5 Rules to Keep that Weight From Coming Back

You’ve put in the hard work. You’ve sweated it out. And likely it was all tough at first. Now that you’ve lost weight, the last thing you’d want to do is pack it back on. So instead, let’s talk about how to keep it off.

80% of those who lose weight gain it right back. We want youto be a part of that other 20%, and we’ve got some tips to make that lifelong goal a little easier.

Follow these 5 rules to help keep that energy going up, and that weight off, forever!

80/20 Rule

#1: The 80/20 Rule

Keep 80% of the food you eat daily within the clean, good-for-you category. As for the other 20%, let it be fun. This will help you build a positive relationship with food, and prevent you from feeling deprived, which will also help to eliminate your desire to binge on junk food. Balance and moderation are the keys to long term success. Read the rest of this entry »

The sweetest Valentine’s Day treat for you and your body

Dark chocolate healthy

By: Carissa Janay

Feeling your sweet tooth heating up as this Valentine’s Day rolls around? Are you ready for a date with some Ben and Jerry’s? Wait just a minute. Just because Valentine’s Day is a holiday largely linked to candy consumption, it does not mean you have to blow all your goals. There is a healthy (and sweet) way to indulge in your favorite Valentine’s treat: Chocolate.

Did someone say chocolate?!

Simply stated, what the studies show: When eaten responsibly – i.e. in moderation – chocolate has plenty of health benefits.

The catch? Not all chocolate is created equal: To gain the benefits, stick to the dark stuff. First, dark chocolate lacks the dairy and sugar that milk chocolate has so it contains less calories, sugar and fat, automatically making it a better choice.

Second, when dark chocolate is at least 70% cacao, it contains phenols. What are phenols you ask? They’re plant compounds that support heart health, proper brain function, and even help control blood sugar levels. Think of them as you would of the antioxidants of red wine. As with wine, however, moderation is key. Even those phenols can’t redeem you from too much indulgence.

Finally, dark chocolate has been shown to release the same chemicals (phenylethylamine or PEA) in your body that your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. So sweet!

The takeaway: Save the candy hearts for their sayings, not your mouth, and instead let your taste buds say “be mine” to some chocolate. Just make sure to keep it of the dark variety, and share it with those you love. Sharing is caring, and moderation is key!