[Guest Post by LaToya Gay]
Staying fit takes dedication and hard work. These are two of the reasons so many let it fall by the wayside.
Even if you make it a priority, it can still be easy to get off track, especially during the holidays and during the cold months of winter.
If you’re like most people, you’re often too busy with planning events and travel to keep your health a priority.
What’s worse, if you’re surrounded by people who aren’t focused on healthy living, it’s easier to slip in an extra snack or choose a burger over a salad.
Of course, skipping one day at the gym or eating one cookie won’t destroy your habits. However, if the only place you wear sweatpants is at home and you’re reaching for a bag of chips more than vegetables, it might mean your fitness program is off track.
It isn’t always so obvious when you get off track, and for many, it’s a gradual process. So what are some signs you might have gone off the rails of your fitness program?
Do you wish you had more control over how fast your body lost weight?
Fast weight loss has as much to do with what you add to your diet as what you cut out.
When it comes to vegetables, the wonderful truth is that the more you add to your daily diet, the more you lose.
Are you ready to put yourself in control of how efficiently your body drops pounds?
Is weight loss hard for you?
Do you feel frustrated by how much effort it seems to take to live a healthy life?
Losing weight doesn’t have to mean the end of your love affair with food.
In fact, with just a few mental adjustments and a fresh perspective, you can create a better and more fulfilling relationship with food that allows you to lose weight with less effort.
But there’s a problem…
In our society it’s become socially acceptable to eat large greasy meals.
We don’t blink an eye when someone orders a king size burger with extra fries; yet if that same person orders a salad, we think “What’s up with that?“.
In fact, if you decide to change your ways, and start eating healthy salads and vegetables, it can feel as if you’re doing something wrong.
I understand this mindset.
It was one of my biggest challenges when I started losing weight.
Here are some suggestions…
[Guest Post by Michelle Robinson]
Do you find yourself reaching for food when you feel stressed, lonely, angry or sad even though you’re not hungry?
If so, there is a strong chance emotional eating is sabotaging your weight loss goals.
500 Calorie Diet Results Overview
A 500 calorie diet is a very low calorie diet that you can use to jump-start your weight loss. To achieve the best 500 calorie diet results, you need to…
- Choose nutrient-dense foods over calorie dense foods.
- Make non-starchy vegetables a top food choice
- Avoid sugar and processed foods
- Limit your eating occasions during the day to pack in more volume per meal
- Have your plan ready and prepare your meals at the beginning of the week
Misery loves company, so I recruited two family members to join me in eating only 500 calories a day for 5 days.
Monday through Friday, we counted our calories, dug deep into our willpower reserves, and, at least, one of us licked our plates.
I’m a college health teacher and blogger. I tell people not to follow restrictive diets because they backfire.
So, why did I do this?
Maybe I wanted to prove a point. Maybe I was starting to waver in my convictions. Maybe I’m the coolest blogging health teacher ever.
Anyway, here’s our 500 calorie diet results including the blow-by-blow details that left us close to tears by Thursday night, and feeling fantastically slim by Saturday morning with 17 pounds lost in total.
[Guest Post by Nicole Noel, editor of HighStyleLife]
What came first, stress or weight gain?
And better still, how to curb both?
For most people, high stress levels are a trigger for appetite changes and increased food intake – and reaching for the cookie jar every time anxiety goes up a notch is a shortcut to extra pounds.
But why do we eat more when exposed to stress, and how can we turn the tables on stress-caused hunger spikes?