Get It Right! Five Ways to Do Press Ups

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Getting your press up right is massively important, not only for you to receive the benefits and effects you’re wanting from your exercise, but also to make sure you don’t injure yourself in the process.

Regardless of what kind of press up you do, and there are many different variations, it’s important to not push yourself too far. You can build up the intensity of your exercise as you get stronger, but always begin with plenty of room and a firm surface to press against.

These are the basics for any kind of press up:

-       Get yourself into a face down position on the floor

-       Your weight should be on your chest

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How Much Weight is Safe to Lose in a Week?

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When you decide to embark on a weight loss plan, it’s understandable that you’re going to want to see results, and fast. Despite that, it’s worth bearing in mind that your general health needs to be your top priority.

Crash dieting has many disadvantages, not least that it’s totally against the whole point of dieting, because you’ll put any weight you lose straight back on as soon as you start eating normally. Your body has a habit of thinking it’s going to be starved you see, and it grabs onto any sustenance it can, it’s clever like that.

What you can lose, and what you should lose, are two very different things.

Always go towards the what you should lose side, and avoid the dark side of crash diets.

So, let’s answer the question – how much weight is safe to lose in a week?

Well, you can theoretically lose up to three or four pounds easily when you start a diet, especially if you’re larger to start with, as this is where the most dramatic losses are. Having said that, for a safe weight loss, which you can easily keep off, look towards one or two pounds per week.

This is very realistic too, which means you don’t have to suffer whilst trying to reach this target.

Obviously this all depends on the person, their lifestyle, and their weight to begin with, after all, everyone is different. Extreme weight loss will only lead to feeling disheartened when it appears back on the scales very quickly.

You might be feeling a bit ‘what is the point?’ about it all having read this, but bear in mind this simple fact – the decision to lose weight has to be a lifestyle change, not a fad thing that you do for a few weeks, and then go back to eating chips. I feel very able to discuss this fact because I have successfully lost four stones in weight over the last couple of years, and managed to keep it off. I am always having to watch what I eat, but I know now the ways to manage it, by having a treat, and then being good for a few days. It’s an adjustment, but it can be done

Of course, exercise is the major big help, because if you are naughty and fall off the diet bandwagon, exercise will put it right, and make you feel great as well.

So, in answer to the big question – 1 or 2 pounds is your aim.

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Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss: What You Need to Know

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Losing any weight can leave the body looking and feeling quite different, whether it’s a few pounds or a major weight loss. But when you lose over 100 pounds, there are often new issues to contend with. You’ll feel much healthier, lighter, and more energetic – but on the other hand, you could be left with loose skin folds that haven’t yet had a chance to adapt to your body’s changes. As a result, many individuals who have experienced weight loss success think about plastic surgery to remove this extra skin and sculpt the body. If you’re in this position, here are a few factors to consider.

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Types of cosmetic surgery

The specific procedure that you’ll need will depend on your health and body shape. There are a number of different surgical procedures like breast augmentation, body contouring, arm lifts, and tummy tucks. Body contouring in particular is popular for those who have experienced dramatic weight loss, because it can lift and firm the entire body after losing hundreds of pounds. In this procedure, the surgeon removes excess skin and lifts the buttocks, waist, abdomen, arms, and thighs all in the same surgery. It may also include liposuction to remove any final traces of excess fat and leave the body with a smooth, sleek profile.

Breast and buttock augmentation are also popular procedures after weight loss, which can leave the buttocks and breasts drooping and flat. These procedures lift and fill out the buttocks and breasts, removing excess skin folds and restoring an hourglass figure.

Health factors to consider

Whether or not you’re a suitable candidate for plastic surgery after weight loss will depend on your current physique and health. To begin with, your weight must be stable. If you’ve lost the weight and have kept it off for over a year, this is a good sign. Yet even after losing 100 pounds, if you still have a high BMI you could be at high risk from this type of surgery. Complications can include abnormal scarring, infection, and bleeding. If you smoke or have other pre-existing health conditions, this can also increase the risk. As a result, patients will need to discuss their medical histories carefully with a surgeon during the initial consultation. In some cases, you’ll need to work on improving your overall health or losing a few more pounds before this is an option. The doctor will also want to see whether or not you have a realistic outlook and are committed to retaining a healthy lifestyle in the future. Vitamin deficiencies can slow down the healing process.

Generally, if you have stabilized your weight, are in good health, don’t smoke, and have realistic goals, you could be a good candidate for cosmetic surgery.

Results and Recovery

Another factor to consider is the recovery time needed. This will depend on the procedure you choose, but it could require an overnight stay in the hospital. It may take a few weeks or even months before you’re able to properly exercise again, and you can expect some swelling and bruising in the two weeks following the surgery. You could see results almost immediately afterwards, but bear in mind that it can take up to two years to see the final results. During this time you’ll need to stay committed to a healthy lifestyle for the optimum result!

Say No to Sugar. Alternative Non-Artificial Sweeteners

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Sugar rots your teeth. How many times did you hear that as a child?

No, it wasn’t just an excuse by your parents, to stop you from eating so many sweets, it is actually true to a degree. Too much sugar in your diet is damaging in many ways, as well as being one of the causes of weight gain. Sugary food is high fat generally, and if you’re trying to lose weight, or simply live your life in the healthiest of ways, that’s not really want you want to be doing!

There are several sweetening products out there on the market, but many of them are artificial, and a few come with health warnings of their own, so it’s sensible to try and look at the more natural route for sweetening your food and drinks.

Here are a few you might like to try.

Avage nectar

If you’re a fan of tequila you will know that avage nectar is where the famous drink comes from. Basically this is a plant that is grown in Mexico and South Africa, and the sweetening agent that comes from this large, spikey plant tastes very much like honey, but is less viscous. Avage nectar is very popular nowadays, and you’ll always find it in heath food shops.

Date sugar

Just like the name suggests, date sugar comes from dates, cooked and ground up. This is one of the most natural of the sweeteners on this list, and because of that it can be quite expensive. Date sugar adds a rich sweetness to food, but if you add it to coffee or tea, you’ll find it doesn’t dissolve.

Fruit juice concentrate

Again, the clue is in the name! Coming from a variety of different sweet fruits, this is a particularly thick sweetener, which works well in baking, as well as being used to sweeten cereal or boring plain yogurt, making it more of a sweet treat.

Maple syrup

The sap from sugar maple trees is boiled to produce this syrup product, which works well to sweeten baking again, such as apple pies etc. This is another popular choice because it is quite easily found in health food shops and also general supermarkets.

Molasses

I had no idea what this was at first, for some reason I thought it was fish! However it is nothing to do with fish and is actually the by-product of white and brown sugars. This is a particularly good alternative to brown sugar, and is good for baking.

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