Richard Bragg

How to Deal With Sabotaging Friends

Making the conscious decision to change your lifestyle, and start taking strides towards your weight loss goal is a huge step in the right direction. The next step you’ll have to take, is following through with your healthy lifestyle changes.

When most people think about this they say to themselves, “I have what it takes to control my own thoughts and cravings”. Although having the self control to get up and leave a room when you’re feeling weak, is important to your success, it’s also important to realize that you’re not the only one you will have to say no to.

Just because we’ve made the decision to live a healthy lifestyle, doesn’t mean that our friends have as well. In order to be successful on your weight loss journey, there are a few types of friends who you will need to recognize, and learn how to deal with (in a nice way). [Read more...]

Finding Your “Why”

Losing weight is not just about getting the pounds off. It’s not about stepping on the scale and being happy with the number you see. In order to be successful on your weight loss journey, you have to find your “why”.

Why are you trying to lose weight? What is it that you want to do, that you are currently unable to? Without a motive that actually means something to you, sticking to a weight loss plan is going to be nearly impossible. There will be no motivation for you to put down the chips and pick up an apple. [Read more...]

10 Weight Loss Tips to Help You Meet Your Goals

The majority of people want to lose weight whether it be 10 pounds or 100. Coming up with your weight loss goals and creating a plan of action is not where the real struggle lies. The hardest part of meeting your weight loss goals, and keeping the pounds off, is your day to day life.

Every day presents you with new challenges and knowing how to deal with them can be tough. There are a few things that, if done on a regular basis, will assist you in your weight loss journey. These things will make your successful days outnumber your cheat days, and shedding pounds easy. [Read more...]

Are You Drinking Your Calories?

One of the fastest and easiest ways to spoil your weight loss progress, is by drinking your calories. When you’re drinking and not eating, it’s easy to lose track of how many calories you have consumed in a day which eventually results in excessive weight gain.

The safest bet for a beverage choice is obviously, water. Water cleanses, replenishes and causes your body to run more efficiently than any other liquid ever could.

There are times, however, when water just isn’t enough. We need energy, we need sugar, we want to relax, sometimes water just wont do. So what do you we drink? Cafe con leche! Chocolate shake! A nice fizzy soda!

Well, let’s take a closer look at these drink we substitute for water and how good, or bad, they really are for us. [Read more...]

How Eating at Home is Making You Fat!

The average person does not have time every day, or even every week, to plan out all of the dinners they plan to prepare for their family. We live in a go go go! type of society which means: wake up, take a shower, throw an outfit together, get the kids ready, get everyone in the car, drop the kids of at school, go to work, get off of work, cook dinner, clean the house, go to bed.

This type of lifestyle doesn’t lend itself to the family who is trying to start living a healthier lifestyle. We simply don’t have time to sit around and make lists of food, and prep meals, and all of that stuff.

As a result of our lack of time, we wind up grabbing whatever we can find in the pantry, throwing it together and calling it a meal. This is an easy way to pack on pounds without realizing it. Pasta, rice, goulash, whatever it is that you go to when there’s nothing else, is more than likely on the unhealthy side. [Read more...]

3 Tips To Help You Manage Your Weight

So you’ve read all of the “guides to healthy living”, tried all of the recipes, drank the detox water, the whole nine yards, but you’re still not meeting your goal weight. Much of the time, when we know the foods we’re making are healthy, we overlook the importance of portion.

Regardless of how clean the recipe is, if you’re eating three chicken breasts with every meal, you’re not on the path to weight loss and improved health.

We have a few small tips that will have a tremendous impact on the success of your weight loss journey. Although they may seem obvious, most people don’t think of these things on their own. [Read more...]

5 Healthy Christmas Cookie Recipes!

 

Showing off your baking skills with your “to die for” Christmas cookies is a holiday tradition in the many homes. But now that you’ve made the change to a healthy lifestyle, what are you supposed to do? Does being healthy mean saying goodbye to time honored traditions? No more cookies!?

No! Before you get all stressed out and sad, you get to keep your Christmas cookie baking tradition. Thank goodness.

This year, instead of making cookies loaded with terrible ingredients, we’re going to be a little more health conscious with our healthy Christmas cookie recipes! Below are 5 cookie recipes that will show off your baking skills while keeping you fit!

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Clean Eating Beginner’s Shopping List

I’m sure you’ve heard somewhere along the line that, clean eating is not just a diet, it’s a lifestyle. That being said, you’ve probably been living your lifestyle for 20+ years, meaning you’re you very well adjusted to it. Deciding to eat clean is quite possibly the best health decision you could ever make, but I wont lie to you, getting into it can be a bit tricky.

Clean eating will lead to you having more controlled emotions, loads of energy, a toxin free body and ease of weight loss. There is no question of whether this is a good decision for your life. The hardest part about starting a clean lifestyle is knowing what to eat. So we are going to provide you with a guide to shopping to make this change come a little easier. [Read more...]

What Really Happens With Insulin Spiking Eating Habits

Insulin plays a very important role in keeping our bodies stable. As our blood sugar rises, as it naturally does after consuming carbohydrates, insulin is released. This hormone moves sugar from the blood into muscles and fat cells for storage.

This is all good and well and is exactly what should be happening in our bodies. However, when we begin to intake highly processed carbs such as pastries, pasta or candy on a regular basis, it becomes a danger to our health. The constant blood sugar spikes, and in turn, insulin spikes, can cause lasting damage on the body. [Read more...]

Foods For Burning Fat

The majority of people nowadays are on a mission to lose weight fast, whether it be a substantial amount, or only a couple of pounds. The problem is, we don’t know how. So we search the web for answers, and what comes up? Harmful drugs, life threatening surgeries and crazy diets. The majority of these weight loss methods are more destructive to your body than anything.

We want to shed some light on this situation. The truth is, you don’t need surgery or drugs to lose weight. All you need is a healthy diet with the right foods. Did you know that eating certain foods actually causes you to lose weight? It’s true! We’re going to share with you, 5 foods that will help you shed pounds. [Read more...]