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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.
“Your body begins to work differently. This study proves that small amounts of nourishment throughout the day are better than the same amount of food concentrated in three big sittings. If we feed the body at regular intervals we send a signal to the body that it doesn’t have to store calories. Conversely, when we skip meals we send just the opposite signal for the body to store calories, creating a negative effect on the metabolism.” — Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen, co-founder and Medical Director at Take Shape For Life
“When going out for fast food, I used to get the large-size value meal. Now, I satisfy a craving by ordering just one item: a small order of fries or a six-piece box of chicken nuggets. So far, I’ve shaved off 16 pounds in seven weeks, and I’m on track to being thinner than my high school self for my 10-year reunion later this year.” —Miranda Jarrell, Birmingham, AL
If you think you’re consuming 1,700 calories a day and don’t understand why you’re not losing weight, add another 170 calories to your guesstimate. Chances are, the new number is more accurate. Adjust your eating habits accordingly. For instance, your cup of coffee might have more calories than you thought.
Stuck at a desk all day? A brisk five-minute walk every two hours will parlay into an extra 20-minute walk by the end of the day, and getting moving is more beneficial than a standing desk. Plus, getting a break will make you less likely to reach for snacks out of antsiness. While you’re up, use this effective stretch for avoiding back pain.
“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
Maintain your heart rate at the “Healthy Heart Zone.” According to Chad Tackett, president of Global Fitness, this is 50 to 60 percent of your maximum heart rate. In this zone, 10 percent of the carbohydrates are burned (used as energy), five per cent of protein is burned and a whopping 85 percent of fat is burned.
A ketogenic diet can be hard to fathom in the beginning but isn’t as hard as it’s made out to be. The transition can be a little bit tough, but the growing popularity of the clean eating movement makes it easier and easier to find available low-carb foods.
You might feel silly, but it works. When Alan R. Hirsch, MD, neurological director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, tried this with 3,000 volunteers, he found that the more frequently people sniffed, the less hungry they were and the more weight they lost—an average of 30 pounds each. One theory is that sniffing the food tricks the brain into thinking you’re actually eating it. Use these other tricks to become a more mindful eater.
“Don’t buy low-fat dairy products. They’re usually loaded with sugar. Besides, a 2015 study found that the more high-fat dairy products a person ate, they lower their risk of diabetes; the more low-fat dairy products, the higher their risk. — Mark Langowski, celebrity trainer and author of   Eat This, Not That! for Abs
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.
Carbohydrates: When you eat carbohydrates, they get converted to glucose (sugar) in your system, which is then used to provide energy for all sorts of body functions to take place.  Vegetables and/or fresh fruit are quality sources of carbohydrates, with grains being less so in my opinion…but we’ll get to more grains later. There are certainly bad carbohydrates (processed carbs, refined grains, and more), and those are the ones we want to avoid.  Unless you’re a marathon runner, you can function with WAY less carbs than you’re probably consuming now.
If you have trouble sleeping, try relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga. Or eat a small bedtime snack of foods shown to help shift the body and mind into sleep mode: whole grain cereal with milk, oatmeal, cherries, or chamomile tea. Darken your room more and turn your clock away from you. Write down worries or stressful thoughts to get them out of your head and onto the page. This will help you put them into perspective so you can quit worrying about them.
Flip it. This is a trick I learned from Leo as well.  Right now, the pain associated with working out and the benefit of sitting on your couch is what keeps you sedentary.  Make a mental shift: focus on how GOOD a workout can make you feel, and how painful SKIPPING a workout can be.
Keep your exercise regimen interesting. Variety is the key to both promoting a healthier you and keeping you motivated. When you do the same exercise day in and day out, you put yourself at a higher risk of injuring yourself. You are also more likely to become bored, thus making it harder to find the motivation to keep exercising. While at the gym, switch between machines, join a fitness class, and add some resistance training into your schedule.[3]
Put a card in your wallet that lists any allergies you have and medications you’re taking, in case you end up in the ER and are unable to speak for yourself. Says John M. Kennedy, MD, co-author of The 15-Minute Heart Cure, “It could just save your life.”
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.
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.
“To lose weight you should primarily eat whole foods, but don’t eliminate your favorites. Consistently eating nutrient-dense food on a day-to-day basis will improve the chances of upregulating metabolism and of eliminating nutritional deficiencies. That may mean tracking what you eat in some way at first, but it doesn’t mean ruling out entire food groups or foods you love. Consistent quality nutrition while learning to enjoy treats in moderation will set you up for long-term sustainable success. — Victoria Viola, PN Certified Nutrition Coach, NSCA CPT, Co-Founder, Excelerate Wellness, LLC
As a mother, daughter, wife, friend and colleague, helping my friends and family starting a raw food diet is becoming more and more frequent because everyone seems to want to lose weight, detox or just become healthier these days! And starting a raw food diet can become extremely stressful because this time you want “success”, right?
They should help keep you from feeling deprived and bingeing on higher-calorie foods. For instance: honey has just 64 fat-releasing calories in one tablespoon. Eggs have just 70 calories in one hard-boiled egg, loaded with fat-releasing protein. Part-skim ricotta cheese has just 39 calories in one ounce, packed with fat-releasing calcium. Dark chocolate has about 168 calories in a one-ounce square, but it’s packed with fat releasers. And a University of Tennessee study found that people who cut 500 calories a day and ate yogurt three times a day for 12 weeks lost more weight and body fat than a group that only cut the calories. The researchers concluded that the calcium in low-fat dairy foods triggers a hormonal response that inhibits the body’s production of fat cells and boosts the breakdown of fat. Add these other fat-burning foods to your diet, too.
You are absolutely correct!  You have to make time and make it suck if you don’t do it!  Once you get into the groove, it’s easier to resist temptation and working out becomes something fun.  And I don’t really care if people think I’m weird.  The ladies I work with think I have awesome willpower for not eating all the junk that they do!  Yes, they might also think I’m stuck up for not going out to eat with them and indulging in treats all the time, but I don’t care.  I feel better than I ever have and couldn’t care less what they really think!  I’m healthier and more confident and it could happen to you too!  I’m spreading this article around so others can get a clue!
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.
Add exercise in. It’s a known fact that exercise is healthy. If you want to get the most out of your ketogenic diet, consider adding in 20-30 minutes of exercise a day. Even just a small walk can help regulate weight loss and blood sugar levels.
While breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, it’s also one of the most neglected. Most people don’t have time to have a healthy breakfast, especially when they are heading out the door for work. Here are a few ways you can ensure you start your day off right and eat a nutritious meal to help get you through your busy day.
“Certain over-the-counter medications, like antacids or NSAIDs (such as Advil) can disrupt your gut bacteria just the way antibiotics can. That can lead to inflammation and, over time, weight gain.” — Tasneem Bhatia, MD, author of  The 21-Day Belly Fix
Anybody who says they cannot find 30-45 minutes a day is full of crap.  Your workout might have to be early in the morning, in the afternoon, during your lunch break, or at night after the kids have gone to bed, but I guarantee if you do a TRUE evaluation of where you’re spending your time, you can find 30-45 minutes.
Drinking water before you eat has also been shown to lead to increased weight loss by decreasing the amount you eat at meals. It’s hard for your eyes to be bigger than your stomach when you’re already full from downing plenty of water! Staying hydrated also promotes good digestion, so you’re less likely to end up backed up and bloated.
Tired of carrying around those extra pounds? The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to create a low-calorie eating plan that you can stick to for a long time. If you just want to drop a few pounds fast, there are plenty of techniques and tips you can adopt to help you reach your short-term goals, too. Scroll down to Step 1 to learn more. Understand that you may not lose more than a pound or two per week, however.
It can help eliminate bad feelings that arise once you start making different choices. For instance, if you’re constantly turning down dinner invitations with friends, they might assume you’re just not interested in spending time with them.
Does your schedule get especially busy a few times a year? Prepare yourself by making a few extra servings of your favorite healthy meals and freezing them so you can simply reheat when you have no time to cook.

Of the few studies done on keto and gallstones, most people have either improved or cured gallstone problems. The only downside is that many reported an increase in discomfort when starting out on low-carb. If you stick with it, you should notice a vast improvement.
Long story short: decide what method works best for you based on how radical of a change you’re chasing.  Just don’t overdo it – small permanent successes will beat out massively ambitious failures 100 times out of 100.
Setting a fitness goal gives you a specific purpose for your workouts and the satisfaction once you’ve completed it. Whether it’s deciding to run your first 10k, learning how to do a headstand when practicing yoga or completing 50 push-ups without stopping, a challenge might be just what you need to get out of a fitness rut.
In the 1950s, Ancel Keys (of K ration fame, lived to age 100) found a link between fat in the diet and heart disease.  Later research found that it was saturated fat that was linked to heart disease.  Eventually, the researchers concluded it was trans fats or fake fats that caused heart disease…in a big […]
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.
You should be proud that you have made the decision to improve your health. Know that the road ahead will have some bumps, but equipped with a good eating plan, support system, and a positive attitude, you will be successful. Good luck!
Water weight loss is common when you first start a low carb diet. Ketosis has a diuretic effect to it that can cause many pounds of weight loss in only a few days. While I hate being the bearer of bad news, this isn’t fat. But on a side (and more positive) note, that shows that your body is starting to adjust itself into a fat burning machine!
Alexey-Borodin/ShutterstockWith the abundance of pie, cookies, mulled wine, and holiday cheese platters around the months of November and December, it’s no wonder that research in the New England Journal of Medicine has shown that it can take people as many as five months to lose the weight from too many pigs in a blanket. Though there are good ways to beat the holiday bulge if it does happen, the easier fix is to make that resolution in October, says study co-author Brian Wansink. The idea is that preventing pounds is much simpler than trying to shed them later.
If you eat your dinner restaurant style on your plate rather than family style, helping yourself from bowls and platters on the table, you’ll lose weight. Most of us tend to eat an average of 150 percent more calories in the evening than in the morning. You’ll avoid that now because when your plate is empty, you’re finished; there’s no reaching for seconds. Check out these other sneaky ways to get your family to eat better.
“But Steve, my family still eats these things, I can’t just throw them out.” Have you had a talk with your family about the NEW YOU yet? Have you proposed trying to get the whole family eating better yet? Maybe your family will be eating differently than you…work with them and have them help keep you accountable.
Ask about a mineral body wrap. Some mineral wraps claim to help you slim down by literally making you “lose” inches off of your waist, thighs, and arms. The process involves a mineral-based cleanse that is supposed to detoxify your body, helping you shed weight, reduce cellulite (fat near the surface of your skin), and tone and firm your skin almost instantly.
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.
My mother-in-law called my husband the other day and was mad at him because someone asked her if she was sick. They asked because she had lost weight. By no means was she sickly, it’s that in her occupation when people lose weight, people associate it with cancer so people were worried about her.
Lunch can be another challenging meal for anyone. If you are at school or work all day long, this makes it difficult to make sure you eat a healthy lunch. Don’t worry, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich isn’t the only choice you have.
If you constantly find that there’s not enough time during the day to squeeze in a workout, it might be time to jumpstart your day with one. Getting exercise in the morning has a variety of perks: You’ll be energized throughout the day, unexpected time commitments won’t jeopardize your fitness plans and you’re more likely to make healthier choices.
Most diets barely discuss herbs, but adding in some healthy herbs to whatever eating plant you’re on may be just what you need to lose weight fast! Studies have shown that herbs like cayenne pepper, turmeric, cinnamon and dandelion may all help promote weight loss. (7)
Skip over crash weight-loss plans that promise you’ll drop obscene amounts of weight in a short period of time and research options that provide long-term results and are medically backed. In a previous article, we researched some of the best diets, which included the Mayo Clinic Diet and Whole30. Choose a plan that suits your lifestyle or the lifestyle you want to lead. In some cases, like with Weight Watchers, the diet may be an ongoing tool you use to maintain your figure after the initial weight has been lost.
After dinner, wash all the dishes, wipe down the counters, turn out the light, and, if necessary, tape closed the cabinets and refrigerator. Late-evening eating significantly increases the overall number of calories you eat, a University of Texas study found. Learning how to stop late-night snacking can save 300 or more calories a day, or 31 pounds a year. Learn more about how eating late at night makes you fat.
Keto naturally lowers blood sugar levels due to the type of foods you eat. Studies even show that the ketogenic diet is a more effective way to manage and prevent diabetes compared to low-calorie diets.
If you’re preparing to go on a diet, your goal is probably a no-brainer: weight loss. However, take time to contemplate the effect of losing some of your excess weight. Will it change the way you think of yourself or the way you act? Imagine the end result and then break your overarching goals into specific short-term goals. These smaller weekly goals will act as stepping stones to keep you on track and motivated when all you want to do is dive head first into a bowl of ice cream.
If you’re not losing nearly as much weight as you’d like to, this can cause you to lose motivation, or worse, give up, and surrender to being fat for the rest of your life, which is a horrible position to be in, isn’t it?
Most people who need to lose weight set lofty goals, dreaming of fitting into clothing sizes that may not be realistic for them. Yet losing as little as 5% to 10% of your body weight can improve the way you feel, put a zip in your step, and, most importantly, improve your health. Studies show that losing even small amounts of weight can improve overall health and, specifically, lower blood pressure, and blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Choose one meal, eat what you’d like and then continue with your previously scheduled healthy lifestyle. Start with one cheat meal a week and gradually scale back. You’ll be surprised how quickly those foods you loved (that are full of icky things!) lose their appeal, especially when you realize how poorly they make you feel after.
“I budget for the treats I love. By eating healthy snacks like carrots and hummus, I have calories to splurge on a piece of chocolate and glass of wine each night. And I’ve still managed to lose 20 pounds in three months.” —Elaine Higginbotham, Fort Worth, TX

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