Sometimes it takes an upcoming life event such as a reunion, wedding or milestone birthday to push us to accomplish our fitness goals. For me, it was preparing for my younger sister’s wedding that occurred during the Labor Day weekend.Even though I teach several group fitness classes a week, I was starting to see my unhealthy eating habits get the best of me. I was feeling sluggish, tired and out of shape. Plus, I started to gain unwanted pounds. No amount of workout would have been able to make up for my poor diet.Between working toward my master’s degree, completing deadline-driven work projects and dealing with other life stressors over the past couple of years, I lost track of what I was putting on my plate. If it was within arm’s reach, I ate it.I would partake in snacks from the vending machine; I would drink high-calorie flavored coffee drinks and soda; and most of my meals came from fast-food restaurants. I used my chaotic schedule as an excuse to make poor … [Read more...] about Fitness Diaries: Losing weight in time for that special event
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Kelly Haws noticed a colleague who had sworn off sweets enjoying a chocolate doughnut. The doughnut, Haws was told, didn't count as a sweet because it was "breakfast food." By calling it breakfast, the dieter had turned the doughnut into a necessity. "When you start re-categorizing like that -- if you even make small concessions -- you get further and further from reaching your goals," said Haws, an assistant professor of marketing at Texas A&M University. Haws and co-author Cait Poyner wrote in a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research that people often have trouble distinguishing between necessity and luxury. Those with less self-control considered more items as necessities, such as daily lattes and hair treatments. "People spend a couple hundred dollars on hair highlights, and they absolutely consider that a necessity. ..." Haws said. "The key problem we find is that they're not good at categorizing." People start the new year with well-intended goals … [Read more...] about Necessity vs. luxury: What makes resolutions stick?
When Brooklyn Borough President Marty Marko-witz learned that his constituents had some of the highest heart-disease rates in the country, he got an idea. In April, he challenged Brooklynites to shed some excess weight and get healthier over the next eight weeks - a campaign he titled Lighten Up Brooklyn. "I was elected to advance the needs of Brooklyn," says Markowitz, "whether that means affordable housing, economic development or public education. That also includes health. "Markowitz threw himself into the role of chief cheerleader and guinea pig. After a weigh-in at Borough Hall to launch the campaign, Marko-witz talked publicly about his own unhealthful preferences for cheesecake, starches, butter and fried foods. "Marty likes pasta and fried food, and he is being entertained or is entertaining almost every night," says his friend Howard Shapiro, M. D., Marko-witz's nutritionist and author of "Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss 30 Day Plan" (Rodale Press). "He ate … [Read more...] about BROOKLYN GETS SMALLER A borough-wide campaign for weight loss ends with some stunning successes
One of the most common goals shared by many in the new year is to finally lose some weight. You've probably changed what you're eating, started exercising more and might even be going to bed earlier, since studies have shown that sleep is essential to weight loss. But have you taken a look at what you're drinking? Alcohol can be a huge deterrent to weight loss. Alcohol contains seven calories per gram, second only to fat itself, which contains 9 calories per gram. That means that it will take 52 minutes of walking to burn off just two glasses of wine. A single Long Island Ice Tea can contain upwards of 780 calories in it. It would take over two hours of vigorous exercise to work off that single drink! It's not just the calories in the alcohol itself that can contribute to weight gain. A 2010 review published in Physiology & Behavior stated that drinking alcohol either before or during meals tends to increase the number of calories consumed during the meal. So you tend … [Read more...] about Belly down! Lose the alcohol to lose the weight
Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print ADVERTISEMENT Bea Hardy of Bea’s Blends Specialty Coffees and Angie Cucunato from Flying Rhino Coffee are both deeply passionate about — what else? — coffee. Since International Coffee Day will be celebrated on Monday (internationalcoffeeday.org), and this year’s theme is Women in Coffee, this is a perfect opportunity to introduce you to these two local coffee connoisseurs. (FYI: Worldwide, countries host their own festivities on or close to the designated day. In the United States, National Coffee Day will be Saturday.) Bea Hardy of Bea’s Blends As a University of Michigan student years ago, Ms Hardy hadn’t been able to afford a really good cup of coffee. Her money went toward tuition and living expenses; and her parents, who had six children, “didn’t really drink coffee” anyway, she said. But when she traveled to England and Ireland with a friend after graduation, she … [Read more...] about Women in coffee: A movement is brewing in a male-dominated field