How to Burn Lower Body Fat

Some people are pear-shaped and carry their weight predominantly in the lower half of their bodies. To reduce fat in the lower areas, there are specific exercises you should do in conjunction with a healthy weight-loss diet. Working out twice a week allows your muscles to recover in between exercise sessions.

Instructions

Eat Right and Get Moving

  1. Eat foods that burn fat such as vegetables and fruits. These foods regenerate your system, energize you and increase your vitality, as well as help you lose fat in the lower and upper part of the body. Vegetables and fruits allow you to eliminate more frequently and fully, which gets rid of toxins and bloating. These foods also reduce your cravings for sweets and keep your energy levels at a consistent rate so you don’t get too hungry or tired.
  2. Work out the quads, which are the muscles on the front of your thighs. Sit down, place your hands on each side of you on the bench you are sitting on and simultaneously raise both legs, stopping before your knees lock. Hold and then lower. Repeat. You can make this more strenuous by using an exercise machine equipped with weights that you lift with your legs.
  3. Use the leg press machine at the gym or in your home, which works out your butt and your quadriceps. You push the press with your feet, straightening your legs and then bending them as you return to the starting position. Do not lock your knees.
  4. Do lunges, which will work out all of the muscles in your lower body. You can do this while holding hand weights or a dumbbell, placed on your shoulders, behind your neck.
  5. Lose butt fat by doing squats–lots of them. To see results sooner, hold a 5-pound weight in each hand while squatting.

Other Suggestions

 

  1. Get on your hands and knees and bring your left knee up to your chest and then extend it as far behind you as you can. Lifting your leg toward the ceiling once the leg is fully extended will work out your butt muscles even more. Do this on the right side as well.
  2. Try to slim down fat ankles or “cankles,” which may be your genetic predisposition. You may have the tendency to store fat in your lower legs. Fat ankles also can be the result of edema, tendinitis or water retention. You may or may not succeed in losing the fat on your ankles. Consider doing kickboxing or other activities that bulk up your calves and minimize thick ankles.
  3. Do yoga. Yoga tones and sculpts the entire body while helping you burn fat and lose weight. Yoga improves posture and straightens your spine, which makes you look taller and thinner.

How to Make Your Teeth Whiter for Free

According to Michelle Tason, author of “How to Have a Healthy White Smile,” white teeth are a sign of health and vitality in today’s society. Unfortunately, teeth become yellow over time, typically stained by coffee, tea, soda, medicine or smoking. Professional whitening services are available, but these procedures typically cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. With a few simple supplies from your medicine cabinet, you can remove yellow stains from your teeth at home.

Instructions

  1. Pour 2 tbsp. tablespoons of baking powder into a small cup and add 1 tsp. of hydrogen peroxide. Stir the mixture and continue to add hydrogen peroxide until the mixture is the consistency of toothpaste.
  2. Spoon the hydrogen peroxide and baking powder mixture onto your toothbrush and brush your teeth for two minutes.
  3. Spit the mixture out into the sink and brush with regular toothpaste for another two minutes.
  4. Rinse your mouth with water and enjoy your whiter smile. According to Janet Maccaro, author of “Natural Health Remedies,” it is safe to repeat this treatment once weekly to keep your teeth whitened.

Tips & Warnings

Always consult with your dental professional before using an at-home whitening remedy.

Allergic Reactions to Food

Allergic reactions to food may be an inconvenience or mild annoyance or could be severe and life threatening. According to the Cleveland Clinic, a small number of foods are responsible for the majority of allergic reactions to foods. Although most allergic reactions to foods develop during childhood, new allergies to food may develop in adulthood as well.

Significance

Allergic reactions to food result from an excessive response by the immune system to a protein in food. According to the Cleveland Clinic, 8 percent of children and 1 to 2 percent of adults in the United States have some type of food allergy. Allergic reactions to food can be mild and short-lived or could be severe—even fatal—if not urgently treated.

Types

According to the Mayo Clinic, allergic reactions to food may be moderate allergies or severe anaphylaxis. Some allergic reactions may be induced by exercising shortly after eating. Other types of allergic reactions may result from cross-reactivity of proteins in vegetables and fruits to pollen in the air.

Features

According to the Cleveland Clinic, the six foods that most frequently cause allergic reactions in children are cow’s milk, wheat, soy, tree nuts, eggs and peanuts. In adults, the most common allergic reactions to foods are from peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish and fish. According to the Mayo Clinic, cooked fruits and vegetables will not cause allergic reactions.

Identification

Food allergies may be diagnosed by a doctor after exposure to a food that caused an allergic reaction. Allergic reactions to food may also be identified by tests done in a doctor’s office. Either a skin scratch test using common allergens or an antibody blood test may be done to diagnose allergies to specific foods.

Considerations

Food labels may use many different names for certain ingredients. Milk may also be identified as casein, whey, whey protein, sodium caseinate, or lactoglobulin.
Food allergies are more common during childhood and may be outgrown. Children who are breast-fed are less likely to develop allergies than those who are fed formula.

Prevention/Solution

The best way to prevent allergic reactions to food is to avoid known allergens and get tested after an allergy is suspected. Waiting until after six months of age to feed an infant solid foods may prevent allergies from occurring. Reading food labels and avoiding unlabeled foods may prevent allergic reactions. People who are prone to severe allergic reactions to foods should carry their medicine and an allergy card that identifies the allergies.

Warning

Cross-contamination of foods prepared in restaurants may result in exposure to an offending food. A person who has dizziness, difficulty breathing, or fainting after eating a food should call emergency medical services. Severe allergic reactions to food require immediate medical treatment due to the risk of shock or death.

Dr. Oz: Fenugreek fights diabetes; eat fat-burning snacks for weight loss

If you’re concerned about diabetes, you know that blood sugar spikes can be serious. On his Feb. 21 talk show, Dr. Mehmet Oz revealed how fenugreek can stabilize blood sugar and fight diabetes. Plus: Discover new Oz-approved fat-burning snacks to accelerate your weight loss.

Fenugreek slows down your body’s digestion of carbohydrates while decreasing the absorption of glucose. As a result, it can help to control your blood sugar while battling diabetes, says Dr. Oz.

How to use: Add the seeds as a spice to meals. It’s particularly good in vegetable dishes or soups. Dr. Oz recommends one tablespoon a day.

Where to find: Look in the grocery store or online, such as Starwest Botanicals Organic Fenugreek Seed.

Also featured on the same episode, Dr. Oz dished up his new weight loss discoveries: Snacks that actually boost your body’s ability to burn fat.

Dr. Oz recommends:

  • Use figs as snacks to reduce your hunger and burn fat faster. Tip: Look for brands without added sugar and chemicals, such as Indus Organic Turkish Jumbo Dried Figs (click for details).
  • Licorice root blocks an enzyme that plays a role in fat accumulation and helps control cravings. You can also find it in tea form, such as Yogi Egyptian Licorice Tea.
  • Protein-packed pistachios help you stay full, reducing your cravings. Tip: If you have a problem with portion control, look for mini bags, such as 130-calorie bags of Wonderful Pistachios.
  • Hydrating watermelon supports your metabolism. Try one cup in a smoothie to lose weight more easily.
  • High in polyunsaturated fats, pine nuts make your body burn calories faster. Dr. Oz suggests two tablespoons three times a week. Look for pine nuts in health food stores or online, such as Good Sense Pine nuts.
  • Make snacks that use beans, which have soluble fiber and reduce fattening inflammation. Try the recipe below as an example.

Midnight Brownies

This recipe was created by Kim, a guest of “The Dr. Oz Show” who lost more than 200 pounds. The secret ingredient: black beans. Kim authored a book about how she lost the weight: “Finally Thin!: How I Lost More Than 200 Pounds and Kept Them Off–and How You Can, Too” (click for details).

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 6 tbsp mini semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 8×8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a food processor, mix all brownie ingredients (except chips) together. Chop on high, until smooth. Clean off sides and blend for another 20 seconds. Add the chips and stir well. Spread into the 8×8 baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for about 1 hour at room temperature.

Frosting
Ingredients

  • 6 oz. fat-free cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp semisweet mini chocolate chips, melted

Directions

With a whisk attachment on an electric beater, blend all ingredients until light and fluffy. Spread evenly over the top of the cooled brownies. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the 2 tbsp of chips with a 2-second spray of nonstick cooking oil. Using a spoon, swirl the chocolate on top. Allow it to set in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy.

Dr. Oz talks extreme weight loss ‘thigh gap’ diets and magnesium energy boosters

For several years, girls, teens and young women have been obsessed with achieving the newest slim sensation: Thigh Gaps. But their extreme weight loss plans can pose dangers, according to Dr. Mehmet Oz. On his Feb. 25 talk show, Dr. Oz explored thigh gap diets. Plus: Find out how to boost your energy with magnesium.

As an example of how these diets can become obsessive, Dr. Oz talked with Camille Hugh, author of “The Thigh Gap Hack: The Shortcut to Slimmer, Feminine Thighs Every Woman Secretly Desires” (click for details). Camille feels that her book does a service in offering tricks such as overcoming hunger, exercises and focusing primarily on very low calorie foods. She defended her desire to achieve the thigh gap look.

However, Dr. Oz is concerned that books and views such as Camille’s can lead to eating disorders. He asked eating disorder specialist Dr. Jennifer Thomas to offer her insights.

Author of “Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Relationship with Food a Problem? (The Almost Effect),” Dr. Thomas notes that Camille’s emphasis on extreme weight loss and low body fat parallels the development of anorexia. By obsessing on those goals, young girls are at risk of developing eating disorders.

In addition to the emotional aspects of anorexia, girls focused on developing thigh gaps put their health at risk, warned Dr. Oz. They may lose muscle, which impacts the metabolism and even can affect the heart.

Note: This week is National Eating Disorders Week, designed to spread awareness: Learn more by clicking here. And find out about resources on eating disorders, from memoirs to DVDs to self-help guides, by clicking here.

Also on the show, Dr. Oz discussed magnesium for energy and health. Symptoms of insufficient magnesium include constipation, anxiety, fatigue and muscle spasms. Studies show that up to 75 percent of American adults lack enough magnesium.

To boost your magnesium levels, eat these foods:

  • kidney beans
  • black beans
  • brown rice
  • quinoa
  • bran cereal

National Eating Disorders Week hopes to raise awareness: How to get help

Designed to raise awareness of conditions such as anorexia and bulimia, National Eating Disorders Week occurs Feb. 23 to March 1. It’s also intended to help sufferers, parents and friends discover how to get help as well as what to do to prevent these diseases, reported Forbes on Feb. 22.

The three main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, but the causes and solutions are not so easily categorized, say experts.

“Eating disorders are complicated and vexing problems and we don’t exactly understand the pathophysiology of them,” noted Dr. Aaron Krasner, a practicing psychiatrist, and Director of the Adolescent Transitional Living Program at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut.

“Certainly there is both a genetic component and an environmental component,” he added. But “it is not a one size fits all remedy or a preventive strategy.”

An estimated 10 million women and one million men in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, according to the Eating Disorder Foundation.

And eating disorders do not discriminate: Addiction specialist Drew Pinksy’s daughter Paulina just revealed that she battled bulimia and anorexia for seven years, reported USA Today on Feb. 24.

“Purging eight times in one day to cope with the emotional stress of being home during spring break had finally scared me enough to take action,” she wrote in an essay on body shame.

One of the keys to recovery: Talking about it rather than trying to hide the disorder, says Paulina.

“For me, talking about it normalizes talking about it. Eating disorders shouldn’t be a secret because that’s what perpetuates them,” she explained.

Dr. Drew said he takes pride in his daughter’s decision to get help.

“When she recognized she needed help she sought treatment and actively engaged in the process. And now she is using her insights to help others,” he stated.

But for those with eating disorders, the path to recovery can be long and difficult, revealed Jenni Schaefer recently in the Huffington Post. She’s the author of “Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Relationship with Food a Problem? (The Almost Effect)” and “Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too” (click for details).

Even after getting professional help, Jenni remained too thin. And she was obsessed with the “thigh gap” look symptomatic of women who are unnaturally slender.

Home Remedy for Minor Burns

Minor burns, although scary and painful, can be treated with natural home remedies. As long as the burn is a surface burn only, there are several alternative solutions that can prevent infection, soothe pains, stop scarring and help in healing. Alternative remedies such as milk, tea, honey, cool water, lavender oil and yogurt have been used for some time, and are easily accessible.

Yogurt

Yogurt can help soothe and cool down minor burns. Apply two tablespoons of yogurt directly the burn, wait 15 minutes, and then remove. Plain yogurt is recommended, but flavored yogurt will work as well.

Honey

Honey is an old remedy for a multitude of things, including minor burns. Honey will also sanitize minor burns by drawing out fluids. Place a few drops of honey directly on the burn, then place a bandage over the infected area. A gauze bandage works well, and should be changed several times daily. With each bandage change, a few drops of honey should be reapplied.

Black Tea

The tannic acid in black tea works to help draw out the burning heat from a minor burn. Tea bags should be placed under cool, running water while collecting the tea liquid into a bowl or glass. Then simply sprinkle the tea water onto the burn. This can be repeated as often as necessary.

Milk

Milk works to soothe minor burns and alleviate pain. Take a clean cloth, soak it with milk, and apply it to the burn. Repeat as often as needed for pain relief, washing the cloth between each application. Alternately, the burn can also be soaked in a bowl of milk for at least 15 minutes.

Water

Cool water can help tremendously with minor burns. Not only does it cool down the burn, but it can also help it from spreading. Run cool water over the burn as soon as possible. Hesitating in using water will increase the risk of infection and pain. Run the cool water over the burn for at least 10 minutes, and repeat as many times as desired.

Vinegar

Vinegar works as a purifying agent as well as an astringent for minor burns. Dilute one-quarter cup of vinegar with two cups of water. Pour the liquid over the burn and do not rinse it off.

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil will not only soothe away the pains of a minor burn, it will also help in the prevention of unwanted scarring. Rub the lavender oil generously over the burn and leave it on for at least 15 minutes. Apply again as many times as needed. Be sure to rinse off the oil before each application.

How to Prevent Allergy Burning of Eyes

Allergies affect 40 to 50 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Allergy and Asthma Immunology (AAAAI). Each person reacts differently to allergies. Some people experience skin reactions such as hives and rashes, while others react with burning and itchy eyes. Prevention is the best way to treat any allergy. There are both natural and medical ways to prevent allergy burning of eyes.

Instructions

Allergy-Free Eyes

  1. Avoid whatever causes your eyes to burn. If it is certain foods, avoid them, or if it’s dust, keep your house clean. Stay indoors where the air is filtered and recycled to avoid allergens found in outdoor air. Keep a close watch on what you eat, drink and expose yourself to.
  2. Take an oral antihistamine to prevent burning of the eyes. Take Benadryl if your allergy occurs in response to isolated events. Take an over-the-counter 24-hour antihistamine such as Claritin or Zyrtec if the allergy is ongoing and consistent. Use antihistamine eye drops before leaving the house to prevent outdoor allergies from affecting your eyes. Drink plenty of water while taking antihistamines, as they dry up mucus in the body.
  3. Use saline drops in each eye to prevent irritated, burning eyes. Place two drops in each eye, three to five times a day. to cleanse the eye and keep it moistened. Apply the drops in the morning, afternoon and evening for the best results.
  4. Use a saline rinse with an eye cup. Buy an eye cup and saline solution from the local pharmacy. Fill the eye cup half-full with the saline solution. Hold the cup over a sink and lower your head to fit your surrounding eye area over the eye cup. Cock your head all the way back so the liquid is on your eyelid. Open your eye and move your eyeball from side to side for 20 to 30 seconds. Tilt your head back down over the sink and remove the eye cup. Clean the eye cup thoroughly with soap and water and repeat on the other eye. Repeat this process two or three times daily.

The Best Diet for a Pear Shape

Not all body types are created equal, and dieting needs can often vary depending on individual body shape. In general, there are two body shapes–apples and pears. Apples tend to store more fat around the midsection, providing them with a thicker appearance. Pears, on the other hand, tend to store their weight on the hips and thighs, increasing the overall width of the lower body while leaving the waist relatively untouched. As a pear, you will want to focus on a higher-carb, lower-fat diet.

Pear Diet

Consume a diet focused on the consumption of healthy carbs and a moderate amount of protein while minimizing your consumption of dietary fat if you have a traditional “pear” shape, according to information from Dr. Marie Savard, author of “Apples & Pears: The Body Shape Solution for Weight Loss and Wellness.” The general break point to determine whether you have a pear-shaped body is hip-to-waist ratio. If your hip to waist ratio is 0.80 or below, you have a pear-shaped body and you should adhere to these dietary standards.

Consume around 50 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein, and 20 percent dietary fat per day if you have a pear-shaped body. Regarding carbohydrates, focus your consumption on healthy carbs like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while avoiding unhealthy and overly processed carbs like sugars, white flour, processed foods, and alcohols. Regarding protein, the best protein sources are lean sources of meat and dairy, so aim to eat plenty of chicken, turkey, low-fat meat, seafood, and low-fat dairy with each meal to fulfill your protein requirements without adding additional fat to your diet. Regarding fat intake, focus on the consumption of healthy natural fats like avocados, coconuts, olive oils, nuts, and seeds while avoiding saturated fats from animal meat and trans fats from fried foods and other sources. Check the nutritional information on each product to determine both how much and what type of fat is in any one entree.

After turning her body into a brand, Kim Kardashian attacks butt implant rumors

Kim Kardashian needs a rumor-vanishing version of “Ghostbusters.” The woman known primarily for her body (and her skills in spending money) had to go on the attack after rumors that she had turned to plastic surgery rather than the Atkins diet to shed her post-baby weight. Now she’s fed up with rumors that her famous derriere is actually the result of butt implants, reported On the Red Carpet Feb. 21.

“I’m seeing all these nonsense tabloids claiming I have butt implants-injections. Get a life! Using pics of me 15lbs skinnier (before I had my baby) comparing to me now,” scolded Kim.

“Anyone who has had a baby knows how hard it is to lose weight (especially the last bit of weight) & your body totally changes!” she added.

And to prove that her distinctive derriere has not changed, Kim posted a photo of herself on Feb. 21 with labeled “#FlashBACKFriday.”

Kim is so famed for her booty that she even stars in a series of fitness derriere DVDs, such as “Kim Kardashian: Fit In Your Jeans by Friday: Ultimate Butt Body Sculpt.”

Attacking tabloids who also reported that she had liposuction, Kim noted:

Making fun of me pregnant & making fun of me trying to lose weight now shame on you.

I’m not perfect but I will never conform to your skinny standards sorry! Not me. And BTW I’ve lost a lot so far & I’m proud of that! Don’t give young girls a complex!

Kim has repeatedly emphasized that she’s worked hard for her weight loss and inimitable derriere. Her high fat low carb diet follows the Atkins guidelines: It’s a ketogenic approach designed to boost fat-burning.

How much has she lost? In contrast to Jessica Simpson, who repeatedly has declined to state precisely how much weight she’s shed in her second voyage using Weight Watchers, Kim told Jay Leno that she was “50 pounds down.”

Since that appearance, she’s lost more weight and reportedly wants to lose more prior to her wedding.

Kim’s low carb diet includes “proteins like fish, poultry, and lean meats; healthy fats like avocado, nuts, and olive oil; lots of colorful vegetables filled with antioxidants and fiber; and low glycemic fruits like berries—essential foods for maintaining energy,” said Atkins diet expert Colette Heimowitz in an E News interview.