Blueberries and Beer

I was e-mailed an interesting article the other day and thought I might share it with ya’ll According to Runners World’s article titled Food Science,

  • Blueberries protect you on long runs
  • A pint of beer helps prevents colds – and can help when running a marathon
  • Ice baths hinder muscle refueling, and
  • Chocolate milk helps lose body fat

I do not believe the beer “fact”, and I find the chocolate milk fact, very interesting. I have never heard either before this article. I will have to test those two out and let you know if they work or not.

What do you think after reading the article!?

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Huffington Post introduces workout music

If you are like me I must have music when working out.  It gets my adrenaline going and makes the time go by faster; but every now and then I must switch up my workout music collection.

Depending on if I’m running, lifting or doing cardio, I need different music for each workout. Research shows that having upbeat tempo music makes us work harder and faster.

The Huffington Post recently added a new page to their site – the “huffpost workouts.” The Huffpost partnered with Spotify and created a page just for workout music.  They gathered playlists from top trainers, DJs, music industry executives, editors and athletes.

They have playlist, for cardio, running etc.  You must have Spotify of course, but thanks to these playlist I have definitely come across some great new workout songs.

Thanks Huffpost!

Plateau: Weight Loss and How to Beat It

Have you ever gone on a diet or worked out and then all of a sudden stopped seeing results?  There might be 3 reasons for this.

Possible reasons you are stuck:

  1. You’re being repetitive: The same moves and exercise schedule causes your body to become use to it all; thus slowing down or stopping any further results.

     FIX IT: by adding VARIETY! Mix up your workout schedule by changing the moves, OR completely replacing them with new ones.

2.  You aren’t doing enough: You might feel like you are doing enough, and maybe that was working.  But when it stops working what do you do?

     FIX IT: by adding more!  Yes all you have to do is add more reps or better yet cardio. Go for a run!

3. Your’e doing too much to fast: How is this possible? Well it is, and sometimes your body can’t comprehend it.

      FIX IT: by slowing down a bit!  Your body needs time to adjust to new habits and diets (if on one).

Remember

  • know your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate; the number of calories you’d burn if you stayed in bed all day.)
  • add more weight when exercising (don’t stay on the same weight level just because u can lift it.  Once you got it down, challenge yourself and lift a couple of pounds more.)
  • drink more water (remember 6-8 glasses a day)
  • eat more metabolism boosting foods
  • DO NOT GIVE UP

Unhealthy “Health” Foods

These 9 not – so – nutritious choices can fool you into thinking they are good for you.  Once you read this you might think again before eating them.

1) Wrap Sandwiches 

They are usually huge – enough for two people – and did I mention high in calories and fat.

Try This: a sandwich on whole grain or whole wheat bread. (When shopping for bread check out the ingredients!!)

2) Vegetable Chips

Sorry to break it to you, even though they contain the colors of the rainbow, they don’t count as a serving of veggies.  Even worse, they’re usually high in fat and calories.

Try this: Air-popped popcorn or dried veggies. If you still are craving dried veggies try this brand –  “Just Veggies” because they have no added fat, salt, or anything else.

3) Fruit Snacks

The amount of fruit they contain is less than 10%

Try this: A small portion of dried fruit, such as apricots or raisins. They’re denser in calories but contain more nutrients.

4) Frozen Yogurt

Everyone thinks it is “healthy” because of the word ‘yogurt’ but the reality is it’s really a high-sugar dessert.  This dessert resembles light ice cream more than plain yogurt.

Try this: To get the probiotic benefits of plain yogurt, look for the seal on the label of frozen yogurt indicating “Live and Active Cultures.”

5) Turkey Dogs

Turkey hot dogs are surprisingly high in fat—  Some even contain loads of sodium and nitrates.

Try this: A turkey breast sandwich—unless you’re really craving that hot dog flavor. If that’s the case, go for the version with the lowest amount of fat.

6) Applesauce

Yes, applesauce is delicious there is no denying this.  But sweetened applesauce is the worse.  A 1-cup serving can have up to 200 calories.

Try this: An apple instead.  Same great taste with some extra fiber.

7) Vitamin “infused” waters

These have some nutrients but are mainly packed with sugar and sometimes caffeine depending on the brand.

Try this: PLAIN H20!!  For flavor add an orange, lemon, or lime

8) Bran Muffin

Many bran muffins are big enough that they have actually two servings in one muffin. And they’re often loaded with fat, sugar, and calories.

Try this: Bran cereal with low-fat milk and fresh fruit.

9) Banana Chips

Yes, they’re made from bananas; but they’re usually fried in coconut or palm oil, unhealthy sources of saturated fat. That’s why there can be 210 calories and 13 grams of saturated fat in a serving.

Try this: A banana. You’ll get lots of nutrients for half the calories and no fat.  If you want, feel free to add some peanut butter on top for a little bit of flavor.

Losing flab, while staying toned

My friend asked me the other day “Jess what should I do, I need to lose weight but want to keep toned.  Should I do Cardio or lift weights?”

A mix of both is great!  BUT if you really want to lose that belly flab, love handles, all that extra stuff that you just don’t like, lifting is really the way to go.

Don’t be scared to try this like most girls, because they don’t want to become to muscular. Surprise that does not happen unless you want it too.  PLUS there are some major benefits from doing this.

Womens health magazine will give you the skinny on weight lifting, the benefits and how it will keep you toned and in shape!

One more thing...

Love Handles…YUCK

I don’t know about you, but I have them and am not a fan.  I want them gone by summer if not by spring break.

So I searched the web and came across a great article.  It gives you a weekly exercise plan, what you should and should not do etc.  It may sound intense but remember, if you don’t try no results will show.