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How to Lose Weight Without Going to the Gym

How to Lose Weight Without Going to the Gym

For anyone with a busy schedule, it could be challenging to find the time to go to the gym. People who tend to work in an office are more at risk of gaining weight. Luckily, there are many ways you can lose weight without actually going to the gym.

Water

Did you know, water can help you lose weight. The amount of water required by the human body varies, however, it’s generally recommended that you aim for two litres of water per day. It can help you feel fuller which means you’re less likely to snack on any unhealthy foods.

Extra Virgin Oil

It’s healthier to switch to extra virgin oil for cooking any meals. It’s also great for salad dressings. Extra virgin oil is known as a good fat which means it will help you lose weight in the long run. You want to avoid oils that are high in saturated fat as they tend to build up cellulite which causes you to gain weight.

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How to improve your lifestyle

How to improve your lifestyle

Dieting

Diet, exercise and nutrition are great starting places to improve your overall quality of life. Losing weight, toning up and making sure your body is receiving the correct nutrients will help to reduce illness, increase energy and improve confidence.

The internet is a great source of information on pretty much every diet ever created. Popular diets that provide proven results are weight watchers, low carb diets such as the Dukan Diet, keto, paleo and the Mediterranean diet. Most of these diets focus on reducing the amount of processed foods, and creating high quality meals from natural ingredients. Many of the faster working diets focus on reducing the amount of carbs you consume each day so your body has to switch to burning stored fat as an energy source.

Exercise apps are a great way to tone up and burn calories without the need for costly gym memberships. Simply search your app store of choice and you’ll find a whole host to choose from including 5 minute workouts, yoga and pilate, and much more.

Smoking

We all know smoking is dangerous for us, so why do we still do it? You may think it looks good, relieves you of stress or you started a long time ago and just can’t stop, but serious health conditions can come from it. Yellow teeth, premature ageing and hair thinning are the least of the side effects. Cancers, infertility, cardio and respiratory diseases are the most worrying. If you’re trying to improve your lifestyle, stopping smoking will be difficult; you need motivation and support from family, peers and health professionals.

There is a range of methods to help you stop including nicotine gum, patches and sprays. Another popular method that many smokers enjoy using is electronic cigarettes. These are a great alternative to traditional cigarettes, allowing you to still get a nicotine hit but without the harmful chemicals. They are available in different sizes and designs, with a massive choice of flavours, so you can choose whichever you feel comfortable with. If one method doesn’t work for you, don’t give up, just try another and try to stick it out as long as possible.

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How a healthy diet can improve your overall well-being

How a healthy diet can improve your overall well-being

We all hear a lot about the benefits of dieting to help you lose weight. This is really the main thing people tend to focus on when discussing healthy eating since obesity continues to be a problem in the UK and other countries around the world. However, there are so many other reasons to improve the quality of your overall diet other than just helping to reduce your body fat. Your mental and physical health can both benefit from making positive changes to what you eat.

Regular meal times – One thing many people struggle with is keeping to the traditional three-set meal times per day. You don’t necessarily have to have breakfast, lunch and dinner, as some people find it feels better to have smaller meals more frequently, but you should try to find some consistency in your routine. This helps your body process food more healthily and gives you a more accurate sense of how hungry you are. It also helps you find some structure in your life which can help you stay grounded at stressful times.

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A health-conscious guide to cocktails

A health-conscious guide to cocktails

It’s understandable that many of us focus on food when it comes to counting calories and thinking about our health. We know that drinking alcoholic drinks isn’t great for our health, but we don’t tend to think of them as fattening in the same way we would with food. This might be a serious mistake! Luckily, we can do plenty to cut down on calories, simply by choosing wisely. Here’s our ranking of cocktails according to how good (or bad) they are for people watching their weight.

1) Long Island Iced Tea –

To begin with, let’s look at one of the most calorific drinks of all! A true Long Island Iced Tea is absolutely packed with sugar, including Coke, sugar syrup and natural sugars from the lemon juice, not to mention all the various spirits. You could easily consume more than 600 calories with a single serving.

2) Pina Colada –

Likely to contain over 450 calories per glass, a Pina Colada normally contains cream which packs in a lot of them. It’s also high in natural sugars due to the pineapple juice, which is of course a particularly sweet fruit.

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3 healthy eating habits to pick up

3 healthy eating habits to pick up

Our eating habits can be hard to change, even when we know the science behind what we’re eating. That’s why it’s important to train yourself gradually and get into good habits, so you can kick out your former unhealthy tendencies and focus on improving your overall health. Fortunately it’s possible to get into any routine, and your body should respond well once you have some consistency. Here are some of the best habits to try and pick up.

1) Eating regular meals

You might think you’re reducing your calorie intake by skipping breakfast or lunch, but the chances are you’ll want to eat less healthy foods in larger quantities later on. Not eating in the evening is even worse, since once you’ve slept you’re likely to be low on energy, making you irritable and tired. Sticking to three sensible meals a day and eating these at similar times normally becomes natural for most people after some practice.

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Super-healthy summer fruits

Super-healthy summer fruits

In the UK, we love to associate summertime with our favourite food and drink. A barbeque in the sun may be the first thing that springs to mind, or perhaps you’re thinking about all the fresh fruits and vegetables that are now in season. Either way, there may be a few healthy options you’re overlooking that could help you keep your overall wellbeing in check throughout the summer. You might not realise, for example, that these three fruits happen to offer some amazing health benefits.

Protect your skin with tomatoes

If you happen to grow these yourself, even better! Tomatoes are normally at their best during the British summer, and they’re packed full of sweet, healthy goodness. Not only are they bursting with vitamin C, recent studies have identified a previously unknown benefit to tomatoes. They contain high levels of lycopene which can significantly reduce the damaging effect of UV light exposure on the skin. Taking supplements didn’t have anywhere near the same effect as simply eating tomato paste.

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Health Benefits Of Blue-Green Algae

Health Benefits Of Blue-Green Algae

In water, blue-green algae (also known as Cyanobacteria) is a major issue that poses a serious risk to humans, animals and fish. An algae bloom (an overgrowth of bacteria in the water) can cause water discolouration, poor oxygen levels and the release of toxins.

If a human is exposed to toxic bloom for a short time, they may experience health issues including sickness, diarrhea, fever and rashes. Long term exposure can lead to more serious issues such as nerve and liver damage.

In animals and aquatic life, this exposure can prove fatal.

So why then, do some people consider blue-green algae to be beneficial to health? Well, when blue-green algae is free of the toxins found in a bloom, and it has been processed into supplements or other health products, many believe there are multiple health benefits.

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