My Arch Nemesis: Belly Fat

Belly fat is stubborn, unsightly, and unwanted. We all want to be rid of it, but it’s always there, lurking, sagging, dragging us and our self-esteem down with it. Lucky for you, I have the knowledge, skills, and experience to eliminate your pouch and bring you out from beneath your belly fat’s shadow. Just take a look at these quick tips and be the person you always knew you could be:

Flaunt what you got!

One study suggests those who have a fruit bowl in their house weigh on average eight pounds less than those who don’t. While correlation may not mean causation, it does stand to reason those with more fruit on hand are more likely to snack on fruit as opposed to something unhealthy. Pro tip: keep two kinds of fruit on hand. That way, you don’t get sick of eating the same thing all the time!

Out of sight, out of mind.

The opposite of the above, hide unhealthy temptation. As they say, “out of sight, out of mind.” A separate study found individuals who had chips or cookies (junk food) immediately visible weighed about 10lbs more than those who didn’t. What’s even more surprising?

Those with cereal boxes visible generally weighed 21lbs more than those without such sugary snacks in eyesight. Soft drinks visible? Try 25lbs more!

Smaller plates.

Really, it’s honestly that simple. Use smaller plates and you’re bound to eat smaller portions, which means less food, and less food, as you can likely guess, means a smaller waistline. Clearly, food just being in front of us makes us far more likely to eat it. So with smaller plates, not only can we physically not serve larger portions, but we will be comfortable with the smaller meals in front of us.

9-10 inch plates are recommended. If you are currently using 12 inch plates, research suggests you will reduce portion size by an immense 22%. That’s nearly a quarter of your daily diet, just with plates! Take advantage.

Follow these tips and you’ll be strutting the along the sand in your newfound beach body in no time! Till next time!

#1 Reason You Are Overweight

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Believe it or not, the number one reason for people to reach for unhealthy foods is not low income. It’s also not lack of education. According to findings from the National Center of Health Statistics and from the Centers for Disease Control, the number one reason why people continue to ingest unhealthy fast food is (drum roll please) because of convenience!

Apparently most people think they just simply don’t have the time to prep, cook, and clean their kitchen once they’re done cooking. So instead, they would rather opt for terrible food choices that pose serious risks towards their health and towards their waistlines. It’s incredible, but certainly a fact – in the recent poll average fast food consumers are well aware of the poor food choices they’re making. Moreover, the same survey reveals the average income of fast food consumers is 130% over the poverty line. In other words, no one is looking at the dollar menu because they have no other choice, financially speaking! In total, 92% of people in the study explained that the number one reason they don’t eat healthy is lack of time.

Quite frankly, lack of time and convenience is a perfectly acceptable excuse. Who has time to cook nowadays, much less cook something healthy? No one – most people live a busy lifestyle, where cooking is the last thing on their minds.  But the truth of the matter is that there are ways! You can eliminate convenience as the number one reason why you’re overweight. For example, you can prep meals in advance. Pick one or two days during the week to prep your lunch and dinners for the next few days. Then, when you get home from work and are in no mood to start cooking, you don’t have to! Just pop your healthy meal in the oven or the microwave, and call it a night. Another way you can fight the temptation of fast food convenience while you’re out on the road running errands and such, is to pack up some snacks. Always make sure you have a piece of fruit, granola, dried fruit, peanuts – healthy snacks that will beat down temptation, but most importantly will keep you full and satisfied until you are able to sit down for a proper meal. There’s tons of other ways you can avoid the number one reason for being overweight. It’s just a matter of figuring you what the best system for you.


Phenomenal Follicles

All too often we see our hair take a turn for the worse with seemingly no signs. We just wake up to unforeseen follicle dissatisfaction. Surprisingly enough however, the answer is often as simple as what you eat. It is for this reason that I’ve decided to list some of the most recommended cuisine when it comes to taking care of that fresh cut.

1. Salmon

Salmon is known to provide a pristine sheen to your head of hair. This delicious fish’s inclusion of large omega-3 fatty composition results in its well-known hair-shining properties. Your body, unable to produce these healthy fats, can fall victim to insufficiency when it is denied these ingredients. Thus, when you make it a point to indulge in this particular fish, both your health and your hair becomes stronger.

 2. Chickpeas

These delicious legumes are rich in protein, a necessary component for fortifying your scalp. Protein grows your follicles to glorious lengths while the chickpeas’ inherent keratins coat those same follicles to present a durable and resilient exterior. Face the elements without fear of breakage so long as Chickpeas are a staple in your diet.

3. Greek Yogurt

Packed in protein just like Chickpeas and Salmon, Greek Yogurt additionally boasts a unique ingredient that grows your hair at an optimum rate. Bear the hair you deserve while munching on spoonfuls of delectable Greek Yogurt. Who knew attaining the perfect head of hair could be so delicious?


Although not exactly known for its fantastic taste, Kale is known for its hair-growing properties. Specifically, the prevalence of Beta Carotene is converted into Vitamin A which is significant for a couple of reasons.

Primarily, Vitamin A serves to grow and replenish cells. This profound cellular generation naturally applies to your hair’s cells as well. Thus, Vitamin A grows hair. Plain and simple.

Additionally, Vitamin A is responsible for the production of Sebum. Sebum is the oily substance you often find in your hair after not washing thoroughly. Sebum is a good thing, believe it or not; and Vitamin A makes Sebum. So basically, Vitamin A grows your hair by way of cellular regeneration and then maintains those hairs by way of Sebum, a natural conditioner.

These are just a few foods that can keep your follicles looking their best. If you’re interested in learning more, you may want to check out this slideshow I came across doing research, here