Now that it’s the holiday season and tempting treats are everywhere, it’s very, very important to pay attention and eat according to your hunger. It may sound easy, but so many of us often eat for other reasons then hunger, including emotions, societal pressure (imagine Aunt Mildred saying, “You just have to eat one of my holiday cookies!”) and external cues, but listening to your true hunger is a great strategy for combating that holiday weight gain. Read on for three tips to really tune into your hunger and stop eating once you’re full!
1. Log your hunger and fullness. You already know how beneficial food journaling can be, but don’t just track your eats — track your hunger, too! On a scale from zero to 10 with zero being starving and 10 being uncomfortably and even painfully full, jot down how hungry you are before eating and then how full you are after. Try to eat when you’re at a three or a four, and stop eating when you’re at a six or a seven. Remember it can take your body up to 20 minutes to feel full so eat slowly.
Healthy eating enthusiast Gwyneth Paltrow has been writing her GOOP newsletter for quite some time now, providing her readers with all sorts of tips and information on places to visit, things to do and see, along with some inspiration from her circle of celebrity friends. In her latest issue of things to see, Gwyneth outlines her top 10 food blogs. This time they aren’t all celebrities, per say, but people that love food and love to blog and share their knowledge, experience and most of all – amazing recipes.
After reviewing her list, it turns out that I actually follow some of Gwyneth’s favorite blogs, as well. Below, I’ve selected my top 3 food blogs that I recommend checking out: two from Gwyneth’s list and one as my own recommendation. (more…)
Rafi Bar-Lev is a former IDF combat medic and a fitness expert. He is also founder the of the community fitness and fat loss site, Passionate Fitness, where he recently wrote about 5 popular weight loss tips that can actually kill you.
While it is true that there are many ways for you to use exercises to lose weight, ultimately it’s your diet that will dictate whether or not you succeed in shedding the pounds and getting the dream body you’ve always wanted.
Once you choose a weight loss diet that you feel best fits you, it’s important that you follow certain rules to make sure that your diet succeeds. Here are the 5 rules you need to follow: (more…)
Do you ever wish someone else would make your grocery list for you? Your wish has been answered by the “Check ME Sanity-Inducing Shopping List” from LobotoME. The pre-printed list has the whole spectrum of healthy foods, from fruits and veggies to healthy meats and even household products. There are blank spaces in each section of the list, so you can fill in any other items not already included.
The shopping list isn’t the only LobotoME product designed to keep you fit. There’s also the “Fit ME” weekly planner. You can use it to set yourself goals, plan daily exercise, and track your progress. It even has space for you to record you water intake, which can at least serve to remind you to stay hydrated.
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As if Google hasn’t cornered the Internet market on just about everything, one of its many children, Google Health, just enjoyed a serious makeover, making it one of the most comprehensive and integrated online health tracking tools ever.
In the past, Google Health allowed you to store and track your own health information online, but its recent partnerships with CardioTrainer and FitBit add more texture and tools to anyone wanting to stay more accountable of their health.
CardioTrainer is a a mobile app for tracking fitness activity and weight loss and FitBit is a wearable device that tracks not only how many calories you consumed at lunch, but also how many steps it took you to walk from your car to your office and how many minutes it took you to fall asleep. (more…)
One of the first things I figured out when I got home from the Biggest Loser ranch is that it all happened so fast it was hard to remember it all. Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels had done so many awesome workouts with us, but amidst the sweat, tears and pain I had forgotten exactly how they went.
I also realized that journaling my food intake on the ranch was always the sure way to predict my weight loss for the week. I searched high and low for something that could help me in this area and what I found was short of amazing… the Fitbook! It’s a goal setting, journaling, reminder, planner and motivator all in one. It tracks your workouts and your food. It helps you set daily, weekly, and long term goals. It helps you when you are having those blah weeks to look back to your killer weeks. It is a great tool and I think it has helped me so much that it might you as well!
Watch my video below to learn more about Fitbook. (more…)
One of the biggest challenges of keeping a food journal is trying to figure out how many calories are in many of the foods we eat everyday. We know fruits and veggies are good for us, but how many calories are really in a serving? The new Calorie Count iPhone app, created by CalorieCount.com, makes food journaling super easy. It even gives each food a grade, so you can feel good about eating that “A” salad.
Once you download the free app, set up an account that has your vital stats, such as age and weight. Then search for the food you eat and them select how much, and Calorie Count figures out how many calories you ate for you. Then just save that amount to your daily log. Searching for foods at first can be a little tedious, but after you find something once, you can save it to your “favorite foods” for quick future use.
Bob Harper is expanding his dedication to improving the health of as many people as he can with his new website, My Trainer Bob. No longer just limiting his health expertise and empathetic encouragement to the contestants of the Biggest Loser, Bob Harper has developed a website that can be used by anyone who is looking to improve their health.
My Trainer Bob is a free online program that gives you daily motivation to stay on track or step up your health routine. Every day, you have access to a video workout led by Bob himself and one of his trainees. Many of the workouts are taken from his new Inside Out Method, a DVD that increases your metabolism for quick fat-burning. There is also an entire section of the website devoted to hydration partnered with water filter giant, Brita. Bob also posts his daily video workout challenges on Facebook and Twitter.
Renee has been blogging for two years and is the author of Cutie Booty Cakes. She loves fitness, family and fun. She’s lost 48 pounds and has shared her journey to healthy living to motivate others and stay accountable. She is currently training for the Nike Women’s Half-Marathon and raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. You can find her writing on BlogHer, The Special K Victory Project, EA SPORTS Active, and many other places around the internet.
Since the week of Thanksgiving 2009 I’ve lost about 50 pounds. People that hear about my weight loss immediately want to know my secret. I always answer honestly and say “diet and exercise.” I’m sure this is not the answer people want to hear but there is no magic bullet that will take away the pounds. Consistency in both diet and exercise are the key to healthy living and weight loss.
Now, there are tools that make the process easier. One thing that I highly recommend is maintaining a food diary. I can hear the collective sigh out there from folks not interested in chronicling every morsel that crosses their lips, however, food journals work! I admit I was not on the food journal bandwagon initially but once I started doing it, I realized that it truly helped me to understand not just what and how much I was eating but why I was eating. (more…)
John McGran, chief editor at Diet-to-Go, has been covering the fields of diet, fitness and health since 2000. He writes from the perspective of a dieter rather than a dietitian.
Over the past 30 years, I’ve lost hundreds of pounds by following a variety of diets. The problem: At the age of 50, I am still 40 pounds overweight because I never seem to fail at regaining the weight I work so hard to lose!
It’s called yo-yo dieting and it’s not only frustrating, but unhealthy as well. And I am not alone.