It was one of your favorite things to do as a kid—to get on your bike and go soaring down the street with your friends. Perhaps as you have grown older the sensation has lost its thrill, especially as more convenient methods of travel take priority in getting to work and helping you run errands. But cycling is still a great pastime, and more than that, it is a wonderful form of exercise that can help you get in shape and burn a lot of calories.
At the onset of that journey you may not see that future so clearly, so it sometimes helps to take a step back and to hear the words of those who have made it there themselves. What does someone who lost 25, 50 or even 150 pounds say to themselves in the mirror? What do they think about when they reflect on their weight loss journey?
Stress doesn’t do any good for the body. It gets your heart ramped up, your head spinning, and as it turns out will even interfere with your weight loss goals. That’s right. Chronic stress can prevent you from losing weight. So the next time you are so caught up with thinking about the many things in life that stress you out, take a deep breath and consider how your stress level may be interfering with your medical weight loss plans.
What if a smile was exactly what the doctor ordered? Recently, a team of researchers conducted a comprehensive review of scientific findings over the past several decades and concluded that happiness has a direct positive impact on overall health. This means that the notion of putting on a smile and faking it until you make it actually holds some merit. If you want to start improving your health, the best place to start is with your mindset.
In many ways, obesity weighs as heavily on the mind as it does on the body. Living with excess weight increases your risk for developing anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. It also makes you more vulnerable to developing issues of cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
There are virtually thousands of different weight loss products and programs on the market today. Companies bring in billions of dollars every year, not necessarily helping people actually lose weight, but instead getting people to buy into the promise of losing weight. The unfortunate reality is that the majority of people are not successful with these unproven weight loss products.
In what ways does your past influence your present eating habits? Your history is unique to you. The foods you remember eating as a child, the habits your family reinforced surrounding dinner or dessert—even your inclination to eat (nor not eat) your vegetables can in many ways be traced back to the habits regarding healthy eating that you were presented with as a child. Those family habits become ingrained, and they die hard.
You know that dining out isn’t the healthiest option, and when you are trying to lose weight the best thing you can do is avoid restaurants as much as possible. But for many people, a successful weight loss program will take the better part of a year—and even after you have reached your weight loss goal, long-term management requires ongoing adherence to the healthy eating strategies that you developed during your weight loss program. This means that attempting to avoid restaurants altogether while you are redefining about your health and eating habits is rarely practical as a long-term strategy.
Fast food companies in the United States have it good. Just look at the average drive-thru line at any mealtime. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, there is a line around the store. People will wait in the drive-thru for 20 minutes, all in the name of getting a meal cheap, quick and easy. But there is irony to this! For the average family of four, a fast food trip is going to cost you between $30 and $40 dollars.
The holiday bulge is now a scientific fact. Almost everyone has experienced the 5 to 10 lbs. jump that tends to happen between Halloween and the winter holidays. It starts off simple enough, with a few handfuls of candy or a quick batch of seasonal cookies, but before you know it the seasonal treats take over, becoming a kitchen staple from the start of November all the way through the New Year.