The Drinking Mistake That’s Costing You Pounds

You know that drinking enough water every day boosts your immune system and helps keep you looking young, but did you know it can also help in your quest to lose weight? That’s because many people confuse dehydration with hunger, causing them to eat more when all their body is craving is a tall glass of water. Drinking enough H2O is an easy way to help your belly feel satisfied without overeating.

Drinking water helps your waistline in other ways, too. A recent study showed that dehydrated people did fewer reps and felt tired faster when they were exercising, which can mean hundreds of fewer calories burned. Also, making a habit of drinking water with lemon throughout the day helps many people feel less bloated ¡ª hello, flat abs!

Want to use water to your weight-loss advantage? The next time you feel like snacking, have a glass of water first to see how hungry you feel afterward. And when you sit down at a restaurant, make sure you drink a glass of water before ordering those deep-fried appetizers. You can also keep a big pitcher of lemon, mint, cucumber, and ginger water in your fridge to help you detox and debloat all day long. In the meantime, print or pin this poster to help you remember to drink more water, and check out our other reasons why you’re not losing weight.

The Drinking Mistake That’s Costing You Pounds

You know that drinking enough water every day boosts your immune system and helps keep you looking young| but did you know it can also help in your quest to lose weight? That’s because many people confuse dehydration with hunger| causing them to eat more when all their body is craving is a tall glass of water. Drinking enough H2O is an easy way to help your belly feel satisfied without overeating.

Drinking water helps your waistline in other ways| too. A recent study showed that dehydrated people did fewer reps and felt tired faster when they were exercising| which can mean hundreds of fewer calories burned. Also| making a habit of drinking water with lemon throughout the day helps many people feel less bloated ¡ª hello| flat abs!

Want to use water to your weight-loss advantage? The next time you feel like snacking| have a glass of water first to see how hungry you feel afterward. And when you sit down at a restaurant| make sure you drink a glass of water before ordering those deep-fried appetizers. You can also keep a big pitcher of lemon| mint| cucumber| and ginger water in your fridge to help you detox and debloat all day long. In the meantime| print or pin this poster to help you remember to drink more water| and check out our other reasons why you’re not losing weight.

3 Healthy Habits You Should Always Do Before Leaving the House

This post was originally featured on The Fit Foodie and written by Sally O’Neil who is a part of POPSUGAR Select.

Let’s start the day the right way. No matter how busy your day is there are some things you should make time for in the morning, to set yourself up for whatever the day may throw at you.

So how do you get the most out of your morning? Nutritionist, chef and Vitasoy ambassador Zoe Bingley-Pullin says: These are my top three healthy things to do before leaving the house; they’re so easy and I find they make the world of difference, especially for the really on-the-go days!

    DRINK 1L OF WATER

    I like to drink at least 2L of water each day, to help keep your fluids in balance, flush out toxins and keep your skin looking hydrated, but individual fluid requirements do vary.

    We all know that it can be tricky to remember water when you’re on the run. To set myself up, I like to drink about 1L of water before I leave the house every morning, so I know I’ve got a head start on my 2L for the day. Try keeping a 1L water bottle beside you bed so you can grab your bottle and start hydrating as soon as you wake up ¨C just fill it up the night before, and you’re set to go. You can even add lemon or lime to the water if you prefer, for a zesty antioxidant burst in the morning!MEDITATE OR STRETCH

    Setting aside just 5-10 minutes of time for meditation or stretching, or both, is such a beautiful way to start your day. Not only will it help give you some sacred ‘you’ time, it will also help you start your day on a calm note.

    You don’t need to be an expert to meditate either. I recommend finding a quiet space; sit down and just focus on your breathing. You could even take this time to think good thoughts; this is such a great way to start your day on a positive note. List off three things you are thankful for, happy about or looking forward to. Even the smallest things are significant.EAT BREAKFAST

    If you skip breakfast, you’re missing out on vital nutrients and energy, not great news if you’re running an on-the-go schedule.

    When you wake up, it’s important to eat, to wake up your metabolism and refuel your brain for the day ahead. Breakfast is the first opportunity for you to fill your body with fuel and energy for the day; there’s a reason it’s called the most important meal of the day!

    If I know I’ve got a busy week coming up, I’ll often prep my breakfasts on the weekend, or night before. You could try overnight oats with blueberries, or vegan breakfast muffins with banana. You can also chop and freeze ingredients for a smoothie! I love strawberries, blueberries, mango and chia seeds blended with Vitasoy Soy Milky Lite. It’s high in calcium and made using Australian-grown whole soybeans. It’s perfect for smoothies, and I love its great milky taste.

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3 Healthy Habits You Should Always Do Before Leaving the House

This post was originally featured on The Fit Foodie and written by Sally O’Neil who is a part of POPSUGAR Select.

Let’s start the day the right way. No matter how busy your day is there are some things you should make time for in the morning| to set yourself up for whatever the day may throw at you.

So how do you get the most out of your morning? Nutritionist| chef and Vitasoy ambassador Zoe Bingley-Pullin says: These are my top three healthy things to do before leaving the house; they’re so easy and I find they make the world of difference| especially for the really on-the-go days!

    DRINK 1L OF WATER

    I like to drink at least 2L of water each day| to help keep your fluids in balance| flush out toxins and keep your skin looking hydrated| but individual fluid requirements do vary.

    We all know that it can be tricky to remember water when you’re on the run. To set myself up| I like to drink about 1L of water before I leave the house every morning| so I know I’ve got a head start on my 2L for the day. Try keeping a 1L water bottle beside you bed so you can grab your bottle and start hydrating as soon as you wake up C just fill it up the night before| and you’re set to go. You can even add lemon or lime to the water if you prefer| for a zesty antioxidant burst in the morning!MEDITATE OR STRETCH

    Setting aside just 5-10 minutes of time for meditation or stretching| or both| is such a beautiful way to start your day. Not only will it help give you some sacred ‘you’ time| it will also help you start your day on a calm note.

    You don’t need to be an expert to meditate either. I recommend finding a quiet space; sit down and just focus on your breathing. You could even take this time to think good thoughts; this is such a great way to start your day on a positive note. List off three things you are thankful for| happy about or looking forward to. Even the smallest things are significant.EAT BREAKFAST

    If you skip breakfast| you’re missing out on vital nutrients and energy| not great news if you’re running an on-the-go schedule.

    When you wake up| it’s important to eat| to wake up your metabolism and refuel your brain for the day ahead. Breakfast is the first opportunity for you to fill your body with fuel and energy for the day; there’s a reason it’s called the most important meal of the day!

    If I know I’ve got a busy week coming up| I’ll often prep my breakfasts on the weekend| or night before. You could try overnight oats with blueberries| or vegan breakfast muffins with banana. You can also chop and freeze ingredients for a smoothie! I love strawberries| blueberries| mango and chia seeds blended with Vitasoy Soy Milky Lite. It’s high in calcium and made using Australian-grown whole soybeans. It’s perfect for smoothies| and I love its great milky taste.

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5 Things You’ll Learn About Yourself When You Go on a Cleanse

5 Things You’ll Learn About Yourself When You Go on a Cleanse

Feeling tired| bloated| and lethargic from the holidays? Many people think going on a cleanse in January is a good post-party solution for dropping unwanted pounds fast. But going on an elimination diet u2014 where you remove certain foods| like anything with gluten| dairy| caffeine| and alcohol and focus on eating only fresh| whole foods u2014 is more than about fitting into smaller jeans. While all-juice cleanses can be calorie restricting| a proper elimination diet ensures you eat enough of these nutritious foods to stay healthy (read more about what to expect on an elimination diet here). So if it’s not about weight loss| why should you cleanse? Read on for reasons to try an elimination diet!

| Gives You More Energy

Most people who do a cleanse-like elimination diet report feeling more energized after following the program for a few days. Although elimination diets forbid normal energizers like caffeine| eating a diet full of leafy greens and whole foods can supply your body with the nutrients it needs to keep you energized. Also| if you have sensitivities to certain foods it can make you feel foggy-headed and sluggish as well.

| Beats Cravings

Your taste buds get accustomed to fatty| salty| or sugary foods. As you remove these unhealthy items from your diet| your cravings for these foods will diminish.

| Opens Your Culinary Mind

Cooking on a strict diet plan has its downfalls u2014 you can’t just reach for your go-to recipe on a busy weeknight. But instead of thinking of your new diet as a hindrance| view it as a challenge to get creative in the kitchen (or when you dine out). You may find you have a passion for being trying new nutritious ingredients.

| Tests Your Self Control

Two weeks without a cup of coffee may sound like a ridiculous feat before you set out on your elimination diet| but once you start on your journey it can be a way to prove to yourself that you’ve got all the self control you need to reach your normal dieting goals.

| Identifies Food Sensitivities

If you think that you have certain sensitivities to something in your diet| an elimination diet is one of the best ways for you to find out which types of foods you should be avoiding. Once you are done with the program and want to get back to your regular eating| slowly reintroduce eliminate gluten| dairy| alcohol| and other formerly forbidden foods to see if you can identify foods you should be avoiding.

5 Quick Morning Habits You Need to Start Now

Want to make the most out of your morning, no matter how late to work you are? These morning tricks will set you up for success. Altogether they’ll just take up five minutes of your time, so you can add them into even the most hectic morning routine.

1. Don’t snooze: It’s easier said than done, but trust us, this works. Forgoing the snooze button and getting up as soon as your alarm goes off will help you feel less tired.

How to do it: Set your alarm for the time you want to get up, not an earlier time just so you can hit snooze. Using a fitness tracker or smartphone app that tracks your sleep cycle can help rouse you out of slumber when you’re not in your deepest sleep.

2. Stretch: Feeling groggy? Try waking up your body with a few stretches that will also aid digestion and help you become more flexible (an important aspect of staying injury-free, no matter how active you are).

How to do it: The good news is that you can do these soothing, energizing stretches right in bed to ease you into your morning routine.

3. Set an intention: Even the most meditation-averse among us can benefit from thinking positively. No need to spend five minutes trying to concentrate on thinking about nothing (although, if you want to, it works) ¡ª a pause to think about what you want to accomplish during the day is all you need to help you start off on the right foot.

How to do it: Use this positive affirmation guide as a starting point for finding a thought and setting an intention.

4. Breathe: You can try this while you’re saying your positive affirmations to save time, but whatever you do, start the morning with a few deep breaths from the diaphragm.

How to do it: Use this breathing technique when you’re lying in your bed before you get up.

5. Hydrate: The first thing you should think about when you wake up is water. Overnight, your body loses hydration, so replenishing fluids helps wake up your body (and metabolism) while flushing out toxins.

How to do it: Drink an eight- or 16-ounce glass of cold water in the morning as soon as you get out of bed, or opt for a mug of hot water with lemon.

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5 Quick Morning Habits You Need to Start Now

Want to make the most out of your morning| no matter how late to work you are? These morning tricks will set you up for success. Altogether they’ll just take up five minutes of your time| so you can add them into even the most hectic morning routine.

1. Don’t snooze: It’s easier said than done| but trust us| this works. Forgoing the snooze button and getting up as soon as your alarm goes off will help you feel less tired.

How to do it: Set your alarm for the time you want to get up| not an earlier time just so you can hit snooze. Using a fitness tracker or smartphone app that tracks your sleep cycle can help rouse you out of slumber when you’re not in your deepest sleep.

2. Stretch: Feeling groggy? Try waking up your body with a few stretches that will also aid digestion and help you become more flexible (an important aspect of staying injury-free| no matter how active you are).

How to do it: The good news is that you can do these soothing| energizing stretches right in bed to ease you into your morning routine.

3. Set an intention: Even the most meditation-averse among us can benefit from thinking positively. No need to spend five minutes trying to concentrate on thinking about nothing (although| if you want to| it works) a pause to think about what you want to accomplish during the day is all you need to help you start off on the right foot.

How to do it: Use this positive affirmation guide as a starting point for finding a thought and setting an intention.

4. Breathe: You can try this while you’re saying your positive affirmations to save time| but whatever you do| start the morning with a few deep breaths from the diaphragm.

How to do it: Use this breathing technique when you’re lying in your bed before you get up.

5. Hydrate: The first thing you should think about when you wake up is water. Overnight| your body loses hydration| so replenishing fluids helps wake up your body (and metabolism) while flushing out toxins.

How to do it: Drink an eight- or 16-ounce glass of cold water in the morning as soon as you get out of bed| or opt for a mug of hot water with lemon.

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A Guide For Detoxing After Halloween

Even the healthiest among us can’t help but get into the Halloween fun, and while everything’s good in moderation, sometimes a night of temptation means going overboard (no regrets!). Whether you’ve snacked on trick-or-treating purchases too much or know you have a big weekend ahead, here are some ideas to detox when you’re ready to get back on track.

Related: Clean Up Your Diet With 5 Detox Dinners

    Drink more water: Make water consumption a priority the day after your Halloween festivities; not only will it help flush out all those indulgent decisions (that is, it’ll help your hangover), but it’ll give you more energy to tackle the day.Break the sugar addiction: Eating a lot of sugar will only make you crave it more, so your night of fun-sized celebration may be leading to mindless reaching for your candy stash the rest of the week. Ready for a challenge? If you’re craving sweets, take celebrity trainer Jackie Warner’s advice: take five days to wean yourself off sugar and refined carbs by eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies instead. If forgoing sugar altogether seems impossible (especially in light of leftover holiday treats), check out our tips for reducing your sugar cravings.Fight fatigue: Whether you hosted a Halloween party or spent an exhausting couple of hours corralling trick-or-treaters, the holiday can eat into your sleep time. To make sure you don’t feel tired all day, fill your diet with these fatigue-fighting foods, and make a point to go to sleep early tonight ¡ª you may benefit from recovery sleep so you don’t feel overly tired for the rest of the week.Eat nourishing foods: You’ve had enough of the processed stuff ¡ª now it’s time to eat real food. Start with a nutrient-packed smoothie, go for a kale salad for lunch, and a spicy carrot detox ginger soup for dinner. Eating a produce-rich meal plan will help your body crave the good instead of all the bad.Move more: Get your metabolism going ¡ª and sweat out all the bad stuff ¡ª with an intense workout; if you can’t bear the thought of exercise, go for a walk or do a few of these detoxifying yoga poses to get things moving.

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A Guide For Detoxing After Halloween

Even the healthiest among us can’t help but get into the Halloween fun| and while everything’s good in moderation| sometimes a night of temptation means going overboard (no regrets!). Whether you’ve snacked on trick-or-treating purchases too much or know you have a big weekend ahead| here are some ideas to detox when you’re ready to get back on track.

Related: Clean Up Your Diet With 5 Detox Dinners

    Drink more water: Make water consumption a priority the day after your Halloween festivities; not only will it help flush out all those indulgent decisions (that is| it’ll help your hangover)| but it’ll give you more energy to tackle the day.Break the sugar addiction: Eating a lot of sugar will only make you crave it more| so your night of fun-sized celebration may be leading to mindless reaching for your candy stash the rest of the week. Ready for a challenge? If you’re craving sweets| take celebrity trainer Jackie Warner’s advice: take five days to wean yourself off sugar and refined carbs by eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies instead. If forgoing sugar altogether seems impossible (especially in light of leftover holiday treats)| check out our tips for reducing your sugar cravings.Fight fatigue: Whether you hosted a Halloween party or spent an exhausting couple of hours corralling trick-or-treaters| the holiday can eat into your sleep time. To make sure you don’t feel tired all day| fill your diet with these fatigue-fighting foods| and make a point to go to sleep early tonight ¡ª you may benefit from recovery sleep so you don’t feel overly tired for the rest of the week.Eat nourishing foods: You’ve had enough of the processed stuff ¡ª now it’s time to eat real food. Start with a nutrient-packed smoothie| go for a kale salad for lunch| and a spicy carrot detox ginger soup for dinner. Eating a produce-rich meal plan will help your body crave the good instead of all the bad.Move more: Get your metabolism going ¡ª and sweat out all the bad stuff ¡ª with an intense workout; if you can’t bear the thought of exercise| go for a walk or do a few of these detoxifying yoga poses to get things moving.

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4 Reasons Drinking Water in Fall Keeps You Gorgeous

Most people already know that drinking water in Summer’s heat is important, but getting yourself to drink enough water when the weather cools off is a different story. If helping your body function at its top potential ¡ª and preventing headaches ¡ª isn’t enough, then let these four beauty-inspired reasons urge you to toast with water more regularly.

Support skin: Forget expensive creams and treatments; drinking water is one of the best things you can do to keep your skin looking young and glowing all year long. Proper hydration makes every system work better including your skin. Drinking water ensures that nutrients are delivered to cells keeping them hydrated and plump ¨C and plump cells can help your skin look firmer.

Related: 20 Quick Tips For the Healthiest Week Ever

Suppress appetite: Drinking a glass of water before meals helps you eat less, since thirst is often mistaken for hunger. In fact, studies have found that folks who stay on top of their water intake actually consume fewer calories. This is also a great technique for someone who tends to overeat when they’re bored.

Keep belly bloat in check: Staying away from salty foods and dairy certainly helps, but one of the best ways to make sure you don’t retain water is to drink plenty of water. It seems a little counterintuitive, but filling up on water and keeping your body hydrated keeps bad belly bloat at bay.

Boost metabolism: We know that drinking more water helps you before, after, and during your workout, but it actually helps you burn more calories! One study showed that people who drank eight to 12 glasses of water a day burned more fat than those who only drank four.

Related: The ACV-Powered Morning Drink That Supports Weight Loss

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