New Year’s resolution-makers should beware of skewed perceptions. People tend to believe good behaviors are more beneficial in reaching goals than bad behaviors are in obstructing goals, according to a University of Colorado Boulder-led study.
A dieter, for instance, might think refraining from eating ice cream helps his weight-management goal more than eating ice cream hurts it, overestimating movement toward versus away from his target.
“Basically what our research shows is that people tend to accentuate the positive and downplay the negative when considering how they’re doing in terms of goal pursuit,” said Margaret C. Campbell, lead author of the paper — published online in the Journal of Consumer Research — and professor of marketing at CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.
When I eat out I want it to be special, consequently I don’t eat out often. You may have seen the advice on how to shave calories at restaurants but really, are you wanting to pay high restaurant prices for undressed salads and plain steamed vegetables? If not, how then can you solve the dilemma of too many calories when you eat out?
Here are seven tips for getting the calories out of restaurant meals while still ordering your favorites.
1. Say NO to super sizing. The size you ordered is already too big. Stop super sizing and you’ll save money. Better still, order one dinner and ask for an extra plate. Many restaurants will do this for a dollar or two, and it’s well worth it. Then share the meal with your friend and you split the cost straight down the middle. Another option is to order from the so called “appetizer” menu. Two people could order three entrees, one dessert and split the whole thing and it’s still a ton of food!
A beginners guide to gym equipment. New Year’s resolutions will soon be upon us and many of you will be purchasing gym memberships or renewing existing ones. Entering a gym for the first time, however, can be a daunting experience especially when you…
The most obvious piece of advice you can ever get on choosing the right ski boot is to find one that fits. However, this is not the only thing to look for when shopping around for the best deal. There are many other things involved and the following information will help you decide how to choose the best ski boot for you. First of all, you will definitely want to think about your skiing experience when you begin your excursion. Generally, there are different types of boots for different abilities on the slopes. For example, if you are a beginning skier, you’ll want to find comfort boots of quality. These will be more comfortable for you while you learn, as well as a little more flexible for you. On the other hand, if you have some experience skiing and are considered to be at an intermediate level, you should purchase the recreational ski boot. This will help you to work on your carving technique and allow you to handle a little more difficult terrain as they can handle a quicker turn, faster pace, and slopes that are more bumpy. If you are an experienced skier, you’ll want to make sure you purchase performance boots as these will allow for a better responsiveness while on the slopes. However, you may find this category divided into what you are accomplishing on the slope, such as free style, moguls, or cross-country. This category is not for the beginner as the boots are not as flexible. As an expert, you’ll want to make sure your boots reflect this. Offering precision control for expert and aggressive skiers, they are best for those in competitive skiing as they can be very stiff and often too uncomfortable for general skiing. Other things to think of when purchasing your ski boot is the style of boot. The front-entry boot is most sought after as they are easy to get on and more like traditional boots. The mid-entry ski boot will open in the front and the back to make it easier for getting in and out of them, as well as walking. The rear-entry opens in the back only and are quite easy to use. These are just a few of the things you’ll want to think about when purchasing a ski boot to suit you. The most important thing you can do is talk to a salesperson and continue to try on the ski boot until you find one the fits and suits you level of expertise. Many sporting stores will carry a variety of styles designed for each area of skiing and you should be able to find one that will provide you with the comfort and support you need for your day on the slopes. If online shopping is more your style, make sure you have talked with a professional before ordering your ski boot. Many online stores will have a return policy, however, if you don’t have your ski boot, you may lose out on some terrific skiing time while you are waiting for the right ones to come in.
Thought of the day: (actually thought of my workout)… In my line of work I see/hear so many beautiful women going through their lives hating their bodies, being constantly frustrated with how they look, and struggling to “arrive” at what they feel is…
Immune cells perform a previously unsuspected role in the brain that may contribute to obesity, according to a new study by UC San Francisco researchers.
When the researchers fed mice a diet high in saturated milk fats, microglia, a type of immune cell, underwent a population explosion in the brain region called the hypothalamus, which is responsible for feeding behavior.
The researchers used an experimental drug and, alternatively, a genetic approach to knock out these microglia, and both strategies resulted in a complete loss of microglia-driven inflammation in the hypothalamus. Remarkably, doing so also resulted in the mice eating less food each day than did their untreated counterparts, without any apparent ill effects.
Many people have included physical exercise as part of their daily routine. Medical studies show that a fit body can handle the stress of everyday life and may help maintain both physical and mental health. To achieve a fit body, individuals should include regular exercise and nutritious diets. Nutrition involves the consumption of proper vitamins and minerals that the body needs. Some people may not be able to incorporate these nutrients in the food they eat and turn to food supplements to take care of nutrient deficiencies. One of the most used supplements today is L-Arginine, an amino acid that is said to provide numerous benefits for the body. Medical researchers are learning more about the safe dosages of this amino acid and what it can do for people who want to improve their health and fitness.