Don’t be a victim to summer weight loss scams

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Summer is right around the corner and with bikini season quickly approaching, you’re bound to see weight loss ad after weight loss ad at your supermarket, on your television and in the mall. No matter where you go, you’re going to see a “new” and “exciting” way to lose weight, proven to work when all else has failed.

Sadly, most – if not all – of these weight loss scams are just that. Scams. They are designed to prey upon the self-conscious woman and ignore the basics of what women really need – nutrition and fitness.

Keep your eye out for these weight loss scams this summer and if you see them, back away slowly. Or run.

The “It Can’t Hurt So I Might As Well Try It” Scam

This is a common scam that is used by companies that market “all natural” herbs and weight loss supplements. Since it’s “all natural,” many women feel more comfortable using these products because they think they can’t hurt. The truth is they can. Many of these products aren’t regulated by the FDA, so they could contain who knows what in them. Don’t gamble with your health. Skip the “all natural” weight loss aids.

The “Lose 10 Pounds In 10 Days” Scam

Any promises to lose massive amounts of weight quickly are a scam. It’s unlikely that you could lose that much that quickly anyways, and if you can, it’s probably dangerous for you. Starvation diets, purging diets and other fast weight loss schemes should be avoided at all costs.

The “Use This Device To Tone Your Abs” Scam

Strapping a machine to your torso to “work” your muscles for you while you sit and watch television is absolutely not going to tighten or tone your abs. If you want lean, mean muscles, you’ve got to work for it. There’s no getting around that truth, even with the most innovative or state-of-the-art technology.

The hCG Scam

The pregnancy hormone, known as hCG, has been touted as a miracle weight loss aid. Problem is, there’s only two ways to get real hCG – either get pregnant, or get it from your doctor. It’s use for weight loss is off label and lacks real studies to back it up, and hCG that you can buy online may or may not contain harmful ingredients.

If you want to lose weight this summer, stick to good old fashioned healthy and nutritious eating, coupled with moderate exercise. It takes time and effort, but it’s a lifestyle change that will make the results stick.

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The perfect body for you

Building the perfect physique is not easy. It requires making hard choices, enduring sacrifices, and setbacks. But it’s worth the sweat. Building the perfect physique is about getting into the best shape of your life and improving your health on all levels. Therefore, if you’re looking to turn your lifestyle around, here are 6 practical tips that can help.

Lose Weight with Protein

Protein is vital for building muscle mass and good recovery but it can also help you keep hunger at bay, which in turn prevents any excess weight. According to a study done by the University of Sydney and the Cambridge University, people who have consumed a daily diet comprising of even just fifteen percent protein slashed about 1000 calories over a period of four days than those who opted for a ten percent protein diet.

 

Consume Fats

Fats are not the enemy of your diet. In fact, consuming adequate amounts of fat can in fact help you shed those pounds and promote better health. Unsaturated fats can help suppress cravings and have minimum impact on blood sugar levels. They are mostly found in vegetable oils and avocados. On the other hand, saturated and trans fat are harmful since they boost your levels of LDL—also known as the ‘bad cholesterol’—which increase the likelihood of heart ailments and weight gain.

Body Workouts for a Strong Core

If you’re looking to get a strong midsection, incorporate total body exercises. These types of exercises recruit more muscles, shed mad calories, and improve core strength, thus leading to greater fitness rewards. According to a study at Southern Illinois University, performing seven abs exercises five days a week for six weeks showed no reduction in body-weight, belly fat or waist circumference. The best way for getting a six-pack instead is via using total-body exercises such as deadlifts, chin-ups and squats.

Use Free Weights

If you’re looking to achieve greater muscle gains, then using free weights is the way to go. According to a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning, working out with free weights rather than fixed machines will lead to better muscle activation, thus boosting strength and fitness gains.

Stretch Those Muscles

Adding a yoga session to your training program can provide with many benefits as doing aerobic exercise. A study done by University of Maryland revealed that yoga has been shown to outperform aerobic exercise when it comes to improving flexibility and muscle strength.

Bootcamp for Success

Besides aerobic classes, bootcamp classes are a great way to shed more weight by booting calorie burn and metabolism.

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Tricks to Stop That Hunger Feeling

Everyone will feel hungry at some point, but there is no need to let that hunger go unattended. Hunger is a signal from your body that it needs something, but it’s important to differentiate the difference between hunger and cravings. One is a physical response, and the other is an emotional response.  At NYC Adventure Boot Camp we are big on eating right and making sure that you know the difference between the two.

 

Emotional Causes of Hunger

Emotional hunger is probably the hardest type of hunger to control. Emotional hunger signals are rooted in lifestyle behaviors. These cravings are born out of boredom or even routine. Certain activities trigger an emotional response to eat. When you sit on the couch in front of the TV, do you feel the need to eat? Are you bored at night and fill your time with pleasure-eating? While there are some physical things you can do to control this type of hunger, to really be successful, you have to focus on changing habits. Slowly but surely you need to start replacing these emotions with more productive activities. If you are bored, go and do something. If you want to watch TV and eat food, find healthy snack alternatives.

 

Low Blood Sugar

Physical hunger is a much easier hunger to control, and fortunately, nearly anyone can make improvements in this area. For example, are you hungry an hour after eating? Do you really think you need food again so soon? The more likely cause of your hunger is low blood sugar, which was caused by eating a high-glycemic meal. Low blood sugar triggers a strong response to eat carbohydrates. This low blood sugar is also the cause of the sleepiness most people experience mid-afternoon. Stay away from processed foods and focus on eating low-glycemic foods that provide a nice steady release of glucose.

 

Calorie Intake

I’d say one of the leading causes of hunger is so simple that most people just overlook it – they aren’t eating enough. You would be surprised how much people suffer from hunger when undergoing a weight loss program. They assume that you’re supposed to be hungry or even downright starving at times. This is not the case at all! If you’re eating the right kinds of foods and you’re eating enough calories, hunger should only show itself every once in a while when it’s actually time to eat. If you’re eating below 10 times your body weight in calories and find that you’re starving most of the time, I highly recommend that you eat more food.

 

Satiating Foods

Another way to keep hunger under control is to eat more satiating food. What is a satiating food? These are foods that fill you up and keep the hunger response at bay. These foods share many of the same qualities. They are fiber dense, water dense, and low-glycemic. Protein has also shown a high satiating effect that is greater than both fat and carbohydrates.

 

Avoid Sweeteners

Both natural and artificial sweeteners can cause cravings. Refined sugars send an influx of glucose into the bloodstream, which in return spikes insulin levels. That’s what’s supposed to happen, but this sudden spike in insulin clears out the glucose too much, which leaves you with low blood sugar and cravings all over again – and the cycle continues.

Artificial sweeteners act in a similar way, but they don’t have calories, so they don’t cause a rise in blood glucose. Instead, they make your body think that there is, and it ends up releasing insulin anyways. A release of insulin without any blood glucose is an easy recipe for hunger cravings. Artificial sweeteners also act on the brain, making it think it’s getting nutrients that it really isn’t. In return, your body continues to send out hunger signals to get the nutrients it needs.

 

Eat Your Essential Nutrients

It’s not just about calorie quantity. It’s also about the quality of those calories. Essential nutrients must be ingested through your diet, as your body cannot manufacture them itself. Essential fatty acids, protein, vitamins, and minerals need to be eaten in sufficient quantities. Essential fatty acids have the ability to modulate satiety levels; if you don’t eat enough, your body will continue to tell you to eat until you do. How does it do this? Hunger signals.

 

Water

I cannot overemphasize the importance of drinking water when it comes to hunger. Water makes every function of the body work more efficiently. In addition, thirst is mistaken for hunger many times. If you feel hungry all the time and you are not exclusively drinking water, that should be your very first step. Proper hydration is essential, and no other liquid can provide the levels you need besides water.

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Sources:
Mayo Clinic: Energy Density and Weight Loss: Feel Full on Fewer Calories

Kicking Your Workout Into High Gear With an Effective Boot Camp

The problem with many women’s workouts is that they are quite honestly too easy. Sure cardio on the the treadmill or the elliptical is fine, but is this really going to change your body? If you want to change your body and get results then you are going to have to work for it. In order to get there a great avenue well worth trying is boot camp.

There are many different types and forms of boot camp programs, but they are all highly effective. These are often intense programs that mix cardio with strength training and give you just the challenge that you need. What happens when you partake in this type of program is that you shed fat and build muscle—and that’s the type of combination that changes a body shape and equals true and long lasting success!

Nothing to Fear and Everything to Gain

When you think of boot camp you may have the vision of an actual drill sergeant shouting out commands. Though this won’t be like a day in the army, it most certainly will push you and challenge you. This is a good thing! There is absolutely nothing to fear, even if this is well outside of your comfort zone. You may feel a little apprehensive at first, but you are going to love it.

The thing to remember with boot camp programs is that they give you so much to gain. You are going to build muscle, you are going to shed and burn away fat, and you are going to participate in some truly challenging and intense drills. At NYC Adventure Boot Camp we specialize in women’s fitness. We know which problem areas to target. This will take you well beyond what you thought were your limits and give your body an intense shot of revolutionary exercise. This is what your body wants and craves, particularly if you want to change the shape of it forever.

Push Yourself to the Limits and Love the Results

Many women are afraid of boot camp for a variety of reasons. They may have heard horror stories or have this terrible vision in their minds. The thing to remember is that this type of program is intense for a reason. It helps you to push yourself to the limits and see that this is what you need to do in order to change. Stacy Papakostas does not believe in yelling at her campers, we aim to give you a competitive but supportive experience.

Do you want to lose weight or need to add muscle? The only way that’s going to happen is if you challenge your body. Yes you can get that through other workouts but boot camp programs are the most consistent and give you the fastest results. Yes you are likely going to work harder than you ever have, but you are going to get some killer results that you have never experienced before as well.

Find Out That You Are Capable of Much More Than You Thought

When you partake in a boot camp type of program you are not only going to get a lot out of it physically but mentally as well. You are going to find that you are capable of so much more than you thought you were. You will see that you can push yourself hard and get results and that your comfort zone was so much further out than you realized.

Much of what we get out of a fitness program has to do with the mental aspects as much as the physical ones. It’s truly important to reap the physical rewards, but you need to give yourself a mental break as well. If you can get the endorphins going and relieve stress through exercise, then you are going to achieve true and overall health. Boot camp is a great vehicle to get you there and so if you want to be physically and mentally stronger version of yourself, then this is the way to do it!

If you are in New York City and interested in joining an all woman’s boot camp or fitness boxing classes please visit NYC ADVENTURE BOOT CAMP, mention that you found us through our blog for and extra 15% off a membership. Stacy will also customize a meal plan for you to get you at your healthiest. Come work out like a GIRL!!!

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