When we’re struggling with weight loss or trying to reach the next level of health and fitness, we all know what we have to do: make healthy choices, eat wholesome foods, sleep well, exercise more or follow a specific training program to reach our goals.
I learnt the art of disguise when I somehow managed to convince myself that even when I was fat, I was happy. But I was deceiving myself. I now know that, as well as hiding my weight, I was hiding how I truly felt.
Weekend is here again. Sometimes it's hard to avoid temptation-it seems to be everywhere. You go to the shop to pick up a bottle of water and hundreds of glossy, shiny chocolate bars stare out at you lovingly. It's as if they are willing you to buy them.
How long have you wanted to lose weight? For some of us it has been a life-long battle. Full of enthusiasm, you make a decision to start a diet (usually on a Monday). You do all the preparation, make lists of what you will eat every day, add in a little exercise and use the weekend to ‘get rid of’ all the unhealthy food in the cupboards. If you are going to be depriving yourself of all the lovely food and drink for weeks on end, surely you deserve ‘a wee treat’ beforehand?
Do you find yourself continually sabotaging your diet (you shouldn't be dieting anyway)? If you've broken your diet on more than a few occasions, then the answer to this is most likely yes. Whether it’s telling yourself that you deserve a cupcake after that amazing workout, or procrastinating about starting your diet, many of us have experienced self-sabotage in one way or another. It can become a pattern that’s hard to break.
We have all seen cruel pictures of celebrities with cellulite who have been snapped at an unflattering angle. It is estimated that over 85% of women are affected by cellulite. Millions of women all over the world are haunted by cellulite.
Jelly belly...Thunder thighs... Bingo Wings...all terms that we jokingly refer to our unwanted wobbly bits.
We spend so much time looking in the mirror, analyzing and agonizing over our body shape. We observe our bodies naturally changing over the years as our bodies adjust to pregnancies, menopause , hormones and thyroid problems. But do you wonder why we store fat in certain places?
Ignore the pressure to be slim. For some women, the pressure to remain slim and seemingly perfect to others just isn't an issue. They might not be perfect, as there is no such thing as perfection, but they are not affected by what other people think of them.
Stress is inevitable. Each and every one of us experience stress in different ways. Some of us can just address a situation and handle it as it happens. For others, it seems too big and coping becomes too much...and then, they find themselves turning to food...again
Some people seem to be able to eat so much but still remain slim. Do they just have faster metabolism? Why do some people find it harder to lose weight than others? Dieting has become a social norm, with so many people looking for “quick fixes” or “diets” at any one time. Do genes play a role? If they do and if unfortunately, we have the genes related to obesity, is there anything we can do to change the situation?
Who doesn't like sweet stuff? But how much sweet stuff can we enjoy without damaging our health? Why do some people have more of a sweet tooth than others-are some of us more prone to sugar addiction than others?
A whenever-my-diet-fails binge eater would be how I describe my past self. I went on different diets and tried different weight loss programs but none of those worked long-term. I was stuck in a cycle of restriction and binge eating…. before I realized dieting doesn’t work.
Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye and barley which causes an adverse reaction in people with certain health conditions. More and more people are going gluten-free by choice but are their lifestyle choices evidence-based? Does going gluten-free yield any benefits at all?
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