Atkins Diet Gets An Update

The high protein low carb diet born of the 70s and highly critized (especially since the author died of heart disease!) gets an update.  The new version includes more veggies but it still pretty low carb.  I guess they are trying to address some of the criticisms.  Check it out here.

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March 26, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Interesting Articles, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Steaming Vegetables

Vegetables are a staple for any diet…I’ve upped my intake and now steam my veggies in the microwave.  I take about 3 meals and 1 snack to school/work with me (per my nutritionist).  

From SouthbeachDiet.com:

On the Stovetop:

  1. Add one or two inches of water to a large pot and bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Prepare your vegetables for cooking: After washing thoroughly, cut them into equal-sized pieces to ensure even cooking.
  3. Place your steaming basket (a specially designed tool that fits inside a pot and holds food just above the surface of the water) in the pot of water. Or use a bamboo steamer, which sits above steaming water
  4. Add vegetables and cover.
  5. Cook until vegetables reach the desired texture. In general, most vegetables require only one or two minutes of steaming, since steam is even hotter than boiling water. If you like your veggies tender, cook a little longer; if you prefer crunchy veggies, cook for a shorter period. Be careful not to overcook, or you’ll end up with mushy vegetables.
  6. Carefully remove the lid (remember, the steam can burn your hands!) and take the vegetables out of the basket. Serve them immediately with a South Beach Diet–friendly sauce or seasoning, including lemon juice and any spice (that doesn’t contain added sugar) or with fresh chopped herbs, such as parsley or basil.

In the Microwave:

  1. Prepare your vegetables for cooking: After washing thoroughly, cut vegetables into equal-sized pieces to ensure even cooking.
  2. If you have the plastic bags made especially for microwave steaming, follow the directions on the box; otherwise place vegetables in a large, microwave-safe bowl (a glass bowl, for example) and follow the rest of the steps below.
  3. Add water to cover your vegetables — the water should be shallow in the bowl.
  4. Cover the bowl with microwave-safe plastic wrap and fold back in one spot to allow steam to vent.
  5. Microwave on high for four to eight minutes (depending on the thickness of the vegetables) or until your veggies reach the desired texture. Serve with a South Beach Diet–recommended sauce or seasoning.

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Work Out (Harder) in Less Time

Study from McMaster University in Ontario:

“Short-duration, high-intensity training sessions may be just as effective as longer duration, less intense exercise. Simply put, you can do your workout in just 20 minutes and still see the benefits.”

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Truths Behind 9 Fitness Lies

Find out here..take the quiz and find the truth!

March 14, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Avoid Workout Burnout

I’m guilty of some of these….from MSN.com:

The Honeymoon You never miss a workout in attempt to drop a few dress sizes in a month. Solution? Less can be more.  Don’t expect too much too soon (see below) and your body actually builds muscle on the rest days!  Burn more fat the day after than during the cardio!  Watch this video about the day-after-fat-burn.

Disenchantment You don’t see results right away so you give up. Solution? Set mini goals, take pictures and measurements every week.

Stalling Boredom with the workouts leads to any excuse to not work out.  Solution? Change up your routines, the machines you use, sign up for a 5K run, play some sports, even 21 at the local schoolground hoop.

Frustation and Surrender Life gets in the way and you work out less as fitness slips from priority.  Solution? Make a schedule and stick to it.  For 1 week.  Then make a new one for 2 weeks, changing things as needed…maybe work only one body part per day, with 15min on a machine…or do a 2 day split  and cardio on off days.  Or plan out meals and see how it goes!

March 12, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Kelly Ripa Voted Best Arms

From Celebrity Diet:

Straight Curl Stand holding a barbell in each hand with palms facing up. Curl barbells toward your chest and back down for one rep. Do three sets of 12 to 15 reps.

The 21s Start as the same exercise above but when you’re in the curl only curl up until arms are parallel to the ground. Do not go all the way up to the chest. Do one set of 21 reps. Then do the exercise again but start at the half-way point and curl all the way up to the chest. Do one set of 21 reps.

Triceps Kickback Holding a dumbbell in one hand, place the opposite knee on a bench. Pull the arm with the dumbbell straight back and up to your side. Then lower back to the starting position. Do three sets of 15 reps.

March 12, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Celebrity, Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Tuna Patties from Everyday Cheapskate

Tuna Patties Serve these as a dinner entrée with a potato and a vegetable or as a sandwich on a whole-wheat hamburger bun. 

1 (6-ounce) can tuna packed in water, drained
2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
1 tablespoon pickle relish
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
2 drops Tabasco sauce
3 saltines (unsalted top), crushed 

Flake tuna and mix with mayonnaise, relish, lemon juice, parsley, onion powder, Tabasco sauce and saltines. Form into two patties and proceed with one of the methods below. 

Conventional oven: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange patties on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. 

Stove top: Spray a griddle or large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Cook each patty for 3 to 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Serves: 2. 

Nutritional Information:
Serving Size: 1 patty
Carb Servings: 1/2
Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 3 lean meat
Nutrient Analysis: calories 170, total fat 6g, saturated fat 1g, cholesterol 25mg, sodium 478mg, total carbohydrate 8g, dietary fiber 0g, sugars 3g, protein 22g

March 5, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Recipes. Leave a comment.

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