DIETING – THE 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD AVOID

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We all fall for the low fat labels and might have gone on one of those crazy crash diets in anticipation of the summer months. Molly Jennings of online luxury wellbeing magazine Hip and Healthy writes about these common mistakes and why it’s important to avoid them.

At Hip & Healthy, we are strong believers in using the “No Diet” approach to achieving a healthy and happy body. We’re all about nourishing the body with clean, whole foods that haven’t been injected with all sorts of nastiness or haven’t been processed to such a state that it’s unrecognisable! Ew! Seriously though, diets aren’t exactly appealing are they? You feel deprived, completely obsessed with food and you become the grumpiest human being on the planet! Where’s the fun in that? This week we’ve put together the top diet pitfalls that you should definitely be avoiding and why they could be damaging your hard efforts to achieving the bikini body you deserve!

Crash Diets
There’s a reason why they’re called “crash” diets! When we restrict or cut out certain food groups from our diets, our energy (and willpower) levels take a huge beating, and we quite literally crash! This is so detrimental to our bodies and it can cause us to go into the whole yoyo dieting frame of mind. By the end of the week (if you can manage to even get that far!) you’ll most likely revert back to old eating habits that can lead to you weighing more than before you started.

“Low-Fat” Products
Ah, the low-fat debate. Surely foods labelled as “low-fat” are healthy for us? Wrong. Next time you go to pick up a “low-fat” product, think sugar laden, chemical storm! So many low-fat foods are loaded with sugar and toxins that our bodies were never designed to process…and if we can’t process them, where do they go? Nowhere, they just sit in our bodies creating a toxin build up. This can cause havoc on our hormones, energy levels and ability to fight disease. Instead, load up on good fats like avocados and nuts.

Skipping Breakfast
Skipping breakfast is a big no-no. Many people skip breakfast (aka the most delicious meal of the day!) because they are lead to believe that reducing their calorie intake will help them lose weight. In truth, skipping breakfast is one of the worst things you can do for your body. Think about it, you’ve just gone an average of 10 hours without eating so in order to “break the fast” you need to eat in the mornings. Failing to do so will cause your body to go into starvation mode, turning your body on a fat storing mode rather than fat burning. Another reason not to skip breakfast is because come 11 o’clock, the hunger pangs will hit and those office muffins will look super appealing!

“Diet” Drinks
Similar to the low-fat scenario, “diet” drinks will do more harm than good. Mostly loaded with unpronounceable chemicals, it’s best to stick to homemade smoothies, juices and water.

Not enough snacking
Going for hours in between meals without fuelling your body, can be more detrimental to your health than you might think. A bit like the starvation mode, if your body senses your not feeding yourself enough to sustain yourself, your body will cleverly try to combat that by slowing down your metabolism and the rate at which your body burns fat, leaving you feeling very tired and lethargic. Try snacking on high protein snacks like hummus with raw veggie sticks, nut butter topped oatcakes or, if your feeling creative, make these Superfood Chocolate Energy Balls.

Article and image provided by Hip & Healthy

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Getting More Social About Dieting

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Social media has woven its way through every aspect of our lives, it seems — and the weight loss market is no exception. From companies looking to harness the platform to attract new customers, to consumers looking for the safest plans and best deals, everyone has hopped on the social networking bandwagon.

If you’re looking to drop a little holiday weight — or have some more serious, long-term weight loss goals — here are a few ways social media can help:

The Importance of Support

First, it’s important to understand that the support you receive from friends and family plays a major role in your weight loss success. Numerous studies and experts have backed up this fact:

  • In an article published by the American Psychological Association, the group stated that social support provides significant help to those trying to lose weight and can be more effective than trying to lose weight alone. The article quoted a study showing that those who participated in group weight loss programs lost an average of 11% of their weight, compared to 9% lost by those going it alone.
  • In a 2010 study of an online weight loss community conducted by researchers at the University of Texas, internet weight loss forums were found to help participants lose weight — and keep it off. Researchers noted that many people trying to lose weight don’t have a local support system, making the internet support even more crucial to their success.
  • A study conducted by the National Weight Control Registry and quoted by the University of Chicago – Medicine showed that people who lost weight and attended bi-monthly support meetings for a year managed to keep all of their weight off. Those who didn’t attend the meetings gained back almost half of what they’d lost.

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Weight Loss Brands

Weight Watchers has perhaps the biggest social media strategy among weight loss companies. The brand has embraced the medium in a big way, delivering health tips and weight loss expertise to their community.

The brand also encourages members to connect via the company’s Facebook and Twitter profiles, as well as its YouTube channel. Customers can also find promotional offers on the Weight Watchers Facebook and Twitter pages.

Jenny Craig also has a strong social media presence. The company posts health and diet tips, inspirational quotes, and member success stories.

Dieting with Twitter

Twitter’s hashtags provide a great way to search for weight loss topics and experts. They can also help you stay on track as you start your weight loss journey.

By following weight loss experts, you can find articles and tips to help you drop the pounds. And by posting about your workouts and eating plan, you can get your followers to help keep you accountable.

Weight Loss with Facebook

Facebook is another great source for finding weight loss experts and brands. Following their pages will give you access to articles they share, along with tips, inspiration, and conversation with others trying to lose weight.

You can also create your own Facebook community to chart your progress and get encouragement from friends and followers. Posting recipes, articles, helpful websites, and videos can help create a fun, engaging atmosphere that will help keep everyone motivated.

Tracking Progress with Instagram and Pinterest

Want to create a more visual record of your weight loss efforts? Instagram and Pinterest have got you covered.

From photos of your body as you lose the pounds, to pictures of clothes you’d like to fit into, to tasty and healthy dishes you’ve prepared, these social photo sites can help you chart your goals.

Finding the Best Products

Social media can also help you find products and services, and get reviews. You can research the safety and effectiveness of various weight loss supplements, or check out what others are saying about Weight Watchers and other companies.

Social media is also a great place to ask for and find reviews of fitness equipment and other tools to help you get in shape. Here, too, use hashtags and platform-specific search tools to help you find the most relevant information.

Weight loss strategies that include a support system are far more effective than going it alone. By harnessing your social networks, you can get the support you need, along with tips and tricks to keep you on track.

About The Author

Freelance blogger Angie Mansfield covers a variety of subjects for consumers and small business owners, including marketing and social media.

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