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Posted by nikkikeat24 – Woke up this morning and this was heavy on my heart! Last night as I was going to bed I prayed for strength and confidence as well as much more but I woke up this morning and said to myself…you are enough! You always have been and your Father loves you just the way you are! So this morning I feel like I needed to tell YOU…yes YOU…the one who is reading this message and looking at this picture that you are enough! You are perfect just the way you are! You DON’T have to change who you are so someone else can accept you, YOU have to love yourself and remember always that YOU ARE ENOUGH, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! Sending love and positive thoughts your way today! Make today an amazing day and don’t forget to smile! #motivation #morningmotivation #goals #godsplan #goodmorning #healthylifestyle #healthyandhappy #myfitlife #fitnurse #nurse #nurseeats #nurselife #weightloss #weightlosstips #weightwatchers #weightlossjourney #cleaneating #beautiful #happy #happylife #noexcuses #nevergiveup #neversettle #newyearnewme


5 Lbs of Fat And 5 Lbs of Muscle



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Muscle vs Fat  
10lb of muscle at rest will burn 50 calories per day whilst 10lb of fat will only burn 20 calories. Therefore building muscle will speed up your metabolism and help reduce the fat content of your body – no, fat does not turn into muscle, it is replaced by muscle. Also muscle does not weigh more than fat. 1lb of muscle in the same as 1lb of fat, it is just denser helping to create a more svelte shape.

So, weight loss and fat loss are not necessarily the same thing. Weight loss is very easy to accomplish. All you have to do is take in less calories than what your body burns on any given day. So if your body burns 2,500 calories, and you just take in 2,000 calories, weight loss will occur. The problem is that if those calories that you take in do not have the right amount of nutrients, the weight loss may come in the form of muscle tissue loss, water weight, and perhaps even some bone mass!

It is an unfortunate aspect of nature that for most people, as we age, body fat reduction occurs at a slower rate(but see anti-ageing strategies). However, don’t be discouraged but rather set realistic goals including following a balanced nutrition plan, keeping up regular exercise and most importantly include muscle building/retaining activities.

Work out for you and no one else!



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It’s been said a million times: gyms are intimidating. It’s perfectly natural to enter the gym and begin battling feelings of insecurity before you even hit the locker room. You may wonder, “How does she get to look that good on a treadmill?!” or “Is that guy checking me out, or did he just catch a glimpse of my love handles?” You may even catch a glimpse of a perfectly svelte woman who looks like a rockstar during her workout and think, “I really should have thought twice before choosing Chipotle for lunch.”

Whatever you’re thinking, not to worry! There are ways to prevent your mind from going to that place! Here are our Top 3 Tips for feeling FIERCE at the gym!

1) You Are What You Wear

Dress the part, even at the gym! You know how amazing and powerful you feel when you sport your favorite outfit to work? The same thing goes for the gym. Do yourself a favor and start looking for athletic apparel that feels great and flatters you. You are worth it, and you will feel a boost in your self-esteem. Looking great and feeling great is the difference between a timid shuffle out of the locker room and a confident stride as if announcing, “Everybody! Come and see how good I look!”


2) Turn Up the Music

Plug in. Get in the zone. Work it out. It is a proven fact that music can rev up any workout and help you zap more calories. There’s more! A great playlist can also make your confidence go from zero to hero instantaneously! Sure, binge watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians is entertaining and could be a great way to pass the time on a machine, but when you put on Partition by Beyonce, your elliptical becomes your stage. You’ll feel like Sasha Fierce! Whatever music makes you want to conquer, be sure to put that on your playlist and rock out!

3) Have a Game Plan

You hear people say it all the time: “It’s leg day today,” or “I’m going to work on my back and bis.” Easy for some to say, but for others not so much. Sometimes it takes a few more specifics to feel confident enough in executing your workout. Do yourself a favor and come to the gym prepared. It won’t take much!

You may not realize it, but there are many great resources at your fingertips. Open up your Pinterest app (if you don’t have it yet then, seriously, what are you waiting for?) and simply type in workout routine. Voila! Feast your eyes on the fabulous step-by-step workout plans that pop up! You can even be more specific and key in items such as gym HIIT routines or inner thigh workout. Whatever feeds your frenzy that day- the sky is the limit! Do not forget that you also have trainers at your convenience to help you with this feat.  At Boost Fitness, we give you an entire hour of personal training FREE every single year. Schedule it and take advantage of the trainers’ expertise! You will walk away with many great new ideas to incorporate into your gym routine. By pinpointing a plan ahead of time, you will find that you have greater purpose at the gym. You will transform from an aimless ape to a minx on a mission!

23 Metabolism Boosting Foods!


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Best Fat-Burning Foods for Vegan

1. Whole Grains

Consuming whole grains burns twice as many calories in your body as the body works harder to burn this certain food. Put whole grains menu in your daily meal, for example by changing the consumption of rice with brown rice and foods rich in fiber, such as oatmeal. Fiber contained in whole grains helps to boost the metabolism in our body, this helps to smooth our digestion as well.

2. Red Pepper

Have you ever felt a spicy sensation in your mouth while eating red pepper or spicy foods containing chili inside? That is because red pepper contains capsaicin, a substance that building the spicy and hot sensation in your body. This substance works well in burning calories and fat in our body for it boosts the metabolism. You may consume it raw, cooked, dried, or powdered pepper pour on your favorite meals. Give a note that we are not allowed to consume too much of this food, it can be dangerous that it is caused diarrhea as it burns our stomach too.


3. Green Tea

Though green tea is a kind of drink, we can also put it in the top fat-burning foods for vegan. Green tea is rich in antioxidant and drinking it about four cups in a day helps you lose weight better, you can lose six pounds in eight weeks. It works by boosting our metabolism and smooth our digestion.

4. Avocado

After that, we have certain fruit that is good in burning calories and boost the metabolism in our body, it is avocado. Popular as a fruit rich in vegetal fat, avocado becomes top-burning food that boost the process of the exchanging fat into energy. You should put this kind of fruit in your daily meal during your process of losing weight in a healthy way.

5. Ginger

Maybe we would not notice if ginger can also burn many calories in our body. This works by increasing our body temperature while we consume it, so this gives effect for our body in burning more calories. You can consume ginger by roasting it then make a drink out of it.

6. Coconut

According to a research, coconut is rich in Medium Chain Triglycerides, kind of unique vegetal fat which is good for our health. Consuming coconut helps boosting the metabolism for about 30%. You may start consuming coconut milk to reduce fat in your body from now on.

7. Lentils

A cup of lentils gives you 35% of irons you need to do the activity in a whole day. As we know if we are lack of nutrients we need, the metabolism will work slower as it should, so we need to get enough nutrients to make the metabolism work efficiently.

Remember that we should consume the food properly, so it will increase the health of our body and we are away from the bad effects of the substances in them. Besides, we also should pay attention to the other meals we consume if we want the diet works well.

A Success Secret!


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Incidental Calories Count


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There’s a simple way to stop eating mindlessly: Pause before you make a decision. Pausing assures that you have a chance at exercising choice rather than being a victim of impulse. Now, what does that mean exactly?

Without pausing (it can be for as little as 3 seconds) you are essentially on automatic drive. You are acting out of the body’s desire rather than your well-being. Sometimes those two are aligned (what your body wants and what your well-being requires) and sometimes they’re not. When it comes to food they’re mostly not.

Pausing doesn’t mean saying no to a food you crave. In fact, I often indulge after pausing because the pause helped me understand that indulging in this particular food at this particular time was the right thing to do. See, pausing and reflecting often arrive at the same conclusion as impulse and urge. But at least you’re CHOOSING the indulge rather than being at the mercy of it.

Of course pausing alone isn’t helpful. It’s what you do with that pause that makes the difference. For me, that pause allows me to ask two questions: How badly do I want the food?  And am I willing to postpone eating it until I want it a lot more than I do now.

These are important questions to ask yourself because they will lead you to the holy grail of being able to lose weight without dieting.  By pausing and reflecting, eating mindfully, you will be able to completely eliminate low-craving indulgences.

Let me explain briefly what I mean. If I eat just because I have a craving for a food, well, that doesn’t give me much choice about it.  That means I’m a total victim of the slightest craving.  But if I can put a couple of rules around when I will yield to my cravings, then I’m at choice.

My rule is simple:  Indulge when a craving is high; don’t when it’s not.  Mindful eating isn’t just about being aware, but about taking appropriate action.  And it’s also about not being on a diet (the definition of mindlessness, if you ask me).

I’m not the only who thinks this way. In a great article on intuitive eating, the folks at intuitiveeating.com remind us of having the right consciousness:

1. Reject the Diet Mentality Throw out the diet books and magazine articles that offer you false hope of losing weight quickly, easily, and permanently. Get angry at the lies that have led you to feel as if you were a failure every time a new diet stopped working and you gained back all of the weight. If you allow even one small hope to linger that a new and better diet might be lurking around the corner, it will prevent you from being free to rediscover Intuitive Eating.

Amen, sisters.  Or brothers as the case may be.  Instead of training yourself to be on a diet, train yourself on how to manage your cravings.  How to indulge them gleefully and when to resist them.  It’s easy to resist a low craving and extremely hard to ignore a high craving.  Where the weight comes off in managing your cravings is in this factoid: Low craving eating accounts for a good deal of the calories we consume.  If you can eliminate “low craving” eating (easy to do) you’ll eliminate a whole lot of calories without being on a diet.

A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish


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To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you eat. Every good weight-loss plan has the same two parts: food and physical activity. Wise food choices can help you eat fewer calories and daily (or almost daily) physical activity helps you burn off some of the calories you consume. You lose weight more easily and you’re more likely to keep it off, too.

  1. Keep portions smaller than your fist. It’s easy to overeat when you have too much food on your plate. Smaller portions help prevent overeating. Overeating can make health problems worse, especially if you have diabetes. One way to control overeating is to reduce portion sizes when you eat. For most foods, a reasonable portion is ½ to 1 cup – about the size of a woman’s fist. Even if your fist is larger than that, it is still a handy measuring tool that goes everywhere you go. Just keep your portions smaller than your fist. See our Suggested Servings from Each Food Group andHealthier Kids portion sizes. Not all foods fit the “fist” rule.
The two most common exceptions are:
  • Lean meat, chicken and fish. For these foods, keep portions the size of a deck of cards (about half the size of your fist) and trim all visible fats before cooking.
  • Plain vegetables, including salads without dressing. You can have as much as you want because these foods are nutritious, filling and low in calories.
  1. Control your hunger with filling foods that are low in calories. Foods such as lower-sodium soup, salad, fruits and vegetables can help fill you up without adding a lot of calories. These foods will satisfy hunger and help you lose weight. Research shows that people feel less hungry when they eat a certain volume (amount) of food. High-fiber foods, such as fruits and vegetables, can provide a feeling of fullness and also digest slowly. That helps you feel satisfied longer so you eat less.
  2. Keep track of what you eat. When you keep track of what you eat, you’re more likely to meet your food goals. Studies show that keeping a food log or diary helps people lose weight and keep it off.
  3. Make trade-offs to reduce how much sodium, saturate and trans fat and sugar you eat. Foods high in fat and sugar are often high in calories, too. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite foods. Learn to make trade-offs instead. If you want to indulge in your favorite dessert, enjoy a smaller portion and eat a lower-calorie meal.
  4. Enjoy more physical activity. As you already know, regular physical activity is important for keeping your heart healthy. Increasing physical activity may help you lose weight and strengthen your heart at the same time.

Watch Out, Ladies – Alcohol Can Cause You To Overreat


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Weight Loss And Alcohol

If you are trying to lose weight, you can boost your efforts by cutting back on alcoholic drinks. Alcohol can cause weight gain in a couple of ways. First, alcohol is high in calories. Some mixed drinks can contain as many calories as a meal, but without the nutrients. You also may make poor food choices with you drink.

While you do not have to cut out all alcohol if you are trying to lose weight, you may need to make some changes. You should watch the number, and type, of drinks you choose. You will also want to keep an eye on how drinking affects your eating habits.

Calories and Portions Count

So, how much can you drink if you are trying to lose weight? Health experts recommend that anyone who drinks does so in moderation. This means no more than 1 drink per day for women and no more than two 2 drinks per day for men. You may want to drink even less than that while dieting.

Keep in mind that alcohol has empty calories. This means it has a lot of calories, but few nutrients. So in order to drink alcohol while cutting back on calories, you need to plan it into your daily calorie count so you do not go over. Also remember that when you drink alcohol, you are replacing potentially healthy, and filling, food with calories that do not fill you up.

When choosing what to drink, you will want to choose your calories wisely. Here is a quick comparison of some common alcoholic drinks:

  • Regular beer, about 150 calories for a 12-ounce glass
  • Light beer, about 100 calories for a 12-ounce glass
  • Wine, about 100 calories for a 5-ounce glass
  • Distilled alcohol (gin, rum, vodka, whiskey), about 100 calories for a 1.5-ounce serving
  • Martini (extra dry), about 140 calories for a 2.25-ounce glass
  • Piña colada, about 490 calories in a 9-ounce glass

Pay attention to what else goes in your drink. Many mixed drinks include juices, simple syrup, or liqueur, which all add extra calories. These calories can add up quickly. Look for lower calorie options, such as a splash of juice and soda water. You may want to skip mixed drinks completely and stick with beer or wine.

Portion size is something else you should keep an eye on. Know what a standard drink looks like:

  • 12 ounces of beer
  • 5 ounces of wine
  • 1.5 ounces (one shot) of hard liquor

The sizes of alcoholic drinks at a restaurant or bar are often larger than the standard amounts listed above. In some cases, one drink may actually have two or more servings of alcohol and calories. If you are served a drink that is larger than the standard size, skip a second drink. At home, use a jigger when mixing drinks, and serve them in smaller glasses. It will feel like youa re having more.

Eat Before you Drink

Drinking on an empty stomach will make you feel tipsy quicker. This can lead to eating or drinking more than you want to. Having some food before you drink will help your stomach absorb the alcohol more slowly and help you make better choices.

Studies show that people tend to make poor food choices when drinking alcohol. To avoid piling on the calories after a drink or two, have some healthy snacks ready to eat when you get home or make plans to have a healthy meal after your drink. Good snack choices include fruit, air-popped popcorn, or hummus and veggies. Turn your back on the nuts and pretzel mixes while you are at the bar. It is easy to gorge on bar snacks without realizing it.

Take it Slow

Just like eating too fast can lead to overeating, gulping down drinks may cause you to drink more than you would like. Sip your drink slowly, putting it down in between sips. When you are done, have a non-alcoholic drink, such as water or low-calorie soda, before having more alcohol.

Make a Plan for Drinking

The best way to control calories from drinking is to limit how much you drink. Before you go out, set a limit for yourself and stick with it. It is ok to turn down a drink you do not want or refuse a top-off on your wine glass. You can skip drinking altogether and volunteer to be the designated driver.

When to Call the Doctor

Call your health care provider if:

  • You or someone you love is concerned about how much you drink
  • You cannot control your drinking
  • Your drinking is causing problems at home, work, or school

References

Breslow, R. et al. Alcoholic Beverage Consumption, Nutrient Intakes, and Diet Quality in the US Adult Population, 1999-2006. Am Diet Assoc. April 2010; 110(4): p 551-562. PMID: 20338281 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20338281.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alcohol and Public Health: Frequently Asked Questions. July 9, 2015. www.cdc.gov/alcohol/faqs.htm. Accessed September 25, 2015.

French, M. et al. Alcohol Consumption and Body Weight. Health Econ. July 2010;19(7):p814-832. PMCID: PMC3082959www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3082959.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol and Your Health. rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov. Asked Questions. July 9, 2015.