Why Fitness Results Are Different for Everyone

Article by Darla Leal | Found on VeryWellFit

Getting fit can feel like a struggle especially if you’ve been working hard for weeks without seeing outward results. Images of athletic bodies pinned to motivate you now seem to be a source of frustration instead of empowerment. 

Often times many of us feel we’re the only ones struggling with fitness results. We wonder why others seem to get in shape easier and why body changes aren’t happening. These are very common concerns so don’t feel alone in your struggle. 

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Scientists Identify Weight Loss Ripple Effect

Article Found on ScienceDaily

People who make an effort to lose weight aren’t just helping themselves, they may be helping others too.

That’s the finding of a new University of Connecticut study that tracked the weight loss progress of 130 couples over six months. The researchers found that when one member of a couple commits to losing weight, the chances were good the other partner would lose some weight too, even if they were not actively participating in a weight loss intervention.

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Can Massage Therapy Really Help You Lose Weight?

Article by Alexandria Gomez | Found on Women’s Health

Of all the weight-loss techniques out there, the idea that regular massages could help you shed pounds is definitely among the most appealing. It seems too good to be true—all you have to do is lie there and the weight starts to fall off? Well, that’s not exactly how it works.“In my 15 years as a massage therapist, I’ve helped a lot of people lose some serious weight,” says Wil Lewis, massage program director at New York City’s Chillhouse. But he’s quick to add that massages alone aren’t what helped clients lose weight. Rather, […]

Can Coffee Make Your Workout Easier?

Article by Alice Park | Found on Health.com

The more tired you feel, the harder exercise can be. That’s why coaches of elite athletes have long known that a shot of caffeine before a training session or competition can improve performance by making it easier to exercise more vigorously with less pain and fatigue.

But for an average Joe, does drinking java really give your workout an edge? While the science isn’t solid yet on caffeine’s role as a training aid, the research so far is encouraging.

Caffeine’s main effect on the body is to increase alertness […]

To Eat or Not to Eat (Before Exercising): That is the Question

Article Found on ScienceDaily

Exercise enthusiasts often wonder whether it’s better to eat or fast before a workout. A new study is the first of its kind to show the effects of eating versus fasting on gene expression in adipose (fat) tissue in response to exercise. This study highlights the different roles fat plays in powering and responding to exercise. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology — Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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How I Finally Quit Making Excuses and Got Healthy Habits to Stick

By Jamie Varon | Featured on WebMD from Greatist

“I’m just not a routine person.” “I guess I’m just a free spirit.” “But I don’t want to be boring!”

These were the excuses I made when I failed—yet again—to keep up a new habit. These were the things I’d tell myself when I thought about the things I wanted to do daily—journal, meditate, go to the gym—but never did.

I had an excuse for everything. I had a reason to control every failure. The road to success may be full of curves, but the path to failure is […]

How to Prevent Fall Weight Gain

As the cool weather sets in and schedules get even busier, healthy lifestyle habits start falling by the wayside. This can lead to weight gain and perhaps even cycle into some winter blues. Whether you’re at risk for gaining two pounds or 10, it’s important to recognize why you could potentially gain weight – and take steps to prevent it. Here are five fall weight gain traps – and how not to fall into them:

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4 Reasons It’s So Hard to Lose Weight – and How to Bust Through Them

By K. Aleisha Fetters | Featured on US News

Eat less, move more. It makes weight loss sound so simple … and easy.

But, in reality, losing weight is tough, and it’s not because you or anyone else is lazy or just not trying hard enough. It’s because, for many of us, everything from our biology and our environments to our emotions make weight loss an uphill battle against both nature and nurture.

 

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3 Thanksgiving Workout Strategies

Article by Ben Greenfield | Featured on Huffington Post

The average American consumes about 4,500 calories during a Thanksgiving meal. And when you have large meals like this, there are some pretty disturbing health issues that can follow shortly after or even the next morning. Scientists have even found there’s an increase in your risk of dying from a heart attack after eating a hefty meal.

But you’re probably still going to have at least one big meal this week on Thanksgiving Day, accompanied by higher amounts of carbohydrate or alcohol than you may normally consume. So with most […]

Outsmarting Your Willpower

Understanding nutrition is important, but researcher Brian Wansink, PhD, and author of Slim by Design, believes it’s much more effective to change our eating environment. Here are 10 ways to make your world a little skinnier.

by Anne Marie O’Connor

Imagine dropping pounds effortlessly, without worrying about counting calories, thinking about carbs versus fats versus protein or weighing every morsel. What if you could lose weight without feeing like you’re denying yourself a candy bar after lunch or some chips while watching TV at night—because you forgot you even wanted them? What if you could just eat whatever […]