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5 Quick Tips for Weight Loss!

Here’s 5 Quick Tips for Weight Loss

1.) Don’t Skip Breakfast.Your body expects to be refueled a few times each day, so when you skip breakfast you may feel so hungry that when lunch time comes, you over-eat or maybe you choose foods that are not the healthiest choices.

2.) Stay Hydrated. We need to drink a lot of water to keep our bodies (and this includes our metabolism) working properly. We need about 6-8 eight-ounce glasses of fresh water each day. This will ensure that the 60-100 trillion cells in the body receive their daily-needed ration of water in order to maintain efficient digestion, metabolism and waste removal.

3.) Eat More! We’re talking three good snacks and three healthful meals. Skip the empty calories of chips and dip and substitute mixed nuts—especially almonds. This type of snack will satisfy your craving for something crunchy while helping to build muscle.

4.) Do Resistance Training. Lift Weights or use resistance bands. The muscles you build will not only improve your performance, they’ll stoke your metabolism so you burn calories long after your workout is over.

5.) Avoid Empty Calories. Pass on sodas, alcoholic beverages, cookies, cakes, candy, etc. Enjoy healthier alternatives most of the time – and when you do splurge – do so reasonably!

This article was written by Michelle Brugger.  She is a certified personal fitness trainer, a certified nutritional consultant and Black Belt Instructor. She co-owns and operates Martial Arts for Life in New Providence, NJ with her husband Rich (a certified Strength Conditioning & Weight Training Coach and Master Black Belt).

If you’d like to learn more about making a healthy transformation check out our Thai Kickboxing program which includes physical training and nutritional consulting to help you reach your goals and be your best!

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The Health Risks of Diet Soda

This was originally featured on AOL Health and was written by Deborah R. Huso
Diet Cola

Diet Cola

If you think you’re doing yourself a favor by drinking diet soda instead of the real deal, think again. It’s true you may be protecting your waistline from empty calories, but new research suggests you may be beating up your kidneys instead.

Over the weekend, researchers from the Nurse’s Health Study  in Boston released findings that indicate women who drink two or more diet sodas a day experienced a 30 percent drop in kidney function over the course of a two decades long study. More than 3,000 women participated in the study, the median age being 67. Lead researcher Julie Lin, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a physician at Brigham Women’s Hospital says the outcomes were especially startling because the women surveyed all had health kidney function at the start of the research.

After critically analyzing the beverage intake of study participants, researchers found those who drank two or more diet sodas daily had a significant dip in the kidneys’ glomerular filtration rate, which measures kidney function. Natural aging generally results in a decreased filtration rate of about 1 mL per minute per year after age 40. In contrast, the rate of those who consumed diet soda significantly decreased by 3mL per minute per year. The study showed no link between decreased kidney function and other beverages or any decreased function in women who had less than two diet sodas a day.

This doesn’t mean your kidneys are safe, however, if you opt for regular sodas. A study published earlier this year in PLoS ONE, a journal of the Public Library of Science showed that women drinking two or more cans of regular soda a day are nearly twice as likely to suffer from early signs of kidney disease as non-soda drinkers. Researchers don’t understand the cause for certain but suspect it has to do with the intake of large amounts of high fructose corn syrup.

With some 26 million Americans suffering from chronic kidney disease, it’s obviously become a national health problem. While studies to date on the relationship between kidney function and soda (diet or regular) have been small, they add more fuel to the fire for cutting soda intake, even if you’re a diet drinker. When it comes to your health, water is always the best beverage.

Definitely some food for thought. Even drinking diet soda a few times a week seems to be a poor choice. If you’re serious about changing your diet and appearance consider becoming part of our team. Nutritional consulting is included (at no extra charge) with all our adult programs.

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