Flat Tummy Tip

“My No. 1 tip: Do the ball exchange three times a week. Lay flat on your back with your arms above your head and legs straight out. Start with a stability ball above your head in your hands. Bring the ball up above your chest as you bring your legs up to meet the ball and place it between your ankles. Bring the ball back down to the floor with your legs and straighten your arms back out over your head.

Repeat the ball exchange 10 to 12 times, remembering to keep your lower back pressed into the floor as you do this move.”

— LaReine Chabut, author of Exercise Balls for Dummies

Chewing is the No. 1 tip I give to prevent bloating. Chew food until it is like applesauce in your mouth. Digestion begins in the mouth, and without proper chewing, food is not well-digested. Better-digested food means less gas and bloating.”

Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, author of The Flexitarian Diet

“Add boxing to your cardio routine. When you throw punches with weights or at a fast pace, you’re working your core in a way that helps to flatten your midsection. You must engage your core to throw punches, and twisting your torso works all the ab muscles.

Boxing also gives you a cardio workout that burns extra calories. Add 16 minutes of boxing three times a week to your regular cardio routine (30 minutes at high intensity four to five times a week), and you can lose up to 2 inches from your waist in four weeks. Simply throw punches while holding 1- or 2-pound weights for 8 minutes, alternating arms, then repeat without weights at a faster pace for 8 more minutes.”

Michael Olajide Jr. and Leila Fazel, co-founders of Aerospace High Performance Center in New York City

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February 15, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

February Oxygen on Stands

The new Oxygen is on stands now.  Also go to Oxygen’s website to get the Covergirl Mary Jarmolowich’s exercise plan, workout playlist from iTunes and nutrition strategy.  Click here.

January 19, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Healthy Snacks

From Women’s Health:

  • Kashi bars
  • Frozen peas or corn
  • Total yogurt
  • Apples (with maple syrup and walnuts)
  • Quaker express oatmeal
  • Soy chips
  • Frozen juice bars
  • Barbara’s Cinnamon Puffins
  • Licorice
  • Gum

AND if you want to try Kashi cereal for free click here!

January 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Tips for Successful Weightloss

From today’s Toronto Star, tips for weight loss, beauty and all in between.  Check it out here!

January 10, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

100 Tips from Trainers

Sweet Jebus this is a lot of tips so I’m not even going to try to list them all.

Check out all 100 here.

Update:

As I read through the 100 tips over the course of probably many days I will post ones I think are interesting or I’ve never heard before.

January 9, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Male Perspective, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

7 Fat Habits

The journal Obesity did a study on eating habits at an all-u-can-eat buffet and came up with 7 habits of obese people.  Here they are:

  1. They choose bigger plates and bigger cups over smaller ones.
  2. They ate while looking at the buffet (i.e. more food).
  3. They eat with efficiency and chose not to use chopsticks.  They would eat fast.
  4. They cleaned their plates.
  5. They chewed less before swallowing.
  6. They didn’t look over the buffet before dishing up – instead they started loading up from the get-go where as lean people scouted out the buffet and picked their top-fav dishes.
  7. They skipped breakfast.

January 9, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Interesting Articles, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

South Beach Diet Grocery List

Here’s the South Beach Diet grocery list for phase 1.  I have some books for their recipes and theory…not to follow like a bible.  I can’t quite believe the testimonies in them!  A few years ago I read it after Xmas and still follow some of the rules.

But they do have decent theories regarding what to eat and what to avoid (good – proteins, veggies; bad – bread and sugars).

The diet is broken down into 3 phases, each with their own restrictions.  Phase 1 is the most restrictive while Phase 3 is the least and it’s a lifestyle.

Here’s the grocery list:

Eggs are a good source of protein, vitamin B12, riboflavin, and selenium. Eggs are so versatile that you can enjoy them with any meal, whether it’s a breakfast frittata or omelet, a salad or sandwich for lunch, or a dinner casserole.

Fat-free or part-skim ricotta cheese is packed with calcium and can add a creamy flavor to many dishes without adding extra fat. Use ricotta cheese in breakfast recipes or to make dessert. Another Phase 1-friendly dessert? Simply mix a half cup of fat-free or part-skim ricotta cheese with some vanilla extract and top with a sprinkling of nuts — delicious.

Plain nonfat or plain low-fat yogurt is a good dairy choice because it’s rich in calcium and other minerals and also provides protein and B vitamins. Yogurt is great for an on-the-go breakfast or snack before or after a workout.

Lean deli meat is ideal for making roll-ups for a healthy snack. Just take a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter and spread it over some lean turkey, chicken or roast beef, place on a lettuce leaf, and roll up for a delicious mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack.

No-sugar-added Fudgsicles will satisfy your sweet tooth on Phase 1. Fudgsicles can be enjoyed as a Sweet Treat.

Tomato juice or vegetable-juice cocktail is rich in vitamin C, potassium, and lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that is shown to help prevent certain forms of cancer and help protect against heart disease. Vegetable-juice cocktail is a healthier alternative to fruit juice because it doesn’t have as much sugar and is made with 100 percent vegetables.

Extra-virgin olive oil is one of the healthiest oils because it contains heart-healthy omega-3 fats. It can be used to prepare a delicious stir-fry or create flavorful salad dressings.

Nuts are great to have on hand for a healthy snack. High in plant protein and fiber, nuts add crunch to salads and grain dishes. Because nuts and seeds are calorie-dense, however, they may cause your weight loss to stall if you eat too many, so stick to the recommended serving sizes.

Salad greens can be tossed with a South Beach Diet-friendly salad dressing for lunch or dinner. Darker varieties of lettuce like Romaine, green leaf, and red leaf offer more nutritional benefits than iceberg.

Part-skim cheese sticks make healthy mid-morning snacks. Be sure to choose varieties that contain six grams of fat or less per ounce.

January 8, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Weight Loss Tips. 2 comments.

Mindful Eating

Here’s a practice I need to adopt.  From EverydayHealth.com:

Q: I tell myself the reason I can’t lose weight is that I love food. But in reality, I often find myself eating so fast I barely taste it. I’ve read a little bit about mindful eating. Can you explain more about it? How can it help me lose weight?

  • Monitor hunger and fullness. Pause before eating and ask yourself: How long since I last ate? Am I really hungry? And in the case of between-meal snacking: Why am I eating? What do I really need (for example, a way to reduce stress or to reward myself)?
  • Pay attention to your food. Eliminate unnecessary distractions. Look at the food on your plate and take time to smell it, savor the smell, and notice texture, colors, and portion sizes. Slow down to fully appreciate the experience of preparing to eat as opposed to just racing to consume calories unnoticed.
  • Eat slowly. Take the time to cut up your food or take smaller bites. Chew your food, notice its flavors, and pause between bites. Make eating a complete experience.
  • Monitor hunger and fullness again. Check in with yourself periodically so you will know when to stop eating based on fullness — not “empty-the-plate-ness.”  

January 8, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

German Magazine Bans Skinny Models

The German magazine Brigitte is banning superskinny models – click here to read the short article.

January 8, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Interesting Articles. Leave a comment.

7 Upgrades for the New Year

I was just reading this on my own but thought it would be helpul here too.  It’s from Men’s Health and they also mention another fav of mine, Mary Hunt of Debt Proof Living.  Here are MH’s 7 upgrades for the new year:

  1. Go back to the gym (or wherever you work out)
  2. Manage your money (go to debtproofliving.com)
  3. Declutter (trash, donate, sell – just get rid of it if  you haven’t used it in 3 months)
  4. Experiment with spices (and update your rack – spices are good for only about 6 months)
  5. Help out with kids (your own or in the community – be a role model)
  6. Donate to charities
  7. Drink some champagne – it’s recession cheap along with most wines!

January 5, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Interesting Articles. Leave a comment.

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