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Cardio Kickboxing is a combination of dance and martial arts that will undoubtedly improve your endurance and cardiovascular fitness, tone muscles and shred your abs if you practice consistently with power and precision. Cardio Kickboxing routines are characterized by their high intensity intervals coupled with toning recovery periods to zap calories and define your muscles.
This is interesting. After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again.
Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.
Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.
But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
200 students at a Twickenham school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system..
Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chroniclercases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many illness’. When you compare it to an apple, it has FOUR TIMES the protein, TWICE the carbohydrate, THREE TIMES the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A BANANA a day keeps the doctor away!’
39 Great Supermarket Foods
By Kirsten Morningstar and Rebecca Swanner
I always get asked what foods should I eat or what should I stay away from… Well I found this great article Team Beachbody had posted for us!!! I hope you learn alot and enjoy! Keep me posted on if you learnt something new =)
39 Great Supermarket Foods
By Kirsten Morningstar and Rebecca Swanner
I always get asked what foods should I eat or what should I stay away from… Well I found this great article Team Beachbody had posted for us!!! I hope you learn alot and enjoy! Keep me posted on if you learnt something new =)
Summer is fast approaching and us women are looking to flatten our tummy before we strip down to our bikini’s! Yes I am one of them, so I have been doing research to Tighten my extra skin and flatten my tummy in record time!
#1 Tip: Improve your Posture: “If you slouch, your stomach pooch” says a fitness gooroo, Ellen Barrett
Poor posture is hug for many people, you should be walking with your heart in front of your shoulders, not your ears! For better posture while standing, align your ears over your shoulders, shoulders over hips, hips over knees, and knees over ankles. Keep the fronts of the shoulders open like a shirt on a hanger, instead of a shirt on a peg. Draw your navel to your spine and keep your weight even on the balls and heels.
“With your shoulders back and chest up, the abs pull themselves in,” Barrett tells WebMD. “Your energy level improves when you have good posture. Your lung capacity is better. You’re open and more awake.”
#2 Tip: Don’t think abs= floor crunches
When most people think “I need to strengthen my core.” They relate that to being on the floor doing 1000 crunches when in reality they should be thinking WHOLE BODY EXERCISES! “If we could spot reduce, our jaws would be hollow,” Barrett says. “We probably work the jaw muscle in talking and eating more than any other, and none of us have hollow jaws.”
Pilates is huge for this, but so are many of our Beachbody programs! One that I have loved for my tummy is Insanity– you are on the floor in planks and up running and jumping but always reminded to keep your core tight because those ab muscles help you in your performance!
Work your core in 3-D, hitting the sides, back, and middle,” Liz Neporent suggests.
Plank: Start on your hands and knees and come up into a push-up plank position, balancing on hands (or elbows) and toes (or knees). Align wrists under shoulders; keep your back straight and the abs and glutes tight (to keep the back from sagging). Hold the position and breathe out for 10 seconds, exhaling to tighten the abs and draw the navel to the spine.
Leg Lowers: Lying supine, curl the upper body, chest over ribs, with your hands behind your head. Lift the legs up with knees bent at 90 degrees, knees over hips, ankles level with knees. Keeping the hips down, slowly lower the legs toward the floor without changing the bend in the knees, then lift them back up.
Seated Rotations: Sitting up, bend knees and legs together and place arms across the chest or in front of you. Tuck the tailbone and roll back slightly as you alternate rotating the spine right and left.
#3 Tip: Nutrition
Did you know nutrition is 80% the problem in most adults today? You will never have a 6 pack if you still have a layer of fat over top of them! So examine what you are eating, how much and when! I suggest you eat 6 small meals a day, limit your processed foods (slowly wean away and get into a CLEAN Eating Diet), also make sure you are eating a protein and complex carb at eat meal! I have sample meal plans HERE! Are you just starting out and want to cut out processed food and sugar cold turkey? Follow the Stripped Diet
*** I feel if you can follow these 3 tips you will have a flat tummy before you know it… but follow the last 3 for faster results
#4 Tip: Equipment… not necessary
Props are optional, yes when you have to balance and concentrate you are more likely going to hold your tummy in and keep your posture on key!
Ex: Stability balls, Bosu balls, bands and straps, and weights
BUT you do not need these things or any fancy membership, you can hold your core tight while walking- lifting groceries or boxes in your house- while cleaning or washing the car… be AWARE!
#5: SLOW and Consistent is KEY
This is a GOAL… There is no quick fix- it will take time for you to get in the habit, the more consistent and aware of your tightened core, the sooner you will see the results
Most people will experience set backs, roadblocks, and utter frustration along the way. Rewards come with time and consistency.
#6: Be realistic
Be realistic when you are setting your goals! Ex. Week 1 improve posture, Week 2 press play and get a full body workout in daily, week 3 get eating on track… Always be aware of what you are doing and how it will effect your body =)
I hope these tips have helped! If you have any question please feel free to message me!
How many of you think you are eating healthy and getting the correct amount of nutrients in your body each day? I would say most of us either have a sense of what is healthy or have actually spent time researching it! Well before I did the Ultimate Reset I thought I knew what to eat and how much as well, WELL I was wrong- I learnt more about food in the 21 days of the reset then I really ever knew! Pretty Amazing!!! Do you need a TUNE UP?
Meet Leah S. “On January 7th I started my fitness journey–but I was serious this time. I tried a couple of times before and fell off every time. I started insanity, joined a Beachbody group, and finally started listening to all the shakeology freaks (chocolate vegan is my soulmate)!! I finished 60 days straight, only missing 2 days. I lost 10 lbs. this put me at 156.8 down from 166.8, the most I’ve ever weighed!!! That was college weight! I then started the reset, thinking it would jump start weight loss and get me motivated for wedding weight!! It made me change my ENTIRE outlook on food! I now CRAVE tomatoes, cucumbers, couscous, and quinoa (plus much more)! I lost 7 lbs on the reset, putting me at 149.8 lbs!! I haven’t seen this since freshman year of college!!! I feel amazing, think about food differently, have everyone asking ME of all people how to do it, and I just smile and say, “Beachbody”…I made myself a priority and it paid off!! This is no longer wedding preparation…this is my body, my temple, lets see what all it can accomplish!!!”
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Vegetable soup has been a comfort food for me and my family for a while now, we live in Pittsburgh, PA and it gets COLD HERE!!!!! Some staple warmer uppers are soup and hot chocolate- so yes I needed to find a healthy recipe so my family still could get warmed up after sled riding and being in the cold!!!
So every time I make my vegetable soup the Veggies vary! I tend to just use what is looking SAD in my refrigerator!
The base is low sodium, organic, Vegetable Broth and water with garlic-himalayna salt- and a few other spices all to taste (I use parsley, cayenne pepper, and any other herb that is in front!)
The major vegetables that are a constant in my soup is 1 onion, 3 carrots, and 3 stalks of celery (i cook for the whole family so my batch is larger and we have left overs for a few days)
Then I add 2 zucchini’s, a small head of broccoli, a cup of tomatoes, and a pepper
I let that boil and when it comes to a constant boil (20 minutes) I then add 3 cups of spinach and kale then let it simmer for an hour!
***Optional and I love this, i add a lb of beans (usually kidney or black) gives it flavor and your protein!
Sometimes you don’t realize how important vegetables are or even just a well balance meal! I have a protein and complex carb with every meal! It keeps me full and I know I have the proper nutrition!!!
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How many of you have heard of Insanity or saw the informercials on TV and said “WOW, that looks crazy intense!” ? I know I have, but when I did it, I LOVED IT!!!! This is one of the many programs Beachbody has to offer and is a GREAT cardio program! It is all done at home and in the comfort of your space! FOR THIS MONTH ONLY IT IS $25 off, a TOTAL of $93 in savings!!!! Summer is only a few weeks away =)
What is it?
INSANITY® is a 60-day cardio- based total-body conditioning program that’s the most intense workout ever put on
DVD. Fitness expert Shaun T drew on his collegiate track and field training, plus his subsequent years of experience as an elite trainer, to create a program that takes total-body conditioning to an extreme level.
Why is it effective?
Interval training allows you to beat the “stress adaptation response,” which is what happens when your body gets used to exercising at one level of exertion and stops improving. An interval workout includes a set where you perform at your maximum, followed by one of lower intensity, with the cycle repeated to achieve a cumulative effect.
INSANITY uses MAX Interval Training, which replaces your moderate- intensity exercise with maximum-intensity exercise, and your short intervals of intensity with short periods of rest. Adding high-intensity exercise, during which your heart rate increases to 80 percent or more of its maximum capacity, forces your body to use fast-twitch muscle fibers not normally engaged in cardio exercise. These fast-twitch fibers continue burning extra fuel even during lower-intensity exercise.
INSANITY’s high-intensity activity is likely to have you working out at over 85 percent of your maximum capacity, instead of the lower rate recommended in other programs. As a result, you’ll experience faster increases in fitness and more efficient burning of carbohydrates and fat—as much as 1,000 calories per hour.
What can it do for you?
INSANITY pushes you beyond what you thought was possible with explosive cardio and plyometric drills and nonstop intervals of strength, power, and resistance. Additional ab and core training techniques will help you transform your body in just 60 days.
Beachbody Challenge Packs are the complete package, offering total support for achieving health and fitness goals. The formula? Fitness + Nutrition + Support = Success. With the Insanity Challenge pack, customers will receive the Insanity fitness program, one of four delicious Shakeology flavors, and a FREE 30-day trial membership to the Team Beachbody Club, where customers will find all the support they’ll need to complete The Challenge!
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Mariana won $500 for her TurboFire transformation!
“And I’m a completely changed person. There’s no room for negativity in my life. I didn’t stop with TurboFire. I’m now doing P90X and I’m planning to BRING IT with another program.
Best of all, I became a Coach because I feel like my results can inspire people to become fit and healthy. I learned that I am much stronger than I thought and am capable of achieving my goals through hard work. I’m happy.
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Why is it important to get a certain amount of sleep every night? I get the question of how much sleep do I get a night and I am guilty of not getting enough! My body has adjusted to very little (4-5 hours) a night!
Your muscles begin repairing themselves as soon as you stop battering them in the weight room. But just how important is sleeping to muscle recovery? This article will discuss this issue with the basic weightlifters in mind. Great Experiment done at BodyBuilding.com
A few things that happen during sleep that help increase your results:
The first major way sleep will impact your results in the gym is with the hormonal release that it provides. Your body releases a growth hormone at its highest concentration during a 24-hour period when you’re at rest during the night. Since growth hormones are closely correlated to muscle-size increases, you want to maximize this hormone as much as you can.
The repair process that goes on while you’re at rest is more evidence of the interdependence of working out and sleep. Every time you lift weights in the gym and overload your muscles, you’re going to create tiny micro-tears in the muscle tissue. It’s when these micro-tears are repaired and built back up that you notice strength and size gains, so shorting yourself of the repair process is a severe hindrance.
If you hope to build lean muscle mass without gaining body fat in the process or are looking to lose excess body fat while retaining all the lean tissue you currently have, making sure your metabolism is functioning optimally is essential. This means having a healthy response to carbohydrates consumed, maintaining a strong metabolic rate and showing a good regulatory system of hunger and appetite.
Askmen.com suggests getting 8 hours of sleep every night! So in short every article I have read about sleep and how it may effect or help your results when working out, you should no matter what get between 7-8 hours of sleep every night! This is definitely something I will be working on come the next few weeks!!!
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Meet Traci A.!!! A mommy who like myself needed and wanted her body back!!! Well it looks like she was VERY DEDICATED!!! She reached her goals =) Are you ready to reach yours?
Up until this past year when I packed on 52 pounds of pregnancy pudge, never in my life have I been overweight, or out of shape. Actually, I was that 6-foot tall athlete who had a killer body and cocky attitude; truly believing that I did not need a workout program to keep me fit because I was genetically gifted.
But once I ballooned to 200 lbs. while prego with my first kid-o, I realized that if I didn’t seek out help to lose the baby weight, I’d end up just like all the other women in my family who got bigger and bigger with each and every kid they had. And there was no way l was going to use their lame excuse of, “I’m a mom, so it’s okay that I’m out of shape.” So I bought INSANITY shortly after giving birth and my abs became visible within three of starting the program!
Almost instantly, the fat started melting away, and I was getting stronger and more ripped than ever. And in 30 short days, I had my abs back—MY PRE-PREGNANCY ABS! I’ve never experienced such fast results before from exercise; not only was I shocked, so were my friends, family, and even South Carolina’s WACH Fox News—who did a story on my incredibly quick post-pregnancy bounce back.
While there were many skeptics who swore up and down that I was lying and had used old pictures for my “AFTER” results, their cruel words didn’t faze me one bit because I knew the truth: I put in the work, I got the results. Now that I’ve completed INSANITY, I’ve since moved on to Brazil Butt Lift so I can sculpt a sexy bum-bum to match my awesome abs!!
Today, I’m a Beachbody Coach and am addicted to helping others reclaim their lives –and that’s why I am going to get my INSANITY certification this summer.
I absolutely love these Beachbody programs and will be the first to attest to the fact that you CAN get real results from these in-home workouts. If I did it, anyone can. Thanks Beachbody. You rock.
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I am always trying to fire up my metabolism and switch up what I eat to shock my body and Burn Fat! I currently tried going Vegan- did not work well so I added Egg Whites because I was having a hard time with getting enough Protein!!! So I wanted to switch things up YET again!!! My Favorite is and always will be the Abs Diet, But these food are great too (and very similar to my abs diet!)
Health Magazine has great tips and recipes!
Want to Boost your metabolism: Fuel your body with these foods!
- Whole Grains: Your body burns twice as many calories breaking down whole foods (especially those rich in fiber such as oatmeal and brown rice) than processed foods.
- Lean Meats: Protein has a high thermogenic effect: You burn about 30% of the calories the food contains during digestion (so a 300-calorie chicken breast requires about 90 calories to break it down). for a list of lean meats click here.
- Low Fat Dairy Products: Rich in calcium and vitamin D, these help preserve and build muscle mass—essential for maintaining a robust metabolism. ***I have recently cut out dairy, so I get my calcium and Vitamin D from: Almonds, Broccoli, Kale, Oatmeal and Sesame Seed, Figs, Salmon, black eyed peas, and Orange Juice are other great Calcium sources! Fish, eggs, and mushrooms are a great Vitamin D source
- Great Tea: Drinking four cups of green tea a day helped people shed more than six pounds in eight weeks, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports. Credit EGCG, a compound in the brew that temporarily speeds metabolism after sipping it. To up your intake, keep a jug of iced tea in the fridge.
- Lentils: One cup packs 35% of your daily iron needs—good news, since up to 20% of us are iron- deficient. When you lack a nutrient, your metab slows because the body’s not getting what it needs to work efficiently, says Tammy Lakatos Shames, RD, co-author of The Secret to Skinny.
- Hot Peppers: I love me some SPICE!!!! Capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their kick, heats up your body, which makes you melt additional calories. You can get it by eating raw, cooked, dried, or powdered peppers, says Lakatos Shames. “Add as much cayenne or hot sauce as possible to soups, eggs, and meats.
Goji Berry provides antioxidant support and promotes healthy heart and optimal blood pressure!
Research shows that eating berries — like blueberries, acai berries, cranberries, strawberries, and cherries — offers some definite health benefits. Berries like the goji berry are filled with powerful antioxidants and other compounds that may help prevent cancer and other illnesses, including heart disease. Antioxidants may also boost the immune system and lower cholesterol.
Eating foods high in antioxidants may slow the aging process as well. It does this by minimizing damage from free radicals that injure cells and damage DNA. When a cell’s DNA changes, the cell grows abnormally. Antioxidants can take away the destructive power of free radicals. By doing so, antioxidants help reduce the risk of some serious diseases.
Goji berries also have compounds rich in vitamin A that may have anti-aging benefits. These special compounds help boost immune function, protect vision, and may help prevent heart disease.
Some research suggests that goji berry extracts may boost brain health and may protect against age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Other studies using goji berry juice founds benefits in mental well-being, and calmness, athletic performance, happiness, quality of sleep, and feelings of good health. These are preliminary studies that need to be repeated before definitive conclusions can be drawn.
While goji berries are a rich source of antioxidants — and early research shows a potentially powerful health benefit — it’s still unclear how they stack up against other berries. Researchers also don’t know whether goji berry supplements have the same health benefits as the actual berries.
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Meet Melissa!!! This is one amazing Woman!!
“Every New Year’s, I would say my New Year’s Resolution was to lose weight. But I never followed through—until this past year. I was a new mother. I was totally overweight. I had no energy, no confidence, and no self-esteem. I had headaches every day. So what would I do? Turn to food.
I was literally eating myself into an early grave. Until I made my New Year’s Resolution last year and followed it by starting P90X. I loved that P90X is a routine, sets a schedule so you have something daily to look forward to. It changes daily and it’s fun. Also, the meal plan and recipes kept my eating on track.
And when I started adding Shakeology, I gained a ton of energy, could sleep better, and felt like I could focus better. Don’t get me wrong, there were tons of days when I felt like giving up, but being in a Challenge Group helped me keep up—those people were there to support me, give me courage and inspiration.
And this time it worked. Thanks to P90X and Shakeology as well as TurboJam and TurboFire, I kept my Resolution. I lost well over 100 lbs. I have more energy, more confidence, I haven’t used pills for my headaches, my body doesn’t hurt anymore, my blood pressure and cholesterol are the best they’ve ever been— and I can run and play with my son without pain!”
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ONE OF MY FAVORITE SNACKS!!!!!! I love the sweet and sour taste and it totally helps with my sweet tooth!
Grapefruit is a large subtropical citrus fruit generally recognized for its slightly bitter and sour taste. It was first produced in Barbados as a hybrid fruit that resulted from a cross between pomelo and sweet orange. Grapefruit was named after the grape, because grapefruits grow in clusters like grapes.
Many grapefruit varieties are being cultivated in different countries such as the United States and China. The well-known varieties include those with red, pink and white pulp. Like all other citrus fruits, grapefruit is loaded with vitamin C, although this is not the only benefit that you can get from grapefruit. Here are five other health benefits of grapefruit.
1. Grapefruit Helps in Losing Weight
Grapefruit is high in enzymes that burn fats, has high water content and has less sodium. A combination of these three characteristics make grapefruit a perfect food for increasing your body’s metabolism. Try eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice every day and you will notice how quickly you lose those extra pounds.
2. Prevents Arthritis and Works as an Antiseptic
Grapefruit contains salicylic acid that helps break down the body’s inorganic calcium, which builds up in the cartilage of joints and may lead to arthritis. If you have arthritis, try drinking grapefruit juice with apple cider vinegar. You will notice a reduction in your arthritis symptoms.
The salicylic acid in grapefruit also works as a powerful antiseptic. In addition, grapefruit seed extracts can be added to water to make an antiseptic spray for treating bacterial and fungal infections.
3. Grapefruit Helps in Cancer Prevention
Lycopene is a carotenoid pigment that is responsible for the red color of grapefruit. It is a powerful agent against tumors and cancers as it acts as a scavenger of cancer-causing free radicals. Lycopene works best with vitamins A and C, which are also found in grapefruit.
An antioxidant compound, called naringenin, is also found in grapefruit. Naringenin helps repair damaged DNA in prostate cancer cells. DNA repair contributes to cancer prevention as it impedes the reproduction of cancer cells.
4. Grapefruit Helps Lower Cholesterol Levels
The antioxidants found in grapefruit are effective in reducing cholesterol levels. However, if you are on prescription drugs, do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice. Grapefruit has a negative reaction against many prescription drugs such as those used in treating depression, allergies, high blood pressure, seizures, impotence, heart palpitations and even HIV. Inform your physician if you want to use grapefruit as a regular form of treatment.
5. Grapefruit Treats Common Ailments
Eating grapefruit or drinking its juice helps treat common cold and fever, dissolve gallstones, boost liver function and enhance immunity against infections. As grapefruit contains a dietary fiber called pectin, it thus promotes better digestion. In addition, if you want to have a healthy and smooth skin, try including grapefruit in your diet.
You can get many other benefits from grapefruit because it also contains essential elements such as iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, folic acid and B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin and niacin). You can even extract oil from grapefruit peel for use in aromatherapy.-3fatchicks.com
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5 Reasons You Could Be Gaining Weight
By Steve Edwards
Nothing taps your panic button quite like gaining weight, especially when you’re on a weight loss program. Unfortunately, it’s an inevitable fact of life. Luckily, you’ve got me here to tell you that, as long as you’re following a solid program, results will come. It’s a physiological certainty (unless you have an underlying issue, like hypothyroidism).
I realize this might take further convincing, considering our instant-gratification society. But this ain’t my first weight loss rodeo. I’ve seen almost every scenario you can dream up, most of which were solved by patience. That said, there are some strategies you can use to ensure you’re getting the most out of both your diet and exercise program. Let’s tackle five of the most common weight loss conundrums.
- I’m following the program perfectly. Why isn’t it working?! Cortisol is a word you should become familiar with, as it’s a key factor here. You’ve probably heard that it makes you fat, but you have no idea why “they” say that. What is cortisol? It’s actually a performance-enhancing stress hormone that serves an important function in survival situations. Unfortunately, when we force too much daily stress on our bodies, we shift into a state of chronic cortisol release. This can cause us to store excess fat as a survival instinct. While it sounds pretty dire, it’s generally only a serious problem in those with poor lifestyle habits.
The beginning of a diet and/or exercise program, however, is a survival situation. In a very simplistic sense, your body releases cortisol, which, in turn, causes excess water retention to help you rebuild broken down muscle tissue. While this is cortisol functioning properly, it does lead to a period of water weight gain as you adjust to a new program. It’s nothing to worry about. By following a solid plan, your body will adapt by repairing this muscle tissue. This results in an increase in your metabolism and leads to weight loss if that’s your goal.
The trick is that there is no hard line on how long this adaptation takes. It’s based on your individual parameters. Just rest easy in the fact that it will happen, unless you force it not to, leading us to . . .
- I’m barely eating. Severe undereating causes cortisol release, as it’s the definition of a bodily emergency. Beachbody® offers many kick-start (or express) eating plans where you undereat for a few days, but you’re always encouraged to get back to a solid maintenance calorie level quickly. A short period of strategic undereating with proper hydration will help your body dispense of unneeded food (most of us chronically overeat) and regulate bodily functions. Go too long, however, and chronic cortisol release is the result.
This is a tough situation because our natural reaction to weight gain is to eat less. When you’re exercising, it’s important to keep your eye on workout performance, as opposed to how much weight you’re losing. You should be eating enough so that your daily workouts improve over time. As long as that’s happening, your body is adapting, your metabolism is increasing, and you will lose weight provided you also don’t overeat.
- I’ve been doing hard workouts for weeks. On the performance theme, you need to continually improve, which is why workouts get harder as you move through any of Beachbody’s programs. It’s also why we add resistance (via added weight or gravity, as is the case with jumping) to workouts. If you’re doing the same workouts at the same intensity constantly, you are not forcing adaptations that lead to changes in your metabolism. This is called a plateau.
A plateau, technically, isn’t gaining weight—it’s remaining the same—but a proper diet and exercise program should continually force improvements (in the form of adaptations). Otherwise, your metabolism won’t continue to increase, which is the goal of most weight loss programs.
- My friend and I are doing the exact same thing and she’s losing. Back to adaptation. We all react differently. The only absolute is that our bodies will change over time with a healthy program. A fitness rule called the Specificity of Adaptation states that it takes the body between 3 and 12 weeks to adapt to new stimuli, which is a very broad range. This is why it’s vital that you stick to your program and not change it repeatedly based on your daily results!
In our test groups, two-week results have almost no bearing on who does best in the end. In fact, many people that undereat early and get off to a fast start will stagnate, while those who stick to the plan and eat as advised will start slower but train harder over time, leading to rapid weight loss as the program wears on.
- I lost weight for a while but now it’s stopped. For ages on the Team Beachbody® Message Boards, this was our most frequently asked question. You eat less to lose weight. Things are going great, but suddenly you plateau—or start gaining. Odds are, your metabolism has slowed down in order to deal with the decreased calories. You’re starving your now fit body, so it’s doing what it needs to do to survive. The answer to this problem is pretty simple: eat more.
Again, this is a tough sell, so here’s an example. One of our early Success Stories lost 40 pounds during a round of Power 90®, eating only 1,200 calories a day. He then stagnated for a long time and was very resistant to eating more, fearing it would kick-start a regression. We talked him into adding calories until, finally at around 2,000 calories, weight loss resumed. It then became so rapid he dropped through his goal, and about 20 pounds below, until finally, at around 3,000 calories, he leveled out. Then a daily diet of around 3,500 calories a day got him to a ripped 175.
So the moral of today’s lesson is to trust your exercise program—at least if it’s a Beachbody program. We’ve been doing this a long time and we know what works. There are no magic bullets. Body transformation is based on making consistent, healthy lifestyle changes. Do that and you’ll never need to ask yourself why you’re gaining weight again.
Tara achieved this stunning transformation in a little over a year with the help of P90X®, Insanity®, and Insanity The Asylum. Now she can keep up with her Marine Corps husband, and she won $500 in the Beachbody Challenge. Enter your results for a chance to win:http://bit.ly/ChaLNG
“I chose P90X because it was the most intense program Beachbody offered—and I was looking to take no prisoners. My results were great, so I moved on to Insanity. Shaun T is amazing and has a no excuse work ethic that I love! He doesn’t baby you. It’s ‘Get fit or get out!’ You gotta love that. I love it so much, I entered The ASYLUM, and that’s my favorite program so far. I’ve lost 78 lbs. to date. I’m lean and toned, but the best news is that I can keep up with my Marine Corps husband—and that makes me really happy!
Way to go Tara!
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Quinoa is one of my favorites! Many people have never heard of it nor know how to pronounce (I didn’t either about 2 years ago)! It is pronounced keen-wa.
What is quinoa?
While quinoa is usually considered to be a whole grain, it is actually a seed, but can be prepared like whole grains such as rice or barley. Quinoa is my favorite whole grain for three reasons: First, it takes less time to cook than other whole grains – just 10 to 15 minutes. Second, quinoa tastes great on its own, unlike other grains such as millet or teff. Add a bit of olive oil, sea salt and lemon juice and – yum OR vegetable broth! Finally, of all the whole grains, quinoa has the highest protein content, so it’s perfect for vegetarians and vegans. Quinoa provides all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Quinoa is a gluten-free and cholesterol-free whole grain, is kosher for Passover, and is almost always organic.
Culinary ethnologists will be interested to know that quinoa was a staple food for thousands of years in the Andes region of South America as one of just a few crops the ancient Incas cultivated at such high altitude. Who would not want to reap the benefits of this amazing superfood?
1. Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. (already stated above)
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What to do when you are craving sweets but trying to watch what you are eating and be healthy?
Here are a few tips that I have used to help me get past grabbing for that candy bar, ice cream, or fruit snack (that I have in the house for my kids)
We should all be eating 5-6 small meals a day, every 2 1/2 -3 hours (if this craving comes at any time between these meals follow the steps below)
if 1 or 2 do not help, proceed to the other options for a fix
- Grab a piece of fruit (berries, apple, orange, melon- low glycemic fruit) OR dried fruit, nuts, and seeds
- Grab a piece of gum, try chewing the gum and waiting until the next time to eat
- Get up and go. When a sugar craving hits, walk away. “Take a walk around the block or [do] something to change the scenery,” to take your mind off the food you’re craving.
LASTLY: if these things stated above do not help you with your sweet/food craving think QUALITY OVER QUANTITY! I am a firm believer in moderation…For example, choose a perfect dark chocolate truffle instead of a king-sized candy bar, then “savor every bite — slowly.” “Don’t swear off favorites — you’ll only come back for greater portions. Learn to incorporate small amounts in the diet but concentrate on filling your stomach with less sugary and [healthier] options.”
Here are some tips on what you are missing when you crave certain things:
- ChocolateMagnesium Women should be cautious during menstruation, as magnesium levels do drop. Instead, try snacking on natural fruits, nuts, or take a vitamin/mineral supplement.
- Sugar or Simple CarbohydratesProtein & Complex Carbohydrates. A quick science lesson: Carbohydrates break down into sugars. Since sugar metabolizes very quickly, it is not a good source of long term energy. The best source of energy includes protein and complex carbohydrates, which break down much slower. Good examples include brown or wild long-grain rice; and pasta or bread made from wholewheat flour. It is called “wholewheat” because it includes the “whole” kernel, of which the outer shell contains the germ, bran and nutrients of the grain. White rice (Minute Rice) and white flour have been stripped of this goodness, leaving only the inner starch (simple carbohydrates).
- Fried foodsCalcium & OMEGA 3 Fatty Acids OMEGA 3’s are good fat! Try eating more fish, or check your grocery store for milk, cheese, or eggs containing theses essential oils plus calcium (it will state such on the label).
- SaltHydration, Vitamin B, Chloride When you desire something salty, try to drink water instead. Also, stress can lead to a Vitamin B deficiency, so if your experiencing hardship, take a second Vitamin B supplement half way through your day.
***Don’t keep these foods in your house and NEVER go to the grocery stop hungry!
Schizandra can have a very beneficial impact on your health. It can increase capacity for physical and mental exercise and protect you from environmental stress. This herb can increase your energy by stimulating the central nervous system without making you nervous like caffeine would. But since it’s an adaptogen, it can also calm the nervous system when facing stress. Many people take this herb to increase energy. It is especially popular with athletes as it boosts nitric oxide levels in the body. It fights fatigue as well, making it even more beneficial. Schizandra increases energy at the cellular level. The Health Sciences Institute states that schizandra berry can raise the body’s enzyme, glutathione. This enzyme detoxifies the body in a way that improves mental clarity. It is widely taken by students in China for this reason. Probably its best known property is as a protector of the liver, due to the lignans it contains. It helps maintain its proper functioning and regeneration and is also used to prevent liver damage. Schizandra uses its fat soluble compounds found in the core of its seed to protect the liver from toxins. Schizandra is often used in the treatment of hepatitis C. Besides its liver protecting properties, it is also beneficial to the kidneys as it helps balances the fluid in the body. This amazing herb also contains antioxidants, such as gomisin A and Wuweizisu C, to protect your cells from free radicals and prevent oxidation. This is why it’s often used in longevity formulas in Chinese medicine. Schizandra is very popular among woman for its ability to make the skin soft, smooth and beautiful. It has been taken for many hundreds of years in China for this purpose. It is believed to work by balancing the fluids of the skin. This herb is popular with people who suffer from mental disorders such as anxiety, depression and mood swings. Though it’s unknown how it works for these symptoms, Schizandra has been used for these ailments for many hundreds of years with much success. Though not enough research has been done in this area, there is some preliminary evidence that Schizandra my inhibit cancer cell growth for some types of cancers, such as leukemia. Much more research needs to be done before this will be considered a truly effective treatment. For men, this herb may be beneficial for impotence and erectile dysfunction since it has the ability to dilate the blood vessels, helping men achieve erection. As far as heart health goes, this herb’s blood vessel dilating properties are also good for lowering blood pressure, improving circulation and improving heart function in general. Schizandra is beneficial to the respiratory system too. It rids the body of lung mucus by acting as expectorant. It is also used to treat coughs. Found on the herbalist.com This ingredient and 70 more are found in Shakeology, the healthiest meal replacement shake out there, it is all natural and as you can see very beneficial for the function of your body and health! Have any questions? email me @ email@example.com or comment below! Ready to take your health into your own hands? [button link=”myshakeology.com/nikkikminton” type=”big” color=”green”] ORDER NOW[/button]
Brazil Butt Lift is one of the lowest impact workouts that Beachbody has in my opinion! That is in comparison to P90X and Insanity. But the results are killer!!! I know myself that I saw a dramatic difference in just 30 days!
Reduce, lift, and shape your booty
Leandro’s proven TriAngle Training method works all three major muscles of the buttocks from multiple angles to reduce your hips and saddlebag area, slim your thighs, and lift your butt without bulking up your thighs. You can even customize the workout plan to turn your current shape into the one you’ve always wanted.
Enjoy all this . . .
- BUM BUM: Leandro’s signature workout (named after the Brazilian slang for “butt” and pronounced “boom-boom”) combines fat-blasting cardio with the best lower-body sculpting moves you’ve ever tried. (35 min.)
- HIGH & TIGHT: Focus on all those stubborn trouble zones: the hips, glutes, and saddlebags. Leandro uses his secret weapons—the Strength Band and ankle weights—to lift your butt to new heights. (35 min.)
- SCULPT: In this video, Leandro takes you through a total-body workout with a sexy Brazilian twist, to sculpt your entire body while focusing on your glutes. Look like a sexy supermodel—lean and toned, without the bulk. (50 min.)
- CARDIO AXE: Feel like you’re dancing in the streets of Brazil with Leandro’s signature axe(pronounced “ah-shay”), a fat-burning, cardio-blasting, dance-based workout that delivers all-over slimming results fast. (30 min.)
- TUMMY TUCK: Leandro’s surefire way to get flat, sexy abs in just 15 minutes. (15 min.)
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Many of you have been asking me if I am going to post the recipes for the reset and so I decided I would post my Favorites!!! So here they are…
Black Beans and Rice
3/4 cup of brown rice
1/2 cup canned low sodium black beans
1/4 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/8 tsp. ground chili powder
1 pinch ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp Brag Liquid Aminos
While rice is cooking, heat beans gently in saucepan until very hot. Drain and return to pan. Add Oil, spices, and amines. Stir well. Gently fold beans into cooked rice. Serves 1.
***I then added 1/4 cup of fresh corn, 2 Tbsp of salsa, and 1 cup of guacamole (spicy for me) with a Corn tortilla and steamed kale
1/4 medium sized yam, washed and cut into 1 inch chunks
1/2 large carrot, washed and cut into 1 in chunks
1/2 large beet, washed and cut into 1 in chuncks
1/4 yellow onion, peeled and cut into large wedges
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
himalayan salt to taste
Preheat oven to 400. In bowl toss all ingredients together. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake for 40-50 minutes or until tender, turning once or twice to prevent burning. Serves 1.
***PLUS 1 cup of toasted millet
Zucchini- Cashew Soup
1 large or 2 small zucchini, cut into chunks and steamed
1/4 cup raw cashews
himalayan salt to taste
herbal seasoning or fresh herbs, like basil or dill optional to taste
steamed veggies (if you want it chunky)
Soak cashews in enough water to cover for 1 hour, drain. Combine cashews, zucchini, salt, and seasonings in blender and mix until smooth, adding water as needed for desired consistency. Pour into saucepan and reheat gently, but do not boil. For chunky soup, add steamed veggies. Can also be served cold. Serves 1.
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So many clients come to be and say, “I don’t want to lift because I am afraid I am going to bulk up!” Well yes that is a concern for many, but if you follow a program the way it should be followed- MUSCLE BURNS FAT and you will slim down and lean out!
The Answer from Livestrong.com
When it comes to burning off fat, weights have an edge over cardio.
There’s a common misperception that resistance training can’t work your cardiovascular system, but ask anyone who’s ever performed a 20-rep set of squats if his heart rate is elevated. It will be.
Technically speaking, anything that elevates your heart rate is “cardio.” Traditional steady-state cardio (think running a 5K, using the elliptical machine, or doing step aerobics) can be beneficial in terms of fat loss — at least for a while. But your body adapts to any stress placed on it. Over time, the work required to, say, run a 5K will decrease as your fitness improves. Diminishing returns kicks in. What once took 20 minutes to burn X number of calories will take 30 minutes, and then 40 minutes and so on.
With weights, on the other hand, you can stave off this effect by varying your exercises to keep your body guessing. You can change things up by adding resistance, decreasing rest time, increasing the number of reps you do or changing the order of your exercises. All of these things prevent your body from hitting a plateau, boosting your ability to burn fat.
Lifting weights also increases your lean muscle mass, which further increases metabolism at rest. That means you’ll be burning more calories throughout the day
One of my favorite programs is Chalean Extreme, It is a weights program and DEFINITELY WORKS! “Get ready to burn fat, boost your metabolism, and get LEAN with ChaLEAN Extreme®, my new, clinically proven fat loss system that uses cardio and resistance training in a brand-new way to get you better results in less time. Now you can burn up to 60% of your body fat in just 3 months and see visible results every 30 days—GUARANTEED!”
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Need to reduce depression, lower cholesterol, balance blood sugar, and have an aid to prevent cancers? This is the ingredient that will help you!
Have you heard of Sacha Inchi nuts? Also called Inca peanuts, these nuts are making a big splash in the world of superfoods.
The Sacha Inchi is a plant that grows in the highlands of Peru. It produces a seed that tastes like a nut when roasted. Like many healthy nuts, it’s a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as omega-6s and omega-9s. It also contains vitamin A and E. Can you say healthy snack?
A Little More About Sacha Inchi
Though the nuts and oil may be new to many of us here in North America, Sacha Inchi has been cultivated in the Amazon rainforest and along the east slope of the lower Andes for 3,000 years. Archaelogists found evidence of them in carvings on Incan tomb vessels. Plants are said to have a long production time, with some producing year after year for decades. Crops are harvested throughout the year, though costs are lower than those of other oil-producing plants.
The cold-pressed oil is said to contain about 45 percent omega-3 fatty acid, 36 percent omega 6, and 9 percent omega 9, with 27 percent protein. Some experts are calling it the tasty alternative to fish oil supplements.
The oil is used for cooking. It’s said to have a crisp, nutty flavor that’s perfect for salads, meat, fish, poultry, and sprinkled over vegetable dishes. You can use it like olive oil, though it’s said to be lighter, better tasting, and easier for your body to absorb.
Sacha Inchi pulp is a by-product used for soap, flour, bread, and in cosmetics and medicinal creams.
If you know omega-3s, you can guess at the health benefits of these tasty nuts and oil. Foodies are especially excited about them because the nutrients are apparently easier to digest than those from other sources, so your body can easily take advantage of the healthy properties. Fans say that the oil does not cause gas or irritation, yet it contains more protein than olive oil, and far more omega-3 fatty acids (in the form of linolenic acid) than olive, soy, sunflower, or flax oils.
Because of the omega-3 content, Sacha Inchi nuts and oil are likely to positively benefit cardiovascular health. Specifically, they may lower cholesterol levels, boost brain function, ease joint stiffness, help maintain healthy glucose levels, support healthy skin and hair, relieve inflammation throughout the body, and support the eyes and optimal vision. Scientific studies specifically on Sacha Inchi are minimal at this point, but considering its composition, these are the likely advantages to be gained by incorporating more of this superfood into the diet.
Vegans and raw foodist’s are especially excited about this food as it provides a plant-based way to get a good supply of omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, the oil is extracted by simple cold pressing, so no refining process is necessary. Because of the antioxidants vitamin E and A, it may also help battle the free radical damage that can lead to premature aging. The nuts are high in protein and amino acids—another plus for vegans. They contain nothing toxic or damaging to good health, so you can eat as many as you like!
SOME OF THE OMEGA-3, OMEGA-6 AND OMEGA-9 BENEFITS:
· Act as natural antioxidant
· Maintain the immune system
· Lower cholesterol
· Aid colon and breast cancer prevention
· Regulate nerval transmission and communication – extra brain power
· Help to maintain a weight loss program by helping to control blood sugar level
· Reduce depression and symptoms of other mental health problems
· Help the arteries and other parts of the body stay inflammation free – boosts the body’s natural immunity
· Improve arthritis – reduces inflammation
· Regulate hormonal balance during menopause
· Enhance growth of healthy hair, nails and skin
·Relieve the PMS symptoms, including bloating cramps and breast tenderness
·Clear acne by reducing the number of clogged pores, stimulating the contraction of the blood vessels and reducing the inflammation
·Prevent blood clotting by keeping saturated fats mobile in the blood streams which helps reducing the risk of coronary diseases
· Maintain proper kidney function and fluid balance
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2013 promises to be the BIGGEST YEAR in Beachbody history, and THIS girl has NO PLANS of slowing down! Because of that, I am currently looking for some NEW BLOOD for Team Dynasty and will be interviewing for 10 apprenticeship positions! (available to NEW COACHES in 2013 only) I will be hand-selecting & personally mentoring these individuals in both a small group setting and with one on one calls.
During the first 3 months, I will focus on teaching you the same system that has helped both myself and the top leaders on my team reach the level of success we have today… I am the #82 Coach in the company, out of 100,000 coaches.
But, remember, it is UP TO YOU to choose to APPLY that knowledge in your own business! What we do in The Bombshell Dynasty WORKS, there is NO denying it! In just over 2 years we have multiple 6 figure earners and some of the TOP COACHES in the entire company!
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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Shakeology Balls
8 tablespoons PB2, (low fat, high protein powdered peanut butter)
3 tablespoons Natural Peanut Butter
½ cup Shakeology
3 tablespoons raw honey
½ cup quick oats
Mix PB2 with water until it is a paste like consistency. Mix all ingredients, including PB2 mixture together in a mixing bowl. It may take some time to blend all of the ingredients together. If it’s to sticky, sprinkle in additional protein powder so that it’s a pretty dry/crumbly texture.
Next, roll mixture into small individual balls and place on a wax sheet. Makes about 12 balls, 1 oz each. Put them in the freezer until firm.
(These taste even better when made with 6 tbsp of PB2 and ½ cup of natural peanut butter, but the calories and fat are higher. If you find the recipe above is too chalky tasting, add the extra peanut butter and do a few more jumping jacks.
PB2 is great for baking and protein shakes. 1.5 grams of fat, no additives…they just strip out the fat.
I always keep these in the freezer around that time of the month when I need a dreamy little snack to kill that chocolate craving!
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Eat less, exercise more.That’s the simple solution to anyone’s weight loss questions. But if it was that easy, more people would be in great shape. Turns out, some of your other behaviors play a big role in fat loss. Try these 15 tips—including several surprises—to fire up your metabolism speed up your lean body transformation.
1. Have a Plan
The old saying goes: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Have a realistic goal and set specific targets for your week to reach that goal, says Emma-Leigh Synnott, M.B.B.S, an exercise, nutrition, and metabolism specialist. However, make sure that you don’t end up being too strict with yourself. Life is about more than your diet. So be sure to find that balance between reaching your goal, and enjoying the moment too.
Sleep does more than help your body recover from a long day — it actually helps you fight fat. In fact, researchers at the University of Chicago reported that sleeping less than 7 to 8 hours can increase your appetite (forcing you to overeat), slow your metabolism (causing you to burn fewer calories) and make the body retain more abdominal fat. Need another reason to sleep more? Lack of shut-eye is also associated with bad workouts. Do yourself a favor and get some rest. Your body will thank you.
3. Eat Less More Often
Eating 5-6 small meals a day will speed up your metabolism and teach you how to eat in portion. Studies have said several things but when you eat smaller meals throughout the day (clean, raw, and healthy), you will rev your metabolism up and it will help you lose weight!
Part one of the energy equation is to simply restrict your fuel intake. But unfortunately, most people do very badly with this. Research has shown that most people grossly underestimate how much they are eating, sometimes by up to 50 percent! There are a number of ways you can track what you are eating, such as using MyPlate through livestrong.com or Myfitnesspal,com, but whatever system you use the key is consistency and accuracy.
5. Move More (LOTS more!)
This is, essentially, the second half of the equation – the calories-out side.Unfortunately, most people struggle with this process. In today’s society we are largely sedentary: We travel in cars, we work in front of computers all day and we relax in front of the television. Add incidental exercise (like talking the stairs or tapping your foot) in addition to formal activity (such as playing sports, lifting weights, running, a Beachbody Program) to see the greatest benefits
6. Remove Liquid Calories
You want the truth: 65 percent of Americans drink beverages that are heavy in calories. Not only are these drinks less likely to keep you full, thus leaving you hungry, they are oftentimes loaded with sugar. Yes this means your crystal light, juices, alcohol, pop, sweetened tea, and anything with artificial sweeteners in it!
7. Plan a Cheat Meal
This will help your body see that you are not depriving it from what it is use to and you can splurge, will losing weight!- it is ONE MEAL, not a WHOLE DAY!
Surround yourself with tools to help you with your journey. Tell your friends. Tell your family. Join my support group or Challenge group! Let people know your goals and ask for their support in helping you achieving them. The more supported you are, the better.
9. Practice Carb Swapping
Carb swapping is is one of the easiest (and fastest) ways to jump-start weight loss. Replace foods like pasta, rice and bread with fruits and vegetables. The fruits and vegetables have fewer calories and carbohydrates than their processed counterparts. That means you can eat more total food without adding weight.
10. Eat More Fat
Did you know that the Institute of Medicine recommends that a diet be made up of 25 to 35 percent fat? Turns out, high-fat foods like nuts, avocados and healthy oils can help you lose fat faster than other diet approaches. Just make sure you figure out how much fat you need in your diet to prevent yourself from overeating. And, as always, avoid the trans fats. They’re still not healthy.
Protein helps you maintain lean body mass (muscle, not fat), and increase the thermic effect of your diet. That is, protein requires more energy for your body to process than carbohydrates or fat. This can subtly contribute to the calories-out side of the energy equation. As a bonus, eating protein keeps you fuller longer, and researchers have shown that it can reduce how much you eat per day by hundreds of calories.
12. DRINK MORE WATER: Become a Heavy Drinker
No we’re not talking about alcohol. While there’s nothing magical about water, the process of consuming lots of liquid can trick you into feeling less hungry. What’s more, when you’re dehydrated you burn 2 percent fewer calories per day, says University of Utah researchers. So if you struggle to control your appetite, drink up before your meal. Then drink some more. You’ll be more likely to fight off fat. You should be drinking 50% of your weight in ounces!
Read more: HERE
Your diet should primarily consist of whole-food sources like meats, veggies, fruits and nuts. However, research published in the Journal of Nutrition found those who consume whey-protein shakes lost almost twice as much fat as those who didn’t have the shakes. Magic? Hardly. The protein in shakeology isn’t any more effective than protein found in solid meals. However, most people don’t get enough protein in their diets, and the shakeology is a convenient way to meet your body’s needs.
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14. Be Patient and Give Yourself Time
You didn’t gain weight overnight, so you will not take it off overnight either. Give yourself time and know that the weight will come off if you stick to your plan.
15. COMMIT to a program
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