Keeping track of your progress when you’re losing weight has obvious benefits – not only does it allow you to see what’s working and what isn’t, but documenting your success also provides easy motivation to keep going when things get tough.
Ah, the weekend. Such promise, such possibility… and usually, the point at which all our healthy eating goes right out of the window.
But let’s make something clear: there are no victims of circumstance when it comes to weekends… or holidays, or social events for that matter. We all have a choice, we just need to decide what’s most important to us.
If losing weight is our priority, we can choose to stick to our routines and try to make healthy food decisions as best we can.
But if being sociable is more important, we can also choose to enjoy life’s little moments in the full knowledge that it might take us longer to reach our health and fitness goals – and that’s OK too.
“Work out for 7 minutes and keep burning fat for up to 72 hours!”
Yeah, right! How many times have we heard that before? Most of us are pretty sceptical when we’re presented with too-good-to-be-true quick fixes, so it came as a huge surprise when an article appeared in the New York Times citing scientific research behind just that: a workout that takes 7 minutes to complete and continues to burn fat for up to 72 hours afterwards. It didn’t take long for the 7-Minute Workout to become the hottest new craze in exercise.
The Slow-Carb Diet has been my go-to way of eating for around 6 years now, and for the most part, I’ve stuck religiously to the rule that you should eat the same few meals over and over again.
A typical week usually has me eating dinners of taco mince, chilli, roast chicken, meatballs, smoked fish and then a steak on Friday. On the whole, I’m pretty happy munching through the same menu week after week, but sometimes I just want a change. I crave a new flavour – something that feels like a ‘treat’ but doesn’t stray from the main Slow-Carb elements of protein, veg and beans. And, importantly, it needs to be quick and easy to make. Continue reading “10 Quick and Easy Slow-Carb Dinner Recipes”
Tim Ferriss’ bestselling book, The 4-Hour Body, focused the author’s hacker-style approach onto all things body-related. Using himself as a guinea pig, he claimed to have discovered the optimum way to lose fat, gain muscle, perfect sleep, have better sex and reverse injuries.
To be honest, I found most of the book (like his other famous title, The 4-Hour Work Week) to be entertaining but forgettable. It felt like one long brag about his achievements, and there wasn’t a lot to take away from either book.
It’s smart to calculate body fat percentage as part of a weight loss tracking routine. After all, when most of us say we want to ‘lose weight’, what we actually mean is: we want to lose fat. And as the average set of bathroom scales can’t differentiate between fat, water and muscle, how will we truly know if we’re on the right path unless we break things down a little?
While body fat percentage is a great metric to track as part of a whole, be aware that the most accessible ways to measure body fat come with a relatively significant margin of error, so it’s best to focus on taking consistent, easily replicable measurements in order to note a trend, rather than getting hung up on the actual figure itself.
When it comes to losing weight, there are no miracle pills, quick fixes or magical food items that will melt the fat away. But what if there were certain ‘superfoods’ that could give slimmers a little extra boost?
I have a confession to make: I’m a total sucker for real-life weight loss stories. I love reading the backstories, I love poring over the struggles and triumphs, and I’m always interested to read about how people’s lives have changed since losing the weight. But the number one thing I scan the page for first? The before and after photos. Those photos are an instant and powerful visual marker that’s so much more real than the number of pounds they’ve dropped. Continue reading “How to Take Awesome Before and After Photos for Weight Loss”
Spring is officially here! I always feel like the world expands during the first sunny days after winter, like I’m a little solar-operated human powering up, ready to take on the world.
But I also start thinking about what will happen when it gets warmer. About going outside without layers of clothes to hide under, or stepping out wearing short sleeves that reveal my flabby arms. I think about really hot weather, and I secretly hope it won’t get too hot this year – even though I love the heat – because I know I’ll get upset about how I look in summer clothes.