3 reasons why people buy packaged foods and ways to drop the habit.

Processed foods have developed a bad reputation in the health community over time, and rightfully so. Fortunately, the Internet and social media have increased general knowledge of unhealthy habits, but people still remain in the dark. If you are unfamiliar with the subject, the gist is that many packaged foods (e.g. crackers, cereals, frozen meals, pasta kits, etc.) are unhealthy. They contain harmful ingredients like preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated oils. We will discuss the ill-effects of certain ingredients in a later article. For now, we will focus on addressing common reasons why people buy packaged foods and proposed solutions.  Continue reading “3 reasons why people buy packaged foods and ways to drop the habit.”

Fat is not the enemy: You can stop eating low-fat and fat-free foods.

Most of us know people who buy or eat low-fat or fat-free foods. You might do the same. Most people do so, because they believe the foods are better for their health or weight. However, studies have since debunked these notions. Fat is not the enemy.  Continue reading “Fat is not the enemy: You can stop eating low-fat and fat-free foods.”

Don’t like to cook or work out? 4 ways to change your diet for health and weight loss.

If you think you don’t have time to work out or hate the thought, you’re not alone. Ditto for cooking. If you still yearn for a healthier lifestyle, then good news! You can focus on changing your diet instead, which doesn’t have to be hard. The adage that “abs are made in the kitchen” is true. Diet plays a huge role in your ability to lose or maintain weight and to stay healthy. (See our article about diet versus exercise.) So, just because you don’t work out doesn’t mean you can’t be healthy.
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Do juice fasts or other types of cleanses work? 4 things to consider.

Fasts and cleanses have been around for a while. The question is “Do they work?” The answer depends on your reasons for doing the fast or cleanse. Many people think cleanses will remove “toxins” from their body, promote healing, or cause weight loss. Regardless of the type of cleanse or fast you’re considering (soup, juice, water, etc.), consider the following: Continue reading “Do juice fasts or other types of cleanses work? 4 things to consider.”

For any new diet success, you have to start with your home.

Most people treat their home as a home base, meaning outfitting it with items they need to feel comfortable and to survive. Unlike in public places, you usually have complete control over what you keep and do in your home. Naturally, if you want to change your eating habits, you have to start with your home. Continue reading “For any new diet success, you have to start with your home.”

How to get a flatter stomach. 5 tips.

How can I get a flatter stomach (or “tummy”)? Tons of people ask this question. The answer depends on what your current habits and routine are. More specifically, on your diet and activity level. Regardless of your current practices, if you aren’t seeing results, then you need to make changes.  Continue reading “How to get a flatter stomach. 5 tips.”

Why buying “organic,” “all natural” etc. doesn’t always mean you’re eating healthy.

A lot of our food supply is tainted with hormones, chemicals, pesticides, and other harmful substances. In response, many foods are now touted as “organic,” “GMO-free,” and the like. However,  these labels alone don’t make a food “healthy.” I’ve seen many people buy organic versions of unhealthy foods for themselves (or their kids), thinking they are eating healthier. Understand that eating healthy requires more than relying on an “organic” or “healthy” label on food packaging. You need to actually look at what you are eating. Continue reading “Why buying “organic,” “all natural” etc. doesn’t always mean you’re eating healthy.”

Sugar is bad for you, and you’re probably eating too much of it.

It’s no secret that sugar is bad for you. Consuming a lot of sugar regularly can lead to conditions like obesity, heart problems, and diabetes. Some studies, such as this one have even tied sugar consumption to causing or maintaining cancer. Researchers in that study found that a cell’s metabolism of sugar could contribute to the cell becoming cancerous. Conversely, reducing sugar intake could cause reversion (i.e. cancer cells resorting back to healthy cells). Some professionals or industries would disagree, but you cannot deny the multitude of studies showing the evils of sugar. Even anecdotal evidence exists of people who look and feel much better after eliminating sugar. Clearer skin, increased energy, better moods, and weight loss are just a few of their stated benefits. You don’t need science to tell you the benefits if you can see and feel it! Continue reading “Sugar is bad for you, and you’re probably eating too much of it.”

What’s more important for weight loss – diet or exercise?

Whether to diet or to exercise is a question people constantly ask or revisit in the quest for weight loss. Which is more effective? Well, studies such as this one show that diet affects weight loss more than exercise, though dieting and exercising together are most effective. Continue reading “What’s more important for weight loss – diet or exercise?”

Are you thinking about starting a new diet? Read this first.

Oftentimes when people try new diets, they start with gusto, only to lose their resolve later. This article discusses common mental roadblocks to maintaining a diet and the ideal mindset for success. Of course, choosing a healthy and reasonable diet is also important from the start. If your diet deprives your body of needed calories or nutrients, your body will make it known.  Continue reading “Are you thinking about starting a new diet? Read this first.”