The CHRIS Lifestyle

Chris Acronym

CHRIS is an acronym for a health and fitness lifestyle.

  • C – Clean Eating
  • H – High Fiber
  • R – Rest
  • I – Ice Cream
  • S – Strength Training

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Science backed ways to lose weight. Part IV

California Dreaming
California Dreaming

31. Gulp H2O

Kick the diet beverages and vitamin enhanced money traps and reach for good ‘ole H2O instead. Drinking water helps people feel full, and as a result, consume fewer calories. Drinking water also significantly elevates resting energy expenditure (basically the number of calories we’d burn if we sat around all day) and lower water intake is associated with obesity. Continue reading “Science backed ways to lose weight. Part IV”

Science backed ways to lose weight. Part III

Protein Lunch21. Steer Clear of Simple Carbs

Simple carbs are the white stuff – white bread, most pastries, refined sugars (like in soda). What makes it so simple? These foods provide energy, but lack the same  nutrients (vitamins, minerals, and fiber) as complex carbohydrates. The body also breaks simple carbs down quickly, spikes blood sugar (insulin), and leaves your tummy might rumbling sooner than you imagined. Choose whole grains instead, which may reduce potentially dangerous excess abdominal fat buildup (which can lead to diabetes). Switch to whole-wheat pasta or whole grain bread, or try grains like brown rice, quinoa, or millet.

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Science backed ways to lose weight. Part II

Chris Tina Bruce in Kitchen
Chris Tina Bruce in Kitchen

11. Sneak in the Veggies

Bumping up vegetable consumption has long been recognized as a way to protect against obesity. Add veggies to an omelet to cut down on cheese, use them in baked goods, and pasta dishes (Bonus: Try zucchini ribbons, or spaghetti squash instead). Pump pureed veggies, like pumpkin, into oatmeal or casseroles. Adding a little vegetable action into a meal or snack will increase fiber levels, which helps make us fuller, faster.

12. Wait Before Grabbing Seconds

The quicker we shovel down a meal, the less time we give our bodies to register fullness. Since it takes about 20 minutes for the brain to get the message that dinner’s been served, it’s best to go for a walk or play cards before dishing up seconds or tackling the dessert table. Continue reading “Science backed ways to lose weight. Part II”