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5 Ways to Hack Your Health Mentality

One thing we consistently find is that the very idea of a weight loss plan brings up a whole host of negative feelings in many people. You might hear words like “weight loss diet” or “exercise routine”, or even just “healthy lifestyle”, and immediately confront feelings of guilt, shame, or failure. Most of us have developed these reactions because past efforts at eating plans or workout regimens felt like blame and punishments. It’s no wonder we often don’t stick with these plans for very long!

Keeping that in mind, the first step to a healthier body is to first change your feelings regarding these topics. Here are some ways to “hack” your mentality, and approach food and exercise from a healthier frame of mind.

Define your “why”. It’s difficult to stick to a goal when you don’t have a compelling reason for doing so. Make a list of your motivations; maybe you want to set a healthier example for your children, or you want to feel more confident, or you feel a healthier lifestyle would benefit your marriage. Whatever the reasons, they should be compelling to you personally. Be specific, and commit to these ideas mentally by writing them down on paper.

Set specific goals. We are more likely to reach goals when we define them in specific terms. “Eat more vegetables” is vague, and leaves a lot of wiggle room for memory lapses or cheating. “Eat five vegetables per day” is specific, and it’s hard to avoid reaching that goal.

Boost your NEAT. NEAT stands for non-exercise activity thermogenesis, and it basically encompasses everything you do outside of eating, sleeping, and intentionally working out. These daily activities help to set the stage for your metabolism (the calories you burn each day just to complete regular activities). Consider your regular routine from a different mindset: How can you make it more active, by making small, subtle changes? You could walk to the mailbox instead of driving, walk a few laps during your kids’ soccer practice, throw a frisbee instead of watching the kids play, or ride your bike instead of driving to conduct errands.

View sleep as part of a healthy routine. Sleep isn’t just something you do because you’re exhausted. It’s part of a healthy lifestyle, too, because your body repairs itself and regulates hormones during sleep. Develop a routine and address any difficulties to support your overall health goals.

Make oral health a priority. Brush and floss your teeth after meals, and your dentist will give you a rave review at your next appointment. But this little trick will also help to stave off the temptation to snack late at night. If you’re following a weight loss diet, this one simple trick can solve one of the most common problems.

Speaking of that weight loss diet, give us a call if you’re experiencing frustration or difficulty. We can answer your questions regarding nutrition, and help you develop a plan for long-term success.

Fiber Supplements Versus High-Fiber Foods

If you read our blogs, you know that we’re always talking about the importance of fiber in your weight loss plan! Fiber performs a variety of functions, from aiding in weight loss to protecting against some serious diseases. So you might be wondering whether you should add fiber supplements to your daily regimen. Read more

4 Tips for a Healthy Summer Eating Plan

We still have a few weeks of summer left, so take every opportunity to enjoy time by the pool, seasonal produce, and longer days. Of course, you want to continue looking and feeling your best, so we thought it might be a good time to remind you of some healthy habits that will carry you through the rest of summer and into fall. Incorporate these tips into your eating plan, to keep yourself on track toward your goals. Read more

3 Reasons to Pursue a Strength Training Regimen

As you design your weight loss program, it’s common to focus on a healthy eating plan and perhaps some exercise like walking, jogging, swimming, or biking. So you might be surprised to learn that many people have found strength training to be the key to long term success. Why is this, and how can strength training help you? Read more

3 Reasons to Exercise Outdoors

You know you need a regular exercise routine, both for physical health and stress prevention. But it can be difficult to stick with a workout routine when it’s boring or feels ineffective. If you’re dreading the gym, move your workout outside. We have identified three important reasons for this change (and you might even think of others). Read more

Can Some Foods Boost Your Metabolism?

Although weight loss plans vary a bit, they all have one thing in common: The main goal is to burn more calories than you consume. Once you create a calorie deficit, your body is forced to burn fat stores. This results in weight loss. Read more

7 Tips for Healthy Summer Grilling

Grilled food often offers a healthier dining option than other choices, such as frying. Even so, there definitely ways to add unnecessary calories to grilled meals. If you’re planning a cookout this summer, follow these tips to keep your fare healthy, balanced, and appropriate for your weight loss plan. Read more

5 Benefits of a Kettlebell Workout

If you’ve spotted something in the gym, that looks like a bowling ball with a handle, you might be wondering about it. What is it, and what do you do with it?

Those are kettlebells, and they’re similar to free weights. They come in different weights, and you mostly use them to build strength. But a kettlebell workout will include more “swinging” type motions, so it’s a bit different from a free weight workout. If you’re curious, you might be interested to know that there are five main benefits to a kettlebell workout. Read more

5 Ways to Evaluate Your Fitness Success

If you’re working to get in better shape, or you’re following a weight loss plan, you’re probably anxious to see some results. Many people rely on the number on the scale, but this can be problematic in many cases. For one thing, hormones and “water weight” can cause our weight to fluctuate by a few pounds. And, if you’re working out a lot, you might build muscle tissue. You could still be burning fat and losing weight, but then a few pounds might be added back due to increased muscle tone. This can make it difficult to gauge your success by simply stepping on the scale. Read more

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