New Year’s Diet Resolutions You SHOULDN’T Make

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1. Losing 20 pounds – Instead resolve to lose a pound per week or the first five and go from there. It is much easier to take on small goals one at a time making you less likely to give up while motivating you further as you reach each goal.

2. Saying you will stop eating at restaurants – This will make having any kind of a social life pretty difficult. Try making better choices: rather than going for the chicken fried steak and loaded mashed potatoes of the carefree holiday season, try a grilled chicken breast with veggies. Many restaurants now have a menu with weight loss friendly options making it even easier for you to stay on track.

3. No more junk food for me – Although limiting your intake of unhealthy foods is a great way to lose weight, you should not make it a goal to punish yourself. Allow yourself a satisfying meal or treat once a week, just remember to keep your portions in check. 

4. I’m going to work out 2 hours every day – Going from zero to 60 is not a good idea when it comes to fitness. Getting exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and weight loss plan. However, it is best to make sure your workouts are efficient, making sure you are workout has both cardio and strength training for example, rather than attempting to push beyond your limits and possibly getting hurt in the process. It’s best to build upon what you can do each week and get in shape progressively. 

5. I’m going on the ____ diet – Fad diets are never a good idea when it comes to long term weight loss. It is better to build healthy habits, such as making sure your plate is mostly vegetables, than attempting to make drastic changes such as an all juice diet. Lifestyle changes like portion control and balanced eating will help you get consistent results and avoid the post diet weight gain. 

Foods That Make You Fat

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A big part of a healthy lifestyle is being mindful of what we put into our bodies. Here are some foods to watch out for in order to avoid unwanted weight gain:

Gluten free foods: Gluten rich foods are fattening but so are most common gluten free packaged products. Read the labels, they are full of starch and sugar.

White sugar: White or refined sugar is full of calories that sabotage healthy eating and prime your palate to crave sweets. The world is filled with sugar addicts. When our blood sugars are high we are high. When our blood sugar is low, we feel totally run down and exhausted and want more sugar. Sugar has no vitamins or minerals, just lots of fat-building calories. Watch out for hidden sugars.

Processed Foods: They are loaded with calories and almost no nutrients. Diet microwave meals and frozen meals are high in sodium and calorie-rich fat to preserve flavor. Eating them causes you to retain water in your arms and legs, leaving you feeling bloated as well.

Processed meats (lunch meats, bacon, sausage, hot dogs) are high in calories, fat and sodium. Sixty eight percent of bacon’s calories come from fat, almost half is saturated fat and each ounce has 30 milligrams of cholesterol. Too much salt in your body leads to water retention and bloating.

High fructose corn syrup: This is found in many food products, even in some unexpected ones like ketchup. Look out for this as it is very high in calories, carbs and sugar.

Soy protein: Soy protein contains Xenoestrogens, which have been shown to cause weight gain in men and women

Do you agree with this list? Will this stop you from consuming some of these foods? Let us know what you think!

The Most Popular Diets of 2013

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As the year comes to a close we start to take our resolutions for the new year into consideration, the most typical being weight loss. Let’s take a look at the most popular diet of 2013: 

1. Paleo diet – Also known as the “caveman diet” was the most popular this year thanks in part to its popularity among the Crossfit crowd. the diet is based on the idea that we should eat as our pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors did. Positive aspects include a focus on staying away from processed foods and consuming mostly lean meats, vegetables and fruits. 

2. Juice cleanse diet – The ever popular concept of losing weight by pulverizing your food in a blender lives on. Increasing your vegetable and fruit intake has the same results without the fasting which will not result in sustained weight loss. 

3. Mediterranean Diet – This diet has been around for a few years and continued to be popular in 2013. This diet emphasizes the basics of healthy eating while trying to mimic the eating habits of individuals who live in countries that border the Mediterranean sea. Emphasis is placed on consumption polyunsaturated fats, fresh fruits and veggies and nuts, beans, seeds and the occasional glass of wine. 

Did you try any of these diets in 2013? Do any of these sound like something you would consider for 2014? Let us know what you think!

Foods That Boost Your Sex Drive

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Our diet can affect many aspects of our health, including our sex drive, which is a part of our health and wellness that should not be ignored. Here are some foods that can help boost your libido, you may be surprised but they are worth a try: 

Black raspberries – This phytochemical-rich food enhances both libido and sexual endurance.

Broccoli – High in Vitamin which aids in blood circulation to organs and has also been associated with an improved female libido.

Figs – They’re considered excellent stimulants of fertility and enhance the secretion of pheromone.

Watermelon – Watermelon contains a phytonutrient called citrulline, which the body converts to arginine, an amino acid that boosts nitric oxide levels in the body, which relax blood vessels in the same way a medicine like Viagra does

Eggs – Eggs are high in protein, which is a source of stamina, and they’re also low in calories,” Glassman says. In addition, they’re a good source for an amino acid L-arginine, which has been shown effective in treating types of heart ailments and erectile dysfunction.

Would you open to trying these foods to boost your libido? Do you think they work? Let us know!