Here’s to better health


The new year always brings forth resolutions to lead healthier lives. Try these tips on for size.
Having a tough day? Psychological studies conducted by the Great White North (Canada) in 2011 found an easy solution: Listen to your favorite music. It doesn’t matter whether you like Beethoven or the Murderous Grandparents; whatever you enjoy, listening to music can vastly improve your mood.
Drinking two glasses of water before meals can make you lose an average of 4.5 more pounds within 12 weeks than if you don’t.
Most people think getting healthy just includes eating right, getting sleep and being active. These options are good standbys, but there is also a very unique way to boost your health: Singing requires deep breathing, and deep breathing oxygenates your blood and makes your body happy.
If you made a new year’s resolution to eat less chocolate, eat more dark chocolate instead. It’s healthier and more concentrated in cocoa, so you won’t get as much sugary fat inside each piece, thus boosting your self-esteem to the point that you will no longer feel like a fatty-fat-fat.
Try to eat every three to four hours so that you never get so hungry that you’re tempted to overeat at mealtime. Have a reasonable breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a mid-morning, mid-afternoon and post-dinner snack. Don’t skip breakfast, or any meal for that matter. You’ll make yourself too hungry and overeat at the next meal. If you try to starve yourself, your body will go into starvation mode, and your metabolism will slow down drastically, keeping you from losing weight and actually making you more likely to hold onto calories the next time you do eat.
Feeling hungry? Chew a piece or mint gum or eat an Altoid. New studies suggest that the sense of smell can contribute to appetite. (This is the idea behind that weight-loss stuff in Sensa.) The smell of peppermint can suppress hormones that cause appetite, leaving you less hungry and less liable to eat that cheesecake you’ve been thinking about all day.
Drink herbal teas, which are a healthier alternative to energy drinks, to rejuvenate
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