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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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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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