That’s the name of an interesting ebook I recently downloaded.

Even better, you can grab this for free along with 15 more powerful self-development ebooks, 3 free life-changing interviews plus much more.

Here’s how it got started…
177 Tips for Ladies to Burn Calories
Along with the holiday season I was browsing, checking out different offers… various gifts and bonuses… wondering how to give back to Fun Lady Fitness subscribers right before Christmas.

I came along an interesting website that’s bound to have at least one life-changing resource you can download for free in the next 5 minutes.

(Click here to check it out)

One of these interesting resources is called “177 Ways to Burn Those Calories!”

Here’s a small sample of what’s revealed inside this ebook:

  • The simple reason why two out of three Americans are overweight.
  • What a study into the eating habits of 8,260 adult Americans showed when it came to reduced fat intake vs. packing on the pounds.
  • How does cutting fat affect absorbing vitamins as well as hormone and nerve cell production.
  • Substituting ‘fruit purees’ with this ingredient can significantly reduce calories and fat.
  • One reason to eat in the morning and never skip breakfast.
  • Which suppresses your appetite better water with fructose… or… water with glucose? Know this and pick the right drink before your meal.
  • Alfredo sauce vs. tomato based sauces, which should you choose?
  • A simple mistake that’ll have you eating more on your next meal. Here’s one thing to avoid.
  • A simple tip to retain more nutritional value in your veggies.
  • 4 great snack foods you’d like to keep handy.
  • Two reasons to stay away from pastries.
  • One reason to choose frozen fruits over canned veggies.
  • Misleading claims: what does ‘Reduced Fat’ really mean?
  • A simple way to fix your tuna, chicken or egg salad to transform it into a healthy choice.
  • 11 tips for making better choices next time you eat out (Plus, a simple way to reduce temptation at buffets.)

Remember, this is just one of the 16 free self-development ebooks you can grab for free right away.

Here’s a look at some of the titles you’ll receive:Christmas Giveaway

  • Holistic Healing Secrets
  • Advanced Memory Course
  • Temptation Blocker
  • The Ultimate Self-Esteem Workbook
  • 47 Secret Herbal Remedies
  • 404 Self-Improvement Tips
  • “five simple steps to achieving ANYTHING you want in life” audio interview
  • …and much much more.

If you do nothing else, at least browse this webpage and see if there’s a resource that grabs your attention.

Best wishes for a great Christmas and happy holidays,

M. Jamal

You are said to reach a plateau during an exercise program when weight loss slows and, despite exercising, you can no longer shed any more pounds.

Scientists have been stumped as to why this happens, and there are several theories to this phenomenon.

One is that our bodies have strong mechanisms to resist weight loss but not-as-strong mechanisms to counteract weight gain.women doing aerobics

Or, as Dr. Neil King of the Queensland University of Technology puts it, evolution has programmed the human body to cope with famine, which occurred quite often in history, but not to cope with lack of exercise and high-calorie foods that today’s generation is known for.

Another theory related to reaching exercise plateaus is that following your initial weight loss, your progress will slow down at some point and eventually die a natural death, even if your exercises or your diet are consistent.

To handle this, you can vary your exercise program.

When in the gym, it would do you well to move from one machine to another. Take this a step further and you can vary your exercise classes as well. Shift from circuit training, weight training, or cycling as soon as you feel that you’re no longer getting the results you want from your regular routine.

And instead of varying the program, you can also add to it.

For instance, if you’re currently on the treadmill and you’ve reached a plateau, you don’t have to totally switch to water aerobics; you can use one to supplement the other.

Check your records and see if you’re exercising at the right intensity for you.

If you’re getting to be too relaxed or if you become quite chatty while you’re exercising, this means the intensity you’ve worked with before is no longer applicable. As a rule of thumb, you need to be slightly out of breath while exercising. Otherwise, you could maintain what you have now, but it won’t likely improve.

Do you exercise often enough?

In the same vein, do you feel that you are exercising long enough?

These factors all depend on how badly you want to achieve your goal. To guarantee results, you must be doing an aerobic activity which you enjoy, and engage in this 3-5 times a week for best results.

More often, you need not reduce the number of hours you spend exercising if you’re feeling burned out. You just have to temporarily “tame” the intensity. Examples of enjoyable activities are cycling, aerobics, or swimming.

Have a diet modification.

Alter your menu and dare your body to assimilate new foods that are as healthful as what you are currently eating.

Look for fresh fruits and vegetables that you haven’t tried in a long time and integrate these into your menu. Likewise, if you haven’t had fish in a long while, then you might want to substitute that for the red meat in your diet.

Changes won’t happen overnight, but these are definitely surefire ways of conquering that disappointing plateau.

M. Jamal

Two days ago 23 year-old Zhang Zi Lin of china won the Miss World 2007 title ahead of 105 of the world’s most beautiful women in Sanya, on the Chinese island of Hainan. (See photos here)

That brought up a few thoughts…
lady looking in mirror
For starters, we all aspire to look and feel our best… and, for the most part, we’re inspired by talent and beauty. Think about sport events were we admire physical talents, think about admiring Michelangelo’s David (probably the most recognizable statue in the history of art).

Yet… on the other side of the spectrum… some of us consider beauty pageants as “objectification of women”, or encouraging a beauty standard that only a few women can conform to (consequently giving rise to dieting, eating disorders and cosmetic surgery).

In other words: if you see beauty or talent, does it inspire you?

Or does it put you down by adding pressure to be perfect (to a standard set by the media or a stereotype)?

These two factors seem to be present in the back-of-our-heads to some extent. I guess it’s more of “which one wins over and comes through your actions”.

Here’s some findings showing how much looks play a role in our society:

  • “Those they deemed the most attractive make 12 per cent more money than those regarded as less goodlooking” (The Independent, 3rd December 2007)
  • 39 per cent of attractive men and women were judged to be helpful, compared to 16 per cent of middle attractive people, and only six per cent of unattractive people.” (The Independent, 3rd December 2007)
  • The average CEO is approximately 3 inches taller than the average American man” based on the results of about one-half of the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies (The Regional Economist)
  • “Women who were obese according to their Body Mass Index (BMI) in both 1981 and 1988 earned 17 percent lower wages on average than women within their recommended BMI range.” (The Regional Economist)

I guess looks play a bigger role than most of us would like to believe!

Whether you’re into beauty pageants or not, I wish you find your own inspiration that keeps you focused on looking and feeling your best.

To your success,

M. Jamal