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S.O.S! I’m I’m Working Out But I’m Gaining Weight!

January 9, 2014By 0 Comments

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There is one question that I receive often, most people ask me why they are gaining weight or staying the same weight despite the fact they work out. Others wonder why they have not seen any changes after a short time of working out.

Surprisingly, the muscles in our body weigh more than fat. Some doubt this fact but it is the truth. When you work out your body starts using the energy that is produced by breakdown of fats stored in the body. Isn’t that great? But to some people, working out adds the numbers on the scale. The Media and diets fads claim that the lower the number of scale the healthier the person, and vice versa.  This is not the truth at all. Having a healthy BMI is important but that should not be the basis. If you are out to gain muscle or tone your body please stay away from the scales because all you will be is discouraged. The rise in weight is due to creation of new muscles in the body, and it replaces the fat. You may start to notice your muscles are more visible.

If you want to lose weight you can choose two options. First, dieting. When you diet you will become skinny and cut, you may even notice your skin starting to sag. Gaining back the weight after dieting is easier compared to exercising. Second, exercising and eating more. The more you exercise, the more you eat and the more the numbers on the scale increase. But you will feel better about your body than ever before. It’s been over a month since I started going to the gym and lifting, despite the rise in number of the scale, I have a better body. I was frightened at first, I told my husband and nutritionist that I was bothered since I had always known the lower the better. They encouraged me that “gaining” was good. Come think of it when you gain, you gain more than just muscle.

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I don’t think Jennifer Nicole Lee cares about what the scales shows. Her weight is 130 pounds and don’t want to go lower. Don’t worry about the scale and what its gonna display. It can be a little freaky at first but KEEP GOING!

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Start Eating Clean!

December 11, 2013By 0 Comments

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What does “eating clean” exactly mean? While different resources found on the internet, in magazines, or even in TV shows seem to have a different opinion on the subject, there is always a basic foundation that anyone can follow. Eating clean can be a simple and easy process but only if you’re armed with the knowledge of how to do so.

The first step to eating clean is to understand what “clean” means. There is a misconception that foods that are considered high in fats and carbohydrates are not part of eating clean. Clean foods can actually contain fats, as well as carbohydrates. The difference between “clean” food and non “clean” foods is the nutritional value behind them. Take for example almond butter. This is considered a clean food even though it is a high in fat food. Why? It contains nutrients and vitamins that are healthy and necessary for our bodies. Look for foods that are closer to nature as much as possible and learn how to read the nutritional labels found on foods.

The next step to clean eating is avoiding the “dirty” eating. This is simple to point out, but very difficult for many to do. Fast foods, such as hamburgers, French fries, fried chicken, should be avoid altogether. Sugary drinks today contain an enormous amount of sugar compared to their older counter parts decades ago. Diet drinks, such as diet cola, should be avoided as well. Although they do not contain any calories, the chemicals in them, can do more harm than good.

A final step to consider when making the decision to eat clean comes of more in detail to how I finished the first step: eating foods closer to nature as is possible. In addition to knowing the nutritional value of what we eat, the chemicals in our food should be considered as well. A good rule of thumb is that if you cannot pronounce the ingredient listed, it should be avoided.  What about organic versus non organic? Fruits and vegetables that are not organic are still considered clean foods as they still contain nutritional value in them. Meats should be kept lean as possible and kept away from additives that do not occur naturally.

By keeping these three steps in mind, you will be able to start identifying the foods that make up “dirty” eating and void them. You will also be able to identify the foods that make up clean eating and begin making practical decisions on healthy eating habits. And in the end, you’ll discover that eating clean is not only beneficial for you and your health, but just as importantly, delicious as well!

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Work Out With Your Partner!

November 26, 2013By 0 Comments

you-and-your-husbandExercise has been known to be good for our bodies. Have you ever imagined how exercising can be good for your relationship too? You can strengthen your marital bonds and the abs at the same time. That’s killing two birds with one stone.

When we exercise a stress hormone known as cortisol is released. The next time you are angry at your spouse, don’t yell, jog it off.

When you exercise your body calms down and gives you the time to look the situation from a perspective of your partner. It also gives you time to think about what made you unhappy or angry in the first place. Other than making your bodies feel better, and reducing the anger, exercising has an effect on you sexual desire. Testosterone production is increased due to exercising the large muscle group of the body in men and women. This will in turn increase libido and improve performance sexually. There are some exercise couples can do to improve the blood flow in the body especially below the waist. This include lunges, pelvic tilts and squat. This will improve the sexual performance which also burns more calories.

In case you are looking for a workout that you can do outside your house, there are lots and lots of options. The best thing is to find something that is keeping with your dynamic and both of you love it.

One negative effect that this can cause if one partner becomes obsessed with his/her own physique. The other partner may start to feel inferior and this affects the relationship negatively. This would seem to be like a competition of who is better, and there is no thing that brings down a relationship fast than this.

If you rub this on your partners face, it will negatively affect your relationship and you may end up having more quarrels than fun in the relationship. It may even create between you and your partner.

If your spouse needs some little encouragement before getting up and going, you should be by her side giving it to her. That’s how you will have an advantage over people who do it alone. Being able to hold account for someone else can be a huge motivator.

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