Fat-shaming and its Health Effects

The term fat-shaming may be trending in recent news, but the concept is not novel at all.  Fat-shaming is the idea of placing shame on a person based on weight or body shape.  Fat-shaming could take place at home, work, and school as well as via media.  It is linked to cyber and traditional bullying.  Many people, especially those who are dieting, battle with the psychological and physical impacts associated with fat-shaming and negative body image every day.  Here is what we know about this detrimental behavior: (more…)

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Dealing with a Saboteur

Many of us have experienced positive and negative reactions from people when trying to lose weight.  People who support and encourage you to live a healthy lifestyle are great.  They keep you motivated and hold you accountable.  The negative folks, even if they do not mean to, may make it difficult to keep up with those positive changes.  People may try to sabotage your healthy changes in various ways – asking if you lose weight too fast, leaving you out of social gatherings involving food, or leaving unhealthy food options around you.  It is even more difficult when the saboteur is a close friend or family member.  You cannot afford to let saboteurs take you off track, so here are a few ways to deal with them. (more…)

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5 Healthy Numbers to Know


Heart disease is the cause of 1 in 4 deaths in the United States.  There are certain risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease that are outside of your control, such as age, gender, and family health history.  However, there are other factors that can be easily managed if you take control and responsibility for your health.  The American Heart Association recommends that everyone, dieting or not, know their numbers for total cholesterol, good cholesterol, body mass index, blood pressure, and blood sugar.  The numbers will give you and your physician a snapshot of your risk for heart disease.
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Valentine’s Day Swaps


Valentine’s Day, not unlike many other holidays, heavily revolves around unhealthy food.  Giving heart-shaped candies and chocolates along with date night dinners filled with calories are at the forefront.  If you are dedicated to weight-loss success, finding healthy ways to celebrate special occasions may be challenging.  Here are a few alternatives to swap out the sugary sweets.
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What is Your Exercise Personality?

Doing the same workout routine over and over again is no fun.  There are so many unique ways to get a good, well-rounded exercise while trying to lose weight.  A fun way to narrow down your options while selecting a new way to burn calories is to consider pinpointing your exercise personality.  Everyone has one, and the sooner you figure yours out, the easier it will be to enjoy being active. (more…)

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