Fit Tip Daily

February 19, 2008

If You’re Gonna Do It…. Pizza Hut

     We all know that we aren’t supposed to eat pizza BUT if you are out with friends and you don’t get to chose the restaurant; what should you do???  When going to pizza hut here is what to eat and what NOT to eat……

Eat This

Two Slices of THIN‘N Crispy Pizza (Canadian bacon & Pineapple)

ham-pizza.jpg    360 calories / 12 grams of fat / 1,140 mg of sodium

NOT THAT!!!

TWO Slices of Supreme Pan Pizza

supreme-pizza.jpg    620 Calories / 32 grams of fat / 1,440 mg of sodium

(“Eat This Not That”)

      Everyone splurges now and again.  However, you can still be smart when you are out with friends and family.  REMEMBER, when eating pizza THIN crust will ALWAYS be a better choice.  Never underestimate how many calories and fat are in the crust of the pizza! 

Adria Ali

February 13, 2008

Feel The Burn In The Pool

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     When you are faced with injuries, the best place to burn calories is in the Pool!  This form or exercise allows you to move somewhat weightless, without putting pressure on your joints.  If you know someone who HATES to workout because they can’t stand to be overheated .. then the pool could whip them into shape quick!  These new ankle weights for the pool could add that extra weight you need to mix up your cardio routine and keep it interesting. 

     “Swimming is one of the greatest types of cardio because you can work your body, but you never have to worry about getting too hot. After doing laps, while my muscles are warmed up, I like to do some strength training moves while I’m still in the pool. If you strap on these Aqua Power Ankle Swim Weights ($38.33), you can feel an amazing burn with the water exercises you already do, like leg lifts, walking in the water, or you can hold onto the edge of the pool and kick. They’re great if you like running on the bottom of the pool, or deep water running. The cool thing about these weights is that they come with five, one pound weights for each ankle, so you can add or remove as many as you want, and change them easily between exercises. They’re great if you’re bored in the pool and want to try something new. You’ll strengthen and tone your muscles and make an already tough workout a little bit more challenging (credit)”

     If you have tried everything to get your loved one fit, but you just can’t seem to motivate them onto the elliptical; then maybe it’s time you enticed them with a “nice dip in the pool.”  They can still get a great workout and feel energized for their day.  If you are facing an injury, don’t stop working out… just work out smarter!!!  Low impact exercises can still give you great results without ruining your routine!

Adria Ali

February 12, 2008

An Easy Way To Consume Less Calories At Night

     The hardest calories to control (for most) are at night.  We all know that overeating your calories in the evening can either make or break your weight loss regiment.  So what is a girl (or guy) to do if they just can’t seem to manage their eating when the sun starts to goes down???  Here are a couple of tips to help you consume less and gain back yourself esteem for the spring. 

Whoa … how true is this commercial!???  It makes you think twice before “proceeding to the next window.”

  • Eat more calories during the day.  Eating more calories during the day helps you to manage your calories at night.  Not to mention, that eating more calories during the day give you more time to burn them off so you don’t store them as fat!!!!
  • Eat off of a BLUE plate (or dishes).  BLUE is the least appetising color.  

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“Blue is one of the least appetising. Blue food is rare in nature. Blue-coloured food is repulsive to humans for the reason that when your ancestors searched for food, they learned to avoid toxic or spoiled objects, which were often blue, black, or purple. During experiments, when participants were served with food dyed blue, they lost appetite.

Blue relaxes your nervous system. It has a sobering effect on the mind and is capable of being the symptomatic cause of people to be more contemplative, which is the opposite reaction as red. Peaceful, tranquil blue, which is a beneficial colour for bedrooms, causes the body to produce calming chemicals. Darker shades of blue, however, are capable of being experienced as cold and depressing.

Blue surroundings, if not too dark, increase productivity. Studies show that students score higher, weightlifters lift heavier weights in blue rooms. People retain more when reading information written in blue text (credit)”

  • No one Really wants to take pills at night HOWEVER.  If you had the choice between a lean body, or a body covered by a layer of fat (due to excess eating).  Would you take the darn pill??!  Of course you would!!!  If the blue plate doesn’t curb your appetite then maybe it’s time you tried to use Hoodia at night.  This new supplement made from a succulent plant is all natural and has been used by the African bushmen for hundreds of years.  It has the ability to keep you full without any chemicals or stimulants… perfect for the night time when people tend to binge eat.  For more information on Hoodia … Check out the article I worte last month!  Just type Hoodia into the search engine in the right hand corner!
  • Drink Your Water!  I know you have heard it a million times… but I’m telling you again.  Drinking water keeps you full and thin.  It also keep your body healthy (since you’re flushing out the toxins), and your skin clear! 
  • GO TO BED EARLY!  People get hungry late in the evening because their body is struggling to stay awake.  It needs more energy to stay up late so it forces you to eat more. 

     My clients at the gym are my inspriration for most of my articles written on this web site.  This website is for the clients (you reading), by the clients.   I hope these tips help you on your way to a healthier leaner body… one tip at a time.

 Adria Ali

February 6, 2008

Picture Your Weight Loss

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     When you start working out; people never fathom how much they are going to change.  When you get up in the morning and look at yourself in the mirror, day after day, you have no idea how much you’re REALLY changing.  Sure, people will comment on how much you have lost, how good you look, or how much muscle definition you have gained.  However, because you are so used to looking at “you,” it’s hard to see it in yourself.  The best way to measure your loss (besides the scale, inches and body fat), is through pictures! 

     There a many different ways to measure your progress through pictures.  One of the best ways is to do incremental pictures of yourself.  Before you start your life change; take a “before picture.”  I know it’s a painful thing to do BUT DO IT ANYWAY (you’ll thank me later).  Take a picture every three weeks to chart your success.  Three weeks is just enough time for your body to register a change. 

    If  you have already started working out, then take a picture of yourself at your heaviest weight (before starting your routine).  Find existing pictures to chart your weight/ body fat loss.  This shouldn’t be too hard.  Next, take a picture of where you are now.  Try to take a picture in either tight clothing or less clothing.  This will help you to see all of your changes.  Make sure that the pictures are full body shots.  If you don’t have any before pictures that show your whole body …. then just base it off of what you have. 

    Another smart idea (if you don’t want to do increments) is to take a picture of yourself at your heaviest weight (preferably a full body shot).  Next, look at the parts of your body you want to change.  Shade in the parts of your body that you want to get rid of.  Put that new shaded picture somewhere that you will see it often.  Continue with your routine….. and glance at that picture frequently through out your everyday life.  When you have lost a decent amount of inches/ body fat; take another picture.  You will be amazed at how your shaded picture starts to transform into your REAL body!!!!  Continue to take pictures every 3 weeks… you will have the “new you” in no time!

     To most, these pictures seem silly.  However, when you start losing weight, inches, and body fat; it’s such a fun, motivating tool to keep you going to the gym everyday!!!  Sometimes something as small as a picture can help change your life, your attitude, and perspective on fitness. 

Adria Ali

February 5, 2008

Virtual Fitness – Brought To You By Wii Fitness

       The age of sitting on the couch and playing video games IS OVER!!!  Now with the new Wii Nintendo system, kids and adults must get off the couch and into the virtual world of video games and FITNESS!  This invention is ingenious! 

       If you don’t know what the Wii is…. it is a new Nintendo system that integrates physical activity with video games.  Now, instead of controlling the game via joystick; you actually move your body and hands to control the game. 

      Nintendo has become even more high tech and added a fitness component to the Wii games.  Wii “Fit” is coming soon.  This new game integrates a new “balance board.”  This new system integrates a lot of CORE exercises as well as yoga, dance, strength training, etc.

      “The balance board will also take measurements of your body and plot your fitness level over time. If you are feeling extra competitive you can compare your progress with other members of your household. Sometimes a little friendly competition is in order (credit).”

      Watch the trailer… if you are anything like me you will want this new system as soon as possible!!

      If you are struggling to keep your kids active, then this is the system for you!  It’s a fun, interactive way to keep your kids moving without them hating you. 

Adria Ali

February 4, 2008

Getting Help At The Gym

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     Gyms can be very confusing at times.  The average gym goer has no idea how to use the equipment to it’s fullest extent.  From the cables, to the machines, to the dumbbells and cardio equipment; how in the world would anyone know how to use this stuff?!  Even reading magazines and looking on line doesn’t seem to help very much.  If you are lacking the knowledge or the confidence to use equipment that is unfamiliar then maybe it’s time you admitted defeat and asked for help! 

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    ASK AN EMPLOYEE!  Most gyms have trainers in the facilities now.  If yours doesn’t, then there should always be an employee around to help you out at some point. 

     * Trainer Tip – If a trainer is with a client…. chances are they aren’t going to have much time to really explain a machine or exercise.  Avoid asking them when they are training someone.  You will get a lot more information if you find one that isn’t busy.

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    ASK A GYM MEMBER.  Gym members love to help others.  Not only does it boost their self esteem (because they know more then other gym members); they generally like helping others. 

     * Trainer Tip– Just because a gym member “looks good” doesn’t mean they actually know the proper form for the exercise.  If you are using something besides a machine, then go to a trainer so you know your form is correct.

      DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR A SPOTTER!  I can’t urge this enough!!!!  I don’t know how many times I have had to sprint to another member (while training); to pull a heavy barbell off another members chest.  If you are doing heavy weight then get a spotter (trainer or another gym member)

     *Trainer Tip–  If you know that the weight you are going to be lifting is challenging …. lighten the weight a little (if you are too embarassed to get a spotter).

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     TAKE A CLASS.  If you aren’t familiar with the weights (dumbbells and barbells), then take one of the many weight training classes the gym offers.  This will help you to learn different free weight exercises so you can be confident on your own.  You might even like the class and continue to do it for fun!

     Working out at the gym shouldn’t be difficult!  If you are confused then maybe it’s time you opened up, let your guard down, and ask for help.  You never know, you might make some new friends, get a date, or find an trainer that is helpful and attentive! 

Adria Ali

February 1, 2008

Pizza Calorie Breakdown

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      America loves pizza!  Whether it’s for dinner, lunch, or a late night snack; pizza is the junk food choice of many.  SO how bad is pizza?  Look at this article before you clog your arteries with this horrible comfort food this weekend!

Item Calories Fat (g) Sat. Fat (g) Sodium (mg.) Carbs (g) Sugar (g) Protein (g)
2 of 8 equal slices of cheese pizza (14-inch Large) 480 18 7 940 84 8 24
1 of 8 equal slices of Oreo Dessert Pizza 120 4 1 110 20 8 2
TOTAL (2 slices cheese pizza, 1 slice Oreo Pizza) 600 22 8 1,050 104 16 26

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    As if pizza wasn’t bad enough before; Domino’s created a dessert pizza!  Oreo pizza, is the newest addition to the Domino’s menu.  This calorie break down doesn’t seem that bad… however, how many people do you know that only eat 1 or 2 slices of pizza??  Most men can eat a whole medium pizza with now problem. 

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    The worst thing about the pizza isn’t the calories or fat (even though they are pretty bad), it’s the SODIUM!!!  Your daily intake of sodium is  2,300 mg per day.  One slice of dessert pizza has 1,090 mgs!  If the fat doesn’t bloat you for several days after then the sodium will!  If you think you are doing 1 “cheat day,” it could take you 2-3 days to recover from the increased sodium!  

   Keep in mind that this is the calorie break down for cheese pizza without any meat toppings!  This is Pepperonie pizza….

Calories 250
(Kilojoules 1045)
    % DV**
Total Fat 10.5 g 16%
   Sat. Fat 4 g 20%
   Trans Fat 0 g  
Cholesterol 15 mg 5%
Sodium 475 mg 20%
Total Carbs. 30 g 10%
   Dietary Fiber 1 g 4%
   Sugars 4 g  
Protein 11 g  
Calcium 80 mg  

 Deep Dish Deluxe Pizza

Calories 450
(Kilojoules 1881)
    % DV**
Total Fat 24 g 37%
   Sat. Fat 10 g 50%
   Trans Fat 0 g  
Cholesterol 35 mg 12%
Sodium 1240 mg 52%
Total Carbs. 45 g 15%
   Dietary Fiber 6 g 24%
   Sugars 3 g  
Protein 18 g  
Calcium 270 mg  

       If you are going to eat pizza then try to get thin crust, cheese only.  Try to limit how many pieces you have and make sure to drink A LOT of water to flush out the sodium.  Personally, I’ll pass on the saturated fat, sodium, and excess calories!  Eat smart so you can eat more!

Adria Ali

January 31, 2008

Your Questions Answered!

      Since I have started this website I have received A LOT of questions from readers regarding fitness and diet.  I usually repond to these questions via email.  However I think that my readers would benefit from this information.  So here are some of your questions answered!!!

Judy wrote….

“Hi, I also have an inverted triangle shaped body and I find it to be truly challenging to make myself look proportioned. My upper body develops extremely quick and if I try to lose size in my upper my legs lose size as well, I guess because i carry more body fat on top and to lose it I diet , weight train and cardio. How can I keep the size on my legs or even put on more size and lose some of the upper? HELP”

Answer:     First of all, thanks for writing Judy.  In response to your question… The inverted triangle body shape is a tough body shape to work with.  However, I have trained a lot of people with this body type.  The best way to balance out your legs with your upper body is to train your legs with heavy weight.  Try to do 10-12 repetitions (3-4 sets).  Heavy weight will help you to increase the muscle mass in your legs.  As far as your upper body goes; do light weight with high amounts of repetitions.  High reps would be 15-20 reps.  The resting period will be longer when doing your legs (45 sec -1 min).  The upper body resting periods will be 20-30 sec.  Even though this sounds like a lot of work … it will benefit you in the end.   One more thing; don’t get im patient … you will lose body fat off your legs first… then lastly you will lose from your upper body… give your body time to change while you continue to add muscle to your legs.

Bianca Wrote…

“Hi Adria,Is it true that in order to gain muscle mass you must eat as much protein as your body weight?”

Answer:  Too much protein (if not used to build muscle) can cause weight gain (fat gain).  If you over eat your protein, and you aren’t hitting the weights hard enough to stimulate muscle gain then you can actually gain fat!!!  For women I would recommend eating about half of your body weight in protein.  This will ensure that you don’t over eat your protein.  For Men … eat a bit more… half your weight PLUS another 20 grams. 

Nee Nee Wrote….

” My dilemma is I work the graveyard shift and I go to sleep when I get home. I am confused about what to eat when. I have gained nearly 20 pounds in just 8 months due to this change in my work hours. I am looking for any suggestions and menu ideas. Thanks much

Answer:   If you work at night and have experienced weight gain then chances are… your eating too much due to your night schedual.  You should treat your day (night) the same as it was during the day shift.  Wake up .. eat breakfast.  Then have a small snack.  Lunch, snack, then dinner.  Chances are by the time you get off work you are craving comfort foods (high in carbs) so that you can fall asleep.  This is the WRONG MOVE.  Eating high carb, starchy foods before bed is a HUGE MISTAKE.  Cut the carbs out before you go to bed.  This way you won’t store them as body fat. 

     In the past, the clients that I have trained that work night shift… lack physcial exercise as well.  You need to work in exercise.  Treat your night as if it was a normal day.  Otherwise, the weight will continue to stack on with lack of exercise. 

Thank You for all your postive feed back… here are some comments from some loyal readers!

Thank you Adria for the tip. Herbal is the way. I’ll replace Chayenne in my recipes that call for black pepper. The Cayenne will go on the dinner table tonight. Nothing like spicing up dinner! — Diane”

That was a great article! Very informative!!!  — Allison  (Top Ten Worst Fast Food Choices)”

That was so informative! You have the best fitness site! — Bianca (Is Lack Of Sleep Making You Fat?)”

” I must admit I tired Weight Watchers and losted over 70lbs and of course gained it all back. The points system does work wonders but you are not taught how to eat correctly, so if and when you stop the weight comes back. The only exercising I was doing was walking around the Rose Bowl,Golf Course and Soccer Field, which is about 3 1/2miles. Now I’m doing it totally different, working out at 24hr fitness with you Adria, watching my calories, carbs and fat, tracking my food and wearing the Bodybugg and Digital Watch. Both keep me on track, because I know you check up on me. I even got my sister to get them both and she loves them. Thanks, Adria for recommending that I get them both. You are my rock. —- Brenda (Weight Watchers Diet Review)”

Did you have to ruin my day!!!! There are a couple of them that I wouldn’t eat but there are some that I would. I know there is a burger by Ruby Tuesday’s and I believe it is over 2000 calories just for the burger. Can I get a “HOLY CRAP”, well thanks for the info.  — Hank ( 10 Worst Fast Food Choices)

This is a great tool!! I just received one for chirstmas from my husband. I had no idea I was supposed to drink 79oz of water a day. In the past if you would of told me that I would have just laughed. The first day I tested it out I drank only 21% of my intake and was amazed at how little I was drinking, but by the second day I challenged myself to reach the goal. Now only a few days later my husband mentioned how clear my skin looks. Who knew after years of prescriptions and facial cleansers all I really needed was to drink the appropriate amount of water!!—- Cherine (The Worlds Smartest Water Bottle).”

” OMG!!!   We love This Article!!!! — Alex (Black Book Of Hollywood)”

    Thank you for all of your comments and quesions; it makes writting these artical all worth while!  Keep on moving, and keep on reading! 

Adria Ali

January 29, 2008

Is Your Lack Of Sleep Making You Fat?

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      It’s winter time and the sun goes down early.  People tend to curl up on the couch instead of doing bicep curls in the gym.  However, just because the sun is going to bed, doesn’t mean that Americans are.  Even with the recent writer’s strike… people still tend to find some way to stay up late.  What does lack of sleep do to your weight and waist line?  Is staying up late to watch your favorite re -run really worth your time; or is it just making you fat????

What Happens When YOU Fall Asleep:  Important hormones are released when you sleep.  Among them is a VERY important one called “human growth hormone.”  This is the one that all of the athletes and celebrities are taking to stay gorgeous and fit!  It is said that growth hormone is released in the highest quantities between the hours of 12 – 2.  If you aren’t sleeping at this time then you have REALLY missed out on your “beauty sleep.” 

     Other very important hormones are released in your sleep..Leptin and Ghrelin.  “Leptin, which is released by fat cells, signals the brain to stop eating. Ghrelin, which is made in the stomach, is a signal to keep eating. The two influence whether you go for a second helping or push yourself away from the table (credit).” 

“Studies have shown that leptin levels are lower and ghrelin levels are higher in people who sleep fewer hours,”

(That means that you seriously decrease your internal off switch….. your body doesn’t know when to stop eating!!! )

Research Has shown that lack of sleep can affect your childeren as well…..

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“They were surprised to discover that it wasn’t how much TV a child watched, but how much sleep the child got, that best predicted whether he or she was overweight,” says Dinges. “The less children slept, the heavier they were.”

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“Researchers at Columbia University in New York City found that people who slept six hours a night were 23 percent more likely to be obese than people who slept between seven and nine hours. Those who slept five hours were 50 percent more likelywhile those who slept four hours or less were 73 percent more likely–to be obese (credit).”

Increased Blood Sugar Levels Have Been Related To Lack Of Sleep

     If you though America was in trouble before… they have linked High Blood sugar levels to people who suffer from lack of sleep. 

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“When the University of Chicago’s Eve Van Cauter and her colleagues limited 11 healthy men in their 20s to four hours of sleep for six straight nights, “it brought them to a nearly prediabetic state.”

Their bodies were 40 percent less able to clear glucose from their blood and 30 percent slower in releasing insulin than when they were allowed to sleep for twelve hours. (3) In fact, four hours of sleep for six consecutive nights gave the young men the insulin sensitivity of 70- or 80-year-olds (credit).”

  Sometimes lack of sleep in unavoidable.  So what do you do if you just can’t relax enough at night to go to bed early? 

“Sleep problems generally are the result of a calcium/magnesium and/or a zinc/copper imbalance. These two ratios, of course, also determine your basal body metabolic rate (translate: how much fat you’ll burn every day.) If you get these two ratios into a healthy balance, you’ll have better ZZZZZs and lose Lbs. (as in pounds!)

Not Enough Magnesium

People with a magnesium deficiency suffer from “Type II insomnia.” They fall asleep easily but only experience a relatively short period of deep, restful sleep, that delicious time when your body is able to rebuild muscles, skin and bones. Most of the night they are trapped in light, useless sleep. They toss and they turn. Then, they wake up exhausted.

Ironically, people with too little magnesium in relation to calcium develop this trouble because they don’t have enough energy to sleep fitfully. Restful sleep requires a certain amount of energy to reach the stage of rejuvenating rest, which is characterized by rapid eye movement (REM). When you can’t maintain REM sleep for a prolonged period, fatigue eventually becomes chronic during your waking hours. (Your energy is zapped because you have too much calcium in relation to magnesium.)

People under stress are prone to this kind of insomnia because stress sops up all the magnesium it can find, creating a shortage.

Not Enough Calcium

Insomnia (the Type I kind) has been associated with calcium for centuries. Did your Momma serve you a warm glass of milk and cookies before bedtime?

People who don’t have enough calcium have two sleep-related problems. First, they have great difficulty falling asleep. In most cases this occurs because low tissue calcium produces irritability. They’re just too upset to be able to fall asleep.

Second, people with low calcium levels are plagued with muscle cramps at night. These painful cramps occur even without any real exertion during the day. A calcium to magnesium imbalance causes these muscles to remain in a constant state of contraction. Ouch!

Warm milk (without the cookies, of course) before bedtime can help people lacking calcium fall asleep faster. But more dietary changes are needed to deal with the muscle cramps.

Too much calcium:

Frequent urination at night is one symptom of too much calcium. When excess calcium settles in the muscles surrounding the bladder, it reduces the bladder’s holding capacity. Frequency and urgency are increased. It’s hard to have a good night’s sleep when you constantly have to get up and go.

Too much copper:

High copper levels affect the neurological system. They also stimulate the right side or creative hemisphere of the brain. (Artists typically have higher copper levels than electrical engineers.) Unfortunately, too much copper causes nightmares. Don’t eat chocolate, peanut butter or grapes before bedtime if you want to have sweet dreams.

So what’s weight loss have to do with this?

All four minerals are also crucial to the weight loss process. Calcium and copper can sedate or overstimulate the adrenal and thyroid glands, basically snuffing out your weight loss efforts with an ineffective metabolic rate. Fix the cal/mag and zinc/copper ratios and you can burn off those pounds, even while you sleep (credit).”

       If you’re worried about your overall health, weight, and mental well being, then it’s time you turned off the tv (use the DVR if you must) and cuddle up in bed with a book.  This will help to calm you down so you can get some restful sleep.  Two extra hours of tv a night are not worth the negative results you will have in the morning.  Keep yourself on a schedule.  Your body will thank you in the summer! 

Adria Ali

January 28, 2008

How Do YOU Weigh Up To The Stars?

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      Everyone HATES the scale.  This one piece of equipment has the ability to either break OR make your day.  Some people detest the scale so much that they don’t even own one!  What if every time you stepped on the scale; instead of it telling you a number, it told you what celebrity weighs the same as you?  This new scale has hit the market and seems to have better reviews then the dreaded numeric scale. 

 “It seems everyone is obsessed about their weight these days. Too fat, too thin, size zero this, obese that. The whole weight debate is enough to make you want to smash up the bathroom scales and start again.

And that’s pretty much what the makers of the hilarious Celebrity Weighing Scales have done, because they’ve dispensed with traditional units of measurement and replaced them with the names of celebrities, historical figures and even a few calorifically-challenged fictional characters.

With these deeply ironic scales you get to compare your weight with the likes of Fozzie Bear, Mr Ed (yes, the talking horse!), Donald Trump’s Combover and even the Baby Jesus. Just think, with the Celebrity Weighing Scales in the bathroom you’ll be itching to step aboard, not dreading the prospect. After all numbers are so final, aren’t they?

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Even if you couldn’t give a fig about your weight, you’ll want to use these scales every day just to see which iconic figure you’re currently on par with. Of course most of us would prefer to achieve parity with Stephen Hawking ( sans wheelchair ) or Goldie Hawn, not Ron Jeremy or Half of John Candy. But even if the reading isn’t to your liking, at least you’ll have a giggle looking. Besides, in today’s celeb-centric society it’s rather comforting to know you weigh the same as King Kong or the Karate Kid. Sort of.

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Featuring a non-slip rubber surface and easy-to-read dial, Celebrity Weighing Scales are the perfect gift for anyone who can’t stop going on about newfangled diets, expanding/decreasing waistlines and so-and-so’s latest cash-in…sorry, workout video (credit).”

     If the scale wasn’t your favorite thing before …  at least this one will give you a laugh first thing in the morning!!! 

 Adria Ali

January 26, 2008

Soak UP The Fat – With Grease Blotting Pads

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     If you think your eating low fat now look at this new invention to lower your fat consumption even more.  This new invention created by mysticmaid literally sucks the fat out of your favorite foods through a blotting pad!  They even claim to soak up fat found in lean meats such as chicken breast.  Maybe the world won’t need alli pills if they buy this cost effective invention. 

“Grease Blotter by MysticMaid solves one of the messiest problems in the kitchen. It quickly and easily absorbs the surface grease, fats and oils as food cooks while leaving the rest of the liquids. No more paper towels and sloppy straining. Grease Blotter is so versatile that it works on soups, stews and broths of all kinds. It also works equally well on pizza and so much more (credit)”

• Removes grease and fat by-products from cooking.
• Use on stews, soups, sauces and greasy foods.
• Absorbs the grease and leaves the goodness.
• Each sheet absorbs up to two tablespoons of oil
• Each pack contains 10 original MysticMaid Grease Blotters
• FDA Approved

     Since these sheets are made out of polypropylene they soak up to 4 times the amount of a standard paper towel.  If you have used the paper towel trick in the past to soak up excess oils; then just think how much more fat could be avoided using these pads!  The “Black Book Of Hollywood,” claims that these pads “show you how unnecessary all that gut- growing fat is – once you soak the needless calories away, your food still tastes great.”

     If you already watch your fat intake, then maybe it would be smart to keep some of these pads in your purse.  Save them for times when you want to go out to eat, but you don’t want the unnecessary fat.  We all know that typical restaurants add unwanted fat to practically everything.  Butter and oil are mixed into almost everything so that the customer walks away satisfied and full.  However, this unwanted fat can make you feel bloated and sluggish days after. 

 

Adria Ali

    

January 24, 2008

Not Eating and STILL Overweight!

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       We all know those people who really do eat practically nothing, yet they are still overweight!  How is it possible that someone who eats practically nothing can be so overweight?  If this is you, or someone you know, then it’s time you found out why!   

HOW THIS IS POSSIBLE……

     * AGING– When people are young they have a healthy, high metabolism.  So cutting their calories down to practically nothing worked to lose weight fast.  As you age your metabolism slows due to loss of muscle, which decreases your metabolism.  This decrease in your metabolism leads to increased fat gain. 

     * Starvation Mode:  When you don’t eat your body goes into “starvation” mode.”  Starvation mode causes your body to hold onto calories and store them as fat for famine. 

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     *  Overeating The Wrong Foods:  When you wait 8-12 hours to eat, then when you do eat, you over consume the WRONG FOODS.  It doesn’t matter if you only ate 800 calories… if you waited all day to eat, then your body will hold on to all of those BAD calories. 

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     *   LACK OF ENERGY:  Eating only 2 meals a day means you also lack energy.  You can’t have a productive, active day without fuel to move around.  This leads to bad cycles.  The cycle usually goes like this:  Wake up- drink caffeine>  wait till late afternoon- eat a high fat (late) lunch full of carbs >  work the rest of the day- eat a late , high fat, high carbs dinner > watch tv and fall asleep.  Then the cycle starts over.  4 out of 5 clients that come to the gym to train do this everyday! 

CHANGING YOUR ROUTINE MEANS FAT LOSS

      If this is you then it’s time you started eating 3 main meals (moderate to small) in size and 2 snacks.  Try to keep them close together … eat every 3- 4 hours to increase your metabolism.

     WORKOUT!!!  If you want to rid yourself of this problem then you MUST put some muscle on so you can increase your calorie burning! 

 Adria Ali

January 23, 2008

Speed Up Your Metabolism With Pyruvate

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     So you have spent years abusing your body… eating bad food, not exercising, forgetting portion sizes, yo-yo dieting, and sometimes not eating at all.  Now, it’s the new year and you are ready to look your best!  If you’re looking for a fat loss product that works, but doesn’t send you into convulsions then maybe it’s time you looked into Pyruvate. 

     Pyruvate is a safe choice when it comes to fat burners.  It naturally occurs in your body.  In simple terms; pyruvate is fuel for your metabolism.  Since your body already has pyruvate in your system; by adding more, you just increase how many calories you are able to burn.  The calorie burning cycle takes place inside your cells through a process known as the Krebs Cycle

RESEARCH:

Research indicates that pyruvate not only has great effects on weight loss by burning fat, but also stimulates energy for higher performance in exercise. Besides fat loss benefits, pyruvate enhances the transport of glucose and protein into muscle cells thereby boosting performance levels in exercise. It works by increasing amount of ATP available to the energy engines of cells, mitochondria, as well as inhibiting fat production. It can help bodybuilders get toned, cut, and have more energy.

“Whether you are looking for an endurance-boosting way to increase lean muscle mass, train harder at higher intensity, or trim off a few pounds (or more) by burning fat up to 48% faster (credit).”

 HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU TAKE?

      At least 6 grams per day should be taken in order to see results.  Although is huge controversy based on the dosage; this is a dose that I have used for years and I know it works!

NEGATIVE EFFECTS:

     Since pyruvate is naturally occurring, it has very few side effects.  The main side effect is increased hunger.  So just make sure that you pay attention to your calorie intake while using this product.  In order to lose body fat and weight you have to consume less then you burn.  If you take this product and over eat you will not see any changes.

  The great thing about this product is that it can work for anyone!  Wheather you sit behind a desk all day or not you can still benefit from this product.  As a personal trainer I have had hundreds of clients use this product with GREAT results and NO SIDE EFFECTS!  If you just trying to lose that last 10 pounds or you are just starting out…. this is the product for everyone! 

Adria Ali

    

January 22, 2008

Ben and Jerry’s Calorie Breakdown

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     You’ve all seen it … you’re watching tv, someone gets dumped or has a horrible day; they pop open the freezer and start shoveling in the “Ben and Jerry’s” ice cream.  Somehow, I think we have been brainwashed by television, friends, and relatives to think that this kind of behavior is the “norm.”  Heck, even Carrie from “sex and the city” does it!  If she does it and still looks like a rail afterwards, it must be ok right??!!!  So what happens if you decide that it’s ok for you to give into the subliminal messaging on tv ?  Here is the calorie breakdown for B&J ….

1/2 cup (1/4 of the pint) Calories Fat (g) Cholesterol (mg) Carbs (g) Sugars (g) Protein (g)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 270 15 65 32 24 4
Cherry Garcia 250 14 60 26 22 4
Americone Dream 280 15 60 32 24 4
Mint Chocolate Chunk 270 17 65 26 24 4
Half Baked 280 14 50 34 26 5
Peanut Butter Cup 360 26 60 27 23 7
Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch 290 18 65 29 27 4
Chocolate Fudge Brownie 260 13 35 32 25 5
Butter Pecan 280 21 65 20 18 4
Creme Brulee 310 17 90 36 31 4
Karamel Sutra 270 14 50 32 27 4
Organic Strawberry 210 12 55 21 19 3
Organic Vanilla 220 14 65 18 16 3
Organic Sweet Cream & Cookies 250 15 60 18 19 4

OUCH!   Look at how much fat and calories are in just 1/2 a cup!!!!  If you are using the ice cream to numb your pain then you might need to buy a whole new wardrobe when you are done healing from that horrible break up or that stressful job!!!   If you are going to splurge then maybe eating the low fat Ben and Jerry’s will insure that you don’t lose your figure all together!!!!  Take a look….

1/2 cup (1/4 of the pint) Calories Fat (g) Cholesterol (mg) Carbs (g) Sugars (g) Protein (g)
Phish Food Low Fat Ice Cream 210 6 25 37 23 4
Strawberries & Cream Low Fat Ice Cream 150 2.5 25 29 24 3
Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Low Fat Ice Cream 180 5 25 32 24 3
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Low Fat Ice Cream 200 6 35 35 24 4
Half Baked Low Fat Frozen Yogurt 180 3 20 35 23 4
Chocolate Fudge Brownie Low Fat Frozen Yogurt 170 2.5 15 34 23 5
Cherry Garcia Low Fat Frozen Yogurt 160 3 15 31 20 4
Berried Treasure Sorbet 110 0 0 29 24 0
Jamaican Me Crazy Sorbet 130 0 0 33 28 0
Strawberry Kiwi Swirl Sorbet 110 0 0 28 24 0

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    The light version is a WAY better choice.  However, don’t forget about the carbs.  If you are going to eat this many carbs at one time then try to do it before it gets dark.  Then, you will have time to burn off the excess carbs before you go to bed! 

Adria Ali

January 21, 2008

Abs Of Steel

     

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       Everyone wants rock hard abs, but does anyone know what it really takes to get them?  Find out how to get great abs the “real” way, without all those fancey machines and gadgets. 

What It Takes!

   1.) Diet – If you want those washboard abs then you are going to have to eat lean to be lean!  Decrease your fat intake, take out all fatty cuts of meat and avoid excess sugar and cheeses. 

           “The yes list:

  • Water and cranberry juice will flush out toxins.
  • Vegetables.
  • Rice, corn, gluten-free products and potato.
  • Protein. Go for organic chicken and meat because they have less hormones and bacteria.
  • Low-GI foods. Look for the label on foods in supermarkets.
  • Fibre. It regulates your bowel movements so include wholegrain bread, cereal and nuts in your diet.

The no list:

  • Too much fruit, wheat and dairy can cause bloating. Don’t cut these out of your diet altogether, just reduce your servings to two a day.
  • Alcohol, caffeine and fizzy drinks.
  • Salt makes you retain water unnecessarily so stay away from processed (takeaway, packet) foods which are high in sodium.
  • Sugar.
  • Chillies and spices. While they can kick-start your metabolism, they can also upset your stomach, so just monitor your body’s reaction to spicy foods (credit).”

   2.) DROP BODY FAT –  If you don’t get your body fat down then you will never be able to see your abs.  It doesn’t matter how hard your abs are; if you can’t see them then you what is the point? 

    3.)  BURN EXCESS CALORIES – burning a lot of calories ensures that you body fat falls.  Burn more calories then you consume and you will always be losing.   To ensure that you burn excess calories do a cardio routine 4-5 days a week (30-40) minutes.  Also Add in weight training to ensure that you build muscle to increase your muscle mass (which burns 50 calories for every pound of muscle).

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    4.)   Do Your Routine –  Most people who are concerned about their abs have some sort of “ab routine” that they do every day or every other day.  Most people are under the impression that it is the amount of repetitions that you preform that give you results.  However, testing has shown that it’s not the amount of crunches you do but how long it takes you to do them.  It’s the time that your muscle are continuously under tension that makes the difference overall. 

           *  When picking a routine…. chose 11 exercises (yes I said 11).  If you don’t know 11 exercises then go online and find 11 different exercises.  Now, do 20 -30 reps of each exercise (1 set) untill you finish 1 set of each.  Do this routine every other day. 

Basic crunch: Lie flat on your back, knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Put your hands behind your head for support only, not to take any weight. Using your stomach muscles only, rise a few inches off the ground, hold for three seconds and return to your starting position.

Standing twist: Stand tall and hold a towel or resistance band high above your head so your arms are straight. Slowly draw a large, wide circle over your head using your stomach muscles to move only the upper half of your body. To make it harder, use a weight instead of a towel.

Feet lift: Lie flat on the ground and keeping your feet together and legs straight, raise your legs three inches off the ground. Hold for five seconds, lower them an inch and hold for five again. Don’t let your feet touch the ground at any time.

Hanging knee raises: Hang from a high bar, like a chin-up bar. Bring your knees up to your chest, hold for three seconds, then bring your legs back down. Only use your abdominal muscles to lift your legs, keep your body still and use controlled, slow movements. Slow bicycles: Lie on your back with your left knee bent towards your chest and your right leg extended a few inches off the ground. Place your hands behind your head and lift your shoulders slightly. Swap your legs slowly, keeping your feet and shoulders off the ground (credit).”

*To see some more 3-D exercises go to www.netfit.co.uk/fitness/exercises/abdominals/free-abdominal-exercises.htm 

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Tricky tips to a flatter tummy

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As well as exercise and healthy eating, there are a few small things you can do to reduce your jelly belly…

  • Stand up straight: be conscious of your posture and pull your stomach in, it’ll force your middle muscles to work 24/7.
  • Breathe: it’s perhaps the most important, yet most neglected, aspect of ab-training. Deeply exhale through your mouth and inhale through your nose as often as possible.
  • Laugh: having a good giggle works all the muscles in your stomach.
  • Get a good night’s sleep: lack of snooze time will lead to poor digestion and weight gain.
  • Eat early: the later you eat dinner, the harder it is for your body to digest so the food just sits around your stomach.
  • Colonic irrigation: some people swear by the process of flushing bacteria out of your stomach with pressurised water. It will flatten your belly, however, it’s a tad uncomfortable and not for everyone so do some research.
  • De-stress: we hold stress in our tummies so find an outlet for your worries like Tai Chi, boxing, reading, swimming, painting or writing.
  • Moisturise: supple, tanned skin gives the illusion of a tighter tummy so invest in a good moisturiser and fake tan.
  • Dress right: certain fabrics cling to our skin more than others so if you want to play down a jelly belly, opt for softer, more flexible fabrics like cotton, silk and chiffon (credit).”

Adria Ali

January 19, 2008

Cross Train Your Way To A New Body

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      So you’ve decided that you’re going to lose weight.  You go to the gym and do your standard 30 – 40 minutes of cardio on your usual cardio machine…… but is that enough to keep you changing?  If you want faster results in little time, then it time you switch it up!  Cross training could be what gets in those smaller jeans. 

       If you aren’t sure what cross training is then here is your answer.  Cross training involves various type of exercising such as, running, swimming, elliptical, stair climbing, and cardio classes.  Pick one type of exercise per day and keep switching it up.  You could even do that type of cardio for several days and then switch. 

BENEFITS:

    If you’re trying to get the most out of your cardio then cross training will confuse your body so it burns MORE calories. 

    “Another bonus of cross training is that mixing up your routine also decreases repetitive strain injuries from over use. Adding biking, swimming, etc. to a running program, your joints get a break and your muscles will be worked in different ways. Making you well rounded in your fitness (credit).”

      If you’re stuck in your old routine and you aren’t getting the results you once were… then it’s time for a change!  Switch up your cardio so your hard work at the gym really shows. 

Adria Ali

January 16, 2008

Is “Sugar Free” Really Better For You?

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         With the new wave of obesity hitting America … is sugar free really the way to go?  Does replacing your sugar with alternative sources such as aspartame really keep you from gaining weight?  If you have done any research on celebrities….. you would know that most of them consider aspartame to be “evil.”  Here is some clear research to back that up!

According to “The Douglass Report “(Real Health News From Medicine’s Most Notorious Myth Busters)…….

“Aspartame is one of the most dangerous substances ever added to food. Not only has aspartame been proven to make you fatter, it’s been proven to cause some pretty serious diseases, not the least of which are cancer and neurological diseases.

And the proof is on file already. Aspartame has brought more complaints to the FDA than any other additive-ever. It’s responsible for a full 75 percent of the complaints the agency gets. From 10,000 consumer complaints, the FDA compiled a list of 92 symptoms, including death.

The food industry darling that’s sure to
increase your appetite, your waistline, and your medical bills

Sure, the marketing geniuses would have you think it’s health food, but the truth paints a very different picture. Over the years, various reports have implicated aspartame in headaches, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, coma, and cancer. It also appears to worsen or mimic the symptoms of such conditions as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue, and depression.

Aside from these risks, now there’s even more proof that these toxins are MAKING US FAT! Some recent research conducted at Purdue University shows that a group of test subjects fed artificial sweeteners subsequently consumed THREE TIMES THE CALORIES of those given ordinary sugar.”

     OUCH …. I guess I’m going to have to ditch my occasional Diet Coke after reading this report.  Ok, so what about the infamous “Splenda” is that any better for your system?  It claims to come from sugar … so it should be health right???  WRONG …

“Products featuring Splenda are perceived as “natural” because even the FDA’s press release about sucralose parrots the claim that “it is made from sugar” — an assertion disputed by the Sugar Association, which is suing Splenda’s manufacturer, (McNeil Nutritionals).

The FDA has no definition for “natural,” so please bear with us for a biochemistry moment: Splenda is the trade name for sucralose, a synthetic compound stumbled upon in 1976 by scientists in Britain seeking a new pesticide formulation.It is true that the Splenda molecule is comprised of sucrose (sugar) — except that three of the hydroxyl groups in the molecule have been replaced by three chlorine atoms. (To get a better picture of what this looks like, see this image of a sucralose molecule.)

While some industry experts claim the molecule is similar to table salt or sugar, other independent researchers say it has more in common with pesticides. That’s because the bondsholding the carbon and chlorine atoms together are more characteristic of a chlorocarbon than a salt — and most pesticides are chlorocarbons. The premise offered next is that just because something contains chlorine doesn’t guarantee that it’s toxic. And that is also true, but you and your family may prefer not to serve as test subjects for the latest post-market artificial sweetener experiment — however “unique.” (See our article on endocrine disruptors for more information on toxins and persistent organic pollutants.)

    WOW …. so if all of these products are poison then what do you eat if you don’t want to eat sugar (which can be just as bad for you in other ways).  The healthy alternative would be to use stevia.  Stevia is a “natural” sweetener which come from leaves of trees.  It is ground up into a white powder.  However if you buy the wrong kind it can taste bitter.  “Stevia Plus” seems to be the best brand that I have tried and never has the bitter after taste.  Stevia Plus can be found at most whole food stores. 

     Hopefully, this article will help people chose the right sweeteners for their diets.  Chances are, if it makes you have seizures, increases your weight, causes cancer, makes you have memory loss, and can put you into a coma… then maybe we shouldn’t be ingesting it! 

Adria Ali

January 15, 2008

Defined Muscle In No Time – Using The Bosu Ball

        You’ve all seen that “half ball” laying on the floor at the gym.  Does anyone know what to do with it???  Sure you’ve seen the occasional trainer use it with their clients.  What’s the point of this contraptions and why would anyone use it? 

 THE BENEFITS:

      The bosu ball challenges your balance which stimulates all of the “stabilizing muscles.”  The increased amount of muscles being used cause the body to burn more calories.  Everyone wants to burn more calories!  It also allows people to mix up their workout without having to change all of their exercises.  You can simply do your exercises on the bosu ball to avoid hitting plateaus. 

Here Are some great exercises that you can on your own to spice of your routine and increase your fat burning

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” Triple Squats
Stand sideways to the BT and place the right foot on top.  Squat down and then push up, stepping onto the dome and lowering into the squat.  Step to the other side and squat, continuing back and forth for 30 to 60 seconds. 

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 Alternating Lunges
Stand on the ball and take left foot diagonally behind you, punching left arm across the body.  Bring the foot back and switch legs.  For high impact, begin with your foot on top, other foot lunging back.  Jump up and switch so that the one foot lands in the middle of the BOSU and the other foot lunges. Repeat for 30 to 60 seconds.

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 Hamstring Tilts
Turn the BT over dome-side down and lie down, placing the feet in the center of the platform.  Lift the hips a few inches off the floor and keep them there as you press the dome forward and then back.  Repeat for 8 to 16 reps.  This move targets the core and the hamstrings. 

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Hip Extensions
Finish up the lower body by getting on all fours with the knees on the dome, hands on the floor.  Lift the left leg up to hip level, keeping the knee bent, and press the heel towards the ceiling.  Lower and repeat for 8 to 16 reps before switching sides.  You can hold a light weight behind the knee for more challenge.

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 Pushups 
With dome side down, hold onto the BT on either side in push-up position, on the knees or toes.  Keep the body straight as you bend the elbows and lower into a push-up.  Push back up and repeat for 1 to 3 sets of 8 to 16 reps. This targets the chest, arms, and core.

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Fly Exchange 
Lie on the BT, head and neck supported and the hips lifted. Holding a light to medium weight, take the right arm straight up over the chest. Lower the arm down to shoulder level (elbow slightly bent) then lift back up. Change hands and lower the left arm down. Continue alternating arms for 1 to 3 sets of 8 to 16 reps. This targets the chest, glutes, and core.

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One-Armed Row 
Kneel with left knee on the dome and bend over, placing right hand on the floor and extending the right leg straight out. Holding a weight in left hand, bend the elbow, pulling it to the torso while squeezing the lat muscle (on the side of the back). Lower and repeat for 1 to 3 sets of 8 to 16 reps.  If you’re too wobbly, keep both knees on the dome. This targets the back and core.

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Full Crunch
Sit on the dome forward of the bull’s eye and draw the knees into the chest, hands behind the head.  Make sure you’re not tipping forward or back.  Squeeze the abs and lift the shoulders and hips off the dome in a full crunch.  Lower and repeat for 8 to 16 reps. 

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V-sit
Sit with hips slightly forward on the dome and place your hands behind you.  Lift your legs up into a V and lean torso back, keeping back straight (don’t collapse) and abs contracted.  Lift the arms and hold for 20 to 60 seconds.

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Plank
With the dome side down, get into push-up position, on knees or toes, with hands on the either side of the platform.  Hold this position, keeping a straight line from head to heels and keeping the abs braced. Hold for 20 to 60 seconds.

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Tilts
From above position, keep the arms straight and the body in alignment as you rock the BT forward and back for 8 to 10 reps.  Rest and repeat for 1 to 3 sets.  Add side tilts as well for more challenge (credit).”

       When you think you have thought of everything …..and there is nothing you haven’t done to lose weight; then it’s time to mix it up with the bosu ball.  This stability tool could be the difference between rock- hard defined muscles, or muscle that no one can see. 

Adria Ali

January 9, 2008

JUST SAY NO! (to white foods)

       You thought I was going to say drugs didn’t you?  Nothing is worse then consuming a food only to find that by the following day it has settled on your hips, stomach or legs.  If you are at all conscious of your size or weight, then you know exactly what I mean.  If you aren’t sure what foods I am referring to then here is a list of “white” foods that should be avoided at all costs!

  • White Bread–  This evil food is widely used by sandwich makers all over the world, however the correct choice would be whole grain bread (or no bread at all 😉
  • White Rice –  White rice changes into sugar very quickly.  Brown rice should be used in its place!
  • White Potatoes–  We all love our potatoes, especially in the cold seasons when we want something warm and filling.  Yams should be used in its place.  Yams are a slow processing starch.  This allows the body time to use the carb instead of packing it onto your waiste line.
  • Rice Cakes–  We all know they are low in calories; but does that make them good for you?  NO!  They process just as quickly as the evil white bread.  They have the ability to pack on the pounds.  If you must have rice cakes then try buying the brown rice cakes instead.
  • Sugar–  Stay away from anything with refined sugar such as, soda, candy and desserts.
  • Cream Sauces– This should be obvious however, most people tend to over look this one.  If it’s made with cream then it is made with saturated fat.  Saturated fat tends to get stored easily.  This applies to gravy, Alfredo sauce, cream soups, etc. 
  • High Fat Milk Products–  Obviously, ice creams, cream cheese (the regular one), cheeses, high fat yogurts, etc.

      If you already eat a lot of these foods and you choose to cut them out of your diet, I guarantee that you will drop inches and body fat FAST!  Sometimes changing your diet in little ways can mean BIG results! 

Adria Ali

January 6, 2008

Barbie In The Flesh

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         Billions of women (and some men) grew up with barbie.  Those dolls were supposed to exemplify what women were “really” supposed to look like.  Could it be that all of the eating disorders, diet pills, and low self esteem all stem from this one figure made by “Mattel?”  If Barbie were a real figure; how would she look … and would we really want to look like her? 

           “Real Women

  • Average woman’s heigh is 5’4″
  • Their weight is approx. 140 lbs.
  • They wear a size 14 dress
  • Their bust is between 36″ and 37″ (B cup)
  • Their waist is between 30″ and 34″
  • Their hips average between 40″ and 42″
  • Their shoe size is estimated to be between 8.5 and 9.5

 

Barbie (as a human)

  • Barbie’s height would be 7’2″
  • Her weight would be 101 lbs.
  • She would wear a size 4 dress
  • Her bust would be 39″ (FF cup)
  • Her waist would be 19″ (same as her head)
  • Her hips would be 33″
  • Her shoe size would be a 5

       

Barbie’s body would have room for only half of a liver and only a few inches of intestines, as opposed to the usual 26 feet. The result: chronic diarrhea and death from malabsorption & malnutrition.

Barbie’s neck is twice as longas the average humans which would make it impossible to hold up her head.

Barbie’s waist is the same circumference as her head.

Barbie’s legs are 50% longer than her arms, whereas the average woman’s legs are only 20% longer than her arms.

To look like a barbie proportionally, a healthy woman would need to add 61 cm to her height, subtract 15 cm from her waist, add 13 cm to her chest, and 8 to her neck length.

If a woman had the same measurements as Barbie, she would not have enough body fat to menstruate (and obviously to have children).

There are 3 billion women on the planet who don’t look like Barbie; only 8 women come close.

Barbie would be unable to walk upright (she would need to walk on all 4’s): her feet are so proportionately small that her chest would pull her perpetually forward onto her toes. (credit)”

 

       I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time that Mattel come out with a user friendly version of Barbie.  Maybe this time they can actually design one that can walk upright and have a head big enough to hold an actual brain!  If you have a child …. this is not the toy for her (or him). 

 Adria Ali

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