If you’ve noticed your Facebook friends participating in online weight loss challenges, you might wonder how these programs work. More importantly, would they work for you?
When you’re actively following a weight loss plan, it’s normal to feel excited about seeing results on the scale. Who doesn’t love a reward for their hard work? But we would like to caution you not to get too caught up in that number, especially on a daily basis. In fact, there are five times when you should simply ditch your scale. Don’t look at it, don’t think about it, and definitely don’t step on it! Just leave it there, in the bathroom floor, and wait for a better day to weigh.
Start talking about healthy eating or a weight loss plan, and you’ll notice that most people don’t look excited. They might even get that, “oh no, not this again” look in their eyes.
We don’t often associate healthy lifestyles with “fun”. Mostly, this happens because switching to a more nutritious eating plan involves changing our habits. And since habits are ingrained, even small changes can feel like burdensome work (or just another obnoxious thing you have to remember).
As you get started on a weight loss plan, you will indeed need to make some changes to your habits. Incorporate these six tips into your weekly eating or food prep plan, and you can make the transition a little more fun.
So often, when we discuss healthier lifestyles and weight loss, we immediately think of all the things we need to “quit” or “give up”. But here’s the problem with that type of thinking: Your subconscious mind really doesn’t like it. When you focus on “giving up” things that you enjoy, you’re going to experience considerable push-back from your own mind. Whether you’re conscious of it or not, you will begin to subvert your own efforts at healthier living, like finding excuses, “cheating”, making deals with yourself, and so on.
You probably already know that balancing different types of nutrients will be key to your weight loss or healthy living plan. But many people aren’t sure of why certain ones are so important, or how much of them they need to eat. Fiber is one of those nutrients. If you’ve wondered about the benefits of fiber and why so many nutritionists focus on it, here’s a brief guide to its important functions in your body.
Weight loss isn’t easy for most people, partly due to all of the conflicting advice you hear and read. It can be difficult to block out all the “noise” and simply follow a weight loss plan that works for you, when you don’t know what advice is myth and what is fact. Having said that, what are some of the common myths that you can feel free to ignore?
Ideally, we would all have a free hour each day, and we could stop by the gym when it felt convenient for us. We would perform a one-hour workout, rotating activities each time, and emerge feeling refreshed and energized. And of course, our weight loss plan (or weight maintenance plan) would benefit from the hard work.
It’s a story we hear often: A patient comes to us in distress, because their weight loss plan just isn’t working. They didn’t have any problems losing or maintaining their weight in their 20s, or even 30s, but now it’s a different story. Every effort is met with seeming resistance from their scale. What’s going on?
Between stress, the typical American diet, busy schedules, and lack of exercise, most of us could stand to make some changes to improve our health. If you’re following a dedicated weight loss plan, you’re already well on your way. These five daily habits can help not only those who are losing weight, but also anyone who wants to maintain weight or simply improve their overall health.