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Lose Weight in Your Sleep

Some people will look at you and think you’re raving mad of you tell them that you can lose weight in your sleep. But that’s exactly what you can do and here I’m going to tell you how you really can sleep and get slim!

First of all, you have to do things while you’re awake that will cause the weight to continue to drop off while you sleep. There are two main things that you should do, which are, surprise, surprise, eating a good diet and getting plenty of exercise every day!

Ok, so I said two very bad things, but come on. You want to get slim, right?

Do Some Work First

Then you’re going to have to do some work, have some input into making it happen, because it won’t happen if you do nothing! So cut out all the garbage food you’re eating and start eating healthily for heaven’s sake! Then get up off your lazy behind and do some exercise!

Right, back to achieving that slim, healthy body in your sleep. This is how it works folks.

On the changing diet side of thing, I’m not going to repeat the same old same old but I will add that it’s a very good idea to include a lot of plain water in that diet.

Now that we all have a much better understanding of what is going on not just in the body when a person is trying to reduce their body’s size and do it effectively, we know more about what we need to do. So first, let’s take a look at one of the ways to fool the mind into believing you are full to help you get rid of those extra pounds easily!

Trick Your Body by Drinking Lots of Water

The way to trick your mind into believing you are full, aka not hungry and therefore not likely to want to eat food, especially the kind that will help you to gain weight all too easily, is to do something that makes your stomach feel like its full of food without it actually being full of food! The most effective way to do that is to… drink some water!

Yep, as daft and as simple as it sounds, it works!

When you next feel those pangs of hunger coming on and you know that you will lose some of that iron will power and cave in, try this. Instead of reaching for that packet of biscuits or cakes that you have stashed away in your cupboard out of sight of anyone who might accuse you of cheating… reach for a glass and fill it with plain, ordinary water at room temperature.

Then drink it. Not too fast, but take a leisurely few sips at it until the glass is empty. Then do it again! In a couple of minutes, you will no longer feel hungry… it’s magic!

Well, okay not so much magic, but it works by filling your stomach fast and then tricking it into sending signals to your brain to tell it that you are no longer hungry, so you don’t want any food!

Now for the Exercise Part

When you exercise during the day, you make your muscles work and the harder you exercise the harder those muscles work. During strenuous exercise, certain muscles will suffer slight damage and tearing of the tissues.

Don’t worry, this is normal and actually a good thing as long as the damage is not severe, which is what can happen if you try to do too much too soon. You have to build up your exercises to a level that is gradually more strenuous every day.

What happens next is nothing short of miraculous.

After your exercises, you must rest. This is vital not only to your ability to exercise more each day, but for the strength and stamina building process to complete, which has a knock on effect of causing fat loss.

Resting Muscles Repair and Build

When you rest, like for instance sleeping, your muscles go into repair mode and start fixing all the tiny tears and strains that you caused through the exercise you did earlier. This process takes several hours, which is why you should aim at a good 8 hours sleep every night.

While your muscles are repairing, they are using energy to make those repairs and to create new muscle tissue to strengthen the muscles in readiness for the next day’s exercise.

While your muscles are using that energy, it has to come from somewhere, right? Well, it comes from your stored up fat cells. Which means that while you are asleep and your muscles are repairing themselves, you are burning fat and at the same time slimming your body literally in your sleep.

Now is that cool or is that cool?

Making Healthy Popcorn: A Low Fat Snack

Sometimes when life gets a little stressful, you just need to sit down and have a snack. But most snacks are unhealthy, but popcorn can actually be a great low fat alternative.

That’s as long as you don’t load it up with butter or worse, sweet stuff like honey or other candies. But when you snack on this stuff in its natural state, there are actually few calories per handful and almost no fat, which is great because being overweight is not OK, as you probably already know.

You can add a tiny sprinkling of salt if you have to (it’s better than sweet things, but go careful on the amount you use). Better still, zest it up with some freshly ground black pepper (my favorite).

Choosing a Home Popcorn Maker

Here’s a little something that can be added to your kitchen to make your life a little easier and more enjoyable. How about getting yourself a great new home popcorn machine to make your own popcorn the easy way?

Well, there are loads to choose from and they all have their merits and drawbacks, but when you sit down and take a look at the selections available and check the many customer reviews, you’ll find one that suits your needs perfectly. The main thing to consider when deciding on the best choice for your needs is to look at the ability of the machine to make as much popcorn as you will be needing and to do it as efficiently as possible with the least amount of mess or cleaning up afterwards.

After all, you don’t want to end up with an appliance that can’t keep up with the demands of your family, or one that is so messy that you spend ages cleaning up after it has been used every time.

Among the cleanest of the machines are the hot air corn poppers, as they don’t use any messy stuff like butter or margarine, just hot air to do the job with. It’s very efficient and returns an almost complete popped batch every time.

There are various models with varying output levels, so you really need to know how much you are going to need at peak times and go with the model that can satisfy that need.

After that, the rest is up to your own aesthetic needs like matching the color coordination of your kitchen. And one that is a size that’s not too large you can’t put it away anyplace!

The best part is once you have bought your perfect domestic popcorn maker for your home, you can enjoy easily made and copious amounts of this great tasting snack anytime you want it. And don’t forget, it’s a lot healthier than most other kinds of snack!

Change Your Diet if You Need To

If there is one thing that can make a big difference to the way you are losing weight through your diet, especially if you seem to be a little stuck and very little or no more weight is coming off is to simply change the diet that you are on. It might sound very simplistic, but it actually works and in some cases where you may feel like you have gone as far as you can go but you just can’t seem to budge that last 20 pounds, then a change is as good as a rest!

Why does this work when clearly a diet that brought you so far has done its job, at least as far as it has brought you? Well, there are some reasons why this is, but often a simple change of diet can jump start your body into resuming its fat burning process where the old diet may have fizzled out.

Out of the Comfort Zone

What tends to happen is that a diet that you may have been on for some time has worked really well but your digestive system has just gotten used to it and has found a sort of comfort zone where it has come to a full stop.

Just switching the foods that you are eating can be enough to remind that digestive system that it has a job to do and it will get on and resume doing it in most cases. It could be that you have been feeding yourself a set measure of unsaturated fats each day, or maybe a set allowance of proteins etc and by altering it you literally upset the balance enough to force the body to burn more of its store of fat.

Stay Active: It’s Important!

Of course keeping up with any exercises you have been doing is still important. But you could also try altering those as well to include a different type of activity.

So if you have been mostly running or walking, then try adding a day or two of swimming or cycling into the mix. Its amazing what can be achieved when you mix things up a little to stop yourself falling into set routines that can stall your weight loss process and get it going once again.

Can Certain Diets Work on Anyone?

It can be quite interesting to look around and see just how many overweight people there are walking around. Not only that, but if there are that many actually out in the open air, then there must be many more slumped indoors in front of the TV that could really use the help of a good, easy to use diet. Like maybe one of the many convenient diet food delivery programs that are available.

So, can this certain kinds of diet work on anyone and how well do they work for helping people to lose weight? Well, that really depends on the person using the program and how committed they are to losing those extra excess pounds. Now that may sound a little harsh, but it may surprise you to find out that there are plenty of people who start diets with all the best intentions in the world.

But after a few days, their resolve weakens and they start sneaking in the high calorie snacks, thinking that no one will notice. While the odd snack may be okay and not make much of a difference, that odd snack escalates to two, then three them more at various times during the day. And even at night!

The problem is that even if no one notices them eating potato chips, it won’t change the fact that cheating means they won’t get any slimmer. Then they’ll just blame the diet for being useless and complain loudly while telling all their friends not to do it either, when the only thing that is useless around here is the fool who sneaked the potato chips!

So the short answer to the question posed in the title of this article is: Yes, certain diets work for certain people as long as they match the right one to their needs and tastes and as long as they stick to them without cheating. Even if they think no one is looking!

Learning About Dieting and Food Through Research

Searching around on the Internet can be a rewarding experience when you are looking for information about a certain subject that sparks your interest. When you need to lose weight and want to know the best ways of going about it, you can also get a lot of really good tips by looking around online for some good diet reviews for example.

The trick to weeding out the good tips from the ones that may not be relevant to you is to find established websites that have lots of good articles on them and are preferably written by someone with some qualifications in the health or diet areas.

More Information is Never a Bad Thing

Of course, there are lots of lay people who have a keen interest in health and weight maintenance and they also are able to write very informative and accurate articles and these should not be discounted as sources of knowledge because the more you have the better off you are. This is also a good way of cross referencing the information you are being given, as the relevant and accurate things should be correlated with several different websites and also with experts to verify they are what they say they are.

When it comes to finding out about the benefits of convenience dieting for instance, it makes sense to consult the relevant authorities on diet and nutrition. However, that is only a guide and there are many very useful articles written by less qualified people that can turn out to be more accurate and well written than the professional versions they were researched from!

The right information can be extremely useful in helping you to lose weight and improve your overall health and fitness levels, which is what makes this kind of research so useful and beneficial. At the end of the day, it’s all about losing those excess pounds of fat and improving your physical health, so it’s in your interest to do the work and learn as much as you can!

Green and Ductless Portable Air Conditioner Solution

It may still be winter right now, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good time to start thinking about the hot days of summer and how you’re going to keep yourself cool indoors when it gets really unbearable outside. Now is the perfect time to start looking at cooling solutions for your home that are not only economical but also kind on the environment.

Most conventional air conditioners work on a heat exchange system and use a gaseous refrigerant to chill the air. These devices, while being very effective at keeping things nice and comfortable in the home tend to be power hogs and that makes them environmentally undesirable.

Green Solution to Keeping Cool

There is a very green and ecologically sound solution in the form of evaporative coolers, although these are only effective in areas that have low humidity. If humidity gets above 50% their effectiveness is reduced. The higher the amount of moisture in the air, the less effective they get.

But if you live in an area that has relatively dry heat (humidity less than 50%), then you can save a lot of money, be kind to the environment and stay cool in summer with a swamp cooler. That’s because this type of cooler only uses a regular fan to push air through a damp membrane which chills the air naturally using nothing more than evaporation as its cooling method.

How Cheap is a Swamp Cooler to Run?

While I can’t quote actual dollar values as power costs vary from state to state, it can be very graphically seen when you look at the wattage consumption of a typical portable swamp cooler when compared to a similar conventional portable air conditioning unit.

A typical small aircon unit can use around 1-2 kilowatts of electricity to chill the air in a room, whereas a comparable swamp cooler will use less than 100 watts of power to produce the same amount of cold air.

That’s between 5-10% of the power consumption!

If you live in a low humidity area, then you should seriously consider getting a swamp cooler in preference to an aircon unit because the cost saving is enormous! That saving in power is also very kind to the environment because it takes a lot less fossil fuel to generate 100 watts as it does to generate a thousand watts (kilowatt)!

So if you’ve been on the fence over what type of air cooling solution to go with, I hope this short article has put a most compelling argument in your way. After all, the dollars in your pocket are more use to you when you can use them for other things than just paying your electricity bill each quarter with the bulk of that price ticket being made up of keeping cool in summer.

If you are interested in knowing more, you can read more about the amazing ventless portable air conditioner by clicking that link. After all, its important to do your own research into the ways and means of controlling your home’s climate during different times of the year.

Environmentally Friendly Heating Solutions

Staying warm indoors when it gets cold outside is one of our more important concerns during the darker, colder winter months and having an environmentally friendly way to do that is becoming more and more important as the world’s natural resources are depleted. Yet despite the growing need to conserve fuel and use what we have wisely, there are millions of people living in urban areas that simply have no viable way to support this kind of sensible power usage.

The problems faced by city dwellers where power is concerned are mainly governed by the infrastructure that is in place and difficult or very expensive to change. Most cities rely heavily on electricity to supple homes with power for their needs including their heating and hot water systems and its generation is ever becoming a more expensive commodity.

Electricity for Heat

Most of the fuel used to create the electricity generated by power stations to serve the bulk of the country’s population comes from fossil fuels, or carbon based fuels that are taken from the earth including coal, oil and natural gas. Several decades ago when these fuels were plentiful and cheap, this wasn’t a problem and whole cities grew up around this form of power generation.

Families were spoiled with all manner of electrically powered appliances to make their lives more convenient and that also included electric heating devices from small space heaters, through to whole house central heating systems that included the facility to produce unlimited hot water for all those lovely showers and baths that people like to take every day.

Unfortunately, this good thing didn’t last and as oil and natural gas supplies started to dwindle the price rose and suddenly, toward the end of the twentieth century, electricity was no longer cheap. Alternatives needed to be found for sure and they are being found but the major problem for those living in the city is they are still largely reliant on electricity for all their homes’ power needs.

Cheaper Alternatives

For those living in rural areas, the abundance of alternative fuels such as wood for wood burning furnaces and stoves means that reliance on the more expensive and resource hungry electrical power supply is much less. Access to cheaper coal is another bonus that city dwellers cannot enjoy so much since it costs more to deliver this fuel in cities due to traffic congestion and lack of parking for the delivery trucks, plus the fact that wages are higher and so drivers demand greater recompense for delivering to city addresses.

Renewable energy sources have been found and are being employed but their growth is painfully slow and still only makes up less than 5% of the entire country’s power needs. Wind farms, solar voltaic electricity farms and hydro power stations are being built and put to use, but we need more of them fast!

One way that people living outside the city can help themselves is by generating their own electricity by putting up solar panels in areas that get lots of sunshine or even installing small wind turbines on their property. When you generate more electricity than you use, you can sell some of it to the power companies and help keep the power flowing through the country that way.

Portable Heating using Propane

One way in which city and town dwellers can cut their reliance on electricity for heat is to use small, portable propane fueled heaters (see: http://portable-propane-heater.blogspot.com for more details). These small units can deliver a lot of heat cheaply and readily without adding to the drain on the electric supply in urban areas.

Propane is a useful and portable fuel that can be used to run modified gen sets in rural areas or wherever they are needed as backup for those time when we get blackouts. Having one or more of these small units can literally be a life saver during times of power shortages and outages during the coldest months especially for the elderly and infirm who suffer most when the temperature drops during winter.

These are some things worth considering next time you switch on that energy hungry appliance. Ask yourself if you really need to use it. And if you don’t, why not save a little energy?

You can do your small but not insignificant bit to help the environment and conserve our resources for generations to come. Read this article on climate change and what you can do to stay warm when it gets cold.

Do You Like Extreme Workouts?

Some people like to look good and achieve the body beautiful through working out hard every day. That’s fine if you have the time and the inclination, but not everyone has that.

Personally, I don’t like to work out to extremes and punishing myself to get to that extra burn, even though I like exercising daily but it has to be on my own terms. That is why when I read some pretty good exercise reviews, I decided that this or that system was not really for me.

So Much Hype

Sure, there are always those outlandish claims that you can totally transform your body form whatever you start with to something that is going to look totally great inside ninety days is pretty cool and believable. I mean, if you are prepared to really push yourself very hard every day, then sure you are going to get a great looking body.

You are going to also build up a lot of strength in that time. So if it is a relatively fast change that you are looking to achieve, then something like the P90X is definitely a way to do that. But for me, I prefer a more normal workout schedule that doesn’t push me to the limit of what I am capable of doing.

What Are the Alternatives?

there are plenty of alternatives to getting a great looking body without so much pain, although there will be at least some you will have to endure. As they say, no pain… but really, you can get away with a lot as long as you exercise smart and do it regularly.

Some people prefer to diet their way to a slim body which is fine and often the only really doable way. You can get nice and slim that way but you won’t ever build strength or muscle definition unless you get yourself fit as well. Some people even cheat totally by wearing shapewear undergarments to give that slimmer look that would never hold up once the clothes come off and you get into a swimsuit!

Each to their own is the right thing to say here, I guess.

I like to do just enough fitness training to keep me looking slim and trim with enough muscle definition to look good without going over the top. So it’s the same old same old for me, not that I mind too much as I’m happy being the way I already am!