2 Things That Can Sabotage Your Weight Loss

When you're trying to lose weight, it may sometimes seem like everything in your life is conspiring against you and making it more difficult to reach your goal. The truth is, there are many external distractions that make it virtually impossible to stay focused on your weight loss goals.

Here are two to watch out for:
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Weight Loss Secret: Eating Sandwiches to Lose Weight

When you're trying to lose weight, it's easy to fall into a rut with your meal plans because it seems like there are so few foods that you're allowed to eat. However, if you just get a little creative, you can come up with dozens of delicious and easy low calorie meals.

One of these creative dishes may surprise you: sandwiches! Eating sandwiches to lose weight? Wait -- what??

You may be used to thinking of sandwiches as being high in calories, and it's true that some are. But they don't HAVE to be.

Here are 4 secrets to making your sandwiches low calorie and delicious:
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Exercise Without Breaking the Budget

Many Hollywood celebrities have a personal trainer who helps motivate them to stay in shape. The drawbacks of hiring a personal trainer? Having one doesn't come cheap and you have to work your schedule around their schedule. There's a way for you to get your own personal trainer when you want one - and unlike the big bucks shelled out by wealthy Hollywood stars, it won't cost you even one cent!

You can lose weight, get into great shape and you don't even have to leave the comfort of your own home to do it. Instead of running off to a gym to keep an appointment with a personal trainer, you can have one come to you via your own computer screen or delivered right to your iPod/iPad.
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Is Getting in Shape Good for You But Bad for the Earth?

Getting in shape is one of the smartest things you can do for your body. It can improve your health and give you more energy. By the same token, though, do you know your workout could be sapping the Earth's energy? Robbing essential tools the Earth needs?

You may not even be aware of how much your workout hurts the world you live in. There are ways you can cut down on the waste your workout contributes to the depletion of the Earth's atmosphere and land. Just remember ='conserve and preserve.'
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How to See 'Dieting' in a New Light

Have you ever felt like following a diet was the same thing as being punished? It's easy to feel that way, especially if you are following a very strict diet that forbids you to eat the foods you used to enjoy so much.

The problem with this "punishment" mind-set is that eventually you are going to give up the diet because it makes you feel so depressed and frustrated, or you'll find little ways to strike back and rebel (mostly by cheating repeatedly on your diet). Is there a better way to handle this situation? Yes!
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How to Stop Feeling Hungry While Dieting

Persistent hunger pangs are enough to make even the strongest dieter want to quit - that hollow, empty, growling feeling in the pit of your stomach is not only distracting but annoying!

You'll be glad to know that there are many good ways to stop feeling hungry while dieting, and we've rustled up five great ones to share with you today:
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How to Train Yourself to Eat Less

Like most bad habits, overeating can quickly get out of control. It becomes automatic to reach for a second helping, even if you are no longer hungry after finishing the first serving. To lose weight and keep it off, it's crucial to train yourself to eat less. But how do you do that without feeling deprived?

Here are three good strategies for training yourself to eat less, painlessly:
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Stress and Healthy Eating: Eat Your Way to Peacefulness

Stress has become a chronic problem for many people these days, and overeating is often the way that many people deal with stress. But did you know that healthy eating can actually help you reduce stress and enjoy a much more peaceful way of life? Below are 3 strategies for using healthy eating to reduce stress:

Stress and Healthy Eating Strategy #1
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Calories in Sushi

This week's featured food is full of protein, carbs and good fats: sushi! With the fish, vegetables, avocado and nori (seaweed wrap), sushi is healthy in terms of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. The rice does add extra calories, but is still a good source of carbs. (Rice has gotten such a bad rep, unfortunately.) You can order sashimi to reduce the calories.
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How to Break the High-Calorie Snack Habit

Do you struggle with an ingrained habit of munching on high-calorie foods while you are at home? There's an easy way to break this habit - and in fact, it can be kind of fun to do it.

Many weight loss plans encourage you to remove fattening, high-calorie foods from your home so you won't be tempted to eat them. However, if you live with other people this may not be possible. Besides, removing the foods completely is not really a good way to strengthen your willpower. Being able to turn them down while they are staring you in the face is the true test of strength, right?
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