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Get Fit for Summer

How To Lose Weight For The Summer

As summer draws near, more and more people are going to start looking at dropping a few pounds so when they hit the beach, they’re ready. Over the winter months you may have slacked off with your workout routine and consumed a few too many of the ‘comfort’ foods of the season, so now you’re paying the price and are on a mission to get leaner.

But, what’s the best way to do this? How can you lose weight for the summer season?

Let’s have a look at a few of the quick tricks that you should keep in mind as you develop your approach so you can see the best results possible.

Focus On Dual Style Workouts
The very first thing that you should consider doing as you attempt to lose weight for the summer is to focus on dual style workout sessions. This means that [...]

kale

Health Benefits of Kale

What is it?
Kale is vegetable from the cabbage species. It differs from normal, domesticated cabbage because the leaves on a kale plant do not form a head. Instead, kale heads grow leafier and more abundant than its cousin. Kale is an excellent source for a variety of different nutrients and minerals. It is also very low in fat and cholesterol. Some even consider kale to be one of the most nutritious vegetables in the world.

Why is it a superfood?
Cooked or raw, kale is a true superfood. It is extremely high in a number of vitamins and minerals, while also being low in calories and cholesterol. In fact, kale has many anti-inflammatory properties, making your heart healthier and stronger simply by eating it. In just one cup of cooked, chopped kale (about 130 grams) kale yields 354% of the daily value for vitamin A, 89% of [...]

Eating healthy while Traveling

How To Eat Well On The Road

If you’re someone who’s often travelling because of work or play, it’s important that you take the time to learn how to eat right while on the road.  Eating away from home can definitely be a challenge but with the right approach and mindset, you can still have success at sticking with a healthy diet plan and getting the body that you’re after.

Let’s have a look at some of the important tips to remember when aiming to eat well on the road.

Pre-Plan As Much As Possible
The very first thing that you should do is try and pre-plan your meals as best as possible. If you know you have a dinner date or function coming up where you may be taking in a few more calories than you should or have less control over the foods that are offered, aim to reduce back slightly [...]

Avacado

Health Benefits of Avocado

What is it

Avocados are green, spherical fruits that come from trees of the same name. They are native to South America and thrive in warm, dry climates. Although they are native to South America, avocado growing has spread internationally and you can find them year-round almost anywhere in the world. Avocados are also high in fat and calories but with proper management, avocados can and should be easily incorporated into any healthy diet plan.  

Why is it a superfood?

 Avocados are a nutrient-rich superfruit. In one 150 gram serving of the fruit (which is about 3/5 of a medium-sized avocado), an avocado will yield considerable amounts of vitamins C, E, K and B6, nourishing your body and providing it with essential and non-essential vitamins. Avocados are also an excellent source of potassium—better than bananas, in fact. One serving yields about 21% of the recommended daily value [...]

Almonds

Health Benefits of Almonds

What is it?
Almonds are actually seeds produced by the fruit of the almond tree. Whether you prefer calling them nuts or seeds doesn’t really matter, however. What really matters is the almond’s numerous health benefits. Almonds are a great source for manganese, riboflavin, magnesium and vitamin E. In just one serving size of 95 grams (about ¾ cup) you can get more than 100% the recommended daily value of both vitamin E and manganese.

One serving of almonds yields more than half the recommended daily value of magnesium and riboflavin along with a host of other important nutrients. Almonds are also a great source of protein and fiber, which can be vital if you want to lose weight. You can avoid otherwise unhealthy sources of proten (like processed meats) and the high fiber content of almonds can help regulate cravings while also providing the important fiber your body [...]