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Beachbody On Demand – Instant Access!

 

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Beachbody On Demand makes it easy to access your favorite workouts. Now, we’re making it even easier to get new workouts, so you never have to be bored with your fitness routine. With the new Digital Instant Access feature, you can gain access to premium programs online, directly from Beachbody On Demand.

This brand-new feature allows Beachbody On Demand members to preview and gain access to the available premium programs in just a few clicks. In the new “Premium Content” section on the Beachbody On Demand homepage, you can look at the details of the premium programs, test out one full workout, and purchase digital instant access to full programs.

At this time, on Beachbody On Demand, the programs you can get digital instant access to are 21 Day Fix EXTREME, INSANITY MAX:30, P90, PiYo, Body Beast, CIZE, andFOCUS T25. Follow the steps below to learn how.

There are six additional premium level programs that you can preview, if you don’t already own them. These include: 21 Day Fix, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, and 22 Minute Hard Corps.

Even though you cannot purchase access to these programs through Beachbody On Demand, you can try out a single free workout video from each program in the “Premium Content” section. If you enjoy it, as a Beachbody On Demand member, you can get digital instant access to it by buying it on DVD.

 

Here’s how to purchase access to Premium Content:
1. Log in to your Beachbody On Demand account online. All payments must be made on the web. If you don’t have a Beachbody On Demand account, sign up here.
2. Find the programs available for digital instant access in the “Premium Content” section on the Beachbody On Demand homepage.
3. Click on a program to view the details and click “Unlock Now” to begin your purchase.
4. You will be given the choice to buy the Digital Base Program or the Digital Deluxe Upgrade. Click “More Info” to see a full overview of each package. If you buy the Digital Base Program, you will always have the option to purchase access to the Digital Deluxe Program.
5. After you submit your billing information, you will have instant access to your new program. It will appear at the top of your Beachbody On Demand homepage in the “Purchased Programs” section.
6. The programs you buy on Beachbody On Demand will be available as long as you have a paid BOD membership.
7. Although you must pay for the premium content online, you will be able to access it on streaming devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire, and Google Chromecast.

 

Coaches receive 25% off the retail price of the Digital Unlocks, and Team Beachbody Members receive 10% off the retail price

April Special on Beachbody!

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Club and Shakeology® Challenge Pack
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For a limited time only, you get Portion Fix® free when you purchase this Challenge Pack – saving you over $75 compared to buying each item separately! That means when you buy Shakeology and a Team Beachbody® Club membership in this Challenge Pack, it’s like getting unlimited streaming access to hundreds of proven Beachbody workouts, plus Portion Fix for just $10.

The Club and Shakeology Challenge Pack gives you 24/7 streaming access to hundreds of workouts, including the chance to tap into Beachbody’s most popular programs, like P90X®, INSANITY®, and 10-Minute Trainer®, from anywhere you have an Internet connection. Take your Beachbody On Demand workouts with you anywhere you go and push play anytime you like, while fueling your body with Shakeology, so you can get the best possible results…even faster.

You get everything you need to get your best results:

  • Your first 30-day supply of Shakeology—the superfood protein shake that helps give you energy, reduce cravings, and accelerates your fitness results—delivered on Home Direct, our monthly autoship program. *
  • Unlimited 90-day access to Beachbody On Demand—so you can choose a world-class fitness program and stream hundreds of workouts on-the-go, wherever you go! After your 90-day membership is up, you will be billed quarterly for Club Membership, which you may cancel at any time.**†
  • A 90-day Premium membership to the Team Beachbody Club, where you’ll find all the support you’ll need to get amazing results.
  • Super Discount shipping (SAVE OVER $12) every month.
  • Limited Time Only: Portion Fix – an easy-to-follow system with seven color-coded containers, Shakeology shaker cup, and nutrition guide that tells you how much to eat to lose weight!

You will have the option to choose your Shakeology flavor once you click the Buy Now button below.

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Now you can instantly jump-start your fitness results with Beachbody On Demand, your one-stop shop for streaming your workouts on-the-go. Not sure which Beachbody program is right for you? With the Club and Shakeology Challenge Pack, you can try one of our most popular programs, like P90X®, INSANITY®, and 10-Minute Trainer, and choose the workouts that work for you. Just push play anywhere you have an Internet connection, fuel up with Shakeology, and start hitting your fitness goals faster—no matter where life takes you.Your Challenge Pack Includes:A 30-DAY SUPPLY OF SHAKEOLOGY— Your Daily Dose of Dense Nutrition®.*

You could spend more than $700 on supplements just to recreate all the healthy ingredients in one bag of Shakeology. But for only about $4 a serving, you can treat your body to the delicious daily superfood protein shake that helps give you energy for your workouts, reduces junk-food cravings, and may help you reach your fitness goals faster. A nutrient-dense combination of antioxidants, phytonutrients, adaptogens, and many other rare ingredients gives your body nutrients you can’t get from a normal diet. 100% vegan option now available.

90-DAY PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP to the Team Beachbody Club with Beachbody On Demand!**

Get unlimited access to Beachbody on Demand, a one-stop shop for all your digital workouts with something for everyone:

  • Start streaming now! Instantly commit to your Challenge by choosing the program that’s right for you from our massive collection of world-class programs, like the P90X franchise, INSANITY, 10-Minute Trainer, TurboFire, and Brazil Butt Lift.
  • Work out anytime, anywhere—whether you’re traveling for work, on vacation, or would rather do your workout at a gym, now you can access Beachbody’s proven programs from any desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.
  • More than just streaming…Beachbody on Demand is the total package. Get step-by-step program guides, workout calendars, and nutrition plans—all online!
  • Never run out of options with new workouts added every month!

PLUS, Get All the Support You Need to Complete Your Challenge

No matter which workout program you choose, you’ll reach your goals faster with the 24/7 tools and support available to you as a member of the Team Beachbody Club, including:

  • 10% discount on all Beachbody purchases
  • Your own personal Coach to lean on and help you stay on track
  • VIP access to live monthly chats with Tony Horton, Shaun T, Autumn Calabrese, Chalene Johnson, and more of your favorite trainers
  • Expert advice from the pros, exclusive videos, nutrition tips, and delicious recipes
  • Meal plans personalized for your goals and designed to maximize results
  • Message Boards and chat rooms to help you find new friends and workout partners, and get advice and support from the entire community

30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
We’re so sure you’ll love this Challenge Pack, we’re giving you our 30-day money-back guarantee. If you’re not completely satisfied, simply call Customer Service to return it within 30 days for a refund of the purchase price (less any s&h).

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*Shakeology®: Starting in 30 days, you’ll receive a fresh supply every 30 days for just $129.95 a month, with a 10% discount if you are a Team Beachbody® Club member, billed to the credit card you provide which includes Super Discount shipping (of only $2.00 per item)! Cancel any time to avoid future charges by calling Customer Service at 1 (800) 470-7870.

**After your first 90 days, you’ll be automatically billed to continue your Team Beachbody Club membership at a cost of $2.99 a week, billed $38.87 per quarter in advance to the credit card you provide today. You can cancel anytime to avoid future charges by calling Customer Service.

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Consult your physician and follow all safety instructions before beginning any exercise program.

Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition.

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Get #SummerStrong

 

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It’s time to get #SummerStrong! Starting April 4th, Beachbody is challenging you to get Strong for Summer. In this 60-day contest, you’ll choose your workout(s), get support and motivation in private Facebook groups, and have a chance to win up to $5,000! Here’s how to join:

Click here for Beachbody information!

1. Choose a program below to commit to! You can choose between 22 Minute Hard Corps, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, 21 Day Fix (or 21 Day Fix EXTREME), CIZE, or #BOD Exclusive: Brazil Butt Lift CARNIVALE

2. Commit to your fitness track by choosing a program below and joining the corresponding Summer Strong Facebook group.

3. Take your “before” photos before you start your program and submit your “before” and “after” photos between May 1, 2016 and June 7, 2016. Links will be provided in the Facebook groups.

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TAKE YOUR BEFORE + AFTER PHOTOS AND WIN UP TO $5,000!

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Take the Beachbody Squat Challenge!

 

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Do you want to know the secret to a perfect squat? Sure you do. The squat is the king of lower body exercises for a reason: No other move hits more muscle below your waist, and no other move will help you look sexier in a pair of jeans. But here’s the thing: Most people do it wrong, and thus never realize its full muscle-building, body-slimming potential.

That ends today.

By the end of this video you’ll not only know how to perform a squat perfectly ever time, but also use be able to use the squat challenge to give yourself a total-body fitness test. So let’s go.

 

How to Do a Classic Squat
To start, stand tall with your hands by your sides and your feet shoulder-width apart. Your toes should point forward.

Keeping your back flat (not rounded nor excessively arched), push your hips back and bend your knees as you lower your body. When you hear people talk about the all-important “hip hinge,” that’s it. You want to “sit” into the exercise, pushing your butt back like you’re lowering yourself into a chair or onto a bench. Never bend forward at your waist. That will only increase the stress on your spine and throw you off balance.

Lower yourself until your thighs are at least parallel to the floor, keeping your weight on your heels and your gaze focused on a spot several feet ahead of you on the floor (not straight ahead). This will keep your entire spine in alignment as you do the squat. Pause, and then drive through your heels as you explode back up to the starting position. The squat hits several of your body’s biggest muscles, including your quads and glutes, and that final explosive movement will help maximize muscle fiber recruitment in them.

If you find the classic squat too difficult, don’t drop as low—start with a half squat, and work your way down to a full squat as your mobility and strength improve.

Already fit and able to tackle the squat with a full range of motion and perfect form? Then kick it up a notch by adding a jump, an isometric hold, or both, as you’ll do in the killer squat challenge featured in the video below.

 

How to Do the Squat Challenge
Drop down into a classic squat, and hold the bottom position for one second, then do one explosive jump. When you land, immediately drop down into a squat position again. Hold it for two seconds, and then do two explosive jumps. Continue adding one second to your hold and one jump until your form breaks down. If your knees start to cave in, if your stability falters, or if your range of motion starts to dwindle, you’re done.

That pause at the bottom makes the challenge harder, not easier. Instead of resting your muscles, you’re increasing the time they’re under tension. You’re also eliminating any help you’d get from the “stretch reflex,” which is the momentary, rubber band-like tendency of your muscles to spring back to a shortened state when they’re stretched. The result: Your quads and glutes are going to have to do more work on the way back up. This is an incredibly tough exercise, and a true test of fitness.

How many can you do? Tell me in the comments!

How to Lose Weight, Not Muscle

 

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Losing weight and gaining muscle can often seem at odds. You’ve heard the classic advice: If you want to shed pounds, you have to eat fewer calories while burning more of them. If you want to gain muscle, you have to do just the opposite, increasing your caloric intake while working your muscles hard. So is it possible to attack the two most popular fitness goals at the same time? The answer is an unequivocal yes. Just follow these three simple rules.

 

Skip the Long Runs
If you want to lose fat, don’t go the aerobic route, say researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, in Louisiana. Their study comparing the weight-loss results of people who did aerobic workouts while dieting with those who only dieted found that steady state cardio (think: jogging, stationary cycling, rowing) added almost nothing to the weight loss equation. When it comes to shedding pounds, you want to be the hare, not the tortoise: A 2011 Australian study found that shorter, tougher workouts (e.g., sprints, intervals, high-intensity strength circuits) consistently resulted in significant fat loss. Added bonus: Working out at a high intensity specifically targets abdominal fat—the most insidious kind that wraps around your internal organs, increasing the size of your belly and your risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even cancer.

 

Don’t Starve Yourself
If you want to lose fat, you have to cut your caloric intake. But if you also want to also maintain (or even build) muscle, cutting a little works better than cutting a lot, according to Norwegian scientists. Their study found that strength-training athletes who cut calories by 30 percent saw no change in muscle mass, but those who cut calories by just 19 percent were able to increase their muscle mass while also leaning out. Shoot for losing no more than 1 percent of your bodyweight—or roughly 1 to 2 pounds—per week, suggest the researchers.

 

Prioritize Protein
You need protein to build muscle. If you want to lose fat at the same time, you may need even more: A 2016 study found that overweight men on an intense fitness routine and a calorie-restricted diet were able to gain muscle over a 4-week period—but only if their protein intake was high. Protein should make up slightly more than one-third of your total caloric intake. Don’t want to do the nutritional math? Eyeball it: Meat, fish, poultry, and other protein should take up about a third of your plate at each meal.

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Nine foods that aren’t as healthy as you think!

 

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Are you ready to get your veggies and fruits in one healthy, whole-food shake? Get your servings HERE!

If you have a cheat meal or eat unhealthily every so often, that isn’t so bad (we try and follow the rule of eating an 80% clean diet). But, what if you’re eating badly and don’t know it? Sure, you stay away from deep-fried Oreos, but is your favorite “health food” snack keeping you from reaching your goals?

Here are nine foods that have successfully disguised themselves as “diet-friendly” foods. Don’t let them fool you.

Granola
Shocked? Granola is often touted as an outdoorsy health snack. Yet, it’s super high in calories and many variations are loaded with sugar and saturated fat.
Solution: Go raw. Muesli is basically just raw granola and it tends to have less sugars and oils—but just in case, always read the label. If you are trying to lose weight, make sure to measure to keep your portion size reasonable.

Frozen Diet Meals
Frozen dinners are not as healthy as they advertise. Though many are low in calories (most range from around 240–400 calories), they are highly processed, lacking in nutrients, and brimming with sodium. Although they may seem convenient, you give up a lot in exchange for the convenience of a three-minute microwaved meal.
Solution: Prepare healthy meals in bulk at the beginning of the week to deter you from having to choose these unhealthy convenient options. Or, if you absolutely must, read the labels. Some brands are better than others. Amy’s Kitchen, for example, does a better job than most.

Sports Drinks
Note the word “sports” in the title. These drinks are specifically designed to replenish carbs, electrolytes and other nutrients during long, hard efforts. In any other situation, they’re just sugar water. You might as well drink soda.
Solution: Generally, sports drinks are only useful for hard exercise going longer than an hour. Otherwise, you’re probably better off with water. However, if you’re eating at a calorie deficit and you’re having a hard time making it through your 30–60 minute workout, a little extra blood sugar might help, so experiment with a diluted sports drink. And again, read labels. High fructose corn syrup or artificial dyes won’t give you the fitness boost you’re looking for.

“Fat Free” Products
“Fat Free” might look good on paper, but your body actually needs fat! Plus, as Nutrition Expert Denis Faye explains, in most of these products “they just replace the fat with carbs and salt, so you’ve basically gone from pouring a little unsaturated fat on your salad to dumping on a pile of sugar.”
Solution: Stick with simple homemade dressings, like balsamic vinaigrette, and, if you’re out, ask for them on the side to control how much you’re using.

Muffins
American-style muffins first came into popularity at the end of the 18th century…and never went out of fashion again. But, this sweet quickbread is hardly healthy. Take those tempting blueberry muffins you see at some classic coffee chains. They’ll pack on about 460 calories and 15 grams of fat. Not to mention they’re usually made with refined flour, tons of sugar, and goodness knows what preservatives.
Solution: Almost all store-bought muffins should really just be avoided. If you’re really craving a muffin, try this flourless chocolate muffin that’s lower in calories and higher in fiber and other good-for-you components. Or, this plum bran muffin if you’re looking for a real fruit and fiber boost.

Sushi
As far as proteins go, fish deserves a high place in your diet and sushi can be a great way to enjoy it. However, most sushi is more rice than fish, and sometimes, it’s been deep fried (we’re looking at you, spider roll) or coated with mayonnaise (cue the dynamite roll and almost any sushi that has “spicy” in the name). While it’s never a complete junk food, like many items here, you can’t chow down without restraint and expect to see nothing but benefits.
Solution: If you do rolls, try to choose rolls made with brown rice or those that are low-carb (in other words, rice free). Or, stick with sashimi.

Pretzels
Don’t confuse these travel-friendly little bites that are low in fat, for a “healthy” snack. This carb-heavy, calorie-laden treat is almost completely devoid of nutrients and is often high in sodium. For instance, you’ll get an entire day’s worth of sodium in one cup of Rold Gold pretzels.
Solution: Stick to nutrient-dense snacks like almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds. Just keep an eye on the serving size if you’re watching your weight.

Veggie Chips
Just because something contains the word “veggie” in the name doesn’t mean it’s healthy. High in fat and sodium, Veggie Chips are often extraordinarily high in fat and sodium and, honestly, not much better for you than potato chips.
Solution: When snacking, eat your veggies raw—and dip them in hummus if you want to add flavor.

Tea
What’s the problem with tea today? It’s mainly not tea! Most mass-produced teas come bottled with preservatives and designer drinks like chai lattes pump the sugar and additive content through the roof.
Solution: Try Tejava (which is all-natural and just contains brewed tea), stick to unsweetened teas from your local coffee shop, or brew your own. It’s easy!

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Kick start with the 21 Day Fix

 

 

Duane Dodge lost 47 lbs. with 21 Day Fix and the Beachbody Performance supplements. He entered his results into the Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize for February 18th!
Duane is an independent Beachbody Coach.

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?

I am a professional firefighter with Halifax Fire, the oldest fire department in Canada. I have been a firefighter for just over 10 years. Over the past few years, I have felt like I was getting out of shape. I needed to do something to get back in shape. I was starting to feel like I wasn’t performing my job at the level I should be. Climbing stairs and ladders, pulling hoses, and wearing 75 pounds of gear were starting to get very hard on me. I knew I needed to change something. The number one killer of firefighters is cardiac events, and I didn’t want to be a statistic. I have a reputation in the fire house as the guy who makes the best gravy! I love to cook, but I cooked all the wrong things. Bigmeals are a part of firehouse life, but I took it to extremes. Cheese-stuffed burgers, giant steaks, onion rings, fries, and loads of gravy were my specialty. I knew I had to make some serious changes, but I didn’t really want to admit I didn’t know how to make the changes. I was in a bad spot.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
Well, I knew I had to make some changes in my life. I was 220 pounds and eating whatever I wanted. Basically, I felt invincible: “I’m a firefighter. I’m strong. I may look a bit chunky but I’m not out of shape.” That’s what I was telling myself. I met a lady at a soccer camp my kids were attending in June of 2015, at which time I was 220-plus pounds and had just come back from a cruise vacation. I ate non-stop on vacation, and was feeling so out of shape. The lady I met was a Beachbody Coach. We got to talking about working out, and she mentioned that she had lost a large amount of weight using a Beachbody program. She began to tell me about 21 Day Fix. I also found out later that week that my brother-in-law had just signed up to be a Beachbody Coach, and he was starting 21 Day Fix. I did some research on the program, and as soon as I saw how the program teaches you how and what portion sizes to eat, I knew that’s what I needed to kick-start my fitness journey. I loved the 30-minute intense workouts.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
The greatest challenge I face is really my career and the physical demands that are required to be a firefighter. Carrying heavy loads, climbing ladders, and advancing firehose into a burning structure are all tasks I could be called on to do at any time. Just before starting 21 Day Fix, my eating was pretty much off the rails. I would eat whatever I wanted, thinking there wouldn’t be any consequences to my health or fitness. The container idea was such a breakthrough for me. The simple way it’s used to help you eat the right foods and the correct amounts made all the difference. I am a very competitive person, and I needed a challenging workout routine. Autumn’s program is amazing, and I was blown away by how hard it was to do these 60-second exercises. So the 21 Day Fix and Shakeology have transformed my life. I will never go back to the way I was. I have been forever changed, because of this program. Simple eating and a 30-minute workout have been a game-changer.

What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
Right from the start, before I even ordered the program, I knew this was going to work for me. After watching a YouTube promo about 21 Day Fix, I bought it right away. The way that the program teaches you to eat is so simple and easy. Not having to count calories is awesome. If it fits in the container, you can have it. I love having the container tracking app. It takes all the guesswork out of what I have left for containers by the end of the day. The workouts are challenging and very intense. Their 30-minute length is perfect for my lifestyle. This program really did make me create new healthy habits, and started my journey to health and fitness. I will never go back to the way I was.

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Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I achieved amazing results on this program since July 2015. I have done six rounds of 21 Day Fix, and I am down 47 pounds! I went from a size 36 pants that were tight around the waist to a size 31 that are loose. Our nutrition and eating as a family has been completely changed forever. I can actually see abs and have muscle definition for the first time ever! I’m 37, and I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m proud and very confident in my abilities to perform my job as a firefighter now. My strength has increased, and my focus and drive are at an all-time high.

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life and the lives of my wife and kids are forever changed because of this program. My wife has done two rounds of 21 Day Fix, and has lost over 15 pounds. I have lost 47 pounds, and decided to become a Beachbody Coach. I have been able to inspire many others to start their journey to become fit and to have the body they’ve always wanted. I’m a healthier and stronger person since I’ve decided to go on this journey to fitness. I hope to help many others achieve their goals. I’ve learned that fitness is a journey, not a destination, and I get daily motivation from doing the workouts and getting stronger every time. I’m living proof Beachbody and 21 Day Fix work! If you decide and commit, you will succeed.

How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
My Coach inspired me by simply doing the program first before me. After I had seen the progress he was making, I had to do it.

How did a Beachbody supplement, nutritional product, or program (such as Shakeology or Beachbody Ultimate Reset) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, or digestion/regularity?
I used Shakeology during 21 Day Fix. I noticed a huge boost in energy, and I didn’t crave any junk food. The chocolate shakes really hit the spot and got rid of all the chocolate cravings. Shakeology has been a huge part of this journey for me, and I will continue to use Shakeology.

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How much is a serving of nuts?

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A serving of nuts is one of the fastest, and healthiest, ways to stop an attack of the munchies in its tracks. They are high in fiber, protein, and heart-healthy fats to fill you up and suppress hunger longer. But that doesn’t mean you should start eating almonds all day long. Even healthy fats should be consumed in moderation.

The common recommendation is to stick to a handful of nuts per day, which is about an ounce. But that’s pretty vague; what size hand are we talking about, anyway? To make it easy, we measured out a one-ounce serving of several types of nuts to show you what a proper portion looks like. Keep in mind, nuts vary in size and weight, so these pictures are just a guideline, but they are a great place to start.

Raw, unsalted nuts are the best choice. Salted nuts can be high in sodium, and nuts that are commercially roasted can be high in added fats, canceling out any nutritional benefits they might have. Raw nuts are delicious, but if you’re used to the salted or flavored kinds, they may take some getting used to. Add a little flavor with these recipes for Cinnamon Roasted Almonds and Spiced Nuts.

Almonds = about 23 per ounce
Although almonds aren’t the most protein-dense nut on this list, they come in second with six grams per one ounce. Bonus: A recent study found that eating almonds every day may help prevent weight gain.

Almonds

Cashews = about 18 per ounce
With 155 calories per serving, cashews are one of the lowest calorie nuts and provide 98% of the recommended daily value for copper. Native to coastal Brazil, they belong to the same family as the mango and pistachio nut.

Cashews

Walnuts = about 14 halves per ounce
Choose walnuts with their skin intact. Their skins contain a high concentration of phenols, antioxidants which are thought to protect against cancer and heart disease.

Walnuts

Macadamia Nuts = about 12 per ounce
Coveted for their sweet, buttery flavor, macadamia nuts are among the fattiest of all nuts. But that fat is exactly what makes them so good for you. Studies have found that the combination of fatty acids in macadamia nuts can lower bad cholesterol and the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Macadamia Nuts

Hazelnuts = about 21 per ounce
These nuts are good for more than just making Nutella. They’re high in vitamin E, which has been shown to protect skin against premature aging.

Hazelnuts

Pistachios = about 49 per ounce
Pistachios make a great snack because you can eat so many of them! Buy them in the shell, which slows down snacking and helps you feel satisfied by the time you finish munching. Your insides will thank you. Eating pistachios has been shown to improve intestinal health.

Pistachios

Pecans = about 19 per ounce
Pecans are native to the United States and were an important part of the diet of native peoples and early settlers. You’ll want to make them part of your healthy diet, too. Try them as a topping to your oatmeal, or make this incredible Sweet Potato and Pecan Pie.

Pecans

Brazil Nuts = about 6 per ounce
Selenium might not be the most talked about mineral, but studies have found that it can potentially protect against cancer and aid with thyroid disorders. Brazil nuts contain more selenium per ounce than any other food.

Brazil Nuts

Peanuts = about 42 per ounce
Peanuts might not be the first thing that come to mind when you think of protein, but one ounce of these legumes contains seven grams of it. They’re also a good source of folate, a mineral essential for brain development.

Peanuts

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Low Fat Diet

 

Click here for your free Clean Eating Meal Plan. 

I’ve written about Low Fat Diet trends before, but I think this topic warrants a second visit.

When did the low fat diet become trendy?

For many decades now, the health authorities have told everyone to eat a low-fat diet. Doctors, nutritionists, dietitians…they claim that a diet low in fat will keep people from getting fat.

At the time the low-fat dietary guidelines were conceived (1977), people thought that saturated fat was a significant cause of heart disease. Saturated fats are the fats that are solid at room temperature (yes, like coconut…THE health trend of this decade). Here is some great information about saturated (and other) fats…that may or may not be interesting to you. I guess it depends on your family history and current health / medical recommendations.

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyEating/Saturated-Fats_UCM_301110_Article.jsp

Basically, low fat has been the cornerstone of healthy eating for several years.

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Why are we getting fat while eating low fat?

With the recommendation of staying away from fats, many people and organizations have also moved away from meat, eggs, and full-fat dairy products (high fat) and moved towards grains, legumes, fruits (low fat, high carb)…and vegetables (always a good choice).

These low-fat  guidelines were based on weak evidence, and many respected scientists objected. They believed that moving to a low-fat diet could have unforeseen consequences.

Recently, the “science” behind these ideas have been disproven.  Many high quality research studies show that there is, in fact, no association between saturated fat and cardiovascular disease. If you REALLY want to see the science behind these studies, this is a good place to start:

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2010/01/13/ajcn.2009.27725.abstract

Here’s another study summary:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9635993

Chances are, you won’t read (or even click) those links, but yes, they are official studies that say…there isn’t much correlation between fats and heart disease.

AND…of course, there are still studies and such that claim that saturated fats ARE harmful.  Here’s one that leans toward limiting fats: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyEating/Saturated-Fats_UCM_301110_Article.jsp 

 

So…what does that mean for you?

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Low fat or high fat diet?

I’ve seen pictures of my family in 1977: there were some heavy people.  There were some “big” people. However, it was nowhere near what we see today.  When did the obesity epidemic start? Around 1977.

Here’s the bottom line:

When you stop eating “fats”, you often stop eating proteins. Proteins are important. More on that next time.

When you eat low-fat foods, they are made to taste better with sugars and artificial flavors.

If you stop eating animal fats, you often replace that with vegetable oils…these are thought to be much worse for your overall health. Processed seed- and vegetable oils ar unhealthy, loaded with Omega-6 fatty acids and trans fats that can contribute to disease. And, they are often GMO…also not good.

Moderation is key!

I know that you know that already.  Eating pounds of butter is terrible. Eating pounds of grapes is also terrible. Eating a diet that you can’t maintain is terrible.  Eating Fettuccine Alfredo (2 cups) and a slice of garlic bread at 54 grams of fat isn’t going to kill you.  Eating that every day is terrible.   Taco Bell’s Supreme Chicken Fajita and Bell Grande Nachos: 64 grams of fat.  That might be too much even on a good day. Terrible. But, we still do it.

Eat vegetables, eat some fruit, eat some whole grains…everything in moderation!

Side note: Trans fats resemble saturated fat in consistency and shelf life, but the chemical composition is still very different. While saturated fats are possibly harmless, trans fats are highly toxic and should be avoided.

Here is some more information (mostly the same, but a little different…)

 

Diet Pills

 

The truth about diet pills

I’m coming from experience in wanting to shed some unwanted weight quickly.  I gained 75 pounds with my first pregnancy…and eventually lost most of it.  I got all but 5 or so off.  That being said – I had started off at 103 pounds.  At 5’2″ – that’s a good weight for me.  So…I got up to 178ish. AND… that was in 1997! So, I was in my early 20s, worked out 5 times a week, lived off of popcorn and margaritas, and just lived life.  After getting pregnant, I ate everything I could. Five or six slices of pizza was not an issue. I was pregnant, for Pete’s sake! I was eating for two! I kept peanut butter and jelly mixed together in the fridge for a quick fix.  I kept melted ice cream and peanut butter mixed together in the fridge for a midnight snack. I drank juice like it was going out of style. And – I ate a lot of everything! But – that was 17 years ago.  Fast forward to pregnancy number two: I was almost 30 now, weighed in at about 110, and was determined not to balloon up to 180. However…although I ate fairly well, got some exercise, and tried to not indulge…I STILL got up to 180! 180 on a small frame is a lot! I was in pain. My hips and legs kept me from every being comfortable.  Still, I lost most of it…getting down to about 112.  Not to shabby.  Then…I turned 35.  I started gaining without being pregnant! With two kids and a full-time job, I didn’t have time to exercise (or so I believed) and I was stress eating all of the time.  So, I got up to 140.  Otherwise healthy, the weight just wouldn’t come off. I had all of my systems tested…and they seemed to be working fine.  I was just getting fat.

Then…baby number three at 39 years old.  And yes…I got up to 180 again! Even though this time, I knew I would have trouble getting it off – I gained weight like it was nothing!  After the baby…I was determined to get back to 140 – at least. So I did. Then I got down to 130ish. But – I could not lose any more.  I looked at diet pills – but my husband wouldn’t let me try any.  I thought about sneaking them, but if something bad were to happen, no one would know. I needed to get my blood sugar, my weight, my moods, and my sleep back under control.

My husband and I decided that I wouldn’t take any fad diet pills. That I should stay away from all of the dangerous options out there:

Concerning ingredients to watch for in diet pills:

Ma huang/ephedra/ephedrine/pseudoephedrine – Ma huang, a species of ephedra, frequently contains ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, which can affect the nervous system and result in high blood pressure, increased heart rate, irregular heart rhythm, heart attack, stroke or death. Ephedra has been banned in the U.S.

Bitter orange/synephrine – Bitter orange contains a chemical called synephrine, which is similar to ephedra and can cause increased heart rate, headaches, vomiting, insomnia, high blood pressure, fainting, heart attack and stroke.

Sibutramine – Sibutramine is a powerful stimulant that may significantly increase the risk of heart attacks, arrhythmias or strokes, in addition to causing a long list of side effects. It was removed from the market in 2010. Several weight-loss drugs have been found to be illegally spiked with sibutramine.

Fenproporex – Fenproporex is a stimulant not approved for use in the U.S.; it is converted to amphetamine in the body and may cause heart arrhythmias and possibly even sudden death. It may also be addictive.

Phenolphthalein – Phenolphthalein is an ingredient that was in some laxative products until 1999, when the FDA declared that it was “not generally recognized as safe and effective.” It has been found to be a hidden ingredient in several weight-loss pills.

There are lots of scary stories out there: people die!

Best diet / Quick weight loss

What is the best diet for quick weight loss? No such thing.  Think of diet NOT as a way to lose weight, but as a way of eating. Eat for nutrition…eat for energy…eat for health.  With healthy eating, hard work, exercise, and some will-power, I did it.  I might not ever get down to my pre-pregnancy weight, but I’m happy where I am right now.

I work out for 30 minutes a day, I juice, I eat right, I feed my family right, and I occasionally cheat with chocolate and peanut butter…but that’s okay.

Fast weight loss diets don’t work…they won’t last…you can’t sustain the requirements.  Think of the best diets to lose weight fast as the best way to gain back fast…the best diets to set yourself up for failure.  Rethink diet! Eat real foods, exercise, and stop eating sugar.

As for diets that claim to work fast…for real. I challenge you to stop eating sugar, processed foods, and junk for two weeks.  See how much weight you can lose.  Stop eating chips, fast food, restaurant food, cheap breads, snacks, and soda…even diet soda…for two weeks.  You’ll drop pounds. I promise.

Thankfully, a well balanced diet requires none of those ^^ ingredients.  If you are looking for quick weight loss, the best diet… join us on our next Clean Eating Challenge.

You can do it, too!

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