by Kimberly Nguyen
With the popularity of fitness trackers such as Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin, and Nike soaring, it is no surprise that sales have also increased over the recent years. From simple pedometers to now fashion statements, fitness trackers have evolved to effortlessly coincide with our daily lives. Most devices now have the ability to track sleep, heart rate, meals, and connect wirelessly with our smartphones, but how effective are fitness trackers to lose weight? Continue reading
What began with the accidental discovery of artificial sweeteners has led to the thriving, multi-billion dollar diet industry. Targeting those who are trying to manage or lose weight without compromising taste, zero-calorie sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin, acesulfame, neotame, and sucralose have given dieters what seems to be the perfect alternative to sugar. These sugary substitutes are not absorbed by the body and are much sweeter than table sugar, meaning less is required to achieve the same taste many of us crave. But are they too good to be true? Recent findings have undercovered the hidden costs of weight loss in artificial sweeteners. Continue reading
Over 77 percent of the salt in our diet comes from processed and prepared foods. The average person consumes more than 3,400 mg of sodium in their daily diet when our bodies only require 180-500 mg. Because processed and prepared foods are already high in sodium, it is likely that we would get more than the 2,400 mg of sodium recommended by the American Heart Assoication (AHA).
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by Heynia Cooley
How often do you weigh yourself on a scale? Do you identify your feelings of happiness based on the number you see on the scale? Most people feel some sort of emotion related to losing weight, but does weight loss alone make us happier? Losing physical weight may not necessarily be a prescription for happiness if the need to be thin is a priority to being healthy.
The American Heart Association recommends that most women aim for 25 grams of fiber a day while men aim for more than 30 grams that comes from our natural diet of fresh food and not supplements. On average, adults in the U.S. only get about half the recommended daily amount of fiber at 15 grams per day.
Vacations are wonderful to take time out for yourself and recharge from your hectic life. But how will you stay on track with your weight loss journey being away?
Here are 5 simple tips to maintain your weight loss:
Years ago, our survival depended on the redundant loops in our genetic design so we remain motivated to eat. Hunger was intended to motivate us to search and hunt for food. Continue reading
3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Diet Plan
Meal replacement programs such as Medifast, Optifast, Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem, provide you with food as a way of structured portion control. Have a shake for breakfast, a bar for lunch or snack, and add water, mix and microwave chili for dinner, are all portioned out for you. It simplifies the decision of what to eat. There is no need to shop or cook your own food.
Mindful eating is so much more than paying attention to what’s on your plate. How you treat your meal time can change the way you approach food and be an integral part of any weight loss regimen.
Here are four mindful eating tips for your successful weight loss journey: Continue reading