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For years people have been searching for the “perfect diet” like they were hunting the Holy Grail. But which diets actually work?

Consumer Report (CR) recently asked more than 9,000 readers to weigh in on the question. They ranked 13 weight loss plans and tools, assigning each diet a score out of 100 based on factors like initial weight loss, food variety, and maintenance, among others.

Consumer Reports found that do-it-yourself plans were more popular than commercial alternatives, possibly because of the lower cost and the better flexibility. But ratings aside, Consumer Reports points out that weight loss is possible on any of the plans, and satisfaction is based on more than just shedding pounds alone.

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Weight Watchers is a commercial plan in which dieters monitor their food intake with “points.”

CR Reader Score: 56

Typical Weight Loss (Men): 12 to 35 lbs

Typical Weight Loss (Women): 10 to 28 lbs

Pros: Weight Watchers provides the flexibility to create your own diet plan and lets you eat whatever you want.

Cons: The Weight Watchers points system can be annoying to keep track of each day, and their premade food products are a bit pricey.

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SparkPeople is a diet tracking website with an additional online support community.

CR Reader Score: 60

Typical Weight Loss (Men): 10 to 25 lbs

Typical Weight Loss (Women): 5 to 21 lbs

Pros: SparkPeople is free and readily-accessible, and enables you to easily track your weight loss journey. The site also has a user community that you can rely on for encouragement and shared tips.

Cons: The premise is mainly a low-carb, high-protein diet, which isn’t best for everyone, and there can be a wait to get advice or answers from physicians on the site when you need help.

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Nutrisystem is a commercial plan with many easy-to-make meal choices.

CR Reader Score: 66

Typical Weight Loss (Men): 10 to 30 lbs

Typical Weight Loss (Women): 7 to 24 lbs

Pros: Carbs are not off limits on the Nutrisystem plan, and the meals are simple and easy to make.

Cons: Nutrisystem’s food choices have been called “palatable,” and eating them feels like sitting down to a TV dinner instead of a meal.

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The South Beach Diet is a DIY plan that guarantees weight loss in the first two weeks.

CR Reader Score: 70

Typical Weight Loss (Men): 11 to 27 lbs

Typical Weight Loss (Women): 8 to 23 lbs

Pros: One of the perks of the South Beach diet is the allowance of snacks and dessert, and the brand claims you can lose up to 13 pounds in the first two weeks.

Cons: Many people say planning and preparing the meals can be time-consuming, and the first two weeks in which the most weight is typically lost can feel very restrictive.

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Medifast is a commercial plan with no calorie or point counting.

CR Reader Score: 70

Typical Weight Loss (Men): 20 to 43 lbs

Typical Weight Loss (Women): 14 to 40 lbs

Pros: Dieters on Medifast are relieved of counting calories, carbs or points on this plan, and stay full from a diet of mostly protein and fiber.

Cons: Medifast is a lot more rigorous than other diets, on which adults typically consume between 800 and 1,000 calories, which has associated health risks for some individuals.

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Slim Fast is a DIY plan that is perfectly portioned.

CR Reader Score: 71

Typical Weight Loss (Men): 10 to 25 lbs

Typical Weight Loss (Women): 5 to 22 lbs

Pros: Slim Fast is convenient with its many grab-and-go products, and the plan ensures that you get the right portions and calories throughout the day.

Cons: Two out of your three meals have to be “meal replacements,” like their meal bars or shakes, which can become boring and routine after a while.

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The Paleo Diet is a DIY plan is perfect for carnivores.

CR Reader Score: 71

Typical Weight Loss (Men): 10 to 32 lbs

Typical Weight Loss (Women): 6 to 20 lbs

Pros: The mostly protein Paleo diet is based on the premise that we could eliminate all the modern day health ailments if we reverted back to eating like our Paleolithic ancestors, namely, primarily meat and plants. This diet is also low in sodium.

Cons: The Paleo diet does not approve most grains and dairy, so the diet lacks many of the nutrients, especially calcium, that our bodies need.

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MyFitnessPal is a free app and website that tracks your calories and exercise.

CR Reader Score: 72

Typical Weight Loss (Men): 10 to 30 lbs

Typical Weight Loss (Women): 4 to 18 lbs

Pros: MyFitnessPal works as a calorie counter and diet and exercise journal, making users accutely aware and more conscious of what they put into their bodies.

Cons: Some users wish MyFitnessPal had healthy and guilt-free recipes available for those who love to cook but are looking out for their waistlines.

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Jenny Craig is a commercial plan that many celebs have had success with.

CR Reader Score: 74

Typical Weight Loss (Men): 15 to 34 lbs

Typical Weight Loss (Women): 10 to 30 lbs

Pros: Jenny Craig is one of the easiest diets to follow, with straightforward instructions and prepackaged foods in reasonable portions delivered to your door.

Cons: Those who love to cook are largely restricted from eating homemade meals, as they don’t fall within the Jenny Craig-approved foods, which can also be expensive.

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The Mediterranean Diet is a DIY plan that allows the good fats of foods like olives.

CR Reader Score: 76

Typical Weight Loss (Men): 10 to 25 lbs

Typical Weight Loss (Women): 7 to 25 lbs

Pros: The Mediterranean diet offers dieters a wide variety of foods and flavors, and many find that the weight they lose on the plan stays off.

Cons: The biggest problem with the Mediterranean diet is price, as the quality, often-imported foods and ingredients can cost more than other items at the grocery store.

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A Low-Carb Diet (non-Atkins) is a DIY plan in which users reduce the caloric consumption of carbs.

CR Reader Score: 77

Typical Weight Loss (Men): 13 to 35 lbs

Typical Weight Loss (Women): 10 to 29 lbs

Pros: Like those on Atkins, other low-carb dieters see quick weight loss, and many have seen lower blood pressure as well.

Cons: People cutting carbs could potentially see a loss in muscle mass if they aren’t careful, and some also lack sufficient nutrients, like fiber, in their diets.

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The Glycemic Index Diet is a DIY plan focused on the consumption of more low-carb foods like whole grains, and fewer high-carb foods like white bread.

CR Reader Score: 80

Typical Weight Loss (Men): 11 to 29 lbs

Typical Weight Loss (Women): 10 to 27 lbs

Pros: On the Glycemic Index diet, also known as the GI diet, users cite feeling fuller than on many other diets. The diet also claims to cut the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Cons: The diet can be moderately difficult to follow, and other than carbs, the GI diet doesn’t provide much guidance in the ways of fat, protein, or salt consumption.

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The Atkins Diet is a DIY plan based on cutting carbs and finding more balanced nutrients from other sources.

CR Reader Score: 83

Typical Weight Loss (Men): 15 to 30 lbs

Typical Weight Loss (Women): 8 to 25 lbs

Pros: Many people adhering to the Atkins diet see results quickly, and the brand makes low-carb snacks and other ready-made food products.

Cons: The carb-eliminating diet can feel restricting, and some people on the diet find themselves gaining back some of the lost weight if/when they return to eating carbs.

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Christmas Food

Christmas Food

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Christmas dinner: What would you eat?

Christmas is a time for feasting, but how much is too much?

It’s no wonder waistlines expand at Christmas if past years are anything to go by.

In the 13th Century, the medieval occasion ran for 12 days, with lavish spreads every day.

Christmas excess today means that the average person consumes 6,000 calories on Christmas day.

This is equivalent to eating 4.8kg of egg-fried rice, or 42 bananas, or 23 and a half hamburgers. Or you could think of it as eating three 300g chicken korma curries, three 300g chicken tikka curries, three naan breads and 24 onion bhajis.

That is also the same amount that a Tour de France cyclist needs to sustain a day’s racing, professional athletes consume to propel them through a day’s training, Royal Marines need to fuel their missions, and Arctic explorers demand to endure a day on the ice.

For those of us less inclined to extreme endurance and more comfortable with staying indoors, there is little chance we will be burning 6,000 calories on Christmas day.

But there are ways to do things a little bit more healthily.

Christmas dinner itself easily fits in to the recommended calorific intake for a day, says Sian Porter, consultant dietician and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association.

In fact it contains 956 calories, and 48g fat, she says. The guideline daily calorie count is 2,500 for men and 2,000 for women.

But it’s not just Christmas dinner that we indulge in.

“Six thousand calories over the day includes smoked salmon and eggs for breakfast, buck’s fizz and wine and other drinks, liqueurs, also Christmas cake, mince pies, cheese and biscuits, cold nibbles, snacks, crisps, nuts and an open box of chocolates,” she says.

You know what will happen if you eat an extra 500 calories a day in December…

Is that so bad?

“Some people can rebalance that quickly and easily,” she says.

“But some people have already kicked off indulging in early December and go through until 2nd January, which can mean they gain around 5lb,” she says.

This is by eating an average extra 500 calories per day.

To burn off Christmas day’s calories alone you might need to do at least seven hours of hard exercise such as cycling. But keeping moderate exercise up before and after Christmas can help stop you putting on weight.

How to burn off 6,000 calories

burn calories

burn calories

It takes a lot of work to burn off 6,000 calories.

Here’s how you can do it:

Average man:

Sport

Time needed

Jogging

10 hours 20 min

Medium walking

14 hours 30 min

Hard cycling

7 hours 15 min

Basketball

8 hours 5 min

Fast swimming

7 hours 15 min

 Average woman:

Sport

Time needed

Samba or Tango

28 hours 40min

Hatha yoga

34 hours 20min

Fast swimming

8 hours 40 min

Jogging

12 hours 20min

Hard cycling

7 hours 10 min

(Sources: ONS statistics and British Heart Foundation calculator)

So how to avoid an unhealthy binge?

Do not skip meals and try to eat regularly to avoid overeating in one big meal, says the English Institute of Sport’s performance nutritionist Emma Gardner.

It can lead to excessive hunger and poor choices, she says.

“Ensure you have a good breakfast before going to Christmas dinners/buffets so you don’t arrive hungry – Christmas gatherings are filled with tempting treats, which you are likely to snack on if you arrive hungry.

“Add a protein source at breakfast, which will also help to fill you.”

Sian Porter says adapting old favourites also works a treat.

“If you flip the lid off a mince pie, which is 250 calories before adding cream or brandy butter, you can save calories there, or swap unhealthy snacks for satsumas, nuts, dates or other fruit,” she says.

“Pile up your plate with fruit and veg, and do things a bit smarter – on the day make gravy from vegetable water and only open one box of chocolates at a time.”

Emma says: “Whether at a buffet or a Christmas dinner base your meals around lean protein options and vegetables or salad.

“If you want to go that extra step, try dry-roasting potatoes on a non-stick baking sheet or use an oil spray instead of smothering them in goose fat.”

There are plenty of easy calorie-savers, such as not eating turkey skin or avoiding putting butter on vegetables.

Eat vegetable crudites or popcorn, provided it’s without butter or sugar, for low-calorie alternatives to crisps.

Swap calorific nibbles for satsumas to have a healthier day

Chef Laura Santtini’s cooking style is flash cooking – a healthy, quick alternative where the emphasis is on “fit fast flavours for busy people”.

Most importantly, “having a flavour arsenal” next to her cooker means she can make delicious dishes that are low on fat.

Laura says she adheres to an 80:20 principle of eating, where 80% of her diet is healthy and 20% is more indulgent.

She says Christmas is “a one-meal day, not a day for thinking about being healthy”.

Simple calorie-savers

  • Swap turkey legs/thighs and skin for turkey breast
  • Swap roast potatoes for new potatoes
  • Swap cauliflower cheese for boiled or steamed vegetables
  • Swap small roast potatoes/parsnips for large ones as they absorb less fat
  • Swap gravy for bread sauce of fruit sauces
  • Swap meat stuffing for chestnut or fruit-based stuffing, which are low in fat and a good source of potassium
  • Swap brandy butter sauce for low-fat custard

(Source: English Institute of Sport)

“If you do 80:20 then it flips and Christmas is an 80% naughty day. But on Boxing Day you have stopped grazing,” she explains.

She suggests that you can boil or steam sprouts or bake them in the oven, or instead of doing roast potatoes, do Persian jewelled rice in a slow cooker.

However for some there is no avoiding a big calorie counter of the day – booze.

“Be aware of consuming too many empty calories, such as those in alcohol,” says Emma Gardner.

Sian Porter says alcohol is “7kcal per gram versus 4kcal/g for protein or carbs and 9kcal/g for fat”.

“Alcohol is calorie-dense and, when drunk in excess, reduces will power meaning you are more likely to succumb to eating tempting foods,” nutritionist Emma explains.

It’s recommended to avoid sweet cocktails and creamy liqueurs. Or alternate alcohol with water, or drink small short spirits with diet fizzy drinks.

But if you are planning on over-indulging during Christmas, do not despair.

Chef Allegra McEvedy says: “Unless you have serious dietary issues, you should lay back and indulge. It’s not a day to count calories.”

So one day of indulgence is OK?

“It’s all about not making people feel guilty and taking it easy,” says Sian Porter.

“You can be bad and then be good over other days – it’s over in a short space of time, and you can rebalance those extra calories by cutting back elsewhere.”

On Boxing Day you’ll be eating salad and getting on your bike then?

(Sources: BBC Food)

It’s happy Friday, and what sport would you like to do in your weekend?

How about go to swim? Today, I would like to show you top ten amazing swimming pools. Hope you can enjoy your sporting life.

No.1 Joule hotel

Joule hotel in Dallas. The pool extends beyond the building, out over the sidewalk above the 1500 block of Main Street!

Joule hotel

Joule hotel

No.2 Nemo 33

Nemo 33 is the deepest indoor swimming pool in the world. The portal is located in Brussels, Belgium. Its maximum depth is 34.5 metres (113 ft).

Nemo 33

Nemo 33

No.3 Shaw House

Shaw House by Patkau Architects. Check out this amazing transparent glass bottom pool. The Shaw house is located on a narrow waterfront property on the south shore of English Bay, Vancouver, Canada.

Shaw House

Shaw House

No.4 Hotel Caruso

Hotel Caruso, Italy. The sublime infinity swimming pool.

Hotel Caruso

Hotel Caruso

No.5 Chile’s monster pool

The world’s largest swimming pool. It is more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, had a 115ft deep end and holds 66 million gallons of water.

Chile's monster pool

Chile’s monster pool

No.6 Guitar Shaped Pool

Guitar Shaped Pool. This amazing swimming pool shaped like a guitaris designed and built by Canadian Aqua-Tech Company.

Guitar Shaped Pool

Guitar Shaped Pool

No.7 Ocean Dome

Ocean Dome – The biggest indoor swimming pool in the world. Located in Miyazaki, Japan. It’s 300 meters long and 100 meters wide, and it’s located 500 meter from the sea.

Ocean Dome

Ocean Dome

No.8 The Sarojin Luxury Khao lak Resort

The Sarojin Luxury Khao lak Resort. One of Thailand’s finest boutique hotels.

The Sarojin Luxury Khao lak Resort

The Sarojin Luxury Khao lak Resort

No.9 Skypark Swimming Pool

Skypark Swimming Pool. The Marina Bay Sands in Singapore has recently offered a unique swimming pool in the world. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, this pool placed at 200 meters high above the three buildings of the hotel impresses by the view it offers with a rich decoration.

Skypark Swimming Pool

Skypark Swimming Pool

No.10 Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel

Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel, Bali a man-made attraction. The most striking of the hotel’s design features is a large, multi-leveled infinity pool, with curves that are said to copy the shape and beauty of the hills nearby. Guests can swim at the edge and enjoy peaceful vistas of the ancient Pura Penataran Dalem Segara temple, located on the opposite hillside. Decks adorn the pool, offering visitors a chance to relax in the sun, while contemplating. Taking full advantage of the setting, the resort was built on wooden pillars among the steep rice fields of Ubud. This way, each of the 38 luxury private pool villas is perfectly integrated in this scenic environment.

Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel

Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel

(source: http://www.letmebeinspired.com/10-amazing-swimming-pools/)

The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges

The World’s Toughest Endurance Challenges

While obesity rates soar in the developed world and we live an ever more sedentary lifestyle, the flip side to this health time bomb is the paradox that more and more amateur athletes are taking on extreme endurance challenges.Running a 42km marathon is still considered a huge achievement, but “weekend warriors” have now turned in their droves to Ironman Triathlons.

For the uninitiated, that’s a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle race and the marathon to finish.

And the more offbeat the challenge, the more entrants seem to be attracted.

In Telford, England each year thousands of people take part in an eccentric event called the Tough Guy Challenge, which involves a 12km run and assault course in freezing winter conditions.

Just to make it more interesting, the organizer sets fire to parts of the course and puts in barbed wire fences and muddy bogs. Yet they come back year after year to be subjected to this torture.

Worn out just thinking about it?

The Tough Guy Challenge is a relative breeze in comparison to an Ironman race in Norway with arctic temperatures for the swim in a fjord, biking through a mountainous range, then finishing the 42km run at the top of a 1,880m peak.

That’s the challenge awaiting competitors in the Norseman, one of 50 events featured in a book, the World’s Toughest Endurance Challenges, by Richard Hoad and Paul Moore.

Triple Ironman

Despite the pain and the hours of preparation, such endurance events are strangely addictive.

Briton Mark Kleanthous has competed in 34 Ironmans — including the most famous of them all in the blistering heat and brutal winds of Hawaii — two double Ironmans and one Triple Ironman.

Since the mid-eighties, the 51 year-old has finished over 450 triathlons, making him almost certainly the record holder in that respect, not to mention the small matter of 75 mere marathons.

“The longer the event, the more the mind takes over, in a marathon it is probably only 10% mental in a Triple Ironman, with sleep deprivation, it must be at least 40% mental strength to continue,” Kleanthous, who now coaches and mentors athletes who take on these challenges, told CNN.

Kleanthous took just under 46 hours of continuous action to complete his solitary Triple Ironman attempt.

“After swimming, cycling and running a total distance of 521 miles I had no facial hair growth for 10 days,” he said. “I think it was my body’s way of saying I am shutting down.”

But there can be a darker side to this type of challenge.

In the footsteps of Scott

In the footsteps of Scott

Sleep deprivation

“I have known ultra endurance athletes to commit suicide within months of finishing sleep deprivation events,” said Kleanthous.

“In events lasting days with no sleep for one or two hours per day athletes have hallucinated and believed they have seen friends or family cheering them by the side of the roads.

“One competitor believed he saw his parents and it was only after the race he realized he had hallucinated because his parents were dead.”

Despite these warnings, it does not stop the rush to compete in events like the Marathon des Sables, which is also featured in the 50 challenges.

It is a near 200km run in the blazing temperatures and freezing nights of the Sahara Desert — with a two-year waiting list to compete.

Many competitors are inspired by the exploits of superstar endurance athletes such as four-time Hawaii Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington of Britain.

Mind games

“Of all the body parts we train, none is more important than the mind,” she told CNN.

“There is an obsession in triathlon with tracking how far and how fast we have gone in our latest session. People think that if their training log is in order, then so must be their preparation.

“But it’s when the discomfort strikes that they realize a strong mind is the most powerful weapon of all,” added Wellington.

Not all the most famous endurance challenges are multi-sport events, but swimming the English Channel or cycling the near 5,000 km in the Race Across America are still grueling tests.

Extremes of temperature also play a part from the Four Deserts Marathon challenge to the South Pole equivalent at -40C.

High altitude is the enemy in the Yak Attack, a mountain bike race through the Himalayas, while a head for heights is required in the Red Bull X-Alps where competitors paraglide and trek from Salzburg to Monaco across the European mountain range.

Celebrities have also begun to embrace the idea of sporting endurance challenges.

Charitable aims

British comedian David Walliams swam the English Channel for charity and topped that by completing the 224km of the River Thames in eight days.

Olympic gold medal winning rower James Cracknell finished 12th in the Marathon des Sables, and then attempted to swim, cycle, run and row between Los Angeles and New York before he was hit by a petrol tanker in Arizona.

It nearly cost him his life, although he has returned to adventure and endurance challenges to raise money for good causes.

Kleanthous is full of admiration for anyone who finishes just one of these events, but then really threw down the guantlet:: “What if someone attempted to do all 50 of the challenges? ”

(Source: CNN, by Paul Gittings)

Talking about the sports all around the world, there are thousands of sports with varying popularity in different countries. Sports like Basketball and American football in are most popular in America, Cricket in India, Australia and soccer in UK. Some of sports are local and some are global. The top sports that have dominated in terms of popularity around the world are football, cricket, tennis and others. So the top ten sports are:

Top 10 sports in the world

1: Soccer

Soccer

Soccer

Among all the globular sports named as the King of Sports football is the most popular sports in the world.Especially its popularity is high in Europe,Asia,Africa and South America.With around 5 billion viewers around the world Soccer is the highest viewed most popular and top sport among the top 10 sports in world.

2: Cricket

Cricket

Cricket

After football the sports after which peoples are more crazy is cricket undoubtly. Especially in Australia, England, Africa, West Indies, Pakistan and India craze of cricket is very high. Players like Sachin Tendulkar have expanded the popularity of cricket with their huge contribution. With around 4 billion fans around the world cricket is the second popular game among top sports after football.

3:Tennis

Tennis

Tennis

Tennis is another famous sport in the recent world. The prestigious tournaments like wimbledon, Australian open, French open, Shanghais Open and many others. The great players like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Djokovic, and William Sisters are the icon for tennis. With around 2 billion viewers around the world it is 3rd most popular sport in world after cricket and football.

4 : Hockey

Mainly famous in European, Asian and Australian Countries Hockey is the fourth most popular sport in the world with around a billion fans over the world. There are many formats in hockey played like ice hickey, air hockey and field hockey. It is played between two team consisting 11 players each.
5 : Volleyball

Volleyball is the game played between two teams separated by a net with 6 players in each team. It is famous all over the world.With about 800 million viewers all over the world volleyball is 5th most wanted sport in the world.

6 : Golf

Golf is the longest of all the sports in world.It is played by individual players which includes spotting the ball into the hole by the golf bat.Players like Tiger Woods has expanded its glory all over the world.With around 600 million viewers it is ranked as the 6th most popular game in the world.

7 : American Football

American football is the game played between two teams with 11 players each team.It is mainly popular in U.S.A and other American countries. With around 400 million fans around the globe it the 7th highest most popular sport in the world.

8 : Basketball  

Basketball is on the rapid increasing in terms of popularity. Especially among the teenagers of world its the most wanted game. Basketball is also a game between two teams with 5 players playing in court. It is most popular especially in American countries.With around 350 million viewers and fans it is the 8th among the most popular sports.

9 : Table Tennis  

Table Tennis named as TT is the game played between two player in the tennis board with net between two players.It is world widely most famous especially among the youths and school students. With around 300 million total viewers and fans it is the 9th most wanted game of the world.

10 : Baseball    

Baseball is also one of the most popular games played around the corners of world.It is also the game played between two teams consisting nine players each.It mostly popular in America and Japan.With more than 200 million fans around the world baseball is 10th among the list of most popular games played all around the the world.

(Source: http://www.sportapex.com/2011/05/top-ten-sports-in-world.html )

Which sport is your favorite? No matter what sport is, remember ”Enjoy your Sporting Life and sports for life“.

It’s good to know how many calories you are consuming whether you are on a diet or just making sure you eating enough to stay healthy. We’ve put together a list of common favorite foods and their calorie content. This way you can keep track of your caloric intake and if you’re desperate for those morning pancakes (520 calories for two) you’ll know where to compensate elsewhere or be more inspired to hit the gym later.

Also remember, there’s a lot of great low calorie substitutes for high calorie foods such as a chicken burger (130 calories) versus a hamburger (250 calories).

Calorie Content in Popular Foods

Food

Calories

Bagel

140

Buttermilk Biscuit

281

White Bread (one slice)

96

Whole Grain Bread (one slice)

89

Chocolate Cake

235

Cheeseburger

300

Potato Chips (handful)

160

French Fries (large serving)

539

Chile Fries (medium serving)

370

Frozen Yogurt (1/2 cup)

117

Hamburger

250

Macaroni and Cheese

207

Mashed Potatoes

237

Fried Rice

500

Steak (3 oz)

158

Salsa

36

Scrambled Eggs

102

Spaghetti

109

Calories give you energy, which is needed to keep you and your body going throughout the day, but if you’re not burning enough calories then that’s where weight gain occurs. So it’s important to make sure you’re not eating food that’s too high in calories, which will add to extra, unwanted weight gain.

The important thing to remember is to live a healthy style. The calorie content in food should play a role in your diet along with exercise and your scale will thank you.

(Article from http://www.weightlossforall.com)

  • Getting Exercise

Determine what type of physical activity best suits your lifestyle. You should work your way up to regular aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, jogging or swimming, since it is a key factor in achieving permanent weight loss and improving health. Aerobic exercise works the body’s large muscles, such as the heart, and should be moderately vigorous, but not exhausting, to be most effective. For maximum benefits, most health experts recommend exercising 30 minutes or more on most, preferably all, days of the week.

Try to incorporate some simple calorie-burners into your everyday routine. Even the most basic activities (such as taking an after-dinner walk, using the stairs at the mall instead of taking an escalator, or parking farther away so you have a longer walk) can get you prepared for more aerobic activities.

Exercise not only burns calories, it may increase the body’s metabolic rate and actually decreases appetite for some people. Exercise also has psychological benefits. It improves your sense of well-being and decreases stress (which often leads to overeating).

Click ” Top 10 Exercises and Sports to Burn Calories” to get more information.

Top 10 Exercises and Sports to Burn Calories.

1.Spinning and elliptical trainer

Spinning on a stationary bicycle and exercising on an elliptical trainer both offer the highest calorie burning benefits. A 260-pound person will burn 1,342 calories an hour. The average male or any person weighing 190 pounds will burn 980 calories in 60 minutes, and the average female weighing 163 pounds will burn 841.

2.Skiing (downhill and cross country)

Downhill and cross country skiing is an excellent winter sport that burns fat while one has fun. Someone who weighs 260 pounds will burn 1,030-1,342 calories an hour. The average male will burn 752-980 calories skiing, and the average female will burn 645-841. A ski machine comes in close, and the average man will burn 832 calories, while the ordinary women will melt away 714 calories.

3.Basketball (full court)

Full court basketball is a fun sport that will help one to lose or maintain weight. When wanting to hang out with friends and work together, basketball is a great, calorie blasting sport. The person who weighs 260 pounds will burn 1,295 calories for each hour they participate. The ordinary man will shred 946 calories, while the average women will melt away 812.

4.Rock climbing

Indoor and outdoor rock climbing offer a healthy adventure. Again, a 260-pound person can easily burn 1,295 calories an hour while enjoying this sport. Men, you will burn 946 calories, and women you will burn 812.

5.Soccer

Competitive soccer is another sport that involves team work and constant motion. Those who weigh 260 pounds will burn 1,186 calories per hour. Males can enjoy this sport while burning 866 calories each hour. Females will ignite their metabolism and annihilate 743 calories.

6.Running

Running at a speed of 6 mph will allow a 260-pound person to burn 1,186 calories every hour. Men who run 6 mph will burn 866 calories, and women will burn 743. Keep in mind that the faster you run, the more you burn.

7.Rope jumping

Rope jumping is hard work, but it offers high calorie burning benefits. The same 260-pound person will blast away 1,186 calories after jumping rope for an hour. Males who participate in this high intensity workout will burn 866 calories per hour, and females will burn 743.

8.Swimming

Swimming is a great sport that works the entire body in the water. Burning 1,154 calories in 60 minutes will happen without breaking a sweat for those who weigh 260 pounds. The average weighing man will scorch 844 calories when swimming, while the average woman will melt away 724.

9.Skating

Rather you choose to go rollerskating or rollerblading, you will be burning butter. For those who weigh 260 pounds, 1,076 calories will be shed each hour. Men, put on your skates and prepare to annihilate 787 calories each hour. Women, prepare to have fun while burning away 675 calories. Oddly enough, women (or those who weigh less) will burn more calories skating than swimming, whereas, men (or those who weigh more) appear to burn more swimming.

10.Vinyasa yoga

Vinyasa yoga is a type that involves breathing in synchronization to each movement. Yoga is my favorite exercise of all 10 listed, and vinyasa yoga will subtract 1,030 calories each hour from a 260-pound person. Men, pick up your yoga mat and burn 752 calories in just an hour. Women, join me by participating in my favorite form of exercise and burn 645 calories for every 60 minutes.

This article was written by Rebecca Bardelli, a Yahoo! contributor.

To choose your favorite exercises and sports burns calories.

Don’t forget keep safety with comfortable sport shoes and sport wear.

Enjoy your sporting life with doing exercise.


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