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How to Reach Success in Dieting

Dieting does not have to be as hard as everyone thinks that it is. Unfortunately, as stated on this website, many diet fads set people up for failure.

They do this by promising results that are completely unrealistic. This leads to a situation in which the dieter fails on a diet that had no chance of success, and blames themselves for the failure.

Often, the added stress and anxiety that comes from trying to maintain an impossible diet adds more weight and leaves the person who attempted the diet feeling worse than they did before the diet.

One of the best ways to improve your chances of losing weight quickly while dieting is to mentally prepare yourself beforehand. You need to realize that weight loss and a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand.

You may also increase you chances of success with your diet by taking it slowly. It is not healthy, mentally or physically, to start a major lifestyle change without allowing yourself some time to adapt to these changes.

There is no reasonable to make yourself miserable while you are losing weight. You should constantly remind yourself that you are making a lifestyle change, and it may be beneficial to slow down the process as opposed to abandoning the diet altogether.

In fact, in some cases it is more beneficial to identify your cravings and fulfill that craving in small quantities, than it is to compensate for that craving by eating large quantities of other foods, which still may not satisfy that craving.

Alternative HIV Treatments

In the 80s and early 90s, many people with HIV/AIDS turned toward alternative and complementary medicine to manage their condition. This was due in large part to the fact that no treatment existed for HIV infection until AZT/Retrovir became available in the late 80s. And even then, many people did not see much advantage to the drug. (In hindsight, it’s safe to say that monotherapy with the drug was nearly worthless except for people at death’s door.)

In the mid-90s, with the advent of combinations of different classes of drugs (discussed elsewhere), the apparent need for alternative approaches waned. However, now that people are living longer, they are more likely to see problems arise from long term use of antiretroviral therapy (ARV). Once again, many are turning toward other approaches to manage HIV infection. Some use them to slow progression so they may delay the use of ARV. Others use them to augment their current drug regimen or to deal with the side effects of antiviral agents.

First, let’s clarify some terms. As used here alternative, means something that is used instead of mainstream medicine to produce the same effect. One example might be someone who uses the naturally occurring antidepressants in St. John’s wort to manage mild-to-moderate depression instead of a pharmaceutically-based, antidepressant drug. By contrast, complementary medicine refers to the use essentially of whatever works. Over the past few decades, however, there is an increasing recognition by practitioners of these various arts that each has something to offer. It is a slow revolution, arising in no small degree to the efforts of AIDS activists around the world. Thus, integrative normal  holistic medicine endeavors to understand disease from a perspective that looks at what works from any tradition, but maintains its focus on the individual patient at various levels.

There are a wide variety of forms that integrative medicine may take. The so-called allopathic medicine approach utilizes surgery, radiation, psychoanalysis and other “talking” psychotherapies, physical therapy, and pharmacologic or drug-based therapy. Integrative medicine may include such “alternative” methods as the use of vitamins, minerals and amino acids (collectively, micronutrients), often at doses above the minimum necessary to prevent deficiency diseases as well as herbs. In addition, it may also include a variety of “complementary” modalities, including massage therapy, Reiki, meditation, intercession at a distance (or prayer therapy), movement work (such as Qi Gung or Tai Chi), or acupuncture. Some practitioners are trained in the ancient traditions of Tibetan or Chinese medicine, Ayur Vedic medicine (from India) or African traditional medicine. Each of these traditions recognizes the importance of diet, sleep and exercise as critical to maintaining health.

Unfortunately, many of the alternative modalities have somewhat limited data from which to determine efficacy and potency, or on which to base decisions about utility. But this situation is changing. More and more clinical studies are being designed and run that are showing the limitations, benefits and risks of using these types of modalities. The data set is slowly building upon the lore of what may be in some cases thousands of years of tradition.

Questions to Ask When Consulting Doctors

What is the office policy and practice as to patient record keeping, do they take a good history at each visit, do they document that history completely and accurately, and who actually enters that data into the patient file? This information is vital for anyone who has private disability insurance; the insurance industry is aggressively trying to deny disability benefits.

It is very easy for both patient and doctor to take recurring or steady state symptoms as a given and not document them at each visit. If this happens the patient can in fact be told by the insurance company that the record indicates those symptoms or conditions do not in fact exist. It is important to be a complainer each and every time you see your doctor. It is a good practice to prepare a checklist prior to every doctor visit, have both the doctor and the nurse who transcribes his notes read it back to you and ask follow-up questions. Double check from time to time that the staff is entering the data into the patient record completely and accurately.

It is also important to know what type of doctor you are comfortable with, do you want a doctor who will work with you in a consulting manner or are you more comfortable with one who simply tells you what they want you to do. Once you make this decision it is important to determine if the physician in question is comfortable with the mode you choose.

Make sure that your doctor has read, understands, and is in agreement with you on any living will or do not resuscitate instructions you may have prepared. Most patients do not take the time and effort to do this.

Three Ways to Get the Abs that You Want

1. Exercise is always the number one way to get rid of the excess fat in your stomach area. Always use cardio type of exercise to loose fat and not doing sit ups vigorously. Exercising also helps your body to maintain a higher metabolic rate which burn fat faster.

Also simple exercise like taking the effort to walk and move around everyday also helps.

Here are a few simple things which you can do:

  • Gardening,
  • Take the effort to wash your car,
  • Use the stairs in case of the lift or parking further away so that you can take a walk to office instead.

2. Diet – Rule number 1: Never starve yourself! But choose the type of foods are you consuming in your diet. It would help if you consume high fiber food which has very low calorie – fills your stomach while you consume little or rather no calorie at all. Also consume low-fat protein foods like lean meat, peel off the skin on the chicken before you eat and low-fat dairy products.

3. Regulate your meal – Count your calories! Think before you consume the food and never eat a huge meal – break it down to smaller ones so that you can eat more often but in smaller and lesser caloric food.