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7 Essential Blogs to Help You with Weight Maintenance

This is a guest post from Mary Ward.

Many people look at the weight loss, but neglect to think of just how hard maintaining it all can be. For many, that can be the biggest struggle and obstacle to overcome. Here we look at some blogs of real life accounts and journeys of those going through such activities and how they make it all work.

1.    Diet Blog

The whole purpose of this blog is not just for the individual that wants to lose the weight, but who wants to keep it off. This blog is based on a community of people who understand how hard it is not just to take off the weight, but to keep it off and the networking and tips can be invaluable for this segment. A must read!

2.    Tales of a (Recovering) Disordered Eater

She offers such a real life account that you can relate no matter where you are at in your weight loss or maintenance cycle. Her mission is to bring awareness and reality to what it is to maintain weight loss efforts and she is very real about the struggles and challenges as well as the accomplishments one can feel.

3.    My Angle on Weight Loss

Don’t let the title fool you as this is a very real person who has lost their weight but who is honest about just how hard it is not to go back to old habits. As many people feel that the struggle ends when you lose the weight, he offers a real accounting of just how hard the maintenance phase can truly be.

4.    Another Weight Maintenance Blog

She has found her solace in yoga and practices it to keep herself sane and active. She offers one of the most real blogs out there stating just how difficult maintenance can be and how she feels it’s harder than the active weight loss in many different ways. She is also quite interesting as she chronicles her everyday adventures.

5.    The Road to Beautiful

Her words are as inspiring to other readers as they are motivational, and she is very down to earth. She repeats mantras about not giving up and is very honest about the struggles that she keeps with maintaining and oftentimes having to get back on the weight loss bandwagon. She wants her words to count and they really do!

6.    Hungry Hungry Hip Girl

She’s lost the weight, put it back on, and now struggles somewhere in the middle working towards proper maintenance. She speaks to her everyday adventures, the necessity to keep up a workout routine, and how all of this affects her and the self esteem she works so hard for. A normal girl with very inspirational words!

7.    Taking Back Control

This is all about nourishment for the soul as much as the body because here you can see how she struggles to believe that she’s beautiful in spite of all her hard work. If you are looking for a bit of inspiration, you are sure to find it here.

Mary Ward blogs about various job issues in the health care field, including how to study in CNA courses online.

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Six Great Fruits To Eat Regularly

This is a guest post from Wendy from Colon Cleanse Zone.

We all know that getting in plenty of fruits and vegetables is the smartest thing we can do for our health on a regular basis.  Sadly though, many of us do not take this information to heart.  Instead we pack our diet with ‘fruit and vegetable replacements’ such as fruit juice, V8 juice, fruit flavoured bars, fruit cups, and so on.

While these will provide some nutrition, you’re really missing out on everything whole fruit has to offer, so you’ll be so much better off if you just go with the decision to have real fruit instead.

Let’s take a quick peek at a list of the healthiest fruits you should be eating regularly.

Blueberries

Blueberries are an antioxidant powerhouse that will help to fend off disease and keep you healthy.  Each day your body is going to come into contact with a variety of substances called free radicals, all which could potentially cause harm.

By eating foods rich in these antioxidants, you help to protect the body so no harm is done. Blueberries only contain about 50 calories per half a cup, so they are a great addition to any diet.

Blackberries

If you’re trying to increase the fiber content of your diet, blackberries should be your fruit of choice.  A one cup serving provides a whopping 7.6 grams of fiber. This will help to keep you feeling full and prevent snacking later on throughout the day.

Apples

The great thing about apples is first, they contain a high amount of dietary fiber, and second, the pectin that’s found in apples will go a long way towards keeping your insulin levels under control.

This is very helpful for those who tend to have sensitive blood sugar levels and experience energy crashes throughout the day.  At about 80 calories per apple, you really can’t go wrong with this choice.

Papaya

If you commonly stick with the more traditional fruits such as apples, oranges, and bananas, it might just be time to branch out and try something else.  Papaya’s are a great source of B vitamins, as well as provide you with vitamin E, folate, and fiber.

Avocado

One fruit that many people forget about entirely because often they don’t really even consider it a fruit is avocado.  This is a big mistake because this is a form of fruit you should be including in your diet and it will be a great source of healthy monounsaturated fat.

In addition to this, another fact that most people don’t realize is that avocado actually contains more potassium than a banana, which is the fruit commonly eaten for potassium purposes.

Pineapple

Finally, don’t forget to add some pineapple to your week as well.  This fruit contains an enzyme known as bromelain, which has been shown to help prevent cancer development.  Pineapple is also going to help support the immune system, keeping you free from illness.

So don’t just rely on the classic standbys. Increase the variety of fruits you’re consuming in your typically daily diet to see better results and add more flavour to your day at the same time.

About the Author: Wendy is currently writing a book about moderate health strategies to achieve maximum weight loss. She also currently writes frequently for the Colon Cleanse Zone.

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5 Simple Ways to a Healthy Diet

If you’re even a little bit sensible, you would know that the best way to a healthy and disease-free life is to eat right, get enough exercise into your routine, be more active, and try and remain free from stress. The trouble is, we are so used to eating what we like and when we like that it becomes really hard when we’re forced to switch to healthier food habits because of illness or poor health. Change, even when it is for the better, is extremely difficult. So it makes more sense to introduce it gradually into your life, little by little so that you hardly realize you are making the change. Switching over to a healthy diet is easy if you just follow the below advice:

  • Reduce your sugar intake: Sugar is responsible for a host of ills, including diabetes and obesity. You don’t have to cut it out of your life altogether; it’s enough if you reduce the amount you eat. Use one spoon where you used to use two, and if you must have your coffee or juice with two or more spoons, try and reduce the number of coffees or juices you drink.
  • Cut back on the oil: Oil, especially the unsaturated kind, is responsible for increasing your bad cholesterol and giving you heartburn. Eat grilled instead of fried foods (they taste just as good), and use a spray can rather than a spoon when you’re sautéing food.
  • Eat a fruit a day: Fruits are full of vitamins and other nutrients, and the more brightly colored they are, the better they are for your health. Make it a point to eat at least one fruit a day, in some form. Buy fruits that are in season to minimize your expenses and also increase your variety. If you don’t like to eat fruit, at least drink it up as juice.
  • Switch to low-fat options: Most of your favorite food comes in low fat varieties that are both tasty and low on calories. Make the switch before you are beset by obesity and other diet and lifestyle related diseases.
  • Share temptation: You will be tempted to eat ice cream, pastries and other food items that are definitely not good for your health, and although it makes sense to tell yourself to stay true to your diet, restricting yourself too much only makes you binge when you lose control. It’s better to limit yourself to eating your favorite food once in a while, and it’s best if you share it with a friend so that your portion is limited.

We eat to live, not live to eat. Keeping that in mind every time we’re tempted to have our way with food will keep you on the right track to a healthy diet and a disease-free life.

This article is written by Kat Sanders, who regularly blogs on the topic of x ray technician salary at her blog The X-Ray Vision-aries Blog. She welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: katsanders25@gmail.com.

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Looking for weight-loss inspiration?

I’ve just been on holiday (that’s “vacation” to US readers) for the last week … enjoying long walks, castles, and various bumpy bus rides in Northumberland (north-east of England). Oh, and enjoying rather a lot of cake and ice-cream…

It’s back into sensible eating this week, and sometimes a dose of encouragement and inspiration can help me get over that end-of-holiday feeling. So I was delighted to find out that The Office Diet has been included on a list of “Top 50 Incredibly Inspiring Weight-Loss Blogs“.

If your motivation’s at a bit of a low ebb, why not check out some of the other great blogs on that list?

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Win Free Gym Membership With Subway

Is the credit crunch eating into your gym budget? Subway are running a competition to win a year’s free gym membership – you don’t need to buy a sub to enter, just take a look at this video and read the competition rules.

The competition is being promoted by Jared Fogle on his blog Jared245 – the chap who famously lost 245lbs on a diet of Subways.

When I was working in an office full time, with a Subway just round the corner, an occasional sub made a nice healthy treat (I like the veggie sub on wheat bread with as much salad as they can cram in!) Sadly, this competition is only open to US residents, so I can’t enter myself, but hopefully some of The Office Diet’s readers might be able to…

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