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New Year Motivation


Motivation is a tricky thing. When the calendar turns January 1, 2015 there will be a large number of new declarations that people have every intention of accomplishing. The New Year brings a sense of new beginnings and raises the motivation level of many people.

However, it’s easy to have motivation at the beginning of the journey, what about the middle?

You’re a month into your goal with the end seemingly miles away. Or you’re at the part where you feel as though you’re stuck and aren’t making progress.

Many dieters experience this issue throughout their weight loss journey. At the beginning, the excitement and fervor is apparent. However, as the days and months progress it gets increasingly more difficult to adhere to your diet, or the gym and exercise can wait a day, maybe two.

Getting motivation can be easy and simple. Maintaining motivation, well that can be a little trickier.

So what do you do? What’s the answer for when your motivation that you once thought was unwavering is now as sturdy as a house of cards? There are a few things. Take your mind back to when you originally established your goal, to when your motivation to reach it was at its highest. There’s a reason that this meant something to you and is something you wanted to attain, use that as fuel to continue pushing.

Understand that there wNill be roadblocks and walls as high as the eye can see during your journey. Instead of being deterred use it as an opportunity to push yourself. There aren’t many obstacles that are insurmountable and considering obstacles as challenges motivates us to rise to the occasion.

Lastly, always keep your goal in mind. A book I read, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, listed one of the habits as “begin with the end in mind.” Envision yourself at the finish line, the gratification you feel when you had a goal and you saw it through. Reaching goals motivates us to reach the next one!

Share what you do to maintain your motivation.

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FDA Tells Food Establishments to Post Calories


Pretty soon there won’t be a place to eat or get food from where the calories won’t be readily accessible. On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new regulations that will require chain restaurants, movie theaters, pizza parlors and many other food establishments nationwide post calorie contents of their foods in the clear vision of the consumer.

Venues such as convenience stores and supermarkets are also included in these new rules. The FDA has issued a November 2015 deadline for the necessary adjustments to be made by the companies. Establishments that fall under these rules are nationwide companies that have 20 or more locations. This could potentially be a ground breaking policy that can be a real contributor to the country’s battle with obesity.

The FDA is proposing these new rules in hopes that if the consumer has a more in depth analysis of food available to them, they will do a better job at selecting healthier foods and healthier alternatives. There are few eating entities that aren’t included. Even vending machines and amusement parks will have calories of their food clearly visible to the consumer.

However, I ask that we keep some things in mind. Let’s not limit our knowledge of these items to just calories. Foods high in fat and sugar can still seem to have an acceptable calorie amount. Under these new regulations, additional nutritional information will be available upon request, don’t hesitate to ask.

As Americans, one-third of what we consume (either eat or drink), is consumed away from home, lessening our chances to really know how much we are eating. This is an opportunity to better track your calories, and creates better conditions for people trying to lose weight to adhere to their diet.

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, New York Times

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Take it Off, Keep it Off


Once we have lost our desired weight we sometimes find that keeping it off maybe equally as difficult as losing it. We’re often told that a gradual weight loss process would be more conducive to keeping the pounds off as compared to more rapid weight loss. However there’s a recent study that combats that thought process.

Recent study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology concluded that the rate you lose weight at has little to no bearing on regaining the weight. When it comes to regaining weight you lost it maybe more of a matter of bad habits developed during losing weight as opposed to how long it took you to lose it.

You may alter your diet strictly to lose weight instead of leading a healthy lifestyle, meaning your diet may not acclimate well when you reach your target weight. It’s possible that you slip right back into those food pitfalls that you were once in, causing a regain of weight.

It could also be the “I made it” factor, where you reach your goal and think the job is done. Once you reached your goal of a target weight, you’re next goal should be doing what it takes to keep it off. Remember, journeys like this don’t necessarily end, but you don’t want to have to keep going back to the starting point either.

I say all this to say that although studies like this aren’t on a person-by-person basis, the results do make sense. Hopefully while we’re losing weight we are developing good habits along the way that will be beneficial for keeping the weight off.

 Links: The Lancet, Diabetes in Control, Medical Xpress

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