Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Secrets to Firing Up Your Metabolism

Aside from personal training, firing up your metabolism can help with weight loss and body fat loss. It’s visceral fat without ever feeling deprived. Turn your body into a fat-burning machine with these healthy tips:

1. Don’t Diet
This weight loss trick is not about eating less, but about eating more nutrition-dense food to keep you full all day. Keeping yourself full is important because restricting food will kill your metabolism. With empty calories, you’ll feel more hungry and your body will respond to this by slowing down your metabolic rate to hold on to existing energy storage.

2. Go Earlier Zzzz’s
According to research in Finland which studied  sets of identical twins,  the twin who slept less and was under more stress had more visceral fat.

3. Eat More Protein

The body needs protein to maintain lean muscle. According to researchers in a 2006 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, "The Underappreciated Role of Muscle in Health and Disease," the present recommended daily allowance of protein, 0.36 grams per pound of body weight, was established using obsolete data and is woefully inadequate for an individual doing resistance training. Researchers now recommend an amount between 0.8 and 1 gram per pound of body weight. Add a serving, like 3 ounces of lean meat, 2 tablespoons of nuts, or 8 ounces of low-fat yogurt, to every meal and snack. Research showed that protein can up post-meal calorie burn by as much as 35 percent.

4. Drink Cold Water
German researchers found that drinking 6 cups of cold water a day can raise resting metabolism by about 50 calories daily. That’s enough to shed 5 pounds in a year. The increase may come from the work  the body makes to heat the water to body temperature.

5. Eat the Heat
Capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their mouth-searing quality, can also fire up your metabolism. Eating about 1 tablespoon of chopped red or green chilies boosts your body's production of heat and the activity of your sympathetic nervous system, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology. The result of this is a temporary metabolism spike of about 23 percent. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Easy Ab Workout You Can Do at Home

Jennifer Lopez reportedly spent $50,000 on a gym in her New York home. Now, if you’re not a celebrity, you might think, “If I had access to all that expensive gym equipment in my house, I’d be in a great shape too!” However, that’s not true. There are plenty of basements in homes nowadays that are filled with fitness equipment but are only gathering dust. The truth is, it takes very little use of equipment to get fit and achieve sculpted abs. What it really requires is time, know-how, and effort. Even with equipment, without the knowledge on how to to properly use them for muscle gain or body fat loss, discipline, and the guidance of a personal trainer, you might just be wasting your time and effort. 

Abdominal exercises require more than the average physical strength and include more risk. But instead of using expensive equipment, try simple exercises that make use of no machines so you can do them anywhere, even in your own home. Some ab exercises you can do on your living room floor  include flutter kicks, bridges and lying oblique leg raises.

Abdominal Flutter Kicks

This exercise is as simple as kicking your legs in the air, but there are more specific guidelines that dictate how to do it correctly and effectively. The starting position is done lying on your back with your arms on the floor next to you. The legs are in the air at a 45 degree angle from the body. Keep them straight, while the knee joints are not locked. Raise your head from the floor and keep it up. Squeeze your abs so your lower back is flat on the ground. Kick your legs in the air, alternating one going toward the ceiling and one toward the floor. Although your knees are bent slightly to soften the joints, do not bend them farther as you do the flutter kicks. Continue kicking your legs for the desired amount of time or reps.

Lying Oblique Leg Raises

This exercise targets the side abdominal muscles of the waist with a simple combination of a side leg lift and a mini side crunch. All the stomach muscles are engaged even though the obliques get the most attention. Begin lying on your left side with your left arm on the floor in front of you. The body needs to be in a straight line on its side with the hips and shoulders stacked. The right arm is bent with the palm placed behind the head. From this position, lift your right leg straight toward the ceiling. Raise your shoulders up and toward your right hip as you raise your leg. Touch your body back to the floor. Roll over to do everything on the other side.


Unlike the flutter kicks and oblique leg raises, the bridge is a static exercise. The muscles of the abs hold your spine straight even though it would be easier to let your lower back sag toward the floor. Place your elbows and forearms on the floor about shoulder-width apart. Step back with your legs and come onto your toes, which are about hip-width distance apart. The head, shoulders, back and hips are parallel to the floor. The abs must be squeezed tight to maintain this bridge position. An easier variation of the bridge exercise may be done with the knees touching the floor if necessary.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New Year's Resolutions for a Healthy You

A new year has come once again, this means another imaginary clean slate that presents a perfect opportunity to create a list of fitness resolutions. Whether you’re new to committing to fitness, guilty of failing last year’s fitness goals, or just want to level up with your weight loss plans with the help of your personal trainer; look no further because this guide offers some quality, healthy, and active suggestions to start your year right.

1. Eat more fruit and vegetable portions
A simple yet highly effective New Year’s resolution that could really boost one’s day-to-day health. Eat the recommended portions of fruit and vegetables each day to keep your body energised with nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

2. Get a gym membership
If you really want to achieve weight loss, joining a gym or health club could be ideal for burning fat and improving your body shape. Get motivated and guided by a personal trainer.

3. Cut down on daily salt intake
High salt consumption can lead to a variety of health problems, this includes raised blood pressure and heart disease. You don’t really need to douse every meal you eat with piles of the salt.

4. Try a new sports activity
If you want to boost your fitness levels but feel the gym isn’t right for you, a new sports activity could provide a fun yet fit alternative. There are health clubs offering everything from pilates classes to boxing, it could be time to get sporty and enjoy a healthier future!

5. Curb your drinking habits
Heavy alcohol consumption can entail serious health consequences, with long-term implications including weight gain, depression, chronic sickness and not to mention an empty wallet. While social drinking is perfectly acceptable, it might be to time to reassess things if you frequently binge drink.

6. Spend more time with your family
An inexpensive way to boost your mental well-being is to enjoy more family-friendly activities. Play a board game, take a day trip or cook with the kids, a supportive family environment will make you appreciate the simple pleasures in life more readily.

7. Find more time for relaxation
If you really want to live a long and healthy life, make sure you don’t overdo your personal training. Trying to squeeze as much out of each day is one thing but missing your sleep just so you can spend an extra hour at the gym is just plain silly. Resting from exercise is vital to avoid illness so make sure you get enough.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Weight Loss Tips After the Holidays

Feel like you overate from too much holiday parties? Post-holiday personal training for weight loss shouldn’t be seen as a difficulty, there are simple and easy ways to help you lose those additional pounds and feel better about your body again. 

Weight Loss Tip 1: Start Your Day with a Healthy Breakfast
Starving yourself for weight loss will do you more harm than good. Eating breakfast is important to get your diet back on track. Make sure that your breakfast includes a balance of lean protein and fiber. 

Weight Loss Tip 2: Eat Melon
Watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew are high-liquid fruits that can help flush out toxins and relieve water retention and bloat. Have a cup of chopped fruit in the morning or a smoothie with vanilla yogurt and lime juice. 

Weight Loss Tip 3: Stock up on High in Potassium Foods
Foods that are high in potassium can help flatten your stomach by flushing out excess sodium in your system. Eat potassium-rich bananas, raisins, milk, and yogurt. 

Weight Loss Tip 4: Know Which Carbs to Avoid
Most people think that carbs are absolutely bad for you. The truth is, carbohydrates can help you slim down by giving you an energy boost. Avoid problematic carbs that are usually the processed kinds like white flour, refined grains, and added sugars. 

Weight Loss Tip 5: Eat Leafy Greens
Greens are essential to jump-starting any new eating plan because aside from being low in calories, they are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. The best food you can eat are dark, leafy greens. 

Weight Loss Tip 6: Drink Lots of Water
You need a lot of water to keep your body running properly and flushing out lingering toxins. Increasing your water intake will help your kidneys excrete the excess salt and water from your body quickly and decrease the bloat.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Avoiding The Christmas Bulge

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Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s not the friendliest time of the year for your body. With all the tempting holiday feasts here and there, one cannot avoid putting on some weight back after a year of intense personal training for muscle gain and body fat loss with your personal trainer. To prevent unwanted weight gain over the holiday, here are some preventive measures that you can try:

Time Workouts Properly
If you know that you’re in for a heavy meal, particularly carbo-loading, set up a really hard workout session prior to that meal. Unlike your usual workout, try and work through the higher rep range with your lifts, so you will deplete more of your muscle glycogen stores. Then when you eat a carb-rich, high calorie meal, the carbs will actually work to your benefit. They will replenish your muscle glycogen levels and help you get better results from your workout. If you do this, you can actually work towards building more muscle tissue with your holiday meal.

Eat Protein Beforehand
If you know you'll be eating heavy, have a small protein snack beforehand. Some good options include a can of tuna, some scrambled egg whites and veggies, a small chicken breast, or half a cup of cottage cheese.
Protein is the macronutrient that tends to be most satisfying, blunting hunger signals. It will work to your benefit when trying to keep the amount you eat at the party under control.

Bring Your Own Dish
If you're going to a meal that's hosted by close friends or family, offer to prepare your own dish to bring to the event. Not only will this get you in their good books as you're helping them out, but it will also help put your mind at ease knowing there is at least one healthy thing you can fill your plate up with.

Watch The Drinks
It’s not only the food that can make you gain weight during the holidays, the drinks can really add up quickly. Egg Nog, the most popular traditional Christmas beverage, rakes in at 343 calories per 8 fluid ounces with 19 grams of fat and 34.4 grams of sugar. Many of the fancier cocktails can easily pack 200 or more calories per glass.

Damage Control The Day After
Do damage control immediately after things get out of line. If you overeat one day, immediately take corrective action. Do a bit more cardio the next day and cut back on your carbohydrate or fat intake the next day. Don't cut back on protein intake the next day however, as that is what is going to promote lean tissue maintenance, which virtually forms the base of your metabolic rate and helps keep the fat off the rest of the year. If you eat 500 calories over your maintenance intake one day and eat 500 calories under your maintenance intake, things will balance out over time and no weight gain will be seen.

This Christmas season don't get overly frantic about going slightly off your usual diet plan, just watch how much you eat and plan workout sessions to keep the weight off.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Apple Peels Said To Avoid Muscle Loss

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They say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but did you know that apples have plenty of benefits specific to personal training for muscle gain? As we get older, our muscles get weaker and smaller. But there’s a natural compound in apple peels that could be the key to prevent muscle loss. Aside from preventing muscular atrophy, it may also reduce body fat and lower cholesterol levels.

According to University of Iowa (UI) endocrinologist and senior author of the new study recently published in the journal Cell Metabolism, Christopher Adams, M.D., Ph. D., “Muscle atrophy causes big problems. It’s also very common, it affects most people at some point in their lives, during illness or aging. But, there’s no medicine for it.” Dr. Adams adds, “ We studied muscle gene activity in people with atrophy and used that information to find chemicals that might block atrophy. One of those chemicals was especially interesting. It’s called ursolic acid and it’s particularly concentrated in apple peels.”

Dr. Adams and his colleagues tested ursolic acid in mice and found that it increase both the size and strength of their muscles. "It did this by helping two hormones that build muscle: insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF1) and insulin. Because ursolic acid increased muscle, it reduced muscle atrophy," he explained. "Surprisingly, it had some other beneficial effects in mice: for example, it reduced body fat, and lowered blood glucose and cholesterol."

Monday, November 26, 2012

8 Muscle Gain Foods For Vegans

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 Contrary to popular belief, vegetarians who obviously don’t eat meat, thus not getting a large amount of protein, can still be successful when it comes to personal training for muscle gain. With a muscle-building workout planned for you by your personal trainer, back it up with these 8 muscle gain foods:

1. Avocados

Avocados are full of antioxidants and heart healthy fats, including saturated fats that help support the production of testosterone, the hormone you need to produce muscle. 

2. Almonds

Try always bring almonds when you leave the house. They taste great, and are high in fiber, protein, and minerals, making them the perfect snack for satisfying late-morning hunger.

3. Broccoli

Brocolli is nearly 40% protein and high in fiber and low in calories making it a great source of nutrition out of food that’s easy on the waistline. 

4. Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is now readily available in a low-calorie, high nutrient product that tastes great in coffee, on cereal, or by the glass. Coconut milk is higher in calcium and lower in calories than traditional milk and generally fortified with plant-based B-12.

milk of coconuts
coconut milk