Weight Loss

Gaining weight doesn't have to be a necessary part of aging. Learn natural weight loss options to help you shed the pounds and keep them off, even stubborn belly fat, on the NorthStar blog.

  1. Shrink Your Stomach Naturally with 10 Quick Techniques

    stomach shrink yourIf you’ve already turned your health around, or if you’re just looking to start, there tends to be one stubborn area that seems hardest to shrink: your stomach.

    Belly fat has a reputation for being some of the hardest to lose – which is even more frustrating because it’s also some of the most detrimental to your health.

    However, there are ways to shrink your stomach, even if you’ve already changed up your diet and embraced crunches!

    Quick Techniques that Equal Long-Term Results

    Like any other health goal, shrinking your stomach is going to take a little time. That doesn’t mean it has to be hard, though.

    1. Start the day with protein. Every morning, you have an opportunity to shrink your stomach. Make the right choices at breakfast. Instead of only reaching for whole grains or fruit, make sure you load up on protein, as well. It revs up your metabolism and gives you long-lasting energy so you don’t reach for belly busters like sugars or refined carbs later in the day.

    2. And recharge with protein about 3:00 pm. Protein also helps control blood sugar, which helps control insulin. This is important because high levels of insulin are what causes your body to store belly fat. Most people go too long between lunch and dinner without protein to prevent this cycle from beginning. Have a small protein snack – a slice of cheese, or a handful of nuts – about three o’clock every afternoon and you’ll shrink your stomach.

    3. Try boxing. When it comes to shrinking your stomach, punches are more effective than crunches. First, you’ll work up a sweat, so it’s aerobic, which means you’re burning fat everywhere, including your stomach. But it’s also anaerobic, so you’re toning and tightening muscles, and not just in your arms. When you punch, you use your entire core as you twist and lunge. By making this one change to your exercise routine, you could lose up to two inches from your waistline. You don’t even have to join a gym or have a sparring partner. “Shadow” boxing is enough. Just be sure to ask your doctor before adding anything to your workout.

    4. Stick to whole grains. People who forgo refined flour for whole grains lose more abdominal fat. It’s that simple. Just remember portion control. You can overeat the healthy stuff, too!

    5. Get some sleep. Staying active isn’t the only way to shrink your stomach. Sleep is just as important. The less sleep a person gets, the higher their levels of cortisone, the stress hormone.
    High levels of cortisone have been linked to weight gain. And not just any weight gain. Weight gain around the stomach. But you can lower your levels of cortisone and shrink your stomach by getting enough rest. Aim for seven to eight hours per night for best results.

    Quick Techniques That Show IMMEDIATE Results

    Sometimes, though, you don’t need your stomach to actually be smaller. It’s enough for it to look like it is. In those times, try these…

    6. Replace your nightly low-carb beer or wine with lemon water. Many people cut back on the amount of water they drink because they think water causes water retention. The truth is the exact opposite. Being hydrated prevents water retention. And since lemon is a natural diuretic, you’re even less likely to retain water. All of which works together to help you shrink your stomach fast.

    7. Swap your salt. Speaking of water retention, salt’s your culprit, not H2O. However, you don’t have to cut out salt completely to shrink your stomach. Use natural sea salt or kosher salt instead of regular table salt. Both taste like the salt you’re used to, but have lower sodium teaspoon per teaspoon than traditional table salt.

    8. Walk after dinner. Sure, the added activity will help you lose weight, and that’s always a good thing. But a quick, ten minute walk after dinner will help you shrink your stomach in another way, too. That ten minute walk is enough to help your digestive system perform more effectively than just slumping on the couch. The walk moves your food through faster, so you have less gas and bloating – which equals a smaller stomach!

    9. Stand up straight. No, this doesn’t actually shrink your stomach, but you can look up to five pounds thinner just by adjusting your posture. Lift your head, straighten your shoulders, and pull in your core muscles. Not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too.

    10. Take a bath. An Epsom salt bath can help shrink your stomach quickly because they help draw all the water from your body. This helps with bloating and water retention, so you look smaller. Add two cups of Epsom salts to your bath and soak for at least twenty minutes. One word of warning, though – don’t do this daily. You should only take an Epsom salt bath once a week, at the most. If you really want to look your best for a specific event, indulge a day or two beforehand.

    You can shrink your stomach without spending hours doing crunches or sticking to a restrictive diet.

    Be smart. Be healthy.

    And work these ten techniques into your routine. Your waistline will thank you.

  2. The Foolproof Plan to Stop Dieting for Good

    dieting stopLosing and gaining, and losing and gaining again – there’s reason to believe yo-yo dieting is as unhealthy as being overweight.

    And yet it’s a cycle so many people have fallen into.

    Luckily, others are finally coming to realize the dangers of fad diets and are trying to stop dieting for good.

    If you’re ready to get off the diet roller coaster, you can.

    There are ways to be healthy, lose weight, and stop dieting.

    1. Change the way you think about the word diet. Far too many people think about “dieting” as something they go on – which inherently means they will eventually go off of it again. Rather than think about restrictive food choices being a temporary thing, think about healthy food choices being a long-term solution. Stop dieting by not going on a diet. Instead, choose to make healthier choices, more often than not.

    2. Start slow. Here’s where many people end up setting themselves up for failure from the very beginning. If you are used to eating a certain way and eliminate all processed foods, refined sugars, white flour carbohydrates, and other unhealthy options overnight, you will fail. However, if you start slow, you have a better chance of success. Instead of changing everything, eliminate all added sugars and swap to whole grain bread instead of the wheat or white flour stuff first. Stick to that for a couple weeks. Then work on making the next change.

    3. Keep a food journal. Most people have no real idea of how many calories they take in per day. One study indicated that people underestimate their caloric intake by over 1000 calories per day. That means they were eating a thousand more calories per day than they thought they were. Writing down what you eat can help you get a handle on portion control which is key when you want to stop dieting, lose weight, and be healthy.

    4. Drink more. Your body sends the same messages when you’re thirsty as it does when you’re hungry, so just because you’re registering hunger isn’t a reason to reach for a snack. Reach for a glass of water or green tea first, and see if that resolves the issue. Or better yet, just stay hydrated throughout the day so the thirst signals are never triggered in the first place!

    5. Just don’t drink more juice. In fact, you might want to stop drinking juice completely. Your body registers juice differently from the way it registers fruit, so juice doesn’t fill you up the same way an actual orange will. Plus, you’re not getting the fiber and you are getting way more sugar. Juice is empty calories disguised as healthy fruit. Stick to the orange instead.

    6. Use smaller plates. Portion control is essential to healthy living, but weighing and measuring food is intrinsically linked to dieting. Instead, make minding your portions easier by using smaller plates. Fill a salad plate rather than a traditional dinner plate. You get the satisfaction of cleaning your plate, without all the calories.

    7. Stop with the salad dressing. Once you stop dieting, you’ll find you actually enjoy the taste of the food you’re eating. There’s no need to drown your salad in dressing. Instead, switch to a drizzle of olive oil and add fresh herbs and ground pepper. Still really want the dressing? You can have it when you’re not on a restrictive diet. Keep it on the side and dip your fork before each bite. You’ll get the flavor, the texture, and still be able to taste your salad!

    8. Plan your treats. If you really want to stop dieting, you need to allow for the occasional indulgence, whatever that means to you. Because if you deprive yourself, you’ll fail. So don’t deprive yourself. Just plan in advance when, where, and what your treat will be. Not only is it easier not to binge when you’re not feeling deprived, but you’ll be amazed at how satisfying a single serving can be when you’ve really looked forward to it.

    9. Think “nutritionally dense.” When you stop dieting, you’re giving up empty calories and loading up on nutritionally dense foods. These are the foods that pack the most bang for your buck. They have the nutrients you need without going overboard on the calories. Healthy carbohydrates, like sweet potatoes, cruciferous vegetables, and BenVia Gold are all excellent examples of nutritionally dense foods. They fill you up, and keep your engine running, while keeping the calories and portions under control.

    It’s time to give up on the old, outdated ways of thinking about food, weight, and health.

    Stop dieting! Start living. With smart, healthy choices.

  3. How Weight Loss Can Improve Your Sex Life

    Weight loss howSex can be awkward to talk about. It can also be awkward to think about.

    At the same time, if your sex life isn’t up to par, it’s difficult to think about anything else.

    But in all of this thinking and worrying, have you given any thought about how weight loss might help improve your sex life?

    Because as unrelated as sex and weight may seem on the surface, if you’re carrying around more weight than you’d like, they can be connected.

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  4. 9 Shocking Health Benefits of Eating Beets

    Eating beets benefitsYou know the superfoods: Kale…chia seeds…pomegranates…beets?

    I know, that last one may be shocking but there really are incredible health benefits to eating beets!

    So before you pass them by in the grocery produce section, read on. It’s time to start reaping the benefits of eating beets. Continue reading

  5. 10 Unbelievable Food and Diet Myths Debunked

    myths dietWhen it comes to eating for weight loss and better health, it’s easy to think you know all there is to know.

    Unfortunately, sometimes what you think is true is actually myth.

    Persistent myth, but myth nonetheless.

    Like these ten diet myths that seem to stick around, no matter how often they’re debunked!

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  6. 6 Unusual Ways to Stop Overeating

    overeating stopIn theory, it’s easy to stop overeating.

    You tell yourself to stop eating when you’re full, and not to eat after nine in the evening.

    You might even tell the server not to bring the complementary chips and salsa or warm bread.

    But if it really was that easy to eat less, we’d all have done it by now.

    And in reality, it’s just plain hard.

    Which is why these six unusual ways to end overeating may be just what you’re looking for –

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  7. Cinnamon and Weight Loss: Are they REALLY Linked?

    weight loss cinnamon When we first heard about cinnamon being linked to weight loss, we were intrigued and I’ll be the first to admit it.

    Since reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of overall health, anything natural that might help with weight loss is worth looking at.

    So, what exactly did we find from our own research? Is there a correlation between cinnamon and weight loss? Can it really help you lose weight? What are the health benefits of cinnamon?

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  8. Fiber Supplements for Weight Loss? Discover the Little-Known Fat Loss Secret

    Fiber Supplements for Weight LossWith so many recalls, and warnings, over weight loss supplements, it’s easy to think you have no safe, healthy options out there to help you lose weight.

    Luckily, that’s not true.

    There are many weight loss supplements available – but one of the most overlooked options is fiber.

    It’s a little-known way to help you lose weight – safely, consistently, and quickly.

    So, whether you’re looking to knock off 5 pounds, you’re trying to shed some stubborn belly fat, or you have other weight loss goals in mind, you should definitely know about fiber supplements for weight loss. They might be exactly what you’re looking for to take your weight loss efforts to the next level. Continue reading

  9. Exposed: The Dangers of Weight Loss Pills

    Weight Loss Pill DangersOver the past few years, you've probably noticed weight loss pills becoming a lot more popular.

    And, of course – when you’re trying to lose weight – you want every tool available to you.

    But some weight loss pills can be more dangerous than they’re worth.

    Your goal is to get healthier – not make yourself sick!

    But just how sick can a weight loss pill make you?

    You’d be surprised… Continue reading

  10. Easy Weight Loss Tips: 5 Simple Tricks for Lasting Fat Loss

    Simple Weight Loss TipsEvery year – whether it’s part of a New Year’s resolution, a plan to get ready for summer, or a pre-holiday promise to lose weight – you say the same thing.

    You’re finally going to get back in shape. Or simply lose 5 or 10 lbs. to fit into a new pair of jeans.

    Or maybe you just want to lose weight to look and feel healthier.

    Whatever your personal motivation, there’s a clear reason you haven’t already hit your goals:

    Weight loss is hard. Continue reading

  11. The Best Natural Weight Loss Supplements: 6 Ways to Drop Fat Fast

    The struggle to lose weight is one many people know all too well.

    The key is, as you know, diet and exercise. But what happens when diet and exercise aren't enough? That’s when it’s time to turn to one of the best natural weight loss supplements.

    Glabrinex, from Vitamin Research Products. Glabrinex works in 2 ways. First, it suppresses the formation of visceral fat. Second, it helps increase the activity of fat burning enzymes  in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle plan. Combine these 2 and you've got a natural weight loss supplement that’s easy to add to your daily routine.

    Metabolic Essentials, from Dr. Whitaker. Designed specifically to address Metabolic Syndrome, Metabolic Essentials not only helps you lose up to 30 pounds in 90 days, it also helps support healthy blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure.

    Omega-3 Slim, from Dr. Sinatra. A plant-based natural weight loss supplement, Omega-3 Slim harnesses the power of green tea and banaba leaf. The green tea extract helps boost your metabolism, while the banaba leaf helps steady blood sugar levels.

    SlimSuccess, from BestHealth Nutritionals. Dr. Stengler’s exclusive weight loss formula is now available through the NorthStar Nutritionals website. And we’re not just biased. Studies show the ingredients in the SlimSuccess formula make it one of the best natural weight loss supplements. With ingredients that can boost your weight loss efforts three times over, and help curve nighttime cravings, SlimSuccess takes on your weight loss stumbling blocks with ease.

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  12. How to Lose Weight Naturally: 5 Easy Steps to Shed Pounds Fast

    Lose Weight NaturallyEvery year, you make the same goal. “I’m going to join a gym.” “I’m going to eat better.”

    And you promise that this is the year you finally stick to the plan.

    But losing weight is hard – especially with our busy schedules, the abundance of unhealthy foods, and the cost of joining a workout class or buying organic foods.

    However, if you’ve ever wanted to lose weight – and keep it off – I have good news for you… Continue reading

  13. What Are the Best Exercises for Weight Loss?

    There’s an old adage that says the best exercise for weight loss is the one you will do.

    Best Weight Loss Exercises

    But there are so many options out there, it’s hard to know where to start. Should you be weight training? Or focusing on heart rate?

    How do you know what’s the best exercise for weight loss? Continue reading

  14. Help lower your blood pressure - Are BUGS the key?

    Want to lower your blood pressure a few points? Or maybe just keep your already healthy BP in check?

    Look to your belly.

    Yes, I did say your BELLY. The bacteria in our guts could be the hidden key to help lower your blood pressure, according to a new 9-study-strong review. Continue reading

  15. The sunshine vitamin may help reduce blood sugar and weight

    We already knew vitamin D was a superstar, but June sure was a banner month for the sunshine vitamin. Besides being linked to better blood pressure control and dropping your risk of an early death, new research finds that D could turn out to be the key to lowering your blood sugar AND your weight.

    It turns out that the sunshine vitamin treatments act on the brain to improve both weight and blood glucose control in the overweight, according to an animal study presented at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society in Chicago. Continue reading

  16. Chia Seed Recipes: More Than Just Seeds

    BenVia Gold chia recipes You are really trying to find ways to get chia seeds into your diet with some chia seed recipes. After all, you know they’re unbelievably good for you. They've been shown to have more calcium than milk, more magnesium than broccoli and more antioxidant power than blueberries.

    But just how often can you sprinkle them on your salad or mix them into your morning cereal before even this super-food starts being boring? But you can banish boring, with the chia seed recipes found in our BenVia Gold Cookbook! Continue reading

  17. Top 5 Health Benefits of Chia– Big Results From a Small Seed

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    BenVia Gold Dietary Support Supplement Have you heard about the health benefits of chia yet? Sure, you’ve heard about chia – the amazing little seed you get in BenVia Gold. After all, it’s sweeping the country, making a name for itself as the perfect food. While it may be hard to believe that anything could be considered a perfect food, this powerful gem will change your mind, thanks to these 5 health benefits of chia… Continue reading

  18. Fight Metabolic Syndrome: 3 Easy Ways to Manage Metabolic Syndrome

    It’s a bit alarming when some of those numbers we never really had to worry about start sneaking up on us, and realize we may be fighting metabolic syndrome. Waist lines get a little bigger. Blood pressure goes a little  higher. Our bodies don’t shake off that ice cream cone quite as completely as they used to.

    Suddenly, our doctor is using that phrase - metabolic syndrome - and we’re stuck wondering what can be done about it. Luckily, there are ways to fight metabolic syndrome, including diet, exercise, and the right nutritional supplements – like Advance Glucose Support. Continue reading

  19. [VIDEO] Where to buy chia seeds: premium quality and best price

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    When America's Nutrition Physician tells you to eat brownies, it comes as a bit of a shock...so I was more than a little skeptical when I started watching this video presentation by Dr. Allan Spreen on where to buy the best chia seeds. But in just a few minutes, you'll be as convinced as I am that shelling out exorbitant sums for the latest, greatest superfoods is a waste of money. Unbelievable as it sounds, Dr. Spreen has discovered a stunning secret that can transform ANY food -- even decadent treats like fresh-baked brownies -- into a nutritional goldmine that rivals superfoods like salmon, broccoli, and blueberries.
  20. Popular breakfast cereals are more than 30 percent sugar

    You don’t need me to tell you that sugary breakfast cereals aren’t the healthiest choice you can make, but you still may be shocked by a recent report released by our friends over at the Environmental Working Group. (I was even bowled over by some of the numbers.) If you enjoy sweetened breakfast cereals you might want to look away now—otherwise hold on tight to your bowl and spoon. According to the EWG, 12 common breakfast cereals don’t just pack in a lot of sugar… they’re more than 50 percent sugar!

    Have a little cereal with your sugar

    Kellogg's Honey Smacks and Post Golden Crisp are two brands that found themselves in the EWG's Cereal Hall of Shame. One cereal, Lieber’s Cocoa Frosted Flakes, weighed in at a jaw-dropping 88 percent sugar! And while those are the most extreme examples the EWG reported on, the rest of the so-called kid’s breakfast cereals (come-on, we all know adults who scarf this stuff up by the boxful) in the analysis of over 1,500 brands didn’t fare a whole lot better. In fact, on average the children’s breakfast cereals were 34 percent sugar. Your child or grandchild could scarf down a whole bowl of ice cream, or a 6 pack of little powdered donuts, and still not be hitting such a high percentage of sugar. And if you’re the sugared cereal fan in your house, you should know that if you eat just one bowl of the sweet stuff a day you’ll be swallowing down around 10 pounds of sugar a year!

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