Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Five Simple Ways to Maintain Your Fat-Free Figure

Losing weight is quite easy for most moms who are determined to shed the extra pounds they gained during their pregnancy. What's difficult for them is keeping a fat-free body as it includes disciplining your mind and body not only to exercise but also to make healthy options whenever choices are to be made.

Here are four things which I try to observe in my quest for a totally fat-free body. Take a read and adapt whichever might work for your lifestyle or fitness goals.

1) Keep yourself hydrated. Apart from keeping the body hydrated, water helps the body to continue burning unwanted fats. Medical experts and fitness trainers agree to the many health and fat-burning benefits of drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Every chemical reaction happening in your body needs water. If you're slightly dehydrated during the day, you can't expect your entire body to function well. Practice drinking water before and while eating. This will help you feel full and cut your cravings for extra calories.

2) Drink tea instead of coffee. Tea, specifically matcha tea, has more anti-oxidants and hunger-quelling hormones compared to coffee. If you can take the taste of coffee as it is, you can add some almonds or soya milk on it to improve the taste. It is best to mix all these with hot water so you will feel awake and energized before hitting the gym to workout.


3) Trim your midsection through circuit resistance training. Cardio exercises can only do so much when it comes to burning. Engage in a high-intensity circuit training which will discipline your entire body to lose fat overall and not just on certain spots. Burpees, crunches, jump squats, mountain climbers, fast push-ups, sprinting are great examples of this. Do twenty minutes of cardio and twenty minutes of circuit resistance training consistently to see the difference in your body.



4) Keep a diary of what you eat daily.  This will help you become more aware of what you eat during the day and how much you're eating - including mindless munching while you're working. Food journals can also reveal the patterns that lead to overeating.




Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Perfect Salads and Smoothies to Match Your Daily Workout

It is important to keep yourself nourished and hydrated during training. Here are a few salad and smoothie recipes which you can enjoy before hitting the gym to workout. They're expected to provide you with the much-needed nutrients to boost your energy all throughout your workout.


Pumpkin and Feta Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

1 cup pumpkin, diced
¼ cup cold-pressed extra-virgin coconut oil
1 bunch brocollini200 g chicken thigh
Sea salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
1 large handful spinach
1 tbsp kim chi or sauerkraut(fermented vegetables)
30 g goat's feta1 small handful walnuts, chopped
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Preheat oven to 180°C

Procedure:

1) Peel the pumpkin. Dice it.
2) Coat it with coconut oil. Bake it in oven until soft.
3) Boil a small saucepan of water and steam the broccoli. Set aside to cool.
4) Add the chicken in a pan with 1 tbsp of coconut oil. Season it with salt and pepper.
5) Cook over a high heat. Flip it halfway.
6) Use the spinach as base in a large bowl or plate. Add fermented vegetables, roasted pumpkin and diced broccoli.
7) Crumble goat's feta. Then, sprinkle walnuts and diced chicken on top.
8) Dress it with extra-virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar.


Banana Smoothie with Natural Yougurt and Skim Milk

Ingredients:

1 ripe banana
1 cup your choice of milk
1 cup plain natural yoghurt
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp of ground cinnamon

Procedure:

Pop all the ingredients into the blender and whizz.


Super Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:

2 scoops protein powder (whey or non-dairy substitute)
1 frozen banana
½ frozen mango
1 fresh or frozen kiwifruit
½ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
½ avocado
2 cups coconut water, almond milk or ?ltered water
1–2 tsp maca powder
1–2 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup spinach
Ice

Procedure:

Pop all the ingredients into the blender and whizz.

Benefits of Both Smoothies :
Fruits, spinach, chia seeds and maca powder supply ready energy to facilitate maximum intensity while yogurt, milk and coconut water provide protein and carbs.

Note: If you find the fruits already sweet, don't use honey as it is essentially sugar.