Fad Foods Fact vs. Fiction

04/24/2018

Every time we turn around there’s a new food that’s trending on social media, whether it’s a new superfood, a cleanse or a supplement, they’re everywhere! But for how much hype some of these fads get from friends or even celebrities, how do we know whether they’re healthy or not?

 

Here are a few of the most common fad foods and diets you may have seen around, and some of the facts you may not be as familiar with.

 

Juice Cleanses

You’ve seen them everywhere- people looking to press the restart button on their nutrition or simply detox their diet, juice cleanses last between a few days to a few weeks in which you consume only fruit or vegetable juices while abstaining from food. There’s been a variety of positives reported including quick weight loss and an increase in energy- but some of the “facts” of this diet may have been skewed- so what is fact, and what is fiction?

 

You’ll Lose Weight

Fact. When you eat a low-calorie diet of any kind you will drop water weight and possibly notice weight loss right away, however, this isn’t a diet that is effective for long-term weight loss. As soon as you go back to eating a regular diet, more than likely that weight will come back.

 

Your Metabolism Will Increase

Fiction. Once you stop eating enough food to meet your energy requirements, your metabolism slows down. Although cutting calories does lead to weight loss, if your calorie count is extremely low for an extended period of time you will notice the opposite effect- your body begins storing its fat stores because it doesn’t know when it will be receiving nourishment next.

 

Your Energy Will Increase

Fiction. Since your calorie intake is low, you may notice a feeling of weakness and low energy. Fruit cleanses are also high in sugar and eliminate protein, which causes your body to produce insulin faster causing your blood sugar to drop- causing dizziness or headaches, or even feelings of depression. You may notice small bursts of energy, but they’re fleeting.

 

Maple Syrup Diet

This one became famous after Beyonce claimed to have incredible success with it. The maple syrup diet, or more commonly known as the Master Cleanse, has been advertised to help you lose around ten pounds in a week. It consists of drinking a homemade concoction of maple syrup, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper for ten days straight.

 

Your Metabolism Will Increase

Fact. The chemical in cayenne peppers speeds up your heart rate and boosts your metabolism in addition to helping you burn more calories.

 

You’ll Detox Your Body

Fiction. This diet doesn’t detox successfully detox the body in a healthy way. Detoxification works when nutrients combined with toxins are processed by the liver then excreted. However, this detox diet doesn’t provide the necessary nutrients for the liver to work properly, and within 48 hours detoxification stops.

 

Lack of Nutritional Value

Fact. This diet, ultimately, is dangerous. On this diet you consume roughly 600 calories a day meaning you will be bored, irritated, have trouble concentrating and get headaches. You receive a minimal amount of nutrition from the lemon juice, but there is no fiber or protein to keep you going. While the cayenne pepper has the ability to speed up your metabolism, eventually your body will go into starvation mode and slow your metabolism to conserve the few calories you have.

 

The Grapefruit Diet

This diet has been around for quite some time. It has several variations, but the typical diet lasts 21 days and involves eating grapefruit at every meal in addition to a few other food restrictions such as starches and sugar. It recommends drinking 10 glasses of water a day to reduce hunger and keep you hydrated. But what are the facts?

 

Grapefruit Burns Fat

Fiction. Grapefruit is high in water content, so it may help you feel fuller faster which can reduce your calorie intake. But grapefruit doesn’t have magical fat-burning powers.

 

Grapefruit is Part of a Healthy Weight Loss Plan

Fact. Long-term, adding grapefruit to your diet offers plenty of nutrition and can be a good substitute for unhealthy food. Adding it to your diet is definitely a plus.

 

You’ll Lose Weight and Keep It Off

Fiction. Like every other “lose weight quick” diet, maintaining the weight you lost after you start eating normally is not likely.

 

What have we learned? Any diet that suggests you’ll lose weight fast isn’t recommended. It’s likely that you’ll end up restricting yourself to a point that, once you go back to your regular diet, you’ll gain the weight right back. Your best bet is not to choose a diet, but to commit to living a healthier, more active lifestyle. Changing your life will change your look! 

 

How to Deal with Anxiety at the Gym

04/17/2018

You hear it all the time- getting to the gym is the hardest part of your workout, and once you’re there you’re good to go.

 

For some, however, this is far from the truth. Cue the infamous gym anxiety that can plague any one of us at any given time. That sense of feeling intimated or uncomfortable around people who may run faster, or lift heavier weights, or possibly not fully understanding how the machines or equipment work can be debilitating and keep us from exercising altogether. Gym anxiety can affect anyone, regardless of where you are on your fitness journey.

 

Don’t be discouraged, there is a cure! If you’re experiencing any sort of anxiety or uncertainty at the gym, here are a few tips to help:

 

Write Down Your Workout First

Planning ahead will take away the sense of not knowing what to do, as well as keep you accountable for what you want to accomplish. Keep in mind, whatever you decide to accomplish in your workout is going to be vastly different from your fellow gym goers- don’t compare yourself to anyone else!

 

Stay Focused

Focusing on your own workout will keep you from getting distracted and keep you concentrated on your progress. Plug in those headphones and listen to some motivating music or your favorite podcast to keep you on track!

 

Work Out at Off Hours

The best way to avoid being distracted at the gym and to keep your anxiety down is to get your workouts in when the gym isn’t as busy. This will give you the chance to get used to your routine, have a chance to change things up without feeling overwhelmed, and you’ll have access to more equipment.

 

Bring a Buddy

Having a workout buddy makes going to the gym easier and way more fun! You have someone to keep you accountable, to assist you with equipment, and keep those anxiety levels down. Having a support system as you go through your fitness journey is a great way to remind you you’re not in this alone and keep you laughing along the way.

 

If you’re ridden with gym anxiety, don’t give up just yet. With a few of the tips above, the gym will become more familiar and comfortable for you to spend your time in and get your sweat on!

 

HIIT | Weekly Max Meps Workout

04/16/2018

HIIT your workout hard this week and up your MYZONE Meps with this challenging workout! Do each move for a minute with a minute rest between each circuit. 

 

CIRCUIT 1 

 

MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS

1 Minute 

 


DUMBBELL LUNGES

1 Minute 

 


PUSH-PRESS WITH DUMMBELL
1 Minute 

 


TUCK JUMPS

1 Minute 

 


TREADMILL SPRINT

1 Minute 

 

REST

1 Minute 

 

 

CIRCUIT 2 

 

PLANK JACKS

1 Minute 

 


SUMO SQUATS

1 Minute 

 


PULL-UPS

1 Minute 

 


JUMP SQUATS

1 Minute 

 


TREADMILL SPRINT

1 Minute 

 

REST
1 Minute

 

 

CIRCUIT 3 

 

PLANK

1 Minute 

 


REVERSE LUNGES

1 Minute 

 


SQUAT TO PRESS

1 Minute 

 


POWER JACK

1 Minute 

 


TREADMILL SPRINT

1 Minute

 

 

HIIT | Weekly Max Meps Workout

04/10/2018

Max out your MEPS with this quick but effective 30 Minute HIIT Workout! Complete each set 4 times through, resting for 30 seconds between each set. 

 

50 sec. jump squats / 10 sec. rest

50 sec. plank jacks / 10 sec. rest

50 sec. jumping jacks / 10 sec. rest

50 sec. high knees / 10 sec. rest

50 sec. pushups / 10 sec. rest

50 sec. frog jumps / 10 sec. rest

50 sec. commandos / 10 sec. rest

50 sec. skater hops / 10 sec. rest.

50 sec. triceps push up / 10 sec. rest

50 sec. burpee / 10 sec. rest

 

Finish up with a cardio burst. 10 sprints for 30 seconds in the yellow and red zone / 30 seconds rest. 

 

 

4 Ways to Fit a Workout Into Your Busy Schedule

04/09/2018

Are you stuck in the office all day, running the kids to their activities and feel like there isn’t enough time for a workout? Here are four ways to fit a workout into your day.

 

Calm before the storm

Make becoming a morning exerciser easier by preparing lunch and breakfast the night before. Then set your alarm a half hour early to get a quick workout in. The energy boost you get from a morning workout will help you move faster and with better clarity throughout the day.

 

Kids exercise and you can too

If their activities take place at a park, utilize the available resources to get a good workout in. You can also use this time for a run or walk. Talk to other parents, encourage each other to bring clothes to exercise in and plan each workout. Exercising with others can help keep everyone motivated.

 

Lunchtime escape

The 60 minutes you have for lunch is an excellent opportunity to sneak in a good workout. If there is a Snap Fitness close to your office, hit the gym or use the time to go for a run or walk. Stepping away from work will help you feel better and be more productive for the rest of the day.

 

Turn your commute into a workout

Running and biking to and/or from work is a great workout and way to start the day.  Do you take a bus or train? Get off a few stops early and walk the rest of the way. If you drive, park further away to get extra steps in.

 

Leftover Deviled Egg Sandwich

04/02/2018

Need a recipe to use up leftover hardboiled eggs? Try this delicious deviled egg sandwich recipe. 

 

INGREDIENTS
Leftover deviled eggs:

6 eggs, hard boiled & shelled

4 tablespoons mayonnaise with olive oil

2 teaspoons white vinegar

1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

White sandwich bread

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. To make deviled eggs: Cut eggs in half and separate yolks from whites. Place yolks in a bowl and mash them with a fork. Add mayo, white vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper and paprika and stir until combined. Scoop equal amounts of yolk mixture and place in empty egg white halves.
  2. To make the sandwich: Place extra deviled eggs in a bowl and smash until combined. Serve on gluten-free or whole wheat sandwich bread. 

 

GUEST BLOGGER | Meet Lauren

Lauren Gaskills is an inspirational writer, speaker and food blogger whose passion is to inspire others to lead healthy, happy redeemed lives. Visit her at MakingLiftSweet.com

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