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Diet Foods That Are The WORST For Weight Loss

I came across a lecture on a website recently, which reminded us all of the basic yet fundamentally important fact that: ‘just because it says “diet” or “low-fat” does not mean it is healthy for you.’

A diet expert tells those longing for a slimmer body: ‘Don’t be afraid of carbsquinoa, lentils and barley actually aid in weight loss. High-fat foods are not the enemy either – avocado, fatty fish and coconut oil are actually very good for you.’


So here goes…diet foods the effectively defeat the objective:


  1. FLAVOURED FAT-FREE YOGART: “When companies take out the fat, they add in Image result for tumblr yogurt flavouredsugar. Although they might appear lower in calories, sometimes a single serving of yogurt can contain up to 15 grams of sugar,” a diet expert explains. “Choose plain-Greek yogurt because it is higher in protein and add in your own flavour such as fresh berries or cinnamon.”

2.   STORE PURCHASED SMOOTHIES: “Many store bought smoothies are loaded with high calorie ingredients, preservatives, and artificial sweeteners that bring their “health” factor down,” says Roots. “To be safe make a smoothie at home, it’s very easy and then you know exactly what is going in it!”

 


3.  ‘LIGHT’ SALAD DRESSINGS: According to research- “you need to eat salads with fat-based dressings to get the most out of the vegetables. They also contain very few calories, which may be a good thing for weight loss, but a salad with low-calories will not keep you full for long. Therefore, you will end up snacking or eating more at your next meal.”


4.  FAST FOOD SALADS: According to ABCNews: “the Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch salad at McDonalds contains 13 grams of fat and 270 calories, and with light balsamic vinaigrette dressing it comes to 360 calories and 21 grams of fat”


5.  PROTEIN / MEAL REPLACEMENT BARS: “The general rules are when you flip the bar over and notice the ingredient list takes up almost the entire side (which means it’s loaded with chemicals and fillers), it contains more than 200 calories per serving, and contains more than 8-10 grams of sugar, it is closer to a candy bar and should be avoided,” Roots says.


6.  TRIAL MIX: “Nuts, dried fruit and seeds mixed together seem like a great diet food to snack on, but the truth is that it is extremely difficult to stick to the proper serving size. Many people do not realise how much they are eating and they end up consuming almost a half a day’s worth of calories in one sitting.” Now that’s an achievement if you ask me…perhaps not the right one though. Ah well. Next time!


7.  ORGANIC COOKIES: “Just because something is organic doesn’t mean it is healthy or if a package of cookies only has 100 calories, most likely it is loaded with artificial sweeteners and chemicals, which make them actually worse for you than eating an actual cookie.”


8.  DIET COLA (or ‘soda’ if you are that way inclined): Again, we are reminded of another fundamental fact: “Just because it has the word “diet” in it does not mean its diet-friendly.” The site goes on to elaborate: “Diet soda has been linked to the development of metabolic syndrome and obesity. In a study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Centre, people who drank two or more diet sodas a day had waist sizes that were six times bigger than those who didn’t drink diet soda.


9.  GLUTEN FREE…ANYTHING!: The site expands- “Some gluten-free foods are healthy, but the truth is, there are many foods claiming to be gluten-free that are not diet friendly. Any food that is pre-packaged will never be as good as eating a food in its natural form such as fruits, vegetables, and lean protein,” says Roots. When choosing gluten-free foods make sure you check the nutrition labels for ingredients such as the sugar content, sodium level and calories – “the more ingredients you can’t pronounce, the worse it is for you.


10.  FRUIT JUICE: An expert reports: “Fruit juice isn’t always as fresh and natural as it may seem. It may even contain more sugar and calories that a sugary soft drink.” According to Authority Nutrition, “fruit juice contains some nutrients, but less compared to many plant foods. It contains no fibre and is just as high in sugar and calories as most sugar-sweetened beverages.”


11.  GRANOLA: “Granola and granola bars may be one of the least healthy snacks – most are loaded with sugar and have very little fibre. One cup of granola can equal about 600 calories, about 25 grams of sugar and almost 30 grams of fat. If you really want to purchase granola, make sure you read the labels and choose the option low in calories and fat.”


12.  FROZEN DINNERS: “most often these pre-portioned frozen dinners are loaded with preservatives and sodium and are lacking enough vegetables to have nutritional value,” says Roots. She suggests creating your own “frozen dinner,” by making a large portion of something like chicken stir-fry and keeping in in a tupperware container in the freezer for the week.


13. Image result for tumblr dreid fruit DRIED FRUIT: So, it’s a common fact: fruit is great for a diet snack”. This is because, of course “it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals that are good for your health”. A sitte claims: “Dried fruit tends to be high in calories and natural sugar. Also, considering dried fruit is energy-dense, it’s much easier to eat large amounts of it at a time, which in turn can result in excess sugar and calorie intake”- according to Authority Nutrition.


14.  RICE CAKES: Perhaps a bit of a shocker to some this one- “Rice cakes rank high on the glycaemic index, making it the kind of carbohydrate that will leave you hungry again in a couple hours, while also sending your blood sugar soaring”.


15.  VEGGIE BURGERS: The truth is revealed…”these burgers aren’t made with just vegetables; they are based on processed soy. They also tend to have an excess amount of sodium, and when you add toppings to it, your calorie consumption will go sky high.”


 

 

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16 Common Dreams & Their Interpretations

Everyone has dreams…well, at least, everyone has subconscious dreams (ouch…). Did you know the average adult will of had 100,000 or more dreams within their lifetime? I once heard on top of this that one dreams up to 20 dreams a night…so what do these dreams actually mean? One expert claims it is the body sending internal messages to the person, and if one acted upon a dream, perhaps someone can change their conscious life (for the better, of course!)

Await no more…the answers to all of your dreams and an insight into your subconscious self *cue non-existent fascinated ‘woo’ from also-non-existent crowd*


 

STUPID SMARTPHONE- Smart phones and Facebook are the latest objects to Image result for tumblr phonecreep their way into our dreams. THE DREAM: The most common tech-dream centers around dialing the phone: either your fingers are too fat to dial the numbers on the keypad, or the call keeps dropping, or the person simply cannot get the desired numbers to appear on the screen. THE ANALYSIS: This is analysed to revolve around communication issues in real life. Failing to make a call- and thus communicate with another- may relay the real life situation in which you feel your thoughts, opinions or feelings are not being listened to or considered by someone else.


RUN FOR YOUR LIFE- For women, a commonly recurring dream involved being 2. The Dream: Run for Your Lifechased. An expert believes these dreams ae triggred by ‘fight or flight’ situations in waking life, in which one chooses avoidance rather than open confrontation. THE ANALYSIS: The question from this dream, experts say, is ‘what are you running from in your daily life? It is said that these dreams will promptly stop, as soon as the real life fear is confronted and dealt with.


HAIL TO THE CHIEF- “dreams about the president may symbolize your ability to Image result for tumblr presidentmake decisions and govern your own life”, an expert explains. THE ANALYSIS: “If the president is a helpful character in your dreams, then most likely you’re managing things well, she explains. If he’s a malevolent character, then you may be misusing your authority. And if he is in danger or not well in the dream, then you may be afraid to harness your own power”.


Image result for tumblr schoolSCHOOL DAZE- Almost all ‘back-to-school’ dreams can be related to job stress. ANALYSIS: “That’s a good indication you’re feeling uncertain of your place at work or even your career choice.” Worried about the school bell ringing? “That suggests we feel time is running out on us in real life in the career department.” THE LESSON: From this evident dissatisfaction, perhaps it is time to take action and bin the school bell. Maybe this means finding a new job, or solely making the existing one more meaningful.


FURRY FRIENDS- Dogs are said to represent the characters they possess: loyalty and friendship. THE ANALYSIS: “When you have a dog dream, think about whether the behavior in the dream mirrors behavior in a human relationship you have.” THE LESSON: “Ask yourself which of your real-life relationships reminds you of the behavior of the dog in your dream. Are you or is someone around you being as loyal as a Labrador or as vicious as a pit bull? Your dog dreams will clue you in to the degree of loyalty within you or around you and whether it needs some obedience training or needs to be let loose.”


FLYING HIGH- It’s said to be in connection with your ability to ‘soar to new heights’ and progress onto higher levels within your life. THE ANALYSIS: “You may find yourself flying in your dreams when you have broken free from a bad relationship or a heavy situation the previous day.” THE LESSON: “This dream is telling you to continue being inspired about something you’re doing…this dream is showing you that the ability to rise above and break free is alive and well within you.”


 SECRET RENDEZVOUZ- The affair dream does not have to mirror reality; there needn’t be a real affair to dream of one. THE ANALYSIS: “It does mean something is getting in the way of your relationship. Usually the culprit is work. But it could also be the Xbox, golf or fantasy football. THE LESSON: This dream can actually fan the flames of your relationship.  Once you can pinpoint the cause, compromise. “Offer to give up or cut back on something your mate isn’t a big fan of if he or she promises to cut back on the activity that is causing you to feel left out.”


 

LOOSING YOUR TEETH- This is said to be linked to the way you communicate in waking life. “It may indicate you allowed something out of your mouth that should have remained in there, like your teeth . Another variation is the “teeth crumbling or breaking” dream. This is often about weak speech. Maybe you don’t feel you made your point well enough in an argument, or perhaps you didn’t say anything at all when you should have.”


FULL EXPOSURE-“Finding yourself naked in public is a classic dream and may reflect feeling vulnerable and exposed in waking life.” THE ANALYSIS: Loewenberg says she had the dream the night before she went on “Good Morning America.” The root of the dream is often connected to the concern that others are going to see your flaws. THE LESSON: “Have you ever noticed that no one else in the dream seems to care that you’re naked and you’re the only one freaking out? Your dreaming mind is reassuring that you are the only one giving so much thought and energy to this situation.”


HOME SWEET HOME?- The house is representative of you, whether it is the home you know and love or somewhere utterly unknown. THE ANALYSIS: “Look at it as an honest blueprint of your current self-image. If rooms are neglected, this could be connected to a talent or skill you are no longer using. If you’re eager to explore new rooms, this could be connected to your need to learn and grow.” THE LESSON: “Finding new rooms is your dreaming mind showing you there’s more to you than you are using”- hence perhaps it is time to use that neglected talent, or expand further in your job, schooling etc.


HELLO, LOVER-“In dreams, sex is not about a physical union you want but rather a psychological union you need. For a woman to dream of sex with an unknown man, for example, may mean that she desires generic male qualities and is working on uniting these into her own self and behavior. Sex with a coworker doesn’t necessarily mean you secretly lust for the person, but rather that you desire his or her ability to handle clients with ease.” THE LESSON: “Your sex dream tells you that uniting a particular quality or attitude into yourself right now — a quality from your dream lover — will bring about a new life for you.”


APOCALYPSE NOW-“End-of-the-world dreams are very common and signal that some aspect of our own world is ending or changing.” THE ANALYSIS: “Moving to a new town, changing careers or quitting an addiction — all these milestone changes can bring apocalyptic dreams with them.”


WHERE IS MY CAR?-“Losing your car in a dream is connected to uncertainty or loss of motivation.” “Ask yourself what in your life you no longer want to continue or what is causing you to feel uncertain. This is found to be a common dream among retirees. It can be a reflection of their feelings of being directionless now that they no longer have a job to get up and go to every morning.” THE LESSON: “Your dreaming mind wants you to find a new path.”. “It’s time to try something different because the direction you are headed in now isn’t going to get you anywhere.”


FINAL FAREWELL-Dreams about death don’t usually signal a person’s actual demise. ANALYSIS: “Typically, they occur when things change or end in our lives”. “We may dream of someone we care about dying when our relationship with them is changing. Parents, especially moms, may dream of their children dying when the child has reached a milestone. We may also dream of our own death when we have undergone a major change.” THE LESSON: “Your dream is telling you that it is time to let go of what is passing so that you can look forward to what is coming.”


CLOSED FOR REPAIRS-“The most common metaphor for the clogged-toilet dream is the inability to use it  because of its condition. It’s often linked to the inability to express yourself when something is really bothering you. If you dream toilets are nasty, clogged or unusable, you need to ask yourself what frustration or negativity you are holding in right now. What is it that you are not allowing yourself to flush away?” THE LESSON: “This dream is warning you that your emotional plumbing is backed up. The more you allow your frustrations (to build up), the bigger ‘mess’ you’ll have to deal with in the end. Let it go!”


READY FOR TAKEOFF-“Planes often represent a journey for which you have high hopes.” is most commonly found that planes are connected to career because, like a plane, your career is something you hope will take off, reach new heights and take you places. “When the plane comes crashing down from the sky, it may reflect a giant letdown that has occurred.” THE LESSON: “Be proactive in assessing and evaluating your career path and where it’s headed. Don’t let a little turbulence throw you off course — time to regroup and change directions…”



 

5 WAYS TO INSTANTLY BOOST YOUR ENERGY~ PLOTTWISTT

The result of these methods is said to turn your body into a ‘fatigue-fighting machine’…I’m not so sure these have the ability to transform a human into something bionic but I’m sure they’d do something  just as effective (only slightly less risky, I hope.)

So here goes… five exhilarating ways to instantly boost your energy:


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FIND SOMETHING RED: It’s odd maybe, well actually, it’s not. red is an emotive colour that is capable of physically changing the body: it enhances blood pressure and can boost heart rate. It’s known as a ‘stimulant colour’…
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YAWNING – seems trivial and obvious right? But yawning is a way of cooling of your brain, and hence re-energizing it. (Fun fact: did you know the average yawn lasts for 6 seconds? Well, the more you know!)
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RUNNING/ WALKING- 2 hours…that’s how many hours of energy on average you will have after only a brief 10 minute walk.
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GET ON YOUTUBE- run and tell your parents: watching videos like dancing hamster (or ay other hilarious creation) will boost your blood pressure and increase heart rate, hence leaving you with a new and energised self.
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CHIA SEEDS- sprinkle some of these around! (Preferably keeping them on your salads, thanks). They are choka-bloka with Vitamin B, protein and fibre.
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STRETCH!- Bored? Tired? Lacking energy? Try this: stand in the doorway facing forwards with your feet several inches apart. Reach the sides of the frame, now grab the frame with your fingers and push your chest forwards, until you feel a stretch in your torso and back. Hold this for 30 seconds. The exercise stimulates the ‘sympathetic nervous system’; this hence, is clearly a beneficial little stretch.

Six Pack Saturday|| Abs or Flabs?

Just to clarify, I am not some macho body builder with a 96 pack- neither can I advise you on how to be. This is either because I am the living equivalent of a doughnut or it is physically impossible to obtain a 96 pack of anything other than sausages.

So why am I, a highly skilled couch potato, writing a fitness post? I asked myself the same question. But I reckon I could have a jolly good go at it, so here it is- my guide of rambling nonsense about the ins (and outs) of abdominal fitness.

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Upon one of my un-motivational Sunday-days, I decided I would get a six pack. So I took the treacherous journey up to my bedroom, and did some sit-ups. As you can imagine I was highly disappointed when I awoke the next morning to find the same tyre of a stomach I had 24 hours ago. So I formulated a routine; which consisted of:

  1. 50 ‘normal’ crunches (legs on the floor)
  2. 50 ‘perpendicular’ crunches (legs raised 90 degrees to your body)
  3. 50 leg raises
  4. 50 V-Up crunches
  5. 50 bicycle crunches
  6.  …a plank.

Now for a couch potato, this was torture. Doing 251 individual exercises before bed meant I often fell asleep whilst planking- a rather awkward and frankly uncomfortable position to spend the next 8 hours in.

The first plank of the routine lasted 1:00, by which 60 seconds felt more like 60 years and left me looking like a 50 year old with severe sunburn. Never the less, my headphones and I managed to battle through, increasing the duration by a whopping 10 seconds each day.

Today is the 2 month anniversary of the routine (

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So there you have it! My daily ‘fitness’ routine (ft. a shed full of useless jibber jabber about couch potatoes and sausages). Once more I sincerely apologise for the general nonsense I have just spent the last 5 hours writing, I hope it provides some vague interest!

Thank you for reading,

S x