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Any thing related to fitness and health goes in here.

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Excellent advice, particularly the points about looking after your brain. It is so important to keep the cogs well oiled - evidence has shown that those who partake in regular mental activities tend to experience less brain degeneration with age. I also like the final point regarding moderation. You have to have a little fun in life and part of this includes a nice meal or a couple of beers. Cutting everything out for good only leads to bingeing.
in my opinion beers are not healthy because, they increase body fat and lead to addiction.
 

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Great thread! Especially considering the time of year it is and the fact that many people have made some new goals!

I myself decided a few weeks ago that i would stop wasting time and my life and begin a process of continual self improvement; i have started reading thought provoking books, began working towards my goals in the gym and have even decided to learn a new language (Spanish).

I think the most importantr thing to remember is to keep positive. A positive mind is much better at achieving what it wants.

Oh and as for the beer - i think it's one of them where too much is bad, and in moderation there has been some benefits proven. I mean some studies have found certain benefits to smoking and taking drugs as well...
 

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Thank you all for you understanding.
 

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For me, the best way to lose weight is keeping a food journal. It can be a pain, but the accountability really helps. If it goes in my mouth, I write it down. I have a software program that keeps track of the calories and other nutritional info so that I know how much protein, carbs and fat I'm getting each day. I also make sure to drink lots of water. But the most important part is exercise. I try to get high intensity cardio and strength training in at least 4-5 days a week, and some lower intensity activities, like walking or hiking in every day.
 

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I'm not a stickler for diets. It doesn't matter whether it's South Beach, Mediterranean or whatnot. I simply cut back on the amount of food I eat in general plus increase my consumption of leafy greens and fruits. That way, I'll be able to take in more anti-oxidants that facilitate bowel movement and the removal of toxins from my body. Aside from cutting back the amount and eating the right kind of food, I also jog or ride the stationary bike every now and then. If not, I hike for 3 kilometres or more.
 

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Excellent post revolution! It is true that keeping the mind healthy is very important. With our current living in most societies it is work work to pay bills, look after kids and more work. It is very easy for people to forget about themselves and stress levels are high. I encourage people even before looking at exercise to considering taking 30-60mins per day of day of "me time". This could be exercising but it should we an activity you enjoy or one that is going to relieve stress or develop you personally.
 

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People in general don't really need to have a particular diet, they just have to follow what's recommended and discipline themselves in their food intake. They should maintain balance in their meals to be healthy and fully-functional. If one is trying to achieve something like lose weight or bulk up, then that where specialised diet has to take place. But once the goal is achieved, then he should come back to the normal diet and maintain his body. The normal only means the food intake, and the balance between them. Second only to this is the amount. Because people are not all of the same size and weight, their amounts of food consumption vary.
 

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For me, I keep the weight off by watching what I eat and doing it in moderation too. I also try to keep myself physically active, if not through exercise, then by being active in what I do every day. For instance, I do household chores in exaggerated movements or in a quicker pace. Say, when I go from the kitchen to the dining table, I walk fast or sway my hips as I walk. Or when I cook, I try to walk around while watching over or waiting for my food to get cooked. This way, I still get physically active even if I don't exercise. But when I get the chance to, I do Zumba or an hour of combined brisk and relaxed walking. All these methods really help a lot in my weight loss.

When I have questions on dieting and/or exercising, I shall remember you, kittyworker. I'll surely ask you for advice. Thanks for the offer! Have a rewarding career!
 

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Upon the previous thread being closed, lets continue discussion here :)
Although I don't advocate a particular diet, more just changing unhealthy habits and looking at long term weight loss, I know a number of people like the look of some diets and have had some successes with them.

What diets have you tried in the past? How did they work out? Were you able to keep it off?
What questions to you have about certain diets, maybe I'll be able to answer :)

About Myself: Qualified Wellness Coach, Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, specialize in working with diabetes and cardiac patients with weight management. Currently working on a government subsided contract to support people getting more active.
Well I have been on a vegan diet for about 3 years now and I can say it works fine for me. I get plenty of protein from plant sources, so that's the least of my problems, I've maintained a good weight, not to small and not to big. My wife and 3 boys are also all on a vegan diet and we don't have any health issues.
 

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Vegan diets are great if they are high in veges and protein sources (nuts and legumes). It will be a mistake however to say that all vegan diets are healthy. Some vegans don't eat many greens, which you might find a little ironic. You need to also ensure you get adequate B12 and Iron, supplementation is sometimes best.
 

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Oh kitty! You can be my new friend. I have a really restricted diet. So, I am allergic to rye and synthetic dyes. Then, I can't have aspartame and nitrates (nitrates are a low to no things because you can't completely avoid them.) I eat lots of whole grains, quinoa, brown rice, greek yogurt, poutry, meat, veggies, fruit. Mostly organic because I can be sure there are no dyes. I do go for gluten free when I don't feel like reading the labels for rye. I have to make anything that's a pastry item from scratch, so I rarely do deserts. Yeah, that's all I can think of right now.
 

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No need to diet when you can exercise. I play soccer everyday and that keeps me in shape.
 

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Oh kitty! You can be my new friend. I have a really restricted diet. So, I am allergic to rye and synthetic dyes. Then, I can't have aspartame and nitrates (nitrates are a low to no things because you can't completely avoid them.) I eat lots of whole grains, quinoa, brown rice, greek yogurt, poutry, meat, veggies, fruit. Mostly organic because I can be sure there are no dyes. I do go for gluten free when I don't feel like reading the labels for rye. I have to make anything that's a pastry item from scratch, so I rarely do deserts. Yeah, that's all I can think of right now.
Wow Peach your allergies must be incredibly annoying =(. Most foods (I would say all processed) have some form of preservative or additive and as you know a lot of these are nitrate based. Are you able to eat root vegetables or does the soil set off reactions as well?
 

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Upon the previous thread being closed, lets continue discussion here :)
Although I don't advocate a particular diet, more just changing unhealthy habits and looking at long term weight loss, I know a number of people like the look of some diets and have had some successes with them.

What diets have you tried in the past? How did they work out? Were you able to keep it off?
What questions to you have about certain diets, maybe I'll be able to answer :)

About Myself: Qualified Wellness Coach, Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, specialize in working with diabetes and cardiac patients with weight management. Currently working on a government subsided contract to support people getting more active.
I will not even ask why the other thread was closed. I will just dive into this one. I lost a lot of weight last year because I ate very small portions of food in every meal. I stayed away from junk food and only indulged in a big bag of fries on Sundays. I also walked a lot in the evenings and while visiting places. Most of my clothes do not fit right now. I was not trying to lose the weight, it just happened.
 

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