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Why You Can’t Out-Train a Bad Diet

Sure, you could eat whatever you wanted in high school and stay thin as a rail. But unfortunately you’re not 17 anymore, and even if you work out ‘round the clock, you can’t transform your body if you constantly give in to cravings, high-fat foods, and sweet treats. The truth is, flat abs are made in the kitchen and no amount of cardio and crunches can sculpt a sleek physique if you maintain an unhealthy diet.

1. You’re not a professional athlete.

If you justify frequent fried chicken or pasta dinners with the Flywheel class or CrossFit WOD on your schedule the following morning, you might want to recalculate how many calories you’re actually burning in comparison to the ones you’re taking in. “The majority of people are not serious athletes, meaning they don’t require the same type and amount of fuel as the pros,” says Haas. “Eating a calorically dense, high-carbohydrate meal or snack makes sense for a competitive cyclist about to endure a 100-mile road race, but it doesn’t make sense for someone who is about to take a two-mile jog around the block.”

Instead, opt for a healthier form of chickensuch as grilled or poached and save the spaghetti for a post-race meal. Yes, it’s OK to have a cheat here and there, but try not to make it a weekly or even bi-weekly thing. And don’t bother justifying it with an intense sweat session you may have had earlier — it’s called a cheat meal for a reason.

2. You won’t be able to hit your peak if you’re overdoing it with the wrong foods.

To effectively change your physique and stay toned requires intense exercise. You won’t have the physical endurance to push through tough workouts if your diet isn’t up to snuff. Yes, that unfortunately means that while Reese’s Pieces and soda may give you a sugar high that you mistake as energy, they won’t fuel you to PR on the bench or around the track. Also, if you’re consuming high-fat foods in the evening, they could be disrupting your sleep, according to Brazilian researchers — which will leave you too tired to go all out at the gym.

You’ll need a combination of carbohydrates and protein to recover following a workout, as well as adequate carbs beforehand, too. “They’re the preferred energy for the exercisers’ muscles and mind,” says Jennifer McDaniel, R.D.N., founder of McDaniel Nutrition Therapy in St. Louis and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Watch out for taking in too much fat; that often translates to an abundance of calories as well, which quickly packs on as extra pounds. Another diet pitfall to avoid when training is extremely high amounts of carbs or fiber. “These could cause annoying digestive issues and prevent you from performing well,” says McDaniel. In general, aim to get about 30 percent of your diet from protein, 40 percent from carbs and 30 percent from fat.

3. You won’t have the energy to exercise if you’re not eating enough.

Keep in mind that a diet you might think is healthy — one that’s super-low in carbs or calories — is just as harmful to your workout plan as one that’s high in fat. A very restrictive eating plan, paired with hardcore exercise, could leave you leaning on muscle mass for energy, says McDaniel. Not getting enough fat (fat-soluble vitamins, like vitamins A and D, and essential fatty acids, like omega-3s, in particular), she adds, “leaves you unable to produce energy and grow muscle because it lowers your levels of hormones like insulin and testosterone — which are important for building lean-body mass.”

Additionally, maintaining a very restrictive diet for a prolonged period can lead to a reduction in muscle tissue and can decrease the ability of your skeletal muscles (the ones needed for lifting, walking, and other forms of exercise) to perform well, found a study published in the journal Advances in Nutrition.

4. You won’t want to exercise.

Unhealthy food choices — whether you’re eating too much fat, too many calories, or not enough of either—may make you feel slow and less driven to exercise. “Diet and exercise are a feedback loop,” says McDaniel. “When you eat well, you are motivated to move, and when you move, you are more motivated to eat better.” Consider, for instance, a low-carb, high-fat diet; it might not only weaken training adaptations and hinder performance, McDaniel adds, but can also lead to a ‘hangry’ mood. Translation: You’ll be less likely to want to get to the gym.

5. You won’t be able to tone your target areas.

Having a hard time sculpting a better butt or washboard abs? When you consume excess calories and can’t burn them all off solely from your workouts, they head right to these trouble zones. “It’s dependent on your specific body type,” says Haas, “but generally, women tend to gain weight in the hips and thighs, while men pack it on around their midsection.” So even if you’ve gained muscle in these areas, it will be covered by a layer of fat. And abs exercises alone aren’t enough to decrease your body-fat percentage or abdominal fat, according to a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Keeping your diet in check will help because to become truly toned, you’ll need to build muscle and burn more calories than you’re consuming at the same time. It’s easier to do so if you don’t treat yourself to nachos or ice cream in the first place.

6. You could get sick — or hurt.

Low-carb and low-fat diets can be mentally draining and have a negative impact on heart health, says McDaniel. Plus, she says, “Following a chronic low-carb diet may lead to micronutrient deficiencies and increased inflammation throughout the body, which both make you more susceptible to injury.” Studieshave found that not taking in an adequate amount of healthy fats may raise your chances for overuse injuries (such as stress fractures and tendonitis) and it doesn’t allow your body to protect itself in order to stay healthy. Furthermore, if you pair a low-fat diet with intense exercise, that can lower your immunity even further.

Regular sweat sessions are, of course, key for staying in shape and maintaining your overall health. However, says McDaniel, “Remember that exercise sustains weight loss — but a healthy diet is what drives it.”

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5 Ways To Stay Motivated And Meet Your Fitness And Weight Loss Goals

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Once you make that choice to get lean and healthy, it can be a challenge to stay motivated and stick with your program. Here are five ways to stay motivated to reach your fitness and weight loss goals.

Understand Why –

These are the real reasons that you decided to lose weight, to live longer and spend time with loved ones. More energy, or simply to look better and feel attractive, or to fit into those jeans, that bikini or wedding dress. Recognize and embrace the REAL reason(s) you are dieting, exercising and sweating – remind yourself daily of what you want to achieve and WHY.

Get Real –

If your main goal is weight loss, you need realistic and achievable weight loss goals to avoid the frustration of never meeting your intermediate daily, weekly and monthly goals. If you never reach goals, you will soon give up. Most safe, effective and permanent weight loss goals should be in the range of one to two pounds per week. One to two pounds may not sound like much, but thats 50 to 100 pounds over the next year!

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Small Goals –

 

Meeting a series of small goals will help you reach the big goals. Daily goals like following your eating plan, avoiding the sugar traps and drive-up windows and hitting the gym instead of spending the evening on the couch will produce results that help you reach weekly and monthly goals. Don’t underestimate the power of small goals.

Celebrate –

Now that you are meeting (achieving) smaller goals more often, celebrate your successes to stay motivated. Note: Don’t use food as a reward, you are not a puppy who needs treats. Instead of cupcakes, treat yourself with a spa treatment, new shirt or blouse, new running shoes, or a day at the pool or yoga retreat. Recognize your small successes, take pride in them, and you will become more motivated to achieve the next.

Write It Down –

Recording your successes (and failures) can provide valuable feedback. The foods you eat and don’t eat, the weights you lift or laps you swim or run allow you to SEE the progress you are making or make adjustments when you are not progressing. Keeping a food journal and fitness log also forces you to focus.

Bonus Tip –

Choose a program (fitness and diet) that fits your busy lifestyle and avoid those that are impossible to stick to. Thrive by Le-vel is a program designed to enhance your body’s physiological functions and improve your body’s ability to burn fat faster by boosting your metabolism. Not only will your body burn more calories, but you’ll also experience improved brain function, a stronger immune system and healthy digestive function while promoting stronger joints and lean muscle tissue growth.

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5 Ways to Tame Toxic Thinking and Negative Self-Talk

It’s possible that what you think can affect your health to a greater degree than you might realize. If you get down on yourself about your weight, for example, it might have a ripple effect that boosts serious health risks.

In a recent study, researchers found that when participants were negative about how much they weighed — often as a result of hearing body-shaming messages from celebrities and on social media — they showed a greater chance of developing metabolic syndrome, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity-related health problems.

“Negativity can actually change your brain chemistry as well,” says Loretta Graziano Breuning, PhD, author of “Habits of a Happy Brain.” She notes that people often default to negative thinking, which increases levels of cortisol — the hormone responsible for stress response. When cortisol spikes, it lowers hormones related to calmness and joy, like dopamine and serotonin. Increased stress brings its own health problems, including weight gain, insomnia, anxiety and systemic inflammation.

Fortunately, there are ways to tame toxic thinking, especially when it comes to your fitness goals. Here are some tips:

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1. GET OBJECTIVE

Sometimes, it helps simply to notice the kinds of thoughts that are firing through your brain, suggests Breuning. The mind gets into patterns and habits, and it takes some effort to shift those, but the first step is to hear yourself. Write down the kind of stinky thinking you tell yourself — you may be surprised by some of the things you “say” inside your head.

2. FOLLOW INSPIRING PEOPLE

Whether you’re a frazzled parent looking for wisdom about work-life balance, or an athlete who worries about overtraining, it’s likely there’s a group of people online facing those exact issues. Connect with them, but also find the ones who feel like they lift you up with what they say and how they live. This shouldn’t produce envy, but instead give you a sense of inspiration and motivation. Check out Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter and find your squad.

3. BE SPECIFIC

“Telling yourself to be more positive is nice, but it’s too vague to be useful,” says Jen Sincero, author of “You Are a Badass.” “Specifics will set you free,” she says. “What do you want to be saying to yourself? What do you hope to accomplish? The more specific you can be, the more you’ll be delivering instructions to your brain.” For example, instead of telling yourself that you “never” do enough at the gym, you might say, “I’m really proud of myself for making time to the get to the gym, and I just killed that last HIIT session.”

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4. GET REFLECTIVE

You likely look at your reflection in a mirror at least a dozen times a day — some surveys put the number at closer to 60 — so make the most of it. Choose an action that makes you feel happier, like winking at yourself or sticking your tongue out. You might say a single, calming thought like, “I’m crushing it today,” or “I have time for everything I need to do.”

5. MAKE A MANTRA

Originally used as a word or a sound designed to deepen a meditation practice, a mantra has evolved to mean a statement or motto that’s repeated frequently. Breuning notes that this kind of repetition actually creates new pathways in the brain, rewiring you for more positive thinking. Your mantra could be anything from, “I am amazing and I look amazing,” to a quick, “Go, team me!” Play around with phrasing and notice what gets you to an empowered place

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4 Reasons Why Your Cardio Addiction Won’t Help You Lose Weight

by ALEISHA FETTERS

Attention, cardio bunnies: Your sweat style might actually be what’s standing in between you and your fitness and weight-loss goals. Do you usually spend your gym time bopping up and down on the treadmill or elliptical? Then you need to torch these four all-too-common cardio myths ASAP:

1. CARDIO IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN STRENGTH TRAINING FOR FAT LOSS

Minute-per-minute, you might burn more calories on the elliptical than you will in the weight room, but those calories will come from carbs, fat and protein — that’s right,thrive-army-healthy-weight-loss the building blocks for muscle. And muscle is not what you want to lose if your goal is to reduce body-fat percentage, explains California-based personal trainer Mike Donavanik, CSCS.

What’s more, as soon as you finish a cardio workout, your calorie burn stops. Not so with strength training. After a strength session, your body has to work not only to repair and grow your muscles, but also to return your body’s levels of enzymes and other chemicals back to normal, says Donavanik. That process increases your caloric burn, even at rest, for up to 72 hours after you leave the gym, according to research published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology. Plus, over the long term, building — not burning — muscle, is the number 1 way to increase your metabolic rate. Hence why in a 2015 study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, men who performed strength training boasted less belly fat than those who performed the same amount of cardio.

2. RUNNING AND SPINNING DOUBLE AS LOWER-BODY STRENGTH WORKOUTS

No, no, no. “They’re two totally separate forms of training,” Donavanik says. Even through running and spinning work your muscles, they target your slow-twitch muscle fibers, which are in charge of your muscular endurance. Strength training, however, hones in on your fast-twitch, power-generating muscle fibers, especially if you’re lifting heavy weights for only a handful of reps per set.

That means resistance-heavy cardio won’t eliminate the need for targeted lower-body strength workouts. Plus, if you’re vying to run your first 10K or triathlon, performing strength workouts will help prevent muscle imbalances and injury, he says. You need both strength and endurance for optimal performance and health.


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3. YOU NEED TO WORK OUT IN THE “FAT-BURNING ZONE”

So, if, for overall health and athleticism, you still need to involve some cardio in your workout routine, you should probably set your treadmill to the “fat-burning zone,” right? Wrong.

“The ‘fat-burning zone’ is based on the fact that at lower intensities you burn a higher percentage of calories from fat stores versus stored carbohydrates,” Donavanik says. “However, this fact has become so distorted that it’s ridiculous.”

See, even though you’ll burn a greater proportion of your calories from fat exercising at lower intensities, you’ll also burn fewer calories overall — and that includes calories from fat, he explains. Opt for high-intensity interval training (HIIT) if you want to burn more calories and fat during your cardio workouts. In one study from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, exercisers who performed a 20-minute HIIT workout torched 15 calories per minute. That’s about twice as many as you’ll burn during long endurance workouts.

4. YOU CAN COUNT ON CARDIO MACHINES’ CALORIE DISPLAYS

“Don’t believe the numbers you see on the machine,” Donavanik says. In one University of California, San Francisco experiment conducted for “Good Morning America,” elliptical machines overestimated peoples’ calorie expenditures by up to 42%! Treadmills overestimated by 13%, stair climbers by 12%, and stationary bikes by 7%. Yikes. While cardio machines’ technology is constantly improving, most machines still aren’t able to factor in all of the variables that make every exerciser’s calorie burn unique.

Luckily, research published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise suggests that fitness trackers come a lot closer. Maximize your fitness goals and weight loss goals join Thrive today click the image below.

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Benefits Of The Ketogenic Diet

 

The ketogenic or “keto” diet is an extremely low-carb and relatively high-fat diet designed to encourage your body’s use of fats and ketones as an energy source rather than the glucose from carbohydrates and sugars.

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Ketones are produced by your liver when fatty acids are processed, a process known as lipolysis. When your body uses these ketones as fuel, your body is in a state of ketosis, which is the goal of the ketogenic diet, to promote ketosis. Once you eliminate or minimize carbs and increase your fat intake, your body MUST burn fats rather than carbohydrates to survive.

Five Benefits Of The Ketogenic Diet

  1. Weight Loss – Not originally intended as a “diet” to lose weight, the keto diet turns your body into an efficient fat-burning machine. The keto diet simulates fasting, without actually fasting. Your liver converts your new constant supply of dietary fats to ketones, and when that supply is not available, your liver accesses stored body fat and burns that as well, resulting in dramatic fat and weight loss, often without the hunger associated with dieting.

 

  1. Stable Blood Sugar – Following a keto diet will lower and stabilize both your blood sugar and the resulting insulin levels. The peaks and valleys normally caused by blood glucose nutrition-level-thrive-thrive-experiencespikes and the resulting release of insulin will be moderated or even eliminated. Your body will regain its insulin sensitivity and be more responsive to your new “normal” levels of insulin. The ketogenic diet can reverse prediabetes and may help prevent type 2 diabetes.

 

  1. Reduces Hunger – Many diets that restrict calories often fail due to cravings and hunger. Increasing dietary fats (and lean proteins) while decreasing sugar and carbs will leave you feeling full and satisfied, and it will be easier to stick to your diet.

 

  1. Improved Mental Focus – Eating a diet high in sugars, grains, and many overly processed foods will produce excess glutamate, leading to a general mental “fuzziness” a general lack of focus known as “brain fog”. Increased ketones provided by the keto diet feed your brain and neurons and promote balanced neurotransmitter production leading to better mental focus and a feeling of alertness.

 

  1. Reduces Your Risk Of Metabolic Disorders – Reducing and minimizing carbohydrates reduces insulin production and release. Supporters of the ketogenic diet believe that carbohydrates, especially simple carbs and sugars are the real reason people gain fat and weight as they cause unstable blood sugar levels and an overproduction of insulin and fat storing hormones like cortisol. Reduce the overproduction of these hormones and you eliminate many chronic disorders.

 

Combining Thrive by Le-vel With Your Keto Diet

Thrive is designed to enhance your body’s physiological functions and improve your body’s ability to burn fat faster by boosting your metabolism. Additional benefits include improved cognitive performance, a stronger immune system and healthy digestive function while Tired-level-thrivepromoting stronger joints and lean muscle tissue growth. Thrive contains a combination of natural ingredients including:

* Green Tea – Packed with catechins, green tea speeds up your metabolism to increase your fat burning. Catechins also promote the production of noradrenaline to provide additional energy.

* Amino Acids – Amino acids help speed recovery, and increase stamina and strength. Protein also increases fat burning while preventing muscle breakdown all while building lean muscle.

* White Willow Bark – A natural source of flavonoids with anti-inflammatory and pain killing properties.

* Guarana – Increases fat burning (lipolysis), improves digestion and bowel function and increases energy levels. Guarana is often used as a natural substitute for caffeine.

Combining Thrive by Le-vel with a sensible keto diet will complement your body’s fat burning and produce faster weight loss.

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Le-Vel Thrive M Supplements Reviewed

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Le-Vel has taken the Internet by storm via its network marketing model of distributing health supplements. Whether you like or dislike network marketing, or MLM as it’s more commonly known, it’s important to not allow their distribution model to cloud your judgment as to whether or not these supplements are effective.
Whenever we examine supplements on a closer scale, we want to take a look at the ingredients, their purported benefits, and any potential side effects they may have.
According to Le-Vel, Thrive M is “Formulated for Men,” which means that they have thought about male health when putting together their blend for this supplement. Each packet of Thrive M contains 2 capsules, which are meant to be a daily dosage. The suggested manner of taking it is 1 to 2 capsules daily, on an empty stomach or between meals. When you’re first starting on Thrive M, it is recommended that you start out with one capsule in the morning, and one in the afternoon. Once you’ve taken it for a couple of weeks, you can double the dosage to two capsules in the morning. That dose will be enough for the day.

Thrive M Ingredients

Le-Vel Thrive M contains many ingredients that are mainstream when it comes to keeping good health. Their proprietary blend of ingredients is much more unique. We’ll concentrate on the proprietary blend of ingredients more so than the main ingredients listed.
Thrive M contains: Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, Chromium, Selenium, and Vanadium.
It also contains a proprietary blend of ingredients which include: B lactis, L. acidophilus, L. casei, L. helveticus, L. salvarius, L. plantarum, L. rhamnosus, Guarana caffeine, Green tea caffeine, Glucosamine, White Willow Extract, Green coffee bean, PEA, Irvingia Extract, Theobromine, Ginger Extract, Synephrine, Glutamine, L-Arginine, Grape Seed Extract, BCAA Blend, CoQ 10, Kelp, and White Tea Extract.
The ingredients that start with “L” are all probiotics. These are good bacteria which help with digestion, and creating good flora inside of your digestive tract. Guarana caffeine thrive-m-thrive armyand green tea caffeine are stimulants that provide good health benefits to boost your cognitive function and focus. They work similar to nootropics or “smart drugs.” BCAA and glucosamine are often seen in any supplements that are used to help with exercise, since BCAA helps with recovery, and glucosamine is excellent for better joint health. L-arginine has numerous benefits for men, especially when it comes to helping with improving blood flow to different areas of the body.
One of the ingredients that stuck out to us when reviewing Thrive M was Green Coffee Bean. Supplement Journal has covered the benefits of green coffee bean extract, mainly as a thermogenic, or fat burner. If you’re looking to lose weight, Thrive M’s blend of ingredients will help you do that.
Beyond just providing fat burning ingredients, sexual health improvement, probiotics, and joint support, Thrive M is a good supplement since it provides many of the key nutrients needed for daily activity. One such vitamin is Vitamin B12, which has a serving size of 100 mcg per capsule. B12 is great for increasing energy, and improving athletic performance. Another vitamin we liked seeing in this blend is Vitamin D3, which has been shown to have good immune system-boosting properties. The serving size is 200 IU, or 50% of your daily value with each capsule.

Conclusion

Thrive M is a good blend of vitamins and supplements if men are looking to be able to experience better overall health. The only negatives we can see are two-fold:
The ingredients contain shellfish, which some people are allergic to. If you’re allergic to shellfish, you won’t be able to take this.
The price point is high. A one-month supply of Le-Vel’s Thrive M combination package is a whopping $100. This may break the bank for a lot of people. If you can afford to buy these, it’s not a bad option. For people who are price-conscious, however, there are other alternatives that are more affordable.
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We Can Find Happiness in the Little things

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When we think about the things that make us happy, we tend to think big — measuring happiness based on major life events like getting married, landing the perfect job or buying the perfect home. Focusing our happiness on relationship milestones, financial success or personal achievements may create joy temporarily, but it isn’t a great strategy for lasting, long-term contentment.

Positivity, staying active, proper diet and nutrition. Looking at everyday as a new start and not letting the stressor of life get you down.

The true joy of life is not in milestones, but in everyday moments. If you find gratitude for the little things that are already present in your day, your relationship to happiness will begin to transform in the most beautiful ways. Gratitude can really have a profound effect on our health and happiness.

START A GRATITUDE JOURNAL

Focus on the small, yet meaningful, moments in your life by starting a gratitude journal. Dedicate five minutes every morning and evening to write about what you are most grateful for.

If you look for magic, you will find it everywhere.
Get in sync with your senses. For example, think about the little things like the aroma of your morning coffee, the warmth of the cup in your hands, hearing someone laugh or the shape of the clouds shifting in the sky. When you become more present with the things that are already around you, happiness shifts from a goal outside of yourself to something that has been with you all along.

Make gratitude a priority and part of your daily practice. The more often you write in your journal, the more you’ll start to notice little things that fill your heart with appreciation. If you look for magic, you will find it everywhere.

What’s your list of little things that bring you joy? Take five minutes and start now.

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What I’m Grateful For …

The way the sunlight filters softly through my curtains each morning.
The sound of the birds chirping in the trees.
Spending quality cuddle time with my two dogs, Faith and Nalu, before getting out of bed.
Savoring my morning smoothie.
Connecting with students before and after each yoga class.
Going upside down (Handstands give me an instant dose of happiness!).
The sense of peace and clarity I feel after a meditation session.
Watering the plants and flowers in my outdoor patio.
Walking barefoot in my courtyard to get the mail.
Sharing about my day with my girlfriend and hearing about hers.

Starting a new project I have been using and promoting Thrive by Le-Vel for a few months and I can’t describe how amazing and effective Thrive has been I have so much energy and I feel amazing I have the energy to play with my son and wake up early to workout! I have lost a lot of weight about 40lbs and I can go to the beach and be confident!

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