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Fitbit Healthy Habits: Week 2

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Creating a healthy lifestyle is always worth it, but never easy. It can be tempting to try and tackle every every unhealthy thing in your life all at once. But studies have shown that our willpower is finite, so trying to change too many of your habits at once will at the very least make you exhausted, and at most cause you to burn out on staying healthy earlier. So we’d like to challenge each and every reader with bite-sized daily tips in the Fitbit #HealthyHabits challenge!

Healthy Habits Week 2: Nutrition

Week 1 is already over in the Fitbit Healthy Habits challenge! If you’re a little behind, don’t sweat it: you can view last week’s challenges here. You can do these challenges in any order you like, or as often as you like: just save or print out the checklist and follow along at your own pace.

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Celebrity Trainer Harley Pasternak: 5 High-Sugar Foods to Avoid

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Harley Pasternak's 5 Foods High in Sugar

We’ve written before about avoiding sugar in your diet. But sometimes sugar can be found in the most unlikely of places. That’s why we asked celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak to share his top five list of foods surprisingly high in sugar:

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Find habits that stick with Fitbit Healthy Habits

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Create healthy habits this month

Creating a healthy lifestyle is always worth it, but never easy. Those first few months of getting up early to hit the gym or having to talk yourself up to putting your running shoes on can be a battle of willpower you don’t always win. But after awhile, what was once something you had to force yourself to do becomes second-nature. That’s when you know it has finally become a habit.

When it comes to developing a healthy lifestyle, it can be tempting to try and try and tackle every every unhealthy thing in your life all at once. But studies have shown that our willpower is finite, so trying to change too many of your habits at once will at the very least make you exhausted, and at most cause you to burn out on staying healthy earlier. So we’d like to challenge each and every reader with the Fitbit Healthy Habits challenge!

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How To Pack Your Lunch Like a Health Pro

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When it comes to lunch, it can be all too easy to throw a bag of chips and a PB&J into a bag and call it a day. Or to run next door to grab an 800-calorie sub instead. In the mad dash to get out of the house in the morning, adding one more thing to the routine can seem like too much.

But eating a healthy lunch doesn’t have to be such a chore. Here are just a few nutritious substitutions you can make for a hearty, healthy lunch.

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Healthy Chocolate Hall of Fame

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Today’s guest post comes from Lauren Slayton, the author of The Little Book of Thin and creator of the Foodtrainers blog.

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I have good news, especially with Valentine’s Day coming up! You don’t have to cut chocolate in order to be fit and healthy. There are many ways to have a guilt-free chocolate fix. We spend a couple of weeks at Foodtrainers testing various chocolate treats (tough work I know) in order to come up with our best of the best or Healthy Chocolate Hall of Fame. Not only are these options OK to eat, I’d say they’re encouraged – just try not to enjoy more than one a day.

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4 Science-Backed Strategies for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution

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Useful Science is a nonprofit run by 65 grad students and professionals. The author of this post is Andrew Blevins. The most recent Useful Science post was about how not to over-eat during the holidays. Email them at hello@usefulscience.org.

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Making a New Year’s resolution is easy. Keeping one is strangely difficult – so hard, in fact, that according to a recent study by the University of Scranton, the U.S. success rate for following through on resolutions is an abysmal 8 percent.

How can we do better? Useful Science is here to answer that question – and help you make more effective resolutions – with five of our favorite strategies from the often counterintuitive psychology of motivation and willpower.

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Holiday Recovery: How to Get Back On Track After Overindulging

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Between holiday meals, parties, and bad weather, it’s easy to fall off the healthy-living wagon. While a little indulging every now and again won’t make or break you diet, you can usually tell when you’ve gone a little overboard.

If you monopolized the cookies or hit the eggnog a little hard, it’s not too late to get back on track. Here are 6 things to focus on this week to help you start 2015 on the right foot:

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6 Science-Backed Ways to Stop Overeating During the Holidays

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Useful Science is a nonprofit run by 65 grad students and professionals. The author of this post is Greg Traversy from the University of Ottawa. The most recent Useful Science post was about improving your life. Email them at hello@usefulscience.org.

Are there factors outside of our body – in the environment, for example – that influence how much we eat at a given meal? The short answer is yes, and they can make us eat more regardless of our feelings of hunger. Here is a list, with the science to back it up, of environmental factors that can cause us to eat more than we normally would.

And for each bit of science, we’ve provided a tip to help you counteract the science and avoid the overeating temptation especially during the upcoming holidays. So let’s go…

 

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Fitbit Success Stories: Jonathan B.

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Fitbit Success Stories is a recurring feature on the Fitbit Blog. You’ll read inspirational and personal stories about Fitbit users who have achieved amazing things as a result of their Fitbit tracker, diet, exercise, and sheer ambition.

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“Fight! No matter what happens in the next 24 hours I want you to fight and never give up. You hear me?”

Those were the words whispered to me on November 4, 2013, and they shaped the last year of my life. You see, that was the day I was rolled back into an operating room for a gastric bypass surgery. Everyone was scared of what would happen once I came out of surgery. The doctor was preparing everyone for the possibility that I would wind up in the ICU for a couple days or longer.

It was a surgery that not only saved my life, but gave me a new body and a new lease on life. I never went to the ICU. Though I had no major complications from the surgery and my recovery was a breeze, that comment about fighting has stuck with me this last year. It has become my motivation and my credo.

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Sweet Surrender: 5 Easy Tips to Cut Back on Sugar

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“Sugar has a bullseye on its back these days”—that’s what one of the speakers said at a recent nutrition conference I attended.

But rather than rolling our eyes at all the “sugar media,” we should realize there’s truth to this messaging. Sugar stinks and it deserves all the negative press it’s receiving.

However, I don’t believe quitting sugar cold-turkey is always the answer. In reality, you need a plan. We all need guidance and using Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar, we quit sugar in the Foodtrainers’ offices for one month.

As someone who has never felt especially drawn to a dessert tray or cookie plate, it was still extremely difficult. Sugar lurks everywhere. So here are a few tips if you’re planning a sugar breakup or just looking to spend less time together with your sweet old pal. read more