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Tricks and Tips for Staying Low-Carb

Carbs are treacherous little things.

They comprise so many popular foods, but they aren’t always the best health-wise.

Like most nutritional components, carbs are essential to a healthy diet. People need them for long-term fuel throughout the day.

But in excess, carbs can add weight and lead to numerous health and heart-related issues. Without a proper workout routine, these potentially dangerous effects can multiply.

Low-carb diets are among the most popular in the world, but they’re not exactly easy. Fear not, because today we’re revealing some tricks and tips to help keep your carbs down and maintain excellent health.

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How to Find the Right Workout Accountability Partner(s)

Be honest: what does it feel like to work out alone?

For a few people, they enjoy working out at their own pace, doing the workouts THEY want to do. More often than not, these people usually have years of experience in the gym and know what they’re doing.

For the rest of the crowd, the gym can be confusing and intimidating. There are machines that look like robots, medicine balls you have no idea how to use, and, oh man—where do you even start working out?

Now, think back to a time when you did something new, something uncomfortable…with a friend. I’m sure you felt more confident than you would have been going at it alone.

Fitness is the same exact way. Well actually, life is the same way. No one gets far without others.

I want to get to the benefits of having an accountability partner when working out, something you may have never even considered. But first, why do people insist on being lone wolves when it comes to getting fit?

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Fit Body’s Fitness and Health FAQ (Part 2)

We’re back with part 2 of our FAQ series!

If you missed the first part of our FAQ, you’re going to want to check out this link.

Our goal is to help 20% of the population engage in a healthy lifestyle by 2020. We want to equip as many people as possible with the tools to lead fit and healthy lifestyles.

You’ll find that more often than not, people are severely uninformed when it comes to fitness. Dieting and exercise can seem daunting when you lack both knowledge and support.

We want to show you that you CAN eat healthy and get toned. It ISN’T impossible to work towards that dream body of yours. That’s why we’ll be pouring through a few more common questions and concerns that stop people from getting in the best shape of their lives. If you have more, please leave them in the comments!

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Recipes: Tasty Cheese Meals

Don’t you just love cheese?

I mean, you can melt it into a delicious filler for a sandwich or burger. You can also throw it onto crackers or with veggies to add some sharpness to a snack. With a wide range of cheeses to choose from, the flavors you can come up with are nearly endless.

The only drawback to cheese is that it piles on excessive fat and calories. Anyone that’s dieted before knows that those those are two absolute diet killers.

I’ve got great news for you: there are plenty of meals that are cheesy and healthy! It’s not a culinary sin to indulge in cheese; you just have to do it the right way.

Today, we’re going to dive into a few cheese recipes that might just flip your world upside down. Hope we make your life a little “cheddar” (that was about as cheesy as these meals)!

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Fit Body’s Fitness & Health FAQ (Part 1)

“I really want to work out, but…”

[Fill in the blank]

I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase from someone you know. Maybe it was that co-worker who made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, but has only been to the gym three times all year. It could be your spouse that’s had the same fitness goals for years, yet has done little to get in shape.

Truth is, most people are woefully under-resourced and uninformed when they first start their journey to getting fit. They poke around the Internet, scour for whatever fitness tips and advice they can find, then hit the gym and try what they found online.

Not surprisingly, this rarely works; most people work out too little or too much, choose the wrong workouts, and have no accountability to keep them exercising for the long haul. If someone has an upset stomach, he or she doesn’t just run to the drug store, file into the antacid aisle, and pick the bottle that looks the prettiest.

Of course, there’s a dead-end for the uninformed gym-aspirer. These non-equipped workout hopefuls end up getting none of their goals accomplished because they don’t have the information they need to start.

BUT that’s why we here at Fit Body are here to help! This blog will go through a few of those common questions new fitness-goers have when it comes to working out. Hopefully we’ll bring you the answers you need to jump straight into a healthier lifestyle!

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The Power of Visualization

Today’s guest post is from Stephanie Pinto, owner of Orangeburg Fit Body Boot Camp in Orangeburg, New York. She is going to discuss visualization, how you can bring your dreams into focus, and why believing in those dreams is essential for success. 

When I was an elementary school teacher, one of my favorite reading lessons to teach was on the topic of visualization. It was an important lesson for the students to learn; it was so much fun watching them close their eyes, listen intently to a descriptive reading passage, and then discuss and illustrate what they “saw” in their mind’s eye.

Think about that…one’s ability to imagine pictures from written words is what creates a sense of reality out of those words. A student’s prior knowledge (or lack thereof) will also determine the meanings that they create for these words.

Wow….powerful right?

And that leads me to what I want to talk to you about today…the power of visualization!

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Recipes: Festive Turkey Burgers

Got a craving for a nice, juicy hamburger, but afraid you’ll feel guilty after eating it?

I’ve got just the solution for you: an amazing turkey burger.

This turkey burger is hearty enough to satisfy your appetite AND healthy enough to not cancel out all that work you did at the gym. The burger is garnished with cranberries for a nice kick of sweetness. You can even replace the bun with lettuce for some added nutritional value!

We know you won’t miss beef after biting into these burgers!

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Recipes: Ginger Sriracha Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ginger. Sriracha. Chicken. What a delicious trio.

Now imagine these three heaven-sent ingredients mixed inside a nice lettuce wrap…

Sounds like the perfect combo to me.

Not only do you get a nice protein boost from the chicken, but you also skimp out on the extra carbs that a tortilla or bread would add to this meal.

Plus, sriracha and ginger add two high-flying kicks to these wraps, making them nothing short of flavorful.

You ready to see how these awesome sriracha concoctions are made? Let’s dive into this week’s recipe: ginger sriracha chicken lettuce wraps.

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Coping with Muscle Soreness

One of the biggest fears people have when it comes to working out is the muscle soreness that comes with it. No one likes waking up feeling like their arms and legs weigh as much as an elephant.

But, this delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is actually a good thing. In order for your muscles to grow, they need to tear. As people exercise, their muscles experience small tears, followed by inflammation.

That inflammation is the cause of muscle soreness. Fortunately, this pain only lasts for around 1-3 days, and there are ways to cope with it.

Today’s blog is all about handling DOMS. Try out these easy remedies that people use to alleviate body tension and increase their range of motion, even after a grueling workout.

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When Should You Step Up the Intensity of Your Workouts?

A friend of yours starts going to the gym for a few weeks. She starts complaining that she’s not seeing results, despite spending most of her afterhours working out.

So you decide to tag along for one of her evening workouts. Once you watch her workout, her problem is crystal clear.

She isn’t pushing herself hard enough.

She swings from machine to machine, lazily going through the motions. By the end of her hour-long routine, she’s barely broken a sweat.

Working out is less about how long you work out for and more about the effort and exercises you do during that time. A lot of people trick themselves into believing that just because they go to the gym, they’re getting in shape at a rapid pace.

Don’t you want to get the most out of your workouts? Isn’t your goal to get fit without spending hours and hours on the elliptical?

If so, you should check out a Fit Body Boot Camp location near you, since our 30-minute Afterburn workouts promise to maximize your results in a short timespan. In the meantime, here are a few signs that it’s time to ratchet up the intensity of your workout routine.

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