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Why I am gaining weight even when I exercise?

Why I am gaining weight even when I exercise?

If you have the feeling that you are gaining weight whereas you are exercising, read this article, it will make you feel better!

Many things can affect your ability to lose weight, such as:

  • Food choices: Diet is one of the most important factors in maintaining a healthy weight. Try to eat more protein-rich foods, fibrous vegetables, healthy fats.
  • Activity level
  • Genetics
  • Age

Stress can also affect your weight loss, and over-exercising can lead to stress-related hormonal fluctuations that may make weight loss harder.

Although getting the right amount of physical activity is important for your overall health, overtraining and not getting adequate rest between your workouts can keep you from losing weight. This is why balancing exercise with recovery periods is critical.

Overtraining — especially physically demanding cardiovascular activity, such as a marathon or triathlon training — may increase levels of cortisol, a hormone released in response to stress.

Elevated cortisol levels have been associated with:

  • weight gain
  • sleep disturbances
  • increased inflammation
  • excess belly fat (even in lean people)

Elevated cortisol levels drive hunger and cravings for tasty junk foods, which is why chronically elevated levels can lead to weight gain or prevent weight loss.

Our tips:

  • cutting down on training sessions
  • giving your body time to recuperate between workouts
  • adding cortisol-reducing activities to your routine, such as yoga or meditation

Menopause transition (perimenopause) typically begins in your mid-40s. Studies show that hormonal fluctuations during this time may lead to weight gain, especially in your abdominal area.

Source: https://www.healthline.com/

Itchy Eyes: What are the causes?

There is nothing worse than having itchy eyes because you can’t scratch away as it could spread germs and just aggravate inflammation or even damage your delicate eyeball. In general, the best way to relieve eye itchiness is to detect the cause, so that you can treat the problem at the source.

Here are 8 common causes of itchy eyes:

  1. ALLERGIES

In many cases, itchy eyes can be caused by food, animal, or environmental allergies. It is generally called “allergic conjunctivitis”. The fact of simply touched or being exposed to a cat, a dog, a plant can provoke itchy eyes.

Solution: you can take antihistamines like Zyrtec or Claritin, or use allergy eye drops in order to calm the allergic response and ease itching.

  1. DRY EYE

Someone has dry eyes when the person doesn’t have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye (it is more frequent in older adults).

Solution: the dry eye is a chronic condition that needs to be treated daily by using artificial tears and avoiding redness-reducing eye drops.

  1. PINK EYE

When your eye itchiness is paired with a pink or red color around the eye, it is better to see an eye doctor.

Solution: You will need to take some antibiotics.

  1. IRRITATING PRODUCTS

Some products can contain chemicals which can lead to irritation or itchy eyes (for examples makeup products).

Solution: opt for hypoallergenic cosmetics.

  1. DIGITAL EYE FATIGUE

Nowadays, with all the digital interfaces, we are more susceptible to digital eye strain. It can stress out your eyes and cause itchiness, fatigue, headaches, difficulty focusing, and potentially impact your vision long-term.

Solution: use the 20-20-20 rule. Look at something about 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes of digital device use.

  1. SOMETHING IN YOUR EYE

Having a foreign object in your eye can cause itchiness, irritation, and pain.

Solution: don’t scratch at the foreign object as it can really get worse! Use eye drops or flush it out with water.

7. CONTACT LENS

Wearing contact lenses daily can also cause itchy eyes.

Cellulite: Best tips to get rid of it! 🙌🏼

 

Cellulite: Best tips to get rid of it

With Instagram, magazines, and advertising, we have seen that the ideal of beauty has changed. The perfect woman is tall with endless legs, an angel face, and a perfect booty without any cellulite.

However, cellulite is totally harmless. it’s simply a matter of aesthetics. When it comes to the causes, scientists are still puzzled about the exact causes of cellulite. Several factors can come into play: the age, genetics, fat distribution, metabolism, ethnicity, etc.

Of course, if you search online for “how to get rid of cellulite”, you will find a lot of methods: brushes, creams, laser, etc. Most of them are expensive and ineffective. If you have money to spend, you might be able to afford it but that doesn’t mean that your cellulite will disappear for life.

Cellulite is a natural fact that you can’t control so that the first step to do is trying to accept it. It will make a difference in your mood and will increase your confidence levels.

Just realize that cellulite is common, not dangerous and even some athletes have cellulite! (if it can help you to feel better).

While you are on the way of acceptance, you can still try the following natural ways to reduce cellulite:

🔸Weight training: it will help you burn more calories and improve your metabolism, which can reduce the level of cellulite.

🔸Drink a lot of water: water helps cleaning our body from toxins, which can improve our skin and may help reducing cellulite.

🔸Brush your body: Rub your body with plant loofah, coffee grounds or a body brush in order to remove the dead cells from your skin and encourage cell growth.

🔸Eat foods rich in omega 3s: it will improve your skin! Plus, it is good for your health!

🔸Workout: even a 10-15 minutes workout can get your blood pumping.

Natural remedies to get rid of headaches

Natural remedies to get rid of headaches

A headache is a common symptom that a lot of people deal with in their daily life. We can distinguish several types of headaches, from moderate to severe. Although numerous medications are available in the market to relieve headache symptoms, we can also identify some natural treatments to get rid of headaches:

🔸Drink water

Different studies have shown that in most cases, headache symptoms are due to dehydration. Drinking water can help relieve a headache within 30 minutes to three hours. Being dehydrated can also reduce concentration and cause irritability. Drink enough water throughout the day in order to stay hydrated and to feel good!

🔸Magnesium intake

Magnesium is an important mineral that helps control sugar blood and nerve transmission. Studies have demonstrated that 600mg of oral magnesium per day could reduce the frequency and the pain of headaches.

🔸Sleep well

Sleep deprivation can have negative effects on your health and may also cause headaches. On the other hand, sleeping for too much time could also cause headaches. The right amount of rest should be between seven to nine hours of sleep by night.

🔸Use oil essentials

Essentials oils are composed of aromatic compounds from different plants which bring therapeutic benefits. The Peppermint and lavender essential oils can also release a headache, by applying a few drops to the upper lip or simply by inhaling.

🔸Drink Caffeinated Tea or Coffee

You can get rid of headaches by drinking tea or coffee (containing caffeine). But on the contrary, if you used to drink coffee every single day and you stop it suddenly, it may affect you by causing a headache.

🔸Drink Ginger Tea

A study has shown that 250 mg of ginger powder was as effective as the traditional headache medication in order to relieve the headache pain. Moreover, drinking ginger tea can help reduce nausea and vomiting.

Being happy for a healthier life

Being happy for a healthier life

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim, and end of human existence.” Aristotle

The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle pronounced these words more than 2,000 years ago, and they still ring true today.

Happiness is a large topic that illustrates the experience of positive emotions, such as joy, contentment, and satisfaction.

Some new researches show that being happy is not only the feeling of a positive mood, it also brings potential benefits for your health.

We will discover why being happy could help you to be healthy.

Happy people tend to eat more fruits, vegetables, and grains.  A study made on more than 7,000 adults showed that people with a positive well-being were 47% more likely to eat fruits and vegetables than people with a less positive attitude. Fruits and vegetables are associated with numerous benefits: reducing the risk of diabetes, strokes and heart diseases.

During the same study, researchers also demonstrate that people with a positive well-being were 33% more likely to make a physical activity (with 10 or more hours per week). A regular workout helps increase your energy, build strong bones, eliminate body fat and reduce blood pressure.

Moreover, being happy can help you sleep better which can significantly increase your concentration, productivity, performance and it is important to maintain a healthy weight.

Another study of over 700 adults showed that people with a less positive well-being experienced 47% more sleeping problems (troubles to fall asleep or difficulties to stay asleep).

But if being happy makes you healthier, the other way works too! You can increase your happiness by being healthy!

There are different ways to increase your happiness: express gratitude, get active, get a good night’s rest, spend time outside, meditate and eat healthier are all great ways to help improve your mood!

 

Working out in the heat: the benefits

The benefits of working out in the heat

Do we burn more calories by working out in the heat?

With the high temperatures of summer, many of us choose to work out outdoors even if it seems easier to exercise with conditioned air. But in the reality, what is better? Is it more effective to do hot workouts? Here is everything you need to know.

Doing a long run under the heat of July can be very intense and difficult. Does it mean that we are burning more fat and calories? After this type of workout, you can sometimes feel lighter. Unfortunately, the extra weight that you have the feeling to have lost is likely to be water, not fat.

Indeed, hot workouts may help you to burn more calories because your body is using more energy due to the heat, but the difference with indoors workouts (conditioned air) will be negligible.

However, even if working out in the heat doesn’t really help you to burn more fat, we can recognize some benefits.

Working out with extreme temperature has a detox effect. The fact that you are sweating a lot helps your body to get rid of toxins (lead, arsenic, mercury, and cadmium). The more you sweat, the less you will have toxins in your body. Sweating can help you to stay healthier and live longer. But don’t forget that the more you sweat, the more you become dehydrated so don’t forget to drink a lot of water.

Another benefit of hot workout is the fact that you become more flexible. This is particularly useful for people that practice yoga. It allows you to sink deeper and it makes your muscles more pliable. However, try not to overdo it and respect your limits.

A study done at the University of Oregon suggested that exercising in the heat can increase performance. The experience was testing the ability of competitive bike riders to perform in a 55-degree room. One group trained before in a cold environment and the other group in the heat. In the end, when they were all tested in the 55-degree room, the group that trained in the heat was significantly more performant.

Finally, hot workouts may help you to build mental toughness and give you the ability to keep going.

If you really decide to work out in the heat, you have to take some precautions. Pay attention to your body and feelings. Be particularly careful if you feel the following symptoms: dizziness, confusion, cramps, nausea, and weakness. This means that is time to cool off.

The most important is to hydrate yourself a lot because the risk of dehydration is much higher in hot weather.

 

 

 

 

 

Find out how you can fall asleep faster with these tips from a sleep expert

Shot of a beautiful young woman sleeping in her bed

If you’ve struggled with falling asleep at night, don’t give up hope! Changing up your routine in the evenings can lead to easier, sounder sleep. If you’re having trouble drifting into dreamland, these tips may help.

To sail smoothly into the land of Nod, Katherine Albert M.D., Ph.D., author of Get a Good Night’s Sleep, suggests trying one—or all—of the following:

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5 Easy Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

How to avoid holiday weight gain. Christmas is officially here and you know what that means: Time off and food in abundance. However, just because the holidays are here, you don’t have to let go of all the hard work you have done through out the year. If you follow these simple tips to keep in shape during the holiday season, you can avoid gaining weight and still enjoy your favorite dishes. 

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3 Essential Steps To Set and Reach Your Goals

Living a life without setting goals has been said to be like sailing a ship without a planned course.

The process of creating goals helps you choose where you want to be in life. By knowing what you want to accomplish, you know what you have to focus on and put your efforts into.

However, you need to avoid common mistakes that make you get off track and give up, as you are on your way to achieving your goal.

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Thanksgiving Food Survival Guide

Thanksgiving is here and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the food and different dishes you haven’t had in a long time.  This festivities should not make you feel restricted or stop you from enjoying all delicious food, it should rather be seen as opportunity to practice the mindset; everything in moderation.

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