So You Want to Lose Weight?

We’ve been there; in fact, just about everyone has been at the point in life: you’ve tried everything you can, every pill, regime, deprivation; you’ve considered moving to an island bereft of a food-filled refrigerator–but you can’t lose weight. Millions of people just like you scour the web daily to find the best way to lose weight, or at least how to control your appetite. It’s a good thing you landed here, because I’m going to talk about what has worked for me and for thousands just like you. It’s not a video or a boot camp; in fact, it’s just one of a nature’s ingredients that has been eluding us for far too long.

Meet Garcinia Cambogia

Have you heard of Garcinia Cambogia yet? If not, I’m surprised. Years ago, the superfruit hit the media like a tidal wave, with anyone from celebrities to stay-at-home moms touting the unbelievable power of Garcinia. While I won’t mention names, the moment one certain T.V. star began introducing it to the media, people flocked to get their hands on Garcinia. They began taking it in pill form, little by little, with thousands upon thousands experiencing the best appetite control they had ever felt: no appetite, no craving for treats all day. They finally got the body they wanted, just like you, I, and just about everyone we know.
The most wanted thing is the world is simply what you cannot have.
But then, as if overnight, the Garcinia Cambogia craze died out like an ember on a windy night.

Taking Garcinia the Right Way

You might be wondering: Why did it die out all of a sudden? It’s simple: people weren’t taking enough Garcinia Cambogia. You see, people don’t take Garcinia Cambogia for the fruit itself: in fact, you don’t see or read about people actually eating the fruit. (Hint: it doesn’t taste that great when eaten directly). Garcinia is sought for its extract called Hydroxycitric Acid, or HCA. You might have seen a product advertising “Garcinia Cambogia: 90% HCA” or “80% HCA.” Don’t believe them, because you’re being scammed. When taking Garcinia Cambogia the right way, the maximum HCA you want is 60%, because when you take extracts that are greater than that, the composition of the powder becomes unstable, and you won’t experience the full appetite-controlling effect that the superfruit is known and sought for. Read about other natural ingredients like this.

How Much Garcinia Do I Need?

Most pills of Garcinia Cambogia that are on the market have anywhere from 400-800mg of Garcinia Cambogia (if it’s even 60% HCA). You need at least 3000mg (3 grams) of Garcinia to take control of your appetite and help you lose weight. Let’s do the math:
  • If on average each pill contains 500mg
  • You need at least 3000mg
  • You need to swallow 5 pills per day. Ouch.
See, the math isn’t hard; and the science is in from a reputable source:
This just in, taking several pills for appetite control sucks.

Where do I find it?

If you’re looking for a good source, you can find some here in powder-drink form. This way you can simply pour the fitness mix into your water bottle, shake it up, and kill your appetite with natural Garcinia Cambogia on the go. Otherwise, there is a wide selection of Garcinia Cambogia pills on the web, from various manufacturers, Amazon, or sole proprietor websites. There, however, you won’t know the quality of Garcinia Cambogia you’re ingesting, and you risk paying a high price for something that doesn’t work–at all. But hey, if you’re into that… Good luck on your Garcinia Cambogia quest!

How Not to Lose Weight [New Year’s Resolution]

Disclaimer: This article may hurt your feelings, and that’s okay. Let me be brutally honest: You’re not going to lose weight in the new year if you’re betting on your New Year’s Resolution. It’s just won’t happen that way. There’s a good chance you will be setting some goals this year; and there’s a pretty good chance that goal might find its place vocalized on the social web. That means your friends and family will see the decision you’ve made to do ‘x’ this year. That also means this New Year’s Resolution of yours is backed by a legion of accountability partners–everyone who has seen your status or gleaned it from your lips is your accountability partner whether you asked them to be or not. But you won’t lose weight, because losing weight and hitting your health goals at the dawn of a new year is hard, and I don’t think you’re equipped to do it.

So prove me wrong

Most people this year won’t do a damn thing about their resolutions. Pardon my coarseness, but it’s true. You don’t have to believe me; you can believe the cadre of companies and celebrities that fan the flame for resolutions on Twitter: Tweets to lose weight in 2018 Now these are just the top two results, but you can see shortly before the New Year, everyone is hopping on the train. In the mess of them all, surely one of the most legendary goals is to “lose weight.” Others opt for doing a digital detox, some for finding their loved ones, and others pursuing health altogether. The question clearly isn’t “should I or will I have a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight,” but rather…
Why is this the year I lose weight?
Why will you achieve your goals this year and not last year? What is so different about 2018 that will make you suddenly successful? I believe in you, so let’s sift through a couple “not-to’s” when it comes to losing weight, because setting the resolution alone won’t do a damn thing.

1. Don’t tell anyone about your fantasy

I don’t say this because your opinion doesn’t matter: it kind of does. I say this because I worry you’re doing it to get likes on a status, or so that–if you fail–you at least would have announced your weight loss goals. Social media and weight loss Nobody has to know your goal, because the only person that needs to know it is you: not your family, your friends, or anyone who might see a New Year’s Resolution status. Let them care about the social glamor while you focus on your goals. Don’t let social media be your peril. If you want to lose weight, you know what to do it and mostly how to do it. Let your motivation and desire to change be your fuel. Other people won’t lose weight for you: that’s on you.

2. Stop idolizing food

When people look at a culture from the outside in, they look at the most rampant, widespread patterns of the people across the giant spectrum of behaviors. If you’re foreign to North America, you’ve seen it too. It’s called gluttony, and it’s glossed over as a petty sin, as it were. You will never lose weight if you can’t get over your fascination with food. It doesn’t matter if you take a weight loss stick every morning to curb your appetite, your love for food has to die this year for you to lose weight for good.

3. Learn the art of addition

Did you know little things add up? Just like the wrinkles on your face with age and the fat on your body from extra calories, good patterns add up too. Those hasty ten jumping jacks or push-ups; the walk around the office on break; the extra two glasses of water you drink per day: all of that adds up, and in the long run it’s going to demolish your body fat.
Good habits don’t just add up: they begin to multiply.

4. Be your own harshest critic

I believe strongly in not giving yourself any room to complain or make excuses. You can make excuses if you want, but you can also gain weight this year. That’s your choice. If you want to lose weight this new year, stop giving yourself breaks or cheat days. You’re just making it worse. Winners don’t take breaks; they don’t get cheat days; they don’t get to tell success to wait for them while they catch a breath. You have to be the meter for your success, and if that means a slow-and-steady climb up the hill, great! But if you’re one to lie down on the lea when the climb gets too steep and you begin to sweat, just roll back down. You won’t make it.

5. Refuse to be a hypocrite this year

Before you know it, 2019 is coming. Do you know what that means? Everyone will ask you whether you succeeded or failed in your weight loss resolution; and chances are, if they don’t, they likely don’t bring it up because they didn’t meet theirs either. I want you to tell them you beat the hell out of your New Year’s Resolution–that you lost all the weight and more that you planned to, and you’re now an impregnable health machine and will never gain weight again. But will that happen this year? Don’t relegate your goal to next year. Do it this year.
The hindrance to your New Year’s weight loss resolution is no other than the person in the mirror.

Paving Your Way to a Greener You

It’s a hot topic right now: a push toward a greener earth, a rapprochement with international green thumb agencies, a call to redefine and rediscover our energy methods. I get it. Vegetables and dietary supplements help you achieve your weight loss goal fastI find it silly, though, that in the wake of this wave, we are getting less and less fit. We find ourselves caring about the dumps in which we throw our fast-food wrappers more than the corporal wrapper we’ve worn since birth. The average American consumes fast food over 150 times a year, which is about 3 times a week.[1] I don’t know about you, but the last time I went to a drive-thru I did not order a salad. If I did, I ordered some nuggets atop the salad, in a sweet, faux French accent to legitimize my pitiful gluttony. I was under the impression that as long as nuggets are contiguous—or touching—greens then they are transformed into healthy morsels, and the calories average out between the two foods. No? This is news to me. Versus this statistic, we visit the other end of the stem: How do I compare to the average intake of vegetables? Well, if you eat more than 1.5 cups of vegetables a day, you are in the upper-half echelon of Americans, at least according to your intake of greens.[2] You are the cream of the crop (like, some of the crop). Now, if you are there, Is that a manageable intake? Could it be easier, or more difficult?   The cake is a lie.

It’s not cake. (The cake is a lie.)

I reckon it depends on several factors: your work, your social structure, your habits and upbringing, and your supplemental help. I’ll get to that in a second. Take, for example, a young buck (a smaller human), and look at his/her dietary habits. Eh, I’ll just recall my habits from “a few” years ago: Breakfast: Some type of cereal, either one with or… with sugar. Top that off with some fruit (that has natural sugar, like grapes, strawberries, cantaloupe, etc). Brunch: Poptart. Sometimes I’d deviate, but I would almost always choose the Strawberry one, because it was adorned with a galaxy of sprinkles that put me in Candyland with each bite. Lunch: Chicken or a sandwich, or a chicken sandwich; or chicken and a sandwich. You may have been more disciplined, with a guardian sneaking green mutant trees (broccoli) into your lunch; or you just preferred to eat leaves (salad) like the rabbits  that run too fast for you to pet them. But you get the gist. Unless you have the genes of a leek or the restraint of an acolyte, you’re gonna have a hard time getting all the vegetables you need. Here is probably the greatest of factors that will either help or inhibit your input of greens.  

Work, lurk.

Unfortunately, the bulk of your eating habits–your potential to be green–revolves around what you do during the week. And if you’re like the most of us, you frequent something of a 9-5. Most workers are in two categories: solid or fluid, as I call ’em. If you have a solid work schedule, you are likely stationed in the same spot and are given the option to buy food around your work vicinity on lunch break (and doing so you may befriend the vending machine), or bring your own food from home (a sack lunch/Power Rangers lunch pail). For the first scenario, I’ll just tell you: I’ve seen only one salad vending machine in my life. You may get up, squeeze that tight 30-60 minute time frame, get in your car, drive a mile and hustle to the nearest grocery store for a pre-packaged meal; or you may with ground-gazing eyes leer at the McDonald’s at the corner of the street (it’s only, like, 50 steps away).
Monday is like eaten, burnt toast: sad, dejected, and gross tasting.
A candid picture of Monday.
You’re going to have a bad time. But here you can also pack your lunch, provided you have the right foods at home (that were bought from the store when you weren’t hungry). I’d always recommend either shopping with an Allura Trim on you or packing one in your lunch. Work days are long (about half as long as Monday work days). Then there’s the the fluid work schedule: the one in flux. Like molecules in the fluid state that fill and conform to their container, so a worker with a fluid schedule fits her lunch to her time frame. This avails her hardly any time to tactfully buy and consume food. What’s near me? Oh, seventeen fast food chains? Nice. I’ll eat water (maybe choose a safer way…).  

The verdict.

Incorporating greens in your diet is difficult. It’s going to take time and discipline–and failure and discipline, and then some failure–and then SUCCESS (with drops of failure, of course). But we know you can do it. What’s beautiful is that greens act as a natural detoxifier. They may not be so “gentle,” but they will assist in your daily bowel movements and bodily health. And when you hike up the green intake, your body will react at first a bit strangely: “Why are you feeding me rabbit food?” Just kidding. It will put your weight loss and your overall bodily health in hyper mode!   So what are your green goals?   [1] https://fastfoodnutrition.org/news/fast-food-eat-year-1357710862 [2] https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6426a1.htm

10 Tips for Sticking to Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan

Don’t get derailed from your healthy weight loss plan! If you have more than a few pounds to lose it can seem overwhelming. Don’t let that stop you. Stick to it. The best long lasting weight loss results occur over a period of time. Here are a few hints to keep you going strong! Successful weight loss with Allura Trim

1. Plan ahead.

Meal planning is key to maintaining a healthy diet. Last minute meals when you’re hungry can lead to less healthy choices. Be sure to include a variety of foods including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein and whole grains.

2. Avoid commercially pre-prepared foods.

Many are high in fat, low in fiber and usually heavily salted. When you cook from scratch you can control what goes in, opting for lower calorie versions of milk, sour cream, and leaner meats.

3. Pre-package your own healthy snacks.

If it is ready and visible, you’re more apt to reach for a better option. *Hint: Put them in see-through containers so you will see them when you open the fridge! This helps develop good food habits for your kids, too.

4. Pack your lunch.

Whenever possible bring your lunch to work. Not only will it save you money but you have more control over the menu!

5. Break a sweat!

Aim for a cardio workout daily. No equipment is necessary. There are lots of exercises you can do in your living room: jog in place, lunges, squats, jumping jacks, jump rope. I bet you can think of a dozen more!

6. Set reasonable goals.

If you set your goals to high and don’t achieve them it can be discouraging. Long term slower weight loss is healthier and kept off longer. 1 to 2 pounds a week is great. Think about that over a period of time!

7. Do not weigh yourself every day.

Focus on healthy living, not the scale!

8. Get adequate sleep.

Studies show that sleep deprivation can contribute to weight gain. Sleep helps reduce stress. Stress is related to increased levels of the hormone cortisol which stimulates appetite. Your energy expenditure is also reduced when you’re tired, resulting in fewer calories burned.

9. Stay hydrated.

Thirst is often mistaken for hunger. Water is a critical for each organ in your body to operate properly. There are a lot of options for flavoring water is the “plain” variety is hard to swallow.

10. Think small.

Little changes, consistently applied, add up to big losses. Simple diet substitutions can save 100 calories at a time.

More tips for effective weight loss here.

  Image credits: Healthy lunch in containers: Copyright:bialasiewicz / 123RF Stock Photo Woman on scale: Copyright: rocketclips / 123RF Stock Photo