Fat Loss Drugs more Harm than Good

OTC weight loss drugs

Another fat loss drug is taken off the shelves in the midst of possible deadly side effects. “Meridia pulled from shelves amidst serious health concerns”

On one hand they tell you that drugs are bad for you. On the other hand they say, well if we make them in our labs then they are good for you. In the red corner we’ve got all the banned and illegal substances and in the other corner we have the “ok” substances because they’ve been approved by the American FDA…at least temporarily. Read more of this post

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Burn More Calories, Lose More Fat

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So you’re interested in burning losing more body fat? Well we can all agree that your nutritional intake is going to play a major role in your fat loss, but in order to sustain long term fat loss you’ve got to burn the calories and build muscle. The problem is that most people spend very little time being active enough to burn some extra calories during the day. Just 30 minutes a few times a week has been shown to have significant impact, but what you do during that 30 minutes matters big time!

Here’s a few calorie burning stats from Men’s Health with my personal spin. These activities have been assigned a calorie count per hour based on a 180lb male. Here we go…

Of course you could sit at your desk for an hour and burn 147 calories. Now that’s low. Get out of that chair and move around a bit during that hour and increase your calorie expenditure at work.

You could Golf and burn 368 Calories per hour. I’m sure this includes walking from hole to hole. Come on guys, it’s a sport so use those legs.

You’re gonna love this one. Having sex apparently burns 160 Calories per hour. A couple points I have to make here. 1) Sitting at the desk burns 147 calories so I’m assuming this guy is just laying there. 2) How many guys go for an hour straight? If so, I think the caloric output would be a lot higher. Just my opinion.

Strength training would burn about 655 calories per hour. Definitely depends on your strength training session. We’re not talking about a leisurely lift or two with a 5 minute chat and a 10 minute stare at the girls on the treadmill guys!

Running up stairs burns about 1221 calories per hour. Who can run stairs for an hour? Well that’s not the point. If you divide that hour by 4 and get 15 minutes you would burn approximately 300 calories in 15 minutes. That’s a lot. I’m going to question Men’s Health on that one.

Whatever you do, get more active and burn more calories. The more activity the better and the greater the intensity, challenge or muscle groups involved the higher the caloric expense. So get after it and lose that body fat!

Healthy Juice Recipe

I received a gift from a client a couple of weeks ago and I thought it was wonderful. I’m always making fruit shakes and things like that so it was a very thoughtful gift. It was a little book by Tarla Dalal called Health Juices for Daily Use.  The book has tons of recipes for healthy juices that you can either make with a blender or a juicer. I’m used to making juices with my blender so I was going to make an attempt at a few of the juices using the blender until just a few days ago another client brought a juicer that she no longer had use for as she would be moving back to the United States. The timing couldn’t be any more impeccable.  So I popped open the book and found a recipe in the section titled Cleansing Juices and found an interesting one called Minty Morning.

This juice is quite simple and only contains two ingredients; oranges and mint leaves. Dalal’s book says that…

“Oranges boost overall resistance and also stimulate the salivary glands thus aiding digestion. Mint on the other hand is rich in iron and vitamin C. It is also the best digestive and cooling herb. By combining the health-giving properties of oranges with mint;  this juice makes for a powerful cleanser”

Check out the recipe.

Ingredients

4 medium sized oranges, peeled and separated into segments

8-10 sprigs of mint with leaves roughly chopped

For more of this recipe check out Tarla Dalal’s book Healthy Juices for Daily Use.

Eat an Apple a Day and Keep the Doctor Away; Why Apples are so Good for You (via Health is a Habit’s Blog)

I’ve been eating an average of 2 apples per say for the last 4 months or so and I can attest that not only do I feel great, but my digestive system seems to be on hyperdrive. Apples of course have a great deal of fiber which not only has fat loss properties, but cholesterol lowering capabilities. Apples are also high in insoluble fiber, which is great for your intestines and colon health.

I know that apples can be boring so I often mix things up with my apples. Some days I will put two apples in a protein shake. Other days I’ll just have two apples outright. Some days I will spread peanut butter over slices of apple or raw organic almond butter for a balanced and healthy snack and other days I will dice them and put them in a salad. Whatever you choose, be sure to incorporate apples in your diet as a part of a healthy and nutritious lifestyle.

Eat an Apple a Day and Keep the Doctor Away; Why Apples are so Good for You You’ve all heard that saying before. It may be very true. Let’s look at really how good apples are. You know how delicious they are but did you know they are chemically complex and a great way to help control cholesterol levels? They contain a range of elements which research has shown to be effective in countering heart disease and stroke. Remember Johnny Appleseed, All ye who love the apple; He served his kind by word and deed, In God’s grand g … Read More

via Health is a Habit’s Blog

3 Meals for More Fat Loss

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If fat loss is your goal, then check out these healthy meals guaranteed to help you lose more body fat.

1.Blueberry Cheesecake Breakfast

2. Fresh Tuna Salad

3. Apple Protein Shake

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Healthy Traveler; How to keep your healthy lifestyle while traveling

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Living a healthy and active lifestyle when you travel can be a challenge for all of us. Whether we’re a short term traveler or we’re in it for the long haul, there are hurdles and difficulties surrounding our efforts to remain in shape or to get in better shape. Meeting the challenges in front of you as a healthy traveler can be made easier if you have the right tools in your tool belt. Here are five things you can do to keep up your healthy lifestyle while traveling. Read more of this post

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers Recipe

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Lately I’ve been receiving a lot of hits regarding Quinoa. Quinoa is a brilliant food and when you talk about whole grains, Quinoa actually fulfills the standard to be considered a whole food. Although technically Quinoa is not a whole grain but a seed, it serves to take the place of grains on your plate. It can be sprouted and is great for people who have gluten allergies. This recommendation came from one of our blog followers here in Bangkok and I though it was awesome. Keep sending  these delicious discoveries so that others can enjoy these wonderful foods. Check out the recipe. Read more of this post

30 High Sodium Foods to Stay Away From

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I was looking through Men’s Health and came across the 30 Saltiest Foods in America list.  Based on a 2000 calorie diet, the daily recommended amount of sodium intake is about 2400g according to Netrition.com. I would probably stay below that number if possible. High levels of sodium lead to a whole host of problems in the body. According to Men’s Health Read more of this post

How to Make Raw Almond Milk

Making Fresh Almond Milk

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For vegetarians, vegans, or any of the health conscious folks out there, this one is for you. Almonds provide protein and essential fats and finding things to do with them can be difficult. Almond Milk is a great way to enjoy the smooth taste of almonds in a liquid form. Check out this recipe for a tasty, refreshing drink. Read more of this post

From Flab to Fit

There are a lot of contributors to the Active Lifestyle community.  I wanted to highlight a good friend and one of our contributors  fat loss journey.   She has shared her musings and experience with readers and I think it’s great for those seeking change to find real people who have changed their life and lifestyle.  As a personal trainer, I always recommend that my clients find a role model to pattern themselves after. Everyone’s goals are different but we can find inspirations all around us. Have a look at Linda’s Fat Loss Journey “From Flab to Fab”

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