Let's Lose Some Weight


Hey, sounds like a pretty good idea, right? All we have to do is consume fewer calories and burn more, and voila, we are thin and trim. So how do we go about it? What’s the plan? Well, we gotta exercise more, eat less meat, avoid trans fats, yada yada yada… wait a minute. What’s that? Are you telling me, health experts at Healthline, that simple nutrition advice like this is not always beneficial?


… Ahem. Pardon?


Hold the phone, Dr. Kim: is it true that drinking too much water is dangerous? I didn’t catch that. Could you repeat it? If I’m hearing you loud and clear, what you’re saying is information we’re often given about cholesterol is inaccurate?


I’m alone. Confused. Frightened. Bewildered. What am I to do? How am I to proceed? Help me, Wellness360! You’re my… uh… my one… my only.. h… ho–.. line?!?!

Let’s take a collective deep breath, dear, dear readers. Breathe in. Release. Let it out. Let it go: the resentment, the frustration, the exasperation, the hate. In fact, heed BeliefNet’s ten tips for coping with anger. Articulate it. Scream it. And remember: we’re here. You don’t have to face this alone. You know what? Rest your head on our shoulder.


There. That’s better. Shh. I know. Now, what you have to do is interpret these simple nutritional guidelines for yourself: there is rarely universal truthiness bereft of some gray area. Understand this. Appreciate the challenge of creating a unique, personalized fitness regiment rather than giving up; for instance, track your daily caloric intake, increase the intensity of your already established workout routine, or take to heart some of the other tips BeliefNet gives for overcoming a stalled diet.

If you’re still at the end of your wellness rope, absorb four of Health.com’s tips for sticking to your diet: concentrate on the small picture, don’t sabotage yourself, ditch the all-or-nothing mentality, and attempt to plan for the curveballs that life hurls your way. Couple a few of their 20 little ways to keep the pounds off (watch coffee calories, sleep better, and keep an exercise journal, to name three) with five more ways to cut calories without losing flavor (like substituting oat flour for regular flour), and bam, you’re  back in the saddle and on the treadmill. Remember: avoid feeling overwhelmed or obligated to do everything on these lists or anything in excess. Do what works for you.


Garfield can get away with this, but for most of us, it’s but a dream; instead, what works for us are quick, cheap, and easy answers to health. Well, for something quick, stock up on the best grab-n-go lunches at the supermarket. Hand-picked by Women’s Health, the list includes delicious and nutritious options for delicacies such as frozen pizza, chili, and mac and cheese. For a cheap, healthy option, discover no cost gardening, which, according to The Daily Green, involves two stalwarts of frugality: very little money and only occasionally leaving the house. To make things even easier, RealSimple offers up solutions to everyday health dilemmas: for example, order dessert over a second glass of wine and eat a donut for breakfast rather than nothing at all.


Maybe take it a little easier on the donuts than Homer, though. Just a thought.

Sometimes, amidst our quick, cheap, and easy lifestyles, a debilitating phenomenon emerges: it’s what wellness360 likes to call the “why am I still hungries?” Relentless, soulless, and chameleon-like, this beast refuses to back down. Fortunately, Healthline says that refined carbs typically make you feel hungrier, and therefore recommends eating foods high in protein, vegetables, fiber, and water. As a bookend, BeliefNet rolls out eight practical steps to staunch “scarfing on the go” and achieve the Zen-like state of mindful eating.


Your moment of Zen

For those of us with families, not only do we have to be quick and easy, but we have to satisfy the urges, cravings, and idiosyncracies of everyone. This… can be daunting. However, feel free to lean on RealSimple and their 7 easy salad suppers or Men’s Health with their healthy, interactive “guy meals made easy” menu. Women’s Health teaches you how to supply your freezer with the healthiest foods in the supermarket, so you’ll always have something healthy on hand and subsequently avoid hastily settling for less.

If you desperately need to get out of the house and take a night off, Men’s Health steps up again with the healthiest restaurant meals in America: from Chili’s to Denny’s to Romano’s Macaroni Grill, they’ve got you covered. HealthCastle gets involved here too, explaining how to still be savvy and healthy when dining out at Mexican restaurants. For example, enjoy beans, grilled chicken, or entrees made with soft flour tortillas rather than excess tortilla chips, ground beef dishes, or dishes made with fried tortillas. As Texas residents, we find this information invaluable.

Yes, please. Uno mas.

Yes, please. Uno mas.

As we sift through the veritable smorgasbord of suggestions, Wellness360 comes to only one irrefutable conclusion: in the words of the Mayo Clinic, a weight-loss program that works for life is not a diet—it’s a lifestyle change. By following broad guidelines like the Mayo Clinic’s healthy weight food pyramid, we find solid ground necessary to accomplishing this goal; if we supplement our efforts with their secrets to a better workout (two examples: pump your arms when you walk, don’t slouch when you weight train), we put ourselves in a position to accomplish it faster.

Within this lifestyle change, we can take a page from HealthCastle and turn our healthy lifestyle into an Earth-friendly ritual when we make small adjustments; as a result, we’re healthy for the benefit of ourselves and the environment, which increases our quality of life in a range of ways. The bottom line is that eating and exercising for the benefit of your body and your planet simplifies your life and saves you money, according to The Daily Green: I ask you, astute readers, what’s not to like about that?


The question is rhetorical, you see.


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