ruining your diet success through friendship

Don’t Make This Dieting Mistake Friends Make Frequently

Friendships can be fantastic when it comes to keeping you from making a dieting mistake. The support you get from those who are closest to you can provide you with the motivation you need to keep going, while strengthening you to sidestep many of the temptations you face, such as overeating or skipping workouts. At the same time, even when you have fantastic, supportive friends, and are taking the right diet pills, you can still hold back your dieting success if you make the same dieting mistake I do on a regular basis: comparison.

I’ve managed to push myself not to compare my body to my friends (as much) anymore. We’re different people with different shapes and sizes. I can accept that. I know that some of my friends struggle with weight as I have. I know that some find it easy to keep the pounds away (grumble, grumble). Some of us are more prone to weight around the middle while some loathe our butts and thighs. We all have our points that we like most about ourselves and that we struggle to accept or that we’re always trying to improve.

That’s not the type of comparison I’m talking about this time, though. As destructive as it can be to make the dieting mistake of comparing your body to someone else’s it’s just as bad when you compare your diet to those followed by other people. You chose your diet for a reason – because you think it’s best for you. It suits your schedule, expectations, taste and health needs. You have your beliefs about how to provide yourself with nutrition and how to manage your weight.

So why is it such a bad dieting mistake to compare your diet to someone else’s? To start, they’re not you. They like different things, know different things, have their own challenges with nutrition and their bodies and may have eaten entirely different choices from you before you sat down together at the restaurant, and she decided to have only a salad when you were hoping to go for a burger.

Your food choices need to be based on what you want for yourself, not what someone else is eating. The fact that your friend is ordering a salad when you go out to dinner should have no bearing on what you select from the menu. If you’ve been saving up your calories all day and craving that burger, go for it. You will only be disappointed and will start to build a negative relationship with food if you start questioning your choices based on what someone else is doing. This dieting mistake could actually lead you to overeating later, when your friend isn’t around to keep you accountable.

Enjoy your food, know what you want, be mindful when you eat and perhaps you’ll find that your friend was only ordering a salad because she thought that’s what you’d be doing since you’ve had such great results with your diet so far!

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How to Know if You’ve Slowed Down Your Metabolism

The metabolism is a funny thing. After all, it’s not like a specific organ that you can point to like your heart or lungs. It’s not even like a circulatory system where you can track the veins throughout your body. It’s more of a combination of processes than an actual thing that you’d be able to see in a scan.

That’s why it’s so hard to know exactly how your metabolism is performing. Still, whether your metabolism is running fast or slow plays a huge role in being able to lose or maintain your weight. I’ve had times when I’ve known I’ve made mistakes in my dieting – ahem, fad dieting – when I’ve caused my metabolism to slow down so much I’ve wondered if it has ground to a halt.

The problem is that a slow metabolism can mean slow weight loss. It can also mean that it’s easier to gain weight. What’s worse is that it’s way easier to slow down your metabolism than it is to speed it up.

Whenever I start a new eating or exercising technique, or if I find that my weight is shifting in a way I can’t really explain, I look to other signs to let me know whether my metabolism might be playing a role in what’s going on in the bigger picture. Obviously weight can go up and down for a lot of reasons, particularly on a bathroom scale that doesn’t know the difference among fat, muscle or even water weight.

Still, here are the signs I watch for that my metabolism may be sluggish at the moment. These let me know that I should be doing something to get things moving again:

• Fatigue – This doesn’t mean a little bit of sleepiness in the afternoon and grogginess at night. It means I’m tired. Really, really tired, practically all the time, every day for several days. To get over this, I try to eat more veggies and drink more water. This often makes a huge difference in boosting energy levels. The key is to resist the baked goods (my cake!!!) and sweets. When I’m really sluggish, I take the energizing supplement 3G BURN to jump-start my day. It always works wonders!

• Dry hair and skin – If you have always had dry hair and skin, that might be something that is a part of you. However, I find that when my metabolism is low, my skin and hair will suddenly seem much drier. It’s a noticeably, flaky and embarrassing difference. In these cases, I focus more on hydration, but I also try to remind myself to eat more nuts and seeds as well as fish like salmon and rainbow trout.

• Sugar cravings – For me, this is the worst symptom. I have sugar cravings at the best of times. However, when my metabolism drops, I feel like I need sweet foods to survive. I find myself on the hunt for them in my kitchen. If I know there aren’t any sweets there, I’ll still check, just in case they’ve magically appeared since the last time I looked. Eating a piece of fruit or some berries can often help to overcome that struggle. I keep my secret weapon of a frozen banana blended with pure cocoa powder for true emergencies.

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What Happens To Your Body After you Binge Eat?

Binge eating is a dangerous activity regardless of whether you’re trying to lose weight, trying to live a healthier lifestyle or are simply going about your daily life. No matter what you’re strategy may be – or even if you don’t have one – binge eating can be surprisingly harmful. If you’re attempting to lose weight, it can be particularly problematic.

Many people believe that as long as they are strictly careful about eating only healthy foods for six days per week, then they can eat whatever they want on that seventh day. It sounds as though it makes sense. After all, if you’re great for the vast majority of the time, then you’re allowed a bit of time off to ensure that you stay on track. Keep reading this post

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Things to Consider When Choosing a Diet Buddy

You’ve likely heard that one of the best ways to lose weight effectively is to build a support system for yourself or even to diet with a buddy. A buddy system can be tremendously motivating. You can help each other to stay on track, share struggles, celebrate victories, and push yourselves toward your common goal.

However, as much as there are a lot of benefits to having a diet buddy, there are actually quite a few potentially unexpected negative effects of trying to shed the pounds with someone else. A recent study published in the Journal of Health Psychology examined the mental health and weight loss progress of pairs of female roommates. These pairs of roomies were separated into three different groups. In the first group, one roommate dieted and the other one didn’t. The second group involved both roommates dieting. The last group didn’t have any dieters in it. Keep reading this post

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The Best Old School Weight Loss Tips We Need to Bring Back

As much as we are always moving forward and trying to find the latest celebrity strategy or scientifically proven technique to help us to lose weight, sometimes those old school tips we’ve been hearing about since the dawn of time are actually among the most effective. The reason is that many of them focus on building habits and being practical over the longer term. These aren’t just fads. They’ve stood the test of time and are just as beneficial today as they were when they were first recommended to you.

To be clear, these aren’t actually dieting methods. After all, in that area, we have come a long way. We’ve learned that the low-fat diets we used to swear by are actually not nearly as effective as we thought they were. Moreover, we have even found out that very low carb diets aren’t the miracles we once believed in. We’ve discovered the dangers of sugar not only in terms of diabetes risk but also in their addictiveness and production of food cravings, among other issues. Keep reading this post