Eat Your Way To Your "Summer Body."

Eat Your Way To Your "Summer Body."

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Summer is right around the corner. That means swimsuits, shorts, and sundresses. I get that 'Summer Body' is a thing that people care about, but I also want everyone to understand that dieting is not always healthy.

Dieting can have a negative effect on both your mental and physical health. Despite diets being a helpful, and often quick, way to lose weight, they are usually followed by binge eating. Diets are inconsistent and are later reversed by the regaining of lost weight and more. The instability that is attached to dieting is detrimental to long term health. Somehow, however, people make dieting sound so appealing, but how could such a restrictive plan be healthy?


The fluctuation of weight is accompanied by a multitude of connected side effects that harm your physical health. According to doctors from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, N.C., it has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Dieting puts stress on the body through starvation and sudden eating, which results in dramatic changes to your body.

Mentally, diets can be detrimental. Along with depression and body insecurities, a study from the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior showed that the younger people are when they begin dieting, the more likely they are to self-harm in the future.

Studies show that it takes 21 days to build a habit, many diets last a significantly less amount of time. They are looked to as quick fixes, however, a healthy lifestyle, could last forever.

It is not necessary to completely cut out your favorite foods from your diet, but by cutting the amount back or including fruits and vegetables into your meals, you will be a the road to a healthier life.

Here are a few tips to living a healthy life and feeling confident this summer!

1. Drink a lot of water!!!

Drink a glass of water before every meal and, of course, regularly throughout the day.

2. Exercise!

Even if it's just for 15 minutes, get up and move around.

3. Include fruits and vegetables in your meals!!

They'll fill you up so you aren't hungry or craving junk throughout the day.

4. Don't skip breakfast!!

You know what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

5. Stay positive

Things take time, but you'll feel great when you reach your end goal.

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I Drank Lemon Water For A Week And Here's What Happened

It has already changed my life.

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There are so many health crazes out there now, it's hard to tell what actually works and what doesn't; or more importantly what is healthy and what is making your body worse. I read about simply drinking lemon water and I figured that didn't sound gross or bad for me so I figured I would give it a try. I've been drinking it consistently for a week and a half and I already notice some results.

I've never been a fan of lemon in my water, I always refuse it at restaurants. You definitely have to find your sweet spot in lemon to water ratio, in what tastes good to you. I personally cut the lemon into quarters and use on quarter per day. I put the lemon quarter in the bottle and then continuously fill with water throughout the day. I still get the yummy lemon flavor all day because I do not squeeze the lemon. It took about a bottle or two to get used to the lemon flavor, and now I just crave it.

Lemon water is supposed to speed up your metabolism. Obviously, a week is not long enough to tell if this is fact or fiction but I have noticed a change in appetite. I feel like I do not get hungry as often as I did before. I saw this effect within 24-48 hours of starting the experiment. This seems opposite to a fast metabolism but we'll see.

I definitely feel more hydrated with lemon water. I drink a lot of water anyways, about 80 oz a day but for some reason with the lemon, it makes me feel better. I don't feel as sluggish, I'm not getting hot as easily, and my skin feels amazing. I am slightly skeptical though because the lemon almost makes my tongue dry requiring me to drink more water, so I have upped my intake by about 20oz. I'm unsure if the hydration is due to the extra water, the lemon, or both!

My face is clearing up and feels so much softer too, in only a week! I have not gotten a new pimple since I have started my lemon water kick, may be coincidence but I'm not going to argue with it.

I also feel skinnier as I feel like I'm not holding as much water weight. I only exercise lightly, for the most part, walking around a mile or two a day so we can eliminate exercise factor to the slender feeling.

I have a messy stomach. Everything upsets it, and even though lemons are very acidic, they have not affected me in a negative way at all. It almost seems like the lemon water is helping me digest the difficult foods that my stomach doesn't like. I'm nowhere near a doctor so don't trust my word but it seems to be working for me.

From the effects I've felt so far, it also seems like lemon water may be a great hangover cure! I haven't tried it but I don't see why it wouldn't work. I can't say a negative thing about drinking lemon water so far expect you have to buy the lemons! If you try this for yourself though just make sure you are using an enamel saving mouthwash or toothpaste since lemons aren't so great for your teeth.

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8 Ways To Jumpstart Those Dreaded Monday Mornings

Last month I bought a coffee maker, and it's saved me money and time in the morning.

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I can honestly say that I never considered myself a morning person. I would much rather sleep in and avoid my responsibilities but that is not the way to have a productive day. I recently started doing these eight things every morning and I've found that it's much easier to get up and I get more done during the day.

1. Set your alarm and plug your phone far away from your bed

This one is really easy, and it helps you get one of your hardest tasks out of the way, actually getting out of bed. Now that you're up you can begin to tackle the day instead of letting it defeat you before you're even out of bed.

2. Drink a glass of lemon water

Now I'm sure you've heard this before, but it does have a significant impact on my day. It wakes me up and is also a popular remedy for acne and dry skin.

3. Make your bed

Making your bed helps you feel like you've already accomplished something even though it's actually a small task. It also prevents you from getting back in your bed which is something I used to do all the time.

4. Brush your teeth and wash your face

Brushing your teeth and washing your face are tasks that should be done sooner rather than later. In the morning it's important to do the tasks that wake you up first, so you're ready to tackle the tasks you don't like.

5. Prepare for the day with a breathing ritual

I've read about breathing rituals before but would never have tried one until I downloaded the app "Sanity&Self;," which is a free application that contains workouts and personal growth podcasts. I listen to "Embrace the New Day!" and it's only 2 minutes long, but it helps me prepare for my day.

6. Plan to be active during the day

Whether it's setting aside time to go to the gym and workout or planning to go for a walk around campus being active is very important! It's much easier to make time to be active when you pick a specific time and place to do so.

7. Make coffee at home

I used to rush out the door late every morning and end up buying an overpriced cup of coffee. Last month I bought a coffee maker, and it's saved me money and time in the morning. I ordered a Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Maker on Amazon for $34. It's inexpensive, and all you need is ground coffee and your favorite creamer.

8. Eat breakfast

It's so cliche, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you don't eat breakfast, you'll end up overeating at lunchtime, and you won't have as much energy throughout the day. When I'm in a rush, I eat a protein bar, and if I have more time, I'll make two eggs and a smoothie.

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