Archive for June, 2011

5 Ways to Stick to Your Weight-Loss Plan When You’re Busy

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Keeping up with a weight-loss program is hard enough on its own, let alone when you’re busy. All it takes is one day to fall back on unhealthy habits. Here are some tips for you to stick to your weight-loss plan even when you don’t have time.

1.  Plan ahead

When we’re on the go, we may opt for fast food because it’s quick and easy. Try to pack a lunch before work or decide the day before where you will buy a healthy meal. By planning your meals ahead of time, you are more likely to make choices in line with your weight-loss goals. The same is true for working out. If you set aside time in your schedule to workout, you will be more inclined to actually do so. Group fitness classes are a great way to schedule your workouts ahead of time.

2.  Choose wisely

If you’re unable to plan ahead, it is important to be able to choose what you eat wisely. There are always those days when we are running late and don’t have time to eat breakfast at home. This does not give you an excuse to indulge in that box of donuts or pastries at the office. Instead, pick up a healthy breakfast before you can even be tempted by goodies at work. Some healthy on the go breakfast options are protein bars and fruits such as apples and bananas.

3.  Sneak in exercise

There are plenty of ways to burn extra calories without being at the gym. Instead of driving to work, walk or ride your bike. If you do drive, park a little further away. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Go for a walk during your lunch break. Making these simple changes to your day will keep you on the path to weight-loss.

4.  Maintain your metabolism

One of the biggest mistakes we tend to make when we’re busy is skipping meals. When you miss a meal, your body goes into starvation mode and your metabolism slows down. Going for long periods without eating also encourages you to overeat later. Eating frequently accustoms your body to burn calories at a constant rate and prevents weight gain. Be sure to eat three meals per day and include healthy snacks between meals.

5.  Don’t forget the H2O

Recent studies suggest that drinking more water throughout the day, especially before meals, can help you lose weight. Take a water bottle with you to work so you are not tempted to drink high calorie beverages. Water helps keep you feeling satiated and its hydrating effects will keep you energized all day.

So don’t let your busy schedule keep you from losing weight.

Why am I Farting and How Do I Stop?

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

During a meeting, while on a date… You always seem to fart at the absolute worst times. Aside from being physically uncomfortable, you’re completely mortified. Why are you so gassy anyway? More importantly, how can you stop? Here are a few facts to know about farting.

It’s in the air

Oftentimes, gas occurs when we swallow too much air. Some activities that may cause you to do so include chewing gum, smoking and eating or drinking too quickly. Limiting these activities/tendencies can greatly reduce your gassiness.

You fart what you eat

Certain types of foods are known to cause gas. Here are the main culprits:

  • Foods high in starch and soluble fiber (i.e. potatoes, pasta, oats, peas)
  • Fatty foods (i.e. buffalo wings, ground meat, doughnuts)
  • Sorbitol (found in fruits and used in diet products as an artificial sweetener)

Is it just gas?

It’s possible that the gas you are experiencing is a symptom of an underlying condition. A few of the most common include lactose or gluten intolerance and irritable bowl syndrome. Also, any disruption of normal bacteria in your digestive track will cause you to have excess gas. This often happens while taking certain medications, especially antibiotics, or when you’re body is unable to properly absorb carbohydrates. When in doubt, call your doc.

Gas be gone

Here are a few quick tips to help you stop passing gas:

  • Limit any activity that may cause you to swallow excess air
  • Stay away from foods that cause gas
  • Treat the underlying condition (if you have one)
  • Go for a walk after you eat
  • Try a natural enzyme such as Beano

By following these tips, you’ll be able to say goodbye to gas for good.