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4 Ways to Uncover the Motivation to Lose Weight

10 Nov
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Motivation is an easy kill. Of all its opponents, food cravings pose the greatest threat.

Swimsuits, skinny jeans, doctors’ orders: Which is most on your mind? The promise to commit to a fitness plan is always a personal one, yet one we break time and again. No matter what sparked your momentum, staying the course is central to weight loss success.

Here, a glimpse at the nuts and bolts of motivation, plus tricks for finding the enthusiasm to get moving when simply thinking about exercise seems like a workout in itself.

1. Take Cue
Motivation, by its nature, varies in degrees. Internal Medicine specialist, Deborah Neiman, MD, Medical Director of Step Ahead, a weight loss center in Bedminster, New Jersey, describes it as a transient force. Like a gust of wind, she adds, it can go as quickly as it comes and it just ruffles us up when we “feel it.”
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Sweet Serotonin: The Brain-Stomach Ties That Bind

29 May

Maura Lynch‘s post on Elle.com about emotional eating digests the theory that bliss begins when food hits lips. Anyone watching their weight knows the perils of mindless eating, but when your mood is the driver behind the trip to the fridge, or the cabinet-raid, it’s far from mindless. Emotions seem to dictate action for our own mental wellness. Says Emeran Mayer, director at the Center for Neurobiology of Stress at UCLA, “When we ingest something, it doesn’t just sit in our stomachs. It most certainly has an affect on our overall being.”

The post’s other points about the stomach essentially being a second brain are important, and the tenet of neurogastroenterology.

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Source: Emotional Eating: The Brain-Stomach Connection

Local Threat: Marriage Fidelity Through the Lens of Science

11 May

Just read NYT’s The Science of a Happy Marriage, which explores genetic factors that may impact commitment.

Marriage Fortune Cookie

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Check it out for a fascinating read after you complete the puzzle below:

  • Fill-in-the-blank: LO_AL and THR__T.

Source: well.blogs.nytimes.com

♬ Listening to: If You Want to Be Happy for the Rest of Your Life (Jimmy Soul)