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6 Surprising Ways To Lose Weight in 2017

6 Surprising Ways To Lose Weight in 2017

While many people look to their New Year’s Resolutions to help them lose weight, these resolutions are often forgotten by the time the glitter is swept off the bar floor. While there are tried and true ways to get healthier, the goal of rapid weight loss is really just a recipe for poor health as we cut corners and restrict calories without boosting our metabolism or building muscle that can sustain healthier frames.

But these weight loss tricks I’m listing below will help you get to a healthier you in a sustainable way so that you can be a calmer, healthier, happier you, and stay that way. Let me know what works for you!

Build up your activity level

What do you do right now? If you, like many Americans, work at a desk, you probably spend a large portion of your day being sedentary. Fitting in any activity will help you begin to build a healthier body and a happier you.

Fitness trackers can be a great way of seeing how much activity you’re getting now, and gradually increasing your goals. This will help you build exercise into your day more gradually to avoid injury. If you just try to add 5000 steps to your day at once, you can get discouraged or hurt yourself!

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Limit alcohol and soda

When your energy starts to flag in the early afternoon, what do you do? Many people grab a soda from the vending machine to give themselves a pick-me-up. When you go out with coworkers, a bar is a popular choice to spend some time and unwind.

Both of these choices add substantial calories to your diet, and they’re what nutritionists like to call “empty” calories: they don’t add any nutrition to your body, they’re just calories. And they’re the kind of calories that like to turn directly to fat unless they’re immediately used up.

So if you’re looking for a quick weight loss option, cutting out alcohol and soda are almost guaranteed to drop a few pounds. Doing this will have you looking better, feeling well rested, and less bloated.

Sneak workouts into your work day

When you have a ten-minute break, what do you do? Check Facebook and Twitter, log on to Instagram, and catch up on your email? Instead, consider doing a quick workout at your desk. The Internet is jam-packed with quick 10 minute workouts you can do at your desk.

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There are also under-desk items that act like steppers or stationary bikes to help you burn calories on conference calls and during meetings. This can also help you stay mentally fresh by keeping your brain engaged.

Target trouble areas

There are certain areas of our bodies that, once changed, are very difficult to change back. If you have stubborn belly fat or loose skin in various areas, even once you’ve lost weight, repairing your body is quite difficult. Fortunately, it’s not a post-apocalyptic dystopia yet, and we’re definitely not ready to give up.

The good news is that modern science is rapidly developing less invasive ways to repair and resculpt your body for the better. Coolsculpting is just one example, which is rapidly gaining popularity in fitness circles.

Stay away from “low-cal” treats

There are a large number of junk food options that are sold as low-calorie, which may make them sound like they’re good for you. Remember that low-calorie isn’t the same as nutritionally dense. You’re better off replacing your salty and sweet snacks with items like crackers and peanut butter, fruit with dip, or veggies with hummus.

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Start by replacing one snack a day. If you try to change your entire diet at once, you can get overwhelmed and frustrated.

Make sure to build muscle

One way that modern diet suggestions fail Americans is that they focus on restricting calories while neglecting to point out that if you don’t build muscle, there is absolutely no way to maintain your metabolism. In some cases, trainers recommend increasing calories while their clients work to lose weight. You need enough energy to do the work that builds muscle so that you can get healthier.

This is why even a single session with a personal trainer can be incredibly useful. Understanding what you, personally, need to do to change your body is beneficial.

Whatever you decide to do to get healthier in 2017, consider the impact. Weigh the pros and cons and proceed carefully. You only get one body in your life, and the one you have deserves to be taken care of.

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By using nutrition, exercise, and modern science, you can have a beautiful, healthy, strong body that will carry you through all of your days.

What are you planning to do to get healthier in 2017?

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The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

1. The Paleo Diet

The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

2. Whole30

The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

During the month you are eliminating:

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  • sugar
  • alcohol
  • legumes
  • grains
  • dairy
  • soy

Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

Finding Out How Food Impacts You

Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

3. The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes & nuts
  • Replacing butter with olive oil
  • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
  • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
  • Moderate amounts of red wine

Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

4. The Alkaline Diet

The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

The Big Takeaway:

Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

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