Four ‘Sinful’ Treats Turn Out To Be Healthy

You’ve probably heard of and read about all kinds of food that you shouldn’t be eating. And you’ve most likely downsized your grocery list to almost nothing when you followed the so-called list of ‘Foods to avoid.’

Newsflash: Not everything on that list would make you gain a crazy amount of weight, nor would 90% of that give you some strange disease. And you know what else? Even foods such as those listed below, which may have made it to the ‘elite’ batch of foods to not touch at all, can actually do some considerable good for your health!

Chocolate

It’s sweet, smooth, and delectable. And they say it’s laden with a world of calories, is addictive, and is certainly not something a weight-conscious person should even taste.

Truth is, chocolate has actually gone down in ancient history as a pleasurable delight that’s imbibed with ‘healing’ capabilities. And of course, this still remains true to this day.

Dark chocolate is the most popular healthy form of chocolate, the less additional ingredients, the better. It has an abundance of flavonoids, which is the same heart-friendly element you can also find in fruits and red wine.

It is said that dark chocolate can aid in preventing heart attacks, high blood pressures, and strokes among others.

And of course, there’s the mood-enhancing effect that’s never bad for anyone.

The trick to keeping chocolate consumption healthy: go for the dark variety, and consume it in moderation.

Avocadoes

Fruits are normally found under the ‘yes-you-can-eat-this’ category. However, the avocado’s high fat content lands it on another list.

To those who find it hard to resist its green buttery goodness, then you’ll be glad to know that it’s perfectly ok to indulge in an avocado slice (or two). So what did they discover about this yummy fruit? It’s the presence of beta-sitosterol, which can actually help in lowering cholesterol in one’s body.

Coconut products

High-fat content, bad cholesterol – coconut products have been regarded in a ‘bad light’ a number of times, landing it in the ‘forbidden’ list for those on a weight loss mission.

But recent findings about its content of medium-chain triglycerides, which are said to be antiviral and anti-parasitic, are changing the way people look at coconut by-products. The saturated fat in coconut oil also has lower calorie-content when compared to other oil products with regular fat.

Maple Syrup

Want syrupy goodness for your pancakes? It’s ok to say YES!

Real maple syrup are said to have twenty antioxidants in a 20-liter bottle, and these anti-sickness fighting substances are definitely good to have for breakfast. The sweet, sticky syrup also has flavonoids, same as what you find in the sensational dark chocolate, and are said to have anti-cancer properties.

If you can get your hands on natural or organic maple syrup, that would be ideal! But make sure to not go bingeing in pancakes swimming with maple syrup, as that would still factor in unwanted calories into your diet.

Interesting right? To find out that the ‘sinful’ foods you crave for are actually health foods too! There is one rule of thumb in these yummy eats though: consume in moderation. Now we can really say…Happy eating!

Julie Ahrens is a foodie and a fitness enthusiast at the same time. She loves coming up with recipes made of yummy but healthy ingredients, and even has a few that you can include in your tea party favors!

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Achieving Healthy Weight Loss – A Few Tips to Keep You Fit

We often hear that “Health is Wealth” and this is indeed true because the quality of our lives is affected by whether we are healthy or not. The hard part is that good health takes some effort to achieve, especially if you have weight loss issues. In the United States, about 66 percent of adults are obese or overweight, and this doesn’t yet include the percentage of children who are obese — childhood obesity statistics are another health concern in itself–This alarming rate of obesity should not be overlooked and more people should be informed about the health dangers of being obese.

It is definitely proven that having too many excess fats in the body leads to several chronic and serious diseases like high-cholesterol, heart attack, and diabetes. There are even studies that show that excessive weight is also related to other diseases or conditions like arthritis and certain cancers. Thus, more people should start becoming conscious about their weight because of its health benefits, and not just because it would make you look sexy. Having a great figure because you are maintaining your weight is just an added bonus. The real package comes in terms of being able to keep a healthy body that is free from any illnesses. This is the real advantage of losing weight.

Take it Slow

To be able to lose weight effectively, and to become healthier as a result, you have to try a combination of several strategies. The number one rule in losing weight is to do it gradually. We all know that weight that is lost instantly is also weight that comes back quickly. This is the main problem of dieters who go for a quick method to lose weight through yo-yo dieting. They lose weight and after a few weeks or months, the weight comes back again, just like a yo-yo. This is a more dangerous way to lose weight because your body is undergoing stress because of the rebound effect. Also, the point should be not just to lose weight but to lose it permanently in order to maintain normal body weight.

Be Persistent

Don’t worry if you don’t immediately see the result of your weight loss efforts. What’s important is you’ll eventually going to achieve the healthy weight you are after, though it would take some time like three months, six months, or even a year. The best part is you’re going to get used to your new healthy lifestyle of controlling your weight, which proves to be much more fulfilling than using cheat methods like diet pills.

Eat Healthy

In order to lose weight and keep it, all it takes is switching to healthier food alternatives, avoiding fattening food, and keeping your body physically active. Take note that your calorie intake shouldn’t exceed your energy expenditure because otherwise, the excess calories would just turn into fat. Those are the basic facts about weight loss you need to consider.

And remember that you’re main goal in losing weight is to be healthier—not just to fit into fitting into those skinny jeans you’ve been eyeing.

The author is a freelance writer who writes for SendOnlineFax. They provide fax services and review fax service providers.

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Melts Fat Away – 3 Tips For Easy Weight Loss

The ugly truth is that the only way to lose weight and keep it off is with discipline. You must use more calories than you intake in your diet. Here are some ideals that will help you.

1. Challenge Your Friends

One of the best ways to be accountable to yourself is to share your goal with others. Start a weight loss challenge with a group of friends. Set goals together, have weekly weigh ins, and share tips and recipes. Create a facebook group and goad each other into meeting at the gym for workouts. A member of our group negotiated us a special deal at the gym – no startup cost, no contract, free childcare – because we were all signing up and they would never have had our business if we each had to pay $200 to walk in the door. Set goals and chip in for a small prize. We are rewarding the loser of the most percentage lost with a $20 gift card. We are also charging a dollar at each weigh in to members who gain any weight from the previous week.

2. Use an App

There are terrific apps for smartphones to help you log the food you consume, and calories you burn. You can link your food diary with your friends so they can see the food and exercise you log. The best way to be accountable is to have to enter everything you put in your mouth. I actually find that I can resist temptation a little easier because I know that my friends are keeping an eye on me. The apps are so smart you can scan the barcode of foods you purchase to make it easier to enter them. They have a huge database of foods, and you can add your own recipes. One of the greatest things about using an app is being able to plan. You can enter things you want to eat ahead of time and see if it adds up or sends you over your limit. If your grandmother puts a big plate of fresh brownies in front of you, you can whip out the phone, enter the treat and then decide if it is worth it. Maybe Gran’s brownies are so good you will eat one and then head back to the gym to burn it off!


3. Drink Water – But not With Meals

Replace most of your drinks with water. Your body is thirsty and canned sodas do nothing to quench that thirst. Log your water consumption in the fitness app too that way you will be reminded to drink enough. Remember that about half the time you think you are hungry and head for the fridge you are reacting to thirst. Have a glass of water with a slice of lime or cucumber and take a few minutes to enjoy it. You will slowly train yourself to reach for the water instead of the peanut butter and a spoon! Just remember not to drink while eating. A big glass of water with meals may seem like a great idea to fill you up and keep you from over eating, but it will also dilute your digestive enzymes and acids making it more difficult for your body to process the food. You will end up bloated and uncomfortable.

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