5 Tips to Think Yourself Thin

Think yourself thin? Could it really be so simple?  Research suggests it just could be, and here’s how…

Think yourself thin:  Visualize

There are a variety of visualization techniques that are said to be effective to “think yourself thin.” From visualizing yourself eating much healthier, to predicting that new lower number on your scale. Shedding a few pounds is possible just from using your mind. Experts say anything that you envision can turn into reality and  an individual’s thoughts play a vital role in success and failure. Everyone knows that weight loss is not at all an easy task but there is some truth to thinking yourself thin. Let’s have a look at a few pointers that you should consider seriously in order to think yourself thin. Believe me, these techniques will work amazingly!

Improve how you talk to your self

Either you are talking to yourself or with someone. Make sure to pay close attention on how you think about yourself and others may think about you.  ie, The self-talk. We often put ourselves down at some point of the day, criticizing ourselves for having that dessert, or even allowing ourselves to feel guilty over that soda.  Stop it! Instead compliment yourself. Remind yourself about something you have achieved and focus on the things you have done that were good for your body.  Did you drink water today instead of that diet soda?  Perhaps you added spinach to your eggs this morning and remembered to take your vitamins.  Focusing on what we have done that is good for us, encourages us to continue down that  positive path and way of thinking.
It will help in turning your self-talk & negative thoughts into a positive statement that begins the process of CHANGE.

Recognize your qualities

Create a list of your positive qualities instead of physical traits. Are you kind, artistic, honest, good in business, have a knack for making people laugh, etc? Post this list anywhere in your home where you can view at least 3 to 4 times a day.
Building that self esteem will make it easier to want to treat yourself well and make healthy decisions.  After all, you deserve it!

Think realistically

We often compare ourselves with people who are in movies or magazines. You can compare yourself with real people around you, but there is no need for that. Real people come in all shapes and sizes.  Remember just how much photoshop and body doubles play part in the entertainment industry before you compare yourself to what you see.

Live an active lifestyle

Exercise or some activity can work wonders and make you feel awesome! It not only boosts your mood but is actually a quick step in the right direction of having a physically fit body at the same time. Moderate exercise can be the great way to eliminate all the distractions that may cultivate negative feelings inside you. By the time you have completed your workout, your negative feelings are likely to be less intense or even replaced by a stronger sense of accomplishment, confidence and giving you something to feel great about!
If you are struggling to lose weight, follow these tips and start changing your health and fitness mindset now.  After all, it’s all about your positive thinking and that has the power to change things drastically.  Remember, think yourself thin and then watch your body follow.

Want to learn more?  Think Yourself Thin

Mental Health Benefits of Music

Mental Health Benefits of Music

Research shows listening to music is the key to mental wellness.

1. Reduce stress. Studies have shown that listening to music biochemical stress reducers.

2. Creates a relaxation state. Listening to slow relaxing music, can alter brainwave activity creating a meditative or event hypnotic relaxed state. Some research suggest these states have a therapeutic effect, potentially easing symptoms of migraines, PMS, and even behavior issues.

3. Elevate mood and reduce symptoms of depression.  A recent study found that music put people in an uplifted mood, even resulting in increase in arousal and mood stability.   Study participants also reported “self-awareness” as a heightened factor in their emotional well-being.

Listen to music while you read this blog:

Artist:  Steve Hott
Song:  Here for You
Album on iTunes:  Here for You

Download this song- proceeds go to charity.  Steve Hott on Reverbnation

5. Improve mental performance. One study found that playing background music while taking a test, allowed students to answer more questions in the permitted time while also answering more questions correctly.

6. Reduce anxiety.  Similar to getting a massage, music has been proven to have a positive effect on anxiety levels.

10. Reduce road rage. As it turns out, listening to your favorite tunes while driving can positively effect your mood.  The next time you find yourself feeling frustrated with rush hour traffic, put on your favorite music and you just might find yourself taking things a little bit easier.  🙂

12. Improved recovery and healing.   A Finland research study concluded that when hospital patients listened to just a few hours of music a day, their cognitive function and focus improved, and they experienced more positive emotions compared to patients who didn’t listen to music or who listened to audio books.  The result?  Faster healing and recovery, with less stress!

Whatever your music preferences may be, it’s clear that taking the time to listen even a few hours a day, can have a positive impact on your health and well being.

 

 

Read next: Physical health benefits of music…

Physical Health Benefits of Music

health benefits of music - physical

Research shows, listening to music is good for your health and well-being. Watching while listening… even better!

Physical Health Benefits of Music

1. Motivates people to move more. A study of found that healthy individuals, while riding stationary bicycles, worked harder while listening to fast-paced music. An extra bonus: They also enjoyed the music more than listening to it while not moving.

2. Ease of pain. Music has been proven to greatly reduce the perceived intensity of pain. Not only has music been shown to help with the common headache, but also with cancer and geriatric care patients, intensive care, and those in pain management therapy.

3. Improve workout motivation and performance. Runners have been found to beat their best time by simply listening to high intensity, “pumped up” music. Runners, break out your iPods! Listening to music has been shown to help you run faster, boost workout motivation, and enhance endurance.

Listen to music while you read this blog:

Artist:  Steve Hott
Song:  Here for You
Record:  Here for You

4. Improve post-workout recovery. One research study had individuals listen to upbeat music immediately after a workout, and later, slow music to increase relaxation. Results showed an impressive increase in workout recovery speed!

6. Improve sleep time and quality. Listening to relaxed, slow paced music, such as classical, has been shown to effectively treat insomnia, making it a safe, cheap alternative to sleep-inducing meds.

7. Eat less, naturally. Research has found that playing soft music during a meal naturally results in slowed eating during a meal, consuming less food in one sitting.

There you have it- our top 7 physical health benefits of music.  Want to learn more on the topic?  Read on… Mental Health Benefits of Music…

Telomeres and Aging: The Surprising Secret that Stops Aging & Weight Gain

Telomeres and aging, the surprising secret to living Longer, feeling younger and maintaining a healthy weight? Nobel prize winning research may have unlocked the secret of stopping aging dead in its tracks….

Would you choose live longer if you could?

Most of us would say yes.

Unfortunately up to now many of us haven’t had the luxury of making that decision. Aging along with weight gain really comes down to the vitality of our cells.

The good news is… a fascinating release of Nobel Prize winning research might just have unlocked the unbelievably simply trick to fighting aging and weight gain.

The research of Advanced Stem Cell Sciences has discovered how to leverage the power of an enzyme called telomerase that has the power to stop and even reverse the painful cellular aging process.

But, In order to understand telomerase and its effect on aging, we have to understand a cellular structure called telomeres.  These telomeres are an extra portion of code at the end of DNA strands that get used up each time a cell divides.

 

Why Telomeres?

According to ProCellX, the leading experts in telomere anti-aging therapy, when cells divide they need to copy DNA to get instructions on how to build a new cell. These are the blueprints for your cells and they are vital to your health and longevity.

However, when your cells copy DNA they end up destroying a little bit at the end of the cell. This, scientists believe, is why we age (and die).

What’s interesting is that nature has put a bit of extra material at the end of the strand called the telomere. The telomere doesn’t transmit any information, like DNA, but it can get chopped off without any damage to the cell.

Well, after a cell has divided enough times the telomere continues to shorten and shorten.

What is Telomerase and why is it important?

Telomerase is an enzyme that actually lengthens the telomere allowing a cell to go on dividing in a healthy fashion. Telomerase are what keeps us healthy and young.

Unfortunately, as we age, our telomerase runs out taking our vitality, energy, and health with it.

If we had a way to activate telomerase, a cell could essentially go on dividing forever.

How do we get our bodies to produce telomerase and stop aging?

Recently in Brazil researcher have won a Nobel Prize for figuring out how to artificially re-Activate telomerase and increase lifespan in animals.

The substance Cycloastragenol actually flips on telomerase like a light switch and in the process extends the life and vitality of animals and humans.

This substance has been reported to increase lifespan, bone density, libido, energy, recovery, immunity…the list goes on and on.

It triggers your cells into thinking you are much younger as long as you continue taking Cycloastragenol.

This breakthrough was so significant that it recently won the Nobel Prize in science and has inspired hundreds of new studies.

To learn more about Cycloastragenol, visit ProCellx;  “Can you really reverse the effects of aging?”

LA Boxing Classes – Learn How to Box and Get Fit!

LA Boxing classes are an experience I never thought I’d try, but after my first boxing lesson, I’m hooked. My usual exercise routine consists of 4 to 5 days a week going to the gym and alternating 1 hour on the elliptical machine, treadmill and stairmaster. Then for at least 30 minutes, I hit the weight machines followed by a full sauna session. I have come to lovingly refer to this workout regimen as my “rinse and repeat workout” because it has become so engrained, I perform it without thought just as I shampoo my hair. It’s effortless, predictable… and boring. Luckily, I discovered an alternative that I really love: LA Boxing classes.

For those of you who are bored with the typical gym workout, I would recommend considering LA Boxing classes and here’s why:

Last year, I put on more than a few pounds over the holidays so I immediately kicked up my workout. After several weeks of “rinse and repeat” sessions at my local 24 Hour Fitness gym, the pounds were slooooowly coming off but it was almost painful getting through my workout because it was so dull. I decided I wanted to try something different; something that would beat the bore factor, challenge me and above all, build a skill set that I can use for long term health and fitness benefits. I started by looking up nearby fitness options using yelp and groupon and the reviews for LA Boxing classes intrigued me. The next day, I went into an Orange County LA Boxing location, met with Luis who answered my 50 million questions and then arranged a free boxing lesson with pro boxer and trainer, Julian (Julez.) 30 Minutes later, I knew I wanted to take another boxing class… and then another, and another…. I have never experienced a workout like this- I was too focused on technique to even realize I was exercising and a short, 30 minutes lesson was so intense, I was seriously sore for 4 days. On Day #2, I was actually taking the stairs one by one; my grandmother could have passed me.

So what really sold me on LA Boxing’s classes? Well, reason #1, I wanted to go FAR out of my comfort zone to build up that confidence. Reason #2, I can burn 700 calories in a 30 minute boxing class- wow! Reason #3, it’s fun & doesn’t even feel like exercise. Reason #4, have you ever seen the ass on a professional female boxer? Enough said. I went in again on day #3, limping (yes, really limping) to buy a package of lessons from Luis. This is one of those rare times when you drop a chunk of money at a gym and know you won’t regret it.

For those of you that are lucky enough to have an LA Boxing location nearby and are curious about taking boxing classes, here are my observations to help you decide if this gym is right for you:

LA Boxing & Kickboxing Classes
The classes are unlike any I have seen before- there’s a set of moves the instructor establishes but everyone goes at their own pace and performs the moves at different times. You know those cardio classes where you see rows of beautiful bodies moving in perfect unison while the instructor pep talks from the front? Ya, this isn’t like that at all- LA Boxing classes are chaotic to say the least; they’re unsynchronized, high energy and more like semi-private training sessions. You do the moves as you can- punch a bag, practice your kicks, run the rope, etc- and the instructor steps in to help if/when you need. The best part of this kind of class? NO ONE has to feel like the uncoordinated oddball hiding in the back!

How much does LA Boxing Cost? LA Boxing Price ranges:
Since I’m also a full time traveler blogger and rarely know where I’ll be from week to week, I signed up for the $89 monthly gym option and then also bought a package of personal training sessions. LA Boxing initial costs came to about $480+ which included gym access, unlimited boxing and kickboxing classes, 3 personal training sessions and boxing gloves & wraps. Additional personal training was more- Luis (at LA Boxing in Orange County) offered me a promotion package of 10 private boxing lessons for about $370 (About 50% off.) They also have a promotion for those who choose to prepay their boxing membership in advance which costs about $40 a month (approx half the price of month to month membership.) Freezing membership is an option for us heavy travelers or if you should ever need to take a break from your boxing classes. If you want to try it for a month or two before committing to full pre-payment, LA Boxing will put all initial costs toward a long term option when you are ready- can’t beat that!

After talking to a few of my hCG Diet Info readers, there were two common concerns when considering LA Boxing classes:
1st, a lot of people felt the $89 monthly costs were steep for a gym membership. Hey- you wouldn’t compare the expense of piano lessons to your monthly gym fees right? Come on now, that’s just silly. Well, same differences apply here; at a gym like 24 Hour Fitness, you’re basically paying for equipment rental. At a gym like LA Boxing, you’re paying for equipment rental AND to learn an entirely new skill set. It’s next level gym-ing people- of course it’s going to cost more! I say, your workout is what you pay for: plain n’ mundane may be cheaper but learning the skills that build the ass of a boxer are priceless… and well, that’s just worth every penny.

2nd; there was concern about feeling out of place physically and for other reasons. Hey, I’ve been there- I was once that seriously overweight girl that couldn’t bare the thought of attending a yoga class surrounded by a bunch of supermodels- ugh, few things can be harder on the ego than feeling like everyone in the room knows you’re the heaviest person in the class & you can’t even touch your own toes. (I’m over that now by the way- I will squeeze my post-holiday ass into my too-tight yoga pants and get right in the front row of class knowing I’m there for a reason and that’s to feel good!) For those of you who are worried about “not fitting in” for your first LA boxing class, I can confidently tell you, this is where everyone fits in. In fact, if you asked me which gym feels more “comfortable” and “accepting” between 24 Hour Fitness and LA Boxing, I’d definitely say LA Boxing. This is a smaller gym where everyone is talkative and the staff know your name and are very supportive. Members are both men and women, all age ranges and fitness levels. In one beginners class, I’ve seen a 300 lb man in his 60’s and a fit girl in her early 20’s. There are a lot of very heavy people here, and I’ve met several who are 100 lb losers and still going. If I was 240 lbs overweight (again), moved like an uncoordinated cheerleader (which I sometimes do) and was wearing bright red clown shoes (add to the birthday wishlist), I’d still feel comfortable walking in here and having a boxing lesson, no problem!

I recommend LA Boxing for anyone tired of feeling like a mouse running on a wheel, day after day at the gym. Even if you’re just curious, I say, go in and ask for Luis- if he doesn’t work at your particular LA Boxing location, tell them you want their version of Luis and then rename him. Ask him 50 million questions about the gym, arrange a free signature LA Boxing class, learn how to throw a jab and an undercut in your first boxing lesson… then you’ll know you will never have another boring workout again!

Apple Day on hCG Diet

Occasionally while on phase 2 of the hCG diet, some dieters may reach a plateau for a few days.  A plateau is 4 consecutive days without inch or weight loss. While the body will normally work itself through this stage, it can cause unnecessary worry and stress during an hCG diet stall.  In those cases there is an alternative that you can use for one day called the “Apple Day”.    You will follow this for 24 hours, eating only 6 apples and a minimal amount of water – no other fluids are allowed.

All dieters will have a plateau sooner or later. A hCG diet plateau always corrects itself, but many dieters who have become accustomed to a regular daily loss get unnecessarily worried and begin to fret. Nothing will convince them that a plateau does not mean that they are no longer responding normally to treatment.  Often, even though the weight loss is not showing on the scales, they are still losing inches.  Your body is being restructured, though you may think the scales are telling you otherwise.

It is permissable, to break up the plateau by having an “apple day”.  An apple-day begins at lunch and continues until just before lunch of the following day. Dieters can have six large apples and may eat one whenever they feel the desire though six apples is the maximum allowed. During an apple day no other food or liquids except plain water are allowed and of water they may only drink just enough to quench an uncomfortable thirst if eating an apple still leaves them thirsty. Most feel no need for water and are quite happy with their six apples. Needless to say, on apple day you will still do your hCG drops or injections. The apple day produces a gratifying loss of weight on the following day, mainly due to the elimination of water. This water is not regained when they then resume their normal 500 calorie diet at lunch, and on the following days you should continue to lose weight satisfactorily.

What Does hCG Stand For?

HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, which is a naturally occurring hormone found in both men and women, but is produced in large amounts in pregnant females. The “pregnancy” hormone feeds and nourishes the fetus by releasing the fat stores until the placenta is fully developed.

The hCG hormone almost completely controls a woman’s metabolic functions during her pregnancy. Dr. Simeons, author of Pounds and Inches manuscript, discovered the fact that in non-pregnant women using a small amount of hCG he could produce similar effects. Using daily hCG drops or injections for weight loss could similarly increases the metabolism, causing abnormal fat to be used and expelled. Dr. Simeons suggests that when taking hCG, in conjunction with a VCLD (very low calorie diet), abnormal fat is released from our bodies and our bodies are actually restructured along with our brains being taught to ‘rethink’ food and lifestyle habits being changed permanently.

The ideal dosage of real hCG Dr. Simeons found to produce fat releasing is between 125 iu to 200 iu in both men and women. Daily injections or oral drops of real hCG would dramatically change the body in a few short weeks when following the guidelines in the Pounds and Inches manuscript. Dr. Simeons protocol food list is very specific when using hCG and must be not be altered for the greatest success and fat release in the shortest period of time.

Now that you know what hCG stand for and how it is used for the hCG diet protocol, the next step is reading the Pounds and Inches manuscript, finding real hCG drops or injections to use on your hCG diet journey to weight loss and better heatlh. You can also use some or all of Kevin Trudeau’s additions to the hCG diet to make it easier, reduce sugar and carb cravings, increase your fat loss and help suppress your appetite naturally.


Phase 3 hCG

After completing hCG diet Phase 2, you must continue on the VLCD (very low calorie diet) for three days after you have stopped taking the hCG.  Moving into Phase 3 and knowing what Phase 3 foods are best is key to success.

After the three days, dieters now enter the maintenance phase (phase 3 hCG) and may eat anything they want, except sugar and starch (and being careful with very sweet fruits), provided they weigh daily, FIRST thing in the morning. You must have your own portable bathroom scale at hand, especially while traveling on Phase 3 of the hCG diet. You must faithfully weigh every morning after emptying your bladder. It takes about 3 weeks before the weight reached at the end of the treatment becomes stable, i.e. does not show large fluctuations after an occasional excess. During this period dieters must realize that carbohydrates – that is sugar, rice, bread, potatoes, pastries, etc, are by far the most dangerous. If no carbohydrates are eaten, fats can be indulged in a bit more liberally and even small quantities of alcohol, such as a glass of wine with meals, does no harm, but as soon as fats and starch are combined things may quickly get out of hand.This has to be observed very carefully during the first 3 weeks after the treatment is ended otherwise disappointments are almost sure to occur.

As long as you stay within two pounds of your end weight, you are fine, but the very day that you notice you’ve gone over that, even if just a few ounces, you must follow the Steak Day diet on that day, not waiting even one day to start.

After three weeks, your body will have adjusted and you will leave hCG phase 3 and may gradually add starch in small quantities as listed on Phase 3 food list, always controlled by morning weighing.

500 Calories a Day Diet

Before beginning the 500 calories a day diet, also know as the VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet), it is important to load up on fats for the first two days of hCG injections or drops. A dieter cannot comfortably maintain a 500 Calories a day diet unless his or her normal fat reserves are reasonably well stocked. It seems to take about three injections before abnormally deposited fat begins to circulate and thus become available. It is for this reason that the hCG protocol recommends eating to capacity of very fattening foods until the morning of the third injection.

If you’ve completed your two load days and have restored your body’s fat reserves then you’re ready to get started on the 500 calories a day diet. In Dr. Simeons Pounds & Inches he provides specific guidelines for the 500 calorie diet.

Lunch:

1. 100 grams of veal, beef, chicken breast, fresh white fish, lobster, crab, or shrimp. All visible fat must be carefully removed before cooking, and the meat must be weighed raw. It must be boiled or grilled without additional fat. Salmon, eel, tuna, herring, dried or pickled fish are not allowed. Note: The chicken breast must be removed from the bird. It is also important to note that only the breast of the chicken is allowed not the thigh or wing.

2. One type of vegetable only to be chosen from the following: spinach, chard, chicory, beet-greens, green salad, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, cabbage. Note: It is important to limit the vegetables to one type of vegetable per meal as food combining can limit your success on the diet.

3. One breadstick (grissino) or one Melba toast.

4. An apple or a handful of strawberries or one-half grapefruit or an orange.

Dinner: The same four choices as lunch are available for dinner. It is best to vary your choice of protein and vegetable from lunch to dinner. This variety will help your body to obtain different micro-nutrients including vitamins and minerals.

Seasonings: The juice of one lemon daily is allowed for all purposes. The lemon juice could be used to season fish or salad. Salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard powder, garlic, sweet basil, parsley, thyme, marjoram, etc., may also be used for seasoning. However, oil, butter and all types of dressing must be strictly avoided. If you’re shopping for a season mix be sure to check the ingredients for sugar, fat and MSG as these ingredients should not be eaten during the VLCD (Very Low Calorie) phase of the diet.

Beverages: Tea, coffee, plain water, or mineral water are the only drinks allowed, but they may be taken in unlimited quantity. A small amount of milk can be added to your morning coffee. However, only one tablespoonful of milk is allowed in 24 hours. Saccharin or Stevia may be used to sweeten coffee or tea. Fresh lemon juice in hot water can be used as a beverage. In fact, hot lemon water is very detoxifying and is a great option to drink first thing in the morning to help cleanse your body which has been detoxing throughout the night.

Snacks or Breakfast: It is important to note that during Phase 2 (VLCD) of the hCG diet only 1 serving of bread (1 Grissini Bread stick or 1 Melba Toast) is allowed per meal. It is possible to have your serving of bread outside of a meal, as a snack or for breakfast. However, 2 servings of bread should never be eaten at the same time (during a single snack or meal). It is important to spread the 2 servings out over the course of the day. The same rule applies for fruits. Limit your fruits to 1 serving per meal or snack. It is acceptable to eat the fruit outside of a meal (as a snack or breakfast). However, you should never double up and have 2 servings of fruit at once. This overindulgence of carbs or sugar could lead to stalls or gains.

Alternate Foods (Going Off Protocol): During your research of the hCG diet you may read about several recommendations for foods that are not listed in the original protocol provided by Dr. Simeons. Be forewarned that these off-protocol recommendations are made by dieters that have gone a bit rogue. Many people who have done multiple rounds of hCG get a little creative in their later rounds. Some have had success going off protocol while others have experienced gains. If this is your first round it is best to follow the protocol explicitly. If you want to experience the 1-2 lb per day loss then limit yourself to the foods on the list. If the food is not on the list, don’t eat it. For example, the use of Bragg Liquid Aminos, a common health food alternative to soy sauce, is often used as seasoning for meats, salads and soups. However, it is derived from soy which is not on the approved list of foods. Even a tablespoon of Bragg Liquid Aminos on your meat or vegetables could lead to stalls or even gains. When in doubt, simply refer back to the original protocol in Dr Simeon’s Pounds & Inches.