Weight Loss: Where and How to Measure

Although the scale is a useful indicator of weight loss over time (as in tracking a trend in your body mass weight), it is not necessarily the best method of measuring weight loss progress in the short-term because the number on the scale can be deceptive.  For example, a person's weight can fluctuate 3-4 pounds (or more!) in a single day depending on hydration and various other factors.

Weight loss experts recommend not relying exclusively on the scale but instead to use several different tools for measuring progress - such as calipers (to measure fat loss), visual assessments (mirror and photographs) and the tape measure.

When individuals are asked to take body measurements, there is often some confusion about where and how, exactly, one should measure. This infographic entitled "Where Should I Measure?" illustrates and explains how and where to measure key areas of the body including the chest, bust, arms, waist, midway between the waist and hips (abdomen/lower abdomen), hips, thighs and knees.

Some people also choose to measure their neck and calves.

Regardless of which sites on the body are chosen for measurement, it is important to be consistent by establishing a regular day of the week and time of day and keeping an accurate record to chart progress.

Infographic source:  iVillage.com

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15 Healthy High-Fiber Foods [Infographic]

15 Healthy High-Fiber Foods Infographic from Gourmandia.net
Recent and ongoing research suggests that getting an adequate amount of dietary fiber on a daily basis is important to overall health.

It is also thought to be one of the keys to successful weight loss or healthy weight maintenance because fiber makes you feel full and satisfied.
Feelings of satiation, in turn, cause you to eat less.

Fiber is also linked to many other health benefits.  For more information how fiber is essential for a healthy diet, go to:  Mayo Clinic, Healthy Lifestyle, Nutrition and Healthy Eating, Dietary Fiber.

As with other important nutrients, it is generally advised that dietary fiber be obtained from food, rather than supplements.

This infographic from Gourmandia.net entitled "15 Healthy High-Fiber Foods That Make You Feel Full and Satisfied" illustrates some of the foods that are the highest in fiber:

✿  Hummus
✿  Almonds
✿  Raspberries
✿  Carrots
✿  Apples
✿  Pears
✿ Avocado
✿ Barley
✿ Dark Leafy Greens
✿ Brussels Sprouts
✿ Raw Seeds (Chia, Flaxmeal)
✿ Broccoli
✿ Peas
✿ Artichoke

Infographic source and for other terrific health and food related infographics and information, go to:
Gourmandia.net - Infographic Files.

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Top 25 Vitamin E Rich Foods [Infographic]

Top 25 Vitamin E Rich Foods
Infographic from Gourmandia.com
Vitamin E is an essential vitamin and, together with Vitamin A and Vitamin C, is one of the three powerful antioxidants that we need in order to be healthy.   Although Vitamin E is commonly most associated with beautiful, healthy skin - it actually plays an important role throughout the body and its various organs, systems and functions.

Being an "essential" nutrient, our bodies cannot make Vitamin E and we must get it from dietary sources, i.e., foods.  Although supplements are widely available, many nutritionists and healthcare professionals advise obtaining our nutrients from food whenever possible.  It is thought that various nutrients present in food work together synergistically and that this synergy promotes the body's ability to absorb and utilize the various nutrients.

This infographic from Gourmandia.com entitled "Top 25 Vitamin E Rich Foods" illustrates and briefly describes which foods are excellent sources of natural Vitamin E:

 Raw Seeds
 Swiss Chard
 Mustard Greens
 Plant Oils
 Turnip Greens
 Pine Nuts
 Taro Root
 Dried Apricots
 Red Bell Peppers
 Dried Herbs
 Peanut Butter
 Red Chili Peppers

Infographic source and for gourmet recipes, diet recipes, cooking techniques, recipe courses, videos and related, visit: Gourmandia.com


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