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Skipping Meals Can Sabotage Your Weight

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Skipping meals can sabotage weight loss goals

At Foodtrainers, we’re huge fans of the food log. Especially for self-described “healthy eaters,” the devil (or weight loss) is in the details. And with many of our clients, I can see from their journals they’re already making decent choices. Many of our clients have slashed excess sugar and “white” carbs. But what I do find is evidence of underfueling, or eating too little. And underfueling leads to over fueling, which can ultimately sabotage your weight loss goal.

I suspect underfueling when clients say “I do so well during the day, it’s at night when I have problems with self-control.” Sound familiar? If you come home from work and turn into a snack monster, keep reading.

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Good News: Extra Steps Can Offset Sitting

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Extra steps can offset walking

You’ve likely seen articles and news reports claiming, “Sitting is the New Smoking.” And while it’s not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison, there is some truth to the shocking headlines. Cumulative sitting (we’re talking couch- and desk-surfing combined) has been linked to an increased risk of colon cancer and type 2 diabetes. So experts everywhere are recommending you get up.

Swapping TV time for gym time is easy, but unless you’re, say, Meb Keflezighi, and paid to run marathons for a living, chances are there are times when your backside has to be glued to a chair. Luckily, new research suggests you can offset some of that sitting by walking more.

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Thank You for Supporting Fitbit!

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By now, you may have heard the news that Wall Street just got fit. Fitbit has officially been listed as FIT on the New York Stock Exchange.

It’s a huge milestone for us. One that we wouldn’t be celebrating without you.

Since the start of the company over eight years ago, our mission has been to help people lead healthier, more active lives. Our journey to this moment has been so similar to the journey you take in fitness. It doesn’t matter if you’re running your first 5K or building a company—it all starts with a goal.

Along that journey, you celebrate your milestones, even when there’s still a long way to go. You look for people to support you on the way and end up with an entire community of people who believe in you. And whether it takes weeks or months or years, if you stay focused, all the little things add up to something big.

So, thank you for being our community. Thank you for supporting our dream and for helping us reach this goal. We are more committed than ever to creating the products, services and features you need to reach yours.

You’ve been with us every step of the way, and we can’t wait to see what’s next.

—James Park, CEO & Co-Founder of Fitbit

 

**This blog post shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.**

 

Long Live Dad! 4 Ways You Can Support His Heart Health

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4 ways you can support dad's heart health

Great news: According to a study from Stanford University you’ve been helping Dad stay heart-healthy since the day you were born! Researchers tracked 135,000 men over a ten year period and found fathers are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease than childless men. Want to make sure dear old Dad’s heart continues to stay in tip-top shape? How about the non-dads in your life? Here are 4 ways you can support any man’s ticker.

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Vacation Eating Do’s and Don’ts

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**This month we’re getting #vacationfit. Whether you’re headed to some tropical locale or turning the backyard into your own personal oasis, you’ll find tips and advice to help you reach your health and fitness goals.**

Vacation eating do's and don'ts

Going on vacation offers a welcome break from your regular routine—so long 30-minute car commute to work, hello healthy walk to saltwater and sunshine! But without your everyday habits to anchor healthy choices, it can sometimes become easy to overindulge. (Why not stay up late sipping creamy piña coladas by the pool? It’s not like you have to wake up early to catch your carpool.) Still, you don’t have to restrict yourself to crudité and bottled water. Just keep these do’s and don’ts in mind and you won’t return home with an unwanted souvenir—extra weight. read more

9 Workout Moves You Can Do In a Hotel Room

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**This month we’re getting #VacationFit. Whether you’re headed to some tropical locale or turning the backyard into your own personal oasis, you’ll find tips and advice to help you reach your health and fitness goals.**

9 workout moves you can do from a hotel room

The easiest way to get fit (and stay that way!) is to use the one piece of equipment that will be with you no matter where you travel: you. With just the resistance of your own body weight, it’s possible to improve your strength, balance, agility, stamina, and more.

The hotel doesn’t have a gym? No worries! Forgot to pack your sneakers? No problem! Accidentally booked a beach vacation during monsoon season? NBD! These 9 moves are excuse-proof, because wherever you go, there you are—literally! Now, get off your tuchus and give ‘em a try.

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Feeling Kale-d Out? 5 New Greens to Try Now

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Kale'd out? Try these new greens.

Kale has become a cliché.  In 2012, I wrote an article titled, “Is Kale Becoming a Kardashian.” It’s been three years, and neither kale nor the Kardashians have budged from their pop culture pedestals. But I’m glad, because as kale-d out as I am, I’m not ready to part ways with the vitamin-rich veggie. I usually have a kale salad in my fridge to nosh on throughout the week (with miso dressing from The Little Book of Thin); and I regularly toss kale into my juicer. I’m certainly not going to tell you to quit kale cold turkey. Still, it’s optimal to mix it up a little—there are other greens in the market, after all. So if you’re tired of eating kale (or reading about it!), here are 5 new greens to add to your plate.

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3 Baller Moves for Better Agility

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3 Baller Moves for Better Agility

Being a basketball fan is infinitely more fun when the home team makes it to the playoffs—and beyond! (Go Warriors! Woot! Woot!) But before these guys were sweating it out in the finals, they were on the court practicing agility drills to improve their speed, balance, and footwork.

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The Water Bottle Hacks That Will Keep You #VacationFit

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**This month we’re getting #VacationFit. Whether you’re headed to some tropical locale or turning the backyard into your own personal oasis, you’ll find tips and advice to help you reach your health and fitness goals.**

The water bottle hacks that will keep you #vacationfit

When was the last time you thought about packing dumbbells in your carry on? Probably never. I mean, I’m a fitness professional and I don’t always think about bringing my own equipment when I travel. I usually rely on the hotel gym to be adequately stocked, or I plan to check out a local facility. But there have been occasions when I’ve been away from home and wanted a tool or two to help me get my fit on.

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It’s National Running Day! Here’s How to Celebrate

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060115_Fitbit_BLOG_Running_Day_1200x2048_WD_1Yep, that’s right! Today is another “When did this become a holiday?” holiday. But unlike all those other special days, you won’t have to side-step cupcakes in the break room or feel guilty for forgetting to send mom a card.

Today is a day made just for you and your most comfortable footwear! Need a little motivation to get the party started? Get your legs moving with these tips.

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