Feb, 22, 2019 ,Friday
Losing Weight for Health Besides Calories

Losing Weight for Health Means Tracking More Than Calories

If you want to lose weight, you can usually bank on cutting calories and exercising as your main two strategies. That said, if you’re doing it because you actually want to be healthy, then you’re going to have to pay attention to a lot more than that.

Ever heard of the Twinkie Diet? Or the McDonald’s Diet? Yes, if you can stand doing that day in and day out (has anyone actually done it?) you may meet your weight goals on the scale. However, in terms of nutrition and overall wellbeing, you may not meet any goals at all.

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Feb, 05, 2019 ,Tuesday
importance of Healthy Breakfast

Is My Healthy Breakfast Not the Most Important Meal of the Day?

I’ve always been a “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” person. Even in my last year of high school when I was skipping breakfast every morning so I could get fifteen more minutes of sleep, I still believed it was the most important.

I’d always been taught that it was the best meal for keeping your weight under control, for getting your energy up at the start of the day and for just doing things right overall. Study after study has backed up my belief, so I’ve never had any reason to doubt it…until now.
A study conducted by a research team at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Its senior author was Flavia Cicuttini, the head of the university’s musculoskeletal unit.

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Jan, 31, 2019 ,Thursday
Embarrassing Travel Mistakes in Mexico

Don’t Make These Embarrassing Travel Mistakes on Your Next Mexico Vacation

We all want our vacations to be memorable, but not for having made embarrassing travel mistakes. Sure, it’s great to want to travel to a place like Mexico and simply discover it all as you journey through it. However, there’s a difference between being free and open to new experiences and humiliating yourself or doing something highly offensive.

Embarrassing travel mistakes are never your goal. Therefore, use the following to allow you to keep the spontaneity in your journey while keeping unwanted surprises to a minimum.

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Jan, 19, 2019 ,Saturday
Forgiving Myself for Eating Everything

How I’m Using January to Forgive Myself for Eating Everything in December

I’m not proud of the way I handled myself in December. I went in with a very reasonable plan. I even stuck to the plan to a certain extent. I told myself that I could taste treats within reason, have decent portions of rich meals when I wasn’t picking them for myself (for example, when I was at a friend or family’s house), and eat healthy the rest of the time. I also told myself I’d keep up with my exercises to make sure I’m doing as much damage control as possible. Christmas day had no rules.

Did I keep up with the plan? Not really. I started off very well. I was very proud of myself right up until Christmas day. Then, everything fell apart. I think it happened because I was just so tired from everything throughout the holidays that I gave up. All the visits, shopping, decorating, baking and everything else took a toll on me that I hadn’t expected. Once Christmas was over, I was utterly exhausted.

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Jan, 02, 2019 ,Wednesday
Weight Loss Resolution Tips

My 6 Steps to Successfully Achieving This Year’s Weight Loss Resolution

This year, my weight loss resolution is going to succeed. I’ve made it successfully through several New Year’s resolutions in the past and I’m determined to make it happen again in 2019. For this one, I’m prepared with a great strategy with some solid steps to ensure I stick to my promises to myself.

From what I’ve read, less than 10 percent of all New Year’s resolutions will succeed each year. I’m determined to beat the odds and make my weight loss resolution work. I’m especially not going to find myself among the dieters who resolve to lose and end up gaining more than they lost (this is the case in one to two thirds of all weight loss resolutions).

Here are the steps I’m taking to make sure my weight loss resolution will be different from the ones that will fail this year. I’m sharing them in case they can help you to get on the right track, too.

  1. Think of dieting with a different perspective – Instead of thinking of a diet as something I’m doing until I reach my weight loss goal, I’m thinking of it in terms of the gradual changes I plan to make to change my lifestyle for the long term. My diet doesn’t have an end. My weight has a goal, but my diet is the way I plan to eat permanently.
  2. There isn’t anything I can’t do – I’ve stopped saying “I can’t have…” a food or drink that I used to consume. For example, I’ve stopped drinking soda. That said, I don’t say that I can’t have one. Instead, I say that “I don’t drink soda.” It’s something I don’t do anymore. It’s a choice, not a restriction.
  3. Build habits – Gradually, I am going to add new habits to my lifestyle. Instead of trying to stick to a rigid plan, I’m going to introduce a new positive habit and keep doing it until it feels natural and automatic. Once the new habit is secured, I’ll start another one. I’m hoping that I’ll not only add good habits but push out bad ones in this way.
  4. I’ll plan to fail – This doesn’t mean that I think I won’t reach my goal. Of course I’m going to reach it! But now and again, I will slip up from the plan. A new habit won’t stick. I’ll break down and eat two pieces of cheesecake at once. Something will happen and I’ll fail that moment. Then, I’ll get back on track and keep going. A failure isn’t an end. It’s a mistake that will happen now and again. All I need to do is accept that I’ve made the mistake and go back to doing things properly again with forgiveness for myself.
  5. I’ll shop with a list – Sure, I can pick up things that aren’t on my list if I see an incredible sale. That said, I’ll stick to the list for nearly every purchase. This will mean that I have all the food I need to make the meals I want next week, and I’ll have some healthy snacks I like. I won’t give in to the cupcakes, cakes, cookies and other treat foods, no matter how great the sale. That way, sweets remain a rare treat I’ll enjoy all the more.
  6. I’ll visualize – At least once per week – if not more – I’ll visualize my success in achieving my goal. Before making a choice for a food or exercise (or skipping it), I’ll visualize the way that choice will make me feel and correct my behaviors to bring a better outcome.