Should You Believe Everything That Doctors Say on TV?

You see them everywhere. You recognize their names. And yes, they’re some of the most influential people you know.

These are what some like to call celebrity doctors, who have millions of followers that hang onto their every word. Whether or not it is deserved, these people are widely respected for their “wisdom.”

Celebrity doctors are not going away anytime soon, as the medical industry draws of tens of millions people in each year. Here at Healthy Enough (including yours truly), we watch some of these celebrities on TV and other forms of media every day.

Does that mean we should take all of their advice to heart? In other words, are celebrity doctors all they’re cracked up to be?

Before we dive into this question, let’s figure out why they’re so darned irresistible in the first place.

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Weight Loss: When Being Selfish is a Good Thing

Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
~ Dr. Seuss

Although weight loss doesn’t have to be a painful process, there are usually what I like to call “emotional start up costs” as you find your feet. It’s expected. We embrace it. Hooray for positive change!

Unfortunately, these costs are often accompanied by something far more damaging and insidious. Surprisingly, the source of this negativity is your friends and family – the people who are supposed to love you, house you, feed you, cuddle you when you have nightmares, hold back your hair when you’ve had one too many tequilas, drive the getaway car if you should decide to rob a bank, and so on.

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How a Positive Self Image Affects Your Health

Being healthy doesn’t mean that you simply need to lose weight. If skinny girls heard this (including myself), we’d all run to the closest fast food chain and stuff ourselves silly, every single day.

How we feel about our bodies is just as important as what is going on in them. You ever see that girl rock that little black dress like no other, or that seemingly ordinary guy who seems to make everyone laugh at his jokes?

Yup, you guessed it. They have a positive self image of themselves.

By this point you’re probably thinking, just how does a positive self image help with being healthy? Gosh, what do you think I’m writing this blog post for?

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Can You Really Trick Yourself Into Exercising?

It’s okay to loathe exercise.

Sometimes all we want to do is sleep in that extra five minutes, or even look up just one more Facebook status. It’s totally understandable.

But you vividly remember that high you felt after a sweaty workout, or that feeling like you have more energy throughout the day. You probably noticed that you slept better and woke up even before your alarm clock went off.

You’re tired of fighting your inner demons, who tell you it’s okay to sit on that couch.

So what should you do?

You can force yourself to exercise, only to rebel a few days later. Or you can ‘trick’ yourself into exercising. Don’t think of this a negative thing. Rather, view it as setting up systems in order to keep motivating you to exercise.

So what are some ways you can trick yourself into exercising?

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How To Break Bad Habits

Whether you’re old, young, short, tall, rich or poor, you’ll have to break a bad habit at some point in your life.

I’ve been trying to stop biting my nails pretty much since I started – probably when I cut my first tooth – and now at the ripe old age of 23, I alternate between having beautifully manicured nails and bitten off stubs; all depending on how stressed I am at any given moment.

Ah well, we can’t have it all.

However, I’m sure that the majority of us have made some healthier substitutions to our diets and methods of cooking at some point in our lives, because we’ve realized that “the way Mom always did it” may not be the best way for our waistlines.

Picking up habits from our parents or other relatives means that we often don’t see the cooking methods or eating habits that we perceive as totally ‘average’ or ‘normal’ could actually be doing us more harm than good.

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How to Turn Your Childhood Hobby Into a Doable Fitness Routine

I’m going to admit something pretty embarrassing here: I’ve been a slug. For years. I’m a freelance writer by day (and often, by night) and that means a lot of time spent with my butt planted firmly in a chair. As you can imagine, if you maintain a few years of that sort of sedentary lifestyle, you’re destined for an express ticket to flabby central.

That’s not to say I haven’t tried. Because I have. Several times, in fact. I tried Pilates. I tried yoga. I tried running. I tried aerobics videos. And I’d stick to each plan for a few weeks then fall off the wagon. Hard. I’d never commit to a routine long enough for it to become habit.

I’ve always thought it’s because I was too lazy. But upon reflection, I don’t it’s that at all.

None of those fitness plans worked for me because of one simple fact.

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