8 Ways You Can Kickstart Your Weight Loss Journey Right Now!

8 Ways You Can Kickstart Your Weight Loss Journey Right Now!

Looking to start a Kickstart Weight loss Journey?

With over 6 months into the new year, you’re probably like many other people who have found yourself evaluating yourself to determine if you have lived up to your new years weight loss resolution. Maybe you, like many others promised yourself that you would lose 10 lbs by mid year or perhaps maybe you said you would start eating healthier and now that mid year has arrived you haven’t done any of the things you have set to achieve. While it may be discouraging to be midway through the year and still not seeing weight loss, theres still hope for your journey. Here are five ways you can kickstart your weight loss journey right now.

1. Eat Breakfast

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Contrary to popular belief, skipping meals is not the way you lose weight. In fact, if you skip breakfast alone you are risking your ability to kick off your metabolism each day. Skipping breakfast causes your body to operate at a slower pace and the slower your body moves the more chances you are to overeat during the day. Dietitians recommend that when eating breakfast that you eat balanced, high fiber grains that also include fruit and protein.

2. Snacking Between Meals

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Many people assume that eating in between meals could cause you to gain weight but in fact the total opposite is true but only if you’re eating healthy snacks. If you’re a busy 9-5 person or entrepreneur you may want to pack your snacks into small one serving containers to insure you’re not over consuming. Even over-consumption of the good stuff could lead to over eating.

3. Ask For Take Home Containers Before You Eat Out

If you are a person who usually overeats when you go out to dinner, ask for a to go plate before you begin your meal. This will make it easier for you to avoid overeating especially now that restaurant portion sizes are continuing to increase in size.

4. Eat With Your Non-Dominant Hand

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This may seem a little odd but that’s the point. Eating with your non- dominant hand will not only be uncomfortable but it will stop you from eating too much during your next meal.

5. Drink Water

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Most people don’t drink enough water during the day. Not even the biggest athletes in the world. Staying hydrated is not only great for your health but it’s also a great factor in helping you feel full especially when you’re experiencing hunger pains. Some experts even suggests that when you drink water as oppose to other high calorie drinks, you are allowing yourself the opportunity to be saved from empty calories. If you still are unsure how many glasses of water you should drink each day, start small. Consider drinking one glass of water with every meal and snack you have throughout the day.

6. Eat Whole Grains

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If you're having a hard time determine what types of foods you should eat, consider whole grains with low sugar. This will easily have you feeling much fuller while consuming less calories. It is also a great way to help your body in its’ fight against heart disease and other health problems.

7. Add in 10 Minutes of Physical Activity

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Studies have shown that adding 10 minutes of exercise in your day can jumpstart your weightless journey practically overnight. Additionally, exercise has also been known to have a positive impact on your metabolism. Bear in mind however, just because you are exercising more does not mean it’s now time for you to start eating more cupcakes.

8. Remember Why You Started

Ever heard the popular slogan, mind over matter? The same is true when it comes to weight loss. If you want to insure that you are losing weight at the pace you would like, remind yourself of exactly why you started your weight loss journey. Did you start because you wanted to be healthier? Did you start because you wanted to live longer? Whatever that reason is, continue to recall that one reason especially on the days that you feel like giving up.

Losing weight doesn’t have to be a daunting task. In fact, losing weight can be the beginning of your best life yet and how you handle it is solely in your hands.

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How We Can Help Millennials With Mental Illnesses

Make Mental Health Less Taboo.

Over the course of my childhood, there have been people here and there who, including myself, have suffered from various mental illnesses. But recently, as I began college, I noticed more and more people having to deal with severe mental issues. Why is this happening? Were they always there and I just noticed? Or are we at that age where our brains are put under so much pressure that they cannot handle it without some type of medication?

This is a subject that has bothered me for a while. In high school, I had to tip-toe around others to hide that I'm dealing with things like anxiety and depression. But in college, as you are scrolling through your social media accounts, there are many jokes that normalize these mental illnesses. They become those "relatable" memes that everyone "likes." These memes include "funny" captions like "Netflix and Avoid People"

or "Me to me," with Kermit the frog talking to himself about self-destructive behaviors.

Not that comic relief isn't a good thing, but that makes it so normal that people don't understand the actual amount of suffering that happens while you are experiencing mental illnesses. There are "funny" memes where there are fake text messages saying phrases such as "I'm in the middle of a mental breakdown, you? / Just got through a mental breakdown."

While this is light, the main issue isn't addressed. Why are millennials (people approximately 18-early 30s) suffering from these mental illnesses?

My theory is that as we develop into adults, much like a sorting hat, it seems we are each assigned a battle to fight as we develop into who we are supposed to be. Maybe we are healthy children, but the habits we develop as adults cause some type of mental or physical illness.

According to an article for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):

"Millennials are often referred to as the 'anxious generation.' They were the first to grow up with the constant overflow of the Internet and social media. The Internet can make life better, but it can also make life complicated, as Millennials often compare their personal and professional achievements to everyone else’s. This can result in low self-esteem and insecurity."

The article is right about social media causing low self esteem. I know when I was growing from a teen into an adult, I started to want to be friends with certain people because they looked "cool" on Facebook and Instagram. I diminished my achievements because it didn't seem "good enough" to match everyone else's. I'm not saying social media causes that actual chemical imbalance that is a mental illness, but it certainly doesn't help it.

Also, as I said before, maybe it's the fact that we are given more pressure somewhere, starting from the most important year in high school- junior year -and all throughout college when we are trying to figure out our career paths. We have deadlines, are expected to manage our time between rest, work, school, maintaining appearance and a social life. I know for a FACT if you have no social life, and I've had that, it can lead to depression; a socal life is just as important as the other parts of life.

I like to reference the mental and emotional health pyramid, also known as Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs:

The pyramid is not properly taught growing up and should be included in the school health curriculum. Now I'm not saying that knowing all these things will actually deter the medical problem that is mental illness, but it will give you at least an idea of what important factors to focus on in your life. Also, therapy is still a taboo subject. Therapy is not just for people with mental illnesses; it is like having a life coach. And it is all about you. THAT is what needs to be normalized. WHY so many people experience health problems at this age; I'm not a doctor so I don't know, but we can help each other by opening a discussion about it.

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The 5 Best iPhone Fitness Apps

I'm workin' on my fitness.

Turns out, your phone can be used for more than just scrolling through Instagram or endless online shopping (Although, let’s be real, many of us would be fine if that were all it could do). There is a plethora of health and fitness apps on the market, that, when used correctly, can be very beneficial in one’s journey to a healthier lifestyle. If you are anything like me, I am obsessed with finding (cheap) new apps that somehow enhance my life. And when it comes to health and fitness, these are the 5 best ones that I have found so far:

1. Yoga Studio: Mind & Body

Price: $1.99 per month

There are many things to love about Yoga Studio. The session lengths range from 10 minutes to 60 minutes and target specific areas such as balance and flexibility. My favorite thing about the app is the fact that the yoga for beginners is actually possible for a beginner to do. It is challenging enough to be worth it, but not so difficult for a beginner that it is discouraging. The intensity of the sessions goes all the way up to advanced, and there are classes for certain things such as back pain, deep relaxation, and even prenatal yoga. You can also make your own classes by selecting the poses that you like. You can create a yoga schedule on the app and even link it to the apple health app.

2. Fooducate

Price: Free

Fooducate is a fantastic app. You can search for or scan the bar code of almost food item and the Fooducate app will assign that food a grade, ranging from D to A, based on how healthy it is overall. There are detailed explanations as to why certain foods or brands receive that grade, along with all of the nutritional information of that food, and a list of healthier alternatives. You can also track your caloric intake on the app and find free diet tidbits and healthy recipes.

3. Nike+ Run Club

Price: Free

Nike Run Club must be the best app on the market for runners. The most basic quick start feature tracks how far you run and how long it takes, but the app has many more features. It shows you specifics about your route, pace, and splits. There are also guided runs, where you have a coach in your ear, and you can pick a running plan that lasts either 4 weeks, 8 weeks, or up until an upcoming race. The app has challenges and personal achievements. Music can be played through the app.

4. Meal Time

Price: Free, with some recipes premium.

Mealime is a simple app to navigate with a multitude of healthy recipes, most of them free. You set your eating preferences and can build a personalized meal plan or just check out the recipes. The app details the cookware needed along with the ingredients and instructions needed to make the dish. It is easy to save your favorite recipes so that you can cook them again and again.

5. Sworkit: Abs & Core

Price: Free

While it’s mother app, Sworkit: Workouts & Plans, is not free, this mini-version is. You can select if you want to focus on abs or back strength, as well as the duration of the session, which can be anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour. A Person appears on the screen to demonstrate the workouts while a voice-over talks you through it.

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