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What is Metabolic Syndrome and What are the Risk Factors?

What is metabolic syndrome? According to the American Heart Association, it’s a condition that affects around 34% of U.S. adults.1 Read on to learn the basics of metabolic syndrome and to find out if you might be at risk.  

 

Metabolic syndrome (also known as Syndrome X) is an increasingly common condition closely linked to inactivity and obesity. It’s not a disease, per se, but rather a group of risk factors that can increase the likelihood of serious problems, like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and stroke.2

 

Having just one risk factor for metabolic syndrome doesn’t mean you have metabolic syndrome, but they tend to occur together, putting you at greater risk. Three or more conditions could result in a metabolic syndrome diagnosis.  
 

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What Is a Bullet Journal and How Can It Help You Stick to Your Weight Loss Goals?

You’ve probably heard of food journaling and how it can help you identify habits that aren’t serving your health, but have you ever tried creating a bullet journal? The bullet journaling trend, also called “BuJo,” first took off a few years ago (simply search #bulletjournal on Instagram to see what we mean!). 

 

So, what is a bullet journal, exactly? Think of it as a combination of a day planner and diary that helps you organize both your professional and personal lives, and serves as a creative outlet, too. It can be an incredible tool for helping you organize (and stick to) your weight loss goals — research shows you’re 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down regularly.1 All you need to get started is a bullet journal notebook, which can be anything you can write on, from a basic spiral notebook to a fancy planner. 
 

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What are the 3 Stages of Menopause?

You might not think much about your period. Until it plays games with you, that is. One month it’s normal; the next it’s barely there (or not there at all). It’s then that you might begin to think not only about your period — but about menopause.

 

Menopause is a significant event in a woman’s life and a normal part of the aging process, marking the end of your reproductive years. But it doesn’t just happen all at once; there are three distinct stages of menopause, and the process is gradual. Menopause actually begins years before your periods come to a complete stop. It’s far from a slow and steady decline, but more like a wild roller coaster ride. Here’s what to expect and how to keep yourself healthy.
 

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What to Do If You Regain the Weight You've Lost

If your New Year’s resolution to lose weight has started to falter and you’ve seen some unwelcome pounds creep back, you’re not alone. Whether it’s due to old habits resurfacing, a wavering of commitment or some weight loss techniques that could use a tune-up, weight regain is a common, if not frustrating, part of many people’s weight loss journey. The key is to stop the regain early on, before you find yourself reverting back to your old patterns — or before you’ve gained back all the weight you’ve lost. But what’s the best way to get back on track?

 

We’ve come up with a checklist of 13 questions you can ask yourself to see what might have contributed to weight gain after weight loss. We’ve also got a host of simple ways you can get back into weight loss mode and practice healthy habits for life!
 

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20 Healthy New Year Resolution Ideas for 2020

If you’d like to make a healthy New Year’s resolution this year but don’t want to set a goal that’s too lofty, we understand. After all, you don’t want to end up feeling defeated by committing to a goal that might be too difficult to achieve (like that time you swore to  never eat carbs again ). 

 

Don’t worry — we’ve got you. Here’s a list of 20 New Year’s resolution ideas that are easy to stick to. Choose two or 20: All are simple and direct and will help you on your path to better health and wellness. Cheers to a new decade and a healthier you! 

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9 Tips to Beat Holiday Fatigue

Carolers are singing, sparkling lights adorn trees, and shops are filled with bustling people searching for the perfect gift. While the holidays are an undeniably special time of year, they can also come with undeniable amounts of added errands and commitments (hello, holiday parties and family gatherings) — which can sometimes result in stress and fatigue. Don’t let this year’s festivities leave you feeling run down! Find out how to combat fatigue and stay healthy during the holiday season with our 9 simple, science-backed tips. 

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