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August 31, 2011

6 Mistakes Men Make That Keep Them Fat

You care about your looks and you work hard to stay fit. On the other hand, you may not realize you are making key mistakes that could end up costing you big time. For those who may not realize it, there are numerous ways you could be making simple mistakes that are keeping you fat.

You Skip Meals

Not only is this bad for your body in general, but it also can keep you from losing weight and maintaining your shape. It stops your body from controlling your appetite when you skip meals. More so, it destroys your will power and much of your ability to keep on a diet or to work out comes from willpower. Skipping meals defeats the purpose in the end.

You Eat Really Fast

What does speed have to do with it? Savor your food instead. This gives your body some time to send that signal to your brain that you are full. If you speed eat, you are not giving your body time to react to what you are putting into it. That, ultimately, leads to complications in your ability to balance your weight. Some studies indicate that men, who consistently eat faster, are larger.

The Weekends Are Free

One of the mistakes many men making is giving in on the weekends and breaking their diets and exercise regimens. That will keep you fat. Even having that large, pig-out fest on Sundays can cause a problem for several days after. You do not have to go cold turkey giving up these meals, though. Rather give yourself one cheat meal after a full, weeklong workout and diet session. Just one meal – not the whole weekend, keeps things in perspective.

Too Much Salt

Salty snacks are not good for your heart and they could be contributing to your fat, too. In fact, not only does it cause problems for your body, but it also can cause you to eat more. A bit of salt on popcorn leads you to eat more than a serving. The salt on potato chips leads you to be unable to stop at just one. Avoid salty treats as much as possible.

Alcohol

Look at how much alcohol you are taking in. Rather than just go off memory, though, write it down. Count up the calories you consume over the course of the week from alcohol and it is often very clear just how much this could be affecting your fat loss goals.

TV Viewing and Sleeping

Do you sit in front of the television eating and then fall asleep? That is a double hit to your goals. Research indicates that if you eat in front of the TV, you are likely consuming more than others who do not. That is because you just sit there afterward instead of being active.

Which mistakes are you making that are causing you to gain weight or that keeps you from losing it? For many men, these hidden mistakes lead to health problems for years to come.


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August 29, 2011

5 Weekend Weight Loss Tricks

The weekend is upon you. Do you have plans? Do those plans include exercising, dieting and staying fit? If not, and for most people this is rarely a part of the plan, there are some things you can do to keep from gaining weight or falling too far off the wagon. According to some research, women consume about 115 more calories each day over the weekend than they do during the week. Those extra calories can tack on about nine to ten pounds each year. That is why you need a few tips to help you to avoid weekend weight gain.

Put Down the Alcohol

What you may not realize about the alcoholic beverages you are drinking is that they are high in calories. It may be hard to stop drinking them, but at least minimize what you are drinking. Choose lighter versions of beer, for example, to get fewer calories. It is a good idea to skip those desert-like drinks altogether since those drinks tend to have the highest number of calories in them.

Don’t Forget to Eat

You are busy shopping and hanging out with friends. You may shop your way right through your Saturday lunch. That is not a good idea because once you do catch up to a meal, you will find yourself consuming too much. In addition, you may find yourself eating more of the wrong foods as a result. If you will be busy during lunchtime, you should at least pack a snack to take with you, such as nuts or granola.

Monitor Movie Eating

Are you heading to the movies this weekend? If so, put down the popcorn and the sugary soda. Both of these can kill any of your good eating habits during the week. In fact, a soda and popcorn combo can pack a hefty 1600 calories, depending on the size. That is a lot of calories for just one person for one meal. The better option, then, is to bring your own foods, if your movie theater lets you. Try the 100 calorie packs of goodies available prepackaged for you otherwise. Many movie theaters now offer these.

Date Night Dinner Mistakes

When heading out for that special dinner, do take the time to focus on what you are eating. Choose foods that are healthy for you. Skip out on fatty deserts that make you feel bad after that date, too. You may want to choose the smallest steak or go for the vegetables instead of the baked potato. These small changes will help to reduce the weekend weight gain.

Stay Active

Perhaps the biggest mistake you can make on the weekends is not doing anything. Get busy. Go for a run, swim or play a game of basketball with your friends.

By doing these things, you keep your body in line for your health goals throughout the week. At the same time, though, you are not depriving yourself of the things you love to do or of the time that you get to spend with your friends.


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August 28, 2011

Monday Motivation – If You Can’t, You Must!


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August 24, 2011

5 Ways to Burn Calories at Work

Do you sit behind a desk most of the day? If so, you may not be getting enough of a workout to keep you active. For some people, it is easy to burn calories. They may spend their days on their feet, helping customers or even performing physical tasks. In those cases, it is easy to get through the necessary calories. For all others, there are ways to burn more just by making a few changes.

Don’t Do Lunch Just Once

Rather than eating a big meal in the afternoon, plan to consume something smaller every two to three hours. Doing this can greatly increase your overall health, too. How does it help? It gives your body time to digest food and keeps your calorie burn going. Your metabolism is increased. You can lose weight by eating smaller meals more often. All of that contributes to your health.

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