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Posted on December 19, 2016

Boot Camp Body by Slimming Solutions

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Boot Camp Body by slimming solutions is a weight loss shake to help you either maintain or lose weight. You can get it in chocolate or strawberry.

To use it for weight loss, replace it with two meals a day. For weight loss maintenance – which would be ideal if you’ve recently lost weight and want to go into maintenance without gaining weight.

Each serving gives you 1/3 of the recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals – so you don’t need to worry about getting the nutrition you need while on a calorie restricted diet – which can often be a cause of diet failure for many if you’re not feeding yourself properly.

For more information, prices, and to buy it – head over to this site. 

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Posted on June 8, 2016

Get your juice on this summer and shift a few lbs

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Everyone knows that juicing is good for you, with superfoods and all these new fancy fruits and seeds you can add in, it can be a tad overwhelming when you’re thinking of starting your juice journey.

We get told it’s detoxing, nutrition dense, will make you live forever…  it can be hard to tell what juice recipe is actually good for what.

So to make it easier for you, Prestige Bootcamp have sent me across this article and infograph to share with you.

It offers you 6 juices you can try when you’re new to juicing and tells you what they’re good for.

A great starting point, especially if you’re wanting to make juicing a daily thing for you – there’s plenty of variety in taste and benefits of these six recipes, so knock yourself out.

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Posted on March 11, 2016

Diet Pro Meal // High Protein Meal Replacement

diet/ weight loss

Diet Pro Meal

Looking for a high protein meal replacement to help weight management while still getting all the nutrition you need? Sci-Mx’s Diet Pro Meal is a great way of managing weight still getting enough protein.

You can get it in chocolate, vanilla, banana or strawberry and it’s nutritionally balanced to insure you’re meeting all your requirements.

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It has green tea extract, metabolic support to help your metabolism, energy and vitality to keep your energy levels normal on a low calorie diet. It can help you maintain normal cholesterol and contributes to thyroid function.

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Have you ever tried any meal replacement products?

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Posted on January 15, 2016

Skinny Sprinkles // Weight Loss Aid

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First off, let’s talk about how cool this packaging is, shall we?

Ok, now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about Skinny Sprinkles.

Skinny Sprinkles is a food supplement that helps weight loss while on a calorie controlled diet. It also includes a few other things to help give you energy.

DSC_0600How does it work?

You mix one sachet with water 30 minutes before eating to help curb your appetite so you eat less. It also contains glucomannan which is clinically proven to help weight loss.

It forms quite a thick liquid, that your stomach will treat as food rather than water to help you feel full.

Ingredients:

Each serving contains: Glucomannan (Konjac Fibre Powder), Inulin, Sucrose, Glucose, Citric Acid, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Potassium Bicarbonate, Guarana Extract, Green Tea Extract, Sucralose, Manganese Gluconate, Vitamin B3 (Niacin),Strawberry Powder, Strawberry Flavour, Beet Red. Patent Pending: NO. 1210422.0

DSC_0601How does it taste?

It’s strawberry flavoured and to be honest, I not to keen on the taste. It’s not awful, but not something I look forward to drinking. If you leave it too long you start to see how it forms solid on the top and it just looks unpleasant. I mix it, leave it for a minute and then just down it.

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Does it work?

I ventured on Amazon to check out some other peoples reviews. I was surprised at the amount of people not using them as recommended – the recommended dose is 3 times a day before meals, but a lot of people were saying they were using them inconsistently as a snack replacement. Like if someone felt hungry in the evening, they would have a sachet of this instead of snacking on something unhealthy and it filled them up.

Also a lot of people tend to use them on the 5:2 diet, so on the days where people we only eating a few hundred calories, they would use these to prevent them from feeling hungry.

So basically, they work alongside a low calorie diet to help prevent you eating too much.

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My thoughts:

Although I’m not a fan of the taste, these do help me feel full when I’d normally still be hungry! I’ll be a little sad when my two week supply I was sent to review is over, but hopefully by then, I’ll have lost a bit of weight and will be motivated enough to keep going on without them.

Another thing I found frustrating was while at work, I didn’t always have time to take a sachet before eating as I don’t have set break times.

After the first week of using these alongside exercise and a calorie controlled diet, I had lost 4lbs. I always think it’s so hard to tell if things like this do actually help you lose weight, as you do them while cutting down calories and exercising more – but I can say it helped me feel fuller for longer.

If you want to hear more about my weight loss, then check out my fitness updates that I post every Monday on this blog. I’ve been using these for a week now and will continue to post my weight loss each Monday for you to see!

Have you ever tried these or any other weight loss aid?

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Posted on February 1, 2015

Exercise at home in 2015

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MyVoucherCodes conducted a survey recently to find out what people were doing to be healthier in 2015. They asked 1000 people what they were doing to make their lifestyle healthier and found that the most popular answer was to start exercising.

Out of the 41% that said exercise was their main lifestyle change, 80% said they were not joining a gym.

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I exercise at home most of the time, I do like to get outside for a run and the odd cycle, but I’m not a member of the gym.

For me, it’s more about time and convenience than it is money. For the time it takes me to get ready to go to the gym, drive there, put my things in a locker, do my workout and then come home, I could have done my workout twice at home.

More people need to realise that you can exercise at home and get a great workout – there are some workouts that you don’t even need any equipment or even to buy DVDs. There are a vast about of workouts on YouTube you can workout with, or simply if you know how to move your body – you can make your own workouts.

Here are some of the things you can do..

Cardio.

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I really like doing intervals at home, there are so many different things you can do, from jumping jacks, running on the sport to punching and lunging.

A great interval to go by is 45 seconds exercising, then 15 minutes cool down period where you walk or run on the spot – then get back to it again.

All you need to do is search cardio workouts or HIIT workouts on YouTube or Google for more ideas!

Strength and toning.

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I do a 45 minute strength workout 3 times a week in my room. Plus yoga can be tiring on those arms and legs! I could barely do a push up on my own when I first started and always had to be on my knees, now I can do about 12 standard or wide pushups. I’ve really built up my strength in a noticeable way – all from home.

You can use you own body weight for many exercises or buy weights.

When using weights, you want to be able to do about 10-12 reps. By about the 8th rep, it should start to feel difficult. If you can do more than 15 reps easily, you need a higher weight or you won’t build muscle!

Struggling to do 8 reps? Pick a lower weight.

Burn calories with daily tasks

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There are things we do around the house that can help us burn calories – so be productive while losing some weight!

Use things you already own.

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There are things around the house you can use as weights if you don’t have some. I really like the idea of using water bottles as they’re the right shape and not awkward to hold. Anything heavy will work!

Do you work out at home? What exercises do you like doing?

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Posted on January 10, 2015

How to calculate your fat burning zone

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If your goal is to lose weight, you might be interested to figure out your fat burning zone.

Your fat burning zone is reached when your heart rate is 55-70% of your maximum heart rate and is the zone in which your burn the most calories from fat.

How to calculate your fat burning zone:

Step 1:

Subtract your age from 220.

So if you are 28, this equals 192.

This gives you your estimated maximum heart rate (MHR).

Step 2:

As your target heart rate for burning fat is 55-70% of your maximum heart rate, you should multiply you MHR 0.55 to get your lower level threshold and by 0.70 to get your upper level threshold.

So, for a 28 year old:

192 x 0.55 = 105

192 x 0.70 = 134

This means my fat burning zone is between 105 – 134 beats per minute.

Simple!

Once you know your fat burning zone, you can adjust the intensity of your workout to ensure you stay within those limits.

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You can measure your pulse rate quickly and easily by entering to win a Pulse Oximeter over on my main blog here.

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Posted on January 4, 2015

Weightloss Myths? // Negative Calorie Foods

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HOLD ON (1)Negative calorie foods.

Sounds like a dieters dream, right?

I’ve heard a lot about these foods in the past – they basically are foods that take more energy (thermic effect) to digest than energy they give you, thus having the name negative calorie.

These foods already tend to be very low in calorie.

Here’s a list of some ‘negative calorie food’:

  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic
  • Green Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Tomato
  • Turnip
  • Courgette
  • Apple
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cranberry
  • Lemons
  • Lime
  • Mango
  • Orange
  • Papaya
  • Peach
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Tangerine
  • Watermelon

From what I can tell, there is zero scientific evidence to suggest that negative calorie foods really do exist and the only real negative calorie thing consumed by humans is cold water, which has zero calories but the body will use a small amount of energy to warm it up.

I found that Thermic Effect of Food usually wastes about 10% of calories, but can reach up to about 20% in some food, but never 100% or more.

Coca-Cola and Nestle were actually fined in 2007 for saying their a green tea drink of theirs burned 20-33 more calories than it gave!

It seems to me that these negative calorie foods are in fact just low calorie foods, that if eaten will result in weight loss due to being low in calories, not actually being negative!

Do you believe in low calories foods?

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Posted on December 29, 2014

Fitness Update // I survived Christmas!

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FitnessUpdate (1)Monday: Sculpt (40 min weights)
Tuesday: Sweat (45 mins cardio) and 200 ab exercises.
Wednesday: 10 mins weights.
Thursday: None
Friday: None
Saturday: None
Sunday: 10 mins cross training circuit and 30 mins weights/strength training working.

Wednesday morning I had planned to do the 40 minute Sculpt work out, but I just couldn’t get out of bed. I couldn’t sleep the night before as housemates were in the room about watching a movie and moving about. I didn’t fall to sleep until around 2am and when I woke up, I just couldn’t get up.

I knew I had a long day ahead of working until 7:30pm and then driving straight to my parents so I got up and did a short 10 minute weight work out instead, so I had at least done something.

Obviously, Thursday was Christmas day and Friday was boxing day, I spent both days at my parents and with family. I didn’t eat too much food, but I did drink a fair bit!

I had a few drinks on Christmas eve, I had a glass of wine with my Christmas dinner on Thursday around 2:30pm and then drank steady the rest of the day and Friday was pretty similar! Oops.

I’ve not weighed myself since I’ve been back. I’m going to have a few ‘good’ days before I jump on the scale! Last time I weighed on Wednesday, I was still 9lbs down, which I’m happy with.

I had planned on doing some exercise when I got back from work, but I was so tired from Christmas I couldn’t barely keep my eyes open so I had an early night!

Things will be better this week – I can get back on track with the P90 workouts! I’m only working Monday, Tuesday and Saturday.

I’m getting bored of the workouts now, to be honest – but I just need to push through. I’ve got two full weeks left, then I can move up to the next level. Within the next level, are a few more workouts rather than just two. I believe they are 5 all together.

After that, I’m going to move onto the P90x3 or the Insanity Max 30.

I’ve bought the DVD’s for the P90x, but the workouts are a lot longer. The P90x3 are 30 minutes a piece, which is more doable. I’ll work through the P90x DVDs at some point, but not the full program. It’s hard to fit in running if I’m working and doing long workouts, doing a 30 min workout would make it much easier.

I’m just babbling now, so I’m going to go.

See y’ll later!

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Posted on December 22, 2014

Fitness Update // Stability is key

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No running this week, every time I planned on running, it was raining! I did manage to get a workout in every day though, here is what I did:

Monday: Sculpt (30 mins weights) and 40 min yoga.
Tuesday: Sweat (35 mins cardio) and abs.
Wednesday: Sculpt 3/4 (40 mins weights) and 20 mins yoga.
Thursday: Sweat 3/4 (40 mins cardio), abs and 30 mins yoga.
Friday: Sculpt
Saturday: Sweat and abs
Sunday: 30 mins yoga.

I moved up a level from 1/2 to 3/4 on the P90 program, so the workouts are a bit longer and harder now, which means I’m a 3rd of the way through. I have 4 weeks of this left, then move up to the next level.

On the next level, there is a bit more variety to the workouts as there are 4 workouts instead of just 2, so that might be a bit more interesting for me.

I’m glad I’m sticking to it so well, I can see and feel myself getting strong and I’m going to try and not let Christmas ruin it too much for me!

No weight loss this week, but I’m trying not to let this get to me as I know I’ve not done my best in regards to eating, but that’s okay if I can maintain and not gain over Christmas, then focus on losing more after Christmas. I’m working long hours so I want to make sure I’m eating enough to stop me from being grumpy!

Hows your week been?

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Posted on December 15, 2014

Fitness Update // Total loss: 9 pounds

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Time for another fitness update. I had another great week of exercise again. Here’s what I did.

Monday: 3 mile run, sculpt (30 minutes weights) and 20 minutes of yoga.
Tuesday: Sweat (35 mins cardio) and abs.
Wednesday: Sculpt
Thursday: Sweat, abs and 20 mins yoga.
Friday: Sculpt and 10 miles bike.
Saturday: 5 mile run and abs.
Sunday: 15 mins yoga.

Next week I start moving up a level with the workouts as I move onto the second stage mid-week, which should be interesting. The workouts have become a lot easier so the extra push is probably needed.

Weight wise, I lost 2lbs this week, bringing my total weight loss to 8lbs. I was hoping to lose another pound, but I should be happy with the loss and going slower is probably better in the long run.

I’m not far away from the weight I want to be at now, then it’s a case of focusing on buiding muscle and losing fat. I’d love to be there by new years so I can focus my 2015 goals on strength, rather than weight loss.

I’m having trouble importing my runs from my Garmin at the moment. I updated the OS on my Macbook Pro and for some reason it doesn’t recognise that I’ve installed the program. I should get that sorted at some point so I can get the data up from my previous runs. It was getting me too angry the other day, so I took my ball and went the fuck home. Screw you, garmin.

I have one run planned today and another one planned on Thursday, then that will be it for running until after Christmas,as I am working every day from Thursday til Christmas day!

Let’s hope for another good week 🙂

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