“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” ~John Gunther (more…)
Whether they’re doing it for for spiritual and health reasons, humans have been fasting for thousands of years – and these days, a lot of people also regard it as a weight loss tool too. (more…)
So you’re eating healthy foods and you’re working out, but you can’t seem to drop the pounds? Well, here’s something that sucks – but knowing it can change your whole game. (more…)
Women, it’s time to stop hating your bountiful derrieres and your curvy thighs.
As it turns out, not only do these two features make you more attractive to a majority of men, thanks to their biologically programmed preferences, but they may also indicate that you’re smarter and in better health than your apple-shaped sisters.
Plus, scientists say, bottom-heavy women may also have extra protection against diabetes, heart disease and a host of other conditions associated with obesity.
Women with “larger than average” backsides were also found to be very resistant to chronic illnesses, University of Oxford researchers report.
Other key findings:
- Women with big butts have lower cholesterol levels and are more likely to be able to metabolize sugar properly—that’s why they’re less likely to get diabetes.
- In order to maintain a “big” butt, your body requires an excess of Omega 3 fats, which catalyze brain development.
- Researchers found that children born to women with wide hips are statistically more intelligent than the children of slimmer-hipped women.
“I like big butts and I can not lie. You other brothers can’t deny that when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist and a round thing in your face,
you get sprung.” ~Sir Mix-a-Lot
But girls–this is not a license to embrace obesity! Take note.
Still, researchers say, some fat can still be very unhealthy. For example, belly fat can be a serious danger to your health.
And being extremely overweight, regardless of shape, is still fraught with health risks–so it’s important to be healthy. But it’s also incredibly important to LOVE YOUR BODY, the way it is, right now, in this moment.
And ladies…I’m going to be really, painfully honest with you here. I have personally lost more than 100 pounds–and I still have a big, round butt. However, I don’t hear any complaints about it. 🙂
So love the skin you’re in!
- It’s OK to Be Awesome: How to Step Into Your Greatness
- Beautifully You: How to Love Yourself, Inside and Out
- 200+ Fitness Motivational Quotes and Pictures to Inspire You
- Confessions of a Fitness Guru: ‘I secretly eat chocolate chip cookies in the middle of the night’
After that, I wanted to get six-pack abs. That’s also a dumb goal. First of all, most people are not genetically programmed to have those kinds of abs. Second, even the supermodels and male models that have six-packs don’t have them all the time. Usually they have a little fat, and then burn it off in the weeks before a photo shoot.
So my goal now is to have a flat stomach. It really should be to get down to an acceptable body fat percentage, but I don’t have an easy way of measuring that. A flat stomach can be measured in the mirror or by my wife. I don’t need to have defined abs, but just lose some of my stomach fat and get it to be flatter. To me, that will look good, feel good, and be healthier.
I’ve done my research, and by learning what’s working so far for me, here’s the three steps to a flat stomach:
1. Cardio, cardio, cardio. Doing all the abs exercises in the world will do nothing if you have a layer of fat covering it. Doing strength training, or lifting weights, would help, but not as much as aerobic exercise. So my plan is to continue my running, and add in swimming and biking. I plan to do at least 30 minutes of cardio 6 days a week. On some days I’ll do more — 45 minutes, an hour, two hours, even more on long days. I’ll start out short for the bike and swim, like I did with running, until I build up my endurance. A quick note: interval training is also great, and I will add that in after my endurance is better. If you want to add some ab exercises in after the cardio, that’s great, but be sure to work your whole torso, not just the upper abs — that includes the lower abs, lower back and the muscles that wrap around your sides.
2. Less Fat and Sugar. It’s that simple. The American diet is typically filled with fat and sugar, and you’ll never get a flat stomach on that recipe. Cut out meat, if you can, and even better, cut out dairy and eggs. But if you can’t, at least eat lean meats (low-fat turkey, skinless chicken breast, lean beef, fish), and stay away from fried food and too many sugary desserts. That doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself — if you’re eating healthy, you can actually eat a lot — or deprive yourself too much, but only eat the bad stuff in moderation. Vegan diet is the best, especially if it’s balanced, rich in vegetable protein and calcium and minerals, full of fresh fruits and veggies, and high in fiber.
3. Give it Time. If you want to have a flat stomach in 3 weeks, or two months, forget it. Losing fat takes time, and it’s unhealthy to lose too much weight too fast. Aim for 1-2 lbs. a week. Gradual weight loss is healthier, and more likely to be sustained over time. Go for a lifestyle change, something you can live with for the rest of your life, or you will just yo-yo. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Some links for flat stomach reading:
- Traineo: Achieving a Flat Stomach
- Go Ask Alice!: I want a flat stomach!
- Four secrets to a flat stomach
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