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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.

Why you should always eat breakfast

Eat breakfast like a queen! Meaning, don’t skip and eat plenty of it!

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Most of your day’s energy is derived from the first nourishing source you provide your body with, though many people skip this important meal due to whatever reason. This is a bad habit, if you too skip or don’t eat sufficient during breakfast, start getting in the habit of doing so!

A breakfast rich in protein will give you the energy to get through the day, and keep hunger at bay until lunch time. It also prevents cravings which lead to unhealthy snacking and overeating. Eating breakfast gets your metabolism going, helps maintain a healthy weight, and will help keep you on track when you’re conscious on what you’re eating. Breakfast provides your body with minerals and vitamins, gives you energy and helps with concentration. If you decide to skip breakfast, you might find it hard to keep focused while at school or work, and even get cranky or a headache after a long period of time.

The best meals consist of protein and fiber rich foods, which means avoid processed and sugary ones. Eating a donut or other pastry and washing it down with your favorite energy drink won’t do much for your body, except hike up your glucose levels and crash down after a couple hours. This exposes you to wanting more sugar, rather than getting any actual nutrition. Cereal is glorified as a quick and nutritious option, though it most often is loaded with sugar and starches which won’t provide your body with enough energy or nutrients. The best breakfast, especially when you want to satisfy your hunger and maintain a healthy weight, is made up of fiber and protein. Eat eggs, or egg whites, with beans, some type of meat, and a side of veggies. Eating protein and fiber will keep your body fueled until your next meal, making it easier to get through the day.

Here are a few protein and fiber rich breakfast options:
  1. Heat cooked beans in a frying pan, preferably black or pinto, and add two eggs. Scramble eggs with beans, and add some spinach. Eat with a side of cooked ham.
  2. Cook two eggs sunny side up, or to your preference, and eat with a side of cooked turkey sausage. To incorporate veggies, cut up half a tomato into thin slices and season with pepper.
  3. Heat cooked ground beef in a pan, and add two eggs. Scramble eggs and beef, and add some spinach. Eat with a side of lentils and a turkey patty.

If you honestly don’t have time to make a real meal for breakfast, at least drink a protein shake and grab some veggies or a Greek yogurt on the go. Got any breakfast tips you’d like to share? Comment below!

What’s your take on this topic? Do you agree with eating breakfast daily, or most often skip it? Share below!

 

 

Does counting calories work?

Most men and women have tried limiting their calorie intake at one point of their lives. It’s tough getting started, but it definitely keeps you eating in moderation. Is this “dieting” technique efficient not just for weight loss, but also in maintaining your weight after your goal is reached?

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“You don’t need to count your calories, but you should make all your calories count.” *

According to *WebMd, counting calories is easier than actually taking time to understand how different foods affect our bodies. They do count, but are far from “the whole picture”. It’s pretty hard to actually keep precise track of every calorie you consume, not to mention it can be tough when going out to eat or when your sweet tooth needs a fix. There are alternatives to this method, which work just as well. Consuming the right type of foods and portion control are less mathematical methods, which can also be very beneficial in weight loss. What you eat is either used as energy or stored as fat, that’s why knowledge on the effects of various foods is important.

Portion control is one of my favorite methods in weight loss, because you don’t necessarily have to stop eating foods from a certain group altogether. Instead you just limit the quantity of your serving. Ensuring that half of your plate is filled with veggies is another great tip in losing weight.

You do have to burn more calories than you eat in order to lose weight.

That’s why it’s pretty understandable why counting calories is so popular amongst many interested in weight loss.

There are many websites and tools which are specifically designed in getting you accurate calorie counting. Programs, like Weight Watchers are made to help count calories and still eat various foods. Counting calories has become so popular, that many restaurants are now providing how many calories are found per meal right on their menu. My concern is, what happens when you reach your weight loss goal? Do you keep counting calories ever after?

According to an article found at 344pounds.com counting calories “is a lifestyle, not a fad.” This article does make a good point by stating that this method can easily be practiced by anyone, since you are not required to spend tons of money on prepared meals. All you need is  a way to track everything you eat and how many calories you intake.

So does counting calories really work?

Sure it does, if you actually put in effort to truthfully track all your calories and maintain a workout. It’s a method that varies from person to person. Some people swear by it, others can’t stand it. Personally, I don’t like it. I don’t want to spend time prior to every meal tracking what I can eat, and looking like this little hamster when I overindulge…

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Have you tried counting your calories? How did that work out for you? Share your thoughts on this topic below!

Weight training for women

Weight training won’t make you bulk like the hulk if done correctly!

Many women steer clear of weights and anything related, from fear of looking like a bodybuilder. In reality, weight training is necessary for a tight and defined body.

Cardiovascular exercises get your heart pumping and help in losing calories.

Cardiovascular exercises, or cardio for short, are great to lower your blood pressure and burn calories which helps in weight loss. Most common forms of cardio include: treadmill, elliptical, dance, and aerobic sessions. As you do your cardio routine you feel your heartbeat raise, you get sweaty and sometimes notice a change in breathing. Your heart is a very important muscle, and when it beats faster from physical activity it means it’s getting stronger. When your heart rate increases, your heart works harder in distributing blood flow throughout your body, as compared to when it’s at a resting rate. During your workout you lose calories which helps your metabolism, and can be measured by a pedometer or a system programmed on most exercise machines. If you want to lose weight and tone your shape, you have to combine a mix of cardio and weight training.

Weight training is also great for a strong heart.

You might notice that your heartbeat isn’t as elevated as compared to a cardio workout, but when each move is done correctly it adds great benefits not only to your heart but overall body. Weight lifting is about control and accuracy, not speed. There are various moves which work different muscle groups, and if they are done incorrectly it won’t benefit you and you might end up with a sprained muscle. During a weight session, you are burning calories. After you finish your weight session and are out of the gym or on to your next activity, your body is still burning calories at a resting heart rate. Weight training increases your resting metabolic rate, which makes it possible for you to burn calories post-workout. When you do a weight routine, your muscles are pretty much being torn in order to add strength and mass. That’s why it’s recommended to take a day off in order for your muscles to recuperate. It’s also necessary to eat a meal rich in protein half an hour to an hour after your workout.

How do you lift weights?

When you lift weights it doesn’t mean you have to go and pick up the heaviest set of weights you can carry, and do as many repetitions until you feel sore and can hardly breathe. If you’re starting out it’s recommended to use a a 5-10lb weight, depending on your fitness level. Keep good posture when lifting and remember to push up through your legs when doing leg exercises to avoid back injury. Don’t stiffen your body, keep it relaxed and tighten your muscles as you work out. You shouldn’t feel discomfort or soreness when lifting, except in your last few repetitions per set. Short breaks are commonly taken between sets, but you can also keep your heart rate going by doing squats or jumping rope in place.

What’s the difference between sets and reps?

Sets and reps are commonly used terms in weight lifting. A set is pretty much used to describe how many times you will do a style of an exercise such as; three sets of dead lifts or five sets of tricep curls. A repetition, or rep for short, is how many times you will repeat that exercise within a set. In example: you will do three sets of dead lifts with ten repetitions. So you’re pretty much going to grab your weights, do a set of dead lifts ten times, take a break and repeat a total of three times. Sets and reps are used to avoid rushing through an exercise and in order to correctly do a workout which will be of better benefit to your body.

Best weight training for women

Most women are looking for a weight training workout which will tighten up and define their muscles. In order to tone, it’s recommended to break down a routine by doing 5 sets with 8-10 reps with minimal weight. As you progress, you can add more weight. The gym isn’t necessarily the best place for this workout, since all you really need is a pair of dumbbells, a hard floor or workout mat, and a workout routine. Routines are easy to find through magazines, workout DVDs, and the internet. Proper form is probably the hardest part to achieve, but by keeping good posture and not exceeding your own limits it can be learned. So there’s truly no excuse to not give weight training a chance. It’s also recommended to always get the go ahead from your physician before taking on any new physical activity, especially since some strain is put on your joints when doing certain moves. Proper nutrition and water intake are also needed  for weight loss and a healthy lifestyle.

Weights just aren’t for me…

No big deal. Not everybody is a fan of weight lifting, but there are other forms of exercise which use your own body weight to define your muscles. Pilates, yoga, and swimming are a few great options to lose weight and tone up your body at the same time. These types of exercises combine cardio and use your body to create a strong, leaner appearance. Kick boxing can also be done, as well as working out to my favorite fitness guru, Jillian Michaels. Her workouts combine pilates, yoga, and weights to give you maximum results.

Got any questions or tips you’d like to share about workouts for women? Comment below!

 

How to tone your arms

Here are a few video tutorials to help you out!

The temperature is rising, which means it’s time to start wearing tanks, shorts, sun dresses and all those summer friendly clothes! If you want to tone your arms up a bit to avoid that jiggly effect, which Relax because most women have or are very self-conscious about that, you have to start working out those muscles.

You can focus on sculpting your arms, but remember that you also have to workout your entire body to gain lean muscle and lose weight throughout. Switching up your diet, doing some type of cardio routine and including more water in your diet are necessary to achieve this. Here are a few videos that were specifically designed to target the arms.

Hope you enjoyed these videos! Got any tips you’d like to share?!