How I stay skinny

skinny-pants-200x200I started skipping dinner to lose weight a few month ago, and I’ve managed to keep the weight off. Many people ask me how I did it. Here are the three principles that helped me stay skinny. The most important one is looking up information on the net on how to wlzine, which there is enough of. It is way too easy to give in to temptation and overeat. So I made it part of my weight loss strategy to actually change my mindset and character, so I produce a net negative calorie count and lose weight. These are three powerful principles that made all the difference for me.

The Power of the 21 Day Habit
Did you know that if you wanted to turn something into a habit, you only need to keep doing it for 21 days straight? No joke. You only need to keep doing something for 21 days for it to become ingrained into your daily schedule. You can also use this principle to lose a bad habit. It works for all sorts of bad habits from smoking to drinking to even talking trash about other people. To implement the 21 day habit plan, I got a day planner and put a specific start date. I also listed what my diet goals were for that day. My daily goal was to have a big breakfast, drink lots of water, and skip dinners. I stuck to the plan for 21 days. Did it work? Let’s just put it this way, I get really guilty if I eat dinners. It worked like a charm because it changed my mindset. I don’t even dream of eating a heavy meal for dinner. A good diet is also good for the growth of your hair (as explained on growhairguru) because of all the vitamins and nutrients.

The more you do things, the better you get
Skipping a meal? Are you crazy? This was my line of thought when I first started my diet regiment. I knew that it was the right thing to do but the emotional part of me was putting up quite a fight. The good news was that every day I checked off on my day planner, the better I got at managing my cravings. After day 14, I can actually anticipate my hunger pangs. I started devising ways to defeat the hunger pangs. After day 21, skipping a meal and my hunger solutions have become a habit. After a few more weeks, I lost the hunger pangs.

You are in control
Finally, you have to always remember that if you have any sort of problem, the solution lies with you. Not your parents. Not your spouse. And definitely not your friends. It’s all about you. You are the one needs to educate yourself. You are in control over your life and you look and weigh the way you do because of decisions you made in the past. Take ownership of your ability to control what goes on in your life and use that power to decide to benefit you for a change.

I’ve started to invest in gold recently

gold-coins-200x200I recently started doing something that generations of investors the world over have been doing for millennia. I am, of course, talking about investing in gold. Since I don’t have armed guards patrolling my house nor do I own an assault rifle, I’ve decided to take out my gold bug fever on exchange-traded funds (ETFs). These are the safest and most liquid forms of gold investments. Thanks to ETFs, investing in gold is just like investing in stocks. Why gold? First and foremost, it is one of the most commonly recognized measures of value. People the world over recognize gold as a valuable commodity while they might not necessarily agree with the investment value of the euro, British pound, or dollar. Second, gold has a commercial value as well. In addition to being stored for its investment value, gold is also used in industry. Its value has more than one driver. Third, gold is a classic hedge against investment bubbles, inflation, and uncertain times. Anyone who has the brass balls to tell you that we’ve turned the corner on the global financial crisis is flat-out wrong. The truth is, Europe is always teetering to go in and out of recession, China has a huge inventory of empty houses and shadow investments, Japan has been the world’s economic zombie for close to twenty years now, America is still reeling from the after-effects of the financial crisis and housing crash, and the rest of the world is caught in between all these forces.

The bottom line is that there is a lot of uncertainty out there. Partially driving the uncertainty is the fact that all major currencies from the yen to the dollar to the euro to the pound don’t have squat to back them up. They are only backed up by their issuing country’s debt obligations. That’s all there is to it. At the end of the day, when you are holding the greenback in your hand, you are just holding a piece of paper. This makes the global financial situation tenuous by default. You can’t say the same with gold. Unlike paper money, gold has real value. People recognize its value and there is also a commercial and industrial use for it. Gold isn’t going anywhere. Paper money, on the other hand, just needs a few solid hits and it can depreciate in value quickly.

With all that said, you need to remember that there is no such thing as a ‘surefire’ investment. It applies to things like losing weight (as seen on loseyourappetite) and the same applies to gold. While gold does store value and helps hedge against inflation and currency devaluation, gold drops in value when the dollar goes up in value. Also, gold might not appreciate as much as stock market indices. Although it has historically grown in value over the long haul, you have to be a long haul player when investing in gold. You can’t play gold on a week to week basis. Your chances of losing money increases if you play the gold investment game on a short-term basis.