Five Reasons to Try Vegetarian

While the popularity of vegetarianism is rapidly on the rise, there are some who still feel as though giving up meat would be too big of a sacrifice to make. However, there are so many benefits that come with a vegetarian diet, so here are five reasons to persuade you to give vegetarianism a try.

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Slow Down the Aging Process
A study recently published in the British Medical Journal discovered that vegetarians outlive meat eaters by up to six years, which is hardly surprising considering all of the nutrients that come with a plant-based diet. Not only are these rich in fiber, but they are alo high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, all of which play individual roles in slowing down the aging process. In addition to this, a plant-based diet can also prevent, as well as reverse, certain chronic diseases, giving vegetarians a longer, and healthier, life.

Prevent the Three Biggest Killers
Heart disease is the number one killer out there, with cancer and strokes being the second and third, but a healthy, well-balanced vegetarian diet is able to protect the body from all three of these. In fact, doctors have even had success in unclogging arteries and reversing heart disease purely by prescribing a vegan diet.

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Support the Environment
Countless studies have shown, and the United Nations has also confirmed, that eating meat is the reason behind some of the most serious environmental problems that we face today. For example, the meat industry is responsible for 40% more greenhouse gases than all of the cars, trucks and planes in the world combined, and are also linked to everything from land degradation to water pollution to climate change to loss of biodiversity.

Animal Welfare
While you may like to think that your meat has been raised on lush green pastures and happy farmyard homes, the reality is far from this, and if the general public really knew what happened in factory farms today, there would be many more vegetarians in the world. Animals that are commonly eaten, such as chickens and pigs, are actually known to be smarter than animals that are usually kept as pets, such as dogs and cats, so rather than supporting the abhorrent conditions that these creatures are kept in, give vegetarianism a try. It is believed that an individual who gives up meat is able to save around 100 animal lives each year, which is a good enough reason in itself for any true animal lover.

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Weight Loss
More than two thirds of the general public are obese, but vegetarians on average tend to have a lower BMI, which is the measure of body fat, than meat eaters. Vegetarians are much less likely to be obese, and are significantly lighter than meat eaters, making vegetarianism the healthiest of weight loss diets.

As you can see, a vegetarian diet brings with it so many incredible benefits. Not only would you be making huge improvements to your own health, but you would also be supporting the world around you, so make 2017 the year in which you give vegetarianism a try.

Weightloss Tips That Are Just Wrong

Weight loss is something that many struggle with, and this comes as no surprise with the amount of weight loss tips out there that are just wrong. From avoiding all fats to the concept of a cheat day, these are tips that you should definitely not be following if you want to in a healthy way.

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Avoid All Fats
Many assume that all fats are bad, and will only cause you to put on more weight, but this is not at all the case. While the fats that you will find in greasy foods and processed snacks will definitely add to your calories, while also increasing your cholesterol and risk of certain diseases, there are other fats out there that are vital for a healthy mind and body. These good fats come from sources such as salmon, avocado and nuts, and when consumed as part of a balanced diet, do so much to support your overall health, and certainly not be the cause of any weight gain.

Cheat Days
Those who have really been watching their weight always highly anticipate a cheat day, which is a day when they can indulge and eat whatever they want. While some believe that this will help to keep the metabolic rate high, if you over-eat on a cheat day, then this excess food is likely to simply be stored as extra body fat. This means that the weight that you have lost over the rest of the week is likely to just be piled back on, so you still do need an eating plan for those days when you want to indulge.

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Skipping Meals
One of the biggest weight loss myths out there is related to the skipping of meals, with the belief that a skipped meal would mean that you have saved yourself from all of those extra calories. However, your metabolism actually increases each time you eat, and chronically skipping meals can end up slowing this down in a huge way, resulting in rapid weight gain.

Juicing Instead of Eating
There is no denying the many health benefits that come from juicing your fruits and vegetables, but replacing your meals with green juices will only end up making you feel much hungrier. The reason for this is because, although these juices would be packed with nutrients, they are lacking the fiber that is found in whole fruits and vegetables. This fiber, which is found in the skin, seeds and pulp, is what helps to keep you feeling full, while also maintaining your blood sugar levels, so while a green juice is definitely beneficial, do not let this replace a meal too often.

Healthy weight loss methods not only focus on diet and exercise, but also the other aspects of your life. From sleep to stress to your environment, there are so many different factors that can have an influence on weight gain and loss, so be sure to consider all of this when coming up with a weight loss plan.

OROGOLD Recommends Hot Workouts for 2015 – ORO GOLD Reviews

A brand new year is here, and it’s time to begin thinking about your overall health and fitness regimen. Maybe you’ve fallen off the wagon over the holiday season and have shirked your gym routine. Perhaps you haven’t given up on your gym routine, but it’s given up on you. ORO GOLD would like to help you get into shape with some of the hottest workouts for 2015. Included is a top favorite of ours here at OROGOLD that works well no matter what the year, but also introduce you to some new workout ideas that OROGOLD has stumbled across and would love to share with our readers.

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Pilates is one of our top picks here at OROGOLD. Not only does it strengthen and tone every muscle in your body, it provides weight loss, stability, and strength. Using the core muscles as the epicenter of the workout, you build lean muscle while losing stubborn fat once and for all. There are different levels of the exercises and workouts for people such as beginners all the way up to intermediate. You can even do these workouts in the comfort of your own home with some DVD’s and a floor mat. You may even be able to find some great Pilates workout videos online. Chances are, if you try it – you will love it!

Man doing pushups as part of body weight workout Body Weight Workouts 

This particular workout is forecast to be the number one workout program in 2015, body weight training and body weight workouts are an attractive alternative to joining a gym. They can be done by using your own body weight and minimal equipment, which saves you money and time on buying equipment and memberships. Things such as high interval push ups, pull ups, sit ups and crunches, as well as planks will allow you to tone and tighten all the loose and (for lack of a better word) jiggly areas in which you would rather not have any longer, and will also allow you to burn calories and fat at a high rate of speed.

High Intensity Interval Training High Intensity Interval Workouts

There are many people already hooked on high intensity workouts, but this is projected to be the second most popular workout craze in 2015. These types of workouts involve short, quick bursts of high impact exercise and then a very short resting period between sets. From there, there are many different reps and sets in which to complete and repeat. Usually, a timer is set to ensure each set or rep is done within the designated time frame. Many women love the energy they get from these workouts, and the fast results they see when doing these workouts on a daily basis. Even just 10 minutes per day can produce optimal results in a short amount of time.

If you are ready to take charge of your weight, health and fitness, give one or all of these workouts a try in 2015. Develop an exercise regimen that you will be able to complete at least twice per week aside from walking or jogging. Chart your weight loss and inches lost once per week. Always remember to drink adequate water – at least 8-12 glasses per day – which is very important to avoid dehydration, especially when working out.