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Fitness Tip#240 - November 2, 2012

Friday, November 02, 2012

4 Reasons You Don't Have The Body You Want (3 of 4)

You're Polluted

Remember Britney Spears? She wasn’t exactly a rocket scientist, but she might have been on to something when she sang, “You’re toxic!”

Environmental toxins -pollution, cigarette smoke, cosmetics, metal tooth fillings, prescription drugs, and mercury in fish – are stored in fat cells, and have the potential to wreak havoc on your body.

Since your body is smart, and prioritizes survival over ripped abs, it refuses to use these fat cells for fuel. Doing so would release these toxins into general circulation. Essentially, you are holding onto these fat cells so the toxins don't make you ill.

So how do we get rid of these unwanted guests, become less toxic, and drop that last chunk of stubborn body fat? You could take measures ranging from infrared saunas, detoxifying foot baths, chelation therapy, all the way to liver and GI tract detoxifying diets. These methods can help you remove metals and toxins from your system.

Such measures can be fairly dramatic depending on the source of the toxicity. Consult a specialist before taking on any type of intervention, to determine what, if anything, is appropriate.



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LIV2RIDE 11/6/2012 9:34AM

    For me I find eating an organic plant based diet and drinking lots of water helps. A lot of the toxins we put in our body comes from our environment and our food.

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GRACEISENUF 11/2/2012 8:00PM

    Very interesting.

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PROUD-GRANDMA 11/2/2012 6:03PM

    Drink lots of water also to help flush the toxins out!

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4 Reasons You Don't Have The Body You Want (2 of 4)

Thursday, November 01, 2012

You're Intolerant

This one is a real kick in the pants. You eat everything you’re supposed to - eggs, fish, lean meat, gluten-free whole grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables - and yet, you can't shake those last five pounds of fat.

You could have a more stealth version of a food allergy: a food intolerance. Such an intolerance causes inflammation in the body. Not a full-blown, swollen-faced allergic reaction, but low-level inflammation that keeps your system from running smoothly.

If your system isn't running correctly, dropping fat is the least of your problems. Eggs, nuts, soy, wheat and dairy are the "Big Five" when it comes to food intolerances but you can be intolerant to anything from garlic to parsley to pineapple to eggplant. And, chances are, the more you eat something (and people tend to eat the same things when on a fat loss plan) the more likely your body will become intolerant to it. I told you it was a kick in the pants.

Things such as food intolerance tests (performed through blood work) and elimination diets can identify the culprits. Eliminating these foods might be all you need to jump start your training program.

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GRACEISENUF 11/1/2012 5:15PM

    Good info. I am asking God to help me kick the sugar addiction. Day 2 and he gets all the glory!

Sure miss your sweet wife on SP...tell her hi for me okay? Give her a hug too while you are at it. :)

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LADYJ6942 11/1/2012 12:03PM

    Oh so true. Diet/exercise get stagnet and you've gotta shake it all up from time to time. Good luck

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Fitness Tip#238 - October 31, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

4 Reasons You Don't Have The Body You Want (1 of 4)

You're in a bad relationship

Bad relationships lead to stress, and there are few things worse for your body composition than stress.

This applies to much more than romantic relationships. Overbearing parents and in-laws, an abusive boss, and needy co-workers, friends, and acquaintances, can stress out your system and cause you to hold onto fat, especially in the abdominal region.

Cutting bad relationships can be difficult – sometimes impossible. You’re pretty much stuck with the parents and in-laws, and unless you switch jobs, the boss and co-workers aren’t leaving either. But make an effort to cut as many toxic people out of your life as possible and you will be happier and healthier for it.

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Fitness Tip#237 - October 30, 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dried Fruits

Consuming dried fruits can easily put out your fat-burning fire. While they may be portable and convenient, you should avoid them when dieting. Most dried fruits contain added sugars, which quickly elevate your insulin level, putting the brakes on fat loss. Another big problem with dried fruit is the lack of water. The water content of the fruit actually plays a significant role in how full you feel after you eat it. Scientists call this energy density. A study by researchers at Pennsylvania State University and published in the May 2005 issue of the "Journal of the American Dietetic Association," indicates that foods with higher water content, like fresh fruits and vegetables, make you feel fuller than foods with lower water content, like dried fruits and higher-fat foods. In addition to not feeling as satisfied, it's easy to consume a lot more dried fruit than fresh fruit. Most people have no problem eating six to eight dried apricot halves but would never eat four whole apricots in one sitting.

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Fitness Tip#236 - October 29, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Protein Powder Supplements

Having protein at each meal is an effective strategy for managing hunger, and protein shakes are a convenient way to get that added protein. But beware of hidden calories that could be creeping into your favorite protein powder. To improve taste and make more enticing flavors, many supplement companies have started sneaking in added sugar and fats to formerly pure protein powders. Some popular brands have as much as 6 g of fat, 13 g of carbohydrates and 80 extra unwanted calories per scoop -- and that can add up.

To avoid the excess fat and calories, read the labels carefully and choose a protein powder that contains no more than 5 g of carbohydrates and no more than 3 g of fat. Then add your own healthier carbohydrates and fats by blending it with berries and nuts. These choices will give you more fiber, healthier fats and more nutrients -- all of which will help improve your weight loss and overall health.

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MAGGIEVAN 10/29/2012 3:54PM

    Unless one is a body builder, I don't think protein shakes are a necessity. I think it is better just to eat a bit of protein with each meal and maybe something light just after intensive exercise. Thank you however for sharing the hidden dangers in these "engineered" drinks.

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