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Psychological Hurdles preventing weight loss + 5 tips to beat them!

Hey sis! I hope that things are going well in your life, and that with it being halfway through the year, you are halfway to your goals. Even if you are not, it is never too late to start. One of the toughest things about making a lifestyle change, when it comes to dieting and weight loss especially, is the psychological part. I mean, just think about it, who doesn’t know that they are supposed to eat vegetables (besides your standard 2 year old of course)? So there has to be something else at play here, and that something else is psychological hurdles. What are Psychological hurdles? Okay, I see you, asking all the right questions. Psychological hurdles are the non physical factors that are stopping you...

Counting Calories, the best diet choice for people with HIV?

Hey sis! You are a rainbow in a sky full of grey, and I just thought it was important that you know that today. So one of the most archaic ways to control weight loss is calorie counting. Calorie counting was the thing to do before fad diets came along, and personally, calorie counting is my favorite way to control my weight and the easiest way for me to do so. Instead of special diets, depriving yourself, and/or spending extra hours in the kitchen, simply eating a little less than you normally would could be all you need to do to lose weight. So how many calories should I be eating? Well it depends. In a lot of cases your doctor will give you a nutritional diet...

National Moscato Day! | 3 Skinny Girl Drinks to stay on your diet

Hey sis! So as you may or may not know, today is National Moscato day! So just as a disclaimer this post is not sponsored, and BGH is not promoting the consumption of alcohol as a part of their platform. The following ideas are mine and BGH was just kind enough to let me share them. So now that this is out of the way, lets get on to the good stuff! So as I mentioned earlier today is national moscato day, and I wouldn’t be your sister if I didn't help you find a way to indulge. As far as drinking goes, you could do a lot worse than wine, however when you are trying to achieve weight loss goals, you’ve got to make...

8-day Keto Kickstart | Spring cleaning for the body

Hey Sis! I hope you're doing well on your life journey thus far! I know that we are all on different journeys in different parts of our life, but I know that there is one thing that we are are working on together and that's our weight. Whether it is for weight loss, weight maintenance, a health issue or purely cosmetic, our weight is something that drives all of us, to live more active and full lives, including me. So since #SpringCleaning is coming I thought I would jumpstart it by doing some cleaning of my body. I have decided to do an 8-day Keto Kickstart to get my cravings under control, and get back on my healthy eating plan. You see I have kinda...

Janelle Monae

How Janelle Monae Keeps Her Natural Glow

Recently, the world has been taken by storm with the release of the phenomenal movie “Hidden Figures”, which depicts the story of three African American women that assisted NASA with its first journey to the moon. With the movie’s world success, it’s only fitting that we name Janelle Monae as this week’s #wcw. Known for her individualism and refusal of societal conformity, Janelle Monae has inspired many young black women around the world to be their authentic selves. Her grace and beauty has been admired among millions around the world. And her many recent red carpet appearances have us falling in love all over again. If there's one thing that we admire most about Janelle Monae--besides her flawless natural hair styles--it's her natural beautiful glow....

Robin Roberts Fitness and Nutrition

Why Robin Roberts Puts Fitness and Nutrition First

This week’s #wcw goes to the remarkable Robin Roberts. Most known for being a prominent TV broadcaster on national stations such as ABC and ESPN, she has gotten even more recognition for sharing her journey through surviving breast cancer. Learn why she thinks fitness and nutrition are the keys to a healthy lifestyle. Being in the public eye forces you to be in shape, but good health is what made Robin Roberts adapt a strict nutrition based lifestyle. As an athlete, Roberts has always tried to lead a healthy life by adapting a mostly low carb diet, but after her health issues and battle with cancer, she knew it was time to make some significant changes. Focusing on Fitness and Nutrition Low carbs aren't the only thing that...

Diet Transformation Health Benefits

Changing your diet is a huge transformation! In recent years, the vegan diet has been gaining notoriety within the black community. While this lifestyle has been practiced in our communities (think Rastafarians) for ages we can probably credit big named celebs for the surge in awareness. So why do stars like Russell Simmons, Beyonce, Mike Tyson and more transform their pallets and adapt this lifestyle? Russell Simmons credits health and spiritual benefits while Tyson and Queen Bey adapted the diet as a way to maintain their body weight. To find out if there’s any validity to these claims we did a little a research. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “vegan diets tend to contain less saturated fat and cholesterol and more dietary fiber....

3 Quick Ways to Down Your Fruits And Veggies

Fruits and vegetables. Can’t live with them, seemingly. And can’t live without them, literally. These food groups become essential for getting in your fiber and avoiding those uncomfortable, plaguing conditions, like constipation. Plus, these foods are typically made of a lot of water. That means lower numbers when you step on the scale because you get full faster without all the calories. And don't forget the lower risk of cancer and other diseases when we regularly get the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. Try these three quick ways to make it easier to get your daily dose in. Use it to keep yourself healthy or even for your kids' meal planning. 1.    Make it a mandatory part of one of your meals. I brown bag it for lunch and...

IS MEASURING BMI A GOOD INDICATOR OF OVERALL HEALTH?

As early as elementary school, health practitioners in the United States have measured a person’s health using body mass index (BMI). However, as more and more workplaces are shifting towards health rewards systems that track measures like BMI, studies have shown that it is not actually a good indicator of overall health. “Body mass index is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by the square of the person’s height in meters.” One example of where BMI misses the mark is in the case of highly muscular individuals, who could be mislabeled as overweight because muscle weighs more than fat. A team of researchers from UCLA evaluated data from the 2005-2012 National Health Survey, contrasting measurements such as BMI with other indicators of health such as...

DON’T EAT AFTER 7PM TO LOSE WEIGHT

It’s time to shut down your kitchen early in the evening, if you are trying to lose weight. According to Dr. Oz, fasting for 12 hours after your last meal is key to weight loss. For example, “if you finish dinner at 9 p.m., you should not start eating breakfast until 9 a.m. This fasting method is great for people who want to try fasting but have fluctuating schedules and need the flexibility.” To learn more about times to eat to lose weight click on the link below. http://livelighter.org/weight-loss-info-eating-after-7pm/ #Transformationtuesdays ...