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Thursday, April 21, 2011

April 21, 2011

Lean-Belly Strategy #6

(Men's Health Mag)

Beat Hunger with Your Mind
Have a craving even though you ate just an hour ago? Before you indulge your mystery hunger, here's how to test whether your appetite is real or not: Imagine sitting down to a large, sizzling steak. If you're truly hungry, the steak will sound good, and you should eat. If the steak isn't appetizing, it means your body isn't actually hungry. You might be bored, or thirsty, or just tempted by something you don't need. Try a change of scenery: Researchers at Flanders University in Australia found that visual distractions can help curb cravings.

mango/banana smoothie
brown rice
tuna in springwater
 protein packed

Building Muscle Mass

Considering yourself training heavy if you are doing 8-12 reps? Well, scale down to 4-6 and you're good to go. The kind of muscle fibers that yield the greatest power are also those that grow the most. The only way to stimulate growth is working within the power zone which is 3-6 reps per set. Heavier weights equal bigger muscles! Have you ever seen a muscular person train with relatively light weights?

(pet hate: when people say "i'm going on a diet"/"i'm on a diet"/"there's this diet..."  
DITCH THE WORD. to me, it only screams food deprivation.  
healthy eating is a LIFESTYLE, you should be able to uphold it FOREVER,
not this diet crap that has you eating lettuce 24/7 and has duration of 5 days. blah. :P)

Lean-Belly Strategy #8

(Men's Health Mag)

If You Can't Bear to Eat Vegetables, Drink Them Instead
That's right, you could have had a V8—as long as it was the low-sodium variety. It has pureed tomatoes, beets, carrots, celery, spinach, lettuce, parsley, and watercress, and 8 ounces supplies two of your five recommended daily servings of vegetables. It also heats up nicely as a base for soups. 

got to do my very first fitness assessment yesterday!
the trainer was of course there to guide me along 
she was amazingly helpful, and guided me as i did up a 
program for a client (4 day split)
i doubted myself a few times but i guess every beginner goes
through that?  nevertheless, i had fun! a little sneak
peak into what i will be doing in the future 


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