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Saturday, April 24, 2010

What to Eat If You Have High Blood Pressure

       Once you've been diagnosed to have high blood pressure you are to understnd the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and limiting your salt intake.
The doctor must have explained the benefits of regular exercise, prescription medications and stress reduction. But your doctor might not counseled you about the role of dietary fiber in a low-blood pressure regimen. 

Here are some tips you need to know about high blood pressure and dietary fiber. 


  Fiber is simply the un-digestible cellulose of the plant foods you eat every day. Nutritionists classify fiber as either "soluble" or "insoluble" and both types are helpful when it comes to managing high blood pressure. Not only do fiber-rich fruits and vegetables tend to be lower in saturated fats than meat-based foods; they can also help you feel full faster. You may actually find that you eat less of the high-fat foods you may crave.

  But fiber does more than just help you with portion control or help you feel full after a meal. A 2007 study found that people who adopt a diet rich in dietary fiber tend to have larger, more open arteries than people who eat diets lower in fiber.

  Perhaps the best news is that the fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber are usually also good sources of nutrients like omega fatty acids, folate and other heart-protective substances.


  The American Dietetic Association recommends that Americans interested in the heart-protective actions of fiber consume more than 20 grams of dietary fiber per day. That's about twice as much as the typical American diet provides.

  To get more fiber in your diet, try to consume at least 2 cups of fruit per day and more than 2 cups of vegetables. Snacks like air-popped corn, nuts and whole-grain cereals can also add a substantial amount of fiber to your diet.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Fitness After Pregnancy- Get Your Body Back Now

           Getting back into fitness after pregnancy can be a little tough. You are a mother now, and for most people that's a major lifestyle change. You would like to get back in shape and lose the weight you gained during your pregnancy, but there is a problem. You aren't sure if you have the time anymore - or whether it's even possible.

           Today I'm going to share some tips with you that will help you get in shape as fast as possible after you have had your baby. Are you ready to begin? Great!

Tip #1 - Determine Your Starting Point

         Take a minute or two and think about the kind of shape you were in before you became pregnant. Were you in decent shape? Great shape? How important was fitness in your life before the baby came along?

        This step is very important, because it has a huge impact on how fast you are going to see results now.

         Fitness Fanatic

         If you were a fitness fanatic before, you will have absolutely no problems getting back to that point. Your body is already used to exercise, and it will take you no time at all to get back "in the swing of things", and see good results from your efforts.

      Exercise Newbie

          Maybe you never exercised at all before you were pregnant. That's perfectly fine. You will still see great results, but they will come to you a little bit slower than they would for someone that's been physically active their whole life.

Tip #2 - Dieting Is Not Enough

          When you jump back into fitness after pregnancy, make sure dieting isn't the only thing you do. Dieting and cutting calories just isn't enough to make you lose the weight you want and get in great shape.

Have you ever tried to lose weight by getting super-strict with yourself, and constantly watching what you ate? If you have, I am willing to bet that it didn't turn out the way you had hoped.

I mean it makes sense, doesn't it? If you want to lose weight, you have to eat less. Right?

Wrong. You WILL lose some weight in the beginning by going this route, but it won't be permanent. Whatever you lose will come right back, after you realize it's impossible to maintain that "perfect diet" for very long.

           Now that we have covered how dieting just isn't enough, lets talk about what is usually missing from an attempt at weight loss.

       The Missing Ingredient

         Don't get me wrong. Your diet plays a part, but you're still missing an important ingredient - exercise. Combining a sensible diet with a specific exercise program is the fastest and smartest path to weight loss and an overall higher level of fitness.

        Improving your fitness after pregnancy will take some work and effort on your part, but it's far from impossible. All you have to do is find the right combination of diet AND exercise, and you will see the results you want.

       Don't believe anyone that says you can't get in shape after having a baby. A flat stomach after pregnancy is definitely within your reach!
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Monday, April 5, 2010

Weight Loss - Stop Spending Billions , And Wasted Year

               People in the World spent billion of dollars last year on trying to lose weight. What exactly was all of that money spent on? Here is a short list: 'special' diet foods, appetite suppressants, diet books, gym memberships, exercise DVDs, even stomach-clamping surgery.

 Unfortunately, despite spending so much, most people didn't lose the weight that they wanted to. The reason being is that they mainly spent their money on weight loss products and ebooks that don't work.

 These products alone will not make you lose the weight that you want to though, you also need to gym or exercise program and adequate or appropriate dieting. Researchers have discovered that many of the food additives being added to processed food actually make us addicted to them, which can result in unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

You decide to get a bag of small chocolates to nibble on throughout the day, but you end up stuffing them all straight into your mouth. There is definitely something addictive about them and you want as many as possible, also quickly as possible. You seem to be compelled to eat the whole bag,and now you know why. The new buzz in the processed food industry is F.A.A (food additive addiction).

 Out of the huge sum spent on weight loss products 1% was spent on prescription drugs. However, a new great weight loss product was lauch in Feb 2009 and is called phentemine375. Its part of the phentermine family,its contained some interesting hormones that are deal with obesity issues. Learn more about it at

 There is also a product called fen-phen, which also used phentermine, and which was removed from the market several years ago. It's a different form of it being used now, which has passed all necessary tests. Most products are now making use of it, such as Adiphene.

 The pharmaceutical industries has made little progress in combating obesity after the fen-phen fiasco of the 90s. No prescription products have taken over the market. The FDA has effectively killed the prescription weight loss development by making it virtually impossible to get a new product to market. Most products being worked on right now will be blocked for one reason or another, even though they could really help people.

 The Phen375 is available for buy now and it's been given the approval  by the relevant authorities so there is no harm in trying it out. It may be just what you need to supplement your exercise and dietary efforts.

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