fitness http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1126/all en-US 5 Foods Scientifically Proven to Take Years off Your Life http://www.wisebread.com/5-foods-scientifically-proven-to-take-years-off-your-life <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-foods-scientifically-proven-to-take-years-off-your-life" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_menu_cafe_000011316429.jpg" alt="Young woman looking at menu at a cafe" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all know we're stuffing our faces with junk that isn't very good for us, but did you know that prolonged consumption of these so-delicious-they're-to-die-for foods might literally be killing us? It's true. Certain foods have been scientifically proven to adversely affect our health enough that you may be shaving years off your life without even knowing it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan">6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Lifespan</a>)</p> <p>What are these quiet, edible killers? Take a look.</p> <h2>1. Processed Meat</h2> <p>Most fast food joints and numerous casual dine-in establishments have built their foundations on processed meat, and we're falling right into their death trap.</p> <p>&quot;Eating processed meat is associated with an increased mortality risk,&quot; says Rene Ficek, registered dietitian and lead nutrition expert at Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating. &quot;Popular processed meats like hot dogs, pepperoni, and salami may be tasty, but they have been found to contribute to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telomere">shorter telomeres</a>. Regularly eating processed meat significantly increases your risk of death from heart disease and cancer. Some studies have quantified these results to show that each extra daily serving (approximately two rashers of bacon) raises your mortality rate by a fifth. Replacing red meat with fish, poultry or plant-based proteins could reduce the health risks by up to 14%.&quot;</p> <p>Fish sticks and chicken nuggets are excluded, of course.</p> <h2>2. Soda and Sugary Treats</h2> <p>I've never been a big fan of soft drinks. It's not completely banned from my life &mdash; I enjoy a refreshing soda every now and again (like twice a year) &mdash; but generally I steer clear. At the basic level, it's flavored, colored sugar water, and it will rot your teeth. In fact, one of my buddies had to have <em>thousands of dollars</em> worth of dental work done a few years ago to repair damage done by a decade or more of heavy cola consumption. I love my teeth too much for that nonsense.</p> <p>&quot;We've known for quite some time that sugary soda is bad for our health. However, soda is bad for the condition of telomeres because it is directly associated with a decreased lifespan,&quot; Ficek says. &quot;There have been numerous studies that have looked deep into the effects of soda consumption and the length of life. In fact, soda consumption is so rampant in the United States alone that researchers have linked its consumption to the same effects as smoking. Research shows that simply drinking even a low-calorie diet soda daily is connected to an almost 70% increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, and an additional doubled rate of aging.&quot;</p> <p>'Bout time you ditched the sweet, sweet bubbles, eh?</p> <h2>3. French Fries</h2> <p>Ask me to give up processed meats and soda forever, done deal. Ask me to give up French fries and you're dead to me.</p> <p>It's frankly un-American not to harbor a deep-seated love for these crispy-on-the-outside-fluffy-on-the-inside snacks. French fries are frickin' delicious. Alas, like all good things, they should be consumed in moderation unless you want them served in your casket.</p> <p>It's not just the fries themselves that are the worst part. Consider this doozy:</p> <p>&quot;The crispier [the French fries] are, the more harmful they can be,&quot; warns Ficek. &quot;Things fried at high temperatures are likely to contain a chemical called <a href="http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/causes-prevention/risk-factors/diet/acrylamide-fact-sheet"><em>acrylamide</em></a>, which may be linked to increased rates of cancer. It's produced from a chemical reaction from the sugars and an amino acid called <em>asparagine</em>, which is found in many grains and vegetables. Potatoes have a particularly high amount of it, further exacerbating the French fry problem.&quot;</p> <p>A not-so-happy meal, after all.</p> <h2>4. Wheat Gluten</h2> <p>More than I love French fries, I'm hopelessly devoted to a piping hot pizza. Sometimes I'll eat the whole thing without shame or apologies right in front of you because I'm a rude little piggy. Yet, while I know that all those carbs can and will make me fat, I had no idea that the gluten contained in the crust &mdash; even a whole wheat one &mdash; can screw up my body.</p> <p>&quot;Gluten &mdash; the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley &mdash; cannot be digested by anyone, and for those with celiac disease, symptoms, mortality, and risk for malignancy can each be reduced by adherence to a gluten-free diet,&quot; explains food-mood expert and certified nutritionist Trudy Scott. &quot;Even if you don't have celiac disease, gluten should be avoided because of the inflammation it causes in everyone. Gluten sensitivity is of great interest to me because <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21877216">gluten sensitivity remains undertreated and under-recognized</a> as a contributing factor to psychiatric and neurologic manifestations. As a nutritionist who works with women with anxiety, I see how food sensitivities like gluten can cause anxiety and fears and even social anxiety. Over 80% of my anxious clients do better mood-wise on a gluten-free diet.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Some Vegetable Oils</h2> <p>According to an article on Authority Nutrition, those heart-healthy vegetable oils you're buying because you think they're better for you are <a href="http://authoritynutrition.com/11-health-foods-that-can-kill-you/">harboring a dangerous secret</a>.</p> <p>&quot;[Soybean, corn, and cottonseed] oils contain very large amounts of Omega-6 fatty acids, way more than humans ever consumed throughout evolution,&quot; the site says. &quot;We need small amounts of these fatty acids in the diet, such as the amounts found in meat and nuts. Eating too much of these fats can lead to inflammation, which is a leading cause of many chronic diseases. These oils get incorporated into our body fat stores and cellular membranes, where they are highly sensitive to oxidation and damage. To top it all off, the industrial vegetable oils that you find in the supermarket contain 0.56%-4.2% of their fatty acid as trans fats, which are highly toxic.&quot;</p> <p>It's not all bad news, however. Olive oil is an exception &mdash; it's still good for you &mdash; so start making the switch today.</p> <p><em>What other foods are sending us to an early grave? Let's talk about it in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-foods-scientifically-proven-to-take-years-off-your-life">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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So where should we loosen the purse strings? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turbo-charge-your-diet-with-superfoods?ref=seealso">Turbo-Charge Your Diet With These Superfoods</a>)</p> <p>I've asked nutritionists to weigh in on some higher-priced healthy foods which are worth the splurge. These are their suggestions.</p> <h2>1. Berries</h2> <p>If you have a love/hate relationship with fruit, you're not alone. It seems like every day one health guru is telling you to add more fruit to your diet while another is telling you to cut back on all that natural sugar. Berries, however, seem to be the exception to that rule, as they're lower in calories and sugar than many other fruits, and are packed full of vitamins and nutrients that <a href="http://www.shape.com/blogs/weight-loss-coach/summers-secret-weight-loss-weapon">promote heart health, weight loss, and healthier-looking skin</a>.</p> <p>Dr. Yanyan Li, assistant professor of nutrition in the College of Science and Humanities at Husson University, focuses her research on phytochemicals (natural plant components with health benefits), and she believes that berries, such as blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, are worth the extra money.</p> <p>&quot;Although rather expensive, they are full of strong antioxidants,&quot; Dr. Li says. &quot;Antioxidants help remove free radicals that are associated with a variety of chronic diseases and the aging process.&quot;</p> <p>Personally I've been loading up on blackberries lately, since they're a <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/07/24/157276973/you-can-never-have-too-many-blackberries">tasty, low-cal way to consume omega-3s, fiber and antioxidants</a>. One cup only contains 62 calories, which means that I get the pleasure of a sweet snack without all the guilt.</p> <h2>2. Cruciferous Vegetables</h2> <p>While I've never had a problem consuming fruits, vegetables have been harder to integrate into my diet. In fact, until fairly recently the only bean I liked was of the jelly variety. Slowly but surely, I'm making strides toward putting more greens on my plate &mdash; even though they make my grocery bill inflate.</p> <p>There's a silver lining, however. According to Dr. Li, &quot;Cruciferous vegetables &mdash; such as broccoli sprouts, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, arugula, and radish &mdash; are high in multiple cancer-preventive components, including carotenoids and isothiocyanates.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Chia Seeds</h2> <p>Hard to believe that your Scooby-Doo Chia Pet is a super-food source. Yep, that's right &mdash; the same seeds used to grow chia &quot;hair&quot; from terracotta pop-culture icons are a concentrated <a href="http://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds/">source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids</a>, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. While they're not cheap, they're easily consumed by sprinkling and mixing them into your ordinary diet.</p> <h2>4. Organic Butter</h2> <p>Butter is okay in moderation, even healthy, but non-organic butter can contain toxin residues that tend to be fat-soluble &mdash; and that's not a good thing. Alexander J. Rhinehart, <a href="http://www.aznutritioncenter.com/">certified clinical nutritionist and owner of the Arizona Nutrition Center</a>, explains:</p> <blockquote><p style="margin-left: 40px;">The body often stores toxins away in fat tissue, and consumption/exposure to these same toxins have been linked to insulin resistance and weight gain. As butter is a pure fat, toxin residues can be concentrated in butter &mdash; not to mention any synthetic hormones that had been given to the cows. The residues from feed fed to the cows can find their way into your butter. I recommend opting for the organic butter &mdash; you get an A+ if it is made from grass-fed cows like Kerry Gold Irish Butter &mdash; which has a richer gold color due to higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid.</p> </blockquote> <h2>5. Coconut-Based Products</h2> <p>You're not getting out of the grocery store with a basket full of healthy coconut-based product on the cheap, but at least you can feel better about all the good stuff you're putting into your body.</p> <p>Birgitta Lauren &mdash; president of <a href="http://www.expectingfitness.com/">Expecting Fitness</a>, which is dedicated to exercise and fitness advice for pregnant and new moms &mdash; recommends adding the full spectrum of coconut-based items to your diet, including coconut oil, milk, cream, flour, and sugar. &quot;For all systems &mdash; brain, nervous, metabolic, etc., it has anti-bacterial, anti-viral benefits,&quot; she says.</p> <p>Dr. Rhineart agrees, adding, &quot;Coconut oil is one of the most versatile substances in the grocery store. It is great for cooking as it tolerates high heat. It is also great for use on the skin and hair, as well as infections. It can also help support the immune system. When you consume coconut oil, some of the lauric acid (the main fat of coconut oil, comprising 50% of it's composition), actually is converted to monolaurin, which is known to have wide spectrum anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal/yeast properties. The other primary fats, capric acid and caprylic acid, also share similar properties. Capric and caprylic acid are what typically comprise 'MCT oil', whereas lauric acid must be consumed via coconut oil, or one can supplement with monolaurin directly.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Organic Milk</h2> <p>They say that milk does a body good &mdash; <a href="http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Study-Suggests-Milk-May-Not-Be-Good-For-You-After-All-281388981.html">although even that long-standing claim has been contested recently</a> &mdash; but organic milk will do your body better.</p> <p>Chef Jessica Swift, <a href="http://www.chef-jess.com">a registered dietician with an MSc in nutritional sciences</a>, says, &quot;Conventional milk can be filled with rBS and rBGH, which have been proven to be, how do you say, 'no bueno?' When it comes to skipping these hormones, I would say 'Yes, please' and grab a good ol' jug of the organic stuff.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Chocolate</h2> <p>I don't trust anyone who doesn't like chocolate &mdash; because, seriously, what's wrong with you? But even chocoholics like me would be wise to be a bit more conservative when choosing how to get that sweet cocoa fix.</p> <p>&quot;There are many different chocolates, but only a few that provide optimal healthy benefits,&quot; Chef Jess says. &quot;Skip the Butterfinger and go for a bar that contains at least 70% cocoa; this bar contains antioxidants to aid in optimal heart health.&quot;</p> <h2>8. Antibiotic-Free Chicken</h2> <p>According to the Huffington Post, the excess amount of antibiotics with which we're pumping our chickens is undermining the effectiveness the antibiotics have in fighting new diseases in our own bodies.</p> <p>&quot;Overuse by agricultural companies to make animals grow faster or to cover up poor living conditions for the animals is certainly not worth jeopardizing our ability to take care of our kids, parents, neighbors and the world community,&quot; the article says. The editorial board of <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/meat-and-superbugs/2012/07/01/gJQAV4egGW_story.html">The Washington Post</a> warned that more must be done to reverse the overuse of antibiotics in livestock before a new generation of superbugs is created. The effectiveness of these incredibly powerful drugs is being undermined every day we give them to animals.</p> <p>This long-term preservation of our collective health is certainly worth a few more bucks at the cash register, and your fellow Americans agree: &quot;Consumer Reports found 60% of poll respondents said they would pay more for antibiotic-free meats; <a href="http://notinmyfood.org/document/antibiotics-in-animal-feed">37% would pay up to one dollar more per pound</a>.&quot;</p> <p>Stacy Goldberg, registered nurse and founder of Savorfull, adds, &quot;The shelf life [of antibiotic-free chicken] is shorter, but you will be putting cleaner ingredients in your body.&quot;</p> <h2>9. Organic Eggs</h2> <p>Organic eggs can differ in price drastically from their non-organic counterparts, but there's also a drastic difference in the benefits they offer, too.</p> <p>&quot;Eggs are one of the best foods to eat for health,&quot; says Dr. Lisa Metzger, co-owner of <a href="http://biofunctionalhealth.com/">BioFunctional Health</a>. &quot;Organic free-range eggs are more nutrient dense than commercially raised eggs, having more vitamin A, twice as much omega-3 fatty acids, and more vitamin E due to the diet the free range chicken are fed as opposed to the commercial grain feed.&quot;</p> <h2>10. Grass-Fed Beef</h2> <p>Beef is already pricey, no matter how you slice it. But cattle that are able to graze in open spaces tend to lead healthier lives (with less need for antibiotics), so it's a smart choice to start switching up how you buy your steak.</p> <p>&quot;When cows are able to eat a diet that is natural for them, the nutritional composition of their meat is much more ideal for you, providing an increased level of omega-3s (a type of fat that many folks are lacking in) and other nutrients,&quot; explains Amanda Austin, <a href="http://getwellified.com/">a registered dietician and certified food sensitivity expert</a>. &quot;At the store, make sure that the beef that you're purchasing is actually 100% grass-fed beef &mdash; all cows are grass-fed for the first six to 12 months of life, but most are then 'finished' with grains, which are typically given to cows before slaughter to fatten them up at a quicker rate. You want beef that has been grass-fed for the entirety of the cow's life.&quot;</p> <h2>11. Wild Fish</h2> <p>Farm-raised fish are cheaper &mdash; larger supply is yielded with fewer resources used &mdash; but what once seemed to be an environmentally conscious solution to seafood demand has presented new problems of its own, especially where tuna, halibut, cod, and salmon are concerned.</p> <p>&quot;These predators are usually raised in the open ocean, in net pens,&quot; writes Margo True in an article for Sunset magazine. &quot;What seemed like a great idea initially has now revealed itself to be one in serious need of fixing: The <a href="http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/flavors-of-the-west/seafood-farmed-or-wild">farmed fish pollute the water</a> with their concentrated wastes, spread disease (the crowded conditions make them prone to it, which requires dosing with antibiotics), and escaped fish compete for food with the wild fish.&quot;</p> <h2>12. Walnuts</h2> <p>Personally, I enjoy cashews more than other nuts, and almonds tend to get much of the praise from health professionals, but walnuts also are a great source of healthy protein and other nutrients. &quot;These nuts are packed with omega-3s and heart healthy fats. They may be a little pricey, but I recommend eating a handful of nuts &mdash; including walnuts &mdash; every day,&quot; says Sharon Palmer, <a href="http://www.sharonpalmer.com/">nutrition expert and author of Plant-Powered for Life.</a></p> <p><em>Do you have other suggestions on pricey foods on which we should be splurging? What's your favorite? Let us know in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-foods-nutritionists-say-you-should-splurge-on">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-recipes-with-cost-data">Healthy recipes--with cost data</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-green-workout">The Ultimate &quot;Green&quot; Workout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-health-foods-not-worth-the-money">11 Health Foods Not Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty Shopping fitness Health healthy foods superfoods Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:00:27 +0000 Mikey Rox 1277448 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Health Foods Not Worth the Money http://www.wisebread.com/11-health-foods-not-worth-the-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-health-foods-not-worth-the-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/granola-cup-Dollarphotoclub_60520102_0.jpg" alt="granola cup" title="granola cup" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're at all like me, food takes up a significant chunk of your budget each month. And if you care about things like eating whole foods, buying locally grown food, eating fair trade goods, and eating food that is raised in an environmentally responsible manner, your food spending can take an even bigger bite out of a budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-with-the-most-bang-for-your-buck?ref=seealso">10 Foods With the Most Bang for Your Buck</a>)</p> <p>While the cultural shift toward better and more responsible eating seems to be a good thing overall, the truth is that there are some foods you don't need to splurge on. These foods either aren't as good for you as you might think, or they don't have the benefits that have been touted in the past.</p> <h2>1. Gluten-Free Foods</h2> <p>Though <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/18/business/food-industry-wagers-big-on-gluten-free.html?_r=0">up to 30% of people</a> in the United States would like to eat less gluten, recent studies show that <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/rosspomeroy/2014/05/15/non-celiac-gluten-sensitivity-may-not-exist/">gluten sensitivity doesn't actually exist</a>. Thus, unless you have Celiac Disease, you probably don't need to pay so much to get rid of the gluten. If you suffer from the symptoms of what has been called gluten sensitivity, it's more likely to need to remove the short-chain carbs called <a href="https://stanfordhealthcare.org/content/dam/SHC/for-patients-component/programs-services/clinical-nutrition-services/docs/pdf-lowfodmapdiet.pdf">FODMAPs</a>. These are found in bread, among other things, but are not tied to gluten.</p> <h2>2. Multigrain Bread</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/multigrain-bread-Dollarphotoclub_22964729.jpg" /></p> <p>&quot;Multigrain&quot; is a word that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-whole-grain-nutrition">sounds healthy but actually isn't</a>. While its use does indicate that a product contains more than one grain, those grains can be as processed as the manufacturer wants to make them. If high quality bread is important to you, <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/multigrain/faq-20057867">buy whole grain bread instead</a>. That bread will have more fiber, higher nutrient concentrations, and other compounds in the grain that are destroyed by processing.</p> <h2>3. Organic Baby Food</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/organic-baby-food-Dollarphotoclub_63884235.jpg" /></p> <p>You want to buy your child the best, right? Especially when they are so young and fragile. Multiple studies have shown, though, that <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/organic-baby-food-its-more-expensive-but-it-may-not-be-more-nutritious/2013/03/18/b24f91d6-656a-11e2-b84d-21c7b65985ee_story.html">organic baby food doesn't have any more nutrients</a> than the less expensive, non-organic type. <a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814600001679">They don't have less pesticide residue, either</a>. So instead of paying so much for baby food, why not spend that money on something that will actually enhance your child's life?</p> <h2>4. Smoothies From the Store</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/smoothies-market-Dollarphotoclub_56629050.jpg" /></p> <p>A smoothie is fruity, yogurt-y, wheat grass-y goodness, right? Not if you buy it from the store. Most of those are <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/-experts-warn-fruit-smoothies-may-be-just-as-unhealthy-as-soda-201445900.html">so high in sugar</a>, they are more comparable to drinking a soda than to biting into a peach. Instead of spending all that money at the store, make your own smoothie at home. That way, you control how much sugar you add, so it ends up both cheaper and healthier.</p> <h2>5. Stick Margarine</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/stick-margarine-Dollarphotoclub_69652410.jpg" /></p> <p>It's not butter, so it must be healthy, right? Wrong! Margarine replaced the supposedly bad fats in butter with partially hydrogenated fats. For a while, science thought those were good for us. As it turns out, these do damage to arteries and other blood vessels. Instead, <a href="http://www.trueactivist.com/butter-vs-margarine-the-big-fat-butter-lie/">eat real butter</a>. Not only does it contain healthier fats, but it has compounds that inhibit tumors and contains relatively high concentrations of the fat-soluble vitamins.</p> <h2>6. Energy Bars</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/energy-bars-Dollarphotoclub_55652293.jpg" /></p> <p>Most energy bars contain a lot of filler material, which usually translates into food that takes up space in your stomach but doesn't offer much in the way of nutritional value. They also tend to be high in sugar, and some of them have way too many calories for a snack, even if you're refueling after a workout. Instead of spending so much on these, buy the raw ingredients to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-20-tasty-energy-bars-you-can-make-at-home">make your own</a>, instead. Save money and eat something that will actually help your body perform.</p> <h2>7. Enhanced Water</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/energy-drinks-Dollarphotoclub_7266676.jpg" /></p> <p>Enhanced water is basically a way for water companies to get more of your money <a href="http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/08/07/are-enhanced-water-drinks-worth-the-price/">without adding much value</a>. And, sometimes, they also add quite a bit of sugar. For most purposes, regular water is the best beverage to choose. If you're exercising hard, you may want to replace electrolytes, but even then there are better and more cost effective ways to do that without buying the expensive water. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-with-these-10-homemade-healthy-energy-and-sports-drinks?ref=seealso">Save Money With These 10 Homemade, Healthy Sports and Energy Drinks</a>)</p> <h2>8. Organic Fruits and Vegetables</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/organic-fruits-vegetables-Dollarphotoclub_68974087.jpg" /></p> <p>Apparently, <a href="http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/science-scope/organic-food-isnt-actually-any-better-for-you-and-its-way-more-expensive/">organic fruits and vegetables don't actually offer many of the benefits</a> we'd like to believe they do. They aren't more nutritious, and they don't offer much, if anything, in the way of health benefits. If you're concerned about pesticides, you can still save money. <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins/organic_natural/15_foods_you_dont_need_to_buy_organic">These 15 foods</a> are the ones least affected by pesticides, and so you don't have to buy them organic.</p> <h2>9. Low-Fat Foods</h2> <p>The medical establishment has long held that we need to eat less fat but, as it turns out, the more expensive, lower fat foods aren't better for you. When it comes down to fat and diet, it's <a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/low-fat-diet">more about the type of fat you eat than the amount</a>. This is why it's actually better to eat the full-fat version of milk products and peanut butter. In addition, when they take out the fat they often have to add sugar and other additives to make the food palatable, so foods lower in fat can end up having as many calories &mdash; or more! &mdash; than their full-fat counterparts.</p> <h2>10. Granola</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/granola-cup-Dollarphotoclub_60520102.jpg" /></p> <p>Before you pour milk over those breakfast grains, check the box. Often, granola has so much added sugar that it's worse that almost anything else you can have for breakfast. Sure, it looks good, with all those oats and grains and nuts and even dried fruit, but the truth is that <a href="http://livehealthy.chron.com/bad-granola-diet-3032.html">granola is not nearly as good as it looks</a>. As with so many other things, it's better for you and cheaper to make your own, so you control how healthy it is based on what you put in it.</p> <h2>11. Prepackaged Health Food</h2> <p>As with any prepackaged food, buying it this way is more expensive than buying in bulk or making it yourself and repackaging it at home. Sure, it's nice to have your almonds portioned into 200 calorie snack sizes, but it's not usually worth the extra money. So buy your health foods in larger quantities and take the time to portion them out yourself, or just make it from scratch in the first place.</p> <p>There are so many ways to eat well without breaking your budget. Avoiding spending more on these foods is a great place to start!</p> <p><em>What supposedly healthy foods do you avoid? How do you eat well and save money, too?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-health-foods-not-worth-the-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-simple-ways-to-lower-your-cholesterol">10 Simple Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-killer-ways-to-really-actually-lose-weight">7 Killer Ways to Really, Actually Lose Weight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thinking-of-going-on-a-diet-heres-how-to-figure-out-which-one-is-right-for-you">Thinking of Going on a Diet? Here&#039;s How to Figure Out Which One Is Right for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-healthy-habits-that-can-hurt-you">20+ Healthy Habits That Can Hurt You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-doing-it-wrong-6-health-and-fitness-rules-that-have-changed">You&#039;re Doing It Wrong: 6 Health and Fitness Rules That Have Changed</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty diet fitness Health nutrition shopping Mon, 05 Jan 2015 18:00:08 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1275084 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Personal Finance Moves You Can Make While Jogging http://www.wisebread.com/8-personal-finance-moves-you-can-make-while-jogging <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-personal-finance-moves-you-can-make-while-jogging" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mature-man-jogging-Dollarphotoclub_74121318.jpg" alt="mature man jogging" title="mature man jogging" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Exercise is important, right? It makes us happier, healthier, and (if you're anything like me) takes everyday stress down to a manageable level. But it can also take quite a bit of time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-financial-moves-you-can-make-during-your-commute?ref=seealso">10 Financial Moves You Can Make During Your Commute</a>)</p> <p>Wouldn't it be better if you could multitask &mdash; if you could get other things done while you were out running? When it comes to personal finance, you absolutely can. Here are my top favorite things to improve my finances while I'm out on a run.</p> <h2>1. Check Your Balances</h2> <p>Every run has those annoying interruptions in their exercise. You know, traffic lights, people in your way, or maybe you just got tired and need to walk. Make sure you have your bank and credit card apps downloaded, and you can check your balances on the fly. While accessing each account can feel like an annoying drag most of the time, it's fast enough that you can easily look at one account per stop light. By the end of the run, you'll have a big-picture view of your financial situation.</p> <h2>2. Pay Your Credit Card Bill</h2> <p>As soon as I head out the door with my running shoes on, it happens: I remember things that I need to do. So many times, I realize that I need to pay a bill. Fortunately, I've had my credit cards so long that I've got all my payment information saved in my credit card apps, so it only takes a few clicks to get that bill paid. It's such a relief to get that done, and I don't have the burden of remembering it for later.</p> <h2>3. Clip Electronic Coupons</h2> <p>I love to save money, but it takes so long to clip coupons. In the last few weeks, I've started using apps instead, and they save a ton of time &mdash; in fact, you could easily find some coupons while waiting for the light to change. The right apps for you will depend on where you want to shop and what you want to buy, but it's almost always easy to navigate to the app, find coupons for items you want or need, and activate those to your account. Not sure where to start? Try <a href="http://www.retailmenot.com/mobile/">RetailMeNot</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=thecouponsapp.coupon">The Coupons App</a>, or <a href="http://cartwheel.target.com/">Cartwheel for Target</a>.</p> <h2>4. Budget On the Fly</h2> <p>Do you need to check your budget or major expenses? Most finance apps have some sort of budgeting tool, so you can easily make the changes you need while you're literally (and figuratively) on the run. If you're not sure where to start, <a href="https://www.mint.com/how-it-works/anywhere/">Mint</a> makes a great app that has some budgeting capability. Otherwise, check your bank and credit card apps for this feature or, if you're really serious, lay down the cash and get <a href="http://www.youneedabudget.com/features/iphone">You Need a Budget</a>.</p> <h2>5. Get Tax Advice</h2> <p>Worrying about taxes? Instead of letting the anxiety build, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ask-tax-preparer-tax-answers/id586582640?mt=8">search for answers</a> or ask a question via your tax app. There are versions of both the <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-11281907">TurboTax</a> and <a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10986083">H&amp;R Block</a> apps that allow you to get tax help via email (but be sure you have the app for the right year!). You can type in a quick question while you're running and maybe you'll have your answer by the time you get home.</p> <h2>6. Ponder Your Money Mindset</h2> <p>Your money mindset encompasses many things, such as what money means to you, how you like to be able to spend your money, and whether finances are a comfortable or uncomfortable topic for you. These are big questions, and you can ponder them while you run. Break it down by looking at <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelkay/2014/04/22/deciphering-your-money-mindset/">a list of money</a> <a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/100-questions-to-ask-yourself-about-your-financial-mindset/">mindset questions</a> before you go out, then use your workout time to pinpoint how you think about money, what you like about that mindset, and what you'd like to change.</p> <h2>7. Organize Your Expense Report</h2> <p>Expense reports can be a huge pain, especially if you need to be reimbursed for a lot of things. An app like <a href="https://www.expensify.com/">Expensify</a> can make the whole process easier, though. Once you've got your transactions in their system, you can categorize them or make the necessary notes during pauses in your run. By the time you get home, your report will be ready to print out and turn in.</p> <h2>8. Find the Best Deal</h2> <p>There are a lot of ways to find the best deal using your smartphone, but <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/30/6873665/path-talk-lets-you-text-businesses-talkto">Path Talk</a> is one of my new favorites. It lets you text local businesses with requests for all sorts of information, like what time they open, how long their lines are, and their current prices on specific items. The amazing thing is, it usually works. Most of the time, you have a response within just a few minutes! So head out for your run with your Christmas list in tow, send a few messages while you're exercising, and determine the best deal when you get home.</p> <p>Exercise doesn't have to interfere with getting things done, at least when it comes to your finances. These quick, streamlined methods allow you to get your workout and be financially responsible, too!</p> <p><em>Do you get things done while you jog? What's your favorite quick-and-dirty personal finance move?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-personal-finance-moves-you-can-make-while-jogging">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/financial-tricks-to-master-for-a-happier-life">Financial Tricks to Master for a Happier Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-apps-that-pay-you-to-exercise">5 Apps That Pay You To Exercise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-young-entrepreneur-paid-off-40000-in-student-debt-by-age-24">How One Young Entrepreneur Paid Off $40,000 in Student Debt By Age 24</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-productivity-apps-for-really-busy-people-like-you">The 10 Best Productivity Apps for Really Busy People Like You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Productivity apps fitness jogging multitask personal finance Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:00:07 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1271111 at http://www.wisebread.com 36 Workouts You Can Do in Your Living Room While It's Cold Out http://www.wisebread.com/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-exercise-living-room-Dollarphotoclub_63851547.jpg" alt="woman exercise living room" title="woman exercise living room" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's cold enough to reasonably excuse yourself from running, but it's not too cold to workout inside. So move your coffee table out of the way, roll out your yoga mat and make your TV the focal point of your workout, because we've rounded up 36 exercises you can do in your living room. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free?ref=seealso">These At-Home Workouts Will Give You a Gym-Quality Workout for Free</a>)</p> <p>Most of these workouts are available online for free, but don't forget Christmas time usually offers deals on videos at local retailers. You'll need a yoga mat and a few hand weights for some of the workouts. And no matter which workout is right for you, make sure you follow the instructions carefully &mdash; the last thing you want to do is pull a muscle trying to gain muscle.</p> <h2>Strength Training</h2> <p>You won't need a lot of fancy weight lifting equipment to start buffing up at home.</p> <h3>POPSUGAR Fitness</h3> <p>POPSUGAR Fitness is a fantastic source for <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/popsugartvfit">YouTube</a> workouts. I will warn you though: Their channel is mixed with food recipes. Their <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=istOU9nxhm8">beginner strength training workout</a> is phenomenal if you don't have a lot of workout supplies &mdash; it only requires a yoga mat. It does require some coordination, but since you're in your living room and not in public, there is no need to feel embarrassed.</p> <h3>Nike+ Training App</h3> <p>If you're a woman with a smartphone, try out the free <a href="http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/womens-training/apps/nike-training-club">Nike+ Training Club app</a>, which acts as a personal trainer, motivator, and calorie counter. This app is great for when you don't know how to do a certain bend or lift.</p> <h3>Jillian Michaels App</h3> <p>The free <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jillian-michaels-slim-down/id399841706?mt=8">Jillian Michaels app</a> helps you plan your workout in conjunction with a meal plan. It's like The Biggest Loser only you're the only one competing and no one is watching you.</p> <h2>Focus Areas</h2> <p>If you're trying to fix one certain part of your body, there are a plethora of body part specific workouts you can try out.</p> <h3>Abs</h3> <p>If you're looking for ab workouts, try <a href="http://www.hulu.com/watch/386209">Gaiam's Quick Fix Ab</a> workout.</p> <h3>Lower Body</h3> <p>If you're focusing on your lower body, try <a href="http://www.fitnessblender.com/v/workout-detail/Butt-and-Thigh-Workout-with-Fat-Burning-HIIT-Cardio-At-Home-Legs-On-Fire-/kd/">Fitness Blender's Butt and Thigh</a> workout or POPSUGAR's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCYCHj_NGNg&amp;list=UUBINFWq52ShSgUFEoynfSwg">Tighten Your Love Handles</a> workout.</p> <h3>Back</h3> <p>Strengthen your back with <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql_fjjleuu8&amp;list=UUBINFWq52ShSgUFEoynfSwg">this workout</a>, also from POPSUGAR.</p> <h3>Upper Body</h3> <p>For your upper body, check out <a href="http://www.fitnessblender.com/v/workout-detail/Bodyweight-Only-Upper-Body-Workout-Killer-Arms-Shoulders-and-Upper-Back-Workout/ke/">Fitness Blender's Upper Body</a> workout (no weights needed!). And Military.com offers <a href="http://www.military.com/military-fitness/workouts/best-twenty-minute-workouts">a round-up of 20 minute workouts</a> on their website. No matter what your focus area is, make sure you give it a break at least every other day. Too much on one certain area can cause you to strain your muscles.</p> <h2>Dancing</h2> <p>I avoid Zumba like the plague because I have no rhythm and I am not quick at picking up dance moves. However, I will happily dance when no one is watching.</p> <h3>Dance Workout for Dummies</h3> <p>This <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEjsAW5rokA">Dance Workout for Dummies video</a> on YouTube is helpful simply because she is instructional as she dances.</p> <h3>Dance and Be Fit</h3> <p>Hulu's <a href="http://www.hulu.com/dance-and-be-fit">Dance and Be Fit</a> channel offers a plethora of choices.</p> <h3>Beyonce Dance Workout</h3> <p>If you feel like you could be the next Beyonce, check out POPSUGAR's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/popsugartvfit">Beyonce Dance Workout</a>.</p> <p>Most importantly, these videos require nothing but your body and an ability to laugh at yourself.</p> <h2>Military Workouts</h2> <p>If you need a little extra motivation only a drill instructor can give, you have several options.</p> <h3>Military.com Whole Body Workout</h3> <p>Military.com offers <a href="http://www.military.com/military-fitness/workouts/stuck-inside-indoor-workout-ideas">a workout for your whole body</a>. This workout focuses on everything: arms, legs, chest, and shoulders. However, the instructor recommends splitting the workouts up to give your body rest time in between certain sections. The good news is they don't have a YouTube video attached to them, so if your &quot;workout instructor&quot; gets on your nerves, this is an alternative. The bad news is that you have to pace yourself and make yourself keep going.</p> <h3>Other Boot Camps</h3> <p>Health.com also offers a <a href="http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20690381,00.html">30-minute Boot Camp Workout</a> with no videos. And if you need someone yelling at you, try Exercise TV's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtYgmDEddug">Boot Camp Calorie Burn</a> or XHIT Daily's Military <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR96MWRPwHg">Boot Camp Workout</a>, which features a British instructor.</p> <h2>Yoga</h2> <p>Yoga is the best living room workout, and if you learn from a video, you won't feel embarrassed when you don't know what happy baby is.</p> <p>Try <a href="http://myfreeyoga.com/">MyFreeYoga.com</a> or Hulu's channels <a href="http://www.hulu.com/yoga-for-everyone">Yoga for Everyone</a>, <a href="http://www.hulu.com/my-yoga-classes">My Yoga Classes</a>, or, the aptly named, <a href="http://www.hulu.com/yoga">Yoga</a>. POPSUGAR rounds up <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Websites-Offer-Free-Yoga-Classes-21156881">a few more websites</a> that cost around $9 a month &mdash; certainly cheaper than $15-$20 a class!</p> <p>Refer to these <a href="http://www.yogajournal.com/">Yoga Journal</a> videos to make sure your poses are done correctly.</p> <h2>Pilates</h2> <p>Hulu has a great <a href="http://www.hulu.com/gaiam-pilates">Pilates channel</a> available on their website. And try out Fitness Blender's <a href="http://www.fitnessblender.com/v/workout-detail/Quick-and-Easy-Pilates-Toning-and-Flexibility-Workout/kn/">Quick and Easy Pilates Toning and Flexibility Workout</a> (which lasts less than 20 minutes and tells you how many calories you're burning as you go), or Fitness Blender's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gugu8jehy7A">Leg Slimming Pilates Routine</a>. eFit30 also offers a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vv1q-jpa5uM">30-Minute Pilates</a> workout, which is led by a delightful Aussie named Renee.</p> <h2>Total Body Workouts</h2> <p>If you're in a rush, <a href="http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/total-body-workouts">this five minute workout</a> from Women's Health is perfect for you. This workout has five steps, which you do 50 seconds apiece, taking a 10 second rest in between.</p> <p>Gaiam Fitness on Hulu also offers a <a href="http://www.hulu.com/watch/510380">total body workout</a> for those with a little more time.</p> <p>Men's Fitness offers <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/training/workout-routines/8-at-home-workouts-to-lose-weight-and-build-muscle">eight different workouts</a> you can do at home. Some do require dumbbells, but a lot are possible with just you.</p> <h2>Pinterest Workouts</h2> <p>If videos aren't your thing, try what I'm calling a &quot;Pinterest&quot; workout. You know, one of those workouts made in Paint that will make you feel bad about your recipe board. There is the <a href="https://makinghealthahabit.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/workout6.jpg">100 Workout</a>, the <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/7b/c1/c5/7bc1c5f0e6c2f01a695dc80b214cf804.jpg">&quot;Everytime You See This&quot; Workout</a>, the <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/e2/55/ab/e255ab0de4298184fe191723d710df14.jpg">Quick Morning Workout</a>, the <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZPDmsOQRHhw/UhLQrxC9gnI/AAAAAAAABTA/3BveEI0PvjM/s1600/Quick+Fix+Workout.png">Quick Fix Workout</a>, the <a href="http://iheartvegetables.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/10-minute-circuit-workout-.jpg">10 Minute Circuit</a>, and <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=fitness%20workouts&amp;term_meta%5B%5D=fitness%7Ctyped&amp;term_meta%5B%5D=workouts%7Ctyped">numerous others</a>.</p> <p><em>What do you use to workout at home? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-youre-doing-these-4-exercises-your-workouts-are-worth-nothing">If You&#039;re Doing These 4 Exercises, Your Workouts Are Worth Nothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-for-getting-the-best-morning-workout">7 Tips for Getting the Best Morning Workout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/walk-walk-walk-walk-walk">Walk, walk, walk, walk, walk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-and-easy-metabolic-boosters">5 Cheap and Easy Metabolic Boosters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free">These At-Home Exercises Will Give You a Gym-Quality Workout for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle exercise fitness free workouts home gym workouts Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:00:08 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1268204 at http://www.wisebread.com These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hiking-489644177-small.jpg" alt="hiking" title="hiking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are reasons to work out beyond the want of six-pack abs. Science tells us that <a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsweek/Exercise-and-Depression-report-excerpt.htm">exercise can actually lift away negative moods and emotions</a>, making us feel lighter and re-energized. But there are certain fitness routines that are especially happiness-evoking. And if you're going to be doing the work, you might as well get the bigger bang for your buck. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-non-physical-benefits-of-exercise?ref=seealso">10 Surprising Non-Physical Benefits of Exercise</a>)</p> <p>Read on for our roundup of the best exercises that are scientifically proven to put a smile on your face.</p> <h2>1. Take a Yoga Class</h2> <p>Studies show that yogis score high on <a href="http://www.yogajournal.com/health/112">the happiness index</a>. So go get your downward dog on and find your bliss.</p> <h2>2. Dance</h2> <p>Dancing on a regular basis can improve your mood and <a href="http://www.prevention.com/mind-body/emotional-health/dancing-shown-help-boost-happiness-and-mental-health">boost your overall mental health</a> and wellbeing. It can also relieve back and neck pain, stress, and anxiety. Plus, it's fun! So go on &mdash; shake your groove thing!</p> <h2>3. Walk for 30 Minutes</h2> <p>A brisk walk is one of the best exercises for you. And it only takes 20 minutes for your brain to start releasing endorphins and dopamine &mdash; those <a href="http://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/managing-anxiety/exercise-stress-and-anxiety">feel-good hormones</a> that make you happy. Not only is walking good for the heart and lungs, it reduces fatigue and improves alertness. This is particularly beneficial for those among us who are stressed out, since stress can deplete the body's energy and the brain's ability to concentrate.</p> <h2>4. Go Hiking</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2872309/">sounds of birds chirping, rain falling, and bees buzzing</a> are proven to lower stress and evoke a feeling of calm. What better way to reap these benefits than going for a quiet hike in nature where you'll have a front row seat for mother nature's symphony. If you can incorporate a river, rolling brook, waterfall, lapping lake or ocean into your expedition, even better. The sound of running water is scientifically proven to boost happiness and relieve tension,too.</p> <h2>5. Play a Team Sport</h2> <p>Participating in a team sport gives us <a href="http://www.cavemanfitnessltd.com/?page_id=124">a deepened sense of self-worth, purpose, and meaning</a>. Just don't worry about winning. An analysis of the facial expressions of Olympic athletes shows that <a href="http://psych.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/Medvec.Madey_.Gilo_.pdf">bronze medal winners are typically happier than those who win the gold</a>. Focus on doing well rather than being the best.</p> <h2>6. Touch Your Toes</h2> <p>Touching your toes can relieve stress by increasing blood flow to the brain. It also enhances memory and improves circulation. Some health and fitness experts say toe touches can also <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-495053/If-want-beat-pain-touch-toes-says-controversial-health-guru.html">treat and prevent back pain</a>.</p> <h2>7. Choose 'Green Exercise'</h2> <p>Green exercise is any physical activity taken outdoors, where we can benefit from <a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378013000575">the positive effect the rugged wilderness has on our mood</a>. So whether it's cycling or push-ups, take it outside. It doesn't need to be a world-class beach or awe-inspiring canyon, either. The neighborhood park is natural enough to do the trick. And better yet if it's a sunny day. Sunshine gives us a natural boost of serotonin, <a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/dieting/15-reasons-why-the-sun-is-good-for-you-623393">the hormone that makes us happy</a>. A healthy dose of UV rays can also boost fertility and help prevent multiple sclerosis, diabetes, seasonal affective disorder, and even cavities.</p> <p><em>Does your workout make you happy?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-youre-doing-these-4-exercises-your-workouts-are-worth-nothing">If You&#039;re Doing These 4 Exercises, Your Workouts Are Worth Nothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-habits-that-are-quietly-making-you-fat-and-have-nothing-to-do-with-eating">7 Habits That Are Quietly Making You Fat (and Have Nothing to Do With Eating)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/walk-walk-walk-walk-walk">Walk, walk, walk, walk, walk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-green-workout">The Ultimate &quot;Green&quot; Workout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-ways-to-get-more-exercise-without-working-out">6 Simple Ways to Get More Exercise Without Working Out</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Personal Development depression exercise fitness happiness Health Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:00:07 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1246881 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Simple Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol http://www.wisebread.com/10-simple-ways-to-lower-your-cholesterol <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-simple-ways-to-lower-your-cholesterol" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-jogging-184437281-small.jpg" alt="couple jogging" title="couple jogging" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So, your doctor warned you that you need to get your bad cholesterol (LDL and triglyceride) levels down, your good cholesterol (HDL) level up, and you don't know where to start? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-lower-your-blood-sugar?ref=seealso">13 Natural and Easy Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar</a>)</p> <p>Here are 10 easy things you can do to start lowering your overall cholesterol today.</p> <h2>1. Exercise</h2> <p>Okay, so this is the least fun &mdash; we might as well get it out of the way early. <a href="http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/cardiovascular/cholesterol/types-of-exercise-to-lower-my-cholesterol.htm"> Aerobic exercise</a> like running, swimming, or cycling (or fast walking; let's be realistic) have been shown to lower triglyceride levels while increasing the good cholesterol (HDL). Remember to start slow and set realistic exercise goals, and of course, talk to your doctor first before embarking in any exercise regimen.</p> <h2>2. Fish Oil Supplements</h2> <p>Well, it might not be the most pleasant pill, but <a href="http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/supplements">fish oil can lower triglyceride levels</a> by as much as 30%. You'll have to take quite a bit, though (between 2-4 grams per day). If you enjoy eating fish and want to get as much fish oil as you can (without too much mercury), aim for mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, and salmon.</p> <h2>3. Psyllium Fiber</h2> <p>Psyllium husk fiber is a really easy way to flush <a href="http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/psyllium">nasty cholesterol</a> out of your system. You can get psyllium in fiber drinks like Metamucil, or buy the husks and add them to other foods. Just be careful not to overdo it. Fiber can whisk a <em>lot</em> of things out of your system pretty quickly, if you catch my drift.</p> <h2>4. Plant Sterols and Stanols</h2> <p><a href="http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/features/low-cholesterol-diet-plant-sterols-stanols?page=2">Plant sterols and stanols</a> are added to many popular foods these days, like margarine, orange juice, and yogurt, and can lower bad cholesterol by a modest amount. You can also buy them in supplement form, although stanols and sterols may not be utilized as easily by the body in supplement form as they are when they occur naturally in food. Foods like&hellip;</p> <h2>5. Fibrous Veggies</h2> <p>If you're not quite ready to take the Metamucil plunge, you can always start slow by <a href="http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/features/fiber">adding fibrous fruits and vegetables to your diet</a>. Oranges, apples, greens, beans, okra, and eggplant are good, fiber-rich foods that can be easily incorporated into most diets.</p> <h2>6. Hard Nuts</h2> <p><a href="http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/features/nuts-help-lower-bad-cholesterol">Walnuts, almonds, pecans, and pistachios</a> have been shown to lower bad cholesterol. Steer clear of macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, and cashews, though &mdash; they have a bad net effect on cholesterol.</p> <h2>7. Green Tea</h2> <p>Is there anything that green tea can't do? We already know that green tea can lower blood sugar, but <a href="http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/green-tea">green tea also lowers total cholesterol</a> (while increasing the good kind of cholesterol, HDLs).</p> <h2>8. Red, Red Wine</h2> <p><a href="http://www.ynhh.org/about-us/red_wine.aspx">Moderate consumption of red wine</a> (stick with cabs and pinots, pass on the merlot) can help lower bad cholesterol, boost good cholesterol, and prevent dangerous blood clots. However, the benefits of drinking red wine should not compel people who do not already consume wine to begin doing so. To get the most bang for your buck, stick to a single 4 ounce serving per day (men can consume up to two 4 ounce servings per day).</p> <h2>9. Avoid Transfats</h2> <p>Transfats have been a bit of a public villain for a while now, and it's partly because they have been proven time and time again to have a <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/trans-fat/art-20046114">bad effect on cholesterol</a>. So stay away from them, okay?</p> <h2>10. Quit Smoking</h2> <p>Did you know that your HDL (&quot;good&quot;) cholesterol levels increase as soon as <a href="http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/smoking-and-high-cholesterol">you stop smoking</a>? Hey, I didn't say it was going to be easy, but it will be really, really good for you.</p> <p><em>How many of these bad cholesterol lowering practices do you follow?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-simple-ways-to-lower-your-cholesterol">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-health-foods-not-worth-the-money">11 Health Foods Not Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-killer-ways-to-really-actually-lose-weight">7 Killer Ways to Really, Actually Lose Weight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thinking-of-going-on-a-diet-heres-how-to-figure-out-which-one-is-right-for-you">Thinking of Going on a Diet? Here&#039;s How to Figure Out Which One Is Right for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-healthy-habits-that-can-hurt-you">20+ Healthy Habits That Can Hurt You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-doing-it-wrong-6-health-and-fitness-rules-that-have-changed">You&#039;re Doing It Wrong: 6 Health and Fitness Rules That Have Changed</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty cholesterol diet fitness Health heart health Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:00:05 +0000 Andrea Karim 1237802 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Signs That You're Sleep Deprived http://www.wisebread.com/6-signs-that-youre-sleep-deprived <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-signs-that-youre-sleep-deprived" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tired-businesswoman-178042724-small.jpg" alt="tired businesswoman" title="tired businesswoman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yawns, irritability, lack of oomph. These are the tell-tale signs of sleep deprivation we're all familiar with. But studies show a shortage of slumber can have far greater &mdash; and stranger &mdash; consequences on our bodies and minds. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-hours-9-hours-this-is-how-much-sleep-you-really-need?ref=seealso">8 Hours? 9 Hours? This Is How Much Sleep You REALLY Need</a>)</p> <p>Read on for our roundup of some of the less-than-obvious repercussions of sleep loss.</p> <h2>1. You've Got a Shortened Attention Span</h2> <p>A shortened attention span can result directly from sleep deprivation. Now for the scary part: It can also be irreversible. Leading researchers this year found <a href="http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/2014/03/veasey/">evidence of brain damage in people suffering from chronic sleep loss</a>.</p> <p>&quot;In general, we've always assumed full recovery of cognition following short- and long-term sleep loss,&quot; said Sigrid Veasey, the lead researcher behind the study. &quot;But some of the research in humans has shown that attention span and several other aspects of cognition may not normalize even with three days of recovery sleep, raising the question of lasting injury in the brain.&quot;</p> <h2>2. You've Got High Blood Pressure</h2> <p>A single night of inadequate sleep in people suffering from existing hypertension can trigger elevated blood pressure. Researchers believe this may explain <a href="http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/consequences/sleep-and-disease-risk">the correlation between sleep deprivation and cardiovascular disease and stroke</a>.</p> <h2>3. You're Gaining Weight</h2> <p>Poor sleep is now considered a risk factor for obesity, right up there with overeating and lack of exercise. Studies show that people who sleep less than six hours per night are much more likely to have a higher than average body mass index. People who habitually sleep eight hours or more have the lowest BMI.</p> <p>The bodies of people who are sleep deprived also tend to secrete greater amounts of insulin following a meal. Insulin promotes fat storage, and higher levels of insulin are associated with weight gain, which is a risk factor for diabetes.</p> <h2>4. You're Making Mistakes Left and Right</h2> <p>Sleep deprivation can impair job performance &mdash; and the consequences can be mammoth. Investigators have determined that <a href="http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/consequences/sleep-performance-and-public-safety">sleep deprivation played a role in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger</a>, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and the nuclear disasters at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl.</p> <p>Sleep loss is also the culprit behind an untold number of medical errors in hospitals. More than a million injuries and up to 100,000 deaths each year result from preventable medical errors, and many of these may be caused by insufficient sleep, according to Institutes of Medicine.</p> <h2>5. You've Been In a Car Crash &mdash; And It Was Your Fault</h2> <p>A National Sleep Foundation survey found that 60% of adult drivers &mdash; about 168 million people &mdash; have been drowsy at the wheel in the past year, and that more than 100 million people have actually dozed off while strapped in the driver's seat. Another estimate by the Institute of Medicine points to drowsy driving as the cause of 20% of all motor vehicle crashes. That would mean that poor sleep causes approximately 1 million crashes, 500,000 injuries, and 8,000 deaths each year in the U.S.</p> <h2>6. You're Feeling Depressed</h2> <p>Lack of sleep may trigger depression &mdash; especially in teens. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/02/06/272441146/less-sleep-more-time-online-amp-up-teen-depression-risk">Teenagers who don't get enough sleep</a> are four times as likely to develop major depressive disorder as their peers who sleep more, according to research from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.</p> <p>Ironically, sleep deprivation is also being studied as a <a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-sleep-deprivation-eases-depression/">treatment for depression</a>, the very mental ailment it's known to cause. Research shows that sleep deprivation is successful up to 70% of the time when used as a method to boost the mood of a person who's feeling depressed. But here's the kicker: It only lasts until the person falls asleep.</p> <p><em>Can't get a good night's sleep? What are you doing to sleep more? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-signs-that-youre-sleep-deprived">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-naturally-reset-your-sleep-cycle-overnight">How to Naturally Reset Your Sleep Cycle in One Night</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free">These At-Home Exercises Will Give You a Gym-Quality Workout for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-have-energy-after-work">7 Easy Ways to Have Energy After Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-quick-ways-to-become-more-hygienic">10 Quick Ways to Become More Hygienic</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-habits-that-are-quietly-making-you-fat-and-have-nothing-to-do-with-eating">7 Habits That Are Quietly Making You Fat (and Have Nothing to Do With Eating)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips fitness insomnia lack of sleep sleep sleepiness Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:00:04 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1235109 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Habits That Are Quietly Making You Fat (and Have Nothing to Do With Eating) http://www.wisebread.com/7-habits-that-are-quietly-making-you-fat-and-have-nothing-to-do-with-eating <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-habits-that-are-quietly-making-you-fat-and-have-nothing-to-do-with-eating" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tired-businesswoman-187953736-small.jpg" alt="tired businesswoman" title="tired businesswoman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Can't figure out why you're packing on the pounds lately? It may not be related to food at all. In fact, some of your habits may be contributing to the spike on the scale. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-killer-ways-to-really-actually-lose-weight?ref=seealso">7 Killer Ways to Actually Lose Weight</a>)</p> <p>Find out if you're guilty of these seven habits that are quietly making you fat, and then take steps to correct them.</p> <h2>1. Sitting at Your Desk</h2> <p>It's no secret that a sedentary lifestyle &mdash; also known as the &quot;Sitting Disease&quot; &mdash; can lead to a whole host of problems (the least of which is a few extra pounds, by the way), but those problems are amplified if you're sitting around just as much at work as you are at home.</p> <p>WebMD reports that &quot;long periods of physical inactivity raise your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.&quot; There are <a href="http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/do-you-have-sitting-disease">small gradual changes you can make</a>, however, that will get you up and moving again. For starters, get up from your desk and walk around, stretch, or move for a period of at least five minutes. Need motivation? Instead of sending an email to Bill in accounting, take a stroll to his office to speak to him in person. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-ways-to-get-more-exercise-without-working-out?ref=seealso">6 Simple Ways to Get More Exercise Without Working Out</a>)</p> <h2>2. Not Getting a Good Night's Sleep</h2> <p>There's plenty of science that points to<a href="http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/lack-of-sleep-weight-gain"> a correlation between sleep deprivation and weight gain</a> &mdash; there are hormones and other factors involved &mdash; but we don't have to get complicated to understand that not getting enough shut-eye is hurting your waistline. The bottom line is that sleep deprivation is a vicious cycle that is facilitated by and also results in poor eating habits (like too many cups of coffee or a sugar boost to get you through the day) that lead to feelings of sluggishness that make you want to skip the gym which increases the likelihood that you'll continue to eat poorly once you get home&hellip; and so on. Of course, when it's time to go to bed, you're too wound up to sleep &mdash; and so the cycle continues.</p> <p>Work on developing <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-back-the-zombies-4-ways-to-avoid-sleep-deprivation?ref=seealso">better sleep habits</a>, and it'll be that much easier to develop better diet and exercise habits.</p> <h2>3. Poor Posture, Even If It's an Illusion</h2> <p>You're not actually gaining weight if you have poor posture &mdash; you could be healthy and active and fit &mdash; but if you're a sloucher, you're making those couple extra pounds look like <em>several</em> extra pounds. To combat this problem and ultimately look slimmer, be conscious of how you're sitting and standing so you can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-and-keep-amazing-posture-by-doing-these-10-stretches-today">work on your posture</a>.</p> <h2>4. Riding Instead of Walking (or Climbing)</h2> <p>Do you always take the escalator when there's a staircase right beside it? Do you ride the elevator up one or two floors when you could walk? Are you hopping cabs to go a few blocks?</p> <p>If these scenarios sound like you, you're missing out on crucial exercise opportunities that may seem small individually but will add up over time and potentially result in weight loss. If you want to lose more weight, you need to get moving more often. Plus, if you do it throughout the day with small steps at a time, you won't have to beat yourself up at the gym &mdash; which also can lead to discouragement and eventually avoidance of exercise altogether.</p> <h2>5. Taking Certain Kinds of Medication</h2> <p>Some of the medications you're taking may be contributing to your weight gain, so it's important to discuss this with your doctor if you've noticed a change. Ideally, these side effects should be discussed in advance of the prescription so you're informed, but if you've been on a particular medication for a while that you think is the culprit, schedule an appointment to get the situation under control.</p> <h2>6. Changing Into Sweats/Pajamas as Soon as You Get Home</h2> <p>We're all guilty of this from time to time &mdash; and it's not completely terrible if it's every once in a while &mdash; but if this is a regular habit of yours, you need to nip it in the bud right now.</p> <p>This is more a psychological issue than anything else, because when you change into your pajamas as soon as you get home, you automatically enter a mindset that you're not doing anything for the rest of the day or night. This leads to hours on the couch, binge watching television, and probably stuffing your face with junk food out of pure boredom. To curb this habit, add more hobbies and activities to your life that'll keep you busy and moving. Don't cop out with the ol' &quot;I don't have time&quot; routine either; if you've got time to stare at the tube for multiple hours on end, you've got time to do something more productive. It's just a matter of your willingness. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-fun-frugal-things-to-do-tonight-besides-watch-tv?ref=seealso">25 Fun, Frugal Things to Do Tonight Besides Watch TV</a>)</p> <h2>7. Putting Off Exercise</h2> <p>And finally, the top habit that is quietly making you fat &mdash; in my opinion anyway.</p> <p>It's very easy to find a million other lazy things to do than get your butt up and burning calories. Trust me, I was a victim of that mentality for a long time. I understand how hard it is to get out of that rut. Nonetheless, it's important for you to help yourself get healthy. Nobody else can do it for you, and you owe it to yourself anyway. Instead of brushing off the opportunity to get active next time &mdash; even if it's just for a few minutes &mdash; take advantage of it. I promise that afterward your body and your mind will feel better, and hopefully it will be the beginning of a more positive, healthier you.</p> <p><em>Do you have other habits to offer that are quietly making us fat? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-habits-that-are-quietly-making-you-fat-and-have-nothing-to-do-with-eating">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-youre-doing-these-4-exercises-your-workouts-are-worth-nothing">If You&#039;re Doing These 4 Exercises, Your Workouts Are Worth Nothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-to-reduce-your-risk-of-diabetes">10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-killer-ways-to-really-actually-lose-weight">7 Killer Ways to Really, Actually Lose Weight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thinking-of-going-on-a-diet-heres-how-to-figure-out-which-one-is-right-for-you">Thinking of Going on a Diet? Here&#039;s How to Figure Out Which One Is Right for You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Health and Beauty Personal Development diet exercise fitness weight gain weight loss Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:00:03 +0000 Mikey Rox 1229271 at http://www.wisebread.com People Who Love Their Bodies Never Do These 17 Things — Do You? http://www.wisebread.com/people-who-love-their-bodies-never-do-these-17-things-do-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people-who-love-their-bodies-never-do-these-17-things-do-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy-businessman-477452129-small.jpg" alt="happy businessman" title="happy businessman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you love your body? Do you want to?</p> <p>When you love your body, you'll treat it in certain ways. You will lavish love on it, revel in it, and enjoy all of the things it allows you to do.</p> <p>This means that you also will not do certain things to it. You won't act unkindly, or disrespectfully, or in ways that will harm your body in the long run. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-what-it-really-costs-to-get-sick?ref=seealso">This is What It Really Costs to Get Sick</a>)</p> <p>Not sure what this looks like in real life? Here are some behaviors that people who love their bodies never engage in.</p> <h2>1. Sleep Too Much</h2> <p>Surprise, surprise. Sleeping too much has <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/05/health/upwave-sleep-too-much/">some of the same bad side effects</a> as sleeping too little, including a propensity towards obesity and diabetes. So, sleep seven to nine hours each night and you're good.</p> <h2>2. Stress Out All the Time</h2> <p>It's normal to be stressed every once in a while. Even high stress can be okay, as long as your levels go back down after a while. But continued high stress means you're in &quot;fight or flight&quot; mode all the time, which can cause heart problems, depression, and even PTSD.</p> <h2>3. Stay Inside All Day</h2> <p>You need vitamin D to help keep up your energy and avoid depression. The best way to get this is <a href="http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/how-do-i-get-the-vitamin-d-my-body-needs/">via sunlight</a>, which you can only do by spending at least a few minutes outside. Don't get a sunburn! Instead, expose your skin for about half the time it would take you to start turning pink.</p> <h2>4. Train Too Hard</h2> <p>When you want to change your body, it's easy to exercise hard, for a long time. Too much exercise, though, leaves you <a href="http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/fatigue.html">more likely to get sick</a>. Since illness often undermines exercise plans, train at moderate levels so you can sustain your health and improve your performance.</p> <h2>5. Stop Laughing</h2> <p>Laughing can help reduce your stress, improve your memory, and help your mind perform better. It also helps you regain perspective, even in difficult situations. So do what you need to do to laugh: Talk to a funny friend, listen to a child's joke, or watch someone funny on TV.</p> <h2>6. Binge Drink</h2> <p>Drinking a lot of alcohol over a short period of time is <a href="http://www.clinicalcorrelations.org/?p=5603">never good for you</a>, and when you do it often, you can get everything from mouth cancer to heart arrhythmias. If you regularly have more than four drinks (for a woman) or five (for a man), change your habits to care for your body.</p> <h2>7. Forget to Apply Sunscreen</h2> <p>This one is almost a no brainer, if you don't want skin cancer. Still, we avoid it because it's a pain to put on and it's greasy and gross. But it's worth it!</p> <h2>8. Smoke. At All. Ever. Even Socially.</h2> <p>Any smoking, <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/the-truth-about-social-smoking-2345824.html">even the occasional social cigarette</a>, raises your risks of cancer and lung or heart disease. Very few occasional or social smokers stay that way, since nicotine is highly addictive. So just stay away.</p> <h2>9. Skip Stretching</h2> <p>While we're on the topic of exercise, don't forego stretching. Some studies show that <a href="http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/does-stretching-reduce-injury-risk-0">forgetting to stretch can make you more prone to injury</a>, which hurts your body both now and for the long term. It also reduces your flexibility, which you want to <a href="http://web.mit.edu/tkd/stretch/stretching_3.html">maintain as you get older</a>.</p> <h2>10. Have Unprotected Sex</h2> <p>This is a huge risk factor for health problems down the road. Protect yourself, so you can avoid STDs, including AIDS, as well as unwanted pregnancy. Respect your own body and that of your partner, and <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/condomeffectiveness/brief.html">use a condom</a>.</p> <h2>11. Ignore Illness</h2> <p>If you have a medical condition, <a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsweek/10_steps_for_coping_with_a_chronic_condition.htm">take care of yourself</a>. Even if it means changing your lifestyle, making the effort could mean the difference between good health and poor. Finding out that you have a chronic condition can feel overwhelming, hopeless, and defeating. Take a deep breath, work with your doctor, and find people who will support you as you figure out how to care for yourself.</p> <h2>12. Feel Down About Your Body</h2> <p>When your body isn't looking or acting the way you want it to, it's easy to insult yourself or think poorly about how you look and who you are. Instead, <a href="http://greatist.com/happiness/media-body-image-talk-to-self">work to accept yourself as you are</a>, even if you know changes could be made to improve your health.</p> <h2>13. Avoid the Doctor</h2> <p>Yearly check ups are a pain, but they help you <a href="http://www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-living/getting-regular-checkups.aspx">stay on top of your health</a>. They also give you a chance to ask those annoying little questions, which can mean the difference between good and poor health. If you don't have a doctor, ask your friends who they see or see who your health insurance company recommends.</p> <h2>14. Live On Junk Food</h2> <p>We all eat a brownie now and then, but eating junk food regularly leads to <a href="http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/fast-food-nutrition-junk-foods-effect-on-your-body.html">all sorts of problems</a>. If you struggle with this, begin finding satisfying substitutes for your favorite foods. For instance, you might eat kale chips instead of potato chips (don't knock 'em 'til you've tried 'em!).</p> <h2>15. Dine Out Every Night</h2> <p>After a long day, no one wants to cook, especially if it's hot in your home. But people who prepare their own food are more likely to avoid <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/bethhoffman/2012/06/18/whats-so-great-about-cooking-four-reasons-and-resources-to-diy/">medical problems</a>. If that doesn't convince you, cooking at home is cheaper and better for the environment than dining out.</p> <h2>16. Stop Eating</h2> <p>It can be easy to want to stop eating entirely, especially when you're frustrated with your weight or under a lot of stress. You will be <a href="http://steadystrength.com/why-you-have-to-eat-to-lose-fat/">healthier and happier</a>, though, if you choose a diet plan that allows you plenty of calories and helps make sure you feel full.</p> <h2>17. Spend All Day Sitting</h2> <p>When you stay sitting for hours and hours, it <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5879536/how-sitting-all-day-is-damaging-your-body-and-how-you-can-counteract-it">hurts your body in all sorts of ways</a>. You lower your ability to take up glucose, raise your triglycerides and bad (LDL) cholesterol, and raise your risk of dying from heart disease and certain types of cancer. Instead, take breaks and get moving.</p> <p><em>Have you stopped doing something that's helped you love your body more? What would it be like for you to implement these ideas?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/people-who-love-their-bodies-never-do-these-17-things-do-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-people-have-these-10-things-in-their-homes-do-you">Healthy People Have These 10 Things in Their Homes — Do You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-easy-ways-to-start-taking-better-care-of-yourself-today">9 Easy Ways to Start Taking Better Care of Yourself Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-enough-sleep">Get enough sleep</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-dumb-things-holding-you-back-from-losing-weight">14 Dumb Things Holding You Back From Losing Weight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-ways-to-get-more-exercise-without-working-out">6 Simple Ways to Get More Exercise Without Working Out</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Health and Beauty bad health fitness Health healthy living self care Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:00:05 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1221084 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Easy Ways to Start Taking Better Care of Yourself Today http://www.wisebread.com/9-easy-ways-to-start-taking-better-care-of-yourself-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-easy-ways-to-start-taking-better-care-of-yourself-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/office-worker-break-466163297-small.jpg" alt="office worker break" title="office worker break" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You probably have a clear list of priorities in your life. There are people who are important to you, a job you're committed to, and other obligations that fill up your schedule. But where do <em>you</em> fall on your own list of priorities? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-habits-of-financially-happy-people?ref=seealso">10 Habits of Financially Happy People</a>)</p> <p>This isn't a matter of selfishness; it's a matter of self-care. You won't be able to care for anyone else if you're stressed, depressed, or depleted. So start a personal recharge today with these nine easy ways to take better care of yourself.</p> <h2>1. Make (and Keep!) Appointments with Yourself</h2> <p>Without formally scheduling some time to take for ourselves, life has a way of making sure every last moment gets filled up. Carve out some you time by making appointments with yourself. Be sure to treat these to-dos with the same seriousness you would any other appointments. Since you wouldn't miss a scheduled visit with your doctor, dentist, or hairdresser, you shouldn't miss one with yourself.</p> <h2>2. Take a Break</h2> <p>If you can't devote an entire day or even a full hour, reserve a few minutes to take better care of yourself throughout the day. For instance, <a href="http://tinybuddha.com/blog/5-unusual-ways-meditate-simple-daily-de-stressing/">just two minutes of meditation</a> can reduce anxiety levels and help clear your thinking. The next time you find yourself waiting for a meeting to start, sitting on the subway, or otherwise stalled on the hamster-wheel of modern life, set the timer on your phone for two minutes and just focus on your breathing.</p> <h2>3. &hellip;And Then Take a Longer Break</h2> <p>It's no secret that Americans work long, hard hours, but did you know that 41% of us <a href="http://traveleffect.com/research/overwhelmed-america">don't even plan to take all the vacation time</a> we've accumulated? Even if you don't have the time or money to take a long-distance trip, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-fun-winter-staycation-ideas">plan a quick get-away</a> close to home. Or, schedule a &quot;staycation&quot; and revisit a few of those hobbies you've been putting off. Better yet, simply enjoy the wild luxury of having nothing in particular to do!</p> <h2>4. Get Moving</h2> <p>Walking is one of the most basic forms of exercise recommended by doctors for people of all ages and ability levels. Walking is also slow-paced, so it can calm your mind as well as exercise your body. Enhance the experience by taking a walk through beautiful scenery or along a new and undiscovered route. Explore creative ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-walk-more">fit walking into your day</a>, like parking farther away from your destination or walking in place during TV commercials.</p> <h2>5. Indulge in DIY Spa Therapy</h2> <p>We all have basic personal hygiene rituals, so why not make yours special? Substitute a quick shower for a soothing bath and light some candles for more ambiance. Take it to the next level with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home">at-home spa treatments</a> &mdash; your body, mind, and frazzled last nerve will thank you.</p> <h2>6. On the Rocks? Hold the Sugar and Caffeine</h2> <p>Switching your coffee for warm water with lemon will banish caffeine jitters and promote better health. Sugar is another ingredient to consider eliminating from your drinks. Skip the sweet stuff and enjoy fruit and vegetable juices instead. Cut the natural sugar levels in these drinks by diluting with water. Experiment with <a href="http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20559953,00.html">nutritious juice recipes</a> that will satisfy your taste buds and support your health goals, too.</p> <h2>7. Reap the Benefits of Sleep</h2> <p>Don't think of a good night's sleep as a luxury; think of it as an absolute necessity. Research shows that <a href="http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-benefits-10/healing-power-sleep">lack of sleep is linked to a host of maladies</a> from the common cold to heart disease. Keep yourself refreshed and less susceptible to anxiety by staying well-rested. While naps are a great way to recharge quickly, if you're having trouble sleeping on a consistent basis, <a href="http://www.everydayhealth.com/sleep-pictures/0708/8-cheap-and-natural-insomnia-remedies.aspx#01">try inexpensive natural remedies</a> and learn how to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-sleep-better-in-fewer-hours">sleep better in fewer hours</a>.</p> <h2>8. Eat Well</h2> <p>Besides getting enough sleep, eating a nutritious diet is one of the most basic things we can do to nurture our well-being. Remember, what you eat matters as much as what you don't eat. Adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet can be as simple as limiting grocery shopping to the perimeter of the store (junk food and processed food tends to pool in the middle). And since some foods are known for their stress-relieving properties; start building healthy meals around <a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/466325-foods-to-calm-nerves/">foods that help calm nerves</a>. You'll be sure to notice a difference.</p> <h2>9. Floss</h2> <p>I'm not kidding. You know you should do it; your dentist tells you to do it &mdash; but is flossing a consistent part of your daily routine? If not, it's time to turn over a new leaf. Flossing isn't just a fundamental part of dental hygiene &mdash; some dentists even assert it's more important that brushing &mdash; the practice is <a href="http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/living-well/articles/2009/02/20/10-health-habits-that-will-help-you-live-to-100">linked to overall longevity</a>. Protect your health by avoiding periodontal disease and tooth loss. You'll feel better and smile brighter.</p> <p><em>How do you take care of yourself? What's the least expensive but most effective method for recharging your batteries and reclaiming part of your day? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-easy-ways-to-start-taking-better-care-of-yourself-today">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-quick-ways-to-become-more-hygienic">10 Quick Ways to Become More Hygienic</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/people-who-love-their-bodies-never-do-these-17-things-do-you">People Who Love Their Bodies Never Do These 17 Things — Do You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-green-workout">The Ultimate &quot;Green&quot; Workout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-ways-to-get-more-exercise-without-working-out">6 Simple Ways to Get More Exercise Without Working Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living General Tips exercise fitness Health hygiene mood self care self improvement Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:00:05 +0000 Kentin Waits 1219247 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Online Workout Videos for Free or Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/7-online-workout-videos-for-free-or-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-online-workout-videos-for-free-or-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/workout-program-video-stk327074rkn-small.jpg" alt="man workout video" title="man workout video" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You don't need to purchase DVDs to gain a beefy collection of at-home workouts &mdash; YouTube is an excellent resource for quick exercise routines that cost nothing at all. And there are many other free and lost-cost options from which to choose. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free?ref=seealso">These At-Home Exercises Will Give You a Gym-Quality Workout For Free</a>)</p> <p>So, simply turn on your computer, set it on a level surface, and get moving. If you have a streaming TV device &mdash; like a Roku or an Apple TV &mdash; even better. Let's start the sweat streaming!</p> <h2>1. Fitness Blender</h2> <p>You can find a wide variety of workouts on <a href="http://www.fitnessblender.com/">Fitness Blender</a> for free. Each comes complete with a video and information detailing how many minutes the workout takes, the number of calories you'll burn, and the parts of the body you'll focus on &mdash; so there's no guessing. I love the creative blend of different techniques the trainers use to keep people moving, like this <a href="http://www.fitnessblender.com/v/workout-detail/Day-4-5-Day-Workout-Challenge-to-Burn-Fat-Build-Lean-Muscle-Kickboxing-Yoga-Workout/k4/">Cardio Kickboxing and Yoga Workout</a>. Choose to become a member (also free) to comment on different workouts, save your favorites, and keep up with the latest releases via social media.</p> <h2>2. Blogilates</h2> <p>Cassey Ho is the personal trainer behind the popular site <a href="http://www.blogilates.com/workout-video-index/">Blogilates</a>. As the name implies, these workouts are focused on a mix of Pilates, cardio, and strength for the whole body. There are quick workouts less than 10 minutes in length and longer sessions that reach close to the hour mark. All are free, and Ho even offers a monthly workout calendar if you sign up for her free newsletter. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-apps-that-pay-you-to-exercise?ref=seealso">5 Apps That Pay You To Exercise</a>)</p> <h2>3. Workoutz</h2> <p>If you'd prefer your exercises to be organized by focus area, visit <a href="http://workoutz.com/">Workoutz</a> for plenty of free fitness videos at your fingertips. If you get bored with the same old routine, just check out the &quot;What's New&quot; box to see the latest uploads to the site. Right now, there's heavy training rope work, sandbag lifts, and advanced plank with resistance bands. I like that kind of variety!</p> <h2>4. The Gym Box</h2> <p>If you have $10 a month to spare, check out <a href="https://thegymbox.com/">The Gym Box</a>, which is an awesome streaming workout service you can watch on your TV, PC, or Mac. You'll find over 2,000 guided workouts for everything from step to cycling, dance to strength training, and beyond. Most workouts don't require any special equipment. And you can try this service free for 15 days if all you need is a kick-start.</p> <h2>5. FitFusion</h2> <p>Or perhaps you'd rather try <a href="https://www.fitfusion.com/">FitFusion</a>, which is also $10 a month and offers unlimited access to over 260 branded workouts by popular trainers. You can exercise with Jillian Michaels, get a good stretch with Gaiam, or sweat it out with Billy Blanks. There are over 125 hours of workouts in all with 24 trusted trainers. If you don't like what you see, you can cancel at any time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-people-have-these-10-things-in-their-homes-do-you?ref=seealso">Healthy People Have These 10 Things In Their Homes &mdash; Do You?</a>)</p> <h2>6. Hulu Plus</h2> <p>If you're a member of <a href="http://www.hulu.com/">Hulu Plus</a>, you might already know about its wealth of fitness programming. If not, I'm here to enlighten you. For just $7.99 a month, you get access to some of the latest television shows as well as <a href="http://www.hulu.com/search?q=exercise">ExerciseTV and DailyBurn</a> with all sorts of workouts from aerobics to yoga, dancing to pilates. I love how some of the videos are less than five minutes in length, making them perfect for in-between show calorie burning.</p> <h2>7. Gaiam TV</h2> <p>For a blend of both physical and mental wellness, look no further than <a href="http://www.gaiamtv.com/">Gaiam TV</a>. The holistic approach will keep your body and mind fit and centered &mdash; all for just $9.99 per month. You'll find a blend of gentle to challenging yoga, Pilates, and other fitness routines. In addition, there are numerous videos focused on healthy eating, stress relief, spiritual growth, and all sorts of intriguing topics to expand your horizons and keep health foremost on your mind. You can also try the service free for 10 days with a trial membership.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite streaming workout video? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-online-workout-videos-for-free-or-cheap">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-youre-doing-these-4-exercises-your-workouts-are-worth-nothing">If You&#039;re Doing These 4 Exercises, Your Workouts Are Worth Nothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-reasons-why-you-should-take-a-walk">25 Reasons Why You Should Take a Walk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out">36 Workouts You Can Do in Your Living Room While It&#039;s Cold Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-habits-that-are-quietly-making-you-fat-and-have-nothing-to-do-with-eating">7 Habits That Are Quietly Making You Fat (and Have Nothing to Do With Eating)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty exercise fitness free workout home workout workout video Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:00:04 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1213031 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Detox for Fall Without an Expensive Juice Cleanse http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-detox-for-fall-without-an-expensive-juice-cleanse <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-detox-for-fall-without-an-expensive-juice-cleanse" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-eating-salad-186925347-small.jpg" alt="woman eating salad" title="woman eating salad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've seen a lot of reporting around juice cleanses lately. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home?ref=seealso">10 Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home</a>)</p> <p>Not only is the science behind them <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304360704579417170806726140">tentative at best</a>, but they are down-right expensive. I wanted solutions to get me ready for fall that would keep my body and bank account healthy, so here are five alternatives that skip the juice and help us feel better inside and out.</p> <h2>1. Go Raw and Vegan</h2> <p>One of the main troubles with juice cleanses is that they strip the juice from all of the fiber contained in the fruits and vegetables. We need that fiber to keep us feeling full and to keep our digestive system humming. Go raw and vegan for seven days, and you'll feel cleansed without feeling deprived. Try this <a href="http://gourmandelle.com/raw-vegan-detox-meal-plan-free-printable/">7-day raw vegan detox plan</a>, courtesy of Gourmandelle.</p> <h2>2. Cut the Sugar</h2> <p>Because the average U.S. grocery store is dominated by packaged, processed foods, we have a lot of excess sugar (and sodium) in our diets. At high levels, refined sugar is actually <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/healthyeating/9987825/Sweet-poison-why-sugar-is-ruining-our-health.html">toxic to our bodies</a>. One way to feel better fast is to cut refined sugar out of our diets. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1936608111/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1936608111&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=H3TSMANDZAT54RZR">The 21-Day Sugar Detox</a> offers 90, easy-to-prepare sugar-free recipes and a three-week meal planner to break our addiction to sugar while enjoying tasty, healthy food.</p> <h2>3. Drink More Water</h2> <p>Being dehydrated leads to all kinds of reactions in our bodies. We <a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/510463-how-body-mistakes-hunger-for-thirst/">feel hungry</a>, our <a href="http://www.today.com/health/surprising-reasons-youre-tired-all-time-1C9382214">energy drops</a>, and we're likely to <a href="http://www.medicinenet.com/dehydration/page3.htm#what_are_the_signs_and_symptoms_of_dehydration">suffer from more aches and pains</a>. The goal of a cleanse is to feel better; up your water intake and you'll see a short-term and long-term boost in your health.</p> <h2>4. Get Moving</h2> <p>Our bodies were made to move. As wonderful as technology is, we spend far too much time sitting still looking at a screen and <a href="http://www.popsci.com/science/gallery/2013-02/7-ways-sitting-will-kill-you?">it's literally killing us</a>. Sitting too much increases our risk of chronic disease, reduces life expectancy, contributes to poor mental health, and is a leading cause of obesity. We need to get up and out into the world, literally, to feel better and live longer.</p> <h2>5. Laugh It Up</h2> <p>Rather than pledging to follow a juice cleanse, actively make it a point to laugh more. The Mayo Clinic recently found that <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/stress-relief/art-20044456">laughter is serious medicine</a> for what ails us. It lowers stress, stimulates internal organs, boosts immunity, relieves physical pain, and improves our mental health. What more could you ask for in a cleanse?</p> <p>A change of seasons is a great time to take stock of our health. As a nutritionist friend of mine recently said, &quot;juice cleanses are nothing more than colorful, sweetly-packaged hype.&quot; Save the money, skip the juice, and follow the five strategies above to feel your best this fall.</p> <p><em>What are you doing to shape up for fall (and beyond)? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-detox-for-fall-without-an-expensive-juice-cleanse">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-apps-that-pay-you-to-exercise">5 Apps That Pay You To Exercise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-youre-doing-these-4-exercises-your-workouts-are-worth-nothing">If You&#039;re Doing These 4 Exercises, Your Workouts Are Worth Nothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free">These At-Home Exercises Will Give You a Gym-Quality Workout for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-health-foods-not-worth-the-money">11 Health Foods Not Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-reasons-why-you-should-take-a-walk">25 Reasons Why You Should Take a Walk</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty cleanse detox fitness juice cleanse Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:00:07 +0000 Christa Avampato 1209015 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Easy Ways to Burn Almost 1000 Extra Calories Per Day http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-ways-to-burn-almost-1000-extra-calories-per-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-easy-ways-to-burn-almost-1000-extra-calories-per-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/weight-training-home-90308904-small.jpg" alt="weight training home" title="weight training home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The warm summer weather, and the attire that goes along with it, provides extra incentive to keep ourselves in tip-top shape. So now that we're rounding the corner into fall and the hearty foods that it brings, we need some strategies to keep the extra pounds from finding their way back onto our waistlines.</p> <p>To lose one pound, you need to either <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/weight-loss/in-depth/exercise/art-20050999">burn 3500 calories or cut 3500 calories</a> from your diet. The 10-step plan below will help you eliminate 1000 calories per day without changing your schedule.</p> <h2>1. Get Your Fiber Early</h2> <p><strong>Calories Saved: 53</strong></p> <p>Although a lot of traditional breakfast foods are protein heavy (eggs, bacon, dairy), a breakfast rich in fiber is the way to go to get and keep slim. Fiber keeps us feeling full longer, so we consume fewer calories throughout the day and is an excellent way to keep our whole digestive system healthy. Replace your usual protein in the morning with a high fiber cereal such as oatmeal. One egg and a strip of bacon <a href="http://www.calorieking.com/foods/calories-in-egg-dishes-bacon-strip-fried-egg-cooked_f-ZmlkPTY4MTIy.html">contains 136 calories</a>. One-half cup of oatmeal <a href="http://www.calorieking.com/foods/calories-in-breakfast-cereals-to-be-cooked-oats-regular-or-instant-cooked-with-water_f-ZmlkPTY4MjI0.html">contains 83 calories</a>.</p> <h2>2. Skip the Bread at Lunch</h2> <p><strong>Calories Saved: 216</strong></p> <p>I have to give credit to Steve Harvey for this idea. He lost a noticeable amount of weight last year and recently explained some of the key ways he cut his calories. A sandwich is one of his favorite lunch go-to items. To slim down, he replaces the two slices of bread with romaine lettuce on either side. Two slices of whole grain bread <a href="http://www.calorieking.com/foods/calories-in-breads-sliced-bread-whole-grains-100-whole-wheat_f-ZmlkPTE4MDEwOA.html">contain 220 calories</a>. Four lettuce leaves (two for each side of the sandwich) <a href="http://www.calorieking.com/foods/calories-in-fresh-or-dried-vegetables-lettuce-cos-or-romaine-raw_f-ZmlkPTcwODk3.html">contain four calories</a>.</p> <h2>3. Toss Your Salad, Literally</h2> <p><strong>Calories Saved: 43</strong></p> <p>The typical serving size for salad dressing is two tablespoons. Most of us pour the dressing on top of our dinner salad once we make it, and rarely do we toss it. I use this trick: I place one tablespoon at the bottom of the bowl and then toss my salad thoroughly so that every single item in the salad is thinly coated with salad dressing. At <a href="http://www.calorieking.com/foods/calories-in-salad-dressings-italian_f-ZmlkPTYxNDQw.html">43 calories per tablespoon</a>, I get all of the taste and use half the recommended serving size.</p> <h2>4. Greek, Please</h2> <p><strong>Calories Saved: 42</strong></p> <p>Yogurt is one of my favorite midday snacks. I used to go for traditional fruit yogurt that <a href="http://www.calorieking.com/foods/calories-in-yogurts-fruit-variety-low-fat_f-ZmlkPTYxMzkx.html">contains 153 calories</a>. Then I discovered Greek yogurt has <a href="http://www.calorieking.com/foods/calories-in-yogurts-greek-blended-plain-no-fat_f-ZmlkPTE2OTM1MQ.html">90 calories</a> and is a much creamier alternative. To dress it up, I add a <a href="http://www.calorieking.com/foods/calories-in-fresh-fruits-blueberries-raw_f-ZmlkPTYzODI1.html">quarter cup of blueberries</a> for a total of 111 calories.</p> <h2>5. Hold the Half and Half</h2> <p><strong>Calories Saved: 67</strong></p> <p>I'm a big coffee drinker though having it black is just too bitter for my taste buds. I used half and half in my morning cup of joe and that added on <a href="http://www.calorieking.com/foods/calories-in-cream-half-half_f-ZmlkPTY4MzM0.html">39 calories</a>. Since my typical morning has two cups of coffee, I was adding 78 calories to my morning. I recently replaced my half and half with skim milk so that each splash only adds <a href="http://www.calorieking.com/foods/calories-in-milk-flavored-milk-nonfat_f-ZmlkPTY4NzE0.html">11 calories</a> per cup of coffee for a total of 22 calories.</p> <h2>6. Rejoice in Fidgeting</h2> <p><strong>Calories Burned: 100</strong></p> <p>I have a hard time sitting still. Even when I'm home writing, I pace around the room with my notebook and pen in hand, tap my fingers and toes, and wiggle around in my chair. According to several medical studies, fidgeters are onto something big. Scientists found that <a href="http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=99521&amp;page=2">people who fidget can burn about 100 calories </a>more than people who remain sedentary for most of the day.</p> <h2>7. Take Your Meetings on the Road</h2> <p><strong>Calories Burned: 200</strong></p> <p>At a corporate job, I spent a lot of time sitting in meetings. Over time, I found that I would have stomach aches and headaches at the end of the day. I wouldn't have these symptoms on weekends or when I worked at home. I soon deduced that sitting so much in my corporate office was the cause of those pains. To combat that, I took my one-on-one meetings outside. The pains disappeared and so did some excess calories. My regular walking pace is about 15 minutes per mile, so in a 30-minute meeting, I would get in a two-mile walk. We <a href="http://www.fitnessblender.com/v/article-detail/How-Many-Extra-Miles-do-you-need-to-Walk-a-Day-to-Lose-Weight-/ab/">burn about 100 calories per mile walked</a>, so each 30-minute walking meeting burned 200 calories total without taking any more time than my typical seated meeting.</p> <h2>8. Grab Those Weights</h2> <p><strong>Calories Burned: 100</strong></p> <p>Every day I get in a bit of weight training. I have simple free weights at home, and I use them when I'm watching TV or talking on speaker phone. While cardio burns more calories during a workout than weight training, weight training has the added benefit of <a href="http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/8-reasons-why-you-should-lift-heavier-weights/slide/4">helping you burn calories throughout the day</a> long after the workout is over. The heavier the weight, the better.</p> <h2>9. Get Some Shut-Eye</h2> <p><strong>Calories Burned: 100</strong></p> <p>Skimping on sleep has a number of effects on our health, but one that's often overlooked is weight-gain. A recent study showed that people who regularly got nine hours of sleep at night and then were reduced to five hours per night, <a href="http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/18/lost-sleep-can-lead-to-weight-gain/?module=Search&amp;mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C%7B%221%22%3A%22RI%3A7%22%7D">gained an average of two pounds</a> at the end of that first week. Another study found that women who were sleep deprived <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/adult-health/expert-answers/sleep-and-weight-gain/faq-20058198">gained an average of 11 pounds over a year</a> versus women who regularly slept seven to nine hours. It appears this arises because sleep deprived people eat more and feel more sluggish during their waking hours, so they also burn fewer calories. On a daily basis, sleeping well helps us to keep about 100 calories at bay.</p> <h2>10. Turn Down the Thermostat</h2> <p><strong>Calories Burned: 33</strong></p> <p>If only you could <a href="http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/sleeping-metabolism">burn <em>more</em> calories while sleeping</a>! A recent study shows that may be the case. People who slept in a 66-degree room burned 33 more calories during eight hours of sleep than people who slept in a 75-degree room. Over the course of a year, that adds up to almost 3.5 pounds of weight loss!</p> <p>By implementing these 10 strategies in a day, you burn or cut almost 1000 calories per day, and they don't add any extra time to your to-do list! That amounts to as much as two pounds of weight loss per week!</p> <p><em>Have you had success with small lifestyle changes that helped you lose weight and keep it off? Please share them in the comments section below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-ways-to-burn-almost-1000-extra-calories-per-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-dumb-things-holding-you-back-from-losing-weight">14 Dumb Things Holding You Back From Losing Weight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-killer-ways-to-really-actually-lose-weight">7 Killer Ways to Really, Actually Lose Weight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thinking-of-going-on-a-diet-heres-how-to-figure-out-which-one-is-right-for-you">Thinking of Going on a Diet? Here&#039;s How to Figure Out Which One Is Right for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-good-eating-habits-that-are-keeping-us-fat">6 &quot;Good&quot; Eating Habits That Are Keeping Us Fat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-apps-that-pay-you-to-exercise">5 Apps That Pay You To Exercise</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty diets fitness Health weight loss Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17:00:05 +0000 Christa Avampato 1207002 at http://www.wisebread.com Thinking of Going on a Diet? Here's How to Figure Out Which One Is Right for You http://www.wisebread.com/thinking-of-going-on-a-diet-heres-how-to-figure-out-which-one-is-right-for-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/thinking-of-going-on-a-diet-heres-how-to-figure-out-which-one-is-right-for-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-eating-salad-481302005-small.jpg" alt="woman eating salad" title="woman eating salad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most Americans at one point or another have attempted to go on a diet. Whether it be to detox the system, or to lose a few pounds, there are a plethora of diets out there, so the question always becomes: Which to choose? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-youre-eating-these-6-things-your-diet-is-doing-nothing?ref=seealso">If You're Eating These 6 Things, Your &quot;Diet&quot; Is Doing Nothing</a>)</p> <p>While we each have our favorites and may have strong opinions about others, here is my list of the most popular diets, and what they can (and cannot!) do for you.</p> <h2>Low Carb/Atkins/South Beach</h2> <p><strong>Best for: Quick fixers, Diabetics.</strong></p> <p>Probably one of the best known and most controversial diets, <a href="http://www.atkins.com/">Atkins</a> is based on the idea of a severely limited carbohydrate diet. The diet has three phases with varying levels of restrictions. For some, the results are impressive at the beginning, due to the strict diet restrictions, but dieters may find that the weight bounces back once more carbs are introduced back into the diet. <a href="http://www.southbeachdiet.com/">South Beach Diet</a> is a similar program, with more emphasis on watching saturated fats and allowing starchy vegetables. Low carbohydrate lifestyles are also ideal for diabetics, as the lifestyle often requires a drastic sugar reduction, as well.</p> <h2>Master Cleanse/Detoxes</h2> <p><strong>Best for: Those who want a reset.</strong></p> <p>Severe detox diets like the Master Cleanse often require a near-complete removal of solid foods from a diet for a period of time. The theory behind these cleanses is that you will be able to &quot;reset&quot; your body and remove built up toxins from the system. These are meant to be a temporary solution, because they are so drastic, and not a lifestyle, so if you decide to do a cleanse, make sure you have a plan for <em>after </em>the cleanse.</p> <h2>Low Calorie</h2> <p><strong>Best for: Those with good self-discipline, those in it for the long haul.</strong></p> <p>Arguably the best known way to lose weight, cutting calories can be very effective. Popular diets like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers have similar tenets, with points being used instead of straight calories, although their outcomes are essentially the same. Now that there are numerous apps, like <a href="http://www.sparkpeople.com/">SparkPeople</a>, <a href="http://www.myfitnesspal.com/">MyFitnessPal</a>, <a href="http://www.livestrong.com/myplate/">My Plate</a>, and countless others, cutting calories has never been easier.</p> <p>Living a low-calorie lifestyle can also help you learn about food consumption and nutrients, as you begin to read more labels and account for what you're putting into your body. Keep in mind that low-calorie may not be a fast way to lose weight, and you should never go below a healthy caloric level for your body. Try using calculators like &quot;<a href="http://iifym.com/">If it fits your macros</a>&quot; and<a href="http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/931670-bmr-and-tdee-explained-for-those-needing-a-guide"> TDEE</a> to find the best range for your body and lifestyle.</p> <h2>Vegetarian/Vegan</h2> <p><strong>Best for: Those with open-minded families.</strong></p> <p>If you're interested in trying a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle for health or moral reasons, consider the rest of your family before making the leap. While incorporating more vegetables and legumes is a great addition to any diet, restricting meat consumption can throw a kink into family dinners. If you've got a supportive family, though, a vegetarian lifestyle is a great choice for adding more essential nutrients and vitamins. But if the thought of giving up protein scares you, keep in mind that there are varying levels of vegetarianism (including those who consume eggs and fish), and many legumes contain sufficient levels of protein, too.</p> <h2>Gluten Free</h2> <p><strong>Best for: Those with Celiac Disease.</strong></p> <p>Gluten-free has become a popular diet in the last few years. The gluten-free lifestyle involves removal of most-to-all gluten in your life. However, if you choose this diet for weight loss instead of for health-reasons, keep in mind that &quot;gluten-free&quot; options are not always the healthiest choice available, either. Gluten-free breads and foods will contain additional additives and ingredients to produce the same results that gluten would, so binging on gluten-free cupcakes won't help you lose weight any easier.</p> <h2>Nutrisystem/Subscription Meal Services</h2> <p><strong>Best for: Those who can't cook well or want everything taken care of.</strong></p> <p>I first learned of Nutrisystem in college, when a roommate decided that it would be easier for her to begin a Nutrisystem diet than to budget time for meal preparation. (Coincidentally, she is now a clean living and diet guru.) The theory behind subscription meal services is that everything is taken care of for you, meal-wise. You pay for a certain number of meals, which are pre-packaged and delivered to your door. These meals are carefully calculated to offer a decent amount of daily needs, while still maintaining enough of a caloric deficit to induce weight loss. My roommate would complain of boredom when it came to the meals, however, and she did have some sodium level spikes due to the preservatives, so make sure the subscription service has enough options for your lifestyle. If you prefer something a little less constricting, services like <a href="http://www.blueapron.com/">Blue Apron</a> that deliver unprepared meals and recipes that are great to use as a sporadic meal here and there, rather than an entire diet.</p> <h2>Paleo</h2> <p><strong>Best for: Clean lifestyle enthusiasts.</strong></p> <p>The theory behind Paleo diets are fairly simple: If our ancestors didn't eat it, you don't need to, either. Paleo has some low carb/Atkins tenets, but it's much more restrictive on the additives you can and cannot have (things like Splenda or any other unnatural additive are not allowed on Paleo, while they are allowed on Atkins). You may also notice fans of Crossfit are also Paleo-enthusiasts, as they both promote clean living.</p> <p><em>What diet has been successful (or unsuccessful) for you? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/megan-brame">Megan Brame</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thinking-of-going-on-a-diet-heres-how-to-figure-out-which-one-is-right-for-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-15"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-killer-ways-to-really-actually-lose-weight">7 Killer Ways to Really, Actually Lose Weight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-health-foods-not-worth-the-money">11 Health Foods Not Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-to-reduce-your-risk-of-diabetes">10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-simple-ways-to-lower-your-cholesterol">10 Simple Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-habits-that-are-quietly-making-you-fat-and-have-nothing-to-do-with-eating">7 Habits That Are Quietly Making You Fat (and Have Nothing to Do With Eating)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty atkins diet fitness Health paleo weight loss Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:00:05 +0000 Megan Brame 1207022 at http://www.wisebread.com