45 million Americans go on a diet every year. 38.2% of the adult population of the United States is obese. How much faith does this give you in diets alone? I mean, they’re tempting as heck – with empty promises you’ll have that same airbrushed bikini body in all the ads, or you’ll feel absolutely amazing only eating cellary for 2 weeks. There are some absolutely crazy diets as well, such as juice cleanses, 5-bite diets, hot-dog diets, baby food diets (yea, you read that right), and the classic “sleep-diet.” But how many real success stories have we actually heard from these? 95% of diets fail and most will regain their lost weight in 1-5 years. With only a 5% success rate, diets are actually causing more harm than good. With worrisome stats, such as 35% of “occasional dieters” progress into pathological dieting, (disordered eating) and as many as 25%, advance to full-blown eating disorders, it seems diets are a form of self-harm, rather than weight-loss. So, how do you beat the temptation for wanting to go for the newest fad and dieting and actually attaining a fully healthy lifestyle? Understanding the differences is the first step, so keep reading to see why a healthy lifestyle will always trump diet phases and crazes.
Who loves snacking? Okay, we all love snacking. It really is a form of self-love, especially if you know how to snack smart. Studies show that smart snacking actually contributes to beating abdominal obesity and prevents becoming overweight. This is because snacking frequently is proven to reduce body weight in various forms, such as increasing […]
Ah, the joys of traveling! The exploring, wandering and getting lost. The new people, cultures and food you’ll try. It’s an exciting feeling thinking about an upcoming trip, but can soon vanish by uneasy feelings wondering “what am I going to do about my meal plan???” You start to get a slight panic, thinking about how gas stations and airports are usually filled with only junk and it’s hard to eat healthy on the road
10 (processed)Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free Breakfast Recipes and Desserts (Sugar Can Be Sweet After all – Part 2)
The World Health Organization recommends that less than 5% of our sugar we intake is added processed sugar. Since refined sugar ends up sneaking into our prepared foods and in restaurants, sticking to a homemade recipe is the best way to ensure you can control your sugar intake! So, with that being said, here’s 10 recipes to sub in for the otherwise sugar-packed meals and desserts!
Remember those days where your mother would get mad at you for sneaking 1 or 2 cookies behind her back? It always seemed like such a drag because the cookies tasted so good and were so fun to eat. On top of the excitement of sneaking into the snack cupboard, why as a kid could […]
The Science of Intermittent Fasting (Why It Helps You Lose Fat Faster and How to Do It This Winter!)
Trying to lose weight is frustrating when all the popular diets are telling you to drastically change your eating habits and avoid all normal foods.
Let’s start with your metabolism. Essentially – you’re going to be wanting to eat foods that speed up your metabolism, which in turn will help you burn more calories and maintain a healthy weight, so you can maintain regular exercise schedule. These foods include foods that are high in protein, iron, zinc and selenium, for example. Protein-rich foods take your body high amounts of energy to process and absorb the nutrients, which makes your body burn more energy. Foods high in zinc improve the thyroid gland, which regulates your metabolism. Foods including many spices (especially spicy spices like chillies), tea and coffee and legumes such as lentils and chickpeas speed up your metabolism. A diet that incorporates these foods will aid in keeping a fast metabolism, whereas other foods actually will cause you to have lower energy and reduced focused based on how they are processed by your metabolism. Foods that are Simple carbohydrates and high-sugar foods have a high glycemic index, meaning that they affect your blood sugar because of insulin fluctuations, which affects how your store fat. When this happens, you actually crave sugar more. When these cravings are present, your mental ability is also altered. Your focus is lower, in addition to your energy levels. Foods that cause this are typically foods with refined flours and sugars, in addition to fried foods and types of oils, like canola oil. So understanding the differences between these foods in the supermarket will encourage you to buy foods that are better for your metabolism so you always have proper brain function.
The ketogenic diet is named after a metabolic process in our body that occurs when you don’t have enough carbs in your system, which is a typical source of energy, and your body needs to burn fat instead, leading to a production of ketones. The standard variant of this diet means only 5% of your diet comes from carbs, while 75% comes from healthy fats. The cyclical keto diet allows you to have re-feed days when you increase your carb intake for a day or two, and the targeted keto allows eating more carbs before and after your workout.
While daily physical activity is an essential part of our wellbeing, you can’t reap all of its benefits unless you pair it with a good diet. You truly are what you eat, and you can’t make much progress unless you clean up your habits and turn to healthy, quality food to sustain you. Regardless of what your fitness goal might be, nutrition is essential, and we’re here to show you why and to offer some tips on how you can improve your diet.
Arriving to the grocery store can go either way. Sometimes, it’s tempting to behave like unsupervised child in a candy store, and other times you’re inspired to be a food stylist cooking up the trendiest whole-food dishes. Whichever way you go, the thing that never changes is the temptation. The brightly lit isles of candy, […]