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How to Remove Stomach Fat

How to Remove Stomach Fat

When you think of ways to increase weight loss and tone up your stomach, what is the first thing you think? I bet it is exercise. Well you’d be wrong. Of course having an active lifestyle will go a long way in toning your body, but it’s not the be all and end all of how to remove stomach fat. What you need to work on first is raising your metabolic rate, which is how much fat you are burning when you are at rest.

The other major factor in how to remove stomach fat is… yes you guessed it, diet.

Eating a healthy diet is another huge factor if you want to cut down on that belly fat and let your, soon to be toned abs show through. But “going on a diet” is not the way forward here. No, what you need to do is change the way you look at food, that way you can enjoy all the food you want, because healthy foods will be what you desire.

So if you want to know how to remove stomach fat fast, read on!

OK so here are my top tips for changing your lifestyle and getting that flat belly we all crave.

• First up is to cut down all those obviously bad foods. I’m talking crisps, biscuits, chocolate, cake… I could go on but I’m sure I don’t need to. You already know the foods that are bad for you so simply just drastically reduce how much you eat of them. Simples.

• Smaller portions. Eating smaller portions is another excellent idea in how to remove stomach fat. You could try using a smaller plate or my favourite is to put your cutlery down during each mouthful and eat slower. That way your body will recognise when it is full and this is when you stop eating. You may find you have to throw away half a plate full of food. But don’t worry, just do it! In the end you will be sick of throwing away so much food you will serve yourself smaller portions.

• Eating small meals during the day as oppose to the usual breakfast, lunch, dinner. Doing this will make your body burn the foods much faster and because you are eating smaller meals you hopefully won’t be giving in to the temptation to overeat. And remember; don’t eat at least 2 hours before bed either.

OK so I saved the best till last.

• Cardiovascular Exercise. Now I know you don’t want to hear that word but trust me it is easier than you think. You don’t need to join the gym, just try and keep active. So walk to work if you can, take the dog for one extra walk a day. Take the kids for a long ramble in the forest or go for a bike ride. Exercise shouldn’t mean pain, mental or otherwise. Or why not join a martial arts club or a dance class. You just need to find that activity that you really enjoy, that way it won’t seem like work. This is how to remove stomach fat the easy way.…

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Health Care Reform and Biotech

One of the most affected industries regarding the new health care reform is with biotechnology. One of the many provisions in the new health care reform bill is to reduce the prices of the medical prescriptions charged to Medicare and Medicaid. This will hurt the biotechnology industry because the research for new medication is very expensive and tedious work.
The size of the impact to the biotech industry is beginning to be realized and the health insurance providers are starting to resort to eliminating new medication, in favor of the more traditional medications of years ago. Since it takes time for the pharmaceutical companies to exhaust their patents on new health care medication, the health insurance industry is turning away sooner than what was originally expected.
This will translate into less medical prescriptions for the medical healthcare provider and the individual to choose. Many of the medical health care prescription medications we have on the market today are slowly disappearing as the pharmaceutical demand for them are dwindling by the millions.
The losses to the biotech industry is becoming evident and many of the staff are deciding how much longer they will continue with the companies. The provisions, suppliers, health insurance industry, and supporters are no longer able to offer high finances to continue the funding of current projects.
What will this mean for you and your family members? This will mean the health insurance industry will have more control over what you are able to purchase unless you have the monetary means to pay for a given medical prescription out of pocket. It always comes down to what is affordable and what is not affordable.
Many individuals who suffer with orphan diseases will find they will no longer have access to the medication they so desperately need. The funds are drying up because of the new health care reform bill and the prescription medication for the orphan diseases will dry up. This is because as funding dwindles, the money that remains will be focused on the more popular diseases.
This will sadly leave many individuals with a government-run health insurance policy without the necessary health care they require. How will a medical health care physician have the ability to identify and help a patient with an orphan disease when there is no prescription medication to keep it maintained?
This will leave millions of individuals to be forced to take care of themselves the best they are able and pray for better days in the future yet to develop. How sad for the families with children who need health care treatment. Where will they go? Whom will they turn to?…

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Alternatives For Millennium Kids

A good friend of mind recently commented that his own kids and their friends are a lot less materialistic than our generations were, and that numerous surveys show that Millennials don’t want their jobs to interfere with their family or social life. He went on to say that, “Some say this is laziness, I tend to believe that Millennials have their priorities a little better aligned than their parents and grandparents.”
These kids, I believe, are smart, and cognizant of their challenge in America. With social programs being dismantled and safety nets disappearing, they will be on their own, which means that unless they are capable of making lots and lots of money, maybe making it into the top ten percent of wage earners, they will not be able to keep their heads above water, or even afford basic health care which will skyrocket in the near future. Why struggle to save money all your life when the first serious illness means that a hospital or doctor will sue you and take your home and life savings? The enthusiasm to become a part of this is shrinking.
Then there is saving for their kid’s college, and they just can’t see how they are going to afford all of this. And how about retirement? Reagan with his reckless tax cuts partnered with Greenspan to loot the social security fund when his deficits got out of control, and now the fund is going broke, and many want to dismantle it calling it socialism.
So the Millennium kids can look forward to either fending for themselves in old age, or living with their kids, which in independent America doesn’t work too well. So instead of a peaceful old age with Social Security, which this country once promised and which we all paid into all of our lives, and which then was stolen from us, they can look forward to constant struggle and stress to pay for health care, drugs, and food just as their body begins to fall apart and they can no longer work.
In the news recently, doctors are dropping patients unless they pay the doctors $1500.00 a year just to see them. This includes no tests, no hospitalization, no catastrophic coverage, only a chance to see a boutique doctor. This means that in the near future, we will need both an insurance policy plus $1500/year for a doctor. Medicare and Medicaid patients will be left out in the cold.
But there are alternatives for young adults and their futures.
Presently, it’s all about money from every angle of society, more and more money is needed, but there is only so much money with the pile slowly decreasing, which means that those on the lower rungs of society will suffer greatly in the future because the wealth is not being spread out in this country. Distribution of wealth is considered un-American, and wealth is therefore hoarded. The income distribution regarding the lower and middle classes has been in steady decline since Reagan was in office.
If our educational system continues to ignore these kinds of things and fill young adult’s heads with false promises of economic stability when those promises can no longer be kept, (and how can our educational system not ignore these things when moneyed interests and wealthy politicos pressure them?) then we can expect nothing to change and conditions to worsen.
And parents, out of naked fear, signal their kids that they had better be ready to make a killing in the market place, or else! The pressure on these kids result in early high stress levels in an educational system that has lock-stepped into this whole competitive thing (the intense pressure of test scores) instead of teaching cooperation and the value of good character.
The drop out rate increases and the teen suicides skyrocket due to the worry these kids feel, worry which is justified because many times kids can see more clearly than their mentors, who have become hopelessly enmeshed in the whole illusion. The fact is that young adults will have problems down the road, even the successful ones let alone the “average” (where most of us are), which will be left economically in the dust.
Every kid has dream of making it big, playing in the NFL, making lots of money, but the reality is, fifty percent will end up average, which means that their income levels will be not be able to keep up with the wealthy, and the wealthy will not care. This is how it is playing out. And we wonder why gangs are increasing at an alarming rate. How else can people who are discriminated against keep up? Lawlessness and anarchy are always the result.
But there are other ways to live that sidesteps all of this angst, depending on …

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How to Get Enough Exercise

How to Get Enough Exercise

Making “exercise” the way you would normally move your body on a daily basis means that you are going to be able to get in enough exercise to be healthy and beneficial for your well-being. Start by looking at how you can get more physical in your everyday lifestyle and be fit and productive at the same time.

Housecleaning = Exercise

This includes getting physical about your home and tidying up behind yourself, keeping your desk and office space clear of clutter. Take the time to put some extra energy into your daily cleaning and tidying up habits. You can expend quite a bit of energy just by doing what needs to be done daily. Don’t overlook this important tip, life take energy, organization takes energy. We function better in a clean, clear and organized environment. Why not spice up your daily routines with some enthusiasm that raises your metabolism and heart rate. Give your home environment all the energy you can muster and then notice how you glow from the physical effort.

Walk. Walk. Walk Everywhere.

Walk everywhere. Learn to use your legs as your main form of transportation. Yes, we all walk to and from the car, the store… but walk further, longer and with stronger strides. Use your bike (remember that dusty old-contraption?) and start going from point A to point B on foot or two wheels. Not only will you gain physical fitness and “squeeze in’ enough exercise time over the course of the day, you’ll also be a little bit more earth-friendly.

As an example of adding more walking into your life. Like in Europe, shop in areas where you can park and shop. Find a shopping center that has many stores you can pick up regular items from and save yourself drive time. Walk your bags and purchases back to the car every shop or two and know you’re getting enough exercise while taking care of the weekly essentials.

Dance Through Your Day

Not sure if you’re getting enough exercise? Turn on some music and start dancing. Watch how much exercise you can get in while grooving with your favorite tunes. Lift your mood and your feet when you start listening to more up-beat music. Listen to energetic music while you’re cleaning your house or going for a daily walk. It’s hard not to keep pace with the tempo.

Kick! Stretch and Kick!

And finally, spend a few minutes each day doing some daily, am and pm, stretches. Stretching is a natural feel-good exercise. It keeps you from stiffening up and the added flow of oxygen to your muscles will help them stay in shape. Just follow what feels good. A good back and arm stretch always uplifts your mood and energy levels. Add a few calisthenics and you’ve just put together an exercise routine. Get up and stretch several times a day if you’re working behind a computer or at a desk.

It doesn’t have to take as much effort to get in enough exercise each day. The key is to see exercise as a natural part of your lifestyle. Active and productive people also tend to be healthy and fit. Good physical stamina doesn’t just come from lifting weights or running marathons. It’s the daily use of your body and muscles that determine if you’re getting enough exercise to maintain a happy, healthy body.…

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Branding Vs Direct Response – Which is Best For My Practice?

I’m asked frequently how important Branding is to a healthcare practice. My answer is “it’s critical”. Every potential patient (and referring physician) is asking themselves a critical question that your marketing message has to answer “Why you?”. Branding helps you differentiate your practice from your competition and provides the answer(s) to the question “Why You?”.
I’m also asked what type of marketing is more important, building your brand or getting new patients to come to your office quickly and cost-effectively. This type of marketing is called “direct response” marketing. I believe that both are important factors in the success of your marketing campaign.
Branding is a form of marketing where a consumer (your prospective patient) sees or hears your message through any medium (web site, email, TV, print ad, radio, direct mail, etc.) and hopefully remembers who you are, what you do, and why they should consider you if/when they need or want your services. Most of the time, the action isn’t immediate (i.e. “direct response”).
The marketer has to hope that once the consumer sees/hears the message they remember it. Advertising studies show that the average consumer needs to see a message 5-7 times before it becomes familiar to them. You must hope that the consumer has enough name recognition from your previous marketing that when they do need/want your services, they think of you first and don’t get distracted by your competitors’ marketing messages. This can happen often if the prospect goes to the Yellow Pages or Google and then sees your competition.
In “Direct response marketing”, there is generally a strong message with a compelling offer or “call-to-action”. You’re giving your prospective patient a reason to contact you NOW. You’re directing the consumer where to go next (i.e. “Click here now” or “Call today”) and you’re giving them a reason to do so now. A big benefit to “direct response” is that it’s easier to measure results. You can look at metrics like response rates, open rates, click through rates, and conversion rates. You can directly calculate your ROI (return on investment), which helps you offset any advertising costs from the profits you generate.
Although branding is not as accurate to measure and your efforts can take time, you have to develop your brand to help overall conversions in your direct response marketing. Ideally, your marketing message should answer both these questions: “Why You?” and “Why Now?”. This is why Branding and Direct Response are both extremely important.
If you need help developing a more compelling message to build your brand or you need a better direct response rate to improve your ROI, contact me to assistance. Proven Strategies for a Strong, Profitable Practice!…