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Summer is almost here and you want to show off the hot body you’ve been working towards, but there is still one problem, you can’t seem to shake the stubborn fat stuck to your love handles! It seems like the fat is holding on for dear life! You have two options: give up hope and live in denial of your muffin top, OR do something about it and add components to keep the fat burning at a maximum! Fat burners really do work when you use them correctly and can be the missing piece to your fat loss puzzle.
We have all heard the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” Have you heard that a breakfast rich in proteins may also prevent unhealthy evening snacking? According to a study done by Heather Leidy, “eating a breakfast rich in protein significantly improves appetite control and reduces unhealthy snacking on high-fat or high-sugar foods in the evening”.1
Ever wonder what the people mean when they say ‘GMO’?GMO stands for genetically modified organisms, which happen to be very prevalent in our foods today. According to USDA economic research service as of 2011, 76-96% of corn crops have some sort of genetic modification depending on which state they are grown in. According to women's health magazine March 2013 edition, the average person consumes 193 pounds per year of genetically modified organisms in their food! While I have to admit I do not eat organic foods frequently, after seeing this staggering number of genetically modified organisms in the market today it made me think about my diet.
Results from a two year study published on September 19 in Food and Chemical Toxicology, revealed that mice who were fed either a diet of Monsanto's genetically modified maize sprayed with Roundup, Monsanto’s brand of weed killer, OR drinking water with levels of Roundup similar to what is found in US tap water were much more likely to die and at an earlier age in addition to other health problems.*
So, here we are at the end of Phase 2 and you’re all eagerly awaiting the results. As you know from my “End of Phase 1” blog, I was down 14 pounds and feeling good. My body had finally adjusted to having carbohydrates every third day, and I was a lot less cranky than I thought I would be with the lack of carbs.
Mom always said “you must have breakfast; it is the most important meal of the day.” Well it looks like mom was right again. Below are three of the many studies showing the positive effects of having breakfast.
Used for thousands of years, green tea has shown various health benefits ranging from fighting heart disease, lowering cholesterol, burning fat, and preventing diabetes and stroke. Green tea has also been shown to slow/prevent cancer of the bladder, breast, colon, esophagus, liver, prostate, and stomach.
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Marc Siegel. I'm a certified personal trainer in New York with five fitness and training licenses and I currently write a weekly blog here. This week’s blog will be about my experience with Phase 1 of VIVO 360. I would like to preface this blog by saying that I have spent years working with Eric Hoult, the national director of VIVO 360, and share many similar views on dieting nutrition and training. I am sure that Eric can agree with me that while we have seen/put many people on various diet regimens ranging from the weekend warrior all the way up to people on a national competitive level, nothing has quite compared to the level of VIVO 360!
CH-CH-CH-CHIA...who remembers that clay ram from the eighties, that you smeared this weird green stuff on it, and then it grew out all bushy? In any event, thirty years later Chia seeds seem to be all the rage. The reality, however, is that the Chia seed has been documented to date back to the ancient Aztecs, Mayans, and Native Americans. While the word Chia happens to mean oily, the plant's formal name is Salvia Hispanica. These seeds are typically found in the deserts of Argentina, Mexico and Peru.
While on vacation this week, I happened to read a staggering article about a topic I have written and spoken about countless times: Obesity.
It’s time for lunch and instead of ordering a burger and fries, you made the wise choice to order a salad. You are proud of yourself for steering away from junk food - ordering something good for the body; but just how “healthy” is your salad?
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