Forget BMI – Waist Size is More Important

Forget about trying to work out your BMI – use this simple trick instead!

  1. Take a piece of string and cut it so it is the same length as your height
  2. Fold the string in half and put it around your waist
  3. If the ends of the string meet around your waist your weight is OK

It’s as simple as that!

Why it Works

Extensive studies have shown that if your waist is half or less than your height you are much less likely to have something called visceral fat.

You can read the full study HERE

Visceral fat is found in the abdominal cavity, it is close to many vital organs such as the pancreas, liver, and intestines.

The higher the amount of visceral fat a person stores the more at risk they are for certain health complications, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease

The good news is that by following a low carb, low sugar diet visceral fat is the first fat to go before the more obvious external body fat.

 

 

 

 

Diet Checklist

What does a diet have to accomplish for it to be worth your time?

  1. You need quick results to give you the incentive to continue. There’s little more demoralizing than trying hard at something which you’ve worked up to starting, got in the right frame of mind for, invested time researching and money buying, only for it not to work. Fast initial progress gives you a feeling of achievement and motivates you to continue. It’s surprising how much easier it is to face the sacrifice of less food when you can see it paying off.
  2. Not feeling hungry is very important so that you don’t undo all your good work by snacking. There are things you can do to take your mind off feeling hungry but you will always have a nagging feeling that you want to eat something, and if you go out to take your mind off it you run the risk of stopping off for a quick burger!
  3. It’s healthy is also very important, try not to get caught up in some of the  “fad  diets”  that you will see especially the ones which starve your body of necessary nutrition for several days. The best and most successful way to lose weight is to do it slowly and consistently so that your body is essentially re-educated to both expect less food and your mind is adapted to your new eating regime.
  4. Fitting into your routine is vitally important too. If a diet uses ingredients you have to go out of your way to find (obscure herbs, berries etc.) then the chances are you’ll either run out at some point and quit, feeling guilty that you haven’t followed through you might give up altogether. Time, effort and money wasted, plus you’ll have the added thought that you can’t do it which will deter you from trying again.
  5. If it’s difficult to prepare you run the same risk of giving up, where you find yourself short of time one day and decide the lengthy preparation isn’t something you have the time or energy for, and you’re back to feeling guilty and in danger of letting your doubts get the better of you and giving up.

The best diet I have found which does all these things is described in more detail HERE

Brain Training For Dogs

As a dog owner I understand the value of having a well trained dog. At it’s most basic (and possibly useful) level you need your dog to come back to you in cases of danger (near a road) or to keep it away from another dog that you consider aggressive.

Quite counter-intuitively, the better trained your dog is, the more freedom he has while out on walks or even in the garden. If you can trust your dog to come back if needed, he can be allowed the freedom to follow his nose!

On top of the freedom and safety aspects there is your own peace of mind in not having to be forever on the lookout for your dog getting into trouble, creating a much calmer and more rewarding walking experience.

It’s so disappointing to see dogs in the park on a lead because they’ll “just run off” when investing a small amount of effort will allow your dog, and yourself, so much more freedom!

This is all very well if you have a well-balanced dog that gets on well with people and other dogs, and doesn’t display one of many “anti-social” behaviours than can affect some, but what if your dog, like many, displays some behaviours that you find uncontrollable, that are worrisome, or could cause distress to others around you?

Who Can Forget Fenton?

I’m sure all dog owners can sympathise with this poor man!

 

Brain Training For Dogs

is for you if you recognise any of the symptoms listed below:

  • Your dog doesn’t listen to you
  • You need to train a new Puppy
  • Your dog barks uncontrollably
  • Your Dog is pulling on the leash
  • Your Dog is aggressive
  • Your Dog is chewing things he shouldn’t
  • Your Dog is digging all the time
  • Your Dog is Jumping up
  • You’re frustrated with your dog
  • You may even regret getting your Dog
  • You’re worried you might have to give up your Dog because of behaviour problems you can’t handle
  • You feel helpless to control your dog
  • You tell your Dog ‘no’ with no success
  • Your Dog gets over excited and is hard to settle down
  • Your Dog is whining constantly
  • Your dog has a fear of certain sounds or stimuli
  • You want a dog who obeys you
  • You want a better bond with your dog
  • You want less stress

Almost ANY behaviour your dog is exhibiting can be quickly and easily cured with the simple techniques within this training package!

If you need help with:

  • Potty training
  • Dealing with aggression
  • Jumping up
  • Digging
  • Whining
  • Chewing
  • Excessive barking
  • Impulse control
  • Hyperactivity
  • Ignoring you

then Brain Training for Dogs is for you!

What You Get

Force-free easy to understand directions, troubleshooting guides, step-by-step guides, and pictures and video demonstrations you can use with any dog to quickly unlock his natural intelligence and eliminate bad behaviours. There are years of study of hundreds of problem dogs compressed into a ‘paint-by numbers’ system for creating the wonderfully well-behaved pet you desire. It will show you why the formula is structured the way it is without wasting a moment of your valuable time.

Expert support is available to you through the easy-to-use support system.

Access to a huge archive of every conceivable dog behaviour problem, with tailor made solutions which tackle the root cause.

Access to a private forum where you can discuss your dogs’ behaviour, training, and everything dog related with other like-minded owners.

A simple to follow process. Any successful dog trainer will agree that simplicity is the key to training a well-behaved dog.

You Also Get

Obedience training 101

How to use food to train your dog to complete your commands.

How to get your dog to sit / lie down / take or leave items.

Strategies to get your dog to stay / heel / come to you / listen to your commands. Also the vitally important “drop it” command which can literally save your dog’s life if he picks up something dangerous!

7 Trick training videos

Once you’ve mastered the basics you can develop into “tricks” if you wish, such as:

  • Take a bow
  • Cover his eyes
  • Dance
  • Shake hands
  • Howl
  • Play dead
  • Roll over

Polish up your training

How to fade out the use of food so your dog listens to you even when there’s no food in sight

Hand signals to control your dog at a distance

A very simple tactic to increase obedience

Archives which include over 100 in-depth articles covering every behaviour problem you can think of.

An entire section dedicated to puppy training. Potty training, crate training, socialisation and bite inhibition.

Most behaviour problems have many different possible causes, and each different cause needs a different solution. these techniques tackle the root cause of the problem to stop bad bahaviours fast.

All force-free gentle techniques crated by a CCPDT certified dog trainer.

To Summarise

What’s included:

  • Cutting-edge dog training science and techniques.
  • Gentle force-free techniques ONLY.
  • Clear instructions with pictures.
  • Troubleshooting segments in the Brain Training course for difficult dogs.
  • Video demonstrations of the brain training games.
  • A HUGE archive covering almost every dog behaviour problem you could think of.
  • Tailor-made solutions for behaviour problems which tackle the root cause.
  • Exclusive information from a certified professional trainer with years of experience.
  • Ability to submit questions directly for answering through the support system.
  • A private forum where members can discuss dogs and dog training, or just chat and connect with like-minded people.
  • An online member’s area which means you can easily access all of the information on the go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Beach Body Ready!

Are you ready for Summer?

Do you want to shed a few pounds before you hit the beach this year?

Let’s be honest, we all do – so start now with a diet that gives you a fast start to keep you motivated and continues on to change your eating habits for a lifetime.

Dieting Tips

The very term is one reason diets fail. We tend to associate “diet” with a short term deprivation of things that we like in order to see a difference in our weight. This is unhelpful to our longer term health because as soon as we “finish the diet” what happens is we tend to make up for lost time and go back to the same over-eating that got us into the situation in the first place. In fact, studies have shown that for every diet a person goes on they actually put on 11 pounds in weight! The key to losing weight is changing your eating habits long-term.

Another reason diets fail is because we feel so hungry that we just can’t stick to what’s recommended. I think we all know that if we could stick to the diet it would almost certainly work, but the willpower required to do that is difficult. One way of reducing hunger pains and at the same time taking your mind off food is exercise. It sounds rather counter-intuitive but something as simple as going for a walk or walking up and down stairs a few times is enough to stop the hunger for some time, sometimes hours!

Portion size. Something that in these days of “supersize me” fast food  advertisements and the availability of cheap, ready made high fat and sugary foods is overlooked. We tend to think that if the restaurant or drive through think it’s the right portion size, then it must be! It isn’t. One very good way to re-educate yourself is to invest in some kitchen scales, cheap digital ones are easy to come by, and weigh out the amounts recommended by your diet – you will be really surprised how much you actually need to eat versus what you are served in restaurants! You don’t have to do this for every meal as once you get the idea of what a plate of “enough” food looks like you won’t be filling your plate up each meal! As human animals we tend to overeat as our evolution hasn’t caught up with the plentiful food supplies we have nowadays. Many animals are capable of eating three days, four days or even a week’s food all at once, then fasting until they can find more – we are not too dissimilar. The problem is, we don’t have to fast until our next hunt – we just go to the fridge!

Why not try a diet that will change your eating habits not just for a temporary diet, but one that will change your eating habits for a healthier life, permanently?

 

 

3 Week Diet

We’ve all heard so much information, so many various “diet plans”, so many – often conflicting views that it’s hard to see the Quorn for the Quinoa.

But with obesity now an ever more concerning issue both for ourselves and our children it makes sense to know you and your family are eating healthily.

Whether you want to lose weight for a special occasion like a wedding or reunion, or want to feel better about yourself on the beach, now is the best time to start!

Motivation

Probably the most important thing when dieting is keeping motivated.

Obviously you’re motivated at first or you wouldn’t be ready to start, but the key is keeping motivated throughout.

This happens best when you can see the results of your efforts.

The 3 week diet has proved very successful at this due to the fast results in the first few weeks which encourages you to continue. Without these fast results it’s very easy to become demotivated and give up.

What To Look For

There are several issues to consider when looking at diet plans

  • Is it healthy?
  • Does it give fast results?
  • Is it time consuming?
  • Is it sustainable?
  • Does it work?

A healthy diet is very important, try not to get caught up in some of the  “fad  diets”  that you will see especially the ones which starve your body of necessary nutrition for several days. The best and most successful way to lose weight is to do it slowly and consistently so that your body is essentially re-educated to both expect less food and your mind is adapted to your new eating regime.

All of these can individually or combined scupper your good intentions and leave you back at square one and back to searching for a new plan.

I’ve done a lot of research on the issues and I think I can help you decide the answer to these questions.

You need quick results to give you the incentive to continue. There’s little more demoralizing than trying hard at something which you’ve worked up to starting, got in the right frame of mind for, invested time researching and money buying, only for it not to work. Fast initial progress gives you a feeling of achievement and motivates you to continue. It’s surprising how much easier it is to face the sacrifice of less food when you can see it paying off.

Fitting into your routine is vitally important too. If a diet uses ingredients you have to go out of your way to find (obscure herbs, berries etc.) then the chances are you’ll either run out at some point and quit, feeling guilty that you haven’t followed through you might give up altogether. Time, effort and money wasted, plus you’ll have the added thought that you can’t do it which will deter you from trying again.

If it’s difficult to prepare you run the same risk of giving up, where you find yourself short of time one day and decide the lengthy preparation isn’t something you have the time or energy for, and you’re back to feeling guilty and in danger of letting your doubts get the better of you and giving up.

Not feeling hungry is very important so that you don’t undo all your good work by snacking. There are things you can do to take your mind off feeling hungry but you will always have a nagging feeling that you want to eat something, and if you go out to take your mind off it you run the risk of stopping off for a quick burger!

3 Week Diet – What Is It?

One particular diet program has been gaining a lot of publicity lately due to it’s popularity with celebrities and ease of fitting into your lifestyle with good results, is the 3 Week Diet.

The plan consists of several phases starting with a detox phase, and overall is a low carb diet. The diet plan is in PDF form and costs $47

It’s name is intriguing to many as it alludes to fast results, which is ideal if you have an important upcoming engagement, holiday, vacation or reunion, so let’s have a look in more detail.

Triglycerides

The 3 Week Diet bases it’s efficiency around controlling triglycerides and making them work for you.

Triglycerides, sometimes called “lipids” are the main form of fat in the body. When you consider excess fat being stored on your hips or belly you’re thinking of triglycerides.

Without sounding like a medical text book, they are the end point of digestion and breaking food down within the body from sources of energy like carbohydrates, they are also made and stored by the liver to transfer energy into your bloodstream. Between meals when your body needs more energy, hormones release triglycerides into your bloodstream so they can be burnt by the muscles.

Triglycerides play an important role in metabolism, for a very detailed explanation you can go here

http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/endocrine-and-metabolic-disorders/lipid-disorders/overview-of-lipid-metabolism by Anne Carol Goldberg MD.

Merck Manuals in US & Canada) are the global standard in medical reference for Doctors, Students & Consumers.

3 Week Diet – What’s Included

The 3 Week Diet includes 4 specific manuals:

  • Launch Handbook: the science behind it
  • Diet Handbook: calculate your body mass v fat percentage and provides you with a tailored weight loss plan to suit your body type.
  • Activity Handbook: detailed instructions of the 20 minute workout program to be completed 3-4 days per week.
  • Mindset and Motivation Handbook: techniques to focus on your weight loss goal and remain motivated to stick with it.

All four manuals are in PDF format and are available via download so there is no waiting for delivery, the day you order is the day you can start the plan.

Results and Feedback

The 3 Week Diet creator claims you’ll lose up to 23lbs in 21 days.

In my experience of any diet plan the results are dependent on several things: your starting point, your ability to stick to the diet, if you are able to maintain the exercise required, and most importantly your motivation.

People who choose this diet are generally looking to lose the weight for a particular date or event and clearly if you can stick to it you are going to lose some weight – whether you lose the amount stated will depend on your ability to stick to the rules!

Feedback is generally good from this plan as it starts with a couple of days of detox and is a low carb plan, this kick-starts your body into losing weight which people have said gives them the confidence that what they are doing is working so giving them the positive attitude to keep to the plan.

It is split into phases, each one being less restrictive than the last, so there is “light at the end of the tunnel” feeling if you find yourself feeling hungry during these few days. This is something that regularly scuppers people’s diets, as if they feel it’s never going to end it can be all too easy to fall off the plan if it’s too difficult to keep to.

The motivation manual is a good inclusion as it can give you the boost you need on those days when you just want to splash out on a doughnut or cookie!

What To Watch Out For

The diet plan does include meat so if you’re vegetarian / vegan it could prove difficult without varied vegetarian dishes.

If you are taking medical advice from your doctor about a diet plan you should refer to them before considering this diet.

Be aware some sites are offering what they say is the 3 Week Diet plan for a very low price, the genuine sales page is HERE

Summary

  • Is it healthy?: it is a low carb diet which is also good for heart health
  • Is it affordable?: the cost is $47 for the diet plan
  • Is it time consuming?: extra time of 20 mins 3-4 times per week will reap benefits
  • Is it sustainable?: could re-educate your eating habits
  • Does it work?: in short – yes

 

Verdict

The diet does work if you are motivated to stick with it, even better if you can include some exercise.

It attempts to re-educate your food choices and can form the basis of new long-term eating habits.

The quick results motivate people to stick with it.

Where to buy:

 

 

Lucid Dreaming

What is lucid dreaming?

Some of the benefits of lucid dreaming:

  • Control – direct and manipulate dream themes, settings and plots at will.

  • Inspiration – seek out artistic imagery and technical solutions to apply in waking life

  • Therapy – Initiate profound conversations with your true self.

  • Relief – Overcome fears, anxieties and grief in the safety of your dreams.

Everyone has, in theory, the capacity to learn to dream lucidly, because everyone dreams every night” Dr. Stephen LaBerge PhD, founder of The Lucidity Institute.

Lucid dreaming is for everyone, from 9 year olds to 99 year olds.

Children are known to teach themselves lucid dreaming using the intuitive methods described in this course. Even Alzheimer’s sufferers – who may have severe cognitive problems – have lucid dreams as a side effect of their medication.

Lucid dreaming was first scientifically proven in 1975. In the 40 years since, numerous ongoing studies have verified more of its features using EEG (brainwave) and fMRI (blood flow) data. There is no question that lucid dreams are a real and measurable state of human consciousness.

Lucid dreaming means knowing when you’re dreaming. Once you create the mindset to recognize when you’re dreaming, you can have lucid dreams for the rest of your life. The more you desire to lucid dream and practice key lucidity skills while waking, the more lucid dreams you’ll have.

12 Amazing Benefits of Lucid Dreaming

  1. Lucid dreamers create their dream plots in advance.

  2. Lucid dreamers feel the exhilarating feeling of flying.

  3. Lucid dreamers meet and interact with their heroes.

  4. Lucid dreamers summon dream figures for sexual intimacy.

  5. Lucid dreamers travel in time and space to other “dimensions”.

  6. Lucid dreamers discover a personal meaning to life.

  7. Lucid dreamers summon and converse with their true selves.

  8. Lucid dreamers practice and improve real life skills.

  9. Lucid dreamers safely overcome fears and phobias.

  10. Lucid dreamers process grief by reuniting with lost loved ones.

  11. Lucid dreamers explore their inner creative potential.

  12. Lucid dreamers discover new worlds that lie beyond words.

Examples of Lucid Dreaming

Curing writers block – case study

“In one dream I dreamed I was in my bedroom, but my computer was in the wrong place, instead of being on the left it was on the right, so I knew it was a dream. The first thing that happened was that I became totally paralyzed. Even though I knew I was dreaming I couldn’t move my body. All I wanted to do was get to the computer to start writing, and I kept telling myself, “This is my dream. I’m in a dream. I should be able to this.” And slowly—like in slow motion—I got to the computer. The seat had a hole leading down to hell. It was very scary but I sat down and let myself fall into this pit in hell—and then I woke up. Since then I have had no trouble writing”.

Exploring fantasy – case study

“I was playing around in a lucid dream and happened to be at a campsite. Since I knew I was dreaming, I thought I might as well jump into the camp fire. I didn’t get burned. I was kind of playing around with the flames. I then decided to eat the flames. I actually put them in my mouth. And I remember having the sensation of them being salty”

The creator of this course, Rebecca Turner uses lucid dreaming for “escapism, creativity, coping with nightmares and psychological inquiry”.

What’s in the Course?

The course is in 3 phases:

Phase One

Information for beginners including background philosophy, tutorials, troubleshooting tips and first-hand insights.

Phase Two

A hands on practical course in how to lucid dream.

Learn the most effective techniques including wake-induced and mnemonically-induced lucid dreams, dream chaining, supplement use, sleep cycle adjustment and visualizations.

Phase Three

Transform your early moments of lucidity into epic lucid dreams that colour your world.

Harness dream control for both fantasies and personal growth, improve waking life, feel more liberated, more philosophical and more whole as a conscious human being.

You gain unlimited lifetime access to the online course for $47, which includes 30 individual written tutorials, interactive quizzes and supporting audio tools. For this one-time cost, you’ll become a permanent member of the Lucid Dreaming Fast Track, meaning you’ll receive unlimited free updates and expansion packs.

Whenever new content is added, you’ll receive an email notification prompting you to log in and check out the goods.

Purchasing Tips

The cost is $47 for lifetime access to the course, with a money back guarantee – if you don’t lucid dream, you will get a full refund, no questions asked!

Verdict

Having researched this sector of health and personal growth there are some remarkable success stories where people have been able to overcome recurring nightmares, phobias and also find within themselves their own personal revelations which could be described as a “light bulb moment” meaning they become happier and more fulfilled as a result.

From a personal point of view, I’m all in favour of getting away from the “rat-race” and “keeping up with the Jones’ ” and anything that helps people to find fulfillment other than by being consumers is welcome and worthwhile in my opinion.

With a money-back guarantee, what have you got to lose?

 

Paleo Diet

One of the the latest diets sweeping the nation and very popular with celebrities is the Paleo Diet.

It is named after the Paleolithic Period which dates back 2.6 million years to a time when early humans were using stone tools and were essentially hunter – gatherers, before we were even farming or growing crops. It is also referred to as the Caveman or Stone Age Diet, for obvious reasons!

The idea behind the diet is that the foodstuffs fit in with our earliest eating habits of vegetables, fruits, nuts, roots and meat, and so are healthier than processed foods or dairy products, grains, sugar, legumes, processed oils, salt, and alcohol or coffee which weren’t produced, and are consequently excluded.

Whilst on the face of it the diet seems intuitively better for us with it@s “back to basics” approach, , there are concerns that keeping to the diet very strictly can result in a low calcium intake and therefore cause health problems such as hypocalcemia.

The problem lies in the evolutionary path humans have taken since the Paleolithic Period.

Just 10,000 years ago, no one past infancy could digest milk sugar, called lactose. Babies always made lactase, the enzyme that breaks down this sugar, but after weaning lactase production would stop, causing adults to be lactose intolerant.
If you bear in mind the Paleo diet is from the stone age, before farming, we wouldn’t have been going around drinking milk from other animals. Carrying a milking stool and a stone bucket when hunting would have been rather impractical!

What happened when we started farming was people from Northern Europe, East Africa and the Middle East all started raising cattle or camels and gained the ability to digest milk past infancy. Genes variations that allowed an adult to produce lactase became prevalent and adults now had the ability to drink milk. This produced some profound advantages for lactose tolerant societies as before this people had to ferment the sugar out of milk thereby losing about half of the calories, with the ability to digest milk humans could take advantage of this extra energy and other nutrients not destroyed by the fermentation process.

The insistence of the Paleo diet on no dairy produce means it is going back to a time beyond which we have evolved, and in doing so ignores a vital foodgroup.

If you do want to try the Paleo diet then I would recommend you do so with this in mind, and don’t make it a long term diet, it will certainly reduce your calorific intake and in doing so aid weight-loss, but be aware it is not a forever diet and can have health implications over long periods.

As ever, the best type of diet is one which you can sustain for long periods, one which changes your eating habits and provides all your nutritional needs on a daily basis. Short term “fad diets” are ok for losing weight over the short term, but what happens when you revert to a “normal” diet is that invariably the weight goes back on causing the familiar yo-yo dieting we are all so familiar with!

For a long term diet plan with a fast boost to kick-start your weight loss I would recommend the 3 Week Diet.

Diets and Social Media

Does social media put pressure on you to conform to the expected body image of Instagram & Facebook?

It depends if you use them of course! But the overwhelming evidence is “YES”, there is increasing pressure to conform to other people’s ideals. This pressure is intensified amongst impressionable and younger users.

Eating disorders are on the increase along with websites glamourising anorexia, it’s becoming a big problem :-

Why Online Reviews?

Shopping, we all do it. Whether you enjoy the experience of going to the high street, or not, there is a place for online buying.

There is a lot to be said for the visceral experience of being able to see the physical item, get a feel for it’s quality and be able to ask questions of the sales assistant. That’s all great if you have the time and energy but we all know buying big ticket items online can save you money. Lots of money.

And what about the smaller more specialised items? Where do you go for advice about those? Not the company’s website who will tell you it’s the best thing since sliced bread! Try searching and there’s likely to be thousands of pages of information, but who’s trying to sell you something and who’s telling you the facts?

If you’ve never seen or touched the item how can you be sure it’s right for you, that the quality is there, that you’re not just wasting your hard earned on something that won’t do what you want it to?

This is where Reviews 4 Life comes in:

We’ll give you unbiased straightforward buying advice on a range of items that interest us. We do the research that you can trust so you don’t have to.

You could do the research yourself… but who has the time? And how do you know that what you’re reading isn’t just some sales pitch?

We’ll give you the good and the bad so you can make informed buying decisions and not waste money on garbage, and we’ve all done that!

In the end it all comes down to quality and price – does it do what it’s supposed to do and will it do it for as long as you need it to? There’s obviously a trade-off to be made here, and we’ll help you decide if it’s the right one for you.