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How to lose weight

Do’s and don’ts to keep unwanted weight off our bodies [updated]

How To Eat And Move To Lose The Extra Weight

We all deal with the extra pounds from time to time (unless you are a lucky one of few) and the temptation to pay a lot of money for supplements, join all of the groups, buy all of the exercise programs, hire the coaches, cut the bread, eat only apples….. nothing like that will work for the long term for most people. If we are trying to get fit for health, then eating only cabbage soup and doing 100 hours of cardio a week is not on the short list of things that will work. Healthy bodies do not need starvation  and strict lifestyle choices that make one feel and look gaunt and sad.

 

Where to start

The first thing that I have found that starts the weight loss is to eat what you want. Not all the pudding and garbage. Hear me out. If I have a craving for a Doritos sandwich and a huge candy bar, I talk to myself about this. OK, I want some cheesy salt and some creamy sugar. I then make a way to get the flavors and textures that my mind wants and have a little bit of it. Maybe some chocolate protein powder or fat bombs. Maybe 5 Doritos and a lettuce wrap. the key is to not make myself feel like I am missing something important and I can stick with it for a long time and the weight will start to fall off.

I’ve always struggled with my weight. It all started right around puberty and it lasted well into my ‘40s. It did not happen quickly, and I can almost say that I did not even notice, because it was so gradual. While it made me self-conscious, it did not really hinder my life that much. I graduated from college, got a job and even got married. By the time I came back from the honeymoon, I was almost 110kg. Very heavy, especially for someone who is 180cm tall. What really made me seriously pursue the weight loss was the birth of my daughter and a health scare episode I went through soon after. My doctor was very adamant in advising me to lose the weight. I was motivated by then, and I really did not argue.

My plan was not too complicated, but it was a combination of several things I pursued. I have focused on eating healthy, working out and exercising, while at the same time I changed some of my lifestyle habits. When it comes to my diet, I started eating more fruits and vegetables which, admittedly, I avoided in the past whenever I could. I have almost eliminated any sugar and I limited the intake of carbohydrates. I started going to the gym first two, and then three times a week. I also made it a point to run, very slowly at first, at least two times a week. Finally, I decided to be much more active during the day. Whenever I was not working, I avoided spending too much time sitting, or watching TV. Just to be on the move often felt really good.

My wife was really supportive in my effort and I lost 15kg in one year. It may not sound like a lot, but for me it was a giant step in the right direction. I’ve been able to maintain the same weight since. Although it is still not ideal, it is much better than how I was before this life changing journey.

Peter P.

Water

Weight loss

Drink it all! just get the bottles that you need for the day and drink them throughout the day. Stop being a baby and saying “I don’t like water” whatever, just drink it to be healthy. sometimes you have to do things that are not the greatest and most fun, for the best of the situation. There are some things that you can do to spice up your water, but many of the things will add calories. You are trying to reduce your calories unless it is something that you absolutely LOVE. So, so you love it? Or do you want that chocolate later? Seriously, drink the damn water.

Fasting

Now, I am up in the air for this one. I have lost some weight and kept it off by skipping meals and creating a 16 or so hour fast regularly. However, when something works, it is something that sometimes gets out of hand. If I lose 10 pounds with 16 hours of fasting, what can I do with 3 days?? Just don’t. I cannot see how any doctor will think Orlistat tablets are OK for anyone. Please, Please ask your doc about anything beyond 16 hours a day. If you are doing a 16 hour fast, please DRINK YOUR water!!!! I know, just stop with the water…. but I cannot do it. Back to he basics, drink the water.

Diet

Also, please feed yourself. How in the world are you going to have the energy to move or the fuel to build if you do not eat food. Feed yourself healthy, fun food. Make sure that you are fueling your rig with what it needs to be what you want it to be. Please eat oatmeal and fruit, eat eggs and meat, eat veggies and cheese. Your bones need some things, your blood needs others, your brain needs more. Please eat the things that you need. your body will be more likely to shape the way that you need when you fuel it well.

Staying active

Back to moving. MOVE YOUR BUTT! Do what you can everyday and then add some more. Walk, run, lift a LOT of weights, sweat your butt off. You can do it, no matter your age or weight. You can do great things and with help of a good crew, you can be all that you want. Please don’t forget to get outside. Playgrounds are a great way to get moving and to start your feeling better. Drink all the water, eat the good food, have some wine and coffee, don’t starve, move your butt and have high hopes. You can lose the weight. Other people have done it, so can you. Its that simple.

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Men's Health

Men Losing Their Hair is a Big Deal

Dealing with men’s hair loss when you should be concentrating on other things in your life

Most males under 18 don’t think about having no hair on their heads ever in their life yet. But it does happen. Men can loose their hair at any age, even in their early twenties. A lot depends on the reasons behind it. You might just have a poor lifestyle and eat all of the wrong foods. Diet is a huge factor in hair loss, the more junk foods and sugar you ingest the worse it is for your hair. You want to steer clear of a poor diet for many reasons but with hair loss it is a big deal.

There are vitamins that can help too but too much of one of them can be bad overall, try not to eat too many of those yummy carrots for instance.

Receding Hairling

The vitamin A in those carrots are good for you, but if it exceeds the amount you need daily then your hair won’t like it. Then it will get back at you by falling out. So indulging in the A vitamin is also a culprit.

Protein, Protein, Protein

I’m not saying to go overboard on protein either. But your hair is made up of protein, therefore wouldn’t it make sense if you get more of it into your body so it can stay healthy? You can go the vegetarian route for this if you don’t like to eat meat. Otherwise make sure your meat consuming protein is adequate for the daily balance of your age and sex as well. For the average man who does not get a lot of exercise it is said that 56 grams of protein in any form is plenty. You can measure grams of protein by looking at labels and counting them up for the day making sure not to go over that limit. Otherwise it might cause other issues such as kidney problems, especially if it is animal protein.

Medication

If you are concerned about medications and hair loss you might want to consult your doctor and ask about that. He will know the side effects or you can call up your pharmacy to tell you. They often send a paper with each prescription that lists the side effects. If not then ask as you’re buying the Propecia in Australia or call them. Read the medication papers and see what it says. If you can’t avoid taking the medication then it’s just what life intended. Hair loss isn’t as bad as what the medication is for I’m sure. Risking your health for more hair isn’t worth it.

Prevention is Key

In order to get the best results you might want to think about it earlier than you think. Prevention is the biggest key factor i many kinds of illnesses and disease, taking care of yourself in al regards is always a beneficial practice. In order to make sure your hair is still there after so long you should do these things.

  • Be kind to your hair. Don’t put anything in it that is harsh. Comb your hair lightly when wet, other wise let it air dry on it’s own and without a blow dryer if possible. If you must use a hair dryer use it on the lightest setting so it doesn’t burn your hair roots. Use shampoo that is not harsh. Make your own by using a paste of water and baking soda.
  • Some people swear by using the juices of ginger, onion and garlic. You can use one or any combination, but you have to leave it in overnight. I suggest putting a shower cap on your head and not sleeping next to someone who might be sensitive to the smell. You should of course wash it off in the morning as you shower. Results might take place in as little as a week if you continue this every night.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep your hair hydrated. It’s not only good for your body but your hair follicles as well. Drink away!! Alcohol is not water by the way. You should avoid it in this case.

What Else Is There

You can probably find many products out there on the world wide web and see the reviews as far as how they worked for others. Beware of gimmicks though, those are far and wide. Try to stay within your budget and of course just stress less. Stress does all kinds of things to your bidy including make your hair loss worse. Below are some ideas that you might want to follow, prices are varied.

Specific Products That Claim to Help Fix Hair Loss In Men

Hair Growth Cap

iRestore Professional

Toppik Hair Building Fibers

Caboki (Head or Bald Spot Colorant)

Finasteride (FDA Approved supplement)