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Today's diet tip:

See the rich color of fruits and vegetables. They are not only colorful but also a warehouse of stored vitamins and minerals, fibers, proteins and carbohydrates in their live natural form with vibrating energy. When you take these for cooking, naturally the cells of these vegetables and fruits become dead and stale. Stale foods what we prepare spending a lot of time and energy can give mostly wrong outputs in the form of drowsiness and staleness in life. Try for a week, these relinquising beautiful products of nature as it is, naturally, without cooking as for as possible. You will definitely realise the wonderful energy and light weightness of your body. Your thoughts will be free flowing as the natural air does. Why dont you make a try? Of course this message is not a new one to everybody. But I experienced the above fact and wish to share with you.

Body Fat

From Health Magazine:

Your body is made up of tissue, bone, water, muscle, and -- yes -- fat.

Some fat is essential: It helps control body temperature, cushion organs, and store fat-soluble vitamins. Most of us, though, have more fat than we need, and that can be downright dangerous. Carrying too much fat increases your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and even some forms of cancer. According to the National Institutes of Health, losing as little as 5 percent of your body weight cuts your chances of serious illness.

Just how much fat you have depends on several things. First, there's your lifestyle: When you consume more calories than you burn, the extra calories are stored as fat. Genes are also a factor -- some bodies simply make more fat than others. Gender matters, too. Men tend to pack extra fat around their gut; women usually carry it in their behinds, until menopause causes an accumulation of fat around the middle (as if midlife isn't challenging enough).

So when it comes to body fat, how much is too much? To find out, you may want to figure your body mass index, or BMI. An online BMI calculator can help you tally this quickly. The BMI isn't foolproof -- it sometimes overestimates body fat in athletes, for example -- but it does provide a safe guideline. Here's how the numbers break down:

  • Underweight: BMI below 18.5
  • Normal: 18.5 to 24.9
  • Overweight: 25 to 29.9
  • Obese: 30 and above

To lose fat, the equation is simple: Burn more calories than you take in. That can happen if you watch your diet and start moving. Typically, you tend to lose fat first where you gained it last. While you can't reduce fat in just one area, you can replace flab with strong, sexy muscles through exercise and weight training.

--Julianne Hill