Did you know that from Halloween to Christmas the average American gains 8-10 pounds? Well, it’s no surprise when we have three holidays focused around eating within a 90-day period, or make it four holidays if you count New Year’s too! Sure, making smart food choices is always going to be helpful. Yes, going to the gym consistently can make you leaner and stronger. But what about your internal system running the whole show? If your lymphatic system or adrenal glands get burned out due to environmental stressors, poor food choices (i.e. Halloween candy), or excessive use of stimulants, your body won’t be functioning in optimal condition, and that IS going to put a hamper on your upcoming holidays.
Did you know 1 in 4 Americans eat the same type of food every single day? Even if that food is healthy, it could be making it more difficult for your body to shed extra pounds. Every food and macronutrient seems to provide unique benefits to the body. Anthropology shows that the “hunter and gatherer” ancestors ate a wide variety of foods to help stave off disease and maintain health. Thus, eating a wide variety of foods not only keeps us from food boredom, but actually benefits our gut health and metabolism! So here are some ways to help you change it up.
Since we don’t plow the fields and milk the cows each day anymore, we have become a modern, industrialized society of sitting. Most of the population spends 10+ hours in the day just sitting, whether we are working in front of a computer, checking messages on our phone, eating meals with friends, or lounging in front of the TV. Of course in an ideal world, all of us would have the time to go to the gym for an hour each day, but if you get too busy and have to skip a day, here’s a few suggestions to get just a little more movement out of each day.
One guarantee in the life of an active exerciser is there will be a day or phase when we just don’t feel like it. Whether that’s because we are in a stale routine, plateaued, have little energy or zapped strength…it is going to happen and the reasons why can be numerous. Maybe that is not you right at the moment and you’re dialed in and getting your workouts in. But you could still use a little extra boost to performance, intensity and recovery, right?
Did you know that some foods are considered “fat-burning”? These foods are packed with key nutrients, like healthy fats which are key to breakdown and metabolism of bad fats. Some contain lean protein which keeps us feeling full and provide nourishment to our muscles.
The more muscle we can maintain or build…the more calories we can burn! Other foods on this list contain special nutrients like antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which all have a supportive role in fat burning. Our bodies are truly amazing and complex machines! Feed them right. Here’s our list of the best “fat-burning” foods to consume: