Is Your House Making You Fat?

If you keep choosing cheese curls over biceps curls, your home could have a lot to do with it.

“Your habits are more tied to your environment than you know,” psychologist Jeremy Dean, the author of “Making Habits, Breaking Habits,” said.

Eat enough chips on the couch, for instance, and you’ll automatically associate couch time with chip time. Our routines are so influenced by environmental cues that research shows it’s easier to change our habits in a novel setting.

“We see major shifts in behavior when people move to a new house,” Dean said. But you don’t have to relocate to start anew; you just need to become aware of the subtle cues that say “cake!” and replace them with healthy alternatives.

“The typical person makes about 200 food-related decisions a day, but she believes she makes 25 to 30. And it’s those 175 that you’re not aware of that can push you to eat more,” Brian Wansink, the director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab and the author of the upcoming book “Slim by Design,” said. 

Here’s how to help your home help you get (or stay) slender.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/09/18/is-your-home-obesogenic/?intcmp=features#ixzz2fGVMGy69

Top 10 Ways For Regular People To Get Motivated by Tom Venuto

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From “Burn the Fat Blog”:

http://www.burnthefatblog.com/top-10-ways-for-regular-people-to-get-motivated.php?utm-source=feedburner&utm-campaign=Feed%3A+burnthefatblogfeeds+%28Burn+The+Fat+Blog+-+Tom+Venuto.%29&utm-medium=feed

Three Easy Tricks To Never Count Calories Again BY LIZ DIALTO

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Ever notice that when things are complicated, tedious, or generally not fun, the likelihood of quitting is higher? When it comes to diets and healthy eating, having to count calories is all of those things. Nobody feels like tracking, measuring or weighing every little thing they eat, but the good old law of thermodynamics (calories in vs calories out) is often hailed as the king of all weight loss rules.

I am a huge proponent of keeping things simple; finding something deeper and more meaningful than just “lose 10 lbs” or “fit back into my skinny jeans” to motivate you, and above all, injecting some enjoyment in to the process. These three things increase the likelihood that you follow through and see results drastically.

The three easy tricks I have for you today will eliminate the need to ever count calories again, yet still get you results. Whether you’re seeking fat loss, more energy, or to address any other diet-related disease or illness, try these tricks out for 30 days and prepare to be pleasantly surprised.

Read the rest here: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/three-easy-tricks-never-count-calories-again.html

ReFit 42 – the Fitness Foundation by Jim Johnson

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So here’s the basics of ReFit 42. It’s pretty simple, and that’s why it works. Let’s quickly break it down:

1. Goals/Planning – start off by setting small goals. Goals like “I will lose 1 pound/week”. Goals like “I will do a fast food fast – I will not eat any fast food in the next 42 days.”

To really allow Planning to get a foothold in your life, use an app like My Fitness Pal. You’ll be able to plan your meals as well as record what you ate. You can set your weight loss goals there and MFP will help you determine how many calories you should consume. I find this app to be incredibly helpful. You can use it on your smart phone, tablet, or PC. I’m sure there are other tools/apps out there. Research them. Ask friends what they have used. Using an app like MFP will make planning so much easier and keep you on track. Planning helps keep you from cheating.

2. Healthy Eating – fresh is best. Processed is your enemy. My doctor once told me to shop the exterior of the grocery store where all of the fresh food is located. The interior of the store is where boxed dinners are – boxes of danger! Read about the healthy benefits of eating fresh veggies and fruit. Check out the apps Flipboard and Zite. Both apps can be used to find great articles on healthy eating and recipes. Allrecipes.com is a great resource, too. More on this later.

3. Portion Control – guess what? You don’t need as much food as you may think! Portion control is KEY in losing weight. Drink a lot of water. Keep a water bottle at your desk at work. Keep it filled. Avoid soft drinks (especially the sugar-laced ones). When sitting down to a meal, load up on veggies and eat less meat and starchy foods.

4. Exercise – yes, you need to exercise. So do I. But you’re not needing to act like your training for the Hunger Games. If you haven’t exercised for years, you will have to take it slowly. Walk, ride your bike, swim. Don’t start by trying to run a 5 k.

By exercise, I don’t mean walking from your desk to the vending machine at work. Plan to exercise 4 times/week. Just move. Sweat. Breathe. You’ll feel great.

Over the next 6 weeks, I’ll be sharing more about each of these. I’ll share recipes that are easy to prepare and taste great. I’ll share articles I’ve come across that I think will help motivate you and educate you.

Tell a friend what you’re planning to do. Someone who will encourage you along your adventure.

This Fitness Foundation is simple. And it works…if you work it. Just move, change, determine.

You can do this. You have no limits. You can ReFit yourself. Take the next 42 days to prove it to yourself. Doing nothing will only result in no change.

ReFit 42 – a Do-Over to a New You by Jim Johnson

What is ReFit 42?

Maybe you’ve started a fitness program or you had a New Year’s resolution, but now it’s over 6 months later and you’ve not started. Here’s a second chance to start over – to re-fit your goals, your habits, your life.

I’m calling this ReFit 42 for a reason. You can start over. You can do it. And you can begin new habits and a new lifestyle in 6 weeks – just 42 days.

Here’s what won’t happen in 42 days:

You won’t lose 100 pounds
You won’t be running a marathon
You won’t look like a body builder
You won’t be starring opposite your favorite actress/actor

But here’s what WILL happen in 42 days:

You will lose weight. If you follow this simple plan, you can and will lose weight. When I started this, I lose at least 1 pound/week.
You will feel better because you are eating better, exercising, and achieving goals.
You will enjoy a healthy eating lifestyle.
You will see the tools you use (planning apps) as the path to freedom vs. chains.

Others will notice what is happening in you and to you. You’ll hear “wow, you look great! How did you do it?” type of comments. That alone will make you feel great. You will know you can do this and set more goals which you WILL reach.

If you are already living a fit lifestyle, then turn a friend on to this adventure. Be their cheerleader. Help keep them accountable. Share this blog with them.

If this directly speaks to you, join me! I’ll be sharing over the next several days a plan that you can use as your Fitness Foundation. It works if you work it (you’ll read this a lot, because it’s true).

Please note: I am not promoting a diet of any kind. This is about creating new habits in your life – eating habits, exercise habits, planning habits – that will result in a new you. You won’t suddenly become a beach hunk or babe. That’s not my goal in sharing this with you.

Fitness is just as much about healthy choices and creating a better lifestyle than it is about looks. You WILL look better, but that is not my goal here. My goal is to help you and me to become healthier versions of our current selves.

So, if you’re 20, 30, 40, or 50+ (like me), it’s not too late to start to ReFit yourself.

Why start in the middle of the month and not on the 1st? Why not? You’ve waited long enough. It’s time to start. It’s time to change. Mark your calendar. Here we go.

Tell others about this. I would love to read comments on your progress. Be sure to take a photo of yourself now so you can compare it with the you in 42 days.

Yes, you get a do-over. It’s time to ReFit YOU.

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The Fruit That Fights the Blues by: Rachael Schultz

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Treat the blues with some green: Men who ate two kiwis a day for 6 weeks saw a significant improvement in depression and anxiety, as well as more energy and vigor, reports new research in the Journal of Nutritional Science.

In the study, guys who ate half a kiwi a day, and men who reported a positive outlook to start, saw no benefit from the kiwis.

“We suspect the effect is primarily due to the vitamin C in kiwifruit,” says study author Anitra Carr, Ph.D. “[Vitamin C] was the only micronutrient that varied significantly between the low fruit group and the high fruit group.”

Read the rest here:

http://news.menshealth.com/the-fruit-that-fights-the-blues/2013/08/05/

Seven Easy Ways to Cook with Leftovers by Molly Morgan

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My mother calls leftovers “must-goes” – everything in the refrigerator must go! Here’s a helpful article by Molly Morgan on “must-goes”:

Use these ingredient-saving ideas to get more mileage out of what’s sitting in your fridge.

Leverage Your Leftovers

1. What you’ve got: Leftover vegetables
Make this: Teriyaki stir-fry

Here’s how: Keep a large airtight container in your fridge and use it to store leftover cooked vegetables from meals made throughout the week. At the end of the week (don’t store produce for more than seven days), place veggies in a skillet or wok, stir-fry with your favorite teriyaki marinade, and serve over brown rice.

2. What you’ve got: Extra onion
Make this: Sautéed onions

Here’s how: Chop onion, sauté in a skillet for 7–10 minutes until lightly browned, and serve over grilled chicken, fish, or steak.

3. What you’ve got: Excess avocado
Make this: Green smoothie

Here’s how: Place avocado in a blender with 1 cup frozen tropical fruit (like mango and/or pineapple), ½ cup of baby spinach, and a splash of orange juice. Blend until smooth.

4. What you’ve got: Too much steak
Make this: Steak sandwich

Here’s how: Slice leftover steak into thin strips. In a skillet add ¼ of a sweet onion (sliced) and ¼ of a red pepper (sliced), and sauté for 7–10 minutes, until tender and lightly browned. Add steak and sauté with the vegetables until heated through. Top with shredded Swiss cheese and serve on a whole-wheat roll.

Here’s more: http://m.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/seven-easy-ways-to-cook-with-leftovers