Ego is a real thing. I will be honest, after being surrounded by the “best of the best” during two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan with Special Operations, I was my own worst enemy. When I started Crossfit, I was more concerned with the myth of me then the man. I convinced myself that after a lifetime of military service, I didn’t need to prove anything to anyone. I looked at my Crossfit Community as Them Vs. Me. My dedication flagged, I did not track my performance and every WOD was something to be endured. I didn’t like being paired up. I whined a lot, which is not in character for me and I was just not happy. What I realized one day was I had lost my sense of community, my team, my family. It forced me to pull off my comfort huggie and ask for help. I also researched and read about mental toughness. I laid out some goals and broke them down into sane, achievable blocks and I embraced the CFSA community. It is still a little uncomfortable, but honest and sometimes brutal self evaluation, a positive attitude and asking for “buddy checks” does wonders. I found it is not much different than my military experience in the universal truth is the team is always stronger than the individual. During Crossfit 2RM/ 5RM, I was going for PR way past my goal. Midway through the lift, as my body was about to quit, I heard someone yell “Get it” and I continued till I did. The voice outside my head telling me I could do it was much louder than the one inside my head telling me I couldn’t. You just have to know who to listen to. Eventually, through setting and achieving goals, the voice inside your head will be just as loud. There is nothing like success and achievement to have your inner monologue repeating, “Ah, I CAN do this”. They don’t even have to be huge goals, but you do have to set them. Then go after them. Even failure, when you get back up and try it again helps your achieve that resilience which is the foundation of mental toughness. Face it, there are going to be times of high stress and pressure when that is the only voice you will hear. You can harness it, rely on the muscle memory, stay focused, maintain attention to detail and use it to push you harder and farther than your body thinks possible…or ignore it and push on. But it can be done.
Like playing a video game, you need to determine what level of difficulty you’re up for. Sure playing on Difficult gives you less room for error, but it also hones your skills far more quickly and produces more impressive results. Or maybe you’re cool with playing on easy, because you don’t have to be as neurotic and can have more fun with it.
Besides giving you three different takes on how to pick your health battles, this list gives you choices you can make without being whisked off to a reality-show fat farm — or buying a second freezer for those calorie-controlled, pre-portioned frozen meals.
A: The short answer is yes. Aside from the broad guidelines stated above, there are no real “rules” so long as you’re low carb, moderate protein and getting the rest of your calories from fat. If it fits within your macros, then you’re fine.
Instead, look at the changes you’re making to your diet as small steps on the path to a leveled up live. You’re not depriving yourself of junk food because you want to suffer, but rather because you want a better life, a happier existence, and/or because you want to set a good example for your children.
“Nuts are a superior weight loss food in my book. They offer plenty of protein, healthy fat, and fiber that can really take the edge off hunger at any meal or snack. Nuts are also so versatile and convenient. They can be mixed into oatmeal or yogurt at breakfast, paired with fruit as a snack, or tossed into a hearty salad for a little satisfying crunch at lunch. — Michelle Loy, MPH, MS, CSSD, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and owner of Go Wellness in Orange County, California
Most experts believe that you should not lose more than 2 pounds per week. This can mean that you are losing water weight and lean muscle mass instead of stored fat. It can leave you with less energy and cause you to gain the weight back.
Whatever your reason is for wanting to make a change, you’re not alone! Every day, thousands of people make the decision to start eating better and losing weight…and every day those thousands of people don’t really have any plan or idea what they’re doing.
I’m currently in the “should” camp when it comes to eating clean. My diet isn’t terrible, but it isn’t as clean as I want it to be to get the results that I want. I like the idea of having a yes/no list.
You’re transitioning. Your body is equipped to process a high intake of carbs and a lower intake of fat. Your body needs to create enzymes to be able to do this. In the transitional period, the brain may run low on energy which can lead to grogginess, nausea, and headaches. If you’re having a large problem with this, you can choose to reduce carb intake gradually.
Start by committing to making one meal a day at home. As you get more comfortable in the kitchen, increase that number. You’ll be surprised by the quality of dishes you can make right in your own kitchen. Get some of my favorite healthy recipes here.
You’ve heard of a self-fulfilling prophecy? If you keep focusing on things you can’t do, like resisting junk food or getting out the door for a daily walk, chances are you won’t do them. Instead (whether you believe it or not) repeat positive thoughts to yourself. “I can lose weight.” “I will get out for my walk today.” “I know I can resist the pastry cart after dinner.” Repeat these phrases and before too long, they will become true for you. Try these other daily mantras that can help you reach your goals.
For that reason, I recommend that people start slow at the easy level until they have a good level of knowledge about how their body adjusts and what portion sizes are. At that point, they can determine how invested they are in making changes:
Kateryna Petrushynets/ShutterstockProcessed, packaged foods are often loaded with more salt, sugar, and refined carbs than you’d put in the foods you cook for yourself. When you’re looking to drop weight fast, avoid foods that come in packages and stick to whole, unprocessed foods. (Here are the four most harmful ingredients in processed food.) Build your plates with non-starchy veggies, unprocessed whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats, and season with spices, not salt.
We’re all about good recipes, and about quality home cooking that everyone can enjoy. Whether you’re looking for some healthy inspiration or learning how to cook a decadent dessert, we’ve trustworthy guidance for all your foodie needs.
When you start a weight loss plan, there are things to keep in mind. You may have an obstacle that makes it hard to lose weight. Or it could have lead to weight gain in the first place. You also need to be careful of where you get advice. Your weight loss plan should be safe and successful.
Drink water and supplement electrolytes. Most common problems come from dehydration or lack of electrolytes. When you start keto (and even in the long run), make sure that you drink plenty of water, salt your foods, and take a multivitamin. If you’re still experiencing issues, you can order electrolyte supplements individually.
If you drink regular, go to 2%. If you already drink 2%, go down another notch to 1% or skim milk. Each step downward cuts the calories by about 20 percent. Once you train your taste buds to enjoy skim milk, you’ll have cut the calories in the whole milk by about half and trimmed the fat by more than 95 percent. One disclaimer: There are times when fat-free dairy isn’t the best option.
When you eat food, it is broken down into glucose, or sugar. Glucose is responsible for providing your body with the energy it needs. In order to use the glucose as energy, your body requires insulin. When you have Type 1 diabetes, your body does not make its own insulin and requires injections for assistance with this.
“Hard boiled eggs are easy to cook ahead of time, inexpensive, rich in the best quality, satiating protein there is, and they’re good for a snack or meal plus they’re portable. I recommend including them in any weight loss plan.” — Christine M. Palumbo, a Chicago-based dietitian
Count calories. Knowing how the minimum amount of calories your body needs to function correctly will help you make your own personalized healthy eating plan and lose weight in a way that’s quick but sustainable. Your individual calorie needs will vary based on age, gender, height, and activity level. There are online calculators you can use to determine the amount of calories you should be consuming each day.
Anyone who wants to start a diet on the right foot should know that setting a firm goal gives you an advantage over saying “next week.” It may not be easy to start a diet and give up favorite foods, snacks and beverages, but once you get started, it becomes a habit to make healthier food choices. Choosing a definite day or date fits into this because you have committed yourself to changing your life. Consult your doctor before beginning any new diet.
What I recommend for those people who need extra boost in dropping fat, and I always recommend the safest yet most effective over the counter weight loss pills I’ve seen on the market, which is PhenQ.
It’s easy to think that getting in shape will be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Aside from outdoor activities like walking, running and hiking, there are many other ways to get in a great workout without spending much money. Try a YouTube workout, check out low-cost community fitness centers or invest in a few quality exercise videos.