In order to achieve weight loss, we need to be fully committed. Sometimes the bathroom scale can actually play tricks on our mind. In order to create weight loss, we need to maintain a healthy diet and exercise daily. When we exercise, we are actually building muscle. Since muscle takes up less physical mass than fat, we can actually become fitter and trimmer without seeing the needle on the bathroom scale change very much, especially in the beginning.
Here are some simple tips for creating weight loss, one pound at a time.
No matter wheat that bathroom scale says, remain fully committed. In the beginning, pay more attention to how your clothes are fitting than to your actual weight.
Never skip breakfast. The reason that they call it “the most important meal of the day” is that eating breakfast helps us to curb our hunger throughout the day.
Make sure to include protein in all of your meals, especially breakfast. Protein is a natural appetite suppressant and also builds muscle mass.
Drink lots of water, up to eight glasses a day. This, too will curb your appetite because we often feel hungry when we become dehydrated.
Get a workout buddy. There will definitely be days when you don’t feel like working out. A friend can help to keep you motivated. Choose an exercise program that you really like. You don’t have to pump iron” to lose weight. A brisk walk of 20 minutes per day will help to induce weight loss, one pound at a time.
Don’t get frustrated and remain fully committed. As time goes on, dieting and exercise become much easier. It usually takes the average person 90 days to develop a new habit. So keep your emotions in check. Too many of us self-sabotage and turn to food when we are feeling negative emotions.
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Simply fill halfway with raw veggies and the other half raw fruits. Easy to use, makes delicious, nutritious smoothies.
In need of a brain-boosting breakfast to power your way through the day? For sustained energy and a nutritional boost, here are some superior choices in the breakfast bunch.
These bright blue beauties contain one of the highest antioxidant capacities of all fruits, making blueberries a no-brainer (…or shall I say a yes-brainer?) There is evidence that these superfruits can improve memory, as well as boost the immune system. Blueberries, along with other members of the berry family are lower on the glycemic-index (GI). A low GI along with their high fiber content helps slowly release sugar into the bloodstream for sustained energy.
What do you think of when you see an unshelled walnut? Looks like a brain, right? Well, that is no coincidence, my friend! Walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids shown to boost brain health and reduce inflammation. The healthy fats found in walnuts will help absorb fat-soluble vitamins and the protein will “stick to the ribs” to keep you satiated until lunch.
Vitamin C found in the strawberries of our Berry Brain Boost NutriBlast (below) helps absorb the iron contained in spinach. Iron enhances oxygen distribution throughout the body, waking up the immune system, boosting energy, and enhancing brain activity. Spinach is also an abundant source of vitamin K (almost 200% of the daily value in one cup raw), a nutrient required to help build strong bones.
4. Rolled Oats
We’ve all heard oatmeal helps reduce cholesterol, but do you know how? Its high soluble fiber is key. It not only helps keep your heart healthy, it will also slow down the rate at which the sugars from fruits are released into the bloodstream. This prevents any drastic energy highs or lows, the foundation to keeping you awake and alert. Choose gluten-free to prevent any inflammation caused by potential allergies or intolerance.
5. Almond Milk (or other dairy alternative)
With milk intolerance and dairy allergies on the rise, it is best to choose a dairy alternative fortified with calcium to meet the needs of growing bones. Fortunately, there are several options available that contain even more calcium than a glass of cow’s milk. Almond, rice, organic soy, oat, flax, and hemp milks are a few options you can find in your local market. This will also lend a creamier consistency to your NutriBlasts that your whole family will love.
Incorporate these top 5 foods in a delicious, nutritious NutriBlast. It’s the perfect start to the day! Berry Brain Boost NutriBlast
½ cup blueberries
¼ cup strawberries
¼ cup raw walnuts
3 Tbsp gluten-free rolled oats
Unsweetened almond milk to the MAX line
Blast for 45 seconds.
If you participate in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) through your employers “Cafeteria Plan” benefits program, time may be running out. Some plans require the money you contributed be used byDecember 31, or you risk losing it.
Check with your plan administrator to determine the specific guidelines for your plan.
In lieu of losing your benefits, consider purchasing a pre-paid savings certificate.
It is our desire to be the BEST in the industry, therefore, Letslose, Advanced Weight Loss Clinics has 2 great programs that not only allow you to help others but also benefit from free weight loss services.
Lend A Hand Volunteer: This opportunity is available to existing patients, there is one position at each clinic. The duration is as long as the partnership remains beneficial for the volunteer, the patient and the company.
The goal of this program is to give unbiased support to our patients once per week for a couple of hours, during doctor time. A benefit to the volunteer is that they get free services and products as long as they are actively volunteering.
Secret Shopper: This opportunity is only available to new patients. It is a structured program with a 4 week duration. During that time you will be established as a new patient and provide valuable information that will help us improve our services.
Due to the confidential nature of this program, the secret shopper will pay for the services at time of render, then submit an expense report along with other reporting to be reimbursed.
The Choice Is Yours… What’s In Your Basket? Take a hard look at the food you have eaten in the past week. Would you say there is good nutritional value in it? If you are like the typical American family, then it is quite likely that there was little to none.
Processed food, fast food, sweet or salty snacks all have one thing in common, they are toxic to our systems, making us sick, fat and un-energetic.
When is the last time you ate fresh fruit and vegetables? Here are some tips to help you incorporate better eating into your lifestyle.
Keep fresh fruits & veggies, washed, cut up & ready to eat, in a clear container in the fridge on an eye level shelf.
When raw veggies are past prime to eat fresh, puree and freeze to later add to soups or smoothies.
Hide all kinds of vegetables as pureed in soup to ensure picky eaters or children get proper nutrition.
Eat by color! Typically, the darker, deeper, richer colored vegetables pack the most nutrients. Try to eat several different colors per day.
Try new Foods.
Buy organic when possible.
Pack your lunch for school/work; If you must eat out, try a veggie packed subway wrap or salad.
Be prepared and plan your meals.
Experiment with 1/2 Fruit, 1/2 Vegetable Smoothies.
Eat soup! Soup is one dish that retains all the nutrition during cooking.
If you eat wrong, no doctor can fix you, but if you eat right, no doctor is needed.
Muscle Vs. Fat – The Benefits of Building Lean Muscle
If you have recently started working out, and the scale isn’t budging, or even worse, it keeps going up, but your clothes are fitting better and you are feeling smaller, don’t be discouraged.
The scale is just one tool used to measure your weight loss progress. A greater indicator is the way your body is changing and how your clothes are fitting. Before you toss the scale out the window there is a bit of critical information you must learn about Fat vs. Muscle.
Did you know that even though 5 lbs of muscle and 5 lbs of fat weigh the same, if you put them on the scale together fat takes up so much more mass then the same weight in muscle? This photo shows a clear picture of the difference in their mass. Sometimes your weight may not adjust much but when you replace fat with muscle you will be so much smaller and tighter.
Another benefit of building lean muscle is the amount of resources (calories) it consumes to maintain. Your body really does burn more calories maintaining muscle than it does maintaining fat. Which means that building muscle increases your metabolism.
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