The holiday season is unquestionably the most perilous time of year for dieters and exercisers. The endless supply of scrumptious treats that begin to appear at home, school, and the office at the end of October combined with extended visits to relatives and other disruptions to regular schedules is enough to throw even the most dedicated fitness buffs off their routine. By the time things settle down again, it’s two months and several extra inches around your waistline later.
Getting fit requires regular, consistent effort and a commitment to changing your exercise and eating habits for the long run. But even if the desire is there, consistency can be difficult to achieve when you spend most of your days cooped up in an office or sitting behind a desk in a cubicle.
At first glance, the average supermarket seems like a great place to find healthy, diet-friendly foods. After all, virtually every shelf is filled with low-fat, reduced sugar, and half-calorie alternatives to everything from milk and cheese to pizza, granola bars, and peanut butter. But a closer look at nutrition labels paints a much different picture than you might expect. Consider the following scenarios where ''healthy” might not actually mean healthy:
What are your current diet or fitness goals? If you’re like most women, chances are your main objective is to attain a particular body weight or be able to fit into a certain dress size. But instead of focusing on the number on your scale or clothes labels, research indicates you’d be better off striving for strength.
Running into a weight loss wall is a frustrating yet all too common problem encountered by dieters everywhere. In most cases, the cause of the stalled progress is obvious: you've been skipping the gym or giving in to far too many unhealthy food cravings throughout the day. Those issues are easy to diagnose and fix, as long as you're willing to submit to an honest assessment of your actions.
How often do you find yourself reaching for a Red Bull or ordering an extra large coffee with a triple shot of espresso so you can make it through your afternoon meetings? How many times have you skipped the gym or hit the drive‒thru window on your way home from work because you were too tired to face the treadmill or kitchen? If you do these things (or any variation) several times a week, then you obviously need more energy.
It is fairly common knowledge that an overload of stress can lead to a whole host of debilitating health problems, including migraines, ulcers, gastrointestinal disorders, depression, anxiety, and heart disease.
One of the most frequent complaints made by new exercisers is that they're experiencing a general lack of results or an insurmountable weight loss plateau despite hours upon hours spent at the gym or on a home treadmill. They're putting in the time and effort, these folks insist, but are not getting a slimmer physique or more noticeable muscle definition in return.
Each year 45 percent of American adults make New Year's resolutions. And each year, one-fourth of them will fail to keep their resolutions through the first week of January. And to no one's surprise, these numbers get worse as time goes on, with another one-third of resolvers forsaking their efforts after the first month.