Showing posts with label Weight loss. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Weight loss. Show all posts

Friday, December 7, 2012

Midlife Tips: How to Lose Pounds & Save Money

While some might believe that looking good, staying fit and maintaining reasonable levels of physical health are strictly goals for youth; science and experience prove this is entirely untrue. On the one hand, one recent study has revealed that women past sixty struggle with body image issues, eating disorders, and problems about their current weight to an even larger extent than their younger counterparts. On the other hand, another recently published piece of news has proven that middle-aged individuals who choose to maintain focus on their health and weight will usually enjoy a health risk-free old age, with fewer conditions and illnesses to speak of. 

Keeping fit past the age of fifty is a wonderful exercise in frugality. Think of it this way: while most of your mid-life peers are spending massive amounts of money on pills to treat their weary arteries and hearts, or on unhealthy foods, you’re eating properly working out, and saving money. Weight loss and fitness don’t need to become more complicated once you go past the middle-life marker than they were before. There are plenty of great value dieting plans that cater to mid-lifers, with plenty of information about them available on the Internet. By following a few simple tips and tricks, just about anyone can save up while slimming down.

Whole foods have plenty of advantages when it comes to macrobiotic balance that you need to attain in order to drop some pounds – besides, they come with the boon of costing far less than highly processed foods in the long run. Sure, for the short term, springing for frozen pizzas or kabobs might seem like the more economic option. After all, you are buying several portions for the price of whole, natural ingredients that will also take a long while to prepare, aside from not looking like they’re going to keep your hunger at bay for too long.

The above sentence contains several fallacies that we’ll deconstruct in the following. First off, processed foods that contain refined ingredients, such as white flour, sugars, and saturated fats, will only make you feel hungry faster. Refined ingredients cause spikes in blood sugar levels. After the spike, your blood sugar will plummet, causing the release of ghrelin and leptin, the two hormones that trigger the feeling of hunger. Secondly, thinking you can withhold from eating a whole pre-assembled, frozen pizza in one sitting is usually wishful thinking that you’re using to sabotage your own way out of a diet. More often than not, people struggling with weight issues will not be able to limit themselves to a single recommended portion. As such, you might be buying food that’s supposed to last you for several days, but you will often end up polishing it off in a single sitting – and there goes your frugal lifestyle, right down the drain.

Lastly, whole foods, be they raw or frozen, are so much better from a dietary point of view. Legumes, fruits, vegetables and whole grains contain plenty of fiber. Several acknowledged weight loss plans advocate eating plenty of fiber (in excess of 25 g per day) for those who want to shed their extra pounds fast – for more information on the effects of popular diet Medifast, access website here and get educated. Moreover, whole foods usually contain antioxidants, such as vitamin C, selenium, vitamin E, and betacarotene, all of them great for keeping young and healthful. Great sources of antioxidants include most fruits and vegetables, as well as dark leafy greens, such as spinach and kale. Recent studies have proven that fruit and vegetables will ward off angina and stroke risks with 39 per cent more positive odds in people over 50 who choose to consume lots of them.

Another key issue is that buying whole foods will usually mean you’re buying locally. Aside from supporting small producers and stimulating the local economy, buying foods that are ‘in season’ will cost far less than splurging on exotic cheeses and meats.

Last, but definitely not least, avoid excess consumption levels of sugars, trans and saturated fats, as well as sodium. Most processed foods contain them, and they stand to damage your health to a great extent. The same goes for alcohol and tobacco products – quitting smoking, irrespective of the age at which it occurs, is likely to save you massive amounts of money, as well as cleansing your body of the toxins which make it more difficult to lose weight.

What Weight Loss Can Teach You about Property Investment

Even though they seem to be worlds apart on first glance, the connection between dieting and investing in the world of real estate is not that distant or forced. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of parallels to be drawn between the two, whether they pertain to ambition, drive, working toward a given goal and so on. In a nutshell, however, there is no magic solution for capitalizing a.s.a.p., neither when it comes to losing weight, nor with respect to shedding off the extra pounds that stand between you and your healthiest possible self. So just how are property investments and dieting plans similar? Read on to find out – you’ll be surprised to learn that, if you have lost weight, you, too, can apply that knowledge to your capital investments into real estate. 

There is No Miracle Solution

In business, as in dieting, (I think it should be: “In dieting, as in business,…” ) every once in while a self-proclaimed enlightened guru will crop up, with the promise that he or she holds the very secret that will help you reach your desired goal, be that goal a perfectly toned, ideal weight figure, or the fortune that you’ve decided to put your money to work toward. However, miracle solutions are always bogus, bar none. In terms of diets, there is plenty of information available out there on medically tested, safe, healthful and balanced plans that can help you obtain just what you want – an all-new and improved body image. There are many up for grabs, and since no two individuals are alike, finding a tailored solution, as well as a sustainable strategy that’s likely to work out for you is the only way to go.

The same applies to investing money into property (or much of anything, for that matter). There is no foul-proof ‘get rich overnight’ magic solution. Just like any dietitian and nutritionist will remind you that it took time to put on all that weight, a good investment strategist and broker will tell you that getting rich within a short span of time only works in lotteries and raffles. When it comes to investing in homes and/or commercial property, the only way to go is to have patience, to think things through and to figure out your investment style, so as to implement the best strategy that will work for you. 

You Reap What You Sow

Reduced to the essential principle, weight loss is all about creating a calorie deficit. In order to put on a pound of fat, you will need to eat 3,500 more calories than you consume through your basal metabolic rate (the sum total of your vital processes) and your daily physical activities. To lose weight, you will need to create a difference of 3,500 calories between what goes in (i.e., the food you eat) and what comes out (i.e., the calories you burn by working out, staying active, etc.). It’s no wonder that one of the most efficient and sustainable dieting plans out there is calorie counting. By keeping track of what you invest and what you expend, you will be able to maintain full control over the progress of your diet.

The same goes for property investment. There is no end to the amount of stress that must go toward highlighting the importance of thorough asset management, investments and returns. To over-simplify, if you’re spending more than you’re making, you’ll be losing money. Conversely, good investments are those that capitalize on your current resources and build toward increasing their value over time, but this can only happen when you, the investor, are keeping close track of your own money. 

Stick to Your Guns 

Some people will complain that famous diets, such as BistroMD, about which you can learn more here (noticed I changed the anchor text) here, yielded absolutely no results for them. Meanwhile, others will extoll the virtues of the same plan and herald it as the next best thing since bread came sliced. While it’s true that different types of metabolisms will react differently to the various factors that determine weight loss or weigh gain (amount of cortisol released, low carb/high fat diets versus high carb/low fat diets, cardio work outs versus milder aerobics and calisthenics, etc.), it all boils down to patience, determination and habit formation.

The same applies to investment plans. It takes twenty-one days to change a habit, according to recent cognitive-behavioral research. This assertion is equally applicable to dieting habits, as well as to investment habits. You can’t objectively expect to see results, if you haven’t stuck through with one plan for at least that long a time.

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