Looks like a lot of weights remain unchanged this week. But some contestants have continued their steady journey of weight loss. It is important to keep in mind that just because your not losing weight, doesn’t mean you aren’t getting healthier. I myself have not dropped weight for 2 weeks in a row yet I have gone down a belt notch and have a lot more energy than when I started this contest. So don’t get discouraged if your haven’t dropped any weight and pay attention to how your body is reacting to your weight loss methods (IE: Exercise, diet, etc… Keep checking in frequently for more info on health, fitness, and weight loss!
When your on the go and feeling hungry you may be entertaining ideas of going to a fast food joint. Fast food contains loads of empty calories, saturated fat, and very few nutrients, so it is definitely not the best option if your trying to drop a few pounds. Having a few protein bars stashed away in your car or purse could help save you from dining on fast food when your out and about.
Protein bars are a good meal replacement from time to time but should not be a regular meal. They are great snacks for active individuals or an occasional meal for the not so active, averaging about 300 calories per bar and can keep you metabolism running.
So you may want to stock up on some bars just in case you find yourself in a situation where you need to eat and going home for a healthy meal is not an option.
Pullups are hard and for some people (like me) they are really really hard. This difficult exercise works out the lats, biceps, and middle back all with a single action. There are several variations such as reverse grip pullups (chin ups), wide grip, close grip, etc.. and they will all work out several muscle groups at a time.
If your thinking “This sounds great, but I cant lift my body weight…” don’t worry there is a little trick to get started doing pullups until your muscles get strong enough. Simply put a chain in front of your pull up bar and place 1 leg on it. The further away from the bar the chair is, the more difficult the exercise becomes, until you no longer need the chair. When using this method attempt to have good form so that the proper muscle groups are being worked.
Well it would seem like it was a rough week for almost all the contestants (myself included). But it would appear no one gain more than 2lbs which isnt too bad considering the traditional fare at Superbowl parties! Keep checking in frequently for more info on health, fitness, and weight loss!
In an attempt to grow the sense of community I wanted to see what kinds of music or songs everyone listens to when they work out. As for myself my musical tastes are all over the board but when I listen to some of these songs, I get a rush of energy.
Alan’s Workout Jams:
Metallica – Waste My Hate
Iron Maiden – 7th son of the 7th son
Adele – Rolling in the deep
Scatman John – ScatMan
Korpiklaani – Voka
Black Stone Cherry – Drive
More weird music that spans genres and wouldn’t be considered workout music by a sane person
Don’t be shy people, comment with your favorite WORKOUT JAMS!
Yes a magical squash that turns into spaghetti when you cook it. I hear rumors it makes a good hash brown too.
Method: Just get in there and cut it in half (lengthwise) or quarters. You don’t want to cut it up too small unless you want short strands. Scrape out the seeds and pulp as you would with any squash or pumpkin. Bake rind side up about 30 to 40 minutes at 375 F.
Microwave 6 to 8 minutes (let stand for a few minutes afterwards)
Boil 20 minutes or so.
Separate strands by running a fork through in the “from stem to stern” direction.
Sorry for the delay in posting the week 5 contest results but we are still waiting on data from a couple contestants. The results will be posted this evening (Wednesday Feb with or without the missing contestants data.
Potatoes are delicious and can be prepared in several different ways (healthy and unhealthy) to make them even more delicious. Unfortunately in our society, the potato is commonly used as a catalyst for many unhealthy foods like hot oil, butter, sour cream, and on occasion deep fried cheese.
When you look at the basic facts, the potato is a high carb, high fiber, good source of vitamins tuber . The skin of the potato contains most of the vitamins and a medium potato is about 150 calories so they should be enjoyed in moderation.
If you boil or pan fry potatoes they can be a great addition to a meal on occasion, but like any starch, should not be a regular part of someones diet if they are trying to lose weight.