In our last article, we covered all the weight loss gimmicks that would never work and only exist to steal your money like a great door-to-door salesman. This doesn’t mean to take a jaded approach to all weight loss offerings however, because some of them actually do work as intended and can help you make your weight loss dreams more easily your reality. We live in an information age, where everything is at our fingertips and accessible by our phones, or PDA’s or laptop computers. Having weight loss and health apps available to us 24-7 is like having your own nutritionist and weight loss coach in your pocket every day. Continue reading
Dieting has long been the boogey man of legends, the thing we never want to have to face. Diets are prone to feelings of guilt, starvation and never quite living up to one’s own lofty expectations of the outcome through strict calorie counting, removal of all things fun and delicious, and an inability to stick with it. Add to that, exercise for those of us grossly out of shape and it’s less a diet than a recipe for disaster. What the Cruise Control Diet does that no other offers, is gives dieters a way to have a program they can keep forever because it doesn’t say anything about having to cut out your favorite foods. It focuses more on the importance of serving sizes, and knowing when to eat the things you want most.
There are entire meals however, that you can make that are proven calorie burners, that help to set your metabolic burning capabilities on high, while never sacrificing taste for nutrition. What follows are some prime examples that you can work into your Cruise Control diet plan seamlessly. These foods, containing fiber and healthy carbs help to boost your metabolism and take advantage of your daily cortisol spikes. All recipes included here have at least one weight loss super-food and the bonus is that they can all be made in 30 minutes or less! Continue reading
Eggnog and punch bowls, carb rich potato and noodle dishes, stuffed turkeys and whole hams, and all the pies and appetizers, the holidays are upon us. This tends to be a time of guilt and unhealthy eating for any dieter looking to keep fit through the holidays, and it’s hard to keep saying no despite pressures from society and family to try the food they’ve spent hours preparing. With the right diet program designed with the knowledge that eating doesn’t have to be saying “no” to everything you love, the holidays aren’t a time of hardship anymore. Diets like The Cruise Control Diet understand that people need their cheat foods or they risk going off the diet altogether, binging on everything they denied themselves and sabotaging all the progress made. Finding the diet that works regardless the time of year is really the key to success long-term.
Many sites dedicated to healthy living post healthy recipes online that can be used every day, but also during the holidays. Sites like The Mayo Clinic who offer featured recipes and have divided things into categories per servings, course, meal and preparation methods can be just the thing to spark inspiration. Continue reading
There is nothing worse than spending about 1 1/2 times the cost of normal foods for the so called diet foods that have been promoted to be good for you, and then find out that all the things you’ve forced yourself to get used to and tell yourself are good for you, have instead ensured you remain overweight. You may have heard about artificial sweetener actually causing you to be hungry and eat more, and also that it promotes the growth of kidney stones. That’s the easy one, diet sodas are a no-go, they’re the biggest culprit containing artificial sweeteners. What about the ones we know less about? Orange juice. It dumps so much sugar into our body all at once that our insulin levels spike dramatically. That’s not a good thing, because it results in a massive drop as the sugar wears off, and our liver cannot process that much sugar at once, so it takes what it needs, and sends the rest out as fat.
Now to nail the bad guys to the “Most Wanted” wall
Sugar-Free ANYTHING – Yes, ANYTHING. Unless it’s honey, don’t eat it. Sorbitol, commonly found in sugar free candy and cookies, aside from making you hungry more often, has the added benefit of causing bloating, cramps and diarrhea. If you find you need your cookie fix, try graham crackers. They’re just sweet enough to help curb a craving, and have a fraction of the sugar most cookies contain. Continue reading
Circadian rhythm : Sleep is regulated by two body systems: sleep/wake homeostasis and the circadian biological clock. (definition by the National Sleep Foundation)
When we have been awake for a long period of time, sleep/wake homeostasis tells us that a need for sleep is accumulating and that it is time to sleep. It also helps us maintain enough sleep throughout the night to make up for the hours of being awake. Our internal circadian biological clocks, on the other hand, regulate the timing of periods of sleepiness and wakefulness throughout the day. The circadian rhythm dips and rises at different times of the day, so adults’ strongest sleep drive generally occurs between 2:00-4:00 am and in the afternoon between 1:00-3:00 pm, although there is some variation depending on whether you are a morning person or evening person.
There is a great article regarding how your sleep cycle affects obesity here: http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/obesity-and-sleep Continue reading