Weight Loss & Training http://weightlossandtraining.com Weight Loss Tips & Workout Routines Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:06:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 How to Get a Flatter Tummy Almost Instantly http://weightlossandtraining.com/how-to-get-a-flatter-tummy-almost-instantly http://weightlossandtraining.com/how-to-get-a-flatter-tummy-almost-instantly#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:06:35 +0000 http://weightlossandtraining.com/?p=15424 There are a few smart tricks you can implement that will help you reduce that bloated tummy feeling. It's not as hard as you think...

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How to Get a Flatter Tummy Almost Instantly

What You Eat & Your Tummy

You probably know by now which foods to avoid if you want to get healthy and fit, but you may not be aware of the foods that cause bloating.

Avoiding excess bloating is an easy way to keep your tummy flat and feel healthy and toned. Some foods are really big offenders when it comes to bloating. Here’s what to look out for…

4 Foods that Cause Bloating

Salty & Processed Foods

Sodium is the one you’re probably most familiar with. Sodium rich foods or those high in salt cause your body to retain water, and this can make your waistline feel a couple of inches bigger than it really is. If you want a flatter tummy, cut down on the salt.

Nine times out of ten, this also means cutting out processed foods, which tend to contain a lot of salt. Salt is used a preservative in packaged foods.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Despite their many health properties, veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts can really expand your tummy. This is due to their high fiber content. I’m not suggesting you avoid these items altogether (because they are healthy), but instead time them appropriately when you know you’re going to be exposing some skin! For instance it may be a good idea to avoid these veggies just before heading out for the evening, or before your yoga session.

Artificial Sweeteners & Diet Foods

I’m always pushing for a whole foods diet, but one of the reasons is that it’s also less likely to produce bloating. Artificial foods with tons of chemicals, including artificial sweeteners, are likely to make you feel gassy and puffy. They can also screw up your appetite and blood sugar levels.  In fact, I found out that most protein powders are full of these artificial chemicals and that is what causes the intestinal discomfort and hence why I recommend a natural protein powder like Optimum 100% Natural Whey which is nice and clean and doesn’t cause any bloating.

Soda & Carbonated Beverages

Anything carbonated is just putting a lot of air into your tummy, and that’s going to make you feel a lot bigger (and less fit) than you are. If you’re on a healthy diet, you should be avoiding soda as it is, but if you want to enjoy a carbonated beverage, this may be another one that you want to time accordingly.

Need to get a little more serious about burning belly fat? Check out my article on How to Torch Belly Fat in 6 Weeks.

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5 Best Superfoods to Boost Your Mood & Energy http://weightlossandtraining.com/5-best-superfoods-boost-mood-energy http://weightlossandtraining.com/5-best-superfoods-boost-mood-energy#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:55:20 +0000 http://weightlossandtraining.com/?p=15401 It's always fun to experiment with different foods that are hitting the grocery stores. Check out these top 5 superfood picks for boosting your mood & energy.

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5 Best Superfoods to Boost Your Mood & Energy

The Best Superfoods for Balance & Stamina

It’s always fun to experiment with different foods that are hitting the grocery stores and lately I’ve come across some pretty awesome superfoods that pack a punch nutrient-wise.

These five are great not for only yourself but your entire family.

But before we get to the list, let’s be clear on what makes a superfood a superfood. Ultimately it all comes down to the nutritional content. Superfoods are foods that contain more of certain vitamins and minerals, electrolytes, antioxidants, or other phytonutrients than most foods.

And this is why they can be so transformative. Not only can some of them boost metabolism or help turn-around aging, they can have a huge impact on your overall health – everything from how much energy you have to how well you feel. Energy and mood are just two of the things that have improved for me as a result of including more superfoods in my diet.

Think of this as a starter list for the superfood hero. If you’ve already tried a few, make sure you cover everything on this list.

Top 5 Superfoods to Boost Your Energy

  1. Coconut

I know this is a big one lately, but it really is a diet game changer. I’m just recommending coconut more generally, because this superfood comes in so many forms. Coconut is a great source of energy, and contains fats that really boost your metabolism. These kinds of healthy fats also improve mood and concentration.

Try adding a couple of tablespoons of Nutiva Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil to your morning smoothie or cereal, and watch your mental energy totally improve.  Another amazing recent find you will love is Artisana Organic Raw Coconut Butter, it’s incredibly healthy and you can spread it on toast or even baked yam to give it an incredible kick of goodness

  1. Chia Seeds

This is another one I like to blend into my smoothies. Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids to boost mood, enhance metabolism, and maintain energy for longer. They’re also high in protein, which means they’re going to keep you full longer and help build lean muscle mass.

Check out these Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds – they can be sprinkled on a salad, stirred into oatmeal, or blended into a shake.

  1. Raw Honey

You can’t overdo this one, but if you’re looking for a superfood replacement for refined sugar, honey is your go-to. Raw honey is probably the best. I add a tablespoon to my smoothies and find it gives me a big energy boost. Plus it contains natural antibacterial properties and can boost your immune system!

  1. Spirulina

This superfood is technically blue-green algae, but it’s surprisingly high in protein as well as fiber, and it contains a ton of iron, beta-carotene, antioxidants, and healthy fatty acids. All of these things make this a great mood and energy enhancer.

Add a little NOW Spirulina Powder to your diet today – you can’t go wrong with this one.

  1. Hemp

Like coconut, hemp comes in many forms. But of all the plant-based protein sources, hemp is probably the best one you can find. Try adding Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein to your diet if you’re looking for a dairy alternative to your shakes.

Hemp milk is also great, and probably the healthiest dairy replacement when all things are considered. You can also try hempseeds and hemp oil, depending on what’s easiest. Hemp is packed full of vitamins and minerals to keep you moving, and keep you balanced!

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Why You Don't Need to Count Calories Ever Again

Take a More Realistic Approach to Dieting

Counting calories is just as bad as counting the number of grey hairs you have or the number of wrinkles on your face.  It doesn’t help you address the problem and instead makes you fixate on something that is pretty much pointless. It’s time for a new mindset, a mindset that strives for change and does so in an optimistic and positive energy manner.

In fact, when I started this blog I chose “weight loss” as a mindset I specifically wanted to break apart. If you’ve tried calorie counting you’ve probably been left feeling really hungry, and not having enough energy to get through your workouts nor recover properly.

It turns out that calorie counting only works to a point. If you’re really overweight or have issues with overeating more generally, restricting foods and hence calories obviously will help with weight management. But it’s not sustainable, and there are a lot of ways that it just doesn’t make sense.

Here’s why…

All Calories Are Not Created Equal

This is the biggest problem with calorie counting – it’s based on the idea that all that matters are calories, regardless of where they come from. But where they come from is really important. It’s true that one calorie is one unit of energy provided by food, but you also need to think of where those calories come from.

Junk Food is Junk Food, Regardless of Calories

And here’s the biggest problem. By basing your diet strictly on number of calories consumed, you can essentially allow those calories to come from anywhere, including junk food. But to get really healthy, you have to worry more about what you’re eating. By that I mean the nutritional composition of your food, the ingredients involved, and how the food you eat can actually help you burn more fat.

Calorie Counting Can Lead to Nutrient Deprivation

Enjoyed the occasional microwavable dinner? According to a calorie counting approach, this kind of processed and prepared food is just fine, because all that matters is the calorie content. But what really matters is the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals you provide your body with. And thinking about those is way more effective than thinking about calories which can ultimately lead to malnourishment.

So what’s the best approach?

You still need to read your food labels, but even more closely than before. Rather than just looking at calories without any concern over where they come from, I want you to think about what’s in your food. Certain fats, like Omega 3’s for example, can really boost your metabolism and help you control weight despite their higher calorie content. Protein and fiber are also better at keeping you full and satisfied, and the best sources for fiber are fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruit which also pack a ton of healthy vitamins and minerals.

It’s time for a change, haven’t you had enough?  Start with emptying your cupboards of all that processed junk and go to the grocery store with a focus to buy as many fresh products as you possibly can.

What all of this means is that taking a quality over quantity approach to dieting is way more effective, especially is your fitness goals involve getting in shape, toning, or building muscle. It’s time to get out of the calorie counting mindset once and for all.

If you need extra help and want more research check out my Common Sense Diet Plan . And for more tips about specific foods to look for, and foods that can actually help you burn more fat and enhance health, check out The Fast Metabolism Diet.

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The Skinny Jeans Workout

Tone that Butt

We all think it, and yet so many yet still go for those tight jeans without having the booty to make it really work!

The good news is that it doesn’t take that much to really tone those thighs and butt if you put two pieces of the puzzle together.

The first piece of the puzzle?  It’s a no-brainer with a pretty healthy nutrient dense diet that keeps it light on the carbs is the way to go on this one.  So what does low carbs mean do you ask?

Well the good news is that you can win the battle easier if you include the high fiber carbs light oats, veggies and even grains like quinoa.  And the better news is that the best way to limit the bad carbs is simply to watch the sugar content of anything you are putting in your body.  You’ll find sugar hiding it’s ugly head in sauces (like ketchup, teriyaki) and definitely in almost any canned drink you can get in the grocery store so just skip these.  Go for healthy alternatives like fresh salsa and water with lemon juice.

Ok now you got the hard part covered, so the next step is pretty textbook.  You got just got to go for this 15 minute leg workout 3-4 times a week on top of any routine you are already doing.

Do each exercise back-to-back and repeat the entire circuit a total number of 3 times.

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4 Moves for Insanely Toned Abs

Get Ripped in 4 Abdominal Moves

I was at the gym the other day and running short on time, but needed to fit in a solid ab workout. You’ve probably been in this kind of situation yourself, but luckily abs are the easiest thing to tackle when you’re tight on time.

In fact, with the right exercises, you can actually see pretty good results in just a few moves a couple times a week.

Today we’re going to review which 4 abdominal moves are the best when you’re short on time but still want to see results.

Now doing this routine once a week won’t be enough. But by taking 15-20 minutes 2 or 3 times a week, you’ll see insanely toned abs in just a few weeks.

Ready to maximize your ab workout?

Toned Abs in 4 Killer Moves

Hammer out the following exercises, keeping your rest periods between sets to no more than 20 seconds.

1. Ab Crunch on Stability Ball, 3 sets
Aim for 3 sets of this challenging twist on the classic crunch. Make sure you are keeping your core muscles stable throughout and not rocking back and forth on the ball. The balancing you need to do will totally tone your ab muscles.

To view this exercise, click here.

2. Russian Twist, 3 sets
Hold on to your stability ball, and grab a medicine ball to knock out 3 sets of this abdominal and core exercise. Balance is key for this one too, and it’s great for your obliques as well as your abs.

To view this exercise, click here.

3. One-Legged Ab Crunch on Bosu Ball, 2 sets
Moving on to the bosu ball, this simple move is way more challenging than it looks. By incorporating leg movements, it really hits the lower part of your abs well, and gives your abs a killer toned look. The trick for this one is not only balance, but pace. Make sure you move slowly and in control and you bring your knees up toward your torso.

To view this exercise, click here.

4. Ab Twist with Cable Rope, 1 set per side
Finish off with 2 sets of cable rope twist, doing the same number of reps per side. This one is great for strengthening your core muscles and toning your obliques. Plus it will improve your ab strength in the rest of you workouts.

To view this exercise, click here.

Think you got it? It’s just 4 moves, but it’s a pretty intense little ab workout. To go into this one with a ton of energy and stamina, try the energy-boosting supplement Dyma-Burn Xtreme. It will also boost your metabolism so you can burn the extra fat needed to see all your hard work.

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12 Snacks for Flat Abs http://weightlossandtraining.com/12-snacks-for-flat-abs http://weightlossandtraining.com/12-snacks-for-flat-abs#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:11:41 +0000 http://weightlossandtraining.com/?p=15365 These 12 healthy snacks have quite a creative twist that are definitely going to satisfy your cravings and help you get flat-abs.

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12 Snacks for Flat Abs

Keep the Cravings at Bay and Stay Fit!

If you’re like me you’re always on the lookout for new healthy snacks, so I thought I’d share with you some of my latest finds.

The biggest challenge of course is that although we all like to snack, the wrong snacks can totally screw up all your  attempts at getting flat abs. The trick is knowing what to look for in a healthy snack, and going for foods that help boost your metabolism and help you burn fat.

You’re going to like these, check out these snacks.

Healthy Snacks to Keep You Toned and Fit

Beet Chips & Dip
Toss some raw beet slices with olive oil and sea salt, and bake for 15-20 minutes. Use some baba ghanoush to dip them in, and you’ve got a nutritious chips-and-dip alternative.

Zesty Watermelon
Looking for something really fresh? Squeeze a little lime juice on a few watermelon slices and sprinkle with cayenne pepper and chopped pistachios.

Dried Fruit & Cheese
My favorite combo is dried apricots and Gouda cheese. Keep your portions low, and you’ll satisfy your sweet and salty cravings at the same time.

Veggies & Guacamole
Slice up some carrots and celery, and use some home-made or prepared all-natural guacamole for dip. It’s a low-fat spin on veggies and dip.

Sliced Banana & Almond Butter
I like to chill the banana for 10 minutes before slicing it up with a tablespoon of all-natural almond butter on the side.

Steamed Edamame
Just steam the edamame, and toss with a little olive oil, sea salt, and garlic powder (as desired). For a creative twist add truffle oil instead of olive oil!

Loaded Celery Sticks
Grab a couple celery sticks, top with cottage cheese (about a tablespoon per stick), and sprinkle with fresh dill and chopped green onion.

Cucumbers & Greek Yogurt
Slice half a cucumber lengthwise and dip in some plain, non-fat Greek yogurt.

Nutty Coconut Pears
Slice up a pear into ¼-inch slices, spread on a little almond or cashew butte (all-natural), and sprinkle with a little shredded coconut.

Carrots & Hummus
A classic healthy snack, this one can’t be forgotten. It’s low in calories and pretty satisfying!

Steamed Artichoke
Steam a whole artichoke, and dip the leaves in a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar as you enjoy their meaty tips.

Cheesy Cauliflower
Toss some cauliflower florets with a little olive oil, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper, and roast in the oven on broil for 10-12 minutes.

Looking for some snacks that are especially helpful (and healthy!) at night? Check out my Healthy Snacks at Night here, and my Healthy Late Night Snacks for those really late nigh cravings.

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Burn More Calories Breakfast Ideas http://weightlossandtraining.com/burn-more-calories-breakfast-ideas http://weightlossandtraining.com/burn-more-calories-breakfast-ideas#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:04:48 +0000 http://weightlossandtraining.com/?p=15368 Fight the fat and burn more calories with these 5 high protein breakfast ideas that will satisfy and help feed your muscles the nutrients they need.

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Burn More Calories Breakfast Ideas

Start Your Day with a Little Muscle Fuel

I hope you’re in this one with me in being a a big supporter of the idea that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s your first punch of energy after a night of starving your muscles, so you’ve got to do it right, especially if you’re trying to tone up and increase your lean muscle.

Now you’d probably agree that breakfast is also the meal that gets the most boring for us in terms of options. Whether it’s eggs or oatmeal, even the healthiest quick breakfast ideas can grow old fast.

That’s why we’re going to look at 5 awesome high-protein breakfast ideas that I did research on to make sure that you check all the boxes when it comes to the nutrients your muscles require.

If it’s not obvious already the reason protein is so important is that it also keeps you feeling full and preventing that effort-damaging sweet tooth to poke its ugly head and wreak havoc on your healthy eating plan.

I hope you enjoy these options, I know for one I’m going to be trying at least one of them this week and your goal should be to do the same!

5 of the Best High-Protein Breakfasts to Burn More Calories

  1. Egg & Avocado Breakfast Wrap

Keep a few whole grain tortilla wraps on hand for this one. Just scramble up 2-3 whole eggs, toss them in the wrap with a little salt and pepper, and top with half an avocado, cut into slices. The avocado will add a ton of satisfying flavor, and it comes with its own dose of protein!

  1. Egg White & Oats Breakfast Bowl

In a cereal bowl, add 1 serving of plain quick oats, the corresponding amount of water, a handful of frozen blueberries, and 1-2 egg whites. Throw in a dash of cinnamon, and heat in the microwave on higher for 2 minutes or until cooked. The egg whites add a whole new texture to your oatmeal, and some protein to boot!

  1. Greek Yogurt & Quinoa Parfait

Granola is pretty high in fat and sugar, so I’m offering up a healthier alternative to the classic parfait. Start with about 1/2 a cup or so of plain non-fat Greek yogurt (this stuff is super high in protein). Then grab some plain, unseasoned quinoa (also high in protein) from last night’s dinner from the fridge, and sprinkle on a couple of tablespoons before adding fresh berries.

  1. Banana & Nut Breakfast Cup

This one is great for on-the-go. Grab a tall cup or mug, add a sliced up (and preferably chilled) banana, and top with 1/2 a cup of low-fat cottage cheese. Finish off with some chopped walnuts for an energy-packed, high protein meal.

  1. Casein Whey Breakfast Smoothie

This last one is pretty versatile. Start with about a cup of dairy alternative (almond or coconut milk work well) in a blender. Add 1/2 a cup of frozen fruit of your choice, 2 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt, some hemp hearts or chia seeds (or both – these are also high in protein), and some ice. The last (and most important) ingredient is a scoop of casein whey protein. The reason casein protein is so good in the morning is that it takes longer to digest, which means it will fuel your muscles for longer than traditional whey protein. One of the best casein protein supplements on the market is Optimum 100% Casein Protein. Simply blend on high and enjoy!

Looking for more healthy breakfast ideas? Also check out 10 of the Best Healthy Breakfast Alternatives here.

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9 Total-Body Moves to Tone Your Arms, Abs, & Butt http://weightlossandtraining.com/9-total-body-moves-to-tone-your-arms-abs-butt http://weightlossandtraining.com/9-total-body-moves-to-tone-your-arms-abs-butt#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:13:58 +0000 http://weightlossandtraining.com/?p=15366 Here's a 30-minute workout that is specifically designed to target 3 areas that trouble most of us—the arms, abs, and butt.

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9 Total-Body Moves to Tone Your Arms, Abs, & Butt

Get Total-Body Fit in One Workout

You’re in for a treat with this new total-body workout, that will help you focus on 3 of the biggest problem areas most of us have a challenge with toning—the arms, abs, and butt. You’ve probably already tried a number of different exercises but doing these ones in conjunction will definitely put a smile on your face when you look in the mirror in a few weeks time!

All you need is 30 minutes for this workout. Use it a as a bonus routine on the weekend, or throw it into your weekly workout program.

Ready to get seriously toned?

The Arms/Abs/Butt Total-Body Workout

Run through the following exercises in this order. Spend no more than 30 seconds between sets. Also aim for maximum rep output, so that you’re reaching muscle fatigue at the end of each set.

  1. TOTAL-BODY: 2 sets of lunge and press, each side
    (view exercise)
  2. ARMS: 2 sets of bicep curl with barbell
    (view exercise)
  3. ABS: 2 sets of ab crunch on stability ball
    (view exercise)
  4. BUTT: 2 sets of barbell squat
    (view exercise)
  5. TOTAL-BODY: 1 set of woodchopper, each side
    (view exercise)
  6. ARMS: 2 sets of overhead tricep rope extensions
    (view exercise)
  7. ABS: 1 set of rope ab twist, each side
    (view exercise)
  8. BUTT: 2 sets of barbell deadlifts
    (view exercise)
  9. TOTAL-BODY: 1 set of bosu ball single-leg squats, each leg
    (view exercise)

If you’re feeling sluggish before your workout then make sure you fuel up with a post-workout shake to get the most out of this total-body routine. One of my favorite classic protein powders is Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion. It’s one of the tastiest proteins around, especially the chocolate milk flavor.

One other great protein shake addition after your workouts is the healthy carb mix Optimum 100% Natural Oats & Whey. It’s another one than really satisfies, and gives your arms, abs, and butt what they need to recover so you can go even harder in your next workout and that’s the only way you’re going to progress and see the results you want to see.

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The Simple Elimination Diet that Could Change Your Life http://weightlossandtraining.com/simple-elimination-diet-that-could-change-your-life http://weightlossandtraining.com/simple-elimination-diet-that-could-change-your-life#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 01:44:24 +0000 http://weightlossandtraining.com/?p=15367 This is a simple, flexible, & no-nonsense elimination strategy that could really help you boost your energy & metabolism as well as provide a number of other health benefits.

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The Simple Elimination Diet that Could Change Your Life

Get Seriously Healthy with these Simple Changes

I’m all about a no-nonsense approach when it comes to dieting and eating healthy.

As I’m sure you agree, diet fads and trends can get pretty frustrating to sort out, and in most cases they just don’t end up working long-term.

Today I’ve got something a little different for you. It’s simple, it’s flexible, and it’s definitely no-nonsense.

It is an elimination approach to dieting. All I mean by that is that it involves removing some stuff from your diet in order to lose weight, tone up, and boost energy. It’s hard to avoid elimination altogether, because there are a lot of ingredients hiding in almost everything we buy out there, but I promise this is going to be a feasible approach.

This handful of simple eating rules could literally transform your life, so give these rules a try for the next 30 days. See how you feel, watch your energy levels when you’re working out and figure out what’s best for you.

The Simple Food Rules that Could Change Your Life Forever

Rule #1 – Eliminate Dairy

Again, you only have to try this for 30 days, but the hormones and antibiotics given to dairy cows have recently been linked to a number of poor health outcomes. Most importantly, if you have even a slight dairy allergy it could aggravate other health problems and make pre-existing pain worse. Try replacing dairy products with other alternatives (like coconut milk or almond milk) and see how you feel!

Rule #2 – Eliminate Soy

Now this may sound difficult considering I just asked you to eliminate dairy products from your diet, but soy is perhaps even worse. The problem with soy is that it’s highly processed, and in addition to that, it has a high amount of pesticide and herbicide use. Going organic can help, but then there are also risks of it interfering with hormone levels. I say avoid this one altogether. Again for a healthier alternatives, try almond, rice, or coconut milk.

Rule #3 – Eliminate Wheat

This one is probably the toughest one on this list. But again, I’m only suggesting you try it for 30 days and see how you feel. A lot of people report improvements in energy levels, sleep, and fat loss when removing wheat products from their diet. It’s definitely the hardest in the first couple of days, but stick with it. It gets easier. For replacements, go with things like quinoa, whole grain brown rice, and barley.

For more information, read my article Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight.

Rule #4 – Eliminate Processed Sugar

Sugar is difficult because it’s added to nearly everything today – an estimated 80% of processed and packaged foods are said to contain added sugar! It’s also addictive, as a lot of studies are showing now, which can make it difficult to eliminate at first. But once you’re off it, you’ll find that your energy levels stay more consistent throughout the day. Go ahead and enjoy fruit and other foods that contain sugar naturally, but in moderation.

Read my article on How to Quit Sugar in 30 Days here.

Rule #5 – Eliminate Alcohol

So this one’s more of a temporary experiment for your body, but if you’re really trying to lose weight or tone up, alcohol is going to interfere with that goal. This is because it’s really high in calories. So at least try taking a break!

Pretty simple, right? Of course you still want to make smart decisions all around, like avoiding fried foods and junk foods, but give these strategies a try for the next 30 days. I’m pretty sure you’ll like how you feel – and look!

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Super Kale Juice Recipe http://weightlossandtraining.com/super-kale-juice-recipe http://weightlossandtraining.com/super-kale-juice-recipe#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 17:18:12 +0000 http://weightlossandtraining.com/?p=13246 Kale is one of the most popular super foods to include in your diet due to it's nutrient-density. Try this amazing, super healthy kale juice recipe today!

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Super Kale Juice Recipe

Nutrition Value of Kale!

Kale is one of the most popular super foods to include in your diet, and for good reason. If you still need an excuse to start eating the crispy green stuff, here are 10…

Health Benefits of Kale

  • Kale is low in calories and contains zero fat, so it won’t ruin your weight loss efforts.

  • Kale is high in iron, even higher than beef! For anyone whose energy levels are slumping, this can be an easy and natural fix.
  • Kale is high in Vitamin K, which has been shown in studies to protect against a number cancers. It also plays an important role in maintaining bone health and a number of other bodily processes.
  • Kale has anti-inflammatory properties, helping to minimize symptoms of arthritis, asthma, and various other autoimmune disorders.
  • Kale is packed full of antioxidants to support overall health, fight against cancer, and even help you lose weight!
  • Kale supports cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol levels and keeping your heart in check.
  • Kale is high in Vitamin A, an important vitamin for supporting the health of your eyes and skin. It also protects against certain types of cancer, like lung cancer.
  • Kale is high in Vitamin C, which is not only a powerful antioxidant, but also a great immune-booster, protecting you from the common cold and other viral infections.
  • Kale is high in calcium, so for anyone looking for a natural, plant-based source in place of dairy products, this is a great option. Regardless, adding kale to your diet can be a great way to boost your overall calcium intake.
  • Kale is a powerful natural detox, containing a number of phytonutrients and enough fiber to clean up your system and get your feeling healthy and refreshed.

What’s the catch with kale?

Although kale is a great super food, many people have a hard time getting over the bitter taste. Kale chips are one good option, but personally, I think the best way to get more kale is to juice it. Juicing is an easy way to get many of the health benefits of fruits and vegetables without any of the work.

So here’s a super healthy (and super tasty) kale juice recipe to keep you healthy and fit…

Super Healthy Kale Juice

Throw the following ingredients into your juicer and enjoy! If you don’t have a juicer, all of the softer ingredients on this list can easily be put in a blender and mixed with some almond milk, water, and/or juice.

And kale isn’t the only super food in this juice recipe…

  • 3-4 medium kale leaves
  • 1 collard leaf
  • 1/2 of a bunch of parsley
  • 1 handful of fresh spinach
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 broccoli floret
  • 1 apple (core removed)
  • 1/4 of a lime

That’s it! The apple, lime, and carrot in this recipe add a little sweetness to the mix, and make enjoying kale (and these other healthy ingredients) a breeze.

For more great juicing recipes, check out my 5 Juicing Recipes for Weight Loss. Also see my article on 7 Super Healthy Foods to Keep in Your Kitchen.

Have any questions or feedback about this Super Kale Juice Recipe? Please leave a comment below…

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