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Things to Avoid Eating Before Sleep

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Sleep is something that is absolutely essential to your wellbeing.  It determines to a great extent how much energy we have the next day, boosts our immune system and aids with recovery from physical activity. Not getting a good nights’ sleep can be detrimental to your performance at work, or even your mood in general. As someone who watches a lot of TV after dinner, snacking is something I cannot live without. Unfortunately, snacking after dinner can cause massive issues with sleep. If you  have issues with sleep and are a late night snacker, try to avoid these five foods:

High Sugar Food.
Foods high in processed sugar like chocolates and cereals are to be avoided. The sugar results in energy spikes which can make it very difficult to stay asleep, let alone actually fall asleep.

Spicy Food.
Foods that are really spicy can wake you up, making it almost impossible to fall asleep till the effects wear off.

Red Meat.
Meats like this that are high in fat take longer to digest and as such can make peaceful sleep very difficult. Stick to protein sources such as yoghurt for digestive benefits.

Canned Food.
Canned goods in general are high in Sodium, so if you must eat something out of a can, look for a low sodium alternative.

Caffeine.
This one is quite obvious. Caffeine is a stimulant and just like the spices above, is something you really need to avoid.

Avoiding these foods alone could improve your sleep. Give it a try, this small change could make a definitive quality of life improvement.

 

10 Weight Loss Tips

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Here we bring you 10 Weight Loss Tips that is sure to help you lose some weight.

1- Dietary control and exercise. All you need to do is watch what you eat, and expend more energy than you consume. It’s really that simple. So basically eat less and exercise more.

2- Start reading labels. I know it sucks, but you have to do it – and there’s no way to avoid this tip. If you don’t know what you’re putting in your mouth, you’re flying blind. Don’t assume, either – triple-check the ingredients list and serving sizes. You must rely on yourself for this; nobody else is going to be able to lose the weight or do the math for you. It’s not that complicated a task, but it will require effort. If nothing else, just pay attention to the calorie count.

3- Set realistic goals. You can lose 50 pounds in a week if you work out 12 hours a day and eat nothing but celery – but not if you’re human. Slow and steady wins the race. Don’t bite off more than you can chew – literally. Make small goals on your way to the bigger goal(s). In the end, you’ll have achieved more (and more frequently, might I add).

4- Reduce fat. With regard to fat, the research is clear: Diets too high in fat promote overweight and obesity. You should strive to consume no more than 25 percent of your calories from fat – and that fat should the “non-saturated” type.

5- Watch your weight. Some people say that you shouldn’t weigh yourself more than once a week. I’ve been much happier charting my progress every day. No matter what, you need to weigh in at the same time, every time. For me, that’s 10am every morning (or somewhere thereabout). If you decide to weigh yourself every single day, understand that your weight will fluctuate by one or two pounds – and that you should only keep a serious eye on the lengthier trends.

6. Drink a lot of water. Water not only acts as a solvent for many vitamins and minerals but also is responsible for carrying nutrients into and wastes out of cells, so the body functions properly. As a rule of thumb, you should drink a half-ounce of water for every pound of body weight daily, unless you’re very active, in which case you should increase your water intake to two-thirds of an ounce per pound of body weight daily.

7.  Don’t eat right before bed time. In general eat at least 2 hours before bed time. Food consumed close to bed time will not have time to digest and will turn to fat quicker.

8. Get Plenty Of Sleep. Studies have shown that there is a direct link between sleep and weight loss. When we’re tired we either eat “less than healthy” food to help keep us awake, or we’re simply too tired to be bothered preparing something healthy, so we eat junk because it’s easier. So make sure you get plenty of sleep – as close to 8 hours each day as possible.

9. Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Fruits and vegetables are packed with beneficial fibers, vitamins and antioxidants. They fill up your stomach fast so you feel full earlier. They are also low in calories and helps to keep your calorie count low.

10. Do not Skip Meals. Eating small frequent meals help to balance your calorie intake throughout the day and also keeps your blood sugar level balanced. Instead of eating 3 big meals, try to eat 5 – 6 smaller meals throughout the day.

Strange Uses of Potassium

Potassium is generally considered as an essential mineral for proper body functioning. But aside from ingesting potassium rich foods to maintain one’s health, potassium is also used in a variety of ways. Stop minding the calories in a banana and other potassium-rich foods. Instead, get a load of all these other cool ways in which potassium is used!

  • Potassium is great for fertilizers! Grow your plants in potassium-rich soil and see the difference! The potassium ions are essential for nutrition of plants. Additionally, potassium chloride, potassium nitrate and potassium sulfate are very useful in the fields of agriculture, hydroponics and horticulture.
  • If you want glass for your windows that is stronger and can withstand more pressure, then look for toughened glass! It’s made with potassium nitrate so it’s extra durable!
  • For heart surgeons, potassium chloride is vital when performing surgeries. It is used to stop the heart when needed during situations that call for it and then subsequent resuscitation. It also a compound used in lethal injections.
  • Superoxide KO2, which is potassium and oxygen combines, is used in submarines and spacecrafts! It is used for life support. It is how oxygen is supplied to the people inside the crafts.
  • Gold and silver miners also have a use for potassium when they venture into their gold mines. Potassium cyanide is used in extracting gold and silver minerals during gold mining operations.

Potassium isn’t all about food or health. It’s also useful in a number of strange and unexpected ways!

How to Prepare for Your 1500 Calorie Diet

If you are thinking about going on a diet, there are several things that you should consider. One of the most important aspects of a healthy weight-loss diet is the number of calories taken in each day. The average human consumes approximately 2000 calories, which is a good estimate of the energy requirement for an active lifestyle. However, if you do not have this lifestyle it will be necessary to reduce your calorie intake to compensate for the energy that your body does not use. A good starting point may be a 1500 calorie diet, which is a number that provides a reasonable step down from the typical value.

To achieve this, you essentially have two options. You may reduce the quantity of food that you eat, which can be difficult for someone that is used to eating a regularly-sized meal. A better alternative is to force yourself to eat foods that are low in energy density. Soup is one example of this type of food, as are vegetables and fruits. The typical number of calories in a banana is about 105. For this volume of food, this is a relatively low density – a burger of similar volume often contains upwards of 300 calories!

Eating foods that are low in energy density is a way of tricking your body into thinking that it has had a full meal. The extra volume from these foods causes your stomach to expand, which gives you the feeling of being full. This makes it easier for you to say no to extra food that you have restricted yourself from eating, and has the added benefit of introducing a healthy balance of vitamins and minerals into your diet.