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    5 Reasons You're Gaining Weight

    Weight gain is always a hot topic. Fad diets and exercises dominate the internet as people work to combat their increasing weight. Here we’ll review 5 reasons why you continue to gain weight and what you can do about it to achieve a healthier you.  

    1. You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep
    We are all busy and schedules are tight. If you’re looking to cut corners, do it elsewhere. Sleep is an essential for your body to function properly. This includes weight management, not to mention the fact that people who aren’t sleeping enough are obviously awake for additional number of hours each day. And the more hours you are awake, the more you will eat. Get into a sleep routine and attempt to go to bed at the same time every night. Also, ignore the caffeine late after 5pm and let your body fall asleep naturally.   2. You’re Constantly Starting Diets Diets shouldn’t be temporary fixes to drop a few pounds. When you halt the diet you will quickly gain weight again. Instead, focus on actually altering your eating habits. Consistently make smarter food choices and you will find that the weight will stay off. Listen to your body when it tells you it is hungry. Eat food slowly. And wait for your body to tell you when it’s full.   3. You’re Not Getting Any Younger As we grow older, metabolism is directly affected and muscle mass drops. The fact is, the larger your number in years, the slower your metabolism becomes and you become physically weaker. To combat this you must eat less and exercise more. It is that simple. As you grow older, eat more lean proteins and avoid too many carbs. Couple this with some sort of exercise regimen and you can effectively keep unnecessary pounds off.   4. Your Diet is Lacking Essential Nutrients Feeling tired and unmotivated? It may be directly related to a lack of nutrients. Low levels in vitamins, magnesium and iron can really alter your metabolism. Make sure your diet is diverse enough to get all of the essentials your body needs. Lean-meats, fruits and vegetables all will contribute to a healthy diet to help keep weight off.   5. You’re Too Stressed Stress is hard to avoid, I know. However, making conscious decisions to fight stress at work or the office will go a long way to assist your weight management regimen. If you are having trouble dealing with stress, therapy may be a viable option. Take a load off and get a massage or do activities that you enjoy. Just do what you have to do to keep stress levels lower and your pounds will follow suit.   These aren’t the only factors to help attack weight gain, but they’re great ways to start your assault! Be aware of what you are putting into your body, but also be aware of your lifestyle choices. Strategic decisions will work to keep weight off and contribute to a healthy life!   By Pat DeRiso Sources: webmd.com, prevention.com

    5 Reasons You're Tired and What to Do About It

    As the day goes on many of us feel fatigue setting in. Our eyelids become heavier and heavier as we stare into our computer or smartphone screens. Why do we feel like this? And what can we do about it? The answer includes more than just getting more sleep. There are many factors to reactivating a more alert, energized you.  Here’s a list of 5 ways to stop yawning and feel more perky today!   1.  Drink More Water Water does much more than just quench your thirst. Even slight dehydration (as little as 2%) can cause fatigue. The problem is that most people don’t drink nearly as much water as they should. But how much is enough? Take your body weight and divide it by 2. Health experts say to drink that number in fluid ounces of water each day. Tip: Buy a refillable water bottle and sip on it all day long. The ounces will pile up quickly and you will most certainly feel less tired!  

    2.  Clean Up Your Workspace
    A cluttered workstation causes distractions during your day and actually restricts your brain from processing information. The harder your brain is working, the more tired you will become. If your mess is large, chip away at the problem by scheduling 15 minutes a day to tidying things up. Regardless of the size of your clutter, make an effort to clean up your desk and your mind and body will thank you.   3. Stop Skipping Breakfast This is an all-too-common mistake. Many people say that they don’t have time for breakfast or enough room for the calories. However, breakfast is essential to kick-starting your metabolism and providing energy for your body. While you sleep, you are still burning all of the food from dinner the night before. You have to provide your body with more fuel to burn through in the morning. So feed the fire and you’ll be rewarded with more energy.   4. Avoid the Junk Food When you’re tired, the easy fix seems like sugar. Foods like donuts and cookies are easily accessible around the office or on-the-go. But you must work to resist their call. The sugar-rush will be extremely temporary and the crash will be hard on your energy levels. Reach for smarter snack options like fruit, vegetables, or whole-grains to fuel your body.
      5. Exercise ...even when you're tired It is so easy to hit the couch and not the gym when you are feeling run-down. Relaxing with a nap instead may seem like a quick fix, but most naps go too long and will leave you feeling more tired than before. A workout, however, will actually help you gain energy and feel less fatigued in the long-run. Next time you feel sluggish, get outside and get moving! Your energy levels are sure to increase.   Now you’re equipped with some tools to fight your fatigue. These 5 simple tips are guaranteed to help you lose that groggy feeling and get the pep back into your step!   By Pat DeRiso Source: health.com