Haven't seen any progress lately? Don't worry. Get moving in the right direction again with these tips.
Has the same number on the scale been popping up week after week? That's common. Being stuck at a weight-loss plateau eventually happens to most people trying to lose weight, despite continuing with the same exercise routine and healthy-eating habits.
Try these solutions:
- Reassess your habits. Look back at your food and activity records. Make sure you haven't loosened the rules, letting yourself get by with larger portions or less exercise.
- Rev up your workout. Increase the amount of time you exercise by an additional 15 to 30 minutes. You might also try increasing the intensity of your exercise if you feel that's possible. Additional exercise will cause you to burn more calories. Consider adding resistance or muscle-building exercises. Increasing your muscle mass will help you burn more calories.
- Pack more activity into your day. Think outside the gym. Increase your general physical activity throughout the day by walking more and using your car less, or try doing more yard work or vigorous fall cleaning.
Focus on your weight-loss victories, and recognize that plateaus are just part of the journey. Continue your healthy eating and exercise habits, knowing that will help you sustain the success you've had.
Healthy and Halloween are two words that do not usually coincide with each other. Since it’s a high season for candy, it can also be a frustrating time for parents (wanting to stay on track) and who additionally encourage kids to eat healthy foods and make sweets a limited part of a balanced and nutritious diet.
Here's a little perspective on just how scary Halloween really is. (Pun intended!)
The National Retail Federation (NRF) forecasts total Halloween spending—including candy, costumes, and decorations—to come in at $7.4 billion this year. That 7.4 billion dollars includes 2 billion dollars for Halloween candy and 350 million dollars for pet Halloween costumes.
The scary facts
- Kids consume up to 7,000 calories on Halloween (the same as 13 Big Macs!)
- The average trick-or-treater consumes about three cups of sugar- equivalent to 220 sugar packets
- Kids would need to trick or treat for 180 miles (60 hours) to burn off what they eat
- 68 percent of candy goes in the mouths of parents
When trick-or-treaters ring your doorbell,
what will you give them?
- Try nutritious, tasty foods and non-food options that promote physical activity.
- Set a good example for your own children and the neighborhood kids by passing out healthy treats.
- Don’t send your children out on an empty stomach. Make sure they eat a good healthy meal beforehand to reduce the urge to snack.
Healthy trick-or-treat alternatives
- Mini bottles of water,
- snack packets of dried fruit, baked pretzels, nuts and seeds
- packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling
Your Weight Matters – For Your Health
In order to promote a healthier public and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans affected by excess weight or obesity, the Obesity Action Coalition has launched a national weight and health awareness campaign, titled the Your Weight Matters Campaign. The Campaign is issuing a Challenge to all Americans to measure their weight and talk to their healthcare provider about it.
Anyone interested in taking the Your Weight Matters Campaign Challenge can do so online at www.YourWeightMatters.org. Campaign participants are provided with a FREE resource toolkit to help them prepare for the conversation of weight with their healthcare provider. The Your Weight Matters Campaign Toolkit also includes resources on topics such as nutrition, exercise and weight-loss options. In addition, Campaign participants can opt-in to receive Your Weight Matters Weekly, a weekly e-newsletter providing nutrition and fitness tips along with news about the Campaign and much more!
The OAC is dedicated to giving a voice to those affected by excess weight and obesity. To find out more about the OAC, visit www.ObesityAction.org. If you have any questions about the Your Weight Matters Campaign, please contact the OAC at 800-717-3117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.