The year 2009 is nearing the end and millions of people are thinking what they are going to do the next year. Is your New Year’s resolution to lose fat? If it is, then the time to start is now. The most important part of fat loss is knowledge. People simple do not know enough about nutrition and exercise to be successful. I have a few simple fat loss tips that are really helpful.

1. Use exercise to create a calorie deficit rather than diets

The hardest part about weight loss, is staying on a diet. We all know how hard this can be and some diets are especially hard. People believe that starving themselves is the best way to go, but it is not. The less you eat, the harder it is for you to stay on your diet. Do not make your diet plans very strict or they will backfire on you. Instead you should focus more on calorie burning through exercise, because it is much more effective. First of all you do not have to starve yourself and therefore you are less likely to fail. Exercise raises your metabolic rate. The faster your metabolic rate is the more calories you burn and strict diets slow down your metabolic rate. Exercise is good for your health and diets are now. By the way both weight training and aerobic training are essential.

2. Do not skip meals and eat more frequently

Another important thing you have to consider is consistency. You have to eat the right amount of foods, the right frequency and not skip meals. Some people do not eat breakfast very often and even think this helps them. But in fact skipping meals will slow down your metabolic rate and of course if you skip meals then your next meal is most certainly too large. 5-6 small meals a day, which consists of the right amount of proteins, carbs and fats is important. As I said before, be consistent. You can not lose fat successfully if you eat correctly for 2 days and skip meals the third day.

3. Do not stay on negative calories for too long

I am sure you have friends or family who are on diets. For some people it has become a habit to go on diets. But these people fail most of the time, as you have surely noticed. Why? Well, the problem is that if you stay on very low calories for too long, then your body will fight back and force you to eat. Sooner or later people will give up and eat way too much. Do not torture yourself like that. It is necessary to give yourself a break and increase your calories from time to time. For example you can be on negative calorie balance for 3 days and on the fourth day increase your calorie by just a bit. You can not hold your breath forever right? So you also can not stay on a negative calorie balance forever.

4. Lose fat slowly and be patient

The biggest mistake or one of the biggest mistakes that people often make, is rushing. Take your time and be patient. There is no need to lose more than 1-2 pounds per week. Yes, there are people who lose 5 or more pounds or more, but they are also very likely to fail because they also lose muscle. The key is to lose fat, not muscle. When you try to lose too much weight too quickly, then you will lose muscle. If you are able to lose 3-4 pounds per week, without losing muscle mass, then fine. Losing fat is not a race.

Whether your home is new or old, chances are there have been times when you’ve looked around your house and thought to yourself, “Boy, this place could use a makeover.” Of course, hiring an interior decorator is pretty expensive and unless you’re in the right place, HGTV won’t be able to help you. So what’s a homeowner to do? The answer is easy: do it yourself!

The idea of revamping your home yourself may sound overwhelming at first but if you do your homework, set realistic goals, and plan accordingly, you should have no problem with giving your house a much-needed facelift. The first step is to decide what part of your home you want to redecorate or revamp and what look you are going for. There are various ways to spruce up either the interior or the exterior of your home and using lifestyle and home and garden magazines are one of the quickest ways you can find inspiration.

You’ll want to plan how extensive the changes are that you want to make and what purpose you are redoing the room for? For example, you may have an extra bedroom that you want to convert into a really comfy and stylish guest room. Do you want to put new paint on the walls? Change out the furniture? Once you know your goals for revamping the room, then you can make a checklist of what needs to be done. Again, you can turn to magazines or shows on HGTV to get inspiration. Be sure to write down colors you like, types of furniture you think would go best in that room, and what stores you would purchase your materials from.

These days, homeowners are taking it upon themselves to revamp their houses, which can save a lot of time and money. Speaking of money, if you currently don’t have the best budget to revamp a room in your home, have a garage or yard sale. You can even take out the old furniture that needs to be replaced and put it up for sale.


Try to estimate how much the new furniture, paint, and/or accessories will cost and then make that your sales goal for your garage sale. This is also a great time to chuck all your old clothes, accessories, children’s toys, books, and other items in your house that you know you won’t be using anymore. With a successful garage sale, you’ll not only get extra cash in your pocket, you’ll have effectively cleared up room in your home, including the room(s) to be revamped.

With a little knowledge and practice, you can expertly paint your own rooms and with some extra muscle from family and/or friends you can also move your furniture in and arrange it as you desire. To add some style to your newly revamped room, shop at antique stores to find accessories (such as lamps, curtains, or little knick knacks) that you won’t see anywhere else. If you want a cheat sheet of sorts, you can choose a page right out of a home design magazine and simply replicate what’s on the page.

As a parent, you may have been dreading or eagerly planning for the day when your children leave your home. Empty nest syndrome is one that many parents experience every day. However, your experience with having an empty nest doesn’t have to be a negative one. More and more parents are finding ways to make the most of this new stage in their lives and there’s nothing wrong with celebrating.

One of the first steps towards dealing with an empty nest is to let Nature take its course. Allow yourself to emote freely, whether the feelings are good or bad. You are human after all and there is nothing wrong with taking some time to yourself to reflect and let the idea sink in that you’ve now got an empty house. However, you’ll want to do your best to not let your emotions rule you. You may be feeling a bit sad or depressed after the first week but if you’re still feeling this way after the first few weeks or a month, then you’ve got to make some serious changes to bring you out of your funk.


Once the initial shock has worn off, start making plans. Get together with your significant other and figure out what you both want to do that you weren’t able to do before when the kids were home. Maybe you’ll finally be able to renovate and redecorate now that you have rooms that aren’t being used. This is a great project for you and your significant other to work on together. Remodeling your home can also signal the start of a new stage in your lives. Now that you don’t have extra mouths to feed, you can save up some money and take a vacation. Getting away for a week or two is a wonderful way for you to do something you enjoy – not to mention that you’ll no longer have to deal with finding a babysitter.

Find a new hobby to pursue. Or if you have a ton of hobbies that you put on the backburner, bring them out and tackle them with renewed vigor. You’ve now got all the time in the world to do things that you want to do and you’ll be on nobody else’s schedule but your own. Think of it as a rightfully deserved reward for the years of time and effort you put into parenting and raising your kids. Another way to enjoy your empty nest is to invite over other parents that are in the same boat as you. Host a brunch put together a fancy dinner or plan an outing with another couple. It’s always helpful to have the company of people that can relate to your situation. The possibilities for enjoying your newly empty nest are endless so make the most of it while you can.

In the end, if you’re still having trouble grasping the idea that your children won’t be returning home, remind yourself that you did a great job raising them. There’s nothing wrong with giving yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. Replace those feelings of sadness and loss with pride and joy and you’ll look forward to creating new memories in your home for many more years to come.