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Monday, April 18, 2011

Pleasanton Diet Craze: Lemonade Diet

Did somebody say lemonade?  Mmmm.  I love that stuff.  It is pretty hard to imagine that someone created a whole dietary regimen as an ode to the lemon, though.  But they did and it is call the Master Cleanse.  The ingredients are simple: pure water, organic lemons, cayenne pepper and organic maple syrup.  It is a diet that is supposed to last for ten days, supplemented by water and herbal teas.  Right off the bat, it doesn’t sound like it has much variation or makes a mark on the ever-important scale of caloric intake.  So, what is all the fuss about?  Let's see if it stands up against our diet standards.

This diet is known to help people loose several inches after just ten full days of being on it.  It helps detoxify you detoxify your system as well.  The down side is that it takes a lot of preparation for the diet to be effective and time is a valuable commodity that a lot of people simply cannot spare.

First it is important to note, that the Lemonade Diet is actually no diet at all.  The official name of the program is The Master Cleanse.  The nickname Lemonade Diet can be confusing for some people.  This is actually a cleansing program that is not designed to be a permanent staple in your life.  But, a lot of people use it as a diet so it is worth taking a look at.

It should be balanced: that is subjective since this is actually a detoxifying process known as a “cleanse” and it is not a fat loss program.  It is a no-brainer that you need to eliminate as many toxins from your body as possible.  That’s the reason we drink water on a regular basis and some people get massages.  So the Lemonade Diet gets half a point in this category.

It should include the nutrients you need: organic and herbal ingredients are best to use if you are looking for nutrients.  There are no short cuts with this one.  Some medical professionals argue that this is not a healthy process because the ingredients are too limited while others argue that is the point of detoxifying the body.

It should include workout: this one does not include exercise although the promoter highly recommends it in addition to the Lemonade Diet and any professional Tri-Valley personal trainer will tell you the same thing.

It should not be heavy in empty calories: the Lemonade Diet has 200 calories per drink.  When done properly, you will receive all of the calories needed to be healthy without any extra fats or sugars.  Some experts argue that the cleanse has too much maple syrup to be effective, but defenders of the diet say that you can decrease the amount of syrup in the drink mixture and still achieve the same results.

So the choice is yours.  But since its not a diet its probably best to first consult a medical practitioner and Pleasanton personal trainer.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Pleasanton Diet Craze: An Overview

You would think that dieting would have gone out with the eighties. And yet, here it is-- still with us. From prom night to girl’s night out, women across America depend on all types of diet fads to fit into that ever-important little black dress. But how safe are some of these diets? They cover magazines, invade internet pages and even make there way to the top as number one best sellers for the New York Times in multiple languages. But which ones can be trusted and which ones need to be tossed aside? Its hard to know who to listen to with experts across the country telling women they can slim down and achieve fat loss on everything from grapefruit to cookies.

In this series, we will take an in-depth look at many pop-culture diets and find out their true nutritional value from the Atkins diet to the Ornish diet we will find out if the diet is effective for result seekers, whether the diet is good for your overall wellness and the general pros and cons of each diet program. While exploring these dietary options, let's set a few ground rules first when it comes to selecting a reasonable diet:

First and foremost, it should not come in a cup, jar or can. There are no quick fixes when it comes to developing healthy eating habits for a better body. If you want to loose weight, the primary goal should be to focus on wellness, which mainly comes from a well-rounded selection of good food choices.

It should be balanced. Any diet that is going to benefit the human body must have a few items from each food group to support healthy functions. Besides, you don't want to get bored and give up too soon.  So mix it up!

It should include the nutrients you need. Yes, this includes consuming fresh fruits and veggies on a daily basis. If you have to take supplements to get the vitamins and minerals you need on a daily basis, you may want to rethink your eating options.

It should include workout. To accelerate your way to the best results, you've got to get your blood pumping. Exercise is like the icing on the cake to a well planned nutritional plan. And it may well be the key to getting you toned and tightened in the areas where the diet is helping you shed those unwanted pounds. Talk to your physician and a Pleasanton personal fitness trainer to find out how to add a little movement to your diet plan.

It should not be heavy in empty calories like fast foods or junk foods containing large amounts of salt and sugars. Do something good for your body for a change; put down the cookies!

With these simple reminders at hand, let's start considering all of your options regarding dieting. Hopefully, it will help you make wise decisions when you are out and about making plans to change your look and your life!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Pleasanton Fitness and Fat Loss Seem so Hard!

Although everyone knows they need to work out and the benefits and everything else that goes along with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, its hard to push oneself to that level.  People often regret not getting out of bed just thirty minutes before they need to just to get in that ever-important thirty minutes of exercise.  Even with the alarm set, there is something so relaxing about laying in bed for “just five more minutes”.  What makes this lazy attitude more awful, is knowing how great one feels when they do exercise, even as few as three times during the week.  One can beat themself up over this, all the while knowing the truth is that they avoid taking care of themself for the same reasons most people do: it just seems like too much work.  But really, when one understands the importance of exercise, the benefits, and how to make it a simple task, it becomes very easy to incorporate into their daily lives.
    Why is it so important to exercise?  Physical  activity can help one stay in shape and achieve balance in one's life in general.  And, when you learn to exercise the right way for the right reasons, there is no greater physical benefit.  Being accountable, learning self-discipline and improving self-worth are just some of the benefits that come along with a regular workout routine.
    In order to get the maximum benefits from exercise, it's important to learn the proper way to exercise.  This can be accomplished with the help of a local Pleasanton personal trainer.  However, here are some tips if you choose to go it alone, make sure to breathe (no breath holding).  Make sure to do some type of warm-up before working out and a cool down afterward.  Stretch one's muscles helps prevent strains and injuries; there is no better way to halt one's progress than an injury.  Most importantly, one can always do more than they think they can't, push a little more and at least break a sweat during the workout.
    For even better results, and to make working out fun, seek out opportunities to work out, don't let become a nagging item on the to-do list.  Wear a pedometer and look for opportunities to walk; spend some time walking on a lunch break or park farther from the intended destination.  When one chooses the time and place it feels less like a chore.  Also, work on developing a different attitude toward exercising.  If one's work out is ever going to feel like its worth their time, whether it's at home or at a Pleasanton personal training session, its important they feel good about it.  One can start by listing all of the things they love about working out and think about them often, especially just before a work out.  When one sets their own time to exercise and approaches it with a positive outlook, it is simple to turn exercise into playtime.  And soon they will find that working out is not so hard after all.
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