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4 Ways to Uncover the Motivation to Lose Weight

10 Nov
woman and cake

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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A Weigh In on the Weight-Loss Wars

5 Jan

Just in time for our resolutions to start chugging their way to their respective early deaths, Tara Parker Pope’s story on why permanent weight loss is often a pipe dream rears its head, a monster of a magazine feature that’s as depressing as it is illuminating.

“The Fat Trap,” one of this week’s most e-mailed stories, examines what happens to the body after weight loss. Instigated by the research of a physician from the University of Melbourne, the story details why motivated people have so much trouble maintaining their weight loss.

And trouble is putting it lightly.  Joseph Proietto’s study proved the body basically launches a hormonal assault, upping the hunger hormone, ghrelin, weakening peptide YY, responsible for satiation, and lowering leptin, the hormone tasked with appetite suppression and metabolism activity. In other words, after weight loss, your body’s hormones fight to bring the fat back. An hunger does nothing for one’s preoccupation with food. It’s a vicious attack against the best intentions.

Read the post to learn more, and meet the couple profiled, two people who collectively lost roughly 300 pounds but must do everything in their power to keep their weight in check.

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Say “Si!” to a Slimmer Cinco de Mayo

27 Apr

Presenting your guilt-free guide to Cinco sipping and snacking…

5 Ways to Enjoy a Guiltless Mexican Fiesta

sunset margarita

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Olé!

Brilliant, resilient… Have you heard of the Doodle Diet?

5 Feb

Ridiculously inventive, and bordering on irrational (but in a fun way), is The Doodles Diet, Deborah Zemke’s book of 36 engaging placemats that each serve up something better to do than eat.

Obviously drawing is way more fun than skinny jeans. Kidding!!!

The Doodles Diet

via chroniclebooks.com

I know some people who would love this, and a couple who’d despise it. If I actually sat down at a table to eat I’d probably consider buying it. If only…