The battle against losing weight appears to be never ending. We are always being swamped with ideas that claim to be the absolute best way of not only shedding those pounds, but also getting in shape. However, even though there are some well known methods out there that can indeed make a difference there are also a number of fantastic, little-known ways of losing weight and staying in shape. Think that it is impossible? Well, these examples should manage to prove otherwise.
Swapping Little Things In Your Diet
Something as simple as changing a few small things in your diet can make a huge difference in your ability to lose weight as well as staying in shape. People think that having a salad will help, and of course it will, but they then go ahead and make a mess of things by adding an unhealthy dressing. Stop with that full on creamy dressing and stick to a vinaigrette dressing instead. Doing so will result in you consuming 80 less calories on average and you are still going to get all of that goodness from the salad itself and people are already aware of how they can help an individual to stay in shape.
Go For Intensity Rather Than Durability
When you are working out you need to keep a few things in mind to make sure that you get the most out of the exercise that you are doing. People will often make the mistake of thinking that when they find their current exercise regime is getting too easy that they need to work out for longer, but that is the wrong thing to do. Instead, it is much better for you to increase the intensity of what you are doing rather than the duration because if you work out for too long then your body stops benefiting from it and instead you pretty much go backwards. By increasing the intensity you will burn off more calories, shed more pounds, and will get into shape quicker.
We all know that sugar can be found in copious amounts in certain foods, but there are still a few surprises as to which foods contain seriously high levels. Of course the problem is that the actual amount of sugar is often hidden, so we can easily be consuming more sugar than we actually realize. So, to prove this point here are some foods that surprisingly have very high amount of sugar.
Milk is good for us thanks to the level of calcium that is in it, but it is also very high in sugar. In a typical serving you are looking at approximately 12g of sugar. Do yourself a real favor by limiting yourself to around one glass of milk per day or you are going to be able to get a large percentage of your daily intake of sugar just by drinking milk.
So many people love coleslaw, but fewer people are aware of the amount of sugar that is in the average serving. If we use one cup as a serving size, then you can expect 3.5 teaspoons in each cup. This is surprising for a number of people as they are not aware of the sweetness in most varieties and do not think that the cheaper versions will be worse as this amount of sugar is pretty standard.
Greek yogurt is well known for being a healthy food, but for your own sake you should always buy the un-flavored option because flavored yogurt uses a lot of sugar in order to really get that taste going. In a typical pot you can expect around 20g of sugar and that really is sky high for such a small amount of yogurt.
Buying your own house can be a dream come true for many, it gives you the satisfaction of sleeping under your own roof. But one thing many people do not take in consideration is that their job as a homeowner does not end with buying the house. Whether the house is a property investment, or you wish to grow old in it, timely maintenance and care can save you heaps of money and trouble down the road. So whether you’re in the competition to be the best handyman in the neighborhood, or just want to keep your home well maintained, here are a few household tricks everyone should know.
Unclogging The Drains
Whether it is an old house or a brand new one, drains will get clogged occasionally. The drain of the kitchen sink often gets clogged due to food particles and grease, whereas the shower drain and toilet gets clogged due to hair and other factors. With some basic plumbing tools such as a plunger, drain snake and a wrench can help you unclog the drains right away and save your plumbing system from a lot of damage.
Avoid pouring down grease into the kitchen drain, rather pour it into a can and dispose it. Use tissues and toilet paper that is easily degradable, and avoid flushing down plastics and other non-degradable products down the toilet. This will not only reduces the harmful impact on the your entire plumbing system, but also significantly reduce the plumbing costs that may arise in the future.
Hanging Picture Frames And Mirrors
Hanging picture frames may not be a mammoth task, since most of the frames would be small and lightweight, but the same can’t be said about mirrors. Since mirrors are usually much larger in size and quite heavier, you can just hammer a nail into the wall and hang them up. The main task for a homeowner is to make sure that the wall doesn’t end up with several holes, and even if there are holes drilled in the wall, they are hidden behind the mirror.
The best way to hang a heavy mirror is to use anchor screws and secure them in the stud, instead of the wallboard. This will ensure that the weight of the mirror does not damage the wallboard. You can buy an electronic stud finder from any home improvement store to make your work easier. Using steel anchors for extra strength or using a picture hanging kit from the hardware store will make your work much easier.
If you thought that food in a restaurant was healthier than the home made option, then think again. Instead, there are some dishes out there that are actually not healthy at all. It may come as a surprise, but there are some meals out there that are capable of completely busting any diet plan, as these examples will show. These meals really are the most fattening restaurant foods you should never order under any circumstances.
Mega Mel Burger
This burger is available at Mel’s Country Cafe in Texas and this is one serious gut wrenching meal. We are talking about a meal that has just over 4,500 calories, but then what would you expect when you are looking at a burger with 1.5 pounds of meat, a whole pound of bacon, a huge pile of American cheese, along with all of the dressings. The last thing you should be doing is having fries with this meal.
The Fifth Third Burger
Some would argue that this is technically not at a restaurant, but it is a diner at a minor league baseball stadium in Michigan and it has a burger meal that would make you pretty fat in next to no time if you ate this kind of thing on a regular basis. This meal has a total of 4,800 calories and you can understand why when you look at what is included in it. This is not just one burger, but it has five beef patties along with five slices of thick cheese, and a whole host of other ingredients that is all squashed onto an 8 inch bun. This is massive and your appetite needs to be massive as well just to stomach it.
If you thought that eating fatty food was bad for you, then think again. New studies show that our body actually needs some fat to help it work at its optimum level although clearly this is something that has to be done in moderation. The chances are, that you will be rather confused as to how it is possible for there to be benefits, but there are as can be seen by these reasons you must start eating fatty foods.
You Have A Better Body Composition
By eating fat, you will be able to get most of your daily calorie intake from this one source and this has been shown to be effective in providing you with a better overall body composition. You need different types of fat for various reasons including helping your body to produce key hormones and it will also improve your metabolism. One other thing that is surprising is that eating healthy fats will actually help you to lose weight if done correctly.
It Can Decrease Your Chances Of Heart Disease.
This goes against what you have been told for decades, but if you eat a lot of beef, then you were previously told that it was full of fat. However, over half of the fat in beef is actually the same type of fat as is found in olive oil, and we all know how good that is for our body. What is clear is that if you can identify foods that contain monounsaturated fat, then you can boost your health rather than make it worse.
It Helps You To Put On Muscle
Eating fatty foods can help you to put on muscle. The reason for this is that, when it is the correct fat, it boosts the production of hormones and also helps with your recovery from working out. This, in turn, means that you will get more from your strength training and see results in a shorter period of time.
It Fills Without You Feeling Deprived Of Food
When you know that you are eating the correct type of fat you will then see how you benefit from feeling full without feeling as if you have been missing out on food. This does mean that it becomes easier to lose weight as you eat smaller portions and still get the same amount of nutrients and goodness. Most people put on weight by simply overeating, so at least by doing this you avoid that particular problem.