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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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                                How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                                How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                                Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

                                But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

                                Sight – Visual Stimulation

                                The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

                                1. Maximize your exposure to light.

                                Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

                                Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

                                2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

                                Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

                                Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

                                Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

                                3. Take note of your environment.

                                Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

                                By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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                                Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

                                What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

                                4. Engage in conversation.

                                Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

                                Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

                                Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

                                Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

                                5. Listen to upbeat music.

                                Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

                                Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

                                Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

                                If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

                                6. Work your nose.

                                Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

                                If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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                                Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

                                Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

                                If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

                                7. Have a good breakfast.

                                Start off with the most important meal of the day.

                                Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

                                Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

                                Need some breakfasts inspirations? Check out these ideas:

                                20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

                                8. Drink lots of water.

                                Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

                                So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

                                How Much Water Should You Drink Each Day (and How Much Is Too Much for You)

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                                Think that you’ve been drinking too little water? Try these friendly reminders:

                                3 Best Apps To Help You Drink Much More Water

                                9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

                                Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

                                Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

                                Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

                                25 Healthy Snack Recipes To Make Your Workday More Productive

                                Touch – Tactile Stimulation

                                Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

                                10. Splash cold water on your face.

                                Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

                                This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

                                5 Surprising Benefits of Cold Showers

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                                11. Use acupressure.

                                Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

                                Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

                                12. Get moving.

                                Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

                                And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

                                You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

                                Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

                                Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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