If you pursue a medical weight loss diet, or are simply trying to improve your lifestyle overall, it is tempting to rely upon your bathroom scale to track changes in your body. But this can be problematic for a couple of reasons.
For many people, Thanksgiving is the kick-off day to a season of festivities, fun, yummy food… and weight gain. For those of us who watch our weight, or who are actively trying to lose weight, Thanksgiving represents something else entirely. It’s a dreaded obstacle, or perhaps even a tempting setback that could undo months of progress. How will you get through the day, without gaining a dozen pounds or more?
Here in Southern California, Fall might not bring quite as many weather-related changes as it does to the rest of the country. But still, the weather does cool down a bit from the heat of summer, and those autumn comfort foods seem to be ingrained in our collective psyche. Your body knows that November has arrived, and your stomach demands cool-weather comfort foods!
We all start off the day with the best of intentions. We’re going to find time to exercise, and fit three healthy meals into our schedules. But then life happens, and we’re tempted to grab dinner from the nearest drive-through on the way home.
When someone mentions eating seasonally, you might instantly think of pumpkin spice lattes or Halloween candy. After all, autumn has arrived! But autumn brings more than sugary treats and cool-weather comfort foods. If you pay attention to your local farmer’s market, you can find plenty of seasonal treats that are both delicious and healthy.
It’s a lot easier to reach your fitness and weight loss goals when you make a plan for success (and stick to it). In particular, creating an eating plan for the week can help you to avoid temptation to “cheat” on your diet, and meet nutritional goals at the same time. But a lot of people feel overwhelmed when they sit down to make a plan for the week. This quick guide can help you streamline the meal planning process.
Venture into the weight loss section of any bookstore, and you’ll discover an abundance of books promoting one eating plan or another. Turn on the TV and you’ll see advertisements for various programs, promising to help you shed unwanted pounds. Weight loss plans vary significantly in the types of foods they promote, or the amount of exercise they claim is necessary. Some are even designed to address specific body types. But one thing remains constant, in every weight loss plan that has ever provided even a small measure of success: Water is important.
We often make the mistake of viewing our weight loss plan in terms of “things we can’t eat”. That’s actually a bad habit for several reasons: Making foods “off limits” can trigger more cravings for them, it teaches you to view healthy foods as a punishment, and it trains your brain to resent your weight loss plan.