August 15, 2015

Stop Drinking Alcohol And Lose Weight

Filed under: alcohol,avoid weight gain,weight gain — Tags: , , — robertprice @ 8:00 am

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Your body isn’t able to store the alcohol that you drink. It slows down its metabolism and stops processing fats and sugars. To further complicate matters, alcohol is full of empty calories. These calories average 7 per gram of alcohol. Over the course of time these calories add up and begin to weigh on you, literally.

Food Comparables

That rum and soda or whiskey and soda are comparable to a large sized muffin. Now picture how many drinks you had and focus on how many muffins you would have just eaten.

A glass of wine would be equivalent to a piece of cake.

A beer would be equivalent to a huge slice of pizza.

This gives you an idea of the empty calories that you’re consuming while obtaining no nutritional value.

Mixed Drinks

That juice that you’re mixing your drink with is laden with sugar and empty calories. Add that to the empty calories in your alcohol and you’re likely to consumer over half of your daily calorie allotment in two single drinks. That’s a lot of calories and if you continue in this fashion on a daily basis you’re likely to be gaining weight now.

Snacking

Most bars have snacks readily available. Most of these snacks are laden with sugar or salt or both. Salt and sugar can help make you thirstier and they can also pack on more weight. Sugar is an addiction in and of itself and it can pack on a lot of calories. Add that to the alcohol and you’re likely consuming your daily allotment of calories in one evening.

Salt can make you retain water which will also pack on the weight. Left unchecked you could pack on an additional several pounds in an evening of munching on pretzels or popcorn while drinking.

Curbing The Calories

So how do you curb the calories while still enjoying a night out? It’s easy if you follow these tips:

Eat a healthy meal before you go out to party. You won’t be as likely to overindulge.

Instead of drinking a Margarita for example try ordering the vodka in club soda or a light fruit juice. You might save up to 400 calories.

Opt for a veggie platter in lieu of sugary or salty snacks. Avoid the dips however, they can be heavy with salt and fats.

Instead of slugging down drink after drink, force yourself to drink a glass of water between each alcoholic beverage that you consume. This will help your body to metabolize the alcohol and other foods that you’ve recently eaten.

Most people drink to unwind after a hectic day at work. Be mindful of the amount of alcohol consumed. Opt for lighter versions of your favourite spirits. Mix your drinks with lighter versions of fruit juices in lieu of sugary mixers that will pack on the pounds. If you make this your habit you can avoid those excess pounds.

 

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August 1, 2015

5 Tips to Cure Insomnia by Tonight

Filed under: insomnia,sleep hygiene — Tags: , — robertprice @ 9:00 am

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Few things in life are as stressful as climbing into bed, exhausted and finding that (surprise!) you just can’t catch those elusive Zzz’s. Even one night of inadequate rest can trigger health issues like migraines or a spike in blood pressure, but when this process is repeated night after night, the resulting flood of stress hormone cortisol can devastate your mind, body and mood. If you find yourself lying awake in the dark too often, try these tips that will have you kicking insomnia out of your bed and enjoying the best sleep of your life.

1.  Don’t Take Insomnia Lying Down

As tempting as it may be to close your eyes and attempt to will yourself to sleep, resist. If you’re still wide-eyed and alert 20 minutes after switching off the lights, get back up.

It’s important that your mind links being in bed with being fast asleep so if you aren’t, try taking a leisurely stroll in the hallway or reading in the living room. Return to bed only when you’re struggling to keep your eyes open.

2. Check Your Daily Habits

Do you find yourself guzzling mugs of coffee or taking daytime naps in order to deal with the fatigue of sleepless nights? These same coping methods can feed into your insomnia, making it increasingly harder to get the sleep you crave and keeping you locked in a vicious cycle.

Instead, use fresh air and protein-rich meals to manage daytime fatigue and allow exhaustion to gradually build until a restful night’s sleep comes naturally.

3. Nix that Nightcap

There’s no denying that alcohol can make you drowsy, but it can also make the REM stage of sleep (where real rest and rejuvenation takes place) virtually unreachable. Alcohol is a deep-sleep disruptor so while that nightcap may help you drift away, you’ll still wake up unsatisfied. If you’re looking for a relaxing drink to set the stage for better sleep, reach for a cup of chamomile tea for its reported calming, anxiety-banishing properties.

4. Warm Up & Cool Down

Try a warm bath followed by a cool sleep environment. This mimics the body’s natural drop in core temperature while sleeping, so shrug off those extra covers for deep, rejuvenating sleep.

5. Embrace Your Nature

Reclaim your body’s intrinsic circadian rhythm and use night and day to reset your inner clock.  Woke up groggy and under rested again? Bask in the early morning sunlight! While it may seem counter intuitive and leave you blinking in momentary pain, a flood of bright natural light is the first step in triggering processes that ensure a quality night’s sleep. Once your body understands that it’s daytime, production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin will drop.

In the evening, allow your home environment to mirror the gradual darkening of the day by dimming lights and eliminate sleep-disrupting blue light sources like computer and tablet screens. Before you know it, an increase in melatonin will leave you heavy-lidded and nodding off into the deep, peaceful sleep of your dreams.

 

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