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The 15 Best Weight Loss Blogs of 2014

The 15 Best Weight Loss Blogs of 2014

Obesity is one of the leading causes of heart disease, cancer, liver disease, osteoarthritis, and type 2 diabetes in the US. Every day, thousands of Americans try fad diets, which never work, and they spend millions of dollars each year on diet programs and exercise equipment, and they read plenty of blogs. Here are the top 15 weight blogs of 2014:

1. Authentically Emmie

Emmie

    This is an awesome blog for plus-size women. Emmie weighed 450 pounds, and so far has lost more than 100 pounds. She doesn’t worry about goals. She says she will know when she feels healthy and happy.

    2. Prior Fat Girl

    Prior

      Prior Fat Girl began as a weight loss journal, chronicling one woman’s weight loss struggles and achievements. It turned into a “prior fat girls” (and guys) blog that helps people through all stages of weight loss.

      3. Feel Great Health & Fitness

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      Plexus

        Learn all about the Plexus Slim products that are guaranteed to help anyone reach their weight loss goals.

        4. Does this Blog Make Us Look Fat?

        Look fat blog

          This is a comical take on weight loss, and highlights how social media can help you lose weight. Rebecca Regnier and Robin Gorrell show you how to find the best weight loss buddies, stop binge eating, and more.

          5. It Sux to Be Fat

          Sux

            Find everything from food reviews and healthy but tasty recipes to exercise tips for plus-size women, from sisters Jennifer and Katherine. You will see their own transformation each week as they weigh in.

            6. Brooklyn Fit Chick

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            Brooklyn Fit

              Here you will learn about the latest trends in fitness, including the Paleo Diet. Find some great tips, as well as reviews on cookbooks, fashions, fitness equipment, and more.

              7. Can You Stay for Dinner?

              Dinner

                See one woman’s journey through the trials and tribulations of weight loss. Andie Mitchell shares a number of excellent weight loss tips, plus some delicious, healthy recipes.

                8. Cranky Fitness

                Cranky

                  Unless you are already an exercise fanatic, chances are you are like most of us, and you hate to exercise. You are obviously not alone, and Jan Graham shares her workout experiences in a blunt manner on this blog.

                  9. Diary of an Aspiring Loser

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                  Dairy

                    A large part of Michelle’s success can be attributed to an attitude of lifestyle changes, rather than temporary weight loss. Look at her before and after photos.

                    10. Yum Yucky

                    Yum

                      Sometimes you just have to splurge, and this blog lets you know that it is okay, in moderation. You can lose weight and still enjoy your favorite treats. Here you will find helpful tips on how to lose weight.

                      11. Roni’s Weigh

                      Roni

                        Veronica “Roni” Noone chronicles her weight loss in the form of a blog for all, instead of just a journal for herself. She offers amazing tips for weight loss that people can actually relate to, and offers ideas on how to stay active with the family.

                        12. Run, Eat, Repeat

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                        RunEta

                          Personal trainer Monica is a runner, and still couldn’t lose weight because of the way she used to eat. She started this blog to track her weight loss efforts, and offers tasty low-calorie recipes to help with weight loss.

                          13. Preppy Runner

                          Preppy

                            All runners will enjoy this blog. Learn how running can help you lose weight, and see the proof with the results that Theodora has achieved. This blog is inspirational for any level of runner.

                            14. No Thanks to Cake

                            Cake

                              This blog shows you how to overcome emotional eating. See how Kelly overcame her own bad eating habits, and learn how to get into a healthier lifestyle.

                              15. Sassy Pear

                              Sassy

                                This is for 40-something women who are trying to lose weight. The author shares her inspirations to help inspire others to start working out.

                                Featured photo credit: Alan Cleaver via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                                7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                1. Exercise Daily

                                It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                • Eat unprocessed foods
                                • Eat more veggies
                                • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                  5. Watch Out for Travel

                                  Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                  This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                  If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                  6. Start Slow

                                  Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                  If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                  7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                  Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                  My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                  If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                  I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                  Final Thoughts

                                  Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                  Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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