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Current clients:  Make sure to come in today to save on products and receive a coupon book to help you save all during December!

How Important is Working Out to Weight Loss?

We’ve all had thoughts like “If I work out really hard now, I can eat that pizza later. Right?” Well, no. Working out does not give you a free pass to eat whatever you want if you’re looking to shed those extra pounds. Consuming fresh foods in balance is the key to weight-loss success, exercise plays a much smaller role than you may think.

Now we aren’t saying that exercise isn’t important; it’s just not as important as what you are eating when it comes to losing weight. Exercise is great for over-all good health. It helps reduce the risk of stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and heart attack. It also helps to torch more calories to enhance your weight loss efforts and tones your body as you are losing inches. However, when it comes to weight loss; it can’t erase the harmful effects of unhealthy foods. Here are some reasons why exercise isn’t the ‘magic pill’ that many people believe it is.

A number of calories burnt through exercise are relatively small in the grand scheme of things. We use up most of our calories just by being alive (the resting metabolic rate). To put it in a real-life scenario, let’s say there is a 200-pound man who is at 30% body fat. He will expend 1,743 calories per day just by staying alive.

On top of that, he’ll expend more calories on top of that through what’s known as the Thermic Effect of Food (TEF): the number of calories that he spends digesting and absorbing his nutrients from food. This accounts for about 10% of total calorie use. It’s even higher on the Diet Center Thermogenic Plan, where foods are specially selected because of their higher fat burning power.

Add another 10% on top of that through a metabolic process known as NEAT (Non-Exercise Adaptive Thermogenesis). This is the amount of calories used by doing things like fidgeting. Unfortunately, this can vary greatly from individual to individual.

This means our subject could expend 2,100 calories without even getting out of bed. Now, add another 10% for getting out of bed and going about his daily routine and he’s already burned 2,300 calories.

Adding exercise into the equation barely makes a dent in his overall caloric expenditure. Now we are not suggesting that you shouldn’t exercise, but rather, it’s important to realize where a majority of your caloric expenditure is coming from.

Not all calories are created equal. A pound of fat is 3500 calories. If you eat 500 calories less than you burn every day, then after a week (7×500 = 3500) you will have lost a pound of fat.

From this simple equation comes the idea that all calories are created equal, no matter what foods they come from. The fact is that different foods can have vastly different effects on our bodies and go through different metabolic pathways before they’re turned into energy. Just focusing on the calorie content of foods and disregarding the metabolic effects they have is a highly flawed way of thinking. Two hundred calories of broccoli is NOT the same as two hundred calories of potato chips.

Most people are horrible estimators of calories in vs. calories out. Yes, it’s important that you are burning more calories than you are consuming in order to lose weight. There is one problem with this method: user error. People either think they are burning more calories or consuming fewer calories than they really are. The grab-a-handfuls and the Hershey Kiss at the office all add up. A structured food plan with accountability closes this gap and provides results.

Movement is important and that should be the primary focus when looking to drop pounds and inches fast.  Save the weights for when you are closer to goal and focus on movement that helps to reset your day.  Park further in the parking lot, do a light 30 minute walk or swim.  This will help boost metabolism and blast the inches away fast in conjunction with your program.

At Diet Center, our focus is on eating quality, whole fresh foods. It is important that you learn about how to address the causes of weight gain and how to ensure your body is receiving the proper nutrients. Once you have an understanding of that and start to see the weight start to drop, you will feel so good and have so much energy that you will enjoy being more active.

Our Favorite Tips to Keep Motivation High

When starting a weight-loss journey, you may have the best intentions to stay committed to your health. But sometimes, everyday life gets in the way leaving you feeling tired and unmotivated. While these feelings are natural, they can post a detriment to your weight loss if you let them win.

But have no fear! Your Diet Center Counselors have compiled some of our favorite tips and tricks to keep you moving, motivated and on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

Chart Your Progress

Take a picture and measure your waist, hips, bust, etc. before beginning your regimen. Hop on the scale weekly to see how much you’ve lost and record your new weight. By keeping tabs on your progress, you are more likely to have the motivation to stick with it when you see how far you’ve come. Be sure to take another picture at the end of your journey and set the photos side by side.

Reward Yourself (Without Food)

While it may be customary for you reward milestones at work and your personal life with a dinner out or a large slice of celebratory cake, these things can get in the way of your weight loss. Rewarding yourself with food can stall your results. Instead, find other ways to pat yourself on the back. Try a new body scrub in a warm bubble bath, get a deep-tissue massage or treat yourself to a pedicure!

Start a “Why” Jar

If you’re ever feeling especially discouraged with your weight-loss results, it can be tempting to just give up and return to old habits. But don’t let one day get you down. Instead, prepare for these moments of weakness with affirmations of your own self worth and reasons for beginning your weight-loss journey. Write down things you want to change, things you love about yourself and your motivations, then fold them and place in a jar. On tough days, pick one out and read it to yourself for an extra boost of confidence and motivation!

Exercise

While it may seem daunting to start an exercise routine, being active goes hand in hand with a healthy diet. Take small steps to move around more during your day, whether it’s taking the stairs at work or taking 20-minute breaks to walk around the neighborhood before or after meals.

Get Connected

Studies show that having a weight-loss pal or a group of friends to keep you accountable may increase your results. The competition factor involved in group weight-loss endeavors may help you put some fun into the journey and boost the effort you put into achieving your goals. Have a text buddy or Diet Buddy at Diet Center to help rock your results.

Plan a Post Weight-Loss Outfit

Maybe you have a favorite pair of “skinny jeans” you’ve kept for years or have been eyeing a cocktail dress on a mannequin in a boutique window. Planning an outfit to debut once you’ve hit your healthy goal weight will give you just one extra thing to look forward to!

Enlist Your Canine Friend

To kick start your exercise routine, try enlisting the help of your dog. Dogs make great walking and running partners and, in the process, you will also be giving your pet some much-needed exercise and attention!

Make a Monetary Commitment

Studies show that investing your hard-earned dollars in weight loss can actually help you stay motivated. If you enroll in an exercise package or a weight-loss program that may have an expiration date, chances are you will be more committed to utilizing the healthy investment you’ve already made.

Be Your Own Model

While it may be tempting to cut out magazine images very thin models, fight the urge to pin up any unrealistic body images. Instead, find a photo of yourself at your healthiest weight and use that as your inspiration for something to work toward.

Surround Yourself with Good Temptations

Instead of a candy jar, put out a fruit bowl. Stock your refrigerator with colorful, healthy food options and store them in clear containers within reach for everyone in the family. Learn to appreciate and crave the color and delicious flavor of healthier options.

By practicing self-control, positive affirmation and keeping yourself accountable, you will find you have more motivation to continue on your weight-loss journey.

5 Tips for Healthy Holiday Success| Weight Loss Tips

The holiday season presents a host of challenges to those who are trying to stick to a healthy eating plan. It can feel like food and drinks are at every turn, and it may be tough to say “no” again and again.

Plus, the added stress that seem to coincide with the holidays can make stress eating much more tempting, and cravings much more difficult to overcome.

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Sweet Spring Fruit

Many delicious and nutritious fruits are available at their best quality during the spring! Try to lighten up your meals with sweet, colorful and juicy fruits while they are at their peak from now until about mid-June. Some of the fruits you can enjoy include apricots, cantaloupe, blueberries, cherries, figs, nectarines, pineapples, raspberries and strawberries.

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One Day Sale- 12 Hours- Read All About It

Diet Center’s One Day Sale is Monday, November 28th.  This is our lowest prices of the year on all weight loss programs and all your favorite Diet Center products.  We always love this event, because we can help so many new clients WIN at losing.  The event will be going on at all 7 Midsouth Diet Center locations for 12 hours only–  8AM to 8PM and this offer will not be repeated, so Monday is the day to do it.  Start your weight loss program now or in the new year, but don’t miss Diet Center’s lowest prices of the year.  See you Monday at Diet Center’s One Day Sale and you can lose up to 20 pounds your first month.

Pounds Away–With APPLES

A study in a town in Washington state showed that eating an apple with each meal helps people to lose weight. Over a 3 month period, 346 people ate a balanced meal, exercised regularly, and consumed an apple with every meal. Each person lost an average of 17 pounds! Healthy food choices and exercise helped contribute to the weight loss. However, part of the quick loss is also attributed to the fiber rich apple, with about 5 grams per serving. Consuming an apple with each meal helps people feel fuller, and curbs appetite to prevent overeating.You can benefit from having a bowl of apples and other high fiber fruits around during the holidays. Include a fruit with each meal to help you feel full and fend off holiday pounds!

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