Why Can’t I Lose Weight ?

So you’re eating healthy, watching your caloric intake, and actually exercising and you still can’t lose weight.  A recent study revealed the real reason people are not losing weight.  The participants of the study were found to under estimate “calories in” and over estimate “calories out”.

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To read more about the “calories in” and “calories out” study; http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/diet-fitness/Jill+Barker+Calories+calories/9757847/story.html

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Day 7 Healthy Holiday Habits

We’re in the midst of a busy time of year.  The exercise routine might change a bit during the holiday, but challenge yourself to stick with it.

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Walking After Meals Can Prevent Diabetes and Help You Lose Weight !!

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Currently, almost 26 million children and adults (8.3% of the population) in the USA have diabetes, and about 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes. In diabetes, the body does not make enough of the hormone insulin, or it doesn’t use it properly. Insulin helps glucose (sugar) get into cells, where it is used for energy. If there’s an insulin problem, sugar builds up in the blood, damaging nerves and blood vessels.

A recent study shows that moderately-paced walks after meals work as well at regulating overall blood sugar in adults with pre-diabetes as a 45-minute walk once a day.

And there’s an added benefit of walking after every meal, especially dinner: It helps lower post-meal blood sugar for three hours or more, the research found.

Walking after a meal “really blunts the rise in blood sugar,” says the study’s lead author Loretta DiPietro, professor and chair of the department of exercise science at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

It’s very easy!  You eat a meal, you wait a half-hour, and then you go for a 15-minute walk, every day after every meal.

Resource:  http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/03/dc13-0084.abstract?sid=841bfa3a-e06d-462f-989d-41330b2161

Think Skinny Jeans !!!

You have to actually THINK SKINNY TO BE SKINNY!!

You have to REALLY WANT to lose weight and be thinner in order to make lifestyle changes.  Here are some tips to get you started.

  • Start by making a commitment to yourself. You may find it helpful to sign a written contract to yourself that includes your weight loss goal and changes you can make to achieve the goal. In addition, you may find it beneficial to write down your reasons for wanting to lose weight.
  • Keep a food diary.  This will help you become more aware of what, when, and how much you are eating.  This awareness can prevent mindless eating.
  • Set realistic and specific goals.  Focus on 2 or 3 goals at a time.  For example, “I will eat fruit for dessert 5 days per week.”
  • Find people who will support you in your weight loss efforts.
  • Monitor your progress.
  • Reward yourself with non-food items, such as, flowers or a massage.

You will be wearing your skinny jeans before you know it!

Healthy Eating Tips For Summer Cook Outs

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer and the official kickoff to cook-out season!   This doesn’t mean you have to sabotage your waistline.  You can still have fun and eat healthy.  Here are some of go girls tricks.

  1.  Always bring the low cal appetizers like raw veggies with a low fat dip,  fruit salad, or a healthier version of a side dish.
  2. Try to stay away from the high fat meats, such as, hotdogs, sausage, or ribs.  Choose the grilled chicken or even a small or half a burger.
  3. Take only 1 starchy side, like potato salad, macaroni salad, pasta salad, or baked beans.
  4. Have fruit for dessert.
  5. Stay away from the sugary drinks.  Instead choose diet drinks or bottled water.
  6. Limit your alcoholic beverages.  To save calories use diet soda or seltzer water for mixers and lite beer is the better option.
  7. Most importantly start the day with exercise.  Take a power walk or bike ride in the morning.  You will actually feel more energized for the rest of the day.