Working out like a maniac, yet not losing weight? Science shows us that diet, not exercise is the key to losing weight more quickly and efficiently.
If you are the type of person who bribes yourself over food and workouts: “I will eat this (insert junk food) and then run on the treadmill for an hour and it will be like nothing happened,” you may want to switch up your strategy.
Numerous studies have shown that physical activity does not have a significant effect on weight. For example, a meta-analysis published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics which included over 1,000 people, found that when diet stayed the same, increasing workouts from less than 1.5 hours a week up to 3-5 hours a week, over the course of one full year, lead to an average weight loss of 3-4 pounds. You could healthfully lose that in as little as two weeks by changing your diet.
There is no questioning that exercise is a critical part of a healthy lifestyle.
It has many proven benefits inclu...
Self-care is paramount to living well. As a Certified Health Coach, I talk daily to people who want to know how to live healthy lifestyles. One of the biggest patterns I’ve noticed in the hundreds of people I’ve coached is that most people who feel unwell have been neglecting self-care. Spending a little time each day to care for ourselves makes us better at everything we do — from our career, to parenthood, to our relationships, to our daily happiness, and our daily motivation.
One of my favorite ways to indulge in self-care is to take a nice long epsom salt bath at the end of the day. The epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) in this stress-relieving bath will draw impurities out of your body and help relax your muscles, while the baking soda neutralizes acids on the skin and dissolves oil and perspiration.
The epsom salts also raise the water’s specific gravity, making the body more buoyant, which in turn allows you to feel light as you relax. Adding a few drops of your favorite essenti...
One of the most common questions I get from clients is, “How much water should I drink each day?”
The answer on how to stay hydrated with water is typically drinking approximately 50 percent of your body weight in ounces of water daily. So if you weigh 160 pounds, you typically want to try to get in 80 ounces of water a day. Some feel best off a gallon a day!
Water is vital for your health and for hydration, and there are many reasons you should drink enough water. But that question — how much water should I be drinking a day — isn’t necessarily the best question because it’s not just about how much water you get … it’s about hydration.
If you are dehydrated, some of the biggest side effects can be headaches, lack of energy, weight gain, lack of cleansing and detoxification, a weakened immune response, getting colds and flus easily, and feeling lethargic or even experiencing brain fog. That’s why it’s so vital to know how to stay hydrated properly. (Just ask your dry skin and chappe...
Binging means different things to different people. It can mean over eating nuts and protein powders even when not hungry, polishing off that plate of cookies, or craving a glass of wine or two when stressed, overworked and overtired. Often times we want to distract ourselves from stress by trying to comfort ourselves even though we know we will feel worse after a binge. This also ends up making us feel like binging or deviating from eating healthy is the biggest failure in the world, giving us another reason to feel guilty and ashamed.
The most important piece of advice I can give you is to constantly remind yourself that one binge is not a reflection of you as a person or your ability to succeed!
Binging because of emotional reasons, boredom, or intense cravings does not mean you're a failure, it means you're human. Would you ever tell someone else that they won't be able to accomplish their goals because they messed up once or twice? No! So why would you tell yourself that?