Prepping your meals is one of the best ways to stick to a weight loss plan and succeed. So, we definitely encourage you to plan ahead, pack lunches, and have dinner prepped before you even walk through the door in the evenings. But we’ve noticed a few mistakes that seem to be quite common, and wanted to caution you about these four potential pitfalls of meal planning.
Getting started on a weight loss plan can feel overwhelming. You’re learning about portion sizes and nutrition, and your grocery bill might change a bit, too. But don’t worry; you can still eat healthfully on a budget. Try these four tips to cut your food costs a bit, while still reaching your health and fitness goals.
You already know the old rule: Drink 8 glasses of water each day to stay hydrated. Proper hydration aids digestion, protects you from various health problems, and can even be a lifesaver during hot summer months. But it will also help you to succeed at your weight loss plan, since hydration helps the body to function correctly and burn calories.
When it comes to food journaling, or food logging, you will probably hear two different stories from those who have tried it. About half will say that a food journal was immensely helpful for their weight loss efforts, and about half will say it was too time-consuming or difficult. The first group would obviously encourage you to give it a go. As for the second group, we know that what works for some people simply doesn’t work for others… Or maybe the tactic would have been helpful, if they had better structured their efforts.
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.
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.