What’s the Least Expensive Diet?

diet-advice-thermometerWith more than a third of Americans being obese, the US diet industry is booming.

However, many of the diets out there are not only precarious in terms of ethics, they can also pack a financial punch. Fad diets have taken over and stuck expensive price tags all over an industry already full of mixed messages.

One diet in particular, which involves consuming large amounts of protein and fat, can cost several dollars per meal. However, with diets such as this being lorded as a positive step in the journey to weight loss and a ‘better you’, it’s difficult for those new to the weight loss industry to decipher what the most affordable diets may be for their budget.

Some diet regimes may seem cheap at only a couple of dollars per meal. However, added costs such as subscription fees are often forgotten and can get expensive if your weight loss stutters. This puts an already stressed dieter under yet more pressure, potentially resulting in failure.

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Pocket Motivation: The 5 Best Weight Loss Apps

girl - weight lossNow that you’re addicted, ahem, acclimated to your smartphone, you’ve undoubtedly started downloading a multitude of apps. Glorious, glorious apps! And studies have shown that keeping track of your food intake is one of the easiest ways to achieve your weight loss goals, and what’s easier than using a device you already keep on you 24/7? But, as you’ve undoubtedly also heard, it’s just an important to stay active. Staying healthy or losing weight is hard work, so here are five of the best apps for exercise, healthy eating and weight management.

1. Lose it!

By inputting both your current weight and goal weight, the app calculates an estimated number of calories to eat per day and helps you stay committed to small healthy habits that lead to big results. Finding and logging said foods is also as easy as scanning bar codes to pull nutritional information from a massive food database. This nifty feature helps you stay accurate when grabbing snacks on the go. [Read more...]

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Busted! Hooray!

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My first wife was employed by a non-profit organization that took care of developmentally disabled adults.

Although affiliated with a nationally known organization, her particular office was managed more like a franchise. They got use of the brand but seemed to run independently — and with callous disregard for what was right and appropriate.

She would rant about the conditions in which she served, most notably about the unrealistic budgetary constraints provided to feed the residents. One example that stood out was that she was instructed to feed six residents with one can of tuna.

That was the tip of the iceberg. There were so many that the parent organization forced them to amend their name by adding “…of (our city)” to it. (Why they didn’t just make them drop it altogether I do not know.)

Eventually, after my wife complained loudly and forcefully enough, they took action: firing her.

Anyone who has ever been axed harbors revenge fantasies. Usually however, time paints them over and, despite a residual dislike for ex-employers, we move on, hoping for karma to do its thing.

Most of the time, we never know. Once in awhile, we get to see it in action.

Months after her dismissal, the national TV news magazine, 20/20, aired a report on fraud in non-profits, which, joy of joys, was focused where she formerly worked. We watched with smug satisfaction as Geraldo Rivera, microphone in hand, chased her ex-boss across the parking lot, trying to get him to “answer a few questions.”

Like I said, once in awhile, justice prevails.

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Setting Realistic Goals During the Holidays

It’s okay to change your goals due to circumstances.

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Simply because you have set a goal does not mean you are never allowed to change it.

As we move deeper into the holidays, it might be more difficult to stick to your goals (such as losing weight). That’s not a rationale for “giving up,” rather it’s an indication that you might want to adjust. After all, sticking to your program in January, when everyone else is doing it; is much easier than in December, when you feel like you’re all alone.

Adjust your goal to meet the conditions. Be realistic.

A goal “etched in stone” can be an excuse to give up when things get tough. Flexibility can be helpful.

You set the goals. They do not set you.

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