Get in the Tone Zone with Scott’s Fit Tips (Part 2)admin
#10 Build Muscle
If you place one pound of muscle on a scale and one pound of fat on a scale, they will both weigh one pound. The difference is total volume. One pound of muscle may appear to be the size of baseball; one pound of fat will be three times the size and look like a squiggly bowl of Jell-O. Putting on muscle will help you lose fat…You may not lose weight, BUT YOU WILL LOSE INCHES!!
#11 Ideas for New Moms
Workout in bursts of 15 minutes each. Find a fitness program that suits you and your body. Yoga is great for relaxing, stretching out muscles and regaining flexibility. Aerobics will be fun, peppy, and a great way to burn calories. You can sneak in some exercise by going for a brisk walk with your baby in the stroller, taking the stairs when you can, and going for a run while your baby is with a sitter or your partner.
#12 Snack Smart
Snacks are a great way to refuel. Choose snacks that combine different food groups – a glass of low-fat milk and a few graham crackers, greek yogurt with almonds, an apple or celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins, or some dry cereal. You’ll keep your metabolism going and be less likely to over-eat during your main meals.
#13 Use Technology
Need extra motivation? There’s an App for that! Look in to the various applications your phone offers. There is technology to help monitor your rest periods, track your reps and sets, help you with your diet on a daily basis, and even provide you with entire workouts!
#14 Control your Blood Sugar
It is often said that fat-loss success is 80% about nutrition. Your goal should be to control your blood sugar, because that helps to shed fat. You can control your blood sugar by eating protein, carbohydrates, and good fats evenly throughout the day (every two to three hours) which will prevent you from over-eating at any given meal.
#15 Stay Off the Scale
Focus on losing inches not pounds. Muscle is far more dense than fat…you can lose clothing sizes and still weigh the same!
#16 Find Healthy Low Calorie Snacks
Eating throughout the day will keep your metabolism working! Try Brad’s Raw Leafy Kale chips from Whole Foods as a healthy snack option. I like the garlic/vegan cheese flavor!!
#17 Use Your Blender
Have a very healthy protein shake as one of your everyday meals! Keep the fridge and freezer stocked with small carrots, spinach, pre-cooked beets, orange juice, skim milk, vanilla whey and bags of frozen fruit. This will give you tons of flexibility to blend some delicious options.
#18 Change It Up!
Give your body a rest by taking a walk in the park instead of a run. Find a nice patch of grass to do push-ups, crunches, and squats/lunges 3 or 4 times during the walk. You’ll work your whole body and keep your heart rate up so your walk will burn more calories!
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