January 18, 2009 by Scott Boehler Filed under Weight Loss

Let’s face it, there are more of us that need to lose weight than do not. Losing weight is truly one of the toughest things to do. It takes determination, dedication, and self-control. There are so many ads out there for miracle pills, and other schemes that claim losing a lot of weight in a short period of time without exercising. Those are scams. Weight loss can happen in a more natural way, you just need to understand how to go about it.

First of all, talk to your doctor or dietitian to find out what a healthy weight should be for you so you can start to set goals for yourself to know where you need to be. Once you understand the weight you should be to maintain your health, there are some tips that can help you get there.

The key thought when you start your road to losing weight is that it will not happen overnight. You did not gain all that weight overnight, so don’t expect to lose it that quickly either.

Here are some tips to get you in the right direction:

Drinks. There are a variety of different drinks out there that we all love. I personally love my diet sodas. Although they are diet, it doesn’t mean that they are great for you. Diet sodas tend to make you crave sweets and, to be honest, I have talked to someone who works for a soft drink company and he told me that there are calories in these sodas, despite what the nutrition label says. I would stick to drinking water; if you don’t like the taste f plain water there are true 0 calorie” flavored waters that you can try. Remember when you are hungry, you are actually thirsty so try to follow the 8 glasses of water routine on a daily basis.

Portions. It is best to minimize your portions of each meal that you consume. There was a time when I was eating 3 full bowls of cereal in the morning; that is crazy! Start to measure your foods and try and eat 5 meals a day. A small breakfast, a decent lunch, a healthy snack, a decent dinner, and then another healthy snack will do you a lot of good.

Eat Slowly. I can’t emphasize this enough. You ever eat a big meal so fast that you still feel hungry? That is because your brain hasn’t been sent the message that you are full. Eat slowly so your brain catches up to what is going in. You will feel fuller faster and it will go a long way.

Eat to Live, Don’t Live to Eat. Start to keep your brain moving at home and at work. Keep busy. Start some new hobbies. These things will keep you from obsessing over eating. A lot of people think about food a lot, and that is usually because their minds are not pre-occupied with anything that is productive. If you feel yourself thinking about food soon after a meal, chew a piece of gum, go for a walk, do a crossword puzzle, but retrain your brain!

Fruits and Veggies. Repeat..Fruits and Veggies. Not much else to say here but go in your closet, throw out all the chips and cookies and donuts and replace them with your favorite fruits and vegetables and make sure you eat 5 servings a day. Not only is it healthy to eat, it will help you feel full thanks to the water content.

Treat Yourself for a Job Well Done. I am not going to tell you to go nuts, but part of the process of continuing to dedicate yourself to losing weight is to reward yourself. It doesn’t hurt once a week after you have been committed to maybe have that small piece of cake as a reward. Just don’t overdo it.

EXERCISE! OK so I had to yell that one out. People, you have to exercise. If you haven’t been following an exercise regimen for a while, start one. One thing I did a few years ago because I was having back pains because of the weight I gained was to go bowling. 3 games of bowling is the equivalent of walking about a mile and you will have fun doing it (plus you can sit in between turns to rest that back). After a while I started walking. First 20 minutes a day until I was able to walk a full 60 minutes a day. Don’t kill yourself right away but gradually work your way up to that 60 minute mark.

Weight Training. I am not asking you to build mass muscle, but add some weight training into your routine. I like to use ankle and wrist weights while I walk. That is a great start. Join a gym and work out lightly, but work out. Great Tip: If you start a weight training routine, lift the weights first then do your walking; you will burn more calories that way.

Last But Not Least..You Will Fall Off the Horse From Time to Time. So brush yourself off and get back on. We all slip from time to time, it is natural. Just recognize it, don’t beat yourself up for it, and get back on track tomorrow.

January 18, 2009 by Scott Boehler Filed under Weight Loss

Looking for effective fat burning techniques? You are not alone as there are thousands of people who search for similar information every single day. There are plenty of techniques but you have to pick one that is really suitable for your body.

Burning fat should not be your only aim but rather to lose weight and stay healthy should be the main focus when you choose from the following fat burning techniques. These are all popular methods that are widely used today.

Busy people take up circuit training in gyms as they can be completed in the shortest possible time. Typically, in circuit training, it involves a dozen exercise stations where you have to go through. You will be doing some weightlifting, sprints, working out at lifting machines etc.

2. Adjust Your Fat Burning Techniques Periodically

Staying on a particular plan can be boring at times. Most people fail in their dieting plans because the meals are either too bland or lacking in variety. Even exercise regimes can become too monotonous after a while. This is why you need to adjust your exercise or diet.

It is no good to always focus on one type of exercise and depending on one diet plan only. To see a breakthrough, experiment with new fat burning techniques occasionally.

The South Beach diet is a popular fat burning technique. Used by many celebrities, the ingredients are readily available in groceries. This fat burning technique does not require you to drastically change your carb intake.

What the South Beach diet does is it controls your hunger pangs. However, it is quite safe and does not lead to a severe loss of appetite.

These are some of the most effective fat burning techniques that have allowed millions of users lose some pounds, look better and become healthier.

Chicken Piccata with Pasta and Mushrooms

January 18, 2009 by Scott Boehler Filed under Recipes

Chicken Piccata with Pasta and Mushrooms

Our piccata, made with chicken breast and served over whole-wheat pasta, replicates the rich lemon-caper sauce without the extra butter found in classic Italian piccatas. Make it a meal: Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan, if desired, and serve sauteed zucchini on the side.

Our piccata, made with chicken breast and served over whole-wheat pasta, replicates the rich lemon-caper sauce without the extra butter found in classic Italian piccatas. Make it a meal: Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan, if desired, and serve sauteed zucchini on the side.

4 chicken cutlets (3/4-1 pound total), trimmed

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until just tender, 4 to 6 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse.

Meanwhile, whisk 5 teaspoons flour and broth in a small bowl until smooth. Place the remaining flour in a shallow dish. Season chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper and dredge both sides in the flour. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned and no longer pink in the middle, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; keep warm.

Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in the pan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, until they release their juices and begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add garlic and wine to the pan and cook until reduced by half, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the reserved broth-flour mixture, lemon juice and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes.

Stir in parsley, capers, butter and the reserved mushrooms. Measure out 1/2 cup of the mushroom sauce. Toss the pasta in the pan with the remaining sauce. Serve the pasta topped with the chicken and the reserved sauce.

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