Lose Weight with the Cabbage Soup Diet

There are countless diets out there that make a variety of claims to be able to help people to lose weight at a variety of rates from a few pounds here and there to several pounds in a week. All have their merits and downsides, but all are valid for one reason or another. This article, which is original to loseweight.intervalinc.com and protected by copyright, looks at one such diet that makes some amazing claims.

The cabbage soup diet.

First of all, it would help to understand just what is going on with a diet such as the cabbage soup diet plan. This one is derived from a special diet that overweight heart patients are placed on when the go to hospital in preparation for heart surgery or transplants.

In these cases, it is essential that the patient lose some weight before surgery to improve their chances of actually waking up again when its all over! In other words, if you are chronically overweight and in need of heart surgery, you had better lose weight pronto of you’ll die!

So the cabbage soup diet was devised as a way of creating very rapid weight loss in heart patients over a short period of time, such as 5 days to a week, where several pounds can be lost. This is its strength and also its weakness, as a general diet for people who are not in quite such serious danger.

As a strength, going on the cabbage soup diet plan will certainly cause rapid weight loss in the first week or so. But to sustain this new weight, the body has to exercise while gradually re-introducing normal food back into the diet, otherwise all the weight that was initially lost will return, with an extra pound or two just as a reminder not to mess with the body’s metabolism in such a drastic fashion!

That’s its weakness, by the way. Rapid weight loss is often followed by rapid re-gain of the weight unless the diet is continued. The problem with this diet is that is must be halted after a week or so to prevent malnutrition! Why is this?

The cabbage soup diet is low in nutrients and very low in calories. The diet is harsh in that it actually consists mainly of well, cabbage soup! Not much flavour in that and not much bulk either. You can add onions, garlic, tomatoes, herbs and spices but not much more besides.

This is why it is so effective at causing rapid weight loss–simply because it contains so few calories that the body is forced to burn its store of fat to provide energy for normal functioning. It is also why this diet must not be continued over any length of time as the body’s reserve will soon be depleted and the symptoms of malnutrition will appear.

So as a quick jump start diet, this is great to get you started, then switch to a more nutrient rich diet coupled with exercise to continue the initial work and you’ll lose weight and stand every chance of keeping it lost!

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Lose Weight with Will Power!

There is an incredible amount of power stored up in our minds that most of us don’t realize is there. It’s known by several names, but sheer will power is probably the best known.

Will power is the thing that make us able to do things that we may have previously believed we could never do. So when we get to a stage where we have decided that we need to lose some weight, then we can either sit back and let someone else try to do it for us, or we can invoke our own, far more powerful weapon, our will power. This article is original to loseweight.intervalinc.com and protected by copyright.

So let’s see how that works and why so many of us simply don’t use it.

The Need for Expert Help

Our modern way of living has conditioned us to expect help from an expert when anything in our lives goes wrong. So if a tap leaks, we call an expert plumber, or if our electricity supply goes off, we call an expert electrician and if we need to teach our kids something they can’t learn in school, we call an expert tutor.

OK, they were just a few examples of the top of my head, but you get the idea. We have gotten so hung up on “needing” an expert to do almost every little thing for us, we have forgotten that we have a brain and something called common sense along with the ability to solve problems.

That’s what sets human beings apart from the rest of the animal kingdom and is what is supposed to have made us the supreme rulers of our planet. Or something like that.

We Can Solve Problems!

So if we possess these great problem solving skills, why do we need experts to do anything for us, let alone just about everything? For example, if a light bulb needs changing, I can change it and I’m sure most of you can too!

Take another common household job I’m sure most of you are capable of attending to: If a faucet is leaking, I can go to the hardware store, buy a washer and fix it myself as I’m sure plenty of you can too. Even if you think you can’t, you can read can’t you?

You’re reading this!

So you can read a home maintenance manual and see how to replace a faulty faucet washer. That’s how I learned to do it. I learned to do a lot of things for myself just by reading about how to do them. If I needed to know how to do something more difficult than simply reading about it could train me to do, I got some tuition from an expert.

That’s different from getting the “expert” to do the work or fix the problem. It’s just that sometimes it is necessary to be shown in a practical way how best to do something so you know how to do it right when necessary.

We Can Solve Problems!

So I learned how to lose weight by exercising will power over my weakness for chocolate cake. Ahem! I learned that I can say no to something just as easily as I can say yes to it.

When my health is on the line, I’m sure to say no to chocolate cake and anything else that I know will make me gain weight and instead eat stuff I know is low in calories so I will lose weight.

Sure, I went to med school back in the day to become a doctor, so I guess I had a head start over most folks. But that’s not the point. If I was only looking to improve my own health rather than aiming for a medical profession, I could have learned all the information I needed by reading or asking for it from the right sources.

Essentially I trained myself in the right knowledge I needed to maintain a more healthy physical body.

If I can get my head down and learn all that from reading about it in books, online etc, so can you or anyone in fact.

And you know what that means? It means you don’t necessarily need an expert to tell you how to lose weight or show you what to do, because you already know how or you will do by getting the knowledge you need to be able to.

Maybe you just haven’t activated your own will power to want to do it for yourself yet. But you will!

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You Can Lose Weight By Doing the Housework!

It may come as some surprise that it is actually possible to shed some weight just by doing the housework! That’s right, although you need to be pretty vigorous about it to make it effective. Here’s how.

Welcome back again to the blog that helps you to lose weight as naturally and easily as possible using a variety of clever and sometimes unusual tips and tricks. In this post, I want to look at a subject that tends to make people grimace and feel like switching off, but its actually one that can help you to shed that fat without doing anything other than you are already doing.

That is if you’re the one who has to do all the housework! You see, you can turn it around and reduce your body’s fat levels simply by doing all the housework!

The Secret of Domestic Exercise

Here is one of those amazing secrets of achieving a slim and fit body through partaking in some domestic activity that many people don’t even realize exists. You may never look at sweeping that floor in quite the same way ever again!

That’s right! Doing the housework is surprisingly good for you from the perspective that it makes your body work and increases your metabolic rate. And that burns up calories!

When you burn calories you set in motion the fat burning process that leads to that slender body you’ve been dreaming of. And if you can do that by taking what you used to see as a chore and turn it into a viable daily exercise routine–and let’s face it is exactly what it is–then you set yourself up for some healthier days ahead!

So what is it with doing something as mundane as the housework that you can turn into an effective and regular exercise workout?

It’s Vigorous Activity for Sure

The answer is actually pretty simple. Domestic chores, especially the ones you do standing up, require a lot of physical activity and that’s what makes your muscles work hard to use energy.

Take some rousing, invigorating music and get on with doing your sweeping, mopping, vacuuming and cleaning to its rhythm. The trick is to really put your energy into each brush stroke, each swish of the mop or thrust of the vacuum cleaner, each rubbing motion with a cloth, etc.

You’ll find you’ve soon become out of breath and sweating profusely. Don’t worry, because these are good signs that you’re doing a good job of burning off the calories that will lead to you reducing your body fat levels.

And the beauty of this is that it’s all by creating an exercise program out of doing something that you regularly do every day anyway. So how bad is that?

Move with Purpose

The major trick to making this work really effectively is in getting yourself into the place where you are making each move with a real purpose. That means making each sweep of the broom a purposeful one by putting extra energy into it and making it a true workout.

For instance, you could be thrusting back and forth with the vacuum cleaner to the rhythm of a favorite piece of music and say, do ten repetitions with your right arm, then change and do ten more with the left. Do you see how this can work?

It can work for just about any daily chore that you have to put anything approaching effort into.

Do you need to mow the lawn? Don’t use a sit-on mower! Get the hand mower out of the shed and put some effort into pushing it around the place to cut the grass instead.

Feel your muscles complaining at the extra work. And feel smug in that you know you’re getting a huge benefit from it!

A Chore Becomes a Benefit

And just think of the many and obvious benefits that you can derive from this simple, combination of activities.

It’s a great way to make a chore work for you instead of you working for the chore, do you not think? I certainly do and it really works for me!

So no more dreading the daily chores that used to really get me down. Those irritating activities that used to make me angry about all the precious time that was being wasted on doing something that didn’t ever seem to be all that important.

Instead relish those chores with gusto and enthusiasm! Because they are toning up your muscles, improving your health and most importantly, helping you to do what you are reading this to learn how to do and that’s to lose weight as easily and purposefully as possible!

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