How to stay motivated to lose weight

Feel like you're falling behind in your fitness goals? Here are some expert tips for staying motivated and committed to your weight-loss plan

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See it through

Making the decision to live healthier is the first step, but you won’t ever see results if you give up too soon. Whether you’ve hit a plateau in your weight-loss or just can’t find the motivation to get to the gym, here’s how to tweak your workout philosophy and get back on track to meeting your goals.

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Peach-Blueberry Pannacotta

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Creamsicle Smoothie

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It’s worth asking the question.Clinical depression is as prevalent as other leading chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, according to research featured on Statistics Canada today. Major depression affects 1 in 10 Canadians in their lifetime, and 1 in 20 in the course of any given year—and was noted by the World Health […]