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Weight Loss : Success Tips for Weight Watchers Freestyle

Success Tips for Weight Watchers Freestyle So, you started Weight Watchers Freestyle and you want to set yourself up for success as best as you can. Here are some tried-and-true tips others have followed that you can use: Plan your meals Armed with the 0-point food list, you want to plan out each meal, each snack, and each dessert. Planning ahead is absolutely key when it comes to sticking to your goals. It makes grocery shopping way easier, and ensures you never find yourself hungry and without an idea of what to eat. Some people really like planning, but if you aren’t one of them, set aside a time at the beginning of each week when you aren’t busy and stick to the routine. It will become a habit.  Include a lot of 0-point foods into each meal There are over 200 foods on the Freestyle 0-point food list, which is really good news. To take advantage, you want to plan meals that use as many of these foods as possible. This keeps the point count of each meal really low. For example, a lunch …

Weight Loss : Breakfast

When you start your journey to better health, odds are your breakfast routine needs a change. Most of us feel the most hurried during the early hours, and breakfast is often less than healthy and less than satisfying. These breakfasts are meant to provide you with energy and nutrition, while also staving off hunger until lunchtime. Whether you’re an egg-casserole lover or prefer something a bit sweeter like pancakes and oatmeal, you’ll find a recipe that suits you. Chocolate-Almond Quinoa Breakfast Bars  Butternut Squash + Turkey Sausage Casserole  Veggie Breakfast Casserole  Easy Egg Muffins  Microwave Cheesy Bacon ‘n Egg Grits  Cottage-Cheese Pancakes w/ Raspberry Jam  Blueberry-Almond Oats  Quick Lemon-Raspberry Oats Strawberry Smoothie  Peanut Butter-Banana Smoothie

Weight Loss Tips That Really Work

Sometimes losing weight is not easy. This can be for a variety of reasons, but one reason in particular is that you can’t figure out a system that works for you. Getting a system and rhythm in place is the best thing for your weight loss goals and here are a few tips that might help. For most people, drastically cutting down on sugar is a sure path to weight loss. Cut foods that contain added sugars from your diet. However, continue eating foods that have natural sugar, like root vegetables or fruits. There are products and pills available which promise fast weight loss and you should always avoid them. You may lose some weight quickly, but you will likely gain it back when you discontinue taking it. For weight reduction, go with leaner forms of meat. Replace some of your creamy, heavy sauces with a basic salsa mix or something light. The salsa and chutney will add taste to the meat and keep it from being dry. Chutneys come in a wide variety of flavors and make your proteins stand ou…

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Cholesterol is found naturally in the blood stream and body cells. Cholesterol, a soft waxy lipid (fat) that cannot be dissolved in the blood, is important for, amongst other things, cell membrane production and some hormone production. It comes from two sources:
A ) We take in fats when we eat animal products such as meat, fish, poultry, eggs, butter, whole milk and cheese.
B ) Our own bodies produce it. Some foods, although they do not contain animal fats may contain trans-fats that cause the body to produce cholesterol.
There are 2 main types of cholesterol:
LDL (low density lipoprotein), considered to be 'bad' cholesterol. This is the type that can block arteries. Cholesterol builds up inside the blood vessel walls in the form of plaques (known as arteriosclerosis). The plaques can restrict blood flow to the heart and if they burst the contents spill out, clots can form and travel around the body in the blood stream. The clots can block the small blood vessels in the heart leading to a heart attack. If they block vessels in the brain they cause a stroke. HDL (high density lipoprotein), considered to be 'good' cholesterol. Research suggests that this type protects the body and reduces the chances of a heart attack.
High cholesterol happens when you get too much “bad” LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol in your system. This can lead to heart disease. Bad cholesterol, or LDL, can be inherited from your family members or be a result of your body chemistry.
It can also be the result of a diet high in saturated fats, lack of exercise or diabetes.
Do any of your family members have high cholesterol or heart problems? Or, do you realize that your diet is high in fat and that you may be carrying extra weight? If so, it’s time to talk to your doctor about your cholesterol.
The National Cholesterol Education program (NCEP) has published these general cholesterol guidelines and considers a total cholesterol number above 200 to increase your risk of heart disease.
If your total number is above 240, you have high cholesterol. A person with this level has twice the risk of heart disease compared with someone whose cholesterol is 200 mg/dL. About 1 in 5 American adults has a high blood cholesterol level of 240 mg/dL or greater.  If your total cholesterol number is between 200 and 239, you have borderline high cholesterol.
Any cholesterol level of 200 mg/dL or more increases your risk. More than half the adults in the United States have levels above 200 mg/dL.
If your total cholesterol number is above 200 or “borderline” your doctor may want to measure the specific levels of your HDL and LDL cholesterol as well as your triglycerides.  This test is called a “lipoprotein profile.”
It’s desirable that your total cholesterol number be less than 200
Sometimes high cholesterol is not your fault. You can be active and lead a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise and still have high cholesterol because of family genetics, body chemistry or age. For 2 out of 3 adults with high cholesterol, diet and exercise may not lower cholesterol enough.1 If you find that diet and exercise are not enough to lower your cholesterol, talk to your doctor about the #1-prescribed cholesterol-lowering medication Lipitor.
Sticking with a cholesterol lowering program of Lipitor, along with healthy diet and lifestyle changes that includes exercise, weight loss, quitting smoking, controlling high blood pressure and diabetes, may improve your health. 
Remember, anyone can be at risk for high cholesterol. It’s important that you know your numbers – so talk to your doctor and have them checked.
Change your lifestyle:If you don’t know your cholesterol levels, find out. Go to your doctor or a local public screening test and have them checked.  If you have high cholesterol, ask your doctor about a treatment plan. If diet and exercise are not enough, you may need medicine.
Don’t smoke. Smokers have twice the risk of heart attack that nonsmokers do.  Stay away from second-hand smoke. Even if you don’t smoke, inhaling someone else’s tobacco smoke on a daily basis puts you at a higher risk. Encourage loved ones to stop smoking for their health and yours.
Another good way to reduce cholesterol in your diet is to reduce consumption of red meats and dairy products and eat more poultry.   
Reduce all saturated fats from your diet. Saturated fats come in the form of butter, cream sauces (especially alfredo sauce), oils from frying (bake instead), fatty desserts such as cake, and salad dressing which is very high in saturated fat and cholesterol if you use too much. 
Have your blood pressure checked regularly. Take steps to lower it if it’s high.
Get more exercise. Try to get at least 30 minutes of vigorous activity at least 3 to 4 times a week. Be sure to check with your doctor before you start.  If you have diabetes, work with your doctor to control it.  Maintain a healthy weight. Take steps to lose weight if needed.  Eat healthy foods low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.
Drink alcohol in moderation — 2 drinks a day.
There are a number of drug therapies available; Statins, fibric acid derivatives, Niacin and bile acid binding resins amongst them. Statins are one of the most effective and most popular forms of medication and and are generally well tolerated.

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