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Recipes: Clean Burrito

Who doesn’t love a burrito? There’s something about a scramble of ingredients tucked inside a warm tortilla that gets the taste buds rolling.

Unfortunately, burritos are usually associated with greasy unhealthiness. Right now, you might be picturing that carne asada burrito from the taqueria you frequent.
Even in all of its glory, you know that it’s going to fight your stomach a few hours down the road.

Hey there, don’t worry. We here at Fit Body have the solution to you burrito woes: the clean burrito.

You’d be surprised at how far swapping ingredients can go to make a burrito health-friendly. Adding a few succulent vegetables with some whole grains, in addition to substituting in some lean protein, can elevate the nutritional value of your burrito without sacrificing too much flavor.

Whether you’re heading out the door to work or staying in for the night, the clean burrito is easy to prepare and even easier on your body.

 

clean-burrito

 

Ingredients

  • 1 sprouted grain, flourless tortilla
  • 1 tablespoon hummus
  • 1/3 cup cooked brown rice
  • ¼ cup cooked black beans
  • ½ cup cooked chicken, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh corn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cucumber
  • ¼ cup shredded arugula
  • 3 cherry tomatoes, chopped

 

Instructions

  • Warm the tortilla in a dry skillet. Spread the hummus evenly over the tortilla.
  • Lay rice, beans, chicken, and veggies over the surface of the tortilla.
  • Fold the two sides of the tortilla in over the filling. Then, flip up the bottom edge and roll tightly.
  • You can pair this burrito with your favorite salsa as well!

 

Nutritional Facts

Servings: 1

Calories: 380

Fat: 7.8 g

Carbohydrates: 45 g

Fiber: 7 g

Protein: 31 g

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Which To Choose: Personal Training or Boot Camps?

Every person’s physical makeup is unique. You could give two people the same training program, but only one of them might enjoy it and experience results.

When it comes to fitness, most people choose to either work with a personal trainer or join a group workout program. Yet so many don’t reach their desired goals because they aren’t in an optimal setting that fit their particular needs.

So how do you know which path is right for you?

Fear not, because we’re going to outline the benefits of both personal training and boot camp programs.

 

When Is Personal Training Best?

 

You Experience “Gymtimidation”

We all know that feeling when we walk into a gym and instantly feel weak compared to the muscular freak pumping iron at the nearest machine. Maybe you’re scared someone will judge your exercise form or endurance level.

This is where a trainer comes in handy.

The comfort of one-on-one attention might be the key to unlocking your fitness potential, free from any self-conscious barriers standing in your way.

 

You Don’t Know Exactly What You’re Doing 

Look, we all started at this point.

You scan your local gym, hoping nobody notices you spying on the various workouts happening simultaneously. You try to imitate the ones that seem most appropriate for your goals, but oftentimes that leads to terrible form.

You might even over-train or under-train because you don’t know what a real workout feels like.

Personal trainers are a great remedy for this lack of knowledge. They are equipped with specific programs tailored towards reaching your fitness goals. They also can correct your form and set standard time limits for each training session.

 

You Require Personalized Regiments Or Are Injured

Most classes feature specific programs that cater to a wide audience of attendees. While this method targets a wide array of body types, it isn’t ideal for those who need special attention.

Say you tear your knee playing a friendly game of hockey. Four months later, you try jumping into a big gym or a group class, only to realize that the workouts are too intense for your rehabbing self.

At this point, you need an alternative that ensures your personal safety.

With personal training, you can design exercise limits with a trainer that don’t restrain you from making physical progress.

And because trainers usually handle fewer clients, they understand the importance of personalizing the experience for your maximum safety and enjoyment.

(Note: some boot camps, like Fit Body Boot Camp, can offer modified workouts for certain injuries. If you’re injured, and a boot camp is more appropriate for you, speak with the manager and see what they can do to help with your injury.)

 

Your Schedule Is Anything But Stable

Imagine a CEO of a multi-million dollar business or a best-selling author on tour promoting his or her new novel. Chances are, these people are constantly on the go with little time to breathe.

By working with a personal trainer, you can select dates and times that squeeze into your hectic day.

Remember that building healthy habits is important to attaining long-term success. By consistently working out, your chances of falling back into an unhealthy lifestyle decrease with every successive workout you perform.

 

You Have Money To Spend 

The personal training market heavily accommodates people with deep pockets.

Think about it: customizing every aspect of your training comes at a heavy cost. For personal trainers to devote that level of attention one-on-one to each client and still keep the lights on, they need to charge some seriously high prices.

If you absolutely crave the intimacy of one-on-one training and have the money to spend, knock yourself out.

If you’re simply looking for someone to hold your hand towards slimming down or adding that extra back muscle you always wanted, a boot camp might be the perfect fit for you.

 

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When Are Boot Camps Best?

 

You’re Inspired by Training With Others 

Right as your coach announces the end of the final set of the day, you catch a glimpse of your friend who also completed the workout by your side. The two of you embrace as you celebrate finishing another day of hard work together.

Boot camp classes connect like-minded individuals bonded by a common desire to reach their goals.

Fit Body Boot Camp prides itself on fostering a positive community centered on fitness.

FBBC coaches personally introduce newcomers to their groups, modify exercises for those with injuries, and set a diligent pace for workouts without ever pushing students further than they need to be.

 

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You’re Always Looking for Something New In Your Workouts 

What if one week all you did to workout was run on the treadmill?

A few people might actually enjoy the consistency of that regimen. But the vast majority of people would want something fresh, something to challenge their bodies in new and diverse ways.

One advantage of boot camps is that they reinvent their workouts constantly to appeal to a large audience of gym-goers.

With Fit Body Boot Camp, you’ll find it difficult to get tired of any routine. Fit Body locations feature four types of workouts, each designed to tone different parts of your body and maximize your fat loss.

 

You Want Accountability from Others 

As much as we want to believe we have the will power to get ourselves to the gym each week alone, the reality is that everyone occasionally loses their battle with laziness.

But when your fellow members – who are already pumped to workout – are bombarding your phone with encouraging messages, you’ll most likely feel compelled to throw off those bed sheets and get out the door.

Fit Body Boot Camp offers built-in accountability for its members. Each location has its own Facebook page where members can hang out and empower one another to keep coming out to sessions.

Plus, our trainers offer nothing but unconditional support. They don’t judge. They don’t force you to live up to the standard of another person. They simply want to see you get results.

 

You Need Some Nutritional Accountability as Well

With wide selections of unhealthy food options at our every turn, it has become more difficult to eat right. We often divulge in fast food because we think we lack the time to cook proper meals.

Boot camps bring together people who aim to lead healthier lifestyles. By surrounding yourself with those who value nutritional eating, you’ll be less likely to succumb to those alluring food temptations.

Fit Body Boot Camp locations also feature coaches whose goal is to ensure you’re eating healthy. Fit Body coaches regularly check in with each student to see whether they’ve fueled themselves with good food before coming in.

Some locations even offer fitness assessments, where your trainer will test you monthly and will record your progress and offer further lifestyle tips.

 

You Want An Affordable Path To Fitness

While personal trainers offer specialized attention, they’re rarely cheap. Rates for personal training services can skyrocket to as high as a few thousand dollars per month.

You can think of boot camp pricing as every student splitting the bill for a highly valued trainer. Meaning the price will be much cheaper per person.

Of course, Fit Body Boot Camp provides a high-quality experience for low cost. On average, prices at a FBBC location can be as low as 1/10 the price of a 1-on-1 personal trainer.

Think boot camp sounds right for you? Click here to find your nearest FBBC location. If you visit the site now, you can get 3 FREE workouts that you can use instantly!

 

Hopefully you will be able to nail down which is option right for you after reading this post! Happy training!

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5 Tips For Conquering Late-Night Cravings

You’re stuck at home at 2 AM on a Friday night. You’re starving, and everything inside of you is fighting the impulse to make a late-night dash to the neighborhood fast-food establishment.

Sometimes, your willpower works, but other times those little voices inside your head drive you to the greasiest spot in town.

We’ve all been there.

Face it: late night cravings are a real problem.

We’ve all heard how rough it is on the body to consume anything past a reasonable hour.

But hearing a message and taking action on it are two entirely separate things.

Fortunately, the first step towards solving any issue is identifying it. And chances are, you clicked on this post because you’re tired of giving in to your nightly health-wrecking demons.

We here at Fit Body Boot Camp believe in attacking any problem with at least three solutions.

Today’s your lucky day, because we’re providing not just three, but five ways to end those hunger pangs and sleep on a more satisfied stomach.

Eat Throughout The Day

Many people love to binge-and-splurge. They’ll eat heavy for two or three meals a day, then compensate by starving themselves in between those eating periods.

This spikes your metabolism throughout the day in an unhealthy way. If you eat a large dinner, you’ll experience a short boost in energy—that is, until your body tells you it needs more food right before bed.

We are always in motion, so we require consistent streams of energy.

We’re running around at work, taking the kids to soccer practice, lifting loads of laundry, cleaning up messes around the house… 

It only makes sense to constantly fuel our bodies throughout the day with smaller, healthier portions.

By eating more controlled amounts of food, your body will naturally crave less, making it easy to stay on track with your weight loss goals.

PLUS, this style of eating will keep your metabolism running at a high, steady pace throughout the day, which means your body is going to burn fat much faster.

Drink Plenty of Water

This step seems simple enough. Yet, you’d be surprised at the difference between how much water you drink currently and how much water your body needs.

Instead, we fill ourselves with more addictive beverages such as coffee, soda, and juice. But water is vital—it facilitates the body’s internal processes and keeps us hydrated.

Another secret advantage of water is that it takes up room in our stomach.

At night, your stomach is crying out to be filled with something, but there’s no reason why that something has to be more food.

Try drinking water to create the feeling of fullness that stops you from eating too much. There’s nothing healthier you could possibly choose for your stomach!

Consume Proteins

Proteins are important for building muscle strength, but they also leave you feeling full.

Naturally, targeting your protein intake for the latter half of the day can help curb any late-night hunger attacks.

The good news about proteins is that you can find them easily in healthy foods.

Instead of eating that slice of pie, try chowing down a couple rolls of organic lunch meat, which have a very strong protein-to-calorie ratio.

Keep your fridge stocked with eggs—they’re  flexible, high-protein foods that can serve as both snacks and main dishes.

One subtle way of improving your protein levels is to mix flax seed into whatever you’re eating. This adds protein to your diet without sacrificing the taste of some of your favorite foods.

It is important to remember that proteins are only one dietary component in food. Be sure to weigh all the nutritional elements of food (carbs, sugar, sodium, etc.) before deciding whether to eat something.

Sleep Early

You might not have expected this tip to appear on this list, but it is every bit as important as the rest.

Common sense tells us that the longer we stay up, the more time we give our body to desire foods we shouldn’t eat. So, we need to counter this by sleeping before our stomachs reel us in to temptation.

There are plenty of ways to accelerate the sleep cycle.

One great method is to drink tea before bed, which can help to ease your way into a more relaxed state.

In addition, try limiting movement as much as possible in the hours prior to sleeping.

Yes, exercising or moving dynamically before bed can increase your fatigue, but it also revs up your body’s hunger to replace the energy lost working out.

Another great method: limit your interaction with technology before bed.

When we pick up our phones or turn on the television, we oftentimes find it difficult to stop. Our minds naturally fiend for entertainment in some form.

So instead of quelling this desire, try replacing it with something more mentally stimulating, like reading a book.

Your eyes will get a rest from glaring at the light of a screen, and your mind will eventually exhaust itself from whatever book you lose yourself in, bringing on a quicker sleep.

Use Calories as a Measuring Stick

Good ole’ calories. They’re the darling of the media: cut calories and you will be skinny instantly! But any trained professional knows that the nutritional equation is much more complex.

Still, calories are a great indicator of how much you’re eating.

Through the course of a busy day, we often don’t take stock of what we put into our bodies. This means we don’t have a clear idea of our own health, and don’t even know how to start improving it.

 

Say your daily caloric intake goal is 2,000 calories. If you know that you’ve eaten 2,400 calories at the end of the day, you are less-inclined to keep eating because you know you’ve already failed your goal for the day.

Calorie counting apps are great for this purpose. They allow you to input all the food you eat and maintain your progress towards your nutritional goals.

If you’re competitive, make staying under your caloric goal a game, and see how many days in a row you can remain under your mark.

Of course, calorie counting isn’t right for everybody. If counting your calories exactly is too stressful, try just keeping a ballpark number in mind throughout the day.

The key to defeating nightly battles with hunger isn’t in forcing yourself to resist your cravings; it’s about taking the power away from the cravings before they even show up.

Be proactive, sensible, and diligent, and even the most inviting of food aromas won’t be able to tempt you away from your goals.

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The Secret to Portions

It’s simple math: The more you eat, the more calories you consume, the more weight you gain. It’s also a simple solution: Eat less of the wrong kinds of foods. To do this, you need to limit your portion sizes. If you’re used to eating big portions or have never been taught correct portion sizes, it’s hard to know what a sensible portion size is. Don’t worry, it’s never too late to learn healthy eating habits and put them into practice.

Instead of thinking of portion sizes in terms of measurements like half a cup or a quarter cup, it’s helpful to compare portions to the sizes of everyday objects. At every snack and meal, take the following serving size recommendations into consideration and you’ll be on your way to weight loss.

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How to Improve Your Workouts

Ever feel like you’re running on the hamster wheel with your workouts? Whether you aren’t seeing the results you hoped for, are bored of your workouts, or just don’t have the energy to get the job done, there are ways to improve your workouts to make them more effective.

Maximize your time at boot camp with these helpful strategies.

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