How to Stop Food Cravings

We’re all guilty of succumbing to food cravings especially when we’re stressed or tired, but an intense desire to eat food not only will make keeping an ideal weight difficult, it will also result in a host of other health problems.

If you feel like your life depends on that slice of pizza or that you can’t start the day without a bite of that chocolate, then these are the things you need to do to stop food cravings.

Start with a Breakfast. Unhealthy cravings are sometimes triggered by skipping meals, especially when you start your day without enough fuel. This could end in a vicious cycle of lowering blood sugar levels in the morning that will make you hungry the rest of the day.

Don’t Skip Meals. If skipping breakfast isn’t good for your body, then it goes without saying that skipping proper meals at scheduled times will also increase your food cravings. Force yourself to say no to eating in between meals or small snacks.

Consider Your Budget. If you really need to have that food, then you can include it in your weekly budget as a treat. After all, you do not want to overspend money on something you know you can live without for a while. Perhaps you can even use that as a motivation to work hard the whole week with the craved food item as a reward.

Plan Your Meals. If you’re short on the budget, it’s a good idea to plan your meals for the week. That way, you won’t be tempted to buy what you randomly see on the menu or the grocery.

Count Calories. If you’re trying to lose weight but still give in to temptation, then you’re not going to improve at all. If you don’t want to feel deprived, count the calories you will get for each serving of the craved food so you can still stick to your diet and calorie allowance.

Drink Water. Try drinking a glass of water if you feel an urge to eat something, maybe it will fade after a while. Water before meals can also reduce appetite and make you feel full.

Get Enough Sleep. If you’re not getting enough sleep, then your body is trying to compensate for the lack of rest by telling you to eat more. Your hormone levels are also messed up, that is why there are studies that show that sleep-deprived people are more likely to get fat than those who get enough rest.

Take Away Temptation. Maybe you just need to get away from the temptation. Distract yourself with other activities or try an alternative food.

Facts About Aerobic Exercise to Remind Yourself

We are told that healthy living is ours for the taking – it will not be easy but it is worth it at the end of the day. The good thing is that here in Singapore, the government is encouraging the people to live a healthy life by giving subsidies and implementing program that can promote overall well-being. That sounds good but it all boils down to how committed you are.

If in this case you are learning everything you can about aerobic exercise, you have come to the right place. In just few minutes, you will realize the power of aerobic exercise. Here are some facts:

What is aerobic exercise?
You have heard about cardio exercise, right? Actually aerobic exercise is also called cardio exercise. It is called so because it requires the heart to pump oxygenated blood to distribute oxygen to the muscles. It is designed to stimulate the heart rate as well as the breathing rate to rise so it can sustain the exercise.

What are the examples of aerobic exercise?
You have to know that there are many examples of aerobic exercises. Now it is only a matter of choosing which one you can keep up as a beginner. Examples of aerobic exercises include spinning, walking, swimming, running, cardio machines, dancing, hiking, skiing, kickboxing and many more.

What are the benefits of aerobic exercise?
The good news is that the body can adapt to training. This means that if you exercise regularly, it will surely benefit the body. Since it is cardio, it can make the heart get stronger. With each beat, it can pump more blood. When you exercise, the hearts will be conditioned thereby they will have greater mass and diameter. If this is the case, the heart can pump efficiently.

Studies show that aerobic exercises can lessen the risk of cancer. Aside from that, it can also increase bone density so osteoporosis is not a problem. Another benefit is the reduced risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. It does not only help you physically. The act can actually elevate your mood.

How much do you need?
It is important that you know how much exercise you need to keep yourself healthy. The general recommendation is that adults should accumulate at least thirty minutes of moderate aerobics all the days of the week. You have to understand the word “accumulate”. This means you do not need to exercise thirty minutes at once.

There is also another recommendation – at least 20 to 60 minutes of aerobic activity (like jogging, running, swimming or dancing) 3 to 5 times a week.

Workout Has Never Been This Intense

This is for all the gym buffs out there! Have you already achieved the ideal physique you’ve been working so hard for? Have you already sculpted those muscles up to your standard? Or do you simply want to try a new workout that will help you build more endurance? Well if your answer to the first two questions is no and if you’re actually looking for a new workout better consider the phenomenal workout, CrossFit.

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For a brief overview of CrossFit, here are some quick facts. It was started by Greg Glassman in America in 2000. The routines involved in this workout incorporate powerlifting, high-intensity interval training (short, intense workouts), plyometrics (jump training), and strongman exercises (tire flips, sled drags, object loading or carrying) among other exercises.

However, it was still a few years later when Singapore finally joined in this craze. One of the pioneers was CrossFit Singapore. It was established on May 1st, 2009 and was owned by Coach Kevin who was also the Director and Head Coach. Being the first legitimate CrossFit affiliate in the country, they have already produced more than 30 CrossFit Level 1 Trainers.

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And since CrossFit is basically a principal strength and conditioning program, anyone who has the commitment to endure such a routine is fit to join, regardless if you’re a soldier or an average worker, a man or a woman. If you’re interested to try this intense workout, you could enrol in CrossFit Singapore’s monthly Fundamental Classes. However, all those who are new to CrossFit regardless of fitness background will still be required to complete 3 Compulsory Fundamental Classes, costing $300, before being allowed to join the usual Workout of the Day Classes. Walk-ins are not allowed though, so booking and registration is required. To book a slot, you could check out their official site at www.crossfitsingapore.com.sg.

Enrolling in this intense workout program might seem frightening and intimidating but you don’t need to fear because although CrossFit Singapore is dead serious at training their students to get into their best shape, they are still very much dedicated to making it a fun experience for everyone. So, overcome your fears and welcome a new self that’s fitter and stronger!

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