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Thursday, June 16, 2011

June 16, 2011

Light Salad Dressings

Have you ever looked at the ingredient list on light salad dressings? They're about a mile long! Filled with preservatives and other additives you can't pronounce—not to mention sodium and sugar—you’re much better off drizzling your veggies with a little extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Flavored Fat-Free Yogurt

Don't fall into the fat-free trap. Just because something is fat-free doesn't make it healthy. In fact, many flavored yogurts have upwards of 15 grams of sugar in that tiny 6-ounce serving! Our advice? Buy plain, fat-free Greek yogurt and flavor it up with some fruit or even a small drizzle of honey. That way, you control what's in it!

Energy Drinks

With so many energy drinks on the market, many of which promise to pump you up and give you a killer workout with added caffeine, vitamins, and minerals, it may be tempting to think that these drinks are healthy, but they aren't. Similar to supplements, energy drinks aren’t regulated by the FDA, so it's best to stick to plain ol' water to rehydrate and whole nutrition to energize!

Amanda Wicker

Age: 33
Pounds Lost: 120
Weight-Loss Tip: “I have a journal devoted to all the reasons I work out, like ‘It makes me feel strong and sexy.’ Reading through it motivates me whenever I don’t feel like going to the gym.”

Pistol Squats

One-legged squats don't seem very tricky—after all, you did manage to pick up that cotton ball you dropped without putting your newly pedicured foot on the floor—but squatting on one leg seriously challenges your balance. It also activates your core and just about every other muscle in your lower body, including your glutes, hamstrings, and calves. Try it: Stand holding your arms straight out in front of your body and raise your right leg off the floor. Push your hips back and lower your body as far as you can. Pause, then push your body back to the starting position.
Tip: Modify this move by using a resistance band or do them in front of chair or weight bench in case you lose your balance or get stuck (It happens).

Crab Walks

Elementary school gym class was not complete until you raced each other across the cafeteria floor going backwards in the crab position (hands and feet on the floor, stomach facing up). While kids scuttle across the floor like, well, crabs, adults are often amazed at how difficult it is to move with any speed in this manner. Find some open space and give it a try!
Tip: Add triceps dips at the end of each length for even more of a challenge.


woo i do this !

yes yes i know, jillian michaels overload today :P

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