By: Alix Hecht
Demanding schedules are often the thing which leads us to make subconscious unhealthy choices.
Unhealthy food choices are alright (even encouraged) in moderation, food is an important part of our overall happiness and treating ourselves to the occasional slice of chocolate cake isn't a sin. However, continual unhealthy patterns are what generally results in weight gain over time, or not being able to shift pesky pounds which often leave you feeling perplexed as to why.
Many of us feel that we lead relatively healthy lives, and sometimes we feel that the scales/skinny jeans simply don’t reflect our actions.
On the flip-side there are also many of us who know we make bad choices but simply don't have the time or money to change our lives drastically enough to live a better life.
That's why I've compiled a list of 18 ways to help you to lose weight without trying. These are my simple 'hacks' for combining a hectic life with healthier choices. My hope is that you can drill down to the source which is keeping you from your goal.
1- As Bob Marley said "Turn Your Lights Down Low"
Turn the lights out when you sleep or wear an eye mask.
Now there are actually two reasons why your bedtime light is keeping you from losing weight; natural and artificial light ( the kind you get from your phone, street lamps or bathroom light ) wreak havoc on your metabolism. Now, the science behind it is pretty complicated, but there have been several studies performed which prove that light disturbs your sleep ( which is the second reason light is dangerous because this could cause you to wake up and eat ), and reduces your resting metabolic rate; which is SO vital for weight loss.
2- Arrange Your Work and living space to be organized and clean
We've all heard the phrase, cleanliness is next to Godliness and that also might be said for 'slim-ness'. Our work stations, study desks or home being in disarray actually create a sense of chaos in your mind. It can throw you off your eating schedule ( and schedules are really important for a healthy life ). Cleaning up your work station or home will also boost your self-esteem, relaxing you and helping to avoid emotional or stress eating.
3- Carry around a re-usable water bottle wherever you go
I absolutely adore my water bottle; it's plastic, with a cute pink lid with sparkly butterflies and I just adore looking at it. Carrying it in your daily bag wherever you go will means that every time you reach into to your shoulder purse to look at your phone, grab your wallet or apply lip balm you'll see the water bottle and be reminded to take a sip. I don't need to mention how imperative hydration is to overall health and weight loss.
By: Nadine Elías
So you’ve probably been hearing a lot about coconut oil these days. And chances are, you're not eating or using it enough. Coconut oil has many uses, and here we will go over what it is, in addition to each of it's many super powers.
What is Coconut Oil?
The scientific name for Coconut is Cocos Nucifera. Coconut is highly nutritious, it is rich in fibre, minerals and vitamins. In some Asian and Pacific cultures the coconut palm is known as “the tree of life” and they consider coconut oil as a cure for all illnesses.
It has been used in Ayurveda, Indian traditional medicine, and in other cultures as well. After extensive research in modern medicine a wide range of new health benefits have been discovered. It was once believed to be a source of saturated fat, it is still believed by some, but Coconut oil is composed predominately of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), also known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). Which are beneficial and well assimilated by the body. The saturated fatty acids in coconut oil are predominately medium-chain fatty acids.
By: Vicki Bolen
When you are to trying to eat well, dining out can make even the most disciplined of heathy eaters, cheat. I’ve compiled a list of tips and low calorie meal options that will satisfy your taste buds, and your waistline!
1. Don’t make the mistake of being naïve; never take menu options at face value. For the longest time I ordered the Hibachi Chicken Skewers from TGI Friday’s, I thought, “Chicken, rice, pita bread – HEALTHY!” little did I know it was just under 1300 calories! MAJOR FAIL! That was my whole days’ worth of calories in just one meal! Now I know, just because a dish contains healthy ingredients, doesn’t mean its low calorie. Restaurants load their entrees with butter, salt, and who knows what else! Be the person who knows what your meal is made of! You’ll be thinner for it.
Most people assume that slimmer people will have a higher metabolism, but that is not true. People who are bigger need a higher metabolism because they require more energy as they have a bigger heart and organs for example a big car requires more fuel compared to a small care.
Slimmer individuals would see that they have less body mass to support; weight loss can result in a decline in metabolic rate and result in finding it hard to lose weight and get stuck in the plateau cycle.
What is the metabolism?
The metabolism is a very essential and useful function of your body. The metabolism is a process where our cells break down food in a chemical reaction, and this is what breaks it down into energy in order for our bodies to complete vital function such as the digestion of food, transferring nutrients to energy and necessary functions such as breathing and heart rate.
It can also be broken down into two categories:
By: Sarah Gerbig
Do you find the gym a little intimidating or even frightening? To be fair, a building full of strange machines and overly-buff dudes, is not exactly an inviting environment. But with a little bit of pump-up music and these tips, soon you'll be able to confidently strut to the gym like a regular!
Kate Moss, the queen of the fashion world, revealed her motto as, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” While it does feel great to fit into your skinny jeans without imagining you’re about to pop a seam, healthy definitely tastes as good, if not better, than skinny feels.
Big congrats to Amy Heffernan for winning a whole bunch of Skinny Teatox and Victoria's Secret products! Lucky girl!
By: Heloise Vuong
Working out might seem like a drag sometimes and let’s admit it- we’ve all butchered our workout session a couple of times here and there. Exercising regularly can be tough, but it’s totally worth the effort! Although physical activity is crucial to a healthy weight loss and to maintaining weight, it has many other unexpected physical and mental benefits. Whether you’re a gym rat or more of a mall-walker, these benefits kick in regardless of your fitness level, only 30 minutes a few times a week can let you benefit from all this goodness, so get inspired to live a healthier and happier lifestyle through these 5 extra reasons to workout: