It’s easy to get discouraged when you work so hard to lose weight and your efforts don’t reflect on the scale. Taking your measurements is a better way to track progress because you get an idea of what’s really happening with your body. Many times you’ll see a loss of inches even if the scale isn’t moving. Losing inches can be even more impactful than losing pounds. Taking your measurements will reassure you that the […]
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For most people, working on weight loss during the weekdays is much easier to accomplish by the routines we all maintain. Work, lunch time, leaving work and our relaxing time when the day is over stays pretty consistent Monday through Friday. But oh boy when the weekend rolls around and the normal weekday routine takes a backseat to a different kind of busy and temptations you are not normally exposed during the week, you can find yourself unraveling all your hard work of the previous five days.
We All Crave the Same Foods (More or Less) When you get hungry, you crave food, but this is different from having a craving. A craving is defined as a desire for a specific food or selection of foods, but not just food in general
If you’ve ever experienced a weight-loss plateau, you know the disappointment of stepping on the scale after another week of eating well and exercising only to see the same exact number as the week before. The truth is, weight-loss plateaus happen to almost everyone trying to lose weight–even those go-getters with plateau prevention plans. In order to overcome one, it’s important first to understand why they occur even when you have stuck to your weight loss plan religiously.
What Causes Cravings? Hunger and cravings are different; hunger is the need for fuel while cravings are an intense desire for a specific food—with or without hunger. Learning strategies for handling cravings is essential! So let’s break this down into two main parts, beginning with what causes cravings.
How One Dog Owner Used Her Canine Companion and Fitness Apps to Get Fit.
With summer’s unofficial Memorial Day kickoff behind us, it’s the perfect time to set some health goals and embrace new opportunities to eat smart and get fit. Here are 18 ideas to motivate and inspire you throughout the sunny months ahead
Rewarding yourself for your healthy efforts will reinforce your new habits and inspire you to continue your journey. There are countless ways to reward yourself, and while it may seem trivial, research shows that rewards that are personal to us do in fact help us stay motivated and establish long-term habits. It's worth the time to come up with a system and a list of rewards for your own milestones! Read on for some tips on getting started.
If you’re getting ready to kick-start your journey into fitness—whether it’s starting a strength training workout for the first time, finally lacing up your running shoes and hitting the pavement like you’ve talked about all these years, or taking a group fitness class like kickboxing or yoga—there’s likely a little voice in the back of your head giving you doubts. The voice might make you wonder if you can really do this—are you really prepared? Do you really know what you’re doing? Will you really see success? Very often, these doubts simply come from the fact that you don’t have experience with what you’re about to do and are worried there’s too much you don’t know. To help ease these doubts and make the transition into fitness easier, here are a few of the big things to learn during your journey to fitness.
Even the most committed health devotees have them: a kryptonite food. Your kryptonite food is that one delectable food, savory or sweet, that is decidedly indulgent, definitively unhealthy and seems to be wired directly into your brain’s “eat more” neurons. It’s that food to which you are so vulnerable, you find yourself completely helpless to resist – so you don’t. One bite, and it’s a wrap. It’s the food that you feel has the most potential to totally derail your “eating right” efforts. Here are a few tricks, tools and insights for how you can keep your own kryptonite food from derailing your efforts to eat healthfully:
When you pick up a new food in the grocery store and look at a nutrition label, where do your eyes first land? Do you instantly look at the calories or grams of carbs, protein and fat per serving? You’re not alone. We often choose foods based solely on their macronutrient content (carbs, protein and fat) without thinking much about what micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) they provide. Find out more about micronutrients and what role they play in your bodies health.
With so many diets and quick weight-loss promises on the market today, it's hard to remember what a healthy diet really looks like. Start here with the basics of good nutrition. If you have ever wondered about food and nutrition how your body uses it, then read on. In this series, we'll give you some basics of food nutrition to help you make the best choices to improve your health and nutrition as you lose weight.
Today we’re talking calories and just how they add up to pounds, kilos or stones.
Continuing with our Nutrition 101 series, today we’re talking carbohydrates! Carbohydrates are found in pretty much everything – From the very good for you fruits and vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds and dairy, to the not so good for you sweets, soda, the list goes on.
Whether you’re wanting to lose weight, gain muscle, recover from a tough workout, feel more satiated at mealtime or simply maintain good health, eating adequate amounts of healthy sources of protein is important. Find out what part protein plays in helping you maintain a healthy weight.
You may remember the low-fat/high-carb craze back in the 1990s. Butterless bagels were consumed with reckless abandon and reduced-fat cookies, crackers and chips occupied most of the prime real estate on grocery store shelves. Thankfully though, the field of nutrition has recovered from this misunderstood fat-phobia due to more recent research that’s shown certain types of dietary fat can actually improve our health, lower our risk for heart disease and the function and development our brains. Find out how fats are used in the body and how to add the healthier versions to your diet.
Start by thinking about the basics of diet and nutrition again, and part of your everyday life. It won't be a diet, it won't be a fad, and it definitely won't be temporary. It will be your new healthy lifestyle, and when you think, "What's for dinner?" the answer will naturally be a healthy choice.
You probably know that fiber is important to good health, but do you know if you are getting enough? Even with the availability of fiber rich foods to choose from, Americans don’t eat enough . On average, we get less than half of what we need of this nutrient. The average adult only eats 15 grams of fiber per day.
Fiber is more than just the stuff that […]
Why Is Water So Important To Our Health Water is fundamental to all life on Earth and clean water is essential to our health. We can survive without food for about 5 weeks, but our lives would end in 3-5 days without water.
Do you struggle with focus? Are you overwhelmed by trying to do too much? Do you often think, “I have to be that perfect all the time and any slip up just means I’m a failure and shouldn’t even bother trying?” Do you get discouraged when you waste all your willpower trying to do 100 things perfect instead of one thing better? Do you quit when you can’t see your own progress through all the distractions? If this sounds like you - Here are some of the tools to help you stay focused on your journey.
Carbohydrates, Protein or Fat: What makes the most sense to adjust? When it comes to choosing what to eat more of and what to cut back on for weight loss, consider first what you want to achieve. The goal of losing weight is to reduce fat stores while preserving, or even adding, lean tissue—what we refer to as muscle. Read More:
As you undergo your weight loss journey, you might question why protein is so prized. How does it really help you lose weight? Here are 5 reasons why protein can be your weight loss pal:
If you’ve ever experienced a weight-loss plateau, you know the disappointment of stepping on the scale after another week of eating well and exercising only to see the same exact number as the week before. The truth is, weight-loss plateaus happen to almost everyone trying to lose weight. In order to overcome one, it’s important first to understand why they occur. Here are three contributing factors that can lead to a stalemate with the scale: