Do You Wish You Had a Belly Like This?

Do you wish your stomach looked like this? Vote and see how your opinion compares to everyone else’s.

Weight Loss – The Fasting Trick

Are you looking for a new diet to try that lets you eat basically whatever you want? Do you want to do away with calorie counting or tough food restrictions? Follow the simple plan detailed below to see how you can lose weight by just adjusting the TIMING of your meals, instead of what you’re eating.

The Simple Diet Plan – Here’s how it works:

Simply follow the 16:8 rule where you fast for 16 hours and only eat during an 8 hour window. So, if you start at 10am then you would eat between the hours of 10-6pm only. The only rule to follow during those hours is just to follow a generally healthy, balanced diet. You don’t need to count calories but the plan will backfire if during those times you gorge on junk food and densely caloric meals.

The Pros: People who are currently dieting this way are reporting consistent weight loss, feeling more energized and feeling that their digestion is better. Also, it’s nice to stop counting calories and just eat what sounds good as long as it’s within the designated time frame.

The Cons:  It can be tough for social situations where there is eating and drinking later at night. You may need to adjust the hours of your fast accordingly.

Try it out and see how it works for you!

Teen Weight Loss

Did you know that there are multiple reasons why teens have a harder time losing weight than most adults do? There are a few reasons for this. For starters, teens are usually in school all day and busy with homework after school. There is not a lot of time to control activity level. Also, in a school environment, snacks and junk food are usually readily available. It can be hard to resist the temptation to cure school boredom with food. Another reason is that teens growth can trigger even more hunger than the average adult. These variables combined can make it extra hard for teens to lose weight.

Here are some ways teens can combat this and get to a healthy weight in spite of the challenges:

  1. Bring low calorie gum, fruit or veggies to pacify the need to snack during school.
  2. Try to find time every day to exercise. Exercise is crucial to raising metabolism which will help you burn more calories throughout the day, not just during the time of the actual exercise.
  3. Count calories – counting calories is the tried and true way to jumpstart weight loss. Just make sure a large portion of your calories are going toward foods high in protein. That will help you feel satisfied for longer between meals.
  4. Set a cut off time at night to stop eating. Choose a time like 7, 8 or 9 pm to stop eating. Your metabolism will slow down at night so anything you eat late at night will be stored anyway.
  5. Drink lots of water – Keep your stomach full by drinking lots of water or flavored water throughout the day.

Is Your Depression Causing Weight Gain?

Research is now showing that people who are plagued by anxiety and/or depression are more prone to obesity and weight gain over time. People who have anxiety or depression or both are 3 times more likely to become obese than those who do not have those symptoms.

There are a few reasons this can happen:
1. People who are suffering from mental health problems can turn to food for comfort. This can lead to weight gain.
2. The same physiological imbalances that are causing the mental health issue may also be disrupting hunger and digestion.
3. The weight gain may be causing depression symptoms.
4. Lack of exercise – A lack of exercise is linked to both depression and to weight gain.

Solutions below:

Weight Loss Solutions:
If you find yourself struggling with weight gain:
1. Exercise! Exercise is the single greatest thing you can do for your mental health! Instead of reaching for that high calorie snack, go on a run or a short hike! You’ll feel better and curb sugar cravings!
2. Sleep – Make sure you get enough sleep. If you feel better mentally you’ll be less likely to seek for comfort food and snacks.
3. Count Calories – Counting calories, especially if you are heavier on protein than carbs is a fast and effective way to drop those extra pounds. Once you have some small success. You’ll start feeling better about yourself!

Drinks – Lose Weight or Gain Weight Like Crazy

Try adding some of the drinks listed below to start losing weight faster than ever! Click through the slideshow to see drinks that will boost your weight loss results!

Drinking lots of water is great for weight loss because it promotes a feeling of fullness before eating a meal, thus reducing your overall calorie intake. Try adding in some of the drinks to your daily routine that are listed in the slideshow above to give your weight loss results a boost!

Check out the drinks that make you GAIN weight! You’ll be surprised!

What You NEED to Know About Losing Weight

Think you know a lot about weight loss? You’ll be surprised how many common beliefs about weight loss are actually myths and old wives tales….

Metabolism, exercise, sleep and diet all contribute to weight loss or weight gain. There are lots of interesting facts about dieting that many people do not know. Did you know the timing of your meals and snacks can affect your weight loss? Did you know that sleep cycles and timing can affect weight loss? What about exercise? Did you know that certain types of exercise are more conducive to weight loss than others?

Take the quiz above and see how you do! If you don’t score so great, just study up on the dieting topics you missed for maximum weight loss!

Top 10 Tips For Losing That Tummy

Are you struggling to do up the top button on your pants? Not only is belly fat a nuisance that makes you feel fat, but stomach fat is really harmful to your health. Known as visceral fat, it is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes and heart disease, among other things. Although targeting a specific fat area for weight loss can be tricky, these are the top 10 tips to make your belly fat disappear.

Follow these tips and keep your metabolism up and your belly fat low!

Do You Think Counting Calories Works?

Counting calories is a tried and true way to lose weight… and keep it off! Of course there are other factors to consider than just calorie counting like eating more fiber, complex carbs, and food that can naturally boost your metabolism. Since all bodies are different, a good place to start is logging calories in vs calories. Just remember to lose weight and keep it off, it needs to be done in a healthy way.

What do you think?

Calories Aren’t Bad – Calories themselves are not bad. They are necessary for us to live. The problems start occurring when you eat too many calories. A calorie is a calorie, no matter where it comes from, but the source of calories does matter for health. For instance, while the 100 calories in a big bowl of broccoli come with lots of nutrients and a satisfying bulk that will help fill you up, the 100 calories in one-third of a doughnut have neither advantage. Calories accompanied by few nutrients are often called “empty” calories.

Calories are stored in our bodies, mostly in the form of body fat, to be used at a later time for energy. We all need energy to help get us through the day right? Smaller amounts are also stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen, a storage form of glucose used for short-term energy.

3500 Calories for a pound of weight loss – A common “rule” to follow when wanting to lose weight in pounds is achieving a 3,500-calorie deficit by eating less and/or exercising more, you’ll lose a pound of body weight. In the 1950s, research showed that there are many factors besides weight that comes into play when losing unwanted pounds. Body composition, sex, age, metabolic rate and activity level all play a part. Lean people, for example, usually need to burn fewer calories to lose a pound… How is that even fair??? Overall, the 3,500-calorie estimate works fairly well for most people.

Do You Have an Eating Disorder?

Do you think you might have an eating disorder?

Take this quiz and see if you need to get help!!

Eating Disorder Statistics
At least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S.
Every 62 minutes at least one person dies as a direct result from an eating disorder.
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
13% of women over 50 engage in eating disorder behaviors.
In a large national study of college students, 3.5% sexual minority women and 2.1% of sexual minority men reported having an eating disorder.6
16% of transgender college students reported having an eating disorder.
In a study following active duty military personnel over time, 5.5% of women and 4% of men had an eating disorder at the beginning of the study, and within just a few years of continued service, 3.3% more women and 2.6% more men developed an eating disorder.
Eating disorders affect all races and ethnic groups.8
Genetics, environmental factors, and personality traits all combine to create risk for an eating disorder.

Anorexia Nervosa:
0.9% of American women suffer from anorexia in their lifetime.
1 in 5 anorexia deaths is by suicide.
Standardized Mortality Ratio (SMR) is a ratio between the observed number of deaths in an study population and the number of deaths would be expected.
50-80% of the risk for anorexia and bulimia is genetic.
33-50% of anorexia patients have a comorbid mood disorder, such as depression. Mood disorders are more common in the binge/purge subtype than in the restrictive subtype.
About half of anorexia patients have comorbid anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and social phobia.

Bulimia Nervosa:
1.5% of American women suffer from bulimia nervosa in their lifetime.
Nearly half of bulimia patients have a comorbid mood disorder.
More than half of bulimia patients have comorbid anxiety disorders.
Nearly 1 in 10 bulimia patients have a comorbid substance abuse disorder, usually alcohol use.
Binge Eating Disorder (BED):
2.8% of American adults suffer from binge eating disorder in their lifetime.
Approximately half of the risk for BED is genetic.
Nearly half of BED patients have a comorbid mood disorder.
More than half of BED patients have comorbid anxiety disorders.
Nearly 1 in 10 BED patients have a comorbid substance abuse disorder, usually alcohol use.
Binge eating or loss-of-control eating may be as high as 25% in post-bariatric patients.