Smartphone Apps To Lose Weight

Your smartphone may make it easier for you to lose weight by providing access to new apps which contain exercise logs and nutritional databases, a new study suggests.

Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia have found that information technology, such as smartphone apps, can help dieters integrate healthy behavior changes into their daily lives.

“Current weight loss recommendations are essentially the same as they were decades ago, but each generation has to learn how to manage modern challenges to healthy living,” said Cheryl Shigaki, an associate professor in the MU School of Health Professions.

“Information technology repackages traditional weight loss strategies and provides new tools, such as exercise logs and nutritional databases, to implement that knowledge,” said Shigaki.

According to Shigaki, prior research on weight loss programming has shown that social and informational supports are important for individuals’ dieting success, along with learning skills for self-management, problem-solving and behaviour change.?Smartphone apps can increase access to information, and people generally are willing to explore many different weight loss applications, Shigaki said.

“When people use information technology to support their weight-loss efforts, they tend to access features that streamline the tracking of daily health behaviors, such as caloric intake and exercise, or that provide visual feedback on their overall progress, like graphs showing weight lost over time,” Shigaki said.

“Self-monitoring is key to successful weight loss, and information technology can make these tasks more convenient. We also found that people really like getting feedback on their progress, which motivated them and helped them better evaluate their health behaviours and plan for future success,” said Shigaki.

Shigaki also studied individuals’ perceptions of IT-based social support during weight loss programmes and found that in-person social support was overwhelmingly preferred to creating new, online social networks based on common interests in wellness.

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Belly, Calf And Thigh Fat Problems

Belly, Calf And Thigh Fat Problems

I’m concerned about my belly, calf and thigh fat. I weigh about 140 pounds and I’m five feet four inches. No matter how hard I try to lose my belly, calf and thigh fat, I end up losing weight elsewhere. I am really uncomfortable with my fat and it makes me afraid to wear certain clothes. Are there any tips you can give me to lose weight from my belly, calves and thighs? Everywhere else is fine. I do not want to build muscle, just lose weight. Please help.

How you look physically is determined primarily by your genes and your lifestyle. In other words, you are a product of nature and nurture. It is not uncommon to find certain features existing in a family, and so you might very well have other relatives that have your physical shape such as the pronounced belly, calves and thighs.

Fortunately, or probably unfortunately in your case, when you lose weight you lose from the entire body. However, because certain areas are already pronounced, it would appear that not much has happened by way of weight loss from these areas, but this is not so. If you lose weight from the entire body, the pronounced areas will still be pronounced even at a lowered weight. Therefore, in your situation, you are probably going to have to do other things to change the way you look.

I would suggest you do a general weight loss programme by reducing how much you eat and exercising more. You could also restrict your consumption of carbohydrates so that your body will be forced to feed on fat. Once the fat is reduced, you will be smaller and you will lose inches. To reduce your stomach, you might need to try a detox programme. This is useful because it will help you remove extra waste from your intestines. It can be done with a weight loss programme, however, I suggest that you speak with a qualified medical professional to see whether detoxing would be good for you. Once detox is done, it will make your belly softer and then you can exercise to tighten the stomach muscles.

Once your stomach is down, you will definitely need to change your eating habits. Eating more fruits and vegetables and making sure the bowel stays clean is very important.

I would also like to suggest that you do some toning and sculpting exercises for these areas. A gym instructor could demonstrate some of these workouts that you can follow. Regardless of what happens, it is important that you love yourself.

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The Calorie Myth: How To Eat More, Exercise Less, Lose Weight And Live Better

The Calorie Myth: How To Eat More, Exercise Less, Lose Weight And Live Better |Examiner.com

Jonathan Bailors book, ” THE CALORIE MYTH : How to Eat More, Exercise Less, Lose Weight and Live Better,” gave me the insights to understanding the importance of balance in our diet . This is the key to a happy, healthy and productive life.

How To Eat More, Exercise Less, Lose Weight, And Live BetterIn this book, Bailor teaches the reader how the body responds to different foods and throughout his book he provides you with facts and well-informed research that changes the way we view exercise and weight loss. The information in this book concerning the myths of calorie intake is a critical factor to losing weight and staying healthy.

Over the years, the US alone has become infested with illness (Diabetes, heart problems, ect…) and weight problems that have had a serious impact on millions of lives resulting in illness and disease. We are looked upon as one of the most obese countries on the planet yet we have thousands of weight loss products that promise weight loss. There are so many misconceptions and false advertising; society does not know what is true and what is not. How can society lose weight and overcome illness when such a large amount of information on the Internet is misleading.

Bailors mission in writing this book after researching thousands of academic studies on health and weight loss was to inform society of the weight loss myths (calorie myths) that misconceives our perception of weight loss. Bailors book informs readers what really works and guides them with a program tailored to their bodies needs to help people enjoy the food they eat, lose the weight at the same time and not have to kill themselves exercising endlessly hours on end.

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How Many Days a Week Should You Exercise to Lose Weight? | Yahoo Shine

How Many Days a Week Should You Exercise to Lose WeightThe contestants on The Biggest Loser spend hours a day in the gym with one goal in mind – to lose the most weight. But how frequently should you exercise to drop pounds in the real world? For Michelle Bridges, a trainer on the Australian version of the show and author of Total Body Transformation, the amount of time you work out every week can unlock a key to weight-loss success that is about more than just caloric burn.

Michelle’s magic number for her weight-loss clients: six days a week, ideally for 50 to 60 minutes at a time. But while hours of exercise a week will surely help you create a calorie deficit, that’s not the only reason Michelle wants her clients to find time for a workout almost every day.

“We’re setting up habits and rituals,” Michelle explains. “Think about the last time you had to psych yourself up to brush your teeth.” In other words, when your workout becomes just another part of your day, you’re more likely to do it without a second thought.

If the idea of almost-daily hour-long workouts sounds exhausting, Michelle assures you that it won’t feel like that. She recommends you break up your workouts three “hard” days of exercise, such as Tabata or interval training, along with two moderate days and one “passive,” or light-exercise day.

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Slimmer Thighs Secret: How To Lose Thigh Fat?

Secrets To Slimmer Thighs – Tri-county Times: Featured Sections

The thighs are among the most common problem areas among overweight people, especially women.

Even women who aren?t overweight complain that their thighs are too big or too fat. Unfortunately, there?s no shortcut to losing weight in the thighs, or any other part of the body for that matter.

However, there are some very effective exercises, diets and weight-loss programs that can help you lose weight all over your body and eventually help you get the slim thighs you want.

At Home

One of the best ways to achieve slimmer thighs is to perform certain exercises regularly.

Workouts that target the thighs specifically include leg lifts, squats and lunges. These are very simple exercises that don?t require any expensive equipment and that you can do at home. In their desire to lose thigh fat as fast as possible, some people strain their muscles by working out too hard or too long. But this isn?t the proper way to do these exercises.

The secret is to start with short but frequent routines. You can gradually increase the duration as your thigh muscles get stronger.

At The Gym

If you prefer working out at the gym using exercise equipment, the best thigh-trimming exercises involve the use of resistance machines. These equipment will not only help you lose excess fat in your thighs, but also make your thigh muscles become stronger and more toned.

While thigh-targeted exercises do work very well, experts recommend that you alternate these with a cardiovascular workout. The combination of resistance training and cardio training will improve the physical condition of all the other parts of your body.

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Best Way To Lose Weight: Dieting, Exercising or Both?

Diet Or Exercise: What’s The Best Way To Lose Weight?

I recently received a question from the reader–diet or exercise: what’s the best way to lose weight? If you really want to see that number on the scale drop, what you put in your mouth matters most. People who simply cut calories to slim down lose about 2 pounds a week, says a study in the?International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders. At the same time, people who exercise but don’t restrict calories drop less than half a pound each week.

Why doesn’t physical activity produce the same pound-dropping results as calorie restriction? One thought is that though exercise burns calories, it doesn’t rev your metabolism, says a study in?Obesity Reviews. It also doesn’t prevent your metabolism from slowing as you lose pounds. As you slim down–via any method–your metabolism slows incrementally with your weight loss and, despite what many believe, exercising doesn’t keep that from happening. As you lose weight, you burn fewer calories via exercise. For example, a 150-pound person who works the elliptical for 30 minutes burns about 306 calories. After losing 10 pounds, that person will burn about 286 calories doing the same workout. So to burn 306 calories, you’d need to extend your workout.

Think diet?and?exercise combined equals more weight lost? Guess again: research shows people who diet and exercise for weight loss drop the same amount of weight as people who only diet. They are, however, more successful keeping the weight off than their counterparts who simply eat less.

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Lose Weight More With Lesser Exercise?

Want To Lose Weight? Less Exercise Is More

Think being pressed for time will hold back your weight loss? Think again, says a surprising study by researchers out of the University of Copenhagen. Participants in a 13 week trial who burned 300 calories per gym session lost 40% more weight than those who exercised for 60 minutes a day.

The study followed three groups of young, sedentary men who were overweight. One group started hardcore hour long workouts where they burned 600 calories in each session, while keeping their diets exactly the same. At the end of the 13 week study these participants lost 5 pounds on average. The participants who exercised for 30 minutes a day, burning 300 calories, lost an average of 7 pounds. It doesn?t seem to make mathematical sense, but neither do your hunger habits.

Researchers found that participants in the 600-calorie category were?eating more in each meal and snack. Researchers also speculated that those in the 600-calorie group were more fatigued and so were less likely to be active during the times they were not working out. The 300-calorie group experienced an increase in energy and were more likely to take the stairs, go on walks and errands, and get off the couch on their downtime.

This is great news for those of us who are already pressed for time. The trick to a successful short workout lies in HIIT, high intensity interval training, where you make the most out of your exercise time by working within your target heart rate. To calculate your target heart rate beginners can use the simple equation ?220 ? your age =maximum heart rate? and then aim to work within 60-80% of that number. All you need for HIIT is a heart rate monitor that will track your heart rate and count your number of calories burned. I?m a fan of?Polar heart rate monitors, since they?re easy to wear on your wrist all day, so you can track all the calories you burn during daily activities, such as taking the stairs or parking far away from your building. Those activities will really add up.

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