Beginner Weight Loss Tips: Simple Ways to Burn More Calorie

Fit with chrisLosing weight and getting into shape can be a long process. However, you do not have to completely reinvent your life in order to burn additional calories and begin to live a healthier lifestyle. In fact, there are a number of simple steps that you can take that will result in burning some additional calories. These simple ways to get more exercise can help you to begin to lose weight, build physical endurance and get started on the path to better health.

Park in the Back

When pulling into a parking lot, choose a spot in the back of the lot. By doing so you will add a few steps to your daily routine and add to the total number of calories burned. When possible, carry your bags to the car instead of using a cart. Carrying the additional weight of the bags will also help you to burn more calories on the walk back to your car. If you do use a cart, you can get some more exercise by walking it back to the store instead of leaving it in the parking lot.

Take a Stand

It is estimated that a person burns 50% more calories standing up than sitting down. You should try to spend as much time as possible standing up throughout the day. For example, you could stand up while talking on the phone or while watching television. Standing up also helps to improve circulation, which is important for those who spend a lot of time sitting down at work or at home or who have circulatory problems.

Weight Training

You don't have to buy a lot of expensive equipment or go to the gym to get a workout. Simply doing a few push-ups, pull-ups, squats or other exercise will help you to limber up, build muscle and burn more calories. These simple exercises can be completed in an office, in the living room or wherever you are. Add repetitions over time to keep the workout useful and to continue burning calories. There are plenty of myths that you may have heard about weight and strength training. Don't fall into that trap!

Take the Stairs

Taking the stairs instead of an elevator is another good way to burn additional calories in your daily life. If the trip is too far to walk the whole way, just walking a few floors before getting onto the elevator will still help you to burn more calories than simply riding the elevator for the entire trip. It is also beneficial to walk down steps, as this too will burn more calories than riding on an elevator.

You will not only be burning calories when you are exercising, you will also be building muscle. As muscle needs more energy than fat, the addition of muscle to your body will result in your body using more calories even while you are resting. To keep burning calories and building muscles, you should strive to be more active and to get a little more exercise each day. By starting small and staying with it, you will likely be surprised how easy it is to get into the routine of exercising and to begin shedding pounds.

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Fit with C.H.R.I.S. is a celebrity style personal training service for clients that need that extra push! They provide the option to train in a private facility or in the comfort of your own home. Their program is designed to assist individuals in their everyday wellness needs.

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Shed Stomach Fat Fast: The Best Exercises To Help You Achieve Toned Abs

slimmer, fitter, strongerAs we slowly begin to crawl out of Winter many of you will be anticipating the summer. Nothing screams summer more than blissful long days spent at the beach under the warmth of the sun.

Whilst all of us will have lost our colour a little and perhaps gained some weight over the winter months nobody wants to take the plunge and expose all at the beach in this shape.

It’s time to change your attitude, get exercising and cut away the fat to reveal your toned exterior.

Here are some of the best exercises to help you achieve toned abs and get you the perfect beach body:

The Abdominal Hold

  1. Find yourself a sturdy and well-weighted chair and sit straight, perched towards the edge of the seat.
  2. Following this, take your hands either side of your legs and grip the edge of the seat with your fingers pointing in the direction of your knees.
  3. The next step is to raise your toes two to four inches off the floor tightening your abs in the process. Then, extending and straightening your arms, lift your bum off of the chair.
  4. Aim to hold this position for around 5 – 10 seconds before lowering yourself back onto your seat and repeating.
  5. Keep this up for a minute each time you perform the exercise and you’re sure to be well on your way to solid abs.

The Pelvic Tilt

Next is an exercise that works wonders on your lower abdominals.

  1. To perform the pelvic tilt you must start out lying on the floor. You may use an exercise mat to provide some extra cushioning on hard flooring.
  2. Next, raise your knees bringing your feet closer towards your bum, tightening your core muscles in the process.
  3. Keeping your feet flat on the ground raise your pelvis in the direction of the ceiling. Hold this for around five seconds before lowering yourself back to the ground again.
  4. Give yourself a short break before repeating the exercise a further 7-11 times (8-12 reps in total).

The Plank

Tone those absThe plank is perhaps one of the most well known abdominal exercises and is sure to bring you that toned core that you have always longed for.

  1. Firstly, lay down flat on the floor facing the ground. Then, much alike a press-up, raise yourself up straightening your arms. Now only your palms and toes should be touching the floor.
  2. Keeping your back straight, hold the position for as long as you possibly can.

The Vertical Leg Crunch

  1. Lying on your back extend your legs towards the ceiling (knees slightly bent). Keeping your legs in a fixed position, aim to lift your torso towards your knees making sure your shoulder blades leave the floor.
  2. You may place your hands behind your head for support and to help you keep your chin up. However, ensure you do not pull on your neck.
  3. Once you have completed the contraction lower your upper body back to the floor and respect another 11-15 times (12-16 rep in total).

Crunch those absIf you feel you may need a little help achieving that toned physique fit for the beach this Summer then don’t hesitate. Employ the help of a personal trainer as we emerge from the winter and make our way into spring 2014.

If you are looking for a personal trainer they don’t come much better or more qualified for the role than London’s Gerald Smith. With a degree in Exercise, Nutrition and Health and plenty of experience under his belt Gerald is sure to help you get in shape. Visit http://www.slimmerfitterstronger.com/ to see what he can do for you.

 

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Healthy Desserts Made Using Rapeseed Oil

cupcake - healthy eatingWe all know the advantages of using rapeseed oil as our cooking oil of choice, rather than the traditional alternatives such as vegetable oil or sunflower oil, but not as many of us know the benefits of using this delicious oil as a replacement ingredient in some of our favourite desserts, changing them from naughty treats into a truly healthy option.

When trying to become fit and healthy it helps to have a basic understanding of the essential vitamins and minerals we need to push us in the right direction, but past that it’s really a case of making smart choices so we can then move forward and choose to cook using healthier ingredients, such as rapeseed oil in place of a less healthy alternative, so to slowly but surely increase our overall health.

For some delicious, healthy dessert recipes using rapeseed oil to put you on this path right away, look no further than the wonderful four examples below:

Scrumptious Carrot Cake

There’s something about carrot cake that makes us go weak at the knees, with carrot cake being voted at the United Kingdom's favourite cake, according to a Radio Times survey from 2011. Though carrot cake in its traditional form has been incredibly popular since the second world war, you can easily make a much healthier version using non-traditional cooking oils to suit your pallet.

To make carrot cake using rapeseed oil, use 75ml of rapeseed oil in replacement of butter during the cooking process, then cook the cake as you normally would using traditional ingredients. Making this one, simple change will reduce the saturated fat of your carrot cake by a staggering sixty percent.

Warm Oat and Blueberry Muffins

Once again replacing butter with rapeseed oil for a significantly healthier dessert, don’t be afraid to cook up a large batch of warm oat and blueberry muffins at a time, as once cool they are ideal for freezing to be enjoyed at a later date.

When you sit down with all your ingredients, swapping butter with rapeseed oil will reduce the overall saturated fat per oat and blueberry muffin by approximately seventy-seven percent. When looking for a healthy cooking oil available at Fussels Fine Foods take note of this difference, as only rapeseed oil can make that much of a difference between an unhealthy and, eventually, healthy dessert.

Unbelievable Chocolate and Cranberry Brownies

Though swapping out your cooking oil in this delicious traditional recipe doesn’t make as big a difference on the health factor as the previous two, when you also swap out your regular flour with self-raising wholemeal flour you’ll note a fairly substantial positive difference.

Obviously, chocolate brownies are never going to tip the health balance entirely, but these particular brownies certainly try their best.

Fruit-Packed Buttermilk Pancakes

Though pancakes are two fairly different desserts in the United Kingdom compared to the United States, this recipe can work well for both so long as you swap in your own traditional methods of piecing them together.

With pancakes being one of America’s favourite breakfast foods it’s no surprise that rapeseed oil has found a way to make them healthier, using one tablespoon of oil in the actual ingredients, as well as extra in the pan for frying the pancakes, for potentially the healthiest fried breakfast you will have ever tasted.

In conclusion, we all know the advantages of using rapeseed oil as our cooking oil of choice, rather than the traditional alternatives such as vegetable oil or sunflower oil, with some great desserts made using rapeseed oil including a scrumptious carrot cake, warm oat and blueberry muffins, unbelievable chocolate and cranberry brownies, and fruit-packed buttermilk pancakes.

About the Author:

Fussels Fine Foods is a company that believes in high quality simple food in the positive values of sustainable farming. To know about the kind of cooking oil available at Fussels Fine Foods, visit their website.

Healthy Snack Ideas – The Top 40

Healthy Snack Ideas – Why Should you be interested?

When you are trying to lose weight and restrict your calorie intake one of the number one reason people fail is because of hunger. When you get hungry what you put in your mouth at this stage will have a direct effect on the success or failure of your diet.

Many people crave sugar and fat and immediately reach for the candy bar, the packet of chips or the soda. Here is a list to help you stop doing this. Many of these can be made before hand and taken with you to work or when travelling – in other words these are healthy snack on the go!. Having something healthy to hand will not only save you money, but help you avoid that trip to the vending machine.

This list below all have either 50 or 100 calories in them and can therefore be eaten as part of a low calorie diet. Plus they are all easy to make healthy snacks.

Here is to your success. I know having these prepared and with me, helps me keep to my weight-loss goals and stops me snacking on things I shouldn't !!

50 Calorie Healthy Snack Ideas40 healthy snack ideas

  1. 150g / 3oz Strawberries
  2. 1 Banana (small)
  3. 4-8 Carrot Sticks with Salsa dip
  4. 2 Satsumas
  5. 1 small bowl or 1 cup of cuppa soup (watch the salt intake though)
  6. Cucumber and Red Onion Salad with splash of balsamic vinegar
  7. 25g / 1oz dried fruit and seeds
  8. 100g / 4oz chopped Mango
  9. 1 pot of low-fat yoghurt
  10. 1 Ryvitta or Crisp bread spread with 2tsp low-fat humus
  11. 50g / 2oz olives (weighed with stones in)
  12. 8 cherry tomatoes
  13. 1 Apple
  14. 1 small brown roll, lettuce and cucumber with 0.5tsp of low-fat dressing
  15.  2 Celery Sticks with 1tbsp low-fat cottage cheese
  16. 50g / 2oz frozen grapes or blueberries

100 Calorie Healthy Snack Ideas

  1. 4 – 6 dried apricots
  2. 1 crisp bread or ryvitta spread with tsp. low-fat cheese spread.
  3. 50g / 2oz of chopped up broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, pepper (whatever vegetable you like) and 15g / 0.5oz of Humus for dipping
  4. 150g / 3oz mixed green salad with 15g dried cranberries and seeds. Can top with 1 tsp. of low-fat dressing.
  5. 1 Meringue nest with 1tbsp low-fat Greek yoghurt or low-fat natural yoghurt with 50g / 2oz strawberries, raspberries or kiwi fruit.
  6. 1 crisp bread or ryvitta spread with tsp with thinly sliced ham
  7. 1 Ryvitta or crisp bread spread with 2tsp Peanut Butter
  8. 1 Bowl of cornflakes or Special K with low-fat milk
  9. 25g / 1oz granola topped with 1tbsp low-fat Greek yoghurt or low-fat natural yoghurt and 0.5tsp of honey (if needed).
  10. 1 low-fat hot chocolate drink.
  11. 15g / 0.5oz of natural Hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, Walnuts, Pecans or Pistachio
  12. 2 Ryvitta or crisp bread and 1 mini low-fat Edam cheese
  13. 1 slice of brown toast topped with grilled tomatoes. Add a dash of Tabasco if you want to give it a zing.
  14. 1 x 25g bag of Pretzels
  15. 1 cooking apple, stewed and topped with 1 tsp. low-fat fromage frais and 0.5tsp honey

Ready-Made Healthy Snack Ideas

  1. 1 Atkins snack bar (125 calories)
  2. 1 South Beach diet bar – fiber granola and dark chocolate snack bar (120 calories)
  3. Skinny Cow Chocolate bar (130 calories)
  4. Smart Balance light butter popcorn (120 calories)
  5. Nabisco Oreo cookie snack pack (100 calories)
  6. Weight Watchers snack bar (120 calories)

No calorie Healthy Snack Ideas

  1. Glass of water (0 calories) – Having a glass of water if you feel hungry can help to put those hunger pangs into touch.
  2. 1 cup of green tea
  3. 1 cup of hot water with lemon – a great way to kick start the circulation and metabolism in the morning.
  4. 1 pot of sugar free Jell-O
  5. 4 – 5 Cucumber sticks.

I hope you find some inspiration here in these healthy snack ideas to keep your weight loss going and not spoiling all your hard effort just because you were a bit peckish.

If you have a favorite snack leave a comment below and share it with the rest of us.

 

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