Meal prep allows you to cook staple food items at the beginning of the week so that you don’t stray from your diet regimen. With just a couple of hours, one day a week, you can set yourself up for success and navigate the challenges of a busy lifestyle.
Eyeballing your meals can leave a lot of room for error. Using a food scale can seem a bit obsessive at first, but those little grams and ounces could be what’s standing in the way of progress.
Cold and flu symptoms as well as intense allergies can leave you feeling exhausted. But for those us that have just started up a new workout routine, taking time off to heal can feel like you’re falling off track.
You’ve changed up your diet and started going to the gym a few times a week. You’re making better choices, but you’re still not losing weight. It feels like your body is working against you, but turns out, you may be working against your body.
I track my food on My Fitness Pal. You set up your preferences based on your goals and it gives you a road map to accomplish them. I hope this quick look at my daily macros shows you that you can organize what you eat based on what makes you happy.
There are many endearing dimples and imperfections that make our bodies unique to us, but cellulite isn’t one we typically appreciate.
A trip to the grocery store can mean two totally different price tags, depending on how you shop. No matter where you go, you’re usually given two options: traditionally grown or organic.
Over 100 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure and it continues to be a leading cause of death across the nation. Exercise and diet changes can do so much for your heart and even extend your life.
After 18 months of dedicated diet and exercise changes, I decided to get a closer look at my body composition. I signed up for a Bod Pod scan and a MedGem test.
What creates more physical progress? Training within your limits or pushing yourself to complete muscle failure.
One of the first things people tend to do when starting a new diet is cut carbs or fats. But manipulating your carb and fat intake instead of getting rid of it all together may be better for your health.
The female body is a complex balance of hormones that keep us not only physically healthy, but mentally as well. Exercise can help you lose weight and change your appearance, but it can also boost your body’s most important chemicals.
A few days of stiff legs and tender arms can seem like a small price to pay for long-term muscle gain. But is that period of pain post workout necessary to gain muscle?
If you are willing to push your comfort zone and test your limits in your workouts, you can teach your muscles to push heavier and heavier weight.
Despite all the fancy names and claims, every fad diet has a breakdown of calories and nutrients that lead to certain results. Before you commit to a new meal plan, take a look at some of these fad diet breakdowns.
What sounds like a quick solution can actually have serious long-term consequences that are difficult to undo. Getting skinny doesn’t always mean getting healthy.
When you’re on the path to weight loss, feeling extra hungry is part of the territory. You’re eating less than your body wants to induce fat loss and your mind is definitely taking notice.
After a week of strict dieting and workouts, a drink on the weekend can seem like a harmless way to let loose. But alcohol, like anything else we put in our bodies, carries its own calories and long term effects we should be aware of.
Growing new muscle doesn’t just happen in the gym. Actually, a majority of it happens during recovery time. Our muscles need the support of a balanced diet to rebuild, adapt and get stronger.
Our busy days and endless responsibilities can run us ragged, and sometimes all we need is a little pick-me-up. Caffeine can give you a quick boost, but it’s not our bodies’ favorite supplement.
The main difference between each movement is the amount of stress it places on your muscles and the way your body has to adapt under the weight. While isolation movements rely on one muscle group at a time, compound movements can require much more.
As you chase the goal of weight loss, the scale can become your greatest asset. It’s a proven, numerical way to track your progress and to see your hard work paying off. But changing your fitness goals means changing your relationship with the scale.
One of the hardest parts of sticking to a new diet is letting go of all your favorite foods that you know aren’t good for you. But there is a way to keep the flavor you love without all the calories.
To burn fat, the solution is always less food or more exercise right? Well, apparently not. Sometimes a refeed day is just what you need to get your body’s fire burning again.
There’s a reason all those greasy, sugary foods you love appeal to your cravings more than a bowl of vegetables. It’s more than just the satisfying flavor, your brain and body have a way of getting hooked on these munchies just like they do with drugs.
We’ve all heard a coach in our past or an athletic friend tell us how working out makes you feel good. Endorphins make you happy or whatever. But turns out it’s more than just a phrase to get you in the gym.
Of all the diet elements that can get a bad wrap, there are two that always top the list: sugar and sodium. Though too much of just about anything can be bad for you, these two components can also have their benefits in controlled amounts.
A healthy diet doesn’t do you much good if your organs aren’t digesting your food properly. Performance nutrients like proteins and carbohydrates rely on digestive enzymes to break down your food, and fuel your workouts.
Getting enough sleep can be the difference between your current physique and the figure of your dreams. Though diet and exercise can steal the spotlight, sleep plays a vital role in any physical transformation.
There are two hormones that control our feelings of hunger: ghrelin and leptin. A variety of factors can affect how much of each one is produced in the body, especially when you’re changing up your diet.
Building a foundation of health and fitness involves two very influential factors: work ethic and genetics. Genetics carry a hefty responsibility, but it’s important to understand the things about your body that you can change and what you can’t.
Drinking plenty of water has been a vital part of the doctor’s orders since the beginning of time. Water not only keeps us hydrated and you know, alive, but also ensures that all our organs function properly.
Going in to the gym with a game plan can make all the difference. Planning out your workouts ahead of time can keep you focused and motivated on even your sleepiest days. You go into the gym knowing what you have to do and when it’s time to go home. But there are a variety of avenues you can take when it comes to building muscle.
Visualizing your ideal body type typically comes with a habit of comparison. You get an image of your dream figure by looking at the people around you, comparing your strengths and weaknesses with theirs.
Sometimes the hardest part of starting a fitness journey is just that: starting. Waiting for results can seem like a daunting amount of time, but it may come as a comfort to know that our bodies start improving from day one. “Newbie gains” may sound like a light-hearted term tossed around the gym for beginners, but it is grounded in scientific fact.