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What is the cabbage soup, can it help to lose weight?

What is the cabbage soup, can it help to lose weight?

The cabbage soup diet is generally considered a fad diet. As the name suggests, the diet requires that you eat large amounts of cabbage soup for a week. During that time, you can also eat certain fruits and vegetables, beef, chicken and brown rice, according to a set schedule.

Proponents of the cabbage soup diet say it’s a good way to quickly lose a few pounds. You may lose weight on the diet because it drastically limits calories. But it may not be fat that you’re losing. It might be water weight or even lean tissue, since it’s hard to burn that many fat calories in such a short period.

Because the cabbage soup diet is low in complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals, you shouldn’t stay on it for more than a week at a time.

The cabbage soup diet has other disadvantages. Depending on the recipe for cabbage soup, the diet can be high in sodium. The large amounts of cabbage also can make you more prone to flatulence. Because you’re not getting proper nutrition, you may feel weak or tired while on the diet. And once you stop the diet, it’s easy to regain any weight that you lost.

Fad diets like this one may be tempting, but keep in mind that long-term weight loss depends on making lasting healthy changes in your eating and exercise habits.

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How to lose weight but not much money

How to lose weight but not much money

One woman went from 330 pounds to 147 in two years after discovering a free service on the Web.

Amber Schalansky had struggled with her weight since she was 10 years old. “Over the years, I tried every program you can think of,” says the 33-year-old from Sacramento, CA. “It usually involved paying for food or a plan, but nothing worked long-term.”

Amber was discouraged by the money she’d spent on programs until her mother told her about a website called Spark People where, for free, she found a supportive community plus food and exercise tracking tools. “Stress is a big trigger for me, so if I wanted to dive into a bag of chips, I went online to SparkPeople and someone talked me out of it,” says Amber, who went from 330 pounds to 147 in two years. “My life’s completely changed.”

Anyone who’s tried to lose weight can tell you it’s no piece of cake, which is why so many dieters turn to structured programs. But effective plans don’t have to be pricey. Try one of these low- to no-cost approaches to losing weight, all of which provide the tools, resources and support you need.

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Weight Loss: Exercise can do wonders

Weight Loss: Exercise can do wonders

People keep asking me me, “How do you do it? You make pictures, you do television, you give concerts, you record albums, smoke cigars, drink martinis, you go out with pretty girls-how do you do it?” It’s very simple. For instance, a martini. You fill the glass with ice, then you pour in some gin and a touch of vermouth, add an olive, and you’ve got yourself a martini.

I also do exercises and walk a lot. And walking is even easier than making a martini. I take one foot and put it in front of the other foot, then I take the other foot and put it in front of the other foot, and before I know it I’m walking. And you don’t even need an olive.

Most people agree that walking is good for your health. And yet where I live in Beverly Hills nobody walks. If they have to go three blocks, they drive.

Some people even have two, three, or four cars. I’ve got one neighbor who has a little car to drive to his big car.

Now me, every morning I get up and go out in my backyard, and rain or shine I walk for a mile and a half. Well, that’s not quite true-I’m exaggerating. If it rains, I let Gene Kelly do the walking. But I don’t let him sing. Around my house I do the singing.

I’ve got a regular routine. I walk through the yard, around the pool, through the trees and back to where I started. And I do this forty times. That covers the mile and a half. Oh, I must tell you one morning when I was filming the Oh God! movie, I got carried away with the part I played.

Instead of going around the pool I tried to walk across it. Swimming is a good exercise, too.

My advice is to walk whenever you can. It’s free, costs nothing, and it not only makes you live longer and feel better, but it also keeps you looking trim. To me that’s important. I’ve always been very conscious of my body. I’m conscious of the fact that it doesn’t look like Burt Reynolds’s. And he’s probably conscious of the fad that his doesn’t look like mine. But that’s his problem. If he wants to look better, let him get out there in the rain with Gene Kelly.

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Jessica Simpson to get back her weight-loss plan

Jessica Simpson to get back her weight-loss plan

The new mom reportedly has at least two good motivations to get back into her Daisy Dukes.

Now that Jessica Simpson has finally delivered her bundle of joy, she’s apparently prepared to lose weight for a bundle of cash.

Last December, the New York Post reported that the star had inked a $3 million deal with Weight Watchers to become its spokesperson. That means we could watch the reality TV star go from maternity duds to her Daisy Dukes.

The fashion mogul, who jokingly called herself “fat” while pregnant, has another motivation: She is planning to wed her fiancé, Eric Johnson, and would probably like to be slimmed down for her walk down the aisle.

Us Weekly, citing an unnamed source says Simpson “would have one year to use the point-counting program to ‘lose a significant amount of weight.’”

Then, as those familiar with the program know, there would be the big reveal of skinny Jessica, who would appear in ads for the diet company touting its formula for success.

The 31-year-old wouldn’t be the first star to cash in on her post-baby weight gain. Current spokeswoman Jennifer Hudson signed on with Weight Watchers after giving birth and lost 80 pounds on the diet plan.

And good news for the star, who has been enjoying being off diet and exercise of late: The Points Plus plan is flexible, assigning a number value to foods that dieters already eat. So J-Simp won’t have to give up the sandwiches (11 points) she craved throughout her pregnancy. All that’s required is simple math.

Simpson told Hello magazine that she put on 40 pounds during pregnancy, and added, "Eating and not having to worry too much about it has been fun. But I’m ready for it to be over. I’m ready to have my body back.

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Daily habits to guarantee weight loss

Daily habits to guarantee weight loss

It’s not just what you eat or how much you exercise that can impact your fitness goals.

Understanding and working with your body’s natural hunger and sleep rhythms will vanquish cravings, increase energy, and help you lose more weight.

It’s not just what you eat or how much you exercise that matters; it’s the timing of each component that is the true secret to weight loss success. Research shows that our bodies’ inner eat-and-sleep clocks have been thrown completely out of whack, thanks to all-day food cues and too much nighttime artificial light. The result: You’re caught in a “fat cycle”: a constant flow of hunger hormones that makes you prone to cravings. By tuning in to your body’s natural eat/sleep schedule, you can finally say good-bye to your belly.

The Perfect Day of Eating

Drop Around The Clock! Follow this hour-by-hour slim-down schedule to control hunger hormones, banish cravings, and get trim and toned–fast!

6 to 8 AM: Get Moving.
Within a half hour of rising and before you eat breakfast, do 20 minutes of cardio. Research has found that exercising before breakfast may help you burn fat more efficiently. If you can get outside, even better. Early morning sunlight helps your body naturally reset itself to a healthier sleep/wake cycle (regular indoor lights don’t have the same effect).

6:55 to 8:55 AM: Drink Up.
Before every meal, drink two 8-ounce glasses of water. Research shows that people who drank this amount lost 5 pounds more than nonguzzlers.

7 to 9 AM: Eat Breakfast.
The alarm clock also wakes up ghrelin, the “feed me” hormone made in your stomach. Ignore ghrelin and your body will produce even more, eventually making you ravenous. To suppress ghrelin’s effect, eat a mix of complex carbs and protein, such as eggs and whole grain toast, within an hour of waking.

10 to 11 AM: Munch Midmorning.
Ghrelin begins to rise again a couple of hours before lunch. It turns off when you chow down, particularly on carbs and protein, so have a small combo snack, like blueberries and Greek-style yogurt.

12 to 1 PM: Have Your Midday Meal.
Galanin, another hunger hormone that makes you crave fat, rises around lunchtime. However, dietary fat causes you to produce more galanin, which then tells you to eat more fat. Instead, fill up with complex carbs and protein, such as chicken-vegetable soup or black bean chili.

2 to 3 PM: Take a Nap.
Instead of hitting the vending machines, find a quiet place to grab a few Zzzs. (Hint: Your parked car is the perfect impromptu sleep pod!) Just set an alarm–15 to 20 minutes will energize your body without affecting your ability to sleep at night.

3:30 PM: Get Buzzed.
Need a boost? This is your last chance to have a cup of joe. Drinking coffee after 4 PM disturbs circadian rhythms and can keep you from falling asleep at night.

4 to 8 PM: Trim and Tone.
Now’s the time to do your strength training, plus any additional cardio. This is when your body temperature is highest, so you’re primed for peak performance. In one study, subjects who worked out in the late afternoon or early evening built 22% more muscle than morning exercisers.

5 to 7 PM: Time to Dine.
To ensure you don’t wake up hungry in the middle of the night, add a serving of healthy fats, such as flaxseed or fish oil, to your meal. If you’re a wine drinker, pour a glass now. Drinking later can delay dream (REM) sleep, waking you frequently during the night.

9 to PM: Have a Presleep Snack.
Enjoy a carb-based bedtime snack, such as a serving of low-fat frozen yogurt. Nighttime carbs create tryptophan, which helps your brain produce serotonin. This feel-good chemical triggers your body to make melatonin, the sleep hormone.

9 to 10:30 PM: Power Down.
Step away from digital devices, including the TV. They emit a blue spectrum of light that’s even more disruptive to sleep than regular bulbs. Do something calming–read, take a bath–in dim light so you’re ready to nod off when you hit the sheets.

9:30 to 11 PM: Go to Sleep.
Crawl under the covers at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, even on weekends. Having a regular sleep-and-wake schedule helps you fall asleep faster over time.

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Foods that do the weight-loss work for you

Foods that do the weight-loss work for you

Increasing your fiber intake is an easy way to encourage your body to shed nagging pounds.

Do you want to lose weight for good in the new year? Try increasing your daily fiber intake in the form of nutrient-rich high-fiber foods. Why fiber? Recent research in the Journal of Nutrition suggests eating more fiber as a way to prevent weight gain or even encourage weight loss. Over the course of the two-year study, the researchers found that boosting fiber by 8 grams for every 1,000 calories resulted in about 4 1/2 pounds of weight lost.

Try it for yourself. If you’re consuming 2,000 calories per day, aim to increase your fiber by 16 grams. Here are 7 fiber-rich foods that help do the weight-loss work for you.

1. Apples: A medium apple (3-inch diameter) contains 4 grams of fiber; a large apple (3 1/4-inch diameter) has 5. Apples also offer a bit of vitamin C and potassium.

2. Green Beans: One cup boasts 4 grams of fiber, plus a healthy dose (30% daily value) or skin-helping vitamin C.

3. Sweet Potatoes: A medium-size baked sweet potato (2 inches wide, 5 inches long…a little larger than your computer mouse), skin included, offers 5 grams of fiber-for just 103 calories. It’s also a nutrition powerhouse: providing 438% daily value of eye-healthy vitamin A (eat these foods to help you see more clearly), 37% daily value of vitamin C, plus some potassium, vitamin E, iron, magnesium and phytochemicals like beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin.

4. Raspberries: Raspberries are a great source of fiber-some of it soluble in the form of pectin, which helps lower cholesterol. One cup of raspberries has 8 grams of fiber. Raspberries are also an excellent source of vitamin C.

5. Strawberries: One cup of strawberries has a respectable 3 grams of fiber and more than a full day’s recommended dose of vitamin C-an antioxidant that helps keep skin healthy.

6. Chickpeas: Just 3/4 cup of chickpeas has a whopping 8 grams of fiber! You also get a good amount of vitamin B6 and folate, both of which play a role in forming healthy new cells.

7. Pumpkin: A cup of cooked pumpkin contains 3 grams of fiber. You also get vitamin A (245% daily value), vitamins C, E and potassium.

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Jennifer Hudson on life: ‘It’s all about the love’

Jennifer Hudson on life: 'It's all about the love'

America fell in love with Jennifer Hudson on “American Idol,” but this beautiful woman has come a long way since those early days of fame. Hudson has established herself as a successful singer, actress and mother. And she shows no signs of slowing down. Wonderwall got the chance to talk to Hudson about losing weight, teaming up with Alicia Keys and why she’s supporting the Lose for Good Campaign.

Why don’t we get started by you telling us a little bit about your involvement with Weight Watchers’ new program Lose for Good?

Jennifer Hudson: Oh Lose for Good. When we lose at Weight Watchers, then another child is fed. So it’s our loss but their gain. I’m so motivated about it and happy and excited to just be a part of something that is feeding children. And just helping people altogether.

Has becoming a mother inspired you to raise money and awareness about kids going hungry?

JH: Oh my God, yes! This is such a great thing to me because I have a child of my own. I can never imagine, or want to imagine, my child being hungry or unfed. And so to be a part of something like this and to know that these children are being taken care of when we lose weight.

Congratulations on losing weight but still looking healthy. How did you do it? How do you maintain your weight now that you are done losing it?

JH: Wow. You know, it’s just a matter of finding that place that you’ll want to be at, which I’ll get [to] eventually. But it’s just Weight Watchers [that got me] got to this point. And I’m so glad to be teamed up with them and to find that control and to be able to do this and achieve a goal that so many still want to achieve — with something as great as Weight Watchers.

Do you have any advice for people trying to lose weight in a healthy manner?

JH: I feel that the biggest misconception that people have and the thing that hinders them from losing weight is that they think it’s so extreme. Like being in this position now, I have so many people coming to me and will spill out their whole plan about what they’re going to do to lose weight. And I’m like, “OK, who’s really going to do that?” It doesn’t have to be that drastic. And no it’s not that drastic. It’s a matter of just eating in moderation and learning the proper tools and how to do it. And being consistent with it and dedicated to it. And yes, make sure you get some kind of workout in, but it’s not always to the extreme. You can still achieve the same goal by just taking the proper steps and getting that control and losing weight.

Is there any celebrity you admire who champions causes selflessly?

JH: I love Alicia Keys’ Keep a Child Alive. Definitely. I’ve been watching that and was also a part of that as well. But again, I love to see people looking after the children. And just people in general. When people are helping people, I’m all for it.

Would you ever want to team up with another celebrity for a cause?

JH: Oh yeah. I just feel like the more we come together the more we can make awareness for whatever the cause. And again, it’s just the matter of helping your fellow man, helping your friend, helping your neighbor. And not just this country but around the world. We’re all brothers and sisters, so it’s all about the love and spreading the love. No matter who you are, whether you’re a celebrity or not, we should come together.

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Common myths about weight loss, diet, and nutrition

Common myths about weight loss, diet, and nutrition

When is a lie to an accepted truth? If the lie repeated often enough. It is the oldest and favorite trick of politicians and others who have to win. The diet industry is riddled with myths.

The grapefruit is melt fat

No food has that power. Otherwise, everyone would eat grapefruit. Grapefruit diets simply restrict calories drastically. The weight loss has nothing to do with the citrus itself. And the return to old habits that announces lost pounds.

Carbohydrates are bad for you

First, it was fat, carbohydrates are now the villain. If you try to lose weight, provide a distinction between unhealthy carbohydrates like white sugar and complex carbohydrates like vegetables and whole grain products, the essential vitamins and fiber to help digestion.

Drink plenty of water helps to lose weight

The water creates an effect of satiety and leverages the work of fiber. By itself, the water does not lose weight. But drink at meals to slow the speed at which we eat. Stretching the duration of the meal, it leaves time for signals of satiety to occur. “In addition, water contains no calories, unlike other beverages.

Eating before bedtime is fattening

The timing of eating does not affect energy intake of foods. But in the evening, we often eat food containing less interesting from a nutritional point of view: chips, cookies, chocolate, ice cream … That is where does the extra calories.

The bread is fattening

Well chosen, it appears rather a valuable ally to lose weight. Those whole grains rich in fiber, resulting in long digestion. Sated quickly, so you eat less. An apple contains almost as many calories as a slice of whole wheat bread,. They say as long as it makes you fat? What it slice, however: butter, cheese, pies … Ouch!

The fat is bad for you

Nutrition consultants sent that one to people for years. Now they know better. The truth is that some fats are unhealthy, and some are good – even necessary – for your health.

Light foods helps you lose weight

Admittedly, the products ‘low fat’ are generally reduced in calories, but they sometimes contain more sugar than the original, which partially fills the difference. And we are often motivated to eat too much, just because they are light.

The carob is less calories than chocolate

In itself, it’s true: it contains less protein and fat than cocoa. But beware: The carob products often contain palm oil or coconut oil, rich in saturated fat. In contrast, carob powder is rich in calcium and fiber, contains no caffeine and has a natural taste sweeter than cocoa powder, which can reduce the sugar in recipes.

Eat less and exercise more, it’s the same

Error! Regular exercise accelerates the basic metabolism. So they burn more calories than a sedentary person. The best way to lose weight is to combine a healthy diet with physical activity. Persons who are physically active are also easier to maintain weight loss in long term.

Diet soft drinks help weight loss

There is no single study shows that diet sodas help you lose weight. There is absolutely no data on this subject at all.

Losing weight is simple: a short strict diet, than return to normal

A strict regime puts the body into” survival “, depriving it of essential elements for its proper functioning. It then intensified its function is to store energy from food, which may cause further weight gain after the return to a normal diet.

To lose weight, avoid certain food combinations

This statement is not based on any scientific data. If your digestive enzymes were losing their effectiveness because of the combinations, undigested foods provide less energy than expected, no more. Moreover, the enzymes form an outstanding team, and the mixtures does not scare them.

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Losing weight quickly: beware of damaged muscle

Losing weight quickly: beware of damaged muscle

Ideally at a low calorie diet, we try to preserve muscle and lose body fat. The healthiest way to lose weight is slowly at up to 2 lbs per week. You must know that first couple of days of a diet and exercise program you lose about 80% of that in water weight and about 15% fat and another 5% muscle (muscle is your metabolism, that burns energy throughout the day, even at rest).

So as not to lose too much muscle, it is often advisable to enrich the diet protein. What is less known is that the type and quality of proteins are essential for preserving muscle mass. “We must compensate with protein but for this to work, you must eat protein with high biological value of essential amino acids,” say the dietians. “Without it, patients are not only their muscles melt, their silhouettes become brittle and less toned. And they do little more many sports as is often the case, they are also subject to disease dangerous, sarcopenia, we put it on hold. 

This disease creates a change in the muscle tissue and a reduction in the number of muscle fibers resulting in a loss of strength and a major functional impact. Deregulation of protein synthesis is comparable with the effect of a real anorexia or malnutrition on the body.

For every 5 pounds of fat you lose you will lose one pound of muscle, that is how the body works. By the time you get down to your weight goal you will still more then likely have a slightly high body fat percentage because you lost a lot of your muscle mass, and your ability to burn calories has dropped about 50% causing you to yo yo your weight back up to what you started at and more then likely increase to even more. The best way to lose weight and keep it off for a life time is to make a lifestyle change, everyone these days wants everything now, and don’t understand that its not about now, its about tomorrow.

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