January 1 will bring a new year, a new you, and… new foods? If you’re on the self-improvement bandwagon (and most people are, at this time of year) you might be interested in the latest foodie trends that promise improved health and functioning. Are they really all they’re cracked up to be? Can they fit into your weight loss plan?
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.
If you’ve added strength training to your workout routine, we’re happy to hear it. Building lean muscles is one of the best ways to boost metabolism and weight loss, and also benefit your health overall.
However, it’s possible that you’re making a common mistake. Many weight training newbies set up a prescribed workout (such as one recommended by a friend or featured in a magazine) and then they never change that workout. This is a mistake, because over time your muscles will get stronger. They need more of a challenge, and you’re probably getting bored as well.
Whether you’re trying to eat a healthier diet and prevent disease, or you’re actively pursuing a weight loss plan, adding more fiber to your diet should be one of the cornerstones of your strategy. Most people eating a typical American diet aren’t consuming nearly enough fiber, and it’s important for several reasons:
If you’re planning to travel this summer, you might find yourself dining in more restaurants than usual. This can pose a risk to your weight maintenance or weight loss plan, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on positive results until you return from your trip. If you’re aware of the dietary dangers that lurk in restaurants, it’s actually not too difficult to avoid them.
We all talk about switching over to a better lifestyle, including more exercise and healthy meals, but many of us find those changes difficult to actually make. One reason is that our food choices become habit and we’re attached to our favorite meals. It’s hard to imagine that healthy meals can taste as good or feel as fulfilling.
Talk about “healthy eating” with just about anyone, and you’re likely to hear groans. Many people feel that eating healthfully can’t also be fun. Aren’t most of the “bad” foods also the tasty ones?
Whether you’re following a weight loss plan, or simply want to maintain your current weight, your appetite often has other ideas. It’s not realistic to depend solely upon willpower, for months or years at a time, because no one could be expected to simply say “no” to their hunger forever. Instead, finding methods of appetite control that work for you will be key to your long-term success. These ideas might surprise you, but have been proven to work for many people.
It seems every few months or so, a new buzzword comes around in the health and fitness world. Lately we’ve been hearing a lot of people say that they want to “eat clean”, and crediting “clean eating” to all sorts of miraculous progress such as weight loss or improved immune function. And while the intentions are in the right place, there’s one reason you might not want to focus too much on this trend…