8 Weight-Loss Tips That Might Surprise You (From New Research)

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Exercise should not be something you dread or avoid doing. It can be an activity you enjoy, whether it is a dance class, bicycling, or other form of constant movement, the key is to stay engaged.
The same thing applies to the foods we eat. They should be nutritious and enjoyed.
This article points out ways to keep you mentally focused on staying healthy, without pushing difficult or unrealistic expectations your way.
As long as we incorporate a healthy life change into our daily routine, we will succeed in our goals.
In fitness, Bob

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Some of these tips on weight loss and comfort food, exercise, the emotions and more might surprise you.

1. Look at loads of pictures of food

It’s the most unlikely weight-loss trick ever: looking at endless pictures of foods can make them less enjoyable to eat, a recent study has found.

While a few photos might enhance the appetite, contrary to what you’d expect, people are actually put off the taste by looking at loads of pictures of food.

Professor Ryan Elder, who led the study, which is published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, said:

“In a way, you’re becoming tired of that taste without even eating the food.
It’s sensory boredom — you’ve kind of moved on. You don’t want that taste experience any more.”

2. Play Tetris (or similar)

Just three minutes of playing Tetris can reduce cravings for food, cigarettes and alcohol, according to a new…

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Coconut Oil: Why You Should Include it in Your Diet

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If you have been on the fence about trying coconut oil for cooking or for health/fitness reasons, this is a great resource by blogger, Tony; One Regular Guy Writing about Food, Exercise and Living Longer.

I enjoy mixing coconut oil into my smoothies, taking it plain, or for cooking, seafood especially. It adds such a tropical touch. No matter how you choose to use it, it is a healthy addition. Coconut Oil: Why You Should Include it in Your Diet.

The Perfect Diet, or What Would Jack Say?

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Do not follow TV, radio, internet or celebrity hype. The perfect diet is the one you follow, and that allows you to achieve your goal. Which ultimately is long term health. Diet is a your daily maintenance of nutrition through intake.

So Now that brings us to Jack. Who’s Jack? I am referring to fitness guru Jack LaLanne. Born in 1914 and passed away in 2011. He opened what is believed to be the nations first health and fitness club, in Oakland, California. Long before infomercials and celebrity diets, there was The Godfather of Fitness. His television show ran from 1951-1985.

Jack LaLanne believed that if you practiced moderation, ate the most natural foods, and exercised on a regular basis, that you could attain maximum body health and fitness.

Having said this, I want to pass on some LaLanneisms.

Anything in life is possible if you make it happen.

Anything in life is possible and you can make it possible.

Your waistline is your lifeline.

Exercise is King, nutrition is Queen, put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.

If man makes it, don’t eat it.

Your health account is like your bank account: The more you put in, the more you can take out.

Health is wealth.

In fitness, Bob

Recipe for Exercise

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If you took some commitment, added in some perseverance and sweat, a dash of willingness, and then tossed it gently with your favorite goals, would you be happy with the outcome?

I would like your feedback on exercise. Don’t stop reading yet, I’m not asking for money. I know everyone in the blogging world puts their thoughts and/or ideas out to share, or to invoke an interest. That is what this is for me. This will take no more time than reading and replicating a recipe, so think of this as your recipe for exercise. As with all good recipes, please share this with your friends or reblog if you wish. Not everyone exercises, I get that. If you fall into that category,  please send me your families most guarded recipe. (Lasagna, cookies, pie, soup, you get the picture:)

Being relatively new to blogging and writing exercise prescriptions, I am looking for advice from my fellow bloggers and Facebook followers. What would your ideal recipe for exercise be? A recipe that you would make again, or commit yourself to. I have written a list of questions for my curiosity, but am also open to your personal creativity as well. I will be most grateful for your time and input.

Remember, this does not have to involve a gym or kitchen, you can exercise and cook outside. Just be careful to leave a safety zone around the grill. Of course I’m kidding, but seriously, be safe.

What do you do for exercise? Do you have a favorite routine or piece of equipment that you prefer? Is there an exercise or piece of equipment that you have always wanted to learn but for whatever reason have not? If you hired a Personal Trainer, what would you expect from him/her? Would you incorporate a guideline for your nutrition/eating habits? Would you dedicate a certain amount of time to working out, and if so how often? If you became comfortable with an exercise, would you be willing to try something different? You stayed with me this far, you might as well let me know what you think. Go ahead, I can take it.

Thank you, Bob

You can email your recipe to me at;  bob@guidancefitnesspt.com

Happy Monday!

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Happy Monday!

For most of you, it is time to get back to work, catch up on where you left off last week and maybe hit the gym. If you are like some people, you over indulged this past Thanksgiving, I did. I also know I need to get back on track. I am not going to beat myself up or live with regret that I ate apple pie, broccoli & cheese casserole, more than one portion of dark meat, some fruity cream cheese dessert, or scalloped potatoes, oh yeah and some chili. The truth is, I was mindful of my portions and I do not eat like this often.

My Thanksgiving was spread out over multiple households, and because I exercise, my metabolism is good. I know that living in guilt is not healthy, therefore I choose to move ahead.

My happiness will come from knowing that I will be back into my exercise routine, maybe even a little extra tomorrow. For those of you that are feeling a little ashamed of yourself, be proactive about your choice and begin this week fresh and happy.

Pack yourself a nutritious lunch, be mindful of the portions, drink plenty of water, and get up once in awhile and move around. Do you have a gym membership? Get back in there, you will have plenty of company.

The holiday season can be a difficult weight gain time for many. Emotions run rampant throughout the holidays and can cause stress eating. Others may feel compelled to overindulge at office parties, or with friends. Be mindful of who you choose to be around. If you are next to the buffet table, you will probably hit it more often. Grab a smaller plate if there is an option or have a light snack before you go. Stay filled up on water. Move around and mingle, you will be less apt to overeat.

I started a new client this past weekend, and am proud to say that the client did not want to wait until after the holidays to begin. This will be a huge advantage! So, set the mood for your week with a Happy Monday! Press forward and put these positive steps into place. You have an entire new year, and life, just around the corner. Don’t wait to make a resolution that you will begin something later. Do it now!

In fitness, Bob