Fitness Trackers: Steps Toward a Healthier Life

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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

How Artificial Sweeteners Can Fool Your Tongue, But Not Your Brain

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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

The Salty truth about Processed Foods

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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Does Weight Loss Alone Make You Happy?

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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.

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3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Diet Plan

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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.

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5 Tips to Successful Weight Loss

  1. success-479569_1280Take your journey one step at a time.
    Healthy habits take time to become engraved in your daily routine. If you take too much on at once, you are more likely to become discouraged. If it’s too hard, it’s challenging to keep the momentum going. This is generally why New Year’s resolutions generally don’t last. How many of you have heard of this resolution, “I’m going to eat better, eat less, exercise more, get more sleep, and better manage my stress!” Instead, focus on one small specific goal at a time. For example, “I’m going to cut out soda this week.” Once you have accomplished this goal, add another, “I’m going to eat breakfast every morning.” Before you know it, you will be on your way to building the core habits that will be part of your daily routine and lead to real results.
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