Wellness Wednesday Tip!!!! Apple Cider Vinegar… What’s ALL the hype about?

I’m sure if you have attempted any kind of weight loss program you have scrolled through Google looking for a quick fix… what can make the pounds fall off faster than just doing a workout or having to eat healthy and cut out your favorite fatty foods.

Most of you have probably seen the ads come up on your favorite social media site, seen and read articles about celebrities that swear by it, and also probably seen the famous Dr. OZ speak about it on his daytime talk show. Apple Cider Vinegar seems to be the new fad going on and everyone is rushing to try it…. BUT does it really work? What are the benefits? Is it really as good for you as they say it is? What else can apple cider vinegar do? AND the big main question CAN IT HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT?

SO…. Here’s the scoop! Apple cider vinegar has been used in weight loss regiments for years. It is fermented apples that naturally produce their own acid that really your body needs to be able to sustain a healthy blood sugar level but of course the pharmaceutical companies don’t want you to know that. ACV also helps to suppress your appetite; apple cider vinegar makes you eat less by producing a feeling of satiety sooner. ACV also taps into psychological mechanisms that promote healthy weight loss. Of course with any new diet or weight loss regiment you should always consult your doctor.

ACV has so many other benefits not only for weight loss, it can help regulate your blood pressure, helps control your sugars if you are diabetic, helps with acid reflux. ACV also is very good for your skin and teeth. Of course excessive amounts can ruin the enamel on your teeth due to the acidic nature but as long as you rinse your mouth after or brush you will be ok. You can also wash your hair with ACV to help with growth and to make it fuller. It can too be used as a household cleaner and it doesn’t have all of the harmful chemicals like in other off the shelf cleaners.

So how do you take ACV? What are the measurements and mixture? There are MANY recipes you can find on line, it just depends on what you are looking to use ACV for. If you are looking for a weight loss mixture most of them call for 2 tablespoons of ACV in the morning mixed with some honey and lemon for taste in 8 ounces of water 30 minutes prior to consuming your first meal. It is said that it will give you an instant boost of energy and help suppress your hunger.

There are many different brands of ACV on the shelf; picking one can be a little overwhelming. The best is organic, and one that reads MOTHER on the front label that means that it is free of any and all artificial flavors and colors it is all natural. The taste is a little rough to get past but if you are willing to give it a try they say 30 days is the normal time period to start to see results in weight from the ACV but the benefits of your skin and energy levels can be within days.

SO….ARE YOU READY TO GIVE IT A TRY…..?

Wellness Wednesday Tip!! Supplements… Do you NEED to take them?

Tips for those who MAY need Supplements!!!

For those that maintain a healthy and balanced diet, individuals may still need nutrient supplements depending on their situation.  For example, older adults, pregnant women, and people who are food insecure are at increased risk of nutrient deficiencies, thus the word SUPPLEMENT, we take supplements as an addition to the foods we eat, because you are not able to get all that you need from the foods.

Some individuals are limited in their food choices due to allergies, or because they are following a vegetarian or vegan diet. For example, animal foods are the main source of vitamin B12, so people who follow a vegan diet need to eat fortified foods and/or take a supplement.

Other groups who may require additional supplementation include people who are taking certain medications or have a health condition that changes how their body uses nutrients, and individuals who have been told by their doctor they have a specific nutrient deficiency.

Your doctor can order tests to help determine if taking SUPPLEMENTS would benefit you. The results might show that you are low in a certain nutrient or you might discover that you’re doing just fine. Additionally, review your current diet.

Remember, when we take a nutrient out of a food and concentrate it in a pill, it’s not quite the same thing, but adding supplements, such as vitamins, and minerals, are a great way to get those added nutrients.

Be sure to consider your individual situation and consult a doctor before considering supplements.

See you next week!
CoachABC

Wellness Wednesday Tip!! Abs Are Made In The Kitchen!

Rules You Need to Follow for Flat Abs
Genetics will determine the shape and insertions of your ab muscles, your muscularity will determine the size of your muscles and how fat you can get before they disappear—which is directly tied to body fat percentage—and your diet impacts your ability to lose belly fat and expose your abdominal wall.
1. Cut Down Carbs
    One of the best ways to get rid of belly fat fast is to limit carb consumption*. Your carb consumption will depend on how much activity you’re doing every day, but even then it’s wise to keep them relatively low. Added sugars are a definite no, and when you do have carbs make sure it’s from a whole grain source or fruit. If you spend your days at a desk job and have a relatively sedentary life, maybe 10 grams of carbs in the morning via some fruit (about 100 grams (1/2 cup of blueberries) and again in the evening may be good. Green vegetables are technically carbs, but we won’t count them. Try to eat them with almost every meal to help you feel full and make sure you’re getting adequate fiber. If you’re working out, you can also have some carbs around your workout, typically afterwards, to the tune of about 30 to 40 grams. Carb reefed days are also recommended if you’re going low-carb and exercising daily. These should take place every three or four days, and feature about 100 grams.
2. Stop Drinking
    Alcohol can sabotage any diet and make a flat stomach nearly impossible. And it’s not just beer bellies that are affected; the same belly fat is packed on from spirits, coolers and wine. Alcohol is high in sugar, has no nutritional value, is poisonous and stalls your metabolism from burning carbs and fat from energy. Furthermore, booze can lead to some pretty bad food choices.
3. Eat Protein with Every Meal
    A firm, flat stomach or ripped abdominal wall requires muscle, so protein is a must. We’ve already mentioned the thermic effect of protein, which is probably its smallest benefit. Protein is required to repair and grow muscle tissue to provide the look you want. Ideally, you want about one to 1.2 grams of protein for each pound of body weight (so 140 to 168 grams per day for a 140-pound individual) for muscle growth and regeneration. Protein will also help you stay full to avoid snacking on ab-busting food and keep your metabolism revving.
4. Don’t Fear Fat
    Dietary fat is not the same thing as body fat, and consuming more dietary fats can help you shed pounds from your belly and expose your flat stomach. Getting 25% to 30% of your daily calories from various healthy fat sources is highly recommended to help keep your metabolism humming, provide energy and keep your hormones regular. Some of the best sources are nuts, nut butters, olive oil, avocado and fish oil.
5. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
    Sleep is essential for muscle growth and fat burning because it lets your body grow and recover. The more muscle you have, the faster you burn fat, and sleep helps with both of these things. Also, getting a good night’s sleep can help keep cortisol (stress hormone) down, which is closely associated to weight gain and belly fat.
6. More than Crunches
    In order to get a flat stomach you’ll need to exercise, but crunches won’t do it on their own. Exercises that promote core balance and stability—like the bench press, squat and shoulder press—are great at strengthening the abdominal wall. In fact, squeezing your abs tightly for most resistance training exercises is optimal to not only
strengthen the abs, but promote good form, too. But the strength of your abs isn’t enough to let them show through, so to get that firmness you might want to think about adopting a cardio routine, starting at about 20 minutes per day, three times per week to enhance the work you’re doing in the gym and kitchen.

Check out this video clip below to help you get motivated on getting flat abs.
Click Beginner Ab Excercises to see the video.
Happy Abing!!!!
See you next week!
CoachABC

Wellness Wednesday Tip!! 5 Reasons to add weights to your workout!

After 20+ years of being a coach in health and fitness. I’ve heard all the misconceptions about women lifting weights. I used to also use these same excuses until I realized its better to have 5 lbs of muscle instead of 5 lbs of fat. Don’t believe me? See the diagram below:

Wouldn’t you rather have the one on the right? I would.

And here are the 5 reasons why women SHOULD LIFT WEIGHTS!

Build a body that you want.  Women are often seeking ways to lose fat and tone their bodies… Lifting weights does both. Weather your goal is to get a lean athletic look, or you just want to change the shape of your body, strength training is the answer. You can lose fat and improve your health with cardio, but lifting weights is what changes your muscle definition and shape.

Focus on What Your Body Can Do.   We all want to look better, and it doesn’t help that society pressures us into feeling like we have to look a certain way.  Because of this, people obsess over their bodies – how they look, what size pant we wear and how much we weigh.  But lifting weights allows you to discover and be proud of what your body can do instead of worrying about how it looks.  Learn to love your body not just for its appearance but for the amazing things it can do.

Accelerates fat-loss when combined with cardio.  You get more fat-loss from cardio when you combine it with weight training. Having an exercise regiment that relies mainly on cardio for fat-loss will eventually lead to stagnation, as your metabolic rate will continue to drop as your body adapts to the demand you put on it.  Therefore the prudent thing to do is incorporate more bouts of weight training while keeping cardio as low of a frequency as possible; combining weight and endurance training greatly enhances the metabolic effect on your training.

Shapes your curves.  Most females feel that the best way to shape their body and achieve a more toned look is by spending hours upon hours of doing low-intensity cardio. The reality is that the best way to “bring out your curves” is to build strength and muscle. If all you do is constantly endure long bouts of low/moderate intensity cardio then you are basically lowering your metabolic rate. The more weight training you incorporate the more curved your body will be. Don’t give into the idea that you need to be a “cardio bunny” in order to be lean and toned.

Weight training with heavy resistance, WILL NOT make females bulky. One of the greatest myths that pervade gyms everywhere is the idea that females who train with relatively heavy weights will suddenly transform into the female equivalent of “The Incredible Hulk.” Reality is that females should train with heavy weights just like their male counterparts often do, and no it won’t make you “bulky” and deepen your voice.

 

So there you have it, 5 reasons women should stop fearing weights and give the cardio room a break.  Of course it would be remiss not to mention that some cardio is worthwhile in almost any woman’s exercise regiment, but weight training should be the focus; don’t worry, you won’t magically get bulky overnight, but you will have sexier curves and a lean body…. That’s’ not so bad, is it?

See you next week!

Coach ABC

 

Wellness Wednesday Tip!! 5 Reasons to add a lemon to your water

Isn’t it funny how something so simple can have such a large impact on our bodies and overall health? Simple is usually best, but it is our human nature to overlook what is simple and search for something so much more complex.

Today I want to share with you 5 reasons why (and not just because the weather is warming up) adding a lemon to your water can do more than just hydrate you but maintain the overall wellness of your body.

  1. Lemon is alkalizing helping to balance your ph levels. (Disease thrives in an acidic environment so alkalizing foods are especially good).
  2. Lemon juice hydrates your body.
  3. It’s high in vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium and much more.
  4. Lemon water in the morning kick starts your metabolism, digestive
  5. Lemon juice is antibacterial, antiviral, and immune boosting.

Leave a comment below and let me know what you think of this simple tip and will you be applying it.

Thank you for stopping by and see you next week!

Happy Reading,

Coach ABC