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Don’t Be Tempted By Fad Diets: They’re Not Worth It

Don’t Be Tempted By Fad Diets: They’re Not Worth It

With the new year now in full swing, many of you will have embarked on a new diet in an attempt to change your figure, lose weight, and get healthy. 

But while dramatically changing your eating patterns might seem like a good idea right now, you could come to regret it in the future, especially if you’re on the wrong program. 

Traditional diets where you restrict what you eat to lose weight have a problem: they’re unsustainable. The vast majority of people cannot willingly restrict calories or whole food groups for long periods of time. Eventually, their biology wins, and they give up, often winding up binging on all the foods they’re not supposed to have. 

Fad diets are also potentially dangerous for another reason: they don’t provide all the nutrients you need. If you miss out on all carbs, for instance, you’re forgoing essential food groups like fruits, beans, and grains. Eventually, you end up feeling depleted and wishing that you were back on “normal food.”

As the following infographic shows, however, you don’t have to go down the route of fad diets to lose weight and get healthy. All you need is to change your lifestyle and get started with a proven plan. 

While the benefits of many fad diets remain dubious, some work for most people most of the time. The most famous is, of course, the Mediterranean diet, but there are others, including the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). If you’re interested in this subject, read on to find out more. 

Infographic by USC

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Beat Summertime Blues

Beat Summertime Blues

The summer is usually a time to shed the winter funk. The sun shines brighter. The weather is warmer. Birds are always singing a song. But for some, those feelings of depression are hard to shake, no matter how beautiful the day is.

Here’s some ideas on how to quash those summertime blues.

It’s okay to take a break

Summer is the most widely acceptable time to take a vacation. Vacations can be expensive, stressful and above all give you the need to have a vacation after your vacation. Plan accordingly. Give yourself a day of rest after you get back.

If you don’t have the funds to go away, plan a few days of a staycation. Sure, use a few days to get things done on your to-do list, but remember to have time to rest as well as have fun.

Keep a journal

Keeping a journal is a great way to release the everyday stress and low thoughts going on. Write down what’s bothering you. But here’s a twist, finish your thoughts with positive goals. List options of how to fix the situation or write out positive quotes to balance your mindset.

Plan for the future

We all have dreams and goals. Planning for the future allows you to look past the hopelessness of a bad moment. Write out a five-year plan. After that, write down a one-year plan. This will help give you realistic steps on how to accomplish your dream-worthy goals. This might take a couple hours, days or weeks, but write down things that you look forward to achieving.

You’re not alone

Summer can bring on emotions of feeling alone. Friends are on vacation. Perhaps, you and your partner have parted ways for the summer. Use this time to focus on yourself. Get healthy. Mental health is just as important as physical health.

Take an exercise class. Start walking. Being active releases positive brain chemicals to fight off depression.

Next, find someone to talk to. There’s plenty of great ways to approach this. Ask your doctor to refer a therapist. Or, talk to a therapist or counselor online. Sometimes, we as humans get lonely. But know this, you are not alone.  There are many outlets to remind us of that if we just take a second to look beyond ourselves.

Find your joy

You can make this task easy or difficult. Think back to when you were a child. Simple things made you happy. Yes, some we’re material things. However, there were plenty of things that put a smile on your face without costing a thing. I’m not saying live in the past. Move forward with child-like eyes. Enjoy the simple things in life. Enjoy that sunset. Enjoy taking off your shoes and walking in the grass. Enjoy sitting by the city fountain on a hot day and feeling the cool spray of the water.

Your best days are ahead of you. Just remember to rest, get healthy, find your peace and learn what makes you happy.

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Simple Steps Towards Achieving Your Health Goals

Simple Steps Towards Achieving Your Health Goals

Whether you’ve just decided to get in better shape or you’re still persevering with your New Year’s Resolution, achieving your health goals can be tricky. There always comes a time when you are tempted to give up and throw in the towel. That’s not the way to go if you want to find success, though. It’s important to put a plan in place and ensure that you can follow it through to the end. Here are some steps to take.

Define Them Clearly

You should start by defining your goals clearly. You’ll never achieve your goals unless you have a very precise vision of what success will look like. For example, if you have vague goals such as ‘lose some weight’, you won’t have anything precise to focus on. It doesn’t tell you whether you want to lose a couple of pounds or a couple of stone. So, get this sorted out first. Then you will be able to set your sights on the very clear things that you want to achieve. And that puts you in a much better position to be in. Learn more about setting goals at health.com/.

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Focus on Motivation and Methods

These two things matter most if you want to achieve your goals. It’s never easy to get there. But it will only be possible if you are motivated and have the right methods to help you get to where you want to be. So, what’s your reason for wanting to get fit? Why now? What is motivating you? You need to have some kind of motivation, and you probably do already if you just think about it. No one decides to change their lifestyle dramatically unless they have a clear reason for wanting to do so. Then you need to clarify your methods. How are you going to get from where you are now to where you want to be?

Get the Right Professional Support

For some people, it will be necessary to get some kind of professional support to achieve your health goals. If you want to improve your general health or want to lower your cholesterol or blood pressure, you’ll need to work with your doctor on making plans. There is plenty of information sourced at MTM-Inc.net to help you find the right medical support. Alternatively, you might need to talk to a personal trainer or nutritionist and hire them to help you if you want to get fit or lose some weight.

Keep Looking Back and Appreciating Your Progress

Being able to appreciate where you came from and what you want to achieve going forward is important when you’re aiming to improve your health. You’ll never get very far if you don’t have the ability to appreciate your success so far. Looking at what you’ve done well will also give you plenty of motivation to achieve more. If you’ve achieved things so far, who’s to say you can’t achieve even more? So, don’t be too harsh on yourself. Let yourself feel proud of the things you do well as you’re working towards your goals.

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