When you understand how lack of sleep contributes to obesity, you’ll realize how important it is to get good sleep every night. Sleep regulates endocrine function, maintaining the right balance between the hunger hormone ghrelin and the satiety hormone leptin. Sleep deprivation increases appetite, insulin resistance, and the stress hormone cortisol, all of which contribute to fat accumulation in the body. Make sure that you get at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Don’t miss these other 42 fast and easy ways to lose weight.
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So first things first, let’s start with the easy one: wanting to lose weight and feeling good about your body aren’t mutually exclusive. You can love your body, and still want to lose weight. (In fact, I’d argue that you should only ever try to lose weight if you’re in a good relationship with your body, but that’s a conversation for another day.) Also, it should go without saying that you can love your body and not want to lose weight, regardless of what the number on the scale looks like.

Really needed this today. I got engaged in January and my wedding is this summer. “You are enough just as you are, today, to be a fiancé. And you will be enough, just as you are on your wedding day, to be a bride and become a wife.” Thank you, Robyn for this reminder! Easy to get my focus off of why I wanted to get married in the first place: to have a partnership that resembles Christ and the church. My fiancé thinks I’m enough… God thinks I’m enough… I should believe it too. Need to remember to shift my focus away from obsessively thinking about my image and remembering that I should be refining my character above all else in this engagement season.
Really needed this today. I got engaged in January and my wedding is this summer. “You are enough just as you are, today, to be a fiancé. And you will be enough, just as you are on your wedding day, to be a bride and become a wife.” Thank you, Robyn for this reminder! Easy to get my focus off of why I wanted to get married in the first place: to have a partnership that resembles Christ and the church. My fiancé thinks I’m enough… God thinks I’m enough… I should believe it too. Need to remember to shift my focus away from obsessively thinking about my image and remembering that I should be refining my character above all else in this engagement season.
Now, I suppose you have had the experience of going to the Doctor to get help with your weight.  Most doctors have a standard approach to weight loss.  Your doctor probably recommended a Low Fat diet with Calorie Restriction and told you to exercise more.  Then he or she subtly blamed you for being the way you are, you knew he was thinking you’re lazy, dumb and stupid.  Then the charge for the visit was upwards of $200.
Protein serves a dual role in helping you trim down belly fat by increasing muscle mass and metabolism, while also helping stave off hunger. Research shows that a higher-protein diet increases thermogenesis, which means you burn more calories. Further, eating protein leads to an increased feeling of satisfaction after the meal, often causing you to eat fewer calories later in the day. These High-Protein Breakfast Tacos are the perfect way to start your morning and will keep you feeling full until lunch.
Endure the hard stuff: When faced with a setback or hardship some gym-goers simply throw in the towel and give up. The trick is to keep at it, endure, and outlast the setback. Eventually you will succeed. If you plateau in any aspect of your progress, make a pledge to stick with it, no matter how long it takes. The body isn’t a machine that operates under exact parameters. It will ebb and flow. You just need to stay the course.
63 and still have abs. I tweaked my diet and exercise with the “Primal Blueprint” when it first came out, but it seems my beautiful wife and I have been eating the “Perfect Health Diet” for quite some time and didn’t have to remove much of note to do Kresser’s 30 day reset… except for ‘white’ potatoes, my go to safe starch. I seem to have been eating a 60% fat diet for years. I step on the scales daily to make sure I keep my 65 kgs… easy to lose at my age. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfsbaFdK02s
Taking shots of cheap whiskey, sleeping on futons, staying up until 4 in the morning—there are a lot of habits you’re probably happy to leave to your 20-year-old self. But the beautiful mystery of eating a whole pepperoni pizza and actually losing five pounds? Those are glory days worth mourning. Once you’re over 40, suddenly ditching a few pesky lbs and losing your gut seems to take monumental effort. 
Remember when you were 23 years-old and wouldn’t even dream of spending your coveted cash on letting someone else mow your lawn, wash your car, or paint your living room? Try tapping into that scrappy, resourceful inner you a bit more and you’ll wind up torching calories. For example, a 150-pound person will burn around 200 calories if they wash and wax their car for 40 minutes. For more ways to avoid weight gain at home and to burn more calories, check out these 12 Ways Your Home is Making You Fat!
Circuit-training programs that combine high-intensity cardio and weightlifting are time-efficient and effective ways for women over 40 to burn calories and increase muscle mass to reduce belly fat. Focusing on compound exercises such as pushups and squats, and performing more reps with less rest-time between sets, will boost the metabolic effects of exercise.
As women approach menopause, fat distribution tends to shift toward the center of the body, likely due to a decrease in estrogen, say authors of a 2011 review in Biology of Sex Differences. This makes the struggle to lose belly fat more challenging for women over 40, but not impossible. Tweaking your eating plan and increasing your activity level – along with other lifestyle changes – will help you beat the bloat and improve your overall health and well-being.

Me being at peace with my body on my wedding day doesn’t mean I looked at every single one of my wedding pictures and loved them. I actually didn’t really love my hair and the neckline of my dress after it was altered, didn’t fit the same as it did the day I picked it out. I didn’t pick out a dress with an off the shoulder neckline, but when altered, apparently I did. But you know what? None of that mattered. Looking back now a year later, I now realize even more than I did on that day how much my appearance did not matter. What mattered was the condition of my heart. Did I feel beautiful? Absolutely. And did I feel over the moon excited and joyful and fully present in my life? Absolutely. And did I get married? Sure did. That’s the stuff that mattered. And that’s the stuff I remember when I look back at my wedding pictures. In the photos, I see and feel my emotions and joy of that day in such a visceral way. And if a thought about my body or appearance does surface when looking at photos, I can observe that thought and healthily reframe it. Because those thoughts are the lies of diet culture.
Getting a good night’s sleep is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and also a surprisingly effective means of slimming down. The results of the Nurses’ Health Study reveal that, among a group of 60,000 women studied for 16 years, those who got 5 hours of sleep or less at night increased their risk of becoming obese by 15 percent. Getting adequate rest can also reduce your risk of dementia, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Luckily, you’ll be heading off to the Land of Nod in no time once you learn the ways to improve your sleep quality!
4. Get excited! Between wedding planning, a career and a variety of social commitments, it is easy to lose sight of the excitement surrounding your big day. Make a point every day to imagine yourself wearing that perfect gown and visualize the benefits of reaching your goals. Find inspiration from visualizing that special moment of walking down the aisle and keep up that positive attitude.

Therefore it’s probably a better idea to try each one separately at first to make sure you get the results your money paid for, before investing and consuming a multitude of various fat burners. It may be you get a good result from 3 of them, if so great, by all means use them, but if the other 2 don’t really work for you, better to spend that money on something else that you will benefit from.
That’s awesome you are walking! However, if you’re really want to get serious and if you are up for it maybe include some higher intensity workouts like HITT and don’t be afraid to lift some weights even small ones! To really lose weight though it’s all about your diet- often times we overeat without realizing. Go online and you should be able to find out how many calories you should be eating to maintain your weight and how many you should eat if you want to get to a certain weight, usually though reduce your intake by around 500 calories! Try and eat clean and also watch drinking unecessary calories! Add in taking a fat burner supplement and you’ll be well on your way! You can lose weight though without it if you eat clean, portion controlled meals and exercise – aim for an hour exercise a day! Hope this helps!
For women, in particular, hormonal changes after age 40, including menopause, can make it harder to lose weight and keep it off. However, just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to buying a bigger wardrobe every year. Weight loss after 40—and weight loss for women over 40, especially—is possible. Better yet, it doesn’t have to be a struggle.
Fat burners can help enhance fat loss, but they're only going to do so if a proper diet is in place. Fat burners work in a variety of ways. They can boost energy, help curb appetite, promote fat to be used for energy, and even increase your metabolism and core temperature so you burn more calories throughout the day. But, if you take a fat burner and then feast on junk food such as burgers, pizza, curries, sugary snacks and drinks, you won't be seeing fat loss any time soon, if at all.
You may want to look into the types of cardio that are less stressful on your joints such as swimming, using the elliptical trainer, or joining a kickboxing class that doesn't have much impact. If you're suffering from knee, back, or other joint pain, this is going to be a very smart move to ensure that you're able to continue being active for the years ahead.
1. Track your food. That means all of it, from the spoonful of soup you sampled for your reception menu to the little bites of cake you taste. These "hidden" calories are easy to gloss over but can really add up. Plus, research shows that the simple act of tracking your food can help you lose twice as much weight than if you don't track at all (mental tracking does not count). If you do nothing else during the final days and weeks before your wedding, track your food diligently every day.
"When you do resistance training, it causes a degree of microtrauma, or tiny tears, to the muscle tissue," says Dr. Westcott. "Over the next 48 to 72 hours, your body remodels and heals that tissue with amino acids, making it stronger—or, if you're just starting out and need to gain muscle mass, the muscle slowly grows." This throws coals onto your metabolism's calorie-burning fire in two ways: First, the more muscle you build, the more calories you'll burn each day. Second, the rebuilding process itself requires extra energy, boosting your daily calorie burn by 5 to 9%.
Someone here recommended "the 17 day diet" so i decided to buy the book. i started 3 days ago and already lost 2 pounds. it is a great book and easy to follow. in the beginning of the month, i have already started to eat clean(veggies, fruits, chicken, lean beef and fish) and exercise 6 days a week for at least 45 minutes and 1 day rest. so i have lost a total of 10 pounds. it's hard work, because at times i feel like not eating healthy nor exercising but it's so rewarding and i feel so great...lots of energy.
High amounts of sodium can lead to belly bloating and there’s a good chance you are already getting more sodium than you need. (Psst! Get rid of bloating, fast, with these 24 Ways to Shrink Your Belly in 24 Hours.) To cut back on salt intake, Alexandra Miller, RDN, LDN, Corporate Dietitian at Medifast says to eat fewer processed foods like bread, pizza, and condiments. “Read the Nutrition Facts label to find how much sodium is in each serving,” she says. “Very Low Sodium is 35 milligrams or less per serving; Low-Sodium is 140 milligrams or less per serving; Reduced (or less) sodium is at least 25 percent less sodium per serving than the usual sodium level.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnTdPfsB_Xc

3. Revisit your past. Think back to your previous weight-loss attempts and identify what made you quit before? Was the diet too strict? Were you confused about what workouts to complete or short on time? Write out a list of these reasons and identify ways to overcome them. For example, if your diet is too strict, focus on incorporating more greens, whole grains, and lean proteins that are realistic into your daily life. If you’re busy, do shorter workouts but make that time a priority. 

"I wanted to look nicer for the wedding, mostly for the pictures," says newlywed Donna Eck-David, who was married on April 3, 2004. She tried watching what she ate and avoiding the cafeteria at work for months before the big day. But she finally resorted to drinking a dieter's tea containing laxatives a few weeks before the wedding, to speed up her weight-loss efforts.

Note: A English relative and Dr said to have my Testosterone checked. It never occurred to me to do that. He said getting that boosted would be like taking steroids and renew my motivation and energy to 25-30 yr old levels. So that's first, and cut out the beer ;)…. Oh, Doc said Coconut oil has been found to be bad, loaded with bad fats, the kind that raise the bad cholesterol, LDL. So that's out. Any other direction or guidance would be appreciated. Like healthy cooking/eating, getting some pork and fish in there, etc.
3. Exercise Ball Crunch: This is one of the most effective ways to strengthen and flatten abs.  Studies show this exercise is 40% more effective than regular ab crunches as it targets smaller muscles for flat toned abs including the oblique’s for a small waist and the outermost muscles that your typical ab crunch may miss.  To begin, lie down on the ball positioning it under the lower back.  Place arms behind your head.  Tighten your abs as you lift your torso off the ball while keeping the ball stable.  Lower back down and repeat 15 times with 1-3 sets.
One of the biggest mistakes that many people make is thinking they can just take a fat-loss support supplement and weight-loss results will be theirs. They think the fat burner is the miracle solution they've been looking for. We often hear the question “do these work?” knowing already that the person asking the questions expectations of the product are unrealistic.
As you exercise, calories are burned and your body fat percentage decreases. So, exercising not only helps you lose belly fat, it also sheds fat from other areas. Running and walking are two of the best fat-burning exercises. Plus, the only equipment you need is a good pair of shoes. Between the two, running burns more calories, but walking really isn’t too far behind. 

CLA: Conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, is a naturally occurring fatty acid, similar to an omega-6 fatty acid. Even though CLA is a fat, studies show that consuming 1.4-3.0 grams per day can lead to overall body-fat loss.[3,4] It can also help you retain muscle during periods of weight loss, as kinesiologist Ciaran Fairman, Ph.D., explains in the article "Your Expert Guide to CLA." Remember, muscle is your ally for long-term success!
Make every second count: The gym, even your home gym, isn’t a social hangout. It’s a place to get your work done. Be friendly, but be busy. If you have a finite amount of time to train, then adopt some new best friends such as supersets, compound sets, and circuits. These will allow you to be as efficient as possible without sitting around staring at your phone to kill time.

That sour cherry is pretty sweet when it comes to your health. The results of a study conducted at the University of Michigan found that rats given high-fat foods along with tart cherries ditched nine percent more body fat than those in a control group over just 12 weeks. Cherries are also a good source of antioxidant pigment resveratrol, which has been linked to reductions in belly fat, dementia risk, and lower rates of macular degeneration among the elderly.
Diet culture is so invasive. It’s like a parasite. But marriage and your wedding is so much more important than your body size! I refused to pursue losing weight for my wedding because that would be me saying, yes you’re right diet culture, I am not enough as I am right now. I didn’t want to look back years from my wedding day and remember engagement as chasing thinness. I didn’t want to look back on my wedding day and remember thinking about my body. I wanted to remember engagement as growing closer to Nick, closer to God, and spending precious, joyful time with my family and friends. I wanted to remember the food we celebrated with, the laughter, the smiles, the conversations with those I love most.  I didn’t want to be distracted from all that because I was thinking about food and my body. I didn’t want to remember stressing out about when to fit in a workout or not being to eat blah blah food at such and such restaurant. Living like that would mean I would not be living in line with my values.
"Cooking doesn't require a lot of time once you learn to cook efficiently," Lee tells WebMD. "The best and most inexpensive ingredients are usually those that are freshest and are in season." Mercer agrees, and adds that her own husband lost 20 pounds after they got married more than two decades ago and never gained it back. But even if you're not married to a registered dietitian, having a spousal support system can make it easier to stick to a healthy lifestyle.
The fact is that Obesity (and let’s face it, that’s the medical term if you’re more than 30lbs overweight) leads to many serious health problems.  In recent medical studies, we have found that high blood pressure varies precisely according to weight.  If the weight stays high and the blood pressure stays high, heart attack, stroke and other health crises occur.  I’ve seen fat women with strokes.  It’s not easier to get around in a wheelchair if you’re 50lbs overweight. 
Someone here recommended "the 17 day diet" so i decided to buy the book. i started 3 days ago and already lost 2 pounds. it is a great book and easy to follow. in the beginning of the month, i have already started to eat clean(veggies, fruits, chicken, lean beef and fish) and exercise 6 days a week for at least 45 minutes and 1 day rest. so i have lost a total of 10 pounds. it's hard work, because at times i feel like not eating healthy nor exercising but it's so rewarding and i feel so great...lots of energy.
Even with the more effective thermogenic fat burner, green tea, the effects are relatively minimal. Drinking four cups of caffeinated green tea per day for eight weeks led to an increase in weight loss of about 5.5 pounds, and taking green tea supplements for the same amount of time caused an increase in weight loss of just 4 pounds, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition in 2010. You'll get more benefits if you exercise in addition to drinking green tea. A study published in The Journal of Nutrition in 2009 found that green tea increases the amount of abdominal fat lost from exercising. Don't add milk to your green tea or drink it when you're eating any dairy products; the proteins in milk may limit the thermogenic benefits of green tea, notes a study published in Nutrients in 2011.
The Wild Diet focuses on whole foods: healthy fat-burning fats; organic vegetables; pasture-raised meats, poultry, and wild-caught fish; pasture-raised eggs and grass-fed dairy. I also find it beneficial to add in clean carbs like sweet potato and wild rice 1-2 times per week in the evening. People who are especially active, those who have a super-high metabolism, and some women do well adding clean carbs more often.
The upshot of all these chemicals floating around is big trouble for big-bellied guys. In a study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, researchers took 137 men of all ages and sizes and used seven different measurements to determine their risks of cardiovascular disease. The single best sign of multiple heart-disease risks? No, it wasn't the guys' family histories or their cholesterol profiles. It was the amount of abdominal fat they carried.

Capsaicin may be helpful for increasing metabolism and fat burning, but in longer-term studies, people tended to regain weight lost with the help of capsaicin supplements just as quickly as those taking a placebo. Participants in the study stopped consuming the full dose because of its strong flavor, notes the 2007 American Journal of Physiology -- Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology review article.

Jody Braverman is a professional writer and editor based in Atlanta, GA. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland, and she is a certified personal trainer, fitness nutrition specialist, and yoga teacher. She has written for various online and print publications, including Livestrong.com, SFGate, Healthfully, and Chron.com. Visit the writer at www.JodyBraverman.com.


And new research suggests that many of us may need more protein than we realize. The current RDA is 0.8 g of protein per kilogram of body weight, but several studies have found that 1 to 1.2 g may be more protective against age-related muscle loss. Dr. Apovian uses a slightly higher amount—1.5 g/kg of ideal body weight—to successfully help herself, as well as her patients, shed body fat and maintain lean muscle mass. According to her, if you're 5-foot-5 and 130 pounds, you should aim for about 90 g of protein. While that may sound like a lot of protein, it's doable when you break it down. Four ounces of chicken or beef provides nearly 30 g in one shot, and a single serving of Greek-style yogurt packs nearly 20. 
Belly fat, sometimes called "middle-age spread," is an affliction that's hard to avoid when you're over 40. You don't like how that excess weight looks in the mirror, and what it does to you internally is even worse: It raises your risk of chronic disease. You're not stuck with it though. You might find it harder to lose belly fat as you age, but the tried-and-true weight-loss methods of exercise and a quality diet can help you reduce your belly fat, as well as any other weight that's crept on over the years.

Hormonal changes in middle age can wreak havoc on our weight and our waistlines, but boosting the amount of fiber in your diet can help. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reveals that increasing fiber intake helped participants shave off 4.6 pounds over an 8-week period and maintain that weight loss over the course of a year. Even better, dialing up the fiber in your meals can help combat the bloated belly and sluggish digestion that often accompany hormonal changes, like menopause. Don’t know where to find the fiber you seek? Start with the best high-fiber foods!

1. Bicycle Crunches are a great ab exercise and work the abs from every angle. It’s a combination of the regular crunch, a side-to-side motion that hits the oblique muscles and a reverse crunch that targets the lower abs. You can change the difficulty level by increasing or decreasing the range of motion used and the speed of movement as well as the intensity of the crunch by holding and squeezing.


6. Get support. It can be tough to stay strong and accountable to your goals if you don't have anyone else cheering you on. It can be even more difficult to do so when people are trying to sabotage your efforts, perhaps unknowingly. The best way to get support is to tell someone—anyone—about your weight and fitness goals and ask for their support. If you feel too uncomfortable to share those details with someone you know, the SparkPeople community is great for that. You can connect with people who have similar goals and get tips, motivation and your own personal cheerleading squad. Be sure to check out our brides-to-be SparkTeams as well because these women know exactly what you're going through.
You aren’t the same person at 40 (or above) as you were at 20. Job responsibilities, marriage, kids, social obligations, and the general time crunch of modern life all tug at every ounce of your being, every waking moment. Since you can’t (and shouldn’t) shirk your family obligations, you must learn to manipulate stress levels, improve time management, and increase self-discipline. All it takes is a little planning. Below are some guidelines to make sure you get the most from every hectic day:
Being sedentary is a major risk factor of metabolic syndrome, obesity, and diabetes. But every type of movement is helpful—even small gestures we make throughout the day, like tapping our toes or pacing while talking on the phone. These moves, known as non-exercise activity thermogenesis or NEAT, can constitute as much as 50 percent of the total energy expenditure of a person who keeps busy throughout the day. Simple things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator and taking a brisk walk on your lunch hour can help sizzle calories and reduce fat. These 22 ideas can keep you moving, no sneakers required.
This supplement contains acai berry, which is said to have fat-burning benefits, plus it contains antioxidants that fight free radicals. Green tea leaf, Garcinia Cambogia, and grapefruit powder round out the powerful ingredients in this fat-burner, each offering benefits such as cellulite reduction and appetite suppression for a complete fat-burning plan of attack.
Skipping those salty snacks will put you on track for more weight loss in a hurry, no matter what your age. Research conducted at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine reveals that, contrary to popular belief, salt tends to make people hungry, not thirsty. Two groups on simulated missions to Mars were examined over the course of 105 and 205 days, respectively, with one group receiving saltier foods during the final weeks of their mock voyage. Researchers discovered that those given saltier foods actually drank less water than those on a low-salt diet, but complained of hunger more often. However, as expected, the saltier food did increase study participants’ water retention, meaning it can exacerbate the water retention and bloating issues associated with menopause, too. Salt isn’t the only habit making you heavy; the worst breakfast habits for weight loss could have you packing on the pounds with every passing year.
"My workouts are efficient, to the point, target problem areas, use all muscles all the time, and are sexy," expresses Winhoffer. "When I work out, I teach women to feel their bodies. That's how women become more beautiful ... When they are in touch with their deepest selves. Killer music, new moves, no stopping, cardio, and toning always." With notable clients including Madonna, Stella McCartney, and Mya, we'd say that Winhoffer's routines are definitely top-notch and effective!

"My boyfriend and I were really young when we got engaged. We had a baby about a year prior, and I felt pretty strongly that being married would give me some kind of confidence in being a young mother. I was also struggling with my postpartum body and thought if we got engaged, it would motivate me to lose weight. After we got engaged, I hired a personal trainer. My husband was a student, and I took care of our son as well as another child, so it wasn't really something we could afford. But I thought getting in shape to look my best for my wedding was the most important thing. I was semi-consistent and don't recall losing a lot of weight or changing my body composition in any significant way. But when I look back now, I see a beautiful young bride and I wish I had felt that way then." —Janelle Edwards, 30
There were periods of time where I was training really hard, and eating clean, resting, and so on. During those periods, it would seem as though magically, those fat burners were amazingly working. Well would you look at that, Angel is taking fat burners, and he's losing weight. Those things must work, look at how much body weight he has already loss!
At this point, you’ve spent around 20 or more years in the workforce. You’ve paid your dues and ran circles around your competition—resulting in your own office, possibly. So, why aren’t you owning that space like the boss you are? The first tweak for your office makeover: Invest in a height-adjustable stand-up desk; the crew at Eat This, Not That! uses Veridesk and swears by them. Here’s why this can be such a game changer for your waistline: A British study found that standing at work burned 50 more calories per hour than sitting. If that doesn’t sound like a lot, consider this: If you stand for just three hours of your work day, you’ll expend more than 30,000 extra calories per year—which amounts to about 8 pounds of fat! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MqB5nq2z2w
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