Hoodia Side Effects – No One Knows For Sure

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Fitness, Health | Posted on 15-09-2012-05-2008

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Hoodia gordonii is a plant that is grown in South Africa.  This plant has a centuries old reputation for suppressing hunger and thirst and was used by bushmen as a way to keep them from getting hungry and thirsty before they set off on long dessert trek. The bushman not only didn’t show any ill effects from ingesting the plant they also spoke of increased vitality and energy.  Drug companies have spent decades trying to isolate the compound that gives hoodia gordonii it’s seemingly miraculous powers.

P57 is the compound in hoodia that is credited with helping to suppress appetite and thirst by tricking the brain into thinking it is full and satisfied thus decreasing the desire to eat and drink.  While scientists have been unable to incorporate the compound into a diet supplement, they have used the hoodia plant as a whole to create beneficial appetite suppressants.  The hoodia side effects have been shown to not exist at all.

There haven’t really been too many documented studies to verify how safe the supplement is to use as a diet aid, but evidence suggests that it has no ill effects and that actually the health benefits of weight loss would seem to outweigh any potential negative side effects of the hoodia gordonii.

One note, since hoodia gordonii can suppress thirst as well as appetite you do need to be careful to drink enough water throughout your day.  It’s very easy to get dehydrated if you wait until you feel thirst before drinking, since you won’t feel thirsty while taking the supplement.  And, obviously, since hoodia suppresses the appetite it’s important that you are careful to eat enough high nutrient foods to keep your body healthy.

As with most drugs, it’s important to use caution if you are nursing or pregnant and you should always consult your doctor before you start taking a supplement, especially if you are taking other medications, to avoid dangerous interactions.  Many people mistakenly believe that as long as the product is all natural they don’t have to worry about taking it, that is not always the case and it’s better to be safe than sorry, talk to your doctor.

Another thing to keep in mind when using, or considering using, any weight loss supplements is to not expect miracles.  There is nothing wrong with getting some extra help but you have to be willing to eat properly (enough of the right kinds of food) and get plenty of exercise.  A supplement is exactly that: a supplement.  It shouldn’t be the do all end all of your weight loss plan, be willing to make the needed lifestyle changes so your weight loss can be permanent.

Hoodia gordonii is an all natural plant that can help you accomplish your weight loss goals (when combined with a proper nutrition plan and plenty of exercise) which has gained in popularity in recent years in large part due to the lack of hoodia side effects.  As long as you talk to your doctor first and carefully following the dosing instructions, there is no evidence to suggest that you will have any negative side effects using this supplement.  Good luck on your weight loss goals.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Gastric Bypass Problems

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Fitness, Health | Posted on 08-09-2012-05-2008

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Any type of surgical procedure comes with risks, some have higher risks than others.  When it comes to gastric bypass problems the risks aren’t only associated with the surgery but with the lifestyle after the surgery as well. In order for you to have a successful outcome it’s very important that you fully understand, and follow, your doctors post op advice when it comes to the type and amount of food you can eat.

For most people the potential health benefits far outweigh the risks.  Everyone knows that to be overweight is to invite a myriad of health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.  For people who are hundreds of pounds overweight the sheer act of moving at all can be close to impossible which will make weight loss next to impossible without some medical intervention.

Here is a list of some of the most common surgery complications:

1. Death

2. Anaesthetic complications

3. Infection

4.  Leaks where the incisions are located.

5.  Bleeding post-surgery.

6.  Blood clots.

7.  Kidney failure.

Because many of these risk factors are exacerbated by having too much fat on your body, your doctor may require you to lose weight prior to the procedure.  It’s important that you understand that this type of surgery isn’t an easy way out.  You will need to be strict with yourself both before and after the surgery.  You will set yourself up for failure if you go into this with the idea that this is some sort of quick fix, or easy solution.  You will still need to watch what you eat and get plenty of exercise, just like everyone needs to do if they want to lose weight.

Another thing that you should consider is that due to the bypassing of part of your stomach and small intestine, your body will have more difficulty absorbing nutrients.  For this reason you will need to take a vitamin supplement.  Most often your doctor will recommend iron, calcium, protein, and B-12 to name a few. These are the vitamins and minerals that won’t be as readily absorbed by your body after your surgery.

Another common side effect of the surgery is depression.  Up to 23% of the people who undergo the surgery report feelings of depression post-surgery.  This is commonly thought to occur because many people blame all the problems in their life on the fact that they are overweight and they subconsciously expect their life to be wonderful after the surgery.  When they realize that they have many of the same problems after the surgery as they did before the surgery they can get depressed.  That’s why it’s so important for anyone contemplating the surgery to make sure they have realistic expectations about what the surgery can, and cannot, do for their lives.

For many people who are morbidly obese, a gastric bypass can literally mean the difference between life and death.  Even so, it isn’t something that should be entered into lightly.  Much thought and care needs to go into your decision to undergo this procedure.  It’s also important that you carefully consider all the possible gastric bypass problems both during and after the surgery that you may encounter so that you can be prepared for them when, and if, they occur.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

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Drink Your Way To Weight Loss

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Health | Posted on 06-09-2012-05-2008

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Whether you are trying to get rid of an unsightly beer belly or want to look good in a swimsuit, the battle of the bulge can be a tricky one to win. The good news is that it’s entirely possible to drop the pounds in a relatively short amount of time. How to lose weight comes down to one thing: burning more calories than you take in. Therefore, you either have to burn them, or decrease your intake. Here is one way to help you do the latter: Cut out soft drinks. First we’ll cover soda, then we’ll look at some other options.

You may think that drinking just one soda per day doesn’t make that much of a difference. If you’re active, and have your weight under control, then having the occasional soda is fine. But let’s take a look at how that one soda can add up and what the impact on your weight will be when you go with a calorie-free alternative.

Let’s use some simple math to see what a positive difference this one small change can make when trying to lose weight. The first thing to know is that every 3,500 calories you get rid equals one pound. Next, a typical 12 ounce can of soda contains 150 calories. Okay, here’s how it works out…

365 days in a year X 150 calories per 12 oz. = 54,750 total calories.

54,750 calories divided by 3,500 calories = 15.6 pounds!

Talk about a small change that can make add up to significant weight loss. And if you happen to drink soda in larger bottles, it could make a difference of 30 pounds or more. But be careful that you don’t replace those calories with other calories. In other words you have to cut those calories out completely to get the full benefit.

So, what are the options? Most people think juice is a good replacement for soda. Not if you’re counting calories it isn’t. For example, while soda may have 150 calories per 12 ounces, grape juice has closer to 250. Some juices have a higher water content, so you’ll have to check the label to be sure. However, if it’s a choice between soda and fruit juice, go with the juice. At least the juice contains some vital nutrients while soda is nothing but empty calories.

Another thing you may not be aware of is that the sugar in soft drinks can make you thirsty.  Putting you into an endless loop of drinking calorie-laden beverages to slake the thirst that the same beverages are causing.

The best way to quench your thirst when trying to lose weight is water. Keep a large bottle within arm’s reach throughout the day, making it easy to take a sip when needed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Cost Of Gastric Bypass Surgery

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Health | Posted on 05-09-2012-05-2008

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Many people are finding themselves in a ‘catch 22’ situation these days: they desperately need to have gastric bypass surgery, but they can’t get it since they either don’t have insurance, or the insurance that they have doesn’t cover the cost.  There are real benefits to the surgery and for those people who are suffering from severe obesity related health issues, the need is even more urgent.  This article will show you what the cost of gastric bypass surgery is which may make it easier for you to decide on the best course of action for you and your health.

Unfortunately, insurance companies seem to be run primarily by short sighted bean counters, people who only look at the bottom line and won’t consider any procedure that will cost money.  When it comes to gastric bypass surgery, this short sighted approach is actually costing the insurance companies more money.  Why? Because they will be paying to treat diabetes, heart disease, stroke and many other obesity related illnesses for many years.  By approving just one gastric bypass procedure they could be dramatically reducing the number of claims they get for the other obesity related illnesses.

One word of caution: don’t automatically assume that your insurance company won’t cover the surgery particularly if you are morbidly obese and have been for many years.  Many companies will also do a complete physical, and emotional, workup before making a decision on whether or not to allow the procedure. More and more insurance companies are coming to understand the benefits of allowing this type of surgery, make sure you check with your company.

The cost of the surgery can range from between $15,000 and $25,000.  Some clinics who perform the procedure will allow the patient to set up a payment plan, again, it’s important that you don’t assume anything and instead ask the question. 

Some people are also having success by going to other countries, such as Mexico, to have the procedure done.  In some cases well qualified doctors can perform the surgery much cheaper in other countries due to the fact that they don’t have to pay the ridiculously high mal practice insurance premiums that they need in the U.S. to protect themselves against frivolous lawsuits.

If you opt to have your surgery done somewhere else it’s very important that you carefully research to find a highly qualified doctor and clinic to perform the procedure.  While it’s possible to save some money, you want to make sure you aren’t sacrificing quality or safety. 

The bottom line is this: the cost of gastric bypass surgery can be high, but if you are morbidly obese and are suffering from a multitude of other health issues, you should try to do everything possible to get your weight to a more normal level.  Make sure you ask questions and don’t just assume that you can’t afford the procedure, you may be surprised at some of the help that is available.  Your employer may even be able to provide some help with this issue.  Just don’t give up, keep working on ways to improve your health.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Are You Serious About Weight Loss

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Fitness, Health | Posted on 28-08-2012-05-2008

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In today’s stressed-out society, it can be difficult to even think about investing the time to eat properly and exercise. You may be struggling with obesity, but also struggling with finding the time to care for yourself properly. As your blood pressure and cholesterol increase, your doctor may recommend weight loss. However, time constraints can lead you to wonder how you’ll ever find the time to improve your health.

If you’re short on time, but need to lose weight, use these time saving weight loss tips to help you on your way. The pounds will begin to drop off, and your self-esteem will increase.

Drink Water: 

Drinking water can be a great way to improve your health. Hydration helps the body to process and shed extra fat and toxins. Flushing the fat out of your body on a regular basis will lead to weight loss. Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day for optimal health. If you struggle with the lack of flavor, try adding a lemon or lime wedge, or one of the new sugar free drink mixes.

Build Exercise Into Your Day: 

Take small steps to increase your activity throughout your day. Park your car further from your office. Walk between buildings instead of calling your coworkers. Take a walk on your lunch break. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Meet your friends for a morning jog. Every little bit helps towards your weight loss goals.

Swap Out High Fat Foods for Lower Fat Options:

This can be a relatively painless way to decrease your calorie count. Swap out your rich ranch dressing for a fat free or low calorie salad dressing. Skip the cheese. Switch to 2% or fat free dairy products.

Avoid Liquid Calories:

Sodas, juices, specialty coffee drinks, and alcoholic beverages can all pack a high calorie punch. Liquid calories don’t fill you up the same way food does, so it can be easy to overdo it if you aren’t careful. Skip the high calorie liquids, and stick with water.

** As a little sidenote on this particular tip, reducing your intake of these liquids, will also help you save money. Now how cool is that.

Try incorporating a few of these tips into your day to see how easy it can be to make healthy choices. Weight loss is a gradual process, and every small step you take towards your goal helps. Even with time constraints, you can make small daily changes to help move you towards your goal weight. You’ll be wearing a smaller size before you know it!

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Post Gastric Bypass

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Health, Nutrition | Posted on 24-08-2012-05-2008

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The people who undergo gastric bypass surgery normally do so because they are sick and tired of being sick and tired, they want to live a healthier, more active lifestyle and in order to do that they need to lose significant amounts of weight.  While some people may view weight loss surgery as an easy way out, the reality is that if this type of surgery is going to work you are going to have to be fully committed to making permanent lifestyle changes post gastric bypass.

This procedure will greatly reduce the size of your stomach which will make it virtually impossible for you to overeat, that in turn will lead to significant weight loss.  Another thing that will lead to is a dramatic change in your lifestyle, especially your eating habits.  It’s not just about how much you eat but also how often and what you eat.  All of this will play a part in the success of your surgery.

Here are some specifics that can help ease you through this transition period:

1. You will be eating a lot of Jell-o and nutrition shakes after your surgery, about 30 days after your surgery to be exact. You won’t be allowed to have any type of solid food for a solid month after your surgery.  Your body has changed dramatically and you will need to allow your body enough time to properly heal before you can eat any solid food.

Don’t worry, during this period it’s common to start wondering if you’ve made a huge mistake, this is a dramatic change for most people and it can be very unsettling, just hang in there and soon you’ll begin to see changes and you’ll realize that you made the right choice in having the surgery.

2.  Your doctor will want you to take vitamins to supplement any nutrients you may not be receiving from your food intake, it’s very important that you don’t forget to take them.  Your body must get enough fuel so that it can run properly and make it possible for you to heal.

3.  After the first 30 days of a liquid only diet you will be able to start eating soft foods such as pureed vegetables.  The changes you’ve undergone may affect the types of food you can tolerate.  For example, some people find that they never want to, or can’t, eat a certain type of food again, like meat.  With others they don’t notice any real differences in the types of foods that they can eat, they just have to eat less.

4. Once you’ve gotten past the first several months you will be able to start eating more ‘regularly’ again.  That doesn’t mean you can go back to the old eating habits you had before the surgery, it just means that you will be able to eat more than liquid or soft foods. You will still want to stay away from too many carbs, fat, sugar, etc.  It will be important for your body to continue to eat only whole, unprocessed food whenever possible.

These are just some of the lifestyle changes that you can expect post gastric bypass.  The transition may be a little tough, most changes are at first, but in the long run the process will work if you’re willing to do your part and you follow the advice of your doctor.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

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Discover The Truth About Gastric Bypass Statistics

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Health | Posted on 16-08-2012-05-2008

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For many morbidly obese people who are facing serious health issues related to their obesity, gastric bypass may be the answer to losing weight and getting healthy.  It’s not a quick fix or a ‘lazy persons’ way out, it’s a procedure that can help someone lose a lot of weight more quickly than they could with traditional diet and exercise alone.  This quick weight loss is the key since the sooner the weight comes off the more quickly a person’s health can improve.  While everyone is different and results will be different from one person to the next, here are some gastric bypass statistics that you can consider.

The basic concept behind the surgery is pretty simple: close off a portion of the stomach so a person can’t eat as much food all at once.  Eating less food, and taking in fewer calories, will make it possible for someone to lose weight at a significant pace.  Since this method emphasizes proper nutrition and lifestyle changes the rapid weight loss doesn’t have the unhealthy aspects that many other rapid forms of weight loss have.

The most important thing to think about is how would you define whether or not the procedure was a success?  Would you define it based on a certain amount of weight you lost or would you define it based on whether or not you kept that weight off?  Some will define the success or failure of the procedure based solely on achieving, and maintaining, a normal Body Mass Index for over five years after the procedure.  Knowing what your expectation are and making sure they are realistic is a very important step for you to take prior to making a final decision on whether or not you are going to undergo the procedure.

For those people who are classified as morbidly obese, having a Body Mass Index of between 30% and 49%, the success rate has been shown to be as high at 93%. 

A new category, Super Obese, has been coined and that indicates anyone with a Body Mass Index of above 50%, for those people the success rate actually goes down somewhat to about 57%.  (Though it should be noted that for many this simply means that they didn’t get or maintain a normal Body Mass Index for five years or more.  That doesn’t mean that they didn’t make dramatic improvements to their overall health).

Many studies have shown that patients who undergo the procedure, and make the required lifestyle changes, will reduce their other obesity related health issues such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. 

With the very real, and life threatening, health issues associated with being obese, it’s imperative that anyone who is overweight take significant steps to lose weight and improve their mobility.  Eating less and moving more can have a huge impact on your health, your appearance, and your overall sense of wellbeing.  For some people, surgery will provide them with the best chance of a positive result. While the actual results can vary dramatically from one person to another, the actual gastric bypass statistics tend to show that for many people who are seriously overweight, this surgery can help them achieve the normal Body Mass Index that is at the heart of having a healthy body.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Granulated Skin Under The Abdomen In Obese People – Lose Weight End Your Misery

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Health | Posted on 08-08-2012-05-2008

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Granulated skin under the abdomen in obese people isn’t the only skin problem that overweight people face. Most people are aware of health problem caused by carrying too many excess pounds. They will list heart disease and high blood pressure, diabetes, increased risk of stroke, certain cancers etc. But they will rarely mention the skin problems that can cause misery to those suffering from obesity. Common problems include things like heat rashes where the skin folds become red and inflamed due to sweat building up.

Dark patches under your eyes or elsewhere on your body are also common. This can be caused by poor circulation and the kidneys and liver not operating efficiently. They are under so much pressure caused by a combination of poor diet, weight gain and lack of exercise that they cannot work as effectively as they should be. This can lead to a build-up of toxins in the body which often causes adverse health issues and can lead to illnesses such as cancer. 

It is very important that your internal organs operate to the best of their ability. You want to get rid of toxins as fast as possible not allow them to build up to poison your system. The body is its own natural healer but only when it can operate effectively. Increasing the amount of water you drink will help to get your liver and kidneys functioning better and this should reduce the dark patches.

Stretch marks are common in overweight people as a result of putting on weight and can cause huge embarrassment. Skin tags are also very common particularly if the person has an underlying problem with insulin such as diabetes. If you notice that you have skin tags and you haven’t been diagnosed with an insulin related illness, you should speak to your doctor.   He will examine you thoroughly in case these tags are a symptom of a more pressing problem.

Yeast infections are also very common with Candida enjoying the moist and dark crevices causes by folds of skin.  This can be extremely unpleasant and difficult to treat.  Candida could also be affecting your internal organs and may be a cause of sugar cravings if you suffer from these.  You need to see your medical advisor for treatment and to discuss any other areas that a yeast infection could have taken hold.

Having too much loose skin can also become a problem particularly if the obese person loses weight too quickly and their skin doesn’t have a chance to recover its elasticity.  Drinking water will help as will losing weight gradually following a healthy living plan rather than a quick fix faddy diet that won’t work and will leave you feeling miserable. 

So now you know that granulated skin under the abdomen in obese people isn’t the only skin issue they have to worry about.  If you needed motivation to lose weight, all of these skin problems together with the more serious illness that being overweight can lead to is hopefully enough to get you to seek help and advice to get your BMI level down to a healthier level. With time and patience you will do it but only if you take that first step.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

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Being Obese And The Health Problems It Can Cause

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Health | Posted on 06-08-2012-05-2008

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Being obese and the health problems it can cause have probably already been flagged by your doctor.  Carrying too many excess pounds puts a severe burden on your body which can result in painful limbs and joints. It also puts pressure on your internal organs preventing them from working efficiently. Your heart has to work harder to pump oxygen around your body and this can lead to heart disease. Your lungs struggle to cope and this can lead to breathing difficulties.

Your liver and your kidneys are the two most important organs in your body for dealing with toxins.  These organs get rid of the poisons we all consume on a daily basis. But if they are not working at optimum levels these poisons can build up in our systems causing anything from dark patches under our eyes and elsewhere on our skin to cancer and other serious illnesses.    Most obese people do not drink sufficient water which can lead their systems to dehydrate imposing yet more pressure on the liver and kidneys and eventually they will begin to fail. The fact that these internal organs are not working at optimum levels could be one reason why you struggle to lose weight.  A detox diet to kick start them into working better often works very well so long as you are sensible, follow your doctors advice and don’t use it as a long term weight loss plan.

Other health issues being overweight can cause is fertility problems and hormone conditions such as thyroid issues. If you are trying for a baby and either you or your partner are overweight, this could be the cause of your failure to conceive.

If you are overweight, you should have a full medical check-up to ensure that a medical condition is not the cause of the condition.  Yes carrying too much weight can lead to medical problems but being ill can lead to the obesity issue in the first place. Only a full medical check-up will rule this out.

Diabetes is another huge problem for overweight people and the sad fact is that it is largely preventable but once you have it, it cannot be cured only controlled. It is very important that your diabetes is managed correctly if you do have it. Never ignore any symptoms of this condition as it can cause all sorts of problems if it goes untreated.

The good news is that you can reduce your chances of getting any of the above illnesses by losing weight. Every pound you lose will reduce your risk so it is worth trying everything to get your body mass index down to below 25. You need to address your entire lifestyle not just your diet or your exercise program. You need to first adopt some patience.

It took a while to become this overweight so you are not going to wake up toned and slim one morning without first putting in a lot of hard work and effort.  But the good news is the being obese and the health problems that go with it do not have to be your destiny. You have complete control over this issue and there are plenty of people who will help you overcome it if you let them.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Weight Loss And Depression Verses Losing Weight And Positive Mental Attitude

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Fitness, Health, Psychology | Posted on 04-08-2012-05-2008

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A lot of people find themselves gaining weight very fast rate because of one of society’s biggest negative factors: depression. Depression can influence so many aspects of your life and gaining weight is usually one of the first signs of depression. People that suffer from depression usually suffer from weight gain as well and find comfort in eating food, especially their favorite foods, which usually ends up being all kinds of snacks and foods that are high in fats, sodium, and sugars.

A lot of people that are also trying to lose weight will face depression in their weight-loss efforts as well. They mainly face depression because they don’t feel that they’re losing weight as fast as they feel they should or that they’re not losing as much weight as they want to lose.

Losing weight takes time and it also takes a positive mental attitude. In order to lose weight, you need to constantly find ways to encourage yourself and find ways to maintain a positive mental attitude towards losing weight. Just because a day goes by that you did not lose a pound doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to lose the weight that you’re trying to lose.

Staying positive while losing weight isn’t all that difficult. The first thing that you should do is take it one day at a time. What I mean by that is focus on your weight loss efforts for each day and stay positive towards those weight-loss efforts.

Do all that you can during each day to stay on your course to lose weight. Watch what you eat, continue your exercise, and always, always encourage yourself with the progress that you’ve made up to this point. Don’t ever be discouraged if you’ve only lost 5 pounds in seven days; if your goal was to lose 7 pounds in seven days. Remember you still lost 5 pounds in seven days even though it wasn’t the 7 pounds you were shooting for and that is something to encourage yourself with to maintain a positive mental attitude.

You also need to make every pound count. Along the lines of what I’ve mentioned before, set realistic goals for yourself and don’t try to do too much in too little time. If you set unrealistic goals for yourself and then don’t achieve them, then you’re going to be depressed about that and that is not what you need to stay positive. If you need to, make your goals ridiculously low at first and then as you see yourself accomplishing the low goals, start raising them a bit higher. The key here is to focus on achievable progress and by doing that it will help you to stay positive because you are actually seeing results.

Staying positive isn’t hard really. Focus on what you’re doing, encourage yourself with the results, always continue working toward your goals, and before you know it, you will be encouraging others just like yourself and seeing them achieve the results they desire.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

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