“But Steve, I already paid for it, I need to eat it.” At this point, it’s a sunk cost. Eating it because you already paid for it just compounds the unhealthy problem…if you’re truly serious about turning your life around, the few bucks you spent on this junk food is a small price to pay. Throw it away, give it to neighbors, donate it to a food shelter, whatever you need to do. Get rid of it, and maybe only go out ONCE this week, or bring your lunch in twice to make up for the extra money spent.
Are your nerves keeping you up at night? “When my mind starts racing in bed, I think about the next day’s challenges. Then, I take long breaths, thinking, Breathe in, breathe out,” says Olympic swimmer Rebecca Soni. “It takes practice, but if you do it regularly, your body learns how to relax.”
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Don’t let your loved ones interrupt a deep sleep. “I alerted friends and family to when I would be sleeping so I could minimize noisy calls and texts,” says Marni Hillinger, MD, a medical resident in New York City. “Turning the phone off works, too!”
Embracing a healthy lifestyle means cutting out some things you might have taken for granted, like after-work happy hours with coworkers or weekend brunches with friends. But there’s no reason your social life has to suffer.
If knowing that your body is thanking you for making healthier choices isn’t enough (and that’s ok!), treat yourself — but don’t tie these “rewards” to food. For instance, if you worked out five days each week for the entire month, splurge on that new tennis racquet you’ve been wanting or indulge in a manicure or pedicure. You’ve earned it!
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For the calories in one kid-size box of apple juice, you can enjoy an apple, orange, and a slice of watermelon. These whole foods will keep you satisfied much longer than that box of apple juice, so you’ll eat less overall. Check out these other healthy food swaps you never thought of.
Granted. We have to do a little bit of work, but Steve mentions 5 minutes a day workout. Make it easy. When you fail try to understand why you fail (that’s a lot of fail), think about why and block that barrier in the future. Perhaps you want to workout for 30 minutes everyday, but lack the time? Well build a backup routine that’s five minutes of HIIT. Didn’t have a planned 5 minute routine? Choose one exercise and just go with it! Always have easy, fallbacks that still have you improving. More importantly don’t make excuses.
I’ll give you the same answer that I give people when they ask me “what’s the best workout plan?” The one that you’ll actually stick with! Us members of the Nerd Fitness Rebellion are in this for the long haul, so we pick diets that work for our particular body type and situation because we know that they’re diets that we can stick with.
“Keep foods like fruits visible on the counter and put all else away. The foods that are visible will be eaten and those that are not will be forgotten about (or less likely to be eaten). Out of sight, out of mind.” — Christopher Mohr, PhD, RD
A keto diet is well known for being a low carb diet, where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. It’s referred to as many different names – ketogenic diet, low carb diet, low carb high fat (LCHF), etc.
Buy a yoga mat, resistance bands, and some dumbbells in several different weights. Look up exercises on YouTube and do them at home. All this equipment can be purchased in a sporting goods store, or online from sites like Amazon.
“If you’re feeling deprived by your diet, build in a cheat meal at least once a week in which you can indulge guilt-free. Doing this will help you avoid viewing certain foods as ‘off limits,’ which will help you crave them less.” — David Zinczenko, author of Zero Belly Cookbook: 150+ Delicious Recipes to Flatten Your Belly, Turn Off Your Fat Genes, and Help Keep You Lean for Life!
Take control of cravings naturally by using essential oils like peppermint, grapefruit, ginger, cinnamon or lemon. Instead of consuming another coffee or snack, dab a drop on your wrists to boost energy or calm hunger.
Do the raw food diet. If you dislike meat and are tired of cooking, this one’s for you. The raw food diet consists entirely of foods that have not been cooked. You lose weight by consuming loads of fresh vegetables and fruits. Coconut milk, nuts, seeds and other uncooked foods are also allowed on the raw food diet.Dietitians warn that a long-term raw food diet may leave you without essential nutrients.
It’s not wise to mix your puppy’s raw food with kibble. Because kibble requires a different pH in the gut to digest, it will make your puppy more susceptible to the bacteria in the raw meats. He is capable of handling this bacteria just fine, but once you add in artificial foods, the meat will sit in his digestive tract twice as long, meaning there is a much greater chance of harmful bacteria building up.
Being away from your normal routine doesn’t mean your healthy efforts need fall to the wayside. Jog a few miles on the hotel gym’s treadmill, scope out a local barre studio and pop in for a class, take a walking tour of the city, rent a bike and explore or even do a quick workout in your hotel room.
The standard american diet has over 300g of carbs per day. To cut body fat fast, eat 100-150g carbs per day, and make sure you stay away from junk foods and choose unprocessed foods. This will allow your body to tap into your fat storage for energy.
“For most adults, that means a nasty cough; in children, it can be worse,” says Ana Pantoja, MD, staff physician for AltaMed in Boyle Heights, California. “So if you have kids or are around kids, it’s essential to get vaccinated.” Even if you got the shot as a child, you still need one booster as a grown-up. (You’ll also need a tetanus booster every 10 years.)
Protein is also important for preserving muscle mass as you lose weight. If you cut back dramatically on calories and drop weight too fast, your muscles can suffer. Your body starts pulling from lean tissue like muscles and organs to fuel itself, and your metabolism slows to conserve energy. That’s why super restrictive diets that have you dropping weight fast aren’t healthy over the long run.
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Start small – Commit to five minutes of exercise a day. Five minutes of push ups, pull ups, and/or squats. That’s it! No matter what happens, every day, you need to do 5 minutes of exercise. You’ll quickly learn that getting started is the hardest part – once you finish your five minutes it’ll be easy to keep going.
Once you have measurements, set goals that are practical and safe. Your doctor also can help with this. Your goals should be specific. Be prepared for setbacks, but don’t give up. Reward yourself with something healthy when you hit a goal. For example, you could try a new activity, get a massage, or buy a new outfit. These efforts will help you keep going.
You can add a bit of cayenne pepper to season chicken or dips, use turmeric when making burgers or sprinkle it on a salad, put 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon in your smoothie and drink a hot cup of dandelion tea in the morning for breakfast.
“Before you begin to change your diet, spend a week recording everything you eat—and I mean everything. Before I made any changes to my diet, I journaled everything I ate each day for a week, including little things like gum or breath mints. If you have a piece of candy from your coworker’s desk, snag a few spoonfuls of your boyfriend’s ice cream, or finish the few bits of grilled cheese your kid left on her plate, write it down! It all adds up, and you just don’t realize how much you’re eating until you actually see it all on paper in front of you. I, for one, was stunned.” — Maria Menounos, author of The Everygirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness, on how she lost 40 pounds
A healthy eating plan (like the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic plan) should include foods you enjoy along with plenty of healthy, not-too-processed foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean meats, seafood, beans, and nuts. Thanks to their ability to satisfy, these low-calorie foods will actually help you stick to your diet. The most satisfying foods have lots of fiber (like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts) and/or low-fat protein (found in meat, fish, dairy, and soy).
I’ve had a learning curve the last couple of months realizing that exercise alone was not going to do it for me, so I dropped it, felt disheartened and then joined Weight Watchers. Going good so far? Yes, but now I have to bring back the exercise and your ‘Preparation’ tip is what’s next – to work out a ‘build-back-up’ exercise plan.