Stop Feeling Guilty About Your Indulgences to Get the Most Out of Them

…If you keep calling these items or activities guilty pleasures, aren’t you simply spending your money on buying guilt?

Shouldn’t we all focus on pleasures instead? Pleasure in a good and balanced amount will only bring positive things to our lives.

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I gotta say, guilt tastes delicious! 😀

Four Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Healthier Person

If you’re completely satisfied with your health, don’t read this article. This is not for you. Give yourself a pat on the back, and save yourself the scrolling. For the rest of you, approach what I’m about to say with an open mind, and maybe you can come out of this a fitter person.

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This article really is about getting the conversation with yourself started.  It doesn’t talk about long term, re-evaluating periodically.  A plateau is a more obvious sign about re-evaluating – not too late, but can be.

I’ve made some changes in diet in the last six months or so.  Weight loss is part of the training agenda, while noticing that I should probably eat more protein.  But the changes also appeared in my INR tests – my levels having consistently been in the 3.5 range.  A bit of a concern – higher chance of bruising/internal bleeding.  My doctor started taking notice, test in two weeks rather than monthly.  So made another change, which I’m hoping suits all goals – natural food source, a bit more vitamin K intake to level off the INR, and cheaper than what my second breakfast was (besides healthier).

For Young Men, Eating Disorders Aren’t Always So Obvious

When Nate Nahmias was 16, he decided that he wanted to get fit.

A math- and science-oriented kid, he applied his analytical know-how to his workout regimen and diet. He meticulously planned each lift and run, and ensured every single calorie he consumed was accounted for. But he had a hard time keeping track of it all himself, so he asked his mother to set up an appointment with a dietitian. “I thought that maybe the dietitian would have some tools to help me stay on track with what I wanted,” Nahmias, now 25, tells Yahoo Health. “I thought she would applaud me for all of my hard work and strict diet.

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I have a very clear distaste for the thinking that things are distinct to a particular gender.

I’ve certainly known proactive guys with body issues who got into weights to attain the physique they idealize.  I figure that some likely would meet the criteria of having an eating disorder, but the behaviour got addressed as they came to learn about nutrition.  For me, before nutrition it was the fact I’d “reward” myself and eat back all the gains I’d made.  Similar goals, it’s about finding what works best for ourselves in order to make progress.

Google’s A.I. Is Training Itself to Count Calories In Food Photos

At this week’s Rework Deep Learning Summit in Boston, Google research scientist Kevin Murphy unveiled a project that uses sophisticated deep learning algorithms to analyze a still photo of food, and estimate how many calories are on the plate. It’s called Im2Calories, and in one example, the system looked at an image, and counted two eggs, two pancakes and three strips of bacon. Since those aren’t exactly universal units of measurement, the system gauged the size of each piece of food, in relation to the plate, as well as any condiments. And Im2Calories doesn’t require carefully captured high-res images. Any standard Instagram-quality shot should do.

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They acknowledge that the count will not be perfect – a margin of 20% is what they hope for.  But this is something people will live by…  I wonder how it would handle if the picture I plate on a side dish/plate, making the portion look bigger…

While it would be a piece in the puzzle to make the counter/stovetop demonstrated in the futuristic Ikea setup, I still think most would use the software with their phone or tablet.  Google isn’t the only one looking to use big data with respect to food.

“Fitspiration” Is Bad For Your Motivation

Just a forewarning – this is unlikely to be your standard “fitness blog”, where I tell you the 49 best ways to improve your squat, or the secret list of foods that will kill your belly fat stone dead… This is going to be more of a first step into some aspects of the fitness industry that lie just beneath the surface, but are very rarely discussed.

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I find the “fitspiration” to be counterproductive.  People are fed this idea that if you work out, then you’ll look like these people! In reality, particularly for women, the body fat percentage of the people in fitspo images is extremely, extremely difficult to obtain. By starting out with an unrealistic standard, you’re greatly reducing the chance that people will stick with exercise… that body fat percentage takes a very specific diet, and people aren’t always aware of that, so they consider the exercise a “failure” if they don’t start looking super cut.  See: Why Don’t I Look Like My Goal Physique?

This was where I think the cross training for triathlon was good.  I’ve never been fond of running, but I attributed aspects of fitness/strength increases in other things (swimming, cycling) that motivated me to want to maintain that.  I’ve reached a point where I’m happy with my body fat percentage.  I eat now to maintain, but could stand to eat a little less if I want to see more definition.  But it’s not a priority.  What a difference a year has made.

How to Talk to People Who Make Bad Health Decisions

It’s frustrating when your friend—or, worse, a stranger on the internet—is making ill-advised health decision. Maybe they smoke, or eat terribly, or buy everything Dr. Oz endorses. Maybe they refuse to vaccinate their kids. Here’s how to get through to them.

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Odds are incredibly good that the person is not going to listen to shaming or holier-than-thou rhetoric. If the person really wants to listen to what you have to say, it’s much more welcoming when you can say “yeah, I used to smoke/drink/eat too much and it was REALLY hard to change”. And then let them ask you how you manage.

How to Combat Diet and Exercise Self-Sabotage with Mindfulness

You’ve stuck to your diet today and you feel unstoppable…until your co-worker hands you a cupcake. “It’s just one,” you rationalize, devouring every inch. Guilt sets in. The once promising day is ruined, but not until you polish off a large pizza and a dozen cookies. Does this sound familiar?

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There are benefits to failing on your plan (diet or fitness) – there will be days you can’t stick to it.