Sunday, October 27, 2013

The 3 Crucial Steps That Truly Get Rid of Cellulite

The appearance of cellulite is caused by fat deposits created due to the accumulation of toxins, water and of
course fats. This is what makes it much harder to burn than other fat on your body. In order to live a cellulite-free life you need to address these 3 reasons for orange skin, as cellulite is also referred to.

Obviously, a cellulite cream or any other topical solution will not suffice; instead you can use one as a supplement to boost your efforts. What should these efforts be?

As I said cellulite is caused by the build-up of toxins, fats and excess water retention. This means that by finding the best ways to detoxify, burn fat and free your body of excess water, you will be on your way to getting rid of cellulite for good.

Step 1 – The Lifestyle

The first and most important step is to change your lifestyle.

Limiting your exposure to toxins is among these lifestyle changes. This means that you may need to stay away from processed and sugary foods, try to use all natural household products, drink less alcohol, quit smoking and other activities that may cause toxic build-up. Furthermore, eating foods with detoxifying properties like high fiber foods, raw fruits and veggies, and drinking plenty of water will also help eliminating the waste in your system. But more on diet in the next step.

Another crucial lifestyle change is adding the proper type of exercises and performing them at least 3 times a week. The right type of exercises will help burn the fats and tone the tissue in the affected areas. They will also help fight stress, which also causes the accumulation of toxins in your body. More on working out in step 3.

The third important thing you need to take care of is stress. Finding a way to release stress can really help you get rid of cellulite and improve your overall health. Many people do this by meditating; however, the key is not in doing what works for others, but what works for you. Just think about what made you happy and relaxed the last time. It may be that this is your best stress relief “medication” and that you should find a way to fit it in your busy schedule on a regular basis.

Step 2 – The Diet

This is a crucial step to winning the war against cellulite. The proper anti-cellulite diet can help all 3 components of the cellulite treatment.

First, as mentioned above, eating the right foods can boost detoxification and skipping the wrong foods can prevent toxic build-up in the first place.

The right foods (those that you need to consume in order to detox) include apples, citrus fruits, beetroot, ginger, basil, parsley, pineapples, nuts, onion, garlic, cinnamon, avocados, berries, legumes and other high fiber foods.

The wrong foods (the ones that contain toxins) include refined flour, sodas, processed salt, “fat-free” foods, GMOs, foods that contain high-fructose corn syrup and others unnatural foods. As far as drinking goes you can add green tea and increase water consumption.

Second, the right diet will get the right results in terms of reducing your body fat percentage.

Consuming a good amount of lean protein and healthy fats will improve your metabolism and turn your body into a fat burning machine. The best sources of protein include lean meats like chicken and turkey breast, egg whites, legumes and seafood. A good rule of thumb is that 40-50% of your daily calorie intake should come from lean proteins, especially if you are working out.

The so called healthy fats are the ones that are good for you and are also known as monosaturated and polysaturated. You can find these in olive oil, avocados, nuts, seafood, flax seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and others. These fats should account for up to 20% of your daily calorie intake.

The other 30-40% should come from carbs- mainly complex. There are two basic types of carbs- complex and simple. Generally the simple carbs are sugars and you should keep them low, and make sure that they come from natural sources such as fruits. The complex carbs are the ones that come from your veggies, nuts and grains, and are divided into two groups – fiber and starch. The starch is contained in potatoes, rice and lentils, while foods high in fiber include dark leafy greens, broccoli, avocados, squash, berries and others. As mentioned, fiber has a detox effect, and also it keeps you full for longer so the better part of your complex carbs should come from fiber.

The third way improving your diet will help fight cellulite is by reducing water retention. There are certain foods known as natural diuretics. These foods act to flush the water deposits and restore your body’s fluid balance. Great natural diuretics are carrots, beets, lemons, dark leafy greens, apples, and foods high in potassium like spinach, bananas and potatoes.

See my Healthy Diet That Gets Rid of Cellulite and Detoxifies Your Body!

 Step 3 – The Workout

Workouts have a two-pronged effect against cellulite. First they promote fat burning and second they tone the muscles and the tissue which decreases the appearance of cellulite. In fact, muscle atrophy is one of the main reasons for fat to be distributed in deposits that cause the dimpled effect of cellulite.

 However, doing just any exercises won’t do the job. Most people think that endless cardio will reduce cellulite, but the fact is that you need specific, laser targeted exercises in order to do that. You need to target the areas where cellulite most commonly “hangs out”. These areas include the thighs, buttocks and hips. Exercises that will do the job include around the clock lounges, goblet squats, single leg Romanian deadlifts, single leg supine hip extension and burpees. Click here to find out how to do these exercises (videos).

Incorporate these exercises into a workout which you can do at home, outdoors, in the gym or wherever you find appropriate and do it at least 3 times a week. If you are not slackin’ you should be done in around 30 minutes. You can do it everywhere and it only takes a small part of your day a few days a week? You can’t really find excuses this time!

These 3 steps are all you need in order to be on the path to a cellulite-free life. As I said, cellulite creams, massages and other treatments are not the key, they can only be used as a supplement in order to improve results. Ultimately it all boils down to living healthy with a few special anti-cellulite tweaks added.

If you want to get some professional and proven help in getting rid of cellulite I advise you to turn to fitness expert and best-selling author of the Kick-Butt Cellulite Reduction Program, Joey Atlas.

He has created an entire anti-cellulite program based on his “symulast” method of performing a highly targeted training routine. It’s a routing that you can perform at home without any equipment. But first, Joey will teach you about cellulite, why you have it, how you can get rid of it, and how you can’t get rid of it. In fact, he will tell you about the latest scams in the cellulite industry so you can save your hard earned cash.

After this you will get his eBook called “Naked Beauty” which has everything you need to know about getting the body of your dreams. You will also get for free an eBook on how to tone your arms and one on how to get a sexy stomach. All of this is at a very affordable price - $47. Oh and I almost forgot, one of the great benefits is that you get to keep in touch with Joey and ask him for personal advice whenever you need it.

I guess you are already eager to hear from the man himself? Then click here to watch his educational and entertaining presentation!

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Health Effects of The 4 Most Common Sleeping Positions

On this blog we have given great attention to the topic of insomnia and other sleeping disorders (read my beginners guide to insomnia here).

This is because one third of our day is spent sleeping, if you don't have any disorders that is. Anyway, this is one of the most important periods for your overall health and well-being. Since it is such a long and important period it only makes sense that the position you spent that one third of the day is also something to consider. In fact, your position may be causing a wide variety of problems that range from joint pain to respiratory conditions, and got forbid - wrinkles!

There are 4 common sleeping positions and most of them have a significantly different impact on your sleeping pattern and on some of the processes that occur during that period. Let's start off with one of the most popular ones- sleeping on your back.

sleeping on your backThis is a great position for people with back pain as it doesn't put any strain on your spine and neck. joint pain and arthritis. Furthermore, because it distributes your weight evenly you won't put pressure on any specific joint in your body so its also good for people with

It is also great for people with acid reflux, because it keeps your head elevated, thus your stomach is below your esophagus and food can't come up.

The last two benefits of sleeping on your back are more important to the ladies I suppose- it prevents wrinkles (because the pillow is not pushing against your face) and it prevents breast sagging.

The cons of this position are that it promotes snoring, sleep apnea (pauses in breathing), asthma and heart diseases. All of these side effects are caused by the narrowing of the throat due to the effects of gravity on it.

Sleeping on your side

This position can help minimize acid reflux and improve digestion. It is also good for people that snore and for pregnant women (because it improves blood flow to the fetus). Last but not least, it is spine friendly.

sleeping on your sideThere are a bunch of negative side effects from sleeping on your side. First, it contributes to wrinkles. More precisely, it increases the pressure on your nasolabial folds, or as you may know them- the laughter lines.  Sleeping on your side also promotes breast sagging because your breasts will be "hanging" downward, stretching the ligaments and tissue.

The side which you sleep on also seems to be important. If you sleep on your left side, you will have less problems with heartburn, but it will put more pressure on your vital organs such as the heart and liver, than it would if you are sleeping on the right side.

sleeping in a fetal positionSleeping in the fetal position

Sleeping on your side with your knees to your chest is called the fetal position. It is very good for your lower back, if you are pregnant, and It also prevents snoring.

On the downside, it can cause neck strain which could lead to tension headaches. It also prevents deep diaphragmatic breathing which can have a devastating effect on your sleep pattern and overall health. And of course, just like sleeping on your side, the fetal position promotes wrinkles.

Sleeping on your stomach
sleeping on your stomach
This is the worst positions. It stimulates acid reflux and digestive problems, causes back and neck pain, nerve compression and once again- wrinkles.

It is, however, good for people who snore and who suffer from asthma as it opens the airways.

As you see the position you sleep in really does matter, and I do realize that once you fall a sleep you probably don't have much control over your position, but I believe that if you are making a conscious effort to fall a sleep in the right position for you, then chances are that your body will get used and stick to it.

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