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How to Stay Motivated Past the New Year

Everybody knows that around the first of the New Year, gyms will be packed full of people and health food stores will be filled with individuals trying to change up their diet. However, once February and March roll around, people slowly (or quickly in some cases) start to abandon their New Year’s resolutions and fall back into old habits. If you are setting some health and fitness goals for the upcoming year, follow these tips to help ensure that you stay motivated all year long.thinmd1

  1. Start off Slowly

One of the biggest problems that people run into when setting New Year’s resolutions is that they dive right into their goal head first— setting goals that are sure to end up in failure within a few weeks time. In order to help you succeed, start off slowly. If you have a goal to workout five days a week, try going to the gym for shorter amounts of time and then work up to hour long sessions. This suggestion is especially relevant for athletes because it will prevent you from getting injured.

  1. Set a Solid Goal

Having a solid goal in mind, is another great way to ensure taht you stay on your path towards sticking with your New Year’s resolution. For instance, set a firm goal to lose twenty pounds by June or July. This will give you enough time to lose the weight healthily and it will also give you something firm to look forward to down the road.

  1. Find a Friend

Whether your resolution involves eating healthier or a fitness program, having a buddy to do it with you is a great way to stay motivated well into the new year. When you’re having off days and just don’t feel like you can do anymore, your friend can pick you up and get you back on track— and vice versa.

By following these three tips, you can help to achieve your goals and beat the odds. To learn more about ways to stay motivated past the new year, contact our office today!

Posted on December 30th, 2015


 

3 Foods to Help You Cut Down on Belly Fat

Belly FatWouldn’t it be nice if we could just press a button and all of our unwanted belly fat would just disappear? Well, this article may not provide you with a solution that is that simple, but did you know that by incorporating specific foods into your diet you can actually cut down on belly fat? Read on to learn more.

  1. Lemon Water

Depending on your height and weight, the average person should be drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day in order to stay hydrated. By adding lemon to every glass of water you drink a day, you can help to reduce your belly fat. How? By helping to aid your liver in detoxifying foods and beverages that come through your body, lemon acts as the perfect cleansing tool. Simply squeeze a slice of fresh lemon into your water and you will hopefully start to not only notice your belly fat disappearing, but you will notice that you feel better overall as well.

  1. Yogurt

Fermented foods like yogurt are filled with antibodies that help aid your immune system and help keep your digestive system on track. By eating a yogurt a day you can help cut down on things like bloating, constipation, and any sort of abdominal swelling. Just make sure that you are eating a yogurt that’s low in sugar and high in protein, because too much sugar can cause your blood sugar levels to skyrocket.

  1. Vitamin C Enriched Foods

You’ve probably heard that the more stressed out you are, the more your body tends to store unwanted fat around your middle. But do you know why that is exactly? Stress causes your body to release cortisol which can cause you to store onto extra unwanted fats. However, Vitamin C enriched foods like oranges, broccoli, kale, strawberries and brussel sprouts are known to reduce your cortisol levels and help ease your body’s response to stress.

Nothing can be quite as annoying as unwanted belly fat— especially when swimsuit season rolls around. However by incorporating these three foods into your diet, you can help to cut down on belly fat and improve your digestive system.

To learn more, contact our office today!

Posted on December 15th, 2015


 

Ring in the New Year With a Corporate Wellness Program

FireworksWith the holidays in full swing, thoughts of the sugar plum fairy may be dancing around your head. However, for many businesses the thought of the new fiscal year means setting new goals not only financially for your business but as a team building strategy as well. If you want to get your employees feeling motivated and ready to take on a new body transformation, consider a corporate wellness program this new year. Read on to learn more.

What is a corporate wellness program?

Through the Thin Center’s uniquely designed online portal, employees can sign up, track, and fully participate in a corporate wellness program that is both fun and competitive. With one of our 6-12 week programs, employees can feel encouraged and pushed to their limits as they track wellness goals that include things like weight loss, a healthier diet plan, a strict exercise regimen, and more.

Why wellness?

We’ve all seen employees that are overworked, overweight, and overly exhausted. If you have noticed that many of your employees are fitting into any of those “over” categories, a corporate wellness program is just what you need. Not only are corporate wellness programs great motivational tools to use for employees but they will also contribute to increased productivity as well. By creating a healthier lifestyle for your employees, they will feel more awake, energized, and creative while at work.

What is the ultimate goal of a wellness program?

Both team building and individual motivation are two important keys to building a successful business. With a corporate wellness program, you can instill the sense of value, accomplishment, and self-worth in your employees. When one employee is lagging behind, other employees can be there to pick them back up and push them towards the finish line. Plus, by offering end goal incentives like a free gym membership or a trip to the spa, employees will feel like they have something that’s worth fighting for.

If you are considering a corporate wellness program for your employees this upcoming year, contact our office today!

Posted on November 30th, 2015


 

Winter Wedding Trends You Won’t Want to Miss

wedding-dressWith Halloween behind us and the holiday season almost here, it’s the perfect time for brides everywhere to start planning their winter nuptials. If you are getting married this winter season and you want to be a part of all of the latest hair, makeup, and skincare trends, read this article to learn more.

Hair

When it comes to hair styles and trends this coming winter, you can count on braids galore to suit your fancy. Whether you opt for one long side-swept braid, a braided crown with long curled trestles, or any sort of braided hairstyle, you are sure to be the most stylish bride of the season. Just make sure that you try out your braided hairstyle with your dress before your actual wedding day, that way you will be able to tell if the combination is right for the occasion or if you need to try something that’s a bit more unique.

Makeup

As far as makeup goes this winter, you will want to focus on two things: eyebrows and a soft muted lip. Thin, perfectly shaped eyebrows are out of style this season, while bushier eyebrows that resemble that of supermodel Cara Delevingne are much more popular. Make sure that you and your makeup artist agree upon a brow shade and shape before the big day. As far as your lip color goes, try opting for a pale, muted pink tone. This will help to make you look a bit whimsical and romantic on your big day.

Skin Care

As one of the most crucial components leading up to your big day, make sure that your skin stays, smooth, flawless, and hydrated this season. Start incorporating things like a moisturizer and night cream into your skin care regimen in order to prevent your skin from cracking and drying out.

If you’re a winter bride this season, follow the above three trends in order to get an overall stylish looking feel to your wedding day. Plus, you will look back at pictures for decades to come and be glad that you chose to get married during a season that was filled with classic and muted trends.

To learn more about bridal care, contact our office today!

Posted on November 15th, 2015


 

Naturally Whiten Your Teeth with These Foods

Eating AppleTeeth whitening is one of those things that every wants to reap the benefits of but nobody wants to work for. With in-office teeth whitening, whitening pens, whitening toothpastes, and whitening strips, the list of whitening solutions for you to choose from is virtually endless. However, whitening your teeth doesn’t have to be that hard, especially if you’re just trying to get rid of surface stains caused by foods and dark beverages. Read on to learn more about natural ways to whiten your teeth.

Apples

“An apple a day, keeps the doctor away,” might be an old saying that is only a little bit true, but eating an apple a day can actually help keep your smile a little brighter and whiter. The natural acidity in apples combined with the hard texture that acts as a brush against your teeth, both contribute to an apples ability to whiten up your smile in just a few bites. Plus, apples speed up your production of saliva which is one of the best ways to rid your teeth of germs and plaque that cause yellow teeth.

Water

Water is good for pretty much every part of your body— you have a headache? Drink water. You have a cold? Drink water. Your muscles are sore from running? Drink water. And not surprising, water is helpful with teeth whitening as well. Just as mentioned with apples, water helps to speed up your mouths production of saliva which is a natural way to rid your teeth of excess plaque and tartar that causes your teeth to yellow.

As a good tip, make sure that you drink water after you eat food or consume a dark colored beverage like coffee or black tea.

Carrots

Yes, it’s true that carrots are good for your eyesight, but they’re also good for your teeth as well. Similar to apples, every time you bite into a carrot, your teeth are being wiped clean of plaque and tartar that causes yellowing teeth. In essence, carrots act as a natural toothbrush.

Whitening your teeth doesn’t have to be too much work. In fact, by incorporating these three things into your diet, you can help to whiten your teeth in no time.

To learn more about professional teeth whitening, or to contact an appointment with our office, contact us today!

Posted on October 30th, 2015


 

Put Down the Candy: 3 Seasonal Foods That Are Actually Good for You

Eating SaladWith Halloween in the air and grocery store aisles lined with your favorite candy treats, it can be hard not to grab a few bags for “trick-or-treaters” (Queue your face covered completely in chocolate). Although you can get away with having a piece or two or five of candy this season try to put down the sweet treats and opt for these three seasonal foods that are actually good for you.

  1. Sweet Potatoes

This orange vegetable proves to be one of the healthiest foods available on the market, and with sweet potatoes being in season during fall, you might as well add a few to your grocery list every week. Packed with over 400% of your daily dose of Vitamin A and over 30% of your daily dose of Vitamin C, this starchy treat is not only tasty but awfully healthy as well.

One of the best things about sweet potatoes? You can cook them in a variety of ways. Bake them for a more traditional approach, saute them with some olive oil and onion, or you can even transform them into a sweet potato fry (this probably isn’t the healthiest option, although it is quite tasty).

  1. Pumpkin

Harvest season wouldn’t be harvest season without pumpkin treats to enjoy. And although sweet treats like pumpkin cookies and pumpkin bread are enticing to enjoy, recipes that include fresh pumpkin in them prove to be a healthier alternative. Chock-full of vitamins and minerals, pumpkin is great for your skin, eye health, and your immune system. Plus, this orange vegetable is also good for soothing your stomach after it has been upset.

  1. Apples

Whether you prefer Honeycrisp, Gala, or Pink Lady as your number one choice of apple, this sweet fruit is the perfect way to curb off candy cravings and replace them with something a bit more healthy. Apples are rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, and fiber in order to help regulate your digestive system. Snack on some apple slices throughout the day or dip some in some peanut butter for an after dinner snack.

These three fruits and vegetables boast to be the perfect fall treats for everyone in your family to enjoy this season.

To learn more about healthy living, contact our office today!

Posted on October 15th, 2015


 

Give Yourself a Fall Makeover

fall-leavesFall fashion includes loose oversized curls, big hats, and tall boots. But once you have your wardrobe all picked out, there are still a lot of things to do in order to get yourself 100% ready for this beautiful season. Give yourself a fall makeover and add these things to your list.

  1. Facial

Facials aren’t just an excuse to head to the spa with girlfriends in order to relax. In fact, facials are the perfect way to rid your skin of excess skin and oils, and stimulate the production of new cells and collagen. Before your facial, make sure to tell the aesthetician of any of your skin concerns such as acne, dryness, skin sensitivity, or uneven pigmentation. During your facial, the aesthetician will create a customized skin care routine to give your skin a target facial to combat any of these target areas and leave you with a clearer looking complexion.

  1. Makeup

If you are the type of woman who simply just wears the same makeup day after day and clings to the same trends season after season, embrace the new and get new makeup this season. With fun trends like bright blue eyeliner or more subtle trends like blush tones, there is bound to be a fall makeup trend that you will adore. In order to get a whole new look, add the following products to your list:

  • Blush
  • Mascara
  • Eyeshadows
  • Eyeliner
  • Brow Gel
  • Lipstick
  • Lipliner
  1. Teeth Whitening

To top off your fall makeover to do list, go in to get your teeth professionally whitened. By scheduling an appointment to get customized whitening trays or to have an evaluation, you can get a whiter smile in no time. Plus, whiter teeth mean that you get to show off your new lipstick even more. Just make sure you notify the aesthetician or professional who is helping you with your teeth whitening of any dental problems or sensitivity that you may have— this will help them cater the strength of the bleach specifically to you.

To learn more about getting a fall makeover, contact our office today!

Posted on September 30th, 2015


 

Embrace Aging

face-horizontal-SmallAging can have its toll on virtually every part of your lifestyle. From slowing down your metabolism to lowering your sex drive, sometimes it can feel like aging only comes with an assortment of problems. However, you don’t have to constantly dread the effects of aging— in fact, you can fully embrace them.

 

Diet

By combining a diet rich in protein, fruits, vegetables, and healthy carbohydrates, you can start to lose weight and increase your energy. Try adding protein bars and supplements to your diet in order to add that extra boost of protein that you need in order to start looking and feeling like yourself once again. Just be mindful of your sugar intake because a lot of supplements and even things like cereals that claim to be healthy, are actually very high in sugar and could prevent you from shedding those extra pounds.

 

Exercise

As the most natural way for your body to get back its energy, exercise is a crucial part of aging gracefully. As you age, your metabolism slows down which means that eating that extra doughnut no longer is an easy pass, but it’s one that will show up on the scale the next day. When first getting into an exercise routine, contact your doctor and a personal trainer to ensure that your heart is healthy and that you’re performing an exercise routine that won’t push you over the edge.

 

Facial Treatments

Your face is one of the first areas of your body that will start to show the effects of aging. However, through both laser treatments and facial fillers, you can get tighter and younger looking skin in just a few hours.

 

Embrace your age and age gracefully, by incorporating these three things into your routine. Not only will you look younger but you will hopefully feel younger too.

 

To learn more, contact our office today!

Posted on September 15th, 2015


 

3 Lean and Mean Protein Filled Snacks

beautiful female figureWhen it comes to either snacking at the office during the workweek or snacking at home during the weekend, it can be more tempting to reach for the chips and pretzels than it is to reach for a healthy snack. As the majority of calories that people consume each day, it’s important that you choose snacks that will help you stay lean and hopefully not too mean.

 

Almonds

As a low fat and high-protein nut, almonds are a great snack to choose from. Not only will they keep you full for a little longer than other snacks like pretzels or candy, but they will also help you to build long lean muscles that you can sustain. However, make sure that you watch how many almonds you eat because they can cause things like bloating and diarrhea. Additionally, almonds are fairly high in calories, so make sure you are portioning out how many almonds you eat per snack.

 

Hard-boiled Eggs

As another lean and mean snack, hard boiled eggs are a great way to fuel up on protein while leaving things like sugar and processed chemicals at home. Although hard-boiled eggs require some thought and preparation, at only 100 calories per egg, this snack will keep you full for longer without the additional caloric intake of other snacks.

 

Greek Yogurt

As a fad that hit grocery stores everywhere about 5 years ago, Greek yogurt is an ideal and tasty way to stock up on some extra protein during your snack time. Whether you opt to portion your yogurt out yourself or stock up on small containers of this Greek treat, this snack is great for both morning and dessert. However, often filled with a lot of sugars, be sure to read the label on the back of the container. If you notice that it contains a lot of sugars, try opting for the original flavored Greek yogurt and add a little bit of raw honey to it.

 

Getting your fill of protein doesn’t have to be hard with these three snacks.

 

To learn more about thin and healthy living, contact our office today!

Posted on August 30th, 2015


 

4 Foods to Skinny

Full BodyLosing weight and getting skinny is a constant work in progress. Not only do you ahve to learn to eat right, but you also have to get a good amount of exercise as well. However, by having a diet rich in these four foods, you can be on the road to skinny in no time.

  1. Greens

Filling up on leafy green veggies like kale, chard, and spinach isn’t just good for your overall health. These vitamin packed veggies will also help you to lose weight or simply maintain your current desired weight. By filling you up quickly, these water loaded vegetables will help you stave off any hunger and hopefully help to reduce cravings for things like chocolate chip cookies

  1. Oatmeal

It’s true what they say: if you start your mornings off with a larger and nutritious breakfast, you won’t be as hungry throughout the rest of the day— leaving you with looser pants and a lower number on the scale. As one of the healthiest whole grains out there, oatmeal is packed with nutrition that will fill you up. For healthy toppings try adding dried fruit, honey, agave nectar, peanut butter, or almonds to your oatmeal.

  1. Water

Although, yes, not technically a food, water is the main thing that your body should ingest in order to control and even lose weight. In order to help your body and metabolism function properly, it needs a large supply of water. The same goes for repairing your muscles after a workout. Plus, by staying hydrated throughout the day, you can limit your urge for cravings and feel full for longer periods of time.

  1. Chicken

Rich in protein and low in fat, chicken is one of the best things to incorporate into your diet if you’re trying to lose weight. Just make sure that you’re not adding fatty toppings like dressings, mayonnaise, or creamy soups to the mix. Simply just grill the chicken or bake it with some olive oil drizzled on top. You can either eat the chicken by itself or add it to a healthy mixed-green salad.

By eating these four foods, you can help to either maintain your already skinny figure or lose a few more pounds.

To learn more about how you can obtain a healthy weight, contact us today!

Posted on August 15th, 2015


 

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