What is Acne? & How You Can Beat It.

Being the fitness junky that I am, I constantly have to deal with acne. I tend to notice that my acne comes from poor hygiene and from sweating during physical activity like my gym workouts. Other people may get acne differently, but this is just one observation I have made about myself. I know many of my readers struggle with this disease as well. So I figured it would be a great idea to write a blog post to cover the basics of acne and simple ways you can overcome this skin condition.

Acne: Facts

There are a lot of different types of acne out there. The most common form of acne is known as acne vulgaris. This type of acne includes whiteheads, black heads, and bright red pimples. These can appear all over your face, back, shoulders, and chest. Young adults and teens are the most likely to suffer from this horrible skin condition. Acne results from oil coming to the surface of your skin and blocking your pores. In essence, the oil builds up underneath and clogs the pores, resulting in the creation of bumps, known as pimples.

Sebum is the main culprit that causes this disease. Excess sebum can manifest from poor hygiene, genetic predisposition, and accelerated glandular activity.

American Academy of Dermatology estimates that 40 to 50 million people in the United States of America suffer from this skin disorder. That is a astonishing number! According to their statistics, acne typically begins during puberty. Even adults in their 20s, 30s, and 40s can develop acne vulgaris.

How Can You Treat it?

Acne treatments are essential if you are one that is burdened with acne. There are certain products available that can completely kill acne. However, everyone responds to these acne treatments differently. Finding the best acne face wash for you can be a difficult task. Before purchasing acne products you should talk to your doctor and ask for advice. If your acne is bad enough, you may be a candidate for prescription medications and creams. Usually these are given to people who have extreme acne, the most popular medications are azelaic acid, benzoyl peroxide, dapsone, and sulfur based treatments.

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Simple Acne Prevention Tips

  • Do not touch your face (you probably don’t even realize how much you do it)
  • Change your pillow case once a week (oil and dirt from your face collects on your case without you even knowing)
  • Moisturizing your face after you wash it! (Washing your face can tend to make it very dry if no moisturizer is applied afterwards. Having a dry face is bad because it signals your body to produce more oil)
  • Drink more water (hydration helps improve your overall skin composition)
  • Just relax! (Stress is one of the most common reason why people get acne. Calm down and just breathe)

If you are going this difficult problem, try some of the tips above. They will make a tremendous difference on your acne situation. Thank me later.

Workout Routines and My Own Personalized Gym Sweatshirt

Well it’s true. I am a fitness nut! Why else would my blog be called NittyGrittyFitness? If you didn’t know that about me yet, you do now! On average, I workout at least five times a week! My workouts consist of very intense resistance training four times a week and high-intensity interval training at least once per week.

My high-intensity interval training routine consists of mostly running. This keeps my cardiovascular system healthy and in shape. My local gym has a indoor track, so I do most of my running there. Five laps at my gym’s track is a mile, so that is how I keep track of my distance. I record and journalize my distance after each workout. There are two reasons I do this, 1. It motivates me to improve each week and 2. I can track my overall progress. I do thirty-minute sessions using Bodybulding’s HIIT running routine. If you’re interested in doing this workout, I listed the instructions in a table below.

Time Physical Effort
0-0:59 50%
1:00-1:59 60%
2:00-2:59 70%
3:00-3:59 80%
4:00-4:59 90%

Repeat this cycle until you get to 30 minutes.

17:00-17:59 100%
18:00-24:59 75%
25:00-30:00 50%

For weight training, my workouts are separated in four different routines and body parts. Monday: Chest, Tuesday: Back, Wednesday: Legs, Thursdays: Biceps & Triceps.

I train each muscle once a week, and just repeat the rotation. Today I did my back workout (my favorite muscle).

My routine consisted of:

Lat Pull Downs 3 sets x 10 repetitions
Pull-ups 2 sets until failure
Seated Row 3 x sets time 10 repetitions
Wing Flys (With a rope) 3 Sets x 10 repetitions
Then burnout (as many reps as you can do) with bent over barbell row.

I take no longer than 30-45 seconds between each set. I believe this is optimal for muscular development and overall strength. To gain muscle, you must cause hypertrophy, which essentially is the tearing of muscle tissue. In my experience it’s best to have short intervals between sets, which will create a more intense workout.

The other day I also ordered a few custom hoodies for working out at the gym. I cannot wait to get these in the mail because my gym always blasts the air conditioning, and being a female I tend to get super cold! Plus, I sweat more in a hoodie, so it makes me feel like I accomplished more during my workout. My girlfriend Amy recently ordered some embroidered t-shirts from MyPersonalizedHoodies for her small business. She told me she was very satisfied with the overall quality and pricing of the shirts and recommended that I go with them.

I took her advice and ordered one black hoody and one pink hoodie. They cost $28.46 each, but I feel that’s a fair price because they allow you to decorate and design the front and the back of the sweatshirt. I added my logo on the front and put my last name on the back.

I have not received my order yet, but as soon as I receive my order I’ll make a blog post showing you guys how it looks on me!

Enhancing Your Appearance: Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery

Plastic surgery can be life changing. However, most people aren’t aware cosmetic surgery is different than plastic surgery medically speaking. According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Cosmetic, facial reconstruction is solely relied on enhancing a person’s physical features, “The procedures, techniques, and principles of cosmetic surgery are entirely focused on enhancing a patient’s appearance,” where plastic surgery is specifically for correcting deformations like birth defects and traumatic injuries resulting from car accidents. It’s essentially corrective surgery compared to just improving your appearance.

Before you commit to cosmetic or plastic surgery, please make sure you are doing it for the right reasons.

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You must consider:

Your Surgery Expectations- Going through with a procedure may dramatically improve your appearance, but you must be aware that it won’t perfect your overall image. You must have reasonable expectations of the outcome.
Costs- Cosmetic procedures can be quite expensive depending on which type surgery and location you decide to choose. For example, surgery prices in New York may be more than surgery prices in Los Angels. Insurance typically doesn’t pay for these appearance enhancing surgeries, so expect to pay an average of $1000- $6000 per operation.
Risks involved- Complications may occur from these types of procedures. Possible risks include blood clots, scarring, and never damage. If you’ve had a medical history of cardiovascular problems, lung disease, or diabetes you will have a greater chances of risk. A surgeon will discuss these possible scenarios with the patients to make sure you make a well-informed decision.
Post surgery recovery- The time it takes to recover from plastic surgery can vary depending on the type of procedure. Generally you can expect to be ready for physical activity 4-6 weeks after the surgery is completed. While you are in recovery, make sure to abstain from strenuous exercise. Make sure to attend follow up appointments with the surgeon to exam and review the operation results.
Psychological changes- You will inevitably face psychological changes following the surgery. These could range from mild depression to feeling guilty, or even having increased confidence and energy. Just make sure you are wary of the changes you undergo after the procedure.

Finding the right specialist

To find more information about plastic and cosmetic surgery you can usually request a free consultation. During this meeting the specialist will answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Questions you should ask the specialist:

What is the cost?

How long can I expect recovery to take?

Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

Am I a good candidate for this procedure?

What will be expected of me to get the best results?

What are the risks I may endure?

During the consultation with the surgeon, make sure to ask the important questions listed above. You don’t want to make a decision on a whim, it is best to conduct thorough research and be well informed before following through with the procedure.

If you want to learn more about this health topic, I recommend you visit Mayo Clinic’s Guide as they provide a complete overview of all the different types of operations. Mayo Clinic is a great source that provides reputable information on the risks and expectations one may receive from surgery.

Topic: My Favorite Tasting Protein Powder

Are you a woman looking for fitness, weight loss and health advice? Or even the best powder to make your protein shakes with? Well to be honest, there is no “best one.” Allow that resource we just listed is very valuable, you still have due diligence to find the one that is right for you.  There are so many tasty protein shakes for women available in market! The key is to finding the right one that compliments your fitness goals. Many women are so afraid of using these powder’s because they think they’re only for men, but infact that’s not the case. It’s a huge mis-belief. This is a common question that women bring up frequently, “do protein drinks really work with women’s body?”, and the answer has been proved over and over again, year after year! Many women around the world have taken advantages of these shakes and they are effective. Now most of the protein shake manufacturers are providing specific protein shakes for women as well. But please d on’t be fooled by this, men and women protein supplements actually contain the same ingredients. They can be consumed by both sexes.

Scoop of protein powder

As you can tell, female interest in supplements has really boomed in the last couple of years. The fitness industry has grown like wildfire due to social media and the internet. Women are now able to find tons of free resources online that can help guide them and answer their nutritional questions.

In our opinion here at NittyGrittyFitness, we believe the best protein shakes for women usually are vitamin rich which include vitamin B6, Folic acid and calcium. We also recommend natural powder’s that don’t contain any harmful ingredients. Natural powders include different types like rice, pea, and soy supplements.

If you want to learn more about this topic, please check out one of our other favorite blogs! Fitness Sistais a women’s fitness resource that provides tons of valuable fitness and health information!

Also, below is a video that is very helpful video that extrapolates on our post. We found it very helpful!

 

Three Tips to Improve your Vigor

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Oh the glory days.  Remember them?  When we could play around for hours without tiring.  When we ran less on sleep than on pure adrenaline.  When our libido was like an unstoppable force of nature?  What happened?
The answer, of course, is that we got older.  That’s not to say that we sill don’t have our moments, perhaps a lot of them, but rather that they’re not as constant as they once were.  As we age, our bodies absorb a lot of wear and tear, and this can have an effect on every area of our life.  To counteract the effects of aging, you need to stay active, eat healthy, and take care of your body.  Here are some big tips for how to get back your youthful vigor.

Do more Cardio
One of the best ways to get back some of your youthful energy is to do more cardiovascular activities.  Just walking or running continuously for thirty minutes a day has been linked to a faster metabolic rate (weight loss) and muscle gain.  It is also associated with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.  If you need some added motivation, try getting a new pair running shoes.  Psychologically, when we purchase a new high-end item, we feel guilty if we don’t get some value out of it.  With this in mind, try using a promo code for Nike to get a fancy new pair of kicks on the company’s website.

Start Taking Supplements
The truth of the matter is, you’re probably not getting all of the nutrition you should.  Start taking a multivitamin, preferably one that supports prostate health also, and you’ll notice a big difference.  There are a ton of multivitamins on the market, but ones in powder form are preferable because they absorb more quickly than pills.
If you’ve noticed your libido waning, another good supplement to consider is a testosterone booster.  There are a lot on the market, but one of the best is Androbolix, which has natural estrogen inhibitors (prevents man boobs) and works to naturally enhance testosterone production.  Taking these pills for a month or so will help you rediscover a vigor that you probably forgot was there, and your significant other certainly won’t be complaining.

Get More Sleep
You might roll your eyes at this one and say, “you don’t know my schedule buddy,” and that’s a fair complaint.  Still, research shows that getting a good night’s sleep affects your energy level, testosterone production, immune system health, life expectancy, and cognitive functionality.  And the good news is that you don’t actually need that much sleep to be healthy.  A recent study showed that people who sleep over 8 hours a night generally have a shorter life span and higher risk for disease than those who sleep between 6.5-7.5 hours.  So if you’re getting 6 hours of sleep a night, and you can manage to add an extra half hour, then you’ll likely notice a pretty remarkable difference.

Obviously aging is an inevitability that can’t be stopped.  That being said, there are some simple things that you can do now to mitigate the effects of father-time.  Start taking some supplements, go for some runs, and get just a little more shut-eye.  If you do these three simple things, you might find yourself regaining a swagger that you thought was long gone.

Rest Periods and Training

People who are involved in a regular or daily fitness program see progress and with it they often get a desire to challenge the body to even better fitness. It’s fine to increase the intensity of your workouts; however, there is an aspect to fitness that many exercise advocates forget. Scheduled rest and recuperation time is vital for your workout program.

High intensity training can cause a need for longer recovery time. In fact, even moderate aerobic training or resistance training can create a need for more rest. Many people fall into overexercising due to good intentions but poor information. Many reason that if three training sessions per week are necessary for good fitness, then six must promote super fitness. In reality, BETTER training, not more training, produces better fitness.rest periods

Sports or fitness conditioning is achieved by applying stress, then waiting (resting) for the response. Rest builds up the body to a higher level of strength. During the rest periods, your body also recovers the energy it lost during a workout and builds up some extra energy for future workouts.

Without enough recovery time, you run the risk of over-training. Over-training is characterized by persistent soreness or stiffness, a rise in the resting heart rate, fatigue, lack of motivation, irritability or depression. If these symptoms are ignored, an injury will eventually force you to rest, and much longer time will be needed than if you were already scheduling recovery time. It is important to cooperate with your body’s cycles of work and recovery.

The anaerobic or peripheral system is the muscles. Strenuous exercise tears down the muscles on a microscopic level, placing stress on muscles, tendons and connective tissue. Proper rest builds up the muscle stronger than before the workout. Each muscle group needs 24-48 hours of rest in between workouts, to recover, repair, and rebuild muscle tissues, replace energy stores and remove exercise waste products. If you train the whole body with weights in one session, you can workout three times a week with at least one day of rest in between sessions. Some more advanced exercisers train more often, but they alternate the muscle groups they work, such as the upper body one day and the lower body the next.

The aerobic system is the central system composed of the heart, lungs and blood vessels. This system recovers fairly fast in a conditioned person. If you are at a high fitness level and you want daily aerobic exercise, vary the activity by choosing from walking, biking (stationary or outdoor), swimming, aerobic dance, stair machines, or running. At least one or two days a week take a complete rest from cardiovascular training. For beginners three workouts a week with a rest day in between is a good start until the body is used to a fitness routine. Once some conditioning has been achieved, a daily walk or other aerobic activity can be a fine goal.

The type and length of your activity will affect the amount of recovery you need. Marathon runners may need days of recovery after an event. Aerobics class participants who exercise every other day get enough rest from that schedule. Depending on the nature and intensity of the aerobics performed, recovery may take from 24 to 72 hours.

One tool that can help your exercise program is a training log. With it you can record your progress, spot trends and patterns that may lead to injury, and schedule needed rest. Some of the areas that you may log are suggested here.

  1. The hours you sleep. Sleep patterns are important to performance. Everyone has their own sleep requirements, and it’s important to get enough for your body to rebuild, repair, and replenish itself.
  2. Your waking pulse, measured before getting out of bed, can alert you to over-training. By taking your pulse at your wrist or neck for 1 minute upon awakening, you will notice if it increases during times of heavy training. An increase of more than 3 or 4 beats per minute can signal that you need more rest and recovery.
  3. Body weight. If you have lost 3 percent of more of your body weight in a day or two, you are dehydrated and need to increase fluids.
  4. Note the time of your workouts. Energy levels fluctuate during the day and are unique to individuals. By tracking yours, you can pinpoint the best time of day for your workouts.
  5. Exercise intensity. Use descriptive terms or a number scale to rate the intensity of each workout. This will help you avoid too many back to back high intensity workouts.
  6. Record your general feelings for each day. Mood may be a reliable factor in signaling illness or over-training. During an unusually intense training period you may experience higher depression, anxiety, anger and fatigue. If you are experiencing a lack of motivation, irritability, or depression and are training heavily, you probably need some extra rest.
  7. Note any physical discomfort, especially persistent soreness or stiffness around the joints. This is an over-training signal.

Using a training log and observing basic exercise guidelines, including the need for rest, will enhance your fitness program. By giving your body the recovery time it needs after exercise, you will be able to have real enjoyment in your workouts.

Best Smart Phone App for Health

It really does seem like there’s an app for everything nowadays, but your smartphone can be useful for more than just playing games, finding out which celebrities are going into an alcohol treatment facility and settling arguments about various elements of trivia.

There is a range of apps out there that can really improve your health and even save your life.

WebMD Mobile

The WebMD website is the beloved of hypochondriacs and the genuinely ill alike. This app brings the helpful information and symptom checkers of the website directly to your phone.

You can pinpoint your symptoms on a body map and discover what could be causing you to feel ill. The First Aid tool also helps you to deal with emergencies and minor ailments alike.

Glucose Buddy

If you have diabetes it is important to keep track of your diet and glucose levels so that you can better control your insulin. Glucose Buddy lets you enter your carbohydrates, glucose numbers, insulin use and other relevant information so that you can better keep track of your activities. With graphs, reminders and more, it’s a must for all diabetics.

 

RunKeeper

This app uses your phone’s built-in GPS to help you keep track of how you have been doing on your runs, jogs or walks. It not only tracks your distance, speed and time, it also tells you how many calories you burned so that you can know when to treat yourself. Not bad for a free app!

Pregnancy Tracker

Pregnancy can be a stressful time and WhattoExpect gives you a tool with which you can figure out how your baby is growing, according to your date of conception. It offers measurements, comparisons to everyday objects, and shows you images of a fetus at the same stage of development of your own. You can also use your phone to take photos of your growing belly and make your own pregnancy album.

Tap & Track

Obesity is a major cause of health problems and this app can help you take control of your weight and diet. This app takes the meals you input and gives you not only the calories but also the nutritional breakdown of the food. You can check your average intake of the major nutrient groups – carbohydrates, fats and proteins – as well as fiber, sugar, GI index and sodium. You can also log your weight and see how you are progressing towards your goal.

Next time you are looking at downloading a few apps for your smartphone, don’t just go straight for the games, time-wasters and gossip about A-listers in drug and alcohol rehab centers, take a few minutes to look for an app that could really increase your quality of life.

Simple Cardio Workouts for Novices

Some people have a knack for exercise that seems to be part of their fabric. Those individuals often inspire their sedentary friends to embrace activities that will improve their health and enable them to manage a healthy weight. Starting an exercise routine does not have to be difficult or daunting to the beginner. One of the most important aspects of any exercise regimen is to set realistic goals that will fit within the other responsibilities of life.

What are Cardiovascular Workouts?

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A cardio workout requires sufficient physical movement to raise the heart rate. During the workout, the heart rate should not exceed the recommended maximum, which is calculated generally by subtracting the person’s age from 220. All motion by the body causes the heart to beat more times per minute to oxygenate the muscles. As the heart rate rises, breathing accelerates and the body burns calories.

Initial cardio workouts can be exhausting if unachievable goals have been set. Attempts to keep up with the pace set by someone who exercises five times each week, for example, may prove to be very discouraging to someone just starting. Most people can start with a 20 to 30 minute workout two or three times each week. Moderate levels of exercise can develop into a challenging routine over time. Motivation is often a challenge at first, but one way to ensure the new routine is followed is to work out with a video, partner or professional trainer.

Types of Cardio Activities

Many activities qualify as cardiovascular workouts, including:

  • Walking
  • Biking
  • Aerobics
  • Swimming
  • Jogging

Other activities might include tennis or racquetball. Any activity that requires physical movement for a sustained period can be shaped into an effective cardio workout. Expensive equipment is not always required but choosing an enjoyable activity is very important to avoid boredom.

At times, workout routines are inspired by health issues that arise from carrying excess weight. While weight management is an obvious benefit from cardio workouts, there are many side benefits that are gained. After the workout routine has been followed for a couple of weeks, the newly active person will begin to experience some physical changes that are encouraging, including:

  • More energy – Instead of sitting on the couch in the evening, many people are surprised to find that they have a new desire to be active in other areas of life. More activity will translate into great enjoyment of life and relationships.
  • Slimmer figure – Clothes will fit better when the muscle tone is improved through regular workouts. Even if the original intent was not to lose weight, the shape of the body will change with sustained exercise.
  • Better appetite – Cravings for fresh food and more protein will guide the active person to shop differently and consume foods required by the muscles. Intense workouts might increase the appetite dramatically.
  • Improved endurance – As the workouts continue, the length of time can be increased to raise the endurance level. Most active people are able to complete daily activities more quickly than their sedentary peers.
  • Stronger heart – The heart’s strength is an important factor in longevity. Moderate cardio exercise challenges the heart without creating unnecessary strain, so the organ works more efficiently.

How to Begin

One of the best ways to begin a new workout routine is to try a new activity never before done. If cost is an issue, sports equipment can be acquired from various second-hand stores or websites. Prior to making purchases, speak with friends and participate in some of their activities.

New workout routines often fail because expectations are set too high at the beginning. Be realistic with set goals. This is about making permanent lifestyle changes and it will be challenging at times. Decide what time of day is best for working out. If mornings are not the best time to exercise, adjust the schedule until the workout fits into the day. Some people love to be out in the park or in the gym where other people are being active. Others prefer the privacy of their home where they can use a treadmill or elliptical to work out.

Changes in the normal routine can threaten to derail the new lifestyle pattern. When vacations or holidays interrupt the workout routine, the best approach is to keep going. Schedule a week where workouts are spaced appropriately and forget the missed days. The active person who embraces the imperfections of the workout routine is more likely to keep going through all the twists and turns life can present.

How to Gain Energy: Like the Energizer Bunny

Something about the combination of winter, the cold weather, and the end of the year always seems to drain out all my energy.  You know the feeling I am talking about: you wake up from a decent night of 7 hours of sleep but still feel sluggish and slow.  No matter how many cups of coffee you drown down, you can’t seem to keep yourself alert and awake.  At first I thought my tiredness and lack of energy was abnormal and an area of concern, but this feeling of tiredness and lack of energy is quite common among Americans.  Luckily for us, there are factors that influence how much energy we have on a daily basis and there are lifestyle changes that can be made to help us gain more energy and be more alert.  Here are a few common reasons why we feel tired or sluggish.  When your body is not feeling up to par, it is usually sending you an important message.  The only way to be more energized is to fix the underlying problem!

1. Over-carbed Diet:
Everyone craves carbs.  It is instant gratification to our bodies and our mind.  However there is no way around the fact that processed carbs in foods such as white bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, and so forth causes our blood sugar to rise fast and drop fast.  This instant peak and drop in blood pressure can leave us tired.  It is recommended for us to eat only 50% of carbs, and the majority of it should be composed of complex carbs such as veggies and fruits.
2.  Lack of Water:
Often times women who are constantly tired are simply just not drinking enough water.  The fact of the matter is that dehydration decreases the amount of blood flow to organs.  The lower the blood flow, the more tired we feel.  So one simple solution is to drink more water!
3.  Need for nutrients:
Because of our busy schedules and our hectic lives, more and more Americans are paying less and less attention to what they are eating.  With more people eating out and eating fast food, its clear to see how we are not getting enough nutrients.  Some important minerals that we need on a weekly basis is Omega-3 which can be found in fish and magnesium which can be found in leafy greens.
4.  Skipping out on meals:
Similarly, because of our busy lifestyle and schedules, often times (in women especially) we tend to skip meals.  Instead we replace them with nutrition bars, coffee, or soda.  The simple fact of the matter is that not eating enough can cause blood sugar level to decrease and thus have us weak.  The best way to start off your day is to make sure you get a well balanced breakfast such as with cereals that are rich in fiber and other vitamins and minerals.  This small change can be the simple solution for gaining more energy, mental clarity, and prolonged attention span.
5.  Iron Deficient Anemia:
Many women suffer from mild anemia and are unaware of it; around 10% of women under 50.  If you are prone to having heavy periods, you might be suffering from symptoms of anemia.  People who suffer from anemia do not have enough iron which is important in the production of hemoglobin, which is a red blood cell protein used for transporting energized oxygen in the body.  The easiest way to detect if you have anemia is to get a blood test.  Before you jump to conclusions and take iron supplements, it is best to determine if you are indeed anemic, for high levels of iron can be damaging to the liver.
6.  Lack of B-12 and Folate:
B-12 and folate are also very important for our energy levels.  Often times the culprit is lack of B-12 vitamin which is common in people who do not eat meat.  Both B-12 and folate are necessary for the production of red blood cells.  Many people who are B-12 deficient have benefited from taking B-12 shots or injections.  Having a boost in B-12 have proven to increase not only energy levels, but metabolism as well, aiding weight loss.
7.  Too much time on electronics:
Being glued to our TV, cellphone, and laptops can be very damaging to our bodies.  For one, being glued to our TV causes us to be lazy and forgo exercising.  Being tied down by our cellphones can bog us down because it can cause stress. Spending your whole day in front of a computer is not natural for our bodies.  Our jobs often require us to be in front of electronics, if this is the case, take small breaks to move your body and have a change in scenery.

Annoying Things About Weight Loss

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It’s a wonderful thing to achieve weight loss results but the road to success is rarely easy. There are numerous challenges along the way, and sometimes you feel like simply giving up. But sticking with your routine by having faith in your own motivation can keep you going. In some cases, there are common elements about weight loss programs that seem to be universal. It helps to know that you are dealing person who feels a certain way about the process of weight loss. There are several factors that continually pop up in discussions about the less enjoyable aspects of getting sick. Here are five of the most annoying things about losing weight and improving your overall health.

Exercising – we all know how beneficial exercise can be in burning calories and raising our metabolism. That still doesn’t get around the fact that keeping up with exercise can be extremely annoying. No one really enjoys strapping on the running shoes and forcing themselves to go for a jog each day. Making yourself go down to the gym to justify your expense of membership can also be a burden. But one of the keys to making exercise less annoying for yourself is to add variety and incorporate different types of activities. You can add a social dimension to exercise routine sports or workout classes that might even have you looking forward to your daily workouts.

Your Scale – we’ve all been there before, standing on a scale and wondering why the numbers haven’t moved. In some cases, we even way more than we did before! There are many reasons why the numbers you see on a scale might not reflect your actual weight loss. For example, if you happen to build more muscle mass, you might be a point where you actually way more. This is why it’s best to avoid weighing yourself constantly. Try to limit yourself to once a week because otherwise you could become obsessed about the wrong things.

So-called Fat Free Foods – a lot of people think that filling their diet with fat-free foods is a direct route to fast weight loss. Unfortunately, people end up being more of these foods or they might not be getting proper nutrition. While fat-free options have their place, you should not depend on them too much for your everyday diet. It’s far better to look for a balanced approach that keeps proper nutrition in mind. Better yet, start cooking your own meals and rely less on prepackaged food from the grocery store.

Skinny Celebrities – there’s nothing worse than counting calories at your dinner table only to see a skinny celebrities show up on television. They seem to have everything they’ve ever wanted including a perfect body. It’s definitely annoying to have to pass by a shelf full of magazine covers that feature skinny models and actresses. Don’t let it get you down the road because there’s really no point in comparing yourself to them. Sometimes they also have the benefit of a team of experts that help them to look that way. Unsolicited Advice from friends – everybody will eventually find their own pastor weight loss, and it can be an incredibly individual thing.

Well-meaning friends can serve as a wonderful support system, but sometimes their advice can get pretty annoying. This is especially true when you don’t ask for advice in the first place. When someone tries to tell you what to do, sometimes it makes you want to do the opposite. It’s important to consider various tips and tricks from various sources but filter them through your own approach. Find out what works best for you are putting advice from friends and family into perspective.