6 Shocking Reasons You're Overweight
The Fix: Put down your phone. Turn off the TV. Step away from your computer. Eat dinner at the table. Take your time eating, and enjoy it! Facebook can wait...
2. Working out (without working out the math)
The Fix: Get yourself a fitness tracker to monitor your personal calorie burn -- our beloved FitBit will do the work for you! And while it's a good idea to replenish yourself after a workout, don't go overboard: Click here for some healthy post-exercise snacks, and pay attention to those calorie counts!
3. Your daily smoothie/protein shake/green juice
The Fix: DIY with low-calorie ingredients like frozen fruit (no sugar added), unsweetened almond milk, and natural no-calorie sweeteners. Don't forget to measure everything out! If you're grabbing a drink from your local shop, see if nutritional info is available, and ask for an ingredient breakdown.
4. Resolving never to eat any *fill in the blank*
The Fix: First, find swaps. If French fries are your forever love, try baked veggie fries. If you crave ice cream, look for low-calorie, portion-controlled frozen treats, like the protein-packed bars by Enlightened. And second: Cut yourself some slack. The occasional indulgence won’t undo all your weight-loss efforts; an all-or-nothing attitude might.
5. Not eating enough during the day
The Fix: Prioritize! Make sure you enjoy a satisfying breakfast and a filling midday meal. (Even if you have a big event in the evening... In fact, especially then!) If lack of time is the problem, check out these make-ahead breakfasts and these on-the-go lunches. And don't forget your emergency snacks!
6. Filling your diet with "healthy" foods
The Fix: Read. Those. Numbers. Become an unapologetic package flipper. If that organic yogurt catches your eye, great -- read the nutrition panel. Still interested? Get it! Shocked by what you see? Put it back. And remember to check that "servings per container" info!
Chew on this:
Happy Martin Luther King Day, everybody. If you have the day off, use some of that free time to prep make-ahead meals for later this week... Here are a couple of recent favorites.
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