Love 'em or hate 'em, protein powers are known to boost energy levels, build endurance, and provide important nutrients. Although most women don't necessarily need the hefty doses of protein these powders provide, they make a great breakfast shake or on-the-go meal. They are also perfect after an endurance workout — especially strength training — aiding in the body's recovery and muscle breakdown repair. Now, with so many options, like gluten-free and superfood additions, powders are no longer just for the buff and bodybuilders. A fan of these convenient powders ourselves, we often mix them with fruit and nut butters to assure the chalky taste is gone for good. We want to know: are you a fan of these protein-packed powders? Whether you're a gym-goer, vegetarian, or simply too busy to cook, let us know in the poll below!
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Even when you have the best intentions of committing to a workout, distractions pop up and deter you from your goals. If you're always trying to sneak out of the gym as soon as you arrive, then try mixing up your workout routine with one of these tricks that will keep you motivated and entertained from start to finish.
Save your shows: While a good old-fashioned TV binge is something we typically don't condone, it can be beneficial when it comes to working out. Knowing that you can't watch that hour — or two! — of your favorite guilty pleasure until you're at the gym will entice you to stick to your workout and finish strong. Bonus: when your mind is consumed by a show or movie, you won't be as focused on time or how far you have to go until your shows are done.
Keep setting goals: Instead of just focusing on one big goal, make minigoals the whole way through. Whether it's reaching a certain number of calories before the 10-minute mark, beating your time from earlier in the week, or running at a strong and steady pace without taking a break, constantly setting minigoals will keep your head in the game and focused on the task at hand.
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Take six minutes out of today to burn 50 calories without even realizing it. Even if you don't do these all at once, a few minutes of effort adds up to an extra calorie-burning boost throughout your day. Here's how.
- Jump rope for one minute: If you don't have a jump rope, mimic the movements and remember to keep your feet off the floor when you jump. You'll burn 11 calories per minute.
- Do high knees for one minute: Lift your knees high and do this quickly for it to be the most effective. You'll burn around six calories.
- Run up the stairs for one minute. The next time you take a lunch break, use the stairs. Running up the stairs will burn 10 calories a minute for a 120-pound person. If you don't want to run, walking will burn five calories a minute.
- Do jumping jacks for one minute: Burn eight calories while you jump.
- Do burpees for one minute: Spice up your workout with one minute of burpees; you'll burn approximately eight calories. Follow along to our one-minute burpee video challenge here!
- Drop and do one minute of push-ups: At a vigorous pace, you'll burn eight calories.
Total calories burned in six minutes: 51. Repeat any of these one-minute challenges throughout the day and tally up your calorie burn for an effective workout you can fit in almost anywhere!
All calorie counts based on a 130-pound woman unless otherwise noted.
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Even if you haven't heard about the fasting diet yet, chances are someone you know is doing it now. Like the recent French Dukan Diet craze, intermittent fasting — also called the Fast Diet or the 5:2 Diet, among other names — seems to be the next overseas diet fad.
What It Is
The fasting diet was first popularized in the UK by physician and BBC journalist Michael Mosley's documentary Eat, Fast, and Live Longer. Each diet varies slightly, but in general the concept involves eating a low-calorie diet one or two days a week, and not restricting calories for the rest of the week. The 5:2 Diet, for example, recommends eating around 500 calories a day (600 calories for men) on two nonconsecutive "fast" days a week; for the rest of the time, you eat as if you are not on a diet (called "feast" days). The diet's flexibility is one major reason why people are flocking to the fad diet. No need to cancel those dinner plans — just rearrange your schedule so you are feasting on your nonrestrictive day. The relative lack of dietary restriction can also help you stick with it, even when your stomach is grumbling; after all, you know a feast day is just around the corner tomorrow! But is fasting a day or two a week actually safe?
In general, intermittent fasting diet claims, do, in fact, have a basis in science. As Mosley's documentary touches on, quite a few studies have found that short-term fasting can lead to many benefits, like lowering diabetes and other disease risk, extending life spans, and improving memory, among other health benefits. While researchers haven't pinpointed the exact reason why intermittent fasting leads to health benefits, many believe that it's because fasting puts cells under mild stress, causing them to adapt, cope, and therefore resist disease.
As for weight loss, studies are limited but have shown that fasting can lead to weight loss. A recent small study in obese women showed that fasting one day a week along with a calorie-restricted diet (between 880 and 1,080 calories a day) for the rest of the days was an effective weight-loss regimen in obese women. While this diet may be more extreme than mainstream fasting diets, the act of eating fewer total calories per week can help you shed pounds; if you're only eating 500 calories for two days a week, then you could be saving almost a pound's worth of calories every week. The other way that fasting can help you lose weight is merely by affecting the foods you choose on your fast days. After all, when you only have 500 calories to last you through the day, you'd be foolish to waste them on a candy bar binge. Instead, fasting diet books tell you to focus on eating nutrient-rich meals that still help you fulfill what your body needs. You'll feel happier and fuller eating small meals made of low-calorie vegetables and lean proteins, and staying away from empty-calorie foods is one weight-loss strategy that everyone knows works.
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