Yoga: Be All Flexy, and Lose Weight More Easily

Yoga is really terrific for helping you to lose weight. With regular practice you can increase your metabolic rate, which burns more fat, and it reduces stress, so you have fewer junk food cravings, see this article to find out how that works.

Regular Yoga Practice Will Keep You Young … and Fit

Here are some details on how yoga can help you to lose weight.

Better posture and breathing also helps our metabolic rate and fat-burning capacity when exercising. Include the proven stress-reducing effects of yoga and we have a recipe for muscle strengthening and weight loss.

Yoga postures are essentially positions into which we wouldn’t normally place our bones, muscles and joints in everyday life.

Therefore, it represents a good stress challenge physically. This, in turn, evokes a positive response in circulation, muscle strength, release and length, hormonal balance and oxygenation through breathing.

yogawoman2Yoga includes great attention to breathing throughout exercises. It focuses on the present moment, and helps reduce stress responses, increasing the resilience that encourages us to maintain good habits.

Yoga has also been shown to alleviate insomnia, sleep issues, depression and lower back pain – all of these are known barriers to weight loss.

There is no doubt that we live in a society in which we are continually faced with stimuli that excite our nervous systems and push us towards more shallow and fast breathing. In stressful situations, our breathing becomes even more shallow without our even noticing.

This is the reason were should take deep breaths when stress, panicked or angry. You could even be holding your breath when concentrating or carrying out a task that requires deep concentration. A good start would be going through one day being ‘breath aware’. Then monitor how you feel at the end of the day.

It can’t be emphasized enough, how important ‘correct breathing’ is to your health and overall body fitness. Regulating breathing increases the flow of oxygen in the body so that chemical reactions can happen faster, you then burn fuel as calories at a higher rate. More oxygen in the blood means the pancreas needs to produce less insulin to transport sugar efficiently into the cells.

As insulin can make us store fat, calmer breathing helps with both blood sugar levels and our tendency to gain weight in the long term.

Ultimately, remember that practicing yoga little and often can have better effects than doing one intense class a week.

Read the Whole Article at Times of Malta

Kim Kardashian using ‘baby weight whisperer’ to “Move Weight”

If you have $320 an hour to pay a masseuse it seems you can have your baby weight moved. That’s how Kim Kardashian is doing it. I don’t know if this actually works but I guess it worth a try.

“Kim is seeing a baby weight whisperer who specializes in moving extra weight back to her bump,” a source told Reveal magazine.

The reality TV star is pregnant with her second child

If it works for her I’m happy for her. Go Girl!

Source: Kim Kardashian using ‘baby weight whisperer’ to stop her piling on the pounds during pregnancy – 3am & Mirror Online

Stress Makes it Harder For You to Lose Weight

Even the best diet plan requires you to have some degree of self-control. If you just have to eat a Big Mac, fries and a Sunday twice a day you will likely have some trouble time losing weight.

Relax … And Lose Weight

New research shows that stress, even moderate stress, makes it harder for you to say no to food that you may find comforting.

Typical scenarios for this effect are stress at work and at home. You’ve started a new diet, things are ticking along just fine and then that person at work (there’s always one) says something sarcastic to you at just the wrong time or you and hubby have a little disagreement about how your raising the kids. Instant stress, followed by poor food choices.

Scientists from the University of Zurich published new research that shows moderate levels of stress may have a negative effect on self-control when it comes to eating. After we’re put under pressure, we’re more likely to cave into our immediate cravings for junk food, rather than maintaining the willpower necessary to meet longer-term dietary goals.

It's difficult to give up comfort food when your stressed

It’s difficult to give up comfort food when your stressed

The research was conducted on 50 men. Women will be tested in a follow up study but the results are expected to be much the same.

These 50 guys were all trying to eat a healthy diet but admitted to a weakness for junk food.

The guys were all subjected to mild stress and then asked what they would like to eat after the testing was done.

… the stressed individuals were more likely to pick foods that they viewed as tastier, rather than healthier. The researchers also noticed that fewer parts of the pre-frontal cortex, which influences our ability to remain disciplined, lit up in the stressed participants.

Source: QZ.com

Now remember, this reaction was brought on by mild stress. All the guys did was hold one hand in icy water for a short time and that was enough to bring on thoughts of comfort food. Your life probably has much higher stress levels and so you have a much stronger reason to turn to food you find comforting instead of food that is healthy.

Eliminating stress is just not a practical objective. You need to change your thinking when you are stressed. One very good way to do this is with self-hypnosis. It has worked very nicely for me and is really effortless. Go here to find lots of weight loss related self-hypnosis downloads.

A New and Icky Way to Lose Weight

The US FDA recently approved a balloon system to help people lose weight. It’s called the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System.

This is real desperation weight loss

This balloon is actually planted in your stomach and filled up with saline. Apparently it makes you feel like you’ve eaten and are full. I should think so.

Here are the details on how this works from Medscape

The balloon being inserted.

The balloon being inserted.

“The system deposits a balloon in the stomach, through the mouth, via a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure with the patient under mild sedation, a process that takes around 30 minutes, according to the manufacturer.

The filled balloon with food coming down.

The filled balloon with food coming down.

Once in place, the silicon balloon is filled with up to 500 cc of saline so that it expands and induces a feeling of satiety. The maximum placement period is 6 months, after which it is deflated and removed.

The filled balloon with food laying around it. Yuck!

The filled balloon with food laying around it. Yuck!

The system is indicated as an adjunct to weight reduction for obese adults with body mass index of 30 to 40 kg/m2 who have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise. It is to be used in conjunction with a long-term supervised diet and behavior-modification program, which are to be continued after device removal.”

It seems to work, sort of. People who kept the balloon in place for 6 months lost about 10% of their body weight and kept it off for 3 months after the balloon was removed. What a relief that must have been, not losing weight but getting the balloon out of their guts.

In contrast people who just did a 12 month behavior modification program only lost 3% of their body weight.

Side effects of having a saline filled balloon in your guts for 6 months were said to be “manageable” and no deaths occurred.

That is certainly reassuring but I think I’d rather just drink a lot of beautiful clean water and feel a bit hungry from time to time. My guts will remain a balloon free zone.

Before you decide to try a balloon … try this, it’s much simpler.

Evidence That Drinking Green Tea Really Helps With Weight Loss

Samantha Rees from Manchester, UK is giving credit to green tea for her stunning weight loss. Rees lost 108 pounds in a little over one year and says she only started to lose weight quickly when she started drinking green tea, right around 2000 cups of it.

Rees admits that she had a terrible diet, buttery toast, chips, biscuits and pizza were some of her staples. She changed all that and began to eat a more healthy diet but her weight loss progress was very slow.

Green Tea Gave Her the Jump Start She Needed

Then a friend told her that green tea would boost her metabolism and help to stave off hunger. She started to drink it and stuck with her new diet and … yes, she started to lose weight, fast.

samreesebeforeThe claims assessor from Salford, Greater Manchester, is now a size 10. She said that before her dramatic weight loss and at her “most unhealthy” she would have numerous cups of milky tea with sugar each day.

“And I’d always dunk a couple of biscuits in there, too,” she added.

“People told me green tea is a ‘superfood’ that boosts metabolism and staves off hunger pangs. I always thought that was just a myth – but I was so desperate to lose weight I decided it was worth a go.

“I thought it was one of those crazy fads that people get obsessed with – but for me, it really worked. Some people swear by eating five portions of fruit and veg a day – for me, it’s drinking nine cups of green tea.”

samreesebeforeafterRees, who became a mum at just 15, has always struggled with her weight and believes that the dread of her expanding waistline led her to gorge herself on fatty and sugary treats.

She said: “I was a young mum, but it left my body unlike other girls my age. I was around a size 18 and weighed almost 15 stone by the age of 18.

“I hated my body and couldn’t pull off the extra weight because I was so petite. But feeling miserable about the way I looked only made me want to eat more.”

Now Rees finally has the body she longed for and swears the healthy tea is the key to her weight loss.

Read the full story on Huffington Post

I’ve drank green tea for years and I’m positive it helps me not pile on pounds after I just have to gorge on a pile of delicious vegeterian Indian food. I’m happy to have my views on green tea validated, again. And in such a good way.

Want to Lose Weight … You Probably Can’t Do It By Exercising

According to this very learned lady, Rachele M. Pojednic PhD, exercise is a “torture regimen for people trying to lose weight.”

I have to agree with her. As I pointed out in this post on FitBits and Gym Memberships exercise really doesn’t work very well for losing weight.

Exercise is very good for toning and buffing a body that is carrying only a small amount of fat but it’s what you eat that really makes the differnce in weight loss.

While exercise does burn calories the fact is that most people just don’t get enough exercise to help much with weight loss.

Consider this quote from Calorie Burned.

The key factor affecting calories burned running a mile is your weight, with a lesser impacting factor of the speed, the greater your weight the more energy required for you to run a particular distance. A 150 pound person running a mile will burn between 100 – 120 calories, where as a 200 pound person running a mile will burn 135 – 155 calories.

Eat right ... lose weight. It's pretty easy really.

Eat right … lose weight. It’s pretty easy really.

A Big Mac with large fries feeds you a whopping 1040 calories. That’s right from McDonald’s themselves. You can see the calorie count for all their meals here. So if you do the math you can figure out about how far you have to run to burn off one Mcdonald’s lunch. It’s a lot easier, though maybe not as satisfying, to have a salad.

Ms. Pojednic went on to say this about exercise and weight loss:

Which is why people don’t do it (exercise). And if they do, they usually hate it. And then they stop. Because, for them, exercise has become just a necessary evil to drop a few pounds.

We know they stop because at any given time, only 20 percent of Americans are getting the recommended amount of exercise. That means 80% of adults are not getting even 30 minutes of exercise in their day (…and walking counts).

The fact that people hate exercise isn’t particularly shocking news. Since the dawn of love-handles, physical activity has been perceived as punishment for being overweight. Doctors shake their finger at chubby patients and tell them to go to the gym. Yet, the fitness industry is filled with scantily clad instructors and trainers, flaunting unattainable physiques, shaming the plus-sized masses into seclusion. Corporations fill the airwaves with muscled sweaty bodies, taunting stronger, better, faster, harder. It turns out that’s not doing anyone any good.

So don’t torture yourself. Exercise is very important for your health, to look good and feel great. But eat right to lose weight. The very best thing is to combine the two things. Great diet and great exercise too.

Simple Weight Loss … For Women

"You probably don’t believe this right now but losing weight, even a lot of weight, is really not that hard to do."

The key is to never diet like a man!

I’m Sarah Gardner and I know that losing weight can be pretty simple because I’ve done it. Three years ago now I lost over 40 pounds using an Idiot Proof Diet.

When it comes to losing weight women have a serious disadvantage when compared with men.

Yes, it’s true. By a quirk of nature women have a much more difficult time losing weight than men do.

But, and this is really important, it doesn’t have to be this way. Today I’m going to tell you about a simple breakthrough in female weight loss that will allow you to lose body fat very quickly …

You can increase your female metabolism … dramatically

Start using this simple weight loss tactic today and you can expect to lose up to 3 dress sizes by next week. I know that sounds impossible, but just keep reading and I’ll show you just how easy it is to do.

Rather get this good information from a video? Okay click the button

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I’m also going to show you how you can use this breakthrough tip to not only drop 3 dress sizes but to lose them while eating the foods you love the most.

And that’s how simple this Idiot Proof Diet really is. No fuss, no muss, no starvation or anything special you have to buy.

This is really new

You probably think that you’ve heard it all when it comes to weight loss. Been there, done that. But this simple strategy is something you’ve never seen before. And it really is amazing.

And listen. Before we go on let me assure you that this has absolutely nothing to do with funny berries, cardio or those goofy exercise machines that people usually use to hang their pajamas on.

This is truly the Idiot Proof way to lose weight

This painless approach to weight loss was developed by a guy named John Barban. He was actually working to develop effective weight loss supplements when discovered this simple fat burning secret.

This is what he said about his discovery in his own words:

“I was doing extensive research on female metabolism when I stumbled upon something so shocking, and so ground-breaking that I knew it could help make fat burning easier for women forever…”

John’s research was centered around finding a way to help someone very close to him … his sister, Lisa.

John loves Lisa dearly. And Lisa had a problem with her weight. A problem that nothing – no diet, no exercise program – had any positive effect on. I spoke with John after I lost over 40 pounds using his strategy and this, briefly, is what he had to say about his motivations for developing this fantastic weight loss program.

  • John has multiple degrees, certifications as well as years of experience in the field of human physiology but he was unable to help his dear sister Lisa. A sister who looked after him when they were kids and as John says, “Is the most important woman in my life”.
  • John couldn’t help Lisa because all of the very effective programs he had developed to that point were developed for men. They didn’t work well for women and didn’t work at all for his sister Lisa.
  • John has determined that his family has what is commonly known as “bad genetics”. John had trouble with his weight until he developed a program, a program for men, that worked for him. Lisa also had trouble with her weight but after she had her daughter, Paige, she ballooned up to over 200 pounds. John was determined to help her, and he did. He developed a new program, a program for women, that allowed Lisa to lose 53 pounds and an astonishing 12 dress sizes in just under 5 months.
  • And John now reports that Lisa, who was embarrassed and depressed and emotionally distraught because she was so heavy has had not only a physical transformation but a personal transformation as well. She is now the proud and beautiful woman that she was always meant to be.

Now this is the really important information … the information that has a direct effect on your weight loss

There is one hormone … just one … that controls 100% of a your body’s ability to burn off fat.

That hormone is called Leptin

So how does Leptin work? I wanted to know so I asked John to explain it to me. The basics are pretty simple really.

If the Leptin in your body is at a high level it speeds up your metabolism and tells your body to burn fat. Low levels of Leptin do the opposite, they signal your body to start storing fat.
But, and this is the surprising part.

Recent research shows that women naturally carry twice as much fat burning Leptin in their body than men do.

That’s good news right!

Well, of course it is but there’s some other news to go along with it that explains why women can have so much more trouble burning fat compared to men, even though their Leptin levels are naturally higher.

  1. Many women, perhaps most women, can be up to 3 times LESS responsive to the signals to start burning fat generated by Leptin.

    What does this mean? It means that even though women have much more Lepton than men their body does not use it efficiently to burn fat.

    This is a condition called “Leptin Resistance” and it’s characterized by the spongy almost cottage-cheese looking fat you see on certain areas of your body.

  2. Women also have a second problem with Leptin.

    When woman diet their Leptin levels can drop twice as far and twice as fast compared to men.

  3. This causes your metabolism to slow to a crawl and weight loss stops. You’ve hit another frustrating weight loss plateau.

    Do you gain most or even all of the weight you’ve lost almost immediately after stopping a diet?

    That’s a sure sign that your Leptin level dropped while you were dieting, slowing your metabolism and causing fat to be stored on your body even though you’re eating very little.

Now, I just want to recap. As a women you have two unique problems not faced by men

Problem #1 Even though you have more Leptin than men your body does not respond well to Leptin’s signal to burn off fat. This is like having your body’s master fat burning switch in the off position.

Problem #2 When you diet your Leptin levels drop dramatically. This slows your metabolism which results in those frustrating weight loss plateaus and rapid weight gain when you stop dieting.

These two problems combined make losing weight nearly impossible for you!

Fair or not, evolution has made it much more difficult for women to burn fat and lose weight

Your body is built to bear children and nurture children. Your body does not care that you want sexy curves and to look hot in a little black dress.

What it knows is that extra body fat will provide stored energy and extra warmth for the children you will bear.

That’s just how it is …

So what happens with your body’s Leptin after you’ve been pregnant?

They get a lot worse is what happens. And that’s what makes losing weight you’ve gained while pregnant can be so painfully difficult.

It’s not your fault that you have such difficulty losing weight. Your body is hard-wired to present you with a losing battle.

But there is good news

Remember you have twice as much Leptin as men do.

And that means you have the POTENTIAL to burn far more fat than a man does … it’s just a matter of knowing how!

So how is it done? How do you turn on your fat burning switch … and keep it on.

If you could do that can you imagine how much faster and easier it would be to fit into those skinny jeans and have the body you’ve always wanted?

There is a solution, a way to turn on your natural fat burning potential and keep it on. It’s called

Metabolic Override

and if you use it correctly it’s the Idiot Proof way to lose weight

What is Metabolic Override? It is a set of very simple, and very powerful, tactics that will finally allow you to unfetter the fat burning potential that your genetics have denied you for your whole life.

These unique tactics have transformed me, John’s sister Lisa and her friends … and now thousands of other woman have had the same results … life changing results.

So how can you use Metabolic Override to begin losing weight quickly and permanently?

That’s easy … Introducing …

Venus Factor

Venus Factor is designed to allow you to bring out the sexy goddess in you … to overcome your genetics and turn your body into a fat burning machine … and do it safely.

Venus Factor works:

  • Without a restrictive diet, eat the foods you love
  • Without treadmills, weights or any other contraptions
  • WITH your body so that you burn fat quickly and easily

This fat loss blueprint works with female genetics so that you simply lose weight even if you have a slow metabolism, a thyroid problem and even if you feel you have tried everything to lose weight.

This Idiot Proof diet is simple. You will not experience …

  • Irresistible food cravings
  • Those frustrating plateaus
  • Fatigue or diminished energy
  • Temporary weight loss with nasty rebound weight gain as the final result

Generic diets, diets that try to work for both men and women, have set you up for failure.
Your female metabolism needs a diet specifically designed for women.

What can you expect when you turn on your fat burning switch using Venus Factor

  • A hot, accelerated fat burning metabolism
  • Fast and permanent fat loss from troublesome areas like your hips, stomach, butt and thighs
  • An end to food cravings
  • No frustrating plateaus
  • Vastly increased energy and drive
  • Freedom to live your life the way you want to

The Venus Factor is really easy to use. It’s a 12 week plan that will show you exactly how to get a super fat burning metabolism, step by step. Here’s just some of what you’ll discover:

  • Surprising foods that will make you less sensitive to Leptin and make losing any weight at all almost impossible for a woman. You’ll see the weight fall off of you during the first two weeks just by staying away from these soy based and processed foods.
  • A neat food trick for women that will keep your Leptin level soaring so that you burn fat around the clock. Yes … even while you’re asleep.
  • The one vital nutrient that you, and almost all women, just don’t have enough of. Get more of this one simple nutrient and you’ll immediately increase your fat burning and your energy levels.
  • One kind of strange little herb, readily available, that has been proven to accelerate fat loss by increasing a women’s Leptin sensitivity by a massive 52%!
What I like best about Venus Factor

Well besides the fact that it helped me to lose over 40 pounds of very nasty fat what I like best about Venus Factor is the Virtual Nutritionist.

The VN will tell you exactly what to eat and when to eat it to strip fat away from your problem areas. Areas like your butt and thighs and belly. Honestly, I lost over 40 pounds with Venus Factor but I look like I lost 60 pounds, all because of the VN.

And here’s another thing I love about Venus Factor

It is very easy to use because there is no starvation with Venus Factor, unlike so many other diets I’ve tried. No, you eat well. And the program even has a place for favorite, read that as fattening, foods.

For me that favorite is chocolate. For you it might be pizza or ice cream or maybe a lovely plate of linguini accompanied by a glass or two of red wine. All of these have a time in Venus Factor and the Virtual Nutritionist will tell you exactly when.

There is simply no other program like this.

There are no tricks, no gimmicks, no pills. just a well researched, scientifically sound plan that works, and works fast.

Venus Factor is truly, truly Idiot Proof. You will lose weight with this plan and you’ll lose it quickly, easily and really, quite enjoyably.

I’ve rambled on long enough here, sorry about that but I love this program and I want to talk about it. But I’m sure you’re anxious to get on with losing some weight. Just click below to go to a short video on the nuts and bolts of Venus Factor, the Idiot Proof Diet.

Click the big button below to watch a quick video and jump on the fast track to a better life starting now, today.

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All the very best to you now, and in the future!

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John's sister Lisa. She couldn't get rid of pregnancy weight, until John set out to help her.

John’s sister Lisa. She couldn’t get rid of pregnancy weight, until John set out to help her.


This is Lisa after using the diet that John created for her.

This is Lisa after using the diet that John created for her.

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Michelle, Age 33, weight lost 26 lbs.

Michelle, Age 33, weight lost 26 lbs.

Kelly, Age 26, weight lost 30 lbs.

Kelly, Age 26, weight lost 30 lbs.

Kassandra, Age 32, weight lost 38 lbs.

Kassandra, Age 32, weight lost 38 lbs.

Kimberley, Age 32, weight lost 38 lbs.

Kimberley, Age 32, weight lost 38 lbs.

You Can Lose Weight For Your Wedding Day

For most of us getting married is a very big event. We want to look our best for all the people, and cameras, that have come to see us off on a life long journey.

This UK couple took trying to look their best very seriously. After Matt proposed to Brandy the couple decided they would try to lose a bit of weight before the big day. And they succeeded, big time!

Before and Happily Ever After

Together the couple dropped 133 pounds and do they ever look good. No word on how long it took them to lose that sort of weight but it doesn’t matter. They did it, and so can you.

The photos are by UK wedding Photographer Chris Fossey

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Aren’t they gorgeous! Congratulations Matt and Brandy. Good one.

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This beautiful couple said that all they did to lose so much weight was to be more aware of what they ate. Good advice we can all take.

Not Exercise, Gym Memberships or Even a FitBit Will Make You Lose Weight

A recent survey of millions of Americans showed that physical activity had increased between 2001 and 2009. This increased amount of activity was matched by a rise in obesity.

Exercise is great for your heart and your cardiovascular system. But it won’t make you lose weight.

Lots of Americans exercise to the point where they feel they should be losing weight. But they aren’t. We are still getting fatter and isn’t becuse of lack of exercise. You don’t need any new equipment, a personal trainer, a new fitness class, video or regimen.

You don’t need anything new — no matter how many gym memberships you buy or how often you wear your Fitbit — won’t make you lose weight.

Exercise is Very Good, But Not For Weight Loss … The idea that our obesity epidemic is caused by sedentary lifestyles has spread widely over the past few decades, spurring a multibillion-dollar industry that pitches gadgets and gimmicks promising to walk, run and kick-box you to a slim figure. But those pitches are based on a myth.

Physical activity has a multitude of health benefits — it reduces the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and possibly even cancer — but weight loss is not one of them.

But if weight loss is your goal, your diet is what really needs to change.

An analysis by professor Simon Capewell at the University of Liverpool revealed that poor diet (for example, eating too much junk food without enough nuts, whole grains, fruit and vegetables) now contributes to more disease and death than smoking, alcohol and physical inactivity combined. And up to 40 percent of those with a normal body mass index harbor metabolic abnormalities that are associated with obesity, including high blood pressure, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and heart disease.

So give your credit cards a break. If you want to lose weight there is no need to buy the latest fitness gadget, video or membership. Just start eating right.

Read the whole article on the Washington Post

When You Lose Weight Where Does the Fat Go?

I’ve often wondered “where does the fat go?” If I’ve been successfully dieting or working out very hard and fat starts disappearing form my body I wonder where it goes.

It Seems I Mostly Breath it Out

Look after your lungs. They're a great weight loss tool.

Look after your lungs. They’re a great weight loss tool.

I’ve always thought that sweat and other less pleasant excretions got fat physically out of my body. Turns out that’s mostly wrong. Turns out that most of the nasty fat hanging off your body disappears with your breath!

According to an article by Janet Fang this is what happens.

“Excess carbs and proteins are converted into chemical compounds called triglycerides (which consist of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen) and then stored in the lipid droplets of fat cells. To lose weight, you’re attempting to metabolize those triglycerides, and that means unlocking the carbon that’s stored in your fat cells.

Losing 10 kilograms of human fat requires the inhalation of 29 kilograms of oxygen, producing 28 kilograms of carbon dioxide and 11 kilograms of water. That’s the metabolic fate of fat.

Turns out, our lungs are the primary excretory organ for weight loss. The remaining 1.6 kilograms becomes water, which is excreted in urine, feces, sweat, breath, tears, and other bodily fluids.”

So should we all be deep breathing to expell more fat? No, that will only lead to htperventilation and you might fall over.You’ll have to stick with the old ways tp lose weight, good diet, proper exercise but now we know where it goes.

Read the Whole Article Here