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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Avoid diets low in calories

Common sense says that if you want to lose weight, you should lower your calorie intake.

But how low can you go? It's important to find a happy medium that will be good for your body.

Many people believe that dropping down to 800 calories or less will help shed those extra pounds. However, this type of calorie cutting is neither healthy nor sustainable. People who need to follow a low calorie diet for medical reasons should do so only under the supervision of a doctor.

Side effects of calorie-restricted diets include fatigue, nausea, diarrhea and constipation.

Add, don't subtract

Instead of concentrating on cutting foods out of your diet, bring new foods to the table.

There are probably a whole slew of fruits and vegetables you've never sampled. In order to prevent yourself from feeling deprived, train yourself to look at all the foods you can eat instead of those you should stay away from. Do some research and give healthy recipes a try.

Thanks to the internet, there are thousands of diet-friendly dishes just waiting to be experienced.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Oat what a feeling

There is oatmeal that is loaded with additives and preservatives and then there is the real deal.

The experts encourage you to start your morning off with a bowl of plain oat flakes.

Oats are rich in fiber and soluble fiber, making them a much-needed staple in your diet. According to the American Cancer Society, oats have plenty to offer. Reduce your risk of cancer. Lower cholesterol. Slow down the digestion of starches. Prevent heart disease. Boost your intake of Vitamin E, iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium and more.

To add some flavor to your oatmeal, add milk and cinnamon or a handful of fresh fruit.

Monday, March 15, 2010

The importance of being hydrated

Drink up.

Throughout your workout, your body can burn up to a liter in water. These fluids must be replaced in order to prevent dehydration.

To avoid getting heat stroke, stay hydrated. Consume a cup of water for every 15 minutes you exercise at the very least.

Experts also suggest that endurance athletes replenish their fluids with sports drinks that fuel the muscles and replace electrolytes that are lost through sweat.