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“High-intensity sprints are my #1 go-to exercise to burn fat. It keeps the heart rate elevated and puts your body into what’s called an oxygen debt. This allows you to burn fat hours after your workout ends.” — Alex Petecca NCSF, New York City-based personal trainer
Once you’ve learned how many calories you’re consuming, you might start to see a few pounds disappear, but it’s just a step in the right direction.  Hopefully this won’t come as a shock to you, but 2000 calories worth of gingerbread cookies doesn’t fuel your body the same way 2,000 calories of meat, vegetables, and fruit would.
For many people, late-night fridge raids are a downfall, leading to overeating and unnecessary calories. If you wake up motivated to eat healthy, but lose steam by the end of the day and end up with a big takeout order, sidestep the problem by planning evening meals ahead of time.
Fancy coffee drinks from trendy coffee joints often pack several hundred calories, thanks to whole milk, whipped cream, sugar, and sugary syrups. A cup of regular coffee with skim milk has just a small fraction of those calories. And when brewed with good beans, it tastes just as great. You can also try nonfat powdered milk in coffee. You’ll get the nutritional benefits of skim milk, which is high in calcium and low in calories. And, because the water has been removed, powdered milk doesn’t dilute the coffee the way skim milk does. Try these other calorie-free coffee hacks to wean off the bad stuff.
The goal is to lose fat, not just weight in general. If you are doing strength training during your weight loss (which you should be), you might actually see an initial gain in weight. If this is the case, don’t worry! You have probably lost fat and gained muscle, which is denser than fat and is much healthier.
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Cases of people being newly diagnosed with diabetes is on the rise. Because of this many people are often misinformed about what it means to have diabetes (type 1 and type 2) and how you should be eating. Before you begin any crazy ‘diabetic’ diet, it’s important to take a step back and learn as much as you can about your eating habits. Don’t think just because you have diabetes you have to stop eating your favorite foods, this is as far from the truth as it can get.
People often argue that performance is affected when on a keto diet, but that’s not true. Well, not in the long run. In the short-term, you may notice some small physical performance drops, but this will subside as you continue replenishing fluids, electrolytes, and adapt to the fat intake.
Your body DOES obey the laws of thermodynamics (energy in, energy out), and your metabolism isn’t slow! You’re simply eating too much. I promise! Take 3 minutes to watch this if you’re convinced your metabolism doesn’t operate like normal:
“If a client has come to me looking to lose 10 pounds, I would tell them to simply move. Move more, and more often. Walk or bike ride to class or work, even park further away from your location in the parking lot. Take the stairs or take a walk during lunch. You don’t have to spend hours every day in the gym sweating, but you do have to make a conscious effort to move more, and sit less. This works great because it doesn’t feel like work and you’re burning more and more calories throughout the day.” — Ajia Cherry, personal trainer and Founder at Functional Innovative Training
If you have trouble sleeping, try relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga. Or eat a small bedtime snack of foods shown to help shift the body and mind into sleep mode: whole grain cereal with milk, oatmeal, cherries, or chamomile tea. Darken your room more and turn your clock away from you. Write down worries or stressful thoughts to get them out of your head and onto the page. This will help you put them into perspective so you can quit worrying about them.
Dark green and leafy is always the best choice for vegetables. Most of your meals should be a protein with vegetables, and an extra side of fat. Chicken breast basted in olive oil, with broccoli and cheese. Steak topped with a knob of butter, and a side of spinach sauteed in olive oil.
Cramps (and more specifically leg cramps) are a pretty common thing when starting a ketogenic diet. It’s usually occurring in the morning or at night, but it’s a pretty minor issue overall. It’s a sign that there’s a lack of minerals, specifically magnesium, in the body.
This past week I’ve been writing down what I eat to get an overall picture of my diet, and I’ve realized that I’ve got to stop eating unhealthy snacks during snack time at work. (I’m a pre-k teacher. I consider eating snack with the kids a perk.) Sometimes families send in healthy snacks… but today we had fruit snacks. Yesterday we had muffins. Those are now on my “no” list. The kids may need a snack, but *I* will survive without one. (Or bring a better alternative with me.)
Skip over crash weight-loss plans that promise you’ll drop obscene amounts of weight in a short period of time and research options that provide long-term results and are medically backed. In a previous article, we researched some of the best diets, which included the Mayo Clinic Diet and Whole30. Choose a plan that suits your lifestyle or the lifestyle you want to lead. In some cases, like with Weight Watchers, the diet may be an ongoing tool you use to maintain your figure after the initial weight has been lost.
Drinking water before you eat has also been shown to lead to increased weight loss by decreasing the amount you eat at meals. It’s hard for your eyes to be bigger than your stomach when you’re already full from downing plenty of water! Staying hydrated also promotes good digestion, so you’re less likely to end up backed up and bloated.
You’ve done your tests and measurements, and you’ve made certain purchases. Plus, you’ve familiarized yourself with what to expect. Now it’s time to get serious. Sit quietly and think about your goals. Visualize success. Give yourself a pep talk if it helps. It’s time to lose significant pounds and inches.

nd3000/ShutterstockLet’s say you moved to a new home and are all settled in. Or you’re in a line of work where you have the summer off. “A new lifestyle and routine is the perfect time to start with new good habits,” says Stephens. That might mean you make small tweaks to start marching toward your larger goal, like starting the day with a healthy breakfast (now’s the time to break out your avocado toast skills) or reducing the amount of sugar or cream you have in your coffee.
Pencil workouts into your daily planner the same way you do dinner with friends or that important business meeting. This will help hold you accountable. It’ll also force you to choose a specific time to get your sweat on, making it more likely you’ll stick to it.
Not only do activities like group fitness exercises help hold you accountable to a specific time and place to work out, it’s also a great way to meet friends. After all, you’re likely to start seeing and befriending class regulars. Classes also provide an opportunity to try something new in a safe, supportive environment.
Ideally, you’ll slowly wean yourself off favorite foods that are heavily processed and high in fat or calories, and replace them with more nutritious options. At any time during this process, feel free to come up with a new eating plan that increases some healthful foods and decreases others. It’s best for WLC members to create a new plan at the end of the week. When you do so, the WLC electronic journal wipes your slate clean.
Tired of carrying around those extra pounds? The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to create a low-calorie eating plan that you can stick to for a long time. If you just want to drop a few pounds fast, there are plenty of techniques and tips you can adopt to help you reach your short-term goals, too. Scroll down to Step 1 to learn more. Understand that you may not lose more than a pound or two per week, however.
“Sweet potatoes are a great post-workout snack. They’re low on the glycemic index and rich in fiber which helps tame that out-of-control appetite many people have after they exercise.” — Shaun T, celebrity fitness trainer and creator of Insanity, Max:30 and Hip Hop Abs
Drinking water not only keeps fat toxins moving out of the body, it also keeps your metabolism running optimally. In fact, in a 2013 study showed 14 healthy men and women increased their metabolic rate by 30 percent after drinking about 16 ounces of water! (4)
Drink water and supplement electrolytes. Most common problems come from dehydration or lack of electrolytes. When you start keto (and even in the long run), make sure that you drink plenty of water, salt your foods, and take a multivitamin. If you’re still experiencing issues, you can order electrolyte supplements individually.
Instead, look at the changes you’re making to your diet as small steps on the path to a leveled up live.  You’re not depriving yourself of junk food because you want to suffer, but rather because you want a better life, a happier existence, and/or because you want to set a good example for your children.

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