Healthy Diet Tips for Fast Weight Loss

7 Super-Easy Steps to Finally Control Your Food Cravings!

Have you ever noticed that whenever you’re on a diet, it’s extremely hard to stick to the actual plan without being swayed by the temptation of your favourite foods?

Food cravings are literally everywhere you turn, and more often than not we succumb to them. However, there’s no need to feel overly guilty about your food cravings, as this isn’t a sign of a lack of willpower. In fact, our cravings come from the microscopic chemicals found in the body … namely, serotonin, endorphins, neuropeptide Y and galanin.

I know what you’re thinking – these sound like characters out of a low-budget sci-fi movie, but they are in fact the chemicals that often give you uncontrollable urges to pig out on certain foods.…

Embrace Healthy Living for Life

This is my first official instalment on this blog, and I’m looking forward to connecting with everyone who has made a commitment to living a healthy lifestyle. I was elated to be invited to become a regular contributor, because for me it’s an opportunity to share my thoughts on weight loss, diet and exercise trends, weight loss successes and failures (God knows I’ve had plenty of those), and hopefully inspire someone who, like me, struggles with achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle for life.

I have to admit that embracing healthy living isn’t something I’ve always done, or else I’d be a svelte size 2 or 4 as I write this post instead of a size 20 (slowly shrinking down to an 18 and aiming for a single-digit size even if it’s a 9).…

Looking for Diets That Work?

Are you on the hunt for diets that work? Great news- they all work! There are hundreds of diets out there that have been created and designed to help you lose weight. And, guess what? They all work.

Surprised? Probably. After all, if there are hundreds of diets that work, why are close to 60% of Americans overweight? Well, that is the question of the decade. And it is a question that brings in millions of dollars each year in diet and weight-loss profits.

Hi. My name is Sterling Mayson and I am a lifetime dieter. I am also a R.N. and professional health coach with a passion for helping others achieve their ideal weight. I am so excited to be here on as a regular contributor.…

Weight Loss Success: Be Empowered Rather Than "Good"

Have you ever thought of your eating in terms of being “bad” or “good”?  Most diets have trained us to see fattening foods as “bad” and healthy foods as “good”.  In a sense this is true because they can certainly be bad or good FOR us, in relation to the effect they have on our bodies.

However, this whole “I’m on a diet so I have to be good” mentality is hardly productive.  All it does is make us feel guilty if we dare eat something that “the authority” says we shouldn’t eat.

If you really want to be successful at losing weight and keeping it off, you may want to rethink the whole concept of “being good or bad” and instead develop a new set of guidelines that empower you to make wise choices.…

How to Burn Calories Fast at Home

When it comes to weight loss, making things as fast and easy as possible is a high priority for many people.  Slow weight loss is better than no weight loss at all – but if there are ways to speed it up safely and easily, why not?

Below are a few strategies that have been proven to boost calorie burn:

Negative calorie foods.

Your body has to expend energy to digest the food you eat, but some foods are harder to digest than others.  That means your body has to work harder to digest them, which often means you are absorbing fewer calories than your body is using to digest the food in the first place.  These foods are called “negative calorie foods”. …

10 Tips for Easy Summer Weight Loss

The warmer months of summer in the northern hemisphere make it one of the best times to lose weight.  Not only are our bodies biologically predisposed to slim down in warmer temperatures (as opposed to storing fat during the colder months), there are several other good reasons to rev up your weight loss efforts:

1. Enjoy the bounty of Nature.

During the warmer months of the year, there is an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables available for low prices.  You can get them at your local supermarket, but also at many roadside stands and farmers’ markets.  The selection is vast, the prices are right, and the flavors are oh so delicious!

2. Grow your own.

You can even grow your own delicious vegetables if you have a garden or would like to start one. …

Healthy Eating in a Social Setting

When you’re trying to lose weight, that’s the time when everyone you know decides to throw a party, barbecue, or other social event that is sure to feature endless platters of fattening foods.  Even if you have rock solid willpower, you may find yourself being pressured to eat foods that you don’t want to eat.

Many hosts and hostesses are under the mistaken impression that their guests can’t have a good time unless they are eating and drinking to excess, and sometimes they can get downright aggressive about it.  Is there a good way to handle these situations gently and subtly?

Here are 3 good “quiet strategies” that you can use without causing a scene:

Quietly graze.

Keep going back to the food tables but take only a few small bites of something each time, and make those selections as low calorie as possible.  Raw vegetable sticks, fresh fruit, salsa with a few small chips, or a deviled egg are good choices.  Once you’ve got those on your plate, circulate and socialize while you munch slowly. 

After your plate is empty, go back and get some more low-calorie foods, and repeat this circulating and socializing process.…

The Perfect Diet for Weight Loss

When you first decide to lose weight, your first question might be, “What is the perfect diet for weight loss?”  You want a diet that is somewhat easy, simple, and sustainable for a long period of time.  That eliminates fad diets, dangerous supplements, and other extreme measures.

The perfect diet for weight loss will have two main facets:

Reduced Calorie Intake

To lose weight consistently, you must reduce the amount of calories you are consuming each day.  To get a general idea of how many calories you typically consume in a day, make a list of your usual daily diet.  Include all beverages, meals, and snacks.  Then use a calorie counter to calculate the total number of calories.  You may have to estimate the serving sizes, especially for restaurant meals, but you’ll get a good idea of where your normal caloric intake is.…

How to Lose Weight Around the Stomach

One of the most common questions dieters ask is, “How do I lose weight around the stomach?”  No one likes a bloated, puffy, jiggling mass hanging out over their belt, and when they decide to lose weight that is one of the first things they want to get rid of.

Below are five simple yet effective strategies to help you lose weight around the stomach:

Eat Lightly

Do you have a habit of “stuffing yourself” at meals?  Do you eat so much that you’re very full and uncomfortable for about an hour after you finish eating?  That’s a sure recipe for building up that spare tire!  Start immediately reducing the volume of food you eat at any given time.  With every meal and snack, eat just enough so that you no longer feel hungry, but not enough that you are exactly “full”.  Aim for “satisfied”.  It may take a little practice to get the hang of it, but it’s well worth the effort.…

Quick Water Weight Loss: Releasing the Bloat

Along with warm, humid weather often comes swelling hands, feet, fingers, ankles and stomachs.  Water retention is a common problem for many people, especially women.  If you’ve ever felt bloated and uncomfortable and couldn’t seem to get rid of the extra water your body was holding onto, you’re going to enjoy today’s tips.  We’ve got some simple, quick water weight loss tips to help you release any excess water you may be retaining.

1. Quick Water Weight Loss Tip

Reduce your sodium intake.  If you tend to eat a lot of salty foods, or if you add a lot of extra salt to your meals, it’s important to minimize that.  The recommended daily amount of sodium for adults is 2400 milligrams.  That sounds like a lot until you realize just how much sodium certain foods contain!  For example, an ordinary can of chicken noodle soup.  The serving size is 1/2 cup, which contains almost 900mg of sodium.  There are 2.5 servings in a 10 oz.…

High Energy Weight Loss Strategies

Let’s face it; sometimes trying to lose weight can be draining.  You’re eating less than you are used to eating, exercising more than you ever did before, and having to deny yourself all of your former favorite foods (i.e. the stuff that made you gain weight).  Most people find that they need to endure a period of adjustment when they first start a new weight loss plan, and during that period of time they may be low on energy.  Sometimes the slump can happen even after you’ve been following your plan for awhile – you just feel tired and listless.

Has this ever happened to you?  Are you in one of these “slumps” right now?  Today we’ve got some high energy weight loss strategies that should help boost you up again:

High Energy Weight Loss Strategy #1

Be sure you are eating enough calories to fuel your busy lifestyle.  So many people make the mistake of drastically cutting their calories!  They think, “Oh, if I just eat a few hundred calories a day, I’ll lose this weight in a month” – but that’s the worst thing you could do, both for your energy level and your long-term weight goal.  Whatever you weigh right now, multiply it by 10.  So, if you weigh 160 pounds, that’s 1,600.  That’s how many calories you would need to eat daily in order to MAINTAIN your current weight.  Since you want to lose weight, most experts would recommend reducing your caloric intake by 400-500 calories or so, which means eating 1,100-1,200 calories a day.  That should enable you to drop one pound per week.  (Everyone is different – this is just a general example.  Note that some experts recommend never eating fewer than 1,200 calories per day.  You’ll be able to tell which is the right caloric intake for you by how consistently you lose weight and how well you feel energy-wise.)

It seems counterproductive but when you eat enough food so that your body doesn’t think it’s in danger of starving, you lose weight much more easily.  If you’ve been cutting your calories too low, you’re going to suffer the consequences of low energy, poor concentration, and sluggish weight loss.  Try boosting your calories up to where they should be and see if that makes a difference.  For most people it will.…

The 3 Step Weight Loss Plateau Breaker

If your weight loss has been pretty stable and predictable for the most part, it can be incredibly frustrating to see the numbers on the scale stop moving . . . and refuse to budge . . . and still refuse to budge!  This is known as the dreaded weight loss plateau, and it can mean different things for different people.  Almost always, breaking a plateau requires doing something different to jumpstart your weight loss again.  The problem is, it’s hard to know exactly what those actions might be.

Below are a few questions to ask yourself:

1. How many carbohydrates have you been eating?

Eating too many carbohydrates (simple or complex) can cause weight loss to stall.  Just how many carbs you can safely eat each day without stalling your weight loss is a very individual thing.  Some people never have a problem with carbs.  Others have to be very careful that they don’t overdo it or they stop losing weight, or even start gaining weight.  If you’ve been stuck on a plateau for a few weeks, a reduced carbohydrate day might get things moving again.  Note that you don’t have to completely eliminate carbs from your diet, nor is it advisable to do so.  Just eating fewer grain products, starchy foods, and especially sugar will often make a difference.  Replacing those calories with something else is recommended, however, because you don’t want to cut your calories down too low.  Good choices for replacements are vegetables and lean protein.  Increasing your water intake might be helpful too, because eating too many carbohydrates can cause fluid retention, which will is alleviated by drinking more water.…

Why You Should Get Rid of Your Fat Clothes

Anyone who has been on the weight loss/weight gain roller coaster for a few years has a closet full of clothing in varying sizes.  We’ve got the “one day I’ll wear this if it kills me” clothes, we’ve got the “I can’t believe I ever got this big” clothes, and many, many stages of clothing in between.

The question I want to pose to you today is:  Why are you still hanging onto the “fat clothes” that you never want to wear again?  Because they’re comfortable?  Because they used to be your favorites?  Because they were expensive?  Because you’re afraid you might need them again someday?

Think about the symbolic message you are conveying by keeping those clothes.  You are essentially affirming that you don’t trust your ability to make your weight loss permanent. …

How to Lose Weight and Feel Good at the Same Time

Many weight loss plans can’t help but make you feel bad in one way or another.  Either you’re restricting your food intake so severely that you feel hungry all the time, or you’re cutting out all of the foods you love so you feel deprived.  Is there a way to lose weight and feel good at the same time?

Read on for easy ways to lose weight and enjoy every minute of it:

1. Eat Foods You Love

Diets and weight loss plans don’t have to be boring and predictable.  You can easily find nutritious, low-calorie foods that tantalize your taste buds and satisfy you emotionally too.  Experiment with various kinds of fruit, vegetables, salad combinations, casseroles, soups and stews, breads and rolls, interesting side dishes, and snacks. …

Are You Struggling to Lose Weight?

If you’re struggling to lose weight despite making changes to your diet and exercise habits, you may be tempted to just give up.  After all, what’s the sense in trying if you’re not going to get anywhere?  Your frustration is understandable, and most of us have been there at one time or another.  But before you make any rash decisions, let’s take a look at some possible reasons why you’re struggling to lose weight and see if we can find some workable solutions for you.

First, take a step back mentally and look at your overall lifestyle habits throughout your lifetime.  Do you come from a family that loves to eat too much?  Do you “comfort eat” frequently when you feel anxious or depressed?  Do you have “lazy habits” that make you avoid getting enough exercise?…

Weight Loss Made Easy With 3 Simple Steps

There are a lot of different ways to lose weight, but many of them are complex, confusing, expensive, and time-consuming.  If you’re looking for a simpler way, take a look at these 3 Weight Loss Made Easy tips for success:

Weight Loss Made Easy Tip #1

Shrink those portion sizes.  Did you know that most overweight people eat 2-3 times the amount of food they should be consuming each day?  The massive portion sizes that have become “normal” in our modern culture is to blame for that.  The first weight loss made easy tip is to start trimming down your portion sizes, no matter what you eat.  Do you normally eat a plate full of cooked pasta?  Shrink that down to 1/2 cup, and add some cooked vegetables and a serving of lean protein.  Is your cereal bowl the size of a dishpan?  For most cereals, a serving size is 3/4 cup.  You get the idea – start shrinking your portion sizes and that alone should make you drop a few pounds.…

How to Lose Weight Properly

There are a lot of ways to lose weight these days – just do a search online or open any magazine and you’ll find diets galore.  Many of them probably work . . . for awhile.  But if you want to achieve long-term weight loss while also improving your health and fitness, you’ll be more interested in learning how to lose weight properly.

First, what NOT to do:

Avoid Pills

Diet pills may serve a purpose for some people, some of the time, but most health experts agree that they really aren’t necessary for most people – and may in fact do more harm than good.  Losing weight is a matter of changing your eating habits so that your body begins burning stored fat, rather than storing still more fat.  No mystery there.…

Can’t Lose Weight with Diet and Exercise?

Many a frustrated dieter has screamed to the heavens: Why can’t I lose weight with diet and exercise?!? Sometimes it SEEMS like you?re doing everything right and not getting the results you deserve, maybe Kent Ertugrul got you signed up for Phorm or another professional and still can’t drop the pounds, but more often there are a few little habits that are holding you back.  If you’ve been trying to lose weight with diet and exercise and you’re not seeing the progress you want, take a look at the common culprits below:

Too Much Sugar

Even if you are watching your calories like a hawk, you may be eating or drinking too much sugar.  Sugar creates a chemical reaction in your body that promotes the storage of fat. …

What is the Natural Way to Lose Weight Fast?

Amidst the many weight loss programs and “cures” available today, many people are looking for the fastest natural way to lose weight, one that does not include dangerous pills or extreme fad dieting.  Does this way even exist?  Absolutely!

The fastest natural way to lose weight is to adjust your eating and exercise habits to promote a healthy body weight.  That sure sounds simple, but we all know that it’s often anything but simple.  Or rather – the process itself is simple but the steps we must take are hard!…

How to Keep Your Weight Loss Motivation Strong

Have you ever noticed that most people start a diet or weight loss plan and they do great for two, maybe three weeks, but then their motivation starts to drop?  Almost all of the people who start a diet plan start feeling less interested and less motivated within 3-4 weeks maximum.  This happens because they start to feel bored and they lose that inner spark of enthusiasm when the days keep dragging on and they’re still eating the same foods, doing the same workout routine . . .

If this has happened to you too, you’ll be glad to know that there is a way to overcome it.  The secret to continued weight loss motivation is: REGULAR CHANGE.

The more you keep changing things up and setting new challenges for yourself, the more likely you will be to stay motivated and interested. 

There are a few ways you can do this:…


How to Use Visualization for Weight Loss

Using visualization for weight loss is a simple matter of using the power of your mind to generate specific feelings in your body, which will then inspire you to take better actions to achieve your goal.  There are a few different ways to do this, and we’ll explore two of them below:

Visualizing the End Result

Consider for a moment what your weight loss goal is.  Do you want to look a certain way, wear certain types of clothing, or weigh a certain amount?  Close your eyes and imagine that you’ve already achieved this goal.  Picture yourself wearing a nice outfit that makes you feel good, or see yourself doing something that you would do after you’ve lost weight, like horseback riding or skydiving.  Stay with the mental images for a few minutes, making them as realistic as possible.…

How to Use Affirmations for Weight Loss

Using affirmations for weight loss can help give your healthy eating and exercise lifestyle a boost.  That’s because a very large part of successful weight loss is mental, not just physical.  Below are 3 key things that will help you use affirmations for weight loss effectively:

Weight Loss Affirmations Key #1

Stop the negative affirmations.  Did you know that speaking or thinking negatively about yourself or your body is a form of affirmation too?  When you say or think things like, “I’m so gross, I need to lose weight . . . Ugh, I feel fat today . . . losing weight is so hard for me,” all you do is keep “affirming” that you don’t like your body, that you aren’t attractive, and so on.…

Do You Have a Fear of Losing Weight?

Losing weight is challenging for almost everyone, even if they really do want to lose the weight.  But that challenge grows much bigger for people who have a fear of losing weight.  Weight loss for these people will be much harder because they’ve got some emotional issues to work through before they can focus on the physical aspects of weight loss.

The fear of losing weight is usually not about the weight loss itself.  More often it’s about what the weight loss would mean in other areas of your life.  For example, you may fear that your spouse will get angry about your change in appearance (or feel less attracted to you).  You may fear that other men/women might become more attracted to you, which would create tension between you and your spouse.  There are many possible reasons why a person might fear losing weight; these are just a couple of common examples. 

If you think you might have a fear of losing weight but you aren’t sure, ask yourself these questions:…

What negative things could happen if you lost weight?

Are You Obsessed with Dieting?

Every few months one of my close friends calls to tell me about a new diet plan she’s following or will soon be following.  “My co-worker lost 20 pounds on this diet.”  “My neighbor says her daughter is doing great on this plan.”  “I’m starting my diet again tomorrow.”  To her credit, she usually picks diets that are safe, no extreme fads or dangerous diets.  But I can’t help but chuckle mentally every time she tells me she’s starting a new diet because in between those diets, she’s eating all the wrong foods and exercising only rarely.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m no saint with my eating and exercise habits either.  I do my best to eat healthy, and I also enjoy a few high-calorie treats occasionally.  I’m also not against dieting in general.  It’s a good thing to be conscious of bad eating habits and take steps to improve them.  But is dieting really the way to go? 

When I look at my friend, I see that she’s lost and gained the same 20 pounds over and over again for the past several years.  She firmly believes that dieting is the only way to lose weight, and once she’s lost it she goes right back to the eating habits that made her gain the weight in the first place.  Shortly thereafter, she starts gaining weight back and decides to go on another diet.…

Can Being Happy Help You Lose More Weight?

People often think that their lives need to be a certain way before they can be happy.  “I’ll be happy when I’m making more money.  I’ll be happy when I meet Mr. Right/Ms. Right.  I’ll be happy when I lose weight.” 

The truth is that being happy is a choice we make day by day, moment to moment.  Many great spiritual teachers encourage us to be happy despite the fact that we don’t have everything we want, and by doing so we will be open to receiving still more happiness.

When it comes to weight loss however, it doesn’t seem like being happy can help you lose weight . . . until you consider a few important things:

Happy People Exercise More

People who are chronically unhappy, depressed, or angry don’t exercise as much as happy people do.  Let’s face it; you need to have at least a partially positive attitude to recognize the benefits of regular exercise, and you need to feel somewhat happy or positive to be motivated to work out.  Unhappy people avoid things that make them feel good, and exercise is a great way to feel good. 

Happy People Eat Healthier

Unhappy people don’t see the point in eating healthy, so they gravitate toward “comfort foods” that soothe them and keep them overweight.  Happy people know that nutritious food will make their bodies feel good, which will help keep them feeling good emotionally too.  They seem to instinctively know that staying happy means treating their bodies with love and kindness.…

3 Simple Tips to Boost Your Diet Willpower

When you start a diet, willpower can be your best friend.  It keeps you feeling strong and in control, no matter the temptations you face each day.  But how do you get that strong, rock-solid willpower that will keep you on track until you reach your weight loss goal, and beyond?  It’s actually very easy to strengthen your diet willpower, but it does require a little bit of practice. 

Start with these three strategies:

Diet Willpower Strategy #1 – Need vs. Want

The first step in strengthening your willpower is to recognize the difference between needs and wants.  You may want that chocolate brownie, but do you really NEED to have it?  Will it kill you to say “no thanks”?  Most of the time, just acknowledging that you don’t really need to eat certain foods makes you feel empowered enough to bypass them.  You may need to practice this technique several times before you feel really confident with it, but it does get easier the more you do it.…

Setting Weight Loss Goals

Setting weight loss goals is one of the most common practices among people who want to lose weight, but few people do it in a way that makes them more likely to succeed.  Below we’ve compiled some excellent tips for setting effective weight loss goals, and the reasons why you should do so.

First, the benefits of setting weight loss goals:

You’ll have a clear idea of what you want to achieve.
You’ll have a clear plan of action for achieving it.
You’ll have fewer opportunities for excuses.
You’ll be more motivated to stick with your plan long-term.
You’ll be able to see your progress clearly along the way.

There are other benefits to setting weight loss goals, but those are some of the best ones.…

Fast Weight Loss Tricks to Give You an Edge

There are many fast weight loss tricks that can be used to safely and quickly lose weight.  Below we’ve highlighted a few really easy ones, as well as a few things you should NEVER do to lose weight quickly.…

Eat vegetable soup.  Make your own delicious vegetable soup with low sodium broth and lots of yummy vegetables.  There are tons of free recipes online; pick one that sounds good (make sure it contains a lot of high-fiber vegetables) and make a big pot of it each week.  Eat 2-3 servings of soup a day for delicious, low-calorie, high-fiber, filling meals and snacks. 
Eat two salads a day.  Salads are an excellent way to fill up while ingesting very few calories.  Just watch the “extras,” including dressing.  Either make your own dressing with extra virgin olive oil and vinegar, or choose a low-calorie bottled variety.

3 Powerful Motivation Tips for Weight Loss

When it comes to losing weight, you really need to be motivated to stick with a healthy eating and exercise plan long term.  Not only while you are actively losing weight, but after you’ve reached your weight loss goals too – after all, if you go back to your old habits, you’ll quickly regain all of the weight you lost.

When you first start a weight loss plan, you’re already motivated.  You aren’t happy with your weight and you firmly decide to do something about it.  That initial burst of motivation may last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, but eventually your determination is going to weaken and you may need a little bit of help to get it back up to a helpful level.…

5 Fat Burning Tips for Easy Weight Loss

If you want to lose weight, you need to do one important thing: burn stored fat!  But how?  Below are some of the simplest, yet most effective things you can do to burn more fat each day and lose weight easily.…

Enjoy citrus fruits.  Citrus fruits are one of the most powerful weapons in your weight loss arsenal for several reasons.  First, citrus fruits are high in fiber which can help stabilize blood sugar so you feel less hungry.  They also have an alkalizing effect on the body, which helps reduce bloating and inflammation and improves energy levels.  Finally, citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, which can help boost immune function, and they are low in calories which makes them a perfect addition to any weight loss plan.

What is a Quick Way to Lose Weight?

If you’re looking for a quick way to lose weight, physical exercise is one of the most effective methods to help you drop excess pounds.  The reason it works so well is that calories are burned through physical exercise, which also triggers your body to metabolize stored fat.

The more calories you burn, the more fat you’ll burn.  The best form of exercise for doing this is aerobic exercise – the kind that gets your heart pumping faster.  Good forms of aerobic exercise are: brisk walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, dancing, and various sports activities.

Building lean muscle is also a quick way to lose weight, because the more lean muscle you have, the more calories you will burn even when you aren’t actively exercising.  Resistance training like weight lifting allows you to safely build lean muscle while burning stored fat.…

How to Keep a Positive Attitude About Weight Loss

Most people think that if they can just get their eating and exercise habits in line, they’ll lose weight effortlessly and keep it off for good.  What they often fail to realize is that their mental attitude plays a HUGE role in determining their physical actions day to day.

Consider for a moment what your mental attitude is usually like, especially as it pertains to the state of your body.  Do you avoid taking the actions that you know would be good for you?  Do you “beat yourself up” for eating poorly?  Do you try to force yourself to eat right and exercise?

Developing a positive attitude about weight loss can make the process much easier!  Rather than fighting an inner battle with yourself (“Have to do this; don’t want to do this; this sucks; I hate exercise .…

7 Tips on How to Lose Weight for Summer

Summer is just around the corner and if you still haven’t lost the winter bulk that crept on while you were hibernating, now is the perfect time to do something about it.  Below are 7 easy things you can do to start slimming down and looking great just in time for swimsuit weather.…

Drink more water.  Eight glasses of water a day hydrates your body and makes everything function better – muscles, organs, and cells.  You’ll flush toxins from your body and burn fat much more quickly and easily than if you are dehydrated.
Ditch sweetened drinks.  Soda, energy drinks, and sweetened coffee and tea add a LOT of calories to your daily intake, and very often just cutting these out of your diet will result in a few pounds weight lost.  If you’re drinking 8 glasses of water a day, you certainly won’t feel thirsty so eliminating extra beverages shouldn’t be difficult.

Healthy Fat Loss for a Successful Diet

There are a lot of ways to lose weight these days, but not all of them are good for you.  In fact, some of them are downright dangerous.  When most people decide to lose weight, what they really want to achieve is healthy fat loss.  After all, it’s possible to “lose weight” by deteriorating muscle tissue, or losing water weight. 

If you want to achieve healthy fat loss, what should you do?  Healthy fat loss is achieved by making positive lifestyle changes that promote the metabolism of stored fat – otherwise known as “burning fat”.

There are five key areas to consider:

1. Calories burned.

The more calories you burn in a day through physical activity, the more stored fat you will burn.  One of the most effective activities for doing this is known as cardiovascular exercise or aerobic exercise.  Common cardio exercises are: brisk walking, jogging, swimming, aerobics, calisthenics, and biking.  One pound of body fat equals 3,500 calories.  To lose one pound, you would need to burn off 3,500 calories – for example, burning 500 calories a day with aerobic exercise, which would equal a one pound loss in a week.…

Top 10 Quick Dieting Tips

Today we thought it would be fun to put together a list of our top 10 quick dieting tips.  These are quick and easy things you can to do shed a few pounds and make your weight loss journey easier.  Feel free to add your own favorites to the list – this is a handy resource to keep on hand when you’re starting to feel bored and restless with your current plan.  Choose one or more item from the list and change things up!

Quick Dieting Tip #1 – Get Creative with Salads

Salads don’t have to be bland and boring!  Browse the produce section of your supermarket for some zesty, spicy, flavorful items to add.  Try adding different kinds of foods for flavor, like peppers, onions, olives, capers, herbs, radishes, and even different types of lettuce.  Add tomatoes for color, avocados for healthy fat, lean protein in the form of skinless chicken breast, shrimp, or crab meat.  You can put anything you want in a salad.  Get creative!…

Fun Ways to Lose Weight

Let’s face it; losing weight is hard work, and often not very fun.  There’s the bland, boring meals, gruelling workouts, deprivation, and temptation around every corner.  As if that weren’t enough, you often feel like you have to avoid gatherings and events that you used to think were fun, simply because you don’t want to torture yourself with all of the good food and alcoholic beverages that you can no longer have.

The good news is that there are plenty of ways to make weight loss fun and easy – it doesn’t always have to be such a huge downer.  Below are some easy ways to start changing your perception of dieting and exercise so they seem less like a chore and more like something you can happily manage.…

Healthy Daily Eating Plan to Lose Weight

Do you feel a bit of resistance about traditional diet plans?  If so, you may be looking for a more relaxed approach to healthy weight loss.  But without a diet, how do you know what to eat and when, while still being able to lose weight?

The following tips will provide a sample “snapshot” of a daily eating plan for weight loss.  Keep in mind that this just an example and you may want to adjust it to better suit your own needs and goals.

1. Breakfast is important.

The first thing to keep in mind each day is that breakfast is a very important meal.  It helps your body wake up and gets your metabolism going again after being at rest all night long.  Good choices for breakfast foods are those that contain complex carbohydrates for immediate fuel, plus lean protein and a small amount of fat for energy and satisfaction.  Half of a whole grain bagel with cream cheese or peanut butter is a good choice, as is yogurt with granola, or even one egg and some fruit.…

Easy Weight Loss Trick That Works Every Time

There are so many complex weight loss plans available today, and most of them probably work when applied correctly.  But many people shy away from confusing, expensive plans that require a lot of time, preparation, and expense.  Are you one of those people?  Do you wish there was a simpler, easier way to lose weight for good?

There is.

In this article I’m going to share a timeless, easy weight loss “trick” that really works.  There’s nothing “tricky” about it, really.  But it does almost seem magical in a way when you see the results of it working in your life.

Ready for the trick?  Here it is:  eat smaller portions.

You’ve heard that one before, I’m sure.  But have you ever given it a fair chance to work for you?…

3 Quick Simple Ways to Lose Weight Fast

There are plenty of diet plans that promise fast weight loss, but many of them are also unhealthy – if not downright dangerous.  Are there any healthy, safe ways to lose weight fast?  Absolutely! 

By “fast” I don’t mean you’ll drop 20 pounds in a week or anything; that’s excessive.  But what if you could make a few small changes to your habits and easily and steadily lose weight and reach your goal in the next 2-3 months?  (The length of time it takes depends on how much weight you need to lose, but for most people a few months would be reasonable.)

If that sounds good to you, take a look at the super-simple fast weight loss tips below:…

Drink plenty of water.

How to Get Rid of Stomach Fat Fast

If you’re trying to get rid of stomach fat, it’s important to know that there are right and wrong ways to do it.  One of the wrong ways is by starving yourself.  It almost seems to make sense at first glance, doesn’t it?  Just stop eating and you’ll be sure to lose weight, from your stomach and everywhere else.

The problem is, this approach always creates more challenges than it solves.  Sure, at first you may indeed lose some weight by starving yourself.  Your stomach may even seem to shrink and get flatter.  But the act of severely restricting your calories sends a strong signal to your body that it’s in danger of starvation.  In response, your body then begins storing every bit of fat that it can. 

So, think about this for a moment.  You starve yourself for a few days and you’re losing weight and feeling good about it.  But eventually the hunger pangs become too much and you decide to eat a little something.  Whereas before your body might have simply burned that food for fuel, now it’s trying to conserve energy so it stores more of it as fat.  Over time, you’ll dramatically slow down your metabolism by eating too little, and every time you do eat you’ll store more fat.…

Is There Have Fast, Safe Weight Loss?

One major thing that people who want to lose weight have in common is the desire to lose it FAST!  Of course, most of them want to lose it safely too.  Does that describe you?  If so, you may be wondering if it’s indeed possible to achieve fast, safe weight loss.

You’re probably already aware that there are plenty of ways to lose weight that are NOT safe.  Like crash diets, starvation diets, fad diets, and diet pills with dangerous stimulants.  None of these will work long term, and they can create a lot of scary health problems.

One of the healthiest and safest ways to lose weight is by simply making changes to your eating and exercise habits.  Removing the foods that are unhealthy and fattening; increasing your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables; reducing portion sizes; drinking plenty of water; exercising to burn fat and tone your muscles.…

3 Ways to Boost Your Energy and Lose Weight

Losing weight is a common goal that countless people are working toward at any given time, but few of these people also consider the importance of boosting their energy.  Instead, they often embark on weight loss programs that are exhausting and depleting, and then wonder why they feel so rotten.

Losing weight is supposed to make you feel good, right?  It’s supposed to make you feel healthier, stronger, and better than you did while you were overweight – but that’s only true if you do it in a healthy way.

Below are three good ways to boost your energy and lose weight at the same time:

1. Eat Raw Vegetables

Vegetables are loaded with vital nutrients that your body needs to remain strong and energetic. …

Be Aware of These Dangers of Rapid Weight Loss

When you decide to lose weight, you probably want it gone sooner rather than later.  However, there are some serious dangers of rapid weight loss that should be considered before you jump on the latest fad diet bandwagon.

Far too often people are turning to the newest fad diet or the newest diet pill on the market. Both of these actions can lead to not only a dangerous loss of weight, but also the onset of very dangerous, possibly life-threatening side effects. From using laxatives to diets that mirror near-starvation, people are willing to do nearly anything to look good and lose weight.

Niche diets are the hottest thing nowadays. Supporters of these diets insist that as long as you follow their strict dieting plan, you’ll reach any weight goal you may have.…

How to Beat Your Weight Loss Problems for Good

When it comes to weight loss, there are several common, persistent weight loss problems that can hold you back.

The biggest problem when it comes to losing weight is you! Although it sounds cruel and harsh to say, it is true. Losing weight is not just about how small of a number you see on the scale, rather it is about how good you feel about yourself and how healthy you feel. You can weigh 105 pounds and still feel unhealthy because you aren’t taking care of yourself. Having a positive attitude, proper motivation, and the confidence in yourself to get started all starts and ends with you.

Another weight loss problem revolves around the food we now have available in our society.…

3 Reasons Why Being Overweight Can Harm Your Health

Day in and day out there are advertisements on television to help you lose weight, but they never tell you just why you should lose weight, other than for vanity reasons. Being overweight does not just affect your self-esteem or your social life. It also has a big impact on your health. Fat affects your heart, lungs, muscles and bones. An unhealthy lifestyle has a huge impact on your life too. Many of the common problems associated with being overweight are life threatening and could result in an early death. Here are just three of the many reasons why being overweight is unhealthy for you.

1. Diabetes

Being overweight can lead to one of the most common conditions seen around the modern world, Type 2 diabetes.…

4 Cheap and Easy Fast Weight Loss Tips

Have you ever put off losing weight because you can’t afford to follow a strict diet which demands expensive food, or attend an expensive members-only gym?  That doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from following a few easy, fast, and cheap ways to lose that excess weight.

Here are a few keys to easy, fast weight loss that won’t break the bank:

1. Be Aware of Your Caloric Intake

One of the major obstacles to permanent weight loss is being aware of how many calories you are taking in.  Keeping a small notebook with you at all times is an easy way to make sure you know exactly what it is that you’ve eaten. A quick written reminder of the exact amount of calories for each meal you’ve had will help you quickly see where you stand.…

How to Stop Eating for Emotional Emptiness

Emotional emptiness is one of the biggest causes of overeating, and it has the power to sabotage your weight loss efforts until you resolve it.  Before we get into exactly how to do that, let’s clarify exactly what “emotional emptiness” is.  Most often that term is used to describe a feeling of hollowness, sadness, loss, or disconnection.

Many people eat to muffle this hollow feeling.  Others drink alcohol, take drugs, shop excessively, gamble, or engage in other unproductive, unhealthy behaviors.

Fortunately, there are plenty of healthy ways to resolve emotional emptiness.  Here are a few good ones:

Reconnect with your inner self.

The terms “emotional emptiness” and “spiritual emptiness” are really interchangeable in most cases.  Whether it’s your emotions or your spiritual self that is crying out for attention, both can be resolved by simply taking time to tune in and get reconnected each day.…

If Dieting Makes You Miserable

Dieting and losing weight can sometimes make you miserable, and not just because you are trying to change your eating habits.  Many people fail to realize that there are often hidden purposes that their weight serves, and when they start losing weight, they suddenly realize that they feel very uncomfortable.

This discomfort is often enough to make them start sabotaging their weight loss so they can go back to their former state of feeling comfortable, even if they truly believe that they want to lose weight.

What kind of hidden purposes can your weight serve?

You may be hiding behind your weight, using it as an excuse to avoid achieving other goals or performing other activities.  For example, you may feel stuck in an unhappy relationship, but it is comfortable and familiar so you stay. …

Emotions, Weight Loss, and Healthy Living

For many people, losing weight is not just a simple matter of changing their diet and exercise habits.  There is often a whole slew of emotional factors that come into play too.  Emotions and weight loss can create a tangled web of confusion, especially when your emotions cause you to eat too much and sabotage your efforts.

Below are a few simple strategies for dealing with emotions and weight loss:

Go easy on yourself.

First, remember that you are only human, and humans feel emotion.  There’s no shame in that.  Don’t beat yourself up for feeling emotions, and don’t try to repress your emotions by eating.  When you learn to listen to your emotions, weight loss is much less complicated because you process feelings in healthy ways and avoid using food to deal with them.…

Quitting Smoking While Losing Weight is Possible

Quitting smoking while losing weight – is it possible, or is it too daunting to tackle two major goals at the same time?  It really depends on how determined you are to do both.  In fact, if you’re really determined, it’s not only possible, it can be downright easy!

Here are a few easy ways to make it easier:

Quitting Smoking/Losing Weight Strategy #1
Replace smoking with exercise!

If you smoke, you probably have a harder time exercising because your lung capacity is reduced.  Quitting smoking and replacing it with exercise is a fantastic way to release tension, improve your lung capacity, and lose weight all at the same time.  You can either perform one or two longer workouts each day, or break it down into numerous shorter workouts. …

What to Do When You Feel Discouraged About Weight Loss

Losing weight is rarely as simple as we think it should be.  You hear it all the time, “just eat less and move more”.  But sometimes that is not enough, and even if it could be, we often don’t know just how much less to eat, and how much more to move.

Most everyone will start to lose weight when they first begin a diet or weight loss program.  The program itself doesn’t seem to matter – but when the numbers on the scale stop moving and you aren’t sure why, it can be incredibly frustrating.  Your first impulse might be to restrict your food intake in an attempt to “punish” your body, but that’s not always a good idea.

Instead, when your weight loss has stopped and you start to feel discouraged, the very first thing you should do is review your progress so far. …

Your Weight Loss Secret Weapon: Accountability

Accountability is one of the most powerful weapons you have in your weight loss toolbox.  Accountability keeps you on track, keeps you making the right decisions, and keeps your progress steady.

What is accountability?

Accountability means answering to someone for your progress (or lack of progress).  If you don’t do what you said you were going to do, if you don’t make progress on your goals, you need to answer a few questions as to why that is.  This may not sound like a big deal to you, but when you are answering to someone you admire and trust, it can be uncomfortable to admit, “I haven’t stuck to my action goals this week, so I haven’t made any progress.”

Can you see how this might keep you on track? …

How to Stop Being Be Obsessed with Food

Everyone loves food, and it’s natural to enjoy eating – but what happens when you are literally obsessed with food, thinking about it constantly, making it very difficult for you to lose weight?  Most often there are emotional causes behind food obsession.  You aren’t really obsessed with food – you are expressing a deeper emotional need that is being expressed through food.

That may sound complex, but it’s actually very simple.  Below are a few common reasons why you may feel obsessed with food:

Obsessed with Food Cause #1 – You Feel Deprived

If you are dieting – and especially if your diet is very strict – you may simply feel deprived, which makes you crave everything you aren’t allowed to have. …

Being Selfish Enough to Eat Right and Lose Weight

Most of us have been taught that selfishness isn’t an admirable trait.  We were taught to put other people before ourselves, to sacrifice, to “be nice”.  But when it comes to weight loss, you really need to develop a certain level of healthy selfishness in order to make yourself a priority.

It takes time and effort to eat right, exercise, and manage stress.  These are all parts of a healthy lifestyle, and your weight loss depends on it.  But what if you’re not used to putting yourself first?  What if you struggle to find enough time to work out, prepare healthful meals, and take better care of yourself?

Making your own self-care a high priority is the only way to overcome these challenges. …

How to Eat Smaller Portions: Painless Tips & Strategies

Eating smaller portions is an important part of any weight loss plan, but sometimes it’s challenging to do so.  You’re hungry, you want to eat enough to feel satisfied, but those little servings of food on your plate seem too skimpy.

Here are some painless ideas for how to eat smaller portions while still feeling satisfied:

First, remember that vegetables are your best friends!  It’s the one food group that you can eat substantial portions of, while ingesting relatively few calories.

For example, imagine eating a meal of lean chicken breast, vegetables and brown rice.  Three ounces of chicken breast has less than 150 calories; and 1/2 cup of brown rice has 110 calories.  Now add vegetables:  1 cup of broccoli has less than 60 calories; 1 cup of cauliflower has approximately 30 calories. …

Common Weight Loss Excuses

There are endless excuses that can hold you back from losing weight.  Overcoming these excuses is as simple as dismantling their apparent logic.  Excuses always “seem” to make sense at first glance, but when you start taking them apart you realize how weak they are.

Let’s look at some common excuses:

“It’s too hard.”

Is weight loss really all that hard?  Sure, some effort is required, but effort is required to stay fat too.  You’ve still got to prepare and eat meals, you will just prepare and eat meals that are better for you.  Exercise is required, so that does qualify as being hard – at least at first.  However, when you consider how “hard” it is to feel bloated, fat, and exhausted all the time, exercising for 30 minutes and feeling better the rest of the time isn’t a bad trade-off.…

3 Things You May Not Know About Diet Self-Sabotage

Self-sabotage is a big problem for dieters, because they often aren’t aware that they are sabotaging themselves. They often feel as if their struggles are caused solely by outside influences, but deep down inside, they are the ones that are causing the conflicts.  Have you ever done this?

Maybe you started a diet and you were going along so well, and then you did something that immediately knocked you off track – like attended a party where you knew you’d have trouble sticking to your plan but you did it anyway?  That may seem like an outer influence, but in reality, you may have made a subconscious decision to attend the party with the intention to sabotage your diet.

Why would anyone want to sabotage their diet?…

The Importance For a Great Weight Loss Food Journal

Keeping a weight loss food journal is one of the best ways to keep yourself on track to success.  Why does this work so well, and how exactly do you keep a weight loss journal?

Below are 4 powerful tips that explain why it’s so important, and why it works like a charm with any weight loss plan:

Weight Loss Food Journal Tip #1 – A Clear View

A weight loss food journal offers a very clear view of everything you’ve been doing, eating, and drinking since you began your weight loss program.  You can use an actual journal, or simply use a lined notebook.

In the journal, jot down your starting weight, your goal weight, and your bodily measurements (upper arms, bust, waist, hips, thighs, calves). …

Do Not Let These 5 Reasons Make Your Diet Fail

When you start a diet, you’ve got all the best intentions for sticking with it and reaching your weight loss goal.  Unfortunately, many (even most) people who start a diet give up after a few short weeks, or even less.  Why does this happen?

There are several possible reasons why a diet might fail.  Take a look at some of the more common reasons below:

1. You resist change.

Even though you may WANT to change, you may also have a hard time doing it.  Let’s face it; most of us are creatures of habit.  We like things comfortable and predictable.  If we’re forced to change our comfortable habits (or if we simply decide we want to change them), we suddenly don’t like the instability and unpredictability that consumes us.…

Anger Eating: How Not to Swallow Your Anger

When it comes to weight loss, there are several emotional factors that can greatly impact your results, and anger is one of the bigger ones.  “Anger eating” means eating food in an attempt to soothe feelings of anger.

Sometimes there is an obvious connection between anger and eating – like when you have an argument with your spouse and you immediately start craving sweets.  It’s no big secret why this happens; anger makes you feel bad, so you crave something that you believe will make you feel better.

However, sometimes we can carry a continuous, low-level feeling of anger within that we may not even realize is there.  It may be related to old traumas, injustices, arguments, and betrayals from the past. …

Why Have I Stopped Losing Weight? Find Out Why.

Almost all dieters at some point exclaim in panic, “Why have I stopped losing weight!”  It’s no fun when the numbers on the scale stop moving – especially if you’ve been sticking to your weight loss plan and it was working fine for you up until now.

There are plenty of possible reasons why you may have stopped losing weight, but below are a few common ones.

1 – Stress

Stress can do funny things to our bodies, and one of them is messing with weight loss.  If you’ve stopped losing weight, the first thing to do is consider how much stress you have on a daily basis.  Do you have a stressful job?  Are you dealing with some family challenges? …

The Causes of Fatigue and Weight Loss. Don’t Burn Out!

Fatigue and weight loss is a common complaint; many people are surprised when they start a diet and suddenly find themselves yawning all day – isn’t eating healthier supposed to give you more energy?  Yes, but sometimes you may be doing things that drag your energy down without knowing it.  Take a look at the common causes of fatigue with weight loss and see if any of them may be causing your fatigue.

Fatigue and Weight Loss Cause #1 – Not eating enough calories.

You may be overzealous in your attempts to lose weight, and consequently reduce your calories too much.  You definitely don’t want to starve yourself because you’ll only slow down your metabolism and struggle with low energy.  Your body simply won’t have enough fuel to keep it going, so you’ll struggle with feelings of fatigue and cloudy thinking. …

Lose More Weight With Good Time Management

One of the more challenging aspects of weight loss is finding time to do all the extra tasks that come along with a healthier lifestyle.  You need time to prepare healthy meals, time to work out, time to shop for food and other supplies, time to pack your lunch for work so you avoid the vending machines, and so on.

How can you make time for these tasks without feeling overwhelmed?

First, get into the habit of always planning ahead.  Each week, make a list of things you need to do to stay on track.  Write down all of the things you’ll need to do, and consider how to do them most efficiently.  Can you combine activities, like stopping by the market on your way home from soccer practice? …

How Being Optimistic Can Help You Lose Weight

Do you consider yourself to be an optimist, or a pessimist?  Would you believe that your state of mind day to day has a big impact on how much you weight you lose?  Let’s face it; losing weight can be hard.  You’ve got to constantly work on improving your eating habits, avoiding fattening foods you used to love, making time for exercise each day, and generally devoting a fair amount of time to taking good care of yourself.

When you try to do all these things under a cloud of negative thinking, it just feels that much harder.  Your negative self-talk works against you so you feel unmotivated, bitter, and disgusted by all the things you “have” to do to lose weight.…

Stress and Losing Weight. How to Avoid Slip-Ups

Stress and losing weight don’t go together well.  In fact, the more stressed you are, the less weight you’ll be able to lose.  Why is this?  When you feel stressed or threatened in any way, your body releases a flood of a hormone called cortisol.  Cortisol is helpful in dangerous situations because it prepares your body for “fight or flight”.  You become more alert, your muscles tense, your pain sensitivity drops, and you get ready to fight for your life or run like crazy!  In a truly dangerous situation, this can save your life.

But most of us do not face actual life-threatening danger each day.  Instead, we operate under a chronic, ongoing, low-level condition of stress and anxiety.  Our bodies don’t know the difference, so they keep pumping out that cortisol – which contributes to the formation of fat cells, especially in the abdominal area.…

How to Eat Less Sugar and Lose Weight

If you’re trying to lose weight, one major step you’ll want to take is to eat less sugar.  All of those sugary treats, sugary beverages, and gooey goodies keep your body in insulin-producing mode, which contributes to the formation of fat cells.  The more sugar you consume, the more fat will be stored on your body.

The problem is, it’s hard to give up all that sugary goodness!  How can you eat less sugar and lose weight without feeling like you’re being deprived?

Here are three good ways to start:

1 – Eat more protein.

Protein takes a lot longer to digest than sugar, so it prevents your body from releasing too much insulin.  Protein fills you up and provides energy for your muscles, which helps give your body that lean, sleek look you desire. …

How to Stop Junk Food Cravings – Fast!

Junk food cravings have the power to ruin your diet – if you give in to them.  The question is, how do you NOT give in to them, when they are driving you crazy and all you want to do is go back to eating your customary, junk food favorites?

There are several great ways to curb junk food cravings:

Junk Food Cravings Blaster #1 – Drink a glass of water.

If you are craving junk food, you may simply be thirsty!  Many cravings for food are actually a misinterpreted signal of dehydration.  The next time you start craving junk food, or any food that isn’t allowed on your diet, immediately drink a big glass of water, wait 10 minutes, and see how you feel. …

3 Simple Weight Loss Tips to Get Started

Sometimes we make things more complicated than they need to be, and weight loss is often one of those things.  There are endless ways to lose weight.  We can count calories, we can limit unhealthy foods, we can exercise to burn more calories – we can even follow a complicated, detailed weight loss plan.

Are these things always necessary to lose weight?  Not really, and certainly not for everyone.  Believe it or not, it’s possible to lose weight and keep it off by taking these three simple steps:

1. Eat more vegetables.

Simply by committing to eating more vegetables each day, you will keep your stomach feeling full and satisfied and your body energized.  Vegetables supply a lot of nutrients to the body, as well as fiber, which helps your digestive system function better.…

How to Speed Up Weight Loss with These Simple Tricks

There’s nothing more frustrating than following a weight loss plan and seeing the numbers on the scale move so slowly that it seems like you’ll never reach your goal. There are many effective ways on how to speed up weight loss, depending on the diet plan you’re following. Take a look at the ideas below and see if some of them might fit with your current plan:

Eat More Vegetables

Eating a lot of low calorie, high fiber vegetables like lettuce, spinach, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and broccoli provides your body with nutrients and plenty of roughage to keep your digestive system moving. Another bonus: eating these low calorie foods frequently throughout the day keeps sending the signal to your body that it’s okay to rev up that metabolism and burn stored fat.…

Curb Your Cravings with the Power of Imagination

If you struggle with trying to find a way to curb your cravings for sweets or other junk foods, you’re going to love the fun exercise below. Imagination has been well-documented to be a powerful tool in achieving any goal, including weight loss. In fact, you may have heard or read about people using “visualization” to imagine themselves slender and fit, which then helps them stick to a weight loss plan more easily. Professional athletes also use this technique to improve their performance in sports.

You can use this same technique to satisfy cravings for various foods, and it’s so easy and fun to do!

Here’s how:

The next time you start craving a food that you don’t want to eat because it will ruin your diet, curb your cravings by first finding a quiet place to be alone.…

Healthy Habits for Permanent Weight Maintenance

Congratulations! You’ve finally reached your goal weight and now you’re starting to think about the rest of your life – how can you keep the weight off and still create a little more balance in your life? Weight maintenance can be a little scary at first, but it’s definitely not difficult if you follow these key steps:

Exercise is Your Best Friend

Daily exercise is going to be key in keeping your metabolism strong and allowing a little wiggle room in your diet. Many people find that they don’t have to be obsessive about their eating habits if they are simply moving enough each day. That doesn’t mean you can go back to eating an entire pizza in one sitting, of course, but as long as you are working out vigorously each day, you should be able to stick to a balanced diet that also includes a few small treats here and there without gaining weight.…

How to Overcome Emotional Eating the Healthy Way

When you hear the term “emotional eating” you probably imagine the act of eating comfort foods to soothe unsettled emotions. That’s definitely the most common form of emotional eating, and needless to say, it can be incredibly destructive both mentally and physically.

However, there are healthier ways to eat emotionally, and they can actually help you lose weight.

Before we get to those, first consider what makes you reach for food when you eat emotionally. A desire to be comforted, right? What if you could be comforted by healthy food just as easily as you can by fattening food?

For example, have you ever enjoyed a cup of hearty vegetable soup when you feel cold or sick? Have you ever eaten a juicy piece of fruit on a hot day and savored every bite?…

3 Ways Hypnosis Can Help You Lose Weight

Hypnosis can be an effective weapon in your arsenal against excess weight. Its greatest power is the ability to help you get your thoughts in order, which then makes it easier to take healthy actions like improving your eating and exercise habits.

Here are three good ways that hypnosis can help with weight loss:

1) Calm Stress

If your life is stressful, you may be prone to overeating in an attempt to soothe yourself. Hypnosis can help you feel calm, centered, and confident, which gives you a sense of empowerment. Rather than reach for food when you feel stressed, you’ll be more likely to manage your stress in healthy ways.

2) Reduce Emotional Eating

Overeating in response to emotional upset is common in many people – and the emotional upset can often be triggered by old buried traumas that set up patterns of destructive behavior.…

10 Ways to Cut Calories and Not Notice

One of the common complaints about dieting is that you have to make a lot of unpleasant sacrifices. You may have to cut out or limit foods you love, and start eating foods you may not be so fond of. However, there are smaller, more subtle ways to cut calories and reach your weight loss goals – some of them are so simple and easy that you’ll barely notice you’re making healthier choices at all.

Take a look at the following easy ways to cut calories:

#1 – Use less mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is fattening, especially if you slather a few tablespoons onto sandwiches. Limit calories and fat by using a very thin layer (1 tablespoon or less). You’ll still get the flavor, but without the extra fat.…

Feng Shui for Weight Loss

Feng shui is the Chinese tradition of placing objects to encourage a positive flow of life energy (qi), which contributes to health, happiness, and harmony. What, if anything, does that have to do with weight loss? Can rearranging your furniture actually help you lose weight? Maybe not in obvious ways . . . but the idea isn’t completely groundless either.

There is a very real connection between your environment and your emotional health, and there is a very real connection between your emotional health and physical health. So it’s not too much of a stretch to believe that the quality of your surroundings might influence your physical well-being, with weight loss and other health-related issues.

Here are just a few of the ways that feng shui might be able to help you lose weight more easily:

Encouraging Order

In the practice of feng shui, order is vital.…

3 Tips on How to Lose Water Weight Fast

Carrying excess water weight can make you look bloated, even if you aren’t necessarily overweight. There are several possible reasons why your body might retain water. Hot and humid weather often plays a factor, as do dietary habits, certain medications and even various health conditions can make you retain water. If you are retaining water for no apparent reason, it may be wise to check with your doctor to be sure there isn’t a serious underlying cause.


Does Weight Loss Hypnosis Work? 3 Reasons Why it Might Not.

Hypnosis can be a powerful tool in helping you improve your eating and exercise habits, but sometimes it doesn’t seem to work too well for some people. Why is that? There are a few reasons why weight loss hypnosis may not always work well:

1 – You may not believe it will work.

Expectation is a powerful thing! Sometimes just by insisting that something won’t work, you will create a self-fulfilling prophecy. Since hypnosis helps change your mind-set and encourages better actions, believing that it won’t work for you is like slamming the door to your mind so hypnotic suggestions can’t take root.

You don’t necessarily have to believe wholeheartedly that hypnosis will work for you. You simply have to release your strong insistence that it won’t work and be willing to believe it COULD work.…

3 Things You Need to Know About Hypnosis, Losing Weight & Dieting

Hypnosis and dieting are often a beneficial combination, but many people aren’t clear on exactly what hypnosis is, and how it helps with weight loss. If you’ve been considering hypnosis as part of your weight loss plan, be sure to read the three important tips below first:

Hypnosis and Losing Weight Tip #1 – Hypnosis Will Not “Make” You Lose Weight

Hypnosis itself can not make you gain or lose weight. Hypnosis is not a cure for excess weight – in fact, it doesn’t work on your weight at all. It works on your mind. This can be helpful if you suspect that your overeating has mental or emotional causes. However, you will still have to do the work to lose weight.…

4 Weight Loss Problems and How to Overcome Them

Losing weight seems like it should be a no-brainer – just eat less, exercise, and the weight comes off. If only it were always that simple! There are several common weight loss problems that can derail even the most dedicated dieter.

Prepare and plan ahead for the following common weight loss problems and you’ll be much more likely to succeed where others have failed:

Weight Loss Problem #1 – Weak Willpower

Let’s face it; temptation lurks around every corner and if you don’t have the strength to say “no thanks” to fattening foods, you won’t get very far with your weight loss goals. Strengthening your willpower is as simple as taking back your power – the same power you have given to food.…

5 Tips on How to Get a Bikini Body by Summer

Even if you are locked in the midst of a cold winter, bundled in layers of clothing and sipping hot chocolate by the fire, NOW is the time to start thinking about how to get a bikini body by Summer. It’s not just about losing a few pounds – you’ll want to make your body as lean and trim as possible so you can not only wear a bikini but look really good in it.

The five most powerful moves you can make immediately are:

1) Eat clean

Not only is “junk food” loaded with calories, fat, sugar, and sodium, it does terrible things to your body, inside and out. It provides little energy for your body; it makes you retain water; it creates hormonal and chemical imbalances in the body; it elevates your blood glucose levels and slows down your metabolism; and the poor nutritional content makes you feel hungry constantly.…

How to Stop Stress Eating For Good

Stress eating is one of the most common reasons why people gain weight, and why they struggle to lose it. Stress eating means overeating in response to emotional stress. Every time you eat because you feel pressured, irritated, frustrated, overwhelmed, tired, cranky, or upset, you are “stress eating”. You are using food like a drug in an attempt to calm your emotions.

The two major problems with stress eating are:

1) It never works for long. You have to keep eating more and more to quiet those feelings.

2) You always end up eating more calories than your body needs, which makes you gain weight, which only makes you feel more stressed, which makes you eat more, which makes you gain more weight .…

Healthy Restuarants While on a Diet

You may already be aware that eating out and visiting your favorite restaurant doesn’t have to ruin your weight loss goals. Simply by making a few common sense choices like ordering grilled or baked dishes rather than fried, and eating only 1/3 to 1/2 of the portions given to you can go a long way in keeping you on track.

Another option you may not have thought about is visiting a different type of establishment. Some restaurants actually specialize in healthy, natural foods – yes, I’m referring to actual health-food restaurants (or health-food stores with small cafes inside).

They go by different names and classifications, but most often they will have some variation of “health food,” “whole food,” “organic food” or “natural food” in the name or description.…

How to Stop Eating When Bored

Do you have a problem with procrastination or have a bad habit of going to grab something to eat because you just can’t think straight?  This is usually an indication that you are just bored.  Knowing how to stop eating when bored might seem simple in theory but it is one of the main causes of letting your weight get out of control.  Luckily it can be flung back under control with a few of these simple tips.

Stop the Boredom and You Stop the Snacking!

With most weight loss plans, there is a real danger of getting bored with the food choices.  Somehow unhealthy food is so much more exciting, isn’t it?  Hmm, a fresh green salad, or a big plate of fried chicken with all the fixings? …

Share Your Weight Loss Success Stories

One of the greatest motivators no matter what you are doing is reading about the success of other peoples ventures.  Whether is be a business goal being met, a sporting achievement, a person from a troubled past rising above all odds – success stories should make you feel great and help bring home the possibilities that can be achieved if you really want something.

It isn’t just reading about success stories that can help with self-confidence, motivation, and discipline.  Sharing your story with others makes you realise what you have achieved and seeing it help other people gives you a great natural high.

The Importance of Sharing Your Weight Loss Success Story.

Do weight loss success stories inspire you? Do you love looking at before and after pictures and reading the stories that go along with them?…

The Importance of Self-Love in Weight Loss

The concept of self-love is uncomfortable for many people because they shudder to think about vain, egotistical people they’ve known. True self-love is nothing like vanity or egotism – in fact, quite the opposite. True self-love is subtle and humble, never obtrusive.

Why is self-love important in the process of losing weight?

Because if you don’t truly love yourself, you’ll struggle to do what’s best for you, including taking good care of your body and losing weight. When you really love yourself, you actually want to take care of yourself. You want to eat right and exercise. You want to get plenty of rest. You respect yourself and expect others to do the same.

If you don’t yet have such a strong sense of self-love, here’s how to develop it:

Self-Love Step #1 – Accept Yourself

Even though you are in the process of improving your body through weight loss and exercise, it’s important to accept yourself as you are right now.…

How to Change Eating Habits to Lose Weight

Recognising you have a weight problem or that you want to go on a diet is usually easy for most people; the problem is trying to stick to that diet long enough so that you lose the weight that you need.  The downfall for many people is trying to break the habits that they have reinforced over many years that makes it very easy to slip.  Learning how to change eating habits to lose weight successfully is the goal for many people and hopefully this article will make it a bit easier to accomplish.

The Problems With Assosciating Activities with Food

Do you have a habit of eating while you are engaged in other activities like driving, browsing the internet, talking on the telephone, or watching television?…

How Often Should You Weigh Yourself?

One question you possibly have that is similar to other dieters is how often should you weigh yourself; should you weigh daily, weekly, monthly, or otherwise not in any way? You will quickly realize there presently exists many varying opinions for this topic, but below we’ll share a couple of great tips to assist you to choose what’s most effective for you.

Weighing yourself daily may seem like a wise decision; after all, you would recognize instantly any time you gained weight, so you’re able to do something to reduce it again. Or, in the event that your aim is to lose weight, would certainly be able to notice clearly if you have lost weight everyday which means you know if you are on the right track or not.…

Three Powerful Weight Loss Breathing Techniques

You may not think of breathing as having anything to do with weight loss, but weight loss breathing techniques can be hugely powerful in a number of ways. First of all, going on a diet and losing weight can be stressful, and deep breathing is a well-known technique for relaxation. Breathing deeply may also help reduce the effects of emotional cravings for food, particularly when these are triggered by fear, anxiety, sadness, or boredom. Lastly, breathing deeply helps reinforce and increase your lung capacity, which also helps you work out more effectively.

Below are three good weight loss breathing techniques you should use for specific purposes. Important note: breathing techniques like these should be completely safe for healthy individuals, but you should definitely check with your personal doctor if you have a lung disease or another ailment that might be aggravated by deep breathing exercises.…

How to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight

Staying motivated to lose weight isn’t easy, particularly when you start getting bored with the day-to-day grind of exercises, counting calorie intake, and using self-discipline to overcome temptation.

It is sometimes complicated to know how to stay motivated to lose weight, particularly when progress feels sluggish. If weight isn’t dropping as fast as you would like it to and you simply want a little diversion to help keep yourself on track, you really should start rewarding yourself.

In fact, it’s advisable to center your challenges on issues that you’ll be able to control 100%. You aren’t always in charge of the amount of pounds and inches you lose, for the reason that it goes up and down on a regular basis.…

The Cheat Sheet for Counting Calories to Lose Weight

A lot of people loathe counting calories to lose weight, typically since it feels like a great deal of work. Whenever you eat you would need to determine the number of calories it’s got, as well as continue to keep adding up the total 24 hours a day.

Just about the most difficult aspect of counting calories to lose weight is you usually have to seek out the calorie count. If you have a calorie count guide, only a few foods might be listed, and that means you need to look it up on the internet and this can be tough because a great number of those resources vary.

Counting Calories to Lose Weight – The Cheat Sheet

If you wish to streamline this procedure, schedule a couple of hours to generate a calorie count cheat sheet.…

How to Stop Chocolate Cravings With 7 Chocolate Treats

You happen to be desperate for something chocolate and sweet; however you’re on a diet and attempting to continue to keep your calorie count on target. What is the next step? Suffer in silence? Sigh drastically and tell yourself that great beauty has a horrible price? No – try one of these brilliant low-calorie, scrumptious chocolate goodies to fulfill your cravings without destroying your nutritious diet program.

It is more effective to answer your cravings with compromises to slowly lower your calorie intake than it is to learn how to stop chocolate cravings suddenly. Check out these treats to see what a little imagination and clever thinking can reveal!

1. Heavenly Hot Cocoa

Begin with a 12 ounces mug of boiling water.…

Keeping Your Diet Interesting and Delicious

One of the biggest dangers in dieting is getting bored with the menu and gravitating back toward unhealthy (though tasty) foods.  If you keep your weight loss food plan interesting and new, it will be easier to stick to week after week.  Here are a few good ways to do that:

Try New Recipes

If you eat the same meals day after day, you will get bored.  Be sure to hunt down new recipes that interest you.  Online there are dozens of free recipe websites with thousands of recipes to try.  Find a few that interests you, and try a new one at least once a week.

Alter Old Recipes

You may really like some of your existing recipes, and that’s fine! …

Drinks and Foods to Avoid on a Diet

It’s well known that our total calorie consumption vs. energy expenditure is the thing that counts in weight reduction, but we occasionally greatly underestimate the amount of calories are in the foods and drinks we consume every day.

A number of the worst offenders are prepared foods which can be found in just about any restaurant, cafe, and supermarket. For instance, are you aware that the standard muffin from your restaurant possesses a massive 400 to 600 calories? A basic bagel has over 300 calories – and that is if you do not add cream cheese with it (include an additional 190 calories for that).

Even foods that you’d believe are healthy might not be whatever they appear. A crispy chicken salad usually consists of 400 calories, and dressing will add yet another 100 calories or maybe more.…

Cheat Your Way to Diet Success

Many people equate “cheating” on our diets with failure; however it doesn’t always have to be like that. In fact, one can possibly “cheat your way” to a slender, healthy new you – IF you do it right. The most important thing to do is reprogram your perception of just what a “cheat” really is.

Right this moment you may think of cheating as eating something you are not permitted to have – those “forbidden” foods that tempt you oh so much! The trouble with making foods completely forbidden is usually that it’ll merely intensify your desire for them knowing you can’t.

As an alternative, why not change your perception of forbidden foods and instead call them “occasional tasty indulgences” or “treats really worth waiting for”?…

What is the Best Diet to Lose Weight Fast?

Reducing your weight is one thing that’s on a lot of people’s minds every single day of the week. As much as you may want to drop some weight, at times it is extremely difficult to persist with a weight loss program plan due to all the deprivation that they usually involve. Whenever you consider going on a diet, you most likely consider everything which you are unable to have instead of everything that you may.  When searching for the most effective diet to lose excess weight fast, there are several crucial criteria to take into consideration.

What is the Best Diet to Lose Weight Fast?

First, you have to choose a diet which you can stick to. Don’t pick a diet plan which is so over-the-top that you will not be able to maintain it long-term.…