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We have often talked about keeping sodium levels in your diet low to reduce bloating. But what if you have been working super hard to quit the processed foods and still feel that your clothes are hugging your stomach a little too tight? Read through these bloat-causing habits and maybe you will find the key to calming your stomach.

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Plank

 

The plank exercise is a great way to strengthen your core. But did you know that within the plank’s basic structure, you can incorporate strength training that will burn lots more calories! Try these great weighted variations on a classic Pilates move. Make sure that your hands are always directly beneath your shoulders when supporting your plank. Keep your feet shoulder width apart. And try not to let your torso twist by keeping your core tight.

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My Secret to Healthy Eating
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If you have a busy lifestyle, the key to eating healthy is prepping as much healthy food as possible in advance. (If you feel that you have to be a chef to prepare every meal, you will soon find yourself fed up with being healthy!) I will walk you through the weekly preparation that occurs in my house to give you some ideas.

Monday is our grocery shopping day. It tends tend to be much less busy than Sunday, which means much less stress at the store.

When we arrive home, my husband, Sean, and I delve into about an hour’s worth of prep that will leave us ready for the week. (Without a doubt, I have the best husband around, by the way!)

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The 5 Weight Loss Tips That Work for My Clients

 

Nutrition-wise, there are five principles that I stress to my clients. They are basic, no-nonsense weight loss tips. And when my clients follow them, they become the envy of their friends! If you are able to focus on these five things, I promise that you will see the results you’ve been working so hard to achieve.

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Running
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Running is one of the most simple, straightforward, and cheapest ways to stay in shape. All you need is somewhere to place one foot in front of the other at an accelerated pace. So why don’t more people run and beginners become veterans? This is a question very easily answered by almost everyone out there struggling with motivation! I would like to talk about a few ways you can get started and stay with the program.

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There are a lot of misconceptions out there about what makes a food “healthy.”

Words like “low-fat,” “organic” and “natural” can be very misleading.

The only way to figure out what items are truly healthy is to read the ingredients and the nutrition label.

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Burn Calories Fast
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Back in February I introduced you to my favorite type of training: Tabata style workouts. They are a great way to burn carlories in a short amount of time while also building muscle, losing fat, and having fun! By doing a variety of exercises without allowing your body a full recovery period, you really accelerate your workout gains.

Here are the basics of Tabata-style training:
Perform 8 rounds of exercise for a total of 4 minutes.
Each round (did you do the math yet?) consists of 30 seconds broken down into 20 seconds of intense exercising, followed by 10 seconds of resting.
Each round is consecutive, so make sure you don’t stop! Anything can be done for 20 seconds!

What could be better than four minutes of exercise giving you all those benefits? A Tabata workout challenges you to work harder for a shorter amount of time with lighter weights or even just your body weight. And you can do it anywhere.

Here are three sample workouts—easy, moderate, and advanced. Your goal should be to work up to the advanced level. But always listen to your body. If you do too much too soon, you might just fall back into the rut of not doing anything at all.

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