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While weight-loss surgery is a tool that can help you lose weight, success after surgery requires making a series of healthy lifestyle changes, including establishing a fitness routine and following a healthy diet. Learn more about nutrition, exercise, and how you can improve your health and overall wellness as a weight-loss surgery patient.

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Tips on healthy living from Parisians

Tips on healthy living from Parisians

When you think about how other cultures manage to stay thin, you may chalk it up to them being from another country and practicing different lifestyle habits. However, Americans may be able to benefit from learning what people do in other countries to stay thin. One Parisian native sat down with Shape Magazine to share her favorite diet, exercise, and healthy-living tips.

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How the "hunger scale" concept can help with weight loss

How the "hunger scale" concept can help with weight loss

Nutrition and dieting can be a tricky game, even if you’re feeling confident that you’re nailing it and doing it correctly. If you’ve managed to cut out sweets, fried foods, and processed foods in general, now you’ve got to nail the timing aspect. If you go too long without food, you may end up overeating, whereas if you eat too frequently, you may be consuming more food than your body actually needs.

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3 exercise moves that eliminate loose armpit skin

3 exercise moves that eliminate loose armpit skin

If you’re starting to slim down, you may notice that certain parts of your body respond better to nutrition and exercise than others. For example, your waist and midsection may slim down significantly, but your buttocks and thighs remain heavy. Or, perhaps you’ve managed to slim down everywhere except for your upper arms, which you’re still hiding behind long sleeves. If you consider the skin around your armpits a problem area, you may feel self-conscious about showing too much skin unless you’re able to tighten and tone this area.

Now that spring is officially here and summer is just around the corner, it’s the ideal time for you to tighten and tone the excess skin around your armpits so you can feel more confident in tank tops, swimsuits, and sleeveless tops. Check out the following three exercise movies that can help you eliminate loose armpit skin just in time for summer.

Lying chest fly

  1. Lie down on your back, and place your hips and knees at a 90-degree angle.
  2. Press your lower back into the ground using your lower abs.
  3. Raise your arms toward the ceiling with your palms facing one another, and keep your elbow slightly bent. For more of a challenge, use small hand weights.
  4. Keep your torso stable, and open your arms out to each side until your elbows are roughly two inches from the floor.
  5. Raise your arms back toward the ceiling, and bring the weights together over your chest.
  6. Do three sets of five reps to start, then increase reps per set as needed.

Push-up rotation

  1. Put your body in the plank position, with your shoulders directly over your wrists, and your body in one straight line, feet hip-width apart. Keep your back straight, and pull in your navel.
  2. Bend your elbows out to the sides as you lower and exhale to do a push-up.
  3. Hold for one breath, then rise back up to the original plank position, while also releasing your left arm and raising it to the ceiling.
  4. Hold for one breath, then return to the original plank position.
  5. Repeat the push-up, then raise your right arm to the ceiling before returning to the plank position.
  6. Do two sets of five for each side to start, then progress as needed.

Lateral plank walk

  1. Put your body in the plank position, with your shoulders directly over your wrists, and your body in one straight line, feet hip-width apart.
  2. Move your left hand toward the right hand, while stepping your right foot out to the right at the same time.
  3. Move your right hand and left foot to the right and return to the plank position.
  4. Take two additional steps in this direction, then reverse directions and take three steps to the left.
  5. Repeat this movement as many times as needed.

Over time, you’ll notice that these exercises will help tone and tighten any excess skin around and under your arms. Pretty soon, you’ll be able to show off your armpits in public without feeling self-conscious about having excess armpit skin.

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How to maintain your energy levels all day long

How to maintain your energy levels all day long

Have you ever skipped the gym or your workout session due to being tired and lacking energy? Many individuals say that the reason they don’t exercise regularly is that they lack the energy needed to get in an effective workout. While many people chalk up lack of energy to either not getting enough sleep or working too hard, the truth is that many individuals lack energy as a result of practicing one or more unhealthy lifestyle habits that zap their energy.

Unfortunately, if you lack the energy to exercise, you may also lack the energy to maintain a healthy diet, drink enough water, and practice the healthy habits needed to help you achieve your weight-loss goals.

Are you trying to lose weight, but have difficulty mustering up energy on a daily basis? Check out the following ways to maintain your energy levels all day long, from the time you wake up, to the time you hit the hay.

Morning habits

  • Avoid hitting the snooze button. While you may be tempted to hit the snooze button, make a habit of getting up as soon as the alarm goes off. Otherwise, you’ll have a more difficult time waking up, and you’ll expend extra energy doing so.
  • Drink water as soon as you wake up. Water will jump-start your digestive system and help stimulate a bowel movement, while also providing your body with an immediate burst of energy. Keep water on your nightstand to sip upon waking up.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast. Consume a healthy mixture of healthy fats, protein, and complex carbs to help balance your blood sugar first thing in the morning. Avoid eating sugary donuts, muffins, and pastries, which could cause you to crash early on in the day.
  • Do a morning workout. Exercise actually provides you with lasting energy, which is why it’s ideal to exercise first thing in the morning. Studies even show that morning exercisers tend to burn fat and calories more efficiently.

Afternoon habits

  • Go outside for fresh air. Fresh air can provide you with renewed energy and a fresh perspective on the tasks you’re trying to accomplish. Even if you’re stuck at work, take a break to step outside for 15 minutes for a walk or lunch break.
  • Swap out coffee for tea. If you’re used to slurping on coffee throughout the morning and afternoon, switch to drinking green tea. Tea won’t be as intense on your body, and is less likely to interfere with your nighttime sleep habits than coffee.
  • Eat healthy snacks. Instead of turning to fast food or vending machine foods for convenience, stick to snacking on nuts, vegetables, and fruits, which will naturally provide your body with a burst of healthy energy. Salty and sugary foods can actually drain your energy levels.

Evening habits

  • Lower your alcohol intake. Many individuals say alcohol helps them fall asleep after a hard day’s work. But in actuality, alcohol can disrupt your natural sleep cycle and either cause you to wake up later in the night, or leave you feeling even more exhausted come morning. Try to omit or limit your alcohol intake at nighttime.
  • Stop using electronics. The light emitted by mobile phones, tablets, computers, and television can interfere with your sleep patterns, and sometimes make it more difficult for you to fall asleep. Stop using all electronics at least an hour before bedtime.
  • Make sleep a priority. A good night’s sleep will help you feel energized the following day. Make sleep a priority in your life, and stop staying up late to watch movies, play video games, and read books. Aim to get between seven and eight hours of sleep per night for lasting energy levels.
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Weight-loss image app allows you to see a thinner you

Weight-loss image app allows you to see a thinner you

Motivation is a key factor to losing weight. The developers of a new mobile app called Visualize You believe that their app will motivate you to lose weight by showing you what you’ll look like when you reach your goal. With Visualize You, users can take old photos and transform them into versions of themselves after they’ve lost weight. The app’s software successfully crafts a realistic image that can vary depending on the goal you input, along with other information like age and height. Unlike other imaging software that simply stretches or squeezes a picture, Visualize You’s focus is to deliver an accurate depiction of what you can look like.

According to Charlie Seltzer, MD on Yahoo Health, visual cues like those the app provides are useful because, “I will often recommend that people put up pictures of what they want to look like or what they used to look like, provided the body image is healthy.” The app is available on iPhone and Android for free, and for $1.99 if the user wants advertisements removed.

Learn more about the Visualize You app from "Visualize You App Lets You See What You’d Look Like Post-Weight Loss” from Yahoo Health.

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