Food Is Not Your Enemy

4 Unexpected Things That Affect Your Weight
July 19, 2018, 2:33 pm
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Do you feel stuck? Do you believe that you eat well and exercise consistently, but you still aren’t losing weight? The answer to this dilemma may have nothing to do with food or working out.

It’s important to look at four other factors that might be getting in your way:

Lack of sleep. Numerous studies have shown that lack of sleep leads to weight gain. If you’re regularly getting less than seven hours of sleep, expect to feel hungrier than you otherwise would, and know that you will likely find yourself taking in more calories than if you’d had a good night’s sleep.

Stress. The fact is, stress makes us fat. And actively releasing that stress and relaxing can help us lose weight, in a way that all the steamed broccoli and skinless chicken breast in the world can’t. Stress activates a biological response that makes us feel hungry (which is why so many of us stress eat). Carbs and sugar are particularly appealing when we’re stressed. And stress leads to increased storage of belly fat.

Boredom. Many of us don’t realize how often we eat mindlessly, when we’re not even hungry. Boredom can be a big driver of this, where we end up using food as an activity, a way to fill time. Notice if you automatically hit the fridge when you can’t think of anything else to do with yourself.

A pleasure deficit. Are you having enough fun? If all you do is work and attend to various obligations, and it’s rare that you do anything that brings you joy, you may end up eating for pleasure. That hot fudge sundae that feels like the highlight of your week? It would be helpful to find something else that feels like a highlight of your week that doesn’t involve 1,200 calories.


Summer Skin Care, From the Inside Out
July 2, 2018, 10:27 am
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With summer upon us, it’s a good time to think about the health of our skin. Our skin is affected by both exterior and interior factors, so I’d like to offer a few tips on how to improve the health and vitality of our largest organ—our skin—by addressing what we put on our bodies as well as what we put in our bodies …

Use sunscreen daily on your face. Many of us only slather on sunscreen when at the pool or the beach. But the sun’s damaging rays are of course still a threat when we’re walking down the street window shopping, or standing in line to buy a taco from the taco truck. While it’s a good idea to use sunscreen daily on any exposed skin, it’s especially important to use sunscreen daily on your face if you want to help slow aging and reduce risk of skin cancer (skin cancers very commonly occur on the face). One caveat: To help your body get its fix of vitamin D, allow your arms or legs to be exposed to the sun for about 10 minutes before applying lotion to them.

Try Vitamin B3. According to Harvard Medical School, a promising study has found that vitamin B3 may help reduce risk of skin cancer. You can try taking 500 mg twice a day to help protect your skin, and/or add more vitamin B-rich foods into your diet, such as fish, poultry, red meat, mushrooms, asparagus, bell peppers, and tomatoes.

Limit alcohol. A study has suggested an association between alcohol intake and skin cancer. If you enjoy partaking, stick to what’s considered a moderate amount by the American Cancer Society: one drink a day for women, two drinks for men.

Drink plenty of water. Hydrated skin is healthy skin. Especially in the warmer months, try to hit 6-8 glasses a day, at least.

Reduce your consumption of dairy and sugar. Our sweat mixed with oil from lotions in the summer can lead to increased breakouts. Both dairy and sugar have been found to aggravate acne, so especially in summer it’s best to limit them.

Eat fish. The omega-3 fats in fish are great for our skin. The fattier the fish the better (hello salmon steaks on the grill!).