Category: Statistics

Getting the Universe to Work for You





Weight Loss Information


Wouldn’t it be great to know that you have something as enormous as the Universe working in your favor? To know that such a force was pushing for your success would mean that success was only a matter of WHEN, not IF.

The good news is that this support is easy to access by doing one simple yet very important thing – giving before you receive.

You may have heard this expression before, especially with parents convincing their child to share with their friends or siblings. By giving before you receive, success will be drawn to you and your business.

How does it work?

The act of giving something without expecting anything in return sends to the Universe a message. This message says “I am prepared to help others regardless of whether I receive any material benefits for my work”. The Universe hears this message and responds in kind by rewarding you many times for your efforts (and never how you expect).

This concept might seem far-fetched, but there are already thousands of businesses that employ this principle everyday. I can almost guarantee that you have been at the receiving end of it in the last six to twelve months. This principle can be seen when a business gives away a free report, ebook, a free consultation or teleseminar. It is the act of giving something of value away to your customer for NOTHING, in the hope that they will benefit from what you are offering them.

When you give something away, the recipient feels a sub-conscious desire to give something back in return. It is unavoidable – all humans feel the same, even if they don’t know it. This rule is known as the Rule of Reciprocation. But in order for this rule to be effective, the recipient must feel that the gift was given in the right spirit – the Spirit of Giving.

Here is an example. You have a report that can help others loose weight. This report has taken you four months to research, prepare and edit it, getting it into a format that others can download and print. You decide that due to the large number of overweight people in society, you will give this information away for free. Obviously, you would like people to read it and return to buy weight loss products or a series of weight loss reports that you intend on writing. However, even if they didn’t return you would still offer this report for free because you feel strongly about helping others lose weight. This is the Spirit of Giving.

If your customer feels this Spirit when receiving a gift from you, they will want to return the favor and give something back, such as their email address, an order or a referral to their family and friends.

By giving away something of value to help others, the Universe will work very hard to help you. Not only will the Rule of Reciprocation bring you rewards, but other opportunities will come your way, such as large orders in the future, joint venture opportunities with others, and positive word-of-mouth exposure for your business.

If you have a website, then offer something of value to your visitors. This might be a report, ebook, or a voucher that can be redeemed for product at a later date. If you have an off-line business, then perhaps provide an information booklet, a free initial consultation or giveaway with a purchase.

The act of giving before you receive will not only bring you countless benefits, but will enable hundreds and eventually thousands of people to benefit from the valuable gift that you have provided them. Your business will grow, and even more people will benefit from your actions.

I assure you, the Universe rewards such efforts.

About the Author

Matthew Tibble operates http://www.BusinessPlanningMadeEasy.com, a site dedicated to business owners to help them achieve their business goals. A combination of sales and marketing experience over the past 9 years & a strong passion to help small businesses improve their success has led to the development of business and marketing planning services. Please visit http://www.businessplanningmadeeasy.com or email info@businessplanningmadeeasy.com.

Surprising Statistics About BMI – (Body Mass Index)

 

To say that Americans are obsessed with dieting is an
understatement! Pick up any magazine, tune-in or turn-on any
source of advertising and you’re bombarded with the latest diet
schemes and food fads. More often than not, they are endorsed by
some familiar Hollywood celebrity, or promoted using some other
cleaver technique.

It’s no mystery that the weight-loss industry has built a
thriving empire. In America, for example, we spend about 35
billion dollars every year on an assortment of weight loss
products and plans. In addition, we spend another 79 billion
dollars for medication, hospitalization, and doctors to treat
obesity-related problems. Even with this, the obesity epidemic
continues to spread. Sadly, we have become the heaviest
generation in our Nation’s history.

The National Center for Health Statistics reports that we have
some very good reasons to be concerned about our weight-gain.
Americans, for example are packing-on the pounds faster than ever
before and weight-related medical problems are taking center
stage. Diseases like heart disease, diabetes and yes…even
certain forms of cancer have all been linked to obesity.

Here are a few of the surprising statistics about our weight:

  • A whopping 64 percent of U.S. adults are either overweight or
    obese. That’s up approximately 8 percent from overweight
    estimates obtained in a 1988 report.

  • The percent of children who are overweight is also continuing
    to increase. Among children and teens ages 6-19, 15 percent or
    almost 9 million are overweight. That’s triple what the rate was
    in 1980!

  • Nearly one-third of all adults are now classified as obese. At
    present, 31 percent of adults 20 years of age and over or nearly
    59 million people have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater,
    compared with 23 percent in 1994.

(The BMI is a number that shows body weight adjusted for height.
For adults, a BMI of 18.5 – 24.9 is considered normal. A BMI of
25.0 – 29.9 is overweight and 30.0 or above, is considered
obese.)

Modern life both at home and at work has come to revolve around
moving from one “seated” position to another: whether it’s
television, computers, remote controls, or automobiles, we seem
to be broadening the scope of our inactive endeavors.

At times, life seems to have gotten almost too easy! For
entertainment, we can now just sit-down, dial-up our favorite TV
program or DVD movie and enjoy hours of uninterrupted
entertainment…

And all those simple calorie burning activities that were once a
normal part of our daily routine not so long ago? Long gone! You
know the ones I’m talking about…activities like climbing stairs
instead of using escalators and elevators. Or, pushing a lawn
mower instead of riding around on a garden tractor. And what
about that daily walk to school? Now, our kids complain when the
school bus happens to be a few minutes late getting to the bus
stop!

Along with the convenience of our affluent lifestyle and
reduction in energy expenditure, have come changes in our diet.
We are now consuming more calorie rich and nutrient deficient
foods than ever before.

Here are a few examples of what we were eating in the 1970’s
compared to our diet today (information is taken from a recent
U.S. Department of Agriculture survey):

  • We are currently eating more grain products, but almost all of
    them are refined grains (white bread, etc.). Grain consumption
    has jumped 45 percent since the 1970s, from 138 pounds of grains
    per person per year to 200 pounds! Only 2 percent of the wheat
    flour is consumed as whole wheat.

  • Our consumption of fruits and vegetables has increased, but
    only because the U.S.D.A. includes French fries and potato chips
    as a vegetable. Potato products account for almost a third of our
    “produce” choices.

  • We’re drinking less milk, but we’ve more than doubled our
    cheese intake. Cheese now outranks meat as the number one source
    of saturated fat in our diets.

  • We’ve cut back on red meat, but have more than made up for the
    loss by increasing our intake of chicken (battered and fried), so
    that overall, we’re eating 13 pounds more meat today than we did
    back in the 1970s.

  • We’re drinking three times more carbonated soft drinks than
    milk, compared to the 1970’s, when milk consumption was twice
    that of pop.

  • We use 25 percent less butter, but pour twice as much vegetable
    oil on our food and salads, so our total added fat intake has
    increased 32 percent.

  • Sugar consumption has been another cause of our expanding
    waistlines. Sugar intake is simply off the charts. According to
    the U.S. Department of Agriculture, people are consuming roughly
    twice the amount of sugar they need each day, about 20 teaspoons
    on a 2000 calorie/day diet. The added sugar is found mostly in
    junk foods, such as pop, cake, and cookies.

  • In 1978, the government found that sugars constituted only 11
    percent of the average person’s calories. Now, this number has
    ballooned to 16 percent for the average American adult and as
    much as 20 percent for American teenagers.

The days of the wholesome family dinners so near and dear to our
hearts, where we all sat around the kitchen table to discuss
events of the day, are now a part of our sentimental past. They
have been replaced by our cravings for take-out and fast-food. We
have gradually come to accept that it’s “OK” to sacrifice healthy
foods for the sake of convenience and that larger serving
portions mean better value.

And, since I have been throwing-out statistics, here’s one more:
Americans are consuming about 300 more calories each day than we
did twenty years ago. We should actually be eating less because
of our decreased activity level, but instead are doing the
opposite!

Decide TODAY that healthy eating and exercise habits will become
a permanent part of your life!

Begin to explore your values and thoughts and other areas of your
life where change may be required, and then take action. Begin
slowly, but deliberately to make improvements in the areas you
identify. And remember, it has taken a very long time to develop
your habits, and it will take some time to undo them…so be
patient!

The information contained in this article is for educational purposes
only and is not intended to medically diagnose, treat or cure any
disease. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any
health care program.

About the Author

Emily Clark is editor at Lifestyle Health News and Medical Health News
where you can find the most up-to-date advice and information on
many medical, health and lifestyle topics.