The New Year’s celebration is one of the biggest in the world. For many, the revelry involves alcohol, and lots of it. But when a new day (and year) dawns, party goers often feel the aftereffects of their festivities in the form of a nasty hangover.
If this is your predicament, don’t reach for greasy foods, caffeine, or medications, which can worsen the effects of alcohol on your body. Use these natural remedies instead for a fast and healthy hangover recovery.
One of the most tried-and-true, widely recognized remedies for too much alcohol is to drink lots of water. Many hangover remedies sound strange and follow bad logic, and will probably not do any good, but this simple tip makes sense. Water will dilute the alcohol in your body, minimize alcohol’s dehydrating effect on your body, and flush out toxins. Try to stay hydrated before, during, and after drinking and its negative effects will diminish considerably.
2. Fruit and fruit juice
Once you’re properly hydrated, start replenishing the vitamins you’ve lost and get your blood sugar back to normal with a tall glass of juice. Orange or tomato juice will replenish lost vitamins and contain natural sugars to help your body metabolize alcohol faster. Bananas are great for restoring depleted potassium levels associated with overindulging, and they have magnesium, beneficial for headaches. If you don’t have any fruit juice, down a Gatorade or other electrolyte-containing sports drink.
Ginger has been used for centuries as an aid for motion sickness, nausea, and vomiting. Brew some ginger root tea for soothing relief, or pop open a ginger ale for a quick fix. (more…)
Join us with Jessica Smith, respected fitness expert and co-author of Thin In 10, for a fun, informative, and motivating hour on New Year’s night! We’ll talk indulgences, goals, and how to actually make this your last resolution.
Where: Use hashtag #TI10
When: January 1, 2013 at 9:00p EST / 8:00p CST
Giveaways: Thin In 10, 3 Jessica Smith workout DVDs, and DIR schwag! (more…)
As we approach the beginning of another new year, many will be setting the intention to get back into a healthy exercise routine. Whether it is jogging, stationary bicycle riding, or attending yoga classes with regularity, the motivation to get with the program takes some determination.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “You can do anything you set your mind to.” Once your mind is set, the rest is easy. The challenging part is getting over the hump of doubt, impatience, and discouragement.
The following are a few tips that will help you set your mind to your goals so you may find success in making your healthy intentions a reality.
Create a mantra
A mantra is a word or group of words used to sharpen your focus during meditation. Although you might not actually be meditating when you repeat your mantra, it will still have an effect on your mind.
When you create a personal mantra, choose words that support your intention, such as “I have energy,” or “I love yoga.” Your mind will soon start believing whatever it is you are telling yourself, so choose your words wisely. (more…)
Would it surprise you to learn I was once an unfit mess? Not that I am perfect today, but about 14 years ago I started a journey to fitness and a quest to reclaim my life and health.
I was a poor college student who didn’t even know what a personal trainer was, much less had the spare cash to afford one. I started with a very inexpensive gym membership and two books: Weight Training for Dummies and Body For Life. Both are great books and I still recommend them today. But they leave a lot of room for interpretation, especially for someone as headstrong as I am.
Needless to say, I made quiet a few mistakes in the beginning of my journey. Let me share a few examples of my early missteps in hopes of saving you the time I wasted and the frustration I experienced.
1. Lifting weights like a guy. I had no idea how to train for fat loss vs. muscle gain. There is nothing wrong with a body part or upper/lower split, like the workout plan in Body for Life, it just isn’t the most effective for ladies trying to lose fat. This is especially true in the beginning. It took me quite a while to learn the value of a well-designed full body workout full of multi-joint compound movements like push ups and squats. (more…)
Looking to slim down in the New Year, fellas? Look no further as we have the best weight loss plans just for you to shed those pounds and keep them off for good. As rated by traffic trends here on DietsInReview in 2012, the following plans have been consumer approved and specifically designed for those looking to slim down and make healthy living a lifestyle that sticks. Use our Diet Finder to identify the plan that’s best for you, or see if you find a fit from these below.
Weight Watchers Online for Men – Celebrating a 50 year anniversary in 2013, Weight Watchers has had a specific plan in place for the guys for quite some time. You’ll use the Weight Watchers 360 program via Weight Watchers Online for Men, which offers convenience and even anonymity. Weight Watchers promotes real food that you enjoy by managing your PointsPlus. You’ll get all the guidance you need via a secure online dashboard that you can manage any time from anywhere.
Pros include: Affordable, personalized, promotes fitness, and no harsh restrictions. Cons include: No in-person support.
NutriSystem for Men – NutriSystem is one of the most recognizable names in weight loss and has earned its place among the top diets. Founded in 1972, this popular diet program has helped millions of people lose weight on its convenient portion-controlled meals, making it ideal for those who don’t like to cook. There’s virtually zero guess work on this diet, making it an an easy approach to healthy weight loss. In addition to monthly delivered meals, NutriSystem customers also have online access to health information, community support, weekly newsletters and tracking tools.
The men’s program was introduced after NutriSystem realized men desired to lose weight and feel great just as much as women do. So, it developed the first men’s commercial weight loss program that’s designed to provide the right amount and variety of food to control hunger to keep men satisfied.
NutriSystem for Men includes hearty foods like pizza, ice cream, and burgers in the correct portions so men can lose weight without feeling deprived. Celebrities such as Dan Marino, Terry Bradshaw and Larry the Cable Guy have already used the NutriSystem for Men program to slim down and maintain a healthy weight, proving it’s a great option for men of all ages and activity levels.
Pros include: Convenient, proven effective, little work on your part. Cons include: May be cost prohibitive; not great for those who don’t enjoy packaged foods. (more…)