The Truth About Water Pills

The Truth About Water Pills

Water pills, also known as diuretics, are one of the most commonly prescribed pills by doctors to reduce blood pressure, treat heart failure, and to lower down swelling. However, nowadays, many people tend to self prescribe water pills to lose weight temporarily or even ease bloating. But after learning these facts about water pills, you may want to steer clear from self-prescribing them for weight loss or bloating.

It may be tempting to pick up some over the counter water pills to ease your bloating but it can also be very risky. The difference between over the counter water pills and prescription water pills is that you don’t know what’s actually in the OTC water pills since they aren’t controlled by the FDA. Additionally, they can cause serious damage to your body when you take them without knowing the recommended dose you should be taking.

Water pills may help you feel less bloated, but it only works temporarily since you’re losing water weight. Once you stop taking them, you’ll return to your normal body weight or in some cases, you may even end up gaining more weight. This happens when you take water pills or any other diuretic over an extended period of time because your kidneys may end up holding on to much more weight than you had before you started taking them.

So instead of taking water pills that may not even guarantee weight loss, focus on your diet more and exercise. Before taking any kind of medication, always talk to a doctor!

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Ingredients to Make your Healthy Office Lunches More Exciting

Ingredients to Make your Healthy Office Lunches More Exciting

Many people tend to pack leftovers or something unhealthy and quick as an office lunch. It’s understandable considering you may be busy in the morning but always remember your health comes first. So why not prepare something hearty and exciting so you’ll always have something to look forward to at work. Here are some healthy ingredients that’ll make your office lunches way more exciting:

Eggs can be cooked in many different ways and added to almost any dish to make it more interesting. Not only is it an excellent source of protein, but it can make every dish taste better. You can prepare eggs at the beginning of the week by boiling a few to add to your lunch as a side dish or fry some to add to a sandwich.

Rice can be very filling and is great with vegetables or even last night’s leftovers. You can quickly make yourself some fried rice or make plain white rice with a side dish.

Canned chickpeas are always great to have in your kitchen. You can blend them to make hummus or make a quick chickpea and egg salad.

Soy Sauce
If you don’t have time in the morning and want to add some flavor to last night’s leftovers, add soy sauce! You can add it to almost anything to make it more flavorful.

Olive Oil
Not only is olive oil great for cooking, it’s also amazing when you add it to salads or even when you mix it with greek yogurt for a dip.

Greek Yogurt
Greek Yogurt can be eaten with honey and granola for a quick breakfast or even as a savory snack with chickpeas or olive oil. It can also be used as a healthy mayonnaise alternative and mixed with many other ingredients to add more flavor.

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Quick Tips to Eat Healthy on a Budget

Quick Tips to Eat Healthy on a Budget

The misconception that eating healthy can be very expensive has a way to stop many people from taking the first steps towards practicing cleaner eating habits. However, that is not true at all! There are many easy ways one can stay on budget while shopping for healthy foods that are delicious and very filling, and we’re talking about tasty items that won’t even make you feel like you’re on a diet.

We all know that with any task, it’s always best to plan ahead. The same idea applies for preparing healthy meals. Make a list of items you need before you go grocery shopping so that you know exactly what to look for. This is an effective way to shop quickly and also not buy any unhealthy junk food. Also, never shop when you are hungry!  You will tend to pick up items that you don’t actually need or are unhealthy.

When shopping for ingredients, don’t think that every healthy meal must include only organic produce. It’s okay to not always buy organic and sometimes this would not even make a difference! Always look for bargains, especially at your local farmer’s markets. Buy foods in bulk especially when you know those specific foods are going to be on sale. Try going to ethnic shops since foods sold there are cheaper than what you might find at a big supermarket. Here’s an infographic by Kool Smiles that offers a run-down on additional tips to make it easier to shop healthy on a budget:

Another way to save money is to start cooking more for yourself instead of eating out. Not only is this healthier and less expensive, you might even explore your hidden talent! Consider meal prepping every week so that it saves you time by allowing you to cook beforehand. If you have leftovers after you are done cooking, avoid throwing it out, and see if it can be repurposed into a new dish. The next time you go grocery shopping, be sure to use these tips and techniques to save money while enjoying the many benefits of the clean eating lifestyle!


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The Perks of Prenatal Fitness

The Perks of Prenatal Fitness

Pregnancy is a very important and beautiful experience for many women. Since being an expecting mother is such a huge responsibility, isn’t taking care of the body that will carry the baby also crucial?

Staying physically fit while being pregnant and after giving birth can sound difficult and almost impossible. However physically training yourself so that you can stay fit during and even after your pregnancy makes all of this much easier and efficient. Many physicians say that they have noticed a trend in pregnant women who are physically fit or trained for the pregnancy beforehand, they are all much happier during their pregnancies and have less complications. The infographic below goes into detail on fitness exercises during pregnancy, which can also be practiced before pregnancy.

Exercise during pregnancy

In some ways, prenatal fitness can make it easier for many women to become pregnant. For instance, weight can be an issue for women who want to become pregnant but can’t because of how their weight affects their hormones. By exercising and having a proper diet, it can be much easier for these women to lose weight, conceive and have a healthy pregnancy all at once! Prenatal fitness can also decrease chances of health risks that occasionally come along with pregnancy. Although actually delivering the baby can be a very different process from person-to-person, studies show that having a fit cardiovascular system can make a normal delivery much easier and lower your chances of needing a C-Section.

Many women worry about how their bodies will look after their pregnancies. It is completely normal to not look fit right after delivering the baby, and it does take time and effort to eventually get back into shape. But staying fit during your pregnancy and maintaining a routine can make it much easier for women to get back to their routine soon after their delivery. There is never any disadvantage to staying fit and having a healthy lifestyle. So if you plan on getting pregnant, make sure to plan ahead and try your best to maintain a fit body during and after your pregnancy!


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Weight Loss Management Tricks that are Actually Doable

Weight Loss Management Tricks that are Actually Doable

We all know that it’s one thing to lose the pounds, and another to actually keep them off. How many times have you lost weight, only to have it creep back up in less time than it took to lose it? It’s disheartening to say the least. Luckily, there are some simple ways you can ensure the weight stays off, in addition to your usual fitness routine.

  • Stay Hydrated
    Water is the solution to many of our problems whether it has to do with our skin, weight, or even as a remedy for cramps and headaches. Drinking a cup of water a few minutes before a meal can help you watch what you eat and can prevent you from overeating. Increasing the amount of water you drink on a daily basis can also help increase metabolism and make you feel more rejuvenated.
  • Eat At The Same Times Everyday
    Having a daily routine is very important for many reasons. Instead of eating at various random times every day, it is much better to stick to a routine that your body can get accustomed to. Having a routine can also help lead to an overall healthier eating routine.
  • Take A Walk
    The benefits of simply walking for a few minutes each day slowly adds up and helps you to stay fit. Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs or walk to stores near you instead of taking your car. Little changes like these can affect you in the long run.
  • Eat A Lower Calorie Version Of The Foods You Love
    You don’t have to give up the foods you love to lose weight. Instead just try to make your favorite foods healthier. For example, you won’t be missing out if you bake your own potato chips instead of buying fatty potato chips from the store.
  • Eat With Other People
    If it is possible, then eat at the table with other people. Researchers claim that by eating with others, people tend to be more conscious of what they eat and avoid overeating.
  • Eating Less Is Not Always Healthier
    A common misconception that many people have is that subtracting food from your diet is always an easy way to lose weight. Unless you are eating over thousands of calories than you should be, that is not true. Adding in those extra fruits, vegetables, or nuts can be very beneficial for your diet. According to dietitians, subtracting food from your diet almost never helps as much as adding food in.
  • Maintain The Weight You Lost
    Losing weight takes effort and time. Don’t lose hope if it is taking a while. You will eventually reach your goal and the results will make it all worth it! But the most important thing to do after losing weight is to maintain it in a healthy manner.


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Prehistoric Women Were Stronger Than All Of Us!

Prehistoric Women Were Stronger Than All Of Us!

When someone tells you to think of women of the past, what do you imagine? Frail fair maidens in pretty dresses picking flowers? Well not so fast! The women of prehistoric times were fierce! They would have put the Olympians of today to shame, and science proves it.

Bio-archaeologists at Cambridge University have done the unthinkable by comparing old female bones to the bones of female athletes today. According to the results, the women of the past are actually much stronger than female athletes today. They were even stronger than the women in the Cambridge University rowing team. Since the bone is a living tissue that can be tested to see how strong it is by judging the physical impact and strain on it, archaeologists thought it would be best to compare the bones with today’s women’s bones to determine their strength. Although the women from the Neolithic era (about 7,400 to 7,000 years ago) have about the same leg-bone strength as the rowers from Cambridge University, their arm bones are almost 11-16% stronger than the athletes. The women of the Bronze Age (about 4,300 to 3,500 years ago) had about 9%-13% stronger arm bones but 12% weaker leg bones.

Here’s an interesting slide show we came across on Slideshare, which further expands on the lifestyle of Neolithic women:

Researchers believe that the reason why women of the past had much stronger arm strength and about the same leg strength is because at the time, they were in charge of manually planting fields, grinding grains, and harvesting crops using their hands. It’s a lot of heavy labor, which isn’t quite carried out nowadays. Considering the fact that women had many different tasks to do in the past, it is hard to determine exactly which task helped them most to develop strong and healthy bones. One thing for sure though is that all the tasks relate to repetitive physical labor. Although the women of the past were not generally thought to be athletic, turns out that they actually possessed the strength to defeat the female athletes of today.

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What are the Benefits of Weight Management?

What are the Benefits of Weight Management?

Weight management undeniably has many physical, psychological, and social benefits. While it may not be an easy journey for many, the results that stem from it make it worth the effort.

Here’s a look at some golden rules of weight loss management:

10 Golden Rules of Weight Loss

As you can see above, one of the best things about weight management is that it’s merely a combination of simple lifestyle choices that we’re all already familiar with, such as getting a good night’s sleep (which ultimately plays a strong role in burning calories and increasing metabolism,) clean eating practices, and exercising. These will all lead to a better and healthier immune system. In Exercising while dieting also lowers your risk to many different types of cancers, reduces the risk of getting type 2 diabetes, and increases the good cholesterol in your body. And believe it or not- as you reach milestones in your journey and get accustomed to your plan, weight management becomes a stress-reliever.

Another added bonus is clear skin. Who doesn’t want clear and radiant skin? By staying hydrated while maintaining a proper diet filled with nutritious fruits and vegetables, you can enjoy more glowing, youthful skin in addition to an increasingly fit body. Being active and having more energy also increases brain power which will give you that extra boost you need to make it through the demands of the day.

Without a doubt, strictly following weight management techniques will improve your physique, which will play a strong role in giving you a greater sense of self confidence. In general, it goes without saying that having self confidence can help a person to feel good about themselves, leading them to feel more comfortable to socialize with others in any setting. If a person is comfortable with their own body, they will learn to not only respect their own body more, but to also be more mindful of others and the struggles they may be facing in their own respective weight management journeys.

Although you may have started your weight loss journey only hoping to lose a couple of pounds, you will soon enough have many unexpected bonuses that will motivate you to manage your weight even more. Overall, managing your weight can tremendously help you to start living both a happy and healthy life!

What are some unique and unconventional ways that weight management has helped you? Let us know in the comments below!


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What is Body Sculpting?

What is Body Sculpting?

Have you looked into sculpting your body? Don’t worry- this has nothing to do with clay or carving tools!

Body sculpting, also referred to as strength training exercise, is a great way to naturally achieve both a toned and fit body, and has many physical benefits. By implementing a regular body sculpting routine, you can get slimmer by increasing your metabolism. The increase in metabolism will not only make it easier to lose weight, but it will also make it harder for that lost weight to creep back up on you. There are many more benefits to body sculpting, as you can see in the infographic below:

What are the Benefits of Strength Training? (Infographic)

Although most of body sculpting is thought to be done only through exercising, simple adjustments in your daily routine can also lead to changes in your body. For instance, drinking more water daily is one of the factors that can increase your body’s metabolism which will help you to achieve a more toned and fit physique more quickly and efficiently. Some recommended food items that will also help build more lean muscle include:

  • Lean chicken breast, lean beef
  • Dark turkey meat (yes really, it is lean in fat and high in protein!)
  • Salmon, tuna
  • Eggs (Egg white omelettes are generally the way to go, as yolks are high in saturated fat)
  • Veggies such as spinach, kale, broccoli, beetroot, red pepper, carrots, sweet potatoes
  • Raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries
  • Brown rice and oats, in moderation
  • Sunflower seeds, lentils

There are no negative side effects to non-surgical body sculpting treatments. However each treatment varies depending on your body type, in addition to the type of fat you have and want to get rid of. In the human body, there are two types of fat, visceral and subcutaneous fat. Subcutaneous fat is usually fat that is present on top of muscles and can be easily removed. Visceral fat is the fat that is present deep in the muscle tissues that can only be removed through proper diet and exercise. The removal of these fats is actually easier done than said, as the process really isn’t all that difficult.

Body sculpting is great in the sense that the basics are simple to grasp and implement, and it doesn’t require much equipment for exercises. Even early beginners can enjoy the benefits of a body sculpting routine in a short amount of time, with dedication.

Have you tried body sculpting? Do you have some tips you would like to share with the Dietgirl community? Let us know in the comments below!


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