Why Exercising to Lose Weight is a Myth

There’s no denying the science that the relationship between caloric-input and caloric-output affect weight, whether it’s maintaining, gaining, or losing. When it comes to biological truisms, there’s no way to debate the facts. How and what we input and output makes all the difference.

The Science

In their article, Why You Shouldn’t Exercise to Lose Weight, Julia Belluz and Javier Zarracina point to a large number of studies in order to present a justification for the title of their piece. One such study goes back to 1958 where researcher Max Wishnofsky outlined a rule to the “calories-in, calories-out” theory.

Many medically based organizations, even the Mayo Clinic, still espouse that a pound of fat equals approximately 3,500 calories. If a person cuts out about 500 calories a day, he/she will lose about a pound a week. The authors are not arguing if this is true, they are saying that in order to lose weight, you don’t necessarily have to exercise.

The worry in presenting such a case is that you may lead people down an unhealthy path. Exercise increases metabolism, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke and Type 2 diabetes. Negating the benefit of exercise isn’t compensatory to making a case that you can lose weight just by eating less.

Just Exercise

Here’s where Belluz and Zarracina do present a plausible debate: It’s difficult to lose weight simply by exercising more. An obesity researcher at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) explains that there are three main components to how we burn calories (energy expenditure). The first (and the one that uses the most) is our basal metabolic rate.

Those are the calories we use when our body is at rest. The second component is the energy we use to digest food, and the third is the energy we use when we exercise or run around all day. If 70-90% of our total energy expenditure is used in those first two components, that only leaves about 10% for physical activity. That’s not a lot. Exercise alone isn’t going to make a huge difference in our ability to burn more calories.

Another strong point they made is based on a 2009 study, which showed that people actually increased their food intake after exercise. They were either hungrier, or they believed they burned off more calories than they actually did.

More Science

A further study pointed out that after a workout, some people are liable to rest after, using fewer calories on random physical everyday activity than they normally would. They may even change how they do things, like get in the car instead of walk, or take the elevator instead of the stairs. These “compensatory behaviors” may make us unconsciously overall less active (as a result of exercise.)

The best research, however, shows that successful weight-loss comes from cutting calories, decreasing high-fat foods, being mindful of portions, and exercising regularly. To read more about weight-loss, metabolism, and exercise, check out previous articles on www.GetThrive.com


Yoga Is A Way To Explore Strength, Peace, And Harmony

The origins of yoga are shrouded in mystery, from its oral teachings to its historical text.  Dating back at least 10,000 years, it was practiced by religions, which may have had a foundation in Hinduism.  So why are we so fascinated by yoga and what makes it extremely popular in today’s society?

Yoga is no fitness fad, it’s a way of life and an outlook that many follow.  It was first introduced to the western world in the 1880s, as historical teachings.   Much later, it was expanded to include physical practice in the 1950s.  From that time to the present, yoga has grown in popularity, with many types of yoga to suit different lifestyles and needs.  Breaking down its methodology gives an overall view of its benefits:  karma yoga (action), to jnana yoga (wisdom).


Many turn to yoga looking for physical accomplishment and possibly body transformation.  Soon realizing that yoga is much more than just the physical action.  The practice has many styles, some of which include Iyengar, which focuses on precision and anatomical alignment and Vinyasa, which is a fun form of yoga poses, to rhythmic pattern.  Yin yoga, is also very popular today, focusing on lengthening and conditioning the body, whist calming the mind.  This yoga is great for those who want to master both patience and inner physical strength.   Bikram yoga, commonly referred to as hot yoga, was born out of traditional hatha yoga.  This form of action yoga is currently very prevalent with the practice room heated to a balmy 95-108˚F.  The heat is believed to cleanse, focus and warm the body, so strengthening and lengthening the muscles is easier.  Action yoga in general claims many health benefits, some of which include:


  • Strengthening of body core and muscles
  • Weight reduction
  • Enriched organ health
  • Increasing spine flexibility
  • Easing arthritis
  • Improving balance
  • Regulating metabolism, while improving digestion


Although yoga combines physical and spiritual strength in all its teachings, wisdom yoga is the mental segment of yoga.  An example is Himalayan yoga, which is based in sacred texts and Vedic knowledge.  To crudely put it, this is a collection of sacred mantras and hymns.  Recited aloud, these mantras/hymns are an ancient comprehension of the scientific makeup of our planet.  Today we could categorize this as philosophy.


Osho is a form of wisdom yoga that uses meditation techniques to rid the ego and escape modern day pitfalls of self centeredness and materialism.  Restorative yoga focuses on healing and relaxation.  Many of these practices have been used to develop modern day yoga classes, one of which even includes a laughter class, which focuses on its benefits as a therapeutic release.  Wisdom yoga and its practices, have been used in schools, to calm and focus children’s attention.  In the workplace, wisdom yoga can help center creativity and enlighten thought.  Many of the claimed health benefits for this type of yoga include:


  • Stress relief
  • Greater personal energy
  • Focus
  • Happiness
  • Self Confidence
  • Creativity
  • Freedom of inhibition


Making time for your own body and mind is crucial, so why not become a “yogi” (a playful term endearing someone who practices yoga).  Whatever the stated health benefits are, yoga is a way to explore strength, peace, and harmony in today’s high pressure society.


To read more about yoga, check out GetThrive.com



How to Improve Your Wellbeing and Juice at Home!

Are you tired of feeling physically uncomfortable, mentally foggy, and downright disgusted? Making changes to your diet has been found to radically reverse poor emotional health, the inability to lose weight, and even chronic illness. Sounds as if it may be time to improve your overall wellbeing and learn how to juice at home.

Man Cannot Live on Juice Alone

The concept of creating a juice at home does not mean you give up on “food.” Juicing is a practice whereby you remove the juice from whole fruits and vegetables, often combining them into a refreshing beverage. This process provides vitamins and nutrients you may not be receiving otherwise.

However, a superior juicing recipe may also include the pulp, seeds, and/or skin of your produce. This way,  you can garner other important elements such as fiber and minerals.

Why Juice?

The purpose of juicing is to provide valuable compounds your body needs and craves. Especially in today’s world, whether we realize it or not, we are bombarded with pollution. It’s very difficult to avoid the poisons traveling through our air, soil, and water at home and in our environment. We need extra doses of beneficial nutrients to combat toxins and protect our precious cells.

Vegetables and fruits contain flavonoids and anthocyanins. These are compounds that help guard our cells from damage. Extensive or chronic cellular damage can lead to cancer, heart disease, inflammatory disease, and other unwanted physical ailments. In order to keep peace within our bodies, it’s  essential nowadays that we include antioxidants into our diets.

Learning and practicing how to juice at home may save you money and your good health.

Polluted Body?

What are some of your not-so-good habits? Are you eating fast food more than twice a week? Not exercising more than twice a week? Drinking alcohol, smoking, and not sleeping enough? Well then,  you can pretty much count on being slightly toxic.

You may already be feeling some signs:

-always tired

-can’t lose weight

-get sick often

-have unexplained pain in joints

-constant gas, heartburn, constipation, or diarrhea

Your poor system is probably suffering from inflammation. You may even notice outward signs like poor skin color and texture, more wrinkles. Other symptoms of inflammation are tooth or gum pain, and having no energy.

What To Do

You may try gathering information from trustworthy Websites such as GetThrive! and VeryWell. Also, check with medical practitioners you trust. Ask friends or co-workers  about their experience if they juice at home.

Another idea is to look up some popular recipes for juicing. It’s simple and not very time consuming. Make a commitment to juicing at least once a day for a month. Remember, it took a long time to get sick. Be patient with your healing process. Not far off, you may start noticing:

  • clearer, brighter skin
  • a calmer tummy
  • weight loss from bloat
  • fewer food cravings
  • a stronger immune system
  • more energy
  • overall more contentment






If adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet can improve your physical and mental health, why not try it?

When you juice at home, it can be used as a cleanse, a health boost, and a supplement to your regular healthy diet. Always check with your health care provider before embarking on any significant dietary shift. Equally important, many health experts and nutritionists suggest including protein, low carbs, and good fats into your non-juicing meals.

A healthy diet, exercise, and a positive attitude can significantly reduce your risk of contracting or developing disease. So think, adding juice at home may improve your internal and external health. Finally, a bonus to your overall wellbeing!

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Is Your Body Resisting Weight Loss? Use Resistance Training!

Women don’t generally associate weight loss with weight lifting, but resistance training will help shed the pounds. Along with slimming down, using weights can provide other health benefits too.

Resistance Training is not training yourself to resist eating that piece of cake. (Although you can lose weight that way, too.) Lifting weights, using machines, or even using your own body weight are all part of the resistance movement. Losing weight will happen, but there are several other health advantages as well. Here are 9 solid reasons to start strength training today.

1) Burn Calories. Bunches will burn as you create lean muscle mass. Your body will use calories more efficiently. For hours after you train, your body will continue to burn calories, even if you’re sitting.

2) Increase Metabolism. During and after weight training, you consume extra oxygen. When your body uses more oxygen, it burns more calories. This requirement for more fuel (calories) forces your metabolism to increase to feed your muscles. The advantage to an increased metabolic rate is that it burns fat faster.

3) Strengthen Your Heart. Resistance training can lower blood pressure for up to 12 hours after each workout. Those who lift weights lower their risk of developing heart disease because: it reduces waist size and lowers triglycerides and glucose levels.

4) Sculpt Your Bod. Cardio can help you lose the puff, but it won’t necessarily add shape to your muscles. Using weights will help you create definition in different muscles. Say goodbye to upper-arm flap. Say hello to a tight booty.

5) Save Your Bones. Muscles and bone mass begin deteriorating as we age. Resistance training prolongs the inevitable and aids in keeping your bones and muscles strong. Your risk of osteoporosis also becomes decreased.

6) Improve Your Sleep. Weight training helps you fall asleep more easily because your stress is reduced. The quality of sleep is also improved and deeper. You may even sleep through the entire night without waking once.

7) Improve Your Balance. Resistance training strengthens your muscles and your core. Good balance is predicated on strength. Better balance, less falls and possible injuries.

8) Your Clothes Will Fit Better. Muscle weighs more than fat. But fat takes up more room. You might weigh more, but you will appear thinner because of your lean muscles.

9) Improve Your Memory. Older adults who practice resistance training appear to have improved memory and cognitive function. Who says an old dog can’t learn new tricks?

The thought of resistance training may frighten or intimidate you. You will not get bulky. You won’t hurt yourself (unless you overdo it.) It may be the key that unlocks the weight-loss door for you.

Ask a trainer for assistance or watch a video when it comes to weights. Using your own body as a weight you can do pushups, squats, and planks. Try it for a while and watch your body and mind transform. For other ways to improve your health with workouts, check out www.GetThrive.com


Tired of the same ole same ole? Here’s a sure way to change your daily grind!

Growing up, at school, we’re tossed into a group of peers who are involved in a similar life experience. The same applies for others’ on sports teams or various extracurricular clubs. Then in college, we meet a whole new slew of people we hope to connect with. Once in the workplace, we may enjoy the company of co-workers, but it doesn’t mean they’ll become our best friends.

Time to Bring in the New?

So, once we grow up, do we need to make new friends? First of all, your old friends can always remain friends, sometimes even for life. But as we shift positions throughout our aging journey, we have to expect that our needs will change too. Your “party” friend from your 20s may not enjoy a visit to the museum when you’re in your 40s.

Other “single” friends may not be able to relate when you are completely enveloped by parenthood. As you drift into your 50s and may be experiencing the empty-nest syndrome or are taking care of your own parents, you’ll need a crony who can relate somehow. With that established, it makes sense that we need to seek out new people in our lives for close friendship.

How do I Make New Friends?

Examine the things in your life that you’re passionate about. Do you love going to the movies? Are you an outdoorsy person? Do you like to volunteer? My mother, for example, loves geology, rocks, stones, and fossils.

She joined a lapidary group where like-minded folks get together and whittle down gems and stones into beautiful little pieces of art. The group chats up a storm while they are creating. That activity led her to find a small group of new friends who now spend Saturdays at fairs selling their jewelry together.

Don’t be afraid to join a class or a group. Everyone there had to muster up the courage to show up the first time. You’d be surprised how receptive people are to newcomers.

Once you get beyond the stage of making a choice in your interests and move forward to find the venue, you may consider brushing up on your social skills. It may sound silly, but after years of hanging with the same folks, our manners get rusty (or sloppy.) Believe it or not, first impressions still matter.

Looking Forward…

The most important element to keep in mind, and exude, is optimism. Others are drawn to positivity and promise. Make eye contact when talking. It’s important for the other person to see that you are listening. Plus, it will give you an opportunity to look at your conversationalist with an authentic stance.

Body language should always be appropriate. That includes not being a “close talker.” Give people their personal space. Also, feel out the situation before you make physical contact. You may be a person who loves to gesture, or tap people while you’re talking.

But remember, if someone doesn’t really know you yet, this may make them skittish to be around you if they don’t like to be touched.

We all need friends. It ‘s our connection with others that makes our lives rich and fulfilling. Keeping old friends is invaluable and precious, but new ones can add spice to our days. Keep Calm and Make Friends.


5 Must-Do Holiday Body Tips

As if the onslaught of jingle bells and colorful lights in television commercials wasn’t enough of an indication, here we are.  The holidays are upon us.

Without fail, millions of Americans approach the annual holiday season hoping they won’t gain weight.  And each year, millions of Americans inevitably gain the very weight they hope to avoid.  Trimming the fat never seemed so appropriate.

Parties, gatherings, and family get together feature irresistible food and drink.  And yet, many folks find themselves in the all-too-predictable cycle of dieting when the calendar flips to January.  Well, weight gain doesn’t have to define your holiday season.


As proof, we have five reasonable tips to help govern the coming weeks.  Yes, following the tips will require some discipline.  But, hey, you’re up for the challenge, right?

1. Counter the calories

Let’s face it.  The likelihood that you’ll consume fewer calories during the holidays, is just, well, insane.  So, devise a regimen of exercise to counter the anticipated increase in calories.  Hint, hint: we’ve got some pretty good ideas.

2. Take the stairs

Do you typically take the elevator to your office?  Take the stairs instead.  Now, if you have 80 floors to hike, that may be a bit much, but determine an acceptable number of flights to ascend and then stick to it.

You may have to arrive 5-10 minutes earlier, but your waistline will be glad you did.  No stairs?  Park further away than usual and walk.  Your lunch break can be a great time to stretch your legs and remain active as well.

3. Up your jog game

Put some extra time into those sneakers!  They aren’t just for looks, after all.  Hey, maybe you’ll get a new pair as a gift!  If you already run, be sure to keep doing so.

Maybe add an extra mile or two.  If you aren’t the running type, a light jog or brisk walk will do.  Too cold outside?  Find a treadmill to use at a gym or, better yet, get one of your own.

4. Play like a kid!

Holiday breaks allow children more free time than usual.  With no homework, and friends, cousins, or other relatives around, they wanna play!  So, join the fun.

If there’s snow on the ground – go sledding, build a snowman, or have a snowball fight.  No snow? No problem.  Grab a soccer ball, basketball, or football.  And have a great time.  You’ll be their favorite aunt, uncle, or grandparent in no time.

5. Watch the meaty middle

Sit ups, crunches, and other general ab exercises aren’t all that easy.  But they can make a huge difference!  From the quick and strenuous – search “eight minute abs” on Youtube – to the more moderate – a predetermined number of crunches or half sit-ups each day, keeping your core in check will make your January much more manageable.

Remember, you don’t have to completely avoid holiday party spreads to be guilt-free.  With a plan in place and some determination, future articles with advice on preparing your spring/summer beach body may not even apply to you!


Vitamin D Supplements May Not Be OK for Kids

A recent study using obese teenagers as subjects, not only showed no benefit to the daily use of Vitamin D supplements, but it actually pointed to the cause for higher cholesterol levels.


A scientist at the Mayo Clinic, Seema Kumar, claims that too much Vitamin D can cause a condition that results in kidney complications. The reason why they began the trial in the first place was because there has been some proof that Vitamin D supplements are linked with vascular improvements.

Bigger, Not Always Better

Obese teens are at greater risk for future chronic disease. Kumar thought this test group would benefit—but the opposite seems to have been discovered. Increased cholesterol and triglycerides were found. Additionally, the teens showed no difference in their weight, body mass, or blood pressure.

Studying the benefits of supplements can be valuable, however, continuing to work at the core of health challenges, by educating and encouraging proper nutrition and exercise is equally valuable.



Can’t Get Pregnant Naturally? A New Study Says You Can

Before starting IVF, a group of researchers claim you may be able to get pregnant naturally if you follow their directions.

Wait…Lose Weight

A study was conducted in Great Britain, which included 577 overweight or obese women who’ve had fertility problems. Their average body mass index (BMI) ranged from 29 to 35. Those who lost weight doubled their chances of getting pregnant naturally.

Over a six-month period, half of the women were placed on a calorie restricted diet, which also included daily exercise. The goal was for them to lose five percent of their body weight. The other half of the participants was not part of the weight-loss plan.

In the group of women who did not lose weight, only one in 10 became pregnant. In the weight loss group, however, one in four women conceived. The study concluded that losing approximately 10 pounds in six months doubles your chances of conceiving naturally.

Don’t Wait…Ovulate

Anovulation is when no ovulation occurs during a menstrual cycle. Chronic anovulation is a common cause of infertility. This study purports that lowering BMI, even slightly, is one lifestyle intervention that may reverse anovulation. Weight in excess may not be the only reason for infertility, but weight-loss can be beneficial for a variety of factors.

Losing weight can be stressful, and added stress wouldn’t lend to your chances of conception either. However, one prominent gynecologist suggested cutting 500 calories out your daily diet along with 30 minutes of exercise. He claims this will result in a one- or two-pound, maintainable, weight loss per week. That is not a stressful regimen, and it can lead to lowering BMI in a few short months.


Over 60% of women in the US and the UK are overweight or obese. Besides creating fertility challenges, the extra weight increases the risk of miscarriage. Additionally, obesity increases the risk of birth defects, having a cesarean section, and even a stillbirth.

Certainly, other factors cause anovulation and other fertility challenges. This study, along with others, provides hope that natural conception may be possible by making healthy lifestyle choices.