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Watch – The Excess Skin You Carry After Losing 160 Pounds – Video

His name is John David Glaud, and his weight loss journey is detailed on his YouTube channel. John went from 360lbs down to 200lbs, a tremendous accomplishment, but according to John, removing his clothes now creates some uncomfort.

“I’m comfortable clothed. I’m not that comfortable unclothed.”

See why.
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Why Eating Two Breakfasts Can Help You Lose Weight

Spread out your morning calories for better fat-burning and faster weight loss.

Eating frequently throughout the day is nothing new. “Grazing” and “mini meals” were once all the rage for those who wanted to control hunger, lose weight, or simply eat healthier. Recently, health gurus have been encouraging a slightly different take on this approach. Now, it’s all about breakfast.

We all know breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day. Drummed into our heads since we were kids, eating in the morning will jump start our metabolism and provide some much needed nourishment after a night of “fasting.” For dieters, it can be doubly important. Two breakfasts could be the key to better fat-burning and weight loss. Here’s why:

Breakfast # 1: Begin Burning Calories

Contrary to popular belief among coffee lovers, it’s carbohydrates, not caffeine, that your body needs in the morning.* Not a lot, but just enough to get you going. A small bowl of high-fiber cereal (healthy carbs) with low-fat milk (lean protein) is enough to start your engines and begin burning calories. Anything too heavy in the carb department, like a stack of pancakes, will have the opposite effect — you’ll be sent back to sleepy land once your insulin levels plummet.

Breakfast # 2: Crush the Cravings

Mid-morning food cravings are typical for everyone, especially dieters, and can lead to poor choices like a dip into the office kitchen’s donut box. The ideal second breakfast is a combination of healthy protein and high fiber to quell any hunger and encourage continued weight-loss. A turkey sausage patty on a whole grain English muffin is perfect. A smear of spicy mustard, which research suggests might increase metabolism, will boost to your body’s ability to burn fat.

Get Lean for Lunch

Eating two small healthy breakfasts will keep you happy until lunch. Too many dieters live for their lunch break, eat too quickly, and still end up unsatisfied. But if you’ve got two excellent breakfasts under your belt, your diet lunch will be a breeze to stick to and you’ll be set up for an alert and energized afternoon.

Sources:
*Pasman W et al. “Effect of two breakfasts, different in carbohydrate composition, on hunger and satiety and mood in healthy men”

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Uses of Coconut Oil

This is a great quick-look poster with a few of the many things you can do with that coconut oil you bought that’s just sitting around.

It is not appropriate for high-heat cooking, other than that, at my house we use it for everything. Oil pulling, teeth brushing, hair frizz, baking, sauteing, nail fungus, dandruff, hand moisturizer, bug bites… this stuff is amazing! I don’t know what I ever did without it! You can mix a few drops of essential oil for scented moisturizer or flavored mouth cleaner, personal preference. Enjoy!

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Crash Dieting

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I recently returned from a week long vacation where I ate and drank whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. While it made for a free-spirited break from real life, upon returning home, I find my body feels sluggish and my jeans are a bit tighter than I would prefer. Yikes!

The internet offers no shortage of ways to drop a few pounds fast, but if I don’t return to my daily healthy lifestyle, I know those pounds will creep right back (and probably bring a few friends). Further, so-called “Crash Dieting” (aka Fad Dieting, Yo-Yo Dieting) carries its own host of problems, including:

  • Slowed metabolism
  • Weakened immune system
  • Cardiac stress

In particular, shortages of essential vitamins and nutrients to body can cause tremendous stress, potentially carrying long-term, damaging results. When your body doesn’t get what it needs from food, it will turn inward to find it, potentially pulling nutrients from bones and tissue.

Is it worth it?

Even if you commit to a crash diet for no more than a week or two, there are very few (if any) advantages gained. Namely, the weight you may lose is predominantly water, and will very likely reappear once you return to your normal diet. More importantly, a crash diet throws your body’s metabolism into shock. When you severely restrict your calories and nutrients, your body adapts to functioning on the lesser amounts. When you do return to your normal diet, your body will still be accustomed to functioning on less, typically resulting in weight gain. While your body will eventually adapt back to functioning with more food, it could take weeks or months of weight gain before everything balances.

The Bottom Line

Changing your eating habits is still the number one way to manage your weight, but slow and steady wins this race. Committing to healthy lifestyle choices, specifically a balanced diet and exercise, will ultimately yield greater returns in the long run. Consider losing and maintaining weight is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise – you can have one without the other, but they work best together.

If you’re ready to take a closer look at your nutrition and exercise habits, there are several great online tools to help you track what you eat and how often you move. Take a week or two and start logging using one of these tools. Before too long, you’ll be able to identify which foods are undermining you, and areas for improvement.

 

Jennifer is a recreational runner living in a Maryland suburb of Washington, DC. She writes about running for health and fitness at Terrapin Crossing.

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My Favorite Supplement for Healthy Nails

If you suBiotinffer from brittle nails that have a hard time growing, you may want to check this supplement out.

It’s called Biotin and it helps with hair and nail growth. The hair growth may take some time noticing, but you will begin to see almost immediate results for nail strength and growth. I discovered this by accident when I was taking Biotin for weight loss and I quickly noticed a difference in my fingernails. They were noticeably longer, thicker, and stronger. I did a little research to discover that Biotin has been indeed proven to help with nail growth.

And while I did lose a few pounds (I have no clue if Biotin was the true cause of that), I can say for sure it made a world of a difference on my nails.

You can take Biotin alone or with Vitamin B6 because they both help produce the keratin protein found in nails. Along with keratin, Biotin also helps with the production of collagen and elastin fibers which is found beneath the nail and also promotes healthy nail growth.

So, if you struggle and feel embarrassed with your nail appearance, give Biotin a try.

You just might lose a few pounds as an extra bonus. You can’t beat that!