If you have a regular exercise program - GREAT! Keep it up. But if you think nutrition and recovery can take a back seat, you're probably setting yourself up for failure. For the overwhelming majority of people, exercise alone is insufficient if your goal is to lose weight/body fat. If you've ever heard the oft-repeated phrase "You can't out-train a poor diet" but wondered why, Patrick Jennings in "Why you can't out-train a poor diet" puts it all into context. What you are trying to do is build a body you love, not destroy one you hate.
Back in the olden days we had a connection to the food we ate. We knew where it came from. Just about everything we bought was in season and minimally processed. We recognized and understood the ingredients on the label, if there even was a label. Go look in your refrigerator right now. Without looking at the sticker or label, can you say where any of it comes from? Was it was grown locally (in-season by definition)? How was it produced/harvested? How much processing did it have to undergo? Can you identify and define all the ingredients on the label?
Nowadays, these questions are very hard for most of us to answer. This is bad news for our food buying decision making process. But there's good news: your local farmers market is a great way to re-establish that connection so you can make healthier choices! I had quite an interesting time when I visited one of my local farmers markets....
A vestibular disorder can develop when injury or disease causes a problem somewhere in the balance (or vestibular) system. This system is extremely complex and involves interactions between the brain and multiple organs - constantly trying to maintain balance. Symptoms can include dizziness, migraines, vertigo, and poor coordination/balance. Episodes can be quite frightening and debilitating. Many of these disorders have no known cure. According to VEDA, Yoga can be very helpful in many different ways.
Stop throwing out those ubiquitous white cartons of rice from the Chinese restaurant! Take them out of the fridge, combine them with.....whatever you've got and voila! Dinner is served.
Moussaka is an eggplant- or potato-based dish, often including ground meat, in North Africa, Greece, Middle East, and the Balkans, with many local and regional variations. Although I started out with a vegan version of this classic recipe, where mushrooms are substituted for the traditional ground lamb, I ultimately decided to make this with ground turkey. I'm sure the vegan version is delicious, and it is already fairly high in protein using cashew cream instead of the more traditional butter or heavy cream. The recipe is somewhat involved, but you can prep the steps ahead of time, leaving just the layering and cooking for about an hour before dinner.
Picture 22 year old me. Just out of college, first job, living on my own, and exercising like a demon. I would take an intense step aerobics class (remember that?) then leave completely ravenous. I'd make myself a huge dinner or order Chinese and proceed to devour the whole thing in front of the TV. Then I was shocked to discover I gained weight!
But what about people who start exercising as a way to lose weight? Though they try to be cognizant of their movement and nutrition, weight loss is often elusive. Either they slowly gain weight, remain constant or lose much less than they expected.
Researchers have always agreed that most people compensate for the calories used while exercising by:
However, the exact method of compensation (overeating or undermoving) was unknown until now. A new study of the habits of previously inactive people beginning an exercise regimen aimed at getting a handle on just that.
What is the biggest problem with having goals? Not the goals themselves. Most of us have goals with self improvement in mind. The problem is they lead us to try to do everything at once. When that proves too much or too hard, we give up.
What we don't realize is the steps that will lead us toward our goals are very different from the goals themselves.
Have you ever said: "I wish I had more motivation" or "I'm just too lazy" or "I wish I had as much willpower as you"?
We all have. But what if I were to tell you that anyone can build sustainable habits starting RIGHT NOW using a simple formula?
This fits in nicely with my 7 Reasons Why Every Woman Should Be Building Muscle series.
Habit building guru James Clear believes weight training can make you into a more happy, confident and healthy person, who can then contribute more value to the world. Are you wondering what makes this statement true?
You meticulously count calories, diligently tracking everything that goes into your mouth. Of course you've figured out exactly how many calories you need each day to lose weight. You have a sports watch to track how many you burn. Everything goes onto a spreadsheet or an app like My Fitness Pal.
If you don't lose weight you double down. You start restricting things. Perhaps working out more. But the scale won't move. Or maybe you lose some weight but gain it back (like most people).
As you get more and more frustrated with yourself (and wondering why you're so moody and tired) you rack your brain to figure out what's going on. Well, I have a theory. It's the calorie itself and you should stop counting them.
You don't have to be an Olympic body builder or train like one to get stronger, move better, be healthier, and feel and look great.
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