Six Meals Versus Three?

Six Meals Versus Three?


Reading fitness/health magazines as often as I can, I always see meal plans that are basically broken up into six small meals a day. Let me tell you that I have tried this and seem to become ravenous. This is an example of my six meals –

  • Breakfast – soy milk w/ 2 scoops protein powder
  • Snack – cashews or almonds
  • Lunch- Tuna w/ light mayo or olive oil and vinegar
  • Snack – 1 cup green grapes, cottage cheese
  • Dinner – Omelette or scrambled eggs with salsa and veggies
  • Snack – apple

Looking at this I can see a lot of things wrong, like not enough fruits and vegetables. Anyway I usually make this up with my 7th meal – yes, I have a 7th meal because after six I am very, very hungry. So it’s plain to see that this approach is not causing any weight loss.

It’s confusing because my nutritionist has always recommended three full meals with no snacks in between. She works with athletes, too, so you can see how I get mixed up. If I could just figure out how to curb my hunger with these meals, I would do it. But it seems that most of my success has been with three meals and maybe a snack somewhere.

If six small meals work for you, then great. I know it’s better for the metabolism. Me, I’ll just keep experimenting until I find myself full.

Diet Sodas and Weight Gain? Yeah, Right!

So, I’m sure most of you have seen the news articles floating around the Internet about a study showing that people who consume diet soda risk being more overweight. The more diet soda they drank, the more their risk increased. Doesn’t make any sense, right?

Some hypotheses were that if you drink diet soda, you might eat more to compensate. All right, I can see that. After all, who hasn’t gone into McDonald’s and seen people ordering huge amounts of food – Quarter Pounders, large fries – “and a Diet Coke”? But it seems like the people analyzing it were surprised that it didn’t make people LOSE weight. How is that a surprise? I would think that most people just drink it for the taste and their eating would not be affected.

Another idea was that when you drink something that tastes sweet, your body prepares itself for it and when it doesn’t get it, you still want something sweet – i.e. you get hungry. I personally drink Diet Pepsi all day – well, about 4 a day – and the only time I get hungry is when I haven’t eaten. I steer clear of sugar at all costs, and I almost never crave it.

This study reminds me of something my professor told us about in my Abnormal Psych class. Apparently, in the summer, the incidence of crime is much higher – and so are ice cream sales. Two things, seemingly unrelated. When actually, it’s that it’s hot, which makes people cranky, and also makes them want to buy ice cream. It doesn’t mean that one causes the other! Correlation without causation, I think is what he called it. Someone should tell this to the people who did the study. There could be 1,000 reasons why this is, and I’m sure there is a logical explanation.

So for now I’ll go on drinking my Diet Pepsi. If someone can actually prove to me that it’s going to make me gain weight, well, then I’ll listen. Chalk the findings of this study up to not enough information.

Avon – maker of (cellulite-related) miracles?

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Being a diva, and a makeup fiend, I like to read reviews on Makeup Alley. Just to get an idea of what my next must-have product will be. And, I like to look my best, body-wise, especially since it’s been threatening to get hot here. While I do all I can with exercise and diet, there’s nothing wrong with a little help.

Enter…Cellusculpt by Avon? I read rave reviews on Makeup Alley and now I’m curious. Apparently this stuff smooths out those dreaded cottage-cheese thighs, and several people claimed that it got rid of their “pooch.” Now, I must try it.

Having a pooch myself, I wonder what this could do for me. I currently take CLA for abdominal fat loss, but I went off it recently and that darn lower stomach is sticking out again. It drives me so crazy that I can’t stop pinching at it with calipers or staring at myself in profile in our full-length mirror. Which drives me more crazy!

The only problem I would have with this product is that it’s temporary, and I’d be afraid that they’d stop making it and my stomach would balloon out again. But until there’s actually a viable solution that doesn’t involve surgery, I’m up for a temporary fix.

If you’ve tried this stuff already, please comment and let me know. I’m also interested in their new “Flat Stomach” pill (a probiotic formula that stops bloating, therefore smoothing out your tummy). I’m sorry to say I’m not immune to this kind of thing, so in a few days when I get some money I’ll order them both.

The Ultimate Guide To Women’s Health

healthBeing healthy is what most people do. For modern women, it is a must. Most of them are career women and in the evenings, they turn into super moms. It is difficult to juggle these responsibilities without loosing energy. It is imperative that one should take care of herself by eating the right diet, exercising and having enough sleep. However, even if the urge to do all these is there, sometimes, work and other responsibilities get overwhelming. Being healthy is a necessity but how can one be sure they are with their hands full? If we took a proper well balanced diet which contained all the nutrition then we would never be deficient of any vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants.

1845369We would get them from our food resources and would never have to complain. Unfortunately diets are imperfect and women are not as healthy as they could be. That’s the reason why doctors recommend multivitamin supplements as fundamental to overall health and wellness. If everything was perfect we would all eat a balanced diet consisting of at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, whole grains, low-fat dairy and high quality, lean meat, poultry, or fish.

healthIdeally we should eat fresh from the farm, preferably organic foods that are rich in nutrients, coming from soil not contaminated by harmful pesticides and toxins. Fresh foods should not be further depleted by preservatives and long-transit times. Women should go for a multivitamin that is specially formulated to support their specific nutritional needs. Choose a multivitamin that is highly absorbent nutritional supplement specially formulated to offer a potent and effective alternative to traditional mass manufactured multivitamins. Find something that is approved by FDA to be sure the product is safe. Don’t be hasty with your choice or else something worse will happen in the end.

The Unexposed Secret of Health

general healthWhen we talk about thinning hair, what comes to mind are middle aged men sitting in swivel chair sipping a cup of coffee, at least what most people can envision… But the truth is, even women have problems with thinning hair. For men, it becomes alarming because they only feel that their age is showing and that their sex appeal is also decreasing. With women, this is something that can definitely lessen their self confidence but it can be something serious as well.

As a matter of a fact, hair loss can be the warning sign of more serious health issues. Lacking vitamin D can cause hair thinning. This lack of vitamin D can also mean that your body lacks of exposure to the sun. Hormonal imbalance is another condition indicated by thinning hair. The hormone in women in their 30’s and older might start to wear off that can result to the loss of the hair on the head but the growth of hair in unwanted parts of the body such as the lip and the chin.general health

The condition caused by the excessive conversion of male sex hormones called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in women. When women get older, they might start to convert androgens such as testosterone produced to DHT. In addition to the health issues indicated by hair loss, the excessive use of hair products with toxic chemicals can also trigger thinning hair. Hence, womFitness-healthy-lifestyle-silhouettes-sunset-background-download-free-wallpaperen should not over-treat their hair, instead letting the hair to breathe.

Excessive treatments such as hair dyes, excessive cream bath and many more can cause hair loss. Therefore you should just do the hair treatment when needed, or simply use natural remedies to treat the hair. You cannot just guess what caused this problem though. The best thing to do is approach a doctor and find out what is wrong with your thinning hair.