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.
Avoid tempting grocery aisles. Avoid the areas in the grocery store that stock sodas, cookies, ice cream, pizzas, and other fattening and highly processed foods, so that you are less likely to purchase unhealthy options. If you can’t see them, you can’t be tempted by them.
“If I had to pick one food for weight loss, I would choose oatmeal. It’s a whole grain, high-fiber carbohydrate that sticks to your ribs, so it keeps you full and satisfied. Eating it also leads to a slow rise in blood sugar, which has been shown to keep insulin levels from spiking, leading to less fat storage. The key with oatmeal is how to make it so it’s not a calorie bomb. I recommend making it with nonfat milk in place of water, stirring in chopped raw nuts or natural nut butter, and topping with fresh or frozen fruits. If you need some added sweetness, a drizzle of maple syrup should do it. — Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN, culinary-nutrition consultant and founder of Nutritioulicious
Consider other kinds of wraps. While the mineral body wrap is the most common, there are other kinds of wraps that claim to shed inches from your waistline. Again, these are not permanent weight loss options but they could help you slim down for that special day.
“Fresh air is full of feel-good negative ions, which may boost oxygen flow to the brain,” says Kathleen Hall, PhD, founder of the Stress Institute in Atlanta. “If you can, combine it with exercise, like a brisk walk—activity boosts endorphins and energy.”
Studies have found that overweight people who ate a moderate-fat diet containing almonds lost more weight than a control group that didn’t eat nuts. Snacking once or twice a day is one of the ways to lose weight that helps stave off hunger and keeps your metabolism stoked. You can also pack up baby carrots or your own trail mix with the healthiest nuts you can eat, plus raisins, seeds, and dried fruit. If trail mix isn’t calling your name, try these healthy snacks for every craving.
Get enough rest. Being properly rested will help you maintain sufficient energy throughout the day, making you less likely to overeat and less prone to injury during physical activity. Sleep deficiency has actually been linked to an inability to lose fat, so getting enough sleep can really help you on your path to losing weight.
Consider eating vegetarian a few days each week. By replacing meat with nutritious foods like beans, tofu, or lentils, you can cut significant amounts of your daily calorie intake while adding many nutrients to your diet.
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Insulin resistance can lead to type II diabetes if left unmanaged. An abundant amount of research shows that a low carb, ketogenic diet can help people lower their insulin levels to healthy ranges. Read more on keto and insulin resistance >
Regardless of whether you are preparing your own raw or are using a prepared raw food, it is best to start with just one protein source, like chicken or turkey. Give that one protein for a good week and, if there are no signs of digestive upset, start your puppy on a second source of protein, and so on.
What we eat and how we feel are linked in very complex ways. A healthy approach to eating is centered on savoring flavor, eating to satisfaction, and increasing energy, rather than focusing on weight. Check your balance of low-calorie foods, nutrient-dense foods (providing many nutrients per calorie), and foods that are calorie dense but nutrient poor. Most Americans need to eat more fresh whole foods (in contrast to processed, highly refined foods). Try to add more whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and legumes into your meals. Pair these carbohydrate-rich foods with a healthy fat or lean protein to extend satisfaction.
Other contributors are a sedentary lifestyle, an absence of activity, lack of sleep, anxiety, depression and sometimes a hormonal imbalance. Surprisingly, this bunch of important factors covers only 20% of the problem.
There is some scientific legitimacy to today’s lower-carb diets: Large amounts of simple carbohydrates from white flour and added sugar can wreak havoc on your blood sugar and lead to weight gain. While avoiding sugar, white rice, and white flour, however, you should eat plenty of whole-grain breads and brown rice. One Harvard study of 74,000 women found that those who ate more than two daily servings of whole grains were 49 percent less likely to be overweight than those who ate the white stuff. Eating whole grains is not only one of many great ways to lose weight; it can also make you smarter.
Often times when we fail to workout we internalize it as a lack of discipline. Failure is not all our fault! What is our fault is failing and then trying to do the same thing over and over again, blaming ourselves for lack of discipline! That isn’t the case always!
“I tell all of my celebrity and professional-athlete clients to get between 6 and 8 hours of sleep per night. Everyone is overly focused on food, water and exercise, all of which are extremely imperative to weight loss and optimal health. However, without proper sleep, all of these the other factors are null and void. When you don’t get enough sleep, levels of the hormone leptin drop, which increases appetite. This surge in appetite makes comfort food more appealing, which can derail weight loss efforts.” — Jay Cardiello, celebrity fitness and nutrition expert
Most people who are trying to lose weight have one or more obstacles. You could have bad habits that started at a young age. Habits are hard to break, but they are possible. Your doctor can help you make changes, one step at a time.
11. Figure the amount of muscle gain by subtracting the weight loss from the fat loss. In the example above, where fat loss equaled 20.04 pounds and weight loss was 18 pounds, 2.04 pounds of muscle were gained.
Diets which promise dramatic weight loss are unlikely to deliver the quick-fix results you’re after, and even if they do, they may not be desirable. ‘As a general guide, between 0.5lb and 2lbs a week is considered a safe amount of weight loss per week’, Kerry says. It’s also important to aim for a suitable goal weight – even if you lose the weight slowly and sensibly, you don’t want to risk losing too much and becoming underweight. The NHS offer an easy-to-understand tool to calculate your BMI – use this to work out what your BMI is right now, and whether your target weight is healthy for you.
This also led to the creation of our 1-on-1 Online Coaching Program, where you’ll get nutritional guidance from a coach that gets to know you better than you know yourself, can answer your questions about what to eat and when, and help keep you accountable.
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Eating clean doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite foods. Instead, think of ways to “healthify” them yourself! Is dip your weakness? Try this spicy bean dip. Are Fridays your pizza night? Make a coconut crust pizza instead. I guarantee they’ll be delicious, satisfy your cravings and help you feel great!
On top of that, you know what crap food is: food that comes from a drive-thru window, a vending machine, box, bag, or wrapper. If it has an ingredient list longer than A Game of Thrones, it’s probably not good for you. If it started out as real food and then went through fourteen steps to get to the point where you’re about to eat it, it’s probably not good for you.
Cramps (and more specifically leg cramps) are a pretty common thing when starting a ketogenic diet. It’s usually occurring in the morning or at night, but it’s a pretty minor issue overall. It’s a sign that there’s a lack of minerals, specifically magnesium, in the body.
Before you eat something, drink some water and ask yourself if you’re truly hungry, go on a quick walk outside or around the office or just wait 20 minutes or so before eating. You’ll be amazed at how often your body isn’t actually hungry; it’s actually craving movement.
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.
There are numerous benefits that come with being on keto: from weight loss and increased energy levels to therapeutic medical applications. Most anyone can safely benefit from eating a low-carb, high-fat diet. Below, you’ll find a short list of the benefits you can receive from a ketogenic diet. For a more comprehensive list, you can also read our in-depth article here >
Agree with this so much. I can get hardcore for a while, but if my mentality is too hardcore, then I beat myself up too much for my failures and don’t start again. I have had to learn to be a little easier on myself and forgive myself for mistakes. Hardcore is no good if it means a single slip up = failure.
The ketogenic diet essentially uses your body fat as an energy source – so there are obvious weight loss benefits. On keto, your insulin (the fat storing hormone) levels drop greatly which turns your body into a fat burning machine.
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“When weight loss is the goal, I recommend avoiding alcohol … and drinking plenty of water throughout the day. I also recommend making time to complete intense full-body circuit workouts at least four times a week.” —David Kirsch, fitness and wellness expert who has worked with celebrities such as Heidi Klum, Liv Tyler and Kate Upton
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.
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).
Some background info – I started lifting 1.5 years ago, changed my diet a few times. Kept changing goals – trying to increase calories to gain muscle, trying to reduce calories to lose fat. Didn’t stick to one thing because I didn’t see changes.
Can you stick to the plan for a long period of time? What happens when the diet is over? If it’s not something that you can fit into your lifestyle permanently, you’re likely to revert back to your old eating habits. Can you make the plan fit around your commitments? If you eat out or travel a lot for work, try to plan in advance how you could work around these. If a plan is too rigid and prescriptive you’ll have a hard time following it in the long-term.
A cheat meal — not a day! — is something you might need from time to time in order to keep on track, especially when you’re first getting used to a healthier lifestyle. Sometimes giving yourself a little cheat takes the wind out of those cravings and keeps your week on track.
Far too often people assume that because they’re eating healthy, whole foods, they’ll lose weight. Calories are calories and if you’re stuffing your face with whole-wheat penne, you won’t see the results you want. It’s all about portion control. One serving of dry cereal should be no bigger than your fist and a piece of meat as large as your palm. This portion size chart from the Dairy Council of California makes it easy.
Remember that 10-Level Nerd Fitness Diet I was talking about earlier? There’s a reason I won’t shut up about it – we’ve found that the 10-level system slowly introduces changes and gives people a chance to transition their diet over many weeks to be super successful in helping people make permanent changes.