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Beating the Calories With Wise Dieting

How important is your diet for weight loss?

Your diet is the cornerstone of your quest for weight loss. You should not rely solely on exercise when it comes to torching fat because it is your diet that has the biggest impact on your weight.

Certified fitness trainers, despite the nature of their work, agree that exercise only accounts for 15%-20% of the total effort needed to achieve a weight loss goal. The remaining 80%-85% of the outcome depends on what you eat every day.

Every meal and every snack counts!

A single meal will not make you overweight... But a month's worth of junk food can affect your weight. There is a significant relationship between what you regularly eat and your present weight trend. There are 3 kinds of weight trends: static or unchanging, upward and downward.

How much weight will drop off when you start eating healthier foods?

Ideally, you would modify your diet so that you are on a consistent downward trend. A total weight loss of 1 pound a week is considered he…

10 Signs You Need a Sight Test

Many people leave it far too long to get an eyesight test, because the signs that you may need to wear glasses or contact lenses often develop slowly, so people get used to their poor vision. It can come as quite a revelation, though, when they do wear glasses for the first time and they discover just how bad their eyesight has become.

If you have been wondering whether it might be time for an eye test, here are the main warning signs that you might need to start wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Frequent headaches

There are many things that can cause headaches, including working for too long looking at a computer screen, but if the headaches have become a daily event for you, that could be a sign that you need an eyesight test. Headaches that are caused by poor eyesight usually happen after you have been concentrating on something for a long period of time. They usually start at the front of your head and then move along the sides of your head to your temples.

Blurry vision

Blurred vi…

Is Smoking In Your Genes?

I don't mean that you are genetically programmed to smoke, although a small percentage of smokers do carry this gene, it usually manifests in chain smoking and smoking the cigarette right down to the butt.

The interesting thing is that most people with this gene don't smoke.

This article refers to the effect of smoking on your genes. The study of Epi-genetics looks at the 70% of gene expression that we can influence by our lifestyle and choices. One study showed that boys who started smoking at 12 would pass on the damaged gene to their children.

This isn't surprising and you may be thinking that you didn't start at 12, or that you are not a man. What impressed and concerned me about this study was the ability to pass on the negative effects of smoking to another generation, and also the likelihood that, the offspring would also be a smoker.

We know this isn't always the case, some people smoke when brought up in a smoking family but fortunately many don't.

These ki…

3 Simple Ways to Do Blackhead Clearing At Home

A blackhead is a small spot on the face commonly called pores. They are pimples without the skin cover on them. The oil and dirt oxidizes and turns black because there is no skin cover. Most of the blackheads are not visible unless you press closer to your mirror. This means that a person standing close to you can see the blackheads on your face. You have to remove them to save yourself the embarrassment. You can use the cosmetic creams available in the market which guarantees to remove blackheads. If you have a sensitive skin then they can cause side effects also. We advise that you try out some home remedies that will be effective to remove the blackheads and will be safe on your skin.

Exfoliate and Microdermabrasion

Exfoliating the skin is very easy. The best way to do that is by using milk and nutmeg from your kitchen. For the oily skin, they are most helpful as they help to get rid of the oil. The milk breaks down the older skin cells. When you rinse off you will feel that your ski…

ADD and ADHD Treatments That Help With Concentration

Children are subjects to a wide range of distractions and stimuli that can have an adverse effect on their concentration. This can happen at home and in school settings and for those who suffer from ADD and ADHD, the effects from these distractions can be severe. It can impair their ability to form relationships and it certainly can impact their educational potential. While removing distractions can help, children with ADD and ADHD require additional skills to help maintain their concentration. The best way to provide these skills is by engaging with programs that are designed to foster concentration and thereby give those with ADD and ADHD the skills the need to succeed.

Helping Them, Help Themselves

There are two main ADD and ADHD treatments that are proven to help increase concentration in those with ADD and ADHD. Both Interactive Metronome Therapy and Neurofeedback Therapy have a proven track record in helping those with ADD and ADHD maintain higher levels of concentrations long aft…

Stop and Smell the Coffee - A Happiness View to Creating Wealth

Those of you who follow my articles and blog will know that I tend to reiterate that happiness comes before wealth. You won't be happy once you've achieved something but rather you will achieve your goals once you are happy!

It's a small distinction that makes all the difference.

Being happy in your own life has the effect of putting your mind, body and soul in the right state to achieve your goals. Simple!

Even if you're one of those people who read something like the above and think - 'hogwash', what have you truly got to lose by trying it?

Are you so shackled to being a miserable grump that you cannot stomach that there are alternatives?

This morning, while waiting for my coffee at one of my favorite coffee shops I was discussing with someone else waiting in line. I can't even recall the actual full conversation but one sentence in particular stood out for me. This person turned to me and with a dead-straight face said 'When you get to a certain age, you …

The Jaded New Yorker and Customer Service

Have you ever walked into a store and not been greeted by an employee? I was born and raised in NYC. Walking into a store and not being greeted by an employee or not being able to find an employee to help you locate an item was the norm to me.

The lack of customer service became so routine to me that when I moved to Charlotte, I was annoyed every time I entered a store. So annoyed I would send my husband shopping so that I would not have to interact with store employees. In addition to the abundant 'welcome's' and 'may I help you with anything' the part I wished to avoid the most it checking out. While at the check-out no matter what lane or store it was the same thing, 'how are you today, ma'am?' followed by an extensive conversation about nothingness ranging from commentary about the weather to questions regarding the items I purchased or stories about their family members.

I had to evaluate where did the problem lie. Were the store employees that annoy…

Why Do Birds Of A Feather Flock Together?

As a child my grandmother used to remind me all the time that I was representative of the people around me. When I got older and worked with Jim Rohn, known as the greatest business philosopher of the 20th century, he repeated this continually. We are a sum of those we surround ourselves with!
In business this is important if we want success and an opportunity to move forward. I have found though that this can be very limiting when it comes to personal relationships.

What this old proverb is really saying is that people of the same sort of background, culture, personality type or with the same tastes and interests will usually be found together.

We gravitate to whatever is familiar and similar until we understand that opening our peripheral vision and understanding of others who have a different perspective on life, we are limiting ourselves and our beliefs from self-awareness and growth.

It is known that the saying 'birds of a feather flock together' was first identified arou…

Moving Forward While Remembering the Past and Embracing the Future

Moving Forward While Remembering the Past and Embracing the Future.

I have realized that the best step to take when trying to move forward in life is to accept that sometimes we have to let go of the life we expected to have and to start living the life we are given.

Looking back on our past is not always a bad thing.

For me, taking an honest look at my past helps me understand more of who I want to see myself become in the future. I believe if I didn't remember past experiences during my life, I would not learn what truly were my mistakes and successes. I know that most of the time, I am my own worst critic and set unrealistic expectations for my life. But now that I understand this about myself, I can work on this aspect and continue to remember not to be so hard on myself.

I have spent a considerable amount of my life picturing my future and what it looks like in my mind. My life today looks nothing like that, but I know that it is okay. Seeking to understand how to move forward t…

Take Care of Your Teeth by Visiting an Orthodontist

Self-esteem plays a big role in just about anyone's life. Low self-esteem will do you more harm than good; actually it will only do you harm. Your teeth can play a big role in your self-esteem. Have you ever been in a situation where you really want to smile but you cannot do it probably because of bad breath or terrible dental formula?

This is the worst feeling that you should ever wish to experience. It is important that you ensure your teeth are in good shape always. In the event that you have not been able to achieve that, orthodontics will do the trick for you. You are probably wondering what orthodontics is. This is simply treating irregularities in teeth and the jaws, in some cases. It may include procedures such as alignment.

You need not be experiencing any pain or stress with your teeth in order to pay a visit a tooth specialist; sometimes it may be all about aesthetics. Orthodontists are all about aesthetics; they want to make life happier for you because the placement of…

Addressing All the Myths Related to Dental Care

The myths related to dental treatment can affect a patient's observation of a dentist and what he does. This eventually affects the visits to the clinic thereby hindering the treatment procedure as well. Such kind of careless attitude leads to some serious issues and will compel you to undergo surgical procedures. This also leads to increase in the budget for dental treatment. Keeping this in mind let us discuss the myths related to oral treatments.

Myth No. 1: Brushing before meeting the dentist will not let them notice that regular oral hygiene has not been followed visit.

So here's the fact: If you do not following the suggested two-minute brushing two times in a day daily it will lead to red gums, they will be swollen and will bleed easily. These signs are enough for a dentist to understand that oral hygiene hasn't been performed which will compel them to chalk out a plan for dental treatment. It is difficult for you hide this fact from your dentist.

Myth No. 2: If gums a…

Knowing About the Pros and Cons of Zirconium Dental Crowns

Zirconia Ceramic or Zirconium Oxide is one of the most preferred materials used for making dental crowns. It has certain advantages and they are as follows:

• Can endure wear and tear.
• Extremely tough.
• No use of the harmful metal fuse.
• Translucent therefore not different in appearance from natural teeth.
• Modifiable shape, size and color.

It is due to these aforementioned advantages that dentists, as well as patients, make use of zirconium crowns. Gone are the days, when individuals used gold and porcelain for dental filling or replacement. Well, if you are doubtful about this material, may be the following comparison would change your mind.

Advantages of Zirconium over Gold and Porcelain

It is true that a large number of individuals have been using gold or porcelain crowns for many years and they are well-suited by the body but still it is great to have a natural effect when one smile. Zirconium stands to be stronger than these two and therefore last for longer periods whereas porce…

How to Achieve a Healthy Diet

Here's an important factor that has a huge impact on your overall fitness level and general wellness: your diet.

What is a "diet?"

The word "diet" means "a collection of food items that a person regularly eats."

Every person has a current diet. If you know someone who eats cheesy potatoes and cheeseburgers six days a week, that's still considered a diet (admittedly, a very unhealthy one).

If you want to slim down and tone up, start by examining the composition of your present diet to determine how many calories you are consuming per day. Analyzing your current diet can also reveal if you are getting enough essential nutrients, water and dietary fiber.

What is a quality diet?

A quality diet provides a balanced mix of macronutrients and micronutrients in the right amounts. Here is a quick recap of the essential nutrients that our bodies need to function normally:


Protein - Protein repairs and builds muscle tissues. People who regularly perfor…

Your Guide To Staying Fit And Healthy Well Into Old Age

Are you facing mid-life feeling sluggish, fatigued and generally overweight? Don't assume that it's all downhill from here. You can stay fit and healthy well into old age - if you decide to make some important lifestyle changes. Now is the time to take action!

Ask yourself the following questions:-

Why do some people fare better in old age than others?

Why is it that some people in their 70s and 80s are able to lead a healthy and active life, free from disease, whilst others become frail and dependent on family members?

Could it be down to luck - or does it have anything to do with the lifestyle choices they have made?

It is true that some people may have a genetic disposition to illness that can not be easily prevented. However, the majority of people who suffer from age related illness may not have given enough attention to their overall health, especially during their mid-life years.

Aging has an impact on our health and vitality. We know that at around age 35 our heart rate beg…

The Hidden and Long-Term Effects of Poor Posture on Your Health

There has been a lot of talk already about the negative effects of having poor posture. So diverse are the discussions about it that it is even associated with job hiring, that is, those who have bad posture are in danger of being rejected as soon as they present themselves for an interview.

Developing a bad posture can come from different ways. But for those who are working in offices for longer hours, bad posture almost always come from slouching indiscriminately in that comfortable office chair.

The downside of it all is that by the time you find out about your bad posture, it is already ingrained in your system that you find it equally problematic to get rid of it.

And since it would be difficult to have a sustained time doing some exercise in the office, the best logical solution for you to contain this silent killer is to buy an office chair that would help ease out the threat of having back pains or developing a bad posture in the long run.

What Are These Effects Anyway

Let us take …