Fitness & Wellness

Fat Burning Foods

Fat Burning Foods

Fat burning foods don’t literally burn off fat or everyone would eat them until they reached their perfect weight. They do set in motion different mechanisms in the body that burns more calories in the body than the food itself contains. However, each fat burning food works in a different way to help take off fat. While these aren’t the tools for weight loss, they’re one tool you can add to your arsenal to help shed pounds faster and keep weight off permanently. Celery is always at the top of the list. It’s primarily fiber and water with very few calories, yet is filling.

Spice up your food with red peppers.

Peppers, all except bell peppers, contain capsaicin. It’s what produces the heat in the peppers. While it will burn the skin and your eyes if you happen to rub your eyes, it also boosts your metabolism. Capsaicin boosts thermogenesis, the rate your body burns fat and calories. It also lowers the effect of dietary fat, triggering some genes that inhibit fat accumulation. It also helps regulate blood sugar, has anti-inflammatory effects to help reduce the pain of arthritis, cleans the sinuses and flushes mucus from the nose and lungs, as well as slow the growth of certain types of cancer.

Green tea has certain compounds that boost your metabolism.

Green tea contains catechins, specifically EGCG. This antioxidant boosts fat oxidation rates by as much as 25 percent. It also contains caffeine, another metabolism booster. Don’t expect just one cup to do the trick. Studies show that in order to lose weight you need to do two things, combine it with exercise and drink six to seven cups a day. It flushes out your system in the process. The catechins and flavonoids protect the cells with antioxidant properties, too. It can reduce the risk for cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkisons, as well as help fight bacteria responsible for tooth decay.

Coffee boosts your metabolism, while apple cider vinegar helps you stick to your diet.

Coffee, the kind with caffeine, does boost your metabolism and help you burn calories faster. While you might think that Starbucks is the location of the new Holy Grail of weight loss, beware. Those fancy latte drinks pack on the pounds. Drink a cup of joe before your workout to make the workout more effective. Drinking a glass of cold water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in it each morning also boosts weight loss. The cold water makes your body work harder and the ACV gives you a full feeling longer.

– Whole grains make your body work harder to break down the fiber than you would on preprocessed grains.

– Lentils are a protein rich food that’s low in calories and high in fiber, which also requires more calories to digest that you ingest.

– Lean meat requires a large portion of the calories it contains to digest the meat, lowering its calorie count significantly.

– Add bone broth to your diet for a number of benefits besides weight loss. It does boost your metabolism, but is also a great source of protein. Make it from the bones of grass fed beef or free range chickens.


How To Workout And Still Have Time For Everything Else

How To Workout And Still Have Time For Everything Else

No matter how busy you are, you can’t put a workout on the back shelf like you might with cleaning out a drawer, getting to it when you have time. You can make a few adjustments that let you workout and still have time for everything else. One of the easiest is to change your mode of transportation. If you drive to work, consider taking the bus a few days and jogging home, or at least part of the way home. Change to comfortable running clothes and if your run is too far, get off the bus early and run the rest of the way. Pace buses allow you to put your bike in a rack on the back, so you could pedal and relax on the bus the rest of the way. You’ll be burning “clean energy” and leave your car in the garage.

Split your lunch hour.

A half hour workout is better than none and you can use the other half to have a snack and get dressed for work again. Prepare several healthy snacks for the day and a light meal that won’t take forever to eat. You’ll have time to workout, eat and go back to the office feeling refreshed and probably be more productive in the afternoon.

Take the kids for a walk, ride or workout with them.

If you want a good aerobic workout, take the kids out for a run or workout with them. Is your child a toddler or younger? It’s not a problem jog behind the stroller or use a stroller design specifically for that. Strap your child to you in a baby carrier/sling and start making moves. This is great for new mothers who never seem to have enough time and can help calm a cranky baby while you’re burning calories.

Have a workout date or night out with the girls or guys group workout.

It’s always important to have both “me” time and “us” time. That’s one way group workouts can serve two purposes. You’ll spend time in group sessions, sweating together and then go out for a healthy meal afterward. It not only burns off the stress of the day, it leaves you feeling great afterward to make the evening more romantic or lighten the conversation at the gab fest that follows. Exercise builds sexual drive, so this can even help in the bedroom.

Break up your workout to smaller sessions. You may not be able to get in a half hour at one time, but ten minutes might be doable. Do three or more ten minute sessions throughout the day when you find a few minutes of time. You’ll be more energized.

Shun the elevator and take the stairs. Park further away from the door. Make small changes in daily habits to reap the reward of fitness.

Turn on the music and do housework with vigor. Dance your way through household chores for a productive multitasking workout.

Workout at your desk. There are some exercises you can do at the desk in just a few minutes. Have weights, exercise bands and other types of equipment ready for strength and flexibility training.


Unusual Workout Places

Unusual Workout Places

You really don’t need to hate the gym or traditional workouts for that matter, to appreciate finding some unusual workout places to provide a little variety in your exercise routine. That’s one reason our kickboxing classes are so popular. You get into shape without even realizing how hard you’re working. It’s fun and has a dual sense of purpose. Even though it provides a grueling full body workout, you only focus on the fun of winning the match or learning something new to help you do that. Here are some other workouts I thought might be fun to do.

You’re never too old for ballet lessons.

Before you start picturing yourself in a little tutu up on toe, you have to prepare for the dance. Ballet builds strength and flexibility, but it’s short on cardio. Before I hear all the clamor about the strenuous workout and the burst of speed you see when you watch ballet, let remind you that when you take ballet classes, you will NOT be a prima ballerina initially, but be learning all the basic steps. Most of these require focus, flexibility and strength, but are done slowly. Ballet is a complementary exercise for many sports, including kickboxing. It provides grace and flexibility you need.

Kangoo jump workouts can be done anywhere there’s a solid surface.

I’ve seen these used in gyms, on the lawn and sidewalks. These are running shoes with a twist. They’re springy and absorb 80 to 90 percent of the impact to help protect your joints, making them a good choice for anyone that wants to run, but doesn’t want to feel it in their joints for days following. These are also great for really overweight people who find the high impact of running can put them out of commission for days. Best of all, they make a workout a blast!

Bounce your way to fitness and have fun with the family.

Trampolines and the new mini-trampoline craze are more than just fun. They’re a great workout that can get your heart racing and improve your cardiovascular system. You’ll build great leg muscles while you do it and have a blast. This is one trend the whole family can enjoy and you’ll find yourself laughing all the way through the workout.

Pole dancers work harder than you think, so taking a class provides acrobatic strength and stamina you might not expect.

Go retro and break out the hula hoop. The trend from the 50s and 60s has re-emerged as a form of exercise that most baby boomers already know how to do. It’s a good total body workout that builds endurance and flexibility too.

Water workouts taken to the next level have become extremely popular. Forget those slow graceful movements and substitute hard hitting aerobics and jogging and you’ll have this new workout that burns as much as 800 calories each class.

Altitude training will take you to the mountains to do your workout without leaving the gym. It simulates the low oxygen levels at high altitudes by adding 7 % nitrogen to the workout area and reducing the oxygen by as much as 21%.


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