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August 26, 2010

Cardio vs. Weights?

Filed under: Fitness & Movement for Exercise — katiebarnesfitness @ 5:14 am

Cardiovascular exercise is necessary for calorie burning and vital for maintaining a healthy heart,  yet regular specific weight training is equally important in achieving weight loss by building lean muscle mass, increasing overall strength and improving bone density. Recruiting the large muscle groups used in squats, lunges, rowing and push ups will make you feel the burn and then keep your metabolism firing at the same rate for several hours after your workout.  Just three times a week, alternate one hour of weights in with your usual “cardio” time and kick your training into high gear!

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August 24, 2010

Diet by Halves

Looking to drop a few pounds and change your palate for the long-term? One of the easiest ways of consuming less sugar, salt, fat and calories is by halving your usual servings of those items. You can also combine a lower calorie version with half your normal item to tempt taste buds while trimming your waistline. Instead of drinking sugary beverages, use half juice and half water or club soda. Like whole milk in your coffee? Try mixing half whole, half skim and you won’t notice the difference. Have a craving for scrambled eggs? Halve the fat and cholesterol by using one yolk, both egg whites and keep all the nutrients, taste and color of the food. Want to cut unnecessary carbs or extra protein? Toss the bread top of a sandwich or a few slices of the sandwich meat and then eat. Don’t want to totally ditch dessert? Blend low-fat ice cream with a scoop of the stuff you like… and share. A half can always be halved… and then halved again!

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