As a life-long athlete, I was utterly confounded by my youngest son’s battle with obesity.

Over the course of our lives, with experience, we refine our ability to achieve our goals, and reinforcement is one of the simplest and most powerful means of doing so.

Edward Thorndike, Psychologist

The LifeBoost Approach to
Achieving a Healthy Lifestyle

The LifeBoost Approach is not a diet. It’s not a quick fix or a ‘fad.’ And it’s certainly not magic! But it works, and it keeps on working months and years into the future. LifeBoost kickstarts your healthy lifestyle into gear by combining hand-delivered, nutrient-rich meals with in-home individual fitness plans. Then, we help you create the habit of living a healthy lifestyle, with targeted behavioral changes and awareness, relaxation techniques, and interactive support. Our goal is to provide you with the tools to maintaining your health goals for the rest of your robust life!

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Benjamin Franklin

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We are flooded by diets: the Keto Plan, the Atkins Program, NutriSystem—and yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one third of adults, and 1 in 6 children and adolescents, are currently obese in the U.S.

So why do so many of us fail at managing our weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

One reason is that while our biology is roughly the same as it was some 2 million years ago, our environment most definitely is not. Early homo sapiens weren’t browsing fitness apps while mulling over which diet to choose—they were running for their lives to avoid a buffalo stampede while hunting for their family’s next meal!

Think about it: our ancestors had the same physical apparatus as we have now. For thousands of years, we subsisted on all the edible foods obtainable in nature: wild game, collated nuts, plants, fruits, and leafy greens. No one needed to ‘find time’ for physical activity—getting enough to eat was a workout in and of itself! Like other foraging animals, our very existence was dependent on finding food. Not knowing when we’d consume our next meal, our brains were and continue to be hard-wired to consume the most calorie dense food available.

Having survived in this way for thousands upon thousands of years, it’s hard for us in the modern world to fathom that the modernization of agriculture and mass food production in the U.S. began just 150 years ago. Trans fats and processed foods are only a little over a century old! Many behaviors that once helped us thrive now drive us to overeat, gain fat, and develop diseases. Our brains, core behaviors, and bodies haven’t caught up with the modern era, and are simply out of alignment with the multitude of foods available today.

Another reason we have a tough time staying true to a healthy lifestyle is that we have a tough time…with time itself! With many of us working, rearing children, and allowing for a bit of relaxing downtime and entertainment, food preparation and exercise have gotten kicked to the curb. Often, we dine out or rely on quick processed foods, without even knowing the ingredients that make up our meals.

And, with a shift from subsistence agriculture to manufacturing to technology, even our own economy has conspired to work against us! Jobs have become increasingly sedentary with the rise of automation in the workplace, and technology threatens to replace more active forms of play. Screen time, rich in visual stimulation and addictive due to the brain’s dopamine reward, is quickly becoming kids’ preferred activity, instead of going out to play ball or ride a bike.

Yet another cause of our difficulty to live a healthy lifestyle is our lack of sleep! The average number of hours Americans sleep has gradually decreased over the last two decades, the Sleep in America poll estimates. Not getting enough sleep promotes overeating! The more sleep-deprived you are, the higher your levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which increases your appetite. Additionally, lack of sleep slows down our metabolism (Michael Breus, PhD).

And let’s not forget what may just be the #1 cause of weight gain and unhealthy choices: emotional eating. We often turn to food for comfort in times of stress, boredom, or discomfort. Emotional eating is a way to suppress or soothe negative emotions, and in these times of weakness, we often impulsively seek sugary or high-fat foods.

To cap it all off, more than 80% of obese people who lose weight gain it back, because as we lose, our metabolism slows down. It almost feels as though our own bodies are sabotaging our efforts!

Bottom line: struggles with weight gain can come from our environment and our biology, rather than a simple lack of willpower. So don’t be too hard on yourself if your healthy bandwagon has gone off the rails.

The good news?

Despite the odds, there are people who lose weight and keep it off! Scientists are showing that the key to healthy weight loss seems to be highly personalized plans rather than a one size fits all approach. The right dietary solution will vary from person to person; what works for one may not work for another. There is no magic here, and no  quick fix: maintaining a healthy weight is about finding what works and making changes to your daily behavior.

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We are flooded by diets: the Keto Plan, the Atkins Program, NutriSystem—and yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one third of adults, and 1 in 6 children and adolescents, are currently obese in the U.S.

So why do so many of us fail at managing our weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

One reason is that while our biology is roughly the same as it was some 2 million years ago, our environment most definitely is not. Early homo sapiens weren’t browsing fitness apps while mulling over which diet to choose—they were running for their lives to avoid a buffalo stampede while hunting for their family’s next meal!

Think about it: our ancestors had the same physical apparatus as we have now. For thousands of years, we subsisted on all the edible foods obtainable in nature: wild game, collated nuts, plants, fruits, and leafy greens. No one needed to ‘find time’ for physical activity—getting enough to eat was a workout in and of itself! Like other foraging animals, our very existence was dependent on finding food. Not knowing when we’d consume our next meal, our brains were and continue to be hard-wired to consume the most calorie dense food available.

Having survived in this way for thousands upon thousands of years, it’s hard for us in the modern world to fathom that the modernization of agriculture and mass food production in the U.S. began just 150 years ago. Trans fats and processed foods are only a little over a century old! Many behaviors that once helped us thrive now drive us to overeat, gain fat, and develop diseases. Our brains, core behaviors, and bodies haven’t caught up with the modern era, and are simply out of alignment with the multitude of foods available today.

Another reason we have a tough time staying true to a healthy lifestyle is that we have a tough time…with time itself! With many of us working, rearing children, and allowing for a bit of relaxing downtime and entertainment, food preparation and exercise have gotten kicked to the curb. Often, we dine out or rely on quick processed foods, without even knowing the ingredients that make up our meals.

And, with a shift from subsistence agriculture to manufacturing to technology, even our own economy has conspired to work against us! Jobs have become increasingly sedentary with the rise of automation in the workplace, and technology threatens to replace more active forms of play. Screen time, rich in visual stimulation and addictive due to the brain’s dopamine reward, is quickly becoming kids’ preferred activity, instead of going out to play ball or ride a bike.

Yet another cause of our difficulty to live a healthy lifestyle is our lack of sleep! The average number of hours Americans sleep has gradually decreased over the last two decades, the Sleep in America poll estimates. Not getting enough sleep promotes overeating! The more sleep-deprived you are, the higher your levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which increases your appetite. Additionally, lack of sleep slows down our metabolism (Michael Breus, PhD).

And let’s not forget what may just be the #1 cause of weight gain and unhealthy choices: emotional eating. We often turn to food for comfort in times of stress, boredom, or discomfort. Emotional eating is a way to suppress or soothe negative emotions, and in these times of weakness, we often impulsively seek sugary or high-fat foods.

To cap it all off, more than 80% of obese people who lose weight gain it back, because as we lose, our metabolism slows down. It almost feels as though our own bodies are sabotaging our efforts!

Bottom line: struggles with weight gain can come from our environment and our biology, rather than a simple lack of willpower. So don’t be too hard on yourself if your healthy bandwagon has gone off the rails.

The good news?

Despite the odds, there are people who lose weight and keep it off! Scientists are showing that the key to healthy weight loss seems to be highly personalized plans rather than a one size fits all approach. The right dietary solution will vary from person to person; what works for one may not work for another. There is no magic here, and no  quick fix: maintaining a healthy weight is about finding what works and making changes to your daily behavior.

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