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What Your Scale Is Really Telling You

February 21, 2017

If your goal is weight loss, it can be easy to celebrate when you see the number on the scale fall by a few pounds one day, then worry when the scale jumps by a pound or two the next day. But what do these short-term fluctuations in weight really tell you?

What causes weight to fluctuate?

Short-term fluctuations in weight are normal and generally reflect changes in your body’s level of water. It’s not possible under typical circumstances for your body to gain or lose several pounds of fat over the course of just a few days. Diet, exercise, weather, and your bathroom habits are all factors that can change the level of water in your body and cause the number on the scale to change, too.

For example, eating salty food causes your body to hold on to extra water. Until your body clears out the excess salt and the water that comes with it, your weight will increase by a few pounds. An intense, sweaty workout can cause your weight to decrease by several pounds from the fluids you lose as sweat. Once you are fully rehydrated and your level of body water is restored, your weight will increase again.

Metabolism and Your Scale

Aside from salty foods and sweaty workouts, your metabolism can also influence your body’s water balance and cause day-to-day fluctuations in weight.

Your body’s process of carbohydrate metabolism is one example. As part of normal metabolism, your body stores a small amount of carbohydrate that is used to maintain steady blood sugar levels between meals and to power muscles during exercise. This reserve of stored carbohydrate, called glycogen, attracts and holds extra water. When your body’s glycogen reserves are full, your level of body water will be much higher than when your reserves are depleted.

Both your diet and your exercise habits can lead to changes in the body’s level of stored glycogen. Because normal variations in your body’s glycogen stores affect your level of body water, weight fluctuations are part of normal metabolism.

Weigh the Right Way

While it’s normal for body weight to fluctuate by several pounds over the course of a week or even during a single day, weighing yourself is still a useful method to track your progress. However, stepping on the scale too frequently can make it hard to see long-term changes because of temporary fluctuations in body weight.

Checking your weight less often, once a week or once a month for example, will give you a good idea of your progress while limiting the distracting influence of short-term fluctuations in weight. Also, weighing yourself on the same scale, on same day of the week, and at the same time of day will help you get the most consistent measurement.

Watching the scale drop by a few pounds only to see it rise again by the end of the week can feel discouraging. But when you know what your scale is really telling you, it’s easy to avoid being distracted by short-term weight fluctuations and stay focused on your long-term goals.

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Diet vs Exercise: 6 Reasons Why Diet Is More Important

February 14, 2017

While many tout exercise and physical exertion as the secret for lasting weight loss, it is actually what you eat and the quality of what you eat – your diet – that is the main driver of permanent weight loss.

I’m not saying don’t exercise, I’m saying that it will not necessarily help you achieve your weight loss goals.

Below are the reasons why diet drives weight loss more than exercise does, and some ways you can benefit from this.

Exercise Alone Is Not the Main Factor in Significant or Quick Weight Loss

Numerous studies have shown that exercise without paying attention to your diet does not result in significant weight loss. This is mainly because most of us consume more calories than we burn when we increase our physical activity – without even realizing it. Whether we consume more snacks or just grab fast, convenient, but not necessarily healthy meals on the go, our subconscious eating habits can easily erase the benefits of even a daily exercise program.

To counteract this, try keeping a food log that details each and every calorie you consume as well as your saturated fat and sugar intake. You will see exactly what you eat and areas where you can improve your diet will be obvious.

Your Appetite Increases When You Exercise

We’ve discussed how regular exercise may cause a subconscious consumption of calories. Research suggests that intense physical exertion actually increases your metabolism and appetite. These studies have verified that those who participate in rigid exercise programs also generally tend to increase their calorie consumption at the same time. Over time, this increased calorie consumption will negate the impact of the results of their physical exercise.

In order to keep this from happening, restrict your calories at the beginning of your weight loss plan so that you can optimize the effects of your workouts. You shouldn’t feel excessively hungry on the 30 Day Program, but feeling some hunger is an inevitable side effect of shedding weight, so a little hunger is to be expected.

Increased Physical Activity Effected Rising Obesity Levels

The percentage of people who exercise increased noticeably in the US between 2001 and 2009. However, a corresponding reduction in obesity did not occur. In fact, obesity rose among adults during this same time period. This demonstrates that exercise alone is not enough to keep you from gaining weight or protect you from the onset of chronic conditions caused by diet.

It may be difficult to overcome this challenge, but it can be done by being mindful of the nutritional values of every snack and meal you consume. Just like logging your calorie consumption, when you are aware of the nutritional value of your meals, you can better regulate the amounts of sugar and saturated fat you consume on a regular basis. This will improve your overall health as well as optimize any workout effects.

Food Is the Fuel for Exercise

The relationship between exercise and food is misunderstood by many. Simply put, food is the fuel source that powers exercise. Without the right amount of calories, nutrients, and energy, your body cannot exercise effectively, and in consequence, you cannot achieve your weight loss goals.

You can benefit from this by making sure that you give your body the right fuel or foods to optimize your energy levels. Lean meats, fruits, and vegetables are all excellent sources of energy and by consuming them you will be better able to lose weight consistently and have enough energy for exercise. It is also important to supplement your diet regimen with high quality protein and super foods. The truth is, we will never get enough nutrients that we need just from the foods we eat. That is where super foods and nutritional balancing comes into play.

Diet and Short-Term Weight Loss

While we have focused initially on the role diet plays in long-term weight loss, it is important to know that diet is also the most important factor in driving quick, short-term weight loss. It is estimated that weight loss consists of 25% exercise and 75% diet. The analysis of over 700 weight loss studies underscores this.

This analysis revealed that the majority of participants achieved short-term results by eating smart and dieting. This is important to keep in mind as you focus initially on reducing excess calories before you begin a cardiovascular exercise program and toning regime.

Weight Loss and the Effectiveness of Exercise

Similarly, it is important to note that the mechanics of weight loss limit the effectiveness of exercising without also changing your diet. The American Dietetic Association verifies this, emphasizing that it is nearly impossible for people who are overweight to create the energy deficit of 500 to 100 calories a day required to lose weight without also reducing their caloric intake and managing their nutrition.

Knowing this fundamental rule will save you time and help you achieve your goals faster. You should also consider this fundamental rule when setting your weight loss goals in the first place. This way, you can reduce your caloric intake responsibly but in such a way that you can not only reduce your weight quickly and also keep it off over time.

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7 Ways to Boost Your Energy

February 6, 2017

Everyone would like to feel more energetic during the day.  You naturally go through periods of higher activity which contrasts with times of relaxation.  The problem occurs when more energy and concentration is required than we can give. Follow these great tips to experience more energy in your life.

1) Stay on a regular sleep schedule.  You can’t stay up late during the week-end and suddenly on Monday morning wake up refreshed.  If you do enjoy later nights on Friday and Saturday vow to get to bed early on Sunday to wake up rested.  Stop using all technology 30 min before bed- no cell phone- no lap top- no kindle.

2) In addition to increasing your early morning calorie intake and decreasing your evening calorie intake, you need to incorporate protein. Nearly all cases of mid-morning blahs, afternoon space-outs, and general exhaustion at work—ruling out that you stayed up all night with friends, or a sick child—can be attributed to low blood sugar. If you grab a cup of coffee and a bagel at 7:30AM on your way to work, caffeine and carbohydrates offer a powerful but short-lived energy boost. It’s almost a guarantee that by 10:30AM you’ll either be spacing out at your desk or heading down the hall to raid the vending machine for a quick and equally carbohydrate-laden pick-me-up. This isn’t to say that carbohydrates are bad; you need them to live and for basic brain functioning. A diet comprised mainly of carbohydrates, however, is a recipe for a constant cycle of blood sugar highs, lows, and the accompanying feelings of exhaustion that go with them. If carbohydrates are the kindling of your metabolism, protein is the slow burning old-growth wood that keeps you going. This is the protein I choose to fuel my body in the morning!

3) Take a 15-20 minute power nap.  Power naps can boost your energy, mood, productivity and creativity significantly better than the typical pick-me-up, caffeine. One of the most amazing things about taking a nap is that it doesn’t just make you more productive for a short time, it actually makes you more productive for the rest of the day.

4) Drink more water and liquids.  I know, everyone says to drink more fluids.  But most Americans are in a constant state of dehydration from filling up on coffee, tea, and sodas with caffeine.  This is very stressful to the kidneys and can cause irritation to the bladder.  Keep a sports bottle filled with your favorite flavored water or just plain and keep it with you at all times.  Set a goal- empty by lunch, refill, empty again by the time work is over. Carry plenty of water in the car too for you and your family.

5) Exercise regularly. Although it may seem contradictory, many leading researchers state that by utilizing stored up energy, you are actually making more of it. One leading researcher from the University of Georgia acknowledges that the last thing tired people want to do is workout.  However, remaining sedentary will also make you remain tired. The best thing to do, he says, is to get up and partake in some sort of physical activity.

6) Stand Up! Spend a few more minutes on your feet every hour and your energy levels will start to soar. A recent University of Sydney study found that the more people swapped sitting for standing during the day, the more their energy levels improved. How to do it? Start thinking about things you usually do sitting that you could do on your feet – like talking on the phone, folding the washing or watching TV.

7) Take regular, daily supplements of the highest quality.  Our food and diets simply do not meet the amounts needed for maximum health.  There is a difference between avoiding nutritional deficiencies and optimum performance. It’s important to fill in the gaps with more nutrient dense nutrition. Besides my protein shake chalk full of vitamins, these are my other go to things that give me high quality nutrition! (Adaptogenic Herbs, Vitamins)

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Low Carb Cottage Cheese Egg Muffins

January 24, 2017

When it comes to a quick snack, or meal I’m game! Obviously I love my protein shakes and I’ll always have those, but these are fantastic to meal prep with and make ahead of time to grab and go.  I posted a similar recipe on my gluten free blog, and like those as well but I wanted to try something different this time. I read a lot about adding cottage cheese into egg muffins for an extra boost in protein and flavor. In fact this idea all started from when I was at the Starbucks Drive Thru and I needed something high in protein and satisfying. They have these new egg bites called “Sous Vide Egg Bites”. They were seriously to die for! Very creamy, velvety and rich in flavor. But almost $5 for two little ones. I knew I could probably experiment and come up with something similar. I checked out the ingredients and it turns out there is a lot of cottage cheese in it! They have cottage cheese, eggs, cheese, gourmet bacon and some seasonings. Anyway, that is what sparked this whole thing.

This time around I just experimented and put things together I thought would work. I didn’t follow any certain recipe.  I mean, you really can’t go wrong with eggs, cheese and veggies right? The end result wasn’t what I was hoping for. While they tasted delicious, I was wanting a more velvety texture like Starbucks’ egg bites. Next time I think I will puree the cottage cheese and add a few less eggs and minimize the meat and veggies. I’ll update this post if I figure out a better ratio with cottage cheese to eggs.

Hope you enjoy!! PS- They are about 80 calories per egg muffin and almost 10 grams of protein. They freeze really well, just remember to peel off the foil wrapper if you’re going to freeze them.

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Low Carb Cottage Cheese Egg Muffins

A delicious high protein, low carb savory breakfast, snack or meal on the go.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 80 kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 Eggs Organic Preferred
  • 2 Cups 4% Cottage Cheese
  • 3/4 Cup Colby Jack Cheese
  • 2 Cups Fresh Spinach
  • 1 Cup Diced Canadian Bacon or Ham
  • 2 Jalapeno Peppers
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • 1 dash hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Dice up ham and jalapeno peppers. Chop Spinach. Set aside.

  2. In large mixing bowl crack your eggs.

  3. Season with a pinch of salt, pepper, garlic powder and a dash of hot sauce of choice. Whisk together.

  4. Add in spinach, jalapeno peppers, ham, cheese and cottage cheese. Stir together.

  5. Preheat Oven to 300 Degrees F, and line two muffin pans with foil cups. Spray cups with oil.

  6. Use a 1/4 measuring cup to scoop out mixture and put in each muffin tin.

  7. Bake on 300 Degrees for roughly 30 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.

 

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Isagenix Cleanse : 9 Day vs 30 Day System

January 19, 2017

Isagenix offers several getting started packs in their weight loss area. Usually these weight loss packs contain nutritional cleansing supplements, protein shakes and an adaptogenic vitamin juice. First of all, if you don’t know the science behind these cleansing days (or as I like to call them nutritional balancing days) then have a read here.  I highly recommend one of the packs because when you use the products all together (as they were designed) your success rate for fat loss and lean muscle mass has the highest success rate. If you decide to just use the shakes, you’ll definitely see and feel some results, but not nearly as much as using everything in a pack. I started on the 30 Day Pack and in the first six weeks without exercise had lost 2olbs and some good inches.  Because my protein intake was higher (where I should be) I didn’t lose any muscle mass. That is a good thing! You want to avoid losing muscle mass when you’re trying to lose weight. In simple terms, the more muscle we have the faster our metabolism works. When cut the amount of calories we need our metabolism can slow down and even be in pretty bad shape. People who diet or try to lose weight don’t get enough calories or protein which then causes them to lose muscle mass and in turn slows down their metabolism.

The second part of the puzzle is cleanse days. On cleanse days we put our body in a short period of fasting. This allows our body to increase the fat burning hormone and decrease the stress or fat storing hormone (cortisol). We also drink our Cleanse for Life Juice during this time so that we can get rid of the toxins stored in our fat cells. The CFL helps them turn from fat soluble to water soluble so we can excrete them.  We don’t do this nutritional cleansing longer than 48 hours because after that time you can start to lose muscle mass, and that is not what we want here!

Now that you have a little bit of an idea of what cleansing is, let me explain what a shake day is. Shake days is what we call them, but they are really just healthy eating days! For those who are wanting to lose weight, they will incorporate two shakes into their day. The most common way people do it is:

Breakfast: Shake
Mid Morning Snack
Lunch: Shake
Mid Afternoon Snack
Dinner: 500-600 calories of a Healthy Meal

*If you want you can swap so that you’re your Meal is at Lunch and your Shake is at Dinner.

I personally try to time it so that after my workout I can drink my shake as my post workout shake. Some days I’ll add an extra shake in. A lot of it depends on your goals. Athletes will do more meals and possibly more protein. We offer a higher protein shake that has 36 grams of protein and makes an incredible post work out shake! For those who are in maintenance, they will do one shake a day and maybe one cleanse day a month. Just because you got rid of toxins a few times doesn’t mean they are gone forever. They come back in our food, water, air, clothing and more. So its always good to do a cellular (nutritional) cleanse every now and again.

Now to compare the two systems. They are actually very similar!

Isagenix 9 Day Cleansing & Fat Burning System Isagenix 30 Day Cleansing & Fat Burning System
$148 $270
Includes Shakes For 1 Week (14 meals) Includes Shakes For 4 Weeks (56 Meals)
Includes Cleansing Products for 4 Days Includes Cleansing Products for 4 Days
Includes an Energy Drink Includes A Shaker Cup Filled With Samples
Annual Membership Fee $29 Annual Membership Fee $29
Breaks down to $19/Day Breaks down to $10/Day

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*We have a couple larger packs that include free membership and more bells and whistles here and here.
When you join with me, you get access to our support pages and have 24/7 support with our team. I can guide you through your shake days and cleanse days and help you adjust anything needed based on your custom needs and goals. I will also share with you our cash back option. To order, use the links above, or contact me and I’ll get you set up.

As for the cleansing schedule, the 9 day cleanse will have you start with 2 cleanse days, do five shake days and then finish with two cleanse days. It’s a little more aggressive right off the bat. I personally don’t like that because I think its best if your body adjust and prepares by doing a couple (4-5 shake days first).
That is why I always recommend the 30 Day Cleanse Because you have enough shakes to start slow, then go in for the cleanses. There is a lot of flexibility with this. You can do one cleanse day per week, or you can do two cleanse days (48 hours) twice in the month. Here is the example of a schedule a newbie would follow:

Isagenix Cleanse Schedule Chart Options

So in the end, there isn’t one right answer for everyone. That is why there are several pack options for people to start on.  I can’t possibly tell you that one is right over the other since your budget and goals are different from the next person. I am however great at guiding you to what will help you based on your goals and needs. One more thing that people frequently ask is, do they have to do a pack every month? The short answer is no, but it depends on your goals. You’re free to do whatever you want, however if you want to reach your goals faster then yes, I would be doing everything in the 30 Day Pack until I’ve reached my goal. I ordered it for my first three months. Then I decided to only order enough for two shakes a day plus a few other items here and there. It’s totally up to you! But I highly recommend ordering a pack your first month so that you can experience all the benefits, energy, better sleep, fat loss etc. If you’re open to taking a deeper look and would like to be added to my private nutritional page on facebook, or you simply just have a question about getting started, shoot me a message! With their 30 Day Money Back Guarantee there’s nothing to lose!

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The Science Behind Cleansing

January 18, 2017

Cleansing is one of the many reasons that this system is different from other “diets”. In fact, diet is really the wrong word to use to describe Isagenix.

Isagenix has been leading the way to health by advocating the practice of cleansing for more than a decade. Now, recent scientific findings are leading nutritional researchers to believe that this practice of “cleansing”—a combination of intermittent fasting with herbs and vitamins that support detoxification—provides surprising health benefits.

A body of evidence in both animals and humans has been steadily building to support cleansing in combination with herbal supplementation and calorie restriction as a foundation for weight control, appetite regulation, improved insulin sensitivity, brain health, cell and tissue maintenance, and detoxification.

Weight Control

One of the first things that people notice when they embark on Cleanse Days is the weight loss. Studies on intermittent fasting have shown that it is just as an effective approach for weight loss as compared to cutting calories. In one study, overweight women who fasted intermittently for six months lost more weight than women who restricted their calories each day.

Reset Food Cravings

It would seem that after a day of not eating, one would be more likely to gorge on food when it was re-introduced. Not so. Evidence suggests that when intermittent fasting becomes a habit, less food is commonly eaten during normal calorie days. Some theories imply that this could be due to shrinking of the stomach on fast days so that you are less likely to overindulge at meal time. Along the same concept, Isagenix cleansers proclaim that Cleanse Days practically erase any previous food cravings they used to have.

Reset Insulin Sensitivity

Insulin sensitivity—how well insulin does its job of ushering glucose in the blood (after eating food) into the appropriate body tissues where it is used for energy—also looks to be “reset” by fasting. One study showed that healthy men who fasted for 20 hours every other day for 15 days had increased rates of glucose uptake, signifying improved insulin sensitivity and better blood sugar control.

Brain Protection

Research on fasting’s effect on brain and mood has so far been done on animals, but the results are still promising. It appears that fasting stimulates the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which increases the resistance of brain neurons to degeneration and preserves learning and memory. Fasting has also shown to be beneficial in the brain for stimulating growth of new brain neurons, called neurogenesis. When levels of BDNF increase, so do levels of serotonin, otherwise known as the “feel good” neurotransmitter. This could help explain why one study among aging men found that after two-day fasts, their moods and perceptions of quality of life were improved.

Time for the Body to go to Work–On Itself  

One of the most important defense mechanisms the body has to guard itself against aging is a process called autophagy. Autophagy can be thought of as the body doing its own internal “housekeeping” so that all organ systems and processes continue to run smoothly. Old, damaged cell components are repaired or discarded so that cells can continue to function optimally. Autophagy in the body decreases as we age, so the body’s ability to self-help itself is reduced as well. Calorie restriction, including fasting, has been found to promote autophagy to mend the body’s cells. It’s as if the consumption of fewer calories allows the body to rest and to go into recovery mode. This has been proposed to be the reason why calorie restriction and fasting have an “anti-aging” effect.

Detoxification

Lastly, there is the detoxification that can take place on Cleanse Days. Often misunderstood, improved detoxification (or the increased efficiency of phase 1, 2, and 3 enzyme systems) while on Cleanse Days may be one of the most fascinating parts of the scientific story behind Cleanse Days. Nutritional support in the form of antioxidant vitamins and botanicals is essential in the detoxification process because some toxins are produced as the result of free radical activity. Additionally, nutritional support is needed to counteract the oxidative damage caused by toxins.

Isagenix Cleanse Days do more than just help you lose weight. As science has shown, cleansing benefits aspects of the entire body, helping it to reset, and restore. By including Isagenix Cleanse Days in your lifestyle, you are committing to living healthier and for longer.

Isagenix cleanse intermittant fastingHere is our newest study that you can read that has even more support to back up how effect this is.

New Isagenix Study Findings on Weight Loss and Toxins

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Staying Healthy While Traveling

January 17, 2017

No matter where you travel, whether it be across the state, country or globe, it can be pretty stressful. Staying healthy while traveling is a key factor, and the traveler should maintain a high state of wellness to prevent complications towards illnesses after his trip. After my recent trip across the country, I realized that traveling doesn’t come easy for everyone and it can be quite stressful on our health.

Jetlag Blues

The most common effect of constant traveling across different time zones is the jetlag. It is defined as the feeling of an individual of having similar symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, and general irritability caused by a tired mind. The new environment and the new culture, as well as the new body clock system may distort the normal time for rest of an individual. This would cause consistent stress on the body functions, resulting to an inefficient output of energy by the different organs which are dependent on day and night settings. When I was visiting Texas, I was a few hours ahead of my normal time so having to get up in the morning was more tiring as usual. The time change really can get you in a funk and before you know it you’re not getting as much sleep and a little more tired.

A jetlag is commonly experienced a few days at max by a traveler until such time that internal homeostasis is achieved by manually calibrating sleep and dietary
patterns with the new place.

Dehydration Is One Of The Main Culprits

Another reason which causes discomfort on a traveler such as headaches and nausea are caused by dehydration during the flight. The mere duration of the flight is enough to deprive the human body of enough water and fluids to maintain efficient hydration. I personally don’t like to drink a lot of fluids on an airplane because getting up and using the bathroom isn’t a comfortable experience. Climbing over the passengers, or even having to wait in line for it. Just to squeeze into this tiny little bathroom. No thanks! I’d rather not drink anything. But the problem with that is I get dehydrated by the end of the day and it definitely effects me on my trip.  Furthermore, the different pressure changes happening to the internal cabin also affect the body functions and metabolic speeds, and therefore the consumption of fluids inside the body.

It is advisable to drink constantly throughout the flight with clear water to keep the body hydrated and supplied.  As dehydration sets in, the flow of blood is slowed down. This blood is essential to carry oxygen to the different parts of the body, especially to the brain. A lack of oxygen supply would result therefore in a more irritable personality, and also a sleepy feeling due to the lack of oxygen and increase of carbon dioxide instead.

One of the most effective ways to combat the effects of traveling such as jetlag and disorientation is to sleep well before the flight, during the flight, and after the flight. This way, the traveler has more energy and during and after the trip to do the things they want.

Here are a few other ways you can help make your traveling less stressful:

  • Download all your videos and movies ahead of time to your device. Netflix now allows to download and view shows offline
  • Bring an empty water bottle to fill up after security if flying
  • Pack your bags further in advance to ensure a good nights sleep
  • Wear comfortable clothes and pack a light carry on bag
  • Pack toys, games, snacks and entertainment for kids
  • Download the Uber App in advance if you need to catch a ride
  • Pack some medicine in case of a head ache or illness
  • Bring an extra phone cable or battery charger

 

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Top Health & Fitness Trends for 2017

January 10, 2017

So, you’ve probably noticed…Top health and fitness trends for 2017 are vying for our attention, like crazy, all over social media.

But, it can be so hard to know which ones are just fads and which will have legitimate value and staying power well into the future…

But here are a few of the top health and fitness trends for 2017 to pay attention to, that will likely be the most helpful to keep you fit and healthy this year and beyond.

What are the Top Fitness, Health and Wellness Trends for 2017?

1.  Online Wellness Info – According to Pew Research, 72% of internet users say they looked online for health information of one kind or another within the past year. This includes searches related to serious conditions, general information searches, and searches for minor health problems. In fact the third most popular activity people do online—right behind checking email and using a search engine—is looking for answers to health questions. Health and Fitness brands should consider a robust informational content program to aid in discovery and build trust with consumers.

2. Fusion Fitness – Fusion fitness blends various workout styles such as Tabata and Ballet Barre for a fun way to mix up your traditional workout routine.  Look for a fusion fitness class at your local gym, online or various workout DVDs that you can do at home. Here are a few fitness DVDs that are tried and true or are just plain awesome.  One Week Shred, Booty Barre, FOCUS

3. Nutritional Cleansing – Another of the top health and fitness trends for 2017 will include a movement towards more nutritional cleansing to rid the body of unwanted toxins that prevent the body from releasing unhealthy fat.  Global Cleanse Day is coming up and people all over the world will be celebrating the practice of cleansing for general health and well-being.  Learn more about nutritional cleansing basics here.

4. Digital Fitness Technology – In 2015-16, wearable fitness trackers such as the FitBit were on the top of everyone’s holiday wish list. In 2017, the trend will continue as people use apps and wearable trackers to motivate themselves to exercise, monitor their health and share their success with family and friends via social media. As technology improves, people will want to upgrade and improve, investing in new fitness gadgets and products because they’ve already learned the benefits of integrating these products into their daily lives. I decided to skip the fit bit and went straight for the chest monitor strap and I love it. I feel its more accurate than the wrist band, and love the tracking capabilities.

5. Body Weight Training – use your own body weight as resistance to build lean muscle and sculpt a healthier looking physique in 2017.  You don’t need any fancy equipment; just your own body weight will do the trick.

6. Prevention Focus – Another trend and movement in health and fitness during 2016 and beyond will to be focus more on wellness to prevent sickness and on natural health solutions rather than on medicine or chemicals (whenever it can be avoided).

7. Fitness and Weight Loss Accountability Groups – Another of the continuing Top Health and fitness trends in 2017 will be in social media groups to help people become healthy, educate, motivate and have a community of like minded people supporting one another.  Accountability groups are a great way to help people feel encouraged and stay on track with their fitness and weight loss goals.  (If you’d like to join mine with almost 100k people with tons of support, health tips etc, shoot me a message/comment and I’ll add you in!)

8. Focus on Self-Education and Nutrition Awareness – More and more people are taking the initiative to get educated on the importance of wellness, fitness and nutrition.  Rather than just taking someones word for it, there is a growing trend to learn more about how to be healthy and fit for life! These books are my recent favorite reads: Wheat Belly, Grain Brain, Why We Get Fat : And What To Do About It

9. Yoga, Pilates Hybrids – Another fitness trend carrying on and expanding into 2017 will be the hybrid workouts stemming with roots in both Yoga and Pilates such as the newly popular Piyo workout which combines elements of Pilates, Yoga, strength and cardio.

10. Online Workouts – Continuing and growing in 2017 are also online workout routines and channels such as on YouTube.  There are so many growing and popular fitness personalities and companies that have free workout videos that you can do at home.

Some to check out would be:

  • FitnessBlender.com
  • PopSugar Fitness
  • BeFit
  • XHitDaily
  • Blogilates

What are some of the health and fitness trends you plan on doing or incorporating into your lifestyle this year? What are some of your health goals?

 

 

What is Cleansing and Why is it Important?

January 2, 2017
Confused about all the different types of cleanses out there? The concept of cleansing in general can be completely foreign to many people. Add on conflicting information on the Internet and so many options to choose from and it’s no surprise that there can be misunderstandings about cleansing, how cleansing works, or how to complete a successful cleanse. For health-informed consumers, Isagenix offers a different approach to nutritional cleansing that is supported by clinical studies. A key difference in cleansing with Isagenix is intermittent fasting. The scientifically supported system incorporates intermittent fasting on Cleanse Days and calorie restriction on Shake Days.

The combination of Cleanse and Shake Days is shown to be more effective than traditional dieting for initial weight loss and weight maintenance. When used as directed in our system guidelines, Isagenix products including Cleanse for Life as part of Cleanse Days and IsaLean Shake as part of Shake Days have demonstrated excellent results.

Cleanse for Life 101

Intermittent fasting is the term used for an eating pattern that involves the regular abstinence from normal foods and meals. Fasting normally is performed for a period of one or two days per week or month.

While weight loss or weight maintenance is seen as a primary benefit from intermittent fasting, the practice has demonstrated efficacy for reducing abdominal fat (visceral fat) and, as a result, an improvement in insulin sensitivity and overall cardiovascular health.

Additionally, research has found that fasting initiates the recycling of old and dysfunctional components of cells through enzymatic pathways termed “autophagy”. Autophagy is thought of as a cellular self-cleaning mechanism that is suggested to have benefits for overall health.

Cleanse for Life is the nutritional support that is considered a key distinction of intermittent fasting with Isagenix. Its inclusion is what defines Cleanse Days and separates them from normal fasting completed only with water. The inclusion of the drink as a Cleanse Day companion provides nutrient-packed benefits along with a greater chance for a successful cleanse. Cleanse for Life contains a mixture of botanical extracts and nutrients to support detoxification. This proprietary blend is especially designed for use in conjunction with intermittent fasting. With its addition of turmeric and ashwagandha, Cleanse for Life is shown to be effective in studies for influencing antioxidant and detoxification pathways in cells. The support for the body’s own antioxidant and detoxification systems offers a complete cleanse experience and better overall health.

How to Use Cleanse for Life

Cleanse for Life is available in both a liquid concentrate and powder form. It’s consumed either as a concentrated shot or diluted with water. Additionally, it can be served chilled, poured over ice, or mixed with hot (but not boiling) water to be enjoyed as a hot tea.

The product can be taken every day for daily antioxidant and detoxification support or on Cleanse Days.

Daily Cleansing – As a daily supplement, directions for taking Cleanse for Life are to consume one to two fluid ounces or one scoop up to twice daily. There’s no wrong time to take Cleanse for Life. However, while it’s not so important when the product is taken, some report better results when taking a daily dose before they go to bed.

Deep Cleansing – Double the daily serving (four liquid ounces or two scoops) and take four times spread throughout the day. The four servings of Cleanse for Life on a Cleanse Day are designed to be accompanied by up to six Isagenix Snacks™ per day and plenty of water. Other optional Cleanse Day support products include taking one Natural Accelerator capsule twice daily, one to two IsaFlush capsules, up to two IsaDelight chocolates, up to two e+ shots, Ionix Supreme, or up to four cups of black Isagenix Coffee.

Cleanse Day routines can vary among different participants, depending on individual goals. Some cleansers may also need to modify dietary intake on a Cleanse Day so that it includes more than suggested guidelines call for to support blood sugar control depending on their situation.

Those seeking weight loss can often find Cleanse Days intimidating or requiring quite a lot of effort. New cleansers are encouraged to take it easy—not immediately jumping into performing full Cleanse Days or two consecutive days of Deep Cleansing. Starting out with Shake Days allows for a more gradual reduction in calorie intake. Some may wish to attempt half a Cleanse Day before working up to a full Cleanse Day.

No Juices, Laxatives, or Diuretics

A common concern about cleansing is the involvement of either drastic starvation plans, use of sugary juices, or use of dangerous ingredients that act as laxatives and diuretics. There are no laxatives or diuretics in Cleanse for Life. Unlike other cleanses, the Isagenix System includes cleansing that is clinically shown to be effective and safe.

With the right preparation and a little self-motivation, participants are often pleasantly surprised at how effortless Cleanse Days can be. After seeing and feeling the results in the form of consistent weight loss and improved health, they may also find that Cleanse Days become the favorite part of their week.

Isagenix Cleanse

I’ve been personally using the Cleanse For Life for almost 2 years and can say that I’ve never felt healthier. I’ve used it about 1-2x per month, and do regular healthy eating combined with protein shakes on all my other days. It’s been incredible to see how my body has changed. I highly recommend and am happy to also add anyone to our private nutrition page for more info. We have almost 100K people in there. Just shoot me your email and ask to be added in!

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