Getting Rid of Weight...an
Have you ever heard that it is important to lose weight if
you're too heavy. Well YES.
Like a dummy, I had to learn the hard way... I
had a heart attack. Ouch!And I was
not that much overweight. Not really, but according to the
charts, I should lose about 30 pounds. My blood pressure was
pretty good, and my blood fats. And I hike regularly...about 3
times per week. So I thought I was not a candidate for a heart
attack. Guess What? WRONG
The build-up of plaque on your
coronary arteries is the secret enemy that we don't know is
happening. And now I am told that the plaque sticks to the
arteries on the outside of the wall, not the inside. And in my
case, I was on a hike and my heart was pounding away, and a
plaque worked its way inside one of my coronary arteries, and
caused a blockage, and hence chest pain. I ended up on the
hospital and had a procedure called Angioplasty.
So now I am taking some meds,
but have replaced some of them with natural supplements which
are better for you. I recommend Ginger Root, Red Yeast Rice, L-Carnitine
and Co-Q10. You can look up what these various additives can do
for you heart health...but basically it has to do with lowering
cholesterol, keeping the lipids down, and plaque from building,
and lowering blood pressure.
I am back to hiking and feel
fine but I have changed my eating habits.
I have stopped eating red meat,
fried foods, salt (when I can), fatty foods, and I have become a
label reader avoiding Trans Fats, and Saturated Fats as much as
I can. I have increased my consumption of fresh fruits and
I am losing weight gradually. I
need to lose 30 pounds. The most basic way to lose weight is to
slash calories and eat healthy. But how many do you really have
to cut or burn to see results? It's simple: You can drop a pound
a week by trimming 500 calories each day. (Calories burned are
based on a 150-pound woman.)
1. Get enough sleep. Not
enough sleep can make you snack.. Snooze more and save about a
lot of calories.
2. Don't eat in front of the
TV. You'll eat up to 300 calories more, eating in front of
the TV. Instead, eat at the table, and trade 1 hour of TV for a
3. Get in tune with your
stomach. Pay attention to how full you feel, and stop eating
when you're satisfied. Listen to your body-instead of looking at
whether the plate is clean.
4. Move your Bod. Dance,
hike, walk, run, bicycle ride...as the Nike commercial
says..."just Do It".
5. Don't clean your plate.
Leave a portion of your food on the plate at every meal. This
will cut caloric intake.
6. Use smaller plates.
Swap your large plate for a smaller 10-inch one. You'll eat 20
to 25% less-and save up to 500 calories. You won't feel any less
full, either, researchers say.
7. Eat the right kind
of food - foods filled with saturated fats are going to
defeat you and give you the kind of problems that I had. It
could lead to a heart attack. Unfortunately a lot of the beef we
buy these days is full of fat. Chicken, Turkey or Fish are the
preferred meats. Beans are an excellent source of protein, and
healthy too. Fresh fruits, and vegetables are just what you
need. You can eat your fill of these things, and not hurt
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