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DietsInReview’s New Year’s Twitter Party Helps You Start Your Resolutions

Spend the first Monday of the new year with the DietsInReview.com team in our first Twitter party of 2012! We’ll have all of our experts gathered in one place to ignite an exciting and inspiring conversation about not just sticking to your resolutions but helping you establish healthy habits you can see through for years to come.

DIR’s New Year’s Twitter Party!

Where: Twitter.com/DietsInReview, @DietsInReview

When: Monday, January 2, 2012 at 8:00p EST / 7:00p CST

Hashtag: #DIR12

No RSVP is necessary!
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Empty Calories Comic: Resolve it Baby, One More Time

See more Empty Calories right here in the blog each week, or receive one each month when you subscribe to our free newsletter.


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Lent is a Better Time for Making Habit Changes Than New Years

For most people, New Years marks a clear point for making a lifestyle change that is intended to last a lifetime. Lent on the other hand, for the religious, is a time of temporary self denial or restriction to increase focus. There are several reasons that a greater percentage of people are successful with Lenten fasts than New Years habit changes. Even if you do not celebrate Lent, these ideas may help you be more successful with your own behavior change.

The first reason many are more successful with habit change during Lent (even if it is temporary) is that they are striving to sacrifice for something that has personal meaning to him or her. Religion is one outlet for existential energy for many people. Existential energy is about those things that give your life meaning, becoming a better person, and those things about which you are passionate. When we strive after these things, we often feel more energized and more motivated to meet the goals we have set for ourselves.


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How to Reduce Your Stress in 2011

Tiffany Gust is a trainer at the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge.

Start a stress journal so that you can uncover the things that cause you stress.

Write down the following:

  • Who is causing you stress?
  • Did you feel physically and emotionally?
  • When the stress happened, what was your response?
  • What did you do to make yourself feel better?

This can help you determine how you currently cope with stress.  Are your strategies healthy or unhealthy, productive or unproductive?
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The Perfect New Year’s Workout

2011 is finally here! If you are like most Americans, your resolution for the New Year is to lose weight. Well, what are you waiting for?

Below is a workout that targets the entire body while keeping the heart rate up. By keeping the heart rate elevated, your body will burn more calories and you will see results faster.

The goal of the exercise routine is to continually move from one exercise to the other without stopping. This style of exercise is a form of circuit training, but you will be doing multiple sets grouped together, which are called super sets. For example: the first exercises are a seated row and squat jumps grouped together. Preform 10-20 reps of rows, then 10-20 squat jumps and repeat, then move to the next group of two exercises: the prone leg curl and push-up combination. The goal is to perform two or three sets of ten to twenty repetitions without stopping, except for water, of course.


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