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The Cure for Sugar Cravings

by: Stefan Simonovic

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Controlling your sweet tooth is much easier said than done, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t little things you can do to curb your sugar cravings. The trouble lies in the fact that sugar is absolutely essential for proper body functioning, and not only do we want it, but we also need it very much! Healthy sugar found in fruit and vegetables is the best source of the sweet stuff you can find, and it is actually refined sugar that is the enemy, and should be avoided. Whether you're trying to lose weight and ditch BBW dating or just want to stay in shape and be healthy, we'd like to offer a few tips on how to keep those sugar cravings at bay.

1: Go for the Fruit

Unless you have doctor's orders not to eat certain types of fruit for any reason, fresh fruits are your best allies when trying to quit sugar or at least lower your daily intake. Bananas are full of sugar, and water melons seem to be nothing but water and sugar, and they are sure to help you resist that chocolate chip cookie in the cupboard you bought because you just couldn’t resist.

2: Food Combinations

If you absolutely cannot resist your sugar craving, one of the ways to give in without going all out is to combine healthy foods with sweet foods. For instance, if a banana just doesn’t do it for you this time, dip it in chocolate. The same goes for oranges, apples and strawberries that are all sweet, and can give you a sugar boost coupled with melted chocolate to satisfy that craving with just a few bites.

3: Go Cold Turkey

Some people find that "going cold turkey" is what best works for them. They make it a point to skip the sweets isle at the supermarket, and just stop buying sweet and sugary foods that lie around the house until someone eats them. Funny how those never go bad or go to waste but always end up on your thighs. In any case, getting off sugar is tough because the more we consume it, the more addicted to it we are, and the more our body is asking for it, and if you're one of those people who can get up one morning, smoke their last cigarette and throw the pack away, never to light up again, this is definitely the strategy for you.

4: Give In A Bit

The cold turkey approach isn’t for everyone, and luckily there is a healthy alternative to train your body to stop craving sugar. The way you accomplish this is by giving into your craving once every two or three times, and having a bite or two of chocolate to stop it. This doesn't mean you'll fall of the wagon, and it certainly helps your body get used to functioning without having refined sugar every day. Once you establish a ‘giving in’ routine, you can space out the days when you treat yourself to dessert, so instead of having a bite or two of chocolate every other or every third day, you can have a small slice of cake once a week. You'll decrease your sugar intake, and your body will learn to live without it (or with very teeny amounts).

About the author:

Stefan is a writer and a blogger in his spare time. He also works for First Beat Media, a company that mainly focuses on the online dating niche and similar services.
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How To Survive Fitness Myths Headlines

by: Stefan Simonovic

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Ever since the dawn of humanity, we've been surrounded by myths and legends. Folktales created by the people who can't or won't understand certain things. The case is no different when it comes to our modern society and our everyday activities. It doesn't matter if you're trying to start your own business, meet people online, or get in shape, there is a strong possibility that you'll encounter some rather dangerous myths. Fitness, for example, is an essential part of everyone's life, but it's riddled with inaccurate "facts." So, if you're about to enter the fitness world, you should be able to distinguish myth from the truth, and we’re here to help you with that.

"You Can Get Great Results Only If You Train In The Morning"

This is definitely one of the most common and widespread myths in the world of fitness. A lot of people believe that workout sessions are effective only in the morning. However, that's not exactly true. Yeah, late night training may affect your sleeping schedule, but that doesn't mean these evening sessions are ineffective. When it comes to successful fitness training, it's crucial to have consistency and routine. It doesn't matter whether you're going for a morning jog or a midnight run, as long as you work hard and don't give up.

"One Or Two Sessions Per Week Will Get You Great Results"

Of course, this is just one of the many myths you should disregard immediately. There are no excellent results without hard work, consistency, and dedication. That being said, one session per week is just not enough for you to achieve your goals and improve. This particular pace won't even help you stay in your current shape. If you want to be fit and healthy, you need to work out at least three to four days a week.

"You Can Pause Two To Three Weeks Without Getting Out Of Shape"

A lot of gym members will probably tell you that they can go for three weeks without workout sessions and still look and be incredibly fit. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Ignoring the gym for more than seven days will negatively affect your body. Muscle tissue tends to break down after a week without regular training. Four to five days of complete rest is fine, just don't make it a week or longer. Exercise regularly!

"Sit-Ups Are The Most Efficient Way To Get A 6-Pack"

Wrong! Yeah, regular sit-ups are great, but only when it comes to a small and selected group of abdominal muscles. To get a full 6-pack, you need to strengthen your entire core. And one of the best ways to do this is by engaging in various plank exercises.

Ignore All Of These Myths And Focus Only On What Your Instructor Has To Say

Once you enter the exciting world of fitness, you'll find it hard to resist and ignore all of these popular myths. You'll hear them anywhere you go. Every gym in your city is full of them. However, if you want to survive in this world and achieve amazing results, you should listen only to your professional fitness instructor. These people are there for a reason, which means you should follow only their instructions. This is the only way you'll be able to achieve your goals.

About the author:

Stefan is a writer and a blogger in his spare time. He also works for First Beat Media, a company that mainly focuses on the online dating niche and similar services.
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Top 5 Hacks for Habit Building in 2018

by: Stefan Simonovic

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Forming a new habit or eliminating an old one is quite challenging, and there are more ways than one to go about doing it. You may want to become a regular at the gym, eat healthier, stop smoking or tweak your dating habits, say if you can’t help but date a cowboy over and over again even though you know a yuppie would actually be a much more compatible choice. Today, we go over our top 5 tips to create a new habit and make it stick.

1: Give Yourself Two Months

You’ve likely heard that it takes 21 days to form a new habit, but new research suggests that it actually takes 66 days to make a new habit stick. Regardless of where those 21 days came from, the point is that you should give yourself more time to really start going to the gym more often or reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke per day.

2: Cue-Routine-Reward

Yes, there is a system to building or breaking a habit, and it constitutes a cue to the action to be performed or not performed, a routine, or behavior that you want to adopt or change, and a reward that comes from following through. If you want to go to the gym more often in the morning, lay out your gym clothes in the evening so when you get up you’re reminded of what needs to be done (cue). Next, actually go and work out (routine), and once you’re done, reward yourself for sticking to new habit building by playing your favorite song, meeting up with friends for coffee in the evening or anything that will motivate you to keep following through.

3: Variety is the Enemy

If you’re trying to make a habit stick, don’t “mix it up” to keep your motivation high. For instance, if you want to make it a habit to have a banana every morning before you leave for work, don’t think that having an orange instead or having some grapes after lunch will help you have a banana every morning. It just takes more motivation and energy, and when it comes to habit building, no one has those to spare.

4: Don’t Give Up If You Miss a Day

Don’t fall off the wagon if you miss a day of going to the gym, having that banana or performing any other habit you’re trying to create because it simply doesn’t matter in the long run. When it comes to building new habits, not looking at the big picture and taking it day by day is very important, but if you miss a day, don’t be too hard on yourself because it simply won’t mess up your habit building process. Just note the slip and move on.

5: Undertow is Real

A term used by psychologists to describe the force that keeps dragging us down as we fight to eliminate destructive behaviour or institute new behaviour, undertow is real, and accepting that fact can help you beat it. Sort of like ‘know thy enemy’. At the same time, being mindful of what we do from moment to moment is undertow’s nemesis, so if you want that gym habit to stick, understand that there will be moments down the road when you’ll be so close to quitting, but you’ll be ready to analyze those moments and see which factors actually contributed to them being created in the first place, doing what is in your power to shut the door on them.

About the author:

Stefan is a writer and a blogger in his spare time. He also works for First Beat Media, a company that mainly focuses on the online dating niche and similar services.
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