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Use your phone to achieve your health goals

In Health and Wellness by Garcia Weight Loss August 13th, 2018

Smartphones get a bad rap these days. So many people are seemingly addicted to their screens, and many health experts say that smartphones encourage sedentary lifestyles and other unhealthy habits. But a smartphone can be a powerful tool to help you achieve health goals if you use it properly. Try these tips for using your smartphone to help you stay on track and build healthy habits: Get active Exercise apps are available for all ages …

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3 things to do when starting a new diet plan

In Health and Wellness by Garcia Weight Loss July 25th, 2018

If you’re thinking of adopting a new diet plan, it’s important to give yourself the best possible start. While you may have an idea of what and how much to eat, there’s much more to this journey than food choices. Before you dive into a healthier lifestyle, it’s best to mentally prepare yourself for the journey so you can push through any bumps in the road. Use these tips now and keep them in mind …

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From the doc: Proper portion control for weight loss

In Weight Loss by Garcia Weight Loss July 25th, 2018

One of the biggest misconceptions about weight loss is that if you eat a lot of “healthy” foods, you’ll drop pounds. But losing weight is, unfortunately, not that simple. How much you eat matters just as much as what you eat. This is where portion control comes in. Portion control means that no matter what food you’re eating, you pay attention to how much you’re consuming in that serving. You know the portion size that is …

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From the doc: Use a food journal to identify patterns and triggers

In Health and Wellness by Garcia Weight Loss June 28th, 2018

Do you keep track of what you eat and drink? A Kaiser Permanente study of more than 1,600 people found that those who kept a daily food journal lost twice as much weight over 6 months compared to those who did not journal. Tracking what (as well as when and why) you eat can reveal important insights into your personal habits and nutrition. You may discover that you’re eating more than you realize, you reach …

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16 easy ways to lose weight

In Weight Loss by Garcia Weight Loss March 8th, 2018

Weight loss can be challenging. As much as we want to find that one magic secret that makes the weight melt away, there isn’t one. Sustainable weight loss is often a matter of building small, consistent, healthy habits that culminate in big changes over time. The good news is, there are nearly endless ways you can modify your daily lifestyle to lose weight and be healthier. You may be engaging in unhealthy habits that contribute …

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Why having written goals is important

In Health and Wellness by Garcia Weight Loss December 22nd, 2017

It’s that time of year when we start thinking about goals for next year. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Research suggests that roughly 50 percent of Americans do, but only about 8 percent actually achieve them. It turns out, there’s a science to goal setting, and taking the right steps can greatly increase your likelihood of accomplishing what you want to. One of those steps is writing your goals down. It may sound simple, …

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7 things to do BEFORE you try to lose weight

In Weight Loss by Garcia Weight Loss December 5th, 2017

Exercising regularly and eating nutritious foods are healthy behaviors that can help you reach your weight-loss goals. But before you hit the gym or go on a diet, there are steps you can take to set yourself up for success and help you meet your goals. Without proper planning and execution, your fitness routine, diet, and new healthy lifestyle could backfire and halt your weight-loss progress altogether. Looking to lose excess weight? Follow these seven …

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How to stop emotional eating

In Weight Loss by Garcia Weight Loss April 12th, 2018

Indulging in certain foods for reasons of celebration and comfort is a normal part of human culture. It’s okay to treat yourself to a piece of cake for your child’s birthday, or a warm bowl of macaroni and cheese on a chilly fall evening — even when you’re trying to lose weight. But when you frequently find yourself turning to unhealthy comfort foods at times of stress or boredom, it’s possible you may be using …

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How practicing gratitude can improve your health

In Health and Wellness by Garcia Weight Loss October 30th, 2017

Is giving thanks good for your health? More and more research is indicating that practicing gratitude can have a significant impact on a person’s health and overall well-being. Gratitude helps us feel more connected with ourselves and our environment. It essentially has the opposite effect on the body as stress, which can elevate blood pressure and increase the risk of heart disease. Because stress triggers hormones that contribute to weight gain, using a daily gratitude …

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Weird weight-loss tips that work

In Weight Loss by Garcia Weight Loss October 13th, 20170 Comments

If you’ve ever set out to lose weight, chances are you’ve tried at least one crazy fad diet or wacky weight-loss product that failed to deliver on its promise. Sometimes it can be difficult to resist some of these appealing weight-loss methods — especially if you’re aiming for instant results. Unfortunately, the weight-loss market is flooded with useless products and methods largely ineffective at helping you slim down, and that may even hinder your progress. …