Benefits of Exercise

About two or three years ago, Time Magazine came out with an article about the effect of diet and exercise on weight loss. The conclusion was basically that exercise plays a minimum effect. As I remember, this article caused an uproar in the fitness community. And though not a popular idea, it had a lot of truth. Diets may be the number one thing that controls weight loss but exercise benefits the body in so many ways. Here are a few of my favorite:
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Helps Control Weight
I know what I just said. Diet aids weight loss more than exercise. But, exercise still burns calories, boosts the metabolism, and allows you eat more!

Fights Disease
Being active, no matter your weight, helps to reduce your  bad cholesterol levels which can lower your blood pressure and works to prevent heart disease.

Improves your Mood
“Exercise gives you endorphins and [...]

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The importance of Support, Guidance, Assistance, Encouragement & Help when trying to lose weight

Trying to lose weight can be difficult. I know, I know, this is nothing new! But hear what am about to talk about, it could help you! About 46 million Americans go on a diet each year and about 5 percent manage to keep the weight off. There are many ways to go about trying to lose weight. Tracking, following one of the thousands of fad diets, hire a trainer or dietitian, do bootcamps…. the list goes on and on.
Chat SupportOne of the best ways is social support groups – whether its online or in person – having someone to talk to and relate to has shown higher success rates than for those who try to do the weight loss thing all alone. Having someone there to give you motivational support and guidance is one of the most beneficial things you can [...]

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3 Tips to Guide You Towards Weight Loss Now

I wanted to share with you 3 of my top tips for when you are on any diet. These tips can help you succeed with weight loss.

1. AVOID THE SCALE!3 tips to help you lose weight nowThe scale is so overrated! Trust me, the scale can drive you crazy! Our bodies fluctuate constantly, so measuring your progress this way isn’t the best way. I understand that losing weight can be hard mentally and emotionally (I’m right there alongside you on this journey, too!), but I find that many people panic when they see the scale not budging or go up a notch rather than down – and I totally get this! I used to do this, and I used to panic about tiny gains or if the scale didn’t budge, too. But, I’ve learned that looking at the scale on a daily [...]

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Introducing our Newest App: Meal Plan for 17 Day Diet!

17 Day Diet Meal Plan appThe 17 Day Diet’s never been easier to follow! Normally this diet requires significant meal planning and tracking, but most of us just don’t have much time for that. With work, school, kids activities, and a social life to focus on, who’s got time for planning, calculating and tracking meals? Well now we’ve done it ALL for you!

We’ve taken 17 Day Diet compliant recipes and put them into meal plans just for you. The servings have been calculated and the meals have been balanced. This app is all you need to succeed on this diet.

17 Day Diet Meal Plan appYou just tell us which cycle you’re on and every week you’ll get a new meal plan that’s been hand-picked by us, just for you. There’s even a shopping list for [...]

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Why Drink More Water?

Want to improve your skin, health, and aid your weight loss efforts? Drink more water. This tried and true method gets over looked too often. The popular 17 Day Diet suggests you drink at least 8 eight cups daily and during the jumpstart phase of the Flat Belly Diet, 8 cups of “sassy water” are mandatory. But can this tasteless liquid really live up to all its claims read on to find out…

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Health Benefits of Drinking Water:

Healthier  Skin-Forget about  expensive creams or beauty treatments. Drinking water is the free way to hydrate your skin, prevent acne, and prevent wrinkles. 
Remove Toxins-Water flushes toxins from your body especially from your digestive tract. The kidney system is dependent on water to do its work. Water also helps get rid of excess nitrogen and ketones which is important when following a high protein diet.
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10 Commandments of Weight Loss

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Stop Coveting
Your first step to weight loss is to compare yourself to yourself and yourself only. We all compare ourselves to the 5 foot 8 inch girl we know who weighs 120 pounds and eats BLT’s everyday. Competing with others will only hinder us of reaching out own goals. Love Yourself!
Have a Plan
Make a plan and stick to it. Plan your meals and workout to make it easier to accomplish your goals. Realize your faults and plan around them. If you always skip breakfast, make something in advanced that you just have to heat up (our egg muffins are prefect for busy mornings) or buy some low sugar protein bars to have on-the-go.
Plan Cheat Meals 
If you really want to lose weight you need to eat clean and accept that a [...]

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Wednesday Weight Loss Progress Share

One thing that has always motivated me in my weight loss journey is looking at Before/After or Before/During Progress photos. They can be so motivating! I appreciate anyone who shares these images of themselves. It’s so encouraging to see others succeed! Am I right? And I am sure its rewarding for them to share their progress. They should be proud of their loss, even if you haven’t made it to your goal weight.
Progress is progress, no matter how small!
Us over here at Women’s Diet Network would love to share YOUR stories of success. We will include a little questionairre on how you did it and any tips or advice you have for others. Let’s motivate each other! Want to motivate and inspire others? Or be inspired and motivated? This little bit of encouragement can go a long way! I was a little hesitant to share because it’s hard to show [...]

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Flat Belly Diet

Find out how the Flat Belly Diet can help you lose 15 pounds in 32 days and learn lifetime healthy habits.
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BASICS
The basics of the diet are eating three meals and one snack a day each totaling 400 calories. You will eat 1600 calories daily with a Mediterranean-style eating plan and places an emphasis on eating real foods and avoiding processed ones. The key to the diet is eating a MUFA every meal. MUFA’s are monounsaturated fats found in nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, flax, avocado, and oils. In the Flat Belly Diet! book Coauthor and Registered Dietician Cynthia Sass explains, “research shows that MUFAs have health benefits and target belly fat. They also help control satiety, so by adding in one MUFA at [...]

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Upper Body Blast

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This is a the perfect cardio and strength workout when you are crunched for time. You can do it at home or in the gym all you need is a timer and weights. I use “Interval Timer” on the iphone. It is a free app that allows you to completely customize your fitness routine. You can set the length or your warm up, intervals, and cool down.

Directions:

1. Do each exercise for one minute. You will rotate between strength and cardio moves.

2. Start each exercise in full effort. If you tire before the minute is up, modify until you build your cardio and strength. Example: if you tire while doing curls using your heaviest weight before the minute is up, move to a lighter weight and finish the minute. Same with push ups, start on your feet and more to your knees [...]

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