Say No to Trans Fat & Get Your Figure Back!!!

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Hello everyone, welcome back!! Today I wanted to shed light on a figure transforming ingredient that many people are totally unaware of. I avoid this ingredient like a plague and I advise you to do the same!! Let’s just say that this particular ingredient does not have your best interest at HEART. As a matter of fact this ingredient works directly against your heart, waist, and shape. This ingredient will contribute to excess body fat and heart disease, so it should be evaded at ALL COST! Now I know you’re wondering what ingredient is that Big and Bad that it could sabotage your weight loss efforts, clog your arteries thus contributing to heart disease. Introducing your number 1 fat enemy Trans Fat aka partially hydrogenated oil. Weight loss tip #3 to apply on your journey is avoid Trans fat!

In life there are good fats (monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated) and bad fats (Saturated) but the baddest of them all is trans fat. So what is trans fat exactly and why is it so bad?! Well for starters it’s a man-made fat and it’s found in many of the foods we should avoid. Any fat that made its debut in Crisco should really send a red flag to anyone. The intentions of man when they created this fat was not for the greater good of society but instead was for the greater good of their pockets!!! That’s because trans fat was used to increase the shelf life of their products all the while decreasing humans life span. This horrible fat makes all of these things possible in part by the fact that when consumed it increases your bad cholesterol levels (LDL) and lowers your good cholesterol levels (HDL); and it’s the only fat that does that! So man really screwed up on this one to say the very least, and it’s our body’s that are paying the price for it!

On top of everything else trans fat has been proven to cause fat to be stored in your abdomen which explains so much!! Now I’m convinced that I had my fair share of trans fat because outwardly I had everything to prove it; the sagging sides (love handles), friction thighs to the point that I couldn’t wear shorts when I went running/or walking because it BURNED like heck!! My priority was taste so I could care less what was in the food as long as it tasted good everything else was irrelevant. For peace sake I didn’t even know the differences between the fats, in my head all fats were the same. Unfortunately I wasn’t the only one oblivious to the facts behind the fats so I’m glad that I have the opportunity to tell you that there is a DIFFERENCE, a huge difference!! Yes this fat is bad for your shape but more importantly it’s bad for your health.

So how can you avoid this FIGURE TRANSFORMING FAT?? Well first you have to read the nutrition label on everything before you buy it to make sure that it says 0 grams of trans fat.

But don’t stop there because it can list 0 grams of trans fat and still have trans fat in small amounts depending on how many servings you eat. So take it a step further and read the ingredients list and scan it for trans fat or its alias name partially hydrogenated oils. That scanning is necessary because if a serving of food has 0.5 grams of trans fat or less it doesn’t have to be listed in the Nutrition Facts because it’s a seemingly small amount; but you must keep in mind that the facts is based on a single serving. If you eat two or three servings in a day you just ate 1-2 grams of trans fat which is not good.

When you go out to eat ask to see the restaurants Nutritional Guide so that you can be certain that what you’re eating is free of trans fat because your health is worth more than those few seconds of taste.

Therefore I URGE you to avoid trans fat for the benefit of your health and your figure. You can do this by reading the nutrition facts, scanning the ingredients list for trans fat or partially hydrogenated oils because it’s the same thing, and when out to eat request to see their Nutritional Guide. I guarantee you will get your figure back if you say no to trans fat and live a healthy lifestyle.

Be sure to complete the poll below and if you have any questions or comments be sure to post them as well! If you would like more information on trans fat please visit http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/FatsAndOils/Fats101/Trans-Fats_UCM_301120_Article.jsp .

I hope that this tip will help you on your journey to a healthier you! Until next time 😉

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Do Yourself a Favor, Choose Water over Flavor

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Welcome back everyone! Today I wanted to share with you a tip for losing weight that tends to be over looked or just plain forgotten about. Some people get so caught up in wanting to lose weight that they forget about the basics. The basics involve what you’re drinking. If you’ve incorporated my previous weight loss tip (Calorie Counting) you’ve already begun to realize that 8 ounces of some drinks are not worth HUNDREDS of CALORIES! So if you want a natural way to increase your metabolism and regulate your appetite, thus causing you to lose weight, DRINK WATER (allaboutwater.org, 2004)! Making water your drink of choice will benefit your weight and your overall health! Rather you’re on a journey to weight loss or trying to maintain your weight, by applying this tip your body will surely reap the benefits! So let’s begin!

In my house I’m known as the Water Police, Water Girl, have you drunk enough water today Stalker! But I wasn’t always this way; as a matter of fact I was quite the contrary! Drinking water was not what I did because at times it would take me to get to the point of severe dehydration just to sip on some water! You would think that after drinking a liquid laxative, in order to lose weight, that I would resort to drinking water but no I would much rather drink sprite (probably because it was clear..lol)! I have No Doubt that my late night trips to grab a banana shake from Checkers and all the other calorie filled drinks I consumed helped make me the person you see in the picture above.

Obviously I was really ignorant to the role that water played in my body, and how it accounts for over half of our body weight, and what that actually meant. So to put this in perspective, our body has an account, similar to a bank account, but instead of it being filled with money it’s filled with water. If water is taken out of our body’s account it needs to be replaced or replenished, and if our account is in the negative we will become dehydrated. According to the Mayo Clinic, every day we lose water through our breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements, so in order for our bodies to function properly, we must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water (2011). So don’t get so caught up in loving flavor that you forget that your body NEEDS water!

Increasing my water intake to a gallon a day was one of the first things I did in order to lose weight; this lasted for about a week because that was an EXTREME commitment. So instead I strived for at least 8-10 glasses of water a day and I made note of each glass I drank. So by not drinking my calories I took in fewer calories (weight loss) and I had more calories for food. Now, I find it helpful to have a water filter in order to have constant access to water at home and to have bottles of water for me to take on-the-go.

Initially, drinking water may feel like a chore but if you stick to it, it will become a regular part of your lifestyle! Obviously the extra trips to the bathroom will take some getting used to, but that’s just one way God designed our bodies to flush out toxins and waste products.

So I encourage you to drink more water, keep your water account full, and consider buying a water filter to help you do this. The benefits are immense, so do yourself a favor and choose water over flavor!

Be sure to complete the poll below and if you have any questions or comments be sure to post them as well!

I hope that this tip will help you on your journey to a healthier you!  Until next time 😉

References

All about water .org (2004). 10 Reasons to drink water. Retrieved from http://www.allaboutwater.org/drink-water.html

Mayo Clinic. (2011). Water: How much should you drink every day? Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283