Monday, December 29, 2014

Healthy Weight Loss Tips for New Year's Resolutions

According to a MSN survey (http://bit.ly/tTPJaS), it will take three months to lose the extra pounds we gain during the holidays. Knowing how tempting sweets and treats are during this time of year and how difficult it is for women to lose weight, Dr. Susan Lark, a leading authority in the field of women’s medicine and well respected health advocate, offers her “Top 5 Healthy Weight Loss Tips” and low calorie recipes - just in time for New Year’s resolutions.


Dr. Susan Lark’s Top 5 Healthy Weight Loss Tips

·        Increase your intake of metabolism-boosting foods: Boost your metabolism by consuming raw almonds, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), whole grains (like quinoa, amaranth, brown rice and buckwheat), cold-water fish (such as wild salmon, tuna and mackerel) and green tea.

·        Avoid fad diets, and dieting overall, and stick to a Mediterranean-type eating plan. The Mediterranean “diet” is abundant in fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, dried beans, nuts, onions, garlic, fresh herbs, olives, olive oil, fish and poultry. With this plan you won’t feel deprived and your health will dramatically improve, with significant weight loss as a wonderful side effect.
·        Curb cravings with saffron: Saffron affects certain brain chemicals causing an increase in fullness and satisfaction, blunting the triggers of emotional eating and promoting the loss of both fat and weight.
·        Walk – it’s the best aerobic exercise for everyone. Brisk walking at the same pace as an average jogger is a significantly better workout than jogging as it burns more energy, consumes more oxygen and results in higher heart rates without jarring the joints.
·        Gain muscle by lifting weights. Unfortunately, women progressively lose muscle and gain fat mass as they get older. Incorporating strength training into a workout routine will help retrieve lost muscle mass while also improving bone density. Plus, as muscle burns more calories than fat, muscle aids in weight loss.

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