Ultimate Way to Get Rid of Stomach Fat – From Keg to Six Pack Abs!

With the temptation of opulence, fast food and sugary sweets all around it can be hard to maintain a sexy set of six pack abs. To a lot of people, six packs have a totally different meaning. Are you tired of your keg belly and ready for a set of six pack abs to drool over? Follow these tips and find yourself with a six pack without a handle!

Oh, the Sacrifice!

It's important to understand that getting six pack abs requires some lifestyle change and sacrifice. Lifestyle change means dieting and sacrifice means no more booze, simple carbs or sitting around on your gluteus maximus all day.

Beer is a well known abettor of simple carbs (sugars) that can add to your waistline. Other simple carbs are usually contained in foods that are low in nutrients and vitamins and high in calories. Everyone knows that you can not lose weight and gain muscle by sitting around on your couch hoping for six pack abs. Acquiring them is work- hard work but it is totally worth the sacrifices in the end.

Get to it!

On your journey to six pack abs, getting a gym membership is like obtaining the Holy Grail, worth the effort and money. When choosing a gym, make sure that it offers, not only cardiovascular aerobics classes, but also core training and weight lifting classes.

The calorie burning workout of your aerobics class gets the muscles working overtime to burn the fat. The muscle-targeting ab burning of your core class focuses your energy to the area of ​​your body that will one day be six pack abs.

Six pack abs are in your future, but you have to work at it now to really get your "present".

Source by Vanessa Raven

The 2 Shocking Foods That Will Make You Fat

There are 2 "evil" foods that I'm going to reveal in this article may actually surprise you as the majority of people mistakenly believe that these 2 foods are actually "healthy". I was shocked when I found out more about these foods.

The first "evil" type of fattening foods that will shock many people which is thought to be "healthy" is – good old fruit juice.

Do not misunderstand me as I'm not the anti-carb promoter. I truly believe most fruits are extremely healthy for us. However, the problem lies in the case where juices are separated from the rest of the fruit and being consumed alone while we throw away the fiber and other nutritional parts of the fruit.

When only the juice from fruits is consumed, you will not be getting the hunger fulfilling effect of the fiber from the fruit, and you're left wanting more carbs (especially apple and orange juice as they are 2 of the nastiest culprits in the western food source). In addition, the fiber from the whole fruit assists in slowing down the blood sugar reaction when eating the whole fruit instead of just consuming the juice alone.

In conclusion, over ingestion of fruit juices will make you fat. On the contrary, eating the whole fruit allows you to ingest all of the fiber that will help you maintain a balanced diet with a fairly high nutritional value as long as the remainder of your eating habit contains whole natural foods.

The 2nd type of food group that is often mistakenly believed to be healthy is wheat foodstuffs … such as most breads, crackers, bagels, cereals, pasta, muffins, and so on. True enough, I am also talking about "whole wheat" foodstuff.

Firstly, majority of the population has some level of gluten intolerance coming from wheat and some other grains. People with celiac condition are the most sensitive to gluten, but what most people do not recognize is the fact that the human digestive system has never been able to adapt to large amounts of wheat in the diet. In short, we were never meant to eat large amount of wheat.

From my own experience and experimentation, when I took wheat away from my diet for 2-3 weeks, I start to consistently lose weight and my body felt better; this almost constantly makes a big difference. Most of the time, not only our body start to lose body fat faster, but also finally got rid of the indigestion and flatulence problem that has plagued me for many years.

Source by Weng Wong

A Secret and Natural Face Cream

I got this secret for you! When I was 15 I heard my grand aunt used lemon juice to wash her skin every day. From that day onwards, I copied what she did. The stinging sensation on the skin by the citric acid can bring tears to anyone’s eyes. However, the skin feels much more firm and polished afterward.

I prefer this natural treatment than applying man made creams. You don’t know what is in the creams usually. Most of these creams are made as a by-product of crude oil. I strongly believe that you shouldn’t use anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth. You could do this at the end of the day, and even dilute the lemon juice with some water to reduce the sting of the citric acid.

My philosophy is to use natural raw juices. This also applies to what I ingest as food. Acids are converted to creams and sold at shops, so why don’t you take the juice naturally instead? Does this make sense? The acid helps wash away all the dirt and dust that accumulates on your skin during the day. Your skin will appear for younger and polished. You don’t have to apply the lemon juice every day, you could apply on the second or third day. I’ve applied everyday and also at two to three day intervals.

You can try this too, but be aware of the effects and potential side effects; you may want to ask your doctor for advice.

Source by Tito King

The 5 Most Fat Burning and Efficient Tips to Weight Loss!

You are probably trying to lose a great deal of weight rather quickly! You are in luck, you can lose tons of weight using 5 specific time tested techniques that are underrated and under publicized! All you have to do is to make sure that you start today and create an opportunity for yourself to lose a great deal of weight!

Step # 1 – Drink Plenty of Water
You first want to make sure that you are drinking plenty of water. When your muscles are dehydrated, you have less energy to do things such as metabolism. Also your body collects water weight, because you lack water, it's an overall bad thing, and you should avoid dehydration at all costs! Especially if you are trying to achieve a good deal of weight loss!

Step # 2 – Short Intense Workouts
It depends on what kind of body you want, but doing the long work outs can be a pain, if you want to save time, you want to do shorter and more intense workouts, you will look in shape and fit. You see the gymnasts? They have incredible shape, and they do short intense workouts, not long overdrawn time killers. You can do either or, but shorter are recommended!

Step # 3 – To Carb or Not to Carb
There are many people who are afraid to eat pasta, and other carbs. They do not want to eat them in fear that they may get bigger, gain more fat weight, and so they do not eat carbs. Carbs are for energy and when it is not used then it is stored in the muscle as fat. The thing that you want to do is just make sure you work out if you eat carbs. It is for energy after all and plays an integral role in providing ATP – for your cells energy, which is critical for you to perform all your functions.

Step # 4 – Smaller Meals, More Frequently
Eat smaller meals, more frequently? Yes this is key, you see you are only able to use so many calories for energy when you eat gigantic meals. Also remember that calories are not necessarily a bad thing, you need a certain amount of calories, but you do not want to eat more than you can handle. By eating smaller meals more frequently; your body will be able to handle the calories you are putting in it and everything!

Step # 5 – Myth Debunk
Many people really believe that if you eat too late, that it's bad for weight loss. Well, I have news for you, I used to eat nachos 3 o'clock in the morning, the point is I used to work out and keep myself slim, that's what is truly key; but I definitely do not eating nachos! Eating in the middle of the night is not the worst idea, as long as it surrounds a schedule and compliments your already dieting plan.

Source by Janis Breazell


This Kind of Fat Lowers Your Risk For Diabetes

Not all saturated fats are created equal, it appears. A pair of new studies suggests that certain sources of saturated fat may be worse than others—especially when it comes to raising risk for type 2 diabetes.

In one study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers from Harvard University and the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Spain tracked 3,349 Spanish adults for about 4.5 years. Overall, they found that people who consumed higher amounts of saturated fats and animal fats were twice as likely to develop diabetes than those who consumed a lower amount.

When the researchers broke down the results by specific food type, the consumption of butter (at 12 grams a day) and cheese (at 30 grams a day) were both linked to an increased risk of diabetes. On the other hand, people who ate whole-fat yogurt actually had a lower risk than those who didn’t.

The researchers have several explanations for these findings. Yogurt contains healthful ingredients, like probiotics and protein, that may have protective effects when it comes to diabetes risk, says lead author Marta Guasch-Ferre, a nutrition research fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Even though the results were adjusted to account for other food intake, unhealthy eating patterns may have influenced them. “Butter and cheese often come with carbohydrates, like toast or crackers,” Guasch-Ferre says. Plus, people who eat more yogurt tend to have better diets than those who don’t, she adds.

The study did not find any significant links between diabetes risk and consumption of red meat, processed meat, eggs or whole-fat milk. That was a surprise to the researchers, who suspect that other factors may have diluted these results. They point out that dietary patterns in Spain are different than those in the United States, and that many of the study participants were following a Mediterranean diet, so these findings may not apply to someone following a typical American diet.

“It’s safe to say, based on the findings of other studies, that processed meat and red meat are associated with cardiovascular disease and other chronic disease risks,” says Guasch-Ferre. “We know it’s beneficial to reduce the intake of these meats and to replace them with healthy fats from plant sources like nuts and olive oil.”

However, just because a fat may come from a plant doesn’t make it healthy. Palm oil, used in a lot of processed foods, is very high in saturated fat. In another recent study, scientists demonstrate how even one dose of palm oil can affect metabolism and reduce the body’s sensitivity to insulin.

For this research, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, German scientists asked 14 healthy men to drink either a glass of plain water or a drink made with palm oil that contained as much saturated fat as a cheeseburger and French fries. When the participants drank one of these beverages, they experienced a reduction in insulin sensitivity, an increase in fat deposits in the liver and changes in their metabolism similar to those experienced by people with diabetes.

For healthy people, the authors say, the occasional fatty meal likely won’t cause any permanent damage. But people who regularly eat foods high in palm oil or other saturated fats may face bigger long-term consequences, like chronic insulin resistance and fatty liver disease. Both are risk factors for diabetes.

The American Heart Association recommends that no more than 10% of total calories come from saturated fat and encourages consumption of unsaturated fats and carbohydrates from vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and legumes. Based on recent research, says Guasch-Ferre, these recommendations seem to be just as important for diabetes risk as they are for heart health—and not just because fatty foods can cause weight gain.

“I think it’s probably more that saturated fats have harmful effects on insulin resistance and other markers of inflammation, more than weight gain,” she says. More research is needed, she adds, to fully understand the connection or to make clear recommendations about specific foods.

6 Tips For Insane Productivity And Laser Focus

(1.) Set only 2 to 3 Results-Oriented Tasks Per Day:

Spreading yourself too thin and not being able to accomplish your tasks is very discouraging. How long is your to do list on a daily basis? Mine used to be 10, 15, or even 20 bullets long. That isn’t uncommon.

We’re trained from a young age to treat our daily tasks as chores and given no option but to get them done. Pressure to complete an overflowing list of things is only exacerbated as we get older and go to school, college, get a job, and so on. One thing that changed my life and exponentially increased my productivity was when I began to ask myself this question on a daily basis: “What are the two most important thins I can do TODAY that will make me feel fulfilled?”

It sounds silly but if you are able to narrow that down it will not only lift a shit ton of weight off your shoulder, it will make your day infinitely easier and more focused. Stay on track to get only those two things done and block everything else out (for now).

(2.) Give Yourself Deadlines:

Once you’ve decided on a set of tasks, the next critical step is to allot yourself a very specific amount of time to complete each of them.

Instead of spending all day writing a blog, losing track and deciding to finish it later, or wasting half a day trying to send out 30 emails, give yourself a timeline. Try completing one blog in one hour, or creating a five sentence template email to send to everyone and just fill in the blanks in 2 hours.

If you have a deadline in mind, that time crunch will give you all the motivation you need to get the job done. Don’t underestimate yourself and don’t take for granted that less time spent on work means more time spent living.

(3.) Don’t Check Emails or Social Media While Working:

It’s amazing just how addicting social media and emails can be. One could really write a compelling report comparing social media to drug addiction and it would be very well received. During work, when trying to finish a project, or at home watching tv or eating dinner, how often do you find yourself scrolling through Facebook, Instagram and your email inbox?

It has become an involuntary reflex when we get bored or off task and we are all guilty of it. I have actually caught myself in the past closing my Facebook app and reopening right back up without realizing it.

The problem is that social media and email leads to two things; procrastination and stress. Procrastination because you are putting off what needs to be done, what is truly important. If you creating things to do that are not essential to achieving a goal, or if you are just passing time when you know your time could be better spent working on more critical tasks, then you are not being effective or efficient. Stress because you will often find work or business related messages that dampen your day and cause anxiety.

The truth is that nothing is so important that it can’t wait a while and if you

become that person that isn’t going to try fix everyone’s problems, they miraculously find a way to fix it themselves and they no longer bother you.

Funny how that works.

(4.) Do What Scares You First:

Our emotions are there for a reason and we have to learn to allow them to work for us rather than against us. This is done by forming habits.

Basic military training is meant to exist as an instrument of habit alteration. The natural inclination of every new recruit when being shot at would be to run for cover, but the military must train every one of them to face their enemy and shoot back.

Additionally, new recruits are put in positions where they are told to accomplish a task and sent off, but they are given no instruction regarding how the task should be accomplished. This programs them to be able to make quick decisions and act on them, to become quick on their feet and self-sustaining.

When we feel fear about something it is likely because that particular thing is exactly what we need to be doing. Don’t create meaningless tasks to avoid that which you are afraid of. Instead, conquer your fear.

It is the only way to make progress and avoid stagnation.

(5.) Eat Light Meals and Eat Well:

Eating large meals requires a large amount of oxygen in your bloodstream to be redirected to your digestive organs in order to break down that food, robbing your brain of the oxygen supply it requires for optimal performance.

When we eat a big meal we tend to feel slow, sluggish and sleepy afterwards, hindering performance and dampening motivation. If your goal is to be as productive as possible, it is a better idea to eat small meals and more frequently. So rather than eating three large meals a day, or like many people do only one or two, you should aim to eat 5 to 6 meals a day – one meal every 2 to 3 hours. This is also beneficial in promoting lean muscle mass and fat loss, as protein is not stored in the body and needs to be consumed regularly.

Eating unhealthy meals loaded with innumerable chemicals and preservatives causes a plethora of harmful effects on your health. It also deprives you of many of the vitamins and nutrients that naturally enhance brain function, increase energy and vitality, and reduce anxiety. There is a reason for the old adage “eat your vegetables”.

(6.) Take Dedicated Breaks:

Take the time to unwind. Much like physical fitness, working out your brain is a breakdown effect. The brain, just like all muscle, can only recuperate during periods of rest.

Rest allows you to come back and fight another day, even making you strong, better, and faster. In other words, getting the proper amount of rest will make you more productive.

A little bit of relaxation (30 to 60 minutes) at the end of your day provides the endurance and motivation to go hard at it the next day.

Source by Ahmed Nayel


Indian Lawmaker Seeks to Trim the Big Fat Indian Weddings

With weddings becoming the biggest social statement for most Indian families, a bill that proposes to target the usually ostentatious celebrations has stirred a lively debate – can Indians be persuaded to cut down on the size and scale of marriages?

The big, fat Indian wedding is no longer restricted to the rich. As a booming economy has put more money into the hands of the middle class, they too are staging extravagant, multi-day celebrations at five star hotels and farmhouses.

A member of parliament from Bihar, Ranjeet Ranjan, is introducing a new bill in parliament called the Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of Wasteful Expenditure) Bill 2016, which proposes that those who spend more than $ 7,500 on their wedding should donate 10 percent of the money to a government fund, which wold be used to fund marriages of poor girls. It also seeks to put a cap on the number of guests and dishes served at wedding functions.

Indians spend thousands of dollars on decor to transform banquet halls in five star hotels and farmhouses for marriage functions.

Indians spend thousands of dollars on decor to transform banquet halls in five star hotels and farmhouses for marriage functions.

Ranjan told VOA her aim is to remove the intense social pressure the middle class and others face to host elaborate celebrations. “This has become a status symbol. People sell land, take loans to host their daughter’s weddings,” she lamented. “Parents set aside a fat budget for their children’s wedding, particularly girls weddings.”

Estimates show that many Indian parents fork out one fifth of the wealth they have accumulated on hosting a wedding. While budgets vary widely, many middle class families shell out $50,000 to $100,000 for their children’s nuptials.

In a country that holds some 10 million marriages a year, India’s booming wedding industry is estimated to be worth about $5 billion and racing ahead at 30 percent a year. It is often described as a recession-proof industry, untouched by financial downturns or economic slowdowns.

At colorful Indian weddings, grooms arrive on horses and chariots amid dancing and beating of drums. (A. Pasricha/VOA)

At colorful Indian weddings, grooms arrive on horses and chariots amid dancing and beating of drums. (A. Pasricha/VOA)

New Delhi resident and finance professional Pradeep Bhargava, who has hosted his daughters’ and sons’ marriages in recent years, feels wedding spending has gone a step too far. “We are going 100 percent overboard, trying to show off, trying to be one up,” he says.

Many of these parents recall that their own weddings some three decades ago were relatively simple affairs where family and friends sang wedding songs at home and cooks prepared traditional delicacies.

But that’s history. Now as an aspirational middle class joins the race to put up a grand show, elaborate ceremonies spread over two to five days have become the norm — from putting henna on the bride to choreographed dance shows, grooms arriving on chariots and elephants and exotic wedding feasts with several types of food available. Event managers and wedding planners are no longer just the purview of the rich.

The spending on décor alone can run into the thousands of dollars said Pooja Gupta from New Delhi based Elusive Dreams, which specializes in adding glitz and glamour to wedding venues. “They want new themes that come out every season, and they really want to transform the face of the venue, and they are willing to spend whatever, unlimited. They want to outdo each other at the wedding,” she said.

Many people vehemently oppose any effort to impose a tax on wedding expenses and say any effort to trim lavish Indian weddings has to be led by society itself.

Sanjoy Pasricha, who is in the midst of hectic preparations for his daughter’s wedding to be held next month, has opted for a destination wedding in the beach resort of Goa. He points out that a marriage is a major event for an Indian family. Strongly opposing any government role in regulating wedding expenses he said, “It’s my decision how much I want to spend. It’s as good as saying that you will have to stop wearing suits and only wear trousers, or you should not wear silk saris, but only cotton saris.”

Putting henna on brides and guests is one of the elaborate ceremonies at Indian weddings. (A. Pasricha/VOA)

Putting henna on brides and guests is one of the elaborate ceremonies at Indian weddings. (A. Pasricha/VOA)

However, lawmaker Ranjeet Ranjan said many people would welcome an escape from the extravagant spending that weddings now involve. “The response I am getting is that a lot of people who spend due to pressure from society will be happy to get the shelter of the law,” according to Ranjan.

The lawmaker, who is from the opposition Congress Party, said she has found strong support for her bill, which could be taken up in the next session of parliament starting in March. Although new legislation typically takes years as it winds through the two houses of parliament in India, she is confident it could pass if the government supports it.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has not yet taken a position on the proposal.


US man receives new face from donor

Doctors in the US have successfully completed a near-total face transplant on a 32-year-old man during an extensive, life-changing surgery to improve his ability to chew, speak, breathe and smell.

The face of recipient Andrew Sandness was devastated by a gunshot wound at the age of 21. The surgery, which spanned more than 50 hours, was carried last year and involved restoring Sandness’ nose, upper and lower jaw, palate, teeth, cheeks, facial muscles, oral mucosa, some of the salivary glands and the skin of the face.

A multidisciplinary team of surgeons, physicians and health professionals used virtual surgical planning technology and 3D printing to optimise the aesthetic and functional outcomes of the surgery at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus.

Sandness has been recovering in Rochester and likely will return home in eastern Wyoming this month, the team said. “I am absolutely amazed at the outcome so far. I am now able to chew and eat normal food, and the nerve sensation is slowly improving, too,” said Sandness.

“Andy (Sandness) has been our patient for 10 years. He has worked so hard to prepare for this, and during his entire recovery period, he has been strong, gracious and determined.

Andy is an amazing person and so well-deserving of this gift,” said Samir Mardini, the surgical director at Mayo Clinic Essam and Dalal Obaid Centre for Reconstructive Transplant Surgery. Facial transplantation is the process of removing part or all of a donor’s face and attaching it onto a patient who has previously suffered facial injury or deformity.

Skin, fat, muscles, nerves, tendons, cartilage and bone may be components of the transplant. Attaching nerves and blood vessels from the donor’s face to the recipient’s provides the potential (with extensive rehabilitation) for sensation, function and mobility similar to an uninjured face.

In some situations, it may allow the recipient to regain the ability to speak, chew food, avoid ongoing use of feeding tubes and regain their sense of smell.

Lose Lower Stomach Fat – It is Possible

Lower stomach fat refers to the fat accumulated in your lower abdomen which is the toughest to reduce. There is just one way when it comes to losing belly fat and this is to work out. Without working out, it is a lot less likely that you can lose lower stomach fat. Though it can be relatively simple, people are still not successful in losing stomach fat because they either end up losing patience, or they are so impatient that they do not see any results. When people see no result after working out, they give up and get back to their older ways.

Keeping yourself on the right diet while working out is another good way to lose lower stomach fat, control your diet and stick to a proper eating plan. It is better to make out a good plan in advance. You can combine different work out; For example, you can combine different types of crunches together into a single work out.

It really is not so difficult to get a flat stomach if you are prepared to stick to your routine, but people falter due to a number of reasons. One of the main reasons is that people set unachievable goals for themselves and end up quitting. If you are interested in losing belly fat, it is mandatory that you avoid this mistake. It is not possible for a person to get six pack abs in a week. So plan judiciously and consult people who have achieved this, because this motivates you and helps you achieve your goal faster, by pointing you in the right direction.

Source by Carl Lewis

Lose Stubborn Belly Fat Quickly

Losing stubborn belly fat can be challenging if you are not living with the correct lifestyle modifications. Stress management techniques, regular exercise, and a decent diet are necessary strategies to ever achieve the flat stomach and toned abs that you are seeking. Many people realize the importance of exercise, but very few understand the implication of stress on belly fat.

Stress increases production of a hormone called 'cortisol,' which results in a deposit of belly fat. This is a primitive reaction of the body as, historically, we used this belly fat deposit for food during long winter months of food deprivation. You see, cold weather and lack of food are two stress-producing stimuli that result in the exact same reaction. For this reason, it is vital that we understand starvation diets and extreme dietary modification works to increase deposits of fat in hard to reach areas. It's a defense mechanism to ensure we do not starve.

By regulating the amount of cortisol released in our bodies through stress management techniques we can alter body composition to our advantage. The next time you feel stressed by the thought of work, exercise, home, or what have you, I encourage you to practice deep breathing. The suggestion is to breathe in by sniffing, thereby inducing a diaphragmatic breath, and breathe out slowly while exhaling as if you were blowing through a straw. Pursing your lips, or exhaling like blowing through a straw, results in increased removal of carbon dioxide, as well as increased absorption of oxygen. Naturally, oxygen has an inhibitory affect on our nervous system, allowing us to relax and manage our stress level inappropriately.

Through regular practice of stress management to decrease cortisol levels, combined with a proper exercise and nutrition plan, you can legitimately skyrocket your results in the gym. Unfortunately, most people spend too much time worrying about their body weight, rather than reinforcing their habits by mental exercise as well.

Source by Kareem Samhouri, DPT