Nutrition & Weight Loss Part 4: Carbohydrates – The Good & the Bad

Posted: July 30, 2013

Carbohydrates (carbs) suffer an identity crisis. Our body’s other main sources of the energy and nutrients, which include fat and protein, don’t have the same problem. Even though we need fat to live, it’s almost universally despised. And protein? It seems like it can do no wrong. But carbs are different. You’ll hear about “good” carbs and “bad” carbs; low-carb diets and high-carb diets. It’s all very confusing and most of us would be hard-pressed to say exactly why some read more…

Nutrition & Weight Loss Part 3: Fats

Posted: July 25, 2013

In the last installment of the Nutrition & Weight Loss blog series, we talked about essential micronutrients and macronutrients. We saw that micronutrients, which include vitamins and minerals, don’t contain any energy, so they don’t contribute to weight gain. We get all the energy we need from macronutrients, which include fats, carbohydrates and protein. The problem is that when we get too much energy, our body stores it as fat and we gain weight. So it’s important to learn more read more…

Nutrition & Weight Loss Part 2: The Story of Micronutrients and Macronutrients

Posted: July 23, 2013

To better understand the importance of proper nutrition for any weight loss program, it helps to have a better understanding of the nutrients your body requires. Specific to your weight loss and weight management efforts, it’s important to know why, in an effort to get the nutrients it needs, your body will consume and retain too much energy, store it in fat and increase your weight. Your body gets nutrition from two main classes of nutrients: macronutrients and micronutrients. Both read more…

Nutrition & Weight Loss Part 1: 3 Major Consequences of Not Getting Proper Nutrition

Posted: July 18, 2013

When you’re trying to lose or better manage your weight, if you don’t give your body the right nutrition, you will suffer consequences: More Difficulty Losing Weight – Your body is programmed for self-preservation. When it doesn’t get the right nutrition, it slows itself down and burns fewer calories. Even if you’re on a calorie-reduced diet, you still might gain weight because your body is burning fewer calories due to poor nutrition. Psychological Problems – Your body’s drive to preserve read more…

5 Wonderful Benefits of Water

Posted: July 9, 2013

It’s tasteless, clear and found almost everywhere, but, considering it’s so common, water delivers some extraordinary benefits for your weight loss efforts and overall health. Water Gives You Energy. Without proper hydration, your muscles won’t work as well and you’ll find it more difficult to perform everyday tasks. Maintaining your fluid levels is especially important during exercise when your muscles are under higher stress than normal. Drink more water before, during and after exercising and you’ll have a better, more read more…

What Kind of Weight Loss Boss Are You?

Posted: July 4, 2013

Ever wonder why some people are successful at losing weight, while other seemingly similar people struggle? Of course, a number of factors conspire to determine any particular person’s success rate. But there is one that exerts very strong positive or negative influences on all the other factors and the overall success of your program. You might never have thought about this “super factor”, but you have complete control over it. It’s you. Or at least it’s your “inner voice”. The read more…

How to Slow Down and Still Lose Weight!

Posted: July 2, 2013

Slowing down to lose weight might not seem to make sense. But, when you consider that many of the habits and attitudes you have can make it more difficult to lose weight, “slowing down”, being a little more focused and changing some of your perceptions will help you enjoy a higher level of weight loss success. Slow Down Your Eating: An Osaka University study of 3,000 people found that eating meals too fast nearly doubles the chance of being obese. read more…