If you consider yourself part of the fitness community then you may have heard of counting macros or, “if it fits your macros” (IFFYM). If not, sooner or later you will hear the term in conversations with other gym goers. Counting macros has become very popular for reaching specific weight and health goals. Specifically for losing weight or putting on muscle mass. Let’s move on to what exactly it is and if you should count them.
Macros is a short term for macronutrients –the fats, carbohydrates and protein we consume to give us energy. Each macronutrient is measured in grams. Carbohydrates and protein provide 4 calories per gram, while fat provides 9 calories per gram. In order to successfully count macros it is important to understand the role of each macronutrient and why some people need different ratios to reach a weight goal.
When it comes to eating before a workout we need to think of our bodies as a car. Without gas in the tank the engine won’t start, and we won’t get to our destination. Food is the fuel that our bodies need in order to get the most out of a workout. Before training, you want to focus on foods that are high in carbs, moderate in protein, and low in fat and fiber. Carbs are your main fuel for activity.
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Anyone that knows me on a personal level, knows that I am always looking for new ways to effectively engage and train my glutes. Growing up I had a pancake booty and I was really self-conscious about it. I began doing research on how to build bigger glutes and through trial and error I have been able to grow my glutes and shape them. If you are having trouble building your glutes, you might be lacking something in your routine. Make sure to follow these tips on your next training session.
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If you’ve ever purchased almond butter, then you definitely can agree with me when I say that it’s not very budget friendly. A simple 16 Oz jar can cost anywhere from 10 to 15 bucks! That can be pretty pricey to maintain if you’re someone like me who chows down a whole jar within a week. That’s why I’ve recently started making my own almond butter at the comfort of my home. The process takes about 45 minutes and will cost you half of what you spend on a jar of almonds. I bought a pound of almonds at Aldis for only $5.00! If that’s not a bargain then I don’t know what is.
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We’ve all had the motivation to workout at some point in our life. The difference between those who do the work, and those who find excuses to get work done, lies in finding the right kind of motivation. If you are serious about getting into shape you first need to ask yourself, “how can I stay disciplined and committed even when I lack the motivation?” Over the years, I have learnt a few ways at staying committed to my workout and diet routine. Here are a few tips I’ve learnt.
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You’ve finally decided to make your health a priority and want to make some serious changes in your diet. First off, congrats for jumping on the health train! You’ll find that eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard or require you to give up any of the foods you love. It’s all about making smart choices that essentially lead to a balanced and healthy dieting pattern.
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Stress is a common experience in our everyday lives. If we don’t deal with it properly it can take a toll on our physical health and emotional well-being. So below are a few tips for de-stressing yourself next time you’re laying in bed trying to count sheep.
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Cheat meals are a must in order to keep a long-term healthy weight. It allows me to keep a healthy diet without feeling deprived of indulging every now and then. But the worst feeling is having all your hard work go to down the drain after a weekend of binge eating so I’ve put together my top five rules for staying on track on cheat day.
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Fasting is a spiritual practice that has been around for centuries but it has now become a hot trend in the fitness and health community. Intermittent fasting, is known to burn fat aiding in weight-loss and has been proven to have many powerful benefits to the body and mind.
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When people look at me, they automatically categorize me under slim framed. You know those “girl, you can eat anything and still look great,” comments. But there’s always a story behind a portrait. Growing up I was a husky child. Many might call it baby fat, but if I didn’t change my lifestyle, that baby fat would have turned into adult fat.
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When it comes to buying fruits and veggies, we all want organic. But it’s no secret that they’re kind of pricey. So instead of buying the apples that are free of synthetic chemicals, we settle for the waxy coated ones that are within our budget range. But not every single crop needs to be bought organically. Some are more heavily sprayed then others. Each year the Environmental Working Group releases a new shopper’s guide to pesticides in fruits and vegetables. The “Dirty Dozen” list with the most pesticide residues, and the “Clean Fifteen” with less pesticides and harmful sprays. So if you can’t afford to buy organic, use the shoppers guide to select only the crops that should be eaten organically. That way you’re not spending money on produce that you could probably skip on buying organic.
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Everyone’s heard of the well known phrase, “breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dine like a pauper,” but do we really follow it? With all of our morning responsibilities it can be tricky fitting breakfast into our schedule. Well, this popular phrase isn’t any mumbo jumbo. The word “breakfast” literally means to break the fast between dinner and the meal eaten after a person wakes up the next morning. If you think about the amount of time from dinner to breakfast that’s a lot of hours. For most people, it can be up to 12 hours since their last meal, and yet they are quick to skip it as they rush out the door.
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