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Exercise 3 Times Per Week to Lose Weight

Exercise 3 Times Per Week to Lose Weight


Exercising just three times per week can help you lose weight.  Put aside 15- 20 minutes if you are just starting out.  Try to increase your workout to 45 to 60 minutes per workout.  By exercising at low to moderate intensity you will burn less calories than high intensity such as sprinting. You can torch calories quicker by increasing your level of intensity. If you are just starting out take it slow.  You will see progress if you are consistent.

Here is a workout to try: “A” for beginners, “B” is a bit higher intensity

Cardio- A-Walk for 15- 20 minutes      B-Jog of run for 20- 30 minutes

Strength training/toning:

A- 10 pushups standing against the wall or on your knees on floor

B-10 military pushups

A- 15 squats  B-15 jump squats

A-    10 Modified Jumping jacks  B- 15 jumping jacks

A&B 10-15 bicep curls

A&B 10-15 abdominal crunches

Repeat strength training 1-4 times depending upon your level of fitness


Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise routine!


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Are You an Emotional Eater?

Are You an Emotional Eater?

Have you ever reached for food for reasons other than hunger and nutriment?  Have you ever opened the refrigerator door looking for a snack out of boredom?  Do you celebrate by going out to dinner? Do you reach for food when you are stressed or anxious? Do you ever crave” comfort food?”

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions then you are an emotional eater.

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Think about this:  When  you were a baby and started crying your mother gave you a bottle.  When you were a child and fell down, perhaps your mother gave you a cookie to ease the pain. When you finished the school year , your teacher  threw  a class party with all kinds of tasty treats. When your team won their ball game the coach took the team out for pizza.  When you were promoted at work you were taken out for lunch.  After a bad date you grabbed the container of Haagen Daz.

As you can see, we are programmed from very early on to use food as reward and a pacifier to ease pain.  This programming is rooted deep in our subconscious minds.

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Can you reprogram your subconscious mind to remove negative habits?

The answer is “yes!”

The first thing to do is to identify the emotion. We can then work on replacing the negative response, eating, with a positive one.  For example, if you typically reach for food as  a reward, you new response might be to buy yourself a little gift. Another example, if you are a stress eater, meaning you reach for food when you are anxious or under pressure, you might benefit by learning to meditate.

Do you overeat when dining out with friends? Your new response might be to order something healthful on the menu and drink plenty of water throughout the dining out experience. Pay attention more to the conversation.  Enjoy and be grateful for the time you spend with your friends.

If you are a late night snacker perhaps you need to get to bed earlier???!!