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Seven strategies to keep on losing weight over the holidays


It is that time of the year again. The long awaited December festive season. Friends and families plan to spend long lazy days around tables laden with the most tempting of foods. Everyone is excited to be together. There are lots of laughs, and sometimes (especially when we spend time with family) the occasional fight. In the midst of the excitement you may even have occasion to get bored. Ever notice how the same stories often get told and retold at Christmas time? Whatever the emotion or the occasion, holiday foods will be available in abundance to treat you, amuse you and console you. It may seem downright impossible to stick to your diet during the holiday season, but take note of the seven weight loss tips below and you may even be able to lose some weight. At the very least, you can minimize the damage. Every pound you gain over the next couple of weeks have to be dealt with next year after all.

  1. Keep your blood sugar levels stable by eating regular healthy meals and snacks that contain plenty of protein and fiber. Remember that simple carbs like sugar and baked goods cause huge fluctuations in your blood sugar which in turn makes it difficult for you to resist temptation. Eat something healthy at least every 4 hours. Examples of good snacks are assorted fresh vegetables with humus dips, almonds and peanuts roasted in the shell. Cheese and wholemeal crackers can also make wonderful snacks, but stick to small portions.
  2. Keep a water bottle with you all the time. You will be surprised how many unnecessary calories water can save you from. Tell yourself you can have any treat you want provided you have half a glass to a glass of water first. Then enjoy the treat. Not only will you automatically eat less, but your energy levels will be up and you will be much more in control of your appetite.
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Stop drinking sugar-sweetened drinks and start losing weight

We will probably never know exactly what caused the current obesity epidemic in the developed world. It is in all probability the result of many different converging events and influences, rather than the result of a single issue. Some of the theories put forward in recent years to explain the sudden increase in obesity related problems since the 1970’s include the popularization of the low fat diet, the increasingly sedentary lifestyles of westerners, and also the fact that the consumption of calories in liquid form increased in parallel with the obesity epidemic.

A research study prompted by the latter theory, namely the increase in the intake of calories in liquid form, was recently published by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The objective of this study was to determine exactly how changes in the consumption of liquid calories affect weight change among adults. The results of the study were conclusive. What you drink may be even more important than what you eat if you want to lose weight!

Obviously the researchers had to be very careful to reduce the effects of so many other variables on the weight of an adult to isolate the impact of the beverages. The study was conducted over a period of 18 months, and 810 adults participated. Measurements of dietary intake, weight and height were made at baseline, 6 months, and at 18 months. The measurement of the dietary intake of participants throughout the course of the trial was done by conducting unannounced 24 hour dietary recalls via the telephone.
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Are You Eating Enough?

Author: Sonia Devine

In order to lose weight, we have to eat less of the wrong types of foods, watch our portion sizes and exercise more. That makes sense, right? There is no getting around the fact that if you want to shed kilos you must be expending more energy than you take in. But is there such a thing as going to extremes? In some cases, yes. Some people eat very little yet are still overweight and (understandably) very unhappy about it!

This is exactly what was happening with my client ‘Gina’, who initially came to me because she was struggling to cope with life. She had very low self esteem, and was often reduced to tears due to the high level of stress she was under. To top it all off, ‘Gina’ was also suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which caused her to experience severe and frequent panic attacks. Even though she was overweight, she was not in the right frame of mind to do anything about it at that point in time. We agreed to work on the more pressing issues first and address her weight later on.

As she progressed with the therapy, ‘Gina’ became emotionally much stronger and after some time, she decided it was time to lose weight. I asked ‘Gina’ to tell me about her current diet. As I listened and took notes, I was shocked to discover that despite being several kilos overweight, ‘Gina’ actually ate very little, and often skipped meals. She rarely ate until lunchtime; most days she would eat half a sandwich, sometimes a whole sandwich if she wasn’t feeling too anxious. Dinner was a handful of pasta and some kind of sauce. That was it! Continue reading ‘Are You Eating Enough?’

Wondering Why Sleep Deprivation is Bad for You? Read This!

Author: Janet Martin

If there is one thing that a person is all too willing to sacrifice in order to finish the job, prolong the video game and TV time, or simply have fun with friends, that is going to be sleep. Many think that sleep is just a luxury that one can easily give up.

In reality, however, sleep is as important as food and shelter. You may be able to survive for years without watching television or playing videogames, but you cannot stay healthy and well if you skip sleep even for just a few days.

When you were in your teens, you probably think that the effects of lack of sleep were not that visible or serious. However, as you grow older and your sleep debt has become enormous, you will feel and experience the ill-effects of skipping sleep. Here are some of the consequences of lack of sleep to watch out for:

Not Good For Your Brain

You will notice that when you are unable to sleep properly for a while, you tend to be forgetful and easily distracted. In fact, many vehicular and mechanical accidents are due to lack of focus which is common in sleep-deprived individuals. Furthermore, your brain may not create new cells if you do not sleep well. Continue reading ‘Wondering Why Sleep Deprivation is Bad for You? Read This!’

How to Use Aromatherapy for Weight Loss

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Author: Kyley Zimmerman

Over the years, people have doubted the effectiveness of aromatherapy for weight loss. More recently, though, scientists have studied the relationship between weight loss and the sense of smell. And they’ve reached some interesting conclusions.

So… Can you use aromatherapy for weight loss? The short answer is “Yes”.

This is not to say that aromatherapy is a “magic bullet” or instant weight loss cure – there is no such thing. But aromatherapy can be a valuable part of a healthy, sensible weight loss program.

Aromatherapy does two things: It can help manage cravings and feelings of hunger, and it can also address some contributors to weight issues such as stress, anxiety and depression.
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Symptom Vs. Cause in Weight Loss

Author: Sonia Devine

The other day one of my clients said to me: ‘I have a friend who tried hypnotherapy for weight loss, but it didn’t work for her.’ She was wondering why some people seemed to respond to weight loss hypnotherapy, while others did not. I explained to her that not all hypnotherapy is equal; that some therapists focus very strongly on eliminating the symptoms of being overweight, which are usually overeating, lack of motivation to exercise, sugar/fat addiction and alcohol addiction.

Many people believe that their eating patterns are simply habit, and that hypnotherapy can help them to break that habit. In some cases this is true. But in many cases, the overeating is serving a purpose. Sometimes it alleviates anxiety. Sometimes it provides comfort. It may even serve to numb emotional pain. Whatever the case, it is not the vice that is the problem, but the need for the vice.


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How Can Counselling Help You Shed The Pounds?

Author : Victoria Cochrane

Counselling – look it up in the dictionary and the definition is related to offering professional help or advice. It might conjure up images of Woody Allen lying on a psychiatrist’s couch for the best part of 30 years, but in reality it can be far more accessible and quick to work.

Good counselling is available in many forms and can help you to deal with the problems that life can throw at you – used alongside a good weight-loss plan, it can be the key to overcoming yo-yo dieting. As such, it can help you to address the eating and lifestyle habits that consistently lead to weight gain; therefore enabling you to keep off the excess pounds in the long term.

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Healthy Foods You Must Avoid If You Want to Burn Fat

Author: Christopher Fox

These days everywhere you look in the grocery store you see foods that claim to be the greatest thing since the invention of the wheel when it comes to being healthy. Fat free this and healthy choice that are all over the food labels. Unfortunately more often than not the food labeling is motivated by profit and greed rather than good intentions and honesty. The food marketers just want to bump their sales and your health is not exactly in the forefront of their mind. Pay attention to the whole story and be sure to avoid some of these so called healthy foods when trying to lose weight and burn fat. Continue reading ‘Healthy Foods You Must Avoid If You Want to Burn Fat’

The 3 Habits That Will Transform Your Health and Life

Author: harriyjohn

The first is Persistence:

Whatever you do in life, if you do not take any action or series of actions regarding any specific goal or task, then you cannot achieve your objective. There are situations that come up during anyone’s life that sometimes require immediate action or a sustained series of actions for a prolonged period of time. For example, let’s say you are at home or at work and a fire breaks out in the room you are in, and the fire is blocking the exit door. You know that in that room, there are two windows that could lead you to safety. So what actions do you take? Of course, you want to rescue yourself. Within seconds, the smoke fills the room and visibility is nil. So you find your way to the first window; it’s completely shut, and you cannot open it. So what do you do? Continue reading ‘The 3 Habits That Will Transform Your Health and Life’

Festive season dieting

It is that time of the year again. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year! All over the world people are getting together with their family and friends around tables laden with the most wonderful food and snacks… tempting even the most dedicated dieters amongst us.

The first and most important dieting tip for you this festive season is to appreciate your family and friends and to make sure you fully enjoy this special time of the year. The old motto “everything in moderation” should always be kept in mind, and that goes for your diet too!

The worst thing you can do during this period is to become obsessive about your weight and your diet. Many a dieter failed because they didn’t build enough flexibility into their eating plan, and set unrealistic expectations for themselves. The first time they eat something they shouldn’t have they abandon ship, go on a binge session and declare the diet a failed attempt. Not only do they end up having a rotten time, but they are also doing their bodies more harm than good. Try and stick to your plan as far as possible, but during a festive season like this you are bound to make a little mistake here and there. Forgive yourself and move on.


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