One Small Decision at a Time…..

It doesn’t take one giant decision to start to think about losing weight, aside from the fact that you don’t like what you see when you look in the mirror. The reality is that it’s several small decisions and ways that you can have amazing health and live a healthier live style. Here are a couple of examples that can help like you likewhat you see when you look in the mirror…it all starts with one decision, regardless of how big or small it is.



CounterPoint: Low Carbohydrate Diet works for Weight Loss…Don’t believe the hype!

Doug Sampson, guest bloggerWhile I don’t agree with everything in Doug’s article, I figured we should post it here to see what everyone else thinks about his take on the [supposed] benefits of a low carbohydrate diet.  In any case there are still some very good ideas in his article !  
– dMark Wheeler

Enter:  Guest Blogger, Doug Sampson

When the average person embarks on a diet or fitness regimen with the aim of losing weight or building muscle mass, what they are usually instructed to do is to eat lots of protein and go on a low carbohydrate diet to accomplish either of these goals.

Red Flag for low carbohydrate diets…

Right there, an observer should see a red-flag: “How is it that the same dietetic suggestion for weight loss remains applicable for building muscle mass?!”
We all know we need a certain amount of protein everyday to remain healthy. Based on misinformation to this effect, several people view the daily consumption of a high-protein diet as beneficial. But have you really seen any one lose the desired weight on such popular diets as the Atkins Diet, which is basically a low-carbohydrate/high protein lifestyle.

I have seen several people try it and fail, and even became sicker for the process.

Here are some other facts that should spur you in the right direction in regards to excessive protein consumption: According to the French Hygienist, Albert Mosseri, diseases and conditions which can be caused or aggravated by too much protein intake include: Leukemia, Skin Diseases and even Cancer.

Based on the John Robbins work titled: Diet for a New America, the number of people in the US suffering from diseases caused by protein excess is a mind-boggling 40, 000, 000 compared to a measly 3 people suffering from the deficiency of this substance.

Judging from these, it may be time to revise the misinforming ideas on protein in our diets.

Why Low Carbohydrate Diet is not needed…

Let’s consider some factors on why a Low Carbohydrate Diet may be unnecessary and even detrimental to one’s health.
1. The animals that are usually eaten for protein, what do they subsist on?
Substances of the Plant Kingdom for example: cows live on grass exclusively.

2. 98% of the human population is sweet toothed…which shows that carbohydrates are our main need contrary to popular belief.

3. The great apes are primarily fruit eaters (although with substantial amount of leaves in their diets) How similar are humans to them? Very much so. We share 98% of the same genes.

4. It’s been scientifically proven that mother’s milk is about 2% protein, now if this is the ideal of a growing baby for the first 3 years; of course it shows the minimal need of it. (Point of note, the milk of a woman is affected by her diet so of course that should be checked.)

5. The need of protein for the human body is about a nickel’s weight worth, the excess is basically excreted in urine.

6. Several people subsists on fruits and green leaves exclusively or starchy root vegetables, fruits and leaves only and are in top shape-I’ve seen and am one of them.

7. People have fasted on water only for several days and were actually stronger for the process!

8. Fruits and green leaves give you sufficient protein: e.g. the Banana, Dates, Avocadoes, Olives, Cabbage, Lettuce, Durian, Young Coconuts and even the Apple. Exactly or a little more than what you need at a given time.

9. Based on research, the need for amino acids is highly exaggerated as only 16% or our body is Protein. Pure protein is primarily Nitrogen (N) with some Oxygen and Hydrogen and Carbon. We all know that we get a large share of our Oxygen and Hydrogen need from the air. Since we are able to utilize and assimilate a large amount of our needs of these elements, we are able to build the Nitrogen into our body as protein. This process is done by natural bacteria action that is capable of converting it to our use. People who smoke though cannot pick up Nitrogen from the air so easily but might still get enough from proper foods.

10. Research has been done on the diet of the aboriginal tribes living in the Mountains of Hagen. Their diet consisted of 80 % Sweet potatoes. The rest consisted of fruits and green leaf vegetables. Their daily consumption of protein was around 9.92 g. Meanwhile, eliminated in their fecal matter was a protein of around 15 times more of what was ingested. This phenomenon illustrates the protein synthesis illustrated above.

Don’t get me wrong…

Definitely cutting back on the ‘wrong’ kinds of Carbohydrates such as Cakes, Confectioneries, Bread, Polished rice and the like will be mandatory for weight-loss, but replacing them with high protein foods is- just as from the points above-unnecessary and actually harmful for overall health and fitness.

So what should we eat?

Simple, Raw and properly cooked Fruits, Roots and Leafy Vegetables. Not only is this kind of diet unmatched for speedy weight-loss, but your body will thank you for the change as you mechanically (via the broom-like/mucus-binding qualities of these substances) cleanse yourself from perhaps a life-time of wrong eating.

Remember the famous quote by Hippocrates; the “Father of Medicine”: “Let your foods be your medicine and your medicine your Foods!” Therefore, don’t believe the hype of high-protein/low carbohydrate diets for weight-loss or fitness. For optimal health a wise combination of your organic, seasonal fruits, roots and veggies is the best and safest way to go. – Doug Sampson

8 mistakes I made while trying to lose weight

Guest Blogger:  Doug Sampson

I went on my first diet around five years ago. Over the past four and a half years my weight went up and down as I tried every diet and exercise program under the sun. Nothing seemed to work for me. Until six months ago I enrolled in a weight workshop which taught me that I need to change the way I look at food. It was then that I realized that I had made many mistakes in my quest to lose weight.

In this article I’m going to share with you eight mistakes I made on my quest to lose weight. I hope by sharing my experiences with others throughout the world via the internet I might be able to help people avoid the mistakes I made. So, here are the eight mistakes I made while trying to lose weight.

1. I started to skip breakfast
Most people trying to lose weight believe simply eating less and skipping meals helps shed that fat. And breakfast is a real easy meal to skip. This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when on a weight loss diet. If you leave the house in the morning on an empty stomach you’re much more tempted to eat more at morning tea and lunch times. And, calories you eat at breakfast time are easily burnt throughout the day.

2. I would eat one day and not the next
I would literally eat about 2000+ calories one day, feel guilty, and end up eating about 700 calories the following day. If you “starve” yourself throughout the day you’re much more likely to eat more in the evenings, which is not going to help you lose weight. You should consume most of your calories in the morning.

3. I bought diet food
When I went shopping I always looked for the foods marked diet, low-fat, healthy etc. This is a good practice to get into, but I was buying these foods for the wrong reason. I bought these foods because in my mind it meant I could more. I would totally disregard portion size. If you eat diet foods in large portions you’re not doing yourself any favors.

4. I thought I’d always be fat
This is mindset that you must break if you want to lose some serious weight. Sometimes it feels like you’re doing the right things and not making any progress, this is totally natural. You need to focus on being happy and healthy and achieving your goals. Try not to get caught up in “the big picture”.

5. I started eating salads as main meals
Eating salad is a good way of keeping your calorie intake down right? Yes, meal of salad has much less calories that a pizza but does it have the satisfaction? When you eat you mind needs to get some satisfaction from what you have just eaten. I found that when I ate salads for meals a few hours later I was back I the cupboard looking for more food. I learnt that I was better off eating a balanced meal with slightly more calories than simply eating a salad and snacking afterwards.

6. I started my new diets on Mondays
When I found a new diet that I decided I was going to try I always started it on a Monday. This meant I would eat all weekend like I was never going to eat again. Doing this I was just setting myself up for failure.

7. I was to embarrassed to go to the gym
Taking the plunge and joining a gym was one of the hardest things I ever did. I was always worried that people in the gym would be staring at me and talking about me. I really thought I was too fat to join. My advice is to join a gym! You’ll be glad you did. I look forward to going to the gym now.

8. I set my goals to high
Setting long term goals is great, but these goals always seem to far off. You need to set smaller, more reachable goals that you can regularly meet to keep your motivation high. Set yourself weekly, monthly and three monthly goals. Once you meet one short term goal set a new one for next week.

So there you have it, those are the mistakes I made. I now look at weight loss from a totally different perspective and it has paid off. I now help others with weight loss and keeping healthy.

Ancient Chinese Secret to Losing Weight

Chinese Secret Weight LossLosing Weight by following the clues…

After recently overhearing a conversation a between two ladies at a local restaurant who were having a conversation about individuals they encounter on a daily basis (one of them obviously worked in a hospital environment, she had scrubs on) who are seeking various treatments at the hospital.  One of the women stated that in all the years she had worked at the hospital, she had yet to see one (yes, ONE) obese oriental lady! So this got me thinking……

It’s not all true, you can’t believe EVERYTHING you hear…there are several issues people of all shapes, sizes, and cultures face and the biggest one is being overweight.

Although the majority of women you see from China are not overweight or obese, but skinnier and less “chunky” you know for a fact that there are numerous women from the orient who know the underlying secret to being thin…..what is that secret you ask?  This brings the idea of green tea or oolong tea to mind.

The Secret Ingredient for Losing Weight…

What is oolong tea you ask?  It’s a form of green tea that partially fermented.  It is also related to black tea…  Green tea isn’t fermented at all, while black tea is fully fermented.  Recent studies in Japan showed that this type of chinese tea called the oolong tea together with healthy eating and exercise regimen showed that people who regularly consumed this tea experienced over significantly increased calorie-burning results of those who drank the same amount of authentic Japanese green tea. Drinking this oolong tea 15 minutes before eating starchy foods also helped slow the rise in insulin that normally comes after eating food that contained a lot of carbohydrates. Drinking this tea may prevent you from gaining weight, in fact it may help you lose weight.

Like other teas as well, Japan’s Shiga University of Medical Science found that drinking Wu-Long tea also daily dramatically clears up skin eczema within just one month, and helps reduce free radicals, and lower the risk of infections such as the common cold.  It’s been proven that oolong tea helps sharpen thinking skills and will improve mental alertness, it prevents cancer, osteoporosis, tooth decay and heart disease.

There is a book “Bencao Shiyi” which states that tea will make you live long and stay in good shape.”   By drinking it, there have been numerous generations of ladies who know how to stay thin, have a tremendous amount of energy all doing so while drinking away the pounds and cutting their waistline down.

Drinking tea is a natural way to manage your weight and lose fat.  This can be considered a supplement, which can assist you in achieving success in addition to your daily exercise routine.


Abdominal Weight Loss thru Yoga

abdominal weight loss thru yogaYoga for Gut Removal

If you meet somebody who is hinting that they would like to lose some weight, more times than not they either point to or pinch their gut saying “I wanna lose this!” Obviously, abdominal fat loss is a goal for millions of people.

Most people may not be aware that Yoga along with many other exercises can help with trimming down your stomach flab.  There are several ways, that target excess weight in the abdomen and put together with a good diet, those seeking abdominal fat loss shall find success in putting these poses to good use.

Let’s go over them, shall we?

Abdominal Weight Loss: Yoga Poses to Use.

1.  The Abdominal Lift: This is not a pose, per-se but is a specific breathing exercise that involves you exhaling your breath and pulling the diaphragm in while holding the breath out. This exercise is specifically designed for weight loss, spiritual rejuvenation and detoxifying your body.

2.   The Bow Pose: This simple pose involves laying flat on your stomach and taking an ankle in each hand at the same time lifting your head up high..  This pose is commonly recommended for weight loss, the prevention and correction of chronic constipation.

3. The Sun Salutations: These are a few poses you can do to start up or cool off from a yoga practice.  They involve, standing, reaching, squatting and bending.  Sun salutations are a bit different due to the fact that they have spiritual meaning which is included as a result of doing them.  Due to the forward and backward bending motions involved, after performing a few to several rounds on a daily basis for several weeks, you are bound to notice a marked loss of weight in your abdominal area and the added bonus of muscular tone.

We have given you a couple examples above to help as well as these other poses such as the shoulder-stand, peacock, the forward-bending pose, the spinal twist and the wheel pose that also target increase in muscular tone and weight loss in the abdominal regions, however from sticking with the above poses and through daily practice you will find the most benefit.

These poses can help you on your journey to lose that stomach flab and are well known to help clean out your system.  Please enjoy a proper and healthy diet to get the biggest and best benefit from these yoga poses.

Empower yourself with these tips and information to achieve your goal for weight loss. Lose that stomach flab starting today.

Also, check out Small Decision #68 in my Book “Fat is All in your Head: 101 Small Decisions for Amazing Health”