How to Head Off Sneaky Weight Gain

By Len Canter | Featured on US News Slow and sneaky weight gain usually happens over time — on average one pound a year — so it’s not always obvious at first, especially if you don’t regularly weigh yourself.

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Carb Cycling: An Exercise in Weight Loss

By Len Canter | Featured on US News

Trying to choose between a high-carb and a low-carb diet? There’s a third option that might suit you even better. The concept is called carb cycling, shorthand for alternating between high- and low-carbohydrate days. There’s even a variation that lets you make every seventh day a cheat day.

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8 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget

Article by J.J. Beasley | Featured on Healthline

Low-cost, healthy eating can be easy

“I would love to eat healthy, but I just don’t have the budget or time for that right now.”

With all the expensive juices, powders, and superfoods that people think they need to be “healthy,” I don’t blame people for saying that! But as a nutrition student applying to get my master’s degree and become a registered dietitian (RD), I’ve been living that college budget life for quite some time.

One of the most common questions I get asked is: “How can I afford eating […]

Giving up on your goal? Read this first

Article Found on ScienceDaily

So you’ve set a goal to eat healthier and you’ve mapped out a plan of attack. You’ll replace those chips with fruit for your late-night snack. You’ll switch to whole-grain bread. You’ll start buying fresh vegetables.

But then you walk into the grocery store, and the fresh vegetables you wanted to buy for your weekly meal plan are unavailable for the third week in a row. Cue the action crisis.

“Setbacks present real challenges in pursuing our goals,” said Richard Vann, assistant professor of marketing at Penn State Behrend. “When goals are blocked by […]

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 […]