Smoothies have become very popular for people on the go that want to get in extra nutrition. However, they become a liability if loaded with sugar and fat. Those extra ‘empty’ calories may lead to fat gain or even compromise your metabolic system. Many commercial smoothies found at fast food restaurants or even specialty smoothie stores can be filled with sugar, fat and other ‘empty’ calories. However, there is a way to build the perfect smoothie. Disregard ingredients like chocolate syrup, ice cream or whole milk that lead to bigger
Snacking is a good strategy to keep your metabolic engine cranking. I’ve spoken on this subject before. We never want large gaps between meals (more than 4 hours) as it causes our resting metabolism to slow down as a way to conserve energy. As North America becomes busier and busier, more people are substituting grab-and-go foods for actual meals. Snacking is up 15% as a means to support our standard breakfast, lunch and dinner options. In fact Americans are spending up to $48 billion per year on salty and sugary
There are many, many diets out there. Whichever it is, human weakness is a reality for all that participate. Yes, I’m talking about cheating…. and NOT the relationship kind. Trust me though; there is a silver lining here. Including cheat meals in your plan is a way for your body to get what it needs. The key is remaining strong in the process. Don’t let feelings of guilt begin to fester, leading to more bad food choices that ultimately sabotage your long-term weight-loss goals. Just eat the cheat food, forget
I think we’ve all heard it at one time or another, “don’t eat too many eggs because they’re high in cholesterol”. And, if you have high cholesterol levels, there may be a greater chance for heart disease, right? This thinking is not entirely true. Both doctors and researchers have determined that eating a whole egg will NOT raise your cholesterol. In fact this food may help dissolve cholesterol and fat due to the nutrient choline found in the yolk. Let’s take a closer look at some of the other benefits.
If you want to alter your body composition and reshape your body, strength training is essential to your overall health and wellness goals, period. The goal of resistance training is to gradually and progressively overload the muscles so they get stronger. Why is strength so important? It is hands-down the best way to lose body fat and increase your resting metabolism (the rate at which your body burns fat). We continually remind our clients that one pound of muscle burns roughly 50 calories per day at REST while one pound of
We're getting ready for the long weekend. Heading to NH to meet up with family & cousins camping. I wanted to bring some healthy food choices for the picnic and came across a twist on potato salad with no mayo. It's Green beans and potatoes, served in a Dijon mustard and balsamic vinaigrette. Another favorite is Tex Mex Corn Salad or Refreshing Cucumber Watermelon Salad. Try them
Many of you have heard me mention one statistic in particular that speaks volumes for strength training. One pound of muscle burns roughly 35-50 calories per day at REST while one pound of fat only burns 2-3 calories. Strength training is the best way to ensure you don’t gain ‘bad’ weight. Today’s article provides a list of five ways to both look and feel stronger. 1. Timing Our bodies build lean body mass through protein, and this occurs at different times throughout the day. The human body is metabolically hardwired to use