7 things that can stand in the way of weight loss

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Certain habits can hinder your attempts to lose weight - and keep it away.
If you've changed your eating habits to focus on healthier foods and taken your workout seriously, you can expect to lose weight. However, the reality is that despite what you may have believed, weight loss is more complicated than calorie consumption versus calorie consumption. If you are trying to lose weight, check these habits that may interfere with your efforts.
1. You save on protein.
If you normally eat a muffin or avocado toast for breakfast, you may need to increase your protein intake. Research has shown that a high-protein breakfast can help alleviate hunger, so you may be less tempted to have a morning snack.
Protein is also important at lunch and dinner. If you routinely eat salads or sip gazpacho without accompanying protein - such as boiled egg, yogurt, beans, meat, poultry, or fish - over time, this can lead to a decrease in muscle tissue, which means that your metabolism will slow down and mak…

Work Toward a Steadier Yoga Flow With These Stabilizing Pro Tips

Although I've been practicing yoga for years, I'm no stranger to wobbling through a flow - especially after taking some time off. Do I get discouraged when I can't channel my balance? No - I just have a clearer understanding of what I need to work on.

Yoga flow requires skillful transitions, says Brenda Umana, a certified yoga instructor and the co-founder of Beyond the Studio Yoga. You have to work toward establishing a balanced practice to accomplish skillful transitions, especially as you shift your weight to one foot through poses.

"In yoga, there is often an emphasis on stretching, but it's just as important to strengthen the body, and that's what creates the feeling of balance and ease at the end of [a] practice," she says.

Progress doesn't come without work, though. Continue to better your flow by holding poses for longer periods, repeating transitions, and adapting more of Umana's tips below for a steadier yoga practice.

Strengthen the Body

According to Umana, most balance poses require leg, hip, and core strength. She recommends practicing Dynamic Bridge pose to warm-up the hamstrings and Plank pose to condition your core.

Use Props

"[When] you know you're going to be exploring a practice that requires a lot of balance, practice near a wall. It's super helpful to have one hand on the wall or even lean up against the wall," Umana says. If you have blocks, Umana recommends using them as a grounding tool, too - like during Warrior 3 pose, for example.

Focus on One Point

"When you get to a pose that you know requires balance, focus on one point before you enter the pose," Umana says. Keep your eyes at the top of your mat or somewhere on the floor, she adds - and try not to divert your gaze as you're transitioning into the pose.

Move Slowly During Transitions

Practice dynamically moving back and forth between two moves a few times - Umana suggests Warrior 2 to Half Moon pose. As you transition between both, she recommends moving slowly with muscle strength, not momentum, and remember to focus your gaze.

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