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Why increasing exercise and cutting carbs is a recipe for disaster

It’s a common tale. You want to lose weight and get fit, so you decide to work out more and cut calories, in particular all those starches — breads, rice, pasta and cereal — that we keep hearing are making us fat.<p>Except it doesn’t work. What gives?<p>Weight loss doesn’t always come down to calories in …

Nutrition

Bibimbap, The Delicious Dish That You're Probably Too Afraid To Pronounce

GIMME. 😛<p>If you've ever refrained from ordering something because you didn't know how to pronounce it, we totally feel you.<p>But no one should be deprived of the deliciousness that is bibimbap for fear of embarrassment. Once and for all, it's pronounced "bee-beem-bahp," but it might as well be called …

7 Expert-Backed Tips For How To Make A New Habit Permanent

Now you have an excuse to take a vacation.<p>If you've ever set out to transform your fitness habits, you probably know that achieving consistency can be a terribly difficult feat -- it's always easy to find an excuse to stay in bed or retreat to the couch with a glass of wine.<p>But if humans are …

6 Healthy Reasons to Eat More Eggs

10 Raised Garden Beds That Fit Any Backyard Space

Just add soil, seeds, and sunshine.<p>Starting a garden is no easy task, and it can be especially challenging if the terrain surrounding your property isn't amenable to the types of plants you'd like to grow. Enter the raised garden bed — a boxy unit that allows you to plant flowers, herbs, and …

Gardening

Why am I not finding the blog post? Reshaping INDIHOPE

<b>Disclaimer</b><p>Dear Reader, if you have come across here from a different blog post, then it means the blog that you are looking for is no longer …

20 Grilled Skewer Recipes to Get You Ready for Barbecue Season

It’s *finally* that time. We’re consistently feeling the sun on our skin, the stores are full of brightly colored fashions and the neighbors are already grilling. Ready to jump on the outdoor-cooking bandwagon? There’s no better grill-ready meal than kabob recipes full of your favorite meats and …

Cooking

5 Things to Do When Your Side Business Isn't an Overnight Success

If you're like me, or any of my clients, when you first got the idea to go into business for yourself, I bet it felt like a mixture of exciting and also a little scary at that same time, right?<p>And you probably felt a pretty big pull to make this exciting, scary thing work no matter what.... nothing …

36 ways to change your life for the better

Most of the time you don't end up keeping them, and then you just feel worse because you committed to something and didn't follow through with it.<p>Resolutions shouldn't necessarily be things to stop doing or to get rid of, but instead they should be about embracing a different mindset.<p>If part of …

How to go from the couch to running 5K in eight weeks

My biggest piece of advice for anyone who wants to start running is "just start" – lace up your running shoes and go.<p>The hardest part of any exercise program – especially running – is getting started. When I first started to run, each step was torture. Now running is my bliss.<p>Your first workout …

Forget Fad Diets - Healthy Eating Must Be Part of Everyday Life

From super foods to low-carb diets and juice cleanses, every week seems to bring a new health trend.<p>We're inundated with advice on what we should (or …

The Psychological Trick That Could Help You Reach Your Goals

Everyone from elite athletes to top business executives knows it's important to have goals. After all, goals are what turn dreams into actionable, achievable steps.<p>Whether you set out to lose weight, renovate your house, or complete a triathlon, defining a goal can boost your motivation, at least …

How to answer your body's food cravings

Food cravings aren’t just a silly thing pregnant women deal with for 40 weeks, we all feel the urge to eat foods that may not serve our health and weight goals.<p>While some cravings are the results of gut bacterial overgrowth, many are really an SOS message of malnutrition from your body.<p>Most of our …

Four Scientifically Proven Habits Of Powerful Presenters

There’s no shortage of speaking tips out there, but scientists are now figuring out how best to combine them.<p>What makes someone a great presenter? Why do some speakers seem to effortlessly captivate their audiences, while others struggle just to keep them awake? It turns out that scientists have …

Do Protein Supplements Actually Work, or Are They Overkill?

Athletes and workout fiends love their protein shakes. Supplemental protein has become such a mainstream part of the fitness world that many don't …

Why Creating A To-Do List Is Derailing Your Success

Most of us make them, but to-do lists make us more stressed and don’t account for how long tasks take. Here are three things to do instead.<p>Nearly two-thirds of professionals write to-do lists, but 41% percent of all to-do list items never actually get done, according to research from the …

Easy Breakfast Recipes

Quick and easy breakfast recipes for busy mornings, from creamy scrambled eggs to recipes for the perfect grab-and-go breakfast pastries.

17 Healthy Ways to Lose Weight Fast

No crash diets allowed.<p>Sustainable weight loss doesn't happen overnight (and if it does, it's probably self-destructive). But if you're anxious to lose weight for a legit reason, follow these painless tips to improve your diet, streamline your workouts, and shed weight *the healthy way*.<p><b>1. Pregame</b> …

Breakfast every day! The healthy habits of the naturally lean

Maintaining or losing weight is a battle many people lose. Then, there are a select few who seem to breeze through life in perfectly healthy shape, with their scales never budging and their bodies staying trim as the years go by.<p>Besides good genes, what are their habits? And what are they doing …

5 Easy Ways To Get Happier ASAP

An epidemic has descended upon us — but not a physical one. It’s unhappiness. More than 50 percent of Americans are unhappy at work, and our general …

I Used Anna Victoria's Fit Body Guides for 6 Weeks

There are tons of trainers on Instagram, but Anna Victoria stood out to me right away because of her approachable take on shifting into a healthier lifestyle. And her ab situation didn't hurt, either. Victoria's own journey started after <i>six years</i> of eating fast food three times a day. Yep: Every. …

6 simple tips for losing weight without dieting

If this is you, it's probably time to get off the diet roller coaster and make some bigger changes to the way you eat, drink, and think about food.<p>Here are six tips to help you get started.

Ensure a Sickness-Free Year With These 6 Habits

Credit<p>One of the greatest blessings anyone can have is living a healthy life. But the abundance of sicknesses and diseases in the world today makes it almost a difficult task.<p>The outbreak of both curable and incurable diseases which are all expensive to deal with is a real problem. But just like …

Why You're Actually Too Embarrassed to Exercise

Embarrassment is one of the top reasons Americans don't work out (along with the lack of time, inability to exercise effectively, and lack of enjoyment of fitness).<p>When I weighed 300 pounds, joining a gym was one of the most difficult (but rewarding) actions I had to take on my personal weight loss …

Where Oh Where Have All the Almonds Gone? (An update)

This website is for information purposes only. By providing the information contained herein we are not diagnosing, treating, curing, mitigating, or …

The Best Smoked Salmon on Planet Earth

Smoking your own side of salmon is easy. It does not require much work and is a wonderful option, if you’re cooking for a few people. The last time I …

Is it worth it? Pull-ups – exercise review

<b>What is it?</b> Grabbing an overhead bar and repeatedly dragging your body up towards it, like all the tough guys in the movies do.<p><b>How much does it cost?</b> Ostensibly free. Your gym will definitely have somewhere to do pull-ups, or you can buy home pull-up bars for about a tenner.<p><b>What does it promise?</b> …

Workouts

5 Tips for Personal and Professional Success

Several years ago, I was known as J.Lo throughout my office. The celebrity name that colleagues gave me had nothing to do any singing talent or a head-turning figure (goodness only knows, I was in the throes of shedding 70 pounds and hardly ready hit the hallways in booty-clinging skirts). Instead, …

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Mornings are an underutilized tool to aid productivity.<p>Let me explain.<p>We’re often at our peak in the mornings. This is why Mark McGuinness suggests …