Health and Fitness

Calorie Counting Doesn’t Work: 3 Reasons Why the Traffic Light System is Better

  1.  You become obsessive.  When you focus on counting calories it’s easy to overanalyze your food choices, and as a result, think about food all day, every day. (Not fun.) With Kurbo’s Traffic Light System, you learn to keep track of the quality of the food you put in your body by classifying it into one of three categories: red, yellow or green. Once you adopt the idea that foods are either red, yellow or green, your mind and body develop a natural intelligence to decipher the foods that provide you with optimal nutrition and energy, and the ones you are better off to cut down on.

 

  1.    You neglect that you are a whole person. Calorie counting assumes weight management is a purely mental game of willpower and restriction. The truth is, a lot of eating and hunger is emotional.  If you approach food only from an analytical perspective, you fail to consider the emotional factors that drive you to eat. To shift emotional eating takes time, awareness, and a toolkit to help in tough times. The Traffic Light approach makes sustainable change possible by focusing on gradual behavior change, taking into account comfort eating, holidays, family time, eating out, and food addictions.

 

  1.     Calorie counting is not practical. Calorie counting is a real chore and nearly impossible to sustain long term. Imagine you’re at a friend’s dinner or grabbing a snack at a concert; you probably won’t be taking out a calculator or tracker to make your food choices in those situations. If you’re accustomed to the traffic light system you will most likely remember the general classification of foods and will be able to make a quick decision with ease that better supports your personal health goals.

 

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jenn-hand/3-reasons-why-counting-calories-doesnt-work-and-what-to-do-instead_b_7753700.html

Weigh Yourself Every Week, Not Every Day

It’s important to weigh yourself consistently in order to know where you are in your personal health journey. This data that we collect is important and informs us if we are on the right track with our lifestyle changes. However, in the case of weighing yourself, too much may not be a good thing.

Here are a few reasons why it is better to weigh yourself once a week, not every single day.

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Your Mom Was Right, Breakfast Is Important!

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” – Moms Everywhere

Yes, mom was right. Breakfast is an important way to start the day, for kids and adults alike. Skipping breakfast can lead to erratic eating patterns throughout the day, indulgence in more junk food and ultimately, weight gain.  

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Weight Watchers for Teen Boys?

Weight Watchers for teen boys, is this a good idea? There are numerous weight solutions out there, all of which using different strategies, so it’s important to critically analyze which programs will improve a teen boy’s health instead of potentially damaging it. Is it Weight Watchers for teen boys, MyFitness Pal, or Jenny Craig? We first have to note that teens are not mini-adults. The challenges to weight loss that teens face are not the same as those faced by adults, so we should not provide them with adult weight-loss solutions. When addressing a topic as important as weight, finding a solution designed for teens is crucial to their overall health and development.

Teen boys who are turning to food to feel comforted typically find themselves in a negative feedback loop: they eat to feel better, then they look in the mirror or compare themselves to their peers or men in magazines, they feel bad, then eat again to distract themselves from their pain or to feel instant gratification. This cycle can persist into adulthood, but it can be avoided with a straight forward solution: health coaching with coaches trained specifically to work with teens.

Kurbo uses a behavior modification and an accountability program much like Weight Watchers; the difference is that Kurbo’s coaches are experienced to work with teens and the evidence based curriculum is suited for adolescents with an 88% success rate.

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Tips to Make Healthier Choices in the School Cafeteria

Getting food in the school cafeteria can be a very easy, convenient way to get your lunch every day.  It can also be a very cost-effective way for many families, depending on your situation and school district. And while it’s so important to get your midday fuel to keep you energized and focused for the rest of the school day, many of the options available in the cafeteria can be unhealthy and void of key nutrients that you need.

So, how do you stay on track with your Kurbo goals when you get your lunch at school?  Here are a few tips to help you make healthier choices in the school cafeteria:

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How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Without Candy

It feels like the holidays were only yesterday, and we are just now getting past all the celebrating, food and treats.  Maybe you have taken the new year as an opportunity to make a fresh start to your health and fitness goals.  And, just like that, another candy and sugar-filled holiday is upon us – Valentine’s Day!  Another day that tempts us with heart-shaped candies that we get with every Valentine at school and chocolate, cookies and cupcakes that we get from our family and friends.

And, while it’s hard to tell from everything we see in the stores and on TV, Valentine’s Day is not really about candy and sugar.  It’s about showing love to the special people in our lives.  This can be done in many, many ways that don’t involve added sugar at all!  Consider these ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day without candy:

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Fun Exercises for the Weekend

The weekends can be a great time to get active! Since there is no school on the weekends, your family can take more time to travel to faraway hikes or spend time learning a new type of exercise.

Below are fun activity ideas that work well with weekend schedules and are great ways to get your heart rate up.

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What to do if your child is a picky eater

Childhood is an important period in the development of our food preferences. Though our preferences can change into adulthood, it’s important to expose kids to new foods so that they get comfortable expanding their palates.  Taste buds are always changing so a fun fact to remember is that your child needs to try a new food 8 to 12 times before being able to decide whether they truly dislike the food.  Here are our tips on how to get your picky eaters to explore new foods.

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