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Malory band review: the band that helps you lose weight

Weight loss products are abundant and everywhere nowadays. They all promise the same thing, but the last thing anyone considers is the damage some can cause.

What if I told you there was a product that would aid in weight loss by helping you be aware of overeating, and not cause any risk to your health. Good news, there is!

The Malory band

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This little gadget is intended to assist you in your weight loss journey, without the dangers associated in weight loss supplements or pills . I first heard about the Malory band via this article woman loses 60 lbs with the help of a band, and was very interested in learning more.

How it works

It’s as simple as the instructions that come included.  The Malory band is pretty much an adjustable string worn around your waist, kind of like a belly chain (remember those?!) The whole purpose of wearing the band is for self awareness of your eating habits. The more you eat, the tighter it will get due to belly bloat from food. It’s kind of a reminder to stop you from overeating.

Overeating is an issue most people are unaware of. Unless you log a daily food journal, most of us underestimate the amount of actual calories consumed. The Malory band is not a magical tool that will shrink your belly, but it is a great aid to reinforce better eating habits. It’s a physical reminder that let’s you know “hey, you’re full don’t have that extra serving.”

My experience with the Malory band

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The folks over at maloryband.com sent me a band to try out and see how I felt about their product. It arrived fairly quickly, and the packaging had a clean and elegant style. The Malory band itself was very comfortable to wear, and I liked the fact it includes a soft pouch to take your band everywhere and avoid losing it.

Everyone’s body is different, so for some, bloating from overeating is not an issue. If that’s your case, consider yourself lucky! I am not so lucky, and definitely get that bloated feeling on some occasions. I wore the Malory band all  weekend long, and found it to be a very good reminder to watch what I ate. Since it was the weekend, I did indulge a bit and noticed the band did what it was supposed to do; tighten up when it was time for me to stop eating.

Besides the physical reminder of the band tightening, it also seems to give you some motivation on making healthier choices of what you choose to eat. Of course, the band won’t change your eating habits; but if you are motivated to make a change the band is a good tool to keep you on track. I think the Malory band can be very useful if overeating is your issue, and you want to make a change. You feel the band while you are wearing it, so it helps to remind you to make better eating choices and not eat so much. It’s also a good tool if you have lost weight and want to maintain, since wearing it will prevent you from getting bigger.

Interested in trying out the Malory band for yourself? Check out their site and purchase options at Maloryband.com

3 workout ideas for people who hate exercise

If you are anything like me, you take a somewhat disdainful view of your friends and acquaintances who have exorbitantly expensive gym memberships. Those who have no life beyond working out, and who freak out if they miss their morning run…

While I’ve come to respect people who take working out seriously, it’s never something I would do. Still, it’s absolutely essential for everyone, no matter what age or weight, to get some exercise in on a regular basis in order to maintain a healthy body and mind. For those who would rather skip that hamster wheel feeling you may sometimes get at the gym, here are some easy and enjoyable work out ideas.

1. Going for a long walk.

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Believe it or not, vigorous walking can be just as good for your health as heart attack-inducing, joint-destroying running. As long as you can walk fast enough to where you can feel your heart pumping lightly, you’ll know you are getting in a good work out. Make it as enjoyable as possible by taking your dog with you, going to the park, or listening to your mp3 player while doing it.

2. Joining an informal adult sports league.

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The only way you’ll consistently work out is if you are having fun while doing it. Even if you’ve never really played sports before, it’s a good idea to take advantage of any programs your employer may offer; like a company softball team. You can also join informal sports leagues on your own, which are offered in most towns and cities. Ask some of your buddies to join you, and you’d be surprised by how much fun you can have running around trying to kick, dribble, or  bat a ball. Especially since these leagues are usually not about competition and are more about enjoying yourself, you’ll get a great work out without if feeling like one.

3. Biking to work or any other reasonably located destination.

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The key to getting in exercise for people like us who don’t like to exercise is to participate in an activity that doesn’t really feel like a work out. One way to do that is to kill two birds with one stone. Going over to your friends house who lives a couple miles away? Why not bike there instead of driving? If you live close enough to your work, consider biking or walking there as well. Since you have to go to whichever location you are considering anyway, might as well combine transportation and exercise. It’ll make you feel as though you are accomplishing more than just working out.

Of course, these are just a few ideas to get you started on a workout routine that you can feasibly keep up with, but there are tons of other things you can do to stay in shape without getting bored. Just brainstorm ways that will get your body moving while still keeping your mind engaged. Good luck!

Author bio:
Jemima Lopez is a freelance blogger and writer who writes for Zen College Life, the directory of higher education, distance learning, and best online schools. She welcomes your comments at her email:  lopezjemima562@ gmail.com.

Eat yourself skinny!

Don’t you wish losing weight didn’t have to be such a boring, taste-less task?!

I have always had a track record of discovering, and ditching fad diets once I got sick of the bland tasting food you had to eat just to drop a few pounds. It just did not work for me. It wasn’t until I made the decision to live a healthier lifestyle full of tasty, healthy foods that I actually enjoyed eating, that I was finally able to keep the weight off and enjoy myself while doing it. Imagine that!

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You see the thing is, dieting is not about depriving ourselves and forcing ourselves to “eat like birds”; it is about finding fabulously healthy meal solutions that will keep you satiated and on track. Because I am one of those women who is fueled by cravings, usually for bad food, I have discovered a few recipes that not only taste amazing but help to battle weight loss.

Kick Your Day Off Right

We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I tend to agree with this statement but mostly because breakfast should be your biggest meal of the day, and eating a big meal just makes me happy!

While some of us may just not be hungry in the morning, it is shown that those who don’t eat breakfast cannot focus. They are also unable to work as hard as those who eat breakfast, have less strength, and usually choose less nutritious foods which ultimately lead to weight gain. The exact opposite of what we’re trying to do.

While you may not be hungry right when you wake up, why not consider going through your morning routine and save eating breakfast until the very end. This way you allow your body to wake up, start your metabolism, and get moving ultimately kick-starting your appetite.

So what foods should we be eating in the morning? The easy and quick options are usually the most tempting, however if you can manage 5-10 minutes to prep your breakfast you can eat a well balanced, protein rich meal that will keep you satisfied until lunch rolls around.

I try to eat a variation of this meal every morning so that I am never bored with what I am eating, and it helps to make my ‘dieting’ seem less like dieting.

An Eggscellent Start to Your Day:

  • Take 3 eggs, and separate the yolks from 2 of the eggs and throw in the garbage
    Preheat a non-stick pan, add a handful of spinach, and cover with a lid for about 1 minute, the spinach will cook pretty quickly.
  •  Beat the full egg and 2 egg whites together in a bowl until blended
  •  Pour the egg mixture into the pan with the spinach and scramble
  •  As that is cooking, take one half of an avocado and mash it, toss in some garlic (to taste), a tiny pinch of sea salt, and 1/4 of a tomato finely chopped
  • Mix your avocado and tomato mixture together creating a single serving of guacamole and place on the side of your plate
  • Once your eggs are finished cooking, transfer to your plate and enjoy your egg whites with homemade guacamole

This recipe is not only tasty but low in calories, high in protein, iron, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. In one simple meal you will be consuming around 15 grams of protein, 155 calories, with 83% of these calories coming from healthy fats that your body needs to lower your bad cholesterol and keep your heart healthy.
The best part is, this meal takes almost no time to make and is a delicious take on eating plain old egg whites. Not bad for breakfast!

A Mid-Day Metabolism Kick

For some of us, it can be hard to not feel the mid-day yawns creeping up on us. We haven’t eaten in a few hours, our body is getting tired, and we usually start daydreaming of all the yummy, bad-for-us lunch options we could indulge in.

But instead of resorting to old habits and giving into our cravings for a carb-y lunchtime meal, why not come prepared? Salads are one of the easiest, cheapest, and healthiest ways to lose weight throughout the afternoon. So instead of feeling bloated and slipping into a carb-induced food coma that just makes us feel guilty, plan ahead and pack a lunch.

A hearty salad that keeps me full throughout the rest of my day, and is extremely tasty, is a little number I like to call…

The Killer Kale Salad:

  • Thinly chop up 1/2 bunch of kale and add it to a pan on medium heat with about a tablespoon of olive oil. Rotate the kale until the leaves become bright green and almost cooked, approximately 5 minutes, then remove from heat
  • Open a can of black beans, drain, rinse, dry, and pour about 1/2 the can into a lunch container
  • Layer your cooked kale on top of your beans
  • Grate a full carrot and sprinkle over the kale
  • Using your pan that you cooked the Kale in, toss in a handful of walnuts, pecans, or sunflower seeds, all incredibly good for you and rich in healthy fats, and roast for about 2 minutes the sprinkle over your beans, kale, and carrot mixture
  • For your dressing, mix 1 large tablespoon on organic tahini paste, 1 tablespoon of umeboshi plum vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup. Mix well and pack in a separate container so you can dress your salad when ready and not risk it getting soggy

This recipe is simple and quick to make, full of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, fiber, and protein. It will keep you full throughout the afternoon without feeling bloated or tired, helps to boost your metabolism, burn calories, and the best part, tastes amazing!

Stay Lean and Mean With More Protein

While most dieters dread dinner time, it can be one of the most creative meals to experiment with. Recently I have been trying my hand at shish kabobs. They are grilled, low in fat, high in protein and can be made with a variety of meats or fish.

Generally, when preparing a healthy dinner you want to keep portion control in mind.While experts encourage a bigger breakfast, most of them say that you should be eating smaller portions later in the day so that your body doesn’t have to work as hard to break down a lot of food over night, ultimately causing you to gain weight.

Shish kabobs can be a great solution for smaller portions as you can really keep track of how much you are eating. I try to stick to 2 kabobs with a small quinoa or bean salad on the side.

Shish Kabob Snob:

  • Cut your preferred meat, I like calamari, shrimp, chicken, or lean pork, into cubes, toss into your favourite marinade, and let sit for around 30 minutes
  • Chop up 1/2 red onion, 1/2 a bunch of broccoli, 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, 1/2 sweet potato, and 1 zucchini
  • Take your skewer and add 2 vegetables for every piece of meat you add onto your skewer
  • When finished, either barbecue your kabobs or lay your kabobs over the sides of a medium baking sheet so that your skewers are not touching the bottom of the baking sheet and bake at 400 F

They are uber simple, easy, tasty, and lean! As stated, pair your kabobs with a bean or quinoa salad as both are high in fiber and will help to keep you full for the rest of the night, ultimately cutting down on late-night snack cravings.

And who said healthy eating had to be plain and boring? Just use your imagination, choose ingredients wisely, and eat yourself skinny!

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Jill is a writer for the popular skincare review website, BES Skincare, where she reviews products for people who are looking to buy Trilastin, buy LifeCell or various other skincare products. The biggest perk of her job: she has amazing skin!

Healthy snacking tips and low-calorie smoothie recipe

Ever get a sudden urge to eat and eat after you have already had a meal?   Snacking occasionally is a good way to keep your stomach from rumbling until dinner and to keep your energy from droppping down. More often than not, we opt for the easiest and worst choices to fullfill our snacking needs. It’s more convenient to run to the vending machine or nearest store and grab a bag of chips or candy bar, rather than choosing and peeling an orange.

Choosing healthy food as a quick snack doesn’t have to be boring or seem like a chore, and will always leave you feeling better than indulging in a chocolate king size bar or bag of chips. For some women, a few weeks prior to it being that time of the month occasional cravings and an unsatiable need for chocolate can throw you off balance; but having the right snacks at hand will help fight over-indulging.

A few helpful tips:

  • Drink a glass of cold water. Sometimes we mistake thirst for hunger and end up ruining that mornings workout by eating twice as much calories as we burned. Drinking water will hydrate you and give you a burst of energy, as well as fill up your tummy.
  • When buying veggies at the grocery store, wash and cut them before putting them away. Store them in ready to go bags, or tupperware. This will make it easier to grab those to snack on, without the excuse of having to wash and cut each time.
  • Add some flavor to your veggies! Take some peanut butter for your celery, or make ham wraps out of lettuce. There are also many spice/seasonings you can purchase to add to your fruits and veggies.
  • Stock up on sugar-free jello or those low calorie dessert puddings by jello. They have a delicious tasting chocolate mousse pudding which goes great when paired with peanut butter!

  • Make pre-made healthy snacks for the week and put them in your fridge so they are ready to go.
  • Eat a yummy salad like the one in this recipe to keep you going until dinner if you work late hours. Or hard boil eggs and put them in your fridge for a quick fix and a protein burst on the go. Another good snacking tip, is to cut up a block of cheese into slices and grab 1-2 slices with a couple multi-seed crackers. Cheese and crackers are a good snack choice since it will help keep you full.
  • Mix walnuts, almonds, cashews and even a bit of chocolate chips to keet at work; on those days when you must have chocolate it’s ok to indulge if you don’t overdo it and mix it in with healthy options.

Yummy Very Berry smoothie under 200 calories

This smoothie is delicious and under 200 calories with no extra sugar added! It’s a good snack choice or even an option when you feel like having a very light dinner. I love drinking smoothies on the weekend and this little recipe has saved me from eating junk and kept me full without all that extra sugar.

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ingredients:

  • 1 cup of frozen berries
  • 1 1/2 cup of non-fat milk
  • 1 light & fit strawberry yogurt (only 60 cals)
  • ice

Preparation steps:

  1. Put ice in blender
  2. Add cup of berries and yogurt.
  3. Pour milk in until it reaches the 2 cup mark
  4. Use the ice crush setting first, then blend until you get a thick smoothie texture.
  5. Keep blending until you are satisfied with your drink.

If you’d like you can also add a banana to your smoothie for a berry-banana blend 🙂

 

 

 

7 ways to get ready for summer

The summer months are approaching fast and so is beach fun. Getting ready to wear a
cute swimsuit starts early, at least three months in advance. It will give you
time to get in shape and to go shopping for the perfect swimwear. Here are a few tips to get ready for swimsuit season!

  • If you want to drop a few pounds, start eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Pay attention to the types of foods you eat by avoiding high fats and sweets,and exercising with activities that you enjoy. In addition,do some strength training to tone your muscles. If lifting weights is not your style, then do some comparable activity such as: rock climbing, biking, or swimming.
  • The types of foods you eat reflect in how healthy your skin looks. Drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin and expel toxins from your body, and pamper your skin with creams to condition it. After the winter months, skin may become dry and flaky from lack of moisture. Use a scrub to exfoliate your skin and get rid of dead skin cells. Mixing sea salt and olive oil is a great homemade scrub for dry skin.
  • For a tanned complexion you can try spray tan or lotions, to avoid skin damage from UV rays. Spending time under the sun is another way to get glowing skin, just make sure to use sunblock and avoid too much sun exposure.
  • Practice good posture.Standing tall and straight is an instant slimming secret and better for your spine.
  • Start looking at swimsuit styles. Try different styles to see how they flatter your body type. Once you are ready to buy your swimsuit, you will know what style looks better. While you are at it look at cute beach accessories such as beach totes, sun glasses, sun block, towels, sandals, cover up, and don’t forget your summer books!

  • Take advantage of free online tools to help you customize a shape up routine. It will make your weight loss goal easier and more fun. Look at menus, food diaries, beauty tips, healthy recipes, and other fun online tools to help you out.
  • Many people like to change hairstyles for the summer, or to lighten their hair color. Start looking at some haircut and color ideas. By the time summer is here, you will be ready and looking great!
 Bio - Hannah Derrah is a hardworking freelance writer that enjoys her spare time by
getting herself in her beachwear and having some fun in the sun.
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How to lose 10 lbs

Losing weight can be a challenge, but dropping just 10lbs can boost your confidence and get you on track.

There’s so much material available through books, media, and the internet promising quick weight loss. Diet pills, slimming drinks, or fad diets might work for you, but once you’re done with the product and go back to your regular eating habits expect some weight gain.

In order to lose weight and maintain the weight off, you have to change your lifestyle.Going on a diet or not eating a certain food group for a while, might affect your metabolism and digestive system once you start eating those foods again. For example, completely cutting out carbohydrates for a few months might help you drop weight and speed up your metabolism, but if you bring carbs back your metabolism will get confused and store the carbs as sugar in case you decide to skimp on them again.

Would you like to lose 10 lbs in 2-3 weeks???

Many diets and supplements love promising rapid weight loss and they usually deliver if you stick to it. Many diets and supplements don’t like sharing that weight gain will occur once you eat more than cereal, or the damages they might cause to your organs and health.

Losing 10 lbs. in 2-3 weeks is not an unreachable task that can only be accomplished by starving yourself or surviving off an apple a day. The perfect word to describe living a healthy lifestyle is Balance. Realizing that food is not an enemy and you can eat everything and still be healthy as long as you have balance. Portion control is a great term. Look at the size of your fist, that’s the portion of protein that should be going on your plate. Take advantage of your sense of taste and eat the food you enjoy, just learn to control the amount you eat.

Staying active and hydrated is part of a healthy lifestyle. You will definitely benefit from working out at least 30 mins. a day 5 times a week and drinking a lot of water. Cardio workouts, like aerobics or running, get your heart pumping fast which in turn helps you burn calories and overtime speeds up your metabolism. Lifting weights won’t burn calories as fast as cardio, but you will keep burning calories after your workout is done, improve  elasticity and add muscle mass. A good routine is cardio 3-5 times a week and weight training 3 times a week.

The following meal plan is an *example  of a healthy, simple to make, and satisfying option for a 1200-1500 calorie day.

Breakfast-  1 hard boiled egg and bagel or  plain oatmeal topped w/ fruit or granola

snack- 100 calorie pack of your choice or granola bar & 1 fruit

Lunch-  1 cup of homemade chili or lentil soup and a mixed vegetable salad w/ crumbled cheese on top squeeze lemon over it  or 1-2 tbsp of dressing. Don’t ruin a healthy salad by drenching it with dressing, add pieces of grilled chicken or ham and more veggies instead.

snack- yogurt and a fruit/ homemade trail mix (almonds,raisins,chex cereal, pistachios,dried fruit…)

Dinner- Homemade lemon chicken stir fry <– (click link for these yummy, low-cal. meals.) w/ brown rice or whole-wheat spaghetti. Clean your palate with a white wine or strawberry frozen yogurt:)

snack- sugar free Jello or 2-3 spoon-fulls  of hummus and pita chips.

Remember not to eat 2-3 hours before laying down or going to sleep to give your body time for proper digestion.

*this example is my opinion on a pretty balanced plan  meant to keep your metabolism working all day, but should not be considered before visiting a physician!

Check out this previous post,  lose weight:tips & tricks for more advice to help keep you on track!