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Weight Loss Motivation: The “Secret” to Getting Started

Weight Loss Motivation: The “Secret” to Getting Started

This article will be a swift kick in the pants for some… a motivational call to action. For others, it will be an eye-rolling waste of time. Here’s the deal: I have a “secret” to motivating yourself to finally lose weight. It’s called …

Get. Off. Your. Behind.

Easier said than done though, right? Think about how many hours you waste per day. I know what you’re probably thinking, “I work my butt off and I’m busy when I come home, so I deserve some down time.”

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Fair enough. But hear me out for a minute. We’re all busy. And you can either keep making excuses about why you’re still overweight or you can do something about it. Which do you choose?

It’s really that simple, folks.

Motivation means doing. Do something. Anything. Except for sitting on the couch watching TV for 5 hours a day (that’s the average in the U.S.). That’s pathetic. Even if you watch 3 hours of TV a night, what’s stopping you from taking just 1 of those hours 4-5 days a week to exercise?

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The answer is…

You.

You’re holding yourself back. Not your busy schedule. Not your kids. Not your job. If you want something badly enough, then you have to be willing to make sacrifices to go and get it. You have 1,440 minutes every day to spend how you choose. Make the choice to take 30-60 minutes in each of those to get some exercise and prepare healthy foods.

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Here are some tips to get you going.

4 Steps for Getting Started

1. Honestly assess your “reasons why.” Knowing what you want is easy for most people. But honestly assessing why you want it is another story. It’s uncomfortable because it exposes your insecurities. So really think about it: why do you want to lose weight? For most people, it’s because they don’t like how they look or feel. They feel nervous to be around others in a bathing suit. They are embarrassed that they’re 20 pounds heavier than they were last year. They are depressed. These feelings are normal. Embrace them. Be honest with yourself. It’s the first step to motivating yourself to lose weight, and one of the most important.

2. Set goals. When you get to the point when you can assess and identify your weight loss triggers and emotional insecurities, it’s time to set some goals for yourself. Start with itty-bitty goals and work your way up… setting unattainable goals is the quickest route to failure. And be specific: for example, one of your goals may be “lose 1 pound in 30 days.”

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3. Formulate a plan. Next, create a game plan for how you’re going to accomplish your goals. The logical first step: get a planner. It can be a desk calendar, a document on your computer, or a physical daily planner you can write in. The important part is to be able to write down your plans for each day and track your progress moving forward. I use a daily planner to create check lists of each healthy behavior I want to accomplish for the day. Then I write down what I did and check that item off the list as I complete it, which leads us to the fourth and final step.

4. Execute the plan. Here’s an example of how to do it: if my goal is to “lose 1 pound in 30 days,” part of my plan to accomplish this would be to “eat 4 or more servings of veggies every day this week.” Every day I would write how I have accomplished that goal (i.e., “ate 3 cups of lettuce, a bag of carrots, and a tomato”). You’ll be amazed at how gratifying this feels to see your progress in action.

So there you have it: the “secret” to getting started with weight loss motivation… is to get started. The question is how will you do that? Let us know below.

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Scott Christ is a writer, entrepreneur, and founder of Pure Food Company.

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Last Updated on August 12, 2019

12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

1. Nuts

The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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2. Blueberries

Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

4. Broccoli

While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

6. Soy

Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

7. Dark Chocolate

When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

9. Foods Rich in Zinc

Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

10. Gingko Biloba

This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

11. Green and Black Tea

Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

12. Sage and Rosemary

Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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