Fast Food, Slow Death?

The all too familiar story: no time to cook, kids are late for soccer practice and McDonald's is on the way. Since it will not take more than a few minutes to shoot through the drive through we'll do the fast food stop. Or all too familiar story number 2: lunch hour at work and I need to pick up my dry cleaning, fill a prescription, and take the car to get gas and find time to eat. Sure enough Taco Bell is on the way and they have a drive through as well. These real life situations play out for all of us, millions of us, everyday. Since time has become one of our most precious commodities the sacrifice we make is often in our diet.

And yet it does not need to be this way. By following a few healthy practices you can still go to your favorite fast food chain and, 30 years from now, live to tell about it. The key is knowing what to select from the menu and balancing that meal with the rest of the day's food intake.

Choose Your Menu Items With Care

Choose a main dish item that is low in fat. As an example, when faced with the choice of a bacon cheeseburger or a regular hamburger, the regular hamburger wins every time. In the battle of the regular hamburger or the grilled chicken breast sandwich the chicken wins hands down. Why? Here's an example:

Wendy's Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich has 360 calories, 7 grams of fat, and 0 trans fat. Compare that to the Wendy's Big Bacon Classic which has 580 calories, 29 grams of fat and 1.5 grams of trans fat. Put either choice with a medium fry and you have added another 440 calories and another 21 grams of fat. Choose, instead, the Baked Potato with Sour Cream and Chive and you add 320 calories and 4 grams of fat – a better choice indeed.

Choose side salads and salad bar vegetables as these provide extra vitamins and add dietary fiber. In addition they fill you up without adding lots of extra calories. Be sure to use low fat or non-fat dressing or better yet, a simple vinaigrette dressing. More dietary fiber can be found in the choice of whole wheat or whole grain buns and rolls.

If your sweet tooth kicks in have fresh fruit or frozen yogurt. Or go for the reduced fat ice cream versus the shake. Again an example, this time from McDonald's: 16 oz. Triple Thick Vanilla Shake has 550 calories and 13 grams of fat. The Vanilla Reduced Fat Ice Cream Cone has 150 calories and only 3.5 grams of fat. Granted the lower calories alternative is not as decadent but it also will not clog your arteries by increasing your cholesterol intake and it will satisfy the sugar craving.

Watch Your Portion Size

Portion control is also a key element to successful fast food dining. Although many restaurants have discontinued the super size trend, most portions are simply more than we need to consume. These large portions look like real value when viewed in the monetary sense but when measured by way of their contribution to weight gain and its complications they are simply not worth it.

Choose the smallest size possible especially if you are having hamburgers or fried foods.

Share large or high items with someone else.

Eat half your order and take the rest home. Yes, I know we are provided to clean our plates because there are children starving in China. At least that's what many mothers over the years have been heard to say. The fact is being a member of the Clean Plate Club will also get you entry into the Fat Club, the High Cholesterol Club, and if your really fortify the Heart Disease Club.

Remember These 3 Key Points

1. Reduce total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium.
2. Increase intake of whole grains
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables

Fast food is one of the great innovations of the 20th century. Here in the 21st century we need to manage how we take advantage of its limitless access. To do so will maintain a balance between food as satisfying fuel that keeps our human engine running and toxic waste that will eventually lead to shorten life spans.

How to Choose Your Motorcycle GPS Systems

Location, location, location are not just words used in real estate. When riding your motorcycle it's a great idea to know where you are and where you are going. Global positioning systems or GPS have come a long way in the last twenty years in helping riders find their way along the highways and byways of traveling. Choosing the right GPS for your motorcycle can depend on what features you desire.

The physical dimensions of the GPS device can be up to 5.7 "x 4.2" giving you a large enough screen to view your roadway, directions, watch a video on screen, or just use the split screen to see your next turn. The buttons for almost anything you need are right there on your large screen. In case you want to find your location at the moment just go to the Menu. From there push the "Where Am I" button on the touch screen and you will be able to read your exact location.

GPS devices are generally pre-loaded with maps of the United States including all cities, towns, highways, and local points of interest. This allows the rider to find any destination, landmark, or address in the continental United States. To help with guidance GPS devices have voice control which allows you to talk to the GPS and ask for directions, turns, or the next filling station on your route. The device also gives you audible turn by turn.
instructions, highways intersections, distance to your turn, and what lane you need to be in to make your next turn.

Wifi capability is available if you need to make reservations at a restaurant, check your stock portfolio, or just look up a local movie theater. The Wifi feature also allows you to get the local weather and traffic information so that you can either get out of the rain if need be or detour around an accident in the road several miles ahead. The colorful touch screen can be a valuable benefit to you when trying to finding your way to local events, route planning, and uploading those points of interest you would like to see along the way.

To give you further enjoyment on your ride the GPS device has Blue tooth Stereo as an added feature. This allows for many hours of listening comfort while you ride. If you enjoy music as most people do you'll want to choose some of your own favorites. An MP3 player gives you the flexibility while you drive. You can easily hook into the side of the GPS with your jack and listen to your music or get directions to your brother's barbecue.

For most of us in today's market we would not want to be without our cell phones. Blue tooth technology has allowed GPS devices to have hands free phone service. Use the touch screen to accept a phone call and talk to the GPS device to find a number and make a call. Hands free phone service is easy and very versatile.

When you've reached your destination GPS device can be removed and used to find your way on that hike up the mountain and back. Your exact location where your bike was left can be found by easily using your touch screen and directions. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are the best idea for the motorcycle rider.

Internet Marketing – The Basic Step of SEO in “Off Page Optimization”

SEO or Search Engine Optimization it the most important thing in Internet Marketing. It is the way of website optimization, sometimes how to be search engine friendly, so our site can appear on the first page of search results on the search engines, and so we can get free traffic from search engines.

SEO has 2 important phases:

  1. Optimization on the site itself (On-page Optimization)
  2. Optimization beyond the site (Off-page Optimization)

This time I will describe what is "off-page optimization".

What is Off-Page Optimization?

In a simple word Off-Page Optimization is the activities we do on our site with the goal of creating robots that search engines rate sites our site is famous among other sites. This is also known as "Link Popularity"

How famous our site among the other sites (with a particular target keyword) will be a consideration in determining search engine positioning of our site in search engine result.

Based on the experience of internet marketers who have been successful, Off-Page Optimization is very important now, even that says Off-Page Optimization is much more important than the On-Page Optimization. But I think both of them are important to get a high ranking on search engines.

The main components of the Of-Page Optimization, or to determine how famous our site is through the quality back links. So if you want the robot is considered as a famous site we need to have a lot of quality back links.

Back Link have 2 types:

1. One direction or One Way Back Link, where other site link to our site, but our site does not link back to the site. This is usually our sites have information that is considered interesting and he recommended to the visitor of their site.

2. Two-way (mutual link). Also known as "Link Exchange" or exchange links. Note that One Way Back Link has a wine better on search engine than two-way link.

Which link back is good for the Off-Page Optimization?

Many webmasters make the mistake and has wrong mind with Back Link. They tried to find link partners as much as possible without examining the positions, topic and status of the site which will be invited to become their Link-Partner.

To avoid this the following steps are necessary to find a quality Back Link:

1. When searching for potential link partners, select the same site, or at least close to the topic or topics related to our site.

2. Search site potential link partners with high-rank page.

3. When we do Link Exchange see where they will put the link. Usually they have a special page for Link Partner, see the page rank of the special page, either they have a high page rank or not. This is very important.

Note: Page Rank of each page of your site in one domain can be different. Although the main page has a high Page Rank, the other Page Rank can be lower or even zero. Or the Page Rank of the main page is lower but the other pages inside is higher. This can be caused by the On-Page Optimization and Link Back obtained by the page.

Conclusion:

– Do not exchange links with the other sites with different theme. – Do not link sites that has Page Rank 0 – When you want to Link Exchange, do not accept the link of our site is putting in the page with Page-Rank 0

4. Calculate how many link partners were there! Do not try to link the sites that have links Partner or save more than 50 links on one page!

Note: Value of Page Rank will be divided evenly with all of the existing link partners. More number of link partners that are stored in one page, the smaller Rank value will receive by each link partner.

5. Look at Anchor Text used for our site at the site of link partners, is already in line with our target keyword? Anchor Text must be the keyword of our target.

Many Webmasters are looking for Link Partner as much as possible without considering the above. Actually we do not need to find thousands of links to sites we create are considered by a robot, just looking for 30-60 quality links that are eligible that have been described above.

The Main points of the Off-Page Optimization:

1. Try the link + description of our website are there in the other sites, this is called the Back Links.

2. There are two kinds of Back Links: One Way Back Links (one-way link) and Link Exchange (exchange link).

3. For Link Exchange, search for related theme site.

4. Search potential site link partners that has high Page-Rank. Download Google toolbar http://toolbar.google.com to know the Page Rank of a site. When is found contact them to exchange links.

5. If they agree, check where the link is placed, see the Page Rank page, do not accept a link placed on the page Rank 0.

6. Calculate how many links that are posted on there, do not link to a site that has a link partner of more than 50 links in one page.

7. Always use the Anchor Text, the site's main keywords should be used the description of the link on the site of link partner.

Note: Although we have done all the above correctly, free traffic from search engines will not come immediately, but takes time. Give time 5 months to 1 year to see the results. While waiting for the results we can make another site. Remember, SEO is the most important thing in Internet Marketing .

Can You Really Lose As Much Weight As a ‘Big Loser’ Each Week – And Would You Want To?

With shows like the Biggest Loser getting massive reviews and viewer numbers, clearly its hitting a chord with the general public. The show encourages massive weight loss on a weekly basis. How do we know how much is a reasonable amount of weight to lose? Is it true that you can only lose half a kilo per week. Let's take a look at what is realistic – and achievable – for you …

First off, is it really possible to drop fat as quickly as the contestants on The Biggest Loser? Can the man on the street (or you :) take these kind of losses without a team of trainers, nutritionists and camera men following their every move? Or are the massive and speedy losses on the show nothing more than clever marketing and a not-so-subtublic manipulation of the viewer?

I did a little research to find out just how much weight some of our contestants have stacked up. At the time of my research the show was airing Week 11. Here's a summary of total weight loss for the final four contestants at that time:

Sam: just over 40kg (88 pounds)
Cosi: close to 48kg (105.6 pounds)
Alison: around 36kg (79.2 pounds)
Gary: close to 59kg (129.8 pounds)

The weekly weight loss (divided by 11 just to keep it simple, although obviously they would have lost different amounts each week) is shown here:

Sam: 3.63 kg p / week (7.9 pounds)
Cosi: 4.36 kg p / week (9.6 pounds)
Alison: 3.27 kg p / week (7.2 pounds)
Gary: 5.36 kg p / week (11.8 pounds)

Just in case you're interested, this averages out at a body weight percentage loss of around 2.8 weekly. If you matched this to the 'average' 70kg woman, that would equate to 1.96kg per week, and for a 90kg man it would be around 2.66kg per week.

Does not sound like too much, really, does it? I'm sure many readers out there would be thrilled to lose this amount of weight each week, and not necessarily consider it extreme.

But let's think about that. In my experience most of you have heard over and over that healthy weight loss is around 0.5-1kg per week. In fact, every health expert, resource or study I've mentioned that a 'healthy' (as in mainly fat, and sustainable) amount of weight loss is just that – around half a kilo per week for women, and 1 kilo for men. Extremely overweight people are said to be able to lose 1.5 kg per week.

If we take this as a gospel (for now), then clearly the BL contestants are losing weight much faster than they should be in order to keep it off. According to Anne Collins, fat loss expert extraordinaire,

'When we lose weight we do not just lose fat. We lose a combination of body fat, and muscle tissue. Studies show that when we diet, the weight we lose is on average 75 percent fat and 25 percent muscle. (Also) remember water accounts for about 70 percent of the total body weight of an average person, with muscle tissue containing roughly 75 percent water (plus 20 percent protein and 5 percent minerals), and body fat containing roughly 50 percent water. '

How is this relevant?

When you lose weight quickly, your body will shed muscle and water before it lets go of fat stores. This is because your body views rapid weight loss as a threat to your survival – your physiology assumes that you must be low on resources (food), or on the run. Why else would you starve or over-exercise yourself?

In order to preserve life (yours!) Your very intelligent body gets rid of the less important stuff – like muscle. Yep, that's the metabolism boosting stuff in case you forgot. After all, fat stores will keep you alive for longer.

So the long and short of it is that losing weight too quickly will not only mean you lose muscle and water over fat, but you will also (at least semi) permanently lower your resting metabolic rate, meaning that the same amount of food you used to eat will cause you to gain more weight.

This is where the concept of the 'yo-yo effect' comes in to play – the idea (reality) that most diets result in a bounce-back effect that leaves the sorry soul in question more overweight than when they started.

NOT good.

But that's not really the full story. Here's where it gets even more confusing (or interesting, for the thinkers among you).

o If your body is under a lot of stress, you can not safely lose weight. Basically, your body will not allow you to. This is because stress is a threat to your survival – and your body can not distinguish between our modern day stress of a demanding job or unsettled relationship, and the stress of a threat on your life. Therefore, your body views all stress as a threat to your survival – and attempts to give you a fighting chance by keeping a protective layer of fat that will not go away regardless of what you eat or how you exercise.

o According to William W. Wolcott, author of The Metabolic Typing Diet, 'It is not uncommon for people to gain weight in response to stress. Weight gain literally represents a protective layer, an insulator, against the pain and suffering of the stress. In such cases, diet, nutrition, and exercise are powerless to resolve the problem '. Solution: put steps into place to detoxify stress. This includes eating correctly, but also taking time out.

o Ironically, cutting back calories to an extreme or doing high amounts of cardio exercise can also prevent you losing weight.

o Even if you are losing weight at the 'safe' rate of, you will still find your lean muscle mass decreases to some extent. In the long run this means you will lower your metabolism and possibly gain weight back. The only way to counteract this is to perform resistance exercise. I'd recommend at least 1-2 half hour sessions per week, for maintenance, or more if you're looking to gain a significant amount of muscle.

o A final spark of hope – Over the years I have known clients to 'lean up' in an incredibly fast manner. Without losing a significant amount of muscle – and I'm not just talking abut extremely overweight people. I'm going to finish this article with my hot tips for maximizing weight loss from fat.

MAXIMISE YOUR FAT LOSS

1. Eat correctly. Trust me on this – pill popping is NOT how the human body achieves true health and weight loss. Choose natural, minimally processed sources of carbohydrates, fat and protein.

2. Sleep correctly. Numerous studies have shown that building up a sleep debt will result in rampant stress hormones that cause your body to store fat. Regardless of how you eat or exercise. I've written many articles on the topic myself.

3. Think correctly. I do not care how 'airy fairy' this sounds – your thoughts do have power. If you believe and tell yourself that you can not lose weight, you WILL NOT lose weight. Positive thinking on its own may not cut it, but it sure is not going to hurt. Build confidence and promote positive action by telling yourself that you can and will improve your health and weight.

4. Reduce stress. We've spoken about how stress hormones cause you to store fat. If you really can not change your lifestyle, put steps into place to relax and recuperate. Using your one free hour pounding the treadmill is not always the best option. But ask yourself this. Can you REALLY not change your lifestyle? If your life depended on it I bet you would walk out of the job, relationship, situation or whatever it might be. Guess what? Your life does depend on it.

I guess when all is said and done, the rapid weight loss of Biggest Loser contestants may not be possible or ideal for most people. This next I believe the show does a brilliant job of inspiring people to reach, to fight, to do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams. I think if you asked them, the BL contestants would tell you that they had definitely been living life.

How 'bout you?

Life is Now. Press Play.