Facebook Weekly Summary – April 1st – April 7th 2013

Being Fit and Healthy Rocks - CantaloupesIn case you missed anything this is a weekly summary of all the posts that went out this week on the Facebook page Being Fit and Healthy Rocks .

Monday April 1st – The health and strength of your bones is very important, especially as you get older. For older woman it is even more essential. As the menopause sets in and production of oestrogen reduces, calcium is not so easily absorbed and bones can become weak.Increasing your calcium intake can help. Calcium is available in Milk, Cheese, dark green leafy vegetables. If you increase your Calcium intake you should also increase your levels of Magnesium as these work together to keep bones strong. Magnesium is in nuts, seeds and whole grains.

If you think you are short of your daily need you may need to take supplements the check these out http://beingfitandhealthyrocks.com/MultiVitamins, however always check with your medical / health professional before starting a course of supplements.

Tuesday April 2nd – Cantaloupes are not only juicy and delicious; they are high in potassium, vitamin C and beta carotene. Melon that is fresh can be enjoyed in a variety of ways and is nutritious and tasty. 

Wednesday 3rd April – There's a clever little line in the Jimmy Buffet song "Fruitcakes" when his 'lady' is lamenting: "I treat my body like a temple, You treat yours like a tent"

Thursday 4th April – The good news is drinking green tea does more than just help you lose weight. As an antioxidant, green tea provides a number of benefits to your cardiovascular health. This means green tea can help reduce the risk of heart problems. Green tea can also help improve your metabolism and control your cholesterol level, and some claim that it can help your mental focus, as well. To check them out have a look here – http://beingfitandhealthyrocks.com/Green-Tea-Bags

Friday 5th April – Vegetable Minestrone Soup Recipe, very healthy and nutritious – Check it out here http://beingfitandhealthyrocks.com/vegetable-minestrone-soup

Saturday 6th April – Many inexperienced (sometimes even experienced!) gym regulars believe that muscles grow while lifting weights. However lifting weights forms only a small fraction of the muscle building process. Muscle development takes place at night during deep sleep when the body synthesises new cells with nutrients from our diet. Therefore nutrition forms a very important part of a bodybuilding program, especially protein.

For more information go here – https://www.facebook.com/BeingFitandHealthyRocks

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Why your Scales are not your best friend when your following a Weight Loss plan?

When following a weight loss plan people become obsessed with how much they weigh. It is always "how much they weigh", or "how much they are going to lose" that people talk about.

However the truth is that when trying to lose weight, weighing yourself is not the best indicator of how well your diet is doing.

What normally happens is that in the first week of people following a new diet they will lose 2-4 pounds in week one, followed by 2 pounds in week two. This is great, they feel good and have real momentum to carry on. Then what happens in week three is that they may not lose any or even put on a pound. They become dis-heartened and dis-illusioned with their new diet. All that hard work has come to nothing and they reach for the nearest chocolate bar.

Well what has really happened is that their diet is still working, they have just reached a plateau where what they weigh may not be changing, but that their body is. 

A far better way is to track progress on a diet is to measure yourself. Create a spreadsheet and measure your Chest, stomach, bottom, thighs, knees, your neck and your upper arms. Take measurements of these areas on a weekly basis. If you do this you will see progress, even if you don't on the scales.

The other thing to remember is that if you are incorporating regularly exercise into your weight loss plan, and why wouldn't you, that muscle can weigh more than fat. So what can happen is that your fat stores are burned off and your lean muscle is increased. Look at your body ask yourself "Do my clothes fit better?", "Do I feel better ?". You should be answering a resounding Yes ! This should be the motivation to keep going on your diet, not what the scales say… If you do keep at it you will lose weight, just gradually and more importantly safely.

For a Weight Conversion chart take a look here – http://beingfitandhealthyrocks.com/weight-conversion-chart

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