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The Most Common Weight Loss Misconceptions

Thursday January 04, 2018

Everyone’s got that friend…

That one person that claims they discovered the “secret” to weight loss, muscle building, what-have-you. An example: they read something online about proteins, concocted their own protein shakes, and swear by its magical powers.

Maybe you’ve even heard those commercials that promise you can eat what you want and still lose weight…

Your health is not a one-fix situation. You have to put in the time to do the research to find the workout plan and diet that work for you.

The Internet is full of countless misconceptions about fitness. However, if you can discern fact from fiction, your chances for success (and that sweet new bod) go through the roof!

Here are a few of the most common misconceptions about fitness to look out for.

 

“I need to hit the machines to gain muscle…”

That’s actually incorrect.

A lot of fitness machines challenge your muscles in unnatural (and unhealthy) ways. But you don’t want to just look good when you work out…you want to feel good when you leave the gym!

It’s better to do exercises that use your body weight instead. Try buying some resistance bands—you can stand on them and do curls. Or, pump out some old fashioned push-ups, sit-ups, crunches, and burpees, especially if you don’t have access to a gym near you.

Want to try out a Fit Body Boot Camp workout? Click here to find a location near you!

 

“Running is the best way to lose weight…”

Running is one way to lose weight. It’s not always the best.

For some people, long-distance cardio is their thing. For most people, running on a consistent basis is a struggle (and a big mental hurdle). Plus, your legs can wear down over time, which of course is not good…

Good news: You actually burn more calories when you work harder for a shorter period of time.

It’s called high-intensity interval training (HIIT), and it’s what Fit Body Boot Camp specializes in. You push your body for 30-minutes and leave feeling like a champ (and still burning calories!)

Oh, and don’t worry about missing any cardio. HIIT workouts elevate your heart rate, so you’ll still keep that heart of yours healthy and functioning.

 

“Calorie counting is my ticket to weight loss…”

Not necessarily…

Calories only tell part of the story. You want to keep a closer eye on your macros

Keep this ratio in mind: 30/30/40.

What does that mean? Your diet should consist of 30% carbs / 30% fats / 40% proteins. You can go even deeper, too. For instance, you’ll want to stay away from trans fats and bad carbs. Stick with those good carbs and unsaturated fats!

This also means that you don’t need to starve yourself to get fit. That’s an unsafe way to cut weight, and you’ll eventually gain it all back again.

It’s all about the quality of the calories you consume. If you eat healthy foods, you’ll get in shape, even if you eat a few more calories than you’d like.

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Control Your Influence, Control Your Happiness

Thursday December 28, 2017

You’re in the car with a few friends. It’s a long drive, and the conversation is near dead.

Suddenly, one of your friends blurts out, “I’m hungry!”

All of the sudden, you start to hear your stomach rumble. Maybe your favorite foods start to play on a slideshow inside your head. You look at the rest of your friends in the car; they’re all rubbing their stomachs.

Maybe you ARE hungry too.

That is the power of influence. What we say affects the people around us, whether we intend for it or not.

Now what does this have to do with your happiness? With your surroundings?

Basically, you have a superpower you didn’t even know was in your toolbox. You can elevate (or lower) the mood of the people around you with just…your…words. It comes right back to you, though, because their mood influences how you feel too.

Here’s how you can wield the power of influence, control your mood, and live a happier life.

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Recipes: Fig, Goat Cheese, and Bacon Appetizer

Thursday December 28, 2017

Thanksgiving and Christmas have finally come to an end – whew, that means no more parties right?

Wrong! We’ve still gotta get through New Year’s!

Which means it’s time to put the chef hat back on and whip up one more holiday feast before 2018 arrives.

Whether you’re hosting or attending, we’ve got you covered with this delicious fig, goat cheese, and bacon appetizer recipe.

This sweet and savory bite sized treat is the perfect snacking food as you mingle and wait for the countdown. Plus, it’s easy, quick, and gluten-free!

Starting this recipe in 5…4…3…2…1…

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Workout of the Week: Full Body Blast!

Friday December 22, 2017

Want a workout that will burn so much fat off your body, you’ll almost feel like you’re cheating?

Our “Full Body Blast” workout is just the thing you need. You’ll feel the burn in your legs, arms, shoulders, and more! There’s nothing that beats that post-workout feeling, when you feel tired but accomplished.

You’ll also challenge your body at various stations throughout the workout. Each station pushes you with different pieces of equipment: there’s a rope station, a suspension station, a plyo station, and a free weight station.

If you do this workout in a group, have everyone start at a different station, then rotate after a few minutes. Specific guidelines are below!

Your body wants to feel amazing. It’s time to make that happen!

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New Year, New Fitness? How to REALLY Stick with a New Year’s Resolution

Thursday December 21, 2017

If December is the season of giving, January is the season of losing…

Losing weight, that is.

The new year inspires fresh new hopes and big dreams. Men and women everywhere flock to their local gyms, yoga studios, and fitness boot camps to finally get in shape.

Sadly by September, a lot of these same people end up nowhere near their goals. They look back and ask, “How did I miss the mark?”

You, my friend, are NOT one of these people! Come 2018, your fitness goals will always remain in sight, and you’ll build the habits that will outlast the motivation boost you get from the new year.

Put another way: you’ll have the blueprint to sustainable weight loss and health.

Here are a few tips to dominate January…and February…and March…well, you get the idea.

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Recipes: Chorizo Egg Skillet

Friday December 15, 2017

You’re only one step away from your perfect morning. You got up early, showered, brushed your teeth, did your hair, and dressed like the professional you are.

The last stage of your morning routine—what will give you that extra boost to leap out the door and off the porch—is a good breakfast. That means you need something that’s protein heavy and diet friendly.

I’ve got just the thing for your morning meal: a chorizo egg skillet!

Savory chorizo, succulent tomatoes, arugula, onions, and 4 large eggs to bring it all together. Soon, your morning won’t be complete without a meal this good!

Bon appetit!

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Tips to Boost Your Metabolism Before the Big Holiday Feast

Thursday December 14, 2017

It’s the final countdown…

To Christmas, that is! Only 11 more days until Santa packs up his sleigh to deliver the goods!

Too bad he can’t deliver 6 pack abs in his big red bag, right?

The holidays are hectic – between buying gifts and planning family visits, it can be easy to let our health fall to the wayside a bit and indulge in all the comforting treats of the season.

Don’t worry, this isn’t a post telling you not to enjoy any of the stuffing and gravy.

Today, we’re going to share with you how you can boost your metabolism BEFORE the holiday eating begins.

That’s right, you can get your body ready to ingest and burn those calories even quicker to avoid the post-holiday bloat.

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Recipes: Pickled Egg and Tuna Salad

Friday December 08, 2017

Order up! Today’s dish: pickled egg and tuna salad.

Need a shot of protein without the fat, the carbs, and the guilt? Tired of the same old boring salad formula—lettuce, veggies, dressing, repeat? No need to worry, because this recipe has all of that…and more!

Mix in some Greek yogurt for an even deeper flavor profile. You can even place your mix on top of lettuce for added health benefits and a traditional salad feel.

Ready for this? Let’s do it!

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How to Stay Healthy During the Crazy Holiday Season

Thursday December 07, 2017

How does anyone manage to stay healthy during the holidays?

There are gifts to buy, tummies to feed, and family gatherings to attend. Trying to fit in a workout session can feel like squeezing a turkey leg through a hole the size of a thumbtack.

So what’s the secret? How do all those fitness junkies stay cut and lean during December, even after all those carb-heavy holiday meals?

It’s all in the lifestyle!

With a healthy lifestyle, you won’t have to fight those holiday food temptations. You won’t even have to worry about staying fit because it will just come naturally to you.

Ready to lose fat when everyone else gains it back? Try these holiday tips, and stay in the best shape ever!

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The Fat Loss App That Brings Boot Camp to You

Wednesday December 06, 2017

Take a look at your phone.

That little gadget is more powerful than you even know. It’s basically a telephone, a stereo, a computer, a pager, a notebook, and a game system, all wrapped into one handheld device.

Now what if we took that phone to the next level and turned it into your very own Fit Body Boot Camp studio? Well, good news: that’s exactly what we did!

Introducing the Ultimate Fat Loss Workout, presented by Fit Body Boot Camp, available in the iTunes Store this upcoming spring (2018)! 

Over the past year, Fit Body’s Web Team has rigorously tested, tuned, and perfected an app that compresses boot camp workouts into byte-sized pages you can access anywhere, anytime. We paired these workouts with an interactive cookbook and grocery lists that simplify nutrition down to a few button clicks.

Granted, this app is no replacement for the fat-melting, fun-loving workouts that you can only find at a Fit Body Boot Camp location. Still, this is the perfect way to try us out before you commit to an in-person session.

Let’s fly through a few of the awesome features this app has to offer!

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