WOMEN’S HEALTH: Shape up for Summer! Part 2 of 2 Parts

wh-10.jpgIn Part 1, we reviewed the benefits of green tea for getting into shape for summer. Find out more easy things you can do to slim down toward optimum weight and optimum women’s health. Part 2 of 2 parts.

Diets are not fun for anyone — not the person who’s on the diet or the people around them who have to deal with those sad looks and their own guilt when they take another bite of that chocolate mousse that the dieter must deny herself. A sensible diet is one you can adapt as a lifestyle, and easily maintain as a lifestyle. It’s not just about losing weight (though weight maintenance is important to a woman’s health). It’s about getting fit and staying that way.

There are specific areas you should focus on when working on losing weight:

  • Get some exercise. Walking is the easiest exercise, and one of the healthiest. Taking a brisk half-hour walk daily can aid tremendously in weight management by burning off unwanted pounds.
  • Pay attention to what you eat, and when. Skipping meals does not help you lose weight — it just makes you grouchy when your blood sugar level crashes. Be willing to leave a few bites on the plate ‘for the angels,’ as Dolly Parton puts it.
  • Make sure you have enough fiber, and drink plenty of water. These two things are vital to keeping your elimination of wastes in motion when you’re working to lose weight.
  • Take the right supplements. There are a number of nutritional supplements that can aid in weight loss and improve women’s health in general in the process.

In Part 1, we covered the benefits of green tea and weight loss. Following are a number of other supplements that you can easily fit into your diet, that will help you accomplish your weight-loss goals:

  • Fiber supplements are a great idea if you aren’t sure whether your usual diet provides enough fiber to keep your intestines functioning optimally.
  • Fucoxanthin is the active ingredient in brown seaweed (used in miso soup) that helps the body burn off fat stored in the abdomen. As many women tend to build up fat deposits in this area, fucoxathin as a supplement can be helpful. It is also abdominal fat that increases a woman’s risk of heart attack, and is a serious threat to women’s health.
  • Conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, is an essential fatty acid that comes only from dairy or meat products, or supplements. Like fucoxanthin, it helps to burn off abdominal fat. Initial studies also indicate that it may be of benefit in cancer prevention.
  • Hoodia gordonii, a popular appetite suppressant with no known side effects, is generally available in pill or liquid form, or in compounds with other nutritional and weight-loss products.
  • Apple cider vinegar is an old home remedy for everything from flatulence to bad breath. Now researchers are discovering that grandma knew what she was doing. Cider vinegar added to your daily diet (either mixed with water or as a supplement) can help melt the pounds off. Just ask grandma.

If your schedule doesn’t accommodate working out at the gym daily, supplement your diet with those products that will help you keep trim and fit — it’s a vital part of women’s health.

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