Saturday, February 12, 2011

Body Wraps For Weight Loss

Shedding pounds can be accomplished in a variety of ways, however one unorthodox method is gaining a little bit more traction when it comes to mainstream options. What I'm talking about is body wraps for weight loss.

Body wrapping is not a new technique - most recognize the ladies from the 18th and 19th century with tight corsets in order to tuck away the extra skin. But these women (and sometimes men) would take these limits to the extreme where they would pass out due to lack of oxygen, stemming from an overly constricted dress.

While I don't condone wrapping your body so tightly that you cannot breath, body wrapping with the right materials can help you look healthier and younger with minimal effort.

You see, your skin is a living organism. It grows each day as new cells replace old and worn out cells. This is good as your body stays in good shape, but if you don't do everything you can to remove the dead skin off, it may clog your pores and deteriorate your skin condition. This is where body wraps come in.

When you compress your body, you are doing a much greater job of insulating yourself and keeping your blood flowing throughout all of your extremities. If your focus is using body wraps for weight loss, be sure to pinpoint areas that have developed cellulite. Not only can you wrap your body in these cotton clothes, but its a good idea to also apply a vitamin and mineral rich gel or lotion that can better absorb into your skin to increase its effectiveness. The compression helps to push the cream into the deeper layers of your skin, while the increased blood flow and sweating from the body wrap will cause your pores to open, thereby increase absorption even more.

When applying a seaweed lotion or aloe vera gel, you want to allow it to fully penetrate your skin layers, so it's important not to shower or wash this off for a couple of hours. The longer the exposure, the more the cellulite areas will shrink and hopefully become reduced to the point where they are barely noticeable.

As with any supplement to losing weight, it's important to keep in mind that it's simply that - a supplement. Proper weight loss and living healthy cannot be simply attained by a single act or diet. It must be integrated into your daily lifestyle and regimen, so you can stay on the path to success without any large obstacles or barriers. If you approach weight loss with the mindset that you are going to make many small changes, you will see a much larger and cumulative effect.

So it's necessary to keep in mind that body wraps for weight loss are only meant to enhance a more developed healthy living plan. Stay hydrated as well as you can - try to drink 6-8 full glasses of water each day to keep your skin healthy and vibrant. Also limit the amount of sodium, sugar and caffeine you eat or drink each day. When added to a nutritious eating plan, body wraps can greatly impact your overall weight loss goals!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Heart Disease Prevention

Heart disease is one of the biggest killers in our society today. Everyday we make decisions that will help or hurt our heart health, yet most of us today think of these as inconsequential. It is true that you should indulge every now and then (or else you might go crazy), but it is imperative that you attempt to do something good for your heart on a daily basis. Whether it be exercising or eating more antioxidant foods like fruits/veggies, make sure it becomes part of your routine.

With this knowledge in hand, let us look at various ways that we can live better.

  • Reduce unhealthy fat and cholesterol intake - this is one of the most important things you can do to keep your body running efficiently. Eating too many saturated or trans fats will lead to clogged arteries, high blood pressure and eventually congestive heart failure. The more vitamin rich food you eat, the more you can counteract these life shortening effects.

  • Eat more fruit and vegetables - what a no-brainer as an extension to the previous point. Fruits and vegetables consist mostly of water, fiber and tons of different vitamins and minerals. It's no surprise that they are the foods that will fuel your body the best while doing the least harm.

  • Eat more protein - please be sure to focus on low fat and low cholesterol options. Skim milk, salmon, chicken and egg whites are great sources of protein that are also low in calories. As we all know, the key to weight loss is burning more calories than you consume - without starving yourself, obviously.

  • Eat more whole grains - you know you like wheat bread more than white. Whole grains give food a nuttier and more pronounced flavor when compared to refined foods. Your goal is to eat foods that are more natural, and heavily processed white flour or other colorless foods are the exact opposite. These types of food are devoid of nutritional value, and generally will turn into fat if you don't burn them off quickly. Whole grains contain much higher levels of fiber which will aid in digestion.

  • Plan your meals in advance - if you don't you'll be tempted by the dark side. Bad eating decisions happen when you are rushed, hungry and just need to eat. On the other hand, if you prepared 5 days worth of healthful and nutritious meals on Sunday, you would be a lot less likely to grab a high-fat/high-calorie lunch or dinner.
It can seem like a daily grind to eat healthy if you haven't done it before, but you must eat well in order to prevent the many diseases and ailments that become more common as you get older. If you follow a few simple steps, you can dramatically reduce the chances that you are victim to heart disease. Make it your resolution to make better food decisions and your body will surely repay - that I can assure you!