Do you view soup as a way to supplement your lunchtime sandwich or cure an occasional cold? While we’re also fans of old-fashioned grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup as well as Mom’s chicken noodle soup cure for colds, there’s a new use for soup: Weight loss.
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You may know me as The Get In Shape Girl, but I haven’t always been a fitness goddess. I went through a life-changing transformation after an unhealthy start in my early twenties. I had gone off to college, where my social life and partying took precedence over health and learning to cook. I lived on Hamburger Helper (with soy meat—I was a vegetarian for animal rights purposes), tacos, cheese pizza, mac and cheese, cookies, chips, beer and cheap wine. I was very inactive. Just the thought of sweating, to me, was gross.
Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter, which means you’ve got plenty of time to start slimming down for swimsuit season (or even spring break). The key to getting lean is to combine cardio exercise with the right diet. First, you need to make sure you’re doing enough cardio to burn fat every day. Next, clean up your plate. When mapping out your weekly meal plans, consider including high-quality meal replacement shakes. Let me tell you why.
If you’ve made a resolution to eat healthier meals and snacks, we’ve got a hint: Consider the sensational concoction known as the smoothie. They make the perfect quick, light lunch or anytime snack. And when it comes to satisfying cravings, we’re especially fond of the color green! Veggies like lettuce and kale add fiber and thickness to a smoothie, while raw honey and almond milk serve up just the right amount of sweetness.
Working out solo has its benefits: you stay focused, you choose the activities and no one has to see (or smell) you sweat. But if your partner is health-minded, like you, exercising together every once in a while has its perks, too. For starters, pairing up in the gym is known to help people stick with their goals. Your sex life might also get a boost (think of all those endorphins flowing!).
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I often hear the complaint: “I’m working out almost every day, but my weight won’t budge.” What many people don’t realize is that exercise is the easy part. Learning to eat right–and sticking with a healthy-eating plan–is a much bigger challenge when it comes to shedding extra pounds and changing the shape of your body. You can kill yourself in the gym, sweating through an hour or more of cardio daily and lifting weights until you drop. But the results aren’t going to show if there’s a layer of fat sticking around due to a poor diet.
When I first heard the phrase “toxic acid overload” on my fave TV health talk show yesterday, I thought it sounded like the name of a 1980s heavy metal band. But it turns out that there are “acid-forming” foods that can cause all sorts of chaos in your body. One of them was weight gain, said the doc—yikes! No thanks!
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