Winter Weight Gain – Why Does It Happen And What Can We Do?

Winter weight gain is a common complaint of many people. It seems that every winter we add a few pounds, and come summer we don’t lose them all again either. A few of them always stick around, making us a little heavier every year. They seem to be very hard to lose extra pounds! Why does this happen and what can we do?

There are many contributing factors. First, it seems likely that we have a genetic disposition to store more fat as winter approaches. Many animals do this and it was probably vital to survival for our ancestors. Extra layers of fat on the body protect us against the cold and then can be used as fuel in the late winter and early spring when food stocks would historically be very low. We probably have a tendency to eat more in the fall, when food is plentiful after harvest time, to help this process along. We may also unconsciously choose foods that are higher in fat content at this time.

Hormone levels can also influence our weight gain. The interaction of hormones and other chemicals in the brain can bring about variations inbathrooms_household_180658 appetite and cravings. Some neurotransmitters can also influence the way we eat. People who are overweight often have low levels of these neurotransmitters and the results can include excessive appetite, depression and sleep disorders. At the same time, the lack of daylight caused by the shortening days during late fall and winter can bring on seasonally affected disorder or winter depression.

One of the quickest ways to give a boost to the energy levels and emotions is to eat high carbohydrate foods including sugar treats, chips and cereals that give us a fast blood sugar ‘fix’. So people who feel low in the winter will tend to overeat or eat the wrong foods, leading to weight gain, more depression and a vicious cycle that is hard to break.

So altogether there are many reasons why we eat more high carbohydrate foods such as cookies, pies and chocolate in the winter, and of course most of these foods also contain high levels of fats. The best way to handle this is generally to substitute other foods that are also high in carbohydrate so that we get what our body craves, but which have low fat content and plenty of fiber. This means potatoes, wholegrain bread without butter, wholegrain rice, cereals, and fresh whole fruit.

It is also important to take more exercise. Often our physical activity levels drop in the winter and we have a tendency to want to stay home and rest. This is natural when it is cold outside. But we are not cavemen! We have heating in our homes and can be sure that there will still be plenty of food in the stores come February. We do not need to stow fat the way that they did. Sign up with a gym or get a stationary bicycle for the den. Transform those carbs into energy now instead of keeping it on the waistline until spring. Winter weight gain is easily avoidable this way.

Until next time…wear your heels well!

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Does Alli Work?

Does Alli work as a weight loss pill? The quick answer seems to be yes, but there is a downside, so read on.

Alli is the over-the-counter name for orlistat which is also available in prescription form as Xenical. If you are going to ask for it you may like to know that it is pronounced like ally, not alley. It is essentially a fat alli_logoblocker. It works by preventing the body from absorbing the fat from the foods that we eat, and it is the one freely available drug that has FDA backing for its claims to aid weight loss. You might think you could eat all the fatty foods you liked and then take Alli to negate the effect but sadly that is not true. It should always be used in conjunction with a low fat diet plan under the supervision of a doctor.

The amount of weight loss achieved with Alli is variable. In one study involving one-year clinical trials, between 35.5% and 54.8% of subjects attained a 5% or greater decrease in body mass, although we do not know how much of this mass was fat. Between 16.4% and 24.8% of the subjects achieved a 10% or more decrease in body mass.

In combination with a calorie controlled diet, the effects could be expected to be greater. It was also shown to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The participants regained an average of one third of the weight that they had lost after stopping Alli, but this is typical of most dieters.

The main disadvantage of Alli is the side effects which center around digestive and bowel problems. The higher the fat content in the diet, the greater these side effects are likely to be, as the undigested fat is expelled from the body. Flatulence, loose stools and bowel incontinence can result, especially in the early stages before the body is accustomed to the drug.

The manufacturer’s website warns, “You may feel an urgent need to go to the bathroom. Until you have a sense of any treatment effects, it’s probably a smart idea to wear dark pants, and bring a change of clothes with you to work.” You really need to want to lose weight to take Alli!

However these side effects are reduced if you stick to the recommended low fat diet and as the manufacturers hint, the potentially embarrassing side effects can even be helpful in encouraging you to keep to your diet. Always remember that Alli does not claim to work without consistent efforts toward weight loss from you.

What they do claim is that it can improve your weight loss by up to 50%. That would mean a person who lost 10 pounds without taking Alli would lose 15 pounds taking it. It boosts your weight loss and rewards your efforts with better results than you could get by yourself. Note though that individual results will vary and are not guaranteed.

Sadly there is no magic diet pill that will melt away your excess pounds while you sleep, but Alli is a pill that has documented results. If you are determined to lose weight and have been struggling with diets without much effect, it may be a good time to discuss it with your doctor and find out does Alli work for you.

Be educated and stay healthy!

Until next time…wear you heels well!

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Its My Birthday and You Are Getting the Gifts

Tomorrow (Wednesday) on Diva Talk Radio, we will be celebrating my birthday. No need to bring me gifts (unless it’s dark chocolate) because I will have gifts for YOU!

That’s right…you heard me…YOU will receive the gifts.  I have several giveaways that will be announced LIVE on Diva Talk Radio.

January is Health & Wellness month for Diva Talk Radio, so all of the giveaways will be centered around having a healthy year.  I have recipe books, health books, ebooks, and special special articles to give away.

So, come on over and enjoy the festivities.  Be sure to wear you birthday hat and don’t suck the helium out of the balloons…okay, just a little bit but don’t tell anyone I gave you permission.

Here are a few questions that I receive often:

Q:  How do I listen to Diva Talk Radio?

A: Great question! Go to http://blogtalkradio.com/divatalkradio for the show. Be sure to register so you can join us in the chatroom.

Q: What time does your show start?

A: 2:00 p.m. EST (Every Wednesday)

Q: I have a show topic idea, can I share it with you?

A: Absolutely! We love your feedback and want to hear from you. Send your show topic ideas to shows [at] divatalkradio dot com. Or simply go to http://DivaTalkRadio.com and fill out the contact form. Caution: Excuse our dust, we are currently revamping DivaTalkRadio.com to bring you a better and more exciting website. Make sure to wear your hardhat while your over there.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment or zip me over an email.

Tomorrow’s show will only be 30 minutes, so arrive on time to get in on the giving.

Until next time…wear you heels well!

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Diva Talk Radio Giveaway as Promised

On today’s Diva Talk Radio, our guest Duong Sheahan (http://healthybeautysecrets.com) gracious agreed to give away TWO books by The New York Times best selling author Jordan Rubin.

Book #1: Perfect Weight America (Duong’s testimony is on Page 139)

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Book #2: The Great Physician’s Prescription for Children’s Health

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Okay, here’s what you need to do in order to enter the drawing.

  1. Post a Tweet on Twitter about the giveaway with a link back to this blog (https://briefcasediva.wordpress.com)
  2. Post a comment below and tell me what book you are wanting and why you want it.
  3. Post another Tweet on Twitter, but this time say this “@krclaypool says @DuongSheahan ROCKS!” — you can add anything addition if you would like.

See, I told you it would be fun! 🙂

Since I have your undivided attention, please sign up for our exciting newsletter.  You’ll need to do this at http://DivaTalkRadio.com. (please excuse our dust, we’re remodeling DivaTalkRadio)  I promise not to bombard you with junk and will only provide you with wonderful information and upcoming guests to our show.

I can’t wait to read all of the Tweets and Comments.

Until next time…wear your heels well!

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Sexy Kissable Lips

What is the first thing you notice when looking at Angelina Jolie?  Her sexy kissable lips!  Well Divas, you can make the most of your assets by making your lips look fresh and inviting.

Lips are one of the easiest ways to be creative and edgy…after all, you can take off the color as easily as you put it on.

  • Begin with a liner to define the shape of your lips and reduce “feathering” around your lip line. Okay, before I go any further…Diva’s make sure that you line your actual lips. Don’t line the outside of your lips. Small lips can be just as sexy as plump lips. Choose a liner close to your lip’s natural color if you’re going nude, or choose one that matches the lip color.
  • Be bold…wear red! Don’t think I’m crazy, but you can wear an intense color! Believe it or not, there is a shade of red that is right for you.  While at the cosmetic counter, look at the various shades of colors and experiment.  Go wild and pick a color that you would normally skip.  Now, swipe the color on the insiddreamstime_4186891e of your wrist…how does it look? Too harsh, then go to another color and swipe again.  Continue to do this until you find a color that will compliment your skin tone.  Personally, I’m a red and burgundy girl.  At times, I’ll do the pinks to match my shoes and handbag.
  • Scared of color? It’s also sexy to go nude.  Just let your mood set the tone.  A nice liner with lip gloss is definitely sexy.
  • Moisturize your lips.  There’s nothing worse than to see chapped and cracked lips.  Keep a stick of lip balm next to your desk and apply it throughout the day.  After a while, your lips will look healthy and luscious.
  • Choose a gloss for added shine and radiance.
  • Smile – smile – smile! When you smile, those around you smile too.  It’s contagious!
  • Finally, allow your words that come through those lips to be that of encouragement and wisdom.  There’s nothing more disappointing than to see a beautiful woman with an ugly mouth by the what she speaks.  Words are powerful.

So there you have it…have fun with your lip color.

Until next time…wear your heels well!

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Woman Fitness: Building Strength through a Strength Training Program

Women always want to have a beautiful body. It is always the trend in Hollywood and everywhere else.  But what is the right exercise program for women who want to lose their fats effectively.

One of most growing form of women exercise is associated with strength training. It does not only cater to fat loss but also provides several benefits. It includes metabolic rate increase, bone density increase and woman_exercisingrestoration, lean muscles mass increase, injury prevention, improved balance, coronary disease prevention, recovery and rehabilitation, sports performances improvement, delayed aging process, and look and figure enhancement.

Before beginning a strength training program, you need to consult a doctor. This will ensure your safety and proper fitness. In fact, creating routines for strength training is one of the trickiest portions of your fitness program. But if you follow the guidelines provided by some personal trainers, then you can increase your chances of becoming successful with your fitness objectives.

1. You can never strength train your muscle in one day. Minimum time allocations of 24 to 36 hours must be followed. Consecutive days of doing the exercises can lead to muscle fatigue, possible injury, and over-training.  Rests are required to regain lost energy.

2. You cannot lose your weight instantly. For example losing excess stomach fats cannot be achieved by doing only 100 crunches. Stomach flab doesn’t easily disappear in that way. Overall reduction of body fats must be done first by proper rest, regular exercise, and eating well.

3. You cannot tone your body immediately. Step by step procedure should be followed. You need to concentrate on one muscle group. Once you are through, you can proceed to your next target. Considering the use of machines is much better than using free weights only.

4. Your strength training programs should be consistent and regular to ensure successful results. Keep in mind that you have gained weight for years, so losing it also takes time. Your strength training requires a change in your lifestyle. Bad habits must be replaced with good ones.

5. Strength training requires changes every 4 to 6 weeks. It will prevent your body from getting bored and keep workouts more interesting. You need to change your exercise method, and intensity levels. Unchanged routines sometimes stop producing good results in the end. You need to grow from your daily workouts.

6. Your strength training programs need to be created according to your specific objectives. It can include, hypertrophy, adding bulk, fat loss, or maintaining weight. Every objective has also different methods for acquiring optimal results. If you are interested in body fat loss, your strength training is different compared to increasing bulks in your muscles. You need specific goals to create the best possible strength training program.

7. Your regular routine should workout all your major muscles 1 to 3 times a week. It includes the triceps, chest, shoulders, biceps, quads, calves, abs, hamstring, and gluts. It creates imbalance if you missed any one of the muscle groups.

Women who follow these guidelines can build an effective and decent strength training program. Achieving a healthy and fit body is also safe. So, be ready to achieve that beautiful body you have always dreamt of.

Until next time…wear your heels well!

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P.S. This week’s Guest on Diva Talk Radio will be Duong Sheahan.  Duong will be discussing A Woman’s Wholeness…body, soul, and spirit. So mark your calendars for Wednesday 1/14/09 @ 2:00 p.m. EST for Diva Talk Radio.

Choosing the Right Fitness Program for You

aerobicsMany people today are now getting more and more concerned about their health. Besides, who wouldn’t be? With the alarming increase in heart related diseases and diabetes and the United States having been nicknamed as the fattest country in the world, you have every right to be concerned about your body. You have to consider that your body plays a major role on how you live your daily life.

By having a healthy body, you will be able to enjoy life more. You also need to consider that having diabetes and heart related disease will also affect your family’s life. So, if you want a healthy body, you have to turn off your TV, get off your comfortable recliner and start exercising. You also need to consider that you have to have a proper diet in order to maintain your body’s health and prevent it from acquiring different kinds of diseases.

Today, there are thousands of gyms located all over the United States. You can consider enrolling in one of these gyms in order to get a perfectly healthy body. You have to consider that by exercising, you will not only have a healthy body and a healthy heart, but you will also have a great looking body that you can proudly show off.

However, what if you don’t know how to start exercising or what if you don’t know what kind of exercises you need for your body? The answer to these questions is simple. All you need to do is find the right fitness program for you. Gyms today have professional fitness experts or fitness trainers that can give you the right fitness program for you. If you just want to maintain a healthy heart and have a well-toned body, the right fitness program for you will concentrate more on cardiovascular exercises plus a diet program that will help you maintain your heart’s health.

However, if you want to have stronger muscles, you have to consider that weight training plus intensive cardiovascular exercises are required in your fitness program. You also need to consider that there are different fitness programs for different kinds of people. Even children have their very own fitness programs and even the elderly have their very own fitness program.

You need to consider that you fitness program will depend on the current state your body is in. If you are too fat or overweight, you will first enter a weight loss fitness program. After you finish your weight loss fitness program and have reached the required weight, you will now enter a different and more advanced fitness program that will concentrate on strength and endurance training.

However, if you are too thin, you will enter a weight gain fitness program.

As you can see, there are different kinds of fitness programs available today. You have to consider that the right fitness program for you will depend entirely on your current health status and your body status.

These are some of the things you have to consider when choosing a fitness program for you.

So Divas, let’s get physical!

Until next time…wear your heels well,

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