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American English vs. British English

American English is the form of English used in the United States. It includes all English dialects used within the United States of America. British English is the form of English used in the United Kingdom. It includes all English dialects used within the United Kingdom. Differences between American and British English include pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary (lexis), spelling, punctuation, idioms, and formatting of dates and numbers.

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Pronunciation differences Some words pronounced differently in the languages are Methane, Interpol Some words pronounced differently in the languages are Methane, Interpol
Spelling differences flavor, honor, analyze,color etc. flavour, honour, analyse,colour etc.
Title differences Mr. , Mrs. Mr, Mrs
Different meanings ace, amber etc. ace, amber etc.
What is it? American English is the form of English used in the United States. It includes all English dialects used within the United States of America. British English is the form of English used in the United Kingdom. It includes all English dialects used within the United Kingdom. It is also used in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other Commonwealth regions

History of British vs. American English

The English language was introduced to America through British colonization in the early 17th century. It also spread to many other parts of the world because of the strength of the British empire. Over the years, English spoken in the United States and in Britain started diverging from each other in various aspects. This led to a new dialects in the form of American English.

American vs. British accent

Prior to the Revolutionary War and American independence from the British in 1776, American and British accents were similar. Both were rhotic i.e. speakers pronounced the letter R in hard. Since 1776, the accents diverged but English accent in America has changed less drastically than accents in Britain.

Towards the end of the 18th century, non-rhotic speech took off in southern England, especially among the upper class; this “prestige” non-rhotic speech was standardized, and has been spreading in Britain ever since.

Most American accents, however, remained rhotic.

There are a few fascinating exceptions: New York and New England accents became non-rhotic, perhaps because of the region’s British connections. Irish and Scottish accents, however, remained rhotic.

To be fair, both American and British English have several types of accents and there is no one true American or British accent.

Noah Webster and the Blue-Backed Speller

Even after America gained independence, American schools used textbooks imported from England. Noah Webster, an American lexicographer, nationalist and prolific political writer, found them unsatisfactory. He disliked the influence and control of British aristocracy over the English language and its pedantic rules for spelling and pronunciation.

So in the 1780s Webster wrote and published A Grammatical Institute of the English Language a compendium that consisted of a speller (published in 1783), a grammar (published in 1784), and a reader (published in 1785). The speller became very popular and over time, Webster changed the spellings in the book to be more phonetic (e.g. color instead of colour; defense instead of defence). Webster’s changes greatly influenced American English because his grammar books were so popular and used in schools throughout the country.

This influence was further solidified by Webster’s dictionaries, first published in 1806. Noah Webster was a spelling reformer who believed that the spelling of words should match their pronunciation as much as possible.

Differences in use of tenses

In British English the present perfect is used to express an action that has occurred in the recent past that has an effect on the present moment. For example: I’ve misplaced my pen. Can you help me find it? In American English, the use of the past tense is also permissible:I misplaced my pen. Can you help me find it? In British English, however, using the past tense in this example would be considered incorrect.

Other differences involving the use of the present perfect in British English and simple past in American English include the words already, just and yet.

British English: I’ve just had food. Have you finished your homework yet? American English: I just had food. OR I’ve just had food.
I’ve already seen that film. OR I already saw that film.

Differences in Vocabulary

While some words may mean something in British English, the same word might be something else in American english and vice versa. For example, Athlete in British English is one who participates in track and field events whereas Athlete in American English is one who participates in sports in general.

Rubber in British English: tool to erase pencil markings.
Rubber in American English: condom.

There are also some words like AC, Airplane, bro, catsup, cell phone etc. which are common in American English and not used very often in British English. Some words widely used in British English and seldom in American English are advert, anti clockwise, barrister, cat’s eye.

Differences in Spelling

There are many words that are spelt differently in both forms of English. Some examples are:

American English spelling British English spelling
color colour
fulfill fulfil
center centre
analyze analyse
aging ageing
dialog dialogue
anesthesia, anaesthesia

A majority of the spelling differences between American and British English fall into the following categories:

  • Latin-derived spellings
    • our (British) and –or (American). e.g. colour vs color
    • re (British) and –er (American). e.g. centre vs center
    • ce (British) and –se (American). e.g. defence vs defense
  • Greek-derived spellings
    • ise (British) and –ize (American). e.g. centralise vs centralize
    • yse (British) and –yze (American). e.g. analyse vs analyze
    • ogue (British) and –og (American). e.g. dialogue vs dialog
    • Simplification of ae and oe in American English. e.g. gynaecology vs gynecology

Differences in the use of Prepositions

There are also a few differences between British and American English in the use of prepositions. For example: While the British would play in a team, Americans would play on a team. Another example: While the British would go out at the weekend, Americans would go out on the weekend.

Differences in Verb usage

American and British English may also use a base verb in different manners. For example: For the verb ” to dream”, Americans would use the past tense dreamed while the British would use dreamt in past tense. The same applies to “learned” and “learnt”. Another example of differing past tense spellings for verbs in American and British English is “forecast”. Americans use forecast while the British would say forecasted in simple past tense.

Differences in Pronunciation

Some words that are pronounced differently in American vs British English are controversy, leisure, schedule etc. There are also some words like Ax (Axe in British) and Defense (Defence in British) which have the same pronunciation but different spellings in both languages.

Time telling in British vs American English

Both languages have a slightly different structure of telling the time. While the British would say quarter past ten to denote 10:15, it is not uncommon in America to say quarter after or even a quarter after ten.

Thirty minutes after the hour is commonly called half past in both languages. Americans always write digital times with a colon, thus 6:00, whereas Britons often use a point, 6.00.

Differences in Punctuation

While the British would write Mr, Mrs, Dr, the Americans would write Mr., Mrs., Dr.

Video explaining the differences

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For VOA Learning English, this is Everyday Grammar.

There is an old saying that America and Britain are “two nations divided by a common language.”

No one knows exactly who said this, but it reflects the way many Brits feel about American English. My British friend still tells me, “You don’t speak English. You speak American.”

But are American and British English really so different?

Vocabulary

The most noticeable difference between American and British English is vocabulary. There are hundreds of everyday words that are different. For example, Brits call the front of a car the bonnet, while Americans call it the hood.

Americans go on vacation, while Brits go on holidays, or hols.

New Yorkers live in apartments; Londoners live in flats.

There are far more examples than we can talk about here. Fortunately, most Americans and Brits can usually guess the meaning through the context of a sentence.

Collective Nouns

There are a few grammatical differences between the two varieties of English. Let’s start with collective nouns. We use collective nouns to refer to a group of individuals.

In American English, collective nouns are singular. For example, staff refers to a group of employees; band refers to a group of musicians; team refers to a group of athletes. Americans would say, “The band is good.”

But in British English, collective nouns can be singular or plural. You might hear someone from Britain say, “The team are playing tonight” or “The team is playing tonight.”

Auxiliary verbs

Another grammar difference between American and British English relates to auxiliary verbs. Auxiliary verbs, also known as helping verbs, are verbs that help form a grammatical function. They “help” the main verb by adding information about time, modality and voice.

Let’s look at the auxiliary verb shall. Brits sometimes use shall to express the future.

For example, “I shall go home now.” Americans know what shall means, but rarely use it in conversation. It seems very formal. Americans would probably use I will go home now.”

In question form, a Brit might say, “Shall we go now?” while an American would probably say, “Should we go now?”

When Americans want to express a lack of obligation, they use the helping verb do with negative not followed by need. “You do not need to come to work today.” Brits drop the helping verb and contract not. “You needn’t come to work today.”

Past Tense Verbs

You will also find some small differences with past forms of irregular verbs.

The past tense of learn in American English is learned. British English has the option of learned or learnt. The same rule applies to dreamed and dreamt, burned and burnt, leaned and leant.

Americans tend to use the –ed ending; Brits tend to use the -t ending.

In the past participle form, Americans tend to use the –en ending for some irregular verbs. For example, an American might say, “I have never gotten caught” whereas a Brit would say, “I have never got caught.” Americans use both got and gotten in the past participle. Brits only use got.

Don’t worry too much about these small differences in the past forms of irregular verbs. People in both countries can easily understand both ways, although Brits tend to think of the American way as incorrect.

Tag Questions

A tag question is a grammatical form that turns a statement into a question. For example, “The whole situation is unfortunate, isn’t it?” or, “You don’t like him, do you?”

The tag includes a pronoun and its matching form of the verb be, have or do. Tag questions encourage people to respond and agree with the speaker. Americans use tag questions, too, but less often than Brits. You can learn more about tag questions on a previous episode of Everyday Grammar.

Spelling

There are hundreds of minor spelling differences between British and American English. You can thank American lexicographer Noah Webster for this. You might recognize Webster’s name from the dictionary that carries his name.

Noah Webster, an author, politician, and teacher, started an effort to reform English spelling in the late 1700s.

He was frustrated by the inconsistencies in English spelling. Webster wanted to spell words the way they sounded. Spelling reform was also a way for America to show its independence from England.

You can see Webster’s legacy in the American spelling of words like color (from colour), honor (from honour), and labor (from labour). Webster dropped the letter u from these words to make the spelling match the pronunciation.

Other Webster ideas failed, like a proposal to spell women as wimmen. Since Webster’s death in 1843, attempts to change spelling rules in American English have gone nowhere.

Not so different after all

British and American English have far more similarities than differences. We think the difference between American and British English is often exaggerated. If you can understand one style, you should be able to understand the other style.

With the exception of some regional dialects, most Brits and Americans can understand each other without too much difficulty. They watch each other’s TV shows, sing each other’s songs, and read each other’s books.

They even make fun of each other’s accents.

I’m Jill Robbins.

And I’m John Russell.

And I’m Claudia Milne.

Now it’s your turn. What style of English are you learning? Why did you choose it? Write to us in the comments section or on our Facebook page.

Adam Brock wrote this article for VOA Learning English. Jill Robbins and Kathleen Struck were the editors.

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Word in This Story

collective nounn. a word which refers to a collection of things taken as a whole.

auxiliary verbn. a word used in construction with and preceding certain forms of other verbs, as infinitives or participles, to express distinctions of tense, aspect, mood, etc

modalityn. expressing ability, necessity, possibility, permission or obligation.

lexicographer n. someone who writes dictionaries

inconsistency n. the quality or fact of not staying the same at different times

exaggerate v. to think of or describe something as larger or greater than it really is

Words to live by

Subj: Fw: Words to live by. REALLY!
C O L O R   ONLY GOD COULD CREATE
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Kindness is in our power even when fondness is not.
~Henry James~
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Compassion is language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
~Mark Twain~
  
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Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret,
for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.
~Robert Brault~
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Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you ,
not because they are nice but because you are.
  
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Never look down on anyone unless you are helping them up.
  
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A good character is the best tombstone.
Those who loved you will remember.
Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.
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It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.
  
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Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.
It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.
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If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
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I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.
~Rudyard Kipling~
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Don’t be yourself — be someone nicer.
  
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Never miss an opportunity to make others happy,
even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.
(Wow! Good one. – nj)
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Love your enemies – it will confuse them greatly.
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There is one word which may serve as a rule for all one’s life — reciprocity.
~Confucius~
  
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Grownups know that little things matter   and that relationships are based on respect.
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Don’t wait for people to be friendly, show them how.
~Henry James~
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The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.
~Henry Boyle~
    
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When I was young, I admired clever people.
Now that I am old, I admire kind people.
~Abraham Heschel~
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If we should deal out justice only in this world, who would escape?
No, it is better to be generous for it gains us gratitude.
~Mark Twain~
  
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  B e tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, tolerant of the weak,
because someday in your life you will be all of these.
~George Washington Carver~
  
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You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone
who will never be able to repay you.
~John Wooden~
  
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If those who owe us nothing gave us nothing, how poor we would be.
~Antonio Porchia~
  
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You cannot do a kindness too soon for you never know how soon it will be too late.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
  
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By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.
~Winston Churchill
  
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Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.
~Frank A. Clark~
  
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We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
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Don’t let those who take advantage of your generosity
stop you from being generous.
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Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.
~Maya Angelou~
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In a world full of people who couldn’t care less, be someone who cares more.
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Love thy neighbor and if that requires that you bend the truth, the truth will understand.
~Robert Brault

 

6 Reasons Why My Boyfriend and I Love Sleeping in Separate Bedrooms

American Culture Versus Indian Culture

Americans are very independent and like to keep to themselves. While Indians focus towards groups when in family or any relations. Indians are very family oriented, the Americans are individual oriented. Family values and traditions are given very much importance in the Indian culture. Americans are commited to themselves, while Indians commit themselves to their families. Indians love stability and consistency while Americans love change and mobility.

Americans are more independent and fast, the children are raised in a different environment. They are told to support themselves and hold a job and get married. They move out of their houses and start their own families at a  young age. Where as in the Indian culture the inlaws live with their children and support their children all throughout their lives even after marriage. The children in USA have to stand on their own two feet and be independent. Whereas, in Indian culture the two feet that the children stand on are loved by their family and in the opposite way the children respect the the two feet of their parents and elders as they grow up to become adults and leave their homes. In Indian culture the younger ones always touch the feet of their elders for blessings out of respect. That is the Indian tradition that brings families together in the Indian culture.

The children in India are more dependent on others. In Indian culture their is respect for elders and they are the ones who make the decisions. In the American culture each individual including young children make their own decisions. Indians are more competitive in sports and challenging events then Americans.

Indians work to support their families. Americans work only for their own means to strive to make money to get rich and prosper for their own benefit.

In a nutshell, Americans are respectful for time and its value where as Indians believe the value of time is to watch a nice Bollywood movie with the family. They are more carefree. They value the moment!

By: Vanita Lalwani

Making Heaven out of Hell

When you are disconnected with God and believe you are not worthy of universal love you are to send yourself to hell. People who commit crimes and do bad deeds are said to go to hell. God loves you, no matter how you distinguish yourself while incarnated. Yes, no matter what crime you commit or bad deed you do, and go through life, you are still loved by God. You are in  heaven when you realize the existence of God and presence of God in your life. No matter what kind of human being you are. If you are known to acknowledge that you were born on the Earth for a reason and known reason is to serve people and God you  will reach a level of heaven.

Therefore, heaven is only in the mind. We can be in heaven any place we are in the world. It is only the presence that we put are emotions and minds. When  we are mentally happy and satisfied with where we are we, we are in a conscious era called “heaven.” When we are dissatisfied with where we are, we are in a conscious era called “hell.” Just the same goes for when we do good deeds in life God rewards us with his blessings and love. We get love from are family and the ones around us such as are close friends. When a person commits bad deeds he gets punished and may be put in jail and as God calls it goes to “hell.” You choose the path you want in life, just like we choose who we want to follow the “angel”  which is the positive heavenly good path of life or the “devil” which is the “evil” hatred path of life. It is all a mind game. It is up to us to decide. We have to ask ourselves. Do we want to live as angels in heaven or as devils in hell?

BY: Vanita Lalwani

World’s happiest person

A 69-year-old monk who scientists call the ‘world’s happiest man’ says the secret to being happy takes just 15 minutes per day

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I believe that there is a strong connection between the science of happiness and mindfulness meditation exercises. Matthieu Ricard teaches us that learning to meditate may be the first step to understand psychology of happiness.

Let’s take a look at what meditation is, why it’s a good thing (whether you’re spiritual or not), how to get started meditation, and what is happiness psychology.

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Matthieu Ricard, the world’s happiest man

How to be happy? Who is the happiest man in the world? How to properly meditate like him?

Matthieu Ricard, 69, is a Tibetan Buddhist monk who has been called “the world’s happiest man.”

That’s because he participated in a 12-year brain study on meditating and compassion led by a neuroscientist from the University of Wisconsin, Richard Davidson. Davidson hooked up Ricard’s head to 256 sensors and found that when Ricard was meditating on compassion, his mind was unusually light.

Simple Capacity details the findings:

“The scans showed that when meditating on compassion, Ricard’s brain produces a level of gamma waves — those linked to consciousness, attention, learning and memory — ‘never reported before in the neuroscience literature’, Davidson said.The scans also showed excessive activity in his brain’s left prefrontal cortex compared to its right counterpart, allowing him an abnormally large capacity for happiness and a reduced propensity towards negativity.”

Ricard — who says he sometimes meditates for entire days without getting bored — admits he’s a generally happy person (although he feels his “happiest man” title is a media-driven overstatement). He spoke with Business Insider at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Here’s his advice for how to be happy.

Stop thinking “me, me, me”

To Ricard, the answer comes down to altruism. The reason is because thinking about yourself, and how to make things better for yourself all the time, is exhausting, stressful, and ultimately leads to unhappiness.

“It’s not the moral ground,” Ricard explained. “It’s simply that me, me, me all day long is very stuffy. And it’s quite miserable, because you instrumentalize the whole world as a threat, or as a potential sort of interest [to yourself].”

If you want to be happy, Ricard says you should strive to be “benevolent” which will not only make you feel better, but it will also make others like you better.

(That’s not to say you should let other people take advantage of you, Ricard warns, but you should generally strive to be kind within reason.)

“If your mind is filled with benevolence, you know — the passion and solidarity … this is a very healthy state of mind that is conducive to flourishing,” Ricard says. “So you, yourself, are in a much better mental state. Your body will be healthier, so [it] has been shown. And also, people will perceive it as something nice.”

That all sounds great in theory, but how does a person actually become altruistic and benevolent and not let selfish thoughts creep in?

Start training your mind like you’d train to run a marathon

Ricard believes everyone has the ability to have a lighter mind because there’s a potential for goodness in every human being (unless you’re, say, a serial killer, and there’s something actually chemically abnormal going on with your brain).

But like a marathon runner who needs to train before he or she can run 26 miles, people who want to be happier need to train their minds. Ricard’s preferred way of training his is meditating.

“With mental training, we can always bring [our level of happiness] to a different level,” Ricard explains. “It’s like running. If I train, I might run a marathon. I might not become an Olympic champion, but there is a huge difference between training and not training. So why should that not apply to the mind?… There is [a] view that benevolence, attention, emotional balance and resilience are skills that can be trained. So if you put them all together, you could say that happiness is a skill that can be trained.”

OK, so how does one train their mind to be happier?

Just spend 15 continuous minutes per day thinking happy thoughts

Start by thinking happy thoughts for 10 to 15 minutes per day, Ricard says. Typically when we experience feelings of happiness and love, it’s fleeting and then something else happens, and we move on to the next thought. But Ricard says instead, concentrate on not letting your mind get distracted and keep focused on the positive emotions for the next stretch of time. And if you do that training every day, even just 2 weeks later you can feel positive mental results. And if you practice that for fifty years like Ricard has, you can become a happiness pro too.

That’s backed up by neuroscientists by the way. Davidson found from his study that even 20 minutes of daily meditation can make people much happier overall.

If you haven’t done much meditating, it might seem like a bit of a grey area to you — something you want to do but don’t know much about.

Maybe you wonder how to meditate properly or what are meditation techniques for beginners? To answer to the question ‘how to meditate for beginners?’, I shared this guided meditation series:

SHARE THE HAPPINESS

How to lose weight

Healthy weight loss tips

* Take one pound at a time
Don’t get overwhelmed by how much weight you need to lose. Try to remember that “losing 15 pounds in two weeks” is nothing to celebrate. It is important to realize that the more quickly weight is lost, the more likely the loss is coming from water and muscle, not fat.

Since muscle tissue is critical in keeping our metabolism elevated, losing it actually leads to a decrease in the amount of calories we can each day without gaining weight.

Fat loss is best achieved when weight is lost slowly. Strive for a weight loss of no more than 3-4 pounds per week. One pound of weight is equivalent to 3500 calories.

* Set Reachable Goals
For instance, if you know you need to get more exercise, begin with a manageable goal of, say, walking 10 minutes a day that you know you can achieve. Then build your self-esteem by achieving the small goals you set yourself.

The same logic applies for losing weight.

* Stay off the scales
Don’t get discouraged when your progress seems to be slow according to your bathroom scales. They do not provide a true measure of what is going on with the body.

If exercise levels are adequate (5-7 days a week), you may be putting on muscle but losing fat, thus losing inches even if you are not losing pounds. It’s always a good idea to do several body measurements to have a second objective way to monitor progress.

* Stay focused on being healthy, not thin
# Many people become more successful at long term weight loss when their motive changes from wanting to be thinner to wanting to be healthier. Change your mindset to think about selecting foods that will help your body’s health rather than worrying about foods that will affect your body’s weight. The Food Pyramid offers a basic outline of the types and amounts of food you should eat each day to give your body the nutrients it needs for optimal health.

* Fat Free?
We’ve known for some time that limiting high fat foods in the diet can be helpful with weight loss. That’s because fats pack in 9 calories per gram compared to only 4 calories per gram from proteins or carbohydrates. To many, the message to limit fats implied an endorsement to eat unlimited amounts of fat-free products. Just to clarify, fat-free foods have calories too. In some cases fat-free foods have as many calories as their fat laden counterparts. If you eat more calories than your body uses, you will gain weight. Eating less fat will help you to lose weight. Eating less fat and replacing it with excessive amounts of fat-free products will not.

* Drink plenty of water
Drink eight glasses a day. Water is a natural appetite-suppressant. Nettle tea is a great weight-loss tea as it supports metabolism and has diuretic properties.

* Reward yourself
# Each time you reach a goal, such as losing 5 pounds, reward yourself with a gift or a massage.

* Seek help if you need it
# A big key in long term weight control comes from receiving encouragement and support from others. Find a friend to lose weight with or you can check to see if groups such as Weight Watchers, or eDiets offer programs and resources in your area by clicking the links. You may also wish to check with your local hospital to see if their registered dietician conducts group weight loss programs.

* Watch your portions
With the advent of “supersize” meals and increasingly huge portions at restaurants, our concept of normal serving sizes is a distant memory. Be mindful of the amounts of food you consume at a sitting. When necessary, divide your food in half and ask for a take home bag. It is all too easy to be a “plate cleaner” even when served enormous portions. Learn to pay attention to your hunger level and stop eating when you feel comfortably full, not stuffed.

* Eat your food slowly
Did you ever notice that thin people take an awfully long time to eat their food? Eating slowly is one method that can help take off pounds. That’s because from the time you begin eating it takes the brain 20 minutes to start signaling feelings of fullness. Fast eaters often eat beyond their true level of fullness before the 20 minute signal has had a chance to set in. The amount of calories consumed before you begin to feel full can vary significantly depending on how quickly you eat. So slow down, take smaller bites and enjoy your food.

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http://fast-weightloss.blogspot.com/
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Of course the gym and eating right are the best answer to slowly lose weight. There are a lot of pills that do O and the Hollywood drink diet will make you lose about 5 lbs in a week but you will almost immediately put it back on as soon as you stop ( I tried it)
But I use the “Dolly Parton Diet” its basically cabbage soup its really good and tastes great but thats the only thing you eat it’s basically
1 Pack of Lipton beefy onion soup
1 whole cabage cubed
1 large can crushed tomatoes
2 to 3 cans dark red kidney beans
1 onion diced ( optional)
1 green peper cut up ( optional)
1/3 cup vinigar
garlic to taste
bring to a boil and simmer for about a hour.

Good Luck also you dont have to work out but try doing fun things that give you a work out : Miniature golf, Bowling, Frisby, walks in the park etc.

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Try to eat a wee bit less but shed a little bit more, and be constant, practice it each individual day while not overdoing it however move forward gradually, maybe 4 years.
It should be a long term project, weight has to be burned as gradually as it was gained.
good luck!

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I’ve been size 10 all my life without even trying a lot. Recently I hit my 40th birthday. And now i can see that i’m starting to gain weight. Soon i will need my personal time zone. My metabolism is getting slower i guess. i hate working out so decided to give weight loss supplements a shot. But there are so many…. My friend which is a dietitian said that http://www.verified-forskolin.com is the best since it’s verified by a lot of studies. Maybe somebody tried it? Or should i try garcinia?

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You can lose weight by either starting a diet or exercising. You should do a combination of both for the fastest results. Exercise can be split up into cardio and weight training. Cardio will burn the fat and weight training will build up muscle and give you a toned look. Do cardio 3-5 times per week for 30-60 minutes per day. Weight training can be done 2-4 times per week. You should also start cutting your calories. Use the daily calorie needs calculator https://tr.im/DailyNewsTrends to estimate how many calories you burn.To lose weight, you need to eat less. Get rid of junk foods that are high in sugar and eat foods that are high in fiber.

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Really all you have to do is improve your eating. By not eating, after a small while you’ll want to raid your kitchen looking for junk, and since your body isn’t getting what it wants, it urges you to take more, holding on the the food and turning it into fat. But, by eating healthy and making sure you have the right portions, you’ll be fine. And you should also make sure you eat slow, so your body can send the message to the brain that you’re full. Also, you should exercise daily. 8 minute abs could work, or cardio. It could be for half an hour or an hour. Even if it was for 10 minutes, you’d still be burning fat. Hope this helped! ???

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Weight Loss is the process of losing body weight, usually by losing fat. To achieve healthy weight loss, most experts recommend a combination of healthy eating patterns and regular physical exercise. Weight control is a strategy that is adopted as a preventive life style. It is an attitude of keeping weight down. As fried and fatty foods have increased in our diets and the demand for physical labor has decreased, there is an increase in obesity. Most people today are appearance motivated to lose weight.
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Losing fat is a long term project, excess weight needs to go as gradually as it was accumulated.
Indulge a wee bit less but burn off a little bit more, and be persistent, do this just about every single day with out overdoing it however move forward over the years, maybe various years.
take care ?

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Hey let me tell you mine own story :
I was 19 years old with a very thin body ? I was doing gym with protein shakes but nothing helped me. I started growing bigger after 22 yrs and I must say losing weight is much harder than gaining weight.

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Be sneaky about moving more. Park farther away from the store entrances. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk past the restroom to the end of the hall and back. Do leg lifts while you brush your teeth. Jiggle your legs while you sit at your desk. Do stretches while you talk on the phone (a headset helps). Walk faster in the grocery store and go up and down a couple of extra aisles.

And the biggest help of all–DRINK MORE WATER! It will help you feel fuller and you’ll get in more exercise walking to the bathroom!

Good luck!

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Its simply impossible to lose weight within 1 week. You need to follow a super magical pill for that. The best way to lose weight is through gym and controlling your heavy diets. I have seen lots of people losing weight through https://tr.im/DailyNewsTrends but its not the only way, you need to restrict yourself from consuming junk food items.

Alternatively start consuming lots of Lemon honey water in the morning ?
Good luck!!

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Healthy Snacks

A List of Healthy Snacks for Adults Who Are on the Go All the Time

| By Rhiannon Clouse

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Rhiannon Clouse has been writing professionally since 2009. She has published several health and science articles online as well as work focusing on pregnancy and fertility. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Master of Science in developmental neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin.
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Overview

Busy schedules can wreak havoc on the waistline as the importance of a nutritious diet is pushed aside in favor of fast and easy high-fat snack foods. However, with a bit of preparation and a well stocked refrigerator, it’s possible to satisfy your hunger with some quick, healthy and portable snacks.

Dairy Snacks

A List of Healthy Snacks for Adults Who Are on the Go All the Time
Portable options include string cheese and yogurt. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Low-fat dairy products are an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D and protein. Portable options include string cheese and yogurt. Additionally, many other cheeses are available in convenient snack sizes and small portions. Examples include cottage cheese, gouda, cheddar cheese and brie. When you are on the go, it is very important that you keep your dairy snacks cool so avoid spoilage or bacterial growth. Keep snacks in a cold-pack case or small cooler with a freezer pack.

Hard-Boiled Eggs

A List of Healthy Snacks for Adults Who Are on the Go All the Time
For a quick lunch or snack on the go, pack along some hard-boiled eggs. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images

For a quick lunch or snack on the go, pack along some hard-boiled eggs. Make life even easier by preparing a dozen at once before the work week begins. Hard-boiled eggs are packed with protein, vitamin D, lutein, vitamin A, choline and other important nutrients. Like dairy products, you will want to keep your hard-boiled eggs cool in a small, cold-pack cooler with a freezer pack tucked inside.

Seeds and Nuts

A List of Healthy Snacks for Adults Who Are on the Go All the Time
The seeds and nuts of many plants are high protein nutritious sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Photo Credit Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images

The seeds and nuts of many plants are high protein nutritious sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Their high content of healthy fats also makes them great for snacks to satiate hunger. Whole almonds are a heart-healthy source of protein and energy. Cashews are lower in fat and packed with protective antioxidants. Sesame seeds and tahini provide an excellent source of essential minerals such as manganeses and copper. Peanuts are a healthy source of protein, vitamins and a chemical called resveratrol, studied for its apparent anti-aging effects.

Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and vegetables are always easy and nutritious choices for snacking. Fruits that can be eaten with the skin on make the most convenient and portable snacks. These include apples, plums, peaches and pears to name a few. Small fruits that are eaten whole, such as berries and grapes are also excellent choices. For vegetable lovers, carrot and celery sticks are healthy and easy to transport in a lunch bag. Other vegetable choices include whole green beans, sugar snap peas and sweet pepper slices.

Waking up at 4:30 am

 

What I learned by waking up at 4:30 a.m. for 21 days

matos 02Filipe Castro Matos

In 2014, I put myself to a new challenge. It was one of the biggest life hacks I’ve ever done.

The challenge was simple: waking up 21 consecutive workdays at 4:30 a.m., a challenge I gave the name of #21earlydays. I was already used to waking up early (6 a.m. almost every day), but this time I wanted to go further. I wanted to test myself and be more aware of my own limits. And at the same time, my idea was to share my progress with the world and try to change some preconceived ideas that society obliges us to follow.

I chose to do the challenge only on workdays, because I knew that weekends and holidays are radically different for me. There are times that I work even on these days, but most of the time I have other plans that include going out at night. Yes, I could do the challenge every day, but I thought that it’s a question of balance in life. As my idea since day 1 was to continue even after the 21 days, this would be more of a struggle than a true benefit.

And why 21 days? Well, I based it on the old idea of Dr. Maxwell Maltz that says you need 21 days to form a new habit (not necessarily true for many habits). I didn’t know if it’d work, but for me it was more for the sake of establishing a goal. One lesson I always apply to life is to always establish a goal when you want to change or reach something because only in this way will you understand if you succeeded or failed.

But what was the final goal in all this? It’s all about productivity and making the most of my days. I’m always thinking of ways to improve my work and my life, and I like to think about details and take action if I think I could improve. I’ve known for a long time that I am a morning person, and so the goal was to increase my morning time to see if it would increase my productivity.

matos 01Filipe Castro MatosFilipe Castro Matos.

So, what have I learned from this? A LOT:

1. If you want to change something in your life, it’s always better if you have support along the way.

It will be this support that keeps you on track when you’re about to give up. In my case, I opted to share my journey on Facebook with my friends and acquaintances. I knew that I would need this, because if no one knew I was doing this, no one would hold me accountable for failing.

But when you share your journey, people will ask you how it’s going, whether they agree or not. And in my head, I could not give up and show weakness. I knew I wouldn’t disappoint anyone, because this isn’t such an important thing. But if I could inspire at least one person in the end, I couldn’t give up for that person’s sake.

2. People like to see different things.

And someone waking up so early is definitely not a normal thing, so I had huge engagement in my posts! People concerned about me. People asking a lot of questions. And people stating that this would be impossible for them. I had great and deep conversations because of my posts and I couldn’t be more thankful to everyone that interacted with me. You made me think about many things, and part of this post is also a result of these conversations.

3. People don’t wake up earlier because they think they have to sleep less.

In the first days, some people were really concerned about me. Most questions were about only one thing: the time I sleep. Of course, I had this well planned. I know very well what my body demands, and as I changed the time when I wake up, I changed the time I go to bed, too. Simple.

Usually I sleep between 6 and 7 hours during the week, and I maintained exactly that during the #21earlydays. So when it’s 9:30 or 10 p.m., it’s time to go to bed. To my surprise, the majority of the people that asked me the time I sleep, sleep less than me. And me? In fact, I’m sleeping even more now than before!

4. Eliminate the obstacles along the way.

People always say that doing something like this is impossible for them. Yes, there are a few situations that can make it harder. But I also believe that many people just don’t want to go the extra mile to improve their lives.

Society in general is lazy, and many people go with the flow. Yes, I have some conditions that helped me do this: I’m single with no children, and I have complete control over my daily routine. But I have most of these things because I created this situation.

When I lived with my parents, this would have been way more difficult, because I had the context of the family environment. So, I started this challenge when I knew I’d extinguished many of the struggles along the way. Think of everything that’s getting you down and preventing you from reaching that goal you’ve wanted but have never achieved. This is applicable to stopping smoking, going to the gym or eating more fruits and vegetables.

Getting rid of your obstacles makes it easier to achieve your final goal. In my case, I knew that I’d need several things: total independence in my life, i.e., over my working hours or dinnertime; the ability to go to bed anytime I want and to not be interrupted during my sleep; and the ability of working anywhere and anytime I want. I have all of this.

I usually work in startups, which means that I have huge flexibility in my time and that’s why I can be working at 4:30 a.m. This flexibility also allows me to come back home earlier. In addition, no one depends on me and I’m not dependent on anyone. And despite living with 7 other people in a shared house, I reach sleep easily at such an early hour.

matos 05Filipe Castro MatosOne of the perks of leaving the office earlier is more daylight hours free.

5. Your physical condition helps a lot.

Regarding sleeping, I’m clearly a fortunate guy! I fall asleep really fast (5 minutes on average), I sleep well (rarely wake up during the night) and anywhere if needed, and I have no problems waking up (when the alarm rings, I get out of bed instantly).

Of course, this is also a consequence of my lifestyle: I eat well, I practice sports every day, and I don’t have big and permanent worries in my life. But even given this, I believe that there are many people that could improve their sleeping. It’s always about changing little things, and after a few weeks or months, you’ll feel the impact of all those little changes. I’m at this point as a result of years understanding how my body behaves and what I could improve. I didn’t change yesterday.

6. Forget snooze!

Fortunately, I rarely used such things in my life, and these #21earlydays only help to convince me of the uselessness of it. For me, snooze is one of the worst inventions ever, and it doesn’t help people. If you want to wake up at a certain hour, please do and don’t delay it for 10 minutes!

One simple snooze will seriously affect your day  —  studies show that you’ll be even more tired after sleeping that 10 minutes and this makes people delay several other things. Nothing good comes of snooze.

7. I like to sleep, but my body only needs 6 or 7 hours.

After that, I don’t take any special pleasure in being in bed, and I prefer to go out and do the interesting things that exist in the world. Because when I die, I’ll have a lot of time to sleep!

8. More working hours.

Since I started waking up at 4:30 a.m., I won 2 hours of work per day. How? As I said, I’m a morning person and after 6 p.m., I don’t do anything valuable (even my afternoons are less productive). So with this hack I took out 2 unproductive hours of my night, when I usually was on my laptop passing time, and I won 2 hours, when I get lots of work done. A rested mind and 2 hours of complete silence while the rest the world is still sleeping are extremely powerful and make miracles.

9. I get messages out of the way.

Usually, during these 2 hours, I answer all my emails and messages and plan the rest of the day. Having an ‘Inbox Zero’ at 6:30 a.m. is great, but the best part for me is the fact that I have no instant answer to my emails and messages. Especially on Facebook, this is something that can destroy your productivity, as it’s perfectly possible for you to spend all day chatting with people. And if you think twice, you’ll see that the majority of people don’t need an urgent answer and nothing bad happens if you wait to answer them tomorrow.

matos 03Filipe Castro MatosMatos used to be content with exercising three times a week, but now he easily works out four or five times per week.

10. More time at the gym.

Before these #21earlydays, I was already going to the gym. But since I started waking up at 4:30 a.m., I’m going more times per week. Before, three times was good, but now I can’t live without going at least four or five times. I truly believe that the fact I wake up earlier helps this as I don’t go to the gym so tired and when I go, I have already worked 2 hours. This helps on those days when you think you don’t have time to exercise.

11. A new view on the world.

Waking up so early allowed me to see details around me that I’ve never seen before. Going running while the sun is rising or exploring different places in Lisbon during unexpected hours were impossible things with a “normal schedule.”

matos 04Filipe Castro MatosThe sunrise over Lisbon.

12. Yes, you need the will to do it.

If you don’t have it, no one will have it for you, and it’s highly likely you’ll give up. If you have the will, no one will stop you!

Filipe Castro Matos is a digital marketer and entrepreneur. He currently works at Startup Lisboa. Follow Filipe on Twitter.

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