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Tips to Diet Success

October 8th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Tips to Diet Success)
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I am sure you have all tried a bunch of different diets, weight loss plans and some may have even tried pills to lose weight. At the end of the day, there is no shortcut to weight loss. Studies have shown that fad diets do allow you to lose weight quickly, but you will just put it back on as soon as the diet is over. What you really need is slow, healthy weight loss that is a result of the adoption of healthy eating habits that will become part of your new lifestyle.

Slowly does it

Forget the fast track; ditch the deadlines and simply decide to live a healthy life. When you look back on yourself in a year’s time, you won’t believe the difference. Like all things, drastic changes are probably not something you will be sticking to. Denying yourself all your favorite things and cutting back heavily on your calorie intake is unlikely to render long-term results. Instead, make slow changes and adopt one new habit every month.

Get moving

You have to move more. That doesn’t mean you have to exercises that you hate and which you will never stick to. Instead, find things you enjoy doing and slowly start including them in your daily routine. Take a walk around the block when you get home from work, or walk to the store on the weekend instead of driving. When you stop driving everywhere and start walking or biking, you will soon make it part of your lifestyle.

Do yoga, or play a sport, swim or play with your kids, move into a home with a garden or get a dog; make changes to your lifestyle that slowly get you out and active. It relieves stress, improves health and mobility.

Cut it out

Slowly start to cut out things that you shouldn’t be eating. When you take something out, put something healthy in its place. Replace sugar with stevia and butter with avocadoes. When you find healthy substitutes for foods which aren’t good for you, you don’t feel deprived and you are more likely to stick to your new regimen.

Its all about finding the balance that works for you. You already know what you have to do to live a healthy life; eat well and exercise. Now integrate this new lifestyle slowly so you have time to still enjoy your life and adapt to a healthier way of living.

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Have your Cake and Eat it Too!

October 1st, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Have your Cake and Eat it Too!)
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Is your sweet tooth getting the better of you? You can have your desserts and eat them too if you follow these amazing recipes from Healthcheck Systems. Now you can lose weight and still enjoy your after dinner treats with these great dessert recipes.

Lemon Mousse

2 cups strawberries
1 bag gelatin
3⁄4 cup white sugar
2 tsp. grated lemon rind
1⁄2 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp. light olive oil
1 large egg
1 1⁄3 cups fat-free plain yogurt

Cut the strawberries into slices. Put a ¼ cup cold water in the bottom of a cup and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Allow to stand until it softens. Whisk together ¼ cup water, sugar, lemon rind, lemon juice, olive oil and the egg until stiff. Whisk in the gelatin. Layer the mouse and the strawberry slices and cool until set (about 3 hours.)

Toasted Almond Meringues

1 ¼ cups sliced almonds
1 cup egg whites
1 cup white sugar
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
½ tsp. salt

Preheat the oven to 200°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside for later use. In a skillet, heat the almonds gently over a medium heat until they start to smell sweetly. Set aside. Whisk egg whites to peaks, then slowly add confectioner’s sugar and salt, whisking constantly. Fold in 1 cup white sugar and 1 cup of the toasted almonds. Place large scoops of the meringue mixture on the parchment. Sprinkle the remaining toasted almonds on the top of the meringues. Bake in the oven at 200°F for two hours. Turn off the oven and leave the meringues to dry overnight. You can store them in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Makes 18 meringues and each one contains 112 calories and 3g of fat.

Foods that are More Fattening than you Think

June 28th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Foods that are More Fattening than you Think)
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You work so hard to maintain your weight and you deserve to have a healthy, happy body. Some foods pack a hidden calorie punch that may be sabotaging your best efforts to stay in shape. Here are some foods that are higher in calories than you may have realized.

Dried fruit: Sure it’s healthy, but each portion that you pop is actually half a fruit. While you wouldn’t consider eating 6 peaches in one sitting, you can easily scoff down the equivalent in dried fruit. When you do add dried fruits to your menu, be cognisant of how many you eat. Cut them up and add them to cereals and other dishes and, wherever possible, go for fresh fruit instead; its free of preservatives and will fill you up for longer.

Avocadoes: These precious green gems are really wonderful additions to a healthy diet. They are packed with all sorts of ‘good’ fats, healthy vitamins and wonderful anti-oxidants. However, avocados are high in calories so eat them sliced on a sandwich or in a salad rather than on a chip in guacamole form. Sure, guacamole is healthy, but you will be racking up the calories in no time at all.

Coffees: Lattes and cappuccinos are delicious, and while coffee itself has a negligible number of calories, all that milk, cream and added syrup flavoring will really add to your calorie intake. You can still get your java fix, but opt for drinks with less milk and no creamy toppings.

Salads: So you opt for the salad in a fast food restaurant because you’re awesome like that, but what you don’t realize is that many chain-store salads contain more calories than a burger or fries. Blame the creamy, oily salad dressings and bacon or crumbed chicken toppings for this unfortunate situation. Check caloric values before you order.

Cheese: Sad but true, just a thin slice of cheese the size of a domino can add up to 130 calories and a whopping 11 grams of fat.

Knowing what’s in the food you’re eating will help you to make the right choices to keep you healthy and slim.

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