals complain about their look; some don’t even like seeing their picture or themselves in the mirror. Reason being is that they couldn’t meet their expected goal and there is no or negligible change in their shape and weight.

As evidenced by behavioral studies in medical science, your lifestyle has an unswerving linkage with your shape, size, and weight.

If losing weight isn’t easy, then how do some people lose it very easily?

Basically, there are two types of obese people – first, those who lose weight and burn fat pretty easily. Second, those who get disheartened and disappointed easily and put an end to their get-fit journey seeing that their efforts aren’t redeeming.

The first type can lose weight without putting in much effort. They would just control their portion size and do a few minutes’ exercise every day for a few weeks, and boom. They will get slimmer and sexier simply by doing nothing.

On the other hand, the second type even after giving enormous tries can’t find a way to get in shape. In the beginning, they do see some weight loss. But the diet, supplement, and exercise they follow aren’t practical and helpful in the long run. Most of the efforts deem to be going in the wrong direction and prove insufficient.

It’s all in your genetics!

Pieces of evidence and studies also certify that the success in getting rid of excess body fat and weight is significantly influenced by your genes.

If you belong to the type two category, the most important thing you need to understand here is that you are genetically unique. You should realize how your body reacts to certain foods, drugs, supplements, nutrients, and exercises is unique in its own way. So, if a diet and workout plan has made an individual achieve his or her weight loss goals, then it makes perfect sense that those food and workout options may not work for you.

The study of genetics allows us to find out the right food, nutrients, and practices that have the potential to support our fitness goals. Real Lab, one of the brands owned by Infinity Health Group, of which Slimming Studios is also a part, offers genetic testing to help your physician or nutritionist plan out the most suitable fitness and wellness plan for you.

The genetic testing may unearth some serious genetic mutations, which could be a reason why your weight loss efforts did not work.

Therefore, I always advise people to go for nutrigenetic testing before following a weight loss diet. This will help ensure that the diet/supplement your doctor is considering suggesting will assuredly bring you some positive results.

If you are about to get set on your weight loss journey, it would be ideal to identify and treat any genetic disorders that could be keeping you away from reaching your fitness goals. Most people who are in the type two category suffer from autoimmune disorders, knowingly or unknowingly. These conditions will not let you lose weight easily. Rather, it will translate into many other complications. You first need to fix the root of the problem, then proceed with weight loss efforts.

Special Tips for Type-2 Obese/Overweight Individuals

If you belong to the “it’s difficult to lose weight” group, and if intense dieting and working out have never worked for you, then apart from considering genetic testing you can try these tips–

  • Grain-free, crab-free (low-carb), sugar-free, and low-calorie diet can be great for weight loss.Two best examples of such natural diets are: Paleo Diet and Mediterranean Diet. Following any of these diets alongside a suitable exercise plan can show up extraordinary weight loss results.
  • Increase your nutrients’ intake, if you are trying to lower your food intakes. Nutrition that we get from our food has a big part to play in our body’s fat burning process. It’s because of the low supply of nutrients that you feel down and dizzy.
  • Also, proper nutrition keeps you active and most importantly, motivated in your weight loss journey.
  • Get enough sleep; if possible, 8 to 9 hours in a 24-hour cycle.
  • Walk at least 10000 steps every day; it would be better to walk even more.
  • Pick foods grown naturally.
  • Include raw, half-cooked, unprocessed food items in your meals.

Why is it Important to Lose Excess Body Fat?

Obesity and overweight conditions are the foundation for many complications. And, when these conditions are caused by inheritance or family history, it becomes highly crucial to treat each problem stepwise.

The conditions should be treated under an expert physician’s supervision. How about getting a convenient appointment and consultation with our weight loss physician?

Call Slimming Studios expert at 1-972-702-7546 to book a consultation for further evaluation.

Diabetes and Obesity Are Causes And Side Effects Of Each Other

I am Dr Jean Latortue. I am the CEO of Franklin County Family Health. Apart from treating and taking care of patients at my clinic, I am on a mission to making a difference in people’s lives by offering tips and benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle. Through this blog, I want to draw your attention towards one of the major causes and side effects of obesity – that is – Diabetes. Read through to understand how Diabetes and obesity are interconnected.

Did you know, diabetes may cause weight gain and weight gain may cause diabetes? Both these health conditions are closely interconnected.

Diabetes and obesityDiabetes is caused by long-term high blood glucose level in the body. The blood glucose level in our body increases when the system fails to produce the necessary level of insulin. Insulin is a type of hormone that regulates the blood sugar level in the human body.

Technically, there are two types of diabetes: Type-1 Diabetes and Type-2 Diabetes. Type-1 is more common among kids and teens having insulin insufficiency. And Type-2 happens when the body fails to react to or make use of the existing insulin. Type-2 is diagnosed in as many as 90% of all cases of Diabetes.

Diabetes and many of its related complications are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, says WHO, the World Health Organization.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), about 10% of the US population is living with diabetes. Of which, the study states further, 30% people are not even aware that they have this disease.

Weight Gain and Diabetes

Top risk factors for diabetes include age, lifestyle, stress, prescription drug reaction, high cholesterol, obesity, and heredity. Of these, obesity and heredity are the most diagnosed reasons. As per the Obesity Research Society, around 90% of diabetic patients are obese or overweight.

Obesity denotes, your body has to work harder to participate in daily activities such as walking, standing and running. There is a lot of pressure on your bones, joints, heart, digestive system and lungs. You tire yourself easily without working too much. Inactivity (sitting or lying mostly) becomes your favorite activity.

When you are overweight or have a surplus amount of body fat, either the insulin in your body goes unconsumed or your body fails at producing the required level of insulin to support body functions. Excess body fat hinders the functioning and production of insulin, which is crucial for the regulation of high blood glucose level in the body. That’s when you see the early symptoms of Diabetes.

Treatment

Diabetes, specifically Type-2 Disease which mainly develops due to unhealthy lifestyle habits, is preventable. Meaning, you could control your sugar level by making some lifestyle changes. Losing weight could be an effective way out for Type-2 Diabetes prevention and treatment. Additionally, sticking to the right food choices, reducing your stress level, and increasing your sleeping hours could also be greatly helpful.

Exogenous insulin is available in form of injections and drugs that help maintain healthy blood sugar levels and increase the functionality of insulin in your body. However, these options have various side effects too. These prescription drugs can drastically lower the blood sugar level in some diabetic patients that is an even more critical health condition leading to unconsciousness and death.

Given that, losing weight and choosing the right food and exercise plan is the most upright way to prevent and nullify the chances and effects of diabetes.

If you want to get rid of obesity and want to avoid the happening of diabetes, or if your developing waistline is a concern for you, you can meet me at Slimming StudiosFranklin County Family Health, South Mount Vernon, TX.You could mail us at info@SlimmingStudios.com or follow this to book an appointment – http://bit.ly/2wBgkAD.

Also Read: These Are The Reasons You Aren’t Losing Weight

Health Risks Of Obesity

Obesity is not just a physical or cosmetic condition. It is a diseased condition, a chronic medical disease. When it starts, an individual’s body begins to become a safe shelter for a number of diseases. Your immune system deteriorates as each day passes. There are great many health risks associated with obesity.

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Smart Nutrition For Elderly–What Should Be In Their Meal

Oldsters love everybody in the family. They take care of everyone. Your grandfather always has the best of advice for you. Your grandmother always has time for you. You can go and see them anytime. They will remind you to have your meals on time, but when it comes to taking care of themselves, your grandparents are quite bad at it, aren’t they?

In old age, appetite suppresses and energy decreases. They don’t eat much because of suppressed appetite. Sometimes they even skip their meals. Because of that, many older people can’t lead a very active lifestyle. The fact is, a large number of older people are undernutrition.

Don’t you think maybe you should start showing an extra level of care for your grandparents? This blog attempts to underline some of the essential foods that should be included in the everyday meals of your grandfather or grandmother. These food choices will keep them healthy and active.

Smart Nutrition for the Elderly

Egg –

Egg is a rich source of energy and protein. Make sure that at least one egg is there on the plate of your grandparents every day. Egg can be taken scrambled, hard-boiled, or sandwiched, or in salad. The choice is yours. But, remember, one egg daily.

Dairy –

Milk, yogurt, butter, cheese, etc. are some of the most eaten dairy foods. The reason why they are the most eaten is their nutrition value. Milk is the best source of dietary calcium, vitamin D, and saturated fat.

In addition, milk is rich in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, and zinc. Ideally, the elderly should have three to four glasses of milk every day. However, too much of butter and cheese should be avoided. Low-fat and low-cal replacements can be taken instead of butter and cheese.

Whole-grain Cereal –

Whole-grain cereal is a powerhouse of nutrients and is easy to digest, too. It also helps in regulating blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol level.

Studies suggest that the fiber content in whole-grain cereal reduces the chances of inflammation, constipation, and diarrhea; helps fight old-age pain; and beefs up the functions of immune system. Ensure that your grandparents are having a wholesome portion of whole-grain cereal through their daily meal.

Nuts –

Cashew nut, hazelnut, pistachio, raisin, almond, and peanut are some of the healthiest nuts and dry fruits. They are rich in oil, to be specific, saturated oils, that does not add to body fat and cholesterol.

The energy bars made from nuts and natural sweetening agents could be a great option. They will keep your grandparents away from heart diseases, apart from strengthening their bones and joints.

Beans –

Beans contain a bagful of nutrients. They are packed with carbohydrates, fiber, folate, iron, and protein. There are a variety of beans, all having different nutritional value. Some of the healthiest beans you should ensure your grandparents are taking on a routine basis are – kidney beans, black beans, lima beans, among others.

Fruits and Vegetables 

Colorful fruits and vegetables provide pure, heavy supply of fresh nutrients. Raw is great, but some vegetables need to be half-cooked before eating. Plenty of fruits and vegetables should be included in your grandparents’ diet every day.

Tips for Smart Nutrition for Grandparents

Now that you know what should be there on your grandparents’ meal plate, it’s time for a few quick tips to ascertain smart nutrition for them –

  • Have breakfast with them. If it is not possible, make sure they are having their breakfast on time and are not skipping it.
  • Fiber-rich foods do away several intestine-related problems such as constipation. Make sure that your grandfather and grandmother are having an adequate dose of fiber every day.
  • Drink plenty of water. Water is very important in old age. It helps digest the food and supports the functions of the digestive system.
  • Ask them to avoid too much salt, sugar, and fat.

Ideal calorie count for your above-fifty grandfather and grandmother should be 2000 to 2800 and 1600 to 2400 calories, respectively. Below the standard level, they might experience weakness and many other health complications.

Hope this article motivates you to ensure smart nutrition for your grandfather and grandmother! Need to share an idea? Or want to add something to this post, leave it in the “Comments” section.

You can visit us or speak to Slimming Studios’ specialist at 1-972-702-SLIM (7546), to get a full-of-nutrition diet plan prepared for your grandparents.

Also Read: Obesity In Old Age: Weight Struggles And Remedies For Seniors

Reasons why you aren't losing weight

These Are The Reasons You Aren’t Losing Weight

A lot of people fail in their weight loss efforts. Even after following an effective weight loss plan, they see no success. Reducing meal portions and sticking to a specific meal plan seem to be of no help. Moreover, working out extensively in the gym gives them a bulky body. Getting a lean cut physique turns into an implausible dream. So, what are the reasons you have not been able to lose weight?

Hello, this is Dr Asif Aziz, an expert physician for Slimming Studios at Prestige Primary Care of Texas. On my day-to-day job, I meet many people complaining not being able to lose weight despite their hard efforts. In this blog, I underline some of the answers to your question “Why Am I Not Losing Weight?”.

Reasons You Aren’t Losing Weight Infographics

Portion Size:

Your nutritionist/physician told you to cut your portions. And you did it. But, you didn’t reduce it as was required. You have been eating nutritious meals (yes, that’s what you are given when you are on a special weight loss plan), but you didn’t watch your portions. That’s why it is important to devotedly follow your physician or nutritionist’s advice when aiming to lose some pounds.

Not Chewing:

The right way to eat is to chew your bite slowly and properly before taking it down your mouth. Failing to do that can have various side effects on your health. Additionally, your body takes time to digest the food this way.

Insufficient Sleep:

Less sleeping is linked to obesity and weight gain. Slimming Studios did an article earlier that gave you a number of benefits of getting enough sleep. Check out that article here – Sleep Helps in Weight Loss! Here’s How.

Eating After Workout:

Allow at least one to two hours’ time after exercising before eating anything if you are willing to lose weight. Do so to allow your body to relax. It’s true that extensive workouts make you hungry. But you should not eat too much after working out. Juices or something light can be taken, but limitedly.

Body Type:

Some people can’t lose weight naturally, because of their body type. Despite sweating hard in the gym and starving themselves for months, they do not see a drop in the figures on weighing scale.

If you are one such individual, you will need a special weight loss program to get rid of excess body fat and weight. Extensive health assessments involving multiple sittings with your physician might be required to figure out a suitable weight loss plan for you.

Medications or Supplements:

Your supplements can be a reason for blurring out your weight loss dream. Basically, there are three trends associated with supplements. They either work for you, or work against you, or do nothing to you. Sometimes, supplements don’t suit you actually.

Supplements supply a heavy dose of nutrition that you are don’t get from your meals. So, when you have an overflow of nutrients in your system, you are full of energy which needs to be consumed through exercised and physical activities. Supplements should ideally be combined with an adequate meal and workout plan.

Meaning, your activity level should be more than gross when you are on supplements. Without that, you will be getting a super extra dose of nutrition, which will be accumulating on various areas in your body in form of fat, resulting in no success in your weight loss journey, or weight gain.

Alcoholism:

So, you have been religiously following your meal and exercise plan, but you often sit with your friends over a few glasses of wine or mugs of beer. There is often no limit to what and how much you are eating, under the influence of alcohol.

You would be surprised to know that alcohol apart from increasing your calorie intakes, also stimulates blood glucose (blood sugar) and insulin levels in your body, contributing significantly in weight gain.

Medical Conditions:

Some health conditions such as diabetes, body pain, etc. also lead to weight and fat gain. Several studies can be linked to this statement. If you have not been able to see any convincing results from your weight loss efforts you should probably get yourself diagnosed and find solutions for your medical conditions.

Stress –

Stress always encourages emotional eating. When you eat out of emotion or stress, you tend to eat more than your regular capacity. Anxiety, grief, loneliness, heartbreak, work pressure, etc. are types of stress and transform into lasting depression. And all these conditions cheer up your hungry inner self to eat more.

Hypothyroidism –

Hypothyroidism is a common thyroid related disorder. It affects the production of thyroid hormone. To simplify, your thyroid is underactive in this condition and your body system does not produce the hormone that dissolves the fat stored in the body naturally.

This disturbance also lowers your metabolism and energy levels, making you a lazy being. And you know, laziness or inactivity is also a cause of obesity or weight gain.

Cushing’s Syndrome

Prolonged exposure to cortisol makes you suffer from Cushing’s Syndrome, which has not one, but many symptoms such as hypertension, weak muscles and bones, tiresomeness, abdominal obesity, and thin legs and arms.

The main cause of this Syndrome is the overproduction of cortisol from adrenal glands which are located above the kidney region in your body. This medical condition supports the build-up of fat around the abdomen, face, and behind neck areas.

Hyperinsulinemia 

Commonly known as Syndrome X, Hyperinsulinemia is a health condition, in which the level of insulin is higher than that of blood glucose. One may presume that this is a type of diabetes, but, it’s not. Though, the condition is seen during the early stage of Type 2 diabetes.

Studies in medical science have tabled that hyperinsulinemia is one of the reasons for weight gain and diabetes.

These are some of the common reasons why most people do not taste success in their weight loss efforts. At Slimming Studios, we help you lose weight through our consultation and medical and non-invasive weight loss solutions.

If you have any question related to our weight loss, you can reach us at info@slimmingstudios.com. You can call us as well @ 972-702-SLIM (7546).

You can share your question or concerns in the comment section as well. I will reply you soon personally.

How to avoid weight gain at work

How To Avoid Weight Gain at Work?

Believe it or not, you are mostly inactive at your workplace sitting in comfortably on your workstation. I mean to say, in your 9-5 job, you spend your day working at your desk eating snacks and consuming caffeine or carbonated drinks frequently without involving in any physical activity.

Physical activity is paramount if you want to stay away from belly fat and rising body weight; it helps you burn off the calories that you gulp every so often to calm your cravings while at work. But, your work for which you have been hired is also important. You cannot skip your work just to exhaust what you have consumed.

So, is there a way I can lose weight while at work? Can I avoid the likelihoods of weight gain while I complete the tasks I have been assigned? How can I ensure I don’t gain weight while working at my office?

If these are the concerns you are worried about, the following sections underline some of the best practices to help you melt off excess fat, scale down weight, and avoid weight gain –

Go for a Walk every 20 minutes.

Well, that’s one of the most heard suggestions, and the most effective one too. Did you know, sitting for long makes your belly swell up? Set an alert on your smartphone or computer at twenty-minute intervals. As it triggers or sends you notification, take a walk around; go to the washroom; or refill your water bottle. These activities may seem negligible, but contribute in long term.

Don’t keep fatty, high-calorie snacks in your desk’s cabinet.

You should put snacks, candies, and other high calorie chews away from your desk if you want to stay fit and get rid of extra pounds. One great way to do so is – don’t even buy them.

Stock up your desk with fresh fruits and dry fruits, instead.

During the tsunami called cravings, fruits and dry fruits not only give you energy but also help calm your temptations. Some of the options you have are: roasted chickpeas and nuts, grain crackers, energy bars (the ones made from natural and ingredients), apples and other fruits, yogurt, etc.

Pack home-cooked food for lunch.

Home-cooked food is always better, because you already know what ingredients have been used and how healthy and fresh your food is. When you dine out or get your meal from drive-thrus, you get countless calories, plus you don’t have any idea when this was cooked. To be on the safer and healthier side, you should prefer home-cooked food. In case it is not possible, find a vendor or take away joint that, you are sure about, supplies fresh, healthy and low-cal meals.

Say no to carbonated and artificially flavored drinks.

These beverages are high in calorie and sugar contents that aren’t a good choice for people wanting to lose weight. As an alternative, you can take naturally flavored drinks such as fresh juices and smoothies. Some other great beverages to try on a typical workday are –

  • Lemon honey water
  • Jalapeño and watermelon water
  • Orange slices and vanilla bean
  • Blackberries and sage
  • Cucumber slices and lemongrass
  • Blueberries, lemon, and mint

Have plenty of black tea, black coffee.

Black tea and black coffee help you burn weight. These hot beverages are very low in caffeine and calories. In addition to weight loss, other benefits that you get from black tea, green tea and black coffee are –

  • Better oral health
  • Improved heart rate
  • Dose of antioxidants
  • Cancer prevention
  • Stronger bones
  • Decreased risk of diabetes and low blood pressure
  • Stress relief
  • Quick energy
  • Healthy digestive system
  • And, that magnetic aroma

Drink a lot of water.

For each cup of coffee or tea, have two glasses of water. Do make sure you gulp at least 2 liters or half a gallon water each day.

Exercise without letting anyone know.

There are some secret exercises that you can try while working on your desk. This way, no one, even a colleague sitting next to you, would know that you are exercising and burning calories effectively.

Belly Zipping –

It is a simple but effective technique that gives you perfect abs if you try it in long term. Push your abs as you inhale and pull in as you exhale. You can do this exercise whenever you want, however, not right after eating. Allow at least an hour’s gap after eating.

Thigh Toning –

Sit straight on your chair. Rest your legs on the floor. Pull your left leg vertically (as high as you can). Maintain this position for five to ten seconds. 15 rounds in a set. Repeat with your right leg.

Stronger Achilles Tendon –

This exercise can be done anytime. Rest your feet on the floor while sitting on your chair. Apply pressure on your toe and lift your heels slowly. You can do this exercise in standing position as well. Even more, you can do it while taking a call, reading your emails, or making some strategies.

 Shaping the butt –

Stand straight. Lift and pull your left leg from behind. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat with your right leg. 3 sets. 10 times each set.

There you have it. These are some of the best practices that promise to keep you fit, in-shape, and healthy even if you have a 9 to 5 desk job. The exercises suggested in this post will help you stay active while you work. You just need to make a few changes in your workplace lifestyle and you will see major changes happening in your health, weight and shape. You can try SlimmingStudios’ customized diet plan to accelerate the outcome of your efforts to lose weight.

Fighting Obesity in Old Age

Obesity In Old Age: Weight Struggles And Remedies For Seniors

Believe it or not, the world is gradually getting old. With old age comes an array of disorders and deformities including obesity. When old age and obesity knock your doors at the same time, there is a great risk on your health, leading towards many serious health conditions.

According to a study, “About 71% of Americans above 60 or older are either obese or overweight.” Meaning, they have higher (BMI ≥ 25 kg/m2) than the standard Body Mass Index.

If that was shocking, consider this fact from the same study, “The prevalence of obesity among seniors (of and above 75 years) went up from 20% in 1988 to 32% in 2000 in the United States.”

Aging is a natural process and a universal factor that can be neither denied nor reversed. However, the progression of human scientific development has given a boost to our lifestyle. Because of that, the life expectancy (the number of years one lives) has increased to an all-time high.

This factor has nothing to do with disease-free lifestyle, though. As you grow old, your body becomes home to countless diseases and weakened bones, muscles, and energy. These are not actually diseases, rather conditions or side-effects of aging.

Various bodily changes will surface as you reach 30. Your eating habits, appetite, food preferences, and how your body consumes and burns energy – everything changes significantly after thirty years of age.

The Causes of Obesity in Old Age –

The main reason why it is so easy for older people to gain fat and weight is, the energy burned is lower than the energy consumed by them. Physical activity increasingly decreases. That encourages the accumulation of fat aka obesity. Some other causes of old age obesity are –

  • Genetics
  • Environment and society
  • Lifestyle
  • Eating habits
  • Activity level (workouts and physical activities)

What Obesity Brings in Old Age?

Obesity is considered one of the reasons for various diseases in old age. These diseases include diabetes, hypertension, hypotension, arthritis, and different types of urinary and cardiovascular diseases, and even cancer. The following subsections highlight various health problems and abnormalities that happen to an elderly with obesity –

 

Tips to avoid obesity in old ageDiabetes:

Fasting Plasma Glucose and Postprandial Glucose levels climb up in the human body after 30. These two factors are responsible for diabetes, says medical science.

Metabolic Syndrome: 

Technically, it is a type of diabetes (to be specific: Noninsulin-Dependent Diabetes or Adult-Onset Diabetes). According to doctors at Slimming Studios, it is the strongest and strangest disease caused by extra body fat and mass. The chances of this disease are high in the obese elderly due to age-related physiological mechanisms.

Low/High Blood Pressure:

Hypotension and hypertension are very common in people suffering from obesity. When senescence and obesity come combined, it is no less than a curse to live with. Most obese elderly face ups and downs in their blood pressure levels.

Arthritis:

Arthritis is an inflammation of joint(s) resulting in severe pain and limited functions of the body parts involved. Older people often have arthritis. The reason why they get this is somewhere behind their transformed lifestyle, eating habits, nutrient intakes, and digestive system. Due to suppressed appetite, most people feel full even in small meal portions. In that condition, nutrient supply to the body gets completely or partially blocked. Then, it becomes difficult for the body to bear the weight of the bones and muscles. Consequently, bones and joints become weaker and that’s how arthritis starts developing.

Cardiovascular Diseases:

The main reason for cardiovascular diseases (CAD) is inactivity. (Inactivity is also a cause of arthritis, by the way.) Studies suggest that obesity increases the hours of inactivity in an obese and elderly individual, which sooner or later prepares a solid ground for a range of cardiovascular diseases, coronary heart disease, and fatal and nonfatal infarctions.

Urinary Incontinency:

With the escalating BMI, urinary complications mount in older men and women both. Urinary incontinence is an exasperating diseased condition which is quite painful. It takes time to restore the urinary normalcy in older people.

Now you know the extent and intensity of problems that may occur in old as a consequence of obesity. In that picture, it becomes very important to make efforts starting from the early thirties and forties to outperform the possibilities of surplus body weight and fat conditions. Slimming Studios has specific programs available for weight loss and fat reduction for the elderly. You can reach us anytime to know more about weight management plans available specifically for you.

Before we conclude this blog, here are a few tips from Dr. Nisha Jain, Chief Medical Officer, at Slimming Studios, to help you avoid obesity in old and middle age –

  • Exercise regularly
  • Take healthy meals
  • Increase your nutrition intakes
  • Walk and grow your strength
  • Avoid overeating
  • Drink a lot of water

This blog was created in the wake of Senior Citizens Day which falls on August 21, 2017. Slimming Studios want to spread awareness and encourage the elderly, or those in 30-40 age group, suffering from obesity to make a move and get rid of it for a painless, disease-free life.

Connection between obesity and pain

Obesity and Pain: Is There A Connection?

The pain of being obese has no match. It drags downs an individual’s confidence level. A large number of people suffering from obesity also suffer from hardships at work and in relationships. And that’s a pain of its kind. But, pain because of being obese or overweight is an alarming situation. In this post, I’m going to talk about pain and obesity, to be specific, chronic pain!

Did you know, obesity and pain have a close connection? Here, I’m not talking about the pain that most obese people face because of lack of confidence. Rather, it is about the aching they go through because of their bulky and weighty body.

Yes, that’s true. Extra pounds do cause body pain. This is because your bones and joints aren’t strong enough to bear that load. In some people, the amount of pain is unbearable.

Hello there. I’m Dr. Nisha Jain, M.D. and Chief Medical Officer at Pain Center and Slimming Studios. I have seen people coming to us seeking treatment for backpain and joint pain. In a majority of cases, the root cause of body pain is their weight, which surpasses the standard BMI level.

Obesity and Pain

Many studies have evidenced that people who are overweight and obese often report acute body pain. However, the weight and size aren’t always the reason for pain.

Bulky and massy people are an easy target of an array of medical conditions that may lead to body and back pain. Diseases like arthritis and diabetes type 2 are also common among people putting up with obese and overweight body.
According to a research done by WHO on a large sample, “39% and 19% of young adults worldwide are overweight and obese, respectively.”

In the US, 69%, the data presented was even more shocking. “Out of 9000 survey participants, 69% adults were either overweight or obese.” Among those sixty-nine percent people, most suffered from diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and many related medical problems, and evidently, chronic pain.
Pain conditions and pain complaints are common in people with obesity. The likelihood of pain complaint in morbidly obese adults, teens and children is four times high. The pain they get is not just limited to backpain. Headache, neck pain, fibromyalgia, abdominal pain, and muscle pain are the most commonly reported complaints by obese individuals. The intensity of pain rises as the BMI goes up.

Osteoarthritis, put simply, joint pain, is also a prevalent condition that haunts obese people. As per the National Center for Biotechnology Informationwebsite, there are over 27 million patients of osteoarthritis in the United States. Many studies document that there is a connection between joint pain and obesity. In fact, it is one of the major reasons behind the rising number of knee replacement in US. Meaning, increasing weight not only causes pain, but also weakens your joints.

Pain too causes Obesity!

Presenting a contradiction, some researches also evidence that long-term pain conditions can also cause obesity. Pain without a doubt is a stressful condition. And that there’s no denying that most individuals tend to eat more in stress. Pain is also a cause of lack of sleep, inactive lifestyle, and medicinal side-effects – that altogether may lead to weight and fat gain.

Reduced Pain Sensitivity

Reports indicate that obesity decreases pain sensitivity, specifically in abdominal area, arms, and fingers. What does that mean? Well, decrement of pain sensitivity connotes some serious damage to body structure happening and you have no idea about that, because you don’t sense any pain or you feel a slight pain that you ignore it.

Factors That Connect Obesity and Pain-

Rise in BMI or load on joints (bones) is a key factor that causes pain in obese or turning obese people, alongside increasing the risk of disk compression.

Depression:- Depression leads to overeating and inactivity, which cause obesity.

Sleep Deprivation:- This also is an outcome of depression. We have a brilliant article on Slimming Studios – Sleep Helps in Weight Loss! Here’s How – that talks about how getting good sleep helps prevent obesity. Lack of sleep causes obesity and sleep is often deprived due to pain (whether physical or emotional). Sleep is a very important factor in pain rehabilitation. So, the most important thing that needs to be fixed is your sleeping routine.

Lifestyle:- Inactivity is a prominent reason of pain and obesity. Teens follow a weird lifestyle – Eat, Sleep, Repeat – these days. Their physical activities are limited to school and college mostly. This lifestyle one way or another prepares a solid ground for obesity starting from teenage, young adulthood, and thirties and so on. Significance of active lifestyle is undeniable. Sedentary or no activity blocks or hinders the activity of joints – leading to chronic backpain in even in an early age.

As you can see, lifestyle habits are mainly responsible for setting your life in motion. Inactivity, overeating, and sleep deprivation have a huge impact on your body shape and weight. However, genetics too plays a crucial role in your shape and size, but it is up to you to maintain your BMI and avoid such situations from signifying into an incorrigible condition.

Pain can be rehabilitated, but the side-effects medications have on you are beyond repair. Similarly, good sleep is achievable with pills. However, what these pills will do in long term is unequivocally painful. Therefore, I always insist on natural ways and sources to rehabilitate pain and reduce weight.

Diabetes and obesity

Sleep Helps in Weight Loss! Here’s How

Getting quality sleeps makes you feel good, in addition to removing dark circles from your under-eye regions. That’s a universally known and accepted belief.

However, these aren’t the only two benefits of sleep. Sleep is as important as air, water, sunshine, and food are for us. Lack of sleep yields no benefits; in turn, it can bring severe consequences to your health conditions.

How much sleep you get plays a critical role in your overall health. Deficiency in your sleeping routine can become a root cause of a variety of diseases, for example – heart, kidney, and blood pressure problems. On the other hand, getting enough sleep restores your physical and mental energy and prepares you for the following day.

That isn’t the only function of sleep. It also helps you stay you fit, healthy and in shape. However, due to sleep deprivation, you may be at risk of many chronic disorders such as increased risk of hallucinations; weakened immunity, and unbalanced respiratory, digestive, and cardiovascular systems.

Sleep and Weight Loss

Have you ever wondered if your sleeping habit can have an impact on your body shape and weight? Yes, there is a never-ending bond between your sleeping habits and your body weight. Here is another surprising benefit of getting quality sleep. Doctors at Slimming Studios have a firm believe that sleeping is a no-pain way to lose weight. If you put yourself on a regular and longer sleep schedule, you can fine tune your body to lose weight naturally. In addition to that, your genetic and environmental conditions, also, can have a significant role in determining your body shape and weight. Our genes have an immense influence on our body system and functions. And by sleeping on time, on a regular basis – even if being over-weight is in your family history – you can control your body weight.

9-hour Sleeping Routine Regulates Body Functions!

Getting enough sleep, helps your body observes various physical and psychological changes, which one way or another is a great support for your efforts to lose weight. On the other hand, when you do not get enough sleep, hormones in large numbers are produced, stimulating your appetite and capacity to eat. Going to bed on time is like providing a support to your efforts of shedding weight. If you have been hitting the gym with a firmness to shed some pounds, sleeping will power your exercise and diet plans. But, just sleeping punctually wouldn’t be of much help. You will need to follow a disciplined, healthy routine – that includes a suitable meal plan, workout plan, and a few lifestyle changes. Before this blog concludes, it offers a few habits to keep in practice in order to multiply the effects of sleeping –Benefits of 9 hour sleep

Sleep in a dark, noise-free environment.

And with no night lamps on! When there are distractions there are chances of broken sleep. When you are in a dark room, that is set at an adequate room temperature, you fall asleep quickly within a few minutes of getting into bed.

Keep it cool.

Your bedroom should be cool – not hot, as hot rooms tend to be quite uncomfortable. You will be able to sleep comfortably in a cool room. Therefore, it will be a good idea to turn off your thermostat or room heater before your slip into your bed.

Say no to screens.

Put your mobile phone, tablet away from your bed. It will be great if you shut down those devices – they are a great distraction.

So, you now know why sleeping is important and how to ensure you are getting a good bedtime. In conclusion, here is another cool benefit of sleeping for long hours. It restores the energy of your eyes that gets exhausted while you work on your computer, laptop, and use your phone.

Also Read: 18 Tips To Control Your Food Cravings

Parents' Day Blog Idea

This Parents’ Day Help Your Child Develop Healthy Eating Habits

It’s Parents’ Day. So, if you are a parent, it is a special day for you. Aren’t you going to do something special for your child(ren) this Parents’ Day? I am sure, you want to do something that helps your son or daughter throughout their life. This Parents’ Day special blog is for Parents; it offers some valuable tips to parents on how they can help their children develop and practice healthy eating habits.

Kids these days love junk food. You know, junk food can never be healthy. It contains no nutrients. Contrarily, it is loaded with a lot of unhealthy elements that have adverse effects on your kids’ health. Some of the most-seen side-effects of junk food are –

Side Effects of Junk FoodNow you know the consequences of your son or daughter’s not quitting junk food. Since it’s Parents’ Day – it’s the best occasion to help your child develop healthy eating habits and get a healthy, disease-free life.

8 Tips to Help Your Chive Develop Healthy Eating Habits

If you want your children to practice healthy eating, then you will need to set an example before them by modeling those habits by yourself. For your child, you are his or her role model. That’s why it is important for you to act like a role model. If you want them to avoid junk food, you too should say no to such foods in front of them.

1. Make healthy food choices. Prepare a healthy meal plan to be practiced in your house. Tell your kids the benefits of healthy foods and why these foods are important. Do talk about the disadvantages of unhealthy foods. This way, you will be making them understand what’s healthy and what’s not.

2. Don’t dictate orders. Giving orders regarding what to eat and what not to eat sometimes works negatively for some kids. Scientifically also, it has been proven that explaining things is the best way to teach and make kids learn. No one likes to hear what he or she must do. So, just keep the environment healthy by not dictating your orders. Teach them the pluses of healthy foods and the minuses of junk foods calmly.

3. Ask your kid to chew food properly and slowly. Meals should never be a quickie. Ask your kids to eat slowly chewing each bite properly. Chewing food relieves the burden from digestive system. Crunching and chomping your food thoroughly is healthy for you – you should tell your kid(s). In fact, teach them how to do it.

4. Take your kids out. Morning and evening walks are healthy exercises that help you stay fit and healthy. Encourage your kid(s) to come with you for walk. In the same way, you can also take him or her for swimming, shopping, and gardening.

5. Involve your children in food shopping as well. Doing so will enable your kids to get an idea about healthy foods. This is a cool way to educate them about the nutritional benefits of food items you are buying.

6. Cook healthy snacks for them. There are many snacks that are healthy and can be cooked easily at home. What an idea to celebrate Parents’ Day! Also, teach them how quick and easy it was to cook.

7. No TV, Laptop or Phone while Eating. Eating while watching TV or playing games on phone increases the chances of overeating. Establish a practice of eating with family on dining table in your house. This way, you can save your kids from overeating and approaching health problems such as obesity.

8. Fix a balanced meal (school lunch) for your child. Have a detailed and balanced meal plan for your son or daughter’s lunch time. The idea is to pack a meal that supplies necessary nutrients from a variety of sources. Take care of the portion size as well.

Hope these tips prove helpful in developing healthy eating habits in your child. These best practices will help you ensure the wellbeing of your son or daughter. Signing off for now. Hope you have a pleasant and Happy Parents’ Day!

18 Tips to Control Your Food Cravings

Because of cravings, we tend to overeat. The desire to eat more arises even after grabbing the full portion size. Overeating is one of the biggest reasons for obesity. However, overeating isn’t the only cause of obesity. It also gives you a variety of diseases, some of which can be difficult to treat.Cravings, and then, overeating to fulfill those cravings, can have a severe impact on your mental health as well as your self-esteem and social and personal life.

Side Effects of Overeating

Food cravings make you –

  • Eat more food
  • Eat even when you are full
  • Eat quickly during the binge
  • Feel that your eating is out of control
  • Feel ashamed of your eating
  • Feel depressed and anxious
  • Go on dieting without having any goal
  • Eat alone
  • Hide food boxes
 Most of the times, it is not the hunger that entices you to eat more; it is the taste of the food that cheers you up to go for another bite. Strong, recurring cravings are a blow to your fitness goals. When you make a move to satisfy your cravings, you actually overfeed yourself. Interestingly, it never gives you an energy boost. In fact, this is a journey that can give you obesity and round-the-clock tiresomeness. If you feel you are also on the same journey, here are 18 practical tips that will help you curb your frequently-occurring food cravings –

Tips to control food craving - Infographic

1. Notice when it triggers.

Food cravings are imaginary thoughts created by the human mind. You can win over it with the help your mind. Pay attention to the time of the day when you get cravings, and be ready for a battle with your own mind.

2. Be ready to confront those triggers.

Once you have noticed the time, you can easily take on and overlook your cravings. You can involve yourself in other activities, that are more important to you or that you enjoy doing.

3. Prepare a diet plan.

You can visit a weight-loss center or nutritionist for consultation and get a suitable diet plan for you. SlimmingStudios.com is a weight loss studio that offers medical and non-invasive weight-loss procedures.

4. Stick to this diet plan.

Getting a for-you-only diet plan isn’t going to put an end to your food cravings and overeating habits. You should strictly follow that plan. You could set alarms and notifications to make sure you miss your schedule.

Alternatively, you can ask a friend to join you in this battle. However, make sure that your friend gets a personalized diet plan to follow.

5. Have plans for those sudden cravings.

No matter how strong your determinations are, sometimes you get even stronger cravings that are harder to resist. In such situations, display of the strongest version of willpower will be required from you. You will need to say no to the call of the craving coming from inside.

6. Keep some cookies and candies.

Instead of hiding chips or cakes in your bag, you can keep some cookies and candies with you. They can be a great companion while you try to get over the habit of overeating.

7. Drink water when craving knocks in.

You can also try gulping a few glasses of water. First, it will give you energy. Second, it will help you kill your immediate cravings. And, third, water contains 0% fat.

8. Kill your inner coffee lover.

If you are trying to do away your overeating habit and lose excess body fat, you should cut down your coffee intakes. Leaving all types of caffeine can be vastly fruitful.

9. Take small portions.

Having control over your thoughts and needs is paramount. You can start with taking small portions of food to calm your cravings. Remember, small portions!

10. Go for something nutritious.

There is a wide variety of options that not only will satiate your cravings, but also will deliver a massive supply of nutrition. For example, if you want chocolates, you can have raw cocoa, nuts, fruits, or fruit seeds instead.

Similarly, if you crave for pasta or bread, you can take protein-rich foods such as meat, nuts, and beans.

11. Maintain a balance between your bad and good food habits.

Don’t make it all bad. Meaning if you are taking fries, then go for mayo-free salad as well. This will work like a morale booster. But remember, you have to take small portions of whatever you eat!

12. Don’t be regular on your junk food habits.

If regular, it will only worsen the situation. Gradually, you will get used to of breaking your diet plan. And sooner, you will be at risk of obesity and other health problems.

13. Don’t skip your breakfast.

When you skip your breakfast, you tend to eat more at lunch. That ultimately results in numerous health problems, including obesity.

14. Get enough sleep.

Sleeping on routine and schedule is essential. Apart from recharging you for the next day, sleeping helps keep your mind relaxed and productive throughout the day. Apparently, it will help you do away your bad habits.

15. Include protein-rich food.

Although your meal plan is designed to offer you complete nutrition, you can ask your physician or nutritionist to suggest you a protein-rich diet that keeps you full for longer.

16. Never get too much hungry.

Take your meals on time and have enough water. Not doing so makes you hungry – which sooner or later gives you cravings.

17. Say no to stress.

Believe it or not, people tend to eat more when they are stressed. Many studies have suggested so. Here is one such report on Eating Disorder, published by Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).

18. Go nuts.

Just an ounce of nuts (assorted), plus a couple of glasses of water can postpone your cravings for few hours.

To end with, you should learn to tell yourself – NO or maybe, LATER. This is the best way to fight cravings without getting crazy over them. As said, cravings are a hallucination created by your mind. So, fight with it, you will need to give an even more strict order to your inner self by saying NO or LATER.

Got any other method of killing the cravings? Tell us, drop your comment now!

You can always connect with Slimming Studios through our social networks (FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram), by giving us a call at 972-702-7546, or by sending us a chat.
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International Yoga Day: 5 Yoga Postures for Weight Loss

Yoga is an ancient technique which people in India used thousands of years back to stay healthy – physically and mentally. Those who are so much into it believe that yoga and meditation (both closely connected together) have cure for every disease and disarray we meet in our life time.

Yoga and Weight-loss

Believe it or not, there are many yoga-asanas (yoga postures) that can help you lose weight. However, you will need to make sure you are doing it correctly and routinely; irregularity brings no positive results.

Are you ready?

Here are 5 yoga postures widely known as weight loss yoga asanas or simply, yoga for weight loss –

1. Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)

Surya Namaskar is like a full body workout, combining a total of 12 asanas or positions. Apart from reducing fat from your body, it helps burn more calories, improve digestive system, heal depression, and regulate blood circulation.

2. Veerabhadrasana (The Warrior Pose)

As the name says, you stand in a warrior’s position while performing this yog-asana. This single pose strengthens arm, shoulder, and thigh muscles, along with helping in weight loss.

3. Purvottanasana or Setu Asana (Bridge Pose)

This asana is performed at dawn while facing the rising sun in the east; Purv, in this terminology, implies the East direction. You stretch your body like a bridge, upward, and facing the east. Regulating the body weight is the main benefit of this asana. Others are: strengthened wrist, thighs shoulders, Achilles tendon, etc.

4. Jalandhara Bandha (Chin Lock)

To perform this asana, you need to first practice it well with an expert yogi. This is a powerful yoga that, according to some yogis, awakens your energy centers, heals breathing deformities and improves your concentration. It helps get rid of belly fat too.

5. Bhujangasana (Snake Pose)

Bhujangasana is specifically helpful in back pain, as it strengthens and smoothens the functions of spine. It also burns excess fat from abdomen and buttocks. Additionally, it firms your buttocks, stretches your chest and shoulders, and relieves stress and weakness.

June 21 is International Yoga Day! So, here’s Slimming Studios wishing you a happy and active International Yoga Day.

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Give Your Dad A Gift Of Health This Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner. It falls coming Sunday on June 18, 2017. It is a day to honor the fathers and celebrate the spirit of fatherhood. So, what are your plans for this Father’s Day? You must be thinking of buying some gift for him. Right?

How about a gift, which, when unwraps, adds to the health and well-being of your father? Slimming Studios, being a premier health and wellness center, always promotes practices that keep you and loved ones fit and healthy. So, here in this blog, too, we are passing on 10 healthy Father’s Day gift ideas–

1. Juice.

Fruit Juices aren’t just tasty, they are also the purest and most natural source of nutrition.You can give your father this double treat of taste and health this coming Father’s Day.

2. Fruits.

Fruits aren’t less healthy. Packaged fruit juices do contain added sugar and preservatives – that may not be a perfect gift idea in some cases. Therefore, you can go with fruits, preferably the ones your father’s doc has advised him to have or the ones that he likes most.

3. Cookbook for Easy-to-cook Recipes.

Innumerable such books are already there to boggle your mind. To eliminate your bafflement, you can find out a book that covers healthy, easy-to-cook recipes that can be fixed in minutes.

4. Kitchen Equipment. 

Along with cookbook, you can also add a set of kitchen or cooking accessories to entice the cooking convenience for your father.

5. Yoga and Meditation Classes

Yoga and meditation are two ancient techniques hundreds of thousands of people follow on a routine basis worldwide.Both these practices help keep you physically and mentally healthy. You can buy subscription for a nearby yoga or meditation session, or both, for your father.

6. Fitness Wear.

If your father is into a healthy routine, meaning if he goes gyming or running, and often involves in travelling and adventure activities, you can pick a pair of such shoes for him. He will love your idea.

7. Fitness Gear.

Speed calculator, daily steps counter, heartbeat recorder, or blood pressure monitor (digital) could be a great fitness gadget for your father. Teeth-whitening devices also stand a choice.Alternatively, you could buy a pain relief wand that would enable him to calm his paining joints.

8. Dry Fruits.

Rich in vitamins, magnesium and potassium– almonds, raisins, walnuts, cashew nuts, pistachios, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, and other varieties of dry fruits are a super-healthy Father’s Day gift idea.

9. Superman Tee.

Your father is your superhero, isn’t he?So, a Superman T-shirt, with your handwritten or printed message, will assuredly make him feel special on this occasion.

10. Go see him. Spend some time with him.

Fathers are always strong. However, they don’t really disclose their feelings. So, if you will go and see him this Father’s Day, he will surely love it. Nothing will be more special for him than his son or daughter’s visiting him.

If you got another great Father’s Day gift idea, share it in the comment box below.

Here’s Slimming Studios wishing you a Very Happy Father’s Day, along with an exciting offer – GET 6 B12 SHOTS for JUST $23 @ Slimming Studios. For more information, call 972-702-7546.

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This #MothersDay Give Your Mom Something Special Healthy!

A mother spends her entire life in making sure that her family is eating healthy, drinking healthy, sleeping healthy and living healthy. She made that happen on the account of keeping her own health at stake. She woke up early morning to cook delicious food for you; she slept late at night after making sure that everyone is having a sound sleep; she cleaned the house and washed your clothes so that you live in a clean environment.

It’s now time for you to do what your mother really deserves and gift her something special and healthy. You should motivate your mother to make her health and fitness a priority. This Mother’s Day, we bring to you some healthy tips which can help your mother to live healthy, fitter and safer life.

1. Balanced diet –Eating healthy food is very important for mothers. However, it can be a balanced meal which can include a wide variety of green vegetables and fruits that can help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancers. You can surprise your mother this Mother’s Day by making a healthy and delicious cuisine for her.

2. Regular walk – You should ask your mother to include walking or jogging in her daily routine. Regular walks and jogging can prove to be a boon for your mother’s heart and prevent her from the risk of cardiovascular problems. It also helps in keeping problems like back pain, diabetes, thigh problems, joint pains under control.

3. Sound Sleep – Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Enough sleep is a key factor of a healthy lifestyle and can benefit heart, weight, mind and more. So, make sure that your mother is taking a sound sleep of around 6-7 hrs every day.

4. Regular Health Check-ups – Regular medical check-ups should be a priority. If she is not taking it seriously, you should insist her for the same. Moreover, you can cheer her up by gifting health card coupons or health package which she can use for her regular health check-ups and treatment of diseases.

Nothing more than the gift of good health can be precious for your mother. So this Mother’s Day, you can skip the flowers and chocolates and give your mother what she really needs – the gift of good health!

3 Weight Loss Myths Busted

Weight Loss Myths!

NO THUMB RULE IN WEIGHT LOSS GAME!

HELLO ALL!

We are living in a world where everything comes as a package. We want extra services, extra features, extra payment options and are willing to give extra time searching the best option. All because we want a complete package to make our money worth. And that’s exactly how our weight loss plan should be…a complete package…. Just one option, either diet or exercise is a bigger myth. And people who are obese or extremely overweight need to be extra careful with rigorous exercise regime as it may prove fatal. There are non-invasive and invasive weight loss procedures available but even they do not work in isolation. A perfect body shape is always a combination of healthy diet, healthy mind, exercise and healthy sleep with or without any non-invasive or invasive weight loss procedure that you might need depending on your body’s requirements.

I see many ‘myths and facts’ all over the internet which are all same but confusing. And with different types of diets, exercises, and procedures trending, we all should first remember three basic facts:

MYTH 1: EXERCISE IN ITSELF PRODUCES WEIGHT LOSS

Fact: Studies have shown that exercise alone might not be effective. It increases our metabolism but also increases our appetite. We might end up eating more to regain energy. Exercise is not necessary for weight loss but it is beneficial for our overall good health and longevity.

Tip: Mix exercise with a healthy diet.

MYTH 2: STRICT DIET PLANS PRODUCES LOSING WEIGHT

Fact: They often work if we strictly reduce what we eat or avoid some types of foods. They may not fulfill our body’s nutritional requirements and low-calorie diet (< 800) for a long time may lead to serious heart problems. Choose between Whole (brown rice, whole wheat bread, cereal & pasta) vs Refined grains. Eating whole grain may lower chances of developing some chronic diseases. Many processed low-fat or fat-free foods have just as many calories or even more as the full-fat versions of the same foods. They may contain added flour, salt, starch, or sugar to improve flavor and texture after fat is removed and add calories.

Tip: Follow a healthy eating plan that replaces less healthy options with a mix of fruits, veggies, whole grains, protein foods, and low-fat dairy and combine reduced calorie diet with physical activity.

MYTH 3: NON-INVASIVE WEIGHT LOSS PROCEDURES DOES NOT WORK

Fact: While it’s not a replacement for liposuction or exercise or healthy diet, it helps releasing unwanted fat in certain areas and that released fat is then used by our body in performing physical activities.

Tip: Combine non-invasive treatments with diet and exercise to achieve optimal results.
Weight loss isn’t a big deal as sustaining that reduced weight. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to prepare a combo. After all, we all want the best results.
Have any questions about non-invasive Weight Loss Procedures or Medical Weight Loss? Hit me up in the comments and I’ll get back to you.
-Nancy

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MixFix Recipe!

MIXFIX – RECIPE OF THE DAY!

LEMON DETOX DRINK

Mixing few natural ingredients and consuming them every day helps you fixing your body cleansing goals in many ways. New detox and cleansers surface on social media every day. Although they are all different, they share a majority of beneficial factors:

 Dissolves and eliminates toxins and congestion that have formed inside your body

 Cleanses the kidneys and the digestive system

 Purifies the glands and cells throughout the entire body

 Eliminates all unusable waste and hardened material in the joints and muscles

 Relieves pressure and irritation in the nerves, arteries, and blood vessels

 Builds a healthy blood stream

 Keeps skin elasticity

Because detox remedies can get quite costly, here is a simple, effective solution to a detox drink with ingredients that you most likely already have in your kitchen

LEMON DETOX DRINK RECIPE

 1 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar (raw & unfiltered)

 Juice from 1 lemon

 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper

 1-2 tbsp. Honey (raw and local is preferred)

 Water – You can dilute this as strong or as weak as you prefer

 Mix well and drink

Keep checking this blog for new recipes!

This blog is brought to you by Slimming Studios , a chain of weight loss service providers.
Have any questions about Weight Loss Non Invasive Weight Loss Procedures or Medical Weight Loss?Write to us at info@slimmingsudios.com or call us at 972-702-SLIM (7546)

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