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That Belly Fat Is Probably Shortening Your Life Span

belly fatI believe we all know at least one person who seems to act proud of that belly they have. Either they act proud or they laugh it off with a joke or two. They claim it is the beer and cold weather insulation.

I find it impossible to laugh at these statements!

I don’t mean to seem cold hearted or the dull one at the party, but it saddens me. It cuts to my heart because I wonder how much shorter that person’s life span will be. I have a desire that they live life to its fullest but if that belly fay is allowed to remain, the odds are unlikely.

So before I move forward with today’s post, I must ask you to

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In this post, I am going to explain about belly fat, why it is so dangerous, what to eat and how to start erasing that belly fat.

There are 2 types of belly fat

Belly fat comes in two forms. Both are dangerous to your health, but one holds a higher amount of danger than the other. Both types can lead to:

  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • and many more health issues

Subcutaneous fat

This form of belly fat is normally soft and covers the abs and is immediately below the skin. I would say it is easier to get rid of than the next type. Much of that just requires proper diets and exercise.

Visceral fat

Visceral fat is extremely dangerous. You can tell if your belly fat is visceral fat if it feels hard when you push on it. Visceral fat is deeper in your abdomen behind your muscle and surrounding your organs. This is the most common fat when associating “beer belly.” And you can see why it is so dangerous just in the fact that it surrounds your organs. I look on it like a boa constrictor snake squeezing your organs and suffocating them.

Studies have also shown that visceral fat releases inflammatory molecules into your system on a consistent basis.

Is it just beer that causes visceral fat? NO!!

beer

Beer is high in carbs so it plays a role, but all foods high in carbs, high in sugars and starches create visceral fat. All of this not only creates visceral fat, it leads to insulin resistance. It is no wonder that diabetes levels have skyrocketed.

One of the primary contributors to visceral fat is high fructose corn syrup.

Read labels and take the high fructose corn syrup out of your diet and you are making an active start in ridding your body of visceral fat.

The only ways to get rid of visceral fat

There are 2 things you need to do on a consistent basis to erase that visceral fat:

1: Exercise: You need high intensity exercise. The low intensity exercises will not do it. Some of the exercises you need to look into are:

  • Interval training
  • Sprints – Running or bicycle
  • Complete body weight training
  • Etc…

I can help you design a complete exercise program to get the visceral fat off. Feel free to contact me.

2: Your diet: You MUST eliminate sugars, starches and most importantly, high fructose corn syrup. Increase protein intake and healthy fats such as:

  • Avocados
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Grass fed meat and butter
  • Fatty fish

Eliminate many of the grains and you will be much better off.

A secret from Tara

What many people do not know is that certain chemicals that have been introduced into our food from pesticides, herbicides, pollution and more are forcing our bodies to store excess fat. These are known as xenoestrogens. And, it is believed these also lead to various cancers.

You need to eat a heavy supply of vegetables that fight xenoestrogens. Here are some of the veggies:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • etc…

Yes, cruciferous vegetables have nutrients that are a huge defensive force against xenoestrogens.

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Final Thoughts

Let’s work together and get your body free of abdominal fat. I long to see you healthy and enjoying life.

If you have any questions or feedback, please post it below.

Thank you and please share this with your friends and family. Together, we can help the world be healthier.

Is Meat Bad?

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It is an ongoing debate, and one that does not have a definitive answer.

For some people, meat is terrible while for others, meat is a necessity.

There have been a variety of studies, but many of those studies do not take into account other health situations. Sure, you may be studying a group of men who are eating meat, but what else are they eating? Are they taking vitamins? Are they exercising? Do they smoke or drink?

So many of the studies are skewed, so we cannot honestly trust those studies.

I recently read an excellent article by Dr. Mark Hyman on this subject. You can see it here.

Dr. Hyman tells how many people who do not eat meat at all like Buddhists and 7th Day Adventists show great signs of long life. But, so do some “die-hard” meat eaters do to like people on the Paleo diet.

My meat eating views

Personally, I do support the Paleo diet meat eating views. But, the rest of your diet and the types of meat you ingest are quite important.

If you are a strong vegetarian, more power to you, but you do need to make sure you are getting the needed protein your body requires.

Many meats that you can purchase in fast food joints and even in grocery stores have been fed high amounts of steroids, hormones, antibiotics and we have no idea what other items they are fed that could be laced with chemicals.

High fat – low carbs

As you know, I am adamant about the high fat and low carb diet plan. The best way to achieve this is with meat… but what meats should you buy?

All organic grass fed meats

It is your best choice to find organic, grass fed meats. Yes, the prices may be higher, but your health is more important than the price of a pound of meat.

Another priority is to not just eat meat, but add a staple of healthy fruits and vegetables to your diet… And exercise!

But, they say meat causes heart disease

heart diseaseDr. Hyman points out a fact that is not mentioned in the studies linking meat to heart disease. The disease comes from saturated fats and somehow these testers put the blame on meat, but the saturated fats linked to heart disease do not even come from meat.

They come from sugar and carbohydrates.

Now you do get saturated fat from meat, but you get a bad saturated fat from that greasy cheeseburger you bought at a fast food place and okay saturated fats when you have a grass-fed burger.

The Paleo diet preaches meat, but with it are fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts leaving out the processed foods, dairy products and grains.

How to eat a safe meat diet

Let’s summarize so you can have a simple checklist to make sure you are eating a proper meat diet.

  1. Only buy organic grass fed meats and make meat the side on your plate, not the main course.
  2. Stay away from any, and all processed meats.
  3. Preparation of meat is important. Slow cooking meat is the best at lower temperatures. Some people think that high heat is the way with meat, and they are actually creating more toxic substances by doing so.
  4. Make vegetables the main course. Eat a lot of healthy vegetables and throw in some fruits too.

Final Thoughts

So, my opinion is: enjoy your meat… but only grass fed meat.

If you are a vegetarian, I am not trying to change you, but make sure you are getting the needed protein and you can do so with supplements.

Where do vegetarians get protein?

I want to share some great places for vegetarians to get their needed protein:

  • Red Lentils give 18 grams of protein per cup
  • Chickpeas have 12 grams of protein per cup
  • Black beans give 15 grams of protein per cup
  • Nuts have high protein levels
  • Tofu has 11 grams in 4 ounces
  • Quinoa has a high level of protein

So if you are a vegetarian, make sure you have these in your diet.

If you need any help, feel free to contact me and we will get you on the best diet for you… With, or without meat.

Have a great day.

You May Suffer From Withdrawal

Many people attribute withdrawal symptoms to drug and alcohol addictions but believe it or not, some people have experienced withdrawals when stopping certain foods.

After reading an excellent article in U.S. News (http://health.usnews.com/wellness/articles/2017-01-03/is-food-withdrawal-a-real-thing) I felt I should also give a write-up on this same subject since I know I have a lot of readers abruptly changing their eating patterns and diets.

Food addictions

Nearly anything can be addictive, and that includes food. I want to first tell you there is a nationwide program for people suffering from food addiction. You can see more here: https://www.foodaddicts.org/

Do not be surprised if when you go on a regulated diet that you may have headaches, bowel troubles and even stomach aches. These kind of effects are quite prevalent in people who are cutting sugar and processed foods.

Studies have shown that sugars and processed foods react in the human brain in a similar way to drugs and alcohol.

But unlike some drug withdrawals, there are no dangers known of from going “cold-turkey.” But, we still recommend speaking with your physician before taking on any diet or quitting any food all-together.

Some tips from experts if you are truly addicted is to:

  • Use slow changes. If you are addicted to (Brand Name) soda, and you drink say, 5 or 6 bottles a day. It may be easier if you go 1 week with just 3 bottles per day, the next week at 1 bottle per day and after just don’t purchase any. But for some people, just cutting it out all-together “cold turkey” is their best bet.
  • Seek guidance. As you should know, I am here for you. If you believe you are addicted to any food source, contact me and we will work out a plan to break the addiction misery.
  • Have patience. Withdrawal symptoms may seem overwhelming, but they will dissipate soon. Your body and mind were just “hijacked” with non-healthy foods and it is a readjustment stage for your mind and body. Be patient and the withdrawal effects will soon pass.
  • Have cheats. Make sure you always have a healthy alternative near you. If you are suddenly getting a craving for sugar, maybe a handful of peanuts or raisins will take that withdrawal edge off. If you are addicted to processed foods, maybe a natural energy bar will break the pattern. And with soda, how about some fruit flavored water.

Think before

Before you put it in your mouth, think about what it is, what it has and if it is worth it.

I even suggest you go through your cupboards and refrigerator and throw away everything that could tempt you when you are in withdrawals.

Here are some good substitutes

  • Instead of processed chips or microwave popcorn, try eating organic stove top popcorn
  • Instead of using mayonnaise, use mustard
  • Instead of candy, try dried fruit
  • Instead of soda, drink tea
  • Instead of a chocolate bar, how about some organic dark chocolate ( if you are having a chocolate craving, you may be low on magnesium)
  • Instead of using vegetable oil, I recommend coconut oil
  • Instead of using croutons on your salad, use almonds
  • Instead of using white flour, try the coconut flour
  • Instead of using Ranch dressing, mix olive oil with balsamic vinegar
  • Instead of soda, mix mineral water with a little lime juice
  • Replace regular salt with Himalayan salt
  • Organic yogurt is much better than ice cream
  • Replace peanut butter with almond butter
  • Replace sports drinks with coconut water
  • Even your milk can be better if you use almond milk

Final Thoughts

You will go through a battle when you decide to change your eating pattern, but keep focused on the goal.

As I said, I am here to help.

Just contact me, and be sure and subscribe to my blog for more advice.

Take care.

Some Tips To Use During The Holidays To Keep From Gaining Weight

gaining weight

Well, we went through Thanksgiving and I slipped a couple of times but overall, I held to my diet.

How did you do?

If you did have an encounter with pumpkin pie or some other tasty sweet, don’t consider it the end. Slip-ups happen and all we can do is reflect on how good it was and what we need to do to overcome those slips.

With Christmas arriving soon, I have decided to give a few tips on eating and not eating during this season when many diets go by the wayside.

I am routing for you!

Here are multiple tips that can help you still enjoy the Holiday festivities without adding pounds to your waistline.

Don’t go hungry

If you arrive at the family function with an empty stomach, you are setting yourself up for disaster.

Try snacking on some nuts or seeds before going, and before getting a plate of food, drink a full glass of water. The water will fill those cavities and make it feel like you are full.

Take your own healthy dish

You may take one look at all the food offerings and see weight gain. But if you arrive with a healthy dish you prepared, you know you will have something to eat that will not add pounds to you.

Find a confidant

In those huge get together functions, it is quite probable that you are not the only person fighting with weight gain. Find another person in your position and face the temptations together. It helps!

Make the centerpiece people instead of food

So often, the focus at these events is the food. You do not have to accept that! Make your focus the people and the socializing instead of the food.

Keep track of what you eat

Maybe keep a notepad and just jot down what you eat. By doing this, you will stay aware and it will help you control the urge.

Avoid alcohol

alcohol and drugs

Alcohol in itself can be fattening and what is worse is the loss of inhibitions that alcohol gives. I suggest just saying no to alcohol.

Use the salad plate

Instead of using a full size plate, use a smaller salad plate.

You will take smaller servings and maintain your diet this way.

Carry some healthy snack items on your person

You know that you are going to be seeing a lot of food. Sometimes that hunger bug can pop its head up at any time. Just reach in your bag and take out the nuts you brought with you to defeat that monster.

Do not neglect your exercise routine

It is more important than ever that you stick with your normal exercise routine. Just because the party is at 1 doesn’t mean you cannot still do your morning walk, jog or biking.

Stay with you exercise pattern and even if you do slip a treat in, you will be forgiven.

Be willing to say no thank you

You are going to have people most likely offer you tempting treats. You need to get adapted to being able to just say no thank you.

When it is that person that you just cannot say no to such as a favorite Aunt or other person, I suggest taking the item and giving it to a child. Or you can just be honest and tell them you are on a diet and you dare not.

Go for a walk

After eating that meal, instead of sitting down why not take a walk?

It will help you burn those calories you just ate and is much better than sitting and letting those calories create a gut.

Final Thoughts

You can still have a joyous Holiday season even when you are on a diet.

It doesn’t have to be about the food, it can be about the family and friends.

So, go enjoy yourself and if you do slip, don’t let it ruin your time or your diet.

Happy Holidays to you all!

12 Ways To Make Weight Loss Fun And Easy

I have watched many people state they need to lose weight. I see them make some progress and then the inevitable…

why

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They quit!

They gain more weight!

They get depressed!

Why???

Because the weight loss plan they had just wasn’t fun. It wasn’t easy. It was like enslavement and no one wants to be enslaved.

And that is where the depression comes from, because they have chosen one enslavement over another.

Are you in that position? Do you know someone in that position?

In this post, I am going to share 12 ways to make weight loss fun and easy. I just know these methods can help you or that person you care about. So please share this and have fun with losing that weight.

1: Don’t Diet

Are you hearing Tara right?

Don’t diet???

But you are always talking about different diets and plans?

What I mean is to quit looking at it as a short, or even long term diet. Make it a healthy eating lifestyle. Don’t set any time limits, just change your eating patterns for life.

When a person says “I’m on a diet,” that means there is a time attached to it. It is similar to a New Year resolution… It gets broken.

2: Plant A Garden

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What better way to eat healthy foods than if you grow them yourself?

Plant carrots, broccoli, peas and more.

It is so fun eating the healthy stuff we grow ourselves.

3: Eat Slower

Studies have shown that when a person eats slower, they eat less and enjoy their food more.

Instead of downing that meal in 10 minutes, slow it down to ½ hour.

You will eat less and enjoy the food you are eating.

4: Find A Workout You Like

Just because someone you know is doing a certain workout that is the fad doesn’t mean you have to copy it.

If you don’t enjoy your workout, you will find excuses to not do it.

5: Find A Workout Buddy

It really is enjoyable when you workout with a friend.

Find someone who is interested in doing the workout you enjoy, and do it together.

You will look forward to workout time this way.

6: Snack On Pistachios

Studies have shown that pistachios are a great item to snack on for weight loss, especially the ones with the shells.

7: Sleep

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Studies have also shown that lack of sleep leads to overeating and weight gain.

Sleep in and lose weight.

7 to 8 hours of sleep is the optimal amount.

8: Volunteer

Many organizations are looking for volunteers. Help clean up a park or waterway. Help with remodeling an elderly person’s house. This type of activity will keep you active and help you lose weight, plus you are helping other people.

9: Only 1

When you eat a sandwich, just make it 1 slice of bread.

Everyone has this idea that a sandwich has to have 2 slices of bread, but bread is a major contributor to weight.

So have some fun with it when you order a sandwich and tell the waitress 1 slice of bread.

If they bring 2, put the tip inside the extra slice of bread.

10: Go Enjoy Life

Go on a hike!

Go row a boat in the lake!

Go swimming!

Play tennis!

Play basketball!

Just go have fun and enjoy life and you WILL lose weight.

11: Eat Water Filled Foods

Eat soups, salads and foods that contain water.

They will fill you but not fatten you.

12: Drink Water For Breakfast

Drink several glasses of water for a great start to your day.

That water will fill you and help you shed those pounds.

Final Thoughts

Losing weight doesn’t have to be boring and dreadful.

Have fun and enjoy what you are doing, and the weight will leave.

If you need more help, just contact me and I will!

Thanks for visiting.