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Celebrity Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Pregnancy Weight

Recent photos of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton in a bikini and the criticism of actress Jessica Simpson’s ballooning pregnancy weight show us celebrities are under a huge amount of pressure. They are expected to stay healthy and fit, even when pregnant.

Weight gain during pregnancy is a desired and expected outcome. A steady gain of 1.5-2kg (3-4lb) per month through a controlled calorie intake is to be celebrated not feared. It is the growing of your body and baby. By maintaining your pregnancy weight gain within the healthy range you are ensuring the kilos will be easier to shift after the birth.

Unlike celebrities, most women do not have a personal chef, prenatal trainer and personal assistant to manage their weight gain or postnatal weight loss. However there are plenty of celebrity tips for maintaining a healthy body and losing weight after the birth. We’ve listed down a few tips which won’t cost you a thing and will keep you looking like a star.

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How I Got a Six Pack Eating Junk Food

In the last couple of years, my love for bodybuilding has grown enormously. I have experienced several cycles of "cutting" and "bulking", in which I have learned invaluable knowledge on how to lose weight. With a "cut" meaning to shed body fat. And a "bulk" meaning to gain weight and muscle. My experience has helped me debunk several myths on the topic of losing weight and preserving muscle mass when dieting.

During each "cut" (see photo below) I had the task of losing 30lbs and achieving a six pack, whilst maintaining my muscle mass. Losing muscle during this process was my biggest anxiety.

My First Cut

In order to achieve my goal, I lost weight gradually, aiming for 2lbs max per week. This slow weekly weight loss allowed me to keep my calories fairly high at 2,000, yet still burning fat.

I also kept my protein intake high, consuming one gram of protein per lb of bodyweight, spaced out evenly throughout the day, across six meals. This high protein intake approach was adopted to keep my body in a positive nitrogen balance, with amino acids constantly fueling my muscles. This was to prevent breakdown and loss of muscle tissue.

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8 Ways to Improve Your Cardio Training Routine

I need you to get off that treadmill and ask yourself an important question: is your current cardio training routine WORKING? Honestly. Day-in and day-out there are people, maybe like you, who spend their precious time using ineffective cardio techniques that produce very little results.

Well, those days are over. I’m going to explain 10 ways for you to improve your cardio training routine, and start seeing the results you deserve. Let’s get started.

1. WARM-UP

Warming up - dynamic stretching

Seriously…? Warming-up is a way to improve your cardio routine? You better believe it. Without an effective warm-up you won’t be able to perform any routine at 100 percent intensity. If you’re going to train, then you should commit your body all the way!

The most effective way to warm-up before any exercise is through dynamic stretching. Do not static stretch before exercise because it does not probably prepare the muscles and joints for explosive exercise.

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How I lost 40 Pounds And Kept It Off

As a kid I’d drink milkshakes, eat pasta, meat and cookies all day every day and never could gain a pound. Fast forward to my late twenties and I found myself weighing in at 220 pounds (height: 6 ‘1 1/2’). 

Gaining weight gave me a sense of pride. After all, I endured years of being a twig, wiry yet able to blow over during a strong wind. The extra pounds rounded out my face, made me look older and it was fine with me. But then the health issues started and my only way out was a change in what I ate, how often I ate and how I began to approach food.

This is usually the case, with most people falling into bad habits and not worrying about the consequences until they stare you in the face.  For me the consequence was sciatic nerve pain the shot down my legs. The first two years down my right leg and the last two down my left. At times this could be crippling so my 220 pound weight was not going to fly anymore.

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5 Intense Workout DVDs for MMA Fighters

Due to the intensity of the sport, MMA athletes require a high-impact, well-balanced workout that includes all the essentials that they face while in the ring including: strength, cardio, power, agility, and balance, among others. A run around the track or an old Richard Simmons workout tape isn’t going to cut it.

These 5 workout DVDs promise to deliver the high-quality workout that MMA fighters need in order to see big results and become ring-ready:

1. Rushfit

Developed by MMA fighter Georges “Rush” St. Pierre, the intense “Rushfit” training camp style workout promises to share “the secrets of a champion” to achieve excellent results. The program includes six DVDs that contain seven 45-minute high-intensity workouts that focus on all the essential MMA training elements including: strength, balance, agility, flexibility, power, endurance and core stability. The system also includes 2 training guides with nutrition management plans to train from the inside out.  The workout requires a set of dumbbells and 8 weeks of dedication alongside instructor, Georges St. Pierre.

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How Diet DNA Testing May Assist in Weight-loss

Dieting is mostly an unending cycle of losing weight momentarily and regaining it within a few weeks. There are numerous diet plans in existence each with different success stories (or stories of utter failure). The question which consistently baffles dieters is “which diet plan suits me best and which will work?” Nothing is more disheartening than rigorous and careful dieting efforts all in vain. The reply to the question posed may probably lie in your DNA. Latest innovations and discoveries in genetics and DNA testing have revealed that the best diet is that which is suited to the personal DNA makeup of a given individual.

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How to Lose Weight Over the Holidays

Diet and fitness enthusiasts do not really like the winter holiday season. This is because unlike other holidays such as Halloween, Easter or Valentine's Day, the winter holiday lasts for many weeks. It is also characterized by more food, cookies, potlucks and parties. In addition, other activities such as volunteering, buying gifts, decorating, cooking and party hopping take up the usual time set aside for preparing healthy meals or going to the gym. This makes it difficult for the dieter to keep track of their food and exercise on a more regular basis to boost their health and change the shape of their bodies.

Christmas Dinner

Therefore, a lot of willpower and commitment will be needed to overcome so many challenges and temptations. You have to stay dedicated to the original plan and set small daily objectives. The following are 20 tips to help you repel weight gain or lose weight by the turn of the year:

1. Track your food consumption

Carefully track your daily food intake. This includes all your meals plus the food gifts, snacks, small fixes and free food samples that you take in the course of the day. Such foods contain "hidden" calories that could easily contribute to weight gain.

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Is There Room for Takeout in Weight Loss?

The notion of sustained weight loss through maintaining a healthy lifestyle and fitness regime is not a new one, and yet still the desire for quick-fix fad diets prevails. It’s human nature to want the best results in the shortest amount of time. But time and time again, it’s been shown that cutting out entire food groups, going on a crash diet, or even eating like an angel every day for the rest of your life, is not a sustainable, or indeed healthy, way to lose weight.

Embrace diet slip-ups; shun diet fads

So what is? Grazing on small portions throughout the day? Fasting for eight-hour periods on certain days? Going gluten free? Or could it be that you simply need to get up off the sofa a little more than you currently do, and perhaps stay away from cake and cookies every now and then?

Delicious takeout

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How To Stay Slim After Losing Weight

Most overweight people often make the mistake of thinking that the biggest hurdle that they will face in their quest to lose weight is how to shed off their excess body fat when the real and greatest challenge that they will face is how to keep and maintain their weight at a normal level without regaining all the fat that they had managed to shed off initially.

While losing weight may be difficult, keeping off the excess body weight is even much more tedious. The truth of the matter is that we are all born with a specific number of fat cells which remains consistent from our early 20s till the time that we die. Scientific research has also revealed that we do not really “burn” away our fat cells when we shed body weight; all that happens when we lose body weight is that we shrink our fat cells and these shrunken fat cells can easily get bloated up again if they are exposed to the “right” environment.

This is most likely the reason why so many scientific research done on losing weight and maintaining the lost body weight have revealed that you would probably have to work harder to maintain your slim stature than you worked to shed your excess body fat in the first place.

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3 Reasons Why Eating like a Caveman is an Extinct Idea

It seems like every year a new “fad diet” pops up and takes over people’s lives and dinner plates. One of the recent ones that has become extremely popular is the “Paleo Diet.”

The idea behind his diet is that we should be eating like our ancestors did. One of the suggestions to accomplish this is to eat more meat and cut out grains from our diets.

However, this seemingly goes against the principles of sound nutrition. But is that necessarily a bad thing?

In this post, I will explore three reasons why I believe that the Paleo Diet isn’t necessarily all that accurate; and possibly not all that healthy.

Meat is Meat is Meat?

Modern food is a far cry from what cavemen actually ate. While science and advances have provided developed countries with plenty of food, they have also modified the food in the process.

If you talk to people who eat game meat (animals you hunt down and then eat) on a regular basis, you will often find a common remark: the meat is leaner.

The meat we eat that is raised, on the other hand, is not so lean. In fact, farmers often overfeed their animals, and even sometimes restrain their movements, in order for them to grow bigger.

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