Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals
Sometimes those holiday feasts are just amazing. And it's not just the abundance of delicious food but also the people, the decorations, and the ambiance. It is way too easy (and common) to indulge on those days. But it doesn't always stop there.
Sometimes we overeat on regular days. Or at regular meals. Or All-The-Time.
Here are three tips to avoid overeating at meals. (Turn these into habits and ditch the willpower!) ...
10 Vacation and Travel Tips to Keep you Healthy
1. Set Your Trip up to Walk to Your Destinations
Park further away, or skip the car and Walk! Do you really need the car to go to the store two buildings over?
2. Don’t Stress over Food
It isn’t always realistic when traveling and vacationing. Instead, keep calories in check with a brisk and metabolism boosting workout or walk every morning.
3. Book a Hotel with Fitness in Mind
Make sure they have a fitness room, walking grounds, and/or a pool.
4. Schedule a Workout Everyday
Morning would be best, to have it done not only to get it in, but for the benefits of energy for the day to come.
It will also reduce stress and help prevent weight gain on your trip.
5. Vary your Daily Activity
Mixing it up makes things much more fun. Try different adventures, swim one day and walk the next.
6. Get at Least Seven Hours of Sleep
Lack of sleep will make your mind tired, lower your immune system and even cause you to overeat.
7. Stay Hydrated
Planes and hotels are dehydrating. Drink bottled water each flight and always have some in your hotel room.
8. Be Germ Conscious
Don’t use the airport pillows and blankets, comforters on beds, and carry hand sanitizer with you always. Germs can and will weaken your immune system, and you certainly don't want to get sick.
Don't ruin your holiday with feeling ill.
9. Try Something New
Find activities you and your family can do in the area. Make it a fun healthy activity, something active is great! Try something new ... you may like it!
10. Don't make Food the Center of your Trip
Try new foods, and enjoy them, but don’t revolve your vacation around it.
DO YOU NEED A LIFESTYLE MAKEOVER?
It happens to everyone. That moment when you realize that it's time to do something about your weight and health. It may happen when you're looking in the mirror or standing on the scale. Your first thought is to go on a 'diet' but as quickly as that enters your mind the ghosts of a hundred diets past return ... along with all the frustration. Then you wonder, why bother? The weight will come back, as it always has. Then you'll be back in front of the mirror as discouraged as ever. The answer is not to go on another diet. The answer is to change your lifestyle. You've heard this before, and it makes sense, right? So what's holding you back?
Your Lifestyle Obstacles: Most people resist changing their lifestyle for two reasons.
1. Change is scary Whether you realize it or not, your life is in a constant state of change. Though you cling to the familiar, it's a futile struggle. Change always wins. The most consistent thing in life is change. Since you'll never escape it, you might as well channel it. It's time to make the change in your life purposeful and positive.
2. Lifestyle misconception How many times have you heard the term 'healthy lifestyle' only to picture a health nut with celery sticks in one hand and tofu in the other? The truth is that most people think that changing their lifestyle will be an extreme and unpleasant experience - and that's not true. Improving your lifestyle does not mean swearing off chocolate or living in the gym. You don't have to eat wheat germ for lunch and you can still enjoy a nice plate of pasta. The key is moderation.
3. Making the Change It's time to lose your 'all or nothing' mentality. Embrace simple, small changes that will add up to big improvements in your lifestyle. These are your main venues for change:
What You Eat: The solution to cleaning up your daily diet is NOT to go back on a 'diet'. In fact, I never want you to go on a 'diet' again. (Yes, you heard me right!) Instead I want you to make permanent healthy changes to your eating habits.
Here are some practical examples:
I don't expect you to eat a perfect diet every day of the week - that'd be ludicrous. You should, however, make MORE healthy choices every day than unhealthy ones.
What You Do: Exercise is a huge component to a healthy lifestyle, and quite frankly you're not getting enough of it. How often does an entire week go by without you ever lacing up your tennis shoes? Don't disregard the importance and power of a good workout.
Your new healthy lifestyle means exercising on most days of the week. This may seem tough, but I have the perfect solution - my training programs were created for busy people just like you who only have so much time to dedicate to exercise. You'll spend 30-45 minutes with our Small Group Training programs, a small time commitment with big results.
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Here are simple ways to move more:
While none of the above are meant as substitutes for a solid exercise routine, they are great ways to become more active and to improve your lifestyle.
So the next time you're in front of the mirror you won't worry about your weight.
You'll relish it.
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Use the following three Fitness tips to bring your routine up to the next level:
1. Be Unstable: Use your entire body, and target your core, by performing exercises that engage stabilizing muscles. To do this use an exercise ball, a balance board, a balance disk, or you could simply stand on one leg.
2. Add Resistance: The more resistance that you incorporate with your routine translates into higher intensity and more calories burned. Some ideas for adding resistance include: carrying dumbbells while doing squats and lunges, or try a round of body weight push ups (modification - on knees)
3. Use Intervals: Interval training is an amazing tool for creating short yet effective workouts. Don’t worry, it’s not complicated. Interval training is simply alternating between different short bursts of activity.
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Although the aging process is hard-wired into our systems and cannot be stopped this doesn't mean that we are completely at its mercy. On the contrary, individuals are able to significantly, and sometimes dramatically, influence how quickly or how well they age. The foods they eat, activities in which they choose to engage, environmental toxins to which they are exposed and numerous other factors have been shown to either “accelerate” or “slow” the aging process.
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Your Holiday Party Cheat-Sheet
How would you like a cheat-sheet for getting through holiday parties without putting on a single pound? You're in luck, because below we have outlined 5 shortcuts to avoid gaining holiday party pounds.
Short Cut #1: Eat a sensible meal before the party.
You should always arrive at parties with a full stomach. We realize that this goes against the popular trend of starving yourself before a party, and that's exactly why most people gain weight. Since your stomach will be full, you'll have the clarity to pick and choose the treats that you really want, rather than stuffing yourself with everything in sight.
Short Cut #2: Bring a healthy dish to share.
Don't worry if the party that you're going to isn't a potluck - the hostess will love you, for being so thoughtful, and you'll have a healthy option to enjoy.
Short Cut #3: Never drink calories.
Do you realize how quickly calories add up? Alcoholic beverages and sweet holiday drinks are simply packed with calories. These calories don't take up much room in your stomach so you're left wide open for even more calories.
Your best strategy is to avoid these beverages altogether, and stick with water. Aim to drink 2-3 glasses of water at the party.
It's normal to have days where you just don't feel like exercising.
You feel too busy, too stressed and quite simply too tired. Sometimes you forget about all the amazing benefits that a consistent and challenging exercise routine gives you ... Here's a list of 15 of the top reasons to exercise. Pull out this list and read it when you're having one of those days.
1. To Be Happier
Exercise has been shown to stimulate brain chemicals that induce relaxation and happiness. When you're having a bad day, lace up your shoes for an invigorating workout and feel happier.
2. To Reduce Disease
Exercise has been proven to reduce the risk of pretty much every single health problem known to man, from stroke to heart disease to cancer and osteoporosis. Exercise is also a great defense against type 2 diabetes, one of the most widely growing diseases of our time.
3. To Look Amazing
Exercise firms your muscles, improves your posture and even makes your skin glow. Looking amazing is a wonderful result of regular exercise. It's very rewarding when the people in your life start to notice your transformation.
4. To Reach Your Goal Weight
Exercise burns fat and helps you keep it off. If you want to have a leaner, healthier body, exercise is your answer.
5. To Be Energized
Remember that feeling you experience after a great workout? You're body is buzzing with energy, you're less easily irritated and feel more peaceful.
If your stomach isn't as flat as you'd like it to be then you have come to the right place.
Exercise alone will not get you a toned stomach – diet is a huge part of the equation.
Below I have compiled 5 very easy tweaks to your eating habits that will dramatically flatten your abs.
Diet Tweak #1: Don't eat after 6pm
This is such a simple and effective way to lose fat. Late night eating is the most damaging to your waistline, so cut it out completely.
Diet Tweak #2: Cut back on carbs
Notice I didn't say to cut out all carbs, but rather to cut back on carbs. These diet tweaks are meant as lifestyle changes that you stick with long term. Cutting back on carbs is a realistic and very effective way to lose weight.
Diet Tweak #3: Eat more fibre
Most people simply do not get enough fiber in their diets. Fiber is essential when it comes to getting lean since it is low calorie while filling you up.
Diet Tweak #4: Drink tons of water
Drinking plenty of water is another extremely simple way to promote weight loss. Chronic dehydration leads to false hunger signals and unnecessary calorie consumption.
Diet Tweak #5: Enjoy natural sweets
Traditional sugar-filled sweets will quickly add up around your waistline. Instead of going for sugary sweets, enjoy natural sweets.
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