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The Top 5 Foods for Weight Loss – Answering Your Questions About Losing Weight


Can You Burn Fat With Food?

Hello folks!  Hope this post finds you well, happy and experiencing the good in your world!  Thanks for all your recent comments and a big welcome to my new readers (I know you’re out there, so hi !). 

I love this world of blogging and I also value your ideas, so please feel free at any time to share them. We can all learn from each other here, so don’t stay quiet if you’re bursting to share something. Sometimes ‘airing’ your thoughts (as opposed to locking them in your head) can be a helpful way to clarify them yourself.

Okay, so today’s post is my effort to answer the following question “Can you burn fat with food?” This is a great question and a frequently asked one! And the short answer is YES, you can increase your fat burning potential by eating certain foods.  The following list explores some of the best choices.

Top 5 Fat Burning Foods.

1) Not many people know this but water actually has an energy cost, that is, yes, it burns calories!! Drinking about 500 mls of water will actually burn about 25 calories and increase your metabolism for about half an hour after drinking it. 

If you start a very healthy water habit – say a litre a day, over the course of a week you will have burnt an extra 350 calories ! Add that up over a year and it’s definitely worth increasing your water intake. 

Please note that if you are exercising or out in the heat, this amount might not be sufficient.  Many of us do suffer slight dehydration most of the time, without realising it.  It’s only when dehydration becomes severe that we begin to notice the very negative and destabilising effect on the body, which comes in the form of headaches and fatigue. 

Don’t let it get that far – start your water habit today !!

2) Protein rich foods, such as eggs.  Protein is essential for muscle maintenance and general health.  Despite all the hype about eggs being cholesterol rich, one egg a day is allowable and desirable (if an individuals overall diet is otherwise low in cholesterol). Protein can also be found in lean meats such as chicken or if you prefer a completely fat free source of protein, try the whey protein powders found in health food stores.  These make delicious smoothies and are a great way to increase your overall daily intake.

3) Fiber!!  A very important part of everyone’s diet, but even more so if you want to lose weight.  Fibre works in two ways. Firstly by slowing the rate at which calories are ingested and secondly, by adding volume to your diet, you feel fuller for longer. 

Some recommended fiber foods (yes, I have these myself !) are oats, bran, wheatgerm, wholegrain breads, fruit and veges, seeds and nuts.  Why not try some of these for breakfast tomorrow??   If you feel you need a little sweetener, just add some low fat yoghurt to your plate.

4) Citrus Fruits, like grapefruit,oranges, tangerines or limes. The vitamin C has a fat burning quality.

5) Cod Liver Oil.  The value of fish oils is significant in overall health and wellbeing.  You can reduce inflammation of joints and skin,  reduce hypertension and lower body fat.  Although fish oil is best consumed by eating fresh fish itself, such as salmon or tuna, a supplement can be equally effective. 

 Medical authorities recommend eating fresh fish 2 or 3 times a week.   

So there you have it folks – the top 5 foods for healthy weight loss. Why not start incorporating even a few of these in your diet today??  

With peace and hugs,

Mon ( )

Exercise and Weight Loss and Doing The Things You Love – How To Lose Weight and Still Have Fun


Exercise and The Things You Love

Hi there Lovely People of Cyberspace,

Good to see you!! So I was wondering how many of you have exercised today?? 
Eeeekkkk, exercise !!! Such a scary word, but it doesn’t have to be.  At all.  Sometimes just taking the time to find something you love is the key.  So how do we do that?  Well one way to start is to drop that  somewhat ‘grown up’ approach to exercise you may have been habouring and cast your mind back in time. 

Thinking Outside The Square

What I mean here is perhaps finding something you loved as a child will give you a clue as to what we may still enjoy.  So why not sit down today, cast your mind back a few decades and think about what used to make your heart race with excitement and joy.  What gave you such a thrill to do that you always looked forward to it? Perhaps you liked racing around the streets on your bike? Dancing? Rollerskating?

Trying as many variables of these activities as possible will help you come up with an exercise you can stick to. Great!  That’s what we want for long term healthy change.

A Healthy Habit

So when you’ve had that good long think and have located in your mind those activities that gave you the most pleasure, then just grab the phone book (or try online) and find somewhere in your local area that offers what you’re after.  It could be a dance class.  Or perhaps you might buy that bike you’ve been thinking of getting.  Or maybe go to a roller disco and rollerskate your heart out!! The key here is to not think of it as exercise. It’s just a fun activity, that happens to get your body moving and your heart pumping.

A healthy habit can be as easy as that. 🙂

Take it up regularly (marking it in your diary is a good idea) and you’ve began your first fitness regime. 

Starting exercise doesn’t have to mean the whole box and dice – that is, gym workouts or 5 k runs every morning.  You may be ready for that later, but doing something as simple as suggested above is also a great kick start and might just be fun, too!!

When Should I Start?

Since so many of us struggle to find the ‘right’ time to begin our exercise regimes, I thought I’d tackle this problem too.  Some of us try beginning new things at New Year (too far away).  Some of us start new things on Mondays (why wait till then?).  In short, many of us keep putting it off till conditions (as we perceive them) become more ideal. 

“I’ll wait till I feel more motivated.” (Never gonna happen)

“I’ll wait till I get over this cold.” (Get over it, now!)

“I can’t exercise yet, because my foot/arm/hand/leg is still sore.” (Is it really?)

These are all very common types of excuses we tell ourselves. If you’ve used one of them, you are not alone. You’ve got many friends in your ‘excuses club’.  At certain times in my life, I myself was one of them. Not anymore.

Procrastination is Waste of Time

Seriously, putting things off can go on forever. We can go on (and on) waiting for the ‘right’ time, the ‘best time’ or a ‘better time’.  It rarely comes.

NOW , may I humbly suggest, is the time.

If you’ve stumbled upon this blog and thought you’d take a peek at this post, then I would like to suggest to that you’re ready for some healthy change in your life. You are ready to take action. To become more active. To start the road to a healthier lifestyle. Otherwise you wouldn’t have read this far.

So, why not start today.  NO, I said today! Not tomorrow.

Gosh, I’m bossy. I know.

Bossy Boots Me. Sometimes we need a little ‘bossy’ though and I guarantee if you step outside your comfort zone (or even just step outside your front door for a brisk 20 minute walk) you will have taken an enormous step toward becoming that happier, healthier YOU of your dreams.

 “A journey of a thousand miles, begins with one single step.”

Why not make that first step today?

With hugs for good health and happiness,

Mon ( )

Burning Calories, Shed kilos – Small Ways to Make A Big Difference To Calorie Expenditure


Incidental Exercise

Hello dedicated weight loss achievers,

I thought today we’d have a chat about some simple changes we can all make to change our daily activity levels and thus burn those unwanted calories.  If you are or are becoming ‘a skilled exercise avoider’ (and you are not alone), perhaps some of the following suggestions may be of interest.

I was prompted to write about this today after having several conversations with people recently who seem to have all the knowledge and good intention, yet still have not become regular and happy exercisers. They want to….but for some reason, don’t!

I could go into the psychological dynamics behind all that, but instead I thought I’d be more practical and suggest some small but achievable changes we, you and them can all make today.

1. Park your car a longer than normal distance away from where your work, office, school, the shopping centre or whatever your destination is and walk the remaining distance. Simple.  Easy.  No need to change your routine much for that one.

2. Take the stairs, instead of the lift or elevator, wherever and whenever you can.  This can add many steps to your day and over the next several days and weeks you will burn many more calories than you would have done otherwise.

3. Take the kids to the park.  Go on….it’s fun….walk, chase, climb, play ball with them or run after them….just be that little bit more active and have some fun too! Your kids will appreciate it and yep, a few more calories will be burnt away.

4. Avoid long periods of sitting.  In today’s society, we all suffer to some degree or other from the ailment which has sometimes been labelled ‘sititis’. It is kind of a modern day ill, created by our increasing use of machines (like computers!), office desks, televisions and cars, to name a few! And when we sit for extended periods our spines, hips and knees are all in constant flexion.

So if you find yourself sitting for extended periods, make the choice to get up about once every hour and move.  You can just stretch or better still, take a short walk around the office or home for 5 minutes or so.  You’ll return to your sitted activity a little more refreshed and….yes, you’ll have burnt a few calories as well.

Small changes, Big results

All these ideas come under the umbrella of what is called ‘incidental exercise’ – basically these are small changes you can incorporate into your everyday routine. 

So, why not try one (or all) of this suggestions today !!  Your back will ache less, your mind will feel refreshed and you will actually have begun, in a small but significant way, to exercise !  It’s how I started out, several years ago now. I may have moved on to running, weight training and other cardio these days….but I still try to include all of the above ideas into my daily activities as often as I can.  Little changes, made often and consistently, can eventually add up and will make a big difference, overtime, to your total calorie expenditure.

Good luck friends……..I hope you have fun with these few changes.

As always, I’d love hear your thoughts or experiences about this post or anything else you’d like to share.

Ciao and hugs,

Mon ( )

The Top 5 Foods for Weight Loss – Answering Your Questions About Losing Weight


Hello folks!  Hope this post finds you well, happy and actively finding the good in your world!  Thanks for all your recent comments and feedback and a big welcome to my new readers (I know you’re out there, so hi !).  I love this world of blogging and I also value your ideas, so please feel free at any time to share them. We can all learn from each other here, so don’t stay quiet if you’re bursting to share something. Sometimes ‘airing’ your thoughts (as opposed to letting them stay locked in your head) can be a way to clarify them for yourself.

Okay, so today’s post is my effort to answer the following question “Can you burn fat with food?” This is a great question and a frequently asked one! And the short answer is YES, you can increase your fat burning potential by eating certain foods. 

 So today I’ve bought you a list of the Top 5 Fat Burning Foods.

1) Not many people know this but water actually has an energy cost, that is, yes, it burns calories!! Drinking about 500 mls of water will actually burn about 25 calories and increase your metabolism for about half an hour after drinking it. 

 If you start a very healthy water habit – say a litre a day, over the course of a week you will have burnt an extra 350 calories ! Add that up over a year and it’s definetely worth increasing your water intake. 

Please note that if you are exercising or out in the heat, this amount might not be sufficient.  Many of us do suffer slight dehydration most of the time, without realising it.  It’s only when dehydration becomes severe that we begin to notice the very negative and destabilising effect on the body, which comes in the form of headaches and fatigue. 

Don’t let it get that far – start your water habit today !!

2) Protein rich foods, such as eggs.  Protein is essential for muscle maintenance and general health.  Despite all the hype about eggs being cholesterol rich, one egg a day is allowable and desirable (if an individuals overall diet is otherwise low in cholesterol). Protein can also be found in lean meats such as chicken or if you prefer a completely fat free source of protein, try the whey protein powders found in health food stores.  These make delicious smoothies and are a great way to increase your overall daily intake.

3) Fiber!!  A very important part of everyone’s diet, but even more so if you want to lose weight.  Fibre works in two ways. Firstly by slowing the rate at which calories are ingested and secondly, by adding volume to your diet, you feel fuller for longer. 

Some recommended fiber foods (yes, I have these myself !) are oats, bran, wheatgerm, wholegrain breads, fruit and veges, seeds and nuts.  Why not try some of these for breakfast tomorrow??   If you feel you need a little sweetener, just add some low fat yoghurt to your plate.

4) Citrus Fruits, like grapefruit,oranges, tangerines or limes. The vitamin C has a fat burning quality.

5) Cod Liver Oil.  The value of fish oils is significant in overall health and wellbeing.  You can reduce inflammation of joints and skin,  reduce hypertension and lower body fat.  Although fish oil is best consumed by eating fresh fish itself, such as salmon or tuna, a supplement can be equally effective. 

 Medical authorities recommend eating fresh fish 2 or 3 times a week.   

So there you have it folks – the top 5 foods for healthy weight loss. Why not start incorporating even a few of these in your diet today??  

With peace and hugs,

Mon ( )