Food as Fuel vs. Food as Enjoyment: Implications for Fat Loss

Eating healthy can be a challenge, although this challenge can be made significantly easier or tougher by the way you think about food. This post looks at the two primary approaches towards eating and discusses their implications for fat loss.

     The way you think about food has a significant impact on your nutritional habits and your health. Thinking about food in specific ways can have various effects, such as encouraging improvements in your body or making it almost impossible to lose fat. The two primarily competing attitudes involve thinking of food as either a source of fuel for your body or as a source of enjoyment or comfort. People who treat food as fuel are usually healthier and in better shape than people who view food as a source of enjoyment. In any case, it is ideal if you can find a healthy balance between the two.

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Health and Fitness Psychology – 7 Tips to Ensure Your Success – Part 2

Everyone knows that eating right and exercising are important for overall health and fintess, but many people overlook the importance of psychology. This post looks at 7 psychology related tips to help you reach your health and fitness goals. Part 2 covers increasing your knowledge, believing in your program, making a commitment to yourself, and not comparing yourself to others.

     In the first part of this post I cover the first 3 tips, which involved creating a supportive environment, deciding what you want to accomplish, and creating short, intermediate, and long-term goals (click here to read part 1). I ended part 1 by basically stating that the more you understand about your routine, the better your overall success will be and that leads right into the next tip.

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Health and Fitness Psychology – 7 Tips to Ensure Your Success – Part 1

Everyone knows that eating right and exercising are important for overall health and fintess, but many people overlook the importance of psychology. This post looks at 7 psychology related tips to help you reach your health and fitness goals. Part 1 discusses the importance of your environment, making your achievements personal, and goal setting.

     It’s common for people to think about the impact of exercise and nutrition on their body, but most people don’t really think about the effects of psychology or their mindset on their results. Believe it or not, it is often possible to determine if a person will ultimately succeed or fail based on the psychological approach they have towards their health and fitness routine. If you have the right mindset, it greatly increases your chances of improving and experiencing long-term success in all aspects of health and fitness. On the other hand, if you have the wrong attitude, it can completely sabotage your efforts.

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You have more Control over Your Health than you might Realize

It seems as though more and more people feel as though they do not have control over their health. This post discusses how our everyday actions affect our overall health and explains that we have more control over how we look and feel than we realize.

     This post is inspired by a book excerpt I recently read in the February 2010 issue of Wired magazine. The excerpt is from a new book titled The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine and it is primarily about using decision trees to help you make better choices when making health related decisions. While the decision tree information was somewhat interesting and could be very useful to some people, it was the introductory information that really struck a nerve and made me want to write about this topic.

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Health and Fitness During the Holidays

This post addresses exercise and nutrition during the holidays from a psychological perspective. It discusses how your mindset can either potentially derail future positive results or set you up for continued success for months to come.

     Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to focus on the rest of the year. In many ways, this is one of the most important times of the year when it comes to health and fitness and it’s not just because people tend to gain weight and exercise less during the holidays. The critical element is your mindset, because the attitude you have from now till the end of the holiday season can affect your results well into next year.

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