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Aug 11

Bristol man fights for life-saving cancer treatment – Bristol24/7

Diagnosed with terminal cancer and given just months to live, a Bristol man is battling to get life-saving treatment that the NHS cant provide.

Chemo is rough, its really rough, admits Tom Ashford, who is desperately fighting for this one chance to spend more precious time with his partner, Ryk Thomas.

It does affect your whole body so you lose weight very quickly, which is the scariest thing.

I just deal with it and I do not have people around me who are not singing from the same hymn sheet, I need to be around people who are positive. They say its terminal, but I say Im fighting it and the treatment in Poland has given me hope.

It was in March this year that the couples lives were turned upside down by the news that Tom had been diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer and the NHS could not provide anything other than palliative chemotherapy.

Devastated by the bleak outlook, they were given a glimmer of hope after meeting a woman who had faced an almost identical situation, but sought treatment in Poland, where she was operated on by Professor Polkowski, who successfully removed her advanced tumour.

Ryk and Tom hope that the innovative, but proven, operation could offer a precious lifeline and launched a fundraising campaign to cover the treatment that costs upwards of 20,000.

I have had amazing support, its humbling, says Tom, of Stapleton Road.

I think we all go along in our normal lives feeling loved, but it is overwhelming the amount of support you get when you are running a campaign like this. Me and Ryk worked as landscape gardeners and one of our clients gave 2,500.

The 56-year-old is undergoing chemotherapy in Bristol which has shrunk the tumour and he hopes to go for the operation in September.

Tom and his partner Ryk

Within three days after coming home from a chemotherapy session, I just start shedding loads of weight. I use to be 83 kilos and now I hover around 70-73 kilos. I manage it by eating regularly and sleeping and going for walks twice a day, he told Bristol247.

The good news is the tumour is shrinking. I hate the chemo, I absolutely hate it, but we just go on day to day, hour to hour and I get bored and fed up, but do not allow it to get to me.

Speaking of the day he received the diagnosis,Tom says: I remember going for the endoscopy and I could tell she was freaked out by what she found.

When I got the diagnosis, at first it sort of blew us apart. I actually went away to stay with a close friend for a few days and spent time coming to terms with it and then when I got back, we were able to turn things around. Its been upsetting and frightening, but I have improved.

Ryk has spoken of his love for his partner: Ive never loved anyone so much. My only regret is that I didnt meet him earlier.

This life-saving treatment will give us precious time to live, to laugh, to take our beloved dogs, Spencer and Pablo, for walks on the beach. More importantly, it will give us time to share the things we all take for granted until events like this take us down a path we dont want to tread.

Friend and neighbour Emily Daly is just one of the people getting behind the campaign and she has organised a family fun day and dog show in his honour which will take place on Sunday, August 27, at Oldbury Court Estate (Vassals Park) from 10am-4.30pm.

She is hoping to raise as much money as possible to help find a cure for Tom and help fund ongoing care.

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Aug 8

Weight loss: How to lose weight fast by eating THIS everyday | Diets … –

Luckily for those hoping to lose weight, it doesnt have to involve eating a strange diet food.

And there is no denying yourself either - something which is a common complaint of most weight loss meal plans.

Milton Stokes, R.D., author of Flat Belly Diet! For Men, revealed eating breakfast is essential for weight loss.

Explaining why, he told Mens Fitness: It's like putting logs on a wood-burning stove. You need that initial input of fuel to get your metabolism going for the day.

The aim should be to intake around 400-600 calories within an hour of waking up.

Stokes advised focusing on protein, healthy fats and fibre, as these will leave dieters feeling fuller for longer.

There are a few meals to try in the morning that cover all of these ideals.

Jorge Cruise, author of The Belly Fat Cure, advised eggs with avocado/

He said: Avocados are nature's ideal fruit for weight loss. They replace sugar with appetite-curbing good fat."

If you prefer a quick shake, then choose one with whey protein.

David Grotto, R.D., author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life said: Whey is rich in branched chain amino acids, which stimulate muscle growth.

The more muscle you have, the greater the fat-burning capacity of your metabolism.

Finally, a simple yoghurt topped with fresh fruit to make it interesting and sprinkled with high-fibre cereal is another option.

Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D., author of The Flexitarian Diet, said: The fat in yogurt contains conjugated linoleic acid, which can help you stay lean.

She also said study after study shows a direct link between fibre and weight loss.

Losing weight is not all about diet - new research, conducted by the University of Leeds, has shown that adults who get six hours or less sleep a night, or have poor sleep patterns, are more likely to be overweight, obese and have poor metabolic health.

The study, led by Dr Laura Hardie, Reader in Molecular Epidemiology at the University of Leeds involved 1,615 adults who reported how long they slept and kept records of food intake.

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Aug 8

Katherine Heigl Just Shared Her Super-Refreshing Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss Strategy – Shape Magazine

Losing weight following a pregnancy can feel like a game of "who can snap back fastest?"This leads many women to rely on overly strict diets and workout routines to lose the weight as fast as possible. The pressure can be especially strong if you're a celeb with an "on-screen weight"to maintain in order to get back to work. Well, Katherine Heigl, who recently gave birth to her third child, is taking a different path to shed the baby weight, she shares in a post on her blog, titled"Baggage, My Postpartum Weight Loss Journey."

Heigl's story is familiar: She was frustrated at how much weight she gained during her pregnancy compared to other women. (This writer felt the same.) Like many women, Heigl lost much of the weight automatically (she lost about 30 pounds within 10 days of giving birth, she shares). But she found the remaining 20 pounds she gained during her pregnancy much more stubborn.

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Heigl explains that in order to tackle the remaining weight,she had to completely change her mindset to one of moderation and balance. "The years of deprivation, counting every single calorie, completely eliminating major food groups and setting unreasonable weight goals are over," she wrote.

"None of those things ever really worked for me and only fostered an unhealthy, resentful relationship with my body, an attitude that I do not want to pass on to my daughters."

Throughout the post, Heigl describes the steps she's taking to lose the weight gradually, without being hard on herself. Step one: Planning out low-calorie meals, without being overly restrictive. She shares that she uses EatingWell to help her plan wholesome, nutritious meals and to help her determine her daily calorie intake, especially while breastfeeding. Her current go-to: overnight oats and smoothies for breakfast and simple soups for lunch. (Here, more overnight oats recipes that will change your mornings forever.) She's also been saving time on meal planning and grocery shopping time by relying on food delivery service HelloFresh to make quick and easy low-cal dinners.

In terms of her fitness regimen, Heiglshares that she's been devoting "no less than threedays a week to exercise that suits my body type, like yoga and long hikes." ("I'm not into those high-impact cardio or weight training classes," she writes.) The other crucial component for her weight-loss success? Prioritizing sleep. Heigl shares that even with a 6-month-old, she's been managing to get in an impressive eight hours a night.

Overall though, Heigl's best weight-loss advice for fellow new moms is to start the day with positive mantras about your body and to cultivate gratitude, which can make weight loss less of a painstaking process, she says. (Try this mantra.) "The difference I've found in doing the work with a loving and positive attitude versus an anxious, frustrated, and negative one is that the weight really does seem to just fall away with less struggle," she wrote.

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Heigl's philosophy could be beneficial whether or not you've just given birth. Weight loss should never be a race, and beating yourself up in the process won't do you (or your body) any favors.

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Aug 8

FAT BUSTER: This is how she lost her pregnancy weight! – Times of India

Most mothers have believed all along that pregnancy weight is the most difficult to lose. Well, it turns out to be that way because new moms hardly find any time to look after their bodies. The fact is that while pregnancy weight may be stubborn, it isn't impossible to lose. Saily Pall is a testimony to that. Not only did she lose her pregnancy weight, it also helped her fight post-partum depression. Here she shares her post-pregnancy weight loss journey with us...

Name: Saily Pall

Highest Weight Recorded: 66 kgs

Weight Lost: 21 kgs

Age: 37

The turning point: Being a software engineer by profession, I worked in the IT industry for more than 6 years. I started working 24/7 after my daughter was born - handling work and the baby both. I gained 24 kgs due to first miscarriage and then the subsequent pregnancy. Before pregnancy I weighed only 42 kgs. Since I am not very tall (5 feet 1 inch), gaining 24 kgs made me look extremely fat.

When I was struggling to lose weight, I started reading about nutrition. I also did online diploma courses in Nutrition and Weight Loss. As I am passionate about following healthy lifestyle, I don't believe in any kind of temporary or fad diets. But after my daughter was born, it was difficult to find time for a decent meal, let alone any exercise. So, I started to change my eating habits, one change at a time. I started doing brisk walk every single day while pushing the pram. By the end of 8 months, I was eating healthy and had stopped eating processed food. It increased my energy levels tremendously.

This change enhanced my mood and helped me with my postpartum depression. Today after 7 years of losing weight, due to the lifestyle changes I made, I don't have to struggle to maintain my weight (45 kgs). Not only did I manage to keep the weight at bay, I am much stronger and healthier today. I try to balance my meals with adequate amount of carbohydrate, protein and good fat.

My breakfast: Milk, oats / omelette with whole wheat toast or parantha / Muesli with nuts / vegetable sandwich or Idly Sambar

Mid-morning snack: A banana, apple or papaya

My lunch: Daal, chapati, sabzi with salad or sauteed veggies with chicken/fish/paneer and basmati/ brown rice

Mid-day snack: A fruit, some nuts or carrot/ cucumber sticks

My dinner: Daal, chapati, sabzi or grilled chicken/fish with veggies. I always control my portion size. And I prefer eating dinner early, 3-4 hours before I hit the bed.

My workout: A combination of power yoga, weight training and brisk walking.

Fitness secret I unveiled: Anyone can work out for an hour, but to control what goes on your plate the other 23 hours is the real hard work.

I indulge in: Whatever I wish to have, especially Thai food and ice-cream, but in moderation.

Low-calorie recipes I swear by: Baked/ grilled veggies/ fish, oats kheer

Oats Kheer recipe: Take oats and milk in a pan. Add chopped almonds/ walnuts and dried dates/raisins. Bring it to boil. Let it cook on a low flame for 3-4 minutes till the oats are cooked and it thickens. If too thick, add some more milk. Garnish with some chopped nuts and dates.

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How do I stay motivated? Staying motivated is not difficult when your willpower is stronger than your cravings. It is extremely difficult to stay motivated when you are following any kind of short term diets for quick weight loss and starving yourself. But if you slowly change your lifestyle and start eating healthy, it's much easier. And once you see the amazing effects on your body, you don't want to go back. Also, while trying to get fit, I developed a passion for fitness and nutrition and pursued online courses in this direction. Now I counsel people to be fit and start eating healthy, and motivate them to change their lifestyle. Seeing people follow my advice is what keeps me motivated.

How do you ensure you don't lose focus? Staying mentally strong and believing in myself keeps me focused. Once I started seeing results, it became easy to stay focused.

What's the most difficult part of being overweight? Losing self-confidence and feeling depressed. Looking at myself in the mirror was heart breaking. Also, not being able to fit into any of your older clothes makes it worse.

What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? 10 years down the line, I see myself maintaining my ideal weight and feeling stronger and healthier.

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Aug 4

‘More pressure on new mums to lose weight’ Amy Childs slammed by fans for promoting weight loss product on Instagram – goodtoknow

Amy Childs has caused a stir on social media after posting about a weight loss supplement, with some fans accusing her of putting pressure on new mums and how they look.

The reality TV star posted a before and after picture of herself on Instagram, showing off the results she's achieved with the product in an 'after' bikini shot since welcoming her daughter Polly.

'I never expected to lose this much weight. I feel like @skinnycoffeeclub has changed my lifestyle for the better.'

'Any new mums will understand how hard it can be to look after yourself as well as caring for your new baby, so when I found Skinny Coffee Club day night coffee I was delighted as it fits in perfectly with my daily routine and requires minimal effort.'

'For anyone looking on losing weight safely but quickly then I would definitely recommend joining the @skinnycoffeeclub program.'

While many fans commented on Amy's picture to congratulate her on her amazing post-baby body, some criticised the mum for putting pressure on other mums to lose weight.

One wrote: 'Yay! More pressure on new mum's to lose weight. Well done Amy, you must be so proud,' whilst a second commented: 'You look amazing @amychilds1990. But some mums don't have that confidence, I used be size 8 now a 14. It's just ignorance!'

A third agreed: 'Nobody just takes this and loses weight like you have in your picture, this must have been achieved by a few other things e.g diet, exercise and maybe a few procedures. Young girls these days don't need more pressure put on them.'

It's not the first time fans slam Amy for promoting weight loss products on social media. Mere days after giving birth, the mum-of-one took to Instagram to post about the meal supplements that she later admitted wasn't taking.

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At the time critics pointed out that it was irresponsible to promote the products as new mums shouldn't breastfeed while drinking the shakes, which prompted Amy to take down the post and apologise to fans.

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Aug 4

Foods you can gorge on but still lose weight – Bundaberg News Mail

BEING told you can eat endlessly without seriously impacting your health is like being given free licence to rob a bank - or for some, a SEPHORA store.

That feeling of total abandon to literally indulge like you never have before is pretty powerful stuff.

That's why all-you-can-eat buffets and bottomless refill cups get us all hot under the collar.

Well, good news if 'portion' is a foreign word to you. Apparently there are foods you could hypothetically eat endlessly without sabotaging your diet, according to a recent article by Byrdie.

"They're mostly made up of water, are low in calories and contain fibre, which can help make you feel fuller for longer. Plus, they're packed with vitamins, antioxidants and other vital nutrients needed in a balanced diet," nutritionist Lisa Young told the publication.

Here's a quick refresher on fibre - it's an essential nutrient that your body needs in order to keep your digestive system in top notch working order. In other words, it's crucial to keeping waste moving out of your body.

So what exactly can you eat with total abandon?

They're what we've dubbed the 'fine nine': celery, blueberries, grapefruit, cucumber, broccoli, strawberries, cauliflower, oranges and kale.

It sounds too good to be true, so we asked accredited practising dietitian and spokesperson for the Dietitian's Association of Australia, Simone Austin, just how 'legit' this info is.

"I would agree with all," says Austin. "Maybe not oranges as they have a little more sugar - but if you're eating the whole orange and not juicing you are likely to self-regulate and not keep on eating heaps of them. You would get full."

"I would also add lettuce, spinach and silverbeet to this list," she adds. "Most non-starchy vegetables like leafy greens, green beans and cabbage could also be added," explains Austin.

What do these free-for-all foods have in common?

"Lots of water and dietary fibre means you will become full quite quickly. You also have to chew these foods well so you tend to eat them more slowly," says Austin.

If only the same applied to Pringles.

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Aug 3

General Motors: Is this the most controversial crash diet yet? – The Independent

Last year it was 5:2, last week it was the Dukan, today the diet-du-jour is the newly-revived General Motors diet, which claims to help people shed seven kilos in just seven days.

Sound too good to be true?

As with most crash diets, it probably is, with experts unanimously crying out against the damaging effects fad diets like this one have on the body in the long term.

The concept of the General Motors diet, named after the employees who developed it in the 1980s, is that you consume different food groups on different days.

On day one you are advised to fruit-load eating only water-based fruits such as melon.

You mightbegin day two with a baked potato and a feeble scattering ofvegetables with the rest of your day following largely the same sort of format. Bananas are off-limits till day four.

The days to follow will be similarly exclusive variations on fruit/veg groupings with the gradual introduction of lean meats.

Naturally, given the minimal caloric content of the diet, only very low intensity exercise is recommended during the week, such as yoga.

Whilst reports of weight loss have been successful with most dieters losing significant amounts of weight in the first three days (though at just 1,000 calories each day, is that really surprising?), nutritionists are wary of the controversial quick-fix diet.

Trends may help you quickly lose weight but not fat, leading Harley Street nutritionist Rhiannon Lamberttold The Independent.

The weight comes back after veering from the given rules of any diet. And the GM Diet is no different. Some may be drawn to it because they may feel out of control around food and want to stick to a rigid plan. Yet after breaking one of the diet rules, people will feel guilty and ashamed, and may then start another diet which leads to a vicious cycle.

The shame that dieters often associate with breaking rules can in turn lead to further weight gain, as they binge on unhealthy foods theyve been craving and depriving themselves of, Lambert said.

Eating a limited number of types of foods every day is simply a type of calorie restriction and the reduced carbohydrate intake will explain the relatively quick weight loss and water weight is a lot of it. Embracing a wide variety of foods should be encouraged but not at the expense of eliminating whole food groups at any one time, the soon-to-be nutrition author continued.

Jo Travers, registered dieticianagrees, the apparent success of the GM diet is purely down to basic caloric deprivation rather than sustainable dieting.

"While the GM diet does have a mix of nutrients over the course of the week, your body needs most nutrients every day," she told The Independent. "By restricting protein for the first few days, you will force your body to break down muscle in order to release amino acids for making new cells, hormones, enzymes and neurotransmitters. Although this does make you lose weight, this is muscle weight not fat weight, the Low-Fad Diet author explained.

It's quite an attractive idea that if you just do this one prescriptive thing for a week you will lose weight, but in practice it's much harder to follow then most people think and will often result in less weight loss than was promised followed by rapid weight regain once normal eating is resumed, she continued.

In order to maintain weight loss in the long term, Lambert suggests finding a routine of eating and exercising that is enjoyable for you.

Once youve found your happy place, you will find it sustainable. Remember, the best new healthy diet for you is the one you can stick to in the long run, she said.

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Aug 3

5 Trustworthy Guides to Lose Weight and Keep It Off – MakeUseOf

Everyone wants a magic way to lose weight quickly and keep it off. There is no easy way, unfortunately. And as we found out, science says diets are better than exercise Diet vs. Exercise: What's Better for Quick Weight Loss? Diet vs. Exercise: What's Better for Quick Weight Loss? When you want to lose weight, there are two options Either you can start dieting or start exercising. Ideally, you should do both. But which of the two helps you lose weight faster? Read More if weight loss is the target (and not overall fitness).

The question then is to figure out which diet is right for you. There are plenty of choices, like the ketogenic diet, paleo diet, intermittent fasting, and more. And these resources will make it simpler to choose.

Reddits /r/LoseIt is a community of people trying to lose weight Shed The Pounds: Subscribe To These 4 Weight Loss Subreddits Shed The Pounds: Subscribe To These 4 Weight Loss Subreddits Have you made a resolution to lose a bit of weight? Reddit is a great resource for this, with plenty of subreddits for those eager to reach a healthier weight. Read More . Recognizing the confusion around several diets, they created a massive Wiki to explain everything. This explains each aspect of a diet, from counting calories to what a diet targets.

For example, you will come across low-carbohydrate diets quite often. In one table, Reddits wiki explains what you are and arent allowed to eat on different low-carb diets like paleo, Atkins, four-hour body, and more. Similarly, it explains why a low-carb diet works.

This should be the starting resource for anyone who needs to know about the various diet options available out there. Youll get the science behind the diet, success stories from people, and independent views.

If you dont want to read anything and just find the right diet for you, try this quiz from the BBC. It will nudge you in the right direction to choose among three types: high-protein low-carb, intermittent fasting, or low-calorie recipes.

BBCs quiz asks you a series of questions to determine what type of eater you are. Be honest with yourself while answering, no one is judging you here. Your answers to the 12 questions will determine if you are a feaster, a constant craver, or an emotional eater.

It isnt a comprehensive quiz and its best paired with one of the other resources here. Still, it will set you on the right path, and is an excellent example of the stunning interactive mini-sites BBC makes 5 Stunning Interactive Mini-Sites Made by the BBC 5 Stunning Interactive Mini-Sites Made by the BBC The BBC showcases a stunning series of digital experiments. From knowing your body better to interactive chemistry experiments, you'll see it all here. Read More .

There is a simple statistic to govern weight loss. You need to consume less calories than what you expend. With that principle in mind, the U.S. National Institute of Health designed a diet to lose weight and improve blood pressure.

DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) doesnt have the strict restrictions that other diets enforce. Instead, it tries to help you make smarter nutrition choices, and control your intake. Depending on your gender, age, and lifestyle, it will chart out the best meal plan for you to eat healthy.

I would recommend starting with the six-page PDF on DASH, which covers the basic ideas and includes an eating plan and printable chart. You can follow this up with the DASH mini-site, where youll get weekly meal plans, heart-healthy recipes The Best Websites for Dieting on a Budget The Best Websites for Dieting on a Budget Read More , and much more.

The U.K. has its own National Health Services institution, with its own weight loss plan. Like DASH, this too works on the principle of calorie deficit. However, the NHS plan is much more comprehensive with a 12-week guide.

The plan derives all of its information based on scientific institutions like the British Dietetic Association and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. You will first need to calculate your body mass index 5 Remarkable Websites to Help You Understand Your Health & Fitness 5 Remarkable Websites to Help You Understand Your Health & Fitness Do you want to understand your body, and how exercise and nutrition affects it? These five quality websites will help you reach your fitness goals with education. Read More (BMI) and then put the guides recommendations in action.

The 12-Week Weight Loss Plan can be downloaded and printed as a PDF. There are also plenty of online tools like a calorie checker, a meal planning app, and much more.

Charles Platkin, PhD, JD/MPH, is a renowned health expert and columnist. Diet Detective isnt updated as regularly any more, but it is a resource full of insightful (and verifiable) answers to questions about diet, health, and nutrition.

Platkins site includes interviews with other experts, analysis of studies and research papers, and other useful information. For example, he wrote a thorough explainer on the top-searched diets on Google, so you know exactly what each is about and their benefits or risks.

The Diet and Weight Loss section is what you should focus on primarily, but there is plenty of other great advice here, so dont be shy to explore more. And like Platkin, there are other trustworthy fitness experts on the web 8 Fitness Experts On The Web With The Best Health Advice For You 8 Fitness Experts On The Web With The Best Health Advice For You The last thing you want to do is take fitness advice from someone who doesn't know what they're talking about. These experts are the ones to follow for tested veteran advice. Read More you can check out.

The effectiveness of a diet is going to be largely subjective. Of course, researchers conduct studies to find those that work best across large groups, so there is some science available. This video sums it up nicely:

Personally, I believe the best diet is the one that youll actually stick to. For me, the South Beach diet has worked on multiple occasions, so I can vouch for it.

What about you? Which diet have you tried and seen good results with?

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Aug 2

The Lazy Girl’s 5-Step Guide to Weight Loss – POPSUGAR

When a lot of people think about weight loss, it involves giving up all the foods that you love and busting butt at the gym five days a week. If you're a lazy girl like me, you've probably tried that route and failed more times than you'd like to admit. Here's how to successfully lose weight, the lazy way.

You don't have to break up with carbs or any food group to lose weight. There is absolutely no reason to ban the things you love in order to lose weight. In fact, doing so may only increase your cravings and lead you to failure. The one thing you need to do to lose weight is eat fewer calories than you burn. Instead of giving up on foods you truly enjoy, be mindful of portions and try to balance every meal out with whole, natural foods.

What if I told you a gym membership is in no way necessary to lose weight? As long as you are watching what you eat, exercise is not even necessary to lose weight. However, if you want to speed up the process, upping the number of calories you burn is the way to go. You can do this simply by incorporating more regular movement into your day.

Take your dog for an extra walk each evening. Park farther away from your office. Switch out a night per week of binge-watching Netflix for playing badminton in the yard or taking a stroll around the neighborhood. Investing in a fitness tracker is a great way to challenge yourself to gradually increase your everyday activity level, and you can even compete with friends, if that's your thing.

Body weight can fluctuate several pounds per day, regardless of whether or not you're losing fat. Hormones, bathroom habits, and diet can all cause temporary water weight gain. Don't bother getting on the scale every day. You may find yourself discouraged or even throw in the towel completely trying to decipher the ever-changing number you face. Pick a day of the week and a time of day. That's when you'll weigh in each week. Then, put the scale away and do not touch it again until your weigh-in day comes around next week.

You can drink juice, soda, and alcohol and still lose weight. However, you'll quickly realize that these items should be categorized as treats rather than daily drinks, due to their high caloric content. Water, unsweetened tea, or diet beverages (if you're OK with artificial sweeteners) are your new best friends. They will help you feel full between meals and aid with digestion, which can sometimes struggle to adjust to dietary changes.

Losing weight is simple, but that does not mean it is easy. Search online for weight-loss support groups

that embrace practical, safe (and yes, "lazy") approaches to achieving your goal. Like-minded supporters in your corner means you'll be more likely to reach out for advice in those inevitable moments of frustration instead of reaching out for extra-large fries at the nearest drive-through.

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Aug 1

8 Mental Hurdles Keeping You from Losing Weight – WFAA

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8 Mental Hurdles Keeping You from Losing Weight

By Melody Foster

Its easy to identify the tangible reasons youre not losing weight. Eating too much (or too little), eating the wrong kinds of foods, stress eating, not getting enough exercise (or exercising too much but not getting enough nutrition) can cause you to gain weight or make it difficult to lose weight.

Whats harder to put your finger on are the psychological factors that come into play and the ways in which your mental state and emotions may be holding you back from reaching your goal. If you are overweight and are ready to lose weight, its time to address these psychological hurdles preventing you from shedding those unwanted pounds.

Youve Developed Bad Habits It may be the little things you do day in and day out the daily habits you do without thinking, such as not getting enough sleep, drinking too much coffee, not drinking enough water, grabbing a handful of candy on your way past your co-workers desk, hitting up the drive-thru on your way home, your evening cocktail that are keeping you from losing weight. Not only do you need to learn to recognize these habits, but understand the underlying cause that may be the driving force for these habits. Evaluate your emotions and circumstances surrounding these habits. Address those context clues to help you break the cycle of bad habits and replace them with new, healthier habits, such as exercising when youre stressed, rather than reaching for another glass of wine.

You Worry About What Others Think If youre more worried about being accepted and not offending those around you, then you may struggle to make the choices that are right for you and your health goals. Its time to learn you dont have to say yes to every invitation to Happy Hour or to eat the cookies your coworker brought to work today. When you do find yourself in social situations, have a plan of attack. Drink water, situate yourself as far from the food as you can, and focus on conversations with those around you rather than the buffet of food thats in front of you. Over time, youll learn that most people dont notice and youre not as strange as you think.

Youre Afraid of Fat Say it with me, all fat is not bad. Weve been so conditioned to assume all fat is bad, but there is such a thing as healthy fats, and consuming a high fat, low carb diet can be healthy. Eating the right amounts of healthy fats such as fatty fish like salmon, hummus, avocado, Greek yogurt, grass-fed beef, coconut oil and nut butters can help improve your blood cholesterol levels and lower your risk of developing heart disease. You may even find that when you watch your carbs and eat the right amounts of fat, youll have more energy and lose weight more quickly.

Youre an Emotional Eater Were all guilty of eating for comfort from time to time. Its ingrained in our culture. We both celebrate and mourn with food. When youre stressed or upset, eating food can make you feel better, but developing a habit of emotional eating will only lead you down the road to obesity. If youre struggling with emotional eating, talk to your doctor or seek help from a psychologist who may be able to help you address the underlying issues of your comfort eating.

Youre Too Embarrassed to Go to the Gym First of all, its important to remember that everyone at the gym is there because they are trying to lose weight, build muscle or simply stay healthy. And many of them are just as self-conscious as you. Dont be so embarrassed by what you see in the mirror that you hold yourself back from changing your reflection. Schedule an appointment with a personal trainer who can help you develop a plan that suits your body type, abilities and needs. Working with a trainer can also help give you the confidence you need to make exercising a habit. If you cant overcome your fear of the gym, dedicate yourself to working out at home, going on regular hikes or bike rides. Theres plenty you can do outside the gym to get your workout in.

Youve Given Up As long as you have breath in your lungs, its never too late to get healthy. Hitting a weight loss plateau is completely normal, and its even normal for a stall to last months on end. When you have a lot to lose, the weight may fall off quickly at first, but those last 10 or 20 pounds could take months. Although this is discouraging, do not give up. Stay focused on the milestones youve accomplished. Keep working at improving your fitness level and take measurements, as it isnt uncommon to lose inches while the number on the scale stays the same. Stay committed and you will reach your goal.

You Have an All-or-Nothing Mindset Having one bad day doesnt mean youve fallen off the bandwagon altogether. Dont bail because you cant afford what you deem to be the healthiest food. Simply make better choices with what you have in front of you, and youll reap the benefits. Its possible to be less than perfect and still lose weight.

You Play the Comparison Game Its instinct to constantly compare ourselves to others, but that doesnt mean its healthy. Basing your choices on other peoples experiences will keep you running from one diet or fitness plan to the next. Stop worrying about what your friend is doing and instead focus on what works (or doesnt work) for you.

If you need help finding a weight loss solution that works for you, contact Nicholson Clinic today.

About the Author

Melody Foster is a Dallas-based freelance writer and contributing author to the Nicholson Clinic blog. Melody researches and creates content for clients in industries ranging from health care, fitness and nutrition to interior decorating, legal and social good.

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