Category Archives: weight control

Visualize your goal

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Has it ever happened to you that you sort of have this dream, this idea in your mind, but can’t quite see it? And it may stay on your mind for a long time and just appear as a dream, a far away unreal dream, but it’s not. It’s very real!

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I remember myself looking at very fit, great looking girls, thinking “I wish I had a body like that”. I have tried diets, working out, but still was far away from my “dream”. About half a year ago I had this idea to download a picture of a fit girl, whose physique was close to mine, only without the layer of fat. Nothing “too much” or “far away dream” looking. So I set that picture up as a screen saver on my phone. From that moment on my dream transformed in to a possibility. Every time I looked at my phone there was my motivation. I also used it as “stop button” when was craving pizza or a donut. Seeing my goal picture multiple times a day made it real and very doable. A month ago I have reached my first set goal! Now I have a new goal, I want an even leaner body and defined muscles. So I downloaded a new goal picture and joined Cross Fit two days ago!

Visualize your goals, print them out on a piece of paper and put them in well seen places. It will help you make better choices on the way to your goal!

FitAli

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How sleep helps us lose weight

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Many years ago we used to think that an adult needs 8-9 hours of sleep a day to get enough rest and function properly. But let’s be realistic…Who sleeps 9 hours a day now? In the recent years this number went down to 6-7 hours. When I asked a few of my friends how many hours of sleep they need to feel rested in the morning, the answers varied from 6 to 9 hours. Those who said they need 6 hours didn’t say it because they don’t have time to get more sleep, they simply don’t need more time. And those who said 9 hours, also didn’t say it just because they like to sleep, it’s because their bodies really need 9 hours to rest.

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It depends on the age group and each person individually. Some people need a longer time to recharge. Sleep is essential to life. Sleep is the time when our bodies relax, get rest, accumulate and re-energize. It’s also important to not oversleep.

What happens when we don’t get enough sleep?

The side effects of sleep deprivation go unnoticed most of the time. Such conditions as obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and headaches could develop over a long period of time. Oversleeping may cause the same diseases!

How sleep helps us lose weight?

– It helps to eat less. Our hormone levels are regulated when we sleep. In particular there are two hormones that are responsible for our appetite. So get enough sleep and you may need to eat less.

– Sleep gives you energy. Our bodies re-energize while we sleep. So we have enough energy to go through the day and have a good workout.

– Sleep generates good mood. Don’t you just love this feeling when you wake up fully rested and the whole world seems to smile at you! When we are happy, the stress levels go down and we are less likely to overeat.

I learned about myself that I need about 8 hours of sleep to be fully rested. I may not want to get up when I hear my alarm clock in the morning, but when I do get up- I feel awesome!

P.S. It’s my beautiful kitty on the picture 🙂