Why You Should Consider Losing That Belly Fat

The problem with belly fat, also known as visceral fat, is not just unsightly; it can be a real danger to your overall health. When you age, your body produces more insulin and more insulin production can lead to Type Two Diabetes. There are a number of things you can do to reduce this fat. One recommendation is to do moderate exercise. My wife and I are by no means over weight, but even slender people like us, need exercise. Since neither one of us drive any more, me because of my issues with vision and her brittle diabetes, we walk every where. Another way to fight off this type of fat is to increase the amount of protein in your diet. When you metabolize protein it causes your body’s ability to burn fat at a much more efficient rate and hence, your weight comes down and the fat around your mid-section is reduced.

Another option, according to a recent Swedish study, is to increase your intake of polyunsaturated fats instead of saturated fats. You can find these in sunflower or safflower oil, fish, nuts and seeds. What they also recommend is a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar every day. The acetic acid in vinegar causes an increase in proteins and proteins burn up fat. I recently wrote an article about yoga and yoga is recommended to burn up these fats, as well. The tightening of your abdomen fights off the stress hormone cortisol and when you over produce cortisol, you also have an increase in belly fat.

One overlooked area in the production of belly fat is sleep. I have a big problem with sleep. It is interesting to note that if you get less than five hours of sleep consistently every night or if your sleep is chaotic, like mine is, you run the risk of an increase in belly fat. You need to get at least eight hours per night of REM sleep to help ward off belly fat according to a Wake Forrest University study in 2010. Another major problem is sleep on the weekends. A lot of folks tend to sleep in on the weekends and this can confuse your metabolism because of the lack of consistency and on the weekends, we tend to over eat, over drink and become lazy. Anti-oxidants are really great at fighting off the fat producing qualities of cortisol. Cortisol also tends to stress out the cardiovascular system by increasing blood pressure and heart rate. Try red tea because the catechins burn up unhealthy fats. Follow the link http://www.sweetsciencenutrition.com/red-tea-detox-review to learn more about red tea.

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Yoga Poses for Women for a Healthy Living

Women are responsible, resourceful and encouraging -productive at work, and super-heroes at home! Without them, a family or workplace is incomplete. They hold a special status in our souls and lives. Have you ever thought how stressed these beautiful minds are? While they look after everybody around them, they neglect themselves and care the least about their health and bodies. For today’s busy women, yoga is the only answer to their well-being and long-term good health. We recommend these 5 Yoga Poses for Women.

1. The Plank Pose

Benefit: Useful for making arms, shoulder, back, core and quadricep strong. It is also beneficial for building upper body strength.

How to do it?

– Begin on all fours with your feet and knees hip-width separated. Place your hands approximately shoulder-width apart and expand your fingers far from each other.

– Face downward and squeeze into your palms and bring your ribs forward in such a way that your shoulders are immediately above your wrists.

– Push your heels toward the surface behind you and extend the top of your head in the forward direction to form a vertical line from the tip of your head to your feet. Keep the position for at least one minute.

2. The Tree Pose

Benefit: When your mind feels messed up and agonized, following this pose will help you attain calmness and tranquility. It is useful for strengthening the spine and legs.

How to do it?

– Stand with your feet and legs concurrently and hands on haunches. Shift your burden to your left foot as you curl your right knee and put the bottom of your right foot on the interior of your left leg.

– Face earthward, lift your arms straight up in the air, press your palms together. Draw your ribs in front in such a way that your shoulders are directly above your wrists.

3. The Boat Pose

Benefit: The boat pose helps in strengthening your upper torso and arms.

How to do it?

– Sit with your knee joints bent and feet level on the floor. Bend back somewhat. Elevate your legs, so that your calf muscles are lateral to the ground with knees bent.

– Stretch your arms in front, parallel to the ground and palms facing inside. Keep your chest raised and your core occupied. Slowly begin to unfold your legs. Continue for at least 5 minutes. Repeat 3-4 times.

4. The Embryo Pose

Benefit: This pose is excellent for relieving tightness in the lower back.

How to do it?

– Bend on a yoga mat with your toes touching the ground and knees apart. Rest on your heels.

– Lay your trunk in between your thighs and touch your forehead on the mat. Stretch your arms vertical in the forward direction, palms on the floor. Shut your eyes and inhale strongly. Sustain the position for atleast one minute.

5. The Camel Pose

Benefit: This pose is excellent for restoring the spine, loosening the chest and toning the thighs.

How to do it?

– Sit on floor on your knees and bend backward in such a way that you throw your head backward and look towards the ceiling.

– Take you hands behind of back and try to hold your toes while maintaining the back bend posture. Hold for two-three minutes.

Yoga for women is the best way to live a stress free and energy filled life. Do try these poses for a healthy body and mind!

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Benefits of Muscle Building Explained

Many people think of working out and building muscles just for the aesthetics part of it–to look good, to look impressive, to look intimidating, and to look tough. However, some people do it for more than just to look good. These people are in it for the health benefits that weight training provides. And if you’ll consider all those benefits, you’ll see that looking good is actually just a bonus. Some of the benefits of muscle building include

· It makes you stronger: If you want to become stronger than you are right now, the best thing to do is to grow muscles, when you become stronger you will be able to do so many things with ease.

· It attracts attention: This is the reason why some people do muscle building, they want to get attracted to the opposite sex.

· It helps to increase your body metabolism: If you want to lose weight, Body Building is a good option because your body fat reduces quickly when you increase your body metabolism rate. You will be able to use up your entire daily calorie intake and use up some of your body fat.

· It gives you confidence; this is what so many people lack. If you are skinny or overweight, you won’t have confidence in yourself but if you build muscles, your confidence will improve.

· It helps you live longer: This is the main reason why people who are above 40 years are very interested in building muscles. It is almost impossible to find a muscle builder who has diabetes and this is a major killer disease. So if you want to protect your body from diseases, grow your muscles to make it stronger.

· Increased Bone Density: Studies have demonstrated that weight-bearing exercises (or strength training) increase bone density and improve bone health thus lessening a person’s risk of suffering from osteoporosis and stress fractures.

With the above advantages of muscle building, you will agree with me that it is good for everyone to participate in body building. Also, make sure you follow a good program or buy a good muscle building product.

If you have been using a product or workout routine for a long time and it is not working, it is better to stop and find a better workout routine.

Some people think that if they stop growing muscles, their muscles will turn to fat, this is not true as muscle and fat are two different things.

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