We’ve all seen those dramatic before-and-after photos of people who lost half their body weight. Maybe you have a friend or loved one who has made a serious transformation as well. These changes grab our attention, inspire us and even motivate our own diet and fitness efforts. But crash dieting is not an option if you want to make a physique transformation that lasts for years to come. Instead, you should focus on a lifestyle change. Crash dieting doesn’t work, and here’s why:
Sometimes chocolate (or chips, or cookies, or candy…) just seems to speak to you. It whispers at first, calling to you from the pantry, coaxing you to come break off a piece. If you try to ignore it, a craving can be even more insistent. Suddenly, it’s all you can think about, and before you know it you’re standing in front of the pantry polishing off the entire bar… oops. Will you ever be able to stop these cravings?
This Christmas season, instead of “avoiding” temptation at dessert time, why not create alternative options that are decadent and healthy? To prepare you for the upcoming holiday and wow your dinner guests, we’re sharing five Christmas-inspired healthy dessert ideas that are easy to make and rewarding to eat.
8 glasses of water a day…is it really that important? Why yes, yes it is. Ideally, you should be consuming around one-third to one-half of your body weight in fluid ounces of water per day. This helps your body with everything from keeping your skin looking youthful to aiding digestion to accelerate post-workout recovery periods.
You know the power of an “apple a day.” Maybe you consciously incorporate salmon and other brain boosters into your diet and automatically reach for carrots when you think about your vision. Keep it up. You’ve learned well! But, it’s time to take an adventure and tap into…
The fall and winter seasons are gorgeous, busy, and tinged with nostalgia. Unfortunately, they also tend to be tinged with germs. If you’re hoping to avoid falling ill with the flu or even the common cold this season, consider drinking more tea. Research has shown that teas are full of things that are good for your health, including anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting antioxidants which may also protect you against things like cancer and heart disease. As a rule, teas contain less caffeine than coffee—that is, if they contain any caffeine at all. Plus, they’re perfect for sipping as is or even dosed with a teaspoon of add-ins like collagen powder, ground turmeric, or coconut oil.
A little bit of spice goes a long way when it comes to upping your fitness game. Cayenne, ginger, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon and other bold spices not only add dimension to dishes but have benefits that can’t be found in your salt shaker. Certain spices can help lower blood pressure, decrease inflammation and maybe even help you lose a little weight.
Some people naturally know exactly what to eat and when to eat it to feel good. They find a stress-free balance among calories, nutrition, and energy expenditure. For many people, though, it’s not that easy. Confidently fulfilling calorie counts can cause confusion. Which begs the questions; should you focus on calorie count? Or is it enough to simply focus on food quality?
A well-balanced breakfast can be the thing that helps you push through your morning workout and still have the energy to make it through the morning rush at work. Sometimes, though, that boxed cereal or pre-packaged toaster waffle just won’t cut it. Think outside the box when it comes to breakfast. There are many well-rounded, nutritious options out there, and most are quick and convenient to create!
Your gym buddy has been raving about the club’s new strength class being “the best thing since sliced bread.” The comparison is confusing! With the mixed reviews mass produced loaves have been getting in the world of nutrition you have no idea whether the class is “the” bomb or “a” bomb. Should you head into the group ex-studio or avoid the class like Atkins diet fans shunned the dinner rolls that came with their steaks?