Source: Reward and Remind: How to Maintain Weight Loss
As hard as losing weight can be, sometimes the battle begins again when you try to stay at your goal weight. A new study from the USDA shows that the secret may be in the way you think. The study sought to find strategies that would help people maintain their weight in addition to dieting and exercising. After studying 926 people with BMIs 25 or higher (the marker for being overweight) who lost 10 percent or more of their total weight, researchers found that there are two main ways that help them successfully keep the pounds off. The secret? Remind yourself why you need to control your weight, and reward yourself for sticking to a diet and exercise plan. The people who followed these strategies were more apt to stay motivated after they lost weight.
Reward yourself. Scheduling rewards when you are maintaining weight loss is different than when you are losing weight. Going shopping for a cute outfit once you've reached a
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Source: 9 Things You Shouldn't Do in the Loo
There are plenty of healthy things you can do in the bathroom like stretch in the shower, lube up on sunscreen while naked to protect every inch of your skin, and floss to prevent gingivitis. There are also plenty of things you shouldn't do in the ladies room:
- Drink water from the shower head: Not only have studies found that shower heads are breeding grounds for disease-causing bacteria, but the hot water itself is also not safe to drink.The hot water heater is also a place where bacteria thrives.
- Keep the shower curtain closed: Mildew and mold love dark, wet surfaces, and breathing them in can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. Aside from letting the curtain air out, you can prevent mold and mildew by running a fan or opening a window, allowing air to circulate.
- Flush with the lid up: Germs and other particles can become airborne when you flush, so limit the amount misting into the air by lowering the lid before
Are you a yoga fanatic but can't stand the treadmill? Or maybe you Zumba through the week but wouldn't set foot in a Bar Method class. These celebs are the same: they hate certain types of exercise, and aren't afraid to show it. Check out the exercises these stars just can't stand!
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- POPSUGAR Fitness | Healthy Living – Thu, Jul 7, 2011 8:20 PM EDT
Source: Did You By a Wedding Dress Smaller Than Your Real Size?
Kim Kardashian is on a wedding diet and fitness plan, and she's enlisted the help of celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson to help her fit into her wedding dress, according to OK Magazine.
The magazine says that Kim is hoping to drop a few dress sizes before her upcoming wedding to Kris Humphries, and is on a serious mission to make that happen.
According to the magazine's source, in order to fit into a size-two dress for her upcoming wedding, Kim will be following Tracy Anderson's strict regimen of a low-carb diet (1,200 calories a day of mostly green juices, broth-based soups, and protein bars) along with resistance training and cardio for two hours a day, six days a week.
Kim Kardashian's wedding diet and fitness regimen sounds like a full-time ordeal. While getting in shape and feeling your best is an important goal for any occasion, we hope Kim doesn't stress herself out or turn to unhealthy practices just toRead More »from Did You Buy a Wedding Dress Smaller Than Your Real Size?
- POPSUGAR Fitness | Healthy Living – Thu, Jul 7, 2011 8:08 PM EDT
Source: Don't Dehydrate: How Much Water You Should Be DrinkingRead More »from Don't Dehydrate: How Much Water You Should Be Drinking
Maybe the hard and fast rule that you should be drinking eight glasses a day is a myth, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't regularly be raising a glass. Keeping hydrated, especially in the hot Summer months, is important for staying healthy and energized.
Water is found in every part of our body, so downing enough H2O every day ensures our cells keep functioning properly and our bodies are free of toxins. And there's much to be said about water's other effects, from healthy-looking skin to appetite-suppressing properties.
How much water is enough? If we don't have a magic formula to find exactly how much we should be drinking, then how do we find what works for us? How much water we need depends on how much we lose in a day. Your minimum amount that you need, for example, will be different on a hot day, after you hit the gym, and whether or not you are sitting at a desk all day. Other circumstances play a part in how
- POPSUGAR Fitness | Healthy Living – Tue, Jun 28, 2011 12:57 AM EDT
Source: 7 Strength Training Moves You Can Do in the Bathroom
The title of this post might make you cringe if you're picturing getting on the floor of a teeny public bathroom stall to drop and "give me 20," but I assure you, these moves are totally clean, since they're best saved for your bathroom at home. You visit the ladies room for other reasons besides relieving yourself, so take it as an opportunity to multitask and fit in a few minutes of fitness. Here are some ideas:
- Walk on your heels while brushing your teeth. It'll prevent shin splints and cavities.
- Do side leg lifts while flossing.
- Whenever you visit the ladies room, after using the toilet, put the seat down and do a set of triceps dips.
- After washing your hands, do 20 counter push-ups.
- Do calf raises while blow-drying your hair.
- Do some booty kicks while putting sunscreen on your face, chest, and arms.
- Do squats while applying your makeup.
Source: 9 Must Dos for a Good Night's Rest
When I don't get enough undisturbed sleep each night - and for me that means at least seven hours - I am one huge crank pot. I'm irritable, foggy-headed, and it messes up my whole day because I'm usually too tired to exercise. I'm also more likely to reach for sweet treats as pick-me-ups. Aside from the proper amount of sleep keeping you happy, proper sleep increases brain function and promotes weight loss. If you lose out on sleep, it could lead to high-blood pressure and increase your chance of dying from heart disease. A person needs between seven and nine hours of sleep each night, so here are some tips for making that happen.
- Exercise daily and finish exercising at least three hours before bedtime. You don't need to go overboard and sprint five miles every day, but make sure you get up and move, even if it's to go for a walk. Using up energy by exercising will help you feel more tired when your head hits the pillow. Just be sure not to
- POPSUGAR Fitness | Summer Travel – Tue, Jun 21, 2011 12:52 AM EDT
Source: 3 Ways to Prevent Jet Lag Before You Get on a Plane
Nothing says Summer like a warm-weather vacation, but chances are if you've got epic travel plans in the near future, your trip with include a bit of dreaded jet lag. Flying through time zone after time zone can wreak havoc on your body, from feeling swollen and bloated to being irritated, foggy-headed, and sleep-deprived. But what you do before can help make sure you're ready as soon as you hit the tarmac.
Drink water. Dehydration is a serious cause of jet lag. Make sure you spend the day drinking lots of water before you board the plane, and don't stop once you're there; stock up on those little bottles when the flight attendant passes through so you can regularly hydrate during your trip.
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Source: Friends and Weight Loss: Use 'Em and Lose It
Losing weight is not easy for so many reasons. Not only does it take commitment and determination, but it can be such a long journey that it's tempting to give up before reaching your goal. If you have a close friend you can lean on, it's likely to make dropping pounds easier and more likely. It should be someone you're comfortable with, someone you can count on to be there when you need them most, and someone you can share your achievements with. Here are some specific ways you can use your buddy on your weight-loss quest:
- Call when cravings are at their worst. When you're having an insatiable urge to hop in your car and head to the nearest bakery, speed dial your friend so they can talk you into eating fruit instead.
- Swap healthy recipes, strength training tips, fitness DVDs, health magazines, and running playlists. Boredom can drive you to hop off the healthy wagon, so spice things up with new snack and meal ideas,
- POPSUGAR Fitness | Healthy Living – Tue, Jun 21, 2011 12:35 AM EDT
Source: Gwyneth Paltrow Tells a Friend to Lose Weight - Would You?Read More »from Gwyneth Paltrow Tells a Friend to Lose Weight â€” Would You?
If your friend was doing something that was hurting their health, would you say something? What if it were about their weight - should you say something if you feel your friend has gained too much?
If you're Gwyneth Paltrow, the answer is "of course." Ross Mathews, a comic on the Chelsea Lately show, told People that when he saw the actress, she pointed to his stomach and said, "'What's going on here? I love you. Get it together."
Since then, the former 220-pound performer has lost 40 pounds by exercising and joining Jenny Craig, so Gwyneth's honesty seems to have worked. I don't think I'd say something quite that direct, especially to someone I'm not that close to, but I do think I'd try to encourage a close friend to make better choices if I ever felt it was warranted, and that includes if they were unhealthily dropping pounds. What do you think - is it your responsibility as a friend to stage an "intervention" if