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5 Habits for Lifelong Health

Whether you’ve just begun a weight loss plan, or you’ve moved on to the “weight maintenance” stage of your plan, you know one thing for sure: Weight, and health in general, are all about forming the right habits.

Avoid focusing on trends. While there’s probably nothing wrong with trying a new idea, especially if your doctor gives you the green light, keep in mind that weight loss trends come and go for a reason. The real key to maintaining a healthy weight is a balanced diet and regular exercise, and always will be. So, if you want to try a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar each day, or drink kombucha, or whatever the trend of the day happens to be, then go ahead. Just remember to view it as a fun supplement, and don’t count on trends to lead to lifelong health.

Weigh in regularly, but not daily. A weekly weigh-in is a good idea for weight maintenance. You’ll know pretty quickly if you’re beginning to gain back some of your lost weight. But at the same time, daily weigh-ins only add to anxiety, and can be unnecessarily discouraging since weight can fluctuate by a pound or two.

Surround yourself with the right people. Try to form relationships with people who have similar priorities regarding their health, so that you always have a workout partner or healthy restaurant buddy. Plus, being around happy people will rub off on you!

Minimize processed foods and sugars. If you’ve learned anything about weight loss, it’s that processed foods and sugars aren’t helpful or healthy. Continue to keep those foods at a minimum, not just for weight maintenance purposes but also for your health overall.

Learn to cook healthy foods that you love. For some reason, the “healthy” options at restaurants are often underwhelming. Experiment with healthy recipes, and learn to cook your favorite dishes at home. Simply learning to throw together complementary ingredients in a salad can mean a world of difference – to both your waistline and your taste buds!

Give us a call if you want to pursue a weight loss plan, or you’ve moved into the weight maintenance stage. Either way, we can help with more specific tips geared toward your goals.

What Do Your Cravings Really Mean?

When you’re following a weight loss plan, or working to maintain your weight, cravings can be one of your biggest challenges. Most people can’t rely upon willpower forever.

However, in many cases a craving is actually a sign of something other than hunger. When you learn to decode your body’s signals, it can be easier to replace old habits (giving into cravings) with new ones (giving your body what it is actually asking for). Read more

Sticking to Your Fitness Plan on Weekends

For most of us, the five-day work week provides structure. Even if feeling over-scheduled isn’t exactly fun, simply having a schedule helps you to stay on track toward your fitness and weight loss goals.

Then the weekend arrives, and most of us feel tempted to procrastinate. We sleep til noon, snack throughout the day, and by Sunday evening we realize we’ve indulged in way too much Netflix. Whoops! You certainly don’t mean to backtrack every weekend, but it happens quite frequently. Read more

Why Do Men Lose Weight More Easily Than Women?

It’s a story we hear all the time: My husband and I decided to embark on a weight loss journey together. In the first month, I saw him cheat on the meal plan at least four or five times. I never cheated once. Not only that, but we worked out together at the gym, so I know I’m putting in just as much effort… And yet, at the end of the month, he had lost eleven pounds and I had only lost five! It’s not fair! Why do men have an easier time with weight loss?  Read more

Is Uphill Walking a Better Workout?

Walking is one of the most popular forms of exercise, and for good reason. It’s something almost everyone can do, it doesn’t require any special skill, you don’t need much equipment other than a good pair of shoes, and you can do it almost anywhere at any time! For those on a weight loss plan and a tight schedule, walking makes sense as a regular form of exercise. Read more

One Quick Change for Healthier Workouts

You’ve been faithfully working out for a few weeks or months now, or maybe even longer. You’re seeing great results from exercise, you feel more energetic, and you’re happy with your progress overall. These are all positive outcomes. But on the negative side, you’re feeling a bit bored with your workout routine. Sometimes you really have to push yourself to get started, and you feel a bit less enthusiastic overall. Read more

4 Things No One Tells You About Weight Loss

You know that weight loss can reduce your risk of chronic diseases, improve your mood and self esteem, and give you more energy. But for some people, certain “side effects” sometimes appear – and most people don’t talk about these things! So, here’s the scoop on a few facts you might not know, along with what to do about them. Read more

How Your Diet Affects Sleep

In our blogs, we often mention the importance of sleep within a healthy lifestyle and/or weight loss plan. Sleep affects your energy levels and metabolism, and obviously impacts your ability to carry out all the tasks on your to-do list (including exercise). Inadequate sleep can trigger weight gain, cravings, and problems at work. How you spend one third of your life really does matter!

On the other hand, we all have issues in our lives that can affect the amount or quality of sleep that we’re getting. As you pursue a healthier diet or weight loss plan, keep these dietary tips in mind – not just for your waistline, but for your sleep habits and overall health. Read more

5 Unhealthy Habits to Break

As you renovate your health, especially if you’re following a weight loss plan, you will be faced with some challenges. If you’re less healthy than you could be (and most of us are), chances are good that certain habits are to blame. So, in order to get healthier, you will be confronted with the task of breaking those habits. The road to better health is always paved with better choices. Read more

Reducing Blood Sugar Levels Can Help Prevent Disease

For patients with diabetes, their blood sugar levels are a daily concern. But the rest of us rarely (or ever) even consider it. That might be a mistake.

Your blood sugar levels can consistently run on the high side, even if you aren’t diabetic. The problem with this is that over time, high blood sugar can lead to insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes. Over time, hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) can also damage your nerves, organs, and blood vessels. Read more

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