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When most people fail on a diet they are left with little option but to blame themselves for that failure. Closer scrutiny reveals that it was the diet itself that failed not the individual.

The Reason Diets Fail You

The Reason Diets Fail YouThis year millions of people will embark upon a diet and most will fail to lose weight. The usual response to this failure by the people marketing the diet is to blame the individual for the failure. This leaves the person feeling defeated and guilty because of their lack of "will-power" Blaming the individual also preserves the illusion that diets are an effective way to lose weight. I think it is time to move the discussion beyond this "blaming" level and explore the real reasons diets fail. I will use an example to explain my position. When most people are presented with something like a chocolate (candy) bar it is not long before they feel a desire to eat the thing. Most will simply blame the chocolate for causing the desire. They will then try to battle the craving with "will-power". Usually they lose this battle and sooner or later give in and eat the chocolate bar. This "giving-in" often marks the end of the diet. Now lets look at why this "giving-in" occurred. We know that the cognitive process that caused the craving to eat the chocolate bar went something like this; sensory input was received through the appropriate receptors [mainly eyes in this case] and the mind formed some type of neural or sensory representation of the object that will be defined as a chocolate bar. We can regard this process as inescapable. If the sensory receptors are in working order, the mind must form a representation or neural image of the object. When a neural image has been formed we have been taught to assign meanings, from memory, to these images as they occur in the mind. The assignment of meaning is followed by an emotional response appropriate to the meaning assigned. In the case of the chocolate bar the meaning assigned included past memories of pleasant experiences assosciated with eating chocolate bars, hence the craving to eat this chocolate bar. So really it was not the presence of the object that will be defined as a chocolate bar that caused the craving, but the cognitive process outlined. Specifically it was the assignment of meaning that caused the craving. And because this assignment of meaning has become totally automatic in most people, the chocolate bar gets the blame for the craving when in fact it only had the power to cause the mind to form a meaningless image. For most, the meaning and image have become "fused", with the meaning now seen as an inherent part of the neural image itself rather than something assigned from within the mind. This of course gives the stimulus the power to be the cause of the response. Just thinking about or reflecting upon a chocolate bar has the same effect. A neural image is formed from that reflection and when it has been formed the cognitive process of automatically assigning meaning to it is exactly the same as with images caused by an external stimulii. We feel a strong desire to eat the chocolate bar. This all means of course that every time we are presented with a chocolate bar or some other desirable food, the mind automatically performs the cognitive process outlined and creates a desire to eat the delicacy. These continual emotional responses build up and eventually wear us down. This is the reason we "give-in" and the diet goes out the window. My point is then, the only way to reduce our food intake and still feel comfortable is to modify this process of automatically assigning meaning to the images that come into our heads. This way we can reduce the desire to eat unnecessarily and thereby modify our eating behaviour so that we lose weight and keep it off. Diets do not supply these techniques and in actual fact they fail the individual not the other way round as their providers would have you believe. If changing our behaviour was easy as making a decision to go on a diet, most of us would have changed many things about ourselves long ago. The truth is we need techniques that will help us to bring that change about or we are setting ourselves up to fail. R.J. 2006

Weight Loss Diary Day 4

Weight Loss Diary Day 4

This the third day of dieting in my weight loss program and it will be the last daily report in this series of articles to avoid you becoming bored with repetition. By now you will have the idea that I only give up one type of food each day and in general eat what I please - within reason. The caveat is that you must be aware of serving sizes because it is due to over-generous serving sizes that the majority of us are dieting. In future I will publish three articles each week rather than seven. If you have a question you wish to ask please use the comments link at the bottom to list your question and I will reply to all questions.Today I will not eat any potatoes or potato products. Because I exercised yesterday I will not exercise today but will remain aware of things like parking as far from the supermarket entrance as possible and using stairs rather than escalators. - This now a part of my daily routine. Today started as normal by walking to the village to pick up my daily newspaper. This walk is now extended to approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) Breakfast is cornflakes with mixed dried fruits and nuts and milk and a banana and lime smoothie. (When I first wake up, before going to buy my newspaper, I drink a large glass of water. - This isn't compulsory but water has zero calories.) 10.30am I stop work to take a cup of lemon green tea. 11.30am feeling peckish and I eat a raw carrot. 1pm and its time for lunch. Lunch is a ham and salad sandwich on whole-grain bread, an apple, a banana and a glass of fruit juice. After lunch I walk for ten-minutes, just a casual walk to help digest the food. 6pm is dinnertime, I like to eat early. Today was Filet Mignon with French beans and asparagus. My wife had a couple of boiled potatoes with her meal while I left a space on my plate where they would have been. (This diet is really so easy to contend with because I can have potatoes tomorrow if I please.)Hopefully the people that have joined me on this "weight loss" program are starting to settle to the new routine by now and starting to become vigilant about serving sizes. I just want to repeat that during this period there is definitely no beer or drinks that fizz, even if they have sugar free or low calorie etc. printed on the label. Just accept that these drinks are a weight watchers biggest headache and do no good for your diet at any time.Next article will cover two days and be published two days from now.This article is copyright David McCarthy, 2006. It may be reproduced in its entirety with and additions.

Do Smoothies have to go now that Im trying to lose weight?

Do Smoothies have to go now that Im trying to lose weight?

Its summer time and the heat is on. One favorite choice of most people for beating the heat is to get a smoothie. But for people trying to lose weight and not miss out, are there any healthy options? Yes. You can make your own smoothies.From a health point of view, blended smoothies are great for a concentrated meal thats ready in a minute. You can combine a variety of fruit with some water, possibly add some dates or genuine maple syrup and make a delicious smoothie that can be enjoyed anytime as a healthy meal while on your weight loss program.Actually friends, this may be a better choice than juicing as you will also get the fibre, which is an essential nutrient present in our fruits and vegetables for several reasons and in regards to losing weight, the fibre will serve as intestinal brooms to push all unwanted debris out. Hey, we are seeking weight loss right?Now, the recipes listed below are my personal favorites for smoothies. I think they are creative ways to enjoy the proper diet and not entirely miss out on pleasuring ourselves occasionally. You can always experiment to find tasty recipes as well, but here are some to get you started.1. "Chocolate" Milk-10-15 medium dates -3 ripe bananas. -1 Young Coconut (I don't usually use the water inside of the nut although I heard it has some benefits, I have tested it on me to a not so good result but again we are all different) -16 oz cold Water Blend everything starting with the fruits then the coconut. 2. Papaya Passion-1 medium Papaya -1 red delicious apple -5 dates (pitted) Blend everything and prepare for something outta this world! 3. Strawberry Delight -4-8 strawberries -1-2 Bananas -8-10 dates 4. My Milk Shake tastes much better than yours...! -2 cups of Durian -8 dates -2 bananas -1 tsp of Carob powder Who said fruits and veggies were boring again? 5. Mango Magic -1-2 ripe mangos (peeled) -8 dates (pitted) -Juice of one orange 6. Durian Deck -24 oz of durian -1/2 orange -Blend both. Well, there you have it. Thought youd have to give up smoothies eh? Hope, Ill be able to save you some money in buying less healthy and-as youll discover-not as tasty smoothies with these. Heres to health and happiness.

The SmartLipo Laser Advantage

The SmartLipo Laser Advantage

SmartLipo is a newer laser assisted liposuction procedure being performed in most parts of the world. It is a tried and tested laser therapy which was initially practiced in Italy in Europe. Now other countries like Japan, USA and South American countries have started performing this laser liposuction which has many added advantages. It was approved by the Food and Drugs Administration in November 2007.SmartLipo involves using a laser body sculpting workstation. This is manufactured by Cynosure which is an American Company that produces laser and light-based source equipment for the health industry. The device was approved by FDA for laser assisted liposuction. The SmartLipo procedure involves introducing a laser probe through a tiny incision in the skin at the treatment site and passing laser pulses to liquefy the fat at that site. The Smartlipo LaserBodySculpting Workstation delivers a 1064-nm Nd: YAG laser fiber through a probe. The laser probe is very delicate and thin. It is about 1mm - 2mm in diameter. So the skin incision that is needed to introduce this probe is very small.Laser liposuction or SmartLipo is an outpatient procedure and is done under local anesthesia. There is no need for any special preparation at the beginning of procedure. The doctor after examining the candidate to see whether he is fit, injects a fluid at the treatment site. This injection contains anesthetic drug to make the procedure painless, other drugs to make the site bloodless to prevent blood loss.The laser probe after insertion in to the treatment is operated by doctor to deliver laser pulses. These laser pulses melt the fat at the treatment site which is removed by the blood. A few doctors also suck the excess liquefied fat not removed by the blood through a cannula introduced through the skin. In this procedure, there is no need to move the equipment to and fro to the extent done in the traditional liposuction procedure. This obviously decreases the tissue trauma and subsequent bleeding. Moreover the laser pulses coagulate the tissue around the treatment site and this again helps in controlling the bleeding.The laser in addition to liquefying the fat also induces the tissue to lay down collagen. This collagen contracts and makes the skin over thetreatment site tight. This prevents the formation of any loose skin folds and makes the treatment site perfectly blend with the body contour.The procedure of SmartLipo takes relatively less time. Each session of treatment lasts for approximately 45 minutes to one hour. Since the laser probe is very small, the incision made does not require any suturing. Since no suturing is done, no ugly scar results. Also the results become evident within a week and the results are permanent since the fat cells are destroyed and removed.

Safe Weight Loss Part 2.

Keeping it off Our first weight loss article on this subject dealt with losing one pound per week, which is achievable for everybody. This article deals with keeping weight off after you lose it, or controlling weight. There is little point in going through with a diet and changing your exercise regime only to see the weight return; that is demoralizing and exactly what happens to people who attempt to lose weight too rapidly. If you weigh 200-pounds and wish to get down to 150 pounds it is going to take 50 weeks to achieve it and sustain your new weight. Controlling Weight Controlling weight means having to learn two sets of behavior: weight loss and weight maintenance. According to some health professionals, weight maintenance is the more difficult. Only a third of the people who lose weight are able to keep it off. Long-term success depends upon continuing the good eating and exercise habits you developed while losing weight. So don't allow yourself to get into a regime that is too vigorous because you are unlikely to be able to keep it up. Vigorous diets do work but usually they only work to take the weight off and then become unsustainable and within a short period of time the weight returns. Set Sustainable Goals Now is the time to set sustainable goals and to meet that criteria your goals need to be realistic. Losing a single pound (450 grams) each week should not prove too difficult. I once heard comedian Billy Connolly say: "Losing weight is easy; all you have to do is eat less and move more." I don't think anybody has ever stated a more obvious fact. So ask yourself whether you can eat a little less and move more each day, if the answer is yes and your will power is strong enough then you will have no problem losing weight. It will take time to make these new habits part of your life. Continue to modify your behavior by: 1. Accepting the fact that it takes your stomach about 20 minutes to get the message to your brain that it is full. Most people continue eating long after they have had sufficient. 2. Never drink beer, or carbonated waters like Coke, Pepsi or anything that fizzes with your meal. Beer prevents the breakdown of fat. 3. It is better to have five or six small meals than one big meal. 4. Eat slowly and chew each piece of food. 5. Stop eating before you feel full. Be prepared to take a twenty minute break before deciding if you have eaten enough. 6. If you become hungry between meals then eat a piece of fruit or a raw carrot. Reward Yourself By losing weight you are achieving an ambition and achievement deserves reward. Just do not reward yourself with food. New clothes are a good incentive, a visit to the theater or a sporting event or anything that you will see as a reward.. Summary You do not have to give up any food that you like, unless it is extremely high fat content, It is just a matter of reducing the amount that you eat. This can be achieved in many ways. I nominate one thing each day that is off the menu for that day. Say potatoes: I do not substitute potato, I just leave a gap on my plate that it usually fills. That way I reduce my calorie intake and my extra light exercise also burns further calories. Y'know Billy Connolly is right. It works. The final decision is always yours and only you have the ability to see it through but if you are reading this article then you are at least thinking about it. Lowering your weight and increasing your fitness not only prolongs life, it makes life more fun. This article is copyright David McCarthy 2005. It may be reproduced only in its entirety with no changes or additions.

Hoodia Gordonii - 50 Million Americans are Dieting

At any given time 50 million Americans are dieting. Some are medically driven diets but, the majority of this number are voluntarily tying to slim down. Even with this many people trying to lose weight, America continues to become more obese every year.Most of us will start a diet only to fail to stick to it and after losing a few pounds we will start to slowly put the pounds back on. Of those who begin a diet, only about 25% will reach their weight loss target. When it comes to dieting we are notoriously lacking on willpower.We all know that the best way to lose weight is to exercise but, after 20 years of the experts preaching it, has it helped? Well since we are more obese than ever, I would say the answer is no. It doesn't look as if the current plan is working very well, does it?There is hope though. A new herbal supplement called Hoodia Gordonii has been proven extremely effective as a diet aid. Hoodia Gordonii suppresses your desire to eat. It is, in effect, will power in a bottle. I know there will be a lot of skeptics, to them I say. After seeing the results from all the exercising over the last 20 years, I think everyone should at least try it.Hoodia Gordonii has not been shown to have any side effects. Hoodia works much the same as glucose sending a signal to the brain that you full. It takes a few days to feel the full effect, eventually you have to remind yourself to eat. Also since you are not hungry, it is much easier to eat healthy. You will find yourself eating to live, instead of living to eat. Now that is the key to long term "weight loss" .

Summary

When most people fail on a diet they are left with little option but to blame themselves for that failure. Closer scrutiny reveals that it was the diet itself that failed not the individual.