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Fun, lively, and motivating, we dig celebrity trainer Lacey Stone's "strong-is-the-new-sexy" brand of fitness. Lacy's made appearances on The Dr. Oz Show and The Today Show and has worked with high-profile clients like Nicole Kidman, Brooke Shields, and Amanda Seyfried. I recently chatted with Lacey about the top items on her holiday wish list and what she'll be giving friends and family.
Turn Up the TunesLacey is the kind of lady who "needs music" when she works out. She's a big fan of the iPod Shuffle ($49), since it's so easy to clip onto her clothes. When she's moving, jumping, and running around the gym, she's got to keep her hands free.
Sweet SneaksLacey's take on Mizuno Wave Rider Running Shoes ($115)? "You must try these on!" Lacey says that running in these shoes "makes her feel like she is floating on air." As someone who describes herself as a person "who doesn't really like running," she says that folks with a similar sentiment should trust her on this one, and try these shoes out ASAP.
Take Care of Your HeartWhile Lacey is "busting her ass the gym," she keeps her heart monitored with the Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor ($100). When compared to similar options on the market, this monitor is not an overly expensive pick, and it doesn't have "a ton of bells and whistles." However, it does keep track of your heart rate and the time.
Fuel Up (in Style)Lacey is a big fan of Nike products, and she loves the Nike Fuel Band ($149-$169). It keeps tabs on just how much exercise you're actually accomplishing every day and tracks it all online. Lacey says rocking her Fuel Band "makes her try to move even more."
The Machine of the FutureAccording to Lacey, the Epic A42T Platinum Treadmill ($2,200, originally $3,000) is "the future of fitness;" the interface can take you all around the world with its Google satellite maps and courses. For example, Lacey explains that if you choose to "run in the streets of Paris," the treadmill belt will automatically adjust to the terrain you've selected. Another one of Lacey's favorite attributes of this treadmill is that you can compete with people around the world with the same treadmill. In short, she says the experience is "amazing."
Fresh, Quality GearLacey's go-to spot to get all her new gear is SIX:02, and she'd love to give or receive a gift card to this online retailer this year. All the gear is for the truly athletic woman, and there are products of all her favorite brands like Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Under Armour, and Asics.
A Bright BellIf you're going to have "one piece of workout equipment in your house," Lacey suggests a kettlebell, since it "combines strength and cardio with functional movement." We're partial to the bright, happy hue of this Champion Kettlebell ($57) that will allow you to build strength over time.
Lacey in Your PocketLacey is so proud of her new app, Lacey Stone Extreme Bootcamp App (free), that comes on your Android or iPhone. This app offers fun and challenging workouts for $3 each, and we think Lacey puts it best: "Don’t you want me to live in your pocket wherever you go in case you’re craving a quick burpee?!"
Snacks are not a subject we take lightly at POPSUGAR HQ. After a year of toying around with new recipes, here are the best healthy snacks from 2013 that we found delicious and totally worth the prep time. Whether you're looking to curb a salty or sweet craving or fuel up before a tough workout, there's at least one pick on this list for you.
There's no shame in saying it: this year was all about the butt. Whether you wanted a toned tush for bikini or skinny-jean season, we brought you the workouts to help you achieve that showstopping derriere. It doesn't matter how little time you have to spare — these six videos are all about booty-lifting results.
Breakouts are the worst, and if it seems like a constant battle between you and your face, it's time to feed your skin from the inside out.
This creamy smoothie recipe is made from Vitamin E-rich spinach and avocado and sweetened with grapes that contain anti-inflammatory antioxidants. You'll love the taste of the strawberries that also help fight free-radical damage, giving skin a more radiant glow. Almond butter offers the minerals zinc and selenium, both essential for healthy skin, and a sprinkle of flaxmeal contains omega-3s that help reduce inflammation.
Keep reading for this simple 309-calorie smoothie recipe.
"Like turkey?" I joked to my sister-in-law at Thanksgiving dinner, as I noticed her plate piled high with white meat and a little bit of what looked like cooked veggies she brought from home. "I'm on the Ideal Protein Diet. I've lost 20 pounds, and I've got my eye on the prize," she said. The diet she went on to explain intrigued me, because I saw the results right before my eyes.
What Is It?
The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method was medically developed two decades ago by Dr. Tran Tien Chanh to help people lose fat without losing muscle mass. It's a high-protein, low-carb diet, but unlike other low-carb programs, it's not just about eating high protein, it's about eating the right protein. This diet also severely restricts sugar intake (simple and complex) until your weight-loss goal is reached. This ensures that your glycogen (carbohydrate) reserves are completely depleted, which forces your body to dip into your fat reserves to lose weight. What's also different about this diet, and what makes it so successful, is that it teaches followers to read labels, make healthy choices, and shows what to do to maintain weight once the goal is reached.
What Does the Diet Entail?
Phase 1 (followed strictly until weight-loss goals are met): Eat an Ideal Protein Breakfast, an Ideal Protein Lunch with two cups of select veggies*, your own dinner that incorporates an eight-ounce portion of real protein (including fish, seafood, beef, poultry, pork, veal, eggs, or tofu) with two cups of select veggies (including bell peppers, broccoli, cucumbers, kale, asparagus, and spinach), and an Ideal Protein Snack. There are also vitamin supplements.
Phase 2 (2 weeks): Same as above but now you can eat your own lunch consisting of a seven-ounce portion of real protein and two cups of select veggies. Dinner is the same as lunch.
Phase 3 (2 weeks): Lunch and dinner are the same as in Phase 2, but breakfast now consists of fruit (no more than 20 grams of carbs), grains (no more than 30g of carbs), and dairy (no more than 120 calories) to make a 400- to 500-calorie breakfast. This phase slowly increases your calorie intake to a maintenance level.
Phase 4 (for life): This phase teaches you how to balance carbs with proteins and fats in your daily diet to ensure you don't regain the weight back.
*Off-limit vegetables: artichoke, avocado, beets, carrots, chick peas, corn, olives, parsnips, peas, potatoes, pumpkin, sweet corn, squash, yams
What to Expect
Since you're dramatically changing how you eat, about 30 percent of Ideal Protein dieters can expect all the symptoms that go along with feeling hungry including headaches and fatigue, as well as constipation and possible nausea. By the end of the first week, most people lose three to seven pounds (mostly water weight), but seeing results can be the inspiration needed to keep with the plan, and in the following weeks, you'll lose fat. It can also help people lower their cholesterol and blood pressure.
What About Exercise?
When you exercise, glucose levels increase leading to gluconeogenesis — synthesizing glucose from noncarbohydrate sources, mainly from your muscles. To prevent muscle loss, exercise in the first three weeks is not recommended, unless it's light exercise (1/3 to 1/2 of your normal intensity). After three weeks, you can include exercise, but be sure to stay well-hydrated.
As you can see, this diet is pretty precise, which can be be seen as either welcoming or too restrictive, based on your personality. Since you have to purchase Ideal Protein products, this program can be pretty costly (about $100 a week) for Phase 1. If you do a little research online, you'll find that there are ways you can substitute their products for cheaper ones, but for those set on losing weight, they'd rather not stray from the plan. There are gluten-free meal and snack options available, but if you're a vegan, this diet probably isn't for you. It's definitely worth looking into if other diet plans haven't worked for you in the past.
The hectic holidays have fully arrived, so to help us get through the month happy, healthy, and full of energy, we're starting our mornings with a warm bowl of gluten-free goodness, heading out for a stress-relieving workout with waterproof gear, and throwing on a moto sweatshirt jacket that pairs just as well with our yoga outfits as it does with our holiday dresses. After another successful busy day, we're reaching for the comfiest leggings and unwrapping an organic chocolate truffle (or two!) to celebrate. Read on for what we're loving this December!
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Versatile and nutrient-rich spaghetti squash lays the base to this recipe, while broccoli adds even more vitamin A to this Fall recipe. The best part of all? The mix of lower-fat cheeses that results in a dreamy, rich-tasting sauce you can enjoy sans guilt. Keep reading to get this delicious, comforting recipe.