Have you put on weight recently? You’re not alone. Stress and holidays can sap our mental strength and willpower and cause us to seek comfort in food. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, when you follow the simple plan outlined below, you can easily get your body back on track, take control of your cravings, and—as an added bonus—feel less stressed!
Motivation is key to succeeding in life – personally, professionally, physically, and emotionally. But motivation is a tricky thing. Not only is it extremely powerful, it can also be hard to maintain—especially when it feels like everything is piling up. Here are five tips to help you nurture and maintain your own motivation.
How to Improve Your Work from Home Experience
This “New Normal” we’re all living in is something to behold: the spouse singing bad karaoke in the background of your Zoom meetings, the baby dribbling food down the front of your good “work” pajamas, going to sleep late (waking up even later), and trying to decide whether or not to cut your own hair.
Dieting isn’t easy. In fact, the very concept of “dieting” is inherently flawed, implying it’s something short-term. Classifying a diet as temporary actually makes it harder to maintain healthy actions long enough to see results.
Instead, dieting should be a constant flow towards healthier eating habits. That mental shift turns something you’re forcing yourself to do into something that you do automatically. The change is subtle but the psychological impact is stunning.
When Movement is Your Primary Goal . . .
Whether you’re trying to hit a weight loss target or just want to improve your overall health and well being, increasing your movement and shedding that sedentary lifestyle is the best (and easiest) way to reach those goals. Movement—no matter how small—counts as exercise and we can often squeeze it in more often than a trip to the gym.
How Gut Health Impacts Our Mood and Everyday Life
There has been a tremendous amount of new research concerning how our gut communicates with our minds and vice-versa. The new science that has resulted from that research suggests that our gut health has a much more far-reaching impact on our lives than we ever imagined.
Is our lifestyle making us unhealthy?
The truth is that we, as a nation, have changed the way we live over the last 40 years. We’ve decreased the amount of physical activity in which we engage while simultaneously increasing the amount of sedentary hours we put in both at work and at home. This combination has led to harmful weight gain and preventable chronic diseases.
Our blog usually addresses dieting (i.e. reducing your “waist”). In honor of earth month and mother earth let’s talk about reducing your waste (“sustainability”). As you read, you may realize that many of the same concepts apply to both dieting and sustainability.
For generations we have been trained to associate “meat” with “protein.” How many of us grew up with steak, chicken or fish as staples on our dinner tables? Advertising agencies have worked hard to reinforce that artificial bond and make beef “what’s for dinner.” But as we begin to search for healthier, alternative diets, diets that will help us lose weight, feed our bodies with good nutrition, and even diets that have less of an environmental impact, many of us have turned to plant-based proteins. Why?
Does the thought of hitting the gym bore you to tears? How many times can you listen to the same playlist and flip through the same old magazines while you pound the treadmill for miles? If you’re like 90% of the people who have resolved to live a better life and exercise more, you’ve failed in the past. Why is that? If your active routine isn’t fun and/or exciting, chances are you won’t stick with it.
How often have you heard that dieting alone isn’t the answer to your weight loss problem? The best way to lose weight is by combining a calorie restrictive diet with moderate amounts of exercise. It makes sense—if you eat less and burn more calories, you will lose weight.
But the term “exercise” scares a lot of people away, and that fear eats at their willpower. Thankfully, a new study shows that you don’t have to hit the gym five days a week to get health and weight loss benefits. In fact, something as simple as walking a little more every day (say three hours per week, which is less than 30 minutes per day) can have a dramatic effect on your health!
We’ve all had a sleepless night now and again. Maybe the new promotion, the big move, or your daughter’s impending graduation kept your mind racing. Maybe that burrito you had for dinner wants to fight. Maybe the neighbors are just too loud. But if your sleeplessness is something more than the occasional restless night, it could be doing irrevocable harm to your mind and body. Chronic insomnia has been linked to all sorts of negative impacts on a person’s health from their mental well being to their waistlines.
Losing unwanted weight can be hard. Breaking bad habits, prioritizing your health, and changing the way you’ve always done things requires commitment, effort, and an inner drive that can be hard to maintain when you don’t see results fast. But when you know the secrets behind how your body and mind work together to influence your waistline, shedding pounds, and burning fat, taking control of your life can be easier. Follow these 5 fitness tips from Pilates expert & fitness professional, Kit Rich, to see results fast!
The Hollywood 48-Hour Miracle Diet® is more than just an effective weight loss tool—it can be used to help maintain a healthy lifestyle, cleanse your body of harmful toxins, and even be combined with other dieting practices to achieve the maximum results!
Why Slowing Down Could Be the Key to Lasting Health and Weight Loss
You may have noticed that fitness trends seem to be pushing us toward more intense and extreme exercises. The popularity of CrossFit and HIIT (high-intensity interval training) have made working out fast-paced, difficult, and perhaps even detrimental to our health. While physical movement is important, you could benefit from a slower, gentler approach.
Have you noticed a fairly rapid weight gain after a certain age or struggled with weight loss for years without seeing any real results? If so, your personal body chemistry might be the culprit. While many people who struggle with excess weight have a history of making bad food choices and limiting their physical activity, a certain percentage of the population may actually suffer from hormonal imbalances that make gaining weight far too easy and losing it next to impossible.
Scientists Find Long-Term Cardiovascular Benefits of Even Moderate Weight Loss
Make positive lifestyle changes today and literally change your life forever. That’s not just motivational speak. Science shows that key cardiovascular health indicators are dramatically improved after losing weight.
What can that mean for you?
Clinical studies have found that people who are more confident perform better, achieve more, and enjoy greater long-term success than less confident people.
While confidence is something that typically grows over time, when it comes to weight loss there are tools you can use to boost that confidence overnight.
The 1-Year Mark: Science Shows Hitting that Milestone can Predict Long-Term Weight Loss Success
If you have ever dieted or participated in a weight loss program you know that persistence pays off. It’s not just about the short-term gains but the long-term goals. After all, you’re not just dieting, you’re changing your life for the better. But it can be difficult to muster the mental fortitude needed to combat temptation and prevent backsliding. Thankfully a recent study provides some much needed motivation for us to get over those inevitable bumps in the road.
Why do most weight loss plans end in failure? Because people fail to shift mental gears and make meaningful changes in the way they see themselves. Adhering to a diet or exercise routine isn’t enough. Sure, this may result in temporary weight loss, but without that fundamental mental shift most people backslide into old habits and poor choices.
When it comes to successful, long-term weight loss you must practice “mind over matter.”
Less Than 3% of Americans Live a Healthy Lifestyle
If you ask most Americans if they live a healthy lifestyle they’ll answer “yes.” But the data says different.
Nearly 36% of Americans are obese.
Nearly double that are overweight.
Even 1/3 of our children are obese.
So can most of us truthfully say we’re healthy?
Leading a more active lifestyle is the easiest way to lose weight. While diet is important as well, exercise is simple biology: burn more calories, shed unwanted pounds.
The biggest obstacles people face when trying to integrate physical activity into their current lifestyle are time constraints and lack of personal motivation. But you can overcome those obstacles by creating routines and finding activities that are mentally and emotionally engaging for you . And the best part is you don’t ever have to step foot in a gym!
You hear it time and time again: drink more water.
Staying sufficiently hydrated is a wonderful way to feel your best and helps your body work at the peak of personal performance. It alleviates headaches and muscle cramps, facilitates proper digestion, and can help essential organs, like your kidneys, function smoothly. But did you know drinking water can help you lose weight? In fact, water may just be your secret weight loss tool.
Everybody is looking for an easy way to lose weight on the run. We have to. Our lives have become much more active than ever before. Work, kids, hobbies, and the dreaded commute take up most of our day, adding stress and limiting the amount of time we can spend on ourselves—both of which are bad for our waistlines.
Here are 4 tips that can help you lose weight on the run no matter how busy your life is.
After decades of blaming excess weight on unhealthy eating habits and sedentary lifestyles doctors and scientists have come to accept that a certain percentage of people inherit a genetic disposition toward obesity. Their genetic makeup literally passes on an “affinity” for carrying excess weight!
We all age. It’s inevitable. But did you know living a healthy lifestyle can help you look and feel younger? Dr. Ray Innis, a wellness expert and consultant for the Montgomery Courier, says that living a healthy lifestyle—eating right, exercising, abstaining from tobacco—can stall the visible signs of aging at the biological level. This, he says, can make you look up to 30 years younger!
Healthier eating is the best way to lose weight, live a better life, and be happier with the way you look and feel. But anyone who has tried dieting in the past knows that cravings can kill progress and cause backsliding even after months of successful weight loss. Finding a way to turn those cravings away from the dark side and have them work for you would be amazing. But can you really trick your body into craving healthy food?
Exercising Outside is 1.5 Times Better than a Day at the Gym
Believe it or not exercise is still the best way to lose weight, build a healthier body, and live longer. Exercise can build muscle, decrease stress, and helps prevent high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. It may also prolong the onset of Alzheimer’s.
Did you know distracted dining could be contributing to your weight gain? Recent research shows that how we relate to food—even as we eat it—may have a much more dramatic effect on our waistlines that we’ve ever thought before. One study even suggests that distracted dining is as deadly as distracted driving!
Can rewarding yourself with small non-food items really make a difference in your waistline? That’s the question researchers from the University of Arizona asked themselves before embarking on a unique study of how positive reinforcement can change our diets. And, the results are simply shocking!
Why is weight so hard to lose? We struggle with dieting and exercise, enjoy short-term success, but then fall back into bad habits within weeks or months. Any of us who have attempted to lose weight in the past know that staying on this path to wellness is difficult.
MYTH: The Faster, The Better
Granted, we live in a world that caters to the human need for instant gratification. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There’s nothing wrong with wanting or needing things, experiences, results, in a timely manner. But what happens when our weight loss expectations aren’t met fast enough?
Burning an extra 100 calories a day may not seem like a lot, but over the course of a few days, weeks and months, those calories will turn into pounds lost and self esteem gained.
We all know weight loss doesn’t happen overnight. Rewarding yourself for accomplishments is an excellent way to stay motivated and focused on your long term goal.
Each little step along the way is an accomplishment. Be proud of that and reward yourself for the hard work you’ve put in.
Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, we all start our day at some point. And we all seem to start it differently.
Some of us hop online to check social media, others dive in to email, still others eat breakfast, exercise, or pack lunches for the kids. There are a number of ways your morning could go. But one thing is for sure…….
We tend to brag about how little sleep we get, as if being tired all the time is a sign of a better life. Going to bed early or sleeping for 8 hours seems self-indulgent. But sleep is one of the best ways to keep yourself healthy and to lose weight. On average, you should get 7.5 hours per night.
Ah summer: warm weather, long days, and outdoor fun. But if shorts and tank tops have you feeling nervous about the approaching months because of your weight, now is the time to do something about that. Start this summer with renewed confidence and these six smart strategies to shed pounds.
We don’t have to tell you weight loss isn’t easy. But there is a way to supercharge your results and put yourself on a faster track. By combining a healthy diet with the right types of exercise you can see results sooner and feel so much better than you do now.
The better you feel (and look), the more likely you are to stick with your new lifestyle change and put the worry of yo-yo dieting behind you.
Transform your relationship with food into a healthy one and you’ll set yourself up for a lifetime of success!
There are many events in our lives that shape who we are and who we will become. Food has a way of becoming integrated with these events and the feelings and memories that surround them.
A lot of dieters dread Thanksgiving, thinking they only have two choices:
1) join in the festivities and pay the price with an expanding waistline or
2) stick to a diet and be miserable while everyone else chows down
Since Thanksgiving is centered around a lavish dinner, where traditionally we give thanks by eating as much as we can, it can be a dieter’s nightmare. But here are five tips to keep you both slim and sane.
Losing weight is a mental game. Sure, you’re body has to do the work but it’s your brain that does the real heavy lifting. Committing to any lifestyle change is the first and most important step toward making that change. Losing weight is no different. It’s about mentally preparing yourself for the challenges ahead and putting your personal process first, above almost everything else. When you’ve truly “locked in” the rest will fall into place.
Often diets fail because we start out with good intentions, but no concrete plan. If your goal is to lose weight, it is important to determine the steps you’ll use to reach that goal. In order to make healthier choices, you’ll need to plan ahead. In this article, we’ll help you to formulate your plan and give you tips for keeping on track every step of the way.
First of all, what are probiotics? While they are generally described as “good bacteria,” the World Health Organization officially classifies probiotics as “any living microorganism that has a health benefit when ingested.” Many types of bacteria (such as the more commonly known L. Acidophilus and Bifidobacteria) are probiotics and even some types of yeast (such as Saccharmyces) can act as probiotics. And what health benefits do these microorganisms provide?
Stress is often the reason that we overeat or turn to food for comfort. When you’re feeling stressed, the idea of sitting cross-legged, doing nothing might seem silly or pointless. But what if meditation could help you resist temptation and make healthier choices?
The decision you made to lose weight was a very personal one. But there are thousands of people out there who have made that exact same resolution. And though everyone’s journey is unique, the Hollywood Diet® line of products can help everyone reach their goal!
Truly changing your lifestyle is more than just eating healthy foods and working out. To make a change that sticks, you have to change the way you think. It turns out, your brain may be the most important body part when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off for good.
Eating breakfast can help you eat less the whole day. Leptin is a hormone that suppresses appetite. Meg Jordan, PhD., R.N, says that eating breakfast “ensures our body’s leptin production.” Studies correlate that those who eat breakfast, eat fewer calories throughout the day. What’s the best breakfast to eat? You should aim to consume complex carbohydrates, fiber and protein. Here are some of our favorite healthy breakfasts and some suggestions on how to grab a good breakfast even on your busiest mornings.
Fasting Diet Plans That Work!
Recent laboratory and real-world studies have shown that when we eat may have a significant effect on our metabolism, our overall weight, and our ability to lose those unwanted pounds. Not only that, it can play a significant role in predicting future disease and disability. But you still have to keep that calorie count in mind if you want to lose weight. Look for fasting diet plans that incorporate both methods.