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The Mental Health Aspects of Weight Loss

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There’s no denying that weight loss is important to millions of people all over the world. For health reasons alone, there is plenty of value in losing weight, but the way that weight affects mental health is equally as important:

  • Weight reduces self-confidence, which is an important tool for controlling anxiety.
  • Unhealthy eating can cause stress and anxiety on your mind and body.
  • Weight related inactivity (ie, not exercising because of weight issues) also leads to stress.

The body affects the mind in numerous ways, and the more your body is stressed by weight, the more your mind is affected by stress.

Similarly, weight is often controlled by stress as well. Stress itself can lead to weight gain as a result of excess cortisol. Stress can also lead to excess eating and inactivity – both of which cause excess weight gain. It’s not uncommon to find that weight gain comes after stress, not the other way around, and a large number of people depend on food to help them overcome their stresses.

It’s clear that there are strong relationships between mental health and weight loss, which is why you need to control both in order to successfully lose weight. Consider the tips below to ensure that you successfully continue any weight loss strategy.

5 Tips for Controlling Your Mental Health for Weight Loss

  • Count Inches, Not Weight – The key is not just controlling your weight or your mental health. The key is controlling your motivation (which is affected by both your weight and mental health). Before you even begin, you need to control any chance of depression based on your weight. To do that, you need to count inches, not weight itself. Weight doesn’t change as quickly as inches do, and because of the muscle you’ll gain, weight itself may not be lost as quickly as size will.
  • Don’t Weigh for as Long as Possible – Some weighing is inevitable, since weight itself is important to people. But you also need to avoid weighing yourself right away. Weight fluctuates day to day, even while you’re losing weight. Avoid weighing yourself for a month, so that you don’t see a weight you’re unhappy with and let it stop you from feeling motivated.
  • Find a Partner – When you’re finding that your stress is causing you to make mistakes, a partner can be a big help. Partners make you feel accountable to someone, and will ensure that you have fewer slips. They’ll also make exercising more fun, and having fun will keep the act of exercising more stress free.
  • Control Stress – The big one, of course, is controlling stress. There are thousands of potential stress reduction strategies that you can try. First, however, you need to find out how to control stress eating. To do that, find a healthy replacement strategy. Journaling can be immensely beneficial. So can jogging every time you feel stress (jogging may be as effective as anxiety medications). Replacing stress eating as your coping tool is incredibly important.
  • Have Fun – Finally, don’t let your weight loss be the only thing you’re doing to enjoy your life. It’s not about spending all that time at the gym. You should also be spending time with friends, going out, watching comedies on TV – anything that controls your stress and improves your feeling of wellbeing is important for controlling stress, and if you make them active activities (such as hiking), you’ll lose weight as well.

Weight loss is not and cannot be something that you expect to happen quickly. Controlling your stress and anxiety and focusing on ways to not let your stress prevent you from staying motivated are incredibly important. Spend time with your friends, and always consider seeking help if your anxiety and stress feel out of control.

About the Author: Ryan Rivera experienced serious health problems as a result of how he reacted to his stress. He writes about anxiety at www.calmclinic.com.

 

Five Ways to Lose the Baby Weight

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ways to lose baby weightEven though the payoff is ultimately worth it, nine months of pregnancy can wreak physical and emotional havoc on your body. The increased fluid, fat and tissue surrounding your uterus results in an average of 25 to 30 additional pounds; that’s not including the additional weight you can gain due to food cravings and reduced exercise capacity in the later trimesters.

Losing baby weight is tough, but not impossible. Unlike crash diets you follow to fit into your wedding gown or that new bikini, losing your baby weight requires caution and safety for your health as well as the baby’s well-being. Always speak with your doctor before beginning any diet or exercise regimen after giving birth.

Here are five tips to help you shed those extra post-pregnancy pounds:

Breastfeed

Lactating is an incredibly energy-consuming activity for the human body. Your body burns about 20 calories making just one ounce of breast milk, and most newborn babies consume anywhere from 18 to 24 ounces per day. The math is staggering. That means for every day your baby breastfeeds, you’re burning between 360 and 480 extra calories!

Strength Train

Some women are reluctant to lift weights after giving birth because they don’t want to “bulk up.” Don’t worry. Unless you adopt the same weight lifting regimen as a professional wrestler and start popping muscle-boosting steroids, you’re much more likely to become toned and trim than bulky.

One pound of muscle burns nine times the number of calories as a pound of fat, even when resting. Strength training helps increase muscle, while reducing fat, which ultimately makes your body burn more calories.

  • Start by lifting lighter weights for several repetitions. Giving birth is a major event for your body. Even if you were bench-pressing 100-pound barbells like toothpicks a year ago, beginning slowly allows your body to safely ease into a new routine.
  • Work with a trainer, at least in the beginning, until you learn proper form. This is especially important for women without prior strength training experience.

Eat Nutrient-Dense Salads

Giving birth is an incredibly taxing, nutrient-draining event. Breastfeeding, or waking up every three hours to feed your baby by bottle, is an extremely physically demanding activity. Your body requires healthy, nourishing food now more than ever.

  • Add a colorful salad to your lunch and dinner. Not only will you improve your vitamin intake, you’ll also feel more satiated after each meal and therefore less likely to snack.
  • Include leafy greens, tomatoes, bell peppers, baby carrots and sunflower seeds. Ditch the croutons, cheese and creamy dressings, as these can add dozens of fat grams and hundreds of calories to an otherwise healthy item.
  • Mix a half-cup of chickpeas, lima beans or black beans into your salad for fiber and iron.
  • Drizzle vinaigrette or low-fat dressing over your colorful creation.

(Note that salads should replace junk foods like chips and cookies, not healthful items such as lean protein and dairy. In fact, restricting your caloric intake too severely while breastfeeding can negatively affect the quality of your breast milk.)

Walk

Depending on whether you delivered your baby vaginally or through a c-section, vigorous exercise is inadvisable for at least several weeks after birth. This gives your muscles and tissues time to repair completely from the strenuous event.

  • Just because you can’t run a marathon doesn’t mean you have to give up exercising altogether. Bundle up your baby in an exercise stroller and hit the road for a brisk walk. Start off by taking two or three 10-minute walks and try to work up to 20-minute increments. If you have access to an elliptical machine, make sure to stick with a low-incline, low-resistance setting.
  • As your body fully recovers, you can begin walking up hills and covering more challenging terrain with your little one in tow.

Cardio

Once your body is completely healed, usually after two to three months, you can begin a cardiovascular exercise routine. Cardiovascular exercise is a safe way to restore your pre-baby figure while breastfeeding, in addition to boosting those feel-good hormones known as endorphins.

  • Avoid heavy impact exercise, especially if you have had a c-section or required additional surgical procedures while giving birth. Instead, opt for low-impact machines like the elliptical, cross-country ski track and exercise bike.
  • Take a cardio circuit or pilates class with a friend to get your heart pumping and your muscles toned in just a few weeks.
  • Join a gym with an acceptable nursery or day-care facility where you can leave your baby for an hour or two while you work out. You’ll be more likely to go to the gym if you don’t have to worry about hiring a sitter or calling a relative.

 

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This calculator is intended for informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. A qualified health care provider should be consulted before making any fitness or health decisions.

 

 

 

How to Improve Your Relationship with a Better Diet and Exercise

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You’ve seen it happen before: a couple that you know used to be totally in love, doing everything together and holding hands the whole time. They went to parties together, went shopping together and…even gained weight together. Then time kept moving forward but the relationship didn’t. 

Suddenly, one of them got very motivated and started going to the gym, eating healthy foods and getting new haircuts and clothes. While your initial reaction may be to praise this person for a lifestyle turnaround, it might also be a sign of suspicion that only one half of the couple found this sudden motivation.

It’s certainly not always the case, but sometimes when only one person in a relationship starts making positive lifestyle changes it may be that they are getting ready to make an even bigger life change: finding another partner. They’ve realized that they’re probably not going to attract anyone new in their present condition, so exercising and losing weight may be a way to get physically ready to move on.

 

What Is The Impact Of Neglecting Your Appearance In A Relationship?

Most people are initially drawn to their partner by some kind of physical attraction. We know that committed relationships should be based on the “insides” of a person—common values, trust, goals, and support, among other things. At the same time, people should not neglect the “outside” part. Though not the most important element in a relationship, it is still vital in maintaining emotional and physical attraction.

Neglect of your outward appearance can cause weight gain and depression. A naturally slowing metabolism is bound to add a few pounds here and there, but many people—and many couples—gain much more weight than a few pounds. If you have lost a desire for active play, you might also see some mental changes. People who rarely exercise or have poor diets have a greater tendency for depression, anxiety and stress.

How to Revive Your Relationship with Exercise and a Healthy Diet

  1. Change of diet:If you gained weight with your spouse, gently suggest working together to lose the weight. Choose a diet together or find a way to make your meals more nutrient-focused with meaningful calories. Is a 200-calorie soda or an apple and peanut butter a better use of your calories?

 

  1. Get help. Many couples are too embarrassed to seek help, but getting counseling from the right professionals can make a huge difference. Unlike marriage counseling, diet counseling does not have to be expensive. When it comes to dieting you can search the internet for ideas on how to prepare nutritious meals. There are a lot of dietitians who offer free advice on YouTube as well as examples of healthy, calorie-controlled meals.Alternatively, you can visit the sites of well-known diet organizations, like DiettoGo or BistroMD, and sign up to their home meal delivery programs.

 

  1. Introduce physical activity into your lifestyle:Find an activity that you both enjoy and make time to do that activity as much as you can. Most physicians recommend a minimum 30 minutes of exercise at least five days per week. You can make this more fun (and feel like much less time) with an activity you and your partner enjoy. Try playing tennis or go for a bike ride. Enjoy a dance class or train for a race together.

You don’t necessarily have to exercise together. You can make your exercise time your personal time. You might find that exercising is a great way to spend quality “alone” time in a productive way. There’s no better place to daydream and get away from your stresses like a solo run or a yoga class.

 

Author Bio- Latasri makes available Bistro MD coupon for fitness, diet and weight loss conscious couples.  She is a relationship, health and wellness enthusiast who likes to share her views on diets like DiettoGo and BistroMD on her website weightlossdiets4women.com.   

 

 

How to Improve Your Relationship with a Better Diet and Exercise

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You’ve seen it happen before: a couple that you know used to be totally in love, doing everything together and holding hands the whole time. They went to parties together, went shopping together and…even gained weight together. Then time kept moving forward but the relationship didn’t. 

Suddenly, one of them got very motivated and started going to the gym, eating healthy foods and getting new haircuts and clothes. While your initial reaction may be to praise this person for a lifestyle turnaround, it might also be a sign of suspicion that only one half of the couple found this sudden motivation.

It’s certainly not always the case, but sometimes when only one person in a relationship starts making positive lifestyle changes it may be that they are getting ready to make an even bigger life change: finding another partner. They’ve realized that they’re probably not going to attract anyone new in their present condition, so exercising and losing weight may be a way to get physically ready to move on.

 

What Is The Impact Of Neglecting Your Appearance In A Relationship?

Most people are initially drawn to their partner by some kind of physical attraction. We know that committed relationships should be based on the “insides” of a person—common values, trust, goals, and support, among other things. At the same time, people should not neglect the “outside” part. Though not the most important element in a relationship, it is still vital in maintaining emotional and physical attraction.

Neglect of your outward appearance can cause weight gain and depression. A naturally slowing metabolism is bound to add a few pounds here and there, but many people—and many couples—gain much more weight than a few pounds. If you have lost a desire for active play, you might also see some mental changes. People who rarely exercise or have poor diets have a greater tendency for depression, anxiety and stress.

 

How to Revive Your Relationship with Exercise and a Healthy Diet

  • Change of diet:If you gained weight with your spouse, gently suggest working together to lose the weight. Choose a diet together or find a way to make your meals more nutrient-focused with meaningful calories. Is a 200-calorie soda or an apple and peanut butter a better use of your calories?

 

  • Get help. Many couples are too embarrassed to seek help, but getting counseling from the right professionals can make a huge difference. Unlike marriage counseling, diet counseling does not have to be expensive. When it comes to dieting you can search the internet for ideas on how to prepare nutritious meals. There are a lot of dietitians who offer free advice on YouTube as well as examples of healthy, calorie-controlled meals.Alternatively, you can visit the sites of well-known diet organizations, like DiettoGo or BistroMD, and sign up to their home meal delivery programs.

 

  • Introduce physical activity into your lifestyle:Find an activity that you both enjoy and make time to do that activity as much as you can. Most physicians recommend a minimum 30 minutes of exercise at least five days per week. You can make this more fun (and feel like much less time) with an activity you and your partner enjoy. Try playing tennis or go for a bike ride. Enjoy a dance class or train for a race together.

You don’t necessarily have to exercise together. You can make your exercise time your personal time. You might find that exercising is a great way to spend quality “alone” time in a productive way. There’s no better place to daydream and get away from your stresses like a solo run or a yoga class.

 

Author Bio- Latasri makes available Bistro MD coupon for fitness, diet and weight loss conscious couples.  She is a relationship, health and wellness enthusiast who likes to share her views on diets like DiettoGo and BistroMD on her website weightlossdiets4women.com.   

 

 

How to Lose Weight During the Holidays

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The holiday season is fast approaching. During that time of year, people who are traveling are worried about rental car insurance, buying the perfect gift and how to deal with annoying relatives. The thing that most people worry about the most is gaining weight. It is very easy to gain weight during the holiday season, but fortunately there are some things that people can do to lose or maintain their current weight. Below are some tips for losing or maintaining weight during the holiday season:

Set a Goal

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Lose 10% of Your Body Weight for Improved Health and Wellness

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This article is by Eleanor McGinnis, a freelance writer for Advance Me Inc., America’s leading provider of the merchant cash advance – an alternative to traditional, collateral based bank loans, for small-medium sized businesses.

For anyone who is overweight or obese, there are some excellent reasons to lose 10 percent of your body weight.

While 10 percent may seem negligible, especially if you don’t have much to lose, even losing this seemingly small amount can impact your health in important ways.

The reality is, most people who are trying to lose weight set goals for themselves that are too drastic, and being unrealistic can mean that you’re setting yourself up for failure.

For great results, a 10 percent goal is realistic and very achievable for almost anyone. Also, when you easily meet or exceed it, you’ll only be that much more positive and encouraged to continue.

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Happy Healthy Monday

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Hope everyone has had a wonderful week! My week flew by. Is anyone else finding that to be the case?

Well in 21 days my son will turn 4. See time just flies. I can’t believe he will be 4. His theme this year is all things Veggie Tales. He cake will be Larry Boy from the show but can you beleive I can’t find a Veggie Tale pinata anywhere. If I was crafy I would make one. I think I am going to have to order supplies online because I can’t find plates and such in stores. I guess i should have made sure I got stuff before selecting a theme.  So I pray I can find some stuff to make is a hit.

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Happy Healthy Monday

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I am tired. It’s one reason I hate Monday’s.  Sunday night I seem to think I can stay up later because I am not tired enough to go to bed. I got about 5 hours sleep so it will catch up with me today.

I have to give myself a pat on the back becuase for the past 3 weeks I have brought my lunch with me to work. I may have missed a day or two but it’s much better than going out everyday.  I have to become a frugal queen because as of next week I am paying for 2 houses which will suck.  I really need to become obsessed with coupons I think.  I am just not patient.

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