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If you’re constantly sleeping less than seven or eight hours a night, your health — and waistline — will suffer. In fact, in a 2013 study, researchers found that sleep-deprived subjects were much more likely to choose larger portions of snacks than those who slept at least eight hours at night. The lack of sleep also affected their food choices. (8)
Sergey-Fedulov/ShutterstockIt’s a new start to the week and you’re ready to take that “new beginnings” mindset to heart. You know how to break bad habits in 12 easy steps. (You do, don’t you?) Any Monday is a great day to begin anew. People report seeing Monday as a “reset” button and greater motivation to tackle their goals at the start of the week, reports The Monday Campaigns. Besides, if you’ve been indulging all weekend, you’re probably ready to embrace lighter, fresher food.
We are spending more money on fitness quick-fixes, gym memberships, “health food”, personal trainers, and other ‘life improvement’ products than ever before. Thanks to the power of the Internet, we’re hit on a daily basis with “Top 10 healthy foods,” “foods to avoid for optimum health,” “6-pack abs in 15 minutes a day!,” and millions upon million fitness sites extolling expert advice.  Super markets like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and even healthy “fast food” places are popping up everywhere that make it incredibly simple to eat healthy foods.
The kid should eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The kid should also exercise, ie: playing outdoor games, trying out yoga or Zumba, dance, or walking the dog. Lastly, the kid should drink lots of water. Most important of all, the kid should learn to accept him or herself, and understand that they are beautiful, no matter what.
When we “spring forward” this month, the lost hour can have a bigger effect on our bodies than we might think: “You might feel jetlagged, and it can take two to five days to adjust,” says Meir Kryger, MD, professor of medicine at Yale University.
So what IS making us fat?  Simple, refined, and/or processed carbohydrates!  Rather than spend thirty minutes typing it out, I’d recommend instead that you spend three  minutes to watch this video to show WHY excessive carbohydrate consumption can make you fat:
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.
At this age, you need to focus more on exercising other than dieting. Continue eating proper meals with all the key nutrients. However, cut out all the junk food, including pop drinks, chips, candy etc. And remember, if you want to lose 20 pounds, take it slowly; your body is still changing at such a young age.
The healthiest way to lose weight quickly combines a healthy and nutritious diet, proper hydration, and a moderate and varied exercise routine. If you use a fad diet or other rapid weight loss technique to drop a few pounds very quickly, switch after a few days or weeks to a long-term weight loss plan that promotes healthier weight loss to protect your health and promote sustainable weight loss.
If you’re constantly find yourself thinking, “I have nothing to eat” or “I don’t know what to make,” preparing a menu is for you. Similarly, many diets may give you a plan in the beginning but then ask you to repeat the menu. Most of us like variety so it might be time to create your own menu.
Just because friends or family have had success with a particular diet doesn’t mean that it is the right plan for you too. It’s always advisable to see your GP before starting a weight loss plan, but especially important for those with existing medical conditions, including any history of eating disorders.
In the first week, many people report headaches, mental fogginess, dizziness, and aggravation. Most of the time, this is the result of your electrolytes being flushed out, as ketosis has a diuretic effect. Make sure you drink plenty of water and keep your sodium intake up.
“Stop focusing on calories and start focusing on the quality of the foods you eat. High-quality diet options are natural, whole, minimally processed foods, like vegetables, fruits, nuts or seeds that offer a lot more nutritional value in the form of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and fiber. These foods help tame hunger naturally and nourish our cells at the deepest level so that we aren’t left with constant cravings. — Michelle Loy, MPH, MS, CSSD, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and owner of Go Wellness in Orange County, California
Getting out of the comfort zone can be the hardest thing you have ever done because it means setting down your ego, walking up to a perfect stranger and asking for help. It means asking a lot of questions in a group setting when you would rather hang back and mimic it or worse- fake it. It means focusing attention away from the group, where we are all comfortable, and on to you. It is uncomfortable. But it is do able. If you can build some mental toughness. Your body can achieve much more than you think you can. If you can get that pesky ego out of the way.
In general, you need to eat fewer calories than your body uses in order to lose weight. Calories come from the foods you eat and drink. Some foods have more calories than others. For example, foods that are high in fat and sugar are high in calories, too. Some foods are made up of “empty calories.” These add a lot of calories to your diet without providing nutritional value.
“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.
“The one trick I use now, which I should have been using all along, is the make dinner a no-carb meal. I’ll do a vegan protein and vegetables, and no bread. I think carbs are important and good energy, but when I don’t eat them at night, I wake up and I feel like my belly’s flat first thing in the morning.” — Carrie Underwood, who lost 30 pounds of baby weight in less than a year
Pencil workouts into your daily planner the same way you do dinner with friends or that important business meeting. This will help hold you accountable. It’ll also force you to choose a specific time to get your sweat on, making it more likely you’ll stick to it.
Even though grains have been promoted as healthy starches, consuming them is one of the fastest ways to pack on the pounds. Plus as you probably know by now, the gluten found in most grains can increase inflammation in your body and put a strain on your digestive system. And store-bought bread often has added high fructose corn syrup, sugar and preservatives.
Stick to products full of proteins. The most important reason why you should eat more proteins (turkey, chicken, grass-fed meat and milk, eggs, cottage cheese) is, again, metabolism. To digest and burn 1 g of protein you need 2.5 more calories than to burn 1 g of carbs.
A: First take a breath, it’s not the end of the world. You may find that your weight goes up temporarily as your body retains water. You may also find that the scale goes down pretty quickly when you lose that water. If you see the scale fluctuating, please keep in mind that there’s a biological reason for it.
“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
Have an accountability system.  Tell your friends that you are going to get in shape, start a blog and publicly declare your intentions.  Send one of your friends $200 on PayPal. Every time you work out and check in with them, they will send you $10 back. Every time you skip a workout, he gets $10. Do you really want to fund your friend’s drinking money for the weekend? Do you want to see the smug “I told you so” look on his face a month from now when you’ve given up?  Hell no!
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.
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.

Overall, eating a high amount of fat, moderate protein, and low amount of carbs can have a massive impact on your health – lowering your cholesterol, body weight, blood sugar, and raising your energy and mood levels.
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.
10. Determine fat loss at the end of 6 weeks by multiplying percentage of body fat times body weight for the before-and-after tests. For example, if a woman weighed 168 pounds with 28 percent body fat at the start of the program, that’s 47.04 pounds of fat. If she completed the program at 150 pounds and 18 percent body fat, that’s 27 pounds of fat. The difference between 47.04 and 27 is 20.04 pounds.
Eat every 2.5 to three hours. Eating revs up our metabolism to allow for quicker fat loss, keeps our minds sharp, and provides consistent energy throughout the day. Learn to eat till you are satisfied and not overfull so that you are hungry again for your next small meal.
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.

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